You soak up a ton of information and patterns, and you can put that into action, but when you sit down and reflect on what you’ve learned, and try to share that with others (as I’m doing right now), you force yourself to think deeply, to synthesize the knowledge and to organize it, much as you do when you teach it to others. Blogging is a great tool for reflection and sharing what you’ve learned, even if you don’t hope to make a living at it. And it’s free.
Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans want to enact sweeping legislative changes that could affect our country for decades, and they realize that they have a better chance of making that happen if they can convince the American Public (as well as each other) that they received a mandate from American voters to do exactly that. And to be clear, there is no question that they also believe they require a perceived mandate. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be putting so much work into insisting that they have one even when they so obviously do not.
These arguments vary from artful misdirection to bald mendacity, but their goals are all the same: to keep repeating “Trump has a mandate” until enough people believe it to make it so. Sadly, and if history is any guide, their efforts are likely to be successful.