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MAGA people iz weird

Seen on twitter this morning:

Remind me again, what “job” is he doing that requires better messaging?

He’s a billionaire (or so he says). Can’t he pay for his own messaging team?  I know! He could be all presidential and hold a news conference!  

And what is it exactly about the job he is already doing do the #maga contingent like?  So far he’s hired an attorney general who is requiring prosecutors and judges to throw the book at low level drug offenders. He’s hired a secretary of education who wants to take $10 billion from public schools. As a former elected board of education member in my affluent suburb, where parents balked at paying a lousy $11/month for a courtesy bussing proposal they turned out in droves to defeat, I can guarantee that even a slight reduction of funding to their insanely competitive public schools is going to be wildly unpopular. 

It occurs to me that both of these initiatives are only going to line the pockets of prison industry and for profit schools and learning center owners. No one else will benefit by this, especially kids living in places where their parents can’t shell out money for private or parochial schools because their salary earning parent is wasting away in prison after being busted for a few grams of weed. 

Lately, he’s been going after global NGO’s that are working to defeat AIDS because they might be involved in the greedy abortion cartel. Just a heads up, there is no abortion cartel. I made that up but some Fox News viewers will believe anything these days. 

Long time readers know that I advocate turning the TV off and getting news and information from a selection of online domestic and foreign sources. There is more good information in readable sources and it’s much easier to spot manipulative words and memes. On TV, news can be combined with potent visual imagery to go straight to the amygdala. Radio can provoke rage. It’s how we got duped into going to Iraq. 

It’s worse on Fox News because that network seems to excel at creating satans that need to be fought. Doesn’t matter if they’re hyperbolic stereotypes, the three minute hate is alive and well on Fox. Sleazy Roger Ailes may no longer be in charge to drive the resentment and let everyone’s dark archetypes chained in their dungeons permission to run around without constraints, hurting innocent people. But he left a blueprint to follow to teach viewers how to be unnecessarily mean to their neighbors while simultaneously making them feel virtuous for being the dull conformists they are. 

Sooner or later, all the chaotic unraveling that the Trump administration has been doing, and that the MAGA people are so looking forward to, is going to start to affect real people. Real middle class people. That watch Fox News religiously. 

When it starts happening, I don’t think better messaging is going to be needed. 


For what it’s worth, the Democrats are better off not insisting too much on impeachment just yet. Wait until 2018 and let people watch how much the Republican Congress will put up with in order to ram their granny starving agenda through for their compromised president to sign. 

Then get Pence in the White House. I’ve heard he is about as likeable as Ted Cruz. 

I’d like to think that the 2018 election will take care of itself but Democrats need to focus their attention on serious campaigning, recruiting candidates everywhere an updating their canvassing apps. 

Let the Republicans hang themselves.