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America’s black vomit

Whenever you think our American political freak show can’t become more bizarre, just wait a day or two.  Since 2015, when Donald J. Trump, tacky, brash, longtime Democrat funder, reality TV star, entered the 2016 presidential race, our national political news became The Trump Show.

President Trump, a leader who prefers a loudmouthed, ill-informed carnival barker approach to setting the moral tone of his presidency, remains more a symptom of our dysfunctional American polity than the disease.  Trump is like black vomit, which although startling and jarring to see, remains but an outward sign of bleeding in your digestive tract.  If you start puking up black vomit, it’s a sign of some serious underlying problem.   Trust me, from my experience,  when I tell you, black vomit is an alarming sight.

Here again, America’s black vomit doesn’t only spew from President Trump’s lips.  It  spews from both left and right, from prominent American politicians and  “thought leaders” down to rabid, brain-dead citizens taking to both literal streets and the internet by-ways.

America endures political incitement efforts 24/7.  President Trump and Maxine Waters level incitement may be direct assaults on our civil order, but they are not alone.  The relentless media scorched earth SPIN information war being waged via all avenues of information – on TV, on social media and online forums and even in our entertainment, bombard us non-stop with extreme politicization.

Along with the Trump/Waters nuclear option verbal attacks, many other partisan verbal battles continue across the American media landscape.  Weaponized words bombard us daily, blowing up not only every vestige of civility in our culture, but also reducing our language to a minefield of hidden meanings and subterfuge of cynical political distortions and fabrications.  We are now living in an America where it really does seem to be a relativistic hell depending on what the meaning of  “is” is.

A Trump mouthpiece, David Bossie,  uttered the phrase “cotton pickin” to a black pundit on Fox News and America erupted into a racial debate, even though around the South, the phrase “cotton pickin”, being uttered by both blacks and whites,  is as ubiquitous as sweet tea or pecan pie.

Jim Webb, former U.S. senator, wrote a gut-check op-ed about our extreme politicization of our language and crushing political correctness.  Webb writes:

So, let’s sum this up. The host did not know what Mr. Bossie meant by using the phrase “cotton picking” and indicated that he and Fox News do not agree with it. In its opening sentence on the controversy, Yahoo characterized “cotton picking” as a “racist phrase.” And now I guess the rest of us are supposed to put down “cotton picking” as a cultural no-no that cannot be uttered in public because it violates the ever-growing lexicon of political correctness.

Really? Let me offer a few thoughts.

First, “Cotton picker” has long been a common phrase in much of the South, with no racial connotations. Throughout my life it has been slung around with about the same level of camaraderie as, “hey, dude.” When I was a kid there was even a country song, mostly instrumental, called “Cotton Picker.” Another popular song, sung mostly on the white folks bandwidth, laments “Them old cotton fields back home.” The phrase “cotton picking” has been a part of normal usage for generations from white to white, as in, “you don’t know a cotton picking thing about what you’re talking about.”

Second, I don’t know Mr. Payne but if he has Southern heritage he should not feel unique, personally or as an African-American, to have “some relatives who picked cotton.”

Memo to Mr. Payne: I’m proud of my mother’s journey, Joel. Very few people in this country of any ethnic origin had it harder than my mother, and nobody complained less. And along the way, my mother picked a LOT of cotton. She also picked a lot of strawberries. And harder still for the energy it took, she chopped a lot of cotton – not many people even remember what that meant.

http://www.jameswebb.com/news/my-cotton-pickin-mama

President Trump and Maxine Waters are two peas in a putrid demagogic pod.  They may point at each other and howl about the awfulness of the other, but the truth is they both behave as vile, ignorant, boorish cretins.  That is the truth.  Sadly, both of them place their partisan flame-throwing and incitement efforts above setting decent examples of civil behavior.  They have plenty of company among the media at fueling these word game controversies.  In the wee hours, the other night I retweeted this one:

libertybelle Retweeted Kyle Griffin

Leftists see ominous things in words that aren’t there. Around the military, they pitch tents and set up “camps” as shelter – even for American soldiers, we set up CAMPS…

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The Left’s outrage machine, which imposes political correctness on America, feeds off  of word controversy, much of it generated via spin attacks they wage on social media.  The right moved into playing this faux outrage game when  Trump parlayed his personal Twitter feed into a potent front against the Left and mainstream media’s lock on controlling the “national conversation” in America.  Many pro-Trump pundits laud him as being a “disruptor” and equate his fact-free, high-octane tweets and vicious name-calling as  “winning” against the Left’s spin, but each battle tears a bit more of the soul of our country apart.

Looking back, when Barack Obama became president a longtime political barrier was demolished.  A black man holding the highest elected office in America rightly garnered a great deal of media attention.  However, the deep partisan divides, even in 2008, created constant partisan flashpoints and fissures of unrest.

Our present bizarre political climate didn’t form in a vacuum.  It follows decades of polarizing Leftist SPIN information warfare waged against the Right and the American people by the Left and mainstream media.  The Clinton media gurus introduced the SPIN type info war into American politics and from there it blossomed into an all-out culture war against the Right and conservatives.  President Obama used the Oval Office to foment racial discord and aid and abet the Black Lives Matter street activism against the police.  Anger and feelings of political alienation fed the Right, which led to the Tea Party movement.

