How Trump is Exacerbating “The Most Honest Three Minutes in TV History”

Its been no mystery that our country has been losing its place in the world in many areas and its been no mystery that the extreme bipartisanship that has taken place the past 8+ years has been the main cause.  The GOP spent 8 years doing any and everything it could to obstruct anything Barack Obama tried to set in motion.  Now its Donald Trump’s turn to do everything he can to reverse whatever progress was made, restructure, rename it and label it his own.

This ramping up of bipartisanship has forced both sides deeper into their respective corners, dividing the U.S even more as the left and right dig in deeper, with no consensus in sight.  When Trump tweets, he tweets at his opponents on behalf of his fan base, when he speaks he speaks directly to his fan base’s ideals, when he hold rallies, its to (feed his ego) and rile up his fan base, nothing less, nothing more.  He is a leader of a fan club at best and leaning on them as he clumsily traverses through his firs year in office.  Nothing he says, does or portrays unifies us as a nation, it only takes us further down this dangerous path of party over country, which over time is UNSUSTAINABLE.  Take a moment and watch this (again for many) and really think…. is Trump just bad for America, or is he the absolute worst thing for America at this given moment?

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Trump the Trojan Horse of Plutocracy?

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Sadly, today a great majority of Americans are more satisfied with the appearance of freedom— as though it was a reality—and are more often influenced by those things that seem, rather than by those things that really are.  For many, working long hours and the chance to have a job that doesn’t quite pay enough, or just enough with overtime, is freedom.  Being free to come and go as you please, say or absorb what you want is free, but the one thing many are forgetting are the consequences most face.  Sure we are free to pick up and be artists, drive cross country, pursue our lifelong dreams, but for many (most) this just isn’t a reality.  50% of Americans are working paycheck to paycheck, unless you’re willing to risk starving or relinquishing your home, car or whatever else you have that has you completely handcuffed by debt, you’ll be working your whole life to just get by, accumulating things your marketed to daily to believe that you need, only to pass on this debt to your children.

In today’s society the word freedom is thrown around like its something guaranteed, an afterthought, not up for debate, something we settled a long time ago… “next subject.”  We are Americans, we are free, free to say and do whatever we want.  We feel sorry for other countries who don’t have those “luxuries,” so much so, that we continue to use our power of influence to force them to to adopt our ways of doing things.  Yet, who says our culture and policies are the way it should be?  Lets take a look at where these policies and culture have led us.  We lead the world in incarcerated people per capita, heroin overdoes per capita, gun deaths per capita, mass shootings per capita, cost of medicine, cost of education, wealth inequality, personal and nation debt, all the while ranking  25th  in infrastructure  behind undeveloped nations such as Oman and Barbados.  Are we really the ones that should be teaching others “how things should be?”  Are we as a society really that free?  If we have no voice, no money and most importantly no power to change these things and our so called leaders are puppets to big business, big banks, big oil, big anything, how free are we really?  The people that run these industries and profit from them, disguised in high end suits and hidden away in gated communities have become today’s equivalent to the new slave owner.

How did we get here?

Well let’s take a look at the difference between wealth and power? To avoid confusion, let’s be sure we understand they are two different issues, but one cant exist without the other.

  • Wealth, refers to the value of everything people own.
  • Power, has to do with the ability to realize wishes, or reach goals, which amounts to the same thing, even in the face of opposition.

First, wealth can be seen as a “resource” that is very useful in exercising power. That’s obvious when we think of donations to political parties, payments to lobbyists, and grants to experts who are employed to think up new policies beneficial to the wealthy. Wealth also can be useful in shaping the general social environment to the benefit of the wealthy, whether through hiring public relations firms, owning ALL of the media companies, marketing firms or having large stake ownership in certain businesses or industries.

Second, and VERY important to understand…certain kinds of wealth, such as stock ownership, can be used to control corporations, which of course have a major impact on how the society functions. The top 20% make up 91% of stock ownership in the United States, no further explanation needed there.

Third, just as wealth can lead to power, so too can power lead to wealth. Those who control a government can use their position to further their own interests, whether that means a favorable land deal for relatives at the local level or a huge federal government contract for a new corporation run by friends who will hire you when you leave government.

