According to Marc Schulman, editor of Historycentral.com, one of the reasons that the founding fathers established an electoral college was to protect the voters.
“The founding fathers were afraid of direct election to the Presidency. They feared
that a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power. . . . Hamilton
and the other founders believed that the electors would be able to insure that only a
qualified person becomes President. They believed that with the Electoral College
no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry. It would act as check on an
electorate that might be duped.” See full article here:
Well, then, the electoral college should do its job – it should protect America from a tyrant named Donald Trump who has manipulated public opinion through the use of something that the forefathers could not have possibly imagined – the internet, which he used to spread lies, fear, hate, and misinformation. The electoral college should do its job and insure that only a qualified person becomes President. Donald Trump is NOT qualified for this great office and unless the electors have been deaf and blind or in a coma for the last 18 months, they know that this is a fact.
It is clear that the electoral college was never intended to be a “rubber stamp”. If that was the intention of the forefathers, they would have required that the electors cast their votes for the candidate who won the popular vote in their respective states. They did not do this. There is nothing in the Constitution or in federal law that requires this. Most of the requirements relating to how the electoral college should vote have been established at the State level and, according to the National Archives and Records Administration, only 26 of the 50 states have specific laws regarding this issue. Pennsylvania is not one of the 26.
The electors are people, most of whom, I presume, have families – children, parents, siblings. For the sake of the future of their families and of this nation, I ask them to take a long, hard look at what is happening now, even before Trump officially takes office as President, and I implore them not to vote for Trump.
–Trump has appointed an alt-right extremist (Steve Bannon) as his Chief Strategist – a man who has published stories such as these on his online “news site”: See more disgusting Breitbart headlines here:
–The KKK endorsed Trump and Richard Spencer, the leader of the alt-right in Dallas, feels that Trump’s election is a dream come true.
–Trump’s ties to Russia and Putin are becoming clearer with each passing day. Trump invited Russia to hack Clinton’s emails and now both the CIA and the NSA has stated that Russia did in fact hack the U.S. election. Paul Manafort, Trump’s advisor, was forced to step aside when his pro-Russia activities became public. Not only was Manafort a paid lobbyist for the previous pro-Russian leader of the Ukraine who now lives in Russia but he also received money to lobby for pro-Russian interests in the United States. Michael Flynn, the man Trump just named as national security advisor, has appeared on RT, the Russian government propaganda network, and attended a dinner in Moscow where he sat at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flynn’s private consulting firm also recently registered to lobby for a Dutch company owned by a wealthy Turkish businessman close to President Erdogan of Turkey who has been accused of war crimes and arresting journalists.
Trump did not win the popular vote. In fact, as of the date of this post, Hillary Clinton is more than 1.3 Million votes ahead of Trump and there are still millions of votes being counted, mostly in Blue states. In light of the frightening events that are enfolding with respect to Trump and his cabinet picks, this is the time for electors to stop being rubber stamps and start doing their real job – protect this nation from tyranny and honor the will of the majority of Americans who do not believe in racism, divisiveness, and the weakening our own country by Russia. Do not reward corruption and do not allow a country such as Russia, who has never been a friend to the United States, to interfere with the United States’ treasured election process and benefit from their own crimes.
There are some who suggest that Trump can always be impeached. Impeachment is NOT the answer because even if it were to happen, we would be left with Mike Pence who would most likely select the same frightening people that Trump has chosen. We need the electors to stop Trump from ever taking office – PERIOD.
In Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton lost by 68,236 votes. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 191,565 votes.
In Florida, Hillary Clinton lost by 119,770 votes. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 270,026 votes.
In Michigan, Hillary Clinton lost by only 11,837 votes. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 242,867 votes.
If neither of these third party candidates had run and only 1 out of every 2 of their voters had cast their votes for Clinton, she would have won all of these major states.
