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An Open Letter to Trump Supporters

The rise of Trump is fascinating. You, as his supporter, fascinate me. Here is a man who rarely says anything that is fact based and verifiable. Almost all of his statements are opinions. Most of them are easy enough to debunk with the facts, but for some strange reason you do not feel the need to do so.

Not to beat a dead horse, but let’s take this infamous Donald Trump quote from June 17, 2015;

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people who have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs, They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

This is the epitome of the non-factual opinionated rhetoric of our day. Not one of the declarations within this statement can be verified with facts. As a matter of fact each key point can be easily refuted.

Yet you, as his supporter, take it lock-stock-and-barrel as a true statement.




Never before have I seen so many people blindly accepting opinionated rhetoric as truth. I used to think that mainstream American media outlets had perfected the art of manipulating public opinion through a clever blend of opinionated rhetoric with a dash of half-truth, but I was wrong. The Donald has won the world championship of spewing nonsense while having it accepted, without question, as truth.

Don’t get me wrong here. A difference of opinion is a common occurrence. You and I constantly find ourselves embroiled in deep discussion with our friends and family only to realize that we fundamentally disagree on certain topics. This is only natural. We are all different. We have had different experiences and are at different points in this journey we call life, but does that mean that the truth is different from person to person? Does that mean that what is true for you is nothing more that an opinion that will shift as time goes on? Absolutely not, there is only one truth and it relies on concrete facts. Unverified opinion is never a fact. You need to do some research.

So why are you unwilling to let go of your opinions even when they fly in the face of the facts? Why are you clinging to the hate and the blame? I believe it is a form of self-preservation, a way for you to absolve yourself of any responsibility for the state of things as they stand, but I’m not qualified to make that statement, it’s just my opinion. It is much easier to blame others than to recognize faults. We are all collectively to blame to some degree, and that is a fact.

Lets face it. Our minds are incapable of holding the entirety of human knowledge. It is impossible for us to know everything about every single topic. It is simply beyond the scope of our capacity as humans. This is where a most profound and beautiful thing within the human mind occurs, we leap forward through imagination. We form concepts, assumptions, beliefs and of course we finally make a hypothesis. We take the leap from concrete knowledge to complex and assumptive reasoning in an attempt to understand even more than we did just moments before.

Often enough this kind of assumptive reasoning brings forth the epiphanies we crave as we meander down the rabbit hole in search of knowledge. It is the stuff of Music and Art and Philosophy, it even leads to advancements in things like Theoretical Physics, but it can just as easily become the stuff of nightmares.




It s very important for you to understand the difference between fact based truth and an opinion. An opinion is formed through a process of assumptive reasoning, a process marred with leaps of faith that lack the concrete empirical evidence that elevates mere opinion to fact. The difference is clear when we have the presence of mind to step back and dissect our position, exposing whether or not our idea has a factual foundation or not.

Trump is capitalizing on your anger and fear. He is manufacturing a concise rhetoric designed to masquerade as truth. His interjection of basic truths throughout his largely opinionated campaign speeches is meant to trick you into accepting everything he says as truth. His strategy is effective. He has you, and the rest of his followers, parroting the xenophobic, sexist, racist, and ignorant talking points he has become known for.

We face a major problem when we do not step back and evaluate our position. We continue unaware of whether or not our position is based in fact or fiction. We take steps that bring us down a path that has no sturdy foundation, and in time it is destined to crumble beneath our feet. There is no greater waste of our efforts than the pursuit of a lie. Let’s not mince words here. If it is not the truth it is a lie by definition. An opinion, if it is not fully recognized as such, becomes a lie that masquerades as truth as it is passes from one person to another. This is the stuff of nightmares, ideologies become radicalized as leaps of faith bring individuals farther and farther from the truth. A once rational mind can become riddled with opinions that are accepted as truth, and in this state their can be no logical reasoning.

When opinions are accepted as truth there is a chain reaction that occurs. One opinion becomes the basis for another, and like Cancer the mind eventually becomes overrun with an infinite stream of irrational reasonings fueled by opinionated justifications. These can lead to any conclusion. The truth is singular, precisely because it is based in fact.

Is what you believe based in truth? Have you researched the facts?

The truth about immigrants
http://immigrationpolicy.org/special-reports/criminalization-immigration-united-states

Why a border wall is a dumb idea
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/08/18/donald-trump-immigration-border/

Illegal immigration from Mexico has actually declined
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/11/20/what-we-know-about-illegal-immigration-from-mexico/

The truth is out there. It is easy enough to discern if we have the courage to let go of our opinions and simply crunch the facts.

I welcome any and all criticisms. Please send me your best defense of Trump to thomasparisi@thinkhub.org

 

As usual, thanks for stopping by! 

Later Gator…

 

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