In 2016, both parties sold their souls to two very corrupt, extreme narcissists, who were willing to do or say anything to win.  The fall-out from 2016 still litters our political landscape and the ruthless scorched earth information war continues, unabated.

America loses when morally bankrupt politicians and media promote and perpetuate this extremely corrupt spin information warfare against the American people.  Spin cycles churn at such a fast rate now that perceptions and reactions far outpace the rate at which facts begin to catch up.  Each side works to capitalize on that fact-void window of opportunity to lob verbal assaults, all to try to galvanize public opinion among our increasingly gullible and easily led public, which prefers to react rather than think or carefully study issues.  It’s a shameless media shell game to dupe the American people, who have been brainwashed on Oprahesque emoting for decades.  Neither side will ever win this spin mass media information war.

Only when some principled leaders on both sides renounce this scorched earth spin information war and begin the difficult process of reconstructing some common ground in our political landscape will we be able to begin rebuilding and uniting America around some shared American values again.

Digging out from under this suffocating pile of spin rubbish won’t be easy, but each small effort at rejecting reactionary spin sets us on a better path.  I’m trying to take time to sift through these endless spin bombardments.  My goal is to cultivate a habit of rejecting joining in any spin-driven outrage…  from either side.

It’s way past time for Americans to calm down for a change.  Let’s all stop being mindless reactionaries and work at learning how to be good citizens, who protect and respect The Constitution of the United States.  Even more than that let’s treat all people with respect.

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The Plan

“A republic may, likewise, be brought to its original form, without recourse to ordinances for enforcing justice, by the mere virtues of a single citizen, by reason that these virtues are of such influence and authority that good men love to imitate them, and bad men are ashamed to depart from them.”

—-Discourses on Livy, Book III, Chapter 1, For a sect or Commonwealth to last long it must often be brought back to its Beginnings

Many years ago, in my messages of mhere adventure, I wondered how on earth to bring this story to a conclusion.  I had already written about the SPIN brand of information warfare on the Excite messages boards, during the scorched earth impeachment mess.  I had realized it relied on a mass media domination strategy akin to swarming.  All the ideas that floated through my head were centered on how to, not only, break through the message wall, but how to DEFEAT SPIN information warfare in America.

The usual military strategic thinker, myself included, would keep focusing on ways to overwhelm it or shut it down.  That is how the military strategic mind assesses “defeating the enemy”.  Every avenue my mind could imagine focused on overwhelming SPIN.  I pondered and pondered, thinking, like a guy, – the overwhelming force approach and all those options were scary, especially for someone like me who abhors violence and is scared of guns.  So, then I thought, about Sun Tzu, and the answer hit me.  Just speak the truth, day in, day out, calmly, politely and with me, there’s gonna be some snark, because that’s just ME, lol.  A whole lot of other people will need to speak the truth too.

“For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill.  To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”

— Sun Tzu, Offensive Strategy

In 2016, Donald Trump, through a series of events, first the corrupt Bill Clinton triangulation (GOP insurgency) effort, giving Trump BILLIONS of dollars in free media, then Trump’s gift for showmanship, acquiring some 24/7 media avenues (FOX, major pundits, newspapers) and most of all his personal Twitter account, managed to break through the Left’s lock on the 24/7 news SPIN cycle, which had been maintained since the 90s.

Trump managed to break through the Left’s SPIN lock, by outrunning their OODA loops, he could “steal the show”, often several times a day, with an outrageous tweet or comment, which resulted in faster SPIN cycles and that left his SPIN “Fake News” agitprop operators (most of the mainstream media) recycling through old Trump SPIN messaging. They were back on the “Trump the fascist messaging – with the orchestrated military parade controversy again). The Trump taxes, Trump women, Trump the racist are all orchestrated SPIN agitprop messaging salvos.

While Trump did break through their messaging wall, both sides are locked down in this scorched earth, yet neither can suppress nor defeat the other, so on it drags.

The Left’s SPIN apparatus is headed by the Clintons, it includes a large network of operatives and people, such as Terry Lenzner, who provide the Clintons with their own private, global intelligence apparatus. The Cody Shearer memo, speaks to the Lenzner connection again. Also closely aligned with the Clintons is Sid Blumenthal, who runs the Clintons SPIN agitprop operations, which probably explains why I was hunted down and attacked.  I suspect there was hostile infiltration in the Clinton’s SPIN operations effort then & now.   The Clintons also have several friendly retired generals, to bolster whatever SPIN, they are peddling.  One of those Clinton-friendly generals was recruited in 1998. How many others were involved remains an open question.  Sid Blumenthal’s operations need to be investigated.

In my search for a way to defeat SPIN, those many years ago, I kept asking myself:  What is SPIN?  By focusing on the information warfare aspect of it, I was missing the simple, obvious answer.  What defeats SPIN (LIES) is the TRUTH.  My objective is to peacefully and politely, find a national platform to speak the TRUTH.   My other imperatives are that no violence be used in this effort and that no laws be broken.  I believe in playing by the rules and in America that is The Constitution.

