Congress’ conscience sold to highest bidder (Opinion)

How much is a soul worth on todays market?

Trump has been on a seemingly endless road to ruin. While many American citizens, as well as the media, continue to point out his erratic behavior, those in Congress seem to have sold their conscience to the highest bidder as they continue to look the other way.


A wide range of so-called armchair diagnosis’ for Trump’s seemingly uncontrollable, erratic, and dangerous antics have run the gamut.

• Al Franken-Is he mentally ill?” “We all have this suspicion that—you know, that he’s not—he lies a lot…And, you know, that is not the norm for a president of the United States, or, actually, for a human being.”

• Jeb Bush- I’m not a psychiatrist or a psychologist, but the guy needs therapy.

• Senator Bernie Sanders- “delusional in many respects, a pathological liar.

John Gartner, who is a clinical psychologist and former Johns Hopkins professor of psychology, stated in a petition started on Facebook that Trump has “a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States.” According to Psychology Today, more than 18,000 psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals have signed their agreement.

Gartner is convinced that Trump suffers from an array of personality disorders, including narcissistic personality disorder, which makes him unfit for office and a danger to the world. He has stated: “I would bet my life of my children on it [the diagnosis], that’s how confident I am.”

Recently, thirty-five doctors wrote an open letter to the New York Times declaring Trump unfit to serve as president. “Mr. Trump’s speech [February 16th] and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own,..” “..Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).”

Professor Feinman, who teaches at Florida Atlantic University, suggested the businessman turned politician is more generally unsuitable for office and fully expects him to serve a short term. In a blog post he wrote: “In any case, it seems likely that Donald Trump will be leaving the Presidency at some point, likely between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841 and the 199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881. At the most, it certainly seems likely, even if dragged out, that Trump will not last 16 months and 5 days, as occurred with Zachary Taylor in 1850. The Pence Presidency seems inevitable.” He added that he thought it was likely that Mr. Trump will be impeached or forced to resign in a matter of weeks.

Theories about Trump’s mental instability has been a topic of conversation and continues to gain momentum with every passing day.
Dr. Steven Beutler even wrote an article claiming that Trump’s symptoms could be a case of late stage Syphilis. “Many mental health professionals believe the president is ill. But what if the cause is an untreated STD?” writes Dr. Steven Beutler, who has spent over 30 years practicing medicine, specializing in infectious diseases. ‘Commonly recognized symptoms include irritability, loss of ability to concentrate, delusional thinking, and grandiosity. Memory, insight, and judgment can become impaired. Insomnia may occur. Visual problems may develop, including the inability of pupils to react to the light. This, along with other ocular pathology, can result in photophobia, dimming of vision, and squinting. All of these things have been observed in Trump.’

A majority of the public is left scratching their heads in wonder, questioning why nothing has been done to reign in this lunacy. His staunch supporters are still convinced that all of this is some grand scheme being unfolded. Perhaps Trump will fabricate a war to justify his unconstitutional Muslim ban, or to justify the increased strength and leeway just given to police and immigration forces through Executive Orders.

Maybe his agenda is on track, and his goal was to increase the financial divide between the wealthy elite from the rest of the world’s population.


‘[Jason Chaffetz] as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has spared no effort in leading the multiple investigations of Hillary Clinton. He has shown little interest in investigating, or even questioning, President Donald Trump’s myriad of financial entanglements,’ according to CNN. ‘However, with Flynn stepping down as National Security Advisor, questions about his known ties to Russia go. Who else is involved? How long has this been going on? Is Trump truly being blackmailed by Putin?’

‘Well, Chaffetz is the man who could possibly give us all the answers we need. But, he seems to have a full plate. After introducing a bill in January, which would have sold off 3.3 million acres of public land. There was a public outcry and he chose to withdraw the bill. Now, his attention has reverted back to opening an investigation into Hillary’s E-mail.’

According to MSNBC: ‘There’s evidence that Russia launched an illegal espionage operation to help put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. There’s evidence that Team Trump was in communications with officials in Vladimir Putin’s government at the time. There’s evidence that leading members of Team Trump lied about these contacts. There’s evidence that the communications continued during the presidential transition process, which Trump administration officials lied about, and which led to the White House National Security Advisor resigning.
There’s evidence that this entire scandal, possibly the most serious since Watergate, is part of an ongoing U.S. counter-espionage investigation.
It’s against this backdrop that Jason Chaffetz contacted the Justice Department seeking criminal charges related to … wait for it … Hillary Clinton’s email server.’

A million questions swirl around the incompetence of our current Commander-in-Chief, as well as his administration. President Clinton underwent a scathing rebuke for his illicit affair with an intern which led to his impeachment. A blind eye has been turned towards a foreign adversary undermining the 2016 United States presidential election and potential ties between Russia and high-ranking officials in the U.S. Government.

As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Chaffetz has refused to launch any probe into the Trump administration, explaining that he’s not interested in going on a “fishing expedition.” In other words, he doesn’t want to waste his time.. doing his actual job.

So, rather than having highly qualified men and women start on investigations into a Russian, espionage, treason trifecta, Chaffetz is once again looking at Hillary’s emails, and a cartoon character on PBS.

A PBS kids show asking the Jim Henson company for the use of a cartoon definitely makes sense for a program catering to 3-6 year-olds who love Sid the Science Kid. However, the powers-that-be will begin investigating the CDC for offering a large payment, to the Henson company, to use Sid to teach children about the Zika virus.

Chaffetz has chosen to squander important resources over the nefarious cartoon while a scandal bigger than Watergate pervades our democracy. It is abundantly clear that logic has vacated a majority of the White House cabinet, Congress, and Senate.

If morals and sanity hadn’t been extinguished from all governmental offices, Flynn’s phone calls would perhaps come under more scrutiny than old emails. Acquiring Trump’s tax returns would be a more scrupulous use of taxpayer dollars than Sid’s information about the Zika virus.

Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor, wrote in a Facebook post: “Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now, it was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now.”


Other avenues have been looked at in the attempt to remove Trump from office before more damage can be completed.
• Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) called for a congressional review this week of the constitutional process for removing a president who is mentally or emotionally unfit for office.

• Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) told CNN that some of his GOP colleagues were worried about the president’s stability.

• Another Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), plans to introduce a bill that would require a psychiatrist or psychologist to work at the White House.

Dr. Jacob Appel, a Mt. Sinai School of Medicine psychiatrist, told NPR: “Regrettably, our current political climate makes it unlikely that such a measure will be invoked, even when necessary,” “Until the system is fixed, and the political culture changes, medical information is rather useless. To one side, it will be a smoking gun, and to the other side it will be fake news or alternative facts.


Republicans have spent their time repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dismantling financial safeguards, and destroying environmental protections, rather than investigating whether the leader of the United States of America is a puppet for Putin.

No conscience left in Congress has us taking a trip down a rabbit hole of impropriety. Our cockamamie Congress needs to pull their collective heads out of their derriere and get to work minimizing the damage currently being done as Trump tries, and fails, to make America great again.

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