I was going to write something uplifting; I really was. Something about how, with a little luck and a little hope, the human race will not only survive but thrive. But it turned into something quite different. At first, my native pessimism (I call it realism) kicked in with a vengeance, especially during the last week when the kleptocracy down south was chowing down with obscene vigour. The American Congress and then, the Senate, which is supposed to be smarter, just voted themselves a trillion dollar tax cut for the rich that will see already weak social programs decimated. By the time they get through, Medicare and Food stamps will be gone. It seems like an excellent recipe to galvanise the frightened, undereducated 40 million or so Americans already living on the edge of poverty into the streets, guns at the ready.
At first, my native pessimism (I call it realism) kicked in with a vengeance, especially during the last week when the kleptocracy down south was chowing down with obscene vigour. The American Congress and then, the Senate, which is supposed to be smarter, just voted themselves a trillion dollar tax cut that will see already weak social programs decimated. By the time they get through, Medicare and Food stamps will be gone. It seems like an excellent recipe to galvanise the frightened, undereducated 40 million or so Americans already living on the edge of poverty into the streets, guns at the ready.
Where is the educated, liberal American? I have no idea. I know they exist, but they are not generally visible. And please, they are not the Democratic party, which is simply an arm of Wall Street. The far left websites I read are under attack from Google algorithms that rank these sites with ‘terrorism’. Nobody, certainly not Bernie, is coming to their defence. That alone is ominous. The list of things that have gone seriously wrong since Herr T took office a year ago is very long and depressing. The attack on free speech is the surest sign that we are dealing with a neo fascist regime.
But I hate being depressed, especially at Christmas. Especially today, the darkest day of the year but also, the turning point towards the light. I used to host parties on this day, where we wrote wishes on a piece of paper and then, ceremoniously, burned them. Here is my 2017 Solstice wish:
Let’s all get together and have the last laugh. I mean, let’s keep laughing out loud, on social media, on TV, in print, every time Trump Fascismo launches another ludicrous, pompous, moronic, dangerous idea. Because ultimately, a nation so full of itself and its ‘manifest destiny’, hates to be made to look like a fool. Fascists are justly famous for their inability to laugh, especially at themselves. Alles verboten! Oh, I forgot to mention that the USA is now re-inventing fascism for itself because you know, ‘manifest destiny’.
This is already happening, and I hope it gains momentum and gets really huge and embarrassing. Here are some notable examples:
Tillerson, the so-called secretary of state, supposedly remarked his boss is a moron. I always thought you had it in you, Tillerson. Keep that line going! (Trump will fire him soon, can’t take a joke that guy).
The US scientists that work for the feds have been given seven words that are now verboten, says Kenneth Surin, a contributor to Counterpunch, one of those ‘terrorist’ sites that I frequent. Here they are:
“vulnerable”, “entitlement”, “diversity”, “transgender”, “fetus”, “evidence-based” and “science-based”. Surin says that CDC officials were given alternative phraseology. Instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” the alternative phrase recommended by the boneheaded administration is the “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes”.
I can see it now: Climate Change is not real because the community doesn’t like it!
It’s a farce, but it shows how frightened the bullies in the White House actually are. They are afraid of words, and rightly so. A delicious example is the failed nomination of the hapless Matthew Peterson for district judge. He was to be one of Herr T’s hand-picked dupes on the bench, but because he couldn’t answer a single question that the sober examiner asked him, he simply had to walk away. Fortunately, the whole wonderful event was captured and put on Youtube, where people find solace in its idiocy and laugh until they cry. The best part is the droning tone and the seriousness of the entire thing: what a gift to comics everywhere.
Laughter is a powerful weapon against the dead-earnest fascists that are ripping the USA and the world to bits. So, Let’s keep on laughing, pointing fingers, making them squirm, right into the no doubt bizarre New Year. It’s a power they can’t take away from us.
Have a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of laughter.