Before I continue I need to acknowledge that not every thing mentioned here is my own idea. I mean I’d like to think it was my own thinking but I am not entirely sure that this is true. At the end of the final installment I will include a list of references for your perusal. I encourage everyone to think this through, it may help them maintain some form of sanity and assist in any effort to make a better life out of what ever is leftover.
So what is setting of my psycho vibe? It seems to me that the last election might be something that Scott has labeled a Deep Event. That’s not to say that Peter Dale Scott himself has called the election a Deep Event, just that he coined the term. A Deep Event is a event that for just a moment reveals the existence of the Deep State. It allows the citizenry to get a glimpse at something that is normally hidden from view. Either that or it was an amazing piece of choreography put on with precise and flawless perfection by all whom were involved, which I find highly unlikely.
What I am referring to here is the election of Donald Trump. Now take a breath, I am not now nor have I ever been a Trump supporter but I admit that he is our President and I try to show him some respect. To put it mildly this was a major surprise to Both the Trump Campaign and the Clinton Campaign, it was an even bigger shock to the media and the Congress. I guess there was a far larger population of deplorables and conspiracy theorists out there than previously indicated in the polls. What? You didn’t poll any one on those topics? Oooops. These statements were incredibly divisive and if the population were a regular minority group all the bitching and whining would have stopped by now. Instead we have developed an extremely polarized electorate and I suspect you all ready know about that.
Believe it or not this is going to take us into the Russia Hack Ordeal primarily because Congress was equally freaked out, temporarily. The reason The election freaked congress and the media out was because they didn’t think it could happen. It indicates a shift in the electorate’s voting habits, luckily it wasn’t severe. I know that there has been a serious feeding frenzy around the Trump Presidency but realistically the shock could have been much worse. The electorate stayed with in the republican/Democrat dynamic so as unsettling as it was the electorate hadn’t jumped ship on either of the two parties. If the Greens or the Libertarians had gobbled up all those pissed off voters shit really would have gotten unhinged in the media. The fact that Trump was a Republican means the current two parties jobs and income are safe so realistically much of what is happening is nothing more than pot stirring and ratings creation after all its all about the money, that is the heart and soul of Capitalism. There is nothing humanitarian about it, I’m not knocking it but I feel that we should be honest with ourselves.
I personally don’t see much of a difference between the two parties when you look closely. There is an exaggeration of the differences at the presidential level simply to keep it interesting but once you remove the politics of identity and religion you quickly find that they both suddenly sound a lot a like. I prefer to refer to the two as Republicrats. Think of a two headed coin. Every presidential election we flip it again and again and it never comes up tails. Members of the house are far more sensitive to the constituents than senators. The President, on the other hand has an entirely different set of difficulties. I am trying to be polite because there is a dehumanizing quality to political rhetoric which is not new, but it has been intensifying since the late 1990s. The population is broken down into four basic groups, the most politically active that we tend to refer to as left and right although realistically, in my eyes, they both currently seem to be from right to far right and wildly mixed are the first two groups. You can find plenty of footage of them on the net fighting each other which is entirely pointless but we just don’t seem to be able to help ourselves. A third group of dissidents and activists from the old right and left. Basically pre-fall of the wall on the side lines, some old and some new, some speakers, some organizing, some on campuses and some in the press mostly online who are producing some useful perspective and when it comes down to it I tend to agree with both sides more often than not. When Louis Farrakhan suddenly sounds like a leftist it is simply a sign of how far to the right the political spectrum in my homeland has slid. Most interesting is the fourth group, by far the largest, the depoliticized. These have been giving up in droves over the years, more apathetic then ever they have reached a state of anti politic and have settled into a calm do your own thing state. They make up, it seems to me, more than half of the population that are of voting age.
