There is a deadly pandemic amok throughout the land. And no, I’m not talking about COVID-19, though there is unquestionably that. I’m speaking of sociopathy, extreme antisocial indifference to the pain and suffering of others. This callous disregard can be found among voters for whom the bottom line is the bottom line, for whom caged children, a quarter million dead Americans and the reputations of innocent people are of no consequence compared to their quarterly balance sheets, and Donald Trump is their patron saint and the chief exponent of their indifference.
The reaction among many voters to the so-called “sedate debate,” the final presidential debate Thursday night, is a chilling reminder of this deadly sociopathic pandemic. The debate may have been “civilized” in its toned down volume, but the content was still jaw-dropping horrific. We watched as the man who is the alleged leader of the free world responded with practical indifference to American deaths from COVID, dismissing with a shrug a tragedy that has (so far) claimed 75 times the number of American lives than were lost on September 11th, 2001.
We watched as the man who is supposed to lead by compassionate example, dismiss the caging of 545 children, heartlessly wrenched from their parents and justified with the cold-blooded lie that they’re being treated well. That they’re not being treated well, that they’re being treated appallingly, is finally beside the point. Their parents are hopelessly lost to them, ground up in a system that should have never separated them in the first place, and many voters couldn’t care less.
We watched as this heartless bastard Trump murdered the reputation of Hunter Biden without a shred of evidence or regret. Trump’s miraculously and suddenly resurrected “outrage” at the “Burisma scandal” that lay dormant for months without mention has suddenly become the hot topic of the moment, superseding Trump’s pearl-clutching, counterfeit horror about the potential for “rampant voter fraud” from mail-in ballots, and these bottom line voters are just fine with it.
It’s time to take a long, hard look at your Trump-loving uncle, your wayward brother-in-law, your Trump-supporting parent, and start calling them what they are: sociopaths. They may not be the hard-bitten, serial-murdering variety sociopaths you see occasionally in the movies, but they are definitely on the spectrum.
It takes bad people to support a man as overtly evil as Donald Trump, and America appears to have just enough of them to elect Trump president. Are there enough to re-elect him? Sadly, yes, but only if we don’t vote. It’s up to you and me and all of us to stop him. If you haven’t voted yet, do so. If you have, look around and see if there’s something else you can do to end the tyrannical reign of this nightmare sociopath Trump. The life and soul of your nation is at stake. Donald Trump must not be re-elected, and only We the People can stop him. And, as ever, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, comrades and friends, stay safe.
Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.