Problems of Trump’s final days
by Mike Meyer
After many headlong rushes for the cliff edge followed by stumbling halts just short of doom, it appears that Trump can no longer help himself. This is a well known pattern of which Mueller is a recognized master. To do it right takes a lot of time, skill, and effort.
The quarry themselves set the pace at the end as their henchmen and helpers are turned, often, in disgust at the selfish criminal who denounces his erstwhile ‘friends’. The reality is that there is no honor among thieves, although we love that idea in America, there are only temporary alliances until others start to fall.
My question now is whether there are any people of honor in the vestiges of the Republican Party. It appears that they are literally also thieves so I suspect we will be faced with increasingly weak defenses of Trump until silence reigns. They probably are actually beginning to realize that they have no shred of credibility left and finally standing up for justice might result in raucous laughter. We will see if any try it in desperation.
Trump, himself, is at babbling stage and will probably be scheduling something like continuous rallies of his befuddled followers to keep his illusions up. It obviously doesn’t take much. The only thing that seems to work anymore is the “Lock her up” chant but I wonder if they remember who they are demanding to lock up?
I actually wouldn’t be surprised if this somehow turned into a chant to lock Melania up, with careful placement of some loud shouters to hijack the chant. She is, after all, a lousy immigrant. This kind of stuff can turn on its creators.
This seems to be flushing out diehard Trump supporters that are making desperate claims or just the same claims louder. I see that as the fear of final defeat taking hold. Every day this week another favored goon has been convicted or announced a plea bargain for a few less years in jail. It’s getting hard to keep the faith without continuous and serious shouting to pump up the spirits.
While it has taken me back a bit it makes sense that I’m seeing two kinds of people with serious issues climbing out of their holes. The standard Trump follower who is getting worried but basically has nothing to say except it’s all fake news. Nothing is true, it’s all lies. These people have been the primary worry for the last two years because nothing can be done with them and they are impervious to facts or logic.
On the fringe of this are, I think, more troubling outliers. These have serious single or a closely related sets of issues. Some of these are old fashioned racists although that is so far out of the mainstream of the last sixty years that those are isolated to the regions of America known for basic racism. The others are perhaps cause for more concern as these have a larger focus and may not be specifically racist but some combination predicated on destruction of the American Empire or Western Civilization as the last hope of humanity. These tend to be new antiimmigrant neo fascists.
All of these possible pieces have been out there for the last few years as paradigmatic change takes hold and the size of the transformation grows more obvious. The range of these, I think we can call them disease vectors, is surprising. The enemy of my enemy may very definitely not be my friend.
My concern here is that, based on some exposure to versions of this, these really do not have common ground with anyone but their own interest group. Are they authoritarian? Fascist? Libertarian? Anti-Islamic? Anti-Christian? against all immigrants? White supremacists?
As the Trump regime comes apart and is carted off to prison the complete absence of anyone to step in and provide working leadership to reverse the destruction or, at least, halt the damage is scary. This could be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
We desperately need new political ideologies that provide some necessary political continuity but do so in a new combination that is identifiable as a new system. The American two party system is now deadly, I’m afraid. There is not nearly enough common ground to bring together an effective plurality as everything is so entangled in the past that no one wants to touch it.
While we know that what is being demanded by the majority in America is a democratic socialist ideology to provide the public services needed and, somehow, reallocate national assets in a broader and healthier manner, just looking at the old right wing hissing and spitting on Twitter shows the difficulty of going directly there. We have sixty years of nearly mindless memes that can and will be endlessly spewed on anyone with a socialist tag.
This happens despite the fact that the old Republican Party has no policies and is a criminal organization or, more accurately, filled with unindicted coconspirators. The Democratic Party is so nearly the same it can’t change without risking indictment, itself. Out of the remnants of both parties there are undoubtedly a cluster of reasonably clean individuals but none of those have had any experience at the top.
If the White House has become a large white toilet that desperately needs flushing, clean water needs to fill the tank. It will probably take a couple of flushes to clean out the shit. Unfortunately I don’t see anyone who could act as clear, clean water. We don’t make that here anymore at least not with the experience to survive.
While I have suggested many times the direction that I see this process of change going, that is a larger process that is planetary in scope. The short term solution is needed now because the Trumps are about to be flushed out. We need to, at least, flush away the old two party system also. Diversity is the future and the evolution to true democratic administrative units will require diverse ideas and polices that are not tied directly to the past.
We have a start with the Democratic Socialists but we need two or three more versions of that with a range of options for people to identify with. The old problem of holding your nose and joining the disgusting Democratic Party hasn’t worked. The youngest two generations have a clearer understanding of what is needed but their disgust with the old parties is obvious and without them and all POC we have no future.
How do we do this?