Not exactly Mar-a-lago
Not exactly Mar-a-lago
There’s a natural attrition of time, we all know that. The body slows down
and things change – some attempt to thwart this occurrence with supplements, exercise, diet, and even cosmetic surgery.
The purpose of generations is ultimately in my opinion about stewardship, to build on and enhance what is beneficial so when the torch is passed it burns a little brighter, casts a more inclusive light, and illuminates the path going forward.
We aren’t seeing much of that today – what we’re witnessing is a culture of greed and avarice, of corporate influence and indifference, racial and ideological divisions based on what regrettably have become the new norms of political tribalism.
A nation divided and in decline clutching at straws in a global community on a planet in decline – we live in a finite world with finite resources, where you gonna run?
Think you’re destined to be a Mars colonist or trail blazer on some other equally inhospitable planet whose distance from the earth is so far it will never be reached?
Are you counting on the aging process and attrition of time so when all the bills come due you won’t be around and future generations can pick up the tab?
Do you cling to fantasies that superior aliens or a divine being will intervene and it all works out in the end – recompense for fulfilling your “prosperity doctrine” obligations?
What about that Age of Aquarius which if the present course is maintained
will be an Age of Nefarious.
Children, school kids, have become the target of choice while gun nuts led by the Pied Piper of the NRA have an explanation for all of it – politicians weigh the profit from lobbyists against the lives of children and do nothing other than act like the sleaziest of crack whores cruising the halls of what has become the national bordello – the White House – write a check and you can truly have it your way.
Politicians, especially those in positions of most influence lie – that’s lie, not exaggerate or engage in innocent hyperbole as some claim and seem to have rushed headlong to abandon any vestige of common sense – maybe it’s time to abandon the “critical thinkers” and “experts” and begin listening to the children though I doubt there’s much chance of that as they aren’t viewed as a voting or campaign donations demographic.
Look, MAGA doesn’t mean McDonald’s And Golf Again accompanied by a virulent form of hoof of mouth disease – if it is to be a mantra the focus should be the common welfare of all.
Here’s a little food for thought – in 2016 the NRA spent fifty four million dollars to facilitate Republican control of government.
Paul Ryan has received tens of thousands during his “career” and that doesn’t take into consideration what is referred to as “outside money” directed to campaign ads etc.
Ryan’s response to events like the most recent one in Florida has always been that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions and what is really needed is prayer.
Understandable when you consider that Republicans are bought and paid for by the NRA and “prayer” is less risky and more profitable than actually addressing gun violence in any reasonable manner.
Marco Rubio has received considerably less -$4,950 in direct contributions but the NRA gave more than a million to efforts to re-elect him.
Rob Portman has been another beneficiary to the tune of $29,455 dollars in direct contributions over his “career” with the NRA chipping in $731,400 dollars in “outside money” towards his re-relection.
The only inducement for Republican candidates to sever their NRA servitude is the threat of being ousted from government – they’ve clearly demonstrated they have no intention of biting the hand that feeds them whether it be the NRA, the Kochs, or corporations.
They live in fear and are held hostage by entities like Fox Fake News, self described “patriots”, crazed evangelicals, and wannabe messiahs like Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh.
As to the “prayers” and “condolences” they offer in the midst of their own complicity I’d say they can stick them where the sun don’t shine and then use one of those “infowars” perineal wipes that Alex Jones offers to enhance their experience.
This is about more than campaign finance, it’s about propaganda and false narratives, it’s about fear mongering that the “gun grabbers” are at your door, Citizens United, “outside money’, and a lemming like base who thrive on sound bites.
We have witnessed what has previously been considered a heretofore impossibility, pigs have actually begun to fly – no more can we dismiss anything as an impossibility.
There’s a saying that everyone has a price – the Republicans have demonstrated they do – question is do you the reader, the parent, the concerned citizen have a price, and if so does it include the wanton murder of school children?
It’s kind of funny in a way how the howl emanating from the conservative quadrant of the asylum related to Mueller’s investigation usually includes something along the lines of after a year no collusion has been shown between this administration and Russia or anyone for that matter is somehow proof that none exists and the investigation amounting to little more than a “witch hunt” should end.
This apparently ignores the fact the investigation remains ongoing for obvious reasons – there have been at least two notable defections from inside players like Flynn and Papadopolus and no one knows exactly what Mueller’s evidentiary files contain.
The congressional investigation has been constrained and those called to testify like Bannon and Kushner apparently have the privilege of Republicans on the panel running interference for them.
The possibility of more direct presidential intervention like the firing of former FBI director James Comey has been something of the sword of Damocles hanging over Mueller’s head but to his credit the investigation has not only pressed forward but expanded into areas like the financial dealings of the Trump cartel disregarding Trump’s personal threat that to do so would the crossing of a red line he would not tolerate, sort of his petty despot version of a line in the sand.
