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How did Trump do it.

Scholars continue to wonder how Trump came to power. All they have to do is look at Hitler’s rise to power.  Simply put, he appealed to the emotions of a people.  He took advantage of a people seeking a change from the present. This is why he castigated Obama every chance he got when he was running for office. He continues these attacks since becoming President. He is bound and determined to convince his followers/supporters that every policy decision the Obama Administration made was bad for America. He painted himself as a picture of a Master Fixer, and quick as one could blink an eye, all ills plaguing America would be resolved/taken care of.  Of course, using Hitler tactics, he is very vague in the policies he intends initiating to bring his promises to fulfillment/completion.  As with Hitler, Trump knows to whom he has to appeal.  He knows fully well that there are a significant number of Americans who are easily led. Through the power of persuasion and an appeal to their innermost feelings, he can convince them to accept anything he says as logical, no matter how illogical and untruthful. Trump knows as Hitler did that propaganda must be popular and it intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence of those it is addressed to.   

Why do you think Trump continually rant about the Deep State? He is talking about what he sees as the existing Government-a government that he is, according to his followers, ordained to bring down and replace it with some vague idealist form of Governing.  Overthrowing the government, using tactics utilized by Hitler and the Third Reich, is this way Trump goes about things. Creating distrust, anger, class warfare, racism, and unreal-ism is what he does best.  As with Hitler, Trump, utilizing a very effective propaganda machine that drilled into the minds of a people so much mistrust of the government, that they were willing to see changes, any kind of changes, good or bad.  Trump has sown a seed of distrust of the Press, of the Courts and judges, of Congress etc. At this point, his followers’ are brainwashed to the point that they think he is the only one they can trust-that he has all of the answers to all their questions. Trump’s response to the Stock Market ebbs and flows is an indication of how far he is removed from reality. He struts when the market goes up; taking a bow. When it goes down, he says he had nothing to do with it, and everyone and everything else is to blame.

All of the predictions made about Trump during the Republican Debates are coming true. All of the predictions made about Trump during Hillary Clinton’s debate with Trump is coming true. What more evidence does America need to see- to understand that Trump is unfit to Govern America?

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Failed economic poicy, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Impeachment, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Taxpayer bailouts, Trump, Uncategorized, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Giving credit where credit is due

America was warned about the eventual Meltdown of the Stock Market during the rein of the Trump administration.  Of course, Trump and his supporters said nothing was further from the truth. Well here we are. Trump is not totally to blame for the meltdown. However he is responsible for creating false and unsustainable Stock Market numbers. Remember how he pressured Chairman Powell causing him to make unnecessary maneuvers and adjustments in the Federal Reserve?
Trumpsters, you gave Trump credit for the increase in the Stock Market. I agree, he should be given credit. Now, if he has that kind of control of the Stock Market, then it stands to reason that he be given the same consideration when the market is in decline. Please do not exonerate him from the decline of the Stock Market. If you give him credit for the sunshine, then give him credit for the thunderstorm. I watched as he gave indirect hints to his Wall Street buddies to buy or sell stock. He indicated he had made a great Trade deal with China. This was untrue, but it caused a surge in the Stock market. I am waiting for him to say something that will stabilize the market. This situation is exactly what many voters were afraid of. They knew he was ill-prepared to deal with issues of this sort. Didn’t many people say that there would be a meltdown of the Market? Well, here it is. He is ill-prepared, and is not surrounded with people who can guide him and America through some very troubling and uncertain times. Of course, Trump will do as he always do, deny any responsibility for the downward spiral of the Stock Market. Just wait, he will take credit as soon as the market heads in a different direction. More troubling is that his rabid supporters are unwilling to hold him responsible for the direction the Stock Market is currently headed, despite lauding over him, and suggesting his decisions were driving the market when it was posting daily record highs. Folks, stop being selective, when it comes to holding Trump responsible. Remember, he said he could do anything he wants to do as President. AG Barr and his Republican enablers agrees with him. I am sure he wants the market to head in a different direction. So Master Trump, speak the word! Say the magic words that will get you and your supporters that which they are breathlessly waiting for.