Both Johnson and Stein knew that they couldn’t win. Both of them knew the kind of man Trump is and how dirty and deceitful his campaign against Hillary Clinton was and how important it was for this nation NOT to have Trump as its President. They would have been legends if they had said to their supporters “This election is too important for me to remain on the ballot and possibly splitting the vote. I am withdrawing and asking my supporters to use the power of their vote to prevent Donald Trump from ever taking office.” They would have been justified in doing this because Trump, as President, was not going to benefit or advance their own causes, whereas it might have been possible to work with Clinton. Instead, knowing that they couldn’t win, knowing what might happen, they remained in the race and now a racist, anti-women, anti-healthcare, pro-big business, climate change denier, narcissist, sexual predator, voter suppressor, and serial liar is going to be our next President.
Forget about addressing the “national state of emergency”, as Stein put it, which is being caused by climate change and forget about protecting the United States and the world and all of our children and descendants from the irresponsible and corrupt actions of corporations who want to continue raping the environment for the sake of putting more money into their own pockets. Trump, as most of you already know, does not believe in climate change and thinks that it’s a “Chinese hoax”. He has indicated that he wants to renege on the Paris Agreement – an agreement by 200 countries to reduce the carbon emissions of their countries. 200 countries finally decide on something because it’s THAT important and America, supposed leader of the free world, is going to sabotage the deal. He has also expressed the desire of doing away with the EPA. (Gary Johnson also does not believe in climate change so maybe his supporters don’t care much about this issue anyway – but they should. How can sane people not care about the kind of world they are going to leave to their children and other descendants?)
Forget about protecting a woman’s right to control her own body or to be free from sexual harassment or to receive equal pay. Trump’s position, as stated during his campaign, is that there should be some sort of punishment for women who seek to have an abortion. He believes that his appointment(s) to the Supreme Court will “automatically” reverse Roe vs Wade. Trump, by his own words on that infamous Billy Bush videotape, also believes that his status as a “star” gives him the right to kiss and grab the genitals of any woman without their permission. His son, Donald Jr., thinks that a woman who is being sexually harassed at her job should just go and find another job. So to any woman who voted for Johnson or Stein and helped this group of anti-women rich, white men into office, I hope you’re happy.
Forget about helping college kids with student debt – something that Stein AND Clinton had proposed. Clinton wanted to make public college education free and to help students who already had debt to reduce the interest rates and terms of their student loans. So, for all of you who have student debt which is NOT dischargeable in bankruptcy or who have children who will be attending college and who voted for Johnson or Stein, thanks a lot.
Forget about keeping lobbyists, Wall Street, and “insiders” out of politics. Trump’s entire economic team is a bunch of white, male billionaires, hedge fund managers, and bank CEOs whose economic plan will, of course, benefit primarily the rich, do away with consumer protection such as the Dodd-Frank Act, and give them free reign to operate with less regulation so that they can continue to rip-off the American people. Trump (and Johnson) want people to believe that trickle-down economics is a good thing – make the rich (including corporations) richer and they will create jobs. Trickle-down economics has never worked and it’s the kind of economic plan that Bush put into action which resulted in the Great Recession. So, again, thanks so much for voting for Johnson and Stein without having a clue about how economics actually works.
These are only a few of the areas which affect every citizen that will be detrimentally affected by a Trump presidency, possibly for decades. If you are a person of color or part of the 30% of Americans who do not consider themselves Christians, be very worried since the Trump administration is backed by the KKK and the alt-right. Even if Trump now says that he doesn’t approve of any racist acts, the fact is, he caused it with his fear mongering and hate-filled speeches and did nothing to control the obvious racism at his rallies. The KKK, who threw a victory party after Trump’s election, now thinks that their position and actions are permissible and stamped with the approval of the president.
So, thanks a lot Gary Johnson and Jill Stein and all of your delusional, uninformed supporters.
In 1987, Trump wrote “The Art of the Deal”. Well, he claimed to have written the book, but it was actually written by Tony Schwartz who said just a few months ago during an interview with New Yorker magazine:
“I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I
contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention
and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe
that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility.
it will lead to the end of civilization.” If he were writing “The Art of the Deal”
today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title.
Asked what he would call it, he answered, “The Sociopath.”
After this Presidential election is over, the title of Trump’s next book should be “The Art Of Manipulation: Confessions of a Demagogue” because the one sure thing that can be said about Donald Trump is that he is a master manipulator – a true demagogue. The common definition of a demagogue: “a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). This describes Trump perfectly.
