Sunday, January 17, 2021

Three days to go

 I've been using Bill Moyer's interviews and his "investigative reporters" to report on the last few weeks of Donald Trump's Presidency....I wanted to say failed Presidency but he kept his marriage intact so he must have done something right.  I predict a new wife within 5 years.

I'm fairly certain Moyer's stories covered most of the important issues....but they seem to lightly skip over the CONSPIRACY THEORISTS that in truth are causing most of the chaos.

It used to be when crazy ideas were brought up, a few hundred, maybe thousand, people would spread the idea among family and friends and the end result was a small rumor with no traction unless of course it centered on something VERY IMPORTANT as in JFK's assassination.

Today a rumor or a conspiracy theory can be heard and viewed by millions within a single hour.....and often times even faster.  And the weirder the rumor the faster it can spread....because of one simple reason....and it's not the internet.  The simple truth is.....

A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WANT STRANGE THINGS TO HAPPEN....and the weirder, the better.

And when I say people I mean at least 50 million Americans.....and I can't even guess at the number of people worldwide that are just on the edge of their seats waiting for the next horrible "FACT" to emerge into their awareness bubble.

Ok....I'm going to guess.

Out of 7.6 Billion I'm thinking a conservative number of people who want something strange to happen is

2 BILLION

A person like Alex Jones (he was the idiot that said Sandy Hook massacre of 20 children and 6 adults was a left wing hoax to take away guns) has a large audience and I personally don't want to know the number but it's probably in the low millions. I know I should be aware of the total amount of people who follow him but there is a vital part of my sanity that simply REFUSES TO KNOW THE ACTUAL NUMBER.

AND keep in mind he is only ONE in a very large group of people who make up things in order to get followers who in turn buy his stuff....and the reason he and the other wackos have millions of followers is because......

A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WANT STRANGE THINGS TO HAPPEN and the weirder the better.

I was listening to Glenn Beck the other day on my way to the golf course and realized that the 3 minutes I experienced listening to him could never be retrieved.  The vocal tone and the implications he pushes are no different that Alex Jones just a softer version, but a version that appeals to a less gullible person....a person who is right of center and does read and watch the news. Glenn Beck is just as dangerous but he does it in a more subtle manner.  Sean Hannity falls in that category....and of course Rush has his own category.

I'M PRETTY SURE ALEX JONES FOLLOWERS ONLY LISTEN AND FOLLOW HIM.

Similar to how people follow and listen to Donald J. Trump, who by the way gets AN ABUNDANCE of information from Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Alex Jones.

Let's not forget Steve Bannon and how important he is to the Trump program.

And then last but obviously not least are the MEDIA CHANNELS that promote theories because they have an audience which now demands that news is strange and weird.

The Epoch Times

One America Network

Newsmax

FOX (even though the three above now regard Fox as too liberal)

And then according to Wikipedia the following outlets....

FAKE NEWS   (click here)

If you spend some time looking at that list you will be better equipped when someone tells you something that just sounds too strange or weird you can ask.....

"WHERE DID YOU HEAR THAT?"

It's amazing how many times I have asked that question over the last 4 years and never seem to get a definitive answer.

It seems that if we are tuned into the nutty sources we might be able to calmly explain that the source is unreliable....

AND THEN

START

SCREAMING

AT THEM

FOR BEING

STUPID

AND

GULLIBLE.

But first calmly ask

"Where did you get that information?"





Thursday, December 31, 2020

And 2020 has 13 hours left BUT......

Just because 2020 is almost over please don't get complacent thinking that everything is going to automatically get better with a new year.  

IN TRUTH THERE ARE TWO SITUATIONS THAT WILL NOT BE GOING AWAY WHEN 2021 ARRIVES.

1)      Covid 

2)      Donald J. Trump


The first one at least has a vaccine, or should I say multiple vaccines, that will eventually diminish the virus.  Hopefully.

The second one appears to have no cure and no foreseeable solutions.

The latest attempt at The Donald overturning an election, which he lost by 7 million votes, is to invalidate Mike Pence as the person who declares the Electoral College vote official on January 6 2021.  There is a lawsuit pending that claims Vice-President Pence can be replaced with another person who can invalidate the Electoral College vote and declare Trump the winner.

I just read that in USA TODAY

The January 6 moment in the two houses states that if anyone person objects they can vote on accepting the Electoral College.

