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(10,678 posts)
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 08:59 AM Aug 2019

Are we nuts yet? I think I am.

Notes from the Cuckoo's Nest: Am I a Russian? Are You? And What about That Guy over There?


According to Engel's reporting, there are armies of Russians in front of keyboards cranking out this stuff in a concerted effort to get Americans to hate one another, mistrust one another, and generally lose faith in ourselves, our system of government, and our fellow Americans.

And it's working, ain't it? The Russians have a man in the Oval Office, a guy who loves Putin, loves the love letters he gets from Kim Jong Un, and is undermining our intelligence services, ignoring the threat to our democracy, and lending all his efforts to further divide this country until it cracks.

And it's cracking, ain't it? The evidence is written in blood, written in rallies, written in the miasma of corruption and barely-concealed criminality that covers the waterfront from pedophilia to presidential malfeasance and nonfeasance, from pardons to prostitutes to stripping away of regulations meant to protect us from pollution of air and water. Add to that the creeps like Tucker Carlson and the always-odious Ann Coulter, telling us that the threat of white supremacy is a hoax, or that even a mention of background checks by Trump is a blow against the empire.

And don't it just begin to seem that very real daily malevolence is at work here. We get up, turn on our computers or our TVs and up pops the latest shooting, scandal, or presidential pally boy and pervert found dead in his cell under the most suspicious of circumstances. How can we bear such times and live?

Can we trust what we read? What we're told by anyone anymore? I'm so gaslighted and fucked over by now that I'm beginning to think I might be a Russian agent myself. I do know I've spent a lot of time sowing division with things I write, so maybe I'm working for Putin now. Maybe it's not just discourse between citizens in a democracy now. Maybe calling out the racism and decrying the corruption and ugliness of the right wing is doing nothing more than furthering the progress toward the cliff we all seem to be heading for in this once-fairly-ok country Trump promised to make great again. You know, like back when black people were charged poll taxes or made to pass impossible tests in order to vote, or when they had to drink from separate water fountains, attend separate schools, or piss in separate rest rooms. Or back in those great days when women couldn't get credit in their own names unless their husbands co-signed for the spoiled bitches.

I gotta tell ya, I'm an old man now. I've been through the political wars since I was still in my teens. I've done my tiny bit to combat the right wingers across the spectrum of their perfidies and predations against minorities, against working people, against common decency, against the raids on Social Security and the assaults on sanity, the environment, and a more viable future on this planet. Like so many others, I was sickened and appalled by the massively wasteful war in Vietnam, the virulent and persistent racism, and the constant rip offs of the treasury. Like so many other people of good will who wanted so desperately to love our country, I was disgusted by Nixon and Kissinger, by the bumbling Gerald Ford who pardoned his boss and told us our "long national nightmare" was over. I was nauseated by Reagan's phony role-playing when he cast himself as an archetypical American hero, affable, likeable, and good natured, though he was a dark and maggoty figure, wriggling with deeply embedded racism of the kind he shared with Nixon in late-night phone calls to that pathologically damaged human being. Like many others, I lent energies to opposing the nuclear buildup of the '80s, opposed wars little and bigger, from the invasion of Grenada to the war in Iraq. I lived through decades being told that the Russians were coming, that they were not our friends, and they were not bearing gifts. I shuddered when Reagan made an on-air joke about launching nukes their way. I hung my head as I watched the dumbing down of the presidency under Reagan, then the bred-in-the-bone privileged stupidity of sub-mediocrities like George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle, his hand-picked white bread VP, the dim-witted son of money who corrected a grade school kid who had correctly spelled "potato." I opposed Clinton's welfare reform bill, and went nuts when he signed off on repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act that would later help the bankers to pillage the country and bring the entire world to the brink of financial collapse when the big money thieves stole so much they nearly brought down the entire house of cards. And, like so many, I was sickened and appalled by the dim-witted George "Dubya" Bush and his merry band of neo-con henchmen and enablers, many of whom would later turn up again, undiminished, in the Trump administration. It was truly horrifying to see a man like Dick Cheney defending torture after getting us mired in Iraq, needlessly and criminally, even as his old outfit, Halliburton, pocketed billions for doing bad work and endangering American solders in the process. Like so many others, I remember Rumsfeld sending soldiers to Iraq in unarmored Humvees because that crooked administration was so eager to go to war they couldn't wait, excusing the lack of concern for the troops by saying "you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want." This was from a Secretary of "Defense" in charge of the most expensively funded military force in the world, where so much money disappeared without a trace.

