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The Politics of People Dying

When Stephen Paddock massacred people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, both the left and the right showed their ugly side.

On the left, people joked that because the victims were attending a country music festival, they were probably Donald Trump supporters so their deaths were somehow deserved. This basically puts politics ahead of people’s lives, essentially undermining the left’s whole argument that they care about people.

They don’t. The left (and the right) only cares about being the ones in power making choices that others must follow. That’s essentially the process of making laws, but when you place people’s lives as somehow less important than politics, you’re revealing your true self as someone just as uncaring, selfish, and despicable as the other side you rally so much against.

On the right, people were not so strangely quiet on the nature of the gunman. If the gunman had been a Mexican or Muslim, you can be sure people on the right would be quick to claim that the border wall along Mexico could have stopped the disaster or that banning Muslims from the country would have prevented the massacre.

But when the gunman turned out to be an old white man, how come the people on the right didn’t clamor to deport old white man from this country or blame old white men for all the problems currently affecting society?

The reason the right didn’t suddenly demonize old white men is because old white men make up much of the right wing in politics. If they focused on old white men, they would essentially be demonizing themselves, and blaming themselves is the last thing they want to do when it’s so much easier to blame groups of people who are weaker than they are.

It’s always easy to support laws that negatively affect the lives of other people. That’s why so many right wing conservatives have no problems deporting Mexicans or Muslims from this country. As long as other people suffer, the right wing conservatives don’t mind because they benefit from the misery of others.

But right wing conservatives will never pass laws that would cause themselves to suffer, even if their group is to blame (old white man in the case of the Las Vegas shooter). Conservatives only want to pass laws to make others suffer, and that’s the basis of their entire beliefs. Make others suffer so we can live a good life.

The Las Vegas massacre, the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, and the Charleston church shooting were all done by white men, yet nobody has suggested we ban white men from this country for the safety of the public.

Both sides are not innocent in their reaction to the latest mass shooting in Las Vegas, but with the right wing conservatives in power, it’s up to them to craft a reasonable response to protect the safety of everyone, not just their own group that largely consists of white people.

If conservatives were truly interested in protecting the public, their propensity to blame ethnic groups should also demonize white men. Since that hasn’t happened (and never will), you can expect that conservatives (and liberals) simply want their way at the expense of everyone else who doesn’t subscribe to their beliefs.

That means the bulk of Americans are simply selfish people who are quick to blame others for problems and slow to take responsibility for problems they’ve created for others.

This is why democracies die. When people are more interested in perpetuating their own beliefs rather than crafting a coherent, rational response that benefits everyone, you can be certain this country will always be far less than its cherished ideas.

The problem is never just the right or the left, but the people currently in charge. When people finally demand equality just like historical documents like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights claims this country represents, then the world has a chance to become a better place.

Until then, expect people on both sides to put human lives as less important then ideology, and that’s the biggest tragedy that the Las Vegas shooting has created after the deaths of so many innocent people.

The Power of Being Delusional (Book Excerpt)

Chapter 4: The Power of Being Delusional

“When all else fails, there’s always delusion.”

— Conon O’Brien

In Chapter 1, you learned the importance of defining a clear goal that’s so big it will change the world faster than an incompetent, megalomaniac president. In Chapter 2, you learned how to overcome your own self-doubt and the moronic beliefs of others who may try to derail your dreams because they’re too lazy to pursue any worthwhile goals of their own.

In Chapter 3, you learned why a plan is useless for getting you to a goal, but useful in getting you started. Now in this chapter, you’ll learn how to overcome obstacles you’ll face whenever you pursue any goal worth achieving.

These obstacles typically come from other people who will get in your way. Such people exist solely to make life miserable for everyone around them. Because these other people have zero goals and ambition of their own, they delight in stopping real human beings from accomplishing anything worthwhile. To defeat such pests, you need to harness a power greater than anything known to mankind. The only power that can overthrow kingdoms, turn democracies into dictatorships, and erase the collective lessons of the past is none other than delusional thinking.

