Blaming the Victims: Trump Detractors Dissed Defending Honor, Freedom, Human Rights and Social Justice Currently Under Siege

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♣ Spoiled sports? Sore losers? Crybabies? These are the kinds of cheap shots Trump supporters are taking lately at American voters who rue the election of Donald J. Trump, hordes of voters filling city streets nationwide to show their grave concern, dissent and solidarity. These cheap shots range in order of magnitude from shallow and inaccurate to false and misleading. In general each is lame, imprecise and misdirected of course. After all, their aim is to peg as hypersensitive, ungracious, undemocratic and infantile the victims of Donald Trump and their dissent against his abuse, victims already pegged by the dubious leader before the world as indefensibly different, suspect, ominous, vile, inferior, undesirable, in effect as somewhat less than human.

Trump’s abuse, constant, loathsome, un-American, sets the kind of sad and dangerous precedent which begs public rebuke and renunciation from a free society. When bursts of rebuke and renunciation do emerge however, much in the name of honor, ethics and social justice, large groups of Trump-supporting name-callers emerge as well to belittle it.

There are various reasons name-callers cast their cheap aspersions on recipients of Donald Trump’s abuse. One is to obscure beneath a vast barrage of false accusations the ostensible fact that these victims have the guts to call maltreatment what it is. Another is that many shallower Trump-supporting name-callers define broad anti-Trump sentiment as nothing more than loser’s remorse. In the main, however, the name-callers are out to make small an issue undeniably huge, to make miniscule the elephant in the parlor, to dismiss as insignificant and petty the preponderance of Donald Trump victims and, it must be said, their many angry advocates in streets across the country yelling foul

They stage their derision little guessing those who seek to label others often betray a hallmark of dysfunction and sooner or later do what all dysfunctionals do. They blame the victim, in this instance projecting on Trump’s victims and their backers all blame for the abuse Trump himself has heaped upon them. By doing this they shrink blame in the real culprit, collectively Donald Trump and all Trumpist name-callers by emulation, never gleaning how transparent and indicative of dysfunction their flimsy scam looks to the many astute.

What gall not to take their abuse and like it, these too-dismissive name-callers seem to rebuke victims–like dissing minority groups as Trump has done is democratic while democratic activism against it is not. Trump voters say that Trump won democratically. They inform us that democracy has thus been served and so Clintonite dissenters ought to shut up and deal with it. Dissenting Clinton voters make a much finer distinction. Since an irrefutably unjust man won by democratic vote, they say, democracy has been served and yet justice has not. They make a point, a good point. At that, they make the whole point. Anti-Trump dissidence in American streets has nothing to do with winning and losing per say but rather with what manner of man has won and what that manner of man’s having won will mean for countless Americans targeted by Trump throughout the unrivaled travesty which became his presidential campaign, what it will mean for all Americans, being a threat to democracy, freedom and social justice.

It’s about social justice and Trump is front and center in the brouhaha, Donald Trump who was indeed elected democratically in the technical sense but only after he stomped on social justice with the alacrity of a small boy breezing through a penny candy store waving a shiny silver dollar clasped hotly in his hand. Now he tells us all that really matters is that he won. How can Trump be that out of touch with the people, that oblivious to the irony of a win at their expense, that bereft of personal principles as to proudly put winning above fair play and social responsibility? Is this a man without discernment or a man without honor? Surely it’s a man of rather questionable integrity and a languishing sense of human respect, no small considerations for the up and coming leader of perhaps the world’s freest, most pluralistic society.

A dirth of human respect or integrity marks a gross lack of principles. In the absence of principles, a government and the society under its jurisdiction both become skewed. A cavalier stance grips the nation. Patterns of living grow erratic. There can be no order, no anchor, no sound frame of reference for the norms, mores, values or priorities of a society, no dependable criteria for human behavior nor any reliable paradigm for human interaction. The powerful seize control and do whatever serves themselves. The weak sink to self-absorption and mayhem. Time alone will tell how this cavalier posture plays out in Trump’s imminent first term as chief executive.

