As many of you have noticed I’m a big fan of Eno. The appeal to me as having once been an artist, somewhat of a musician and numerous other pursuits in my life is that he represented along with Bowie and even Iggy Pop an artistic vision of entertainment and therefore self discovery that is multi-dimensional instead of a one trick pony. This is an important direction for mankind that bleeds over into other areas such as environment, economics and yes, even politics. I think it is important to strip away pre-conceived notions of what a profession and hence what an individual contributes to society. The joke about capitalism is that there is no room for thinkers, for dreamers unless you are making money for your masters. My vision of life is that we are here to enjoy ourselves, our family, our friends, and even others we don’t personally know, not cogs in some machine that grinds up bodies and spits out hamburger. That vision of life colors what I see, what I hear and what I say. In short, achievement is not a profit/debit world but one where the experience of life itself is to be celebrated not looked upon as drudgery…
In the coming weeks, months and years, we can expect to see more trolling taking place by both paid and unpaid trolls. The Trump supporters are fairly easy to spot since they start with a post that is something like “Do you support Trump?” or Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread or some such. They have been mostly posted by some account in Europe such as Moldavia or whatever. But it would seem they are recruiting Americans to spread their propaganda and infiltrating leftist groups and pages. I’ve encountered quite a few who’s signature thesis is that “libtards are turds” or some such as if calling me a name will make me as angry as they seem to be. They are not interested in discussing issues but more interested in pushing buttons. The modus operandi of the regressives has always been to spread lies and innuendo all based on Fox, Limbaugh, Milo and Brietbart. In turn, these are models based on the Nazi Germany era propaganda machine who whipped up anger towards Jews, gays and whoever else didn’t share in their myopic view of life and is cunningly designed to piss people off.
The neoliberal/neoconservative is a little more difficult to spot in that the message is more positive. A typical approach is to post a picture of a soldier and say something like “Do you support our troops?” A more honest question might be something like “Do you support our troops while they are bombing, killing and injuring and invading countries and cheering on the ruining of innocent peoples’ lives?”
The progressive movement doesn’t have a more prominent face than Bernie Sanders. And before you get all excited one way or another Bernie has many flaws, especially in foreign policy, but his domestic positions are much better than any politician in the country. Bernie has been attacked repeatedly, often unfairly, by both the GOP and Demos who’s agenda should be obvious to anyone with two neurons firing at the same time.
Just this year there was an article on businesses in China where they used 10.000 cell phones at a time to beef up social media stats. This “business” is no doubt here in the United States tucked away in some corporate complex.
So what I am saying is that it is up to each individual to discern what is important to you and judge not only the message but the messenger by the content they post or refer to. We are constantly bombarded with “the lesser of two evils” since no one or nothing is perfect in this flawed universe.
Now that everybody is getting so medieval over an “alleged Bernie supporter” taking potshots at congressmen who have advocated no gun control, even for the mentally ill, let’s look at our president’s quotes on violence.
Quotes by Donald J. Trump on violent rhetoric:
“I’ll beat the crap out of you.”
“Part of the problem … is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.”
“The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.”
“In the good old days this doesn’t happen because they used to treat them very, very rough.”
“Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.”
“I’d like to punch him in the face.”
“Knock the crap out of them.”
“Maybe he should have been roughed up.”
“I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will.”
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
And then there’s always the sycophants who mimic President Trump’s rhetoric by-
GOP House candidate Robert Lowry held a campaign event at a Florida gun range in October 2009, where he fired gunshots at a silhouette that had his opponent Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s picture printed on it.
“You know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.”
“If I could issue hunting permits, I would officially declare today opening day for liberals. The season would extend through November 2 and have no limits on how many taken as we desperately need to ‘thin’ the herd.”
“Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office,” read an advertisement for the event called “Shoot a fully automatic M16 With Jesse Kelly.”
“Don’t retreat, instead- RELOAD!” Sarah Palin after circulating a map with crosshairs over lawmakers who supported the ACA
“You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat.” John Sullivan
Recent revelations from Hillary should put to rest any of her Hillbots’ claim that Berniebots and Greens destroyed her campaign. The book “Shattered” on the inner workings of the Clinton 2016 campaign gave an inkling of what was a disaster in the making.
Now with her denunciation of everybody in the Democratic Party to the final nail on the coffin- the DNC, she is burning bridges faster than the retreating Nazis in WWII. The DNC has its own can of worms to deal with and is being sued in court for denying Sanders as the rightful nominee. The DNC showed its own “true colors” by their lawyers stating they didn’t even have to follow their bylaws and could nominate anyone they wanted.
I can only come to one conclusion- the corporate interests who have gained control of the Democratic Party want to see its collapse. With no opposition, the Republican Party, truly a minority and oppressive party, can cruise to election victory after election victory as they purge voter rolls, change party affiliations at will as the Democrats have done, and Gerrymandered districts to better take advantage of their voting core. Unless, the independent voters can mount a clear voter offensive by bringing 70-80% to the polls, we are clearly well on our way to an overt fascist America.
To understand how our world and the universe works, you have to always keep in mind that everything is reactionary. By that I mean we are all “chasing the action.” For example, you can pass all the laws you want, but you will always have to prove someone broke the laws well after the fact. That’s exactly how organized crime works, how corporations can do anything they want, how governments can invade and bomb any country they want, because by the time we all figure out what has been done, it takes political will to solve or stop the crime that is lacking in our society today.
