Evil-Echo Empire Update

We have very strange dynamics playing out here.  The actual fake news comes from Fox & the echo, who lie repeatedly to defend a president who’s indefensible.  Yet Trump’s definition of fake news has nothing to do with the truth, but instead would be any media which won’t worship his magnificence & brilliance.  Trump’s truths are the ones only existing in his own mind.  He lives in an alternate reality which his pundits have been more than willing to move into his same phony world.  Yes indeed, his state-run media does resort to incredible spin to explain away the inexplicable.  The dangers lie in the fact millions of their mesmerized fans believe them.  The danger also lies with Trump constantly attacking the media & even questioning libel laws which protect a free press from lawsuits, sending signals around the world that journalists are fair game.  We’ve just seen that play out in Myanmar where reporters were unjustly arrested & jailed.  We’ve heard of the cases in despot countries where journalists are being attacked & murdered.  We’ve even see it play out here in America where reporters have been physically threatened & attacked by congressmen & congressional candidates.  Who would vote for such violent/unhinged/thug politicians?  It’s become a very dangerous precedent not just for reporters, but for all of us as one of our last lines of defense for preserving free democracies, a free press, has come under direct attack, with the leader of the United States using his enormous influence to spearhead such reprehensible anti-media outbursts.

 the resistance graph

In reviewing the recent relevant articles below, the dangers we face with this president makes the resistance movement all the more vital.  Inside the link trump-is-destroying-a-national-treasure, that treasure happens to be dedicated, experienced civil servants, or according to the echo, the swamp.  Here are excerpts from another article trumps-war-on-the-press-follows-the-mussolini-and-hitler-playbook:

Calling out the lies hasn’t stopped Trump. His motives may differ from those of Mussolini and Hitler. He’s not ideological. In his case autocratic instincts come as a psychological motor in the pursuit of greed and the protection of his unbridled and ludicrous ego. The lack of ideology doesn’t make him any less dangerous, though. Trump has no time for scruples. With his lawyers unable to kill Wolff’s book (can book burning be far off in his mind?) he once again threatened to ramp up the libel laws to prevent the “defamation” of people like him. He’s trying to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner in the hope that Time Warner will be forced to divest itself of his bête noir, CNN, hoping that someone more sympathetic to him will take it over.

 

In this struggle journalism is our last dependable line of defense. It’s no exaggeration to say that the health, security, and integrity of the republic is at stake. History is an unforgiving judge and, just as the history of Europe in the 1920s and ’30s reveals shameful failures in democratic institutions America’s current crisis will be judged by how effectively, or otherwise, the institutions designed to protect democracy worked.
Watch for Senator Flake‘s speech this week, where he likens Trump’s words to Stalin when the prez calls the media “the enemy of the people.”  Who’d ever thought we’d see the day when an American President would attack the institutions of democracy to the point it undermines freedoms both here & throughout the world.  America was always the great protector of democratic nations, now with Trump in charge this famous phrase has come to represent our own nation; We have met the enemy & they are us.  Not enough GOP reps like Flake have taken an active role in the resistance movement by denouncing Trump’s epic fails, which by their silence are seen as somewhat complicit in the new threats our nation faces.  From the articles below, these lines here are reportedly in the speech:

It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase ‘enemy of the people,’ that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of ‘annihilating such individuals’ who disagreed with the supreme leader.

The senator will add:

[Trump] has it precisely backward — despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despot’s enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy. When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.

After more than 2000 lies from this prez less than a year in, I don’t know if Trumpeters are extremely gullible or so smitten by him they believe everything he says, but it is baffling how these compliant fans can swallow his repeated lies no matter how ridiculous. They’re willing to abandon truth for their fabricated false reality in line with tribal allegiances. It defies credulity that seemingly the majority of the GOP would fall for such deception, but that illustrates the power of echo-brainwashing. And Fox fake-news at the urging of Trump is more than willing to feed their viewers what they want.  This passage from the link crazy-trump-calls-fox-news, this helps explain the continuing obsession with bashing Hillary & concocting all sorts of nutty conspiracy theories about her:

Instead, the network often harps on Trump’s former political foe, Hillary Clinton. Fox News viewers reportedly respond in a far more positive way to negative coverage of Clinton and greatly dislike reports against Trump. In turn, the network focuses on coverage tailored to Trump backers and the president.

As usual, Fox has their own section of links below.  I used to watch a lot of Fox News, helping to balance out the left-leaning views on the other networks.  But the past couple years their lying & obsequiousness have become so over-the-top blatant & pronounced, they have become very hard to watch. They’ve not only become the messaging source echoing the lies of Trump, but they’ve also become masters of deceit, distortions, diversions, exaggerations, subterfuge, gaslighting & playing to their far-right base. They’ve learned to mimic Trump since he’s conditioned his fans to take his side on most everything. That duped gang of Trumpeters are also mostly Fox’s core audience.  Ratings & profits largely depend on keeping them entertained & happy.  One good reason I tend to focus more on Fox fake-news in my comments & the article links about the echo, rather than the crazy conspiratorial websites/social media groups or even the more radicalized radio talk shows (like Limbaugh, Levin, Alex Jones), is that it’s quite possible some in the Fox audience can still be educated & salvaged. Those hooked on the ridiculous internet/radio far-right messaging have probably already gone too far off the rails, leaving no hope for them. Saving the GOP & conservatism from the radical side back to rational thinking, it doesn’t require convincing most in the base.  Even just a minority of Fox watchers coming back to the sane side of conservatism might be enough to save the party, & America would be much better for it.

As an evangelical Christian, frankly I’ve been very disappointed in some of our church’s recognized national leadership.  I’ve also been disappointed by many among the congregations who’ve bought into the deceptive teachings of such leaders.  At this point, the likes of Robert Jeffress, Mark Burns, Johnnie Moore, Paula White, Jerry Falwell Jr. & others are so accepting of blatant immorality, to some of us evangelicals they’ve become nothing more than former religious leaders.  There are articles below exposing them for the charlatans they’ve become.  When evangelical leaders use the power of their positions to advocate extremist politics & morally degenerate leaders, they risk so abandoning their Christian values as to cross over into heresy.  In part 1 of today’s commentary I pointed out how Trump seems to corrupt anyone who aligns themselves with him, so likewise I can’t help but wonder if religious leaders associated with Trump have fallen under a demonic spell of deception.  If Jesus walked the Earth today, he might well refer to these so-called religious leaders in the same terms he spoke of the Scribes & Pharisees.

The many links at the very bottom provide more analysis about the abhorrently vulgar comments uttered by the prez last week.  We can’t really be surprised since he’s exposed himself as a racist throughout his business career, campaign & first year of his presidency.  His recent despicable criticisms not only displayed his negative views of those countries he referenced, but it was a direct insult against the people who come from those countries.  As our leader, the country he really diminished the most is our own.  The sycophant Senators in the room who denied he ever said those words, presumably it’s because he may have stated s***house instead of s***hole, as if that makes it OK.  The so-called “least racist person they ever interviewed” he just told a reporter, the prez proved that was just another of his many lies by not even finding the time to provide recognition live & in-person for MLK Day.  I guess his millioneth round of golf took priority.  This is now our leader?  Hardly.  We did just honor & recognize the mission of MLK, where in his famous Dream speech he exclaimed I have a dream where (his children), they will not be judged by the color of their skinbut by the content of their character.  It seems to me a lot of Trumpeters, following the same racist/bigoted attitude of their leader, has the lesson of MLK’s words all backward.  Trump has totally failed in his role of being president for the country, seeking to lead his rabid base that’s only a minority in numbers.