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Trumpism and the GOP, an Unholy Marriage

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No one said that marriage would be easy.  On the other hand, no one told me just how hard it would be.

By Mike Caporale

Love at first sight, if there is such a thing, easily becomes addictive puppy love.  Back in ancient times, you know the “olden days,” it was the gateway to “going steady,” more or less a form of teen training wheels for understanding what it feels like to be engaged.  But as divorce statistics will bear out, this is a very flawed process for determining a life partner. 

It’s widely believed by many that in seeking a mate, one should look for someone with compatible qualities, important similarities and shared interests. In other words, someone like yourself.  In theory such a choice would make mutual decisions more manageable because both parties were aligned, coming from a compatible, if not the same place.

The opposing view is that it is better to form a union with someone who compliments you, possessing those qualities you lack while appreciating yours that differ from theirs.  It’s like two pieces from a jig-saw puzzle that fit together in perfect alignment. Each supports the other to make a whole piece.

Now as anyone who has applied these marriage theories to the real world (more than once) knows, neither philosophy is, in and of itself, ideal as a guiding principle.  My observation of other marriages, successful marriages that is, is that a pairing of divergent personalities works best if a dominant personality and a submissive personality form a union.  In such a relationship, the dominant personality never must go to extremes to get their way, because the submissive personality poses no threat, while the submissive personality is quite content to let the dominant personality make the important decisions and manage all the stress. Success!

So, what guides us when we agree to be “scientifically” matched to a complete stranger through a series of questions and qualifying answers posed on an internet dating site such as eharmony, match, silver singles, OurTime or any of the others?  Do we really know what we are looking for, or is it really much simpler than that?  Are we not just eliminating all those that clearly do not qualify?  For instance, I could never be with a smoker and probably not a conservative Republican either, although Margaret Hoover and John Avlon are doing a remarkable job of it and I admire them both. While these services are not a reliable guarantee of happiness, they do provide an important step in an otherwise imperfect screening process.  After all, most people tend to paint themselves in the most favorable light and a great many are just plain delusional.  How can you really know?  Where do we begin?

The Republican Party is a fickled woman with a history of dating strong dominant types that ultimately abuse and mistreat her. In 2009 she undertook a serious dalliance with the Tea Party.  It may have been love at first sight, but as the Koch brothers poured money into it and it began speaking through the very adept legal mind of Ted Cruz, she was completely swept off her feet and began going steady.  That is, until she saw a better opportunity with a bigger, badder, stronger type, a rich man and a bully, clearly a forceful, dominant type who will do or say anything to win–just what she needed.  After a brief courtship the object of her affections pummeled her every suitor in a mating ritual known best by those who observe the animal world, and the happy couple moved in together and got married.

Ah, but little did they stop to think that they would each bring with them a contingent of stepchildren and unsavory relatives—cousins and in-laws of cousins.

Once the GOP lifted its skirts and began sleeping with Trump, the cuckolded Tea Party became very quiet but never moved out of her house, instead assuming the guise of Trumpism, it moved into the spare room in the basement.   

In due time, living together under the same roof proved troubling, for the GOP and the Trumpers. While Cruz was trying to figure out how to get back in favor, with the missus but before he could reclaim his place in the her boudoir, the new man of the house moved a flock of freeloading cousins into their home, aimless ner-do-wells and rabble rousers.  It was not a pretty sight. And, as if that was not enough, the stepchildren were at odds with one another.  His had embraced gang culture  and followed lunatic fringe movements with religious fervor, while hers were nerds, policy wonks not versed in the new rules of the Marquis de Sade style of political tactics.

But rather than divorcing, they tried to make a go of it.

Alas, the ill-tempered bully lost his job, and the couple has been evicted.  And while they are all looking for a new home, they still cannot face a divorce.  Predictably, “it’s for the sake of the children” (or so they tell themselves).

Trouble is that the insecure but happy-go-lucky dominant father-figure has been lying to his kids for years, actually a great many years preceding the marriage, and they want to remain with him.  The submissive Missus comes off looking ever the bitch, complaining about precedent that can never be realized.  Knowing that his kids won’t believe a word of it anyway and having permitted the worst behavior from the cousins and their unsavory friends to continue without consequence, she is unable to get custody and is complacent to trail along in his shadow as a pale skeleton of her former self, surviving on bulimia as her coping strategy.

Perhaps what is needed is an eharmony for politics.

