The Twilight Zone Presidency

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I was too young to remember the original television series The Twilight Zone, which ran on CBS from 1959-1964. But I do remember watching those same shows, which ran in syndication for several years in the late 60s and 70s. Yes, I’m dating myself here. So for those who have no recollection of the series, the host, Rod Serling, would appear at the beginning and introduce each show with a short monologue explaining what we were about to see.

The show was unique for its time and entered into strange and often highly imaginative themes that bordered on the bizarre and extreme. After the last few days of President Trump’s continued hijacking of all available oxygen in the media world, I found myself remembering the legendary series and thinking that we have indeed entered The Twilight Zone. Even a guy with the innovative imagination of Rod Serling would have had a hard time coming up with what we are witnessing daily from the current President of the United States.

For example, just yesterday, in a rambling and brief press conference we heard this President: rail against Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, calling her a hater of Jews and Israel; castigate former President Obama for being ‘outsmarted’ by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea and Ukraine and suggesting Russia’s reinstatement to the so-called G7—which used to be G8 when they were a member—but were kicked out for their belligerent actions by the other member nations; and question the ‘loyalty’ of Jews in America that voted Democratic, which conjures up Nazi tropes that Hitler used in his rise to power.

But wait, there’s more. In a Tweet late yesterday, Trump declined an invitation from the Queen of Denmark to visit that country, in part because of their refusal to even entertain Trump’s ridiculous overture to purchase Greenland from them. And already today, Trump has tweeted his thank you to Wayne Allyn Root, a renown conspiracy theorist who proclaimed that the Israeli people love him like he’s the King of Israel. Trump’s tweeting and retweeting of conspiracy theories and other deranged wing nuts is nothing new of course. This behavior has been commonplace throughout his Presidency, with his son Don Jr. also following suit on many occasions.

In any other world, we’d have to seriously consider invoking the 25th Amendment for this President, just from his actions in the last 48 hours. But that’s not where we are. This particular world is the alternate reality and universe that perhaps only Rod Serling could have even come close to understanding. But even Trump’s recent meltdown pales in comparison to the story that broke yesterday morning from NBC News.

According to the piece, other than the Trump campaign itself, a relatively new media outlet called The Epoch Times has bought the most pro-Trump ads on Facebook so far this year. Most people, including myself, have never heard of this group. But when you take a look at who they are, in today’s bizarro world of Donald Trump, it makes total sense.

The Epoch Times is a small New York-based nonprofit news outlet that has spent $1.5 million on about 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements in the last six months on Facebook. In many ways, these ads resemble many coming from the conservative media world that peddles in “Deep State” and “fake news” conspiracy theories. But these people are different. Very different.

The group derives from Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual community whose stated goal is to take down China’s government. The government itself has labeled the group a cult, which motivates the group’s anti-Chinese government mantra and has led the organization toward Trump, due to his hard-line stance toward the communist country. To these people, Trump is like a hero and savior, the last great hope to deliver them their ultimate goal of banishing the Chinese government to hell, in a judgment day where only those who believe in their spiritual movement will live. Oh, it gets better.

The group has produced conspiracy theory videos on YouTube that in some cases have garnered millions of views. One example is a show called the “Edge of Wonder,” which has made claims that alien abductions are real and the “deep state engineered the drug epidemic.” The verified YouTube channel also pushes the QAnon conspiracy theory of “Spygate,” which alleges that a global cabal led by Hillary Clinton and President Obama is currently trying to take down Trump. Yes, QAnon is the same movement that claimed Hillary was running a pedophile ring in the basement of a pizza parlor.

Other videos are depicting 9/11 conspiracy theories, and another one entitled “13 Bloodlines and their Diabolical End Game,” have gained hundreds of thousands of views each. This is crazy stuff folks. Is it any wonder they’re all in for Donald Trump?

The Trump family has no problem embracing this group. The President’s Facebook page has posted Epoch Times content at least a half dozen times this year—with several articles written by members of the Trump campaign. And our buddy Don Jr. has tweeted several of their stories as well. Even Lara Trump, Eric’s wife, has gotten in on the action, sitting down for a 40-minute interview in Trump Tower with the paper’s senior editor. Hell, the group was even able to find a table at the conservative conference CPAC for the first time, interviewing Trump campaign members as well as members of Congress and right-wing celebrities.

