by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ October 23, 2019
Keeping track of the Trump regime’s lies, international disasters, and acts of blatant stupidity was always challenging but is now a threat to health. This is like watching a tennis match between octopi each with three tennis rackets.
Since Trump and Mulvaney have already publicly confessed to major, impeachable crimes that have been verified by multiple witnesses, it would appear that we should only be going through the motions. You shouldn’t get whiplash from watching someone go through the motions.
Much of this is caused by Trump being bug fuck crazy. He is now so delusional that his last cabinet meeting, never a high point with someone at Trump’s level of illness, took several pages of fact checking to itemize lies and delusions. In short, the entire meeting appeared to be without any valid content. Wow.
That meeting did raise an interesting technical question. Should we and, if so, how do we distinguish between lies and delusions? I realized that I had always assumed those were separate categories of incorrect content but, with Trump in full mental failure, these categories have merged at the highest levels of planetary government. We are used to lies at that level but not full delusional thinking.
This is similar to the need to distinguish, in a healthier time, between lies and bullshit. Lies have a specific, deceitful goal to replace a troublesome fact while bullshit is throwing shit in the air to hide a lack or build a general false image.
So what do we do with insane delusions? Run! Run away as fast as you can!
Ok, most of us can’t do that. It seems that Trump has moved sharply from mostly lies to serious delusions. Most of what he remembers never happened. Much could never happen because it makes no sense. Lies are a moral and ethical failure that denys specific reality. Delusions produce lies but are not tied to any objective reality.
Obviously we need to get the delusional fruitcake removed from any position of authority and detained for his and our safety. Unfortunately Trump has called out his fools who are as lost as he is. The Republican leadership is caught. They climbed on the Trump train knowing he was crazy but thinking they could get what they wanted and then get off.
What they ended up with is a Monty Python skit gone seriously and frighteningly wrong. How do you discuss anything with delusional people? You don’t. You either accept their delusions as yours or you run away. This explains the Wednesday morning Keystone Kops Congressional impeachment display.
The majority of people in Congress, no matter what they say publicly, are very aware of the dangerously, crazy buffoon in the White House. But, having long since sacrificed any shred of honesty or ethics, the Republicans are having to go through the motions of defending the idiot. Since that has already collapsed to a ‘going through the motions’ impeachment, there is not a lot to work with. If there was something to work with, wait a day and Trump or one of his losers would destroy it.
Any time you see Louie Gohmert (Republican from Texas) leading a tea party remnant, you know we’re down to the dregs. Everyone else went to hide in their offices. Gohmert, a perennial contender for the dumbest person in Congress, accepts delusions on command. Then he orders pizza. Sharing pizza with the media staff somehow made this even more absurd and scarier.
You know there is no rational justification for their actions except desperation. Make noise, upset people, and go home.Nothing has changed. And no one knows how to hell to remove this monster from our midst.
The other cause of whiplash now is the, I’m at a loss for words, spine cracking gyrations our national media, particularly the New York Times, goes through attempting to prop up a collapsing and criminal regime. We’re all very familiar with NYT gaffs and rigid insistence that all positions and actions are legitimately valid, but the gap between the national media voice and what people in very high positions are actually saying is difficult to mentally encompass.
I’m willing to agree that they should probably not refer to Trump in lead stories on the POTUS as ‘bug fuck crazy’, but they really should agree on ‘exhibiting symptoms of mental instability’ or some such qualifier when he is doing bug fuck crazy stuff. The number of back page references in FactCheck quoting numerous previous high officials and cabinet members identifying ‘delusional thinking’, or describing Trump as ‘sick’ strongly suggest that the need to call that what it is as a civic responsibility.
As I noted above, we are clearly in a very strange world at the federal level, of goIng through the impeachment motions. In a court this would be a short trial with a quick verdict with, perhaps, some leniency in sentencing for a major offense requiring a ‘not guilty’ plea. There is a great deal to be said for not wasting time and putting everyone through the agony of dealing with a crazy fuck, his crazy accomplices, and his gibbering followers.
Yes, we are now in flux with the Republican Senators beginning to express token gestures to national duty. That is the slow, careful, migration away from the vast wreckage of the Trump regime and its destruction of the GOP. That destruction is now being championed by Gohmert and his fellows so the break is becoming visible. How fast will this go?
I think the days of whiplash have just started. Out on the edges of reality Trump et al will be throwing huge quantities of shit in the air and howling like gibbons. As it is obvious that Trump has only a very tenuous grasp of reality we can be sure that he will become more absurd and more dangerous by the hour.
The Democratic House knows we need to clean this up as fast as possible. They are, as usual, mostly concerned by the political play but that will turn into fear with the urgency of survival as the days progress and Trump’s trajectory arcs toward hell.
Gohmert and the Trumpists will be headed in Trump’s direction like a pack of hyena’s in full hunting cry with nothing but dust and flying shit to mark their progress. Meanwhile the sane Republican remainder will be heading for the hills and trying to decide if they can survive their armed and fully delusional constituents when they do ‘the right thing’ and convict Trump. And, if not, what?
It’s a lesson in bad consequences of short term thinking to hold onto power at all costs. You may get the power for a time but your life expectancy may be seriously reduced.
We are suddenly living in an explosive situation with a very short fuse. What we really need is time to deprogram the Trumpists and move back to rational debate of actual policies.
Sadly that also sounds like a delusion.