Trump: The Demagogue

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Yoda was right (I mean, of course he was, he’s Yoda).

Fear.

Perhaps Trump’s strongest platform.

Demagogue: /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/ (from Greek δημαγωγός) or rabble-rouser is a leader in a democracy who [1] gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, [2] whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues have [3] usually advocated immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Demagogues [4] overturn established customs of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so. Most who were elected to high office [5] changed their democracy into some form of managed democracy.

Who came to your mind, I wonder? Palpatine? Hitler?

Let’s break it down the five steps of being labeled a Demagogue.

[1] A demagogue gains popularity within a Democracy by exploiting prejudice and ignorance.

We all saw this happen. Trump pandered to the prejudices of the right and the ignorances of the undereducated. He has hand painted a picture of an America in extreme crisis.

Exploiting prejudice: blaming our economy on immigrants, illegal immigrants and those on welfare programs. Calling Mexicans that come into this country rapists and criminals. Exploiting the fear of muslims as terrorists.

Exploiting ignorance: He’s undercutting the power of the media but calling them a non-credible source for information (while blatantly lying about his inauguration turnout and mass voter fraud).  His only argument? “Believe me, trust me, I know.” Trump exploited the undereducated by pandering to their emotions and fears, and, in turn, they voted for him.

[2] Whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation:

Deliberation: long and careful consideration or discussion. [Via Webster]

Deliberation: is a process of thoughtfully weighing options, usually prior to voting. Deliberation emphasizes the use of logic and reason as opposed to power-struggle, creativity, or dialog. [Via Wikipedia]

Thoughtfully weighing options with logic and reason. We already know Trump is constantly degrading political correctness and the “liberal media.” His logic and reason are not seated in fact, but emotion. Ad populam by might as well be his middle name. An argument based in emotion and not fact cannot be the basis of a logical and reasoned deliberation. Instead, Trump denounces those that offer logical and reasoned arguments agaisnt his emotional arguments (such as the media) and simply suggest to “trust” or “believe” him.

He rejects American Exceptionalism, in a country where its citizens were raised to believe American is #1, and instead claims he can lead us to exceptionalism (hence his slogan).

[3] Advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty.

Immediate, violent action: Trump has officially signed 7 executive orders within the first 10 days of his presidency (one of which completely halted immigration and created international chaos, another ordered a wall to be build along the board with Mexico, and another overturned protesters victory in North Dakota) and there are still more to come. He threatened to “send the feds” into Chicago. He threatened Mexico.

Accuses opponents of weakness or disloyalty: Trump, quite literally, called Hillary Clinton “weak” and “exhausted.”  He called Martin O’Malley “weak.” He said Bernie Sanders “showed weakness.” On December 1st, 2015, he said “all of [the other candidates] are weak and they’re just weak—I think that they are weak generally, if you want to know the truth.” In short, we know Trump loves his insults (and it’s a long list of insults).

[4] Overturn established customs of political conduct: 

Part of Trump’s platform was to shake up the status quo, and that he did. He hung up on the Prime Minister of Australia. He threatened his opponent (Clinton) with prison. He promises to reinstate torture, such as water boarding, and “much worse.” The rise of “alternative fact,” and the lies from the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer. He is unraveling our checks and balances system by ignoring a federal ruling inciting a stay on his Muslim Ban, and by firing the acting Attorney General who refused to defend his ban. Just today, another federal judge has ordered a temporary halt of the ban. We will see what unfolds.

[5] changed their democracy into some form of managed democracy:

Lastly, the US is no longer considered a “Full Democracy.”


So, there you have it: Trump the Demagogue.

Emperor Palpatine is also considered a Demagogue.

So is Hitler and McCarthy.

May the Force be with us.

-General Organa

 

To our friends who voted for Trump and are now feeling Buyer’s Remorse.

It’s. Okay.

If you voted for Trump, and you are currently regretting it: it’s okay.

For those of you who voted for Hillary or Johnson or Stein, don’t hold it agaisnt them.

Unless you’re the Doctor, or Marty McFly, or The Flash (or any other time traveler), it doesn’t matter.

What matters is what we do now. What matters is how we respond now. What matters is our actions now.

