During "interesting times" I do a lot of my writing in bite-sized chunks on Facebook, and it pulls some energy from blogging. Here is a collection of the best statuses (and a few of the most popular memes) from my public Facebook page over the period of Jan-1st through Jan-15th. (You're welcome to follow me there but read up in the Facebook FAQ [last question] before you send me a friend request.) Once we've caught up, these will only land once every two weeks and I'll go back to taking Wednesdays off, but for now I'm plowing through to catch up.
If there's a specific context that's important to one of the posts, I'll add it in at the top, but don't forget that this would have been right before, during, and just after the Jan 6th insurrection and coup attempt.
Late in 2015: "These two candidates are exactly the same."
~fade to black~
~open on 2021~
Narrator's voice: "They weren't."
|As this came up multiple times, please note that Pluto is not claiming to be a planet.|
Pluto is asking "how do YOU like it?"
Trump said this terrible thing.
Trump supporter: He didn't.
Here is a witness to the terrible thing.
Trump supporter: That person is lying. They hate Trump.
Here are five eye witnesses.
Trump supporter: All lying. It's a vast conspiracy. Media is in on it.
Here are court-mandated transcripts.
Trump supporter: You can't tell what the inflection might have been. Clearly he was talking about something from thirty seconds earlier when he said "they."
Here is a recording.
Trump supporter: Locker room talk.
Here is a recording of him saying something that can't be dismissed as socially acceptable in our society with casual misogyny.
Trump supporter: Taken out of context. Can't trust that cherry-picking media. Did you listen to the whole thing? You have to listen to the WHOLE thing.
Here is the entire one-hour, glorious conversation with every single horrifying, unconscionable anti-democratic thing uttered, for which there can be no understated excuse, no context that makes it somehow socially acceptable as "just" casual bigotry, no missed inflection, and no ambiguity as to how absolutely revolting it is and he is as a person for uttering it from a position of authority.
Trump supporter: ...............
Trump supporter: ............I can't imagine why anyone would record the president. What are we, commies?
You know that meme (I posted it not too long ago) that says the GOP will punch you in the face and then give a maudlin speech about how deeply concerned they are that you will punch them back some day? Remember that one?
|Yeah, that's the one.|
Just because it went off with the same disorganized half-assery that has characterized every single other aspect of this administration (from wall building to vaccine roll-outs) does not somehow magically NOT make it an attempted coup.
“A violent, armed mob stormed a government building where the legislature works (many looking for people they intended to assassinate) in order to subvert the result of a legitimate election.”
What would you call it?
|Why not both?|
So.......do we now understand what it means when a candidate refuses to commit to accepting the results of an election and/or commit to the peaceful transfer of power?
I feel like I'm in the dead-parrot Monty Python sketch with the alt-right.
"Here are the names and numbers of the people who stormed the capitol, all of which we know because of facial recognition. Here are their Parler rants supporting Trump and calling for a white ethnostate. Here are pictures of them holding nazi flags. Here are posts THEY made to their social media DURING the insurrection OF themselves calling for the "blood of libs" and demanding Trump get (at least) four more years."
"It was antifa."
Friend: I don't understand why you sometimes say that the intelligentsia is ill equipped to handle fascism. Don't you think the truth matters?
Me: ~closing a window where a RAGING debate about whether "coup" is technically the right term has entered its fifth day~ "Well...."
What Americans heard was because of a person who recorded the call. We saw the ONE place Trump got caught rigging the election because a member of his own party had the presence of mind to realize that evidence would be needed for self-protection.
If you think for one second that there wasn't a call pretty much just like that one for every single swing state, you haven't been paying attention.
Privilege and entitlement have a lot of "plausible deniability" since you can't actually go back in time and run the exact same scenario with different-looking folks, and there's always SOME X-factor to seize upon when things are similar but the outcomes are very wildly disparate. ("Clearly the Capitol Insurrection wasn't treated as badly as BLM because….um….they were all so appalled at their behavior that summer that they went home, really LOOKED at their reflection in the mirror, and had a coming to Jesus moment. Yeah!")
However, you can get a pretty good sense of the level of entitlement (and that white people know FULL GD WELL that they have privilege if you're paying attention) when you watch white folks shocked as ALL FUCKING HELL because they never expected to get into THAT much trouble for doing something like violating a pandemic quarantine or peeing in a sacred place in another country.......or storming a government building while its lawmaking body is in session.
~pauses the tape of the storming of the capital with the camera on an ocean of young faces~
Hi there, fellow white people,
Listen, for years we've been hinting that white supremacy would die out with the boomers and saying as much in kind of shitty "Hope-they-all-hurry-up-and-die" sentiments––ones I'm afraid that got a lot worse-sounding when a disease came along that disproportionately targeted folks that age.
Consider this: the idea that all we have to do is nothing and racism will just go away is AMAZINGLY seductive. (Particularly to us white folks who feel "bad" about racism, but don't really want to have to stick our necks out. It's so seductive that there are white folks just hoping the ol' "moral arc of history" will attend to itself, and none of us will ever have to lose a friend or piss off a relative by risking our OWN social capital.
But now we know better. Whole new generations of white supremacists are coming up, and which way do you think THEY'RE going to bend that arc if we don't actively work against them? It's our choice to keep this insight close to our hearts as we move forward, or to go back to our seductive scripts as soon as this shit isn't right up in our FACES. Maybe, just for shits and giggles, since we're now going on FIFTY YEARS (since civil rights) and really much much longer for most of us of doing absolutely nothing and having outcomes that make us "sad," maybe—just fucking maybe—this time we could try something new.
Thanks, fellow white people,
~restarts the tape~
Regarding the impeachment of Trump…
Republicans: We mustn't impeach. It would further divide the country!
Dems: "Shouldn't you also say something about how Trump didn't actually commit any high crimes or misdemeanors?"
Republicans: SO polarized are we….
In this episode of Supernatural, Sam and Dean have an argument in the Impala that is ostensibly about angels and demons, but is subtextually about their relationship to each other.