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Trump Derangement Syndrome


Most are familiar with at least some of the scenes associated with leftist forms of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS):

People across the country gathered Wednesday night to scream into the sky to mark the anniversary of Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Thousands were expected to attend events planned in New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas and other major cities. The idea was self-explanatory, as people came to public gathering places, looked to the sky and let out a yell. 

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Source:  Brett Samuels,

Teddy bears, Play-Doh and coloring books are staples of nursery schools, but now they are showing up on college campuses to help distraught students cope with the election of a president they don’t like.

Around the nation, students are turning to the tools of toddlers as a bizarre form of therapy in the wake of Donald Trump's election last week. Colleges and universities are encouraging students to cry, cuddle with puppies and sip hot chocolate to soothe their fragile psyches, an approach some critics say would be funny if it weren't so alarming.

“This is an extreme reaction from millennials who are being forced to come to terms with the fact that we have a president that they don’t like –this is what losing feels like,” Kristin Tate, the 24-year-old author of "Government Gone Wild," told “We are grooming our students to be sensitive crybabies when we need to be showing students how to deal with world situations and how to be adults –there are no ‘safe spaces’ in the real world.”

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Source:  Brooke Singman,

But there is also a rightist form of TDS, which overly exalts Pres Trump for his actions.  For example:

Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, citing the decision by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and establish the U.S. Embassy there, is comparing the president to the biblical King Cyrus.

Cyrus, a Persian king, founded the Achaemenid Empire, conquered Babylon and made history by allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild their Temple.

The prophet Isaiah wrote of him as an “anointed one.”

Pirro, on her weekend show, said, “Donald Trump recognized history, he like King Cyrus before him, fulfilled the biblical prophecy of the God worshiped by Jews, Christians and, yes, Muslims, that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state and that the Jewish people finally deserve a righteous, free and sovereign Israel.”

A celebration marking the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem was held Monday.

Newsweek reported Pirro was in Jerusalem for the events.

“The Fox News host praised Trump for the move, claiming it proves he is more trustworthy than past presidents, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. All three presidents had signed waivers to delay the embassy move,” the report said.

“Trump has assured the world that his word is worth more than any former U.S. president,” Pirro said. “His word is more than any treaty and stronger than any U.N. resolution.”

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Trump’s accomplishments have prompted an online Thank Trump Card Campaign giving Americans a way to thank the president for his record of achievement during his first year in office.

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WND Founder Joseph Farah raised the idea of Trump’s likeness to King Cyrus last year.

It was when Michael Freund, an American-Israeli political activist, pleaded with Trump to follow in the footsteps of Cyrus the Great by fulfilling his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also has likened Trump to Cyrus.

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Why do so many people act irrationally when it comes to Donald Trump?  It would seem that this is because the project of the artificial American nation, a project begun in earnest with the brutal conquest of the pre-Modern South and the even more pre-Modern Native American West in the 1860s and the years following by the Yankee North, is beginning to collapse.  Donald Trump’s presidency is the death rattle in the lungs of Americanism, and the peoples of the States are naturally reacting to this very strongly, though most of them seem unaware of what is behind these strong passions of theirs.

Howsobeit, the American nation is a project that ought to come to an end since it produces great vices in its citizens (to say nothing of the desolation it has brought to other countries, physical and spiritual).  Being thoroughly political, it leads to interminable arguing, leading even to the establishment of entire business enterprises built around this endless conflict (talk radio, cable news, and the like), which is contrary to the Apostolic teaching (see, e.g., Romans 12:9-21).  Likewise, it is obsessed with money-making, which also comes in for a strong tongue-lashing from the Apostles (e.g., I Timothy 6:6-11).  Such a national life as this wars against the Christian Faith, which should be the object held most dear in the hearts of the people, not ideology, not property.

But while the older generations are still intoxicated with thoughts of American world hegemony and overflowing mammon at home, the younger generations, particularly the Millennials, seem to understand that something is wrong with the American system and are trying to find ways to escape from its influence.

They are embracing voluntary homelessness to escape the worship of money:

They are embracing monastic forms of living to escape the loneliness of American individualism:


This step toward monasticism also indicates their desire to escape the increasing shallowness of American forms of Christianity.  In the words of one Millennial, Rachel Held Evans,

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Time and again, the assumption among Christian leaders, and evangelical leaders in particular, is that the key to drawing twenty-somethings back to church is simply to make a few style updates - edgier music, more casual services, a coffee shop in the fellowship hall, a pastor who wears skinny jeans, an updated Web site that includes online giving.

But here’s the thing: Having been advertised to our whole lives, we millennials have highly sensitive BS meters, and we’re not easily impressed with consumerism or performances.

In fact, I would argue that church-as-performance is just one more thing driving us away from the church, and evangelicalism in particular.

Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions - Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Episcopal Church, etc. - precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being “cool,” and we find that refreshingly authentic.

What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance.

We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.

We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers.

We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation.

We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.

We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.

You can’t hand us a latte and then go about business as usual and expect us to stick around. We’re not leaving the church because we don’t find the cool factor there; we’re leaving the church because we don’t find Jesus there.

Like every generation before ours and every generation after, deep down, we long for Jesus.

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While some of these particular choices and opinions are problematic, taken as a whole, they are a healthy reaction to the norm promoted for so long by the American national project (if Millennials want to find the highest expression of these ideals of voluntary poverty, community, and union with God, we suggest with all love and sincerity that they explore the Orthodox Church’s history and experience of them).  There is hope, then, that a transition can be made, away from the vainglory of Americanism to a sounder kind of living, one based on the organic unity found within each cultural/geographical region that exists beneath the suffocating girth of the American anti-culture:  West Coast, Hawai’i, Alaska, Great Plains, Rustbelt/Old Northwest, Dixie, etc.  Within each of these regions, natural, fixed, stable, a-political hierarchies and institutions that suit the characteristics of each of them would finally be allowed to grow again, without the heavy-handed interference of Washington City.

The alternative is to continue to tell ourselves ‘sweet little lies’ that America was great, and that she can be ‘great again’ through the wise statesmanship of her narcissistic, a-moral elected representatives.

Author: Walt Garlington