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Trump’s New Enabling Act

Each day new revelations about the misdeeds of Donald Trump, his Administration, and those in his circle are uncovered. Despite shocking revelations of influence peddling, contact with foreign agents and possible money laundering, his supporters are not willing to accept any of these revelations as facts. The few Trump supporters who agree that Trump has done something illegal response is- So What? The latest revelation that the general feeling among lawyers familiar with case law regarding Trump’s situation, say indicting a sitting President is unconstitutional. Of course those in the Trump camp takes this to mean that if he cannot be indicted, then he can not be charged with a crime while in office. To me, this flies in the face of the long-held belief, that in America, no one is above the law. I assume this includes the President.
Given the fact that those in power to check the President and his unlawful use of the power of the office have long sense given up any pretense of trying to initiate any semblance of checks and balances-Trump is reasonably assured that he has free -rein. Trump feels he has unlimited power and can do anything he wishes.
This attitude about Presidential powers takes us back to Hitler and the Third Reich. Early in his administration, Hitler initiated something called The Enabling Act. Prior to its enactment, many in the German Government felt the government was slowly but surely being hijacked by Hitler and the Nazi Party. Take a look at those in power in the US House and Senate. Very few members are willing to resist anything Trump does. Many Germans felt the same way about Hitler. Alan Bullock had this to say “ Street gangs had seized control of a great modern State, the gutter has come to power” But- Hitler never ceased to boast “legally” By an overwhelming vote of Parliament. The Germans had no one to blame but themselves.
Fast-forward to today. What is the narrative? His supporters constantly point out that Trump was duly elected and since he was elected legally, all Americans are duty-bound to support his agenda, no matter the negative consequences. . Trump reminds the whole world, on a regular basis that he was legally elected and anything that suggest otherwise is Fake news.
Is it possible that Trump sees himself as some kind of God and can do no wrong? Most of his supporter appears to view him the same way. Right and wrong have new meanings since Trump came to power. Trump has initiated his own Enabling Act.

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May 18, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Propaganda Machine getting more traction

There continues to be this strange and troublesome relationship between the US Government and Fox News Channel. It is apparent that information from the White House is shared with Fox. It is obvious that Fox has unlimited access to the White House, and the White House has the same access to Fox. Relationship/interviews with other news outlet have ceased. There needs to be an in depth look into this relationship. Sean Hannity, the mouth piece for Fox and its connection to the White House should be looked at officially. It is certain that Trump has divulged things to Hannity that should interest Special Prosecutor Mueller and his team.
New information is discovered almost daily, pulling back the layers of corruption in the Trump White House. How long will a Republican led Congress turn a blind eye to his actions? How long does Americans sit back and watch those elected to enforce the laws of this nation do absolutely nothing to stop his illegal actions? What is it that Trump has on these folks that causes them to be afraid to take actions against him? The actions of Chairman Nunes certainly suggest Trump has something on him and threatens to use it if Nunes does not do his bidding. House Speaker Ryan appears totally helpless to do his job-wonder why? These folks are a pitiful sight and I wonder how many of them can return to their homes and face the people that voted them into office.
Of course, many voters are happy with their actions. They feel they are getting exactly what they voted for. They feel, even though they are part of the collateral damage, they will stand by the man they voted for, no matter the consequences. Their actions suggest a totally disconnect with reality. Some call it stupidity-with stupidity being defined as an unawareness of the long-range consequences of one actions. What will it take to awaken Trump supporters to the fact that he is doing tremendous damage to this Nation and how America is viewed around the world? I am hopeful that eventually these supporters, will use the remote and turn to another channel for a bit. Get a different view of the world and politics. After all, Hannity does not have the answers to every question, even though millions have been led to think so.
Think for a minute…Hannity, Limbaugh, Hewitt, Ingram, Gallagher, Thompson, Cain, Sanders, and other blowhards have convinced millions to forgo their religious up-bringing, forget all they have been taught all of their life about the difference between right and wrong, and support Donald Trump-a man with so many character flaws. These facts suggest their minds have been hijacked and they have lost the power to think for themselves. Their crap detectors have been totally removed-plain and simple! This is the way an effective propaganda machine works. Just keep pounding the message into their audience heads, no matter if its truth or lies. Hitler and Goebbels would be proud of these folks.

