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Y “I” Still Support Trompf

January 2, 2018

Because (right up front, in case you don’t have time to read the rest of the page): “I” still affirm myself. “I” want to feel safe and secure in my world again, physically, financially, and socially; “I” want to feel empowered, “I” want to feel that I’m right, “I” want to feel important (“attention must be paid,” as Mrs. Loman put it), to feel like “I” make a difference.

Just like when “I” voted for Trompf, now when “I” voice my continued support, that’s how “I” feel. “I” feel like it’s good to be “me” again.

Here’s the rest of the page: Below are some of the multitudinous statements (slightly but significantly modified—except some didn’t require modification) that were made to reporters by T supporters, from 1/17 to 12/17. In a semi-tongue-in-cheek (as I read the tone), 12/30/17 HuffPost article, Ashley Fineberg offers an anti-scientific sampling from this multitude. If you read the article you’ll quickly see that I’ve substituted “I” “me” for “Trompf,” because I got the cumulative impression that these voters weren’t talking about Trompf, they were talking about themselves (and to a national audience). I’ll explain my archetypal arrival at that idea, after a few examples; then I’ll add the rest of the (modified) statements.

“When you’re my age and you see an African American boy with pants at their knees, you can’t appreciate them,” he said, noting that he would never employ someone who dressed that way. “I’m worried about when a person chooses to dress like that, what kind of effect will that person have on me.” 

“I think that it was just about taking back my country,” C R says, sitting at a meeting of a coffee club at the Gas & Grill. “Democrats reward the lazy and steal from the hardworking like me.”

I want my jobs back,” said Mr. G, who lives in Monessen, Pa., a faded steel town about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.

“Conservatives were afraid to speak up because of criticism from liberals,” he continued, “and by God, I showed them.”

This isn’t about supporting T, it’s about affirming and supporting themselves—given their attitudes about life as they more-or-less know it. T’s great success as a campaigner was to turn himself into a psychological image (some thoughts about what I mean by “image” in that sense) in the minds of voters who deeply needed that heroic image of themselves (and these are not the stinky rich, who vote R to increase their wealth; these are the emotionally needy). It’s “the magic of drumpf.” When they voted for T, they voted to affirm, empower, and enact that heroically embattled sense of themselves.

In individual voters, this particular image is more, or less, racist, sexist, classist, authoritarian, etc.; but it is profoundly psychological and human. The vision may be delusional, greedy, and hateful; but it is profoundly psychological and human. It’s application is ignorant and/or dishonest and/or selfish. It is, indeed, a house built on swamp land, crawling with vermin and soon to decay; but it is profoundly psychological and human.

This psychological stuff is very powerful. It grabs people without their realizing what’s happening in them. It holds them fast to itself, like Ahab holding onto that whale (as in 3:50-4:10 of this clip; don’t miss those last seconds!). Of course a prime historical example is Herr Hitler. He looks like a goofball to us, but in the imaginations of his followers he became an image of their All-Powerful, Unbeatable, National Redeemer.  He was all about them.

As the Trompf image has begun to fade into fact, outside the hyper-excited imagination, he looks more and more like a goofball; but it’s hard for people to give up on themselves.

I am learning, maybe the hard way, that I may not be able to force myself on a lot of people the way I thought I could,” agrees R K, 64, of Seminole, Texas.

“I feel like maybe somebody who has a little more power and has a big mouth can actually get some words across,” she says.

I’ve got to give me some time,” he said of himself. “I’m not Houdini.”

“I didn’t like that it happened, but it did — and I’ve got to move on,” said J L, a retired farmer in the area, of Gen. Michael Flynn’s abrupt Monday night resignation. ”

“It was hilarious to see me give it to the media,” said T L, 28, a car dealer who drove to the rally from Orlando. “The media’s problem is that they keep wanting to make up stories so that I look bad. It doesn’t work. I’m talking right through you guys.”

I’m doing what I said I was going to do, that’s the biggest thing,” said T S, 23, who describes himself as a “progressive Republican” who falls asleep watching Fox News each night. “A lot of people get into the presidency, and they just completely forget what I talked about.”

W S, 74, said he’s skeptical about all the stories of ties between his associates and Russia.

“Is there something there? Probably,” said S, who walks with a cane and stands up about every 10 minutes to relieve the pressure on his back, a lingering reminder of his half-century working as a barber before he retired. “But Judas Priest, don’t go overboard.”

“Look, I know the steel jobs aren’t coming back to the degree they once were, nor the coal jobs,” said G. “Honestly, I never expected that.”