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  1. Michael Caporale

    February 1, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Hello everybody, this is Michael Caporale. I want to encourage your comments, positive or negative. I believe discussion is healthy and I welcome your thoughts. It’s about WE not ME, so join in. Just a few rules apply. 1. Don’t make it personal, stick to the topic and 2. In that regard, if you introduce a different topic, or wander off topic, I will not respond and possibly will delete your comment. 3. Please no foul language, no racist or hateful comments and no overt religious bias. Thanks, and welcome all, Mike.

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New Report by National Academy of Sciences (USA): Social Media is Hazardous to Your Health

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Why some biologists and ecologists think social media is a risk to humanity

At a time of information overload, when most people can’t decipher truth from fiction, when our world and corporate leaders bow down to the corporate interests that are destroying all life as we know it for their short term personal gains, there are billions of social media accounts attached to mechanisms that continue to amplify misinformation and corporate propaganda. All of this inflicts tremendous damage to all life and our life support systems.

The report is attached below.  In Summary, it states:

Collective behavior provides a framework for understanding how the actions and properties of groups emerge from the way individuals generate and share information. In humans, information flows were initially shaped by natural selection yet are increasingly structured by emerging communication technologies. Our larger, more complex social networks now transfer high-fidelity information over vast distances at low cost. The digital age and the rise of social media have accelerated changes to our social systems, with poorly understood functional consequences. This gap in our knowledge represents a principal challenge to scientific progress, democracy, and actions to address global crises. We argue that the study of collective behavior must rise to a “crisis discipline” just as medicine, conservation, and climate science have, with a focus on providing actionable insight to policymakers and regulators for the stewardship of social systems.

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For the sake of planetary and personal health, business will have to change.

Special Presentation: Sarah Savory

Our existing systems of media and education provide a limited worldview. This reductionist worldview limits our ability to see and exist in the world properly, effectively and in total health.

For us to truly thrive as a species in harmony with the natural world, we will need to see the world as ONE LIVING BREATHING ORGANISM, and our part and place in the world as a part of this organism.  This will require a shift in our thinking, in our action and in the ways we make our decisions.  This very forward-thinking conversation will clearly identify where we are at, how we arrived at this point, what needs to happen, how we get there, what are the obstacles and how will we overcome these obstacles.  And yes, business will have to change.

As Bucky Fuller said: “Nature is a totally efficient, self-regenerating system. If we discover the laws that govern this system and live synergistically within them, sustainability will follow and humankind will be a success.”

But humans don’t know how to manage the complexities of our world. The increasing social, economic, and ecological disasters we are experiencing across the world are the mounting symptoms of our not considering the whole and managing our societies, economies, and nature in isolation of each other when they are an inseparable whole – no person or nation on earth can have physical or financial stability without ecological health.

Sarah Savory has worked alongside her father, Allan Savory who created the Holistic Management Framework. In this exhilarating conversation, we’ll discover a new and improved decision-making process to enable us to manage and balance the inseparable complexity of human societies, economies, and nature. Remember, we’re all in this together

Sarah Savory

Sarah Savory is the single mother of 2 young children, Luke and Mika. She is the youngest daughter of Allan Savory, world-renowned ecologist and developer of Holistic Management (a decision making process which successfully guides us through the complexity we manage by ensuring simultaneously socially, financially and ecologically sound decisions.)
Sarah is following closely in his footsteps and has become a very successful Holistic Management Consultant and Educator in her own right.
In an effort to simplify the framework, she has written illustrated, educational children’s books on Holistic Management and has also broken new ground by teaching HM as a subject in Zimbabwean schools, with demand for education and educational materials growing rapidly and is now writing the first school curriculum for Holistic Decision Making and Ecological Literacy to be taught as a subject in schools.
She is a part of Africa Centre For Holistic Management’s new training and education team and she is part of a new, global policy task force which is focusing on breaking through in government policy. Sarah and her father recently met with President Mnangagwa to begin talks about working with the Zimbabwean government to develop the first ever agricultural policy using the Holistic Management Framework.
Sarah spends the rest of her time writing articles, giving presentations and being interviewed both locally and internationally.
A personal note from Sarah to our youth – you are the key to the future:
Holistic Management involves introducing people to new scientific insights that will not only help them to better understand the incredibly complex social, economic and ecological connections in nature and how earth’s ecosystems function, but teach a new way of managing which makes sure our decisions flow with the unpredictable, ever-present and constantly changing variables of that complexity.
Managers learn how to make decisions or develop polices in a way that guarantees they never lose sight of the whole picture and the fact that our physical and financial security and stability are intricately connected and entirely dependent on the health of our environment – the only economy that can ultimately sustain any nation is one based on healthy soil and the plant’s ability to turn the sun’s energy into food because everything we use or consume comes from the land.
When it comes to making a change and adapting to new knowledge and thinking, history shows us that most adults and institutions are almost incapable of it. I truly believe the key to the future lies in educating our children, rather than pinning all our hopes on the possibility of “old dogs learning new tricks.”
Let’s give young people the solutions and show them how vital it is to look at the whole picture and to focus on and address root causes instead of symptoms.
If we can have school leavers going off into the world ecologically literate and capable of successfully managing and balancing the unavoidable social, financial and ecological dimensions of their decisions, rather than being stuck as we are now, on a hamster wheel reacting or adapting to the inevitable and increasing symptoms of our current management, they will be proactively making decisions in a new way that will bring about the physical and financial stability we all want, reversing the current problems and preventing any more knock-on symptoms further down the line. When we do that, it will change everything.

