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Trump and Objective Reality

Trump and Objective Reality

By Dennis Loo (2/19/17)

“One of these things just doesn’t belong here,” as they sing-a-long on Sesame Street. Of course, the two - Trump and Objective Reality - exist alongside each other in a most uneasy way, with Trump insisting that what he says is true because, well, he said it, ergo it is, no matter what. Anyone who says any different is “the enemy,” “fake news,” and “dishonest.”

On the one hand, Trump represents a continuation of a trend that began some decades ago which Obama was the previous most egregious purveyor of untruth, but Trump and objective reality know no relationship whatsoever, with a Trump untruth just hanging out there like a sore thumb.

Before going on, let’s deal with a concern that many have expressed: if we get rid of that pest Trump, we are left with Pence, and then we’ll have a competent reactionary rather than that clown Trump. What people need to visualize is that the level of political mobilization that is going to be required to force a Trump resignation – in the tens of millions – means that this dramatic change in the political balance of forces does not just go away with a Pence presidency. Pence will not act like a crazy person the way Trump does, but he will confront a thoroughly aroused populace and will be restricted by that. If he pushes too hard in the face of that, well, then he can face the whirlwind that brought his predecessor down.

I will summarize what I will say next at near the start: if you construct your plans or policies on lies that bear no relation to objective reality, then those plans may only go so far as your power to persuade people of lies can go. That is to say, not very far at all. Objective reality has a way of asserting itself eventually.

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Leaks and Donald Trump

Leaks and Donald Trump

By Dennis Loo (2/18/17)

Given that the current administration got into office because of leaks in the first place and Trump went so far as to say he loves Wikileaks and publicly called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton and the DNC’s emails, for him to try to now make the issue leaks and not contest the truth of said leaks, means that he does not understand how investigative journalism works in the first place or the media’s role in general.

Leaks and anonymous sources are part of how newspapers’ stories are written. If the news media did not use them as part of what they do, and verify those leaks or sources as not just coming from one source alone, they could not do their jobs. If bureaucrats and other authorities were banned from ever speaking anonymously and could only be attributed by name, and never off the record or speaking about background, then the press would become only official mouthpieces for the government, relying exclusively on government press releases only.

Here is a current example from CBS News:

“CBS News has learned that on Thursday, an angry President Trump called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and yelled at him for not pushing back hard enough against reports that the intelligence community was withholding information from the commander-in-chief.”

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A Case for Removing Trump: Reasons Why Literacy Matters

 

A Case for Removing Trump: Reasons Why Literacy Matters

By Dennis Loo (2/15/17)

 

For the nation and planet’s sake, and for his own sake, we need to relieve Trump from his duties as POTUS. The man is clearly not happy in the job and didn’t want it in the first place. He did not expect to win the nomination or the election. What he really wanted originally was a better deal from NBC for The Apprentice. We need do him and ourselves a favor by getting him back where he belongs as a reali-TV star.

 

After watching David Pakman’s two recent episodes of February 2, 2017 and February 6, 2017 on Trump’s low literacy rate, initially raised by Samantha Bee’s show Full Frontal on October 31, 2016, Trump’s peculiar behavior is even better explained by his low literacy than by his narcissism, as extreme as the narcissism is. (You should watch these shows before you continue.) His narcissism can, in fact, be at least partially explained by his reading problems since empathy, the ability to put you in someone else’s shoes, is what reading helps develop.

 

I am a university professor and what I have to say next is informed by that experience. I am also very interested in and apply in practice in my teaching and in other aspects of my life my evolving understanding of how we become critical thinkers. The upshot of this is this: how we learn, what we learn, and how we end up making decisions, are all bound together.

 

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12