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America the Great - the Sequel? Has Trump's in office actually started to make America "great" again?
How do you feel about Americas future over the next four years?
After nearly 8 months after Donald Trump won the electoral college and became the 2017 President of the United States, I've yet to see any truly great AND concrete achievements or positive outcomes that have resulted from his administration.
And while I'm certainly not even a tiny fan of Trump as a person or a politician (let alone being the figurehead of the country), I am also not fond of discounting the positive outcomes achieved by a person, even if they're minor, accidental or few in number. So, just as I have done with Obama, Bush, both Clinton's, Sanders and other spotlight politicians -- I will stand up for the areas where they have manifested something positive for everyone involved, regardless of whether or not it aligns with my own ideological values or not. I'm fond of my party, but not of partisanship. It rarely results in positive long-term decision making or voting habits, to base your judgements and future votes on party or personal taste alone.
Like a broken clock being 'on time' at least twice a day, even the most tyrannical of dictators throughout global history, have done, said, thought of, or caused some pretty darn good things to happen which achieved positive outcomes for the majority of people.
In the case of Donald Trump, there is at least one absolutely undeniably positive outcome that has already clearly manifested just 8 months after he took office -- and while I'm sure it will certainly not be the first thing that came to your mind, once you learn what that positive thing is, you probably won't be surprised. You aren't likely to even be drawn to try and deny this truth (even if that was possible), even if you're the most passionate and ardent opponent of all things Trump, regardless of their merit if your candidate had proposed them.
No. This truth is undeniable and is probably one of the best things that could've happened to our country, which I doubt anyone could've predicted would happen. Especially considering this positive outcome seems like it would've been much more likely to have been achieved by Obama's two terms in office, either on purpose or as a by product of the cultural evolution of voters.
Though strangely (and almost sadly), Obama isn't able to lay claim to this remarkable achievement, nor is any other POTUS since Andrew Jackson, as a mostly impoverish, under-educated and 'under groomed' yet moderately famous war hero, unexpectedly broke the Elitist choke hold on the US Government during and prior to aristocrat John Quincey Adams first and last term.
You know, I've been thinking about this amazing achievement that's birthed itself in the world as a by product of a Trump presidency (which I'll go into detail about in just a few more minutes), and it really got me to thinking... What is that supposedly made America "great" in the first place, that if achieved once again, might bring back that "greatness"?I mean... Let's briefly
I mean... Let's briefly enterain this thought, and try to examine it from a logical and sensible perspective for a minute. The original intention of the founding fathers was to secure these lands and liberate them from the control and manipulation of the British Empire. Once that was achieved, after some ensuing hot and vigorous debates throughout the colonies, it was consensually decided that a Constitution would be written, that would help preserve the rights and respect they fought so hard to have. In order to protect their work, the best and
The original intention of the founding fathers was to secure these lands and liberate them from the control and manipulation of the British Empire. Once that was achieved, after some ensuing hot and vigorous debates throughout the colonies, it was consensually decided that a Constitution would be written, that would help preserve the rights and respect they fought so hard to have. In order to protect their work, the best and most fairest form of governance they could agree on, was a Federal Representative Constitutional Republic. A system meant to encourage people to have a hand in or at least be involved with their local leadership. The whole community, in fact, was meant to participate regularly in civic duties. It was only by designing a system that required the active regular participation of so many Americans, that the founders felt they could achieve a system of governance that would prevent either mob rule or oligarchy. Act participation from voters and politicians alike, was meant as another type of 'check and balance', designed to maintain balance and ensure that as many people are represented as possible; a goal that revolutionaries fought hard for, in their desire to at least be able to have some say in what happens in their lives and to redress or create changes in how they are governed -- especially if they were going to be taxed for their money either way.
It was this idea and initial idea that was supposed to make America truly so "great" at the time they intellectually labored to design and ratified the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Had there not been rampant slavery and cultural & religious exceptionalism still thriving throughout the lands at the time, the Founders might have been able to have achieved something similar during their own terms. Though it wasn't until much later when people finally realized and felt motivated to get personally and directly involved with their local and federal government. Before then, knowledge of political happenings and histories was required by students and adults alike, but outside of that, it was presumed that politicians would make all the decisions for people, including chosing who would be able to run for the office of President.
And being such a new system, no one really thought about how strange it was that they openly didn't really get a say in who would be their next commander in chief. At least not until Andrew Jackson found himself royally peeved at being told off for wanting a shot at becoming the POTUS, because it was supposedly John Quincey Adam's "turn" to be put in the oval office. He ran anyways, but lost to the electoral college. He didn't stop there though, and did his research, finding out that the only way to beat the electoral college was to win the popular vote (yes, that used to be the way it worked). Problem was, most people either didn't care to vote or didn't know they had more options for POTUS, which is why they just trusted their Electoral Delegates to choose for them. Jackson had to work harder than any other president before him (and even most after him), to inspire and motivate people to believe an old war hero could lead them to prosperity while preserving their essential liberties and keeping crony elitists out of the government.