February 28, 2020 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Economic Empowerment, Failed economic poicy, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Health Issues, Limbaugh, Politics, Stock Market meltdown, Taxpayer bailouts, Trickle up economics, Trump, Uncategorized, wealth redistribution | Leave a comment

Donald Trump A Very Sick man

Donald Trump’s current behavior leaves little doubt regarding his mental state. He is totally unhinged and has lost control of his senses.  Those who take advantage of his mental state must be held accountable for their actions. Who are these folks-businesses-media outlets and Corporations taking advantage of his state of mind? The Corporations who convinced him he was right giving them huge tax breaks bear a lot of responsibility for his actions. Right wing Talk Radio takes advantage of his erratic behavior and makes no sense narrative, to increase their listener-ship and sponsorship and spread their propaganda. Fox outlets takes advantage of him strutting out and making all kinds of stupid remarks and constant lying.  Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Laura Ingram, Mike Gallagher, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Neil Boortz and other Right Wing Talk Radio propaganda machines are especially troubling, since they spend hours covering for him, even in situations where they know he is wrong, and or lying.  These outlets created the platform for Trump to be elected President of The United States. Trump’s immediate family is wrong for allowing him to continue to make a fool of himself and harm the United States Democracy. They are close enough to him to see he has little or no control of his senses/behavior. To them, he is just another way to make money/little else. Those who claim allegiance to their religious beliefs have discarded most of their claimed beliefs in favor of supporting Trump.  So-called Republican Lawmakers seem totally under control of Trump and are willing to sit back and do nothing, no matter what he does. Certainly there is little doubt that he has something on Devin Nunes of California. They created the current situation by not doing any oversight of the Trump Administration. Why, you ask? Some say they are afraid of losing support back home.

Trump and his followers/supporters are quick to question the patriotism of almost anyone who disagrees with them. Douglas MacArthur had this to say about Patriotism.  Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seem to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

Now you have Trump proudly floating around the word treason without having a clue the true meaning of the word as spelled out in the US Constitution. Lord Byron penned the following. There is no traitor like him whose domestic treason plants the poniard within the breast that trusted in his truth.

If there is any effort from the Right to rein in Trump, those professing to be real Christians must step up and defend their beliefs-beliefs contrary to the actions of Trump. This is a very difficult task. Why, you ask?  First, they must relieve themselves of their bigotry.  Oliver Holmes penned the following. The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it contract.

Finally, According to Logan Smith.  How it infuriates a bigot, when he is forced to drag into light his dark convictions. Most Trump supporters refuse to admit that he is a very sick and deranged man who, due to his illness and propensity for doing wrong/illegal things needs to be removed from office.

 

L.C. Thornton

 

30 September 2019

September 30, 2019 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Greed, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Religion, Taxpayer bailouts, Uncategorized, wealth redistribution, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Republicans elected Trump.

Most of the blame for Donald Trump’s behavior lies squarely in the lap of the Republican party. Why? Simple-Republican voters elected him. He could not vote and elect himself into office. Many Republican lawmakers have known Trump for a long time and know him well. They know his reputation as a cheat, scoundrel and habitual liar. Disregarding and ignoring this knowledge, they convince those who put them in office that Trump would be an excellent President. Some even proclaimed that Trump was sent by God. They convinced millions of Republican voters that Trump was the answer to all of their ills.
Trump came on the spot, proclaiming that if voters elected him, he would solve all of the ills of this nation. He was going to undo everything the Obama Administration imposed on America. Republican voters were blindsided by Trump and Republican Lawmakers. Many Republican voters were unsure if Trump was the right person to run this nation, but their fears were lessened by the messages broadcasted by Republican lawmakers. Add Fox and Conservative Right Wing Talk radio and you have the recipe for the disaster we have in the White House.
There continues to be lingering questions. How did Trump convince Republican lawmakers to support him for President? How has he convinced them to continue to support him, despite obvious reasons to withdraw their support? What has he done to cause Republican Lawmakers to totally cease and abstain from their Constitutional responsibility of Congressional Oversight?
It is easy to see how Trump managed to get the support of his staunch supporters. He appealed to their sense of losing things to which they are entitled . He talked about them being forgotten. He talked about how the Obama Administration had shunned them and did not have their best interest in mind. Those fearing their jobs being overtaken by the hoards coming across our southern border were consumed by Trump’s rhetoric. Remember, he was going to build the wall, and Mexico was going to pay for it.
Trump was going to make America great again. Never once did he tell them what era, decade, or century he felt America was at its greatest. Trump talked about cutting taxes, and at the same time drawing down the national debt. Republican lawmakers knew he was lying, but failed to tell America voters he was lying. When Trump’s behavior is questioned, Republican lawmakers quickly come to his defense and words like non-support for the President, patriotism, loyalty and treason are tossed into the equation.
Millions Americans arrived at the conclusion that the election of Trump to the Presidency of The United States, was a mistake, but were willing to sit back and hope he would grow to be Presidential. Never mind the fact that one can not do what they do not know how to do. He does not have the intellect, attitude and aptitude to behave differently than he does on a daily basis.
It is unclear why voters felt Trump could do little damage to the American way of life in four years. Wrong! He has done a lot of damage in two years. If he is removed from office prior to the end of his term, look who is waiting in the wings-Pence. Some say he is worse than Trump because he puts a Christianity spin on many of his decisions is instrumental in causing many Christians to forgo their beliefs to support Trump, Entirely too many of the Christian faith are disregarding his behavior, behavior characteristics they, at one time deemed as disqualifications to hold the office of President of The United States.
Republican voters, you are the main reason Trump is President. You are the main reason there is so much corruption in the White House. You are the main reason so many people associated with Trump have been convicted of wrongdoing and will serve time in jail.  Try as you may, you cannot ignore the fact that you put him in office.
Entirely too many Trump supporters have taken on the Trump attitude, which is, I am never wrong, and everything is always someone else fault. For the sake of America, admit you made a mistake, and go about the business of righting many of the wrongs Trump has imposed on this Nation.

