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Suspension of Disbelief

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Introduction

This phrase was made famous by Senator Hillary Clinton, frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, opened her questioning of Petraeus and Crocker with the standard "I honor you for your service." And then she let the two of them have it.

"You have been made the de facto spokesmen for what many of us believe to be a failed policy" in Iraq, Clinton said. "Despite what I view is your rather extraordinary efforts in your testimony both yesterday and today, I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief."

- Oct. 2020

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Background

Now, in 2020, another election cycle, we are faced with a new problem. The Democrats have chosen VP Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for President. Despite his old age, his many gaffs, his reduced cognitive ability, and his problem with telling the truth, we are asked to take him on face value as the best choice among the 20 plus candidates.

He has been in politics for the past 47 years. He has reached the pinnacle of the DNC as the leader of his party. He has very little accomplishment to speak of. He has been on the wrong side of history on so many issues, domestic and foreign.

Even President Barack Obama did not endorse him till he was the only one left standing. Now, we are faced with a scandal involving his son Hunter.

What Happened? How Can This Be Explained?

It appears that Anti-Trump sentiments have driven everyone on the left over the cliff. In any other year, any other election, Biden would have been rejected based on medical issues. Instead, we have a corrupt media who try to hide his shortcomings and blackout damaging news stories, and even go as far as feed him questions and answers at a town hall meeting.

This is quite remarkable. No time in our history was such extreme and blatant abuse of public trust been manifested by the media, by our government agencies, and by the justice department.

This is not only a Democrat affliction. There are some never Trumpers who are registered Republicans who are acting in a similar fashion.

The term Trump Derangement Syndrome, cannot be more appropriate to describe what is happening. We have perfectly intelligent and rational individuals, who due to their personal hatred for Trump, decides to throw all common sense out the window in their attempt to protect Biden while attacking Trump.

The Bottom Line

Here are a few questions we all need to consider.

Do you trust Biden with the nuclear button?

Do you trust Biden with negotiations with Putin, Xi, and Kim Jong Un?

Do you trust Biden with your children?

Do you trust Biden without a teleprompter?

Do you trust Biden to do the "right" thing for America?

Summary

I am really shocked by how far down our country has declined. The blame rest solely on the Democratic party. You can make the case that it was Trump who was the underlying cause. Yet, the bottom line is we are adults, and we should all be responsible for our own behavior. A plea of insanity is not an excuse.

Postscript - Oct. 16, 2020

In just the last two days, we've had two October surprises. First, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Trump supporter, and one of Trump's personal attorney, released documents that was taken from a computer hard drive supposedly owned by Hunter Biden. In it, there were damaging evidence of emails and images of a corrupt Biden family operation that compromised our national security with financial dealing in Ukraine and China.

The next day, another Giuliani, Caroline Rose, daughter to Rudy, who has published an article in Vanity Fair Magazine supporting Joe Biden for President.

What is going on here? This is exactly what is happening throughout our country. Even within families, there seems to be a split of opinion on Trump.

Here you have America's mayor, who has done a great job revitalizing NYC back in the 1990s. He was there on 9/11 and helped our country deal with one of the worst terrorist attack on our nation. He is now a private citizen and a supporter of the Trump administration.

On the other hand, we have another Giuliani, who went to Harvard University, a most prestigious school of higher education, with an opposing opinion.

Here is a quote from here article -

"I may not be able to change my father’s mind, but together, we can vote this toxic administration out of office."

Toxic? Who is the start of this? Where and when did this anti-Trump movement began? After all, wasn't he a popular celebrity with a number one rated show called the Apprentice for many years? When did this "toxic" begun?

Tech Company Like Twitter...Show Their Bias

Now we have Twitter and Facebook using their social media platform to affect the outcome of this election.

A latest controversy - on a New York Post article based on information obtained from Hunter Biden's laptop computer.

It appears they had to reverse their own policy decisions...

This is not a good sign for the future of our democracy. When we have large monopoly companies, using their influence to drive public opinion.

