Get A Grip!

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By Grombo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=888253

An open letter to “Never Trump’ers,” “Never Hillary’ers,” “Never Obama’ers,” All the “Not my president people,” “CHINO’s” (Christian in name only), and anyone else that needs to get a grip:

 

Just like shooting at the pilot of your own plane threatens your self and your fellow passengers, so also does your constant attempts at weakening President-Elect Trump. Yes you look fat dressed in your new found piety. I am not talking about legitimate critique here. But wouldn’t you think critique would happen sometime after a man is sworn in and has done an official act in his new position? Oxford says to critique means examining in a detailed and analytical way. Lets be clear here; I hate Trump is not critique.




He has not even taken the oath of office and some of you are certain that nothing good could possibly come from him. While I worked my butt off for Senator Ted Cruz, he was not nominated. I am not a Donald Trump supporter but he was elected. I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt, and hope he doesn’t disappoint me.




Two elements of mental health are (1) the ability to tolerate ambiguity and ambivalence and (2) the ability to assimilate new information or adapt one’s worldview to new information.” – Cynthia Johnson




I am frightened when I see such a huge swath of the electorate completely unable or unwilling to adjust to present day reality. I am equally frightened by Christians who are going around reporting that God chose Trump as our President. Can you all please take a deep breath? God gave us free will and we collectively chose him. Yes, even those who did not vote for him; because that’s what collectively means.




I suppose that if Mr. Trump turns out to be a lousy president, you “God chose him people” will still be able to be right because God gave Trump free will and you’ll say he chose to mess up. Pretty convenient until you recognize that you had the same free will as he does when you chose to vote for him! I’m amazed at the mental acrobatics we will go through to feel right!




To those that unfriend people because you can’t agree on politics; the system of inbreeding that gave England Prince Charles who is known for his greatest talent, posing for photos, is the same system of inbred thought that will ultimately make you so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good. When Jesus said to be the salt of the world, he was telling us to be noticed; to contend. We are a component, not the whole meal. Isolating yourselves IS losing your savor. Think this through a little. Our system of government only works by uniting those able to compromise. In a representative republic, you will not ever win if you cannot unify with others, and form a coalition. Look at the weeping media, they heard only what they agreed with, and roundly criticized the “fools” who disagreed with them. They would not compromise. They are revealed now as fools, and ineffective at that! Remember the Democrats that left town so they didn’t have to vote up or down on Wisconsin’s Act 10, during the union protests? They totally lost because they refused to be part of the government. It was political suicide!

 

 

I recently read a political comment by a person calling herself a Christian. She said she deleted all of her friends and her family so as to not butt heads. She went on to say that now she can say what she feels. My first thought was that she fenced herself in with all the fools, and fenced out all those who needed reaching. What happened to contending for the faith? Some of these Christians use the name “Trumpanzees,” as if to reveal that Trump supporters are a lower form of life, and, of course, inferring they themselves are a higher form of life. As I read it, God did not put us in the world so that we could take ourselves out. Those that have been referring to the “Hillary didn’t win” protesters as “snow flakes,” you are the ones who look fragile! “Out of the mouth flows the abundance of the heart.”




From reading the posts and comments of many, I could conclude that many are not friends of “facing your accuser” or being “innocent until proven guilty.” Please decide now if you really like free speech, and maybe act like it! Trump is going to be our president whether you like it or not. I do believe that the presidency changes the occupant. I sure hope it does. In the mean time, LET’S JUST ALL GET A GRIP!

 

Fake News Is Weaponizing Speech

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by Kevin Schoen 12/08/2016

Recently I published a piece entitled “Hillary is riding a two headed pony.” The article starts with Hillary Clinton first claiming that there was no evidence that her emails were ever hacked by any foreign government and then, when expedient, without evidence, claimed that Trump benefited from the Russians hacking her emails. Disinformation is Fake News, or turning words into weapons, or weaponizing speech.

 

Do you remember when hate crime laws were the thing? These hate crime laws elevated crimes against blacks and gays to a higher crime then if they were committed against a white or a straight person. Think about what happened if you broke a piece of Ma’s good china? It didn’t matter which piece you broke. Well, we’re all good China, but these laws diminish the excluded. Can you name me a first degree murder that is not a hate crime?

 

Do you remember when President Obama referred to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as our friend and then months later funded an opposition group to unseat the Prime Minister in his election? Do you also remember during our recent elections when one side accused and castigated Russia for interfering in our country’s elections?

 

Harry Reid once said that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes. After Romney lost the election Reid was asked about the lie and was criticized. His response was “but we won, didn’t we? Harry Reid recently said that Donald Trump owes it to Americans to quell the “fear’ expressed by so many, and that he caused them to be in fear. If you listen to Harry you’d think you have a constitutional right to never be in fear.

 

NPR recently tracked down a fake news purveyor and did a report on their findings. One man was responsible for 25 disinformation sites!

 

“The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right, publish blatantly [false] or fictional stories and then be able to publicly denounce those stories and point out the fact that they were fiction,” Coler says.”

He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot.”

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs

 

 

Weaponizing speech is where lies becomes truth, where “all lives matter means only white lives matter, where disagreement on principles somehow makes one a racist, where when you say all murder is hateful you are a racist or homophobic, where friends are those we attack, where deceiving the ignorant is a “great new tech job,” where seeding lies in the media is done expressly to discredit a whole class of people because they believed you, where one who declared themselves to be against gay marriage and at a different time for gay marriage, can describe themselves as holding consistent positions.

 

Throughout history, each time a culture was overthrown, the overtaking force made the conquered adapt to their language. The best example was the Soviet Union forcing the Russian language on the part of Europe they invaded. It may have been about control but it also had an efficiency component. So what is the purpose and what does any leadership get when they “go low” and sew lies, using this ambiguity to take away any practical understanding from society. They get a war worn public that feels uncertain, not knowing what to believe, that can’t get along anymore because leadership has divided them. It’s like we are back in the times of the Tower of Babel; like nobody can understand anything being said. Fake news is weaponizing speech, and  is active deception. The victor wins a position of leadership over people that no longer understand and don’t get along – What a prize!