Posts Tagged ‘elections’

Trump the Savior? – Mis-directions, Continued

June 30, 2018

Since the election I am sure all of us have noted the uproar on the streets, in the press, and most assuredly on social media about the end of /or/ the saving of the world.

Neither is really anywhere close to the truth… not even close to being almost ballpark.

Trump is said to be draining the swamp but it appears he is building another very similar swamp in its place. Gee, how “earth-shattering”, huh?

The problem – as always – is that people take sides. Yes, here in America where the history is quite clear on this… “united we stand, divided we fall”… which they do not seem to stress much anymore (wonder why?)… we are all divided AF over… you guessed it: everything!

We have always had sore losers. Those people that do not get their way – third grade playgrounds rules apply – whine and complain about their misfortunes.

And the loudest whiners appear to be those who voted for the losing candidate.

I understand what it’s like backing the losing horse. In every election since I was old enough to know what was going on (1960), I have picked the loser. Without fail, the candidate of my choice has lost the election or, as sometimes happens, never makes it to November. Only once that happened due to assassination of the candidate but it usually happens due to the primaries. And when my candidate loses in the primaries, the one I pick in the general election seems to lose as well. And it is not because I always choose third and fourth party candidates.

The elections may not be hacked by the Russians but they don’t really need to be hacked at all because the system is broken and no matter which candidate gets elected, the middle class is going to suffer.

Bush started the wars in the Middle East and Obama promised to end them… eight years later we are fighting in MORE places than when he started. Trump said he would stop the war as well but after two years has still done nothing in that direction.

Since Reagan was President, the percentage of wealth held by the 1% in this country has grown at alarming rates that have been undeterred regardless of the party of the President in office or the party that controlled Congress. The entire facade is nothing more than a sham.

And yet there are so many people in America decrying the death of everything because of Trump while others are screaming that he has somehow saved us all.

It really is quite humorous.

When family, friends, or neighbors attempt to engage me about such matters (left or right, green or blue or black, space force or NorK or MidEast or war machine or oil or “Global Warming” or save the freakin’ whales or whatever) I tell them to come back when they’ve actually got something to say.

Taking one side of any issue that includes – at least in their minds – only one opposing side is a lose-lose proposition.

People really need to get a tad outside the damned box a little more often, don’t you think?


Mental Manipulation I

January 3, 2010

Subtleties abound in the world.

Most people do not realize the manner in which their opinions have been formed or manipulated over the years. In fact most people would tell you their opinion has not been man-handled or influenced by others – it’s that subtle. Many will say their opinions have been unchanged for years… yeah, right!

The last three general elections in the United States are a case in point. Republicans will tell you that nothing went wrong with the first two, but Democrats will tell you they were both stolen! Democrats are seen as the “sore losers” whereas Republicans can be proud that their man (a homophobic Christian illiterate) was justly elected. Once the shoe was on the other foot, the Republicans claimed election fraud and the Democrats saw it as justice and redemption. The media was loath to cover any of this outrage, for the most part.

The underlying message here is the same message we have been getting for years: the democratic process does not work.

Now, why would anyone want us to think the process is not working anymore? Perhaps because someone wants to instill a new form of government here. With the continuing reduction of our freedoms and new “justifiable” infringements on our rights, many people may think our form of government is already gone, but we have been here before (see my earlier article about tyranny in America). We were able to pull out of it, albeit with serious losses to our freedoms and our form of government, but it has continued. It can continue still, with a little luck.

Every election has fewer and fewer people exercising what they are calling our “right to vote”, our “privilege” to vote, and the number decreases as people lose faith in the system. (Funny, the Founding Fathers considered voting a duty pure and simple – remember, they knew you had to work at being free) When the numbers get low enough, there is no longer any point to elections, is there?

Always look for the underlying message in the news you hear… it is not always the message you may think it is.