Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The End of the Real America

It is now 1:17 AM at the moment I begin writing this. I have attempted to sleep for the past two hours. I've tossed and turned for a few minutes, tried to stay my beating heart. Then I flip the TV back on. The talking heads can only show the inevitable. Hillary Clinton has lost. The final results are not in, but she has no path in Pennsylvania. It's over. Donald Trump will now be our next president. And god, I wish any of these news people could say anything positive. Because I need a sign of something good. Anything.

My only silver lining is imagining that I'm wrong about this man. That I am as wrong as pollster and every pundit. However Donald Trump offers absolutely nothing for me. I could run down his entire run of campaign promises (even the ones that contradict the other ones, even the ones that are so vague as to be utter bullshit) and not find a single one I agree with. And this man has a mandate. He was the smartest person in the room today. He has a Republican Party that controls the Congress that can only sniff which direction the mood is going. There's a Supreme Court vacancy he can fill. There's an army of state politicians who will follow him. Donald Trump has power to remake America. You were told to be terrified during the election by Hillary Clinton.

I want not to be terrified. I am terrified anyway.

 These are bad years coming forward. I want to write about reconciliation. About how maybe with united government we can have a successful nation. I want to find something good to take away from this election. I can't find one though. I am 2016's Liberal Tea Party.

The America I knew is gone. I had a Real America. A Great America. I don't know if we'll ever see it again.

Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate and a disaster for her party. But her biggest mistake was making the election about Trump's temperament. She targeted his language, the way he talked about women. She didn't target his message or his promises. This was an election about nothing. In the end, she didn't offer anything, Trump did. And this is a bad direction for us all. This isn't just about Barack Obama's stupid health care law, and his so-called legacy. This is about something much bigger. America has been redefined this night. And don't celebrate about that.

I grew up in a Great Empire. It was a unique Empire in history in that most of its citizens did not even realize what they had was an Empire. But an Empire it was, and it ruled the planet. We Americans had a mandate to direct the world towards a goal of freedom, economic opportunity, equality of the religions and races, ever advancing technology - all the positives of Western Civilization. We defeated several great forces to build that dream.

We were a clumsy Empire. One that stumbled badly in world affairs and caused real sorrow. We also helped bring the human race to what might be the apex of prosperity and opportunity by the early 21st century. You can criticize America for Iraq. You can point out the terrible hypocrisies of its history. You can say how it was all built on the souls of many misfortunates. Or mention the many times it betrayed it's own values for money or power or simply to kick the USSR in the balls. America was not perfect, but I don't see anybody standing up to be any better. Think a Chinese Century is going to be as nice as the American one?

Now you might be wondering, isn't Trump a Republican? Doesn't he claim to be a tough badass that will "Make America Great Again"? No, he's not a Republican. Not really. Not in the way we've understood Republican since Dwight Eisenhower. He has the power now and seemingly the moronic stubbornness to tear down free trade, to break our position on the world stage. We'll abandon our promises and our military alliances. Trump wants to cut and run from the world. He will have us all cower behind a Wall, behind ruinous tariffs, and hide in our artificial communities. Maybe the Oceans will keep us safe for a few decades.

Or maybe it's the year 2016 and isolationism is going to be as bad this year as it was in the 1920s. I don't want to sit and watch Russia and China push their vile dictatorships into carving the planet into spheres of influence. Now I get to watch that. We had a unipolar world, that held the nuclear peace. You start breaking the world up into great powers, how long is that balance going to last? Study your history. The vacuums that form as Empires fall are not pleasant times to live in. And this is an Empire falling today, make no mistake about that.

Obama and George W. Bush were fools that tried to save the Middle East. One tried to install democracy by force, the other tried to support its natural growth. They both fucked things up. But at least there was the idea of being a better power. There was the goal of improving the world. If Trump doesn't just say "fuck you, I got mine" he promises to bomb the desert to glass. There is not a shred of morality behind his worldview. We've lost our Imperial Mandate. We've lost ourselves. Forget his terrible economic plan, we're already dead as a culture.

Let's go to domestic issues, since that's all Trump cares about. There was a vision of this country that I thought we had. We were exorcising our demons, overcoming the terrible wounds of our history. We were a democratic land with the goal of becoming more democratic. The days of slavery, Jim Crow, Chinese Exclusion, women as second class citizens, etc. we were working away from them. In my life time we've achieved a great civil rights victory with Gay Marriage. That was a step towards the ultimate goal: to build a society where everybody could be whatever they wanted. I was told we were all equal.

