Sean Hannity’s Twitter, ‘Form Submission 1649’ & The Trump Base As Cult #Resist

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

So, the latest weird, surreal conspiracy theory is something to do with Sean Hannity’s Twitter account vanishing after tweeting something about “Form Submission 1649” three times. Apparently, this has something to about theft of government property. Or something. Though, I have to say, it Hannity may have come up with a new type of rage quitting Twitter, whereby you say something really dramatic and then quit, leaving people to focus on the last thing you tweeted.

This is mysterious to say the least, but at this point, Trump has so proven himself to be a monster — if an incompetent one — that I’m fed up with any arguments about how we should “lock her up.” Clinton lost. She’s not president and likely never will be. So, in a sense, the numbnuts of the Right have won that particular argument. And, yet, because they can’t in good faith defend the actions of their God-king Donald Trump, they bob and weave, they rhetorically shadowbox every which way in an effort to avoid directly addressing what a shit person and president Trump is.

What’s worse, sometimes instead of shadowboxing, they pull the most ridiculous argument out of their ass. In my view, that’s the most dangerous aspect of all of this. It’s like the Trump base is a cult. That’s the only word for it I can think of. It’s a cult. The Trump base is so completely detached from reality that there’s no debating anything with them. They simply refuse to admit any flaw with their God-king and they’re willing to take the entire country down with them in an effort to see their agenda implemented.

Something pretty epic is going on in American politics that we are lurching towards a Russian-style authoritarian “managed democracy” so quickly. I just don’t get it. I just don’t get what’s going on. One possible explanation is the Great Man theory of history. That all of this is a fluke caused by some extraordinary circumstances. It is very similar to what happened with Hitler, sad to say. While Trump is a strangely adept politician, he’s really shitty, really incompetent at governing. So right now that’s the only thing protecting us from a bull-bore fascist take over.

This is happening because all of the usual suspects on the Right who would otherwise scream bloody murder are completely co-opted, completely complicit. The entire system is out of whack. It’s really sad. It’s really tragic. There are no easy answers. I don’t know what happens next, honestly. Even if Mueller manages to find actual wrong-doing on the part of Trump, America is so divided that I honestly can’t see any scenario that includes Trump resigning or being impeached and convicted. So, as such, we’re fucked. We’re stuck with him at least four, if not eight years. The only question is, what will be his ultimately legacy?

Either the next president is a real leader and cleans up this mess, or the entire process is officially broken and we’re never going to have another free and fair election, at least as long as I’m alive. That seems like a very real possibility, sad to say. Remember, the Reagan Revolution lasted for 12 years and only then ended because Bill Clinton was such an expert politician that he was able to slip through using the Third Way political ideology. So, there is a real possibility that because of the quirks of the Electoral College the Trump Revolution could last at least as long as that.

Again, I just don’t know what happens next. The Trump base has some legitimate complaints, but they take what they’re willing to do to address those problems with the modern world to completely bonkers lengths. It is a very real possibility that instead of the usual ebb and flow of politics on a macro level that we’ve entered a new age where there’s no longer free and fair elections and there will be a complete disconnect between the will of the people and the government. It has already happened with the smash and grab tax cut the Republicans passed, so there is no reason to think they won’t do it with everything else they want in the future.

The Trump base is such a fetid, rancid thing on an ideological level that it was inevitable that they would gain power and fuck things up. It is up to all of us, now, to see what we can do to mitigate the damage they inflict on the nation before it’s too late.

V-log: Trump Supporters Are An American Embarrassment

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I could go on at great length about how angry Trump supporters make me, but here’s a video that does just that. Trump is tearing this great nation of ours apart and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it. It’s all very sad. Very tragic.

‘Release The Memo’ — #Lyrics To A Woke Pop-Rock Song

So, the Right has this surreal, dumb conspiracy theory on its mind AGAIN. This is meant to be an angry rock song about how the Right has no real ideas other than spewing conspiracy theories as it becomes ever more obvious that they’re completely full of shit. As usual, I don’t have a beat, so I’m listening to Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun just to set the mood if nothing else. If I could get co-writer and some new beats, this might be pretty cool.

Release The Memo
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

talking heads do their thing
telling me what to think
I see the Righwing nutjob in a rage
explain that we need to see the memo
all I can say is sure

release the memo
you’re full of shit
release the memo
you can just suck it

Trump is destroying this nation
bringing it to its knees
dividing us so he can do as he please
wants a Fortune slapped against his rump
Stormy will do it for a fee
at least that’s what they tell me

Mueller grows closer to the truth
the dirt will be out of the ground
Trump and his cronies will be lying around
what are we going to do
when the facts are known
and the Right just shrugs

release the memo
you’re full of shit
release the memo
you can just suck it

[bridge]
I wish I had the answers
wish I could solve this quick
but our president’s a dick
he just wants to lick his face
it’s obvious to me at least

now we’re all doomed I fear
no matter what
so sure, release the memo
release the memo
release the memo
release the memo

Some Additional Thoughts About #Writing A #Screenplay In The Age Of #Trump

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I continue to cool my heels creatively as I save up for a high-end digital camera and I also continue to work on developing a screenplay about the Trump era. But it’s tough. I really like how collaborative a screenplay is and I see working on a screenplay at all as just the first step towards getting my foot in the door.

