I hesitate to use the word Revolution under most circumstances simply because of it mechanistic implications. For example, if you mark a single tooth of a gear, like on a bicycle, let’s say, with a bit of bright yellow paint. The gear has made one revolution when that bright yellow mark returns to its starting position. This is what I mean when I use the term Mechanistic Implications. In this context, nothing really changes after a revolution other than the names of the members of the ruling class and I believe there is some truth to this when we even just glance at the Trump administration. On the other hand re could mean revolution as in the idea of re-evolving or re-imagining or world, human society and how it behaves or functions. What’s weird to me about this is that I can hear both points of view represented in the two sides of the Trump Debate. For those who believe he is some kind of a Fascist you should try and keep in mind that Corporations seriously usurped state power back in the late 90s and they had been working in that direction since before the Kennedy assassination. I know how crazy this sounds and I need to state again for the record that I am a paranoid Schizophrenic or Schizoaffective depending on what decade and which of my various doctors you ask. I know how crazy it sounds to me too. I’ve been watching and mostly thinking about what I’ve been seeing and I just what to try to make it clear.
The big question is how did this guy get elected?
I’d like to brag and say that I knew he would be elected before super Tuesday but I suffered an intense fit of malaise and found myself occupied and mystified by the spectacle. It doesn’t matter as I didn’t post on this then, but what is important is that it was my wife Meta who taught me the trick years ago. It is nothing more then a simple analyses of the media coverage including, now, the internet. Whose face do you see the most often, whose voice do you hear the most often, how much live coverage does a candidate get and how many times is said candidate quoted. This was true in the eighties for the same reason that it is today but I fear I am about to derail my train of thought.
Did the Russian’s do it? The Russian’s could be in serious trouble with in the next year or two as they may not be able to met their pension and subsidy obligations (Caspian Report YouTube) so I am unsure how many resources they can spare. To be as Honest as I can be I believe that it would be in Russia’s interest to have a friendly administration so I don’t think the idea is that far fetched. But before we start ginning up Anti-Russian sentiment we might want to look closer to home.
The first place to look would be the media itself, whether internet or cable/corporate (MSM) because it surely seemed to me, remember, I’m crazy, that Donald J. Trump was being pushed by them. I just couldn’t shake the feeling. Why didn’t they split the coverage evenly between the Republicans (Trump) and Clinton? The argument was that the people running the media, line producers or what ever just couldn’t resist those add dollars. It was Trump Mania, the money was too good. Let me get this straight, management, CEO, COO, CFO, just haven’t noticed over the past three decades that the person they cover the most wins. Is that what passes for genius these days? It was so fucking obvious that the Weekly World News predicted both Clinton I and Baby Bush. Why is it that whenever anything crazy happens that the defense on behalf of the corporate perpetrators is always, we were too stupid to know any better? It well could have been that the talking heads on the screen and the producers managing their programs just thought a Trump victory impossible. A college education doesn’t amount to much anymore that’s for sure.
Ask yourself a question and think about it, who was the media, especially the corporate media, really scared off?
Based on coverage and on air attitude alone, in descending order, Jill Stein firstly, then Gary Johnson and finally Bernie Sanders.
There is no doubt in my mind that the media played a major role in getting Trump elected whether they as individuals, recognize that fact or not. That’s only part of the equation though because I had the hardest time figuring out why anybody would vote for him, much less Hillary Clinton, even though I was certain he would win. This state of mental information and prespective was a bit mind bending but I want to try and write my way through it.
20% of voters poled stated that they felt voting for Donald Trump would by like throwing a Molotov cocktail into the government (Storm Clouds Gathering/You Tube). I can only think of one word to describe this emotional state and that is rage. There was an element of Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially during the run up to the convention, that seemed to be pandering to certain elements of the far right. If you have an opportunity check out his comments about the nature and type of people that illegally immigrate from the south and compare it to the rhetoric used by certain far right groups, the Neo Nazi’s. Aryan’s. This is definitely race language with in that stance it just doesn’t sound like the race language from the 50s, 60s or even the 80s. Immigrants, especially illegal immigrants are an easy target, most people won’t recognize the language as loaded and racist. Most people don’t understand Northern Speak. The Language of Political incorrectness had layers to it and different people hear different things This stance along with Trump’s physical antics appeared to fall with in the lines of a certain style of liberty/nationalist political rhetoric if you are a member of some of the less savory elements from the hyper far right. That still doesn’t account for the bulk of the people who voted for him. Outside of Immigration where the candidate in question had fairly consist views even if his understanding of the cost and methods for execution appeared sketchy at times, he took every imaginable position. It seemed that he spoke plainly and specifically to each audience and said basically, what he thought they wanted to hear. NERD WRITER on You tube did an excellent dissection of the level of education or reading level exhibited by Trump through the text of his speeches which, it seems, was at about a fourth grade level. It is a mistake to think that Donald Trump is some kind of a moron. He is a promoter, promoting real estate projects, his brand or himself, that is how he makes his living. Another word for promoter is Salesman. A good sales man always knows his audience and in this case his audience lacked a college education. KISS, a phrase I heard through out my youth when trying to communicate an idea, especially in high school. Keep It Simple Stupid so that every one can understand it. These supporters come from what we use to call in the old days the White Working class, largely lower working class. The 2010 Census revealed that for the first time in U.S history more people lived in Urban areas than in Rural. 51% of the population are now living in the top twenty metropolitan areas.
