Ok, MAGA/Evangelicals, you win. I give up on the idea that you will eventually get over your hatred for so many things and so many people in our world. At one time I truly believed that eventually your self-consuming fear would subside and you would rejoin the rest of us in celebration of American diversity and true Christianity.Read more
I have been looking for this type of list about the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3) for a while now. Thanks, David Leonhardt of the New York Times for putting it out in his column on Sunday.
Even with this very lengthy list it seems impossible for any Republican in Congress to put country over party and bring this guy to task. They finally need the guts to admit that their party that once stood for principles was kidnapped by a very flawed person who has his head stuck so far up his own rear end that he sees ABSOLUTELY nothing but himself.Read more
I don’t know exactly when this round of” Us vs Them” started, but it is proven to be flat out destructive. Let me spend a few minutes here trying to show you the damage it has done and what we might do to reverse it.
From what I can find making those who think differently than you do in the political arena started in earnest during the Newt Gingrich era of the 1980s. I like to blame Reagan for most of this stuff so I will add his name here too. Since that time partisanship has almost completely evaporated! It is now all about defeating your bitter foes on the other side of the great divide.
The problem is that today’s divide has become so wide and vitriolic that it comes down to friend vs enemy, politics is always war, and life in general is eternal conflict. We have it in our mind that if we can just defeat our enemy we can make a perfect world where everything goes our way.
Little do we realize that can never happen. Once that mentality takes shape in our mind it fashions enemies where none were previously present. All we do is peel the onion down to the next conflict level.
I would like to believe, whether it is true or not, that most of us don’t always live our lives in that mode. We manage to get along with our neighbors, even if they are different from us. Those of us in small communities actually enjoy those around us. Yes, there is the tribal instinct when it comes to family but there is also a community instinct outside of family.
The underlying problem in America, and much of the rest of the world, is division, or how we separate ourselves from others :
- The widening gap between rich and poor
- rural and urban
- whites and people of color
- educated and less educated
- conservative and progressive
But I can’t help believe that somehow these divides can be conquered using things where we agree with each other. The first part of this very long journey is to find those things. Let’s look at a few possibilities here to get us started:
- We all love our children and want what’s best for them.
- We are bound by our work ethic and can find improvements we all want to see in that area.
- We all want a sense of belonging so maybe we can find a way to pull the political power more to the local area.
- We all have a shared sense of community. If only we can see that there is a diversity of poeple in that community that are not threatening to us.
We need all of these things to begin coming together as a nation. Let’s all try to take baby steps in these areas and before you know it we just might be taking giant leaps together.
The Us vs Them Mindset Just Might Take Down Our Country – Let’s Find Our Common Bonds To Keep That From Happening
It used to be that trust was a foundational thing in a person’s life. It used to be if a person lost the trust of others, he was proclaimed to be persona-non-grata until he proved he was trustworthy again. How did the reversal of that happen to so many in our American society? That is what this post is all about.
I’m sure you know who I am talking about, but if you don’t, the untrustworthy person is the current Oval Office occupant. This guy has been documented to tell dozens of lies every day during his time in office. . He seems to take great pride in that fact too! He proudly boasts of things he absolutely knows are not true. To me that is the epitome of someone I detest, and yes, for the first time in my life I do detest this president.
Due to his endless lying, I take the approach of automatically assuming anything he says is blatantly false. Most of the time that turns out to be an accurate assessment, sometimes not. I guess I should give him credit for some of the things he does, but given all the rest it is a hard thing for me to do. It would kind of like be saying that some white supremacists are good people. I have come across a few other people like him in my life before. Mostly I have managed to cast them out of my orbit, but since this one affects so much of our daily living that is almost impossible to do.
Now, getting to the heart of this matter, it totally astonishes me as to those who hang on every word he says. They say “that is just who he is”. I also say “that is who he is” but the difference is they love him because of that, whereas I loathe him because of that. How can you say someone is doing a great job if you can’t, in your heart, trust them?
But to me by far the most damaging result of their backing is that many then go and proclaim to be “Christians”. I wish some of them would open their Bible to show me where the evidence of that is with this guy? I can certainly open my Bible and show you where it is not.
If there is not contract of trust with our leaders then we might as well throw in the towel as a country now and get it over with. If that is what we have become, we deserve what we get.