First, let me say that I’m an expert when it comes to delusional thinking. Everything I write in this chapter comes from personal experience so if there’s anyone more delusional than I am, I have yet to meet that person in a mirror.

The moment you start moving towards a goal, you’re going to run into idiots who will tell you no. Some self-help gurus claim you need to turn all those naysayers into friends. I say just run them over and leave their bloody carcasses behind as roadkill. That will serve as a warning to anyone else who even thinks of getting in your way in the future.

The truth is that unlike me, you can never succeed on your own. With me, it’s different. I do everything myself and take 100 percent of the credit for what someone else may have done for me. With you, you can’t depend on other people doing your work for you and giving you all the credit. Instead, you have to do some of the work yourself.

I know this may sound like a harsh lesson to reality, but it’s the truth. No matter what type of goal you’re pursuing (unless it’s something really stupid), you’re going to run into people I call gatekeepers. (Actually I call these people something else, but the publisher said I can’t use four-letter words because they might “offend” people. Hey, if you’re offended by four-letter words, I’ve got some five-letter words that will really piss you off.)

Gatekeepers are people who have the power to say no but never have the power to do anything useful themselves. Think of eunuchs who guard a king’s concubines but can’t have sex themselves. That’s what gatekeepers are.

The first words out of any gatekeeper’s mouth will always be, “No.” That’s because it’s probably the first word they learned as a baby and they never learned any more words after that.

Gatekeepers are generally afraid of failure, which is ironic because most of them are already failures in my book. Because gatekeepers are afraid of failure, it’s always safer for them to say no to you than to say yes. If they say no, they protect themselves from looking foolish. If they say yes, then they risk looking foolish if you should fail. Therefore gatekeepers will always say no.

There are two ways to get a gatekeeper to say yes. First, you can slap them with a subpoena and threaten to sue the living daylights out of their family, their ancestors, and their future children until they say yes. Since most people don’t have access to an army of lawyers like I do, the second way to get a gatekeeper to say yes is to change their mind. (Good luck with that.)

Do people change their minds easily? No. That’s why they’re idiots. Look at me. I change my mind sometimes within the same sentence. In fact, often I don’t even know what I just said. If you confront me with my own words, I’ll deny I ever said them. That’s because I’m smart enough to know how to change my mind faster than you can use my words against me. That’s a symbol of flexibility and strength.

However, since most people aren’t as smart as me, they’ll always resist changing their mind. To change a gatekeeper’s mind, you must first identify the gatekeeper.

That’s not as easy as you might think because gatekeepers are scaredy cats afraid of being exposed. It’s always easy to make someone say no without facing them. It’s always harder to tell someone no in front of their face.

So the moment you run into an obstacle in pursuit of a goal, look for the gatekeepers who are telling you no. Then kill them. Ha, ha, that’s a joke. No, just sue them. Then find out if that person telling you no is really the person saying no, or just doing the dirty work of someone too chicken to do it himself.

What you need to find is the real person telling you no. Once you find that person, you have to work to change their mind.

Here’s where the power of delusional thinking comes in. First, you have to be delusional to think you can achieve something you’ve never achieved before. If I asked if you could successfully walk to the kitchen and bring back a glass of water, you’d probably say yes. That’s because you’ve done it before.

Now if I ask you to achieve a huge dream, chances are good you’ve never achieved a similar huge dream before. That means if you base your thinking on facts and the past, you’ll think you can’t achieve it. Wrong.

You have to be delusional to reach any goal. Do you think Dorothy wasn’t delusional when she went off to find the Wizard of Oz? Do you think Rocky wasn’t delusional when he tried to fight Apollo Creed for the heavyweight championship of the world? Do you think Luke Skywalker wasn’t delusional when George Lucas told him he couldn’t be a real boy until he blew up the Death Star? Not a chance.

Delusional thinking makes you believe you can achieve anything you want. If you believe that, you’ll actually take action to achieve everything you want. So what if you don’t have the brains, education, skills, or knowledge to achieve your dream. That’s never stopped me.

Now once you run into a gatekeeper who tells you no, most people give up and their dream stops right there. Losers.