There would be a tendency for anyone to wax conspiratorial at this point and although I find this perfectly understandable for every conspiracy you can think of there are two other sets of arguments that can just as easily explain the phenomena. I don’t really want to get into this here, suffice it to say that however the American population got here, the political class is not the least bit interested in changing anything. Especially at the Federal Level. I think the reasons are pretty obvious as the only thing that can force a change in the system through legal means is an organized electorate. Members of congress, the president and his or her cabinet along with the bulk of bureaucrats understand where their interests lay. They want to keep there careers and improve their conditions just like the rest of us. One of the signs of organized resistance is in the way voting habits change. If we look back to the last Great Depression and check what parties are represented in the house and the senate we can understand better why the New Deal happened.
These Statistics are from the 2005 Time Almanac, yes, I know its not a primary source.
70th Congress 1927 – 1929
Senate: 94 Dem/Rep 1 independent. House: 432 Dem/Rep. 3 independent
71st Congress 1929 – 1931
Senate: 94 Dem/Rep. 1 independent House: 430 Dem/Rep. 1 independent 4 vacant
72 Congress 1931 – 1933
Senate: 94 Dem/Rep. 1 independent House: 434 Dem/Rep. 1 independent
73 Congress 1933 – 1935
Senate: 94 Dem/Rep. 1 independent House: 430 Dem/Rep. 5 independent
74th Congress 1935 – 1937
Senate: 94 Dem/Rep. 2 independents House: 425 Dem/Rep. 10 independent
75th Congress 1937 – 1939
Senate: 92 Dem/Rep. 4 Independents House: 422 Dem/ Rep. 13 Independents
76th Congress 1939 – 1941
Senate: 92 Dem/ Rep. 4 Independents House: 431 Dem/Rep. 4 Independents
77th Congress 1941 – 1943
Senate: 94 Dem/Rep. 2 Independents House: 429 Dem/Rep. 6 Independents
The same period looking at the ratio of Democrats versus Republicans in Senate and the House from the same source
CONGRESS YEARS SENATE: DEM/ REP HOUSE: DEM/REP PRESIDENT (D/R)
70th 1927 – 29 47/48 195/237 Coolidge (R)
71st 1929 – 31 39/56 163/267 Hoover (R)
72nd 1931 – 33 47/48 216/218 Hoover (R)
73rd 1933 – 35 59/36 313/117 Roosevelt (D)
74th 1935 – 37 69/25 322/103 Roosevelt (D)
75th 1937 – 39 75/17 333/89 Roosevelt (D)
76th 1939 – 41 69/23 262/169 Roosevelt (D)
77th 1941-43 66/28 267/162 Roosevelt (D)
As far as the Russian Hack Ordeal, I can’t say definitely that there wasn’t Russian interference in the 2016 election but the reality is that thia type of behavior is standard for great powers especially when they feel threatened. I have no doubt that somebody had candidate Trump under surveillance. When Barack Obama became the president the Secret Service made him give up his personal Black Berry and replaced it with a Secret Service approved Black Berry. It seems that the president doesn’t have the right to that level of privacy. If that is so then why would candidate Trump expect anything different. It can always be argued that this protocol is simply an extra safe guard for the president, but it all struck me as a bit suspicious. The other thing that I found fascinating was how the debate broke down over whom was surveilling whom. It seems the debate in the on line community was between the Russian’s or our own set Intelligence agencies. There was little or no debate over the role of private or corporate intelligence firms. This also struck me as interesting. Congress has been getting pretty squirrelly over the whole thing so I have no doubt that the Trump Candidacy was under Surveillance. The question is, by whom?
More importantly the members of both houses are worried about their jobs. Politics is a career like any other profession the point of said career is to succeed and climb the tree, reach so apex in your chosen career path. Any Member of the house or the Senate that is there for more than two years wants the power and the comfort that comes with their prospective office. To put in the simplest language, they want to get paid and try to reach some apex of power just like the rest of us.
Politicians haven’t been upset by low voter turn out yet, it just makes it easier for them to keep their jobs or get a job. What does freak them out is unpredictability in the electorate. What this means is that one or both parties may be out of work, a whole party out. Think about that. Imagine that a whole group could no longer find any work in a profession that they mastered a decade ago. It is the big screw.
