I have always sworn to myself that I would stay away from politics here. Not because I don’t want to be controversial, but because I get so passionate and Crazed. Panicked sometimes. But I’m thinking that a spot or two here or there, a post of this or that—without taking on the full complement—might be sustainable. We’ll see. And here’s my first go.
Osnos-JoeBiden—posted in The New Yorker
Most commentators are pretty focused on the same things, starting with Biden being the only one (of declared candidates running in 2020) who seems willing to take on Trump. This is usually posited as a good thing.
I tend to agree, though I do wonder that Biden might be making the same mistake Clinton made in focusing on Trump’s perceived-as-horrible aspects, and is basically running campaign ads for him. With Biden’s campaign video of “the fight for the soul of America,” he is saying choose “this or that” with the assumption most of America will like “this.” Biden said, “If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. Who we are.” Well maybe, as America said before, it IS what we want, and the video is encouragement to vote for Trump—and the fundamental alteration of the character of this nation.
On the other hand—because there always is one—it is a direct volley across the bow of the expected Trump campaign and the composition of his base. Maybe some of his followers—and certainly the Democrats and Independents of this nation—do not want “that.”
At least Biden has made it clear. And it is either this or that.
St. Agnes, Tommy The Truth, and Anna Belle the Lesser all surrounded me for a discussion this morning. OK, not so much a discussion as a complaint session. I was the listener. Here’s the gist of it.
- The Truth has become irrelevant. Perhaps it has been so for years, maybe even forever. But it has become more evident.
- Facts have become negotiable.
- Religion has become political, if not quite as political as it was during the reign of the Borgias. It is the age of the politics of enlightenment.
Add to this a recent read wherein an ingrained belief system is actually written into a pathway of the brain. To “attack” a belief, even if it is the truth, is the same as an actual attack to the person. The person’s brain anyway.
This is why you can’t argue beliefs with truth or facts. Differing opinions look at the same things and do not see them the same. Hillary decided to attack Trump in the last blitz by running his own adds. Some said, “You see? Now how can you argue with that? It’s the truth.” You can argue if that’s what you want to hear. And that, my friends is exactly what the Trump base wanted to hear. Hillary ran the end game by working PR for The Donald.
Facts? What facts? Again, the base doesn’t give a rat’s arse if Trump said three different things at three different times and all of them contradictory. So what? If he’s going to go to bat for them they don’t care what he says about anything, much less the government.
Say it loud, say it clear. Say it over and over. The man mocks and people applaud.
Oh, and about the gathering here this morning—St. Agnes, et.al.—are the resident ducks who always have something to say. Usually complaints. Spiritual nabobs.
Religion & enlightenment? Later. After a trip to the liquor cabinet.