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Chickens came home to roost

How were they to know

As I struggle to understand what is taking place in American politics, I keep going back and researching what Thinkers of old wrote about the very thing this nation is going through with President Donald Trump. I had to dig through the Federalist Papers to gain insight into the situation. The Federalist Papers is a collection of eighty-five letters to the public beginning in 1787 and published in New York Papers. The Federalist papers were written by John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

Paragraph three of Letter 75 in the Federalist Papers illuminates what is happening with President Trump. Hamilton, Jay and Madison apprehensions about the very state of affairs the United States is facing with President Trump’ conduct is remarkable.   These men were thinkers, not just repeaters of what someone else said.  These writers warned this nation about people with Trumps characteristics.  How were they to know that eventually what they envisioned would actually take place. Lo and behold-along comes Donald Trump.  They describe his behavior to a T.

 

Excerpts from The Federalist Papers, Written by Hamilton, Jay and Madison in 1787

However proper or safe it may be in governments where the executive magistrate is an hereditary monarch, to commit to him the entire power of making treaties, it would be utterly unsafe and improper to intrust that power to an elective magistrate of four years’ duration. It has been remarked, upon another occasion, and the remark is unquestionably just, that an hereditary monarch, though often the oppressor of his people, has personally too much stake in the government to be in any material danger of being corrupted by foreign powers. But a man raised from the station of a private citizen to the rank of chief magistrate, possessed of a moderate or slender fortune, and looking forward to a period not very remote when he may probably be obliged to return to the station from which he was taken, 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.

June 9, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Angry White Men

Angry about what

Donald Trump’s became President of these United States because his campaign apparatus was able to garner the vote of the supposedly Angry White man.  How were political activists and conservative politicians able to convince millions of white men that they had a reason to be angry?  The last time I looked, white men still has most of the wealth of this nation. They own most of the businesses in this nation. They hold most of the positions of influence in this nation.  They occupy most of the seats in congress, in the white house, in courts systems, including the Supreme Court.   So why are they angry? One reason, just maybe, they feel they deserve more of the wealth of this nation.  Could it be they feel they can no longer treat a certain segment of society as their ancestors did?  Are they afraid of losing their majority status in the United States?

The opinion that White Men should be angry continue to be preached on Fox and Conservative Talk Radio. Even Conservative Christian Radio took up the banner of Angry White Men and saturated the airwaves on a daily basic with this rhetoric during the last Presidential election cycle. Christian beliefs based on the bible were put aside and millions of voters chose to vote for Donald Trump.  Lord J. Russell had this to say about this issue. It is of the utmost importance that a nation should have a correct standard by which to weigh the character of its rulers.   Trump supporters choose to ignore his character.

Take a look what is taking place in United States politics. A clear picture of what is taking place is now in plain sight. Political pundits have established a propaganda machine that allowed this Angry White Men mentality to develop and become believable.  The United States political system has been hacked.  An uninformed voter makes hacking of this system easier.  Look how easy Donald Trump became President of the United States.  Woodrow Wilson said it best. A little group of willful men representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible. Nothing is done in the White house- well, with the exception of Executive Orders and damage control. Both congressional houses are at loggers head. President Harry S, Truman must have had Donald Trump in mind when he said- A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.  It is unclear if Angry White Men are getting what they expected now that Trump is in office. Lots of them are still angry-maybe a little angrier!

May 23, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Common Sense no where to be found.

Anyone with any compassion for his or her fellowman must feel a little sorry for President Trump.  It is obvious that he is more than a little out of touch with reality. What causes his behavior-demeanor is difficult to understand. However, it is easy to see that something is wrong with our President.  He is doing his very best to put on a good face and pretend nothing is wrong.  Although I did not vote for Trump, I hate to see him struggling to run this Country.  To make matters worse, he surrounds himself with people who do not have the courage to steer him in the right direction.  His handlers are trying to hang on to the base that elected him, no matter how much damage it causes America.  Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) and Fox News Network (FNN) Created Donald Trump. They convinced their listeners that Donald Trump was just the man to undo everything that President Obama put in place.  These outlets convinced their listeners that America is in bad shape and President Obama’s leadership caused it.  These media outlets must share a lot of the blame for convincing their listeners that Trump would solve all of their real and imagined problems.

