In his new book, Saving Trump, author W. Green has chronicled our efforts over the past fifteen months to keep Mr. Trump in office. It has been an exciting and exhausting task just to keep up with the president as we tiptoed together through the minefields of the Mockingbird media, Deep State operatives, and massive public denial. But here we are, one year into the the Trump presidency and the battle continues. Trump is still in office. The Deep State is still powerful. The Congress is still impotent. And the mystery of human life on planet Earth 2018 goes on.
October 31, 2017
On this Halloween Day, we are reminded of the words of the ghosts of elections past. Each of these former presidents served the country in the military, and they also were elected to the highest government office in the United States of America. Their voices cry out from the past and speak to all Americans: President Trump, the Congress, the Supreme Court, our government agencies and departments including the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Attorney General’s office, the military, and to all the people who are employed by people of the America.
Regarding the rights of the shareholders of the country of America, its citizens, the First Ghost speaks:
“As we peer into society’s future— we, you and I, and our government—must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”—President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, 1961
Democracy cannot survive the total corruption of our government that exists today. The smelly Washington “swamp,” its politics and bureaucracies filled with greed, perverse behavior, and criminality, must be drained; and the wealth of the USA must be preserved.
Regarding our debasement of the word “Russian” and its alleged connections to one evil act or another, the Second Ghost speaks:
“Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries (Russia and America) have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union in the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and families were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including two-thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland…”—President John F. Kennedy, address to American University, 1963
The true strength of America and will be found its respect for the people of other countries. Russia could be one of our greatest allies to create a peaceful, productive and inventive world. America should cooperate with and support all other countries who can be our allies, including the Russian people.
And finally, regarding the unique national strength of the United States of America, the Third Ghost speaks:
We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. It will be a period of tensions both within nations and between nations — of competition for scarce resources, of social political and economic stresses and strains. During this period, we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations.
We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries but necessities — not the salt in our bread but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad — greater even than the bounty of our material blessings.”—President Jimmy Carter, Farewell Address, 1981
We must end the brutal and wasteful PermaWars and instead use those resources for defense, peace, and to rebuild our decaying infrastructure. America must change its direction. It must be a reflection of its core principles. It must shake off the last five decades of moral, economic and physical decay and rebuild itself as a model country and the leader of a new free, productive, ecologically-sound, and enlightened world.
August 24, 2017
The well-known story of All the President’s Men written by Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward chronicled the exploits of these two reporters during the early 1970s Watergate scandal. The book was a classic David and Goliath tale of the bulldog reporters using inside information, in this case from a mysterious source called ‘Deep Throat,’ to investigate and break the big story which would ultimately take down President Richard Nixon.
Let’s fast forward from 1972: Nixon was re-elected President of the United States; Vice-President Agnew resigned (1973); Gerald Ford became Vice-President (1973); Nixon resigned as President after the Watergate scandal (1974); Ford became President (1974); Nelson Rockefeller became Vice-President (1974). History books covering this era must be action-packed, exciting reads.
Then in 1975-76, the Church Committee investigated United States intelligence activities, and Operation Mockingbird was exposed. Begun in 1953, Mockingbird was a CIA program which used legitimate news sources to influence domestic public opinion. Brand-name reporters working for the New York Herald Tribune, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others were allegedly subject to control by their CIA Mockingbird masters. Other reporters, not working within the propaganda system, were wire-tapped to determine content. Basically, it was a continuing propaganda campaign running within, and capable of manipulating, the revered ‘Fourth Estate,’ the news media.
More recently we have the story of the leader of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, buying The Washington Post newspaper in 2013 for $250 million. Earlier in the same year, Bezos’ company Amazon received a $600 million contract to provide cloud services to the CIA. The Washington Post has been a constant source of negative information about President Trump, much of which has been obtained from anonymous sources.
Logically, one might assume that the truth once exposed would negate any propaganda efforts by the CIA or anyone else. Of course, Edward Bernays, the father of modern-day public relations or propaganda, said in his 1927 report entitled The Minority Rules that “the most effective propaganda, indeed, is that which enlarges and presents the truth so that an indifferent public will understand it and accept it.” Later in the same article, he says that if propaganda “strays into untruth, the course of events will show it up, and its power will end.”
But, what is the truth?
Some definitions state that a verified fact conforming to reality, and not false (untrue) is the truth.
And what is a lie?
A lie is an idea or statement that is untrue but which is presented as if it was true.
It could be said that all reported news may or may not be true depending on verification of the facts and the honesty of the reporter. Like the quantum physics question: is it a particle or a wave?, determining whether it is the truth or a lie depends on your filter and interpretation.
Hitler had a method of establishing the truth. The Nazi propaganda leaders said that if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, it will become the truth. This is the problem with public relations and propaganda. It is a process which establishes the truth and then sells it to the public. In effect, it is ‘fake news.’ Because news reporting is not only a fact reporting machine, it is a fact filter or lens. It diminishes or magnifies any event according to the bias of the source. Or in some cases, news is totally or partially fabricated.
Is the CIA still in the business of manipulating domestic and foreign public opinion? Are the Russians involved in manipulating domestic and foreign public opinion? Is President Trump doing the same? Are the Democrats and Republicans doing the same? The easy answer is, yes. Is all the news presented on television, and in newspapers, magazines, movies, podcasts, videos, websites and word-of-mouth the truth? Or is it some form of propaganda? The answer is that it is all propaganda. From instantaneous electronic reporting to time-delayed historical reporting, it is all the same. Let the reader beware.
In the very near future, it will be reported that the Russians co-opted Facebook, Google and other sites that offered advertisements along with their information and news. Most likely their intent was to disrupt the elections. Maybe they were just testing the concept to determine the best way to influence our elections. The Russians will be exposed for buying ads which promoted specific candidates and issues in the 2016 Presidential Election. Possibly Donald Trump was one of those promoted. If so, does that mean he colluded with the Russians? Or does it reflect on the transmitter of the news, Facebook or Google? Are they in some capitalistic, business-like way colluding with the Russians? Or is this all about free-speech for everyone including foreign intelligence operations?
Mockingbird news survives. It will never be killed by the truth because the truth is an imaginary bullet.
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