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Why Trump? Because America isn’t so Great (and possibly never will be again)

Just found out about a cool Youtube channel–“Nerdwriter1.” (Yes, I’m a bit of an Internet nerd, for better or for worse.) But it’s encouraging to find intelligent dialogue on Youtube. In fact, I think that as sites like Youtube continue to grow, smarter people will increasingly engage on them.

Like it or not, there aren’t many public spaces where people can engage in dialogue face-to-face anymore. But most people are on the Internet. I prefer the old fashioned, old school face-to-face, of course. People are held accountable and are forced to think before they speak, at least moreso than online where irresponsible peeps can just hide behind fake usernames. People are also forced to listen to each other and observe each other’s reactions when face-to-face…

But I digress.

Here’s my reply to Nerdwriter1’s analysis of Donald Trump:

Donald Trump’s causing problems for this country, and he’s not an immigrant. He speaks of tremendous hate, but that’s what he is fostering–hate and fear… Sad that isn’t obvious to people. This is another reason why we need to fund education and provide free college for everyone. We desperately need a smarter voting population.

The question Jimmy Kimmel asks, “Isn’t it wrong to discriminate…” is rather strange. It gave Trump an opportunity to make a speech and it catered to white people who don’t like being accused of racism. How would Trump have responded if Kimmel had asked instead something along the lines of, “How does it benefit us to deport people whose religion happens to be Muslim?” or “What about the Muslim man who owned a successful business that hired Americans and was just detained because of his religion? Why are we putting those Americans out of work?” That kind of questioning would have gotten some Trump supporters thinking.

The other thing is, many Americans are unhappy–overworked, underpaid, underemployed or, worse, unemployed. Trump’s angry, bigoted tone resonates for angry, bitter people who don’t know much about politics or current events, don’t know why they’re struggling but are looking for someone to blame.

While the democrats were insisting that the USA is the greatest country in the world, Trump at least admitted we need to “make America great again.” Ultimately, that’s what people wanted to hear. The democrats were too busy catering to their wealthy “limousine liberal” constituents who want to save the trees and the whales but don’t care about saving the people. They could have used the same sales rhetoric to appeal to the working class, or better yet (in my opinion,) they could have given Bernie Sanders (or Jill Stein) a chance.

 

 

Meryl Streep’s Speech – An Honest, Heartfelt, Tear-Jerker or Self-Aggrandizing, Limousine-Liberal Rant?

Okay, so I’ll need to be careful of how I word this. Meryl Streep is a very talented actress indeed. She may very well be a nice person too. Who knows? I don’t know her and probably never will because I’m not wealthy. And these days, here in the USA, wealthy people stick with their own kind. Fact is, if Meryl Streep, et. al., saw me on the street, she’d shun me like the plague ’cause I’m not rich like she is. I guarantee she doesn’t frequent the same haunts that you or I do.

However, I don’t mean to offend so much as to provoke critical and rational thinking with this blog article, so I’m giving the following disclaimer: Meryl Streep = good. Donald Trump = bad. Is that simple enough for ya’?

Unfortunately, like most of today’s problems, it’s not that simple. I’m no fan of Donald Trump, mind you. But I wasn’t a fan of Obama, who didn’t create hope and change but did a wonderful job of talking about it. In fact, Obama has a nice personality. He sure looks good in front of the camera. He sure says a lot of nice things. Too bad he doesn’t do any of them…

Look,

Meryl Streep is a millionaire. It’s hard to say exactly what she earns in one year, but one site I came across said it was about $82 million:

http://en.mediamass.net/people/meryl-streep/highest-paid.html

Another site reported her earnings as “only” $45 million:

Meryl Streep Net Worth

 

People, let that sink in for a moment. For God’s sake, think about this; don’t just accept what the televised talking heads are telling you to think.

Meryl Streep is an actress. She stands in front of a camera and pretends to be another person for several hours at a time. This is what she does for a living. Does she deserve to earn $45 million per year? Does anyone, for that matter? What do you suppose she does with all that money? It simply can’t be spent by one person alone. Even if she ate out all day every day, hopped on a plane to travel around the world, bought herself a new outfit every day, bought a new car every six months, she wouldn’t spend $45 million. Well, I suppose she could buy herself another mansion or two… or three… or four…

Meryl Streep makes more–a whole lot more–than the surgeon who saved your life, that EMT who showed up and resuscitated your mom and brought her back to life, the teacher who taught your child to read. Heck, she probably earns more than a lot of CEOs and Wall Street tycoons.

