Feeling Politically Powerless Drives My Creativity #AmWriting



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


I’m feeling rather powerless as my nation slides into fascism. I really don’t have any other outlet but being able to tell a decent story, so that’s why I find myself having a huge amount of energy to develop and write this novel.

Every day, House Trump manages to enrage me more than the day before. That’s a limitless supply of creative energy for me to do whatever necessary to finish this this story (two novels) as quickly as possible. It really makes me feel a lot better to be able to articulate my rage at the Trump Era in a well-thought out manner.

As I’ve said many times before, I hate “woke” art for a number of reasons, chief among them if you’re so busy preach at me that you forget to tell a great story, then what’s the point. If you can’t use subtext to get your point across, then don’t even tell the story, no one wants to read it or see it.

Anyway, I’m moving fairly quickly with this novel. But I have to speed things up even more. If I don’t wrap this up sooner rather than later, we’ll be so far into Trump’s stolen second term that my window of opportunity will have closed and I’ll simply be snatched off the street — or pushed out a window.

I’m trying to do at least three chapters a week instead of the current one. That seems like one of the ways I can get this done by no later than Thanksgiving 2020.

Wish me luck.

Living in Fascist America



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


Barring some spectacular and unforeseen event between now and January, Trump is going to steal the 2020 election in a rather brazen fashion. It will be so brazen, in fact, that the press simply won’t know how to process it. They will “both sides” the whole thing to such an extent that their actual coverage will be meaningless.

All that will matter is Trump gets a second term and that’s that.

The truly tragic thing about this clusterfuck is we’re going into it with our eyes wide open. I know way too many fucking MAGA fascists and they all look forward eagerly for what I would consider a nightmare. And, really, I suspect they’re going to be quite content when Trump turns the United States into an autocratic one party state.

That is, of course, until it gets personal. That’s when they’re going to whine and whine about whatever happened. Or maybe they won’t. Maybe by that point they will have such a vested interest in Trump’s tyranny they’ll simply be Trump’s Willing Executioners.

The point of all of this is liberal democracy in the United States died when Trump was acquitted by the Senate. Yes, Trump’s astonishingly horrific handling of the COVID19 pandemic for a moment put his political fate in doubt, but that’s long over. Not only have his poll numbers stabilized, but he’s actively working to make it as difficult to vote during this pandemic as possible.

It’s because of this that Trump “winning” a second term is a foregone conclusion at this point. Just like we were deluding ourselves to think there was a chance he would be convicted by the Senate, so, too, are we deluding ourselves to think Trump isn’t going to get a second term, one way or another.

I’m trying to personally come to grips with how bad Trump’s second term is going to be. Once you slice the seal on tyranny, there’s no way to put it back in the bottle. In 2021, Trump is going to purge all TV of anyone he disagrees with and then begin to rant about how badly we need a Constitutional Convention to “pass a balanced budget amendment.”

Once the Constitutional Convention is convened — because it is made up of mostly MAGA people selected by state legislatures — it will go rogue (with a lot of egging from Trump) and pass a slew of American Enabling Acts that will make the United States little more than Trumplandia.

I have to begin to come to grips with the cold, hard truth that no one is going to save us. No scandal is going to “bring down” House Trump. And, really, the only thing that might causes a little bit of a hiccup for Trump’s final consolidation of power is, well, Trump himself. He’s not only an insane moron, he’s also criminally incompetent. And a well-known self-own artist.

So, anything is possible.

But I have to begin to accept that at some point in Trump’s second term things are going to get really personal for me. Like, REALLY PERSONAL. I’m either goig to be snatched off the street and crammed into a ICE camp, or I’m simply going to be pushed out a window.

I have to come to grips with that fate.

#Belarus, #Russia & The Legacy Of 1989



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


Let me begin by saying I’m simply a casual observer of these things and no expert. Just have a reasonably educated opinion on the situation developing in Belarus.

