MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
As many of you may have guessed I have been avoiding any political talk because it appears that dysfunctional politics is what defines our country at the moment and it is difficult to say that both sides are dysfunctional without someone crying foul when their emotions are invested in a political movement.
They treat politics like they do a sports team and they are cheerleaders for their own demise.
I become suspicious of those that respond to political antics like they would a reality show. They see politics as entertaining, but they are distracting and disingenuous and ugly.
And ugly political theater is like a bad horror film – diabolical full of sound and fury, yet in the end, it does not satisfy. In some cases it is laughable but lately, there is nothing to laugh about.
I was speaking to a friend of mine about Saturday Night Live and how the opening is usually political in nature. I said that back in the day when the comedy teams were roasting the politics of the day, you could tell that they looked at the various politicians and played them as caricatures.
However, now you can tell that when the comedy group plays a character that is political figure they hate the characters they are playing. Back in the day comedians and impressionists like Phil Hartman and Darrell Hammond would play up Trump-like Dana Carvey played George HW Bush. They had fun ribbing authority –creating a caricature. Even George HW Bush appeared in SNL to rib Carey. He got the joke.
You could tell that Will Farrell played George W. with flair and had some fun in the process.
When Tina Fey played Sarah Palin, she also was a caricature and she was so good at it Sarah Palin was a guest host and was a good sport with all of the ribbing.
Alec Baldwin plays Trump on SNL now and you can see him seething every time he plays him. The political skits are not funny because Trump is not funny and neither is Alec Baldwin.
The Hollywood liberals gave him an award for his portrayal, which says a lot about how low the bar has been placed.
Stephen Colbert was funny when he did his caricature of conservative newscaster Bill O’Reilly on the Colbert Report but now as the late-night host, you see a comedian that is trying to cover up his anger about politics with humor that is hateful and not very funny.
In the past Mad magazine, Spy magazine and other political magazines would satirize conservative politicians and it was funny – even Nixon appeared on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In to say “Sock it to me?”
The truth is that the reason why none of it is funny anymore is because the reality is not worthy of laughter.
What is happening in the United States with regard to politics is grim. It makes me sick just how dysfunctional we as a country we have become politically.
I don’t care what party you belong to – if you are participating in politics without question motives behind the action of a political party; no matter what it is, you are contributing to an even bigger problem – Despotism.
Despotism is so alien to the American Mind that we foolishly believe we have banned it and outgrown it, and that, like slavery, horse-drawn carriages, and smallpox, it is a forgotten relic of the distant past never to be seen again.
But though it is contrary to our national mythology to say so, despotism is everywhere in human relations, if not uniform. It can appear in the workplace, in relationships and in family situations. We are so used to it than when it appears in our government we tend to accept it as a “necessary evil.” However, allowing it to continue creates a whole group of problems. We are now hearing about despotic groups as they are now appearing in the mainstream.
What is scary is that they are being supported by the mainstream as healthy for a democracy and while some free speech is taken away from outspoken radicals – others are given Carte Blanche and as most people can see this is bordering if not outright courting with criminality.
The inaction of the people is unprecedented. We are courting with dangerous ideologies and the United States will burn because of it.
Week after week, the script changes– we watch the mainstream news expecting real news and instead we get a tedious barrage of Donald Trump’s Tweets, Congress’ hearings on Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, Co-President John Bolton is beating his war drum, and we see the ever-widening field of candidates for the 2020 presidential race.
Mainstream news should be called the campaign news – it fails in giving us anything that is useful.
Each new horrible script follows on the heels of the last, never any let-up, never any relief from the constant melodrama.
The players come and go, the protagonists and antagonists trade places and the audience members are quick to forget past mistakes and move on to the next spectacle.
However, there is a different kind of drama that is unfolding in the dark backstage, hidden from view by the heavy curtain, the elaborate stage sets, colored lights, and parading actors.
The new drama is unfolding in your neighborhoods, in your schools and colleges.
I remember last month there was a walkout in the public schools where students were encouraged by their teachers to do so in order to fight climate change. Many of the students are under the impression that we will all die in 12 years unless we put into motion the greed deal plan of Socialism.
