Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Compares Donald Trump to Castro

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is a well-known detractor of Donald Trump. After promising to make Mexico pay for the border wall, Fox was very outspoken that Trump “was not welcome in Mexico” and adamant that Mexico will “never pay for that fucking wall.”

In a Fox News interview Fox compared Trump to Fidel Castro on Tuesday, calling both men “authoritarian” leaders. Fox said. “They lie, they cheat, they are false prophets, they promise many things but they are not going to be able to comply.”

At least Vicente Fox is not afraid to speak the truth and will not back down. Watch the interview below:

 

 

I Listened and I Watched, Now I Will Do My Part…

Perfect response to the question “what do we do now?” after Donald Trump’s election and Republican House and Senate wins.

I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.
Them. The people who voted for him.
The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that they never forget.
And they will hear me.
They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
They will know that I know who they are.
They will know that I know what they are.
Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Drumpf’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s.
I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were “entirely unwilling to give.”
– Author unknown.

Trump and Republicans Do Not Deserve Our Support

After a very unconventional and offensive campaign, the 2016 election is over. Donald Trump is the President Elect and Republicans have won the majority in both the House and Senate. The Republicans and their supporters, including some media, are now saying everyone should come together to give Trump an opportunity to unite the American people and “make America great again.”

Why should congressional Democrats and Independents “come together” to support Trump and their Republican agenda? When Barrack Obama was elected President in 2008, the congressional Republicans began an unprecedented level of obstruction to the point of sabotaging his presidency and this country. For eight years they have used the filibuster a record-setting number of times to block bills and did absolutely nothing to cooperate with the President and the Democrats. This was their strategy and they made it known publicly. The needs of America, the needs of the American people, and the needs of our military veterans were snubbed just to deprive President Obama of a political victory.

Republicans have done everything to not only obstruct the President but to erase everything he has accomplished, including the unsuccessful, endless votes (60+) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) which provided healthcare insurance coverage to 22 million uninsured Americans.

The majority of American voters spoke clearly in making Barack Obama President of the United States for eight years. He won the popular vote and the Electoral College votes – twice.

The majority of American voters spoke again in this election by voting for Hillary Clinton with an estimated margin of 2 million more votes than Donald Trump, thus winning the popular vote.

However, Trump did win the Electoral College vote, thus winning the presidency and now his supporters seem to think that he has a “mandate” from the people. Wrong.

dear-conservativesShould we reward the unscrupulous and extreme partisan behavior of the Republicans over the last eight years by giving Donald Trump and these same congressional Republicans our support? Hell no!

 

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Trump – I Know More About ISIS…Believe Me!

As I sat watching a news show yesterday discussing Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, they showed the video of Donald Trump, during one of his rallies, making the following outrageous statement:

“I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.”

I am sure most people with even a minuscule level of common sense reacted the same way I did when I saw/heard it: “Oh my God, I can’t believe he said that!” Not only that he said he knows more, but he actually said “believe me.”

This statement from a man who has no real military experience, who was actually a draft dodger during the Vietnam War with five draft deferments. However, he does boast of going to a military-style boarding school as a boy.

Of course he contradicted himself at a later rally where he said that “as president he would give his top generals thirty days to present him with a plan to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group.” So, he is going to give the generals, which he knows more about ISIS than they, thirty days to come up with a plan? He just can’t keep up with all the lies he tells.

Why would Trump make this kind of absurd statement? Why would his supporters believe him?

The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. –Wikipedia

In the case of Donald Trump, he suffers from imagined superiority. He truly believes he knows more than anyone else and is more than willing to tell everyone. He knows his followers won’t question him, they will believe what they are told and will do whatever they are told to do. Typical sheep mentality.

In the case of some Trump supporters, they suffer from incompetence, but they are too incompetent to understand they are incompetent. Thus, they will believe anything Trump tells them.

Beyond the Dunning-Kruger Effect, I believe most Trump supporters also lack the intellectual curiosity to learn more. Their knowledge and opinions, if they have one, are solely based on what they see on television, social media and/or hear at a rally, from a friend, neighbor, or relative without ever seeing the big picture for themselves. They either lack the intellectual curiosity to find out for themselves, or they have become intellectually lazy.

Intellectual curiosity means you want to know more than the basics or sound-bites. It is the desire to invest some time and energy into learning more about the real issues and facts. Basically, it is the desire to learn more.

Now that Trump has been elected, his supporters may have an opportunity to understand how incompetent they were in believing everything he said he was going to accomplish. Once Trump learns that the government is not run like a company and actually learns the details of the policies he wants to repeal or change, he will be walking back all those lies (or as Newt Gingrich refers to as “campaign devices to win the election”).

Both Trump and his supporters may wish they had more intellectual curiosity before we got to this point.

Donald Trump: The Hypocritical-Narcissist Elect

For those that don’t know yet, Donald Trump, our new President-Elect, is a true hypocritical-narcissist. A prime example of hypocrisy (do as I say, not as I do) and narcissism (all about him).

I got up this morning planning to write a blog about Trump and how if something benefits him, it is great, however, if it does not benefit him, it is awful (hypocritical-narcissist). But, while perusing the various news sites I found that Chris D’Angelo of The Huffington Post had already posted a similar article, so I have provided the link to his article at the bottom of this post.

