Guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal recently posted the following on his website:
DRUMPF IS A PARADIGM
Donald Trump is a paradigm example of a shrewd, brutish, predatory extreme of our American capitalist culture. Not to give him too much credit, but in following our presidential primary season, Deb and I end up batting around his rise at least once a day. Everywhere I go, anybody who knows me asks, “Are you doing Trump?” (The short answer is, “Yes.”) Then, I usually get an earful: recitations of what I call, “political personal disaster porn.” Understandable, right? Far right!
Not far enough, though. (I suspect we all know that.) I have a simple line about all this that I’m going to drop on you, just because: I really think each of us has got to do something about it, him, our collective problem. Not necessarily a big “change the world” thing, either. In my experience, that kind of gesture is usually of the quixotic variety. I’m talking real politik here. Not necessarily specifically about Trump, either. Phone bank, canvas, get out the vote, help old people register. Just whatever you can do. Even if you think it’s a little thing. It isn’t.
I make nasty little street posters, mostly about nasty people. That’s what I can do. I promise you, I’m doing it—right now! And we’ll be doing it all over the place very soon. (You’re invited, of course.) My point: whatever you’re good at, please apply that talent, skill, whatever—even if you think it’s a stretch—to our Drumpf problem. We can do this. We pretty much must. Don’t you think?
A LISTENING TIP:
On another, more felicitous note, the band, “Lake Street Dive” has a new CD. The title tune, “Side Pony,” is goofy and brilliant! The lead guitarist wrote it after his wedding when his bride showed up with a retro hairdo—that “side pony”––which totally knocked him out. He wrote this tune about it. To my ears it’s right up there with their recent, “Bad Self Portraits,” for wonderful sideways subjects. And I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, it’s a welcome relief from all that other noise in our collective heads!
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