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 October 8, 2020  Posted by at 8:08 pm Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Hieronymus Bosch , The Garden of Earthly Delights, centre panel, detail c1500



Nothing partisan today, sorry, and thank you very much, just an observation. Which is that Trump keeps an unparralledly (can I buy a vowel?) divided America together simply because the entire nation focuses on him. One half out of support, the other out of “hatred”, but still. Anyone who saw even part of yesterday’s VP debate knows exactly what I mean. Boring! And that’s one thing Trump is not.

There was this headline that said: “Joe Biden will be a president who brings our country together”, and I thought: does anyone believe that, anywhere on the political spectrum? The purpose of Biden is to give the Democrats the power, not to unite the nation, that’s just rubbish. But yeah, they dragged him all the way out to Gettysburg, to claim some sort of link to Abraham Lincoln. Hoping nobody remembers that Lincoln was a member of the Republican party. Joe even quoted the Republican Lincoln verbatim:


‘Again We Are A House Divided’: Biden Calls For Unity In Gettysburg Speech

Joe Biden delivered a forceful appeal for national unity from the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, as the nation lurched from crisis to crisis and the president continued to downplay the severity of the coronavirus after being hospitalized for Covid-19. From the storied civil war battlefield of Gettysburg, a symbol of the divisions that nearly tore the nation in two, Biden cast the election as a “battle for the soul of the nation” and emphasized the stakes this November. “Today, once again we are a house divided,” Biden said, framed by a row of American flags with the rolling hills of Gettysburg behind him.

“But that, my friend, can no longer be. We are facing too many crises. We have too much work to do. We have too bright a future to leave it shipwrecked on the shoals of anger and hate and division.” In a sweeping speech – one that drew on Abraham Lincoln’s address at the same spot, the site of one of the war’s bloodiest battles, and Lyndon Johnson’s remarks from there one hundred years later – Biden warned of the “cost of division” and his fears that partisanship threatened to undermine the central pillars of American democracy. Biden vowed to govern as an “American president”, one who would seek bipartisan solutions to the nation’s most consequential problems, including the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and economic turmoil.

Joe Biden is a non-entity. Same for Kamala Harris and Michael Pence. They don’t count in a universe that is also home to Donald Trump. Nothing to do with their opinions or politics or plans or whatever, it’s about attention value. If you ask someone who they think people will pay more attention to, Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian, it’s maybe a toss-up, and it depends on age groups. Ask the same for Joe Biden vs Kim Kardashian, and they’re going to say: what the fcuk are you talking about?

Same for Mike Pence, and Kamala Harris, no question. Hillary, the press could spin into something, but she lost to Trump once already. It’s all, all of it, about clickbait. Trump generates more of it than anyone, and none of the other protagonists seem to have any clue as to why that is. But the press do.

It’s the anti-Trump media that focuses on him even more than the pro-Trump one. Because they know that’s where the money is. Write about Trump, anything, even anything that is not true, and the money will be flowing in. Call him a rapist, racist, misogynist, fascist, anything’s fair game. I saw the term “Little Mussolini” float by when Trump stood on the White House balcony post-Walter Reed and thought again: you guys have no idea about memes. Trump is 6’3, Mussolini was 5’7, and you’re going with “Little Mussolini”? That’s your best shot?

A few days ago, before the VP debate, a commenter here on the Automatic Earth said:


It doesn’t seem Trump will croak from covid, but this image …

Harris and Pence

…seems more relevant than this one…

Trump and Pence.


And I said:

“As long as Trump is part of the game, there’s nothing more relevant than Trump. That’s not an opinion. His presence has driven everything for 4+ years. It’s kept the NYT and CNN/MSNBC alive; they would be gone without him. The Dems’ only message 4+ years in is they are not Trump. That’s it, no other message. If he would be voted out, the MSM would be too. Politics would stop attracting viewers and readers by 50-80%.

Trump generates clickbait; Pence and Biden do not. Pence will never win anything. People detest Kamala more than they did Hillary. I’m afraid that even prior to the election, why wait?, there will be the first instances of a civil war in America. The only thing that still ties the nation together is Trump. Love him or hate him.”

The very same people who most “hate” Trump are the ones whose income most depends on him “Being There”. CNN head Jerry Zucker made it very clear to his staff during the so-called impeachment hearings that the only thing he wanted them to report on was impeachment. Not because he hates Trump, but because he knew that’s where the money is in present-day America: Yes, Trump.

CNN, WaPo, NYT, they’re altogether being busy killing their golden goose. You think these outlets, saved from bankruptcy by the appearance of Trump on the scene, don’t understand the dynamics? Of course they do. But they’re too far gone into their anti-Trump game to turn around. They know they themselves potentially initiated their own downfall by going all-out against Trump and for Joe Biden. But they have nowhere left to turn anymore.

If Biden wins, they’re done, nobody cares about him, nobody would read or watch a single thing about him, or about Kamala if she would take over, even if that switcheroo would give them a short attention “span”.


Trump said, coming out of Walter Reed: don’t let COVID19 dominate your life. Which the so-called left wing MSM turned into: “Don’t let tRump DOMINATE your life”. Bit late for that, guys and gals. You volunteered to let him dominate your lives for 4+ years now.