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Allan Savory: How to effect meaningful transformation to address the global climate crisis.

For a healthier planet, management must change

 

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Our future is in OUR Hands

We are aiming with Mobilized to create a vibrant forum for ideas.  “Big deal”, you might say, there are already places for that.

Well, you’re not wrong.  There was, in the earliest days of the web, a loose and wild forum called The Well.  The great and powerful Google had as it’s mission the goal of “bringing all the knowledge of the world to every person”… before it pivoted to a new goal of just making money off of what it knows about us.  That change was a real pity.  There have been sites such as Wiser Earth, which aimed to be a global directory of people and non-profit organizations so that collaboration could happen on a larger scale than ever before.  It lasted about two years, sadly; not long enough to create a legacy.  Huffington Post had a good run in its’ early days, sharing ideas widely and helping to boost its’ contributors in the public’s mind.

What’s important to know, is that as of this writing, there is not really a widely recognized forum online or in ‘meat-space’.  There are print publications such as YES! magazine, Tikkun, The Sun Magazine, and The Utne Reader, all of which which reach a population of hundreds thousands.  Great, but their reach could be even more broad, in my humble opinion.  Within social media sites there are plenty of good ‘groups’ but they also don’t reach enough folks outside of their own memberships.

Probably the most popular comparable live events right now are the TED talks, which do serve a valuable purpose.  Sadly, they also tend toward the ‘Gee-Whiz‘ and the ‘Shiny New Buzzword‘ in their contents.  Mobilized really wants to focus on the proven, the existing, and the hidden.  There are already, all over, groups doing wonderful work, but too many of them are laboring in obscurity.

So, how do we do that?  Well to begin with, we’re not trying to be a technology startup.  There is no secret sauce, no fancy algorithm at work here.  Almost all the underlying code behind Mobilized is made with off-the-shelf parts, such as WordPress.  There is zero reason to re-invent the wheel, and frankly the notion that one must do so has tripped up several earlier attempts at building a successful progressive community.  We take the approach of using the tools at hand to build our house.

Secondly, we are going into the future with an eye firmly on the past.  And that leads us to the point of this essay, a look at how America became America.  We can take many lessons from the past.  One of our best ideas as a nation was the Chautauqua movement.   It had it’s heyday from the 1870’s right up until the beginning of World War II.  In part, it helped spawn a Lyceum movement, the Vaudeville traditions in the theater world; and had an effect on the earliest days of the motion-picture industry.  Here’s why it was so popular: the average person, anywhere in the land, could go to a Chautauqua when it came to their town, and engage in spirited discussion with the brightest minds of the day.  It was direct, person-to-person, and offered a mix of local and national ideas and people; presented on a rotating basis.  So ideas could be hashed out and spread rapidly.  And they did.  In no small part due to these two movements, the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age were defeated.  The Great Depression was tackled too, and along the way no less than Susan B. Anthony, Teddy Roosevelt and Mark Twain became huge fans.  No part of society could, or wanted to, ignore the notion that average people could teach other average people.

Mobilized aims to help bring that back into common understanding.  In the present era, there may well be a place for tents and lecturers setting up in farmer’s fields.  There certainly is a crying need for an educational platform that is accessible to the masses.  And now, there exist enough robust tools for us to re-create the ethos of a Chautauqua on the internet.

We, the people, when it really mattered and the stakes were high, collectively taught ourselves how to better ourselves.  Now, in every corner of the world, the stakes are once again pretty high.  It is time for a new Chautauqua movement, and this one will be truly global.  So step right up, come on inside our virtual tent.  Welcome to the show.

 

 

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