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Influencing Trump: American Politics Off the Rails

Updated on May 27, 2019
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The United States of America's politics affect everyone on the world stage. I spend a lot of time digesting political news.

President Donald J. Trump

45th American President Donald J. Trump
45th American President Donald J. Trump

Flies and Honey

President Trump and I do not share the same sentiments on a great many issues; I believe this may be the case for a many people in the world, but I also believe there are many people out there who do share his opinions on certain issues. Differing opinions do not matter because no two human beings will agree on ever possible topic. What matters is being able to work in the grey areas where two differing sides can agree.

One of the big problems that democrats and republicans have dealing with each other is that both sides do not listen. It is hard to have a conversation with someone who is too busy waiting for the next moment to argue their talking points than hearing what is being said. When both sides are screaming and covering their ears to the other perspectives the result is discord and chaos. You can see this modeled in the current political climate.

The question for people operating in political climate is: how do we actually get someone to want to listen to us? Perhaps respect for the other person is the place to start. You do not have to like someone to work with them to accomplish a goal. This can be a difficult thing to do when you are faced with someone who makes your blood boil, but giving into the seething anger or hatred you may feel will only beget more negative feelings. To get what you want - someone to really hear you - you need to start with respect or at least a place of neutrality.

Getting to a place of neutrality will be impossible if you continue to name call or criticize your political opposition. Calling the people who vote for your opponents "deplorable" or "crazy" will lead to people being unwilling to listen to you. The writer Dale Carnegie states "criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person's precious pride, and rouses resentment."

Living with Lack of Communication

Do you want to listen to someone who demeans you or your opinions?

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Words of Wisdom

Those in glass houses should not throw stones!

- European Proverb

Capable Democrats Can Work with a Republican White House

It has been "reported" that President Trump is highly affected by what is being said about him in the press. Democrats can use what they know about the President and what he wants to get their agenda heard. Criticizing his interests and comparing him to former presidents will do nothing but alienate the President and help create a wider gap between the parties (if that is even possible). The President wants to be loved and respected like any person on the earth. Give him what he wants (a way that he looks good). Provide him with opportunities to take a bipartisan approach and get him to hear your agenda rather than dismissing you for being the enemy.

The United States of America is Better than This
The United States of America is Better than This

Republicans Can See More than Black and White

The current political climate traps Republicans. The brunt of republican/democrat us/them dynamics takes the rainbow out of politics. Republican politicians that may disagree with certain beliefs or opinions that come from the White House or other republican friends have trouble expressing these difference of opinions for fear their loyalty maybe questioned; however, republican like everyone else on earth are different and complex. What they believe differs.

When you label yourself and others you block the truth of a person's complexities. They are reduced to caricature making it hard to operate politically in a distorted reality.

Paintings of Political Colors

Do you paint all democrats or all republicans with the same brush.

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Important Life Lesson

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.

- Dalai Lama

All-Or-None in American Politics

People who thinks in extremes are engaging in distorted thinking because they deny the existence of anyone who exists outside of these extreme ideals. In terms of politics, republicans and democrats, can come to believe ridiculous statements about each other. Have you ever found yourself thinking that all republicans are racists or all democrats want to get rid of the second amendment? If you have you may be caught in a pattern of distorted thinking. You are not alone. Many people seem to be caught up in this political reality. Sitting back and just listening and digesting what other people who think differently than you can help you move out of this binary way of thinking.

Listening to your political friends from the other side of the aisle will make way for a more healthy environment. I think as a nation America has been experiencing a collective mental illness as all-or-none thinking is commonly seen in people with depression and anxiety. This is a huge weight for the American people to bare Hopefully, they will not need to bare this illness much longer. After all, the United States of America is strong passionate country and as a collective capable of understanding.

Before you fume at the next person you disagree with take a moment to hear what is actually being said, not what you believe is being said. Listen.

© 2019 Jen

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      22 months ago

      How can the democrats and the republicans work together for the country or help president Trump. They are diametrically opposed in the way they see how the country should be run.

      The democrats in Toto, along with several member of republican in congress fear the president because he is a wild card. He would like to bring the two parties into coherency and focus on America, and its people. Neither party in the past has shown any interest, much less progress in uniting for the country or the people. That would take them putting country and the people over the party.

      The root cause of this schism lies in the loyal party voter. Until the voters can put the country above the party, the divide will only widen.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      22 months ago from Florida

      Wonderful read, an effort to find the middle ground is a logical goal.

      Many people have been confused for years as to why these politicians seemingly could never get together to give Americans good new laws, trade deals, etc. ... I believe more and more Americans are aware of the truth these days, and its why Congress has such a low approval rating (way lower than Trump).

      Our politicas have become about the citizen VS the elite... the Globalist VS the Nationalist... traditionalist VS deconstructionist

      And for a while, the politicians were able to harbor their favoritism for the Elite (ie - Wall St.) the Globalist (ie - U.N.) the deconstructionist (ie - progressive fifth wave feminism) and co-exist in either party.

      What has been a growing force since 2010 and the Tea Party movement that pushed many entrenched politicians from both parties out, is an awakening, a realization that neither party was serving the interests of the American people, and that outsiders were needed, someone(s) that supported the will of the citizens.

      And Trump became that voice... the non-Globalist, the non-open-borders, the candidate that promised to bring jobs back from China and Mexico.

      This is going on in Europe as well, you can see it in France (yellow vests), Italy, Poland, etc. a growing resistance to what is the elites doing what is best for them, and their wealth, at the expense of the local populaces.

      It is not restricted to America, and is not a result of Democrats VS. Republicans. Although you can see the Parties beggining to reflect this reality, with the Democrats now becoming the Globalist Open-Border party, and the Republicans becoming the Conservative - Nationalist Party.


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