. . . . of which the preeminent is to be mean for the sake of mean.
The uncomfortable truth–the one that no one dares to talk about–is that the United States of America has Trumpled its way to becoming a rogue nation.
The next stop is pariah.
Frankly, if things continue on the course of the past week, I’d not be surprised if civilized nations begin to impose sanctions on the Trumpled States of America within the next six months.
Distressed and depressed. Not surprised.
A reminder to Texas and other states whose Republicans have a pervy preoccupation with what goes on behind closed stalls:
Via Job’s Anger.
Der Spiegel’s Holger Stark takes a long and complex look at the forces that fed Trumpery. Here’s a nugget.
The America of today has lost faith in its own superiority. It has become a regressive country that is turning its back on the world. If you leave Washington, D.C., behind and travel through the country, from Alabama to Alaska, you will find that the American Dream has been lost. The country is no longer proudly leading the way.
With his diabolical instinct for the country’s political mood, Trump captured this shift on campaign evenings like the one in Burlington, distilling it to a single maxim that warmed the hearts of many in the United States: “America First.”
The article is well worth the ten minutes you will spend reading it.
One more time: the internet is a public place. If you cuss someone out online, everyone’s going to hear you.
Peter Sussman tells a story. Here’s an excerpt–follow the link for the rest:
I was heartbroken. Our 9-year-old grandson had learned that, in Trump’s America, our family could be broken down into component parts: one part this race, one part that, with frightening real-world implications.
Witness the Trumpling of America.
Gina Barreca worries about the incoming administration’s embrace of ignorance as a worldview. A snippet:
Look, I’m not worried about whether people in the new administration will have a piece of paper issued by an Ivy League institution or not. I’m worried about the carefully groomed and artfully constructed celebration of ignorance I regard as part of Donald Trump’s administration. In my old Brooklyn neighborhood, there used to be a joke saying, “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” but now we should be asking “If you’re so rich, why aren’t you smart?”
Being articulate, capable of logical reasoning and able to use language constructively is not an affectation. Using your language clearly and effectively is not showing off. Life is not a game of “Scrabble” where you’re awarded points for big words, but language is how we communicate.
Helen Ubinas has had enough of the Magical Empathy Tour. She notes that, even if one feels “aggrieved,” that does not give one an excuse for evil. A snippet:
Done sitting with Trump supporters as they parrot the lies his victory was built on.
Done standing among the crowds for Trump’s “thank you” tour as they insist theirs is not a campaign of xenophobia and divisiveness, while rabidly chanting, “Build the wall!”
Done fielding the hateful, racist, and misogynistic phone calls and emails and comments, which they argue are absolutely not hateful or racist or misogynistic.
More at the link.