Category Archives: Agitprop/Propaganda

Not Ready to Make Nice

One terrific result produced by the Donald Trump klepto- and kakacracy – no need to bother with restraint when any aspect of his crime organization administration is the subject.

Throughout the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, the right never let the facts interrupt its false narrative. Right-wingers’ perversion of the story suited the narrow-minded, the flat-out bigoted, and ignorant continually inbreeding in less dynamic America.

While Obama and his team exemplified what had been extolled American virtues, channeling the federal government’s immense power to assist and lift Americans, right-wing barking heads and Republican operatives appealed to the nation’s lesser angels. They summoned the worst from the very people who would’ve benefited most from the prior administration’s proposals. Other than corporate America and its handmaidens determined to make life as disagreeable as possible for ordinary citizens, who could’ve been opposed to better health care, safer working conditions, and a less toxic environment?

All that improvement would’ve sliced into profits. Can’t have that, can we?

Reminds of the abject cynicism portrayed in The Third Man, a 1949 movie. Set in postwar Vienna, the theme is utmost exploitation for maximum profit. In it, blackmarketeers have flooded city hospitals with diluted drugs.

The film’s antagonist justifies his immorality by comparing people to ants. Seen from above, people become ants. Distance renders ants small and indistinguishable. Moreover, every “ant” poisoned earns him $25,000.

“And no income tax, old man! No income tax!” the refrain which no doubt resonates powerfully through the selfish among our current society.

As Americans have discovered, those residing at the most rarefied financial heights have decided degrading our lives is a fair exchange for their making even more bags full of money. Or as right-wingers and their increasingly reactionary elements gladly argue if macro America could possibly be enriched micro Americans should accept that our living conditions will worsen and through that our lives shortened.

Yes, that’s how the deal works. In real life, the rich get richer and are insulated from the maladies afflicting those below them. The wealthy lap up gravy; the striving and poor suffer ptomaine.

How have right-wingers made this disparity attractive to those who will bear the burden and endure its consequences? In certain segments of gullible America, the right has indeed made cutting one’s own throat desirable. The indifferent and comfortable have rendered self-preservation, much less evolving, as a disagreeable choice to those occupying the lower-rungs.

When Obama occupied the Oval Office, his supporters followed the chief’s lead. Despite what the right spewed, the levelheaded among us battled their falsehoods with reason. Facts and real numbers often blunted the opposition’s increasingly raving assaults.

In real life shouldn’t these efforts have been enough to dissuade all except those extremists committed and dedicated to creating an America in their most backward image? No and not at all. Der Trump is of such meager quality he would’ve astounded P.T. Barnum, a huckster who chiseled the book on suckers into stone.

One hopes in the short-fingered vulgarian our nation sees the last gasp of self-perpetuated desperate and despairing, needlessly fearful societal segments who wrongly believe that thanks to unfair advantages those they once marginalized have now vaulted ahead of them. People like Barack Obama, who despite his prior achievements and obvious abilities, never should’ve ascended to the White House.

No. The people who overhauled them did it the American Way. They worked hard and towards goals rather than sit on laurels long crushed by lazy expectation.

About one of the former president’s earlier jobs, his community activism, a position much derided by opponents who gave civic virtue lip service when they weren’t sneering at it, corralling the diverse elements of any community is akin to herding cats. So wasn’t it fine preparation for the presidency?

One would’ve thought the self-proclaimed world’s best wheeler-dealer might’ve possessed a skosh of the above skills. Instead an astounded public daily watches and listens to a White House menagerie running wild.

Once Obama ceded power, once Hillary conceded, Der Trump showed that he absolutely refused growing into the majesty of the presidency. Prestige alone wouldn’t make the vile pig grow an inch. And once the real estate fraud’s supporters misinterpreted the election results as open season on decency and opened tolerance to their rampages, these acknowledged that the restraint the 44th president’s side extended his detractors were empty exercises.

There was no need to play nice with such two-legged Trump vermin.

All the above signaled that true Americans could skip the give-and-take of reasoned debate. Their opponents proved themselves deranged. We could forego any rules regarding wearing properly padded gloves, eye-gouging, or even hitting – hitting? – kicking below the belt. The nation’s viability and future were at stake thanks to the Electoral College, the last vestige of the Civil War other than those statues in Dixie commemorating rebel traitors.

Hey. Mustn’t tell me twice. My elbows were ready to dig into enemy ribs the first moments that part of disbelieving Anglo America tried denying Obama’s legitimacy first as a man, then as a citizen, and finally as president.