There are three forces acting on the electorate right now. The first is the economy which is tied directly to Neo-liberal corporate favoritism. The second is the unresponsiveness on the part of congress to their constituents tied with growing isolation between various identity groups and growing inequality. The third and most stressed is the lack of transparency.
Back in the late 70s and 80s they referred to economic stressors as pocket book issues and I am sure that some still use this term. One of the keys here is health care. The health care program we have is not run by the government, is paid for by the government. It is run by insurance companies. In essence it is an insurance subsidy wrapped in a healthcare plan. As Health care reform attempts to move forward just remember that its not the expense that worries either party, it is who pays for it. Serious healthcare reform is unlikely since both parties, remember there is always at least one exception to every rule, see that cutting off that subsidy would cause a major crisis in the insurance industry (Bankruptcy anyone?) and a massive lapse in healthcare for most every one. Imagine if you all in the middle class had to put out collection jars at convenience stores and gas stations or beg at your churches for the funds needed to get a loved one vitally needed health care? If you haven’t seen anything like that then you’ve led a sheltered life. This is besides the issue of dwindling buying power. Wages have been flat or declining since the middle seventies for the bulk of the working people in our fair society. This growing inequality is irritating the bulk of the lower classes and stifling both innovation and growth in our economic sector.
The second issue is congressional deadlock which is the worst I have ever seen it, not that I am that old. This is frustrating for the voters and fuels the tribal elements to grow with in our current political tone. While on one hand this is a huge driver of De-politicization it also creates an environment that serves the political class without the risks associated with legislation. Redistricting is creating more and more seats in the house where it is only the party identity that matters. This is allowing a stagnation to occur in the legislative process which eliminates risk. Put on as nice show at these Russia Hack hearings and when your constituents get upset because they live in an economic waste land with dwindling opportunity you can simply state, I tried but such and so or the other party blocked me. You know I wouldn’t let you down.
Finally there is a lack of transparency. This feeds into the fear that an autocratic system might be on the rise in the United States of America. The Kook Conspiracy Theory grows best in am information vacuum and nothing creates a more powerful or profound information vacuum that the national security state. Kook Conspiracy theories are like weeds in a garden that has long been left unattended. National security is secrecy and secrecy, especially among powerful, people and organizations breeds suspicion. Add to that the rising awareness of these otherwise hidden organization, if not hidden then not advertised as such in the very least and you have rising levels of suspicion and tension.
Considering all of this and assuming that politicians at the federal level are not brick dumb then you can begin to understand the importance of the idea of the Russian Hack and the Russian interference probe. These guys are worried about keeping their jobs and the pensions like many other Americans. As long as enough of the electorate buys this idea and the butt backwards lack of issues anti Trump boondoggle keeps rolling then both houses of congress have that sense of job security that so many others crave. The only thing they truly fear is an organized and motivated electorate ready to vote for a third party, it has happened before.
It has been said that there is a war in the deep state. I have heard it said to be clear, I am not saying that it is definitely so but I can understand why it would be. If this war exists then what is it like and what is it over. First the wars fought between major corporations and other massive entities along with their billionaire comrades aren’t like the wars we fight. They don’t generally shoot each other and kill each other in droves, that is just for us regular everyday citizens. In the deep sate there is jockeying for position and power and merging and acquiring a larger market share. There is another problem with growing wage inequality and that is an absence of cash in the economy. Credit will only get you so far. The wealthiest of us and their various entities are fighting over crumbs and so are we the people.
So in the end The Russian Hack Ordeal is an attempt to blame shift and and move the focus of the electorate of the house and the senate. The Same thing can be said of the media’s handling of the coverage of the Trump Administration. Both houses and the Traditional media are in mortal fear of poverty, you know poverty don’t you? Well they don’t and they find it terrifying. They want the population looking somewhere else for the source of their troubles, that is the purpose of the Russian Hack and when it finally fails you can expect to hear the sabre start rattling.
Try and have a better than average day,