Only The Most Gullible Could Believe Trump Facts….I’m a recovering conservative Republican who cannot follow the party down their current destructive road to deceptive depravity (another ex-GOP writer like me has a great article towards the bottom of part 3).  So I use my insights as a lifelong GOP supporter to call out the twisted ideological mindset which in recent years has latched onto & corrupted most of the party.  America cannot tolerate a major political party continuing to reside in a facts-free alternate universe.  The Trump facts he keeps spouting are consistently more wrong than right.  Here at TheVORACS, we have an extensive knowledgeable background & study this political stuff closely, so we’ve seen through the hoax & are impervious to falling into the far-right cult.  Now that we’ve seen Trump’s pathetic performance in Helsinki, perhaps selling out our country, even Trumpeters with half a brain should start questioning this guy!

We must understand the risks even though they might seem mostly long odds for now, but with the freedoms we hold dear, our reality could quickly slide out of control.  Our nation is now confronted with an oversized personality backed by a large following who are en masse being duped by the state-run media (the echo).  Anyone who’s hitching their wagon to Trump appears susceptible to being mentally-controlled, which should that tyrannical movement keep escalating beyond restraint, fascism could take root before most Americans even realize what’s been happening: Republicans-Finding-That-Fascism-And-Treachery-Aren-t-Polling-Well.  I’ve said dozens of times & keep repeating, don’t think it could never happen here!  The American people need to stay informed to make sure it doesn’t happen.  Ignorance is our biggest enemy!  This brief interview clip by the book writer who knows Trump well calls the current situation an “emergency,” so hear it insideart-of-the-deal-writer-warns-trump-far-worse-than-media-says-the-republic-is-at-enormous-risk.    

Trump Facts Are Mostly Lies Devoid Of Truths

There are lots of excerpts here which are only a small part of the overall article in the-death-of-truth-how-we-gave-up-on-facts-and-ended-up-with-trump, but they are outstanding!  It’s an enormous threat to our society when millions of Trumpeters keep believing Trump’s lies, making them completely detached from reality.  Please read to learn of the dangers in our current president’s assault on truths, where Trump facts are only what he makes up in his head, which this op-ed wraps up with these wise words: Without truth, democracy is hobbled.

Two of the most monstrous regimes in human history came to power in the 20th century, and both were predicated on the violation and despoiling of truth, on the knowledge that cynicism and weariness and fear can make people susceptible to the lies and false promises of leaders bent on unconditional power. As Hannah Arendt wrote in her 1951 book The Origins of Totalitarianism, “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (ie the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (ie the standards of thought) no longer exist.” Arendt’s words increasingly sound less like a dispatch from another century than a chilling description of the political and cultural landscape we inhabit today – a world in which fake news and lies are pumped out in industrial volume by Russian troll factories, emitted in an endless stream from the mouth and Twitter feed of the president of the United States, and sent flying across the world through social media accounts at lightning speed. Nationalism, tribalism, dislocation, fear of social change and the hatred of outsiders are on the rise again as people, locked in their partisan silos and filter bubbles, are losing a sense of shared reality and the ability to communicate across social and sectarian lines.

This is not to draw a direct analogy between today’s circumstances and the overwhelming horrors of the second world war era, but to look at some of the conditions and attitudes – what Margaret Atwood has called the “danger flags” in George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm – that make a people susceptible to demagoguery and political manipulation, and nations easy prey for would-be autocrats. To examine how a disregard for facts, the displacement of reason by emotion, and the corrosion of language are diminishing the value of truth, and what that means for the world. Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims during his first year in office – an average of 5.9 a day. Donald Trump, the 45th president of the US, lies so prolifically and with such velocity that the Washington Post calculated he’d made 2,140 false or misleading claims during his first year in office – an average of 5.9 a day. His lies – about everything from the investigations into Russian interference in the election, to his popularity and achievements, to how much TV he watches – are only the brightest blinking red light among many warnings of his assault on democratic institutions and norms. He routinely assails the press, the justice system, the intelligence agencies, the electoral system and the civil servants who make the US government tick.

Nor is the assault on truth confined to America. Around the world, waves of populism and fundamentalism are elevating appeals to fear and anger over reasoned debate, eroding democratic institutions, and replacing expertise with the wisdom of the crowd. False claims about the UK’s financial relationship with the EU helped swing the vote in favour of Brexit, and Russia ramped up its sowing of dezinformatsiya in the runup to elections in France, Germany, the Netherlands and other countries in concerted propaganda efforts to discredit and destabilise democracies. How did this happen? How did truth and reason become such endangered species, and what does the threat to them portend for our public discourse and the future of our politics and governance? It’s easy enough to see Trump as having ascended to office because of a unique, unrepeatable set of factors: a frustrated electorate still hurting from the backwash of the 2008 financial crash; Russian interference in the election and a deluge of pro-Trump fake news stories on social media; a highly polarising opponent who came to symbolise the Washington elite that populists decried; and an estimated $5bn-worth of free campaign coverage from media outlets obsessed with the views and clicks that the former reality TV star generated.