Now that the Mueller Investigation is finally over I hope we will no longer be totally engulfed with the daily news of possible scandal and can finally concentrate on what is actually happening to our democracy. Yes, we have an incompetent in the Oval Office but our attention should be to keep him from doing irreparable harm for his remaining one year and nine months in office.
Looking back, I was never that hopeful that a “smoking gun” would be found in the two-year, which seemed like ten year, investigation. I never really deemed him smart enough to accomplish something as complicated as collusion. Given the verocity of the MAGA cult, an impeachment would probably have done more damage to our country than what he can do in the next two years, especially since we finally have a check on his power via the US congress.
I realize that 2016 events were just an exercise in self-praise and spiteful games for the current Oval Office occupant. He never really intended to be president so why would he even expose himself to a treasonable scenario even if he could accomplish it? He is there because of the defective electoral college tradition and proud ignorance of so many who voted blindly without thinking of the consequences of their actions.
Getting back to the point here, I’m glad this is almost over so we can spend the next two years concentrating on the drastic changes he taught us are needed in the executive branch to reign in a future incompetent. We need to have in place a way to quickly fix the damage he is doing to worldwide efforts to attack global warming once he leaves.
Another issue I hope we have time to address now is how to convince the unconvinible that his version unfettered capitalism is not a solution, but instead, the major source for the financial inequity in our country. Yes, the stock markets might have temporarily gone up with his tax break for the affluent but at the same time most important quality-of-life metrics continue going down for the rest of us. These include: skyrocketing suicide rates, a health care system that is unattainable for too many, a military complex that starves much needed infrastructure improvements, and pretty much anything else.
We need to do the equivalent of hitting our citizens, especially the MAGA cult, over the head with a two-by-four to get them to realize that our country will cease to exist as we know it if we don’t address all the issues that are currently being proudly ignored by the current Oval Office occupant. I just hope it is not too late!
Finally I dream of a time when I can once again look at any news source and not see it totally consumed by an orange-haired narcissist.
Now before you get all worked up by the title I want to add a couple of more words. “For all elected employees”. I think this plan will go a long ways to prevent future gridlock that we are seeing today. Here is one of my sources that back up that idea:
Congressional members are eligible for their own unique pension plans under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), though there are other retirement benefits available, ranging from Social Security and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Currently, members of Congress are eligible for a pension dependent on the member’s age at retirement, length of service, and salary.
The pension value can be up to 80 percent of the member’s final salary. Currently, Congressional pay is $174,000 per year, which, at an 80-percent rate, equates to a lifelong pension benefit of $139,200. All benefits are taxpayer-funded.Source: Investopedia
A three-term congressman (or one-term senator) who has now reached retirement age of sixty-two would be eligible for an annual pension of $17,588 for six years of work. Let’s see, I was an engineer who worked thirty years for the same company and my pension is less than two times this amount. So, I would say that you can make out pretty well on a congressional pension.
Getting down to the roots of this post. Our founders never meant that representing your constituents in Congress to be a full-time job. It was just something that you did to fulfill your obligations to your country. The first president illustrated that by limiting his occupancy to two terms.
Secondly, Congress should mirror the private sector when it comes to these sorts of things. Since private sector pensions are pretty much a thing of the past, federal pensions should also be eliminated. Just give them 401k payments like the rest of us have. In that same area, Congress should not have their own healthcare plan that are so out of touch with what their constituents get.
The problem today is that there are just too many in our congress who are determined to make being a congressman a full time job. If we could just get one of those guys, specifically Mitch McConnel to finally leave maybe at least some level of gridlock would be finally eliminated.
Making term limits happen is the problem. It takes either a constitutional amendment initiated by the State or for Congress to overwhelmingly do it. Neither is likely to happen today. But Congress is not the only institution that needs term limits. Supreme Court Justices should be told to leave after they have served twelve years.
Let’s give power back to the people instead of keeping it entrenched in the powermongers in Washington.
I think the masonary union has some sort of power over the current Oval Office. What else would explain the obsession with wall building? If the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3) hopes to have ANY chance of re-election, he should change just where he wants to build his wall.
Let’s investigate the possibilities some with this post. What is the biggest sinkhole for our money in the world today? Undoubtedly it is the Middle-East. I’m sure we have spent trillions of bucks in the region of the world and in the end have gotten practically nothing to show for it. We prop up so many failing regimes in that area when we should be looking at keeping our country afloat.