Donald Trump has managed to gain the support that he has by doing three things:
First, he made the people in his base believe that America is dying by lying to them about the unemployment rate, the status of jobs, the poverty rate, the crime rate, immigrants, how their gun ownership was being threatened by Democrats, how ISIS was going to place all Americans under Sharia law. He made them fear and feel like losers. “We don’t win anymore. We never win.”
Second, he gave them things to blame – Mexicans, Chinese outsourcing, Muslims, a rigged system, President Obama, HillaryJ Clinton, the other members of NATO, and many more – and he gave them permission to express their anger, racism, hate and fear towards these targets of blame.
Finally, he offered himself as their savior. During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, he said “Nobody knows the system better than me. Which is why I alone can fix it.”
Granted, many of his followers are and have always been racists. Trump is supported by the KKK, white supremacists, the radical right, and the alt-right, many of whom are former Tea Party supporters who have never gotten over the fact that a black Democrat became President – twice – and actually rescued this country from the Great Depression in spite of the GOP obstructionists who sit in Congress. They just feel freer to express themselves now because Trump has given them his blessings. President Obama’s accomplishments, verifiable by facts, don’t matter to this group because they want to hear that the black Democrat has failed. They welcome the lies that Trump has been spreading.
Many of Trump’s supporters are also misogynists (those who dislike, mistrust, or mistreat women). They don’t believe that a woman should be President simply because she’s a woman. Hillary’s credentials and accomplishments do not matter. She’s still a woman. You hear these people being interviewed from time to time at Trump rallies. “A female has more hormones. She could start a war in ten seconds if she has hot flashes or whatever.” This was a statement by a female made during an interview conducted by Jordan Klepper of the Daily Show at a Trump rally. You can find the entire interview here. Well, news flash – Hillary is 68 years old. Menstrual cycles and menopause are history. But like racists, misogynists don’t embrace facts. Their objections are based on gender and their ingrained stereotypes of men and women. So when Trump starts commenting on Hillary’s lack of stamina, his lies make sense to them, even though HE is the one with the mood swings, the rants on Twitter, and the inability to concentrate so that he often fails to finish sentences, rambles, and goes off on tangents.
However, aside from the racists and misogynists, many Trump supporters are just people who he has manipulated so successfully that they are deaf and blind to the truth.
Trump supporters ignore these facts because their supreme leader has them believing that the media is rigged. “Forget the press, read the internet, study other things,” he has said. “Don’t go for the mainstream media. Most of them, good news, most of them fortunately won’t be around much longer.”
He says this with a straight face even while his own supporters like Sean Hannity promotes him on Fox, Corey Lewandowski promotes him on CNN, and former FOX “News” Chairman and CEO and sexual predator Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon of Breitbart “news” occupy positions in his campaign. Trump himself has said that he doesn’t need to raise much money because he gets so much publicity. The New York Times in March estimated that this free publicity totaled approximately $1.9 Billion. He uses the media constantly to his benefit, but convinces his base that they should not believe any negative statements that appear in the media because the media is liberal and “rigged”. I see it all the time on comments made by Trump supporters on stories reporting about Trump’s lies, even those that are simply fact-checking his statements.
Once he was able to convince his base that they should ignore mainstream media and only listen to him or the media that he approves, he was free to lie with impunity. He can claim that he is “very, very rich” and believes in transparency yet refuse to produce his tax returns. He can claim that he’s a “great businessman” although he has filed 4 company bankruptcies and started numerous businesses which have failed, including Trump “University” over which he’s being sued in 3 states. He can claim that he will be “the greatest jobs President that God ever created” and yet outsource his own manufacturing jobs, use Chinese instead of American steel and aluminum to build his hotels, hire foreign-workers, some of them illegal, and be totally insensitive to the fact that his business failures have cost people jobs and their savings. He can claim, as he did during the third Presidential debate, that “No one respects women more than I do” and yet appear on a video tape admitting to having committed sexual assault because he believes himself to be a star and able to get away with it and multiple women have come forward against him. He can claim that he has a “great memory” and yet, when confronted, cannot remember David Duke, John Miller (his alter-ego), ever having said that he did in fact meet Vladimir Putin, what’s in a lease document that he signed – the list goes on and on.
