When Everything Else Becomes Insignificant

img_2504I’m sure a lot of us have been trying to come to terms with the outcome of the US’ presidential election. Some of you are probably jubilant that your candidate won. For the rest of us, however, it will probably take a bit of time (and therapy). And I know it’s hard – especially to the Americans who knew what was at stake going into the polls. So as we slowly – painstakingly find out how this election will shape history for the future generation, it’s hard not to feel anything else but fear and worry. It’s difficult to give him a chance when the people he is surrounding himself with are people whose beliefs are based on the exact things we’ve opposed him to begin with.

As a woman, and one who has followed Hillary’s career as a politician, I’m devastated. She has given me so much hope and courage to never settle, never give up and to keep fighting. Now more than ever, I’m reminded of all the ways her character has been unjustly assassinated during the course of her political life. Before she was the governor’s wife, she stood in the face of patriarchy and would continue to struggle to find her place in a world full of men who are uncomfortable with what she stands for. I, however, will always know her for the woman who fights for the children; for a charitable organization who continues to help the poor and the sick. For the environment; for the racial, social, and gender inequalities of the world.

 I will never forget what I learned in the last two years. I will never forget the hate and the ignorance. I will never forget the anger and the intolerance. I will never forget the lies and the manipulation. I will never forget to hope and be courageous. Most of all, I will never forget what she’s taught me and my daughter about a woman’s rightful place in this world.

Thank you, Hillary.

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[648]: Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James


Double Day Canada | May 3rd, 2016 | 3 out of 5 Stars


 DISCLAIMER:

All right, then. Just so you know, this might be a bit ranty. I’m going to try my best to be objective and try to stick to the point of the book. Also, if you’re a fan of this orange dimwit, you might want to skip reading this rant review. Because I can’t promise you that my feelings will not get in the way of delivering you a fair review.

“We are not asking whether Trump is, in fact, an asshole. On this much, there seems to be a broad consensus.”

In this essay, Aaron James aims to classify just how big of an asshole Donald Trump is. You can say that he is a bit of an expert. He studied assholes of different sorts in his previous work, after all. Mostly, he wanted to study how he is still managing to gain the votes of the right-wing America regardless of the foul garbage that comes out of his pie hole.

“Indeed, to many of his supporters, this may be his primary selling point.”

If there is such a thing as a charming asshole, Donald Trump is it – at least, to his supporters. They take his blatant disregard for TRUTH and pass them off of courage to speak what they are thinking. As if a racist bigot would be the answer to the  political reform America so badly needed. To his supporters, the truth doesn’t matter. You can cite facts, statistics, and educated findings till the cows come home; you can tell them that Trump doesn’t have any concrete policies – domestic or foreign –  to speak of but instead uses words that paint himself in egotistical grandeur, and still you will not be able to convince them otherwise. There is something about him that calls to their inner racist – which makes America a very scary place at the moment, to be honest.

“Can you trust an asshole?”

But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the current electoral race, is that America should be pleased for doing you a solid. For this, I agree with James. Because ever since he came out of his hole, a legion of hateful citizens has come out of the woodwork. Nowadays, social media sites have become the battleground for the ignorant Populi who supports him,  the lucid right who thinks GOP can do better, and the liberal. Since the spread of the orange disease, I’ve had to unfriend a few people on Facebook. I cannot believe I’ve been interacting with people who carry that much hate against whoever Trump was targeting on any given day. Some would disagree with me for unfriending people just because they support Trump. But my stance is, I cannot have you spewing that garbage on my timeline. So yes, in some ways, I’m pleased that he exposed the ugliness that most of us have hidden over the years. And I live in Canada! I can only imagine how fraught things have been for you in America.

I’ve been reading books practically all my life. I’ve loved more than I despised. I find that the deciding factor for my reading experience is how fondly I enjoy reading about the character. And it was tough to write an unbiased opinion if you have the satan incarnate himself as the topic. As I was writing this drivel, the Senate rejected the gun reform that will prevent suspected terrorists from buying high-powered weapons.  And I’m livid. Therefore, my thoughts are all over the place. But mostly, I want to shake every single one of his supporters and yell at them in the face: for the love of your country, wake the fuck up. This blatant hatred is not what you need right now. Vote out those that are in the NRA’s pockets. I know I shouldn’t care. I know I’m not an American. But I’m a citizen of the world. I can’t help but feel for the victims of these senseless killings.

In retrospect, I think you should read another person’s review of this book. Because while Aaron James may have reached a conclusion to the kind of asshole Trump is, my opinion remains unchanged. Trump is, and always will be an asshole who do not belong in the White House.

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Waiting on Wednesday [11]: Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James

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Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

That Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency.
Enter the philosopher Aaron James, author of the foundational text in the burgeoning field of Asshole Studies: the bestselling “Assholes: A Theory.” In this brisk and trenchant inquiry into the phenomenon that is Donald Trump, James places the man firmly in the typology of the asshole (takes every advantage, entrenched sense of entitlement, immune to criticism); considers whether, in the Hobbesian world we seem to inhabit, he might not somehow be a force for good i.e., the Stronger Asshole; and offers a suggestion for how the bonds of our social contract, spectacularly broken by Trump s (and Ted Cruz s) disdain for democratic civility, might in time be repaired.
You will never think about Donald Trump the same way after reading this book. And, like it or not, think about him we must.”


Because I will take advantage of the chance to go on a political rant.

Because this man has it coming.

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