What it is, I think, is this: Donald Trump has actually lost the presidency, and is fighting that apparent, irrefutable outcome because it works to him to do so. Yes, perhaps there is some buried splinter of certainty inside him that he is the president, or that he is worthy of to be president, and we have actually seen that this is a man who has actually long demonstrated the psychological security of a hangry, sleep deprived toddler. (No disrespect to young children.) It is also really, extremely beneficial for him not to let go of the presidency in concept, if not in practice. He is a guy on the brink of different examinations. He has a financial obligation column longer than the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the script for Hamilton integrated. And he has installing legal debts. Further, hes a male whose abnormal orange tan appears the result of a steady application of Fryolator grease, however it could extremely well be burned onto his flesh from the warm radiance of himself– he is, in his mind, a self-illuminating creature, the center of a galaxy whose glow is all, and who thrives on the adoration of the planets he offers warmth to– or in revenge, cold.
All the method down, below us, we constantly understood that there was a security net of a few essential concepts that were intertwined together and that was strong enough to catch us if we fell. At the end of the day, we were a democracy, we believed.
However if we arent a place of communities, if all that matters is what I desire, wah, then democracy does not even matter. Due to the fact that votes are a system of neighborhood will, and if we have ceased to appreciate the will of the community and rather only appreciate the will of what we want personally to occur, then where do we go from there?
That chasm is an injury.
Trump has no ethical center, here. He has no guiding principle. He is not a guy keeping power since he truly feels something, anything, about our democracy. He is not a male who grips the wheel of the lorry since he thinks hes the most responsible driver. He does not care who the finest driver is. He does not appreciate the truck, or the road, he just cares that he likes the method this feels, which he can drag us to wherever he wishes to fucking go. Hes not here out of some commitment to democracy, to America, to us or perhaps to his individuals. He does not appreciate them, either. He just wants what he desires because– well, either since thats enough, or since he can make hay from it.
However the injury has actually hobbled us. And I do not know how we heal it. Its a drawing chest injury– its a substance fracture. Maybe it will not eliminate us, however you do not simply recover that sort of wound the method you do a thorn-scratch or a bruise. It will take a lot to recover it, a lot. And we dont understand if the sepsis of fascism will settle in for excellent– a blood infection of autocracy, a poisoning of viral narcissism to enhance the global pandemic going through us like a chainsaw. And every GOP who indications on, every media member who trumpets this shit, theyre codifying it, theyre legitimizing it, and whatever results– whatever suffering, or hunger, or bigotry, or violence– becomes genuine in the face of it. It becomes an act of lauding the infection, of pretending that the illness in our political body is a natural part of us, rather than something forced into us. We embrace the tick and accept, the tapeworm, we name it and offer it power. Im King of the Hole, the tapeworm weeps. Fuck you.
And lastly, it works because if he is less The Last President and more The Next President, it will be harder to investigate him, since examining a political challenger is corruption, or so theyll say– corruption he supports when its him doing it, however thats true for whatever. (We like to envision that the Republicans are caught by our identification of their myriad hypocrisies, but they are released by that expectation– they understand we believe weve called GOTCHA on this, but havent got em. Their hypocrisies belong to the plan, a feature and not a bug, and they will gladly do all the things they stated we could not do and theyll do it with a shit-eating smile on their faces.).
And this is beneficial to him to do so.
It works due to the fact that he can continue to fundraise. Never ever stop fundraising.
Then it is perhaps time to stop democracy.
It is beneficial because he can try to grab the media spotlight by its privates, dragging it around with him anywhere he walks on the stage because who doesnt want to view the big male making a racket over there? The media has actually only hardly discovered this, and it stays to be seen how long they will hold the lesson, and how soon they will go back to covering every mouth-sound he makes.
Thats part of the technique with him– its difficult to understand where his narcissism ends and where his grift starts, due to the fact that a grift is more self-aware than the kind of bloated ego-fed solipsism that narcissism needs. He sees us as rubes, that much is clear, however he likewise sees himself as god, and a god does not require to fool the rubes, does he?
Not one of them.
It works since he can keep doing rallies, and a despot enjoys his rallies.
They are told, by Fox, by Newsmax, by Breitbart and OANN and a thousand sock-puppet chodes on Twitter and Parler and Facebook, that these people are standing up for AMERICA, for YOU and ME, for our REPUBLIC (theyre hesitant to call it a democracy anymore). The votes versus them are somehow both Real and also a Fraud, legitimate and yet, illegitimate due to the fact that anything that insults these Hero Men need to be the result of a serious unfairness– and if democracy enables this unfairness to happen, then it is perhaps democracy itself that is the opponent.
However the truth is, it does not matter.
Utterly complete is this violent attack on info, on fact, on fact, on process and democracy and science, on education and proficiency that … some individuals are going to be really difficult to bring back. They may not come back. We do not have a National Deprogrammer. We dont have fairness in media. We do not have the gall or gumption to battle mis/disinformation the way the other side has fought actual information.
What it is, I believe, is this: Donald Trump has actually lost the presidency, and is battling that apparent, undeniable result because it is helpful to him to do so. It is useful due to the fact that he can bring individuals into his gaudy Trump homes, his hotels, his golf courses, because who wouldnt want an audience with the Rogue King, the True Heir to the Red, White and Blue Throne? Some are Mitch McConnell, the ur-vampire pretending to be a Renfield, using Trump as the damaging ram to knock down the doors of democracy so that he could let slip the hounds who would eagerly fill all the functions he belligerently, shamelessly stopped Obama from filling. They all want something, this Circle of Skeksis, from Trump, from us, from our democracy. I stated then it was an act of little minor men hacking at the roots of our democracy, hoping to fell the tree in order to sell its lumber, and they have actually continued to do so, and have almost been successful.