Though through some innovative campaigning techniques (for that era), Jackson managed to win the hearts and minds of enough voters to get the popular vote, and even several electoral votes -- resulting in his election to office, for better and for worse.
The rest of that is history though, and I won't expand on the details in this particular hub. Though I feel that this snippit of Jackson's story is truly relevant, because he achieved the same thing that Trump absentmindely achieved -- They both inspired otherwise ordinary people to get directly involved in public offices and processes, not just because it was obviously needed, but because these people genuinely felt that if an old ungroomed war vet or an uncooth billionaire reality TV star could run and actually win the highest office in the land because people were so absolutely tired of the elitist status quo, then there should be no reason that a regular average Joe or Joanna, ought to be able to run and win too.
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Trump election was pretty far-reaching. After seeing such a person run and win his election, how do you feel about your own chances if you ran for a local office?
If he can do it, I can do it better! Or.. at least not any worse...
More and more these days, I hear of or meet someone new, who has decided to take the plunge and to dive head first into public service.
Granted, there was already a rise in third party candidates hitting the pavement and picking up phones for doorbelling and dollar dialing. Though those increases alone, are only a portion of the overall increase in civic participation across the country. Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Communists, Greens, Independents, Libertarians. All notable national parties have seen an increase in the numbers of local candidates running for a wide variety of offices, as everyday people look at Trump and see what feels like an extremely improbable victory. Then they look back at the options they had in 2016, and that gets them thinking about the elitist circus our government has become.
Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Communists, Greens, Independents, Libertarians. All notable national parties have seen an increase in the numbers of local candidates running for a wide variety of offices, as everyday people look at Trump and see what feels like an extremely improbable victory. Then they look back at the options they had in 2016, and that gets them thinking about the elitist circus our government has become.
Both of those combined, draws the mind to the fact that if there's any chance to salvage our current system of government and get the country back into an equally prosperous and liberated state, then we need new people to get involved. Preferably good and decent people with a strong sense of compassion balanced with strengths in pragmatism. The next thought to enter the mind, is if there are any newbie politicians who've already managed to get into an office, who might not have yet been corrupted and who might be able to create some positive changes. With few names coming to mind for most logical voters, the next set of thoughts usually starts out with the mind traveling through inner pictures of friends and family. Of anyone outside of the self, who seems like they would do a good job and really stand up for people. Though most decent and sensible people, after realizing that there aren't any 'perfect' candidates out there, then begin to think about how shameful it is to be trying to find someone else to push such a great burden onto. Even just a small town city council position can be a huge responsibility and source of extreme stress. That's not something you'd normally wish on even your worst opponents.
Though most decent and sensible people, after realizing that there aren't any 'perfect' candidates out there, then begin to think about how shameful it is to be trying to find someone else to push such a great burden onto. Even just a small town city council position can be a huge responsibility and source of extreme stress. That's not something you'd normally wish on even your worst opponents.
So then the mind begins to think, < I'm the one who sees the problems and what needs to be done... I'm the one who wants things to change and who will likely complain the most if things don't change soon... Maybe I should be the one running...>
But then again... you don't have any politicial experience... and you've never really gone to political events or worked with any relevant organizations... plus, you have so many socially unacceptable habits... I mean, who would vote for you?
Then the wrinkly and often puckered profile of Donald's face comes back into your mind's eye, and you think to yourself, < It shouldn't have been possible for Trump to win. He's rude, uneducated, and has zero official political experience. His policies are draconian, questionable and often unconstitutional. He's openly and proudly displayed his tendencies to lie, cheat, steal, and say horrific things about just about anyone, and people were already pretty sure he was colluding with the Russians - before - they elected him to office. >
< It shouldn't have been possible for him to have won. >
< He won anyways... >
And that was really only made possible by the fact that the DNC was so overrun by crony progressive elitists, and they felt they knew what was best for everyone -- which just so happened to be the last thing they wanted -- a corrupt crony career politicians with a history of predjudice, impetuousness, tyrannical, and duplicitous patterns. A woman who was ideologically much closer to being a traditional progressive republican than any form of liberal - least of all a democrat. A politician who'd already been setting the international stage through her two terms as Secretary of State, intentionally instigated squirmish with Russia and various other middle eastern states. A supposedly public 'servant' who refused to speak to the public for anything less than $25,000 speaking fees and $2500 plates; who tried to keep quiet her belief that she must have two different personas ready at all times - 1 for corporate and industry leaders and investors, and a 2nd one for the public. Her candidness in those private speeches were supposedly meant to indicate that her 'real' persona was being shown to the room of cronies, which would then mean that her 'public persona' was all a lie, and was intentionally designed to fool American's into believing she was the 'lesser evil'.
