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    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-turnaround/

    The Turnaround

    At yesterday’s Thanksgiving table, fifteen adults present, there was not one word uttered about impeachment, Russia, Ukraine, and, most notably, a certain Golden Golem of Greatness, whose arrival at the center of American life three years ago kicked off a political hysteria not witnessed across this land since southern “fire eaters” lay siege to Fort Sumter.

    I wonder if some great fatigue of the mind has set in among the class of people who follow the news and especially the tortured antics of Rep. Adam Schiff’s goat rodeo in the House intel Committee the past month. I wonder what the rest of congress is detecting among its constituents back home during this holiday hiatus. I suspect it is that same eerie absence of chatter I noticed, and what it may portend about the nation’s disposition toward reality.

    The dead white man Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860) famously observed that “all truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident.” America has been stuck in stage two lo these thirty-six months since Mr. Trump shocked the system with his electoral victory over She-Whose-Turn-Was-Undoubted, inciting a paroxysm of rage, disbelief, and retribution that has made the Left side of the political transect ridiculous, and repeatedly, ignominiously so, as their fantasies about Russian “collusion” and sequential chimeras dissolve in official proceedings.

    The astounding failure of Mr. Mueller’s report did nothing to dampen the violent derangement. There was no rethinking whatsoever about the terms-of-engagement in the Left’s war against the populist hobgoblin. The solidarity of delusion remained locked in place, leading to Mr. Schiff’s recent antics over his false “whistleblower” and the enfilade of diplomatic flak-catchers tasked to ward off any truthful inquiry into events in Ukraine.

    But then, with the Thanksgiving shut-down, something began to turn. It was signaled especially in the Left’s chief disinformation organ, The New York Times, with a week-long salvo of lame stories aimed at defusing the Horowitz report, forthcoming on December 9. The Times stories were surely based on leaks from individuals cited in the IG’s report, who were given the opportunity to “review” the briefs against them prior to the coming release. The stories gave off an odor of panic and desperation that signaled a crumbling loss of conviction in the three-year narrative assault on the truth — namely, that the US Intel Community organized a coup to overthrow the improbable President Trump.

    From this point forward, the facts of the actual story — many of them already in the public record, one way or another, and sedulously ignored by the news media — will be officially detailed by federal authorities outside the orbit of the coupsters, and finally beyond the coupsters’ control. The facts may include the uncomfortable truth that Mr. Mueller and his helpers were major players in the bad-faith exercises of the Intel Community against the occupant of the White House.

    I’m not so sure that the Resistance can keep up the fight, since their enemy is reality as much as reality’s mere personification in Mr. Trump. The violent opposition Schopenhauer spoke of in his three-stage model was just procedural in this case, moving through the courts and committees and other organs of the state. I don’t think the Left can bring the fight to the streets. They don’t have it in them, not even the ANTIFA corps. The hard truths of perfidy and treachery in the upper ranks of government will rain down in the weeks ahead, and when they do, there’s an excellent chance that they will be greeted as self-evident. The Times, the WashPo and the cable news networks will have no choice but to report it all. My guess is that they will display a kind of breathlessly naïve wonder that such things are so. Most remarkably, they might just assert that they knew it all along — a final twitch of bad faith as the new paradigm locks into place.

    I expect that we will see something else happen along with that: a loud repudiation of the Democratic Party itself, a recognition that it betrayed the mental health of the nation in its lawless and demented inquisitions. I expect that sentiment will extend to the party’s current crop of candidates for the White House, to the delusional proposals they push, and perhaps even to the larger ethos of the Wokester religion that has programmatically tried to destroy the common culture of this country — especially the idea that we have a duty to be on the side of truth.

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    This is a nice story but it is based in alternative reality. Those such as myself recognized the depravity of 'The Golden One' upon 1st sight. It radiated from his persona even through such nebulous media as Twitter. It was not a 'leftist' paranoid psycho dysfunction that caused the growing outrage. It was the apparent psychic blindness of those that thought that he was a fitting President, less a fitting human being. And it continues. And there is fatigue, borne by disbelief that a sizable portion of humanity actually resonates with this diabolic synchrony. It took me awhile for the understanding to congeal into a articulate sense.

    It isn't evil, the right is not evil but they are hopelessly deluded and in denial. But it is a forgivable sin in that any human that evolves a belief in their own desperation by egoistic requirement will envelop a bubble of denial. These desperate conditions create fertile ground for desperate acts and that is where we are notably in the United States but literally everywhere in the world. And it is the unenlightened masses that most easily fall prey to the vicissitudes of changing times. The masses fear that when their power base of whiteness falls away that they will be treated in kind by the 'others'. But that is a false fear that results from extreme psychological projection and not amenable to correct thinking and change. C'est la vie.
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    Quote Originally posted by NotAPretender View Post
    This is a nice story but it is based in alternative reality. Those such as myself recognized the depravity of 'The Golden One' upon 1st sight. It radiated from his persona even through such nebulous media as Twitter. It was not a 'leftist' paranoid psycho dysfunction that caused the growing outrage. It was the apparent psychic blindness of those that thought that he was a fitting President, less a fitting human being. And it continues. And there is fatigue, borne by disbelief that a sizable portion of humanity actually resonates with this diabolic synchrony. It took me awhile for the understanding to congeal into a articulate sense.

