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Why is Donald Trump so Smug?

trumpBecause he knows everything about him is a fraud but because of his skillful talents in manipulating the corporate media, he may pull off the biggest scam in American history. Fraud is the mother’s milk of American & international business and this essay is my attempt to reveal Trump’s history of personal & financial fraud and how it exemplifies the corruption that is destroying America and poses a threat to humanity’s survival.

“Trump is selling himself to America as the king of builders, a flawless dealmaker, and masterful manager. But he isn’t really any of those things. Trump has built few skyscrapers this century, stumbling twice when he’s tried, and struggled with an array of other projects.” file://localhost/Users/robd/Documents/How%20Trump%20Invented%20Trump-Great%20info.html

Obviously, it’s easy to verify whether Trump is lying about his business prowess but he smiles smugly knowing that very few are going to bother to check the facts in this nation of apathy & willful ignorance. But because we have become so infatuated with image in this country, image trumps facts and as long as Donald maintains his bluster, braggadocio, & bullying, he is seen as a hero to the Duck Dynasty Dumb-shits.

“That propaganda is good which leads to success, and that is bad which fails to achieve the desired result. It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.”
― Joseph Goebbels

You may recall that Goebbels was Hitler’s minister of propaganda & therefore he played a very important role in the spread of the Nazi belief system. And I believe it was Goebbels who also said that the greater the lie you tell, the easier it is to fool the public. Like Goebbels, Trump knows that if he keeps repeating his lies ad nauseam, the public will eventually accept them as truths.

“In 2005 he became an education entrepreneur, founding Trump University. “The problem with school is that school is a little academic,” said Roger Schank, its chief learning officer, when the online program started. Trump U gave out no degrees, wasn’t accredited, changed its name to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, and was sued by New York’s attorney general for cheating students. Trump denied the allegations and countersued.”  file://localhost/Users/robd/Documents/How%20Trump%20Invented%20Trump-Great%20info.html

By the way, the on-line college degree scam is one of the latest popular frauds used to screw returning veterans & many students desperate to get ahead in this dismal economy and let it never be said that Donald was one to let an opportunity slip by. It’s sad that so many seem to have forgotten the age-old wisdom of “buyer beware.” And that is why used car salesmen, lawyers, & politicians get away with such criminal & unethical behavior i.e. people believe the facade of confidence that con men are so adept at projecting.

“The parts of his company that slap his name on other people’s things help explain how Trump can make all that profit from such a modest amount of revenue. Trump can earn millions of dollars when he licenses out his five sparkling letters, that unbeatable verb, to new towers in the Philippines, Panama, India, Uruguay, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., too. And he doesn’t have to worry about spending money on stuff like concrete.”  file://localhost/Users/robd/Documents/How%20Trump%20Invented%20Trump-Great%20info.html

Reflect on this for a few minutes if you will? Trump struts the national stage claiming he’s the largest building contractor in New York and it’s a bald-faced lie but the general public buys his bullshit because in their minds, all that matters is the money i.e. if you’re rich, it doesn’t matter how you got it, only that you got it. Again, it’s all image and “branding.” And Trump’s success is due to his branding or self-made image of a successful businessman. This is why he must constantly keep reminding himself & the rest of the world what a success he is i.e. to maintain the illusion or rather, delusion so that he can keep on reeling in ever more suckers into his business scams. There’s another master of the fine art of deception that some of you may remember i.e. President Obama. Yes, I’m bipartisan in my political criticism.

“ORLANDO, Fla. (AdAge.com) — Just weeks before he demonstrates whether his campaign’s blend of grass-roots appeal and big media-budget know-how has converted the American electorate, Sen. Barack Obama has shown he’s already won over the nation’s brand builders. He’s been named Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008”  http://adage.com/article/moy-2008/obama-wins-ad-age-s-marketer-year/131810/

Mr. Obama won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered here at the Association of National Advertisers' annual conference.


This really wasn’t the appropriate poster to illustrate my point, if you recall, at just about every political speech Obama gave in his campaign for the presidency, the lecterns he spoke from all had the mantra of “Change,” plastered on them. As a result of Obama’s effective ad campaign, he fooled most of the democratic party, myself included, into believing that he truly was going to be the agent of substantial change & bring real reform to our corrupt political system & rigged economy. And this charade of being the “outsider” has become commonplace in American politics & Donald the Duplicitous is just carrying on in the grand, old tradition of fraud.

