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Trump’s vast carelessness: The mess he left behind

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Rebecca Solnit writes in Facebook:

Rebecca Solnit
Januaty 19 at  11:47iPM 

Trump promised Mexico would pay for the wall. Bannon stole funds he raised to build the wall. Trump pardoned Bannon tonight. His wall is mostly unbuilt, and was never going to be paid for by Mexico. Like Trump was never going to overturn the election but raised $200 million from the rubes and pocketed most of it. And that’s how grifters grift their way through their days.

The salesman who left behind ruined casinos, bankruptcies, botched construction projects, stiffed subcontractors, lawsuits by the dozen, is leaving in the morning, too cowardly to face the Bidens, from the wreckage he has left behind, as the wreckage he has become. And always was. He leaves behind a ruined economy, 400,000 dead, a mass of corruption and sabotaged departments from the state department and the diplomatic corps to the CDC, ruined international treaties and relationships, and more destroyed lives than will ever be counted.

“They were careless people,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of the rich couple at the cold heart of The Great Gatsby. “They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

The other people are us and the new administration. Because for the third or fourth time in a row, a Democratic administration is coming in like a janitorial service after a Republican regime that’s going out like a fraternity party on a wave of breakage and puke and denial about the assaults perpetrated in the haze. It is good that we are once again entering the cleanup phase, but the cycle is ugly, and the wreckage is piled high, and not everything broken can be repaired. And the nation’s capital is ringed with temporary fencing to protect against the kind of attack the outgoing president instigated and filled with soldiers to defend elected officials against his mobs and would-be assassins.

Still, the possibility arises of building another kind of wall, a bulwark against racism and authoritarianism, a wall built out of justice, out of voting rights, out of equality, built on the foundation that everyone matters, everyone has value. Or perhaps not a wall at all, but knocking down the old walls of the fortress of inequality and privilege. Bitter though the last four years have been, we are entering an era of possibilities, and it will require another kind of hard work, beyond defense, beyond cleanup, to creation.

Written by Leisureguy

21 January 2021 at 10:07 am

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