Gaining that foothold on the national stage has not been achieved, yet, but that is my goal. I am not alone, otherwise I would have already been silenced (been there, done that many times over the years, with computer “issues”. How many people are helping me, I have no earthly idea. That is the truth – I don’t know.  My plan is very simple really – WHEN I get a foothold on the national stage, I intend to stand there, day in, day out and speak the truth, peacefully and politely.   Let’s call it “Sue’s Storytime Hour”,  since Trump’s already got the road rallies aced and the Clintons own the 24/7 mainstream media airwaves.   I’d like just a few minutes a day to give reporters my side of the story, to be entered into the national SPIN info war mix too;-)  Anything wrong with that?  I always try to be nice to people, so I intend to just be ME. I wrote my ideas on this in my Penzu journals, so if the 2 state judges, who have my password, are reading that – there it is out in the open – the only thing that can defeat a SPIN tsunami, where they will turn my friends and family against me, put them up there to present me as some “threat” or deranged person is to come forward and speak.  Hopefully, I’ll have a few other good guys helping me speak the truth.  America is long overdue for some heaping doses of high-octane brand THE TRUTH!

I was rather alarmed yesterday, when my one son sent me a private facebook message joking about some horrible computer game he was playing “Plague” or something like that.  My immediate thought, was “Oh shit, what if they lie to these generals that this is a bioweapon” emergency”… In 1998, they lied to a retired general, to recruit him to attack me in my home, all over comments, which I had posted about SPIN … and…  comments such as “no one is above the law”.  I refused to be silenced and kept arguing against their SPIN messaging,  pointing out how it was LIES.  They couldn’t silence me.

So, think about that – what happened in 2016 with the online trolls, in comment sections, was considered such a new threat, but it happened to me in 1998 on the Excite message boards…

That indicates, to me at least, that they have been operating with our national security people, unaware, until the last few years.  With the attack on me, the one thing I can guarantee is the general who was played to attack an enlisted family – was lied to – he was deliberately fed false intelligence.  He would not ever have attacked my home otherwise. This isn’t about me – it’s about they turned American soldiers against each other – for partisan political purposes. That can not stand in America – it must be exposed.

When this is over all I really want to know is why people, many in my own family, believed all these lies and why do they hate me this much?  That’s the answer I want.  I try to be nice to everyone, I like to help people and I don’t even have a speeding ticket.  I like to cook and sew and make gifts for my family and friends.  I like to do volunteer work.

I just wanted to write this – anyone reading this not aware of the whole long messages of mhere story, I am sorry you’ll have some catching up to do, to even begin to understand this post.

I wanted to add this bit of personal explanation:  Why I have continued to work every day since I escaped from being sent to a state mental hospital, where they were trying commit me to a state mental hospital permanently, is because I swore an oath to defend The Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Words matter.

Keeping your word, is a sacred TRUST.

The other reason, I continue on, is, it is my DUTY under the Code of Conduct – I must make every effort to escape.  I never could have imagined being attacked like this, on American soil, by a retired general who was fed lies, but no matter what, I will continue to work to expose those events.

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“A few leaves of grass” for remembrance

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We had a very quiet Thanksgiving and only one of our kids could come home.  I cooked the complete turkey meal and baked a couple of pumpkin pies that morning too.  By early evening our son had gone home.  All of the dishes were cleaned up and the leftovers put away.  I spent a few hours working in my sewing/craft room, then picked up a book that I like to read bits and pieces from often.

I keep War Letters:  Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars, edited by Andrew Carroll, on a small table by my recliner.  A few years ago, I mentioned General Pershing’s famous WWI letter to his young son, Warren, which I came across in this book.   General Pershing’s letter to his son was a father explaining the important values Americans fights to protect and preserve.  It’s probably my favorite letter in the book, but a close second is a letter written in 1918,  by Maude B. Fisher, an American Red Cross nurse.  She penned one of the most touching letters to Mrs. Hogan, the mother of a young soldier, Richard Hogan, who died of influenza in their hospital.  This wonderful nurse took the time to pen a very personal letter, so that a grieving mother would know how her son died.  The letter includes details of how brave and cheerful the dying soldier was, the care he received, and even more than that this nurse wrote the details of the soldier’s burial:

“He was laid to rest in the little cemetery of Commercy, and sleeps under a simple wooden cross among his comrades who, like him, have died for their country.  His grave number is 22, plot 1.  His aluminum identification tag is on the cross , and a similar one around his neck, both bearing his serial number, 2793346.

The plot of the grave in the cemetery where your son is buried was given to the Army for our boys and the people of Commercy will always tend it with loving hands and keep it fresh and clean.  I enclose here a few leaves of grass that grows near in a pretty meadow.

A big hill overshadows that place and the sun was setting behind it just as the Chaplain said the last prayer over your boy.”

page 171, War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars, edited by Andrew Carroll

No one required this nurse to write to this grieving mother, because the Army notified fallen soldiers’ families, but she cared enough to want this mother to have more details.  The book offers a few details about each letter.  Mrs. Hogan lost two of her other children back home in Woburn, Massachusetts, during the 1918 influenza epidemic.  It must have been a great comfort for her to know her son far away was dutifully cared for as he lay dying and that he was given a proper burial.  And imagine her relief knowing exactly where her son was buried.

Thoughtful good deeds, like Maude Fisher’s, used to be very common when most people were reared to put other people before themselves and when quietly doing the right thing was drilled into children and served as the cultural norm.