IT HAS TO PASS IN BOTH THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE.

If the Senate chooses to object than every single member who does not accept the November 3 election should be put on notice.  And by put on notice I mean before their next personal election the entire country MUST know their name and know what they did on January 6 2021.

Any member of the House that chooses to object to Electoral College vote should also be put on notice.

THERE IS NO WAY POSSIBLE THAT AN OBJECTION TO THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE CAN PASS THROUGH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES....AND THAT IS ONLY BECAUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE MAJORITY.

The simple fact is that Donald Trump's following of 72 million people shows that his voice can not be eliminated by a Presidential election.  His potential exposure through media that he either will own or will represent shall not be reduced after January 20 2021.

AND AS OF TODAY, DECEMBER 31 2020, HIS PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE THAT HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PRESIDENT AFTER JANUARY 20.

I ACTUALLY KNOW A FEW OF THOSE PEOPLE AND THEY ARE SERIOUS.

I keep thinking about 1860 and how the idea of keeping slavery was so powerful for so many that it broke America.

Today I'm feeling that Donald Trump's supporters are so brainwashed that they would also like to see a broken America.

IF REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE DON'T STAND UP TO WHAT TRUMP IS DOING.....

2021

WILL

MAKE

2020

LOOK CALM AND MELLOW.

So when I say the vaccines can handle one of the two problems and that the second problem has no fix I'm being deadly serious.

Deadly

I think back to Trump in the first debate telling the Proud Boys to "stand by and be ready."

I will not be surprised when he tells them "its time Boys."

Will you be surprised by anything he does?

Not conceding the Election, by December 31 2020, is the absolute proof that Donald J. Trump has crossed the line of mental stability.

and EVERYBODY knows it.

p.s. I used the word everybody because our current President uses it EVERYTIME he speaks.


Happy New Year


Thursday, December 10, 2020

I was going to try and summarize the last four years of Donald J Trump and then I read this article by George Packard. He did it for me and hopefully for you.... It's long, but then again so were the last four years.

 

020.


To assess the legacy of Donald Trump’s presidency, start by quantifying it. Since last February, more than a quarter of a million Americans have died from COVID-19—a fifth of the world’s deaths from the disease, the highest number of any country. In the three years before the pandemic, 2.3 million Americans lost their health insurance, accounting for up to 10,000 “excess deaths”; millions more lost coverage during the pandemic. The United States’ score on the human-rights organization Freedom House’s annual index dropped from 90 out of 100 under President Barack Obama to 86 under Trump, below that of Greece and Mauritius. Trump withdrew the U.S. from 13 international organizations, agreements, and treaties. The number of refugees admitted into the country annually fell from 85,000 to 12,000. About 400 miles of barrier were built along the southern border. The whereabouts of the parents of 666 children seized at the border by U.S. officials remain unknown.

 

Trump reversed 80 environmental rules and regulations. He appointed more than 220 judges to the federal bench, including three to the Supreme Court—24 percent female, 4 percent Black, and 100 percent conservative, with more rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association than under any other president in the past half century. The national debt increased by $7 trillion, or 37 percent. In Trump’s last year, the trade deficit was on track to exceed $600 billion, the largest gap since 2008. Trump signed just one major piece of legislation, the 2017 tax law, which, according to one study, for the first time brought the total tax rate of the wealthiest 400 Americans below that of every other income group. In Trump’s first year as president, he paid $750 in taxes. While he was in office, taxpayers and campaign donors handed over at least $8 million to his family business.

 

 

America under Trump became less free, less equal, more divided, more alone, deeper in debt, swampier, dirtier, meaner, sicker, and deader. It also became more delusional. No number from Trump’s years in power will be more lastingly destructive than his 25,000 false or misleading statements. Super-spread by social media and cable news, they contaminated the minds of tens of millions of people. Trump’s lies will linger for years, poisoning the atmosphere like radioactive dust.

Presidents lie routinely, about everything from war to sex to their health. When the lies are consequential enough, they have a corrosive effect on democracy. Lyndon B. Johnson deceived Americans about the Gulf of Tonkin incident and everything else concerning the Vietnam War. Richard Nixon’s lifelong habit of prevaricating gave him the nickname “Tricky Dick.” After Vietnam and Watergate, Americans never fully recovered their trust in government. But these cases of presidential lying came from a time when the purpose was limited and rational: to cover up a scandal, make a disaster disappear, mislead the public in service of a particular goal. In a sense, Americans expected a degree of fabrication from their leaders. After Jimmy Carter, in his 1976 campaign, promised, “I’ll never lie to you,” and then pretty much kept his word, voters sent him back to Georgia. Ronald Reagan’s gauzy fictions were far more popular.

