Getting ready for the 2020 Election…if there is one.
Getting ready for the 2020 Election…if there is one.
According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a psychiatrist and a pioneer in near-death studies, when one suffers a serious loss, as in the death of a friend or spouse, one passes through a series of predictable stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Depending on the scale of the loss and the make-up of the person suffering the loss, these stages may vary in time or might be experienced so quickly they are not easily detected, or they may extend for months or years.
There is a mental condition which has been labeled, somewhat capriciously, as “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” The label is intended to explain the bizarre behavioral response of Democrats to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. While every election has its winner and loser, the result of this particular election has been to pit those who voted for Hillary Clinton as enemies of the Trump voters and vice versa. The country is now approaching the two-year anniversary of the election, and this strained and contentious relationship continues. The Never-Trumpers remain firm in their conviction that President Trump has no redeeming qualities, and the MAGA Trump supporters at times appear to worship him as a savior. Moving away from these emotional responses, there is a small portion of the population who maintain some level of equilibrium. But every American citizen is in the same historical lifeboat. The boat is being dangerously rocked back and forth by the warring factions, ballasted somewhat by a small number of neutral thinkers who suggest, with wary caution, that we allow the American government to sail into the future guided by the principles of the Constitution, the strength of its system of checks and balances, and the common sense of the American people.
Are the Never-Trumpers really deranged in their quest to defeat Donald Trump? Are the Trump supporters oblivious to reality, blinded by their love of their savior? What is happening here? Will Trump be impeached? If not, will the Never-Trumpers seek vengeance in violence? Will President Trump institute martial law to maintain order under threat of an impending civil war?
Let’s return to the concept of great loss leading to anger, denial, bargaining, depression and ultimately acceptance. First, what was the loss experienced by the Never-Trumpers? On the surface, it would appear to be the elimination of Hillary Clinton as the first female American President. That certainly could be an emotional loss for many voters who embraced this concept and Donald Trump would be the likely target for the anger of many of the Hillary voters. But every election has a winner and a loser. Historically, Americans get over their loss (passing through the stages of grief) and move on to the business of daily life. Americans are pragmatic. They recognize that the country has survived many presidents and that no single election can destroy the continuity of the American way of life.
The last time such raw emotion over an election bubbled to the surface was in 1932 when Franklin Roosevelt won the office. Roosevelt lovers and haters marched, schemed, and blasted each other in newspapers, magazines, and over the new medium of radio, much like the media battle waged today on the internet. FDR had his “fireside chats” just a Trump has his “Tweets.” Like Trump, Roosevelt was worshipped by some and detested by others. The intensity of people’s emotion was fueled by the Great Depression which gripped the country in national suffering. There was great economic and personal loss. People were angry at Roosevelt and the American system. They looked to other countries for solutions. The economic/political systems of Communist Russia and Nazi Germany appeared to be working better than the American way. Citizens argued violently over extreme solutions to their problems: socialism, communism, and fascism were offered up. People sought a savior. In time, FDR became that man…a benevolent dictator who concocted a confusing bureaucratic stew of social programs which smelled tasty but did not always satisfy Americans hunger for stability, progress, and individualism.
After Roosevelt’s first two terms in office, many problems remained unresolved. Brewing in the background was global political instability. The Great War was fresh in the memory of many Americans. The Great Depression continued. FDR deceptively promised to avoid foreign entanglements and war. He promised economic growth. He puffed up his accomplishments. He won the 1940 election.
Great Depression Americans had moved through the stages of grief and loss: denial of their economic loss in the early 1930s, acting in angry divisiveness in the following years, bargaining away “rugged individualism” for the stability of FDR’s semi-socialistic policies, and finally accepting America’s transition into today’s post-war modern globalist state. This was a fifteen-year process.
Seventy-three years later, intuitively, Americans anticipate losses greater than the economic deprivation of the Great Depression, the loss of individualism with the American transition toward collectivism, and the loss of innocence in the slaughter that was World War II.
Today, without conscious recognition, Americans face the total annihilation of all remaining innocence, the destruction of ancient traditional societal crutches, and the lifting of their blinders exposing their own massive denial, stupidity, and slave-like mentality. For most Americans it will be the greatest loss they will ever confront. This disturbing sub-conscious view into the future has made Never-Trumpers angry and has made many Trump supporters view him as a savior. Trump is the messenger, the harbinger of change, and possibly the anointed person to move America into a new and more virtuous but tumultuous future.
These are some of the mind-bending losses facing Americans in the coming months.
Sub-conscious awareness of these impending events reinforced by propaganda and mind control from the Deep State may be the root cause of what is called Trump Derangement Syndrome creating massive, intense and otherwise inexplicable denial and anger for about half the population. Can President Trump, the “evil Messenger”, become the Great Healer? We shall see.
