Monday, November 21, 2016

Now What?

Thanksgiving Day update (there is another after the main body of the blog):

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day holiday! All the best to you all, both here and around the world. Even to our enemies, I wish you the best, as long as it means we can all get along and learn how to better life for all people and not just any single group. Also, that everyone everwhere will learn to understand and appropriatelay react to reality, not mere incorrect but highly desired beliefs, not myth and fable, but the world we all actually live in. 

Do we owe it to the new president elect once in office to give him a chance to see what he can do and perhaps more importantly to see how he goes about it? Yes. Most assuredly.

However, let's not conflate this issue into becoming his version of reality.

On issues of race, of dividing our country for his benefit, of supporting the wealthy, conglomerates, corporations and industry over that of the majority of Americas who ARE this country, on those issues we need to monitor him as we would a pedophiliac serial killer around kindergarten children, aggressively correcting him as he goes.

People voted for Trump to thrown a monkey wrench into the works, to disrupt what scares them the most, upsetting the status quo. You do not just do that and walk away. You then have the work to do, it's just starting. Then you have to really pay attention, then you have to really act.

You voted. He won. And so, you think YOU'RE done? LMFAO! Oh please, I'm laughing so hard I'm crying here.

Only a true idiot would believe that. Trouble is, now most people who voted for Trump will just go back to watching TV, or whatever, working hard, making little maybe, but most definitely not holding him to account. And that is sad. No, it's pathetic. It's buying a lottery ticket, expecting to win, and spending the money before you win.

George Orwell with his prophetic book 1984 has become our new political bible. Our new prognosticator. In it lay many of the elements currently at play. Thing we desperately need to be aware. To be educated enough to clearly see what is going on around us, what is being perpetrated upon us by those we have given control of us.

Potentially our most important issue today is, education. Not global warming, not income, not anything. Trump is a Godsend to the Koch brothers. If you ask the Koch brothers what one item, if they could have one thing, would they want control over, they'd most likely say, education.

Time magazine, October 30, 2015:

"Almost all of the higher education programs the Koch foundations fund cleave to the brothers’ philosophy of promoting free markets and laissez-faire capitalism in the United States.

"In some cases, the Koch foundations have attempted, or succeeded, in attaching certain strings to their contributions, such as control over curriculum, and more recently, obtaining personal information about students."

From 1984:

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” ― George Orwell, 1984

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”― George Orwell, 1984

“Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power” ― George Orwell, 1984

Thanksgiving Day update:

One of the things we have to be concerned about with a President Trump is his being president. As David Reminck from The New Yorker, "good comes from the bully pulpit and the example of the president. A part of my concern about the presidency is What are we telling our children? What will be the example set by this [Trump's] temperment. By this sense of ethos, ethics. By this biography?"

Reminck also said that President Obama told him he thought he may have been 20 years too early from what he saw in the trends of the demographics.
That's a fascinating statement.
It means, we're getting there. It just takes time.
But as is my own personal nature, push things to the breaking point for change, then back off when you need to heal. Then push again.
It is much like working out. Strain to achieve, then allow healing before straining again. Never quit, though some day when you find you are at a happy new baseline, you can take a break. For a while.
Until change inevitably requires you start the process all over again.
Needless to say, we're not at that point yet. Not by a long shot.
Yet, it's good news nonetheless.
How the president acts reflects either well or badly upon the American people, and people of the world.

I have drawn this parrallel before between Trump and a short story I wrote years ago. It was the first short horror story I ever sold to a magazine for pay. In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear. A kind of social horror tale not unlike a Phillip K. Dick kind of story. It is about a man who is very talented and successful, who finds a way to take over the American psyche in his bid for power, and in a way never before seen on earth. He is praised by all for it, loved by all because of it. Save those few closest to him who fear him, who fear letting him know they fear him, who fear his defective view of the world. A view which begins to overtake the nation without anyone seemingly paying any attention to it at all. As if they are all addicts and only he has their drug. Countries world wide want in on what he can do, so amazing are his talents. Save those countries closest to America. Those being Canada and Mexico who quietly strive to begin to step away from all transactions with America. Yet, no one seems to notice.

Here's a few things being discovered about #Trump. He is temporally transaction in nature.
He responds to praise not disdain, which makes him feel embattled and he digs in. He is just like many who run for office, an adulation addict.
But in Trump's case as Frank Bruni of the New York Times put it:
"In Donald Trump, we're looking at it to an exponential degree."
"It's adulation addiction on steroids."
"I think people are going to find he's not the rebel they thought he was on the campaign trail." That is he said, from Trump's body language and in how he said some things, during the NYTimes meeting, he showed he is very vested into finding the praise of those same elites he was running against during the campaign, either directly or indirectly, and being those same elites who people cast their vote for Trump for him to rail against, and not for.
How does Trump define winning? I think it has to do with how much he can profit from any situation\ transaction. Because that's how he views the world, through capitalist filters.
He wants to win every room he is in, leaving those who meet him with a positive attitude about him. He seems at times to become who he has last spoken with, and that is kind of disturbing.
Maybe therefore the way to deal with him in the future is to primarily praise his good actions and ignore his bad ones, or at least temper the backlashes and enhance the praises.
He's smart, but he's emotionally immature.
He's responsive if it means he alters people's view of him in a positive way. This may work well for us in his presidency and it may also work against all of us as it's an ephemeral orientation to business and governance.
Many of his supporters are going to be very unhappy to find what they ignored while he was running, were stagecraft. Much of what they said he didn't mean, but they voted for him anyway, they are going to find out also applies to many things they liked about him.
They saw him as an agent of change and that may be the case. But from what we know so far and so little of, he could just as easily be from what his supporters may find to be, even worse than Hillary.
I have to say, the irony would, aside from the reality of where this could lead the nation and the entire damn planet, be pretty delicious as well as cathartic.
To conservatives I have to say:
Watch what you wish for, you just may get it. Sometimes like with the genie in the bottle, you don't know what exactly it even IS that you wish for.
Cheers! :)


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