Fact-Free Freedom

I tune into Fox “News” every once in a while to gauge the crazy. It’s always crazy, but sometimes it’s off the scales.

Like the time Tucker Carlson mocked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying that she feared for her life during the Trump-lead insurrection of January Sixth. Those rioters literally attacked the capitol police–and killed one of them–so why is it so hard to believe that they would attack a firebrand liberal like AOC?

After all, Fox News devotes a significant amount of its air time demonizing the woman.

Today Fox was lamenting how Google wasn’t going to fund some Republicans any more. Officially, Google ceased funding the Republicans who refused to certify the election. So now Fox and Republicans are saying that it’s unfair, and a violation of their free speech.

Republicans warn that America may well become an Orwellian dystopia, free of lies. The horror.

Of course, it has nothing to do with freedom of speech and everything to do with those Republicans spreading the lie that Trump won the 2020 election in a landslide, the very lie that fueled the insurrection.

The GOP has reached the point where it has to spread lies in order to maintain power, and that’s all that anybody needs to know about them.

For thousands of years, throughout every culture in the world, the best way to gauge someone’s trustworthiness was by determining how often they lied.

Liars cannot be trusted.

But the Republican party has reached the point where they literally can no longer exist without telling lies. In addition, they can’t exist without the corporate funding and media support to help them spread those lies.

So the #Resistance is winning.

Keep exposing their lies. We’ve got ’em on the run.

It’s a Plutocracy

A plutocracy (Greek: πλοῦτος, ploutos, ‘wealth’ + κράτος, kratos, ‘power’) or plutarchy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income.

The rich are stopping the poor from living better lives.

We need to stop pretending that the United States government is anything other than this: a plutocracy, a bureau in the service of great wealth and power.

The working class is as cattle in their eyes.

My heart aches, because there will be no end to it without the complete destruction of the system extant, and that will lead to calamity, and from that we may not fare any better than we do now.

It’s slightly possible that government will serve the greater good again someday, but it won’t happen overnight, and it’s not going to happen in my lifetime.

It won’t happen as long as there’s a Republican party.

Eighty-one million Americans voted for Joe Biden, primarily because Donald Trump was a clear and present danger to this nation’s welfare.

But one dirty little bastard from Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell, will see to it that little if any of Biden’s agenda will come to pass, even if it means destroying the country.

Because that’s what the rich want.

The rich are the enemy.

Understanding that is the first step to freedom.

Wake & Bake Sunday

It wasn’t a strict “wake & bake” since that would mean sitting up in bed and taking a bong hit before doing anything else. Which I’ll have to try sometime. Right after I buy a bong. I had one in Roswell for a while, but I had to throw it away because Roswell sucks. But now, since I’m an MM patient, I think it’s time to buy myself a new bong. A man and his bong can form mighty strong friendships, and forge many new adventures.

Anyway….

I got up and had some errands to run, but once the driving was done and I was home for the day, I loaded up my favorite weirdo hippie pipe and took a little hit of Cherry Glue, my favorite low-THC strain specially grown by a local distributor.

It was the best thing I’ve done in years. There was a magic about it, even before I took my first puff.

I remember as I picked up the pipe and started loading the bowl, I could feel something different in the air, as if the Spirit were near, a great friendly force the presence of which I hadn’t felt in many years…and a song came on, something by REM from back in the day, and I smiled, because it was as if the words were being spoken to me.

It was a nice mellow high. A slow onset, which I prefer. I felt a nice buzz after fifteen minutes, then I was pretty much “there” in half an hour.

While it’s fun to just get high and philosophize, it’s best if one does something creative while they’re in that humor. So I picked up a pencil and started to draw my next painting. It’s based on an old vintage erotic photograph. I’ve found they’re the most fun to paint. They’re a little naughty, but quaint enough not to be dirty.

While I didn’t do a great job, I didn’t do bad.

