Citing Lt. William Calley serving less than 4 years under house arrest for his role in the execution of more than 500 Vietnamese villagers at My Lai, and Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, arguing that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children as a result of US sanctions were “worth it” to advance US policy in the Middle East, Jeffrey St Clair at Counterpunch argues: “Americans have a remarkable tolerance for child slaughter, especially the mass murders of the children of others.”

“Now the guns are being turned on America’s own children and the rivers of blood streaming out of US schools cause barely a ripple in our politics.”

It’s an extended tragedy of endemic violence from a country immersed in death.

And how do you interact with this level of paranoia and delusion?

There’s an orthodoxy that the Trump voter needs to be understood, listened to and acknowledged.

But there’s a person in this interview that, when asked by Oprah Winfrey to specify why she said she feels “safer” under President Trump than under President Obama starts out by saying that now she’s allowed to say “Merry Christmas”.

I’m not sure where you’re supposed to go from there?

Donald Trump Jnr is in India. Donald Trump Jr. arrives in India on a week-long visit to help attract buyers for his family’s luxury apartments. He is on the telly and says:

“You go through a town…. you can see the poorest of the poor and there’s still a smile on their face.”

So here we sit, waiting for Trump’s Parade, estimated cost $30 million – and Laura (her of the safe ‘Merry Christmas’) says:

“Safer means that I’m not gonna have regulations after regulations after regulations that are gonna outdo my budget. I don’t make any money. I’m poor. So when I mean I don’t make, I probably make less than anyone at this table. You know, my heat bills go up. My electricity goes up. I guess it makes me feel economically safer that Trump’s in office.”

It’s not clear what regulations she means. It just sounds like she’s been brainwashed.

And yet whilst the default position looking at America is: Despair, there’s maybe glimmers of hope.

As the author of the American Carnage piece says: “We have stepped in death so deep we’ve made a virtue of it.”

And yet Florida school shooting survivor Cameron Kasky challenging Sen. Marco Rubio asks:

“Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?” has the look and feel of a Ceaușescu  moment for the toxic American elite.

 

These people look shell-shocked (and I don’t mean the kids who’ve just escaped death). I mean the politicians for whom this has been a point of constitutional, financial and psychopathic security.

The crisis of American death culture looks to be sudden and catastrophic. Even in the paranoid world where mainstream America is a sub-culture of Jim Jones morphing in to Alex Jones, there is, it seems, a limit. Tonight First National Bank dumped the NRA, saying it will no longer issue a NRA Visa card. A name and shame boycott of associated businesses (a la Stop Funding Hate seems the obvious route).

That limit may have been reached with the idea of ‘crisis actors’ and desperate churn that everything that doesn’t equate with your own fantasies is a ‘False Flag’ building a bigger and bigger more ridiculous conspiracy to protect you from your own insignificance.

When online post-truthism spills into daylight it does seem so awkward and awful you wonder how it ever gained traction.

Our radio waves had earnest discussion this morning with broadcasters asking plaintively, and apparently in all seriousness: “Is arming teachers the way to go…”

As Umair Haque writes, this is really about a sort of Death Economy:

“Have you ever wondered how the economy can be doing well — while kids massacre each other regularly at schools? After all, an “economy,” if it’s anything at all, is about how well we live. And yet, American economics presents us with a strange paradox: people’s lives can be falling apart while the economy roars.

Why is that? Let’s consider the example of school shootings. What happens in response to each one? Well, “active shooter drills” are now sold to schools. That’s a whole new industry. Gun sales roar and gun stocks soar. Parents spend more money monitoring their kids, trying to keep them safe — even buying them bulletproof gear. So the economy grows — even as kids become less and less safe by the day.

Doesn’t that make you a little uncomfortable? Isn’t that a little, well, intuitively wrong that an economy should “grow” on the back of dead kids, while the living one and their parents are overwhelmed by anxiety, insecurity, and dread? In what sane universe does selling a school an “active shooter drill” count as beneficial economic activity?”

The problem is, as we know, that the more spiral into this madness the more difficult it is to re-frame or recover our own sanity.

But credibility is draining out of the gun lobby and their political wing faster than you can discharge an AK47.

Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic may have been replaced with the Revolver, Remington and Ruger – the 3 Rs according to – but what seemed impossible yesterday seems really probable today, and when this sickening gun culture is defeated it will look inevitable and we will wonder why it didn’t happen a long time ago.

The answer, as it always is, and as Cameron Kasky pointed out is money

But if the NRA become the toxic brand they inexplicably aren’t already, then the dollar will drain from the undrained swamp faster than you can say ‘Ratners’.