Pt. 7 is here.
This (above) is a scene of "epuration sauvage," one of thousands of summary executions of accused Nazi collaborators in France at the end of World War II.
Now (below) a GOP consultant named Rick Wilson is invoking such executions for collaborating with Nazis as a means of characterizing Americans who are voting for Donald Trump.
Rick Wilson first came to my attention in August 2015 when he infamously revealed his own depravity by asking Ann Coulter on Twitter: "Does Trump pay you more for anal?"
I say "infamously," but I recogize it's probably not the case that in our widely debased society someone thus becomes "infamous." After all, this same person is still sought out for his thoughts and opinions, his judgment, by news organizations, by politicians with national races, sans worry about their reputations, and sans disinfectant. He followed up on national television in January 2016 with the following comment about Trump supporters: "Most of them are childless single men who masturbate to to anime."
Wilson may be among the worst, but he is not alone in his gutter talk on the right, where so many "thought leaders" continually lament Trump's tone.
Now things are getting really ugly.
One might look at Wilson's sloganeering about Nazi collaboration and execution and see just more excess, more squirting bile. But that is not to say it is something to dismiss as nonsense. Such calumnious Nazi references fit into a darkening pattern of Beltway Right smears against Donald Trump and Americans who have already or plan to vote for him. Already, Glenn Beck invokes "Hitler" and "Brown Shirts" to discuss Trump and Trump voters -- the latter whom Jonah Goldberg has described as "mouth-breathing anti-Semites." A post-debate report this week by Erick Erickson opens: "The white supremacists who back Trump had to be crying a bit into their swastikas. Trump said nice things about Israel." The list goes on. (Much, much more here.)
Back in October, Wilson said on MSNBC that the donor class "are still going to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump. And that’s a fact." Increasingly, violent imagery is creeping into the conservatives' mix. In a piece about bringing back dueling, tongue in cheek, no doubt, The Federalist's David Harsanyi writes, "I'm not saying violence is the answer. I'm saying violence is an answer." National Review writer Charles Cooke urged this week Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to "all-but-machine-gun him [Trump]" to the floor. On Twitter a couple of days ago, The New York Times' conservative Ross Douthat pop-referenced assasination as "good news" about "how the Trump campaign ends." He later deleted the tweet, offering petulant "apologies."
(For a reality check, imagine if any of these comments had been made about Barack Obama.)
Now, a political professional/media voice has combined some of these themes to invoke Nazism, treason, collaboration, and summary executions as a lens on the 2016 Republican primary process. One might well ask what sufurous planet he inhabits, but the answer is our own. Is this just more sick blather, or will such ideas have an impact on events? Already, the "collaboration" theme is becoming popular among anti-Trump writers.
I know no more astute analyst than, Jeff Nyquist, author most recently of The New Tactics of Global War, so I asked Jeff to comment.
The formula is: Trump's supporters are Vichy Republicans who deserve summary execution. This is justified because: (1) Trump is a Nazi. (2) Trump wants to have a New Holocaust with illegal aliens in the gas chambers of the New Auschwitz. Logically, the good conservatives must hang Trump as was done to the surviving Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, if only to preempt his crimes.
This is real insanity. And it is an insanity that has prevailed -- and will likely prevail despite Mr. Trump's best efforts. Just as last week's debate was "insane," with Dr. Carson humorously begging to be attacked, the aftermath will prove even more egregious and aberrant. This contemptible episode of political theater, with blatant lies and scandal pouring from both sides, verifies Carl Jung's thesis in The Undiscovered Self, that modernity represents a slow descent into literal madness via classic shadow-projection (accusing one's rival of one's own wickedness). Not knowing themselves, or their context, modern men can have no dignity, no seriousness, no contact with the source of their being, and therefore, a looser and looser connection with reality. With the madness comes anger, and at the end of anger is pure unadulterated violence.
It's dark out there.