But, whatever, this is just a bucketlist kind of thing. I have very low expectations in general. I just want to actually complete a creative project for once.

#Writing A #Screenplay About The #Trump Era Is Tough

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

As I keep saying, it’s tough to write about Donald Trump in fiction because he’s such a well-defined character — and so innately surreal — that it’s difficult to to represent him, at least for me. I see this screenplay as a stepping off point. I hope to finish something, anything, just to say I’ve done it, then use what I do finish as something I can use to maybe get help on.

I’m a concept guy, not a plot guy but because I have no money, no one will listen to me unless I have something complete that I can show them. So, I have to put in the work. I have to actually do something that people can read and put their hands on instead of daydreaming. That’s tough for me. I have a tendency to bounce around a lot creatively, but I do have the bucketlist objective of having written a screenplay, so I’m trying to do something different for once.

But, anyway, the point is, it’s nearly impossible to write about Trump for me. I can write about the era that he’s created, but not he, specifically, himself. Maybe someone else can help me and do that at some point down the road, but I see my goal with this screenplay just to get something, anything done and then run with it.

The #Screenplay I’m Developing Is Moving Ahead

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I continue to creatively cool my heels while I wait to by a professional camera and as I do so, I’m developing a screenplay. The screenplay is supposed to be, at least, prism for the Trump Era. That’s, at least, my goal. I like the idea of what if humanity was forced to do the exact opposite of what it seems to be compelled to do now, which is to reject all forms of global unity.

Anyway, I really need to shut up and write. I’m going to try to do just that this afternoon. I’m going to try to write something, anything that moves the screenplay forward. I have to put in the work. I can’t just dilly-dally and talk about how could it would be to do this, I have to actually, well, do it. That’s the tough part.

But we’ll see, I guess.

Of #Trump, #Art & #Immigration In The Context Of The #Screenplay I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It’s interesting how the more I think about it, the more this screenplay I’m developing is about, in real terms, immigration in the Trump era. Humanity — and specifically the United States — is given the greatest opportunity in human history and the screenplay asks out loud if because of political dysfunction if anyone would be willing or able to take advantage of it.

At least, that’s my vision of the concept. I see my efforts as a stepping off point. If I’m able to finish something, anything, I can pitch it to others who might be able to make it better. I’m sure I’m going about this all wrong, but, then, I never do anything right.

The key is, of course, to simply finish something, anything, instead of screwing around and daydreaming. I have produce “paper” as they call it so I can prove that I’m actually serious about all of this. But the process itself is fun. A lot of fun. And I believe I’ve come up with a really, really unique take on the First Contact cliche. But only time will tell. Maybe I’ll grow bored of this like I have everything else.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

‘Secret Society’ — #Lyrics To An Angry Pop-Rock-Hip Hop song

This song is about how completely delusional Trump supporters are and it seems as though there’s nothing you can say that will get them woke.

Secret Society
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

the first rule of the secret society
is there is no secret society

Trump is a god it’s to you it’s true
I can scream till I’m blue in the face
but I have to deal with your logical disgrace
your girl is willing to shake her rump to Trump
and you lobe your drool my way
but what are we going to do as you toggle the facts
I hate to lump you in with racists
but Trump is a racist it’s a fact
sorry if I have principles that you lack

there’s no secret society
there’s no secret society
no secret that you’re a fool
what am I going to do

you don’t seem to care that I dare you to see
the facts that are as clear as the day
nothing can get you to admit that Trump is not god
you hold the same nation dear that I do
but why is this not as red as the sun
that Trump is a piece of scum
you refuse to admit the shit I know is true
’cause you’re obsessed with a secret society
that doesn’t exist within the government

there’s no secret society
there’s no secret society
no secret that you’re a fool
what am I going to do

[bridge]
wish this wasn’t the case
it would be nice if we could agree
but we can’t agree on the facts
and that’s just sad

now what is all I can say
you tell me I just need to get laid
enjoy the economy
I can get all the humming a man can want
I’ll still be angry as can be
about what I feel Trump is doing to
the nation I love so much

there’s no secret society
there’s no secret society
no secret that you’re a fool
what am I going to do

A Social Media #Startup Using Usenet Concepts Fixes The Twitter Engagement Issue

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

There is a big flaw with Twitter, and that’s the issue of engagement. The only way to get pretty good engagement with a tweet is to respond in thought provoking way to something someone famous has already tweeted. It’s much more difficult to get high engagement if you’re just some rando tweeting along on your own account. Basing a social media startup on Usenet in the way I envision it would definitely fix that problem, I think.

With Any Creative Endeavor, You Have To Actually Do The Work #Screenwriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The issue is, if you want to get anything done creatively, you have to put in the work yourself. I got really spoiled living in Seoul and so it has taken me nearly a decade to come to grips with the cold hard fact that no one gives a shit and I have to prove myself. This, despite being middle aged and it nearly impossible to do what I want to do.