Deranged is a term that can loosely be interchanged with or refer to a psychosis. However, it is more commonly a generic psychiatric term for a person’s mental state described as involving a “loss of contact with reality.” For the past seven-and-a-half years, Republicans have suffered what has been dubbed “Obama derangement syndrome” that has completely separated them from reality on myriad levels; none the least of accepting the fact that Barack Obama is the President of the United States.
Actually, Republicans have made the term “deranged” their special dysfunction because if they were, or are, not obstructing any and every proposal the President supports, they have actively sought to derail his presidency, regardless the harm to the nation or the people they claim to represent. Over the course of the President’s tenure in office, Republicans have even called for an armed rebellion against his presidency and at one point called for a national (imprecatory) prayer seeking the President’s death.
Apparently, that “Christian” act has not lost favor and in what can only be defined as purely deranged, one United States senator once again called for “imprecatory prayers” seeking the President’s untimely demise, and the psychotic senator did it in front of a group of Christians at a Faith and Freedom gathering. For the record, an imprecatory prayer is an appeal to the god of the Christian bible “to invoke evil upon or curse one’s enemies.”
Senator David Perdue (R-GA) told Faith and Freedom attendees to pray for Obama. He said,
“We should pray like Psalm 109:8 says:
“Let his days be few, and let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”
The entirety of the “loving” Christian prayer calls for more grief and misery on the victim’s family and good name, but the point of relating Perdue’s abominable action is that a sitting United States senator had no qualms calling for the demise of the President by god’s hands; it is the definition of being mentally deranged. Perdue has no right to draw breath, much less sit in a position of power and influence over 300 million American citizens, but that is the state of the Republican Party in particular and American politics in general.
Perdue is certainly not the only Republican senator to openly call for visiting misery on President Obama. It was hardly mentioned last week, but another Republican piece of human waste, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark) revealed that he was solely responsible for putting a hold on one of the President’s ambassadorial nominees simply to “inflict special pain on the President.”
The President’s nominee will never serve in the capacity for which she was chosen because after a two-year Senate Republican hold on her confirmation courtesy of Cotton, and a brief illness (leukemia), her life force expired less than two weeks ago. The President’s choice, Cassandra Butts, was set to be ambassador to the Bahamas after serving in the President’s Administration as Deputy White House Counsel. The President nominated Butts in 2014 but Senate Republicans put a ‘hold’ on her confirmation because they are deranged and cannot accept that Barack Obama is the President.
The senator responsible for “the hold” was Tom Cotton who, as Salon’s Gary Legum put it, “has predicated his entire brief Senate career on being an irredeemable dickhead.” A New York Times writer, Frank Bruni, did a nice ‘trace’ of Butts’ story and connection to President Obama. According to Bruni, Cassandra Butts actually went to meet with Senator Cotton to ask why he would not lift the hold on her nomination. The “irredeemable dickhead” Cotton had the audacity to explain to Ms. Butts that he knew that she was a close friend of the President from first encountering each other in a line for financial-aid forms at Harvard Law School where they were classmates. Cotton told Ms. Butts that blocking her nomination as ambassador to the Bahamas was his Republican way to inflict special pain on the president.
Senator Cotton’s spokeswoman did not dispute Ms. Butts’ characterization of the meeting and, she took care to stress in separate emails, that Senator Cotton had enormous respect for Cassandra Butts and her career. However, that “enormous respect” took a back seat to Cotton’s mental illness that informed his service as a Republican senator from Arkansas entailed “inflicting special pain on the President.”
Now, these instances are certainly not out of character for Republicans whether they are members of Congress, conservative talking heads, or presidential candidates, and that is precisely why it is a mystery that anyone is surprised that Donald Trump is the GOP standard bearer. Both Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue perfectly represent “what the Republican Party has evolved into over the last 40 years,” and why Donald Trump acts deranged to garner support from the Party faithful.
The entire Republican movement, with all its iterations, is beyond deranged, not unlike their psychotic, racist and religiously-twisted base. It is not just Tom Cotton, David Perdue or Donald Trump; it is the entirety of the movement that has gone completely off the rails. Still, Republicans will make a strong showing in November and the sad fact is that it is a damning indictment of what America has devolved into.
Unless voters sweep Republicans out of power in Washington and regionally, America will continue on a path of increasing dysfunction. At this point it appears a significant portion of the population is just as mentally deranged as Republicans and it is precisely why America will never progress beyond being a nasty hate-mongering group that exists to visit misery on everyone including their fellow citizens and the legally-elected President of the United States.
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