How to Start a Revolution: The Powerful and the Wrath of the Mob

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The French Revolution changed the face of mankind the social structure of who we are because people were angry and demanded change that was not materializing.  When those in the aristocracy and clergy went along with rules that always favored them in a time of want, those under them rose up and had their heads on a platter.  There will always be those who are in power.  There will always be factions that curry favor and are above the law because of who they are.  There will always be the rich and the powerful, but there is one thing that they cannot escape, and that is the wrath of the mob.  Those who are powerful can escape prison sentences, skirt laws, not pay taxes, and commit murder with impunity, but the one thing they are not above is the anger of the mob.  Remember that when you think you hold no power.

Mob mentality is not always great as it can lead to unjust lynchings, mass hysteria, and general havoc, but it can also bring about revolution.  The anger of the mob is what elected Donald Trump and that means it is not something to be ignored.  It may not always be right, but we must acknowledge that there is much power there and that it transcends those with money and high positions.  The French Revolution brought about many modern changes, but it also brought the death of many innocent people who were swept up in the search for equality.  Sometimes, in the fight for equality, you forget that the people you oppose are still the people you should fight for and infringe on their rights.

If we are to progress forward, there must be anger from the mob, because for so long, the elite rich have taught us not to envy them their ‘earned’ pay.  That we are not to question what they do with their money because they have worked for it, and as such, we have bought into this idea because we decry those who misuse five hundred dollars of food stamps, but do not bat an eye when the Koch brothers’ PAC gave  $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, who then  spent $65,000 on independent expenditures in support of Governor Scott Walker, whose bill to kill collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions has sparked many protests across Wisconsin.  Or how about a private concert thrown by David Bonderman that cost $7 million?  How is it that we have been conditioned to be upset about poor people who misuse their government allowances, but not the millions of dollars that are wasted on lavish parties and politics? Where is the outrage?

If they keep your outrage at bay long enough and tell you that you can’t be upset at them because they have actually ‘earned’ their money, they hope you will direct your anger about your situation else where and blame those who supposedly do not work for their keep and are asking for hand outs.  When you do that, you keep the revolution at bay and won’t go after the rich and powerful because you believe that they get away with everything all the time anyways. So you start to believe that they have a right to spend their money as they please because they ‘earned’ it, while you barely survive paycheck to paycheck like a large majority of Americans.  How long can you live like this until you realize that the power of the mob is stronger than the power of the rich?  It has taken down kings and men of God alike, and it will fuel a new revolution.

 

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Analyzing Trump’s Twitter Posts

 

Trump’s often erratic Twitter posts give insight into what kind of person he is. Oftentimes, people give him more credit than he is due because they don’t fully understand the writing errors he makes.  As a graduate with an English degree, I myself have made many mistakes, but usually, these mistakes are because I didn’t proof-read my writing or because I am careless.  In analyzing Trump’s writing, it is clear that he does not have a good grasp of proper writing techniques and instead, is writing how he speaks. This leads to many misunderstanding who he is and what he is speaking about.

In this post, he capitalizes the word ‘leakers’ needlessly because that is how he would naturally speak that phrase.  If he were speaking, he would put emphasis on that word, but he doesn’t understand the context it provides in the written form. This may be because he is not familiar with the written word and how it differs from the spoken word.

In this post, he is using quotation marks to try to undermine what he is speaking about.  If capitalization was the moment he tries to emphasize a word, quotations is the moment is trying to be sarcastic.  As you can see, it does not translate well in the written form once again.

In this post, he is using a hyphen that is not needed, but I believe that if he were making a speech, this would be the moment he would pause for dramatic effect.  As it is, the hyphen does not make much grammatical sense where it is now.

In this post, he speaks in the third person. When someone does that, they are usually distancing themselves from a part of themselves.  He often speaks in the third person, which some people infer to as a grandiose sense of himself, which may be.  Personally, I think a person who believes in himself that much would always refer to themselves in the first person to give themselves credit for a deed well done, but if they are referring to themselves in a third party, I believe they know some semblance of truth and are fracturing who they are to distance themselves from that other person.

