Surprise, Surprise! It’s Not Donald Trump
Sometimes the answer is right before your eyes, but it’s so close you can’t focus on it. The biggest problem with America is not Donald John Trump, it’s the fact that we have been infected with SKEPTICISM.
What does that mean? Skepticism is a mindset that ferments a natural doubt, and then eventually challenges, the very nature of truth. This is different from the old axiom of a glass being half full or half empty. Skepticism happens when distrust and mistrust get married and have a kid who believes the unbelievable but disbelieves proven events and knowns.
You may NOT believe in God, but historians can give you evidence a man named Jesus once walked the earth. You can say that Islam might not be your way of thinking about God, but you don’t need to go far to find strong narratives and proof that Mohammed existed. These prophets or teachers were real. We argue only about who is more righteous.
Then there’s science, a series of ongoing fact-based events with layers of theories, findings and experiments to test premises. Once we harness science to make our life better, it’s nonsensical to turn our back on what we know. If vaccines keep our children healthy, and years of use shows relatively small risk involved, one might swallow the pill of science with informed comfort.
Outside the realms of faith and science we have politics, where for years half-truths, misrepresentations and sleight of hand have been standard operating procedure. I didn’t use the word “lie” in that sentence because it’s use frustrates the political fan boys. However, politicians do lie about things and later, when the facts are on the table, they claim they never said the falsehood. This is incredible, particularly when there is a recording of the person delivering the misstatement which is played over and over again on the radio and TV.
Donald Trump is the fat, white underbelly of skepticism but he’s not the creator of the syndrome. I have often used the expression, “that guy is just smart enough to be a problem.” There are people in the world who can B.S. their way out of anything, but that doesn’t mean they are intelligent. Sometimes they are dangerously convincing. Google: Adolf Hitler.
Trump’s use of the argumentum ad hominem (Latin) to defend himself shows his lack of respect for American voters. Ad hominem is a strategy of debating in which one avoids serious discussion about an issue by attacking the character, motive or other attribute of the person presenting the opposing perspective. It’s blatantly obvious when the Donald uses this technique, but it’s rare when someone speaks truth to power. Occasionally we hear the press ask, “Are you attacking the messenger or the message?” Those sound bites often get displaced by Trump’s attacks on the questioner with his disrespectfully colorful language.
If we eliminate Trump, we will remove the most powerful voice for the promotion of skepticism in America. You cannot say he’s positive, because most of what he says creates fear, anger or pain. His constant refrain about the system being rigged gains increasing ground with his fellow skeptics. If Trump used his power to argue against God and Jesus, he would probably be removed from office, but there would be millions of people in this country who would quit their churches and slap “Down with God and Jesus” stickers on their cars. Should any person have this much power?
An incredibly good friend sent me a note about the current state of our government, “Tremors and shifts and rumblings suggest to me that we shall be very lucky if we manage to keep a representative democracy as opposed to an authoritarian state. The person in the White House seems to adore force, punishment and repression, expressions of male id… and has the power to order terrible things done.”
Trump uses FEAR and DOUBT in excruciating ways, and you don’t have to dislike him to be a victim. Americans don’t play the fear card well and we are NOT VICTIMS of our own government. We have the power to change things, and we will. Skepticism is the invisible enemy among us and must be reckoned with, now. We cannot continue to think there is no answer to the problem in front of us.
The solution steps are short and simple:
- The government should stop giving out money and use Treasury funds to fund COVID testing for all Americans to get people back to work. When folks are working they will be able to pay their rent and buy food. Trump says he wants to open the economy, but short of signing checks he has done no heavy lifting to get it done. He refuses to use his power for solutions.
- Stop talking about reform of the police departments and organize an oversight concept that works, right now. It should include better training and independent review of law enforcement, including the Justice Department. Yes, this probably means hiring more people, but what is wrong with more jobs for Americans?
- Stop giving Trump such a big megaphone without directly confronting his lies when they are perpetrated. He’s an unworthy representation of good citizenship and, deep down inside, he is a mean, mentally disturbed human.
- Stop the complaints about social media and end any partisan attempts to control them. If you want to know what is happening — really — read the chapter called Social Media Menace in my latest book Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs. They didn’t build those platforms to protect privacy. They exist to exploit your foolish openness and you should stop supporting them.
- Revise your thinking that America is based on only two parties. Yes, we have an arcane political system, but read the Constitution and see that parties are not mentioned. It’s a construct based on bickering about money. One side wants to spend money while the other side doesn’t want to spend money. Our political parties came about based on conflicts between balanced budgets and borrowing money. Our founding fathers fell into ideas inherited from the British system. They were imitating, not improving, politics. If we were smart, we would eliminate parties, but that would require the rewriting of all the procedures, traditions and governance of Congress. But, hey USA, it’s worth it. Let’s start writing!
You can be skeptical and still be a good citizen. In the last 24-hours, we have seen the current Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, publicly disagree with Trump on the use of the Insurrection Act and the former DOD head, General James Mattis, wrote an Op-Ed in The Atlantic which clearly stated that in his opinion, Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens. They are patriots for telling the truth.
You could also get off your ass and learn a little more about how things work to become a smarter voter. It’s not too much to ask. We see all races represented in the kids and adults in the streets protesting the killing of an unarmed African American. This is not a black thing, my fellow Americans. The protesters are showing you that millions of people do not follow the skepticism of Donald Trump.
Our President lives in his own world and the faster we dispute or ignore his skeptical attitudes, the sooner we will get at TRUTH. When Trump is finally stripped of his power, he will be no more relevant than a homeless man on the street rambling on about what is “really happening.” I believe that Donald J. Trump has little knowledge about people, law, government, deals, trade or even business. He’s just another gigolo who will turn his skepticism into chronic cynicism, and no American will feel safe or happy.
If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.
The book that tells it like it is…
Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs If you only read one chapter of this book, it’s called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment and starts the conservation of peace. And if you are worried about social media, check out the chapter called Social Media Menace.