Yet she stood before an audience (also wealthy, privileged and mostly white people. Do you think just anyone could get in to see the Golden Globes live?) and dared to suggest that she and other wealthy millionaires in Hollywood are being “vilified.”

In the words of a peasant in an old Monty Python movie:                            “Help! Help! I’m being repressed!”

You know, in a weird sort of way, Streep sounds a bit like billionaire Tom Perkins who compared the state of the rich in America as similar to that of the Jews in Nazi Germany. I say this is “weird” because this time it’s the liberals, not the conservatives, who are wielding around their privilege, holding it over our heads and expecting us to grovel under their greatness.

Billionaire says America treats the rich like Nazi Germany treated Jews

I mean, I’m sorry if this offends anyone, but I lived in Hollywood–lived and worked there. It is one of the most undemocratic, closed society you’ll ever find in the United States. You just can’t get “in” the entertainment industry unless you were born into it (or are willing to use the people who were.) Everyone in the industry knows this. So why pretend that Hollywood is a diverse place filled with people who are from other places? I suppose Hollywood is as diverse as Harvard University or the Queen’s castle. One needs to keep a few poor people around when one needs to issue orders…

“Snap! Snap! Get to it!” Ugh! Good help is so hard to find these days!

Yes, it would seem that Meryl Streep, as talented as she is, is that out of touch with reality and that far-removed from the average American that she thinks of herself as a part of some sort of disenfranchised minority group. “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners…”she contends.

Okay…

Uh no, Ms. Streep. Anyone who’s ever been to Hollywood and interacted with its community knows that Hollywood is all about insiders, nepotism, people who were born with money and connections. Are you trying to convince the American people of anything different?

Really?

Seriously?

Because you know, any of us can read the credits of most TV shows and films and see who produces, directs, writes and stars in them. Rarely are they disabled people, minorities, or people who come from low-income backgrounds–the people you and your limousine-liberal Hollywood friends pretend to care so much about.

Yes, Meryl, “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence,” but then so does social injustice. It’s a good thing you are a millionaire, Meryl, because Americans listen to millionaires. Millions of people have spoken out against disrespect, violence and social injustice throughout our history, but no one  seems to listen or care until a celebrity stands up and talks about it.

And that’s where we’ve gone wrong as Americans. We talk about social injustice but we keep worshiping our favorite celebrities. We can’t hear the truth about anything unless someone rich and famous speaks it loudly from our TV set.

Meryl, there’s a lot of disrespect and violence in poor neighborhoods. Why do you think that is? Why do you suppose so many poor, minority kids join gangs and wreak havoc on their neighborhoods? Do you think it’s possibly because they know they have no future to look forward to anyway? Or because their public school education isn’t the same as the public school education the rich kids in the suburbs are getting? Or because only millionaires can afford to attend college anyway? Or maybe it’s because nepotism reigns supreme in our society, so if you don’t know the “right” people you don’t have a chance at success anyway?

Meryl, if you, as a wealthy, privileged millionaire, feel vilified, how do you think the rest of us feel?

Yes, we need journalists, real journalists with the courage and freedom to question authority and hold it accountable. But where have you been, Meryl? Where were you when Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, both who did so much to inform Americans of important information, fled the USA? Are you concerned about  Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou? Brave souls like these speak out because they care more about us than, apparently, many of our political leaders do. They’ve risked their own personal safety to inform the American people. They are the true, honest journalists we need to protect, not the mainstream media corporate protectors who won’t report the existence of their own shadow ’cause it scares them too much.

I’m attempting to include a video response made by a guy who calls himself An0maly because it really sums up quite well my response to Meryl. But just in case it doesn’t post, his web site is here > http://www.legendary.vision/environmentalism/

I’ll leave you with this interview with journalist Abby Martin, a courageous reporter who’s not afraid to speak her mind.

Fake Liberals, Fake Journalists, Fake News… It’s All One Big Fake!!!

