I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining why I’m right.

pathological liar noun
Medical Definition of pathological liar : a person who lies compulsively usually for no external gain or benefit and often with detrimental consequences — see also Trump

What Re-Trumplicans Don't Get

When I joined the Air Force, my first supervisor told me that one awe shit wipes out ten attaboys.

So while republicans in the House went on extolling Trump’s virtues and successes (it was a relatively short list and not very factual), what they missed was this one key point: The President of the United States gathered a private army of right-wing extremist and Neo-Nazis, whipped them into a frenzy with lies and fascist propaganda, gave them his enemies list, then said he would march with them to the Capitol (he didn’t, he turned tail and ran) to take their country back. In short, he amassed a private army and used it to try and overthrow the duly elected government of the United States.

Now Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz, and Lindsey Graham can say whatever they want about how wonderful they think Donald Trump is. They can claim what they want about his foreign policy, economic success, or Corona Virus response. Those are all valid subjects for debate, but what is perfectly clear and factual is the President abandoned his oath, and attempted a coup by use of force to override the legitimate election of Joe Biden. So it doesn’t matter what good he accomplished prior to January 6, on that date he become an enemy of the United States and committed treason.

Many House republicans opposed his impeachment. They argued there was no investigation nor due process. Obviously, they were on another planet on 1/6/2021. In hindsight, they may have been on to something. Perhaps there should have been a committee formed and an investigation done. The investigative team could then look into the events over the past four years that led up to attack on the Capitol. They could have looked at Trumps statements over years, laying the groundwork for his election fraud claims (prepping for in case he lost - By the way, don’t forget he actually encouraged his supporters to engage in voting fraud by voting twice so maybe only half as many people voted for him ), or his words of affection and support for the far right groups. We now know what the “stand by” comment during the debate meant. Perhaps given the time to conduct an investigation we would uncover those in Congress who assisted the President in his attempts to seize and maintain power.

In the end, Trump might have a lot of company in line with him for the gallows if the evidence comes to light that this was planned and coordinated in advance. Then it is no longer incitement, but treason against the United States which carries a death penalty as punishment. So Jim Jordan, I’m all for an investigation and trial. Just based on your comments during the last impeachment, you might have something to worry about.

Trump Supporter Asks, "What are we supposed to do?"

Short Answer - Accept the Will of the Majority

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In 2016, I did not vote for Trump nor Clinton. I voted Libertarian because I could not bring myself to vote for someone I did not trust, nor someone I felt was a clear threat to our democracy. I have read Mein Kampf twice, in middle school, for a book report assignment (I was interested in how the second world war started), and again in 2016, when the rhetoric I heard from then-candidate Trump sounded familiar. To be clear, I’m not saying that Trump or Republicans are the Nazis, only that the methods used for propaganda are similar. I am a Reagan era Republican.

Trump won the majority of the electoral college votes. (He likes to say he was democratically elected, but that is technically not true since he lost the popular election.) I wasn't happy about it. I felt that he was a clear threat to our democracy early on in his presidency when he started talking about serving more than eight years. I was still active duty military. I carried out my duties, and faithfully executed my responsibilities as I had sworn an oath to do. My best friend summed up my attitude best, that if my President was successful, then my country will be successful. In answer to the pro-Trump demonstrator, you were supposed to accept the will of the American people and, in four years, exercise your right to vote and vote for the candidate you want. In short, you are supposed to live with it. Like the rest of us have for the past four years.

I have continued to try and warn people about the dangers of Trump's rhetoric. He declared the Press, the "enemy of the people." The national socialist had said the Press and media were tools of the Jewish conspiracy. Trump said that only he and a few hand-picked hosts on Fox News were the real truth. He said that the Democrats wanted to destroy America - they hated America. The national socialist in 1930's Germany said the same about the Jews and the Communist. Both Trump and Hitler claimed that immigrants were the source of the country's problems. Both Trump and Hitler claimed that their nations were being taken advantage of because of unfair treaties. Trump has followed Stalin's example of purging the government of anyone disloyal to him, even if they were loyal to the party. He was only stopping short of having them either exiled or executed (though no doubt he would have liked to).

In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote:
"Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. (...) All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. (...) The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. (...) The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood."

This is the very basis of Trump's entire strategy. He speaks and writes at a sixth-grade level. He and his followers in the Republican party use words that invoke fear like "radical" and "extremist" to rile up their followers and promote fear and anxiety that their way of life is threatened. Even now, in the aftermath of the events of January 6, there are members of Trump's party and right-wing media suggesting that it was not Trump supporters storming the Capitol, but ANTIFA. Just as Hitler said, it was the Communist who burned the Reichstag.

