Jim Murray en The Beezers Hive, Bloggers, English Writer, Communcation Strategist, beBee Brand Ambassador • Onwords & Upwords Inc 22/11/2016 · 4 min de lectura · +800

Tuesday Tirade: Writing About What You Think Is Important.

I have always subscribed to the notion embodied in the headline above. To that end, I have been devoting some of my time over the past year to anti-Trump blogging and meme posting and I will continue on into the foreseeable future. Because I think it’s important to make sure that people know what the American people elected to the highest office in their land.

Tuesday Tirade:  Writing About What You Think Is Important.Last week I started posting the latest in a series of anti-Trump memes and posts on Facebook and, to a limited extent, here on beBee.
I have two perfectly valid reasons for taking this position and disseminating these memes and postsTuesday Tirade:  Writing About What You Think Is Important.
I have always despised everything that the Trump brand, such as it is, stood for. Trump is a nasty piece of work and if you don’t believe me, feel free to consult the endless list of people who have done work for him and were screwed over big time.
I am convinced that a huge number of Americans were conned into believing that Trump was going to somehow make their lives better despite the fact that he never actually told anyone how he was going to do this. They just took it on blind faith.

But what they are finding out now is that his promises were mostly bullshit and he used them to get himself elected. And now he is proceeding to bring the Tea Party to Washington.
There are a lot of people out there who are now having serious doubts about whether they did the right thing voting for Trump. There are also millions of people protesting his election, and the antiquated electoral college system that makes it possible for the candidate with the fewest votes to actually be named the winner.
These people feel, and rightly so in my opinion, that their vote actually counts for nothing, and that the system is, indeed, as Trump complained long and loud, rigged.

Freedom Of Speech...Look Out!

Tuesday Tirade:  Writing About What You Think Is Important.While he may not actually be one, Trump is doing a very good job of being seen as a dictator. He’s attacking and excluding the free press from his post-election process. He’s selecting the most extreme right wing people for his ‘inner circle’. He’s carrying on business as usual and promoting the Trump brand actively to foreign interests. And he is, so far, he is refusing to cut ties with his business, which he is legally obligated to do as president. Instead, he wants his children to run these businesses, thus creating an ongoing conflict of interest.
In short, between many hundreds of lies he spewed during the primary and the election campaigns about his competitors, the absolutely despicable behaviour he regularly demonstrated, the nearly impossible and horrendously expensive measures he proposed regarding immigration, his threats to dismantle a number of existing trade agreements and his complete unwillingness to release his tax returns, he is making a mockery out of the office of president of one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

Why Should I Care About This?

A) I am a Canadian and I work for a number of companies who benefit from trade agreements with the US. Therefore I am justifiably worried that having what I consider to be an ignorant, narcissistic, uninformed bigot in the White House will not help these or any other Canadian companies going forward.
B) I have been following US politics since the early 1960s because I grew up in a border town and spent a good deal of my youth in America. I probably know more about US politics than most Americans.
C) I look at the progress the US has made over the past eight years with Barack Obama as president and feel very strongly that a lot of that progress is in danger of reversing itself.
D) I am a writer and it is my right in a free society, which ours still is, as far as I can tell, to protest whatever I feel is unjust. I know that half the voting age population of America will probably disagree with me because they believe that a Trump government represents some sort of Great White Hope for them.

Trump The Rainmaker...Gag Me With A Spoon
To me, Donald Trump reminds me of the actor Burt Lancaster in the movie The Rainmaker. In this movie, Burt comes to a drought-stricken town and promises to bring them rain, to get their crops growing again and bring prosperity back to the town.

This, of course, is all a con. But it’s one that is played out by a skillful con artist who knows how to get up in front of an audience and tell them all the things they want to hear in exactly the way they want to hear it.
He fills them with hope, gets what he wants, because it’s all about him in the end, and then just slides out of town leaving the people worse off than they were in the first place.
This, I firmly believe is what is happening in America. And I for one am, in my own way, protesting it.