And now, along with my fellow baby boomers, I went from diving under desks in grade school to now seeing Russians in the White House woodwork. Don't bogart that joint, my friend, pass it over to me.

I thought we'd seen it all, those of us who've been on this long strange trip since the Cold War. But now it seems like we ain't seen nothin' yet. Despite the craziness we've witnessed, nothing could have prepared us for what we've seen in the past three years, a massive exhibition of mind fuckery far beyond the imagination of the most gifted, addled, or paranoid writer of fiction. It's a screenplay that would have been laughed off the screen, with a cast of characters too bizarre to make it into a Marvel comic book, with a dastardly orange super villain with cotton-candy hair, a murderous Korean shrimp who writes him love letters, and cunning Russians attacking us at the most vulnerable points of our nation's original sins of slavery, racism, and distance from our ideals.


Are we nuts yet? I think I am.

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Are we nuts yet? I think I am. (Original Post) dajoki Aug 2019 OP
Amen brother....or sister. AJT Aug 2019 #1
Or comrade, as it were. Maru Kitteh Aug 2019 #20
What I desparately need to see is the springing up of progressive support groups. Baitball Blogger Aug 2019 #2
Right there with you CanonRay Aug 2019 #3
The only strength America has is militarily. world wide wally Aug 2019 #4
The writers of your Constitution must be spinning in their graves. luvtheGWN Aug 2019 #12
You got it, perfectly. Scarsdale Aug 2019 #15
My thoughts exactly n/t dajoki Aug 2019 #21
Same here. n/t ariadne0614 Aug 2019 #5
+ 1 Raastan Aug 2019 #6
I'm not. Daily meditation and yoga keeps me sane. Claritie Pixie Aug 2019 #7
K&R. Agree. n/t KY_EnviroGuy Aug 2019 #11
I admire your self discipline. n/t ariadne0614 Aug 2019 #13
Anyone can do it and the benefits are worth it. Claritie Pixie Aug 2019 #14
Love that atiitude.. stillcool Aug 2019 #17
Power comes from finding stillness in the eye of the hurricane. Claritie Pixie Aug 2019 #23
Same here... Raine Aug 2019 #30
Your points are valid. I'm down to waiting for Karma. BSdetect Aug 2019 #8
Now that republicans love Mother Russia. "Russia is our friend". keithbvadu2 Aug 2019 #9
Picked up a new rant word from that: Nonfeasance. KY_EnviroGuy Aug 2019 #10
Kicked and recommended. Uncle Joe Aug 2019 #16
I take days off. xxqqqzme Aug 2019 #18
Good op-ed. But you know what? PatrickforO Aug 2019 #19
Yes! This! Thank you! Mersky Aug 2019 #22
We also have a mostly complicit media and a DOJ which has succumbed to be Trump's triron Aug 2019 #24
Yes the media is complicit... dajoki Aug 2019 #25
Oh hell yes. trof Aug 2019 #26
k&r BSdetect Aug 2019 #27
You've read my mind! Mossfern Aug 2019 #28
Shades of Camus! triron Aug 2019 #29

Baitball Blogger

(46,432 posts)
2. What I desparately need to see is the springing up of progressive support groups.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 09:14 AM
Aug 2019

Preferably, they would be social groups to make up for all the right-wing friends and family members that we have to sloth off due to irreconcilable differences.

world wide wally

(21,699 posts)
4. The only strength America has is militarily.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 09:27 AM
Aug 2019

Beyond that, I think we have become the weakest nation on Earth when we can allow a totally inept, conscienceless Bufoon take over and claim there is nothing we can do about it.


(1,336 posts)
12. The writers of your Constitution must be spinning in their graves.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:59 AM
Aug 2019

My late husband, who studied American history and its political structure, often said that the Presidency has much too much power. The Parliamentary system (as in the UK, Canada, Australia etc.) has a leader -- Prime Minister -- who is essentially the first among equals. He/she is elected leader of the Party by Party members and runs for election in a riding. If his/her Party wins the most seats, he/she becomes Prime Minister and answers to the House of Commons and the Senate. His Cabinet is made up of elected members. It works well.