Almost every good deed now is posted on social media, hyped as some fake gimmicky publicity stunt for attention, or used to sell oneself as more caring than someone else.

Maude Fisher reminds me of the same kind of nurse my mother was.  My mother sent me a little book of Psalms and prayers in 1980, when I was far away from home and going through a hard time in my life.  My mother explained how she came to have this little book:

“… died in 1964 and this booklet was unclaimed by her relatives.  She was a lovely old lady and it was a rewarding experience caring for her.  I am giving this to you Susie, as over the years I found pleasure in reading psalms and prayers.

As you know I’m not a person to force religion on anyone.  I do have faith in God and you will find comfort in reading psalms in times when you’re distressed and unhappy.”

In 1980, I was young and considered myself more agnostic than faithful, but my mother was right.  Over the years, I have picked up this little book or my Bible and turned to the Psalms when I feel  “distressed and unhappy”.

In 2001, my mother was hospitalized for several weeks and I began to worry a great deal, even though she and my sisters assured me that she was improving.  My mother kept telling me there was no need to come to PA, because she would be out of the hospital soon.  Still, I worried and I mailed this booklet to PA and asked my sister to take it to my mother in the hospital.  My mother was happy to see it again and to read it.

My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly on the day she was supposed to be discharged to a local rehabilitation facility for some follow-on care.

My mother quietly helped as many people as she could.  She never talked about it, she just did it, because it was the right thing to do.  People like Maude Fisher and my mother used to be the rule, not the exception.

I don’t have the religious education to argue Christian theology and truthfully if something doesn’t make sense to me, like so much in most religions, I refuse to say, “I believe.”   However, I think having rules or guidelines to serve as guard rails in life, to keep you on track, and sign posts to keep from getting lost, are very helpful.  I reread the Sermon on the Mount often.  I can understand that.  Matthew 6:1-4 has served as the guide for how I try to live my life and it assuredly was how my mother and Maude Fisher lived theirs:

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205-7

Watching America’s endless game of partisan one upmanship has caused me to reevaluate my own strident partisan views.   Truly, so much of the extreme emotional investment in these “political hills to die on” won’t matter at all if the country is filled with raging partisans, who hate each other.  The hate bodes poorly, with many Americans who refuse to even talk to anyone with opposing political views, some want those with opposing views silenced, and there are even some wishing those with opposing partisan views were dead.

We could all take a page from Maude Fisher’s and my mother’s book.  Caring about other people is about more than clicking “like” on social media feeds or posting about every shallow thought that pops into your head.   I wonder how many people attending a funeral today would take the time away from their smartphone to even notice that the sun was setting when a young soldier was buried or the pretty meadow.   Assuredly, I doubt hardly anyone would take the time to pick “a few leaves of grass” for remembrance and pen a letter like this to a grieving mother.

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The Reckoning is upon us

Feminists are on the warpath… again.  They are demanding a “reckoning”, to guarantee  women’s safety and equality in the workplace.  What they want are more “protections” that meet with the stamp of approval from feminist mouthpieces and the social engineers, many of whom were architects of the current “no sexual rules/no judgment” ethos that led to the present state.

Listening to the feminist punditry, where the total historical illiteracy about how we arrived in the current cultural cesspool, amazes me.  The shrieking about “equality” completely misses the point.  They are angry that so many men, even those who spout feminist dogma and support feminist political policies,  treat women disrespectfully and like sex toys.  Many of these feminist mouthpieces spent decades preaching against chivalrous male behavior, against sexual constraints and most especially against judging any sexual behavior as wrong.  Now, they want men to behave like gentlemen and to treat them as “equals”.

Men and women aren’t “equal”, they are very different, especially when it comes to impulse control and sex.  That is reality.  Many social engineers on the Left have been intent on defying  human nature and creating imaginary human beings that don’t exist.  Their social experiments leave many hurt and confused people in their wake, but just like all utopians, they march ever onward, believing their ideology just hasn’t been tried right yet.

The reality is people are sinful – that is our nature.  People function best with clear rules and guidelines.  Take away all the rules, especially on sexual conduct, debauchery,  and sexual deviancy, and the debasement of society is guaranteed.  It isn’t enlightening or liberating to promote a “do whatever you feel like doing” culture, it’s a recipe for societal suicide.

In the late 90s, I purchased a book, Simple Social Graces: The Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living, written by Linda S. Lichter.  I expected a book about things like proper table settings and formal etiquette, but this book was a sociological study of  the gradual decline of Victorian culture and a rise of  our “let it all hang out” culture.  In the introduction Lichter wrote:

“Our century has slammed this code as elitist and divisive.  Wrong on both counts.  I will show why common courtesy, like common currency, was vital to establishing a strong sense of community and preventing chaos in the ethnically diverse Victorian world.  Ironically, our politically correct prescription not only fragments the nation, it is elitist — the alleged Victorian sin.  PC practices and politics are the exclusive province of certain victimized groups, whereas the commonness of courtesy makes it all-inclusive.  Civility was once considered everyone’s civil right.”

Page 2, Simple Social Graces: The Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living, by Linda S. Lichter.

