Saturday, August 29, 2020

Trump's strategy for re-election is fear mongering.

From The Conversations on 08/28/20 by Jennifer Mercieca:
Trump spoke in stark terms about the choice facing Americans in November. “This election will decide whether we will defend the American Way of Life, or whether we allow a radical movement to completely dismantle and destroy it,” he said.
And Trump promised to be the nation’s hero. He said that he would protect “the patriotic heroes who keep America safe,” while his opponents would “stand with anarchists, agitators, rioters, looters and flag-burners.”
He quoted one of his own memes, saying he is the only thing standing between vulnerable Americans and what he calls the nation’s dangerous enemies within. “Always remember,” he said, “they are coming after me, because I am fighting for you.”

Image posted on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed December 20, 2019.

Trump’s Republican nomination acceptance speech didn’t reach across the aisle to draw in the support of Democrats or Democrat-leaning Independents. It wasn’t a speech for all of America – it was a speech designed to appeal to Trump’s base and terrify them into voting for him. That’s authoritarian.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

President Donald J. Trumps lies about the economy. What are the facts?

We all know by now that President Donald J. Trump is a pathological liar. The Washington Post as catalogued over 20,000 lies during his presidency. Currently, in the summer of 2020 Trump is lying about the economy. What are the facts?


Saturday, August 22, 2020

How to vote for candidates for governmental offices

This management tip of the day appeared yesterday, 08/21/20, on the Harvard Business Review's management tip of the day. It struck me as applying to candidates for governmental offices as much as for business leaders. Supposing voters took the same approach to selecting their candidates for their vote?
Today’s Tip 
Stop Promoting Incompetent Leaders
There are too many incompetent men in leadership positions — in large part because businesses tend to promote people on the basis of charisma, confidence, and even narcissism. Instead, companies should be putting people in charge who demonstrate competence, humility, and integrity. If you’re responsible for assessing leadership candidates, you should work on your ability to distinguish between confidence and competence. Remember that overconfidence is a natural result of privilege, which is often linked to gender. Fortunately, you can use scientifically valid assessments to measure the traits you want (or don’t want) in your leaders. You can ask company leaders, including emerging leaders, to take self-assessments, and then measure their responses against their leadership style, performance, and effectiveness. The resulting data will help identify patterns that characterize good and bad leaders at your company. Of course, this practice will take time and effort, and many organizations won’t want to invest those resources. But vetting candidates for leadership roles will pay dividends down the line.
This tip is adapted from How to Spot an Incompetent Leader,” by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic