We should all be very disappointed that the Mueller investigation worked out pretty much exactly the way I was afraid it would. [stderr] Making such predictions is pretty easy; just assume the worst.
Actually, I suppose that this is far from the worst thing that could happen. The worst thing would be that the entire exercise was a stalking goat to flush anti-regime sympathizers from their hidey-holes and get their names on the list of people who are about to disappear. That’s what a competent autocrat would do; in fact that’s pretty much exactly what Mohammed Bin Salman did, and he’s hardly a stable genius. In the Orwellian nightmare-world scenario, the secret police would have been smart enough to be the ones selling the “It’s Mueller Time” Tshirts, so they could use a big data app to match who bought the shirts against federal or federal contractor employee lists, and all those people would find themselves unemployed and blacklisted. That’s what a competent Big Brother would do – write and print Emmanuel Goldstein’s book and make sure it has embedded tracking devices. Everyone who was cheering Mueller on, and their families, would become unpersons. By the way, that’s pretty much exactly how the Chinese Government is dealing with the Uighur areas in the north: they’re keeping a list, they’re updating it constantly, and if you’ve got a black mark next to your name, your ability to draw on public services (such as: driving on the roads) is curtailed.
The Mueller investigation was a distraction for the media, and the media did a good job making fools of themselves – none of it made any difference because the goggle-eyed chelonian spawn of Miskatonic, Mitch McConnell, controls Congress. Did you see what he did with the Green New Deal? He held it up to the light, just so he could knock it down; it was a demonstration of naked power. Unfortunately for all of us, McConnell is not an incompetent like Trump.
It’s become something of a pastime for liberals to bemoan that maybe “we didn’t try hard enough” or “Bernie had a chance instead of Hillary” but the system has been rigged completely, ruthlessly, and thoroughly. My root cause analysis says that the game was lost when the north didn’t plow the south under during reconstruction – allowing southern politics to survive after the drubbing they were handed in their treasonous war exerted darwinian pressure to produce sneakier, backstabbier, southern politicians. They were given generations to practice gerrymandering and vote suppression, we should stop pretending to be shocked that they’re really, really good at it. I’m coming to believe that Sherman should have marched through the south as Octavian would have, decorating the trees for Morrigan’s ravens. (I know that’s a weird mix of cultural references but, contrary to current white supremacist thinking, the nordics were small beer compared the least of the Romans when it came to organized mayhem)
The fixation on Russia, Russia, Russia, is an emotional withdrawal by those who can’t accept that Clinton was a horrible candidate and that she was a bureaucrat centrist who believes in nothing, running against a true radical who also believes in nothing and is nihilist enough to just make up whatever ‘facts’ serve him. A wordy policy wonk like Clinton is helpless against someone whose whole life has been a sort of extended Gish Gallop. I have said this before, too: Comey’s butt-fisted interference with the campaign had vastly more effect than any Russian troll farm ever could have had. There should have been an investigation into Comey’s actions, except that would never have happened because Comey got Trump elected; he’s just a sore loser that Trump fired him because he didn’t kiss ass well enough. Memo to Comey: you can only sell your soul completely, your new master understands loyalty better than anyone in the FBI ever could.
My main regret, watching all of this, is that Hunter S. Thompson is not around and all we’ve got is hipster Matt Taibbi trying to be “edgy.”
We’re fucked. There are still democrats and journalists howling about Russia and they didn’t even notice that Israel made it illegal to criticize their policies. Both parties (as Nancy Pelosi said) are strongly loyal to Israel, so long as nobody phrases that wrong – the same congress that invited Netanyahu to come address them in order to spite a sitting president – now breathlessly demonizes Vladimir Putin. Putin’s got to be sitting back, looking at Brexit and Trump and pinching himself because this all might be a dream. He’s like the punter who was invited to throw out the first ball and suddenly was declared the winner and champion.
At least we no longer need to pretend to take the reactionary “conservatives” at their word – they have hopelessly contradicted, debased, and perjured themselves. We know they don’t believe in anything, themselves, so we don’t need to engage with their stated beliefs. Family? You don’t believe in the integrity of families while you’re taking nursing infants from their mothers and locking children in cages. Education? You don’t believe in education, you’re dancing this rigamarole about “charter schools” while allowing schools to re-segregate. Democracy? You don’t believe in democracy when you’re re-electing representatives based on gerrymandering. Diplomacy? Pardon me while I laugh in your face. Right to life? You don’t believe in right to life when you’re supporting air strikes in Yemen. Fiscally conservative? You voted for every bloated defense budget the pentagon asks for. “No,” I wink, “I know you’re a nihilist and you have no beliefs except for a love of power. Your ‘beliefs’ are a convenient smoke screen of self-justification. I’m a nihilist, too – can’t we talk honestly? If you accept your worship of naked force it will empower you, you ubermensch – you don’t need to be a coward any more. Just tell it like it is. And, oh, I know you’d just as soon see me up against a wall facing a firing squad, and I feel the same way about you. I’d do any horrible fucked-up thing I wanted to you, if I had the power to, and I know the feeling is mutual. There’s no difference between us, only who’s got the upper hand and if I found myself in a position where I had the political power to obliterate you, I would, unhesitatingly.”
I know it’s not a significant matter to you, dear reader, but I have decided to release myself from my pledge to not forge weapons. I know there will always be enough weapons, and the world does not need any more of them, but let me mold my hate into a tangible form, for my own mental health.