On one hand, Belarus is a small country that should a tipping point come — like, say, a fixed election — would be a prime candidate for a successful revolution like what we saw all across Eastern Europe in 1989. In fact, Belarus is something of an anomaly in that it never even pretended to embrace liberal democracy after the fall of Communism there.

But there’s also a huge but you have to include whenever you discuss the fate of Belarus — but Putin’s Russia.

If events in Belarus grow too unstable, it is very reasonable to assume that Russia will strike rather quickly. They would say they were “invited in” then, well, never leave. Putin would do what he’s wanted to do for 25 years — annex Belarus outright.

Given that the United States is pretty much under Putin’s thumb in the guise of our traitor “president” Donald Trump, if ever Putin was going to absorb Belarus, now would be the time to do it. The United States won’t say a word.

There is a little bit of a risk, however, that if things grow too unstable in Belarus that the whole powder-keg in neighboring Ukraine might blow up in a way that Putin couldn’t control and he might grow way too tempted to sow the seeds of his own destruction by starting a general war in eastern Ukraine.

But that’s kind of stretching it at this point.

And maybe nothing will come of the protests in Minks. It’s going to be a long night, no matter what.

What Is Putin Thinking? #Ukraine #Belarus


by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

The thing about Putin’s Russia is in real terms, the election of Trump gives us a real sense of their power as opposed to what they would like us to think they can do. Electing Trump was the softest, cheapest form of geopolitical ratfucking possible. It was cheap and nearly value free.

Meanwhile, two major issues on Russia’s border remain unsolved, at least to date. While Russia would love to gobble up most of Ukraine and all of Belarus, as of right now, they’ve just been all talk outside of moving troops around now and then. But current reports of growing protests in Belarus just might be something Putin can use as a springboard to taking the country.

Belarus is small and poor and Russia could probably actually gobble up if the timing us right. Not that it wouldn’t be pretty bloody, but Russia could swoop in as “liberators” things get too bad in Belarus and then, well, never leave.

One sign, at least to me, that Putin is quite confident that Trump is going to successfully steal the election is there’s not been a major land grab of eastern Ukraine by the Russians. Putin feels confident that ultimately Trump will leave NATO in his second term and, as such, Russia will be in a much better position to eat as much of Ukraine as it likes.

Russia is a unique geopolitical player because geographically it’s huge and it has a shit ton of nuclear weapons, but on the ground, it’s economy is so small that Putin knows he would just be setting himself up for his own downfall if he simply attacked Ukraine in a general war. Hence, Putin simply lurks on the border and waits for just the right moment to strike.

As such, it’s far more possible Belarus might be gobble up sooner rather than later than Ukraine. If that should change, should Russia rather abruptly move on Ukraine late this year, then something pretty fucking dramatic would have had happened to Trump’s chances of stealing the election.

I don’t see that happening, however.

Novel Update



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


Things are going quite well so far. I’m slowly working my way to the end of the first act. It’s going a lot slower than it needs to go, however, if I want to wrap the first draft up no later than Thanksgiving.

But the overall process is a lot of fun, if a lot of hard work.

One of the big issues is, as always, I have no idea what the world will look like when I actually finish the two novels. I also have to stay focused. It’s very easy for me to realize there’s another concept I could work on that’s a bit simpler that I could wrap up pretty quick.

Yet I’ve sunk this much time into this thing — and it’s a really strong concept — I might as well keep going.

I am, however, definitely learning how *I* develop and write a novel — or a screenplay for that matter.

I really, really like this story, however, so I’m going to keep going until something out of my control forces me to reassess things. Wish me luck.

President Mattis?



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


We are careening towards a constitutional crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen for the simple reason that MAGA Republicans don’t see democracy as legitimate anymore. So all bets are off should Biden overcome a series of pretty huge obstacles to actually been sworn in as president in January.

Before I go any further, let me make it clear — Trump is throwing everything he has at the 2020 election so it’s not free and fair. And he’s doing it in a rather brazen fashion to such an extent that he actually wraps up his “victory” if not on election night, then soon afterwards.

