2020

The Elites versus The Hoi Polloi

The show: Saturday Night Live (SNL) got it right when they said that the celebrations for the Biden-Harris ticket seemed to be as jubilant as those at the end of WWII! Oh, my! Other MSM outlets were saying that the world breathed a deep sigh of relief at Trump’s loss. Moreover, the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris seemed to be indicating that over half the nation desired a return to the status quo ante – that is: to our previous political comfort zones;to the ante-bellum status – that is: pre-Trump’s-war. This seems to be such a lame and minimal premise and only further proof of how draining these four years have been! Also, over half the nation seems to have indicated that our previous normal where we can criticize, argue and discuss our political issues, cantankerous as they were, is certainly far better than the chaos, the incendiary Tweets, the bullying, manipulation, corruption, illusions, delusions and sheer ineptness of the exhausting Trump Presidency. Nevertheless, a post-mortem of the past four years has to be looked at, discussed and analyzed with as much objectivity as we are capable of, if only for averting another attempt by another politician in the future of dragging us into the Dark Ages, which, thankfully, we have averted this time around. Moreover almost half the electorate voted for Trump, and we should not disregard them, or their genuine concerns, especially that their disappointment at their loss is going to be dangerously festering for quite a while.

It is clear from all the statistics after the election that American Cities, which are mostly inhabited by the Elites who are better educated, more sophisticated, diverse, cosmopolitan and less malleable voted for Biden-Harris and won this election. And, those who lost, were mostly the Hoi Polloi of the sparsely populated hinterland, predominantly isolated, less educated, more religious and less open to the changes that have been going on in the world whether they pertain to the new technologies; to the shifting culture and its openness, to inclusivity, to science, to climate change and its effects, as well as to the enormous demographic changes going on in the nation. This phenomenon of Elites versus Rural Communities is world wide, and it reminds me of how after Gamal Abdul Nasser, the President of Egypt, died, the new President, Anwar Sadat, decided to go to a remote area of rural Egypt to greet the people who, having been told that the President was coming, lined up the streets. And, as the motorcade was passing, they began shouting and clapping: Yahya Nasser! Yahya Nasser! (Long Life for Nasser). They had no idea that Nasser had died, and that it was Sadat in the motorcade! Funny as it may sound, this is a true story, and I mention it only as an extreme example to illustrate the contrast between Cities and Rural Communities.

There is no doubt that Trump, as well as the Republican/Conservative Party capitalized on this fact, and concentrated their efforts on America’s Rural Communities. That seems strange to me, since the GOP was once known as the Party of the Elites, and the Democrats were known as the party of the Hoi Polloi, or the labor class, the poor, the underprivileged, the farmers, factory workers etc. etc. Trump has certainly turned this fact on its head, hasn’t he, since the Elites in the Cities were what tipped this election towards the Democratic Party. Quite interesting, I might say, and another example of how both political parties use and manipulate us. All of us. The Left, the Right and the Middle, the Elites, as well as the Hoi Polloi!

Throughout Trump’s Presidency there was a Block of interests dead set against him and against anything he said, or did. He called it the Deep State (whatever that is). CNN (with few exceptions) and MSNBC were in that Block, and sometimes I was offended by their vitriol, their vindictiveness and their dripping antipathy. It was certainly over the top! On the other end there was Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News where the talking head sycophants were fawning and enraptured with Trump’s every word, Tweet and action. Disgusting as it is to watch them, it is no surprise, since these are the same anchors who had ramped up the neocon war on Iraq, on Libya and on the entire Arab World with dripping poisonous talk, lies, bigotry, racism and propaganda. They have been doing that on many divisive issues! Could Trump with Murdoch/FoxNews’ choir green light Bibi (who has been chomping at the bit!) to attack Iran during this transitional period? It would not surprise me at all, although it would be catastrophic for Iran, the region and the whole world! All our hypocritical, war-mongering MSM outlets would support that, even if tacitly. It is quite sad, actually, that all our media outlets are no more there to serve the interests of the people, or any ideals. Sadly, they only cherry-pick what information they think we need to be told about in order to serve their slanted agendas, sensationalism and the mighty dollar. Certainly, the industry needs a rethink! Meanwhile, there is a slew of other news sources to choose from.

