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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In Campaign 2016, Who are the Real Bullies? (Dilbert’s Scott Adams)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
 

The Bully Party
By Scott Adams
October 25th, 2016 @ 9:14 a.m.
Dilbert/Scott Adams

I’ve been trying to figure out what common trait binds Clinton supporters together. As far as I can tell, the most unifying characteristic is a willingness to bully in all its forms.

If you have a Trump sign in your lawn, they will steal it.

If you have a Trump bumper sticker, they will deface your car.

if you speak of Trump at work you could get fired.

On social media, almost every message I get from a Clinton supporter is a bullying type of message. They insult. They try to shame. They label. And obviously they threaten my livelihood.

We know from Project Veritas that Clinton supporters tried to incite violence at Trump rallies. The media downplays it.

We also know Clinton’s side hired paid trolls to bully online. You don’t hear much about that.

Yesterday, by no coincidence, Huffington Post, Salon, and Daily Kos all published similar-sounding hit pieces on me, presumably to lower my influence. (That reason, plus jealousy, are the only reasons writers write about other writers.)

Joe Biden said he wanted to take Trump behind the bleachers and beat him up. No one on Clinton’s side disavowed that call to violence because, I assume, they consider it justified hyperbole.

Team Clinton has succeeded in perpetuating one of the greatest evils I have seen in my lifetime. Her side has branded Trump supporters (40%+ of voters) as Nazis, sexists, homophobes, racists, and a few other fighting words. Their argument is built on confirmation bias and persuasion. But facts don’t matter because facts never matter in politics. What matters is that Clinton’s framing of Trump provides moral cover for any bullying behavior online or in person. No one can be a bad person for opposing Hitler, right?

Some Trump supporters online have suggested that people who intend to vote for Trump should wear their Trump hats on election day. That is a dangerous idea, and I strongly discourage it. There would be riots in the streets because we already know the bullies would attack. But on election day, inviting those attacks is an extra-dangerous idea. Violence is bad on any day, but on election day, Republicans are far more likely to unholster in an effort to protect their voting rights. Things will get wet fast.

Yes, yes, I realize Trump supporters say bad things about Clinton supporters too. I don’t defend the bad apples on either side. I’ll just point out that Trump’s message is about uniting all Americans under one flag. The Clinton message is that some Americans are good people and the other 40% are some form of deplorables, deserving of shame, vandalism, punishing taxation, and violence. She has literally turned Americans on each other. It is hard for me to imagine a worse thing for a presidential candidate to do.

I’ll say that again.

As far as I can tell, the worst thing a presidential candidate can do is turn Americans against each other. Clinton is doing that, intentionally.

Intentionally.

As I often say, I don’t know who has the best policies. I don’t know the best way to fight ISIS and I don’t know how to fix healthcare or trade deals. I don’t know which tax policies are best to lift the economy. I don’t know the best way to handle any of that stuff. (And neither do you.) But I do have a bad reaction to bullies. And I’ve reached my limit.

I hope you have too. Therefore…

I endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States because I oppose bullying in all its forms.

I don’t defend Trump’s personal life. Neither Trump nor Clinton are role models for our children. Let’s call that a tie, at worst.

The bullies are welcome to drown in their own bile while those of us who want a better world do what we’ve been doing for hundreds of years: Work to make it better while others complain about how we’re doing it.

Today I put Trump’s odds of winning in a landslide back to 98%. Remember, I told you a few weeks ago that Trump couldn’t win unless “something changed.”

Something just changed.

You might like my book because Clinton’s bullies have been giving it one-star reviews on Amazon to punish me for blogging about Trump’s persuasion skills.
 

N.S.: I have found the Adams essays on Trump that I have read brilliant, but I think he has been disingenuous all along, regarding his support for Trump. It was clear to me a year ago, with his the essay of his that I read on the presidential race, that he was a Trump supporter. Thus, I find the following passage disingenuous.

“As I often say, I don’t know who has the best policies. I don’t know the best way to fight ISIS and I don’t know how to fix healthcare or trade deals. I don’t know which tax policies are best to lift the economy. I don’t know the best way to handle any of that stuff. (And neither do you.) But I do have a bad reaction to bullies. And I’ve reached my limit.

“I hope you have too. Therefore…

I endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States because I oppose bullying in all its forms.
Of course, Adams supports Trump’s policy positions. Why, then is he so shallow and slippery about it? Probably for the same reason he gave why other people won’t openly support Trump—out of fear that Trump-haters would destroy his life.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agree that he(and Branco)are brilliant.A lot of people love "Dilbert"--myself included.Any endorsements for Trump,by people like Adams,needs to be publicized.He has it right--that's the bottom line.
--GRA

Anonymous said...

Just watched another anti-Trump show tonight,for 5 minutes.Seth Meyers let his "hate Trump" out tonight,with about as unfunny a sketch(and neverending as well)that I've seen in a while.He did,what I used to do with cassette tapes when I was 16 years old--which is...ask questions and then play carefully edited voices to be funny answers.Funny because they're taken out of context.
Meyers,pretended to be a moderator at the last Trump/Clinton debate,and asked questions to each...like:
Meyers:Mr.Trump,what do you think of your penis?
Trump clip:It's sad.
Meyers:But really,what do you think of your penis?
Trump clip:It's ruining the country.
75% of the jokes were Trump responding in an undignified,vulgar way about himself.
Hillary Clinton was "asked" few questions,but when she did,it was like this:
Meyers:Mrs Clinton,what will happen to the people who vote against Mr.Trump,if you lose?
Clinton clip:They'll be taking buses and trains out of the country.
Pretty fu**ing hilarious,isn't it?Embarrass Trump with his own "words" and not do the same to her.
Add Seth Meyers to the growing list of TV people,that are so politically warped in favor of Clinton,with reporting or entertainment--as to not be watchable--unless you ARE drooling Demobot.
So click goes the remote.
--GR Anonymous

Anonymous said...

"Yesterday, by no coincidence, Huffington Post, Salon, and Daily Kos all published similar-sounding hit pieces on me"


The more and more they bully you, the harder and harder you dig in your heels. Crockett, Travis and Bowie at the Alamo.

Anonymous said...

"Joe Biden said he wanted to take Trump behind the bleachers and beat him up. No one on Clinton’s side disavowed that call to violence because, I assume, they consider it justified hyperbole."


What Biden did [even if in a jocular manner] was to make a threat upon the life of a Presidential candidate. That is a federal crime.