Many of his lies are intended to instill fear in his supporters and fuel their inherent hatred and bias. Trump makes them believe that their fear and hatred are justified and gives them targets to blame.
**Blame President Obama for the bad economy (even though the economy has steadily improved since President Obama inherited George Bush’s broken economy) and the massive unemployment (even though unemployment rates are at 5-6%).
**Blame Mexicans who are pouring over the border stealing jobs, many of whom are rapists and criminals, and President Obama because he allows it (even though most illegal Mexicans are considered illegal because their visas expired and President Obama has deported more illegal aliens than any other president).
**Blame President Obama and Hillary for ISIS (even though it was Bush’s war on Iraq that began the circumstances that led to the creation of what is now known as ISIS AND according to a Gallup Poll taken in 2003, 73% of Americans – including Trump – were in favor of the Iraq war.)
**Hillary is part of the rigged establishment so she’s a liar (even though he would win hands-down in a contest of who has told more lies).
**Hillary is a crook (although he violated foreign trade embargo laws by doing business in Cuba when it was forbidden, wrongfully used money from his non-profit foundation to settle personal debts and to purchase personal items, scammed hundreds of people with his fake “University” and multi-level vitamin scheme, and refused to pay people who have done business with him in good faith or provided him with financing).
He gives his supporters slogans to chant because chanting makes a group feel united and powerful. “Build that wall!” “Make America Great Again!” “Lock her up!”. Although, if you asked the overwhelming majority for specific facts to support their chants – for example, exactly HOW is Trump going to make America great again – they can’t give you any. They can only regurgitate what Trump has said.
How can Trump ever make America great when he is ridiculed and hated by so many other nations that the United States needs to work with on a global level and yet is praised by Putin and endorsed by Kim Jong Un? (see my post Trump Has Made America An International Joke) How can he fix the economy when his plan has been devised by billionaires, hedge fund managers, and bank CEOs and benefits primarily the rich? How can he be expected to protect the rights of women or the disabled or veterans and their families or people of color or the LGBT when he has insulted all of these groups and more? He can’t. Yet none of these facts matter to his supporters because they are blind to reality and have adopted a mob mentality.
Now Trump has told them that he and only he can fix this broken system.
This is how demagogues gain power and THIS is what happens when they do:
Des Moines, Iowa: Police arrested Terri Lynn Rote, 55, on suspicion of voting twice in the general election. “I wasn’t planning on doing it twice. It was a spur of the moment,” Rote told Iowa Public Radio. “The polls are rigged.” She claims she feared her first vote for Trump would be changed to a vote for Hillary Clinton. Rote has been charged with first-degree election misconduct, a felony that could land her in prison for 5 years.
North Carolina’s Cumberland County: Sheriff’s Office arrested John McGraw who was shown on video sucker-punching a black Trump protestor who was being escorted out of the rally. When asked by Inside Edition whether McGraw believed the protester deserved it, he said “Yes, he deserved it. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” He claimed the protestor was not acting “like an American”.
New York City. A security guard took a sign from and struck an immigration activist during a protest outside of Trump Tower. The protestor claimed that they were on a public sidewalk and had the right to protest. The security guard claimed that he was attacked from behind (that was after he wrongfully took away the protestor’s signs)
Janesville, Wisconsin: A 15-year old Trump protestor hit a Trump supporter she claimed had grabbed her breasts and was pepper sprayed by another Trump supporter. “You goddamn communist n***er-lover, get the hell out of here!” a person in the crowd can be heard yelling on an ABC video.
The police decided to charge the girl saying they could find no evidence of an assault on her (even though they arrived after the confrontation took place). They are still looking for the person who used the pepper spray.