It was the DNC's choice to wave Sander's in the face of disenfranchised democratic voters who were ready to be done with the corrupt politics of dirty democrats, and it was their choice to force him out when they were ready for Clinton to take the center stage -- leaving liberal voters with a politician who, starting from the beginning of her campaign, was never even inferred to as the 'greater good'. Not a single celebrity friend or even the most ardent Clinton supporters, found themselves able to overcome the obvious problem with an election between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump >> there was no Greater "Good" between those two. Only two different but equally insideous forms of evil, that left supporters and opponents alike, fighting over which of their candidates was truly the "lesser" evil and by that qualification, more deserving of being elected...
By the time most electoral votes had already been counted, the truth became clearer. Many republicans and other conservatives obviously felt that their candidate was the lesser evil, and most Democrats decided that both candidates were so horrific and the system so impossible to penetrate this election cycle -- so they left the POTUS box unchecked, or stayed home all together.
So we had an unlikely, uneducated, clearly corrupt and sexist candidate who went up against an experienced, groomed, educated and matyred woman, and won not because he earnstly deserved the office or did anything of concrete merit to have helped society -- but because voters pretty much gave up and left the office of POTUS virtually up to a coin toss (another unlikely event).
Lemonaid out of Potato Blight...
That says a lot about how voters are feeling right now, especially in relationship to people's willingness to consider newer candidates, especially those with unconventional or even seemingly 'radical' policy proposals and social solutions. People are tired of being tread on, and many now recognize that if you want something you've never had, you have to try something you've never tried before. In this instance, that often translates to being much more open to new candidates, new parties, new causes, and new sources of information.
That sort of openness is not common in our republic, as partisanship has long since been a loyal collectivists wet dream -- mostly impenetrable from the outside or inside. Even folks who think of themselves as being open to other ideas, candidates or parties, often still fall back on their main party (for many reasons). So for our country to have reached a point where the public is genuinely open and actively looking to give someone new a chance, is an amazing time in America.
A time when truly anything is possible. A time when the decisions and choices of everyday Americans really do matter and could mean all the difference in the world when it comes to salvaging and healing our longstanding Constitution and Country. or letting everything continue to careen off the cliff, while more and more people join
A time when the decisions and choices of everyday Americans really do matter and could mean all the difference in the world when it comes to salvaging and healing our longstanding Constitution and Country. or letting everything continue to careen off the cliff, while more and more people join Sucession Movements, or the Convention of States movement which would completely abolish any old forms of government and give America it's first real do-over since the Revolutionary War. I'd imagine that for most sensible Americans, the thought of running for office and
I'd imagine that for most sensible Americans, the thought of running for office and commiting to such huge personal and public responsibilities, is a lot less scary of a choice to make, then continuing to allow the elitist blackhole to finish consuming our supposedly democratic republic. And the difference between this moment and any other past moment when an everyday ordinary American citizen has thought the same thing, is that with a guy like Trump having successfully been elected to the
And the difference between this moment and any other past moment when an everyday ordinary American citizen has thought the same thing, is that with a guy like Trump having successfully been elected to the hgihest office in the land, it makes it feel like the bar is and always has been a lot lower than progressive elitists have made it appear to be - which is true.
Could the very essence of this whole vibration be the start of something we've needed for a very long time -- Political Evolution?
No Litmus Tests...
Our country is unique in many ways, but outside of the right to bear arms, one of the most unique parts of our governmental system, is that there are zero litmus tests or other requirements to run for any office -- except age, at the federal level -- at least as far as the constitution clearly lays out. They did this specifically to prevent there being any really high bars that would prevent the average citizen from getting involved in the very systems that govern them. Having any intelligence tests, philosophical tests, or other seemingly innocuous expectations or obstacles guarding the path to public service, has historically always lead to tyranny from the top. Whereas with an open forum for everyone, at worst, you might see a few nitwits take up an office or two. Though with proper checks and balances in place and complimented with a vigilant and politically active public body, there's very little damage that just a few nitwits could manage to do.
The only true obstacles set in place, are the ones setup by progressive elitists and aristocratic oligarchs, and most of those obstacles just concern exorbinent candidate filing fees; a barrier that has so far successfully kept most average Joe's and Jane's from running. It's constitutionally questionable as to whether or not they should be allowed to do just that, though with modern fundraising becoming easier and easier through growing crowdsourcing sites, even money is not as much of a barrier that it used to be.
Anyone who's over 35 who has enough enthusiasm for running, can get out there and do it. And if someone like Trump can win, there's no reason they couldn't win and even fewer reasons why they should hold themselves back for lack of elitist qualifications.
