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Everybody’s children are “key advisers.” Every government a client or customer. Every phone call or visit breaks precedent. And an old strategy used by governors across the country (ESPN used it in Connecticut! Boeing in South Carolina!) to retain workers and businesses—grants of huge benefits from the the taxes that make up state’s public treasuries —is being heralded when Mike Pence as Indiana’s governor put up the money (ransom!) for 750 jobs; the Elect admits he doesn’t remember making the pledge—besides it didn’t cost him anything; the Elect has no power over public funds–but he enjoys the misdirected praise.
Can anyone among the mainstream media pundits tell me who saved Detroit? Who rescued the Gulf? Both projects of economic rescue truly of national scope! Can anyone tell me who created 15+ million private sectors jobs over 74 months without a single month in decline? Can any tell me—or you—whose administration has the lowest number (under 300,000) of new weekly unemployment filings since the 1970s? Whose administration has unemployment below 5 percent?
Economic myths are driving the no jobs narratives. Sure, wages are low, but the higher wages before 2008 were part of the gigantic fiscal bubble that burst in the credit markets and rippled through wages and family wealth (reducing family net worth by two-thirds–African-American families still have 6 times less wealth than non-African-American families.
About jobs: South Carolina a big industrial manufacturing work force. It includes Boeing, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Cummings, Borsch, and over 300 in-state manufacturers as suppliers. This, in a red state! Why is its success hidden? Why isn’t its template analyzed and duplicated?
Success doesn’t drive the Republican narrative—fear and blame do! The party will deny its own successes, nothing comes before fear. The Elect couldn’t wait to get back on board the fear train. It’s not jobs but fear that he wants permanently installed.
So far, myth-based anger is on a national rampage. The son of a Muslim New York City police officer was pushed and threatened in Queens, his mother, off-duty (awarded a bravery citation for saving a baby and an elderly man from an apartment fire in 2014), was told “go back to your country.”
It may seem strange so many overt incidents of racism and xenophobia are showing up with the Elect’s win. Shouldn’t there be a calm satisfaction, a readiness to seize the day rather than this impulsive and wide spread outpouring of threats, vandalism, violence, and confrontational hostility by strangers in the streets toward persons with different skins and dress? It would seem these types of incidents should have been a part of the elections of Barack Obama; then, one would expect the pushback to have been at its peak. Why now, when those who divide America by color, religion, and ethnicity have gained what they wanted—the power to turn back the protections of equality and opportunity by merit to restore privilege and entitlement by race and condition of wealth?
Why now, when those who divide America by color, religion, and ethnicity have gained what they wanted—the power to turn back the protections of equality and opportunity by merit to restore privilege and entitlement by race and condition of wealth?
Because racism is not a system of reaction! It is a system of aggression. It operates as a threat-based system tied to popular issues, always blaming groups en masse for individual behaviors. Racism doesn’t defend well, its defenses are weak. It does seek power through acts of intimidation and by denying equal rights to all. Look for it to become more aggressive with an increased threat level as government support unfolds in the days ahead.
Myths are the new reality! Unregulated internet communication tools propel the circular beliefs that are America’s myths. Once expressions of great cosmologies involving our spiritual dimensions, our thriving and protections inspired by unseen spirits, cosmology myths are now replaced by conspiracies. Earthly actions describe enemies in unspeakable, evil terms not as moral warnings or taboos, but to incite and deflect people from those putting garlands of hate on power. The government kills children. Mass slayings are false flags. Detention camps are being built. The latest: Hillary Clinton ran a secret child sex trafficking ring from a Washington pizzeria.
The new conspiracies are the old ones, now with support from high levels of government. Their proximity to power adds to their presumption of truth. Here are the old favorites. The government kills children. Mass slayings are false flags. Detention camps are being built. The latest: Hillary Clinton ran a secret child sex trafficking ring from a Washington pizzeria.
This last one has become the poster child of internet spillover taking on an independent life of violence and threats and even armed vigilante action in the society without proof or due process. A North Carolina (NC) man following the story closely on the internet armed himself with an AK-15, a .38 caliber hand gun and a knife, drove to Washington, entered the location, fired into the ceiling as customers with customers and staff present, demanding to see the basement areas where supposedly the children were kept. He found nothing. But radical conspiracists have incorporated his incredibly dangerous and stupid actions into their narrative: they have labeled the NC man a false flag. A consensus believes he is a government agent whose dangerous actions represent the government raising the stakes of the cover-up to protect the guilty Clinton ring, to deny justice and to prevent the discovery and capture of this child sex slave operating in a quiet neighborhood on Capitol Hill—a neighborhood where one local resident thought ping-pong tables outside would attract murders and thieves!
All of this as the Pentagon gets ready to install a General called “Mad Dog” who Obama relied of command to be the chief decision maker of a department that has forsaken civilian oversight. (What do you call a recently retired general? “General!”)
And in his continuing foreign policy narratives, the Philippines issued a statement from its President saying the Elect endorses the extra-judicial killings by police with due process or trails; summary executions carried out that have killed 4,000 citizens since July. If true, the Elect who will lead a democratic country based on the rule of law has endorsed an official deadly campaign of domestic terrorism purging thousands, killing them in their homes and streets, as police, lying about the circumstances, kill with impunity. It is far worse than our own ISIS threat.
A zeitgeist of excess and narrative free of facts, one that rebukes truth with lies when it is disputed, is a dangerous, volatile mix. But enough of danger. Enough of its enablers of racism and stupidity. Its constant excesses. Its twisted desire to find comfort in hate. Its embrace of blame. Its jaded world of power, group think, and dark enemies. Its lies. And conspiracies. Enough!
Strengthen yourself within. Resist surrender. Stay engaged. Laugh. Cook. Brew tea. Work for justice. Pray for peace.