Saudi Arabia is the prime example. #CO3 says they are our friends because they want to buy billions of dollars worth of our war machines. But, in the end, their country represents almost everything we despise. They execute people for speaking out against their way of government. They enslave almost half their population to serve the males in their country. Almost all the 9/11 terrorists were from there. Their regime represents the opposite of what we think is any level of morality.
Afganistan and Iraq are not much different from Saudi Arabia. The main difference is that we took down their the dictators who ran those countries and haven’t been able to escape the consequences even after decades there. How many trillions of dollars have we poured into those two countries and have nothing to show for it.
Everything about the Middle East is very contrary to our way of life. It is almost as if it was a separate world and maybe it should be. If any region of the world needs a wall to separate them from us it is the Middle East.
So, Mr. President, if you must build a wall do it to block off the Middle East from the rest of the world. I might even vote for you if you did that. No, I changed my mind, there is no way in hell I would ever vote for you.
I was about ten-years-old before I saw my first TV set. It was a big box with a little grey-lined screen. One of the things I remembered most about what I saw in that box was that the good guys always won. If it was a western, most often the hero would ride off into the sunset at the end of the show. Matt Dillon took on so many bad-guys during his years on Gunsmoke that it is almost impossible to determine how many bad-guys he took down. The bad guys always lost in the end.
Flash forward to today and the good-guys-always-winning seems so naive now. People who are morally bankrupt, who cheat and lie seem to flourish. There is even one in the Oval Office. In order to take him down, it would require two-thirds of the Congress to be good guys and that seems literally impossible now.
Watching the Cohen fiasco a few weeks ago was an eye-opener even after all gutter stuff that has gone on in the last two years. To see Republican Congressmen who totally ignore the bad stuff happening and instead they attack the person who is reporting it. Yes, I know that Cohen is a liar but isn’t the person they are defended the ULTIMATE LIAR? It is reported that he has told over 10,000 documented lies in the last two years alone. That is an average of more than ten lies a day! Lord knows what the count would be if we had access to what is said inside the White House.
They don’t even bother anymore to pretend that what he does is “not that bad”. But I still hold onto the hope that those cowardly Congressmen will be held accountable for their not taking on the bad guys.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to watch the Congressional posse ride into the sunset after taking down the bad guy? Just like the “Good Old Days” sixty years ago. Now that I would say is great again.
I will almost shamefully admit that I started my political life as a Republican. My first vote for president was a Republican. If in doubt I voted with the GOP. I don’t vote that ticket much anymore as they have drifted so far off their original course as to annihilate my image of them.
One of the main things that appealed to me was their fiscal restraint. Another thing I admired was their desire to keep our government as small as possible and still be able to do their job. One of the things I never liked was their hawkishness when it came to war. Another was for the last hundred years they have been pretty much the party for the rich and affluent. But that wasn’t always the case.
Getting to the point of this post, my favorite Republican was without a doubt was Theodore Roosevelt. He had a big ego but he also, for an inherited rich guy, had a lot of compassion for the “average guy on the street”. Here is a memorable quote from him about that.
“It is important,” said Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, “to grapple with the problems connected with the amassing of enormous fortunes” — some of them, he declared, “swollen beyond all healthy limits.”
And indeed he went on to “grapple” very well with that problem of the Robber Barons who were primarily concerned with amassing wealth regardless of the method.
Now I want to talk about my hidden reason behind this post and that is to explain why I am so enamored toward Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy. She, like Teddy Roosevelt before here, has spent most of her life fighting for the “common man”. She, unlike most of the rest in the current and growing field of candidates, has lived what she preaches.
The Warren proposal would impose a 2 percent annual tax on an individual household’s net worth in excess of $50 million, and an additional 1 percent on wealth in excess of $1 billion. The proposal was released along with an analysis by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman of Berkeley, two of the world’s leading experts on inequality.
Saez and Zucman found that this tax would affect only a small number of very wealthy people — around 75,000 households. But because these households are so wealthy, it would raise a lot of revenue, around $2.75 trillion over the next decade.
Source: New York Times
Make no mistake: This is a pretty radical plan.
I know the primary objective for everyone except the MAGA minority is to make sure that the current occupant of the Oval Office leaves on or before January 20,2021. When it comes time for the Democratic candidate to come head-to-head with this lying morally corrupt con-man, Elizabeth is up to the task. She may be a petite woman in body but she is also a giant killer who is not afraid to stand up to bullies. She has been doing just that her entire life.
