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Friday News Quiz

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Okay, kids, here’s your final multiple choice quiz of the week. How will Trump and his regime be remembered by History?

  1. Worst in American history
  2. A depraved hiccup, after which normalcy was restored
  3. The cause of Civil War II
  4. The demise of evangelicalism in America
  5. Part of a wave of nationalist-white supremacist governments around the world
  6. All of the above
  7. None of the above
  8. Some of the above

It’s pretty obvious, to me anyway, that #1 is going to be true. We already see the outlines: a greedy, criminal enterprise, similar to a Mafia family, run by an unscrupulous, sexually depraved man. Comparisons have been made to Tony Soprano, but that’s not right, because Tony was—for all his faults—likeable; and Trump is not, not even by his Republican allies.

Concerning #2, we might well return to normalcy, starting when we elect a Democratic President and Congress next year. Or we might not. The seeds of American democracy are strong, but this regime has poisoned the soil, like a toxic waste dump, and it could be a long time before normal conditions are restored.

I doubt if #3, the Civil War II scenario, will ensue, but you never know. This Trump bunch is mentally ill; they’re basically sociopaths (as is Trump himself) and they also have weapons. They may take to the streets, in which case the rest of us would have to fight back. I think that they’ll be talked down from their violence (by their families, or clergymen, or friends) but they just might be angry enough to start shooting.

I earnestly hope and pray that #4, the demise of evangelicalism, comes true. I harbor no illusions that we can crush it 100%. These idiots have always lurked at the fringes of American society and they’re not going away. But we can reduce their numbers, and we can reduce their influence, and we can certainly shame them into shutting up and leaving us alone.

#5, the spread of white supremacist-nationalist governments around the world, is already happening, as my readers know. Trump is only its American incarnation. We’ve seen this before: the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1930s, which led to World War II. But History doesn’t exactly repeat itself. There are some understandable reasons why Western nations occasionally lurch into nationalism. These reasons are false, on analysis; but the underlying feelings that prompt them are real. Governments, including America’s, need to understand why so many white people seem to yearn for authoritarian, one-party leaders who can make the trains run on time.

Therefore, #6 is incorrect and so is #7. The final correct answer is #8: “some of the above.”

Meanwhile, I am loving the turn of events which UkraineGate is bringing about. I don’t see how Trump finagles himself out of this shitstorm. Neither do I see how his craziest allies—Giuliani, Pence, Pompeo and Republican Congressional leaders—get out of this alive. With every ounce of my hope I envision Nuremberg-style trials in which this entire rogue regime is brought to Justice, convicted and sentenced to prison. See Paris and die? No, see Trump behind bars, and then I’ll be happy to go to Valhalla.

Have a wonderful weekend! To my friends in fire-prone California, stay safe!

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