Yes, I’d worry about this too

It can happen here: But has it? The 1933 scenario is no longer hypothetical
None of us could stop Donald Trump, and comparisons to 1933 no longer seem ludicrous. What do we do now?

Agreed, the big question now is whether The Donald will fuck it up as badly as FDR did.

We have crossed the river of history into a new country, and there’s no way back. Now we are stumbling around, amid the gathering darkness, and trying to figure out whether anything in this alien landscape is recognizable. Will the presidency of Donald Trump — an eventuality unforeseen by anyone, including Trump himself — resemble things that have happened before? Or is it a trip to an unknown planet, where all the things we thought we understood about reality and democracy and the nature of America no longer apply?

Karl Marx’s famous maxim that history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce, has itself been repeated too often, both in contexts where it fits and ones where it doesn’t. This time around, we damn well better hope it’s true. Farce, failure and incompetence are among the better possible outcomes of a Trump administration. The worse outcomes — which come more clearly into focus with every noxious new appointment, and every new report of a hate crime that the president-elect hasn’t heard about or blandly disavows — are almost too much to think about.

It’s time to think about them. Those worst-case scenarios have been nestled in their eggs feeding on ignorance and hatred for a long time, like the face-huggers of “Alien.” Now they’re hatching, and they’re hungry.

He really didn’t like FDR, did he?

12 thoughts on “Yes, I’d worry about this too”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    The worse outcomes — which come more clearly into focus with every noxious new appointment, and every new report of a hate crime that the president-elect hasn’t heard about or blandly disavows — are almost too much to think about.

    There has been no rise in hate crimes. The West is not full of hate. And it is very law-abiding. As for the problem of appointments, the people who gave Van Jones a job in the White House have no business lecturing others.

    As Obama said, elections have consequences. Suck it up Buttercup.

  2. The Inimitable Steve

    Progressive 1: “We’ve just lost control of the White House and the Supreme Court. Congress is firmly under Republican rule, our hegemony in academia has turned scholarship into a joke, and the left-leaning mass media has thoroughly destroyed its own credibility by openly campaigning for Hillary while calling the next president and his supporters stupid, inbred, ignorant, deplorable sexistracisttransphobic Hitler-Putin-KKK sympathisers. Where do we go from here?

    Progressive 2: “Uhhh… double down on all the stuff that failed before?”

    Progressive 1: “Yeeeah booooy!”

  3. So leftists are insane. They’ve spent the last 40 years demonising white Americans as racist, inbred, retarded, sexist, homophobic, hate-filled, white trash, sister fucking bigots and then act shocked when white people decide they’re sick of it and vote for someone who actually seems to like them instead.

    History will show that Mr Ecks did nothing wrong.

  4. Yeah, I remember when Hitler built a wall on the Polish border to keep out all the illegal immigrants. What a dick!

  5. Jerry, there were tank traps but the Germans filled them all in prior to invading. Or was that your point? But there was no wall

  6. People who don’t know what they’re talking about like to say “Hitler was elected,” like they’re making some profound point about democracy. That they believe that explains a lot of their current confusion.

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