I’m relieved Donald Trump is no longer President. In fact, I’m downright ecstatic. This is the best I’ve felt in weeks.
Trump was four years of faint hope, failed promises and false narratives.
Oh, don’t get me wrong he was also entertaining as hell, did many things I fundamentally agreed with and accelerated the collapse of the biggest, most corrupt organization ever created in human history.
He made a mockery of the media, stood tall until the final days of his presidency against a self-congratulatory bureaucracy and forced out into the open the depths of the depravity of our ruling class.
I friggin’ love the guy for that.
But I’m also over it. It’s time to move on.
Today I feel no nostalgia for Trump or America 1.0.
I refuse to go into the same hysterical theatrics the Left did four years ago. Biden’s the president. The restoration is complete. He was selected no different than every president other than Trump since Reagan.
I have as much emotion for him as I had for Bush the Lesser, Clinton the Rapist or Obama the Enigma.
He’s just a placeholder for a system I no longer have any affinity for. Trump always represented a big two-fingers up to that system, which too many conservatives helped Trump prop up for four years.
One of my patrons posted a stray thought in our community on Slack that sums things up perfectly:
“Just think if Trump had won fairly and the “steal” hadn’t happened. We’d have had another 4 inept years of placeholding and false hope.
What a godsend that the steal happened as it has decoupled the people from the political establishments and freed them. Ok, so the Great Reset’s happening but who cares?
Everybody knows about it.
Necessity is the mother of invention and as long as people “feel” free then they aren’t free. That’s how it’s worked up until now. The decoupling had to happen somehow.”
This is the law of unintended consequences writ large. Today should be looked at with relief for the clarity of vision we have for the future. It will suck, but at least there is symmetry.
In the end they stole the election to regain control and doing so set the stage for a wholesale rejection of their authority.
Too many conservatives still believed in the Myth of America. That should stop today.
The lead up to the inauguration with all of the pearl clutching, troop movements, breathless headlines portending a violent assault on the Capitol was the height of political theater.
And they know this. There’s no putting that genie back in the bottle.
This is a picture that encapsulates everything wrong with post-Trump America. Symbols of America but no Americans.
Military and pols everywhere but no governed giving their consent.
Image systems matter folks and the world is watching the U.S. transition from a Republic into an Autocracy.
I guess Gil Scott Heron was wrong, the revolution will be televised after all.
The two weeks since the staged assault on the Capitol saw Trump pile-driven in the ground by a vengeful GOP leadership while obviously having his arm twisted behind the scenes.
People who should know better can’t see through their own coping.
What did they think trust-fund Donald was going to do? Fall on his sword for a whistleblower/journalist? Trump is, after all, still just Trump.
This was the plan. Trump needed to finally be defeated. His followers humiliated. There was never going to be an Assange pardon.
There was never going to be a big declassification.
He was never allowed to burn the place down.
If any of that was going to happen it would have happened ages ago.
And this is why I’m happy Trump is gone. Because did you really want to live through another four years of pathetic virtue signaling, bureaucratic inertia, media lies and shameful pandering?
No, today the collapse of the U.S. will be on the watch of the people who orchestrated it. It won’t have the consent of a majority of the people, but if we were really honest with ourselves that’s how it was under Obama, Bush the Lesser and Clinton.
Trump was a guy who made things interesting but he also ensured we would be disabused of any notion of dissidence.
Today is the day Trump supporters can finally grow up. He wasn’t Orange Jesus sent to save America from itself. There was never a plan.
Trump was just a guy in over his head doing something no President did since Calvin Coolidge, giving a shit about what America means for Americans.
That’s why he had to be destroyed and that’s why we ultimately have to put him behind us.
As the U.S. sinks and what’s left of the legal protections we’ve enjoyed are taken away under the guise of ‘domestic terrorism’ we are also, strangely, free.
That’s why I’m ecstatic a man more fit for Andrew Cuomo’s COVID Death Parlors is president today rather than Trump.
Everyone’s eyes are now open. A fungus is president.
Absent the false hope of Trump people are now free to conclude what I always have — politics got us into this, politics will not get us out.
We can finally put the childish Red vs. Blue behind us.
That false duality is gone. The GOP is dead. The Democrats are ready to knife each other climbing to the pinnacle. They both hate us.
The Capitol knows it is under siege, not from right-wing militias and neo-Nazis but from their own fear of our not feeling anything for them anymore…
… except maybe pity.
So, raise a glass to Trump, wish him well, accept his limitations. The Empire is back with a vengeance. The Brave New Post-Trump World is here.
And that has never been a more exhilarating thought.
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They made him a martyr. The better part of him will be enlivened for the future. All real Heroes are punished for their accomplishments, insuring their place in history. Modern day Andrew Jackson.
Tom, already the Usual Suspects are saying that we must prepare for the “Next Election”. They are completely ignoring the reality, that the last three elections have been stolen. As will all future “elections”. The courts have proven themselves to be too corrupt and/or cowardly to act. What is to prevent the theft of future elections? Nothing. The system is broken beyond repair.
Well spoken sir!
