The Big Lie versus grieving families and a dying democracy
People in the throes of agony from losing someone close to them are writing things like, "Instead of flowers, donate to a Democrat," or "instead of flowers, tell everyone to vote against Trump and the GOP this fall." It's become a national trend.
But not everyone is mourning. Billionaire Rupert Murdoch and the multimillionaires who comment on his Fox network every night are very happy with the giant tax cuts and deregulation that Donald Trump has given them.
In exchange for that, they're giving support and publicity to Trump's lies.
Trump's lies about the coronavirus are encouraging older people who watch Murdoch's Fox News and believe what they see to take chances and expose themselves to the virus and, as a result, they are dying all over the country.
And, as they die, the billionaires and giant, polluting corporations that have funded the Republican party since the Reagan revolution are literally getting rich on the pandemic. Their net wealth has increased by over $1 trillion just since the first of this year.
So, when we read about Trump bringing misleading and nonsensical graphs and charts - pieces of his Big Lie - to his interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan, and then showing a complete lack of concern for dead and dying Americans and grieving families with a dismissive shrug and, "It is what it is," we have to keep in mind why he would do that.
First, of course, he doesn't care about the lives of average Americans, but, more importantly, neither do the giant corporations and billionaires who helped put him in the office and keep virtually every Republican at every level of government in office across the country. Instead, their media empires are cranking out propaganda on the airwaves and the Internet to support Trump and his lies.
Meanwhile, the death cult that is now the Trump base are the saddest victims of the billionaire and corporate crusade to crush democracy and dismantle the American government. They're the ones whose obituaries tragically point out how they believed Fox News and Donald Trump.
Until America once again constrains the political power of giant corporations and the billionaires they produce, Americans will continue to be gaslighted, forced into work situations that are dangerous, and die in massive numbers.
And the next sociopath the Republicans nominate for president in 2024 will almost certainly be far smarter, more confident, and more dangerous than Donald Trump.
The obituaries are telling us that in addition to getting rid of Trump and his Republican enablers, we must begin the hard work of deep structural change to reverse the billionaire coup of the 1980s that has brought us to this point.
Ahh, yes. Sociopaths. It's a good start to define a "person" that learns that compassion, apologizing, truth telling, etc. ARE WEAKNESSES
Probably a must, for getting into the dirty, greedy, antics of getting elected
It feels unseemly to think of all the good that could come from this tragedy. However, the relatives writing these obits want to honor their loved ones. May they be blessed. I want to join Thom and use his knowledge to help honor these families' wishes.
A cadence from my Army days haunts me:
"Hold you nose and hang your head; we are marching by the dead."
"Sound off one-two, sound off on-two three-four."
The funny thing about “The Big Lie” is that it’s obvious to anyone, other than those that want to believe. It’s not like you have to be a genius, rocket scientist or a brain surgeon, but you do have to open your eyes, listen and be able to process a few simple facts.
Trump is an like a kids book with big type, one syllable words and lots of pictures. However, if you just came for the Kool Aid and never bother to open the book…disaster ensues.
This sounds like a mafia threat: “Her boyfriend [Epstein] died in jail — yeah I wish her well… good luck,” Trump said.