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originally posted by: anonfamily
Hating Trump and supporting Hillary has become the popular thing to do, and people just follow trends because they want to be accepted and liked.
After the elections, when it was clear that Hillary won the popular vote, it just solidified their notion that its more popular to support Hillary, so they continued to do so.
Sadly, that really is all it has come down to because people are simplistic idiots.
originally posted by: conscientiousobserver
a reply to: intrptr
You are technically correct the only differences being conservatives want to make money the old way through guns, oil, outright war, and by screwing over the average citizen. Progressives want to invest in the technology of the future, education, preventative defense and numerous other ventures.
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
Anti-Trumpism is Fanaticism.
Trump’s supporters have been called a cult (among other things) for defending the sitting president, or for finding no fault where others find all sorts of outrage. Sometimes the criticism is valid. But I have to wonder why the uncompromising, obsessive, and paranoid anti-Trumpists seem more likely to drink the cyanide kool-aid.
First, a note about the quality of the arguments and outrage: Anti-trumpism is the fast food of moral posturing. What comes out of it is always prepackaged, limp, soft, and stomach-churning, but customers are still lovin’ it as much as they did when they had their first taste. We can turn on the TV to watch the same late-night television host (notwithstanding their political donations and affiliations) flip the same mediocre, tasteless, and overplayed burgers, to the same clone of an easily satisfied consumer. The vain attempts to horde snigggers by way of bullying and snide cruelty are too contrived, too forced, thrown together with a stack of stale and fake ingredients, and sold to dupes and addicts through a multi-million dollar public relations budget.
But that’s just me. The mediocrity and moral turpitude of anti-Trumpism is a matter of taste, after all, and ridiculing the tastes of an anti-trumpist is like ridiculing a teenage girl for liking Justin Bieber. On the other hand, perhaps it isn’t a matter of taste, but a coping mechanism for deeper issues.
According to the American Psychological Association, Post-Election Stress Disorder is a real phenomenon. More than half of Americans reported that the 2016 US election was stressful and led to stress-related symptoms. 72% of Democrats and 26% of Republicans reported that the outcome—Trump’s win—was a significant source of stress. 66% of Americans (both Democrats and Republicans) reported that thoughts regarding the future of the nation was another significant headspring of their tensions. In combination with social media, which only aggravates stress further, a significant amount of anti-Trump folks are ripe for the physical, emotional and behavioural problems associated with stress.
And who can blame them? Trump’s presidency and the future of the country has been thrown into dystopian status by unaccountable journalists, intellectuals, unelected bureaucrats, and celebrities. Prophecies of fascism, internment camps, Nazis, religious persecution, race wars, nuclear war, civil war and Hitler, were beaten into the heads of trusting media consumers. Any positive reporting throughout the campaign, or anything that is positive in outlook towards the future, is near impossible to find. With the media’s depressing fortune-telling, in combination with the manic attempts of comedians and satirists to evoke complacent laughter, a bi-polar wave crashes over the shore of paranoia.
Effectual methods of coping with stress include adopting a positive outlook, or finding commonality with others, but finding commonality with a mortal enemy is difficult. The APA suggests cutting back on the intake of news, but such is impossible when the news is the source of everything one knows and holds dear. Thus the retreat into the ineffectual methods of coping with stress: denial, blame, anger, magical thinking, projection and worse.
“Historians in the near future will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began, thanks 2 Donald Trump” - Michael Moore
"But Michael, if humans are extinct, how will historians mark the day?"
Turn on social media to discover an unhealthy obsession with Trump’s tweets, which has been the top story of even the most professional news outlets for too long. Given the claims of his cult of personality and thin skin, one might expect an army of fawning sycophants praising their dear leader in the feed, while the critics remain banned or blocked from responding. Instead, it is the exact opposite: a myriad of fame-seeking backbiters clamouring for exposure, vying for top spot on the anti-trump gravy train like too many have done before them. Whether for followers or for coping with stress, at what point is this obsessive-compulsive?
Philosopher George Santayana once wrote “Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim”. And who remembers the aim of anti-Trumpism? It had something to do with Mexican rapists, sexual assault and Vladimir Putin (or was it Rosie O’Donnel?). Each outrage was forgotten about in days and replaced by a brand new one, while any evidence to the contrary, the clarifying statements, the explanations, the other side of the story, and anything that might shed doubt on their narrative, was conveniently missing in favour of the yellow journalism they are now wedded to. In the last analysis, they have only redoubled their efforts. And their aim? To cope with the self-induced stress they are now left to deal with.
We have protesters, activists, and their celebrity handlers operating under the delusion they are fighting against oppression, or at least some future form of it, when they couldn’t point to an oppressive thing outside their own emotions, their reaction to words, their puerile prophecies, and the sensationalism that exploits them. Anti-Trumpism is fanaticism.
Than you for reading,
originally posted by: FuggleHop
a reply to: AnkhMorpork
You are the most claritied writer on this whole forum. I got shiver bumps reading what you said because its all true! I knew from the beginining that King Hussein Obama was a fraud and you just proven everything I ever read!
If you were a wary wanderer I'd welcome you into my hut and offer you wine. Together we would form a pact a treaty. We would agree par for, and I would give you the lions share for I trust in a man that says the truth without false dickery.
YES Obama (King Hussein) is a fraud! Why do they not listen?
YES President Trump is the new commandant of everything that I stand for and when I stand I want it to count. I am not interested in what may be right today but wrong tomorrow!
King Obamas' long form birth cert is a proven fraud for decades that is what we have been warned about in the quatrains!
How many times have I prayed silently with a teardrop under my eye to be heard? My pain? My struggle?!
Together we can strike down The beast in the system and WIN! With courage!
TAKE it seriously people!!
Thank you, for you have given me the laugh of the century,i honestly have to give that to you! because i'm speechless.. im laughing so hard i have no comment,where was you when free will was passed out?
originally posted by: FuggleHop
a reply to: ImmortalLegend527
The only thing that has been washed is the single teardrop from under my eye for I know now that I am not alone!
You may be embarrassed but I know not why. The day of strife is over and you are wishing wishing wishing for sufferance. Well sufferance I can not offer you.
I am a member of the winning party that is now showing the world which way north is. Witch way to the top. How to win again. Guess what. It begun with Trump.