Class Warfare Blog

July 17, 2018

The Monty Pythonesque Administration

Comments have been flying fast and furious regarding the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Comments ranges from:

One of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory,” Sen. John McCain’s description of the news conference.


(What) the American people saw is that President Donald Trump will always put the prosperity and security of America first.” (VP Mike Pence)

That the two polarities, including the ones evinced here, are coming from Republicans; well at least this is new.

I am reminded of a Monty Python sketch, “Argument Clinic” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Graham Chapman enters the office of the Argument Clinic looking for a good argument. John Cleese complies but no matter what is said to him, his response is “No, it is not.” or “No, you didn’t. (I am working from memory here, so if I am off on the details, no problem, it is the gist of the sketch I am getting at.)

Finally the paying customer complains that they were not having a proper argument as Cleese was just gainsaying everything sent his way. Cleese’s response was “No, I’m not.” No resolution occurs because they run out of their allotted time.

This, apparently, is the Republican strategy to run the Oval Office. No matter what anyone says, the answer is “No. it is not.” or “You are wrong.” If someone quotes sources, the response is “Fake news!” No matter what happens, the first things out of their mouths are outrageous lies.

Backing all of this up is Fox (sic) News propaganda machine and the various Internet “news” sites who back Trump’s version of reality. As a consequence, we have a significant portion of the American polity who believe Mr. Trump’s version of reality. Hell, quite a few of them even believe Mr. Trump is a Christian, all evidence to the contrary. (Jesus said it is okay to grab women by the pussy, if you are famous. Two Corinthians 6:66)

Then the talking heads lump it all together as us being a “Divided Nation,” as if we were the cause and not the lying, mealy mouthed politicians.

Mr. Trump is transforming American politics … and you are not going to like what you get. Whoever is in power just has to tell “the people” things that back up their performance (e.g. “The GDP has doubled on my watch.” DJT … when it has gone up 6% at most.) and then their propaganda machine goes into action to back it up or muddy the waters to make it seem that opinion is divided on the truth of that statement. (“After all, they will say anything to “prove” their point.” (stated by both sides).)

So, okay, conservatives. You have seen the way the Republicans have acted when they got back into power (and even before, refusing to address the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, for over a year). What will the country be like when the liberals get into power (the pendulum always swings back) … if they follow the same play book? Are you going to like it? Are you?

Or would you rather have the old, dull, grind it out politics that served us fairly well for quite some time. You know, the one in which if someone were caught in a massive lie they were expected to resign. (Compare Richard Nixon (then) and the still Senator David Vitter (now). You know Senator Vitter, the family values Republican who was a frequent client of the D.C. Madam’s whorehouse.)


  1. Compared to our recently departed igNobel piece prizident, Nixon was a left wing liberal. No, I am not defending old dead Dick, just my observation.
    Vitter should be in Angola, the Louisiana state prison. What “family values” allows a man to claim to be a great husband, father, etc., while going to the whore houses as you state? They aren’t the family values I was taught by a very long shot. Also, Vitter never really did anything in his senate time worth mention other than he took up space.
    Actually, Monty Python could run this country better than all those who have been/wanted to be POTUS during my 70 years on this planet. FYI, I was born in 1947. Yeah, I include the little rat Truman as the only thing worth my time trying to struggle through lil’ Kennie Burns’ Vietnam film on PBS last year was the Truman sent US military supplies to the French in their Vietnam war while he was doing his (and the UN’s) war in Korea.
    Send for the Holy Handgrenande!


    Comment by Walter Kronkat — July 17, 2018 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

    • Since you were in ‘Nam, I have to tell you that many of my friends, including my best friend, went, but I did not (winner in the lottery, I was). Having read some of the reviews I just couldn’t watch Burn’s Vietnam epic. I experienced it (from afar, mind you) in real time and a) didn’t want to relive it and b) I didn’t want to lose my fondness for Ken Burn’s work (having seen all of the rest of it). By all accounts Burn’s portrayal didn’t further the truth of what happened.

      The problem with Truman’s thinking and all the rest of the politician’s and president’s thinking of of the time, is they were thinking about “good guys and bad guys.” There were no nuances, there was no high quality information. The Soviet Union was a house of cards, Stalin himself purged all of the officers in the Army for fear of their political ambitions (real or not) which is why they almost lost WW2. He then purged all of the generals after the war. He purged the intellectuals, etc. They were really in no position to launch a plan for world domination, but we took them “seriously.”

      A reasonable strategy would have been to oppose them vocally, goading them into supporting communist government after communist government, all of which needed financial and military support, until they finally dragged the Soviet Union over the brink (which is why it finally folded its tents).

      Stupid, stupid men. We talked ourselves into believing the SU was a “big, bad competitor,” when it was a third rate economy and third rate competitor at best. Believing your own propaganda never gets you anywhere good. I wish someone would convince the FPOTUS in the White House of this basic principle.

      On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 12:24 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 17, 2018 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

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