Let’s get real here. If you’ve lived anywhere on this planet for at least the last five years and unless you’re addicted to Fox News, you must have at least heard that Donald Trump is a colossal serial liar. Or that he’s an admitted p*ssy-grabbing serial rapist and misogynist, a xenophobic, white-supremacist endorsed by David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
Moving on from his good points, I could go on for days listing his more vile characteristics, but if you have an open mind and Fox News hasn’t brainwashed you, I’m pretty sure that you may already know them.
Because to paraphrase Shakespeare, “I come to bury Trump, not to praise him.”
I wish. If ever the planet would have been better off without the birth of just one, single person, it’s Donald J. Trump.
Why Did They Say, “Let Trump Be Trump”?
Honestly, did the authors think that portraying him as he is would win votes? They must have thought so because he simply wasn’t doing as well when he was trying to be “Presidential.” He has the attention span of a gnat, the reading ability of a fourth-grader, and was an easy target for impressionists playing on his defects.
Those true-believers knew there was an entire segment of the population who identified themselves with Trump because he “tells it like it is.” People hated Hillary with a passion and couldn’t wait to “take our country back” from that ‘n?gger’ in the White House and everyone like him.
So, let’s talk about Trumpers, not him because they are almost as big a problem.
They are probably an even more significant problem because he is their leader, and tacitly permits them to echo his actions and utterances. Once he is out of power, there will still be “Trumpism,” and he will be only too happy to satisfy his incessant need for insatiable approval by providing them with “leadership.” He, and they, will be a constant thorn in the side of any attempt at rational governing.
We’ve Now Seen Trump Being Trump. Is That a Good Thing?
I suppose that for those who took him literally when he said, “What have you got to lose,” never really thought that much about it. For those of us who lived in the New York City metro area in the eighties, we couldn’t imagine that the clown show we knew as Donald Trump could be taken seriously by anyone with half a brain.
Now that they’ve seen the real shitshow, do they regret it? It doesn’t seem like it with 38% of the populace still drooling over his every word and deed. We call them his base and base they are. I simply do not understand how certain friends of mine can still support him. Doctors, dentists, educated people, along with those suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect, admire him.
“People with less than average abilities tend to overestimate their true abilities, while those with higher than average abilities tend to not realize how much better they are. That is, some people are too stupid to know how stupid they are, while smart people assume most can do what they can.”
They can’t all be racists, can they? Are they all absolute suckers for his serial lying? They can’t all possibly be members of Sociopaths of America, right?
My wife and I were outside talking to a landscaper today. I’ve dealt with him before, and he’s a lovely man. He was telling us about how often he tests his labor pool and the resentment he deals with when having to tell someone that they can’t work for a couple of weeks because they tested positive. Bear in mind that we live in Florida, currently one of the world leaders in COVID-19 infections. We were wearing masks, and he wasn’t. At one point in the conversation, he expressed frustration in not knowing what to believe.
At that point, I realized that he was following the guidelines, but he wasn’t sure why because of conflicting information. To me, there is no conflicting information; to him, there is because of Trump.
I would hope that anyone would expect decency, morality, and principle to be part of the government that leads them. I can almost see a political ad with a picture of Trump and the caption, “Would you buy a used car from this man?” Really, would you? You know him now; you’ve seen him in action. There is hardly ever a word of truth that comes out of his mouth.
A Serial Liar, My Friend, is Donald Trump in a Nutshell.
So why on Earth would anyone ever recommend that Trump should be Trump, instead of trying to find a more normal human?
How about this for an answer — they knew roughly 38% of this country feels the same way about all the things that Donald Trump espouses. With a 38% lock, they just needed to convince another 13% to buy the lie. Surely many Republicans would step up, as well as many Independents. How many felt that Donnie was a newcomer to politics, so he couldn’t possibly be as bad as the long-term politicians? Hillary had been in national public political life since 1992, with plenty of time to build up a list of enemies and pure hatred in the mind of the public. If you hated Hillary, there’s no better reason to vote for Trump. Sometimes I wonder how she even managed to get almost three million more votes than Donnie with those odds.
