Saturday, December 19, 2015

What Trump makes it impossible to believe

Here are "7 things it's no longer possible to believe after Donald Trump" by David Akadjian in the Daily Kos.

  1. There’s a “liberal media”
  2. Money doesn’t influence politics
  3. We live in a post-racial society
  4. Republicans and Democrats are equally to blame for Washington
  5. Republicans are the party of family values
  6. People make decisions based on facts
  7. Markets are “free”

Here are some teasers - my faves. Check out the Kos post for more.l

(1) More people support Bernie Sanders than Donald Trump, yet ABC news devoted 234 total network minutes to Donald Trump compared to just 10 network minutes for Bernie Sanders.

(2) Quoting Trump: " I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me.". This should be shocking. What Trump is talking about is bribery.

(4) Devin Nunes, a Republican Congressman from California, spoke about how difficult it’s become dealing with his base in an interview with the New Yorker.

I used to spend ninety per cent of my constituent response time on people who call, e-mail, or send a letter, such as, ‘I really like this bill, H.R. 123,’ and they really believe in it because they heard about it through one of the groups that they belong to, but their view was based on actual legislation," Nunes said. "Ten per cent were about ‘Chemtrails from airplanes are poisoning me’ to every other conspiracy theory that’s out there. And that has essentially flipped on its head." The overwhelming majority of his constituent mail is now about the far-out ideas, and only a small portion is "based on something that is mostly true." He added, "It’s dramatically changed politics and politicians, and what they’re doing."

(5) The family values I see with Donald Trump are selfishness and power and fear.
This has been the case for some time now with the GOP; it’s just never been so out in the open. Much of the base believes in Ayn Rand, a philosophy that advocates selfishness as the only virtue. There is no room in her philosophy for [things like caring, honesty, generosity].

(6) No matter how many times we see it, we still tend to think that giving people more data will somehow help them make better decisions.
As much as we’d like to believe this, politics is about emotion and morals.

David Akadjian is the author of The Little Book of Revolution: A Distributive Strategy for Democracy.

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