I’ve written five books in the Time Travel Twins series. While the individual books can stand on their own, they are all connected. History is a rearview mirror which can help us navigate through time to the future. Franklin Roosevelt’s activities, triumphs, and tragedies are connected to John Kennedy’s and more recently to Donald Trump’s. What do these men have in common? They were, or appear to have been, members of the elite who succeeded in reaching the highest office in America in spite of the fact that they may not have been the first choice of the power-brokers, controllers, or “deep state.” Chose your name for the puppet-masters, but we all know they exist. These king-makers are interested in controlling the country to serve their interests. They know the best way to assure the continuation of the status quo is to offer political candidates who will follow orders. FDR and JFK believed they could run America according to their own ideas. Trump also appears to think he is in charge.
To date, Roosevelt was the most successful of the three. He was able to manipulate public opinion to flow along the river of history to fit the needs of the power elite. If he went off course, he was redirected by the controllers. He was a masterful improviser, and the elite did not have all the tools of control available to today’s “deep state.” So, FDR’s four-term reign was a tug of war of power and control—sometimes his ideas prevailed, and sometimes the masters prevailed. The process was a learning experience for both sides.
John Kennedy unexpectedly won the presidency in 1960. Richard Nixon was supposed to win. However, JFK was a student of history, and he understood the power of the creation of a cult of followers. Roosevelt had such a cult. FDR was loved by the common man. His people skills were incredible. He mastered the art of controlling public opinion via the new mass communication tool called radio. Decades later, Kennedy created his own make-believe world of “Camelot.” He was a young, handsome, erudite prince backed up by a beautiful and sophisticated wife. His control of the new political medium of television was every bit as powerful as Franklin Roosevelt’s radio rule. However, JFK was not adept at pleasing the “deep state.” He attempted to exert his own control over the country possibly believing he was the beloved king of people. At some point, he crossed the line, and the king-makers decided to make an example of him. In Dallas, Texas in 1963 they would publicly execute him as a warning to all others that followed and to instill a subconscious reminder to the people of America that they did not really have the power to elect the president of their choice. That power was reserved for the “deep state.” In the decades following the Kennedy kingdom, other charismatic leaders who posed a threat to the system, like Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, and Malcolm X, would be eliminated.
Even the insider Richard Nixon had his legs cut out from under him when he suffered from delusions of grandeur. He was forced to resign the office. With Nixon dismissed, the “deep state” went into the full-control mode. At this point in about 1974, the puppeteers were visible to the public. The “deep state” boldly directed the nation’s political players like bad actors in a television soap opera. Gerald Ford was gerrymandered into office. He pardoned Nixon, and then he suffered two assassination attempts just to remind him of his place. He was replaced by Jimmy Carter, a nice man who could be bounced around like a political pinball without knowing it.
Then in 1980, the stage was set for total control. The first item on the agenda was to kill off the newly elected President Ronald Reagan to be replaced Vice-President George Bush, the man who was the true face of the controllers. Somehow Reagan survived, but he was surrounded by “deep state” troops who would guide the ailing and aging president as required. Finally, in 1988, the “deep state” had their man in office, George Bush. After that, they controlled the public choices so that they could never lose—Bush vs. Clinton, Clinton vs. Dole, Bush2 vs. Gore, Bush2 vs. Kerry, Obama vs. McCain, and Obama vs. Romney. Every four years, their guy won the Office of President.
All the while over more than fifty years, the consolidation of power solidified into a massive octopus of corruption and control. Like the mobsters of the early twentieth century, the “deep state” was made up of fat-cat warring factions, but with the total control of the media and of the rank and file politicians, the controllers fell into a state of sleepy comfort and over-confidence. They were in charge. They made things happen. The American presidency was less of an issue. By 2016, the “deep state” had drained America almost completely dry. They stole trillions of dollars leaving the country a hollowed-out version of the past. Nobody cared because they really didn’t have any allegiance to anything but their own evil and greedy worldview.
But someone must have been concerned. Someone decided to fight the “deep state.” The election of 2016 was different. For certain Hillary was the “deep state” choice on the Democratic side, but Donald Trump, a total political “black swan” somehow eliminated all the Republican contenders. The “deep state” were faced with the possibility of Trump being elected president. And then it happened, having selected candidate Hillary who was universally hated by a majority of the Americans, the controllers lost control. Trump, a man who was master of the new internet communications system and television, and who, like a bad-guy professional wrestler, followed a different political rulebook, took control of the election, reinvigorated the sleepy electorate and body-slammed Hillary into oblivion.
Since then the “deep state” has battled President Trump and his supporters. Trump is an outsider. He is an outlaw. He has the support of a majority of the American people and of some very powerful people, most likely parts of the military, white-hat CIA rogues, and monied economic realists who foresee the end of the dollar and long for a return to a stable national platform on which to conduct business. It’s also possible that old-fashioned patriotism is a big factor in the battle against the “deep state.”