“Antagonizing enormous swaths of North America, mocking women, and startling anyone tuned in to a few minutes of his speechifying wouldn’t be a wise business move if those products were all he had, because he’d be alienating precious customers. But there’s more to Trump’s business, and not just because he has the real estate and golf portfolios. His brand isn’t kindness and inclusiveness; it’s aggression and extravagance and power. It’s a self-rendered notion of an elite man who controls and wins, even when he loses.”  file://localhost/Users/robd/Documents/How%20Trump%20Invented%20Trump-Great%20info.html

Perhaps a few fairy tales may help to illustrate my point i.e. Donald of the Duck Dynasty fan club, like a fairy tale, is a myth like that pernicious myth we call the American dream. You know the mantra i.e. work hard, follow the rules, and you too can become wealthy. Never mind the fact that Donnie was handed a fortune by his father and that he skillfully manipulated the government’s welfare system for the well-to-do.

“Trump eventually found himself in serious financial trouble. In 1990, due to excessive leveraging, The Trump Organization revealed that it was $5 billion in debt ($8.8 billion by some estimates), with $1 billion personally guaranteed by Trump himself. The survival of the company was made possible only by a bailout pact agreed upon in August of that same year by some 70 banks, allowing Trump to defer on nearly $1 billion in debt, as well as to take out second and third mortgages on almost all of his properties. If it were not for the collective effort of all banks and parties involved in that 1990 deal, Trump’s business would have gone bankrupt and failed.”  file://localhost/Users/robd/Documents/Exposing%20How%20Donald%20Trump%20Really%20Made%20His%20Fortune_%20Inheritance%20from%2

Does this ring a bell? The “Super banks, Too Big to Fail” (or jail), that we were forced to bail-out even though the overwhelming majority of Americans said Hell no! And the fact that these banks were suppose to ease up the stranglehold on small business loans to the general public so the economy would be stimulated but basically gave themselves handsome bonuses & told us to go fuck ourselves. Yet once again in “The United States of Amnesia,” (Gore Vidal) we believe Donald the Deceiver when he claims to be an “outsider” and doesn’t need the money? Remember Ross Perot, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mitt Romney, amongst others’ similar claims?

“In 1995 Trump took Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. public and received a substantial financial boost from society and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations that enable the market to function. He initially sold 10 million shares at $14 per share and then in 1996 sold 13.25 million shares at $32.50 a share. This initial public offering granted Trump’s company a stability and legitimacy that would have been impossible without millions of people around the world trusting his organization and investing with the hope of shared success.”  file://localhost/Users/robd/Documents/Exposing%20How%20Donald%20Trump%20Really%20Made%20His%20Fortune_%20Inheritance%20from%

Yeah, the Trumpmeister is clearly an “outsider” and innocent of benefitting from government corruption & lack of regulation of the financial industry. Again & again it’s clear that it’s not what you know but who you know. And speaking of “knowing,” how many of us have a clue as to how our economy imploded in 2008 throwing millions of Americans not only out of their jobs but their homes as well? Here’s a snippet on the S.E.C.:

“According to former SEC employee and whistleblower Darcy Flynn, also reported by Taibbi, the agency routinely destroyed thousands of documents related to preliminary investigations of alleged crimes committed by Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, SAC Capital, and other financial companies involved in the Great Recession that the SEC was supposed to have been regulating.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Securities_and_Exchange_Commission#Regulatory_failures

Sorry, I got off-track from the fairy tales I promised to share with you but in the overall picture, not really because our whole economic & political system is a fairy tale told to a nation of children eager to believe that we are a country where equality, freedom, & democracy reign supreme. The first fairy tale that came to mind was The Emperor’s New Clothes.

“A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two weavers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor suspects the assertion is true, but continues the procession.”

Undeniably, Donald aka the Cheshire Cat, sees himself as a modern day emperor and never tires of telling us how wonderful, brilliant, rich, etc. he is. I feel sort of like that little boy in this fairy tale that has the temerity to point out that Donald is naked in his obsession with power, wealth, & fame. Furthermore, I also see a parallel between the Donald & the Wizard of Oz with Ducky’s obnoxiously relentless bragging. And his publicly proclaimed goals of building America’s tallest skyscraper, biggest boat, etc. clearly reveal his emperor-like ego & need for national recognition.

