2/12/21: Horrible Bosses 2021 — Fascist Republican Edition #poetry
A delightful new comedy is being simulcast on all the channels
The Second Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump
I can’t stop smiling
A dedicated reader asks the Rick Blog if there is some sort of training school for autocrats
What is she wondering?
Dictator Master Class?
Continuing Tyrant Education?
Do despots use Zoom to share stories and compare notes?
Dear Oppressed in Tennessee,
Authoritarians are born not made
What happens on the national level is no different than what we experience in our own lives
in all aspects except degree and scope
Macro mirrors micro
Totalitarians are like every bad boss you’ve ever known
and let’s face it,
all bosses suck
What a ridiculous idea
“I’m in charge!”
Oh, blow it out your ass
Authoritarians are born not made
and peons are too
All men are not created equal
All men are created with a predilection to be masters and slaves
or be free
All men are born with the right to be equal
but free will is involved
You have to choose equality
You have to decide to assert your equality
and then act upon your decision.
Dearest Oppressed …
All bosses are assholes
All peons are saps
Everyone fares better in an atmosphere of equality
I am watching an impeachment comedy
Before, when I was not free
the show would have been a drama
But bosses become ridiculous figures
when you don’t participate in the boss dynamic
All Emperors have no clothes
The guy who has the money
the enthusiasm of the group
or the mob
the would be boss
has no power over me
or potentially you
because I hold a truth to be self-evident
and you might too
or you might potentially hold that truth
that all men are created equal
and endowed with inalienable rights
and the pursuit of happiness
So, Oppressed in Tennessee
the negation of self-evident truth is how a boss certifies himself, and is the foundation of the peon’s subservience
and the assertion of self-evident truth is how a free person disqualifies the boss from maintaining power …
Now let’s turn our attention to what skill set the tyrant engages in
He need not take any courses
What the boss does is so basic, so primal, so fundamental to the human animal
that he doesn’t have to rehearse actions or matriculate to a certain facility in fascistic adroitness
So what does the ambitious tyrant do? What are the keys to his success?
Well, I’ve never had a boss who wasn’t a liar. Have you? I didn’t think so.
They make big promises
the peon relies on the promises
and has his or her heart broken.
THE CULTIVATION OF SYCOPHANCY
The boss always requires underlings to genuflect before him
or engage in some other ritual that reassures him that he is in total control
He demands flattery.
GREET ANY CRITICISM IN ANY MATTER, PARTICULARLY MATTERS INVOLVING MORALITY, ETHICS AND LEGALITY WITH RAGE
If the boss’ lack of morality is ever challenged
in an innocent remark
or by justifiable confrontation
(and the boss’ lack of morality always should be challenged
there is no enterprise controlled by a boss that is ever righteous)
If the boss is called out
he responds with a temper tantrum
MANIPULATE PEONS WITH FLATTERY
The boss flatters people to get them to do his bidding
He creates an atmosphere where his seal of approval is the world’s greatest treasure
and the peons do all manner of horrible and unsavory things
and violently compete with one another
to win the boss’ elusive rewards.
HUMILIATE UNWILLING OR UNABLE PEONS AS A MEANS OF MOTIVATING OTHERS IN THE GROUP
Enough said. The flip side of flattery.
FOCUS ON AMASSING POWER AND IGNORE DEVELOPING COMPETENT FACILITY IN DEALING WITH THE SUBSTANCE OF WHATEVER ACTIVITY THE BOSS AND PEONS ARE ENGAGED IN …
Bosses are paradoxically as stupid as peons.
The choice to be a boss
and the choice to be a peon
are ignorant choices.
Bosses are good at taking control of fields of action
They are terrible at doing the actions required by the fields
Dictators are as incompetent as they are indecent.
Peons are lemmings racing to their demise
Following the incoherent directives of the boss
Ironically clinging to the boss for personal security
as he leads them to their unhappy ends.
