Trump tweets, enemies freak!

Honestly, if the media and the Democrats hadn’t made such a big deal of his “racist” tweet, I wouldn’t have even been aware of it. Since I am now, I thought it might be advisable to actually read what he sent rather than accepting the mass narrative about it. It was actually three parts: (Tweet 1) So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly..….(tweet 2) and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how.….(tweet 3) it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

My analysis: Part one is true about the governing of the countries to the “left of the hyphen”. What I mean by that phrase is that Rashida Tlaib designates herself as “Palestinian-American” and Ilan Omar, a refugee from Somalia, designates herself as “Somali-American”. The “left of hyphen” governments are totally dysfunctional, though these Congresswomen are American citizens so the phrase “originally came from” lacks precision. AOC was born in the Bronx to parents of Puerto Rican ancestry, but the government of P.R. is very dysfunctional too. Still, the idea itself is basically “physician heal thyself.”

Part two is more inflammatory and inaccurate, though the principle, which is “show us how it’s done” is not. Tlaib and AOC aren’t from anywhere but here, so they can’t “go back”, nor does anyone in Congress control how people vote, but they do constantly and negatively dispense unwelcome and inaccurate criticism of our system. Part three is the one that Trump’s enemies have yelled loudest at, describing it as telling unnamed “progressive” Democrats to get out of the country. He’s actually making a joke about the relationship between Pelosi and the “squad” of three, while obliquely saying that Nancy Pelosi would love to get rid of them, which is patently true.

In sum, then, the total tweet was inflammatory and imprecise, but the principles espoused are true. If you insist on advertising your ancestry and hyphenating your citizenship, and encouraging others to do the same, while endlessly criticizing everything about the country you are elected to represent, and expressing contempt rather than gratitude (that might make a great tweet) for both your privilege (yes, privilege) and people who don’t agree with you—which is most of the country—don’t be surprised at President “Id” (Freudian) saying what’s on the mind of most Americans! The only non-US born rep, Omar, also has the nerve to say, “I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born and because I am ashamed of it continuing to live in its hypocrisy…” She further added that the question, “why can’t you be more like an American? used to be a very positive thing.” Hey lady, it still is. Omar also said that she thinks “dogs are being treated better than undocumented immigrants in the U.S.” The narrative about deliberate mistreatment of immigrants is false and undermining. And Dogs? Don’t they eat them where you come from?

The whole brouhaha about the tweet plays into Trump’s hands. For one thing, he didn’t name anyone in the tweet, so predictably the Democrats leaped to the defense of the squad of three, thus admitting they know who the charge “ingrate” will stick to. Trump knows the press has a strong instinct to repeat his most outrageous claims, and this allows him put the press to work as a marketing agency for his ideas. He reaches millions of people through constant repetition in the press and social media. Language works by activating brain structures called “frame-circuits” used to understand experience. They get stronger when we hear the activating language. Enough repetition can make them permanent, changing how we view the world. Even negating a frame-circuit activates and strengthens it, as when Nixon said “I am not a crook” and people thought of him as a crook.

Then there are what cognitive scientists call “salient exemplars”–well-publicized individual cases, where wide publicity leads the public to take them as having a high probability and typifying a whole class. Trump turns them into buffoon stereotypes. The dominant media is actually subservient to Trump for gathering eyeballs, but they inadvertently allow him to control the news cycle. News gathering used to be a serious affair controlled by editors whose power rivals any politician’s. By chasing his tweets and elevating every sideshow, they further promote the polarization that he benefits from. They can’t win this fight. Trump’s views are shared by far more voters than either the media’s or the Democrats’, even if advanced polemically and abrasively. He is saying what most of the country is thinking, though it comes off inelegantly.

When he lies or exaggerates, his enemies jump right in by spreading his lies and offering even more and bigger lies (looking at you, AOC). In their ceaseless efforts to discredit him, they exaggerate what he says, constantly putting his name in their headlines, leads or hashtags. Hitler lied so often and used a cowed and co-opted press to repeat his lies because “a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth”. Trump isn’t Hitler but he understands the principle, and the media become his agents by keeping him in the news. I use Flipboard to get my ideas of what to blog about, because I can flip through hundreds of headlines rapidly. By now, I can tell you which media outlet is writing the headline without even looking. If Trump tweets something, I can tell by the distortion which outlet is writing about it.

