Recent developments beg the question: “Can our traditionally democratic way of life survive what’s happening?” Purely insane developments like the White House issuing orders to the Centers for Disease Control, dictating that some words and phrases like “fetus” and “science based” can no longer be part of any wording the CDC uses in budget documents with the Congress.
This is of course, Orwellian. Power brokers with a totally ideological agenda are dictating what our scientists can and cannot tell the nation’s lawmakers. It’s crazy. It’s also dangerous. Imposing a political or religious ideology on science undermines everything science should be. Except for those who think humans cohabited the planet with dinosaurs and that non-heterosexuals should pray the gay away.
It’s all about keeping lawmakers in the dark. Limiting what they are permitted to know. Just as so many Americans are being limited by the “thought police” of right-wing media. It’s like beating the stuffings out of millions of people each day and then convincing them that it’s in their best interest to have their entrails scattered about on the ground.
A wonderful word coined by the late, great Steve Allen continues coming to mind. The word is “Dumbth.” He used it for the title of one of his books. The book’s full title is, “Dumbth: The Lost Art of Thinking With 101 Ways to Reason Better & Improve Your Mind.” He wrote it twenty years ago. Since then, things have gotten worse as some in our political and media establishments have taken to using disinformation tactics that could be straight out of an old KGB playbook. Or the pages of Orwell’s “1984.”
Does Trump have any idea what he’s actually saying when he says it? At this point does it even matter as he threatens to tear down the very American institution that may be all that stands between our freedom and the ever-increasing control of the American political process by Oligarchs, some of whom represent the very worst that Russia has to offer?
Donald J. Trump, attacked the FBI, saying, “It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI, but we’re gonna rebuild the FBI. It’ll be bigger and better than ever,” Trump trumpeted. “But it is very sad when you look at those documents, and how they’ve done that is really, really disgraceful. And you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it. It’s a very sad thing to watch, I will tell you that.”
Donald Trump is going to “rebuild” the FBI? This is the same man who had a chief adviser in the person of Steve Bannon, who promised “deconstruction of the administrative state.” He might as well have been direct about it and called it the end of American democracy through the destruction of our national institutions.
It now sounds as though Donald Trump wants to tear down the FBI, rebuilding it into an organization that will be more Trump friendly while he continues turning so many federal agencies into paper tigers, the obvious objective being the elimination of regulation to the point that no one stands between the American people and the desires of predatory capitalists who care little or nothing for traditional American principles, only for greed on a multi-national scale as they continue extracting the wealth of America.
Don’t worry about running out of cash in your golden years, you will be able to get a reverse mortgage while making only minimum payments on your credit card debt.
That’s what this is really all about, you know. Extracting our wealth. Dylan Ratigan, had it nailed years ago, before leaving MSNBC, where he frequently refused to suffer fools gladly. Extract the wealth. Suck us all dry, until the Oligarchs and the multi-nationals have it all, leaving the huddled masses wondering what happened. Wondering why the corporate controlled media didn’t come to their defense sooner in the process.
Why would Donald J. Trump be so contemptuous of an American institution whose purpose is to put criminals, liars and thieves behind bars? To ferret out enemies of the nation who would seek to control and otherwise overthrow us? Perhaps, like so many of his disciples, he simply accepts an explanation that suits his purpose, biased, bigoted and bloated though it might be.
The weak-minded accept the disinformation that flows from various nonsense peddlers on the far right, that Robert Mueller’s purpose is political rather than legal (as in rule of law) and is therefore corrupt.
Trump is transferring his motives and traits to the FBI as he and his media mavens of the right proclaim the truth to be fake news. This is, again, disinformation, and it’s right out of the old KGB playbook. But will he somehow pull off firing Mueller, hindering the Russia investigation to the point that the American people will never get to the truth? And if he does, will what’s left of our democracy be able to survive this current onslaught of deceit?
Could be that it’s already too late.
Some very heavy thinkers at Princeton and Northwestern University believe American democracy may be a thing of the past. A study published in 2014 by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin I. Page, concludes, “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.”
This won’t come as a shock to many. It certainly won’t be anything new to those thinkers who lie awake nights wondering how much time we have left before our national denial abandons us and the ruse of American democracy is laid bare for all to see – leaving us alone and naked, nose to nose with the devil. And then what the hell will we do? Or are we already there and doing little or nothing?
Our biggest issue right now may be that a majority of America knows what’s going on. That the Republican tax bill is a sham for the wealthy, that cutting Medicare and Social Security is a real bad idea, that the Internet needs to be beyond the reach of corporate control and that our federal government has been bought and paid for by those very same interests highlighted by Prof’s Gilens and Page.
So who’s going to do something about it? Certainly not some old white guy on Capitol Hill, sweating bullets as he counts his monthly campaign contributions and waits for sexual abuse allegations to begin arriving from alleged victims he can’t remember.
The hard cold truth, is that the American agenda is no longer being driven by the American people. With a Russian loving oligarch in the White House and members of Congress swimming in corporate cash this could be one last national nightmare from which there is no awakening. We’ll find out at the polls in 2018. And maybe, just maybe, God willing, Trump won’t make it to 2020, leaving us with Mike Pence, who could be nearly as bad but hopefully not worse, as he won’t start out by surrounding himself with Russians and their money.
I don’t personally believe that men walked the Earth with dinosaurs but when things are this bad I’ll call down help from wherever I can find it. If God wants Donald Trump impeached, I’ll take it. And all those Bible beating Evangelicals in the South will have to take it too. Amen.