Heck, maybe this blog is “fake” too…

Hmm…

In any case, there’s been a lot of discussion in the media about so-called “fake” news, i.e., some people are saying things that some other people just don’t like, don’t agree with, and so those things they say must be “fake.”

It was disappointing, though not so surprising, to hear political comedian, Stephen Colbert, rant about so-called “fake news” on the Late Show recently. In full disclosure, I am a rather bleeding-heart liberal, and Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite comedians. He’s talented and may very well be a nice person, generally speaking. But he’s also a millionaire who is, like most entertainment  industry  higher ups, completely out of touch with the average person’s daily experience. As a wealthy, white male, Colbert is what many of us would call a “limousine liberal.” He cares a lot about climate change. He expresses concern about racism. He wants to save the trees and probably the whales too. But does he want to save the average American? Most likely, he doesn’t even know that a cry for help has been screamed loudly in the form of a presidential election–and the empowerment of Donald Trump…

But in the end, our current system benefits millionaires like Colbert, so he can’t condone any radical changes to it because radical changes to our system will not benefit him at all. Knowing this, I suppose it is not that surprising that Colbert has actually resorted to condoning censorship on his show:

In typical limousine-liberal, condescending fashion, Colbert instructs his audience:
“…I really hope you don’t get your news from me because–news flash!–this isn’t news…”

No sh*t, Sherlock. You mean to tell me that the Late Show isn’t a news show? Oh dear, how will I ever carry on? So I can’t learn about current events from watching your show, dear Stephen? Oh, you heartbreaker, you!

But if I watch your show and hear you joke about a current event, Monsieur Colbert, that may be the first time I’ve learned of that event, so you have informed me of something and, in essence, I’ve gotten the news from you. Now, if our mainstream media wants to hire real journalists and allow them to thoroughly investigate current events uncensored by large-big-money corporations or by government interests, I’m all for it. I’d love to be able to watch the news and to actually learn something new–the raw, unbiased, uncensored truth!

Whew! Is it possible for journalists to report the news accurately in the mainstream media anymore?

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Time and again, we are exposed to propaganda more often than we are informed of current events by our mainstream media sources. This is why so many of us turn to social media, to the Internet, to alternative sources for information. Do you have a problem with that, Stephen Colbert?

Uh yes, apparently you do. Because, you see, many Americans voted for Donald Trump, and he is not the person Stephen Colbert wanted Americans to vote for, so now he’s preaching to his viewers that they’d better pay attention to his propaganda…er… I mean, “news” sources ’cause the ones they’ve been listening to have lead them in the “wrong” direction.

Look, I am not–and never will be–a Donald Trump supporter. But then again, I’m not a Hillary supporter either. (It’s disappointing because there was a time when I was a HUGE admirer of the Clintons until I found out that they were wealthy, priviliged people whose goal is just to maintain the status quo because–news flash!–the status quo benefits them.

(See, Stephen, I have my own news flashes too. Oh, I’ll bet you think I’m writing out “fake” news here, but I’m not. I’m writing an opinionated blog, a political rant, if you will. I’m exercising my right to write because I know I may not have that freedom for much longer.)

Nothing in this blog entry should be news to anyone reading it. I think we Americans all know by now that the status quo doesn’t benefit most of us but that it does benefit those who are already at the top. They want to stay on top so they need to stop us from having access to information so that we can’t take them down from way up there. Knowledge is power, people! That’s why college tuition is so outrageously expensive; they overcharge us for the books; they overcharge us for housing; many colleges are segregated from the communities within which they reside to prevent the dripping of fresh knowledge out into the local community.

But Colbert goes on:

“This is entertainment. If you want news, go to CBS’s John Dickerson or maybe the ‘Wall Street Journal,’ but don’t go to some anonymous guy on social media ’cause a lot of the news on social media is a lie…”

Yes, true that. We certainly can’t believe everything that is posted on the Internet. But Colbert conveniently doesn’t mention Fox News, probably because he doesn’t agree with much that network reports as “news.” Maybe even he agrees that Fox News is Faux News. Possibly Stephen Colbert would agree that we can’t believe what Bill O’Reilly tells us. Or what Sean Hannity reports as news.

