The desperate struggles for existence on a daily basis under an uncaring, authoritarian presidential administration and Congressional and Senate GOP majorities owned by corporate money don’t get the sensational media treatment granted to a typical outlandish Trump tweet or his most recent impulsive move, but the backlash simmers and it will come eventually.
The corporate media, sustained for years by advertisements filled with falsehoods and misinformation, fuels the breathless drama of their own creation. The inane talking-head cable shows with overwrought commentary spliced between crass commercialistic harangues have lowered the political discourse in this country as much as anything else and that includes reductionist social media.
After the Parkland shooting, Wayne LaPierre, the director of the NRA, talked about a wave of “socialism” that would demand what socialists and people on both the left and right see as sensible gun laws, such as banning assault weapons. People on the left should embrace, not run away from the word “socialism” as LaPierre uses it.
It’s not about the rhetoric of the message or trying to understand how a Trump supporter’s dark mind does or doesn’t work. Evil always transcends a certain level of understanding. It’s about liberals standing up for real ideas that diametrically oppose the exploitation of capitalism—ideas like universal health care, vastly improved income equality, affordable housing and equal access to education, for example—that would help the vast majority of people considerably improve their basic material lives.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, feeling public pressure by his boss Donald Trump, has opened the door for possible special counsel investigations into Trump’s former political opponent Hillary Clinton.
By using the deceitful framing language developed by conservatives over the past decades, which culminated in a Trump presidency, the mainstream media is giving aid and comfort to that evil which would destroy them.