A loose, flexible arrangement of ideas.
As it turns out, our democracy is held together by something, and one thing only:.
Trump gains from mayhem. What matters is, he does not care about being president, because being president is work. He does not care about his country since to him this nation is simply another business he can purchase, bleed, gut, live in its carcass for a while, and then offer to the next asshole.
None of these people are acting on concept.
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Trumps election in 2016 was already an injury to our standards– he stepped onto the national stage buoyed by lies. I said then it was an act of small petty men hacking at the roots of our democracy, intending to fell the tree in order to offer its lumber, and they have actually continued to do so, and have nearly succeeded. These little petty males– selfish and without concept– have actually widened this chasm between us by what feels like an uncrossable distance since now.
Its inadequate that Trump will not achieve success. And its most likely he wont be (though this is 2020, so who the fuck understands what hellshow could occur in the next 3 weeks). Its that hes encouraged a not inconsiderable portion of this country that hes right. He most likely understands he will not get back in the White House, at least in 2021. They dont understand that. He most likely understands he didnt win. But they do not. Theyve purchased the lie. Theyve welcomed their cognitive harshness so hard its ended up being a part of them– the only excellent way out of a hole is to rather digging and start climbing up, however then you have to confess, oops, I fell under a hole of my own making, and thats not something people like to confess. Easier rather to dig, down, down, to make it appear like, I know what Im doing, Ive been doing this all along, this is alllllll part of the strategy, see you later, Surface-Dwellers, Im King of the Hole, fuck you..
They all want something, this Circle of Skeksis, from Trump, from us, from our democracy. They dont care about it.
I do not know what we do about it.
It works because he can bring people into his gaudy Trump properties, his hotels, his golf courses, since who wouldnt want an audience with the Rogue King, the True Heir to the Red, White and Blue Throne? The guy has his debts, after all, and hes not going to pay them. You are.
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Thing is, it was an impression. A comforting one, as numerous illusions are, and maybe not ineffective. And hi, once upon a time there were some really real threads that held us together– the Voting Rights Act, the Fairness Doctrine, and their like. Laws and regulations which concurred that democracy was sacrosanct, and that reality mattered, even if whatever else was arguable. But we cut those ropes. And now were in freefall, and there is no safeguard. Since, guidelines, laws and oops are just things we comprised. Theyre only there if we maintain them and keep signing our agreement to them. The garden requires tending. The fire needs tending. Caution was needed. Now? Oof. Those laws and guidelines have left us grabbing handholds that arent there, hoping for a security internet that has actually been cut to ribbons. And its not just the election. Were stuck in a pandemic with three thousand individuals passing away every day, and yet there are still individuals who think its phony, who wont use a mask, who even in the hospital with the illness they cry its a hoax. And instead of a firm federal reaction– or any federal response– we have a piss-pants “president” whose just battle is the one to be coddled, bottle-fed, and glorified. He golfs, we go bad. He tweets, we get ill. He rallies, we die.
He does not appreciate the injury hes triggered.
And it may be a severe, even fatal, one.
If democracy stops Trump from being president, due to the fact that–.
We have actually long been deafened by this dueling banjo tune of American Exceptionalism and Individual Liberty, where we are in some way both The Greatest Country on Earth and likewise a nation full of Individuals Whose Personal Liberties Shall Not Be Infringed. Ending up being only a country of disentangled people, we are no longer a country of communities, of individuals, but rather, a series of one-person islands, and how attempt you steal my fucking coconuts, and you much better not cross these waters to even say hi or Ill rap you on the head with a fucking rock, and whats mine is mine and whats yours is likewise mine due to the fact that I fucking said so, thats why. I get what I desire, and you get what I do not.
And Trump, our rubbery American Vampire, is held up on a palanquin of bones by an unholy host of enablers, cowards, users, and admirers. Some, like Texas AG Ken Paxton, are like Trump– Paxton is currently under investigation by the FBI and most likely angling for a pardon. Some are Mitch McConnell, the ur-vampire pretending to be a Renfield, utilizing Trump as the damaging ram to knock down the doors of democracy so that he might let slip the hounds who would eagerly fill all the roles he belligerently, shamelessly stopped Obama from filling.
Trump does not care. His enablers dont care. Theyll eliminate the body and leap to the next one– parasites and scavengers, they hold no allegiance to you, me, and even the flag they claim to enjoy so much. Their loyalty isnt even to each other, though they place on a great show. Their obligation is to them, to their own individual liberties, whichs the ultimate liberty to stick you, bleed you, and leave you and our democracy for dead.
Possibly. There was a Civil War, after all, and the Civil Rights age, and all the racist horror in between those two periods (and after) (observe a pattern?). This department feels weird, a shared cultic delusion, a Stockholm Syndrome as COVID-19 swirls around us.
Trump is made it possible for by a world of abusers and dipshits, some who just wish to remain in his radiance, some who wish to avoid his ire, and others who happily crowd their hands up his asses, trying to puppet him around. And all of whom would, at the smallest provocation, be thrown under the wheels of the truck that Trump is driving, due to the fact that Trump has all the loyalty of a wild wolverine.
If you can, donate to Jon Ossoff, Reverend Warnock, and Stacey Abrams Fair Fight. Our democracy may extremely well count on it. We need to refuse to let the injury define us.