Propaganda is the Problem

The United States has always had it’s radical, rabid, right-wing contingents.

Probably the one quality they’ve all shared throughout the centuries is their resolute resistance to change. Often coupled with their reactionary tendency is religious zealotry, bigotry, racism, shallow-mindedness, stupidity, a woeful lack of education, chauvinism, misogyny, servile loyalty to the houses of wealth and power and, last but not least, a love of tradition for the sake of tradition.

For this reason, conservatives are fairly easy to manipulate. Conservatives have always been kind of dumb, and kind of mean, and that’s what keeps them together. They validate each other’s world view. The ruling class knows this, which is why they maintain their power by pandering to conservative bigotry, and exploiting conservative ignorance.

With a wink and a nod, and sometimes directly, conservative powers tell their followers and supporters that it’s okay to be a little racist, because in doing so you’re being real. It’s okay to think that Jesus is the best God there ever was, and that every other religion is some kind of devil’s playground. It’s okay to hate gay people, because it says so in the Bible, etc.

Today, the words conservative and Republican are interchangeable, but only when applied to people and events after the 1960’s. Before that, conservatism was more closely associated with the Democrats, and before them the Tory’s.

We can trace the spirit of this pervasive, anti-progressive belligerence back to the Revolutionary War. From there it’s but a hop and a skip to the Civil War. After that we had to wait about 120 years for the Reagan Revolution to transpire, when the phrase “Greed is Good” literally became a right-wing rallying cry, and “Got AIDS yet?” was the funniest homophobic gay joke at the country club.

Post Reagan we had a very brief period of quasi-centrist policy under George H.W. Bush, but with the election of Bill Clinton came the birth of Newt Gringrich’s Contract with America which was ultimately a draconian anti-tax “me first” policy, a policy of “party before country” and “win at all costs” even if it meant shutting the government down–which it did.

Without a doubt, that was bad, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen the kind of conservative insanity we have today, and I think that’s mainly due to one distinct media agency established in the mid-1990s: Fox News.

From its very inception twenty-five years ago, Fox News lied. And Fox News still lies. Fox News has always lied. Almost everything on Fox News is about ninety percent lies, and the ten percent that isn’t a lie is merely the fluff of Fox News patting itself on the back. “America’s News Headquarters!”

There are Fox clones, of course, and all of them basically echo the same talking points as if reading from a script, but Fox News is the biggie. The grand daddy.

Fox News will always lie, and when the day comes that Fox News can no longer freely disseminate lies, then Fox News will cease to exist as we know it.

The funny thing is that virtually everybody on earth is perfectly aware of this fact except for one salient group of people: the conservative Republican idiots who watch Fox News.

At present, despite all evidence to the contrary, Fox News is still pushing the lie that the election of 2020 was somehow rigged and dishonest, and that Trump was cheated out of a second term. This implies that Biden is an illegitimate president, which is a very dangerous precedent the likes of which I don’t think this country has ever seen before.

This lie eventually lead to an insurrectionist storming of our nation’s capitol on the afternoon of January 6th, 2021 — an insurrection planned and fomented by none other than Donald Trump himself and a handful of his enablers.

Five people died, and we were lucky it wasn’t worse. Much worse. That was fifteen days ago, and the Republicans are acting like it never even happened.

One would think that after witnessing such an event, the entirety of it motivated by damned lies spewed by a conman…one would think that Fox News would be more careful about making false claims about stolen elections.

But they’re not.

Because that’s their job.

Fox News is the greatest single threat our nation’s ever seen.

Trumpism Isn’t Going Away

So I got suspended for seven days because some Trumpie asshole reported this post (left) as abuse, and Twitter incomprehensibly agreed.

“I hope a pigeon poops on his head.”

It stings, and I’m hurt, but it’s a good thing, too, because it reminds me of the abject evil we’re going to have to deal with in this country for the foreseeable future.

Trumpism is stupidity and abusiveness all rolled into one, and they’re quite proud of that fact. They’ll rub your face in it, laughing all the while.

For instance, here’s our idiot congresswoman, Yvette Harrell–the woman who claimed to know more about the election integrity of Arizona and Pennsylvania than those two states’ respective supreme courts–thanking Trump for his presidency thirteen (13) days after he fomented a coup against our capitol.

And here’s “Rav Holly” — a guy who literally threatened to drive to New Mexico so I could put on my “big boy” pants and say something to his face. I reported him to Twitter for the threat and apparently not a god damn thing happened to him, because he’s still tweeting away, as stupid and mean as ever.

And he posted about “payback” too, but Twitter won’t do a fucking thing about it. Me? They’d ban.

So, that’s where we’re at.

We’re stuck with a country half-filled with stupid threatening cretins and there’s absolutely no indication that things will change any time soon.

Sedition Day, January 6 2021

I’m too emotionally drained to say very much. Suffice it to say that the “protests” on January sixth were far and away worse than I had anticipated. We’re damn lucky things weren’t worse.

Trump whipped that crowd into a frenzy, told them to march to the capitol, and then sat back and smiled at his handiwork as his goons stormed the building. There is footage of him watching it on TV.

Trump didn’t do a damn thing to stop it.

He was impeached for it just yesterday and, oddly enough, the vast majority of Republicans were still protecting him, including our shit-for-brains representative Yvette Herrell.

I’ll try to focus on her in my next post, in particular her ludicrous claim of election irregularity in Pennsylvania, which she knows full well is untrue, but continues to peddle the lie all the same, like a good little GOP robot.

God Bless America.

We need it now more than ever.

Fifteen Days of Anxiety

Fifteen days until that lying rat bastard is supposed to leave office. I say “supposed” because based on recent events, that may not be the case. I know most pundits are saying that Trump will be gone on the 20th of January no matter what, but I’m just not so sure.

That son of a bitch is liable to do anything.

Though the Republicans will surely stand against any kind of criminal investigation into Trump’s time in office, claiming that it’s merely a form of revenge, we owe it to our nation and to the spirit of Justice itself to throw the book at this asshole.

Out of all the many things he’s done–and there have been many–the worst was the most recent, captured on audio tape, of Trump trying to badger the Georgia Secretary of State into “finding” 11,780 votes to swing its election from Biden to Trump by a margin of one (1) vote.

If we lived in a just nation, he would have been dragged out of office by now.

But we don’t live in a just nation. We live in a nation corrupted by wealth and power, which leads me to my next point.

It’s time to turn our attention away from the politicians, even the dirty fuckers like Trump, and look at the monied interests hell bent on keeping him in power.

They have names. They have addresses. They are human beings, just like us.

And the time has come for change.