“No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”
Mencken’s quote, which is often truncated to read, “No one ever went broke underestimating the stupidity of the American public,” is correct, either way.
For the past I don’t know how many years, I’ve heard people talk about the “two Americas.” What that means depends on who’s doing the talking. Pundits, the supposed experts on all, who tend to be wrong far more often than not, use it to differentiate the deep political divide between the left — meaning anyone from centrists like Hillary Clinton and former Republican National Committee Chair, Michael Steele, to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — versus the political right — meaning anyone from Attila the Hun, to Donald Trump (Attila being the more decent of the two).
For many of us, it delineates the elite one percent — mostly, rich white billionaires, a class whose wealth continues to grow — from the other 99% of us, who, at best, are struggling to maintain a basic standard of living, while falling further and further behind, our voices becoming something akin to dust in the wind.
In America, however, we all — supposedly — have a voice. We are all entitled to our own feelings, our own opinions and beliefs. My neighbor is as entitled to disagree with me, as I maintain the right to disagree with him or her.
These opinions and beliefs, however, become murky and obstructed, when you filter in the manipulation and lies — fed to all, and believed by many — courtesy the one percent. Lies that feed on our hatred and fears, our anger and frustration; lies that give us someone — anyone — to use as a scapegoat for why we can’t seem to move beyond where we’re stuck, and why our lives are so difficult.
The insane part is, those used as scapegoats, are people no better off, and, more often than not, living in far worse conditions, than those in the 99%, being lied to and manipulated.
But this is where we have to differentiate between thoughts, feelings, opinions and beliefs, from reality, truth and fact. I’ll try to simplify this.
If you live in New England (and with apologies to the great writer and columnist, Charlie Pierce), you probably think or believe, the Boston Red Sox are the greatest team in baseball history, and certainly, the best in the American League. The hated and despised NY Yankees, have to be less than, because they’re only where they are due to having bought their championships.
Likewise, if you’re from New England, you desperately want to believe, the Patriots’ Tom Brady, is the best quarterback in football history. Brady is so great, he would never stoop to cheating, to win a Superbowl game.
These are opinions and beliefs, based on a reality people want to believe in.
However, then there is truth — something based on empirical fact — the Red Sox spend as much on players (and sometimes more) than the Yankees. Even so, based on the fact the Yankees have won far more games, far more pennants and world championships than the Red Sox, the Yankees are, in fact, the greatest team in baseball history.
Then we have the Patriots’ Brady. He may actually be one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback in football history. But there’s also no doubt, he did cheat, he did deflate a football, to make it more easily manageable to throw accurately, which helped him win a Superbowl championship. That too, is fact, no matter what you want to believe.
We are all entitled to our individual opinions, beliefs and thoughts. What we are not entitled to, however, is our own set of facts. Facts are immutable, verifiable and provable truths. No matter your opinion, your desire to believe differently, a fact is tangible and real. It is truth.
This brings me to the reality, the facts, the truth of Donald Trump, and the current iteration of the Republican party, versus the lies they are continuously perpetrating (note: I refer to Mr. Trump, and the Republican party for the last time. From here out, I will refer to the Republicans by their more accurate and appropriate name, the Rethuglican Party. Trump, I will be referring to by a number of other names, including Twitler, Agolf Twitler, The Tangerine Turd, Putin’s Papaya-Flavored Pawn, etc.).
Contrary to the narrative (read: lie) currently being slathered about the halls of Congress by the Rethuglicans, impeachment of a president is not “overthrowing the will of the people.” In the very specific case of The Tangerine Turd, the will of the people had nothing to do with his coronation.
As Jody Hamilton, co-host of the podcast, From the Bunker (and Tuesday regular on Sirius Radio and Free Speech TV’s, The Stephanie Miller Show) pointed out in a recent tweet, in addition to Hillary Clinton’s almost 3,000,000 more votes than the Turd, third party voters added an additional 7,070,329 votes for other candidates. This means 72,923,843 people voted for someone other than Twitler, meaning he actually lost the popular vote by 9,939,015. What the hell! Let’s just call it an even 10,000,000.
Will of the people? Bullshit! “The people” spoke loud and clearly. It didn’t matter.
