by Brad Nelson 1/20/17
The end of Obama’s presidency is akin to the mild pleasure one gets from flushing the toilet and disposing of the waste. Obama empowered the worst in us. “Social justice,” in reality, means empowering the complainers, loafers, and ne’re-do-wells under the guise of compassion and compensation. And the deeper the passion for “social justice,” the larger the net has to be to find the appropriate villains.
I somewhat wished we lived in Egypt after the heretical reign of Akhenaten. After this disgraced pharaoh died, all of his monuments were chiseled clean of any reference to him. Obama hated America, was a racist, and did what he could to divide people in the interests of his personal animus.
But it’s probably better that we remember our failures. Listen, I have no illusions about where Americans are right now. The Agitator-in-Chief left office with high approval numbers. After all, he fulfilled his destiny which was to be “the first black president.” That few care about the destructive things he did with his presidency shows how little that ideas matter, at least non-superficial ideas.
Enter Trump. He is, by the looks of things, the very embodiment of our superficial culture which wants only to be entertained. Style over substance. The hard work of being a citizen of a republic is not what people signed on for. What we can say positively about President Trump is that he does not hate this country and has no Utopian impulses about redressing every grievance (real or trumped-up). He knows that life is what you make of it. No one is going to hand you things just for showing up.
So instead of an effeminate elite we now have more of a man’s man in office, just what the doctor ordered. And for the legions who don the rose-tinted glasses (or would that be orange-tinted?), my words are not for you. My words are for the five or ten sane people remaining in the country who are at least aware of the idea of “substance over style.”
We know that Trump has very strong statists tendencies. That is a danger. However, there is a valid argument to be made that the bureaucracy and vested interests have their hooks so deep into our republic that it will take a strong man to fix things. No Trump supporter I ever heard from made that case, but the case could be made. Perhaps their attraction to Trump was visceral, although informed by this idea. But I simply got the impression that Trump was their social justice warrior who would redress with counter-grievances.
We shall see. I suspect that Trump is a clever marketer and that we can have little idea what he will do. He’s bound to surprise us, both in ways we like and don’t like. But thank God that Obama is gone. May people learn a lesson from these kinds of hucksters. May Trump do the opposite and appeal to our better natures and, by doing so, bring light to a country that has been darkened by grievance in all quarters.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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