Perhaps the best comment posted to this article was:
“Trump sandwich – white bread, full of baloney, with Russian dressing and a small pickle.”
Perhaps the best comment posted to this article was:
“Trump sandwich – white bread, full of baloney, with Russian dressing and a small pickle.”
Napoleon from Animal Farm
This is an interesting and well written article – timely and coincidental in that just a couple of days ago I had an exchange with a person related to George Orwell’s books Animal Farm and 1984 as they in turn related to the current administration.
Animal Farm was a literary metaphor for Stalinist Russia and 1984 a commentary about a looming dysfunctional form of government.
It’s almost as though Orwell was able to look into the future, in fact I consider him to be a visionary and have said so often.
A visionary who witnessing the rise of power hungry despots during his lifetime understood the manner in which people could be manipulated and was confident it was a recurring theme.
A visionary who understood the difference between press secretaries and propagandists.
An additional missing did you notice question is did you notice that Kellyanne’s husband may be assuming a role in the Department of Justice Civil Division?
If you’re interested in gaining some perspective into the current administration reading Animal Farm as well as 1984 can provide that – Animal Farm I believe can be read in it’s entirely on various sites on the net.
As the linked article urges, dig a little deeper, do the math.
I have a friend who is a Christian given at times to quote a scripture or two when they feel it is appropriate, or sometimes to instill a little humor in a situation.
In discussing the linked article he said “ and a child shall lead them” which I assume is scriptural in origin.
Kind of a telling analogy that “children” have a greater understanding and concern for the environment and the impact of climate change than the Trumpkins do.
That they exhibit an awareness of the future conservatives either lack or are indifferent to.
Obviously they don’t buy into the manifested ignorance of dear leader that climate change is nothing more than a Chinese hoax.
There have been more than a few articles expressing the opinion that Trump suffers some form of mental illness, and while I’m certainly no expert on the subject I find such opinions credible.
We’re not talking some minor OCD like avoiding walking under a ladder or tossing a pinch of spilled salt over the shoulder, more of a near complete disconnect from reality.
Mental or emotional disorders are no laughing matter, they aren’t something to be taken lightly.
And while society no longer locks those who suffer such a problem in a basement or attic it really isn’t a topic that’s discussed much with the exception of say an organization like the NRA that would have you believe all gun violence can be attributed to mental illness – that guns don’t kill people mental illness does.
Pharmaceutical companies know a good thing when they see one and have risen to the occasion.
They seem to believe the entire nation should be medicated in some form or another, and if a “syndrome” hasn’t been named as yet they’ll support the discovery of any that are.
The stress of modern times impacts people differently, that isn’t a personal fault thing, just a reality that doesn’t make them less manly or less womanly.
We enter life gasping for our first breath and exit gasping for our last – the distance between the first and the last breath is defined by what we do with what we have, with each breath we take.
Throwing salt over your shoulder or avoiding crossing under a ladder has little to do with that, narcissism and lunacy on the other hand do.
Pre existing conditions could in all likelihood be exacerbated by the high stress of the presidency – factor in the enabling and the known kow towing of sycophants and it doesn’t bode well.
If it takes children to do what adults won’t then so be it – in turn maybe they can say what parents have been inclined to say to them ……. someday you’ll thank me.
In a previous blog I wrote about elitism, a blog inspired by visiting a conservative site that sought to characterize the Dems and Hillary Clinton as elitists.
I wouldn’t argue the point other than to say an elitist attitude exists on both sides of the aisle and with the blatantly shameless pandering to corporations and the nations wealthiest Republicans are redefining the word.
So arrogant is their brand of elitism they craft arguments based upon “alternative facts” and microwave ovens with the full expectation that no room exists for dissent or question.
Surprisingly it seems to be a formula that works for them predicated on nativism – you know, that America and my party right or wrong thing that is apparently a contagion of some kind having infected about half the nations population.
Maybe this is something the Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization should investigate before it becomes a greater national/global pandemic than it already is.
As an indigenous person I was taught that mysteries exist, that it isn’t ours to understand everything – personally I don’t have an issue with that, and yet there are some mysteries that should be pursued and among them no small number are man made.
From a common sense viewpoint it is a mystery why anyone would in effect disenfranchise seniors, yet if you do the math and avoid the rhetorical ruse the answer becomes apparent – the wealthy receive a multi billion dollar tax break
It is the same if you consider why would anyone want to gut environmental regulations and sign off on waste and toxic dumping in the nations stream, rivers, and lakes – corporations can do as they please and increase their already gluttonous profit margin.
