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Xmas angst ~ 2019 edition

Sometimes the angst rises to a level that I can feel coming up behind my eyes. Like it’s a hot fluid perfusing my bodily tissue from the gut up.

You know what I’m talking about. Boris Johnson won a couple of weeks ago in a landslide. Brexit is a foregone conclusion. The Senate will acquit Donald Trump of the two articles of impeachment in early 2020, and the election will become a referendum on the treasonous coup-attempting Democrats rather than one on the possibly terminal damage Trump is inflicting on democracy.

So, angst. It’s this year’s Pokemon Go.

We hear from “Moscow” Mitch McConnell that the rules governing the Senate trial will be dictated by White House counsel. There will be no daylight between Senate leadership and Donald Trump when it comes to how the trial is run.

It feels like we’re living in a really bad novel.

When I think back to all the massive rallies in London against Brexit, against Tory policies, against racism, against the direction Johnson is pulling the country, I can’t make sense of his victory. I won’t be able to make sense of Trump’s victory next November either, if it happens. But every day it seems more likely to happen because of a terrible combination of circumstances that we’re confronting right now. Not just Russian meddling. Not just corruption at the highest levels. Not just a right-wing media machine that tells half the country that Trump is the Second Coming. The fault, dear Brutus, is in ourselves.

Just like in Britain, the American electorate has been led to believe that immigration is an evil. Immigrants are thieves of the rewards of our hard work. They’re taking our jobs and ruining our culture. Not only that, they’re diluting our precious white perfection.

That’s right. I’m afraid our predicament is all about race. The chickens have come home to roost.

Just look at the House Judiciary Committee. On the Republican side, not one person of color. Nothing but crackers, and only a couple of women to boot. My own representative, Tom McClintock, sat there demanding witnesses tell the committee who they voted for. Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Democratic party?

Where the hell are we heading?

Down a dark dark hole, it would seem. It’s not possible to be too pessimistic about this. Between an emboldened Trump and an election system that’s probably going to be hacked to Kingdom Come, you can see the writing on the wall. We’re all going to be so stunned, even though Sarah Kendzior’s been telling us all along what was happening right under our noses.

So hey. Merry Effing Christmas. We get the government we deserve. And that must mean we’ve been very very bad.

9 comments on “Xmas angst ~ 2019 edition

  1. kingmidget
    December 24, 2019

    I share your pessimism. Maybe our calculation of the thing isn’t quite the same, but it’s pretty damn close. Everything is lining up for him to win again, unfortunately.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 24, 2019

      Well, my only hope is that a hell of a lot is going to happen between now and November. It’s unpredictable. We could see a couple more impeachments, an undeniable scandal, or the good Lord calling his orange avatar home. We can dream, can’t we?

      • kingmidget
        December 24, 2019

        My biggest hope is that the turnout of 2018 and 2019 extends to November 2020 and there remain a lot of frustrated people. But if the Dems don’t nominate a moderate, never mind.

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 24, 2019

        I’m down for whatever works. If only the moderates weren’t so darned milquetoast. And white. But hey, Biden/Klobuchar? Count me in.

  2. Marie A Bailey
    December 24, 2019

    I really think the Democrats would be damned no matter what they did regarding impeachment. What gets me (and what so many people seem to overlook) is just how jaw-dropping hypocritical the congressional Republicans have been and continue to be. Wasn’t it Mitch McConnell who said after the first gasp of Obama’s first election that the Republicans would never work with him, that they in fact would do anything to block his policies, even if those policies originated from within the Republican party. And Obama had won both the Electoral College and the popular vote … yet, McConnell was not about to honor the “will of the people.”

    I think the extent to which the Rs have put their party above all else saddens me the most. It was evident while Obama was president and it smacked of racism then too. Still, the show they are putting on for Trump shows they have no moral spine whatsoever.

    I still harbor some hope that by November 2020, most voters (including enough to align the Electoral College and the popular vote) will be so sick of Trump, so tired of him, so fatigued that they will just vote him out. But that hope is so tenuous given the gerry-mandering and voter suppression that the Rs excel out. Ugh. I need a drink …

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 24, 2019

      The hypocrisy is so thick you can cut it like Spam. And you know they know. They see the old clips of themselves, but it boils down to the fact that they were impeaching a Democrat before, or they were stopping a Muslim from taking over the country.

      It’s all so depressing. And drinking helps only so much … 😦

  3. TamrahJo
    December 25, 2019

    Okay – Mr. Angst – I took a break from my list of ‘work todo’s’ for today, because I didn’t want to blog in your comments – most respectively, I think you’re wrong about it being about race – although for some, it is – it’s not about gender, although in many instances, it is – – for me? It’s simply about the same thing it always has been – there are folks who work, to earn a living, take their place in society, practice their faith, be citizens who take part in their community, and pay their bills – – and then there are those who seek power, resources and top dog positions, they see success in terms of how many others they have defeated, and there are all the ‘bandwagon’ folks that, to a degree, are guilty of supporting the power seekers, simply because they are trying to ‘make a living’ too – and a complex society requires a complex infrastructure, and in complex infrastructures, so many things get lost in the forest, due to the trees we focus on – that we are encouraged to ‘focus on’ – sigh – see? I’m still blogging – all I know is, no matter what their age, political affiliation, religious affiliation, gender identification, most of the folks that do real work, to provide real services/products are so overwhelmed with daily life of options, paying bills, etc., they have little choice left but to sit and wait for the easy answer – – post WW1 Germany had the same issue – – and many others, but I use that historical time to point out – look at what happened there? I’m just saying, I’ve committed to changing my ball game, for the coming year – and started researching candidates in August, although more than half of them have dropped out of the race – and until ‘whether you stay in or not’ is tied to ‘do you have a big enough war chest’ to last until November? question – nothing changes – ever – it’s rather like monopoly – and yes, minorities in our society, across all spectrums, are at a disadvantage – they simply don’t have the back up resources to even make it past the first wave and long before primaries – my dad bemoaned this in the 1970s/80s – it’s just bigger numbers now

  4. TamrahJo
    December 25, 2019

    See? I blogged – sigh – but here’s my off the cuff, internal plan, of what I currently think I shall do – however, this plan is subject to updating every whip stitch, as needed or I’ll just lay down and give up – haven’t decided fully, yet…. :D. https://ballybin.wordpress.com/2019/12/25/merry-christmas-and-now-for-my-resolutions/

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