Inspection- Santa Clones

 ”How do you progress as a culture if you set out to destroy any common agreement as to what constitutes fact? You can’t have conversations. You can’t have debates. You can’t come to conclusions.” -Andrew McCabe

  Essential to Jude Wanniski’s 3 Santa Claus Theory has been when InspectionRepublicans are in power they spend worse than drunken sailors on anything and everything their base wants. (And how do YOU like being standing in for Mexico who was supposed to pay for the wall, or being space-forced into militarizing space?) It’s amazing how Democrats let Republicans make presidents become their economic bitches because Republicans scream endlessly about the debt THEY CREATED by “spending worse than drunken sailors on anything and everything their base wants.” It’s also amazing how willingly Democrats kill their own Santas. And I don’t just mean when it comes to spending.
 When it comes to Wanniski’s tactic Andrew’s quote fits quite well too. Rephrased…

 ”How do you progress as even a mildly free culture if you set out to destroy rule of law? You can’t have true differences. You can’t have compromise. You can’t have the strength of our differences. You only have one party rule.”

 Science has generally been one of our Santas: climate matters, herd immunity, sexual differences matter less than how we use or abuse each other, the causes of gun violence is quantifiable. Rational discussion is our Santa.
 Conspiracies are their Santa, suspicion, hatred, demonizing whole groups. All you have to do is claim something and it must be given equal footing in national discourse, no matter how absurd.
 A post the other day claimed Donald Trump was a soldier captured by the regulars in Vietnam and a soldier named Vladamir Putin took pity on him. NOT ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH. Pure propaganda. The ghost of Goebbels must be proud.
 The way to murder truth Santa is flood the all too willing media with propaganda that probably even Pravda wouldn’t have printed. Turn media into National Enquirer rather than Post, NPR or NYT. The beauty of killing the truth Santa is those papers have to compete so they do follow the lead, one of the many reasons the media has been quite complicit.
 The killing of Santas started long ago when both parties decided they didn’t want real debates but framing festivals featuring well honed talking points. The League of Women Voters be damned.
 Contributing was the advent of Limbaugh-like hosts where the style of framing is yell over, talk over, name calling, pot down. We’re all “pinheads.” No thinking is necessary. They will “do your thinking for you.” It’s all so Roman Empire toss em’ to the wild beast-y. It not “talk,” it’s “agree or else.”
 Any hope for a meeting of the minds is not tolerated. Another Santa slain.
 Accusations of inappropriate ‘hugging;’ no matter how past tense, means one must resign, Democrats! Accusations of rape, statutory rape, sexual assault are to be shrugged off: Republican in the White House. A college smiling black face and Klansman joke picture is supposed to be the end of a career. Ignoring 9/11 warnings, ruin careers just to get revenge while abandoning sources helping us with terrorist states, lie about secret meetings with those attempting to hack our elections, openly mock people with infirmities then lie and say you didn’t: NOTHING MATTERS. Then climb up on the ruble, up and over those you’ve abused, to become a justice, a president, get relelected.  Evil Santa rule! Santas that reward the naughty are welcome. Even the Santas that encourage a nation to move on must be murdered. Wrong party. Even using a Heritage Foundation plan adopted by Mitt Romney for better, more affordable health care, well that Santa must be murdered. Only Republicans get to be Santa.
 None any of this was accidental. None of this was unintentional. All of this has been planned and funded by organizations like ALEC. Only one rabbit in a very big, very deep, rabbit hole.
 HAIL EVIL SANTA!
 There can be little doubt Jude’s “theory” is no longer a “theory.” It all reminds me of a bad revised version of a Star Wars movie directed by the ghost of Jude Wanniski. The army of villains all look alike. It’s no longer just 3 Santas. It’s The Attack of the Evil Santa Clones.

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Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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