Those of us in the general public often think of our representatives in Congress as being somewhat deranged. Never has that been more true than it is at present.
Little more than a decade ago Charles Krauthammer, a medically certified psychiatrist and much honored television commentator, used the phrase “Bush derangement syndrome” to what he described as “an acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency – nay – the very existence of George W. Bush.” After the arrival of Donald Trump on the political scene the term “Trump derangement syndrome” was soon used to describe the mental state of Trump’s most virulent detractors. Krauthammer later defined the syndrome as a Trump induced “general hysteria” among his opponents leading to an “inability to distinguish between legitimate policy differences and … signs of psychic pathology” in the President’s behavior.
At this point in our nation’s history, I believe I may confidently state that Nancy Pelosi , Speaker of the House of Representatives, has developed an extreme form of the Trump derangement syndrome. She refuses any concession to the President in his request for funding for a border wall. For the sake of principle, as that fundamental concept is defined by Speaker Pelosi, she rejects spending 4.7 billion dollars, approximately one-tenth of one percent of the federal budget, for a barrier on our southern border. In doing this, she is ensuring lost revenues to the federal government far in excess of the money the wall would cost. I call that true derangement.