AfroFuture Fest

Detroit got itself on the map, all right. AfroFuture Fest is going to happen in Detroit, and has garnered reviews of it’s ticket policy in newspapers, even in Britain. The Detroit Free Press had the most thorough exposition: “A Detroit music festival is changing its ticket pricing system after organizers say they were harassed by white supremacists and racist comments. When AfroFuture Fest, an August Afrocentric music and art festival, opened ticket sales, organizers were charging ‘early bird’ people of color $10 and ‘non-POC’ $20, with other tickets as high as $40 on Eventbrite.

“Last weekend, after the event was widely publicized and debated across social media, the national attention prompted organizers to change the pricing to $20 for all attendees. Organizers originally posted the event with an explanation: ‘The prices were based on the idea of equitable access to festivals, which are often cost-prohibitive and do not benefit the black communities that host them. Events often designed for marginalized Black and Brown communities can be easily co-opted by those with cultural, monetary, and class privileges,’ organizer Numi Ori wrote on Facebook. ‘Our goal is to ensure that the youth of our communities can participate in the building of a just society; one that promotes EQUITY over EQUALITY.[sic]’

“While organizers said they intended to make the festival more accessible, the doubled price for white festival goers sparked pushback from performers as well. Tiny Jag, a Detroit-based rapper who is biracial, was slated to perform at the festival, but pulled out of the lineup in a Twitter announcement, writing the pricing system ‘does not reflect the views of myself or the Tiny Jag team’.”

Elsewhere she wrote, “I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial. I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be in … especially not because of anything that I have going on….It’s non-progressive and it’s not solution-focused in my eyes….It seems almost like it has spite, and unfortunately with spite comes hate, and that’s just not obviously going to be a good direction for us to go if we’re looking for positive change.” I heartily applaud her, and her family members should be charged only $15, the “half and half” rate.

The truth about updated ticket prices: The event’s hosting site, Eventbrite, threatened to take the festival’s page down if organizers did not change the pricing, which an Eventbrite spokesperson said violated company terms. “We also let them know that if they did not comply, we would remove the event completely from our site,” the spokesperson said in a statement. In a Monday post, which smacks of Jussie Smollettism, Ori wrote that she and fellow organizer Franchesca Lamarre were changing the pricing system because of racist harassment. “There is no other reason why. This was for the sake of safety,” she wrote.  “For the safety of our community, family, elders who received threats from white supremacists,& youth who were subjected to seeing racist comments on our IG pg, Afrofuture Fest has changed our ticketing model to $20 General Admission & suggested donation for nonPOC on @eventbrite.”

Once again EventBrite fired back with the truth: “While the creator removed the discriminatory pricing for admission, we were made aware they added an optional donation ticket type that was still based on a protected characteristic,” Eventbrite’s statement reads. “Given this also violated our Terms, we removed that specific ticket type and communicated to the creator that they can include a donation option so long as it’s inclusive of all attendees.”

Not one to fail to get the last word in, Ori wrote in a July 5 Facebook post: “I don’t feel not one ounce of sadness or regret about Franchesca Lamarre and I’s choice for creating this ticket structure,….. Don’t comment on here about what we could have done differently with the structure. We did what we did and equity matters.” Their Twitter page got no visible threats but hundreds of tweets decrying their racist ticket policy.

On their website, the organizers of this music festival explained why they were charging white people twice as much: “Why do we have POC (people of color) and Non-POC (white people) tickets? I’m glad you asked! Equality means treating everyone the same. Equity is insuring (sic) everyone has what they need to be successful. Our ticket structure was built to insure [sic] that the most marginalized communities (people of color) are provided with an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community (black Detroit). If they were truly concerned with the Detroit black community being successful, the festival would have featured speakers like Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, Candace Owens and Condolezza Rice, instead of rappers.

Their definition of equity is hypocritical also. If equity is “insuring” (it should read ensuring, but that’s just me) that “everyone has what they need to be successful”, but “are provided with” what they need-passive wording-rather than actively earning what they need, who “insures”, who “provides”? That definition is really implying that the recipients are unable to find success via their own efforts. I call that a residual slave mentality.

Okay, there’s multiculturalism, but I say a white person desiring to go to AfroFuture Fest is white virtue signaling. Any white people should be charged $1,000 minimum if they are really serious about their virtue.