The Weekend: May 30-31, 2020

 Man, this has been a long month. I know I’m not alone in thinking this, but 2020 seems to get longer and longer as the months go by. And I have the feeling this summer is going to be a bear.

 Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at this week’s Gibberish. Honestly, the whole week is taken up with thoughts on the murder of George Floyd, the indifference of far too much of White America to police violence and the system’ implicit encouragement, and how the whole mess has spun out of control. I also wrote something that was a bit more straight News on the “just the facts” side of things Friday. While I do think it is a solid piece of journalism, I really wish I didn’t have to keep writing things like that.

 But tomorrow’s a new day, a new week, a new month, and probably a fresh new round of hell to deal with. Remember, we’re still seeing over 40 million unemployed and a hobbled economy due to the administration’s ham-handed handling of the COVID-19 pandemic that’s killed over 100,000 people. I read somewhere that had Trump followed recommendations from other folks besides his lackeys and idiot kids, the death toll would’ve been closer to 35,000 at most. Still far too many, but think of all those people who died because Trump’s incompetence and the blind worship of his followers. And you know they don’t care. It’s like the mass shootings that have also become a part of the American Quilt, they get off on the fear and death so long as Father Trump has his boot on their necks.

 Well, they got another pail of red meat this weekend. In a tweet – and lest we forget, he started the week threatening to shut down Twitter for not sufficiently keeping his ass moistened – announcing he was using the government’s power to declare Antifascist Action, or “AntiFa” a domestic terrorist organization. That weird splashing noise you heard yesterday was conservatives across the country blowing the biggest collective load in their pants in recorded history.

 Thing is, not only is this probably unconstitutional according to some experts, it’s basically pissing in the wind to stir up the bloodthirsty zombies that make up the Base. There is no “national headquarters” of AntiFa or acknowledge head official or even a set rule book for people who call themselves AntiFa. It’s a very loose designation of (usually) left to far left activists who are against fascism, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and other things that make the conservative heart sing. There are loose groups across the country but despite what pants wetting bigots in positions of  local authority claim, they rarely travel to smaller towns just to make trouble.

 Despite what Fox would have you believe, they really don’t have much to do with the Democratic Party and despite Trump wants his goons to believe, they don’t have anything to do with the mainstream media like CNN or The New York Times, or for that matter, George Soros and the Great Jewish Conspiracy. Most of them are middle-class white kids who are, at the very worst, playing radical until they knock someone up or, if sincere, trying to use their privilege to make the world a less shitty place.

 It’s like those “caravans” of brown people coming up through Central America that Trump kept telling the Base to keep their pants full. Out to destroy America, friends with the media, probably funded by (((those people))), they whole nine yards. Funnily enough, once the 2018 midterms were over, those caravans vanished and haven’t been seen since. But like those caravans, Trump’s poking of the wasps’ nest is nevertheless extremely dangerous for some of us.

 The lack of a clear and concise definition of who is and who isn’t in AntiFa will allow Trump to slap the “terrorist” label on basically anyone who doesn’t toe his line. We saw this during the post-9/11 world where everyone who disagreed with any policy of George W. Bush was akin to the guys who flew planes into the World Trade Center. Difference is, Bush never directly encouraged such a connection while Trump can’t get through a day without it. Plus, for as wingy and dangerously deluded as conservatives have always been, we’ve not ever seen the level of outright worship of a politician like they revere Trump.

 The caravan nonsense saw pipe bombs delivered to media outlets and some jackass kid shooting up a Wal-Mart in El Paso because brown people shopped there. Don’t be fooled, the Trump Base applauded these actions. The press, they say, has it coming to them for “deceiving” to people for so long. We’re already seeing press people covering the nation-wide protests over police violence attacked by those same cops, and it’ll likely get worse. We’ve already seen cops and National Guardsmen turn weapons on people just sitting on their own front porch, and it’s likely to get worse.

 And, neighbors, we’ve seen the mainstream conservative voter cheer this like when Osama bin Laden got taken down, and it is definitely going to get worse. I really don’t know if Trump actually cares one way or another so long as he’s getting the worship he feels is due, but the type of person who’s lamped onto him as the Savior has been thirsting for just this sort of release since the days of Reagan.

 Yeah, it’s definitely going to get worse. Journalism is a full-contact sport but this wouldn’t be happening without the support of the same sort of people who were pitching a fit last week because they had to wear a mask and without the explicit encouragement of the Powers That Be. Something to keep in mind the next time some wingnut dipstick goes off about “free speech” because some racist butthole violated a social media site’s terms of agreement.

 Buckle down, y’all, it’s going to be a rough summer. Don’t trust the government. Don’t trust the police. Don’t trust the press. Don’t trust the “revolutionaries” or people claiming to “fight for your rights”. Trust each other. Look out for each other.

 It’s definitely going to get worse.


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