Trumpism Going Down The Drain

Trump was a phenomenon in 2016. His loyal followers hung on every word during the campaign. Now, in the harsh light of reality, there’s no “there” there. The promises are almost all lies. He hasn’t drained the swamp. He’s “We assess the influence campaign aspired to help President-elect Trump’s chances of victory when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to the President-elect. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the presidency the Russian influence campaign focused more on
undercutting Secretary Clinton’s legitimacy and crippling her presidency from its start, including by impugning the fairness of the election.”
 
Background to "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections": The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution
importing guys who are expert at leveraging position into great personal wealth, $billions more than Hillary ever could imagine. He’s not been right on much except that he could fool millions of people: not about Hillary who got more votes, not about Obama who was indeed born in the USA, not about ObamaCare which sort of works for people and just needs some tweaks to ensure competition, mostly by getting the states out of the way, not about bringing jobs back, he’s probably chasing away businesses with his reckless attacks, not about The Wall, most illegals come in by plane…, not about Free Trade, tariff barriers were the reason the free trade agreements sprang forth from the Earth, not about blacks, hispanics, women, not anything…

The issue that’s come to the forefront this week has been the Russian Invasion. No they didn’t send ships and planes loaded with armed forces. The Russians hired a whole bunch of Internet trolls, conspiracy-theorists, and propagandists to flood in through breaches made my computer hackers, most of whom operated remotely against weak passwords/users and That Other OS. Trump completely fell for the fake news Trumpeting that “the election was rigged” and lusting over the e-mails leaked by the Russians through WikiLeaks and others to cast a shadow over Hillary and the DNC. None of the hacking of the GOP was leaked. Convenient, eh? Yes, if the plan was to destabilize Hillary’s government and make it less likely she would be elected. If I might have a conspiracy of my own it would be that the FBI were in on it with their “October Surprise”… Now, Trump is telling the world that all that effort by the Russians could not have had any effect on the razor-thin margins he had in a few key states…

Yes, the mind boggles at all the lies Trump tells. Clearly, he doesn’t remember them all or he believes no one else can. He’s not even POTUS yet and the chickens are coming home to roost. Clearly, he’s afraid to have press-conferences full of questions about what he said during the campaign and reality.

Another hot potato is ObamaCare. Most of the GOP want to “repeal ObamaCare” yet they don’t have a plan to replace it. That can’t work as millions now are enrolled. There’s just no simple way to repeal it and not have much of the country rebel. A lot of people don’t like something or other about ObamaCare but it is working more or less. You don’t scrap a Cadillac because the windshield is cracked. You don’t burn down a house because the paint is blistered. You don’t do a lot of crazy things to spite the nose on your face. You fix things. ObamaCare is broken more or less simply because the states fragment the coverage. Trump, himself, pointed this out saying the replacement should allow competition across state-borders. That’s probably the single biggest thing driving up costs after young folks not signing up. Make it compulsory and global and it will work. It would work even better with a single plan to cover everyone with a single payer…

So, now, even before he becomes POTUS, the world can see that Trump is the worst scummy politician that we’ve seen in ages. He’s the biggest carcass found floating in “The Swamp”. USA will need a mighty big drain to move him out. I favour impeachment. At this rate, they will have grounds for impeachment the first week. The Congress can get Pence to promise to behave rationally or appoint someone further along the chain, but Trump is not going to work.

PS – After writing this post I came across yet another crisis that Trumpism faces. Trump has depended heavily on Twitter to place poison directly into the mouths of his followers, cutting out fact-checking entirely… He also leaned heavily on WikiLeaks to denounce/denigrate/dismiss Hillary and the Dems. Now, it turns out, WikiLeaks is considering outing Trump and his followers...

