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America Swings ‘Like a Pendulum Do’ (With Apologies to Roger Miller)

January 15, 2021

If you were around in the 60s you might remember the hit song by country singer Roger Miller of “King of the Road” fame called “England Swings Like A Pendulum Do.” I’d say the US is swinging and has been swinging more like a pendulum than England could hope to do, but to me it has reached epic proportions of swinging since 9-11 (the previous ‘Great Reset’). Here is how….considering all the censorship going on these days on social media and other platforms. Cancel culture and shaming and censorship is happening mostly on those supposedly on the right, so it appears these days, Trump supporters or not. And why in the blue blazes did the alt-right Facebook alternative, Parler, use Amazon Web Services for their platform knowing Amazon was likely to throw Parler under a bus because Amazon only accepts “the narrative”? It was as if Parler was setting up its users for failure–and it has, since Amazon took it down after the so-called “insurrection” on January 6 at the Capitol Building. Will the same thing happen to Gab, the alt-right Twitter alternative?

Folks, if you are providing a free speech alternative at least have the smarts NOT to use “services” from oligarch platforms that believe they are gods and have the right to control Earth! And if you do–for instance I have a Facebook page–I ONLY use Facebook to message friends and relatives, read posts by community neighbors and the local non-denominational church I attend, and post updates relating to my novel series, The Prodigal Band Trilogy. I do NOT use Facebook to espouse politics and Trumpian “populist” narratives. Facebook is owned by Google, right? So why would I post stuff that Google could use to screw me over just because I don’t buy into the narrative? The problem with social media is this: folks just assume whatever they post will have no consequences at this time, so go ahead and post whatever, because Big Tech would never censor someone posting a pix of themselves wearing Viking horns at the ‘storming’ of the Capitol, right?

Oh wait….the “Viking” dude was arrested…. Hmmmm….. Or was he released on 100K bail…or was that some other idiot who just happened to have influential parents? Hmmmmm…. All these ‘insurrectionists’ seem to look alike…other than the supposedly black dude who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt… And then there’s another black dude exposing himself as….an FBI Agent? Or was that someone else?

So now everyone on the right is excoriating the left for censorship, and rightfully so. But here’s what most if not all on the right seem to miss while they denounce the left…well, okay, the neo-left, the new left that calls working class folks “deplorables” (especially white working class…they’d never come right out an shame black or Hispanic working class because that doesn’t ‘fit the narrative’)….well, okay, the new left lead by psychos like Rachel MadCow drumming up war with Iran or wherever about 20 years after she excoriated Bush’s War in Iraq on Air America Radio…after all, making millions a year at MSNBC can easily turn someone with a conscience into a psychopath, isn’t that right Rachel ol’ Cow? And then when a Disaster Medical Assistance Team went to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria she denounced them because some DMATers were getting their nails spa’d or something….MadCow couldn’t try to save a hurricane victim’s life even if paid millions to do so! All she knows how to do is hate those who ‘go against the narrative’! (And can she look at herself in the mirror? Does she even have a mirror? Bwahahahahahahahahahah…)

Sorry about that tangent rant…

But what those on the right forgot was that back in 2001 and 2002 and 2003 and 2004 after 9-11, the neo-cons–the right, that is–couldn’t wait to slaughter innocent Muslims just because, couldn’t wait to blame the latest drought on Muslims or al Qaida or “supporters of Islamic terrorism” such as anti-war people (Remember when you were that way, MadCow?) and such as those seeking 9-11 truth. Remember when anyone who wouldn’t support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were “traitors” to the 9-11 cause and God would ‘curse’ them? Remember when anti-war voices on the internet were censored and YOU RIGHT-WINGERS CHEERED the censorship of left wing anti-war voices? Excoriating Ron Paul? Excoriating Cynthia McKinney? Remember the rants of Andrew Wilcow hating anti-war voices, voices of those who refused to hate Muslims? Remember his ‘I’m right, you’re wrong, and that’s the end of the story’ BS? And YOU went along with it!

So don’t whine and complain that Twitter and Facebook and Google and Amazon and WhatsApp and whatever is censoring you when you cheered on the censorship of anti-war protestors in the 2000s and left wingers who really were left wing (supporting the working class “deplorables” regardless of race, including the Occupy Wall Street protestors in the early 2010s). Folks like the late, great Joe Bageant, who wrote for a site called Dissident Voices and Counterpunch; he was a white left-winger from Appalachia, western Virginia, who always supported the working class, regardless of race. Bageant NEVER would have turned on ‘deplorables’ like MadCow has. And don’t whine and complain about the crapola that the alt-right would never censor left wingers. Or that the right wing would ever trample on the First Article/Amendment to the Bill of Rights/Constitution, because the 2000s proved that the political right is the pendulum swing on the right matching the political left’s pendulum swing on the left. Two sides of the same censorship narrative game.

You neo-con right wingers had your chance to shut up the anti-war pro-working class left wing, and you blew it while loving the idea that ol’ Rachel betrayed her calling for mammon, and now the pendulum is hitting you hard in the head as you let tech oligarchs rule over you and censor you as the neo-left led by communist wannabes BLM and Antifa hunt you down.

Because that pendulum always swings in politics, and because kharma is such a bee-otch!