Sunday, February 05, 2017

What Have We Done?

It's been a while since I have been here.  I'll do better.  Honestly.  

You see, I've been distracted by the things that have been happened in my country.  I'll go into that and it's genesis at another time.  For now know, Gentle Reader, that we live in a very dangerous age of "Alternative Facts" and Orwellian "Newspeak".  A time ruled by fear and characters that prove the old adage, "The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense."  An age where "The Great American Melting Pot" has been replaced by an iron boot.  A time where scientific papers have been removed from public websites so that research can be suppressed because it does not fit in with the twisted reality that is presented to the American people.  You see, we have a malignant narcissist sitting in the oval office.  He wants to be loved and when he is brought to task on any inconsistency he blows up like a spoiled child whose behavior cries, "Why don't you love me!?"  He perseverance on what he perceives as past slights against his "greatness".  He's enacted a "Muslim ban" for traveling into or out of the country (more on that next time too).  He's going to "build a wall" between the US and Mexico and, as he has said time and time again, "Mexico is going to pay for it".  Mexico feels quite differently on the subject.  Also, there are these things called airplanes and, from what I can gather, these machines care very little about how tall or long Trump's wall will be.  He is more concerned over the ratings on "The Apprentice" than he is with running the country.  He is picking fights with the current host of a TV show that he use to host at a prayer breakfast. 

Let me say that once more.  He is picking fights with the current host of a TV show that he use to host at a prayer breakfast.

This is the President of the United States.  And POTUS does not appear to be mentally well.  Seriously.  Something is not right with Mr. Trump.  There are a multitude of things that should be occupying his thoughts but this is what he is concerned with.  Then there are the people that he has surrounded himself within his cabinet who are truly dangerous.  They present lies as the truth, muddle the conversation, and point fingers blaming the media when they don't like what the read or hear.  Journalism is under attack.  So is free speech and science.  The Women's March on Washington the day after Trump was sworn in was the largest one day protest ever.  It wasn't just for the multitude of issues facing women today; it was a march against tyranny.

How did this happen?  How did this come so far?  There are reasons but too many for the scope of this particular return blog.  We'll talk about that soon.  Promise

What I would like to talk about is how the seeds of misinformation and distrust have started to bear fruit.  Protests need to remain non-violent.  For a protest to become violent it only supports the oppressor ultimately showing that we have become the thing we loath.  We need to be better than that.  The pendulum of free speech swings both ways and to paraphrase Jonathan Pie in his latest video, "We should never give the high ground to Donald Trump and his ilk."  I love Mr. Pie  His language can be harsh but his passion is honest.  Here is his latest video concerning the recent violence at Berkley when Milo Yiannopoulos was going to speak; Protest Pie.  Milo is a senior editor of Breitbart, Gamergate ground floor misogynist, has been linked to the Alt Right, and, for you D&D players out there, would probably be classified as chaotic evil.  But freedom of speech is not only enacted for people you or I agree with and universities should be places where ideas are free to be heard and argued.  As the Atlantic's article titled, Milo Yiannopoulos Tested Progressives - and the failed states, "Not letting him speak on campus just makes their point. It lets Yiannopoulos depict himself as a victim of "'political correctness.'"  So, by all means, protest but don't be manipulated.  These folks are use to manipulating people.  Don't let it happen to you.

"Nobody told me there'd be days like these.  Strange days, indeed." - John Lennon

Next time we will ponder how we entered into this brave new world.  Give Us Barabbas - coming soon.

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