(See "Just Above Sunset : Finally, American Fascism")
“But what’s next?”
We could start that discussion with what is apparently Trump’s gift to American politics:
If nothing else seems to work for you, go radical! Try outright bald-faced lying! It worked for Trump — or at least it almost did.
Pick some ridiculous lie — like that Democrats eat little children — and repeat it over and over!
It will drive the libs crazy! They won’t know how to handle it! It confuses them and confounds them when they find themselves constantly “fact-checking” you, as if anybody cares. Just ignore them. Your base will love watching the Dems sputtering away. Eventually, everyone will forget what we were arguing about.
So why do so many Republicans turn to lying for their salvation?
Here's something that will surprise most of us: Republicans are actually in the minority in this country!
On December 17, 2020, Gallup polling found that 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, 25% identified as Republican, and 41% as Independent. Additionally, polling showed that 50% are either "Democrats or Democratic leaners" and 39% are either "Republicans or Republican leaners" when Independents are asked "do you lean more to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?"
And when you're a political minority in a majority-rule country, sooner of later you find yourself at the end of the road and discover you’ve actually gone nowhere, and that playing by the rules no longer gets you where you want to be, which is winning all elections, and running the country.
So, like Trump, you get creative! When truth isn't your friend, what else can you do but make stuff up?
Did you see the way Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene weaseled out of her claim yesterday, that all those school shootings didn’t really happen? Okay, she finally confesses, maybe they did, but they only happen because we don’t adequately defend our kids, or something.
So where does she stand on telling the truth? It hardly matters, she might just as well say, since whether something actually happened or not is not really the point.
The real point is to troll the Democrats just enough to keep your base awake and liking you. But try to avoid dwelling on "The Truth", since, as Republicans learned from Donald Trump, "The Truth" will not "set you free", and it might just land you in jail — or at the least, impeached. (Maybe even twice!)
So the answer to your “What’s next”?
Expect to see Trump clones, all competing to see who can get the most attention with the most outrageous lies. We’re not rid of Trumpism by a long shot.
If you, like I, thought the world might now wake up out of a bad dream, we both need to remember that, in those movies, just after the wife turns her back on what she thought was the dead body of the wife-beating husband she just killed, he springs back to life.
In other words, we should expect more of the same, but on steroids.
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