Las Vegas, Nevada: Individual heard yelling “light the motherfu**ker on fire” as a black protester was being physically removed by security staffers at a Trump rally. pic.twitter.com/65pXHjsJ3x
Wisconsin – A pair of football fans showed up to a University of Wisconsin game with a Barack Obama mask ― and a noose wrapped around its neck. The other fan who wore a mask of Donald Trump was holding on to the noose. The person in the Obama mask wore a black and white jailhouse suit and later swapped the mask of the president for one of Hillary Clinton.
At the @UWBadgers game and there is a man with a mask of President Obama
and a noose. This is racism, why was this allowed into the stadium?
— ? (@woahohkatie) October 29, 2016
At a Trump rally in September: Observers tweeted about seeing a Trump supporter carrying around a mask of Clinton on a spike.
Watching the horrific image of Trump mob at his speech hoisting a bloodied
mask of Hillary being swung on a stick. What country is this?
— Kathy Savitt (@ksavitt) September 1, 2016
These are just a few examples of the racism, hate, and violence that Trump is responsible for; just a few examples of the kind of country that the United States will regress to under his kind of leadership. History is full of demagogues and the one thing that history has shown us over and over again: Demagogues are dangerous.
In the forward of his book, Trump should give credit where credit is due: to the Tea Party. In 2009, after President Obama won the election, the Tea Party movement gained momentum. Many of them claimed that they weren’t racists and that they were concerned about the economy and the socialism of Obamacare, but the shirts they wore, signs they carried, and messages they distributed told the ugly truth and no one in the GOP did anything to stop them. Here are two of the much milder messages. To see a full array of offensive (and graphic) images and to read the accompanying article by Def Shepherd about this matter, go here. (3rd article on page – “Racism Is Alive And Well: 35 Incredibly Racist Anti-Obama Images”)
And who was there watching and learning how easy it was to incite a crowd with fear and lies?
Donald Trump speaking at a Tea Party rally in 2011. Photo: Larry Marano/Getty Images as it appeared in the article “Trump Proves Republican Obama Hate Was Never About Obama’s Ideas” by Jonathan Chait published in New York magazine.
Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he will make America great again but other nations are laughing at us – laughing at the fact that a con man like Trump could make it this far in a Presidential election.
Vilnius, Lithuania: an artist painted a street mural of Donald Trump and Putin kissing.
Scotland: After Trump congratulated Scotland on Brexit even though Scotland voted against Brexit, many Scots voiced their opinion of Trump directly to Trump:
@realDonaldTrump You are a fucking moron.
— Peter Serafinowicz (@serafinowicz) June 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Scotland voted IN you moron
— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
@realdonaldtrump Scotland voted Remain, you weapons-grade plum.
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) June 24, 2016
Britain: As reported in the Washington Post, the British Parliament debated on Jan. 18 whether to ban Trump from the country for peddling “hate speech.” Even though only the Home Secretary can actually ban someone in Britain, more than 570,000 people signed a petition demanding that he be outlawed.
Germany: A few weeks after Trump announced his candidacy, the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung stated: “Weird, egomaniac, racist…yet he leads in the polls; how can that be?” In 2015, an article appeared in Der Spiegel, the leading news magazine in Germany, which concluded “It may turn out that Trump is doing his country a major service with his candidacy because he is demonstrating very vividly what is rotten about this system. With all due respect, he’s a useful idiot.” And this float was part of the city of Düsseldorf’s annual Carnival parade. “Make Fascism Great Again.”
Vatican City (The Pope): On February 18, Pope Francis said “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
England: Boris Johnson (now Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) on Trump’s comments about areas in London being so radicalized that the police fear for their lives. “Donald Trump’s ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense. Crime has been falling steadily in both London and New York — and the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
France: President Francois Hollande said to the French Press Association that Trump’s “excesses end up making you feel like you want to retch,” He also said that Trump’s comments about the Khan family were “hurtful and humiliating.” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, speaking on France Inter radio, called Trump’s comments about women “sordid and revealing about his personality.” The French newspaper Le Monde calls Trump “a wrecking ball”. France’s Liberation Newspaper August 27th cover story, “Trump: The American Nightmare.”
