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Now that Trump has fully embraced a “me against … well … the world” campaign strategy in which his only plan is to use every nuclear weapon he has available to him in his war against anyone who does not agree with him .. I decided it was time to thank him.

 

 

I have to tell you … Trump has made me grateful for a variety of things.

 

I am reminded of the importance of competency.

 

I am reminded of the importance of dignity.

 

I am reminded of the importance of preparation.

 

I am reminded of the fact democracy is fragile. reminded-trump-things-advice

 

I am reminded of the understanding that the freedom we enjoy in America is unique … and always embattled.

 

I am reminded of the importance of listening without judgement … and judgement based on facts.

 

I am reminded of the fact that conspiracies have no factual basis and, yet, can be confused as such in a mainstream way.

 

I am reminded of the unfortunate truth that truth itself can be suffocated if <a> a lie is big enough, or <2> the lies are relentless.

 

I am reminded of the ultimate truth … one person can make a difference … for good or for bad.

 

I am reminded of the importance of decency.

 

And I am reminded of how strong our country is and how much bigger it is than one incredibly flawed & misguided individual.

 

 

And while I am grateful for so many things I found an awesome letter from someone online who is also grateful for a variety of things:

 

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Michele Hallet

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Dear Mr Trump,

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It’s taken me a while to realize this and to admit it, but I’m grateful to you.

For the past few months I’ve spent a good deal of time lamenting your campaign and the poison it has so effortlessly generated. I’ve watched our country imploding, our public discourse become polluted, our political climate grow ever more corrosive, and wrongly assumed you were to blame.

It’s only lately I’ve come to understand that you haven’t manufactured our current national ugliness—you’ve simply revealed it.

By saying the irresponsible, mean-spirited, ignorant things you say so freely and so frequently, you’ve given other like-minded people license to do the same.

You’ve opened up the floodgates for our corporate sewage to flow fully. People no longer conceal their vile mess, they now revel in it, they broadcast it and retweet it.

You’ve made bigotry and racism socially acceptable again and that has been a kind of twisted gift because it’s allowed me to really see people; not as they pretend to be on the surface—but in the very depths of their wounded, weaponized hearts.

Over and over as your campaign has persisted, your supporters would tell me that they like you because you “speak your mind”. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve realized that you speak their minds. You’ve given credence to their prejudices and made those prejudices go mainstream.

Thanks to the terrible ground you’ve broken, politicians, pastors, friends, and strangers, both in person and on social media now regularly out themselves as hateful, intolerant, and malicious—and they remind me just how close they are to me, just how deep the sickness in us runs, and just how far we have to go together.

You’ve emboldened people to be open about things they used to conceal for the sake of decorum, and though it turns my stomach, I know that this is the only way we can move forward; to have that cancerous stuff exposed fully so that it can be dealt with. Our progress as a nation is predicated on authentic dialogue, no matter how brutal and disheartening that dialogue is.

In other words, you’ve let us know what we’re really dealing with here and while it’s been rightly disturbing, it’s also been revelatory. That’s the thing about that kind of harsh light: you’re forced to see everything. Beauty and monstrosity equally illuminated.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think you’re the least qualified, least knowledgeable Presidential candidate we may ever have had participate this far into the process, and if you somehow were elected I’d fear gravely for the world my children would inherit—should it survive your Presidency at all. I believe you’re reckless, bitter, and completely reprehensible; the very worst kind of bully.

But whether you win or lose, you’ve already allowed me the blessing of Truth; about me, about you, about other candidates, about our nation.

And in the process you’ve also shown me that I am not alone in resisting you and this ugly thing you’ve revealed about us.

You’ve generated an equally loud, equally passionate response to it and this is where I find my hope these days.

I find it in those for whom equality isn’t just a cheap buzzword, it’s the most precious of hills to die on.

I find it in those people who refuse to be silent in the face of our impending shared regression.

I find it in those willing to be more bold in defending the inherent value of all people.

I find it in the growing army of those who will not tolerate hatred as a core American value.

I find it in those who reject violence as our default response to dissension.

I find it in the ever rising voice of people who will not let malice and bitterness represent them in the world.

Today I find my hope in those who, like me, will not be complicit in allowing bigotry and intolerance to become a source of national pride, because we’ve seen where that leads.

Yes, Mr Trump, you’ve unearthed our hidden sickness and you’ve allowed it to go viral.

You brought every awful thing about us out into the open.

And for this—I thank you.

 

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While I am constantly mortified by what Trump is doing to the presidential i-am-grateful-forprocess, democracy and our constitutional rights & freedoms … doing to … well … truth in general and doing to the overall standard of respectful discourse a civilized society typically has.

 

I am grateful he has come along and reminded us of  all these things by showing us what the bottom of the barrel looks like.

