“… as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror” – so begins the Trumpian Dark Age

By ann summers


Four years of political and cultural retribution are coming as are the fruition of eight years of privileged obstruction with which it remains unclear how much the Democratic party will be able to mount a Congressional resistance. This assumes that democratic processes operate without vote suppression so that can there be a mid-term recovery and a return to a Democratic majority.

We do need to try to heal, and to be proactive in the face of some familiar historical facts with which we seem to have been forced to repeat a period of repression… that there is a vestige of an arc from the Dixiecrats through the Southern Strategy to the Reagan Democrats and now on to the Trumpian “forgotten men”, dying on their Red Dawn park benches.

The end of the exceptional American experiment comes as the test subjects will die. There will be more guns, less butter, and another crash from which shock doctrines might not revive the US economy, as the next war(s) could become prophetically and terminally apocalyptic.

 (The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals) Jane Mayer (Author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right)


And Obama?

Obama standing on the Constitution represents his taking action against what the Constitution stands for, which, to my mind, is limited government. I wasn’t trying to make fun of Obama I tried to paint him in a very serious manner. He understands the Constitution and he knows exactly what he’s doing.

As Kevin Drum and others have pointed out, the Right-wing establishment has created its own reality and alternative knowledge system. These are the hallmarks of a cult, one with which negotiations in the interest of the Common Good are impossible because the terms of debate (and reality) are not in agreement.

Ironically, you can educate and work with folks who are ignorant. The populist conservatives of the present day are not ignorant, they have cultivated a set of tautological beliefs in a closed system where a thing is true simply because they will it to be. Facts be damned. McNaughton’s interview is a great example of the George Constanza rule in American political culture: remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.


The Forgotten Man Jon McNaughton (2010)
Against the background of a darkening sky, all of the past Presidents of the United States gather before the White House, as if to commemorate some great event. In the left hand corner of the painting sits a man. That man, with his head bowed appears distraught and hopeless as he contemplates his future. Some of the past Presidents try to console him while looking in the direction of the modern Presidents as if to say, “What have you done?” Many of these modern Presidents, seemingly oblivious to anything other than themselves, appear to be congratulating each other on their great accomplishments. In front of the man, paper trash is blowing in the wind. Crumpled dollar bills, legislative documents, and, like a whisper—the U.S. Constitution beneath the foot of Barack Obama.
(And now it will hang in the White House because of Hannity’s generosity)

Just in time for the Trump Inaugural, nothing will have changed in the production of genre illustrations of racist fantasy art posters for hanging on the RWNJ wall.

No one will mess with the self-expression of your reactionary ignorance. More informercial tchotchkes in time for the war on Xmas.

Thomas Kinkade has no competition, although it would be amusing if this brand of clerk-like illustration makes it to the National Portrait Gallery.

Hannity thinks art made for poster reproduction, like FoxNews is the kunstkammer for American Grandeur and US crypto-fascism. And social realism, isn’t that what forgotten men understand?

After all, wasn’t that the reason for voting for Trump —  to affirm “paintings and sculptures that were traditional in manner and that exalted the “blood and soil” values of racial puritymilitarism, and obedience. ”

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