On Donald Trump’s Head and CNN Coldfeet

Allow me the space to state unequivocally, that I love Kathy Griffin as a comedian and a person. If one happens to be offended by her style and language, remember that no one is compelled to patronise her show.

A few days ago she displayed an effigy of President Donald Trump, a political figure. A notorious public figure. Kathy chose to use a representation of Trump’s bloody, severed head and America howled its hypocritical horror.  Was it the fake blood?

The selective outrage so terrified a pusillanimous CNN, that Kathy was fired before she could even finish her apology. Most of her fans caved even before they gave thought to the fact that she did nothing wrong, ethically or legally.  That many thought her act exhibited poor taste is a matter of ever flipping opinions, depending on the person, not the issue. That Trump’s child may have been traumatised is certainly not a reason to condemn her act. He’s his child, supervise him and manage his bedtime.

But this is where the selective outrage is itself the outrage. Was his child not traumatised when President Obama was lynched in effigy so many times that his children might have thought that a bad movie replayed. Hell, the very day after Obama’s first election, I walked in to my offices and found Obama depicted as comic character Steve Urkel, lynched from a doorknob. I disposed of it and never said a word. Not even to the known perpetrator.

I’m still waiting for the strict constitutionalists to breathe a whisper of free speech in Kathy’s defence. No word from known sources about artistic freedom and “pushing the envelope”. None! Shocked I was when her friend, Anderson Cooper felt an obligation to denounce the act. Why? Effigies are made to be destroyed, especially in political dissent.

So, I’ll conclude with this message to CNN in particular. Borrow a spine and stop appeasing clamorous crowds who yell, “Give us Barabbas.” Uphold principles, not who shouts loudest. Make your stand, even when it’s not popular. You were wrong to fire Kathy Griffin and I hope with all my heart that she sues you.

By Leyland King

June 1, 2017


So surprising. Wow!


Is Trump a Blessing Tardy

Is Trump a Blessing, Tardy?

If the answer is yes, no, it depends, perhaps or I don’t know -Congratulations! You are an average American political bear in extended hibernation. All is well, you think. I wonder, is Trump a mirror held high by the Republicans for us to see what we are?

But there are American voters, the astute, agitated insomniacs, who see both the forest and the King, absent his new clothes. They are the ones who are sufficiently informed, outraged and don’t see Trump as an absurd aberration providing comic relief. They see the man AND context.

Trump, the puppet, is a distraction. We know his deficits. Let’s not look at the show. Look at the cast. They are not bumbling, ridiculous freaks for our entertainment. Seen objectively, they are very dangerous fiends with devilish designs. And that’s why the bear needs to get on it’s hind legs and fight like hell for the safety and integrity of America.

Let’s look again at the forest. It is wet and abhorrent, but we must force ourselves to look at the amoral thing and it’s organs.

Fox News, the White House Communications Corps, the numerous right wing buffoons with mics -all their media belch the same poisonous vapor. The language a collection of babble, but even that is fodder nourishing calculated confusion, suspicion, distrust, hatred and fear. The most important is fear.

The strategy is familiar; the result -infamous. It took years of chipping away at venerable institutions. Both Stalin and Hitler were Christians. The former educated for priesthood. Both were wildly popular. Both gluttons for blood. Kulaks and Jews became the enemy “justifiably” persecuted. That was before just anyone not “committed” enough would fill the slaughter quotas. Oh, yes, the horror’s path is always circular.

What commonalities are presently evident in America? 1. White supremacy 2. Deportations 3. Prison labor maximized 4. Demonization of the “other” 5. Irrational Nationalism 6. Attack and malign free speech. 7.Provoke useful fools to fury.

That of course is not all, but think about the daily propaganda, by shameless, sycophantic newsroom hacks, about the imaginary “Deep State.”, “Fake News”. The coup against Trump. Law and Order as solutions. The leader knows best.

Be alarmed. Nothing happens without a reason and phenomena do not disappear because eyes are closed. Our bear must get passionate and claw like hell.


January 26, 2018


It’s a Matter Of Choice