Unless you yourself are entrenched in it and benefit from it, the political establishment sucks. In both Australia and America, the political class work primarily to serve only their own interests through a series of processes that are largely inscrutable and untouchable to people who live outside of that class.
The frustration people feel seeing the fate of the country and the course of their own lives decided by people who, in all likelihood, don’t give a shit about them or their concerns has, unsurprisingly, given rise to successful populist / anti-establishment movements, as seen through Trump and, to a much lesser extent, Hanson.
While in a way, it’s good to see the status quo challenged and to see power taken away from an out-of-touch and highly exclusive group of politicians and power-brokers, it’s fucking shithouse that they’ve done it by appealing to the worst instincts and opinions of the worst people alive.
Fortunately, despite their undeniable success, we’ve been thrown one single, joy-filled bone: these people are hugely incompetent. Having existed outside the political realm in any meaningful way, the politicians and staff behind these movements have no idea what they are doing.
In Australia, this has evidenced itself in One Nation constantly shooting themselves in the dick, particularly in regards to their endless sea of unvetted, dipshit candidates who can’t get five metres from their house without fucking up in some way. For America, this has meant an administration that has no idea how to conduct basic tasks and no idea how the legal system works.
What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
It’s not even complex political tasks they’re struggling with, according to the ‘New York Times‘ his staff can’t even operate the light switches in the White House, for reals:
“WASHINGTON — President Trump loves to set the day’s narrative at dawn, but the deeper story of his White House is best told at night.“Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit. In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump’s provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack.”
The article focuses on some other, more important flubs (like their inability to successfully launch major policy and the fact that Trump is polling at a historically low level for a first term president), but it’s hard to get past the mental image of his staff wandering around in darkness trying to figure out which doors will let them out of a room.
Please take a moment of silence for all the die-hard Trump fans who are giving themselves an aneurysm defending the dignity of an administration full of people who are currently lost in unlit corridors.
Source: New York Times.
Photo: Getty Images / Joe Raedle.