Lichter covered a lot of ground in this book explaining Victorian health practices, manners, romance, dating, male/female relationships, child rearing, and the pervasive belief in showing respect for others in all aspects of life.  She delved into the underlying cultural beliefs that permeated Victorian society, which often is misunderstood as repressive prudery, but really in the chapter, The Benevolence of Manners, Lichter points out the shift in priorities, noting that etiquette books were widely popular in the nineteenth century and pornography was sold under the counter, while now even the children’s book section has plenty of books about sex and barely any teaching manners.  Lichter suggested:

“Because good manners was the main Victorian route to self-improvement, the manners in these books had the force of law –and more.  “For instance the law cannot punish a man for habitually staring at people in an insolent and annoying manner,” said one self-proclaimed Guide to True Politeness published in 1866, “but etiquette can banish such an offender from the circles of good society, and fix upon him the brand of vulgarity.”  The recovery of civility depends upon reviving the stigma once attached to vulgarity and ranking it as high as “sexist” or “racist” in the scale of social and professional taboos.”

page 75,  Simple Social Graces: The Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living, by Linda S. Lichter.

The cultural shifts away from Victorian values,  where building character and civic responsibility reigned supreme, evolved into the modern cult of devotion to self-indulgence in the early 1900s, long before the 1960s sexual revolution.  The 60s cultural revolution supplanted all cultural restraints with an ethos of mindless self-gratification, as the highest aspiration in life.

Teaching moral values became controversial since the 1960s and judging certain behaviors, especially sexual behavior, came under attack from the new social arbiters, modern feminists.   The decades since the 1960s have been fraught with clashes between conservative Christians, those retrograde clingers to more traditional moral values,  and the popular liberal culture dominated by feminists, Hollywood, and leftist American academia.

Leaders on the Left have been forever organizing to protest, march, sit-in and screech about change, always focused on more legislation to propel their social engineering, so don’t expect any guidance from them on morality.

Numerous  small insurgencies against the pervasive American popular society, dominated by the 60s social architects, gained sizable followings.  Most of those cultural insurgencies centered on charlatans in the political Right, preaching “family values” or Tea Party champions like Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck.  These movements centered on the personalities of these leaders and were geared toward these leaders shamelessly hawking merchandise, books and using endless gimmicks to make a lot of money.  Even the Evangelical movement in America is dominated by a cult of personality, with their mega-churches, political groups, and television stardom being more important than preaching about moral values or leading by example.

In 2016, America elected a leader who has made vulgarity his “winning” brand.  Droves of these moralizers from America’s morality movement gleefully boarded the Trump train without reservation, tossing their morals out the window in favor of politically expedient binary-thinking.  The Trump Make America Great Again cult  believes that supporting Trump is more important than morals or principles.  They believe that Trump is America’s last best hope and are fully committed to “In Trump We Trust”, no matter what.

When you think the American cultural morass can’t get any worse, this latest “national conversation” on  sexual harassment and sexual assault has moved the bar even lower.  The extreme partisanship, thriving on morally corrosive binary-thinking, has pushed partisans to a point of complete abdication of ethical standards.  In recent days, there are evangelical pastors willing to champion a man in his thirties accused of molesting a 14 year-old girl.  Some of these pastors have not only stated they don’t believe the accusations against Moore, but have expressed the belief that even if Moore had molested a young girl, it doesn’t matter.  One pastor stated that some 14 year olds look 20, so if Moore had molested her, it was her own fault.  The governor of Alabama, a woman, has come out and said she believes the women’s allegations against Moore, but she will still vote for him, because of getting judges confirmed in the Senate.  On the Left, there are feminists already crafting updated “one free grope” talking points, to rationalize keeping Democrats accused of sexual assault in office, because although their behavior is bad, these politicians “support” feminist issues.

So, basically, on both sides, who cares about character or morality, it’s the partisan political issues that supersede all other considerations.

Sadly, the problems of racism and sexism appear to be growing and millions of  Americans, on the left and right, celebrate the most vulgar, sexually provocative behavior and gleefully react like rabid sports fans over every media sensationalized political controversy.  In this media-driven reality TV political environment everything in America is now a scorched earth partisan political sideshow.

We have no common values or shared beliefs anymore.  Only more scorched earth attacks trying to expose and destroy as many of the opposing partisans as possible and always more Tweet storms.

Millions of partisans on both  sides believed the 2016 election was a binary choice for America.  They believed that America’s very survival depended on either Hillary or Trump, because, God forbid, the one they opposed  would assuredly lead America to ruin.

America is about much larger ideals and beliefs than any one person.

Here’s the truth, if America’s future ever depends on one person to save it; we are doomed!

America depends on “we the people” committed to supporting  and defending The Constitution.  One person can’t save America or destroy it, but all of us can work to find some common ground, some common ideals, some common aspirations.

In the end, America’s future depends on what we believe.  Hopefully, we can find our way beyond cults of personality and rabid partisan politics to retrace our steps and find our way toward believing in values and principles larger than Republican or Democrat partisan politics.

Perhaps we can find our way toward believing in being good citizens again.  Here again, Lichter’s book on “simple social graces” explained:

“What were the nuts and bolts of the remarkable code that sustained the lawfulness and civility we associate with the Victorian era?  It had a broad and inclusive religious foundation that was a far cry from Bible-thumping moralism.  It stressed hard work, frugality, sobriety, honesty, civic responsibility, sexual decency, good deeds, self-restraint and self-sacrifice.”

page 8, Simple Social Graces: The Lost Art of Gracious Victorian Living, by Linda S. Lichter.

