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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.

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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 | Leave a comment

Two Peas in a Pod

 

Research into Hitler’s early life, reveals a disturbing likeness to Donald Trump. Their behavior is strikingly similar in several ways. For instance, Hitler pushed wild alternatives to what was viewed as norms and wild exaggerations formed his pattern of thinking. As with Hitler, Trump pushes his obvious hateful feelings to the extremes and magnifies things of little importance. Hitler was obsessed with fear and hatred of the Jews and felt they were a threat to the German way of life. Trump feels the social fabric of America is under attack by those coming from south of the US border and is willing to take drastic measures to see that his fears are not realized.   A writer described Hitler as being born of hatred. Listening to the tirades and rants of Trump, one can easily come to the conclusion that his behavior is something that is inbred in him. He did not begin to feel and behave the way he does since becoming President. Hitler has been referred to as a master of the art of brilliant fraudulence and inspired swindling. This fits Trump to a T. Trump has been pulling the wool over the eyes of many people for many years.This includes, The Internal Revenue Service, New York, City, County and State Officials.

There is one striking difference between Hitler and Trump. Hitler convinced the masses that he was one of them and felt their pain. There is certainly some truth in this claim. Trump is totally different.  Somehow, some way, Trump convinced a significant number of American voters that he is one of them and share their pain and misery-their feeling of being left out- feelings that what rightfully belongs to them is slowly being taken away-feelings that they as a class of people are being denied their rights and political control.  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.  Utilizing the power of propaganda, Trump with the aid of Conservative Talk Radio, Fox, and it mouth-pieces,  convinced millions of people that Trump was suffering as they were. Hitler understood the power of propaganda. Trump understands the power of Propaganda. It is alleged that Hitler said of propaganda” You must keep it up until it creates a faith and people no longer know what is imagination and what is reality.” How do you think Trump was able to convince many Christians to forgo their religious doctrine and get on the Trump Train? Simple, Trump knows as Hitler knew-people are drawn to religion by the message and the messenger. Many Christians decided they would rather take their chances with Trump rather than what they proclaim to believe.

Hitler wrested power from the German Government and gave himself total control of the power to make and enforce laws.  Look at what is taking place with the Government shut down. Trump is saying, with the blessing of the Senate, I will make and implement laws as I see fit. This is in total contrast to how the Constitution defines US law making. The power of the United States Congress has been usurped by Trump, with hardly a peep by Congressional members, especially Republicans. American is in the same situation Germany was in the early thirties.  Ignoring what is taking place, is extremely dangerous and the consequences of non-action to rein in Trump reeks of unimaginable damage to America’s soundness.

January 22, 2019 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Impeachment, Limbaugh, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized, World Affairs | Leave a comment

Does Truth matter to Trump Supporters

 

Donald Trump ascendancy to President of these United States continues to confound millions of Americans and people of other Nations. Many people, including me, continue to search for answers.  I think we should stop focusing on Trump and spend a little more time looking at the people who elected him.  In his writings in Eichmann in Jerusalem Hannah Arendt coined the following: The trouble with Adolph Eichmann was that so many were like him, and many were neither perverted nor sadistic, they were, and still are, terribly and terrifying normal….This new type of criminal …commits his crimes under circumstances that make it well-nigh impossible for him to know or feel that he is doing wrong.

Donald Trump has his own ideas about this truth thing. He makes up his own truths and facts. Those around him sell his versions of truths through his propaganda machine to his rabid and uninformed followers and supporters. Donald and his cast of characters know how to bamboozle these folks and uses it to the max.  His supporters have lost their crap detectors and will believe anything they hear coming from his camp, especially through Hannity and Fox and Lou Dobbs. How can so many people accept as gospel anything they hear on Fox?  Why have they decided that Fox is the only place they can get the truth?  As a matter of fact, they have replaced what their religion teaches and stands for, with what Trump, Hannity, Fox and other Right Wing Blow Hard teaches and stands for.

Here is where ignorance comes into play. Notice! No matter how clear and undeniable the facts are, if Trump and his cronies says there are alternative facts- Trumpsters will believe their version of the facts. There is this constant battle with Trumpsters to get them to see, understand and accept truth.

Some folks, including me, feel it is a waste of time and energy to try and enlighten these folks. Hendrik Loon put it this way: Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession-their ignorance. Frank Norris had this to say about truth. The people have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is not right that they be exploited and deceived with false views of life, false characters, false sentiment, false morality, false history, false philosophy, false heroism, false views of religion, of duty, of conduct and manners.

What is even more startling is the open and unapologetic hypocrisy displayed by Trump followers.  They no longer make any effort to hide their hypocrisy.  Charles C. Colton illuminates the subject.” If the devil ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has; they serve him better than any others, but receives no wages; nay, what is still more extraordinary, they submit to greater mortification to go to hell; than the sincerest Christian to go to heaven.”

August 30, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Impeachment, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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August 29, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Impeachment, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trump’s New Enabling Act

