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You can’t escape him and it’s starting to get scary. It’s like hearing the thunder of an approaching storm and knowing that soon you’re in for it and all hell might break loose.   His image dominates all media. How is it possible that though he makes me shudder, he makes others cheer?   His outbursts and one liners are the highlight  of every late night comedian’s spiel. But, they’re running out of witty retorts.  He’s like the cartoon rabbit who sticks his head out of the ground, gets whacked and emerges again, a few feet away, smirking and unscathed.

Meanness and nastiness are his modus operandi.  Civility is the last choice when confronting a challenge.  He’s a misogynist in a way that no one before him could have ever gotten away with.  He cares neither for truth nor for principle.  His version of reality shifts constantly .  Does anyone know what he believes ?  Megalomaniac is not too strong a word to describe him nor is the word evil.  Each day’s reporting brings a new outrage.

There’s really nothing new I have to add to this conversation.  It’s been hashed and continually rehashed for months now.  The brightest minds of our time have tried to find explanations for the Trump phenomena. They’re unable to stop him with any rationale.

I’ve never considered myself a die hard patriot.  I’ve been angered many times by U.S. policies and actions.  However, Trump makes the presidential campaign look like a bad joke.  He’s mocked the entire electoral process.  Seinfeld would have called him “The Mocker.”

Now I fear for our country.

Proverbs 22:10
Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.

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My biggest complaint with Trump is that he dishonors our country by his belief that he is qualified to lead  the most complicated and powerful government in the world at a very dangerous time.  The fact that he has captured the Republican nomination to be president of the United States is an affront to every American who values the foundations our country has been built on, not to mention honesty, compassion, and intellectual candor and rigor.  You don’t have to be a patriot to acknowledge this.

This week, the Stop Trump movement has become the Accommodate Trump Cave-in.  It’s shocking for me to see other politicians, who I think must know better, try to make his candidacy acceptable by air brushing his faults.  Where are they hiding their principles?

Now, the possibility is real that Trump’s campaign will continue and actually stands a shot to ultimately win the presidency of the United States.  My own screen goes blank in that scenario.  It is virtually impossible for me to be able to consider a Trump presidency.  He mocks everything that our country is supposed to stand for.

the megalomaniac


noun meg·a·lo·ma·nia \ˌme-gə-lō-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\

Simple Definition of megalomania

  • : a condition or mental illness that causes people to think that they have great or unlimited power or importance

  • btw, I see not a shred of a potential “great man of history.”  Lunatic?  Most definitely.
Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.


  • dbsite33 says:

    So well put Dianne!! The kind of things I have been muttering to myself (and shouting at screens and radios) since this madness began. I’d love to See Mark doing a Trump in your living room too! Or on the nightly news!!

  • devapnek says:

    YOu have a spot in my living room anytime you want it!!

  • mark dendy says:

    this is a spot on Analysis. terrifying that he has a chance. don’t worry about rehashing-can’t be said enough. would love to do a Rumsfeld-type TRUMP in your living room. a Stephen made suit of all orange hair. i miss you . wondering if you got my note. PS tell Brett that i am still showing the TRUMP patriot little girl opining at to anyone who will watch. and i love to watch their jaws literally drop into their lap. it is surreal. unbelievable and super scary. i’m easing my way back onto social media by the way. oh and i love that you quoted The Holy Scripture. you are amazing. have much to talk about!!!

  • Nova Loverro says:

    Diane It’s been nice to be out if the country and not be hearing all this. It is getting scary. Thanks for sharing

    Sent from my iPhone


  • Judi Wallner says:

    Brillantly said Dianne. Every day with each new statement of his I am continually aghast. I always hoped that rationality, a “larger picture” context and the best of the human spirit would win out in the end….that’s become doubtful. It is indeed a scary time.

  • Eleanor MORIARTY says:

    Well done D and reflect much of the sentiment of many. Let us not however forgot the supporters whof have been longing to express their ignorant hateful fear driven rage. That is what is so frightening.
    The GOP created this situation, the Democrats who fell into the arms of lobbyist and sold the principles of democracy to any and all and a supreme Court who hacked away at
    The control of our voting rights.
    In other words, hang on, we are in for a rough, rough ride.

  • Laura Wilson says:

    I so agree, Diane. Love the Proverbs…there is nothing new under sun when it comes to human beings. I guess that is comforting.