• Dear Friends: Tell Me How This Ends

    November 20, 2019

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    Posted in: Democracy, Impeachment, Trump


    Dear progressive friends, family, those who have unfriended me in real life and online life, deplatformed me, told me I belong to a cult, and everyone who suggested I commit physically impossible acts upon myself:

    I can’t tweet this as I’ve been life-banned, and while currently my Facebook is open I’ve been blocked there before. Places I used to write for won’t look at articles defending the things I defended on their pages three years ago, like free speech, diplomacy with North Korea, and non-intervention in the Middle East. I can’t tell you how many times someone has heard The American Conservative come up alongside my name and sharply ended a conversation. So call this a message in a bottle.

    I don’t support Trump. In Ye Olde Days one could support some of a president’s policies (say free speech, diplomacy with North Korea and non-intervention in the Middle East) without being throw overboard for supporting all of his policies, statements, tweets, and brags. You could once disagree with what someone said without having to destroy him as a human being, such as insisting publically he was mentally ill and should be institutionalized for holding a political stance.

    I could once talk about disagreements over ideas at Thanksgiving, on Fox and CNN, even over a drink in a bar, without me having to swipe the sludge off my face of being called a Nazi. I’m not a Nazi. Nazis were those people who put the numbers on my great Auntie’s arm. As kids at holiday parties we’d hide in ignorance and behind the couch and dare each other to run out and try to touch them. After Auntie died what for all purposes was a second death we learned about Nazis. Our times are not her times. I wish you could hear it from her directly but I doubt you’d listen. And if she didn’t outright call Trump a fascist you’d probably call her one.

     

    And that’s why I worry about you. You’ve quit listening. You’ve quit thinking that listening is important. You have convinced yourself listening is wrong, calling things you don’t want to hear hate speech and dehumanizing those who say them. Nazis don’t deserve to speak and everyone you don’t want to listen to is a Nazi. Ban them from social media, take them off TV, keep them from schools, defund them on YouTube, and peel them off search results. Candidates who touch nerves too directly must be disenfranchised as Russian plants coughing out Putin’s Talking Points. We don’t have to listen to them, we shouldn’t listen to them.

    It would be too ironic in the context of Nazism to use the term ideological purification, but it would work here. You blame too much free speech for electing Trump in 2016. So you support wounding democracy to “save” it, and thus in 2019 welcome Twitter banning political ads so there’s less chance a competing idea might sneak through. You loathe Facebook’s free speech stance allowing political ads and demand they fact check them, barely disguised code for censorship given what “facts” have become. Fact checking used to be verifying an event took place in April 1860, not June 1944. But now facts are things we choose to agree with, or believe, or not, like whether vaccinations work, or what a politician’s intent was when he said certain words. It’s no wonder “influencer” is an actual job today.

    You don’t like evidence, which is what creates “facts.” There’s no evidence Biden did wrong in the Ukraine because no one investigated whether he did and it thus becomes a checkable fact “Biden did no wrong.” Facts have become what anonymous sources you want to believe say they are. You filter those anonymous statements through legacy media so by the second iteration they are not an anonymous source who might actually be a know-nothing disgruntled intern overheard in a bar, they are “The New York Times says.”

    With what you hear limited to what you believe, the need to think is a vestigial limb in society’s evolution. Instead of thinking — critically weighing information, asking hard questions instead of ingesting easy answers — you have been conditioned to simply react. The goal is to keep you in a constant state of manipulable outrage. It is a dangerous thing for us human beings. In Iraq we were told life happens in states of green, yellow, and red. Green is home on the beach, next to your dog. Yellow is watchful, and red is on patrol loaded and charged. The guy who could never back off of red in Iraq had a hard time reaching green later on. For him it’s evenings alone and drunk cleaning his guns in the garage. That’s too much of America today except we’re in different garages and some are drinking Yuengling and others white wine.

     

    An experiment. Here are some of the things you have been outraged about. Remember the last time you read about them?

    — Kids in cages. This was the summer’s prime outrage, and discourse was dominated in August by claims the U.S. was operating concentration camps. They still there? There were mediagenic visits to the border, drama about people drinking from toilets. Congress voted a bunch of money, and some policy changes took place. One major child center was shut down, but it got little coverage. So did we resolve the problem? Anybody know?

