Personal political opinions – 2017

surprised-disappointed-header-pic-2017-01-25-at-6-24-28-amI have been SURPRISED
at some of my friends being deceived by the marketing rhetoric of Donald Trump –
I never thought that people raised to have basic manners, respect others, and not use foul language would be swept under the spell of a vulgar, immoral, racist, self-centered bigot who throws adolescent temper tantrums and shows open disrespect for anyone who is different from him and who seeks to destroy anyone who disagrees with him.
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I have been DISAPPOINTED
that many in this country have been so easily deceived into believing the marketing rhetoric of Donald Trump – all he has to do is repeat a “slogan” or a “catchy label” and it is repeated until it becomes “fact” (now called “alternative” facts)to all who want to follow someone to get what they want for themselves! Here’s a man who rationalizes cheating on his taxes, cheating on his wives, and cheating his employees as well as not paying debts he incurred with vendors and labels it “good business” – so it makes it okay!???
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I have been DEPRESSED
by the number of people claiming to believe in God and Jesus Christ who call this man a “savior” and who have embraced and defend a man who has made filthy statements about his behavior toward women, has openly stated his hatred of immigrants and foreigners, has made no secret of his admiration for dictators, and consistently stirs up crowds with language that seems to justify violence toward those who disagree with him, even saying his political opponent should be killed and our biggest enemy in the world couldn’t possibly be guilty of trying to interfere in our systems . . . and all of this without apology—living a life in direct opposition to the Message of God and the Life of Jesus Christ.
Now, don’t get me wrong — Trump is really good at marketing and seems to be really effective at manipulating people, BUT that just means he could, as an old saying puts it: “sell a freezer to an Eskimo”!

The basic idea behind marketing techniques is to convince people that they need something and make them willing to pay for it!
• One recognized technique is REPETITION—
repeat it often enough and loudly enough and it will
become accepted by those hearing it.
• Another marketing technique is to ADVERTISE the benefits of
what you are selling according to your target market and
UNDERMINE ANY CRITICISMS by making fun of whoever criticizes you,                            claim the source is false or the information is questionable.

Successful marketing does NOT change the message of a person’s life . . .

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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