On watching the presidential “debate” Tuesday night, I asked myself: “What was that?” It certainly was not a debate nor was it in any way presidential. It was indeed an experience of presidential barbarism, of an unhinged person on the loose with all the powers of the presidency at his disposal.
The person with whom I watched the “debate,” who is not an American citizen but a green-card holder from the Philippines, commented: “The next debate Trump should not wear a suit but a strait-jacket.”
Yes, a strait-jacket. NOT just for Mr. Trump but for all the demons in the room with him who made him the human being he has become (and that hopefully, some day, after his sad empire collapses entirely, may experience a redemptive moment before he dies). Clearly, the man is under great stress and for good reason. The release of his taxes, a fate he resisted with all the legal minions and fellow republican party enablers he could muster, has clearly driven him to an edge. I think he is up at night both twittering and imagining what wearing an orange jump suit will be like.
Among the demons in the room lighting his fires of rage and sadness of soul were his father—well known to be a member of the KKK, racist to his depths, brilliant at playing the money game and dodging taxes, who, as those who knew him best related, loved no one including his sons. A sad state of family affairs indeed.
In the room too was Rupert Murdoch, father of Fox “News” and propagandist in chief for denial of climate change and enabler of others who for some strange reason don’t love mother earth as much as they do the power that money can buy. In the room were the Koch brothers who devoted a life time to destroying the judicial system as we know it.
In the room too were Trump’s republican enablers, especially Mitch McConnell (called “Moscow Mitch” for a reason) who led 99% of his Republican senators to hold a putative impeachment trial without any witnesses.
But last night we were all witnesses: Witnesses to something very big: Patriarchy was on trial, patriarchy was exposed, its emperor had no clothes. The essence of patriarchy is Domination, Abuse, Power-over, Bullying, Reptilian brain unleashed—it was all on full display last night—even the moderator was abused along with us citizens who had tuned in anticipating a presidential debate.
I know bullies; I know patriarchy. I wrestled with Popes Ratzinger and JP II for 12 years; in their quest for domination, they killed theology and theologians (i.e. those who dare to think) in the Roman Catholic Church, silencing and at times expelling 108 of us.
Not just patriarchy was disrobed last night but also capitalism and what it does to the human soul. By feeding greed and exalting it, capitalism steals the soul, deprives it of its powers of compassion and caring. That too was on full display, the sad and small and angry soul of a life-long worshipper of money.
Do you sense that both patriarchy and capitalism are on the ropes? Does that give you hope? What comes next?
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