OTOH, you have an elected President who is also Commander-in-Chief. You treat him like a king, and if he doesn't like what bills the House creates and the Senate passes, he has the power of veto. You have an electoral college which ignores a situation where Hillary gets more popular votes than Trump but declares Trump the President. You have very small states (population-wise) with the same number of senators that the very large states have. Your checks and balances fly out the window when state-gerrymandered districts elect a majority of Reps who are the same Party as your President and the majority of the Senate.

Yes, I know how this all came about -- politics is the art of compromise and the Founding Fathers made compromise after compromise. Founding a nation by means of revolution, rather than evolution makes for some unusual decisions that may seem eminently sensible and workable at the time. Aside from the Amendments to the Constitution, the President according to the Constitution is still essentially the King, and is treated like one (Ruffles and Flourishes, anyone?). The USA is often called a democracy, but it really isn't -- at least today it isn't.

And because it isn't, every American ally feels at risk. We don't sleep well at night, not knowing if we are, or are not, deemed a "security risk", with our exports tariffed to the max by your mad "King" and his idiot acolytes.

With apologies to anyone who feels insulted by this post.....


(9,426 posts)
15. You got it, perfectly.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 11:17 AM
Aug 2019

Also, the second amendment was written when nobody could have foreseen the military grade weapons in the hands of civilians that exist today. Right after the shootings recently, I opened my local paper to an ad, advertising pages of weapons, guns and ammo as though it was all safe. Who goes hunting with an AK-47? Unless they are hunting humans - nobody.

Claritie Pixie

(2,199 posts)
7. I'm not. Daily meditation and yoga keeps me sane.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:03 AM
Aug 2019

I have one life on this planet. One.

I refuse to waste my limited amount of time in emotional
turmoil from external things I have no control over.

That doesn't mean I'm not paying attention or taking action when the opportunity is there.

Name of the game for me right now is to stay mentally balanced.


(36,086 posts)
9. Now that republicans love Mother Russia. "Russia is our friend".
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:26 AM
Aug 2019

Now that republicans love Mother Russia. "Russia is our friend".

Times have changed.
Putting money into Trump was the best investment Putin ever made.

"... retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis said in May 2015 that among world threats “in the near term, I think the most dangerous might be Russia.”



(14,476 posts)
10. Picked up a new rant word from that: Nonfeasance.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:46 AM
Aug 2019


Thanks for the good OP, reflects a lot of my feelings now as an old timer......


(14,887 posts)
18. I take days off.
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 11:52 AM
Aug 2019

No internet, no facebook, no news. I find it gives me insight I don't get with daily non-stop bombardment.


(14,468 posts)
19. Good op-ed. But you know what?
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 12:16 PM
Aug 2019

But you've got to have some inspiring words now, because words matter, and we truly cannot give up the fight. Now, more than ever, every decent human being must stand up and resist. We are the people, and together we can overcome this evil. These right-wingers are duppys. We have to shine the light.

Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Don't give up the fight
Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Don't give up the fight

You, preacher man don't tell me
Heaven is under the earth
You a duppy and you don't know
What life is really worth
It's not all that glitter is gold
And half the story has never been told
So now we see the light
We gonna stand up for your rights

Come on, get up, stand up, brother
Stand up for your rights
Come on, get up, stand up, sisters
Don't give up the fight
Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Don't give up the fight

'Cause you know most people think
A great God will come from the skies
And take away every little thing
And left everybody dry
But if you know what life is worth
Then you would look for yours on earth
And now we see the light
We gonna stand up for our rights

Come on, get up, stand up, don't make them push you 'round
Stand up for your rights
Come on brothers, get up, stand up
Be brave now, don't give up the fight
I say, get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Don't let them hold you down, get up, stand up
Don't give up the fight

We're sick and tired of this game of technology
Humbly asking Jesus for His mercy
We know, we know and we understand
Almighty Jah is a living man
You fool some people sometimes
But you can't fool all the people all the time
And now we see the light
We gonna stand up for our rights

Come on, get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Come on brothers, get up, stand up
I said, don't give up the fight
I said, get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up


(4,961 posts)
22. Yes! This! Thank you!
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 01:19 PM
Aug 2019

Commenting especially to journal this, so I can revisit the turn you've made in the thread. I appreciate the OP, but cannot let myself get bogged down to the point of feeling hopeless.

Gonna keep on gettin' up and standing up.


(21,808 posts)
24. We also have a mostly complicit media and a DOJ which has succumbed to be Trump's
Sun Aug 11, 2019, 01:57 PM
Aug 2019

own private legal office. Rod Serling would have had a hard time dreaming this up.

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