Trump – Taking the Measure of the Man

Before the internet, radio or television, we had to use all our senses including a  good deal of common sense to ‘take the measure of the man or women’./ It meant that we reverted to our survival instincts and used all of our senses to form a composite of the person we were trying to know. Thus we would not let one sense take over our analysis unless we had a bias from past meetings. In fact, our composite was an insight into the person so that we could not just listen to a speech but tried to understand the meaning of the words.

We would use our smell to understand if the person was nervous or anxious. We would use our sight to picture the face as it rolled from emotion to emotion. In fact, we could deduce an ‘evil’ or joyful’ face from the many expressions.

Today we rely of text or twitter, possibly a video, or picture to create a partial composite. We then validate that composite based upon our ideology, philosophy, class or background. We rarely look at the facts as that requires work and time. We are passive as images and sound our beamed at us. We fall into a non-questioning state, or non-interactive state as when we watch a movie, or listen to the radio.

As such Trump, know ing this from his days on reality TV, acts even when he tweets. The basis of our analysis is built on his moods and lies. In the old days, all of our senses combined could detect a lie. Today there are too many walls to climb.

Now when alike is repeated you limited senses slowly become inured to the lie and after the fourth time, it becomes true or factual.

We need to go back thousands of years to wake up instinctual senses in order to take a full measure of Trump. When we do, we need to capture that moment of understanding and use it for future comparison.

It follows that the cult of Trump is measured the same way. A seemingly large group of individuals who have long ago abandoned any thought of working hard to discern the measure of the man, from the digital profile of the same.

Next time you read a tweet, see a video, cut through the image and the words and see if you can ascertain the composite, lies, outlandish behavior and all in order to see the true Trump.

The only plus side of Trump’s behaviour is the fact that Twitter and speeches videos will be the basis of his history. Every day of his term has either been documented in a Tweet or a video. His behaviour is limited to those words and his speech to his form of entertainment. We will not need a long analysis to see his legacy, as this log of his term will give us sufficient evidence of his sick mind.

The Day After the Election of Donald Trump…Fall of our Discontent

We began our day in a deep depression. Even nature agreed with our mood as the dark gray skies hovered over the land of the free and the brave. What we witnessed last night was a classical switch and bait political extravaganza. Additionally, a scapegoating technique that worked so well for Hitler. From his entry into politics, Donald Trump identified a person(s) and ran a parallel treatment – demean them name call them and keep blaming them for everything that has gone wrong. Do not allow any one to interfere with your message, manage the media with an entertaining personality (a TV personality will do well) and keep this going relentlessly using lines and names that people can easily repeat. After awhile the people who follow you see what you see – an enemy and someone to hate.

When you have achieved the level of hate, you know that no decency or fact can penetrate that emotion. People will believe what every you tell them. The see this focused hate as the culmination of their frustration with leadership and country. The pure unfairness takes over any type of logic. The noise drowns out any type of clear thinking.

The entire election was about Trump and Trumps ideology and ideas. Hate and lack of fear and recriminations, bolstered by wealth, created an impervious candidate. You could not touch him even if you were the President of the US, the FBI or the CIA.

He did not stand up for America as he stood up for himself. But it will be hubris that will eventually have him come down in flames. For all of his promises to the hateful, they can just as easily turn on him when he defaults. The same mob he created will turn on him when he fails to deliver, when he fails to fill the gap that they see so clearly in their lives.

This can only be accelerated when his secrets are revealed. If those secrets in any way demean his supporters, their country or used to undermine the country, the mob will be vicious.

I believe the first 100 days will be spent in establishing his platform so that he can operate as freely as possible:

To that end keep a look out for the follow on steps of every dictator once they attain power;

  • Restrictions imposed on freedom of the press
  • Elimination of disloyal legislatures and Republican leadership
  • Wide spread changing of the miliary leadership
  • Elimination of social programs that he never depended on given his wealth
  • Ironically, the creation of a ruling class and a working classes
  • State run internet, TV and Radio

The only thing that can impede , but not stop his pace will be the checks and balances between the three power based in our government and the States.

Thus when most presidents say they will unite the country they do it. This president will make motions toward unity but I belive he will create an impenetrable platform to gain even more power.

Next Week We Vote On Our Future….

To some of us living in the US we cannot wait for this election to end. It has tested the patience of so many people. Usually, we look forward towards an election as you look forward to a new chapter in a book. We also look forward to exercising our one and only ability to effect change in our country. Once done, we cannot change it for four years.

I have to admit, I have stayed up nights listening to pundits and news shows to understand how a nation could have reached a consensus of this type. I watch surrogates from each party scream at the top of their voices with a fervor that I have never seen before in an election. The anger alone, is frightening since it is unrecognizable from any previous election. The lack of decency, the name calling of future presidents and past leaders is beyond comprehension. The once feeling of honor, not with politics, but with sane leadership has gone missing. With one word you can take the work performed for the country over many years and eliminate the honor associated with that achievement.

I think that the entertainment value of this election has far superseded the importance of choice to make for the future.

In a way the nation needed this catharsis – we have been conceptually divided for many years. Now we are truly divided as a nation in an indisputable way. We have a true disparity in wealth. We have a fear of the future living in a society that measures almost everything through personal wealth. I admit, my generation helped form this ideal with our tremendous emphasis on consumerism and wealth comparison. So many men and women measure themselves by their job or position, and avoid looking at true wealth in family and health. The gap is enormous and the seething words mask what was once the most democratic experiment on earth.

We can no longer be the role model for progressive politics or culture. The cracks in our belief systems are evident every day. It is almost as if we are working with a governance platform that have little or no fundamental principles and very little clear ties to the real world our citizens are living.

I sense a fear of the future, regardless of which nominee is elected. This is caused by a gap of understanding within this nation of over 360 million people. All of the modern means of communications – email, internet, television only act to give voice to the few and not the masses. The polls seem to reflect some truth, until an event changes them. There are so many polls that one begins to root for one poll like rooting for a baseball team.

Another positive, is that Obama will finally receive that accolades he so much deserved for his leadership over the last eight years. The decency that he and his family have shown is remarkable. The patience and care he has shown for his country is unbelievable. To see a president cry at the sight of children dead because of a maniac with a gun is a sign of humanity, something we do not see across our leadership today.

I believe that in ten years time, when we look back at his time in the White House he will be known as one of the most enlightened presidents we have ever had. I think that his most precious gift to our nation is that he made us color blind.