It is especially saddening and disheartening to see CTR and FNN continue to feed their listeners a study dose of garbage. Garbage designed to keep a segment of voters loyal to President Trump, no matter what.   These outlets know President Trump has become very irrational and continues to make bad decisions. CTR and FNN loyal listeners deserve better.  Trump supporters must be told the truth about this man. Truth vs loyalty is the question. What matters most? Loyalty trumps truth is the position taken by CTR and FNN.  You often hear them criticizing the media-as if they are not part of what they are criticizing.

Sam Moor had this to say about common sense: Freedom of the press and freedom of the radio are the common means by which the common man gets his common information on which must depend his common sense. Today we include television and internet.

President Trump’s vault of common sense is empty.  Was it ever full is the question.  CTR and FNN   Support for his actions and assimilation and distribution of this support to their listening audience gives the president a false sense of security. His refusal to change his behavior reflects how he feels about his control of his supporters. He feels comfortable reneging on his campaign promises.  He knows his propaganda machine CTR and FNN will smooth thing over with his supporters. Most Trump supporters are slow to realize the effectiveness of a well-oiled propaganda machine.  Joseph Paul Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Czar said: We made the Reich by Propaganda.

Trump supporters are in a very difficult position. Most do not want to admit that they made a bad decision by supporting and voting for Trump. I say to them, for the good of the country, admit you made a mistake.  It is obvious that your decisions were based on the  information you got from sources that offered a one-sided view of political situations and positions.  A reluctance to seek opposite opinions that may have been eye-opening and enlightening, leaves you with  limited knowledge of what is really taking place in this Nation politics.  Depending on Conservative Talk Radio and Fox News Network is a sure fire way of depriving oneself of a whole lot  of  Information-information sorely needed to make rational decisions.  Trump Supporters-consider seeking information from sources other than the propaganda machine of the republican Party-namely, Conservative Talk Radio and FOX News Network. It is time for truth from all quarters.  America deserves truth-nothing else!

May 18, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Still fighting the battle.

Why are we treated so badly?  This is the question asked by many White women. Why, after supporting their men in every way for so many years.

I continue to be amused at the public support given those who treat women badly. President Trump publicly supported Bill O’Reilly when accusations about his behavior towards women became public.  He stated that Bill was a good man and did nothing wrong. I concluded that what President Trump suggested is that maybe O’Reilly did some of the things of which he is accused. However, he does not see anything wrong with this kind of behavior. It is a struggle to understand why men with the characteristics of Trump and O’Reilly continue to get support from women, particularly white women.

One must go back in history to glean why American males continue to see women as toys, and as with toys, there are owners. Making females uncomfortable in the workplace is a classic way of showing whose boss. Snide remarks, sexual innuendos and uninvited attention are some of the tactics used to demean women.

Women must understand that their belief that they are on the same level as men, and as such, demand equal treatment, even today is a myth. To understand the nature of what is taking place in the workplace between women and men, one must take a minute and look at the history of the relationship between men and women in the US.

Look at the struggles and battles Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought in their efforts to secure women rights to vote. They were battling against the grandfathers of the men currently controlling almost every aspect of American life. Even today, many white males are of the same impression as their grandfathers and fight, tooth and nail to maintain their status as the head of the feeding trough.  Although under an entirely different look, it is still a battle. Ground is given grudgingly, however, without an all-out battle to maintain the status quo.

In 1854, Stanton received an unprecedented invitation to address the New York legislature; her speech resulted in new legislation in 1860 granting married women the rights to their wages and to equal guardianship of their children.

During the Civil War, Stanton again worked for abolitionism. In 1863 she and Anthony organized the Women’s National Loyal League, which gathered more than 300,000 signatures on petitions calling for immediate emancipation. The movement to extend the franchise to African American men after the war, however, caused her bitterness and outrage, reemphasized the disenfranchisement of women, and led her and her colleagues to redouble their efforts for woman suffrage.

Finally, in 1920, women were given the right to vote in the United States. Less than a hundred years ago. Imagine that!

April 25, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Uncategorized, Women rights | Leave a comment

Republican Propaganda machine running into problems.

Utilization of  a continually growing propaganda/ apparatus machine helped Republicans gained control of almost every level of United States political offices. After two scathing defeats by a Black Politician from Illinois named Obama, Republicans knew they had to come up with a different tactic to as they say, take back their White House.  Eventually a light went off in their heads. They decided to take advantage of a readily available Propaganda machine-namely Fox New Network (FNN) and Conservative Talk Radio (CTR).  Many Talking heads on these outlets, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Ingram, etc., threw out the welcome mat to Republicans. Conservative politicians knew they had found a cheap and nation-wide avenue to get out their message.  Talking heads knew they had found a new source of revenue, namely new sponsors, willing to spend big bucks to show their support for the Conservative cause.

