trump fatigue

Trump fatigue. It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted anything on this blog, and it’s due entirely to Trump fatigue. I don’t want to write about Comrade Trump. Or anything to do with Trump. Or the Trump administration. I’m sick of writing about Trump. There are so many other things I’d like to write about.

But the horrifying fact is this: Trump and his supporters are destroying democracy. That sounds so melodramatic, but nonetheless it’s true. I don’t want to write about Trump, but there’s nothing as important as the erosion of democratic norms and the corruption of democratic institutions.

I watched Attorney General William Barr’s attempt to lie and harrumph his way through the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. There was a moment that seemed to me to be the distillation of everything Trump. In response to a question, Barr said this:

“The point i was trying to make earlier is that in this situation of the president who has constitutional authority to supervise proceedings — if in fact the proceeding was not well founded, if it was a groundless proceeding, if it was based on false allegations, the president does not have to sit there constitutionally and allow it to run its course. The president could terminate the proceeding and it would not be a corrupt intent because he was being falsely accused, and he would be worried about the impact on his administration.”

In other words, Barr is claiming that if the president decides an investigation into his behavior isn’t really justified, he can end it. That’s a shocking opinion from a person who is supposed to be the nation’s chief law enforcement official. If other AGs had held Barr’s position, Nixon could have said, “Watergate? Nope, wasn’t me. Shut down that investigation,” and skated through the rest of his term. Bill Clinton could have said, “Nope, this Whitewater investigation is bullshit, so shut down that investigation,” and today nobody would be familiar with the name Monica Lewinsky.

It’s obvious that presidents need to be accountable for their actions. Even presidents we like. But we find ourselves, for the first time in the history of the United States, in a situation where the institutions created and designed to hold the president accountable have actually been corrupted by the president. We can’t rely on the Supreme Court, we can’t rely on the Republicans in Congress, and we can’t rely on the Attorney General. All we can do is resist and encourage the Democrats in the House of Representatives to do what they can to check the president.

I don’t want to write about William Barr. I don’t want to write about Mitch McConnell, or Justice Brett Kavanaugh, or Comrade Donald Goddamn Trump. I don’t even want to think about these corrupt motherfuckers. But we pretty much have to think about them. And talk about them. And resist them.

It doesn’t mean we can’t think about the Game of Thrones or the photography of Garry Winogrand or the novels of Dorothy Dunnett or morel hunting or any of the thousands of things that interest us. It doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all those things. In fact, we should give into the temptation to enjoy those things even more — because right now we NEED to find things to enjoy. We should enjoy the hell out of them, if only as an antidote to Trump Fatigue.

But then we need to get back to the business of resistance.

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9 thoughts on “trump fatigue

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Trump fatigue has destroyed my sense of humor and my desire to continue to write coherently about the abuses of our Democracy. But I will try and follow your lead, find a few joys in life, and return to activism, renewed.

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    • Yeah, there are mornings where the only thing I feel like writing is *INCOHERENT SCREAM* followed by an infinite number of exclamation points.

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  2. Totally agree. I’m finding that carefully rationing my exposure to news and social media helps a lot. It’s important to know what’s going on, but there’s only so much we can actively DO. (My current strategy is sending letters to potential voters urging them to register, via Swing Left and Vote Forward. It’s something…) Other than that, I’m biding my time until the 2020 election. And trying to enjoy my little slice of the planet, which really is gorgeous this spring.

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    • Sometimes it feels like doing a small thing isn’t really helping very much, but a multitude of small things can make a difference. Both of my senators are Republican fuckwits, and I KNOW calling them isn’t going to make a bit of difference. But I call them, hoping that other folks like me are calling them, and even if all we accomplish is to inconvenience their staff…well, at least that’s something.

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I totally share your feeling … I’ve stopped ‘researching’ him. I rather reblog!! Unless it makes fun of him!! … ‘the horrifying fact is this: Trump and his supporters are destroying democracy. That sounds so melodramatic, but nonetheless it’s true. I don’t want to write about Drumpf, but there’s nothing as important as the erosion of democratic norms and the corruption of democratic institutions.’

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    • I never saw The Apprentice. I knew a Trump administration would be bad, but I never guessed it would be THIS bad. I knew it would be corrupt, but I’d no idea it would be THIS blatantly and openly corrupt. I knew it would be incompetent, but I didn’t think it could be THIS incompetent.

      I never thought Comrade Trump would actually turn out to be a serious threat to democracy.

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      • I never even imagined (and I’m being 100% truthful here) that the idiot would have even the remotest chance of getting voted in in the first place. I mean, THAT WAS A SIMPSON’S EPISODE for christ’s sake. After that happened, I knew the rules had changed indelibly.

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