Reader suggest politicians need mental health checks

In today’s society we have many safeguards that prevent mentally ill people from making important decisions and causing harm to society. In the medical profession, we have medical boards with peer review where physician’s actions are scrutinized by committees. The police have something very similar termed internal affairs. However, politicians can make important decisions that can affect us and our children in an adverse way without any such oversight. For example, John McCain had a brain tumor and unfortunately kept his senate position until his death. Robert C. Byrd, who was a great man and had done wonderful things for West Virginia, yet the last two years of his term he was extremely senile. He would start speeches and in the middle of the presentation forget what he was talking about. He stayed in the senate until his death.

More recently, the other day I saw two doddering politicians, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, inflicted with an obvious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. They are in government leadership positions where they are obviously doing harm to the country without anyone trying to stop them. Some of the signs of Trump Derangement Syndrome are blatant dismissal of truth and facts, pathologic lying, selfishness and disregard for the well-being of fellow citizens and our country. It is also exhibited in frequent changes in opinion, such as in 2006, 2009 and 2014, where they were both for the border wall and now they are totally against it. They convince ignorant young masses and the media to follow them blindly. Finally the last sign of Trump Derangement Syndrome is staring at the camera without any facial movement (may have been too much Botox.) I suggest we develop a way to safeguard our country against politicians, such as Chuck and Nancy, who become mentally ill.

George Tokodi, D.O.