Reality is Tightening its Noose on Trump.

I kick the subject of mental illness around a lot in this venue due to my career as a clinician which has given me a perspective to “sniff out” madness pretty readily.  Oh, we are all “mad” to some degree but then there are times when one’s madness goes beyond the pale and then the Shakespearean question is relevant, “What’s mad but to be anything else but mad.”  There are times when the ordinary madness of day to day life approaches the pale and threatens to go beyond it and enter the realm of “nothing else but mad.”

Trump is demonstrating this.  Here and in my other blogs I have noted often of his need to isolate himself in a private world, to cut off any criticism from those who see the world differently than he does, best illustrated with his hatred of, “fake news.”  But now as his “fake news,” known by most of us as “reality,” continues to tighten its noose on him, he is taking even more desperate moves.  The news about the non-disclosure agreements with his advisers and now the “cleaning house” with his staff and cabinet reveal a heightened need to cut off feedback from the outside.  Like Hamlet, overwhelmed with the duress of everyday life, expressed a desire to, “flee to a nutshell and there be the king of infinite spaces,” revealing Shakespeare’s knowledge of the human need to occasionally want a complete escape, even that of lunacy.

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Gun Craziness Happens Again!!!

Gun craziness erupts again in my country.  We have so much craziness and there are so many ways to express it but I really don’t think schools and children should have to be victimized with it.  “School shooting” has now been conceptualized and has offered instant identity for lost souls who can for a brief moment find meaning in their otherwise meaningless lives, a “meaninglessness” that is the product of our spiritually bereft “christian” culture.

In a sane society our leaders would get together, scratch their heads for a while…and perhaps their asses…and then make a decision about how to minimize the likelihood of the school shootings to continue being institutionalized.  Now I favor common sense and we would do like other countries and disallow private ownership of weaponry, certainly the military style weaponry that is used to inflict tragedy on our school children.  Now, since absurdity will rule, and the gun industry will prevail once again, let me suggest other absurdities that might be pursued.  Let me start with prayer, but let it be a prayer that God will intervene and prevent parents from having sex any more so that children will no longer be born and need to be educated in schools where they face random slaughter.  Or, perhaps, legislation should be passed and schools across the country should be razed so that “school shootings” would end.  Our nation’s youth could then be home-schooled.  Or perhaps the draft could be reinstituted and each classroom in the United States would have an armed soldier whose only responsibility would be to protect the children.  Or…back to God…we should beseech God to come to his senses and just reach a gnarly hand down here and wipe humankind off the earth instead of permitting us to continue the folly of allowing our youth to be slaughtered.  Yeah, blame it on God…as it has to be someone’s fault!  We must never accept responsibility for this tragedy, a tragedy which will continue again as nothing will be done.  It is just too painful to accept responsibility for our actions, individually and collectively.  Blame somebody!  Blame God, or the devil, or the Republicans, or the Democrats, or the Russians, or the Arabs, or Obama, but do not sit down and ask ourselves, “What can we do to alleviate if not eliminate this problem?”

Oh my!  A light bulb just turned on!!! I just realized that, though we cannot…probably ban private ownership of weaponry…we could ban private ownership of assault weapons!!!  That would solve many of these mass slaughterings immediately.  But, oh…that will not fly, will it? We will “vote with our feet” that we wish for a few more of our children be slaughtered, dying a painful and unnecessary death, rather than infringe upon our, “2nd amendment rights.”  This is certainly why, “Jesus wept,” and is still doing so.  Our history is the Shakespearean, “tale told by an idiot…”

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Faux “Fox News” Flash Report!

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this morning warned the United States that Russia is currently attempting to interfere with the 2018 mid-term elections and that our country is no better prepared than before the 2016 election.  Reliable sources have confirmed to me that the “deep state conspiracy” is behind this Secretary of State who is actually nothing more than a personal informant for former President Obama who is still trying to run this government.

Seriously though, how long will Tillerson survive.  He has been in trouble for months now since it came out that he once called Trump a, “moron,” in a White House meeting and with this announcement he will be further in trouble.  Trump cannot offer any challenge to Russia as they have him obviously compromised.  I can’t help but think the famous, “pee-pee” tape is a legitimate fear!!!

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Evil Necessary to “Push” Us into God

The evangelical Christian support of Trump has been a sore point for me, given my background in fundamentalist Christianity and a continued emphasis in personal faith.  The evangelical trope, “The Lord has raised him up” to restore our country to greatness, (i.e. “Make America Great Again,”) has always been a really irksome bit of their rhetoric for me.  But, I now can certainly accept the notion of “the Lord’s” hand in “raising him up” as he has brought to the surface the full extent of our collective and personal shadow.  Here is a bit of wisdom from Francis Bacon (1561-1626 )relevant to our collective unconsciousness’s intent in bringing this darkness to the light:

We are much beholden to Machiavelli and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do . For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with the columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent; his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil. For without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced. Nay, an honest man can do no good upon those that are wicked, to reclaim them, without the help of the knowledge of evil.

This “knowledge of evil” is something we prefer to see in others, having a very human aversion to recognize that it lurks beneath the surface of us all.  This is particularly difficult for persons of faith to accept, especially the Christian faith, as being a “person of faith” often convinces one that he has “seen the light” perfectly and has clear judgment.  Trump has clearly shown all of us, even the whole world, just how impaired our judgment is; yes, even in the area of religion. W. H. Auden, in his narrative poem, “New Years Letter,” presents the, “Prince of Lies” as being a god-send in spite of its evil intent, and often being necessary to, “push us into grace.” Trump is one of these opportunities for us if we could ever manage to pause that linear-thinking monstrosity of our collective Western thought and let it dawn upon us, in the words of Pogo, “Uh oh, we have met the enemy and he is us!” We could then be “pushed into Grace,” kicking and screaming every inch of the way.

