Sorry but if you are looking to see a real picture, you won’t find it. That is because I could not find a picture that exemplifies what is going on in this election. Confusion is difficult to photograph. So are morals.
That is the problem we face in this election. We have a real problem with people being confused and people running for office with absolutely no morals. Before the bible thumpers start cheering me, remember, you don’t have to be religious to have morals. Just like religious people are not all moral.
Today’s political situation on the right is both confusing and amoral to me. I see candidates flip-flopping on issues and then telling everyone they are not flip-flopping. I see “solutions” to issues that are basically inhuman and amoral. Yet we are supposed to embrace them.
Yes, I believe Donald Trump is leading the charge in these immoral and confusing techniques. I also see the Freedom Caucus doing the same thing in the righteous name of “conservatism.”
We have Delusional Donald flip-flopping on his immigration plan. Delusional Donald has made it very clear that he will build his Berlin Styled Wall with Mexico and then deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants. He even said many times that he would form a Deportation Force to make sure it was done correctly and we got them all out.
Then he said, well maybe we will deport all 11 million and maybe we will “work with them”. Now he is saying “they all have to go” and I never changed my view on this matter. Even his campaign manager appears confused, though she tries to put on a brave face and lie when asked about it.
This whole immigration mess is the picture of confusion. If you think you are going to hear a solid plan about immigration when he gives his “big speech” tomorrow, don’t hold your breath. He will probably float something vague and wait for reaction before he “tweaks” it again.
He believes that he will get the African-American vote because he has been telling them how awful their lives are. He claims that they live in a “war zone” and can be killed at any minute.
Then when a relative of a famous person is shot and killed in a crossfire, he tweets, to paraphrase him, “see I told you so. Now the blacks will VOTE TRUMP”. That, at least to me, is a picture of immorality. How can anyone with ay morals congratulate themselves when something tragic happens and then claim that means he will win an election? But, we are used to such rants from Delusional Donald. This isn’t the first time he has done such a hideous tweet after a tragedy.
When Huma Abedin said she was leaving her husband after another “sexting” scandal, Trump was gloating again. Only this time he claimed that it was “another example of bad judgement on Hillary Clinton’s part” because according to Delusional Donald, Weiner may have gotten “classified information” from his wife who got it from Hillary Clinton.
That is not only confusion and immoral, it is scary. It occurred to me that Delusional Donald has no idea how classified information is conveyed or how it is protected. I worked in the world of “classified information” for twenty years. My wife never knew what I did or what I saw.
When I came home from work she would ask me how my day was. I would answer fine. She would say what did you do? I would say nothing. That is how people who work in that world answer questions from their spouses. Besides, Weiner was a U.S. Congressman. He probably had his own security clearance and informed about classified information that he would have needed to do his work properly.
Then there is the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives. They are already grumbling that Paul Ryan may have difficulty in retaining his seat as the Speaker of the House. Or at the very least have to change the house rules to satisfy this minority in the Republican Caucus.
See they are pissed off. According to them, Ryan threw Huelskamp under the bus and that is why he lost his primary to an “establishment” Republican. They are out for revenge against Ryan. They don’t like it when the establishment wing of the party goes after their members. Even though they feel justified in going after the establishment wing anytime they like.
As one member put it:
How can you have a gang, and one in your gang gets stabbed, and do nothing? You got to stab someone, or what is the point in having a gang?
So we now have a member of Congress comparing the Freedom Caucus to a gang. Since one of theirs was defeated in a primary, they are out to “stab someone” to show just how tough they are.
All of this brought me back to a very weird conversation some of my students had about the difference between ignorant and stupid. The dictionary defines ignorant as “lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated”. The dictionary defines stupid as “lacking intelligence or common sense”. These two words look similar.
For some reason, the group came to the conclusion that if a person is ignorant that person does not have the education or knowledge of particular topics and acts accordingly. The group came to the conclusion that a stupid person has the knowledge necessary but refuses to use that knowledge to learn anything new or believes you cannot teach them anything new.
I am not sure if I agree with their conclusions, but it does bring up a point during this election. Using the definition of my weird students, are Delusional Donald and the far right-wing conservatives ignorant or stupid?
I will let you decide which to choose. To me, this all proves that none of them have any morals. It also proves to me that confusion is their only tool to get elected. They seem to believe that if you confuse the public on too many issues, they will just fall in line with you and vote for you.
Which then leads us back to the question of “what is wrong with this picture?”