Sportsmanship

From Rmv & VV

Claude:

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!

RMV

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  1. RMV has presented sound evidence that war is war and the activity of sports is something else. When at war people lie. In fact, the “greater cause” demands that “truth” must often take a subordinate role as we do battle to advance our “lofty” ideals.
    Beautifully written and accurate too, RMV understands human nature – “people want to believe the lie, believe the strong-man, father figure whose lies will somehow redeem their disappointments and failed dreams”.
    But some questions arise. RMV tells us that (apparently unlike Trump) “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.” There seems to be a contradiction here. “Renaissance politics” is the age of Machiavelli. For those with power or those wishing to maintain power Machiavelli explains the values of the ruthless lie and deception. (Was this association with Hillary intended?) It does apply.
    Generally, to sense the self as engaged in “war” one must “believe” that he is part of a righteous cause – battling against that which is not righteous. If “righteous”, the techniques of war (including lies and deception) are justified in one’s mind. A perfect example would be “If you want to keep your doctor, you can keep your doctor – Period.” Another lie would be the sight of Michael Brown’s mother on the convention stage with Hillary – presented as an authentic symbol of race-based, police brutality.
    It is accurate to understand that we are at “war” given that “social justice” cannot “win” without “justice” in some way losing. This observation explains why “truth” has taken such a beating during these years of a passionately growing Progressivism.
    My focus has been on making best sense of ALL the evidence. Hopefully “understanding” is the blog’s primary interest. TRUTHFUL clarity needs to be at the top of our intellectual agenda.

    1. Reading is not enough,apparently neither is understanding.Fear ,loathing,justification of privilege,and head in the sand thinking rule.The psychiatric literature offers ” The Will to Power”Otto Rank and “The Urge to Vindictive Triumph”,Karen Horney for explanation.Old and New Testaments and the Koran are probably good too! (smile)None of these are light reading( smile) Then there’s”The Bible DesigNed To Be Read As Living Literature” for those who want to avoid “original sin” (grimace)…

      1. RMV: “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!”

        It’s a much-shared, painful cry.

        Henry II on Becket: “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?’

        Hardly the character comparison … just conveying shared historical frustration.

        daedal2307: “Reading is not enough, apparently neither is understanding. Fear, loathing, justification of privilege, and head in the sand thinking rule.”

        Reading [does anyone really do it? (grimace) ] is definitely not reliable enough. The conclusion is very true. It’s that numbness factor. May we judge by the company Trump keeps? Gov. Chris Christie, in charge of Trump’s transition, a.k.a. corrupted governor-in-chief assigning the “court” positions. Mayor Rudy Giuliani, attorney advocating disregard of laws (constitutional and international), who, in promoting lies, should be disbarred. Retired (thank goodness) Gen. Flynn, without the slightest knowledge of national/secret security screens, exposing his own incompetence in judgement. Roger Ailes, not only a no-bars-held in power seeking, where there was not a lie he didn’t like/use … but, in our current moment, a known and admitted sexual harasser. Do we need to recount the attributes of Bennon and Bossie? And, then, there’s Trump’s “kitchen cabinet” … his own children, the ultimate examples of the arrogance of entitlement-without-earned experience, who, through sheer nepotism, are his acknowledged, primary advisors. They, like their father, who consider “service” less than 1/2 hour a week “managing” their flim-flamming “foundation.”

        Insanity is an equal opportunity condition. I was shocked that a former speechwriter for JFK and RFK was voting for Trump!

        http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/rfk-trump-2016-democratic-party-speechwriter-214270

        On the other hand, do these people count? https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/75-retired-senior-diplomats-sign-letter-opposing-trump-for-president/2016/09/21/5c5dff10-8046-11e6-b002-307601806392_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-low_diplomats-745a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

        We may find comfort in our lack of historical knowledge as an excuse for our numbness. After all, if we don’t have a reference point, how to evaluate? However, the most startling exposure … one which does not require academics, but rather the fundamental experience of our upbringing … is our willingness as a country … even if it’s “just” 40% of it … to accept a self-centered, unethical, disrespectful, bragging liar as a legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States … one who does not know the meaning of the words “sacrifice,” “altruism,” “decency,” or “charity.” Yes, RMV, we hear your cry.

        Garrison Keillor said it so … folksy: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-biggest-con-job-since-the-trojan-horse/2016/09/21/a8354d9e-8023-11e6-8327-f141a7beb626_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-e%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.645a79f8535d

        Since Trump is a self-described counterpuncher, should Hillary use the famed role-a-dope technique? Will that save us and our country? Some exceptionalism!

  2. The low bar or net hung low because sensationalism and outrageousness sells news.tThe fourth estate is the key to this election.If the media adjudicates the debate sensibly and fairly, the debate will be the beginning of the unraveling of Trump. The circus barker crying Fire ! Is not a benign occupant of our national center stage,Quick Henry the hook (we ‘ll take the Flit too!)

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