There seems to be nothing that some people won’t fret about. They fear imaginary rapists crossing our borders by the thousands. They fear liberals who are intent on destroying their way of life. They see the media as an enemy of the people. They fear whatever their cult leader tells them to fear.
If you must really live your life focused on fear, then at least fear something that is real. Fear something that will actually do you harm and from a recent column in the New York Times by David Brooks that something is CHINA. Here are a few quotes about that. I would highly encourage you to read the entire article.
No, I don’t think we have to fear that China will invade our country but they are in the process of taking over our leadership role in science and technology and that in itself will lead to world dominance.
According to a report just released by Marco Rubio, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, China’s artificial intelligence industry has grown by 67 percent over the past year and has produced more patents than its U.S. counterparts. One estimate suggests China is investing as much as 30 times more capital in quantum computing than the U.S. My colleague Thomas L. Friedman notes that China already has the No. 1 and No. 3 drone manufacturers in the world, and it is way ahead of us on technologies like facial and speech recognition…
Fourth, the Chinese challenge is no longer just economic; it’s moral and intellectual. It’s a clash of two value systems. And many people around the globe now believe that Beijing’s values are better.Source: New York Time – David Brooks
Quantum computing, Artificial intelligence, and robotics along with renewable resources will be the drivers for the 21st century. To see that we are for the most part turning domination of those technologies over to the Chinese is scary for our future. To see China almost totally focused on the future while we are obsessed with the next quarterly dividend is writing on the wall so to speak.
In a capitalist system such as ours, it is the government’s responsibility to push the capitalist toward a longer view. In the past, they have done that through regulations and tax incentives as well as some targeted goals, such as “putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade” of the 1960s. Today our government is so gridlocked that none of that is happening. They now spend all their time battling the “other” side who they deem their enemies. That very counterproductive world just might prove to be the fall of the democratic empire so to speak. That gridlock and pathetic leadership is something you really need to fear.
This post is about the possibility that all those who are avid MAGA followers are actually trapped in a cult? Let’s start off with some of the things that cults have in common. The article from which these quotes were taken was written almost ten years ago in the Guardian by Rick Ross who is an authority in the field of cults.
1. A charismatic leader, who increasingly becomes an object of worship as the general principles that may have originally sustained the group lose power. That is a living leader, who has no meaningful accountability and becomes the single most defining element of the group and its source of power and authority.Source: The Guardian (2009)
2. A process [of indoctrination or education is in use that can be seen as] coercive persuasion or thought reform [commonly called “brainwashing”].
The culmination of this process can be seen by members of the group often doing things that are not in their own best interest, but consistently in the best interest of the group and its leader.
Lifton’s seminal book Thought Reform and Psychology of Totalism explains this process in considerable detail.
3. Economic, sexual, and other exploitation of group members by the leader and the ruling coterie.
All of this sounds uncannily like what is happening today, doesn’t it? But since the article was written almost ten years ago, it is impossible to claim it was tarnished by today’s circumstances.
- 1) a charismatic leader who demands worship/loyalty – Yep
- 2) Doing things against their own self-interest – Yep
- 3) Economic exploitation – Yep
If this short description isn’t enough, let’s look at the 10 warning signs of a cult leader as further described by Mr. Ross:
Here are 10 warning signs …
• Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
• No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
• No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement.
• Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
• There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
• Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
• There are records, books, news articles, or broadcast reports that document the abuses of the group/leader.
• Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
• The group/leader is always right.
• The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
I guess I should have bolded what maybe didn’t apply to the MAGA movement instead of what does apply. It is almost eerie to see how all of this so accurately describes the MAGA cult leader, isn’t it? This article was written at a time when Trump was no more than a background nuisance, so you can’t argue that he is just picking on your president as you may think so many others do.
Coming to a conclusion here, It very much seems that the MAGA folks are entwined into a cult to one degree or another. So, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it must be…
I gotta study this some more. The one thing I do know is that those trapped in a cult almost never recognize that they are trapped in a cult. I want to learn how we can prevent something like this from happening again? More on that later…
I see where Elizabeth Warren has now apologized for saying that she has Native American roots? Her DNA test proved that she has ancestors who were Native American so what’s the problem?
