Trump announces plan to boost sales of heroin and opium.

Addressing US forces to explain his order to increase the number of troops deployed to Afghanistan, Trump proposed a bold initiative to boost production, distribution and sales of heroin and opium.

By sending more Americans to die and be maimed in Afghanistan, he said at Fort Myer, Virginia, we will be honoring the stupidity of the past 16 years, scaring the piss out of everyone by convincing them (as if they needed any additional evidence) that I’m completely insane, and we will be able to threaten nuclear armed Pakistan giving them a profound case of the jitters and shakes.

Additionally, said Trump, the opium harvest, already at record levels, will either explode and add to the heroin addiction crisis, or the harvest will collapse, causing a spike in prices and a domino effect of murder, rape, kidnappings and general chaos.

Mic drop.

Trump out.

Read the article here:

The Houston Chronicle: We don’t Care if  The Houston Ballet Does Business with a Convicted Serial Fraudster Who has Access to Thousands of Credit Cards.

The Houston Chronicle has informed The Ink that it is not amused by or in favor of covering a story about DCM employing convicted serial fraudster Jacqueline Berkaw to raise money for the Houston Ballet. The reasons given: because The Ink described Berkaw as a bottle rocket redhead who looks like a soon to be dead balloon and a harridan with the demeanor of a harpy. Writing to the Ink the Houston Chronicle said that “derogatory’ descriptions of Berkaw’s appearance were not something “a newspaper would be interested in” and …that because Berkaw is employed by a vendor working for the Ballet and not the ballet directly, they do not have any interest in informing the greater Houston community that a woman who served 2 years in a federal prison for credit card and bank fraud was running the fundraising office for the ballet. They have no interest in reporting that DCM Telefundraising, the vendor in question, is facing allegations of participating in a nationwide fraud scheme, may be guilty of antitrust violations and collusion, and that Berkaw was removed from her position at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra precisely because of her criminal background and because her access to thousands of donor’s credit cards posed a significant risk.

Thus we have a media failure hiding behind politically correct outrage and splitting hairs. While it is true that DCM employs Berkaw and DCM is a vendor of the ballet the fact remains that Berkaw, who was charged and convicted on multiple counts for fraud, served over 2 years in a federal prison for it. Additionally she was removed from her position at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and transferred to the Houston Ballet where she has access to thousands of credit cards. It is also worth noting that Berkaw may be in violation of her parole and is wanted by federal authorities for fleeing the jurisdiction where she committed her crimes.

The “it’s the vendor not the nonprofit” excuse will no doubt warm the hearts of people in and around Houston when their credit is ruined, and their cash is stolen. And when the lawsuits come the Houston Chronicle can tell everyone they were under no obligation to tell the public they were in any danger.

The Ink believes that the politically correct outrage is genuine – that is The Houston Chronicle is genuinely offended because they believe the way someone looks should have no bearing on how they are judged. Except that years of drug use, alcohol abuse, being described by hundreds of people in court as a sociopath and possessing the personality of an escapee from a defunct roach motel has left Berkaw looking like the moral equivalent of an ambulatory dumpster fire. It is our opinion that her morality (or lack of) is tattooed on her face.

We also made it clear to the Houston Chronicle that The Violent Ink is an opinion blog and not journalism.

That Berkaw is employed by DCM CEO Phil Miller a man so crooked it requires (to borrow a phrase) a team of gymnasts to screw him into his pants every morning is also apparently of no concern to the Houston Chronicle. The Houston Chronicle ended their missive by saying that they had looked at the Violent Ink and that it seemed like it contained personal attacks and that was not of interest to a newspaper.

The Houston Chronicle forgot to add that attacks were not of interest to a newspaper…unless it was the newspaper conducting the attacks. And that journalist and author Kathleen Sharp’s profile of Berkaw for LA Magazine contained detailed descriptions of Berkaw’s looks and her seductive drug fueled personality.

The Ink is certain that the Houston Chronicle is a bastion of contemporary journalistic integrity and that we would be shocked to learn that there was a connection between members of the Houston Ballet board and the Houston Chronicle, and that its significant donors were involved with the owners of the Houston Chronicle board or ownership group and we would be shocked to discover that advertising revenue from the Houston Ballet to the Houston Chronicle played a role in editorial decisions. No doubt the Houston Chronicle is as honest as the day is long. No doubt the Houston Chronicle is committed to exposing corruption wherever it occurs and if a convicted serial fraudster like Berkaw was stealing credit cards and money from Houston Ballet patrons, either as an employee of a vendor or as a direct employee of the ballet they would be all over it.

Except, apparently not so much.

Once again: Profiles in courage.

Democrat Adam Schiff needs more people to be murdered before he says Trump has to go.

Speaking from the prone position Democrats use when engaged in expressing their principles, Congressman Schiff said in an interview with CNN, that it is too early to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove Trump.

From the Washington Post:

“The congressman said there is “a broadening recognition that there are some serious issues with our president that aren’t going to go away, that aren’t going to get better, and indeed with the pressures of the job, may very well get worse.”

Schiff, however, said he does not agree with some fellow Democrats who have argued that it’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment, which gives the vice president and eight Cabinet members the authority to unilaterally force the president from office if they deem him “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

On the one hand Schiff says things can and probably will get worse with Trump. For example the Nazis could run over people with a tank or a train. On the other hand the removal of Gruppenfuhrer Bannon should be the beginning of the house cleaning resulting in an expansion of the junta which will further reduce Trump to an ersatz version of a figurehead combining the best elements of King George III and Caligula. To be fair Schiff didn’t actually refer to it as a junta. To be honest that’s what he’s talking about.

He continues:

“I think for that reason at a minimum, we need the very best people around him in the White House,” Schiff said of Trump.

In the wake of the ouster last week of White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Schiff said he’d like to see others depart. He named Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior policy adviser, and Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president who often speaks out on foreign policy.

“So, yes, I think there’s more cleaning house that ought to take place,” Schiff said.”

What Schiff means of course is that decapitating the fascists by removing Trump is too risky because of North Korea, etc. He also means, to be honest about what’s involved, that he’s telling Heather Heyer’s family to rub some dirt in it and walk if off because there’s bigger issues to consider.

Of course this is how politicians always justify what everyone else calls being a cold blooded sociopath. The politicians will tell you to see the big picture which somehow always seems to involve someone other than them being killed. What Schiff also means is that the strategy, as such, is to force the incompetent fascists out and to install more military and establishment professionals to ensure Trump does as he’s told and pray that either a moderate republican or a democrat can win the White House in 2020. Or to at least get across the bridge to 2018 and the predicted democratic sweep of the House. That in turn will either set the stage for impeachment or de facto impeachment as every and all Trump legislative initiatives will be dead on arrival.

Congressman Neville Chamberlain was unavailable for comment.

Profiles in courage. Read it here:

The End of Steve Bannon and the collapse of the Republican Party.

Steve Bannon is out and the republicans have pulled their white sheet over the head of their party. It is a pyrrhic victory at best that leaves the republicans with stark and unpalatable choices.

