The heat’s reaching record highs here in the Volunteer State. It’s gone from Tennessee summer level muggy to what people would call “stupid hot.” With that “stupid hot” brings a major component. People are starting to act stupid, and the stupid is getting contagious.
I listen regularly to local talk radio. Not out of a sense of wanting purposefully to yell at talking heads who have the ability to hang up on me at any time, you understand. Sometimes it’s a good way to check the pulse of those around you on situations and events that unfold in real time. Talk radio is the local equivalent of the digital space that gives us a chance to really see how an area feels about a given issue.
Right now the stupid is so hot it burns. And yet, underneath the stupid, there’s a level of strange truth that i can’t seem to imagine as plausible. What happens when something you see as so obviously wrong, so asinine it burns, becomes something that actually sounds believable? Are we in a new plane where crazy is the New Normal?
The latest talk around the hayseed water fountain is that the rash of cop killings and deaths of black men is a distraction. The type those who run in the higher functioning circles call “false-flag” operations. They say the current crop of shootings are a means to an end for the current President to declare martial law. They say when he does it means he gets to suspend any and all activities and speech with which he disagrees. That includes a Presidential Election, which he’ll keep quelled until he gets a chance to either install who he wants as President or remains President for the rest of his life.
I sit back and dismiss the hayseed water cooler talk. It’s not based in logic or reason, I say. It’s not something that could feasibly happen since too many moving parts are required for a stunt like this to occur. The government can’t be that terribly smart, can it? Can we really expect of our nation’s failed leadership some sort of criminal movement, wiping their collective asses with the Constitution, to make sure one party stays in power and continues to keep that power until someone or something makes the collective conscious of this nation say “NO MORE” and rise up in arms as an attempt at restoring American values?
No. The current guy has done enough to mess with what freedoms we have. This is the guy who’s been ineffectual in his attempt to be all things to all people. He was able to tell the public they’d have their doctors and then told the doctors and insurance companies they’d get what they wanted under his scheme of medicine. He told the cops one minute he was their only salvation and then turned the next to tell those whose voices cops silenced with bullets they needed to “look to peace.” He told people a good “beer summit” would solve the world’s problems while condemning the use of lawful tools to defend a person and that person’s property.
In our current climate, the guy who’s got 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’s got it wrong for not choosing between Team Mystic, Valor, or Instinct. In his attempt to be all things, he’s none of the things. And when you support nothing in an attempt to pander your way to justice in a mealy-mouthed fashion then the only thing you’ve left is dishonesty.
And dishonesty is in vogue these days with those who hold political office. Sure it’s always been a thing that people who sought power embraced, but now it’s official. The top, elevated spokesperson for Being Left about something has 67% of Americans saying they don’t think she’s honest or ethical. Yet the other guy, the one who is so honest about being an asshole, is thought of so horribly people who wouldn’t normally vote for the Head of Being Left And On The Right Side Of History are starting to say “I’ll just have to hold my nose and vote #ImWithHer.”
Our climate picked a side. The end result was either a choice between dishonesty and corruption or an honest asshole, and because no one wants to be labeled a racist, misogynist, ableist, or other stupid label that means nothing then we have those who are quietly participating in the stupid by picking the dishonesty, or those who are actively participating in the stupid by loudly bellowing their support for the other side and then telling the world if they don’t act now the price will go up come November or sooner when the Nation is at Martial Law.
In the meantime, I’m sitting here, watching the world get stupid hot, and the surrounding throngs caught in the system burn hotter and hotter.