by Shelt Garner
Now, let me be clear — I’m not advocating anything. I’m just musing about how bad things might get under a second Trump Administration and what might be the reaction.
The key thing to remember is how difficult it is to rile Americans up. It was only because of a series of things going wrong at the same time that there was so much upheaval in the late 60s and early 70s. And even then the moment the Draft ended, most (white) people calmed down and just wanted to boogie on the dance floor.
And, yet, at the core of the Trump problem is he loves to piss all over anything sacred. He can’t help himself. The moment he realizes something is special or protected in the minds of a group, the first thing he does is go out of his way to hurt the feelings of that very group.
So, it’s well within the realm of possibility that Trump in a second term would literally “lock her up.” He could literally arrest not just Hillary Clinton, but any number of other well respected Blues. And he would do it in the most ham-handed, gross way that would cause Blues to grow enraged. And all off this would be happening in the context of him sending in the U.S. Military to Blue areas of the country by invoking the Insurrection Act.
But I’m still not 100% sure that would be enough for any sort of General Strike. It could be that rather than doing anything about Trump, so many smug Twitter liberals will leave the country that we Poors will be left to fend for ourselves. It could be that Trump will somehow manage to fall just below the level of tyranny that would cause national direct action against his rule.
Yet, as I said, Trump has a knack for shitting on anything a group holds sacred. So if Trump goes full tyrant and his toadies start to act on his fascist, autocratic tendencies in a way that is difficult for Blues — and even some Reds — to process, we’re going to the show.
It is at least possible that some Trump’s tyranny could result in some unpreceded events to happen. And, yet, if Trump was somehow deposed, that would just lead to Red States wanting to leave the Union.
I don’t know what to tell you. Things might get really bumpy 2025.