Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Burning Down the House
Its been like the most pleasant of dreams: almost two weeks without seeing his orange face or hearing his whiny voice. I know very well it isn't going to last; that the nightmare will resume sowing scorched earth in its death throes of final defeat...but I'm enjoying the silence while it lasts. All too soon he will again ramp up the insanity to mind-numbing levels, so we should take his silence for what it is; his concession speech!
People aren't supposed to spend their waking hours recoiling from the latest antic from a petty clown president, or have their sleep terrorized by worries of what he will do next: it's not normal. Not normal at all!
Of course 45 is making it as hard as possible for Biden's transition team, blocking & ignoring tradition at every turn. If I were Biden or any of his staff, the white house is the last place I'd want to inhabit considering it is currently in its third Covid-19 outbreak! As if being a pandemic hotspot isn't bad enough, the white house is also infested with Rats scurrying across the floor behind the president, vermin in the kitchen and raccoons attacking CNN reporters on the white house lawn in broad daylight, more than once! The current resident said the white house was a shithole when he moved in. Nice to see he's held up the level of squalor during his time there.
Meanwhile some rather odd things are happening inside the white house since the election results were confirmed. New edicts from "POUTUS" are as follows: Anyone caught looking for a new job will be fired. Anyone speaking Biden's name will be fired. Anyone co-operating in any way with Biden's transition team will be fired. Anyone not in lockstep with official talking points & lies, will be fired. Anyone caught saying the election was fraud-free and fair will be fired.
That my friends, is some industrial strength denial, but beyond simply that, its also an indication of a severely damaged mind, and thinking process. A thinking process that not only thinks such childishness is manly and normal, but also insists that everyone else sees it that way as well. There are clinical names for such damaged minds, but then we've known this for quite some time now.
Not only didn't we stop it, [and there were a few times we could have], we now seem determined to just let the clock expire on his nightmare administration rather that force him from office before he can do the damage he has promised to unleash if he becomes unhappy with the election results. Well, I think its safe to say he's unhappy NOW. What will he do when he finally works through his stages of grief? Here's a clue, he has publicly stated over 25 times that he's not leaving office if he loses. You think he won't rally his base and "proud boys" to start the revolution? Are you forgetting the part about him being insane?
45 whines about losing his job as he refuses to DO the job. With the nation suffering over a thousand Covid deaths a day, he ignores that as he always has. Instead of actually doing his job he only wants to cry about not getting his way. The president has not attended a single Covid-19 task force meeting in five months!
Instead of doing the job all he does is file frivolous lawsuits & tweet conspiracy theories about the election he lost. He's pulled every petty childish stunt except holding his breath. Maybe we should tell 45 that 44 can hold his breath for 10 minutes. As his lawsuits are defeated & tossed out one by one & his losses piling up, he becomes more dangerous. So we wait to see whether he goes out with a whimper, or a bang.
For those who believe Biden's win will usher in some magical new day in American politics, I'm afraid the soundtrack has already been chosen: same as it ever was! The first sign that its going to be business as usual if is 46 pardons 45! Think that can't happen? Biden has already indicated he will reverse many things 45 did, then added he doesn't want to spend his whole presidency prosecuting the criminal traitor 45.
You think Biden is going to plow thru stonewalling GOP obstructionism? He was there for eight years of such obstructionism under Obama and the republicans blocked every single thing they tried to do, mostly successfully. With both Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham getting re-elected the future will be more of the same. Count on it. Right wing or left wing really makes no difference because both wings are on the same bird, a vulture, and the flight plan never changes.
This election has showed us a great many things and will no doubt be analyzed for many years to come, if only for the number of historic "firsts." I must admit to being quite surprised by the fact 45 got more votes than he did last time. How the man can hold that much support among that many people simply eludes me.
I really believed that support for the current president had to have shrunk by millions, instead, it grew by a few million. I thought average Americans were smarter than that. I thought average Americans could see thru him for exactly what he is, as so many of us do. I didn't believe this country to be as severely divided as it obviously is. I was wrong. Now I must set about the work of updating my belief structure to more closely match facts in evidence. I must toss out those optimistic beliefs and replace them with the cold hard truth. The problem is, not very many people actually do that. They just go on being mis-informed, and ignorant.
However, there is also progress, as I think I've discovered why support for Ivanka's daddy is so strong. After spending way too much time on the subject; I'm convinced that the support is so strong because he gives them permission to be their true selves. They like him because he cheats, steals, lies, and hates who they hate. He is their role model who not only gives them permission to be just like him, he tells them they are right! That there are so many of them doesn't frighten me, what they can do in great numbers does.
Of course we must also consider that this is all happening amid the worst viral pandemic in over a century; with nearly a quarter million Americans dead amid record hospitalizations as the 3rd wave of Covid-19 has totally inundated our country. Italy, England and several other populous European cities are also reeling under the resurgence of the virus. This is far from over; and its going to get much worse before it gets better.
There are a few things you can do to lessen the depressing effects of quarantine and the first is to be adaptive & fluid. Normal went away and whenever we return to calling the status quo normal its likely to bear little resemblance to what we lost. Don't cling to the past, but rather adapt & modify your daily life in such a way that you are always up to date.