The Problem with Populism and Why Trillions Takes an Activist Stance
Some Trillions readers don't like it when we criticize Donald Trump and don't hesitate to express their displeasure.
We are regularly accused of being political yet Trillions does not criticize Mr. Trump because we support the Democrats or another political party, we also criticized the failings of Obama, his administration and Hillary and even pointed out some of the failings of the Green Party's Jill Stein.
Our activism is not at all partisan, is not intended to be political and is about supporting what is right by exposing what is wrong and exploring potential solutions.
We highlight the wrondoings of politicians, government agencies, corporations and other organizations in all countries because their wrongdoings can cause harm to the people and if we don't know about and correct what is wrong then positive change is not possible.
Many Trump supporters believe that Trump can do no wrong, now matter how severe the wrong may be. This way of thinking poses a grave risk to the United States and the rest of the World.
Just because a person is in a position of power it does not make them right or above the law.
The President of the United States is supposed to be a servant and representative of the people and to a smaller degree a leader. He is not supposed to be a ruler yet many Americans seem to want Trump to rule over the country and over-ride the democratic process and undermine the Constitution.
It is true that the democratic process in the United States is very broken and almost every elected representative at the federal level and many at the state level is corrupt and regularly betrays the people he/ she is supposed to represent.
It is also true that America's deep problems need a strong force capable of pushing back the dark forces that have seized control of the federal government and many state governments. But, Donald Trump is not such a force and has instead empowered those dark forces. He is indeed aiding and abetting America's enemies by placing them into power and undermining the Constitution and the rule of law.
In a democracy, it is the responsibility and right of the people to hold government officials accountable and to not give them a free pass just because they resonate with our emotions and offer simplistic solutions to complex problems.
If we fail to engage our critical and logical thinking process we could end up like Venezuela, ruled by a populist strongman who is grossly incompetent, corrupt and has ruined his country.
Like Trump, Venezuela's President Maduro enjoys strong unconditional support from a large segment of the population. His supporters are not willing or perhaps not able to think of him in a realistic light because he resonates with their emotions, offers simplistic solutions and blames others for the country's problems.
Running a country is a very complex and difficult undertaking that requires numerous highly intelligent people of integrity. This is something the current American federal government is grossly lacking.
Americans have a right to feel angry and afraid of the future. It is a logical and rational response to current circumstances. But when those emotions control the political process we are all in trouble.
Trillions will continue to speak up and speak out because we care and too few others are sounding the alarm and telling the truth. We simply can't stand by and let propagandists control the dialog and shape our thinking.
We will continue to explore important, complex and emotionally charged issues from a logical and rational perspective.
You can do your part by educating yourself on the important issues from a variety of reliable, independent sources, then think about those issues in a rational manner and talk to others about you have learned.
In the next issue of Trillions we will cover some of Donald Trump's positive accomplishments and explore some of the more important issues that currently divide the country.
We hope that you continue to share your thoughts and feelings with us but do so in a civil manner. If you disagree with us, lets talk about it. Ultimately, most all of us just want the same things.