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What’s Happening / Sept 11

September 11, 2016

Trump failed the competence test for Commander-in-Chief, and Hillary showed that she has not forgotten American workers. Both of those happenins are immensely important. Which one is most important depends on who becomes President. Then the Republicans, aware that their candidate may have scored a knockout blow against himself, went into Full Lie. Who would have guessed?  Maybe hillary should have; but I’m glad she didn’t, because she might have been too cautious.

1) I’ll start with The Big Loser. This incisive critique of Trump, by two intelligence experts (i.e. as in C Intelligence A), exposes not only how shallow his thinking is (and his action, since his loose and ego-centric comments in the forum were, in themselves, political actions with foreign policy ramifications in Russia and Europe—look, either the man has no idea of the destructiveness of his remarks, or he is purposefully signaling his dictatorial model of national leadership), but also the extent to which he focuses on his own self-interest at the expense of our national interest.

And there’s Trump’s appalling use of his national security briefing to attack (and we have no way of knowing whether his representation was accurate or invented) the sitting Commander-in-Chief, who was, at that very moment, conducting delicate negotiations, with Russia, with grave potential consequences for millions of people in the Middle East.

Remembering how Nixon and Reagan influenced, perhaps decisively, their elections in 1968 and 1980, by dealing secretly with foreign governments, we must wonder if Trump and his party are attempting to build some similar falsification and/or subversive foreign intervention in our current election.

The man himself has no scruples. He just doesn’t. Furthermore the operatives with whom he has surrounded himself, and his party, are guided only by their calculations of what will get them power to pursue their right-wing foreign and domestic agendas. That’s what we’re up against. No shit.

2) In what is potentially a winning position for all of us, Hillary declared, to an audience that has been grievously harmed by Trump/Pence supporters and allies, that we must demonstrate empathy for suffering Trump supporters.

It is clear that some white folks support T because of his blatant racism, which they believe bodes well for their white supremacist agenda. But many more of his supporters, while racist in their misunderstanding of their plight, support him because they believe that he honors their existence, in opposition to a political establishment that has forgotten them or is contemptuous of them, has left them behind, and likely will make their lives even worse. (On another page I’ll give some examples.)

They believed the stories told them by Reagan, two Bushes, a Clinton, and an Obama; and their lives are worse now than in 1980. They’re sick of it. Frankly, so am I.

But if this second Clinton keeps going the way she is, it’s conceivable that, if narrators were given the vote, I would vote for her happily, in spite of her alliances with oligarchs. Can I believe her story?

She told that LGBT audience that many Trump supporters are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroine, feel like they’re in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.

She gets it! And the next day she said: I also meant what I said last night about empathy, and the very real challenges we face as a country where so many people have been left out and left behind. As I said, many of Trump’s supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them. I’m determined to bring our country together and make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Because we really are “stronger together.”

I want to believe that she will work hard for “a future we can believe in,” all of us. I won’t really believe it until I see it.

Trump, on the other hand, defies belief. That’s part of his shtick, and his shtrick. “Believe me.”

3) On this page, I began thinking out loud about the crucial importance of Hillary’s remarks. If her full remarks reach the attention of a large number of Trump’s supporters, in states such as OH and PA, and then, by 2018, throughout the country, she could have a foundation on which to build a fortress against Republican electoral aspirations and strategy. They know that, so they had to, somehow, distract their voters, and reinforce their lie about who cares about them. They simply used the lie to distract.

I’ll think more about that on a separate page.

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