Because of work and sleep timing, I slept through the so-called “debate” between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last night, and it appears I didn’t miss anything important. I’m not even motivated to look at transcripts as I normally would. After discussing it with Elke and others who did subject themselves to the farce, it’s pointless — every second of time spent on it being a second wasted. And what changes anyway? All it does is just fuel each side to dig in deeper. Admit this and you’ll be better off.
Each of the mainstream, establishment party candidate’s hard core, composed of followers of the company-line herd mentality dictated to them, is entrenched into demonizing the other and thinks their candidate “won” regardless, and already are citing online polls by assorted “media” outlets to support their position (example DT, example HC).
You’ll read Facebook posts and Tweets that illustrate my point perfectly, if you care enough to view them independently of affiliation for either candidate. “My person clearly won!”, is what they all distill to, regardless of their eloquence or crudeness. It’s as obvious and predictable as tides.
Just read any Hillary or Trump supporter’s comments and there it is, plain as day. When you’re outside the problem, it’s easier to see. There’s clarity and enlightenment in this place off to the side of the big social cliques screaming at each other. Looking at the two-party game from the outside this cycle, it’s all clearly propaganda and manipulation for the sake of maintaining superficially different flavors of the corporatist/globalist status quo.
Think I’m daft? Far from it! I’ll gladly change my mind when Goldman Sachs, E-Bay and Cisco each pays me at least $225,000 for a speech (Hillary) or I can open up a bogus university (Trump) or charity (both the Clintons and Trump) through which millions of dollars in favor-cash flow, with no real penalty. Wipe the Saudi oil stains off those blood-money checks before ya cash ’em…
For all his lesser flaws, such as lack of sufficient conservatism socially, the one presidential candidate who is most even-tempered, calm, scandal-free, mentally and physically healthy, and experienced in actual governmental governance, wasn’t included anyway. This had nothing to do with merit, but instead, entirely arbitrary artifices of “polling” thresholds, polls themselves being easily manipulated (as evident in their differences). That alone undermines the credibility of the medium of two-party “debate”, which in reality is anything but.
The “debate” was and will be a media circus of reality-TV titillation pandering to ten-second attention spans, and a vehicle for left-wingnuts and Trump zombies to proclaim their woman’s or man’s (respectively) superiority. “My honest and obvious liar with the fake hair and skin coloring is better than she who twists the truth to her own ends and covers up her lies!”
How sad of a statement it is that we, as a nation, have plummeted our standards of statesmanship, honor, and dignity so far that two slimy con artists are what’s left in the 2016 cycle. A horrid pox on Republicans and Democrats equally and alike!
At least I’ll walk out of the early-voting station with a clearer conscience in having not marked the ballot for either of the two greedy, lying, hotheaded, unstable, sleaze-propagating, elitist-1% train wrecks at the top of the ticket. Furthermore, I will have voted, albeit in futility, for the one and only candidate whose party clearly and consistently has opposed NSA/CIA domestic spying and supported the Constitution as it was written.
Don’t blame me for whatever happens next.
Scattershooting while wondering why so many Cowboys players injure hamstrings, year after year…
If you are not a Facebook friend, you must know me already, or come with a sterling recommendation from someone who does. My confidence and trust matter. That’s who I am, and how I roll. For those who already are, you’ll notice that I do not take any of these silly and pointless “challenges”–even if I agree with the sentiment behind them. Just not a herd-mentality fad follower–I blaze my own trails, think independently, and don’t tolerate silly and pointless gimmicks.
This election is (should be) foremost about the Supreme Court vacancies. This is why I am voting for the most constitutionalist candidate–not Trump or Hillary, either of whom would trample the Constitution in his or her own terrifying ways. We need justices who will apply the literal words of the Constitution exactly as written, not “interpret” it to fit pop-fad cultural and political whims. Given the low odds that the imperfect but much more palatable ticket to which I have defaulted (Johnson/Weld) will get enough electoral votes, I see no realistic way out of a destructively leftist Supreme Court now that Trump is sabotaging the election in Hillary’s favor. We are so screwed as a nation and society if either the Clintons or Trump reach the Oval Office. Given that Trump acts as if he doesn’t even want it, the election is Hillary’s to lose.
As for those who would overlook the horrendous things they’ve done and said, and vote for Hillary or Trump anyway, thereby pushing the corrupt and revolting prospect of a Clinton or Trump presidency upon us all, to the potentially grave detriment of America? A wise sage, wiser than any of us, once said the following: Forgive them, for they know not what they do. I will try hard to obey that, and forgive those I know who are Trump or Hillary voters…not saying it will be easy.
Based on what I have read about the opening ceremony of the Olympics, and NBC’s commercial-infested coverage thereof, I am glad not to have watched. Whatever I was doing (probably sleeping), it was time better spent. All I saw in social-media feeds from friends and associates either was complaints about it, or a few folks cheerleading for sideshow stuff and sociopolitical propagandizing having nothing to do with sports. At its core, the Olympics are supposed to be about sports, not issues and agendas. I missed nothing worth watching.
