In the myth that is the Right Wing Autocracy Bible, we follow the Great Prophet, Donald Trump, to the promised land of milk and honey, somewhere near Miami by way of Washington D.C. He promises a life of wine, women and song, not eternal bliss and serenity in a life ever after.
Following him are the 12 Disciples, or elves if you prefer. They are Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), James Lankford (Okla.), Cynthia M. Lummis (Wyo.), Tommy Tuberville (Ala.), Steve Daines (Mont.) John Neely Kennedy (La.), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Mike Braun (Ind.) and Roger Marshall (Kan.)
Now, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) was also among the faithful, but she was booted out of office on Tuesday by alert Georgians.
So, what do these faithful do? How do they show their belief in the Great Prophet, Trump? They do it with the belief that insurrection and chaos are the answers to the challenges to their “faith.” They do it by staying alert against the pedophiles and the others in the deep dark state, who wander through their fairy world seeking out Republicans to attack, They do it by breaking windows, smashing doors, upsetting chairs and tables and ransacking the offices and assembly places of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is apparently how they achieve immortality, by gate crashing legitimate governments and trashing them.
They are true believers. They actually believe that Trump won the election. They actually believe that Mike Pence is not a robot. They actually believe that what you see is actually Donald Trump’s true skin color and his own hair. They actually believe that a woman who looks like Melanomia or Marinaria or Helvetica–whatever her damned name is–would actually have sex with someone who looks like Donald Trump if her pre-nup did not guarantee her enough to live her life like Cleopatra for the rest of her life. She’s no damned fool. She knows what he is capable of. She closes her eyes and grits her teeth so hard she has to see a dentist twice a month.
The 12 Disciples also believe that you should not have Social Security. They believe that you should not have Medicare nor access to Obamacare guarantees, or certainly not Medicaid. Now, with 30 state governments under the control of the Koch brothers’ network and corporate America, they will certainly try to vote in new Jim Crow laws to prevent the poor from receiving any health care, as they have already in many of the old slave states.
The 12 Disciples above (never forget their names) truly believe in the faith of the Father, Donald Trump. They believe in dictatorships, and mobs that attack legislatures, overturning them as easily as growing a beard and wearing a red baseball cap, no matter how fat or how ugly or how foolish it makes you seem.
These are the true believers, the dedicated legislators who want a better world–for themselves and their followers–just as Hitler wanted a better life for himself and his pals and his jack-booted followers. Five million Germans died for that belief and 50 million people world wide, including 500,000 Americans, in horrible ways. It ain’t like it is in movies, folks. In war, as one combat reporter has said, men die in savage ways the average person cannot even imagine.
The 12 Disciples couldn’t keep quiet. They had to support their Fascist Prophet, lie about his having won the election, because the prophet showed them that their beliefs. The principal one of which is that lying to their constituents is not really lying. It is only telling monstrous untruths to keep a job and get rich and spend other people’s money on their children’s educations, and getting their kids into fancy schools and getting payoffs, called campaign contributions, in virtually unlimited amounts, from corporations by simply lying to their constituents. Until yesterday, when four people died, 14 were injured, a national treasure was ransacked and a Democracy was disgraced.
Well, they don’t actually have to lie. And they try not to They try to hide their votes for pro-pollution legislation, like blowing the mountaintops off places in Kentucky and West Virginia, making the water toxic or a hundred miles down a stream or river. They cold lie about voting against climate change prevention measures, about reducing elements into the air that contribute heavily to climate change–hurricanes that are often five times bigger than ones 40 years ago and getting worse, wild fires burning millions of acres in Colorado or California or the entire western part of Australia.
They hide their Fascism well. After all, Fascism is inherently evil. They don’t want to be thought of as evil, any more than a rapist or a pedophile wants to be identified with those bad habits. But that is what they are and that will be how we identify them. Trump will be gone. But they will run again.
Let’s all do our jobs. Which is to say, each of us must do our best to send them home again from the Senate, never to serve there–or anywhere–again.