"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On Trump's performance at the debate ...

I knew I had either seen it before, or read about it someplace.

He seemed so rigid.  At times like an automaton speaking a recorded script - repeating the same thing over and over.  At times hovering over his opponent, pretending to assert 'his' party platform while repeatedly throwing out barbs to 'vilify critics and shut down debate' - by intimidation.  Yet Trump simply repeated what had been scripted for him, feigning sorrow for vulgar speech and immorality, yet blaming others and interjecting lampoons, such as, 'you'd be in jail' - in a craven effort to convince his supporters that he is THE man to save the country and make America great again.  I didn't really consider his 'style' until reading a comment on another post.  It's Orwellian "manipulative phraseology, full of euphemisms and doublespeak" - at it's worst, I might say.

Tax-avoiding billionaires become “job-creators.”
“When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating the familiar phrases — bestial, atrocities, iron heel, bloodstained tyranny, free peoples of the world, stand shoulder to shoulder — one often has the curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which suddenly becomes stronger at moments when the light catches the speaker’s spectacles and turns them into blank discs which seem to have no eyes behind them. And this is not altogether fanciful. A speaker who uses that kind of phraseology has gone some distance towards turning himself into a machine.” - George Orwell, Salon

That's from an old Salon article.  It fits.

I was also reading what Andrew Sullivan had to say on the Trump ascension/power-grab.  I may be wrong, ill informed, even off-base in my assessment of Trump - but only to the extent of identifying which ideological compartment he fits into.  Sullivan sees a tyrant in the making - I do too.  He also connects it to neo-Fascism - I do too.
Trump launched his campaign by calling undocumented Mexican immigrants a population largely of rapists and murderers. He moved on to Muslims, both at home and abroad. He has now added to these enemies — with sly brilliance — the Republican Establishment itself. And what makes Trump uniquely dangerous in the history of American politics — with far broader national appeal than, say, Huey Long or George Wallace — is his response to all three enemies. It’s the threat of blunt coercion and dominance.
And so after demonizing most undocumented Mexican immigrants, he then vowed to round up and deport all 11 million of them by force. “They have to go” was the typically blunt phrase he used — and somehow people didn’t immediately recognize the monstrous historical echoes. The sheer scale of the police and military operation that this policy would entail boggles the mind.
To call this fascism doesn’t do justice to fascism. Fascism had, in some measure, an ideology and occasional coherence that Trump utterly lacks. But his movement is clearly fascistic in its demonization of foreigners, its hyping of a threat by a domestic minority (Muslims and Mexicans are the new Jews), its focus on a single supreme leader of what can only be called a cult, and its deep belief in violence and coercion in a democracy that has heretofore relied on debate and persuasion. This is the Weimar aspect of our current moment. Just as the English Civil War ended with a dictatorship under Oliver Cromwell, and the French Revolution gave us Napoleon Bonaparte, and the unstable chaos of Russian democracy yielded to Vladimir Putin, and the most recent burst of Egyptian democracy set the conditions for General el-Sisi’s coup, so our paralyzed, emotional hyperdemocracy leads the stumbling, frustrated, angry voter toward the chimerical panacea of Trump. - Read it all here.

These are things to consider - to really examine.  I make no claims here - but it makes sense to me.

I was surprised to learn that older Americans are among the biggest supporters of Trump.  I suppose I should have known that.

Some people have already cast their vote by absentee ballot - and may be regretting it.  Those who haven't voted yet, before you go to the polls or submit your absentee ballot, please do as Pope Francis advised: "Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience."


  1. The biggest travesty imo? My fellow Mexican Americans voting Democrat in large numbers all while claiming to be Catholic. Sadly, I have seen it in my own family too. There are four of us who vote Republican while rest vote Democratic or just don't vote.
    That being said, I'm going to focus my vote on the Senate and Congress races this time around and forgo the presidential race as neither of these two ethically challenged shisters are worthy.

  2. Good analysis Terry. Food for thought for sure.

  3. I still can't throw my vote away on a 3rd party candidate; it's the same as voting for Hillary and I absolutely won't do that. Throwing my lot in w/the candidate who has the best chance of beating her. #NeverHillary is about right.

    1. #NeverHillary is about right.

      I hear ya and still remain undecided at this point ...

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFeUERGkAlk

  5. The mud if flying furiously if you follow any on line reporting. Like Cosby women who never spoke up now doing so. Being countered by the same against Bill. It will, I am sure get more intense until actual fights and God forbids riots break out. There is no such thing as reliable reporting any more. Everyone is a reporter with a phone and a video camera. The name of the game is divide, use fear and chaos to intimidate and threaten. I have witnessed Trump supporters being emboldened to act out in public at the slightest thing. Loud rude and threatening. Almost witnessed a fist fight last week over a traffic dispute, have seen in parking lots. Local paper reports a man arrested in Albany for threatening shoppers saying, "wait till Trump wins" and we have three weeks to go. Meanwhile I see Donald whipping up his "base." Telling them to go out and be poll watchers so this is not stolen from us. I now know how Hitler did it. Hillary is another version with a different set of deplorable. What are we to do? What can we do?

  6. Hillary is another version with a different set of deplorable. What are we to do? What can we do?

    Should she win we can expect this and much more ...

    Leaked emails show Clinton campaign head discussing 'revolution' against bishops

    In a leaked email hacked from a private account, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign appears to discuss with a progressive figure whether it is possible to “plant the seeds of the revolution” against the U.S. bishops and their stances.

    One can read the rest here:


    I bet the Little Sisters of the Poor are going to be hounded until the Democrats declare victory too.

  7. I hear ya Yaya but it is foolish nonsense to talk about revolution against bishops. Remember we do not even know if these statements are true or made up by the hackers. Either way it is nonsense. We are doing a good enough job of tearing our Church apart from within. We do not need any help from anyone on that score. I have a close relationship with an group of nuns that I have great respect for. They are better Catholics/Christians then me. They are voting Hillary. I said I was not. That was in May. Things may have changed now in light of revelations, but somehow I doubt it.

    1. You are right, we do not know who is telling the truth as it seems it is an all out attack from both sides.

      I will continue my prayers and hopes for our country. Like you have said in the past Mr. WH, we are in for a rough next fours years either way. Come to think of it, it does not even include what the next president will have to deal with globally.


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