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May 5, 2016

We need President Trump, to ignite a real and fiery revolution

Perhaps it is only when America sees itself in all its cartoonish ugliness that it can begin to reform itself.

Helen Razer — Writer and Broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and Broadcaster

Following his landslide win this week in Indiana, orange cheddar Donald Trump has succeeded in making America grate again. There is now little time or matter that separates this big cheese from nomination — and the party, the nation and the world that he may lead must learn to live with his stink.

The GOP has already put a peg on its nose. An institution torn apart by a year of reality TV rhetoric is now trying to smell the good in an evil that has amassed all the delegates it needs. This isn’t easy when your candidate is the type to publicly produce the view that China is “raping” the US. Still, Republican stalwart Newt Gingrich offered recent opinion that the man is “serious” on foreign policy.

Many US voters have been sniffing Trump favourably for some time, and this week one poll places his ordure first against that of likely competitor, Hillary Clinton. But Trump’s appeal is not news and surveys taken in this time of great disenchantment have long seen the folksy billionaire more easily defeated in a match-up with folksy Senator Bernie Sanders.

The rest of the rational world, however, remains in a state of shock that the hegemon could be so close to hitting bottom. It’s now time for us to not only show greater respect for the political nous of The Simpsons, whose writers predicted a Trump victory back in 2000, but to see the bright side. Look, we have no choice. If we simply despair that a man can win the confidence of millions with statements like “I know words. I have the best words”, we risk spending the next eight years under a doona.

Let’s avoid medication and count the positives.

First, as others have offered, Trump’s appeal inheres less in his policy, which is yet to be uttered or probably even considered, than in his challenge to orthodoxy. Americans are dissatisfied with their post-crash lot and if we squint a bit, we could choose to see this as a hopeful disaster.

In a climate often described by commentators as a “political earthquake”, voters see the cracks in their fathers’ foundation and they are running toward new forms of political organisation. Trump’s extremism provides no more real stability than the easy nativism of those idiots who call themselves “eurosceptics”.

Blaming brown folk for the inevitable malfunction of global markets makes about as much sense as Donald’s claim that he has the “best words”. Of course, it’s rotten that Trump has created the conditions where overt acts of racism are now culturally acceptable in the US, a nation that has so long managed to conceal its revulsion for many of its citizens. But we must concede that the era that produced Trump is the same that gave us Sanders. Trump’s popularity is less about Trump than it is about a radical dissatisfaction with current organisation. Like Walt Benjamin said, every rise of fascism bears witness to a failed revolution, and we can only hope that the pre-ordained failure of a Trump presidency will reignite that “political revolution” for which Sanders has hoped.

Perhaps it is only when America sees itself in all its cartoonish ugliness that it can begin to reform itself. Perhaps it is only when a nation becomes indistinguishable from The Simpsons that it can hope to shatter a script that has been playing out for decades. While it is almost certainly true that Obama was sincere about his “hope” and “change” these past eight years, and that there was a genuine utopian element to his healthcare policy, it is also true that this nation, both as a place to live and as a unipolar power, has not changed and is not hopeful. Good liberal feeling will not deliver us from the inequality America guarantees to its own citizens and all the citizens of the world. Maybe only a particularly scary episode of The Simpsons will.

Perhaps you can’t bear to think about a Trump-led US as a stepping stone to significant change. In this case, at least think about it as a time where Melania will be FLOTUS.

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16 thoughts on “We need President Trump, to ignite a real and fiery revolution

  1. Tom McHugh

    “Perhaps it is only when America sees itself in all its cartoonish ugliness that it can begin to reform itself”?
    This sounds like one of those International Marxist Group numptys, back in the 70’s, who said that everyone should vote conservative, because then the working classes will realise the true nature of the capitalist state and will unite and revolt. They got Margaret Thatcher.

    1. Helen Razer

      The suggestion that power nakedly shown will”perhaps” show power more nakedly is not at all like recommending a vote for Trump.
      Still. I guess it’s currently a popular sport to hurl”Marxist” as a slur. Enjoy it while you and the Liberal backbench can!

      1. Tom McHugh

        Talk about missing the point. IMG weren’t Marxists; they were idiots. (Marx: If these people are Marxists, then I am not). I am a Marxist, in the strict and literal sense. If it wasn’t obvious that you (wilfully?) misread me, I might feel insulted.
        The idea that “power nakedly shown” will show power, finally, to be somehow unacceptable and therefore trigger reform – that America will say “OMG what have we done sorry #neveragain #realclassconsciousness”? Nah.
        The Liberal backbench? frontbench? sidebench? whatever? – may they rot in hell. I hope no-one votes for trumpff, but as the man said, “If the greedy bastards wanted principles, they’d join the fucking Hare Krishna.”.

  2. Venise Alstergren

    I know this is off-topic, But..One of the things that prevents the Oz voter from getting excited about our rotten politicians; ditto the blind indifference with which we accept the English monarchy as our head of state, is we never had to fight for our country. OK, there was a brief time in WWII when our troops actually fought for Australia, otherwise our armed forces have all died for other countries-usually Britain and/or the USA-this national apathy is only cast aside for sporting events. Christ we are a fifth rate nation.

  3. Awmy Gaaaahd

    Trump is less pro-war than Clinton – the current NeoCon choice- by a country mile. No wonder Zionists like Jonathan Freedland over at The Guardian have cracked the shits.

  4. Reverend Owen

    I’m afraid it sounds like wishful thinking to me, Helen, but since wishful thinking is all we have… If Bernie can quickly convince California Democrats that he is a better bet than Hillary to beat Trump then perhaps… But no. We just have to face the nightmare that is coming – Hillary will win in July and Trump will win in November. Interesting times.

  5. James O'Neill

    The one saving grace from the prospect of a Trump Presidency is that POTUS is actually little more than the fronts person for the Deep state that actually run the show. The world managed to survive eight years of Bush the Lesser (to invoke Arundhati Roy’s memorable phrase) without a nuclear war, and while there were plenty of disasters in both domestic and foreign policy the Bush years were no worse than those of most other post WW2 US presidents.
    Personally, the best case scenario is for HRC to be indicted for her many egregious crimes and thus open the road to a Sanders presidency, the latter offering the best hope of actual sanity in US policy. He of course would have the same Deep State problem all the others had.

  6. RachelP

    Potential corrupt, war-mongering criminal versus actual corrupt, war-mongering criminal. What a presidential race it will be!

    Many people view Trump as the real and fiery revolution but who knows what will happen when they are disappointed. Vive la US!

  7. Duncan Gilbey

    Their choice is between someone they hate or a wanker.
    Come to think of it…

  8. Norman Hanscombe

    The the Democrats threw their resources behind Trump because they needed him as the Republican nominee if they were to sell someone like Clinton to the voters, while Crikey needs someone like Trump to provide a bete noir for their devoted acolytes.

  9. AR

    Good article, MzRaz, points well made, clearly and briefly – see, you can do it!
    The fascinating question now is, who will be on the Drumpf’s ticket as Veep?
    My preference would be the Moose Evisceratrix but someone has suggested the Cruzer. Now that would be a marriage made in Hell.

  10. Charlie Chaplin

    I hope you’re right Helen. I sincerely hope you’re right.

    My nightmare is Bernie will be elected. He will appoint fellow true independants to all key positions of power. And America will crush him and the hearts and hopes of it’s people forever more.

    It would crush all of us everywhere.

    We all had such high hopes for Obama with his pretty rhetoric – so pretty it won him a Nobel Peace Prize – and look what we got.

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