Henry Rollins: It's Amazing How Quickly We Got Used To The Trump Dumpster Fire

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago in News & Politics


Rollins on how and why the world just sort of rolled over and have gotten used to Trump's brand of crazy.

By: Henry Rollins for the LA Weekly

Almost any situation, when endured for long enough, goes from how it is now, to just how it is. What came before becomes harder and harder to remember.

Our species adapts quickly. We have no choice. There’s hardly a square mile on the planet where a human can exist without quite a bit of alteration and protection. To varying degrees, we have always had to scramble. In more modernized countries, we first worlders are spared a lot of the day-to-day misery engendered by the elements. In a lot of ways, the conveniences we enjoy have made us inconsiderate and ignorant.

We always find a way to keep going. We’re far too high-functioning and mean to let a dying planet that’s screaming for mercy keep us from further mutilating it as we customize and innovate. No matter what, we adapt — but most important, we forget and then repeat.

George W. Bush’s use of the English language fascinated me. As his administration dragged on, it seemed to progressively devolve. When Bush was the governor of Texas, he was noticeably sharper, at times bordering on witty. By the end of his second presidential term, he seemed to marvel at getting through a sentence. During his speeches, it sounded not only like he was reading the material for the first time but that he was just saying the words, devoid of context. I wondered if it was the horror of knowing he sent so many people to their deaths needlessly, finally taking its toll. He went out crushed, like Johnson.

Over those eight years, I got used to how he faltered both domestically and abroad. It took a while but eventually, how he was as he disintegrated became normal. It was like passing through stages of grief — if you can somehow get there, you accept.

The Obama years were so different. While I felt bad for the president and his family because of the attacks that started as soon as he began his campaign, I enjoyed how most of the criticism was more about the ignorance and bigotry of the accusers than anything real. Not that there weren’t things to take President Obama to task for; there were. There always are. That being said, at least when the man spoke, you had the idea that he was truly engaged and understood what he was talking about, whether you agreed with him or not. Much of the frustration from “the other side” stemmed from the fact that they knew they were outmatched.

The inexhaustible level of anger that met President Obama is a testament to how spectacularly stupid about a third of the electorate is. When grifter Palin spewed her “How’s that hope and change workin’ out for ya?” line, I thought to myself, “Great, actually. How’s being a chew toy for Tina Fey while millions of people all over the world howl in laughter working out for you?”

The point I’m making is that after a while, the anger became normal.

It feels like a long time since the election of comrade Trump. I remember the first few days, the frustration and accompanying exhaustion I felt knowing that the country was going to go backward. Several weeks later, I was resolved to “reconfiguring my pack,” as I like to say. I had to do my best to understand this new landscape as America now lurched toward greatness. There were some familiar echoes of the Bush years: the homophobes and misogynists taking a victory lap now that they had one of theirs in the executive position, the environment with a target on its back, science getting sucker-punched in the schoolyard once again. All part of the greatness.

Read the second half of the article at the Weekly.

There are 23 comments:
Male 4,021
Good to see a nice, unbiased, non-partisan piece for a change.
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Male 3,187
I saw him live the day after Trump was elected, I expect nothing other than this well written piece out of Rollins.  Hardcore until the end...
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Male 1,373
"we got used to..."?????  More like we see the fake news and snowflake hissy fits as the b.s. they really are, and just tune them out now.  Any morning you can turn on the news and see moonbats whining about some new minor thing Trump ha done that offends them..   When are THEY going to grow up.
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Male 120
spanz Did you know that Trump ate KFC with a fork and knife on a private plane once? Tune in to the news to found out more outrageous things trump has done!

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Male 3,086
moldysod did you know beans are a musical fruit? and the more you eat the more you toot!
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Male 3,619
rumham And the more you toot, the better you feel! So we should eat beans with every meal!
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Male 537
spanz you realize the people on the TV get paid to do that, right? This guy gets it, you were a bunch of whiney fucking crybabies when the black man was in office, and now. You whine so fucking much you are currently whining about other people's whining. Grow up little one, there's a big wide world outside that little hole you're looking through
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Male 9,496
spanz You mother fuckers and Fox News invented this nitpick bullshit in the 90s and absolutely ramped it up to a million during Obama's 8 years.

Fox News ran stories on:
Obama saluting with a coffee cup in his hand
Obama chewing gum
Obama not having a jacket on in the oval office
Michele Obama wearing a sleeveless dress to meet the queen
Their Christmas card not having anything about God on it
Them fist bumping
Jay Z being invited to the white house
Etc
Etc
Etc

So unless you complained about that stuff getting coverage, shut your fucking hypocritical mouth and reap what you helped sow.

You want to know a difference? When THAT shit was getting posted on IAB no conservatives said ANYTHING as far as I can remember. However, open up a trivial Trump post like the one about Macron's wife or the handshake and look at all the liberal's calling it meaningless bullshit. 

Objectivity is a beautiful thing. You should try it sometime, snowflake.
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Male 3,086
holygod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HozLfXHJBo
just watch brotendo
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Male 3,086
rumham its been removed from you tube. wow i hope there is video of this. 
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Male 3,086
rumham i made it a post to fancy but who knows. i saw this live and shit a brick
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Male 3,187
holygod You forgot to add how Fox News was the propaganda machine behind the Bush administration.

And I like this quote...

" When Bush was the governor of Texas, he was noticeably sharper, at times bordering on witty. By the end of his second presidential term, he seemed to marvel at getting through a sentence. "

I can't wait for year 3 of this administration, even if it is Pence that is running the show at that point.  While I am vocal about my disdain for the policies currently being pushed, I am also quite interested in watching the dumpster fire that is to come...
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Male 1,689
spanz 

You're absolutely right! If only liberals would grow up and just accept that it's wonderful for a president to joke around about kissing any woman they think is attractive and grabbing them by the pussy. It's awesome for our president to talk about shooting people in the middle of the street. Nothing makes me feel prouder than waking up in the morning to a presidential temper tantrum over twitter.

Anyone who would get offended at such thing is a delicate little butterfly that can't handle real life.
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Male 120
bliznik Wasn't it a Democrat that shot a republican senator? Or made a play where the president is killed? Or held the decapitated effigy of our president?
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Male 9,496
moldysod I don't want to stop you, because you are on a roll, but you do know the play was Julius Caesar right? Julius Caeser is always killed. It was a modern day depiction so the emperor became the president. Are you also aware that Caeser was also previously done with an Obama look alike in the roll? Probably not, because Fox News didn't care about that one.
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Male 9,496
It's always shocking how people can view things so completely differently.
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Male 7,782
holygod 2016 The Year  the Dumb and Ignorant showed up.
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Male 1,689
holygod 

I'm not so surprised that people can take a look at the exact same facts and view things so completely differently. This has been going on for millenia.

I'm more surprised that people can look at a fact that has ample evidence with rigorous peer-review of thousands of people reproducing the exact same result, and then look at a lie whose only support is a heart-wrenching anecdote of a single example with vague references, and completely believe in the lie.
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Male 120
bliznik If exactly 50% of people claim that white is actually black and the other 50% claim that black is actually white, who is right?
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Male 1,689
moldysod 

The fact that you are equating an opinion with a fact is one of the many things wrong with the world today.
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Male 3,187
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Male 656
kalron27 white and gold!
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Male 7,782
moldysod we drown them all?
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