Yet make no mistake, Trump is going to steal the election.

In fact, the likelihood that Trump leaves office for any political reason is equal to the likelihood he was ever going to get convicted by the Senate — 0. So all of this is just a fantasiam, a bit of mental masturbation.

But let’s just play pretend. Somehow, after about three months of repeated cliffhangers, we have the final cliffhanger — now that we’ve managed to get the Electoral College to vote for the popular vote winner Biden, what is Trump and MAGA going to do about it?

Well, they’re going to freak out.

Trump’s criminality and his insanity will fuse and he’ll drop any number of huge bombs on the situation. If he hasn’t ready, he may indict Biden direction then try to work out some agreement whereby in exchange for dropping the charges on Biden, we let him off scot free. Or something. There will be rolling MAGA political violence across the country.

But, in the end, the issue will be the military. The military may have to step in after 240 years of avoiding it. As such, we might find ourselves in some pretty surreal situations.

I could see something like Gen. Mattis being named president by the Electors in some sort of Grand Compromise that would avoid a civil war and allow the country to calm down enough to try to punt the situation down the road until the 2022 midterms. And that’s a best case scenario!

The worst case scenario is even the military would be divided and we would have a limited civil war as MAGA ratchets up the violence in an attempt to make it clear that any outcome that doesn’t involve House Trump ending up on top isn’t going to be seen as valid by 38% of the electorate.

Somewhere in that same spectrum would be a Unity Government of some sort, where by maybe Biden gets to be president only on the condition that, say, Ivanka is Biden’s veep. Biden is old, after all, and that might be enough for House Trump to extremely reluctantly abide by a Grand Compromise.

Anyway, again, the issue is the United State is no longer a liberal democracy. We’re a fascist state. The bad guys have won and they’re going to start snatching people off the street when they’re not pushing them out of windows.

Countdown To American Fascism: The Final Pivot



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


The thing that Twitter liberals are so oblivious about is about 38% of the electorate is so afraid of the Browning of America (and other things) on an existential level that they eagerly await the ice cold embrace of autocratic rule. So, in a sense, the worst nightmare of myself and Twitter liberals is their dream. MAGA believes that only through autocratic rule can they prevent the Browning of America, bring back high paying jobs for poorly educated men and get women to date men they previously would not date.

Or something.

The point is, it is such a law of nature at this point that Trump is going to brazenly steal the election with the ardent support of 38% of the electorate that we need to start thinking of about this new normal and how people who oppose MAGA fit into it.

The time for scoring points on Twitter is over. Twitter is not the real world. If Twitter liberals don’t stop conspicuously gnashing their teeth on online and start figuring out what to do in the real world where their lives, careers and families are at stake and at risk, then, well, lulz. The key thing to remember is once Trump steals the 2020 election, he’s likely to move pretty quickly to consolidate power.

Form follows function, so the first step would be a overall purge of the media of anti-Trump voices via various and sundry methods. Once the “fake news” is no more, then the whole snatching people off the street and pushing them out the window thing can commence because, lulz, how are people going to find out about it?

This raises the question — what will the final MAGA piviot be? When they finally feel “America is great again,” how exactly is that going to play out?

Well, probably what is going to happen on a individual level is a lot of arguments on social media will simply end with MAGA people saying, “You’d better be quiet if you know what’s good for you.” Of course, there’s a very good possibility that not even that will have the opportunity to happen because Facebook — and Twitter — may have become arms of the government and they will restrict what you can and can’t say on social media.

The thing that a lot of Twitter liberals are going to have to begin looking at is Russia. Right now, if Russia’s Far East, there are massive protests because Putin’s thugs arrested a governor. But, in real terms, nothing is happening and nothing will. Putin still has power and fuck you.

So, that’s what’s going to happen in the States gradually (or maybe not so gradually) in Trump’s stolen second term. Throw in a Constitutional Convention that passes American Enabling Acts and, lulz, House Trump will finally consolidate near-absolute power and finally turn America into the white ethno-state all their MAGA sycophants have longed for.

