Press needs to tackle troubling questions
Living in Northwest Florida for 38 years, presently land of Rep. Spoiled Brat Gaetz, the ultra-conservative Republicans have been under my study for a long time. I remember back in my early computer days, I got very curious about the Project For A New American Century and opened up their website. I spent some time letting the language flow over me, and suddenly felt the horror of a proposed 21st Century of unbridled capitalism, sans governmental controls, worldwide. I practically slammed the pc shut, and ever since those Newt Gingrich days have watched a steady march toward those objectives, first in secret, now plainly out in the open. I'll cut to the chase.
Look at Trump's constant contradictory, confounding political moves, choices in "leadership", malignant narcissism and cruelty. Put that together with other likely FSB psyops, and the shift from democracy to dictatorship becomes clear. In this Covid 19 mess, look at the central actions-
obstruction of proven procedures, shifting IN THE MIDST OF CRISIS suddenly to commercial market procedures, presenting nothing but manipulation, obfuscation and pushback to the needs of governmental entities all over the country. Secrecy in the allocation of funds and materials and unwillingness to publish information could very well be a screen for looting and likely other levels of criminal activity by his inner circle. It's clear, living outside the politics and journalism world, these patterns of behavior. We started getting conditioned, as have other
societies, with the "unlikely, goofy, clownish" leadership figures, for the chaos to come. Get a
grip, people. Journalists must start asking the ugly, baldfaced questions and give up the self-righteous veneer of denial about these activities.
These are good questions but they could also be asked about many of the decisions that Trump has made in the past. For example it made no sense for him to overspend on his casino to the point of bankruptcy. He was unable to pay back loans not long after the Taj opened and this was at a time when casinos were thriving. Clearly Trump has never listened to people around him who could see an inevitable coming disaster. It is hard to believe that his multiple business failures were deliberate and based in some kind of rational strategy.
Trump is a magical thinker who lives in a world he creates in his fevered brain. Unfortunately the vast majority of Republicans are also magical thinkers. The Christian Right is all about a magical belief system. And “mainstream” Republicans bought into an economic ideology based on magical thinking when Reagan was president. Supply-side economics is an economic “theory” that claims that tax cuts on the wealthy will magically pay for themselves because rich people are inherently smarter and able to solve all of our problems. All available evidence contradicts that fairytale but for decades top Republicans as well as the rank and file have refused to give up on it.
"One month into this nationwide emergency, the press has done an excellent job documenting the almost unimaginable failures of the federal government to protects its population from a slow-moving medical risk that appeared half way around the world four months ago."
But have they though? To date, not one question at these daily briefings about the fact that it certainly appears that the Trump Admin is directing the federal government to steal PPE on route to first responders and states and then...giving? selling?...them to private brokers who then make states bid against each other for this critical and tax-payer funded equipment. That's an insane and totally illegal act that apparently not one member of the WHCA seems to think is worth raising.
The NYT and most MSM have normalized the ever-loving fuck out new outrages daily. Rachel Martin and many NPR journalists have a polite laugh at just bug-fuck statements by the POTUS but cannot and will not call these obvious lies, "lies."
Lastly, we go on and on about Trump and his Z-list political grift circus WHILE ALSO never pointing out that the entire GOP is one criminal organization focused on stripping this country for parts before demographic destiny relegates them to the ash bin of history.
At this point, there is no going back. The country will either burn our current political system to the ground (literally or figuratively), or the corporate take over of this country will be 100% complete. We haven't been a democracy for a hot minute, and we may never be again.
In yesterday's Youtube video blog by former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, he read tweets from a nurse in South Dakota who talks of Covid patients that scream at the nurses and doctors that they don't have the disease, that it's a hoax, that they want the magic medicine they gave to Trump. The nurse went on to say the only thing that stops their illogical rants is intubation. An article in the WPO on Saturday highlighted (or low lighted) the Million (thousand) Maga march on Washington that virtually stated both sides can't seem to break away from their beliefs about the election, as if there are two sides to it. This is how broken we've become. The Republicans are playing a very dangerous game of coddling the toddler and chief, not to piss him off and somehow derail efforts to gain two Senate seats in Georgia. This is the work of evil Mitch McConnell who loses not an ounce of sleep every evening while there are over a 150k new Covid cases and around a thousand Americans that are dying each day. The idea expressed by CNN that we can somehow have a kumbaya moment as a nation is as foolish as thinking aliens will land on earth and solve all of our problems. Come to think of it, odds makers might make that the more plausible possibility.
Trump is correct, we are at war. And Putin is winning. His orange puppet has spent the last three years destroying this country. Stealing from us. Poisoning us. Dividing us. And now killing us. Putin must sleep with a smile.
Trump's behavior makes sense from the standpoint of what Putin would like to see America become: a failed state run by gangsters whom he controls. And if you're wondering why Trump would sacrifice his re-election, as he seems to be doing, it's because McConnell and the GOP will steal the election. It's already happening right in front of us, with the voter roll purges, the flawed voting machines, the refusal of Mitch to allow any election-protection legislation -- and now, Trump's new Postmaster General.
It seems the odds of so many mistakes exposed by a WH dealing with a pandemic are astronomical, even if Trump is incompetent. I have never seen things through the eyes of a conspiracy nut, but it is hard to believe there wasn't some intention on his part. These glaring errors and subsequent attempts to blame, excuse and deny are always his way of dealing. But the media could have been much more forceful instead of worrying about being perceived as creating hysteria. There will be books written about this for many years to come.
Great song choice. Might be my 2nd favorite of theirs after "The Kid Next Door," which has a similarly fatalistic and poetic line at its core: "We keep on living while we keep on dying."
It seems (to me) tRump is both covering for the absolute failure to have 300 million tests available today, plus obeying instructions from his industry supporters and donors not to force them to do it (because that’s not, er, freedom). All of this is theater without a virus AND antibody test for every American (and probably at least 2 of each to make sure). 40 years of offshoring our manufacturing has guaranteed this failure, but those who owned the factories, distribution and sales of cheaper imported products sure have done well, so no one dare suggest that was a huge mistake. As we speak, Japan is pouring billions into bringing manufacturing back to Japan; it may cost more in the short term, but they won’t get their other leg caught in the same trap. We will have to do the same, after we’ve exhausted every other option.
And Eric Ambel produced it. Great album. Forgot about this gem.
The DC Press Corpse endlessly gives Trump pass after pass.