Hidden Truth


What is truth? Is it definitive? Is it fact-based? In an early post on this blog, Facts Versus Truth, I referenced a quote from William Faulkner, “Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

In today’s post-facts/alternative facts Donald Trump era, I finally get what Faulkner was expressing. Facts don’t matter anymore. Truth has become subjective. Truth is something one believes to be true and anything that contradicts that perceived “truth” must be hidden from one’s consciousnesses.

For example, let’s look at what Trump supporters believe to be “the truth.” In a survey by Public Policy Polling, 75% of Trump voters believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the entire story about Russia’s meddling in our election process is “fake news.”

Only 45% of Trump voters say that they believe that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians to get information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, even though Trump Jr. not only admitted to taking the meeting, but released the emails setting up that meeting. Seriously?

And 77% of Trump voters believe that Trump should remain in office even if the investigations reveal that Trump is found guilty of colluding with Putin and the Russians.

Is the truth somehow hidden from the minds of Trump supporters? Or are they just willfully ignorant of the truth?

I think it’s the latter.

This post is for today’s one-word prompt, “Hidden.”


SoCS — Admit It, Donald


Dear Donald J. Trump,

Admit it, Donald. You’re totally unqualified to be President of the United States. As Hillary Clinton correctly assessed, you don’t have the temperament the position requires. You have never before held an elected position and you have no idea what it takes to be successful in government. Even your ardent GOP defenders like Paul Ryan and Chris Christie admit that you are “new to this job” and don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to how our government works.

Admit it, Donald. You have surrounded yourself with inexperienced, clueless sycophants who aren’t doing you any good because they only share with you what you want to hear, not what you need to hear. And your shameless surrogates toe your line even when you undermine them by contradicting the lies they’ve told the media on your behalf.

Admit it, Donald. You are an insecure, thin-skinned, unhinged, megalomaniacal, egotistical narcissist. All you care about is yourself, your family, and your fortune. Based upon what you want to do with heath care, tax reform, and the environment, you clearly don’t give two shits about most Americans, even those you duped into voting for you. You are a con man and a fraud.

Admit it, Donald. You are a pathological liar and wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and bit you on your ample ass. You are a hypocrite who plays golf almost every weekend after criticizing Obama for playing golf a lot less frequently than you when he was president. You were the driving force behind the totally bogus birther movement.

Admit it, Donald. You blame everyone and anyone but yourself for your frequent missteps. You deny that Russia interfered in our election despite overwhelming evidence that they did. You are critical of many well-respected, highly-regarded world leaders while expressing admiration for Vladimir Putin and other autocratics.

Admit it, Donald. You tried to convince then-FBI Director James Comey to let the FBI investigation of Mike Flynn go, and when he wouldn’t, you fired Comey. You also asked the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Mike Rogers to try to intervene in the FBI’s investigation. You are guilty of obstruction of justice and high crimes and misdemeanors.

Admit it, Donald. You never expected to win the election. You never really wanted the job, which you since have characterized as being harder than you thought it would be. You said you miss your “old life.”

Admit it, Donald. You have diminished and devalued the presidency and it’s time for you to resign and return to your old life before you bring the whole country down in a constitutional crisis. You know that’s the right thing to do.

But then again, Donald, when was the last time you did the right thing?

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and the topic for this week’s SoCS is “admit.”


“Pittsburgh, Not Paris”


When Donald Trump announced this past Thursday that the US would be pulling out of the Paris climate accord, he claimed that he was fulfilling his “solemn duty to protect America and its citizens.”

What? Pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is not exactly protecting American citizens. Quite the opposite, in fact. Hmm, I can’t seem to recall where, in the oath of office he took on Inauguration Day, he pledged to put humanity in jeopardy by destroying our planet’s environment.

And then during his speech about the accord pullout, sort of incongruously, he claimed, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

Let’s examine that claim. First, the mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, not Donald Trump, was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh. Second, the citizens of Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. She received about 80% of the votes in that city. Oh snap, Donald!

So just as a reminder, Mr. Trump, you received only around 46% of the popular vote — three million fewer votes, in fact, than Hillary. You do not represent the interests of the majority of American citizens. And your actions since having been inaugurated clearly demonstrate that the interests you are protecting are those belonging only to you, your family, and a small group of billionaires and special interest groups.

Oh, yes, I almost forgot about how you’re “protecting” those gullible voters who bought all that bullshit you slung at them during the campaign … and since. Wait until they wake up and see what you’ve really done to — rather than for — them.

Shame on you, Mr. Trump.