"Well, that's ironic." I hear this expression frequently and it is almost always used to express how one aspect of a situation seems to negate or cancel another. How ironic it is to note that every time I take my car to the carwash, it rains shortly thereafter. It wouldn't be much of a leap to believing that washing my poor little car actually CAUSES it to rain or snow.
Irony is a part of life on a daily basis, it seems. And, that is fine by me. But, as an observer of people and their views on life and living, it also occurs to me that there is a point beyond which a simple 'irony' becomes more than that.
Here's an example of what I am trying to explain: Donald J. Idiot is doing every possible thing he can think of to overturn the presidential election. His 'elite' team of legal aces, led by the Clown Prince himself, Rudy Giuliani, have filed over FIFTY law suits trying to do this. It is one of the most brazen attempts to stage a 'coup d'etat' that has ever been tried in this country. Of course, none of these suits has gotten any traction in courts of law. They are boldly and unabashedly frivolous, and the Idiot's lawyers know that when they file them. (and hopefully there will be some accountability for this after the dust settles) There is simply no doubt whatsoever that the Idiot is doing this. It is not only illegal to foment a coup d'etat in America...and, I suspect most of the rest of the world.....it is immoral on multiple levels. All federal employees, which is what the president and all federal politicians are, of course, take an oath to defend and protect the Constitution. Attempting to pull-off this coup is in direct contravention of that oath. Our country was founded on the principles of democracy as laid out in the Constitution, and attempting to subvert or otherwise defeat the will of the people is an attempt to dominate the political system by illicit and immoral means. It may not be an obviously violent attempt, but the result is the same. And, one could easily argue that it is psychologically violent to take away peoples' freedom against their will.
|Defender of the Constitution...how's that|
So, here we are and it turns out that the asshole who is screaming that the election is rigged and was stolen from him....is the very one who has been blatantly trying to steal it from the American people. Now, that is beyond, way beyond, mere irony. He knows, without any shadow of a doubt, that the election was fair and utterly free of fraudulent voting...but, his game is, and has been all along, to tell the biggest lie possible. It's the old number kids used to use on each other: "Liar,liar, pants on fire." But, in this case it has fooled approximately two-fifths of the American people into believing the liar is telling the truth and the ACTUAL truth is false, i.e. Fake News. This is what I am tempted to call an 'ultra-irony', and the scary thing is how easily the Idiot has pulled the wool over so many millions of peoples' eyes. He just kept hammering the idea that, "You shouldn't believe the fake news media and what you see and hear...you should believe ME." After four years plus of this incessant bullshit, it's little wonder that it finally gets traction...or at least it has with the more gullible among us.
The Big Lie is a concept that was largely perfected by Dr. Josef Goebbles and Adolf Hitler. They knew that there are some simple rules to follow and if you do it will turn any idea of what is factually 'true' on it's head. This is an invaluable asset when you are trying to convince the world that you are the Bringer of Truth....despite the factual reality being the complete opposite of that. I have written about the Big Lie previously and will not lay out all the principles behind it here and now. I suggest you google it if you really want to delve into it. But, what I can tell you is that the primary strategy it revolves around is the sense that lying with boldness and enthusiasm is at the core of it all. There is this idea that if you are going to lie, tell a whopper.....the bigger the better. And, when you have your 'big lie' out there, stick to it, embellish it, exaggerate details, do all you can to build the sand castle as big and as high as you can....because it will eventually become 'the truth', at least in the weak minds who are already listening to the steady stream of lies that any wannabe autocrat must tell.
Unless you are a socio-political ostrich, you already know that the Idiot lies as easily as falling off a log. And, he not only does it with seamless aplomb, he does it so much that it becomes an anomaly when he actually tells the truth. I suspect that he does that carelessly, or by accident, on the rare occasion when he does. The man just loves to lie. You can see that when he's caught-up in spinning a whopper, like the time when he used a Sharpie to modify a weather forecast map, in order to prove he was right when he said the storm in question could hit Alabama (which it would not). So, there he is holding this graphic and it's so perfectly clear that he just added the line on his own, so he could be 'right'. It's classic Donald the Brat. He is so compulsive about being 'right' in any given situation that lying about it, even when it's perfectly obvious that is what he's doing, is just as easy as opening his yap.
We are now living in a society wherein a significant portion of the population has been duped into thinking up is down and down is up. And, these people are so sure that they are in the right when they repeat the lies fed to them by the GOP...and especially the Idiot...that they are willing to threaten a full-blown Civil War. The great irony in this is that we did that already and they don't seem to remember that it didn't work out so well for the people who were willing to commit treason against the United States in order to have a wealthy few maintain slavery. In fact, historians now estimate that approximately 750,000 Americans died in order to settle this question of whom we should be as a country and society. Of course, it was Texans who first brought this up...this time....and, my first inclination is that we might be better off without them. But, no, we need to keep the entire family of states intact....even the ones with petulant attitudes.
There has been an obviously racist--a gen-you-wine white supremacist--based on his words and deeds of the last several decades, inhabiting the Oval Office since 2016. He has deceived about 40% of Americans into believing his constant lies and his fantasy vision of what America will be as he continues to rule over it. He is reliably and demonstrably MENTALLY ILL. Whether he is a malignant narcissist or a plain vanilla psychopath, a sociopath, paranoid, sadistic, a sexual predator....none of that really matters at this point. What DOES matter is that we had one of the cleanest and best conducted elections ever and we voted him out by over 7 million votes. That is what matters now.
We need to manage the coming speed-bump on Jan. 6th...one last chance for some despicable GOPs to try and subvert the will of the people....and, then get the Idiot finally out of the White House and out of our hair. He needs to slide steadily toward irrelevance.....fade like a hitch-hiker with bad vibes in the rear view mirror....relieved that he is finally out of the car and regretting that we ever stopped to pick him up.
And, then, God willing, we can get on with the business of creating a more, much more, fair, and a kinder society as well, where Americans can once again act like the good guys instead of the malevolent Assholes in Black Hats that so much of the rest of the planet sees in us now. Perhaps the ultimate irony in all of this is the fact that we came out of World War II regarded as a nation that was willing to make huge sacrifices in order to fight and destroy the forces of evil at large. And, now we are seen...by much of the rest of humanity....as greedy, self-interested, bullying, dangerous and--to add insult to injury--they see us as mostly OBESE AND RUDE, boorish assholes that they now make fun of.
How's that for irony?
And, it's not who I want to be. You too?