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The challenge of how best to report on a "demagogue"?

A dictionary definition from Google:

"dem·a·gogue
/ˈdeməˌɡäɡ/
noun
noun: demagogue; plural noun: demagogues

a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
synonyms: rabble-rouser, agitator, political agitator, soapbox orator, firebrand, fomenter, provocateur
"he was drawn into a circle of campus demagogues"
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people."

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The media, including newspapers, have a difficult time - just like most citizens - in trying not to react to everything the demagogue is capable of doing. It is a challenge.

Someone has to be the arbiter of truth. Would you prefer the demagogue or would you prefer the newspapers? That is a simple question.

In psychology, there is a graph that shows an arc on a chart, and behavior that is within the arc is considered "normal". Behavior outside the arc is considered "not normal". The media, and most of America, are accustomed to a "reality" within the "normal" arc. A demagogue is not within the "normal" arc.

That is the first lesson a reporter should understand. This is not "normal" behavior coming from our leaders. That is the premise to begin with.

Does Donald Trump have a criminal mind??

Was it his environment or his heredity? Was it "like father, like son" or was it the people that he associated with? Or was it both?

He seems to have an innate obsession with making money and being wealthy. It makes him feel superior.

In his obsession with ego and wealth, it appears he may have wandered into activities that were not legal? He may have made connections to Russian oligarchs, out of necessity, once he had worn out his credit in this country? Thru those oligarchs, he would have met Vladimir Putin. Because all of the oligarchs work with Vladimir Putin if they want to work at all.

He likely met Paul Manafort thru the same connections? He learned that there were millions and millions to be made by laundering Russian money thru real estate transactions. He knew just the person to handle those "deals". Himself.

Deeper and deeper he got into the oligarch business. They expanded their businesses to golf courses and expensive apartment complexes. It is a thriving business and America is fertile ground.

But all the money, from all the oligarchs, could be shut off with the snap of a finger. By Vladimir Putin. Nobody does business in or out of Russia without his approval.

However, Donald Trump was rumored to be associated with the NY mafia figures even before he joined hands with the Russians and Putin. He may have been involved with some Russians when his casino went under? People wondered how he could lose so much money in a casino??

So, is Donald Trump a criminal? Or is he the second coming of Christ, as many of his followers seem to think? Who knew that Jesus would return with the characteristics of a criminal mind?

The question we are left with: Was the FBI investigating Donald Trump before he decided to run for the Presidency??

We have a moral obligation to speak out against racism, hatred, and cruelty.

We see all of these with Donald Trump and his supporters.

We cannot silently accept the cruelty of unnecessarily separating children from their parents. We cannot accept the racism exposed in their immigration policies.

We cannot accept the hatred in their words. We cannot accept the divisiveness in their politics. We cannot accept the incivility of their actions.

We cannot accept the name-calling and threats they express toward others that might disagree with them.

Whether or not we win the next election, we have a moral obligation to fight back against such negative and destructive politics. We must keep fighting. We have no choice.

Where the media has failed and continues to fail the American people?

It is the obvious double standard they are willing to use in reporting failings of the Republican Party, as opposed to the Democratic Party.

They may as well be connected at the umbilical cord.

There is no way in hell a Democratic President could nominate a National Security adviser that was an "unregistered" foreign agent who was having secret discussions with the Russians, after the Russians had hacked the RNC computers. Admit it. It is a double standard and the media is in collusion with the Republican Party and are nothing less than accessories to these very serious crimes. There is nothing that should be minimized with these treasonous actions.

And there is no way in hell a Democratic President would be permitted to lie like Donald J Trump, and no way to stifle the screams from the Republicans to the media, against the Democrats, that would let an incompetent criminal violate our Constitution and wipe his ass with it. It simply would not happen if it were a Democratic President. The media would not permit it. They would carry the Republican water until that criminal was thrown out of our White House.

A Democratic President would not have been permitted to take office with such clouds of conflict of interests over his head. But it is OK with the Republicans, and therefore, it is OK with the national media. We can only conclude that there are more important things in this world than free speech and a free press, especially if they were in conflict with their business philosophy.

No, a Democrat would not be permitted to get away with the stuff that is going on right now. The media would be very much more vocal. Mostly because they would be coached by the Republican Party and their supporters.

Does anyone truly believe that the media is "liberal"? Does anyone truly believe that there is not a double standard?

Nobody that voted for Trump can say they didn't know what they were voting for?

It was all on display.

