Adolescent Impeachment

It’s a hard read. This show trial business they are calling impeachment makes is hard to watch, understand and hear. But when you look at it from the point of view of the Tri-A or Adult Arrested Adolescent and what we know of the state of American education, it makes sense.

Let’s review. The Tri-A is an adult lifestyle, thinking and behavior model that shares all the characteristics of what we know about adolescence. We know that adolescence is a chaotic period in a teens life, but the Tri-A or Adult Arrested Adolescent is an adult locked in the mindset of a hot blooded, self-absorbed, hormonal teen. That mindset remains into adulthood but gets more complicated when the adult enter the working world, seeking positions where they can “change things” or “make a difference.” That’s when the adolescent tendency to choose almost every hill as the one they are willing to die on gets tedious. Everything they want becomes worthy of the ultimate sacrifice. That is just as long as they can have a Carmel Macchiato afterward and congratulate themselves.

Their side of the impeachment matter thinks they understand those very complex tools that change public opinion – but they are failing in their execution through poor selection of their prepared witnesses (Mini-Manchurian Candidates) who fail to support their hastily drawn and redrawn myth of what constitutes criminal behavior. The adolescent is the first to decide they can redefine things, like my son who decided at age 11 he was a teenager. His logic was that his age now had two numbers, making him a teen. It was just a minor change in interpretation of the rules. “But, but, it looks like a teenager!” (said with angst)

Another stand-out characteristic adolescent trait is the fear of being wrong and inability to accept criticism from those discussing their behavior. Much of what is displayed in the hearings is just that; fear. You see the “prosecution” side trying to find an identity for and a label for what they are doing when the rules do not really apply. There is an ongoing struggle to keep changing labels as the Tri-As seek an identity that works with their peers and supporters. Meanwhile, the adolescent belief that they can baffle us all into believing “their issues” are unique, never before solved and poorly understood by lesser minds. Therefore, actually creating out of thin air those issues has weighed heavily on the main aggressor, Mr. Schiff. Watching the collective minded cohort surrounding him, they become a folie à deux and appear to be apathetic to the madness. As he pounds his gavel in imperious fashion the worn out faux-trial tilts at windmill after windmill in search of a real crime. The Chairman’s chair becomes his own, Rozinante, as he tries to conquer what he sees as simple-minded opposition. It is like early adolescents who still have some idea that somewhere, in some special circumstance, they are special wield almost magical power. “I wear Sargon’s ring, fear me.”
On the other side of the argument there are a few trying to stop what looks like a hissy fit by a clique of Junior High girls who think they “know how.” Those few who do resist seem just as bombastic and oozing of misplaced enthusiasm. They play the role of an older group, somewhat adolescent itself but less collective in their thinking. The two argue over minor issues more because they dislike each other rather than something substantive. The only adults in the room who attempt to bring truth and reason to the situation are ignored. About half of the opposition group exhibit the same fear of criticism and sensitivity as the other. They hesitate to be truly involved for fear their behavior might cost them votes or fewer likes on social media. They certainly don’t want to discolor their self-constructed reality in which they are a sort of white knight, able to understand both sides of the discussion. They sound good, but like most adolescents they make decisions based on feelings and who is praising them. Both sides of the war-of-words, are like teens, tending to underestimate how difficult change and the complexity of things can be. They channel all things through the filter of “what will other people in my clique think?” The actual work they are supposed to be doing has been lost in a dust-devil of tears, hurt feelings and adolescent self-doubt aimed at proving themselves “right.”.

For the most part, the entire episode can be likened to a disagreement over the decoration of the gym for prom by two sides of a simple question that has been answered many times in the past through patience and understanding. This isn’t the first prom; we have fixed problems like this in the past easily and cooperatively. But this time, the aggressor, Mr. Schiff must lose. They act like children, but the adult solution was written long ago specifically to guide us in how to deal with these matters – we have rules. In this case, each side is seeking some Deus ex Machina that provides a third solution without either having to compromise. It’s emblematic of self-destructive Adult Arrested Adolescence. Gone is reason, humanity, kindness and humility.

[1] Folie à deux, shared psychosis, or shared delusional disorder is a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and sometimes hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another.

[1] :  Deus Ex Machina -A person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty

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