400 followers

Just reached 400 followers today. Is it alright if I refer to them as my legions? Seriously, though, it’s been quite a ride. This went from a blog that published poetry, to fiction, to a political blog. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with all of these styles, tbh.

How many of you out there are still reading? I hope it’s more than 10.

 

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Trump and and the Revitalization of Racism

Trump has revitalized the Charlottesville controversy by saying that “both sides” are to blame. Seems like he’s blazing a trail of lug-headed, racist, irredeemable controversy. He is stirring racists to action. He’d rather target Antifa than entrenched white supremacy. This obviously was set up before he signed the resolution condemning racists.

Look. It’s very clear what side Trump is on. He’d rather stir conflict than deal with things authentically. I don’t buy his bullshit for a second, and if his supporters were smart, they’d realize they’re being hoodwinked. It’s very easy to open the backdoor of racism, and say that you are putting “Americans first.” This means that Trump doesn’t need to focus on rubbing corporate shoulders the wrong way (or if he does, it’s in ways that are somewhat acceptable compared to the alternatives).

Most importantly, Trump is fueling hate crimes. He’s an institution unto himself, and that is incredibly dangerous.

Trump, Chuck and Nancy, and DACA

Bipartisanship isn’t dead. It’s kicking like a drugged, half-dead horse. After Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi declared that a deal had been stuck with Donald Trump during a “chinese food and chocolate pie dinner,” Donald Trump refuted that claim via tweet.

 

The one consistent theme here is that Ol’ Donald waffles on various issues, except on immigration. He’s been very consistently punishing to non-white immigrants of all stripes (maybe if they had been Christians, this deal would’ve been struck already). Seems like he’s received indigestion from his base, even Sean Hannity has weighed in.

 

It’s very likely Donald will crumble under the conservative pressure to not seal the deal (unless THE WALL is built). Let’s hope the crumbling-statue-in-chief reverses the pattern. Wow. That sounded incredibly naive. Another consistent pattern is that when you hope the President will act ethically, he will inevitably let you down. Refer to Charlottesville. Or with pardoning Arpaio and white supremacy.  Or, fuck, when he chose to end DACA!

Let’s also not forget that the President has severely stoked the anti-immigrant sentiments that are rife in the US. It’s important to have a sense of history here, however recent.

Steve “Bullshit” Bannon

The face of the sympathetic, even “ethical” villain. We’ve seen it all before. Just look at those eyes. They radiate a self-perception centered on being deeply misunderstood while maintaining the delusion of a stern, yet “sympathetic” ethical worldview. Steve “Bullshit” Bannon not so deftly tries to separate white nationalism from economic nationalism.  I don’t buy it. As a matter of fact, I’ll upgrade him to Steve “Buncha Bullshit” Bannon.

With would-be authoritarians, you have to look behind the rhetoric to a man’s origins, the trajectory of his character. In this case, Mr. Bannon was created by the media. He talks about waging war with the GOP establishment, but in reality he is employing the same tactics Fox News has used for…however long it’s been on the air. The flamboyant, dismissive debating strategies. The not quite erudite condescension. The constant interruptions. It’s all there. Once mastered by Bill O’Reilly, these content-less jabs are alive and well in Mr. Bannon.

While you may wage war against your enemies with the same weapons they choose, when those weapons are words, gestures, body language, debating tactics focusing on vitriol rather than content, an ever-shifting ideology that curdles on the white curtain of racism then, in the most important ways, you become the enemy.

Bannon and the GOP? They’re not so different. Despite this hasty divorce, a tenuous marriage continues behind the scenes. He talks about how the current government apparatus is a business model. But his business model firmly entrenches inauthenticity. He has dressed the Republican skeleton with the blemished skin of white nationalism. Isolationist, unethical, economically unsound, but he’ll walk away with more than your pocket change. That’s for damn sure.

DACA and Trump the Dream Crusher

I mean, I’ve already called Trump out for being a dumb fucker.  Today, Trump followed through with being a dumb fucker by choosing to have Attorney General Jeff Sessions, flying monkey of the law, formally announce the end of Obama’s DACA program. Here’s the video. You’ll be enraptured, probably.

 

“We’re gonna treat these kids with a lotta heart.” Yeah. Right. As if giving them a short-term option to live here while tossing their fate to a brain-dead legislature is treating them with heart. Let’s be clear. He didn’t treat them with heart. Is that even making a moral argument at this point? I’m really just saying that he doesn’t even know what the hell he is saying. Fuck. I bet he’s going to ruin my upcoming weekend.

UPDATE: Okay, so now Donald Jerry Trump has issued an edict-via-tweet saying that he will revisit the issue in six months if Congress hasn’t acted.

 

This seems like a very intimate question to ask someone. “I would kindly like to ask what the hell is it that you want?”

He seems to not want to alienate his base, while not wanting to be blamed for the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people if congress-almost inevitably-fails. How does he plan to “revisit the issue” but also straddle the line between not being a heart breaker and appeasing the slugs-in-hover rounds that form the pillar of his base?

Look. I’ve been sympathetic up to this point. I’ve avoided calling him a dumb fucker because it seemed like an impolite thing to do. But, now I get the sense that incoherence is being strapped onto cruelty for whatever the fuck reason.

You know they say that one strong sign of creeping authoritarianism is a public obsession with the current leader. He doesn’t need to be a strong leader. He doesn’t need to be not divisive. He just needs to be himself  and have an unwavering pillar of support. President Trump has all those things.

The White House released a memo on DACA, advising its victims to make travel plans or other arrangements in case congress doesn’t get its act together. This is starting to seem like cogent advice for citizens in general.

 

DACA, Trump, and Appeasing His Slimy Base

He Who Hath No Compassion has decided to rescind DACA. Trump added a six-month delay for the program, thinking that somehow compensates for being a heartless bastard. The six month delay masquerades to some as a “healthy compromise,” but it is anything but. If Trump puts a halt to DACA, which he most surely will, does that mean that applicants will be able to apply for renewals within that period?

Some have said that President Trump has “agonized” over this decision. However, he has consistently shown sympathy for the imaginary blight of his base, rather than the severe problems facing minorities. It doesn’t seem like he is capable of making a decision that contradicts that narrow-minded strip of consciousness known as “Trump’s base.”

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Charlottesville showed most people what side he is on. David Duke wields the executive branch now. So long “let’s not take him literally” Trump. Hello David Duke.