Trump’s War on Thinking and Democracy or The Glitch Ate My Homework

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.”

——Isaac Asimov

Thinking is an exercise and enterprise that is too painful for most people which is why most people in this country can’t, don’t, or won’t bother to take the time or make an effort to do so….

The void and vacuum created in the abject absence of meaningful and substantive thought will always be filled by the Hitler’s and Trump’s of the world.

It took a good deal of enlightened thinking to create the United States of America. It has and will take a good deal more of enlightened thinking to sustain and maintain the principles upon which the very idea of this country is predicated……

Ignorance, stupidity, and incompetence will prevail in the absence of critical thinking, not common sense thinking  or problem solving thinking but the kind of thinking that is rooted in native intelligence and intellectual endeavor….

Without this, the inmates will continue to run the asylum and the idiots will continue to run the country….

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.”

——H. L. Mencken

The phrase “white privelege” isn’t broad or expansive enough to cover the full range of the social, political, economic, psychological, and emotional impact and consequences of centuries of race based subjugation and slavery.

The fact that historically, white supremacy and white privilege over determine the positive life outcomes and life chances of white folks relative to black and brown people is one of the most consistent and repeated findings in all of the social sciences.

Too many white people, particularly the ones who voted for Trump, believe the hype and myths about who they are and what they’re about.

Therefore, they must cling to the narratives of Manifest Destiny, the White Man’s Burden, and, more recently, American Exceptionalism.  It is because they cannot reconcile their racism and racist impulses and reflexes with their democratic  “principles” and egalitarian “ideals”, that they continue to behave as though the Civil War is still in progress.

As a result, too many white folks are, of necessity, politically, socially, economically, culturally, psychologically, emotionally, morally, ethically, and intellectually bipolar, ambivalent, and conflicted  when it comes to matters of race.

Hence the belief that it’s permissible and acceptable to be of one mind publicly, and of another (the opposite) privately.

Trump has given voice to those who have grown weary of trying to maintain the false and duplicitous façade, and the untenable and unsustainable belief that they can be in favor of equality while wallowing in white privilege and denial.

Overt displays and manifestations of hatred and bigotry will continue to escalate as “normalization” takes hold among those who are able to isolate and insulate themselves because they have enough money not to be concerned about not having enough money.

As for the remainder of the less well informed and less well financially situated adherents of the Trump approach to government, they are the very people he has constantly and continuously screwed over. And yet 40% of the population continues to support him against their own best interests…

The very sad part of all this is, that as long as he continues to keep them focused on their racism and bigotry with the sleight of hand misdirection of smoke screen issues like religious travel bans and exclusions, racist walls and deportations, they’ll continue to buy into the supremely fraudulent notion that he’s making it great to be white in America again.

25% of this post got deleted or dropped when I hit “publish”.

Alan’s ‘glitch’ ate my homework!