The Only Takeaway I Will Have From The Impeachment Hearings Is What Has Always Been Clearly Obvious
If There Is No Right Or Wrong When It Comes To President Trump, Then What Is There?
The conspiratorial framing and staging of events spawned by the Trump administration’s racialized rhetoric and politically corruptive tactics of governance are supposed to get a pass. By the narrow charges levied outside of the myriad of other offenses committed by Trump which are just as severe and consequential no doubt, are matters of compromised national security which nonetheless jeopardizes the civility and unity of the United States — in its ultimate importance and inviolability. That exemption is to be granted because clearly white nationalism comes before country. That is the exception by which the constitution — which warrants further amendment — has inferred upon us as citizens. This is not an accusation nor is it an excuse, this is what in retrospect, is an analysis of the allowed ineptitude, the copious benefit of the doubt, incessant scapegoating, conspiracy-making, and ultra-partisanship reasonings have culminated to.
The president’s actions by and large warrants removal from office. Trump represents himself and his family, not the country. If by identitarian estimates and measures you feel accounted for then Trump merely represents a narcissitic supply of white resentment, fragile and insecure about the socially constructed and unsustainable existential co-existence of humanization made obscured by racism.
Like Trump, if you also claim to be the least racist person in the world, or better that you are not racist at all then herein lies the root cause analysis of why there may be no right or wrong when it comes to your president of your indifference towards your president.
If, as a white person, I conceptualize racism as a binary, and I see myself on the “not racist” side, what further action is required of me? No action is required at all, because I am not a racist. Therefore racism is not a problem; it doesn’t concern me and there is nothing further I need to do. This guarantees that, as a member of the dominant group, I will not build my skills in thinking critically about racism or use my position to challenge racial inequality.¹
What also doesn’t concern Republicans and the Trumpian support is the quid pro quo with Ukraine or the other absurdly corrupt foreign diplomatic negotiations with Turkey. Even though republicans, specifically, have balked at a few of Trump’s decision-making with foreign policy the matter doesn’t concern them as much to want to take congressional action to curb, censure, or rebuke their identitarian man in office.
The humanization concerns of these countries are therefore transactional only. They are only seen has vying for a subscription to corruptive whiteness at best, and they factor only in their obsequiousness towards American power and influence. This is why there is this lack of understanding when Trump as president abuses the powers of the office both explicitly and implicitly.
All of the actions and behaviors of Trump would not be accepted by the public at large nor Congress had Hilary Clinton been inaugurated as president, nor Barack Obama when he was the sitting president.
The reason why America is so powerful and influential has little to do with whiteness as a concept or social construct but has more to do with its ability to attract people who believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those people not only lend themselves to the values and spirit of America in all its diversity, they have sacrificed for it.
Even if the color of your skin prevents you from being fully assimilated into whiteness your perceived acquiescence to the ideology atop the racial hierarchy warrants this allegiance. That allegiance enables you to free yourself from non-whiteness into the realm of pseudo-profound individualism. The false narrative that is used to discount racism and its oppression validates this lack of concern for inequality and sound differences amongst superficial groupings and legitimate interests.
Here is the kicker…
Individualism claims that there are no intrinsic barriers to individual success, and that failure is not a consequence of social structures but of individual character.¹
The character of the president is replete with immoral vice, delusion of grandeur, and spewing of falsehoods. This is to be defended for what? Success is therefore subjective at this point. One could say that Hitler was successful for being able to wage his authoritarian campaign, or that the Robert E. Lee was successful in his leadership to defend slavery. It appears that immoral sentiment, and falsities made them successful in their own appeal to deviance.
Success in this light wouldn’t even apply to Trump as an individual. The level of ineptitude of his leadership is serving as a defense to his greatness ironically. His character flaw of ineptitude is never questioned by his support, instead he is exulted as telling it like it is — even though he is effectively a habitual liar. Trump by race and gender has to be seen as winning and always winning and even when he conspicuously isn’t he is telling us that he is and his party is telling us that he is — as some great individual representation of white male dominance. We have no choice but to assume at this point that Trump’s winning ways, provided for by the uneven allocation of resources unfairly granted unto him, must have more to do with the illegitimate advantages afforded to him as a white man who has stoked white nationalism as a prop for him stand on.
To watch the republicans defend the actions and corruptive behaviors of President Trump, and conflate it with the righteous absoluteness in being president of the United States is paradoxically deceptive and disregards checks and balances as it applies to congressional duties.
To watch congress kowtow to the motivated ignorance of republicans in congress and their sponsorship of discord and divisiveness in the country because of party partisanship is appalling. It doesn’t concern them much at all that all the callousness, the putting before the country of party interests, along with the white nationalist sentiment has led to impeachment hearings. Because the big picture of it all is much more obvious.
¹ DiAngelo, R. (2012). Chapter 10: What Makes Racism So Hard for Whites to See? Counterpoints, 398, 167–189. Retrieved from www.jstor.org/stable/42981490