All the misogynistic, hateful, crude, vulgar, arrogant, narcissistic qualities of a Grade A asshole.

They knew he liked to grab women by their private parts. They knew he was crude and vulgar.

Yet, they voted for him. Did they expect him to be different once he was the President? Did they truly think he would change?

They were told over and over, if someone shows you who they are, believe them.

When you vote for a criminal, you will get a criminal.

But, let's not play games. If you voted for this asshole, step up and take responsibility.

I am 100% sure there are many that are in absolute denial. But that doesn't change the facts.

Have patience, children....this snowball is rolling downhill.

Everyday is a new story. A new piece of the puzzle is found.

Today, they discovered that General Flynn was registered as a foreign agent. We also discovered that the investigation for the server in Trump Tower is still going on. The Director of the FBI met with the Gang of Eight to give them updated information.

And more information came out on Trump emissary, Carter Page, who worked for Merrill Lynch in Moscow.

But there is no stopping a snowball rolling downhill unless it hits a tree or something?

This scandal has a life all its own. There is no stopping it or covering it up. Tomorrow will be something new. Another piece of the puzzle will fall in place.

Have patience.

The Republicans are playing Russian Roulette with our country.

They are putting a bullet into the chamber and spinning it like a roulette table. Then, they are pulling the trigger. If we are lucky, we will escape execution one more time.

But, there is a limited number of times that they can spin the chamber before the bullet is fired into the brain of America. It is the biggest political gamble any political Party has ever taken.

All the while, they are telling you not to worry - the bullet is not real. It is fake. It won't hurt you. The other Party is just trying to scare you.

But the truth of the matter is that the bullet is real. It is not a game. It will lay your brain on the wall in a vivid Jackson Pollock masterpiece.

Why Democrats need a liberal alternative?

It is not something that will divide the Party - it is something that will grow the Party.

A Party's participation is about message, as it is about money and polls. Democrats need a message that will connect with the people. Begging for money, in order to compete with the Republicans, over the social media network, is not the way to do it. The Republican majority, in the House and Senate, has grown to dangerous and extreme numbers. Simply because they do not know how to govern. Our country is not safe in their hands. We, as a people, must get our allies to the polls.

That is why it is imperative that Democrats have an alternative voice. We need the debate - an honest debate - about the ideas which our Party stands for. Candidates such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Martin O'Malley, Sheldon Whitehouse, and others, should be encouraged to run for President. It would be the best for our Party and our country. We need rational and intelligent citizens representing us in Washington. Those that are "anti-government" are not usually very good at running our government. They are drawn to the darkside. They want to legislate their extreme minority views upon the rest of us. They are not inclined to protect our land, our water, or the air we breathe. It is time to put education, knowledge, intelligence, and science, back into good standing.

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What is the purpose and goal of "politics"?

"Politics" has almost become a dirty word nowadays.

Someone once described its roots as "poli" and "tics"..."Poli" meaning many and "tics" meaning blood-sucking insects.

But at some time in our past, "politics" was not always so lightly appreciated. During Greek and Roman times, a "politician" was a person that was generally held in the highest respect.

Some believed "politicians" had a higher calling. They were men of principle who discussed means to help the greatest masses of people, by means of "government".

"Government" was not always a bad idea. Starvation, crime, and general anarchy were not the best way for our citizens to live. So they formed "governments".

So, what should we expect from this "government"? Yes, we wish to be protected from rampaging hordes? And we wish, at the least, the most basic survival needs be made available to each and every citizen. That seems to me to be the most basic of requirements from government?

And "government" created roads, streets, and lamps, and provided local police for peace in the neighborhoods. And the idea worked quite well.

What is your idea of "politics" and "politicians"?

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All heart and no cattle...

Liberals are bleeding hearts. They tend to believe the best in people.

They believe that people on food stamps need the food. They don't think they are just scamming the government.

They believe that folks getting unemployment checks would prefer a job. They don't think they are lazy and are just laying back watching their favorite TV shows.

They believe that every child should have a good lunch at school. They don't blame the parents if the child comes to school hungry.

They believe that most immigrants are looking for a better life for themselves and their families. They do not believe that they are all criminals or drug mules.

Liberals believe that government should help those in need. They do not believe that government is evil and can do nothing right.

On almost every issue that is debated, liberals give the benefit of the doubt to those that suffer or are in need. They do not vilify or criticize from a superior or unsympathetic position.

At the most basic level, this is the difference in today's political Parties. One has a heart and one does not. Words and rhetoric cannot cover up this most basic human flaw.



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