Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Trump has become crucial to their bottom line…

    How did Donald Trump get this far?
    Are we to blame?
    When I use “we” I mean all of us who oppose him, see Trump as a threat, not just to policy but to the very nature of our nation: to what freedom we do have. To what our forefathers intended. To us, to the U.S., to being a representative Republic with democratic (small “d”) elements. The threat of shifting to a dictatorship, an autocracy, a fascist nation AND Communism when it serves his purpose. Where the power of the state is unleashed on those not perfectly loyal.
    Usually such questions posed by any author are answered, “Yes!” As I will answer, but not in a way you may expect.
    Again: are we to blame? During a presidential election year where attention must be paid: too late. This is what the pinball nature of our two party system has brought the election down to.
    Did you note I just violated a rather archaic “rule,” too many accept as a rule, by ending with a preposition? Well, that segues well me suggesting we needed to be violating a lot of what of what has been considered common sense when it comes to Trump. Like basically giving him the rope to hang himself.
    Yes, Trump constantly sabotages himself damn near every time he speaks. BUT THEY DON’T CARE. And the constant firehose of lies, people making up &%$! to excuse hi9m, say “what he really meant” far too often provides cover for any swing voters.
    Never you mind the question I ask too: “How the hell can there even BE swing voters?”
    Let’s do some reminiscing here…
    From the very beginning; when Trump’s bad behavior became a central part of his pursuit of the presidency, what if Americans had started turning off TV stations that covered him constantly? No matter what side they skewed to. Stopped buying products that advertised on those stations, or at least their highly skewed programs? Maybe Trump might never even have become president?
    We live in at least a partial corporatocracy ever since the corporations are people and money is speech rulings. Maybe THAT is who we needed to attack, and I don’t mean with Trump’s ISIS/al Qaeda-like 1/6. (Yes, the only difference being they didn’t succeed in murdering their targets on that day.)
    How to respond? Perhaps the best tactics would have been turn off, don’t buy, don’t go: a good old boycott. Hurt their bottom lines, especially when they insist on being up Trump’s bottom all the time? Good, or bad, coverage
    Trump has become crucial to their bottom line, and that bottom needed a damn hefty spanking, again and again. Without the media Trump would have been like a lit match dropped into a bucket of water
    I know, I know, I tend NOT to be a boycott fan. But in this case it may be the only weapon we may have had. And in 2025, if he wins, maybe the only weapon we have left. If the coming authoritarian state allows any at all.
    In a corporatocracy only the corporations can bring him down. And they needed to be motivated. That’s why their bottom line needed to be threatened with being bottomed out.
    I don’t see much hope for that if he wins. Trump will follow Putin’s model. He will cuddle up to the loyal oligarchs and exterminate the rest. Want to lose you business, your riches, maybe even your family, your life? Go up against Putin rhetorically. Putin believes and acts upon the Navalny model. He’s the head oligarch.
    That will be Trump’s model too.
    A lesson taught too late.
    The only solution left: vote Biden.

Hanging on to the Trump caboose.

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    “Inspection” is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 50 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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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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