“The Wizard is the national leader of Oz, thus it is fitting for him to symbolize the President(s) of the United States during the 19th century.[38] Politicians have been known to have many faces; it is a must if they want to be able to be everything for everyone. The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz agrees to meet with each traveler separately, allowing him to alter his appearance to best fit each character. When the gang returns having completed the Wizard’s task, they discover that the Wizard is a fake and is actually just “a common man” who has made everyone believe he was powerful. The Scarecrow adds that he is a humbug, in which the Wizard gladly says that is he is exactly that. The Wizard made promises he could not keep, as did many 19th-century politicians. The Wizard later states, “How can I help being a humbug… when all these people make me do things that everyone knows can’t be done,” showing that he was able to deceive others because others were willing to be deceived.”  //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Wizard_of_Oz#Allusions_to_19th-century_America

This is from a section of the Wikipedia entry titled, “Allusions to 19th century America.” Very apropos wouldn’t you say? And speaking of entertaining fairy tales, I feel this is a good time to share a bit from one of America’s greatest media critics, Neil Postman, who sadly is no longer with us.

“Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985) is a book by educator Neil Postman. The book’s origins lay in a talk Postman gave to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1984. He was participating in a panel on George Orwell‘s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the contemporary world. In the introduction to his book, Postman said that the contemporary world was better reflected by Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World, whose public was oppressed by their addiction to amusement, than by Orwell’s work, where they were oppressed by state control.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amusing_Ourselves_to_Death

“Amusing Ourselves to Death,” too much of an exaggeration? Is it really? When we’re letting this clown get away with a continual barrage of lies regarding his business practices, the size of his fortune, etc. and he may end up in the White House, a clearly unqualified, unethical, egomaniac who could bankrupt our economy just as he did in several of his business ventures? But the stakes are far too great in this role that he’s hoping to win. Fourteen seasons of playing a “reality T.V.” star has clearly stroked his ego to the point that he sees himself as some sort of modern day Emperor Nero. I can’t believe that anyone with an intellectual level above that of the third grade mentality of the Duck Dynasty bigots & racists couldn’t help but tremble at the thought of this narcissist having the power to start a nuclear war if his ego felt threatened by some foreign leader.

When I take a honest and objective look around me at our culture & society, I am truly worried about our future. America is now in something like 24th place in terms of literacy and the overwhelming majority of Americans haven’t read a single book in the past year. Anti-intellectualism is rampant & charlatans like Trump champion not only his own ignorance but the ignorance of the average American as expressed in a recent speech he gave and in which he said, “I love the uneducated.” Was this perhaps a Freudian slip or maybe just another example of his hubris?

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

I have long tried to explain to people that there’s a difference between being innocently ignorant & willfully ignorant, the difference being that you’re guilty of being willfully ignorant when someone tries to tell you something that you don’t know but you purposely block it or refuse to even reflect on it. I’m not saying that Trump is stupid because he’s obviously clever enough to manipulate the financial rules/system while simultaneously portraying himself as a populist & hardworking guy who doesn’t care what pundits, professors, or journalists think of him. If his Walking Dead soldiers think he’s their crusader, they’re in for a very rude awakening when he opens Social Security up to his casino capitalist buddies on Wall St.

Moreover, many years ago it dawned on me that if, as so many working class people seem to believe, higher education and the Humanities in particular, is such a waste of time, then why do the rich & famous spend so much of their fortunes on collecting/building their own personal libraries, amass great galleries of famous paintings, etc. Why do they seek to surround themselves with all the trappings of elitist culture? And could it be that by studying the seemingly “useless” knowledge taught in the subjects of literature, history, philosophy, political science, etc. actually teaches them how to gain power, prestige, & wealth?

I am perhaps a modern-day Don Quixote so-to-speak because I have studied the Classics all my life because I feel empowered by what I have learned. And not empowered in the sense of material wealth but in the sense of feeling less vulnerable to the rich & their myriad methods & ways of humiliating us and keeping us down. For me, the humanities humanize & the liberal arts liberate!

So, it boils down to do you want to continue on your path of humiliation, degradation, & constant fear that the powers that be will kick you & your loved ones to the curb should you dare to dissent or do you wish to regain your humanity? We only think we’re powerless because we have been brainwashed our entire lives to believe we are so. As in the street vernacular, “Liberate your minds and your ass will follow!”

And the most common method that the rich use to keep us down is as old as history itself i.e. Divide & Conquer. I just watched the movie, “The Big Short,” and it just confirmed this Divide & Conquer tactic. Near the end of the movie, the principal characters said, “Surely they’ll break up the big banks, and people will go to jail,” but as we all know, this wasn’t the case. The narrator said, “No, the banks won’t be broken-up and they’ll blame the poor and the immigrants.” Maybe you’ve noticed Trump’s fondness for blaming Mexicans, women, Muslims, etc. for all our troubles? And maybe you’ve noticed how popular this has made him with the Duck Dynasty Dumb-fucks?