If you voted for Trump and are regretting it, the last thing any one wants is for you to feel ostracized from groups fighting agaisnt decisions Trump has made, if you wish to join.

Come to our rallies, come to our protests, come to action!

We aren’t going to say  “we told you so,” we are going to say, “welcome.” Period.

We welcome you into our fight with open arms.

Now is our time to fight, as one people, with one voice. Do not let them divide us.

And we hope you join us.

May the Force be with you,

-General Organa

For my friends who chose to ignore current politics,

Hey guys,

Look, i’m not here to yell at you, or shame you or guilt you into caring about politics. I love y’all, but let’s be real for a second, because this week has been a hell of a week for everyone.

Silence is a privilege.

I’ve been hearing a lot of people expressing that they are “sick of hearing about Trump,” or “tired of seeing political posts” on their newsfeed.

Even I, someone so invested in politics, needs to step away sometimes, to watch a movie or read a book, just to clear my head.

But, I also understand that is a privilege.

If you can afford to be silent, if you can afford to ignore everything that’s happened this past year, and specifically this week, it is because of one thing: it doesn’t directly affect you.

And why doesn’t it affect you? Privilege.

Because of where you were born, because of what skin color you were born with, because of your parent’s social economic status, because of your gender, because of your sexual preference… you may be unaffected by the President’s claims, lies, and executive orders.

After one week, our President has signed an executive order that will claim the lives of women around the world, he has barred citizens of seven muslim majority countries from entering the US, he has halted our Syria Refugee programs. He has declared war agaisnt the press, the only institution capable of calling him out on a global level. He has told us what we saw with our own eyes isn’t true. He lied about millions illegals participating in voter fraud. He has declared war against facts, agaisnt science, agaisnt global warming advocates: agaisnt the planet. He has invoked the censorship of the Environmental Protection Agency. He has ordered the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline continue. He has ignored a ruling by a federal judge.

He has shown us he does not care about women, muslims, immigrants, mexicans, illegal aliens, native americans, the constitution, our judicial system, the planet or the truth.

So where do we go from here? 

You could continue to ignore the state of the country right now. You could continue to be silent, you could go on with your day to day life and hope that our President’s laws and executive orders continue to not directly affect you.

But, I beg you, remember your neighbors, remember your friends. Remember your ancestors who were immigrants, remember your peers, your teachers, the dead children in Syria, the victims of the holocaust, the families separated by walls, the rest of humanity.

Remember the rest of humanity. 

Remember those who don’t have the same privilege you do.

This, is simply, a call to action. I hope you will remember the rest of humanity. I hope you choose to not be silent. I hope you choose to act. Donate, protest, spread the truth.

I hope you remember that silence is choosing the side of the oppressor.

I hope you choose to join us.

May the force be with you
-General Organa

“Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”

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Last night, Trump signed his latest executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”

Trump has barred any one from the following seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, totally 134 million people, from entering the United States.

He’s also froze the refugee program, effectively banning any refugees from entering the country for the next 4 months.

He believes terrorists exploit our immigration and refugee programs.

So why these 7 countries? It doesn’t seem like anyone has the answer to that question. Strangely, no immigrant or refugee from any of the seven countries selected has committed a fatal terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 1975.

The 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and the UAE; none of those countries made the list. The San Bernardino shooting was committed by an US citizen of Pakistani decent, and his wife from Pakistan, also not on the list. The Pulse Nightclub shooting was perpetrated by a US born citizen of Afgan decent, again, not on the list. The 2009 Fort Hood shooting? Born in Virginia, of Palestinian decent. The Boston Marathon bombers grew up in Massachusetts, born to Chechan parents. The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter was born in Alaska.

The list goes on and on, point being, there is little reasoning behind picking those 7 countries, aside from them all being muslim predominate countries.

Might I remind you, white extremists have killed more US citizens in America than foreign terrorists since 9/11.

However, countries of which Trump has done business with, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, for example, were conveniently left out of the order.

The goal of this executive order is to “protect americans,” but it feels more like pure discrimination against Muslims (especially since Trump’s said Christian refugees would get priority over Muslim refugees), and this is exactly what the terrorists want: to alienate Muslims around the world enough until they see the West as their enemy, and join the extremist side.

