I’ve paid attention to politics since I watched the 1950 Democratic Convention in my Republican grandparent’s tiny TV set and I majored in government at Dartmouth. During Nixon’s presidency it was clear to me that Republicans very successfully got away with accusing Democrats of doing something to deflect attention to what they were doing, often the same thing.

For example, for the last eight years the Republicans accused Obama of not creating jobs even though he created more than any of his predecessors, to deflect attention from their piss poor track record of creating jobs.

Trump just did it when he addressed our national intelligence agencies and started by saying as many as four millions votes were cast illegally. He was saying, “Hey guys look at that because I know what Putin did for me, and I don’t want you to talk about that,” and so far, he’s getting away with it because media pundits are busy saying there were no illegal votes cast rather than asking the FBI and the other national security organizations to uncover the extent of Russian intervention in the election.


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  1. Daniel Dallabrida January 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    What Now? / My Resestance

    There is lead in my drinking water. The Trumpian flood of news and information has become a toxic barrage that makes me stupid and pollutes my soul. The adrenaline rush of each outrage is addictive. The anticipation of Trump’s inevitable, yet apparently implausible collapse has become a depressive distraction. My days are constantly interrupted with stomach-churning “notifications,” headlines, tweets and Facebook posts. The horrific and preposterous marinates in the dubious and odious.

    I’ve decided to overshadow my input of current events with an equal flow of positive ideas and inspiration. I believe that I can remain informed AND protect myself this systematic deluge of psychic sludge. “Obsessive resentment,” warned Nelson Mandela, “is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

    Today, for example, I was lifted and emboldened by Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address. (“And let me be clear: we will defend everybody – every man, woman, and child – who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state.”) Rather than catching the headlines, I listened to the whole speech on YouTube.

    I have been reading “And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris” by Alan Riding. With an acute, dispassion lens Riding examines the real world reaction of artists, writers, and musicians to an extreme environment of conflict and occupation? My reading introduced me to the music/life of the openly gay composer Francis Poulenc. There, I found kinship in his alternation between irreverent, high-spirited and melancholic, introspective composition. Had I spent the day wading through the Trump swamp, I would have remained unaware and uninspired to find my own path.

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