Monday, December 26, 2016

Trump HAS an Attention Span?

The most important primary difference between myself and Donald Trump? I'd never consider running for President of the United States of America. And I think in many ways I'd do a better job then he will.

In all areas not involved with making ME (or Trump) greater, or richer, that is. I'm sure he would win in those areas because in part, my better nature, my ethical considerations would stop me from going over the top and choosing myself over America, or as the Leader of the Free World. Well, the free world....

First let me say that the current argument going around that electing a president just to get a fresh perspective on government to evoke changes, is not a viable argument. It IS however the modern civilized version of a revolution or what would at onetime be an armed insurrection.

Yes, I do much prefer it this way. But having an ignorant put "fresh eyes" on our government and situation to fix it, does not allow for his orientation of big money or his bigoted considerations or his conman style of winning at all costs using whatever tactics it takes, agreeing with everyone in your face and your lowest common denominator in public, using the ends to justify the means.

It's at least a questionable and kind of juvenile tactic. Not, even if it works (and that says something about those it works upon), as it's not a big brain tactic. It's a little brain tactic for little brains to be affected by.

Anyway, getting back to my point....

So Trump's and my greatest difference is? Other than the GOP protecting him against Russian involvement in his election, while they went nuts against Hillary?

I personally believe that America is greater than myself.

Oh, and I can hold a thought longer than 12 seconds. ADD people can have great talents. They have to learn how to be functional and mostly, in most careers, hide it from others. But there are some jobs I'm not so sure it's good to hold if you have ADD and if you have negative other associated, or typically unassociated behaviors like narcissism, severe greed of power or money.

From a JEVA LANGE article at The Week - "How long is Donald Trump's attention span?" (9/6/2016) "I think he's definitely got attention deficit disorder. That doesn't mean he isn't really smart — it just means he's not at his best when he's asked to dwell on a topic," Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio told Politico.

From MICHAEL KRUSE in his Politico article: "Donald Trump’s Shortest Attribute Isn’t His Fingers - People who know him well are starting to ask: Can he focus enough to run the Oval Office?" September 08, 2016

"In the late 1980s, Jack O’Donnell, one of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casino executives, devised a special strategy for talking to the in-and-out owner. “I would know Donald was coming to town,” O’Donnell said in a recent interview from his home in Arizona. “And if you were going to pitch him something, you would say”—and here he sped up his cadence, as if he were hitting a verbal fast-forward button—“‘Oh-hey-Donald-good-to-see-you-hey-I-wanted-to-run-something-by-you.’ Boom. That was it. Because if you hit him too late in the conversation, he might say, ‘Let’s talk about it later’—and he was gone.”


From a New Yorker article by JANE MAYER recounting Trump's biographer Tony Schwartz regards as one of Trump’s most essential characteristics:

“He has no attention span.”

"But Schwartz believes that Trump’s short attention span has left him with “a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.” He said, “That’s why he so prefers TV as his first news source—information comes in easily digestible sound bites.” He added, “I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.” During the eighteen months that he observed Trump, Schwartz said, he never saw a book on Trump’s desk, or elsewhere in his office, or in his apartment."

For the record, I had ADHD as a kid and ADD as an adult and have been pretty successful in my life and apparently I have some talents. Unlike Trump, I came to realize that things weren't going by me too fast, but too slowly. Something I came to realize after two events. One in taking Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics twice in my life, once in eighth grade, and again during my stint in the Air Force.

During that months long class taught in the context of teaching my class Washington State History and Reading Dynamics. I went form 280 words per minute at 60% comprehension to 20,000 world per minute at 80% comprehension. Evelyn was asked by natural speed reader Pres. John F. Kennedy, who read his morning newspapers very fast and read many of them, to teach his staff to do this too.

The other time I realized in some ways my life was passing me by too slowly was one day in high school when my teacher was moving too fast writing on the blackboard. For the first time I was seeing clarity, following clearly, until to my surprise and shock and dismay, the entire class rebelled. They were getting lost and asked her to slow down, while I was innervated because for the first time I actually was able to clearly catch what she was teaching us and that all these years of K-12 I wasn't stupid after all, I was just bored and the information coming at me was coming way... too... slowly.

Here is a list of speed readers. Donald J. Trump is not on this list.

In the end I know certain jobs just aren't for me. IF I were Trump, I'd never run for president and I think he too knows better. But his self interesting got the better of him. He has put himself above the country and our citizens. I've read hundreds of books. The most was probably in 8th grade when I read over 60 novels. But I would never have considered running for president.

For myself as for Trump, that's just cray-ZY.

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