It is about how the same vermin who have been screwing us for decades continue to be elected by the very same people they have been actively screwing.
You wealthy liberal actors and mainstream church officials are a hoot. You get all butt hurt and indignant when Herr Donald wins the Presidency, yet, for the past 35 freaking years, the vast majority of you have said little or nothing about the creeping, malevolent barnacle of Right Wing idiocy that has latched on to the soft, flabby underparts of American society. We are now living with an entire generation of people who have been tit fed from the virulent swill of Rush Limbaugh, the hateful sludge of Michael Savage, the veiled suggestions of violence from loofah boy O’Reilly, and the sycophantic babbling of pretty boy Hannity. There is a huge, Carvel-like skidmark of aural insanity smeared across our country, from sea to irradiated sea, and the silence of you folks is a large part of the reason it exists. You regarded Anne Coulter and Sarah Palin and that poor, sick Glenn Beck fellow as little more than annoying entertainment, and all the while these rancid purveyors of sick nonsense were poisoning the minds of an entire generation of good, hard-working Americans, some of whom are close friends of mine, Americans who might NEVER have voted for Trump or any other overt fascist had they not had pure drivel rammed down their collective gullets for more than three decades. Trump’s election was a natural result of almost forty years of the conservative, fact-free babble machine’s malevolent influence, and you, with all your wealth and power, allowed it to happen while you sipped white wine, soaked in your Jacuzzis, rubbed your beads, and collected your awards.
I thought Meryl Streep’s recent speech was beautifully heartfelt and moving, and I agreed with almost every word. But so what? The spirit of that speech should have suffused every “liberal” thought and discussion as soon as those who seek to control our very thoughts and lives began the slow-motion coup that now has America in its clutches. You wealthy Liberals and well-fed priests and bishops didn’t drop the ball; you never bothered to pick it up. This country runs on money and influence, you had it, and when it could have been used to help stop what has become a fascist takeover, you couldn’t be bothered to spare it. Thanks, rock stars and movie stars and buddy-boy church officials. Sleep well. Keep posturing about how much you care now that the monster you allowed to be birthed has grown terrifyingly large is destroying the village you claim is so necessary.
Why did you let Air America die a slow death? Air America, for those of you who might never have heard of it, was a radio network which began as an honest attempt to counter right wing propaganda. It had the potential to be a real voice of the people, and it was allowed to flounder and drown while you, the Liberal Elite, sat in the comforting bubble of your gigantic estates and beautiful cathedrals praying and counting your money. You who have made millions entertaining us or “guiding us in the ways of the Prince of Peace” couldn’t bear to part with even a small portion of your tremendous fortunes to help keep freedom and sanity alive on the airwaves. You sat by, wallowing in your palatial homes and speeding through life in too-expensive driving machines, while left-wing radio stations were systematically turned into moronic sports talk watering holes or right-wing drool dispensaries.
Reagan ushered in the end of the Fairness Doctrine, legislation that required broadcast outlets to air both sides of an opinion on the same station, during the same broadcast. You let that quietly die, too. I don’t recall any fuss or indignant protest when those who seek to own the American people created the imaginary left/right divide which now infests our country. We the people were denied the right to hear dissenting voices. Now we listen to only that which comforts our prejudices while ignoring anything we don’t like. We have become an ignorant, stupid people because so many of you wealthy celebrities and clerics didn’t bother to speak out about a clear threat to democracy, an overt and obvious attack on people’s right to think and choose for themselves.
Why was there little or no celebrity or church resistance to the Iraq War? Why were the mainstream churches generally silent about the illegal invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation, the butchering of children? Why was the Bush/Cheney Crime Family allowed to get away with a war crime we haven’t seen since Hitler invaded Poland? Why did your beloved Obama not prosecute these neo-fascist thugs? Where was the outcry when Right Wing zealots, once again, wasted our money and destroyed lives? You’re all sad and regretful about it now, but where the hell were you when your raised voices might have helped prevent this atrocity?