Another “mystery” easily solved for those willing to bypass the rhetoric and do the math.
But a mystery within a mystery is how do any who are aware of the math ignore it to aid and abet the national downward spiral?
What possible basis is there for doing so if you personally are not among the one percent or a corporation that will profit in doing so?
The press per se isn’t the enemy of the people as Trump would you have believe – sites like Brietbart that propagate the real fake news are.
The presentation of “alternative facts” is an enemy of the people – declarations of hacked elections resulting in Trump not winning the popular vote and completely unfounded accusations of wiretapping amidst Trumpian calls for an investigation that will either never occur or be predicated upon foxes guarding the hen house are a corruption of the truth and become a defacto enemy of the people.
None of this is of consequence if there isn’t a commonly held belief that people matter, that their welfare supersedes that of a bloated elitist aristocracy, a blind party allegiance, and mad hatters holding elected office.
At the core of it we as human beings all want basically the same things – health, happiness, less stress, and some comfort in life.
We want a fair shake and a level playing field.
We all bleed, love, have our individual quirks, and aspire to a decent wage, decent living conditions, a little disposable income, and the best possible for our children.
Considering these things how is that a national unity doesn’t exist? How is it we are owned by government and corporations rather than the reverse?
How is it we go for the okey doke and sound bites rather than the obvious?
Perhaps more to the point is who profits from all this, what is their agenda, and why do the needs of people mean so little to them ?
A time honored military strategy is to divide and conquer, a military strategy that has become a political one.
No one can deny this is a divided nation, nor can they deny the strategy has worked and will continue to work as long as we fail to do the math, or once having done so ignore the numbers.
A common adage is to follow the money trail, a blind man could follow the trail being left by this administration and it leads nowhere but to the top.
That is known as trickle up economics, not the misnomer of trickle down economics.
That’s all it takes to verify Trump’s assertions that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration, and McCain isn’t the first to say so.
The problem is it would put an immediate end to Trump’s claim – he knows it and his cohorts know it.
As a device to distract it serves a greater purpose to call for an “investigation” than to make a simple call and have to eat crow and look like the idiot Trump is.
Remember the call to investigate the “millions” of “illegal votes” that allegedly cost Trump a majority win? How’s that going?
Give it another week or two and another issue will arise that Trump will attempt the same tactic with.
And why shouldn’t he? I mean after all it all works among his supporters.
He expects them to ignore the fact that over seventeen separate agencies announced his election fraud claim had no basis in fact, and they’ve done exactly that.
The same agencies have said the same regarding his wiretapping claim.
McCain said there are two options – either Trump retracts the accusation which would never happen, or to provide proof – which isn’t going happen either as there is none.
There’s actually a third option knowing that Trump can fling some feces on the wall and his supporters will scoop it up and run with it – which is what’s happening.
It’s really amazing that in the midst of proclaiming the media an enemy of the people a story like this would emerge from Breitbart of all places and anyone would actually believe it.
I suspect it won’t be long before Trump labels individuals like McCain and Lindsey Graham enemies of the state.
The above photo says it best.
That about sums it up doesn’t it? It would be interesting to me to know how many of those who bought into the fake news stories have healthcare, a job, earn a decent wage, and deny climate change?
How many are availing themselves of assistance programs or have family members who are?
How many have parents and or grandparents receiving SSI and medicare, children that attend public schools and perhaps on a free lunch program?
Of course this is a sampling of a demographic that shouldn’t be taken as inclusive, but there seems to a shared commonality in not doing the math – it is enough that they read or heard whatever it is they read or heard irrespective of the source.
To say they made fools of themselves is akin to referring to a torrential downpour as catching a little rain, and it is only natural to ask how many propagated the “news”?
How many know they were had and yet will continue to insist that Michelle Obama had a sex change operation or that Obama ran a pedophile ring out of the WH?
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but it seems that at least among this particular demographic there is an unhealthy fascination with pedophilia and sexual perversion.
All you have to do is mention the word and they buy into it hook, line, and sinker – that is unless it is an accusation directed at one of their “heroes”.
The NRA would have you believe all gun violence related incidents are the result of mental health issues – and granted some undoubtedly are, but don’t forget it’s the conservatives and Trump who believe people with a mental health history should have the ability to own a gun.