May 16, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Religion, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What will it take to remove the blinders

As evidence of wrongdoings in the Trump Organization continues to mount, his rabid supporters refuse to accept the fact that a lot of criminal and unethical behavior has taken place. As a matter of fact, criminal and unethical behavior continues to take place. Has anything ever taken place in America that remotely resembles what is taking place today? Has a people, in such large numbers ever been totally under the spell of a Leader and refuse to believe anything no matter how factual, that disputes what he and his Propaganda machine puts on national media?
Think for a minute of how Trump is portrayed by his followers. It goes something like this: The end justify the means. It is not how you won, but the fact that you won. The leader is above the law and above the moral compass of the ordinary man. Trump is to his supporters as Hitler was seen by his supporters. Trump fits the mold of a great leader as spelled out by Nietzsche and Hegel. Their thinking went something like this. They maybe called heroes, in as much as they derive their purposes and their vocation, not from the calm regular course , which impinges on the outer world and burst it into pieces. of things sanctioned by the existing order; but from a concealed fount, from the inner spirit, still hidden beneath the surface, which impinges on the outer world as on a shell and burst into pieces.
As with Hitler, Trump believes that that some of what he hopes to accomplish may skirt the law,including the US Constitution and is morally questionable.  However, the end justify the means. It is all about winning. As with Hitler, Trump is a ruthless individual and will use every methodology to have his way. Hitler, Goebbels and the Third Reich had the majority of Germans believing that everything Hitler and Goebbels disseminated was factual. When information started to filter out regarding what was taking place in Concentration camps, most Germans refuse to accept the fact that such heinous atrocities could take place in their homeland. There were whispers about Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, Munchhausen, Sachsenhausen, Treblinka-other concentration camps and what took place within these pounds. A significant number of Germans were comfortable with the notion that these Concentration camps were being utilize to accomplish Hitler’s Final Solution.
When the Allied Armies forced German citizens to visit Concentration-camps and observe how these sites were utilized, many of them still refuse to believe what they were seeing. Why-because Hitler and his Propaganda machine never told them this is what was taking place in these facilities. And, since they had been told something else, the Something else was the truth. Even when citizens were forced to sling dead rotten and decomposing and stinking bodies over their shoulders and carry them to mass graves, many still refuse to believe their Leader and his administration had anything to do with it.
You have the same situation with the Trump Administration and his Propaganda Machine. Everything his followers read on his daily Twitters and what they see and hear on Conservative Talk Radio and Fox Stations are taken as indisputable facts and anything else heard anywhere else is Fake News and outright lies designed to bring down the Trump Administration.
As one listens to the ranting of Trump and the response he gets from his followers, it becomes clearer how Jim Jones got all of those people to do his bidding and drink the poison.

May 15, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Swamp getting larger

Millions of people, especially American voters continue to wonder how Donald trump won the 2016 Presidential election. As Special appointed Prosecutor Mueller, through his investigation, continue to peel back the layers of influence in the election, some disconcerting things are surfacing. Try as they may, those using all kinds of hook and crook will not be able to hold back the tide of what is slowly but surely uncovering what took place in the election. Many people, following the election suggested a simple following the money trail would eventually lead to misdeeds and corruption and collusion in the election.
Lets go back to what convinced enough people in Ohio, Florida, Alabama, Wisconsin, Indiana, Georgia and  select other States that Trump was the individual they knew in their hearts and minds would be exactly the kind of politician America needed to undo what they had been told Obama did to America.
Who convinced millions of American that everything Obama did while in office was bad for America and must be undone at all cost? Was it the Conservative Propaganda Machine?
Who and what methods were use to convinced these voters that they could trust Trump and those he would put in his cabinet? Who and what medium was used to convince those supporting Trump that his character, integrity, honesty, and understanding of how government works was exactly what was missing in America? Who, by what means were honest hard-working Bible-believing, church-going folks convinced to set aside all they have been listening to coming out of the mouths of their Ministers that conflicted with Trump’s behavior?
Simple! Initially it was Conservative Talk Radio(CTR) Eventually Fox New Network(FNN) was added to the mix. Next came Fox Business Network(FBN). The new kid on the block is One America News(OAN). Let us not forget Pat Robertson. His network has misled listeners for several years and convinced them that Trump was what this nation needed in the White House.
Contrary to popular belief, Trump was not an over-night sensation. Many people and organizations were greasing the skids for Donald Trump well before it became public and obvious that he would seek the Office of President of the United States. Those with ideas akin to the thinking and behavior of Trump, got busy several years before the election with a propaganda machine that began to slowly alter the thinking of millions of American voters. Limbaugh, Hannity, O’riley, ,Bennett, Levin, and other Conservative Talk Radio blowhards used the same tactics and logic as Joseph Goebbels and the Third Reich in Germany. Hitler’s success was not an overnight thing. Operations were put in place(Propaganda machine) in the thirties and was running full steam by 1939. At the helm was a man called Joseph Goebbels. His title was Propaganda Minister. I’ve listened to Hannity, Limbaugh and other Right Wing Conservative media outlets enough to understand that their rhetoric is right out of Goebbels propaganda playbook. I hope Trump’s actions, supported by the Right Wing Propaganda apparatus will not lead to the downfall of this nation. Take a moment and reflect on what happened to Germany, Japan, Italy, and other countries allied with Hitler.

