I spent the first seven months of the year covering the news and critiquing the Biden administration. This was easy enough to do because there was no shortage of material to work with. Everything that could possibly go wrong whether it was illegal immigration, crime, censorship, civil liberties, political correctness, “trans,” monument destruction, inflation, gas prices, homelessness went wrong.
Looking back on it, I was grateful that the Trump Show was over, which was an utterly demoralizing black cloud that seemed to overshadow everything for four years. There was some good news coming out of the Republican base. White racial attitudes seemed to have stiffened. There was growing support for secession. The Trump base had soured on corporations. Everything from sports to shopping was becoming deeply politicized and polarized. All of this remains true. We’re better off in some ways.
The thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the Republican leadership and their policy agenda. Donald Trump is gone for now, but Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are still around. Lindsey Graham is still around. The rest of the gang like Marjorie Taylor Greene are still around owning the libs. Joe Biden has plunged in the polls and it appears the Democrats will almost certainly lose power in the 2022 midterms. It is hard to see at this point how they turn it around. Maybe something will happen that will change this dynamic like a bold Supreme Court ruling that overturns Roe.
What does that mean though? Assuming the GOP returns to power in Congress, what will it do with that power? What can we expect from having Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in power again in Washington? What will they do about anything? It is also becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump intends to run again in 2024. Blumpf: Season Two will be reinvading Afghanistan to own the libs.
It has been sickening to watch these people for the last three weeks because it has revealed that they have no intention of changing anything. It will be back to corporate tax cuts and deregulation. It will be back to surges and troop deployments and warmongering to restore the “credibility” of the American Empire. It will be back to “rebuilding our military” which sees us as its “domestic enemy.” They will carry water for the “intelligence community” and shill for its agenda to own the libs. Above all else, we will return to endless grifting and cycles of backlash politics and giving these people power so that they can explain to us that there is nothing that they can do about anything for deep philosophical reasons like Gov. Kristi Noem.
It is vexing to think about the futility of all of it. I’m not sure what I am going to do, but the thought of Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in power and the return of Trump is discouraging me from wanting to write about politics. Maybe I will do something else and return to writing about history for a while.