Fuck Trump; Let’s Go Brandon

Fuck the President No Matter Who He Is

Mon, 1 Nov 2021

TL;DR: The President is only a citizen, not a king or a god. His shit stinks like anybody else’s. He’s supposed to be the chief of our public servants, not our master.

WARNING: The following post is a rant. Read at your own risk.

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Anybody who’s given the slightest attention to political news in the United States knows that “Let’s Go Brandon” is a joke aimed at the corporate-owned news media, middle-management types, government bureaucrats, and — both last and least — Joe Biden himself.

You’re supposed to believe it’s only conservatives, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis who hold Biden in contempt. Don’t make that mistake.

I did not vote for Joe Biden in 2020, just as I did not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. I voted against the Republican Party, which I regard with what I think good reason as a party of right-wing authoritarians, kleptocrats, and theocrats. If not for my wife’s moderating influence, my car would sport a bumper sticker reading GOP = KKK.

I will not try to persuade you as to the relative merits of the Democratic and Republican parties. Whether you accept my conclusion that the Democrats are bad and the Republicans are worse is of little interest to me. All I want is for you to understand that if you hear me saying “Fuck Joe Biden”, I will not be hiding behind memes or euphemisms. I never did with Trump; why would I with Biden?

If Joe Biden were worth hating, I would hate him, but he isn’t. The man’s practically a nonentity, a compromise candidate for a Democratic Party reluctant to offend its corporate masters by running a ticket with more progressive candidates — or at least more interesting ones. Biden had nothing to offer besides not being Donald Trump, and that probably won’t get him reelected in 2024.

Am I to waste perfectly good hatred on such a figure? I think not, even if I have more than enough for everyone.

Type O Negative: We Hate Everyone

Therefore, when I say “Fuck Joe Biden”, it’s not personal. It’s not about him, or even his policies. It’s the office he holds. The President has entirely too much power, and I am strongly tempted to suggest that the office should be stripped of all powers not explicitly delegated by the Constitution and its amendments, two centuries of precedent be damned (for precedent — like tradition — is merely the tyranny of the dead over the living). This was the case when Trump was President. It was the case under Obama, Bush Jr., Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan, Carter, Ford, and Nixon. It has probably been the case since Eisenhower, and he was the last decent Republican President (Kennedy being the last decent Democrat).

Hell, even Thomas Jefferson himself exceeded his authority by making the Louisiana Purchase, by his own admission.

But there is a difficulty in this acquisition which presents a handle to the malcontents among us, though they have not yet discovered it. Our confederation is certainly confined to the limits established by the revolution. The general government has no powers but such as the constitution has given it; and it has not given it a power of holding foreign territory, & still less of incorporating it into the Union. An amendment of the Constitution seems necessary for this. In the meantime we must ratify & pay our money, as we have treated, for a thing beyond the constitution, and rely on the nation to sanction an act done for its great good, without its previous authority.

Thomas Jefferson to John Dickinson, August 9, 1803

Never mind “Fuck Joe Biden”. It’s time to say “Fuck the President”. Why? Because contempt for authority (and the occasional outright rebellion) is the American way.

Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable.

  1. Without government, as among our Indians.
  2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one.
  3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics.

To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has its evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. [Latin translated by machine: “I prefer perilous freedom rather than quiet slavery.”] Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, January 30, 1787

We should not be so obsequious toward public servants that we come to treat even the mildest expression of disapproval toward the President as lèse-majesté or blasphemy. The President is neither a king nor a god. He is only a human being, and needs to be reminded that he is not the master but merely the most heavily burdened of all public servants in the United States.

Rather than being held sacred, the President should have somebody in his cabinet whose sole responsibility is to mock him, abuse him, and generally remind him that he is only human. Joe Biden’s shit stinks as much as anybody else’s. Americans do themselves and their country a profound disservice by forgetting this basic fact.

It will do him no harm to be regularly reminded that he holds office because he was the best candidate of a bad lot, lest he in his alleged senility forget. Better yet, a sword should hang suspended by a mere thread over his chair in the Oval Office to remind him of the price he pays for his bully pulpit. Such a sword should loom over every authority figure. A short leash is never short enough; nobody in power is accountable unless you’ve got them by the scruff of the neck.

Dionysus II draws Damocles's attention to the sword hanging above him, painting by Richard Westall (1812).

No authority should ever be held sacred, or granted too much respect, least of all the authorities to which we as a sovereign people delegate limited powers so that we might have a free, prosperous, and peaceful society. We have every right — and perhaps a responsibility as well — to say, “Fuck the President. Fuck Congress. Fuck the Supreme Court. Fuck the police.”

For my part I like to go a little further: fuck the church, fuck the state, fuck capital, and fuck society. They are the four faces of tyranny. And if this page offends you, then fuck you, too, for being part of the problem of creeping authoritarianism.


Update

To give Biden credit where it’s due: at least the man knows when and how to delegate. Further details courtesy of the Associated Press.

Unfortunately, he’s back on the job. I intend no malice toward Biden by this statement, but I was looking forward to the prospect of watching racists, misogynists, and conservatives (but I repeat myself) have shit hemorrhages from sea to shining sea at the prospect of a second black President who is also an Asian-American woman and eligible for election to two terms in her own right after finishing Biden’s.