Even a few sips of that Victorian tea would be truly refreshing…

 

 

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Trump the Uniter…

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My I love America junk journal – changed the closure to an old button and different ribbon

Before rambling on with my blog post, here are two links, on two completely different topics worth reading:

WHEN MARSHALL MET PERSHING – an excellent article at War On the Rocks, written by Benjamin Runkle.

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia – a thought-provoking article by Paul Lewis at The Guardian.

Now, let me step onto my soapbox and ramble on about politics.

Since the horrific attack in Las Vegas, like millions of other Americans, I’ve been waiting to find out why Stephen Paddock carried out this attack.  So far, the small bits of information, on the attack itself and on Paddock’s bio, don’t make sense to me and there’s nothing meaningful I can write about it.

President Trump went to Las Vegas.  He stuck to a prepared statement, made visits to wounded Americans and he “acted” presidential.  That’s the thing about President Trump – he can “act” presidential, but he chooses to go the “just Trump being Trump” route most of the time, because it adds drama, creates media feeding frenzies and steals the show (which is now the 24/7 news cycle).  His actions are deliberate choices he makes and calculated to evoke a response from his “enemies”.

The Left immediately went off the rails with their gun control hysteria.  The Right attacked the Left for politicizing this tragedy.

If you want to know who President Trump is waging information war against, just listen to Sean Hannity’s opening diatribe any weeknight.  My husband only watches FOX news, so I can’t avoid hearing Hannity’s Dear Leader monologues occasionally.  I try to avoid it, by working in my sewing/craft room.

Despite Sean Hannity going on a “Hail Trump the Uniter” propaganda blitz , praising the president’s effort to unite America this past week, Hannity has coupled that message with stinging attacks on the Left, the mainstream liberal media, Robert Mueller, Republicans who don’t back Trump, the elusive Deep State and anyone else who doesn’t support “our President”.

Hannity always makes sure to cast aspersions on Americans who don’t support and respect “our President”, even though Hannity’s career was built on viciously attacking President Bill Clinton and he was just as rabid at berating President Obama for 8 years.

Respect is earned.  Supporting our president is a choice Americans are free to make; it’s not required.  I respect and support The Constitution always, but I do not respect President Trump and I will never vote for him.  I support the Office of the Presidency and hope whomever that officeholder is, he or she works diligently in the best interests of the American people and to preserve, protect and defend The Constitution.  A president consumed with his own popularity and waging a no holds barred, scorched earth information war is not working in the interests of the American people and is actually corrupting our constitutional republic.

Among conservatives, Liberal hypocrisy was considered the greatest political sin and casting stones to publicly repudiate Liberal hypocrisy built the careers of pundits like Sean Hannity and so many other conservative mouthpieces.

Hypocrisy exposes liars and frauds.  President Trump has exposed a long list of conservative frauds, who built their careers lecturing on civility and proselytizing about the moral bankruptcy of the Left.  Hannity is not alone.  Look at Bill Bennett, who now lectures conservatives, who refuse to board the Trump train, about their “virtue-signaling” and “moral-preening”.

In 1992, we returned from 5 years of living in Germany, where my husband was stationed in the Army.  During those 5 years we lived in leased government quarters and we did not have American TV.  Our kids watched movies, but mostly they played outside a lot with other kids, read a lot, talked a lot, and did crafts.

We moved to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, which around the Army is referred to as Fort Lost In The Woods, and I was happy to have American TV again.  Politics had changed a lot during those 5 years and there was an American presidential election in full-swing.  During that time, Rush Limbaugh had a TV show and his provocative presentation was new and interesting.  I listened to his radio show some during the 90s, but by the late 90s, I had gotten tired of his diatribes, his bombast and his entire schtick.

Limbaugh became an iconic figure in conservative circles, but President Trump has exposed Limbaugh’s conservatism as, to use Trump’s favorite word, “fake”.  The Trump info war shock troops are all “fake” conservatives.  Despite Hannity’s preaching about President Trump working to unite our country, the real objective of Hannity’s propaganda is to fuel distrust of all those other Americans, whom Hannity lists constantly as “enemies of our President”  Kurt Schlichter, a devoted Trump Twitter Trooper and writer at Townhall, frames all political issues in America, as being between “we normals” and “those crazies” on the Left.

That’s some unifying message President Trump and his information warriors lob at not only those on the president’s “enemies” list, but at other Americans who don’t support President Trump…

I’m trying to wean myself off of spending so much time online and I’ve been working on my needlework and crafts more.  I’ll be posting pictures of more “junk journals” soon.  I decided to make some out of altered books, even though it’s very hard for me to tear apart any book.

