I was on The Googles today and reading some eNews when I came across a statement that shows how Donald Trump has his finger on the pulse of computer know-how. This is the kind of leadership we need to stop the ISIS and those Ruskies from infiltrating our dot-coms and our wide web of the world!
I mean they’re out there and they’re getting fast. We have to be just as prepared to get there first. And Donald Trump knows it because he’s a winner!
So if you want a President who’s gonna take on the psychological needs our country needs to win at cyber, then vote Trump! He knows the stuff!!!
And now, Donald Trump:
“Well, that’s it. And you know cyber is becoming so big today. It’s becoming something that number of years ago, short number of years ago, wasn’t even a word. And now the cyber is so big, and you know look at what they’re doing with the internet. How they’re taking recruiting people through the internet. And part of it is the psychology because so many people think they’re winning. And you know, there’s a whole big thing. Even today, psychology — where CNN came out with a big poll. Their big poll came out today that Trump is winning. It’s good psychology, you know. It’s good psychology. I know that for a fact because people that didn’t call me yesterday, they’re calling me today. So that’s the way life works right?”
Have you ever been in the grocery store and come across this scene? Somehow these vegetables have migrated to setup camp on a pile of cookies. Now it’s possible there’s some kind of Toy Story thing where the vegetables have a secret life when people aren’t looking. But it’s more likely that the were left there by some jerk who felt as though they were too busy to walk the 50 yards back to the produce section to put the vegetables back where they got them from. No big deal right?
Wrong! You see, this is a prime example of how our thoughts, actions and attitudes in everyday activities get translated and amplified in other areas of life. A person who is willing to leave an unwanted object anywhere they damn well please in the grocery store is also a person who also probably leave the cart sitting in an empty parking spot. They may also be willing to walk through a door someone is holding for them and not say thank you. Maybe I’m looking too deep in to this, but I think it’s true. Why? Because I’m just as guilty of it too. I’m not perfect. But I recognize it and work toward being better.
Our attitudes come out in funny ways unless we are completely mindful of our thoughts, words, and actions. Suffice it to say I am willing to bet actual cash money that there is a higher percentage of vegetable abandoners who will vote for Trump compared to those who had supported Bernie Sanders.
Despite the belief of some of those on the right, Bernie’s supporters were far more willing to pay their own way than any political supporters in recent memory. Trump supporters on the other hand were attracted by the fact that their candidate was reportedly paying his own way. Ironically the democratic socialists were willing to come together as a group in order to be independent. Whereas the right-wing supporters of Trump are hoping to return to a time where more was guaranteed for the average American.
Typically speaking, the survivalist sects on the right like to think they are self-sufficient, but rarely think of all the areas they must rely on others for. For example: The people who are processing the materials that their clothing is made from, the scientists behind the technologies used in their weapons, or even the miners who work to get the materials to can their beer. The point is, they consider themselves to be independent, and can’t be bothered to think about the interdependence we are all a part of. Whereas the democratic socialists are far more willing to look behind every kale leaf to find out who or what is behind it, how it got to their table and whether or not there was suffering involved, and if so what they can do to help alleviate it.
The point is that we are all dependent on each other, but some of us recognize it more. Those who don’t can act like real jerks.
Here’s a few examples I experienced a while back. It was 2008 and the world was falling apart, banks were closing, companies were collapsing, people were losing jobs… and there was a presidential election. For the first time ever in the United States an African American was elected to the highest office in the land. I had three friends who made sure to tell me how much they weren’t prejudice before proceeding to talk like complete jerks.
One of them was complaining about how Obama wasn’t doing anything for the economy but spending more money. He was ruining the American way of life! He wasn’t getting anywhere and something needed to be done! The funny part? This was in February of 2009 when she was saying this. That’s right, a mere 4 weeks after he had inaugurated. He probably hadn’t even found all of the bathrooms in the White House yet. When I pointed this out to her, she told me it was typical for liberals to think it’s okay to spend out way out of the problem. When I reminded her that only 8 years previous (2009), we had a budget surplus from the last president and that this crash had started over a year ago under someone else’s watch. She replied I was part of the problem by talking about the past, and not the problems we have right now. Really.
The next one had lost his job again because of his drug problem. He had been fired for missing too much work and was unable to get unemployment insurance. His comment to me? “I’ll bet you if I spoke Mexican I wouldn’t have any problem getting government assistance!” That’s right, he destroyed his life with drugs, lost his home, his family, and had become unemployable, but he was complaining that he wasn’t eligible for a government handout because he was white. You can’t make this stuff up! You see he was convinced that anyone with an accent was less than him, so he was entitled to money because he had been in the country his whole life and had paid in to the system. Whether or not he had played by the rules never occurred to him. When I brought that up he just changed the subject and called me a liberal (said with disdain, of course).
