Personally, I’ve never understood how things get so turned around and how some people become masters of the turnaround while others are ever the victims of it. To me it’s an enigmatic phenomenon. I think it involves the ability to lie and stand by your lies no matter what. It also involves being able to speak loudly, deflect scrutiny and never admit culpability in anything. It also involves a big sense of self-righteousness and the assumption of having the moral high ground.
Maybe it’s kind of like s/he who screams the loudest and the longest gets stuff turned around the way s/he wants it. Then the rest of us are perpetrators, ever the culprits.
All together, the Republicans have a bad name. This was true before Trump, and Trump, no matter what you think of him, is categorized by it. They, the Republicans, are against the little people, against the minorities and only for big business, Wall Street and those big shots.
That’s what the Democrats would have us believe. They say it every chance they get. But the facts don’t bear that out. The facts show that Democrats get an overwhelming majority of minority votes, but their policies have overwhelmingly failed the minority community. Democrats have singlehandedly run the inner cities for more than half a century. In those inner-city communities, education is failing, unemployment far exceeds the national rate, crime rates far exceed the national average, drug abuse and poverty abound.
So what have the Democrats done? Really, they’ve done just about nothing but exploit the minority community by stealing what they can from it including its vote, and they’ve done this by consistently branding Republicans as racists, sexists and homophobes and blaming them for their own failure.
Spoken about here lots of times, the war on poverty illustrates the point. Begun in the 1960s by Lyndon Johnson, the Democratic president, and continually supported by Democrats like Teddy Kennedy (remember Chappaquiddick?), twenty three trillion dollars later the poverty rate in America has not significantly changed. Yet if any Republicans suggest we revert to workfare to reduce the welfare rolls, they are branded racist. Ironically, Bill Clinton did this during his presidency with great success. Great success means welfare rolls were reduced, unemployment was reduced, more people worked and rose from poverty to the middle class. They did this with dignity and established independence.
Even the suggestion by Republicans that able-bodied people work is met by Democratic derision. Similarly, while economic studies show that raising the minimum wage, as the Democrats are pushing, will increase unemployment in the very community they allegedly want to help, when Republicans cite this fact and oppose the idea, they are branded as racists: the turnaround.
And on and on. If the Republicans fight to enforce immigration laws and end sanctuary cities, they are, you guessed it, racists. If they don’t want to fund Planned Parenthood they are sexist. The turnaround! Since when was it a bad thing to enforce our laws or speak your conscience in America? And that’s being kind to Planned Parenthood.
The Turnaround is a sinister technique. It stifles and suppresses new ideas and alternative solutions and it all too often maintains a status quo which needs to be changed.
We used to say “the pot calling the kettle black,” which is a good start at examining the Democratic mastery of The Turnaround. We should not only follow the money (a previous blog entry here), but we should look at who’s calling who what.
In Shakespeare the truth often comes from the clowns, the jesters and the blind. Even if you feel that way about a candidate, it doesn’t mean s/he doesn’t speak truth at times.
Maybe The Turnaround is suppressing the truth and not reflecting it.
The shooting yesterday was tragic. Make no mistake about it. But it is a true metaphor for where we have come to in our society. It should be a wake-up call, but as our past performance indicates, more than likely it won’t be.
As it is wont to do, the media has already run with the event. The blame game started almost immediately and the media quickly assumed its current role of aiding and abetting their political favorites in assuaging their consciences and casting aspersions on their opponents. Isn’t that what got us here, to this shooting, in the first place?
Meanwhile, as Steve Scalise fights for his life, our illustrious leaders do what they always do which is talk BS. They speak in platitudes and make symbolic statements and gestures. They play, not a baseball game, but the jockey-for-position game. They fight, not to serve the American people but to be first to appear as if they really care about the American people and the country. Their past performances, pick a side, right or left, show that to them appearance is everything and they are engaged in not working for the American people but in putting forward the appearance that they are.
Some reality exists behind the façade. First, their reality is not our reality. Not too long ago in the scope of history the United States was formed as a government for the people and by the people. Intrinsically, that meant the people were supposed to run the government for the benefit of the people. With the advent of career politicians, those whose lifelong job is being politicians, the government of the United States shifted. Our leaders forgot about serving the people and began the quest to stay employed. Or, like the paramount premise of evolution, they took on the notion that staying employed was their first priority and a matter of survival of the fittest. It’s called Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism is the greatest corrupter of our institutions, our governments throughout the world, and yes, of humankind, for man is by nature selfish and greedy.
Another reality behind the façade our leaders are putting on for us at this moment is that they have never before been so far apart in their fight for control that they were willing to usurp the power of very government they are supposed to serve. Never before has one party colluded with the media to destroy a duly-elected president. History, if not overcome by revisionist history, will write this chapter. It is one thing to not support a president’s policies, or his party’s policies. But it is quite another thing to assume that your own party has moral superiority and the will of the people when the will of the people, like it or not, elected a different candidate. Or, obstructionism is one thing. Attempting to bring down a duly-elected administration is quite another. Factually, impeachment of the new President was being talked about prior to his inauguration.
Symbolically, our leaders talk about the importance of unity, the importance of coming together now and playing this baseball game tonight to show the American people how strong we (they) are and how much they care about our government and its moving forward together. Behind the scenes, our politburo leaders are discussing the same old same old which is how to keep themselves safe and keep themselves in office. It’s shameful and it makes one as queasy as Comey.
This shooting is tragic. All our hearts and best wishes for a full and swift recovery go out to Steve Scalise and the others injured. Nothing more important can be said than that. But make no mistake about it. The shooting event itself is metaphoric for where we have come to in our society and the response to it is metaphoric for the true nature of our leaders and their lack of real concern for the best government, society and country in the world.