by Shelt Garner
America, we have a problem. With the news of Trump’s “Schedule F” concept where he is going to fire as many as 50,000 civil servants and replace them with his fascist cronies, I find myself dwelling a lot more on the implications of how fucked up America is right now.
But how did we get this way in the first place?
A number of different things are rushing to an endgame around 2025. The “Fourth Turning” if you believe in such stuff. (I don’t, the authors of that pseudoscience book were just lucky.)
But if you really think back when everything started to change in the United States, something about the general last few years of the Obama Administration drove the Right completely batshit insane. They’re all a bunch of fucking racists and I think they assumed, at first, that Obama being elected at all was something of a lark that they could forgive.
When he was re-elected, however, it sank into their racist cocksucker minds that not only was America Changing, but they had at last lost the soft power culture wars. As such, a lot of Traditionalists — the bedrock of any stable democracy — decided to become Good Germans in Waiting. They no longer believe in democracy and actively want white Christian minority rule, damn the consequences.
But wait, there’s more.
Another thing that happened starting around 2012 was smartphone ownership probably reached a critical mass to the point that one might say both that we experienced a “Petite Singularity” and the “Modern World” as we know it officially began.
And, last of all, there was a generational shift starting around 2012. A lot of young people took it for granted that being gay was a good thing and adopted the basics of what the Right would come to call “the woke cancel culture mob” mentality.
A lot of good has come from the generational shift in perception — #MeToo being among them — but there have also been a great deal of excesses that have led to Reds getting Redder and Blues getting Bluer. America is tearing itself apart and either we become all Red (Trumplandia) or we have a “National Divorce” with Blues serving the papers….and have a civil war.
Anyway, what’s going on is Reds are so enraged by the soft power of Blues that they conflate that power with the real hard power of passing laws. At least two things are at the very forefront of my Traditionalist relatives’ minds — an abstract fear of being “canceled” for being conservative and the idea that the Left literally wants to turn everyone gay.
They won’t shut the fuck up about either one of these two things. It’s really grown rather ridiculous.
Which path are we going to take? I honestly don’t know. All I know is the next few years will be very, very historic and bumpy. And I also know you probably need a passport.