The idea is to map out the relationships between certain “verified” users, like Trump, and their followers. That could be enlightening, eh? Wouldn’t you like to know what nutcases Trump follows? This could be the parting of the ways between Trump and WikiLeaks or, now that Trump is wallowing in “the swamp”, it would be interesting to see whether WikiLeaks skips outing Trump or not. There’s a real test of integrity for WikiLeaks and Trumpism.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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13 Responses to Trumpism Going Down The Drain

  1. dougman wrote, “The fiasco with the Cello, along with calling you out as a Intel-using hypocrite. Fairly sums up your lack of credibility in the realm of IT.”

    I have absolutely nothing to do with the Cello fiasco. That’s on AMD mostly but Intel certainly weakened AMD many years ago by paying customers not to buy AMD and that weakness continues to this day. They haven’t managed to regain the traction they once had. I don’t use any Intel products (CPUs – I do have a few other components on motherboards from Intel). I’ve put away the VIA x86 thin clients and only TLW and the grand children use the Intel-powered notebook. Beast III runs AMD. I had no say in the purchase of the notebook nor it coming to my home. That was done by TLW and the previous owner who had Ubuntu installed on it. I’ve only touched it to install Debian GNU/Linux and to configure it.

    I don’t claim to be a wizard of IT but I certainly do have a nice estate running in a medium-sized home, with gigabit wired and 802.11bg LANs, soon to be upgraded to mostly ARMed CPUs and 802.11bgn wireless. Oh, and we have a decent server supplying databases, search, and other services to the LAN. What more could anyone want? The only hired labour in all this has been the ISP who supplied cable and modem. I’ve bought equipment from NCIX, Computer Avenue, New Egg, Amazon, AliExpress and a couple of others. I think I’ve done alright here and in schools where I worked. There were one or two schools where management refused to have any IT in classrooms or to have it improved but I did a lot there to bring modern/efficient/performing IT to education. I often encountered schools getting little or no use of IT in classrooms mostly due to TOOS failing to work and left them with an increased reliable fleet.

    dougman wrote, “All your Chinese purchases will ship from the United States for your pleasure.”

    I don’t think that’s the case. A lot of Chinese exports go directly to Canada and then to Washington state on the same ship. Crossing borders twice is not to my liking. Often I get a choice of shipping method. When I don’t it has often gone to Missouri or some place in USA and by the time it got to Canada, the courier was charging $20 handling fee for what was advertised as “free shipping”. So, if this is the new regime, Alibaba will get a lot less business from me. I have a few orders I planned for Alibaba and might advance them just in case. Fortunately, India is ready, willing and able to step in with many good products and better mastery of English.

  2. dougman says:

    Pogsey, you should rename this blog.

    “One whiner, harping on Trump.”

    The fiasco with the Cello, along with calling you out as a Intel-using hypocrite. Fairly sums up your lack of credibility in the realm of IT.

    No one I know, except you, crams a ODROID down their spouses throat, along with plowing over Ubuntu and installing Debian, a known Linux of distribution of choice in its place instead.

    Next, wanting to replace a standard automobile with a three-wheel beenie is laughable, and now, since Alibaba is looking to setup shop in America. All your Chinese purchases will ship from the United States for your pleasure. However, being a hard-headed mule that you are. I can see you purposely going out of your way to order anything from the U.S. just in principle. Same as your hypocritical stance is with Intel, but you have at least one device in your home.

  3. dougman says:

    “despite receiving millions fewer votes. ”

    Libtards always beat a dead horse.

    The fact of the matter is that a select number of voters in a handful of swing states — not the entire American voting electorate — choose the president. Americans voted on a lot more than just the presidency in November. There were also Senate and gubernatorial races, as well as state legislative and judicial elections.

    Pogsey reminds me of Californians, that banned the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. Socialists like he, start small but will want to ban the common automobile in time. No thanks, I will enjoy my truck burning wood-gas.

  4. dougman wrote, “Politicians, by their very definition, are con-artists.”

    Well, there are similarities but morality and getting elected are on two different planes of behaviour. It is perfectly possible to be a moral and right-thinking person and be elected. There are other possibilities too:

    • good, but not elected
    • bad, but not elected and
    • bad, and elected, like Trump.