This brings me to the the point I want to make. If the top 20% have 84% of the wealth, (which we concluded encompasses tremendous amount of power and influence) it becomes very tough for the bottom 80% — moreover the bottom 90% — to get organized and exercise much power to make the changes necessary that actually benefit the masses.  When 90% of society’s interests aren’t being addressed and even worse being purposely ignored to benefit a very little, we have to make the assumption that we are not truly free, nor are we in a true democracy, but a Plutocracy.

Plutocracy – From Greek ploutos, meaning “wealth”, and kratos, meaning “power, dominion, rule”) is a form of oligarchy and defines a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens.

Now, here is where I speak to the left, right indifferent.  We may have many different ideals and some that we will NEVER come to agreement on, but one that we must come together on if we are every going to get back to “Country Over Party.”

The one thing that approximately 90% of shar –– we have zero control over of the policies put in place by the plutocrats to strengthen and lengthen their grip over us.  The sooner we realize that, the better off America will be in the long run.

Look at it this way…

We are teams, we are debating and battling each other daily, but the league we love and play for is under attack by a higher power.  Now more than ever is the time to put our small battle aside for a greater cause, US.

Our options…

Do you think Trump an ELITE and Republican (today) is going to upset the system and tackle the people he works and mingles with daily?  DO you think he is our saving grace? Or was it supposed to be a career Democrat who accepts millions in contributions from big business regardless of the rhetoric on the campaign trail and no matter how you spin will have favors to return?

OR do we need an uprising of sorts, someone who is not a part of the system, someone not connected or influenced by wealth or power, someone who is truly interested in strengthening an entire nation, not just a fraction of it?

I think, as crazy as this sounds, we were somewhat on the right track with Trump, even (righter with Bernie)…. follow me here before you stop reading, slam your laptop shut and call me nuts.

Many bought into Trump’s outsider roll, that he wasn’t a career politician, that he was just as sick of government not helping the masses – BUT most forgot or willfully accepted that he was an elite and didn’t care because he tapped into their deepest fears and closeted hate?

Millions took to Bernie, because “he isn’t one of them” either and spoke to exactly what was wrong with big business and the anti-90% policies that benefit the very few.  His problem was he up against BILLIONS of dollars of marketing, incumbent democrats and was so easy to brush off as someone who only spoke in rainbows and unicorns.

They both tapped into the need for an outsider, but the big difference –– one had the money and the friends (potentially friends in REAL high places) and the other had the ear of the millennials, who make a big stink, but lack the follow through (for now).  I wont dance around the fact that there was a tremendous amount of demagoguery that put Trump over the top, but that’s for another day…

The focus of this piece is getting to the bottom of the issue we ALL face, unifying people and making them understand that’s its not Republican vs. Democrat, its us vs them.  The us being the 90% of us who work day in and day out, crippled by debt and are one stroke away from going bankrupt.  The them being the the Plutocrats that control everything we see, hear and do all to their benefit. If we want decisions made that truly effect our day to day lives in a positive way, if we truly want to be a free society, we need to get to this place and get there fast.

Remember…

We are in an information war and unfortunately the wealthy and the powerful control much of where people get their information from,  Whether it be the 24 hours news cycle, social media (campaigns, bots, hacking) or multi-million dollar ad campaigns.  If we as a whole continue to rely on them for our information, we will continuously be led to vote for THEIR agendas and not for whats truly best for the people and country as a whole.  We need to get back to the facts, the data, historical mistakes and triumphs, trends and reality, if you will.  We need to trust, but verify, we need to not let our politicians glaze over questions, but drill down to the root, the whys, hows and plans.  Then we need to take this information analyze if for ourselves, see if it fits our agenda and MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS.  Finally when in office, we need to hold them accountable, remind them daily on what they committed to and what we need as a nation.

Now I ask…is this what democracy was supposed to look like when it was originally designed? Are we truly as free as we are led to believe?  And most importantly do you still think we should be a country divided by ideals and debatable differences or divided by 99% / 1%, the haves and have nots…

I leave with this…  Always be asking yourself what benefits a Plutocracy and what benefits the people?