Trump has no more business being President than I have being center for the Knicks, but there he is, and if famous actors, musicians, and church officials had had the balls to stand up to the Right Wing menace years ago, there’s at least an outside chance the orange prick never would have been elected. Certainly there were other factors which contributed to the frightening situation in which we now find ourselves, but the wealthy liberals and “men of God” who are only now choosing to whinge about it, now that it’s clearly too late, those people of influence who chose to be silent when the fascist takeover was in its infancy, are more than partially responsible for its existence.
Andrew O’Hehir, in yet another article which dismisses the possibility of a Bernie Presidency, wrote:
“As Sanders’ most ‘roid-raged and testosterone-fueled supporters will ultimately admit, Hillary Clinton is vastly preferable as president to any possible Republican, semi-lovable Rust Belt New Ager John Kasich included.”
I have never taken steroids. And, since I am rapidly approaching retirement age, my testosterone levels have dipped considerably. Maybe that’s why I do NOT admit that Hillary would be better than any of the Republican maniacs currently vying to be CEO of Amerika. As sick as it may sound, I prefer the pitchforks and burning torches which will undoubtedly infest America should one of these Republican nincompoops be elected or illegally installed, to the soft, comforting blue propaganda blanket that will descend over fuzzy headed, smug Hillary supporters as they bask in their belief that electing a female was all that really mattered. Hillary will put all the Starbucks-and-fine-white-wine crowd back to sleep, which, in my opinion, is far worse than any open rebellion, or even a self-righteous Drumpfshirt uprising. Nothing short of extreme discomfort will get those who mistakenly think of themselves as being “Lefties” up off their comfortable, upholstered, Häagen-Dazs-bloated asses and into the streets. I say bring on the farm implement-wielding, angry douchebags.
Drumpf or Cruz’s election will bring horror back home to America, the horror which Hillary would have directed solely against innocent citizens in the Middle East. If the Clinton Family takes over again, emotionally infantile Americans will, one mo’ tahm, be thoroughly shielded from the terror their very own tax dollars inflict on women and children in parts of the world whose names they can’t pronounce or even read. Democrats only protest Republican war mongers, and I am thoroughly disgusted with all the Democrats who could not care less that Obama and his flying bomb toys are responsible for almost as much death and destruction as Darth Cheney and Dim Son. The cowardly ostriches who refer to themselves as patriots need a good, strong whiff of the huge piles of imperialist/neoliberal/neocon excrement we have sprayed all over the face of Mother Earth, the down home, American-made stinking dung to which we euphemistically refer as “foreign policy”.
A good friend of mine offered the following observation:
“What you’re advocating is the election of two dangerous people. You don’t think Trump would be more bellicose and hair-trigger than Hillary Clinton in international issues? Cruz thinks he’s the portal to the End Times. By advocating for a Republican you’re also throwing the Supreme Court to the right for the next 30 years. Goodbye, Roe, unions, privacy and whatever else GOP-controlled state legislatures can bring to a fight. You’re insisting on anarchy and fascism if your (and my) preferred candidate doesn’t get the nomination.”
Despite having respect for my friend’s opinions, I still think it’s a matter of degree. Given her track record, it’s a good bet that Hillary will placate her groupies just long enough to make them believe she really is “On Our Side”, and then go back to quietly fucking her constituency by making nice with the banker boys, just as Obama has been doing. Meanwhile, the “Everything is Fine as it Is” crowd hunkers down for another four- or eight-year nappy, the banks and corporations get richer, we bomb a few more countries, kill a few thousand more children and wrongly accused inmates of Guantanamo and countless other, nameless black sites, the Queen hands out a few more drilling rights to BP, and all the sleepy fuzzies never notice. Kumbaya, you dumb motherfuckers, Kumbaya.