 

I am grateful for his avalanche of lies and half-truths, manipulations and peddling of fear because it reminds us all that truth and hope is actually a brighter vision.

 

I am grateful because his promise to recover the past in simplistic tripe it is ultimately shown as the fiction offered by ‘merchants of clever cheats.’

 

I am grateful he offers a simple formula “to make your target audience feel good by offering up what is a fantasy to them, but a horrendous injustice to others” because it permits those who know how to articulate the true complexity of reality to speak up.

 

And, mostly, I am grateful because you cannot solve a problem until you actually recognize a problem. And while he himself is a problem to be solved <which I assume Time itself will deal with> he has uncovered all the problems I trump arizona republichave listed above … which we can now put our big boy & girl pants on and solve.

 

I have said for months now with regard to a Trump loss there will be only one word to describe it – carnage. His only plan is to destroy everything in his way and in his wake as he sits in his lonely penthouse will be carnage.

Be prepared … te next president will be faced with carnage.

 

And I actually thank him for this too.

 

Yeah. I do.

 

This will force a new generation of leaders to stand up, speak out and rebuild from the carnage.

 

This will force a new generation of leaders to … well … lead.

 

 

This will force a new generation of leaders to take what was broken and build anew.

 

This will force a new generation of leaders to embrace a belief that we are actually stronger together rather than apart, a group of people aligned is stronger than an individual focused on self interest and working together is essential to progress.

 

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The strength of a country is defined in how it deals with its worst moments. Trump represents the worst and in his wake he may very well leave us with the worst.

 

 

In closing.

 

 

There is some guy online who is keeping a running list of “disqualifying, un-American things, absurd things that Trump has said/ done/ been accurately described” which I think is a nice list of things to remind everyone about:

 

-Trump university a sham and a scam

-said using nuclear weapons should be an option

-regularly performs verbal fellatio on Putin

-Russia/ Putin considers him an Useful Idiot

-implores Russia to hack into his rivals’ emails

-advisor Carter Page investigated for meeting with Russian Putinites/ oligarchs

-filed bankruptcy 6 times; sucks at running businesses

-indebted to Russian/ Chinese banks since US banks ceased lending to him

-can’t even turn profit running a casino; run out of town in Atlantic City

-brags about using OPM (other people’s money)

-claimed tax returns can’t be released due to IRS audit

-lied; IRS claims no rules against releasing tax returns

-now claims tax returns can’t be released due to own internal audit

-lying about being a billionaire, only worth about 200 million

-brags about being a player in pay-to-play schemes with politicians

-sued thousands of times for stiffing small businesses/ contractors/ workers

-says his own sacrifice on par with those of Gold Star families

-dodged draft by claiming bone spurs

-cannot remember which foot afflicted with bone spurs

-accuses HC of things which he’s guilty of doing, basically evokes Goebbels

-McCain only a war hero because he was captured

-mocks NY Times reporter who has epilepsy

-gonna build a wall and Mexico will pay

-Judge Curiel can’t be impartial because he has Mexican heritage

-incites Clinton to be assassinated by his 2A cray cray supporters

-ban immigrants from coming to US

-brags about being right when recent NYC bombs happened

-chummy with racists, White nationalists, KKK

-raised dumb sons who are chummy with White nationalists

-dumb sons hunt endangered animals or post Skittles racist memes

-refused to repudiate David Duke/ KKK contingent of supporters

-surrounds himself with unhinged far-right advisors

-Manafort, Bannon, Ailes, Carter Page, Flynn, Giuliani, etc…

-birther-in-chief

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-brags he’d be first POTUS candidate to make profit from campaign

-directs campaign funds to his own businesses

-uses campaign media coverage as free infomercial for his new hotel

-says he alone can fix America

-national disgrace, international pariah

-said HC does not look presidential but that he does

-orange tan, roadkill combover hairdo= looks presidential

-buffoonish/ clownish exaggerated facial expressions= gravitas

-lied about being against Iraq War since day one

-tells blatant lies and denies lies even with video evidence

-often flip-flops within hours or on same day

-needs handlers to keep him from saying crazy things

-has thin skin, keeps Nixon-like tabs on perceived enemies

-tiny hands tweeting unhinged tweets

-needs overnight sitter to keep him from unhinged tweeting late at night

-said maybe US shouldn’t honor NATO treaties

-said sexual assaults stem from men and women working together

-said we should have stolen Iraq/ ME oil after Iraq War

-sued for housing discrimination against Blacks, lost but denies guilt

-Trump ties made in China because it’s impossible to make ties in US

– makes his money from low-rent merchandising deals

-real billionaires do not make ticky-tack deals that rake in small money

-ignorant about Russia invading Crimea

-said more nations should have nuclear weapons, world would be safer

-has deranged personal physician; provided ridiculous statement of health

-lied about weight and height so as not be tagged as obese

-obese and high risk for Alzheimers but eats fatty fast food

-used charity money as slush fund to settle lawsuit judgements

-used charity money to buy tacky painting of himself

-none of living former POTUS endorse him

-said his ’80s man-whoring was his personal Vietnam

-when given a Purple Heart, said he’d always wanted one and easier than going to war