Quitters never get what they want. That’s why they’re called quitters. Winners always get what they want. That’s why they’re called winners. You can’t be a winner if you quit any more than you can be a war hero if you get captured by the enemy. That’s just the meaning of the definition.

When you pursue a goal, you’re going to run into gatekeepers who will tell you no. Most people assume that gatekeepers must know what they’re talking about because they’re gatekeepers. That makes as much sense as saying that politicians know what they’re doing just because they got elected. Wrong!

Gatekeepers will tell you no because their job is to protect the time of someone far more important than their pitiful little soul. To bypass the gatekeepers, you need to rely on delusional thinking.

First, you must delude yourself that you’re so important than only an idiot would say no to you. (Since gatekeepers have already said no to you, that proves they’re an idiot.)

Second, you must delude others to believe you’re so important that only an idiot would say no to you. That way if they do say no to you, they’ll feel like an idiot and immediately change their mind to say yes. That’s because people are more concerned about what others think of them than what they think of themselves.

Personally, I think I’m perfect so I don’t care what others think of me. If someone doesn’t like me, that only proves that they’re inferior. If someone thinks I’m perfect, that only shows they have good taste. That’s the power of delusional thinking.

So if you want to get past the gatekeepers in life, you have two options:

  • Find out who the gatekeeper is protecting and approach that person instead
  • Find someone else who can say yes and remember the gatekeeper’s name so you can buy up their apartment or home in the future and evict them

Let’s take the first option first because it’s listed first and items listed first must be a winner. That’s because winners never come in second place or else they would no longer be a winner. Remember that.

How can you approach someone that a gatekeeper is protecting? Easy. Just remember that everyone in the world has a problem. (My problem is that not enough people recognize that I’m the greatest person in the world.)

Since everyone has a problem that causes them pain, everyone wants a solution that removes their pain. So the secret is to find who the gatekeeper is protecting and then find out that person’s biggest pain. Once you know that person’s biggest pain, find a way to remove that person’s pain even if it’s illegal, unethical, or immoral. That’s the way I do business and that’s the way you should too.

When you know a person’s biggest pain, offer a solution to remove that massive pain. Then watch that person gladly run over their own gatekeeper to get to you and your solution. See how easy that is?

Now you may ask yourself, “How can I find out a person’s biggest pain?”

To which I say, “Hey, I told you this much that you didn’t know before. Do I have to do everything for you?”

Since everyone is different, everyone’s biggest pain will be different and finding that out will never be the same from one person to another. There, happy now?

In other words, you have to think for yourself once in a while. If you want step-by-step recipes, buy a cookbook. If you want guidance from me, then you’ll have to accept that I can’t hold your hand through every crisis you’ll run into. Chances are I wouldn’t want to hold your hand anyway unless I can wash my own hand afterwards.

Okay, so you know the best way to get around a gatekeeper is to find who that person’s they’re protecting and then find their biggest pain. Then find a solution to their biggest pain so they’ll be eager to ignore their gatekeeper and say yes to you. Problem solved!

Okay, I know a lot of you are whining that you still don’t know how to find a person’s biggest pain. If you’re not willing to look for your own solutions, skip it and move on to the second option. That means looking for someone who will say yes to you.

Let’s put it in simple terms because most people have simple minds. Suppose you want to date a beautiful Eastern European model. Go up and ask one out for a date.

If she says no, go up to a second model and ask her out. If she says no, go up to a third model and ask her out. When do you stop? When one of them says yes.

Life is simple. The more you persist, the more you’ll succeed. Most people go through life trying to avoid failure. That’s wrong because by trying to avoid failing, you guarantee you’ll never achieve success. That means you guarantee failure, and that makes you a loser.

The only way you can ever succeed is to experience a lot of failure. The more you fail, the more likely you’ll succeed. Just as a roomful of monkeys banging on typewriters will eventually type out a real estate legal contract, so will constant failure eventually open the door to success.

Does failure feel good. No! That’s why I make fun of people who fail because making fun of failures does make you feel good. What happens when other people make fun of you when you fail? Then wait until you succeed eventually. When you become rich and powerful, all the losers who laughed at you will look really stupid in hindsight. That’s the bonus of becoming a winner.

