Sometimes I hate it when I’m right.
My prediction about a Trump coup-d’état is part of the historical record. From my review of Graceland:
- October 30-November 2: I spend most of my time fucking, writing and walking the dog, waiting to see how things play out. I chat with maman Monday night and we agree that I’ll come for dinner the following day. She reminds me that Tuesday is Election Day in the USA and cautions me that because my father is in an exceptionally giddy mood due to his fervent belief in a Biden victory I should avoid ruining the good vibes with my equally fervent belief in a Trump coup-d’état. Good girl that I am, I agree to her conditions.
What really blows me away are the Americans who are still shocked and surprised that such a thing could happen when it was so fucking obvious it was going to happen. When you’re faced with a power-obsessed narcissistic sociopath who has no respect for either democracy or the law and a fanatically loyal cult of violence-prone followers who eat all of his bullshit as if it were manna from heaven, what the fuck did you think was going to happen? If an ex-American living thousands of miles away from the action could see what was coming, how could millions of Americans be so fucking blind?
Well, I hate to rub it in, but I answered that question two-and-a-half years ago in a Chick Riff entitled “Taking a Rain Check”:
“The biggest problem with the opposition forces is that they are united in only one thing: denial. When I scroll through my Twitter list of resistance fighters, I constantly run into the claim, “This is not America” or “Dear Europe/Dear Canada/Dear World: We apologize for our idiot president but please be assured that this is not who we are.” BULLSHIT! Read the lists! The United States is a militaristic, violent, gun-loving, racist, male-dominated culture and has been for years! You ARE Trump! Americans need to move past the denial stage and face the ugly reality of who they have become, or things will continue to devolve. Here’s your new inconvenient truth: Trump is the United States personified. He is the perfect embodiment of American culture.
“And here’s another inconvenient truth: most Americans don’t give a shit.
“If Americans really cared about democracy and their responsibility to the world, they’d call a general strike and shut down the whole fucking country. That won’t happen, of course, because Americans would never do anything to intentionally damage their precious economy or skip a few paychecks—even if it means sacrificing “cherished values” and ending the “great experiment.” And even if Trump and his cronies are sent to the hoosegow, I doubt very much if Americans have the stomach or the courage to begin to face the deep-seeded problems of racism and misogyny that led to Trump in the first place.”
I’m not gloating here—I’m seriously pissed off. I’m also very scared that the violence and lawlessness will continue. There is no chance that two-thirds of a 50-50 Senate will vote to convict Trump if the House ever gets around to impeaching the traitor. That means the future of America is now entirely dependent on Mike Pence and a cabinet of Trump lackeys to grow some balls—good luck with that. This morning, I read that Trump is planning a trip to The Alamo, the ultimate symbol of a death cult embracing a lost cause. Trump has always been a Hitler admirer, and Hitler made absolutely sure that the German people he professed to love went down with him.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope that your security forces at both the federal and state levels haven’t been infiltrated by seditionists and that Biden, Harris and the rest of your government officials make it through the inauguration without a scratch. But I do think things are likely to get uglier before they get better . . . if they ever get better.
Anyway, I won’t be publishing reviews for the foreseeable future as it doesn’t feel right to provide Americans (still 75% of my audience) with options for passing the time when they’re running out of time to save their country. I’ll continue writing (we’re still on virtual lockdown), so if and when things calm down and feel more stable, you can expect a veritable flood of reviews. I have no idea what I’ll do if the USA goes full fascist—I’ll cross that bridge if we get there.
Here are some of the reviews I have planned for 2021 (not necessarily in publishing order):
- Denim, Denim on Ice
- The Auteurs, New Wave
- Sleater-Kinney, Call the Doctor, The Hot Rock, All Hands on the Bad One and One Beat
- Richard Thompson, Across a Crowded Room and You? Me? Us?
- June Tabor, Abyssinians
- Duke Ellington, Masterpieces by Ellington
- Sleeper, The It Girl
- The Sundays, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic
- Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners
- Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms
- Santana, Abraxas
- Ben E. King, The Very Best Of
- Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Young Brigham
- The Grateful Dead, American Beauty
- Perry Keyes, The Last Ghost Train Home
Okay! It doesn’t hurt to hope for the best, but I hope Americans do more than hope. Get off your goddamned asses and save democracy (and yourselves in the process)!