Do soybean farmers hurt by Trump’s trade wars still support him?
FARMER 1: “I do. I’m a good American. I believe we all have to toe the line.”
Link. And: Ouch. So much for that rugged American individualism and traditional skepticism of authority. But that’s not the worst of it:
INTERVIEWER: “You’re willing to weather the storm for a certain amount of time; but how long is too long?”
FARMER 2: “Well, the Scottish in me says, to the death.”
<FARMER 1 beams in approval>
I know these farmers’ mindset; I know what they’re thinking. They are Owning The Fake News Liberal Media’s representative before them by shocking her with their diehard adherence to their insane mentality. It’s no different than anti-vaxxers, 9/11 truthers, and all the rest: the more contradictory logic and facts that they face, the more, and not the less, that they embrace their peculiar cult. In this case, the cult of Donald Trump.
But the most distressing part of all of this is not the insanity of these people. It is the need to be ruled. Or as Loki memorably put it in the original The Avengers:
“Kneel before me. I said… KNEEL! <crowd kneels> Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”
And they do.
Before a man who makes Mussolini look like Augustus Caesar.
They kneel before Donald Trump.