We are sleepwalking towards dictatorship. Will we wake up in time?
Greg, this essay today is clear and frightening. Thank you for always alerting us. If only more people would read your substacks, and the others that are warning us. We cannot “sleepwalk “ through this dangerous time.
Morning, Greg! I have yet to listen to the interview. My own conspiracy theory is that the media has been avoiding what's been happening so that they will ultimately survive the fascist takeover.
Ouch! I hate the electoral college system. Because my vote for Biden will not be counted as I live in Florida. But, dear sir, I’ll still bet you they our next president will not be a king.
Whoever wins the bet -- let’s donate the money to the DNC.
“At the end of the day polling is only a snapshot into a moment, and cannot predict anything. Things change all the time in politics — change is the constant.”
“It tells us nothing about what voters will do when presented with a choice between an 80-year-old, sane and accomplished incumbent running against an only slightly younger, unhinged, accused felon.” - Jennifer Rubin, WAPO
Is Liz Cheney crying in the wilderness? Are you? One hope some of us still have is that the things the GOP has done—like killing women’s reproductive rights—will bring out Blue voters in droves. Maybe it’s magical thinking. But it will keep me sane for another year.
Sadly, our flawed sytem with its electoral college and tolerance of gerrymandering means that our votes and donated money can't guarantee a good outcome no matter how many people make it to the polls. One would think that after the electoral college delivered us Bush 2 we would have gotten rid of that antiquated relic of slavery; but no, we still magically thought Hillary would win if enough of us got out and voted. Instead it delivered us the insane snd inept ketchup flinger. And now with still no fix--
We face very, very scary times. If I am honest, until recently I was on the riverboat, perhaps better said having blind faith that enough of the American people care about Democracy and would vote accordingly. I could not fathom how anyone could want a Putin-like person in the Oval. I got to where the likes of Liz Cheney are after hearing enough of my fellow North Carolinians extol the virtues of 45 and his agenda. More scary is that I live in a very blue part of the State. Being a transplanted New Yorker I just assumed that a large majority of Americans valued Democracy. It is not that I didn't see the threat, rather could not believe it was real.
What I have come to believe is that the newest part of media, social media allow people to not only live in the bubble but that existence is reinforced daily. 45 is a madman and left to his own devices would destroy himself. This self destruction is kept at bay by the likes of Bannon and Miller. They use social media to keep believers in line, countering 45's self destruction instincts.
What awakened me to the reality of the threat was first a belief 45 would self destruct and second faith in the American people. I now believe my first thought is wishful thinking. This leaves faith as the only salvation and while I still hold out hope, I fear the impact of social media, Russian trolls plus Bannon and Miller types using it against us may just prevail.
As I said very, very scary times.
There are days when making a comment is almost beyond me. This is one of those days. The fight, however, does continue in every way we can. The game, if the media INSISTS on treating it that way, is not over. This is not a time for giving up when we're not even into 2024 yet. The time for giving up is when Trumptroopers come to your door and arrest you because you're a liberal, or said things against King Trump, or are gay, or are simply an "other." THAT is not now. Contrary to popular belief on the right, Joe Biden's government is not and will not do that, but Trump's will. Keep fighting. Keep talking. Keep helping people, wherever they are, to make sure they're registered to vote. It's not much to ask to keep our system of government intact.
Will Bunch is one of the few journalists who has been consistently calling out the shitty job that most of media is doing at informing the public of the peril that we are in. The problem is that willful ignorance may well kill democracy.
Short of physically slapping people, how do we wake people tf up?
Remember Chris Cuomo? He has a show on NewsNation. My husband and I used to laugh at the commercials for his show because he portrayed himself as a poor little victim (how attractive! - NOT!). Then he went on to interview all these right wing nuts as retribution to the “mainstream media”. Nobody’s telling him what to anymore! Sound familiar? That’s the gist of NewsNation. They hired several right wing/former Fox News people to run the company. Needless to say, I do not watch it. As for all the scary stuff, just stay alert and aware of what’s going on. And remember, there’s WAY more of us than there are of them - they just scream louder.
Why are Republicans like Liz Cheney, Michael Steele, etc, just waking up to this? Why?
The dramatic shift in the political power dynamic is already happening. He is manipulating our world from the outside already as well as he controlled it from the inside. The roadblocks need to be widespread and high. He is proving every day with his response to these court cases, what Ayn Rand was quoted as saying. “It’s not who will let me, it’s who will stop me.” So far not one damn soul.
We know why Joe Biden s age became "A THING".. OligarchMassMedia started the meme..while never mentioning Trump's OBVIOUS mental decline.GOP Billionaire owned MassMedia SUPPORTS Tax Cutter Trump and will destroy Joe Biden like they did Hillary Clinton,if we don't push back HARD.👿Great Podcast Guys..Pseudo Intellectuals is right.Blow up the Cathedral with no plans to replace it,is SIMPLY a Naomi Klein "Shock Doctrine"opportunity..Loot Taxpayers Treasury 👿.wake up America.
Greg, I love your parodies. There's a song in the movie "White Christmas" called "Sisters Sisters." Would you be interested in creating lyrics for this song from the movie White Christmas?
This is the "girls" singing it:
This is the "boys" singing it:
With the idea that 45 is the main grifter, my stab at a parody starts out,
Grifters, Grifters...There were never such devoted grifters.
Never had to have a chaperon, no ma'am.
We're here to keep our eye on them.
It'd be great if you could come up with something.
I get the Dallas Morning News and I haven't seen anything. But, I miss two or three papers a week. Abbott's criminal enterprise is always newsworthy here