 

Trump’s lies were different. They belonged to the postmodern era. They were assaults against not this or that fact, but reality itself. They spread beyond public policy to invade private life, clouding the mental faculties of everyone who had to breathe his air, dissolving the very distinction between truth and falsehood. Their purpose was never the conventional desire to conceal something shameful from the public. He was stunningly forthright about things that other presidents would have gone to great lengths to keep secret: his true feelings about Senator John McCain and other war heroes; his eagerness to get rid of disloyal underlings; his desire for law enforcement to protect his friends and hurt his enemies; his effort to extort a foreign leader for dirt on a political adversary; his affection for Kim Jong Un and admiration for Vladimir Putin; his positive view of white nationalists; his hostility toward racial and religious minorities; and his contempt for women.

The most mendacious of Trump’s predecessors would have been careful to limit these thoughts to private recording systems. Trump spoke them openly, not because he couldn’t control his impulses, but intentionally, even systematically, in order to demolish the norms that would otherwise have constrained his power. To his supporters, his shamelessness became a badge of honesty and strength. They grasped the message that they, too, could say whatever they wanted without apology. To his opponents, fighting by the rules—even in as small a way as calling him “President Trump”—seemed like a sucker’s game. So the level of American political language was everywhere dragged down, leaving a gaping shame deficit.

 

 

Trump’s barrage of falsehoods—as many as 50 daily in the last fevered months of the 2020 campaign—complemented his unconcealed brutality. Lying was another variety of shamelessness. Just as he said aloud what he was supposed to keep to himself, he lied again and again about matters of settled fact—the more brazen and frequent the lie, the better. Two days after the polls closed, with the returns showing him almost certain to lose, Trump stood at the White House podium and declared himself the winner of an election that his opponent was trying to steal.

This crowning conspiracy theory of Trump’s presidency activated his entitled children, compliant staff, and sycophants in Congress and the media to issue dozens of statements declaring that the election was fraudulent. Following the mechanism of every big lie of the Trump years, the Republican Party establishment fell in line. Within a week of Election Day, false claims of voter fraud in swing states had received almost 5 million mentions in the press and on social media. In one poll, 70 percent of Republican voters concluded that the election hadn’t been free or fair.

So a stab-in-the-back narrative was buried in the minds of millions of Americans, where it burns away, as imperishable as a carbon isotope, consuming whatever is left of their trust in democratic institutions and values. This narrative will widen the gap between Trump believers and their compatriots who might live in the same town, but a different universe. And that was Trump’s purpose—to keep us locked in a mental prison where reality was unknowable so that he could go on wielding power, whether in or out of office, including the power to destroy.

For his opponents, the lies were intended to be profoundly demoralizing. Neither counting them nor checking facts nor debunking conspiracies made any difference. Trump demonstrated again and again that the truth doesn’t matter. In rational people this provoked incredulity, outrage, exhaustion, and finally an impulse to crawl away and abandon the field of politics to the fantasists.

For believers, the consequences were worse. They surrendered the ability to make basic judgments about facts, exiling themselves from the common framework of self-government. They became litter swirling in the wind of any preposterous claim that blew from @realDonaldTrump. Truth was whatever made the world whole again by hurting their enemies—the more far-fetched, the more potent and thrilling. After the election, as charges of voter fraud began to pile up, Matthew Sheffield, a reformed right-wing media activist, tweeted: “Truth for conservative journalists is anything that harms ‘the left.’ It doesn’t even have to be a fact. Trump’s numerous lies about any subject under the sun are thus justified because his deceptions point to a larger truth: that liberals are evil.”

 

How did half the country—practical, hands-on, self-reliant Americans, still balancing family budgets and following complex repair manuals—slip into such cognitive decline when it came to politics? Blaming ignorance or stupidity would be a mistake. You have to summon an act of will, a certain energy and imagination, to replace truth with the authority of a con man like Trump. Hannah Arendt, in The Origins of Totalitarianism, describes the susceptibility to propaganda of the atomized modern masses, “obsessed by a desire to escape from reality because in their essential homelessness they can no longer bear its accidental, incomprehensible aspects.” They seek refuge in “a man-made pattern of relative consistency” that bears little relation to reality. Though the U.S. is still a democratic republic, not a totalitarian regime, and Trump was an all-American demagogue, not a fascist dictator, his followers abandoned common sense and found their guide to the world in him. Defeat won’t change that.

