Turn and face the strange @ WTF 5/24

Still don’t know what I was waitin’ for
And my time was runnin’ wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There’s gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

From David Bowie’s “Changes”

(© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG, LLC, Tintoretto Music)

One term wonder?

I am going to make a prediction right here and now… Trumpty Dumpty will not be impeached.

Nope.

He will resign way before any impeachment proceedings ever get a chance to begin… or if they do begin, he will resign before impeachment gets any amount of headway going towards having the senate vote on his impeachment.

Will he stay or will he go?

The reason I think this way… well, frankly, I did say, almost immediately after he got elected, that he will not last out the four years because he will either be impeachment, or he, for whatever reason… frustration over how the political system works… boredom… etc… will resign. And, for the record… I have always maintained that the most likely scenario to occur would most likely be that he would resign before allowing anything happening to paint other than what he sees himself as being… a winner.

The one thing I tried not to mention, but did think about, is maybe he would be assassinated. Although, I did think then, and still do think, that that assassination shit is a little outside the realm of possibilities… not impossible, but just probably improbable.

But… sometimes I think how many of them SS folks… aka the Secret Service people… would be proud to, or willing to, take a bullet to save Trumpty Dumpty’s ass?

Tony Schwartz, “Art of the Deal” ghostwriter, says Trump will resign; the declare victory.

But, back to this resignation stuff… the reason I am more convinced than ever he will resign is that I recently read this piece by the guy who helped Trumpty write the “Art of the Deal” and he said something very important and very enlightening… that I kinda, sorta knew but I never heard it expressed so poignantly and clearly before… Trumpty does not care whether he is right or wrong… in fact, he doesn’t even care about the concepts of right and wrong or the morality of those concepts…  he only cares about winning and losing. And once he figures a way, or the opportunity presents itself, to get out of this prez shtick thing… he will walk away and claim… just like he did in all his prior failed businesses… he ultimately won. In his alternate reality or universe… he was an unqualified success

Tony Schwartz, the man who really wrote the Trumpty book the “Art of the Deal”, says the trick of being successful in business… and especially in Trumpty’s world… is knowing when to walk away. Schwartz, who may know as much as can be known about Trumpty due to their close collaboration on the book, recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper… “There’s winning and losing. And that’s very different from right and wrong. Right now (Trumpty is) in pure terror that he is going to lose. And by the way, he is going to lose.”

Schwartz also told Cooper that Trumpty will “figure out a way to resign” rather than face any “continuing humiliation.” And, in the process, “…turn a loss into a victory… so he will declare victory when he leaves.”

Schwartz also, in a story in last July’s issue of The New Yorker,  said that Trumpty is a “sociopath” whose election to the presidency could “lead to the end of civilization.”

Another very similar if not almost identical opinion on Trumpty comes from American University professor Allan Lichtman, who predicted last year Trumpty would win the election but be impeached… in April he amended his prediction to Trumpty resigning when he told the NY Daily News, “He has the history of a guy who walks away when things get tough.”

In another words the guy who says he is a winner and a great negotiator; who knows how to make the big and best deals, is a ballless wonder who walks away from the deal by taking whatever money there is to take and scrams away while leaving everyone else holding the bills as he proclaims profusely and boisterously that he was an outstanding success who made oodles and oodles of big bucks.

The two party system must die…

The problem is the two-party system in this country is just that… that we have two major parties who offer little choice in what we get when we vote for either or the other.

Yeah, there are some other partys around… the Greens, Libertarians, Workers Socialist, et. al. but let’s face reality it is an almost lock certain scenario that an elephant or a donkey will usually get elected to most political positions and when it comes to the federal positions almost one or the other have a 99.9999% chance of being elected.

So, yeah, essentially, we have a two-party system in this country and that is a problem.

The elephants are just out and out dicks who are up front about what they are going to do to we the people… which is screw us as they and their puppet masters make immoral and fantastical amounts of profits.