It defies belief that following such brash and stunningly un-American antics by a would-be statesman, such inconceivably raw, rabid racial, ethnic, religious and sexual slurs as Donald Trump slung in his scourge of a presidential bid, there remain Trump supporters who take his hapless victims and their natural, dutiful, infinitely democratic protestations lightly, who trivialize their sense of denigration and betrayal then mock their plight in general with Trumped-up charges of “spoiled sport,” “sore loser” and “crybaby,” charges a child might bring against playmates losing poorly at hopscotch.

How, after the brutal, more than year long, bigotry-charged and very public tongue lashing Americans underwent from Trump, could hecklers even dream that any pigeonholed person, any demonized minority is anything but legitimately concerned for their welfare these days? Are they blind or do they grasp indeed the flagrant stigmatization of a select few with all its deep, darksome implications, glean its toll and opt anyway to lie, spin, distort, propagandize, diminish their fellow Americans for a vague political notion, some prescribed, heady, nationalistic whim, some distorted, self-aggrandizing myth about their own certain superiority?

Do they understand it’s not social diversity alone but American honor, freedom, human rights and social justice, grave American values and principles, the integrity of the Constitution itself that are currently under siege by Donald Trump and the extreme right elements he panders to? Trump may have slurred those he did just to foment deeper passion and broader support for his political platform, sure. He was that resolved to win the election at any cost. It’s disturbing, however, to think that after all was said and done, Trump may never have taken the process, its negative implications or even its many wretched victims very seriously and that, ostensibly, all were mere conveniences for the candidate whose campaign was just a gigantic manipulation anyway. Monumental damage has been done these victims and America at large in the process. Some might be years in the undoing, some well beyond repair.

Whether bigoted in itself or collaborative with bigotry, this dark dynamic stands as part of a tacit subjugation process spawned by Donald Trump and now enforced by an effete corps of denigrating Trumpite name-callers. Victims of this tacit subjugation woke November 8th to find themselves dazed and confused, quite uncertain about their places in the land they helped to build. They’re tentative now, indignant, apprehensive about their freedom, safety, security and personal treatment, apprehensive as many not directly stung by the process tend to be apprehensive about the freedom, safety, security and personal treatment of loved ones, friends, neighbors and simple fellow Americans. They’re concerned about the future. They’re fretful about the dark, uncharted path this country’s chosen in making Donald Trump its next president.

Those hit directly by the Trump dehumanization tack with all its bleak and fearsome implications, many harsh realities now in the form of violent hate crimes and racist acts, some credited right to Donald Trump himself in fact, are anything but disappointed fans left to sup on sour grapes. These are disinherited citizens forced to feed on poison berries. Many are faced with possible life-threatening situations. Many feel their hard-gotten quality of life reduced quite dramatically with the advent of Donald Trump given the swath he recarved for social injustice, incivility and random violence, a swath shaven clean beneath the double-edged scythe of bigoted rhetoric and rampant supplication to bigots everywhere.

Hillary Clinton voters, sore losers? Well, losers, yes. Democratic minorities lost big. They lost more than just an election this time. Sore? Yeah, like anyone finally making strides and beaten down for the umpteenth time is feeling pretty dog gone sore right now, like anyone seeing the faint glimmer of unity, feeling a small bristle of pride and suddenly faced with rampant Trumpism, faced with fresh divisiveness and dehumanization is feeling pretty sore right now. Spoiled sports? Okay, sports maybe. The spoiled are accustomed  to winning however. Few constant winners here. Crybabies? Infants don’t struggle, don’t overcome. Fledglings don’t weep for lost ground. Only the cognizant, caring and compassionate, the consummately mature shed a tear for lost freedom, flagging justice and inhumanity which torment the soul, shame the race, shame through empathy both victor and victim indiscriminately.