Trump may become desperate enough to fire Mueller, if so it would have to be an act of desperation as opposed to one of intellect as IQ has arguably come to designate Ignorance Quotient when applied to Trump and associates – but more than that it’s difficult to imagine such a scenario without all hell breaking loose or Huckabee Sanders trotting out to do her spinning dance of the seven “alternate facts”.
Pence is something of a wild card in all this, being the dutiful little minion as he reads from the script given to him while biding his time as visions of sugar plums and ascending to the throne dance in his head.
Should Trump be impeached and a national/global sigh of relief follow it won’t amount to much more than a momentary respite – sure the presidential verbal diarrhea would abate and twitter stock might incur a devaluation but Pence with his religious zealotry would soon dampen any celebration.
Trump really isn’t an aberration, he is the embodiment of long held Republican “values” they previously were hesitant to come all the way out of the closet about, and now having done so scared to offend the base by backing off.
Trump is their Manchurian Candidate and they’re going to ride his coat tails as long as they can and when it all unravels he’ll make the perfect whipping boy.
Immediately following the passage of the so called tax bill an infusion of thank you money from the wealthy and corporations has poured into Republican coffers – Paul Ryan’s campaign has been the beneficiary of a five hundred thousand dollar thank you “contribution” from the Kochs a mere thirteen days after passage.
Now maybe it’s just me but that sounds an awful lot like collusion and I believe in a principled democracy it would be – but the key word is principled and there is precious little of that in government.
We hear a lot about collusion isn’t actually a crime, this from the Trump entourage, but for collusion to occur a conspiracy has to be in place and no argument can be advanced that conspiring to defraud or commit a crime isn’t criminal.
But wait – what do you do if engaging in political collusion/conspiracy?
Simple, you decriminalize such activities, which is exactly what the Supreme Court did when passing Citizens United – they hung a giant sign out announcing that “payola” is a legitimate approach to governance – that government doesn’t belong to the people it belongs to corporations and the silver spoon set.
I recently saw “pastor” Franklin Graham the son of Billy Graham paying homage to today’s version of Caesar and it made me think of the Temple priests of old when Israel was under Roman rule who did likewise.
MAGA may be interpreted as Make America Great Again but more to the point it should be understood Mueller Ain’t Going Away.
Now there really isn’t any high ground in Citizens United Democrats can claim as they have embraced the same gravy train while sputtering and fuming about the need for campaign reform – their defense when pressed is something along the lines of they made me do it.
The need for corporate money in campaigns is a classic example of bullshit in capital letters – a need that only exists if as a candidate you’re acting as a proxy for others – Bernie Sanders campaign proved that – proved that if a candidate is of and for the people that democratic principles can be resurrected.
Campaigns are a huge money maker for the media, so much so it fuels boondoggles like Citizens United – one solution would be since the media is required to make public service announcements giving candidates equal airtime as a public service should also be the way of it – you can rest assured that’s an idea the media would fight tooth and nail.
The question isn’t whether you are a fan of any particular candidate, it’s about whether or not you believe elections and candidates should be bought and paid for?
Whether you believe foreign governments should influence elections with money or subterfuge?
For decades “Reds”, “commies”, and “pinkos” were a major talking point for the Republicans, a topic sure to rally their base – kind of funny now how in the midst of investigations into Russian hacking and collusion they’ve distanced themselves from “ the commie threat” isn’t it?
McCarthyism still exists, only with different targets now – targets like women, children, elders, the working and middle class, healthcare, education, minorities, free speech, a free press, truth, facts, and the environment.
To segue a little in case anyone hasn’t noticed the Dems blinked when it came to a government shutdown and immigration – call me psychic or just a lucky guess but I never had a doubt that they would.
Sure they postured and attempted to take the high ground but it amounted to little more than theater once they began to feel a little heat.
Now in an attempt, to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear it’s all about Senate Majority Leader McConnell gave his word and golly gee we haven’t a single reason to doubt him.
Kicking the can down the road has never been shown to be a viable option, in this particular instance the Dems have acted as enablers of a dysfunctional administration.
If McConnell etal do indeed find themselves in a political trap as some are suggesting it is one they volunteered for from the first day of Trump’s presidency demonstrated by their willingness to go along for the ride and refusal to call ignorance and lies what they are.
Immigration reform is a no brainer, even Canada our close neighbor has a merit based system – exceptions should be made for refugees and special cases.
Though I would rather eat my shoe than swear allegiance to either party I think it’s obvious on some level immigration is seen by the Dems as a vehicle to swell the party base …… a benefit of not having personally sworn allegiance to a party is my lack of hesitancy in saying so.
DACA is another no brainer, there is a national and moral obligation to honor it.