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The Problem of Donald Trump Didn’t Start with Donald Trump


democratic elections are not meant to adjudicate such matters anyway. They are by definition a mechanism of temporarily designating who gets to run the country. (The question is posed to voters again and again, on a regular schedule.) If the issues at stake are about the very “soul of America,” democracy quickly reveals itself to be a profoundly unsatisfying means of organizing our politics.
via The Problem of Donald Trump Didn’t Start with Donald Trump
Worth a read.

Cuntroversy: For Conservatives on Bee and Barr, Civility Is a One-Way Street


Conservatives are generally childish about culture; they enjoy TV and movies and, to some extent, books but become enraged when they turn on cable or open a novel — or just read about them on a right-wing aggregation site — and find messages of which they do not approve.
via Cuntroversy: For Conservatives on Bee and Barr, Civility Is a One-Way Street
This is the most important story in America. The GOP demands respect it hasn’t earned nor will it reciprocate and the media allows this to happen under the false pretense of “both sides are just as bad”

There Is Only One Trump Scandal


There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates, who are using their official power for personal and financial gain rather than for the welfare of the American people, and their attempts to shield that corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, or legal accountability.
via There Is Only One Trump Scandal
All the scandals all link to this single root scandal.

Why Trump’s Assault on Democracy Doesn’t Bother the Radical Left


While the left-wing critics of the democracy movement have no sympathy for Trump, they do not share this analysis of the threat he poses. To begin with, these critics see the threat posed by Trump as his policy agenda, not any damage to the American system of government. Liberals see the Constitution as a flawed document that contained high ideals that have, in fits and starts over two centuries, come closer into alignment with reality. Leftists regard it as a bitter joke barely worthy of defense. Rana dismisses defenses of “Constitution and country,” and the belief that “the founding principles” contain “a basic commitment to universal equality” as “homilies [politicians] had to repeat to be taken seriously by party gatekeepers and thus rise to prominence.” In truth, Rana asserts, “American capitalism” is “inherently oppressive.”
via Why Trump’s Assault on Democracy Doesn’t Bother the Radical Left
This is a growing problem that is not getting the attention it should get.

I’m done trying to understand Trump supporters. Why don’t they try to understand me?The idea that we...

I’m done trying to understand Trump supporters. Why don’t they try to understand me?

The idea that we must “understand” those folks carries with it an implicit suggestion that in so doing, we might find some ground for compromise. It would be a great idea in normal times. But again, these times are not normal.

No compromise is possible here for a simple reason Trump followers seem to understand better than the rest of us: You can’t compromise with demography, can’t order numbers to stop being what they are and saying what they say about the coming tide of change. 

via I’m done trying to understand Trump supporters. Why don’t they try to understand me?

The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose


Even conservatives in the Reagan era who preached the gospel of limited government saw some value in the actual practice of governance. Today, all that voters on the right seem to demand of their elected officials is headline fodder and comfort in the face of a more multicultural future. They voted less for a president than an emotion, and Trump’s results thus far bear that out. Even their few efforts to shape legislation have been darkly comical. A government that works is a pretty important thing, yet this one will always be more skilled at reproducing gruel for cable consumption than it will be at forming policy.
via The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose
>From Rollingstone, worth a read.