Trump damaged the rest of us, too. He got as far as he did by appealing to the perennial hostility of popular masses toward elites. In a democracy, who gets to say what is true—the experts or the people? The historian Sophia Rosenfeld, author of Democracy and Truth, traces this conflict back to the Enlightenment, when modern democracy overthrew the authority of kings and priests: “The ideal of the democratic truth process has been threatened repeatedly ever since the late eighteenth century by the efforts of one or the other of these epistemic cohorts, expert or popular, to monopolize it.”

Monopoly of public policy by experts—trade negotiators, government bureaucrats, think tankers, professors, journalists—helped create the populist backlash that empowered Trump. His reign of lies drove educated Americans to place their faith, and even their identity, all the more certainly in experts, who didn’t always deserve it (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, election pollsters). The war between populists and experts relieved both sides of the democratic imperative to persuade. The standoff turned them into caricatures.

Trump’s legacy includes an extremist Republican Party that tries to hold on to power by flagrantly undemocratic means, and an opposition pushed toward its own version of extremism. He leaves behind a society in which the bonds of trust are degraded, in which his example licenses everyone to cheat on taxes and mock affliction. Many of his policies can be reversed or mitigated. It will be much harder to clear our minds of his lies and restore the shared understanding of reality—the agreement, however inconvenient, that A is A and not B—on which a democracy depends.

But we now have the chance, because two events in Trump’s last year in office broke the spell of his sinister perversion of the truth. The first was the coronavirus. The beginning of the end of Trump’s presidency arrived on March 11, 2020, when he addressed the nation for the first time on the subject of the pandemic and showed himself to be completely out of his depth. The virus was a fact that Trump couldn’t lie into oblivion or forge into a political weapon—it was too personal and frightening, too real. As hundreds of thousands of Americans died, many of them needlessly, and the administration flailed between fantasy, partisan incitement, and criminal negligence, a crucial number of Americans realized that Trump’s lies could get someone they love killed.

 

The second event came on November 3. For months Trump had tried frantically to destroy Americans’ trust in the election—the essence of the democratic system, the one lever of power that belongs undeniably to the people. His effort consisted of nonstop lies about the fraudulence of mail-in ballots. But the ballots flooded into election offices, and people lined up before dawn on the first day of early voting, and some of them waited 10 hours to vote, and by the end of Election Day, despite the soaring threat of the virus, more than 150 million Americans had cast ballots—the highest turnout rate since at least 1900. The defeated president tried again to soil our faith, by taking away our votes. The election didn’t end his lies—nothing will—or the deeper conflicts that the lies revealed. But we learned that we still want democracy. This, too, is the legacy of Donald Trump.


This article appears in the January/February 2021 print edition with the headline “The Legacy of Donald Trump.”

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

GEORGE PACKER is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

 

 

 

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Council for National Policy....learn how America has been altered right under your nose

Shadow Network 

Click on Shadow Network above and listen to the Bill Moyers interview with Anne Nelson

I highly suggest WE purchase as many books as possible and send them out as Christmas presents to both sides of the political fence.

There will be some of you who know what The Council for National Policy has been doing for the last 40 years

AND

There will be a lot more who have never heard of the organization.

TIME TO WAKE UP

Many people I talk to just can't understand how America has fallen under the spell of a human being like Donald J. Trump.

This book, Shadow Network, explains in detail how the very far radical right has achieved what they have wanted to do since Barry Goldwater got clobbered by LBJ in 1964

Large and fundamental goal was the Supreme Court..... or as they should be called...The Catholic Court.

The interview with Bill Moyers will only take 43 minutes of your life.

SHARE IT

IF ANY INTERVIEW EVER NEEDED TO GO

VIRAL

THIS

IS

THE

ONE.




Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December 2 2020

It's not time yet to wrap up 2020 because one very important date is still on the calendar….and that date is December 14 when the certification takes place for the 2020 Presidential election.

I'm holding my breath

The last four years have been a political strain and have made me very suspect of what people are thinking and doing.

