Roping A Dope
I am old enough to remember The Rumble In The Jungle.
The famous 1974 boxing match was staged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known as Zaire), pitting George Foreman, the undefeated and undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World, against Muhammad Ali, who was the 4-1 underdog.
Foreman was 25, in his prime, and known to have a devastating punch. Ali was looking slow and less powerful and was beaten up by previous bouts with Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Oscar Bonavena and Jerry Quarry. Taking on the bigger, stronger Foreman who was seven years younger, seemed futile and desperate.
The Rumble In The Jungle only happened because the promoter, Don King was able to get the two fighters to sign separate contracts, guaranteeing each at least $5M. King also had to enlist Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to underwrite some of the financing.
King and his promotional team garnered the largest viewing audience in history at that time. Some estimated that over a billion people were able to watch the fight. Eventually it generated over $100 million in revenue.
All quite amazing, but the more astounding part of the story was how Ali outwitted the bigger, stronger and younger Foreman.
Ali was always good at trolling his opponents, exploiting emotional sensitivities using silly poems to belittle them during interviews and pre fight publicity events, so it wasn't hard to get them roiled up once the fight began. Knowing this, Ali planned to use the ropes to bring Foreman in close. He whispered in his ear, "Is that all you got?" to lure him into a frenzy of punches, to wear him out. He would move around the ring, laying on the ropes, absorbing the punishment, while preserving his own energy.
By the eighth round, Foreman was exhausted and Ali came out swinging, quickly landing devastating headshots and eventually knocking Foreman out.
The tactic, later known as Rope-A-Dope has been used many times since. Floyd Mayweather famously employed it in his 2017 fight with UFC star Conor McGregor.
As I think about the tactics used in the fight, I wonder, is this a tactic being used today in the race for the 2024 Presidential election?
Donald Trump's ego was deflated by his loss in 2016. He looked beaten and pouty when he proclaimed the election was stolen. His advisors told him to just sit down and be quiet. For a few months, he did. But as the time has passed, he is returning to the public eye, hosting massive rallies across the country. He has built his own media platform called TruthSocial, dodging the restrictions placed on his Twitter and Facebook activities. He has embarked on a campaign of highly visible candidate endorsements, putting his brand of Americanism behind candidates in the important and influential battleground states, and having great success!
Meanwhile, President Biden has stumbled into one serious gaffe after another. His messy Afghanistan withdrawal, energy and economic policy miscalculations, are causing massive inflation and now the unfocused war in Ukraine is bleeding out our economy. The stock market is floundering and everybody is feeling the huge increases in gasoline prices.
Republicans characterize Joe Biden as a dope.
But Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said this: “Our country could not be better served, than with this most experienced, capable hands than yours, President Biden. He‘s just perfect!"
Trump isn't getting any complimentary coverage from the Mainstream Press, presumably because he labeled them as The Fake News. Nevertheless, he remains one of the most trending persons on social media. The Democrats are allowing him to live in their heads while they use the power of the government to harass, intimidate and disqualify the former President from running again.
But something doesn't add up…if Joe Biden won over 80 million legitimate votes in 2019, and he is the incumbent, and he has done everything he promised to do during his COVID-era basement campaign, then why would the Democrats have anything to worry about? If Biden is so popular and effective, wouldn't he be the George Foreman in a Presidential rematch?
Is it possible Donald Trump is roping a dope?
The Erasure Culture
It is time to cancel the Cancel Culture.
By that I mean the Cancel Culture is no longer relevant. Our cultural evolution has moved on. We are now living in The Eraser Culture.
It is no longer effective to just cancel people and their ideas and statements. The act of canceling people draws too much attention, and the resulting brouhaha actually has the opposite effect. In many cases those that were getting canceled have ironically become more famous, more influential than they otherwise would have been. For the past six years, Donald Trump has been the Poster Boy for the Cancel Culture.
But it has failed miserably. Polls show Trump is more popular than ever. Up against not only the Democrats, Trump's approved Republican candidates are winning and most RINOs are being pushed aside too.
So now the Puppet Masters that exert control over our culture, those that I refer to as The FrankenMedia Monsters, have turned to a newer and more drastic tactic. Throughout Trump's ascension, the complicite news media, academia, union leadership and the Beltway Brotherhood, have used the same tactics Communists have used to undermine their opposition throughout history. They totally obliterate the historical record.
The FBI raid on Trump's private residence is a perfect example.
FBI agents were observed walking out of Mira Lago with dozens of boxes of so-called "evidence". Whether or not it will ever be used in any legal procedure is irrelevant because everything will be destroyed. All of the history and documentation that would have been incorporated in a Trump Presidential Library will have disappeared. No library, no legacy, he never happened.
That makes it a lot less complicated to answer annoying questions about the successes of his recent administration, especially when juxtaposed against the obvious calamity of Chairman Joe's vacuous and oxymoronic Build Back Better agenda.
Look back at Mao Zedong's Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966. Communist Party Chairman Mao shutdown schools, allowed overzealous thugs to abuse power, encouraged mass vilification of any opposing viewpoints, and established a cult of Progressive Thought Police by erasing anything old or historically in conflict with Communist Progressive Principles. Mao utilized his official ministries to harass and arrest opposition leaders, often sending them off to prison or execution. Frustrated and angry youth groups, known as The Red Guard, were allowed to roam the countryside acting as paramilitary enforcement agencies, just as ANTIFA and BLM are doing across America. They tore down statues, demolished libraries, and reordered the curricula of schools.
Sounds all too familiar as Americans are witnessing Chairman Joe's campaign to demonize Republicans, criminalize descent, indoctrinate students with unscientiific gender and race theories,and to ignore rampant crime, illegal immigration, homelessness, drug smuggling and drug abuse. As supply channels continue to collapse, productivity stumbles, and store shelves grow empty, Americans feel increasingly anxious about losing our livelihood, our children and our freedom.
The dictionary defines the term "trumped up" as:
A clever use of the imagination to "invent, fabricate, or lie about" or to use "deceit, dishonest, unproven, fraudulent, or mendacious" evidence.
Since the day Trump announced his candidacy for President, the Democrats and faux Republicans have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at him to paint him as undemocratic, unpatriotic, unpopular, undisciplined, and criminal. They have spent enormous amounts of public funds to investigate and slander him. All of their efforts have proven to be nothing less than 'trumped up" despicable garbage.
Let's hope Build Back Better, Biden's own version of Mao's Great Leap Forward, won't result in the same sort of unintended consequences where 60 million people died before the dictator was deposed. Let's hope we can erase Biden and his cronies before they erase America.