Sunday, November 6, 2016

What a society that fears the truth gets in terms of government

The assessment-of-the-lay-of-the-land-tpe punditry pieces are coming at us at a furious pace now. On the right, they range from let's-all-calm-down-this-nation-has-faced-much-worse takes to dire warnings of the precipice of civil war to the final trickle of reluctant conversions from #NeverTrumpism to, of course, the final bellowings of the Kool-Aid guzzlers who have been all gooey in the britches for Squirrel-Hair since July 2015. On the Left, it's mostly about pointing out what an unfit candidate S-H is, the one thing about which the Left has not been wrong.

There are the occasional do-we-yet-have-enough-perspective-to-get-a-handle-on-how-we-got-here essays.

I'd like to offer a theory about that.

Where we are is what you get when a society has come to fear the truth. Put conversely, it's the chicken that comes home to roost for a society that takes comfort in lies. To the point that it venerates falsehood.

It's a society in which a major, well-respected cultural-observation magazine gets away with publishing a completely false accusation that a fraternity at a major university was the scene of a gang rape, and said magazine, even after losing a lawsuit in the matter, responds with a lame statement about the "larger issue" behind the fact that its article was based on non-facts.

It's a society that has permitted itself to be governed by an unaccountable bureaucracy that wastes billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidization of play-like companies, and in sending its top officials to fancy international conferences at which meaningless agreements are signed, all in the name of urgently addressing something that is an utter fiction.

It is a society that has so bought into the infantile notion that gender is "fluid" that its intelligence-gathering, diplomatic and military functions waste valuable resources accommodating deeply disturbed individuals who think they are something other than what they are. A society in which a legal case about such an individual makes it all the way to the Supreme Court.

It's a society so gullible that a white woman can pass for black and become head of one city's chapter of a venerable black-civil-rights organization, and said woman, after having been found out, can find a publisher for her memoir, in which she asserts that race, as is supposedly the case about gender, is "fluid."

It is a society in which the nation's president repeatedly tells the populace bald-faced lies about the non-existent benefits of socialization of the way health care is provided and consumed.

It's a society that accepts terminology such as "man-caused disasters" and "workplace violence" that its overlords use to describe acts of jihadist war being waged against it.

It's a society that codifies into law via court precedents the notion that Christian doctrine amounts to bigotry.

It's a society in which large swaths of people kid themselves about the fact that both major-party presidential candidates, zealously touting them as vessels of noble ideals and clear vision, when it's plain to anyone willing to look at them unflinchingly, that both are spiritually hideous monsters. One side refuses to see the criminality of its candidate's handling of emails while Secretary of State and of that candidate's foundation's financial dealings. The other side refuses to give proper weight to its candidate's vulgarity, pettiness, vindictiveness, hedonism, shallowness and lack of grounding in the moral and intellectual foundations of liberty.

A society so in fear of the truth is not in a position to "begin healing" anytime soon.

Whatever happens Tuesday, sighs of relief about it "being over" are yet more proof of this phenomenon.

It will not be over by a long shot.

There is no way things are not going to get worse.




15 comments:

  1. Hillary Clinton will not be prosecuted for her handling of the emails. Keep on trying to get her though��

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  2. Do you think she is a great American and will be a good president?

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  3. She will be better than Trump and it don't take much to be better than Obama. Trump might win, it ain't over till it's over. But, by God, I sure hope and pray that he doesn't. I know you never fell for his crap, yet you might vote for him anyhow as the lesser of 2 evils. Me, no way I feel that way. He is evil, and must be stopped. If you agree with what Trump says he will do and I would think you agree on repealing Obamacare and even Roe v. Wade, appointing supreme court justices of your ilk, denying climate change, even dropping some strategically placed nukes, if necessary, building that goddam wall and shipping all the illegals home,etc. then, go ahead and vote for him. Or you can join him in trashing Hillary Clinton for another 4 years as a layperson. I don't hate Hillary like you do. That's pretty much it. Now I am a part of the clueless cattle masses I guess.

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  4. Some folks say our presidential campaigns are too long. I say that it sure tests the candidates' mettle. Hillie will handle what is thrown at her much better than the bombastic and impulsive rich man with the botched hair transplant.

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  5. Can't speak for this monolithic society you rail against, but my sigh of relief will be that the most hideous campaign in my lifetime is over. And I blame one individual, the Great Rich Ego himself, Donald J. Trump, Loser in Chief!

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  6. She's a Democat. Therefore she must be fought tirelessly whatever her position title

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  7. Fight tirelessly then where it counts, in Congress and wherever you want to shape world events at the end of a drone or the barrels of whatever super weapons are out there. Final trickle of reluctant conversions from #NeverTrumpism = you?

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  8. You do not even trust a supreme court decision unless it's your court. Even then, they're likely to throw you sometimes. Still, it's all we got and we've been kind of exceptional in that way with our courts. I suppose that too is fodder to be trashed when the wind blows the wrong way. Just you & God in that voting chamber, but everyone can still see your feet. Walk like a man!

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  9. he didn’t join the Republican Party so much as its most febrile elements joined him. Trump is partly a product of forces that the G.O.P. created by pandering to a base whose dilated pupils the Party mistook for gullibility, not abject, irrational fear that would send those voters scurrying to the nearest authoritarian savior they could find. The error was in thinking that this populace, mainlining Glenn Beck and Alex Jones theories and pondering how the Minutemen would have fought Sharia law, could be controlled. (For evidence to the contrary, the Party needed look no further than the premature political demise of Eric Cantor.) The old adage warns that one should beware of puppets that begin pulling their own strings.

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/donald-trump-and-the-death-of-american-exceptionalism?mbid=social_facebook

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  10. So continue to kick Hillie and Billie and all around them. They've proven they can take it. And they're not quitters!

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  11. Tomorrow is your chance to make the Donald the man with the ego, the money, and then, all the power in the world. Then sit back and watch him clean house.

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  12. Crazies like Alex Jones will never shut up either. Nor will you. Let's roll.

    http://www.infowars.com/fbi-exposes-clinton-pedophile-satanic-network/

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  13. I'm with you on repealing Obamacare and have always been for repealing Roe v Wade but there are other, infinitely better and truer ways to do these things than electing Trump.

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  14. Jump or burn - them's the choices.

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  15. I just hope this shithead goes to bed tomorrow night as Citizen Trump.

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