Nevertheless, might this election be more like a Stop Gap Transitional pause in our political landscape here at home, as well as internationally, thus allowing us to get over the exhaustion of the past four years and to refocus on which direction we want to go in the future? Because, anyone expecting a Transformational fulfillment of all of Biden’s promises, or the drastic changes that the country really needs in order to become more Just and Equitable might only be setting themselves up for disappointment. I am keeping my expectations on the low end, simply because reversing the damages that Trump has inflicted will be quite an undertaking, and he is by no means done yet! His tortuous exit from the White House will be trying everyone’s tolerance, and he will keep at it long after that exit. Moreover, there is still a lethal Virus in our midst that we all need to cope with.

When I look back on all the elections that I was part of since coming to the US, and at all the Presidents who presided over this nation, I have to admit that none of them fulfilled all our expectations: Left, or Right. It is impossible to do so, because they are human beings not gods, and we are human beings with all the follies, foibles and wickedness inherent in our nature. Thus, not everything that Trump said, or did, was evil. Some of his doings I agreed with. I still do, although some of my initial assessments regarding him were totally wrong. However, I admit it, whereas neither the media personalities, nor our corrupt politicians ever, ever admit that they were wrong on anything. And they have been wrong. Still, the difference between Trump and previous Presidents is that he has no respect for the Office of the Presidency, nor for the people. His only interest is an adopted, warped, supremacist ideology and how that would benefit him. Also, with previous Presidencies there was a certain modicum of honor and class amongst all politicians. Today it is sad to hear that those who support Trump are AFRAID to oppose him lest he go on tirades against them. Grown men and women AFRAID? Have their spines turned to jelly? They would rather sacrifice all honor, self-respect and democracy for their own sordid ends? It is utterly beyond comprehension!

Nevertheless, and at the end of the day we should all rejoice that this Democratic Republic – notwithstanding all my numerous personal criticisms regarding many of its policies and aspects – and which we have held onto so far, has proven that it can, and will survive, bruised and battered as Trump has rendered it. We should all rejoice in that and continue our efforts in making it work better hard as it is going to be to heal all the fragmentation and anger. It is a far better choice than having to live with a despotic Strongman in the White House, surrounded by his immoral, self-serving, opportunistic, despicable henchmen!

2020

A Relentless & Disgusting Spectacle

The American Election of November 3rd. 2020 began on November 3rd. of 2016, and some even say it began with Obama’s Election when Conservatives, Republicans and Fox News went ballistic! How dare a Black Man become President of these United States, a country that was founded by White, Christian, Colonist, Landed Gentry who considered this continent their Fiefdom and intended to preserve that forever? Hence, they poured their venom, lies, racism and hypocrisy into all of Obama’s eight years, not only because of Obama per se, but because, where they are concerned, he embodies Black People, Brown, Latino, LGBTQ, Women, Millennial Activists, Immigrants and all other minorities whom they want to put back in the box so that they will continue to rule supreme! Fast Forward to the Trump years and to this election cycle, whence it has all become A Relentless and Disgusting Spectacle!

I do not think that there is anywhere else in the world that spends these nauseating amounts of Time, Money and Energy on their elections, but then, I do not think that there is anywhere else where a Supreme Court ruled that Corporations are People, and can, therefore, pour as much money into the corrupt elections as they do in order to keep decent candidates from ever applying for the job! As Millions of Dollars are being funneled into this process, millions are looking askance at this disgusting process while standing in line to get some donated groceries to feed their children and hoping that they won’t catch the lethal Virus in that interim. How ungodly is that? In what religion is this acceptable? Perhaps only in the Religion of Runaway Capitalism, Arrogance and Greed.

