Just Another “I Hate Trump” Meme

First, let me apologize for slowing down in my writing last couple of weeks. Really busy, lots of stuff happening behind the scenes. I’ll give a better update soon.

So, you posted another “I hate Trump” meme. Gee, you must be proud of yourself. Maybe it’s actually an article from some corporate media site. Basically a meme but more wordy. Feel better? Does that feed your emotional need?

Take that needle out of your arm. I’ve told you it’s an addiction.

Let me ask you a few questions about your meme.

What is the point?

What is the purpose?

What is the goal?

How is it any different from what you and many others have been doing since 2015?

Is it going to change any minds? Any votes? Any policies?

No? Then why are you doing it?

I know what I have to say offends a lot of people. To a degree, I admit I intend to offend those people for shock value. Simply because they may pay attention if they are offended. Trump is literal proof of this. Because these people only started paying attention when Trump started running for office. They call themselves “woke”. No, they are not. Are you? Or are you sitting there steaming in your anger at me for saying what I say? Because I am telling you that “I hate Trump” is not enough? Because I am trying to make you think? Because I know you can do better and HAVE to do better?

Yes, Trump sucks. I get that. However, people have hated every president that has ever been in office. Remember how people hated Obama? GWB? Clinton? George Sr? Reagan? Carter? Shall I continue?

Much as I hate Trump, I have to point out that his base supports him for a reason. Chief among these that he has acted in some way on every campaign promise he made. Many of these are horrid but he is the first president in decades to have actually tried to fulfill his promises without making excuses for making a lame attempt or passing the buck and then dropping every single promise. Did Obama use any Executive Orders to pass the public option? No. He basically said, “But the Republicans talked mean to me! Now pay the corporations, shut up and sit down.”

In some cases Trump tried acting on promises I supported. Like ending wars and making peace deals with opposing countries. What was the response from the neoliberals? They opposed any effort. Did they try and make any of those deals better? Or push for more aggression against other countries? You can say it is because Trump’s name is on the deals or that he stood to personally gain from them. Know what? That’s what Congress is for. In the cases where he has been militarily threatening, has he had any opposition? Any at all? From anywhere?

If you really want to beat Trump and make a positive change, it takes more than “hate Trump”. In fact, that is absolutely counterproductive. Think, if you support a candidate, does it convince you to change your mind if someone posts memes or articles attacking them every day? Or do you attack back, ignore them, block them? Does it change your resolve or strengthen it?

Russiagate has been proven for the farce it was. For anyone that was on the fence, that may have made them lean more toward Trump because they don’t trust the opposition. Not to mention many people think Trump is the least likely to start a war with Russia. For his base, that truly solidified their support. Yes, he withdrew from the INF treaty but that’s not overt aggression, where the opposition IS overtly aggressive toward Russia. Horrible decision but what has been the response from opposition “leaders”?

It is beyond time to stop with the hate memes and do something more productive. Do your research on other candidates. No more of this garbage of “they can’t win”. Look at policies. Stop looking for the biggest cults. Make a comparison. Do what I did in 2016 and create cheat sheets of all the major candidates and parties (including third parties) regarding the issues and policies. Don’t read anything into it that is not there. Assume nothing. Provide links to the policy pages. I am not sure when I can get around to these things and if you put out the effort, you will be more invested in it.

No matter what, if you are not doing good, you are probably doing harm. If you are not part of the solution, then YOU are the problem.

Hate And Fear As Addictions

I’ve written about this before but re-doing it once again because it is an important concept. I am approaching this in a rather clinical manner, seeing my history of nursing.

I find this especially important at this time. Right now, the midterms are over. Yet by and large people are more likely to be acting out emotionally, not thinking rationally. And that’s the goal of the parties and media machines. React, don’t think. Feel, don’t question. Get angry, even when you don’t know why.

When you focus your mind on emotional outrage, offense or fear you are not trying to find solutions to problems. You are seeking to satisfy your emotional state. The biggest problem with this is how people keep going from one outrage to another to another. When was the last time you personally were notin one of these states?