The whole “Orange Jesus” strawman tactic is getting old. Trump is the avatar for what everyone has wanted for at least a generation.
I wondered where this disjointed screed came from and then I read this in one of the other posts on this website, ” And, as a libertarian,” and there it is….the profound naivete and childishness that is at the root of this philosophy explains so much.
With respect. Piss off.
Well, I can’t argue with that.
Seriously though, I appreciate the Libertarian bent toward the maximum amount of liberty and freedom and the appreciation for what Trump was able to accomplish.
That said, I am not sure what flavor of Libertarianism you subscribe to but as someone much smarter than me wrote,
“The best that can be said is that libertarianism, in its moral defense of personal liberty, is a useful corrective to the assumption that prevailed for the rest of human history: that people are made unequal, and that the rich and strong have more rights than the poor and weak. ”
But the thought that only they are the ones brave enough to fight against tyranny is idiotic. Reason magazine has no problem with Big – Tech crushing all dissenting opinion. Build your own internet if you don’t like it….right?
Pissing off now….
Thank you for engaging properly now. And since you’ve done so, I’ll explain a little further. And I have addressed everyone of the ‘libertarian’ canards in your comment in recent blog posts. FYI, because I see the limitations and flaws in those arguments. BTW, Reason magazine is staffed by a bunch of feckless D.C. jackasses.
I’m not a Reason Magazine libertarian. I suggest you read my polemic about feckless libertarians who couldn’t bring themselves off the sidelines to even vote. It might change your opinion of what real libertarians look like, not beta males who just want to smoke weed and not pay taxes.
“””….There was never a plan…..”””
Well. Donald understood that institutions, Government apparatus and Big Corporations are beyond repair so he had a question It’s time to get serious about collapsing institutions and what will replace them ?
Some conventional way ? Definitely not, Entire system is so corrupt that there is no legal or conventional way to do something The only way is push system over the edge and let it self destruct.
Somebody must tear down this system And this somebody should not care about construction or human rights or property rights or any other limit. Trump supporters will never burn down everything. But communists are more than happy to do the job.
So Donald pressed Swamp from every direction until Swamp made alliance with AOC, The Squad, BLM Antifa .
Now communists have a lot of power but they want more. Money and power lies not in the rural America but in Washington and big Tech HQ .Also we have mass hysteria and two weapons.
All this enormous amount of dirt that came out with Trump presidency give progressives every legal guns to fire whole Government apparatus and fill every well paid job with their supporters. Election fraud is still election fraud so AOC can launch the investigation with purpose get a lot of people fired and fill them with her supporters.
Trump supporters are domestic terrorist. But here is the problem. What the word of supporting means ? Small support means attending the rallies and voting. Big support mean that Twitter and Facebook let the Trump message out for a long time , so they are the real Trump enablers and should be taken over. Also takeover is very attractive . there are lot of well paid jobs.
And so on. Trump forced Swamp to make deal with communists and now commies have too much power to put them back in the closet. Commies will take over and loot every institution. So the Swam get`s drained.
Later of course, it is necessary to get rid from communists but first let them get the job done.
Like Donald said. We will come back in some form. Basically Trump does what Stalin did. Stalin let the fanatics destroy the old order and later got rid from fanatics.
“…there was never a plan…”
Just after the 2016 election, I remember someone commenting that Trump was “the dog that caught the car” (NOW what do I do with it?).
The Clownshow Inauguration was about as surreal as it gets. The Grifter In Chief, hand on a bible, pledging to uphold the constitution, to an audience of stone faced national guardsmen who had their ammo taken away.. Lady fuckin Gaga. God help us. America, the Twilight Zone.
“Feckless D.C. jackasses”
Great band name…..I’m thinking something punk / ska…
I’m with Jello Biafra on great band names, btw.
But Feckless D.C. Jackasses may rival “Crushed Velvet Vivisection”
“Crushed Velvet Vivisection”
Fuuuuu….yeah. You win.
Yeah, Jello Was a Visionary
I think the Deep State made a serious strategic mistake by stealing the election. It would have been better for their purposes to have Trump succeed in his challenges and start his second term under the cloud of a contested election. The Deep State could then crash the economy, blame it all on Trump and his followers, and then find some reason to impeach him. By going through with the steal, the narrative is now flipped. The Democrats/Deep State will now own whatever is coming our way (they will still try to blame it on Trump to no avail).
I know. It was a very dumb and arrogant maneuver. But,power makes people stupid. They didn’t have the time to wait out Trump. The financial system is going to collapse on Biden’s watch and they needed a compliant White House to get things in place.
I think it was more desparation than dumb and arrogant. Another four years of Trump and the Leftist oligarchy wouldn’t have had the support and infrastructure penetration needed to rule. Their control of the judiciary, the FBI and the Justice Department would have been weakened. The Republican establishment would have lost leverage on Trump during his second term.
So the Left had to get rid of Trump to stop the bleeding. They were hoping for a triumphal march on Washington in 2016, but the American people never wanted them and their political correctness and had an alternative Now they’ve had their triumphal march, but most people see them for their self-serving collectivist agendas and lack of anything to offer their subjects.
