Some scary terms are being tossed around . . .

Here’s a term:  STRONGMAN

According to a wiki report:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strongman_(politics) here’s the list of POTUS accused of this.  [We know DT likes Jackson and Teddy R.]

 United States Andrew Jackson
 United States Theodore Roosevelt
 United States Franklin D. Roosevelt
 United States Donald Trump

Related articles:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/09/21/donald-trump-is-americas-silvio-berlusconi/?utm_term=.d14773e8ec0b

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/professor-thomas-weber-/strongmen-trump-liberal-world-order_b_9661636.html

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/08/donald-trump-and-rodrigo-duterte-bffs-the-murderous-philippine-strongman-is-who-trump-would-love-to-be/

These are (no pun) ‘strong’ allegations.  But do they fit with what we’ve seen from DT so far?

Term: POPULISM

Populism is a political style of action that mobilizes a large alienated element of a population against a government which is seen as controlled by an out-of-touch closed elite that acts on behalf of its own interests. The underlying ideology of Populists can be left, right, or middle. Its goal is to unite the uncorrupt and the unsophisticated (the ‘little man’) against the corrupt dominant elites (usually the orthodox politicians) and their camp followers (usually the rich and the intellectuals). It is guided by the belief that political and social goals are best achieved by the direct actions of the masses. Although it comes into being where mainstream political institutions fail to deliver, there is no identifiable economic or social set of conditions that give rise to it, and it is not confined to any particular social class.

–> We have (I think) seen signs of populism with the new POTUS.  I’ve underlined relevant portions.  DT, a very rich person (of the elite, ruling class), ‘says’ he’s for the ‘little man’ but he, as far as I can tell, has not proven (with deeds, over time) this is actually the case.  It’s an allegation, one that can be supported by the fact DT ‘did’ *convince* millions of people to buy into his views and visions . . . but is it ‘real’ (what he would have us believe)? Is he crying ‘wolf’ when there is no wolf and the flock is as safe as can reasonably be expected?  He *was* elected by a large group of Americans who feel they’ve been forgotten and fucked over.  Note: A group that is hurting and miserable are more easily manipulated, by promises, than a group that does not feel so downtrodden.  Clinton might’ve won if she campaigned with rhetoric similar to DT’s.  But this term, while concerning, is not as concerning as the next one . . .

Term: DISINFORMATION

Again, quoting from Wiki:  The authors of the book Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work describe a five-phase model of how a typical workplace psychopath climbs to and maintains power. In phase three (manipulation) – the psychopath will create a scenario of “psychopathic fiction” where positive information about themselves and negative disinformation about others will be created, where your role as a part of a network of pawns or patrons will be utilized and you will be groomed into accepting the psychopath’s agenda.

–> Hmmm . . . now this looks and sounds like much of what we ‘are’ seeing.  Which is alarming.   The above ‘pawns’ or ‘patrons’ would be, near as I can make out, the many who voted for DT who are feeling downtrodden.  How soon will ‘they’ notice that much of what DT is saying *is* fiction?  Is DT trying to ‘groom’ the American people?

Disinformation is intentionally false or misleading information that is spread in a calculated way to deceive target audiences.  Disinformation is different from misinformation, which is information that is unintentionally false. Misinformation can be used to define disinformation — where disinformation is misinformation that is purposefully and intentionally disseminated in order to defraud.

Use of the term in the English language became more prominent in 1986 after revelations that the Reagan Administration government had engaged in a disinformation campaign against then-leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.


But has a POTUS ever used this against his own countrymen and women?  DT is being accused of ‘disinformation’ and perhaps rightly so, as many of the things he’s saying have been proven false.  The description (above) of the five phase model used in a typical workplace looks eerily familiar, I’m afraid.

Is DT using this model on the American people?  DO YOUR OWN THINKING . . . INVESTIGATE . . . RESEARCH . . . ASK TOUGH QUESTIONS . . . DON’T BLINDLY BELIEVE ANY AUTHORITY FIGURE.

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