Well, it seems that some Native American tribes take offense to her; they are saying a bloodline is not the same as tribal membership. I can understand that but I don’t think she ever claimed to be a tribal member. Does it means that I can’t be proud of my Native American roots because I personally am not a member of an established tribe, I think that takes away much more than it might contribute to the conversation. I think the critics are being too sensitive.
On a personal level, I don’t claim to be part of the Deaf Culture but I most assuredly claim to be deaf. It is true that I don’t have any exposure to deaf organizations and I certainly don’t claim that. Is it offensive for me to proclaim I am deaf but not be associated with Deaf Culture? Is it child abuse to do something to allow a deaf child to hear? Some in the Deaf Culture believe so. They say that we would be denying the child his deaf culture. I think the critics are being too sensitive.
I have Aspie traits but have never been officially diagnosed to have Asperger’s Syndrome. Is that offensive to those who have been clinically diagnosed? I hope not, but I can imagine that to be in at least some cases. It is estimated that more than ninety percent of people with Aspie traits have never sought treatment or diagnosis for those traits. In spite of the negative view of autism, I am proud to claim that I am a unique individual who copes pretty well and even deem my Aspie traits to be more positive than negative.
Getting back to the point of this post, I see where Kamala Harris is now apologizing for some of the things that made her a successful prosecutor. It seems she threatened a homeless person with jail time because of a truancy issue. Never mind that tactic is used thousands of times a day by prosecutors in order to get people to obey the law and therefore not have to move against them legally. She was doing it for the good for the person. I think the critics are being too sensitive.
And now there is the Virginia Governor who appeared “black face” in a drinking party almost forty years ago and was unfortunate enough to get his picture taken next to a guy in a KKK hood. Yes, that was a stupid thing to do but does it ameliorate everything he has accomplished since that day. What happened to the idea of forgiveness?
I think that we just might be destroying the Democratic party for the sake of sometimes over-sensitiveness. If one mistake, even if it was commonplace in the past, prevents you from becoming a public servant who is left to serve? We all live in glass houses.
Just because the Republican Party has become the party condoning lies, contempt, and seemingly without any moral values doesn’t mean that the Democrats have to go in the exact opposite direction. I think the critics are being too sensitive.
I can actually see some positive things that might come from these current times inside the beltway.
“Shutting down the government should be as off limits in budget negotiations as chemical warfare is in real warfare,” Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, said on Friday.Source: New York Times
There seems to be a small crack in the Trump support among the Republicans in Congress. Some are actually thinking about trying to wrestle control of their party away from him. A small crack just might turn into something that will improve our dreadful situation with a ferociously lying president.
If the GOP just had the courage to do something we could end the shutdowns forever. It really is a rather simple thing to do and could be accomplished even before another shutdown could happen again in mid-February
All Congress needs to do is pass a simple three line law that says something like this
In the event that a current fiscal year budget is not passed, the budget in place at the time shall be extended for all federal agencies until a new one replaces it.
Yes, I know that there are many cowards in the Congress who are terrified of crossing this president, but surely we can find enough with a backbone to join their Democratic colleagues to override a likely veto of that bill.
Being an optimist, I can see these times resulting in rebalancing the excessive control of power currently in the Executive Branch in the not too distant future. All it took was one incompetent in the Oval Office to show us just how out of balance it has become.
The second thing I am optimistic about is that eventually, we will be able to elect officials who will actually look out for the good of the people. The easiest way to accomplish that is to put term limits on all congressional offices. I can actually see that happen!
I know, I know what you are saying “Who is Kamala Harris?” If you watch anything about politics her name has come up lately as she is saying she will take on Donald Trump if he survives into the next political season. The quote below was taken from a piece in the New York Times by David Brooks.
Democratic primary voters may decide that if they are going to take on Donald Trump, they’re going to want the roughest, most confrontational gladiator they can get. After they see how, well, direct she can be, they may decide that person is Kamala Harris…
We in the punditocracy are generally analyzing the Democratic presidential race on ideological grounds: Which minute differences exist in the candidates’ various “Medicare for all” plans. I doubt that is how Democratic voters are thinking. Their immediate problem is Donald Trump, and the culture of shamelessness he has instigated.
To beat Trump, I suspect Democrats will want unity. They won’t want somebody who essentially runs against the Democratic establishment (Bernie Sanders); they’ll want somebody who embodies it (Harris). They’ll want somebody who seems able to pulverize Trump in a debate (Harris).Source: New York Times
To me, even a cursory endorsement by David Brooks is worth a serious look. I would encourage you to read the entire article by clicking on the Source above.
