Sunday, January 07, 2018

“Fire and Fury”: When Garbage Becomes Bestseller


“Fire and Fury”: When Garbage Becomes Bestseller

By Julio Severo
Small country towns are notorious for gossip. If you want to escape slanders, flee country towns and live in a big city.
This advice is worthless for U.S. President Donald Trump. He lives in a big city — in fact, the most powerful city in the world —, but he is unable to escape gossips and slanders.
The latest attack came from Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which has become bestseller. In fact, before its release on January 5, the book and e-book reached number one both on Amazon.com and the Apple iBooks Store.
“Fire and Fury,” according to Voice of America, a news source of the U.S. government, “It is now the top-selling book on Amazon.com. In Washington, D.C., people waited outside bookstores in extremely cold weather to buy the book.”
CBS News run the headline: “Explosive ‘Fire and Fury’ book tops best-seller lists, flies off bookstore shelves.”
I have read some pages of “Fire and Fury” and its essence, substance and soul is gossip. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines gossip as “information about the behavior and personal lives of other people.”
How gossip against Trump became bestseller in the United States?
What does the Bible say about gossip?
“Never gossip. Never endanger your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:16 GWV)
“Whoever goes around as a gossip tells secrets. Do not associate with a person whose mouth is always open.” (Proverbs 20:19 GWV)
Some could ask: “Yet, has not Trump ‘gossiped’ against Bush over the Iraq War?” Actually, during his campaign, Trump said that the Bush administration lied about his reasons to invade Iraq. Trump said that he opposed such invasion. Christians in Iraq took a very heavy toll for Bush’s bad decision. The Iraqi Christian community, which was over 2 million before the U.S. invasion, is now less than 400,000.
Excluding the Iraq fiasco and other disasters of his neocon foreign policy, Bush was unfairly slandered during his administration, with all kind of political gossip. Left-wingers did not spare him. Books were also written against him, including “The I Hate George W. Bush Reader: Why Dubya Is Wrong About Absolutely Everything,” by Clint Willis, and “The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception,” by David Corn.
Bush was slandered by all the left, and conservatives defended him as if he were totally correct — without recognizing his submission to neocons and their cannibalistically warmongering ideology. Same problem regarding Trump.
The same way left-wingers slandered Bush and Ronald Reagan then, now they slander Trump. I never saw a U.S. president so reviled as Reagan and Bush were — until Trump came.
But Trump did not attack Bush’s private affairs. Trump did not touch Bush’s personal life. He attacked Bush’s bad decisions that resulted in the Iraq War, which was a humanitarian disaster for Christians.
Similarly, people worried about persecution of Christians can question Trump’s decisions on foreign policy that result in suffering for Christians, especially his difficulty of making America independent of Saudi Arabia, the main sponsor of anti-Christian Islamic terrorism in the world.
Trump campaigned in 2016 on a reduction of U.S. interventions in other nations, and neocons got enraged at him, because they use U.S. Republican and Democratic administrations to keep the U.S. in everlasting wars and interventions. Now the Trump administration does exactly what neocons want. To criticize his departure from an anti-neocon policy is gossip? No, just as his attitude of saying that Bush lied was not gossip.
If Michael Wolff had focused on Trump’s failure to fulfill his non-interventionist stances on foreign policy in 2016, conservative evangelicals, who were his main electoral base, could applaud Wolff’s book. But his focus was Trump’s personal affairs. It was his personal life. This is gossip.
I have found nothing helpful in “Fire and Fury.” It is garbage in page after page.
Only sick people would wait outside bookstores in extremely cold weather to buy garbage.
Only in a sick society gossip becomes bestseller.
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