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Cheapened and Coarsened

What is dignity worth?

In our Trump times, Americans have steadily devalued that attribute.

The drumbeat is constant about “improved” economic indicators. Historically low unemployment. A stratospherically high stock market too many of us foolishly believe impervious to gravity. Shouldn’t ours be recognized as a halcyon American era?

But yet …

… Isn’t there a sense of unease behind these achievements? Despite the good announcements don’t we truly witness an entirely different reality?

For too many Americans a health malady could spell complete financial ruin. That once sure entry into the fat and happy prosperous middle class, a college degree, has rocketed beyond easy affordability. In fact undergraduate college degrees demand mortgage money which means buying a house, that other sign of entry into prosperity, must either be further postponed or denied outright.

In both cases today a sheepskin and home insist on extortion rate repayments. Each yoke only pleases any usurers who’ve extended the loans. These are not the conditions that allowed the magnificent growth of post-World War II America. That enlarged middle class built the broad-based and fairest economic wonder our nation has ever known.

And apparently will ever know.

Of course those people then were strivers. They’d endured the Depression and survived the Second World War. Not only had they earned their reward, but were damned intent on receiving it.

This generation and those subsequent will never know what went through our fathers’ minds as they stood over the summer backyard barbecue, a stiffened drink within reach, and perhaps the bucolic suburban scene disturbed by some memory of past want or need, or a piercing echo of combat momentarily disrupting the calm splendor achieved in the comforting green of a manicured 4,000 square-foot lot.

While the nation exhibits greater affluence today, much more of that wealth has now accumulated at the most rarefied reaches of society.

Despite Americans doing our utmost to accrue more symbols, we’ve become rodents who’ve gotten behind on the treadmill. At least in the old rat race, the one made famous by Sammy Glick and the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, as well as characters in numerous John Cheever New Yorker stories, those who aspired gained some satisfaction, if not celebratory cocktails on the home commute or inside the domicile itself.

Today the former notions which sustained and propagated the fat, happy, prosperous middle have been usurped somewhat by an interconnected world that’s given the high hat to the old American verities.

Globalization is the named devil. Lower return for harder toil is the price he asks. Indeed it is intentionally hamstringing the domestic workforce that establishes Americans’ financial lag.

Hard work no longer rewards with commensurate gratification. Deferment may lead to never acquiring. One can do everything right, one can adhere to the rules but still be shut out of realizing whatever had been the American Dream.

Know what’s pole-axed “the American Dream”? Sometime in the early 1980s corporate America decided it would be an opportune and advantageous time for board members and shareholders to increase their claims of profits at the expense of workers who actually created them. Rather than properly compensate those who made the products, who enabled the wealth, decisions were endorsed and executed that those holding the paper deserved larger cuts of the returns.

Therefore, adios to the fair disbursals plumping the lives of the hourly and salaried as well as larded the rarefied.

“Trickle down” as its most mendacious adherents call it. Or as it’s prosaically known, oats that pass through the horse for the birds underneath. Which is what more and more American workers get. Shit.

Worsening the disease, Fox News. Were he alive, it would be Joseph Goebbels ideal channel of dis- and misinformation. Without apology, Fox News clearly dupes the incurious and simple-minded. Coupled with the endless shrieking of right-wing radio’s barking heads it’s a wonder audiences in less dynamic America can muster worthwhile opinions.

Goebbels, the long dead Nazi minister of Enlightenment and Propaganda, would’ve enjoyed – no, he would’ve envied – Fox News’ ability to present outright falsities that the rubes and boobs swear by suck up as stacks of Bibles truths. Fox News isn’t interested in factual reporting. The source’s purpose is to convince dumb gullible America it is being left behind (through no fault of its own), ignored by sophisticates far removed from what’s been mislabeled “real America,” and most fright-inducing of all, supplanted by people whose beliefs and complexions are alien to theirs.

All of which are lies.

Had he lived, Fox News would’ve been a Goebbels’ monster. The broadcaster, like the Reichsfuhrer’s ministry, exists to deceive. It spews lies long enough intending to drown its faithful viewers in them.

Watching Fox, the unaware, the ignorant, the mesmerized now believe our once great nation occupies a promontory on this globe. A vantage from which we’d been absent. With the ascension of Donald Trump into the executive office a formerly prone and pliant United States is now the envy of those nations it doesn’t intimidate. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

Der Trump has hobbled the United States.

Not even at its founding after the Revolution when the British evacuated the former Colonies has our country been in more peril. Until Der Trump, Americans were rightly seen as strong, determined, mindful, and most of all respected. That last attribute represented the true source of America’s power. Those we dealt with knew mighty as the country was, it wouldn’t simply throw its weight around in order to have others kowtow to it, a la Russia and China.

Admire Russia and China and other strongman led nations as Der Trump does, these entities are not respected. They are resented. Let’s hope when the worm turns, that the client states each subjugates take chances to reverse servility into superiority, they will proceed with a bloodless mercilessness that’ll snatch the air from their oppressors’ lungs.

It would only be just.

As for Americans, the vile pig currently soiling the Oval Office continually convinces citizens in the dumbfuck regions overall conditions have improved. That somehow their lives have been helped. Repeatedly barking about figures which are abstract to these audiences has sufficed in distracting them from their own straits.

Certainly industrial workers who’ve either already been affected or are fearful of the havoc produced by Trump tariffs on manufactured goods perceive the dusk settling across America. They along with farmers whose once sure bet markets have been quite disrupted by the mindless bellicosity tweeted from the White House residence’s toilet possess ample ammunition to dispute the sunny forecasts.

A false bill of goods has been foisted on the American public. Under this criminal administration, its traitorous handmaidens in the House and Senate, and Fox News, citizens must believe that living in shit up to their ankles is a good deal. Left unchecked the same devious forces will further persuade Americans that letting the offal rise to their knees can only brighten the above condition.

Of course many in the aforementioned strait will tell you that living in shit suits them fine. That’s their problem. One the vast majority of us don’t wish to share.

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

News Beast

Return us to the old days of reportage. Before Fox News obliterated the line between reporting and commentary, a boundary separated them. Something about adhering to genuine ethics. Another worthwhile bit of character we’ve misplaced during our digital age.

Aware that other cultures seldom bothered with such clear-cut distinctions, Americans were once assured, perhaps smugly and righteously so, that dislike the news presented, disagree with whatever and however the editorial page disturbed, the latter never colored the former. While opinions could waver between highly principled and batshit crazy, who, what, where, when, and how weren’t massaged to inflect some political, social, ideological, or theocratic point of view.

News Corp publications skewed the old emphasis. Fox News eradicated it. Continue reading News Beast

Clearer Accounting

Is the just concluded 2014 election a mid-term referendum on President Barack Obama’s policies? Or can it be seen as a misdiagnosed post-mortem which resulted in skewed totals from an aging, last-gasp, old and misinformed yet motivated right-leaning electorate further abetted by an otherwise apathetic populace?

Hearing and reading the unsupported scorn against the president, a casual observer might believe he’s led the nation into dire straits rather than from them. By all tangible measures the United States sits in a far superior position than upon his ascension at 12:01 p.m., on January 21st, 2009. Period. Continue reading Clearer Accounting

You Are the Quarry

    

    With no apologies to the Moz.

    Anonymous denunciation inspires this post. On one of the social sites to which I contribute, a correspondent objected to a topic dissected by the Slow Boat Media surgeon. 

    Which post, what aspect, who knows? Only the person skulking in the shadows can inform, and he or she won’t. Can’t confess without a backbone.

     On one hand, these social media boards are terrific because exchanges run the gamut between thoughtful erudition and freewheeling irreverence. Doesn’t matter whether God’s a dog or American intelligence services are financing Cuban Twitter. On the other, more pernicious hand, distance and cloaking permit espousals that likely would’ve remained unstated. These convictions are the sort that ought to have continued seething behind sour breasts.

Continue reading You Are the Quarry

Frolic and Friction

    The initial subject of this post was to have flogged Properly Stirred, the 2013 Slow Boat Media explicit exploits extravaganza. (Properly Stirred is available through Amazon Kindle.) However, incipient background upheaval and a timely dovetailing of international relations with anecdotal observations favor the topical subject.

    President Obama’s recent cancellation of bilateral discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the “be afraid, be very afraid” segment of America into full peek in the closets/check under the beds mode. For them, the sudden spate of bug-out embassy and consular evacuations was soothing music. More sanguine Americans saw these closures as large scale security theater panic.

    Aware of history and the threat against our nation, menace cannot be discounted. Yet in the 21st century haven’t we yielded common sense vigilance to Bernard Breakdown instances of quivering uncontrollable fear?

    Similar to Breakdown, a Dick Tracy villain from the early 1980s, it takes little to disrupt the security apparatus’ coping mechanism.  

Continue reading Frolic and Friction

The Name of This Band Is Barking Heads

    National media actually titled the squall the Obama administration brushed off in mid-May “Scandal Week.” Wonderful. Brain cramps even infected the nation’s reputable information arbiters. What else could’ve sunk the country’s “scandal” threshold below curb height?  Continue reading The Name of This Band Is Barking Heads

Reconquista 2012

 

    The current GOP doesn’t envy Mexico much of anything, but doubtlessly its more avaricious hierarchy dreams about becoming an Anglo version of the PRI. The PRI, or as it’s known in English, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, has been called “the perfect dictatorship.”

    An electoral process gives the organization a sheen of legitimacy. Think of an oil slick upon water. See it as pay-for-play democracy. Isn’t this the system the Republican Party prays someday burdens the United States?

    Ideally, doesn’t the GOP hope to import and infect America with this Mexican model? Through it “freedom” and “justice” mean “shackled to rank ideology and life-draining consumer indebtedness” while “scandal” gets erased altogether from civic discourse because almost every transaction, even the most mundane — especially the most mundane ones! — requires “a little something extra.” A taste. Some beak wetting.

    There. Privatization of public services in a nutshell. Continue reading Reconquista 2012

A Short History of Willful Failure

 

    Second half of 2011 I wrote numerous posts about my former employers, the Mugwumps. They were the biggest fools I ever met. It’s no stretch stating they embody the American Nightmare.

    Not an American Nightmare, the horror. So unique, theirs make the rest recoil. These people aren’t Snopeses living down in Dog Patch, but an upper middle-class clan anchored in one of the tonier Gold Coast Connecticut enclaves.

    Who didn’t expect better from them?

    On the plus side, without the Mugwumps there never would’ve been a “Rex Merritt.” He’s their creation. Continue reading A Short History of Willful Failure