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Not so Stupid

It’s no secret where I stand politically on many of today’s issues or how I feel about about the current POTUS. But despite my feelings on the man I recognize he’s not stupid. He may not have gone to Oxford like Clinton or was editor of the Harvard Law Review like Obama but you don’t become President being stupid and he surely knows how to connect to his base. With that said I wonder if I’m the only one who finds it puzzling that moments after announcing he was declaring a national emergency he said there really is no emergency. It’s almost as if he was giving the courts the ammunition to overrule him. Why? Well once he gets the funding that’s it. The issue kind of fades into the background. But if he’s overturned he gets to hit the 2020 campaign trail riling up his base – see I tried to protect you I did everything I could but those Democrats and liberal justices they stopped me. They left the floodgates open for illegal immigrants to come to this country and rape our women, murder our children, take our jobs. But the fight is not over vote for me in 2020 and I’ll find a way to overcome these crazy liberals and protect you. Cue the Make America Great chants. If I didn’t despise the way he has divided this country I’d almost call this strategy genius.

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America’s Dirty Little Secret – Trump’s shadow base

How was it that Donald Trump, when all the exit polls showed otherwise, was able to capture the Presidency of the United States?

How is it that Donald Trump, when polls show he has one of the lowest approval ratings of all time, able to keep GOP politicians from revolting against him?

Why is it that Donald Trump has made such little effort to expand “his base” and seemingly is unconcerned about it?

I’m here to tell you it’s because of America’s dirty little secret.  You see when we watch one of the many “campaign rallies” Trump held before the election and amazingly continues to hold after, at tax payer cost, we see what many liberals characterize as his base. Low income, poorly educated white males and females. Liberals see a stereotypical person they likely refer to as Billy Bob with a smirk and his wife sporting Make America Great Again hats, spewing hatred and fear against people of color.  It’s why Trump constantly uses the wall and cherrypicks acts of violence and other criminal activities by immigrants in his speeches. Why he throws out lines like shithole countries. Liberals summarize Billy Bob is so poorly educated that he easily fooled by Trump because Trump appeals to their greatest fear. That they are losing a grip on “their” country.

But what Trump and the GOP know is there are a number of well educated, highly compensated, extremely polished individuals who deep down harbor the very same fears. They are Trump’s shadow base. They have friends who are people of color. They’re children play with your children.  They are registered Democrats and they never ever say they like Donald Trump. In fact their social media is likely littered with posts you’ve liked denouncing Trump.  But when they get behind that voting curtain and they are all alone they’re pulling the lever for Trump.

Why? Because way more than “Billy Bob” this was their country. White men of power had a long uninterrupted run of success in this country. They were the majority, ran all the big corporations and controlled the country’s politics. But then census data projected the US will become ‘minority white’ in 2045. More and more people of color began showing up in the executive lunch room and on the country club golf courses. Then the unthinkable happened Barack Obama won the Presidency.  Not only did he win he and his family were looked at with the highest level of respect around the globe. It wasn’t so much about Obama’s politics, tough it would be naive to completely dismiss that, it was looking at a well educated, articulate man of color stand in front of the world as America’s leader. Sure there had been plenty well educated, articulate men and women of color in the spotlight before Obama but none had ever been President. Obama represented a glimpse into the future of this country and for some that was a frightening future

Now don’t get me wrong I don’t think the vast majority of white people are arming themselves and storing canned goods in preparation for the coming brown people apocalypse. In fact I’m more hopeful than ever that this country is headed in the right direction, if ever so slowly, with respect to race relations. But there are still a few dinosaurs out there who hide in plain sight fearful of the future. They’re America’s dirty little secret. They’re Trump’s shadow base and it would be best not to underestimate them again in 2020.

Actions speak louder than words

For 8 years President Obama fought the war on terror pursuing a campaign of targeting terrorist leaders from al Qaeda, its affiliates, and ISIS. Since the start of President Obama’s first term in 2009, at least 45 of the top terrorist leaders were killed or captured by U.S. forces. In March of 2016 CNN reported under the Obama administration, coalition forces had killed more than 26,000 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, according to an official estimate and in the Administration’s final days US air strikes killed more than twenty top Al Qaeda operatives in Syria. Yet despite this he was consistently attacked for being soft on terrorism because he did not utter the words Radical Islamic terrorism. In fact our current President went as far as to say:

Obama “disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’, for that reason alone, he should step down.

But as President Obama said himself the reason he wouldn’t use those words is

I have been careful about when I describe these issues is to make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful, who are responsible, who, in this country, are fellow troops and police officers and fire fighters and teachers and neighbors and friends.

Additionally as anyone in the intelligence community will tell you the war on terror is fought and won  using intelligence gathered around the world much of it from Muslims. Alienating this vital stream of information to make Sean Hannity and the rest of FOX News happy served no purpose. Obama understood that the war on terror wasn’t going to be won through sound bites and tweets but through actions. Actions that his Administration consistently undertook during his 8 years as President.

Today as the country looks on in horror at the events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va we have again gotten into the debate of whether we should use a term, domestic terrorist, white supremacist, neo nazis etc. To be sure calling out these groups for who and what they are would have been refreshing.  Even more so would have been pointing the blame squarely at them, something our President seems unwilling to do instead opting to condem hatred and bigotry on “many sides”. Ignoring  the fact that one side was filled with hate filled bigots espousing racism while the other side was protesting against racism. But let’s say I am willing to give Trump a pass for not using the term domestic terrorism to describe these hate filled individuals, after all like the term radical Islam they’re only words. I couldn’t possibly give him a pass for his actions. Such as lumping together the Alt Right protestors who were responsible for 19 injuries and the death of an Americans who came to stand up against hate and bigotry.  That action speaks louder than any words ever could

Since Trump has taken office attacks from groups identified as white supremacist have been on the rise. No one can pretend Trump’s campaign rhetoric such as when he initially refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or disavow an endorsement by former Klansman David Duke has not embolden these groups. If that wasn’t enough to give them the confidence to crawl from under there rock on February 2, 2017 Reuters reported that the Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

As Think Progress reported the news of Trump’s plan to reverse that symbolic recognition of right-wing threats prompted a wave of celebration in white nationalist circles. “Donald Trump wants to remove us from undue federal scrutiny by removing ‘white supremacists’ from the definition of ‘extremism,’” the founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer

Two presidents

Words vs actions.

Actions speak louder than words.