Apparently, if you blow smoke at US citizens long enough, they eventually believe it

The news so far this year has been dominated by the shut down of the U.S. government caused by President Trump’s insistence that a physical barrier be built along the US/Mexico border.  Trump has been pushing for a wall ever since he started running for president almost 3 years ago.

When Trump was running for president, he insisted that the wall was needed for security and that he guaranteed Mexico would pay for it.  Mexico has stated on numerous occasions that they have no intention of paying for this wall.  Since Mexico won’t pay, Trump has insisted that U.S. citizens should pay for the wall, to the tune of $5.7 billion.

As a U.S. citizen, paying taxes to the federal government is mandatory.  Unfortunately, the federal government too often misuses the money we pay to them and, apparently, nearly half of the citizens in this country are alright with that.

An ABC News story this morning, along with other news sources, reported that support for a border wall has increased during the past year.  Last year, 34% supported building a border wall.  Now, 42% support building the wall.  It’s a small wonder that the government is able to waste taxpayer money so easily.  All that is needed is for Trump and the Republicans to continue their insistence that we are being overrun at our southern border and, apparently, people eventually believe it.

Actually, none of this really surprises me anymore.  I was watching TV the other night and saw an advertisement for the continuation of a series on TLC, Seeking Sister Wife.  You have got to be frickin’ kidding me!  So, a reality show that is basically about polygamy is popular?  If you look at the number of mindless TV shows that are popular in this country, it’s not hard to recognize how we have found ourselves in this situation.

Why are so many United States citizens so gullible?

I am very thankful that election day is only a few days away.  In the past few weeks, the annoying advertisements for prescription medications have been replaced by annoying political advertisements.  Very few advertisements tout just the position of a candidate or proposition.  A large number of the advertisements supporting a particular candidate are directed at the opposing candidate.  There are allegations galore of why the opposing candidate is the wrong person for the elected position.

I was watching the news this evening and the station had reporters asking likely voters who would get their vote.  I was amazed at the response by one gentleman.  He quoted, verbatim, a moniker the Republican candidate labeled the Democratic candidate in his attack ads.  The Republican had labeled the Democrat as “Dr. Tax.”  This likely voter proudly declared that there was no way he was voting for “Dr. Tax.”

When I heard the interview, I just shook my head in disgust.  As far as I’m concerned, the ads from both the Democrat and the Republican in this particular race are way out of line.  Unfortunately, the ads apparently do get traction with people, which is why they are done.

An idea occurred to me this evening.  I think the majority of the citizens of this country are swayed by what they watch on TV and they apparently cannot separate truth from fiction in what they see.  President Trump was on a TV show called The Apprentice and, apparently, a lot of people watched.  I never did.  A good portion of what the citizens of the United States believe to be true comes from what they watch on TV.  It’s no wonder that we, as a country, are so screwed up.

What am I missing?

The news continues to demonstrate that a lot of the human race has been and continues to be quite barbaric.  Saudi Arabia has been the major news story this week concerning the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national, who was living in the United States and was a journalist for the Washington Post.  Khashoggi was apparently planning to get married.  To that end, he went to the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey for some kind of documentation.  If you are not aware of this story, you can read a news article that came out yesterday from the Associated Press, Saudi account of Khashoggi’s killing is widely denounced.

It is not very surprising to me that agents of Saudi Arabia would brutally murder an outspoken critic.  It is also not surprising that the regime of Saudi Arabia would put forward an explanation for Kashoggi’s death, which reminds me of a lie that a child might concoct to cover up some wrong doing.

Also still not surprising to me is the response by President Trump to this despicable act.  Saudi Arabia is in the process of purchasing $110 billion in arms from the United States.  President Trump, being the lover of money that he is, has refused to denounce Saudi Arabia and he has said that he believes Mohammed bin Salman’s explanation that Kashoggi’s killing was an accident.  Again, this is not surprising since Trump also did not question Vladimir Putin’s assertion that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 United States presidential election.  Trump has received a lot of money from Russia, so it follows that he is not going to question a source of money.  I wonder if Trump is really that gullible or perhaps it’s just the money?

What escapes my understanding is that there are still a lot of citizens of the United States, who continue to support Trump.  Not long after Trump was declared to be the 45th president, I wondered how long it would be before he was removed from office or resigned.  I have lost hope that either of these outcomes will occur.  We are now about a year away from the 2020 Presidential Campaign, so it seems likely that Trump will complete at least 4 years.  It also wouldn’t surprise me if he got elected to another term.

Trump’s lies and treachery are very obvious to me.  How can there be people, who do not see this?  Clearly, I must be missing something.

Clearly, we are all living in parallel universes.

Nowadays, I still read the newspaper most everyday.  I skim past a lot of articles that are national politics in nature.  I’ve had my fill of President Trump’s shenanigans and have given up wondering why he is still the president.  There isn’t anything that he does or has done that surprises me.  What does surprise me, though, is the number of people who apparently idolize this poor excuse for a human being.

In today’s newspaper, there was an article about Twitter doing a crackdown on “bots,” which has apparently netted some live users in the process.  The crackdown apparently failed to consider that there are live people who are, in some cases, individually sending hundreds of tweets a day.  The article highlighted one woman, who was described as a 70-year-old grandmother and who spends 14 hours a day on Twitter while watching Fox News.

So, my hypothesis is that this woman, along with a lot of other folks, must be living in a parallel universe.  Nearly everything that the President has said or tweeted is demonstrably false or an exaggeration.  In that parallel universe, this either isn’t happening or it just doesn’t matter.  Maybe this is why it is so hard for me to understand.  The pro-Trump folks are in one universe and I am in another.

If you are with me in same universe, you are probably wondering as I am about when the other universe will collapse.  Maybe it will never collapse.  Maybe this is the new reality.  I have given up worrying about it.  My only consolation is that my universe makes sense and the other one doesn’t.

I have had enough.

I have had enough of hearing what President Trump is doing or what he has done.  Trump gave a speech at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree that was completely inappropriate for an audience of mostly children.  One of his recent tweets advised everyone that he will ban transgender persons from serving in the military.  There is clear and convincing evidence that Trump and/or his associates engaged with the Russian government in order to alter the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.  When is enough enough?

I knew what kind of a man Donald Trump was before he was elected.  None of what he has done or is doing is a surprise to me.  What is a surprise to me is that there are so many people in this country, who continue to support Donald Trump and what he is doing.

I have reached a point of sensory overload.  Feel free to let me know when President Trump has been removed from office.  Until that time, I would prefer to not hear about him at all.  He hasn’t accomplished anything of value to the citizens of this country during his first 6 months in office.  Clearly, I’m not missing anything if I tune him out.  Maybe if more people did, like the news media, he would become bored and would go away of his own accord.  Now that would be news I’d love to hear.