March 8, 2019 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Impeachment, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Taxpayer bailouts, Trickle up economics, Trump, Uncategorized, wealth redistribution | Leave a comment

A sad day for truth

Trying to figure out what motivates Donald Trump and his followers presents real challenges. One must dig deeply into their behavior from a Christian perspective to arrive at an understanding of their thought process.  Understanding their support despite him having so many short-comings/character flaws deserves, indeed requires deep-thinking to come to an understanding of this behavior. Attributes that right-thinking people feel should disqualify him from the office of President of The United States and their support appear to drive his behavior. What motivates Trump and continues to drive and support his behavior is certainly puzzling and deserves close scrutiny. Trying to figure out what motivates him by watching cable TV, and surfing the Internet is probably a waste of time, given the fact that much of his behavior is designed to get media coverage and deflect from issues that must be addressed.
Let us look at Trump’s behavior from the perspective of Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662) a man who spent many years looking at what motivate men from a christian perspective. In his writing Mind on fire Article 48, he penned the following. The characteristic of human nature is to love oneself and consider only one’s self. But what else can it do? It cannot help its own love being inconsistent and miserable. It wants to be great and see that it is only small. It wants to be happy and finds it is wretched. It wants to be perfect and see itself full of imperfections. It wants to be the object of other people love and esteem and sees that its faults deserve only their dislike and contempt. Finding itself in this predicament, it reacts in the most unjust and criminal passion imaginable. For it conceives a deadly hatred for the truth that would rebuke and convince it of its faults. It would like to eliminate this truth, and not being able to destroy it, it represses it as much as it can in the consciousness of itself and of others. So it takes every precaution to hide its own fault from itself and others, and cannot bear to have them pointed out or even noticed.
Pascal continues: Unquestionably it is an evil to be so full of faults, but it still greater evil to be full of them and yet unwilling to acknowledge them, since this results in the further evil of deliberate self-delusion. We do not want others to deceive us. But at the same time we do not think it is right for them to think well of themselves more than they deserve. It is therefore not right either that we should deceive them or want them to esteem us more than we deserve.
There must be an awakening in the mind of Trump supporters. An awakening to the fact that his carelessness with the truth has dire consequences-consequences, many yet untold and unrealized. The realization that lies have consequences applies to everyone, including so-called liberals.

February 13, 2019 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Failed economic poicy, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Impeachment, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized, wealth redistribution | 1 Comment