If a novelist had concocted a villain like Trump – a larger-than-life, over-the-top avatar of narcissism, mendacity, ignorance, prejudice, boorishness, demagoguery and tyrannical impulses (not to mention someone who consumes as many as a dozen diet cokes a day) – she or he would likely be accused of extreme contrivance and implausibility. In fact, the president of the US often seems less like a persuasive character than some manic cartoon artist’s mashup of Ubu Roi, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and a character discarded by Molière. But the more clownish aspects of Trump the personality should not blind us to the monumentally serious consequences of his assault on truth and the rule of law, and the vulnerabilities he has exposed in our institutions and digital communications. It is unlikely that a candidate who had already been exposed during the campaign for his history of lying and deceptive business practices would have gained such popular support were portions of the public not blase about truth-telling and were there not systemic problems with how people get their information and how they’ve come to think in increasingly partisan terms.

With Trump, the personal is political, and in many respects he is less a comic-book anomaly than an extreme, bizarro-world apotheosis of many of the broader, intertwined attitudes undermining truth today, from the merging of news and politics with entertainment, to the toxic polarisation that’s overtaken American politics, to the growing populist contempt for expertise. For decades now, objectivity – or even the idea that people can aspire toward ascertaining the best available truth – has been falling out of favour. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s well-known observation that “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts” is more timely than ever: polarisation has grown so extreme that voters have a hard time even agreeing on the same facts. This has been exponentially accelerated by social media, which connects users with like-minded members and supplies them with customised news feeds that reinforce their preconceptions, allowing them to live in ever narrower silos.

Philip Roth said he could never have imagined that “the 21st-century catastrophe to befall the USA, the most debasing of disasters”, would appear in “the ominously ridiculous commedia dell’arte figure of the boastful buffoon”. Trump’s ridiculousness, his narcissistic ability to make everything about himself, the outrageousness of his lies, and the profundity of his ignorance can easily distract attention from the more lasting implications of his story: how easily Republicans in Congress enabled him, undermining the whole concept of checks and balances set in place by the founders; how a third of the country passively accepted his assaults on the constitution; how easily Russian disinformation took root in a culture where the teaching of history and civics had seriously atrophied.

The US’s founding generation spoke frequently of the “common good”. George Washington reminded citizens of their “common concerns” and “common interests” and the “common cause” they had all fought for in the revolution. And Thomas Jefferson spoke in his inaugural address of the young country uniting “in common efforts for the common good”. A common purpose and a shared sense of reality mattered because they bound the disparate states and regions together, and they remain essential for conducting a national conversation. Especially today in a country where Trump and Russian and hard-right trolls are working to incite the very factionalism Washington warned us about, trying to inflame divisions between people along racial, ethnic and religious lines. There are no easy remedies, but it’s essential that citizens defy the cynicism and resignation that autocrats and power-hungry politicians depend on to subvert resistance. Without commonly agreed-on facts – not Republican facts and Democratic facts; not the alternative facts of today’s silo-world – there can be no rational debate over policies, no substantive means of evaluating candidates for political office, and no way to hold elected officials accountable to the people. Without truth, democracy is hobbled. 

For more details on Trump’s brazen lying which is far beyond anything we’ve ever seen before, check out these opening excerpts from inside leave-the-dark-twisted-fantasies-to-trump.  With him, it’s pathological:

“Everybody in politics lies,” Hollywood mogul David Geffen once said of Bill and Hillary Clinton. “But they do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” Geffen had a point — but he had not yet seen President Trump in action. With apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda, when it comes to lying, the man is nonstop. On June 1, just less than 500 days into the president’s term, The Post had counted 3,251 false or misleading claims by the commander in chief. Trump continued that dizzying pace during Thursday’s NATO news conference, and then launched his visit to Britain by trashing that country’s prime minister and brazenly lying about it a few hours later. “I didn’t criticize the prime minister,” Trump said, shortly after criticizing the prime minister. He blasted Theresa May’s handling of Brexit and declared that her fiercest political rival, Boris Johnson, “would be a great prime minister.” Hours later, Trump dismissed the reprinting of his own words as “fake news,” even though the Rupert Murdoch-run Sun tabloid had his attacks on tape.

