Wild Weeds
Never Surrender

      "If" is a poem by Rudyard Kipling. I recall reciting it when I was in fifth grade. Parts of the poem have stuck with me since that time. The poem begins with these lines:

  If you can keep your head when all about you   
      Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
  If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
      But make allowance for their doubting too;  
The entire poem defines various aspects of a mature outlook on life, but certain lines are especially apothegmatic.

  If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
      Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Although it certainly is the case that Trump is not a great president, it is also the case that he is no worse than Obama, Clinton, or any other recent president. Yet he has been subjected to ridiculous legal attacks lacking substance. In fact, the term "lawfare" has been used in reference to these desperate acts to sideline him. "Stochastic violence" is a term used to justify acts taken against Trump and yet his attackers are just as guilty as him of "demonizing their enemies." Ultimately, an attack against Trump is an attack against free speech, but more interestingly those attacking Trump seem to suffer from an array of mental dysfunctions best characterized as Trump Derangement Syndrome with Russophobia being an undeniable component of the syndrome.

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Do you suffer from
Trump Derangement Syndrome?
Does compulsive hatred
Infect your soul?

Is it some kind of disease?
Or a defect or disorder?
Some kind of illness of the mind?
Or somewhere on the border?

Distortion of the truth
Confusion over gender
To afflictions of the mind
Never surrender

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