The other night, we were watching Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. He was going through the résumé of Mike Flynn, ex-general and current conspiracy theory tweeter who was fired (by Obama) from his Pentagon job for incompetence but is the man Trump chose as his National Security Adviser. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Well, maybe not. Trump seems to have a natural attraction to the apples at the bottom of the barrel.
Not only is Flynn openly anti-Semitic, but he’s a frothing-at-the-mouth Muslim hater. He probably also hates immigrants, Latinos, Black people, and Natives because haters usually run the table and hate everyone. And he believes in every conspiracy, no matter how ridiculous and unproven. Appalling that this guy is supposed to protect us. But the most horrible part was that I was laughing as I watched. I was really laughing. Not a giggle, either. A full, wholehearted guffaw.
Things have gotten so bad there’s nothing left to do but laugh. I find myself yearning for the good old days of Richard Nixon. That’s pretty bad.
The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza put it well: “… what we’ve learned so far about the least-experienced President-elect in history is as troubling and ominous as his critics have feared. The Greeks have a word for the emerging Trump Administration: kakistocracy. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as a ‘government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.’ Webster’s is simpler: ‘government by the worst people.’ ”
I could rant. I could impotently shake my fists at the heavens while shouting expletives, but I doubt it would make me feel better. Nothing is going to make me feel better until this awfulness ends. So … I might as well laugh.
There has always been a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle bigotry, hatred, and racism in this country. What Trump did to win the vote of millions of people was to offer them validation. He told them it’s okay to hate. Okay to blame foreigners, immigrants, Muslims. Those People. No need to sweep the ugliness under the rug. You can let it all hang out. With Trump at the helm, hating is okay. You can hate everyone! Welcome to America, land of blatant bigotry.
“Oh no,” you cry. “They were tricked by faux news and fake stories.” You really think millions of people believed baseless, fake “news”? They are that stupid? Maybe it’s because they liked what they heard. Because it confirmed their own prejudices and preconceptions. Truth, facts, and reality were irrelevant. Individually and collectively, these citizens made no effort to make an intelligent choice. They didn’t care if what their candidate said had any basis in fact or even reality. They only cared that it was what they wanted to hear.
Those of you who voted for Trump will have a lot to answer for. The only people who are going to thrive under his administration are his cronies — rich people. The rest of us will be lucky to survive with medical care and a place to live.
I think I’ll go get another cuppa coffee. Read a book. Maybe take a few pictures. It’s going to be a long time before I feel safe coming up for air. There is a lot of hunkering down in our future.