With the help of Russia’s interference, as well as Rethuglican voter suppression in three key states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — where a total of 106,000 “votes” swung the Electoral College — an outdated, racist institution — to Putin’s Papaya Puppet — the “will of the people” meant jack shit in the 2016 election.
Then there’s the school of “False Equivalency” practiced by members of the so-called “liberal media.” False equivalency is where a “journalist,” in an effort to appear impartial, will, for example, equate a president breaking the Emoluments clause of the Constitution, wherein they use their position for personal profit, with something far more innocuous by someone on the other side of the aisle. And lest anyone think I’m referring solely to an organization like, oh, say, Fux “News,” there is no greater practitioner of this fiction than the “liberal” MSNBC’s own, Chuck Todd, who never met a false equivalency he couldn’t use in lieu of practicing actual journalism. When a politician point blank lies to a journalist, and is not called on it, that’s not journalism!
All of which brings me to the point of this piece — the destruction of this country’s democracy from within and without.
We have a political party in this country, calling itself the Republican party. They like to refer to themselves as “the party of Lincoln,” because, after all, Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. But, the truth is, that party hasn’t existed in years. The Democratic and Republican parties switched roles, years ago.
Dating back to the Reagan presidency, you can clearly see the strategy that turned a once fair-minded, patriotic, political party, into a pack of greedy, ravenous, self-righteous, sanctimonious, lying wolves, who used everything from the blind zealotry of the religious right, to the fear and hatred among poor and middle-class white citizens, who saw what little power they thought they had, disappearing in the multi-cultural stew that, in point of fact, America has always been.
The children and grandchildren of immigrants were now being encouraged to hate and despise the newer group of immigrants coming to the United States, looking for the same acceptance, liberties and freedoms, that had brought the original immigrants to these shores. Thus, the creation of today’s Rethuglican party.
But that was just an opening salvo in the Rethuglican push to seize complete control of all three branches of our Federal government. Without whatever conscientious members of the party (if any) left even realizing it was happening, the religious fervor and xenophobia being used to gain control of the country, was being turned inside out, giving the enemies of this country — in particular, Russia’s President and former KGB officer, Vladimir Putin, a man who wished for nothing less than the reunification of the Soviet Union, and control of the power that yielded, an unprecedented opportunity to topple the despised government of the most self-righteous, arrogant country on the planet — the United States.
It was a combination of the Rethuglican need for total power and control, along with their never-ceasing financial greed, which corrupted and rotted the party from within, allowing Putin to seize his opportunity by installing a puppet, gaily turning the Rethuglican party into the “Party of Trump,” which, in reality, is the party of Putin.
So well did the puppet do his job, this so-called “billionaire”/reality show host, was able to completely con the frothing-at-the-mouth, white supremacist mob, who were led to believe only he could save the country; that he was the Messiah they’d been waiting for; the lone person who would return the country to its “rightful heirs.” Those wearing his “Make America Great Again” hats, held their banners on high during his overly-choreographed rallies, screaming, “better a Russian, then a Democrat!”
Mencken, and, perhaps, P.T. Barnum and Joseph Goebbels were right — keep telling the big lies, and the suckers will vote against their own self-interest, every time.
Putin must have wet himself laughing how well, and easily, his goal was being accomplished. To control the Rethuglicans, all it took was a little ego-stroking, money and blackmail (or a combination of all three). As for the dim-witted dupes being reeled in by the millions, well…Mencken.
Meanwhile, as the true patriots among the Democratic party fought to save our democracy, they faced their own problems from within. For example, three of their own Senators are, and continue to be guided by nothing less than their own self-interest, and need for power, rather than any sense of patriotism, or desire to save our democracy.
In the Democrat’s attempt to impeach Putin’s Punch-Drunk Puppet from the office that, rightfully, belonged to Hillary Clinton, and which Shitler used and abused from and before the moment of his installation, Democrats Krystyn Sinema of Arizona, Doug Jones of Alabama, and, of course, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, are wild cards. No one can be sure if any one of them will put their own desire for power & office, over facts, the truth, and what’s best for the country (let alone their party). If they believe their constituents are buying the Kool-Aid, they’re as happy to hand them the glass as would any Rethuglican.
