How Failure Of Imagination Kills…

When the forensics get done on our Time — and the Big Question gets asked — “How in the world did Americans let such an obvious criminal & traitor 1) get elected & 2) remain in power so long?

The answer will complicated with lots of moving parts (requiring actual calculus to figure out). One of the biggest moving parts will be the Republican Party itself and the monstrosity of its actions here. But the fact that they were complicit — in ways that even predated Trump’s takeover of their party (think Mitch McConnell & his refusal to even talk to Merrick Garland) goes right back to the heart of my premise. We “didn’t see it”.

In real time, Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans did something no other Senate had ever done before — held a President’s SCOTUS pick hostage. Mitch’s excuse was so phony it should have physically hurt every ear that heard it. It was Bullshit On Steroids: “The American People should get to decide who the next SCOTUS judge is”. The American People in that equation are the ones who VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA and made him POTUS — the guy charged with doing that very thing.

Yet here we are. No Merrick Garland. Neil Gorsuch instead. Funny how the rules work when you make em up as you go along — AND GET AWAY WITH IT.

With all this press going at this story like sperms going at an egg — you’d think someone would have gotten through already and “fertilized” that egg. And yet — with a mountain RANGE of evidence staring them in the face, the Press seems blind to it. It’s there — they kinda know it is — and yet they can’t bring themselves to go and report it. It’s like they just can’t “trust” themselves and what they’re thinking. What they “know”.

This is how “FAILURE OF IMAGINATION” works. Under normal circumstances where everything’s normal — failing to think with imagination won’t hurt you (not much anyway). You can always muddle along in your mediocrity enjoying the status quo until you don’t.

But this here ain’t “normal”. Not even remotely. Gawd, I hope that’s not a revelation. Laws weren’t written to deal with our particular situation. This wasn’t “imagined” by the Constitution’s framers — a flat out treasonous POTUS and the flat out treasonous political party supporting him (the framers didn’t even want political parties; they happened because we’re human and tribal by nature). See how our problem is “outside the box”?

The solution to our problem will have to come from “outside the box” too. Part of our problem is — the criminals are using our rules to undermine them — as part of the whole Cyber War they’ve been waging against us as we sleep. We’re miles behind — in large part because we’ve been so damned slow to SEE what was happening.

Not slow to SEE, so much, really, as GRASP. We saw all this happening — but failed to grasp what it meant — and how it was playing out in all its terrible detail RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. That, too, is failure of imagination.

FAILURE OF IMAGINATION is how McConnell got away with circumventing the will of the American People to deliberately remake the judiciary as conservative when the people CLEARLY want it progressive?

HOW has Donald Trump gotten away with HIS shit for as long as he has? How did we ever let him get past “Mexicans are rapists” or “Pussy Grabbing” or every stinking lie he’s told from the moment he became OUR EMPLOYEE? How have we not been able to stop this — or even report this accurately?

I’ll let you fill in the blank — with an “Amen!” chaser.

But it isn’t just OUR failure of imagination — as citizens. We rely on our Press (as per the First Amendment) to be the final check on power. To do that they need to IMAGINE the worst — because you can’t report all the possible reasons things happen if you don’t include that. For one, you’re not being accurate.

But — strangely — watch enough news, and of all the possible answers to The Biggest Question Facing Us — Why Does Donald Trump Act Like Vladimir Putin Owns Him? The American Press STILL refuses to answer the question: “BECAUSE VLADIMIR PUTIN OWNS HIM”.

It seems bizarre that one can’t “imagine” the thing that’s not just “staring you in the face” but stabbing you there, too.

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When Imagination Fails – WE Fail

How does one explain the consistent inability of American News Media (and news media from all over the world) to grasp and report the Trump-Russia Story?

Even now when the average panel starts to pick apart what Donald & Vlad are doing together, the Media STILL want to pretend that everything happening is absolutely normal – that it’s NORMAL for an American President to meet with the leader of a country that has always been hostile to us WITHOUT any note-takers tasked with memorializing AN HISTORIC MEETING…

It’s not normal.  It’s not the actions of ‘an unusual president’ who ‘plays by his own rules’.

People determined to believe something – REGARDLESS of its actual veracity – are going to believe no matter what.  They’re not interested in Reality or The Truth – they’ve got Magic in Mind.  It’s so much easier to just ‘give in’ and ‘accept’.

But that’s not the MSM’s job — not in America, it isn’t.  The Fourth Estate is Constitutionally obligated to stand as the ultimate CHECK on Executive Power.  To check Executive Power, you have to be nimble — quick to react to shifting circumstances — especially when that Executive Power is so CLEARLY being abused.

The problem is however that most of the MSM cannot SEE that Executive Power is being ABUSED because they ENABLED that abuse.  They gave it their tacit approval.  They accepted it as ‘just how things are and how they should remain’.  And now that Donald Trump is using his Executive Power (stolen to begin with) to try and finish the job he started (on Vladimir Putin’s behalf): the destruction of America’s Democratic Culture — and our relationship with our similarly Democratic European Allies.

It isn’t ‘blindness’ behind their inability to ‘see’ — it’s the inability to imagine that it’s possible in the first place.

When your average Talking Head Panel sits in on your average News Show — and they pose the question to themselves:  “What is Donald Trump actually up to here?” — the knee jerk inclination is to shrug it off with an empty-headed ‘He just does things differently, I guess…”.

‘Different’?  Um, no actually — TREASONOUS.

The one possible answer to their question – DONALD TRUMP IS AN ASSET OF RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE – has been for years – and is actively WORKING AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF HIS OWN COUNTRY – never makes it to the table for collective analysis.  Why is that exactly?

That’s a ‘trick question’, you understand.  The answer is FAILURE OF IMAGINATION.

And we can all see what THAT has brought us to…