Clearly the military junta and the senate and some elements in the house and certainly the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party cannot cohabitate with the fascist wing of the party. The military – Kelly, McMaster and Mattis are in effect running the country but – and this is crucial – they do not want to run the country. But while eliminating Bannon (and in effect isolating Miller and Gorka) resolves the cosmetic dilemma the existential dilemma remains.

This is the trap of history come home to roost. The republicans are trapped within the trap of capitalism which requires a permanent underclass of wage slaves in order to succeed. If for example, everyone can afford a house then the housing industry cannot be a for profit enterprise. And the housing industry is not just the cost of manual labor, and the cost of transportation, tools, and the shops where the tools are purchased; it is the investment industry that profits from the control of the prices paid for the gas in the trucks that move the wood and cement and the oil that all becomes the cement and the rest of what becomes a home or a building and the insurance to cover the movement of the trucks and so on. This holds true for all manufacturing and all forms of for profit service. A permanent class of wage slaves will breed resentment and resentment will breed fascism and fascism will breed racism. This is a cycle of political life.

In order to defeat the otherwise colossally inept democrats the republicans need resentment. If they solve the problems of their base they become democrats because the republicans – the party of capitalism – has run out of runway; there is no more earth to exploit there is no one left to lie to. If they fix healthcare and tackle the corollary problem of the opioid crisis and they rebuild the infrastructure and they avoid a war and they stabilize wages and solve the housing crisis, they are in effect a hybrid of Hillary and Bernie and thus they become the democrats. And if they don’t solve those problems and continue to wave the magic wand of the invisible hand of the market they will grow the fascist wing of their party until it cannot be contained.

The environment doesn’t care if you don’t like Jews or gay marriage. The machine that is taking your job doesn’t care if you’re Black or an immigrant. And the republicans are stuck between their violent racist base and the racist Wall Street base that creates the spark that starts the violence and pours fuel on the tinder of the disenfranchised White ethno-nationalists. The Wall Street wing is racist but is less concerned with ethnicity than it is concerned with money. In other words they’ll do business with Blacks or Muslims or Jews and if that business requires harming people because of their religion or ethnicity so be it but they don’t want it to be the focal point of their actions. The harm is not to spite but is in spite of any other factor.

And so now what? The fascist wing will cry stab in the back – they will point to Jared and the Wall Street Jews around Trump and they will again be cast out. And the generals still have the unresolved problem that Trump is insane. The Wall Street wing has the same problem and their interests overlap with the military junta. One impacts the other as a war with North Korea or any sort of trade war with China will be a disaster. And a failure to tackle trade issues with China will inflame the fascists and send non-racist whites towards the democrats. The strictly political wing of the Republican Party has its own set of dilemmas; Trump is unelectable without the fascists and the fascists make the Wall Street wing unelectable and together they cannot govern. To fall back on the benign financial despotism of the Bushes will no longer work with the fascists – for whom Cheney is no longer fascist enough – and more importantly it will no longer work with the middle of the road republicans who may not be fascist but know that Wall Street will throw them to the wolves because Wall Street needs to raise the value of stock and the value of stock can only rise if there are stable and consistent levels of poverty.

The evolution of the system towards machines replacing people, the move away from manual labor in most areas has created an impossible dilemma for the increasingly antiquated 19th century philosophies of the republicans. Their only way out is to embrace progressivism which they will do but by dressing it up in the language of free market individualism. But without systemic change to the system – reform of Wall Street, genuine taxation of the 1% and environmental sustainability which requires the transformation of the socio-economic system over which they preside – the republicans are finished and the only thing that will keep them in power is continued reliance on gerrymandered districts and the fervor of the fascists. In the end those are not winning strategies.

Except for the corruption of gerrymandered districts and their own stupidity the democrats should by all logic sweep to a crushing victory in the house and at least de facto control of the senate in 2018. With assistance from the intelligence agencies and the military Trump should be finished. But do not ignore the democrat’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

The greater shadow cast by Bannon is that he was and remains a complete idiot and the nation and the world got lucky that he was stupid enough to think that an unhinged moron like Trump could accomplish his goal of dismantling the administrative state. Had Trump been stable and intelligent then we would be on the fast-track to Putinism. That creatures of the system like Bob Corker are calling Trump insane is both good and bad. It’s good because it signals the senate performing its constitutionally mandated duty to preserve and protect – to provide checks and balance. It’s clearly bad because had Trump not been insane but a clever enough thug, a just smart enough fascist, Corker would have kept his mouth shut while The New Deal and The Great Society were dismantled brick by legislative brick. Do not forget as the door hits Bannon on his fat ass, that Paul Ryan and Mitch Mcconnell were essentially spineless collaborationist rat fuckers perfectly willing to allow Trump to roam the political landscape like a deranged rutting pig. Just so long as they remained in power and could proceed with their plan to throw the country back into the 19th century and destroy the Bill of Rights they would have said little and done less.

We dodged a bullet. The gun is still loaded and it’s still aimed at the nation’s head. The question remains: who has their finger on the trigger.


Update: 8/18/17

As the postmortems come rolling in it is of some interest to consider the details. For example there is this missive from the stately pages of The New Yorker.

Consider the dueling dinners where in one, the arrogant Bannon, the Mouth of Sauron Steven Miller and the mad confederate leprechaun Jeff Beauregard Sessions plot to stop the mass exodus of people from South and Central America which left unchecked spells the demographic death of the republican party and…the other dinner at which Chuck Schumer and Marco Rubio (both from states that are dependent upon labor from South and Central America) offer to blow Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes if they will have Fox Propaganda back off immigration as an issue thus opening the door to a joint Democratic and Republican effort at reform. In other words perfectly stark examples of the utterly feckless situational morality of Schummer (what he would call the guts of what goes into making the sausage) and the baronial power and feckless situational morality of Fox and Murdoch. And the other a perfect illustration of just how stupid Bannon is.

But there is also this:

“He grew up near Richmond, Virginia, in a big Irish Catholic family of Kennedy Democrats. Although he came of age in the late sixties, his high school, a religious military academy where he was taught by monks, kept him away from the mass protests happening in nearby Washington.”

Well yes it did, keep him away from the mass protests…and the music…and the weed…and the ideas…in short everything that might have given him a window into how people actually behave and access to ideas contrary to his own. Instead he was educated by warrior monks who hadn’t had a new idea since the rack was hightech. And can there be any doubt as to the nature of what other ideas were beaten into Bannon? This is not Father Mulcahy chiding Hawkeye, this is Father Touch Me Now you little sinner while I explain how the kikes killed our savior and the Bolsheviks are all the spawn of satan.

And a point must be raised in regards to the “Kennedy Democrats.” The way that is written both in the New Yorker article and everywhere else it is meant to suggest some sort of fall from grace where Bannon migrates from Camelot to Berlin. What isn’t discussed is that JFK was a Cold Warrior and more importantly for an understanding of Bannon’s fascism, voting for Kennedy was not a matter of supporting Civil Rights as it was a matter of voting for a Catholic because it was the tribally correct thing to do. It was the right thing to do because the priests said it was the right thing to do. Bannon was indoctrinated early to follow orders and be a good fascist for Christ.