21.37% of the world’s corruption occurs in the USA. Who ever would have guessed that the shining city on a hill was really a glib conman on a pile of BS fated to hit rock bottom, like an alcoholic.
Now that’s the Tom Luongo I remember!
Trump did exactly what we needed him to do — he made the corruption of the swamp obvious to all. Even the brainwashed hoardes, wetting themselves in their ecstasy that Grampa Joe will finally lead them to the promised land, know that this coup bears no resemblance to democracy. When Trump promised to drain the swamp, we knew he wanted to oust the corrupt swamp creatures thriving all over DC so he could replace them with his own hand-picked swamp creatures. He certainly failed to achieve that, but what if he instead succeeded in draining the swamp in an actually meaningful way?
Sterilizing all life out of a swamp, just means that new swamp creatures will refill those vacated ecological niches. For lasting change, you need to drain the swamp itself rather than just its denizens. Donald Trump managed to drain away all the legitimacy and credibility that DC’s swamp needs to survive. What remains now are a bunch much-diminished swamp creatures wondering how they got washed up on a drained-out field. That empty sham of an inauguration wasn’t a win for the deep state; it was a loss of their audience — the one crucial element that supports the entire swamp’s food chain. As their withdrawal symptoms really begin to bite, their craving for a hit of legitimacy, no matter how small a fix, will cause most of them to drift away to infest other, smaller swamps. DC’s patina is pretty tarnished at this point. Whether or not that was ever Trump’s intention,he somehow managed to break apart the entire fetid deep state by stripping it of all its legitimacy. Now they’re just the jackasses everyone loves to hate.
Every reactionary purge they attempt will bring them one step closer to their ultimate fate decorating lamp posts. Sure, they will try to ruin as many commoners’ lives as possible on their way down, but that has always been part of the price paid for daring to ignore the self-important shrieking of a doomed elite. Let’s hope they manage to do themselves in as quickly as possible. I give them until this fall to overreach so badly that they destroy most of their remaining control structures over the populace. Fingers crossed for September rather than November!
You might enjoy Dmitry Orlov’s perspectives on collapse. It’ is a USSR comparison with USA. He got me to thinking that Trump is the Gorbachev and Creep Joe / Kamalahahahaha is the Yeltsin. I had thought Trump would be the Yeltsin. He’s too competent to fill that role.
With Creepy / Kamahahaha virtually installed, the real crash and burn can begin. That sets up the Putin to roll in to save us from the next disaster and start his lifetime reign.
It looks to be the cyber / grid down attack that Dr Eeeeevil SantaKlausSchwaub has already threatened us with. Kinda doubt the Putin will be Billious Gates. Probably not Mitt Romney either. Are there any Rockefellers lurking at CIA still?
Trump got everyone calling it “The Swamp” and that’s more than any president has done in a long long time.
Trump changed everything.
An old Con once told me that “the freest man in America is a felon”. I’m beginning to understand what he meant.
Tom sums up my thoughts exactly. I am so relieved that he’s gone. He was not only a dreadful president but a dreadful human being. Eager to throw good people under the bus to score a few cheap political points with his maga gang. Could’ve pardoned Snowden, Assange, and Manning but pardoned scumbags instead.
Another good thing to come out of the coup was the complete and total unmasking of the MSM, including the silicon valley gang. There isn’t even the thinnest wisp of objectivity or fairness to strip away now.
“And this is why I’m happy Trump is gone. Because did you really want to live through another four years of pathetic virtue signaling, bureaucratic inertia, media lies and shameful pandering?” Say what? You must be living in a different universe Tom , the above is EXACTLY what we will witness in the next four years.
Yes and it will all ring so much more hollowly for not having a target. Look at all the self contradicting going round on cv1984 alone in the last 3 days.
https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Professor Calls For The Elimination of the Republican Party and Purging “Nazified” People From Congress%2C Universities%2C and “Regular Jobs”&url=https%3A%2F%2Fjonathanturley.org%2F2021%2F01%2F21%2Fprofessor-calls-for-the-elimination-of-the-republican-party-and-purging-nazified-people-from-congress-to-universities-to-regular-jobs%2F
Thanks Tom, I needed to read your past couple posts. I feel you’re spot on. I have been finding some relief in strange ways. America’s obstinance is amazing.
It is hard to be optimistic about the future of the country. But, the end of the American Empire is coming as the country is bankrupt a hundred times over. And, that is good for the prospects of world peace.
A surprisingly upbeat column about what we face and where we must go, Tom. Agree with it all. AND YET…now we’ve got a powerful, well-funded vehicle around which to organize, attack, and grind down the fascistic system being birthed by our media/tech/political/corporate overlords: The Office of the Former President, formed “carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.” This could help. A LOT. Could be fun too.
Wonder how ecstatic morons like this author who helped Trump lose are feeling today,. 11 months later…..
I voted for Trump and didn’t help him lose.. if anything I was more than kind to him.
And the situation under the new fasciocrats just gets better and better. War, hyperinflation, grooming and soon, famine. Yay for helping usher Biden and the new regime.
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