Politics

A Distressed Government

Government has become many things – all of which are showing serious signs of distress. It is crumbling. They know it, and are afraid. Perhaps this goes a long way in explaining their irrationality.  Fear now permeates the very fabric of governmental existence. Hypocrisy, recklessness, denial, and criminality are rampant. Government has evolved into a monster of epic proportions that is now turning on itself and eating its own. Paranoia has set in.

Government has long been a purveyor of fear. Whipping up fear amongst the public and directing it where they want it is a favored tactic. But they’ve become a victim of their own policies. In deciding who they want us to fear the most they are seeing enemies everywhere, enemies of their own making, as they work feverishly to distract us from their real agendas and nefarious covert actions.

Government has become home and haven for the elite criminal class. They’ve cloaked themselves in a veneer of respectability, but the cloak is wearing thin. They make their own rules with a reward and punishment system that’s the reverse of that which is applied to us. They think nothing of the harm they do to others. It’s this very narcissistic arrogance which will, in the end, be their undoing. How sad they’re so deeply mired in their own filth that they’re unable to dig themselves out.

Government has become a living symbol of lost hopes, dreams, and opportunities. People are tired, stressed, numb, and at a loss. Through television, political double-speak and false promises, people are being bombarded with a false reality that doesn’t mirror their own existence. They need to keep false hope alive so they can continue to profit from us in every way possible, for as long as possible. It’s interesting to ponder what’s going to happen when there’s nothing left to take. Perhaps it’ll end with them taking out each other. From the looks of it, that’s already begun. Now that would be a show worth watching.

Government has become an elite university specializing in deceptive, manipulative, and threatening language – their stock in trade. Diplomacy and honest dialogue are viewed with derision, and they sneer at those who are skilled in it. They don’t conduct themselves in the manner of seasoned statesman, but as immature, spoiled children. It’s all about the show, the glitz, and sleight-of-hand magic tricks. Snake oil salesman highly encouraged to apply.

Government has become practiced in relying on omissions and denials, especially when it comes to pointing accusatory fingers at others. They commonly fault others for what they themselves are guilty of. Crucial pieces of information are always withheld or obscured. They cannot win against the truth and they know it, and so the truth must be avoided at all costs. This is what makes relying on the mainstream news so dangerous. They believe what they’re told to believe, and relay what they’re told to relay. Their job is no longer truth in reporting, but propaganda.

Government has become cumbersome. It’s top-heavy and ineffective. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. All the various departments, bureaus, committees, branches, etc., etc., are all so busy doing their “very own important work” that the world outside their doors is neither here nor there. It’s like a very large puzzle with a lot of missing pieces, or has an elevator that doesn’t go all the way to the top, or is a few bricks shy of a load, or a few peas short of a casserole. Get the metaphorical picture?

Government has become a planet unto itself – straight out of The Twilight Zone. (Theme music, please). I sometimes wonder, when these people speak, just who it is they’re speaking to. It certainly isn’t to anyone who possesses a questioning and independent mind. They’ve modeled themselves into ridiculous perversions of how government officials should be. Perhaps they just enjoy the sound of their own voice so much that it matters not to them how they’re perceived, and even less if they’re believed. But their act is getting old, and they aren’t drawing the crowds they used to.

Government has also become its own worst nightmare. Their behavior has become so erratic, obsessive, and nonsensical that they fail to see that the real danger comes from within – from them. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. They’ve lost control of their own plot. Just watch the crumbling of the political parties as one example. They’re destroying themselves from within with scandals, infighting, a refusal to face reality, and an unwillingness to change. I often think we’re witnessing, in real-time, a true descent into madness. They’ve cloaked themselves so thoroughly in their own deceptions that they cannot see what is in front of their faces.

Comparisons are often drawn between George Orwell’s book 1984 and government today. But I think the truth is worse than that. I think that book was read, greatly admired, and adopted many years ago as the government’s bible; the end goal. A book of fiction turned into the ultimate reality. It isn’t going quite as smoothly as they envisioned though. People are beginning to wake up, and allies are getting fed up. But never forget that fear makes for a dangerous foe, and fear is playing a crucial role in government’s actions. How very scary it is to live with such people in control.

Politics

The Not-So-Amazing World of Carny Politics

Time is short, the election is drawing near, and carny politics has been the defining characteristic of this campaign. This makes it hard to take either of the two major candidates seriously. They are making fools of themselves. Their focus is skewed and good luck figuring out their priorities. If this is what we have vying for one of the top jobs in the world then we are in sorry shape indeed. Bring on the clowns and the cotton candy.

