The Disunited Kingdom: Daily Bullshit, July 4, 2016 (updated again and again)

Updated for an Atlantic article on Donald Trump’s appeal.[1] Updated again for a story suggesting that Bill Clinton went out of his way to meet Loretta Lynch on that airplane,[2] a story on how Brexit spurs a possible move toward Irish reunification,[3] and another story on secession movements finding inspiration from Brexit.[4] Updated yet again for a long, somewhat rambling piece consisting mostly of impressions from Trump campaign rallies and mourning both a loss of civility and a new-found sense that the U.S. is “an experiment that could, within my very lifetime, fail.”[5]


Brexit

Aamna Mohdin, “After the calamity of Brexit, the British establishment is in a state of civil war,” Quartz, June 30, 2016, http://qz.com/720881/after-the-calamity-of-brexit-the-british-establishment-is-in-a-state-of-civil-war/

John Curtice, “Scotland After Brexit: Will It Leave the United Kingdom?” Foreign Affairs, July 3, 2016, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-kingdom/2016-07-03/scotland-after-brexit

Conor Humphries and Amanda Ferguson, “How Brexit has suddenly made the prospect of a united Ireland thinkable,” Independent, July 3, 2016, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-what-it-means-forthern-ireland-united-eu-referendum-result-irish-passport-a7117166.html

British Broadcasting Corporation, “UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down,” July 4, 2016, http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36702468

Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper, “Anti-EU champion Farage quits after Brexit vote,” Reuters, July 4, 2016, http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-farage-idUKKCN0ZK0RH


Secession

Clare Foran, “American Secessionists Dream of Declaring Independence,” Atlantic, July 4, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/secession-trump-brexit/489689/

Annabelle Timsit, “5 U.S. Independence Movements Inspired by Brexit,” Politico, July 4, 2016, http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/5-us-independence-movements-inspired-by-brexit-214010


Donald Trump

I’m getting real tired of hearing claims such as are repeated in an Atlantic article noticing a difference between prosperous cities where things are nice and wonderful and the often so-called “heartland” where things are distinctly not, that the authoritarian populist outrage that lies behind support for Donald Trump or for Brexit substitutes quick and simplistic non-solutions for real solutions.[6] Some of us have been waiting for “real” solutions for a very long time, since, for example, U.S. voters elected the Democratic Party to control of both houses of Congress in 2006 or elected Barack Obama as president in 2008. For us, those so-called “real” solutions are no more apparent than the “fixes” that Trump promises. At some point, Democrats need to acknowledge that they had their chance, that they blew it off while in thrall to neoliberal ideology and while chasing Wall Street money, and that now they’re nothing more than hypocrites for complaining when voters choose an alternative.

J. D. Vance, “Opioid of the Masses,” Atlantic, July 4, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/opioid-of-the-masses/489911/

George Saunders, “Who Are All These Trump Supporters?” New Yorker, July 11 and 18, 2016, http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/11/george-saunders-goes-to-trump-rallies


Hillary Clinton

Katie LaPotin, “Witness to the ‘Secret’ Airplane Meeting in Phoenix Speaks Out – And It Does Not Look Good for Bubba,” Alexandria Independent Journal Review,” July 4, 2016, http://ijr.com/2016/07/642468-witness-to-the-secret-airplane-meeting-in-phoenix-speaks-out-and-it-does-not-look-good-for-bubba/


  1. [1]J. D. Vance, “Opioid of the Masses,” Atlantic, July 4, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/opioid-of-the-masses/489911/
  2. [2]Katie LaPotin, “Witness to the ‘Secret’ Airplane Meeting in Phoenix Speaks Out – And It Does Not Look Good for Bubba,” Alexandria Independent Journal Review,” July 4, 2016, http://ijr.com/2016/07/642468-witness-to-the-secret-airplane-meeting-in-phoenix-speaks-out-and-it-does-not-look-good-for-bubba/
  3. [3]Conor Humphries and Amanda Ferguson, “How Brexit has suddenly made the prospect of a united Ireland thinkable,” Independent, July 3, 2016, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-what-it-means-forthern-ireland-united-eu-referendum-result-irish-passport-a7117166.html
  4. [4]Annabelle Timsit, “5 U.S. Independence Movements Inspired by Brexit,” Politico, July 4, 2016, http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/5-us-independence-movements-inspired-by-brexit-214010
  5. [5]George Saunders, “Who Are All These Trump Supporters?” New Yorker, July 11 and 18, 2016, http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/11/george-saunders-goes-to-trump-rallies
  6. [6]J. D. Vance, “Opioid of the Masses,” Atlantic, July 4, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/opioid-of-the-masses/489911/

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