As far as SCOTUS goes, both Alito and Roberts could have been blocked by the Dems, who instead chose to let each man serve for several decades. Teddy Kennedy and Company approved the installation of not one, but TWO staunch corporatists. Why should I trust that Hillary or any other corporate Democrat tool won’t do the exact same thing? Riddle me THAT one, Batman.
Trump and Cruz are both assholes, and, as much as I hate to admit it, many members of the military brass are not. If either bozo orders the military to commit war crimes, the military will refuse. Probably. But should the party of bloated pachyderms manage to pull off the governmental hat trick, it won’t matter which member of the Republican clowncar scores the goal. Each one is repugnant enough in his own right (sorry Carly) to force America into sitting up and listening. I honestly don’t think anything short of electing an openly Fascist theocrat or a repulsive, narcissistic rich boy will scare us enough to put our system of governance on the road to a long-term, sustainable fix. Unfortunately, American society needs to be broken and reset, and it’s going to hurt. A lot.
Perhaps I’m naïve in thinking this, but I believe that the spineless corporate press, despite their obvious tendency to whore themselves, overwhelmingly lean, albeit almost imperceptibly, to the left. If Trump or Cruz engages in either idiocy or Armageddon prep (or both), I doubt seriously that the entire mainstream press will pretend everything is just fine. I have enough remaining faith that the movement which Occupy and Bernie spawned will inspire the Trump-sized handful of MSNBC employees who are still capable of thinking for themselves (Rachel Maddow? Chris Hayes? Hello?), to wade successfully through whatever lunacy the Right Wing seeks to impose on the American people and report it accurately.
And yes, it will probably be a bit messy. Because eggs into omelets and all that.
Imagine you are a delicious, edible substance that is dying of malnutrition.
Imagine you are walking down a dark corridor. People with tiny little flashlights will occasionally stop and ask you for directions, thank you, and then leave you in the dark.
Imagine being on a sinking ship, helping all the passengers onto their respective lifeboats, and then being told they’re all full.
Imagine being a really good book that’s too difficult to read.
Imagine having a curable disease that no one thinks is worth taking the time to treat.
Imagine watching a fish eat sushi.
Imagine having a cure for cancer, but you speak a language no one understands.
Imagine being radioactive.
Imagine being besieged by a steady stream of people purporting to be social workers whose only real concern is showing you their collection of interesting footwear.
Imagine a gaggle of blind people telling you you can’t see things clearly. And you start to believe them.
Imagine falling in love with a beautiful cardboard cutout.
Imagine being reincarnated as a bedpan.
Imagine being told, simultaneously, to express yourself and shut the fuck up.
Imagine being told you look really great in a straightjacket, so you start looking for one that matches your eyes.
Imagine being a canoe in a world with no water.
Imagine being told you’re too vain by a person wearing twelve pounds of makeup.
Imagine someone stabbing you to death as they complain about how much you are hurting them.
Imagine living in a world where people spend more time taking pictures of themselves than they do looking at the world around them . . . I guess you really don’t have to imagine that one . . .
When I used to be a teacher, I was responsible for the inhabitants of classrooms filled with living, breathing, laughing children, and a large part of my job entailed getting to know these young creatures well enough to teach them effectively and kindly. To teach them, I had to learn them. Part of what the boss people paid me to do involved figuring out how to implement a curriculum decided upon through the joint efforts of my administrators and fellow faculty members, and I was trusted to use my best judgement in choosing the proper methods to inculcate the results of our collaborative efforts into the tiny, tender minds of my young charges.
When I used to be a teacher, my students and I had the freedom to embark on meaningful tangents of inquiry, because my administrators and fellow teachers realized that not all learning is linear and programmable. I could let my kids’ minds wander wide-eyed into areas that actually interested them; real learning occurred because there was honest enthusiasm and the journey into our topics of discussion was not a forced march. My kids were invested in their own learning because they were helping to create it.
