This 2 minute YouTube video of Michael Moore in Trumpland is only a trailer – you really should watch the whole movie even though the Presidential election has past.
One-third of Shasta County residents voted for Hillary Clinton for President instead of Donald Trump and they are still struggling to comprehend how our nation could have elected someone so unqualified to actually govern the Nation on a day-to-day basis. Announcements of the President-elect’s advisors and cabinet posts add to the dismay.
Michael Moore nailed it in the movie Michael Moore in Trumpland, released in October 19, 2016. Even though it anticipated a very different election outcome, the movie, available on iTunes, Hulu and Amazon, will make you both laugh and cry, but most importantly, it deftly communicates the anger of conservative, white, males and others in middle America and the angst of those who don’t like Mr. Trump but also don’t like Hillary Clinton, their only other choice, because she is part of the elite political/cultural establishment they despise.
We now know that Hillary won the popular election in the Nation as a whole by nearly a 2 million vote majority, although not the electoral college count. True democracy did not prevail and the fate of the Country devolved to voters in a handful of states.
The pollsters, pundits, Democrats strategists and the media all let us down and we didn’t see it coming. So how does the majority regain influence?
Cognitive scientist, George Lakoff outlines how the human mind works in Why the Polls Failed, And What the Majority Can Do. Simply put, “We can only understand what our brain circuitry allows us to understand.”
Lakoff refers to Trump as “the minority president… and the overall Loser.” “The majority, at the very least, needs to keep its values in the public eye and view the minority president’s action through majority American values.”
We may not fully comprehend it, but according to Lakoff, “There is no consistent political “middle” because of how our minds frame situations so we can understand them. Ironically, it was “ads paid for by the Clinton campaign that raised Trump’s profile with his potential supporters,” that got him elected. “It was through such repetitive exposure every day to Trump’s forceful language and forceful image, through free media and social media, that a great many people were affected.”
We all vote our values and moral identities, but may have opposing worldviews. “Moral worldviews are encapsulated in two very different idealizations of family life: The Nurturant Parent family (progressive) and the Strict Father family (conservative).
“A strong American Majority movement is necessary, and its backbone has to be a citizens’ communication system — or systems — run through the internet, framing American values accurately and systemically day after day, telling truths framed by American majority moral values — and appealing honestly and forthrightly to those in-group nurturant values in small towns across America.”
“Trump lost the popular vote. To the American majority, he is a loser, a minority president. It needs to be said and repeated. Above all, Trump is a betrayer of trust.”