We are in full swing of the election season and the headlines continue to highlight mostly Clinton scandals plus now the latest Trump scandal in Florida. That’s right, Donald Trump apparently gave money improperly to the Attorney General of Florida, at least according to CNN and others.
Money corrupts just like power corrupts. Yet I keep hearing that your beloved corrupt politician is okay because he or she is better than the other. NO! Corruption is wrong and we need to stop voting for people who we know are corrupt. That is the only way to begin righting our system back in favor of We The People.
But Citizens United is the problem, you say. Yes, that is true. As is the stranglehold unions have because they spend union dues on buying influence. I suggest that only individuals with a social security number, legal citizens, should be allowed to contribute to political campaigns.
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I had the pleasure of joining host Leland Vittert and fellow guest Karine Jean-Pierre on Fox News Channel Election HQ on August 21, 2016.
We discussed the Hillary Clinton campaign moving forward with plans as they expect to win. I share my take on that and then dive into the Clinton scandals while suggesting Donald Trump “stay in the shadows instead of spewing shadowy language.”
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Republican Presidential nominee and billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump continues to make outrageous statements on the campaign trail. He, his campaign, and his surrogates spend days per incident clarifying or explaining away the statements.
It seems like he can’t control himself. And if he would contain himself, the news cycle might actually help him do better instead of what appears to be a continuing downward trend in his numbers. Which of course us #NeverTrump people are happy to see.
Should you believe Trump and how do you think that makes business owners, allies, and enemies feel about the state of things should he be elected?
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I appeared on Fox News Channel’s America’s Election HQ to discuss if Donald Trump comes out of the convention with the Republican nomination who he should select. I comment on Indiana Governor Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ivanka Trump, and I suggest Omarosa as his pick.
Seriously. Trump has run a completely out of the box campaign so far, why stop now. Omarosa has a PhD, served in the Clinton White House, helped write the Telecommunications Act of 1996, is a three time participant on The Apprentice, worked for Donald Trump, and is a loyal Trump supporter.
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I appeared on Fox News Channel’s America’s Election HQ to discuss my issues with Donald J. Trump as the GOP’s candidate for President. Once again my opposing panelist was the lovely Angela McGlowan.
If you are curious about my reference to Kohlberg’s stages of moral development, this is from Wikipedia:
The pre-conventional level of moral reasoning is especially common in children, although adults can also exhibit this level of reasoning. Reasoners at this level judge the morality of an action by its direct consequences. The pre-conventional level consists of the first and second stages of moral development and is solely concerned with the self in an egocentric manner. A child with pre-conventional morality has not yet adopted or internalized society’s conventions regarding what is right or wrong but instead focuses largely on external consequences that certain actions may bring.
In Stage one (obedience and punishment driven), individuals focus on the direct consequences of their actions on themselves. For example, an action is perceived as morally wrong because the perpetrator is punished. “The last time I did that I got spanked, so I will not do it again.” The worse the punishment for the act is, the more “bad” the act is perceived to be. This can give rise to an inference that even innocent victims are guilty in proportion to their suffering. It is “egocentric,” lacking recognition that others’ points of view are different from one’s own. There is “deference to superior power or prestige.”
An example of obedience and punishment driven morality would be a child refusing to do something because it is wrong and that the consequences could result in punishment. For example, a child’s classmate tries to dare the child to skip school. The child would apply obedience and punishment driven morality by refusing to skip school because he would get punished.
Stage two (self-interest driven) expresses the “what’s in it for me” position, in which right behavior is defined by whatever the individual believes to be in their best interest but understood in a narrow way which does not consider one’s reputation or relationships to groups of people. Stage two reasoning shows a limited interest in the needs of others, but only to a point where it might further the individual’s own interests. As a result, concern for others is not based on loyalty or intrinsic respect, but rather a “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” mentality. The lack of a societal perspective in the pre-conventional level is quite different from the social contract (stage five), as all actions at this stage have the purpose of serving the individual’s own needs or interests. For the stage two theorist, the world’s perspective is often seen as morally relative.
An example of self-interest driven is when a child is asked by his parents to do a chore. The child asks, “what’s in it for me?” The parents offer the child an incentive by giving a child an allowance to pay them for their chores. The child is motivated by self-interest to do chores.
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