Good points made on the perversion of the Presidency itself.
If you’re worried because a madman may wield the power of the President’s position, perhaps you should think about reshaping the position itself more than being worried what sort of madman you put in the position. If it’s not Trump, then it’s going to be some other madman.
There are some powers in the Presidency that NO ONE PERSON should have. Don’t hate the player. Hate the game. And if you go back far enough, it started with Presidents like Abraham Lincoln who crushed State’s Rights.
Unfortunately, the important questions are being sidelined by the “word police” and virtue signalers making nonsensical arguments based primarily on emotion. Okay. I get it. You don’t like the guy.
Can we focus on the bigger questions? Like why does the Presidency have so much power that letting in one madman like Trump or Hillary could possibly destroy the world?
It’s like Black Lives Matter and Social Justice Warriors getting pissed off at White people, business owners, police, and perceived Racism. To be most effective for change they should be focusing on tearing down the drug laws which are probably the single most contributing factor toward single-family black families, poverty, incarcerations, crime, and community destruction.
A crucial step in preventing a Trump (“literally Hitler”) Tyranny, is to decentralize power from the Federal Government back to the States. Education, Abortion, Marriage, Gun Control, Minimum Wage, etc. If you’re so concerned about Trump starting WWIII, then why are we allowing the Federal Government to have a standing military? Perhaps State militias which can be called upon to cooperate in times of joint national defense is more appropriate.
The Founding Fathers were correct in placing the enumerated powers via the Tenth Amendment. Unfortunately, the Progressives and Warmongers dismantled the controls for their causes of “social justice.”
Well, guess what happens when you create the monster that is the Federal Government? Guess what happens when you diminish State’s Rights? You eventually get an absolute madman in a place of unprecedented power.
The answer is not to replace the madman with a madman you prefer. The better answer is to slay the beast and prevent these madmen from having any power to do any meaningful damage.
Take the power back away from the Federal Government and give it back to the States.
One of my earliest memories encountering proto-SJW was 1998, Sophomore year, high school, Honors Social Studies near regressive-left Mecca, Seattle. I was 15 and sat next to or between two, intelligent, and attractive white ladies. Prior to class starting or during down time in class, something came up that was of poor quality and I off handedly remarked, “that’s ghetto!”
Then the two classmates remarked to one another:
“Why do people use that word: ‘ghetto?'”
“Yeah, I know. It’s so derogatory and racist.”
The weird thing about it was they weren’t talking to me directly, by saying, “Hey, Jefferson. Don’t use the word, ‘ghetto.’ That’s racist and you’re racist for saying that!”
I think the fact that I was Asian, generally a “nice guy,” and they knew me well enough to not be a flaming racist, kept them from directly confronting me, and instead chose to be indirectly passive aggressive.
Anyway, they were cute, I wanted them to like me, and I was thrown off guard to have a sudden wave of negative energy thrown at me, so I said nothing. I know. Not much of a story.
This incident occurred almost 20 years ago. Perhaps if I were a white male, things may had gone a lot more confrontational. I receive a certain level of immunity being a minority and child toward disadvantaged immigrants. With the way BLM and SJW violent behaviour is being glorified in media today by Progressive media, I imagine classrooms to be a lot more oppressive today than when I was in high school.
Universities definitley seem that way.
That’s one of many reasons why my children will be home educated.
(And if you’re wondering the names of the two girls referenced, I will politely abstain out of respect for the embarrassing things we’ve all done as teens and the high likelihood my memory is faulty, being colored by today’s events.)
Watch this video and reflect on your emotional reaction. Confident, Cocky, White, Successful, Confrontational, and Direct Male with a Crude sense of humor. Feel threatened or do you feel entertained?
Now watch this video made by Hillary, which, as pointed out by Scott Adams (Dilbert Guy), is actually a pro-Trump ad: https://amp.twimg.com/v/85d61190-d754-468a-9c04-35b58ec11532
Consider the reality that both haters and lovers of Trump will watch the exact same videos and have exactly opposite emotional reactions.