Let me be plain. Perhaps what Republicans and increasingly reactionary right-wingers tried perpetrating flew above the heads of Anglos who saw Obama’s obvious qualities. They couldn’t fathom the disingenuousness engineered by America’s intentionally less enlightened.

But blacks knew. Latinos ought have known. While the “model minority,” Asians, probably knew themselves susceptible but hoped the first non-traditional President of the United States adept enough to thwart whatever menaces might threaten their own inexorble rises into national power.

Don’t we see harsh echoes of Obama’s Trump orchestrated birth certificate controversy in the dilemmas suffered by Latinos along the Texas border? There, suspect passports have been voided. Those occupying them stranded or deported to Mexico because midwifes instead of medical staffs inside hospitals assisted and recorded the holders’ births.

Social media serves the globe as a bane and boon. We may presently connect instantly with our planet’s farthest reaches. However, many of the communications sent, received, digested, then replied, purposely seek to retard the advance of civilization. Particularly in the ideological/political gamut.

Now that Obama has departed the Oval Office, now that Der Trump soils the White House, what need remains for polite discourse?

The current occupant of the Oval Office is unfit for the honor. He’s a disgrace. Absolutely. And if he isn’t a traitor to the United States, then he’s surely an asset an adversarial power has cultivated and exploited against these United States.

While it warms the heart that social media presents opportunities to find others with whom to exchange similar views, I prefer unfettered searching and destroying (rhetorically) those dupes, suckers, numbskulls, knuckle-draggers, mouth-breathers, halfwits aspiring to become nitwits, dumbass backwoods countryfucks, and mongrels who watched Der Trump on his unreality TV show, decide that after retakes and editing he’d be just the cur to transform the presidency into a buffoonery and reduce our formerly great nation’s status.

And social media constantly produces new targets of pitiable and pitiful opportunity. They are deplorable. They should be reminded of their awful state at every chance. I’m doing my part. Gleefully.

Early in September, one of the more egregious examples came to my attention. Poor fellow, a good ol’ boy mired in less dynamic America, launched a rant against the Democratic Party, progressives and tolerance so steeped in ignorance he transformed himself into a prime case for euthanasia.

Naturally he was an Anglo, or as he might’ve proclaimed himself, “a proper white man.” Nothing wrong with that except his claim of being a “proper” white male should embarrass other white men.

Looking at the self-selections for the picture gallery in his profile, he was all physicality. That’s right. The sort of fellow who bulked up, then got buff. He works hard to remain that kind of musclehead in order to intimidate lesser physical specimens and mask his shortcomings. What do confident people call that? Oh, yeah. Overcompensating.

How hadn’t he featured himself in his gallery styling camo standing beside an all-terrain vehicle holding one of those projectile-through-engine-block hunting weapons? When is mastodon season in Dawgpatch?

Anyway his rage goose-stepped into unbalanced. I thought I’d perform my civic duty and answer his harangue. If he became rabid, whose fault was that? The italics that follow form the response which got me a one-day ding from a social media site. Since it highly improbable for permission from the cracker and the social media site to cite him, my own comments will supply inferences.

Names have been changed to protect me. If the ogre and his nanny wish to confess being the disguised actors and open themselves to self-invited ridicule, okay by me.

Okay, Goober. First thing first. You’re using [party affiliation] in its adjectival sense, so it’s Democratic, not “Democrat.” This usage makes you come across as ignorant. Or at least unlettered.

Second, most of the people shot in Chicago’s lead orgies are members of the criminal element. Yes, an indecent portion of innocent bystanders get clipped but that’s because the NRA hasn’t infiltrated South and West Chicago with gun safety and marksmanship courses. Wonder why.

Nonetheless Chicago has had past lead orgies. During Prohibition.

A quick perusal of our American history will show that Irish and Italian gangs frequently resorted to mob behavior in order to get the advantage in bootlegging. Strangely no one called members of either side “animals.” Wonder why.

Know who presided as mayor for a good chunk of those bullet-riddled Jazz Age years? Bill Thompson. A Republican.

Then as now, we cannot and should not ascribe the violence to political ideology. Rather, there are conditions inherent and exacerbated by Chicago’s environment. Foremost, though, criminal elements seek dominance over certain turfs.

As long as these miscreants keep most of the mayhem among themselves, Chicagoans might be outraged for a day or two after these murderous outbreaks, but safe and distant from the trouble, won’t rouse itself and compel authority to quell the lawlessness occurring elsewhere between other people.

