Is the United States going to shit?

It is amazing to me that people I know, people who I consider my friends, actually feel and express their opinion that the United States is going to shit because of…X.

It doesn’t matter what the “X“ is. I’m just amazed that people who are my friends who I consider pretty intelligent people 😜 Actually have the opinion that this country is going to shit because of… THOSE people. Those people being the people that are stupid or that are bringing this country down.

I feel compelled to discuss with them, to question along a certain line, rather than just tell them and argue with them. And this line that I discuss with them Is really that the very idea that ‘this country is going to shit because of “those people”’ is most probably the reason why the country might actually be going to shit. And so you, my friend, who are thinking that those dang Trump supporters, or even my friends who say, those people who don’t support trump — because I do have friends who support Trump — both of you people are missing the mark of the United States and I submit that that is why the country is probably going to shit.

My point is is that this United States system of government is made to hold difference. Our system of democracy in the United States is constructed to allow for difference. That’s what it is. That’s what the greatness of the United States is. It is that the system allows for such an incredibly diverse and polemical amount of difference, of kind as well as belief, and indeed holds it that that we are a great country.

And when people start, for whatever reason, pointing at other people, people who do not believe or think the same way that they do, as a reason why this country is going to shit, those finger pointers should be looking at the other three fingers that are pointing right back at them.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that when you point a finger at someone else you got three more pointing back at you.

And so my political comment right now is that we have to believe in the American system more than we believe in how fucked up someone else is and how absolutely righteous I am.

The United States is “us”. The United States contains both “we and them”; that is the strength of our system. That’s what makes the United States great, because within the United States as a citizen of the United States no matter what you think, if you are a citizen of the United States then you are us. And as long as we both remember that then it is Us who are allowing for this great country to thrive.

Not us against “those people”. 

When I think I’m so great, and that some other citizen of the United States is stupid and is the reason why this country is falling apart, Then I am really the one that is responsible for this country falling apart.

It may well be that it is not a system that fails, But human beings who are unable to separate their own views from a functioning of a system. and this is to say that people routinely view their thinking and emotions as part of the same function, the same ontological function, as if it is a righteous and proper manifestation of truth.

Yet, perhaps, systems that would otherwise function might not serve their purpose when it comes right down to it because people simply will not allow it. They won’t allow it because they will not be able to see the system functioning for itself. Which is to say, that their emotions will cloud what the reason is telling them is the functioning of the system, for example, tradition, history, values. Instead of seeing a system functioning to hold difference, people will see that the system itself depends on a certain set of emotional connections.

And that may be the reason for the fall of civilizations themselves.

What do you think?

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Basically, We have an honest but ignorant president, maybe.

www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/6/1/21276918/obama-statement-protests-george-floyd-president-trump

Pretty much everyone that I encounter over the years who either voted for President Trump or likes President Trump, the main theme that I hear over and over again is that he’s honest and he speaks his mind.

I think the next thing that I heard, not so much now but a couple years ago when he first got elected, was that people wanted something different.

I know my blog really only gets to people that generally agree with me, and it’s not really going to touch the eardrums of those who might otherwise come upon some considerate sense.

Basically a different kind of president who speaks his mind and is honest. Ok; I’ll give him that. And I won’t even say that those are bad traits; I like those traits, I like someone who speaks their mind and is honest about their opinions and who they are, for sure. I’ll even give him that in as much as he might be seen to be spouting lies, to himself he is being honest, he is having integrity to who he is. OK, I’ll give him that also no problem. 

But what we find with Trump in him doing this is that he’s an ignorant person. He may (or may not) be very financially intelligent; OK, maybe he knows how to be a boss in a company and he knows how to work systems and rules in order to make sure that he stays very wealthy. OK, no judgment there.  As a person, I’m really OK with him doing personal things so far as their abilities and what they feel is good and right. I’m not making a judgment upon him as a person right now ethically.

I’ll even grant that he’s allowed to be ignorant about intellectual kinds of things. No judgment; all of us are ignorant about many avenues of this world.

But in Donald Trump being himself he just shows us that he is only intelligent in a very small domain. 