Mexico: The Foreign Relations Department issued a statement about Trump’s proposals concerning Mexico and Mexican immigrants. “We maintain our position that these comments reflect prejudice, racism and total ignorance.” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in a statement to the Excelsior newspaper: “There have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of strident rhetoric have led to very ominous situations,” he said. “That’s how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in.”
Belgium: Alderman Philippe Close, responsible for the tourism of Brussels, has called Trump “a totally vulgar clown.” after Trump called the city a hellhole. Insulted people began tweeting. One showed a picture of LaGrand Place and “WHERE is the #hellhole @realDonaldTrump? Brussels or your mouth???”
Afghanistan: Zardasht Shams, the deputy minister of information, said to the Daily Beast: “Sorry, I’m not well updated on this fool’s policy or stand on Afghanistan.”
The Taliban in Afghanistan: After watching the first Trump vs Clinton debate, the Taliban said through a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, that Trump is a “non-serious” candidate who says “anything that comes to his tongue.” Yes, even the Taliban can see what Trump supporters cannot. How embarrassing is that?
Donald Trump’s mouth and tweets have done far more damage to this country than any of Hillary Clinton’s emails if, in fact, there are any emails to prove that any damage was done at all because as of today, there is NOTHING.
WHO HASN’T CRITICIZED TRUMP?
Vladimir Putin (former KGB agent, now President of the Russian Federation). In December 2015, Putin said about Trump “He’s a very lively man, talented without doubt.” Trump, of course, has praised Putin on numerous occasions.
Kim Jong Un (maniac of North Korea): Jeung Sang Wook of Korean Business News Daily commenting on Kim Jong Un’s endorsement of Trump said that “Kim Jong-Un is not in favor of Donald Trump’s policies on guns as, obviously, he’d like to see an America that is weaker militarily. However, he does apparently feel that of all of the potential United States candidates, Trump has the closest mindset to himself.”
Donald Trump is the last person who can make this nation greater than it already is.
Trump supporters may not care about the opinions that leaders and citizens of other countries have of their candidate, but they should. I know that I don’t want any member of my family having to go to war because of the insulting, indecent, crass, racist, and ignorant comments that come out of Trump’s mouth or through his fingers on Twitter. We all know that Trump’s kids certainly won’t ever be on the front lines of any war. The only thing his sons use their guns for is to kill animals for trophies which they collect like Trump collects wives. I don’t want to feel unsafe or have any member of my family feel unsafe when we travel outside of the United States because people in other countries assume that just because we’re Americans, we share the same beliefs as this hateful demagogue. Trump puts ALL Americans at risk in this way.
So Trump supporters can believe all the conspiracy theories they want about emails and blindly follow their “hero” over a cliff. I’ll be voting for the OTHER candidate on November 8th – the sane one who isn’t a worldwide joke – and I implore those who really do want America to continue to be viewed as a great and powerful nation to do the same.
Donald Trump has been repeatedly called a narcissist. Is he? You decide.
A previous director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic found that this personality type is stimulated by real or imagined insult or injury and is characterized by holding grudges, low tolerance for criticism, excessive demands for attention, inability to express gratitude, a tendency to belittle, bully, and blame others, desire for revenge, persistence in the face of defeat, extreme self-will, self-trust, inability to take a joke, and compulsive criminality. More specifically, this personality type:
– has never shown any capacity to perceive or admit his errors and defects; has a policy of denying them, this being considered by him to be politically expedient.
– has very little respect for the female sex; believes every woman could be had.
– has an inability to resolve conflicts and to control emotion.
– has a tendency to admire and then to acquire the technique of a powerful opponent.
– has an inability to keep his word and fulfill obligations.
– has a love of power-sees himself as the country’s greatest strategist, war lord, savior of the people and as the mouthpiece of the whole people.
– has a low tolerance of belittlement, criticism, contradiction, mockery, failure; inability to take a joke; tendency to harbor grudges, not forgetting and forgiving.
– is prone to self-display and extravagant demands for attention and applause.
– plans and make decisions without consulting others; resents disagreements and interference; is annoyed by opposition.
– insists on being sole ruler of one’s home, business, political party, nation.
– is disinclined to express gratitude or acknowledge help received.
– denies or minimizes the contribution of others, belittles the worth of others especially if they are superiors, rivals, and potential critics.
