Wrote this blog two months ago concerning Governor LePage of Maine, a man of courage and fortitude who exemplifies the best of leaders.
I was reading an article early this morning from source npr.org about Maine’s Governor LePage declaring ‘I will not talk to the press anymore!’, with commentary eluding to ‘racist’ remarks about what fuels the drug trade in Vacationland. Maine is where dad’s family practically once owned the coastline, so it is dear to me even with the lack of relatives and my great-grandparents’ home at Beals Island long since out of the family. This story, too, is an expose of a dreaded disease among gatherers and presenters of news who have learned their trade by playing the Vilification Game.
There’s a reason why LePage is popular: he doesn’t cow-tow to the elite mentality of governance, and has been his own man through two successful election cycles. That draws ire, of course; the ‘correct’ way to play these days is to follow the (mis)-leader.
Maine has had drug troubles for decades: the biggest bust of drugs happened back in the late 1980s/early 90s on what used to be my grandfather’s dock, located next to his former lobster business in Stonington where Coast Guard officials had television cameras pointing to a huge cache of the illicit ‘prize’. It was at the time the 2nd biggest bust in US history. Drug abuse is no stranger, and its purveyors enjoy the rewards of cash because the users are there to buy…just like anywhere else.
In order to fact-check, I lean heavily on Snopes.com. Since I’ve been in media nearly 40 years and have seen it all, it’s pretty easy to spot the flaws from what tries to pose as credible news as well. Agendas scream louder than facts, and that makes ratings soar, because most don’t care to discern credibility. It’s my job to do that, because I hate being fooled and smoke-screened.
NPR is no stranger in tainting news stories, same as all the other media elites, and they (NPR) leaned hard on the perception (yet to be vetted at Snopes) that LePage is a racist for saying or inferring ‘Hispanics’ are the reason the drug trade is so robust. He’s been twisted in the political wind for something a bit far-reaching, but in part, factual: look where the stuff grows…in Central and South America…and who lives there? Hopefully it didn’t take long to get readers to respond. The point LePage set to his tone in finishing out the thought is the witness that color of skin has a partial truth with this type of trade but people can spot any and all races engaged in such activity out in the open.
LePage, like most of America, is fed up with having to watch neighborhood upon city upon state upon nation devolve into the lowest level of existence because of an erosion of common sense, faith, substance and truth. Drug trade in my own neighborhood has accounted for a near double-digit murder rate this year; and yes, we’re moving soon. Ignorance to the problem has taken a relatively decent section of Temple, Texas down to the level of what I knew to be the west side of Providence, Rhode Island. My breakaway from RI was unbroken in part; very disturbing .
There are infinite solutions to dealing with the issue, and many years of trying; but it’s a fact the Drug War has been won by the drug lords and fueled by governments (including our own) to enhance whatever outcome they wish. Digging deeper, it’s also fact that our own culture fuels this epidemic: desperate people seeking a surreal ‘trippy’ experience to escape life without care or responsibility. Our nation has been touted as ‘the hardest working in the world’, efficient to the core. It also has gained a soiled reputation for devaluing work by lowered wages and imports of non-Americans willing to perform such diminished endeavors, which has exploded the jobless market to 1/3 of our nation’s population (a figure hidden from ears and eyes but known to the body counters at every state’s unemployment office).
Where are the best paying jobs for minorities? The drug trade, of course – unless you’ve managed ‘superstar’ talent in sports or entertainment or have had the luck to be an entrepreneur of something unique and valued. Is White America involved? Sure; almost everyone has a hope of escaping poverty and most realize welfare and government handouts never, ever lead to human productivity.
Here is where LePage and the Trump Troop are the only real voice of the American majority. They get the anger because they get the condition; there is no condition to the opposition because they aren’t in adverse straits. Ignorance is a recipe for failure, seen in full view outside my window at my eroding neighborhood, again. It is why my vote plan is not changing, same as all of us, despite whatever tries to cajole.
Political correctness is (and always will be) an oxymoron. Politicians – honest ones – will tell of their goofs and gaffes and such from time to time EXCEPT for the ‘correct’, because they can’t admit failure. Funny thing about failing: it is much larger than dilusion. Our present leaders live this delusion in full view and some still believe in them. Those who don’t are the ‘real radicals’, the 6os repeated, flipped and reborn as conservatives; they (like their old guard who trashed the opposition two generations ago) are the ire that is swinging the electorate and the dialogue in the Nationalist ‘hard right’ column while the so-called ‘liberals’ march in lock step to the Alinsky points of order embedded deep in Communist overthrow, which is the grandest delusion ever. Oppression of the masses by rule of the chosen few never equates to liberty, freedom and justice. This is where they should have paid attention in History class, or at least give a glance at the fall of the USSR, Nazi Germany, the ugly revolutions of Cuba and Venezuela, etc.; all results of delusional, derelict oppressors whose ideology is to elevate their own and keep the masses destitute, misguided and tethered.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Science got this one right; this is why I have some hope of ‘change overthrow’ in November.
Stand, America. Question everything. Win this tug of war knowing what’s at stake and who gains; will it be them, or you?
PS: We just concluded the 3rd Presidential Debate, and with truth like a tsunami about the thorough and utter corruption of what leads at present, we need to get past questioning to accountability. More on that later.