Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Monday, May 22, 2023

"The ideal subject of totalitarian rule...


is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist."  -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

That quote by Arendt aptly describes people like this who believe in and post delusional lies: 

"Monday, May 1, 2023 

This is WAR! 

It’s Day 902 of the coup, the theft of the American Government, by enemies both foreign and domestic."

To be fair, the weak-minded individual quoted above who continues to spread this false narrative is not the only one who's lost the distinction between fact and fiction.

The 45th POTUS, Donald J. Trump, began this delusion as he saw the presidency slip away from him after election day in November 2020. 

Since he lost, Trump has continued to push the Big Lie that the election was rigged and that he actually won -- pushed it despite losing 60 law suits adjudicated by judges even Trump himself had appointed:

“Trump uses social media and terms like ‘fake news’ and ‘witch hunt’ and his power there to create the illusion of popularity for ideas that actually have no basis in reality,”  

“Often what this does is create a bandwagon effect for supporting false or misleading things, or more generally attacking institutions, which may include health care, science, education, and the government, in addition to the media."

Trump wants to be POTUS again, which should be unthinkable. There are Trump-supporting Republicans who are hoping to win the nomination, but so far, Trump has a strong lead for the "Republican" nomination.

Nikki Haley who, when Trump first announced he was running for POTUS in 2015, said:

"Donald Trump is everything I taught my children not to do in kindergarten."

Haley did an about-face, embraced Trump, and worked in his administration. Now she's running against him.

1 comment:

Les Carpenter said...

Funny how politicians, especially republican/con politicians these days, gravitate towards whatever they believe is the best position to secure the election win they lust after. If truth stands in the way simply create a false narrative, inculcate people incessantly with false information, enlist loyal sychophants, and you're on the way to creating the conditions that make the country ready and willing to distrust everything the opposing party stands for. And of course it comes with the promise to set ths ship right again when they assume power.

Trump can be highly credited for creating what is now the national republican party modus operandi...

May the creator help us if ever we allow another politician the likes of Trump to ever hold the office of the presdency again.

I used to like Nikki. I now distrust her.