Trumpism is Just The Next Stage of Symptoms in a Failing Democracy

It started with the Tea Party, and it will far outlast the legacy of its current namesake.

Martie Sirois

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It has nothing to do with actual politics, but it’s a political ideology. For as much as they chanted “build that wall,” it wasn’t ever really about restrictive immigration policies either. In fact, it has nothing to do with economics or trade or foreign relations or any of that government stuff.

It’s a culture war.

A culture war that didn’t even start with its namesake, Donald Trump.

The faction we see playing out right now, some could argue, is the natural progression of the Tea Party Movement. Trumpism is just the next stage of symptoms in a failing democracy. But we call it Trumpism because, even though the behavior and ideology was already here, Donald Trump — failed former blogger, subpar businessman, and urine test kit seller — rolled out the red carpet for it and promised gullible audiences a good show.

Like the Tea Party in 2010, those who practice Trumpism are unreasonably angry at all the wrong targets. These are the people who believed former President Barack Obama was a despotic dictator. They’re the same people who now find themselves waiting around in Dealey Plaza for the return of JFK Jr (who died in 1999), because they believe Trump is still president, JFK Jr. is still alive, and really, they’re just one more goalpost shy of appearing together, publicly, to announce their righteous takeover as president and vice president. Oh yeah, and also to destroy the satanic global cabal of elites (more on that later).

But, the Tea Party descendants are also the more moderate, even-keeled, non-conspiracy-theory people too. The ones who haven’t totally abandoned Fox News for even more obvious state-run GOP TV (known as OAN and Newsmax… and that random YouTube guy with no credentials and a sketchy background who calls himself an expert). This sect of the movement is made of, as Pulitzer prize winning writer David Barstow put it, “people who not long ago were not especially interested in politics, yet now say they are bracing for tyranny.”

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Martie Sirois

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