I feel like I have expended my rage.
For years, I raged about Donald Trump and how nothing he ran on was getting accomplished, how various things like criminal justice reform that no one had ran on were getting done instead, how there was no vision on the mainstream Right aside from pandering and doing whatever the Republican donor class wants. Less than 100 days out from the 2020 election though, I just don’t care anymore.
Earlier this year, I raged for months about COVID-19, which I thought was being downplayed. I did not believe it was “just the flu.” I was aghast when the donor class made the call in February to “let it rip.” It has since ripped through 159,000 lives and that is during the spring and summer at exactly the time when the normal flu season ends. In hindsight, the only thing worse than the initial response to the virus were the half assed lockdowns which followed, which cratered the economy in April only to revert back to the same policy of doing nothing in May. The virus was allowed to rebound to new highs and now the situation is hopeless. No one trusts “public health experts” anymore. No one trusts the government. Nothing can be done about the situation and what was done was foolish and chaotic. Some countries like China did precision lockdowns which saved lives and quelled the virus. The geniuses who run the United States failed to save lives, failed to quell the virus, sunk the economy and added trillions of dollars in debt. No one has any idea of what will happen when the actual flu season begins in the fall.
After raging about Donald Trump and COVID-19, I moved on in late May and early June to raging about, well, nothing short of the collapse of civic order in large swathes of the United States, which was more startling than the virus. We watched helplessly as mobs engaged in violence on a scale unprecedented at least in my lifetime. We watched them blow up police departments. We watched some cities abolish the police outright. We watched them lay siege to a federal courthouse. We watched them destroy hundreds of public monuments. We watched countless people get “cancelled” for differences of opinion. Finally, it culminated in nearly every major multinational corporation in the United States showering the mob with plaudits and billions of dollars and the meaning of “racism” being changed to be mean “White person.” The greatest legislative triumph of the Trump administration was cutting their taxes.
I know that I am not alone in this. Millions of people are enraged about some combination of the above or all of the above. The staggering incompetence, fecklessness and venality of our worthless “leaders” who are supposed to protect us and represent our interests has been exposed by a true crisis. I’m guessing the sentiment out there has followed a trajectory similar to mine … crossing from anger and rage at our do nothing leaders to just being emptied of rage and feeling like you are done with the whole lot of them. Nothing can be done with these people. They can’t be relied on to do anything. At least for those of us who aren’t millionaires and billionaires. The current system works for oligarchs.
So what happens now? What comes out of this collective loss of confidence? What do you do when you realize your “representatives” are a joke? We shall know soon enough.
Note: I think we need another option.