Why America should thank Donald Trump

Evolution is trial and error, with the errors far outnumbering the successes. Evolution does not ignore failure; evolution learns from, and relies on, failure.

The realities of today are based on what evolution “learned” from yesterday’s failures. Evolution is highly imaginative, experimenting with combinations beyond human creativity.

Witness the octopus, the sponge, the venus flycatcher, the giraffe, the elephant, and the human. Witness quantum dynamics with its entanglement that even Einstein could not fathom.

Unlike human thought, nature has no pride, sympathy, compassion, or regret, which can strain comprehension. Nature is perfectly disinterested in outcomes and perfectly neutral regarding winners and losers.

Nature singularly does not care. It is amoral.

Humans argue on two levels. One level is the logical, “Which course is objectively the best?” level. The other is the emotional, “If you are right, I have lost the argument, and I am the lesser for it” argument.

Nature does not argue. It tries whatever comes along. Facts, not fiction, have all the power.

Before the Vietnam war, America’s leaders warned that if they placed American lives at risk, the loss of those first lives would prevent the war from ending. There would become, in American minds, the feeling of investment (“We can’t let all those boys die for nothing” syndrome).

It is a feeling that demands a further investment of lives lest the original investment be considered wasted.

And so it was.

The war, based on a lie, eventually cost too much, and after brutal losses, we surrendered. So many lives were wasted; so many were lost. We didn’t learn.

Thus, came Iraq and Afghanistan. The feeling of running on a treadmill toward hell permeated America. We no longer were invincible. We no longer were special. Someone was to blame for our depressed state. They had to pay.

America as the Shining City Upon a Hill – The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal
American exceptionalism

And so . . .

Donald Trump was inevitable. He came at the right time. America had come to doubt our own myths.

We had believed in, then doubted, American exceptionalism.

While Germans and Japanese could be hypnotized by promises of returning to an earlier, imaginary time of greatness, Americans felt immune to that fancy.

We were too clever. Too realistic. Too self-reliant, yet mutually reliant.

We had won World War II. We became the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth. We were cowboys on white horses in a world of savages. We were the best of everything, the “shining city upon a hill.”

We had a Constitution written by gods, a Supreme Court populated by ideals and truth, and a political system that was fair and strong. Because we had withstood the test of a mere two centuries, we thought we would stand forever.

Now, suddenly, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan showed us we were mere humans, neither better nor worse than the “power-mad” Germans, the “crazed” Japanese, and the “cowardly” Italians.

A vast gulf opened in our national psyche. And into that void stepped Donald Trump, who promised us he would “Make America Great Again.”

He never said how. He had no plan at all. But his very saying of it brought comfort to the most frightened and angriest among us.

This weak, draft-dodging, lying, cheating, semi-literate chiseler promised us whatever we wanted. What we wanted most was to believe.

By any scientific measure, Donald Trump is a psychopath. He passes all objective measures of that term. (See “A Psychopath Slipped Into The White House“) and “Is your favorite candidate a psychopath? How to tell.”

The Hare Test for psychopathy has 20 criteria. Trump meets all twenty, as did Hitler and Mussolini.

Trump proved that Americans, as a group, are not a superior breed. We simply are people with all the weaknesses and warts of other people. It was a profoundly disappointing lesson.

We prospered in power and wealth because of circumstance and geography, not any inherent preeminence, the absence of which should be evident to any thinking person.

Trump demonstrated that within every population, there are groups of aggrieved, anti-social, resentful, angry people, who blame their own shortcomings on others, and who welcome a leader telling them, “It’s not your fault. It’s someone else’s fault. I will protect you. I will lead you to the greatness you deserve.”

In America today, those people comprise what is known as the MAGA group. Trump is their god, and their religion is whatever Trump says it is.

They dare not admit his weaknesses for fear it will weaken them.

Present them with a fact that is adverse to their god, and their belief only strengthens.

So when the FBI discovered Trump had stolen dozens of classified documents belonging not to him but to the government, he immediately produced dozens of lies and excuses.

His followers fervently supported all of them, though many were self-contradicting.

The other Trump followers are the opportunists.

They know Trump is a liar, psychopath, and traitor, but they see in him a path to their own advancement.

This is the Republican party.

The GOP is not oblivious to facts.

They know the facts.

But they don’t let facts stand in their immoral path to power.