Years ago, when I first became interested in altered books, I bought several books about how to make altered books, but I also bought 2 hardcover books in a craft store, that were sold as “alterable books”.  Just like with scrapbooks, I never made any altered books.  So, now I started using one to try out some painting and craft techniques, but I decided to actually “alter” some hardcover books.  I used the other one for an autumn-themed journal, which is still a work in progress.  Part of my personal challenge is to make these junk journals with craft stuff I already have and not buy stuff for in them.  This autumn journal is my 8th junk journal, made with stuff I already had in my craft room.  Here are a few photos:

Since I don’t want to go buy books to “alter”, which requires removing a lot of the pages and gluing in scrapbook paper and embellishments, I started looking around at the books already in my home.  In the spare bedroom, I found some old Rush Limbaugh books and my one son used to read Ann Coulter’s books.  I took off the dust jackets to look at the books.  See I Told You So is in the process of becoming a Christmas junk journal for my daughter and Coulter’s Godless, is becoming my second autumn junk journal.

It felt good tearing pages out of those books and it will be even more fun when I glue pretty scrapbook paper over all the text in both books.

I’ll post photos of those finished journals.

 

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How To Defeat Scorched Earth Information Warfare

Every American has the power to help defeat scorched earth information warfare.  It doesn’t take military might, new laws to restrict the media or trying to shut down free speech.

Stop being a participant in the scorched earth information warfare.

Don’t be a participant in engaging in scorched earth information warfare and learn to recognize it and not fall for it.

Here’s my battle plan to defeat scorched earth information warfare:

The best thing leaders can do is pull our politics back from the extremes, condemn violence by fringe kooks on the extreme ends and work to find ways to build a few bridges between the virulent partisan factions, that are our two major political parties.

The drumbeat that we are approaching a civil war or that our political system is on the verge of collapse may feed the scorched earth partisans, but it does nothing to fix anything that is wrong in America.

I think what everyone should be doing is work to bolster The Constitution and that means respecting the results at the ballot box. I think people should be working to try to get Trump to rein in the scorched earth, quit the crazy reality TV presidency show, and buckle down and do the job.

Trump’s “war against the media” isn’t happening in a vacuum. Much of the media, the Clinton political machine and many factions on the Left are working tirelessly waging a scorched earth information warfare campaign to #Resist, which is a euphemism for overturn the results of a legal election, by any means necessary.

The best thing the news media could do is take a long, hard look at their news reporting operations & strive to get back to “who, what, when, where, why and how” reporting rather than rushing to retweet the latest “hot take” or editorializing in hard news reporting.  Trust is earned and every time reporters leap into retweeting or running news stories that aren’t true, they erode the trust Americans have in their reporting.

Those entrusted with safeguarding our nation’s most sensitive information should quit with the endless leaking of intel, to try and destroy Trump.

This endless scorched earth information warfare is a serious national security threat, in my opinion.  Many of America’s foreign adversaries are working to foment chaos in this ongoing scorched earth information war, because a divided, chaotic, dysfunctional American political system and the constant visuals of America in chaos feed their political objective of taking down America.

Our elected officials in Washington should spend more time buckling down and finding bi-partisan solutions, to fix many of our nation’s problems, rather than regurgitating partisan talking points and rushing for photo-ops to get attention.

It would be very bad for our republic, if President Trump was impeached over frivolous charges and I am very dubious about that “unfit” gambit under the 25th. Trying to contain the damage he does as a loose cannon, while trying to teach him some restraint (tall order there) would be better for our constitutional order than to have a president ousted, basically by a massive media campaign and unpopular polls numbers.  Poll numbers should never substitute for the ballot box in America, especially in light of the massive information warfare used to generate manufactured public opinion (creating opinion cascades).

If Mueller finds things that warrant impeachment; he should send that information to Congress.

If there aren’t any grounds to impeach him, America will survive a bad president. We’ve survived others.

And most of all, more Americans need to read more and think more, before falling for media-generated outrage and hysteria or leaping onto the bandwagon of these media-driven hot button issues. Quit falling for these media-generated contentious topics that the media punditry and social media spread under the guise of “national conversations”.

What America really needs is more citizens talking to their neighbors and within their own communities, to find solutions for most of the problems within their own communities.  They also need to work to get to know each other.   The putrid punditry fueling anger, distrust and hate, from the partisan fringes poisons our politics.

Everyone should work to promote respect and civility in the public square.

To quote Maya Angelou, a poet, whose poetry I don’t care for at all, but who sure had some memorable quotes that speak the truth:

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but it has not solved one yet.”

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Trump launches MAGA 2.0 campaign

President Trump began his reinvigorated Make America Great Again 2.o propaganda campaign this week.  It’s sure to be more vicious than the 2016 campaign.

President Trump does have a strategy to defeat his political enemies, using mass media manipulation, but it is one that will further divide the country and lead to more violence in the streets.  He wants that violence in the street by Leftists, so he can rally for crackdowns and solidify his support for “tough” law enforcement.  Last night’s Phoenix rally, where he shamelessly lied about his Charlottesville statements, glaringly omitting his “many sides” equivocation, juxtaposed to his using the backdrop of Fort Myers and an audience of soldiers for his “acting presidential” speech, the night before, was just a prelude to his new and invigorated campaign to destroy his enemies.

He wants to bolster his support among soldiers.  He wants to rally support among the military using the generals around him, so expect to see him use more military backdrops for appearances, where he can cheer on the troops and tell them he is with them.  The US military is a captive audience to any president.  They can’t disrespect the commander-in-chief.

He wants the media and his political enemies to attack him.