    — Obstruction. As recently as July Democrats were to impeach Trump for obstruction in connection with Russiagate and the Mueller investigation. Then the story which dominated our outrage as well as our mindspace, social media, and the MSM for over two full years simply… disappeared. Stormy Daniels, doing OK? Which Home Depot does Michael Avenatti work at? What about the prosecutions that were said to be forthcoming from the SDNY? Those bogus Trump kids’ security clearances? His taxes?

    — Anyone heard from the Kurds lately? Only a week ago they were going to be consumed by genocide and you demanded American troops put their lives at risk to save them. There were claims to thousands dead in Puerto Rico from the storm; anyone find those bodies yet or still just a statistical construct? The Parkland Kids? The last major references clustered around the one year anniversary of the killings, back in February, when the media claimed they “drove the kind of change that has long eluded gun control activists.” That happen?

    — See if you know who these people are: Semyon Kislin, P. Michael McKinley, T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, Fiona Hill, George Kent, Gordon Sondland, Laura Cooper, Marie Yovanovitch, William Taylor, Catherine Croft, Alexander Vindman, Kurt Volkner, Christopher Anderson, Tim Morrison. How many did you correctly identify as witnesses in the Trump impeachment hearings? All of them? Great. Now, can you say in a word or two about what each testified to? How did each add to the question of whether Trump himself withheld aid to the Ukraine in exchange for some investigation? C’mon, each person was a smoking gun, a game changer, or whatever expression Maddow is using now to replace “the walls are closing in tick tock” she wore out during Russiagate.

    And to fill in the gaps between major outrages there are minor outrages over spelling errors on Twitter by the president, panic over what he says about war dogs, rudeness at the World Series, clickbait headlines unconnected to their content, and the latest racist/sexist/transphobic remark by a blind sided celebrity about to be de-careered over a high school era post. We live on knife’s edge neck deep in cynicism, exhaustion, decline, illegitimacy, and distrust.

    If you can’t tell you are being manipulated, you’re being manipulated.

     

    It seems inevitable the House will impeach and the Senate will not convict, dead-ending the Ukraine outrage. And then we just move on to the 2020 campaign? Or do we cycle to a new impeachment theme like the earlier ones never even happened, the way obstruction was ditched cold in favor of Ukraine?

    If a Democrat wins in November, do we similarly agree to just forget this whole ugly era of hate speech and Nazis like a drunken hookup? Or do we switch and Republicans open investigations from Day One of the Elizabeth Sanders or Joe Clinton administration? If Trump wins, is it another four years of being told democracy is dying, the Republic is in peril, civil war, every day day-to-day in Code Red until… until what?

    Some 16 years ago as a young soldier in Iraq, before he was a hero and way before he was a villain, David Petraeus posed the most important question of the war in its earliest days. Consumed by the combat around him but knowing it would soon enough be over, he asked “Tell me how this ends.” Something was going to come next and Petraeus wasn’t sure anyone was thinking about what to do then.

    I understand what’s happening now has to play out. But tell me how this ends.

     

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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      David P. Another promising career undone by blowjobs from a mistress.

      How does it end? There is no fool like an old fool.

      11/20/19 7:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      How does it end? If Trumpie is threatening our national security because Putin has a video of him in a inappropriate sex act with someone other than his wife, then hell would be an appropriate end.

      Speaking of dipshits who should go to hell:

      Michigan mother is suing the Archdiocese of Detroit alleging that the priest who spoke at her son’s funeral questioned whether her son would go to heaven after dying by suicide, adding to the family’s suffering.

      Linda Hullibarger and her husband, Jeff, said they met with Rev. Don LaCuesta in 2018 to plan funeral services for their 18-year-old son, Maison, a straight-A student and outstanding athlete who died on Dec. 4.

      According to the complaint filed Thursday in Wayne County, the parents met with LaCuesta well before the funeral to make clear they wanted the priest to deliver a positive and uplifting message that celebrated the life of their son.

      “We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died,” Maison’s mother told the Detroit Free Press in 2018.

      This sick fuck is still preaching.

      So, yeah, fuck that guy.

      11/20/19 8:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Sondland, if this isnt hell…

      Trumpie paid hundreds of thousands after screwing someone.

      Sondland paid $1,000,000 and he gets screwed in the end.

      11/20/19 8:42 AM | Comment Link

    • J.L.Seagull said...

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      “So did we resolve the problem? Anybody know?”