I had a Real America. Not the one Sarah Palin imagines. No, a different Real America. This Real America was one with goal, a vision for itself, and the globe.

I grew up in an America with people of many colors, of many races, of many religions. We were taught to respect each other. We were taught this was post-racial America. The sins of the past were the past. The 21st century was going to be different. We were going to be post-racial. We were going to accept each other and not be like the Southerners with the fire hoses aimed at protesters. This country was supposed to be better, to constantly grow and be enriched by taking in cultures and peoples from around the world. Anybody could come here and be anything they wanted. The Real America was an open door.

Turns out no. For most of this country, that Real America never existed. They paid lip-service to it while they were rich enough to care. Now that the economic squeeze has come, their true ugly colors have come out.

America is not about equality. It's a closed door. The real America is White. It's suburban. It's Christian. It's conservative. It doesn't give a shit. It's un-curious about the world, and wants to protect its own power. It's "not in my backyard". It's moral majorities. It's about being superior to the brown races. It's about hiding its little girls away from the black man. It's about locking away all the things it doesn't want to see in inner cities and ghettos. It's about bulldozing those ghettos to build Robert Moses' highways. It's about arresting the victims of its economic progress. It's about shipping its sweat shop jobs overseas so it doesn't have to pay five dollars more for shitty plastic furniture.

That America won.

I thought this election was just the last convulsion before the end of White power in this nation. This was the last test before we could finally try to be more than just an Anglo-Saxon state that accidentally stole a bunch of other groups to build its shit. Turns out this was about white revenge.

Will Trump deport millions of people? Just what horrors is going to do to the Black community? Is Gay Marriage staying up? Will abortion still be legal by next fall? He has the government to do all those things and the mandate now. Just how far is this reversal going? I hope I'm merely a poor hippie in 1968 crying about Nixon. I don't want to be the liberal in 1933 Germany.

Either way, I was wrong in the end. America is not a great country. It was one, it was becoming a greater one. But those days are over. This is Trump's America now.

It also is now 2:20 AM. Hopefully I can sleep.

9 comments:

  1. Usually I would try to tell a joke or be nonchalant about serious issues, this is one where that I can't muster the courage, thought, or mood to make one. I can honestly say this is one of the few times in life that I was shocked by what people could accomplish as group. Through all the obvious hate speech, the redundant and contradictory promises, and ludicrously hyperbolic plans for the future, the American people have chosen to this man to represent them to all the other people of the world and to lead them as a country for the next 4 years. It's astonishing really. As blue said, it'll be a Hell of a time for all of us here in the states. It might not show now, but if Trump is able to do even only half of the things that he said, the world will be set back by dozens of years in world alliance and trade.

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  2. As someone who has been following you since the late days of tales from the Q, i hope you can survive the next 4 years.Good Luck.

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  3. 3 months. He has 3 months to either a: Get impeached, b: get killed, or c) Prove he's actually not the piece of shit we know him to be.

    If none of those happen by 2/9/17, I just give up.

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  4. America is not the world police. A racist in office is a better outcome than a second Cold War with Russia, a crater where the middle east used to be, a pacified, demoralized populace and a dogmatic globalist establishment that sucks the culture and beauty out of everything it touches.

    Trump taking office has saved America's soul more than you can possibly understand.

    Hillary Clinton had the press in her pocket.
    Hillary Clinton had all the banks and corporations shilling for her.
    Hillary Clinton had the polls.
    Hillary Clinton had the DNC rigged in her favor.
    Hillary Clinton had numerous political opponents who mysteriously committed suicide with two shots to the back of the head.
    Hillary Clinton had nearly every television and internet media source pulling the wool over the eyes of the public, including Google, Youtube and Facebook.
    Hillary Clinton had the singing praise every celebrity under the sun, every living former president and millions of faux-intellectual college millennials blinded by their own ignorance and false moral pretenses.

    And despite all of this, she still couldn't win.

    This is the greatest defeat and the biggest "fuck you" to the global establishment we will ever see in our lifetime. The American people, against an onslaught of social and political gaslighting, have wrested the heart of America out of the hands of the agenda-driven political elite. Let that sink in.

    I imagine it wasn't the populist revolution that you wanted. If that's the case, take a look in the mirror and think long and hard about which side you're really on.

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    1. I know what side I'm on.

