October 29, 2016,
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind
On the morning of Wednesday, November 3rd, 1976, I heard my father tell my mother Jimmy Carter won the election. I have not forgotten how my mother replied. In a resigned manner, and with a fatalistic sigh, she said: “Oh no”, to which my father replied with the same sense of concern, sadness and resignation in his voice: “Yep”. Looking at the pimply faced pre-teen staring back at me from the mirror that morning, I sensed something bad had just happened. Something big. And something that was soon to deliver real consequences of the sort that gave my two small town, main street, Republican parents pause and even a palatable sense of resignation and foreboding.
That was just one of my first political impressions that I was to experience. Although I was too young to fully understand Watergate, I did recall thinking that when Nixon said he was not a crook, it seemed to me he dideth protesteth a little too mucheth. Even then, my young impressionable mind was able to understand at least that much. It wasn’t until years later when I read G. Gordon Liddy’s 1980 book: “Will” that I began to have a better understanding of the Fourth Estate’s solemn responsibility and power to hold the balances of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the United States government in check. Of course this is the main responsibility of a free press: to inform the public regarding the facts of the day.
But what happened? When did the press abnegate their responsibility to not only the citizens of the United States, but to the entire world as well? And, perhaps more importantly, why did we the people allow it to happen? Or did we?
I graduated high school in a Ronald Wilson Reagan world. Having read most of Ayn Rand’s books during my college years, I recall many conversations during and after my university years with those from all across the political spectrum; conservative, independent and liberal. The topics ranged from Star Wars and the arms race with the Soviet Union to the Iran Contra affair to Reagonomics to Trickle -down economics and more. I watched Oliver North testify on live television during the Iran Contra Affair. I saw Judge Robert Bork get “borked” and saw what the political left did with Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, which by the way I thought was very racist.
I watched George Bush the Elder go from an 89% approval rating in February of 1991 following the first Gulf war, to a 29% approval rating in July, 1992 just months before his election loss to Bill Clinton that fall. Then later, I watched the entire Slick Willie and Monica Lewinsky fiasco, which by the way, seemed very sexist to me.
So what is my point? Here it is: My parents, who were both so upset when Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, won the White House, who voted twice for Ronald Reagan and once for George H.W. Bush; by the year 1992, they came to view William Jefferson Clinton as a great American statesman. For me, this was a profound paradox.
Even after Clinton’s “Depends on what the definition of “is” is” and “I did not sleep with that woman”, the blue dress, the blatant dishonesty, hypocrisy, dishonor and downright treason was exposed in the media, my mother told me she thought Bill Clinton must have stolen Ken Star’s girlfriend in college and that’s why Ken was so bitter. How could this be? Was it really just all about the sex? No, Bubba was not impeached for sex. It was the perjury, stupid. Yet even this was whitewashed by a sycophantic press as they lulled the masses to sleep in subtle, near hypnotic, ways.
Looking back, I realize it was not because the mainstream media was burying the Clinton story. That was not the problem. Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh made sure of that. After all, everyone knew what was being reported, but now I have come to realize it was the manner by which the facts were being revealed that caused many to suspend disbelief. In other words, the media outlets were “massaging” the news.
There is an old saying that claims: There is a grain of truth in every joke. Another that says: “The best lies contain a little truth” and even another that takes it all a little further as follows:
“In the same way that the best lies have an element of truth, evil is made more powerful when accompanied by grace.”
In other words the facts were being reported on the presidential indiscretions of William Clinton, but, at the same time, the details were being slanted in such a way so as to soften any harshness or judgement, and even to provide empathy for the soon to be impeached president. Empathy that was denied Clarence Thomas by the way. Do you see?
There was a Canadian professor, philosopher and public intellectual by the name of Herbert Marshall McLuhan whose insightful work really shed some light on the phenomena of the “media messaging the message”. In fact McLuhan coined the phrase “the medium is the message” which means that:
“the form of a medium embeds itself in any message it would transmit or convey, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.”
