“Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday. Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!” – Donald J. Trump tweet 2-17-17
So I was sitting here staring at a blank computer screen trying to figure out how to sum up what I was feeling about our President and his supporters. But I still comeback to one question, the same question I have had since November the 8th, what I am missing?
As I watched our President’s “performance” yesterday these are the words that came to my mind; bully, idiot, crazy, buffoon, moron, joke, insane, unhinged, unbalanced, unstable, and deranged . And these were some of the words his supporters used in tweets I read after his “performance”; great, refreshing, amazing, superb, truthful, humorous, awesome, fun, kicked ass, and giddy.
Here is just a small sample of what Trump’s supporters tweeted;
this was an amazing news conference
@CNN aka VERY FAKE NEWS is so stunned, crying trying2 save ass embarrassed Luv my President
President Trump’s was so refreshing after 8 “TelePrompTer ” years!
yep, the MSM (Main Stream Media) ship is certainly sink fast & the rats can’t bail fast enough.
The President was great! He gave the dishonest media fits and I loved it! Put miners back to work too!
What am I missing? At first I thought the gap between me and the Trump supporters was simply an ideology divide, conservatives vs. liberals. Now I firmly believe it is an intellectual gorge. What else could it be? They saw the same “performance” that I saw yesterday. What did they see that I didn’t?
“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” – George Carlin
There I said it, well no George Carlin said it. I really didn’t want to admit this to myself but what we are experiencing is the “Power of Stupid”. There can be no other explanation. I know a lot of these stupid people. On the outside they look smart. They drive fancy cars, live in big houses and have all of the trappings of success and intelligence. But something is missing, some chromosome, some strand of DNA that propels them into blubbering idiots when they see, hear, touch or smell Donald J. Trump.
Yes we are in the throes of the “Power of Stupid” and I blame laziness, iPhone’s, Facebook, Instagram, Rush Limbaugh, Fox and Friends, and Steve Bannon. People have turned off their brains. The world is about appearances, selfies and likes. There is no depth, everything we believe or accept is floating on the surface or can be summed up in 140 characters. Our attention spans run in sixty-second increments, read the headline and scan, headline, and scan.
The “Power of Stupid” has found its King, an orange man who cut his teeth on creating alt-realities. Baffle them with bullshit, and spoon feed them with the logic their simple minds can absorb. Sum it up, say it loud enough and often enough and they will eat it off the floor again and again or as Vladimir Lenin stated, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth”.
Want to do a little history reading? Explore what the Bolshevik Revolution was all about in Russia, a populist revolt against the intellectuals. I am not contending we are headed for a communist regime, but there were a lot of plays in that playbook.
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain