I remember when I was stationed in Fulda, Germany in the army, and we would sometimes cross the border on weekends to hang out with East Germans we had become friends with (by we, I mean troop mates, I just came along). We’d always bring Jack and Jim and marlboros, because we could get them at the duty free and the East Germans loved them. I digress.
The thing that stood out immediately on those trips was that almost as soon as you crossed the border, you could tell the difference between east and west. The West was in full technicolor, with blue skies and green grass and red roofs and colorful buildings, and everything in the east looked like concrete and smog. It was that visceral and that real.
That’s sort of how I have felt before and after the election. I’m just astonished that I wasn’t cynical enough for the American people. I mean, I knew Republicans would fall in line. They always do. I saw the rot from the inside and got out while I was still somewhat a human. But I didn’t think half the country was this god damned crazy and stupid.
The man is an ignoramus and a fraud, surrounded by white supremacists, warmongers, liars, lunatics and con artists, and he has almost unlimited power because I don’t think for one instance the Republicans in congress will reign him in. They’ll just normalize it like they have everything else that has happened the last few years. It’s downright terrifying.
And I honestly don’t know what we can do. I don’t have faith that Dems will pull together and rebuild. I think we are in for a world of shit for quite some time. Christ, half the lefties I read think the path to the future is shitting all over Clinton and many of them think crapping all over Obama as being too centrist is the way forward. Fuck that noise.
If you thought this was leading somewhere positive, sorry. Not feeling it. We’re all driving Trabants now and Rush Limbaugh is the traffic cop. I’m just going to have to deal with this one day at a time, I guess.