The case for Donald Trump

If you think that I have lost my mind:

1. I think that this meme is spot on.

2. I certainly will NOT vote for him…for ANY office, much less POTUS. I value technical competence and deportment. IMHO, he has neither.

But Trump’s approval rating seems to be in the mid 40’s (45.1 by Real Clear, 42.4 by Fivethirtyeight) and if Trump can maintain a mid 40’s to high 40’s, he can win reelection.

Why? Easy: not everyone who disapproves of Trump will vote for the D; someone can disapprove of Trump but disapprove of the Democrat even more.

And here is how I see it:

1. Money Republicans: they get their tax cuts and judges who will deregulate businesses. Yes, some get left behind but in their eyes, as long as there is opportunity for the worthy to excel, they are fine. They really do not care about those who make poor life choices (e. g. have more kids that they can afford to raise, etc.).

2. Cultural Republicans: many of them do not care for the smug, sanctimonious liberals who appear to be “triggered” by EVERYTHING. (ok, I don’t like some of them either). So Trump is a massive thumb in their eye. The “woke” liberals scream “you can’t say X” and Trump, well, “says X” and their heads explode. Many Trump supporters just LOVE this.

So, the above …that Trump talks Christianity but doesn’t practice it..that Trump touts his business success but really doesn’t have that much of it…that Trump says he is smart but offers little evidence….none of that matters to Republicans. Fact checking Trump doesn’t move the needle at all. He is all about attitude for the masses and tax cuts/judges for the financially elite.

So barring a financial crash or national emergency where he gets in over his head…we will not be able to flip many Trump voters. This election is going to be a tough one and if we nominate someone who is uninspiring or unpopular, heaven help us.

Rant: no one cares what you think unless…

I see a lot of ranting on the internet; I get it; it is a way to blow off steam.

But…

Unless you have something someone else wants OR if you can withhold something someone else wants, no one really cares what you think.

Business: don’t like the customer service? Well, unless poor customer service actually HURTS the business, it will not improve no matter how much you complain. People tend to go by price alone and do not reward customer service with their dollars.

Politics: yes, politicians want your money and your vote. But some right winger in Kentucky or Oklahoma will not give a rip what I think. Come to think of it, the left wing won’t care either unless I have money to give them (and I don’t).

So all of these “this ends now” or “we’ll vote ’em out” stuff means, well, nothing.

Yes, local politicians might care BUT look at how horrible the voting rates are for local elections. Ironically, people tend to not vote in races where their votes might make the most difference!

Personal This is kind of painful to admit, but unless people *want* your company…well…this advice is tough medicine but I think it applies. If you want to be popular, you have to have something that makes people feel better about being around you (wit, or..well..respect for what you DO or what you ARE.)

Softball treat

My final exam schedule worked out so that it is very “late loaded” (first one is Saturday) so I could make some of the MVC softball tournament.

It was chilly and windy and I was..much to my embarrassment, somewhat underdressed. But I saw Illinois State beat Valpo 4-1 (and saw a home run); (final 3 innings) and then I got to watch Bradley’s 4-0 win over Indiana State, which had the potential to have been a much bigger victory. BU loaded the bases in the first inning but a potential grand slam was blown by the wind just outside of the foul pole. In fact, several potential home runs ended that way (one by Indiana State). It really wasn’t that close of a game, but now BU faces Drake who is ranked no. 25 in the nation (and deservedly so).

I plan on going.

Workout notes: weights only; weight 185.5.
rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, 1 of 5) bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 190, 2 x 185, 7 x 165 (note: empty gym; I had more reps with 190 and 185 in me), military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing, 10 x 85 barbell), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 110 machine, 10 x 50 each arm, plank (2:30), side plank, head stand, crow, goblet squats: 8 x 30, 6 x 50, 6 x 50, knee stretches (put the 4 lb. ball off of the mat, more progress), etc.