The Prob­lem with Pop­ulism and Why Tril­lions Takes an Ac­tivist Stance

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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.

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