The thing about democracy is the peaceful transfer of power.
by O Society September 22, 2019
What I mean is if you ask yourself, “What’s so great about democracy?”
One answer is “it includes a peaceful transfer of power.”
Why does this matter? Well, if we look ’round the world, what we see is a great deal of violence. It isn’t new, this probably is going on for as long as people have been around.
We do know in previous ages of kings, queens, and guillotines, things haven’t always been so peaceful when the time comes for one to step down and another to take his/her place. So there’s that. Half the country (the male half) doesn’t need to die whenever there is some dispute over who “the rightful heir is” to the crown. So this is good.
However, there are times when the fearless leader is well… shall we say past his/her expiration date. It has always been this way. Lookit Shakespeare, right? Here is King Lear with Gandalf for you, a fancy pants example of a ruler losing his or her marbles and not knowing where to look for them. (And yes, I know using his/her every time is somewhat awkward grammatically speaking, but the PC police gave us they, which sucks, so there you have it, non-binary people, you are supposed to be they now.)
Happens to Gandalf in King Lear in England, happens to the emperor in 乱 Ran (Chaos) in Japan. Happens everywhere to everybody sometime, Sunshine…
So about the losing of marbles bit… ah, what happens when the fearless leader – be they a he or she – loses an oar and begins rowing the boat in circles?
That’s right, we’re not going merrily merrily down the stream, but rather in ever-widening rings of madness as if someone’s tossed a rock into the fiery lake of hell, because the guy steering the boat is bonkers. I’d put a bunch of exclamation points here, but the internet’s overstimulated everyone to the point of being numb to the Spectacle. Numb, but still watching it burn…
Look here we have an Australian reporter asking out loud in public whether or not the people who live in this country called “America” realize their so-called “president” is crazy as bat guano. Because the sanitized-for-your-protection version of events we get in our newsfeeds is actually bits and pieces of seeming normality fished out of a giant tidal basin of nuttiness – pistachios, pecans, peanuts, all of it pure nuttiness – so nutty it’s liable to attract a squad of giant squirrels, if we’re not careful.
“In most circumstances, presenting information in as intelligible a form as possible is what we are trained for; however, the shock I feel hearing half an hour of unfiltered meanderings from the apparent president of the United States makes me wonder whether the editing does our readers a disservice.”
It’s a problem. And some folks within America do still point it out to us:
“Donald Trump’s disordered personality—his unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning, and behaving—has become the defining characteristic of his presidency. It manifests itself in multiple ways: his extreme narcissism; his addiction to lying about things large and small, including his finances and bullying and silencing those who could expose them; his detachment from reality, including denying things he said even when there is video evidence to the contrary; his affinity for conspiracy theories; his demand for total loyalty from others while showing none to others; and his self-aggrandizement and petty cheating.”
But it’s not like this Australian reporter or the American reporter above need to point it out, because we all know. Don’t we? We don’t need a psychiatrist to tell us Donald Trump is bonkers, because why?
A clinical diagnosis is beyond my own expertise, so what? Trump’s psychological impairments are obvious to all who are not willfully blind. On a daily basis we see the president’s chaotic, unstable mind on display. Are we supposed to ignore it?
An analogy may be helpful here. If smoke is coming out from under the hood of your car, if you notice puddles of oil under it, if the engine is overheating and you smell burning oil, you don’t have to be a car mechanic to know something is wrong with your car.
Accepting the reality about Trump’s disordered personality is important and even essential. For one thing, it will help us to better react to Trump’s freak show.
Even now, almost a thousand days into his presidency, the latest Trump outrage still elicits shock and disbelief in people. The reaction is, “Can you believe he said that and did this?”
To which my response is, “Why are you surprised?”
It’s a shock only if the assumption is we’re dealing with a psychologically normal human being. We’re not. Trump is profoundly compromised, acting just as you would imagine a person with a disordered personality would.
Many Americans haven’t yet come to terms with the fact we elected as president a man who is deeply damaged, an emotional miscreant. But it would be helpful if they did so.
And the thing of it is, the new guy, the one they’re trotting out talking about being the replacement for the nutter rowing the flaming golden gondola to Valhalla right now, well wouldn’t you know it, he’s quackers too!
That is correct, Senator. I did not have sex with that duck!
We’re not partisan here. This isn’t a Republican thing or a Democrat thing. It’s a human being looking at other human being noticing their bonkers thing, isn’t it?
Joe Biden, the Democratic Party leader in all the polls, the strongly suggested as your next president of the United States guy, he’s batshit crazy too! C’mon man, what’s going on here?
Don’t give me the “we need to respect our elders” crap. Don’t give me the “you are a Russian spy” crap. Don’t change the subject, “whatabout?” or anything else. Pay attention. What exactly does this mean? What Uncle Joey just said. WTF does it mean?
Listen, we are all getting on a plane. The plane is called “The United States of America.” The pilot of the plane is Donald Trump. He’s not competent to fly us to McDonald’s, Disneyland, or anywhere else y’all want to go. So we’re going to call in the relief pitcher. We’re going to let Joe Biden fly the plane instead. Everybody happy now?
I’m not getting on the plane, are you?
