If we’re Plague Island, then the USA, the only country in the Western Hemisphere who have handled the pandemic on par with us has to be given an alternative name, too. The late, great, Gore Vidal once called his country ‘The United States of Amnesia’ and I think it’s appropriate to borrow the name from someone who lived the experience of being American. He said in 2004, “We are the United States of Amnesia, we learn nothing because we remember nothing.”
That name seems to fit well as, like us, the USA is a country who likes to propagate it’s innocence. For example, many don’t seem to understand why minority groups may feel unhappy with how they and/or their ancestors were treated in the country.
Perhaps the biggest difference between Plague Island and The United States of Amnesia though, is that for us, our island is all about what once was, and what was great about that. For the big country, it’s all about the here and now: the truth about the past is forgotten, denied or remembered in a different way. We always thought that Amnesians were us, but more and more, we are becoming like them. They are the big to our little.
Another difference is that Amnesia is big and powerful now. It cannot allow itself to look back and see whose toil, hardship and sacrifice that power was built upon, not just within its borders but outside, too. Plague Island was powerful once. It wants desperately to be that powerful again. At the heart of it really, that was the fantasy that Brexit was selling us. Indeed, it is as if joining the European Union was some national emasculation and that we would regain our vigour once independent again.
So tonight, it’s all kicking off over there. It seems an attempted coup is happening before our eyes. I’m just surprised this violence hasn’t happened before – when it was clear that Biden was going to be the next President. It’s metaphorically quite late in the day for this, but it’s looking like the last kick of Trump’s dying mule. He incited his base whilst pretending to call for peace:
I know your pain, I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side,” Trump said. “But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order […] We can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you; you’re very special.
Analyse that! In my mind, every time that man says “go home”, he’s winking to the crowd. As people from Plague Island watch these developing events, we have nothing to feel smug about. We have our own Trump and his name is Caveat King.
We hope that we are seeing the final days of this version of Amnesia. May the sun be setting on Trumpland, another falling empire, collapsing in on itself like a dying star, ready to be reborn.
Latest developments @ 23:15 UK time
One lady dead
& This from Trump –
~ L&A 6.1.21 ~