Saturday, February 18, 2017

Donald Trump: a Nazi Zombie or Cthulhu?

Michael Lumish

{Also published at the Elder of Ziyon.}
"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche 
"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." - H.P. Lovecraft

Welcome to the new American moment of rising white nationalism, anarchist violence in the streets, and an irate progressive-left that refuses to reconcile itself to the fact of a Donald Trump presidency.

It is not merely that the Left disagrees with Trump on policy issues, it is that they have aggregated that hatred into the core of the sun for the purpose of creating nuclear fusion.

This is a level of domestic collective political hostility that no living American has seen before and nobody knows what it will produce beyond getting an autistic white kid tortured in Chicago, among other such imbecilic acts of identity politics-based violence and cruelty.

One would have to travel back to early 1860s Savannah, Georgia to gloriously revel in this degree of rancor for the President of the United States and for people of the wrong color.

When I was a kid the Left despised Richard Nixon and when he died in 1994 Hunter S. Thompson wrote an obituary for The Atlantic that twisted the knife even in death. In "He Was a Crook," Thompson wrote:
I have had my own bloody relationship with Nixon for many years, but I am not worried about it landing me in hell with him. I have already been there with that bastard, and I am a better person for it. Nixon had the unique ability to make his enemies seem honorable, and we developed a keen sense of fraternity. Some of my best friends have hated Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.
But even Nixon, despite the secret bombing of Cambodia, was not as reviled as Donald J. Trump is today.

In college many of my friends did not much like Ronald Reagan, either, but we did not dress head-to-toe in black - almost like tight-fitting burkas, if you think about it - and then form ourselves into "black blocs" for the purpose of beating the holy hell out of perfectly innocent people in the streets.

And that is precisely what we saw when Milo Yiannapolous dropped by UC Berkeley on his "Dangerous Faggot Tour."

And then, of course, there was George W. Bush, the "Cowboy President" who allegedly robbed Al Gore of his rightful ascension and who followed in George Sr.'s footsteps by dragging the United States into more pointless warring in the Middle East. So we bitched and we moaned and we cried and we marched and some of us even went to Midland, Texas to say hello to Cindy Sheehan at "Camp Casey" not far from W.'s ranch.


Nazis, Klansmen, and Fascists

So, why does the disdain for Trump seem so much more angry and intense than these other examples of famous American presidential loathing? It is in part because while those who dislike Trump are loudly spreading their hatred, the rest of the country is quietly going about its daily business. Recent polling shows that something close to 50 percent of Americans actually favor the temporary ban from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya. My assumption is that, like all rational westerners, these people take the rise of political Islam seriously. Some of them follow the news of the immigration crisis in Europe. 

One would not get this sense from the overall mainstream media, nor the alternative media, because the drumbeat of fear and loathing is so relentless one would surely think that almost every ethically-decent American considers the temporary ban as on some moral par with the unjust internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II.

So, why have so many Americans gone stone-cold crazy? Why are so many otherwise normal and intelligent people bursting with horror at this particular political moment?

The reason has to do with Nazis, Klansmen, and fascists.

Homophobes, Islamophobes, and Antisemites.

Sexists, Transphobes, and all other manner of benighted Arkansas pig farmers.

That's why.

When The Enemy - as embodied by the hideous yammering visage of Donald Trump - represents the very worst that unearthly existence can manifest then there are no ethical limits on behavior in beating back the terrible cosmic menace. A righteous moral stance cannot include mere disapproval or protest, but full on resistance by any means necessary... however bloody, hypocritical, or devoid of simple human decency.

And if Democrats and progressives prefer not to get their hands dirty, that's what the Boys in Black are for. Perhaps if they curb-stomp enough Trumpeteers it will serve as notice to the rest to stay out of sight and keep their white-bread, humanist-individualist, Judeo-Christian yaps shut.

And make no mistake, Trump did not magically transform into Zombie Hitler - or the monster of your choice - through his own behavior.

He was transmogrified into Zombie Hitler by a Democratic Party leadership that had grown so confident, fat, and self-satisfied that only a spectral fascist could possibly stall their well-meaning efforts to change America into a semi-socialist enclave of sneauxflakes and drones. If the Democrats decided that they are "the good people" and the Republicans are "the bad people" then they decided that Donald Trump is Cthulhu, a multi-tentacled, insatiable, monstrosity from the Deep... or a Zombie Nazi... choose whichever you like.

And this is why the self-righteous Idiots in Black took to the streets of UC Berkeley to beat the holy hell out of Trump supporters at the Milo event.

What else can you do to a supporter of fascism other than kick its head in an anti-free-speech riot in the place most famous as home of the Free Speech Movement?


Race, Gender, Class

In the years between the end of the Vietnam War and the present, the progressive-left (or what political youtube icon Dave Rubin refers to as the "regressive-left") took the best ideas that American politics has to offer and turned them into mierda.