We are again confronted by two interconnected issues. First the embedded stupidity and ignorance of Bannon who probably has a reading list designed by men in leather who think self flagellation is both a sign of spirituality and has nothing to do with their erections and the refusal of the media to call him out for it as an example of a fraud – a man who is not intelligent, not well read, not well traveled, and fundamentally knows nothing about the world. No doubt some future historian will go to the effort to find a copy of the syllabus from Bannon’s time with the monks and no doubt it will reveal exactly what one would expect: Catholic fascists good, everyone else headed straight to hell.

Lastly, we are reminded of the end of Chinatown. Except Bannon is not Jake while Trump is Noa Cross. And someone, in a charitable mood can say to Steve as he’s led away: Forget it Steve. It’s D.C.

ifail. Apple CEO Tim Cook Denounces American Fascists. Ignores Foxconn.

Demonstrating the moral flexibility and cross platform user interface for which he is rightly famous, Apple CEO Tim Cook today made his ambiguity clear. He’s cutting off access to Apple platforms for Nazis. The hardware that carries those platforms will however continue to be manufactured by tens of thousands of Chinese slaves who are the wholly owned subsidiaries of Chinese Fascists.

The Ink can confirm that it is not true that Cook sent a strongly worded memo to Apple staff with two bullet points.

  1. Everyone is equal. Except for Chinese slaves who make our stuff.
  2. Do as I say not as I do.

Read the article here:

Update: 8/20/17

No word from Tim Cook on the following:

Fascist Steve Bannon Has a Bridge to Sell.

In need of a human fire extinguisher Trump has pointed Gruppenführer Bannon at the flames in a desperate effort to appease the traditional non-fascist wing of the republican party. In an interview just released Bannon repudiates the “ethno-nationalists” as “losers.”

This is an obvious bid to stop the collapse of the regime in the face of the reality that Trump is an insane bigot who by all rights should be screaming at kids to get off his lawn and calling the local paper to say Jake Tapper is sending secret transmissions to him through his television.

Instead, he is the president of the United States and Steve Bannon, the lizard king of the neo-fascists has offered up the disenfranchised Trump base to the altar of Wall Street. That’s the short term strategy. Stop the bleeding caused by Trump’s rambling, vile defense of murder and Nazis marching in the streets of an American city. Appease the Senate, the House and the donors, and the businessmen. Give the media something else to focus on.

To show how reasonable he is Bannon also pivoted away from Trump’s Dr. Strangelove threats to burn the planet in radioactive fire. Then Bannon added he is after China. That will he hopes, allow Trump to continue to be Trump while Bannon can continue to work on the destruction of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the nation. That’s the long term strategy. Talking about trade with China, disavowing fascist street thugs and war with North Korea suggests Bannon is reasonable and that along with the Generals he will keep Trump on his leash, if not his meds. And in doing so he gives the whores in the House and the Senate cover so they don’t have to actually denounce Trump as the malignant troll he is.

But it is all a shabby, transparent, cynical con job.

Donald Trump is insane; a racist, misogynistic thug and wholly owned subsidiary of Putin Incorporated. And Steve Bannon is a libertine neo-fascist rat fucker.

Don’t fall for it.

Read the article here:

On the Moral Necessity of a General Strike to Remove Donald Trump from the Presidency.

Donald Trump poses an existential threat to the nation. The capture of the Republican Party, and government by oligarchs, marketers, and neo-fascists as well as the collapse of the Democratic Party into a whiter shade of pale imitators of the Republicans has brought us all to the brink of catastrophe.

  1. Donald Trump is clearly insane. He is an unhinged megalomaniacal demagogue and neo-fascist utterly incapable of moderating himself and utterly incapable of accepting responsibility for his actions. His incoherent rambling squirming defense of fascists, his attempts to establish moral parity between fascists and those protesting against them are a direct threat to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Further, his failure to condemn domestic terror groups and his attempts to legitimize them provide evidence that he has betrayed his oath of office and poses a clear and present danger to the nation. These actions are clear evidence of his mental instability and clearly establish grounds to impeach him by invoking the 25th Amendment.
  2. Steve Bannon is a cultist, neo-fascist thug with no experience in government who poses a dangerous threat to the essential stability of the White House and by extension the essential stability of the government. His embrace of the neo-fascist bund, and his refusal to disavow the neo-fascist wing of the Republican Party is as dangerous a threat to the nation as any terrorist organization or rogue state. His access to the president and presidential power is a direct threat to national security.
  3. The moral failure of the republican establishment – specifically Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan – is in the face of the above threats, as dangerous and reprehensible as the appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
  4. The “we’re capitalist get used to it” arrogance, and spineless quasi-antagonistic limp resistance of the Democratic Party represents a complete forfeiture of the moral authority required to lead.
  5. Reliance on generals both in and out of uniforms to keep Trump from starting a nuclear war or engaging in potentially catastrophic military adventures poses a clear and present danger to what remains of constitutional government.
  6. Protests, while morally righteous, will provide the neo-fascists with opportunities to commit additional acts of terrorism which will in turn provide the government with an excuse to declare a state of emergency and suspend civil liberties. Anyone who thinks Bannon and the other fascists have not considered this as means to achieving their goal of unimpeded power is whistling past the graveyard.
  7. The power of the people lies in the power of the wallet. Stop paying the government to spy on you with slave manufactured government sanctioned tracking devices. Stop going to work. Stop paying your rent.
  8. Demand that wealthy liberals and people of means and conscience commit to the strike and provide financial support to a nation-wide strike fund.
  9. Churches and Synagogues and Mosques, which are under direct threat from the neo Nazis should provide safety and services to the winder community regardless of faith.
  10. Demand the impeachment of Trump under the provisions of the 25th
  11. Demand the resignation of any and all members of the House and the Senate who do not demand the impeachment of Trump.

Cowards collaborate with the regime. Patriots resist.

Charlottesville. The Hands on the Wheel.

Marx was wrong. First there is the farce and then comes the tragedy. First there is the sham election and the coup that inserts the monster clown as leader. It is not only a hobgoblin conjured by Stephen King. It murdered a woman in Charlottesville. And It is not done.

This requires excuses on behalf of the complicit – the media and the indifferent – and it requires justifications by the spineless by which we mean the liberals. Ask Michael Moore and Jon Stewart about their empathy for Trump supporters and ask them if it’s any more difficult today to claim that they know his supporters and that “many of them are not bigots.” And then ask them, even if it were true, if it makes any damn difference.

And then on to the cowards. The hypocrites. The oily lubed up pols more afraid of losing their job then losing a life or their soul.

They are to blame for this. But they are not alone. The circular firing squad is large. Every one of them who endorsed Trump. Every one of them who refused to say: I will not participate. Every one of them who made an excuse and sought to use this malignant troll for their own ends and justified their inaction by whispering we must not allow the liberals to gain power; we must stack the court, we must deny the truth…we must…

“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.”

