President Trump. The Anti-Intellectual-in-Chief . . .
I'll be honest, I am extremely disappointed in the idea of a President Trump. There is no defense for him that holds moral weight. He is racist, he is a misogynist, he is a xenophobe . . . I really don't need to go on with the epithets. We've been hearing these things regarding Trump for a long time now. And we don't have to look hard to justify these claims. Forget going back in time to watch episodes of The Apprentice, or listen to Howard Stern interviews; all we have to do is listen to his campaign interviews and watch his rally footage. Actually, just go to his unintelligible Twitter page.
Before continuing on about Trump, i'd like to discuss the failures in the other side. I voted for Bernie in the primaries. I still think he was the better choice to go with, for many reasons. Clinton was most certainly not the better choice. Her likability rate was awful, she was a career politician running in a race where that was her worst asset. As far as I see, the primary fault in this election for the victory of Trump should be placed on Clinton and the DNC. I don't think she's anywhere near as bad a candidate that many made her out to be, but she may have been as bad an individual in certain regards. The DNC showed their true cards when they sabotaged the Sanders campaign. Not only is that in the emails, but we all watched that one unfold. When Wasserman-Schultz was ousted and the Clinton campaign hired her, it was painfully obvious the shitty and normal type of corruption that had just taken place.
So, why did I vote for Clinton in the end? I honestly believe she was the better candidate . . . by far. I am 100% comfortable with the fact that I voted for her, knowing that her opponent was Trump. There was plenty of her current and past issues I disagreed with, but I will get that out of any politician. Overall, given the current state of the country, I was comfortable with my decision. It wasn't my ideal, but that's ok. When I think about that decision that I made, I have to be realistic and understand that people on the other side did the same thing. I may disagree with it, but I can't just lump them in to one category, like many may just want to call me a liberal and toss my ideas out. I don't think that anyone who voted for Trump is inherently racist or hates Muslims, or . . . pick your poison. I do think that they have honest grievances within specific issues and voted with their best intention. That said, I will never blanketly describe the whole of any voter population. I will speak specifically to the President-Elect and specific issues though. I do not think the 3rd party voters are to blame for anything because they get their vote too, and I hate the idea of telling them that it was a throw away vote. I almost voted 3rd party for Stein, I just didn't care for her ideas enough for me to take a vote away from the democratic popular vote.
Having said that . . .
Trump is a an awful human being. Just today he settled for the Trump University case to pay out $25M to those he ripped off. If you've read anything about the case, it is easy to see that they preyed on people who were financially weak, offering credentials that amounted to shit. It was a HUGE scam, and he was the head of it. If you've read in to the case at all, it is obviously clear that the whole thing was a scam. However, I don't want to focus on all of the standard topics that have been the main focus. I think there is an even deeper issue with what this presidency is.
This will be the most Anti-Science presidency in modern history . . .
That above image demonstrates a severe lack in intelligence. This is something we might expect to see from The Food Babe, or anyone on Fox News when discussing Mercury. The combination of the Trump/Pence scientific ignorance is frightening.
Here's a short list of their combined efforts:
- Climate Change is a hoax
- Vaccines cause Autism
- Vaccines have too many chemicals, because Mercury and some others they can't pronounce
- Remember their reaction during the Ebola scare?
- GMO's are not to be trusted
- Wind farms are ugly
- High efficiency light bulbs cause cancer, because Mercury
- Mercury naturally exists in breast milk, but who cares
- Fracking has multiple benefits for the environment, and muslims suck.
- The earth is 6,000 years old, evolution doesn't exist
- Evolution is just a theory
- You're not born gay
- Gay conversion therapy is ethical and works
Nobody seems to be focusing on the anti-intellectualism that is Trump/Pence. Oxford Dictionary has named Post-Truth as this years Word of the Year. It is defined as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." This is the Presidency we are about to have. And what's worse is that this bleeds over in to all of the other social issues. When we deny basic facts as evidence and only appeal to emotion, we lose site of what being a compassionate human being is. We look at people from different religions out of fear rather than love, we look at people of different color with superiority, men look at women as though they have conquered them, people look at science as though it doesn't really mean anything to them. When a verse in the Bible tells you more than you need to know about Gay Rights than does Biology and human decency, we're kind of at a stand still. How do we appeal to someone who says they know the answer and that the answer is to look down on people? How do we look at the mountain of clear evidence for Climate Change, ignore it, and listen to a Billionaire who says, "I have the best words"?
There is a severe gap in human decency with the personalities heading up the new presidency to come. Just look at how happy all of the White Nationalist groups are. Look at how happy all of the anti-science groups are. Look at how happy the Men's Rights groups are. With all of the hate that came out of Trump's mouth during his campaign, I truly fear that his particular brand of anti-intellectualism will really carry it all through.
Just because he won the presidency, doesn't mean that we have to shut up and politely wait for his hate and stupidity to set in. Remember the push back against Obama in both terms; not just from all the white assholes in office, but from our family and friends. Guess what? Now it's out turn to push back.
This two party system makes things very difficult, in that we immediately take the worst of the candidate who won and place it on the people who voted for them. In places, that may be true to their core, but we can't assume it. So, push back and speak out against what we know, not what we assume. I have gotten to a point in my life where I really try to know all the facts about something before I voice an opinion about it. Most of us have smart phones now, we can look up what we don't know. It doesn't make us stupid, it makes us responsible.
So, in final . . .
Trump is an idiot. Trump is a racist. Trump is a misogynist. Trump is a sexual assaulter. Trump is a xenophobe. Trump is a fraud. Trump is an anti-Semite. Trump is not a smart businessman. Trump is an anti-intellectual.