Toward Coherent Thoughts on Recent Events and Trumpism

Almost a month after Donald Trump was declared President Elect, coherent thoughts are still difficult to come by. So many different things are happening. Here I share a few thoughts with you: 

  • If you’re not very mad, very afraid, and actively analyzing Trumpism, please open your eyes and mind and heart. What have you done today to promote fairness and to stop Trumpism? 
  • People of all political persuasions and ideologies are too afraid of facts. Yes, there are facts. (Although, we know from historical and scientific facts that people who identify as conservatives have greater difficulty seeing and then internalizing facts.) 
  • White Supremacy is so extreme in the United States that a Black president has to and unavoidably perpetuates it. 
  • Trumpism didn’t emerge from nothing or fully unexpectedly. The nation specifically and the West generally have been headed down a path of dangerous totalitarianism. Trump is in ways only making what was invisible visible.
  • The Conservative Consensus must end. Similarly, its neoliberalism must end. Today’s Democratic Party members are mostly conservative. 
  • If you hold that the United States is always “progressing” and always “improving,” your concepts of History are built on being anti-Black, anti-Mexican, anti-Woman, anti-minority. 
  • Capitalism, Patriarchy, Theology/religion, and Whiteness are dangerous ideologies.  
  • Given the urgency of our current political system, we must do away with conventional “embargoes” on political discussions. Trump is not “neutral.” Trump is not “normal.” Trump and Trumpism cannot be further normalized. We must, I argue, analyze and discuss Trump and Trumpism as if it happened 100 years ago. Full analysis, critique, and discussion is needed. 
  • Unfortunately, the urgency of current history has prompted many people who consider themselves members of the Democratic Party to actively criticize and “punish” any criticism of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama for fear of it helping Trumpism. This is a mistake. We must analyze the full failures of the Conservative Consensus, neoliberalism, and everything else that led to 81 percent of Christians to vote for Trump, for example. That resulted in people, millions of people, actively supporting Trump. That resulted in millions of people not trusting Clintonism. 
  • People really struggle to understand that almost all of their “thinking” and actions are determined by the unconscious. 
  • A Hillary Clinton presidency would have required just as much if not more activism from the Left if liberalism would have had any chance at all.
  • The adage “your rights end where mine begin” forgets (or ignores) that people vote selfishly and to promote their socially constructed morality.
  • So far, I have noticed far more Christmas/Holiday lights up. I am wondering what connection this has with Trumpism. 
  • President Barack Obama has been treated absolutely horrendously for eight years. People should be appalled at their behavior. What happened to morality and basic respect and love your neighbor? Obama has made the U.S. safe and more inclusive for so many of us. Think how much more of his visions would have seen the day of light if it weren’t for the fear people have of a Black man who promotes community and acceptance??  

 

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda 

 



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  1. Hey, Doc… interesting topics and I would have to agree that we will need to post-mortem this election for years. Everything is topsy-turvy. I think it’s kinda like one of those plastic fishing bobbers on the water. Normally as it floats on the water the red side is up and the white die is down and all is right with the world. Right now the seas of political change are spinning that bobber and until it achieves some balance yet again, red on top or red on bottom, we are not going to know what will be the new normal.
    Here’s some thoughts with yours below.

    • If you’re not very mad, very afraid, and actively analyzing Trumpism, please open your eyes and mind and heart. What have you done today to promote fairness and to stop Trumpism?

    I don’t know that we are at the point yet of assigning Trump’s actions as an “ism” yet. The man himself has no idea what he is even doing to presume there’s yet a rhyme or reason to it all to give it a name. Yet maybe we can assign “Trump-itis” as a condition of being totally ignorant and inexperienced in being placed in a position of leadership responsibility. Although by that definition we can assign Trump-itis to most of the managers and supervisors over us in the real world.

    • People of all political persuasions and ideologies are too afraid of facts. Yes, there are facts. (Although, we know from historical and scientific facts that people who identify as conservatives have greater difficulty seeing and then internalizing facts.)

    Absolutely correct. In fact I had a recent post myself on this; lousy fact checking and fake news. https://dougsboomerrants.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/instant-news-instant-idiocy-and-trump-supporters-that-dont-fact-check/

    • White Supremacy is so extreme in the United States that a Black president has to and unavoidably perpetuates it.

    Not sure I share this view. Yes, I agree that there are white supremacy groups and they bear watching, no question. They bear watching not only for their potential for violence but also for their political ideology slipping into mainstream politics masked as seemingly innocent policy. But I haven’t even seen this as a proverbial elephant in the room yet. To me, Obama seems to have fared well to this point.

    • Trumpism didn’t emerge from nothing or fully unexpectedly. The nation specifically and the West generally have been headed down a path of dangerous totalitarianism. Trump is in waysonly making what was invisible visible.

    Can’t say I share the idea that we are headed toward some level of totalitarianism. That’s pretty extreme and IF that is somewhere in our future it is so far away (not in our children’s lifetime, grandchildren, great grandchildren, yada yada) it hardly makes sense to worry ourselves over it now given there are so many other issues of immediacy to address. Truly a LOT of things have to occur before that would even happen.. and I don’t see any signs. At least here in the States, democracy and the Constitution is alive and well. It’s the politics that are rocking the boat.