Igniting racial strife over divisive racial issues, is part of his plan.  Expect to see more black pundits popping up on FOX and other Trump media fronts.  His media operation is using black pundits and black people in memes to convince people he’s not racist and to try and counter the fall-out from his Charlottesville comments. Memes with black people supporting Trump over his Charlottesville comments are already circulating on facebook – using the same equivocation Trump used.   I expect his online troll armies to return in force too.

I hope the generals in his administration stay, to work to persuade the president from his loose cannon tendencies and the last thing America needs is more Bannon/Gorka types nearby egging on this president in his “slash and burn insurgency politics”.  Sadly, many Americans don’t read much and think even less.  He will still have a large base of supporters.

President Trump loves to mention the generals around him and he borrows their honor as his own.  I believe he is a coward at heart.  If the president was not a wealthy, pampered, spoiled egotist, he would likely be one of those “stolen valor” scumbags, whom I detest.  His followers look at those generals and believe that if they are supporting him, he must be great.

My son came up with the best historical figure to compare President Trump to –  Peter III, minus the Prussian uniforms. I think there are many similarities in their personalities, except ours is not an idiot and even more concerning is ours has many wealthy backers, understands mass media propaganda and has millions of American citizens, who do not read history, do not think, and who are mindless followers, led by pop culture icons, celebrities and mass media propaganda.

Considering how much Trump can’t stand women making him look small, Peter III is a good comparison, because Peter III was outclassed and outmaneuvered in his power struggle by a woman, his wife, Catherine The Great.  Unlike Trump, she really was a “great” historical figure (one of my favorite female historical figures too).  And unlike Trump, she studied government policy, she read history and she had real leadership skills.  She paid attention to the details.   I doubt America will resurrect any statues to President Trump or call him a “great” leader, once his presidency is over.

President Trump knows exactly what he is doing, he planned that rally and he planned exactly what he was going to say. My son, who came up with the Peter III comparison, and I have had many discussions over the years about The Constitution and one of the things I have often mentioned was that sometimes I think America would be much better with the office of the President being separate from the duties of the commander-in-chief.   The very argument made for a President to be able to act swiftly in a time of crisis was my argument for why, in a nuclear age, we should have the duties of commander-in-chief vested in a person, who has the credentials, military background, resumé and calm temperament to carry out those duties. I would prefer the nuclear codes in the hands of military leaders who have demonstrated their trustworthiness, by decades of dedicated service to our country.  I would prefer an additional office, whereby Congress and the President must confer before using military force, especially a nuclear strike, and then a separate commander-in-chief has responsibility for carrying out those decisions.   Of course, I understand the opposing arguments to my position.

The Founding Fathers trusted that Americans would choose wise, moral leaders.  That trust was misplaced.

After Trump’s 70+ minute rally last night, where he fixated on relitigating his Charlottesville statements, attacked his enemies and went full scorched earth, the media reacted as usual – overreaction.  James Clapper went Pelosi about Trump’s mental stability, but that will help Trump.  Trump and all his spinners will spin Clapper as a Democrat hack, which to a large extent – he is.

Not engaging with Trump or Trump Derangement hysteria and avoiding escalation in rhetoric is probably the best course of action – ignore his efforts to incitement.  Speak to unity and calming people down. Ignoring him, dismissing him or treating him like a child throwing a tantrum is probably the best course.  I doubt the media or the Left will do that.

During the Obama administration, due to his political ideology, I did not trust President Obama’s judgment on military matters.   I don’t trust President Trump’s temperament when making decisions.  However, I do agree with President Trump’s new strategy on Afghanistan and I am glad he listened to the generals around him.  The risks to national security with pulling out and handing Afghanistan to the jihadists are far greater than staying.  Like many complex geopolitical issues, there are no easy solutions for the larger civilizational challenge of the rise of Islamic imperialism, Islamic radicalism, or whatever term you choose to use for this phenomenon, by a segment of Islamic world,  rejecting modernity and embracing terrorism and religious extremism.  We can’t decide the Islamic world’s future, but we must do what we can to protect American national security interests, at home and abroad, no matter how long it takes.

Americans, at the ballot box, decided our future was better getting behind President Trump rather than Hillary Clinton.  I left the top of my ballot blank in 2016.  I still believe both were choices I could never support.

The most important thing all Americans can do is support The Constitution.

The #Resist movement set out to overturn a legitimate election before President Trump’s inauguration.   That movement will gain many more supporters, as Trump ramps up his scorched earth campaign against the media, the Left, Republicans in Congress and anyone who crosses him.  The calls for impeachment or using the 25th Amendment mechanism to remove him from office will grow.

I don’t support impeaching him or removing him from office, unless there are solid grounds to do so.  Watching his reprehensible attacks on people, the vicious name-calling, the bold-faced lying and shameless manipulation, I wonder when he will cross the line for many of his followers?  Many religious leaders still sit idly by his side, as he engages in his petty name-calling and lying.   They still support him and praise him as a “great” leader.  Sadly, I believe that many of his followers are so trapped in binary thinking and rabid partisanship, that they would follow him, even if he did shoot someone on 5th Avenue.   I suspect many of them would rationalize that the person deserved it.

America is in for a very rocky 3.5 years.

I expect a lot more violence.

Once the smouldering ashes from President Trump’s campaign to “Make America Great Again 2.0” die out,  I hope Americans can find a way back to being the United States of America.

 

 

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