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Critical Thought Exercise: Learn to Set Aside Discomfort to Discover Reality

People use words and phrases to persuade us, not with the truth, but with feeling comfortable. If it sounds good, we want to believe it. As long as what gets said doesn’t fall in to the “too good to be true” category, alarms do not go off, and words lull us down the path laid out for us.

 

Let me give you a small example of what I mean so that you can try to be on the lookout for it in the big scale. Think of this as another critical thought exercise.

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Torchlight Media: Trump’s White Nationalist Administration Slaps Liberty in the Face Again

Ken Cuccinelli recently mutilated of meaning behind the Statue of Liberty and “The New Colossus” to justify his racist policies. White nationalists right now sit in the highest seats of power in the land, pushing their horrid agendas and vandalizing our history to give them a sense of legitimacy. I broke down what’s going on. Check it out at Torchlight Media.

 

Torchlight Media: Trump’s White Nationalist Administration Slaps Liberty in the Face Again

Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 2 – The Media Misses the Boat

Calling President Trump a narcissistic bully means little if we don’t understand how to apply the terms to our analysis of Trump’s behavior. The media keeps falling down in this area, although it may in part be because they are also the bully’s victims here.  Hence, part 2 of my series talking about Trump as a narcissistic bully at Torchlight Media:

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 2: The Media Misses the Boat

 

Please take a look.  In understanding how the media is not properly applying the narcissistic bully analytical model to Trump’s behavior, we better understand the model ourselves.

Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 4: It’s Okay to Shut Down the Bully

Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways.  I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.

 

Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:

 

  • Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.

 

  • The bully is the victim here.

 

F*ck that noise.

 

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Behind the Curtain: From Navajo Code to Trump’s Code of Casual Racism

Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world.  But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.

 

Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.”  But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.

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