There doesn’t appear to be much of a plan in the Democratic party, and what plans there are differ hugely from each other. The gaps between Biden, Sanders and AOC are huge, on fracking, health care, you name it. They just find themselves together in the same party, for no obvious reason, other than, you guessed it, Trump. They stand for nothing together, there’s just one thing they agree on: Trump. Orange Man Bad: “I’m the one who ran against the socialists” Joe Biden said when asked about whether a vote for him is a vote for the radical left, despite the fact that Bernie campaigned for him in Michigan today”.

You can only keep that sort of thing together with a common enemy. Trump not only keeps the nation together, he literally keeps the Democratic Party together.




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    Hieronymus Bosch , The Garden of Earthly Delights, centre panel, detail c1500     Nothing partisan today, sorry, and thank you very much, ju
    [See the full post at: Only Trump Can Keep America Together]


    Bill Weld has a nominal height of 6′ 4,” probably from his youth. I’ve seen Weld say that he has stood next to Trump and that Trump is nowhere near 6′ 3.” Trump might possibly have been a little over 6′ 2″ when he was twenty and he rounded up, but he may have lied about that as well. With age, he has probably lost the normal 2,” so I would guess that Trump is likely a little over 6′ at most. Of course, you may be referring to circumference.


    Donald Trump is a pro-wrestling scene stealer (corrupt and incompetent); the Destroyer of the Western Empire. Joe Biden is a senile warmonger and is indeed a place keeper for the younger multi-nationals to take over and preserve the plutocratic caste.

    Around 60 million Americans are working at home. 30 million are getting unemployment. Towns along the Gulf Coast and in the West are being destroyed by climate change boosted hurricanes and wildfires. Wisconsin is the latest state with overwhelmed hospitals. As long as the pandemic spreads, the US economy cannot recover. The middle class is being decimated. Due to his illness and stupidity, a November reelection will be close and contested, assuring civil war 2.0. If Joe Biden wins fair and square, there is the faint hope that democracy can be restored and US government will defeat the pandemic and depression like America won in WWII 75 years ago.

    The fear, anxiety and chaos are too extreme now for the United States to survive for much longer unless the cause, rule by and for the oligarchs, is addressed.

    madamski cafone

    @ Raul

    Only reason I ranked Harris/Pence above Trump/Biden is that he and Joe are both way past their expiration date, so my fears focus on who might step in if either croaks or proves otherwise disabled.

    madamski cafone

    Also, Pence is not a non-entity. Trump would not have won the election without Pence. Pence is the main reason the Xtian Right suported Trump. That bloc is perhaps the most coherent plebiscite currently in the population.

    Big Media is huge but it is not the nation. Should Pence replace Trump, he would have a significant base. Pence is able to stay on message. The message can get through the pulpit networkd despite Big Media ignoring him.


    Title should have been ‘Golden Goose’ (gentle nudge)
    Ilargi,you are guilty of hacking my brain and plagiarizing my thoughts LOL! I have been saying the same for 4+ years to the asleep class. Question: Would corporate media and the oligarchs et al really kill the golden goose??? Answer: No they wouldn’t, but IF they do, there is something more sinister coming our way which we have yet to comprehend!

    Dr. D

    “Biden vowed to govern as an “American president”

    American President is American? As opposed to? My brain hurts.

    More to point: the thing they don’t seem to get is that THEY are the ones giving Cheeto his power. This is very low-level meta stuff. But who is the leader? Who is important? Who has power? People we ignore like Ron Paul and Tulsi Gabbard? Or people we all refer to with every waking thought and every sentence breathed? Well OBVIOUSLY the Very Important Person is the one we all set ourselves in relation to, either for or against. And the more they refer to him, the more power he has. I mean, it’s not like I care or anything, to me he’s just an average Joe, with average intelligence, doing an average job in an average nation.

    So thanks EXCLUSIVELY TO THE RESISTANCE, Dum-dum is more powerful now than when he started. Because: them. He is Daddy, who sets the rules. “No you cannot do that. You’re grounded. And I don’t like your attitude, missy.” Like, hardly any discipline at all, nearly zero, but a tiny pretense of it. And what do they do? They cannot become un-children, they cannot take their own responsibilities and own actions – that would be crazy! Only workers and business owners do that, the hateful scum! So they MUST, can ONLY fight against him rather than going around and leaving him behind. You know, like anyone with half a brain would. I do: “They’re not going to help you. “They” can’t even help themselves. You’re on your own.” But children must have Daddy to give them everything, to rebel against. Because the alternative requires work. Missy could move out any time, but she’d have to grow up and get a job. And if you left people alone and just did your own good work in your own life you’d be a Libertarian/Conservative/Republican of some color.

    What can I say? It’s inherent in their system, paradigm, and outlook. Shoot, 2/3 of the right wants Daddy too, so that leaves about no adults at all. …If you hadn’t noticed, I mean.

    Whatever. I didn’t call the picnic, I’m just here for the tacos. They want Cheeto to be their Nemesis, so… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemesis


    Ah, yes,,,the root mafioso in the hearts of Americans. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Mussolini, indeed.


    I came across an interesting quote this week:

    “Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries. It is as though mankind had divided itself between those who believe in human omnipotence (who think that everything is possible if one knows how to organize masses for it) and those for whom powerlessness has become the major experience of their lives.” ― Hannah Arendt, “The Origins of Totalitarianism” (1951)

    Has the internet put a crack in our powerlessness?

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