    It isn't evil, the right is not evil but they are hopelessly deluded and in denial. But it is a forgivable sin in that any human that evolves a belief in their own desperation by egoistic requirement will envelop a bubble of denial. These desperate conditions create fertile ground for desperate acts and that is where we are notably in the United States but literally everywhere in the world. And it is the unenlightened masses that most easily fall prey to the vicissitudes of changing times. The masses fear that when their power base of whiteness falls away that they will be treated in kind by the 'others'. But that is a false fear that results from extreme psychological projection and not amenable to correct thinking and change. C'est la vie.
    Both sides have their own bubble, I think you are failing to realise that you are also in one. Trump may be despicable, but he is the legitimate president and the backhanded, secret tactics detailed above, to try and remove him (however i may applaud that) are clearly illegal and a sign of the dysfunction of the American polity at large. These are the sort of Shenanigans you would expect from the Ukraine or Ecuador, not a supposedly serious country and leader of the free world. From my outside vantage point, both the Left and the Right in the US are in self-destruct mode and when the crumbling edifice of the two-party system comes crashing down, it will probably bring the United States with it. As I have maintained all along, the US is going the way of the SU and there is nothing we can do about it, other than prepare and observe. Your attachment to the US Left-Wing paradigm probably won't serve you well psychologically when the whole thing goes up in a puff of smoke. This thing is dead like a Dodo and rotting from the inside already.

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    hmmm, a bubble of truth is permeable. If there was truly another way to view this reality, I would see it. I'm that confident that some truths transcend sides. It is really that simple. I won't mourn the death of lies no matter how shiny of a package they come in. I won't, there would be no point.
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    https://www.businessinsider.com/nato...iously-2019-12

    Trump was embarrassed on the first day of the NATO summit, and it shows no one is bothering to take him seriously anymore

    - President Donald Trump is at the second day of the NATO leaders' summit in England.

    - He entered the conference on Tuesday triumphant and claiming credit for the defense alliance's budget changes.

    - But that success waned quickly as the day went on, as French President Emmanuel Macron openly questioned his claims, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to mock him behind his back, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to be photographed with him.

    - All of these leaders had been openly diplomatic and friendly with Trump in the past. Their behavior on Tuesday showed a world no longer bothering to take the US president seriously.


    President Donald Trump entered the NATO summit triumphant, claiming credit for large structural changes in the alliance's defense spending.

    But his first day turned out to encompass one embarrassment after another, with multiple world leaders openly sparring with him and appearing to mock him behind his back — suggesting that nobody is bothering to take him seriously anymore.
    Shortly before meeting other Western leaders in London on Tuesday, Trump claimed credit for NATO reducing the US government's contributions to the group and increasing those from other allies.

    Though this plan had been in place since 2014 — when Barack Obama was president — Trump took it as a personal victory because he had long railed against what he perceived as the US's outsize contribution to the defense alliance.

    That feeling of triumph most likely waned quickly, though, as the day went on. Here's a rundown of Trump's numerous embarrassments on Tuesday:

    - He was publicly fact-checked by French President Emmanuel Macron — with whom he has touted having a strong relationship — at their joint press conference. Macron said the Islamic State terrorist group had not yet been defeated, despite Trump's repeated insistence that it had.
    Macron also challenged Trump's claim that ISIS fighters were "mostly from Europe."

    - At a separate press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump openly questioned one of NATO's founding principles, Article 5, which requires members to protect one another if under attack — prompting concern and criticism among NATO officials.

    - Retired US Army Gen. Wesley Clark, a former NATO commander, told Business Insider's David Choi that Trump's comments were "a very rough way to play" with the alliance's principles and that "it undercuts deterrence, encourages potential adversaries, and erodes NATO itself."

    - Trump appeared to be roundly mocked by world leaders and royalty behind his back. Though he did not mention Trump by name, Trudeau was recorded on video poking fun at what seemed to be Trump's impromptu 40-minute press conference, prompting laughter from a group that included Macron, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Princess Anne.

    - The British Conservative Party took great pains to distance Johnson from Trump while the two leaders were in the same vicinity, for fear that Trump would jeopardize its chances of winning the coming UK general election next week. (Trump did appear to honor this by saying on Tuesday morning that he had no comment on the election.)

    - According to Politico's London Playbook, Johnson was "so keen not to be photographed with the US president that he did not even greet him at the door when he and wife Melania arrived" at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday night.

    This all shows world leaders aren't bothering to take Trump seriously anymore.
    Macron's publicly schooling Trump in front of dozens of reporters is a far cry from the two leaders' "bromance" two years ago.

    Trudeau's apparent willingness to mock Trump in front of other world leaders contrasts heavily with the Canadian prime minister's pledge to himself in 2016 to criticize only the comments, rather than the character, of his American counterpart.

    "There was a discipline that I imposed on myself early," Trudeau had told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Aaron Wherry, who wrote a book about the prime minister.

    Johnson's refusal to be publicly seen with Trump also comes as a huge snub to the US president, who in October had endorsed him in the election.

    George Conway, the husband of the senior White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted in response to the video showing the world leaders on Tuesday, saying Trump was "the laughing stock of the planet."

    "The world thinks you are an incompetent, ignorant, dumb, deranged buffoon — and they are right," Conway continued. "And you prove it to them every day."
    Trump, on his end, has put on a veneer of success at the NATO summit on his social-media accounts. It remains unclear how long that will last.

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