 

Donald’s tweet after being elected President of the United States in 2016:

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Attribution – Huffington Post

Donald’s tweet after President Obama was re-elected President of the United States in 2012:

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Attribution – Huffington Post

Enough said…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-protests-2012-election_us_58266737e4b0c4b63b0cc9f0

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It Only Took One Day – Trump’s Minions Are Unbound

In Donald Trump’s campaign for the most esteemed job in America, he threw civility, morality, honor, and professionalism out the door. He took democracy to the gutters by openly evangelizing racism, bigotry, misogyny, hatred and stoking the fear of foreigners and national decline. He went beyond all boundaries of decency expected of a presidential candidate in America by saying President Obama is “the most ignorant president in history,” while continually praising Vladimir Putin for his leadership in Russia.

And Trump’s minions came. They listened. They got fired up. They voted. They won. They are unrestrained.

Extreme racism and hate are already running rampant in America. The “white extremist” subset of Trump’s minions interpreted his election as sanction for unfettered racism and hate, including support for attacking and abusing all non-white people. Just watch the news and social media as stories of non-white people, including children, being bullied and threatened, women being confronted, and buildings being defaced with hate-speech are made public. And it only took one day.

To all those crossover voters that normally vote Democrat and those evangelical voters that swapped their morals and ethics to support this vile con-man, congratulations, you chose chaos over harmony and order.

Donald Trump is the True Face of the Republican Party

Politics and elections have always been dirty, but it was mostly behind the scenes and not publicly open. Donald Trump has changed all that, taking his election campaign to the lowest-of-low, slinking to gutter-level tactics, disgusting personal attacks, and even threats of retaliation on the media that opposes him and to jail his opponent if he is elected. He will say anything, anywhere, to rile up his followers.

His depiction of America is one of despair, full of crime in the streets; Mexican illegals are all rapists; all foreign refugees from war are ISIS terrorists that are here to kill Americans; and African-Americans are at rock bottom with no hope and nowhere to go. The American dream is dead and only he can save it.

A leading authority on the history of fascism, Robert Paxton, has compared Trump’s campaign themes to fascism:

  • The use of ethnic stereotypes and exploitation of fear of foreigners is directly out of a fascist’s recipe book.
  • “Making the country great again” sounds exactly like the fascist movements.
  • Concern about national decline, that was one of the most prominent emotional states evoked in fascist discourse, and Trump is using that full-blast, quite illegitimately, because the country isn’t in serious decline, but he’s able to persuade his followers that it is. That is a fascist stroke.
  • An aggressive foreign policy to arrest the supposed decline. That’s another fascist stroke.
  • Then, there’s his level of style and technique. He even looks like Mussolini in the way he sticks his lower jaw out, and also the bluster, the skill at sensing the mood of the crowd, the skillful use of media.

After years of religious fundamentalism and political propaganda, the Republican base automatically reacts to trigger points which have been fed to them by conservative right-wing media (FOX news) and hyper-conservative “talking heads” (Rush Limbaugh). These trigger points: Obama, ObamaCare, abortion, 2nd Amendment, jobs, Benghazi, Clinton, Muslims, terrorists, big government, family values, etc. will throw them into a frenzy.

The GOP knows this. They can do whatever they want, no matter how immoral or horrible it is. If you are a Republican running for office, just use the trigger words and the Republican base and right-wing media will fall in line for you, even when their Republican representatives are voting against their best interests or the best interest of the country. Example: Prior to the midterm elections in 2010, their mantra was “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”, until they won the seats in Congress they wanted, then proceeded to do absolutely NOTHING about jobs for the past six years, to the point of even voting against numerous job bills submitted by President Obama. Another example: Trump screams that our jobs and manufacturing have gone overseas and that only he can bring them back to America. Yet, he has his ties and items for his hotels made overseas so he can get them cheaper.

This is how Donald Trump has made it so far. When he started his campaign he used the trigger points as the core for his speeches and played to the already deep prejudices and fears of the Republican base. Then he went beyond all boundaries of decency and professionalism expected of a presidential candidate. He now openly invokes outright racism, bigotry, misogyny, hatred, mockery of others, heaps praises on foreign leaders like Putin and asks his help in uncovering Hillary’s missing emails. He continually goes off topic and starts blurting outrageous lies and accusations against anybody that disagrees with him.

All this with very little rebuke from his fellow Republicans, because he is keeping the base stirred up and willing to vote for them. However, as more factual information about Trump’s seemingly unending personal biases and questionable business dealings have come to light, some Republicans and even the RNC have started abandoning him and pulling their support. In typical Trump behavior, he is now attacking his own party for not supporting him. He squawks to his followers that this is great, because now he is on his own, unfettered and free to run campaign his way. He truly believes that he knows more than anyone else, on every topic, and has refused advice from anyone that tried to reign him in.

Whatever the outcome of the election, historians will look back on how the Republican Party sat back and allowed Donald Trump to become their candidate. The answer to this one is simple:

Donald Trump is the true face of the Republican Party. He is all that the GOP truly represents, but has never said out loud. The Republican Party owns Donald Trump – lot, stock and barrel!

 

Attribution: CNN, Clipartbest

Attribution: CNN, Clipartbest

The GOP has been riding this wave of discourse since the 1990’s and benefitting greatly from it. Now Donald Trump has pulled the band aid off and revealed the true nature of the GOP. And it is ugly! They are close to getting a Fascist and “dictator wannabe” elected to the presidency of the United States. Democracy is under attack by Donald Trump and the GOP.

Donald Trump and the Republican Party are a disgrace and an embarrassment to America.

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