— Donald Trump.

We know. We know a demagogue when we see one. We know a fascist when we see one. We know a bigot when we see one. We know a liar when we hear one. But more importantly we know collaborators as well. The republican party cannot excuse itself before history by condemning a murder when it had its hands on the wheels of the car. They can’t claim to be shocked or indignant after the fact. It is not enough to say they condemn Nazis and the Klan after the lynching when they have done nothing to condemn the leader of their party for making common cause with Nazis and the Klan.

The republican party murdered a woman in Charlottesville. The republican party lynched a woman in Charlottesville. The republican party held a torch lit ceremony in defense of bigotry and armed rebellion against the government. The republican party has opened the machinery of the night on the country and the drum is sounding.

First the farce and then the tragedy.

And as in Shakespeare, the audience knows the play is done when the stage is littered with corpses.

How many more will it take? When is there enough blood for the leaders of the country to say this far and no further?

Donald Trump has shouted fire in the theater of the nation. The republicans and the spineless liberals have handed him a can of gasoline and a box of matches.

How many more people are going to have to die before even one of them wakes from their stupor and says, this far and no further.

First the farce. Then the tragedy.


Update: 8/15/17.

It has now reverted to his defense of Nazis.

This is not surprising as It is clearly mentally unhinged, erratic, and possesses a reptilian and damaged soul.

While it is essential for the safety of the nation that It be removed from office as quickly as possible and hopefully before further acts of facist violence give It an excuse to declare a state of emergency and suspension of what’s left of our civil liberties, we draw your attention to the appeasement wing of the republican party – the collaborationist and fellow traveller wing.

Here is the moral coward and speaker of the House of Cowards, Paul Ryan as quoted in The Guardian:

“The House speaker, Paul Ryan, weighed in as well but did not directly mention Trump’s comments. “We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity,” said Ryan on Twitter.”

Don’t expect leadership from Ryan. Expect the bare minimum of condemnation and the maximum of self-protection and political pettifogging while the nation boils and races towards the edge of a cliff. The utterly repugnant cowardice of Ryan, his willingness to ride Trump to achieve his Handmaid’s Tale Theocratic dictatorship is as much a threat to the nation as Trump and the Bannon fascists.

A general strike is the only legitimate answer. Stop participating and demand the resignation of any official who continues to do business with Trump. Demand that all companies and corporations suspend business with the government until Trump is removed from office.




Good News and Bad News at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

As The Ink reported previously, Chief Harpy and Fundraising Haridan, Jacquie Berkaw’s email was still listed on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra webpage as the go-to email for job applicants seeking to be abused in the DCM Telefundraising boiler room at Symphony Center.

Due to pressure from The Ink’s posts, Replacement Weasel and Man in Search of Liquid Viagra and a blood transfusion from a sheep, Don Anthony is now listed as the person to contact if you’re looking to be paid little, and lied to. Added bonus for young women: Don Anthony was accused of sexual harassment and hiring a caller who was a convicted drug dealer and who had been in prison for illegal possession of a gun.

That’s right, you meet the best people at Symphony Center. And if you’re looking to work with felons, sociopaths, and serial fraudsters, then by all means contact Don The Village Idiot Anthony today and send in your resume.

On the other hand: The ink is happy to say the pressure is on, the word is out and being spread. DCM is rightly under investigation, and the CSO is heading for a PR trainwreck.

Updates soon.

See the new email for the Village Idiot, here:

A plumber’s idea of Cleopatra. Some Notes on Trump and his Base.

“Ah yes, Mae West. A plumber’s idea of Cleopatra”

— W.C. Fields

“A feature, not just of the age of the end of ideology, but of the age immediately preceding the age of the end of ideology, is that of the dictator who has no ideology at all.”

— Christopher Hitchens


Who would look at Trump and say he’ll get the job done?

Idiots who are too stupid to know they’re bigots and bigots who are too stupid to realize they’re idiots.

Either way you’re talking about people who have no idea how the system works. They have an innate grasp of the concept – they know money talks. They know the system is corrupt. They know there’s blackmail and extortion and people with offshore accounts but their idea of off-shore is a locked room at a bowling alley that has a sign that says: Private.

Even the so-called educated ones are half a deck short. And the most basic and thus obvious proof is that they voted for the enormous pig in a poke. They actually believed he would get the job done. Exactly what that would be is a moving target because when you’re dealing with half-wits where what passes for a fact is as stable as a car with three wheels the definition of success is always changing.

And a word here about the pale attempts at layering some justification and sophistication over the truth by Michael Moore and others like him. Their idea being that Trump is a political Molotov cocktail thrown in desperation and anger. We’ve dealt with this elsewhere but let’s just add – what a pile of moldering horseshit.

(See this):

Even if one were able to somehow dismiss the flaming shit pile of foul rhetoric with its base echoes of early 20th century fascism and the frat boy yearnings for Cosbyied women with ball gags in their mouths who wake up hungover and unable to account for the last 24 hours or the odd stains on their clothes and the bruises on their arms and the shout-outs to the post-modern pseudo atavistic torch-lit ceremonies full of brown shirt neo-nazi/nascar fan boys one is still left with a Grand Canyon sized hole where the facts live. And there one is confronted by the sheer ignorance of the entire demographic.

A skim along the surface would reveal that even if only for their own reasons – self-preservation, money, power, the moldy fruit of blackmail and so on – the corrupt gerrymandered psych-ward of the House and the decadent depraved gentleman’s club of the senate would never allow their power to be eclipsed. And changing that power dynamic requires on the part of the self-described outsiders, knowing how to work the system. Which then requires at least the appearance of normality. Yes, Trump could act like a rutting pig and say any insane thing he wanted just so long as he took the old ladies of both sexes along for the ride. If he would just behave then Paul Ryan could fulfill his dream of jizzing all over women in red while Margaret Atwood is burned at the stake and a children’s chorus read aloud from Atlas Shrugged. And if he would just follow the norms Mitch (I Said No) McConnell would happily turn the Supreme Court into his bitch. As long as everyone agreed it was Mitch who owned the robes and gavel.

But this requires not just adherence to the norms but an actual understanding of the rules and regulations; of the who’s who inside the whorehouse. Or it requires being a genuine radical; a genuine revolutionary and Trump is as much a radical revolutionary as Alan Greenspan is a Bolshevik. And Trump not only doesn’t know, he doesn’t care. And if he were willing to be a figurehead, even a foul-mouthed ill-tempered figurehead, it would be workable for the lizard kings of the republican party. But then you have the increasingly massive train wreck following in his wake. The consistent inability of his depraved decadent mongoloid children to avoid falling face down in a puddle of their own vomit while pissing on the shoes of government lawyers is not only hilarious and pathetic and frightening but it is exhibit one in proving these people are a gang of colossal idiots. It doesn’t matter that the system is broken and corrupt if you can’t tell the players without a scorecard and you can’t read the card because you’re so stupid you can’t read. In other words, you could imagine them as a gang of political thieves bent on destroying the system except they are the maggots of the system and they are morons.

