And looking at Facebook’s lopsided political media ecosystem might be a useful reality check for Democrats who think Mr. Biden will coast to victory in November.

Kevin Roose NYT 8/27/2020

It’s easy to become despondent after witnessing this week’s American reality TV show (AKA, the Republican National Convention) which aired from various locations including the White House in Washington, DC.

One after another, the lineup of koolaid-drinking Trumpoids further fed the nation’s seemingly insatiable appetite for fear mongering. Each night was a further assault on the reality of America’s diverse citizenry and a nose-thumping to the roots of the many problems facing the country.

They screamed (at times literally) that a Joe Biden administration would destroy the America people like them – white rural and/or suburban residents – had worked so hard to build.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Don Jr’s girlfriend and a Trump Campaign fundraiser, during her melodramatic address at the RNC. Photo Credit: Reuters.

  • There was no mention of the Chinese laborers who broke their backs building railroads to the West so that Manifest Destiny could be realized.
  • There was no gratitude expressed to the enslaved from Africa who were brought to America’s shores to provide labor for the South’s agricultural plantations.
  • No respect was paid to the millions of Latino workers who now harvest the food these same white Americans buy at their local supermarkets.
  • Nor was there any mention of the millions of immigrants that fill the low-wage, dirty jobs that most white Americans refuse – working in meat-processing plants, as dish washers in restaurants or as maids cleaning rooms in hotels from sea to shining sea.

Talk about an almost complete disconnect with the reality of daily life in America! Today’s Republican Party has become nothing more than the Cult of Trump! Need we be reminded yet again of the conditions that created the rise of the Nazi Party in 1930s Germany?

As with most aspects of the US Presidency over the past four years, Donald Trump has bent the job to fit his twisted personality and enormous ego. Did anyone actually think he would grow into the job like most of his forty-four predecessors?

Trump personifies the shady businessman who massages the truth to suit his own aims and then screams ‘foul’ when he’s caught with his hands in the cookie jar. He lies, manipulates and ‘uses’ the legal system to gaslight the public and achieve his own narrow personal aims. This is hardly the American experiment the country’s founders envisioned.

A magazine spread shows the Trumps at home in their cozy, little gold gilded Trump Tower penthouse on New York’s 5th Avenue. An every man – NOT!

In short, Trump has intentionally done everything in his power to further rip apart the already fraying fabric of American society. Ever since his first appearance on the campaign trail in 2016, he has utilized the age-old strategies of divide and conquer, deny, deny, deny facts and repeat lies so often that they become the talking points of his followers. How can a leader who constantly refuses to accept responsibility be seen as someone who wants to secure a brighter future for the nation?

Trump has continually fanned the dangerous flames of division within the Us electorate. His friendship with defacto dictator Vladamir Putin of Russia has been treated like a joke by Trump’s core supporters.

And yet, incredibly, his loyal supporters continue to drink his bitter brew and blame their problems on others, particularly immigrants and other people of color. This is a reflection of Trump’s lack of humility, empathy and his complete abhorrence for facts.

I mean, hey, it’s obvious why many of the super wealthy would support Trump and his tax cuts for the rich, but what exactly is he offering that seems so attractive to the average working stiff? Wouldn’t a true leader accept responsibility for failures and work with others to repair past mistakes?

On to Election 2020

I realize this is all just a rehash of the same thoughts many of us have had since the 2016 election results. Donald Trump had long garnered publicity and it should have been clear to all but the most unaware voters that he was a sham, a snake-oil salesman (and not a particularly good one at that) merely posing as a concerned American citizen in order to promote his brand and feed his ego.

But, for those of us who believe in facts, there is a distinct possibility that this incompetent fool might be reelected. We need to network now more than ever with other like-minded, caring citizens to do whatever we can to ensure Donald Trump doesn’t buy or steal a second term in the Oval Office. Such a possibility is too dark to contemplate at the moment.

We need to do more than just preach to the choir on blogs such as this. We must work together with other groups like moveon.org and use social media to counter the fake news being churned out minute by minute by the morally bankrupt forces seeking to give Trump a sequel.

For insight into the RNC’s campaign of disinformation, please check out the following New York Times article illustrating the grass-roots movement being employed by Trumpoids on Facebook. It’s both shocking and enlightening.

