America is burning Saturday, May 30 2020 

AMERICA IS BURNING

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DON’T BLAME ME.

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OK, YOU CAN BLAME ME.

 

Is Trump a bigot? The surprising answer. Saturday, May 30 2020 

President Donald J. Trump acts like a bigot.

With regard to Mexicans and Mexican immigrants, he has said:

“When Mexico sends it people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,”

“The Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. They send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them,”

To Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos, “Sit down. Sit down … Go back to Univision.”

Regarding U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe.” “I’m building a wall,” Trump said. “It’s an inherent conflict of interest.”

“Jeb Bush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his (Mexican-born) wife.”

With regard to gays:

Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed a federal policy that said transgender workers were protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Trump’s  Justice Department made an unexpected move last July when it  argued in a major federal lawsuit that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination.

Trump’s The Bureau of Prisons eliminated rules that had allowed transgender inmates to use facilities, including cellblocks and bathrooms, that match their gender identity,  increasing the likelihood of rape for transgender women.

The Trump administration supported a Christian bakery owner in Colorado who refused to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding.

The Trump administration claimed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 does not ban anti-transgender discrimination in federally funded schools.

Trump announced he would ban transgender people from serving in the military.Trump spoke at an event where guests were warned of the “Hazards of Homosexuality>”

With regard to Muslims:

Called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Trump lied: “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations. . . They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down.”

“When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse. And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watchlists. We want to go with databases. And we have no choice.”

Trump said, “I think Islam hates us.”

With regard to blacks:

A former employee of Trump’s Castle, in Atlantic City, said “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor.”

“You know, you don’t want to live with them (blacks)  either.”

The Central Park Five, were five youths of color, wrongly convicted of raping a white woman. Trump took out full page ads saying the youths should be executed. Even after they later were proved innocent, Trump said it was a disgrace that they were released.

When discussing immigration from Africa, Trump asked why America would want immigrants from “all these shithole countries” and that the U.S. should have more people coming in from places like Norway.

With regard to blind people:

In the Trump Tower elevator were dots next to the floor numbers. Trump asked what the dots were, and the architect said, “It’s braille.” Trump said, “Get rid of them. No blind people are going to live in this building.”

The above examples would seem to prove without any doubt that Donald Trump is a bigot. But, I suggest he is not a bigot.

A bigot is a person who hate classes of people, not individuals. A bigot hates  people because of their color, religions, sexual orientation, country of origin, etc.

Donald Trump does not hate people. He doesn’t care about people.

I suggest that Donald Trump is a psychopath supporting anyone or any group that supports him, and assailing anyone who doesn’t.

In his view he, not you or anyone else, is the center of the universe, really the entire universe. No one matters but him.

The Robert Hare Checklist of Psychopathy Symptoms

The Robert Hare Checklist of Psychopathy Symptoms consists of 20 symptoms which are rated 0 to 2. Zero means “does not apply,” one ‘applies somewhat’ and two ‘applies fully’.  Subjects score between 0 and 40.

Normal individuals typically score less than five and many non-psychopathic criminals (who do actually have symptoms of antisocial personality disorder) may score 20 to 22.

A score over 30 on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised is used to diagnose the presence of psychopathy.

Trump scored a 39 out of a possible 40.

You can see the entire checklist and Trump’s scores here, but the criteria most relevant to this discussion are:

2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH — a grossly inflated view of one’s abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart.

Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.

(Donald Trump called himself the “smartest person” in America  in a Tweet goading Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO.) He repeatedly refers to himself as a “stable genius.”

Trump gets a “2” on this symptom.

5. CONNING AND MANIPULATIVENESS — the use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one’s victims.

(“I actually thought that people were very happy at [Trump University]” he said. “I was very surprised [by the criticism] That’s why I didn’t settle this case, which I could have settled very easily a long time ago.”) —Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement

Trump gets a “2” on this symptom.

6. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT — a lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted and unempathetic.

This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one’s victims.

(Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.)

Trump gets a “2” on this symptom.

8. CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY — a lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.

(In his usual coarse, tactless fashion before his meeting with PM May, Trump gave an interview where he praised her hard-Brexit supporting Party rival, the flamboyant and egregious Boris Johnson.)

Trump gets a “2” on this symptom.

16. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS —  a failure to accept responsibility for one’s actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

(After doing everything within his power to make the midterm elections even more of a referendum on his presidency that it already was, Donald Trump is now shrugging off any responsibility for a possible defeat.)

Trump gets a “2” on this symptom.

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In Conclusion

Donald Trump is not a bigot. A bigot hates classes of people — their color, religion, country of origin, sexual preferences, etc.

He doesn’t care at all about your color. He doesn’t care at all about your religion. He doesn’t care about your country of origin. He doesn’t care about your disabilities. He doesn’t care about your sexual preferences. He doesn’t care about any of your attributes.

Donald Trump is entirely ego-centered. He cares only about himself.