WHO DO PEOPLE LISTEN TO FOR THEIR INFORMATION???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I'm fairly certain that the

Information Highway

has been expanded to include sources that

 either 

don't care about reality

 or

 are intent on creating

division.

Both types of sources are centrally responsible for what we have today.

A VERY DIVIDED COUNTRY where millions of people accept conspiracy theories without the slightest regard for facts and truth.

Hopefully on December 14 "things" will point to a more "normal" outlook on matters of importance.

The Pandemic will obviously prevent NORMAL from reestablishing itself to a degree where we might recognize its main features.

But NORMAL will be how the political scene looks once that TV game show host has been escorted out the front door of the White House.

Once the certification is done I will exhale and begin to celebrate but until then...I will continue to be suspect of a system that created someone like Donald J. Trump.

It's all our faults

and so is

the

correction.





Saturday, November 28, 2020

Guest words from Big Dude in Italy

 The pandemic has exposed the paradox that while we are more connected, we are also more divided. Feverish consumerism breaks the bonds of belonging. It causes us to focus on our self-preservation and makes us anxious. Our fears are exacerbated and exploited by a certain kind of populist politics that seeks power over society. It is hard to build a culture of encounter, in which we meet as people with a shared dignity, within a throwaway culture that regards the well-being of the elderly, the unemployed, the disabled and the unborn as peripheral to our own well-being.

To come out of this crisis better, we have to recover the knowledge that as a people we have a shared destination. The pandemic has reminded us that no one is saved alone. What ties us to one another is what we commonly call solidarity. Solidarity is more than acts of generosity, important as they are; it is the call to embrace the reality that we are bound by bonds of reciprocity. On this solid foundation we can build a better, different, human future.

Pope Francis

Excerpts from his new book

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Counter argument I've heard from the OTHER side

 Repeatedly, from members of the Ruling Party,  I have both heard and read that " Gore kept extending the 2000 election for 28 days."

Al Gore lost the state of Florida by 537 votes...and that margin might have been altered had the Supreme Court NOT stepped in and halted the counting.

The final Electoral College vote was 

George Bush 271

Al Gore 266

IN NO WAY ON THIS SMALL PLANET ARE THE TWO ELECTIONS  SIMILAR

And why I'm even bringing this up WHEN THE OTHER SIDE KNOWS THEY AREN'T SIMILAR means that this current situation is really starting to piss me off.

I agree that every candidate has a legal right to make sure the results are correct....when the RACE is close.

THAT ELECTION WAS CLOSE

2000    BUSH 50,456,002    GORE 50,999,897

THIS ELECTION IS NOT CLOSE

2020   BIDEN 79,828,990    TRUMP  73,790,970

CURRENT ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE

BIDEN 306    TRUMP 232

What we are experiencing is a very very unstable person doing what unstable people do.

THEY MAKE OTHER PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE

THE REAL PROBLEM HERE IS THAT DONALD J. TRUMP

IS

F**KING

WITH

DEMOCRACY.

IN A MAJOR WAY, WITH NO REGARD FOR HONOR, RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE OF REALITY

AND

WE

ARE

LETTING

HIM

GET

AWAY

WITH

IT!

LAST WEEKEND THERE WAS A GATHERING FOR DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTERS IN WASHINGTON D.C.

MAYBE

HE

NEEDS

TO

SEE

A

NEW

GATHERING

THE TYPE OF GATHERING THAT CAN'T BE IGNORED

LIKE MAYBE 

ALL

79,828,990

with every single person 

wearing 

mask

that says

"GOOD-BYE"

and by the way....57 years ago today we lost a real President....and the political landscape changed completely.

RIP JFK






Saturday, November 14, 2020

I'm still holding my breath

NO OFFICIAL WORD FROM THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES REGARDING HIS PLANS FOR PERMANENT RELOCATION TO ONE OF HIS GOLF RESORTS

I CAN'T JUMP WITH JOY UNTIL I'VE HEARD THE ACTUAL WORDS

"I CONCEDE"

OR

THE FINAL CERTIFICATION IS COMPLETE


THE ORANGE MAN IS THE ULTIMATE TRICKSTER

AND

I

REFUSE

TO

BE

SUCKED

IN

AND

THEN

HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT HIS PLAN TO HAVE HIS APPOINTED JUDGES AND COURTS DECIDE THIS ELECTION......... 

.........ACTUALLY WORKED.