The events over last weekend in Charlottesville and then the ensuing response, including Donald Trump’s initial failure to condemn white supremacy, have kept anyone who cares about this country dizzy with an overload of tragic and chaotic information.
Trump himself obviously thrives on the conflict and theater, but his first reaction to the neo-Nazi rally—he called it hate on “many sides”—in that Virginia city is a severe miscalculation in his quest for political authority. At this point as well, it seems hardly likely the most members of his regime, including his family, see Trump’s actions as a typical deflection to numb people.
Trump, through his initial silence on the rally in which counter protestor Heather Hoyer was killed and several others injured, is complicit in the violence, and there is sure to be more in the weeks to come. The threat of fascism in this country is no longer hyperbole after Charlottesville. That’s wishful thinking or the stance of someone not paying attention. We have an authoritarian, angry president, who has sent a coded message to racists that he stands with them and condones the violence. That’s as real as you can get.
Meanwhile, with Trump at the helm and with Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, media pundits speculate why the GOP can get nothing done legislatively, calling it like a horse race or some type of sporting event between the two major political parties when, in fact, the conservative ideological agenda is based on cruelty and widening income inequality. That’s the problem. That’s the story.
That on one level is also why Republicans couldn’t pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. What Senators ultimately failed to pass would have meant millions of people would go without adequate medical care so the wealthy could get tax cuts. That’s not a policy strategy. It’s move to shift as much wealth to the richest people in the country as possible, an ideology with greed and selfishness at its core.
The ideology of greed and widening income inequality is at the center of the GOP’s approach to all the major issues of the day, from health care to taxes to climate change. It’s not about humanity, as in how do we enable people to get health care, for example, it’s about commodifying all aspects our lives. This basic idea gets called “reform” by the GOP, but make no mistake it’s about serving the interests of the wealthy.
Much of the GOP won’t ever see in these terms because they believe in the propaganda; some Republicans do see it clearly like this, but they don’t care.
But now the racist Trump is fast becoming an albatross for the Republicans. His unhinged tweets and bizarre behavior has a slew of decent people questioning his mental stability. How long will people ignore the obvious?
Trump’s endorsement through his initial silence about the neo-Nazis and white supremacists crosses a line of behavior that must continue to be met with resistance. We’re just at the beginning of a long road.