– repays an insult in double measure.
– accuses, condemns, curses, or mocks an enemy to his face, or behind his back by criticism, slander, subtle undermining of prestige, smear campaigns, etc.
(Summary of a report by Dr. Henry A. Murray, pre-war Director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic, who was asked to prepare a psychological report of Adolf Hitler. Personality type – counteractive narcissist)
“But even if we could not conquer them, we should drag half the world into
destruction with us, and leave no one to triumph ….We shall not surrender.”
– Adolf Hitler
When he threatened to put her in jail if elected: “You know, Donald, you sound like a dictator now and not like someone who should be the leader of the greatest nation in the free world.”
When he went off on his tangents and failed to answer questions posed to him: “I’m sorry (to the moderator or the audience member) but did he answer your question?” or “It doesn’t appear that Donald answered the question. I’d like to if you don’t mind.”
When he went so low as to bring those women to the debate and made accusations against Bill Clinton: “This election is between you and me, Donald, not you and my husband. So I’m going to take Michelle Obama’s advice (which she did bring up) and get back to answering questions that are actually important to this audience and to those who are watching at home. ”
When asked about being a president for all the people: “I believe that here is where Donald and I differ the most. Donald has been constantly telling his supporters that the nation’s economy is in a bad place, that unemployment is high, that crime is rampant. The truth is, based on verifiable facts, that over the last 8 years, unemployment has gone steadily down, violent crime – nationally – is down although I know it may not seem that way because of the recent uptick in gun incidents that have been in the news. Inflation is stabilized. More people than ever have health insurance. But there is still room for improvement. We need to move forward, not stand around blaming everyone and everything.
Taxes – my tax plan is designed to give the most benefit to those who are considered middle and low income who comprise most of the people in this nation, while making the very wealthy pay their fair share. With sufficient tax revenue, we can assure that money will be available for social programs, for emergency aid, for education, for infrastructure needs, and so forth. But just changing aspects of the tax code is only part of what’s required to maintain a healthy economy. There needs to be available jobs so that people can work.
Contrary to what Donald says, not all loss of jobs is due to outsourcing, which he does himself, or illegal immigrants. Many jobs are disappearing because the economy is ever-changing. For example, by committing to move towards a more green economy, jobs in coal mining will be affected. This is not something new. We used to have milkmen deliver milk to our doors – that disappeared when it became more economically feasible for companies to market their product at supermarkets. The book publishing industry is moving away from print to digital. Many jobs have been lost to automation. It is inevitable that as technology advances, certain jobs will be affected. We should not waste precious time trying to go backwards or complaining about who or what is to blame. We need to focus on moving forward.
For those who are in fields where jobs are being phased out because of automation or climate change or outsourcing, we need to help them with the transition – provide education that will allow them to compete in the new industries that are emerging or to move to another career or, if they are near retirement age, to retire a few years early without penalty. Businesses can be incentivized to assist with this education and transition since the fate of their workers should be their concern. The main thing is that we don’t leave these workers behind.
We also need to work on creating harmony in our cities. Violence impacts individuals and families directly but it also has an effect on the economy. You cannot make your communities economically prosperous if people in your communities don’t feel or aren’t safe. And companies will avoid investing in communities that are considered “unsafe” or won’t allow them to prosper.
We need to assure, also, that those who have spent their lives working will be able to count on receiving their Social Security. Increasing jobs increases what’s paid in to Social Security. Adjusting the Social Security cap upwards will also increase the amount of the Social Security benefits available. Right now, no one pays Social Security on income over $118,500. That has to change.
A President’s job is to try to pass policies that will be beneficial for everyone – not just for the people who supported the candidate when the candidate was running for office. It must be that way because the health of the entire nation depends on the collective health of the individual states. However, that means that people must also care about the policies of those who run their local government and those who they elect to office in Congress. Whether that is a Republican or a Democrat, it must be someone who is willing to work for the benefit of the nation as a whole and not only for special interest groups. That will sometimes require compromise but that is required when you have a two-party or three-party system. Otherwise, you’re operating in a dictatorship.