What if Facebook is the real silent majority? By Kevin Roose, NYT 08/27/2020

Facebook’s Top 10 pages each week

peace~ henry

 

Posted by Henry Lewis

Unconventional artist, writer, videographer and teacher. Personal Quote: It isn't easy being me ;-)

31 Comments

  1. I don’t like Trump.

    But I fear those behind Joe Biden will turn America into a 2nd USSR.

    I know that position isn’t too popular with most American liberals and progressives but I fear it’s true.

    Having to choose between Trump and those behind Joe Biden, America is facing that ancient Greek expression, “Having to choose between a rock and a hard place.”

    Listening to Bobby Kennedy Jr.’s speech in Berlin today, I thought this is truly the man who could actually bring liberal and conservative together in America.

    It’s too bad he wasn’t running as an Independent candidate for President in this year’s U.S. election.

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  2. Hi Drac…I can understand your hesitation to support either major political corporation in the USA’s upcoming ‘money is everything’ election. I dislike both parties. However, I find the future prospect of another 4 years of Trump and Co far more dangerous to American democracy than any possibilities of a left wing takeover of the democratic party. I truly wish the country was governed by a parliamentary system where multiple parties have to make compromises in order to form a functioning government. At any rate, I’ll be working for the Biden-Harris ticket. Thanks for offering your insights.

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  3. Thanks for bringing up these important issues. Got you absentee ballot? : )

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    1. Hi Rebecca…I’m actually returning to the USA to vote. 🙂

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      1. Wow, safe travels Henry!

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  4. It just boggles my mind that anyone can believe a word that comes out of this guy’s mouth. Everything about him is a lie.

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    1. Hi Ken…My thoughts exactly. It’s difficult not to begin questioning my own reality, a feat I undertake on a near daily basis.

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  5. It is terrifying that we are still wondering whether this man could be elected, a lying, hateful mafioso. Even more concerning that he may lose and find a way to stay in power. And, well, I can’t stand Biden, partly because he doesn’t get that it’s him and his ilk who brought us to this. What has happened to our country? Thanks for sharing your thoughts Henry.

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    1. Hi Kim…Honestly, it’s been many years since I felt like I had a country. There were rays of hope during the first Obama administration, but Trump’s relative popularity despite his negligence, incompetence and dedication to his personal ego have placed me (and I’m sure many others) on the brink of hopelessness. And, that’s a soul-killing place I don’t want to be. Take good care.

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  6. You’ve said it all, and correctly. Trump is horrid. And there are millions and millions of people in the USA who fully support him. They are horrid too.

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    1. Hi Neil…I keep looking in my thesaurus for new adjectives to describe the personality and public actions of Potus 45 and horrid is as good as any. Thanks.

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  7. I’m with you entirely, Henry. The Democratic Party actually presents a platform to support their intentions, the Republican Party replaces a platform with “whatever Trump wants to do.” The eerie reality show in Charlotte shows exactly what four years have witnessed, another four years is inconceivable — as your clearly delineated points demonstrate. Shudder.

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    1. Shudder, indeed, Bill. Thanks for expressing your thoughts.

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  8. It’s all too depressing. For me it’s not so much Trump himself but the people who will vote for him whatever he says or does. What kind of people are they? And how can I co-exist with them? I’m sorry to say, my approach is increasingly one of ‘I don’t care’. I know Henry this is not what you want to hear but remember we need to protect our own mental health first, otherwise we won’t be able to offer the little something we can offer to our own little world. That would be too sad for us and everyone near us.
    History will follow its course as it always does. Of course everything needs to be done to keep Trump away from the White House but if he stays there, well, I will switch channels and watch my favourite film.
    Sorry about this but sometimes indifference is a valid way of protecting oneself.

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    1. Hi Marios…I agree that it’s important to remain engaged but not allow oneself to become overwhelmed (and therefore paralyzed) by the antics of politicians. Still, I plan to do whatever I can to sway the tide in my small way. Thanks for your comments.

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  9. I think they need to get rid of Trump and preferably jail him for something in order to defeat this lunatic fringe gone popular – then perhaps we can put the idiots back in their box and get on with something genuinely progressive. Ah, sweet dreams for me!

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    1. Hi and thanks for sharing your thoughts Ogden. I think one of Trump’s greatest fears is losing in November and being stripped of immunity to the numerous crimes he’s committed prior to and while in office. I would love to see him and Brazil’s Bolsonaro (2 authoritarians cut from the same mold) banished to a deserted island for the rest of their days.

