The warlock’s latest spell — cast since June 16, 2015 — of manipulating hatred, paranoia, and economic exclusion, remains intact.
This spell, like the others, can easily integrate with each other to present society with more complexity and danger.
And extensibility. We saw evidence of this on November 11, 2016.
We see additional proof today as the American flag flies at half-staff — under White House decree — in response to Neo-Nazi Robert Bowers’ horrifying gun executions of 11 Jewish worshippers on Shabbat the previous day.
The warlock mourning the blood he arguably drew with no widespread backlash underscores this spell’s power.
The hex works in two parts: the manipulation I just mentioned, and the creation a diametric universe where nothing outside of it will be accepted as fact.
The latter saturates social media and cable channels with tales of how any critique of Trump is a mainstream Liberal conspiracy; the global warming hoax and associated Chinese plot against America; the refugee caravan heading north through Central America toward the United States border being an elaborate collaboration between liberals and refugees to disrupt American society; how US-based MS-13 gang members are are supported by left-wing US politicians; the reason to still doubt the previous president’s citizenship status; pizzagate; and other stories not supported by any coherent assembly of facts.
The spell is supported by the warlock’s refusal to immediately and unambiguously take a stand against anti-semitism and racism’s support systems.
For instance, consider how long it took for Trump to denounce the “Jews will not replace us” madness in Charlottesville, Virginia over a year ago.
And how about Trump’s decision to not make an immediate comment about anti-Semitism following yesterday’s shootings?
Let’s also add the President’s refusal to cancel political rallies in Illinois and Indiana that were scheduled the same day as synagogue shootings, with Trump citing the falsehood of the New York Stock Exchange opening one day after the 2001 September 11 terror attacks.
Here’s what Trump said while in Illinois:
With what happened early today, that horrible, horrible attack in Pittsburgh, I was saying maybe I should cancel both this and that. And then I said to myself, I remembered Dick Russell, a friend of mine, great guy, he headed up the New York Stock Exchange on September 11th, and the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day …
The stock market opened six days later back then, and the NYSE head at that time was Dick GRASSO. The RUSSELL Trump referred to was a Democratic Senator from Georgia who voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supported segregation.
It’s time for a reminder: the spell can integrate with other spells and is extensible. They can also serve as poetic dog whistles …
Creating such a abstusely-sealed environment of hatred as well as distrust for facts makes it easy for the warlock’s supporters — even when dead bodies, blood and spent bullets painted a Synagogue floor yesterday — to furiously spin tales of how the opposing political party has been the sole promoter of extremists and has more responsibility, if not all, for the current climate of violence.
The warlock’s supporters even hang on to the argument that Bowers hated Trump. At the same time, they ignore the fact that Cesar Sayoc — the suspected pipe bomber who targeted two former Presidents and other high-profile Liberal political leaders earlier this week — is a Trump supporter.
Gregory Bush’s execution of two Black adults in Louisville, Kentucky, after he unsuccessfully attempted to enter a Black church to possibly commit a mass shooting, is a product of this spell.
Only the spell can explain Susan Westwood’s bizarre confrontation with two African American women who were waiting in a Charlotte, North Carolina parking lot for AAA assistance. Westwood threatened the women with violence while saying “I’m White! I make $125,000 a year!” [Well, used to make $125,000 a year.]
When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s post-incident comments referenced “healing,” I thought about how 2017 saw a 57 percent year-over-year increase in Anti-semitic violence, and hate crimes in general have spiked immediately after Trump’s election in 2016.
I also thought about that spell again.
It’s hard to heal when the wound is filled with hate.
It’s hard to get rid of hate when this spell remains intact.
There are times when the Warlock’s spell loses control of the ghouls it creates.
And as shocking as this may sound, America’s had previous warlocks and spells. We’re witnessing the newest edition.
I said a long time ago that legislating love is virtually impossible, and I rarely use the I-word.
But voting in more officials who will do more to check hate and chip away at this spell is a start.
You know what to next Tuesday.
No song stuck in my head right now …