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.