I’m probably going to have to cut down on my political blogging, just because the thought of having Trump, a person I grew up with in the Northeast, be my POTUS, is literally plaguing me. “Pinch me” seems appropriate, as I keep hoping I will wake up one morning and find Trump has been implicated in something that precludes him from actually taking office. He may have been correct about his opponents having low energy. As he fills the proverbial swamp with his alligators, where is the outrage people?
Please boycott Trump’s businesses and the businesses of his allies. Vote with your wallet! It works a lot better than ballot voting. In fact, if we all voted with out wallets everyday, we would soon be living in a the world we dream of. We would not need politicians to get stuff done, because business would have to do it for us. Polticians are middlemen. And it would not take long. One healthy business quarter starving out our true enemies: polluters, science deniers, restaurants that serve unhealthy food and underpay their staff, and banks with billionaires for CEO’s, and they would be asking us – how can we do this better folks?
I picture a new political party, the Consumer’s Party – one based in the reality of our everyday lives. We are all consumers, Democrats and Republicans. The divide is artificial. Our founding fathers created the United States of America, but big business is actively promoting the Untied States of America. Did you notice how close those two words are, united and untied?
So today, I am going to discuss the source of the word FASCIST. It’s actually a relatively new word, but of course, all words can be traced far back in time with some logic. Here is what the OED has on FASCIST:
fascist (adj.) 1921, from Italian partito nazionale fascista, the anti-communist political movement organized 1919 under Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); from Italian fascio “group, association,” literally “bundle”. “Groups of men organized for political purposes”. Had been a feature of Sicily since c. 1895, and the 20c. totalitarian sense probably came directly from this. As a noun from 1922 in English.
The closest word in English is FASTEN. The C in FASCIST provides the closure, the way C-words do in CLC – connected faces is how I see fascist. That is exactly what we see going on now in Trump’s cabinet choices. – Trump is building a group of men who will stick together and make loyalty to the boss more important than loyalty to Amercian ideals. Other words close to fascist and fasten is paste.
Of course, the working class people who voted him in are not students of history, and they are about to find that their candidate had plenty of energy to get their vote for his own purposes – but since he has never made a sacrifice for others in his entire life – I dont think he is suddenly going to work to support working people. These are the same people he fleeced in his casinos. Bus trippers to him. Cattle. It takes a certain mentality to ruin lives and sleep at night. I do run into naive people who think he may change. Yes, people sometimes evolve in their old age. I hope he does. But many don’t evolve. And so far, he seems like that kind of person to me. His words and actions are still about the same they would have been in his high school days. Frankly, almost any decent person would have been a better choice than Donald Trump for POTUS. Thats an exxagertaion, but it’s not that far off.
I saw the movie ARRIVAL tonight. This is a beautiful story whose moral is “communication” or language is man’s most important tool. I fully agree. That is the main thrust of my book, Deciphering the English Code, as you get to the end of it. What I discovered is that our languages are much more connected than we generally believe scholars included. And though we can not predict the future with Common Language Code, CLC, we can get a sense from whence we have come with CLC. When we see how the codes in our native languages relate to those in other tongues in brings us closer together.
The best weapon we will have to deal with the problem s of the future, is some semblance of underdstanding the lanaguages of our enemies.What we can end up finding out, is that we all have a lot in common – and we have been largely sold, by the miltiary/industrial complexes, here and over there, on the idea that we are others.
And perhaps just knowing from whence we have come, can provide the best shot for an optimistic prognosis for our future. History does repeat itself.
Which brings me back to FASCIST. Let’s keep our eye on the ball here, please! Two hundred and forty years of democracy, and 70 years without a world war can all go down the drain with one wrong move – or tweet!