Stigmatizing those in dread of Donald Trump as mere querulous spoiled sports, sore losers and crybabies, piqued fans grieving over the loss of a sporting event is short-sighted to the point of absurdity. It’s cruel to the point of atrocity. It trivializes vital issues and those effected by them. It doesn’t nearly characterize the many feeling justifiably threatened by a newly elected leader who has daily both directed and drawn fierce hostility toward them, hostility toward their groups and toward their counterparts nationwide. Instead of pondering just how wholesale bias came to roost with such impunity, acquiescence, even the instigation of high-level leaders in this, of all places, the USA, many Trump voters have closed their minds and reduced themselves to name-calling, minimizing a critical situation, some asleep to the finer details of that situation, others hip to them all but too insensitive or biased and in service to both conditions now maliciously fanning the flames.

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On the one hand, the choice terminology in this puerile bit of name-calling is mean, shallow, supercilious, sanctimonious dreck. It’s claptrap spouted about anti-Trump activists by a narrow, petty, vapid, heartless, carelessly dismissive contingent loath to learn much less understand what’s actually at stake in the recent election for many minority groups and others embroiled in passionate protest across the United States. On the other hand the nomenclature comprises a group of labels affixed to the activists by sharply astute, equally narrow, unfeeling but especially coy, politically driven spin-doctors, cold, practiced liars obscuring the truth by distorting the truth, twisting a basic if intricate truth running so much deeper than any wounded pride or scorched ego that tends to chase plain competitive loss, truth that strikes at the heart of minority cultures, threatens their very safety, their serenity, their veritable place in American society, truth that cuts to the core sacred American principles, values, rule of law, truth that pierces the soul of democracy itself. While truth presents the one and only, steadfast, universal currency of human interaction, this diehard band of philosophical twerps continue to souse themselves in informational counterfeiting, a communicational sobotage that impedes the advancement of all mankind and still, incredibly, they find it a source of personal aggrandizement and pride.

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In one of modern American history’s rarest instances, a presidential candidate acted publicly in a manner unbefitting a US president. He presumed to court brazenly and unfettered the primitive forces of racism, white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Then, winning as much because of as in spite of that dalliance, Donald Trump acceded to the nation’s highest office. His ostensible lies, vicious attacks on American citizens, shameless appeal to alt-rightists, bigots, racists, misogynists and xenophobes were firmly endorsed by more than half the voting population. The endorsement then doubled back to embolden, even mobilize the same hate groups against their traditional target groups with heightened enthusiasm, new justification and an implicit sense of executive permission, this in turn eroding the minority segment’s long-sought, hard-forged shield against the aggressors and leaving these target groups, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, women, gays and others  weakened, more vulnerable than before, reducing them once again to the level of social pariahs, in the end forcing them physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually into degrading, policy-imposed exile, degrading both for its victims and the nation. Does this warped dynamic not run contrary to human rights provisions? Does it not dishonor America, all Americans and the American presidency? Do we not value honor any more?

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With the election of a man who very calculatingly romanced the bigoted underbelly of the country, a man who held up minority groups consistently to rancor and public ridicule, millions across America feel aghast, disenfranchised, vulnerable, at serious risk, filled with understandable dread, doubt, disbelief, fear for their well-being, some for their very lives, those of loved ones, friends and fellow Americans. Indeed since Donald Trump’s election once inhibited racist acts and hate crimes have markedly risen, some in the name of Trump himself whom haters say inspired them. So it is that many thousands in cities nationwide have spontaneously, without guide of leadership or organization, commandeered the city streets charged with fear, anxiety, incredulity, desperate hope as if adrift in some dystopian nightmare, fallen prey to some apocalyptic vision come to pass which, to pique their dread, some fifty percent of voters either cannot or will not concede much less comprehend, though certain of them see clearly, understand and celebrate anyway.

Spoiled sports? Sore losers? Crybabies? Americans under siege by their own is more like it.

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–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

Donald Trump and the High but Grievously Under-served IQ

•Intelligence doesn’t presuppose knowledge or good character. Devoid of crucial knowledge the IQ, however high, remains a dubious measure of virtual ignorance. Devoid of good character that same IQ is fundamentally dangerous.
•Having a brain is not at all like having a mind. The one is potential energy, unsolicited, unearned, the other kenetic, formed of work, initiative, cultivation, discipline. Donald J. Trump has a brain.
♣ If it’s true what Donald Trump boasts of his IQ, if indeed at 156 it’s the highest of any president in history, then it’s also true that his is the most under-served of all. A healthily true, caring, curious, responsible, industrious person of even average intelligence learns a little of politics, history and the human condition in hopes of being up to the weightiest office in the land.

