Another Holiday Gift From Donald And His Mates…

Prologue to Another Holiday Gift from Donald…

Gotta admit that this blog about another holiday gift from Donald was inspired by some comments I received to my last blog about Donald Trump

So, if you like this latest blog, you should definitely thank those who commented on my last blog. And if you don’t like it, you should definitely blame them. Whatever you do, please don’t blame me! I’m the totally innocent party here—kind of…  🙂

It seems that, by comparing Donald’s approach to life and leadership with that of the iconic Nelson Mandela, I’ve needlessly irritated and upset some of Donald’s most ardent fans. Sorry about that!

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Daffy and Donald…

If that’s the bad news, though, the good news is that my blog has also brought out of the shadows some colorful comments from the likes of “Donald Duck,” “Daffy Duck,” “Road Runner” and “Sarah Palin”…  Welcome to my cult, guys…  The Kool-Aid’s on ice…

So, now that I’ve opened a wound, I thought I’d sprinkle just a pinch of salt into it. Why? Well, why the hell not?

If this tempts a few others to come outta the shadows to offer their comments, that would be cool—particularly because the gift Donald offers here is really terrific.

So, thus was born this blog!  Let’s get going…

Giving thanks for Donald’s holiday gift…

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A rare holiday gift…

With the holiday season finally behind us, I felt I just had to thank to Donald and his soul mates for a rare holiday gift they’ve so kindly offered us all…

What makes their gift so endearing is that it is so enduring. I think their gift will last long after the holiday season will have become just another fading memory. So, again, thanks, Donald! You’re a HUGE star!!!

A twofer leaning t’ward a threefer…

(A “twofer” is a “two-for-one”… A “threefer” is a “three-for-one”…)

If we squint closely enough at their gift, we’ll notice it’s more than just a twofer. It’s actually leaning t’ward being a threefer. Just think: three enduring gifts wrapped to a single warm wrapper… Wow!

How so? Lemme explain—

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Most coins have two sides…

Think of this holiday gift as a two-sided coin with a different message imprinted on each side. Each message is its own gift. What’s so cool here, though, is that each gift TOTALLY CONTRADICTS the other…

If you’re confused, don’t panic. All will soon be revealed… 🙂

At first glance, the gift with its two contradictory messages might seem only a twofer. The kicker, though, is what makes this a threefer—

By helping us understand that these are indeed two contradictory messages, this will help us know what to do when we are sometimes asked to believe something that just doesn’t seem quite right to us. This is thus the third gift…

So,  is this cool—OR WHAT?  Whatta great gift!

Two sides of the same coin

The first gift: the message on one side of the coin…

The message on the one side of the coin is the quintessential non-Donald message. It is the message of the correctness that Donald so despises and rails against. Needless to say, it’s a message he really HATES!

Remarkably, though, this is the same message of correctness that reflects EVERYTHING so many of us have come to believe and cherish in bringing our ideas to life. Indeed, to Donald’s probable total horror, it also reflects EVERYTHING many of us teach our kids…

If you doubt me, listen up kids, this is your dad speaking—

Know what you’re talking about…

“Before you speak, my loved ones, you really should know what you’re talking about. And then, once you speak, you must then be true to what you know. In other words, if you don’t believe what you’re planning on saying, DON’T SAY IT…”

” But, why Dad?”

“Because, numb-nuts, who wants to be around anyone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about—or who says things they know are wrong and don’t believe? Take a wild guess…”

Tell the truth…

“And, children, when you do decide to speak, it’s always better to speak the truth. Remember, facts DO matter. So, please NEVER ignore the facts. And, if you ever get caught in a lie, please just apologize—and move on…”

” But, why Dad?”

“Because, numb-nuts, on the one hand, if you get caught in a lie—any lie, who will believe anything else you might say? Take a wild guess…

Then, on the other hand, if you get caught in a lie and refuse to admit it—and refuse to apologize, you will reveal yourself as being a total jerk. And why would you want that? Do you know anyone who really respects and admires a jerk? I don’t…

And, finally, remember this: If you tell the truth, you’ll never have to remember what you say. And that is good…”

Be likable…

“Finally, my loved one, you should always try to be likable…”

” But, why Dad?”

“Because, numb-nuts, why would anyone want to do business with—or spend time with—anyone they really don’t like? Take a wild guess on that one too…”

So, this is the first gift on the one side of our coin—the message of correctness…

Then, of course, there is the message on the other side of the coin—the dark side, Donald’s side. This message is about everything the first one isn’t. It succeeds in turning the first message upside down and inside out…

The second gift: the message on the other side…

The second message is the quintessential Donald message that he and his mates use to try to bring their ideas to life—and to win over voters. Its message is essentially that you can say and do anything as long as it mobilizes those you need to get you elected.

That said, I really wonder if this is something that even Donald and his soul mates would EVER admit to teaching their kids? For example, could you really imagine Donald and his mates offering this message to their kids?

