Letter to the Editor


Sunday, March 24, 2019

So I guess the ongoing diatribe against our president is that he could be considered by some to be unfit to serve in his present capacity. From what I can tell, this is based on the assumption that our president displays some (if not most) of the characteristics and behaviors that someone with "narcissistic personality disorder" displays. Not to belabor the point, but I think you could say the same thing about other historical figures, such as Napoleon, Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt, George Patton, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, on and on and on. The short response to the "debate, if there is one, is "So what?" More to the point, in a country where it is documented that 20 percent of all of us have a verifiable mental illness, it shouldn't surprise us that our leaders are not immune. Watch and listen to present day and want to be elected officials and see if you don't agree!

A personality disorder is not necessarily a crippling matter. It does not rule out a person from functioning effectively in their chosen pursuits. Other personality disorders include these types: anti-social, histrionic, borderline, schizoid, paranoid, schizotypal, avoidant, dependent and obsessive-compulsive. Which one describes you, or other folks you know? More importantly, has a mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychiatric social worker or nurse practitioner) made a full and complete diagnosis, based on face to face interviews, and other factual evidence? If not, it is likely a label someone without professional training slapped on a person they are trying to discredit, or otherwise disrespect. Labeling does not a diagnosis make!

Finally, it tickled me to see in a news story today, that our president is taking heat for signing his name on the cover of one or more Bibles. The context was that he was visiting people in Alabama, who had been victims of a deadly tornado. Children and adults apparently offered him their bibles for him to sign or autograph. Wouldn't you know, pollsters had to ask folks whether or not they thought that was appropriate. You can go to your own news source to get more of the story, if you choose. As for me, I thank God that our president and the first lady visited those in need and fulfilled their requests for signatures. What were they supposed to do, decline the request? Or how about asking the seekers to find a spiral notebook or autograph book? Really?

Bill Kersting, Spencer