Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

State of ruin

Trying to understand them is like trying to understand an oil stain on asphalt. They just believe. They believe in Jesus like nothing else but not in anything he preached. They believe in life except lives not like theirs. They want to be left alone but they’re all up in your grill about your drug of choice if it isn’t booze or your pussy if you’re a woman, what’s in it is somehow their business. They have the smugness of the willfully ignorant called commonsense all in one word so that it smears into nonsense because that’s what it is and they know you think you’re better than them and in their frozen hearts they know you are, and they might even know that everything they believe is wrong but it’s better for them so wrong for the time being is right but stay tuned. It has a certain kind of sick logic if you’re scared to death of blacks and Muslims and atheists and the idea of a wall is the right way to seal out the Other, even though their daughters are dating one and their sons are on Obamacare and SSI. They pretend not to notice that their grandbabies are caramel-colored like the rest of the world or that hostile distinctions are more and more artificial, propped up on ancient paralytic beliefs. We’re all gonna be brownish one day, dig it. There was a time even they can’t remember when the town was safe and the sky was blue and the enemy was red and the bomb was the fear and the future was bright and the way things were was the way they were supposed to be but now that’s gone. They are terrified. All of the things they used to believe in like love thy neighbor have fossilized into bumper sticker shtick like “The Constitution Isn’t a Suicide Pact” or “If They’d Had Guns at Sandy Hook” and you just want to puke at the glib self-righteousness, the atrophied wisdoom. Never met a conspiracy theory they didn’t like like the Mexican signs in Arabic leading terrorists to the promised land, which, no. But what works for them is good even if it was bad a while back when it was good for the other guy, and what prompted “lock her up” before gets a thumbs up now, and it’s called hypocrisy on ice because it’s so goddamn cold.

America, oh-seventeen.

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6 comments on “State of ruin

  1. kingmidget
    March 7, 2017

    The absolute worst thing about a President Trump is that he has given all of this legitimacy.

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 7, 2017

      The recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries and JCCs ought to be raising some red flags.

      • kingmidget
        March 7, 2017

        Unfortunately, the first person to be arrested in connection with the threats was an African-American who allegedly was trying to frame an ex-girlfriend. Which plays perfectly into the loony right-wing machine.

      • Kevin Brennan
        March 7, 2017

        Yeah, that didn’t help things any. This is more like the typical anti-Semite who acts out: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/07/synagogue-vandalism-suspect-is.html

      • kingmidget
        March 7, 2017

        Odd how I don’t hear about him on the right wing blogs.

  2. Woebegone but Hopeful
    March 7, 2017

    I’m reading Mark Mazower’s ‘Dark Continent’ Europe’s Twentieth Century. Which confirms and brings together a number of threads I read in other historical works
    Basically not just Nazi Germany, they were just more horrifically efficient at it, (and the German armed forces were always well trained), and look how it turned out for all those right-wing nationalist regimes. They ended up under the heel of a left-wing empire (and a lot of their leaders didn’t get to write their side of things)
    There’s a lesson here about those who live on a diet of hate and fear….
    Oh well…..

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