Well… they are kinda, sorta up front about it. They sorta disguise it by saying this is gonna be the best thing for us… it will save everyone money or provide everyone with all sorts of great benefits, when in the end… and, we knew it going into it, if we are honest… they fuck us all in the ass and just take our money and then laugh as they stroll off to the bank.

The donkeys on the other hand are sneaky ass about it all. On one hand, they are more humane to we the people. They advocate for certain human rights… or what should be human rights… for we the people. Important stuff… like for instance… Civil Rights…

But, when it all comes down to it why did Black folks even need a law that determined they should be given certain civil rights. Why should there ever be a need for a law to be made that said Black people were free and equal to everyone else? Shouldn’t it have simply been a case that Blacks were being denied their fair and equal access to the same rights that supposedly every other citizen in America had? Shouldn’t it have been an issue of simply enforcing laws that were currently on the books to ensure that Black citizens were provide with the same human rights that all other American citizens already were supposed to have? Wasn’t it never an issue of civil rights for Black people rather it was an issue of guaranteeing that their human rights were protected? That Black people were being treated unfairly and without justice and that was wrong and unethical?

Of course, the real issue was never about just that Blacks were being treated unfairly rather ot was that the entire capitalistic caste system that was predominate in America from needed to be destroyed so that all people were given their full and rightful access to be treated humanely, justly and righteously during their lives. Just as America was in its embryonic stage; modern day capitalism was just becoming formulated and made into a reality… the last vestiges of agrarian and then mercantile capitalism were being tossed away and the birth of capitalism as we know it today was rising from the ashes of those previous stages of capitalism to eventually reign over all. There were many more stages to travel through to be where we are in this the 21st century but the birth of America… the advent of the industrial revolution… were the first baby steps into what is the corporate/financial capitalism that rules over us all today. Which ironically is exceedingly like the previous ruling economic system it once upon a time destroyed… feudalism… where the minority ruling class… the uber-rich royals… ruled over the rest of society… we now have the dawning of the age of neo-feudalism oligarchy.

Instead, what was given to America was a law that said Blacks had the right to be treated the same way that every other white working class person was already treated in America. They had the right to equally have a job for forty hours a week whereby they were paid shit for wages and could barely provide for their families… or… to be like dung on the bottom of a rich man’s shoe. They also had the right to vote for politicians who came around during election time with a mouth full of promise and a kick in the ass when the elections were over.

And that is primarily how the donkeys work. Promises, then half stepping it and providing half measures that never fully give to the poor, the working class or middle class what they promise… a share in the running of America and fair and equal access to living wages and human rights that include health and happiness.

And, if we are honest with ourselves, we should understand that both… the elephants and the donkeys… are reflections of one another who do nothing but rape us all blind as they and their puppet masters just take our money with a smirk and a guffaw as they stuff their obscene amounts of profits into their over filled maniacal and absurd Scrooge McDuck money bins.

It was never intended for it happen in America. The two-party system. It was never meant to be. But, somehow it happened.

The founding fathers actually envisioned some sort of free for all running for president and the dudes… (women had essentially no rights back then… probably only slightly better than slaves at best) … who were the two highest vote-getters got to be president (highest) and vice president (next highest.)

Partys? We don’t need no fucking partys.

John Adams once said, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

And George Washington, when he left the presidency, ended his farewell address by saying, said, “There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.”

The irony is that Washington’s Veep… John Adams… ignored not only George’s suggestions and advice but his own as well as Adams was elected in 1797 as a member of the Federalist Party. And ever since then each and every one of our presidents have been a member of one or the other of two major partys.

What we need in this country are elections where there are three, four, five or more parties which run open and free ranging campaigns that adamantly avow differing points of views that go from one end of the political-sociological spectrum to the other… advocating rational but loud and sometimes boisterous, if not angry, debate of delivering America to a Democratic Republic that absolutely and definitively advocates for the right of all of we the people to be equal with the right to live an unfettered life dedicated the examination and promulgation of justice and liberty in the pursuit of happiness.

