The cold hard truth…
Him being Trumpty Dumpty…
He goes on through a significant part of his piece writing about the many and varied things that Trumpty has said and done that appear… at times, if not almost always… to defy any sort of human and sociological logic and/or political logic.
Ayup… there can be a divergence between the two. Why we do things sociologically when we humans interact and why we do things politically may be entwined, but they are distinctly different things and can be done for distinctly different reasons… especially the political things humans do. More to the point sometimes those political things that are actuated may defy any form of rational logic when judged at their face value. Just think about it… I’m sure examples will come and hit ya’ll smack dab in the middle of your face.
Pitts after going through all the bullshit, the nonsense, the inanities, the incredulous inappropriate words and actions of the fearless leader of the United States of America, and how through all of these things he has done have people saying that the man ain’t got no culture… he must be mentally unstable… if not outright insane… he is sociologically and pathologically immoral, amoral, unmoral… after all of this… Pitts says, “… I have come to believe that question misses the point.”
That question once again is … “What is wrong with him?”
Pitts says, “Sixty-three million people voted for this. And make no mistake, they knew what they were getting. It was always obvious that Trump was a not-ready-for-prime-time candidate, but they chose him anyway. And the rest of us need to finally come to grips with the reason why.”
What Pitts says next is exquisitely to the point and… well… it’s just the goddamn truth…
“It wasn’t economic anxiety. As a study, co-sponsored by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, reported in May, people who were worried for their jobs voted for Hillary Clinton. But people who dislike Mexicans and Muslims, people who oppose same-sex marriage, people mortally offended at a White House occupied by a black guy with a funny name, they voted for Trump.
That’s the reality, and it’s time we quit dancing around it.
This has been said a million times: Donald Trump is a lying, narcissistic, manifestly incompetent child man who is as dumb as a sack of mackerel. But he is the president of the United States because 63 million people preferred that to facing inevitable cultural change. So, I am done asking … or caring … what’s wrong with him. Six months in, it’s time we grappled a far more important question.
What in the world is wrong with us?”
What is wrong with our collective social conscience when we are so afraid of change, so afraid of losing our imagined identities, our safe comfortable places in the world that we accept fear and let it rule us so completely that a significant part of our voting population decides to elect an unpolished, uncouth, boorish oaf as the president… and… yes, regardless of what many might say, they knew what they were voting for when they cast their vote but they did it anyway.
What is wrong with our collective conscious when so many of us were so uncomfortable with a black man, a black woman, two black children and a black dog in a white house on Pennsylvania Avenue that they decided they would rather welcome with open arms a billionaire son of bitch who would lie straight faced to us all as we sought for even the faintest of reasons to believe.
What is wrong with millions of people looking for a reason to believe that they would be restored to their rightful place in their once upon a time life of privilege and false prosperity…. of millions thinking that somehow this buffoon, this charlatan, this liar, this faker, this snake oil salesman, this pure unadulterated phony would lead us all to the good life, the land of milk and honey, of ease, plenty, comfort, security, well-being of any kind… which they knew in their heart of hearts… in their innermost reaches of their souls was always a lie… that he would… he could… never ever deliver upon his proselytizing political bullshit.
What indeed is wrong with us… when we listen long and hard to him and somehow there are enough of us who still find a way to believe that it’s all true… knowing that he is lying straight-faced while we cry for just one more reason to believe that he can return America back to something it never was?
As Mr. Pitts says… that’s the reality, and it’s time we quit dancing around it.
And… once the dancing has stopped it’s time to face the strain and understand we have collectively fucked it the hell up.
Or… as someone once said… We have met the enemy and he is us.
For anyone still undecided…
… on whether Trumpty Dumpty has your best interests at heart…
Consider some of the most recent things he has said and done…
During the recent commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford… a $17.5 billion aircraft carrier…
By the way… what could that $17-billion-plus have been better spent on?
In 2015 that was the State of Connecticut’s entire budget. I’m sure the citizens living in Connecticut would love the Feds giving them a tax-free ride for one year…
Or… how about one border wall? OK. We won’t go there…
Funding NASA for a year?
Or… reducing the $25 billion that the government spends to subside farmers?
Or… howzabout taking care of running the government for almost two days? Estimates say it cost about $7.2 million per minute, $423 million an hour or almost $10 billion a day.