I’m not exactly sure what it is that I do now. I’m still employed by a school district, and I still stand in front of a group of youngsters each weekday morning, but almost none of the above learning activities get to happen anymore. Instead we are given mandates by principals who are given mandates by administrators who are given mandates by commissioners who are given mandates by corporations that seek to disembowel and devour public education because there’s a LOT of money to be made from channeling our tax dollars into the coffers of soulless, mega-giant “education” factories who care about as much for your kid as Kissinger did for the Cambodians. Creativity and fun are being systematically squeezed out of American education like the end of the toothpaste. We are in the business of training and equipping robots; we are now forced to assist in the construction of bland, obedient, child simulacrums who regurgitate accurately parsed quotes from select informational texts upon command. The people who used to be teachers are terrified of doing anything that isn’t in lockstep with the mandates from the corporate intelligentsia because of a very real fear for their employment; if the youngsters they are assigned don’t do well on the splooge of tests they’re being forced to swallow, their teachers are deemed “ineffective”, regardless of whether or not those youngsters were spawned in the shallow end of the gene pool, or if they happened to have been born poor and were probably hungry or tired the day of the test. Nature is ignored by the gods of testing, because nature does not and cannot conform to the corporate “reform” agenda and is therefore dismissed as irrelevant. Real people and human needs are mere afterthoughts, impediments to the creation of more wealth for vile and disgusting companies like Pearson and McGraw-Hill.
The full spectrum corporate domination of the learning environment in the name of naked avarice is bad enough, but what is most disturbing is that the steady drip of testing indoctrination is succeeding in its drive to change kids into grade-hungry data generators. Young people who were once bright and inquisitive, who challenged me with intelligent questioning and really made ME think about literature and life, have slowly been transmogrified into a fetid gaggle of willing, desperate-to-please bubble-fillers. The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake is considered quaint and somewhat anachronistic; there’s nothing worth learning if it’s not directly connected to future potential financial gain. The only thing that matters is the grade on the test; neither the content of the bubblicious testing thing nor the process it took to absorb the information contained within it have any real value to these plugged in, name branded young’ns. I have been told by Honors, high school senior English classes that it has been accepted as common practice to cram for the test and then forget everything about it as soon as the following quarter rolls around. It would never occur to them that there might be something else of value lurking in those weird “book” things whose innards they’re encouraged to digest.
Of course kids, especially those with parents who love them AND value a balanced education, have been grade conscious ever since we’ve had schools. But there is a qualitative difference between the two types of “A” mongers. Remember the end of the first Terminator movie? The scene where Ahhnold the robot is dying, and that little red light in his eye slowly, ever so slowly, dims and then winks out? That is an almost exact metaphor for what has been done to the creativity and individuality of spirit that used to dwell in American students. Everything that makes them unique and precious and irreplaceable is being siphoned from their souls by the relentless suck of useless, expensive testing instruments being promulgated by the filth at the helm of the ironically-named death juggernaut we refer to as the education “reform” movement.
Isn’t it bad enough that we’ve already allowed these corporatist scumbags to take control of every major media outlet in the country? That we’ve allowed them to euchre poor kids into signing up for a trip to the horror and insanity of the Oil Wars? Do we really have to let them take over our schools as well? They’ve already turned the majority of the population into television-addicted zomboids, ignored the psychic and physical pain of thousands of young Oil War veterans, and now they’re trying to scrutinize and privatize and digitize the educational system. Why do we continue to allow them to do it?
By the way, your kids are more than likely becoming even more lobotomized as you read this. By Facebook. By American Idol. By American Gladiators. By All-American Tom Brady.
And we’re talking about your very own kids, right now. Not “their” kids. Your kids. Please don’t try and claim you support education if you allow your kids to spend hours a day plugged into any one of a number of corporate pacifiers. If you have been trained to use the computer or the tee vee or a PlayStation/Xbox/Nintendo or an iPhone/Pod/Pad as an electronic babysitter, you’re part of the problem. Don’t complain when Junior can’t read, write or multiply, but he’s best on his Call of Duty server and has a really sweet jump shot. In NBA 2015.
