Musings —11.27.2016 12:09 PM—
Right. Two word response: Donald Trump. This is the new era. A politician can say anything, now. We have a national memory of five minutes. https://t.co/0tkwA2IiA4
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) November 27, 2016
- The Canadian Prime Minister praised Castro in a statement a twenty-something wrote and no one really looked at before it went out
- The (mainly conservative and Conservative) Internet went totally apeshit
- The Canadian Prime Minister walked it back, a bit, and the conservative types said the original sin would live in infamy forever
It won’t. Nothing does, anymore. We tender as evidence: Donald J. Trump.
Trump is a racist, sexist crook with fascist inclinations. But he also understands the popular consciousness better than anyone who has ever lived.
He knows we have a national memory of five minutes, and he knows that every new outrage – no matter how outrageous – will be forgotten by tomorrow.
Gone. Poof. It’s a memory. Overtaken by Kanye being led away to a padded room, or a video of a kitten sitting on a Roomba. Gone.
He also knows that people have a really low opinion of politicians. So, when a politician does something stupid – like, say, praising a dictator who murdered and repressed his own people (Trudeau on Castro, Thatcher/Reagan on Botha) – well, no one cares nearly as much as the chattering classes do.
Regular folks already think politicians are stupid and/or corrupt, and they aren’t therefore surprised when a politician says or does something that is stupid and/or corrupt.
Welcome to the new era. Every chord has been played before, everyone knows it, and no one will stop humming the tune.