Sadly, this story won’t even last more than a day or two. A group of crazy conspiracy theorists and cultists fully embraces the current President of the United States for reelection, with the full endorsement and acceptance of the campaign itself. And the story will die like all of the others—never to be resurrected because the next one will surely be more outrageous and scandalous than the one before it.

Trump, as always, seems to be careening toward some sort of apocalyptic phase of his narcissistic disorder. But is he really? How long is this going to be allowed to last? Have we reached a point in time where it’s too late to do anything at all? Frankly, that appears to be the case. Nothing shocks. Nothing moves the needle anymore.

We’re all numb.

Rod Serling is not turning over in his grave. On the contrary, he’s wishing he could be alive to witness what we’re all observing. The visionary writer and director was a man before his time. But even he would have been hard-pressed to come up with Donald Trump as President. What the hell have we done?

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  1. It’s this kind of stuff that often makes me seriously wonder if we are living in a computer simulation…a game of sorts to see which controller player can come up with the most fantastic absurd scenarios and see how the little humans will react.
    I mean what else could explain all this s- – -..

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    1. I know. I hear you Mary. Every day he gets worse. Right before our eyes. The media continues to follow him like he’s a normal president. Isn’t it way past time they stopped even covering the guy? I know they’re in a tough spot. But this is getting so far beyond ridiculous. I’m hoping most Americans have tuned him out for good.

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  2. I am old enough to remember The Twilight Zone in its original run, and I’ve lost count of how many times since 08 November 2016 I have said I feel like we are living in the Twilight Zone … I even hear the eerie music from that show in my head sometimes. But this latest … I hadn’t seen the story about Epoch Times, and I felt a rock in the pit of my stomach as I read it. How is this even allowed to happen??? The internet and electronic communication can be such a wonderful thing … but more and more I see it being used for evil, and in my book what you have just described is pure evil. But then, I’ve come to think that anything with the name ‘Trump’ on it is evil, including his children, his businesses, and most definitely he has brought evil into our government, some of which we may never erase.

    As re Wayne Allen Root, he was the recipient of Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award back in May 2017. There’s a link to that post on my latest posting. I truly no longer recognize this world, my friend. I shall re-blog this post this afternoon … thanks!

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    1. Thank you for the re-blog Jill. You’re the best!
      Yes, these people are evil. We are so far removed from reality. Facebook, in my view, has become a cesspool for all of this stuff. Hate, religious extremism, fake news..etc…I know it’s a slippery slope with free speech and everything, but how can they allow this type of group to flourish? It’s why I’ve never had a presence there. I just don’t trust it. Yes, it’s fine for families and friends sharing stuff. I get that. But they are so powerful and unregulated. I think it has to stop. And soon. We’ve entered such a dangerous phase in this country. I just don’t know if it can be stopped. I’m starting to hear the Twilight Zone theme…….oh boy

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      1. Awww … thanks, Jeff! 😊 Under the free speech doctrine, everyone has the right to their own opinion, and it could be argued that these people are merely expressing theirs. I would like, however, for there to be some rules about “truth in news”. If they want to have a publication and promote conspiracy theories and lies, fine, but call a spade a spade … label it fantasy, or satire, not news! The saddest thing to me is that there is a market for such garbage. More than a few times I have considered closing out my Facebook account … but, if I do, I will likely never hear from my nieces and nephews again, for that is the only way they ever communicate with me. Sigh. I hear the theme from Twilight Zone, but also the one from the movie Jaws … sigh.

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      2. I just heard Jill that FaceBook is pulling the ads from The Epoch Times crazies…..They do listen to public outrage. I guess that’s what it takes. You would have thought they never should have allowed them in the first place though right? Geez, FaceBook keeps dropping the ball. Will they ever get it right?

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      3. Yeah, another case of too little, too late. I’m with you … why did they not refuse to allow them in the first place? Ah … I remember now … $$$$$$$$$$$$$. No, I don’t think they will ever get it right, for there will always be greed, my friend.