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© 2020 Jack Lee

Comments

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 22, 2020:

joc,

it is not inconsistent. Under Obama, he along with a willing Congress, increased our deficit by unprecedented levels. All while cutting defense spending and expanding social programs...

When Trump was elected, mainly due to a rejection of Washington insiders, he was faced with a GOP that was resistant to his policies. It took a while to drain the swamp...

Paul Ryan and John McCain was part of that swamp.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 20, 2020:

I'd have to look. But first you blame Obama/Biden for deficits, then when I note the ridiculous spending trends of Trump, all of a sudden it's the fault of Congress. Seems like someone can't decide who to blame.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 20, 2020:

yes, but we were talking about spending and deficits and budgets...

How many of those last 30 years did Democrats control the House and the Senate?

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 20, 2020:

Do we? Last I checked Congress has two chambers. Not to mention that in Trump's first two years, he had the support of both of them.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 20, 2020:

Yes, I am fully aware of that. Hence, it slides into 2017 if you are going to count that way. If does not matter, since it is Congress that passes spending budgets...and we know who has been in control of the House forever...don't we?

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 20, 2020:

Then you completely fail to take into account when the budgets are made and who is responsible for them. Budgets are made in October and run through September, hence the majority of 2009 would have been under Bush's budget.

https://www.thebalance.com/national-debt-under-oba...

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 20, 2020:

I don't know where you get your numbers from but National Debt clock is what I go by. It was 10 trillion in end of 2008 and 20 trillion at end of 2016. The math is 20-10= 10. Not only that, he doubled the previous debt accumulated by all past admin.

With regard to the spending side, Obama passed the Omnibus bill which was almost 1 trillion alone, remember the shovel ready infrastructure, well as we found out later, it was a joke.

The military is the worst of his cuts. It was reported by generals that America could not conduct two wars at the same time due to the cuts in equipment and arms and resources.

Part of the Trump spending, was to replenish and rebuild the military.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 20, 2020:

Obama and Biden's total budget deficits totaled 6.9 trillion over eight years. Just during Trump's first three years, they will be 4.8 trillion. Not sure you've got much of a leg to stand on when we're going to discuss budget deficits and national debt.

Not sure spending between 734 billion and 857 billion is a decimation on the military as you claim. Both GOP and Democrats believe military spending needs to be trimmed.

Nor do I see fighting for equality setting race relations back.

Will accept the ISIS point as legitimate. Obama withdrew too quickly and Trump has had success on that front.

He hasn't built the wall, private companies have. And Mexico certainly didn't pay for it. Those trade renegotiations have marginal effects, at best, from what was there previously. I've read through them - not much different than previously existed. Got us out of the Iran Deal so that Iran can begin work on having nuclear weapons is certainly not a win. And Tax reform? The majority of the tax breaks went to the top 1% of the country while budget deficits have soared since the incoming revenue has been slashed but Trump has increased spending. That's a recipe for bankruptcy, something Trump is really good at.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 20, 2020:

JOC,

Obama and Biden in 8 years has decimated our military. They have changed American leadership to a "lead from behind" policy.

ISIS grew under their watch and have become Varsity team instead of the JV Obama claimed.

Their economic policy have exported jobs and manufacturing to China. Their attack on the energy sector has prevented America from becoming a net exporter of oil and gas energy.

Obama has set race relations back during his tenure.

Most serious threat to our long term survival was increasing our National debt from 10 to 20 trillion.

I could go on and on...but you are focused on Trump.

Trump has done more in his 3.5 years than most President in 8, and that included Reagan.

The list of accomplishments are great. His promise to the American voter have been mostly kept, including building the wall, tax reform, renegotiated trade agreements, canceling the Iran nuclear deal, and appointing originalists to the courts....

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 19, 2020:

Sure, all I have to do is look at the job he did as Vice President in helping the economic recovery that needed to happen after Bush left office. He helped save the auto industry, helped reduce unemployment from 10% to 4.2% when Trump took office (it's now nearly double that thanks to Trump's failures on Covid-19), led a stable administration to help the stock market nearly triple.

