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Diary    H4'ed 7/13/21

Use Mute, Parental Control on Republicans

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By the 1950's television had become America's dominant "educational" institution. Its' images dominate words and emotion to overcome reason. Advertising micro stories motivate enormous waste buying. In news, "If it bleeds, it leads." Trump's angry lying, exaggeration, racism, was televised endlessly because it was "good copy" attracting viewers. Seeing is believing for a large minority.

Since the Great Depression, largely Democrat - sponsored programs have provided money to citizens whom racists call "inferior replacements." But Republican nattering nabobs for austerity can be muted. Almost all Americans now need more help. Republican's "self-reliance" ideology won't work anymore. Remember how Reagan made a joke out of "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you?" Try "I'm from the Proud Boys. I'm here to help you"! Never fear the party will disappear. Post - Trump, "Republican" is just a brand label. Too much is invested in it for its owners to abandon it.

Utilitarianism and Pragmatism, Anglo-American philosophies, are never mentioned in newscasters transitions. Yet they are much more suitable for American governance than Fascism or Socialism. Utilitarianism offers the Greatest Happiness principle. According to it, acts and policies are good or bad based on their tendencies, in action, to promote or retard the greatest total happiness, (pleasure.) Each person counts as one and nobody counts as more than one. This dictates constitutional BENEVOLENCE, that federal programs, like vaccination, pollution regulation, infrastructure, extended unemployment benefits, family leave, etc., should reduce total unhappiness by reducing bad air and water, junk food, ramshackle housing, otiose debt, drug dependency, poor education, and insufficient income.

Use of mute buttons and universal TV remotes for parental control could lessen everyone's irritation. If a citizen remains dissatisfied at the SlowoCrats approach to Trumpism, at least a mute button and universal remote can be used to lock a pennypincher or channel, like Fox, Newsmax or OANN out at home. Freeing ourselves from the Dementors of Fox by parental control is cost-less mental self - help.

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I could be Bernie Sanders older brother by similarity. I was born in Manhattan, 1940, he, about a year later, in Brooklyn. I too am a white male American. A retired college professor of philosophy. We both were born of Jewish parents. I was (more...)

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