Even if this is under our Fun section, this is more on the serious note on how the country has been changing over the last years. And not for the better.
(It’s all in the eyes of the beholder, and for someone not living in the midst of it, it probably can be seen as “crazy, wacky, can’t believe it, can’t be true, really?!? – fun. Some kind of Bizarro World, spinning backwards.)
“The Trump Era” (2016-Ongoing)
This is our own (J&P) description.
After some decades in the US, we can see the more active downfall of ‘US as a good place to be in‘ starting around 2016 with the presidential primaries. Ok, it started earlier but became more escalating around 2016, when new levels of acceptance of lying and general behaviors that previously never had been seen in public US politics or society in general.
It has been going downhill since then.
|Area||Brief explanation, clarification||Examples||Trump Era|
|Values||the foundation of an individuals ability to judge between right and wrong. values include a deep-rooted system of beliefs that guides a person’s decisions,
including topics like integrity and commitment
||Individuals ability to judgement between right and wrong seems completely twisted – listen to Trump-supporters…|
|Morals||system of beliefs that emerge out of core values; what individuals feels are “good” or “bad”||
||Follows the twisted world with Values, for some it now seems completely ok with lying, being straight out demeaning to handicapped people and immigrations from poor countries, impropriety touching others, and so on.|
|Ethics||determines what behaviors are “right” and “wrong”||
|Please, try find ANY example of Ethics among Trump supporters – would love to hear some example.|
- What’s the Difference Between Ethics, Morals and Values? – examples.yourdictionary.com/difference-between-ethics-morals-and-values.html
The Washington Post has a database of Trumps false or misleading claims, while he was in office, and had 30,573 false/misleading claims per 2021-01-20, the last day of his presidency, the day when Joseph R Biden was inaugurated as the 46th US president.
(And this with four years – one single term – with Donald, including his TWO impeachments and an extremely polarized US society. “One year after the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, American Facebook users on the political right and political left shared almost no common interests”)
As one reaction to all sorts of adverse trends, a yard sign started to pop up all around neighborhoods around the US.
- Democracy: US is decreasingly any form of democracy: many states (e.g. Florida, Georgia, Texas), have or are in process of making it even harder to vote, which disparately affects lower-income people, more likely democratic voters. google.com/search?q=disparately+harder+to+vote
- Legal: anyone can sue almost anyone around abortions…
- “While abortion patients themselves can’t be sued under the new law, anyone who performs or aids with the abortion can be sued — and by almost anyone. Legal experts interviewed by The Texas Tribune have said the law dramatically expands the concept of a civil lawsuit and is aimed at keeping providers from using the constitutional right to an abortion under Roe v. Wade as a legal defense.”
More also in “Only” in Texas – what the f*ck are “we” doing?!? /fun/us/2109tx/ (email sent Fall 2021)
Scattered Fun and Less-Fun Mtrls
Mommie, what is a Canadian? (Timeless)
Endorsements Client v. Trump (2016-10)
Angels! Sent By God! Er, Actually … (Rep v. Dem)
More a republicans (small and weak government) versus democrats (more for a stronger public sector).
Trump: Russia Did Not Help Me (2017-09)
A reminder of all the fishy handling of Russia that Trump did…
Bill Kristol: “What is Happening?” (2017-11)
For the ones that doesn’t know Bill Kristol – google.com/search?q=bill+kristol.
He definitely was NOT anyone J&P had too many common grounds around before ‘The Trump Era”, a very conservative writer and speaker, but as it turns out one of the few (it feels) like of old republicans that still hold fast to ethics, morals, values, and what a democracy actually means.
“William Kristol is an American neoconservative writer. A frequent commentator on several networks including CNN, he was the founder and editor-at-large of the political magazine The Weekly Standard. Kristol is now editor-at-large of The Bulwark.” Wikipedia
He has become a starch advocate for truths, in an increasingly false-narrative US environment.
“The GOP tax bill’s bringing out my inner socialist. The sex scandals are bringing out my inner feminist. Donald Trump and Roy Moore are bringing out my inner liberal.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?”
And remember, this from a neoconservative individual…
Norway v. USA, on Immigrants (2018-01)
Jan 12, 2018: ‘In the Thursday meeting in which President Trump complained about “having all these people from shithole countries come here” — and singled out Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as examples — he also added that, “we should have more people from Norway.”‘ [npr.org]
Seizing Kids at US-Mexico Border (2018 Spring)
On the Topic of Reading
Obama Reading List (2018-08)
On Trump and Reading
Not a reader… Or person really looking for knowledge and learning in any form. A more gut-decision person.
President’s Daily Brief (PDB)
Trump become known to (at least seemingly, what can be concluded from outside the White House), not care too much about these daily briefing, which arguably are among the most important and secret communications to a sitting president – about the national security of the US.
“President Donald Trump largely eschews the written version of his daily intelligence briefing in favor of an oral presentation with lots of pictures, according to a Washington Post piece published Friday. So is that necessarily a problem?
In and of itself, arguably not. With this specific president? Probably.” [usnews.com, Feb 9, 2018]
Trump threatens to tax French Wine (2019-07)
No own experience what so ever, “I just like the they look.”
Decisions made on how things looks?! That’s the basis for international trade disputes…?
On Trump and TALKING
Language Expert: Donald Trump’s Way Of Speaking Is ‘Oddly Adolescent’| The 11th Hour | MSNBC, 16 Sept 2017
Columbia University professor of linguistics John McWhorter joins to discuss the unique way Donald Trump speaks which is unlike any president America’s had before.
“Donald Trump, linguistically, is unadorned, this is the basics, this is what language was undoubtedly like when it first emerged among people who didn’t have writing”…
Leaders (UK and US) 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000, The Future
Average Hours of Training Police Officer (2020-06)
Finland 4500 hours, India 4500, Germany 4000, Australia 3500, England 2250, Canada 2100, New Zealand 1924, and USA 672 hours.
“In many states, it’s more difficult to become a barber than a cop with a license to kill.”
If not already visited, see also “Only” in Texas – what the f*ck are “we” doing?!? /fun/us/2109tx/ (email sent Fall 2021)