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Hey everybody! Look at me! I’m a moron!

The best way I can think of to describe the current status of the GOP is “malevolent inanity.”

The elevation of nonsensical, yet still hateful, rhetoric whose sole intention is to rile up the aggrieved, while not new, is now the primary (only?) strategy of the GOP’s desperate attempt to maintain relevance and cling to power.

You can see a good example of the result by watching the New Yorker video of the invasion of the senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol. President Trump, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, et al. managed to animate a cadre of pathetic golems taking the form of giant toddlers. Overgrown preschool escapees whose power resides in falling on the floor and shitting themselves.

Remember when your kids first discovered that pushing a plate of food off the high-chair tray resulted in all kinds of excitement and chaos? That’s these guys.

The bar for becoming a freedom fighter is now low enough to step over. You just have to be willing to zip-tie the constitution to a chair.

Fox News hosts suggesting that he should “resign with grace” is just a bit much isn’t it?

It’s a bit much from a network where they keep that word in a box marked “Break glass in case of emergency.”

It’s a bit much to expect from a man whose entire persona is defined by a lack thereof.

Might I suggest instead…

chagrin noun

: disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure

Son, I told you, sterile, fireproof, flotation devices, but did you listen?

pre•science | \ ˈpre-sh(ē-)ən(t)s

n. foreknowledge of events:
a : divine omniscience
b : human anticipation of the course of events : foresight

mael•strom māl-strəm

n. A powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius.

quisling kwĭz′lĭng

n. A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.

n. A traitor who collaborates with the enemy.

n. someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

calamity [ kuh-lam-i-tee ]

noun, plural ca·lam·i·ties.

  1. : a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering
  2. : a state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss
  3. : grievous affliction; adversity

See: Donald Trump

Coffee or tea being served.
Photo by Esther Avdokhina.

gen•til•i•ty jĕn-tĭl′ĭ-tē

n. The quality of being well-mannered; refinement.
n. The condition of being born to the gentry.
n. Persons of high social standing considered as a group.

Given my current circumstances, I’ve begun to feel a bit like Count Rostov in A Gentleman in Moscow. That is to say, like “a former person.” I’m sure many people feel this way even when there isn’t a world-wide virus threatening.

Since I finished the novel last week I’ve been reflecting on how Rostov followed the behavioral rules of the gentry to maintain his sanity and steer his course through a social scene designed to trap him for any political missteps.

Rostov had the connections he made with guests of the Hotel Metropole. I have the internet.

I have had much less success at maintaining a gentlemanly standard than Rostov did.

Donald Trumps lips
This would look amazing on Mt. Rushmore, yeah?

orifice ȯr-ə-fəs

n. an opening (such as a vent, mouth, or hole) through which something may pass

Currently, in the Oval Office…

mal•fea•sance [măl-fē′zəns]

  1. n. Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
  2. n. Evil-doing; the doing of that which ought not to be done; wrongful conduct, especially official misconduct; violation of a public trust or obligation; specifically, the doing of an act which is positively unlawful or wrongful, in contradistinction to misfeasance, or the doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner. The term is often inappropriately used instead of misfeasance.
  3. n. The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed.

Chess board with one black piece.
Photo by Randy Fath.

he·gem·o·ny [ həˈjemənē, ˈhejəˌmōnē ]


  1. preponderant influence or authority over others.
  2. the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group

Overloaded hay truck
One does what one must.

exigency [ ek-si-juhn-see, ig-zijuhn- ]

noun, plural ex·i·gen·cies.

  1. exigent state or character; urgency.
  2. Usually exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life.
  3. a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency: He promised help in any exigency.

Which for the longest time, I incorrectly pronounced ex·in·gen·cies.

puzzled dog
Photo by Jamie Street.

be•wil•dered bəˈwildərd 

adj. Greatly perplexed.

adj. Baffled, confused, mystified, at a loss or uncertain.

My favorite word.

Adirondacks - Algonquin Peak seen from the South Meadows Lake plain in North Elba
Adirondack Mountais
Algonquin Peak seen from the South Meadows Lake plain in North Elba.

orogeny ô-rŏj′ə-nē

n. The process of mountain formation, especially by a folding and faulting of the earth’s crust.

n. Same as orogenesis.

n. the process of mountain building by the upward folding of the Earth’s crust.