Category: Washington Politics

Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

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James A Baldwinby Marion Marks

The level of uneducated and hate-filled social media commentary directed at candidates, supporters or anyone who dares question, understand or clarify issues regarding volatile candidates, parties or those working in the political process is the order of the day[S.O.P.]. Any educated effort to understand the status quo of a candidate, a candidate’s position papers, platform points of opposing party prior to their national convention appears to have disintegrated into pitched battles and third-grade name-calling. Sadly, the hostile name tags seem to stick.

imageAn illustrated Donald Trump, and his current branded campaign promoting conservative family values carrying a large voters base, sold as the desire for “greatness,” is, however, running off the rails. For any factual observer, Trump’s campaign never addresses specific issues related to social or political progress, because in the world of “those illegal immigrants who are taking all our stuff,” equality and basic human decency, and the Read more

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Protecting and Defending Should be more than Rhetoric

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Omar Mateen
Omar Mateen

by Marion Marks

Omar Mateen was never classified prior to Saturday evening with specific “terrorist” traits or organizations at the time he walked into the club immediately before he started pulling the triggers because his profile and available documented work records, fell into many groups, most containing only degrees of “Red Flags!” But, in as much as America is under attack from many enemies, it seems to be common sense that we all failed to properly diagnose the apparent problems. For those failures we must regroup and make certain the same mistakes don’t happen again.

10_04_Visualize_2As night follow day, we seem to repeat the same tragic logic, refighting battles over Second Amendment rights and who can purchase and carry what and where. Getting beyond the same critical rights discussions must become our first mission if we expect to change history and Read more

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Analyzing GOP’s High-Stakes Gamble on Donald Trump

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Ultimate Fighter!


by Marion Marks

The great attraction Donald Trump followers appreciate is the ease with which he rolls off seemingly sophisticated denunciations of groups, federal programs or movements that many voters believe are ripe with bureaucratic waste. If the hate-filled vitriol weren’t so well received by an audience eager to denounce what they perceive as dirty politicians and non-deserving government benefit recipients. Who hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon, denouncing the “Welfare Cheat”? Voters feel governmental institutions need streamlining and purging across the board. Pointing out dangers of the rabid dog running the streets gets universal approval.

Red Queen-OFF WITH HEAD
OFF With her head!

The Trump call for fixing the system fits the pattern of the outside party rallying cry, but the solutions he suggests are like the Red Queen calling to Alice, “Off with their heads!” Everyone cheers, but no one wants to be on the chopping block.

The words “Working Solutions” just don’t exist in the Trump campaign plan, and every case where Trump is questioned is met with Read more

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Lessons Muhammad Ali Taught We Should Learn about Donald Trump

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imageby Marion Marks

The lesson Muhammad Ali teaches us about Donald Trump is appreciating the most fantastical American figure of his age, a self-invented charismatic character who was consistently honest and insightful. The Ali image is appealing in both simplicity and depth as opposed to the Trump contrived reality-show star shell. Ali, born Cassius Clay in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Kentucky, was a mere skinny, quick-witted kid, whose self-supporting parents were a simple sign painter and a house cleaning maid. Ali only took up boxing at the age of twelve to avenge the indignity he suffered from a bully who stole his most prized possession, a shinny red bicycle.image

Ali created his amazing persona, many considered the most famous person in the world, a supreme athlete who became vindicated by the Supreme Court, an artist or wordsmith whose blend of pugilistic force, improvisational wit, ballerina balance and a jet-engine blasts mastered Read more

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Donald Trump Twilight Zone – Credibility Gap Harms “GOP CRED”

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credibility gap Nixon-AgnewThe 1960’s White House Press corps frustration with press releases, basically intentional lies told to the press, was a foundation for the acceptable but not-so-inside term that became a fad board game called “Credibility Gap.” Younger journalists sought evidence, often “leaks”, supportive of contentions that the administration was lying about activities not authorized by congress. All too regularly, the evidence turned up.

In December 1962, at the annual meeting of the U.S. Inter-American Council, Senator Kenneth B. Keating (R-N.Y.) praised President John F. Kennedy’s prompt action in the Cuban Missile Crisis. But he said there was an urgent need for the United States to plug what he termed the “Credibility Gap” in U.S. policy on Cuba.

What was called a Credibility Gap has turned into a modern-day Credibility Challenge, and the acceptability of press releases becomes a daily fact check by the media, bloggers and political operatives, often intent upon using the slightest factual inconsistency as the edge of a wedge to cry liar. “Gotcha” moments begin as slips in fact checking, the slight exaggeration of basically correct information or outright intentional lies. The power of facts is in the ability to bludgeon opponents with inaccurate use of basic truths by finding flaws in logic or having a spokesperson whose credibility has previously been proven Read more

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“Tricky Dick” Foolery Eclipsed by Donald Trump

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Buchanan-Nixon-Reaganby Marion Marks

Pat Buchanan, significantly fashioned the Richard Nixon image and is credited with stating “public opinion could not only be ascertained, but crafted.” Understanding how to fashion the public’s appreciation in a chief executive’s election and the image of the office demonstrated at the time that managing the press, understanding how to alter free speech or insert selective facts also gives responsibility for pinning Nixon as “Tricky Dick.”

