Here I have found one of the best copies I can find of the Social Contract. It is a book that I published, the book that got me banished from France and ended making the biggest difference on society today. It is a long read but I would recommend it as it connects well to current happenings in the revolution.
This is arguably the thing that sparked the revolution and I think everyone involved should take the time to read it.
I saw Donald Trump the same way I think most other Canadians see him, an American politician who doesn’t really affect me. Someone whom I have had many laughs at his expense courtesy of comedians, my personal favorites John Oliver and John Stuart. As the election has continued, Americans stopped laughing and started looking into moving to Canada.
courtesy of: business insider
I have talked about it a lot in class, I just don’t get how Donald Trump can walk into American Politics, saying the things he says and do so well. So that’s what I decided to look into for this blog post. I started off the process by doing what I do for most other projects, I went online and looked up articles from both perspectives. First off there aren’t a whole lot of pro Donald Trump articles anywhere other than http://www.trump.com/biography/. I listened to “The Donald” himself, I listened to interviews and speeches he’s done in debates and rallies. Then I started reading articles that are anti Trump (of which there is no shortage).
As I am reading through the articles against Trump, it feels like homework. I’m reading through these articles at 9pm after a long ski day and it’s just dry. I mean sure as far as school subjects go I am engaged, but I keep thinking back to how easy it would be to just open up Netlfix and watch another season of the Office, essentially there are just other things I would rather be doing with my free time.
That’s the thing about Donald Trump, he is an engaging speaker. When I am listening to Donald Trump I am engaged (even with the unsettling Hilter-esq, but that’s a conversation for another time). That is the thing that makes Trump “refreshing” to politics, the average person doesn’t mind listening to him talk.
Courtesy of: BBC
As I head down the highway on my 6 hour car ride on the way back from the interior, I read Julia and Kelvin’s blog post as I remembered that they had written their blog posts on Trump. One of the first things that caught my eye was Julia’s comment of Trump and the average person’s vote, she wrote “If every single person in America voted, I believe Trump would lose considerably.” As I have found Trump is an engaging speaker, I think he is capturing the votes of the people who normally don’t have any interest in politics. I believe that if the president of the US is going to be anyone other than Trump instead of pushing people to vote, we should find an engaging way to explain to the average person why Trump is not the answer to all of our problems. John Oliver did a really good job with his Donld Drumph episode, but I think there needs to be more, when I try to find anti Trump article, it needs to engage me and explain its point succinctly and clearly.
Another interesting aspect of Donald Trump is his platform. He has been accused of being a racist and homophobe and for good reason. I thought about it and decided that he represents the “but maybe” aspect of life as referred to by Louis ck. It’s a popular opinion that he represents how a lot of people feel but won’t admit to feeling. I think there is another aspect to it though, he outlines points that appeal to all political views. He has elements of his campaign that appeal to the entire political spectrum. He adjusts his speech to his audience, he appeals to people of every political background and adjusts his view to suit his audience.
Another thing that caught my eye was Kelvin bringing up the idea of Nuclear codes “I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t feel comfortable in handing nuclear launch codes over to ‘The Donald’ (which is under the assumption that he doesn’t blow up America before he blows up other countries).” It made me think of an interesting ethical conversation I had with some friends last week. We were debating using ethics in war and following the rules of war. The example used was if you were the United States and you had the choice between dropping a nuclear bomb and losing a war what would you choose? Amongst us we were pretty split, between ‘If you lose a war you’re screwed anyways, but if you win no one cares if you break the rules (see America vs Japan world war 2)’ and ‘you should follow ethical guidelines always, especially when you are putting thousands of innocent people’s lives on the line’. Anyways this does relate back to Trump, you’ll see I promise. So America spends 664 billion dollars on military every year and untimely what is a high source of income for the US? Wars, starting wars, selling guns they’ve made billions off of wars and Donald Trump knows that. Knowing Donald Trump it is fair to assume that he will try to run America like a business, meaning if he feels like it, starting wars. Again knowing Donald Trump it is fair to assume that if you go back to the conversation I had with my friends about the ethics of war, it would be fair to assume that if push comes to shove Donald’s going to “bomb the shit out of ‘em”, so to speak.
If half of my group of educated mostly left wing-ish friends agree that they would rather break the rules of war to increase their chances of winning a war knowing that if they win it will be mostly forgiven. It doesn’t sound that farfetched that President Trump would be supported by his following in a similar situation. That’s great and all except for the fact that, if the US launches a nuclear bomb before the bomb even hits there will be another 6 or 7 headed back Americas way, enough countries have Nuclear weaponry to completely decimate the planet, that’s why those rules are in place.
Obviously this is all hypothetical and it’s not even something that Donald Trump has specifically addressed, but I think it’s a good example to think about that can apply to Donald Trump’s campaign “promises”, they may sound reasonable and even a good idea but some thought needs to be put into the big picture, is it really something we want to trust a person like Trump, to have such control?
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All in all Donald Trump has a lot of interesting platform ideas and he is doing something that has never been done before in American Politics. I have really enjoyed breaking them down. In his Hitler-like speaking, to his ridiculous yet effective campaign. I think the biggest thing is to educate the public in an engaging way. Donald Trump is a very engaging person to watch so we need something that will show his bad side in an engaging way and actually think through his campaign promises and ideas before jumping in to support them.
So I sat down and recorded a brief 5 minute audio recording. This is recorded mainly directed at myself at the end of the year to put it into perspective as I prepare for my final.