July 24, 2017… Day 186

I stayed up to late too be more than hurried and slapdash now. Today I started April Ryan’s book on the presidency and race. I worked on my essay assignment for my political essay class (my essay is about the White House Press Briefings, obviously). I mailed in my ballot. On a legal pad, I scribbled out an essay on the union construction worker from Chicago that I met this morning at the bus stop. I listened to Trump’s speech to the Boy Scouts and then really wished I hadn’t.

It’s more sickening than you can imagine beforehand, hearing those boys chant U-S-A! when Trump talks about killing Obamacare. They booed Obama. They booed Hillary Clinton. They cheered huge swelling cheers for every stupid thing Trump said. I don’t let those boys off the hook. They are between the ages of 12 and 18 and they were present because they are serious Boy Scouts, who purport to seriously uphold a whole list of values. Instead they were collectively mannerless shits and I don’t absolve them. Their slavish joy, roaring their approval of Trump was gross. It was really really gross. And I’m not even getting into how inappropriate the content of his speech was to give to kids. The whole thing makes no sense and underscores what a national emergency we are living through. I’m not sure at what point it stops being a national emergency anymore though. At some point it’s just the shoddy country we live in.

Kushner testified behind closed doors and not under oath. Trump made it harder for Sessions to not just resign from Attorney General. Rex Tillerson might quit. Trump’s tweets were somehow more bananas than ever this morning. And tomorrow the Senate votes on a health care bill that no one’s seen yet.

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2 thoughts on “TOWOIT #185

  1. It is indeed a national emergency in your country, my neighbour. (I am only about 20 miles from the border.) The only good thing I can say about it at the moment is that Trump’s dysfunction is so very clear and more so every day. Never mind his constant 40% supporters. The rest of the country — even the Repugs in congress — will at some point be forced to abandon him, leave him to the wolves. One thing for sure, it can’t go on forever.

    Or am I kidding myself? His ranting to the Boy Scouts, and getting them to cheer him, is way too close to early Hitler I don’t actually think that Trump could muster a fascist putsch, but he could be ousted and somebody else could do it. A genuine dictatorship could develop, and a pall of darkness would descend over America, and then the world. I hope, of course, that history does not take that turn. But history has done it before. Why not again?

    This time of ours has developed into a crisis seemingly suddenly, although of course it has been brewing for decades. But the boil-up has been swift and frightening. It’s like we are caught in a vehicle out of control.

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