Trump’s bizarre denials mirrored a claim the president made a week earlier when he tweeted that he had never supported a GOP-drafted immigration bill, this despite tweeting three days earlier, in all caps, that “HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL.” Soon after the second tweet was posted, Esquire’s Ryan Lizza wryly noted: “He didn’t even bother to delete the old one.” As with Tolstoy’s Prince Vasili, the president “like a wound-up clock, by force of habit said things he did not even wish to be believed.” But unlike Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton — our previous standard-bearers in presidential prevarication — Trump’s lies are not a defensive response to protect a political legacy. Trump’s lies are his legacy.

Trump Facts Get Twisted By Trump Himself & His Echo

Running totally contrary to the presidential ode The Buck Stops Here, Trump continues to refuse to deal with the Russian attacks that are still ongoing: us-intelligence-chief-the-warning-lights-are-blinking-red-again-on-cyber-attacks & alsorussian-hacks-cyberattacks-dan-coats-muller-indictments-trump-putin.  Yet, in another case of shameless irony, he’s now blaming Obama for not doing more to stop the Russians during the campaign: mueller-indictment-russians-democrats-obama.  Yes, it’s true, Obama could have done more.  But back in 2016 we had no way of knowing just how extensive the Russian intrusion really was, plus Obama didn’t want to be seen as personally politicizing the upcoming election.  

Now that we have definitive proof the interference came from the highest levels of the Kremlin, it’s totally irresponsible perhaps rising to the level of treasonous that our current president would not take steps to stop future attacks: donald-trump-robert-mueller-indictments-barack-obama-russia.  The Russians are caught red-handed yet Trump won’t clamp down or call them out, preferring to sweep these crimes against America under the rug: trump-cant-brush-aside-the-evidence-in-this-indictment-but-he-probably-will-anyway.  A big reason is because admitting Russia interfered calls into question the legitimacy of the election results & Trump’s victory, too much for his fragile ego to handle: trumps-presidency-is-illegitimate.

Trump also blamed the deep state over the Russian indictments, a more sinister-sounding name for the establishment: trump-responds-new-mueller-indictments.  While the president’s placing blame there doesn’t even begin to make sense, the “deep state” has become the standard buzzword euphemism now constantly used by Trump & his echo, since whenever confronted with a situation that shines the light of guilt on themselves, they routinely deflect the accusations with their convenient fallback, it’s the deep state that’s really to blame.  Any organization the size of the U.S. Government is bound to have their fair share of corruption & bureaucrats only out for themselves, but it’s unfair to paint with such a broad brush.  With Hillary & Obama being more & more in our rear-view mirrors, the radical right from the echo needs a convenient villain to amp up their audiences, so they’ve trained the flock to vilify that nebulous deep state.  While delusional Trumpeters can’t really pinpoint what the deep state actually is, like Pavlov’s dogs, they now slobber with rabid hatred at the mere mention of the word.

Trumpeters & the echo-audience have been dutifully trained to gaslight & lie to us with the standard talking points always heard reverberating inside their bubble.  When we tell them Trump lies, they dismiss it as all politicians lie.  We can state Trump is corrupt, they’ll say lots of politicians are corrupt.  When we really get under their skin by claiming Trump might have engaged in criminal conduct, their retort is often to deny their infallible leader could do such things &/or make a blanket statement many politicians have done illegal stuff.  Such a false equivalency fails to factor in the extreme & unprecedented levels Trump does his violations, almost certainly beyond anything ever seen from a leader in American history.  It’s like Trumpeters are trying to compare the counter clerk at a beverage store selling alcohol to an underage teen with Al Capone.

Further exploring the personal failings of our prez, The Daily Kos is typically pretty far out, but there’s always an element of truth to their far-left diatribes.  This is a rather pathetic portrayal of our president, but what’s really pathetic is it’s not far off from the truth: Donald-Trump-is-a-Sick-Sick-Man.  Some say a president deserves more respect, but Trump has yet to earn that.  By failing to call out & push back on Trump, it would just give him further license to keep gaslighting us.  We’ve all seen our president’s despicable personal traits on display, the lying, bullying, narcissism & so many other atrocities, but here’s a compelling case from The Guardian he’s also a racist: donald-trump-immigration-racism-uk-visit & alsoidentity-politics-right-left-trump-racism.  My favorite WaPo columnist, Jennifer Rubin, is on vacation, but Max Boot is right up there & worthy of paying attention to his thoughts: trump-is-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-most-important-struggle-of-our-time.