Listen as CTR and FNN folks go about the business of influencing voters. Their messages appeal to those lacking reasonable intellect to discern facts from out right lies. Talking heads on these outlets realized a long time ago that logic and reasoning was beyond the reach of most of their listeners and all they had to do was appeal to their passions and compulsions.  One of their most used avenue into the minds of most of their listeners is the  introduction fear.  Appeal to their concern for a safe living environment and a adequate income worked wonders.  There are other avenues into the minds of people. Listens as CTR and FNN commentators talk about how the United States is viewed in other Countries. They say other Countries have lost their fear of  America, and this equates to a lack of  supremacy and ability to rule.  They say America has lost its recognition as the dominate Nation in the World. They say this is also a lack of respect for US military power.

It is amazing how easily CTR and FNN take advantage of the fears of Americans. A classic example of this is how they have convinced their listeners and viewers that the United States should be afraid of Iran because they are trying to develop a Nuclear weapon. Mind you, they do not have one yet, just trying to produce one. They say the same thing about North Korea. Meanwhile, the US has 6970 Nukes, with over 1700 operational. Russia has a few more operational nukes than the US. They are supposed to be our sworn enemy. Why are we not afraid of an attack from Russia?

Conservative Talk Radio and Fox News Network has convinced their listeners that things got worse, including the banking industry, unemployment, home foreclosures, Stock market etc.   after Obama took office. Never mind statistics and facts prove otherwise in most instances.  Talking heads know they are on to something and are playing it to the hilt.

They may have gone overboard with their continued effort to support Donald Trump.  Entirely too many situations and problems exist where the propaganda machine is having difficulty putting a positive spin on things  coming out of the White House.  The White House and most Republicans are trying their best to control the substance of the news and the news media regarding what has and is taking place in the Trump White House. How successful they are is questionable.

CTR and FNN help get the US in to its current predicament.  They must be held accountable for their assistance in misleading the American people. They are just as culpable as the politicians they help put in office. They knew much of what they represented on the air were outright lies and Americans were knowingly deceived.

March 17, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The calm before the storm

Republican Propaganda machine maybe running into problems. Although used successfully in recent elections, there may be cracks in the armor of the very institutions that assisted Republicans in their efforts to assume control of most facets of politics in America.  Using this continually growing machine, Republicans gained control of almost every level of United States political offices.

After two scathing defeats by a Black Politician from Illinois named Obama, Republicans knew they had to come up with a different tactic to as they say, take back their White House.  Eventually a light went off in their heads and they decided to take advantage of a readily available Propaganda machine-namely Fox New Network (FNN) and Conservative Talk Radio (CTR).  Many Talking heads on these outlets, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Ingram, etc., threw out the welcome mat to Republicans. Conservative politicians knew they had found a cheap and nation-wide avenue to get out their message.  Talking heads knew they had found a new source of revenue, namely new sponsors, willing to spend big bucks to show their support for the conservative cause.

Listen as CTR and FNN folks go about the business of influencing voters. They appeal to the lack of well thought out reasoning by their listeners. To them, sound logic and reasoning is beyond the reach of most of their listeners and all they have to do is appeal to their passions and compulsions.  One of their most used avenue into the minds of most of their listeners is to introduce fear into their minds.  Appeals to their concern for a safe living environment and an adequate income works wonders.  There are other avenues into the minds of people. Listens as CTR and FNN talk about how the US is view in other Countries. They say other Countries have lost their fear of America, and this equates to a lack of our supremacy and ability to rule.  They say America has lost its recognition as the dominate Nation in the World. They say this is also a lack of respect for US military power.

It is amazing how easily CTR and FNN take advantage of the fears of Americans. A classic example of this is how they convinced their listeners that the US should be afraid of Iran because they are trying to develop a Nuclear weapon. Mind you, they do not have one yet, just trying to produce one. They say the same thing about North Korea. Meanwhile, the US has 6970 Nukes, with over 1700 operational. Russia has a few more operational nukes than the US. They are supposed to be our sworn enemy. Why are we not afraid of an attack from Russia?

Conservative Talk Radio and Fox News Network has convinced their listeners that things got worse including the banking industry, unemployment, home foreclosures, Stock market etc.   after Obama took office. Never mind statistics and facts that prove otherwise in most instances.  Talking heads know they are on to something and are playing it to the hilt.

