S4 E14 — Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat

There’s something about how we are wired, how we evolved as the Homo Sapient species which renders human memory to be a “fragile instrument and that what we ‘remember’ of an event can easily be influenced by what others tell us to believe by the constant repetition of lies about it.”

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Minefields just look like fields until something blows up. It’s a good day to respect hidden history, read all the signs, follow all the rules and heed all the warnings.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 14th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 25th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E13Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?; S4 E12Why Did Trump Sue Deutsche Bank?; S4 E11Were Putin and Trump Dipping into the Same Piggy Bank?; S4 E10Who’s the First Person You Wanna Tell? 

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13 — Why?; S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The “stolen” election is the new-and-improved Lost Cause myth, according to Jamie Raskin in his book,  “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy.”

As a key member of Congress during both impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives — the first directly related to the Quid Pro Quo withholding of defense funds earmarked by Congress for Ukraine, and the second for the Incitement of Insurrection on January 6th in 2021 Raskin fills in many of the missing pieces in what now is widely seen as a vast conspiracy by Trump to hold onto power for a second term.

    • He describes four years of continuous norm destruction and daily shredding of the Constitution by Trump that went far beyond the threat and  danger was on the eve of the Civil War, in February 1861.
    • Abraham Lincoln’s electoral count was never violently challenged by his vehemently pro-slavery vice president of the United States, John Breckenridge.
    • Breckenridge carried “the electoral votes from the Senate over to the House and proceeded to execute his duties faithfully.”
    • Even though John Breckenridge went on to take up the cause of the Confederacy as its Secretary of War.

The Trump Years showed how he and his fervent followers in his administration and on Fox News were “willing to make war on scientific facts relating to climate change or COVID-19, and on historical memory.”

Raskin’s own colleagues in the House of Representatives began and continued “denying, obscuring, or lying about specific historical events—like the Holocaust, slavery, the 2020 presidential election or the January 6 insurrection.”

There’s something about how we are wired, how we evolved as the homo sapient species which renders human memory to be a “fragile instrument and that what we ‘remember’ of an event can easily be influenced by what others tell us to believe by the constant repetition of lies about it.”

… unrepentant champions of the Confederacy and apologists for slavery promoted what came to be called the Lost Cause myth … glorified Confederate generals and soldiers; romanticized life in the antebellum South (and) falsely claimed that the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery.”

Lost Cause myth became ideological cover for the country’s abandonment of Reconstruction and its embrace of Jim Crow apartheid, according to Raskin.

History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes or at least beats to the same rhythms  so much so that Trump’s outrageous lies about the 2020 election mirror the basic form of the Lost Cause myth.

Trump’s political purposes and propaganda connect directly to the substance of the Lost Cause myth.

One campaign strategy which continues is to speak for an aggrieved, downtrodden (and obviously white) majority of the country seek permission to believe their votes were canceled.

The ‘stolen’ election is the new-and-improved Lost Cause myth Raskin says citing one of Trumps many Tweets —

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”

Trump’s multimillion dollar investment in mobilizing and “valorizing a movement unified diverse white supremacist groups to work together toward common goals.”

“… went from being a band of 500 isolated extremists at the ‘United the Right’ Rally in Charlottesville in 2017 to the front lines of a mass right-wing street movement of 40–50,000 people in 2021.”

Raskin didn’t want to believe that it was possible for our democracy would ever flirt with  becoming an authoritarian society, a dictatorship, or a failed state.

Me neither. 

But will it happen? 

How close are we? 

Can we overcome what is already in place to overcome the true results of the 2022 Midterm Elections and the 2024 Presidential Election?

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You could use some faith. While a naive abandon of thought process isn’t your style, you could surrender your skepticism for a more practical reason. It’s heavy. Traveling light is faster.” Scorpio

Okay, the day is still before me, so I’ll look forward to faster, lighter traveling.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Like the snap of a puzzle piece coming together or the satisfied rush that comes with a row of green Wordle squares, you’ll often have the thrill of filling life’s blanks. Your wins will build up and you’ll get to wear them like a cape of confidence. You’ll be made a leader and you’ll use your power to make things better.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The other person’s account of the events in a relationship may differ substantially from your own. Be receptive to the other person’s point of view.” Aries

Nowadays it’s a miracle we can agree on anything, right?  But, even as we filter our experiences on a daily basis with loved ones who remember the highlights completely different than you did.  I first “discovered” the phenomenon in Law School of all places.  I sat near the back of a shell like lecture hall with the professor in black rimmed glasses and curly short black hair pacing slightly trying to make a point. 

“Did you like the movie?” he tried as an example.  Our impressions come first.  But then if you probe with “Why did you like the movie?” you may be hard pressed to remember specifics to defend your first answer.  And they may be entirely different than your date’s or spouse’s recollections, so much so that you walk away wondering if you saw the same movie.  “I don’t remember that.” 

His point was about how we as lawyer wannabes can take advantage of the discrepancies between our Experiencing Selves living in the moment free of any thing else and our Narrating Selves which will edit and tell a story worth remembering in the future.  Craig Ferguson, former late night talkshow host summed up it better when his memoir was challenged by someone he wrote about over an incident that the celebrity claimed never happened that way.  Ferguson dismissed his allegation by saying, “This is my memoir, if you don’t like it write your own.” 

Of course, this flies in the face of “Be receptive to the other person’s point of view.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “A curious, experimental mood takes hold. You won’t have to pursue it for long before you find yourself in a magical place. Perception alters the lighting scheme of the world.” Gemini

It’s not even 8am, so I’m looking forward to finding myself in a magical place.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Minefields just look like fields until something blows up. It’s a good day to respect hidden history, read all the signs, follow all the rules and heed all the warnings.” Pisces

There’s something else about not wanting to believe what we see because what we see is so outlandish it can’t add up to what we don’t want to believe is really happening.  The signs were there warning us that the long fuse had been lit, but we were too busy to notice.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12252 this week to 12344 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 234 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy within almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected President. 

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