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Can We Be This Blind?

How Trump Turned Liberal Comedians Conservative
By JOANNA WEISS – June 15, 2019

I find this writing an example of “liberal irony”. It’s OK to be liberal or conservative, but there are extremes. What I have witnessed since Donald Trump took office, the nature of criticism and outright hatred against him, has been magnified to a level well beyond any previous administration.

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· President Trump signs the Hurricane Harvey relief bill 2017

The expression, “Trump Derangement Syndrome” seems like an accurate label, as people have become unhinged, to the point that anything can be justified because of Trump.

This article in Politico, which I’m referencing is an example of the irony, and the mislabeling of characteristics which are the domain of the modern liberal. The author is suggesting that vile comments, the hatred, are the domain of conservatism. It’s as though one can say, I’m a liberal, hatred spews from my mouth, but that’s a conservative trait. Folks, this is the epitome of a lack of self-awareness.

A week after the 2016 elections, many left wing activists took to the streets to express their angst with some causing riots all across the nation.

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· Protestors who covered their faces – some of whom decided to damage property

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There’s no greater threat to the liberal establishment than Donald Trump.

“If Trump has changed the tone of the presidency, he’s done the same for TV humor, creating a kind of insult comedy for the Resistance: less subtle, less civil—and, strangely, more conservative.

… “liberals and conservatives are (on average) wired differently, with social and cultural conservatives personally more attuned to danger, worried about intruders, primed to protect an establishment under threat.

*NOTE* see first sentence of the quotes from the article. This is irony or self-deception.

“As outrage, however, it does contain something that satire lacks, University of Delaware communications professor Dannagal Young says: a consistent call to action. That feels like the purpose of this brand of late night comedy—not to wryly observe the world and encourage us all to do better, but to harness people’s anger, make them ready to revolt.

*NOTE 2: Harness anger? Ready to revolt? Not to encourage people to do better? Where’s all this angst & hatred coming from?
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There is a growing, war being waged against the Trump administration and conservatives in general. Most of that war is being orchestrated and funded by the massively-financed elite who want to change the system in order to benefit themselves. Although they’ve prospered enormously through capitalism, they see socialism as a vehicle to further their collective agenda. Socialism, or as it’s often relabeled, “democratic socialism”, is a shift in power for those elites to hold all the power.

Whenever you read or hear the claims for a new world order, improved society, basic human rights, the role of government is to provide __X__, then look further into those promises, they come at a horrific cost.

Someone, some government agency, must decide what’s fair, divides who gets what in this social order, and has the power to enforce. What do you think happens to any human contrived organization with this kind of power? Power corrupts – absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s been repeated throughout history, from monarchs, oligarchs, patriarchs, national committees, or single national party’s.

Capitalism and freedom are under constant attack.

“Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that’s a good thing.”” ~ Bernie Sanders

“Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Death to freedom, liberty, the needs of state over the individual, evolve through promises and platitudes. The false promise of everyone benefits, and no one is left without, is a lie. History points to the corrupt and diseased status of the state which operates under the thumb of socialism. We can already see the paucity of their claims in cities under decades of “Democrat” control. Flint Michigan, Chicago Illinois, San Francisco California, Los Angeles California, Seattle Washington, and so forth.
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When the state or committee take over, nothing opposing their rules, all real prosperity, advancement & hope are lost. Capitalism may have it’s faults, however Socialism is controlled by the elite few along with their cronies. Their goal is to have total control over assets, medical care, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, agriculture and even public speech.

Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.” ~ Ben Shapiro

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R. Buckminster Fuller – we still haven’t caught up to his vision.

Why Are We Slipping Behind?

The Coming Conflict

War isn’t inevitable, conflict is. What do I mean?

I recall a friend telling me, if two people think alike, there’s no need for one of them. This sounds humorous or perhaps cavalier, but at it’s core we can identify a universal truth. Individuals have their own opinions on almost anything, and depending on the persons involved, will argue their point of view until one or both find resolution or at least a willingness to co-exist.

