One of the dangers of TDS is the longevity and virulence of the disease. TDS has the stubborn quality of a viral infection which resists all the normal methods to eradicate it.
TDS Is a Particular Type of Virus
There are two commonly recognized definitions of a virus. One is the biological definition. The other is the digital definition which most have become very familiar with in recent years.
However, according to Dictionary.com, this is also a definition of a virus:
3. a corrupting influence on morals or the intellect; poison.
TDS fits this to a tee. The ‘corrupting influence’ is not on ‘morals or intellect,’ it is a ‘corrupting influence’ on morals and intellect. Perhaps the best example of this comes on the heels of the North Korea-United States Summit in Singapore and the historic agreement signed there.
The TDS Virus on Display – The Singapore Summit
June 12, 2018, marked a truly remarkable culmination of efforts to achieve denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The Singapore Summit produced a signed four-point agreement between the United States and North Korea. The relevant text of this agreement is:
Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
The United States and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
Reaffirming the April 27, 2018, Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
There are some facts which should be considered when evaluating this event. One is that this Summit and agreement were unprecedented. There have been other agreements like this in the past. However, none were the result of a face-to-face meeting with the head of the North Korean government.
Moreover, the United States took concrete steps to help assure that Kim would not back out of his commitments. The sanctions which President Trump had placed and extended on North Korea have not been lifted, and Trump assures us they will not be lifted until denuclearization is complete.
Finally, North Korea made some significant moves even before the Summit as a gesture of sincerity. Two of those are the verified destruction of one of their nuclear testing facilities, and the return of three Americans who were being held as hostages.
This Is Monumental Except to Those with the TDS Virus
This is a monumental development on the world stage. A history of war and an emerging nuclear threat for 68 years is on the verge of being ended in peace. Additionally, one of the old hallmarks of the Left was denuclearization, and this achievement is a huge step toward that goal.
If one were looking with anything resembling objectivity, the only assessment of the summit would have to be approval and congratulations to both Trump and Kim.
However, TDS is a corrupting and poisonous virus. As noted previously it affects both morals and intellect. It is both intellectually dishonest and immoral to disapprove of the Summit simply because Trump is involved.
The evidence shows that this virus is thoroughly infecting many parts of society here and across the globe. Here are some examples from the leftist media, aka the ‘mainstream press.’
TDS Infected Media Degrades the Summit
The TDS infected media did all it could to downplay and degrade the Summit and the resulting agreement. A typical response was given on CNN.
CNN global affairs analyst and anti-Trump Republican Max Boot repeatedly dismiss(ed) the Singapore gathering on Monday’s CNN Tonight as something that “any previous president could have done” and it was only Donald Trump who foolishly decided to make North Korea’s dreams come true and legitimize them on the world stage.
The lack of specifics in this agreement was a target for much criticism from the Left. However, the president continually stressed, all through this process, that this is just the beginning of a long journey toward a verifiable denuclearized Korean peninsula.
TDS corruption of media morality shows up in spades via a tweet by CNN’s Chris Cillizza. This so-called non-biased reporter decided the photo of Trump at a rally honoring slain police officers with the president’s head in a sniper’s crosshairs. The corrupting virus has tainted both intellect and morals on the Left’s political base as well.
TDS Infected Politicians Spout Summit Nonsense
Many politicians in Washington and across the nation have followed the media insanity of TDS instinctively. This is manifestly apparent in the deluded calls for impeachment of President Trump.
However, in the case of the Singapore Summit, TDS is on full display in the Democrat party. A prominent example was the reaction of Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).
“Apparently, the President handed Kim Jong-un concessions in exchange for vague promises that do not approach a clear and comprehensive pathway to denuclearization and non-proliferation… “In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo,” she added.
This is unadulterated nonsense spoken by one who has an intimate relationship with nonsense. The former Speaker of the House was infected with TDS before the election, and it has only gotten worse with time.
TDS Infected People Give Delusional Rantings
The reach of TDS is long. It moves with an irrational hatred of President Trump which instantly and permanently twists anything he does into a diabolical rant against him on a personal level.
There are a multitude of such rants in cyberspace which are often found in the comments section of articles about Trump. Here is a recent example of TDS run wild in a response to an article which expressed gratitude for the Summit, and criticized Robert Deniro’s unhinged cursing at Trump during the Tony Awards.
But what exactly is respectable about an individual whose actions and rhetoric normalizes, say: “very fine” neo-Nazis; grabbing women by the genitalia; slashes the budget for food programs that assist the poorest of our children and elders; undermines decades worth of clean water and air legislation and thus endangers all future generations (pro-life, anyone?); encourages ICE to intimidate and manhandle and separate mothers and young children; and just to end a potentially inexhaustible list – maneuvers world relationships in such ways as to assure the largest possible increase in the personal wealth of himself and his own family’s investments?
This critique is rife with outright lies and half-truths and doesn’t deal with the Summit at all. One outstanding lie is that ICE “manhandles” mothers and young children. Another is the claim that Trump somehow “maneuvers” world events to simply enrich himself.
This woman did not accept a cordial response that showed respect for her opinion. She had more to say and insisted upon rudeness to get her invalid points across. This is a definitive symptom of TDS viral infection at an advanced level. It is a complete corruption and rejection of truth, morality, and civility.
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 2 Peter 2:19 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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