Sent down from heaven

According to many Trumpites, especially so-called Christians, Trump was chosen by God to cure the many ills of America. According to them, the true believers, there are biblical scriptures that supports their claim that Trump was sent by the Almighty. As I look at what has transpired in the United States since Trump assumed the office of president, I am hard-pressed to accept that he is doing God’s work. There are certainly ills befalling this nation. However, many of Trump’s actions does not appear to make life better for the masses. Just the other day, the raises given to those in the banking sector defies logic, especially since these same folks see no reason to give those of us depending on savings, including CD’s IRA’s a little more interest income. Imagine not getting a 1099 from your bank, even though you have in excess of 50,000 dollars in the institution. In the meantime, Trump says the banks are being over-regulated. The very same banks that taxpayers bailed out 10yrs ago. It is hard to imagine a just God choosing someone to run the United States that seems to enjoy and praise policies he has instituted to take from the lower and middle-class and pass on most of the United States wealth to those whose pockets are already bulging with bucks.
Sinclair Lewis writhing in It can’t happen here, coined the following. Cure the evils of Democracy by the evils of Fascism. Funny therapeutics! I’ve heard of their curing syphilis by giving the patient malaria, but I’ve never heard of their curing malaria by giving the patient syphilis.
Those professing to be Christians and following lock-step behind Trump, should be very careful as they go about the business of quoting Biblical scripture that allegedly support their continued support for Trump, even though there is little doubt that he has serious character flaws. According to Shakespeare, writing in the Merchant of Venice: The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
Trump refuses to sincerely address mass shootings, even when it involves so many of our children. Would a Just God want him to give a little lip-service and nothing else? Would this same God want him to bow to the will of the NRA and Gun-lobbyists? This is his position, even though a majority of Americans want changes to current gun laws. Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote in 1939-You will find no justification in any of the language of the Constitution for delay in the reforms which the mass of the American people now demand. A just God would expects nothing less.
Although Trump”s indiscretions, keeps piling up, his followers are steadfast in their undying support for him. Some are driven by their biblical understanding. It is easy to fall into this trap when Biblical Scriptures are interpreted incorrectly, and/or misunderstood. William Ralph Inge. Said the following: Such as men themselves are, such will God appear to them to be; and such as God appear to them to be, such will they show themselves in their dealings with their fellow men. Christians supporting Trump need to reassess their thinking about Trump and his actions. There is the distinct possibility that their support for him based on their interpretation of scripture is misguided and misplaced.

March 29, 2018 Posted by | Donald Trump, Economic Empowerment, Failed economic poicy, Religion, Uncategorized, wealth redistribution | Leave a comment

Lack of Understanding

One has to wonder if Trump and his supporters really understand how his behavior is impacting the United States and it Allies. The sheer lunacy of his actions suggest he nor they have a clue what is taking place. The question must be answered-how long can the masses tolerate his obvious unfitness to hold the office of President? This nation should be well beyond its tolerance of Trump’s behavior and how it effect his ability to govern. Hardly a day pass without something surfacing that points out Trump’s unsuitability to hold the office of President of the United States. He is totally incapable of carrying out the responsibility of the office of President. He lack the character, demeanor, intelligence and courageousness to hold the office. Those who hold out hope that he will eventually change his behavior to suit what is expected of the Presidency are fooling themselves. Painting stripes on a cow will not make it a zebra. He is what he is and is and incapable of changing his conduct and certainly not his character. He and his passionate supporters have little or no understanding of how far out of touch he is with reality.
Machiavelli opining about lack of understanding stated the following-Men are of three different capacities: One understands intuitively, another understands so far as it is explained, and a third understands neither himself nor by explanation. The first is excellent, the second is commendable, and the third altogether useless. Trump has little to offer this Nation. The sooner he and his supporters understand this fact, the quicker the healing of this Nation can begin. Trump’s lack of understanding and his inability to accept criticism is his Achilles hill. He and his supporters fail to understand that according to MacLeish, Criticism in a free country is made on certain assumptions, one of which is the assumption that the government belongs to the people and at all times subject to the people’s correction and criticism.

March 22, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Failed economic poicy, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Taxpayer bailouts, Trickle up economics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mired in Quicksand!

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay were right. They wrote in Article 75 of the Federalist Papers the following:
…….might sometimes be under temptations to sacrifice his duty to his interest, which it would require superlative virtue to withstand. An avaricious man might be tempted to betray the interests of the state to the acquisition of wealth. An ambitious man might make his own aggrandizement, by the aid of a foreign power, the price of his treachery to his constituents. The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind, as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world, to the sole disposal of a magistrate created and circumstanced as would be a President of the United States.
The Federalist Papers warned us about putting people of Trump’s character in the office of President of the United States of America. What is so significant about the writings? Thinkers (Political Scientist) of this era, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay Penned the Federalist Papers in 1787. They made it perfectly clear that the character of the individual entrusted with the power of President is of utmost importance. Current allegations facing President Trump is exactly about what they wrote. They write about the possibility of treason. Arron Hill opined about treason: ” The man who pauses on the path of treason, halts on quicksand, the first step engulphs him.”