May 12, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two Peas in a Pod

Another page out of the Nazi propaganda agenda
As another Special Prosecutor Mueller nail is driven into the Trump coffin, I keep making comparison to Trump and Hitler;especially how they came to power and their use of power. Trump ran on the same platform that Hitler ran on.
Hitler harped on the misery of the people. Trump did the same thing. Hitler ranted about the weakness of Germany. Trump said the same thing about America. Hitler spent hours campaigning about more jobs, better paying jobs, and creating an environment more favorable to businesses. Trump used the same arguments. Hitler repeatedly spoke of building a larger and stronger military. Trump made the same argument in his campaign speeches.
Despite running on the above mentioned platform , Hitler could not get enough votes to secure the majority votes. Hitler and Trump eventually were persuaded to seek the support of those already in power positions and with a significant amount of the wealth of the Nation. German manufactures of all sorts saw a silver lining in what Hitler proposed-especially any company remotely connected to the defense industry. Trump gained support of many US businesses\corporations by promising huge tax cuts and getting rid of what he and businesses said was unnecessary regulations.
As with Hitler and Germany, Trump and America will eventually suffer as a result of his actions. He will in some fashion pay for his deeds. Those who did illegal things to put Trump into office, will have their day in court. The Republican Party owes this Nation a debt. They sat back and did absolutely nothing to rein in Trump. As a matter of fact, many Republican lawmakers encourage Trump to behave as he does. The Media,especially Fox will have to pay for supporting Trump, no matter if lies were told to those who tune into their media outlets. One individual, Sean Hannity, of Fox/ Cox Enterprise who spends hours deflecting attention away from Trump misdeeds must be taken to task for his unofficial role of Propaganda Master/Minister for Trump.
As with Hitler, Trump feels he has unlimited power and tries to display this supposed fact almost daily. Think for a minute how Hitler’s decisions lead to the downfall and almost total destruction of Germany. How many people died because of Hitler’s decisions. Some of Trump’s decisions are already having a negative effect on the US and other Nations. The real impact of his decisions are slowly coming to the forefront and will be felt for many years to come.
Those in positions to rein in Trump and his cronies better get going before it is too late to prevent a catastrophic eventually. Control of Trump actions rests squarely on the shoulders of Congress, American Businesses and voters.

May 10, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Trump and Freedom of the Press

I am uncertain when or why I picked up a collection of four books titled The World’s Greatest Thinkers. Subjects range from The Man and Spirit- to Man and the Universe- to Man and Man- and lastly- Man and the State. These volumes were collecting dust in the bookcase for several years.
I am unsure what caused me to chose the volume titled Man and the State. Nevertheless, I choose it and randomly opened to a page. I opened the book to Chapter II and the subject was Of the Liberty of Thought and Discourse. Written by John Stuart Mills.
Taking liberty with his writings. He penned the following: The time, it is to be hoped, is gone by, when any defense would be necessary of “the Liberty of the press” as one of the securities against the corrupt or tyrannical government. No argument, we may suppose, can now be needed against permitting a legislature or executive, not identified in interest with the people, to prescribe opinions to them, and determine what doctrines or what arguments they will be allowed to hear. This aspect question, besides, has been so often triumphantly enforced by preceding writers, that it need not be specifically insisted on in this place.
John Stuart Mills was born in 1806 and died in 1873. Mills was thinking about Freedom of the Press over 150 years ago. In his discourses he warned the people about the dangers of allowing Freedom of the Press to be trampled on by anyone or any government. Here we are today, faced with the very thing about what Mills cautioned.  It is extremely important that we heed his warnings. It is time we take some time and closely look at what Trump and his cronies are doing. Who are his cronies. For starters, look at Fox News and its financial network. There is constant rhetoric to try and silence and shape what is presented to the public. They are using the same tactics used by Hitler and the Third Reich. What will it take to awaken the people to what is taking place? There is a significant segment of Americans who are mesmerized by Trump’s antics. Some suggest say they are in a hypnotic state.
It is important that we stop running out and buying books written by so called writers of today and pick up books written by real “THINKERS.” instead of picking up a book by Limbaugh, consider one by John Stewart Mills. Instead of reading the writings of Hannity, consider John Locke. Instead of reading books by Ann Coulter, consider Thomas Hobbs. Instead of reading and believing writers whose opinions have not withstood the test of time, pick up and read books by the likes of Rousseau or Adam Smith. Do not hesitate to pick up writings by Dunbar, Plato, DuBois, Douglas, Holtzclaw, Socrates Franklin etc.  There is much to be learned by reading and absorbing what philosophers of old thought and how they arrived at their conclusions. Of utmost importance-Theirs writings and positions on a variety of subjects have withstood the test of time.