If you have been astounded that the revelation of Trump’s misdeeds has had little effect on his followers, it simply is because they already know what he is but don’t wish to care.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and for Trump followers the enemy is reality.

Now Trump has done us the favor of exposing our weaknesses. He exposed the electoral college system, with its patently undemocratic system. Rather than using the popular vote as a basis, it gives excessive power to chosen “electors.”

Our founders created the system as a sop to the rich and to thinly populated states to encourage them to join the union. It has proved to be an expensive gift.

Escaping a dictatorship by an eyelash and benefitting from the patriotism of a few, America and its electoral college did not replace an elected President with an unelected rogue.

The Senate is another undemocratic organization, with its rules allowing 2 people to represent each state. So you have California’s 40 million people owning an equal vote with the half million people of Wyoming.

Democracy lies in tatters.

Trump exposed the power of the mob, the mindless elation one feels upon being part of a cheering, stomping, screaming mob.

Think of Hitler preaching to his Nazis. Think of the thrill of being in a packed football stadium when the home team scores. Think of the group’s anger at a bad call by the officials.

Why the thrill and why the anger? Objectively, these should have been mere observations, not highly emotional events. But we are humans, and we feel each other’s passions. This is MAGA.

It’s difficult to express how close America has come to disaster and how close we remain. Trump remains. The MAGA;s remain.

And though some GOP rats have begun to flee the sinking Trump ship, most remain, with their surface loyalty (for they have no real loyalties) given to Trump rather than to America.

We cannot blame the MAGAs. They are just people, not necessarily evil, but more aptly described as weak and frightened.

You cannot logic them out of their dread. They are people who, rather than loving America, fear Americans. They need a leader who will stand between them and the poor, the blacks, the Muslims, the immigrants et al whom they fear.

Have you noticed that the white supremacist, fascist, coup mob carried American flags? Many, many American flags. They display flags on cars, trucks, shirts, tweets, at Trump rallies, and in the rioters’ hands as weapons.

Presumably, they feel the urgent need to prove to themselves, their fellows, and the nation that they are patriots.

The superabundance of American flags can be interpreted as  “Thou dost protest too much” signs, for these people are not patriots. They hate America, or at least, they hate their perception of America.

They may be the least patriotic people on the planet. They long for an America that never was, an America where they are admired, respected, and important.

If there is one word that can encompass the mood of Trump followers, it would be “angry.” They are angry at the poor for receiving help. They are angry at the rich for looking down. They are angry at the middle-class for their perceived comfort. They are angry at their own failures.

For many, the anger that has taken over their lives can be ameliorated only by angry words from Donald Trump.

Like a religious leader, Trump provides hope for the forlorn, power for the weak, retribution for the aggrieved, joy for the depressed, and the lifting of spirits for the self-perceived downtrodden.

They are addicted to him. Take away an addict’s drugs and he will lash out at you. His logical mind knows the drug is bad, but his emotional mind doesn’t care.

That is which is why MAGA anger becomes violent should anyone express disagreement with even Trump’s most outrageous lies.

Reason doesn’t work on addicts. And now, like the citizens of Germany, Russia, China, and many other dictatorships, we have seen insanity here, in the shining city.

So thank you Donald Trump for showing us hell before we actually stepped into that black hole. Now, if only we are wise enough to have learned that lesson and can quietly back away.

If only.

Rodger Mitchell



America lost

We are born, we live, we die. The few hours we have been given are precious, though what we do in those few hours lives after us.

Our voyage is short, and we are buffeted by the winds of circumstance, but we have our hands on the tiller. We can at least try be what we wish to be.

The question now: What do we wish to be?

Once we Americans were a welcoming people with open arms, joyful and generous. We were admired for our caring and compassion. Our parents and grandparents came across oceans to build their lives, and in so doing, built America.

We were courageous. We were the greatest generation. We were America the beautiful.

That America is lost.

It is the right-wing, especially, that has changed. The change is is tragic. Eisenhower was not this way.  Ford, Reagan, and the two Bushes were not this way. Even Nixon was not this way.

It may have begun with Newt Gingrich, and his “make ’em work” approach to poverty. Or, it may have begun with the Tea Party, a group espousing a philosophy of closed-fisted stinginess and covetousness.

Whatever and however, it has become the “I’ve got mine, to hell with you” Party of the Rich.  And it has morphed downward from there.