The likelihood of being killed by a terrorist attack in America is exceptionally small. To quote the Cato Institute:

Including those murdered in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11), the chance of an American perishing in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil that was committed by a foreigner over the 41-year period studied here is 1 in 3.6 million per year. The hazard posed by foreigners who entered on different visa categories varies considerably. For instance, the chance of an American being murdered in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year while the chance of being murdered in an attack committed by an illegal immigrant is an astronomical 1 in 10.9 billion per year. By contrast, the chance of being murdered by a tourist on a B visa, the most common tourist visa, is 1 in 3.9 million per year.

Trump has also attacked the American vetting process, which is one of the most complex and grueling vetting programs in the world. One average, it’s about a 2 year process, in which families are investigated by numerous governmental agencies.

This executive order isn’t stopping terrorists from coming into the United States, it’s preventing fleeing families from reaching safety in the United States. It’s playing right into the terrorists hands.

May the Force be with us
-General Organa

The past 6 days…

screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-8-38-22-pmWhere do we even begin? It’s been a quite turbulent past 6 days, to say the least.

Let’s take a minute to review Trump’s biggest moves since his inauguration and why they all go agaisnt logic, evidence, and most importantly, our wellbeing.

Day 1: The Inauguration

  • Trump orders all federal departments frozen as his adminstration reviews them.
  • Trump’s adminstration asks the Supreme Court to delay their review hearing of the Texas Voter ID Law.
  • Trump orders the National Parks Service’s twitter account to stop tweeting after they tweeted photos of the Obama Inauguration next to photos of Trump’s.

Freezing all the departments is a fairly standard move by a new adminstration, so it was expected.

Trump’s administration tried to keep this one under the radar: asking SCOTUS to postpone their review of the Texas Voter ID Law, a law that has been found unconstitutional by federal courts 3 times. It, along with similar voter ID laws, have been found to have “racially discriminatory intent” by numerous courts. Trump’s administration wanted to review the appeal before it was heard by SCOTUS in order to potentially switch sides and defend it. Luckily, SCOTUS has decided to deny the appeal all together. I wrote more on the subject here.

Trump ordering the NPS to stop tweeting because they were tweeting facts that disprove his precious narrative of the Inauguration is particularly scary. It’s censorship at the most basic level. To be fair, the Twitterverse isn’t something any other president, only than Obama, has had to deal with. Where do tweets stand in the realm of public statements, press releases and representation of the institution behind the account? That question is still up in the air. But the scariest part here is that Trump shut them down for tweeting facts, because those facts go agaisnt his narrative and “alternative facts.”

Day 2: The Press Conference

  • Sean Spicer’s first press conference as the White House Press Secretary, in which he accuses the press of minimizing the attendance of Trump’s Inauguration. He went on to claim Trump’s Inauguration was the most watched Inauguration in history, in person or on television, “period.”

A bold faced lie. We know, via our own eyes and expert crowd size estimators, that the above claim is simply not true. Our president instructed his Press Secretary to openly lie to the public, while also claiming the press was unreliable as a source.

Day 3: Alternative Facts

  • Kellyanne Conway, a White House advisor and the ex-manager of Trump’s campaign, goes on national television to suggest that Sean Spicer simply told “alternative facts” regarding the Inauguration.

“Alternative facts,” straight out of a dystopian science fiction novel.

Alternative: (of one or more things) available as another possibility.
Fact: a thing that is indisputably the case.

Hmm, those two definitions seem to contradict each other, don’t they? “Alternative fact” is an oxymoron.

The scariest thing here is how Trump’s adminstration has set themselves up to discredit the only institution that can call them out on a global level: the media. Many of his followers have already bought it, therefore they brush off any facts the media presents as false. He’s set himself up to never be proved wrong. What happens when there is no one to call out his lies and misinformation? His “alternative facts” become “facts.” To quote author Victoria Aveyard‘s tyrannical character, “the truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.” I think he honestly believes that, and his supporters believe it’s raining.

Facts are facts are facts and this is fire.