He will support anyone who supports or praises him and he will denounce anyone who disagrees with him.

To that end, he surrounds himself with incompetent, corrupt sycophants, who keep their positions so long as they praise him, but immediately are cast aside as soon as they say or do anything that reflects badly on “The Donald.

He views every event as a reflection of him. Nothing is independent of him. For example, the thousands of people who have died from the COVID-19 virus don’t matter to him, except as how “the numbers” reflect on him.

“I like the numbers being where they are. This was Donald Trump’s justification for attempting to prevent the Grand Princess passengers from disembarking on American soil.

Trump believes that certain groups, most notably white, Christian evangelists, are strongly biased against those who are not of that group, and he believes that by aligning with them, he will receive their blind, unremitting support.

So Trump, right or wrong, who at times has been a Democrat, and whose daughter is a Jew, adopts the mantle of white supremacist bigotry to gain evangelistic support.

He is, in short, a Zelig-like, insecure character, desperately hoping for admiration — or even acceptance — from society, and repeatedly failing.

Trump is not a bigot. He is the classic psychopath.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. I

Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP Friday, May 29 2020 

PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP

 

Trump shooting starts

 

 

 

 

 

A real leader leads by example Thursday, May 28 2020 

Donald Trump is our elected leader. He leads by example. He holds much more sway in certain parts of the country than in others.

Here is him leading by example:

Florida Sun Sentinal, May 28 2020
No masks required in government buildings
Palm Beach County drops social distancing restrictions for residents visiting libraries, government center

When you go to check out a book or get a building permit, you won’t be required to wear a mask, have your temperature taken or follow social distancing rules.

Trump arms crossed

“A mask doesn’t look good”

Well, perhaps the Palm Beach County public is proving it doesn’t really need libraries anyway.

The public is free to come and go without restrictions, although employees and contractors must wear masks and have their temperature monitored.

“As far as the public goes, that’s not something — we really can’t — consent is involved and everything, and that’s not something that our current program was prepared to handle,” said Scott Marting, the county’s director of risk management.

“I think there’s underlying issues when you start to test members of the public.”

The “underlying issue” is very simple. If you are intelligent, you always have covered your mouth when you coughed or sneezed.

You do that to protect other people from your germs.

And because you have no way of  knowing whether or not you are carrying the COVID-19 virus, you wear a mask, to protect other people from your germs.

That is common sense and common courtesy.

Live and let die

In a mask factory. (“Live and let die” was playing.)

You also wear a mask to protect yourself, but even if you don’t give a damn about your own life, at least you care about the lives of others.

In short,  unless you are a boorish ignoramus, you always have been covering your mouth when you coughed or sneezed.

Now especially during the pandemic, where more than 100,000 Americans already have died from the virus, you wear a mask (unless you are the abovementioned boorish ignoramus).

That is the very simple, “underlying issue.”

The issue reflects a national debate about how to govern people’s behavior at a time when many people resist.

In Palm Beach County, it also comes as public officials are criticized for reopening businesses without meeting all of the federal government’s guidelines for reopening.

From malls to libraries to government buildings, some people insist they have a right to decide for themselves what precautions to take.

Allowing that attitude may not be safe, some medical experts say.

These Palm Beachers may think they have a God-given, Constitutional right to decide for themselves.

But when you’re an inconsiderate damn fool, who doesn’t care about endangering the lives of the people around you, sometimes the government has to step in — unless the Palm Beach government also consists of inconsiderate damn fools.

“They have a huge obligation to the employees and the patrons of their buildings, 

in hospital without a mask

If my leader doesn’t wear a mask, I don’t wear a mask — even in a hospital.

and they should require that people maintain physical distance and face coverings,” said Dr. Terry Adirim, the senior associate dean for clinical affairs at Florida Atlantic University’s college of medicine and an expert on public health.

If you don’t wish to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, fine.

You’ll just be one more organ donor for the people who desperately need kidneys, hearts, livers, etc.

Welcome to the Darwin Awards.

But when you endanger other people, because you are an idiot, the government should protect the other people.

Currently all of the tax collectors’ offices require masks and social distancing, according to Palm Beach County Tax Collector, and starting June 1, all transactions at their offices will be by appointment only.

The Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office also requires masks for customers.

Under pressure from the public, Palm Beach County allowed businesses to reopen May 11 — before the rest of South Florida — even though coronavirus infections and the percentage of people testing positive had not declined.

Beaches started to reopen May 18, more than a week before Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Broward County, unlike Palm Beach County, asks both the public and employees to wear masks inside government buildings.

But Broward does not screen employees by taking their temperatures.

Trump at Ford

Yes, yes, so 100,000 people have died, Big deal. I’m so macho I don’t need one. Oh, you wear a mask to protect other people? Why should I start caring about other people? I never have before.

If there is one thing we Americans demand, it’s that our leaders lead us by example. 

We are being led by a demonstrable psychopath.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Monetary Sovereignty Twitter: @rodgermitchell Search #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. I

Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

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