Yes, I am really, really tired of politics. The crappiest of crappy people always seem to win. And everything I learn about them in the news makes me more and more disgusted with them. They don’t tell the truth. But I can’t call them liars. I tell lies all the time because I write fiction. My lies are wrapped in creative ideas, perceived underlying truths, and jokes. (Okay, maybe not always good jokes, but I am not guilty of machinational prevarications like they are.) They use propaganda tactics to twist and tear people’s understanding of what is real and what is important. They are actively seeking to take power in order to enrich themselves and let us bear the consequences. They are cutting out and going to Cancun with their daughters and rich neighbors while the rest of Texans are freezing to death and going without electricity and water.
And now that the orange one is no longer Prexidense, I was looking forward to never having to say his name in this blog again.
But even though the monster himself is now exiled to Mar-a-Lago Goolf Courses, we still have to deal with the nuclear fallout from his four-year rampage, and all the other monsters the radioactive ideas have mutated 70-some million Americans into.
You see, the real problem is what the radioactivity has morphed the American experience into. Since the Prexidensity of Ronald Reagan, the shift has been from doing what is right for the nation as a whole into doing what most benefits the privileged and wealthy elite. This they do by convincing the unthinking that they need to fear the “other,” whether that be black people, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Muslims, Jews, or retired school teachers… you know, all them communist badguys. And they dangle policies in front of stupid people’s eyes that say, “Through trickle-down economics you can one day be rich like us and all the people that we hate will be punished and America will be Great Again” And all of those run-on, mangled incentives are prevarications. Snake oil. A con game that leaves the listener broke and exploited.
And in a mean-spirited way, they try to deny us anything that will help everybody, to the point that we will no longer have any air to breathe and the planet will boil itself to death.
Is there a way out? Is there a chance that it will get better now that the orange one is, at least temporarily gone from the main stage? Probably not. But the dance of the rich folks on the radical right (The horse’s rear end in that last cartoon) will stop when they reach the point where they are forced to eat their own feet because all the people that work for them on less than a living wage will have starved to death.
But not everything in politics is bad all the time. Sometimes our better angels do make a difference. And there is hope. At least until the Republicans manage to vote it all down again… with electoral-type votes where somehow you don’t have to have more votes to win.
5 responses to “Polly Ticks!!!”
Mickey, a while ago, it used to matter when a politician was caught in a lie. Now, in our post-truth society, it matters not the seditious former president is well-documented by numerous sources as a prolific liar. What amazes me is when he starts believing his own BS, when sycophants and conspiracy theorists find some shred of data that supports a wide claim.
Yet, we should not be surprised at the laurels placed at the feet of a talk-show host who just died. Said talk show host is documented as telling lies 82% of the time and half-truths or lies 93% of the time by Politifacts. He was so prolific, the first liar awarded the second a US Medal of Freedom. That is admiration.
As for the Cruz-er, here is what I don’t understand. The first liar above told the world that Cruz’ father had a hand in the assassination of JFK, which was not true. But, that is OK now. Plus, the first liar was responsible for an insurrection on the Capitol building endangering the lives of Cruz and his colleagues. But that is OK now. He was just having fun and did not mean to risk Cruz’ life.
I am more stunned by the average MAGA voter being able to believe some of these incredible lies
. I have reasonably intelligent friends from high school that believe these lies when they never would’ve done so in the seventies or eighties.
Cruz didn’t believe anything from the orange one before and still doesn’t. He is just a chameleon, a cold-blooded lizard who will say or do anything for power.
If you added up the credibility of the three – Trump, Limbaugh and Cruz – the safest bet is they all are lying at any given time.
You definitely got that right.