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Crunchy Frog

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Living under a Soviet puppet regime.

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My impression, from reading the article and the comments,

is that The Nation currently represents a strand of left wing authoritarianism that exists in this country, among whom you will find left wing supporters of Donald Trump.

There are accusations made against the Clinton campaign, accusations of "McCarthyite hysteria" against Democrats and liberal media figures in general. There is almost a hero worship tone with respect to Trump, and a distress over the "slurs" against him, and calls for impeachment, which he sees as the real threat to American democracy. There are all kinds of intellectually dishonest arguments, and false equivalencies.

In the comment section, you repeatedly see the RW talking point that claims that Hillary was planning a nuclear war against Russia. Any sort of tension with Putin is described in hysterical terms as escalations that could lead to nuclear war. Expressions of disagreement with the article are equated with McCarthyism.

I honestly can't see how any non-authoritarian with basic analytic skills could read this article and not conclude that it's a relatively crude piece of pro-Putin, pro-Trump propaganda.

It's been a long time since I've read The Nation, but it seems like it's becoming the magazine equivalent of JPR. It's alarming to see some "progressives" swallowing this unquestioningly.

They were ripe for a Trump.

If you haven't already, I would strongly urge you to view the film The Brainwashing of my Dad.

There is a major, deliberate, and well funded, VERY EFFECTIVE propaganda campaign that has been working on these people's minds for decades. Some of them can be, and have been "deprogrammed".

We're not working on an even intellectual playing field, but one that has been heavily distorted by a propaganda machine that prevents honest debate and discussion from even happening in our society.

The real enemies are the ones behind the scenes pulling the strings. I wish that we would focus our sites more on them.

My answer is no.

We no longer have a free press, and haven't for a long time. We no longer have any integrity to our elections.

The candidate and party that wins fewer votes ends up in power, and nobody can even say with any authority how many votes someone got, as our elections are unauditable, while millions of people are being out and out disenfranchised.

I fear that we are going to become even less democratic than we currently are, but I strongly believe that we are already not a democracy.

Should never have been passed. Symptomatic of a Democratic suicide impulse? Maybe.

Yes, there would likely still be a FOX, but there would probably be much more effective counters to it. It's also what enabled the emergence of the Clear Channel RW machine.

It didn't cause RW media, but it made possible the extreme consolidation that has largely eliminated media independence.

Very bad move on Clinton's part.

Some pictures from the Inauguration Parade.

I must say I'm impressed with the new, more patriotic theme.


Lewis Black on The Trump Inauguration.

Jon Stewart - Twitter War with Donald Trump

Good for a laugh today.


Edelweiss. A good song for today.

Captain Von Trapp says goodbye to country as Nazis take over.

We'll get to watch while the vultures pick the bones clean.

Posted by Crunchy Frog | Sun Jan 8, 2017, 03:11 AM (0 replies)

We're in uncharted territory, and there's no historical precedent for any of it.

I'm not sure there are any historical precedents for any of this. That is, a stable, long term democracy, that has maintained, more or less, democratic, constitutional rule for over 200 years, falling into fascism during a long term period of, for the most part, peace and prosperity. Maybe Rome's transformation from a republic into an empire.

We've maintained, even if imperfectly, democratic and constitutional government through a civil war, through two global wars, through a decades long Cold War, through assassinations and major social upheavals. We've pulled ourselves back from the brink during the McCarthy era, and after all of that, we're now walking right into fascism, peacefully and voluntarily.

I believe that we've been heading in this direction for the past few decades, with the groundwork being done by some very clever and extremely wealthy people who have funded think tanks and created a massive propaganda infrastucture, and gradually transformed what had been a conservative party, into a radical RW fascist one, and propagandized millions of people into followers; and they have done this mostly under the radar of people who should have been paying attention. And as I said, what they have achieved is historically unprecedented.

Where we go from here is anybody's guess. Maybe we slip into a totalitarian dystopia that lasts for decades. Maybe there will be a civil war, and the country will break apart. Maybe we'll end up having WWIII, and there will be nothing left but the cockroaches. Or maybe we'll be able to pull ourselves out of it before it becomes irreversible.

The fact that the "leader" is an overgrown infant, and the fascist party is tripping over their shoelaces in their overreaching power grabs, before he even gets inaugurated, is the one thing that gives me any hope that this country might manage to pull itself out. If we had gotten a more "reasonable" and sane looking R president, they would have been able to maintain the facade of normalcy until it was too late. So maybe Trump getting in is really a blessing in disguise.

I honestly wish I was reading about this in a history book, rather than living through it.

I apologize for posting my late night mental meanderings, but hope that it makes at least a little bit of sense to anyone other than myself.
Posted by Crunchy Frog | Fri Jan 6, 2017, 02:34 AM (1 replies)
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