More insanity in the most bewildering time perhaps in our history. We learned that shooting an unarmed Black man seven times in the back was the equivalent of "choking" a 3-foot golf putt." We learned that a plane full of "thugs" dressed in black were ominously on their way to the Washington DC coronation known as the RNC with the expressed goal of disrupting the convention. Who they were, and most importantly who they were working for, was "under investigation." Really? By whom? There were at least a dozen other dizzying developments in yesterday's news (8.31.20) that defy reality, gravity, the laws of physics, the rule of law and just plain common decency.
There are only a couple explanations: Trump seems like a feral madman, chained to his dogma on the one hand and tied to a reckoning of an encroaching undeniable reality on the other. He seethes, twists and spits venom at anything that doesn't comport with his world view as God's chosen savior. As he said upon acceptance of the 2016 nomination, "Only (he) can fix it." After three-and-half-years of grifting, chaos, egregious lawlessness, provoked violence, not to mention the sociopathic acceptance of nearly 200,000 dead Americans in the worst health catastrophe in 100 years, he's left with one, an only one, inescapable truth. He alone, broke it.
That we have an incompetent, psychopath as president who is suffering advancing dementia would be scary enough. But it pales in comparison to the second plausible explanation. Which is that all of this is deliberate.
Almost from Day One, when Sean Spicer tried to gaslight America into believing Trump had the biggest inaugural crowd ever, and Kellyanne Conway's claim of "alternate facts" to Sergei Lavrov romping around the Oval Office with Trump as he shared Top Secret Israeli intel and Trump's supplication to Putin in Helsinki, it has been clear that we are in the middle of a profound threat to our democratic system and values.
More than a threat, we are in the middle of an active insurrection, right now--fueled by extremists and foreign enemies, executed by Putin's captive idiot, Donald Trump and enabled by a feckless and greedy GOP that couldn't care less about its own values, their oaths of office or the safety and values of the people they were sworn to protect. The violence on the street, ginned up not by BLM, but by an emboldened cadre of Alt-Right extremists, will spill over into mainstream events. I worry about the election, the peaceful transfer of power and the inauguration. Time will tell, but the signs are ominous.