The #resistance is a farce
March 2017 - Some fourteen years after the illegal invasion of Iraq began, liberal darling Ellen welcomed a very special guest onto her show. None other than Mr George W Bush, the perpetrator of the war that killed over a million civilians and destabilised a region for years to come. The smile on the faces of the two must strike some disgust into the coldest heart.
"Come back, George! You're a hero compared to Donald Trump! Your presidential tenure wasn't all that bad!"
I feel this says less about the state of politics - lest we forget, neoliberal imperialists and far right populists are NOT the only options - and more about the mindset of a subset of stubborn centrists.
#Resistance has been the hashtag of liberals, daringly taking on a demagogue - you know, that same one they helped install by endorsing Hillary 'Corporate Jingioist' Clinton ahead of the popular Bernie Sanders. Alas, we have observed this revolution in many places, from many people, usually of comfortable socio-economic backgrounds. While the brave amongst them banded together to 'moon' Trump Tower , fearless media personalities such as Trevor Noah and John Oliver barely go a day without some form of 'owning', 'destroying' or 'wrecking' Mr Trump. And of course, who could forget about the return of Ms Neoliberal herself, Hillary Clinton, back into the fore. What a way to draw the disenfranchised back to the Democrats.
What should concern you is the complete lack of self-awareness from the strategists, who feel the chase for the centre ground is still on. These same intellectuals also perceive their Queen to have lost for the following reasons:
1) Hillary was a woman, and the voter base was sexist. [53% of white women voted for Trump]
2) The voters were racist. They didn't like the Dems' history of racial equality. [Many Obama voters abandoned Hillary for Trump]
3) The media were anti-Hillary! [The same media which the corporate Dems have vested interests in? Makes sense.]
Thus, the #Resistance has focused not on the voters, but the merits of centrism and personal attacks on Trump.
A fantastic example is the "phenomenal takedown" of Mr Trump by one Rachel Maddow - a fearless, scathing exposure of evil. Wait - that was Samurai Jack I had open in another tab. In trying to expose Trump's misdemeanours, Maddow succeeded only in giving him more credibility. Even if she HAD succeeded - who, outside of college and career liberals, would really care? The millions of disenfranchised, hurt working class care more about which politician will help put food on their family's table. The voters will not care about an email scandal, but why their social programmes were cut to fund wars abroad. Not about locker room talk, but about jobs. This is what the Establishment refuse to understand.
Naturally, when the centre fails, when the Establishment is shaking, people polarise. While the media have been focusing on the reactionary shift, it's a myth that the Overton window has shifted to the right. Hillary promised more of the same, and the people scattered, drawn in only by the threat of a fascist. The #Resistance is nothing more than a distraction against the real problem - a broken system.