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  3. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    A day late to the party, I was reading Jeff’s post over at On the Fence Voters, and he was doing a wrap-up of yesterday’s news … you know, Trump referring to himself as the “chosen one”, picking a fight with Denmark, gloating over conspiracy-theorist Wayne Allen Root’s nauseating praise of Trump … and suddenly my jaw dropped. I try to stay on top of the news, but I had missed this one. There’s a new media outlet in town, folks, and this, as Jeff says, will leave you feeling like we truly are living in the Twilight Zone. Take a look at what he has found out about Epoch Times … but first, take a few aspirins and perhaps have an antacid handy, for you may feel ill by the time you get to the end. Thank you, Jeff, for this enlightenment …

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  4. At least, Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone had entertainment value. We watched it every week, wondering what kind of new ideas and questions it would pose to us about reality.(There was a sort of sister show to it called PANIC!, but I have never seen one rerun of that show.) Anyway, Rod induced in us the ability to speculate. Trump dies no such thing. He does not entertain. He does not make us wonder how life could be different. What he does do is make us regret Americans ever elected him. He makes us regret he has brought forth political organizstions in our own countries that imitate him, and worship at his feet. Canada’s conservative party, whatever they are calling it these days, is one such worshiper.

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    1. He certainly thinks he’s entertaining us. Because that’s what a certifiable malignant narcissist would think. And that’s exactly what he is. Yes, the veer toward autocratic dictators around the world is certainly troubling beyond belief. Who would have thought that a president of the United States would be spearheading that movement? Never in a million years….but here we are.

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  5. Jeff, with all of these conspiracy theories abounding, we are ignoring the obvious one. As former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt said before the mid-terms. Please vote for the Dems to avoid becoming “Trumpistan.” The movement preceded Trump, but he was recruited by Roger Ailes to carry the banner, offering him the full support of Fox News if he did. The movement started in the late 1990s when the Koch Brothers did not like the demographic projections of Republican voters. If whites become a plurality rather than a majority, they worried about their oligarchy clout. Again, this is coming from a former GOP strategist.

    So, they hatched a long term plan to limit immigration, suppress voting, influence colleges and universities with more conservative thoughts, and try to woo more voters. With the 2010 mid-terms and anti-Obama sentiment seeded, the GOP took over state houses and the Congress. This enabled even greater movement toward protecting their turf with gerrymandering and cookie cutter Voter ID laws pushed by ALEC. Also, the broadcasting group Sinclair continued to by local broadcasters to push a a cookie cutter message leveraging Fox et al

    All of this sounds strange, but it is true. Then along comes Trump who leverages the model even more. So, sowing the seeds of division secures more strident following. The attacks on the news media, institutions and universities all started before Trump, but it is has been ramped up with a president (who is not know for the truth) telling his followers every one else is lying and is out to get me.

    More than half of Republican voters were voting against their economic interests before Trump and that is not changed. That is the something Rod Serling may find amusing.
    Keith

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    1. Amazing isn’t it Keith? What you’re saying is absolutely true, especially regarding the Kochs and their ilk. If you asked them personally, I bet you the Kochs can’t stand Trump. But he’s giving them tax cuts, de-regulation, and the courts. So, they will hold their nose and vote for him, all the while continuing to pollute the air and water as much as they can..and the billions keep pouring in. To them, it’s all they care about. They hate government vehemently, yet over the years, many of these guys have made a ton of money off of, you guessed it, government.

      Until we get their tainted and dark money out of our politics, nothing…nothing is going to change. And that to me should be front in center for the 2020 election. I sure hope it is anyway. Yes, Rod Serling would certainly find all of this amusing…and probably scary as hell too.

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      1. I actually saw an interview last night on Brian Williams with a guy who just wrote a book on the Koch’s called Kochland. According to him, Trump poses a threat to the Koch’s overall strict libertarian views. And that if he wins again, he could change Republican Party for years to come. The fact Trump is more ‘America first’ and the trade issues and whatnot, spooks the Koch’s more than anything else.

        What’s not clear however is what they will do in 2020. Are they not going to support Trump? Could be that they will spend their big bucks on down ballot races and not even bother with Trump. Stay tuned on that front.

        I also see where David Koch passed away earlier today or yesterday. He’s one half of the power/political broker family. Charles is still going strong but the guy is nearing 84 years old. How much longer will he be around? The other two brothers aren’t nearly as politically motivated so once Charles is gone, who knows what will happen? They will leave behind of course several think tanks and organizations that will surely continue to influence politics for years to come but maybe their outsized influence will wane once Charles exits the earth. We shall see…

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      2. I know Nan. And he’s like 84 years old. Eventually he will depart the earth at some point. The other two bro’s aren’t nearly as political. Maybe we will see an eventual fading away of their power. I’m hoping!!

