To have shock elected a new Rapist/Racist-in-Chief is another level of confirmation of the Supersystem Thesis of social nihilism, but there will be good folks trying to develop some sort of public response. This should prove to be more “fun” than trying to justify the elections of neoliberal war criminals and Democratic Christian anti-abortionists, but it also going to occasion a fair amount of Occupado over-reach.
Some fine, upstanding minds, though, have already spoken the essential truth, such as former Pomona College basketball coach Gregg Popovich (reposted only for history’s sake):
Right now I’m just trying to formulate thoughts. It’s too early. I’m just sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor and tone and all of the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic.
“I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me. It’s got nothing to do with the environment and Obamacare, and all of the other stuff. We live in a country that ignored all of those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. They’d be grounded for years if they acted and said the things that have been said in that campaign by Donald Trump.
“I look at the Evangelicals and I wonder, those values don’t mean anything to them? All of those values to me are more important than anybody’s skill in business or anything else because it tells who we are, and how we want to live, and what kind of people we are. That’s why I have great respect for people like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, John Kasich, who I disagree with on a lot of political things, but they had enough fiber and respect for humanity and tolerance for all groups to say what they said about the man.
“That’s what worries me. I get it, of course we want to be successful, we’re all going to say that. Everybody wants to be successful, it’s our country, we don’t want it to go down the drain. But any reasonable person would come to that conclusion, but it does not take away the fact that he used that fear mongering, and all of the comments, from day one, the race bating with trying to make Barack Obama, our first black president, illegitimate. It leaves me wondering where I’ve been living, and with whom I’m living.
“The fact that people can just gloss that over, start talking about the transition team, and we’re all going to be kumbaya now and try to make the country good without talking about any of those things. And now we see that he’s already backing off of immigration and Obamacare and other things, so was it a big fake, which makes you feel it’s even more disgusting and cynical that somebody would use that to get the base that fired up. To get elected. And what gets lost in the process are African Americans, and Hispanics, and women, and the gay population, not to mention the eighth grade developmental stage exhibited by him when he made fun of the handicapped person. I mean, come on. That’s what a seventh grade, eighth grade bully does. And he was elected president of the United States. We would have scolded our kids. We would have had discussions until we were blue in the face trying to get them to understand these things. He is in charge of our country. That’s disgusting.”
“One could go on and on, we didn’t make this stuff up. He’s angry at the media because they reported what he said and how he acted. That’s ironic to me. It makes no sense. So that’s my real fear, and that’s what gives me so much pause and makes me feel so badly that the country is willing to be that intolerant and not understand the empathy that’s necessary to understand other group’s situations. I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, or a woman, or an African American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all of that. My final conclusion is, my big fear is — we are Rome.”
That’s a long block-quote, but it is a wonderful rejoinder to the brutal truth of the idiots having taken over, once again. Yes, once again – that is why “mourning” will be much more of an honest, accurate state of mind, for quite awhile. Here we go again, with the fundamental bullshit of settler colonialism woven into the veneration of business criminality, into morons electing morons, into anti-poor person fascism at all levels of a class-bound society.
The promises and rhetoric of the campaign will prove to be a wonderful con job that will have the racist rubes scratching their heads with their skinned knuckles – why isn’t America turning into their North Korean state of theocratic order? Pence, the better embodiment of white Christian immorality and cognitive impairment, will be their “savior” mid-term, if only in their hate-filled minds.
How much more money can the ultra-rich steal from the poor? How many more poor can die in the streets and unheated apartments before society-mangling Trumpcare will proven to have been a horror? How many more trillions can the US waste on Middle East bombfests?
None of this is the world that ABC Afterschool specials promised us. Who wants to spend one more minute looking at the clown parade? Mitch McConnell, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich – the awful, awful coming social reality. Sure, normal and decent folks can take to the streets to decry the Supreme Court and Congress, but how can you shout down a whole system, let alone a supersystem?
The answers might be forthcoming and perhaps even momentarily salutary, but America has seen all this before, and it doesn’t go well, and it doesn’t end well. Mourn today, mourn tomorrow, and then be ready to mourn again. Remember the prophetic words of Harvey Danger:
The cretins are cloning and feeding…