Meanwhile, in the real world…
Few topics inspire so much partisan disagreement as Donald Trump. And if there is any sense in the world, we probably have Trump himself to thank for a good portion of this epistemological fog. Presumably he’s a talented entertainer who knows how to pit one side against the other.
One may choose to view our President like Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars. He sees two sides at odds, and he wades in to increase the conflict and the confusion, so that he’ll be left alone to reap the golden treasure.
Or maybe he really is the bonehead he portrays. Hard to say. In either case, most people play right into his hands – on both sides. But who says it can’t be entertaining?
Impeachment Witch Hunt is now OVER! Ambassador Sondland asks U.S. President (me): “What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas & theories. What do you want? It was a very abrupt conversation. He was not in a good mood. He (the President) just said,”… — Donald J. Trump
If the anti-Trump voices come across as elitist and smug, the pro-Trump voices often give good evidence to reinforce their smugness. Sure, no one likes to be called a moron.
But…the problem is that too often people tie their ideas to people, and then rage in support or opposition to those people. Instead we need to separate ideas from people and just support and oppose ideas.
Good luck with that, right?
Well, as Thomas Jefferson once said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Actually, no. Thomas Jefferson never said that, as you’ll see HERE. But really – who gives a damn who said it? Why does attaching a famous person’s name to an idea give it magical qualities? Why are fake quotes so popular on social media?!
But I digress…