April 23, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lack of Understanding

One has to wonder if Trump and his supporters really understand how his behavior is impacting the United States and it Allies. The sheer lunacy of his actions suggest he nor they have a clue what is taking place. The question must be answered-how long can the masses tolerate his obvious unfitness to hold the office of President? This nation should be well beyond its tolerance of Trump’s behavior and how it effect his ability to govern. Hardly a day pass without something surfacing that points out Trump’s unsuitability to hold the office of President of the United States. He is totally incapable of carrying out the responsibility of the office of President. He lack the character, demeanor, intelligence and courageousness to hold the office. Those who hold out hope that he will eventually change his behavior to suit what is expected of the Presidency are fooling themselves. Painting stripes on a cow will not make it a zebra. He is what he is and is and incapable of changing his conduct and certainly not his character. He and his passionate supporters have little or no understanding of how far out of touch he is with reality.
Machiavelli opining about lack of understanding stated the following-Men are of three different capacities: One understands intuitively, another understands so far as it is explained, and a third understands neither himself nor by explanation. The first is excellent, the second is commendable, and the third altogether useless. Trump has little to offer this Nation. The sooner he and his supporters understand this fact, the quicker the healing of this Nation can begin. Trump’s lack of understanding and his inability to accept criticism is his Achilles hill. He and his supporters fail to understand that according to MacLeish, Criticism in a free country is made on certain assumptions, one of which is the assumption that the government belongs to the people and at all times subject to the people’s correction and criticism.

March 22, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Failed economic poicy, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Taxpayer bailouts, Trickle up economics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fox in the Hen House.

 

Folks, it is time to take a really good look at the Trump Fox connection. At first glance the connection may seem quite innocent. However, if you look at the history of connections between the media and a ruling government, Hitler, and the Third Reich and Germany come to mind. The similarities between how Hitler and his propaganda machine and how Trump’s propaganda machine operates, leaves little to one’s imagination. Hitler had his propaganda Minister-a fellow called Joseph Goebbels. Trump has his Propaganda Minister, Sean Hannity. Hitler had his Propaganda Platform. Trump has his propaganda machine. Fox and company. People are paying too little attention to how far the tentacles of the Trump Propaganda machine reaches, mainly through the Fox Network. This I did not realize until, in my travels, I surfed the radio stations in several States and was surprised at the number of Stations affiliated with Fox in some form or fashion. These stations feed listeners a heavy dose of Hannity several hours per day. There is the study beat of the Trump doctrine. Of course, those too ignorant to question what is being broadcasted are blindly led into the abyss of Trumpism. I must remind you that many people feel as Trump does about many social issues but are careful not to allow these feelings to surface, that is until Trump made it fashionable to make one’s true feelings known, no matter the consequence.

As with Hitler, Trump has created a boogieman. Trump is doing the same thing. He said he was going to rebuild our military. Hitler said the same thing. He said he was going to create jobs. Hitler said the same thing. Hitler said Germany was being taken advantage of by other nations, Trumps says the same thing about America. Hitler said prior German officials made bad deals with other nations. Trump says the same thing about prior US officials. The parallel between the two is alarming. Both are using the same appeal to the people, and the people are using the same logical to accept what they are being told without any questions. This is scary. How in the world have so many people been so easily led? What causes people to see Trump as some kind of Savior and the answer to all of their questions and problems? Many Germans saw Hitler as some kind of Savior and you see what resulted- A Nation almost totally destroyed. Americans, especially Trump followers, should take the time to read the Rise and fall of the Third Reich. It will give them some insight into what may befall them if they continue to blindly follow Trump.

Goebbels and Hitler use simple logic when formulating a plan to get the masses to see things their way.

From a New York Times article dated June 1933 by Roger B Nelson.

Dramatize your propaganda. All the world is a stage. Act well.

Always maintain the initiative. Always spring something new. Always let something loose; let there be something happening, something going on. And always be on the offensive—in your propaganda of the word as well as in your propaganda of deed.

See with the eyes of the masses, with the eyes of all who should be Nazis. Speak in their language.                  Give them what they want—in your propaganda. Know your people, the Germans. Be of the Germans. And, above all, learn to draw your followers en masse into your propaganda work. Make every one feel he is an actor on the stage of history building a new Germany.