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–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

Truth Presents the One and Only, Steadfast, Universal Currency for Human Interaction

Lies and slander corrupt the system and do it proportionately.
Without truth we are morally bankrupt, doused in chaos, back in Babylon.
♣ Those with no respect for truth will live in the hell they bought as heaven, stripped of the means to effect reform, shorn of the tools to obtain relief.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

The Crisis of Integrity That Surrounds Donald Trump

♣ The Nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy. Donald Trump showed his colors early on. Nevertheless, staunch republicans failed to oust their quite dubious candidate while the opportunity still presented itself. It’s clear they wanted a winner first and foremost. In fact staunch republicans wanted a winner so badly they backed a man who in retrospect many consider a boar and a bigot, a loose canon, a renegade, a disruptive intruder at odds with their party’s designated values. Well into the circus tour that comprises the Trump campaign, signs that Trump was at best a man of poor character were of little obvious concern to the GOP. From Jump Street the authoritarian ring master flaunted brash contempt on the sleeve of his coat like a neon swasticka armband with barely a murmur of righteous indignation from Republicans.

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Trump mocks a handicapped journalist.

Now it’s official. Donald Trump is the GOP nominee. Too late. The people have spoken. Indeed the Republican party has spoken. Suddenly staunch Republicans want to distance themselves from Trump, a difficult task as now they all drink from the same tainted well. Even now, genie hovering over the bottle, it’s not so much Donald Trump’s character that’s in question as his gross misalignment with standard Republican values. What a sad and sobering testament to those same Republican values. Despite his brazen slander, racist rhetoric and maledictory speech, his blatant lies, childish antics, organizational nonconformity and of course the waking cries from all his outraged detractors, Donald Trump continues to run a close race. Whatever the end, republicans can’t win for the losing. For the GOP, win is lose and lose win. Whatever the end, the end is nigh for the GOP and this due as much to lost integrity in the ranks as to the anarchistic turns of one perfidious rogue agent. The nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy.

trump-group-of-insultsYes, Republicans drink from the same tainted well today. For the unprincipled, truth, right and precedent are elusive ideas which don’t inspire the slightest conviction. For those who lack conviction all of life is serious quandary. Staunch Republicans writhing amidst a quandary over Trump are simply lost as to whether to serve the party or serve their errant candidate. They’re lost as to whether to serve victory or serve the public good? Of course, the standard way to freshen a well is to disinfect the water. As contaminate Trump continues to dip his ladel into the party well, cleansing the dirty font remains moot however. A pure common well from which Republicans might drink these days cannot endure for one integral reason, one salient fact, one plain, ineluctable truth. The nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy.

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Those picked to moderate the Republican primary debates allotted Donald Trump too much space to misbehave, extra space that unleashed a bully and his tactics, crucial stomping ground that clinched the nomination for Trump in the end. In addition, many staunch Republicans waited too long to grow a conscience. Many another party hack never did. More, many staunch Republicans waited too long for Trump to get in line. Unhappily Trump never did. Tough luck. Snooze, ya loose, morally and materially. Staunch Republicans knew from the start exactly who Trump was. As soon as they chose to hold out, they sold out. Now it’s a lock, a done deal: No deposit, no return. The nominee is the party and the party the nominee. It can be no other way in a democracy.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

Trump Fakes Presidential: A Better Speech Is Not A Better Candidate

Donald Trump is known for his spontaneous speechifying, for his spewing of populist rhetoric in boundless stream of consciousness. He’s also known for his loose pontifications, meandering demagoguery filled with insolence, ridicule and accusation, rife with malediction, derision and disparagement, bristling with hubris, racism and slander, festering with anger, intolerance and turmoil. For a year now the whole world has borne witness to it.

