Frum vs. Trump: Simplicity vs. Simpleton

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In case you don’t know who David Frum is, he is a conservative commentator and former speech writer for GW Bush.  Let’s just state for the record that I am not a fan of David Frum’s ideology, but I do respect his intelligence and the way he presents his case.  I also love the way he has rejected Trump as not only a non-conservative that threatens his party’s values, but as an entity that threatens American values.  In Sam Harris’s latest podcast, Frum brilliantly states this case for even the simplest among us. I’m even advocating for you to follow his Twitter feed, which is chock full of daily affirmations that the Trump presidency is a disaster for America.

What I like about his commentary, as I mentioned, is that he simplifies the issues in a nice, neat package and one-lines them so that they are easy to digest.  He understands the long-term implications and, can easily relate them fairly to previous administrations.  For example, he will state that he never voted for Obama and never would, but he at least saw him as a man of integrity.  In Trump, he sees no such thing.

He also sends a clearer, more hopeful message – that we can have intelligent debates about policy and ideology by discussing facts and by being mature; we can talk about issues without being tribal and over protective of our egos. This is an important message especially for all of those conservatives who got on the gold-plated Trump train and are now heading off the cliff they see coming miles away.  They probably figure Trump can make a deal with gravity.  That’s how dug in they are.

I would love to get back to a time and place where that can happen again, but I only see it getting worse in the future and I blame it on our short attention spans and our love for reality TV.  We no longer like to think for ourselves and think critically about anything.  We just want information fed to us and we want to lay back, be simpletons, and let the Idiocracy take over. Sad!

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Trump has been tweeting his way through politics for years now and we all watched. He took his 140 character allowance to critique Obama, denigrate women and insult anyone who called him out for being an asshole.

He used it during the campaign to attack all of his enemies, from Ted Cruz to Hillary Clinton. He tweeted his disdain for the media over and over again. This was the same media that gave him billions of dollars of free advertising. He even used it to insult a Gold Star family simply because they spoke the truth

But, now that he’s President (cough, choke), he doesn’t seem to realize that things are different. As President, using Twitter to declare terrorist motives behind a botched robbery, insulting the mayor of a major city to one of our biggest allies, and supporting a policy in the Middle East that may be fractured due to a planted fake news story by the Russians and may put US troops in harm’s way is just fucking nuts.

Now, his craziness takes an even more drastic turn when he announces he may tweet during the testimony of the FBI Director he fired because that Director was investigating him and his associates of collusion with a foreign power.

If you think this guy is sane or mature or capable, then I have to question your sanity, maturity and capability.

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Kathy-Griffin-Donald-TrumpYou are not going to get this guy to say that what Kathy Griffin did was appropriate at all, so if the conservatives want to be outraged against all liberals, they need to tone it down.  In fact, I would say most people, regardless of their political ideology would say that Griffin’s display did far more harm than good even if it was for the sake of comedy.  It wasn’t funny, either.

But, I can’t seem to let go of the feeling in my stomach that there is some sort of injustice here.  Where was the outrage on the Right when Ted Nugent said all of the completely barbaric things he said about President Obama? Or when he called Obama the “enemy”? What about all the racist things others have said about Michelle Obama? Or even the Obama daughters? It seems that outrage is based on ideology and not humanity. That is disturbing, at the very least.

Any threat to someone’s dignity should not be tolerated, no matter what. There is no reason to carry on with this behavior and expect that we will ever be able to unify as a country.  If you disagree with the left’s agenda, then attack the policy.  Same goes if you do not like the right’s agenda.

Of course, I am probably guilty of calling Trump a complete moron a million times by now.  Hell, I’ve called him a fucking rat bastard narcissist who should be tried for treason, but that’s not a threat of violence and can actually be justified with the current evidence.  Maybe, though, I’m not the right person to spread this message of tolerance.  Even still, let’s stop it with the racist bullshit and the violence.  This is a democracy (for now), so let’s use the tools available to us in a respectful, powerful way to get our agendas to progress.