By Mike Meyer
It’s really difficult to keep from being pulled down the shit slide when you’re country is in the toilet fumbling to reach the flusher. Addressing the issue guarantees you are in the toilet, too. The serious problem of working to flush a toilet that you are in should be self evident. That fact that it isn’t to many people does much to explain the nature of this era.
In many other articles I’ve talked about the nature of the underlying problems and the projected outcomes but recently we’ve had several examples of the inevitable result of working in the toilet. It’s the old political problem of wrestling with a pig. You both end covered in mud and shit but only the pig enjoys it.
Attempting to describe despicable people and explain the depths of moral depravity that these folks have no problem descending to means finding language that they understand. We have become intimately aware of just how far behind a large chunk of the post-industrial population has fallen in the climb to an educated, ethical, and diverse 21st century world. The problem elements seem to be caught in the first part of the 20th century, not one of our species better times, but some have yet to reach the scientific revolution. This is a shock but shouldn’t have been.
In the US, as the lead example for the moment, we have added to this a particularly low form of political manipulation that has succeeded in merging the propaganda tools of the two greatest western moral failures and brutalist dictatorial systems of the 20th century. The result is not only the destruction of truth and morality but the peak creation of absurd manufactured realities maintained by sheer volume of lying and the complete denial of truth.
The combination was first clearly illustrated two years ago by Hilary Clinton’s use of the word despicable. The people we are having to discuss are not, as a rule, terribly bright or well educated and are almost inevitably both paranoid and gripped by fear of losing their tenuously held place in America’s artificially brutal struggle to survive. These folks, while a minority, have been carefully trained in techniques to prevent accidentally acquiring unwanted knowledge. That includes how to handle words that they have to go look up. The technique it to take the word and claim it is a nasty thing being used to beat normal people. Then they can simple chant slogans with it and not worry about what it means. As Hilary sadly discovered.
This was not the greatest of Hilary’s problems but it was one of several imaginary petards on which she was hoist. The whole process managed to make a fairly boring but competent late 20th century mainstream politician, i.e. moderately authoritarian right wing ultracapitalist, into a cartoon monster about as believable as Woody Woodpecker. But that’s all that’s needed for the problem group. When reality is not a problem all metaphors are literal
In the larger cultural context this totalitarian propaganda mash up includes the ability to completely ignore such overly complex concepts as hypocrisy. This has produced the bizarre faith that all political statements are lies so only the lies that one likes are true. Anyone with any formal logical or even technical training who accepts that has larger problems than not understanding what they are saying.
So what we now have is the situation where rational discussion is impossible, satire is understood only as name calling, and the use of any word normally used by, in this instance, followers of someone like Trump cannot be used to explain things to them because those words are not only lies but a lie told by someone they don’t like, i.e. ‘true’ therefore despicable.
This opens a great chasm in the human language that people with some command of the language and the use of metaphor will inevitably stumble into to the great delight of the people who dove into the toilet as soon as Trump told them to. That they have no interest in such concepts as ‘future’ and ‘survival’ and have added those words to the hate list with equality, diversity, well being, honesty, and truth, among others.
That chasm has now claimed Samantha Bee having been discovered, as noted above, by Hilary Clinton who was followed, after some delay, by Michele Wolff. While Hillary discovered the ‘big word’ tripping point both Michele and Samantha were caught by the newer peril of using language of the despicable group which immediately become ‘booby’ traps that exploded all over them. The need to protect oneself from falling into this bizarre chasm is shown by my isolation of the word ‘booby’ which is, I’m sure, a very important concept for Donald Trump. This could result in squeals of umbrage by Fox news. The resulting Trump rally ‘umbrage’ chants could be interesting.
The irony is that the inappropriateness of the words used is valid but only to the none Trumpists. This adds insult to injury by being castigated for saying a bad thing about a bad person. Our language is being, not only weaponized, but destroyed making all words potentially meaningless and therefore explosive at Fox News’ discretion.
It seems to me that the only option left needs to be something understandable by these people but cannot be construed as an identity marker by any one group. This definitely removes cisgendered anatomical terms from any discussion. Trump’s penis is definitely off limits, thankfully, as one shudders at the thought.
With careful thought the only word both crude enough and effective that does not work against the rest of us is shit. If Samantha Bee had simply called Ivanka a piece of trivial shit for riding on the backs of the other pieces of shit in her family, there wouldn’t have been any problem. Very weak umbrage potential. After all shit is common to all of us.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a piece of shit for fronting the largest piece of lying shit in a corrupt administration. No reference to dangerous things such as eye shadow. Melania is a pitiful piece of shit, which is somewhat sympathetic to her inability to effect anything around her, but she’s a piece of shit for being there never the less. Although the rumors that she may have decamped simply requires the addition of a few words to the description if she managed to take the silverware. And no reference to gender related anatomy. Luckily we can still claim shit as the broadest commonality.
We’re in the toilet anyway and they enjoy it but we can work that game too.