Failure hurts, so that’s where the power of delusional thinking comes in. Keep telling yourself that each time you fail, you get one step closer to success. Is that true? Absolutely not. Do you think Charlie Brown is any closer to kicking a football the more times Lucy yanks the ball away from him? No, but delusional thinking can keep you trying one more time. Each time you fail, delusional thinking can motivate you to keep trying again and again. It never matters how many times you fail. It only matters when you win. Once you win, you’ll always be a winner.

Once you give up, you’ll always be a loser. That’s why you can never give up until you win. The only power strong enough to make losers keep trying is either a slot machine in a Las Vegas casino or delusional thinking.

Don’t think rationally. Be delusional. If it can work for me, it can work for you. I don’t believe that, but if you do, then it will work for you no matter what anyone else thinks anyway.

Embrace the power of delusional thinking. It’s the only path to certain success. Even if you fail, you can delude yourself that you didn’t so you’ll always wind up a winner in your deluded mind anyway. And that’s something no amount of positive thinking can ever overcome.


  • Gatekeepers are people who will always say no to you. Your job is to make them say yes. Failing that, hire someone to kill them.
  • If you can’t get past a gatekeeper, go straight to their boss and see if you can get the boss to fire the gatekeeper for not saying yes to you in the first place.
  • If a gatekeeper says no, find someone else who will say yes. Anyone who says yes to you is a winner. Anyone who says no to you is a loser.
  • If you quit, you’ll always be a loser for eternity. If you keep trying, you’ll always be a success in your own mind even if everyone around you thinks you’re an idiot.
  • It never matters what anyone else thinks about you if you’re delusional.
  • Being delusional is the secret of Donald Trump.

How to F*ck Up Like Donald Trump

Hey everybody! If you admire Donald Trump and don’t mind his behavior, then chances are good you’d like to use Donald Trump as a role model. Better yet, think about how your children could grow up and be exactly like Donald Trump. Think that’s impossible? Absolutely not.

Just start by teaching your kids to disrespect anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Even better, not only disrespect them but blame them for the very same problems you created for yourself. If anyone isn’t obviously 100% enthralled with who you are and your behavior, then they’re obviously been influenced by fake news so the answer is simple. Everyone should believe you just because you tell them to. What could be easier than that?

For those who seek advice on how to become like Donald Trump, there’s now a new book that gives clear guidance for how you (or your kids) can model their actions, thoughts, and behavior to be like Donald Trump.

Called “How to F*ck Up Like Donald Trump,” this book provides clear steps for how you too can achieve massive success in your own life by stepping on others, blaming others for problems you created, taking credit for solutions others created, and insulting your way to the top using fear, hatred, and lies to do it.

If Donald Trump is the type of person you respect, then change your own life to more closely match your hero. After all, if one Donald Trump can bring the world closer to global disaster, think of what an entire nation of Donald Trump imitators could do to bring down honesty, respect, and courtesy across the planet and even the solar system? (Think big. That’s the Donald Trump way.)

So be sure to pick up your copy of “How to F*ck Up Like Donald Trump” today! You won’t be disappointed, unless, of course, fake news tries to convince you otherwise.

Donald Trump Goes Overseas

If the title of this blog post sounds like a Dr. Seuss children’s book title, you’re right. Donald Trump is heading to the Middle East for his first overseas trip as President and he’s not happy about it. The reason is simple.

Donald Trump wants to be in control. When he’s in his own hotels or resorts, he’s totally in control because his staff knows what foods he likes and he knows what to expect from living on his own properties.

Now when he goes overseas, he must stay in a strange hotel, eat unfamiliar foods, and follow a rigid schedule that he didn’t  create. No wonder Donald Trump prefers that others fly to meet him rather than him flying to meet other foreign leaders.

In the comfort of his own world, Donald Trump can control everything from the food and sleeping accommodations to the schedule. When Donald Trump goes overseas, all of those familiar landmarks disappear. Imagine taking a little kid’s security blanket away from him and forcing him to stay in a strange home, eating unfamiliar foods, and following a schedule that forces him to be somewhere at all times. That’s a complete loss of freedom and that’s why Donald Trump has shied away from overseas traveling.

