It has been almost a month since I have posted. Trump has become such a master of muddling our minds, that it is tough to find something simple to say that matters. For months now, with the help of, among others, the evilly reincarnated version of the once respected Mayor of New York, Wack-Job Rudi, Trump has managed to create a version of reality that has successfully challenged a traditional version of one based on facts…..not perfectly, of course, but with a respect for the truth, a concept Trump cares nothing about.
Why bother to learn the truth when you can so easily make up your own story? And many people believe you. Even when you are proven wrong, you just keep repeating the lie and like spaghetti tossed at a wall, some of it sticks.
Meanwhile those who feel compelled by that north star rational ideal feel forced to combat you factually, in the midst of which Trump spins another fable or two. It only takes a minute or two. The press exhausts itself trying to keep up.
Months ago, his mistress of spin, Kelly Anne Conway lifted up the curtain of this pint sized Oz when introducing the notion of “alternative facts”. Normally excellent at evasion, Kelly Anne accidentally revealed the mind set of her boss in stark terms. A view of reality based on alternative facts, ones that he just makes up.
Donald Trump has told thousands of lies, the more the merrier over the course of his presidency, but to call him a liar underestimates his deepest epistemological sin. That is he just makes shit up. Constantly. And he keeps repeating his fables. His biggest sin is that he is a fabulist. He invents elaborate dishonest stories about the nature of things and who is to blame for what’s wrong.
He creates his own Trumptopia, attractive to those who resent and fear and want others to blame for their unhappy situations. Even when Trump does not replace a fact base sense of reality, he manages to confuse us enough to the point he creates such fatigue in trying to sort out fact from fiction, that most of us tend to just give up.
Not Msnbc’s Rachel Madow and her ilk, of course, which might include many of you. Rachel is obviously very bright and extremely hard working, but here is the rub. Lengthy analyses of current political events only make dyed in the wool liberals smarter. It makes the rest of us want to learn less.
Liberals place too much faith in the lingering Age of the Enlightenment when it comes to politics where irrationality plays a much bigger roll than liberals seem to concede. Especially among 5 – 10% of those undecideds who will tip the electoral scale next November.
I used to read serious books about politics, but have stopped. Why bother? An increased knowledge, including important nuances, only means something to those who already share most of my political mind set. People who still have faith in well reasoned argument.
I’m not much motivated to speak to the choir, even though my imagined readership seems more likely to sing hallelujah than not.
I’m here mostly to try to sort out some political facts and fictions. Here amidst my muddle, I’m simply trying to make the point that two views of political reality are now in contention, two narratives. One based largely on facts. The other based on alternative facts that Trump either makes up or twists or exaggerates.
Not that I think that conclusion is a surprise to most. But I think it deserves being delved into more. And I plan to.