But can we believe everything that is said on CBS? In the “Wall Street Journal”? Apparently, Stephen Colbert can. CBS is his boss and as a millionaire, I’m sure Colbert learns a lot from reading the WSJ.

“There’s so much fake news out there. The fake news is having such an influence on our lives that today–and this is true–Pope Francis said that ‘media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement…’

Oh, I see. Maybe you want to reserve your position within the entertainment industry as political comedy guru? Maybe you want to make sure that not just anyone can report the news just like not just anyone can be on TV and not just anyone can run for President and not just anyone can go to college and not just anyone can even obtain decent, quality health care.

In fact, not just anyone can live in a safe, clean neighborhood anymore. Not just anyone can afford to eat healthy, nutritious food. Not just anyone can pursue their dreams. Most of us have to work at jobs we hate and barely make ends meet, hoping all the while that maybe someday things will get better.

In so many ways, the United States of America has become a monarchy, like the old-school British class system monarchy. We don’t call them “kings” or “queens,” but we have our celebrities and our powerful figures that we admire, and we do not like upstarts. How dare Jill Stein run for political office! Don’t you who we are?!

Don’t you know the Clinton dynasty?!

And that’s the real reason so many Americans voted for Trump. Trump is a wealthy, privileged, white male. Americans worship men who fit into that category. Americans like their billionaires. For all his liberal rhetoric, Colbert’s comedic tirade proves that he shares a similar elitist mindset. He didn’t vote for Trump, but most likely, voted for Hillary, who was simply the other side of the same coin: business as usual/status quo–keep us at war, keep taxes low for the wealthy, keep college expensive, keep quality health care expensive, keep poor people from working their way up the social ladder, keep the masses ignorant and voting against their own interests, etc.

Nothing in this country ever changes really.

Colbert goes on to talk about “Pizzagate,” which he claims is a lie. Of course, this is after he informed us that we should not get our news from him. So which is true, Stephen Colbert, do you want us to get our news from you or not? Why are you discussing current events on your show and attempting to influence public opinion while admitting that you are not a journalist and are not qualified to disseminate information? Do you know for a fact that “Pizzagate” is a lie? Who are your sources for this information?

Now, again, in full disclosure, I personally do not believe the “Pizzagate” story myself. It probably is a lie. My point is, that Colbert has admitted to not being a newscaster yet he follows that disclosure with a lecture on what we should/should not believe.

I dislike the term “white privilege.” It’s racist and drives people apart, BUT I can’t avoid calling Stephen Colbert on his own privileged status. Obviously, he believes that he is better than the rest of us, and that his opinions contain more value. He’s a millionaire, so he knows better. In that sense, he’s no different from Donald Trump (and only in that sense. I don’t believe Stephen Colbert is a bad person, just a little misguided and out of touch on this particular issue.)

No, I didn’t vote for Trump because I don’t believe that how much money a person has determines his/her worth. I voted for Jill Stein because I believe she genuinely cares about the American people. She was the only candidate who stood by her beliefs consistently.

So I don’t worship you either, Stephen. Love your comedy. You’re talented, for sure. You deserve your success, agreed. But don’t sit there on your televised throne and lecture to us Americans what news sources we should/should not listen to. You are, as you’ve stated, a comedian. That’s all. (And even though I know you probably worked incredibly hard to get where you are today, there are probably thousands of other comedians just as talented and hardworking as you who just never had the chances you had.) It just so happens that our society will compensate some comedians–the lucky ones–with millions of dollars. Apparently, selling out to the establishment is the first step in acquiring the millions. Possessing talent helps too, but selling out is a requirement.

“A lot of uninformed, gullible people fell for the Clinton-Podesta sex ring theory…”

A lot of uninformed, gullible people believe everything Stephen Colbert tells them too…

One thing I do know for sure is this:  a large percentage of Americans voted for Donald Trump. I didn’t. But a lot of Americans did. Many Americans agree with Trump, like it or not. This is something we need to think about. Why did so many Americans vote against their own best interest? Why do Americans listen to people like Donald Trump and, yes, Stephen Colbert? Where does this worship of the wealthy, white guy come from? Can we reach the “alternative right”?

