Hi all, sorry I’ve been absent. I’ve been thinking about the SOTU too and I’m not buying the “presidential”, “normal”, less unhinged Donald. Oh, sure, the media and pundits were probably relieved because the alternative, a man completely unsuited to his job and scaring the world, was freaking them out. So, any moves towards looking semi-normal was divinely to be wished, even if it’s completely unbelievable.
After all, perfectly nice immigrants are still being banned or sent back to their countries of origin while being forced to leave their property behind. By the way, who gets all the stuff they’ve worked a lifetime to acquire when they’re put on a bus back to Mexico?
And then there are the students who are forced back into an identity that is foreign to them just to use the bathroom. And the sick, poor people who are about to lose their insurance, the artists about to lose their funding, the climate scientists about to lose their jobs.
I listened to part of the speech. It was the part about how we’re all in danger from immigrants making extreme beachheads and hiding under our beds to cut off our heads or something and how AMERICAN victims of CRIMINAL IMMIGRANTS need a VOICE, as if Fox News and Breitbart weren’t already turning fear and suspicion up to 11 on an hourly basis.
None of Trump’s “policies” have softened or become more reasonable because he’s learned to read a TelePrompTer. He’s still hawking fear and terror as his new Trump brand product. EJ Dionne has more about how Trump Still Wants You To Be Very Afraid
It’s so familiar. That kind of fear indictrination is what I was surrounded by in the high control religious group I grew up in. Turns out the world didn’t end in 1975. But there were a lot of very nice people scared shitless who were convinced to sell books and magazines door to door and to do for free and as if their lives depended on it. It sucks the joy out of your life.
In any case, the Russia connection is back in the news with this story about how the Obama administration staffers left breadcrumbs for us to follow that lead back to Jeff Sessions and the Trump campaign. I’m guessing that the new amity and presidential demeanor is going to be very short lived.
So, that’s what is on my mind. I’ll be back later, I promise. Probably after work.
More: Chris Cilizza at WaPo says Republicans face political suicide if they don’t investigate the Russian connection to the Trump campaign. Lol!! Chris is such an optimist. It’s going to take unity, determination and hard campaign work to pry the country from their cold, dead hands.
How did he get his job? Why can’t I get a paying gig at a major newspaper to write silly drivel? Life is unfair.
Here’s what else is on my mind. It’s Throwback Thursday. People do stupid things at 19.