    • The Conservative Consensus must end. Similarly, its neoliberalism must end. Today’s Democratic Party members are mostly conservative.

    Yes. It’s topsy-turvy. Isn’t it great to be alive? 🙂

    • If you hold that the United States is always “progressing” and always “improving,” your concepts of History are built on being anti-Black, anti-Mexican, anti-Woman, anti-minority.

    “Progressing” is far different from “improving”. That being said, your statement here is broad in your attempted application of it but very limited to racism being a single political motivator.

    • Capitalism, Patriarchy, Theology/religion, and Whiteness are dangerous ideologies.

    Dangerous to whom?

    • Given the urgency of our current political system, we must do away with conventional “embargoes” on political discussions. Trump is not “neutral.” Trump is not “normal.” Trump and Trumpism cannot be further normalized. We must, I argue, analyze and discuss Trump and Trumpism as if it happened 100 years ago. Full analysis, critique, and discussion is needed.

    Yep. Although I leave that to those who wish to talk about it. It’s all I can do just to live through it. 🙂

    • Unfortunately, the urgency of current history has prompted many people who consider themselves members of the Democratic Party to actively consider and “punish” any criticism of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama for fear of it helping Trumpism. This is a mistake. We must analyze the full failures of the Conservative Consensus, neoliberalism, and everything else that led to 81 percent of Christians to vote for Trump, for example. That resulted in people, millions of people, actively supporting Trump. That resulted in millions of people not trusting Clintonism.

    People who “talk” prefer using the “isms” labels as a reference to a past common thought but one can go nuts using all those labels. Sometimes those “isms” are not really isms of any importance anyway. Again, you are already assigning “Trumpism” when he has yet to establish a meaning for the term. The discussion should not be about Trump as a political philosophy (cause he has none at this point) but what about him made 50% of the electorate vote for him in spite of his poor character and all his baggage. THAT’s the discussion… the phenomenon.

    • People really struggle to understand that almost all of their “thinking” and actions are determined by the unconscious.

    I am guessing by “unconscious” you are meaning our sub-conscious? Unless you are suggesting that “Trumpsters” (my preferred term, BTW) were in an unconscious state when they voted for him? I would likely agree to that.. sub-consciously. 🙂

    • A Hillary Clinton presidency would have required just as much if not more activism from the Left if liberalism would have had any chance at all.

    Perhaps. Is there relevancy here?

    • The adage “your rights end where mine begin” forgets (or ignores) that people vote selfishlyand to promote their socially constructed morality.

    The nature of Man (and woman, of course). We are our own best lobbyists.

    • So far, I have noticed far more Christmas/Holiday lights up. I am wondering what connection this has with Trumpism.

    Could it be the better weather as well? Look, if there is some social reason for more lights out this Christmas season I would like to think it’s an expression from exhausted people in a country of confused and tumultuous political events seeking the holiday spirit and achieving at least the spirit of peace and goodwill to all men (and women too). I’d not make much of the reason for Christmas lights.

    • President Barack Obama has been treated absolutely horrendously for eight years. People should be appalled at their behavior. What happened to morality and basic respect and love your neighbor? Obama has made the U.S. safe and more inclusive for so many of us. Think how much more of his visions would have seen the day of light if it weren’t for the fear people have of a Black man who promotes community and acceptance??

    I realize that you are an Obama supporter. I am, by my own definition, a liberal conservative. Yet I have found Obama to be a very able president and he will likely go down in history as one of our more accomplished presidents. Like Truman, history will decide Obama’s effects on our society. But I am unable to share the idea that there’s been some inherent “fear” of Obama being black. I mean, heck.. if anything the man has been a very “white” black president… if you want to assign racial overtones. You know damn well back when Obama first got elected black Americans likely voted for him for racial ideas… “Yay! A black person like us is president!”. One has to think they might have been slightly disappointed. I mean, c’mon… Obama (nor his family) do not have all the serious facial traits or physical appearence of being black, he and his family don’t speak that Black American Vernacular (filled with double-negatives), he was educated beyond the education of most black Americans, he was raised in Hawaii (of all places.. not a lot of blacks there for sure).. I mean how much more different than mainstream black Americans could he be? You have no idea how much I want to turn to him and ask him to rescue us from the new guy. 🙂

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  2. Very interesting. Regarding: “Capitalism, Patriarchy, Theology/religion, and Whiteness are dangerous ideologies.” Suggest that it is dangerous to lump them together. And regarding the first item, capitalism is defined many ways, but a constant is the law of supply and demand – as sure as the law of gravity. (i.e. you will always weigh more after Thanksgiving dinner.)

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    • Hi Louis,
      Thanks for reading and for your comment! “Lumping” these various ideologies together is common practice, for some purposes, because they are all interlocking and dependent on each other and reinforce each other. Scholar bell hooks (she uses all little letters for her name) writes about what she has termed the “Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy.” For instance, White Supremacy (or racism) is what has shaped the functions of imperialism, is why capitalism developed as it did, and racism forces on the White male father figure is the ultimate being.
      Talk to you more later
      AJP

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