Happy December!

Our operative word for this month of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mawlid un Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday), the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve is — “Bamboozlement”. As Oliver Hardy might say, “That’s what gotten us into this fine mess!” Who’s Oliver Hardy? Ask your grandparents. Or their grandparents.

Definition of Bamboozle (Merriam-Webster):

(1)  To deceive by underhanded methods: dupe, hoodwink.

(2) To confuse, frustrate or throw off thoroughly and completely.

Love him or hate him, any reasonably objective assessment of Donald Trump’s astounding victory in November concludes that it was due to unparalleled bamboozlement of the highest order, including a stunning realization that the liar was finally triumphant lying about his lying – successfully branding his opponent with such damning designation — even in the lack of any valid supporting evidence.

That’s right.

Benghazi? Emails? The Clinton Foundation?

Conservative talk show commentary to the contrary, there was never anything there upon which to truly hang Hillary or “lock her up”, but there was plenty of unfounded innuendo with which to hatchet her mercilessly. Secretary Clinton’s campaign died of a thousand cuts. This proves anew Adolf Hitler’s infamous observation in “Mein Kampf” that “A big lie must be so colossal that no one would believe someone could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

 Hitler’s chief Nazi propagandist, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, picked up on the theme. He wrote, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating, people will eventually come to believe it.” Goebbels thoughtfully added, “”The truth is the mortal enemy of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all its powers to repress dissent.”

 On Monday, November 21st, Donald Trump appeared at a meeting with several dozen media heads and primary network anchors, summoned to a boardroom at Trump Tower in hopes of establishing a more congenial relationship with the press. But Donald detonated, starting the meeting by directly addressing CNN President Jeff Zuker with these words: “I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and CNN is a network of liars!” Then things went way downhill. Trump has made several outright threats to “open up libel laws” and “take the press to court” when elected. Think about it.

It’s become disturbingly easy to discredit Trump by simply quoting his own words. I have also come to believe that Donald J. Trump functions almost exclusively by intuitive impulse, often sacrificing logic and reason in the process.

This is terrifying.

We are about to live under rule by whim. Donald shifts with the wind and appears powerless to do otherwise. Maybe we’ll get lucky.

Yet along with “bamboozlement”, there’s another big word starting to make the rounds. It’s right there in the U.S. Constitution plain as day – “Emolument.”

“No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them shall, without the Consent of Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office or Title, of any kind whatsoever, from any King, Prince, or Foreign State.”

 Definition of Emolument (Merriam-Webster):

(1) A return arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites.

(2) Money you receive from working.

Trump has every intention of keeping business interests intact without restriction, stating: “The law’s totally on my side, meaning, the President can’t have a conflict of interest.”

Trump’s projects, loans and business deals include such things as hundreds of millions owed to Deutsche Bank in Germany, an institution from which Federal regulators are now seeking a $14 billion dollar fine for issuing toxic loans during the 2008 housing crisis.

Trump companies are also hundreds of millions in debt to the Bank of China, owned by the government of China – a nation directly competing with us for worldwide influence. These are just two highlights from extensive holdings all over the planet.

Will the new Republican Congress provide the consent Constitutionally required for Donald to do as he will? I’m herein asking our newly re-elected Fourth District Representative, Tom McClintock, for his take in this matter. I trust you’ll do likewise.

I also hope I see you this Saturday morning at Denny’s for “Homeless for The Holidays: 2016”. That’s the theme for our December meeting of the Oakhurst Democratic Club. Mike Rhodes, noted progressive journalist and former editor of Fresno’s “Community Alliance” newspaper, will join us for a discussion of his book, “Dispatches from the War Zone.” We’ll also be reviewing election results and wondering — where do we go from here?

As we – Rock On.

“Still lookin’ for that blue jean, baby queen.

Prettiest girl I’ve ever seen.

See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean.”

 David Essex – “Rock On” (1973)




7 Responses to ““Bamboozlement””

  1. Charles Walker Says:

    Ah, Peter C…what a world we are growing old in! As you are well aware I was adamantly opposed to both of the major party candidates. Had Clinton won I might have felt marginally better than what I woke up to that Wednesday, but not much. She was a deeply flawed candidate who ran a deeply flawed campaign (how in the name of all that is good and holy can someone LOSE to Donald Trump?) I place the blame solely on the two parties. They both should have known better! If the Dems had run Elmer Fudd he could have beat Trump. The Rechristicans led by Rancid Previous allowed their campaign to blow up at the very beginning. If the wiser hears in the party had forced the Goof Troop to get behind one goof, Trump would have never got the nomination. There is an old term that suits The Donald better than any other. “Four flusher”.

  2. petercavanaugh Says:

    Jesus, Charlie. I sent this in too soon — although the Sierra Star deadline IS at Noon on Sunday. Now that crazy fucker tweets the two million popular vote differencial between him and Hillary is due to “two million illegal and fraudulent votes.” HE IS REALLY NUTS!

  3. Wendell (Windy) Craig Says:

    Sensational post, Pete.

  4. talk2roz Says:

    Well said, Peter. The Big Lie is the big story here. No candidate is big enough to overcome the tidal wave of BS behind Trump’s lies. Jesus himself would not have made a difference with a candidate who made statements on video, denied them from the stage, and duped followers to shrug their shoulders and pretend not to notice.

  5. petercavanaugh Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Roz,. I just sent this in to the Fresno Bee:

    “With Donald Trump’s latest frenetically tweeted charges that two million “illegal” votes were cast in the recent election with California declared a primary culprit — can there be any doubt in the mind of any rational person that our President-Elect is mentally unbalanced?

    As a clear and present danger to our collective safety and national security, there is no way he should be allowed to assume any public office — let aone the highest in the land.”

    This is making me crazy!


  6. Rick Snyder Says:

    Keep these coming, Peter. Your comments hit the nail on the head and get better and better with every post.

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