A lot is going on in the novel I’m writing as it stands. A major subplot is an allegory of sorts about the 2016 presidential campaign. Also, I really excited about voting. Lastly, I started a new Instagram account out of frustration over the sorry mess of my main account.
I really want to start a podcast about the 2018 mid-terms, but for the time being, I’m going to just do a scope or Facebook Live about where things stand each day leading up to election day. I don’t know what I’m going to call this, but I was thinking maybe Daily Mid-Term Deep Dive or something like that. I don’t know when I’m going to do these little videos, but probably later in the day to account for breaking news.
I keep vowing to myself that I’m going to tune out from politics until after Nov. 6th, but I fear that’s just not going to happen. So I might as well wallow in politics and angst if I’m not going to be able to get myself off the grid.
idle rambling https://t.co/pBF9TNoVbH
— Shelton Bumgarner 🔗 (@bumgarls) September 20, 2018
I am extremely reluctant to be all that hopeful about the upcoming Congressional mid-terms. At best, I suspect it’ll be a wash. As such, Trump will be significantly emboldened and he’ll fire everyone he needs to fire, pardon everyone he needs to fire and the coverup will be a success.
ICE will be weaponized and they’ll start rounding up people like me. Within a year, I’ll be in some detention center, boning up on my Spanish. That seems to be what is going to happen. Having said that, however, I do find myself idly daydreaming about what would happen if there *was* a Blue Wave. It’s slowly becoming obvious that Trump is losing the Mandate of Heaven and if the United States remains in any way a democracy, political gravity will finally, finally, finally kick in and Trump’s actions will begin to have some consequences.
I really want to just tune out from the mid-terms. I want to wake up in mid-December and know one way or another what has happened. That is not realistic, however much I wish I could do it. The political silly season is everywhere and there’s just no where to turn. I’m going to have to deal with living on the edge for roughly the next two months. There is so much that could go wrong that I just don’t know how I’m going to deal with it should the worst happen. I got my hopes up in 2016 and I vowed to myself I would never let that happen again.
The thing is, there is a non-zero chance that Trump is simply such a bad president on a basic human level that despite all the headwinds, there might, in fact, actually be a Blue Wave. One of the reasons why its difficult for me to wrap my head around this possibility is how dramatically things will change. Suddenly there will be some political oversight for Trump which, in turn, may very well drive him even more batshit insane.
There’s just so much that Trump might do should there be a Blue Wave that it could very well be the most surreal domestic political environment in the United States since the end of the Civil War. I am firmly in the camp that says should we miraculously manage to not only impeach Trump, but convict him, that he will not physically leave the White House willingly. There could very well be a shoot out on the front lawn of the White House. Trump could do any number of surreal things from vowing to kill himself on Twitter, to starting WWIII. I’m not kidding. I really think he might do that.
If we don’t manage to get rid of Trump even though there’s a Blue Wave, that will be the setup for some pretty bizarre times. But, like I said, I refuse to give myself hope. The worst is going to happen and I just have to accept it.