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Here is a list of my blogs.  I invite you to check out the other two sometime.

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https://literarylew.wordpress.com/

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I Go, “Fox News,” On You!!!

The Republican candidate in the state of Wisconsin is Arthur Jones.  He runs unopposed, as his party clearly sees him as the unalloyed voice for their racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Trumpian ideas.  The GOP realizes that he is the voice for their party in Illinois and have not even bothered to run another voice against his.  His venom clearly represents a choice made by the GOP in that state.

But now, let me suggest, this gentleman…or facsimile thereof, might not be the first choice of Republicans in his choice.  But for some reason or another no one has chosen to oppose him and so he becomes “the voice of Republicans” to we Progressives.  In rules of reason, one cannot argue with it—he is the Republican nominee for the office and therefore he is the voice for the conservatives in the state.  But perhaps “reason” is not the only factor on the table and maybe human emotions are ultimately paramount in drawing our conclusions.

My point is that “the pauser reason,” (Shakespeare) is always of value.  I certainly see that is so for, “them,” those guys and gals that don’t agree with me. But perhaps it is a factor that I need to consider????  Perhaps my certainties are not all that, “certain.”

Here is a list of my blogs.  I invite you to check out the other two sometime.

https://anerrantbaptistpreacher.wordpress.com/

https://literarylew.wordpress.com/

https://theonlytruthinpolitics.wordpress.com/

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Logically Distorting “Truth” To Maintain the GOP’s Pretenses

The Trumpian onslaught on truth continues daily.  “Shit” continues to make headlines and the efforts to deny the obvious on this issue has reached the comical proportion.  It makes me think of a skit I’d like to see, two partisan groups fiercely arguing over whether or not “the emperor has no clothes on” while the emperor himself, stark naked and perhaps, “playing with ‘himself’”, is leading the panel discussion.  What a distorted sense of reality we are creating for our little children, some of whom are only now coming “on-line” in this new world of theirs and learning how to define reality.  Matters of the distinction between “shit-house” and “shit-hole” should not be part of the verbal soup they are beginning to make sense of.

Sarah Sanders Huckabee again did her part in this madness yesterday, dutifully “strutting and fretting her hour on the stage” in the role she has signed onto—trying to make a “silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”  Addressing the obvious racism accusation against Trump demonstrated by the “shit” meeting she casually explained that Trump could not be a racist, given that NBC gave him a highly-rated tv show for a decade and would not have done so if he had been a racist.  And, today she knows on some level what a ridiculous argument that was to make but acknowledgement of the mistake in logic is not permitted in the dark hole in which she lives where no wrong can be acknowledged.

The sad part of this drama is that again today Republican leaders will passively sit by and not attempt to intervene with Trump.  They are trapped by choices they have made and are now in too deep to escape, having foregone the moral faculty which would allow them to choose the welfare of the whole over the welfare of their party.  The literal destruction of the world is possible and they allow their hands to be tied rather than simply acknowledge, “Oh boy did we screw up!  Let’s swallow our pride and focus on addressing a tragedy in the making.” Again today, the whole world…including you and I…have an opportunity to watch this tragedy and recall the wisdom of W. H. Auden, “We wage the war we are.”

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The S–T is Still Hitting the Fan Over S–t!!!

Forgive me, but I’m going to talk vulgar here again and do so deliberately just to make my point.  Trump has put so much vulgarity on our table in the last couple of years.  I’m sure many parents have had to answer their young children’s questions at the morning breakfast table, “Momma, what is pussy?,” or, “Momma, what is a cunt” or, “What is a son-of-a-bitch?”  But now, the few mornings children are asking their parents, “Momma, what is a shit-hole?”  And for some Christian parents who voted for Trump, with the assurance that, “The Lord has raised him up,” surely threatened their kids with, “I’ll wash your mouth out with soap if you say that again.”  Hypocrisy is really hard to recognize if “humble” is bred into your cultural bones, meaning there is nothing “humble” about it.

I spent the first ten years of my life in “shit-hole” country of rural, backwoods Arkansas in the 1950’s.  And by this term here I am not denigrating the state that I still love but am referring to the culture in which outdoor toilets, i.e. “privies”, were still used by some.  Any my family belonged to that population that did not have indoor plumbing until about 1960, having only one of those “privies” down a path near the garden.  As a comedian familiar with this culture once noted about his childhood, “We described our house to a realtor as, ‘Three bedrooms and a path,” rather than, “Three bedrooms and a bath.”

But now I must get very serious about this subject, given a meeting in the White House last week on the subject of immigration in which this issue arose.  There IS a difference between a “shit-hole” and a “shit-house” and anyone with one eye and half-sense should know this!  A “shit-house” is a clap-trap small building in which you take care of your “bodily necessities” but a “shit-hole” was for those less fortunate who merely went to the periphery of the property and “did their business” in a hole in the ground.  Therefore, if I should be in a White House meeting and said “shit-hole” and was quoted as saying, “shit-house” I would be very upset and whoever misquoted me would be guilty of lying, would be nothing but a “lying scum-bucket.”  There is a difference, mind you!  Get your facts straight!

My sarcastic point is that now some of Trump’s sycophants are defending Trump, parsing his words, by insisting that they had not heart him say “shit hole” but “shit house.”  This gross dishonesty is taking place even as one conservative figure has now reported that Trump was calling people later in the evening of the event to see how this gross speech might play favorably with his base.

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