Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Focus - Put Things In Perspective

It's 1950. You live in the United States and World War II is a vivid memory. Everybody knows a Gold Star Family. Everyone knows someone who was a POW.
People are starting to buy homes and have families. Vets are going to college on the GI Bill. We are hungry for peace.
A toy company comes up with a doll that talks when you pull the string. This is what it looks like.
Samples of what the doll says include, "When you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything - grab them by the pussy."
It also says, "He’s not a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured."
At other times it derides a Gold Star Mother and praises the Russian dictator.
How do you think you would react to it in a marketing focus group?
How do you think you would react to this photo?
Don't let Trump turn us against each other over football players kneeling in protest before a game. Too many Americans have sacrificed everything to insure our right to freedom of speech and peaceful protest.
On Howard Stern's radio show Trump called dating in the 1980s his personal Vietnam. He also told Howard it was okay to refer to his daughter, Ivanka, as a "piece of ass". Trump respects nothing,
Holy Moly!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Little Red Book Of Chairman Steve

Steve Bannon deserves some special attention. After all, he is the chairman of the Republican Party. Isn't he?
If he isn't, someone needs to tell him because he's been issuing staccato edicts these last few days.
Bannon described himself as a "Leninist". When questioned about that, Bannon explained, “Lenin wanted to destroy the state and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.”
Bannon was/is the ideologist behind Trump. He is a revered guru who Trump trusted above all others.
When Trump spoke it was Bannon we were hearing. Bannon prides himself with creating the platform for the alt-right. That's what Breitbart News is and Bannon is the man behind the curtain at Breitbart.
Alt-right is the polite way of saying white supremacist. Most people would be wary of getting too close to a white supremacist, but Trump had no trouble with it. He sought it out.
When Bannon was forced out of the White House and off the Executive Branch he returned to Breitbart from whence he came. He said, "In the White House I had influence. At Breitbart, I had power."
These are Bannon's words, "We’re going to go after them. There’s a coalition coming together that’s going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz. We are declaring war on the Republican establishment that does not back the agenda that Donald Trump ran on. We’re going after these guys tooth and nail."
When Senator Corker disagreed with Trump this is what Bannon said, "Senator Corker is an absolute disgrace. If Bob Corker has any honor, any decency, he should resign immediately. He should not let those words stand.”
If this sounds a bit extreme for someone who has no official role in either government or the Republican Party, then you need to adjust your thinking. Times have changed. We are in Wonderland and Bannon is channeling the Queen of Hearts.
Bannon has big plans for us. Other's do as well, but for the moment they are content to observe what is happening. You could say their goals are in sync with Bannon's.
In the meantime, Trump has been tearing up the landscape redefining what it means to be a patriot and respect our flag. He is taking on the NFL and all those wealthy black athletes that are convenient kindling for him to stoke the fires of racism with.
Trump knows how to appeal to his base. The base which Bannon has been providing a platform for all along.
Holy Moly!

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Coup Is Going Public

The Republican Party has been going through changes for quite some time. The election of a black President hastened those changes.
The Tea Party bullied it's way into the Republican Party and has been slowly displacing Republicans with political extremists ever since Obama became President.
Thanks to Putin and with the help of Russian cyber agents, our elections were massively disrupted and our news cycles were dominated by fake news.
It was during this media circus that Trump managed to slip into the Presidency and chaos became the new political order in Washington.
The chaos has allowed the not-so-private coup within the Republican Party to become a media circus in its own right. The coup is alive and well and ever so public.
Steve Bannon, the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, is now the de facto leader of the Republican Party.
Bannon describes Breitbart News as the "platform for the alt-right". "Alt-right" is what people now call white supremacists. The KKK and American Nazi groups are the core of the alt-right. The alt-right is Trump's core.
We are watching the changing of the guard within the Republican Party. John McCain and Bob Corker are possibly the last vestiges of traditional, Republican conservatism. John is dying and Bob has had enough.
For his part, Bannon the Usurper is looking to reshape the Republican Party in his image of what the party should look like.
He is working to get Erik Prince (yeah, the same dark lord who gave us Brightwater) on the ballot in Wyoming by displacing Republican Senator John Barrasso who is a senior member of the Republican leadership in the Senate. Apparently John is not alt-right enough for Steve.
If you have been following the Bannon-Trump bromance, you might be aware that Bannon was the ideologue propping up Trump. Bannon was the real power behind the throne. Bannon is the true voice of the alt-right.
John McCain singlehandedly saved the country from a health insurance debacle and in the process reminded all Senators about what it meant to be a Senator and where a Senator's real duty lied.
Bob Corker has taken it a step farther. He has declared in no uncertain words that the emperor is both naked and ugly. He said that Mattis, Kelly and Tillerson are what stands between the chaos of Trump and the well being of our country. He said that Trump could be leading us toward World War III.
Bannon wants to bring it all down. He has no use for our government as it is. He has his own ideas about nationalism and foreign policy.
Bannon is doing much better than Hitler did at Munich. Bannon has already secured the Administrative Branch of our government and now he wants to take over the Executive Branch.
Should it become necessary, Bannon probably has a contingency plan in place should Trump do anything to offend him.
I don't know what the lapel pin for the alt-right will be. In keeping with tradition I would not be surprised to see something like this.
Holy Moly!

Darth Vader Goes To Washington - One Seat Too Far

Erik Prince is thinking about running for Congress as a Republican Senator from Wyoming. Erik Prince is the founder of Blackwater. He is the brother of Betsy DeVos. He's a modern day Darth Vader.
Betsy is currently the Secretary of Education. Like her brother, she has been surrounded in controversy. Betsy said it was possible that her family had donated $200,000,000 to Republican campaigns. Her best quote in response to Donald Trump's intelligence was, "Would a moron hire me?" I kid you not.

Blackwater is akin to a modern day Death Star. It's been hovering around looking for a target and it sorely wanted to be put in charge of a privatized war in Afghanistan.
Blackwater distinguished itself as ground zero for hiring mercenaries. It's reputation in Iraq was not good. It was responsible, among other things, for the deaths of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007.

The Emperor, Steve Bannon, Darth Sidious, was advocating for privatizing the war in Afghanistan before he was driven out of the White House. Bannon, along with Jared Kushner, was pushing for putting Erik Prince in as a "Viceroy" with his own private army.
Steve is the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. Bannon proudly proclaimed that Breitbart was "the platform for the alt right". You remember these fun guys.
Their counterparts here were very well known and very influential. In fact, they are on the rise again.
The alt right has distinguished itself lately by holding torchlight parades in Charlottesville under the inspired leadership of Richard Spencer.
You know Richard. He is very outspoken. On Jews - "One wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem." On Blacks - "Does human civilization actually need the Black race?" and "What would be the best and easiest way to dispose of them?" On the Constitution - "I could give a shit to be honest. Survival is more important than law."
Yes, we have fallen into a black hole and are now part of the Star Wars series.

America is going down the tubes one Congressional seat at a time. 2018 could be the year we descend into total darkness.
Holy Moly!