When do you start getting pissed? How much longer do you squeeze your eyelids even tighter and pretend everything is fine because “It’s too hard to get off the couch, and besides, my show is on . . .”? How long do you clutch that sickening, gelatinous, posturing, self-serving posture of “tolerance” and that outwardly genteel, thoroughly ineffective attitude of “understanding” to your socially unconscious breast (Namasté!) while realizing full well that the people wielding the stick have got NO intention of entertaining ANY of those lovely, romantic delusions, not even for pretends, the way you and your nice friends have been trained to do? Are you really willing to sacrifice the emotional well-being of your kids, our kids, because we’re too timid/lazy/frightened/apathetic to make sure they don’t get completely snowed under by the blizzard of steer feces corporate ghoul-monkeys have been pelting them with since birth?
Those aren’t rhetorical questions . . .
I recently stumbled across a website called BREAKING ALL THE RULES . It was immediately apparent that it was stridently Libertarian, but the writing was pretty good so I signed up for their weekly newsletter.
The first issue was interesting until I got to the part about their being climate change deniers, and, since I consider those people several sandwiches short of a picnic, I immediately cancelled my email subscription and let them know it was because they excoriated Obama (certainly reasonable) while saying nothing negative about the Bush Crime Family and their lawless escapades.
This is the exchange that followed. BATR’s responses are in bold.
What is inaccurate is your assessment. Have you read any of the BATR archive essays during the Bush administration?
You will not find anything positive said about W. As you know, the Newsletter is based upon a weekly theme on current topics.
Review the View from the Mount, Strappado Wrack and Global Gulag articles for Bush essay.
Use the search function to find them.
Thanks for the redirection, although the bit about Global Warming being a hoax is kind of a deal breaker for me, despite whatever you’ve got to say about Dim Son.
Americans are the only people who have yet to accept the fact that we’ve managed to heat our own petri dish, pee in our own pool. If you pump heat into a closed system for more than a hundred years, regardless of its size, it gets hotter. It ain’t rocket science.
America is home to many of the major energy conglomerates, all of whom have a vested interest in maintaining our dependence on non-renewables. They and their business buddies also control most of the media in this country, and many, many Americans are television zombies who believe anything they see on the glass teat.
Is it a coincidence that America is the ONLY industrialized nation who that doesn’t believe in Climate Change but does believe in angels? I seriously doubt it.
Intelligent people from other nations view Americans as being idiots for not taking note of the aberrant weather patterns we’ve been experiencing for the past couple of decades, and I share their viewpoint.
I will, however, check out what you have to say about the Bush criminals, as promised. Thanks again for the quick response.
Well, you will not like this response. Been involved with the “Green Party” and the Sierra local and regional chapter. Have turned around the “true believers” who were sucked into thinking that industrial wind factories are RENEWABLE. First Wind (who was just sold in a scam deal to a solar public company) collects gov’t subsidies while claiming to produce electricity that is NOT delivered to the grid and is NOT provided to end users. That is FRAUD.
The Global Warming argument has become silly. The temperatures are hitting all time lows and the “Cultists” refuse to accept
that the planet is going into an ice age cycle. Those who want to argue that cooling is ALSO is attributive to CO2 are lacking rational perspective.
Hello, plants make oxygen from CO2, but that is not important to them since they are already having a low oxygen level to their brain.
Here is the point. I’m on lots of lefty and green groups and read many of their posts. When they are correct, (like anti-war foreign policy) there is common ground. Even Senator Warren’s position on Wall Street is correct, but she refuses to audit the Federal Reserve.
If you only read those who AGREE with you, how can you test if your own positions are true?
Sorry Chris, your outlook argues that the threat from Artificial Intelligence will center on the whacko environmentalists anti-intellectualism first. Gee there is an upside to AI after all.