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      3. Jeff, interesting point on the challenge to the Libertarian view. Just today, the president announced he wants companies to move away from China and make everything here and the market tanked. To win political points, the president either pretends not to understand that we are part of a global economy (or maybe just does not have a full realization). This is a key part of the Nash Equilibrium wihich won John Nash the Nobel Prize in Economics. We make more money when we pursue a collective profit, than when each entity tries to maximize his own. With that said, the thing we must guard against is making sure people are treated fairly in this equation. So, it cannot be a sole maximize profit motivation. Any review of this complex topic must consider US employment by foreign companies like Toyota, Doosan, BMW, Mercedes, Husqvarna, etc.
        That is too complex to fit on a bumper sticker, though.
        Keith

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      4. Keith, do you feel that Trump has now backed himself in a corner with China? You and I both know they have no problem with waiting him out. President Xi will be around years and years past the time Trump will be in office. Now however, if Trump blinks, he risks looking even worse than the buffoon he already is. It will be very interesting to see how he gets out of this. I see no upside for our country.

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    2. Jeff, Trump has backed himself into a corner and did so from the outset. When he announced early on that “tariff wars are winnable,” he revealed a naivete that is counter to what history tells us. History speaks of the unintended consequences of tariffs. His “ordering” companies to get out of China and that “we do not need China” are absurd. The US Chamber of Commerce has condemned these remarks. Trump cannot accept accountability, so he started blaming the Fed Chair last fall. He wants the Fed Chair to use tools that should be used in more dire straights rather than exhaust them now to provide some air cover.

      But, here is the deal. Lowering interest rates has smaller impact as CEOs and CFOs are not investing due to the instability created by this president. CFOs crave predictability as much as lower cost and right now, Trump has created chaotic markets. Not the Fed. The guy in the White House. Also sad, he is being advised by more than a few folks who are not expert on these issues. Even further, the GOP leadership is realizing too late they have created a monster in the regal-minded president The question is will they finally act.

      On top of all this, his ham-handed handling of buying Greenland (note the idea to buy it is not bad, it is how he whiffed on it is) offended Denmark and last month he offended India by inventing a story that was discredited with the hour by the India PM. The US is less trusted because its president is untrustworthy and reckless. Keith

      Keith

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      1. Such a precarious position he’s put us in Keith. I’m so embarrassed as an American that he’s representing us at the G7. He doesn’t even deserve a seat at the table in my view. Of course it’s the office of the presidency that’s representing us. I get that. But he himself holds many of these leaders with disdain as it is. Deep down, you and I know Macron..Merkel..etc… can’t stand the man and can hardly wait until he’s thrown out of office…one way or the other.

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      2. Jeff, I was listening to a former Russia ambassador who was incredulous that Trump brought up readmitting Russia to the G7. He said it made him look weak. As for his dealings with G7 leaders, there are two ways to deal with a narcissist. First, limit your time with him, so you don’t have to put up with his BS. Second, do not treat him like a friend – treat him like a third party to whom you market. You know he likes being buttered up, so do that to sell the idea you want sold. He is untrustworthy and reckless, but he is still the US president. Yet, with this person, he so unpredictable and knows so few facts, he is scary.

        I worked with a narcissist and while he is very similar to Trump, he at least took the time to study and learn facts. The US president does not have the patience or desire to study anything, by his own admission. His staff keeps it short and includes lots of pictures.

        Keith

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  6. so any media who isn’t liberal like cnn, MSNBC, CBS, the new york times, etc isn’t to be trusted and some say are evil? How does that even make sense? The only rational logical thing that comes to mind is that outlets like this, the Federalist, reason, etc, are taking viewers from mainstream media and they obviously don’t like that because it means a reduction in profit and ratings. Remember people, always follow the money. That’s a nice slogan that the democrats like to throw around when demonizing the NRA and organizations they don’t like but when the shoe is on the other foot, they cry conspiracy.
    Why is it that a mainstream company is to be trusted more than say a guy who just has a laptop and is doing his own research? What makes the mainstream company more credible than the smaller media personality? If you’re going to say historical record and the fact that they’ve been at it for a long time, I’d respectfully submit that those aren’t at all indicators of integrity or credibility. There’s more news out there and things worthy of reporting on than the mainstream media want you to know about and to demonize media groups that you don’t agree with because they’ve taken out facebook ads for a president you don’t like, isn’t that irresponsible journalism as well?
    think about it.