Then there’s congressperson, and presidential (gag!) contender, Tulsi Gabbard, who got herself elected in an incredibly Democratic district in Hawaii, running and paying lip service as if she were actually a Democrat. But Tulsi’s a ringer, who spouts Russian conspiracy theories as well, if not better, than any Rethuglican. Exactly on whose behalf she’s really working, is anyone’s guess.
Which, at long last, brings us to the sham excuse for an impeachment “trial,” hosted by none other than Senate Majority Leader, and fellow Putin puppet, Moscow Mitch McConnell. McConnell, with the help of other Rethuglican/Trump party conspirators such as Miss Lindsey Graham and McConnell’s fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul, has taken the unbelievably hard and diligent investigative work of heroic and patriotic public servants like Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and Democratic party leaders like California’s Adam Schiff, New York’s Jerry Nadler and Florida’s Val Demmings, turning it upside down, and into the single greatest cover-up in the history of this nation.
And let’s not forget Twitler’s legal team: Jay Sekulow, an attorney with a past almost as corrupt as Twitler’s own. A man who never met a lie he couldn’t and wouldn’t tell; former Florida AG, Pam Bondi, who sold her constituents out to The Tangerine Turd years ago, for 25,000 pieces of silver; and last, but certainly not least, the person I reserve my deepest contempt for, former Harvard law professor and complete sellout, Alan Dershowitz. Once a respected legal scholar, this fuckwad sold his soul and country out to the most corrupt, arrogant & moronic president in American history. He is nothing less than a complete shitstain on the legal profession.
These three are as corrupt & repulsive as the low-life scumbag they represent. Their arguments were so devoid of logic, intelligence, sanity & anything a sentient being could possibly make sense of, it numbs the mind. In a just world, all three of these fucking assholes would have their licenses to practice law, revoked for the shit-show they put on, particularly since, not only don’t they demonstrate one iota of respect for it, they virtually spit on the Constitution of the United States, and have demonstrated nothing less than complete contempt for its citizens.
These three bastards, along with the complicity of McConnell, Graham, Paul, plus other traitors to this country, like Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, and Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, as well as the rest of the Rethuglican party (with the possible exceptions of the Queen of Waffle, Susan Collins, and Mittens Romney, both of whom knew full well, their votes for witnesses in the trial, would serve them politically, while not affecting McConnell’s plan, in the least) have not only sold this country out, they have brought us to the edge of a cliff on which our democracy teeters.
Don’t kid yourselves — all this bullshit we heard last week about the Rethuglicans not having enough votes to stop witnesses, was simply a typical McConnell ploy (again, read: LIE). He’s used it before and, as many predicted, he used it again. The American people had a front row seat to watch as Moscow Mitch, Miss Lindsey, Paul & the rest of these Rethuglican motherfuckers destroyed the rule of law in this country, simply to continue lining their own pockets, while maintaining power. The fact the money they’re lining those pockets with comes from Moscow, means nothing to them. After all, when Vlad takes over, they’ll be the elite.
During the “trial,” instead of sleeping at night, I lie awake in fear of the country I was going to be greeted by, in the morning. As a people, too many Americans have, quite obviously, learned absolutely nothing from history. This is the very reason we sit, watching ourselves repeat it.
For those left, the brave men and women who served in WWII, fighting Hitler & Fascism, I can’t imagine the horror they must feel, seeing this country mirror 1933 Germany. And for what? A tinpot, wannabe dictator, with delusions of grandeur; a corrupt party who enable, condone & support his every criminally traitorous act. And there, only marginally behind the scenes, sits the puppet master in Moscow.
Where all this ends is anyone’s guess. Does Speaker Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, or any of the other House Democrats we look to for salvation, have anything left in their bag of tricks to save our democracy? I live in hope, doubt and dread.
At this point, however, I have this sickening feeling Putin is probably somewhere in the bowels of the Kremlin, laughing his ass off, downing vodka by the bottle, toasting how easily he conned & bought enough American politicians, to do what he has always wanted — destroy American democracy, & reunite the Soviet Union under his iron fist.
I pray for a different outcome, but I’m not counting on it. I’ve studied too much history to have blind faith that, despite the efforts of the heroic patriots among the Democratic party fighting to save the nation, it will be enough to stem this RED tide.
In my entire life, I’ve never wanted to be proven wrong, more than right now.