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Suddenly, though, at a Trump rally in North Carolina on 8/18, hours after a dramatic change in Trump campaign leadership, the candidate gave a more disciplined, more cohesive and more presidential speech than he ever has before.

Can this speech, a drastic, opportune departure from the rabble-rousing tirades of his sordid past reflect a sudden transformation in Trump’s personal makeup? Has Donald Trump changed? Can a superficial reference to contrition by an erstwhile vicious and impenitent bully as atonement for a solid year of unbridled impudence, untoward antics and unspeakable slurs signal newfound grace, prove earnest if belated circumspection and remorse? I don’t see how.

Trump’s taken no late shocks to the system quite seismic enough to make the leopard change his spots. The old boar behind the more refined public speaking thrives unchanged, unrepentant, uninspired, untouched. I think Donald Trump has merely gone underground. He’s opted for the optics, nothing more. He’s chosen to conceal the ugly spots for just a moment. He’s decided to appear better groomed, let his questionable image (keyword image) be artificially spun into something better fit for broad consumption under the auspices of a new and ruthless force at the helm.

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A quick image overhaul is not character evolution. A turn to diplomatic means is not a change of heart. Giving one professional speech all of a sudden does little to erase a whole year of ignoble sentiment. Tailoring a speech out of the blue to the druthers of true conservative voters can’t conceal the speaker’s proven identity. No amount of damage control can mend the tarnished image of a visible, now well-studied Donald Trump.

Steve Bannon can’t mask sufficiently the haughty, devious, overweening cad whom Trump remains and who, even if he doesn’t host personally the contagions of ethnic, religious and sexual bias, does to a large extent court, indulge, dispense and fan the flames of all these grievous wrongs.

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Trump fuels that prejudicial anger and intolerance which is tantamount to hatred and violence. He does so quite consistently and effectively, not so much through open hate mongery as through more subtle weaponry like racist rhetoric, divisive solicitation, clear, emboldening innuendo and that omnipresent, inspirational, swaggering ascendancy of the outright, dyed-in-the wool supremist.

Donald Trump remains the very miscreant he was before his latest speech, the same vicious, vacuous, vituperative vipor, the same panderer to bigots and misogynists, elitists and xenophobes, the identical purveyor of doom, fear and slander that Donald Trump has always been. Guaranteed.

Unfortunately, narcissism, arrogance, ignorance, autocracy, recklessness, profanity and bigotry, vile traits, all traits intrinsic to this one specific rich, spoiled, dyed-in-the-wool, uniquely insular septuagenarian, won’t likely vanish overnight. Of course Trump has been admonished for them all and there’s a sage old adage that applies to this awkward circumstance, to wit: If three people say you’re sick, lie down. Trump never does lie down however. Instead he seems impervious to criticism of any kind or quantity.

Then again, the presidential hopeful neither sees nor acknowledges his own fatal flaws, lauding even negative commentary positive publicity. He’s out of touch and obstinate too. Indeed, the numb-nutted needler seems to sense little outside pressure to lie down, whatever staggering number of provident and well-meaning observers bid him kindly do so. Perhaps this unwavering obstinacy derives from Trump’s stubborn self image or a die-hard element of his obvious narcissism.

In any case, there’s wisdom in the adage and I sense that while he’s loath to lie down of his own volition, reckless Donald Trump will likely fall down instead and very soon, good lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise. In the end it’s simple anyway, despite how tickled pink pundits are to harp on mere public image and the consequential need for phony speeches to promote it. It’s not just the speech but the man behind the speech who must prove presidential. Good luck with that one, Donny.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

Melania Mimes Michelle in an Utter Symphony of Indiscretion, Attribution, Plagiarism and Campaign Incompetence

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♣ Melania Trump was stalwart, poised and eloquent in the deliverance of her speech honoring husband, decided presidential nominee Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention on July 18th. That was opening day of the RNC. Since then, however, it’s quickly grown apparent that parts of Melania’s speech were taken almost verbatim from a speech Michelle Obama gave to honor her own husband Barack Obama eight years ago at the DNC. Before her speech Melania Trump told NBC’s Matt Lauer “I wrote it.  And with as little help as possible.”