And that's the way it should've been all along. The government only exists with the consent of the governed, and if the governed wish to keep that consensual and don't wish for that to system to be maintained through forced or coerced consent -- then the government must be comprised of governed citizens from all cohorts (rich, poor, highly educated, under educated, elders, youngers, liberals, conservatives, indies, etc, etc...). It's the only way to ensure that the greatest number of people are represented and involved in the application and enforcement of government. The more diverse and involved the citizenry is in government, the less likely it is that any minority will be truly oppressed or given any special privileges over any other.
Other notably strange but necessary side effects...
If you can believe, there are some other good and necessary things that have manifested as a by product of the Trump Tyranny. Namely, citizens have actively begun to plan for their own cities, states and counties to be self sufficient without any assistance from the federal government. Furthermore, previously disregarded services that the polis handed off to the federal government to manage (and ruin) -- like PBS, are now being picked up by fervent grassroots orgs and average everyday citizens who love and actually use those services. And those services are getting such a higher quality of financial and social support, they're actually becoming successful again and are able to offer higher quality services in return. Even issues like protecting the environment, are getting much more thorough attention from citizens, enough to have several states, counties and citizens actively seeking to design robust and citizen supported systems of environmental protection and responsibility, which do not require the assistance or enforcement of federal government. So far, these citizen carried systems show tenfold the success in protecting the environment, than any system previously employed by any government -- which mostly resulted in great destruction anyways.
So aside from more good and decent people getting involved in government up and down the ballots, we're also seeing extremely helpful services, which were previously taken for granted and left in the idle hands of the gov, are actually getting the support and resources they need to provide support and resources to everyone and everything they originally set out to help.
No lack of Irony...
If Murphy's law is true, than it certainly applies often within our government. A great example of this, is just how often we elect presidents and higher public servants who appeared to be the most benevolent and experienced officials we could ever elect, and it turns out that they are often dirtier than dung beetles and get us into more trouble than anyone else would've been capable of doing. So it makes sense, that upon electing won of the worst individuals who could've ever been elected to the highest office in the land, that Murphy would apply his law there as well -- instead of turning a seemingly positive political administration into a corrupt cabinet full of cronies and aristocrats, Murphy takes an openly malevolent admins dirty deeds into unexpectedly positive outcomes for a great number of very surprised groups of people.
The true irony in this whole situation, is not just that these services and even government itself is run much more pragmatically, equally and harmonically by average citizens (as many highly qualified philosophers, economists, and groups like the Libertarians have been saying all along). No, the true irony is that these positive outcomes have come about not from the election of some great and noble leader who built up people's confidence and inspired them to come up with ways to better care for everyones needs without government -- but rather unexpectedly, they came about through the election of a terribly troublesome and toddler-like tyrant. An openly authoritarian dictator who inspires nothing more than disgust, fear and rebellion from sensible citizens.
As mentioned above, these 'side effects' are the sort of outcomes one might have expected to see manifest during the largely inspirational terms of Barrack Obama, who proved that no matter where you start out in life (if you work hard enough), YES -- you can become anything you want to when you grow up, including the President of the United States.
America the Great - the Sequel?
Will this make America "Great" Again?
Should these trends continue, I think that these unexpectedly good outcomes from Trumps preferably last term, do hold the potential of making America "great" again -- though not likely in any sense of the way that Trump or his supporters intended it to mean.
No, I'm talking about that greatness in the sense that the founding fathers intended for it to be (minus the racism or classism still rampant at the time) -- a greatness only achieved by a liberated and politically active body of citizens, who maintain their constant vigilance and teach future generations to do the same -- as not only does that work out better for the whole of the public, but you never know when a tyrant might again schlep their way into high and important offices where good intentions are easily abused and manipulated.
Should the wider public truly become conscious of the potential to take back the country and keep it equal, free and just for all who live in it (or are soon to be living it), simply by becoming more self-sufficient, limiting all government authority, becoming more active in that limited government, and keeping themselves deeply educated and aware of political happenings so as to be able to spot future tyrants trying to squeeze their way in -- then I do believe it is truly possible that Trump's campaign slogan might actually turn out to manifest a harmonious, prosperous and diversely equal future for America, rather than the racist, sexist, draconian and cronyized country that Trump and those who heard his dogwhistle calls, originally intended to bring about.
Giving some serious thought to running for an office yourself?
Should you decide to even just dip your toes in, I highly recommend the Political Brain, especially if you're a fan of Audible. I got the hard copy and the audible version and found myself actually pretty enchanted by this guide to the emotional minds of voters. Some of the terms are actually out of date, just so that your forewarned, but it all still applies with some simple tweaks in your mind as your read or listening.