On Tangled Webs Become the Rule, Perhaps They Always Have Been

Tangled webs
Guillermo Calvo Mahé and Diana Marcela Cardenas Garcia, December 11, 2018

Byron York: Sudden shift in get-Trump talk; now it’s campaign finance, not Russia” (Washington Examiner, Tuesday, December 11, 2018), an interesting opinion piece with respect to the reality we live in.  An interesting observation.

All the fuss and fury since almost all the pundits, pollsters and pseudo journalists in the United States blew their prognostications concerning the 2016 presidential election was never really about the Russians, rather, it had everything to do with a power mad dowager’s vanity and her ability to lead her vacuous followers into the land of the fickle and the incoherent.  See the following fascinating YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRJ8TLCZdnI.  It doesn’t show up in the purportedly “mainstream” media much anymore, it did once, hysterically so.

So, … as someone with degrees in various complementary disciplines, linguistics and translation, political science, law and international legal studies, I note with interest how drastically the Clintons and their cohorts have managed to upend traditional legal and political concepts.  Not that I’m surprised, I’ve been an adult for more than four decades and fairly active in sociopolitical matters so I’m familiar with their “work”, but still, it says something to me about our own values, our own hypocrisy and our own gullibility.

It used to be that blackmail was illegal; now, the victim is the criminal and the blackmailer and her attorney the heroes.  Interesting.  And seeking to overthrow the government used to be considered treason, now, well, it’s the mainstream media’s and the deep state’s duty, and that of every loyal Clinton – Obama groupies, errr, I mean follower.

Perhaps it’s always really been like that.

I don’t like Mr. Trump and do not agree with many of his policies, I find them possibly effective in the short term but, as in the case of the virtually identical policies of his Clinton – Obama led opponents, disastrous in the medium and long term.  But that does not blind me to realities.  Unfortunately, too many politicized “sort-of-liberals” care more for regaining political power and the joys of political rebellion than for socioeconomic realities and thus, we find ourselves where we are.  Many such people are friends, even family, though they now look at me as though from the other side of the looking glass.  That would explain a lot.

So, where are we?  As far as I can tell, totally polarized, wallowing in divisive identity politics with hordes of pots calling kettles black.

And the future, hmmm, interesting shades of bleak.
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© Guillermo Calvo Mahé and Diana Marcela Cardenas Garcia; Manizales, 2018; all rights reserved.  Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen).  Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales.  He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies).  He can be contacted at guillermo.calvo.mahe@gmail.com and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.  Diana Marcela Cardenas Garcia is a Colombian social communicator and journalist who collaborates with Dr. Calvo on diverse civic, social and political projects.

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