Here’s the thing about arguing with a liar. You can never win. For every argument that you bring up, they’ll bring up another lie. If you’re a Trumper, you love this, because he’s winning. He’s beating the establishment at their own game. He promises you all the things you want to hear, and he’s winning! Whether you just hated Hillary, or that “black bastard” in the White House, or only vote Republican, or just want the baby-killing abortion clinics to stop, or want the Pledge of Allegiance back in schools, you love this guy. How many politicians assign nicknames like Little Marco, Low-energy Jeb, Crooked Hillary? He’s a successful billionaire who says he funded his campaign, and you love it!
Maybe you’re tired of gays getting married and wanting their rights. Donnie’s going to take care of all of that. Remember, “what have you got to lose?”
What Will Trumpers Do If Their Boy Loses In November?
What idiot with a national platform will stand up for them and create an atmosphere where they can vent their frustrations and rage with impunity? Will they see their loss as a regular, cyclical part of democracy, or the result of a “deep state” plot, or voter fraud?
Let’s break down the losers by category. These certainly aren’t all Trumpers, but they’ll have to find a way to cope.
Always Republicans — I don’t suppose they’ll be happy, but they’ll be okay.
Trump-enabling politicians — They’re band-wagon politicians, so they’ll probably try to find ways to explain their temporary insanity if you’ll only give them another chance.
Independents and moderate Republicans — They might have hated Hillary and thought it was time to shake up Washington.
Dunning-Kruger morons — They drank the Kool-Aid and will never understand what happened to “their country.”
Such is our America today. Our basest instincts are allowed to run free because 38% of the population are bullies and loudmouths with no filter, and no way, or reason to discern right from wrong.
If Trump Loses, the Transition Period Will Be a Nightmare.
Let’s fast-forward to November. Will Donnie accept the election verdict if he loses, or claim voter fraud, as he’s setting us up for now? Will Vlad (Putin) stage some sort of crisis, causing Donnie to try to postpone the election? Where does this 38% base go to relive their recent glory days if he loses? You can rest assured that the hue and cry from Trumpers will not lack for “leadership.”
Having survived impeachment, and with nothing to lose, wholesale pardons will be issued, rats will be abandoning ship, cooperation with an incoming Biden administration will be non-existent. Barr’s DOJ will secretly be shredding documents. The Department of State will be doing likewise, and all will be deleting records on servers that no one even knew existed before.
As if that weren’t enough, if Mitch McConnell keeps his leadership role in the Senate and Biden wins, the Grim Reaper will continue to wreak his very own brand of havoc. But that’s a whole other episode.
To save our country, voters must thoroughly thrash Trump to show the Trumpers that though they be loud, they are still a small, small minority.
Why the Electoral College? Are existing Schools Not Good Enough?
In reality, it was the Framers of the Constitution who came up with the Electoral College, not the Founding Fathers. The primary difference is that the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the Framers wrote the Constitution. While the first set of Framers were the Founders also and wrote the Articles of Confederation, the second set of Framers ( the party of the second part) wrote the actual Constitution once they discovered that the Articles would not be sufficient actually to govern the country. But the Framers just couldn’t bring themselves to allow ordinary people to vote for President directly. After the 2016 Presidential election, how many people are asking, “how’s that Electoral College thing workin’ out for ya?”
While the President was the only position to be elected by the entire country, there was resistance to allowing the decision to be made by the uneducated, common folk. After all, who knows what kind of lying, undisciplined, narcissistic, unskilled, nepotistic, snake oil con men, and traitorous leaders they would elect?
So, the Electoral College was a mechanism whereby the people elected Electors from their state (“notable” leaders) who would do the voting for the President. Because the House of Representatives favored the larger states (more representatives), they made a legislative compromise to allow the smaller states to maintain equal status with the larger ones by electing 2 Senators from each state.