The biggest reason you are always in some heightened emotional state is because of the media. Fear, anger and offense sell. It’s profitable. So they make it continuous. Day after day, each media source trying to come out with the next outrageous headline to put you in one of these states. What stories are you most likely to share, forward to your friends and family, blast on loudspeakers, etc?

Now here is the biggest problem. Anger, hate, fear and offense are addictions. I mean that in the literal sense of the word. Most Americans, if they look at themselves honestly and objectively, can see the pattern of addiction in their own behavior.

Anger, hate and fear cause the same chemical responses in the brain as drug use. Especially resembling methamphetamine use, they cause a chemical response of increased adrenaline production coupled with heightened endorphin production, especially norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine.

What is worse is that addictions keep getting worse as time goes on. Drug addicts develop what is known as tolerance. That is to say, the same dose becomes less effective over time, so they seek more and more, higher and higher doses of the same substance. Or they seek new substances that will give them the same euphoria, then continue on with the pattern, often mixing substances until they are taking a cocktail of chemicals which slowly damage and poison their bodies.

One of the most damaging long term effects of chronic stress and anxiety is increased stress hormone production, which leads to high blood pressure, digestive disorders and weight gain. So keeping yourself in a state of chronic stress willingly truly is damaging and even potentially lethal, shortening your life span while decreasing your quality of life.

I know some people will claim that comparing these emotions to addiction is ludicrous. However, look at how much pleasure people derive from watching horror movies. Violent sports like football. War movies. Cop shows. All of these portray events which in real life are atrocities, tragedies. However, when we are dealing with the news, atrocities are being played out in real life, not dramatized.

So, what are some of the behavioral signs of addiction?

First, the addict cannot control the behavior. They consciously or subconsciously seek the object of addiction on a frequent basis. This continues even after they have identified the addiction. Remember, alcoholics and ex-smokers often refer to themselves as “recovering”, indicating they have not beaten the addiction even years after giving it up. Instead, they keep the addiction under control.

If addiction is not controlled (such as an addict in denial), the addiction gets worse. They develop tolerance. They seek out more and more of the object of their addiction. In this case, they will actively seek out things which cause the stressful state they desire. Check the comment sections on Progressive pages or RT and you will find many whose sole purpose on that page is to express anger and seek conflict. Many who dislike Trump subscribe to his Twitter feed. Others seek out story after story attacking Trump, Russia or whomever else offends them by mere mention of the name.

That tolerance may have begun as having some reaction to stories that came up in the media but over time they began to seek those stories more and more frequently. Eventually, they could not go even a few hours without genuinely needing that stress. They actively seek out things that provide that stress multiple times a day. That can include news by TV, internet or discussion, sports, movies, TV shows, computer games and other influences.

That stress spills over into their everyday lives, causing more problems. Like an addict, they will seek out those who share the addiction in the form of similar viewpoints, rejecting opposing anyone with opposing views. Express a dissenting view and they commonly become abusive. That includes to their family and friends.

The only way to deal with this problem is to deal with it on a personal level. The first step is admitting a problem exists. Be honest with yourself, look in your mental mirror and see if the description fits. Then take action accordingly.

We all need to be engaging in interventions with family and those in our social circles.

Addicts always make excuses and divert responsibility. There are no excuses. The social and political environment is not an excuse. The food you eat is not an excuse. Chemtrails are not an excuse. The responsibility is on the addict and should not be allowed to be cast elsewhere. Don’t be an enabler.

Some readers may want clinical documentation of this comparison. Is that really needed? Behavioral evidence should really be sufficient. If you really want the clinical documentation, there is a lot of it available online but separately addressing amphetamine use and anger. I’m just giving a cross reference. I’ve read the clinical information which merely confirmed my theory.

Side note: The example I originally used in this theory remains valid. That example was racism. If a person is racist against (for example) black people, it does not remain against only black people. A racist continues expanding their bigotry and hate to include Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, Atheists, etc until it becomes hatred of anyone that is different. However, that is far from the only example, as noted above. So, this is not directed at one political or social leaning. It applies universally.