      Nope. I follow a fb group and the problem remains, and many innocent people who crossed the border legally are being incarcerated. It is also helpful to recognize that it started under Obama, who kept it quiet with is “no drama” mandate to the press.

      “Anyone heard from the Kurds lately?”

      I have? Again, I follow a fb group which talks about this regularly, although it has fallen out of the press. A massive ethnic cleansing operation has begun as was explained to mass media at the time.

      The mass media may be manipulative but that doesn’t mean that I’m “being manipulated” by learning about real things going on in the world.

      11/20/19 8:51 AM | Comment Link

    • J.L.Seagull said...

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      I would separate these real issues from the Russiagate/Ukrainegate fake mess which has been concocted entirely. Matt Taibbi is handling that mess really well.

      11/20/19 8:52 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Seagull- you say you keep up with the news? What is “new” with the Turks and the Kurds going at it? Maybe it is just the usual periodic light dusting and rinsing instead of serious cleaning. Would Samantha Power call it a rolling generational genocide? I believe PVB was making that point that the MSM recycles crises for whatever reason.

      11/20/19 10:00 AM | Comment Link

    • J.L.Seagull said...

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      certainly but he seems to be saying the underlying issues are unimportant because they’re far away or being manipulated for domestic reasons, which I disagree with

      11/20/19 2:04 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I was always hoping that two shady and self serving leaders Putin and Trump would agree to be business partners. Bauer says they are already lovers-I’m ignorant about such matters. My feared, “How does this end?” scenario was always global war if Hillary made it to the White House strapping on her favorite dildo and yelling to Putin. “Here I come you pussy! I’m gonna bugger you and your entire country. Instead of Cagney’s: “Top of the World, Ma!” it would be “I’m finally on top, Bill!”

      11/21/19 10:45 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      How does this end? The Ukraine bow will tie it all up in the end: The Clinton server was in the Ukraine, and the Russian server was in the White House.

      11/21/19 12:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      How long before the Repugnicans promote a conspiracy theory that Fiona Hall and Holmes are British spies, given both were “educated” at St Andrews?

      Ironic that Hall has to discredit the Ukraine 2016 election conspiracy published by The Hill.

      11/21/19 12:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “ And that’s why I worry about you. You’ve quit listening. You’ve quit thinking that listening is important. You have convinced yourself listening is wrong, calling things you don’t want to hear hate speech and dehumanizing those who say them.”

      There is a danger writing fiction: you can confuse it with reality. That is why I worry about you.

      This country has always been bitterly divided. Half the country hated FDR, half hated JFK because “he was a catholic and in league with the Pope”, half still hates a black president because some idiot kept claiming he was born in Kenya but really because he was black. It never ends

      The way it ends…is the way it always ends. People will always disagree. A not so long ago time you only heard these divisions from your next door neighbors or angry uncle. Now we have Twitter and FB. Progress!

      Maybe we would all be better off if there was less Twitter and FB time. Read a book, listen to great music, get off your fat ass and take a walk in peace. We can agree we are all running out of time.

      11/21/19 1:33 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      This is how it ends in the UKrain bow:

      BritAmerican Fiona throws water on the Ukraine conspiracy and the Wicked man of the West melts away, freeing his soldiers.

      11/21/19 5:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      This is how it ends: President Warren threatens 20 countries with suspension of foreign aid if they dont plant narcotics on Republican Senators visiting their countries and announce their arrests on CNN.

      11/21/19 7:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Joe said...

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      Barring some truly major crisis, it doesn’t end; this is the new normal.

      The one truly good thing I hoped would come out of a Trump Presidency was that both major parties would be so shocked they would take the time to think about how and why Trump was elected and adjust accordingly; sadly that was not to be and it was politics as usual in WDC. Instead of challenging Trump on his policies and offering regular American voters viable alternatives, the Democrats have led an irrational and immature resistance that has accomplished only one thing – to further harden the Republicans (many of whom are equally irrational) against the idea of any sort of bipartisan good governance in this country. It’s a winner take all mentality now.

      I think that much of where this comes from can be traced back to our last major (overt) national crisis, 9/11; that event showed (or more properly reminded) the powers that be how easy it was to use fear to manipulate and control the masses, and that’s exactly what they’re doing today. Democrats run around saying that Trump is the new Hitler, while Republicans say the DNC wants to turn the US into a socialist state run by transgender POC. It’s all a crock of crap IMO, but woe be unto you if you disagree with the accepted wisdom and try to use a little logic and diplomacy to have an actual discussion of the issues with “the other side.” It’s kind of “funny,” but even though we finally killed Bin Laden, that SOB may have really and truly helped finish off the USA that used to be.

