How Good People End Up With Trump

How Good People Get Sucked into The Trump Swamp

When I was in 9th grade I made a new friend. He sat next to me in a very poorly taught science class, and he was a “bad boy.”  He hung out with the “wrong” people and was on the way to doing all sorts of things I would never dream of.

Nevertheless, we bonded for a time, probably over my sense of humor, and I think he realized he had made a friend who was one of the “good” clique.  I had lots of friends, and they were all good students, athletes, active in Scouts, band, etc.

Over time my wise mother noticed that I was spending time with Rick, and she expressed her concern. I explained that my intent was to draw him into my circle of friends and away from the perils of the road he was on.

My mother complimented me on my efforts, but used an analogy that stuck.

“When you place a good apple next to a rotten one, the rotten apple does not turn into a good one. In fact…”

I think that is what is happening now at the highest levels of government.  Not all of these people are lying crooks, although many of them certainly are.

Some of them are well-meaning conservative politicians and successful business people with a long record of success in their professional endeavors.  I think they get sucked in by the lure of a powerful position in the government, and are positive, based on their long experience, that they can use reason and personal examples to set the President on a better path.

In time they all learn the truth of my mother’s analogy, and then they either leave with sorrow and anger or become another rotten apple.


Copyright 2018          David Preston

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I am a 73 year old motorsports nut who lives in Snohomish, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Rocket 3 (2020) and a 2016 Ford Focus ST. What else would you like to know?
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3 Responses to How Good People End Up With Trump

  1. Patrick says:

    An interesting analogy Dave, but this Ockham’s Razor type assessment is inept when applied to this existential arena of partisan dogmatism… You are framing a scenario where the ‘good guys’ are the Democratic Party idealisms that represent themselves as altruistic, ethical and having greater intellectual adroitness if insight , in a sense righteous…

    What if the majority of pre-existing apples in a barrel of apples were already decaying and riddled with worms? In a sense, the establishment Democratic Party and constituency, where the power of that decay is being applied to any and all entering into the barrel? Where this power to manipulate and influence by virtue of the container of the Party barrel dogmatism is co-mingled with the power of a sympathetic media conglomerate megaphone colluding to purvey Party propaganda?

    What you are failing to realize is the power of partisan propaganda and the abuse of the sympathetic megaphone of conglomerate media networks, to manipulate public opinion…

    The abuse of power, through the megaphone of conglomerate media, in concert with arrogant, hubristic, clandestine abuse of the judicial system by fervent dogmatic Party leadership, that are designing and disseminating manufactured political narratives that sublimely serve to obfuscate, demonize, create fall-equivalency and subjugate the targets of that propaganda for political gain, that has been designed to feed the confirmation biases of their cultivated, constituent audiences, is that greatest threat to our Democracy… This is the decay we should be concerned with…

    Where the ‘dictators’ are the DNC, Party leadership and constituency in collusion with and political cronies in the sympathetic conglomerate media networks:

    From “Brave New World Revisited” (1958) — Chapter IV, ‘Propaganda in a Democratic Society’
    — by Aldous Huxley:


    ” In the past most people never got a chance of fully satisfying this appetite. They might long for distrac­tions, but the distractions were not provided. Christmas came but once a year, feasts were “solemn and rare,” there were few readers and very little to read, and the nearest approach to a neighborhood movie theater was the parish church, where the per­formances, though frequent, were somewhat monoto­nous. For conditions even remotely comparable to those now prevailing we must return to imperial Rome, where the populace was kept in good humor by frequent, gratuitous doses of many kinds of entertain­ment — from poetical dramas to gladiatorial fights, from recitations of Virgil to all-out boxing, from con­certs to military reviews and public executions. But even in Rome there was nothing like the non-stop dis­traction now provided by newspapers and magazines, by radio, television and the cinema. In Brave New World non-stop distractions of the most fascinating nature (the feelies, orgy-porgy, centrifugal bumble-puppy) are deliberately used as instruments of policy, for the purpose of preventing people from paying too much attention to the realities of the social and polit­ical situation. The other world of religion is different from the other world of entertainment; but they resem­ble one another in being most decidedly “not of this world.” Both are distractions and, if lived in too con­tinuously, both can become, in Marx’s phrase, “the opium of the people” and so a threat to freedom. Only the vigilant can maintain their liberties, and only those who are constantly and intelligently on the spot can hope to govern themselves effectively by demo­cratic procedures. A society, most of whose members spend a great part of their time, not on the spot, not here and now and in the calculable future, but some­where else, in the irrelevant other worlds of sport and soap opera, of mythology and metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist the encroachments of those who would manipulate and control it.

    In their propaganda today’s dictators rely for the most part on repetition, suppression and rationaliza­tion — the repetition of catchwords which they wish to be accepted as true, the suppression of facts which they wish to be ignored, the arousal and rationaliza­tion of passions which may be used in the interests of the Party or the State. As the art and science of manip­ulation come to be better understood, the dictators of the future will doubtless learn to combine these tech­niques with the non-stop distractions which, in the West, are now threatening to drown in a sea of irrele­vance the rational propaganda essential to the mainten­ance of individual liberty and the survival of demo­cratic institutions.”


  2. Patrick says:

    This is a relevant TED talk from economist Tyler Cohen titled “Be Suspicious of Simple Stories” :

    The corollary quote I am providing here below, from the same chapter of “Brave New World Revisited (1958), ‘Propaganda in a Democratic Society’ by Aldous Huxley, referred to in my previous comments, will add some clarity and is relevant to the essence of my comments and to the Tyler Cowen TED talk:


    ” In regard to propaganda the early advocates of uni­versal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democra­cies — the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”


  3. Tammy says:

    You’re spot on, Patrick. Well said.

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