Legal immigration has already been cut in half, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t be cut down to near zero after Trump steals the election. They might let a few white au pairs in, but that’s about it. Rich people gotta raise their kids, you know.

But back to the issue at hand.

The ICE Camps will begin to be filled up with Twitter liberals and people like me. We will have a very extensive camp system that we only hear about via foreign news sources like the BBC.

I used to think American weren’t Russians, but not anymore.

We’re Russians.

Countdown To American Fascism: Trump’s Coming EO Zeroing Out The ACA



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


So, there’s this lawyer, John Yoo. He has come up with a legal doctrine for why Trump can legally be a dictator under the Constitution. Hence Trump’s weird news about protecting people from pre-existing conditions, something currently already done by the ACA. He’s going to do an Executive Order that zero’s out the ACA. Then he’s going to cherrypick the most politically popular bits and claim them as his own.

That Twitter liberals a making fun for Trump for this apparently redundant move about pre-existing conditions is a sign of how oblivious they are to how bad things are in real terms in the United States.

We’re now officially so far down the road to tyranny that we’re IN tyranny. And, really, the issue is because of the Overton Window and various forms of ratfucking on the part of Trump’s political goons, the only way the fascists who support Trump will ever care is if it becomes personal. Then they’ll scream bloody murder but it will be way, way, way, way too late.

It’s already too late.

Again, I wish there was something on a practical level I could tell you that would make matters better. But I honestly can’t think of anything. Trump is going to sign a series of EO’s between now and Election Day that the MAGA echo chamber will spin as the second coming of Jesus Fucking Christ.

At this point, the only thing that is actually holding Trump back is American self-perception. So fascism is here in America. Trump’s consolidation of power is well on its way and on a macro level there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

I wish I was smart enough to think up some way to mitigate this situation, but, alas, I’m not. I fully expect to be either snatched off the street or pushed out a window at some point in Trump’s stolen second term.

Goodnight and good-luck.

‘Thighland’ — #Lyrics To A Pop Rock Song


I don’t know anything about music, but I do enjoy writing. So, here you go. Maybe someone might see it as a stepping off point. I would like credit for it, though.

Thighland
lyrics by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

land of a thousand smiles
she might tap you on the shoulder
telling you to go
lies come and roll
but there’s no place like

thighland
always warm
always welcoming to your love
even if it’s just a tug
thighland
always warm
always welcoming to your love
even if it’s just a tug

we’re all happy in this land
never have to worry about the rain
it’s never in vain
lately it’s been dull but it’s just a lul
wait until the night and it’ll change
here in

thighland
always warm
always welcoming to your love
even if it’s just a tug
thighland
always warm
always welcoming to your love
even if it’s just a tug

(bridge)
close the gate
if you’re too late
rub your muff if you get enough
of your time in the land of honey
it’s all too sweet in
thighland
thighland
thighland

thighland
always warm
always welcoming to your love
even if it’s just a tug
thighland
always warm
always welcoming to your love
even if it’s just a tug

What Is The Deal With Nicole Scherzinger’s Career?



by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner


I’ve been a Nicole Scherzinger fan since the start. She’s a real babe and if her TikToks are any indication, she’s only getting hotter with age. Now, before I continue, please let me say this is meant to be a very breezy post written off the top of my head.

Anyway, Ms. Scherzinger has the looks, the voice and the moves. And, yet, her solo music career hasn’t accounted to much and now her main claim to fame is often seen on British TV for some reason.

It makes you wonder how this happened. Is it because she can’t act? Is it because she doesn’t really fit any particular cultural expectations in race obsessed America? It’s all very curious.

Things like this makes one wonder about the mysterious world of showbiz. Why do some people excel, while others don’t? Why has Tom Cruise had a 40 year career and Ms. Scherzinger has settled into a middle tear of showbiz fame despite having several of the core ingredients necessary for success.

Anyway, I definitely am a fan of Ms. Scherzinger’s and wish she might find the success she otherwise might have.