There are weird times, unsettling times, and then times that make you wonder if the entire universe hadn’t slipped into the grasp of some gibbering Chaos god content to cause widespread destruction and upheaval for the simple pleasure of moving things around.
What does that moment feel like, that first sign that perhaps everything has gone off the rails, when normal slowly starts to drift away and a new reality rips through spacetime, shattering all former probability clouds like a burst from an orgone cannon?
Judging from the recent actions of Il Duce Trump I’ve begun seriously wondering if it’s time to set up an altar to Lord Tzneetch, Changer of Ways. We are in the shit folks, and what we’ve seen is only the first rumbles of a much darker future ahead of us…
“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.” – Richard M. Nixon
Where can one begin? Here from the faraway peninsula of Florida, Trump’s executive actions had rung out like sniper fire: He’s frozen scientific research spending, ripped the teeth out of the EPA with a claw hammer, instituted a federal hiring freeze, opened up all pipelines, begun to kill Obamacare, and put a ban on Muslim immigrants from select countries.
Horrible, horrible things, yet no doubt expected. Trump is doing exactly what he said he would, a fact seemingly alien to the vast amounts of liberals who only weeks ago were smugly predicting Trump would get into office and use the same rulebook they’d perfected.
“Sure Trump talked a good game,” said a woman who assured me her sights were already on 2020, “but once he gets into office he’ll be no different than anybody else. Obama said a lot, Hillary did, it’s all part of the game. He’s not going to start rounding people up.”
“Plainclothes agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, wearing jeans and t-shirts, have raided the Multnomah County Courthouse in the last two weeks, seizing at least three undocumented immigrants, according to reports gathered by the ACLU of Oregon.
On Friday, five agents arrived at a diversion program for people who had been charged with driving under the influence, according to Mat dos Santos, ACLU of Oregon’s legal director, who has been collecting accounts from defense attorneys, in effort to monitor President Donald Trump’s policies.
Dos Santos says the number of people arrested remains unconfirmed. Defense lawyers tell WW the number is at least three people over the past two weeks, but is likely higher.”
Nothing quite says fascism like plainclothes agents snatching up immigrants unawares, leading them to uncertain futures at federal detention facilities nobody ever seems to see. Luckily this is a nation of Law and Order, and Multomah County Courthouse officials soon condemned the act. Even Trump’s Muslim ban was quickly challenged in the courts and supposedly frozen until lawyers could argue about what an Imperial president could do.
I say supposedly for a reason. Southerners with a long memory easily recall the case of Worcester v. Georgia, where the Supreme Court reversed the decision of Cherokee Nation v. Georgia and held that Indian nations were sovereign and had natural rights to land. Andrew Jackson, known shitlord and wanton hellbeast with a thirst for native blood, famously delivered a line that would echo across the centuries and meet us firmly in the present day:
“[Judge] John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.”
The gist? Something like this:
US Customs and Border Protection agents are ignoring a federal judge’s stay on President Trump’s immigration blacklist against seven majority Muslim countries and deporting people legally traveling to the states, according to attorneys representing those detained at airports across the country.
…Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, told reporters on Sunday, according to the Guardian. “A lot of people have been handcuffed, a lot of people who don’t speak English are being coerced into taking involuntary departures.”…
The Department of Homeland Security promised to comply with the federal court orders while hinting that little had actually changed.
“The president’s executive orders remain in place—prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the US government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety,” the statement said.
Attorney Christine Brandt has confirmed that under this scenario, the court would send Federal Marshals to arrest the Border Patrol agents.
Meanwhile U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin, who is also an attorney and a law professor, attempted to gain access to the Dulles detainees less than an hour ago, but was turned away by Border Patrol agents. That means the agents are refusing to allow the detainees access to an attorney seeking to represent them, and turning away a Congressman who was attempting to act upon a federal court ruling. And his fellow Congressman Gerry Connolly was spotted moments ago at the airport, yelling at the Border Patrol headquarters over the phone and demanding that they comply with the federal court order.
A lot of demands from people who don’t have the power to enforce them, and even the most die-hard believer in the “fairness” of the police had a hard time picturing federal agents literally putting each other in handcuffs.
“The difference between the student radicals and the Hell’s Angels is that the students are rebelling against the past, while the Angels are fighting the future…”
Politics, like many things, doubles as stimulant in the right hands, and the weeks after the inauguration were the purest form of the drug I had ever tasted in 27 years. Nothing sort of unfiltered madness and brazen authoritarianism seemed to be pouring out of every news article and every press release. Media outlets ran coverage that seemed totally at odds with one another and nobody seemed to have a clue as to what would happen next; like a small child falling into a pit of vipers you simultaneously held hope that everything would be okay yet knew that everything was entirely fucked.
Trump was not just “any politician” but the walking embodiment of everything we’d ever feared an American politician might do. He had been given a mandate to run the country as he pleased and nobody was going to tell him what to do.
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Steve Bannon said during a rare interview with The New York Times on Wednesday.
“I want you to quote this,” Bannon told the Times. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”…
“That’s why you have no power,” Bannon said. “You were humiliated.”
A strain of politics much purer and more jagged than anything to limp or stutter out of past presidencies, only the most brain-dead hippy could take Bannon’s comments as anything other than a full declaration of war: the people, the media, hell the whole country was to be treated as a conquered people.
We were entering a new era and it would demand a new kind of rebellion.
My idea was simple: A group of political radicals organized along the lines of the Hell’s Angels, a club where each member could count on one another and attacks against the State could be launched. The group would have a magical bent, monthly meetings loaded with ritual, and slowly plant the seeds for a riotous tribe of Anarchist wizards who shot guns, grew organic food, and used magic and might to protect those now at the mercy of Trump.
“No no,” one shaman that doubled as a merchant marine told me. “Things aren’t that bad yet. We need to be much more general and benign to attract the right people. I was thinking more along the lines of Temple of high sorcery. You know the kind of the place where we turn our backs on humanity and Society in general and only intervene at specific pressure points when we feel it’s necessary…”