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    1. I respectfully disagree with you. I hate to be simplistic with you here but the bottom line is that I know a credible news source when I see it and I know a whack job news source when I see it as well. These people have an apocalyptic view of the world and spout conspiracy theories that have been debunked a million times.
      In my view, they have no business being touted by the current president of the United States and his minions. Do they deserve to have a voice? Sure, in the dark web where many like minded people live and get there news.
      As far as I’m concerned these people need to be called out for their ridiculous and dangerous views at every turn. The fact that FaceBook didn’t realize this is a sad commentary on what they’ve become.
      And by the way, it’s not because I disagree with them. It’s because spreading lies and conspiracy theories has no place in the public sphere. The fact the POTUS loves to spread the same stuff should alarm every single American. Agree?

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      1. absolutely, it’s like when the president latched on to the conspiracy theory that Epstein was murdered by Hillary Clinton. Now do I think he died by suicide? I’m not sure because if his case had come to trial, it probably would have exposed some players in his games who are very power and influential.

        The president has no business spreading misinformation, he needs to be in the business of running the country, not watching fox and tweeting about it, much like someone live tweets a sporting even on a Sunday afternoon.

        We are living in the idiocrasy movie and I fear that’s even beyond the twilight zone.

        I apologize for the careless use of the word irresponsible, that was over the line a bit.

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      2. No problem. We’re somewhere where we’ve never been as a country. A POTUS who is clearly not well, and a political party that is turning a blind eye. I hope the American people never forget this. Sadly, they will I’m afraid.

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      3. Your most potent line is this: they have no business being touted by the current president of the United States. No problem that they exist. No problem that some people think what they print is true and accurate. No problem that they make a few bucks. But when they are supported and lauded and promoted by the current POTUS, that IS a problem.

        Truth be told, what the news media says shouldn’t be discussed at all by the POTUS. It is NOT his job to censor, control, or criticize what they present. If he doesn’t like it, tough titty. Swallow it down and do the job that the office requires.

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      4. He’s totally thrown all norms upside down and through the roof…which will be just one of the many ridiculous things his legacy will be known for. And he’s still going at it 24/7

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      5. Totally agree with you Nan. I too am ok with them making a buck or two. However, I do have a problem with FaceBook accepting advertising dollars from these people. It’s way past time they took responsibility for their platform that reaches billions of people around the world. They finally disavowed Epoch Times and will not let them advertise anymore. Geez, why did they in the first place?

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  7. I am an Independent voter having been a member of both parties, mostly the Republican Party. I follow multiple news sources, PBS, BBC, Reuters, Politico and some main stream news. The news part of Fox is less a concern than the opinion people. Read Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters resignation letter which should get more airplay.

    Our news must try to get it right. When I left the GOP about twelve years ago, I cited three reasons – stance on climate change, unhealthy embrace with evangelicals and NRA, and a tendency to make things up aided and abetted by Fox. Both sides stretch the truth, but it is not a normal distribution. That is why Fox was founded – to tell its followers what they want to hear, moreso than the truth. So, to me the untruths are heavily skewed on the right. I do respect folks like Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith on Fox and hold George Will, David Brooks, Michael Gerson, Ross Douthat, Eric Erickson, all conservative writers, in high regard. So, it concerns me when these conservative voices get vilified for calling the president on the carpet for certain actions and words.

    I do feel like we are in some form of Twilight Zone, which is why I am a broken record with Senators and Congress (state and national) when they are using rhetoric to make decisions and ignore obvious problems caused by this president.

    Keith

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  8. The theme of Trump is something visited by SF writers over the decades and this is at its basics, the effect of the Media upon a population inured to its replacing of individual constructive thought. To take a step back further when printing presses began any malcontent or unhinged person could gain a following with a polemic which bore no relationship to the facts.
    When you analyse Trump, this draft dodging creature born of privilege and re-invented by the Media is nothing as a person. I reckon he could come into my house and I would have him storming out after treating him to a display of distain at his rantings. I reckon any mature adult could achieve this.
    In short Trump as a person is Nothing but a bloated egotist. The true reason why this minority voted quirk of the US voting system is where he is, is that some 60,000,000 US citizens decided to vote for anyone who was a White Male Ultra Conservative. Anyone but a liberal, a woman, a socially flexible person or above all not ‘One of Those People’ again. So they are not for Trump they are against the opposite of what they voted Trump in for.
    He is there only at the behest of a herd feeling. As long as he is there he is infuriating the Liberals and that his what those who voted for him want.
    Do not make the mistake of thinking Trump is a force by his own personality, he is a manifestation.
    This is why choosing not to vote is a terrible shirking of responsibility for the US citizen. There are no options here

