[ExI] moral certitude

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 02:09:24 UTC 2017

> ​> ​
> With our money, in effect.

​How do you figure that? ​

All the money we send over there for goods.

Unanswerable question: just how did Trump get to where he was (and I am not
saying that he was a successful businessman) with the kind of delusions he
seems capable of, as you point out?  Lies on top of lies.  Why would anyone
do business with him?  He is already driving his administration crazy.
'Better and cheaper health care for everybody', he says, when he has no
health plan at all.

I suppose that there is no way of untangling two factors:  we are the
richest, and we are the biggest preachers.  Which one is more disgusting to
the rest of the world?  Hating the rich is understandable and almost
natural because of envy.

But morally we have failed the world over and over again.  We send
missionaries and supply Bibles, not tractors etc.  It is a monumental
disgrace that we have not rebuild Iraq - some places still have no power.
As many have pointed out, the rest of the world that is not already
democratic is not ready for it.  I hope Trump or whoever gives up on that
idea.  I hope that he means what he says about concentrating on us - and
leave the rest of the world alone?

Or will he bomb the first world leader who pisses him off?

bill w

On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 6:51 PM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> ​> ​
>>  I read where China is building harbors and airports for other countries.
> ​Good for them.
>> ​> ​
>> With our money, in effect.
> ​How do you figure that? ​
>> ​> ​
>> Is it any mystery why we have a rather poor reputation around the world?
> ​No mystery whatsoever, the most powerful nation in the world has always
> engendered resentment, it comes with the territory. But if you think the
> USA is unpopular now just wait!​
>> ​> ​
>> Maybe this administration could put a stop to this.
> I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. The one Trump character flaw that
> bothers me most is his belief he can pick a fight with reality and win. The
> very best liars have the ability to halfway convince themselves that what
> they say is true. For example, Trump wishes he had won the popular vote
> therefore he
>> sort of
>> believes he did
> ​.​
>> Trump
>> wishes his inauguration
>> was the most attended in history therefore he
> sort of believes
>> it was. Trump wishes he hadn't started a war with the CIA therefore he
> ​sort of believes he ​
> never call
>> ed
>> them Nazis or referred to them as "intelligence" agencies
> ​.​
>> Trump wishes his winery is the largest on the East Coast
>> therefore he sort of believes it is.Trump wishes Ted Cruz’s father
>> helped assassinate
>> John
>> F
>> Kennedy
>> therefore he sort of believes he did. Trump wishes
>> Obama allowed
>> 30 to 34
>> million
>>  illegal immigrants
>> in
> ​to​
> the USA therefore he sort of believes
> ​he did​
> . Trump wishes he was was totally against the war in Iraq
>> from the very beginning therefore he sort of believes he was. Trump wishes
> the
> ​ ​
> unemployment rate
>> under Obama reach as high as
>> 42
> ​%
> and made the USA
>> the highest taxed nation in the world
>> so he sort of bevies
> ​he did​
> . Trump wishes Crime is rising therefore he sort of believes it is.
> ​This ability for self deception served him well during the campaign, it
> got him votes, but different skills are needed to run the country. Because
> of this I think it is only a matter of time before reality bites him in the
> ass and sometime in the next 4 years Trump will be impeached and convicted
> for massive incompetence (or maybe massive corruption or both). However
> whether that would result in Trump actually leaving office is an entirely
> different matter.
> John K Clark
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