I am sure many of the students are unaware how hard and expensive this will be – but they have been told that it should be easy and many of them are probably unaware that what they are doing is marching for the cause of a form of State Socialism.
It is all in the marketing plan – we may think we are doing something right by applauding this youth activism but we can also see it as truancy for a political ideology.
However, the headlines about the walkout say that we should applaud such truancy.
A large majority of parents in the United States want their children to learn about climate change in school, according to a new poll from NPR and Ipsos. The poll shows that 84 percent of parents in the United States with kids under 18 years old support the teaching of Climate Change.
Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and nine in 10 Democrats agree that climate change should be taught to children in classrooms, according to the poll. Sixty-five percent of parents who think climate change should be taught don’t think parental permission is necessary.
A separate poll found that 86 percent of teachers agree that it should be taught in schools.
While most states have classroom standards that mention human-caused climate changes, most teachers (55 percent) are not talking about it in their classrooms.
The most common reason (65 percent) teachers gave was that it was outside their subject area. Other reasons were that teachers don’t have the materials to teach it, don’t know enough about the subject, or that their school doesn’t allow the subject to be taught.
This means that there are rogue teachers that secretly teach it or at least present it as a political issue which may or may not include what political changes have to be made in order to combat climate change.
Fewer than half of parents (45 percent) discussed climate change with their children, the poll found.
Some will say that “Climate Change and the green political solution” is the 21st-century take on Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto.
The resolution of this daddy state reform did nothing other than express the sense that Congress should pass a so-called “Green New Deal” whose wholly unattainable goals would almost certainly wreak havoc on the economy and drive the United States further into debt.
The term “insane” understates how bad the ideas presented in this resolution really are. Both the Green New Deal resolution and the FAQ document released were incomprehensible and was certainly a feeble attempt at proposing a type of Green Communism.
Although it’s certainly imaginative, it’s not remotely close to serious public policy. Perhaps that explains why Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez removed the documents from her congressional website.
Although the resolution isn’t a serious public policy proposal, conservatives and libertarians do need to take it seriously.
Why? Because this is how far to the left extremists of the Democratic Party have drifted. Although some wave the banner of “democratic socialism,” others who share socialist ideals avoid the label that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez claims by identifying as “progressives” who support green policies. When one peels back the initial layer of green, the same tired and failed ideas of socialism are there.
Some candidates like Joe Biden have distanced themselves from the socialist thinkers and has come under fire for it.
What is not being reported is that this political move is based on some innocuous predictions about the potential for climate disruption.
Remember, it was just 2007 when the IPCC warned that the world had only eight years to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The most recent report, released in October 2018, claims that we have 12 years to avoid the worst of climate change.
Again, when this doesn’t happen, they will just move the goal posts.
We make fun of evangelical preachers that predict a world apocalypse but when politicians and technocrats do it, we have to apply socialist programs that eventually slide into communist agendas.
This should outrage us as Americans — the hypocrisy is a dangerous catalyst for more hate and fear mongering.
The Green New Deal resolution while proposing impossible upgrades in buildings, non-meat diets, high-speed rail, and electric cars—it also includes other leftist policy priorities, such as guarantees of “high-quality health care,” “safe, affordable, and adequate housing,” and “economic security.” The resolution doesn’t explicitly state this, but the FAQs document states that the federal government will provide “economic security” to those who are “unwilling to work.”
This is socialism.
But why stop with good old fashioned socialism — and why stop with just putting it to a vote?
Why not stir up a communist revolution?
Recently it was reported on the Campus Reform website that members of the Revolutionary Communist Party of America launched an advertising campaign at the University of California-Los Angeles in early May by chalking and distributing signage in an apparent effort to recruit college students to subscribe to their communist ideology.
The group set up signs, handed out flyers, and wrote out chalk markings comparing communist leader Che Guevara to Jesus Christ.
The Revolutionary Communist Party passed out flyers urging revolution but saying it will not provoke violence “at this stage” calling for the formation of “organized fighting forces,” claiming the group must be ready to “continually train and deploy new forces and leaders,” and called for the establishment of a “New Socialist Republic of North America.”
