The recent election cycle and its subsequent developments have led me to a deeper reflection on the devolution of the American mind. We know that the nineteenth century American at the age of 18 had the reading level and comprehension of today’s masters-degree students. The implication of course is that our contemporaries, between 18-40 let’s say, are generally as intellectually sophisticated as a sixth grader. That’s more than 30% of the population. Another, roughly, 25% are those under 18. Notwithstanding the age fluctuation of the last six years, that leaves 40-45% of the population that may or may not have developed an adult level of rational and emotional intelligence from engaged experience (according to 2010 census data).
Since my teens, I have fought viciously with superficiality, not always in a healthy way. But how easy it is to play the game of word association. It’s easy because it requires no confrontation between the conscious and the unconscious psyche. What comes up, comes out. Bear… fur. Grape… fruit. Monkey… man. I see a half-naked woman on a billboard and I think, passively, about imagined sexual encounters. I hear the colloquialism ‘hashtag’ and I think, willlessly, about artless pop-culture. There it is: my sins laid bare. Impulses reveal everything. And they tell you nothing about the future. The instinctual reaction is only the beginning of thought. Or it should be. Too often it is confused with spiritual intuition and made an idol. Only a saint – one who has allowed Jesus Christ to transform his or her subconscious to completely align with the conscious will – should be allowed to give undiplomatic credence to their intuitions. Sophistry, on the other hand, decorates and disguises reality with words. But, since saints don’t know they are saints, no one should pretend, to self or other, that intuition makes a bare logical claim. Nor should intuitions be ignored. Emotions must be tested to discover their hidden meaning, which may turn out to be quite contrary to the initial sentiment. Here is a microcosm of the war for freedom. The macro version of this battle occurs in television/radio/magazines/hollywood everyday. The elite class attempts to program our unconscious minds to feel particular passions upon being ‘triggered’ and to believe that the work of reconciling passion and reason has already been done by someone else, usually called an ‘expert’.
One of the positives in our present social upheaval is that the Jungian ‘collective unconscious’ of America is out of hiding. Thus, the process of individuation, if it can apply to a nation, is ripe for its rite of passage. If you follow the analogy, Donald Trump is the perfect archetype for this American existential crisis. Here are some words why.
I’ve been a fan of underground hip-hop since the early 90’s. For the first time in 15 years or so, since my awakening to the social sciences, I no longer agree with the political opinion of most of these rap artists, many of whom I consider true intellectuals. These are generally not the rappers you hear on the radio, though some have slipped through the fingers of the fascist fist. Many of these men and women have been my teachers because they are genuine truth seekers. So, standing just outside of the hiphop culture myself, having only dabbled, I take these almost exclusively African-American men and women as my compass of black opinion generally, although I doubt there is such a thing. Historically, racism is universal, as it is simply tribalism. But race relations in America have been unique. It’s not as most people suppose, simply the result of African slavery. Modern racism in America was vitalized and incited by a targeted campaign of eugenics propaganda and urban ‘renewal’, decades post-emancipation. Having prejudices about social groups in which you don’t travel is unavoidable. And repeating a stereotype is not necessarily indicative of ideological racism. The real racists tend to be compulsively politically correct, because they so fear showing their hand. I have no reason to believe he is actually racist. Rhetorically untrained, abrasive in language, but not literal in his hyperbole. Show me a guy in construction that doesn't talk like that, black, Hispanic, white or otherwise... you'll be hard pressed.
There is an elite ruling class who think of themselves as a genetically superior species. They are experimenting with the overwhelming majority of the population on earth. Healthy people, however, adjust their presumptions as they encounter persons who contradict them. Trump shows every sign of being normal in this regard, challenging the label of Narcissist. I targeted the man as a sociopath myself initially, but then I realized I was only seeing short clips from two or three cable stations. The man appeared much more balanced when I listened to his full campaign speeches and read his book. In context, nothing Trump has said about ‘others’ is truly hateful. Distasteful to the well-mannered, I’d admit, but not morally corrupt. And because of the arrogance of previous administrations (the huge discrepancy between their gestures and deeds), the common American does not trust well-mannered politics anymore. The hyper virtue signaling about racist arises in this culture because its moral energy has been repressed and is seeking outflow (because no one dares talk about religious truth claims anymore and this is where moral energy belongs). These angsty marching people need a scapegoat in order to forget their own complacency in the neglect and destruction of the human family. They are the citizens screaming at a face on television in Orwell’s 1984, angered by all the wrong triggers.
I grew up around men who behaved like Trump and I found that getting on their side (without compromising oneself), and loving them, is the best way to channel their egos into constructive channels. What I am saying is, Trump is the perfect personality for democracy because he thrives in popularity. He also grows more competent in the face of conflicting opinions. It has always been and will always be our job as a constituency to define what is popular, and personalities like Trump’s will be our followers in that sense. I’ve seen it play out many times in other similar persons. Backing a man like that into a corner is dangerous for everyone, including the soul of the man himself. What we need to do is approach Trump as supporters and then organize the voice of our suggested reforms to his policies, if and when necessary. I believe he is the type to actually listen. A blanket rejection of the president does nothing but damage our effectiveness as a country and exposes our own psychological baggage. If we all do our part, then the free-market that he supports will run its course by the will of God.