There were environmental regulations added to help our planet, which still led to the Obama/Biden Administration creating more jobs in their final three years (2.7 million) than Trump did in his first three (2.2.million).

Budget deficits were lowering under Obama/Biden, while they will be setting records under Trump. As a conservative, I'd figure that kind of trend would be hard to come to terms with.

I can also be pragmatic - For every accomplishment you may list for Trump, I can easily find something he's done that has harmed Americans, or the standing of America internationally, in a substantial manner. During Biden's eight years as Vice President, what harm did he do to America?

And character counts in leadership. Wondering how many people you're willing to ignore like McMaster, Tillerson, Bolton, Kelly, Mattis, and Spencer.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2020/06/...

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 19, 2020:

JOC,

We can agree to disagree on the two parties...but here is the thing. I am more pragmatic than most. Can you name some top accomplishments of Joe Biden in his 47 years career in DC?

Contrast that with Trump who has accomplished more in 3 years, than most presidents have done in 8 years.

That is a huge difference in my book.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 19, 2020:

JOC,

Funny how you use the word consensus to describe a theory about something that is science related. As far as I know, science does not operate on consensus. It is based on facts, data, and reproducible experiments and predictions about the future...

On all those fronts, climate scientists has failed us.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 18, 2020:

Yeah, there were a lot of topics where voters disagree with Trump's judgement. There are voices on both sides of climate and we won't come to a consensus there.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 18, 2020:

You brought up many topics and it is hard to combine all in one response.

Let me deal with one I am very well knowledgeable in and that is global warming. Trump's skepticism about human caused climate change is shared by many scientists.

The politicizing of this issue came from the left. By combining environment protection with fossil fuel emissions, it is clear the aim of the left is to control our economic progress by redistributing wealth and curtailing fossil fuel use.

Trump withdrawing from the Paris Accord is an example of leadership and courage. This agreement was flawed and the US should never sign on to something that punished our success while ignoring the biggest CO2 emitter of China.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 18, 2020:

I can certainly understand why you think he has achievements from a conservative standpoint.

The good judgement point is the exact reason myself and so many others will be voting against him, regardless of whether the candidate is Biden or someone else.

We are one of the few countries that have made masks a political issue during a pandemic. We lead the world in Covid deaths for many reasons, and Trump's insistence on disregarding the simplest of safety measures from masks to social distancing is on full view daily as a major contributor to that devastation.

After a plot to kidnap the Michigan Governor was discovered, Trump held one of his latest rallies in her state and continued to stoke the hatred towards her. This was literally a life and death issue and he continues to put her in danger.

Good judgement is backing the intelligence services of your own country and not backing the leader of the country that interfered in our elections.

You know what Trump's best judgement has been is to deny a problem ever exists and pretend everything is hunky-dory. Denial seems to be his only form of governance. Well, denying systemic racism exists or there's a pandemic, or man-made climate change exists really doesn't work for much of America.

And looking at the results of him denying and then lying to the American public about Covid-19, there is no faith that it's safe to get the economy up and running fully again. Nor will there be much faith in taking a vaccine if he remains in the Oval Office. From day one when he tried to claim a falsehood in crowd sizes, he has eroded any trust because many refuse to live in the fantasy world he creates for his cult-like following.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 18, 2020:

JOC,

Trump has been President for almost 4 years. He has a record.

He has accomplished much in those years and most of it I agree with as a Conservative. Obviously, if you are from the opposition party, you might think they are the wrong policies.

But make no mistake about it, whether you agree or not, they are policy decisions that require good judgement and executive experience.

My point is, you can claim Trump is not doing a good job because of policy differences from your perspective, but you cannot claim he is incompetent. He is doing what he was elected to do...like appointing originalist to the courts.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 18, 2020:

I'll concede the guy has energy. But, in terms of mental capacity, it's been widely diagnosed that Trump is a malignant narcissist. I'll prefer a candidate who makes those tough decisions for the benefit of others as opposed to the numerous ones Trump has clearly made to benefit himself or his business interests.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 18, 2020:

JOC,

I respectfully disagree. I don't believe either Biden or Trump will be the destruction of our Democracy as both sides try to scare us. Our system is more robust and can survive bad presidents from either party. The problem I have with Biden is his advanced age and onset of dementia. The job a President requires high energy and mental capacity to make tough decisions. Trump, as much as one might not his personality or demeanor, has demonstrated that he has the energy and the mental capacity to make those decisions.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 18, 2020:

That's an easy question. I find Trump to be the greater threat to the country.

