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Another day and another violent Trump rally.

 

The incidents are piling up.

Chicago protest fights. A Black Lives Matters protester was sucker-punched by a white bystander at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A young black woman was surrounded and shoved aggressively by a number of individuals at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky. A black protester was tackled, then punched and kicked by a group of men as he curled up on the ground in Birmingham, Alabama. Immigration activists were shoved and stripped of their signs by a crowd in Richmond, Virginia. A Latino protester was knocked down and kicked by a Trump supporter in Miami.

 

 

This version of America is not the America I know, the America I want nor is it America anywhere near great.

 

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I was angry.

 

I was disturbed.

 

And I was … well … angry.

 

 

I was angry as I watched a protest in Chicago devolve into what could only look like a riot to the entire world.

 

 

As his Republican colleague said … “Tonight the seeds of division that Donald Trump has been sowing this whole campaign finally bore fruit, and it was ugly.”

 

I am angry because Mr. Trump knows what he is doing. He is playing with fire. Playing it as close to the fire as he can without getting burned <or burning down the house> because in his own pea like mind he has decided that this warped version of passion will energize change and ‘winning.’

 

Just as he has shown a complete disdain for a ‘good win’ versus a ‘bad win’ he also shows no signs that he understands the difference between ‘bad passion’ and ‘good passion.’

 

That is the sign of an incompetent ignorant lazy leader.

 

I am angry.

 

I am not angry at America or its people or even Trump’s followers … I am angry at a person who wants to be the emperor who has no clothes. He offers only platitudes of ‘deals & wins’ as solutions to any issue he is asked about and, worse, simplistically twists the “us versus them” narrative into “we good people & they bad people” platitudes.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the MSNBC Town Hall in Charleston, South Carolina on February 17, 2016.

He skates on the slippery superficial surface of emotion and an enhanced feeling of irrelevance <or being marginalized> from a minority of the populace who has now found a voice.

 

I am angry.

 

Ok.

 

I am really angry because he assumes no, none, nada, whatever version of “zero” you want to apply here … responsibility for anything.

It is never his problem. It is never his issue. It is never anything but ‘the bad people’ <media, people who do not agree, Muslims/Islam, Mexicans, immigrants, stupid elite, etc.>. It is never him.

This despite the fact he is the common denominator.

 

And this also means, to Mr. Tump, he is never responsible for his words.

 

We are all responsible for the words we say. Everyone.

 

That said.

 

It most likely took me far too long to understand this but while freedom of speech is an equal freedom for all & everyone … the responsibility tied to that freedom is not equal. Responsibility increases upwards. The larger the forum, the more impact as a leader I have, the larger the actual managerial/actionable responsibility the leader has … the larger the responsibility to the speech portion of my freedom I have.

 

Trump acts like he has no more responsibility with regard to what he says than the guy sitting at the end of the bar after a 10 hour day drinking his 5th draft beer with his buddies bitching about the world.

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A leader has a responsibility to listen to his/her people but any good leader knows you don’t incite latent negative emotion within an organization … you show you listen, unite and give specifics on how the organization will progress from that point on.

 

Lastly.

 

I am angry because I have run across these faux business leaders in business and they are the worst of the worst. They are hollow of anything. And blanket their hollowness with superficiality or faux emotion.

 

Trump is particularly skilled at manipulating his version of the public to his own ends. And, in that, he doesn’t even recognize his divisiveness <which is frightening for a possible leader of the free world>.

 

 

You know Bernie was saying, ‘Mr Trump should speak to his crowd,’” Trump said, adding, about the protesters: “You know where they come from? Bernie’s crowd.”

 

 

Well Mr. Trump … assuming you actually desire to be a president .. they are all your crowd. You either decide to try and unite by listening & convincing them of your path to ‘greatness’ or I imagine you just let them rot somewhere as you, and your followers, shun them.

 

In your world it appears to be the Trump way or the highway.

 

I cannot remember in my 50something lifetime anything like this.

 

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I am angry.

 

And, I admit, a little nervous certainly unsettled … and … well … maybe a little scared.

 

This feeling did not come easily.

And I know exactly when it happened. The other morning I was discussing my anger at Trump’s lack of assuming responsibility after the Chicago rally incident and it happened as I said “I have never seen this before in my lifetime.”

Because I do know where I have seen it before. This is the divisiveness of dictators and autocrats. I hesitated to use examples from the past … but the names came very very close to crossing my lips. It was an uncomfortable feeling to be that close to comparing Trump to some of the worst of the worst leaders from past history.

 

And what got me that close to uttering the examples is that instead of making a call for discussion and debate he insists on calling for silence and authoritarianism <absurdly under the guise of ‘freedom of speech’>.

In fact … as he harkens back to the ‘good ole days’ he even seems to encourages violence <under the guise of “we are so weak and need to be strong again”>.

 

This is bully logic.

 

And he compounds his bully attitude by tightly restricting the media and often actually barring the media from events.

 

Trump disavows violence and yet encourages it. He encourages a consistent ‘strong message’ <however you, the followers, would like to deliver that message to ‘them’> of silencing dissent, silencing debate, silencing real solutions, silencing critics and silencing competitors. And he fills their silent space with bombastic platitudes of deals & wins and divisive rhetoric.

 

 

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada February 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX284EP

While he’s narcissistic, self-absorbed, power hungry/crazy and driven by either greed or ‘winning by any measure” I almost think we are seeing a public case study example of the Dunning–Kruger effect.

 

This is a cognitive bias in which a relatively unskilled person suffers illusory superiority. This translates into mistakenly assessing their ability and believing their skills, and themselves, to be significantly better than what it actually is.

Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their own ineptitude and evaluate their own ability accurately. When Trump looks in the mirror he sees only something superior to everyone else … maybe even superior to America itself.

 

Anyway.

 

I am not a huge follower of politics but it seems to me that consistent violence at this scale is rare in American politics.

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And I am angry at Mr. Trump.

Angry at his overall lack or personal responsibility. Angry at his disdain for the power of words. Angry at his lack of understanding of freedom of speech as it pertains to leadership. Angry at his lack of desire to try and convert dissenters but rather silence or eject/reject dissenters.

Angry at his hollowness <because I want a leader who is full of a robust vision beyond deals & wins>.

 

And, mostly, I am angry at what he is doing to America.

He is not making is great he is making us hate.

 

 

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