There’s something about drawing. I’m convinced that it’s good for the brain. It’s a form of meditation. Because in order to draw well, you not only have to look at something, you have to “see” it. While turning on the right side of the brain, drawing shuts off the left side of the brain, and we come to find that there is more to the thinking process than words alone, and that’s hard to admit for a poet such as myself.

It’s very difficult to draw and talk at the same time.

People who can draw have a special intelligence. Some of the most incisive political commentary always comes in the form of a cartoon. A pompous, thousand word article by the editorial board of any large city newspaper can’t hold a candle to a simple, sarcastically perceptive cartoon.

I took the hit at around nine in the morning, and it lingered well into the afternoon.

At one point, the negative aspect of my mind started running amok, saying nasty things and being hyper-critical of myself. I don’t know where that comes from. Some latent self-destructive cynicism from my past. In part, it’s probably from my father when he was sloppy drunk, or my aunt when she was thoughtless, or a sadistic teacher, or some asshole classmates.

It got so bad that at one point I went to the mirror, looked myself in the eye and said “Stop it! Stop it right now! You be nice to me. Be nice to me right now, because I’m all we’ve got.”

And it worked. The snide voices evaporated, and I enjoyed the rest of the morning with a newfound sense of serene confidence.

It gave me hope. Helped me look at the bright side of things, even though there is so much darkness in the world now. I was suddenly able to “see” all of the good things in a world of endless potential.

But I also realized that in order to defeat evil, we have to see where it is.

Asshole Republicans. Asshole, lying, greedy, controlling, stupid piece of shit Republicans. They’re ruining everything. But they’re not everywhere, all the time, and we can beat them yet.

Some people are saying that since Biden won the election, we should stop calling ourselves #Restisters and start calling ourselves something else.

To that I say, it’s altogether premature to think we’ve beaten the likes of the Trumpies just because we won the election. Some of his feircest adherents are already screaming about impeaching President Biden, and he hasn’t even been in office for a week.

The #Resistance can’t end, because Trumpism hasn’t ended.

The #Resistance has merely changed form.

It has stepped into its second stage.

Trump’s COVID Malfeasance

410,000 died on Trump’s watch. That’s more dead Americans than all the American fatalities of World War Two combined. But you won’t hear the Trumpies talking about it. No sir, half of them still thick Covid is a hoax. All they can do now is declare what an abject failure the Biden presidency is, all two days of it.

I hate Trumpies, and I always will. There’s no getting over this.

Trump did next to nothing to protect our country from the pandemic. Yet, he’s taken credit for every victory and denied responsibility for every death.

So I took my mom to get a “free” COVID vaccine shot yesterday. It was at Walmart, so you know right away it was a half-assed affair.

It makes so much sense to force a dozen senior citizens to gather together closely, indoors, where the virus is known to spread most aggressively, and then make them to sit there for about an hour while they await a two-minute inoculation procedure.

That was bad enough, but I think I found the redundancy of the process the most aggravating.

When you register, you have to give them all of your rudimentary vitals: name, birthdate, address, phone, etc.

Then when they send you the first confirmation, you have to give them your name, birthdate, address, phone, etc.

Then when you go to Walmart, you have to hunt around and ask where the Covid vaccinations are taking place. One would think that a deadly pandemic would deserve more attention to planning, but apparently not.

Then you stand in line for twenty minutes while the person ahead of you is giving the COVID registrar their name, birthdate, address, phone, etc.

Then they finally get to you and, once again, you have to give them your name, birthdate, address, phone, etc.

I just wanted to scream.

The worst of it is, that once they’ve scheduled you for an appointment, they give you a seven-digit registration code which would theoretically streamline the process. This is a unique code, and only one is issued per patient. Codes like this are invented to help expedite a process and make it more efficient.

Guess what? They never once asked for the code.

So, yeah, behold the fundamental elements of “the greatest healthcare system on Earth.”

We can do better, and we must do better, but there is one thing holding us back, and that’s the Wall Street assholes who insist on getting a cut of the action.

Until that changes, our nation’s health is at the mercy of their greed.

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.