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It's a "democratic hub" and in that sense we used to spend a lot of time on the nuances of democratic party issues. --economics, taxes, inequality, social issues, climate change, education, and more. However, it is my feeling that Donald Trump has hijacked the messaging board into a continual propaganda war that benefits him. Most threads and posts now seem to have a Trump overtone on everything, an obsession if you like -- what he does, what he tweets, what he thinks. The news media is consumed by him and thus on this website we likewise have become victim of the non-stop deluge of Trump news on TV, newspapers, social media. It consumes us. I find myself doing less of the "critical thinking" and engaging more in Trump anxiety.
I came on this website in 2009, and when I look back at my early threads and posts, I am quite proud of them. We had good intellectual discussions and disagreements, but much of that "enlightened thinking" occurred under President Obama. I suppose I could make an analogy to the Qur'an. It is in fact two books...a Mecca inspired book and a Medina inspired book. The Mecca book written at a time of peace and prosperity and relative happiness stresses tolerance, tranquility, spirituality, acceptance, and inner cleansing. The Mecca book written later was written at a time of war and upheaval. It's verses reflect that.
America has been changing, and I really felt good being a delegate for Obama at our state convention and assembly in 2008 and 2012. I knocked on over a thousand doors. I was energized. I bought his books and read everything I could about him and his policies. It was a happy time for me and much of America, except for the haters.
Now in the past 3 1/2 years I suppose I could say I just feel beat down at 73 years old. I am tired of the endless "Trump everything" on MSNBC and CNN headlines as well as Washington Post and New York Times. My threads and posts likewise have become less intellectual and more Trump bashing. I feel contempt for everyone who supports him.
Now I have read most all the 37 essays in "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" written by noted psychologists and mental health experts, and it's just made me more depressed. I started writing a blog article on Trump's hold on his base and society, but I find that the Trump news of the day is still consuming me. No time to pause and reflect. I cannot write objectively with something new on Trump every day driving the narrative and capturing the dark sides of our thoughts. What bothers me more is that is exactly what he is trying to do. He is controlling my thoughts. The more we cover him the less we cover all the other news including Joe Biden.
The psychologists make comparisons of Trump to past tyrants. One of them delving into his "malignant narcissism" calls him a "true human monster". I'll finish the Trump blog article in the next few days, and then let it go. As Nancy Pelosi said, "he's not worth it." I would much rather cover Biden.