Scary. That’s the only word I can think of for what’s coming. Scary. I just finished reading an opinion piece from the BBC called, ‘What is Donald Trump’s Family Separation End-game?‘ The writer opines that there’s a two-fold strategy in place: one, get his stupid wall or, failing that, two, motivate his base.
It should say enough that terrorizing little children motivates his base to fall out in support. It’s motivating Democrats and progressives to fall out as well but in defiance – so at least lefties won’t find themselves on the wrong side of history and they won’t have to tell themselves comforting lies in the future. The question is, who wins?
Ted Cruz says liberals will crawl over broken glass to vote in the upcoming mid-terms. Republicans, of course, will be the ones breaking the glass. I’ve never wanted to agree with Ted Cruz but I hope he’s right about this one. Dems and Progressives MUST fall out to vote.
History supports the notion that Republicans win when there’s low voter turnout. (Do a search on “Goo Goo Syndrome.” They KNOW this to be true. It’s the reason they work so hard on voter suppression.) But they can be counted on to vote in every “election”, every single time. Dems and Indies are less…compliant. But history ALSO supports the notion that when something big is happening, Dems DO come out in large numbers.
There are more sane people in this country than Republicans so, if Dems DO come out in force, we’ll win. We’ll take enough control of Congress to stop President Beeblebrox in his tracks. (For the uninitiated, the reference is to Zaphod Beeblebrox in Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ series. His job, as President of the Galaxy, is to distract people from noticing what’s really going on around them…)
But the punitive crowd will still come out as well – and in force. Dems often don’t bother with mid-terms. So the question is, who wins? The results will have consequences that determine the very soul of this once-great nation. No, we’re not going to be able to impeach Trump – not just yet, anyway. Sure, the House might vote for it but the feckless Republicans in the Senate will not lift a finger to stop Trump because he’s so lucrative for them. Still, we CAN stop him…or, at least, slow him down.
It’s curious. I have this belief that anything begun dishonorably is destined to fail. It’s a fairly easy argument to make that the United States of America – what with all it’s official support of enslaving human beings – was begun dishonorably, which, in turn, means it MUST – sooner or later – fail. Every day that goes by and the country I love falls further and further into a pit of it’s own making that it may never climb out of, I’m vindicated in my larger, over-arching belief.
But I’ll tell you this: I’m not happy about it…