This same mechanism was used to determine the number of members of the Electoral College: the number of House members plus the number of Senators. They would meet in their respective states on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December (who thinks of this stuff?) and simultaneously vote for the President and Vice President. At one point, the winner became President, and the runner-up became Vice President. That sounds fair, now doesn’t it? (Picture how that system would work in any of the elections you can remember in your lifetime. Trump-Clinton? Ewww.)
The Electoral College was a last-minute compromise
Not only did the Framers NOT consider women or Blacks as voters, but they didn’t want the Common People to vote for the Chief Executive of our young country. Some of the early qualifications for voting were property-owners or taxpayers because exactly who voted was left to the states to decide.
And following the times, even the Declaration of Independence refers only to men — not women, not Blacks — but men, men, always to men.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Not surprisingly, some of the Framers of the Constitution had also been Founding Fathers signing the Declaration some 20 years earlier. Now they were trying to frame the Constitution, and they once again deferred to the States and allowed them to ignore women and Blacks if they chose to do so. (Another little-known reason for this is that the college couldn’t agree on a mascot, making who could vote as tricky as deciding on a mascot.)
This led to a continuing evolution of voting rules into and throughout the nineteenth century. In some states, free Blacks could vote, but not all states. The electoral process went through periods where only property owners could vote, and then only taxpayers. As the process evolved more toward white men only (regardless of whether they were property owners or taxpayers), women who owned property in New Jersey even lost the vote that they once enjoyed. (Rumor has it that this was the result of a brawl involving a member of the Soprano family of Nutley, New Jersey before migrating back to Sicily, only to return to the USA in the late 1800s.)
My personal choice for making wise choices in national elections is to test —
— for an informed electorate before allowing them to vote. Not enough voters care about issues to become knowledgeable enough to vote.
Man-in-the-street interviews seen on late night comedy TV demonstrate all too clearly that geography, current events, government, politics, legal issues and the like seem far beyond the capacity of modern US citizens to grasp or even care about.
However, naturalized citizens, who have given up their past lives to come here and work hard for the opportunity to grow and succeed, have to take a test to prove their understanding of our history and how our government works. Can you pass this test? I can. (98% correct.)
We’ve seen what happens when the “will of the people” is overridden by the Electoral College. We’ve seen what happens when people are too lazy to vote or leave it to the uninformed but passionate, to vote.
It’s time for the EC to go and time for people who care about choices their leaders make to get informed and get out the vote! Time to know and care at least as much as the legal immigrants our leaders rail about in terms of how our country is run.
Fake News is the theme of the day. Each side throws the phrase at the other side, and the president says that anything about him that is negative, is fake news, so Trump supporters simply will not be convinced otherwise.
I recently made the mistake of engaging on FB with a friend about the Trumpster’s Swedish comment. My friend’s reply: “You’ll never understand if you don’t want to understand.”
I simply replied to that with “Ditto,” to which his wife replied: “The exaggerating, continually lying media.”
I have long espoused my view that you cannot win an argument with a liar; they will simply state another lie that fits their worldview. Facts have nothing to do with what they hear or see on Fox News or Info Wars or Breitbart. If that’s where you get your news, that’s what you believe and consider yourself well-informed.
“This was especially apparent during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Media corporate owners contributed significant campaign contributions to their favored candidates on one hand, while on the other they published news stories with a positive spin for their own favored candidate. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The New Yorker, and The Blaze are just a few examples.”
The author, Ryan Dube, uses as a litmus test for his ranking methodology, this Associated Press article, including this memo sent out to AP staff by Social Media Editor Eric Carvin:
“The language we use: Whenever possible, we want to emphasize specifics rather than generalizations or labels. Let’s say what we know to be true and what is false, based on our reporting.”
