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Good Music Friday

Posted in Good Music Friday, Uncategorized by Huckleberry on January 29, 2016

I really am amazed at the speed with which it arrived this time. About 16 minutes ago I was at my buddy’s house, drinking beers and watching playoff football. Somehow, in 16 minutes, an entire work week has transpired.
Can’t say shit about time, can’t say shit about anything.
Out in the world, everything seems to be pooling into the GOTRUMP/DIETRUMP dichotomy, and though I’ve touched briefly on it already this week, let’s dig a little deeper.
A few observations:

    Trump has an inordinate number of supporters who are neophytes to the political system

    Nearly all who at least nominally support him among non-neophytes, the primary reason for that support is Trump’s function as a cudgel against entrenched political entities and/or as a flashpoint for the coalescing of a strong nationalist party

    The anti-Trump faction comprises a broad swath of the rest of the electorate. There are few fencesitters regarding Trump, and it is less likely that he would gain any significant increase in support as his competitors drop out of the race

    If elected, Trump will not attempt to follow through on any of the things he’s led people to believe he supports

Given that, any hopes that Trump’s candidacy leads to a meaningful nationalist party seem inextricably linked to his own dismal fortunes – he needs to lose the primary and do so in a way that appears he got robbed of it. Any other outcome – winning the nomination and fizzling out in the general election or winning the nomination and then the presidency – relegates everything to the dustbin of US electoral history, right there next to the Perot straw hats and Barry Goldwater buttons. In that event, the neophytes go home, those hoping for a wrecking ball fragment and seek out ever-narrowing niches that scratch their particular itch, and the antis keep tugging everything ever-leftward.
But wait a minute, Huck. Just wait one goddamn second there. THERE WILL TO BE A NATIONALIST MOVEMENT WHETHER TRUMP WINS OR LOSES.
First, I’m not convinced a nationalist movement is a good thing, nor is it inevitable. People always think that, in retrospect, critical mass is always inevitable when in fact it’s an extremely fragile thing that requires every link in an extensive chain to hook up just right. The odds, as they say, are against it otherwise it’d be happening all the time.
But back to my point. Given the uncomfortable combination of neophytes and marketing types in the mix, the best and near only way I can see of achieving the type of critical mass necessary for an effective and sustained movement post-Trump is to get him out of the way as soon as possible, and get everyone angry as all Hell. Otherwise a lot of people shrug and head home, while those who are left re-brand and fracture into various competing movements with no hope achieving anything.
All that being said, though, I am eternally grateful that Trump saved us from BUSH III – THE SHRUBBENING.
Closer to home, I’ve got three spectacular days off waiting for me, so I’m going to drink myself stupid and attempt to catch up on some projects.
Hopefully that’ll work out.
Get ‘em in and have a great weekend, y’all.


Thin Lizzy
Vertigo Records | 1975


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  1. Doom said, on January 30, 2016 at 02:09

    Will Trump do what he says? Maybe, maybe not. He probably wouldn’t do it easily, and their would be a price. And yet it is as good as it gets. If the flow across the border isn’t just stopped but reversed, we won’t have a nation… if we even do at this point. He is the only one even offering. What, Cruz would send his own packing? I don’t think so. Dems can’t, Republicans generally owe to much to the 60 families that are buying their careers. If Trump doesn’t do it, though, it won’t be because of congress. Zero opened the executive writs. It will be because the price would be too high, probably for him personally.

    Vote for whomever you choose. Just understand, if illegals, and probably many legals, aren’t returned, our nation is done. It’s just that simple. The rest is shuffling chairs of another, other than economic, sort.

    • Huckleberry said, on February 2, 2016 at 12:31

      He probably wouldn’t do it easily, and their would be a price

      See, I disagree.
      He won’t ever attempt it. He’s not the angry populist trying to push the zeitgeist in a new direction through force of will and adherence to principles; he’s a marketer who sees which way the tides are turning and slapping a Tastes Great/Less Filling label on his campaign.
      None of it is ever meant to be followed through.

  2. JN said, on February 1, 2016 at 08:57

    OT: Just got back from Modesto. Ate at a place called Huckleberries. It was so good we went back the next day. Any relation?

    • Huckleberry said, on February 2, 2016 at 12:27

      Nope, but I have eaten at the in in Turlock and it was damn good also.

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