Whatever Donald Trump ends up doing, however, he’s just a symptom. His already certifiably bizarre pre-presidency was born of a long, grim history, domestic and foreign. As Donald Trump leads an ever more extreme Republican Party (and the American people) into a darkening future….


Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No “New Normal”

At 72, I experienced election night with a 103-degree temperature, so it was literally a fever-dream for me.  And in a certain sense, it’s remained so ever since.  Now that a white supremacist has just been made the next president’s closest White House adviser, and the president-elect has called conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowarsto thank him and his followers for their part in his election victory, we have reasonable confirmation that we are indeed in a fever-dream America.

Hate incidents are on the rise.  It’s easy enough to imagine the Bundy brothers being let loose in the West.  A climate change denier is running the Trump environmental policy transition.  The candidate himself will arrive in Washington with an enemies list already in formation (beating Dick Nixon to the punch by years).  The mainstream media have tied themselves in apologetic knots for believing the pollsters on Hillary’s “victory” and not bothering to talk enough to the white working class voters who came out for Trump (and whom Clinton abandoned for white millionaires and billionaires).  And the new president is being normalized by the old one, who previously excoriated him in the name of democracy, while mainstream pundits and journalists desperately look for signs that Donald Trump will be a pragmatic, recognizable American president once he takes the mantle of power.

Thanks to the Obama years (not to speak of the Bush ones), our new “pragmatic” president will enter the Oval Office fully weaponized.  He will have expanded and expansive executive powers of death, destruction, and coercion directly at his disposal when it comes to acts like assassination by drone, surveillance, global kidnapping operations, the pursuit of leakers and whistleblowers, and the tortureof potential terror suspects, among many other things.  At his beck and call, he will have a private army of 70,000 elite troops — the Special Operations forces — already scattered across the planet, and a private air force of CIA-run drones at bases ringing, or actually in, the Greater Middle East.  Put another way, Donald J. Trump is not going to be the president of the Philippines.  He’s going to be the head of the single most powerful, most potentially destructive, most potentially intrusive force on the planet and on many of the powers he’ll inherit there are remarkably few restraints.  That is, in fact, anything but normal.

In the meantime, the rest of us have ended up in the fun house. The mirrors that line the walls are weird. It’s truly hard to tell what world we’re looking at. We’re wandering in here lost and freaked out. Fears are rising.

Whatever Donald Trump ends up doing, however, he’s just a symptom. His already certifiably bizarre pre-presidency was born of a long, grim history, domestic and foreign. As Donald Trump leads an ever more extreme Republican Party (and the American people) into a darkening future, it’s probably necessary to add that, if there were such a thing as national psychiatrists, as a country we might now be diagnosed with some kind of personality disorder. Today, TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon takes us on a journey deep into our already disordered and disorderly world (before the Trump presidency even starts), offering — surprisingly enough — a little hope along the way. Tom

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This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like – POLITICO …

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After Trump loses: An ominous American future imagined – The Week

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Oct 18, 2016 – After Trump loses: An ominous American future imagined … Yes, the 2016 election gave her a narrow three-seat Democratic majority in the Senate, but the GOP held the …. Anti-Trump Message Takes Dark Turn With Calls for …

Aftermath: Sixteen Writers on Trump’s America – The New Yorker

Jump to Atul Gawande on Obamacare’s future… a long and dark winter—but the signs are that voters were not rejecting these values. … But he still believes in our American ideals, … If the G.O.P. sticks to its “repeal and replace” …

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Jul 21, 2016 – The GOP nominee’s gloomy message is remarkably negative for a … note, with nominees sharing their sunny vision for the future. Rather than Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America,” Trump talks of a dark and long night.

Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy – The …

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Jul 22, 2016 – Donald Trump addressed the GOP convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21. … Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America during his …. The party’s failure of judgment leaves the nation’s future where it belongs, in the …

Dark Time in America | National Review

May 3, 2016 – Clinton or Trump: Nothing better exemplifies the dark time in which we are … whether Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential candidate. … valid pessimism, moreover — about America’s future as there is today.

Opening America to the Future: The New Republican, Part II

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Mar 1, 2016 – As we assess our troubled 2016 GOP nominating process, our futurelooks dark and dangerous. Just as our party is expressing the legitimate …

Exiled from Koch orbit, American Future Fund turns to GOP …

Mar 7, 2016 – Exiled from Koch orbit, American Future Fund turns to GOP … AFF has spent more than any other nondisclosing “dark money” group in the …

Growing Consensus: Trump is a Racist, His Republican Competitors …

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Dec 2, 2015 – … His Republican Competitors are Mostly Cowards, and the GOP Futureis in … Trump and distancing the GOP from his dark vision of America.

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