    There are all kinds of factors which go into elected or not and apparently USAians don’t care much about good or bad because they seem to have nominated the worst potential candidate and he won the electoral college despite receiving millions fewer votes. That’s a bad guy and a bad result. I hope it doesn’t get anywhere near as bad as it is possible to accomplish with the power of POTUS. Trump has demonstrated boldness with a total lack of shame/conscience. That’s extremely dangerous.

  5. dougman says:

    NO more Alibaba for you Pogsey. Trumpet is beating Trudeau at job creation, and the man is not even in office yet.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/09/alibaba-to-discuss-expansion-plans-with-trump-company-aims-to-create-1-million-us-jobs-over-the-next-5-years.html

  6. dougman says:

    “The man should upset you as well dougman. He is a blatant con artist and the greatest danger the United States has ever faced. I normally agree with you when it comes to Linux related issues but you’re far out in right field with Trump. You may disagree with us on Trump now but give it time. He will step both feet into a pile of crap shortly and you’ll end up admitting how wrong you were. Hopefully whatever mistake he makes won’t end up with both incinerated.”

    This definition fits Pogsey well. Politicians, by their very definition, are con-artists. If for some reason you are just now learning this, then well, DERP.

  7. lpbbear wrote, “He is a blatant con artist and the greatest danger the United States has ever faced.”

    Yes. Trump is consistent with Putin’s grand plan to subvert the USAian government, society and democracy. Trump railed about Hillary’s corruption which pales into insignificance to the number of zeros in the magnitude of corruption we are about to see, all the while Trump is the icing on the cake of the fallacy that government is against the people. The whole constitution is in the balance with this guy in office. He does not respect the constitution and the GOP is not about to impeach him promptly so there’s no telling how bad things will get before it all falls down. He promised to put USA first and instead he’s put his ego first and USA last in his considerations. It’s like an elected president putting mafiosi in charge of every department. How can anyone expect good government from this?

  8. lpbbear says:

    “The more I come here Pogsey, your anti-Trump rantings remind me of a lunatic. You go on and on and on over Trump; obviously the man upsets you, otherwise you would case not. ”

    The man should upset you as well dougman. He is a blatant con artist and the greatest danger the United States has ever faced. I normally agree with you when it comes to Linux related issues but you’re far out in right field with Trump. You may disagree with us on Trump now but give it time. He will step both feet into a pile of crap shortly and you’ll end up admitting how wrong you were. Hopefully whatever mistake he makes won’t end up with both incinerated.

  9. dougman says:

    “At least I have a blog.”

    I have a personal wiki, and your point is?

  10. dougman wrote, “you have lack of focus and it namely reflects in your blog entries.”

    With Trump, you seem to feel that is a figure of merit… My blog is eclectic. It’s about current issues in my life, commentary on the world, and stuff I care about. At least I have a blog.

  11. dougman says:

    “You should have yourself checked out…”

    I have, came out with flying colors. In your case however, it seems you have lack of focus and it namely reflects in your blog entries.

  12. dougman wrote, “Your socialist liberal view on the world is very unfriendly and leads me to believe that you are suffering a undiagnosed illness.”

    People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. The quotation is strong evidence of intolerance. That’s not conservatism, the opposite of liberalism. I believe in the basic goodness of humans and find Trump is on the extreme other end of the scale of good human beings. I’ve been observing and thinking about current events and politics for five decades. I’m not deluded. I’m not prone to believing random conspiracies everywhere. You should have yourself checked out…

  13. dougman says:

    The more I come here Pogsey, your anti-Trump rantings remind me of a lunatic. You go on and on and on over Trump; obviously the man upsets you, otherwise you would case not.

    Your political prowess and international understanding on how things are, to be and already past is seriously lacking. Your socialist liberal view on the world is very unfriendly and leads me to believe that you are suffering a undiagnosed illness.

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