Just like in Old Chicago under Big Bill Thompson. A Republican.

Astonishingly the above was enough for some butt-hurt reactionary to bawl to the social media site’s Indecorous Language Chief. Absent throughout Barack Obama’s entire tenure when right-wingers had long field days mocking him as “a nigger in a suit,” setting some cracker straight with facts now roused the organization’s correction apparatus.

Somehow Goober’s, or some other Goober’s, mewling and puking about my refutation coming across as condescending and injurious to the tender sensibilities of the reprehensible (Oh, God, let’s hope so!) awarded me the aforementioned one-day ding. The social media site pronounced verdict in its usual gutless manner – through an auto generated judgment imposed before the sentence could be appealed.

Shades of the Red Queen.

Yes. The sentence could be rescinded, though only after having serving it! That’s not justice. That’s useless.

Best part of the sham? The site included a box in which those knowing themselves having been misjudged could provide extenuating testimony. Should the argument prove effective, it’d erase the unjust ruling … but too late to negate the penalty served.

Last year I’d had the same sort of set-to with these dreary digital overloads over a few trenchant statements regarding some brain-dead, right-wing mental vomit. Nefarious reactionaries hoped their falsehoods would be swallowed as beneficial to America. In pointing out the discrepancy I was ruthless, bloodless, and merciless.

Indeed I was.

Who on earth would be offended by that?

But these right-wingers, the reactionaries, they masquerade and strut around as if they’re tough. No. They’re not tough. Mean, yes. However, they’ve confused meanness with toughness. Here’s the difference. Barack Obama was tough. Donald Trump is mean; a bully.

Meanness is a manifestation of bullies’ weaknesses. A need to demonstrate strength where none exists.

Tough guys mustn’t resort to bullying. For mean guys their loud, ratdog yapping is all that inflates them. And when that’s exposed they simply become blowhards.

The real estate fraud, and those not just dumb enough to admire him, but emulate the swine as well, they’re not just sissies. They’re also pussies.

Throughout the Obama Administration these ideological malefactors never got called to account. Social media gave their lying and insults passes. Now that the Electoral College, America’s last vestige of slavery, prevented the second non-traditional president from immediately succeeding the first, those of us possessing true faith in our Republic have zero need to restrain ourselves when dealing with Der Trump malignancy.

Whose fault is it that right-wingers can’t swallow the antidote?

Again, in straightening out and wising up the social media site’s Indecorous Language Chief, I defended myself with precision. And spleen.

Mine was an adult and factual response.

What? [The social media site] can’t handle those? Then you better get out of this social media thing.

Perhaps the addressee who received my missive was shamed to have been exposed on a public forum as a fraud and lightweight. Rather than upgrade his/her game, he or she went whiny 21st century and decided to complain about being maligned.

I don’t know. I don’t care. I’m an adult. One who can debate and discuss without my feelings being hurt by an opposing view which may shred my own.

In any case, [the social media site] must have proctors who are mature and know something about American history and current conditions in America. Find him or her. Have either one or the other read what I posted.

He or she ought to find my refutation does not break [social media site] guidelines. In fact when I take to [social media site] I lift its standards.

You ought to thank me.

No, you ought to throw roses at my feet.

No, you ought to kiss my feet.

You will unblock my account and you will be damned quick about it.

The site’s answer? Why, none at all. The flunky responsible couldn’t have arbitrated the invalidity imposed. The message was never received. Though sent, it too was obstructed. The system had impeded its delivery. The message agitating for my unfettered communication was blocked.

How convenient. How cowardly. How childish. The best way of avoiding being rightly contradicted? Ignoring the counter-contention, of course! It reflects the manner of “resolution” increasingly salting college campuses nationwide.

Recent graduates of what today passes for academe form social media network worker ant forces. Wonderful. Adults aged 20-something who haven’t learned much and know even less about refereeing opinions gleaned from real-life experiences of those twice and three-times their downy years.

Seeking accountability from the spoiled cream of the Participation Trophy Generation frustrates in its futility. Such children know nothing about freewheeling, open-aired discourse. Oh, except that if a point raised somehow offends them, it must be wrong and must be suppressed.

How did our society sink from prizing straight talk to hollowing English with safe semantics? Those who will inherit our nation have been immunized from clear speech. They’ve been indoctrinated in benign-speak, an argot that leeches language of its vigor thereby dampening the exchange of ideas and points of view.