So what can we expect from any overseas trip taken by Donald Trump? First, expect a lot of rudeness, arrogance, and disrespect to other cultures and world leaders. Donald Trump knows what he likes and what others will give him will be something he doesn’t like.

Give an immature kid something they don’t like and what will happen? They’ll eventually throw a temper tantrum and misbehave. All we have to do is look at the pictures of Donald Trump’s face as he meets various world leaders to see how much he dislikes being out of control of his own life.

Besides acting immature and throwing temper tantrums, we can also expect Donald Trump to say something inconsiderate at best, or downright rude at worse. That’s because Donald Trump has no problems saying what’s on his mind because he’s used to people accepting that.

In the sanctuary of the Trump Towers, Donald Trump gets his way all the time. In the unfamiliar setting of a foreign country, Donald Trump will never get his way all the time and that’s going to make him uncomfortable. When Donald Trump gets uncomfortable, he’s going to act out with the wrong choice of words or with the wrong choice of action.

Donald Trump doesn’t know how to behave in public because he’s never had to do so in his entire life. What would happen if you brought an unruly infant to a church service? Would that toddler stay quiet so others could enjoy the service? Or would that toddler scream, cry, throw things, and whine until he gets what he wants?

What do you think will happen when Donald Trump goes overseas? Whatever does happen, chances are good it’s going to be memorable in one form or another.

This is history in the making. What’s more enjoyable than watching the slow-motion train wreck of Donald Trump going overseas is watching Donald Trump’s supporters (Fox News) try to emphasize only the positive elements of this trip while completing ignoring the negative aspects.

The next few days should be amusing for everyone except for Donald Trump. If his behavior doesn’t mimic a spoiled brat, then we can truly say Donald Trump has grown into the presidency. But chances are, we’ll never have to say that because it won’t happen. You can thank Donald Trump for that.

Free Speech Means Tolerance

The University of California Berkeley has long been known to be a liberal hotspot along with much of the San Francisco area. Sadly, recent events reveal that liberals can be as intolerant of opposing ideas as conservatives.

First, right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was supposed to speak at the campus in an event not officially sanctioned by the university, but allowed. Unfortunately, protesters caused $100,000 worth of damage to the campus and forced Milo to cancel his talk.

Now whether you agree with Milo or not, he has the right to speak his mind and others have a right to listen to him. Everybody has a right to protest but nobody has a right to cause physical damage to property or other people. Free speech is essentially about listening to others because if we refuse to listen to others, we can never talk and compromise and find ways to work together.

This same pattern of intolerance repeated itself when right-wing commentator Ann Coulter planned to speak at the University of California Berkeley, and the university canceled her appearance under the excuse of safety issues.

How sad is it when free speech can not be protected no matter whether it’s from the right or left? Free speech is not dangerous. Violence based on the ideas of the right or left is dangerous.

Everyone has the right to free speech. Even hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan can say whatever they want. The danger of blocking free speech from others is that it simply galvanizes them into hardening their stances against the opposition.

Imagine if the University of California Berkeley allowed Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter to speak while protesters peacefully demonstrated outside? Now people could hear what these people had to say and challenge them with questions.

Most likely any questions would fail to change anyone’s mind but the act of allowing a conversation to occur is the cornerstone of democracy. No matter who you are, you will never agree 100% with anyone. However, you have no right to stop someone else from expressing their views peacefully, and by allowing others to speak, you can question their ideas and engage in a civil conversation.

Communication is essential and you never want to deny anyone the right to speak, even if their ideas are totally contrary to what you believe. The first step to tolerance is accepting that others hold opinions that you may not. The second step to tolerance is being strong enough to let others speak their mind while challenging or protesting their ideas if you choose.

Hate speech is protected simply because you never want a single authority to define what type of speech should be banned. The moment you allow one authority to define what’s right and what’s wrong, you’re headed down the path to authoritarian control, and that’s never a good step for any country to take.

