September 30, 2020
After watching as much as I could stand of the first presidential debate last night, I have come to the conclusion that ’Rump and those who still support him are stunted in their growth. They are adolescent playground bullies that seek only to denigrate, damage, and destroy what others have. Our country is now just an elementary school playground right out of Lord of the Flies. Our “majority” leaders lack any regard for beauty and joy, wrapped up only in their pursuit of power for power’s sake. They are unhappy and want everyone else to be also. They seek ultimate power, even if it’s over a waste land—but it will be a waste land of their own making. Their imagination is as still-born as their capacity for mirth, and anyone else’s contentment engages them: especially if they feel you are undeserving—i.e., if you have darker skin, are poor, etc. etc. ad nauseam.
I think this speaks to the Senate Republicans, too. ’Rump allows them to show their real faces—a bunch of disease-ridden Dorian Grays. Their excitement does not come from rushing the next Aryan on the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society SCOTUS short list nominated by an impeached, lying, racist, tax-cheating, alleged-rapist president onto the Supreme Court—no; their ecstasy comes from sticking to the rest of us. Brazenly and unapologetically, they revel in their hypocrisy and laugh maniacally at us for taking the “high road” when they win only by cheating, or as Sabeel Rahman, quoted in the Guardian, states: “The central pillars of our democratic infrastructure are increasingly controlled by the right wing of a minority party that is overriding the urgent needs of most Americans. This is unsustainable—if this continues, we don’t get to call ourselves a democracy.” This leads me to conclude:
This is all about making those of us who do not agree with them—a majority of the US—suffer. Plain and simple: they want us to suffer in the waste land they created.
What else can the explanation be? The irony is that they hate their base the most. These idiots enthusiastically and ecstatically support messiah ’Rump even as he and the Republicans strip them of everything: economic security, health care, freedom, and dignity (if they ever had it). Oh, they can keep their guns and camo.
I’m reminded something Norman Mailer wrote almost 20 years ago now:
|“||From a militant Christian point of view, America is close to rotten. The entertainment media are loose. Bare belly-buttons pop onto every TV screen, as open in their statement as wild animals’ eyes. The kids are getting to the point where they can’t read, but they sure can screw. One perk for the White House, therefore, [. . .] is that American sexual freedom, all that gay, feminist, lesbian, transvestite hullabaloo, will be seen as too much of a luxury and will be put back into the closet again. Commitment, patriotism, and dedication will become all-pervasive national values again (with all the hypocrisy attendant).||”|
Mailer was talking about the Bush Administration and the Iraq War, but I would argue it’s gotten even worse with ’Rump. Man, I wish 1960’s Mailer were here today. Mailer’s main point here—the rise of a totalitarian government in America—has, perhaps, come to pass. That democracy is an endangered species, and it’s slipping away.
Biden reacted the only way he could with ’Rump’s constant badgering and spewing of lies: with incredulous chuckles. At one point he called ’Rump a “clown.” This is very fitting, for this clown has made the US his three-ring circus. It is a land of bullies now, and the rest of us on the playground seem still only able to stare at the absurdity and cruelty of this gang of thugs who have stolen their power and never truly represented the majority view of Americans.
Vote, folks. Damage has been done that will take generations to undo, but we must start now. Vote.
- The current senate majority represents a minority. Because cheating.
- Chait, Jonathan (September 29, 2020). "Trump's Tax Returns Show Lying Is His Only Marketable Skill". New York Intelligencer. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
- Williamson, Vanessa; Gelfand, Isabella (August 14, 2019). "Trump and racism: What do the data say?". Brookings. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
- Neate, Rupert (September 28, 2020). "Donald Trump 'a bad businessman or a tax cheat—probably both', say accountants". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
- Peltz, Jennifer (September 8, 2020). "DOJ asks to defend Trump in rape accuser's defamation suit". AP News. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
- Cf. Brownstein, Ronald (July 10, 2018). "Small states are getting a much bigger say in who gets on Supreme Court". CNN. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
- Pilkington, Ed (September 26, 2020). "'Not special any more': how the Senate has failed the American people". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
- Mailer, Norman (2003). Why Are We at War?. New York: Random House. p. 52.