As some asshole with a
blog Twitter feed noted last night:
While I don’t think CNN should have aired the meeting–or at the least, when it got out of control, returned to the studio–the key takeaway isn’t that Trump is awful: we already knew that. It’s that rank-and-file Republicans are awful, and, moreover, they encourage each other to become even more awful.
They showed us who they were last night.
The point of Trump isn’t his competence, or integrity. He’s a saboteur.
Still True: why 70 million votes for Trump? (Trump won 74 million votes, nearly five million more than any previous presidential candidate) Says Thomas Greene (from Noteworthy): “Trump will not be defeated by educating voters, by exposing his many foibles and inadequacies. Highlighting what’s wrong with him is futile; his supporters didn’t elect him because they mistook him for a competent administrator or a decent man. They’re angry, not stupid. Trump is an agent of disruption — indeed, of revenge…..Workers now sense that economic justice — a condition in which labor and capital recognize and value each other — is permanently out of reach; the class war is over and it was an absolute rout: insatiable parasites control everything now, and even drain us gratuitously, as if exacting reparations for the money and effort they spent taming us. The economy itself, and the institutions protecting it, must be attacked, and actually crippled, to get the attention of the smug patricians in charge. Two decades of appealing to justice, proportion, and common decency have yielded nothing.”
The question that needs answering is this: What’s so bad that it needs sabotage? I’d suggest Obama is the answer.
I’d like to direct this answer at Thomas Green (from Noteworthy)–please provide a link. Just so you know: his assertion that “a condition in which capital and labor recognize and value each other” or economic justice, is not just *now* out of reach. How far back in history do we have to go to find such recognition and value? It hasn’t been true in my lifetime–the last 70 years. It wasn’t true in my parents’ lifetime and they were born in the 1910s. The nineteenth century? Did the owning class recognize and value workers in 1649, when they violently broke up the Diggers’ movement? In the 1300s, when the Peasant Rebellions were drowned in blood? Oh, maybe in classical times when they violently suppressed the slave revolts, as they did when working people like Spartacus…? Nope. Some of the earliest writings we have are the wealthy (the only literate people then) complaining about their serfs and slaves being insufficiently deferential, and self-emancipating when their “owners” had “done so much for them.” So, no, that assertion could only be made by somebody who is completely historically illiterate or is carrying water for the wealthy.. I think it’s meant to disempower working people, poor people. To say to us that our struggles are futile because we’ve lost now and are going to lose forever. Yeah, that’s what they’ve always said. Thomas Green can go soak his head. You really should not be spreading his nonsense.
Trump just lost a defamation case brought by E Jean Carroll. Taking to CNN the very next day to defame her further should land him in additional legal hot water. I wouldn’t shed a tear if CNN gets boiled in the same pot.