Just as a reminder, my political views match closer toward Rothbardian Anarcho-Capitalism. Trump’s policies do not match up with what I would personally want as a President. But remember, we’re not primarily talking about policies here. This is essentially a popularity contest that is very personal to the individual, and then the individual will make up reasons after the fact considering them to be “rational.” It’s a “shorthand” our mind plays on ourselves in order to conserve brain power.
Being a real estate entrepreneur that is confident, cocky, Korean, successful, confrontational, and direct male with a crude sense of humor, I relate to the Donald, so it’s easy for me to understand his appeal. Being raised in a very conservative, Korean Christian church, I’m very familiar with the beta-male, religious, stick up their ass, no sense of humor, types. This was also my appeal to Mark Driscoll. I can assure you that I’ve “offended” quite a bit of people with my “style” over the years long before this most recent election cycle. The same people who are put off by Donald Trump will also find themselves put off by me since I exhibit a somewhat similar style, though I will make dirty jokes on the level of Joe Rogan, Louis C.K, Seth McFarlin, South Park, and Will Ferrel.
Reddit’s /r/the_donald very much reflects my humor. If you enjoy /r/the_donald we’d probably have a fun time together. If you’re horrified by /r/the_donald, you’ll most likely find me horrifying as well.
From this initial emotional reaction of whether or not “you like the guy” comes additional loaded terms such as: liar, crooked, racist, sexist, bad character, etc. Technically speaking, we are guilty of these “sins” to one degree or another. The intent of using these labels by detractors, however, are primarily to reinforce the initial emotional reactions of the haters. This is exactly the same techniques that were used against Mark Driscoll. Specific actions each individual has done can be discussed in order to bolster the severity of the “sin,” but the level of objectivity put into that research is severely hampered by how emotionally invested one is of their initial reaction.
I’d be more empathetic if people would simply say, “I don’t like Trump because he just rubs me the wrong way.” Instead, they try to hide their initial emotional reaction behind “the issues” and ambiguously charged terms that haven’t been rigorously researched. If you feel strong indignation from the mere fact of someone questioning your beliefs, it may not mean you’re wrong. It just means that you may want to properly recognize those emotions as being part of a normal biological response, rather than projecting those emotions at the individual that is questioning you.
I’m not so much “pro-Trump”, as I’m “anti intellectual laziness.” And I will admit, when I see intellectual laziness, it does trigger me in a primal sense due to various childhood experiences. I’m aware it’s an issue and I’m trying to work through it to be more sympathetic by better understanding the “moist robot” theory. I have my good and bad days like anybody else.
An Asian male threw this out as a basis against Trump’s character which thus disqualifies him as President. In a moment of clarity, my various collisions with psychology were brought together to analyze the psyche of the “Asian man.” For those of you that have been involved in the leadership of Korean churches, you may relate. Here was my response:
I don’t think anyone is worthy or unworthy of “support” based on a joke. It’s irrelevant to the discussion and you’re only throwing it out because you have an emotional, visceral reaction on something that can’t be objectified.
Perhaps you are triggered by successful, assertive, white males, that have a sense of humor. Lots of Asians tend to have problems with that due to their upbringing and how they’re told what is “proper” and “good manners.” Asian men tend to be “beta” by definition due to the collectivist values of Confucianism.
Trump embodies the blazen Individualism for which Asian cultures shame against. I can understand why many Asian men feel threatened by that. Asian churches are even worse in terms of shaming individualism.
Trump just happens to bring those insecurities to the surface and then the beta males will attempt to make up various excuses to justify the feelings that are being triggered without realizing the underlying programming they received that leads them to feel threatened in the first place.
I will admit seeing Mexican flags waved and the American flag burned in protest to Trump giving a speech is mildly infuriating. Even after 9/11, I never was fully comfortable flying the American Flag. I definitley cried when I saw Saddam’s statues toppled on TV (later to discover was staged). So I’m not too sure where this emotion is coming from.
It’s one thing to have “Korean pride,” waving Korean flags during World Cup. Or perhaps on a “heritage” day. I still find both of those instances emotionally uninteresting. But that’s because I have such a burning desire and love for individual liberty and the immense human potential of Individualism over Collectivism. Korea represented to me while growing up a lot of nonsensical Collectivism, Patriarchy, Traditionalism, and ancestor worship. A whole lot of disapproving looks because I can’t speak Korean. Korean school and Korean church. Institutionalized torture toward any free thinking individualist entrepreneur.
