One-Liner Wednesday — The Wrong Questions


“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”

American Novelist Thomas Pynchon

This quote came from Thomas Pynchon’s 1973 book, Gravity’s Rainbow. I’ve never read it and I’m almost certain that Donald Trump hasn’t either.

Yet this seems to be the approach Donald Trump and his sycophants have been successfully using since he began his campaign for the presidency. Create distractions and diversions so that people are focusing on and discussing what he says and even how he says it, rather than what he is doing. We are asking the wrong questions, while he is getting away with not having to answer for all the wrong things he’s doing.

Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

SoCS — Critical Thinking

CCC61B4A-216B-413F-8C70-FB434D45AC91For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday post, Linda has asked us to write something using the word “critic” and/or “critical.”

As some of you may know, I have been a fairly harsh critic of Donald Trump. And one of the reasons I’ve been critical of him is because I believe he is incapable of critical thinking. Don’t get me wrong. Donald Trump is critical of anyone who is critical of him, but that doesn’t mean that he’s exercising critical thinking.

So what is critical thinking? It means that you make reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don’t simply accept what you read, hear, have been told, or are exposed to. Rather, you are capable of weighing the facts in evidence, considering the sources of the information, and questioning the arguments and conclusions. In other words, critical thinking is the objective analysis of facts to form a judgment.

Have you ever seen Donald Trump — the leader of the free world, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States, and arguably the most powerful man on the globe — demonstrate that he can conduct an objective analysis of facts to form a judgment? I didn’t think so.

Does he ever engage in reflection that is directed at truth and guided by evidence? Or does he more typically demonstrate a willingness to dispense with evidence altogether in his rhetoric and his actions? Does he listen to and carefully assess the information and guidance provided to him by subject matter experts, or does he dismiss them and go with his gut…his ample and uninformed gut?

Think about it. This man, who is the President of the United States, is incapable of critical thinking.DD950FC1-8E15-4A67-B099-FAA56649D8A0Shouldn’t the ability to think critically be a critical requirement of the office he holds?

Yes, I’m a critic of Donald Trump. I don’t know about you, but the fact that he is president and that 40% of my fellow Americans think, uncritically, that he’s the greatest thing since sliced white bread scares the shit out of me.

Our Hypocritical, Despicable President

2C5F8C39-822F-4D78-BE42-677A2C1AE877Seldom — in fact, never before — has a President of the United States demonstrated such moral bankruptcy as has Donald Trump. Well, maybe Nixon did.

Look how quick Trump was to condemn Jussie Smollett, a black actor on the TV show, “Empire.” I admit that what Smollett allegedly did, staging an attack that he claimed was perpetrated by white, MAGA hat wearing, homophobic and racist men in order to promote his career, is worthy of condemnation.

But why has Trump remained completely silent on the arrest of a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home? Authorities say the guy stockpiled the weapons to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting Democratic politicians and liberal journalists.

Trump has not said a word or sent out a tweet about that. Could it be because the guy is white? Could it be because he is an avid Trump supporter (are there any other kind of Trump supporters)? Could it be that his intended targets were liberals who do not typically don MAGA hats?

Trump’s words, deeds, and acts of continue each and every day to undermine everything that our American democracy stands for.

According to a report from the Associated Press, every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. are being introduced into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated. And yet the Trump administration has continued to rollback and even remove regulations designed to prevent such toxic pollution.

Everyone knows that our country was the victim of a sophisticated, well-orchestrated cyber attacked in 2015 and 2016 by Russia in order to benefit the candidacy of Donald Trump. And yet last year, the White House eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council, doing away with a post central to developing policy to defend against increasingly sophisticated digital attacks and the use of offensive cyber weapons.

Our president is a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, narcissistic asshole who is a traitor to his country and is Putin’s puppet.

I could go on and on about how deplorable our president is, but I think you get my drift.

Includes these daily prompt words: Word of the Day Challenge (seldomly), Your Daily Word Prompt (bankruptcy), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (undermine).