I enjoy disagreements with people who see things differently than I do, as long as they don’t immediately jump to ad hominem attacks whenever they encounter a fact they don’t like, which has often been my experience with Right Wingers and Libertarians, sadly. But, as you noted, I don’t learn anything by agreeing with the choir, so here we are.
Let me take your arguments one at a time.
With regard to the Bush criminals, my apologies for not delving further into your site. We do seem to agree that Bush was no Thomas Jefferson, although your approach is considerably farther right than mine. That said, there is so much material to comb through I’d be lying if I said I truly understand where you’re coming from. Maybe I can give you a more honest assessment after I’ve read ten or twenty more articles.
Concerning wind power (and renewables in general), I googled “First Wind Energy not delivered to consumers?” and immediately found “Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not “Green” – Cato Institute”. It seemed like a good place to start: a well-researched, meticulously documented article which focuses almost exclusively on why renewables are bad for business. Since Cato is funded by the Kochs, that’s not a surprise, but what amazed me (in addition to the degree to which the rhetoric was tilted to the right) was how environmental concerns were given a clear backseat to economic ones. If we humans succeed in destroying our living space, which seems likely, all talk of the expense and impracticality of renewables is moot, because we’ll all be dead. I realize the Kochs regard humanity the way you and I regard our most recent bowel movement, but the disparity in emphasis was still striking.
My wife and I have been donating 8% or so of our monthly electric bill toward financing the eventual construction of wind farms in New England. We understood from the get-go that we wouldn’t be reaping any sort of benefit from our donation for years to come, but our kids would. I’m not sure how this constitutes fraud, since we went into it with the full understanding that there would be no immediate benefit. And as far as alternative energy startups receiving a government subsidy goes, good. I’d rather have my tax dollars spent on trying to wean ourselves from the oil titty than on building more drones so Middle Eastern children can be liberated into bloody chunks.
If I may digress for a moment, I consider it a privilege to be living in America, a stroke of good fortune for which I can take absolutely NO credit whatsoever, and I therefore consider paying taxes similar to paying rent. Taxes don’t bother me at all; I’m happy to pay my fair share. I just wish I had access to something like a line item veto so I could redirect those taxes to infrastructure and fire departments and schools instead of our corporate-owned military, but until we figure out a way to remove sock-puppet politicians, that’s just not realistic.
With regard to our being in an “Ice Age Cycle”, I agree. We are. The Earth will be cooling for the next 20,000 years or so, but I doubt seriously whether humans or any other life form will last that long. We’ve been pumping heat into our biosphere at a MUCH faster rate than Mother Nature can compensate for, which is why 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. 2012 (or 2010, depending on which stats you’re citing) was the hottest before that. I’m not sure where you get your data with regard to temperatures hitting “all-time lows”, but I suspect whoever gave you that info was referring to weather, not climate. Right now, I’m freezing my ass off. Big picture, Earth is getting warmer, despite localized low temperatures.
The scientists responsible for those studies, despite your somewhat insulting reference to the “low oxygen level” in their brains, and even though they’re not shills for Big Oil, seem like they have a rational perspective.
I suspect you disagree.
We do, however, agree on many things: war is evil, Israel is a scumbag country, the Bush criminals should be indicted, tried, and convicted of war crimes, etc. I hope we can continue this discussion, despite our differences. My gut tells me we have more in common than not.
p.s. – Why the pseudonym? And are you a collective, or is only one person responsible for all that writing?
I’m a Christian existentialist and a paleo-conservative populist in the tradition of Pat Buchanan. SARTRE was selected to attack lefty commies to read the free market economy articles written for BATR. I write all articles and select the content of third party links.
If you want the America First message, BREAKING ALL THE RULES is a primary source.
Best to put the kool aide climate change absurdity aside.
If I had to guess, you live in Vermont and have friends who went to Middlebury.
Many friends in New England who has fought the industrial wind factories for over a decade.
If you want factual reality from your neighbors start with http://www.windaction.org/
I’m a human being who thinks entrenched political and religious viewpoints are damaging to the human spirit and the world.