Each day new revelations about the misdeeds of Donald Trump, his Administration, and those in his circle are uncovered. Despite shocking revelations of influence peddling, contact with foreign agents and possible money laundering, his supporters are not willing to accept any of these revelations as facts. The few Trump supporters who agree that Trump has done something illegal response is- So What? The latest revelation that the general feeling among lawyers familiar with case law regarding Trump’s situation, say indicting a sitting President is unconstitutional. Of course those in the Trump camp takes this to mean that if he cannot be indicted, then he can not be charged with a crime while in office. To me, this flies in the face of the long-held belief, that in America, no one is above the law. I assume this includes the President.
Given the fact that those in power to check the President and his unlawful use of the power of the office have long sense given up any pretense of trying to initiate any semblance of checks and balances-Trump is reasonably assured that he has free -rein. Trump feels he has unlimited power and can do anything he wishes.
This attitude about Presidential powers takes us back to Hitler and the Third Reich. Early in his administration, Hitler initiated something called The Enabling Act. Prior to its enactment, many in the German Government felt the government was slowly but surely being hijacked by Hitler and the Nazi Party. Take a look at those in power in the US House and Senate. Very few members are willing to resist anything Trump does. Many Germans felt the same way about Hitler. Alan Bullock had this to say “ Street gangs had seized control of a great modern State, the gutter has come to power” But- Hitler never ceased to boast “legally” By an overwhelming vote of Parliament. The Germans had no one to blame but themselves.
Fast-forward to today. What is the narrative? His supporters constantly point out that Trump was duly elected and since he was elected legally, all Americans are duty-bound to support his agenda, no matter the negative consequences. . Trump reminds the whole world, on a regular basis that he was legally elected and anything that suggest otherwise is Fake news.
Is it possible that Trump sees himself as some kind of God and can do no wrong? Most of his supporter appears to view him the same way. Right and wrong have new meanings since Trump came to power. Trump has initiated his own Enabling Act.

May 18, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Propaganda Machine getting more traction

There continues to be this strange and troublesome relationship between the US Government and Fox News Channel. It is apparent that information from the White House is shared with Fox. It is obvious that Fox has unlimited access to the White House, and the White House has the same access to Fox. Relationship/interviews with other news outlet have ceased. There needs to be an in depth look into this relationship. Sean Hannity, the mouth piece for Fox and its connection to the White House should be looked at officially. It is certain that Trump has divulged things to Hannity that should interest Special Prosecutor Mueller and his team.
New information is discovered almost daily, pulling back the layers of corruption in the Trump White House. How long will a Republican led Congress turn a blind eye to his actions? How long does Americans sit back and watch those elected to enforce the laws of this nation do absolutely nothing to stop his illegal actions? What is it that Trump has on these folks that causes them to be afraid to take actions against him? The actions of Chairman Nunes certainly suggest Trump has something on him and threatens to use it if Nunes does not do his bidding. House Speaker Ryan appears totally helpless to do his job-wonder why? These folks are a pitiful sight and I wonder how many of them can return to their homes and face the people that voted them into office.
Of course, many voters are happy with their actions. They feel they are getting exactly what they voted for. They feel, even though they are part of the collateral damage, they will stand by the man they voted for, no matter the consequences. Their actions suggest a totally disconnect with reality. Some call it stupidity-with stupidity being defined as an unawareness of the long-range consequences of one actions. What will it take to awaken Trump supporters to the fact that he is doing tremendous damage to this Nation and how America is viewed around the world? I am hopeful that eventually these supporters, will use the remote and turn to another channel for a bit. Get a different view of the world and politics. After all, Hannity does not have the answers to every question, even though millions have been led to think so.
Think for a minute…Hannity, Limbaugh, Hewitt, Ingram, Gallagher, Thompson, Cain, Sanders, and other blowhards have convinced millions to forgo their religious up-bringing, forget all they have been taught all of their life about the difference between right and wrong, and support Donald Trump-a man with so many character flaws. These facts suggest their minds have been hijacked and they have lost the power to think for themselves. Their crap detectors have been totally removed-plain and simple! This is the way an effective propaganda machine works. Just keep pounding the message into their audience heads, no matter if its truth or lies. Hitler and Goebbels would be proud of these folks.

May 16, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Religion, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two Peas in a Pod

Another page out of the Nazi propaganda agenda
As another Special Prosecutor Mueller nail is driven into the Trump coffin, I keep making comparison to Trump and Hitler;especially how they came to power and their use of power. Trump ran on the same platform that Hitler ran on.
Hitler harped on the misery of the people. Trump did the same thing. Hitler ranted about the weakness of Germany. Trump said the same thing about America. Hitler spent hours campaigning about more jobs, better paying jobs, and creating an environment more favorable to businesses. Trump used the same arguments. Hitler repeatedly spoke of building a larger and stronger military. Trump made the same argument in his campaign speeches.
Despite running on the above mentioned platform , Hitler could not get enough votes to secure the majority votes. Hitler and Trump eventually were persuaded to seek the support of those already in power positions and with a significant amount of the wealth of the Nation. German manufactures of all sorts saw a silver lining in what Hitler proposed-especially any company remotely connected to the defense industry. Trump gained support of many US businesses\corporations by promising huge tax cuts and getting rid of what he and businesses said was unnecessary regulations.
As with Hitler and Germany, Trump and America will eventually suffer as a result of his actions. He will in some fashion pay for his deeds. Those who did illegal things to put Trump into office, will have their day in court. The Republican Party owes this Nation a debt. They sat back and did absolutely nothing to rein in Trump. As a matter of fact, many Republican lawmakers encourage Trump to behave as he does. The Media,especially Fox will have to pay for supporting Trump, no matter if lies were told to those who tune into their media outlets. One individual, Sean Hannity, of Fox/ Cox Enterprise who spends hours deflecting attention away from Trump misdeeds must be taken to task for his unofficial role of Propaganda Master/Minister for Trump.
As with Hitler, Trump feels he has unlimited power and tries to display this supposed fact almost daily. Think for a minute how Hitler’s decisions lead to the downfall and almost total destruction of Germany. How many people died because of Hitler’s decisions. Some of Trump’s decisions are already having a negative effect on the US and other Nations. The real impact of his decisions are slowly coming to the forefront and will be felt for many years to come.
Those in positions to rein in Trump and his cronies better get going before it is too late to prevent a catastrophic eventually. Control of Trump actions rests squarely on the shoulders of Congress, American Businesses and voters.

May 10, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized | Leave a 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