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The Fucking Establishment Media.

“If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention”

— Heather Heyer’s Last Facebook Post

 

“Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.”

— Grace Paley

 

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”

—Thomas Paine

 

The growing rage against Trump’s blatant fascism has delighted fascist Steve Bannon and demagogue Trump. But more importantly it has scared the liberal establishment and the middle of the road conservatives.

Chris Matthews, Morning Joe, PBS/The Newshour, CNN and others are all scrambling to claim control of the narrative. Their primary assertions are that “rage” plays into Trump’s hands and that it alienates the “middle.”

This is followed by displays of sad disapproval at growing episodes of rage, as if mom and dad were disappointed by errant children.

This is designed to deny the legitimacy of anger against fascism, but more importantly it is designed to prevent change to the system from which they derive power, prestige (such as it is) and payment.

The establishment media spends its time generating rage. It selectively deploys comparisons between Trump and Nazis; between Trump’s state sponsored kidnapping and the holding of child hostages, and other episodes of tyrannical threats to our safety. They declare in an endless 24 hour echochamber cycle that Trump is a monster; that he is incompetent, racist, and a bottomless pit of narcissistic and pathological sadism.

All of which is true. And then when people become enraged, and exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to speak out, to yell at their government, the establishment media says, hey there bucko, calm down, stand up straight and clean your room!

Rage has its uses.

Rage was part of the equation that fed the Continental Congress and the Continental Army. Rage was part of the equation that fed victories in World War 2 and not everyone who fought for civil rights was a supporter of peaceful resistance or The Weather Underground.

The establishment media refuses to allow for either the truth about rages place in history or that one can be on the left, and angry, and not an advocate of violence.

This lack of deliberate nuance is no different than what one finds with demagogues like Jordan Peterson, and Trump or fascists like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller.

And the establishment media refuses to accept that they are not in charge of how or when people get angry. They express dismay at what they call a looming crisis of civility, as if the endless cycles of police executions of unarmed minorities is somehow an example of  High Tea and Emily Post etiquette. And they refuse to acknowledge that they are engaging in a mirror version of exactly what they (rightly) accuse Trump of doing – stoking the flames and then racing to get out in front of the enraged mob.

“Television,” said Paddy Chayefsky, “is not the truth. Television’s a god-damned amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business.”

The democrats must ask themselves if they want to convince a slim percentage of Trump supporters to jump ship, or convince the left and the center to vote in numbers sufficient to overcome gerrymandering and the toxic collaborationist propaganda of the establishment media and the apathy of those who don’t vote. That is one of the key issues. Consider Rob Reiner saying that Robert De Niro was wrong to say, “fuck Trump.” And why, was he wrong? Because, says Reiner, that sort of heated blunt rhetoric, inflames Trump’s base and turns off the middle. As if Trump’s base wouldn’t be inflamed by a pair of tits or a new truck or a new truck with tits on the dashboard.

Which means, if one grants the premise, that people who are so shallow, so spineless, and so feckless, that the use of the word fuck expressed by a famous actor, is enough to convince them to vote for a demagogic racist half-wit and political pyromaniac. And it is enough to convince the undecided middle, who are so shallow, so spineless, and so feckless, that the use of the word fuck, expressed by a famous actor, is enough to convince them to stay home while a demagogic racist half-wit and political pyromaniac burns their homes to the ground.

Exactly why then would anyone with a soul, and a spine, want to court such people? And what would you do once you had them? How would you govern if they were the key demographic of your electoral “victory”? The truth is, Reiner is another aristocratic liberal who is terrified of Trump for two reasons: and one of them is because Trump has awakened the dormant left.

So, what do we say to those spineless shallow sunshine patriots?

Fuck the lot of them.

If you can’t generate enthusiasm, and rage in enough people to vote Trump and his Quizlings, out of office, then you will inherit the whirlwind and receive the tyranny you deserve.

But whatever you do, don’t listen to mom and dad and rich uncle Reiner. They’re not worried about your safety, they’re worried about their own.

 

Update: 6/26/18

A socialist defeats “likey successor” to Nancy Pelosi.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mattberman/a-young-progressive-woman-just-beat-one-of-the-most?utm_term=.kqxbaj4NwP#.cj2lbXmdqZ

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