Vote for Laws That Only Hurt Others

It’s impossible to use logic and reason when discussing politics or religion unless both sides are willing to use logic and reason. As soon as one side resorts to dogma, then all conversation shuts down.

One huge reason why the world is constantly screwed up is because of the way people vote. Generally most people vote like this:

  • If the law hurts me, then it’s bad.
  • If the law hurts others, who cares?

The problem with voting and making decisions this way is that it’s selfish and ultimately self-defeating. If you support laws that hurt others, those same hurtful, unfair laws could eventually turn around and hurt you too.

That’s why organizations like the ACLU protest for the rights of Ku Klux Klan members to march in public. It’s not that the ACLU supports the KKK’s message or beliefs, but that the ACLU supports the right for anyone to freely express their opinion without being restricted by law.

If KKK members are free to march in public, those rights also extend to everyone else as well. Thus laws that can help enemies can also help you. Of course, the opposite holds true as well. if you support laws that only hurt others, those same laws can be used to hurt you.

How many Jews voted for Hitler? It’s highly unlikely that absolutely zero Jews voted for Hitler and far more likely that at least some Jews voted for Hitler because they liked his message about the economy and ignored his message of anti-Semitism. This is little different than what recently occurred in Indiana when Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant.

Helen’s logic was that Trump’s immigration stance would only hurt other people, not her. Then the government turned around and deported her husband.

The lesson is clear. If you support the rights of others, even your enemies, then you’re protecting your own rights. Likewise if you support laws that hurt others, those same laws can be used to hurt you.

A huge majority of people vote for candidates who they think will pass laws that only hurt others. Trump supporters want stricter laws that hurt Mexicans, Muslims, and gays, completely ignoring the fact that those stricter laws can hurt them too. The general way of thinking is that it’s okay to pass draconian laws that make others suffer just as long as they don’t bother me.

That type of thinking is selfish and shameful, yet far too common. For anyone to think so selfishly is simply an indication of who they really are, and it’s definitely not highlighting them as a decent person.

Anyone who wants laws that hurt others because they think those laws won’t hurt them is ultimately evil. If that’s the way you think too, then you’re part of the problem too.

To get people to pass laws that are fair is an impossible task because most people are selfish and foolish. This is the reason why more people prefer talking to their dogs and cats than to most members of the human race.

To read more about the woman who supported Donald Trump and then had her husband deported, click here.

The Lesson of Vichy France

When Hitler and Nazi Germany conquered France at the beginning of World War Two, the Germans divided France into an occupied zone and a free zone. This free zone was governed largely by a puppet government that supposedly was independent but was mostly cooperative with the Nazis. Now the big question anyone must ask themselves is why would anyone, conquered by an enemy, suddenly turn around and willingly cooperate with their conquerors?

Some French people fled and fought with the British and Russians against the Nazis. Many other French people stayed in France and formed the French Resistance that sabotaged Nazi plans and rescued Allied airmen whose planes were shot down over France. These French Resistance members risked their lives to continue fighting against the Nazis.

Yet who were the people governing Vichy France who would eagerly and openly cooperate with their Nazi conquerors? To answer this question, ask yourself this. If America were conquered by Nazi Germany today, which type of people would be far more likely to cooperate with the Nazis?

First, which group of people in America fear and hate minorities such as Jews, the disabled, homosexuals, and immigrants?

Second, which group of people in America believe that women are not equal and should stay at home?

Third, which group of people in America believe that safety can only occur by shutting down borders, that a free press is a direct threat to the government, and that labor unions should be abolished?

If you’re still having a hard time answering these questions, then chances are good you fall into that group of Americans who would be most likely to support the Nazis if they conquered the United States.

In France, the Vichy French government that cooperated with the Nazis consisted largely of right-wing, conservatives because the beliefs of the Nazis largely mirrored their own conservative beliefs. Thus when given permission by the Nazis to pursue their own conservative agenda against their own people, the Vichy France government had no problems cooperating with the Nazis.

So if everyone agrees that the Nazis were evil, then what does that say about any group of people whose own ideas and beliefs largely mirror those same ideas that the Nazis embraced?