His debts of over $400 million, which he refuses to admit to who owns the debt, is a major national security issue.

His complete disregard of science in regards to the virus , as well as lying to Americans about the threat, has increased the death toll of Americans.

And I haven't seen Biden tweet out a video saying, 'the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.' Or tweet our to 'Liberate Michigan! Liberate Virginia!' - that served as an inspiration for anti-government groups to plot to kidnap the Governors of those two states.

On top of that, we have record budget deficits, record trade deficits, doubled unemployment rates, and Trump will be the only president in modern American times to leave office having lost more jobs than he created. His failure to control the virus is the cause for our economic turmoil.

Lastly, Biden will hire quality people. Both candidates have their gaffes (Trump literally called his top sycophant Matt Gaetz, Rick Gates repeatedly during his latest Florida rally), but Biden will not have a revolving door of personnel or ask for personal loyalty. He will allow our government employees to be loyal to the Constitution.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 18, 2020:

When the vice president’s son was asked to join the board of Burisma, he was already “advising Burisma on its corporate reform initiatives” in his capacity at the politically influential law firm Boies Schiller Flexner. So your claim 'for doing nothing' was another falsehood.

Was the company hoping to trade on Hunter Biden's name? Likely. But as soon as you hold Kushner accountable for those Saudi blockade or Ivanka for being granted her Chinese trademarks, then we'll excuse that Trump Demogoguery Syndrome.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 18, 2020:

JOC,

You haven't addressed the main point of my article?

How do you vote for a Joe Biden?

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 18, 2020:

JOC,

How do you explain Hunter Biden getting a seat on the board of a Ukraine oil company and receiving $$$ for doing nothing?

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 18, 2020:

Yeah, because I can identify when Rudy Guiliani is meeting with a member of Russian Intelligence and then feeding that information to the NY Post so that someone with zero writing credits, and used to work for Hannity for three years, can publish that fabricated information. And then the FBI immediately begins investigation this story as the Russian disinformation campaign it is. But treasonous idiots who cannot see it for what it is have no problem re-spewing it online.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 18, 2020:

And JOC, are you a patriot? Supporting a flawed candidate who at times seem confused...

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 18, 2020:

You have evidence of this outright lie of course?

'...and even go as far as feed him questions and answers at a town hall meeting.'

Next, you actually publish information pertaining to the clear case of Russian disinformation. You are a traitor to this country.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on October 16, 2020:

Enjoyed your article. Though I applaud Rudy's effort, this story broke over six months ago on conservative networks like One News America and Newsmax. I consider it old news to those of us who do not watch or believe the mainstream news networks. It goes so much deeper than is being currently reported.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 16, 2020:

Raymond, I am afraid you are correct. The media has been the main driver of this anti-Trump movement, overseas and in the US. Unfortunately, the American people are caught in the middle. I do believe Trump will be re-elected in 2020 and you are also correct that there will be no peace. The left will double down and tear this country apart, before they allow someone like Trump to persist.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on October 16, 2020:

The anti-Trump narrative is prevailing in Europe too. In my opinion, this is mainly due to the left-wing media, which are predominantly funded by the various European governments (BBC, NOS). This bias in reporting certainly seems to be the case in the Netherlands. Besides, Trump has little charisma IMO. But that can also be said about his opponent.

Both sides' arguments hardly seem to be discussed anymore in the "dialogue" between the two parties.

Perhaps our Dutch many party system is not ideal either. But it does force you to listen to each other and seek compromises.

