We seem to be living in deranged times.
Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) seems to be a genuine psychological disorder, whereby its sufferers are unable to accept that Donald Trump won the US presidential election two years ago. Hillary Clinton, who lost the election, manifests the disorder in the very highest degree. She has never been able to get over losing. But she’s far from being the only one.
The current confirmation hearings of judge Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court seem to be a further manifestation of TDS. For Kavanaugh is Trump’s nominee, and Democrats are fighting tooth and nail to have his confirmation quashed, and have been digging up any dirt on him that they can possibly find. It started with the claim that when he was 17 years old he might have inappropriately fondled a girl at some drunken party, she knows not when or where, because she was too drunk herself to be able to remember. And if that isn’t batshit crazy enough, a new accuser has come forward to claim that he’s actually a serial rapist, and one of a gang of serial rapists. At this rate, he’ll be accused of being a serial killer next week, with the disembowelled bodies buried three deep in his back yard.
The whole thing is hysterical madness, with one hysteria feeding off another hysteria. It’s a collective madness.
But we seem to live in a time of collective derangement. For antismoking hysteria is another form of collective madness. It used not to exist, but now afflicts millions. It’s now in fact almost a normal madness.
And global warming alarmism is another form of collective madness, closely related to antismoking hysteria. The object of its terror isn’t just tobacco smoke, but smoke of any kind whatsoever, or any that contains carbon dioxide, or maybe just carbon.
First tobacco smoke, then carbon, then Donald Trump, and now his hapless Supreme Court nominee. All are demonised. Ours has become a demon-haunted world, with new demons popping up everywhere, in growing numbers.
One would almost think that the American people did not elect a brash, successsful New York property developer, but instead Satan himself. And it is now the Prince of Darkness who reigns in the White House, and who must be evicted as soon as possible, by any means available.
The one common feature of all these various hysterias would seem to be that they are all promoted by the mainstream media. Impartial analysis seems to have vanished from the MSM. All they seem to do now is peddle one scare story after another.
And perhaps they do this because the MSM is dying. They’re losing their ability to shape the public narrative. And they are losing this ability because more and more voices are appearing in the new online media. They no longer have the monopoly they once had. And to be heard, they must shriek louder and louder.
If the MSM were closed down, much of the hysteria that they foment would ebb away. Judge Kavanaugh would be confirmed. Donald Trump would be recognised as a legitimate and effective and decisive US president. Global warming alarmism would evaporate. And so would antismoking hysteria.
Or maybe people should just do what I did a long time ago, and stop watching TV, and stop reading newspapers.
And maybe most people have already done that. If the MSM had been decisive in shaping public opinion during the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton would have won a landslide victory. But the American people ignored the MSM, and voted for Trump instead. And with midterm elections just weeks away, maybe they’re going to do exactly the same again, ignore the current MSM-driven hysteria, and vote for Trump Republicans.
After all, the American people endured some 18 months of non-stop MSM-driven Trump Derangement Syndrome before they went and elected him. It started on the day in June (or was it July) 2015 when Trump announced his candidacy. From that day on the entire MSM mounted a sustained campaign of vilification against him. It never stopped. But Americans voted for him anyway. And after another two years of exactly the same campaign of vilification, are they likely to have changed their minds about him? Is what didn’t work in 2015 and 2016 going to work in 2017 and 2018? Or will it have made them even more determined to vote for him and his wing of the Republican party?
We’ll find out in a few weeks.