And you are what I feared you were. If I don’t agree with you, I’m an absurd idiot, or something like that. So sad, since you are clearly intelligent and write well. I was truly looking forward to a spirited debate, but that obviously can’t happen, since you have no interest in any point of view other than your own. You address NONE of my arguments, but merely dismiss and insult them.
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but at least I’m not arrogant enough to presume that other people’s perspectives are inherently flawed because they don’t align with mine. And I certainly don’t need to be “tutored” by an individual as clearly narrow-minded as yourself.
The sheer size of the body of work you have amassed over the years is impressive, and, as I promised, I will spend some time on your site and read as many articles as I can before they become thoroughly redundant, as I suspect they will.
There are many good, intelligent, people in the world who vehemently disagree with your POV, Jean Paul. You have only one part of the entire truth; don’t ignore them because you’ve convinced yourself you see the whole picture. You don’t.
Have no idea how you conclude what you did. Provided links to research. If you are looking for a debate, jump on a forum. My time is directed at providing a message that you can review, ponder and decide if correct.
Clicked links. Did further research. All three links are to organizations that advocate for the fossil fuel industry, directly or indirectly.
Lisa Linowes (a beard for the energy industry at http://www.windaction.org/ – ed.) cites sources that have either been discredited or are linked to the Kochs.
Your time is directed at providing Right Wing propaganda.
I respectfully suggest that you are kidding yourself if you think you are being in any way objective.
But I am grateful that you provided me with my next blog entry.
I find it increasingly difficult to hold any hope for this society. Despite almost daily warnings about global warming, or corporate sponsored legislative decisions that rob us of our civil rights, or revelations about the criminal activity of our own government, educated Americans, to a large extent, try their best to ignore what’s happening in their own country. They much prefer to talk about sports or fashion or their latest electronic paraphernalia. If a conversation rolls around to an issue that actually matters, like ocean pollution or blatant racism or the steady drip of Biblical lunacy which has been leaking into our legislative processes, they retreat to the safety of their cultural comfort zones, ignoring the fact that their reticence to address such serious issues will eventually result in those safe zones being destroyed, perhaps permanently. It’s easier for them to go turtle than it is to listen to what a small handful of Chicken Littles have been screaming at them, even though the poultry’s hysteria is absolutely appropriate. It’s more convenient to pretend everything is just fine than it is to cut short their time on the Stairmaster.
Educated, middle class trend sheep are not merely getting fooled again, they’re being fooled constantly, they know it, and they choose to ignore it. It’s hard even to find a term for that degree of foolhardiness. Invincible ignorance? Stockholm syndrome? Assholery? Gross, willful stupidity? None of these are adequate to describe the moral and civil constipation that has almost completely enfolded itself over the 19% who, as Chomsky reminds us, have been groomed to rule and regulate the other 80% while the 1% rakes in profits and despoils what’s left of the planet.
Many of these educated retards point fingers at the stupid people for being gullible enough to be manipulated by Fox “News” and/or the Koch brothers and/or any number of corporate villains who have corrupted our system of governance and turned us into wage slaves. What these magna cum lazy shitheads conveniently avoid recognizing is that truly stupid people can’t help it; they are stupid because they are genetically disadvantaged. Dumb people are usually conservative and gullible and manipulable because they don’t have the cognitive firepower to see beyond the lower levels of the Maslow pyramid. Folks whose jobs have been shipped overseas by the Clinton and Bush Administration fascists are working too many hours to care much about the reasons they have to work so hard. It’s difficult enough for them to put food on their families.
True, lasting change in this country has to be brought about by the educated Middle Class, and most of the mindless messes who occupy that societal niche are too concerned about their image and their egos and their fancy running shoes to use what Gawd gave them for something other than impressing the other drones at the office picnic. They, and not the idiot Teabaggers, are the ones responsible for this country careening into the cesspit. They are the ones richly deserving of scorn and derision, because they could have done something about this mess and chose not to.