In the United States, which group of people would be far more likely to cooperate with the Nazis because they share similar beliefs? Liberals or conservatives? Left-wing extremists or right-wing extremists? Democrats or Republicans?

If you accept the belief that the Nazis were evil, then you must also accept the belief that anyone who embraces the same principles of the Nazis must also be evil. If so, what does that say about the people of Vichy France who embraced the Nazis?

More importantly, what does that say about the people in America today who would be more likely to cooperate with the Nazis if they had a chance to do so?

To learn more about Vichy France, click here.

Don’t Fear Donald Trump, Fear His Supporters

The real problem is never Donald Trump or any leader, but the people around him who give him permission to do greater and greater horrors. After all, Hitler couldn’t round up 6 million Jews and exterminate them by himself. North Korea isn’t an oppressive dictatorship because of one dictator, but because a literal army of people agree to keep the current oppressive system in place for their own selfish reasons.

The two biggest threats are always:

  • People who directly benefit from the actions of the dictator (currently most of the Republicans)
  • People who agree to go along with the dictator because they keep hoping it won’t turn out badly after all, even after all evidence indicates that things are heading in the wrong direction

At what point did Germans realize Hitler went too far? Even though many Germans knew of Jewish persecution, the roundup of Jews, and even the extermination of Jews, how many Germans continued to accept Hitler as their leader?

Donald Trump isn’t a threat by himself but by his giving permission for his supporters and followers to blatantly violate both American and human values. It’s no surprise that the number of attacks on Jewish community centers and cemeteries has skyrocketed since Trump’s election. Donald Trump didn’t do this. His followers and supporters did because they now believe it’s okay to openly express their hatred towards others because, as they often say, “their candidate won.”

The closest supporters of Donald Trump are the ones directly benefiting from his actions, such as his own family members (Ivanka Trump whose clothing line is manufactured in Asia, which Donald Trump and the rest of the Republicans conveniently ignore while Trump browbeats other companies for not building factories in America).

Another group benefiting from Donald Trump are the Republicans whose grip on power allows them to push forward their own agenda. Whether they agree with Donald Trump or not is irrelevant since they aren’t actively opposing him.

Yet these closest supporters of Trump are still powerless to change the country. That’s why the greatest threat to the American Constitution isn’t Donald Trump or his closest followers, but his many supporters who want to discriminate against others and want a reason to justify their own fear and ignorance.

These are the people who are spraying Nazi graffiti on Jewish properties and yelling profanities at others in public. Yet even these people aren’t as dangerous as the silent people who simply refuse to oppose Donald Trump for various reasons that generally fall under the category of “He’s our President so we have to support him.”

Remember, Adolf Hitler was once democratically elected to power so the many Germans who refused to oppose him were simply helping him by not trying to stop him. These Germans could also have said, “Hitler is our leader so we have to support him.”

It’s the silent and accepting majority that’s the real danger to this country. Any group of people who willingly and knowingly look the other way while allowing any leader to cause misery, pain, and suffering to the weakest members of society is simply complicit in that leader’s own vile actions and agenda. Not speaking up is not as bad as actively rounding up immigrants and separating children from their mothers, but by not standing up for others, this silent majority remains the biggest danger to freedom of all.

It’s the duty of every American to speak up when they disagree with their leaders. Failing to do so means tactic acceptance and approval, and you can see how far the silent majority of Germans allowed Hitler to go with the Nazi party.

So the question today is this. How far can Donald Trump (or any President) go before you’ll believe he no longer has the best interests of this country at heart?

For many Trump supporters, they’ll always believe Trump has the country’s interests at heart, even in the face of contradictory evidence. Yet for many others, where will you draw the line?

Many Germans never drew the line with Hitler and allowed him to go completely unchecked. How far will Donald Trump go with the silent permission of Americans?

The “Safety” of the Latest Donald Trump Travel Ban

President Trump signed an executive order Friday night to keep refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations out for three months.

