Dear Trump voters

unknown4You’re making a big mistake. A whopper. Believe me; OK?

What a big con you’re falling for. Make America great again? Trump has no clue what made it great. It wasn’t walls to keep out foreigners (and foreign goods). And it sure wasn’t brutes like him. His candidacy already drags America in the dirt.

A really big con. Bring back those old time factory jobs? Delusional. And what Trump is talking about, to supposedly achieve this, is economic suicide. Because most things you buy would be costlier. Most Americans – you especially – would be poorer. That import tax he advocates, to keep out cheap Chinese goods? It would really be a tax on you.

unknown-13You feel economically insecure – so you put faith in a billionaire? Like he cares about you? He says he created jobs. Trouble is, he didn’t pay the people who did them. That’s how he got rich – by screwing people, by not paying his bills, by skipping out on debts. By looting his businesses and leaving a trail of financial ruin and lawsuits. With frauds like Trump University, stealing the savings of people like you. He’s even stealing money contributed to his campaign. And stiffing its employees. (And it’s Hillary you think should be jailed?)

unknown-2I know it’s futile saying Trump cynically exploits overblown fear of terrorism. You’re 100 times likelier to take a bullet from your own gun. Terrorism is mainly psychological warfare, and one of its greatest assets, in spreading the fear it aims for, is Trump.

And there’s the lying. Compulsive, pathological lying. Politicians may bend the truth; Trump disembowels it. Lying about New Jerseyites celebrating 9/11. Lying about his past stance on the Iraq War. Even when he meets a foreign leader (Mexico’s president), he lies about the discussion. (“Telling it like it is?”)

unknown-3And lying about why he won’t reveal his tax returns. What’s he hiding? Why do you imagine such a liar is not making a fool of you about everythingThe Economist has examined the phenomenon of “post-truth politics” encouraging people to forgo critical thinking in favor of having their feelings and prejudices reinforced by spoon-fed garbage. Trump’s earlier nonsensical “Birther” campaign was a prime example.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

And then there’s the incitement of violence, encouraging supporters to punch people, saying he’ll pay their legal bills. Even hinting someone should shoot his opponent.

unknown-4And the ignorance. The willful ignorance of an ego so out of control he thinks he knows everything. “I know more than the generals about ISIS.” And he insisted – emphatically – “Putin isn’t going into Ukraine.”

Hello? Read a f**king newspaper.*

And he admires Putin; prefers him our own president. Putin, the dictator, thief, murderer (literally). Putin, another big liar, who has shredded Europe’s peace, our worst enemy who’s messed with us at every turn. And Putin wants Trump to win, too – he, at least, understands it would do the opposite of making America great again. (Watch out for a late dirty trick by the Kremlin aimed at throwing the election to Trump.)

unknown-6And the insults (McCain not a war hero – the judgment of Trump who dodged the draft). He wants immigrants screened for their adherence to American values (as if that’s doable). How about screening presidential candidates for adherence to American values? They don’t include lies, frauds, thefts, insults, violence, and bigotry, fear, and hate.

To quote leading author and columnist Thomas Friedman, Trump is “a disgusting human being. His children should be ashamed of him.”

unknown-7But Trump famously has said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and lose no votes (insulting his own supporters). They do seem impervious to any damning truths about him. This shows they back him not for what he is but for what he represents. This is cultural: revenge of the no-class losers.

The Economist has also reported a careful analysis, through sifting survey data, concluding that the most common factor behind Trump support is really racial resentment – the idea that non-whites are undeservingly coddled; that a less white America is a worse America. You may well deny this, while actually deceiving yourself. What we really think, and what we think we think, can differ.

images-13But we should search our hearts, and not give reign to our basest impulses. What a tragedy for America if this vile creep wins.

* Yeah, I know your answer: he’ll surround himself with sage experts. But so far it’s mostly a gaggle of rump-kissing lowlifes.

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12 Responses to “Dear Trump voters”

  1. djedi9 Says:

    Very Well put! Thanks.

  2. Colin Gullberg Says:

    Excellent blog post Frank.

  3. Dennis Says:

    Admirable restraint (!)
    I’m subtitling this election year as “Fear” and “Loathing” (what a choice!) …oh, and I’m spreading a rumor that “Aleppo” is an unacknowledged (unfunny ?) Marx Brother (Groucho, Zeppo, Harpo, Gummo…Aleppo!)

