Saturday, September 23, 2017

Divide and Conquer - Trump Now With Professional Athletes

David Remnick, in an article in the New Yorker entitled "The Racial Demagoguery of Trump's Assaults on Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry," describes the divide and conquer technique of pushing people down the hierarchy in the minds of those who want to believe themselves to be superior.

"'People like yourselves.' 'Those people.' 'Son of a bitch.' (quoting Trump). This was the same sort of racial signalling that followed the Fascist and white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is no longer a matter of 'dog whistling.' This is a form of racial demagoguery broadcast at the volume of a klaxon. There is no need for Steve Bannon’s behind-the-scenes scriptwriting. Trump, who is desperate to distract his base from his myriad failures of policy, from health care to immigration, is perfectly capable of devising his racist rhetoric all on his own."

"What Trump is up to with this assault on athletes, particularly prominent black ones, is obvious; it is part of his larger culture war. Divide. Inflame. Confuse. Divert. And rule."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trump Supporters Being Conned on Tax Reform

Bill Mayer asks President Trump's supporters regarding the administration’s tax reform plans —“You know you’re being conned, right?”

"For Maher, however, the problem remains that 'the only prescription Trump has for unrigging the economy is tax cuts' that will 'almost exclusively benefit the people who are doing the rigging...
Most of the people in Trump’s audience don’t make enough to pay income tax at all, don’t own corporations,' he added. 'And the closest they’ve ever been to an estate was when they visited Graceland.”

Blind following of people at the top - believing lies that supporting the top will benefit the lower groups - is what keeps hierarchies strong and lower people engaged.

Making Sure Trump Doesn't Become the New Norm

Rex Hupple, in the Chicago Tribune, says that he is asked regularly why he doesn't lay off of Trump.

He tells us that an internet meme, showing a video of Trump taking a golf swing and then implying that the ball hit Hillary Clinton stumbling as she stumbles entering a jet, is the very reason that he won't stop.

Saying that he believes that we should not let Trump's behavior become acceptable as the norm, he is trying to raise his children to respect women, and everyone else.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Christianity Will Start A Civil War in the US - Bakker

Televangelist Jim Bakker is using Jesus Christ as a front to justify a civil war in the United States. 

Being on top of the religious hierarchy he creates, allows him to justify using any tools available to keep his power and influence, in the name of the deity that they proclaim to be Number One among deities. God is on their side, apparently. Bakker is predicting that if Trump is impeached, a second civil war is on the horizon.

"If it happens, there will be a civil war in the United States of America. The Christians will finally come out of the shadows, because we are going to be shut up permanently if we're not careful."

Republicans - Only Care About the Average Person in Words

People on the top of hierarchies come up with incredible ways to hide their real intentions.

While the Republicans are pretending to care about the average people so adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey, in the same week the House Republicans are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the wall Trump wants along the Mexican border. Also, in a speech in Springfield, Missouri, Trump called for sharply cutting taxes on corporations and rich people.

This is the same Republican party that sought to limit aid during Hurricane Sandy to people in New Jersey and New York.

How does Damon Linker, the author of this article. feel Republicans view lower people? "Many of them really think that they deserve to keep every penny and the rest of us owe them an expression of gratitude for providing us the privilege of working for them."

How's that for a description of the views of the top of the hierarchy?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Evangelicals Clinging More to Hierarchy

A coalition of evangelical leaders have released a “Christian manifesto” called the "Nashville Statement" asserting their belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and condemning the acceptance of “homosexual immorality or transgenderism.” This group asserted its belief in separate gender roles in its 1987 manifesto, "The Danvers Statement" which affirmed a “complementarian” view of gender roles in a push against secular feminism and egalitarian marriages.

Extreme in their push to return to outdated hierarchies, they are defining roles of submission of women to men, and asserting that anyone but hierarchical heterosexuals have little right to exist.

The fact that these statements are getting press points to the fact that more and more people are speaking out against the hierarchies that the people on the end of the see saw are holding on to for dear life, and losing their rational perspective to do so.

Nashville mayor Megan Barry issued the following tweet, "The “so-called ‘Nashville statement’ is poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city & people of Nashville.”

Monday, August 28, 2017

Trump - Pardoned Arpaio as Hurrican Harvey Made Landfall

Donald Trump on Monday said he chose his time to announce he was pardoning former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio because he “assumed the ratings would be far higher” while Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

Ever putting his own desires and personal needs before everyone else's, typical of a man who sees himself on the top of every hierarchy in the world, no one's needs trump his own.

“In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally,” Trump said during a press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinist√∂. “You know, the hurricane was just starting.”

But people who see life from a lower perspective have a different idea. Democrats critisized Trump on Friday for timing, with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accusing Trump of “using the cover of the storm” to issue the pardon.