Americans now have it ass-backwards

imageFostered from the days of our nation’s revolution to attain freedom from oppressive treatment, it is readily apparent, Americans now have it ass-backwards … as succinctly noted beginning with Thomas Jefferson:

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Furthermore Thomas Jefferson inferred, people should NOT be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of the people...

Quotingfrom Tony Benn’s interview with Michael Moore in SICKOI think there are two ways in which people are controlled. “First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralize them.”

 Moreover Benn highlighted poverty and healthcare inequality as democratic issues. “The people in debt become hopeless, and the hopeless people don’t vote… an educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.”

Approaching the November 2018 Presidential election, America finds itself transfixed as two larger than life individuals vie for the office of President of our nation.  One, a woman whose legacy with many Americans is at best, mixed, and not genuinely warm and fuzzy, tainted as pushy and bitchy…

The other, a huge personality, a self-proclaimed billionaire financial genius, with media stage presence, loud, boisterous, shoots from the hip … portraying what he hopes sells him as a different breed of politician…

With each candidate’s ego fully engulfed and enflamed the rhetoric too is enflamed, vitriolic, misogynic, lively, loud, but lacking substance, soul, meaning and unfortunately – truth…

This presidential campaign evolved and eroded into a contest of name calling, finger pointing, back-biting, wherein the substantive issues of social security, health care, education, civil injustice, economic inequity became nothing more than an opponent’s punch-line attacking joke…

Every viable issue was marginalized into vicious attack ads hurled inessentially back and forth and no one yelled … STOP… what’s the truth…???

The candidate’s crowd appeal, ability to dominate the vaunted “news-cycle” become the paramount “talking-point”…  And in this contest, the female candidates’ legacy of her 30 plus years of politics, coupled with the demeaning underhanded manner in which she manipulated her nomination to be her party’s candidate, became an albatross around her neck dooming her from being elected the first female President in American history…

Our American “free” press loved it … it was a free-for-all … no-hold-barred … made for TV mud wrestling match with comic characters playing out non-stop on internet social media dominating and out scouring corporate print and TV…

When the smoke cleared there was some shock and surprise as the man … Donald J Trump … emerged from this mud wrestling match the new President-elect of the United States … even though he was out slugged by some two million votes by “we” the people…   Nonetheless as established by our nation’s founders, he won the Electoral College, thereby winning the presidency…

On that night in November 2018, a new political era began as no longer did a candidate need prior political experience, money’s power was supreme coupled with one’s ability to manipulate any message… 

“Spin” was, with President-elect Trump to become not only acceptable … but …  truth decreed as “alternative fact” … subject to interpretation depending upon circumstances as declared by our newly elected President…

In blitzkrieg fashion, Trump, altered definition of words, labels, concepts solely by decree and our vaunted revered free press corps dutifully capitulated…

What was or should have been unquestioningly apparent from the outset is in TRUMP America it is his way or the highway…no discussion needed, wanted or tolerated.   If one needs proof, suggest you view the Trump TV series and appearances.

… “If you’re going to make sense of politics you have to have a historical perspective and also recognize that you have to work with people you don’t agree with”…Tony Benn

This re-defining of truth began at Trump’s inauguration as the size of the crowds were deliberated altered making sure they projected support superior to that of his predecessor … Barack Obama … that “black” man Trump used to foment his “birther” campaign…

…And so it began, and to date has not ended, and you thought George Orwell’s …1984 … was just a book…???

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