  4. Frank S. Robinson Says:

    That’s the cartoon in today’s Times-Union! At least Gary Johnson was contrite about his flub. It’s cringeworthy (don’t any of these people read The Economist?) but I’ll still vote for him.

  5. Scott Perlman Says:

    Excellent post.

  6. Roger Green Says:

    I will say that he is adept at pointing out failings of his opponents when his behavior is worse: incoherent (immigration policy), health, lying (where’s PROOF that he’s under audit?)

  7. Frank S. Robinson Says:

    The lie is that being audited means he can’t release his returns. The IRS says he can.

  8. bruce Says:

    Frank, until we can get people like yourself or any of several tens of millions in the white house who are not politicians you have a choice of cheats or self absorbed buffoons. In other words accept reality, there are no mother Teresas out there.
    There are only those who manipulate their thoughts to configure scenarios that can’t survive prolonged exposure. When the thought of something is more important than the possibility of its becoming reality, its time to do a little gut check.

    This past president had a very big chance to be one of America’s greatest presidents. Instead he chose to inflict his personal beliefs over righting the ship. The effect was to make the poor less likely to come out of poverty, business less likely to prosper, boondoggles and cronies fat and happy. But by god he can say he’s been noble and tried to be just.

    I don’t know Trump, have not followed him over the years like you have. I do know neither the republicans or the democrats will dirty themselves making him look good. They might allow themselves to de-pollute some long standing errors in the rules of regulations. But I doubt it.

    Its for that reason I see your anti Trump at once noble and silly.

  9. Frank S. Robinson Says:

    I don’t ask for a Mother Teresa. Merely a NORMAL politician.

  10. Blackstone Says:

    This post hasn’t aged well has it Frank?

  11. rationaloptimist Says:

    Blackstone: seriously? Trump has totally proven exactly everything I wrote, and in fact is far worse than even I expected. Re-reading that post today, it is miraculously on target. Refusal to see these realities is partisan blindness. Sad.

  12. Blackstone Says:

    “But we should search our hearts, and not give reign to our basest impulses. What a tragedy for America if this vile creep wins”

    Yes what an absolute tragedy:

