Overcast this Tuesday morning on California’s north coast, with threat of rain showing itself.
Cold tonight, too, for a week of wet ahead.
Ahead also is life in the ‘post-truth‘ era of American life — reverberating the concept, Margaret Sullivan at the Washington Post on Sunday invoked the fear:
‘It’s time to dust off your old copy of “1984 ” by George Orwell and recall this passage: “The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.”‘
In fact, folks appreciate a good lie…
(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Harlequin Head,’ found here).
Remarkable in less than a month, T-Rump has changed the entire landscape of discourse and relations — making shit up has become the standard. And what’s even worse, there’s worse to come.
Especially if the lie can be batted away with a another falsehood.
Outgoing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who’ll soon become the White House chief of staff, was asked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday about Trump lying about voter fraud.
Priebus, without proof, said it’s “possible” that millions of illegal ballots were cast.
When host John Dickerson noted that there is no evidence to support such a claim, Priebus responded, “I think the president-elect is someone who has pushed the envelope and caused people to think in this country.”
This is, of course, bordering on madness.
Asked to defend his boss’ demonstrable lie, the incoming White House chief of staff thinks it’s great that the president-elect is “pushing the envelope” — as if making transparently false claims to the nation is somehow cutting-edge.
On ABC’s “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos asked Vice President-elect Mike Pence about Trump’s lie, and Pence pointed to a Pew Research Center report as proof to bolster the bogus claim.
Given that the Pew report doesn’t support the claim at all, the incoming VP defended a lie with a lie.
Pence then tried to change the subject, which led to this exchange:
STEPHANPOULOS: [C]an you provide any evidence to back up that statement?
PENCE; Well, look, I think he’s expressed his opinion on that. And he’s entitled to express his opinion on that. And I think the American people find it very refreshing that they have a president who will tell them what’s on his mind.
A vile, despicable mind seeking destruction.
In that respect, Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker, also on Sunday, and the anxiety:
In an Oval Office meeting that White House aides described as “friendly but strained,” President Obama politely asked President-elect Donald Trump to wait until he is officially sworn in to begin destroying the world.
According to the aides, Obama said that, while he understood that Trump was eager to create potentially cataclysmic diplomatic crises around the world, tradition dictated that he wait until he is actually President to do so.
Obama cited the example of George W. Bush, who waited until he took the oath of office before wreaking destruction on a massive scale.
“There’ll be loads of time for you to do stuff like that,” Obama reportedly said.
During the meeting, which lasted nearly an hour, Obama repeatedly asked Trump “if he understood what was being said to him,” the aides reported.
After the meeting, Trump spoke briefly with reporters but cut the session short to “jump on a phone call with Kim Jong-un.”
“He’s a terrific guy, he’s doing just a terrific job over there,” Trump said, of the North Korean leader.
Obama did not take questions from reporters but was later seen sitting at his desk, holding his head in his hands.
A lot more than our heads in our hands…