Warning, Warning, Danger Will Robinson!! A massive alarm went off when I heard this part of Trump’s “American Carnage” speech yesterday: “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.” Dolores Umbridge anyone?
What is total allegiance? What is totalitarian allegiance? And what is the difference between the two if it is the bedrock of politics? I certainly have no problem with loyalty to country, but he’s got it backwards. We won’t ‘rediscover’ loyalty to others through total allegiance to anything. Total doesn’t leave room for another allegiance. Total means adding up all your capacity to ally yourself and giving it all up to Trump’s version of America. Allegiance is derived from the French, liege which means the relationship between a feudal superior and a vassal: an oath of fealty and liege homage. Allegiance is the foundation of authoritarian regimes. Total allegiance is Totalitarian.
Trump’s America homogenizes all the diversity of humanity into one worker/consumer/vassal identity, identical to all the rest. If you have lots of money you are exempt from this classification. As Trump said in the speech, “White, black or brown we all bleed the same red blood.” Race doesn’t exist. We all pray in Jesus’ name like Franklin Graham did at the inauguration, ignoring those who don’t. It’s like returning to the 1950’s only scarier.
He goes not the way to persuade; quite the opposite, Trump demands our al-LIEGE-ance. I’m not looking forward to the arm-twisting.