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Torchlight Media: Climate of Emergency

“The national edifice is on fire. Every man who can carry a bucket of water, or remove a brick, is wanted.”

-Frederick Douglass, 1861

 

Some thoughts on Trump’s recent declaration of national emergency to build his border wall.

 

Climate of Emergency

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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.

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Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 1 – Breaking the Silence

Narcissism and bullying, and stupidity fueled ignorance; that’s was Donald Trump is made of.

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 1: Breaking the Silence

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Stories of Walls and Colonies and Gold Earrings

 

Let me tell you a little story.

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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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Ringing the Bell for Liberty and Freedom, Plus a Bonus Letter to the President

Liberty matters. Freedom matters.  Lately, too many of us allow our liberties and freedoms to be eroded.  I am not talking about politicians. I am talking about John Q. Public.  People on the Right. People on the Left. People in the Center.  Not consciously.  Through the back door, as it were.

 

So, when a politician uses his position to encourage the public to punish people for exercising the freedoms this country grants us, take notice.

 

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Figleaves: A Peak behind the Modesty Curtain (Condensed Version)

Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do. Let’s take a look at two of the ways they do it: reframing and figleaves.

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Figleaves: A Peak behind the Modesty Curtain

 

Modesty covering comes up in the darnedest of places. Even political speeches.  Who would have thought it? It certainly took me a while to notice.

 

It is all part of the mechanics of political manipulation. Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do.  Being aware of the mechanics gives you better tools to assess what a politician is really saying.  Maybe you will still buy what is being sold, but at least it will be with eyes wide open. (It’s sort of like dealing with used car salespeople. And I bet you’ve heard that one before.)

 

With that in mind, I thought I would introduce you to reframing and figleaves, along with a micro-analysis of their application. No. You did not just make a wrong turn into an art blog. And you will not need a magnifying glass and tweezers.  You’ll see.

 

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