Today, we no longer are joyful and generous, no longer are admired for our caring and compassion. We no longer are courageous.

We fear. We fear the unfortunate weak, begging for entry. We fear them as invading hoards, trying to steal our culture. We fear the black, brown, and yellow. We fear the gay. We fear the Muslim.

America the brave has become a land of selfish cowards, cringing behind a Wall, afraid to welcome or to share.

But no Wall is high enough or long enough to remedy our terror. Another $5 billion to make it taller and billions more to guard it, and still that will not be enough.  More guards, more guns, more Walls — cowardice knows no limits

And, no cruelty to the poor is sufficient. Take away their food; take away their health; take away their homes and their education; take away their children. They deserve whatever misery we can foist on them.

In this vein, Breitbart, a publication of the right, wrote a story about an undocumented father and his young daughter, trying to enter America. They made the perilous journey because he is a father wanting the best for his daughter.

Like most parents, like you and me, the father was desperate to give his daughter a better, longer life than she would have had. But after all the adversity, and before they could reach their goal, the young girl dies.

I’m sure you can visualize the horror. I know you can imagine the grief. You are human.

But Breitbart’s tale is devoid of sympathy or humanity. It focuses on blaming the father for his daughter’s death.

The purpose of the article was to demonstrate that immigrants are not real people, not to be pitied or aided, but rather to be despised and blamed for their own despair.

Deceased Migrant Girl’s Father Did Not Report Illness for 7 Hours, Says CBP

Officials said the agents asked the father the questions in Spanish and translated his answers to English for documentation on the form. The father reportedly checked the box on the I-779 immigration form that said his daughter had no current illnesses.

Travel time by bus on these highly primitive roads in mountainous desert terrain takes about two to three hours. Officials stressed that bus transportation is the fastest means available in this area — keeping in mind that the father had not yet reported the girl to be ill.

At about 4:30 a.m., the bus began loading family unit migrants, including the little girl and her father. At about 5 a.m., the father reported the little girl was ill and vomiting. Border Patrol agents on the bus reportedly called ahead to the station to advise the girl’s condition and request EMT trained agents to meet them on arrival.

At about 6 a.m., the bus arrived at the Lordsburg Station and the girl had reportedly stopped breathing. Agents revived the girl and arranged transportation for her to a children’s hospital in El Paso by helicopter.

The helicopter arrived at 7:45 a.m and took the girl to El Paso. The agents provided ground transportation for the father. During the flight, the girl reportedly suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by the aircrew.

Doctors said the girl suffered brain swelling and liver failure. She died later that day.

She was an innocent little girl, with her full life ahead. She wished for what little girls wish. Her crime and her father’s was to strive for a happy life. Her punishment for that dream was early death.

At the end of the article, dozens of readers commented. Nearly all were of the same ilk: Cruelty and hatred.

Read these comments,  representative and word-for-word. They are typical of what you will find at the end of all Breitbart articles:

Son of Snake Plissken Michaelg8 • 6 hours ago
The father is guilty of child abuse and negligent homicide that is for sure.
The lies put out by the Left wing government and the propaganda bureaus disguised as media are an outrage. This homicide lies with them as well.

LuckyStrike Son of Snake Plissken • 6 hours ago
The father – if indeed he is the real father – as well as MURDERED that little girl.
That man should be tried for child abuse and murder and sent to prison for LIFE.
Repatriate ALL illegal aliens!

MaximusBraveheart LuckyStrike • 6 hours ago
Repatriate ALL illegal aliens; immediately! They are in a race… a mad, dangerous and illegal race to get more Democrat voters!

Homeschool Momma MaximusBraveheart • 5 hours ago
Instead of focusing on the extraordinary efforts to save the girl, all the open borders fascists will do is focus on the fact that the girl died…as if that was somehow the fault of border patrol.

Budda Homeschool Momma • 5 hours ago
The father needs to be charged with child abuse, endangering a minor and manslaughter.

SkipMayfield Budda • 5 hours ago
I believe ALL of the adults arrested in this group need to be charged with the same crime.

sgb1 SkipMayfield • 5 hours ago
They must have all known the child was terribly ill. It makes me wonder if it wasn’t deliberate in order set up a body to carry on about.

gman sgb1 • 4 hours ago
Of course the media will blow this up as being Trump’s fault for not having the Welcome Wagon at the border.
Will the mainstream media report that this child was already sick in Mexico?
The parent or Guardian should be charged with child neglect.
What would happen to you or I if we brought our child along during an illegal act?
The mainstream media should be so outraged over American children killed by illegal aliens.