Fox Fake News

I don’t include nearly as many article links in TheVORACS messages as we once did, so rather than bombard you, lately we’ve been far more selective.  But it’s still important to include articles explaining how pathetic, disingenuous & complicit to demagoguery Fox News has become.  As the de facto leader of the echo-machine, Fox constantly deceives millions of Americans who once stood for rational conservatism.  They keep regurgitating Trump facts which are actually lies.  Now Fox & their viewers, unwittingly or not, are leading America down to a very dark place.  We need to keep exposing their butchery of the truth, with the following links delivering warnings how poisonous the rhetoric from most of their hosts & guest commentators have become, with Hannity being the worst of the worst:

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https://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=38481

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For any newsperson who’s not insane, the consensus is Trump bombed in Helsinki: media-slams-trump-over-performance-at-putin-press-conference & also fox-news-reporter-global-consensus-is-trump-threw-the-us-under-the-bus & alsoconservative-media-fox-news-trump-putin-summit.  But just like retiring GOP congressmen when the pressure is off to keep their base happy, retiring Fox News reporters also suddenly start telling the truth: former-fox-news-reporter-warns-that-trump-team-is-still-colluding-with-the-russians.  Now we know Putin has repeatedly lied to Trump about Russia’s involvement in the election interference, but Trump doesn’t seem to mind, being a chronic liar himself.  Trump facts are only narratives which can make himself look good or deny his potential illegal actions.  He looks every bit to be Putin’s puppet (catch the song at the bottom of part 3).  And in light of the new Russian indictments, it’s worth noting how Trump, his family members, pundits & Fox News hosts, actually stooped so low as to promote Russian propaganda during the campaign, revealed inside russia-election-interference-robert-mueller-conservatives-guccifer-dcleaks-donald-trump-sean-hannity-russian-propaganda.  No evidence of collusion?….BUNK!!!  We can just sense Mueller closing in soon on not just a smoking gun, but a whole arsenal!

Evangelicals

Any church faith that hitches their wagon to a corrupt leader, they’re bound to go down when their leader goes down.  And the damage already done to the evangelical reputation may be irreversible.  There’s a sinister spirit of deception invading the evangelical community, where scripture is being twisted around or taken out of context to side with a self-centered version of extremist politics.  And as I’ve often said, any GOP president could have made similar Supreme Court picks, without being cursed with a leader who’s a moral basket case & thoroughly corrupting the party.  Even if Trump soon gets impeached/resigns, conservatives may still get two Justices out of him by then.  Now that many evangelical leaders & their flock have incorporated into their personal doctrine coldhearted viewpoints which couldn’t possibly align with the teachings of Christ, it will be hard to live that down.  And should the very president they put in power succumb to criminality or even treason, evangelicals by association will also take their share of the blame.

That is reflected in these excerpts below from a faith leader who gets it, correctly expressing a healthy separation between church & state is a good thing.  We would never wish to become a theological state imposing their religion on the population like so many Islamic nations do.  True faith is a free choice.  This writer in particular points out repealing the Johnson Amendment would be a bad move as seen in stop-congress-from-injecting-partisan-campaign-politics-into, which beyond the reasons given here, just watch the boomerang effect when Trump’s liberal successor may overreact by threatening the tax exempt status churches enjoy:

As faith leaders, we know what it means to speak truth to power. We come from traditions in which we are called to create a more just world by a mandate greater than our own. We pray with our feet by marching on the streets and by organizing in our houses of worship. Our sanctuaries are spaces for quiet introspection and the loud clang of engaged moral action. These are spaces where we speak across lines of difference, unconcerned by the pressures of politicking and money that tarnish the moral and political discourse that takes place beyond our walls.

But we are concerned that this might change if the Trump administration and several members of Congress get their way by repealing the Johnson Amendment, which is the law that prohibits houses of worship, and all 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. This provision in the tax code protects our houses of worship and charitable nonprofits by ensuring that they are not torn apart by partisan campaign politics or used as tools by candidates and parties for their own political gain.

For us, the issue is simple. We object to any measure that would chip away at the protections that keep our churches, synagogues and mosques places of inclusion and unity, rather than places of division and discord. Houses of worship are meant to serve the needs of the community, not the needs of political operatives. They are spaces where individuals from every walk of life or political affiliation can come together and worship. Our congregations do not want to see partisan campaign politics injected into our weekly services.

We also know that houses of worship and their leaders have robust free speech rights under the Johnson Amendment and can speak out on political and social issues—as we are doing by authoring this very piece. Our commitment to building a better world is not and cannot be partisan. Houses of worship can take positions on issues of moral, social or political concern; lobby on legislation and endorse or oppose non-partisan referendums; host candidate forums and distribute answers to candidate questionnaires; and encourage people to vote, including through voter registration drives and getting people to the polls. Repealing the Johnson Amendment would threaten our ability to engage in these practices by introducing undue partisan pressures that would tarnish the moral ground on which we stand. Regardless of where we stand on the issues, the Johnson Amendment protects our ability to speak from our faith tradition without fear of partisan entanglement or interference.