 

December 15, 2017 Posted by | Donald Trump, Greed, Politics, Trickle up economics, wealth redistribution | Leave a comment

Oh give me a home

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There is a disturbing difference between those who have so much and those who have little.  The difference rears its ugly head in this document.  The top photo shows one of President of the United States Donald Trump’s homes/businesses in Florida. The bottom photo show a young man living in a bus stop shelter in Stone Mountain Georgia. This man has been living in this bus stop shelter for several months. It pains me to drive by him and observe his predicament. I frequently stop by and chat with him, and offer encouragement. I also go to the store and get some of the simple things he needs just to survive.  He is very unhealthy and probably has not had a real bath in months.  In a world, especially in a nation with so much wealth, it is hard to fathom why someone is living in a bus stop shelter.  Some will likely blame his condition on him. However, listening to him, leads me to believe he is incapable of making decisions that will get him out of his current situation.  Some will look at this document and see Donald Trump as a shining example of success, and the other person as a failure- The kind of person Dr. Ben Carson described in a recent interview.  John D. Rockefeller, Jr. put it best. He said, I was born with it and there was nothing I could do about it. It was there, like air or food, or any other element. The only question is with wealth is what do you do with it.  Albert Einstein said the value of a man, should be seen in what he gives and not in what he receives. The huge gap between those at the top and those at the bottom (income inequality) continues to grow. Is there an end to this madness-probably not, as long as those in power deny that this it is in fact a problem. However, just because a significant number of Americans do not see it as a problem, does not negate the fact that it is indeed a problem. The struggle between the have and have not continues. There is little evidence that those who have most of the wealth of this nation will change their minds about sharing a little more of it. Those caught between the rich and poor, (the middle class) are squeezed and being slowly crushed between these two extremes. An African saying put it best. When elephants fight, the grass suffers.

May 30, 2017 Posted by | Donald Trump, Failed economic poicy, Soup kitchens, Trickle up economics, Uncategorized, wealth redistribution | 1 Comment

Sharing Why not?

 

Given today’s unending and growing friction and animosity between races, nations and the haves and have not, what is a reasonable expectation of what is to come? Certainly in a Country whose economic system is based on capitalism, things will  get worse. The way that wealth is distributed assures this outcome. Hook and crook is not necessary.   It reminds me of a lion’s kill. The lion pride eats its share. When their appetite is satisfied and bellies are filled, they slowly saunter away; find a shady spot and rest for a very long time. Meanwhile, after the lions have taken all they want, other animals move in to spar and fight over what the lions did not eat. Buzzards, Jackals, Fox, hyenas etc. jockey and fight, trying to get a little piece of what is left. No different as far as humans are concerned. Those in the middle and at the bottom are constantly fighting over the scraps left by the rich. There are times when it takes the whole carcass to satisfy the hunger needs of a lions pack and nothing is left but bones. Animals who do not have the jaw power to make a meal of bones go hungry. Some animals never get a full meal. The same thing happens under capitalism. There are those who never get a decent share of the kill.

Notice. I never mentioned the word Fair. All I am saying is why is it necessary for some folk to have so much wealth, while others go hungry? Why are some folk so unwilling to share for the good of mankind? Why put a people in a position that they feel it necessary to get access to the wealth of this nation by illegal means? Until more people of means understand and accept the notion that there is nothing wrong with sharing wealth, the gap between haves and have not will continue to grow.

It is written that the knowledge of our nature, and the circumstances which govern the character and conduct of man, are to be acquired only by attending to the facts which exist around us, and to the past history of the human species. In other words, what has taken place in the past that helped create the situation in which we find ourselves?

 

This writer Owens makes the argument that this whole individual thing is what tears a people apart, and unless it is entirely abandoned, it will be useless to expect any substantial, permanent improvement in the condition of the human race, for this system ever has been, and must ever remain directly opposed to universal charity, benevolence, and kindness; and until the means were discovered, and can be brought into practice, by which universal charity, benevolence, and kindness, can be made to pervade the heart and mind of every human being, a state of society in which “peace on earth and good will to man” shall exist, must remain unknown and unenjoyed by mankind

Finally, Owens is saying, “Folks, we had better take care of what is ailing this country. If not, what you see today will continue to grow. I.e. Donald Trump. He and his followers may have the makings a Fourth Reich.

July 12, 2016 Posted by | Donald Trump, Economic Empowerment, Failed economic poicy, Greed, Soup kitchens, Trickle up economics, Uncategorized, wealth redistribution | Leave a comment