I’m tethered to the logic of homo sapiens
Can’t take my eyes from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith
David Bowie, “Quicksand”
This piece continues the argument begun in “The Griefing of America“
Perhaps the most distressing aspect of this fiasco of a US election season is that when it is over it still won’t be over. If Trump wins, there are some pretty likely outcomes: attempts to lock up his political rival, trade wars, economic chaos disproportionately impacting–in a dreadful irony that will probably escape them, as has every other empirical fact up to this point–many of Trump’s “little guy” supporters. If Clinton wins on Tuesday (or Wednesday, or Thursday, or however long it takes for all the votes to be counted) there’s a better than even chance that Trump won’t accept the result. Or that his brainwashed supporters won’t accept the result. And some Republicans in Congress are already vowing to attempt to impeach Clinton as soon as she takes office, to block all her nominees, to take to an entirely new level the Politics of No that have already made the US a laughingstock worldwide.
But here’s the important part: even if the Trumpet loses this election, he has already won.
Who Doesn’t Love a Good Fairytale?
There are three great lies that underpin the US electoral process. I’m not sure many politicians really believe these things, but in the BOE (Before Orange Era) they had to pretend to believe each of these things, at least when the microphone was on:
- The US voter is rational;
- The US voter is smart and well-informed;
- The news media secures the rationality and information quality of the system by playing an engaged watchdog role.
The Trumpet has called bullshit on all of these. Let’s look at them in reverse order.