      I'll just go off your argument here. Just based on all the groups that backed Hillary, and how you seem to view them:

      -You hate the media. All news. All attempts at journalism.
      -You hate all corporations. You hate capitalism.
      -You hate the pollsters. Another arm of the media.
      -You hate politicians. You hate your government.
      -You hate all entertainment and mass culture.
      -You hate all education and institution of higher learning.

      What part of Western society do you like then? They're all corrupt, from the burger you eat to the porn you to the cloths some evil corporation made to the house you've financed with some crooked bank to the army that's protecting you as an arm of the wicked government. Top to bottom you seem to hate it all.

      ISIS exists and is recruiting. You seem to be a good fit.

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    2. Listing the things you think I hate is, in fact, not an argument.
      Equating me to ISIS is also not an argument. (Face it Blue, the only way you could have been less subtle with that one is if you called me a Nazi.) You and I both know you're just erecting a strawman and knocking it over. Your dialect is fallacious, weak, and not worth rebuttal.

      What I will address is what I love about Western civilization, and it is a far cry from the material microcosms of modernity you've listed.

      To me, the West exists as the highest of virtues in the heart of Man.
      It is the mighty accomplishments of our fathers and their fathers before them. They've traveled the world, conquering, building monuments to the glory and magnanimity of their lives, testaments to stand against the ages announcing their lives' worth to generations who will have long forgotten their names, their tribes, their languages and their culture. We live in a culture that our ancestors spilled their sweat and blood to keep alive from the countless woes and perils that have beset our lands and countries. We come from a family upon whose backs empires have been wrought from the earth. From our soil we cultivated a fastidious culture of community, intellect, a respect for our history and brethren and a respect for the great philosopher kings who tilled the earth we now sow. Such is the wholesome and noble spirit of the West that when the talons of tyranny spill the blood of our brothers, we put our very souls on the line so they can keep theirs. And the spirit of this endeavor exists in every breath I draw from the crisp morning air, fueling my passion, my strength, my faith, and the camaraderie I share with my family and friends and community and country. Western society is the energy that resides within its people, driving them to be bold: to innovate and cultivate, to inquire and comprehend, to become greater than the generation before, and most importantly, to stand by principle and spit in the face of anyone screaming for compromise--even if the whole world is united in chorus. All of it is made possible through the power of the human spirit and our ability to humble ourselves before nature, through which we master ourselves and our craft.

      Maybe there was once a time when you understood. Or perhaps modernity has done upon you what it does best, which is to pull the wool over your eyes and distract you with useless frivolities designed to pacify you, demoralize you, and keep you from fulfilling your duty as a human and as a man. The silver screens we're conversing over are a tool designed for Man to connect, but instead they've been appropriated into a means of living by themselves. We waste hours of our lives searching through piles of digital information in order to find some truth about life, about ourselves. In truth, no screen will help you find it. For that matter, no presidential candidate will, either.

      The meaning of life exists inside of you, and will only manifest when you choose to shape your life with your own hands using the same dignity, wisdom, honor and strength of our ancestors.

      That, to me, is what Western civilization entails.

      This is why Trump's victory is significant to me. Because, through breaking the modern conditioning--through the defiance of every establishment institution I listed before--we have become one step closer to the recovery of mankind's soul. Our people have demonstrated that, even if it isn't necessarily the greatest choice, we are willing to make a choice that is wholly ours. There will never be a universe where that isn't wonderful to me.

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    3. And yet here we stand at the end of the election. All you have done is trivialize the digitization and connection that human beings have formed throughout the ages. So you hate the fact that world has modernized, connected? Would you rather we be cast into the stone age to conquer and pillage again?
      You seem to found your argument on selfishness and selflessness, however where does Donald Trump represent this?

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    4. I'm gonna be honest, that was very pretty, but I have no idea what Anonymous was on about right now. I can parse out a bit of Objectivism and what feels like 19th century masculine virtues of martial spirit. (Hint of fascism in there too?)

      Point is, I compared him to ISIS because the Nazis for all their faults were a hideously modern machine. They were as obsessed with their cults of ancient warmongering virtues but also obsessed with technology, machinery, industry, etc.

      Anon here hates all of that too, it's all false somehow. He wants the structures of modernity torn down to cleanse his soul. Religious fundamentalism is only the diagnosis I can give.

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    5. Pretty words won't change the fact, for all of anon's grandstanding, he's still preaching on somebody's blog about the evils of modern society, and voting trump over Hilary is merely trading one elite over another. Nothing will really change. As long as there decent people, Trump and his cronies won't have their America.

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