Blood on the Mountain

Blood On The Mountain is a fine documentary currently available on Netflix. It examines how Big Coal exploits Appalachian communities, and it relates directly to some of the Trump administration's current policies.

Blink and you'll miss it.

Trump halts study into the health effects of mining techniques on Appalachian communities. Cancer rates have escalated, and the landscape is being destroyed virtually beyond redemption. But the Trump administration doesn't want you to pay attention to that, and they certainly don't want more studies done on the situation.

Trump doesn't represent the interests of coal miners or the common worker. He represents Big Coal and all the other big corporations that continue to rape our nation.

Meanwhile, last night Trump blandly read a scripted speech that indicated our longest-ever American war will continue. Trump claimed all through the presidential campaign that he would stop the war in Afghanistan, but like the majority of what he says, that was just noise.

We really have achieved that Orwellian 1984-ish status of perpetual war for profit. Bush, Obama, Trump...all have served at the whim of the Military-Industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address to the nation back in 1961.

Last night, Trump also recited from script a generic reversal of his fiery comments from Trump tower. In that earlier speech, Trump angrily demanded "what about the alt-Left?" when challenged about the racist marchers in Charlottesville. But last night, he said, "When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate."

Yikes. His delivery of this little slice of fluff was so robotic it approached comedy. It was like hearing Tony Soprano read aloud from a Hallmark sympathy card, right after he whacked someone. Strange and a little disturbing.

The pivot to appealing to patriotism and the military is a common political tactic. But..."leaders of the branches of the armed forces were quick in the wake of [Trump's] Charlottesville fumbling to make the unifying comments about race that seemed more difficult for the president." Trump continues to be transparently insincere.

But Trump will be back with "his people" at a campaign-style (!!) rally in Phoenix tonight. Will he get red-faced and confused? Will his handlers adjust his meds properly pre-speech? Will he start misdirecting and attack Hillary Clinton again? Will he incite the crowd to chant "lock her up"?

It's great reality TV, I guess. But we drift further and further from any meaningful shot at upholding the better principles of our country.

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