Readers Always Have A Choice

I will continue until some sanity returns to the United States. But as a reader, you have a choice.
If you are a Trump supporter this stuff might piss you off. But then again, it might just make you think a little more critically about the person you elected. Because in order to vote for him, you most certainly had to overlook an astounding number of character flaws.
If you did not vote for Trump, you can support these posts by liking, adding your voice in a comment and sharing them with your network.
If you don’t give a shit either way, by all means scroll on by. In this way, you’ll simply be doing what about 90% of all people on social media do anyway. No harm. No foul.

My Agenda In A Nutshell

Tuesday Tirade:  Writing About What You Think Is Important.My agenda is nothing sinister. I don’t aggressively use social media to find clients, although I have found a few this way. I primarily use it as a mode of expression. Some people read my stuff a lot of people don’t. Some people are fans, others not so much.
But I’m a writer and this is what we do.
I’m also a Canadian and what I see happening literally 20 miles from my new home in St Catharines distresses me greatly.
And I am a Canadian entrepreneur and I don’t see what’s going on In America right now, and the ripple effect it will have on my country and many others around the world, as anything but genuinely scary.
So…there you go. I’m not going to be devoting a large share of my posting to this issue, but I will continue to support the people in America who believe that this is basically a sort of insanity.


Tuesday Tirade:  Writing About What You Think Is Important.
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Jim Murray 23/11/2016 · #6

#5 Thanks Paul. I'm hoping that a lot of what we're hearing now is a tempest in a teapot, being kept aboil by the parasites in the media.

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Paul Walters 23/11/2016 · #5

@Jim Murray Bravo Jim. I heartily endorse your sentiments. Also , I do like @David B. Grinberg response.I love America and have loved it even more over the last 8 years with a benevolent, intelligent and altogether wonderful man at the helm. One can only hope that the in coming administration takes at least a leaf or two from Obama's book. There is no place for hate in this already fragile world. Also perhaps bunk beds in the basement might be a wise decision you could have a few guests. then again there is Bali. Most here don't give two hoots about that new guy in the White House!

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David B. Grinberg 23/11/2016 · #4

#2 Fair enough, Jim. I'm sure you won't be the only one. The voices of the liberal media and left-wing advocacy groups will be deafening. Could be a bumpy road. It wouldn't surprise me.

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Randy Keho 23/11/2016 · #3

I'm thinking of developing a new drinking game. It'll be fashioned after the one where everyone takes a drink every time someone says "Hi, Bob" on the "Bob Newhart Show." Now, who's name shall I use?

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Jim Murray 23/11/2016 · #2

#1 Thanks @David B. Grinberg. FYI I'm holding out hope as well. I mean what else is there to do? But I'm going to make sure that when he does something genuinely "Trump-like' that he gets called on it.

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David B. Grinberg 22/11/2016 · #1

Jim, I commend your for being so outspoken about the incoming Trump Administration. Everyone should feel free to voice their views and opinions about this contentious and divisive election. After all, that's what freedom of speech is all about and what makes America great.
While I neither voted for nor supported the Trump candidacy, I'm still holding out some hope for the USA that his many detractors are proven wrong -- that is, for the sake and well being of America. My own view at this time is in line with President Obama and Hillary, both of whom asked Americans to keep an "open mind" and give the President-elect a fair "chance" to lead and govern.
Finally, I think this election result has less to do with support for Mr. Trump, and more to do with 1) distrust and disgust with Hillary for various reasons, and 2) More importantly, voters who are fed up and want to lob a metaphorical grenade at the Washington political establishment to shake up the status quo.
Regardless, I hope you will join me in hoping and praying the for best. I think President Trump will neither be as horrendous as his detractors allege, not as great as supporters claim. But only time will tell. Therefore, please keep that basement corner reserved for me just in case I need to skip town if your predictions are correct. Thanks, Jim!

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