The Illiterate Electorate: Who Elected Trump

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Forty-five million Americans cannot read a children’s book. But they can read a tweet, compose a tweet and retweet ad infinitum.

They are America’s functionally illiterate population.

These 45 million can read a headline but do not have the skills needed to absorb a newspaper or magazine article or even this blog post. As a result, they are incapable of higher order thinking – the holistic analysis of printed information and a resulting conclusion. Likewise, important things like evaluating reliability of authors, content and sources are missing from their thought processes.

The functionally illiterate cannot tell printed truth from fiction. They are easy prey for the blaring headlines of fake news, loud voices from public podiums, simplistic chants, repetitive memes and 140-character tweets – all of which dominated the Republican presidential campaign. Continue reading “The Illiterate Electorate: Who Elected Trump”

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Oppo Bomb Watch: When and What But Not If

 Photo via Department of Energy / GettyImages (Licensed) Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed
Photo via Department of Energy / GettyImages (Licensed) Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

The nothingburger Comey letter last Friday infuriated Democrats and a handful of Republicans. I’d rather not engage in an endless cycle of “Is it legit?” and “What is its motivation?” rhetoric. The bottom line, recognized by pretty much everybody, is that it’s a last-ditch bomb to benefit the GOP. The Trump people are salivating all over social media and their ring leader is pronouncing it a force akin to Watergate.

Now, all eyes and ears are turned to the Clinton campaign for its final kill revelation. Continue reading “Oppo Bomb Watch: When and What But Not If”

HISTORY MADE: Hillary’s Unabashedly Feminist Video

Hillary Clinton’s newest campaign video, “History Made,” embraces the fight for women’s rights, a struggle she has actively engaged in for many years.

The unabashedly feminist video served as Clinton’s introduction as she took the stage to claim her title as presumptive Democratic nominee last night in Brooklyn.

“History Made” embodies a powerful message accepted by millions of women and men – full parity of women in this country is long overdue.

Trump the Deadbeat Writer

If there’s one area where Donald Trump is a proven flop, it’s as a writer.

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In 24 years, Trump has authored 14 books. Each one is titled to attract wannabe millionaires with single focus themes and simplistic titles like How to Get Rich and Think Like A Billionaire and Think Big and Kick Ass. Continue reading “Trump the Deadbeat Writer”

Republicans Recoil at a Trump Nomination

The call for party unity by GOP National Committee chair Reince Priebus was met with immediate anger by party faithfuls. One after another, they repeated their commitment to prevent his nomination with many abandoning the party.

The splintering of the GOP is now underway. Continue reading “Republicans Recoil at a Trump Nomination”