Friends, it has been a strange day. I have the symptoms of COVID-19 and I called a young friend who is a college student in Waco, Texas and who had the coronavirus in the summer to ask her if my symptoms matched. She said that unfortunately they did (dry cough, congestion, trouble breathing, severe headache) but she also counseled me to wait a few days because a coronavirus test, if taken at too early a stage, will come back with a false negative. So I guess I’ll attempt to keep it together and monitor this situation, at least for a little while.
Now the call did have the benefit of much needed comic relief. I’ll call my friend Nicki so as not to dox her in the unlikely event anybody in her father’s information bubble would see this post. I’m pretty sure her anonymity is safe.
Nicki’s father informed her that Donald Trump is going to stay in office using the military. I asked where he gets his information. She said, “from his militia buddies (some of whom went to Washington to riot in the Capitol) and from Newsmax, Facebook and Parler. Not Fox News anymore, it’s too liberal.” The plan is that Trump will remain in the White House and troops from the Pentagon will be dispatched and Joe Biden will be physically prevented from entering the People’s House and assuming his duties.
Now that is Plan A. In the event that that plan is thwarted by “backstabbers” like Mike Pence, the three Supreme Court justices Trump appointed and others, then there is Plan B — and that involves Trump going to Texas. Lin Wood was tweeting about that before his account went dark. He said, “the military has his back” and according to Nicki’s father, Trump is indeed coming to Texas, if he can’t hold the White House physically, and he will rule from there as the True President. People will “do what he says” and “not what Joe Biden says.” Trump will effectively “start the Confederacy” in Texas.
It actually makes a lot of sense where the MAGAts are coming from. The GOP hoped that Trump would be the second coming of Ronald Reagan. The MAGAts have always seen him as the second coming of Jefferson Davis. And the goal was never to go back to the 1950’s at all, no sir, the true golden age to return to was the 1850’s.
So I inquired, “What about all the laws on the books? Will they still apply in the Confederacy? For instance, if Texas wants to get oranges from Florida, will all the laws of interstate commerce still be in effect, or will Trump seal off Texas when he lays claim to it as the seat of the Confederacy and they sign a treaty? Or would Trump invite Florida to join the Confederacy?” I also asked if there would be another White House — and I mean “White” — in Texas.
Nicki said, “they haven’t gotten that far. They don’t think about practicalities.”
This is America today. Right-wing media, radio in particular, has literally brainwashed a good portion of the populace, particularly in rural areas.
I asked Nicki to write a first person piece of her own here on the site and she said she would do so in a couple of days when she returns to school. We’ve got our own correspondent from Wingnuttia, friends.
We used to have two Americas, now we have three. We have blue America, and red America has forked into red and orange factions. The traditional GOPers are making their stance, trying to hang onto some semblance of carrying on the party, and the Trumpers are making theirs, trying to stay in power. They don’t understand it’s all hot air, psychosis and bluster and that there has never been a chance, since November 7, that Trump was going to stay in the White House. Where the GOP made it’s fatal error, is they should have all insisted on ratifying Biden’s win from the get go. This stringing along of Trump’s followers has only sown the seeds of destruction that we saw manifest last Wednesday.
The handwriting about what a powder keg this has become has been on the wall since the Biden-Harris bus was forced off the road Former Texas state senator Wendy Davis said that law enforcement didn’t take things seriously enough then and that’s why they got what they got in Washington on Wednesday.
“This is a symptom of a broader problem that is not going away. This truly is the birth of a domestic terrorist unit. And I think that the FBI and local law enforcement need to see it this way,” said Davis, who spoke publicly about the October incident for the first time on Monday to The Texas Tribune. “It’s no surprise that we see things like Wednesday of last week in our nation’s Capitol, when people who are behaving aggressively like that are rewarded and praised by their quote-unquote leader for that kind of behavior.”
I think Davis is right. Things are not going away in nine days. There is going to be a lot of violence in this country. What remains to be seen is how Trump is going to play it, if he’s going to keep doubling down or if he’s going to put his attentions on his own legal woes and leave the troops. This is spiraling out of Trump’s control now. He created a monster and he doesn’t know what to do with it.
And one thing is certain: January 20 will be a tipping point because it’s going to become evident to the MAGAverse that they’ve been lied to — or right wing radio and Trump will actually try to foment a revolution in this country and that seems to be cost ineffective. What good is it going to do to get a lot of MAGAts shot and imprisoned?
Here’s one fellow who’s learning about reality the hard way. He was just kicked off a plane because he’s on the airlines’ s*hit list.
No-Fly list of Rioters from the CAPITOL.. and they're NOT HAPPY pic.twitter.com/U79nWw87Hy
— DanielNewmaη (@DanielNewman) January 10, 2021
“They’re trying to ruin my life.” Hey pal, did it ever occur to you that you’re ruining other peoples’ lives, not to mention ruining government property, not to mention killing and injuring people, and that ruins families and communities’ lives? What you do is like a stone thrown into the lake, the waves ripple out, have you thought about that? And now you’re crying at the airport about the milk — not to mention blood — that you spilt yourself?
I guess this is what it’s going to take to wake these people up that actions have consequences and this is not reality TV. What will be wonderful is when their Dreamsickle Deity starts facing some consequences of his own. That will illustrate conclusively that this isn’t all fun and games, this is life. I think that will happen but I despair of what violence could lie ahead for the country before then if this second, delusional narrative of reality that has taken over these peoples’ minds is allowed to continue unabated. That is where the focus will be, in the weeks and months ahead, unless I miss my guess. The problem needs to be addressed at the root source.