Questions of racial, gendered, and economic-class injustices go directly to the heart of the western political experience. From a liberal humanist perspective there is nothing more important than treating human beings as individuals with rights rather than as some annoying or frightening member of an othered group to be treated like dirt.

The fundamental purpose of movements for ethnic and gendered freedom was to relieve all of us of the burden of never-ending bigoted and unjust animosities. In Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, that was the dream.

But no sooner had this dream approached reality than the Left turned it into a weapon and betrayed its core values in doing so.

And this is where Hillary Clinton, her "basket of deplorables," and some ridiculous grinning green frog named Pepe, comes into the story.

During the campaign, and much to Bernie Sanders' ongoing annoyance, the drums of race and gender beat considerably harder and louder than those of economic class. Activists in the Democratic Party and the progressive-left who wanted to challenge the allegedly brutal, racist, white, patriarchal, imperialist, rape-culture of America were torn between Hillary's neo-liberalism and Sanders' anti-capitalism.

So, when Hillary, who we all knew was going to get the nomination despite Sanders' admirable challenge, decided to smack Trump around with Breitbart and white nationalism she unleashed The Fear into the American population on a national scale. The next thing that we knew Facebook and Twitter and God-Knows-What-All overflowed with rumors of gun-toting, Republican-voting, Nazi-sympathizing, angry, white guys prowling the streets of America as swastikas popped up all over the media like psilocybin mushrooms after a good rain.

The fact that there are no actual Nazis, Klansmen or fascists within the ranks of American power was not about to stop a good case of mass hysteria, however, so Team Hillary dug up Richard Spencer, tied Spencer to Breitbart, and threw both into the face of Donald Trump.

And they did so even as Milo darted between American university campuses humiliating idiots and referring to Trump as "Daddy." It is thus not difficult to see just why they would despise the guy and thereby smear him as a Nazi.

The truth, however, is that this sort of manichean, black-and-white, Good versus Evil, partisan politics is ripping this country to pieces. It's harming families and friendships.

Of course, if it makes people happy, they should continue spitting the hate.

I may find it interesting in a perverse and twisted kind of way, but it's certainly not doing the country any good.

29 comments:

  1. "Perhaps if they curb-stomp enough Trumpeteers it will serve as notice to the rest to stay out of sight and keep their white-bread, humanist-individualist, Judeo-Christian yaps shut."
    That sounds an awful lot like terrorism.

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    1. The most frustrating thing of all is that when I look at the amazing array of garbage that they perpetually throw at Trump I know there are legitimate grievances than can be dug out of the crap.

      They've turned what should be normal skeptical inquiry into a fucking lynch mob and they're destabilizing the country in the process.

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    2. Just to see the reactions helps show the extent to which they fell prey to fake news and among themselves.

      They seem to believe that fake news is literal.

      They pretend not to know. It was therefore easy to tune out the negative behavior of Obama from scrutiny and over time fall out of touch by adopting a a "fake" narrative that still drives them. Hopefully, it will end before it does more damage to us all.

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    3. I agree, Mike. And the usual suspects just can't seem to help themselves. That's scary. I've read a lot of unhinged crazy crap today, and yes, it is distracting from legitimate criticism.
      I got called "right-wing" today simply for daring to challenge crazy.

      oldschool,
      Yes, they pretend not to know. I'm so sick and tired of engaging people who pretend they don't know. I'm tired of dishonesty in the name of political correctness. I'm tired of people telling me to toe the line.

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    4. Ayup. I am not a big one for staying within ideological boundaries, either. No one is going to tell me what I may, or may not, be allowed to think. And no one is going to tell me that opposing the rise of political Islam - or its introduction into the United States - is somehow "racist."

      Maybe it's already obvious, but the biggest US political fights in the coming year(s) will probably be fought over questions of immigration and the influence of "identity politics" on the larger culture.

      I do find some of these new media people, like Rubin and Harris, to be pointing in an alternative and entirely reasonable direction.

      Maybe you guys can add a few names to the list.

      Harris leans left. Rubin is a libertarian, essentially. He calls himself a "classical liberal," which leads me to wonder just where he is on the social safety net. Sargon of Akkad is right-leaning while Stefan Molyneux is a bit further to the right, still.

      Any recommendations?

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    5. And all of them are disgusted with the progressive-left because it promotes a divisive and toxic form of racism (within its anti-racism) and is entirely unhelpful in promoting the well-being of the very people who they claim to speak for.

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    6. In Sargon's interview by Dave Rubin he refers to himself as liberal. Why do you say he leans right? I'm only going by that interview. I know nothing else about him. Maybe I missed something.

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    7. Jeff, I have to say, this question caught me up short.

      Let me retract that claim of Sargon's right-leaningness until I feel more comfortable speaking on the guy.

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  2. It's a chthonic eruption of the American soul.

    Both fascinating and hideous to see.