Multiculturalism is a new false idol, just like sexual liberation was. Human beings are inherently religious and so are cultures – you’ll never read an atheist who doesn’t still hold disguised religious beliefs. Thus, we need to accept and allow a free market of religious systems. Islamaphobia is a legitimate fear because it is a culture that has historically promoted violence at a doctrinal level. You don’t have to indict every Muslim, but you should recognize that a justification for every one of the seven deadly sins can be found in the latter pages of the Qur’an, because any tactic whatsoever is permissible as a means to the absolute end of spreading the Islamic state. For those who love to make the bad comparison, the Catholic Church is doctrinally anti-violent, with a clause for the double effect of self-defense. Among multiple imperfect ideas, one idea can still be much less imperfect than others. The lifestyle called Christianity, and what it gave us, directly or indirectly, is every fundamental liberty we take for granted in America.
I don't buy this idea that you can estimate the challenges a person has faced in life, or the quality of their character based on superficial markers such as race, gender, fetish, or accent. The human condition itself does most of the work of building equality between us. For example, statistics show that the higher you climb in wealth, the more likely you are to commit suicide. I imagine everyone has a label they can hide behind and claim it as the source of their persecutions. I prefer the label of 'sinner', and to accept that my persecution comes only from myself. I am much more God's image than I am male, or 'white', or middle class. If other people don't see me as God does, I pray for the scales to fall from their eyes, but I do not rely on their understanding. I refuse to see myself as a victim, because it is a waste of time. Instead, I work hard to love as I have been loved, and in the process the Truth will give witness to Itself, to my glory or to my humiliation, it matters not. The state does not give me my rights or my dignity. These in-group politics appear idolatrous to me. We need to defend universal dignity, emotional validity, and intellectual balance as a single reality in every human person before we are even prepared to comprehend the significance of being a minority. There is plenty of counter-evidence to the myths of male privilege, white privilege, straight privilege, etc.
Jesus: "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?" - Matthew 5:44-46
The truly relevant protesters, the ones that knew JFK was hit by the CIA, that Vietnam was started by a false flag, that the twin towers fell by a controlled demolition, most of these people voted for TRUMP. Trump has recognized the corruption of government and given more than lip service (like Obama) to cleaning it up. Today's protesters are indoctrinated children, most of whom cannot even articulate their grievances beyond regurgitated talking points from a fascist mind-controlling media class that have no relationship to the real journalists of our time. It's was a generalization, but it fits the scene on the streets. I know there are a scattering of thoughtful people in the mix. Many are emotionally confused extended adolescents who have been caught up in a wave of propaganda. People are not appreciating the evil that President Trump has held at bay for us by halting the globalist eugenic agenda, and at the price of his own continued humiliation and his own wealth. Trump's 'lies' have been minuscule and circumstantial that I have seen, nothing compared to the lies of Obama and Hillary (killing millions in the Middle East the last 8 years). Trump stated clearly that he played the media game to get attention in the beginning and he was aware of his own hyperbole. He won that game and got the nomination, he played dirty because they all play dirty. He was refreshingly transparent about it. The media went out of its way to demonize and decontextualize many of Trumps polemics, way beyond their normal sensationalism. Aren't we all imperfect sinners? Why decide to march around as gods casting judgment? Another sign of immaturity. Argue ideas and policies, that's good, not pretending to know the state of people's souls. Why does everyone ignore Trump's virtues, like tenacity, confidence, leadership, patriotism, cleverness, a sense of humor, a fantastic family, a fearlessness in the face of imperial warlords? The man succeeds at everything he does and does what he says he will do. That in itself puts his character miles above Obama in my opinion. Also xenophobia is a legitimate fear because people who don't respect the law are prone to commit greater crimes in the future. Islam is a constitutional political and doctrinally violent faith. Some Muslims are great people, but those are not following the Quran very closely as I understand it. It doesn't compare to Christianity morally, not even close. I could teach a history course explaining why. As for the misogyny, 90% of the people in this country are sexually perverted, at least he is open about it and apologized for it. His family and friends attest that he is in a redemptive upswing from his previous playboy days. Let's not pretend he's wrong about many American women throwing themselves at rich men. It's not assault when women disrespect themselves.
Most of these anti-Trumpers have taken a foolishly narrow view of a complicated human being because it's convenient to their unresolved psychological wounds. You shouldn't make a villain out of a man who has repeatedly risked his own life to stand with the people against the rise of real evils, such as those that occur in middle eastern countries everyday. You protesters shouldn't disrespect the political process of a country that has given everyone just as much privilege when compared to history and the rest of the world. I don't need to be a woman to understand a lot about women, nor do I have to be gay or brown or poor. I know these people and I love them and thereby I have seen as they see. Not all of them agree with this anti-Trump pro-socialist cause either. The mutual creative reciprocity of the sexes is something I believe in deeply, but that's not the same as blanket equality.
When did we forget that we are all fools? When did we forget how to love a fool? Remember how Jesus came to the world. Not as a powerful and beautiful prince. As a Christian I believe in Original Sin. The lengths to which God has gone to redeem us reveals the depths to which we have sunk. Thus, paradoxically, it the Christian’s higher estimation of who God is that also leads to his equally low estimation of human merit. Redemption favors the lowly. Trump has been humbled by the presidential campaign. He continues to grow in the face of resistance to his presidency because he takes his responsibilities seriously, as his story shows. Although I will not feel satisfied with my vote until the results start rolling in, I have a lot of hope for the Trump presidency based on a relatively thorough (albeit unavoidably second hand) assessment of his personal individuation. Opinions can and should be expressed and challenged and improved over time just like moral behavior. Hence the prematurity of my defense. Buy things from people like Alex Jones @ www.infowars.com. Redirect your currency to the people of the true resistance, the common business man at every table in the free market. Boycott the globalists, and the voice of the modern Pharisees on ABC, NBC, and CNN. Praise the Lord. All will be well.
True patriotism is gratitude to your country, because it has given you more than you can ever repay. --St. Thomas Aquinas, S.T., 2-2, 101.1