We, you and I, claim to live in a democracy, a place where the rule of law stands higher than the rule of man. We believe such fallacies because that is what we learned in school, from the first time we stood tall and proud and repeated the "pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America." We repeated those words throughout our elementary school years, repeated and repeated them, year after year until we grew into higher levels of learning. When did we stop learning by repetition? When did we stop believing all the things that the family, religion, government and business wanted us to learn?
Life teaches skepticism. Some of us learn it early in our lives, others of us never learn to be skeptical. I am 81 years old and continue to believe lies and fabrication created by those who want to exploit and manipulate us.
Remember the book, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and the theme of mendacity? What does that word mean? According to my dictionary, it includes misinformation and disinformation:
I didn't vote for tRump because I didn't believe his claims. It turns out that my skepticism was well grounded.
"D]espite his bungling start, this is the project that Donald Trump appears to have embarked upon. Since the end of January, he has appointed one of his closest political allies, Jeff Sessions, to run the Justice Department; fired an acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, who had warned the White House that the national-security adviser was compromised; and axed forty-six U.S. Attorneys, one of whom, Preet Bharara, had jurisdiction over Trump’s business empire. Now the head of the F.B.I., James Comey, has been ousted, at a time when the agency is conducting an investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government."
~ JOHN CASSIDY, DONALD TRUMP’S CRAVEN REPUBLICAN ENABLERS May 11, 2017, The New Yorker.
Thanks for the New Yorker article, Joan. Especially, this quote:
Artie Nusbaum, one of the managers of the construction firm that built Trump Tower, said, “This is who he is. No morals, no nothing."
No morals, no nothing.
I must be stupid, but I cannot understand that people want anything to do with such a person, let alone give him power.
Thanks, Tom. It's certainly hard to follow the mix of emotions, party politics and common sense - if any - in another country. Even hard to understand those things in one's own country without reading politics all day. Most of the time I understand just enough to know what NOT to vote, but I see very clearly that there are a lot of demagogues wanting a job.. everywhere...
Joan, when you were learning about domination, did you see anything on the ways people gain power, aka becoming dominant, in a group?
A few days ago I realized that Trump's persistent lying, being unpredictable, would work. He lies because lying has long helped him become the most dominant person on the scene.