The Real Terror

By David Glenn Cox

So, Donald Trump has finally shut up. You would think it to be a moment of worldwide rejoicing, but it is not so. After hiding out in the White House basement bunker with his Richie Rich doll and Binky his orange plush bear Donald Trump became mute. The White House announced Sunday the President would not be making any statements. Curled in a fetal position the Cheeto mumbles, “They’re going to get me,” over and over. The bunker is fully equipped and can withstand a nuclear blast but lacks an onboard Psychiatrist in the event of a Presidential melt down.

Like Pink in “The Wall” Trump has been exposed before his peers and is now melting down. A bully exposed is a bully destroyed. He will muster his troops and lie and wave his arms again in a grandiose fashion, but the Party is over. Trump’s desire for his MAGA army to rise fell on deaf ears, “Are you kidding? I’m not going out there those people are pissed off. They’d likely put my AR-15 where the sun don’t shine!” The few MAGA morons that did show found themselves surrounded by a sea of angry faces and sought shelter behind the thin blue line.

Interesting isn’t it that after three years of Trump’s phony anger with plots and schemes filled with righteous indignation that a genuine and justified anger makes the orange one sound like a soap opera star past his prime. Suddenly, he’s not the King of the world anymore. He’s that overweight old man in orange make up cowering in a basement fearing for his safety. Surrounded by thousands who would take the greatest pleasure in ripping him limb from limb. They say violence is not the answer, but it worked in Italy. After stringing up Benito Mussolini from a lamp post Italians have had few problems with would be Fascists. After the French Revolution murdered several thousand royalists France has enjoyed several hundred years without any Royalist influence.

So, let us says that rather than violence is not the answer, let us say it is not the preferred answer. If ever a minority group had a right to a grievance this is it. The murder of George Floyd looked like something from the Warsaw Ghetto. Despicable, disgusting and just one more. One more murdered black man one more name on a wall filled with the names of murdered black men. The comedian Chris Rock put his finger on it. What does it mean to be black in America? “You wouldn’t trade places with me and I’m rich!”

The target store looted and burned made themselves a target when they stopped selling water and milk to the protesters at the police request. Now, they have no store and Target is closing stores in the area until the violence subsides.  Which side are you on man? Which side are you on? Maybe you noticed the large number of white folks involved as they too were disgusted by murder on the six o’clock news. But I think there is more going on here than just one more police murder.

Millions of Americans myself included have never recovered financially from the crash of 2008. The banks were refloated and the insurance companies. The car companies were bailed out and the American people were told to suck it up buttercup.  Twelve million American homes were lost to foreclosure that’s forty million people and now their children who grew up in this maelstrom see it happening again. They are pissed off and have a right to be. They don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

The American system is broken, and Donald Trump is the furthest exponent of that breakage. Fuck you, I don’t care about you people. Sick the dogs on them, shoot them if you have too! I’m going to Mira Lago to play golf.

America has endured forty years of this claptrap, forty years of trickle-down economics forty years of less is more. Poverty has a way of sharpening your eyesight and your math skills. When your job can’t pay the rent, you live in your car. When the water isn’t fit to drink. When the schools are crumbling. When the forecast for your life is mostly terrible with a chance of worse violence becomes an obvious alternative.

There is more at play here than the murder of an innocent black man. African Americans are the most wronged, but this is about society as a whole. The pendulum is swinging back the other way, “don’t stand in the doorway don’t block up the hall. For he, that gets hurt will be he who has stalled. There’s a battle outside raging, will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls.”

These riots and demonstrations are small but highly illustrative, they prove conclusively that as the numbers of angry Americans swell the police are as ineffective as mosquito netting. These mobs can go anywhere they like and do anything they want, and police can only play rope a dope defending an intersection here or there. The murder of George Floyd is cathartic through his death millions of Americans have found their voice in a primal scream therapy.

“THERE were two “Reigns of Terror,” if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon ten thousand persons, the other upon a hundred millions; but our shudders are all for the “horrors” of the minor Terror, the momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe, compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty, and heart-break? What is swift death by lightning compared with death by slow fire at the stake? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief Terror which we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror—that unspeakably bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves.” – Mark Twain

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