Consider their fight with the media. The idea that you could blow up the corporate media without a fight – without the corporatists defending themselves – is less a problem than it is a sign of being delusional floating somewhere between thinking you can wage a successful land war in the jungles of Asia and believing General Winter won’t be a problem as you approach the gates of Moscow. The issue isn’t the institutionalized mendacity and corruption of the media (which is corrupt and full of liars – see Broadcast News, and Network, etc) the issue is that being institutionally corrupt and prone to distortions from which they turn a massive profit, why would the billionaires who own them just roll over and let Trump and his gang of fascist goons do whatever they wanted? And who would think they wouldn’t fight back? Idiots, that’s who.

And it’s not just the corporate media. The corporate media is an umbrella – of entrenched vested interests who can’t live inside the brute realities of a totalitarian state. You can’t sell the Avengers and Star Wars and iphones if you’re running gulags in Texas. Yes you can sell them to the Chinese and ignore Foxconn and the gulags over there but precisely because…they are over there. Which does not mean the entertainment empire is necessarily in favor of a democratic republic with socialized medicine and an absence of Wall Street piracy (because of course they are Wall Street pirates). Nor does it mean they aren’t in favor of it but it does mean that what matters most to them is that they go on making money and that requires a global marketplace. It means it wants to have its cake and eat it too and no matter how hard Trump Inc tries the right wing has lost the culture war for at least the next generation. A majority of Americans favor the right to an abortion, the right to marry whomever you want, the use of marijuana and a majority of them believe that the environment is collapsing. In fact a growing number of them don’t believe in capitalism and believe instead in some form of socialism. Which is exactly why the reaction attacked the majority and voted for Trump. Because it’s a rear guard last ditch effort. And yes, they are right the country has been gutted and they’ve been destroyed as a class as a community as a demographic. But the single biggest reason: They did it because they’re idiots.

Which brings us to Gruppenfuhrer Bannon and his Mouth of Sauron, Steven Miller – both of whom are such clichés of staggering ineptitude one has to stop and wonder exactly what are we so afraid of? Yes, they’re obviously fascists. And yes they are threatening. But the threat that is emerging is one of ineptitude not genius. After nearly seven months what exactly do they have to show for it?

In the land of the blind as the saying goes the man with one eye is king. And so to Bannon. Consistently described as being smart because he has a lot of books and drops obscure references to still more obscure books and makes cryptic comments about cryptically minded proto-fascists he’s regarded as some sort of Svengali – as they said about Turd Blossom –  Bush’s brain  – Karl Rove except, Rove didn’t bother with the pretense of being an intellectual. He knew numbers and he ate numbers and had no soul. And he helped destroy the republican party and a large swath of the planet. But this idea of Bannon as Trump’s brain, as the Sith lord or some sort of Nazgul to Trump’s agenda is both frightening and hilarious. It is frightening because clearly Bannon is unhinged and a fascist. But again, exactly what about him makes any intelligent person think he’s intelligent? Exactly how is he supposed to destroy the Administrative State when Trump Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank and Putin Inc and thus a wholly owned subsidiary of…the Administrative State. The threat then is not because Bannon is a brilliant tactician or a sublime Machiavellian strategist but rather that he is a fanatic and an idiot who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

Bannon’s contempt for the system is palpable and the system is corrupt but without the ability to make the trains run on time he’s powerless and other than getting the right wing Borg drone Gorsuch on the court what has he (what have they) accomplished (and in fact getting Gorsuch on the court was about as difficult as getting out of bed in the morning and would have happened with or without Trump and his minions).

If his strategy is to sow chaos he’s succeeded but it’s not a winnable plan of attack. Ultimately the lubed up whores in the house and senate have to show their homework and prove that they’ve done something. And here we must consider a deeper facet of Bannon’s staggering ignorance. The republicans are now prisoners of their own corrupt bargain. Having succeeded through gerrymandering they have fallen into power without substance and substance without power. They have an unworkable non-coalition torn between the Wall Street and Main Street factions – the Freedom Caucus fanatics who want to burn The New Deal and The Great Society to the ground and the conservatives who want financial junkies hooked on the heroin of capital. The problem of course is you can’t have one without the other. And if you have the trappings of power without substance than you lose ability to actually enact legislation. The inability to legislate means the best you can hope for is to prevent the opposition from gaining the majority. And that also is not a winning plan. It creates stagnation. And governments that stagnate are like sharks that stop swimming. Stagnation breeds chaos. Chaos requires action. Action requires either a coup producing dictatorship or a semblance of republicanism and not even the thugs want dictatorship – at least not an obvious one that requires tanks on the streets. And the ones who do know they don’t have the means to achieve it. And Trump Inc has missed the opportunity to declare a state of emergency. Even if North Korea goes off and there’s a war and a rally ‘round the flag by jingo in the air it will last exactly as long as it takes the utterly overmatched North Korean army to disintegrate. The fallout (radioactive and political) could be horrific but precisely because of the severity of the situation relative to Trump’s colossal stupidity and lack of ability to effectively lead, he will be accelerating his own demise. Special Counsels don’t care if Tokyo glows. They are the train and the conductor and the tracks and they will reach the next station.

And it is worth considering here the appointment of H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. It is essential to see him in the context not only of Flynn’s removal but in the context of the machine’s response to Flynn’s corruption. Trump did not select McMaster. Trump was given a political Montessori choice – here are the three that we have preselected for you. You can have anyone of these three and we will pretend to approve your selection.

Trump was at that moment already on his way out of the door and well on his way to being a figurehead. And Bannon if he were half as intelligent as everyone claims would have bailed then and there. In fact if Bannon had any sense, or even any political sense he never would have signed up with Trump in the first place because any rational person with even a modicum of political knowledge about how the sausage gets made would have looked at the stooges surrounding Trump and run for the nearest exit.

But apparently he figured he could break the system and rule through fiat. Or that the House and the Senate would just go along with their own political suicide. But for a guy who is so smart it didn’t occur to him that either Trump has to suspend everything and become a dictator (which means civil war) or he has to conform or surrender (which for an out of control narcissist amounts to the same thing). For a guy who is allegedly so smart he seems to know absolutely nothing about how the House and the Senate work. Or the lobbyists. Or the Pentagon. Or the intelligence agencies. Or for that matter how the lawyers work. And taken altogether the idea that someone would look at Trump on with his oily court jesters (Kellyanne, Manafort,) or his inbred Romanov-esque lizard children and their appendages, (Jr and Ivanka and Jared) and say that’s a winning team demonstrates either a sublime zen wisdom or a jitters and shakes stupidity just slightly less disturbing than Hitler in the bunker screaming for divisions that don’t exist.

And to state the obvious, we’re going with the scenario that has jitters and shakes and phantom divisions that vanished in the ice outside of Stalingrad.

That’s it. There are no other options. The intelligence agencies may be full of thugs who think the Bill of Rights is useful for target practice but the majority of them are not interested in having to set up gulags in Montana and won’t go along with amateurs like Trump and sadistic amateur geeks like Sebastian Gorka & co running the show. Not because they love the republic but because they love their pensions and perks. And really, who in their right mind (sic) would look at a professional ass-clown like Gorka and think counter-terrorism genius! Answer: Idiots, that’s who.

