This is just the latest salvo in the unending war between the complicators and the simplifiers. As a veteran simplifier, I deplore the absurd calisthenics the complicators go through to achieve their goal of making sure nobody understands anything after the mind-numbing indictments, confessions, plea deals, immunities, possible collusion and hush-money payoffs to porn queens that fill our "news" programs.
I understand everything from the Sofia Intrigue, to the Kronstadt Rebellion and over to the Tito-Stalin split. I literally fail, however, to understand this current crisis. Let the complicators continue to impress one another with the arcane vagaries of constitutional law and burn dried sassafras root at the altars of Judge Anthony Napolitano and attorney Alan Dershowitz. All I have to understand was made clear in film discovered buried beneath the dirt floor of a barn in southern Norway after that nation's liberation from the Nazis in 1945.
Some Norwegian friends of mine bought a farm in Norway and quickly discovered canisters of German propaganda film, "Die Deutsche Wochenschau" ("The German Weekly Review"), the Germans had produced to show how easily Hitler was winning World War II. One film showed something I've never heard of from any other source since the end of that war. We all know the Germans and the Japanese were allies, but I'd never heard of those two allies ever getting together or having anything to do with each other.
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At some point during World War II – obviously when they were winning! – a Japanese submarine traveled all the way from Japan to a German port, where they were hailed and welcomedby their "great Nazi allies." The film showed the expected huggings and backslappings and exchanging of pictures of wives, girlfriends and babies from Berlin to Tokyo.
What caught my attention was the tug-of-war, which featured the two teams gathered on opposite ends of a big rope, each side trying to pull the other into submission. The Germans won! I found the selection of a tug-of-war as the main athletic attraction interesting because in America tugs-of-war sort of faded away when we turned 11 or 12, and it struck me as absurd to be watching men of military age playing such a child's game. Were the Germans trying to emphasize their "racial superiority" at the expense of their smaller Japanese allies (the Japanese were no match for the more muscular Germans)? Who knows?
Never mind. There you are. In America today the true state of the nation is simply and simplistically explained as a game of tug-of-war. Those opposed to Trump are pulling as hard as they can on one end of the rope, trying to make the name "Trump" synonymous with "Crime Family Boss." Those on the pro-Trump side are trying to nullify and override that anti-Trump pull by shouting forth the impressive achievements of the Trump administration.
That's the real deal. All the rest is mere commentary, which happens to pay quite well!
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Meanwhile, the true strength of America is evident today in a way never commented upon. At Donald Trump rallies the crowd roars approval with each Trump triumph as he belts them out one at a time. Biggest quarterly growth! Yay! Biggest growth in new manufacturing jobs! Yay! Renewed respect for America around the world!Yay!
When President Trump starts ticking off his accomplishments at rallies and proclaims that we've achieved the lowest unemployment rate for blacks and Hispanics, the cheers and applause from the overwhelmingly white crowd are just as thunderous as the cheers and applause that greet any other accomplishment.
Racist crowds wouldn't do that. And racist leaders wouldn't try.
America is not a racist country. America is, rather, a country that will put itself through any contortion to demonstrate it is not a racist country.