Friday, July 22, 2016
Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself?
Consider the following, from Steven Thrasher in today's Guardian, a rare journalist who, using words that actually have meaning, can see the forest for the trees, and feels no compulsion, as many american journos do, to spare tender readers the truth of their denial. He may be right, as Michael Moore recently suggested on Bill Maher, that Trump will be the next POTUS. As we all stop laughing just long enough to hear the terrifying news.
Folks in the know agree, Hillary simply doesn't have what it takes to defeat his calumnious appeal to people's weakness - fear. What did FDR warn us? We have nothing to fear but...
As a sidenote, there was a noticeable absence of the word "democracy" in Trumph's Mussolini-style speech last night. So... more in common with that smug dictator than just style. Here's Thrasher:
"As Trump was warmed up by a real estate developer, I felt as if I wasn’t living in reality, but inside a virtual reality scenario dreamt up by Ayn Rand. But as I watched Trump bark about “law and order”, obedience, “law and order,” immigration and “law and order” again, it dawned on me how real this was.
I was looking at the next president of the United States.
Trump’s ginormous face glowering down in condescension from the screen above, tackily framed in by gold, made me think of North Korea. Alas, there’s no escaping how American this Trump phenomena is.
Trump had one goal in his speech: to convince a poorly educated and scared population to imagine him as president. He did that. He was helped by the fact that American society is deeply invested in white supremacy, and his speech was the crowning moment of what looked like a four-day white power rally. He drummed up (fake) immigrant fears, stoked (overblown) dangers to police, and went off his prepared remarks to talk about immigrants. He spoke of refugees fleeing wars, yelling: “We don’t want them in our country!”
The crowd loved it, and Trump will win a significant portion of the white vote. The only question now: will that get him to 270 electoral college votes? Mitt Romney won more white votes than Reagan and still lost. Demographics could spare us this bigot."
Et tu, Hillary?