You (and I), who are reading this, probably won’t be directly affected by the corrosion of democracy and rule of law that has been taking place, especially during these past four years (but that really began intensively with Dubya Bush and his gang), but ultimately, this will affect all of us. Conservatives and Republicans of the Trump era, supported by the sycophants of Fox News who have not an ounce of dignity, or self-respect left in them (a Faustian contract for sure!), are using a sinister playbook. It is the same playbook being used in a concerted effort in other countries by so-called “Populists,” or “Strongmen” – but whom I call tyrants and despots pushing Illusions. However, Illusions, Delusions and Fantasies are not the Reality, and the Truth always has a way of asserting itself sooner, or later.

Nevertheless, and despite all the intimidation, smears, hype and lies Millions of American people have been voting all month long in person, or by mail where available. On November 3rd. most citizens will head to the polls and cast their ballot. Unless Joe Biden wins by a landslide, we do not have any idea of when we will have a final tally of who won. However, Donald Trump will not be sitting idly by and waiting with the rest of the country. In fact, if he wins he will be bragging all over the planet, and the US will be on its way to becoming more of an oligarchy run by a real Nixonian despot while toppling us helter-skelter into the Dark Ages, and if you have a shred of doubt about that then you haven’t had your listening ears on these past four years. I admit that for a while there, I didn’t either, but thankfully that didn’t last for too long! And, should Trump lose – not guaranteed by any means at this point – he will create havoc galore! So, in either case we are in for a few very dangerous and turbulent months! Fasten your seat belts, stock your pantry, order your medication refills and take a chill pill!

I have cast my ballot already while holding my nose very tight as I voted for Joe Biden. I said in one of my blogs that Biden is the Democratic Conservative Left with a track record to prove it. That is: he has supported Runaway Capitalism, he is pro-war and the military industrial complex, he believes that the US has “enemies,” even though he should know that we have created most of them by our actions and behavior, and he is not one to butt heads with any Health Insurance, Pharmaceutical Corporation, or Any Corporation milking the citizenry. He and President Obama did try and, certainly, they did far, far better than what we now have on many levels, but they also screwed up on others and wasted a good chunk of their capital. Will Biden perform differently this time around being that this is his final chance to leave either a stellar legacy, or a hum-drum one? I don’t know. We’ll find out if he becomes our next President, and if he decides to Negotiate, Compromise and Coexist with all the nations of the world rather than see “enemies” around every corner and drive us into another ditch! In any case, he will have a ton of unravelling to do after all the incredible mess and sinister mischief that Trump has created by upending so many sensible rules, regulations and laws that, in a way, is going to take the patience and perseverance of Job to accomplish! As per Google’s description of Job: “To have an immense and unyielding degree of patience and conviction, especially in the face of problems or difficulty. A reference to the biblical figure Job, whose absolute faith in God remained unshaken despite the numerous afflictions set upon himself, his family, and his estate by Satan.” Oh, yes, it will certainly be quite a daunting task!

Meanwhile, the MSM continue playing us to the hilt, although, I must admit that the Delusions on the Conservative Right Fox News, with very few exceptions, are becoming more ridiculous and dangerous by the day, while there has generally been a good effort on the Progressive Left (CNN and MSNBC) media outlets to counter that with giving Facts. However, and on all media outlets, they will do whatever it takes to keep us glued to that screen while filling their pockets and fattening their bank accounts with all the advertising and political dollars that are pouring in like never before. In this sense, Trump has been a boon to them and their corporations as they bombarded us 24/7 with their opinions and views. At the end of the day, the media outlets and their anchors, talking-heads, etc. etc. really don’t care who is elected President, because nothing will change in their status, but a lot can change for us, the ordinary people.  It is an industry that is badly in need of an overhaul, same as the Reckless and Disgusting Spectacle of our politics, our laws and our election process.