Friday, March 18, 2016

Reaping the whirlwind: what did she see ii

The staggeringly salient crisis
of the 2016 election gives two
sides to the face of discrimin-
ation and our forays in its re-
mediation [disclosure: we were
all involved]. The face of Don-
ald Trump, we know as that of
Ted Cruz, less Uriah's heap of 
piety. But the other side, is
the persistent blindness of the
campaign of Mrs C, to seize a
Party's nomination by resorting
to fracking reserves of grati-
tude from Liberalism's Sixties
lode, to the devastating waste
of the white working class. As
often as we are presented with
the demographics of triumphs
in States she can not contest
in November, and vulnerability
in States which she must hold,
she sallies forth heedlessly
against the tide of time, by
clinging to her maiden's ire.

Those who believe it to be ur-
gent for her Party to protect
the nation from Donald Trump,
are catastrophically being de-
livered to him in droves. Who
will demand a candidate for
these times? Who will demand
of the Clinton combine, that
they loosen their grasp upon
that Party's throat, and let
bygones be bygones? And when,
against impervious pride?

 i  Bruce Weber

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Arm music ii

The weekend ending today
saw the most fecklessly
out-of-his-depth pretend-
er to the Presidency, de-
livering the apposite sum-
mation of the most degen-
erate mess to which any-
one living has seen an A-
merican political party
sink. We are losing our
Republic, Rubio said. Yet
still there are the mo-
tions to go through, of
dividing up the spoils of
this least republican of
parties. Donald Trump is
expected to defeat Rubio
in his home state, and
lumber on to a Convention
desperate to bar the door.

The longtime writer for The
New Yorker, Adam Gopnik (The
Table Comes First, Paris to
the Moon) cut best, I be-
lieve, through the odd deni-
als of who is responsible
for Donald Trump, in an es-
say I link below. Trump is,
Gopnik argues, not because
there is anger in his demo-
graphic, which he inflames,
but because he offers solu-

This weekend we saw Trump's
volatile but carefully cal-
ibrated escalation of inten-
tional incivility reaching
a crescendo suggesting com-
plete confidence, now, in
taking over the Republican
Party. "Violence" is its

Every website of serious an-
alysis one could visit was
dominated by one hate-filled
portrait after another, and
all of the same discolored
face. How long Donald Trump's
face remains the logotype of
that Party is anyone's guess.
Whether it should become ours
or not, the world has watched
its emergence, and probably
has framed contingency plans
for the loss of our republic.

Here, it seems only Trump is
comparably prepared. His sol-
ution, meanwhile, is working.

Adam Gopnik
  Dodging the Blame
  for Donald Trump
March 9, 2016
The New Yorker
Condé Nast, 2016©

Glen Heppner
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