Trump and Hannity are doing the very same thing. Do not take my word for it. Just tune in to Fox for a couple of days.

February 8, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sean Hannity’s Propaganda

Sean Hannity of Fox News has bragged about having access to President Trump. I wonder how he got this access and what he gets from this access. It may be a good idea for Mueller to have a little talk with this fellow. Who knows what he knows. It is possible that Trump may have given him some vital and damaging information. Hannity brags about his White House sources. I wonder who they are. Hannity is working awfully hard to deflect attention away from the Trump Administration. I have a feeling it is a bit more than loyalty to the President and or the conservative/republican party. He keeps trying to undermine investigations into the whole Trump matter. yet by now, he knows that there has been a lot of crimes committed. I am betting that he is more than a little dirty.

December 15, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Trickle up economics | Leave a comment

Why continued support for Trump

Why continued support for Trump

The unwavering support Donald Trump continues to enjoy, in the eyes of many, defies logic. To many folks, his behavior since becoming President of the United States, if viewed logically, would cause considerable erosion of his support base. Although there is ample evidence that Trump is unfit for the Office of President, he continues to enjoy broad support. Is there history that explains the Trump phenomenon?

Take a look at what transpired in Germany after WWI. The German people were looking for a savior-someone to get them back to enjoying what they once had before losing WWI. Here is where the Hitler and Trump coming to power mirrors each other. Hitler’s Propaganda machine painted a picture of a nation in dire straits because of a weak military that lost the war, massive unemployment, high crime, loss of influence and leadership in the world, intermingling of races, which diluted the pure German Agrarian people.

The German Propaganda was instrumental in creating circumstances and painting pictures of a nation in dire straits in need of a savior. The circumstance either real or imagined is just what an individual with Hitler’s characteristics needed to ascend to the most powerful position in Germany politics. Working to help create an image of a savior was a low-ranking German foot solder, with broad ambitions to one day become the leader of Germany. By hook and crook, including some time in prison for attempting to overthrow the German ruling establishment, he eventually realized his lofty goal. The road leading to Hitler coming to power started way back in 1922. By the mid thirties the German people eventually embraced Hitler and his platform.

Fast forwards to today. How was a like situation created to make a considerable segment of United States voters subscribe to the notion that a Savior was needed to save this nation? Remember a Talk Show host named Paul Harvey-He use to say, “Now you know the rest of the story.” Paul Harvey, known for his Conservative leanings started this whole political radio and TV talk show phenomenon. Eventually Talking heads Rush Limbaugh, Neil Boortz, Sean Hannity, Billy Cunningham, Glen Beck and other lesser know blowhards came on the scene, spouting all kinds of hateful and divisive rhetoric, usually with a conservative slant. Limbaugh has been greasing the skids for the ascension of people like Donald Trump since 1984. In addition, Fox Network, created another avenue for Donald trump to come to power. It is reasonable to assume that these outlets were not knowingly shaping their programming and narrative to insure the election of an individual with the characteristics of Donald Trump. These folks painted a picture of State of the Union of the United States as a nation in decline with utter destruction just around the corner unless drastic actions were taken. This propaganda reached its apex during the Obama years in office (2008-2016.

Trump was able to get the Republican nomination because he and his propaganda machine painted him as someone that was going to take back this Nation-someone that was going to undo everything that Obama did. Trump portrayed himself as the only one capable of saving this nation and making it great again. Millions of people bought into this rhetoric. Why? Because they had been conditioned to believe it by the talking heads of Conservative Talk Radio and Fox. Trump talks about putting America first. Hitler talked about putting Germany first. People were willing to give Hitler a lot of leeway because of some of his accomplishments. People say the same about Trump. Germans saw Hitler as uncompromising and determined to implement his agenda, no matter the consequences. Trump exhibits the same behavior.

Of particular note is the belief that Trump is a God-fearing man. Many Germans felt the same way about Hitler. As with Hitler, the Church leaders of America, despite apprehension about Trumps beliefs, believe he is sincere and will accept the role of the church in American politics. Some easily recognized ministers of the gospel in the United States proclaim that Trump is God sent, and it is a sin to criticize him and go against his policies.

Finally, as with Hitler, Trump supporters will eventually come to realize that he is to blame for most of his problems-problems that negatively impact the social fabric of this nation. He will taken to task for his stubbornness, carelessness, taking liberty with the truth (lying) ignorance, stupidity, strong will, and resolution to stay on course no matter where it leads.

 

August 27, 2017 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Media, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment