Life in the Boomer Lane · reblogged

I Know A Predator When I See One

I Know A Predator When I See One

Posted on August 21, 2020


A predator in the animal kingdom is defined as an animal that kills or eats other animals for food. The most successful predators are not necessarily the biggest and the strongest. They are the ones with the sharpest predatory instincts. They are fast. They have heightened senses. They have good camoflage. They can attack without their prey ever sensing that they are in danger.

Richard Heinberg has studied predators. Human groups have “preyed” upon one another via two main pathways—intragroup and intergroup—which have often intersected or run parallel. Members of a complex society can “prey” upon other members of the same society via slavery (including sex slavery and debt slavery), caste, class, taxes, rents, crime, and debt; on the other hand, one society can “prey” upon a different society through raid, invasion, plunder, conquest, colonization, or (again) debt.

Humans have been predators or scavengers throughout our evolutionary history, in that we are animals that eat other animals. But as we humans have come to harvest more and more of Earth’s productivity, we have become, in effect, “super-predators.”

Life in the Boomer Lane has read countless descriptions of Donald Trump. He is obese. He has an orange face and a hairstyle that defies the laws of physics. He has an extremely limited vocabulary. Both his written and verbal communications are indicative of someone who has not fully mastered the English language. He has a non-existant attention span. He has little ability to conceptualize. He is a child. He is a demented child. He is incapable of empathy. He is evil. He is thin-skinned. He is vindictive. He is a bully and a womanizer and a narcissist and a fool.

What he makes up for in all these failings is his instinct for predatory behavior. It is an instinct that has allowed him to survive and thrive in a real estate business that he doesn’t actually understand very well. He doesn’t need to. He only needs to decide what is best for him and to then be the scariest person in the room, someone with good lawyers at his disposal, who hurls threats that he may or may not follow through on. But you don’t want to take the chance.

As president, he doesn’t have to understand the Constitution or how our government works. He doesn’t have to know our history. He doesn’t have to read daily briefings or listen to advice. He doesn’t have to understand that others countries share the planet with him. He only has to decide what is best for him and to then be the scariest person in the room, someone with good lawyers and a vast military at his disposal., who hurls threats that he may or may not follow through on. Nobody wants to take the chance.

The country is his stalking ground. The population is his prey. There is no part of the country or of its people that serves any other purpose for him. His vision is quite simple: to stalk, to consume, to continue to feed his hunger. He differs only in one respect from a traditional predator. He demands that his prey adore him and to be grateful for being consumed.

Kamala Harris knows a predator when she sees one. Many others do, as well. Let us hope that, come November, enough people make the decision to be something other than Donald Trump’s prey.


12 thoughts on “I Know A Predator When I See One

  1. That was one of her best lines. We all knew what she meant. I pray the country recognizes what he is now. I can only hope. Because 4 more years of this would be a disaster for everyone, whether they realize it or not.

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  2. WE somehow let this happen, because we let things go, without thinking. We took democracy for granted. Now it is in it’s death-throes, and it’s truly and unequivocally OUR JOB to stop the arterial bleeding and save the life of our country, before it’s too late. We are rapidly becoming just another brutal dictatorship like so any others gaining power all over the world. We were for 250+ years a beacon of light and hope and freedom. Now we are only a dark rocky shore where everyone is unwelcome. This man Trump is certifiably insane, and the proof is everywhere you look. He is destroying everything that’s decent, while claiming he is SAVING us- from precisely the things he himself is doing. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. All the deranged and cowardly bullies who get pleasure and a sense of power vicariously thru the terrible things Trump does, have made him a hero-god. He is like them. Crazy. He has validated the crimes and evil of them, and they have made him their God. Remember Jim Jones? and the Jonesville massacre? It follows the same pattern, of money and devil-worship and unquestioning blind loyalty. But that was only a thousand or so. This is millions, and the destruction of democracy has far-reaching consequences all over the world. We must stop him, NOW. It is already too late to save a huge chunk of our former democracy. Please let’s get up and do our part. Talk, act, sign petitions, VOTE.


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