Alfred E Trump & Witch HillaryOur world of facts may speak louder than mere spoken words, but efforts to enlarge words and empower them carry responsibilities when it comes to presidential politics. Clearly both the Trump and Clinton camps will make every effort to spin the news and make the opponent appear to be – “The Evil One!” Sadly voters Read more

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Memorial Day Reflections & Presidential Candidates

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John McCain Returns from Prisoner of war camp
John McCain Returns from Prisoner of war camp

by Marion Marks

In 1968, Donald Trump was a 21 years old, handsome college student with a full head of hair. The Vietnam War draft was never an issue on his way to earning an Ivy League degree. Trump’s life was fancy dinners, beautiful women and outrageous night clubs. His job in his father’s real estate company consisted of creating money-making ideas that would make him a billionaire. John McCain sat in a tiny North Vietnamese prison cell, a broken US Air Force pilot whose plane crashed. He lay starving and suffering from a series of botched operations and months of torture. Today, Donald Trump judges John McCain harshly.

Trump’s comments on McCain, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured, I like people that weren’t captured.” If this isn’t pitiful unpatriotic pandering, we have to reconsider what our heroes really must endure.

Trump graduates college
Trump graduates college

Trump’s heroes are role models who worship money and power. “Two of the people I admired most and who I kind of studied for the way they did things were the great Flo Ziegfeld, the Broadway producer, Read more

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Trump’s Ultimate Contrived Stunt

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Donald-Wolf knocking(sm)Historical Interpretation of the Trump Strategy

by Marion Marks

The “ultimate contrived stunt” might be the Daniel Boorstin1 interpretation of the manner in which Donald Trump managed his campaign to become the leader and presidential candidate of the Republican Party. The Trump methodology of employing his brand of reality show in the real world demonstrated an implementation of feeding the news cycle that other candidates failed to leverage. Every step along the way, using primaries and caucuses Trump found how poorly prepared his opposition was and how an eager electorate, with the assistance of the media, devoured his message as news addicts. Trump static, referred to here as “Trumpland”, has swamped the airwaves since his announcement to run and other candidates fight to create blips in the news cycle. As the video indicates,“Whether it’s Fox or MSNBC or CNN you can’t tell the difference… it’s All Trump, All the time!”

My house of straw-Jeb-Ted-MarioNever has so little conquered so much since the Big Bad Wolf wiped out the House of Straw. Trump blew through candidate straw houses of Republican rivals and they collapsed with a mild breath. Trump cast recognizable and publicly accepted tags, always denigrating, on each candidate designed to cast scorn and ridicule. And as each was singled out, the others, not believing or recognizing that they would be next, waited patiently, unable to withstand the wolf’s putrid breath.

Jeb Bush was “weak” or “low-energy.” Rand Paul took early hits from Trump, as Trump tweeted, “Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!”

Carly Fiorina was labeled with a slight that all women should have risen with horror when Trump stated, “look at that face!” Ben Carson assisted Trump with his own description in his auto­biography. Trump picked up Read more

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Need for Repetitive Encouragement

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Duke Edwards-campaignby Marion Marks

Habits become ingrained as the result of repetitive patterns reinforced by positive signals. Students succeed most easily when instructors, mentors or peers provide praise or rewards that psychologists compare to Pavlov’s dog experiments. The public reaction to political actions or “pandering” is often quite the same.

Louisiana’s “Election from Hell” as Charles M. Blow labels it was clearly a Pavlov occasion for Louisiana citizens, because “Voting for the Crook” became the only viable option for people with a conscience. The ease with which Republicans lined up behind an avowed Nazi shocked those who were students of political history in the state. And the divisive camps too closely resembled what later was described in the New York Times, “Duke remains a window into some of the murkier currents in the state’s politics”.

Racist David Duke
Racist David Duke

Repeating the word “Encouragement” is a simple way of training voters to understand the ease with which we often drift back Read more

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The Democrapublican & the New Candidate Creationism

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Water Runs UphillA liberal is a person who believes that water can be made to run uphill. A conservative is someone who believes everybody should pay for his water. I’m somewhere in between: I believe water should be free, but that water flows downhill.” –Theodore White

by Marion Marks

If Donald Trump is a student of history and secretly a reader of political prose or perhaps even biography, he may not so secretly be channeling his campaign along a path akin to John F. Kennedy. Following this theory should initially draw scorn from serious students of politics, but consider the 1960 race from the standpoint of the one writer who had the ring-side seat and proved accurate over time, Theodore White, author of numerous The Making of President volumes.

JFK-Marilyn MonroeAlso consider the “Playboy” image of JFK for his time versus how it later was proven versus the Trump established history versus all the allegations in play. These theories alone give pause to consider the possibility that Trump may even be playing the Kennedy images far better than even his toughest critics consider causing him.

In 1956 Theodore White was a struggling writer for Collier’s, and was on the campaign trail following Estes Kefauver through the early primaries. In these days, the  Read more

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