Day 4:

  • Trump reinstates the Mexico City Policy, aka the Global Gag Order. Reagan created it, Clinton dumped it, Bush reinstated it, Obama nixed it, and Trump has brought it back.
  • Trump, again, claimed that millions of people voted illegally, which is why he lost the popular vote.
  • Trump proclaims the day of his inauguration was a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.” Yeah.

The Mexico City Policy puts women’s lives in danger across the globe, as it pulls US funding from any non-governmental family planning agency that offers abortion or even teaches women about the option of abortion. We know women will have abortions with or without it being legal, therefore the only difference is if abortions will be safe or not. I talk more in depth about this issue here.

This is a big one: the claim that millions of people voted illegally. He’s said it before, and apparently still believes it. This week, the New York Times finally dubbed it what it is: a lie. There is absolutely no proof what so ever of massive voter fraud. None. Zero. Zilch. Does he not realize he is undercutting his own victory by discrediting our voting system? If millions of people fraudulently voted for Hillary… it can go both ways. Even the top Republicans are begging him to show up or shut up.

There is however, plenty of proof to disprove his claim. An overwhelming amount. Bush himself ordered a investigation into widespread voter fraud, and after five years, they found virtually no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Trump, now, has called for his own investigation, which will only cost the taxpayers, in the end.

Day 5:

  • Sean Spicer repeats Trump’s claim that millions voted illegally.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture were ordered to cease communication with the public via social media and the press.
  • Trump orders the construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline to resume via executive order.
  • Trump uses Twitter to threaten to send “the feds” into Chicago in response to Chicago violence.

Trump once tweeted, “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Global warming is not a debate. It is a fact. Trump is trying to erase that. In fact, he is requiring all their new work be screened by his adminstration before it is published.

NoDAPL. This one particularly hurts. Thousands of protesters spend months at Standing Rock, and finally, they won. Trump has ripped the floor out from under them. Pipelines infect water. Pipelines burst, pipelines spill, pipelines leak. Here is an unbelievably long list of pipeline spills and bursts (just in the U.S. alone). In fact, there has already been four this month.

Trump loves Twitter: we all know that. But apparently not the Constitution, or in particular, the 10th amendment. As Ronald Allen, a professor of constitutional law at Northwestern University put it, “A military occupation is another matter. The U.S. cannot invade Illinois.” Strangely, the “feds” are already there: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, that is, in the way of firearms and drugs, not homicides. Eddie Johnson, the superintendent of the Chicago PD said, “the statement is so broad, I have no idea what he is talking about.” Same, Eddie, same.

Day 6:

  • Trump signs an executive order to build a wall along the Mexico-US boarder.
  • Trump signs an executive order to cut funding to “Sanctuary Cities” that will not comply with his deportation efforts.

What can I even say about the wall? It will cost between 12-15 billion to build, and that isn’t even including the future costs of maintenance, which are estimated to add more billions to the total. Might I remind you, 65,000 bridges in America do not pass inspection. Our country is great at building new things without investing into maintaining infrastructure. Quite frankly, our economy would fail without illegal immigrants: they do the work legal citizens won’t do. In fact, in 2012 Alabama passed one of the toughest laws in undocumented immigrants, requiring them to have papers on them at all times, as the cops were allowed to ask for them without any probable cause, and upped the penalties for being illegal, and what do you think happened? All the illegal immigrants fled and there was no one to do the work. The local economy suffered greatly, causing all types of businesses to close. The ridiculousness of building a wall requires an entire article, I think.

Cut funding to Sanctuary Cities? It’s unconstitutional. Simple as that.

WHOOPH. Okay. I think I got through most of what’s happened this week. I can’t even talk about today yet because I’m exhausted just going through the past six days.

What a whirlwind.

May the Force be with us.
-General Organa

A Call to Arms

You know how when we read books like The Hunger Games or 1984 and it’s blatantly obvious that the government is a tyrannically institution that tries to control and oppress its people while only trying to help itself?

Why is it so easy for us to identify the antagonist in novels, but not in our own story? We read this books and we think, how could society ever get to this point?

This is how, right now: the censorship of facts, the defunding of social programs, the passing of legislature to control the masses. And from the people? Silence.

This is not fiction, this is real, this is happening.

Do not be silent.

It’s time to fight like hell.

May the Force be with us.

-General Organa