It was interesting to be at Mom’s this last week – with TV! She, of course, has MSNBC on non-stop so we got to see some interesting correlations with 45DD to Nixon’s years (which husband Dan has been noting for months now). It’s almost comical, if not a bit scary (mostly to think it could take as long to remove 45 as it did Nixon) to see the comparisons.
While it was slightly entertaining, I’m not sure I understand this need for constant TV News watching. I believe it’s making our country sicker and sicker by the day. The constant plugging in to the “news” which seems mostly to be a rehashing of sound bites over and over, only entrenches people more firmly in their stances, depending on which channel they watch… it seems almost everything is biased these days.
And TV does not appear to be doing anything to bring about any common sense, common decency, or progress for all Americans. What does seem to be happening? Well, racism seems to be getting more and more out of hand and 45DD keeps making progress on his only apparent goal: turning back any and every thing that happened during Obama’s administration, which mostly means giving more and more to the already wealthy and doing more and more harm to our environment. I’m wondering if what 45 is doing is also basically racism…
The CONSTANT “news” coverage is really insane – how many ways can we talk about 45’s lawyers and who knew what when? How many ways can they say the same things over and over?? I literally heard a guy on NPR the other day saying something ~ it was about 30 seconds of saying and re-saying the same simple thing that could have been said in about 6 seconds. It’s maddening! It’s like we need to fill the space with talky noise.
And now they are spewing some of what 45DD and the war mongers want them to… Dan noted Media are claiming “Iran” fired missiles into Israel (after Israel fired missiles into Syria, of course… Israel is so ironically good at hanging on the cross) when the source of the missile firing has yet to be determined!
I believe moving to the Harn without TV was a REALLY good idea… We still have NPR and we can watch Trevor Noah, Sam Bee, John Oliver, Seth Meyers – you know, folks who cover more of the real news via satire than the actual “news” anchors – so we can stay kind of up to date. But we are not sucked into the insane and repetitive 24-hour TV “news” coverage. [Though we do get sucked into the FB at times… which is a whole other WTF-is-wrong-with-us subject.]
The orange one has his own catastrophes occurring with new facts emerging almost daily about funding that seems damning. I just keep wondering why all the investigations seem to be taking SO LONG… And why there still seems to be so little condemning of 45DD in light of everything that is emerging. As David Letterman put is last week:
On a good note, we did get some North Korean prisoners out – well, someone did. 45DD doesn’t seem to do much except take full credit for EVERYTHING that happens [or will be happening…“We’ll see what happens”…] while mostly spewing nonsense, often unintelligible or unrelated, that only his followers can think is intelligent. But this was a second “success” for his administration – I think they are going for one/year. Last year it was Tax Reform, which really mostly helped rich white people but is seen as victory by his poor white followers who mostly will get fucked by it. This year it’s three guys returning from North Korea.
But the long, slow, slog to failure seems to continue for 45DD. He pulled out of the Iran deal this past week – which could have grave implications for the US and the rest of the world. Meanwhile, there are immediate ramifications for others. For many in the U.S., the only real downside will be higher fuel prices. But the consequences for those closer to Iran geographically could be catastrophic. It will be interesting to see if the remaining parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran will continue to abide by it, thus making the U.S. largely irrelevant.
What you may not be aware of are the losers and winners in the Iran Deal Pullout. The big loser in the U.S.? Boeing. Tariffs are looming and this pullout could leave them in the lurch with their aircraft contracts in Iran. And overseas? Germany. With many companies in Iran, German leaders are working hard to maintain the agreement with the other parties. And who are the big winners? Oil companies, China (the world’s #2 largest economy on their way to #1 as they continue to fill the void as we pull out of things), and the biggest winner? Russia. About a month ago, for the very first time, Iran awarded a prime oil project to Russia. So this could very well be another instance of Putin getting exactly what he wants from the administration he is accused of putting in place here in America. [Watch minutes 2-8 of this video to see a layout of the potential winners and losers.] As is evident in Iran, moderates want the deal to continue. Thus, 45 has now aligned himself with Iranian hardliners who want to see it scrapped.
[If you are reading closely, you will recognize the above as a reverse shit-sandwich. Have you ever used this technique – you know, couching some crappy news between two slices of good, or at least not so crappy, news? Well, there are not enough good news items from this administration so I had to do the opposite kind of sandwich, which is a lot messier.]
And if you are REALLY paying attention, you will recognize the happenings now for their stunning similarity to what happened about a hundred years ago here in America, basically the time between the Great Depression and WWII.
- The US is becoming more and more isolated, which mirrors how we reacted following WWI and prior to WWII – largely turning inward and staying as uninvolved as possible globally.
- The talk of tariffs is reminiscent of actions taken just as the Great Depression began. In an attempt to protect American jobs, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill was passed, which ended up exacerbating the Great Depression.
- A repealing of Dodd-Frank deregulates the banks, which could lead to another financial crisis as some predict the partial repeal of Glass-Steagall (implemented in 1933 and partially rescinded in 1999) did in 2008.
- And most recently, 45 is looking to rescind the child labor laws, which is ironic in that unemployment is still something in need of remedy. It was during the Great Depression that we saw major reforms in taking children out of the workforce, as so many jobs were needed for adults.
Speaking of jobs, we can surely not count on 45DD to implement anything like the New Deal or the Civilian Conservation Corps – for all the good they did to stabilize the country and deal with the effects of the Great Depression, Republicans still can’t admit to them being good things. What we can count on is that 45’s continual “pulling out” is telling the world, “Agreements you make with us aren’t worth the paper on which they are written.” [Of course I know he could never talk like this!! His grammar is atrocious!] And what we can hope to avoid is World War III. We’ll see what happens!
In actuality, we look much like 1930’s Germany… Hitler reference fully intended. [Yes, many times this has been abused but it’s more and more apt for 45DD.] The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect laid this out plainly in a 2017 tweet ~ how ironic!
[Big thanks to hubby Dan for all his history knowledge that wrapped up this week’s blog.]
And finally, with a throwback to Dan’s home state…45 took a little road trip to Elkhart, Indiana last week too, where he told the crowd, “America is Respected Again.” Uh, not sure what universe he is living in but it seems we are losing respect more and more around the world as is evidenced nicely in this succinct video from the UK. His message is attractive in Indiana. Dan and I have noted to many here in Minnesota (and I have noted in this blog) that one reason we moved from Indiana is that they seem to be marching back to the 1950’s (1850s if they can). But as the Democratic Mayor of South Bend put it:
“Trying to turn the clock back socially, economically and racially to the ’50s, that’s attractive to some people. But the alternative is to move to the future.”
Let’s hope we keep moving forward, not back.
Perhaps the natural disaster in Hawaii will yield some relief for us.