Yes, I don’t care for ceremonies as a whole anyway–pure artifice, pandering to emotion. Screw the glitz and glamor–just go straight to the actual competitions. That’s the fun stuff, the substance; let the appreciators of vanity and shallowness enjoy the style. [Similarly, I don’t watch Super Bowl pre-games or halftime shows either. Hell, I didn’t even go to my own college graduation ceremony–pointless waste of time and money when I was getting my diploma regardless.] I’ll go to someone else’s ceremony if it matters a lot to them that I be there for “support” or whatever, but artifice in general just isn’t my cup o’tea.
On a somewhat related note, I find abiding joy not in earthly culture or artifice or societal whim or others’ impressions and expectations, but in higher purposes. How timely it was then, that a friend posted the following verse, Colossians 3: 1-2.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
I read this most stimulating essay (thanks, Dan D.) that explains well the notion of the poor white and why that demographic so disproportionately supports Trump. Please read it for yourself before proceeding. There is plenty there that may bother liberals and conservatives alike, but being written by someone who has been there, it carries the weight of authenticity, a reality that most people reading this never have nor can understand.
How do I know? Easy. I have been an actual, in-the-flesh “poor white”, son of a high-school-dropout manual laborer, roaches and rats in profusion in every residence until college, no car, no air conditioning (in Texas), more hours than anyone I know today spent in public-aid offices.
I understand the article well. None of it is surprising. I’m going to help him to explain the phenomenon of lower-class white support for Trump, much as I don’t like it and won’t go along (I will not support Hillary either, in any way, shape or form).
I understand the appeal of a seeming advocate as “big” and powerful as Trump, with his stated positions and blunt smack talk, can have to many folks who see themselves, with considerable justification, as:
* Insulted by the powerful elites,
* Increasingly left out of the political process in favor of narrow special interests,
* Failed by public aid that is highly inefficient, dignity-killing and privacy-intrusive, yet
* Often is directly seen as going to the undeserving (with some justification);
* Betrayed by Republicans pretending to be conservative, saying one thing at home then doing another in DC
* Told their jobs are obsolete as they are outsourced overseas,
* Told they are irrelevant and worthless demographic anymore,
* Belittled by powerful and well-connected Democrats, for example, that “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion” (this is where perception is reality re: popular and political attacks on Christian faith)
* Told to shut up and stand at the back of the line (you’ve had your turn for 200 years, nevermind you’ve been alive for a quarter of it and have reaped little of the benefits of that “turn”), while others perceived as less deserving and/or mooches get rewards,
* And in many cases in social media and online commentaries, told to “just die off” so better (i.e., “enlightened”) people will replace them…
…all for roughly 8 years going, while having all those concerns summarily dismissed by many in the media and online.
I can put myself in “their” shoes easily, because unlike most atmospheric scientists (my dominant circle of friends and associates), I have been one of “them”. I speak from first-hand experience–the most credible possible place–about the subject.
So why, you ask, would I not support Trump? Believe it nor not, it is not due to formal education–as even some liberal friends have noted correctly, there are well-educated people who will vote for Trump. My opposition to Trump from a moral Christian perspective and for his lack of conservatism is strong, but just adds to the following.
I disfavor Trump for another facet of my background that is not common to most poor whites, and not described in this article nor “Hillbilly Elegy”: inner-city. My street smarts say, “this guy is a shyster–don’t trust him!” And I don’t trust him, any more than Hillary. A recent meme asked: “If Trump and Hillary were stranded in a boat in the middle of the ocean, who wins? America. America wins.” For sure!
“Street smarts” is not something that is measured tangibly, but allowed me to see Trump’s con game from the very start, transparently, easily–been there, seen that, nothing new. There is no fundamental difference between Trump and the guy on the corner of Harwood and Jackson selling “Rolex” watches for $20 from inside pockets of his trench coat, or the hubcap guy on Industrial Blvd. trying to convince you how badly you need his wheels. If you are vain enough to want a Rolex (and poor people can be vain, believe me), then you’re vulnerable to Mr. Trench Coat’s con. Same for the hubcap guy, if you have a car. Same for the big name from a TV show your demographic preferentially liked (Apprentice) who talks tough, takes no s__t, and lays it on the line, offering you a better life for the price of something much easier than the price of a hubcap or counterfeit Rolex: a vote. A simple, easy vote–nobody’s looking, you’re in that booth, you don’t have to let anybody know who you really voted for.
Many others besides me also see through his con, but having no other hope, shoot the dice (something we used to do in the inner city) and gamble on a vote for him regardless, because the other candidate is seen as a Goldman Sachs tool (with good justification), doesn’t give a f*** about “us”.
And that’s the reality, like it or not. I don’t like it, but I do understand it, which is one reason I am voting third-party.
Oh, and regarding one passage in the article: “If you believe as I do, you believe that the Holy Spirit works in people in a mysterious way. I recognize that a lot of secular folks may look down on that, but I’d make one important point: that not drinking, treating people well, working hard, and so forth, requires a lot of willpower when you didn’t grow up in privilege.” Yes, it does. Faith, regardless of how flawed the sinner, DOES have benefits, especially for the poor. To deny that is to deny reality.
White privilege? It does NOT exist for the poor white.