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Is it legitimate to vote for Trump out of desire to cause Upper West Side angst?

Is it legitimate to vote for Trump out of desire to cause Upper West Side angst?

Upper West Side psychiatrists will make out like bandits if Trump wins

You may remember my post from March 5, 2016, regarding the increasing mental health issues on the notoriously liberal Upper West Side of Manhattan caused by the rise of Donald Trump, MAKE PSYCHOTHERAPY GREAT AGAIN!:

As mentioned the other day with regard to a surge in “Move to Canada” Google Searches, there will be a collective freak out in certain places if Trump wins.

The freak out has already started. The Washington Post reports Psychologists and massage therapists are reporting ‘Trump anxiety’ among clients:

If there is an unofficial capital of psychotherapy, it’s New York’s Upper West Side, where it’s easier to find a therapist than a parking space.

Judith Schweiger Levy, a psychologist in the neighborhood, has noticed a recent uptick in Trump references among her patients, including a middle-aged businesswoman who blurted out this week that her sister is supporting the billionaire.

“She was so upset and worried that she could have a sister — someone so close to her — who would have zero problem with Trump,” Levy said. “Another patient — also a woman — all she could talk about was Trump and how he’s crazy and frightening.”

Ruminating on Trump’s effect, Levy said, “Part of the reason he makes people so anxious is that he has no anxiety himself. It’s frightening. I’m starting to feel anxious just talking about him.”

The NY Times has a new report on the anxiety building to a fevered pitch as Hillary’s campaign falters. The article reads like a parody, Hillary Clinton’s Backers Thought She Couldn’t Lose. Now, ‘I Can’t Go There.’:

Beside the olive display at Zabar’s, that iconic hub of lox and neurosis on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Linda Donohue was trying to talk herself down.

Surely the polls she tracked anxiously were not to be trusted, she said. Surely Donald J. Trump, the man with the garish golden tower across town, would not be allowed to reach the White House.

“We have to have more faith in the American public,” said Ms. Donohue, 61, a longtime New Yorker now living in Seattle.

A man behind her could not suppress a loud snort.

Then Cathi Anderson, who was shopping with Ms. Donahue, mentioned yet another distressing poll, this one from Ohio, which showed Mr. Trump ahead. Ms. Donohue nodded grimly.

Just in case her faith in the American electorate was misplaced, Ms. Donahue said, she had retained her Irish citizenship….

A cartoon in The New Yorker captured it best: A woman sits in her psychiatrist’s office, perspiring in distress. The doctor scribbles on a pad. “I’m giving you something for Hillary’s pneumonia,” the caption reads.

Clearly, shrinks on the Upper West Side will make out like bandits if Trump wins. Hourly rates will soar. No new patients will be accepted due to the increase from two to three visits a week from existing patients. SAD!

This is a very serious election, perhaps one of the most momentous in our lifetimes. Our civil and constitutional rights are at stake. The Second Amendment. Trade Deals. Illegal Immigration. Possible conflict with Iran, China and Russia. This election will help define who we are as Americans.

This is not a time to vote based upon a desire to see people on the Upper West Side suffer emotionally. That would be IMMATURE and CRUEL.

Wouldn’t it?

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This is not a time to vote based upon a desire to see people on the Upper West Side suffer emotionally.

Let’s just call it a satisfying side effect.

Oh, how I fondly remember the pearl-clutching and wailing of the liberals in 2000 when GW took office. This inconsiderate Texan was going to get mud on the carpet and lower the standards of Presidential dignity, etc…

Trump makes them sound like GW redux.

Part of me thinks this election is going to be a lot like ’72 where no one “civilized” voted for Nixon, and the gag headline in The National Lampoon’s first issue out after the election had the cover “Nation Engulfed In Nixon Landslide: Only Mass. and DC Spared”.
This was the election where Pauline Kael of the Slimes (she was a drama critic)sniffed that she couldn’t understand how Nixon could have won since she knew no one who voted for him.
My bet is there are plenty of voters who won’t say that they’ll vote for Trump just because they don’t want to engage in a debate that their hearts really aren’t into.

And yes, Professor, it is, if only to see their heads explode like some Jet.Com commercial.

We could get them referrals to an Oregon doctor to ease their pain……

On October 27, 1997 Oregon enacted the Death with Dignity Act which allows terminally-ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose. The Oregon Death with Dignity Act requires the Oregon Health Authority to collect information about the patients and physicians who participate in the Act, and publish an annual statistical report.

2nd Ammendment Mother | September 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Not even elected and he’s already creating jobs – especially for those underemployed college grads!

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to 2nd Ammendment Mother. | September 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    By the way – it really sucks I’m having a little fun supporting a candidate I have a lot of reservations about….. but, I’ve kind of decided that if the world is going to burn, it’s going to burn on our terms.

