Donald Trump is, I am sure, thankful today

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Home for sale today in Dayton, Ohio, Farmersville is the PLACE To Be (2016 Americanlisted.com). Trump carried Ohio with 53 % of the vote.

Today is the day of giving thanks for Americans. I wonder if citizens of Ohio, and Michigan, and Wisconsin, and such places who are out of work, who live in modest homes and have little extra to be thankful for, are looking forward to the vast change that is about to overtake the country as the man in whom they have put their hopes takes charge.

I did a little research in academic databases for Donald J. Trump. I found many words of advice and encouragement from Mr. Trump that are especially appropriate for this day of gratitude and spiritual remembrance. Here are a few samples.

  • from:  Punday, Daniel. “Kavalier & Clay, The Comic-Book Novel, and Authorship in a Corporate World.” Critique 49.3 (2008): 291-302.

Businessmen can be vengeful too. Donald Trump, in his recent book Think Big & Kick Ass (Trump and Zanker 2007) which teaches how to be successful in business and life beyond, devotes an entire chapter to the importance of revenge. Part of the message reflects repeated-game or reputation concerns, but part is clearly reflecting an innate joy of getting even. The following passage illustrates (p. 198):

Most business writers won’t be so blunt and honest
with you about getting even. They know it’s the truth,
but won’t tell you because they want people to think
of them as a “nice person.” I don’t like to mince
words. When you are wronged and do nothing about
it, you aren’t “nice” you’re a schmuck. That is why I
say when you are wronged, go after the those people,
because it’s a good feeling …  I love i

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Take a look inside Donald Trump’s opulent Manhattan Penthouse. (Photo: iDesignArch.com)
  • from:  Hirschman, Elizabeth C. “Secular Immortality and the American Ideology of Affluence.” Journal of Consumer Research 17.1 (1990): 31-42.

Entrepreneurial achievement is closely linked [to the] concept of achievement motivation, and indeed, most of the persons whose lives and possessions were documented . . . are culturally labeled as high achievers (e.g., Malcolm Forbes, Donald Trump). Because the ideology of affluence is constructed around the acquisition of money and material possessions, many of those whose achievements were documented in the texts examined have succeeded as business entrepreneurs and in other forms of capitalistic enterprise.

[. . . .] . . . the primary theme resulting . . . was an advocacy of entrepreneurial achievement. Entrepreneurial achievements were those in which the individual demonstrated personal efficacy in some secular realm. Entrepreneurial achievement is closely linked to [the] concept of achievement motivation, and . . . the ideology of affluence is constructed around the acquisition of money and material possessions, many of those whose achievements [we have] examined have succeeded as business entrepreneurs and in other forms of capitalistic enterprise.

[. . . .]  Two best-selling autobiographies of current entrepreneurs similarly evoke the thesis that those who work hard and make successes of themselves deserve to be socially recognized (and materially enriched) for it. In keeping with Horatio Alger mythology, both Lee lacocca and Donald Trump present themselves as embodying the rags-to-riches tale. . . .  Donald Trump represents himself as an entrepreneur in its purest form—an independent person who built “something from nothing.” Like many of the affluent entrepreneurs . . . Trump is fascinated with acquiring possessions that will be recognized as the biggest or the best of their genre. Trump had reserved a triplex apartment on the top of Trump Tower for himself and his family, but after visiting a nearby apartment owned by Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, he decided his was not large enough. “Why shouldn’t I have exactly the apartment I wanted—particularly when I built the whole building? I decided to take over one of the other apartments on the top three floors and combine it with mine. It has taken almost two years to renovate, but I don’t think there is any apartment in the world that can touch it” (Trump 1987, p. 187). Just as importantly, Trump Tower made him a social celebrity: “Trump Tower was an unqualified success. It has given me visibility, credibility, and prestige” (1987, p. 191).

[. . . .] Trump also views himself as an heir. His father was already a locally prominent real estate entrepreneur when Donald began his real estate career in Manhattan. However, Trump was determined, and has succeeded, in enlarging the family legacy to international proportions. He clearly views himself as establishing a dynasty, has constructed several family monuments (e.g.. Trump Tower), has acquired a family estate (Mar-a-lago), and has begun to structure the possessions he intends to leave his children. One passage in his 1987 autobiography notes that a clause in his will gives his children control over the construction of future Hyatt Hotels in the New York City area.

[. . . .]  It is probably not surprising that an ideology celebrating the acquisition of wealth and possessions primarily seeks immortality through material means. What is puzzling is that social scientists in general and consumer researchers in particular have been reluctant to recognize this as a central motivation driving exceptional personal achievement and the oft-resulting accumulation of wealth and possessions. Although some criticize secular monuments as idols of materialism [we have found] little evidence that the possessions acquired by the affluent as a result of their secular achievements represented . . .  “terminal materialism.” Terminal materialism is “a habit of consumption [that] can become an end in itself, feeding on its autonomous necessity to possess more things, to control more status, to use more energy.” However . . .  media such as magazines directed to the affluent tend to put a gloss on the rich, rarely citing their failings or character flaws. Hence, we must look elsewhere to find evidence of terminal materialism among the affluent.

