Information overload

It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth.  Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon.  Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another.  We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority.  We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.”  This is merely suppression of opposing ideas.  I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one.  People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents.  Hostility is projected, received and internalized.  With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.

What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly.  What are you doing to prepare?

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Parsing the pontifications

Some thoughts and interpretations (in italics and parentheses) as I read through the transcript of Hillary’s acceptance speech:

“Now America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying.” (Pay no attention to how I’ve contributed to the fraying of trust by hiding my activities on a private server and deleting 30,000 emails after my highly questionable electronic practices came to light.)

“[Trump] wants us to fear the future and fear each other. Well, you know, a great Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 years ago during a much more perilous time: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!” (Of course, after saying that, FDR ordered the round up and interment of Japanese in America, due to the fear they could be an internal threat during a time of war. Kind of like the threat your refugee resettlement policy poses.)

“…remember, our Founders fought a Revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.” (But my former boss, Barack, didn’t let that stop him from using his ‘pen and phone.’ I won’t, either.)

“I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me.” (Maybe that’s because you often change your tune to match the prevailing winds, and always in support of your own ambitions. Despite all the smoke screens, though, some of us DO know what to make of you…)

“Tonight we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union. The first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president!” (And I’m counting on the “let’s make history” novelty vote to overcome that lack of trust I talked about earlier. Hey, it worked for Barack!)

“It’s wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.” (And that’s why I support oppose TPP (at least, some of the time) and will preserve H1-B. Oh, wait…)

“Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt free for all. We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt.” (By increasing government spending–and the national debt–even further. Barack only managed to double the national debt during his eight years. Wait until you see what I can do!)

“Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation, when he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter…” (Something that, thankfully, my allies in the mainstream press help keep me from experiencing!)

“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons!” (And a woman who passes the most sensitive national security information through an unauthorized, insecure personal e-mail server is not one we can trust with the launch codes, either.)

“I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns.” (Please forget here that I once stated “we’re going to take things away from you for the common good,” or that to my party, “common sense gun control” includes three extra words to throw you off the scent… it’s really just about ‘control.’)

“And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from.” (Unless, of course, it’s coming from our camp.)

“More than a few times I’ve had to pick myself up and get back in the game.” (Usually because I was doing something questionable, got called on it, and had to play the coy “who, li’l me?” act in order to lull the gullible back to sleep. Like I’m doing now)

Don’t fall for it again, America!

‘Diversity’ – the deeper agenda

You can’t make this stuff up:

An event meant to celebrate diversity and combat racism at a Washington state community college has been cancelled after a flier emailed to guests said white people weren’t invited.
School officials were asked to reply to the invitation to find out the confidential date and time of when the event would be held. According to the station, the invite made it clear white people were not invited.
“If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that,” the email read.  Diversity and Equity Center staffer Karama Blackhorn helped write the invitation and said she stands by her opinion that staff members of color would have a more honest discussion about race without white people there.

You mean an ‘honest discussion’ about the assumption that all white people are ‘raciss?’  (Naturally, that attitude isn’t racist by Orwellian definition.)  Just as the NAACP is sometimes referred to as “the Klan with a tan,” all too often the ‘diversity’ agenda means celebrating everyone’s viewpoint — except the so-called WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) perspective. It’s one thing to level a playing field and try to adjust for historical wrongs.  It’s another to swing the pendulum so that the shoe of discrimination then goes on the other foot.  All too often, the latter is what’s happening in the name of ‘diversity’ and ‘civil rights.’  And far too many people that apply for positions like “Diversity and Equity Center staffer” have at least a subconscious attitude that “payback’s a —–.”

One can detect more than a whiff of that same attitude in the current administration.  Far from being the ‘post-racial President,’ the current incumbent’s reliance on race to deflect criticism has likely done more than anything else to undo the progress in ethnic relations of the past half century.   Sooner or later, perfectly reasonable people who were willing to offer a hand up will get tired of being cast as the villain in some mythological morality play when they have personally done no wrong in the name of race.   This is especially true when the ones most likely to hurl the charges show questionable allegiance to practicing what they preach.

The threat of being called a ‘racist’ (or ‘sexist,’ or ‘homophobe’) frequently causes people to tactitly accept or support ideas and actions they personally disagree with.  At some point, however, when one realizes that no concession will ever be enough to avoid the namecalling — that they are expected to sit on “stools of everlasting repentence” — the willingness to keep dealing with ‘the other’ evaporates due to the lack of good faith.

…and thus is the momentum of the pendulum maintained by fallen human nature.

What started as an attempt to bring people together is, today, institutionally keeping them apart and pitting them against each other.  ‘Divide and conquer’ always makes sense for those who intend to rule, rather than govern.

Remember who the real enemy is

Tonight the President will deliver the annual pablum known as the State of the Union address.  Far from being a report on the true state of living in the formerly land of the free and home of the brave, it will be yet another partisan pep rally of applause lines and passive-aggressive political sniping.  Pundits from both approved sides of the aisle will parse paragraphs and puff chests, in an attempt to deliver “red meat” to their particular base.

And thus will another Two Minutes’ Hate toward their political team of choice divert Americans’ increasing exasperation from its legitimate target.  Few of those watching from home (if they even bother), will stop to consider that the message isn’t really meant for them.  It’s meant for the denizens of the Capitol — that isolated bastion of idealism that remains insulated from the effects of its wretched policies.  Want proof of the disconnect?  The President enjoys an 80% approval rating there!  And why not?  After all, it’s not as if unemployment is rising, or house prices falling, in that Federal enclave of unreality.

In the popular series “The Hunger Games,” the protagonist is reminded the second time she’s forced to fight for her life to “remember who the enemy is.”  Americans need to realize it isn’t the (R) or (D) after a politician’s name that’s the problem.  It’s the political class itself, along with the enormous power it’s amassed — powers the Founders NEVER intended for it to have.  The incestuous, interlocking relationships between Big Government, Big Business and Big Media have created an aristocracy that is isolated both from the peasantry (that would be those of us in “flyover country”) and accountability.

I heard earlier today that a number of Congresscritters, in the latest PR stunt, would be wearing orange badges to the State of the Union event to signify their support of “bipartisanship.”  Americans don’t need no stinking badges.  There’s an excellent way this year to show our bipartisanship as a people:

NO INCUMBENTS, PLEASE!

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