America has plunged from the precipice.
The storming of the American capital at the Bastille by a moronic mob of Donald Trump fanatics was the predictable coda of a brutal presidency.
But the shocking chaos the world witnessed on Wednesday is, I guess, just the beginning. Over the next four years, the remnants of American “democracy” may not only continue to unravel, but the whole rotten edifice may implode.
The suggestion that the displayed anarchy simply represents the flickering embers of a sick regime led by a mafia boss turned president is not just a convenient escape, but a heartwarming illusion.
America is falling apart.
There is no doubt that the thousands of Trump followers who launched an insurgency in the so-called “citadel” of the secular American republic were joined, in spirit, by millions more who on November 3 , have reconfirmed their loyalty to a fascist. , rather than the constitution to which they pledge hand-to-heart allegiance.
It borders on folly to believe that Trump’s 74 million fellow insurgents will be miraculously influenced by President-elect Joe Biden’s halted and anachronistic calls for “unity” and the illusory pursuit of America’s common good. It will not happen.
Instead, the poisonous and ingrained brew of ignorance, demented conspiracy theories, and belief in the righteousness of a Messianic Savior that are, today, compelling and defining aspects of the virulent American political landscape, not only will persist, but could prosper.
The future ‘citizen’ Trump and his large extended family of loathsome sycophants and facilitators will make sure – in large part because these longtime unrepentant con artists know there are bushels of easy money to be made with their horde. of credulous brands. . The foundation has been poured. The cement went well dry. It is far too late to repair the profound damage done.
However, it would be false and foolish to insist that only Trump was responsible for the almost fatal erosion of the legitimacy of the vaunted traditions and institutions that would have girded the frayed remnants of American democracy that were physically attacked.
The indisputable criminality of other presidents, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, at home and abroad – of Watergate, the Iran-Contra scandal and the intractable, catastrophic and premeditated invasion of Iraq – surely combined, generations before the evolution of the fetid cesspool of Trumpism, to overturn the idea that the rule of law prevails in America.
Yet there were, of course, plenty of opportunities for Trump to be seriously confronted long before he and his equally culpable henchmen saw their enraged swarm of Confederate insurgents waving the flag unleashing their incoherent fury.
The names of cowards who broke their so-called oath to protect and defend the US constitution and chose, out of their ranks, myopic careerism or political opportunism to stand with and by a sick demagogue for more than four disfiguring years are all too familiar. .
They stood with and by a thug who chuckled that his wealth and fame gave him unfettered license to grab women by the “p *** y”. They stood alongside and alongside a thug who hailed the murderous white supremacists, wielding a tiki torch, as “very good people.” They stood alongside and alongside a thug who smeared a neighboring nation, a continent and millions of predominantly black children, women and men as residents of “shitty” countries. They stood alongside a thug who snatched hundreds of migrant children from their parents and caged them. They stood with and by a thug who branded a deadly and capricious virus a hoax concocted by his opponents to deprive him of a second term. They stood with and by a thug who broke into the recesses of his loathsome psyche to fashion a litany of lies about an election where 81 million Americans had repudiated him.
In the days to come, Trump’s aides may try to distance themselves or dissociate themselves from the political and human abomination to which they have provided unacceptable relief and sustenance for so long. Some may even claim to have had a late revelation and resign after only recognizing the malignant nature of the dangerous charlatan whom they have unequivocally obeyed.
They should not be allowed to rewrite their sordid history of complicity, nor should they be praised for discovering a moral or ethical compass two weeks before their dear boss – it seems likely – will have to be forcibly kicked out of the Oval Office.
No, their forever sullied reputation must not be rehabilitated. We must remember them for who and what they are: willing accomplices in an attempted coup led by the wicked president whom they have faithfully served as court buffoons.
Insurrections – failed or successful – require Confederates. And Trump’s Confederates are legion, especially in the sprawling network of rancid right-wing TV and radio crooks, encouraged by the willfully deaf, dumb, and blind social media titans who have thankfully set up for profit stupidity, crudity, bigotry, misogyny, racism and autocracy.
We can’t leave the neon-glowing scarlet infamy letter that they all so thoroughly deserve.
Whatever hope exists in the darkness rapidly enveloping America belongs to the army of enlightened Americans who understood the existential threat Trump and his mephitic allies posed to their republic and were instantly seized with the imperative to resist.
They got organized. They walked. They rejected it. They and they alone are the bulwark against the ruin of America.
I wish them good luck.
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