Unheard sounds

When E. F. Hutton speaks, people listen. From an old commercial for a brokerage firm.

When a tree falls in a forest and no one is there, does it make a sound? Depends on how you define a sound.

When Donald Trump makes a speech and no one listens, does it prompt him to bomb a small country like North Korea to get attention? Serious question to which I fear we will get an answer as Russiagate closes in on Trump.

Democracy in Chains

Democracy in Chains, The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean published in 2017. Property rights before human rights. The Koch brothers’ plan to rewrite the Constitution and eliminate the right to vote for lower income people who vote Democratic. Taxes are theft of the property of the makers by the takers to use Ayn Rand’s terminology. And the scary thing is that Mike Pence and Paul Ryan, who are next in line to succeed Donald Trump, are both supporters of the Kochs.

Freedom and liberty

Freedom and liberty as used by the GOP and the far right have different meanings than what you and I are used to. Liberty is the right to take as much of the economic pie as possible, leaving crumbs for the 99%. Freedom is the right to keep as much as possible of earnings, freedom from taxation. This article shows how it works in the healthcare insurance field.

Trump’s words

It is a question on how to interpret Trump’s words when he lies all the time. You can just ignore them or turn them 180 degrees meaning their opposite. For example, Trump said his son is honest and transparent. That could mean that Don Jr. is opaque and a crook. Personally I prefer to ignore what he says. It saves time and frustration.