Rants on Recent Events
Here are some rantings of mine that I recently posted on Facebook. Enjoy!
Goodwin is correct: Trump's phone call is nothing. But Goodwin doesn't
get that this impeachment is a farce and the Democrats know it's a
farce. Why do it? Because when you have a political order that is
controlled by the wealthy and their representatives, works for them and
does little else, it helps to create "dramas" that make it seem like
something else is going on. Remember Kavanaugh? Both the Republican and
Democratic elites will profit from this farce, just as happened when the
Republicans pretended to want to remove Clinton from office. I marvel
at how obtuse people can be, how taken in by dog and pony shows. But
then, they don't have to acknowledge that our political order is
thoroughly corrupt, from top to bottom, from left to right. Enjoy the
Whenever I see this person [Greta], I feel like I’m watching a “reality tv
show,” because she seems to be so scripted, a script used by moralists
“to stage ritualized displays of anger and disgust” in allegedly crisis
situations. The script has a general outline too: first, a threat is
identified. Then stereotype the reprobates, here politicians and others.
Follow up with escalating threats (here: we can’t wait and must act!).
Top it all off with moral absolutism and make-believe solutions like
more laws or symbolic acts (here Greta’s school protests every Friday).
It all seems so contrived, so predictable, and ultimately so
propagandistic. And yet people eat it up. Goebbels is laughing in his
afterlife, “Told you so!”
Response from a friend and my response to her:
My exact sentiments. She looks
like an actress plucked out of some 1940s film about the Nazis. And the
entire speech is a giant sound bite. Also... the world is going to end
whether we like it or not. Let’s all calm down.
Me: She's learned her lines and
her scripting, from her transatlantic sailing to her appearances in
Congress and the UN, has been quite professional. Certainly something I
would expect from a teenager! It blows my mind how easy it is to
propagandize even intelligent people. Perhaps what is needed to resist
such stuff is more than a bit of perversity, which is what I have.
More on impeachment:
The coming formal impeachment investigation of Trump has nothing,
absolutely nothing to do with national security or with "Russiagate" or
with anything Trump has done, other than being president of course.
Rather, it has to do with the political battles within the Democratic
Party, the battles between "the Squad" and those called "the
frontliners," especially first term frontliners who are looking to
retain their seats in 2020. From this perspective, it matters not
whether Trump will be successfully
impeached - which of course no sensible Democrat really wants to happen -
or not. It is enough that the Democratic Party pretend it wants to
successfully impeach Trump and remove him from office, just as it was
enough that the Republicans pretended to want to remove Clinton from
office via impeachment when of course they didn't. In other words, this
move is blatantly political, forced on Pelosi et. al. who is trying to
maintain her control of the Democratic Party against "the Squad" and
other alleged "radicals." All the rest of the rhetoric from the
Democrats is, to put it bluntly, bullshit.
Oh where will this lead, they wonder as if they didn’t know. This is
such fun, watching the “drama” of our Orwellian oligarchs unfold as if
something important is going on. As one guy quoted here claimed, he only
knew this would be an X factor in the campaign 2020. He got that right
because that’s what this is about, the 2020 campaign, nothing more,
nothing less. Just as the Republicans were after Clinton before 2000, so
the Democrats are after Trump, with just about as much legitimacy.
But when the political order is thoroughly controlled by the wealthiest
Americans, providing for them and almost no one else, it is necessary
to pretend something else is going on. Well, like the BS that went on
with Kavanaugh, this is the latest faux drama going on. I will sit back,
not watch Fox or MSNBC, and wait for the denouement of this farce. We
have become a world-wide joke and that joke is on us.