Paying off the Post Office’s yearly losses?
OK… I’m way the fuck off the topic here…
During the recent commissioning of the USS Gerald Ford, Trumpty told an audience of mostly sailors to go call their political representatives and lobby Congress on health care as well as other political footballs when he said, “I don’t mind getting a little hand, so call that congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it (the defense portion of his budget passed.)”
Then he added, “And by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure you get health care.”
Now this may seem… “Meh… what’s the harm? No big deal.”
Well, maybe it is.
President Trumpty is the commander in chief of the armed forces and it could be seen as him giving an order to the troops that they must obey. If he believes he can now “order” the armed forces to enter the political arena and try to influence Congress, what’s next? Trumpty slogans on fighter planes and across the bows of ships or festooned on the back of tank? Add to this … as much as certain segments of society despise war and thinks military actions need to be cut back, the armed forces has the highest approval rating of any institution in America… however… if it enters the swamp waters by becoming part of ongoing political discussions, then that trust would go to hell in a hand basket overnight.
What if he decides the military rules and protocols need to be tossed away? Like on what the military can do regarding interrogation… or the use of torture? Whose word rules? The generals and admirals or the presidents?
And, if he said it was a direct order for the commander in chief? How unlikely would it be for the military to disobey a presidential order? How far might he go when after he has already crossed the line on what is considered normalcy or proper?
Has he already opened the door for him to disregard diplomacy and someday issue an order that could have far more serious consequences than just influencing whether Congress should pass a defense budget?
On Monday Trumpty stood in front of 35.000 members of the Boy Scouts of America and he told them “As the Scout Law says, a Scout is trustworthy, loyal. We could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that.”
Then as he droned on for another forty or so minutes he seemingly was transported back to one of his pre-election stump speeches as he bitched and moaned about fake news, threatened to fire various political appointees and encouraged impressionable young people to “boo” the Bamster… really his preoccupation with the Bamster has become a sick obsession… and Hillary Clinton.
Among his words to the Scouts were…
“You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp, and it’s not a good place. In fact, today I said, ‘We ought to change it from the word swamp to the word cesspool or perhaps to the word sewer’ but it’s not good. Not good. And I see what’s going on. And believe me, I’d much rather be with you.”
“By the way, just a question: Did President Obama ever come to a Jamboree?”
For the record? Yes, he did, albeit by video in 2010.
And, then as he promised the assembled youth that they would be “saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” he also brought up what could happen if Congress does not repeal the Affordable Care Act. And, it wasn’t exactly pretty or very wholesome.
What’s next? Repealing the scout slogan and salute; replacing everything that the scouts are taught… ya know that whole “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent” to all they encounter pledge… with political propaganda and then holding militaristic assemblies with shouts “Hail trump!” and “Make America Great!”?
Let’s make this clear and concise… speaking before 35,000 impressionable young people and turning their scout jamboree into a political rally that filled their heads with political bullshit… with propaganda… with words of derision and disrespect towards people in attendance… towards Barack Obama… his encouraging the assembled young men to boo Obama and then Hillary Clinton… is dumb, offensive, absurd, and simply wrong. Lastly his performance on that stage before all that were assembled stood as an embarrassment to the ideals of scouting itself.
NAACP Board Chairman Leon Russell said, “During his campaign, President Trump asked us ‘what do you have to lose?’” We get the message loud and clear. The president’s decision today underscores the harsh fact: we have lost … we’ve lost the will of the current administration to listen to issues facing the black community.”
Russell added, “When President Trump is ready to listen to us and the people we serve, we will be here. Until then, the NAACP will continue to strive for an America free from racism and continue to speak truth to power.”
His refusal to accept an invitation to attend the NAACP’s convention for what seems to be that he simply did not feel it was necessary to address that constituency or voting bloc is by itself completely off the rails… but then again… after what he told some sailors and then some Boy Scouts… maybe it is a blessing in disguise that he did refuse.
I mean imagine if he got up there before the convention folks and asked what’s on the menu? Or, some other totally asinine inane words?
I ain’t even gonna get into Trumpty’s inquiries to his people on what his powers are when it comes to issuing pardons. That he is asking the question speaks volumes.