And Bannon either doesn’t understand this or he doesn’t care but either way only an idiot would look at the math and piss on the blackboard and wipe his ass with the eraser.

And yet despite all of the evidence highlighting exactly and precisely just how stupid these people are we keep getting liberals gnashing their teeth about Bannon’s mystic intelligence and Trump’s innate political skills. Which brings us to the Devil’s Bargain.

About the book and thus Trump/Bannon the lofty New York Review of Books says:

“Joshua Green’s new book, Devil’s Bargain, argues that Trumpism is best understood through his partnership with Stephen K. Bannon, now the president’s chief political strategist. Green, formerly a correspondent at The Atlantic and now at Bloomberg Businessweek, has been writing about conservatives since the George W. Bush years. It is a testament to his adroit intertwining of Bannon’s story with Trump’s that we’re not certain which of the two figures has sold the bigger part of himself to the other. In the broader sense, they are coauthors of our moment’s tabloid conservatism.”

Fair enough except for how it allows for a Trump that isn’t delusional and controlled by his out-of-control-impulses – an idea not supported by any evidence.

And this, specifically about Bannon (emphasis added):

“Bannon is by upbringing and temperament a son of the embattled South, a working-class Catholic who grew up in Richmond, Virginia, when the state was still a backward fief, ruled by Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr., an early leader of Southern “massive resistance” to civil rights. From the start, Bannon seems to have been a younger version of Pat Buchanan: a noisy, brawling, bred-in-the-bone anti-Communist. Educated by Benedictines at a Catholic military school, he went on to Virginia Tech and then enlisted in the Navy in 1977. He was a navigator on a destroyer in the North Arabian Sea in 1980 when the Carter administration was putting the last touches on its disastrous secret mission to free the Iran hostages. “You could tell it was going to be a goat fuck,” Bannon recalled.”

The world is full of people with perfect retrograde vision. Steve Bannon, “military expert”. Steve Bannon, expert…who signed up to work with Jared and Ivanka…and Manafort…and Spicer…and Conway…and Trump…

cannot be taken seriously but can seriously be taken as a fool.

But Green continues:

“Bannon’s talent, like Trump’s, is finding and picking up the strains of hidden grievance: against “media elites,” feminists, civil rights activists, left-wing professors, and, above all, immigrants.”

Talent? Look at the man. The wasteland expression and thousand yard stare of a drunk, the potted disarray of the country club libertine (the uniform of khakis, blue blazer and regimental tie the gut that screams gout in the making) are not indicators of his ability to perceive so much as they are the pheromone of a particular type of rutting porcine personality that attracts its own kind. Prep schools and certain types of bars are full of them and it takes zero talent to spot kindred spirits. David Foster Wallace – a man of some genuine talent – once mentioned in passing that while covering the coronation of W. he saw the other type of typical Harvard grad – the one’s not like himself – the one’s who didn’t get high but got drunk; they didn’t listen to Phish and they didn’t read Pynchon but they did beat their girlfriends and later their wives who filed for divorce…along with the others who filed for divorce. And then they got jobs on Wall Street because their fathers called in favors. And then they either worked at hedge funds (like Bannon) or they worked for the republicans (like Bannon).

And then this:

“In Hong Kong, where Bannon went in 2005 to put together a licensing deal involving the video game World of Warcraft, he discovered the teeming community of gamers, millions of “intense young men…who disappeared for days or even weeks at a time in alternate realities.” He sensed “the powerful currents that run just below the surface of the Internet,” Green writes, and “began to wonder if those forces could be harnessed and, if so, how he might exploit them.”

The Dark Lord myth takes shape – Bannon the man who sees what others do not. Bannon says: come to the window…you bitches…the sea is calm tonight

Except of course it would require an encyclopdeia to list the number of shallow or even halfway decent articles that have over the years described these young men and their alt-world.

But then Green turns to Trump:

“Green approaches Trump as a serious figure, with “the best raw political instincts of any Republican in his generation.”

Raw political instincts? Yes, because he’s as incoherent and moronic as the people who voted for him. The way Green phrases it, it sounds as if Trump gave his persona some thought and decided to choose one form of gibbering versus another. This is not “only Nixon could go to China.” This is Trump fell down the stairs and hurt himself but blamed someone else for not telling him there were stairs.

The truth is he has no instincts except the instincts of an unhinged ape who may very well suffer from some form of brain damage. Certainly he has the instincts of an Id unleashed. Consider his leering lubed up comments about his daughter – it’s out of Pinter or Lynch or Stone in Natural Born Killers. It’s a subplot in an episode of Shameless but that of course proves the point – the decimated White working class has plenty of reasons to be angry at how they’ve been betrayed, but that doesn’t mean Frank Gallagher should be running a division of marines. And more to the point – anyone (Bannon, Miller, Breitbart, etc) who thinks they should is either a fascist in search of a frenzy or a fool who thinks they can ride the demented tiger.

But whatever its origin it precludes any sense that he possesses political instincts. He does not. He is the mirror of the mob (not the mafia but the undulating surging mass of drunk apes for whom NASCAR is ballet – and no, it’s not just because you think it is. If you prefer it that’s your business but only a rube would call it sophisticated). His instincts are of the infant enraged and the gutter. And while there are numerous examples of monsters who rode the mob to power the fact is that in every case they were either politically savvy or politically ruthless. Trump is neither.

But to go further we must remember Tolstoy’s idea that it is the stage that calls the leader not the leader who sets the stage. Trump did not recognize what the voters wanted because Trump is incapable of thinking about anyone except himself. And he did not recognize what the voters wanted because that would require him to sift between one demographic and another; between genuine alternative facts – that is, the ability to hold two mutually exclusive ideas in his head at the same time and continue to function. It would require empathy and sympathy. Trump possesses neither.

Nixon could talk about establishing the EPA and running S.E. Asia through a meat grinder. Clinton could throw Black Americans into a prison industrial complex and talk about economic inequality. Blair could pivot to the center while running as (New) Labor. And they could be sincere about it. Trump is incapable of sincerity and he is incapable of sifting facts or holding onto contradictions.

And it’s not as if Trump brilliantly calculated the emergence of the neo-fascist anti-establishment urge in the American electorate or on the fringe of the republican party. Trump has been wallowing in the gutter since day one and it is no accident he slithered into bed with Roy Cohn. The NYRoB and Green mentions this but tries to have it both ways. On the one hand, we are told, Trump has raw political instincts that are superior to his rivals and yet he is nothing more than a tabloid whore and thug who follows in the smog trail that reaches back to the days when Fatty Arbuckle was being destroyed and the grotesqueries of They Shoot Horses Don’t They and The Day of the Locust. There is nothing original about Trump and no second rate demagogue has raw political instincts. They have money and they are useful idiots in the service of first rate demagogues like Putin.