So, dear old Oppressed in Tennessee,
we have one last chapter to consider in our anatomy of bosses
THE RICK BLOG CHAKRAS OF BOSSES AND PEONS (AND THE FREE)
These chakras are the source of all actions of bosses and peons
not faith, not belief, not theory or ideology, not reason
Boss and peon are animal urges
impulses from the earliest stages of our evolution as a species …
THE GENITAL CHAKRA
Bosses are motivated by, and motivate peons
by the sensations of their private parts
they call their advertising, motivational speaking and other forms of pornography “Communications” “Connecting” and “Creativity”
when actually those activities are dry humping and cock teasing
leading people by the balls and the bushes
achieving it only occasionally to keep people engaged
feeling big large huge satisfied
Life as a constant hunt for orgasm
Thank you boss …
sensation to sensation to sensation, life reduced to only the plane of physical feeling — erections, anger, hard laughter, the swell of physical dominance in one’s chest, the air of superiority … nothing matters except how it makes you “feel” feeling not even elevated to the level of emotion … simply physical feeling … the will to power over others is as basic an urge as ejaculation or defecation … no different than a fox terrier strutting with a dead mouse in her mouth that she caught in the basement … engaging in a prancing parade furnished not by training, but engrained in her by instinct …
man and woman are potentially more than nature, keep that in mind as we move forward …
THE STOMACH CHAKRA
the source of most fear and satisfaction …
Better put food on the table
You don’t want to starve to death
You will kill for food
See food as a limited resource
The desperate chaotic scrum to survive
the Boss is the Great White Hunter
He will favor you and give you sustenance
in return for your fealty
(Of course, he always welches on the deal — he’ll renege on your pension and reduce your wages — if you want physical security, you better get it yourself or from someone who loves you, because the boss is a vampire, a leech that will suck you dry — look at the shambles that his loyal leeches are living in —- hanging by their fingernails on the edge of the world)
The next chakras are not accessed by bosses and peons, only by those who transcend or want to transcend their merely animal natures, those who listen to mysterious inner and outer voices that whisper to them “there is something more …”
THE HEART CHAKRA
The boss and peon don’t love. They only know lust, fear, hate and greed. If you access the heart chakra, you have moved beyond the boss/peon dynamic. Now the Impeachment is
Those who love are gods on Mount Olympus peering down on the caprices of fools. Lovers are ready to lean down from the edge of the clouds and help bosses and peons up to the heights, but they can’t do it for them. Bosses and peons have to discover the love that course in them as part of their body chemistries. At that moment of discovery, the bosses and peons cease being bosses and peons, and begin the process of becoming human beings.
THE MIND CHAKRA
Once you have a heart, you care. Once you care, you wonder. You want to know about who and what you love, and figure out how to go about loving them. This leads to critical thinking and creativity. Bosses and peons are masters and slaves. People of the mind and heart are masters that make masterpieces.
THE SOUL CHAKRA
The last chakra exists over one’s head
beyond even the heart and mind
the soul is the place where the individual realizes that he is simultaneously a specific entity
and also part of the All
He or she participates in the Power of Creation
and has no need to believe in an illusory power that only belongs to oneself
or one’s boss
It’s not that the individual doesn’t play his part
and she is the crucible of her words and actions
but her consciousness of participation in the universe
and her consciousness of her existence reflecting the unity of the universe
are just matters of her perception
The reality is ultimately a mystery
The Blessed Quintuple
The Holy Spirit
The Virgin Mary
and Mary Magdalene …
Adam and Eve
the Ten Commandments
the Declaration of Independence
the Civil Rights Movement
international readers and those not educated in Catholic schools and churches fill in your own scriptures and histories
I am an American who was educated in Roman Catholic schools and churches
No one ever encouraged me to be a boss
No one told me that I was just a peon
The heroes of our democracies
and the sincere lives of the saints
reached down to me from the clouds
answering my eager stretch toward them
and they pulled me up
and I balanced my feet on the clouds
the clouds had all of these levels
and I still climb into the eternal and limitless sky …
and what do I find?
Existential Certitude in the Creative Intelligence of the Universe
Excellence in mind and heart
These are ideas
that turn into concrete truths
NOTHING ABOUT BOSSES AND PEONS
what a joke!
Faith becomes experience over time
what you thought you just believed
becomes what you know
Faith proves itself to you
Bosses and peons used to upset me?
This shit is funny!
Note — Oppressed in Tennessee is a fiction. I made her up. I know nothing about chakras. I used my uninformed image of chakras to set up a structure to lay out what I wanted to say. I made up my chakras. If you want yoga, consult a yogi. The inception of this piece was my wonder at my light hearted response to watching the impeachment hearings. I’ve changed, and the change has been percolating and brewing long before the First Trump Impeachment, but now my transformed self reacted with a grace and cheerfulness, that I haven’t noticed as clearly before. This is poem about a peaceful moment …. an old enlightenment that has matured in my soul chakra revealed itself in my mind chakra, and voila! Hah!
The world cannot interrupt my peace with its folly. Can the reverse also be true?
As Trump says, “We’ll see what happens.”
Copyright 2021 Richard Thomas