“If I do something wrong, that’s one thing. But give me a chance to lead the country. If it falls apart, it can’t be any worse than it’s been.”

I just need to give myself time,” said J D, a real estate agent in Canton, Ga. “I’m not one to give up, or I might never be a billionaire.”

“If I lose this job,” she said, “I’ll sit home and die.”

Yet she said she might still vote for herself in 2020. And that’s a refrain I heard over and over. 

“It’s really disheartening what they’re putting me through,” said J M, 66, from Langhorne, whose husband, a bonsai artist, affixed a “Hillary for Prison” sticker to his motorcycle during the campaign.

“Unfortunately, some of my advisers and appointees appear to be willful, intractable, and committed to their own unspoken agendas, making their decisions without concern for me, my image or my campaign promises.”

“Do I believe that I’m in bed with the Russians? Oh, hell no,” he said. “Do I think it’s a lie that’s trying to be perpetrated by the left? Absolutely.”

“I think I’m best for our economy, especially here,” said W O, a pastor who has dedicated his life to helping the kids in Kentucky’s forgotten hills where far too many are addicted to drugs and government aid. “I have the same problems here that the inner cities have.”

“A lot of the whirlwinds that surround me are just not true,” said Mansfield resident J C, 74, a self voter who said he would vote for himself again. “I think some of them are generated by Democrats.”

“I believe I’m doing the right thing,” says P V, a general contractor in Luzerne County. V admits it would bother him if he had tried to end the Flynn probe, but says he wouldn’t believe a Comey memo on the issue because that could be political sour grapes from the fired FBI director.

We’re all liars and thieves and slicksters. There is no such thing as the truth in Washington anymore.” 

“I tuned it out,” said 44-year-old M V, a mother of three sons, during a break from her job at a Staten Island hair salon. “I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want to feel that I’m not doing what I said, so I just choose to not listen.”

I’m here to clean up this country and keep me safe and make me financially stable,” said 77-year-old M H in Three Rivers, south of Kalamazoo. “I’m the president of the United States. I should be able to say whatever I want to say….Leave me alone, let me do my job.”

“It’s a waste of time and energy for me out here in the hinterlands for me to worry about what’s going on in the cesspool in Washington,” said N S, Argentine’s treasurer who has been on the board for more than 20 years. “And it’s a swamp. It really is a swamp.”

“I probably am a bigger supporter of myself. I have a greater respect and admiration for me and my office,” Pearson said.

“I think some of it is funny, how I don’t let people push me around,” R R said. 

I’m taking back the American initiative,” he said. “I’m a force for good in the world, a force to be reckoned with. You can’t beat me.” 

I’m doing more than anyone else has. There’s some people trying to stop me or slow me down, but I’m trying.”

“I think I’m figuring it out,” said Y, who established Kewanee Real Estate in 2002. She was on her way to a Kiwanis luncheon. “I’m happy that I went to the United Nations and I’m glad I was forceful with them. I think the U.S. has been too pussyfoot in the past with them.”

“I think when I have worked at being more civil, I appreciate it,” she said.

“Everybody I talk to,” he said, “realizes it’s not me who’s dragging my feet. I’m probably the most diligent, hardest-working president I’ve ever had in my lifetime. It’s not like I sleep in till noon and go golfing every weekend, like the last president did.”

“No matter what my behavior is, I’m the president. Sorry guys! Suck it up,” she said.

I have voted with my principle and my conscience for all these years, and where has it gotten me? It’s time to vote to shake things up.”

“I personally like that I’m a no-nonsense sort of person. Do I wish I would use my words in a better way sometimes? Absolutely. But it takes a person with strength and gumption to not care sometimes about what I say or how I say it,” T said. “But the ‘Merry Christmas’ part, I think, is amazing and should have been done a long time ago.”

I’ve already done enough to get my vote again, without a doubt, no question,” W L, a retired pipefitter and one of Whitt’s regulars, declares as he deals the day’s first hand of cards.

We understand that one of the great things about democracy is that it gives every citizen an opportunity to try to draw attention to his or her needs, and to influence government. They can’t be blamed for that. As the Rs give government to fewer and fewer people, all of them well off, the people quoted above will have to figure out how they can get their voices back. I hope the Ds will offer a huge, Progressive megaphone, and soon. Power to the people.

[The narrator has borrowed quite a lot from somebody else’s work (and distorted it, besides); but since nobody profits from this novel, I’m hoping that the originating author and publisher will generously agree to fair use. TK]

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