You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes
From Just sayin’…by George Duncan
You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes
Trump’s lies have become so constant that Time Magazine built a recent cover story around them. In the piece, Trump provides one convoluted excuse after another, turning logic and reason on their heads—along with truth, of course. A startling example is Mark Danner’s description of Trump’s inaugural address in The New York Review of Books. As Danner stood there, along with thousands of others, with rain pouring down their necks (no umbrellas allowed for security purposes), Trump’s delusional brain is telling him the rain held off during his speech, and later even recalled the sun coming out. (!). How much insanity do we need?
Fear, anxiety and the 35%
Described as the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In a recent interview, Noam Chomsky: Trump’s First 100 Days Are Undermining Our Prospects for Survival, he responds to C. J. Polychroniou:
The first 100 days of Donald Trump in the White House are characterized by complete disrespect for the truth and the freedom of the press and, overall, a style of political leadership that is not merely authoritarian but also smacks of fascism.
The ideas are quite familiar. They are the standard fare of the component of the Republican establishment dedicated with unusual ferocity to enriching the rich and powerful—bankers, CEOs, and other types who matter—while kicking in the face the vulnerable, the poor and Trump’s rural and working-class constituency. All of this abetted by the ultra-right billionaire cabinet and other appointees, selected very carefully to destroy whatever within their domains might be helpful to mere humans, but not to the chosen few of extreme wealth and power. The consistency is impressive, if not breathtaking.
“The vulnerable, the poor and Trump’s rural and working-class constituency” that Chomsky refers to is, of course, the folks most responsible for putting Trump in office, and for his support now. Current polls show his constituency has been reduced to 35%, lower than any president in recent history.
The problem is, it’s unlikely that the 35% has any idea who Chomsky is, and probably don’t care. They also don’t read Time or NY Review of Books or anything that doesn’t show up on FOX or Breitbart or in the National Enquirer. What’s more, the negative bombast of these sources are more attractive to the unread, making it easier to relegate anything they don’t like, as Trump does, to “fake news.” I recall a bumper sticker I saw in Massachusetts some years ago: “Vote Republican, it’s easier than thinking.”
The result is that Lyin’ Donnie and his White House accomplices, together with the support of the 35%, unaware that they’re more his victims than his champions, will keep America in a state of fear and anxiety for as long as Trump stays in office.
Joe Scarborough (of Morning Joe) recently declared, “Here’s a message for the White House: you keep lying, we’ll keep reporting.” I hope so, Joe. I hope so.
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