I do not envy the Americans. Regardless of who wins, the bickering will continue.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 16, 2020:

very cute. Here is the difference. Much of what you learned about Trump was manufactured by a dishonest media. A prime example was the racist comment regarding Charlottesville Va. It was a false narrative.

Second, and this is undeniable. Trump has achieved many successes

in his first 3 years. He has turned the economy around and reversed the damage made by the Obama/Biden admin of the previous 8 years. He has delivered on most of what he promised. The people, his supporters, like that.

AccurateCitizen on October 15, 2020:

Now, in 2020, another election cycle, we are faced with a new problem. The Republicans have again chosen Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President. Despite his old age, his many gaffs, his reduced cognitive ability, and his problem with telling the truth (more than 20,000 lies and counting) we are asked to take him on face value as the best candidate since no Republicans have the spine to stand against him, even knowing his huge failings, inabilities, and dishonesty.

Trump has been in politics for the past 4 years. He has reached the pinnacle of the RNC as the leader of his party. He has very few positive accomplishment to speak of. He has been on the wrong side of history on so many issues, domestic and foreign, especially his inept mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic response which has resulted in 217,000 deaths to date.

Many Republicans have withdrawn their support of Trump and others have reluctantly offered their approval only to help save their own miserable political careers.

What Happened? How Can This Be Explained?

It appears that Anti-Trump sentiments have with good reason driven not just everyone on the left, but rational and thoughtful people on the right, over the edge of the cliff.

In any other year, any other election, Trump would have been rejected outright, based on his daily verbal diarrhea of lies and mismanagement of basic government issues. Instead, we have a corrupt administration, who try to hide his shortcomings and blackout damaging news stories, and try futilely to keep Trump focused on the teleprompter and on message. Instead Trump rambles on with lies and inconsistencies, creating distrust and uncertainty with both Americans and the rest of the world.

This is quite remarkable. No time in our history has such extreme and blatant abuse of the public trust been manifested by the Fake extremist media, by coerced government agencies, by the mislead justice department, and by an incompetent American President!

This is not only a Democrat reaction. There are also “never Trumpers” who are registered Republicans, who have witnessed the horrors inflicted by Trump and his misguided policies. They decided to be real patriots and have been driven to do the “unthinkable” and support country over party!

The term, Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) was created by frustrated Trump followers to rationalize the facts that contradict their cult like belief in Trump. Even if TDS was real, it cannot describe what is happening.

We have intelligent and rational individuals, from both the right and left, who have a personal sense of patriotism and realization of the damage that Trump has inflicted on our country. They have decided to follow their common sense to support Biden while condemning Trump.

The Bottom Line

Here are a few questions we all need to consider:

Do you trust Trump to lead the country to recovery from COVID-19 and implement a healthcare plan to keep all Americans healthy?

Do you trust Trump and his inconsistent and irrational behavior with the nuclear button?

Do you trust Trump with negotiations with Putin, Xi, and Kim Jong Un? Yes, Kim is laughing at Trump as he continues building his missile program.

Do you trust Trump with your children? Ivanka needs a break from touchy daddy!

Do you trust Trump, even with a teleprompter? He’s perfectly capable of casting dispersions and lies with or without!

Do you trust Trump to do the "right" thing for America? Only if it benefits Trump and his cronies of course!

Summary

I am really shocked by how far down our country has declined. The blame rests solely on the Republican Party and their extremist supporters. You can make the case that it was Trump who was the underlying cause and you would be right! Trump enabled the worst thoughts and divisive urges of the Republicans and the extreme right.

Yet, the bottom line is we are adults, and we should all be responsible for our own behavior. We need to open our eyes and pull our heads out of the deep hole and objectively evaluate the facts and reality. A plea of insanity is not an excuse.

Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 15, 2020:

T, There is one difference between 2016 and now.

Back then, everyone thought Hillary would win by a land slide and the Democrats and the media were comfortable and arrogant. This time around, the media, the liberal elites, the DNC and even the never Trumpers and tech companies like google and facebook and twitter are all working overtime to prop up Biden and defeat Trump.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 15, 2020:

Interesting take on current issues.

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