1. a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
2. a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the court fool.
3. a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.
4. an ardent enthusiast who cannot resist an opportunity to indulge an enthusiasm (usually preceded by a present participle): He's just a dancing fool.
5. a weak-minded or idiotic person.
verb (used with object)
6. to trick, deceive, or impose on: They tried to fool him.
verb (used without object)
7. to act like a fool; joke; play.
8. to jest; pretend; make believe: I was only fooling.
9. fool around,
a. to putter aimlessly; waste time: She fooled around all through school.
b. to philander or flirt.
c. to be sexually promiscuous, especially to engage in adultery.
10. fool away, to spend foolishly, as time or money; squander: to fool away the entire afternoon.
11. fool with, to handle or play with idly or carelessly: to be hurt while fooling with a loaded gun; to fool with someone's affections.
12. be nobody's fool, to be wise or shrewd.
Synonyms 1. simpleton, dolt, dunce, blockhead, numskull, ignoramus, dunderhead, ninny, nincompoop, booby, saphead, sap. 2. zany, clown. 5. moron, imbecile, idiot. 6. delude, hoodwink, cheat, gull, hoax, cozen, dupe, gudgeon.
Antonyms 1. genius.
Illustration: An American Fool
(Feel free to use the word 'Tool' interchangably with 'Fool'. Either works fine for purposes of our discussion of today)
Where to begin? I'm not sure, there's a LOT to cover. There is so much to tell and there is so little time to tell it. Perhaps less time than we thought. But perhaps, enough time, if I ever actually begin this post.
The President of the United States weighed in this past week on the Occupy Wall Street Movement(s) springing up 'spontaneously' (Lie #1) across the Nation. Wow, do I feel better now, knowing that the President is vaguely aware that we are experiencing our very own American Fall rallies!
Clarification: The American Fall movement is loosely based on the Arab Spring series of the Middle East's spontaneous, clean, and fun-loving events which recently turned one-time US-friendly evil dictatorial regimes over to Islamic-extremist religious radicals, who, as we all know, are neither 'evil' nor 'dictatorial'. They're just 'misunderstood' according to the Obama Administration. We're not smart enough to understand why turning nations over to the Muslim Brotherhood is a 'good thing'.
Cindy Lauper said it best, "Mullahs just want to have fun. Mullahs just want to have fun!" Sing with me now - Oh Mullahs just want to have guns! Oops, one of them Freudian slips got in there - sorry!
For the purposes of illustration, saying these 'Occupy Wall Street' (interchange the name of your town here) events are 'Spontaneous expressions of Free Speech' is a LOT like my wife saying, "My breast 'augmentation' procedure is scheduled for next Thursday." (This, of course is a completely fictional example as we all know, my wife is prefect, as is.)
Two weeks later you pass my wife on the street and notice that 'something is different'. You ask, "Hey, um, Mrs. Mike, did your breasts, um, did they get much larger than they used to be?"
"Yes, they did. And it happened all at once. It was all so, so... 'spontaneous'. Sure it cost George Soros a lot of money, but it pretty much happened on its own - without my intervention. I was asleep at the time. And then when I woke up - Ta Da! There they were! Boobs as far as the eye can see!!!"
Hey, speaking of 'Boobs as far as the eye can see'... (Nice transition, eh?)
Freedom's 'bestest-ever' friend Frances Fox Piven wrote a piece in The Nation Magazine (December, 2010) entitled "Mobilizing the Unemployed" which included the following:
Mass protests might change the president's posture if they succeeded in pressing him hard from his base, something that hasn't happened so far in this administration. But there are obstructions to mobilizing the unemployed that would have to be overcome.
Protesters need targets, preferably local and accessible ones capable of making some kind of response to angry demands. This is, I think, the most difficult of the strategy problems that have to be resolved if a movement of the unemployed is to arise. Protests among the unemployed will inevitably be local, just because that's where people are and where they construct solidarities. But local and state governments are strapped for funds and are laying off workers. The initiatives that would be responsive to the needs of the unemployed will require federal action.
Local protests have to accumulate and spread—and become more disruptive—to create serious pressures on national politicians. An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.
So I'm wondering, if Frances (don't call her 'Foxy') Piven publicly calls out to the troops in December, 2010 and they begin assembling 'in public' ten months later. It's almost as if the two events (and Van Jones' American Dream scam) are somehow related...
IRONY ALERT: Ten months later, hmm? Isn't the normal human gestation period something like ten months long?
"Congratulations America, it's an American Fall!!! It looks a LOT like 'Socialism;' but it has your eyes!"
IRONY ALERT ENDS:
Seriously, if something is discussed 'openly' for almost a year would you really call it 'spontaneous'? It's interesting that America tosses a whole BUNCH of Liberal Democrats out in the November 2010 elections and less than one month later, Frances Fox Piven 'gets busy'.
Yes, Frances (NOT the 'Talking Mule') Piven goes back to what she's done best for DECADES: mobilizing and organizing Unions, College Professors, Students, and the befuddled 'Soft-Headed' citizens to turn back the clock against the will of the People.
So the question becomes, is ANY of this 'spontaneous'?
Another 'Defining Moment' in literature:
1. coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency; without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained; unplanned: a spontaneous burst of applause.
2. (of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses.
3. (of natural phenomena) arising from internal forces or causes; independent of external agencies; self-acting.
4. growing naturally or without cultivation, as plants and fruits; indigenous.
5. produced by natural process.
From a purely 'definitional' perspective, I'm thinking, um, no.
None of this is 'Spontaneous'.
And I'll prove it. Soon, but not now.
As for me, I'm running a fund-raiser for our local High School Marching Band and the rest of the weekend is pretty much GONE.
I'll be back - I ALWAYS come back. The thing is, I DO what I can, in the amount of time I have to do it in. This is why I keep sending these words out adrift into cyber-space. I'm hoping they land upon friendly shores.
I have hope that I'll wake up in an America that looks more familiar to me than the one I've lived in for the past five years.
There ARE Two Americas.
You simply need to decide which one you chose to live in in the future. Because what's at stake is the future itself.