Living in the Era of The Flim-Flam Man

Scene from The Flim-Flam Man (1967)

We are living in intentional continual uproar

I honestly didn’t know whether to write continual or continuous.  The uproar in Washington has been almost non-stop since Beast 45 assumed office; really it has been since he began running for office.

I mentioned in a previous post that a friend who visited for a few days last weekend mentioned that she doesn’t’ watch television; the news is just too bad.  Actually, Debbie has never been much for television.  She’s a doer not a watcher.

Personally, I’ve gone from several hours a day watching the 24/7 “news” channels to more like 30 minutes.  I check my tablet just long enough to make sure that we aren’t at war with someone and move on to something else…like solitaire.

Beast 45 likes to keep controversy swirling.  He’s rewarding those who elected him; those who want to see a bar fight, or professional wrestling.  Amazing that those folks can think that wrestling is real and the news isn’t; that huge hairy guys in ridiculous outfits really leap through the air from the ropes of the ring and stomp their opponent in the chest without killing them while the news is “spin”.

Can anyone, honestly, say that this is evidence of Intelligent Design?

Beast 45, It seems, is a flim-flam man, a carnival barker, a con artist, who is diverting our attention while he switches cards, or steals our wallet, or sells us swamp land as waterfront property.

Regardless of the item on his agenda, its name is not what it purports to be.  Healthcare Reform is Healthcare Destruction, Tax Reform is Tax Evasion for the Wealthy.  In order to keep Mr. and Mrs. America from figuring that out our attention is diverted to claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, to Hillary’s email, to threats against North Korea’s little dictator. We are invited to look at the dancing man in the clown suit.

Every time the investigation of Russia’s attempts to create chaos in our election process start looking like Beast 45’s fingerprints are on the plan some new outrageous allegation is made.  It is clever.  The press, ever the retriever of stories can’t keep themselves from following the stick he throws. 

Russia’s Putin complains that The Beast’s foes won’t let him attend to his agenda.  Somewhere in that agenda there must be a bone for Putin.  It might be reduced sanctions, increased trading with Rex Tillerson’s former employer, or something we haven’t yet dreamed of.

Meanwhile, we get flap about personal notification of Gold Star families after their son or daughter is killed protecting the business interests of U.S. companies abroad. 

Obfuscation…darkening the room, making things fuzzy.  All of it is obfuscation.  All of the Muslim Ban, Wall Around Mexico, Vilification of Venezuela, Kim Jung Un threats; all of these things are just a hand waving in the air while the flim flam man steals our future. 

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 20, 2017 at 4:14am


Comment by koshersalaami on October 20, 2017 at 4:39am

Following the thrown stick is the perfect metaphor

Comment by alsoknownas on October 20, 2017 at 8:12am

I predict that soon the sound of dishes crashing, a penny whistle and a calliope will replace "Hail To The Chief" as the most used music as Big Top Don approaches the podium to speak.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 20, 2017 at 9:29am

Big Top Don...  Can I use that?

Comment by Ron Powell on October 20, 2017 at 9:41am

If you've seen this before, it's because I told you so...

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 20, 2017 at 9:58am

I had not seen this, and thought my thoughts were original...

Comment by koshersalaami on October 20, 2017 at 10:08am

He puts people in mind of a huckster. Because he is one. Many will reach that conclusion independently. 

Comment by Arthur James on October 20, 2017 at 1:02pm


I gooey?







`no try to figure it out'

is a mantra I tell Children,

Farmers, and bloggers.


Erich Fromm


`The Capacity to be puzzled

is the prremise of all creation,

be it in art or in science.'


no teach your children to hate

politician who wear flip-flops

in 5-star eateries. huh? okay?


Comment by Arthur James on October 20, 2017 at 1:13pm


Let's hope no military


Eat green`lactose sativa'

and no eat Collinear?




Col. Sanders




Mc Nuggets

& greasy



goofy EPOCH

indeed. No act

like demented

ill-Ape monkey.




Comment by Rodney Roe on October 20, 2017 at 3:36pm

Monkey, that is an interesting and chilling thought; that we are about to be ruled by a junta.  I know now, though, why people welcome a military coup.  I have been struck by something else, remarked on by someone who analyzes these things, that we have an unusual number of key, influential Republicans from the "Governing" wing of the party. Distilled, their comments about quiting boil down to "it's no fun anymore."  They cite the concrete divide between liberals and conservatives which once could be crossed to achieve compromise solutions.  Republican voters don't want compromise which they view as capitulation.  I have wondered if there is not a  wing of the party about to emerge as a new right of middle party interested in working across the aisle.  There might be enough support for them among left of center Democrats and right of center Republicans to win a majority.  Wouldn't it be something if the result was a Democratic party that no longer held enough of a position to be represented in Congress, or were in the Senate, but not in the House.  Probably with our two party system that would not follow the rules of the house of Congress.

Your idea that either party might merely be window dressing for the ruling Generals is something that I hadn't thought of. And, are you saying that Lindsay Graham might be a party to all of this?  Interesting.

Art, I like the Erich Fromm quote.


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