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.
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.”
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.
“Conservative Americans were worried in 1960 that should a Catholic become President, then America would somehow be controlled by the Pope. Instead, we have an America that is in thrall to a handful of initiates in a few small secret societies that share a hidden agenda, a covert brotherhood, and a contempt for individual liberty…and no one is bothered by this at all except the crazies, the loonies, the militiamen…”
“…with the Bush family in “trading with the enemy” before and during World War II– were also Bonesmen? That the Psi Upsilon secret society abandoned its pretence of being a literary society early on and admitted its preference for members with a proven ancestry? That there is little to associate these Orders with the popular conception of college fraternities represented by such films as Animal House?”
Peter Levenda Sinister Forces A Warm Gun: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft
“Since banking is fraud, then any other ‘alternative banking system’, e.g.: the gold standard, is still fraud. Unless, as Tim Madden says, someone out there has a quadrillion dollars to bail out the banks, we are headed for a financial collapse. If we do not have barter in place, there will be suffering. ‘Money’ is purely and simply an illusion used by the banks to steal the efforts of our production and to enslave us all. It would behoove us all to get out of the fraudulent banking system sooner than later. Barter however, still suggests a debtor/creditor relationship. We are at our happiest when we are being who we really are, whether this is lending our energy, exuding our talents, giving our time.”
Mary Elizabeth Croft, Spiritual Economics
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Much is written and talked about concerning taxes. Republicans want to reduce taxes for numerous reasons, the least of which is simple greed. Other reasons include with less government, the libertarian agenda of reducing government oversight on the environment and employment as well as other aspects of modern life can be eliminated- sort of a wild west scenario where the biggest guns and the willing to shoot them will win.
The idea that taxes don’t fund the government is only partially true. In fact, the government’s yearly budget is devoted to half being just to pay interest on the national debt. Like perpetual war, paying perpetual interest is the least of our problems with taxes. We borrow money to pay for borrowing money. The national debt is artificially created to pay for perpetual war that any “conservative” government would be loathe to fund by passing the debt to future generations. If wars were funded and paid for when they were started, there obviously would be less of them and smaller defense budgets.
There are many taxes hidden such as import/export taxes, excise taxes (like on tires) and highway taxes on gasoline. While certainly sales taxes are a state and local tax, each dollar collected reduces the amount of taxes that would be needed to fund local governments if those taxes were not collected by states. And we haven’t even touched on local property taxes and subsidies given to corporations like oil depletion allowance and agriculture subsidies. Each dollar collected and given away by the Federal and State governments in essence raises taxes on everyone.
Taxes on corporations and elites are passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices on goods and services, and funding for the perpetual war machine. Since corporations and elites control the government, they can write any laws they choose to reduce or eliminate their taxes which essentially causes the resulting deficits to be funded by higher taxes on consumers and even more borrowing.
Granted all of our taxes are funded by fiat money, printed and electronically distributed to fuel and fund the mammoth of government control. This is a kind of infinity loop, a bubble, that is a never ending spiral towards bankruptcy, which will lead to a collapse that the common folk will be made to fund the fiat system of debt creation. With the keystroke on a computer, the Federal Reserve can create as much cash in seconds that collectively common folks would have to labor for years and decades and centuries to match.
Money is easy come, easy go for rich folks who don’t labor 8 hours a day for a paycheck.
So yea, that “mythical” deduction out of every paycheck is a figment of your fiat imagination…
“You’ll have a good, secure life when being alive means more to you than security, love more than money, your freedom more than public or partisan opinion, when the mood of Beethoven’s or Bach’s music becomes the mood of your whole life…when your thinking is in harmony, and no longer in conflict, with your feelings… when you let yourself be guided by the thoughts of great sages and no longer by the crimes of great warriors…when you pay the men and women who teach your children better than the politicians; when truths inspire you and empty formulas repel you; when you communicate with your fellow workers in foreign countries directly, and no longer through diplomats…”
Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man!