The corporate media are busily fostering delusion. Daily, Donald Trump is subjected to a storm of confected outrage on the television screens and the newspapers. The Washington Post, the well known purveyor of Washington groupthink, has an opinion piece that illustrates this mass delusion perfectly. The article is by Professor Tribe. It calls for the impeachment of President Trump and it is not only delusional, it is blatantly delusional.
The professor acknowledges that impeachment is for high crimes. Yet, not only does he fail to offer any evidence of President Trump's guilt of any crime, he makes it perfectly clear that there is no such evidence. This delusional thinking is from a Law professor and it is published in one of the nation's most reputable journals.
So Professor Tribe does not even try to provide a legal rationale. Instead, he simply asserts that President Trump presents a danger to the country. Possibly, realising that this is absurd, the professor attempts to dress it up with specious references to foreign emoluments, as though there is any evidence that Trump is being bribed by foreign states (something which actually does apply to Hillary Clinton).
The reference to foreign emoluments is a mere fig leaf. Tribe is actually clear about why he thinks Trump should be removed from office. He considers Trump to be authoritarian. In other words, Tribe thinks his political preferences should over ride the Constitution and the election. Tribe tries to disguise this subjectivity by resorting to smears about Russia - a scandal that is based on not a single shred of evidence. Revealingly, Tribe is not prepared to wait for the outcome of any investigation; he does not need any evidence; he knows (in his delusion) that it is too dangerous to wait - Trump might do anything. Just to underline this: here Tribe is making it perfectly plain that he wants Trump removed from office because of what Trump might do in the future - an extraordinary position for a law professor advocating a legal procedure for past crimes.
The good professor wants this travesty of justice to be implemented in order to protect democracy and the rule of law. This rationale is absurd. How a law professor can seriously persuade himself that one can defend democracy and the rule of law by overthrowing the result of the election by mis-using the law is an enigma that would doubtless by of much interest to professional psychologists.
Mr Tribe is clearly deluded. But his delusion is not a personal defect. His delusion is shared across the neoliberal globalist elite. Their candidate lost the election and they are apparently unable to come to terms with the reality of that defeat. This is why they have abandoned all sense of reality. This is why they care nothing for evidence, legal procedures, the actual meanings of words, or even the consequences of their actions. They are determined to foster their delusion and try to impose it on everyone else.