In this post, you can see he uses a lot of adjectives to describe something he is speaking about.  This is usually done when someone is exaggerating.  When you exaggerate, your words also show it because you need qualifiers to convince even yourself of what you subconsciously know is incorrect.  When you actually start to believe in the hyperbole that you espouse, your judgement begins to cloud and suddenly, there is no gray anymore, but rather just the black and the white.

What you can discern through these posts is that he is unraveling at the seems.  You can see that he does not fully understand the written word and how others perceive it. Because he cannot see how others perceive him, he is stuck in a bubble of his own making, where he makes his own truths and qualifies them himself.  He is, however, acutely aware of his detractors and makes many remarks to defend himself in the face of their opposition.  When that happens, he sees himself as the victim, for he cannot fathom what he did to bring it on himself.  In conclusion, he does not hold himself responsible for anything and is always in search of things to either qualify himself or to bring down someone else in order to qualify himself even more.

A Special Kind of Minority: O’Reilly & Jones

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There is power in being oppressed.  Power in being a victim.  Power in being the David, who slays the giant.  And as such, some have usurped the cloak of the small man to their advantage, such as Bill O’Reilly and Alex Jones.  They claim they are the minority and are the ones being mistreated.  What this allows for is the anger they spew and the fear-mongering they spread like a disease.  When they label themselves as the outsider, they are allowed to be angry and upset at the imaginary giants that they are fighting.  They become the oppressed, and the oppressed are allowed to voice their opinions.  When this occurs, they have shifted the dynamic and to acknowledge reality would be to shift the dynamic back, and as such, they cannot live in facts.  Everyone is allowed to live in their own world, but when their voice is the voice that millions subscribe to, it becomes a dangerous message of perceived inequality.

I once read Yahoo comments, where casual commentors asked the Muslim community to prove themselves to ‘real’ Americans.  One man in particular, who identified himself as Muslim, went to great lengths to try to prove his loyalty, and all it got him was a comment saying it wasn’t enough.  There is no logic in the game of control and power, for that is where the real fight lies.  When you usurp the cause of the down-trodden and call for change when you don’t really own the cause, there is no end to the thirst for your kind of justice because your justice has always been skewed.  Those who subscribe to such views spouted by these two men are looking to gain power over those who they perceive have taken their power.  It doesn’t matter how much the other party is willing to give in, because it wasn’t a real fight to begin with.

Power and the greed for power and control can do viscous things to people.  And for those who are constantly accused of being the oppressor, the next best move is to set yourself up as an oppressed minority that is in search of the truth, but the truth never satisfies.  Having power means owning the ability to tell someone who is different than you to prove their loyalty and never accepting what they offer because you simply don’t believe them.  Power is muting the voices of those who march against you because you don’t believe in their cause.  Power is shutting down a movement because it does not affect you or the people you know.  For if you can’t win the oppressed, you may as well join them as the ones the oppressed oppress.  That’s a special kind of minority.

A Dissenting Voice in the Crowd

Just because you’re right doesn’t mean that’s the right way of going about it.

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You’ve probably been in a situation where you know you’re completely right so you aggressively push your view because you know you are right. Well, that’s probably not the best way to handle a it.  A lot of times, those who are right really try to assert their positions because they know they are right.  And then there are those who believe they are right as well and try to assert themselves, but that’s another story.  The two are intertwined, but not synonymous.  Personally, I have a pretty logical thought process, so when I know I am right, I tend to refuse to listen to other voices of dissent, which can work to my detriment sometimes.  Once, I had a discussion with a coworker who was not familiar with a process that kept insisting they were right when I knew they had no clue of what they were talking about.  Because I knew I was right, I tried to show them how to get to my line of thinking, but didn’t really take into consideration their feelings.  Because I didn’t do that, the person tried to sabotage me later because they felt as if they weren’t properly listened to.  This is what happens when you try to steamroll people without listening to the opposition even if you are right.  It will come back to bite you.  What I failed to recognize was that the person absolutely hated to be wrong and called out for it in public, which caused them to hold on to their hard feelings and try to ruin what I was working on to satisfy their own feelings.  You can say that people shouldn’t do that, but that doesn’t stop them from being human and acting out their feelings.  A lot of times in academic , political, and work settings, people don’t really assess feelings and how they play into situations, but when you don’t assess them, they will topple you as in the recent election.

