Events have been so awful I couldn’t possibly blog enough outrage. In fact, I’ve been immobilized by the coup of the Republican Party. As bad as I can think things are, or could be, I’m incapable of thinking of how bad it really is. Reality is more bizarre and extreme than imagination.
Late on Sunday with Fox (TrumpTV) trying hard to find some spin and all the other news just piling on how awful this coup was and how much the Trump crime family made this happen the outrage just isn’t enough.
But what it reminds me of is all this mass shooting, all too many in the past few years. Real news, real TV, with real pictures show us the carnage (not the crap Trump said in his Inaugural, actual right-wing gut nut carnage) and the crushed bodies and the blood and all that. Everyone, at least anyone sane or with a conscious, is outraged and it looks really awful. The NRA is about to be beaten, something will happen, enough is too much, too many dead children will finally do something.
And it never happens.
The Repugs, slowly regaining the propaganda initiative, turn it around. The people who are outraged go back to work or school or whatever, Weeks later it’s all forgotten.
Or killing helpless innocent black people by white supremacists cops. Outrage. Now things will change. And the days go by and we are numb and the bad guys put out their spin and recruit their Repug followers and nothing happens.
Fox wins (and now with their even more extreme fellow travelers).
Repubs win (more tax cuts and more anti-women judges take center stage).
And we do nothing. The Fascists are winning, Rome is burning and McConnell is fiddling. Sure, due to amazing grassroots work in Georgia the Dems make McConnell the minority leader, but it won’t last. An erosive and dedicated takeover of USA has lost a battle, but they will reorganize for their return.
We shouldn’t impeach Trump. We should declare the entire Repug party to be a terrorist group, a seditious plot to undermine democracy. And their even more fascist skinhead, stupid thugs who just want to kill, should be declared to be the same as Al Qaida. Osama bin Laden is a less effective attack on the USA than Donald Trump is.
When we the rest of us realize this isn’t just politics as usual. We have a fascist political party that will do what it must to take over as a full dictatorship. Sure, the optics on TV are not so great for them right now. But they know nothing will really happen.
Just recently a guy who drove his car through a crowd in Iowa City, because they needed an “attitude adjustment” was released with nothing, just a promise to be a good boy (and only for three years). Because he was incompetent, plus after Charlottesville murder by car the protesters knew to get out the way, so the Iowa white cops and judges let the asshole off.
btw, I’m white, not some black militant. I just happened to be old enough to have grown up in the South, or at least the strange fusion of south and cowboy, i.e. Texas, to have seen real, legally enforced segregation. As a brainwashed white kid I never thought about it, just the way it was. I had to grow up a bit and get my head out of the Texas gutters to learn the sins of my cult.
Make no mistake. Trump and his thugs are just trying to protect white privileges, male privilege, money privilege. And I know. I’ve benefited from a lot of that. But not all white old males are incorrigible criminals like the monsters that invaded the Capitol, or even worse the orangutan monster in the White House that happens to have been born in the same year as me. I may be old, but unlike them I’m not insane or an authoritarian and I deeply regret to have the same demographics as those horrible people who would destroy this country.
A lot of Germans, after a total defeat, denied they were part of the horror. Well, I kinda understand a few of them (the ones who aren’t just lying to save their ass). Too many (though as radical democrat since 1968 freedom marchers) of us haven’t done enough (just typing on a keyboard is pretty minor, even writing checks to campaigns, still not enough). The evil is out there and it’s winning, despite its temporary setback. A few of the more stupid ones will get arrested and then get the nothing sentence like the guy in Iowa. Hey bullies who actually sometimes do use their fists or take a blow, guess how much that scares them. The slap on the wrist and a fine won’t stop the coup against the US.
We will. People of real faith (not heretic tent preachers), of real decency, of real belief in the Constitution must totally denounce the evil Repugs, drive them from any office, make the world Republican as evil as Nazi. This horror must end.
I used to really mostly just care about environment and climate change, tame liberal ideas. But an attack on democracy now is really the issue of the day. I’m too old to man the barricades, but fortunately it looks like young and vigorous and optimistic people, in Georgia and elsewhere are up to the task. They just have to realize it’s not just politics and one election in one year – the evil is there and they have to destroy it. Don’t let the system co-opt you, understand this is a fight between good and evil. Look at those pictures of idiots in the Capitol. They would kill you if you gave them a chance.
Don’t let them. Use peaceful and democratic means, but this is a fight to the death. Stop them.