Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, also identified as "Molly", is widely known as one of the most cathartic and intensely psychoactive substances in the world today. The chemical reaction of taking the drug causes serotonin neurons to release the compound at a rate that overwhelms transporters in the brain, creating a sustained, euphoric ecstasy for the user. Recreational MDMA users have always had a broad range of activity to engage in while on the drug. One of the most warned about activities to not engage in while using MDMA is sex. The addition of MDMA to sex only increases and intensifies its physical and emotional elements. While this might sound fantastic, it's important to note some of the huge dangers of MDMA use: anxiety, paranoia, depression, irregular heart beat, respiratory issues, memory loss, trouble concentrating, etc. Many claim that once an individual has sex on MDMA, it is possible that having sex in the future, while sober, can become unsatisfying as it does not match the heightened level of physical and emotional ecstasy achieved while having sex on MDMA, or "Molly".
Donald Trump is the Molly of American conservative politics.
The current state of the presidential race has a Republican nominee who intensifies all of the sweet-spot-scratching conservatives have been craving for years. Donald Trump isn't just politically incorrect. He is a racist who full on calls Mexicans "rapists" and "murderers", calling for a wall on the southern border. Trump doesn't lean towards the side of stronger defense; he straight up suggests bombings, the theft of natural resources and nuclear proliferation. The Donald doesn't offer improved vetting in refugee admission to the US; he suggests an actual ban on all Muslims, or "extreme vetting" as he put it. These are among the few policies that have been extracted out of him, and they're all extreme. If the GOP tossed red meat to its base in the past with dog whistles and rash action like complete intransigence towards working together with the Obama administration, Donald Trump takes that red meat and sprinkles Molly on it.
Unfortunately for Trump and his supporters, it is looking increasingly likely that not only will he lose the election, Hillary Clinton can possibly pulverize him in the electoral college. Trump is already setting the stage to take the loss as a result of political corruption and cheating, a self-fulfilling, baseless conspiracy theory. The ramifications of this development could cause an emotional crash and chaotic reaction within his support of the likes we haven't seen as a country in a long time. The political anxiety, paranoia and agitation in his base as a result of him losing could become a huge problem within the American electorate should Trump continue perpetuating this nonsense.
Donald Trump's supporters have become accustomed to a candidate who gives them exactly what they want, whenever they want it, despite its lack of truth, rationality and decorum. The question now is what do we do as a country when Trump is gone? What does the Republican Party do?
In sex, people naturally become vulnerable, showing who they are at an animalistic level. Of the social sciences, politics can be like sex. At the risk of seeming overly sensational, we should take an honest look at the dynamic of our democracy through this lens. We strip ourselves down to our most vulnerable core and vote in light of our values, identity and complicatedness. This process is a socially collective action, asserting who we are, similar to the dynamic of sex. Analogously, Donald Trump has become a pseudo-MDMA on the brain during that process. Many of his most ardent supporters have already passed a threshold which could require more Trump-like candidates in the future. Voters who personally call for the execution of Hillary Clinton have a candidate who placates them. The notion these voters will quickly revert to accepting more sensible leaders is hard for me to accept. How does one come back from supporting Donald Trump? How does a Trump voter engage in the process again without feeling voiceless, post-Trump? When Molly politics is gone, and the drug of Trump dries up, how do a lot of his supporters bounce back from that comedown without demanding more? We as a country are going to have to manage, cope with and heal the lasting damage done by Donald Trump to our political psyche. When Trump ran in the primaries, the GOP didn't "just say no" to what he was offering. They took a dose of the Donald and went off a cliff. When he loses, those who got high off "Donald" are going to crash. Subsequently, our country is going to need some serious rehab.