Where then, is the media in all of this? Remember those who are supposed to hold the government accountable? Oh, that’s right, they’re the ones supporting and broadcasting carny politics right into our homes. They enjoy providing a dizzying ride that spins faster and faster and leaves a sickening feeling behind. Just know that the ride never stops so if you want off you must jump. Perhaps we should call them the Carny Media instead of the Mainstream Media. But I’m sure that would offend their politically correct sensibilities. Can’t have that now, can we?

They, and the candidates, are like invasive species feeding off each other. Together they have created a maze of illusions, paranoia, and deceit. It’s a precarious path, and for them it has become an intoxicating and addicting one. A laser like focus on controlling content and direction has blinded them to the many hazards they have instigated. The road to the future has become littered with theoretical mine fields that, given the right trigger, have the potential to be as deadly as the real thing.

This is a never ending nightmare worse than any horror movie. And the nightmare will continue long after the winner gets their White House prize. Perhaps we should rename it the Fun House. After all, that is where the head clown resides. A place where nothing is as it seems and people hide behind many masks and play many games. They make their own rules yet are the first to break them.

Carny politics is a stupid yet dangerous game. Its very danger lies in its stupidity. We should be asking how much of this stupidity is intentional. Just like the magician, they are using misdirection to focus attention where they want it, and away from where they don’t. Why are we hearing about sexist and racial comments and acts from years ago now? Why is it so important to blame Russia for leaked emails, without proof, rather than addressing the content of those emails? It’s just distraction tactics pulled from their common bag of tricks.

The politically correct culture is anything but correct. Its distracting rhetoric adds nothing meaningful or productive to the mix, especially in the current climate. It’s used primarily to stir things up, and quite effectively too. Meanwhile, pressing issues are left to rot in the world outside the protected realm of carny politics. How long can this go on? Given the chaos and uncertainty in the world, a major priority adjustment is in order. Sooner rather than later, or the next president may end up being the last.

Politics

Where Would You Like Your Conflict Served?

Ever found yourself eating in a greasy diner – not because you want to – but because it’s the option at hand? The environment is unclean and the menu choices are not very appetizing or healthy. This presents a conflict between the need to eat and the desire to. But since it’s what’s available you cross your fingers, make a choice, and hope for the best. Sounds a lot like our presidential election this year, doesn’t it? Except there is much more at stake than just indigestion or food poisoning.

So how to decide which poor choice to go with at the polls? It’s common practice for lies to be told and campaign promises to be broken, so other factors need to be considered. One important area is the potential for increased future conflict and war, and both candidates show signs of it. The difference between them is where it’s most likely to be played out.

An escalation in international conflict and war under Clinton is highly likely. She has aligned herself with the neoconservative warmongers and in fact doesn’t hide it. She will be an aggressive president pursuing aggressive policies all over the world. Top of the list is Russia. Further and severe deterioration in relations with Russia will occur. We have been pushing and provoking them for quite a while now. Eventually they are going to push back. What then? Assuming they could be easily defeated is a dangerous mindset to have. Such things rarely proceed and play out as people expect.

Nuclear war has been avoided for many decades, but cooler and saner heads in Washington no longer prevail. I cannot help but wonder if mutually assured destruction is turning into self-assured destruction. If Clinton is elected – and this is the most likely outcome – be afraid. Be very afraid. The tension level is going to ratchet up considerably. She is going to push them, and she will push hard.

While Clinton’s penchant for conflict lies abroad, Trump’s  – with the exception of Mexico – lies mostly at home. He is adept at bringing to the surface people’s base emotions. Perhaps because he is so expressive with his that people feel more freedom to vent their own. He likes to stir the pot because he is good at it and he knows it. Stirring the political pot hasn’t been a bad thing because our political system needs shaken up. But I very much fear that this would be his normal mode of operation in domestic matters if he is elected.

Tact and diplomacy don’t seem to be traits Trump possesses. If he does he hides them well. His aggressive rhetorical style has the potential to raise tensions in this country to an extremely uncomfortable level. Of course some of that over the top rhetoric is because it’s campaign season. It always increases during this time. However, in Trump’s case I don’t think it can all be put down to that alone. I think we’ve been getting just a little taste of his true personality. He is good at antagonizing prejudices, thereby undermining efforts of cooperation and negotiation. He could very well be a president of one step forwards, and two steps back.

I realize that this is an oversimplified generalization of both candidates. But when I step back and view them this is what I see. Clinton representing increased international conflict and war, and Trump increased domestic conflict and – who knows – a possible future Civil War. Perhaps I’m wrong. In this case I definitely wouldn’t mind being wrong. In this present environment of worldwide unrest, conflict, and war – anything is possible. Anything is what we should be prepared for.