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

uhmhmm

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 Foolish Monkey on October 20, 2017 at 12:52pm

He's using a brilliant strategy, which fortunately is becoming more and more obvious - he blitzes the news with so much shit, it's hard to focus on what should be focused on - like the military in Niger and the fact that there's much goings on going on and we don't know much about any of it - not even the senate.

I'm putting this here because I don't have the time to do my own blog.

I believe the generals are shoring him up because he's not an asshole politician who believes he has the wherewithal to direct military activities, trump is a roaring asshole civilian who - to his credit - knows he doesn't know shit from shinola, so he's leaving all military thinking to his generals

they can do what they like and they tell him and he asks - will it work?  and they say yes and he's says FANTASTIC. 

the price - all they have to do is make excuses for his idiocy and swallow shit regularly, which they appear to be managing to do (for the good of the country) (this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for them) (I think they think they'll finally be allowed to save the world without politicians getting in the way). 

Kelly's apologist statement yesterday was horrific, while heartbreaking - there was enough truth and emotion to find him believable, until you actually listened and took into account what he said about the idiot.

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

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spend

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TIME

HERE.

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`no try to figure it out'

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Farmers, and bloggers.

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no teach your children to hate

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Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 20, 2017 at 1:07pm

Graham is on this too.  What is he - a colonel?  I guess what we have cooking is a military coup.

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