I believe someone who is running the most powerful country in the world should be intelligent in more than one domain, at that a small domain of finance and manipulation.

I feel that a great country should have a great leader. And I think a great leader should have some sort of intellectualism about them, someway to engage intellectually with that aspect of citizens who, for no mincing of words, are intelligent in many domains, even intellectual. But as well, be intelligent enough to be able to code switch; which is to say to be able to relate, include, and represent people who aren’t intellectualists, whose intellect and interests may be very small and limited.

In short, I think a leader of the United States of America should represent all the people in her or his capacity as leader. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be politics or they shouldn’t be partisanship or people should not have their opinions about various agendas and how to run government. But I am saying that someone should have the intelligence to at least be able to understand the people that she or he represents. 

And Trump, if we can be honest, does not have that ability.

And honestly, I’m kind of embarrassed for all of us United States citizens; the best we could do is to elect a person that clearly is lacking in so many areas for which even a bad president would have competency.



Exhibit of Mental Health Compromised by Covid-19 Measures

apple.news/AheduBnEkSHaCcGnkhSGQ9w

This references the video posted on the Huffington article. And the protests in general.

Trump supporters Protest the stay at home orders.

It seems to me the only sensible way to view these protests is through the lens of mental health.

I do not think it is reasonable to say that these people are not intelligent or stupid or to politicize their behavior in anyway. It is not merely that they are Trump supporters; Rather, by not being a leader, Trump is taking advantage of a compromised community. Trump looks for those who are already weak and then takes advantage of them for his own profit. 

The reason why the protesters are behaving this way is because they are emotionally upset and are not able to deal with their emotions in a constructive way.

Of course they are emotionally upset. Of course their lives are being affected in a terrible way due to the virus. Their responses are perfectly reasonable in the sense of being upset and not knowing what to do, and so they act out. They are justifiably angry and scared, yet the coronavirus is an uncontrollable force of nature, and so instead of coming to terms with their relationship to this force and come together with the rest of humanity, They pull back and blame and lash out at what is around them. it’s pretty much a panic response. It is almost a textbook maxim of mental health problems.

They are unable to see the truth of the matter because, One could say and in a manner of speaking, they did not have a good mental hygiene.

 

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Prisoner Trump

How rad would that be?

I use the term “idiot” to describe Trump, not because I think he can’t do math, but Becuase he doesn’t care about anyone but himself. As well, that he figures that is an ethical way for everyone to be.

I say let’s come out of the monopoly driven capitalistic anachronism, into the modern, human people based capitalism.

Let’s enforce the Presidency to certain ethical limits, and then get him out of society if he did stupid shit.

Let’s check the idiot.

Zizek’s Activist Irony.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-hillary-clinton-populist-right-left-democratic-party-civil-war-a8975121.html%3famp

Cedric Nathaniel wrote in his book “the philosophical hack” that is Zizek rides the line of contradiction, which is to say, he follows the road not taken that is determined by contradiction as opposed to that path which opens up possibility by rejection of contradiction.

And here is the perfect case in point so far: he has apparently taken an active role instead of sort of just sitting back and being a political/social commentator/philosopher. But of course he’s always making opinions like this; but it seems that this one having to do with Trump really hits home.

For a long time Zizek has been telling us and every opportunity that Trump is the solution, that Hillary Clinton is the problem. But what he means by this is ironic in the sense that he is not talking about a solution to specific politicized issues; rather, he is talking about our American democratic systemic ideological woes.

Basically what he saying is that the system is fucked and the only solution to repairing it is to elect Donald Trump, but because what it will achieve is a restructuring of an effective Left — not because Trump is some sort of American savior or some super great leader. On the contrary, It is because he is a reflection of everything that the left has been trying to deny of itself. The exposure of what it’s trying to deny achieved by the election of Donald Trump will best lead to a restructuring, a “civil war” as some people have put it, within the Democratic Party itself.

So his activism was actually irony in its fullest sense, in its intentional sense, and this is why Slavoj Zizek is the Elvis of critical theory.