A Look At: Trump Derangement Syndrome
Trump Derangement Syndrome is a term applied by some writers to describe critics of US President Donald Trump, including liberals, and progressives, whom they accuse of responding in a manner verging on the irrational to statements and political actions by Trump, without regard to his actual position or action taken.
The coinage is traced to Bush derangement syndrome, a phrase coined by Charles Krauthammer in 2003, during the presidency of George W. Bush, and defined by Krauthammer as "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency – nay – the very existence of George W. Bush." Krauthammer defines Trump derangement syndrome as describing a Trump-induced "general hysteria" among the chattering classes, producing an "inability to distinguish between legitimate policy differences and... signs of psychic pathology" in the President's behavior.
Justin Raimondo divided the "syndrome" into three stages; in the first, the afflicted "lose all sense of proportion," next, they experience "a profound effect on ... vocabulary" and begin to "speak a distinctive language consisting solely of hyperbole," and, in the final stage, they "lose the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality." Jonathan S. Tobin defines it as "disgust at his manner and his tweets such that all distinctions between him and genuine villains is lost." Fareed Zakaria defined the Syndrome as "hatred of President Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment."
Quotes On Liberal Bias In Education
"At many of the colleges I've taught at or consulted for, a perusal of the speakers list and the required readings in the campus bookstore convinced me that a student could probably go through four years without ever encountering a right-of-center view portrayed in a positive light." - Robert Maranto
"I believe that for the most part the biases conservative academics face are subtle, even unintentional. When making hiring decisions and confronted with several good candidates, we college professors, like anyone else, tend to select people like ourselves. Unfortunately, subtle biases in how conservative students and professors are treated in the classroom and in the job market have very unsubtle effects on the ideological makeup of the professoriate. The resulting lack of intellectual diversity harms academia by limiting the questions academics ask, the phenomena we study, and ultimately the conclusions we reach." - Robert Maranto
"In authoritarian and totalitarian societies schools exist to indoctrinate students in the orthodoxy of the state. In a democracy we teach students how to think, not what to think. In other words, in a free society the very purpose of education is to open students' minds and teach its citizens to think for themselves. This is the idea that lies at the heart of the academic freedom provisions of every university." - David Horowitz
"The sad fact is that explicit or implicit political litmus tests are far more important than science at universities and so-called peer-reviewed journals. Universities may pay lip service to 'diversity,' but diversity of thought is taboo." - Kevin A. Hassett
"While a professor may hold strong beliefs and still be a responsible scholar and a fair teacher, it is important to acknowledge that politically homogeneous faculties are intellectually compromised faculties. Espousing nearly uniform political opinions, they predictably lack the variety of outlooks and varied intellectual interests that challenge and sharpen individuals of all political stripes." - From: Protecting the Free Exchange of Ideas: How Trustees Can Advance Intellectual Diversity on Campus
"Throughout American higher education, professors are using their classrooms to push political agendas in the name of teaching students to think critically. In course after course, department after department, and institution after institution, indoctrination is replacing education. Encouraging students to think independently has been too often supplanted by the impulse to tell them what to think about some of the most pressing issues of our day." - From: How Many Ward Churchills?
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