Marshall McLuhan was a fascinating individual. In addition to identifying media massaging, he also coined the term “global village” and wrote a book in 1961 called: “The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man” where he describes four epochs of history: Oral tribe culture, manuscript culture, Gutenberg galaxy and the electronic age. Furthermore, in this book, McLuhan is given credit for predicting the World Wide Web decades before it came into being as we understand it today. In 1962, he actually coined the term “surfing” to refer to “rapid, irregular and multidirectional movement through a heterogeneous body of documents or knowledge” using computers. He said:
“A computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce mass library organization, retrieve the individual’s encyclopedic function and flip into a private line to speedily tailored data of a saleable kind.”
I also find it interesting how McLuhan identified the Middle Ages as “characterized by the heavy emphasis on the formal study of logic” and claims the key development that led to the Renaissance was not the “rediscovery of ancient texts but a shift in emphasis from the formal study of logic to rhetoric and language.”
In his 1964 book, “Understanding Media”, McLuhan identified what he termed “hot” and “cool” media according to the level of involvement required by those engaging with them. Hot media would include radio, film and photography whereas cool media would include television and cartoons because these are viewed in a more detached state of mind.
In his bestselling 1967 book, “The Medium Is the Massage”, McLuhan utilizes the term “massage” to: “denote the effect each medium has on the human sensorium” and this book actually reinforced his earlier claims that all media are “extensions of our human senses, bodies and minds.”
That’s how it’s done. Very subtly, like snake oil salesmen peddling their wares to a detached public. The media masters massage their messages in order to achieve the same effect as an opiate onto the collective mind of the masses. The messages are delivered as propaganda not to inform the public per se, but rather to suggest that which is meant to be reinforced or believed.
This is how globalist shills like David Brooks who first fell in love with the crease in Obama’s pants can compare America to her Olympic Athletes with no mention of dirty little details such as the ongoing collapse of the Affordable Health Care Act, the skyrocketing national debt or the disastrous foreign policy failures in the Middle East. It’s why magazines like Newsweek will claim right wing extremists are a larger threat to America than radical Islamic terrorism. And, it is why the Mainstream Media considers Donald Trump’s unproven misogyny to be more important than Hillary Clinton’s actual treason in a 23:1 ratio.
Obviously the Mainstream Media doesn’t feel the need to hide their bias anymore. According to a recent AP-GfK Poll of likely voters, 56% say the media is biased against Donald Trump. Even worse, according to Wikileaks, we now know a New York Times reporter, Mark Leibovich, has collaborated with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and even liberal news outlets are being forced to admit Democratic National Chair, Donna Brazile passed a CNN debate question onto Hillary Clinton in March of 2016, prior to her primary debate with then opponent Bernie Sanders.
Where is the public outrage? Particularly from the Bernie Sanders supporters? If the indignation is there, the media is choosing not to report on it.
In the years leading up to the 2016 election cycle, we have witnessed the steady decimation of the middle class, the increasing financial disparity between Wall Street and Main Street, open borders, foreign wars, escalating racial tensions and an out of control lawless government. From the very beginning of his campaign, Donald Trump has clearly stated in the media what a lot of Americans have been thinking and feeling. When the media pundits challenge him, he doesn’t back down. Instead, he doubles down and this has made Trump a hero to large swaths of voters nationwide.
For the most part, the majority of those supporting Trump believe him when he says: “Let’s Make America Great Again”. It’s Nationalism pure and simple. There is a problem though. Nationalism is not in the best interest of the Deep State War Machine and the financial elite globalists. They want to tear down America so they can build their new world order and they won’t let a little piece of paper with “We the People” written on it, stop them.
These jackels are riding the fractional reserve banking behemoth also known as the Creature from Jekyll Island, and they have conscripted their corporate-owned media slaves into service as carnival barkers with bullhorns. The global financial elite currently own 95% of all of the mainstream media under the black umbrella of six multi-national corporations. The sole duty of these companies are to promote a globalist agenda via Technocratic Bubblevison and through the hypnotic power of suggestion, a wicked brew of half-truths, disregarded facts and, at times, complete misrepresentations.
