From Rmv & VV
Your comparison of today’s politics with a tennis match(sarcasm notwithstanding)reflects your world view, that of a person of great integrity and keen sense of sportsmanship. Unfortunately tennis is a game of strict rules and an umpire to enforce those rules. Trumpism is WAR! And despite certain similarities, strategy and the like, war and games are inherently opposites. Let me tell an interesting story about Stonewall Jackson I learned while visiting the B &O Railroad Museum in Baltimore last week. Now everybody, Northerners and Southerners agree that Jackson was a great general and, I believe, both sides see him as a person of integrity. Now the story…
Early in the war Jackson arrived at the B & O nexus some 100 miles west of Baltimore where all of the railroad’s many lines came together to facilitate switching and re-routing; it was the B&O hub carrying the lion’s share of the North’s materials, munitions and manpower. Jackson lacked the manpower to confront the surrounding Northern Army; both armies came to a temporary standstill. Jackson used the interlude to visit with the Chairman/CEO of the B&O and very politely explained that while he didn’t want to disrupt the railroad as important as it was to the people of Virginia, he did have a problem. The noise of the locomotives–very noisy steam vehicles– kept his troops awake all night long. And how could he expect them to fight sleepless? If, said Jackson, the B&O would simply route all of its trains through the hub-city at 1pm each day he would not harm them. The Chairman agreed, believing that getting the same trains through all at the same time would not be a problem for the Northern Army. The next day all of the trains arrived at 1pm like clockwork only to be surprised by Jackson’s small forces, commandeered by Jackson, and sent helter-
skelter southward to Richmond where they became the backbone to the South’s locomotive capability throughout the war. HE LIED! The ‘Establishment’ was sucked into the lie and Jackson achieved an immense, bloodless victory he “didn’t deserve”. That’s war! War is all about lying, creating fictional situations believable for the moment, at least long enough to crush your opponent, or in Trumpism embarrass you opponent, humiliate them,render them “speechless”. You move forces (money) in a feint to one state while doubling back to Florida crushing the smaller reserves left there by the Democrats. In Trumpism the lie is the weapon of choice, a new lie each day, salvos some days, before the so-called media fact-checkers can move. War is about winning for oneself;no matter the cost to the nation or its future. The mayor of Atlanta burned Atlanta to the ground rather than award its resources to the advancing Sherman (who merely went on ravaging farmland through Georgia and the Carolinas). Trump beds-up with Putin, sells out NATO and 40 years of American diplomacy across 5 Presidents. If Europe doesn’t pay up, “let ’em burn”.
Meanwhile Hillary is playing an intellectual game of Renaissance politics; let’s focus on the ISSUES, explore them in detail, debate their impact on people, resources, national defense. Unfortunately nobody gives a damn. People want to believe the lie, believe the strong-man, father figure whose lies will somehow redeem their disappointments and failed dreams (without their ever having to look backwards to examine the reason income inequality explodes with each passing year). Deep down people really like to hear others disrespected, makes them feel better about themselves. That’s the biggest Trump lie of all, fracture the nation’s greatest strength, its diversity, expanding his power proportionately. Will nobody stop the man?
Nobody, unless there’s an uprising by the media, thousands of individuals strong, voices on every news vehicle and tweeter slot, and supported–this is key–by today’s patriots, the Sam Adam’s, and Washington’s and Martin Luther King’s of today- who rise up in single voice to shout no tyrant here!