Sunday 20th of September 2020

lipstick on a pig... or a cascade of sophistic concrete illusions...

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Is the US constitution serving the people well? An article in The American Conservative gives us a point of view...


In summary, the only viable approach to politics is one that adopts a forthright vision of the common good, as well as what is contrary to that common good and should therefore be excluded from society. A viable political strategy is therefore one which seeks to implement this vision of the common good by any means consonant with sound ethics and morality. Such an approach must take account of the actual, concrete structures of power in a given regime, with a view to co-opting them for its own purposes. It is counter-productive to confine political activity to the limitations of Constitutional procedures — not because those procedures are totally useless, but because they simply do not encompass the totality of governing structures that actually influence the workings of society. To truly govern for the common good, it is necessary to occupy positions of actual power in the institutions that regulate national activity at the concrete level.

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https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/conservatives-must-co-o...

If you've understood what is written above without sniggering, you are cleverer than Uncle Gus. I have no idea what the entire article was about… May be it’s about the US Constitution being obsolete? Or highjacking power for the “common good” by tricking the “deep state" to work for YOUR version of the “common good”?… Was this what Hitler did? The common good of the German people? Most of them anyway?

The "common good" is as meaningless as "in the national interest”, when not defined by specific actions with which the commonality and the "good” is achieved. Secrecy? The ten commandments? Faith? Scratch my back and I scratch yours? I’m OK, you’re OK? The United States Constitution? Deprivation of food for “your own good” because you’re too flabby? Racism because you’re inferior? Punishment? Busting unions? Knowing your place in “upstairs downstairs”? Slavery? Better autobahns? God? Banning abortions? Are we all the same when naked? Is this a one way traffic to positivism? Is Trump working for the common good? Is Trump positively manic?

Was Norman Vincent Peale an influencer on Trump’s personality? Peale popularised "positive thinking" while leading a Reformed Church... Donald Trump attended Peale's church while growing up, as well as marrying his first wife Ivana, there. Peale's ideas were controversial for refusing "to allow his followers to hear, speak or see any evil. For him real human suffering does not exist; there is no such thing as murderous rage, suicidal despair, cruelty, lust, greed, mass poverty, or illiteracy. All these things he would dismiss as trivial mental processes which will evaporate if thoughts are simply turned into more cheerful channels.

"Happy" is the only setting for our delusions. Is this why when “Happy” does not work with Ivana anymore, one changes wife like buying socks the next day? Is Trump a happy chap? Happy with himself but disappointed with the morons like Bolton?

Trump wrote a few inspiring (shush, you at the back) books on positivism including “The Art of the Deal”. In there, we are reminded by the publisher that:

... Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work — a first hand account of the rise of America's foremost deal-maker.

"I like thinking big. I always have. To me it's very simple: If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.” — Donald J. Trump

Here is Trump in action — how he runs his organization and how he runs his life — as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks —really talks — about how he does it. Trump: The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur — the ultimate read for anyone interested in the man behind the spotlight. 


"Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again.” — The New York Times


"Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet.” — Chicago Tribune


"Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump's larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader's attention is instantly and fully claimed.” — Boston Herald


"A chatty, generous, chutzpa-filled autobiography.” — New York Post


Amazing praises but, apparently, Trump did not write a single word in this book… Bummer!

In 2016, Tony Schwartz, the 50 per cent co-royalty author of The Art of the Deal, said Trump didn't write any of the book, only deleting a few critiques of business colleagues... Howard Kaminsky, the book's publisher, said "Trump didn’t write a postcard for us!” The book, first published in 1987 by Random House, had the authorship split as "Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz”. Sure, but unless Donald J Trump spoke into a recording machine, Tony Schwartz would have written Schwartz's own fiction about el Trumpo… 

Schwartz regretted writing The Art of the Deal… and said If the book were to be written today it would be titled The Sociopath. Schwartz added he had "put lipstick on a pig." In response, Trump's attorneys demanded that Schwartz gave up his royalties from the book to Trump.

So, where are we? The common good? Aristotle thought that slavery was for the common good of the masters and the slaves...

Are Human Rights a “common good” concept? Or is it, as many rightwingers and shockjocks argue, an impediment to their own ideals of “free speech”?

Daily, on youdemocracy.net.au, we shatter our own delusions about democracy to rebuild it with relative improvements, hopefully. We are made to believe that 51 per cent of people are miraculously correct and 49 per cent of people are wrong — or such. This dynamics changes when we vote for a change of government. The wrong ones become the righteous leading geezers and the right become the wrong ones. New “in the common good”-policies are devised by the new right ones and implemented with loud opposition from the new wrong ones…

Presently, the “common good” is to find ways to prevent a revolution by an exponential number of poorer people dying and starving due to a “declared” pandemic. The capitalists have to let the system give cash to the plebs, us, otherwise we would not be able to buy stuff on which they make their profit. “Jobkeeper” and such programs now pay people for NOT working.

The “common good” is weirdly upended, as in the past we would have been told by the head-boffins to work harder to collect more bickies for the “common good”. And it seems there is no end in sight for this weirdness, in which the Toilet Paper Rolls became western currency for the populace. Meanwhile, the rich still accumulate billions by the day and the price of gold is going up, doing nothing in the coffers. It seems "doing nothing” has become the new “common good”...

Weird...

And as a friend tells me, everything he does is done by the “rules”. That is there is no point in trying to rob the system — in which the “rules” are slanted towards the rich anyway… This is his view of the “common good”. The art of the deal is sometimes not to make a deal...


Gus Leonisky

Democracy's loonitude department...

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pressed conference softballs...

IN AN APPARENT effort to make his daily news conferences even more like campaign events than they already are, the White House press office has been packing the briefing room with supporters of President Donald Trump from far-right media outlets who can be relied on to toss him softball questions and initiate attacks on his political rivals. 

Clearly in on the plot, Trump solicited a question each day this week from one of the guests invited by his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, to stand at the back of the room — where representatives of One America News, The Epoch Times and Gateway Pundit compromised the health of reporters by violating social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. 

On Monday, Trump called on Chanel Rion, a far-right Republican operative and conspiracy theorist now working as a correspondent for One America News, a San Diego cable channel dedicated to spreading lies about Joe Biden and elderly protesters battered by the police.

Rion gave Trump the opportunity to unleash a familiar riff from his pre-pandemic rallies by suggesting to him that Biden might have been considering President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser, Susan Rice, as his running mate because, “she can best cover up a lot of the Obamagate surveillance crimes that have taken place during your campaign.” Trump responded by accusing Obama and Biden of “probably treason.”

The next day, Rion triggered another familiar Trump diatribe by asking for his take on the resignation of Carmen Best, the first Black woman to lead Seattle’s police force, after the city council voted to cut her department’s budget. “What does this say about our country?” Rion asked Trump. “And what does this say about the Defund Police movement?” The president replied by repeating the lie that Seattle’s Democratic mayor had let “a radical left group, Antifa and others, take over a big portion of the city.”

On Wednesday, Rion drew Trump’s attention to what looked like a fairly lame conservative prank — the fact that the obscure website antifa.com was suddenly redirecting traffic to Biden’s campaign site. Suggesting that this stunt might somehow indicate support for Biden from the loose network of antifascist groups Trump has falsely portrayed as a shadow army, Rion asked if the president thought Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, should “publicly denounce the Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization?”

 

Read more:

https://theintercept.com/2020/08/15/white-house-plants-pro-trump-conspiracy-theorists-among-reporters-briefing-room/

 

It seems that this news item is providing more information about the loony left and about the ratbag right, than the sleepy MSM (MMMMM — mediocre mass media de massive mierda, etc)....