The Aggrievement of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump

James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake is more coherent than Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump yesterday in Iowa.

I made a valiant effort at listening to it. It was difficult. Palin’s voice was a high-pitched screech with the speed and fury of a gale behind it, a freestyle ramble of slights, real and imagined by the “Establishment” against the true conservativism. I wondered, at times, is this how fascism begins? Have we finally reached the point where Europe was eighty years ago? As Palin lashed out at those she believed had wronged the United States and the conservative vision, I had to wonder.

Others did, too.

nydn-trump-palinHere’s a round-up of links on Palin’s endorsement yesterday that share some of the same misgivings about the speech, about Palin and Trump’s ability to tap into the resentments many feel toward the elites, the government, the other.

It’s worth noting, as a backdrop, that while Palin was prepping for her trip to Iowa, her son Track was being arrested for a drunken, armed, and violent assault on his girlfriend. Rather than deal with issues closer to home, she fled to Iowa to screech an endorsement of Donald Trump.

A part of me wants to believe that we have, at last, with this endorsement by Palin, reached Peak Trump. His speech at Liberty University, where he’s taken mockery from Christians for referring to 2 Corinthians as “Two Corinthians” rather than “Second Corinthians” (which, though I don’t see the issue, apparently shows that he’s not an authentic Christian, so I’m told). Now, bringing a political has-been into his campaign and giving her a platform. The bloom is off the rose, my heart wants to say. Trump has maxed out. He can go no further.

But, Trump will undoubtedly surprise me. Us. All of us. He always does.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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