“We are going for an actual overthrow of the system and a whole better way beyond the destructive, vicious conflicts of today between the people,” one flyer stated.
One part of the manifesto warns potential recruits.
“Do not attempt to openly control and govern territory, until the necessary ‘favorable balance of forces’ has been achieved.”
These flyers are nothing new for the Revolutionary Communists, which boasts affiliates including Stop Patriarchy and Refuse Fascism.
The Communists have gained notoriety at UCLA, largely due to frequent flyering and event disruptions, such as last year’s invasion of an “Indigenous People’s Event.”
UCLA students have pushed back against the group, often claiming that the group is almost entirely composed of non-students and preach a strain of Marxism far too radical for the left-leaning college.
Hating President Trump and Mike Pence is one thing – declaring a Communist revolution is another.
In fact, this is sedition in its truest form.
According to 18 U.S. Code § 2385:
Advocating overthrow of Government. Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
Despite a large amount of opposition, the Revolutionaries show no sign of abandoning recruitment efforts in UCLA, continuing to disseminate their literature regularly.
We not only see a revolutionary stance with Communists, but there are also extremist right-wing groups that clash with extremist left groups like Antifa. Right-wing political supporters should see white supremacy and the violence it has created as abhorrent and likewise, the left should see the actions of Antifa equally deplorable.
However, in the United States, you are either on one side or the other and these attitudes are tolerated as each party has its own terrorist organizations that fight like football teams in the public square.
Antifa believes it is pursuing the opposite of authoritarianism. Many of its activists oppose the very notion of a centralized state. But in the name of protecting the vulnerable, antifascists have granted themselves the authority to decide which Americans may publicly assemble and which may not. That authority rests on no democratic foundation. Unlike the politicians they revile, the men and women of Antifa cannot be voted out of office. Generally, they don’t even disclose their names.
Antifa’s perceived legitimacy is inversely correlated with the government’s. Which is why, in the Trump era, the movement is growing like never before. As the president derides and subverts liberal-democratic norms, progressives face a choice. They can recommit to the rules of fair play, and try to limit the president’s corrosive effect, though they will often fail. Or they can, in revulsion or fear or righteous rage, try to deny racists and Trump supporters their political rights.
Revulsion, fear, and rage are understandable. But one thing is clear – the people of Antifa that are preventing those of the Right ideology from safely assembling may see themselves fierce opponents of the authoritarianism growing on the American Right. However, they are both advocating civil upheaval and are being cheered on by the mainstream media.
This type of behavior is sending a signal that a nationwide emergency and police state are not too far away.
Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, over-criminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, and the like—all of which have been sanctioned by Congress, the White House and the courts —our constitutional freedoms have been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded.
Our losses are mounting with every passing day.
Free speech, the right to protest, the right to challenge government wrongdoing, due process, a presumption of innocence, the right to self-defense, accountability and transparency in government, privacy, press, sovereignty, assembly, bodily integrity, representative government: all of these and more have become casualties and are tantamount to the growing threat of Despotism.
In the United States, we are seeing some really peculiar activity that can only go down as paranormal and part of the pathological behavior that adds to the excuse for revocation of Second Amendment rights, the overturning of Posse Comitatus and other extreme measures. I have said before that America is changing. We no longer can take for granted that we are safe and secure. The ever-growing sense of a police state pushes us to the precipice of Stazi like activities being carried out by our own government.
With desperate people willing to do crazy things and agents filtering in among us it is hard to avoid the cold infiltration of civil paranoia, the kind of paranoia that ends up in civil unrest and lawlessness.
Hating the president is no excuse to throw our Constitution away and encourage communist revolution – or socialist daddy states.
The American people have been treated like enemy combatants, to be spied on, tracked, scanned, frisked, searched, subjected to all manner of intrusions, intimidated, invaded, raided, manhandled, censored, silenced, shot at, locked up, and denied due process.
None of these dangers have dissipated.
They have merely disappeared from our televised news streams.
This is not the product of a maligned administration – it has been building for decades.