You can complain “until you are blue in the face” as my mother used to say but it does no good unless you put the “fear of God” into the criminals that run our society. Individuals have to organize themselves into groups, unions and organizations that will demonstrate, boycott and shut down the machine politics we endure every day. Until that happens, nothing will change anything…
If you take some time and step back and stop your anger towards your political opposites, you might see how your views are exploited by mainstream media, corporations and government.
The emphasis on such political views are used to discredit the polar opposites of whatever political stances you might have that affects how you think and what you vote.
Issues that really have no bearing on the way government should be are elevated to a front row seat, while issues that affect everyday lives are ignored. Our founding fathers realized that the secularization between religion and governance would nip most conflicting political views in the bud.
Issues that really should matter the most, such as economics and the environment, are pushed to the back burner in favor of the divisive politics such as race, abortion and sexuality. Elites understand this all too well- they know if they can get the mentally challenged constituent to focus on policies other than economics and its sister, the environment, they can pick our collective pockets with impunity. Yet people fall for that perpetual game.
All this is done in the name of “freedom” which people don’t understand that “freedom” for some only restricts everyone’s ability to live a good life. Many folks think that not only do they have to disagree with another, they must punish their opposites with draconian laws of hatred to restrict others of their “freedoms.”
“The Mongolians were the tools, and the victims, of a delusional psychopath driven by a fusion of religious, imperial and reactionary ideology. Ungern’s atrocities were a foreshadowing of worse things to come for the world, and both his life and the suffering he caused have been eclipsed by the greater horrors that followed.”
“…in some ways he had what Isaiah Berlin described as ‘borderlands syndrome’, the insecurity that comes from being on the fringes of a great empire, and which seems to produce an unusually high frequency of the most blindly cruel servants or leaders of these empires. Such men, including the Austrian Hitler, the Corsican Napoleon or the Georgian Stalin, developed, according to Berlin, either ‘exaggerated sentiment or contempt for the dominant majority, or else over-intense admiration or even worship of it…which leads both to unusual insights, and- born of overwrought sensibilities- a neurotic distortion of the facts’.”
James Palmer “The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia”
If you look at how small a margin the TrumpCare legislation passed the house- 219-217- should give progressives some hope that in 2018 the backlash will stop some of this Republican nonsense. That would also help to take back the senate as well.
I am not a big fan of the Democratic Casino Corporatists either so don’t think I am doing the lesser of two evils thing, rather we need to delay the agenda as much as we can until we can get some real progressives running for office. This unfortunately takes time and folks are going to have to get used to the fact that progressives’ agenda doesn’t happen overnight.
Many congress people and senators are getting pretty old and the more rancor the progressives promote many of these old farts will hopefully retire because they are tired of being harassed at every step they make.
That’s why it is also important to agitate for impeachment- that serves as a rallying cry and a distraction for our buffoons in congress. Demonstrations, strikes and protests are what is needed, which is why many states are trying to make it illegal to gather in protest.
The Republican strategy of blocking, delaying and introducing superfluous bills works because they realize politics is a game of putting off until tomorrow. It’s disappointing when I see people saying “do your job.” What are these people crazy? With the GOP’s agenda we should all want them to not do anything at all.
Millions of people watch only Fox News to get their political and entertainment view of the world. Outright lies, half truths and innuendo are part and parcel of the mental orgy that follows the Nazi Germany playbook on propaganda. Essentially, “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth,” as Nazi Germany Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels once said. And that is the basic framework of Fox News. Today, we see this technique spread throughout social media and when people are called on their lies, they’ll deny something easily researched because essentially they are too lazy to get other opinions or the facts. Even the spin on the truth becomes “alt-facts” passed off as an “opinion.”
People, especially regressives, want to believe the worst about any subject by blaming the government while they support the corporate takeover of democratic institutions, eliminating their Bill of Rights and gladly giving them up because in their minds they think they are punishing those who think differently.
Gabriel Sherman, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News–and Divided a Country” makes the observation that Ailes started out as an advisor on Nixon’s 1968 campaign for president and “In the 1970s, he honed his theatrical instincts as a Broadway producer and ran a fledgling conservative television news service bankrolled by the right-wing beer magnate Joseph Coors— in essence, a dry run for Fox News. And in the 1980s, Ailes mastered the dark art of attack politics as a mercenary campaign strategist, skills he would soon put to use in turning a television news network into an unprecedented political force.”
By the time Fox News was started Ailes used his propaganda techniques as “…a news executive was essentially running the Republican Party…a remarkable development in American politics. But it was an outcome Ailes foretold. After the 1968 campaign, Ailes spoke of a time when television would replace the political party, that other mass organizer of the twentieth century. With Fox News, that reality was arguably established.”
Eventually, Ailes was forced out of Fox News because of sexual harassment charges stemming from his abuse of “on air talent” and other women at Fox News. Since the public will probably never know all the details due to settlement disclosure agreements, one can only conclude that even liars eventually will be caught in the web of deceit and pseudo-religious and false political stances that were merely cover for inciting the angry listener to the lowest levels of human depravity.