To me, president Trump is, at the very least, a pathological liar, therefore dangerous to us and the world, and history has taught us that. But the lies of politicians for decades now has convinced his supporters to overlook that in favor of trying something, anything, to change the status quo. Desperate people do desperate things. In a way, we have brought this on ourselves.
My browser homepage is Google News, and I see, at a glance, a collection of topics from news sources around the world. I contrast and compare the facts as presented and consider the source before making any judgments.
Of those sites on the list on MakeUseOf.com, I most frequently trust: Reuters, NPR, the BBC, and The Christian Science Monitor but will undoubtedly be adding the others to my list.
Some media outlets get it wrong sometimes, and sometimes members of the press lie more than others because they aim to deceive. But if you can change the lens through which you access your information, I’m sure you’ll find that president Trump and his administration’s “alternate facts” have not only been entirely and reputably fact-checked and found wanting in terms of integrity. In many cases, his words were fact-checked using his own words on video as the basis for comparison.
If we are ever to come together as a nation again, I encourage you to do the same. No one will be convinced of another point of view if we all use different sets of “facts.”
If you’re reading this, you may have never known a time without social media. Or a time without bullies. For the rest of us, we’ve probably known at least one bully at some point in our life.
To be clear, Merriam-Webster, an online dictionary, defines a bully this way:
It used to be that a bully could just get in your face or call you on the phone or leave you notes in your mailbox or your school locker. Proximity was vital for the bully, so you could try to arrange not to get too close. Not anymore.
With the advent of the internet for almost anyone in the world and social media, anonymity is virtually guaranteed. The distance separating people also practically guarantees that it’s easier to be a bully without consequences.
Cable news shows, with their 24-hour news cycle to fill with content, often fill it with guest “panels” struggling to make their point, usually by making the loudest point. Cable news becomes an example for the rest of us.
So the fact that anyone can be a bully, especially on social media, leads me to offer an example if you need any.
My sister posted in this thread, so I went to check it out. It took place in October of 2012, during the presidential election. Nothing gets bullies more fired up than a presidential election. Instinctively, I saved the thread, not knowing what I would ever do with it, but now I know.
You’ll notice that it starts somewhat reasonably but watch what happens when I, a definite outsider, post a link to something they don’t like. The thread speaks for itself, but I pointed out some things to be sure they were clear.
Unfortunately, I got a little caught up in the fray in a couple of places, but the defensive instinct kicks in, and you realize that whatever you write, none of these people knows where you are, and there’s nothing they can do about whatever you say.
And That’s How Easy It Is to Become a Bully on Social Media.
One way to raise yourself is to put other people down. And if those people are seen as inferior already, always surrounding yourself with people like them, always makes you the biggest fish in a small pond. Don’t ever leave the pond, though. Reality can be daunting.
But this is America. We should be having an exchange of ideas, where the best ones are appreciated. In the acting profession or any other, working with the most talented people encourages a competition that makes the quality of the entire enterprise even better.
Another type of bully is the anonymous one. This one has all the traits of the first, but they’re afraid to be discovered because that’s just it — they’re afraid.
Oh, boy. Tomorrow is Saturday, and that means Daddy and I are going to play the “Alien Monster” game just as soon as he gets off from work at lunchtime!
That may not mean much to you if you’re a grownup, but to a kid of 10 (going on 20, Mommy says), it’s my big chance to show him that I’m ready to be a man too.
Mommy always says I’m big for my age, and I think I have just the “trick” to bring him down this time. I’ll need to get Tony and Maria to help me, and they’re just little kids, but I’m pretty sure they’ll do it if I can come up with the right price.
So here’s how it’s going down. Daddy only works a half-day on Saturday, so he’ll be home around 12:30. Maria, she’s only 7, is going to meet him at the front door, all crying and everything. She’s really good at that.
Daddy’s going to be trying to find out what’s wrong, and he’ll be all kinds of sweet to her, but she’ll just cry and pretend like she can’t talk about it.
