22 long, dark nights for America: Slings and Arrows

by awindram

Twenty-two long, dark nights to go. 

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Crooked Hillary colluded w/FBI and DOJ and media is covering up to protect her. It’s a ! Our country deserves better!

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “There are a lot of bullies in this world. The last thing we need is one in the White House.

Daily election article of interest: Burning Down the House

“I take all of these slings and arrows gladly for you — gladly.”
Donald J. Trump – West Palm Beach, October 13

He suffers for us … though we know not what we do.

For the longest time one of the working assumptions about Trump was that he had taken the language of the Tea Party and Southern Evangelicals and successfully repackaged it in his own his unique, modern-day P.T. Barnum bluster. In effect, it was the same old shit just Trumpified.

And yet lately, with the hysteria of his speeches ramped up to even further heights, it seems that this is something new entirely. For all the sloganeering about making America great again, there is zero optimism in Trump’s pronouncements, only bleakness. Anticipating defeat he is now questioning the very integrity of American democracy, while also adopting this odd, almost messianic, language about gladly taking the arrows for his supporters. The notion that a man who is ready to scapegoat whole religious and ethnic groups is casting himself as a scapegoat is risible, but we should also be clear that this is not standard American political language and nor is it the “tell it like it is” everyman routine Trump’s candidacy was based around. This sounds more like Jim Jones than Ronald Reagan. Even Pat Robertson would balk at saying something like this.

He will suffer for us, but presumably without us getting to bask in redeeming love at the end of it.