I am not the person who thought the phrase found in the title of this post up — that inspired word choice goes to someone on Twitter — but it does seem to sum up where we are right now. Not only is FOX News state media, the president seems to be the editorial vision of FOX News squeezed out of a TV in an old folks home and turned into a living, breathing, pussy-grabbing person.
It seems as though the United States has decided to end its moral leadership in the for the sake of, what, ratings? Pandering to a few thousand coal miners in West Virginia? It is all rather staggering. It is enough to knock the wind out of you if you give it too much thought.
Of course, what I’m noticing is the power of Baby Boomers. They are so wrapped up saving for the Apocalypse that FOX News says is about to come, so fearful that the first black president might take their guns, that they are totally cool with a racist, misogynist, bigot being president and ruining the country in the name of MAGA.
This, of course, begs the question — what happened? What happened to all those hippies 50 years ago who wanted to save the world? How is it that the very generation that thought they could levitate the Pentagon with chill vibes, now are hell bent on using the Pentagon to destroy peace and inflict as much damage on the global order as possible
I know that everyone grows more conservative as they grow older, but the bizarre transformation of Baby Boomers into red cap wearing MAGA supporters is pushing it. It does seem as though the late Roger Ailes saw all this coming and realized he could make money and weld enormous power along the way. It does make you wonder who is zooming whom, though. How much of what we’re seeing with FOX Americana is Ailes’ fault and how much of was inevitable given demographic trends.
It’s all very puzzling. There don’t seem to be any answers.
If ever there was a sign of FOX Americana, it’s the fact that Trump allegedly called a FOX News on-air talent to discuss his decision to pull out of the agreement. It seems to be every old codgers wish come true, to be able to talk to the hotties on the teevee about scary things like that damgum Paris Accord.
It’s way too easy to get depressed. It’s way too easy to just want to hide. But we can’t do that. Only by staying engaged can we possible make the difference we need to make to get rid of Trump, even though even if we try with all our might, there is still a decent chance Trump simply isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
But we have to believe, we have to hope. To do otherwise is madness.