They may have gone overboard with their continued effort to support Donald Trump.  Entirely too many situations exist where they cannot put a positive spin on the negatives coming out of the White House.  The White House and most Republicans are trying their best to control the news regarding what has and is taking place in the Trump White House. How successful they are is questionable.

CTR and FNN help get the US in to its current predicament.  They must be held accountable for their assistance in misleading the American people. They are just as culpable as the politicians they help put in office. They knew much of what they represented on the air were outright lies and Americans were knowingly deceived.

February 16, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Donald Trump ascension to the top

Many people are scratching their heads and wondering how Trump came to power and eventually became President of The United States. His ascension to power has certainly been oversimplified.  One must go back in history to see something comparable to what took place in the 2016 elections. In recent history, Germany is a classic example of what can happen if certain situations exist and an efficient and well-funded propaganda machine is in effect. Germany lost WWI. The loss alone was a bitter pill to swallow for many Germans. The terms under which Germany agreed to end the war virtually destroyed the German economy and left it in shambles and disarray.

One does not have to dig too deeply to see similarities between Hitler and Trump ascension to power. Both took advantage of some of the same situations. For instance,   Today there is clearly a clash between the haves and have not in America as it was in Germany. Trump suggest that America has lost its power and influence in the world. Hitler said the same thing about Germany. Trump says American politicians are not effective and he is going to drain the swamp. Hitler felt those in power were spineless and Germany had totally lost its influence in the world. Trump says the same thing about America. He says trades deals made by America were to the disadvantage of America, and he was going to renegotiate them.  Trump says he will put programs in place that appeases both political parties. He pledged to get rid of laws that causes confusion and unnecessary costs to businesses, especially small ones. A virtually non-functioning Congress was another situation that Trump and his advisors took advantage of, as did Hitler when he observed the chaos in the National Socialist Party.  Trump also had Fox News and Conservative Talk Radio at his disposal as storm troopers. These Propaganda Machines main job was to keep any form of togetherness between The Right and Left at bay.

One thing is noticeably different between Hitler and Trump coming to power.  Hitler did not have an effective propaganda mechanism in place when he began his ascension to power. He had to create one. Trump did not have to create a propaganda machine, thanks to Conservative Talk Radio (CTR) and Fox News Network (FNN) and Fox Finance Network (FFN.)  One America News (OAN) is a relatively new Conservative Cable Propaganda Television station, and is a welcome addition to Right Wing Propaganda apparatus. Factor in the Salem Broadcasting network and the many radio station that carry Fox programing, including sports and one can see how Trump’s message gained such wild appeal. Talking heads Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Cunningham, Ingram, Cain, Medved, Miller and other lesser- known blowhards repeated the Trump message 24 hours per day. No media outlets with left wing leanings could compete with Right Wing programming.  Hitler eventually had the same advantage. Deutschalensender Reichs-Rundfunk Gesellchaft came on the scene. Established in 1933 and eventually taken over by the Nazi Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda with direct control of all broadcasting in Germany.

Cox owns Atlanta radio station WSB. Cox also owns Kiss 104.1 NS and THE Atlanta journal Constitution newspaper. WSB is a powerful AM station designated as a Clear Channel Station,   at times, can be heard in Midwestern and East Coast states, especially at night. WSB transmits with 50.000 watts of non-directional power. This is the highest AM power permitted by the Federal Communications Commission.  WSB radio station is an affiliate of Fox News Radio. What you have here is a very effective, efficient and well-oiled and funded Right Wing Propaganda machine. As with Deutschalensender Reichs-Rundfunk Gesellchaft, this  station tosses in a mixture of other genres. However, its main agenda is a platform for Conservative Talk Radio (CTR.)

The Trump administration tries to control much of what comes over the news, and has had some success by labeling anything they disagree with as Fake news. Why do you think Trump and his people are telling most news Outlets to shut up? Of course, Fox and other Right leaning outlets were not told the same thing.

February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics | Leave a comment

Bring me my Back Pain meds

Oh my aching back

Here we go again? Rush Limbaugh must be back on his Back Pain Medicine. Another stupid declaration by brain-dead Rush Limbaugh. Rush claims Hurricane Matthew is nothing but a ploy by those he refers to as Liberals to justify their claims about Global Warming. I would say just forget it, if he did not have so many listeners that believe every word he says. These loyal followers have never considered not supporting and believing him, even when it was a known fact that he was under the influence of drugs. He is more than likely still using his drug of choice or something stronger, given his latest rants.

