Just when you think you have heard it all, seen it all, you can’t even begin to imagine how this epic horror show could possibly become any darker and more sinister: and yet, it simply does. The XTreme TRUMPogical reality show antics we have come to know so well: angry temper tantrums agitated by the press, gangster talk on the White House driveway, a staff of Stepford Wives lying through their teeth, Republicans cowering inside their underground holes beneath what used to be the People’s House, misspelled Twitter missives exploding somewhere off in the distance, all amidst a dazed electorate too brain dead to comprehend just how far they have sunk into this no-longer-metaphorical swamp.
Once upon a time, between 1861 and 1865 as a matter of fact, the United States had a shadow government with its own President, White House, and constitution. The Confederate States of America was ruled by President Jefferson Davis, who plotted the Civil War from his executive mansion in downtown Richmond, Virginia. In April of 1865, Richmond went down in flames, and the “other” President (the real one), Abraham Lincoln, together with his troops, descended on the Shadow Capital of America to lower the curtain on this dark chapter in American history.
The so-called orderly world of the news, its production, hosts, anchors, reporters and pundits – the navigators and guides of The Spectacle – are an attempt to impose a dampening on the disorderly flow of events. In reality, the broadcast news is a sum totality of punditry, graphical motion, breaking disasters, advertising seduction, and compressed soundbites, which ultimately becomes an incessant, disjunct noise, circulating and reverberating in our nervous system whenever we choose to open the tap.
They will do anything, say anything, report anything, lie about anything, turn everything upside down and inside out to WIN. Fox News is to humanity and the common good what carbon monoxide is to the air we breathe.
It’s as though a dark cloud has descended, a daily torrent of dystopic news unfolding: from the undoing of Roe v Wade, to the White House stonewalling of Congress, to new efforts to weaponize foreign propaganda for the 2020 Election Denouement. It never even seemed conceivable that the toxic effects of XTreme TRUMPology would inject such madness in the body politic, such that it would spread and infiltrate the impressionable minds of politicians, judges, and media zealots
Perhaps this descent into a digitalized chaos, this immersion in the Torrent, this need to bathe in electronic particles that swirl around me, is my way of coping with the forces of XTreme TRUMPological Xcess that casts a dark cloud over us all.