Make America Gyrate Again
July 27, 2017
Feeling kind of dizzy today – a mix of dazed foreboding, with a hint of acrimony. Like intimacy, it’s complicated.
Well, that didn’t take long. Only two-hundred-sixty-one days since the Russians hosted the American election and the Donald’s already played the homophobia card. Yes, I know trans people, Trumps latest canon fodder, aren’t necessarily homosexual – but, the voters Trump’s talking to don’t. To the Trump base anything other than what they do is deviant and they’re not saying what they do – just what they don’t.
So, yesterday we were busy talking about the Donald’s Hitler Youth speech to the Boy Scouts, John McCain’s heroic journey to irrelevance, how we already miss Sean Spicer, oh, and Russia. And bam! – the Donald changes the conversation. And all it took was throwing 6000 or so military service members under the political bus. Classic Trump.
The policy change is so cynical it’s hard to imagine that Trump thought it up all by himself, sounds more like a Bannon thing. First, as mentioned, it changes the national conversation – puts Russia on page two. But, additionally, when coupled with the nearly simultaneous announcement from the Justice Department that LGBT workplace discrimination is allowed under civil rights law, it nurtures the right’s favorite wedge issue – the homosexual agenda. Yes sir, an issue that promises to pay dividends through 2018.
And once again Trump blindsided the Pentagon, they had no clue. The military might want to request a copy of the Justice Department’s daily criminal activity briefings so as to keep up with what the Donald’s doing. Couldn’t hurt, and the Donald is very likely to start accusing them of conspiring against him any day now – so why wait, beat the rush.
Random thought: how does one pick a side in the Sessions – Trump fight? It’s a kobayashi maru, we lose regardless of who wins. Trump wins: it’s easier to fire Mueller. Sessions wins: we have a documented racist running the justice department. Is this what he meant when he said we would get tired of all the winning?
And another: Trump’s communications director Anthony Scaramucci is picking a public fight with Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus – nice, another fight where we’re stuck rooting against both sides.
And one more: Is the Donald’s anti-trans policy even legal? I don’t think Trump gets to ignore the 14th amendment, even if he’s not aware of it.
(Wonderful, that last random thought wasn’t random, it was actually on topic. Guess I’m dizzier than I realized. Should probably say something about the republic, close, and take a nap or, maybe a mood elevator.)
The republic is bound to gyrate some when bombarded with Trump propaganda, but in the end his weapon is the past, dying a slow deserved death.