Either it’s just Trump self-aggrandizing, or it’s the #TyrantClass giving us a choice between who they want (Hillary), and someone who *appears* to be a populist, but whose presentation is basically insupportable in any factual way, it just articulates a right-wing under-informed rage at the *actual* inequities that we ALL face, but in a totally self-destructive and emotion based way.
In either case, Trump is a farce. A distracting and VERY DIVISIVE farce, but a farce nonetheless.
The problem is that in his articulation of that rage, he very adroitly focuses that rage on completely inappropriate and ultimately guiltless parts of our society, by using preexisting prejudices and fears and tying them in with childish delusional 14 y/o answers that could never work in the real world, but have GREAT appeal to the lower instincts of racism and prejudice and fear in some segments of our society.
And the problem with that is simple….by unleashing this tsunami of Ignorant/Stupid/Angry into the ballot box, we could actually get a result that no one credits right now, and that is to elect another Hitleresque leader onto history who is empowered to behave exactly as he said he would, and he begins to repeat a particular part of human history, taking us ALL down a dark tunnel into another time that is a sewer of the worst parts of ourselves.
By putting these horrific consequences out of their minds, and only focusing on the parts of his messages that resonate for them (the Fed, Central Banks, Mexicans taking our jobs, terrorists, vague and otherwise conspiracies of varying magnitude, etc etc…), those who vote for him based on these single issues disregard the other very powerful and also popular views that he holds; the undeniable racism, the ridiculous “solutions” to alleged “problems” that things like a Giant Wall would “solve”, bombing places in the world until they basically stop “bothering” us, and a whole host of ludicrous solutions that appeal to a part of humanity best left in the caves of our not very ancient human past….which is where they belong.
This Willfull Ignorance, this choice to only focus on the little flake of Fool’s Gold in this giant pile of excrement, THAT is childish and foolish. But that is EXACTLY what this farce plays to, that 14 y/o need to fix the “One Big Thing” in some simple bar-parking-lot-fight kind of way, whatever the cost is attached to it.
These folks who succumb to this better hope they don’t get what they ask for. For those of us who understand what is happening here, you people terrify us, because we can see that you BELIEVE in it, and that is truly frightening, because we have learned from history that this kind of thing can become real and profound, very quickly.
When I see otherwise fairly rational friends of mine, whom I know to be decent people, falling prey to this, I know it’s real, and it’s profoundly shocking and scary to me.
So Bernie Sanders is raising absolute hell, and the large scale media is basically ignoring him, or as in this case, questioning whether he can do it or not, but goddam!! He’s drawing GIANT crowds THIS early in, and let’s get clear, it’s not just that he drawing crowds, it’s that THE PEOPLE are so relieved that someone is actually addressing what THEY want to hear, that THEY are going.
I think the distinction is important because THEY really want to be heard, and they KNOW no one else hears them, and definitely no one else will speak for them, so it HAS to be Bernie, and they are going to force this thing forward.
Bernie is right about the grassroots thing, and people know this is a crucial time, one where if this takeover isn’t beaten back now, the next few years are going to become very difficult for us as the 99%.
An interesting last note in this report – tomorrow Marc Rubio will be in town….to talk to a private gathering of petroleum manufacturers, (old white dudes with money who “matter”), and Jeb will be in Simi Valley talking to more of the same, tho I think that one is open to at least reporters.
I’m starting to worry for Bernie….his opposition isn’t truly Hillary or any of the other cabdidates, it’s in fact the #TyrantClass in total, and THEY know it. And as far as they’re concerned, this is literally trillions each year of what they consider to be their money being threatened. This is a group of people that care not what damage they do in the pursuit of money/power, be it killing innocent children in far away lands, or getting YOUR kids KILLED in far away lands killing the kids there, or poisoning entire populations both at home and abroad with Frankenfoods, shitting in literally every single thing we eat, place we visit, air we breath, water we drink, and planet we live on in the pursuit of an economic fiction that was made up to control people….what would YOU do if you were them and Bernie turned into a serious threat, or even won, and all your power/money was suddenly at risk?
I know what *I* think they would do, and I think they’ve done it before when Presidents have gotten out of line, (and don’t kid yourself, Obama was and still is entirely their man, watch what happens with the health industry consolidations).
So yeh, I worry for him. I think he knows exactly what he is dealing with, and I think it’s a terribly brave thing he’s doing, and I’m DAMN SURE going to honor that effort and sacrifice by voting for him…well…that and that I think he’s right about almost everything he speaks to.
So we’re finally hearing a candidate talking about the clear and obvious truths that this country is suffering from, mainly having to do with the #TyrantClass’s takeover of the government, mostly through cop orate proxy.
The grotesque privatization of the school system by the tried and true method of identifying a lucrative potential market currently being serviced by the government, begin a campaign of decrying the fault’s of that system while simultaneously surreptitiously defunding and regulating the the service into insolvency and incapacity, then sell it off to corporate buyers who immediately begin to cut services even more in the name of profits, yet continue to charge larger and larger amounts of money, while providing less and less services.
Mix this with lobbying pressure for more input into the system in question, (the constant and aggressive lobbying by private prison corporations for more and more prison solutions to societal ills such as drug addiction and immigration), and you have a horrific situation where the corporations that stand to benefit from draconian and non-effective “solutions’, are the very people that are writing the laws and having “in-the-pocket” legislators passing them!
So now we have for the first time in a long time, a PRESIDENTIAL candidate who is willing to talk about these things openly, and starts from a place of accepting that these conditions in our society are a FACT.
That’s remarkable. And sadly so unusual…..
This doesn’t even MENTION the war industry’s weaseling our country into a state of perpetual war for something like that last 40 years at least.
Here he is talking about this very thing….
This guy deserves our attention, and in my opinion, our votes and support.
We as a people deserve this kind of truth from our leaders, tho if we DON’T VOTE for him, then maybe we don’t……