Most of the time I have been politically apathetic. In 2008 I voted for Obama since McCain was another neocon and showed no enthusiasm for ending the Iraq debacle while Obama made it a central plank of his campaign. Making a bimbo cheerleader his VP pretty much disqualified him as well as his endless pablum about being a “war hero” when he got captured and humiliated instead. (Trump reminding us what a war hero really is was a great moment!) As bad as Obama has been, I have a feeling if McCain had won, we’d still be there wasting trillions of dollars. 17th “surge” anyone?
My first big clue Obama wasn’t going to change much was when he made Hillary secretary of state. Pretty much set the tone for everything else. He finally got out of Iraq and Afghanistan but took him almost his entire first term while he and Hillary ineptly destabilized much of the Islamic world.
Once it was clear Obama was slow poison as opposed to fast poison like the idiotic W Bush or McCain, I sat out the lame 2012 election with little intention of ever voting again. Giant Douche vs. Turd Sandwich perfectly described it. It was clear by the end of Obama’s 1st term he was just establishment (sort of) lite and Romney was a kleptocrat corporate robot with magic underwear. Every time I saw Romney’s repulsive apologetic teary-eyed smile and salt and pepper leading man look, I would see in my head the scene in Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts tells Richard Gere he has a “sharp, useless look” about him. That summed him up pretty well.
I had no intention of paying much attention to the 2016 election but as soon as Trump got traction by saying what would get most people blacklisted, he had my undivided attention.
It doesn’t even matter if he’s completely useless once he gets into office. I’m actually perfectly OK if he just burns it all down. The main thing is he’s busted open that PC pinata for good. That alone makes it worth my while. I know all too well how his working class affectations are like nails on a chalkboard for SWPLs with all their hollow holiness signalling, so of course nothing would amuse me more than to see Trump shoved down their throats as they choke and sputter with righteous indignation.
The thing is though, I’ve watched this guy in action for a year now and he seems to have outstanding instincts. Even where he majorly screwed up attacking voters like the Khans or Curiel, he surrounded himself with people who guided him through his natural faults, learned from his mistakes, and changed his strategies accordingly. It’s been a delight to watch him grow.
I say this after I’ve spent my whole life watching fools like W Bush drawl on incoherently about “staying the course” or Obama/Hillary making up organic granola excuses like “human rights” to make terrible foreign policy blunders. I’ve hardly ever actually seen leaders do anything well. Trump shows that he’s far more adaptable and can think outside the box. So I’m eager to give him a chance and see what he’ll do. If he turns out to be another dud, the system won’t last that much longer anyway.
I also can see where history is pointing by now. Just like Thatcher and Reagan were in power at the same time, we see a present trend of no nonsense populist/authoritarian reformers all over the world. Rightward movements are ascendant in Europe. India has Modi, the Phillipines has Duterte. Effete elites are getting replaced with alpha workaholics who eat the polished debaters for breakfast. Population pressure is increasing worldwide and the economy isn’t as good as it used to be. As populations feel the pinch, sharp useless types are getting forced out of power and replaced with people who just get shit done. In the past, people were pretty easily manipulated when they were poor and desperate because it was easy to limit education and control information. The trend of populist reformers is the result of internet as the new printing press enfranchising ordinary people. If I were looking at a raven’s matrix of colored in shapes and had to choose what shape comes next, I’d choose Trump. He fits nicely into the emerging zeitgeist. The future of world politics more resembles Singapore than it does Sweden.
I care about this election because everyone bloc votes against non-elite whites, especially white males. In a democracy, this is more or less a declaration of war. One of the tacit rules is that one has to participate in good faith as a citizen and not as factional members out to loot and plunder everyone else for short term advantage. Thus I am forced to respond by supporting any white party that manifests. If there is to be war then I must fight back until sufficient security is achieved to pursue other goals. The social contract has been broken and the balance of power has been upset. I suspect a Trump who succeeds in deporting some millions could restore a workable balance of power, preventing a second civil war. The first civil war was also caused by a tipping point of shifting demographics within a democracy. A group that sees its electoral power eroding every passing year starts to behave like a cornered animal. If the ethnic group that sees itself as dominant is challenged for its place at the head of the table, bloodshed follows.
Obama’s relentless irresponsible race-baiting has made deteriorating relations between the races even worse. From Trayvon to Kaepernick, it’s been one long disaster. His obsession with race has just helped to fuel the obstructionist congress he despises so much. To be a successful president, he needed to be half-white and not bring it up. Instead he saw fit to remind everyone every day how African he is and how diverse everything should be. I’ve heard the “bitter mulatto with daddy issues” explanation for his neuroses and it rings true. At this point there may well not be a peaceful end to an “Obama’s third term.”
I care because it looks like it could be a conclusive end to the Reagonian period. Every president since Reagan has done ever dumber versions of the same stuff:
-Trickle down economics
-Anti-union, low wages
-Runaway military spending when conventional armies just sit there and it costs millions to take out one guy on a donkey.
-A paranoid focus on singling out “evil” nations. Self-destructive foreign policy that leads to self-fulfilling prophecies.
-Ideologically motivated foreign interventions that squander money and political capital for low value or uncertain objectives.
To name some of the major culprits.
I find myself bewildered as a tone-deaf elite continues to stick to these failed policies. The Soviet Union fell 30 years ago! Didn’t anyone send them the memo? Why do all the establishment types want a war with Russia? It doesn’t even make sense. Why do they want to give themselves ever more advantages until it kills the golden goose and leads to a civil war or revolution when they’re already quite comfortable? They’re incompetent buffoons unable to successfully pursue their self-interest in even the crassest most cynical sense. That’s why the power they love so dearly is now being ripped right out of their hands despite their furious tantrums.
Until Trump showed up, it was hard for anyone to even imagine a politician with a non-Reagonian platform being taken seriously. And now, all of a sudden, we’re out of that miserable rut with an opportunity to try something different. Trump seems to be a moderate but he opens the way for those who will follow him. Everyone out there with heterodox beliefs smells blood and that’s the real appeal. Trump is making it possible for those forced to live in the shadows to come out in the open and exert power within the normal bounds of society. A gate has been opened into the demon realm to the horror of the denizens of the light.
The established order is tired and complacent while the shadow creatures are vigorous and hungry. Go to the comments at any large alt right/manosphere blog right now and we hear the frenzied yips and joyous howls of thousands of coyotes closing in on their quarry.
With the last escape routes being cut off tactics of desperation become ever more apparent. The president comes out to campaign for an absent presidential candidate. Then the president’s wife. Then former presidents come out of the woodwork with their endorsements. Then former department heads and cabinet members. And today we see actors who play superheroes revealing themselves in their desperation to move the needle somehow back in their direction. All the while black athletes are revealing they hated whitey all along even though white society has bestowed on them its greatest rewards. It’s unraveling quickly now. Every empty day with Hillary barely showing her face, all the other faces of the accepted order are forced to show themselves to fill that void and we see who was who all along. It’s like the T-1000 showing all its forms while convulsing and screeching in its death throes. As all the gods and angels in society’s heaven strain themselves, their kingdom only tumbles earthward all the faster. Those who seemed moments before like inapproachable deities are reduced to a swarm of ants rushing to defend a dirt mound smashed underfoot.