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What to Expect from President Trump

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Even if you ignore all the icky stuff Trump is on record as saying, there are plenty of reasons to vote against him – especially if you’re a so-called conservative. Has he given us any evidence of the type of President he might be if elected? Oh, you betcha.

He’ll Be Childish
Remember when you were ten and you called other kids names based on how they looked? That was sucky, right? But then you grew up. Well, Trump never grew up. You can’t turn on the TV without hearing some new epithet he’s bestowed on enemies real or imagined. Remember the Republican debates? And how he childishly “debated” Marco Rubio by calling him “little Marco” over and over again? Talk about a schoolyard bully. Is that what the country needs? Someone who literally makes fun of the “little” guy?

More recently, he implied that hackers may not be Russian at all, but “could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.” Now… apart from the fact that these things are not mutually exclusive…. the childish reference to weight is not only uncouth (marginalizing at least half a million Americans) but bad business (for the same reason).  And speaking of bad business…

He’ll be Petty

Trump mentions deregulation a lot. And what he’s really talking about is letting businesses act however they want, whether they pollute your air and water or try to make money by betting against you.

Need any more proof that the “little” people of this country are going to get marginalized?

Remember when they said Starbucks was gonna take Merry Christmas off its cups? Yeah, that wasn’t even true as Starbucks removed those words ages ago. And Trump, who first said he really didn’t care about the issue, also said he’d consider not renewing their lease. There are indicators here that 1) Trump’s first impulse is to interfere with how a successful business does business  (the opposite of true conservatism) 2) that Trump does not understand the separation of church and state and 3) that bullying from a position of power is as dyed into his DNA as orange is. Apologies for the cheap shot.

He’ll Be Just Like Other Politicians
His big selling point was that he’s an “outsider.” As outside as you can get while still filling the pockets of politicians on both sides of the aisle depending on how they benefit him. Is it any surprise he wants to put himself on the other end of the exchange?

wp-1476653136323.jpgLike many politicians, he’ll say whatever it takes to get elected. That he’s a Democrat, that he’s a Republican. That he’s for or against a woman’s right to choose. That Clinton would make a “great President,” to “lock her up.” He’s said it all.

Trump is literally counting on a flock of supporters that can’t or won’t discern fact from fiction. Salt of the Earth types that, bless their souls, aren’t the most sophisticated of thinkers. But they are kindred spirits; The truth means as little to Trump as fact-checking means to his supporters. Those folks are convinced that somehow Trump is “one of them.” A “blue-collar billionaire.” Fox News mocked Obama as an elitist that would order a latte. Now they support Trump, the guy with a 24 carat gold bidet that squirts Dom Pérignon.

He’ll Be Duplicitous
I thought I could get through this whole article without saying the word pussy. Let’s be real, Trump’s “locker-room talk” is a great indicator of the duplicitousness you can expect from a Trump presidency. As President, Trump would find himself in many back rooms, and apparently he can’t be trusted to be the same guy within those rooms as outside of them.

Fox News mocked Obama as an elitist that would order a latte. Now they support Trump, the guy with a 24 carat gold bidet that squirts Dom Pérignon.

He’ll be Super-Hyperbolic
Overcompensating has its tells. There’s no bigger sign than going two hundred percent in the other direction. The same guy that said he could “grab them by the pussy” has also said “nobody respects women more than Donald Trump.” The same guy that admitted to a weak grasp of geo-politics has also said “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” And the same guy that has been totally unhinged in public has said “I think my strongest asset by far is my temperament.”

I think he actually believes it.

Doesn’t mean you should.

 

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And Knowing is Half the Battle…

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I’ve seen Terminator references used to argue against Artificial Intelligence, foreign movie clips used to “prove” the pandemic was a well executed plan and baseless clips from folk with large media followings telling me all about vaccines and how I should interact with science.

My concrete and definitive conclusion is that the person least likely to make a mistake is the person with the most training / experience, not the person with the most social media followers / apprehension.

We put too much faith in what lies behind a screen instead of those who actually engage in the practice. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with paring common sense and common science.

I get it though. I like to take part in conversations too but if you aren’t willing to do any work further than clicking a share button simply because you just want to engage, you were genuinely more effective sitting on the sidelines.

I trust NASA more than I trust Rocket Racoon. I trust Tesla more than I trust Cyberdyne and I trust DOCTORS more than I trust my friends, celebrities and any other schmuck burger with a social media platform propagating nonsense.

SIDEBAR I don’t know if y’all heard of this thing called The Internet but its amazing! People mostly keep their booby pictures on it but it also has something called GOOGLE that you can use research stuff. Some of y’all should check it out. SIDEBAR COMPLETE.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Robbing Hoods and Stopping Games

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Ten bullet points for your reading pleasure:
  1. Every single time the stock market crashed, it was done by the “professionals.”
  2. If a group of folk can get together in a chat room and legally take BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM YOU IN YOUR OWN PROFESSION…IN DAYS, you may wanna reevaluate how professional you are.
  3. Retail investors had nothing to do with the Great Depression, Black Friday, Black Monday, the internet bubble or the housing bubble. That was Institutional.
  4. I’ve never seen so much call for regulation in the stock market from those who typically make the most money in my life. I believe the correct financial term is #BigMad
  5. They aren’t upset retail investors are making money. They are upset retail investors are making the market place volatile, making it harder for THEM to make money long term.
  6. Why was there not this level of concern when retail investors were losing their pensions and IRAs at all other instances?
  7. Why are hedge funds even allowed to use people’s pensions to short sell?!
  8. If you are using your rent or mortgage to invest in the stock market, you have bigger issues. #gambleholic
  9. Retail investors have never had a platform nor the income to throw markets off. They still don’t.
  10. No one has a problem with the rules until it works against their own interests.

Bonus: When you gamble, you could either win or lose. Investors don’t need to be CPAs to understand that concept.

Sidebar; Pay more attention to your money management!! Sidebar complete.

Happy Friday!!

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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A Riot of Entitlement

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1. If a foreign government had pulled off what occurred on Capitol Hill last week, that nation would currently be a rubble laden parking lot, bombed into the stone-age.

2. If BLM had pulled off what occurred last week, we would currently be having conversations like “Y’all remember freedom?” and “You ONLY got shot 6 times?!! Sheeeeit. Everybody else got at least 9… yeah we all in the studio recording now…”

3. Why is the foreign policy response more stringent than domestic policy when the threat is much worse due to proximity?

4. Why is the current law enforcement response akin to aiding and abetting simply because the assailants resemble, and in some cases are “law” enforcement? Do bullets not kill when your cousin is the shooter?

5. True privilege is complaining about your rights taken away right AFTER and BECAUSE you used those rights to violate others. Rights were granted by LAW and as such, can be rescinded… by LAW! Why does this even have to be explained?

Sidebar: For future reference, this is how you properly storm the Capitol! With Beyonce and legal votes!! Ahhhh 2012. The good old days! Make Inaugurations Great Again (MIGA Please!!) Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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