Mrs. Harris sounds like quite a person. She is an elite but fights for her beliefs like a gutter fighter. Her father was a professor at Stanford and her mother, who got her Ph.D. at the age of 25 is a cancer researcher. Not exactly a lower-middle-class family so typical of an up and coming Democrat. She got much of her grit while serving as the prosecutor of San Francisco.
I am going to have to get her book “The Truths We Hold,” to learn more about her. She sounds like my type of politician. She knows her way around the elite but thinks like a prizefighter. What a combination! After I read the book, I’m sure a post or two will come from it. When it comes to making 100% sure that there is a new occupant in the Oval Office come January 20, 2021, you can never start too early. 🙂
I had this kind of feeling in 2008 when a relatively young black man spoke with such elegance about what he wanted to do. The trouble with his time in office was that he was just too naive when it came to the politics side of it. He had big dreams but was not enough of a fighter to accomplish them. It sounds like Kamala Harris has both to the tee.
I guess the big question is, is America ready for a women president, even a black one? I think so but you never know. I know I was put off by Hillary’s attitude of entitlement when it came to occupying the Oval Office. I did hold my nose and vote for her. Maybe I will have both hands free when it comes to pulling the voting lever this time around.
Up until the last decade or so, if you asked someone which came first country or party, they would almost always say country. The utterly sad reality is that is no longer the case. Far too many of us now say their party affiliation is much more important, in fact they believe that those in the other party or the enemy! How did we get to this condition? That is the topic of this post.
Of course one of the prime causes is the current Oval Office occupant. He has only two things in mind. One is to do whatever Fox News tells him to do. The other is to do nothing that doesn’t glean support from his base. The other 70% of the country be damned, they simply are not part of his compassion if he even has any compassion. To a sane person, this modus operandi is insanity for he knows as a public servant his fate lies with the whole electorate. But I would be the last person to call the Oval Office occupant sane.
Here we are in a temporary stay of the longest shutdown in history and I’m willing to bet that after the stinging comments from Fox News we will have another shutdown in mid-February. Millions are affected by this idiocy. The constitution provides for a way to get around an incompetent Oval Office occupant, it is called a veto. The trouble is that the person who controls the Senate is hellbent on the party-over-country mantra. Nothing can be accomplished while he is still in that position of power. The GOP has the immediate ability to fix both of those problems but they presently are just too cowardly to make that happen. Why don’t they see that they are doing more harm to their party by refusing to use the veto override than linking their future on someone (or maybe two someones) who almost guarantee them to go down in flames in the next election?
Yeah, I continue to be an optimist and foresee the day in the coming years where serious changes will happen to bring us back to some decent level of sanity once again. Just don’t make me tell you which of the many possible scenarios that will cause it.
You would not believe the number of things that come up if you google the word “insult”! They cover a myriad of topics about that word. And of course, you shouldn’t be surprised that they often mention the current Oval Office occupant #CO3. He does have the art of insult down to a T.
Many sources found from the search cover the psychology of insult. I imagine that Insult psychology has become a specialty degree now. Some other search results tell you how to react when you have been insulted. The Steve Job’s example of how to respond was covered in great detail. Some try to explain why people insult others. That seem to mostly involve insecurity and low self-esteem issues. That makes sense.
It is unfathomable to me how #CO3 managed to insult his way through dozens of others to get to the Oval Office. It is even more unbelievable how he maintains his base that way. The more he insults and lies the more they seem to support him. What kind of people are they???
Given the possibility, however remote it is, that #CO3 should survive until the coming political season, it will be surreal. I can imagine that the supply of “Insult psychologists” will be drastically below the demand. Any serious candidate would never even get involved in the coming madness without one on his or her permanent staff.
One of the ways the experts say to deal with insults is to just ignore them. Elizabeth Warren and several other recipients of recent tweet rants are already doing that. After all, the “Tweeter-in-chief’s primary objective behind his rants is to encourage reprisal. If he doesn’t get it, he will perceive the absence as a failure.
I’m going to make this Monday talk of politics short and sweet (if that is even possible) 🙂 I see that Elizabeth Warren has already kicked off the 2020 political season with her announcement that she will likely seek the Oval Office. I am ready to start dreaming of a “qualified” person residing in that round room once again.