Future tense…

We often hear how we need to save the earth… I got a message for you all.

The earth does not need saving.

Earth was here long before we got here and earth will be here long after we breathe our last breaths.

Long after we are gone, the 3rd rock from the sun will begin a long and steady return to what it once was as it heals itself and the next chapter in its life, and whatever fauna and flora still survive, begins. We only have this somewhat brief moment to make our mark upon this planet and so far, we have failed miserably.

There is a line in an old rock song… Hymn 43… written by Ian Anderson of the group Jethro Tull… it’s always been a personal  favorite… “If Jesus saves … well, he’d better save himself…”

It’s followed by the line… “from the gory glory seekers who use his name in death.”

We human beings, as a species, would be well advised to heed that advice…

We may still leave a lasting and effective positive footnote in the annals of the history of this world, but know this… our time as presently is being directed is most likely limited… maybe sooner than we would desire… and maybe much later than any of us could ever conceive… but our time is limited nonetheless and we will eventually be extinguished as a presence and the world will live long after we are gone and it will flourish in ways that are probably inconceivable to any of our selfish and miniscule minds.

But, I would draw an analogy to our being on this planet by visiting the venerable literary piece A Christmas Carol… during his visitation with the third spirit… The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come… Scrooge beseeches …. “Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be, only. Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But, if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me.”

He ends by crying… “Hear me. I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope. Good Spirit… Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life. Good Spirit… Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life.’

And, who the hell knows… it may yet be too late and the damage we have persevered with upon this planet will ultimately be the end of us as a species… but… it also may be that if we alter our ways… our lives… and… how we go about doing our business of living our lives… we do it in a manner that promotes health and well being in ourselves as well as our environment… that just maybe our course may be departed from and our future shadows can also be altered.

Maybe… if, we persevere…

Well, well, well…

Remember back in May, I wrote in a WTF column (WTF 5/10) about how, prior to being officially made the prez, Trumpty Dumpty had proclaimed with great fanfare that He, the almighty and great Oz… oppsey, I mean negotiator, dealmaker…. had saved about 1,100 jobs for union workers at a Carrier plant In Indiana but it actually was closer to about 700 jobs and about 500 workers would lose their jobs… the 500 or so jobs would still be outsourced to a plant in Mexico?

It seems last Monday not only would those 500 jobs be outsourced to Mexico but that specific Carrier plant will eliminate another 632 jobs at their Indianapolis factory… jobs that will be outsourced to Mexico.

When he bragged about how he “saved” the he said, “companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. It’s not going to happen.”

Two things are noteworthy here…

One… the fat dick with minuscule (and hands) lied to us all in every possible way this saved jobs situation. Anyone who believes this bloviating ass is in any way possible for the working person in America they can stop now.

He lied to us all from day one about being in the American everyman’s corner… he is lying to us all now as he attempts, along with his key henchmen… Mitch “The Bitch” McConnell and Paul (Dirty Bastard) Ryan… try to put through an impossible to keep budget that will steal money from “… many safety net and other domestic programs that focus on everything from the environment and education to student loans and scientific research. (Source: CNNMoney.com)” And, he will, along with his uber-rich puppet masters from the Corporate and Financial world, keep right on lying to us all as we until we either are all standing in food lines that extend from NYC to Los Angeles or take the initiative to do whatever we can, whenever we can to fight back and resist the regressive political, sociological and economic standards the elephants (and, yes the donkeys, too) are attempting to foist onto America.

Two… corporations can never be trusted… ever. If, for no other reason than they will lie straight face to anyone and everyone as they do anything they can to improve their bottom line and their profit margin.

Any questions?

Then, nuff said. Go get your pitchfork and resist however you can.

Another thousand words…

 

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