      Unless your terms are Trump’s, it’s not going to burn on your terms. You’d be surprised how quickly the country will go down the socialist road if he’s elected.

        Within moments of his successful election, you will be amazed (well, probably not) at the sudden influx of homelessness in America, as well as drug use, depletion of natural habitat, endangered species, gun violence, economic malaise, reduction in America’s respect abroad, etc…

        The press has eight years of pent-up stories.

Without Clinton to sustain Obama’s legacy of class diversity (e.g. racism), selective exclusion (“=”), anti-native policies, progressive wars, refugee crises, trickle-up poverty, insource and outsourcing, the green blight, and abortion rites in a final solution are threatened.

This year, only two criteria for candidate selection:

1. Is he/she amusing?
2. Does he/she upset my asshat relations?

For me, its Trump, 2016. And if he manages a win, I’m gonna have the best Thanksgiving EVER!

couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of America hating a55hats.

Going to be a huge spike in organ accumulator sales. I could probably bulk ship them from Sedona.

This condition the Upper West Siders suffer from is known as Hypertrumpism.

It is permissible to vote for a candidate in an election for any reason, or no reason, and also acceptable to lie about those reasons at any time.

Anybody who wants to make their heads explode, is welcome to it.

    Estragon in reply to Valerie. | September 17, 2016 at 3:10 am

    It isn’t as if large portions of the electorate don’t already use stupid reasoning to decide their votes. Things like the modern poll question, “… cares most about people like me” or who they’d rather have beer with. These may be valid reasons to hang out with someone or cultivate a friendship, but have nothing to do with the ability required to administer the world’s largest enterprise, the US federal government, with millions of employees, the most powerful military ever seen, and a budget greater than the entire GDP (at purchasing power parity) of every other nation in the world except for China, India, and Japan.

    If only people who were knowledgeable and thoughtful of the issues and candidates voted, we wouldn’t be in our current difficulties. So anyone should feel free to vote based on whatever nonsense appeals to them, safe in the knowledge their uninformed folly puts them with the majority of their compatriots. Not that that is anything to be proud of.

As a citizen vote your conscious. As you’re a resident of Ithica I think a little vengeance could be cathartic

Not hard to imagine the spawn of these folks are the ones who most desperately cry for their safe spaces in college.

Can’t think of a better reason to vote for Trump. In fact, it’s probably the only reason… And it’s not good enough.

Almost anything that causes liberals angst is OK with me.

An obvious drawback to deliberately voting to annoy someone else is that …. you haven’t chosen how to vote, you’ve allowed that someone else to do it for you, even if indirectly. Even worse, someone you think is a putz.

So, better to do what everybody does … ignore everything and vote according to your prejudices. Then pick through the news, looking for something to justify your choice. And sit back, confident that you made a sensible selection, even if everybody else seems to be plumb loco. As a way to decide anything important it may suck big-time, but hey, it’s the American way!

There are certainly other ways to vote. In some places it’s customary to bribe voters. This is, at least, a rational way to make a choice. And honest voters will indeed vote the way they’ve been paid to vote.

But, if people vote based on their own intimate and encyclopedic knowledge of world and local politics, economics, history, psychology, business, warfare, statistics, law, science, political philosophy … well, there’s the problem, right there.

One of the old High IQ societies was started with the idea that unusually intelligent people could be polled for opinions on the pressing issues of the day. Naturally, them being smarter than everybody else, any group consensus would be more useful than one determined from a cabal of yahoos. It was an immediate failure. Too bad, it all seemed very sensible. Unfortunately I can’t remember which society that was. It was the late 1800s, the heyday of the Fabians and such philosophical groups. (No, it wasn’t Mensa, which was much later and never so serious.) Perhaps someone out there in TV land recalls it.

A great commentary on the meaning of election 2016, the failure of conservativism as policy and the rise of Trump.

“2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.

Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances.”

stimulating the economy and creating jobs….

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | September 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

There aren’t many psychiatrists in Trumpland. The county where I graduated from high school still does not have a stop light anywhere in the county. My guess is the closest licensed psychiatrist would be associated with the University of Missouri Medical Center, about 80 miles away from the town where I graduated from high school.

Psychiatrists are for rich crazy people who live in cities. I think many of Trump’s supporters get dirty for a living: farmers, carpenters, auto workers, coal miners, oil and natural gas roughnecks, pipeline builders, refinery workers, etc. They don’t have the time or inclination to have some kook who has spent all his life with his nose in books tell them what their dreams “really” mean or that everything is a phallic symbol.

That’s what crazy rich people who don’t get dirty for living in cities do. The crazy rich people living in cities think the people who get dirty for a living are not only deplorable and irredeemable, but benefit from white privilege.

Screw them and their psychiatrists.

I think the following cartoon is appropriate.

Lucy’s going to up her fee to 10 cents.