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  3. Well sure. People feel a need to overtop each other. He's not Hitler he's Super Hitler. He eats babies. And then there's another tweet that says, No! he's mega ultra Hitler raised to the power of Stalin squared. And so on and on and on. That's the point of social media. And then eventually one of its darlings slips up and says something off color about one of their own Hindu Holsteins and all fuck breaks loose. Then they have do the obligatory slutwalk and mea culpa and rehab world tour. In the meantime someone even crazier and meaner takes their place.

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  4. They are scared of Trump and not because they really think he's Hitler. They are afraid of losing all they have built. Same goes for the press and his GOP enemies.

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    1. They are probably preempting revelations of the criminal abuses by Obama regime. More than his "legacy" or their careers are at stake. Likely actual jail terms and firing squads.

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    2. I bet that's it.

      He's a threat... but to whom, exactly?

      He can't be said to represent the evil forces of capitalism any more than does Hillary. Like Sanders he believes in a strong federal government with a focus on economic protectionism and in opposition to Clintonesque neo-liberalism.

      What they've built and wish to protect, as Hillary would have, is identity politics bolstered via immigration.

      And by over-reacting to any and all questioners of their fundamental premises they are creating enemies. I wish they wouldn't because the cause for equal treatment is worthwhile, but they've moved well beyond that.

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    3. Obama's is not an American. It's not about whether his birth certificate is fake. His loyalties are with the Muslim world.
      "Fundamental transformation of America" didn't mean "into progressive utopia", but into a Muslim state. The task was too big for 8 years, but he set us well on the way. Democrat party has transformed into a party of Islam. Muslim population rose (legally) by a million. Muslim immigration is regarded as a right. Muslim religion can not be criticized on campus, at work, or in the media. Muslims and sympathizers are now at the highest echelons of US government and security services. They don't want Islamization to stop, or their treason to be exposed.

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    4. Jacob, your argument assumes nefarious intent on the part of those who disagree with your politics. And, c'mon, Obama is very definitely an American. What he also is, is a corporatist-globalist, as is Hillary. Sanders and Trump are not.

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  5. "Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

    HL Mencken.

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    1. Mencken might be fun to take another gander at. I only remember him from a little college reading around the Monkey Trial.

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    2. Expanding the concept:

      "In both the old and new Puritanism, worshippers achieve a sense of moral worth simply by designating themselves among “the elect” -- no good works required. To validate that uncertain status, however, they feel compelled to heap abuse upon the sinner lest they too be thought guilty of the sin.

      Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/the_suffocating_neopuritanism_of_progressive_america.html#ixzz4ZGpGzKsT
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      Neo-puritan=Progressives is the meme. I see a certain truth in it. I dont get CNN so watched it (Trump's Florida rally) at my girlfriends Sat night. She facebooked about it and was immediately confronted by accusations that I was somehow an evil Trump supporter. I just wanted to watch the freaking news; now I am a suspected sinner.

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    3. You are an evil ___________ist.

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  6. hmmmmmmmmmmm......."“Occasionally the real force behind a political ideology is the subconsciously held desire that a certain group of people should not be allowed to rise in relative status.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/20/trump-elite-brexit-rome-crisis-glenn-reynolds-column/98132442/

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  7. Meanwhile, in the real world:

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    More than 60 threats to Jewish centers across the US, authorities investigating

    By EMILY SHAPIRO
    Mike Levine

    Feb 20, 2017, 7:01 PM ET
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    That's from http://abcnews.go.com/US/11-jewish-centers-us-received-threats-today-federal/story?id=45620641

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  8. This Milo thing has triggered one of my lefty friends to suggest that although he is still on target with his support of gays and all maybe it'd be ok to do some "selective gay bashing." Uh-huh. M'kay.

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    1. Tell your friend that the only category that's important for bashing purposes is the category "schmuck." You can bash a schmuck, even a black, tranny, sharia supporting muslim schmuck. Schmuck is the only meaningful category, the rest are a complete waste of time, and a waste of your life concerning yourself over. Then go bash your friend for being a total schmuck.

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    2. So if "selective gay bashing" is now OK with the left, and we know Jew bashing has been OK for a while, even if no longer selective, what is the core? Who would a leftist not bash under any circumstances? My money is on Muslims.

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    3. Well, Jacob. They may wish to keep their heads...just sayin'

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  9. Sounds good Jeff. Can I bash Farrakhan?

    "During his appearance at Joe Louis Arena, Farrakhan denounced Jews and told them they are not God’s “chosen” people.

    “I want to disabuse the Jews today of the false claim that you are the chosen of God — that Israel or Palestine belongs to you,” he said.

    “I want to disabuse you of that. I’m going to tell you about your future. You that think you have power to frighten and dominate the peoples of the world. I’m here to announce the end of your time,” Farrakhan said, slamming his hand on the podium."

    http://www.theamericanmirror.com/thousands-chant-allahu-akbar-farrakhan-detroit/

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  10. Several days after Trump's poorly received remarks about Sweden's violence what happens? There is major Swedish violence. Folks, we have just elected the first clairvoyant President. heh

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