-serial spouse cheater, yet shames HC for being a cheated-on spouse

-condescends to Black voters

-servile behavior in Black church; attacks Black pastor when speaking to White crowds

-servile behavior with Mexican president; hyperbolic loon when speaking to White crowds

-said Obama and Clinton started ISIS

-ban abortions except in instances of rape/ incest/ poor health

-cray cray right-wing Supreme Court appointees affect policy for next 30 years

-Flint water crisis as photo-op; joked about water crisis to White crowd

-in favor of unconstitutional stop-and-frisk (violates 4th and 14th amendments)

-IRS fine for charity bribe to Florida AG Bondi who dropped Trump U probe

-pay-to-play bribe to Texas AG Abbott who dropped Trump U probe

-claims unfair media when they decide to fact-check his lies

-has secret plan to defeat ISIS….not really

-dissed top Generals as dumb and embarrassing

-wants dumb/ embarrassing Generals to form a plan to defeat ISIS

-knows more about ISIS than the Generals

-would purge Generals and promote new ones who agree with him

-possible sociopathic/ psychopathic/ narcissistic personality disorder

-posed as own publicist; bragged about imaginary sex life with celebrities

-lawyer representing nonprofits “Trump Fdn self-dealing most brazen ever”

-Charlotte protesters influenced to protest by drug use

-bragged “I love the poorly educated”

-Fellow Republicans: he’s a con man, fake, pathological liar, amoral bully

-defunct: Trump airlines, magazine, vodka, steaks, mortgage…

-Black communities in worst shape ever; forgets slavery/ Jim Crow days

-took federal funds for small businesses affected by 9/11

-supports waterboarding (torture under international conventions)

-lied about personally seeing 2nd plane hit WTC/ victims jump from towers

-lied about hundreds of friends killed on 911; never attended any 9/11 funeral

-made money in NYC real estate, made no donations to 9/11 charities

-lied about charity donations; named least charitable “billionaire”

-hasn’t put own money into Trump Family Fdn since 2008

-foreign guest workers on his resorts; said he couldn’t find American workers

-wants to bring jobs to Americans; doesn’t do so in his businesses

-mafia connections in the NY/ NJ construction industries

-shady business deals with Russian and Chinese oligarch/ mafia billionaires

-can’t declare bankruptcy on Russia/ Chinese lenders; can do favors as POTUS

-said federal minimum wage was too high as late as May 2016

-defamed Colorado Springs fire marshals because they cared for safety

-wants US withdrawal from Paris Accord; said climate change= hoax

-fakes being Christian like he fakes his tan; panders to Christian nut jobs

-elimination of FDA food safety rules; flip-flopped hours later

-PolitiFact/ FactCheck.org: 70% of Trump’s claims are false

-offered to pay legal fees of rally supporters who harm protesters

-deathly afraid of being fact-checked during debates

-lied about a child getting autism 1 week after being vaccinated

-dad gave him $14 million to start business, not $1 million

-owes $650 millions to domestic and foreign banks/ investors

-I’m smart for paying no taxes….dumb peasants!

-stop-and-frisk great for improving race relations

-constantly says global warming a hoax; denied it in debate

-rattled under debate pressure; wants to handle nuclear codes

-did nation a favor; made Obama produce birth certificate

-“mic wasn’t working”= mic transmitted lies and sniffles

-blamed moderator Lester Holt for being unfair

-debate skills: interrupt, be incoherent, bully, lie, make faces

-Russia Russia Russia…cyber…400 lbs sitting in bed…Sean Hannity

-what do you say to Americans of color? “I say nothing.”

-fixing economy= redoing trade deals and nothing else

-said he did’t have cold or sniffles, was normal breathing for him

-sniffles/ pursed-mouth breathing; possible respiratory condition

-Iranian ship mocked US sailors; wants to bomb Iranian ship

-said American airports is like a 3rd world country

-only goes on Fox News; softball questions from Fox shills

-“my strongest asset by far is my temperament”; people laugh

-chihuahua with ADHD has better temperament

-rooted for housing crisis; said “that’s called business”

-wants a cookie for not bringing up in debate BC’s infidelities

-many newspapers endorse Dem. for POTUS for 1st time ever

– sexual assault video

– happy about not paying personal taxes

– suggesting he will jail his opponent if he is elected

 

 

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