Is Trump accelerating the decline of American power?

Trump’s election may represent the last gasp of a dying power structure. Ironically, his election may also accelerate the speed with which said power shifts to other parts of the globe.

Trump seems to believe that the world will kneel to the supremacy of American military might. There are a number of flaws in this thinking, the least of which is the idea that we can bully nations through military might in the 21st century.

Trump and his supporters seem to believe he and they can forestall the path of globalization through brute force. They think that they can leverage American might to force nations to allow us to maintain global dominance.

That will not happen. Unlike reality TV, when parties to a contract reach a point at which the pain exceeds the profit, they will walk away.

America can either acknowledge the shifting global world and be a value added participant, or choose isolation and ethnocentrism.

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Of human rights and geographical happenstance


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I’ve long asked the question, “Are we limited by geographical happenstance?”

If we are to be true proponents of the advanced society we aim to be, true proponents of the principles and rights we say we advocate, should we not advocate for those beyond geographical happenstance.

What did I as a human being due to deserve the rights I have inherited?

Nothing, initially. I was born in the United States of America.

The luck of my birth granted me a higher shot at life denied the vast majority of humanity.

Illegal immigrants get health care?

Great, I say (and I pay more in taxes than I receive back).

The answer isn’t to deny them care. It’s to bring them into our society as full members through amnesty or send them back to their country of orientation but let’s not deny them care while they are on our soil.

I recognize there are realistic boundaries to what and how we can advocate and that political geographic boundaries exist and must be protected.

But we must always strive to be better than these boundaries.

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Spicer: ‘Stop’ undermining or mocking Trump

26723760Sean Spicer in a recent interview had this to say:

…instead of trying to mock him or undermine him, it’s time that people started to give him credit for actually getting things done.

Respect, Mr. Spicer, is earned not given.

This is, in fact, the first tenant of respect.

The second and equally important tenant is that you must give respect to have it reciprocated.

Your boss has done neither of these.

In fact, he led the birther movement, constantly trying to undermine President Obama.

He has mocked a disabled man. never_understand

He has belittled women.

He has made a practice of vilifying the “other.”

He is relying on positional authority and brute force as a bully to COMMAND respect.

Good luck with that.

You are going to be a very busy man spinning for the next four years, if Trump makes it that long without impeachment as the Chief Executive Officer of America.

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Conway: Left is wrong to delegitimize Trump OR unmitigated gall and gaslighting

15181193_10154770200792188_5052661469593726009_nI simply have no words to describe my disgust at the level of gall this person has, in suggesting the Democrats owe any form of allegiance or even recognition of his election to Donald John Trump.

Her boss worked for years to undermine the legitimacy of President Obama.

The gall of this person to stand there and suggest her boss is owed any form of respect is simply…absurd.




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The gates are down, where do we go from here?

america-1151134_640On December 19th, 2016, the last Constitutional line of defense surrendered – voluntarily and indeed it appears openly and happily – to the Emperor at our gates.

The 306 votes he will receive today (305 if the warrior in Texas is able to stand his ground) represent an abandoning of the gates the alliance of Greek city-states and Spartans defended at Thermopylae over 2,500 years ago.

Much has been and will be said about this year and this time.

The election of Donald John Trump to the Presidency of the United States of America is not a victory for representative democracy, civil rights, human rights or the environment.

This man trampled everything in his path with little or no regard to social and political norms. He exploited the worst angels of our collective nature to assume power. Indeed, he revels in this knowledge.

Give him a chance, the call comes.

The means do not justify the end.

He has done nothing to earn that chance. Even should his Presidency be a decent one, his ascension was not. And he’s given no indication at all he understands or is concerned with the scale or scope of the position.

Since he won the GOP primary and doubly so since the election, we have searched – begged – for a framework that justifies, explains or positions him in some form we can understand. That surely, this must be a good man. He must be because that has been our norm in living history. He must be because American exceptionalism means this cannot happen here. Surely, America cannot elect a man like this. Surely, there is some inherent quality the majority of American voters simply overlooked.

Occam’s Razor suggests otherwise.

If we are struggling so mightily and for so long to find a framework that applies, that explains why American exceptionalism applies here and truly Trump is a good man with the best intentions of our nation first and foremost in his mind…well then there is none.

He is what he is: a naricissist, a strongman, who swept to power using the rhetoric of past Emperors.

No nation has gone through this passing of the torch from the people to the tyrant that has emerged after anything more than a shadow of itself.

And so goes this reluctant Empire into the twighlight.

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538 Americans hold the fate of the American experiment in their hands

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Tomorrow, 538 Americans meet to decide the fate of the American experiment.

Are we going to fold to a strongman, to take massive leap backwards?

Are we going to bow to the will of someone who cares not for our Republic and the institutions we’ve built?

Or, will we stand up to the strongman and to the nationalism he represents?

Will we say, “We are better than this!”

Will we say, “We are an exception to the rule, the way of past empires (reluctant empire that we are)?”

Will we say, “No! We reject authoritarianism!”

Or, we will affirm these things.

If the Electoral College affirms this election, I believe this represents the end of American exceptionalism and the unraveling of the order we have served and built.

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Trump: pushing passed the limits of democracy and civility

15181193_10154770200792188_5052661469593726009_nDonald John Trump is an asshole.

Before you close this tab, consider the definition coined by Aaron James.

An asshole is someone who:

allows himself to enjoy special advantages in social relations out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people

Such people know and recognize there are social boundaries that exist for the common good. However, they believe themselves entitled to be above such boundaries. They push passed the boundaries of civility knowing most of us will not act. They stop short of the line at which we will act.

Donald John Trump is the epitome of James’ philosophy of assholes.

He’s also set to test the limits of our democratic instituitons. It is the horrifying to watch the system bend to his will. It’s horrifying to watch the GOP in the form of Ryan and McConnell smile and nod.

Are we strong enough to stand up to this strongman?

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