The View from My Place: Kiss the ring


In what might be considered one of the most poorly timed decisions in recent history the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, finally decided it was time to endorse the winner of the Republican Primary, Donald J. Trump. His resounding endorsement came in the form of a tweet around 3 p.m. was described by the Washington Post as "lame." Unfortunately his lame endorsement came on the same day that Hillary Clinton gave a commanding speech described by CNN as the "evisceration of Donald Trump."

Hillary Clinton's speech must've given pause to Mr. Ryan who presumably now wished he had held off sending that tweet. Clinton used Mr. Trump's own words as a club with which to bludgeon him with. Quoting CNN; "A speech that was billed as a major foreign policy address instead unfolded as a savage, mocking evisceration of Donald Trump Thursday as the former secretary of state adopted an aggressive new campaign persona designed to repel the unpredictable challenge posed by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

In one of the most striking speeches of her political career, Clinton dispensed with the sober diplo-speak that has characterized her previous national security addresses and went straight for the jugular, unleashing a series of biting attacks on Trump."

She recited quote after quote from Mr. Trump using his words to build the case that not only is he too inexperienced to be president, but lacks the temperament to do the job. Pointing out the obvious she said he's "too thin skinned".

Mr. Trump, the self-proclaimed master of the counter punch came back with this; "I watched Hillary today and it was pathetic. It was so sad to watch," Trump said, calling it a "political speech" that had nothing to do with foreign policy. "It was a pretty pathetic deal." Actually, it wasn't pathetic at all. It was, by all accounts, brilliant.

Mr. Trump, not one for letting a moment go by without feeling compelled to tweet his most inner thoughts added this; "Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the teleprompter! She doesn't even look presidential!"

Wrong again. She looked quite presidential. It didn't hurt that she opted not to wear a dorky, ill-fitting baseball hat. What was missing in Mr. Trump's tweet was any defense or "counter punching" regarding the facts of Hillary's speech. He resorted to what he does best; name calling.

The definition of a narcissist is as follows: "having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance. Synonyms: vain, self-loving, self-admiring, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, conceited, self-centered, egotistical.".

According to the Mayo Clinic: "Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism."

It should be pretty obvious to even the casual observer that the Republican nominee for the office of the President of the United States of America has a personality disorder.

When challenged Mr. Trump lashes out with no thought or restraint. One might argue that he's more than a little unstable, which leads us back to Paul Ryan's endorsement. What change took place that caused Mr. Ryan to abandon his principles and now endorse a man clearly unfit to hold office? Sure he was under pressure to get down on one knee and kiss the ring, but we've all thought that he, of all people, was the one who would stand on his core beliefs and principles.

In an interview today with George Stephanopoulos, Trump supporter, Sen. Bob Corker, said that Trump was now in a "transitioning period." The unasked follow up question should've been "transitioning from what to what?"

The decision as to who to support for president is never an easy one, but this year one candidate is working hard to make it easier.

— Bob Stannard is a former legislator and retired lobbyist who lives in Manchester.


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