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Donald Trump is everything Americans, The Media and Big Business Wanted

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As Trump continues to push his agendas and seek out ANYTHING good, bad, right or absolutely untrue to use as a vessel,  America is being pushed further into their corners…lefter and lefter, righter and righter.  Lets take the shooting today of Congressman Steve Scalice:  In any “normal” presidency of the past there wouldn’t be instant talk of…

“Was he Muslim?”

No.

“Was he black?”

No.

“Ok, Was the Congressman Republican or Democrat?”

Republican.

“Republican?!  Ok, we need to find out as much as we can about the shooter!”  (AKA was he a Democrat?)

Now let the UFC style “debate” begin on CNN and the slanted conspiracy start spinning on FOX.  Sadly all of the coverage is not to get to the bottom of anything, but to make it as sexy as possible to gain viewers and boost ratings.  Shouting matches on CNN are a plus…the more conspiracy like the stories on FOX are a plus!   Ratings = $$$$$$$

The Vicious Cycle:

  • What drives politicians?  Large corporations and money.
  • What drives the Media?  Ratings and profits.
  • What drives Americans today?  Controversy and the need to feel like the have a purpose.
  • Where do Americans look for answers and guidance?  Politicians and Media!

Money buys power, power frees up those with money to make more, in-turn allowing them to purchase more power, perpetuating a vicious almost unbreakable cycle,  benefiting a very few. Combine this with Americas culture shift, blood thirst, lack of purpose, growing lack of education, the social media, misleading headlines, shortening attention spans and increased access…America is exponentially heading down an incredible, dangerously close to irreversible path.

The Perfect Storm:

Crazy as this sounds…………………….

Trump was exactly what this country wanted (not needed) for all of the wrong reasons.  Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but all of this was written on every proverbial wall around world.  In every paper, 24 hours news channel, social media, blog, Tweet and whatever new platform that gets the least, but most powerful, (potentially wrong) information out to the masses.

  • Wealth inequality is at its highest level ever.
  • Not one politician or banker is in jail for raping hardworking Americans out of BILLIONS of dollars during the housing bubble, yet millions sit in jail today on petty drug charges
  • The Kardashian effect (forgive me).  People’s growing need for controversy, scandal, sex, violence and their ability to access it in milliseconds.

The growing Divide:

  • The far right will continue their quest to suppress voters, embolden big business, control the masses and pillage as much of America to counter what they believe is a socialist revolution.
  • The far left will stand on the head of whats “right” potentially overlooking whats safe to counter what they feel is the infringement of American Values.
  • The far right will feel the need to impose more oppressing policies to counter what they feel is a weakening of America.
  • The far left will fight tooth an nail to keep the internet free and open to any thought / idea, good bad, healthy or evil, to counter what they feel is the controlling of Americans.

My point here is; this is not about Republican or Democrat, this about being driven too far left or too far right, digging in, then completely throwing rationale out the window for emotional idealism…regardless of whats truly right (correct) for America and its future.

What should it look like?

  • Logic states – we are a free state, but the internet has turned into a weapon and needs to have regulation.
  • Logic states – That America is a stronger more knowledgeable, healthier country when it has a greater distribution of wealth.
  • Logic states – that Tobacco, Alcohol, Oil, and Guns kill more Americans than everything in the world combined, including war and if the government truly cared they would regulate it more, but it also makes the most money…
  • Logic states – that the richest country in the world shouldn’t have 17 million people go to bed hungry every night.
  • Logic states – that if we keep charging our youth so much for college, eventually creating a knowledge vacuum…overtime other nations (that ALL have free education) will eventually surpass us in almost every sector, including military development.
  • Logic states – that the richest country in the world should be able to treat its sick without issue or debate.
  • History states – that EVERY major empire has fallen for 2 reasons….greed and or shortsightedness

In Summary:

  1. Our government Republican or Democrat needs big business to win.
  2. Big Business needs government to win.
  3. The United States is rapidly becoming a nation of more…more buying, more debt, more blood, more violence, more sex, more controversy, more need of a purpose.
  4. Social media platforms competing for exponentially shorter and shorter attention spans, needing to grow their profits continue to lower bar of the “information” and how it presented.

Add these together and America is spiraling further and further down a hole we may never be able to climb out of…