Florida: Where Lightning Strikes

Self is still digging deep through her pile of stuff, languishing since 2015. Which is why the article about Trump that she reads this morning, in The New York Review of Books (September 2015) is so scary. Because it sounds exactly like right now. And Trump wasn’t even President yet.

If nothing else, the article, written by Michael Tomasky, shows that Trump did not suddenly sneak up on America like a Stealth bomber. His base was quietly building (like the ratings for his show, The Apprentice) for at least a decade.

An excerpt:

Is Trump not the logical culmination of where Republican politics have been headed for many years now, going back to the Clinton and Bush presidencies, but especially during the presidency of Barack Obama? Two qualities more than any others have driven conservatism in our time. The first is cultural and racial resentment, felt by the mostly older and very white population the GOP increasingly represents — resentment against a fast-changing, more openly sexual America, as well as against dark-skinned immigrants, and White House occupants, and gay people and political correctness and the “moocher class” and all the rest. The second is what we might call spectacle — the unrelenting push toward a rhetorical style ever more gladiatorial and ever more outraged (and outrageous), driven initially by talk-radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and now reproduced on websites, podcasts, and Twitter feeds too numerous to mention.

Self thinks that the reason the GOP and conservative pundits lash out at the survivors of the Florida School Shooting is: here are a group of kids challenging them on their turf: the media.

Dinesh D’Souza (who, when last self checked, was an adult, with a bestselling book yet) ridicules the Florida students who broke into tears when Congress refused to revive a bill that would ban assault rifles. Because D’Souza himself is a master manipulator of the media, but it took him decades to get there. And suddenly, almost overnight, the kids are everywhere: on the web, in our news, on television.

Which proves self’s point: In the last few decades, the GOP has become nothing more than a party of shills. Their power is the media, not the implementation of actual policy issues.

And in a party like that, of course the biggest shill of all would win his party’s nomination.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



  1. Allan G. Smorra said,

    February 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Good points. I still don’t know who scares me more, DJT or his followers.

    • February 21, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      By “followers” I’m taking it you don’t mean the GOP, but the people who voted for him. I woke up the day after the elections meeting these Americans for the first time. I would like there to be dialogue, but Trump followers are not interested in dialogue. And their side is getting stronger. What WE have on our side are the young people of this country who grew up under Obama. I hope that’ll be enough.

      • Allan G. Smorra said,

        February 21, 2018 at 7:35 pm

        Well said. Now that I think about it, I should have said “supporters”, not followers. It goes deeper into the heart of the problem.

        I am beginning to wonder if it would be more effective to personally hand in an absentee ballot at the Registrar of Voter’s office this year. Who knows how deep the Russian Collusion/Intrusion has penetrated the nation’s voter rolls?

      • February 21, 2018 at 10:21 pm

        An absentee ballot meaning — not voting? I would still vote. We need every vote.

      • Allan G. Smorra said,

        February 22, 2018 at 12:51 am

        Absolutely we must vote. I am talking about filling out an absentee ballot but instead of mailing it in, it can be presented at the Registrar’s office a few days ahead of the election. This would bypass the USPS and the local Polling place and ensure fewer hands between us and the vote count.

      • February 22, 2018 at 3:36 am

        Thank you for explaining! Hey, that sounds like a way to circumvent . . . I hate that we’re having to think about Russian interference in a U.S. election.

      • Allan G. Smorra said,

        February 22, 2018 at 3:12 pm

        Times have changed.

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