“A few days ago I was at a conference in Montreal, and a Canadian gentleman, trying to grasp what’s happening to America, asked me a simple question: “What do you fear most these days?”
I paused for a second, like a spectator waiting to see what would come out of my own mouth. Two things came out: “I fear we’re seeing the end of ‘truth’ — that we simply can’t agree any more on basic facts. And I fear that we’re becoming Sunnis and Shiites — we call them ‘Democrats’ and ‘Republicans,’ but the sectarianism that has destroyed nation-states in the Middle East is now infecting us.”
It used to be that people didn’t want their kids to marry one of “them,” referring to someone of a different religion or race (bad enough). Now the “them” is someone of a different party.”
Good column. Here is a good comment I support:
Christine McM is a trusted commenter Massachusetts 5 hours ago
Brilliant analysis. This shift shaping of truth for me is the most dangerous aspect of what’s going on. Donald Trump is a master at it: and yet except for columns like this in the New York Times, and other reputable media, very few call him out on it.
So far nobody has been able to deal with a president who’s a serial liar. Add to that, this sickening sycophancy of his staff, praising him to the skies about things ordinary Americans despise, and you see Orwell unfolding before your eyes.
Yes the technology may be different and faster but the underlying premise remains the same: greed and lust for power or a recipe for crash and burn throughout history.
How do you trust officials Who live by different rules than you do? how do you trust officials spouting alternate versions of quickly verifiable data?
You can’t. But if you have a solid base of people for whom the truth doesn’t matter and who flock to the seductive promises of a salesman, you have the situation we face today.
Donald Trump is so dangerous because he’s never been seriously challenged when changing the norms and expectations of the presidency. People are cozying up to a strongman out of fear and/or opportunism.
Without institutional support Donald Trump crumbles. Unfortunately we aren’t there yet. And the only way to make sure he doesn’t change the rules by setting up his family for life is to vote.
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When things seem bleak
Our chances weak
I’d like to have a furtive peak
At Trump’s clear plight, his show of fright,
At probes that his name mention,
Is money laundering his grift,
Did Putin give his side a lift?
I simply long to get the drift
Of what’s got his attention.
And when the truth comes out at last
No fizzle, a bombastic blast
Revealing a pernicious past
Turning his hairdo white,
The Rust Belters will still deny
What’s evident to every eye
As juicy as Mom’s Apple Pie,
Trump always was alt-Right.
The Tea Party in futile rage
Impeachment refuses to wage
Their Donald is a Saint, a Sage,
And so two thirds is never reached
The tricky Trump is not impeached
Although Pence privately beseeched,
Don in a Tweet, resigned.