So I’m not really sure what kind of message is being communicated with the Mexican flag. I’m trying to imagine what kind of state of mind I’d need to have to fly the South Korean flag and I hit a wall of contempt. But perhaps I’m projecting too much of myself on the protestors.
If I had to fly a flag to be proud of, it would be the flag of 1775 representing the stand for individual liberty and fight against tyranny. “DON’T TREAD ON ME.”
Perhaps where my anger comes from is the fact that I identify strongly with the Founding Fathers, and essentially disavow the Confucius values of traditional South Koreans. “Give me liberty or give me death!”
I suppose I would feel just as much contempt than if they were flying Socialist flags. It’s a similar feeling, but not quite the same. Unfortunately, the vast majority of illegals come over for a better life, and clearly understand what is the superior country.
Once again, I’m still left confounded by the Mexican flag waving. Ultimately, even the protestors find the US superior, otherwise they would move back to Mexico.
In my Junior year of high school, I was elected to be the Student Body Treasurer.
At that time, I was heavily influenced by the “Ren & Stimpy” and “Simpson’s” soundtrack. The “Monorail” guy was my major inspiration. I saw how easily people were influence by song and “charisma.” So that’s what I did knowing that there really was no major basis to vote for me than the other candidates. The position was a Resume stuffer for college applications.
For my recorded speech that was broadcasted to the entire school, I brought out a portable music keyboard. I opened with a parody of the “Cheers” theme with “everybody knows your name” and then closed it out by playing Axel F from Beverly Hills ending with a joke:
What do you a call a fly without wings? A Walk.
I timed the punch line to perfectly coordinate with the timed silences in Axel F.
On Voting Day, I was approached by a couple students who enthusiastically stated they were voting for me solely due to the entertainment value they received from watching my musical number.
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“It’s not the end of the struggle, but it’s a very important step forward. Let’s keep it going. We’re not stopping here.” – Governor Brown
$15/hour minimum wage. A worthy struggle to fight against the exploitative and evil hotel owners.
Something I wonder: is this minimum wage essentially a knock out against my bottom line? If so, does that essentially eliminate my hotel valuations based on the Net Income Approach? Or will this all be countered by me increasing my overall room rates?
The nice thing perhaps is that my hotel is deep in the coast of Southern California, hours away from the border, which will mean all my direct competitors will suffer alongside me.
I feel more sorry for those on the Californian border along a State that won’t be having these minimum wage increases.
What I can say as a direct result of this action is that I will most likely not be purchasing an additional hotel or labor intensive business in California due to the uncertainty this causes in my valuations of cash flow. At least until the $15/hour minimum wage is set and stabilized, or until the rest of the country follows and raises the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.
Should I purchase a hotel in the interim period as minimum wages increase, I would have to consider into the valuation of the hotel the loss of revenue from increased future payroll costs. I can’t imagine any Seller would allow that kind of valuation into decreasing the final price of their hotel.
The economic effects of a $15/hour minimum wage on a State level are relatively new, so the economic repercussions add an extra level of risk that I’m not sure the commercial real estate market will be able to properly adjust for. Just as the housing bubble of 2008 wasn’t properly calculated in, I don’t think any economist can properly predict what the economic consequences will be, let alone a limited-service hotel owner trying to sell their hotel.
Just trying to explain to most limited service sellers what a “Cap Rate” means is a challenge within itself. Trying to add on the complexities of future, guaranteed costs by Government fiat won’t make sense.
If I can make a prediction, I would say that the only buyers for California will be idiots who have no idea about the increasing minimum wage laws in California, or people who simply don’t care (ie. Chinese buyers).
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It looks like it’s headed for the Puerto Rico Supreme Court for the final decision! Or is that the US Supreme Court?
Take it from the local’s perspective. Check out the comments.
Ughhh. . . talk about wasting my time obsessed with the Presidential race. Two facts:
1) California’s primary isn’t until June 7, for which nominees would’ve most likely been selected anyway
2) I’ll most likely be living in Puerto Rico by then, for which I would not be eligible to vote anyway (not that my vote would’ve mattered anyway thanks to the Electoral College).