Trump Supporters Are a Symptom of a Bigger Political Problem
Recently, I watched a video showing an elderly Trumper arguing the election was “rigged.” He claimed Donald Trump would have won reelection if the results did not include the votes from California. The Golden State is the most populous in the nation, with most residents living in large metropolitan areas. To save you time clicking the above link, there were 17 million ballots cast, and 11 million of those for Biden.
The Boomer said, “He didn’t lose. . . Trump. …
If Democrats and Independents do not bring swift legal action against the criminals in the Republican Party and eradicate the corruption in their ranks, the next fascist, racist candidate will be worse — and we may not be lucky enough to escape.
Make no mistake, there will be a GOP candidate in 2024, and this one won’t be a National Review reading, intellectual conservative who appeals to moderates. This will be Beelzebub’s brother-in-law embracing the confederate flag-waving white supremacists who flocked to Trump’s hate rallies. They will be so far right, they will make Biden look like a progressive.
Understand that the Republican Party is no longer populated by those who invoke the Elysium ideals of the past such as smaller government and fiscal responsibility. There will be no pretense of “reaching across the aisle” or reasoned debate, no attempt to hide their naked avarice, and no mercy for the rest of us. …
Donald Trump’s loss in the November 2020 General Election is astounding when you consider all the opportunities he squandered for an easy victory. He didn’t have to win over the entire nation or 5 million voters, he only had to convince a few thousand in critical states to cast their ballot for him.
These were softballs lobbed at him where he didn’t swing and miss — he didn’t even step up to the plate. Had his campaign capitalized on any one of these opportunities, he would have sailed to an easy win.
This has to be the worst decision made by Trump’s re-election team. …
Twitter hates me.
I am convinced I am “sandboxed" — my posts are actively buried in users’ timelines like a gift from your cat in a litter box. I have been told by friends that they never see my tweets.
Social media gurus are quick to excuse this as the fault of the writer or the algorithm, rather than the capriciousness of an organization giving more weight to users with a greater following. That blue check mark is king and the rest of us peasants can go to hell.
I have been told that my work isn’t good even when it is curated by Medium staff, my following isn’t large enough for my articles to garner attention although I had more views with half the following, etc. …
The basis of the GOP ideology assures the destruction of the party. It is not a political process, but a spiritual one.
In the most basic sense, the approach to governing seeks to either increase or decrease certain influences in society. The opposing parties provide a balance to each other.
The Democrats seek to move forward, hence you will sometimes see the label “progressives.” You might believe this is unworkable because it will raise taxes or introduce immoral behaviors. Maybe you are worried about creating more government bureaucracy.
Whether or not you agree with this approach, this action builds something new, moves into unfamiliar territory, or creates. …
There is one question every voter should ask before casting a vote for any GOP candidate.
What is the plan?
Perhaps you support the ideology. In the past, the Republican Party stood for smaller government, fiscal conservatism, law and order.
Many voters, particularly the elderly, believe that these principles are shared among the GOP and there exists a playbook to make these lofty goals a reality. They cast their vote for any name with an R next to it believing in a roadmap to achieving the Party’s goals of “less government.”
Sure, they pay lip service to certain ideals, but what is the specific plan to implement it? …
Get an instantly successful life.
By making a minor tweak to your perspective, you can instantly change your reality.
This isn’t self-delusion or a trick — it’s about the process we go through when we assign meaning to our everyday experiences.
If consciousness dictates what is real, then you have much greater control over the physical plane than you imagined.
We do this through the meaning we assign to events, whether we judge experiences as positive or negative, or when we decide our lives are one of success or failure.
Anguish and suffering results when our experiences do not meet our expectations. Unhappiness exists in the gap between how we want the world to be and how it presents itself. …
The pressing problems of the West are the result of a hidden and larger crisis. It is not partisan politics, propaganda, or ambition that is ruining the world.
Although we recognize the issue, we ignore it on a personal and public level. There is no national dialogue, and the media is strangely silent on the subject.
A considerable number of our most successful business and political leaders are psychopaths.
This is not dramatic hyperbole, but fact backed up by research. Society rewards these monsters while they leave misery in their wake. The bullies easily influence the weak of mind. …
God lied and the serpent spoke the truth.
Take a moment and think about the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In your mind, briefly summarize the high points.
What you imagine is not correct.
If you’re like most people, you believe the narrative goes something like this:
God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. instructing the couple to not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge. A serpent deceived Eve into eating an apple, she convinced Adam to take bite as well. …
Is our life path hardwired? Maybe it doesn’t matter.
The philosophical concept of free will has been an either/or type question. Philosophers have grappled with this quandary for centuries. It is a question of whether or not we have control over our destiny.
The issue of personal agency has been limited to whether reward or punishment is based on the choices we make. If you decide correctly, you experience a win. If you choose differently, you experience a different outcome.
The issue raises the question: Is our life path set before we take our first breath?
Maybe it doesn’t matter.
What if we exercise our free will — we make our choices from a set of limited options, but the quality of the corresponding experience has already been decided for us? …