It’s impossible hearing the present cohort of newly-minted adults engaging in – and enjoying – the sort of freewheeling, no-holds barred verbal sparring stamping my same passage through life. Particularly once the first evangelicals and young adherents to conservative strictures appeared on my alma mater’s mall. Modeled after the circuit-riders of old, these were the precursors to the mega-church jacklegs and blandly-featured fascists bedeviling America today.

In our era of “safe spaces” and “trigger words,” the notion that Brother Jake or “that nice young man from the Bircher Club” could issue their sour clarions anywhere on the present campus’ grassy promenade is laughable. Then as now, or even more so now, the respective shouter would demand assembly-line conformity and soul-constricting obedience. One to a perverse Almighty, the other to men whose souls are so twisted they’d conceived themselves as high priests of the following sanctified financial faith.

Abject fuck you greed. Amen, and no alms for the poor.

Today’s generation would use all means to silence both. In doing so for presumably the best reasons, keeping the unreasonable voices muted would conversely give their messages greater credence. That sort of reaction is always the sort which increases curiosity. It creates skepticism about the messages’ alleged virulence and raises suspicions regarding those who’ve appointed themselves the community’s saviors.

Who doesn’t wish to hear what he or she is being saved from? Isn’t there always the possibility what others have concluded to be bad, privately, secretly, without the least input from those ostensibly being protected, may, in fact, harm the judges themselves? So of course they’d want to keep that under wraps.

See how the best intentions by those in the know who don’t want that knowledge generally shared can create aspersions and suspicions?

During my university years, more than a few of my fellow undergraduates and I were nowhere near that Machiavellian. Instead, we saw menace and jumped hot.

We didn’t try silencing evangelicals and speakers holding reprehensible views on distinctions seen as non-conventional through administrative means. Good thing, that. The occupiers of those admin offices would’ve justly laughed in our faces.

Instead, the stalwarts, the loudmouths, the would-be rabble-rousers objected, refuted, and rebuked while raising the visitors’ hackles. Atop the green expanse, under the Arizona azure, anyone understanding what the invaders’ positions portended – leveling and binding our individuality by stressing “proper faith” and “limited freedoms” – refused these chains by stepping up and speaking out.

While our youth had yet to bestow upon us anything near House of Commons oratorical graces, we did possess enthusiasm for the task. Sometimes this descended into crudeness; other times trains of thought derailed. Nonetheless what we recognized as threats were challenged.

These rhetorical mud fights occurred on many campuses, not just Arizona’s alone. Yet on that same campus today, as on plenty across America, who is willing to pick up the same standard and dedicate him- or herself to their era’s fights? Rather, like any other casual travelers who’ve aligned with group-think in order to remain inconspicuous, who truly and fully can’t articulate their beliefs, it is now preferable to ban what they deem objectionable and stifle the opposition than bare it to mass scrutiny.

Shortly those same timid figures will be in open offices, postures maintained in ergonomic seats. Bathed in the unnatural glow of work station screens, they will determine what’s appropriate for our social media feeds. Or someday without our ever knowing decide what’s indecent for you and me.

Skewed Views and News

These days, when I hear some dope (if an American) supporting or a provocateur (if a paid agent of an adversarial country) praising Donald Trump, anyone aware of history can only imagine the level of Joseph Goebbels’ envy.

Were the Nazi Reichsminister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda among us bodily today, the distinct lack of resolve which now cores out the United States would warm his cold soul. It would do so because the credulous people we’ve become didn’t bother with much suspicion before swallowing whole the most puerile falsehoods ever conceived. Continue reading Skewed Views and News

Magnificent Arrogance

Were Time magazine founding publisher Henry Luce still alive, the man who’d coined the 20th century “the American Century” would today declare any extension of it dead.

Our epoch of true world influence stretched from the Jazz Age until Bolshevism collapsed under capitalist superiority. Although our Levant fiasco significantly diminished the nation’s prestige while emboldening adversaries, much of the global community still accepted the United States as the planet’s cock of the walk.

After wrong-footing throughout 2017, the only standing America retains is being musclebound and brainless. Continue reading Magnificent Arrogance

Fear Eats Itself

Remarkable, isn’t it, how many Anglos are fearful of a Muslim threat against America that doesn’t exist? At least not in this hemisphere. For this Americans of all hues and creeds can thank the civil rights movement.

All that marching, picketing, and boycotting we may now download and view in digitalized black & white equalized a lot of boats. The movement also brought into the mainstream a good number of immigrants whose origins sat outside what too many of our native born citizens saw as acceptable lands of heritage.