It really saddens me that so many Americans can be yet again, so gullible and especially with someone so obviously a con artist & egomaniac. Remember, if it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, etc., It’s a Duck!

Donald is the ringmaster for the modern day American Circus Maximus. You may recall that the circus was what the senators of the Roman republic used to distract its citizens as its empire crumbled from within & without. And the circus metaphor is so fitting for Donald Duck with his love for pomp & pageantry. Remember, as if we can ever forget with his constant bragging that he’s the best, built the biggest, & is the most “successful guy the world has ever seen. Maybe he’s more of a carnival barker? Step right up folks and marvel at my brilliant business skills!

It used to be that it was considered impolite to brag about one’s financial success or the size of one’s bank account but with the rise of the Trumpster & his ad nauseam blowing of his own trumpet, I am reminded more of a “professional wrestling” announcer than a man of dignity & true success. Of course in today’s worship of the crass braggart & ostentatious wealth on public display, Donald is not alone i.e. the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, etc.

Moreover, that classless display of “success” was all too evident in the lifestyles of the obscenely wealthy bankers, hedge fund managers, mortgage writers, etc. of Wall St. right up to the night of the world-wide economic crash their greed & fraudulent business practices caused. They too were just as smug as Donald the Duplicitous is and were cocksure they would never fall.

Seems that people prefer to hear “good news” like, Hey, don’t worry, don’t save your money, take a chance and become rich like me. The sky is the limit. Can’t afford it? Charge it! Live for today, etc. etc. etc. From the chairman of the Federal Treasury, Alan Greenspan, right on down the line, we were assured that the economy was booming, the housing market was rock-solid, and all was well. And yet again, it seems that a good number of Americans are falling for yet another charlatan, another smooth-talking, used car salesman dressed-up in a fancy suit with a cheap toupee who spouts stupid, nonsensical platitudes & vile statements about Muslims, women, Mexicans, etc. to distract us from the true criminals, the financial thieves who commit their crimes from fancy boardrooms & hotel suites.

Donald is the Gordon Gecko of today proclaiming that ‘Greed is Good,’ and backed up by Reagan’s announcement that the 1980s was the “Me decade.” Anybody who gets in your way of making your fortune, whether it be the government, the immigrants taking your jobs, the liberals who are so bleeding-heart that they want to give it all away, etc. is the enemy and it’s right to be selfish or concerned only about your own personal wealth & welfare, If I remember correctly, Alan Greenspan was a devout follower of Ayn Rand, the Queen of Selfishness who provided the greedy with the justification for the war on the poor. Yet their queen ended her last years dependent on those evil, government programs Social Security & Medicare. You’re not suppose to know that or think about that though because it sort of takes all the wind out of their ideology of greed & selfishness.

As the movie I mentioned i.e. “The Big Short,” revealed very succinctly & clearly, fraud was rampant throughout the financial system & the financial elite knew that the government would bail them out so they went merrily along their path of destruction and it was we, the working class, the naïve middle class, etc. who paid the price in terms of losing our homes, our pensions, our savings, our health insurance, and our dignity.

Trump is quite simply an outrageously brazen fraud and he is so smug because he knows that he’s gotten away with his charade for decades and whether or not he wins the presidency, he will have gotten a lot of great, media coverage which will only enhance his asking price when selling his “name’ on his future business scams, uh, deals. People fear thought more than anything else (Bertrand Russell) and are easily led by loud-mouth charlatans proclaiming that they’re the greatest thing since sliced-bread. Trump appeals to the baser instincts in us and by blaming the victims of his peers in the financial elite circles, he gives people a place to focus their anger & distracts them from the true culprits who have impoverished us all. And the crap-diet of T.V. fare, we seem to have become anesthetized to the rampant crime-wave of the 1% over the past three decades or better. And similar to other masters at manipulation such as Mussolini, the public either doesn’t care about the facts or truth of their statements & claims or is just so mesmerized by the emotional appeal of their ranting & rhetoric that it doesn’t care.  Donald Barnum

Check this out;

  1.  Callous unconcern for the feelings of others.
  2. Gross & persistent attitude of irresponsibility & disregard for social norms & obligations.
  3. Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships though having no difficulty in establishing them.
  4. Very low tolerance to frustration, a low threshold for discharge of aggression including violence.
  5. Incapacity to experience guilt or to profit from experience, particularly punishment.
  6. Markedly prone to blame others or to offer plausible rationalization for the behavior that has brought the person into conflict with society.

These are the characteristics of a sociopath, sound like anyone familiar???





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