I am hoping and praying Trump loses and we can start repairing the damage done by a half a century of Neoliberalism next year. My experience over the last four years with my coworkers, who are with only one or two exceptions, all conservative, has not been encouraging. I have tried to explain the history of our country and just get blank stares as the propaganda instilled into their being over the last couple decades or longer kicks in and blocks whatever I am saying. Like a brick wall.
I call the primary block “The Red Block” and it is the technique of equating anything characterized as “free” as being “communist.” The secondary block is “The White Block” and it is about appealing to whatever prejudice has been instilled into individuals from their childhood. The general purpose block is “The Blue Block” and plays on the anxieties most of us feel over our financial insecurity. The ways I relate these terms have to do with the “Red” in the Red Block as blood spilled in violent tribalism and this also connects with nationalism and other aspects of human nature. The “White” in the White Block is the blank piece of paper our minds are when we are children and how what we are taught in our early childhood is extremely hard to change later on. And last the “Blue” in the Blue Block is about blue blood showing in the arms of those who stay out of the sun and do not engage in manual labor. The hereditary rich in most cases.
My allusion to the flag is due to the conservative hijacking of all things patriotic.
Why the U.S. Flag is Red, White and Blue
“Heraldic devices such as seals have specific meanings for each element and color, and the U.S. Seal was no exception. Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, explained the significance to Congress when he presented the seal. “The colors,” Thomson said at the time, “are those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue… signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.” Mike Buss, a flag expert with the American Legion, says that the most obvious reason for the flag’s colors is that they were simply taken from our mother country’s flag — the Union Jack of England. “For us veterans, the flag represents why we served,” Buss says. “We were there because the flag represented our freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion.”
That was the 1st Amendment, how about the second?
“He wants to criminalize the news of the day if it is not flattering to him.”