All those histories of this country centered on the Founding Fathers and the Presidents weigh oppressively on the capacity of the ordinary citizen to act.
They suggest that in times of crisis we must look to someone to save us: in the Revolutionary crisis, the Founding Fathers; in the slavery crisis, Lincoln; in the Depression, Roosevelt; in the Vietnam-Watergate crisis, Carter. And that between occasional crises everything is all right, and it is sufficient for us to be restored to that normal state. They teach us that the supreme act of citizenship is to choose among saviors, by going into a voting booth every four years to choose between two white and well-off Anglo-Saxon males of inoffensive personality and orthodox opinions.
The idea of saviors has been built into the entire culture, beyond politics. We have learned to look to stars, leaders, experts in every field, this surrendering our own strength, demeaning our own ability, obliterating our own selves. But, from time to time, Americans reject that idea and rebel.
– Howard Zinn (A People’s History of the United States)
In May 2017 [stderr] I did a post in which I pointed out that Robert Mueller is not “our friend” just because in this brief time he is somewhat opposed to Trump’s overt interests: “One of my personal agendas in blogging here is to help people defeat the assumption that someone whose interests appear to be aligned with theirs on one thing, is aligned with theirs on most things.” Mueller is not our savior. He is, in fact, a distraction – a hook The People can hang their hopes on while all of the other mechanisms stand idle that ought to have perp-walked a remarkably corrupt and dishonest president. To paraphrase Mark Twain, if Mueller’s investigation was going to seriously threaten Trump, it would have never been allowed in the first place. And the “blue wave” doesn’t appear to be a savior, either: one of the first things Nancy Pelosi said was that they weren’t going to start impeachment proceedings. All those people who backed the Democrats, because they were hoping the Democrats would save them – they just got fucked, their usefulness is over for now.
Meanwhile, we’re expected to stand back and watch the utterly corrupt, unconstitutional election in Georgia – after months of open discussion (including comments from Kemp) about vote suppression; now that hundreds of thousands of votes have been manipulated, let’s count down to the final few thousand. By all means. Let’s wait for the rigged system to complete its work, by all means. Why is nobody chanting “lock him up”? We’re waiting for a savior. There should be 400,000 people with torches and pitchforks surrounding government offices in Georgia. We’re waiting for a savior. The longer they can get us to wait, the less likely it is anything will happen; we become accustomed to the status quo. Instead of waiting for Blue Wave 2.0 I’m going to wait for the revolution.