Scare-Mongering

After Trump got elected, such was the animosity against him (e.g. Kathy Griffin) that I thought he’d very likely be assassinated. So I’ve been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t happened. And I’ve stopped thinking that it’s going to happen.

Not only that, but I think he’ll be re-elected in 2020 with a larger majority than he got in 2016. If nothing else, I’m beginning to wonder why anyone would want to vote Democrat, because the Democratic party seems to be imploding, torn between crazed young socialists like AOC and old dinosaurs like Nancy Pelosi and bad losers like Hillary Clinton.

Also, since the never-ending Mueller investigation came to an end, it seems to me that Trump has gained the initiative that he never quite had while Mueller was hanging over his head. Now that’s gone, I expect to see some interesting new moves from Trump, and the Dems in worse and worse trouble.

British politics is usually far more serene and stately than US politics. It’s been a long time since a British Prime Minister was assassinated. But our current one is so unpopular that she might well be the next. I read somewhere yesterday that 82% of Conservatives think she should resign. That’s 82% of her own party. And probably 82% of Conservative MPs feel the same way. But they don’t seem to be able to oust her until 12 December at the earliest, a year on from the last attempt. If not an assassination, then maybe a coup? And Theresa May locked up in the Tower of London, like Julian Assange.

It’s far uglier in France, where the Yellow Vest protests again Emmanuel Macron continue week after week.

Wherever one looks, there seems to be extreme tension, steadily mounting crisis. Hamas launched 900 rockets into Israel over the last few days. And after everything looking very promising for a while in North Korea, it all seems to have got about as bad as ever once again. Is there anywhere placid in the world?

Even global warming alarmism, which seemed to have been in recession in recent years, seems to have caught alight again, thanks to 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and 93-year-old David Attenborough.

Perhaps it’s all just scare-mongering. That’s all it ever seems to be these days. Scare-mongering about tobacco. Scare-mongering about climate change. Scare-mongering about Brexit. Scare-mongering about Russia. Scare-mongering about North Korea. Scare-mongering about everything.

Perhaps there’s no crisis at all. And absolutely nothing to be alarmed about.

For example, from yesterday’s Express:

NASA asteroid tracker: LOOK OUT as asteroid bigger than pyramids skims Earth TOMORROW

A little further investigation reveals that the nearest it’ll be to the Earth today is 5,589,832 km. That’s over 10 times further away than the Moon.

Why even bother to report it?

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5 Responses to Scare-Mongering

  1. Igrowmyown says:

    Unfortunately this is what happens in a smokeless world, people become unhinged. Not even any smoke in the fireplace these days.

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    Scaremongering is a systematic means of instilling fear in order to manipulate groups of people toward a political end—usually political gain for the fear mongers.

    The antismoking crusade is based on fear and relentless propaganda to instill fear. That is tobacco control seeks power and profit by sowing fear and dissension. They divide communities and exploit fear of illness and death.

  3. waltc says:

    The Dems here are not letting go but doubling down. Many in the congress and the media still believe there was “collusion” between Trump and the Russians despite the Mueller Report and of course believe he obstructed justice. They are pursuing this madness by shooting the messenger–the Atty General– not just calling him a liar and a shill but voting (at least in committee) to charge him with contempt of congress–a basically vain gesture though some are calling for his actual arrest. The alleged “contempt” stems from his failure to (against the law) release the unredacted Mueller Report along with the literally millions of pages of Mueller’s underlying interviews and subpoened documents to all 435 members of congress and the public. Even though he has made the unredacted report (save for 1% that involves grand jury testimony) available to the chairs of the congressional committees–who have not bothered to read them. The other source of contempt is his backing out of testifying to congress (after testifying all day to the senate where the Dem Sens nastily accused him of treason) after the congressional committee changed the ground rules of the scheduled session to turn it into a prosecutorial bombardment by Dem lawyers.

    In a clear fishing expedition, they have also subpoened not only 7 (or 10 ?) yrs of Trump’S tax returns but supboened all records including emails regarding Trump to and from his personal accountants and from dozens of banks. He’s put a stop to that but it may eventually wind up in court.Meanwhile the NY Times is releasing stolen tax docs from the 1980s-early 90’s.

    The Dems are calling these refusals to cooperate with their goose chases a “constitutional crises”
    So, no, it’s not over. They keep beating the (dead, fictive) goose

    • Frank Davis says:

      I watched William Barr being questioned by some Dem senator. She was really nasty. I thought that the way he was treated was utterly shameful. And I couldn’t help but think that it said much more about her and the Democrats than it did about Barr, who has only been AG for a few weeks.

      Looking at it all from the other side of the pond, it seems to me that the Democrats are damaging themselves far more than they’re damaging Trump. They’re demonstrating to everybody just how nasty they really are.

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