Southern and Eastern Europeans performed their obligations towards integration while assimilating, but having reassuring complexions and religious beliefs somewhere near the country’s predominant Christianity also eased their entry into society. The civil rights movement is the reason why the United States shouldn’t suffer Europe’s same level of random violence nor the polarization between Muslims and non-believers.

American society has yet to impose the same weight of frustration on the Muslim community. But Donald Trump and his gang are doing their damnedest to recoup lost time. Continue reading Fear Eats Itself

Heirs to Death

Congratulations to all those who’ve graduated from American service academies commissioned as second lieutenants or ensigns. Americans are thankful you’ve chosen to be professional military leaders who’ll command forces defending these shores.

While the above is the preferred job description, their profession encompasses the less savory demands of our modern capitalist republic. These United States no longer face adversaries which threaten its being. Therefore, any taking up defense of this super state is a misstatement.

Not since the Roaring Twenties have our armed forces been so intricately bound with corporate interests. Even during Vietnam there had been some pretense of halting the nefarious spread of nationalism mistaken as communism. It was just right place, right time luck that DuPont and Bell Helicopter reaped fantastic profits. What had once been a straight-forward picket of sovereignty is now far more protection and expansion of the super state’s great overseas mercantile concerns. Continue reading Heirs to Death

Fair Play

Nice to have the steel-toed shoe on the other foot. All the better with which to kick.

The Schadenfreude to be enjoyed drops directly from the 2016 election results.

Given a clear choice between vast experience and absolute unpreparedness, between a first-rate temperament for governing or petulance and impatience intolerable in well-run enterprises, between a superior intellect brimming with curiosity and a small mind formed and locked early, less than half of American voters chose disaster. Unfortunately, our no longer great nation remains beholden to the last vestige of slavery.

The Electoral College.

Undeserving though awarded our presidency nonetheless, Donald Trump personifies the least of the United States. In his bloated, billowy, and bloviating presence he is the antithesis of “American exceptionalism.”

He is quite common and surpasses crass. Continue reading Fair Play

All the News That’s Fit to Reap

Could Harvest of Shame be filmed today? And if so, what would our reaction be? Horror? Guilt? Scorn?

In 1960, CBS News produced a documentary titled Harvest of Shame. Migrant farmworkers, the conditions under which they lived and worked, were the subjects. To further emphasize the misery, CBS premiered this episode on Thanksgiving night. Perhaps it hoped the subject matter would pierce viewers deeper on our national okay to gorge day.

I first saw the show about 16-17 years after its initial broadcast. Recently I re-watched Edward R. Murrow and a cast of fellow citizens then likely considered disposable, if better-off Americans bothered considering them at all, discuss who made our nation’s groaning larders possible.

Watching it again after intervening decades, the black & white program has become starker, my understanding of disparities in America clearer, as the chasm between empathy and indifference in Americans has widened. Continue reading All the News That’s Fit to Reap

It Can Be Said

Larry Flynt made a Las Vegas appearance recently. The Hustler publisher visited Southern Nevada for the grand opening of another of his adult novelties emporia.

Although I seldom bother glancing at Hustler – the magazine’s content is too artless for my taste – I nonetheless trekked over to Flynt’s new smut hut. Not because I’ve become more prurient, but in our encroaching Donald Trump times it just seemed proper to pay homage to Flynt, a man who rose to the forefront of defending and strengthening our First Amendment.

While he doesn’t suit any image Americans prefer of their heroes, the Hustler publisher has done much to preserve and expand our ability to opine without censure or censoring. Had Flynt lost his fight, the public’s room to dissent, to ridicule, to deflate, would’ve been circumscribed today.

Too many Americans misunderstand the First Amendment. A great many of us mistakenly believe it only pertains to them, what they believe is “good” and “decent.” The amendment doesn’t only provide protections for views we favor. It also secures much of what we may find objectionable. That is the measure’s greatest strength. Continue reading It Can Be Said

Fractured Fairytales 2016

Don’t two fables form the weak backbone of Donald Trump’s presidential jihad?

Der Trump’s war against America borrows heavily from The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Scorpion and the Frog.

Unlike the first’s titled character, it is the Der Trump’s social media minions and the florid barking attendees at his rallies who are exposed. If the narcissus’ crusade actually holds any rational calculations, these only seem hell-bent on discovering the depths to which the candidate can drive his slanders. Dim enlightenment among his followers won’t occur until even the most convinced clod supporting him finally comprehends this fraud’s derangement has now also become their delusion. Continue reading Fractured Fairytales 2016