Archive for October, 2018

Unmeddled Democratic Process

Friday, October 26th, 2018

I was unfortunate enough this morning to hear a candidate for governor of my state interviewed by one of the embedded mass media’s so-called “correspondents.” The candidate tried to bring up the subject of state government policy but the reporter wanted to talk about the latest public opinion poll suggesting a close contest. She wanted to know what the candidate intended to do to stem the tide in favor of his opponent, and she wasn’t about to be distracted by references to public issues. This is typical of the politics industry, preoccuped as the participants are with polls and fundraising. An election is imminent, and the central task is to raise money and spend it to get votes. 

If you’re one of the 60-odd million sanctimonians who populate the political right wing, you’ve seen no let-up in solicitations to battle enemies like Trump-baiter Elizabeth Warren. Uncomfortable as you may be to ally yourself with Saudi Arabia and Israel, you cough up. If you favor Warren, you’re getting incessant appeals for cash to take on Trump and his minions, even as Warren and her party facilitate Trump’s transfer of billions of dollars to arms dealers in faraway lands, like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Regardless of your leanings, you’re probably not surprised to hear Democrat Joseph Biden plead against impeachment, aware, as Biden is, of the immense value of Trump as a means of raising money. The various political contenders will spend billions to influence public opinion, and the politics industry–advertisers, news-mongers, political hacks–will prosper. In fact, the pursuit of money–not the administration of government–seems to be the principal point of elections in this third millennium. The media like to talk about divisiveness, never acknowledging how much money they make by promoting political divisions.

The media don’t seem to be at all abashed over their part in this process. They decide which candidates you will hear from, and their decisions seem to be based principally on how much money can be raised and spent (with them). Dispensers of political advertising seem disposed to stick with brand names like Clinton, Bush and Trump, betting on them to have the capacity to spend copiously. If you can’t or won’t raise sufficient pelf, they tell the electorate you’re not a “serious” candidate.  History suggests that the ability to raise money is not a qualification to govern, but the election industry operates in its own interest, and big spenders are favored by the embedded mass media. We shouldn’t be surprised that reporters don’t report on their own election meddling.

The main tactic of political manipulation seems to be the selling of enemies to the targeted public. All parties agree that the Ayatollah, Putin, Kim, and Assad are murderous enemies. “Give us money,” say the purveyors of democracy, “and we’ll fight them off for you.” With a national election on the near horizon, ’tis the season to fund that promise. By defeating their proxies and facilitators in the ranks of the political opposition, one or the other crime family pledges to rein in designated enduring enemies. Of course, the sooner these designated enemies are defeated, the sooner the money flow will cease, yielding, ironically, a permanent, futile state of struggle to overcome them.

Political enemies generate money all the year round, but the big money comes in during the weeks preceding an election, and it must come from people like me, because I’ve been bombarded with email from the likes of Warren, Biden, Clinton, Trump, and even Barbra Streisand, pleading desperately for me to underwrite the expenses bankers, lobbyists and other racketeers incur to maintain cooperative Democratic and Republican parties. I wonder whether I’m alone in feeling a disposition to boycott the election in response. Could that be the point of all this?

Rape Club

Friday, October 5th, 2018

The racial and cultural gap that divides elite White guy Brett Kavanaugh and underprivileged Black guy Clarence Thomas may not be much in evidence when nubile law clerks pass the two of them in the quiet chambers of the U. S. Supreme Court. 

“Nice butt.” Justice Brett might say.

“Not dissenting from that view.” Justice Clarence might answer .

Reporters don’t tell us how Justice Ruth and Justice Sonia relate to Justice Clarence, but we can be pretty sure that when irascible young Brett joins the court, those women will, as any female white-collar worker would under similar circumstances, view the two sexual predators as a fraternal order of some kind. The taint that stuck to Thomas will bind him to Kavanaugh, producing a stink that will detract from the dignity of the entire court.

Some observers believe Kavanaugh was elevated in spite of his history of sexual predation. More likely is that he was elevated because of his spotty record and not despite it. When you’re recruiting personnel for a racketeering outfit, best practice is to find people who are tolerant of deviant conduct. Parties to crime and their facilitators tend not to blow whistles on their criminal associates.

It’s not that difficult to find qualified miscreants. Liars and cheats can, if they’re clever enough, rise to positions of power and authority by using dishonesty to their advantage. Creators of fiction from Dickens to Le Carre tell us how it’s done, and social scientists confirm that psychopathic types are overrepresented among real-life chief executives and other high-prestige types.

We’ve had an unbroken string of criminal presidents over the course of decades, culminating with the present comic-book villain, and so it should come as no surprise that our federal government is populated at the top with politically connected cheats and liars of various talents. Kavanaugh should fit right in. As a member of one of Yale University’s secret frats, he’s been in training for this very special arm of the deep state since adolescence.

Government has evolved to accommodate its malfeasant administrators. People who were disposed to perform ethically in their jobs have long since departed the upper echelons of government service. The tiny fringe who had the effrontery to unmask corrupt authority, people like Brett’s teenage victim Christine Blasey, have all been discredited, and they stand as an object lesson to would-be stool pigeons. It’s a lesson directed not only at women who are abused by powerful men but at the subordinate males who ought to protect them. Complain, and you will be crushed.

I terminated my law career some years ago, partly because of age and infirmity, but mostly because of my distrust of what we blithely refer to as our system of justice. I won’t have occasion to appear before Justice Kavanaugh, but lawyers who do, if they’re anything like me, will have trouble contemplating the black robe without also imagining the man inside the robe displaying his genitalia to unfortunate onlookers.