This fake news site served a purpose in providing a snapshot into the underbelly of America, a lesson that needs to be accepted and understood.
That considering mental health issues and the respondents it could have inspired
a similar Pizzagate event.
For all we know there is a brooding deranged conspiracy theorist convinced that what they read or heard is in fact the truth who we’ll be reading about in the news.
There’s a notable difference in the “ignorance” of never having had the opportunity to learn something and that of a willful ignorance that rejects logic and facts.
Stupid is as stupid does can produce a laugh when spoken by a celluloid character like Forrest Gump, but it can have devastating consequences in the real world.
There isn’t a solid piece of ground to stand on if an individual would attempt to deny that Republican “law makers” are long on rhetorical ruse.
That isn’t to ignore or deny that their counterparts across the aisle don’t engage in the same, merely that rhetorical language and the ruse is the Republicans first language – it’s tribal in nature.
The linked article is thought provoking and more than a little disturbing – it conjures up thoughts of conspiracies related to FEMA death camps, the Illuminati, and Soylent Green.
Too outrageous to even contemplate, too “un American?”
Well, maybe so, maybe not, as by now everyone should understand in the realm of possible there isn’t much that’s impossible anymore.
A “Social Darwinist” agenda, maybe not so farfetched, there are multiple sites on the net devoted to eugenics and a thinning of the herd.
“Studies” abound, even legislation it isn’t a stretch to be suspicious about.
History is replete with those advocating for eugenics in one form or another, a list longer than both of your arms combined.
One thing stands out more than any other, and that is those who promote culling the herd always believe they are exempt from such considerations.
They’re special, too essential to the forward march of humanity – their intellect, wealth, or social standing qualifies as an exemption.
If asked would they give up their slot in life to facilitate reducing the demand on resources, to address population issues, they would in all likelihood be aghast at the mere suggestion.
The Earth’s resources are finite in nature, no more land is being made, it isn’t self replicating – sure you can construct a reef or even a small Island but not continents with mountains, rivers, flora and fauna capable of sustaining life.
A reality among other considerations is the motivation to discover inhabitable planets as an effort to address the trashing of the one we call home.
Well, good luck with that as even if such a planet(s) were to be discovered we haven’t the capability to get there much less transport a meaningful number of people.
An additional reality that should drive home the fragile nature of the environment and humanity to withstand ongoing abuse.
Resource wars have become something of a staple, armies stand ready to insure access, and the threat of war with the current level of weaponry is a greater threat than at any time in history.
Science touted in some corners as a vehicle of salvation that will come up with solutions has a Jekyll and Hyde side to it – it was and is science that creates glow in the dark puppies, a genetic tinkering not much different from would be geneticists like Josef Mengele.
It is science that produced the Atomic bomb and now seeks to distance itself from it.
I’m not anti science and in fact believe answers to climate change will come from scientists while at the same time believe it is counterproductive to work both sides of the aisle engaging in weapons research or human genome studies for corporations seeking to patent the findings.
Drop the tinkering and tie dyeing, forget about studies related to how pigeons think, why frogs mate, and get on with the serious stuff.
I don’t feel as though looming difficulties can be laid at a lone individuals doorstep, such things are the result of a collective effort, call it a collaboration if you like.
Trump cannot singularly bring about doom and gloom, it has to be a collaborative effort – an effort facilitated by conservative lawmakers and every individual who voted for him or that isn’t willing in the aftermath to step up and say enough.
Government reflects the electorate, with that being the case the electorate is at a minimum guilty of a contributory negligence.
And yes Hillary won the popular vote and yes Trump won the electoral vote, the result of a dysfunctional system the electorate also bears a degree of responsibility for in allowing such an evolution.
Auric Trump? He certainly has an infatuation with the color gold from new White House drapery to Sharpies with gold ink, and there’s no denying his thirst for power is rivaled only by Goldfinger.
It’s obvious as well he doesn’t give a damn about the working class inspite of the many rhetorical ruses – in spirit, mind, and deed Trump qualifies as as a eugenicist, he, his cohorts, and the wealthy believe they are special, members of an essential ruling class, Morlocks in a world filled with Elois.
Whether or not you believe there are viable reasons for concern as this article suggests there is one thing that can’t be dismissed — it hits the Republicans with every talking point they’ve employed to undermine Obamacare and then some, a poetic irony if nothing else. I’d call that payback.