If we arent a place of neighborhoods, if all that matters is what I want, wah, then democracy doesnt even matter. Because votes are a mechanism of community will, and if we have ceased to appreciate the will of the neighborhood and instead just care about the will of what we desire personally to take place, then where do we go from there?
Its not enough that Trump will not be successful. He probably understands he will not get back in the White House, at least in 2021. He probably knows he didnt win.
As it turns out, our democracy is held together by one thing, and one thing only:.
Trump is made it possible for by a world of dipshits and abusers, some who simply desire to be in his glow, some who wish to prevent 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 justification, be thrown under the wheels of the truck that Trump is driving, because Trump has all the loyalty of a wild wolverine.
That chasm is an injury.
What it is, I believe, is this: Donald Trump has lost the presidency, and is combating that apparent, irrefutable outcome due to the fact that it works to him to do so. Yes, maybe there is some buried splinter of certainty inside him that he is the president, or that he should have to be president, and we have actually seen that this is a guy who has actually long shown the psychological security of a hangry, sleep deprived toddler. (No disrespect to toddlers.) It is also extremely, extremely beneficial for him not to let go of the presidency in concept, if not in practice. He is a guy on the edge of different investigations. He has a financial obligation column longer than the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the script for Hamilton integrated. And he has installing legal financial obligations. Further, hes a guy whose unnatural orange tan seems the result of a stable 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 animal, the center of a galaxy whose glow is all, and who prospers on the adoration of the worlds he offers heat to– or in revenge, cold.
It is maybe time to stop democracy.
Trump has no moral center, here. He has no assisting concept. He is not a male holding onto power because he really feels something, anything, about our democracy. He is not a man who grips the wheel of the lorry because he believes hes the most responsible motorist. He does not care who the best chauffeur is. He doesnt care about the truck, or the roadway, he only cares that he likes the method this feels, and that he can drag us to anywhere he desires to fucking go. Hes not here out of some dedication to democracy, to America, to us or even to his individuals. He does not care about them, either. He simply desires what he desires because– well, either because thats enough, or since he can make hay from it.
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It is useful since he can bring individuals into his ostentatious Trump homes, his hotels, his golf courses, because who would not want an audience with the Rogue King, the True Heir to the Red, White and Blue Throne? The male has his debts, after all, and hes not going to pay them. You are.
It is helpful since he can keep doing rallies, and a despot likes his rallies.
So entirely total is this violent attack on information, on reality, on truth, on process and democracy and science, on education and competence that … some people are going to be actually difficult to restore. They might 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 combat mis/disinformation the method the other side has actually battled real details.
None of these individuals are acting upon principle.
Thats part of the technique with him– its tough to know where his narcissism ends and where his grift begins, because a grift is more self-aware than the kind of puffed up ego-fed solipsism that narcissism requires. He sees us as rubes, that much is clear, however he also sees himself as god, and a god does not need to fool the rubes, does he?
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 individuals are standing up for AMERICA, for YOU and ME, for our REPUBLIC (theyre reluctant to call it a democracy any longer). The votes versus them are somehow both Real and likewise a Fraud, legitimate and yet, invalid due to the fact that anything that insults these Hero Men should be the result of a severe unfairness– and if democracy permits this unfairness to occur, then it is maybe democracy itself that is the opponent.
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 in the world and likewise a country full of Individuals Whose Personal Liberties Shall Not Be Infringed. Ending up being just a nation of disentangled people, we are no longer a nation of neighborhoods, of people, but rather, a series of one-person islands, and how dare you take my fucking coconuts, and you much better not cross these waters to even state 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 stated so, thats why. Youre not an individual, Im an individual. I get what I desire, and you get what I dont. Communal responsibility? Neighborhood power? Fuck that. Me, me, me, oh state can you see.
Trumps election in 2016 was currently an injury to our standards– he stepped onto the national phase buoyed by lies. I said then it was an act of little minor men hacking at the roots of our democracy, intending to fell the tree in order to sell its lumber, and they have actually continued to do so, and have almost prospered. Due to the fact that now, these small petty guys– self-centered and without principle– have expanded this chasm in between us by what feels like an uncrossable distance.
Of course, its practically not his fault. Dracula is Dracula, of course, but one who is allowed by a world of Renfields– blood-bags, body-buriers, victim-procurers, glad-handing yes-men gleefully eating cockroaches and spiders to Please Their Master. And Trump, our rubbery American Vampire, is held aloft on a palanquin of bones by an unholy host of enablers, users, cowards, and admirers. Some, like Texas AG Ken Paxton, are like Trump– Paxton is presently under investigation by the FBI and likely fishing for a pardon. Some are like Ted Cruz, humilation-kink connoisseurs who more than happy to tongue-bathe the boot of the male who said his father killed JFK, who called his other half awful, who suggested that any choose Cruz in the main was (here, a familiar refrain) voter scams. Some are Mitch McConnell, the ur-vampire pretending to be a Renfield, utilizing Trump as the damaging ram to tear down the doors of democracy so that he could let slip the hounds who would eagerly fill all the roles he belligerently, shamelessly stopped Obama from filling. (Remember how the USPS is fucked today? McConnell– with a little unintentional help from Sanders, unfortunately– obstructed Obamas appointees to the USPS Board of Governors, which left the whole thing empty, which even more let the Trump Administration fill those roles from snout to tail. That board then selected LeJoy, and here we are.).
