a reply to: DJW001
I'm currently reading WARNINGS: FINDING CASSANDRAS TO STOP CATASTROPHES
by Richard Clarke and R. Eddy. About Cassandras, those who give
warnings but are doomed not to be taken seriously. You, AB, and ante tried to warn us.
"As they explain, “It involves four components: (1) the warning, the threat, or risk in question, (2) the decision-makers or audience, who must
react, (3) the predictor or possible Cassandra, and (4) the critics who disparage or reject the warning.” Each of these four components is
accompanied by several factors that characterize them, such as “erroneous consensus” for the warning, or “ideological response rejection” for
the decision-making, which add up to 24 factors in total. These 24 factors enable the user to assign the four components a score of high, medium, low
or absent in order to ascertain the likelihood of a Cassandra-type warning to be accepted or not."
I just want to share my thoughts about America now, how we have a symptom with an underlying cause.
I was three days from death once. After two other doctors missed the signs, the third doctor saved my life. However, even after surgery, I had seven
days of (for then) high powered antibiotics. Surgery alone was not enough; the antibiotics had to kill off any of the specific bacteria remaining, so
I didn't die from the underlying problem.
What took me to the doctor were the symptoms with an underlying cause. Trump is the huge pus-filled abscess that needs to be surgically removed, but
unless we knock out the underlying extremist bacteria, we will not be better off.
The homegrown economic, governmental, and conspiratorial far right extremism needs to be contained. Remove Trump, but there is still the decades
buildup of extremism, courtesy of the money from Koch etal wealthy far right extremists. Note: David Koch ran on the 1980 far right extremist
(economic, governmental) Libertarian Party, before moving back into the RP. Note: the Sr Koch helped start the extremist conspiratorial John Birch
Society in the 1950s; Alex Jones discovered it in recent years and has become a Russian equivalent of the "firehose of falsehoods" propaganda.
The Kochs are the nexus for today's American extremism. After 20 years of RINOing out members, the New Republican Party was born. The 2016 election
was really when the Koch extremism ideology finally and completely took over the RP lock, stock, and barrel. And when Russia could claim victory after
its new, non-kinetic attack on American soil.
Our ship of state has been steered into unknown waters, where nothing is normal, all the old rules don't apply.
There is no more GOP of modern times. It's over, done. Get rid of Trump, their extremism still rules. This is the extremism that Republican Party
members warned their leadership about 50 years ago. If today's New Republican Party can be turned around, IMO the frontline in this war has to be all
those RINO'd Republicans. Unless they can take back their party to the one that held for 140 years, up until the 1990s, the United States of America
as our Founding Leaders envisioned will no longer exist.
Personally, IMO, those GOP members that acquiesced to this winnowing out, either unable or refusing to fight the Koch money and influence, may not be
strong enough to take their party back.... it is not MAGA but rather MRGA, Make Republicans Great Again. And that IMO may be too much to do.
If we cannot succeed in having two functional political parties again as our Founding Leaders envisioned, we are doomed; with the GOP so entrenched in
extremism, there is nothing meaningful on which the Democratic Party can compromise, as before 20 years ago. (As a note, we are not set up
governmentally for a multi-party system, as found in Europe. No pinning hopes on third+ party to save us.)
America changes by grassroots movements outside pushing politics inside the parties. IMO that may be our only hope now. We are fighting a multifront
war. One front is to change out the extremists in Washington (and state govts), the other is to continue to push from the outside on multiple issues.
.... there actually is a lot of grassroots resistance growing now, younger people who love this country, patriots, becoming activated, we just don't
hear about it in our communities, let alone national news. ... and that resistance is frightening to those in power now.
At the moment, America is starting to look like a Cold War puppet state of Russia, with a POTUS too extreme for even the Koch bros!... haha if you can
imagine! the Libertarian money behind Trump was from a pro-Russia Libertarian extremism even too extreme for regular far right New Republican Party
extremism! The Republican Party that became a faction (we were warned about that by our Founding Leaders) has factions haha These things do happen
edit on 2-7-2017 by desert because: grammar