This is Donald speaking—

To get the votes you need, tell people what they want to hear…

“Listen up, my loved ones, to succeed in life and be a “winner,” don’t EVER worry about knowing or believing what you’re talking about. It’s just NOT important… No, what is MUCH more important, my loved ones, it that you tell people (with as much conviction as you can muster) WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR… And please don’t ever worry about FACTS, because FACTS simply DON’T matter…”

“But how does this work, Dad?”

“Think about this, numb-nuts: When I say I’ll deport 11 million illegal immigrants and that I’ll separate families that have been living together for years and years and who have been really helping our economy, do you think I REALLY mean to deport them? Take a wild guess, numb-nuts… OF COURSE, I DON’T…

See, you gotta understand this: The moment I get the nomination, and before the general election, I’m gonna walk back what I have said about all of this. Really, d’ya think I wanna lose all those Hispanic votes in the general election? No way, Jose. OF COURSE, I DON’T… D’ya think I’m THAT dumb? Really??? Have you forgotten I’m the smartest guy in the universe? Don’t you know I’m leading in the polls?

Nah, all I’m doing now is appealing to everyone who hates immigrants and who loves me for telling them that I do too. I’m just telling them what they want to hear. And, of course, after I’m elected, it’ll be another story… But I’ll deal with that then…”

“But, Dad, what about your mates who say we should only accept Christian refugees from Syria—and what about you saying we shouldn’t let in any Muslims? I’m confused: How will you know who’s a Christian and who’s a Muslim? Do you all REALLY believe what you’re saying?”

“C’mon, numb-nuts, of course we DON’T believe what we’re saying… We’re not dumb and we’re certainly not stupid… Don’t you know I’m leading in the polls?

And as for knowing who is a Muslim or Christian—and who isn’t, doesn’t everybody know who is a Muslim and Christian and who isn’t? I certainly do. Just go into any church or mosque and you can see immediately. Just what is it you don’t understand here??? But none of this matters, my child, because it ain’t gonna happen. If I’m elected, Congress and the Supreme Court will come to my rescue and will prevent this from ever happening… Trust me on this. I’m REALLY smart—and I’m leading in the polls.

I mean, do you think I REALLY mean to give these dudes a religious test? That would be unconstitutional. No religious tests. Not one…

Just like the deportation thing, I’ll walk this back before the general election… Hell son, you know I’m not dumb. I thought you knew I’m the smartest guy I’ve ever known. Have you forgotten that I went to the Wharton School of Business? I know as well as anyone that we could never exclude ALL Muslims from entering the country? C’mon, people trust me. They all know I’m leading in the polls… 

Nah, my child and heir, all I’m doing here is appealing to those Islamophobes who I know will support me if I tell them what they want to hear. So, I tell them…  🙂

Don’t worry about telling the truth—and never back down…

“And as for telling the truth, my child and heir, this too is no longer necessary. Again, all you need to tell people is what they want to hear—whether or not it is true. And, if you get caught in a lie, children, NEVER EVER back down or apologize. Instead, you must double down on the lie…”

“But how does this work, Dad?”

“Think about this, numb-nuts: When I say I personally saw thousands of Muslims celebrating on rooftops in New Jersey on 9/11—even though this NEVER happened, do you think I’m telling the truth? And do you think anyone really cares that I’m lying? Take a wild guess… Of course nobody cares. Lying just doesn’t matter…

Don’t you think those Islamophobic just love hearing me talk about those Muslims celebrating on 9/11? Take a wild guess… Hell, yes! And do you think they’ll now vote for me? Again, hell yes!!! Don’t you know I’m leading in the polls?

Finally, my loved one, never EVER apologize for a lie or walk back what you’ve said… Its a sign of weakness that only losers exhibit. Never EVER do that!!! All you gotta do is always tell people what they want to hear…

Don’t worry about being likable—its overrated…

“Finally, my loved ones, as for being likable, this too just isn’t any longer necessary. There’s just no need… “

“But how does this work, Dad?”

“Because, my loved one, as long as you tell those whose support you need what they want to hear, it doesn’t matter if they don’t like you or if you seem mean and obnoxious. To the contrary, they’ll take it as a sign of strength.

Don’t you remember at high school how everyone was nice to the bullies?

That’s why I was able to mock that physically disabled journalist who wrote what I don’t like… No worries here, my son and heir… This actually IMPROVED my poll numbers!”

A third gift: Which of the other two to follow…

As you now squint closely at these two gifts standing side by side, see you can clearly a third gift emerge. That gift is this—

If we have the choice of living with and doing business with those who subscribe to Donald’s message, on the one hand, and those who subscribe to the first message, on the other, we should unequivocally reject Donald’s message—both for ourselves and for everyone we care about…

This is how we should live our lives:

Before we speak, we should know what we are talking about…

And when we speak we should be true to what we believe…

And we should always tell the truth…

And, finally, we should strive to be likable…

And isn’t this a quite the most remarkable and enduring gift???

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