Rush Limbaugh is a very dangerous talking head and has been for a very long time. I began to take notice of what he was spouting many years ago. At first it was amusing-then not so amusing-finally not amusing at all. He came to the realization that there was a herd of people in the US who would believe anything he said as long as it had a Right Wing political slant. In addition, he knew there were many people eager to believe anything negative he said about Liberals and the Democratic Party. They have made him a very rich man at the expense of civil discourse in politics in the US.

He really got going when Bill Clinton became President of the United States and has been on a Tear Down the Democrats crusade every since, no matter the collateral damage. His almost uninterrupted divisive rhetoric was welcomed by many of the Conservative persuasion and continues today. Of course, Limbaugh, never one to turn down a dollar, even if it meant selling his soul and destroying civil discourse in the United States, keeps up his banter about the destructive nature of the Democratic Party and its followers.

Republican Lawmakers at all levels of government saw Limbaugh and other like henchmen as attack dogs. Attack Dogs they could use to say nasty things about those bad old liberal/Democrats. Limbaugh, whose persuasive power with the Republican Party and hardline conservatives has waned somewhat, with Hannity quickly filling the void. Many loyal Limbaugh listeners still see him as the leader of this attack dog pack and refer to him as  TheTalk Master. Sean Hannity, along with the help of Fox News Network continues to try and dethrone Limbaugh.

Think for a minute, Limbaugh and his henchmen tried to influence the Bill Clinton election. They tried to prevent the election of President Obama in 2008 and 2012. They failed miserably. Failing to take down Obama, they immediately went to work in 2012 tearing down Hillary Clinton. For four years they have been on a crusade to destroy Hillary Clinton. Unless something dramatic happens in the next 30 days, they will again fail.

By spending so much capital including time tearing down the Democratic nominee, little time was spent, developing and venting a viable Republican candidate for President. I suppose the thinking was, given the picture painted of the Democratic nominee, any chosen Republican can beat her.

Limbaugh and his cronies, including Fox, made Donald Trump. It is akin to catching a Rattle Snake. Sometime it is easier to catch it than turning it loose. One can never be sure whom the snake will bite once its head is released. He along with the likes of Drudge proves once and for all that they could care less about the well-being of the people of this Nation.

October 10, 2016 Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cry Baby Sean Hannity

 

I am not one to wish this thing called bad luck on anyone. However, where Sean Hannity is concerned, I make an exception. This man, with his mike and mouth has caused irreparable damage to our political system. He has increased the wedge between people, by continually using wealth or lack of as a wedge issue. He loves to play the it’s us against the rest of them game. He love to play the government is going to take our gun game(second amendment)

He continually berate and lambast all who he says are of the liberal persuasion. He has made liberal a dirty word.  His use of this strategy has made his a very rich man with a substantial following. His audience has not help the situation. They have made him into what he really isn’t. Showering him with unfettered and unending accolades has caused him to think that that he deserves recognition and an avenue into the political process. They have told him that he can walk on water for so long that he believes he can actually walk on water People call him a great American. Great doing what? Would America be worse off if Hannity and his programs went away tomorrow? I know most of us need our plumbers and mechanics much more than we need him. It is said talk is cheap. He has cheapened it even more.

Listen as he brags about giving a presidential candidate advice about how to run his campaign. I will give him credit; he has this propaganda thing down to a science. Himmler, Hitler’s propaganda person would be proud of the job Hannity is doing. To his listeners and dedicated followers; how and why have so many of you arrived at the conclusion that Hannity is so much smarter and better informed than you ? Through what methodology did you arrive at the conclusion that you can trust that everything he says is factual? Why have you allowed Hannity do the thinking for you for so long?

Hannity and many of his followers say America has lost the dictatorial powers that it once had. He appears to feel that America has some right to tell people all over the rest of the world how to act. I am unsure who gave America this authority. If one listen closely to what he says; it is easy to arrive at the conclusion that he feels the only thing necessary to keep and maintain this power, is the power of the bomb. This is why he is always talking about rebuilding our military might. Wonder why he never talks about what it cost to literally run the whole world from the shores of the United States.

Hannity devotees, for once, open your minds and see the person Hannity really is. He is but a guy that saw a weakness in some people and figured out how to take advantage of it. He takes advantage of the fears of people-fears of threats, real and imagined. This would be a much better nation if he took his ill-gotten riches and slowly rode away into the sunset.

