Saturday, February 25, 2017

The News Fit to Print

"We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening to Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible."
U.S. President Donald Trump
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The American public, termed the "deplorables" by his rival for the presidency, and whom virtually all media anywhere in the world lump together disparagingly as the misbegotten "populists", evidently see beyond this man's grandstanding showcasing of self as Commander in Chief par excellence. This is a man whose utterances are as coarse as his expressions and his interactions with women, a man whose compulsion to authority leads him naturally to embellishments which in plain language means he lies unrestrainedly to suit his purposes.

His main purpose is to draw attention to himself. That old adage that any publicity is good publicity, is one that this man instinctively has taken as his motivation for outrageous statements, bearing no resemblance to fealty to truth or to the public weal. The overwhelming 'good' for this man is to ensure that all eyes are drawn to him. And they are, admiringly from some sources, and with indignant consternation and outright, deserved hostility from others.

Yet a news poll has resulted in a release that the public considers this administration to be more above-board and imbued with more palatable intentions than the media that report on him. If distrust of the most important political office on Earth is a matter of great fear and upheaval, requiring diplomatic skills of as-yet-unknown quality to leaven augers the potential of equilibrium forever unbalanced, it is the news media and their reportage that the public believes has led to this situation.

Protesters set a fire
French mobs, defiant of police, riot in Paris -- Getty Images

The highest office in the political landscape of the United States has increasingly become dependent on political manipulation through the resources available in public relations and steering the gullible to believe what they 'see' on the surface, not what exists on the deeper scale of reality. And increasingly, political office in the United States has been for sale to the highest bidder. Without the loose pockets of interests intent on seeing that their issues come to the fore to instruct the advance of society, politics and above all, business, leading to approval of whoever has the greater financial assets and celebrity support, there is no winner.

The elevation of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States of America simply represents the thrust of latter-day election techniques have reached their apogee. Inchoate as his message may be through the auspices of a poor communicator who celebrates himself as the master of social media communication, it only reflects the depths to which human intelligence and the ability to speak rationally to one another has fallen.

That he is more invested in himself as drama-of-the-times than as responsible international spokesperson for stable relations globally, only reflects as well the failure of an institution as nobly-launched with high expectations dashed in actual practise, as the United Nations has been. He has assured himself of the immutable quality of his own image; he has simply replaced 'God' with 'Trump' in the message on the American dollar. In so doing he is more upfront than his predecessor.

A pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protest in Gothenburg, Sweden in November 2015. The signs in Swedish read 'Boycott Israel.' (Marianne Pleen Schreiber)
A pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protest in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015. The signs in Swedish read ‘Boycott Israel.’ (Marianne Pleen Schreiber)

As  for Mr. Trump's allusion to 'what has happened to Sweden', which Sweden indignantly denies, as does France, as does Germany, as does the Netherlands, as does Norway and Great Britain, it is as clear as day to those whose vision has not been occluded by political correctness that he speaks of the evidently unspeakable truth that they have all been overtaken by the lethal virus of political Islam, a virulent, violent jihad-infested ideology which is altering their culture, heritage, justice system and social mores, leaving moderation to support mendaciousness.

Illustrative photo of a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 20, 2009. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 20, 2009. Passersby on a central street in Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö, were greeted with chants in Arabic urging the killing of Jews.   (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

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