Supposedly this is to make the country safer. Unless, of course, you question how can a travel ban make this country safer when it only lasts 120 days? That’s like locking your front door four hours every night but leaving it unlocked the rest of the time. Will putting a temporary ban make this country safer? Is 120 days a long enough time period for this country to come up with a more rigorous vetting process?

Even more puzzling is that this travel ban doesn’t target the countries where the 9/11 terrorists actually came from, specifically Saudi Arabia (fifteen hijackers), United Arab Emirates (two hijackers), Lebanon (one hijacker) and Egypt (one hijacker). If we’re really interested in making this country safer, why not target the countries where the terrorists are actually coming from? After all, Osama bin Laden was from Saudi Arabia and Richard Reid (the attempted shoe bomber terrorist) was from England, so to really keep this country safe, let’s ban people from Saudi Arabia and England as well.

Then again, the last year hasn’t brought any terrorist attacks from Muslims against Americans, but Jewish centers are facing real threats from fellow Americans right now. Rather than enact a travel ban to protect us against potential threats, shouldn’t we be spending time confronting actual threats to Jewish centers?

Of course, that requires using logic and that’s in serious short supply among the Trump Administration. After all, Trump garnered the support of white nationalists who dislike Jews so it’s likely the biggest threat to Jewish-Americans comes from the people who support Donald Trump in the first place.

So if we really want to make this country safe, Donald Trump should enact a ban against white nationalists currently living in America. That would go a long way towards making this country safe and would have the added bonus of deporting Donald Trump himself out of the White House and out of the country.

You know, for security reasons until we can figure this whole vetting process out.

Why You Can Never Use Facts With a Donald Trump Supporter

People like to believe that they’re logical, rational, intelligent creatures. Then again, people like to believe in Noah’s Ark, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny as well.

The fact is that when people make a decision, they often do so with no idea whether they’re making the right decision or not because they have no idea how much (or how little) information they actually have to base their decisions on.

Because people don’t know how much they know or don’t know about a given topic, they can only make decisions based on incomplete data. The problem isn’t that everyone uses incomplete data but that far too many people believe they’re making rational decisions based on complete information.

That’s like crossing a busy highway, believing you’re invincible to getting hit by a car, and then getting hit by a car. The moment you fool yourself into believing you’re 100% right when you’re not, that’s where the problem comes in.

Once people make decisions based on incomplete data and fool themselves into believing they’re making obviously logical choices using complete data (when they’re not), the next slippery slope to delusional thinking occurs when people identify with their choices.

Instead of making a decision (based on incomplete data and being aware of it) and being willing to look for facts that may contradict their beliefs like a scientist testing a hypothesis, most people come to a decision based on incomplete data, then identify with their decisions.

If you confront these people with facts that contradict their beliefs, they’ll simply ignore any and all facts. Once many people make up their minds, they’ll actively and rabidly resist changing their minds because that would mean admitting they were initially wrong, and being wrong means a loss of identity and ego.

So the next time you run across a Donald Trump supporter, don’t bother parading facts to make your case because facts will never change the mind of someone who steadfastly believes they’re  always right all the time. Facts simply remind them that they could be wrong and admitting being wrong is a direct threat to a person’s identity.

Can you change someone’s identity? Nope, and because far too many people associate their beliefs with their identity, you can never change someone’s beliefs either, even with a mountain of facts. As long as you threaten someone’s identity, they’ll never listen to you and will likely dig in and further entrench themselves with their mistaken beliefs because holding on to a mistaken belief is far better (in their minds) than admitting they could possibly be wrong.

This innate fear of being wrong is what limits people. As long as you’re afraid of being wrong, it’s far better not to try anything at all. If you do nothing, you’ll never be wrong. (You’ll never be right either, but that’s besides the point with people who fear being wrong.)

If you fear being wrong, you’ll defend your beliefs with violence if necessary. Education and facts can never overcome stubbornness and fear, and that’s exactly what motivates so many people.

Confronting people with facts will never change their minds because they’re already convinced that they’re already right. Trying to change someone’s fixed mind is like trying to change the mind of a rock. The only difference is that a rock still has the possibility of changing for the better.

To read more about why people dislike being wrong, click here.