Short of some single-minded soul’s borrowing one of Trump’s insinuations and giving him the Second Amendment treatment – which would place the United States at the mercy of the smarter and more efficiently hateful monster Mike Pence – what will it really take to rid ourselves of the lethal Trump regime?
Like a primordial predator that can kill with its eyes closed, Donald Trump is idiotically expert at destruction. His arsenal of continual chaos is, so far, keeping an entire society’s alleged defenses of due process at bay. Any one of them – the Mueller investigation is a good possibility – could bring him down. But, like any great con man, Trump is a deadly master of distraction and deflection.
So what will it take to rid ourselves of Trump and his terrible reign of supremacist rage?
- Trump voters, even the most demure, will need to own responsibility for having empowered wickedness that they claim to not embrace. It makes no difference that you’re “not a racist” or that you “don’t like the sonofabitch but liked some of his policies” or that you “just wanted somebody to shake things up.” As Charles Blow has said, in effect, if you voted for Trump after hearing the things he said he would do, you are now responsible for his having done them. This is on you, bamboozled white avengers. Own it.
- Liberal-leaning voters need to ditch, once and for all, the corporate incrementalist lie that we can’t risk a flat-out audacious, in-your-face progressive economic and political campaign in the next presidential election. If Trump’s success with a thoroughly phony but blisteringly audacious “the system is rigged” pitch – laced with virulent racism, no less – could win an election but lose the popular vote, a truthfully in-your-face progressive call to jettison what is broken and to champion what is fair in America can only do better. Progressives need to own that. We need to swat away the alleged leadership of the money-wedded Democratic Party. Through our own voicing of what most Americans continually say they need and want – universal health care, an end to big money in politics, higher wages for the non-rich and higher taxes for the rich – we need to rise, in the streets and online and in candidacies, and exert national leadership that the Democratic Party, if it is smart, might then follow.
- I’ll keep saying it: Americans need to redefine normal. “Normal” is not the silence that reporters and money-backed politicians subject us to about the constant atrocities of corporate control over public policy on health and education and policing and war. Normal should be, instead, a very public reckoning on those devastating realities. Trump cashed in on that trauma. Progressives can do far better than that for this country.