Welcome to 2017. Putin and Trump can set relations to room temperature ending a chilly and chilling rivalry. It remains to be seen whether NATO becomes a third wheel. If it all seems surreal than fake information is working. Nations are made powerful by weopanizing information. The goal is to invent reality from smoke and convince the public to believe it. It can make for a distraction as a propaganda technique. That’s how Russian media works, but with the advent of reality television. It seems to have invaded America and sown some serious doubts in people’s minds. It’s interesting that social media propaganda can make the unreal, very real. Weaponizing words on a twitter feed can resound more powerfully than rhetoric by the smartest academics.
The democrats running for office were ground into a fine powder this cycle. Absolutely crushed. Interesting because Obama is a popular man and the economy is doing pretty well, coming out of a recession. Trump has done his own thing but ran as a Republican. It’s certainly going to be a wild four years with such an enigma as president. Is he a master confidence man with his own agenda or will he be successful for America? I hope the latter is true, because as Obama said, “We are on the same team.”
The Democratic autopsy is in. Pantsuits are out. Otherwise, a solid run.
The working class of America, namely the white working class voted for a billionaire. The son of a millionaire. The proletariats as they are known seemed ripe for collective programs made just for them. Make America an even field for all. Out with the rich, in with the poor so that everyone may have a fulfilling piece of the pie. The pie is only so big as we saw with the Bolsheviks leaving millions dead. The more progressive democracts lost with this line of thinking. America is the global mecca for Capitalism. It’s part of America’s DNA and Socialism, democratic or otherwise wouldn’t work. One of the reasons is the size of America and its obsession with wealth. Fairness would be unaffordable. It runs counter to the notion of capitalism. That is not the future of America because the entire goal of Socialism is Communism. The American dream wouldn’t exist in that realm. The future of the Democrats and progressives cannot be about equality in wealth. Or anything else. Ideally, it may be worth working to achieve that, but pragmatically is is not who we are in America. At least not yet. Not when the poorest of us want great wealth and are willing to elect billionaires to our highest office. The pie is doled out in a way that many stay hungry. That may be a driving force to shake things up by motivating people to find a way to get more pie. The government does make sure that nobody truly starves and looking at our new president, the scraps for the working class may taste better than the gruel they seem to have been eating lately. It is certain that people are willing to take that chance to possibly leave the table scraps completely to eat their own meals.
By: Paul Lillie