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      1. If only! We live in hope! 🙂

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  10. Great article Henry! Can you vote down there ? The army needs to remove him as he won’t go even if he loses the election. If it’s close it will be a disaster for democracy all over the world!

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    1. Hi Kevin…Yes, regardless of the election results, I expect lots of melodrama will be emanating from Washington, DC at the end of 2020. The military has said they will not intervene. We shall see.

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  11. Great post. I am quite frightened that people will elect Trump again. I don’t think either party is perfect because it is ultimately run by people and people aren’t perfect. But I will vote with all my heart for the party that protects my rights as a woman of color and who defends the rights of the LGBT community and keeps the christian right from imposing their views on me. The only party that even comes close is the Democratic party. They are also the only one where we actually economically prosper. Republicans tend to creat economic disasters.

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    1. Hi PPJ…Yes, I’m with you in solidarity on all the points you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. You covered this extremely well. We won’t comment on skunk but on the underlying issues as to why the US is where it is at today.
    1) disgraceful education system
    2) Corporate control of the media and the politicians
    3) A broken and corrupt, ( lobbyist ) political system that should have been overhauled decades ago
    4) Inequality
    5) Favoritism to the wealthy and big business.
    6) Too many Americans are paranoid, not interested, lack of information, status-obsessed, easy swayed into being scared, not fully looking at the facts, and not being involved as a civic responsibility
    7) Obsessed with America is number one, (It’s not and has not been in many areas except military power).
    8) The constitution is outdated and needs to be brought into the 21st century.
    9) The president has too much power
    10) Take control from Congress and the supreme court and give it back to the voters.

    We are the half-full glass people, but we don’t see any of the above improving in our lifetimes. It’s sad that we are witnessing the demise of the United States as a superpower.
    Nothing lasts forever!

    Great post, Henrey!

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    1. Hi John and Susan…I merely skimmed the surface. It’s too painful to review all the corruption and brutality that’s taken place under the Trump Administration. Your list of the USA’s ills is a very insightful one and I completely agree. Take good care!

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  13. I agree when you say: “Talk about an almost complete disconnect with the reality of daily life in America!” As Kim mentioned in her most recent blog post, we appear to be living in the Twilight Zone. The “koolaid-drinking Trumpoids” are prepared to start another civil war to hold onto a lie of racial superiority. They know not that “Disaster Capitalism” feeds on chaos and anarchy in which they, too, will be sacrificed to the gods of greed.

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    1. Amen, Rosaliene. Your words are right on the mark as always! Thanks for your thoughts.

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  14. The most chilling thing I read recently was Michael Moore’s prediction that Trump could well win in November.

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    1. Hi Denzil…As the results of the 2016 US election demonstrated, anything is possible. I believe it’s long past time to reform the Electoral College system which favors the Republican party. How can the USA call itself a democracy when the popular vote of the people is usurped by this antiquated system? Fingers crossed for a change in November!

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  15. Thanks for posting this and for your work to bring change. With all that is going on here right now, it feels as if everything is coming apart.

    I spent 20 years as an elementary school teacher in an inner-city school system to help some of the most needy have a better life. It feels like all of those years and the hard work of so many educators and community leaders and supportive mentors was all for nothing. What kind of country are they inheriting? Everything feels as if it is falling apart and everyone is being stirred up by fear. We may soon be in a place from which we will never recover.

    For anyone unsure of Trump vs. Biden, I would encourage them to look at Pence vs. Harris. Whoever wins the 2020 election, one of those two will likely be their party’s candidate in 2024.

    May your travel back home for voting be safe! It’s amazing that you would travel half-way around the world to do something so many people aren’t going to bother to go a few blocks to do!

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    1. Hi John,

      I feel sure that your influence as a teacher is still having a positive effect on the lives of many of your former students. I see teaching as a way to sew the seeds of knowledge and critical thinking. As teachers, we often see the seeds growing but sadly we may miss their full blossoming. The big picture does indeed look depressing at the moment, but we must maintain hope for a better future. Hope is the only thing that keeps us going, although greed seems to also be a prime motivator for some.

      I’m also returning to the USA to see my Sisters. We form a very small family (3 total 😉 and it’s now been more than a year since I was able to visit them. The virus is just peaking here in Colombia, so of course I’ll be quarantining for 2 weeks before I go to stay with them.

      Thanks so much for sharing all those thoughts! Take good care. 🙂

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      1. Thanks, Henry! Truly, thanks so much!

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