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Trump also resides at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida – See more at: http://nairobiwire.com/2016/01/
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“daily trench Twitter warfare”

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Aug. 1, 2012. Steve Bannon, left, and Larry Solov aim to see the late Andrew Breitbart’s… (Photo: Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)

Steve Bannon has been, if not in fact, at least in spirit Trump’s strategist for some time. It would seem, at any rate, that Trump’s idea of being the President of Twitter comes from Breitbart via (most likely) Bannon. Has anyone researched Trump’s use of Twitter back to 2010? Is he going to continue to be President By Twitter, or will the “lying” media (or perhaps the sycophantic Republicans) somehow manage to shame him into stopping? Or have we slipped into the altered state of reality in which social media is the the arbiter not only of pop culture but also of affairs of state?

From New Yorker, May 24, 2010. “Rage Machine, Andrew Breitbart’s empire of bluster,” by Rebecca Mead.

“This pisses me off–this really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really pisses me off,” Breitbart said, as he sat at his desk the morning after the health-care vote. [. . . .]  he moved into office space in Santa Monica that is being provided gratis by a friend of his, Stephen K. Bannon, who is a conservative filmmaker and a former Goldman Sachs banker. Also moving in were Breitbart.com’s three Los Angeles staff members: Larry Solov, a childhood friend and a former attorney, who is Breitbart’s business partner; Darren Rush, the chief technical officer; and Alex Marlow, a young factotum who recently graduated from Berkeley. Marlow told me, “What Andrew and I have in common is that we have always lived behind enemy lines.”

[. . . .]  He checked Twitter to see what his detractors were saying about him. “How does @andrewbreitbart sleep at night knowing 32M more Americans will have health care????” Eric Boehlert, of Media Matters for America, a watchdog Web site, had written. With the left-leaning Boehlert, Breitbart engages in what he gleefully calls “daily trench Twitter warfare.”

“plush-bottomed Pentagon bureaucrat”

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Ted is looking out for the troops. He understands the trials and tribulations of being on the battlefield with a buddy who is of the 1 percent of Americans who suffer from celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder that makes a person intolerant to gluten. Thank you, Ted. Get rid of “gluten-free” in order to “rebuild our military so it will be so feared by our enemies and trusted by our allies . . . ”

“The last thing any commander should need to worry about is the grades he is getting from some plush-bottomed Pentagon bureaucrat for political correctness or social experiments — or providing gluten-free MREs,” said Cruz, equating the presence of dietary-sensitive MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) to the efficacy of the national military.

“. . . people who respect the Constitution. . . “

“This is our fight. The answer will not come from Washington. It will come only from the men and women across this country, from men and women, from people of faith, from lovers of liberty, FROM PEOPLE WHO RESPECT THE CONSTITUTION.”   (Ted Cruz, Speech declaring his candidacy for President. March 23, 2015. Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.)

United States Constitution, Article II, Section 2:

[The President] shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, SHALL APPOINT ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT, and all other officers of the United States . . . .
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Yes, Ted, protect us.

from THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

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My Man says “simply pray”

Janet and Ted. Marriage is made in heaven.
Janet and Ted. Marriage is made in heaven.

‘Tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) this week called on his supporters to “simply pray” that LGBT Americans were not allowed to have equal rights because the thought of same-sex marriage was “heartbreaking.”’

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Footnote:

“Janet Mefferd was, unsurprisingly, not pleased with President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, and suggested on her radio program last night that Christians should stop attending the interfaith event.”
(I think Christians should stop attending, too. The “National” Prayer Breakfast is sponsored and organized by the secret christianist cabal, “The Fellowship.”)

George Washington called for a day of prayer in 1795 in thanksgiving for the peace that America enjoyed     at a time of war in Europe, although Washington was always careful never to limit his invocation to Christians.Thomas Jefferson, though, refused to issue such proclamations, insisting that they violated the First Amendment. He wrote: “Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the times for these [religious] exercises, … and this right can never be safer than in their own hands, where the constitution has deposited it.” James Madison, facing the War of 1812, issued Congressional prayer proclamations, but later regretted doing so, saying that such proclamations “seem to imply and certainly nourish the erroneous idea of a national religion” (Hamilton College History Professor John Ragosta).

My Man Loves Saturday Night (Live)!