Whether Melania cribbed those segments of the First Lady’s speech herself or accepted the help of some veiled accessory before the fact, some friend or professional speechwriter perhaps, doesn’t matter much. Effectively the result was the same. The wife of Donald Trump presented someone else’s words as her own at a major political do for all the world to see. Melania Trump is no professional speechwriter of course. In all fairness then the amateur must be granted a little grace despite a nonetheless wrongful indiscretion, a possible amateur miscalculation or maybe a poor beginner’s oversight on her part or the part of a likewise inept aid. Remember, however, she did declare “I wrote it.  And with as little help as possible.”

In any case, Melania was playing a key role at key event that was selling not only herself but a man who was nothing short of the newly chosen Republican Party nominee for president of the United States. More, she was playing that role before an audience numbering hundreds of millions. She was not some callow middle school teen whining out her spruced-up book report for a twelfth grade Lit class. Where on earth were Donald Trump campaign manager and staff in regard to a major speech at a major event with the presidency at stake? Where was Donald Trump himself, ringmaster, the man who would be king? What subterranian level of gross neglect could have preceded such an unthinkably inauspicious blunder?

At the least, Mrs. Trump’s clear appropriation of passages from the famed speech of another only begs more questions and cautions about the Trump campaign, its meager staff and Trump himself, a man whose personal qualifications and character stand in serious question already. Was use of Michelle Obama’s words in Melania’s speech an act of attribution born of simple admiration, Melania’s personal admiration or that of a certain aid or aids, an admiration for the First Lady’s own special prowess as a speechmaker or, perish the thought, was it out-and-out plagiarism?

Why was Melania’s speech never vetted? Wasn’t miming parts of Michelle Obama’s speech, whether in neophytic innocence or deference to a mentor, sure to render all sentiment in Melania’s own speech inauthentic, make Melania Trump herself appear shamefully disingenuous? Melania’s speech was already conspicuously devoid of personal references, details and anecdotes after all .

At the same time, It’s hard to imagine a seasoned professional tied to something as public as a political convention being daft enough to purposely pirate a well-known document. In that light it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that gross ineptitude lay at the heart of the matter.  When grouped with many another faux pas by the Trump campaign, a voter can only ask if such casual incompetence is indicative of the wholesale whimsy, alacrity and devil-may-care ease with which an elected Trump is bound to run the country, destined to lead the free world.

Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort flatly denied that Melania’s often word-for-word copy of Michelle Obama’s speech was intentional. More, he termed accusations of Trump campaign plagiarism “crazy” Tuesday morning on CNN, then in a flagrant bid to shift negative attention to his rival, blamed the accusations on what he framed a skittish Hillary Clinton. This is downright Orwellian.

With a ruse like this, Paul Manafort flies in the face of salient truth. He claims for all the world that things are not what they most clearly are. Who would have guessed the intellectually lax and incurious Donald Trump, with help from a manager thick enough to rate voters blind and stupid, would ever be first to usher in the Orwellian Age? Eliza Collins pointed out in USA Today that there was no sign Clinton was connected to the speech or its loud repercussions for that matter. Woah! Big surprise!

Paul Manafort even dared  claim similarities between Melania Trump’s speech and that of Michelle Obama were strictly coincidental, that Melania or her speechwriters selected common words to describe common values and thus some unavoidable similarities. Sorry Paul but all of those exact same words arranged in far too often just the same sequence through sentence after sentence can be no mere coincidence, even to the minds of us way down here in the busy, half-lit halls of the rank and file. You can shelf your “Stupid Meter.” It’s poorly aimed and needs calibration.

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In more denial, Jason Miller, Trump’s communications advisor, threw up a thin, malodorous smoke screen. In a statement, Miller proposed that since Melania’s team of writers did draw from their notes on her “life’s inspirations” and sometimes even infused bits of “her own thinking,” the speech originated entirely with her.

