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March, 2016


Obama didn't create Trump, the GOP did

Will Saletan of Slate penned this excellent piece on the rise of Trump, and how many in the GOP are blaming President Obama for his ascension in their own party. Saletan argues, rather well I'll add, that Trump is the GOP's own doing.

In Trump, Republican voters have found their anti-Obama. Trump spurns not just political correctness, but correctness of any kind. He lies about Muslims and 9/11, insults women and people with disabilities, accuses a judge of bias for being Hispanic, and hurls profanities. Trump validates the maxim that in presidential primaries, the opposition party tends to choose a candidate who differs temperamentally from the incumbent. Obama is an adult. Therefore, Republicans are nominating a child.

Why would the GOP be searching for an anti-Obama? What's behind their obstructionism and vehement opposition to every proposal he's made, even the ones that would be praised if they came from the right? Saletan stops short of speculating, but I think its pretty evident to the reader what he is implying.

If you ask me, the motive for the GOP's condemnation of Obama are clear.


The difference in our differences

3 min read

Primary season for the 2016 Presidential election is well under way. On the left, the Democratic field has narrowed to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, while the GOP field can best be described as a circus, with Donald Trump currently leading Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and a cadre of also-rans with no chance at the nomination.  The circus on the right has prompted a lot of discussion, and it's highlighted an important difference that I think needs to be discussed. Notably: how objectionable are our candidates, and for what reason?

Republicans commonly respond to Democrats with statements like "at least Trump isn't a socialist like Bernie Sanders," or "he can't be worse than Hillary, she is a corrupt politician!" Any response that elevates Trump over Bernie, Hillary, or even his GOP rivals is disingenuous at best, and dangerous at worst.

The arguments against Bernie Sanders relate to policy. He is unabashedly liberal, and his policies are aggressively left of center. The arguments against Hillary are that she represents the establishment: business as usual. These are fair arguments, and I respect those that make them.

The argument against Donald Trump, however, is completely different. While Trump's policies are easy to disagree with, when he actually discusses them, the reality is that most of those who dislike Trump aren't fearful of him for his policies. They are concerned because he is a narcissistic, bullying, racist sociopath who is entirely unfit to represent our nation. Arguments on policy and philosophy of the government are healthy, reasonable discussions that happen every election season. The argument against Trump is something new and unique. We're in uncharted territory, here!

A common refrain that I've heard repeated these last few weeks is that the popularity of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are a result of some common narrative – the rejection of the political establishment. Those who reject the political establishment on the left could certainly identify with Sanders. On the right, they can identify with Ted Cruz. But, those who identify with Donald Trump over Ted Cruz choose him because of his words and his actions, and the words and action of Donald Trump do not speak to anti-establishment. They speak to racism, xenophobia, and hate.

So, yes, disagree with Bernie's policies. Be concerned that Hillary is born of the political system. But, don't tell me that the concerns with Trump are equivalent. Don't tell me that the Sanders movement and the Trump movement spring from some common theme. They don't. While I wouldn't vote for Marco Rubio, at least my objections to him are rooted in policy. Trump, on the other hand is a cancerous tumor that must be excised from American politics.


Had an early meeting, so I worked from the home office today. So wonderful to spend more time with the kids.


Life at this point is just me walking around behind my children holding a handheld vacuum in one hand and a whiskey in the other.


Baby Monitor mode for @Canary would work like this:

1. Open app, and connect to the camera in the kid's room.
2. Toggle on the "Baby Monitor."
3. Feed is now truly *live,* with little to no delay, possibly by directly connecting from the app to the camera.
4. Audio is muted on the app unless the sound reaches some threshold (for when the baby cries).
5. Set your phone down, and go to sleep, only to be awakened if you hear the baby crying.

I hope this makes sense!


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