Texans often say it the best. “We shit and fell back into it,” wrote my friend Carol the morning after the elections. Well, crap. Can’t say it better than that. To my blogging buddies in other countries, before you start waving the “you’re not welcome here” and “you’ve made your bed, now lie in it” flags in our faces, keep in mind that the US is in this predicament precisely because of the rhetoric of fear and if you think it can’t happen in your country, just look around. Fascism is on the rise in all countries and it feeds on fear. So don’t feed the beast. Just wish us well. Thank you.
Anyway back to the election, for the past five days I’ve been buzzing around the pile of shit we’ve landed in, trying to make some sense of the senseless and coming up blank.
Sunday’s the day I generally work outside, taking a break every now and then to watch either classic movies or re-runs of Law & Order which run all day long. I generally don’t pay much attention to the plots. The shows are just background noise while checking email or reading blogs. But I did perk up when I recognized one of the characters. As my mother would say “Holy Crow. It’s Robin Williams!”
I had been listening to a Law & Order episode called “Authority:”
Synopsis (from wiki): A fast-food restaurant employee files a complaint with the police after being subjected to a strip search on the premises. The search was conducted by her manager, who claims that an NYPD detective called him with information that this employee was stealing from the business. However, the call turns out to be a hoax, one of several perpetrated by an individual going by the pseudonym “Milgram.” It does not take long for the detectives to connect the calls to an audio engineer who delights in flouting and opposing authority figures every chance he gets.
To make a long story short, Milgram (Williams) gets arrested and goes to trial where he convinces the jury that they shouldn’t follow authority figures. It doesn’t matter that he’s a liar and a conman, his message resonates and suddenly he’s got thousands of followers anxious to act on his every word. The result, a giant pillow fight that does nothing more than make his followers feel like they have power. But in reality they’ve traded order for chaos.
Of course, the week didn’t get any better. Goodbye Leonard. We are ugly but we have the music.