That’s when Tony and I get in place. (I’m George, by the way.) We’ll set up outside the back door. I’ll be on one side, and Tony will be on the other with the blanket, and we’ll both be hiding in the bushes on either side.
When we’re ready, I’ll give a little whistle. Maria is going to tell Daddy that Tony hit her and lead him outside the back door to show him where Tony is. And as soon as he gets outside past the bushes, we are on him! This alien may be big and strong, but let’s see him get away from a big 10-year-old, a big 8-year-old and a 7-year-old!
The Alien May Be On to Us Though.
Daddy has been acting strangely lately. He looks out the windows a lot. Sometimes he’ll even stop what we’re doing and shush us to be quiet so that he can listen to something outside. Mommy does this too. I think they do this to throw us off track, because all of a sudden, after looking for a few seconds, he’ll laugh and tell us he thought he heard “aliens” outside.
I can’t take all the credit for this game. My big brother, Carl, who’s a senior at Princeton University, made it up. He got us going before he left for college and told me the best way to beat the “Alien.” Surprise him. Daddy’s bigger and stronger, but that won’t work against the three of us if he’s under the blanket.
Okay, Daddy, let’s see how many aliens you see tomorrow from under a blanket!
Knock, knock. Knock, knock. Immigration! Open up!
What time is it? What’s going on downstairs? Sounds like a lot of people!
Tony and I are racing downstairs, and I win. When we get there, it looks like there’s an army surrounding Mommy and Daddy. Mommy is crying, and they’re putting handcuffs on Daddy. What is going on here? Three soldiers are holding Daddy, even though he can’t do anything in handcuffs. Maria is crying and holding on to Mommy around the legs, and Mommy can’t move.
Daddy sees us and yells out, “Jorge! Antonio! ¡Vuelve arriba! ¡Mami te lo explicará más tarde!”
I look at Tony, and he looks at me, and in one Spiderman move, we’re over the railing and all over the biggest soldier holding Daddy.
Mommy starts to scream, which sets Maria screaming. I think we’re winning because we manage to pull him away from Daddy, but the other two grab us from behind and pull us off him. Now Daddy’s yelling. I can’t tell if he’s still yelling at the soldiers or us, but it seems like he’s crying, too.
When the soldiers put us down, Mommy grabs us and drags Maria over too. When everything gets quiet, the soldiers walk Daddy out the door. He’s crying, I think, and Mommy’s watching him go and squeezing the air out of us.
The Man of the House Now
That’s me until Carl gets home. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, or when Daddy will be back, but I’m gonna do my best. I spoke to Carl on the phone, and he’s leaving school in New Jersey and will be here tomorrow. Mommy told him how we attacked the soldier, and Carl said he was proud of us.
It turns out that they weren’t soldiers, but their helmets and guns sure made ‘em look like soldiers. Carl said they were from something called ICE. Sure looked like soldiers to me.
Mommy says that Daddy didn’t do anything wrong, but it’s something that his mom and dad did a long time ago. That doesn’t make sense. If he didn’t do anything wrong, why did they take Daddy? Are they gonna make him pay for what his parents did? That’s stupid. Are they gonna take me for something that Mommy or Daddy did?
Spics Go Home!
We can’t go outside because there are people all over in front of the house carrying signs, and cameras, and microphones trying to get in. There are also police keeping them back in the street. One sign says, “Spics Go Home!” I don’t know what a Spic is, but I’m sure they don’t live here.
I don’t feel much like I’m ten going on 20 today ’cause I don’t get it. What happened? Maybe Carl can explain it better when he gets here tomorrow ’cause when Mommy isn’t on the phone, she’s crying. And, she’s crying on the phone, too. Maria won’t let go of Tony, and Tony just kind of stares at me with big, sad eyes. At one point, he asks me if Daddy will be back in time to play “Alien Monster” tomorrow.