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    1. You have summed up the man very well my friend. White Male Ultra Conservative. That’s exactly who he represents to these people. They’re afraid. Very afraid. Deeply insecure people who feel that the privilege they’ve had since the founding of our country is slowly but surely eroding. My hope is that this will be nothing but an asterisk in history. A chink in the armor of democracy if you will.
      They will not go down without a fight though. Rigging…cheating…lying…You name it, they will do what they can to keep that power. In the end, the people will prevail. I sure hope that’s the case. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      1. Thanks back!
        It is important for the future of the USA that folk such as yourself keep the lights burning and encouarge people to vote.
        Yes,we know the alternative to Trump will not be perfect and if they do win (please God) they will disappoint in some measure and some time. They will be an improvement on a minority voted spoiltbrat (he is not worthy of the title ‘President’)

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      2. A truth which cannot be argued with.
        When replying to Ellen I remebered this quote from Elie Wiesel which bears repeating:
        “Always take side. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.”
        This is never easy I can testify to this with my own delimina over Brexit. The easy part is not voting for the Johnson Circus nor the Farage vanity project The Brexit Party, but who to vote for, when The Labour Party has proven itself incompetant and failing to holding in its nasty faction?
        Now there’s my problem. Tough call. But who thought fighting for a Compassion and Tolerant Society was ever easy? (‘Easy’ is sticking on a damn silly baseball cap and chanting thoughtlessly)

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      3. I see your dilemma. But a quick question for you. Do you think Brexit is going to happen? On this side of the pond, it just seems like a really really bad thing to me. I’m not very astute at British politics so I’m sort of behind the eight ball here. But, Trump thinks it’s fantastic idea, as does Boris Johnson. To me, that’s enough for me to say that it’s NOT a good idea. Pretty simplistic…I know.

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      4. Oh not at all. If Trump and Bolton like it you know its bad.
        Quite frankly since nearly half the UK (mostly concentrated in England) think its a good idea, it is a nation marching with eyes closed and over the White Cliffs of Dover.
        Here are some basic facts.
        UK- A set of Islands.
        UK – No indigenous mercantile fleet.
        UK- UK not self-sufficient in the production of energy needs.
        UK- Reliant of overseas supply for said energy-needs.
        UK- Main employers service and financial industries, not manufacturing.
        UK- No longer a centre of world enterprise and trade, just another state.
        Another analogy; a substantial portion of the population closed their eyes, held hands and are willing to take a collective jump into the void, while expecting some pixies to turn up and make everything good.
        And of course make racism semi-respectable.
        We’re screwed.
        To quote from Prime Minister Walpole in the 18th Century as Britain went to ‘popular’ war with Spain and bells rang out to celebrate our ‘stalwart action’. “They are ringing bells now. They will be wringing their hands soon,”- We lost.

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      5. That’s about as honest of an assessment of the whole thing that I’ve heard. Thank you for that.
        A lot of countries these days seem to think that they can go it alone. Trump is a so-called ‘America first’ person…in theory at least. The thing is, we need allies. We need trading partners. Trade is so complex an issue but to me, you try and get it as fair as you can for your particular country, but there’s going to be give and take. Trump has done it all wrong. I fear your country is doing the same. Damn, we need more allies…not less. Crazy times!!

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      6. Newsflash.
        The Age of Empires is over White People. All those folk you used to laugh at and denigrate have got independent and in doing so have caught up and are now passing you by.
        And it’s no use you later generations pretending it’s otherwise.
        (No it’s not God’s Plan for White People to rule!)

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  9. I can only add my “Thank-YOU” for this enlightening post about something of which I had no knowledge. I have never been a part of FaceBook or any other of the beloved social media tools that are so readily available. May I also say that reading these comments is a valuable education in itself! So, Thank-You one and all!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Ellen. I value your input. This is serious stuff. When I heard that story I was shocked….which probably means that’s about the zillionth time I’ve been shocked since you know who became potus. He never fails to lower the bar even further. We’ll get through it though. Depressions…world wars…assassinations…We’re still here!! No way is he going to bring us down. No way.

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  10. All the conspiracy and kooks of the country are indeed converging to prop up the Trump Presidency. Rod Serling could make a lifetime of new Twilight zone episodes from this circus.

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    1. I hear you. The one thing Trump has done, at least as far as cable news goes, is increase the ratings. That’s really all they care about. If he happens to win again in 2020(ughhhh), they won’t be shedding any tears. Pathetic.

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