      11/21/19 10:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Bin Laden was a big fan of the Twilight Zone Monsters have arrived on Maple Street

      “With few variations. They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find…and it’s themselves. And all we need do is sit back…and watch. Understand the procedure now? Just stop a few of their machines and radios and telephones and lawn mowers…throw them into darkness for a few hours and then you just sit back and watch the pattern.

      And this pattern is always the same? Then I take it this place…this Maple Street…is not unique.

      Their world is full of Maple Streets. And we’ll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves. One to the other…one to the other…”

      11/22/19 12:48 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I’m curious. Bloomberg is reportedly spending 30 million of his own dollars to run for POTUS -a job that will pay only 3.2 million dollars over a maximum of eight years. So…………does the IRS allow a deduction for job search costs and application expenses? If so, maybe the whole process of “public service” is a money laundering scheme.

      11/22/19 11:30 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- You should watch Polansky’s THE GHOST WRITER. Explaining why would be a spoiler. Service to the MICC takes many forms.

      11/23/19 9:23 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      If you want to understand US, watch Peter Sellers in Being There. Imagine if Donald Trump had been born into a poor black family, he would be selling drugs or pimping Ivanka.

      Being There—
      It’s for sure a white man’s world in America. Look here: I raised that boy since he was the size of a piss-ant. And I’ll say right now, he never learned to read and write. No, sir. Had no brains at all. Was stuffed with rice pudding between th’ ears. Shortchanged by the Lord, and dumb as a jackass. Look at him now! Yes, sir, all you’ve gotta be is white in America, to get whatever you want. Gobbledy-gook!

      11/23/19 10:59 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Book Ends – W and Trumpie

      “As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool— W and a complete narcissistic moron- Trumpie.”

      We are who we thought we are.

      11/23/19 11:31 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Why did you fire her, Mr President?

      “She wouldnt put my picture in the Embassy.”

      How do you think it is going to end?

      11/23/19 4:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      How would this end…If Trumpie won by 3,000,000+ votes and lost the the White House, the Repugnicans would be demanding the elimination of the electoral college.

      A man who would be King:

      Funny the Republicans saying impeachment is an effort to overturn the will of the American people when Hilary beat the dumbbell by 3 million votes,” the horror novelist tweeted. “He won because of the antiquated electoral college, a 2-mule wagon in a jet plane world.”

      12/6/19 10:58 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      This is how it ends: Red Dawn of the Brain Dead

      Trumpie loses 2020 election and refuses to concede. He orders US forces to standdown as Russian troops arrive in DC to support his standoff. Republican Senators also facing minority status refuse House efforts to remove Trumpie.

      This follows a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds that only a minority of Republican voters believe that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

      Trumpie threatens to nuke that twofaced guy in Canada if it allows political asylum of US citizens.

      Trumpie accuses Iran of interfering in the election and attacks it, of course.

      12/7/19 2:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Red Dawn of the Brain Dead

      While most Americans still see Moscow as a key U.S. adversary, new polling suggests that view is changing, most notably among the households of military members.

      The second annual Reagan National Defense Survey, completed in late October, found nearly half of armed services households questioned, 46%, said they viewed Russia as ally.

      Most of them are working at nuke bases.

      12/8/19 8:15 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      This is how it ends: the country is in the toilet

      Donald Big Dump Trump says it takes him 15 times to flush his toilet.

      So cows farts cause global warming and cheeseburgers waste our diminished water supply. McDonalds is the greatest threat to mankind, as if we didnt know.

      12/8/19 9:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      So half the military thinks Russia is not a threat, let US cut the military budget in half.

      12/8/19 11:28 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      How it ends is how it began: in the peepee room.

      Big DumpnTrump had to make a quick pitstop at Walter Reed to have his peepee checked. Turns out all that SudafedUK caused Big Dump to have probs making water- which explains his really strange riff on toilets and sinks and how many times he had to flush his toilet. Until Big Dump kicks his pill habit/addiction, his teeny dick will be reminding him he will have probs if he keeps it up, so to speak.

      12/9/19 7:56 PM | Comment Link

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      12/19/19 11:22 AM | Comment Link

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