An honest review of the actual events of history will reveal the connections from FDR to JFK to DJT. Ignorant of the true past, the characters in my novels could only guess what was happening. We have a much better view. We easily follow the trail of the players now. They are all out in the open. It is as if we know the design of the magic trick, and we can see all the deception and slight of hand. It’s all connected and all visible. The magician’s moves appear clumsy now. His attractive assistants, the mainstream media and the captive politicians are showing their age. No longer are they so interesting as to take our eyes off the magician. The end is near. Someone is going to prevail. This bit of history will end when everyone agrees the show is over and the fat lady begins to sing.
Who do you trust to provide truthful news? The New York Times, The National Enquirer, your favorite YouTube site, CNN, FOX News, or “none of the above”? Getting a handle on reality has become more challenging now that more possible realities are surfacing. It was so much easier when people relied on the Mockingbird system and its predecessors. Of course, that ease of decision-making sucked us into WWI and WWII, Vietnam, the “War on Terror” and many other negative realities. In five years, we may look back on the present era fondly, at least from the point of view of seeing the “truth”. At the moment, various truths are competing for our attention. One approach is to remain interested and attentive, but detached and skeptical. Filter reality and build your own “truth.” Here is a guest post about “truth” from one of my characters, Emma Neumann from my novel Saving Trump.
“The well-known story of All the President’s Men written by Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward chronicled the exploits of these two reporters during the early 1970s Watergate scandal. The book was a classic David and Goliath tale of the bulldog reporters using inside information, in this case from a mysterious source called ‘Deep Throat,’ to investigate and break the big story which would ultimately take down President Richard Nixon.
Let’s fast forward from 1972: Nixon was re-elected President of the United States; Vice-President Agnew resigned (1973); Gerald Ford became Vice-President (1973); Nixon resigned as President after the Watergate scandal (1974); Ford became President (1974); Nelson Rockefeller became Vice-President (1974). History books covering this era must be action-packed, exciting reads.
Then in 1975-76, the Church Committee investigated United States intelligence activities, and Operation Mockingbird was exposed. Begun in 1953, Mockingbird was a CIA program which used legitimate news sources to influence domestic public opinion. Brand-name reporters working for the New York Herald Tribune, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others were allegedly subject to control by their CIA Mockingbird masters. Other reporters, not working within the propaganda system, were wire-tapped to determine content. Basically, it was a continuing propaganda campaign running within, and capable of manipulating, the revered ‘Fourth Estate,’ the news media.
More recently we have the story of the leader of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, buying The Washington Post newspaper in 2013 for $250 million. Earlier in the same year, Bezos’ company Amazon received a $600 million contract to provide cloud services to the CIA. The Washington Post has been a constant source of negative information about President Trump, much of which has been obtained from anonymous sources.
Logically, one might assume that the truth once exposed would negate any propaganda efforts by the CIA or anyone else. Of course, Edward Bernays, the father of modern-day public relations or propaganda, said in his 1927 report entitled The Minority Rules that “the most effective propaganda, indeed, is that which enlarges and presents the truth so that an indifferent public will understand it and accept it.” Later in the same article, he says that if propaganda “strays into untruth, the course of events will show it up, and its power will end.”
But, what is the truth?
Some definitions state that a verified fact conforming to reality, and not false (untrue) is the truth.
And what is a lie?
A lie is an idea or statement that is untrue but which is presented as if it was true.
It could be said that all reported news may or may not be true depending on verification of the facts and the honesty of the reporter. Like the quantum physics question: is it a particle or a wave?, determining whether it is the truth or a lie depends on your filter and interpretation.
Hitler had a method of establishing the truth. The Nazi propaganda leaders said that if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, it will become the truth. This is the problem with public relations and propaganda. It is a process which establishes the truth and then sells it to the public. In effect, it is ‘fake news.’ Because news reporting is not only a fact-reporting machine, it is a fact-filter or lens. It diminishes or magnifies any event according to the bias of the source. Or in some cases, news is totally or partially fabricated.
Is the CIA still in the business of manipulating domestic and foreign public opinion? Are the Russians involved in manipulating domestic and foreign public opinion? Is President Trump doing the same? Are the Democrats and Republicans doing the same? The easy answer is, yes. Is all the news presented on television, and in newspapers, magazines, movies, podcasts, videos, websites and word-of-mouth the “truth”? Or is it some form of propaganda? The answer is that it is all propaganda. From instantaneous electronic reporting to time-delayed historical reporting, it is all the same. Let the reader beware.
In the very near future, it will be reported that the Russians co-opted Facebook, Google and other sites that offered advertisements along with their information and news. Most likely their intent was to disrupt the elections. Maybe they were just testing the concept to determine the best way to influence our elections. The Russians will be exposed for buying ads which promoted specific candidates and issues in the 2016 Presidential Election. Possibly Donald Trump was one of those promoted. If so, does that mean he colluded with the Russians? Or does it reflect on the transmitter of the news, Facebook or Google? Are they in some capitalistic, business-like way colluding with the Russians? Or is this all about free-speech for everyone including foreign intelligence operations?
Mockingbird news survives. It will never be killed by the truth because the truth is an imaginary bullet.”