Raw political instincts conjures a sublime feral intelligence – Clinton or Nixon Bush or Obama. One could even say the same thing about any number of people from Mussolini to Francisco Franco or Mao or Stalin. But that second gang were all psychopaths who possessed an unwavering will to power and were utterly ruthless and their intelligence was a kind of cunning that Trump is lacking. The fact that they all held power is true but doesn’t mean it’s a sign of Trump’s intelligence so much as it means the bar has been set so low an ant would have trouble passing under it. To put it another way if Trump did not exist the American Id would have invented him anyhow – because, it did; because it had to. And in that sense Trump is a national blow-up doll. After W., after WMD and Katrina, after it depends on what the meaning of is is, after Snowden, after a generation of iphone narcissism and 24 hour cable meta-reality, the stage was set not for a strong man with raw political instincts but for a megalomaniacal carnival barker with the instincts of a successful second rate pimp or a second rate evangelical huckster. Or both. Trump steaks and bigly are not the stuff of raw political instincts. They are the stuff of raw late night infomercials that pander to rubes. That the system has inverted itself to allow a goon to capture a portion of it says nothing about the goon and everything about the system. Bigly may appeal to the uneducated mob but so does a free oil change and a culture defined by buy one get one free being the equivalent of Opera.

But even if we take it as read what does it mean except that again, people are so stupid that they would believe a moronic psychopath – because of course what the fuck do they know?

It’s not as if they have any experience discerning between sane and insane or smart and stupid except within the context of being citizens of dumb-ville where the guy who knows how to make his own beer is considered to be some sort of savant.

But even stacking the numbnuts to one side you’re still left with what being king Trump in the land of the blind means.

He may represent Bannon’s version of move fast and break things (the blunt instrument as Bannon called him) but he is insane. And he is an idiot. And the political definition of both is the compulsion to harm yourself and say the wrong thing. And then refuse to recognize or be incapable of recognizing that you are harming yourself and saying the wrong thing. And Bannon clearly must be delusional and stupid if he took a look at Trump and thought: hell yes I can wield this cudgel and shatter the system.

And take a moment to consider what would have to happen for Bannon to achieve that – with his declaration of how he was going to dismantle the Administrative State.

Abandon NATO. (and as an example consider the epic shit show of Brexit)

Abandon our treaty obligations in the Pacific.

Break our connections in the Middle East.

Ignore China and Saudi Arabia owning trillions in US Treasury Bonds.

Slash defense spending.

Gut social services.

Destroy the democratic party.

Stop the media from protecting itself.

Break the connection between the media and Wall Street.

Break the connection between the tech giants and all of the above.

Force Congress to pass a trillion dollar infrastructure program.


How about a gang of gibbering idiots.

While it is true that an endless line of cardboard law school graduates in boring blue suits is a kind of hell the fact is that the government is all about laws. And while the plebs may fantasize about cutting in front of the ghouls being manufactured by Harvard Law Inc there’s only one way to rule without lawyers who know you shouldn’t piss off a Special Counsel or his army of lawyers (sic!) and that’s to suspend the law. Which requires killing the lawyers. Which requires killing a lot of other people and it’s not going to happen.

Mouth of Sauron Miller can wave his tiny dick in the air and shout that no one will question the president’s decisions as much as he likes and he can throw red meat to his base by calling a reporter cosmopolitan but between the people who actually are patriots and the cynical rutting pigs of the establishment he’s as likely to succeed as a fish is likely to ride a bicycle.

Which brings us to the so called base. Among that undulating undifferentiated mob there is a complete lack of information that matters. Among his base there are dull fantasies of power and revenge and something called the good life which consists of impulses towards power and revenge and the tribal accumulation of trinkets or fetish pieces that arouse envy. In people just like them. These include everything from a nice car to a big house to money. Compliant women. A big television. Season tickets to a football game.

Liberals suffering from an absence of spine will hang their heads in shame crying about snobs and elites dismissing the poor wretches of the post industrial tsunami ironically echoing the neo-fascist bund who scream about the cosmopolitans with their smug dismissal of something called real Americans. But there’s no getting around it. He’s a fucking colossal idiot and voting for him means you are as well.

There never going to allow him to succeed. They can’t. They won’t allow him to whore the country to the Russians. Saudi Arabia sure because that’s how they make money. China – again, the same thing. And if China goes to war with India it’s a problem but not without an upside*. If Russia on the other hand goes to war with Poland it’s a catastrophe. Trump tried throwing NATO on to the third rail and it didn’t work. Because it can’t. Because they won’t let him. The racist fantasy about killing the “globalists” died in the ruined burned out shells of Europe and Asia in 1945. There is no drawbridge to raise and the oceans are not moats. National sovereignty is an illusion. But the base being base and stupid doesn’t understand that and being committed to ignorance and allergic to information they don’t care.

They won’t let him succeed because he really is setting the table for fascists like Bannon and while proper reactionaries and aristocrats are always willing to let fascists do their dirty work for them they are not willing to let them sit at the high table and certainly not be seen in public. (a fact that eats away at Trump’s Lawn guylind bred soul – his Gatsbyesque dream really is that green light at the end of the dock that will never, never be his). After all it’s one thing to outsource torture to thugs in South America it’s another thing altogether to have Steve Bannon run the gulag. Because Bannon is not one of us as it was phrased elsewhere once upon a time. He may have slithered through the sewer with them but he doesn’t want to share. He wants to soak it all in gasoline and drop napalm on it. And they – the Deep State and its friends – know that if that happens they are either out of work or have to step out of the shadows and start letting people see them in their Stasi uniforms. And that’s out of the question. After all while it is likely that a great many leaks have originated inside the White House does anyone actually believe the intelligence agencies and their cohorts aren’t in it up to their gills? And in that regard the Breitbart morons and the FOX news junkies are correct when they wail and moan about the Deep State but that just begs the question: You come for the king, you best not miss.

And consider the leak of Trump’s calls to the president of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Australia. Not only do they represent a breakdown in security but they reveal yet another facet of Trump Inc’s total lack of command of the levers of power and control of the system. Any fool should know going in that the walls have ears and that pissing off the mandarins isn’t worth it unless you either can manufacture evidence of treason or really have evidence of treason and then have the political capital to force the House and the Senate to hold a show trial which then allows for a purge. But the idea of Trump Inc pulling off that is as likely as the Three Stooges having their own Jason Bourne franchise…Hey Mo! It’s a secret government spy program!

And again this returns us to the absolute lack of basic sense among his supporters. Where did they get the idea that he would be able to do any of the things he said he was going to do? They got it from the bottom of a box of stale crackerjacks. They got it from morons they know. Who repeat the same toxic half-truth shit they spew to themselves or to the screen when some animatronic doll with a haircut screams at them from inside the FOX or Breitbart echo chamber.

The Mexicans will pay for the wall.


The corporations will bring the jobs back.


The Chinese will do as their told.


Everyone we hate will shut the fuck up.


