Big money hate started in the US when the super rich and corporate America (Wall Street) began screwing over average citizens, especially those middle class and lower middle class White men who had held relatively high paying factory jobs during the 50s, 60s and 70s, when such jobs in the 80s and 90s were being outsourced and unions broken. This created a large reservoir of resentment that was compounded when right wing political media began to flower; it being eager to stoke for cash this massive pool of bitterness.

In other words trouble started when the fat cats, deciding to make even more obscene profits, threw overboard the America worker for cheap foreign labor. This was the first pike of money to be made. The second pile of money was made by pandering to White resentment by the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh led “conservative” talk radio. …


If you are curious to know precisely how average Americans became ever poorer over the last forty plus years, you need look no farther than Kurt Anderson’s latest book, Evil Geniuses — The unmasking of America: A recent History.

So impressed was former conservative Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough, who, having once represented northwest Florida, that he featured Mr. Anderson elaborating upon his latest literary endeavor during the entire week of 1–11–21 on Scarborough’s popular MSNBC show, Morning Joe.

One of the quotes that the author displays prior to the contents page of Evil Geniuses is by associate Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: We make our choice. …


The following is my wonderfully insightful reply to Sarah J. Baker’s article entitled: America, You Deserve This.

America represents the best and worst of humanity. It is literally made up of all of humanity. It is dynamc. It is trash. It comes out of slavery, but aspires to the notion that all men are created equal. It is the law of the universe: creation is always offset by destruction — balance! It is “God’s” inexplicable plan.


The two Democratic Senatorial wins in Georgia are cherries on top of the happy cake of America’s belief in rationality, Constitutional law, science and truth. Even 200 of American’s top corporate leaders — including Koch industries — signed a letter asking that Congress ratify the election results of a Biden Harris victory.

Corporate power loves its advantages but it is no fool. It is not interested in killing the goose that lays the golden eggs — democracy. It knows what happened to Germany when its industrialists backed Hitler in the 1930s because they thought they could control him. …


Capitalism works for the few, while democracy works for the many. At least this is how these opposed forces function in their pure forms. There was, however, at least for Americans, a relatively brief interval when both worked together on behalf of the few and the many. Following World War Two, between roughly 1946 and 1970, when American industry was king of worldwide manufacturing, our nation led the world in terms of standard of living.

But, alas, for Americans at large those days are long gone. Once the rest of the world recovered form the devastation of the greatest war in all of history and thus foreign industry was back on its feet, US capitalism was no longer dependent on American workers for its immense profits. American capitalists outsourced most of their manufacturing needs to cheap labor all over the globe. Therefore the feverish post war bloom of the American middleclass entered a period of atrophy, a downward slide of its working-class standard of living that continues until this day. …


I’m nearing the end of Thomas Ricks’ marvelous book, First Principles, and it has already given me a new appreciation for James Madison as an American founding father. …


I’m currently reading military historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas E. Ricks’ latest book, First Principles: What America’s founding fathers learned from the Greeks and Romans and how that shaped our country.

I just finished the part where Rick’s explains the evolution of General Washington’s strategic thinking that took him from looser to winner. As most American history buffs know, early in our War for Independence the woefully inexperienced Washington suffered defeat after defeat, until, that is, he discovered the Fabius means to eventual victory. The Fabios method of fighting might be compared to that flamboyant boxer, Muhammad Ali’s, Rope a Dope style of fighting. …


The greatest difficulty of a well-ordered democracy in this nation stems from the fact that a large segment of the American citizenry is obsessed by the circus aspect of politics, with little knowledge or interest in the vital machinery of actual governance. Indeed, the real part of a well functioning government isn’t sexy or entertaining. President Trump intensified this problem of a missdirected focus of the electorate by remaining in constant campaign mode, turning a blind eye toward the hard work of actually doing the job of president. …


Actually delusion as to facts, truth and reality is certainly not limited to the United States. Just think of the highly developed nation of German swallowing Hitler in the 1930s and 40s and what a fiasco that unlashed.

But add in the multitude of divergent peoples and the harsh history of slavery in America, and it’s a wonder that any hint of democracy has lasted this long.

There is a saying to the effect that men pray not so much for their daily bread as they do their daily delusion. Delusion acts as sort of psychological security blanket and excuse for giving up the complexity of original thought — just follow the all-wise cult leader. …


As the United States was born out of rebellion, Americans have traditionally maintained a soft spot in their hearts for the outsider, the rebel and the outlaw. Bad boy Trump has played to this national impulse among other anti social human impulses.

Young men whizzing by in their flag draped pickup trucks see themselves as part of Trump’s hero army taking on a repressive establishment class. What they really represent is Trump’s super spreader army of death. Millions of Americans are defiantly roaming about the country mask free in a sort of defiant tribute the their hero leader, Donald Trump.

But the joke is on them. Trump is not taking on the establishment on their behalf, no indeed. …

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James M. Ridgway, Jr.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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