The fundamental issue at hand, is how do we communicate with each other and by what method(s) do we resolve our differences?

Abraham_Lincoln_emancipationHere’s an overview; person 1 thinks that all purchased chicken eggs should be brown. White eggs are deemed inferior by person 1. Person 2 thinks that any egg is a good egg, and therefore will purchase white shelled eggs sometimes, instead of brown ones. Of course this seems a silly example to some, but I’m using it to explain my point, rather than take a current issue, already in play which would tend to steer people toward discussing an issue, rather than the point I’m making.

If person 1 lives with person 2, a potential conflict exists. Several factors come into play, but we can see there are things that can be done to resolve their conflict. Conflicts arise but need not escalate if the individuals involved can come to an agreement. If this were two people living apart, then maybe they would talk about brown eggs vs. white eggs, and no matter the outcome, it’s likely to be settled in a congenial way. After all, why fight over eggs, right? Well, I’ve seen couples fight over lesser things, and they can almost come to blows over such things as, tooth paste caps not being placed back on the tube, the direction of toilet paper unrolling, kitchen cleanup, personal choices in shoes, clothes, hair styles, etc.

Whenever we look at humans, and attempt to describe the cause of their problems, we can spend a lot of time blaming things external to the cause, or focusing on debating the topics of the conflict. What’s really missing is the knowledge on how to resolve conflicts. We can blame the schools, religion, politicians, our spouse, or our peers. Although there’s plenty of blame for any problem to encompass several groups, there’s really one huge elephant in the room.

st_patricks_day_revelersOur society has moved from an agrarian based economy to an industrial, and on to a service based economy. This fundamental change removes people from their individual direct survival (farming), to living near a common populous work center, and having to learn to live and work with people outside of immediate family. This seems like a recipe to help people learn how to resolve their differences and avoid escalation of conflict. In reality, we have become less capable, more emotional, and more willing to escalate, after our differences are made known.

We are beginning to see healthy family relationships are core to problem resolution. Studies show a more likelihood for success of a person, based on two parents actively working to care for and raise their children together. A child learns many things from their care givers. If the biological parents of a child are unable to resolve their personal issues, where does the foundation start for learning conflict resolution? In fact, many people are choosing to not become married, or stay with the other person with whom they made a baby. The child may learn some things from a single loving, well meaning parent, but they don’t learn first hand, how two people resolve their differences.

The child grows into an adult, at least physically, but what do they know about handling emotions? As much as people write about how men and women are equal, they often overlook their fundamental differences. I see many women asserting their right to be who they are and choose what they want for themselves, but what does that suggest for interpersonal relations? Can they set aside their desire to make something of themselves in the world? Can a man choose to be responsible and caring, perhaps even willing to stay at home and raise the children if the mother is the more productive income earner?

Men and women are different but there’s a strong desire for women to be more like men. Men on the other hand, are labeled toxic if their inclinations are ‘traditional’. We can debate what those inclinations are but in the past, those differences weren’t identified as shameful or toxic, and a woman who wanted children, learned what made their world work so they could have a family and perpetuate another generation. She was often the ‘taming’ force for good in a relationship, and the man most often the less emotional.

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Once again, we can zero in on what a man or woman’s roles should be, but that misses the nature of how do we train future generations to be responsible for themselves, and not blame others? … And that as I see it, is our biggest failure. We’ve fallen into a trap of irresponsibility for our behavior. We seek to blame others or at least shift our part of the deal to some agency outside of the home. It’s been said, “it takes a village to raise a child”, but if that village doesn’t do any better than the originating family, we’re not going to improve.