And who believes this useless pile of crap? People who are functional illiterates. People who have trouble holding more than one contradictory idea in their heads at the same time. People who have never really traveled anywhere or talked to anyone with whom they disagree. People who know nothing about how the world works. People who are powerless and have fantasies about being powerful in direct reverse proportion to their spineless existence.

In other words, the sort of people who are fascists and bigots and complete total fucking idiots who think Trump is a poster boy for success when of course he’s a third rate corporate huckster and a goon from Queens. Who of course is so desperate to have a table with the swells in Manhattan he’d sell out his base in a heartbeat – like a fire sale at a bankrupt casino. But what the fuck do they know about Queens? They don’t know shit. About anything worth knowing.

We’re not supposed to say that. We’re supposed to have empathy and even sympathy for them. They were betrayed says Michael Moore and Trump is their molotov cocktail. Jon Stewart says he knows these people and he loves them and he knows they’re not bigots. The corporate media won’t even say it. Watch Mika and Joe trip over themselves in their earnest efforts to not call a spade a spade.

Trump supporters aren’t stupid, they insist.They are not ignorant of how the government works.They have legitimate grievances.

Yada yada yada…

Listen to the bottom of the grease pit talk about him – we don’t care if he had to cheat. We don’t care if he lies. We don’t care. And the pundits twist themselves into knots trying to find justifications for it. The burned out husk of post-industrial America…the opioid crisis…the jobs went away…and all of those things are true. It’s also true that Jack the Ripper was good with a knife but that doesn’t mean he’s allowed into your house.

And while all of those things are true and people have been destroyed because of it anyone who looks at Trump and sees superman – a populist anti-establishment champion is a fucking moron.

And of course that’s who these people are. Fucking morons.

Which doesn’t mean there’s nothing but geniuses at the NY Times. It doesn’t mean the Algonquin is full and the wit is flowing like gin from overturned bottles of Bombay Sapphire.

One does not require the other.

A third of the country’s electorate voted for an idiot.

And they did it because they are stupid. They did it out of spite and because they hate women and themselves and because they are cowards. And they did it because in being idiots they could be manipulated by blatantly obvious Putin Bots. But above all else they did it because they are just dumb and don’t know anything worth knowing about how the world works.

Trump is an outsider…


Trump is brilliant…


Trump is successful…


Trump will outfox everyone…

It would be funny were it not so sad (well actually it’s both).

People infinitely smarter and with genuine knowledge of how things work can’t bend the world to their agenda. But knowing that requires actually knowing things that matter. In other words: “Ah yes, Mae West. A plumber’s idea of Cleopatra.”

Anti-intellectualism has a long history in this country. In fact it has a long history pretty much everywhere. Mao decided he didn’t like intellectuals unless they were chained to tractors that didn’t work. And Stalin never met an idea he couldn’t shit on. Even the ones that he found useful. And plenty of goons from Berlin to Rancho Mirage have heard the word culture…and reached for their gun.

The appeal of it is obvious. It tells you the world is simple and being simple it can be bent to your will if you have simple commitments to simple ideas. This is right and that’s wrong. Good guys wear white and bad guys are Muslims. The world is a nail and I am a hammer.

That’s it. That’s the mantra. W. used that with a slight twinkle in his beady eyes that suggested he knew it was crap in a shiny box but so what? He won. Ivy League shit-kicker. The best of both worlds. A common man worth millions.

And look how that turned out for everyone.

Of course then you have the urban hep-kat. Over and over again during his first run at the presidency his handlers used the same image – Obama getting out of an SUV slipping into his blazer and wearing cool shades. Cool. Jazz. Feline as Hitchens described him. He wasn’t bogged down by worn out ideological concepts, He was a transitional great man.

Except of course the system was entrenched and waiting for him when he arrived and swallowed him. (See Gary Wills):

The mandarins of Whitehall, they say, smile dismissively at every new Prime Minister because they were there before the election and they’ll be there after the next one. Regardless of who wins.

And yet, for all his enormous faults, Obama at least grasped that the world is not simple and that systems exist. He failed in spectacular fashion to adjust himself to that reality but at least he knew it was there.

And whatever the depth and complexity of his neurotic self-regard (the narcissism, the man of destiny hubris) if someone presented him with evidence he would recognize it as evidence. He might have base political reasons for disregarding or even morally sophisticated reasons, it but he wouldn’t disregard it because he was in the grips of a delusion and couldn’t tell truth from lies.

But that doesn’t excuse the idiots.

Nothing can.

There’s two scenes in Band of Brothers that come to mind. In the first, one of the officers breaks into a house looking for booze. It turns out it’s the home of a German officer. It’s an elegant house. The widow is there. She shames him with a steely fascist gaze and he leaves not quite tail between the legs but close enough. Later he sees her again. She like the rest of them has been ordered to one of the camps to help move the corpses. He stares at her. She at him. She is broken.

There are excuses and there are justifications but in the end none of them work.

There are piles of dead souls.

They got there because people are sadistic.

They got there because people are stupid.

In the second a wounded soldier is brought in from the line. The medic asks the officers how much morphine they gave him. They don’t know. He asks what do you mean you don’t know. They say, in their defense it was dark and they were rushing. The medic climbs into the ambulance with the wounded man. He looks back and says: You’re officers. You’re supposed to know.

On the first day after he’s gone from office the post-mortems will start.

Fascists? Here? No, they will say, down the road but not here.

And then they will slink back under their rocks and lick their wounds and whisper about how they were stabbed in the back.

And like the idiots they are, they will learn nothing and forget nothing and wait for their hour to come around again. And slouch back to DC waiting to be reborn.


Update: 8/9/17

As if more proof were required to demonstrate that Bannon is a fool consider the following:

Either the neo-fascist wing of the republican party has decided to pivot and attack the traditionalist wing in the form of McConnell or the marble in Trump’s head rolled to a different slot labeled: Blame Someone Else for My Stupidity and Incompetence.

In the first scenario Bannon and friends establish again that they are idiots because if they are successful in breaking McConnell they elevate Rand Paul as senior Senator from Kentucky. If they fail then they make McConnell their enemy and while feeding their base of White fascist powerless fools, they empower the Wall Street and traditionalist wing.

In the second scenario Bannon and friends establish again that they are idiots because if this is just the marble rolling from one dimly lit slot to another then it just means only an idiot would hitch their waggon to Trump.

If the goal is the destruction of the Administrative State then running around DC with a flamethrower and a can of gasoline while the grownups are keeping an eye on the pyromaniacs in Pyongyang is guaranteed to generate Deep State blowback, media condemnation, lobbyist fits, crashing poll numbers and the vein above Robert Muller’s eyes to start throbbing like someone has just injected him with a barrel of triple strength espresso and Adderall.

Revolutions may succeed by accident but they never succeed because a gang of chimps are trying to hump a lubed up football.

* We mean upside in the cynical sense of the American establishment’s realpolitik view – China and India beating each other up (but not to the point of trying to annihilate each other and using their nuclear weapons) means China is distracted, and possibly exposed as still not having a first rate military. The last time the PLA went to war they invaded Vietnam. Despite overwhelming superiority the PLA was repulsed and suffered badly.