Letter to the Editor: Halls on Trump anxiety

To the Editor,

Trump voters weren’t driven by anger over the past, but rather fear of what may come. But it’s not just the intellectual component of this situation that is problematic for those of us. Was its genuine anxiety about the state of the economy? Or was its racism and racial resentment? Studies suggest that these kinds of comments and actions are not just incidental to Trump; they are at the core of his political success. It also includes some political supporters. Separating immigrant families is causing serious damage to the young at vulnerable life. C. Giordano, Soapboxie wrote; “Trump’s behavior mirrors the behavior of past abusers – a bully. Trump’s outrages deliver “neurobiological overstimulation” and can lead to flashbacks. Heightened anxiety, panic attacks, and a disruption of normal functioning.” As we viewed during the campaign and today classic traits of emotional abuse.

The adrenaline that we feel during this time can be traumatic for some. Americans are struggling with anxiety at an alarming rate. According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, “62 percent of us are stressed out about the current political climate. While we’re a country divided, that’s a number that crosses party lines. Further, 64 percent of us are worried about work and money, 63 percent fear for our health, and nearly half are worried about the economy. To top it all off, 69 percent (!) say the nation’s future causes them stress.”

 American farmers are anxious about Trump trade threats with China. Trump demonstrates the challenges and constraints that he the businessman-president faces as he deals internationally with real business individuals who know. The trouble this has caused is evident in the demonstration of US farming groups trying to get Trump to listen. Trump’s bailout program will impose many problems. The funds they will receive will cause an overall lost. “We wouldn’t need the payment if they would get to work and finalize the trade deal with China,” said Dave Walton, a soybean grower in Wilton, Iowa. “Frustration out here is growing by the day.” There are a number of other countries that China can deal with. Christopher Gibbs, Maplewood, OH, an Ohio farmer who voted for President Donald Trump, tells CNN’s Kate Bolduan he doesn’t understand why farmers must make the sacrifices in the trade war with China.

Atossa Abrahamian, commented in Quartz, “Today, “globalization” can mean anything you want it to mean: open borders, lower wages, the European Union, that godawful Pitbull record. Whatever it is, Donald Trump is against it. Over the course of his candidacy, the Republican president and international businessman has rebranded virtually all outward-looking engagement with the rest of the world as “globalism”, which his supporters now use as a slur.” The speeches themselves are nearly all empty assertion. Assertion, bragging, and defensiveness. “He is always boasting about the size of this crowd or that crowd, refuting some slight from someone who has treated him “very unfairly,” underscoring his sincerity via adjectival pile-on (he’s “going to appoint beautiful, incredible, unbelievable Supreme Court Justices”). He lies, bullies, menaces, dishes it out but can’t seem to take it, exhibits such a muddy understanding of certain American principles. (the press is free, torture illegal, criticism and libel two different things) that he might be a seventeenth-century Austrian prince time-transported here to mess with us.” George Saunders The New Yorker

 Donald Trump’s unorthodox crusade is causing growing anxiety over U.S. trade, military and diplomatic policies during his presidency, according to ambassadors from six continents. Diplomats from many of the United States’ closest allies said there has not been a U.S. election since World War II in which representatives of foreign nations have felt so completely cut off from a president or so unsure of his view of foreign policy. “Scary. That’s how we view Trump,” said one ambassador whose country has a close relationship with Washington. “Could we depend on the United States? We don’t know. I can’t tell you how the unpredictability we are seeing scares us.” His involvement with Russia has great concern with many foreign nations.

 As we know, time does heal, but in the meantime tear yourself away from political conversations. It’s important to stay informed, but limit yourself from social media, mainstream news. It may help to get involved to gain a sense of empowerment.

 Norman Halls

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