- There’s much surrounding the inauguration of Trump that one could talk about. Little of it is good. Right now I find disturbing his flurry of executive orders (which, by the way, I thought Republicans were supposed to hate? At least that’s the impression anyone would get watching them vilify Obama for them.) Now he’s set to codify torture once again. This madness must stop. As Americans we should be better than that. I’m ashamed that my country would stoop so low as to even consider torture as a viable means of information gathering (and I thank God for men like John McCain trying to stand strong against it).
- Ok, while I’m on the topic of a a new US president, here’s a good articlethat dives in to the “whys” of his staff lying (because that’s what alternative facts are: lies). Here’s a good excerpt from the above:
By requiring subordinates to speak untruths, a leader can undercut their independent standing, including their standing with the public, with the media and with other members of the administration. That makes those individuals grow more dependent on the leader and less likely to mount independent rebellions against the structure of command. Promoting such chains of lies is a classic tactic when a leader distrusts his subordinates and expects to continue to distrust them in the future.