The final guy was the worst. This is a guy who made pretty good money in the Reagan years and whose business was now slowly dying. He had to lower himself to working for someone else, and predictably lost his job in the crash. He had to go on unemployment, and then proceeded to tell me how much it sucked, how little he was getting, and how the guy we elected was ruining the country. At some point he said “Dave, they guy’s middle name is Hussain!”, to which I reply “Yeah…? It’s a pretty common name in some parts of the world you know?” He finally just says “Never mind. I forgot, you’re one of those.” One of what, I never found out, though I suspect I could fill in the blank. Suffice it to say that one day I went to his house for something and his computer was on, it was then I noticed that the desktop wallpaper he had was of Air Force One with a picture of Barack Obama with a huge afro and eating a piece of watermelon. So while I suspect I know what I was “one of”, I know for a fact what he is “one of”.
The thing is, I can’t for a fact prove that they all leave avocados in the cookie isle, but I suspect that it’s true. And while I’ve never seen them leave a shopping cart in an empty parking space, I’m willing to bet they do it regularly. Because they all had one thing in common, they felt they were entitled to something because of the color of their skin, the position of their politics, and the fact that they all feel that everyone else is getting things for free except for them. Even though when they ended up on government assistance and saw how limited it was they never stopped to think how most people would rather do an honest day’s work for better pay than is available for those on assistance.
Racism is egotism on a grander scale. Especially among people who have reasons to feel less than in their daily life. By attaching their self-worth to that of their race, or their patriotism, they become part of something else. They become a part of something bigger than they themselves are, they are now a part of something that deserves respect because of it’s grandiosity or its purity, and therefore, by extension so do they.
And ironically, when they themselves were starting out bagging and shelving at their local grocery store and they came across a piece of produce in a foreign location, they likely blamed some irresponsible minority for it.
Who made the following statement during a federal investigation?
“I don’t remember.”
A.) Hillary Clinton
B.) Ronald Reagan
C.) Anybody who ever tried to avoid prosecution
D.) All of the above
I just purchased a new modem last week and I had to call Comcast (they are the only functional ISP in the southern NH area… Do you hear that Google Fiber?!) for them to put in my MAC address so I could use my own stuff. The support person who answered my call looked up the model number of my modem and regretfully informed me that my modem was already at “end of life” and Comcast wouldn’t activate it. I had to patiently disagree with her, going to far as to finally ask to speak to her supervisor so that they could help me activating my brand new modem.
As I waited on hold I saw the refresh come through to my modem. The support person then got back on the phone and explained that some Lazarus-raising-modem-soothsayer had been discovered working nearby and was able to bless my modem from afar, raising it out of hopeless despair. I gratefully thanked her for her help, while silently cursing her employer for providing me a fraction of the bandwidth that the rest of the world enjoys, and doing so at an exponentially higher cost.
Everything you want to know about whether you can trust Donald Trump’s word as a politician can be distilled from the path of his promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
It was his flagship promise. It helped put him on the map. It has even developed into a call and response statement at his rally’s: “Who’s gonna build it?!”, he asks. And the masses scream back “MEXICO!!!”
You can get feel the waves of hate and fear coming off the crowd like molten lead.
The more he talked about The Wall the more he attracted supporters who were ready to attack protestors. The more protestors were attacked, the more they came. The idea that someone from another country is to blame for our problems is seductive. It gets the masses stirred up. How do we protect ourselves? We need to build The Wall!!
But then the primaries were over and Donald found himself dropping in the polls when he wasn’t pandering to his base. And so, The Maker of Deals started to temper his fiery rhetoric. Donald began to talk about separating the law abiding foreigners from the scum. Donald played politics. And we began to see how he measured his speech to not be pinned down to any promises. But sometimes he also just did an about-face and flat out lied about what he had said. But the way he went about it was amazing! He presented his version of the truth in such a bold, brash way that we found ourselves repeatedly checking videos and transcripts to see if we were crazy or was he really lying right to our face without shame!
But he’d still mentioned The Wall in interviews occasionally, almost humbly and apologetically at times, as if to say “I know it sucks that we’re at this point. I hate it. But I’ll be willing to make an exception and help you guys, even though I don’t want to have to do it.” Then he goes back on the stump and… “Who’s gonna build it?!”… “MEXICO!!!”
Donald went to Mexico the other day. He wanted to meet with the Mexican president and look presidential. “And what did you and President Enrique Peña Nieto talk about?”, the reporters asked Donald. “Well we didn’t get around to talking about who’s going to pay for the wall.” Donald flatly stated (Which is hard to believe considering some of the things President Nieto has said he thinks about Donald’s ideas and his Wall.) That’s because, it turns out, Mexico’s President started the meeting by making sure to say Mexico would not be paying for his idiotic wall!
You see, Donald can read a room. Donald can manipulate a deal. And Donald can rip someone off and be okay with it. He has no conscience. But when he got schooled by a world leader he fell in to line and made nice about The Wall. It probably went something like this: “What? The paying for the wall?! You believed that?! Come on! That was a stupid joke. It’s the kind of thing you say to get the yokels on board. Don’t worry there’s not going to be a wall, we both know that.”
And Donald hoped no one would ask about it. And in typical form he bold-face lied about it to the reporters while standing next to President Nieto in a press conference. Think about it! He lied while standing in from of a room full of people with cameras and recording equipment while he was right next to the guy who knows the truth. The balls on this guy! And of course Mexico’s president came back with the truth and made Donald look bad.
This is his idea of foreign policy. This is his first foray into the realm of actual world politics and this is how he represents us, not himself. He is supposed to represent the people of the United States. What do his actions say about us?
Ask yourself this. What makes you think that Donald will change his behavior if elected? What makes you think he won’t continue to lie to, and manipulate the press, other world leaders, the citizens of the United States and anyone else who gets in his way? What makes you think he won’t get worse? What makes you think that the power of the Presidency won’t go to his narcissistic head and explode, creating one of the most dangerous world leaders in a generation?
The Wall and it’s short history can tell you everything you need to know about Donald and how he approaches the rest of the word. Think about it. Read up on it. Educate yourself.
If you’ve never seen it, Pink Floyd released a movie called The Wall back in the 80’s. The above link is of a scene that accurately foreshadowed the coming of Donald and his rally’s. Click the link and watch. Then ask yourself if it’s too late yet.
We need to get out the vote!
Over the last few days I’ve been reading lots of blogs, posts, comments and Op-Eds in which people are giving their opinions on who is or isn’t respectful of the country we live in. The problem with these comments is that the people writing them are doing so in such a way that they only leave room for their opinion, no one else’s.
A football player protests against the treatment people of color get from law enforcement by sitting down during the national anthem. Law abiding gun owners stock up on ammo and weapons because someone on social networking tells them that the Democrats are coming for their guns, again. And they fall for it, again. Veterans with decades of service express views that don’t conform to right-wing norms and and have their loyalty questioned. The President of the United States honor’s a governor’s request to stay away from a scene of a disaster so as not to interfere with rescue and recovery efforts because of the effects of the presidential bubble, and the Republican opposition pounces on the opportunity to make him look like he can’t be bothered to help citizens in need. A presidential candidate cyber-attacks anyone who insults him and cuts off news outlets who don’t give him a fair shake. The United States Congress for the first time in its history actually refuses to even meet with a Supreme Court nominee because they dislike the President so much, even when the nominee is someone they themselves suggested. A Supreme Court justice dies and leaves a legacy of citizens who think there is only only way to interpret the Constitution, and that there is nothing difficult about interpreting it since a straight text reading is the only way to do it anyway, making every AM radio listener an armchair expert in Constituional law. The most popular political attack from the Right during this election season is to accuse your opponent of Constitution ignorance. The Governor of a New England state is so racist and brash that he precedes to blame almost every race (except one) for the drug problem in his state.
And throughout it all citizen after citizen go online and, behind the relative safety and anonymity of social networking they tell other Americans how they shouldn’t protest our country (despite the First Amendment) and if they do they should just leave if they’re so ungrateful. Veterans who once selflessly served their country now erupt into profanity toward anyone who no longer subscribes to Archie Bunker ideals. Why? Because some politician is making this kind of outburst okay again, even toward Vets and POWs.
Everywhere is distrust, hate and suspicion. And why? Because people have gotten it in to their heads that we are doomed. Doomed because people are coming over our southern border and taking their jobs. Not because the free market allows their employer fire them and hire a foreigner for pennies on the dollar since they are willing to work for it. People have decided that patriotism will save us from terrorism, yet fail to see the terror they themselves cause by victimizing Muslims, Sikhs, Mexicans and a dozen other groups of people who came to America to improve their lives and love this country unconditionally, only guilty of one crime, the way they look and speak. Terror is fear, fear of being attacked. And attacks are on the rise against those who protest, against those who rebel, against those who think critically and back equality for all.
I write this because I’m tired of the hate. I’m tired of hearing someone is wrong for exercising their rights as an American. I’m tired of the politics of fear and doubt. Someone isn’t wrong because they disagree with you. Just because you don’t like the way they express their disagreement with our government it doesn’t make them any less of an American than you. Why is sitting down during the national anthem during a sports event any worse than a U.S. Congressman yelling “You lie!” at the President during his address to Congress on the State of our Union?
I guess what I’m asking is… What the hell is wrong with everybody?