 

Wednesday, August 31, 16

September 1, 2016 Posted by | Conservative Talk Radio, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Donald Trump playing his trump card

 

Donald Trump is currently, the front-runner for the Republican Party selection to become President of the United States. Millions of Americans continue to be amazed at the amount of support he is getting from a vast assortment of people. What is it about his behavior, tone of voice and overall message that is so appealing to so many people?

For starters as Plato said in the Republic: many people admire his coolness and dexterity, as he appears to be unaffected by a barrage of attacks leveled at him by opponents. Some see this as a sign of strength. Others like his arrogance and down in the gutter manner of speech and choice of words.

When Donald Trump initially threw his hat into the political arena (seeking office of the President of the United States) few took him seriously. He probably didn’t see himself being a serious candidate. Lo and behold, at some point, his run for the office took on new meaning and he and his handlers realized he was beginning to develop a huge following.

So what is happening to Trump? Plato makes it plain; there are some whom the applause of the multitude has deluded into the belief that they are really statesmen, and these are not much to be admired. Plato continues: When a man cannot measure, and a great many others cannot measure declare that he is four cubits high, can he help believing what they say? Trump is being transformed into what he thinks he is by the rhetoric he is exposed to daily.

The huge following Trump has and the masses he gets at his rallies gives him the illusion that he is the man for the job of President of the United States. The ability to gather huge crowds does not necessarily translate to the ability run a Nation. Many people see Trump’s wealth as a sign of power. This may be so from a capitalistic point of view. (Buying power.) However, as Plutarch, Greek Historian and Philosopher explained: men long for immortality, to which no flesh can attain, and for power, for the most part in the hands of fortune while they give virtue, the only divine excellence of which we are capable, the last place in their scheme of values. But here they show themselves fools, since a life that is spent in the midst of power and great fortune and authority still needs justice to make it divine, (great) for injustice renders it merely brutish. (Insensitive, cruel, inhumane)

Thus far, most of what Trump followers hear at rallies is shallow opinions at best. Half-truths and outright lies are part of his message. It is obvious that some love to hear him berate people with his caustic rhetoric and pay little attention to what he says about how he intends to run the Country.

I heard a talk show caller suggest that Trump was not who he wished to become President. However, if Trump won, he could select a Vice President who would run and win in 2020 and 2024. He felt with the right people in his office, he would not do irreparable harm to the Country. Imagine that logic. Win, no matter the consequences. Donald Trump, like many other politicians are preying on the fears of people. He is using the sky is falling rhetoric, and it is working. This kind of rhetoric is effective because entirely too many people do not take the time to do their own research into matters that are very important to them and this nation. For instance, why do many people believe that Iran wants a nuclear weapon so it can nuke the United States? If we are afraid of one, nuke, surely Iran has a valid reason to be afraid of our thousands of nukes. The same logic goes for North Korea.

It is probably a stretch to say that the Republican Party created the ideology of Trump. However, it did create an environment in which he feels he can comfortably spout his inflammatory, thinly disguised, and caustic views without concerns for his views causing problems for his selection for the Republican candidate for president of these United States of America. .

Trump is doing what is called holding his cards close to his chest. It is difficult to ascertain if he is bluffing or has a good hand. Certainly in the Primary election, he appears to have a good hand and is playing it well. On the other hand, there are times when it is clear that he is bluffing. He knows how to play with the minds of the uninformed. He knows those infatuated with his rhetoric and ways of presenting his argument and position on several fronts, assures him of a large following, which equates to large voter support. So many people have bought into his lies about how he intends to change things. They are blinded by the way he behaves anytime he is given an opportunity to speak. Those mesmerized by his rhetoric seem to have forgotten about this thing called truth. Frances Bacon, English Philosopher and Statesman had this to say. The idols (obsession-ideas) and false notions which are now in possession of the human understanding have taken deep root therein, not only to beset men’s minds that truth can hardly find entrance, but even after entrance obtained, they will in the very instauration (restoration) of the sciences (knowledge) meet and trouble us, unless men being forewarned of the danger fortify themselves as far as may be against their assaults. What is it about Trump’s presentation that makes it so irresistible to so many people? Why are they so willing to take trump’s words as truthful statements? Is it as Bacon says? Truth will have a difficult time penetrating the minds and hearts of these folks. And even after truth is discovered, they will still blindly follow Trump.

 

2 May 2016

May 3, 2016 Posted by | Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Uncategorized | 1 Comment