First… he obviously thinks he might have to save some peep’s asses from certain inevitable consequences.
Second… he really is that ignorant about what the president can and cannot do.
So, let me just ask… Anyone still undecided on whether Trumpty Dumpty has your best interests at heart… has any of this made it clearer? Hopefully?
If not… I ain’t going nowhere… I’m here every week…
Ya’ll recall Halliburton? The transnational oil field services company that used to be fronted by former Vice President Dick Cheney?
The company that got ginormous government contracts… some $39.5 billion plus that was funded by us the American taxpayer… to do all sorts of stuff over in Iraq that greatly helped to facilitate the waging of war?
A war that is said to have resulted in 1 million human beings having their lives snuffed out.
When war is waged there are always unintended consequences… such as what is going on over in Yemen right now.
Since the Yemeni civil war began about three years ago more than 10,000 have died and close to 3 million Yemenis have been pushed from out of their homes. In addition, the country’s infrastructure has been totally decimated, which has led to the spread of what should be easily preventable diseases. Diseases like cholera.
On Friday, Oxfam charities announced that the cholera epidemic in Yemen has now become “the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year.” There are more than 360,000 suspected cases and 5,000 more being added per day. 1,800 victims have already died, a quarter of them children. And with the monsoon season about to erupt in Yemen… things are not about to get better but instead a lot fucking worse.
This leads me to this little tidbit… the oil and waste disposal business can be a very dirty job… toxic, as in poisonous.
A water treatment plant in Iraq that was once upon a time operated by KBR (a subsidiary of Halliburton at the time) caused untold numbers of military personnel, as well as Iraqis, to be exposed to some very deadly chemicals that now have them being extremely ill and dying, if not already dead in the ground.
Twelve Oregon National Guardsmen who had been exposed to and fell ill from the cancer-causing toxin sodium dichromate used at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant sued KBR and in 2012 an Oregon federal court awarded them $85 million in reimbursements and/or compensation.
Of course, KBR appealed.
The 9th Circuit Court threw out the 2012 judgement and kind of said the reason was… while there was nothing inherently wrong with the lawsuit or even the judgement, it just happened in the wrong place… Oregon. So, if the Vets want to refile the they need to sue the company in Texas, the state where KBR’s headquarters is located.
The veterans filed their suit once again… in Houston. Almost half way across the country.
KBR, in turn, essentially said “fuck you” and filed their own law suit… they want $850,000 in legal fees from the first case.
Right… it’s not bad enough KBR exposed these men to unimaginable illness and misery due to the use of some very deadly chemicals… it’s not bad enough they just can’t somehow settle this bullshit out of court; do the right thing by these men… it’s not bad enough KBR appealed the case and the 9th circuit court is forcing the veterans to refile the lawsuit in Texas… but… KBR wants to stick it to these devastated men by saying you owe us $850,000 for having the audacity to try and seek justice for us causing your illness and poor health.
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon in a letter addressed to the Department of Defense, said, “[W]e are concerned about the possibility of the DoD … and ultimately the American taxpayer… footing the bill for this seemingly endless and expensive litigation. In light of recent developments, and the potential for taxpayer dollars to enable the bankrupting of war veterans, we urge you to take control of this litigation and reach and equitable settlement.”
According to Military.com, “[T]he company (KBR) has argued in court that it can’t be held liable for wartime decisions made by the U.S. military, and that it was essentially following orders given by the government when it created the burn pits.”
While this lawsuit is ongoing, there are hundreds of other veterans who are suing Halliburton, KBR, as well as other military contractors in 42 states for negligence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Good. Eat into them damn illicit and immoral war mongering profits.
David Montoya, a vet who is suing both Halliburton and KBR after he fell ill to cancer, said, “You just kind of feel betrayed by corporate America, you know? Regardless of your beliefs on the war, when it comes down to corporate America profiting so much and the amount of money they make, they can take the time and right steps to ensure the safety of the service member.”
(Information for this portion of WTF, as well as the extensive quotes, is from an article titled “Former Halliburton Subsidiary is Suing Sick Military Veterans they Poisoned.” The article is a free and open source. Anyone can use this article by virtue of a Creative Commons license as long as attribution is given to the author, Don Shay, and TheAntiMedia.org. Which I have now done. )
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