THE TRUMP PHENOMENON

THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Still think he doesn’t know what he’s doing?  Forget it.

Donald Trump was solely responsible for his election.  He won by being unconventional, to understate the case.  He was all over the place, both physically and vociferously.  The ‘mainstream media’ were entirely against him, preparing the presidency for Hillary Clinton.  Trump was dismissed as a wild card (literally).

Nevertheless, he ate his way through 15 other applicants for the nomination.  He did this without the media.  He did this by himself and with the proletariat.  Then he proceeded to defeat Clinton in the Electoral College, despite all predictions that the task was demonstrably impossible.  How did he succeed?

He succeeded by writing off the media and doing it his way.  His way was to use the internet, not the mainstream, to spread his word.  He held

ETHICAL ISSUES: UNIONS

ETHICS, UNIONS, and UNIONIZATION

[My own well-documented research in this area in preparation of my MBA thesis (Unionization And The Professional; 1970) was done when the movement was active; I have more than a passing knowledge of the subject.  A more recent interview with Fred Siegel by Matthew Kaminski (Wall Street Journal, November 26-27, 2011) brings it into sharper focus.]

I’ve long suspected that the rampant liberalism of the 1960s would have toxic effects on our society in the future.  The future is now.  That being said:

Believe it or else: Our current financial problems are in large part a result of public sector unions. The decline of the blue-collar worker in the ’50s resulted in a decline in general union membership, heralding a decline in union stature and concurrent decline in union power.  In order to survive, unions had to look elsewhere for membership.

WHAT IS CONSERVATISM? Conclusion

THE WAY IT IS, and WHY –

The Case for Conservatism

Our complex culture has inexorably been redefining humanity in its own image, leaving the individual at the mercy of groups, technology and ever-accelerating “social progress.” The tail has come to wag the dog; what we’ve built is running us.

What’s happened was that we have, over the course of time, effectively subverted the natural process in the name of the way we think (or are led to believe) that things are.  The rapid growth of knowledge and technology has persuaded us to delegate the responsibility for progress to groups.  We’ve effectively signed over our own creativity, imagination and ingenuity to others, giving them permission to tell us what to think and accepting what they tell us as the way it is.   Instead of sharing the load according to our ability to handle it, we have

ETHICS BEYOND the MIND

A TALE OF TWO PHYSICS

What follows has to do with life, being, self, and therefore ethics. It requires that we go beyond the physical to the source. Until about a hundred years ago this was decidedly spooky territory. It still is, but with the advent of quantum theory in the 1920s it’s become fertile ground for serious study.

“Mind is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, feeling and judgment…”  There’s nothing physical about mind..it is instead a function of the brain and nervous system

There's nothing mysterious about it...

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

(which are things of substance) that in fact enables us to probe beyond the physical. As long as we have it, why not use it?

Consciousness, the essence of life, is truly universal, existing apart from the person as well as within. Consciousness is not a product–it is mind’s foundation. a given, a first principle, an integral and eternal part of the universe that cannot be separated from it and without which humanity (or the universe itself) would not exist. It is, always has been, and always will be, eternal and infinite.

INTO THE FUTURE…

THE TRUMP ASCENDANCY

Many think of Donald Trump as a politically-bereft blowhard; nevertheless, he’s showing considerable smarts so far with his appointments, and that’s where the power lies.  The future looks good.

He’s picked several aides with political and international knowledge and shows signs of more of the same with people like John Bolton and David Petraeus (both with considerable international savvy)  in the wings.  Already there are Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, HHS Secretary Tom Price, Wilbur Ross (Chairman of the Budget Committee), Secretary of Defense (Gen.) James Mattis, and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin all with considerable experience—some of it bi-partisan—in their respective fields and government as well.  These people all bode well for a successful Trump administration.  Anybody as Secretary of State other than the last two we’ve had will be a major improvement, and having

PROGRESSIVISM: an IMMEDIATE THREAT

PROGRESSIVISM – an IMMEDIATE ETHICAL THREAT

Turns out that those accusations regarding Hillary Clinton’s e-mail have proven valid.

A devastating case against a Clinton presidency emerges from a series of hacked eMails released by WikiLeaks and documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (not to mention accounts from FBI insiders).

ETHICS IS IMPORTANT!!!

ETHICS IS IMPORTANT!!!

 

Erika Rottenberg (former general counsel for LinkedIn) wrote in an eMail to Clinton staffers that none of the attorneys she knows “can understand how it was viewed as ok/secure/appropriate to use a private server for secure documents AND why Hillary took it upon herself to delete documents,” that it “smacks of acting above the law and the type of thing” that “gets people fired for, etc.”  A Clinton staffer fretted that “Everyone wants (Clinton) to apologize…and she should.”  Other staffers debated how to evade a (Congressional) subpoena of Clinton’s eMails three weeks before