by Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante:
Donald Trump said one thing to get elected and then, once elected, did the other.
The fact that people are surprised is, in itself, the surprising part.
Hasn’t that been the history of democracy and politics since it was created?
Democracy is one of the most bizarre systems ever created, to begin with. Here is how you would explain it to a newbie:
So, what is democracy?
It is a way of changing politicians.
What are politicians?
They are people who want to control and rule others.
Why would people want someone to control and rule them?
I have no idea.
So, how does it work?
Well, a few people usually make a bunch of promises as to what they will do if they are elected and then people decide whose promises they like best.
Why promises? Can’t they contractually agree to do something?
They could, but they just make promises instead.
And once they win do they keep their promises?
No, almost never.
So, why do people go through this process?
I have no idea.
And, that’s basically democracy in a nutshell. It’s absurd. Especially in today’s day and age where, if you wanted real democracy, every citizen of a country could vote on the internet for every proposed piece of legislation.
But, they would never allow that… because democracy isn’t there to do the will of the people. It is there to give people the illusion of choice while a select few make the rules.
And Trump is just the latest in a long list of politicians over the centuries to say one thing and then do the other.
Here is pre-election Donald Trump on his views on foreign policy:
And then, post-election, he went on to do pretty much the exact opposite of what he said.
This has put many of his supporters in a difficult position.
Some of our followers have congratulated us on our call, however. Like Robert:
Many have admirably come out against Trump based on his actions and even admitted they were wrong publicly. Like Vincent:
Changing your mind based on evidence and admitting you were wrong is one of the highest levels of honor and should be respected.
Others, though, are having a hard time letting go of their “hope & change”.
Here are some of the justifications we’ve seen for Trump’s flip flop.
HE’S JUST REALLY STUPID. This has to be one of the strangest defenses for Trump… but it is actually one used quite often with Presidents that people try to defend. For example, when small government, libertarian-sounding Ronald Reagan doubled the size of government under his tenure many people pointed out that he just got tricked into it because he didn’t know what he was doing.
That’s essentially what many are saying with Trump now. Essentially suggesting that the person they hoped would be their savior is just not very smart and easily fooled.
If so, why in the world would you want that person to have complete control over your life??
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