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The Psychology Of Privilege

“What my father gave me more than anything else is great tutoring and a great brain, frankly. You know, my father’s brother was a top person at MIT, went to MIT, graduated from MIT, was a teacher at MIT, a professor at MIT, a great engineer. I mean, you know, I have very good genes.” Donald Trump 

“I’m a self made man” I hear so many boast. My friend John once told me that there isn’t a rich person who hadn’t taken advantage of his fellow man. I find that to be true. 

Donald Trump photoLet us look with all honesty at our American society and declare that there is no equality. That if you are born with a lighter skin color into a family with great financial resources you are more likely to be a ‘success’. I put that word ‘success’ in quotes because we all do not all have the same definition of that word.

The ongoing theory is that somebody like Trump is a success, after all he is a president of the United States. But let us scrutinize that. The man has been divorced twice which I consider to be a major failure. If one is a man of their word, than marriage is for life and for better or worse. Thus Trump broke his sacred vow twice. Another characteristic in successful people is that they have high integrity. Donald Trump’s business deals and methods show that the man has no honor. It is reported that he would not fulfill his financial obligations telling  his workers to sue him.

I saw one man on television who did architectural work for Donald Trump. When it was time to pay up Donald Trump offered to pay far below what he offered. Trump told the man that if he sued him that the man would spend so much on legal fees he would get even less money. Frustrated the man took a pittance and walked away a wiser man. That is if you’re to do business with Donald Trump, get paid in advance.

Donald Trump is a prolific liar. It has been estimated that he has lied over a thousand dies in his official capacity of President of the United States. The man is rude and vulgar with not a smidgen of class.

Yet he is the champion of a fashion of people to whom he proclaims that he will make ‘America great again’. First and foremost I would like to know exactly when America was great in the first place. Surely not during the slow and ruthless genocide of the Native Americans or when shamefully the Africans were held in slavery. It wasn’t during the time when workers were getting paid starvation wages.

Donald Trump has never directly articulated what he means by making ‘America great again’. I feel he lacks the moral fortitude and courage to come out and say what he desires. I believe Donald Trump wants to create an America dominated by people who share his mindset at the expense of all others. That is Donald Trump wants to help the rich and enslave the poor, especially those of color who, according to Donald Trump, come from ‘shit countries’.

All the while Donald Trump boasts about how much of a genius he is. So much for humility. What is even more disturbing is that Donald Trump attributes his success from his “very good genes”. Donald Trump in this fashion is identical to the philosophy of the Nazis and many ‘white’ supremacists’. That his genetics made him successful. He doesn’t take an honest look at himself and sees that he had a tremendous head start. That he could attend the finest of schools and get all the support that money could buy.

Finally I defy the idea that Donald Trump is a success. He is the characterization of what a significant part of this nation is and in my eyes he is a massive embarrassment and failure.

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The Psychology Of Privilege

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Psychology Of Privilege. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 19, 2019, from


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