What Circle of Hell is This? (or A Deuce that Beats a Full House)

25 Jul

 

 

I am, of course, without credentials(except one that I maintain is sufficient) to validate the assertion that follows: The horrifying youth rally in which many commentators saw echoes of The Third Reich has made shockingly apparent that this nation has entered a period of national psychosis.

 

Tom Englehardt, who has been reliably offering commentary and links to other commentators who are still practicing real journalism (ala George Orwell’s mandate, “Journalism is printing what some else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.”) on his web journal Tomdispatch, recently published Bombing the Rubble, a sharp eyed, well argued condemnation of USA imperial policies since the NYC city bombings way back when we were entering a new and hopeful millennium. Now this is not the first time that Tomdispatch has offered a critique of US government policy but I am hopeful that now is the time my fellow citizens have caught up with history and are receptive to voices that are not bleating and braying the same gibberish and misdirection

 

 

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176310/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_bombing_the_rubble/

 

Providing entertaining gallows humor, Charles Pierce, has had months to hone his piquant sense of the absurd during these dark time. His daily bulletins are apple vinegar of reportage , going some distance in detoxifying the environmental disaster that is the current presidency and its enablers and scavengers

“And all this was going on as the president* was said to be reconsidering his hand-picked attorney general because that AG had failed to cover the presidential hindquarters regarding the investigation of whether the 2016 Republican presidential campaign ran on a volatile mixture of vodka and borscht. This, it was said, would be to install a more compliant marionette, who then would fire the special counsel looking into the Russian ratfcking. This, it was said, would touch off A Constitutional Crisis, although the Republican congressional majorities have shown all the spine of an orchestra of crickets.”

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56549/mccain-healthcare-vote/

My sense of the 115 Congress is that it is composed of many people professing to be christians who are given to mentioning god with frequency. Personally, that affiliation is irrelevant to me though I would feel more appreciatively inclined to all this religiosity if these people would forgo the usual blessing and instead offer this prayer, “God save the Republic”

That’s something a even a godless Jew like me can agree with…and to quote another godless Jew the good Doctor Freud, The Voice of Reason is Small But Persistent…

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