Many intelligent people went into the election on the soundness of the polls, but never took into consideration how people felt.  A lot of working-class Americans were fed up with the state of government.  Democrats who fought for Bernie Sanders felt slighted and were not properly brought back into the fold, causing them to vote third party or not at all.  A lot of Republicans didn’t like either party and decided not to vote, and then the political elite wondered where they went wrong.  A lot of times, things are rolled out in government that aren’t properly explained to people and as such, the people resent that and question why the programs were implemented in the first place.  One of those projects is Affirmative Action.  I’ve heard white people express dismay at it because they see people of color who seemingly had the same socioeconomic level as them surpass them and only know that it was due to the color of their skin.  Programs such as this are worthy, but if they are not explained to the masses, they will face opposition because those in the elite know it is right, but think there is nothing more to do because they are right.  It even took me a long time to come to understand the purpose of Affirmative Action.  To summarize, everyone is biased.  Each race is predisposed to favor their own based on cultural, social, and economic cues.  That does not mean it applies to everyone and every situation, but it is prevalent.  Look up race blindness, where someone can recognize those within their own race, but have face blindness when it comes to other races different than them.  There are all sorts of biases out there that may or may not benefit you.  As such, if you are one race and go to an employer who is the same race, you may have a slight advantage over others who are not the same.  Now imagine that on a large scale where the majority of employers are white.  The results are going to be the same, but on a larger scale.  There is no racism involved, but slight biases do exist that no one ever noticed.  AA tried to correct this, but it cannot work if it is not explained.

On a personal and social level, this attitude can lead to the failure of things that are completely righteous and well-meaning, but just because they are right doesn’t mean it can be forced on others without considering their feelings and opinions.  Recently, I’ve watched videos of the  Black Pete, a blackface figure, from the Netherlands and how the people there have vigorously fought against the political correctness of this long-held tradition.  Those who are agitating for change are correct in their estimations of the character being a racist emblem of a time gone by, and they are correct in protesting it, but they must also think about the opposition.  When you question the validity of this tradition, these people take it as an assault against their heritage and who they are.  When they feel assaulted, they will fight for what they feel is the disintegration of their people, when in actuality, it is just one racist aspect that can easily be changed.  How it should be handled is not an easy answer, but it is easy to see that you need to take into consideration the feelings behind the character and what it means to the people.  So the next time you know you’re right and the other party is completely in the wrong, try to consider not their position, but their feelings tied to their position instead.  You don’t have to change their minds to see the rightness of your way of thinking, but you just have to acknowledge their dissent and how they are feeling.  That is enough to open an honest dialogue of what is really operating beneath the spoken words and actions that you do see.  Because it’s what you don’t see that will kill you.  Am I right, Hillary?

The Media Apologizes For Election

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If there’s one thing this election has unified, it’s the perceived intellectual and political pundits such as Bill Maher and Glenn Beck.  Surprisingly, you can watch videos of both apologizing for their antagonizing stances on former political opponents in the past.  Beck even goes so far as to admit his role in building up a right-wing base that was pretty baseless in their attacks. More than anything, you can see the role that news and media played in this election, and their genre was especially successful because they made sensationalized and hyper-focused assumptions about the other side, while pandering to their fan-base without giving differing viewpoints.  That’s the world we live in:  we want to listen only to those whom we agree with and as such, we refuse to even believe in the validity of other sources because they differ.

The media has a lot to be sorry for, but in the end, it comes down to us, and we label ourselves as Republicans and Democrats and assume each side is more right than the other.  I have to admit that I am a Democrat, because not admitting that wouldn’t be fair to this article.  The one thing I’ve heard that resonates with me is when Republicans ask why Democrats don’t care if they are supposed to have such bleeding hearts, and I have to admit that this is true. Most, but not all Democrats will fight tooth and nail for the rights of those who are under represented, but they will refuse to listen to voices of opposition, going so far as to label the opposition idiots, which causes them to hate them in turn.  Democrats tend to fight for ideals, but they sometimes forget about the individual and the individual is more complex than just a set if ideas.  Republicans tend to be more respectful with individuals, but not broad ideals, not realizing that these ideals do impact people who are different than them.

In no way am I saying one side is better than the other, for they both have arrived at the same impasse.  As a Democrat, I realize where I stand, but I see now that I also cannot forget about those who have a different voice than I do even if that voice is intending to enact legislation that I don’t agree with.  What we do instead is shout over the other and call the other side names instead of just respectfully listening.  And my message to fellow Democrats is “you are right in what you believe, but just because you believe it doesn’t make the people who disagree with you go away.” Oftentimes, when you believe you are truly on a righteous path, you refuse to listen to the rhetoric of others because you know you are right, but knowing you are right doesn’t make you a compassionate person.  Compassion for those who you do not agree with is what we should ultimately embrace, for we certainly cannot continue living in our own segregated bubbles.

 

 

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Election Aftermath Thoughts

In my humble opinion, I believe this election was won by anger and fueled by fear. I think people on both sides were angry at the choices they were forced to contemplate and decided to vote 3rd party or not at all.  Secondly, those who were on the fence were afraid of change, which I don’t blame them for, and they choose the safer and more well-known route of a presidency.  I hope this election will galvanize us into a nation that cares about each other and not particularly what we stand for. The truth is, we all care for this nation on either side, but accuse the other of not caring in the way we want them to.  If we can just acknowledge this one truth, we should be able to understand each other better.  Also, we as a whole need to listen to racists, sexists, homophobes, and others because their voices deserve to be heard as well.  I’m not calling everyone who voted for the President this, because they exist on all sides, but this is what happens when you pretend to live in an insular intellectual world that you believe is right without acknowledging the dissident voices that exist in the crowd.  It’s time to come off our high horses and embrace those that we do not agree with.

I woke up to this reality today and know a lot of people are afraid and confused, but some people also feel more confident about the direction their nation is heading in. I see a lot people who are rightfully angry lashing out at others and calling them names, but they don’t realize the implications of what they do.  They are adding to the divide in this country and also demeaning the very people they are calling out.  The very people we are accuse of being racist include minorities.   Those who we say are sexists are also women.  There are people who are against immigration who are 1st generation immigrants.  There are Black people who certainly don’t agree with the Black Lives Matter movement.  That’s what’s great with this nation: you can have any opinion you want and it can be defended.  I watched a short video on Facebook before the election that had Keith Olberman chastising women who would even think of voting for him.  I think things like that were counter-productive because you can’t shame a group of people into your way of thinking.  There was a lot of shame and humiliation in this election and people were able to overlook a lot of it to vote for their candidate for what they believed was the greater good.  And here is where we stand.

I think the media will need to really look at how they covered this election and how much air they gave to sensationalized news. I think both parties will have to do soul searching on what their parties stand for and who they are catering to.  I think White Americans are tired of having things taken from them without having anything explained to them.  I think minorities in America are afraid of speaking up for what they want now.  For the longest time, the dialogue in our country has been that of heated debate and passionate fervor without any understanding for the other side.  I think the time has come for us to try to have a different dialogue, one that shows respect for our opponents while disagreeing with them.  I think it is this passionate opposition that has fueled this presidency, because people are tired of not being heard even if their views are not politically correct.  Those who are in the intellectual elite tend to bypass this mass of people because they think these feelings will simply dissipate with reason, but that is not the case.  They have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with and should be treated with respect, and I must agree.  It is a time for change and change comes in strange ways.  We can continue to despise and ignore the other side, or we can choose to work with them.  Most importantly, we must acknowledge the importance of people’s feelings as opposed to their logic, for that is what guides people’s votes.