Miller then dared hint, waxing most sentimentally, that because, as he put it, “Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success” her fellow Americans would be cold and callous indeed to acknowledge the least impropriety from this fine, exemplary figure, though that same impropriety glared out belittlingly at them all. In other words, working from a jingoistic fervor, Miller boldly spun the patriotism elements of Melania Trump’s speech in hopes of overshadowing any wrongdoing.

It seemed Tuesday morning that despite its crucial bearing on the event, we might never know precisely what Melania Trump meant when she told Matt Lauer: “I wrote it.  And with as little help as possible.” On Wednesday, however, Donald Trump staff-writer and ghostwriter of many Trump books quite contritely took blame for the indiscretion saying she worked with Melania Trump on her First Lady speech and wrote lines from Michelle Obama’s speech that were read her over the phone by Mrs. Trump as choice examples.

One Merideth McIver said she used some of the phrasing in what became Melania Trump’s final speech but then neglected to check that phrasing against Mrs. Obama’s speech, this presumably for conceptual and wording similarities. She claims she offered her resignation to Donald Trump but the candidate wouldn’t have it.

Just prior to release of Ms. McIver’s statement, Donald Trump tweeted the message “all press is good press!” Was the issue now described as the Melania speech scandal just a nefarious ploy orchestrated by Trump and friends and appropriated as rich fodder for good negative press? If so, then precisely how much of Donald Trump’s scandalous behavior during the past year’s campaigning had been deviously gauged to serve the same objective?

It was some two days before the Trump campaign would even so much as concede certain passages in Melania Trump’s speech clearly mirrored some of those in Michelle Obama’s of 2008. In a fit of insincerity, Trump manager Paul Manafort was still denying obvious similarities in a CNN interview Wednesday morning. Crooked Hillary indeed!

–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

The Upshot of Ignorance Is Lies

Chaos makes precarious ground for argument.
♣ You just can’t argue with ignorance for ignorance bides in chaos and in chaos every premise for argument is conflated, all logic in argument is skewed, the shear fabric of truth around argument is unwoven, its edges irreparably frayed.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

Rich, Proactive Cultural Exchange Ensures Peace

If we form a world community by befriending strangers on common ground, we’re bound to avert prospective enemies.
♣ While the roots of war are often isolationism and procrastination, it seems leaders have always stalled real preventative action until hostility grew critical and war itself imminent.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

Peace is Worth the Struggle

War is a failure to work for peace.
♣ Peace challenges. War kills.

–♦©M. D. Phillips–awincingglare.com

When It’s Harder to Do Right Than Do Wrong

A brain is given, a mind developed, a soul cultivated. The first is sane, the next profound, the last purely sublime.
♣ The rational brain, appointed to man for better or worse, growth or stagnation, always craves proximity to a developed mind and soul. Alone, the rational brain succumbs to doldrums, tedium, restlessness.
Mind and soul constitute the rational brain’s only inner support, its only compatible partners. Combined, the three can grow a rich and burgeoning inner life. Without the flourishing inner life drawn from mind and soul, however, the rational brain, no matter how advanced, enjoys but shreds of the true meaning, wholesome pursuit, clear direction, gripping intensity and high aspiration otherwise gained by the synergy.
In the absence of a thriving inner life born of mind and soul and entrance into the brain of nettling doldrums, tedium, restlessness, what’s right seems counterintuitive, boring, hard, restrictive, what’s wrong instinctive, thrilling, easy, liberating. Insight blinds. Distinction blurs. Confusion rages. Truth languishes. Joy stifles.
The rational brain bereft of mind and soul begins to hunger but is thwarted. Short of nourishment the rational brain forms a nagging void and feeling pangs of hunger ventures outside to the semblance of nutrition that constitutes vice. The rational brain seeks to fill the nagging void with vice. Vice proves incompatible, insufficient, untenable. Soon the nagging inner void deepens. To compensate, the rational brain consumes more vice without avail. The void sinks to a veritable abyss. The rational brain begins to starve. Blinding insight, blurring distinction, languishing truth, stifling joy, raging confusion all compress, implode on themselves and finally reduce to nothingness. What vestiges of mind and soul remain start to die and the rational brain gradually follows.

–♦©M. D.Phillips–awincingglare.com