The neo liberal evolution left a surprisingly large number of people behind, ruined many and left the rest without hope and for three or four decades now that there is a building resentment or resignation in the population. But even this does account for his victory. I got the impression that Trump didn’t expect to win, he seemed surprised to me. In the end I think people voted for him, for the most part, not because they necessarily agreed with any particular part of his rhetoric but simply because he wasn’t a politician. He was rich too, we American’s worship rich folks, I’m sure that didn’t hurt him either.
Donald Trump is like an empty glass, any given individual sees what they want in him. If they want to see job creation and a better life then that is what they see. If what they want to see comes from fear then it is fascism, racism, sexism, violent repressive state violence and oppression then that is what they see. Trump is a spokesperson, a mouth piece, a show man and a distraction, what Lionel Nation on You Tube would call a rodeo clown except nobody is calling Trump that. Instead they label him Crazy, stupid, incapable, narcissistic authoritarian or on the other hand a genius, a nationalist, anti globalist which, some , either positive of negative, maybe true.
Between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump there wasn’t much of a choice. 60% of voters didn’t like either candidate (Redacted Tonight/You Tube)). The election was a real shit storm, it was extremely divisive. In my experience it isn’t unusual for a sizable portion of the population to dislike or hate the person of the president. I became aware of this when I listened to people older than me talking about the Kennedy Assassination. In their experience as many people cheered as those that cried. So the idea that the population being split is some how novel is incorrect. From where I sit it appears that both the administration and the corporate/citizen media are trying to agitate this situation.
“People are Dangerous” Noam Chomsky
Although this may not be conspiracy it very well could be a case of collusion. A large portion of the population fighting among themselves, especially in large easily identified groups suits anyone looking to profit. Fear Sells. Fear confuses. In these states obfuscation is simple to accomplish. Don’t underestimate this, the crack down will come only if these groups interfere with the daily activities of large businesses. This doesn’t change the fact that the administration is standing on shaky ground. If Trump cannot deliver on key promises to his supporters, especially the economic ones, he’s got a problem. He managed to pull off the immigrant ban and even if this next one is contested he’ll just try again. Taking an anti illegal immigrant stance, or anti legal immigrant stance for that matter is like shooting fish in a bucket. It works here, it works in Europe and pretty much everywhere else. The concept is easy, whether it is simple like different is bad or slightly more complex like, if the economy doesn’t improve their will be no work for the new grown incoming people and of course there is fear of too mach competition or favoritism, fear never loses when it comes to influencing the population. At this point I am indifferent about the illegal/refugee/new immigrant issue an largely see it as a Red Herring. I felt at the time that if anyone really wanted to stop illegals they would simply prosecute the businesses that employ them, I mean this in the criminal sense. Start throwing the individuals at the top these businesses in prison and watch the illegal flow cease.
I know that this will never happen.
It also appears that The Affordable Healthcare act isn’t being repealed at all, instead they are just amending the legislation (readthebill.gop). So they are taking an insurance subsidy wrapped in a healthcare plan and removing the healthcare plan, it seems. I could simply be incapable of comprehending the bill and they way it is written makes understanding it clearly difficult even though it is only 28 pages long. It appears that this could affect a large portion of people, especially the 55 to 64 demographic, negatively, but I am prepared to wait and see. There is a real anti-war attitude developing so we shall see if Trump’s Administration can reduce our exposure in foreign lands though we already have more boots on the ground in Syria. The question is the cause, is it something that was already underway under The Obama Administration or was it something the Trump administration decided to do? If it appears that Donald Trump is more of the same, just another deceitful politician who lacks the will or the intention to follow through on key issues, the population that voted for him will eventually begin to loose faith, example, pocket book issues/jobs/foreign policy/healthcare, things could get a bit shaky. I don’t know how long his supporters will be able to keep the faith but the screaming mass of anti Trump people definitely create a feeling of conflict, the in sense of War, psychologically, as long as that atmosphere holds it will energize the Trump supporters to redouble their efforts.
If the economy should take a hard downward turn or some other catalyst occur, this tense situation has the potential for a serious spat of civil unrest/violence. The Democrats need to rethink their platform, they need issues to support that appeal to a broader spectrum of people positively if they wish to have any opportunity to mount a serious challenge to the republican’s control of Congress. I, personally, wouldn’t expect any serious introspection or refocusing of strategy from the Democrats until 2020 at the very earliest.
We have been suckered into a game of stick the prick and the question is who’s the prick? We shall see because interest rates, the prime lending rate specifically, are going to start to rise. The Trump Candidacy is the perfect environment for this move. I would not expect the first increase to be any more that 25 points, (.25%) probably less. With his rhetoric and his administrative style (Donald Trump) and the intense volatile division in the population some one other than the Federal Reserve or even the banking system will be blamed if the economy should sputter. I don’t think an increase in interest rates alone will seriously harm what’s left of the economy, something else significant and unexpected has to happen about the same time.
That’s when things will get interesting.
Unlike so many others I still have faith in regular people. A series of events, another dishonest/corrupt politician, a declining economy can either produce catastrophe or a unified movement.
Maybe we all get lucky and nothing will happen at all, maybe things will even improve, what do you think the odds of that are?