My Man argues against the “Democracy for all” Amendment
to overturn Citizens United.
Everybody Loves Saturday Night (Live)
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“7 Ridiculous Arguments Ted Cruz Made Against the Democracy for All Amendment”

Common Cause reports: “Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said some very bizarre things on Tuesday as he and his colleagues debated the Democracy for All amendment, which would overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision and allow Congress to again regulate campaign spending.” 

But My Man is smarter than that. Take a pinch of the truth and turn it into a ridiculous argument.

Way to go, Ted!

This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it (Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820).

“Nothing. . . authorizes judges to redefine marriage for the Nation. . .”

U.S. Senator Cruz speaks to members of the Texas Federation of Republican Women in San Antonio, TexasMY MAN on courts, the 14th Amendment, and Gay Marriage

“It is beyond dispute that when the 14th Amendment was adopted 146 years ago, as a necessary post-Civil War era reform, it was not imagined to also mandate same-sex marriage, but that is what the Supreme Court is implying today. The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment,” he said.

“Nothing in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the 14th Amendment or any other constitutional provision authorizes judges to redefine marriage for the Nation. It is for the elected representatives of the People to make the laws of marriage, acting on the basis of their own constitutional authority, and protecting it, if necessary, from usurpation by the courts.”

From “Ted Cruz Slams SCOTUS on Gay Marriage: ‘Tragic and Indefensible.”
http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/ted-cruz-slams-scotus-on-gay-marriage-tragic-and-indefensible/

Ted Cruz Saves America Coloring Book

ted cruz saves americaIf you’re looking for a colorable answer to the question of who will wind up in the White House following the 2016 presidential elections, look no further.

A new coloring book depicts U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as a superhero riding on an eagle while carrying a rifle and wrangling with the “hydra” of Obamacare, illegal immigration and high taxes before strolling onto the White House lawn.

“Ted Cruz Saves America” is an eight page supplement to the best-selling “Ted Cruz to the Future,” published last year by Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., released on Veterans’ Day to correspond with Second Amendment rights, although Cruz has never served, according to a news release.

“The supplement and book are fact based, fair and objective, about a man who millions of American citizens consider a real life true to heart super hero for children to look up to,” Publisher Wayne Bell said in the release . “Ted Cruz is history in the making.”

FROM THE FOLKS who brought you We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom, comes Ted Saves America, a do-it-yourself encomium to likely GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz. The eight-page supplement is a follow-on to last year’s Ted Cruz to the Future, also published by Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., which featured Cruz surrounded by butterflies shooting finger guns at a (presumably grafted) tree with trunks labeled “U.S. Constitution” and “Ten Commandments.”

In this election-oriented update, the heroic Texas senator battles giant serpents representing the forces of “Obamacare,” “High Taxes,” “Illegal Immigration,” “Injustice,” and “Lawlessness” without even mussing his Reaganesque mini-pompadour. He also soars on the back of an eagle and gives a thumbs-up as he strides confidently across the White House lawn.

“The Ted Cruz to the Future supplement is designed to be used as an educational tool. It does not constitute an endorsement of Ted Cruz,” a disclaimer at the bottom of one page reads. “The coloring book is based on a fair and objective review on this positive role model and real life superhero.”

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Ted-Cruz-saves-America-in-new-coloring-book-5888065.php#photo-5592518

With your help, we’ll sort out “My Man” (and more stuff, too)

This blog will be a repository of all things Cruzian of interest to my friends and like-minded folks. My friends tend to dislike the status quo, to be ridiculously open-minded. They’re atheist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, any or all of the above and more. Many are gay and all of them have at least one gay friend (me).

YOU, YES, YOU will make this work by sending me material (mostly about Ted Cruz and his salvational rhetoric and demagogic activities—but by no means limited to My Man). The rhetorical and actual antics of any “politician” of My Man’s ilk will be grist for our mill.

We’ll use everything from My Man’s own public statements

. . . The Supreme Court’s decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible,” said Sen. Cruz. “By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.

“This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens.  Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures. . .

To erudite academeze . . .

. . . conservative socioeconomic elites deploy noneconomic appeals in order to develop needed cross-class electoral coalitions. Thomas Frank’s analysis of Kansas, for example, argued that economic elites controlling the Republican Party used appeals to traditionalist religious beliefs to attract the less-affluent voters required to make conservatism electorally viable. (25) In this interpretation, national Republicans encouraged the realignment of traditionally religious voters to the GOP. . . (Alexander, Gerard. “The Fog Of Political War: Predicting The Future Course Of Conservatism.” Journal Of Policy History 26.1 [2014]: 121-137. His note (25) refers to (25) Frank, Thomas. What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. New York: 2004.)

to help us understand the Cruzian mind.

And we won’t be above making jokes (all in good fun, of course)

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My Man

So watch for stuff about My Man, and send it to me. My next post here will be instructions how to do that. Let’s help the world understand MY MAN, Ted Cruz!