The American Psychosis on Display

The most disgusting image I’ve seen on TV lately is that of the assemblage of goons assembled in front of the Michigan capitol building protesting lockdowns in place to suppress spread of the Covid-19 virus. With their signs and automatic weapons and American flags and confederate flags, and their posturing, and their mindless grinning and restless looks, they epitomize the American psychosis of bellicosity and resentment nurtured by Trump and countenanced by Republican politicians. As Jennifer Rubin noted recently in a Washington Post column, “President Trump has cemented the Republican Party as the home of xenophobia, racism, anti-intellectualism, cruelty and lawlessness.”