However the reality is, it does not matter.
They all desire something, this Circle of Skeksis, from Trump, from us, from our democracy. They do not care about it.
It is helpful since if he is less The Last President and more The Next President, it will be more difficult to investigate him, due to the fact that examining a political challenger is corruption, or so theyll state– corruption he supports when its him doing it, but thats true for everything. (We like to picture that the Republicans are trapped by our identification of their myriad hypocrisies, however they are freed by that expectation– they understand we think weve called GOTCHA on this, however havent got em. Their hypocrisies are part of the plan, a function and not a bug, and they will gladly do all the important things they stated we couldnt do and theyll do it with a shit-eating grin on their faces.).
And this is beneficial to him to do so.
And it might be a grievous, even fatal, one.
All the method down, listed below us, we always understood that there was a safety web of a couple of key principles that were intertwined together and that was strong enough to capture us if we fell. At the end of the day, we were a democracy, we thought.
Not one of them.
It works since he can continue to fundraise. Never stop fundraising.
It works since he can attempt to grab the media spotlight by its privates, dragging it around with him any place he strolls on the phase since who doesnt want to view the big guy making a racket over there? The media has only hardly discovered this, and it stays to be seen the length of time they will hold the lesson, and how quickly they will return to covering every mouth-sound he makes.
Trump doesnt care. Their obligation is to them, to their own individual liberties, and thats the supreme liberty to stick you, bleed you, and leave you and our democracy for dead.
The injury has actually hobbled us. And I do not understand how we recover it. Its a sucking chest wound– its a compound fracture. Perhaps it will not eliminate us, but you do not just recover that sort of wound the method you do a thorn-scratch or a swelling. It will take a lot to heal it, so much. And we do not understand if the sepsis of fascism will settle in for excellent– a blood infection of autocracy, a poisoning of viral narcissism to match the global pandemic running through us like a chainsaw. And every GOP who signs 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– ends up being legitimate in the face of it. It becomes an act of lauding the infection, of pretending that the sickness in our political body is a natural part of us, instead of something pushed into us. We accept and accept the tick, the tapeworm, we call it and offer it power. Im King of the Hole, the tapeworm sobs. Fuck you.
I dont understand what we do about it.
Laws and regulations which concurred that democracy was sacrosanct, and that reality mattered, even if whatever else was arguable. Those policies and laws have actually left us reaching for handholds that arent there, hoping for a security internet that has been cut to ribbons. He golfs, we go poor.
If you can, donate to Jon Ossoff, Reverend Warnock, and Stacey Abrams Fair Fight. Our democracy might really well count on it. We need to refuse to let the injury specify us.
Trump gains from chaos. Whether his understanding of this is eager and granular or whether it remains in a hazy, nearly feral way, matters little. What matters is, he doesnt care about being president, since being president is work. He does not appreciate you, due to the fact that you arent he, and he is all that matters to him. He does not appreciate his country because to him this country is just another business he can purchase, bleed, gut, reside in its carcass for a while, and then offer to the next asshole. For him, this is all transactional, and his rejection to not only concede the election (which we understood would occur) but to stop combating the electoral result, is just another one of those transactions. He comprehends, once again implicitly or explicitly, the buy-in, here: he can (and will) keep this choosing the next four years. He will press the continuous narrative that he is an aggrieved celebration, a strongman avoided his circus by the mean ol ringleader. He will say they cheated, you cheated, everybody cheated. He will require now, and in six months, and in 2 years, that we hashtag OVERTURN this election.
He does not care about the injury hes caused.
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What it is, I believe, is this: Donald Trump has lost the presidency, and is battling that obvious, irrefutable result due to the fact that it is useful to him to do so. It is helpful since he can bring individuals into his ostentatious Trump homes, 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? 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 excitedly fill all the roles 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 petty men hacking at the roots of our democracy, hoping to fell the tree in order to offer its lumber, and they have actually continued to do so, and have actually almost prospered.
Possibly. There was a Civil War, after all, and the Civil Rights age, and all the racist scary between those 2 periods (and after) (observe a pattern?). This division feels weird, a shared cultic delusion, a Stockholm Syndrome as COVID-19 swirls around us.
If democracy stops Trump from being president, because–.