I’ve never really cared much about politics. The two-party system sucks, and neither the Republicans nor Democrats represent my ideas well. If I had to label myself, my views align best with libertarians, but I have some problems with their platform as well.
Despite my apathy for politics, after Trump won, I was pretty shook. I spent a few days trying to reconcile the Trump fist-pumpers. I went to my local gym after the election and they were all cheering, reminiscent of when the OJ verdict came out. “Go back to Mexico!” chants at a public gym. WTF. I somewhat understood the anti-Hillary voters, but the true, “Make America Great Again,” crowd; I did not understand.
Clearly, no one supports all their friend’s opinions and actions. We have friends that say and do things we don’t agree with all the time, but they are still our friends. However, there is a line. An extreme example, you’re not gonna be friends with a serial murderer cause he’s a fun guy at the bar. I took some time to think about whether Trump support crossed that line, and I know I wasn’t the only one. In Michigan, that would have left me with close to zero friends.
I decided that most Trump supporters just weren’t properly informed. My final thought is that Trump lovers are either misinformed, ill-informed, or do not share the same values and vision for America as I do. No in-between on that.
I’m not a polished writer, so this blog is going to be a (lousy) stream of consciousness on why Trump sucks.
American Exceptionalism. “In its classic forms, American exceptionalism refers to the special character of the United States as a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals and personal liberty. Sometimes this special character is inferred from the nature of American political institutions founded in the 1776-89 period.”
“It’s a cruel world,” my friend Eddie used to say before back-stabbing our treaty in RISK. Growing up, we were taught that the United States was the harbinger of justice. The purveyor of goodness in the world. As I got older, I realized that this was mostly bullshit – we were trying to advance economic interests and intentionally created many humanitarian disasters. But, I’d like to return to American exceptionalism. As an aside, I think a lot of the distaste for America through the world has come from the dissonance of saying that we were protectors of justice, while covertly doing terrible things for economic interests.
When I stand for the flag, I’m not standing for the military. I’m not standing for the government. Those are dynamic entities that I may or may not support at any given time. I stand for the American ideals; the Constitution: life, liberty, and justice for all.
I want America to prevent terrible things (within economic reason) across the globe. If I have to pay more in taxes, okay. If I have to pay more in health insurance, so that a person with a chronic disease can get care when they otherwise wouldn’t, okay. The most frustrating thing about my personal circle of “Make America Great Again” friends is that they are financially well off. Great jobs, houses, boats, 2nd homes. Not one is struggling because they have to pay a few more bucks in health insurance, yet they all bitch about it.
Global Warming. If you are on the other side of 50 Nobel Laureates and Stephen Hawking, you’re really just wrong. In DUCY, by David Sklansky (a cool book on thinking), he makes a point that if someone is clearly, tangibly smarter than you – let’s say 50 IQ points, and you are on the other side of an argument both of you have both thought about extensively, the chance of the less-intelligent person being right is very small. Shockingly small. I know people will find the IQ angle unsettling and obnoxious, but consider this, would you debate a renowned physicist about relativity? Would you argue a chess problem with a Grandmaster as a mere beginner? You could literally argue chess ideas your entire life with a Grandmaster and never be right.
When Stephen Hawking says the greatest threat to mankind is AI, I’m all ears. I’m not very religious in the traditional sense – if someone I really looked up intellectually came out and said he was 100% down with a fundamentalist view of the Bible, I would listen to his opinion and reassess mine. If you don’t think global warming is a problem, you’re an idiot. At least if you don’t are about our Earth in 50 years, (which I think is more where Trump is), your stance is philosophically (although not ethically) tenable.
Fascism. I don’t know if Trump had a plan to go full-fascist, but we are six days in and he’s discredited the media, silenced the EPA twitter account, and threatened to cut off the internet. He’s literally opened up half of the Fascist playbook in six days. We have a non-zero chance of completely losing the democracy in four years. Why are Trump supporters cool with that?
One of the most important steps toward going full fascist is create a common enemy/threat, real or invented. Just remember that in the coming years. It’s 100% coming.
Inauguration crowd size. Nobody cares except Trump. He called the National Park Director to lie about the number – when he refused, he shut down all their access to the public. Classy.
Media. The liberal bias is like 5%. The right-wing bias is completely absurd. I’m a pretty stock libertarian – save a few issues – so I think I’m qualified to judge. I’ve watched a lot of both news cycles. Fox News is off the rails. Also, it’s great we are trying to go full propaganda in the first 6 days as well. Let’s just start the Trump TV now.
To the “give him a chance crowd.” Trump cannot succeed for me. The economy can grow, he might bring manufacturing jobs back – but he’s emboldened racists, pussy-grabbers, xenophobes, and the LGBT community. He’s already embarrassed America, the damage was irreparable before he took office. The leader of the free world needs to be respectful and dignified.
To the “bring back manufacturing crowd.” Why would you focus on manufacturing, when all those jobs will be gone in 10-20 years? The future economies have so much potential, can we just wake up a little on that front. I know people have a nostalgic view of the 60’s but the 60’s actually comparatively sucked.
To wrap this up, here is a list of Trump being an incompetent moron off the top of my head. We need to do better than this.
- He won’t release tax returns. News Flash: He’s not as rich as he says, he’s in Russia’s pocket, and he hasn’t paid taxes in decades. Mostly likely all three.
- He sends Sean Spicer out to lie for every press conference. It wasn’t raining. The largest crowd ever. Alternative facts. It would be nice if our president wasn’t a joke.
- Kleptocracy. Should be impeachable under the Emoluments Clause. He’s putting private interest right in the middle of national politics. How anyone can stand for that is beyond me.
- The cabinet appointees are so brutal. I’m not gonna spend time on each one. Let’s just start with Linda McMahon picked for small business administrator – completely unqualified to hold the position. Largest campaign donor. Imagine if Hillary did that. It would be easily the most corrupt thing she had ever been found guilty of.
- Racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic. I’d like to think I’m none of the above, Trump a champion for all of the above.
- Trump is still using and insecure phone and the some of the staff using insecure email. The Republicans sure seemed to care about Hillary’s irrelevant emails that were much better protected.
- The wall. 2 trillion dollars, when they are just gonna tunnel under it. Trumps grand plan to get Mexico to pay for it has failed. Plan b is a 20% Mexican tariff which anyone capable in economics would call a U.S. Consumption tax. (Props to my buddy Dean – for laying this out on twitter.) So if you want your avocados it’s gonna cost you 20% more and the GDP will be hurt as a result.
I am willing to defend some of my positions in comments, but if you dispute facts let’s say inauguration crowd size – you better be willing to gamble and escrow money against an impartial third party at 1:1. If you are not willing to gamble, I question your conviction. If I am not willing to gamble, you win. That’s how it should work.
Only real estate blogs after this one. Have really high hopes for 2017.