Trump Train aka Honey Badger gman • 4 hours ago
The Mob Dems are the real Murderers for enticing the illegal invaders to come here and break our laws in the first place.
0bama in coordination with the propaganda media and deep state globalists orchestrated this to destroy US.

uvm73 Trump Train aka Honey Badger • 4 hours ago
For me, the sickest part of this story is that we still do not know what illness killed this girl. The invaders are bringing 3rd world diseases with them. Unlike Ellis Island, where there was a natural quarantine period, along with a significant body of water to protect Americans, these invaders carry all kinds of diseases to infect American citizens, including these Border Patrol agents & their families.

Son of Snake Plissken uvm73 • 3 hours ago
A POX on all the children and grand children of the media and Government officials who support this madness. Hate to wish for such but they have caused it so bring it only to the ones who earned it.

Stormwaves uvm73 • an hour ago
Apparently a new form of polio is affecting children in the United States. The media has gone suddenly silent, as has the CDC, on the numbers of children who are now suffering paralysis and what is causing it.

gman Trump Train aka Honey Badger • 4 hours ago
While nobody wants to see a child sick or perish,
I believe they do say not to drink the water in Mexico.
Dumb parents making dumb decisions putting their children in danger.
Everyone of these selfish people could have applied for asylum in their home countries.
Child endangerment at its finest.
They have nobody to blame but themselves

Andrew Scott Carlisle gman • 4 hours ago
The “Father” is just upset he lost his get out of detention free card, probably should have shared some of his water with her instead of keeping it all to himself. The child died BECAUSE of the catch and release policy for illegals traveling with children, get rid of that and he would have left her at home.

Tom Alstadt John Penhale • 2 hours ago
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Mat 5:7 This verse is referring to forgiveness against others and showing compassion. It is not a requirement to overlook civil law and allow others to destroy your community, family, and nation.

JessZ John Penhale • 2 hours ago
Jesus said give to Ceasar what is Ceasars and give to God what is God….I take that to mean obey the laws of the Country and obey Gods laws..legal immigrants are all welcome but for those bypassing our laws they are disobeying not only the Countries laws but Gods law…

Daniel Hertlein Trump Train aka Honey Badger • an hour ago
You are dumb as literal dirt. I don’t know how you are able to breath.

Don Wadd Gail Brooks • 2 hours ago
Ever seen a WHITE landscaper in the last 10 years?

Tom Alstadt Don Wadd • an hour ago
Yes. Quite a few. We want LEGAL IMMIGRANTS and cannot tolerate illegal aliens.

JessZ Don Wadd • an hour ago
Actually a lot of the landscapers in our area are white….

Ribert Koonce Don Wadd • 2 hours ago
Nope, like construction workers, they were trashed for cheaper laborers from south of the border more than 30 years ago.

Angela Moore Don Wadd • an hour ago
Go to any majority-white state and you’ll find white people working construction, landscaping, pumping gas, waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms, etc etc etc. Go to Bernie Sanders state and sit on a park bench for an afternoon, and see all the jobs white folks want to do, you total SFB.

SuperPrivileged Trumpisaliarhiswifeisawhore • 2 hours ago
They won’t hire you because libtards are worthless and incapable of hard work.

Kawboy Trumpisaliarhiswifeisawhore • 2 hours ago
Whatever,the frigging prisoners should be picking the crops instead of sitting on their azzes watching tv or working out? And if migrants are needed then when picking season is over they go home. The illegals and the cheap azzes who hire them ruined the construction industry

This is how far the Republican party has sunk, dark, cold and hate-filled. And with Donald Trump, it has reached its nadir.

There is no warmth, no love. Compassion is derided as weakness. Hatred is strength. Nazis are “good people.” Murderous dictators are admired. Power and realpolitik are all we have.

We are hatred and hated.

Ronald Reagan: America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere. I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”

That Shining City upon a hill is gone, replaced by the faux gold of a Trump Tower and a hideous Wall.

The America we once knew and loved is lost.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

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 The Ten Steps To Prosperity can 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. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

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. 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 you.