That was one of many great lines delivered by Jack Nicholson in Batman. At one point, I would have suggested that Washington DC was that town. Now, I think this entire country is constipated. Just look at the way people interact with each other. Check the differences in how media is disseminated or viewed. We are in a state of utter chaos, and much of it is of our own doing.
For starters, VOX ran a very interesting article on the difference in news coverage on the Trump/Russia issue between the right-wing media outlets and everyone else.
The past week of Trump scandals for people reading mainstream news outlets has gone something like this: President Trump fired the FBI director who was investigating his campaign’s connection with Russia — and then the next day, Trump shared classified information with Russian officials.
But on conservative news outlets, the narrative was very different. It was about an FBI director whose firing was long overdue, and a liberal media desperate to take down Trump.
You can find the entire article here, and it is well worth the read. The gist of the article shows that we are living in two different realities. People who only get their news from one source or from within their own safe zone are talking entirely different incidents with people in other news circles. When you hear Trump supporters dismissing the news reports, it’s not a defensive measure in as much as they believe something totally different because of what their media is telling them.
Then, there’s the sheer flood of “leaked” information. As a federal employee, I find it difficult to believe that my colleagues have suddenly found it impossible to do their jobs without potentially violating the law by discussing classified information or other things. When administrations change, the appointed positions change. The rank-and-file workers don’t. I was hired in under GW Bush, and if I remain until retirement, there’s no idea of how many other presidents I’ll serve. That said, the person sitting in the WH doesn’t change my work ethic one bit. I still try to do my job to the best of my ability now as I did when I was first hired.
The amount of the leaks makes part of me think it’s intentionally done to sow discord. Let’s face it, there is enough discord in America right now to circle the world about a dozen times. People are literally at each other’s throats. A right-wing white supremacist killed two people on a commuter train in Portland after hurling slurs at two passengers who were thought to be Muslim. There’s all kinds of crap going on everywhere, and it seems like it will only get worse. The pejoratives fly out of people’s mouths like breath on a cold winter morning. We’ve found out that even the FBI had false information that was meant to disrupt the system.
This country needs to take a massive dump. We need to purge all the bulls**t out of our system. Some of us need to be reminded that, regardless of ideological beliefs, we are not enemies. I cringe whenever I hear Americans referring to fellow Americans as enemies. I don’t even refer to football rivals as enemies. That word carries powerful and dangerous connotations. Someone needs to find an equivalent to a giant bottle of Fleet, shove it up the figurative ass of America, and squeeze that mofo until it turns to powder.
We’re full of sh*t, both figuratively and literally. We cannot continue as a country like this without doing damage to our society as well as relationships to our allies. If we don’t unclog the system, something is bound to happen. We’ve gone from being an example of democracy to looking like a disturbed red ant hill.
I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit. I honestly hope that the investigators take thing seriously and act appropriately on their findings. If nothing has occurred, then everyone should be able to see the information from the investigation to see where that conclusion was drawn. Likewise, if there was any bad behavior between Americans and outsiders to influence the election, there should be no sparing of the powers of the judiciary to give America the justice we deserve. That’s the only way we will begin to remove this sh*t from our system in order to recover to what we were before.