To say the least, the mainstream media today has abdicated their responsibilities to the republic. Most everything now reported from Washington, the Associated Press or from any mainstream media outlets are at worst, outright lies; and at best, deliberately inaccurate. They incessantly make accusations regarding conspiracy theories and arrogantly judge the intellect of those who are awake. Yet they also simultaneously propagate Orwellian narratives like the US Embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya as being caused by a YouTube video. This is just one example.
According to those who have abnegated the Fourth Estate today, we are to forget about the Fast and Furious, NSA, IRS and Benghazi scandals. Look away from the Clinton Foundation’s mysterious funding sources as well as its suspected financial misappropriations. We are to overlook the record billions of hollow point ammunition purchased in the last several years by the DHS, TSA, NSA, IRS, USPS and every other alphabet soup U.S. government agency in recent years. And, we are to disregard reports of 2,700 armored vehicles recently acquired by the DHS as well as the militarization of police departments around our country. Finally, we should ignore the fact that America’s national debt has doubled since 2008 and disregard how food stamp usage has increased seventy percent since 2008 as the bubblevision reports on the improving economy instead of Cloward-Piven.
In the media, confusion reigns. They like it that way and “keep ‘em guessing” seems to be their motto. One week coffee is bad for you. Another week coffee is good for you. One study funded by the Universal Coalition of Latin American Coffee Growers. The other is funded by the United Proponents of Green Tea Sellers. It’s all narratives and behind the lies there always seems to be an agenda. Why?
There is saying in the Old Testament, Hosea 8:7, that says:
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.
The moneymen and their minions are indeed sowing to the wind and they will soon reap the whirlwind. On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016; We the People of the United States of America will wake up with either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as our President in a country now owned by China. Regardless of who wins, the whirlwind cometh.
To those who are encouraged regarding recent headlines of the FBI reopening the case again Hillary a few weeks before the election, keep in mind even this could be a play by the globalists to orchestrate a Trump win. There are some who claim the best play by the financial elite would be to allow the nationalist movements behind both Trump and Brexit to have their day in the sun. This would allow the establishment to simply collapse the system in any number of ways and thus blame the ensuing wreckage on nationalist naiveté and the foolish dreams of protectionism.
With a Hillary win it will be a fast track to war, financial armageddon and third world status. With a Trump win, the powerful moneymen can simply change the order to: financial armageddon, war and then, third world status. The names may change but the end results will be the same. Either way, the winners have won.
In John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, “The Grapes of Wrath”, a tale is told of migrant families in the Great Depression living in ramshackle camps known as “Hoovervilles”. However, the characters in the book are not portrayed as stupid. On the contrary, they know what happened to them. One exchange between the characters goes like this:
“We’re sorry. It’s not us. It’s the monster. The bank isn’t like a man.”
“Yes, but the bank is only made of men.”
“No, you’re wrong there—quite wrong there. The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.”
“The bank – the monster has to have profits all the time. It can’t wait. It’ll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can’t stay one size.”
The protagonists in The Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family, had difficulty living in their Hooterville and fared much better in their next camp which was run by the government. Ironically, during the next Great Depression that is almost here, life may again imitate art, except this time the Hoovervilles will be called “Trump Towns” or Hillary “It Takes A Villages” and the government camps will be run by FEMA.
In spite of the depressing subject matter, the beauty of the prose in The Grapes of Wrath is hauntingly eloquent. In its timeless message Steinbeck has captured what is about to befall the United States citizenry once again with these words:
“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”
Yes, darkness comes from the east and an ill wind blows. There is a chill in the air that feels like judgement or even revenge. The winners have won. Look at all they have won. The world in all of its entirety. The moocher classes have won a little more time to enjoy their free food, high definition televisions, low income housing and Obamaphones as they lip sync to their songs of hip hop and rap tunes in the ghettos. The high rollers have won consolidated global power, a lying media spinning statist narratives and ever growing bank accounts suckling imaginary green milk from the pigs in the pen of the Federal Reserve. They have won. Indeed, they have won, and at such a great bargain. All they had to trade in return were their nonexistent souls.