This Unholy Mess

If the Ten Commandments don’t really do it for you but you can’t quite stomach Dr. Phil either, then why not dip your mental big toe into This Unholy Mess? I can sound as authoritative as Oprah, as enthusiastic as Joel Osteen, and as esoteric as Ron Hubbard—and I can do it all without the terrible burden of wealth and notoriety that might risk infusing my writing with a bit of legitimacy. Much of what you will find on the blog is political, if only because I am a fan of tragi-comedy; but there are plenty of offensive religious and social topics to disturb just about anyone with a reasonably closed mind, a slight chip on his shoulder, and a desire to confront people belligerently from the safety of a computer keyboard. Enjoy!

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It’s happening already, and boy, are you going to be bored with it by the time November of 2020 comes around. It’s the Socialist Scare. It’s been around for many years, and has been used by many politicians, even ones more scrupulous than Trump—though that is setting the ethical bar as low as possible without actually dropping it in the mud that is Trump’s natural habitat. Politicians recognize the notion of socialism as a useful scare tactic because it is not formally an idea that originated in America (damn foreign stuff!), and because though it is a complex notion in today’s world, opposition to a simplified version of it can easily be shaped into mindless campaign chants in the great tradition of—oh, I don’t know—say, “Lock Her Up!” or “Build That Wall!” With a little imagination, you can picture some of the “headlines” Fox and Friends will feed Mr. Trump to get the ball rolling: “Welfare queens own salad spinners!” “Destitute deadbeats are coming for your gold fillings!” Maybe even “Catholic priests are getting ready to molest your check book!” Some of this nonsense was already on display at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, where people who used to be Republicans came to place their withered sense of integrity and decency on the flaming altar of Trumpism. In Trump’s two-hour eructation there, he tossed out some real doozies about socialism, none of them accurate; but then to be accurate he would have had to introduce complexity and shading into his discussion, and Donald doesn’t do any of that. Too much trouble. And it’s not what his zombies go to him for, anyway. They want raw, bloody fear-steaks, and he was very free in distributing those. To focus on just two of his most inane remarks, we first have: “America will never be a socialist country.” It’s a lot like saying Emma Stone will never star in every American movie. True enough, but not because we don’t like a lot of things about Emma; it’s because we are all very clear that she wouldn’t be best as an exclusive diet for moviegoers. It is not in the interest of Trump’s fear-mongering to make clear that pure socialism, i.e., collective or government ownership of virtually all business and industry, is absolutely...   Read more

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