    Manufacturing Confidence at an ALL TIME HIGH
    Construction Jobs up more than 300K compared to last year
    Food Stamp usage declines for 8 straight months
    Middle Class income rises to HIGHEST on record
    Consumer Confidence 18 YEAR HIGH
    America is now the worlds largest oil producer
    Fastest growing pace in 14 years for manufacturers
    BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT RECORD LOW
    Jobless claims lowest level since 1969
    Trump secures 2026 World Cup for the USA
    Consumer Confidence Highest in 18 years
    Black Business Ownership Under Trump JUMPS 400 PERCENT in ONE YEAR
    Youth Unemployment Hits 52 Year Low
    Black Support for Trump DOUBLES to 29 percent
    RECORD Number of Employed – 63 Percent labor participation
    Worker pay rate hits highest level since 2008
    Black and Hispanic Unemployment rates hit record low in April
    Business Investments up 39 Percent Due to Tax Cuts
    April 2018 Best Month in HISTORY for Budget according to CBO
    Food Stamp Usage Drops Half Million in Single Month
    Highest Ever Manufacturer Optimism over 94 Percent
    Unemployment claims have fallen to a 45-year low
    Trump Economy Explodes Record Number of Americans Employed Stocks Soar
    FEB JOBS BLOWOUT 313K
    GREAT AGAIN Household Net Worth Pushes Further Into Record Territory
    U.S. Consumer Confidence Is at 17-Year High
    US homebuilding permits soar to highest level since 2007
    Economy to grow at 5.4% rate in first quarter
    Roaring: Economic Optimism Index hits 13-year high, credit to tax cuts
    U.S. jobless claims drop to near 45-year low
    Wages jump to highest level since 2009 – up 2.9%
    U.S. Oil Production Tops 10 Million Barrels A Day, First Time Since 1970
    Trump Decreases Debt to GDP Ratio – First Time in Over 50 Years!
    Jobless claims drop to lowest level in nearly 45 years
    Apple to Invest $350 BILLION in US citing Trump Tax Plan
    Utilities cutting rates, cite benefits of Trump tax reform
    Over 100 companies giving ‘Trump Bonuses’ after tax victory
    Black unemployment rate falls to record low
    Trump adds 184,000 manufacturing jobs and continues growth trend
    Manufacturing in the U.S. Just Accelerated to Its Best Year Since 2004
    Nikki Haley negotiates $285M cut in ‘bloated’ UN budget
    WIC Welfare Participation Hits 17-Year Low
    U.S. home sales hit 11-year high
    Manufacturing Optimism Reaches Another All-Time High – 94.6%
    Economy adds 228K jobs in November
    Mining up 28.6% – Leads the Nation in Growth
    Broadcom will move back to U.S. — and bring tax money with it
    US private sector added 235,000 jobs in Oct – Beats Expectations
    Consumer confidence highest level since December 2000
    Q3 GDP at 3 Percent – Beats Expectations
    Ivanka Trump creates new World Bank initiative to foster Entrepreneurship among Women
    Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Surges to 13-Year High
    63.1%: Participation Rate Reaches Trump-Era High
    Unemployment down to 4.2, wages rise .5%
    New entrants from outside the labor market made up 3.2
    U.S. Factories Expanding at 13 Year high
    Dow posting first eight-quarter winning streak in 20 years
    Home builder confidence at 12-year high
    Manufacturer confidence at a 20-year high
    Tech giants pledge millions to Trump initiative
    Q2 GDP up 3.1%
    Sales of new U.S. homes rebounded in August
    Federal Reserve: Household Wealth in America at record high of $1.7 trillion – Rising property values and Financial gain
    Surging stock market powers U.S. wealth to $96.2 trillion
    Food Stamp Usage Has Fallen Every Month Under Trump
    Median Incomes Climbing for First Time Since 2007
    Trump has signed a $15 billion relief package for Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
    Jobless claims drop to 240,000 – hottest streak in 43 years
    U.S. Consumer Sentiment Rose in August
    Recovery Is Finally Trickling Down to Least-Educated Workers
    U.S. Job Satisfaction Highest Level Since 2005
    American manufacturing expanded in August at fastest pace in six years
    Donald Trump Ends Obama Effort to Waive Work Requirements for Welfare
    Consumer confidence strengthens in August, second-highest level since late 2000
    President Trump Cuts More US Debt for a Longer Period of Time Than Any President
    Pennsylvania coal company to open a SECOND coal mine
    Summer Youth Unemployment Falls, Level Since 1969
    In Trump era, American corporations are seeing their best earnings in 13 years
    US trade deficit narrows as exports hit 2-1/2-year high
    Milestone for Trump: 1 million new jobs in six months
    National unemployment rate at 4.3% (lowest it’s been in 16 years)
    13,000 jobs being created in WI – largest job announcement in WI history (Foxconn)
    Black Unemployment, Lowest Level in 17 Years
    Gas prices at a 12-year low
    Some states are experiencing their lowest unemployment rates in their histories
    Trump Announces $200 Million in Apprenticeship Funding
    U.S. has record 6 million job openings, 6.8 million Americans are looking for jobs
    CEO confidence highest since 2014
    U.S. jobless rate falls to lowest level in 16 years
    Trump signs bills that helps Veterans and Police officers by giving them Priority and Training
    Government spending as percentage of GDP down
    1000s of jobs being created through pact with Saudi Arabia
    Executive Order on the Establishment of the American Technology Council
    USA’s small business confidence is spurring a hiring and spending spree
    Alibaba Takes First Step To Fulfilling Jack Ma And President Trump’s ‘One Million U.S. Jobs’ Promise
    Slashing job-killing regulations left and right
    Creating thousands of more jobs for immigration officers and border patrol
    Signed a resolution encouraging women in entrepreneurship and STEM
    Executive ordered all federal agencies to create task forces to cut regulations that hurt the economy
    US Manufacturing Index at a 33-year high
    Coal Miners are WINNING. Cut Regulations/Create Jobs/New Plant
    US Economic Confidence Surges To Highest Level Ever Recorded By Gallup

    You see Frank, instead of NPC bed wetters like yourself writing “orange man bad” blog posts ad nauseum, people are waking up to the fact that after Obama trashed the economy and created racial divisions the US is finally back on track. Enjoy!

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