Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall
Once upon a time there was a clown who became a king.
Many of his poorest subjects willingly served him because they felt they had more in common with a clown than a king. Kings, after all, had made their lives miserable for decades, surely a clown was better than a king. So even when he did horrible and confusing things, they took for granted that he was doing clown things for clown reasons, forgetting that he was now a King and not realizing that his enjoyment of his new found power was for his own amusement and not for their benefit.
Of course the royalty outside his court (and some within) and the richest landowners were appalled. They didn’t think much of clowns or anyone who had the slightest bit in common with a clown. In fact, anyone who willingly served the clown king was deemed a clown and held responsible for how he abused his power.
Yet there were some people in the kingdom who remembered that abuse of power existed before the clown king took over things. They saw that although he still behaved much like a clown, when it came to ruling the kingdom, he still acted in many of the same ways other kings before him did – ways that benefited royalty at the expense of the people. The problem wasn’t that a clown was made king, they concluded. The problem was that kings and their courts had too much power.
For coming to this very logical but dangerous (to the status quo) conclusion, these people were vilified by anti-clown king royals and their loyal subjects. They were labeled as witches, charlatans, idiots and spies. In some cases even their family and friends turned against them, not understanding why they weren’t simply against the clown king who was making everyone in the kingdom miserable, forgetting that misery existed for many people before the clown king’s reign and would continue to exist for those same people as long as kings ruled.
Of course I am making up this story but it sounds familiar, doesn’t it? If it was in a fairytale book, what would the happy ending be? If it was in a history book, what would we learn from it? If it was a movie, who would the heroes be?
My heroes are people who take risks and make sacrifices to find the truth, no matter what the popular narrative is. People like Glenn Greenwald,
(Another hero is Kerri Romeo, who writes The Wonderland Campaign series, which I took inspiration from to write the above).
To follow the true story of why Glenn Greenwald resigned from The Intercept, we suggest the following articles:
For more background on both Trump & Biden’s roles in Ukraine, here’s a video from last year with Aaron Mate & Max Blumenthal detailing that (before Trump’s impeachment & Biden winning the nomination):
Watch/listen to our full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at: https://soundcloud.com/wondergalaxy13/corporation-coup
A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm. Now pursuing a master’s degree in writing at NYU, he splits his time between Studio City and Manhattan. https://linktr.ee/jessecrall
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.