Fox News, OANN, and the Trump White House seem to have adopted this strategy, again from Mein Kamp:

"Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favorable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favorable to its own side. (...) The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward. (...) Every change that is made in the subject of a propagandist message must always emphasize the same conclusion. The leading slogan must, of course, be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula."

If we are ever to get our country back, there needs to be a de-Trumpification of our government. The media, on both sides, have clear biases. We need them to set these aside and present the facts to the American people in clear and straightforward language.
I do not believe the political beliefs and values of the majority of American's are what is being portrayed in the national media and Press. I believe most Americans would discover, if we could talk like reasonable adults to one another, we are more in agreement than either political party would have us believe. For a few hours after the Capitol attack, both political parties behaved and spoke to one another in civil tones. That is already fading, proving Hitler and Goebels correct in that the masses quickly forget. Let us hope we do not get another lesson any time soon.

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Never In My Life

Never in my life would I have thought that an American president would have called for the use of the US military against its own citizens. Even more implausible to me would have been the lack of outcry against such a statement. Yet here we are. We have a president who has called for the use of military force against the nation’s citizens engaged in a lawful demonstration against a perceived wrong. The very acts which led to the founding of this great nation and Donald Trump wants to take on the role of King George and use the country’s military to stop it.

Where is the public outrage? Have this president’s actions over the past three years become so outrageous that we have become so desensitized to his outlandish behavior? After his impeachment, Mitch McConnel and Lindsey Graham both insisted that the president had learned a lesson. Indeed, the lesson he learned is that no one will challenge his unlawful and unconstitutional actions. Now he is seeking to undermine public confidence in the electoral process and openly stating that he doesn’t believe he should be limited to two-terms. The ridiculous claim that he deserves a “do over” for the first term because Obama spied on his campaign is ludicrous. How old is he, five? Besides the fact that he wasn’t spied on by the “Obama campaign,” namely because there was no Obama campaign since Obama wasn’t running; this also isn’t Chutes and ladders.

Most concerning is the use in Russian state media of the term “asset” to describe president Trump. Whether Trump may actually working for Putin or some other aspect of the Russian Intelligence apparatus, it’s clear that they at least consider him a Russian asset. And so far from his actions and statements (or lack thereof) there does seem to be some credible evidence of that.



1-13-2021 - Going to change my political party affiliation from Republican to Independent. I cannot be a party to traitors and treason.

1-8-2021 - It’s not over yet, I fear. Reading post by Trump Loyalist vowing to fight on. I can imagine these types. I think I almost married one - thank goodness she decided to dump me.

1-1-2021 - First day of the new year. I want to get out for a ride, but too cold right now. Saw William Cohen call for Republicans to dump Trump and start a new party. Finally, an idea I can get behind.

12-29-2020 - This horrible year is almost over. Right now it’s difficult to be optimistic about 2021. Too many stupid people.

12-24-2020 - Merry Christmas. Finished my first ride on my new Wahoo Kickr trainer via Swift and took a tour through the French countryside. Much more realistic than grinding away on an indoor trainer.

12-14-2020 - The grades appear to be in and I’m okay with them. Another 4.0 semester behind me. I’m annoyed that my remaining year of school has turned into three, but that’s the money making business colleges have become.

12-13-2020 - So disgusted with the Republican Party calling for the intimidation and murder of elected officials and their families who are fulfilling their oaths. They have become the party of fear, power, and hate and it is time the party performs a purge, or, if they won’t, for a new party that embodies the original values.

12-8-2020 - Looks like I will end up with a 98.4% in my Managerial Accounting class. As long as I didn’t completely blow the last BCOM assignment I should walk away with another 4.0 semester. Happy it is over after tomorrow.

12-7-2020 - Happy 33rd anniversary Liz.

11-26-2020 - I’m thankful I didn’t marry her. Also, I’m fine with the Supreme Court ruling. By all means go to church. Spread the virus among yourselves. Hurry up and die off and decrease the surplus population. Fewer fascist loving, anti-democracy people around in four years to try and re-elect that fascist-wannabe-dictator Trump. The universe’s penalty for infinite stupidity is death.

11-23-2020 - Happy birthday to my best friend. I hope you make the very most of the time you have left.

11-19-2020 - I’ve never been so ashamed to be a Republican as I am right now. The party is not Trump. Grow a pair, stand-up to the wanna-be fascist dictator, and do what’s best for the country. If you can’t, then get out of the way and make room for those of us who can.

11-13-2020 - After the past week, here is hoping that today really is my lucky day. I need break after the way 2020 has been.

11-7-2020 - Agile PM Project site is here

11-6-2020 - You can now use https:// to connect to this site securely.

11-4-2020 - While it clearly isn’t official, I don’t really see a way that Biden can win this election. I will be putting the house on the market after the holidays and moving back to Germany. Ironic, since we came to escape one fascist dictator and now I have to return for the same reason.
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