Thursday, November 4, 2021

A word from Scut Farkus and friends

Scott Farkus

     Wednesday's column, "The past plays out in Virginia," was written Tuesday morning, before results of the election were known, long before Trump stalking horse Glenn Youngkin was elected governor. Once his victory became official, late in the day, I jiggered a sentence to reflect that. But the column had already been online for hours.
     The outcome wasn't a surprise mind you, and the general grim tone of the column was written in anticipation of what would probably happen. We're at the top of a roller coaster hill, preparing for an even deeper plunge into Trumpism than before. Strap in. Keep your hands in the car.
     The column was met by the expected crowds of gleeful residents of Fox Nation ululating their victory. No big surprise there either. As Trump demonstrates, being a bigot is, at rock bottom, about having an ego so small you must alternate between flights of grandiosity and abuse of anybody you can find to ridicule in your frantic efforts to pump yourself up by putting them down. It hardly matters who: immigrants, Muslims, Blacks, libs, the media, whomever. The win gave Trumpers the all-important permission to trumpet their scorn, oblivious to the idea that an adult considers the source of any particular opinion, or tries to. Thus being held in contempt by dupes half a decade into their swooning thrall to a liar, bully, fraud and traitor well, let's just say the sting of their disapproval is not what they seem to imagine it will be. 
     Some were so over-the-top, I truly had to admire the result.
     "Awww, lefty’s didn’t get their way," writes Kevin Kibler, stumbling over his grammar, but perfectly capturing the bullying tone of the Scut Farkus character from "A Christmas Story." "Go back home and cry Neil."
     Conjuring up liberal tears, and then laughing at the imaginary tableau, is a go-to move for Trumpies. Why bother with reality? Why look up and see the pitying gaze of solid, grounded, fact-based, patriotic Americans contemplating their fellow citizens, souls lost in malice and folly? Far easier to cackle like Bond villains, and work themselves into faux hysterics at the confounding of their enemies.
      "LMAO, like I said before you leftwing liberal socialist communists have no ideas or solutions just lies, thievery and whining when you don’t get your way," Ed Perchess writes, as if a $1 trillion infrastructure bill weren't stalled in the Senate without a single Republican vote. "What, no mention of your bromance Trump, LMAO! No morals, no brains, go get a refund for your education."
      Oh that I could. 
      Some, like the above, rambled on. A number of readers were quite pithy, which I appreciated.
    "Keep fanning the flames of racism," was all Ed Case has to say.
    Though brief, that sounds a common theme that will no doubt be a major Trump World talking point, assuming it isn't already: racism in America is a fiction invented and sustained by liberals and disgruntled Black Lives Matter activists. Otherwise, it would be only a fading memory.
     "I was disappointed in the tone of your 11/2 column, bringing up the tired old trope of racism," writes Howard Tanzman, as if I had invoked some fusty old fixation, like Free Silver. 
     "I think the American people are wising up to the hate from CRT and BLM etc." someone calling himself Jerry Jobe writes. "I will continue to pray. We are all equal. And now, we need to get on with educating or Black and Brown youth."
     I wish he had elaborated on that last thought: maybe the problem, in his mind, is that nobody has told Black people that racism is no longer an issue. Except to libs, of course.
     "What is it with your (and those of like-minded Liberals) obsession with race?" Dennis Bracco writes. "News flash: it's NOT 1959 now, and we've come a long way."
     As proof of the long way we have come, Bracco and many others served up the new lieutenant governor, Winsome Sears, who is Black, a twist on the some-of-my-best-friends gambit. It's like arguing that Trump can't be stoking anti-Semitism, since Stephen Miller is Jewish. I wanted to write back, "One swallow does not a summer make." But that would be quoting Aristotle, and imagine how they'd howl at that.
     There can't be racism in Virginia. Because they elected a Black lieutenant governor. This pairing of inequivalent  situations is continuous. The Jan. 6 insurrection is cancelled out by the post George Floyd protests. 
     "The Jan 6th insurrection was a toga party as much as the riots/burning/looting for a year were 'mostly peaceful" protests,' Dave Bohec writes. "People are seeing what it means to be 'woke' and are voting accordingly."
     It isn't the racism, which doesn't exist, but it's the reaction to the non-existent racism that's the problem.
     Racism, in their view, is a historical relic, and if we go back in the past, it was a sin of the Democrats, which means that Democrats today, who believe diametrically opposite things and have for decades, are thoroughly undercut. 
     "When you discussed bigotry from the 50's, keep in mind the southern states at that time were governed and managed by Democrats," Terrence Hagen writes. "Ever hear of the "DixieCrats"? Maybe your history didn't teach that the Dem party has its own history of bigotry. Ever hear of Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the Grand Wizard of the Klan? He was at one time the Senate Majority leader. Don't attribute bigotry to Republicans alone."   
     Don't miss the slip of that final "alone." We may be bigots, but so are you. Everybody is bigoted. And there is truth there, in that we all harbor prejudice, to a degree. Though for some it is a problem to be recognized and fought, and others don't even see it, either because they won't or they can't, the way fish supposedly don't perceive the water they are swimming in.  It would almost be funny—it is funny, a little—if it weren't also so sad. 


  1. Yes, indeed it is so sad. These people are pulling us all down the rabbit-hole.

  2. McAuliffe was a terrible candidate. At no point could he keep his foot out of his mouth.
    Youngkin kept screaming about Critical Race Theory even though no K-12 school in Virginia teaches it & McAuliffe never managed to counter that.

  3. For the last month or so, it seemed like every other email I received was from either McAuliffe's or Youngkin's campaigns. It also looked like both campaigns had hired the same publicist emphasizing how horrible it would be if I didn't send a couple bucks to prevent the other guy from winning. I've no doubt that it's not a good thing that Youngkin won and it's awful that John Jones (fictional character) in Poughkeepsie, New York, had a heart attack and died yesterday or last week or last year, but why should I mourn for him or for McAulife?


  4. The current state of the union is too depressing to even think about. In 2015, 2016, I was barely able to wrap my head around the idea that 40% of the country, or whatever, were unable to see what a transparent charlatan Trump was. After all we've seen -- the wildly corrupt administration, the mishandled pandemic, the Jan. 6 insurrection, the fact that a former president refuses to admit he lost an election *a year ago* -- the idea that Republicans are winning elections anywhere based on their cultish devotion to the Biggest Loser is just pretty hard to take. I realized that "owning the libs" at the expense of having a better country was a thing, but not as all-encompassing a motivation as it seems to be.


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