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.
TRUMP has been analyzed, dissected, and deconstructed ad infinitum. The XTreme TRUMPological phenomenon is gradually eating away at our democracy, our way of life, our reality, or as James Comey poignantly points out, “if you are within range of his influence, he will eat your soul.” We must remind ourselves that this corruptive power of persuasion is dissolving the rational, ethical code we attempt to live by. For those who have no resistance, TRUMP eventually beats you down and destroys your grip on whatever it is that makes you human.