Americans tend to be low-key when it comes to politics, then they become more enthusiastic during the Presidential Elections, and they fall back to just monitoring the local happenings afterward.  Since June of 2015; however, the venom has spewed much hotter and heavier than usual, among and between the citizenry.  Donald Trump hit a nerve when he appealed to those who feel that they had been left behind in the economic recovery, and they believed him. when he said that only he could “Make America Great Again!”

Donald Trump is someone who you either love, or you hate, and neither side can understand the other’s passion–either for or against him.  And neither the haters, nor the lovers can understand this disparity, nor refrain from verb ally spewing their frustrations on one another.  And since the November Election, and even since his Inauguration, Donald Trump has done nothing whatsoever to bring the two sides back together again!

Trump appears to be frustrated that he is following a Black man, President, Barack Hussein Obama.  This fact might have just added to the Racism, Bigotry and Fear that he has been spewing all along.  Fear is a primary tool that demagogues use to divide a Nation, one group at a time—as Germany realized back in the 1930s and 40s.

Trump also has a hot temper, which seems to always be simmering just under his skin.  When the Ninth Circuit Court rebuked his Anti-Muslim Ban, he washed-out by attacking the overall Judiciary.  Then, Donald ordered raids to round-up and arrest peaceful undocumented immigrants, and prepare them for expedited deportation.

Toward the end of his campaign; however, Trump had promised to tone-down his vow to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and he said that he would only deport those with police records.  Tomorrow, we’ll probably be told that, since they were arrested, they were subject to deportation, since they then had police records.

The problem, as I see it, with a divided American Population is that things have become emotional.  If the various individuals were aware of the facts behind each of  the issues—Immigration, Health Care, Income Inequality, etc—there might be room for discussion.  With politics being mostly an every-four-years event: however, many Americans today rely exclusively on TV and digital media for their news. 

I intend to contact the local County Democratic Party office, and offer my services to form with a team of like-minded, issue-oriented people.  After Donald Trump bamboozled America with demagoguery, perhaps we can appeal to their current frustrations with common sense!


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  1. #1 by cheekos on February 13, 2017 - 3:02 PM

    Paul Krugman’s column in the NY Times, provides a good description of the rivalry between Ignorance and Incompetence in the Trump Regime. The link is, as follows:

  2. #2 by Thomas on February 17, 2017 - 6:41 PM

    I respectfully disagree with your claim regarding “facts” and that if the American electorate has them we can begin to have a discussion. Trump’s success in the primaries was built upon manipulating and playing upon voter emotions. Facts be damned. Having successfully challenged and undermind the legitimacy of the media in the eyes of his base, none of them are likely to believe facts unless they support their emotional view of reality. This is the outcome of a genetation’s worth of degrading and vilifying our institutions.

    • #3 by cheekos on February 17, 2017 - 7:04 PM

      Thomas, first, consider that, at lest, trying to identify a potential path, to change the balance from the current roughly 55-45 assumed anti-pro Trump bias by: ONE, realizing that the pot vote didn’t get Gary Jenkins elected and Jill Stein and the Greens are undoubtedly not pleased by the Anti-Muslim ban and the pipeline. So, perhaps that gets us more toward a 60-40 anti-Trump split; TWO, the people who just sat on the fence and watched Ship Idiocy roll-in, might be ready to protest, moving it to 65-35. THREE, the SwampCreatures might move a few more. FOUR, let’s not forget that there are a few people–concerned about Russia, Flynn, Bannon at NSA, etc–might shift on their own. So tell me, Thomas, what has a better chance: Doing nothing, or thinking rationally? And, don’t forget the GOP Loyalists, who voted straight ticket, exc eat Trump, which will help in 2018. And hey, we haven’t even talked about policies: Infrastructure, loss of Health Care, unnecessary wars. But, thanks for visiting my blog, and commenting.

    • #4 by cheekos on February 17, 2017 - 7:17 PM

      Thomas, to an extent, everyone needs to focus on the role of Congress. Over the past number of Administrations–both parties–it has ceded power to the President. Also, when we praise or vilify one president or the other, we need o realize that oftentimes, the Congress is to blame for things, but it often the President that gets the blame.

      In 2009, President Barack Obama asked Congress to appropriate funds to provide fiscal stimulus–to create kobe–when the economy was in a terrible mess. Congress appropriated, perhaps just 70% of what most economists suggested was needed. Paul Ryan lectured Obama about the impact on the budget, a downgrading of T-bonds, and said no one would buy our bonds. But, none of that happened.

      Then, the GOP, as the economy slowly advanced, said that the Stimulus did’t work. Well, it di work, but the recovery has been slow–but consistent–and it would have been much more robust if the GOP-led Congress became part of the solution, rather than held the economy back from a speedier solution.

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