The Left lumps me in with the Right — the Right lumps me with the Left . . .
Delighting in The Safety Dance of Self-Delusion
I’m not a chess player — and I don’t claim to have much of a strategic mind.
But in the sense of scope and serving a side, politics is driven mostly by commentary within one dimension and occasionally two.
So it’s clear where it comes down — and you’ve got a built-in audience ready to receive it.
I don’t have that luxury
Everything on this site is three-dimensional thinking.
That makes it incredibly complex to convey. The second I mention one dimension — people seize on it because that’s what they’re used to.
And if I try to explain how each dimension interacts with the other, they complain about it being too long and convoluted.
Never mind that I’m trying to unravel complex and convoluted material . . .
Knowing damn well and good how they’ll react in response — from decades of dealing with the doubt-free.
There was no point in just doing another documentary on WMD alone — no matter how exhaustively detailed. It had to have something else — something to address the root of the problem.
While all of America is spinning its wheels on the symptoms.
“What’s with the different names of your documentary?”
What’s with your mindset that necessitates massaging it with harmonious headlines?
What I’m calling “The Trayvon Travesty” embodies the ubiquitous behavioral patterns of apologists who defend their position purely on faith — and the “Saga of Self-Deception” is the debauchery of platform politicking that has become America’s pastime.
On all-things Iraq, conservatives were in lockstep — just like liberals for Trayvon Martin.
By intersecting these topics, I show no favoritism in illustrating how emotion runs roughshod over reason.
That was the whole idea
And since nobody gave a damn about WMD — The Trayvon Travesty: A Saga of Self-deception was the best I could come up with at the time.
But if I had it to do over again — I would have gone with what came to mind later for the promo clips: The WMD Delusion: Timeless Deceit by Democrats & Republicans Alike.
Trayvon would still be the hook into the whole thing — I just wouldn’t have used his name in the title if I had a better idea.
And sadly, that title has to factor for this “having said that” culture we’ve created — where you’ve gotta pamper your audience to pave the way for what you really wanna say.
And after you’ve soothed their minds with some degree of shared scrutiny — that goes right out the window the moment you mention anything that challenges their calcified convictions.
I gave it a shot anyway — riding high on a sliver of hope that I’d at least get a “hmmm” from . . .
“Hey, he’s with us on the Left’s ludicrous ways — BLM, monuments, and even the hackery over the homeless.” As I wrote 2 years ago in Cruel To Be Kind:
More money + more services = more homeless
That formula doesn’t make sense to me.
“But wait — you’re saying the Right is part of the problem too?”
Does Not Compute
The fact that it doesn’t compute is precisely the point.
And since my signal of equally applied scrutiny is made with “WMD Delusion: Timeless Deceit by Democrats & Republicans Alike” — that’s what I would have gone with had it come up with it sooner.
“If I had it to do over again” — is nowhere to be found in politics.
You measure yourselves by belief and whatever gains it gets in the moment. And no matter how damaging the outcome down the road, you’ll do it all over again . . .
And again and again
Truth and integrity are just about branding: Messaging tools to browbeat the opposition about virtues you employ only part-time.
How fitting that it’s at 180.
And along the way of writing my Two Sides of the Same Counterfeit Coin series, I came up with a strategic plan for addressing the baggage and bullshit that’s driving this nation into the ground.
And right on cue
Never mind that my idea would serve their long-term interests — along with everyone in this nation and the world to boot.
They can’t be burdened by the demands of discernment and effort — they’re too busy bitching about things that get us nowhere.
This — would work . . .
But ya gotta think it through — and it just boggles the mind that something so original would be practically spit on.
Without even considering what it’s about:
From You Got Gold:
I want to thank you for giving these two in-depth responses – ones of immense quality and refinement. It must be draining to know that 99% of the time, people won’t read something so long – so well thought out – so in depth.
Thank you for doing it anyways. Just as writing these helps you refine your viewpoints, reading and responding to this helps me refine mine.
He’s 19 years old — and his outlook reflects the damage being done to the youth.
Say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind . . .
We can go when we want to
The night is young and so am I
And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
And surprise ’em with the victory cry
Say, we can act if we want to
If we don’t, nobody will
And you can act real rude and totally removed
And I can act like an imbecile