Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Thought-Impaired “Flat-Earth” Fundamentalist finally moved out

We had a roommate who recently moved away, a proud adherent of some literal “Flat Earth Theory” he “researched” on the “Internet,” who a year ago informed me that Trump was Jesus’s candidate, while Hillary was the Devil’s. When the “pussy grab” tape came out, he was totally unruffled, because he said it was just like every other divine figure that left their spotty youth behind when they accepted God’s call. King Solomon was his one example.

He was fond of blaming “The Rothschilds” for all the world's ills, and couldn’t understand why I would oppose Trump when after all, he believes in “States’ Rights” just the same way Hillary does. (?) I simply could not get him to compute that “The Rothschilds” is a NAZI code word for “Jewish Bankers,” while “States’ Rights” is a rallying cry of the pro-slavery faction in the South that remains very active to this day. He’s a 27-year-old Afghanistan war veteran who has not yet learned—may very well never learn—to think critically, or even clearly about religion, science, politics, or anything that makes our society function.

People like him are the lifeblood of Trumpish politics. Believing that he is some kind of divine representative of Jesus Christ himself—a literal antichrist—they can only view the investigations, impeachments, and indictments to come as “persecutions” analogous to the Crucifixion. With any luck it will alienate Trump voters from traditional Republicanism, splitting it into incompatible factions.

The potential it creates for a fresh explosion of fascism in our country, however, scares me. I've seen this guy accept anything, rationalize anything. He bristled with righteous indignation when I described President Obama as a “Christian,” while Trump is unassailably another sort of Christ to him. When the likes of Bannon, the Gorkas, and Stephen Miller have God’s ear, anything could happen.