I could not watch the presidential debates in 2016 because the words the people said on the TV hurt my head. Literally. I tried, yet after 30 seconds or so of Trump especially, pounding drums of cognitive dissonance sounded bedlam off the bedsprings decoherence padded walls collapsing trauma in my eardrums and cranium and I had to cut it off. Some folks found it entertaining or funny. I find it terrifying.
I tried to watch some of this again here in 2020 primaries… and I got to tell you, it isn’t any better this time. Specifically, WTF is wrong with Joe Biden?
Forget the “record player” reference, I’ve got one in my living room and you might too. So what? I like vinyl LPs. So does my 19-year-old nephew. We gave him Pink Floyd and Neil Young LPs for his high school graduation. The kids dig it. Some of them do anyway. I’m way too old to know what “cool” is any longer. The point is they’re trying to get you to focus on Joe’s dated reference to a turntable so you won’t notice the enormity of the Tower of Babel radiating from Uncle Joey. Here it is transcribed verbatim:
“Well they have to deal with the– Look, there is institutional segregation in this country. And from the time I got involved I started dealing with that. Redlining. Banks. Making sure that we’re in a position where– Look, talk about education. I propose that what we take is those very poor schools, the Title 1 schools, triple the amount of money we spend from 15 to 45 billion a year. Give every single teacher a raise that equal [closes eyes] raise to getting out– the sixty-thousand dollar level.
“Number two: make sure that we bring into the help the–[closes eyes] the student, the, the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home. We need–We have one school psychologist for every fifteen hundred kids in America today. It’s crazy. The teachers are reca–Now, I’m married to a teacher. My deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them. [Closes eyes briefly] We have make sure that every single child does in fact have three, four, and five year-olds go to school–school, not daycare. School.
“We bring social workers into homes of parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t wanna help, they don’t want–they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television, [closes eyes tightly] the– ‘scuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the-the-the-the phone, make sure the kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school, [closes eyes] a very poor background, will hear four million words fewer spoken by the time they get there.”
^^^What in the blazin’ blue Beelzebub did Joe just say? ^^^^
What Joe Biden says here is every damn bit as incoherent and anti-lucid as what Donald Trump says on any given Sunday with the black helicopters flying on the White House lawn. I challenge you to come to any other conclusion. It’s almost as if the powers that be want on purpose to have a babbling idiot puppet president. Again.
The president now is a reality TV celebrity gameshow host, so anything could be real and anything could be fake.
There is no epistemological ground to stand on in America now, which is how the powers that be want it so they can compete and conquer us all.
The reality-based community is gone. Once I humbled myself enough to be a real skeptic, it became plain as the nose on your face.
This is what we mean by Hypernormalization.
Hypernormalization is taking a blithering idiot buffoon – namely Donald Trump or Joe Biden – and pretending this person is qualified to be president of the United States, pilot of a 747 airplane, or qualified to go “QUACK!” like a duck for that matter.
Hypernormalization is the red network called Fox News editing every piece of information about Donald Trump on its network such that he looks good and all the bad stuff is omitted. It is also the regular network called CNN editing every piece of information about Donald Trump as if there is a coherent story there to tell. There is no there, there most of the time, just word salad! It is also the blue network called MSNBC editing every piece of information about Joe Biden on its network such that he looks and sounds like he’s competent to… I dunno… drive a car!
Seriously. If Uncle Joey Biden was my dad, and I heard him going on like a Ginsu word salad shooter, we’d have the talk. The one about it isn’t just forgetting where you parked at Wal-Mart, it’s your driver’s license is made out of plastic so it cannot protect you from running into big scary vehicles because you suddenly forgot what the hell you were doing at the stop light and couldn’t remember the answer is “Driving.”
And it’s not just the USA; it’s happening all over the world.
In England with their hypernormalized clown BoJo.
Canada’s got it too: Canada, Trudeau, and The New Normal
And your pride is going to tell you you can’t be fooled no matter which country you live in, and yet they’ve already done it. That’s HyperNormalization.
And the real question is why do we put up with it?
Does anybody remember Ronald Reagan with his Alzheimer? When he told the Iran Contra investigators, “I have no recollection of that.” he might have been telling us the truth.
Reagan couldn’t remember shitfromshinola by the end, so who knows what he had a recollection of doing?
So then, why did we forget these lessons of history? It wasn’t that long ago. Why are are all the front runners in 2020 decrepit geezers? Haven’t we had enough of these cryptkeeper bastards looking out for how things were in 1950 yet?
Donald Trump babbling about “energy efficient lightbulbs are the devil!”
Joe Biden’s record skipping all over the place and it’s “not his age!”
WTF? Not just what the feckless is wrong with Joe Biden and Donald Trump, but WTF is wrong with America? With Canada? With the UK? We put up with this as if it is normal!
We have reality TV show “debates” asking the contestants easier questions than the high school debate team handled back in 1950, and the contestants on this Who Wants To Be A President? game show are basically dribbling inane answers all over the microphones, and we let them.
How is this not a problem? That’s what Politico says. “It’s not his age.” they say. WTF?
At least Bernie Sanders appears lucid and functioning, but Cheeto Jesus and Chewbacca should be put out to pasture in a field of daisies, not running our country on vapid vacuous King Lear power fumes alone!
WTF is wrong with US? We put up with this travesty of a mockery of a sham, why?
Why aren’t we rioting in the streets over this?
(header image: This Beautiful Fantastic)