Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump

26
Jul
18

The End of American Democracy?

The scenario I keep playing over and over in my head is as follows:

The 2018 mid-terms occur with similar propaganda from Russia as in 2016 – their end goal being chaos. The House and or Senate flipping to the Democrats is not a concern for them. In fact, it would create more chaos and dysfunction as the House would have subpoena power into Trump’s crooked finances, emoluments clause violations, lies and obfuscations etc. Later, we will hear of some peculiarities (perhaps power outages at peak voting hours in certain districts, internet disruptions, voters showing up at polls to find their names missing from rolls, lost ballot submissions etc.) This will all appear random but will actually turn out to be trial runs by Russia’s cyber army.

No matter the results in 2018, Trump will ride out his term. He may even capitulate to a few Democratic legislative demands as a matter of self-preservation (sign a couple things Mike Pence would have vetoed.) Details into past Trump illegalities will become more clear. More members of his administration and campaign will be indicted, but he will avoid impeachment thanks to blocks by Republicans. America will remain vulnerable to cyber warfare as Trump will ignore it like it is one of his children. He will either be the Republican candidate for president in 2020, or he won’t. It won’t matter.

Election day 2020 arrives and it is utter chaos. The test runs that were launched by Russia in 2018 are fully implemented. Networks can’t get results and the ones they do get, can’t be trusted. After a couple days of confusion, it appears the Democratic candidate has won, but Trump and many Republicans claim the massive interference in the election makes the results illegitimate. Trump announces he will not relinquish the presidency until a new election can be securely held. The country goes ape shit. Mass demonstrations turn into riots. Martial Law is declared. Vladimir Putin brings the “American Empire” to its knees without firing a shot.

Please convince me this can’t happen.

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18
Jan
17

Video: “The Man of Orange” by Mister Wise

This is a PSA from Team Demo’s, Mister Wise. We make no copyright claims to any of the images in this video.

21
Nov
16

The Not So Great Communicator

Donald Trump’s lack of eloquence and thin vocabulary have been well documented. His off the cuff speaking style combined with his minimal command of the English language, often create a word salad that is a nightmare for a journalist to quote; and it leaves those consuming it with the difficult task of attempting to find the ACTUAL meaning behind his utterances. In my many conversations with his supporters, I have often quoted some of the outrageous things he has said, only to receive a response of, or similar to, “well, that’s not what he meant,” or “it was a poor choice of words.” I have tried to find out exactly how these individuals discovered Trump’s “true meanings” behind his statements, but no one has revealed this magic to me, and it is clear that Trump’s inability to properly articulate his thoughts and positions has less to do with a poor choice of words and much more with just not having that many choices.

donald-trump-shrugTrump seems to only have access to a handful of adjectives. He has one small pile of words for good things, and one pile for the bad. His go-to bad words are often “terrible” or “awful.” Sometimes, he keeps it REALLY simple and just uses words like, “bad” or “sad.” His good words are loaded with hyperbolic exaggeration – words such as “huge” and “amazing” are often thrown around for anything but. On Sunday, he stated that “incredible meetings” would be bringing “incredible people” to the government. It reads like it was uttered by a person still grappling with English as a second language.

The definition of incredible is: impossible or extremely difficult to believe. Is it possible that Donald Trump is in disbelief with how well his meetings went? Did he have difficulty believing that people like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry actually exist? Is there no one on Trump’s transition team who can slip him a few more positive adjectives that he could use to impart a little nuance and recognition of the seriousness of the task he is presently undertaking? Is there no one on Trump’s transition team who can whisper in Trump’s ear that the word “incredible” is less suited for describing a routine meeting and more for a one-handed catch while falling out of bounds in a football game or better yet, a firefighter racing into a burning building to save the life of an infant child?

Ronald Reagan was known as “the great communicator.” Donald Trump is a verbal weakling who is about to take a job where every single one of his poorly chosen and limited words will be parsed and interpreted by people, governments and markets all over the world. Perhaps the most important hires Donald Trump will make during this transition, will be his speech writers. They will have the monstrous task of polishing this turd every single day, all the while knowing that they could prepare the perfect script, but the ego of the performer could rip it to pieces in front of the entire world. I can foresee many scenarios where Donald Trump’s lack of eloquence will be front and center. Some are amusing. Some are embarrassing. Some are downright terrifying.

While I’m certain Trump’s meetings this past weekend were far from, “incredible,” I have no issue using that word to describe his rise to power and the level of stupidity, hubris and insecurity we saw from him in the first week of his transition. It is common for the White House to employ foreign language interpreters. Perhaps for this president, they should consider one for English.




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