Given the current occupant, the bar is so dreadfully low for who are qualified, I image dozens of others will likely put their name in for consideration soon. I would also be willing to bet that the Republican party will also have multiple options even if the current occupant should happen to survive to that time.
I like Elizabeth Warren, she has always been about the average guy against the corporate elite. She reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt in that regard. Another person I would like to see run is Michael Bloomberg. We can never have too many choices. We learned that the last time around.
What do you think?
I continue to be an optimist, I believe I will live long enough to see some level of sanity return to US politics. I think one more national election and it will be totally obvious to all those old white men who currently control our political system that they are losing their grip on power. With that in mind, John Pavlovitz certainly gives me much to think about. His words below are a perfect description of the primary autocrat obstructionist in the country today.
I love the look I saw.
It was the look of terrified dinosaurs realizing that the meteorite is on its way; the dilated pupils in the eyes of leadened, lumbering prehistoric monsters who’ve had their run of the house, now finding themselves at the precipice of extinction.
Source: Stuff That Needs To Be Said
Mitch is thankfully one of the last of a soon to be an extinct breed. He is from the old guard of old white males who have dominated things for WAY too long. Will he go out peacefully, probably not. If his 76-year-old body has the strength, he will likely go out screaming and kicking. Will that happen in 2021, I think so, or at least I can dream of that reality. 🙂
In the year 2000 less than 10% of Congress were women. Now there are over double that. Almost all of this increase happened in the Democratic Party. The GOP has remained a party of terrified male dinosaurs. We still have a huge way to go before out Congress is truly representative of our nation, but I can see that day coming soon.
My biggest question for the near future is how much damage these dinosaurs can do before their extinction? That is the main thing that scares me right now.
With all the cards beginning to fall around the Oval Office, it is hard to see how its current occupant will survive even one term in office. His daily lies about almost everything are now coming down to “I didn’t know it was against the law…” That argument has been tried many times over the history of our country but is struck down by the founders as being totally invalid.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. That is a saying that goes back all the way to the founders of this country. Just because you don’t know about a law doesn’t mean that you can break it without immunity.
I know that he says that he is a “really smart” guy but his actions in so many arenas show he is totally ignorant on just about any topic except glorifying himself with his “How Great I Am” rallies and spending his daddy’s $400 million of tax avoided inheritance and managing to make some limited successful investments amid numerous bankruptcies.
But the sad thing about this is the way he has destroyed the Republican Party and even sadder how they in Congress now blindly follow him regardless of the damage he has done. When there proves to be overwhelming evidence of his disregard for laws will they continue their loyalty to him?
I would like to think that in the Post-Trump years we will manage to get back to something remotely normal in our country, but I am beginning to believe that may not be possible even now.
What do you think the Post-Trump years will be like?
I have written several posts here at RJsCorner about needing another option for a political party in the US. I have not been timid about my feeling that neither of the current parties represents what I believe America should be about. After the recent mid-term elections I have come to see that a 3rd party option is just not a solution to our problems, at least not in the near or mid-term. Here’s why.
Over my 50 years of following politics, there have been a few to differing degrees successful 3rd party runs for various offices. But for the most part, each one of them eventually drew its support from only one of the two political parties. The result of that was often the exact opposite of what those who changed his vote intended. Given our current very divided populace it seems the only way for a third party to have any level of success would be if something catastrophic were to happen to our country. Lord forbid that happening!
The only way real change will likely have to happen is within one of the two existing parties. One thing about the current Republican party that I admire in a weird sort of way is that they have radically changed in the last decade to meet their current base’s attitudes and beliefs. Or what is left of their base anyway. They are no longer the party of fiscal responsibility and limited government that I once admired. Instead, they have become a party primarily based on fear.
- Fear of those who they see as invading our country
- Fear of losing their control of the wheels of power
- Fear of anyone who believes things differently than them
- Fear of those of different skin colors and different religions
In addition to fear they have morphed into the party of “Money Over Morals”. They are anti-abortion but not pro-life.
Progressives have a lot to learn from the Radical Right in morphing into a different philosophy. But let’s not make the same horrible mistakes they did…
To sum things up, I am now convinced that if we want change in this country we must provoke change within the current Democratic party. The Tea Party wing of the GOP managed to move that party to the right fringe of the political spectrum. Progressives need to form a wing in the Democratic party that concentrates on progress, empathy, and the common good and if it becomes the dominant wing then things will change.