Yes, I believe that those of us on the so-called “left” can have rational intelligent discussions with those on the so-called “right.” But certainly not by referring to them as “folks with spider eggs hatching in their brains.”

I mean, considering the fact that those “folks” comprise a large percentage of our population, we need to reconsider listening to Stephen Colbert’s propaganda. (Yes, I’m referring to his blathering as propaganda because that’s exactly what it is.)

Fact is, many Americans believe the conspiracy theories because they’re unhappy with the way things are. And the so-called “real” news journalists aren’t giving them accurate and complete information, so they don’t know where to turn for an explanation as to why the country is suffering. When limousine liberals talk about what a great country this is because, don’t ya’ know, a woman finally was considered for the presidency, many Americans saw right through it. First of all, many countries around the world have long since elected women leaders. The USA has fallen behind many other countries in terms of women having political power. Second, many Americans are struggling, so they know that the USA is not the greatest country in the world. They know that the “American Dream” is just nonsense.

People have no choice but to turn to the alternative news sources because the mainstream sources aren’t reporting the news accurately but a censored, dumbed-down version of the news that doesn’t offend large corporations and powerful political figures. Yes, alternative news sources can also be wrong. In fact, some of them might also be bought and paid for by wealthy insiders using the Internet to influence the population. Alternative news reporters make mistakes and are sometimes inaccurate, but so is CBS, and so is, apparently, Stephen Colbert…

So what’s an American to do?

What we need to do as Americans is to start listening to each other. Forget about what CBS, the WSJ or Alex Jones has to say. Listen to your neighbor, your coworker, your friends, your family, the people chatting across from you on the subway, even your enemies. Let’s listen to each other and find out from each other what’s really going on in our community. When we turn on the TV news, we’ll see someone’s version of the events, but when we talk to people in the community we’ll hear the community’s version and we’ll see that the televised version often doesn’t match up with that of the witnesses–those who were actually there and witnessed the event.

Let me inform you of a little something, Mr. Colbert (limousine liberals, et. al.) Americans voted for Donald Trump because they want change. They don’t want to maintain the status quo, i.e., Hillary. I don’t agree with that choice, but I’m better informed than most Americans when it comes to politics. I don’t read the WSJ, don’t watch CBS, stay away from TV in general. Yep, most of my “news” comes from the Internet but I’m very skeptical, very critical in my thinking. I’m lucky in that I have an education. (My life is ruined as a result since I have mortgage-sized student loan debt that’s long since defaulted.) But unlike most Americans, I value education.

And somewhere in this lengthy rant lies the point: Americans want change but aren’t educated enough on politics, history and sociology to have an idea of what exactly is happening to our country. They just know they’re unhappy, that the quality of life is deteriorating for most of us with each passing year. Some Americans blame immigrants. Some blame women–feminists. Some blame the Jews. Some blame blacks. Some blame whites and “white supremacy.” There’s always a scapegoat, right? Because when one knows little of history and political science and has very little understanding of human nature and how social systems function and are created, it’s easier for that someone to just find a scapegoat and hurl blame at it.

Solution? Stop watching TV. Start reading, thinking, meditating. Start listening and talking with others about current events. Learn more about history and current events. Study politics, sociology and human psychology. Form communities and bring people together to discuss issues DIPLOMATICALLY. Don’t assume people who think differently from you have spider eggs in their heads. Give them the benefit of a doubt. Try talking. Maybe, just maybe, YOU are the one who can learn from them about some things. Maybe those other people have some knowledge they could share with you.

And I’ll end this lengthy rant by repeating myself here. I enjoy Stephen Colbert’s comedy. Yes, yes, he’s very funny. I myself tend to be a bleeding heart liberal as well. But propaganda is propaganda. “Fake news” is just a new term created to excuse censorship and to distract the masses from the real problem–lack of access to accurate and complete news coverage and analysis. People believe the “fake news” because they want to believe it and because they’ve lost faith in the establishment. Censoring it will only add fuel to the fire. Let’s not forget the value of freedom of speech. Many people around the world cannot speak freely. We don’t want to give up one of the few remaining freedoms we still have left, the freedom to express our opinions–regardless of whether or not someone in power agrees, do we?

Do we?