The child grows into a man or a woman. They find their work day world less than all of what they hope. They haven’t an organization that builds them up as a group and helps them find purpose, so they gravitate to what they individually think gives them a purpose. Sometimes though, we need our batteries recharged. We might turn to ‘social media’ and there we find… more conflict. Everything we haven’t learned about dealing with differences of opinion, on ways to find common ground, or even the desire to find common ground, are often absent. Instead we call each other names, bait one another with questions designed to make us look clever and the other person, lesser.

We have another clever outlet for our discord, the news media. They’ve learned to earn market share and increase their revenue by constantly stirring up things that will lock us in to their point of view. Instead of truly being informative they foment discord for money, and the results are obvious. We’re even in disagreement as to where we get our news, and the relative trust we can place on the source.

I could write much more on this topic, but my main thoughts are, it’s not the other person’s fault, its our own, and the reasons for our failure, I believe start within the home. An incomplete family unit fails to provide all that’s needed to go forward in this complicated world. When two people declare they love each other and want to make a baby, what are they really saying? Til death do us part, or quit after the 50th time I told him or her to flush the toilet. How we engage each other, what we choose to say in discussing our preferences or point of view, go back to earliest formative years. If we didn’t gain some healthy conflict resolution by age 12, what happens to our abilities when we no longer have any cushion, coaches, mentors, or methods to deescalate? Instead, we’re left with people demanding conformance, and fanning the flames of those differences to the point of in some cases, coming to blows.

Compromise means different things to different people. Finding ways to get along creates a healthier atmosphere and avoiding the eventual, inevitable conflict. If we fail to work though our differences in the home, how does that impact our world?

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We might call on these organizations less often if we learn how to deescalate and get along.

The Best Course is Discourse

Keeping it real

Not being fake or influenced. Being true to yourself and your values, more importantly, being true to internal values that most people acknowledge and respect.

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Must engage brain!

I was confronted this morning by a family member offline about some things I said online.

The “backroom” conversation was triggered from remarks I made about their post on a social media platform. It had to do with the originator suggesting how difficult to remain a “centrist” in the milieu of ideas coming from polarized speech and media.

Rather than revisit all which was said in those pubic and private conversations, I continue to believe that discourse is necessary, in order to make headway and to understand what other people think. This person didn’t share that opinion, and not only deleted what I said, they blocked me from further comments.

Allow me to kick the can down the block a little further, if you’re a registered user of WordPress, your opinion is invited.

When two ideas about any given topic are presented, and they are opposite, logic dictates the following possibilities.

  • They’re both wrong. This means neither opinion is correct and either they discuss it until they understand the fallacy, or they agree to disagree. Those are the best case scenarios.
  • One is right and the other is wrong. This doesn’t mean one is completely right, and the other is completely wrong, it seldom is that clear. Once again, they discuss it until they understand the fallacy, or they agree to disagree.
  • They switch sides, choosing to think as the other one did before, but realizing they have come to a better understanding and decided their original opinion was wrong.

OK, that last one is highly unlikely. What often occurs now, there’s a desire to shut down, censor, delegitimize the other person or group’s argument. This is accomplished like it just it did with me, or banning people from social media.

Here’s the train wreck that’s coming, and we’ve seen it before throughout history. When there’s no longer a platform for discourse, then tempers flare. The outcome is seldom pretty. I’m not advocating anything “unpretty”, but the observations are all too obvious, repeated on the streets around the world, as well as throughout social media.

We sometimes applaud people who are absolutists. We even elevate them to levels of leadership, but there’s also a toxic side to this, ‘my way or the highway type of group think.’ It seldom advances anything of value.

I’ll illustrate this point through a hot topic, (yes puns are allowed), climate change or global warming. Once those words are said, people take sides, but perhaps if you’re not closed-minded, you might want to watch this opinion segment on a Joe Rogan podcast. It frames the climate change argument and solution with scientific precision. There’s something here for everyone to learn.

I’ll preface the video with this; any topic deemed so sacred that it can’t be questioned, needs further examination. This control from authority or power must be questionable or it wouldn’t need this level of authority to suppress.

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