Last weekend, the former local TV presenter filmed Arizona GOP Republican Domination Candidate Kari Lake praise both Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for their BDE — a reference to online discussion describes comedian Pete Davidson aware of “big dick energy” (As well as a popular song 2021 by rapper Latto).
Lake said that’s what she wants to see in every leader, describing it as a reference to the “backbone of steel”. It’s a particularly eye-catching moment in GOP politics, traditionally something you wouldn’t want your kids to see for the sake of violence, crime, or stupidity than for the premiere. But sooner or later, when it comes to the president’s “pull at me,” we’re bound to have to return to this particular kind of smugness, and in a way, we should be reluctant to thank Lake for getting us there.
That’s because the phrase clearly captures aspects of how Trump and DeSantis are perceived by their supporters – though it’s almost certain that those aspects aren’t what Lake wants to convey.
Because face it, there are people who have the “silent confidence” of the BDE because they know what they have to do for them. And then there are people who are just ahead, trying so hard that they actually put out what could be called an LDE.
You know those people. Those who need to do everything about them. Those who need to appear in the flashiest cars, have the most luxurious homes, those who talk about their way with the opposite sex (“when you’re a star, they just let you do it“). If they become a world leader, they will try to send the world a message about the potency of their rocket (“We have rockets that can knock out a missile in the air 97% of the time“).
Or are they just bullies, insecure as always their road or highway for their opponents. They will even go so far as to try threaten children or they will try to flex their male muscles by abuse of beloved children’s characters.
Now, we could spend a lot of time analyzing why Kari Lake might be attracted to that kind of energy (in her comments, she equates having BDE with being depressed). become “brave” while note that her staff told her not to use this word “balls”). But not.
Instead, observe that she is not alone. The current GOP world is so caught up in showing and talking about WWE-style masculinity that most Trump rallies these days seem to emit a powerful stream of AX deodorant.
Josh Hawley. J.D. Vance. Madison Cawthorn. They all beat their chests to the point where we have Experts provide in-depth analysis their mind. Note Texas macho Ted Cruz revealed another side of this push when he argued that the left-wing “wake up” was so compelling that it was even turning the US Army into “disruptors”. Trump frequently tries to create atmosphere is the fiercest beast in the forest (except when he encounters a truly topless, bear-wrestling alpha like his countryman, Vladimir Putin). There are even who feel that Trump may have clung to top secret documents so that he can show off his great power (meaning desperate to make up for something that’s been missing from his childhood or elsewhere).
So, what are the shortcomings these manly men are trying to make up for?
I argue that it stems from the perception that they really don’t have the other things that political parties often depend on for success. They have no ideology. They have no background. They have no agenda. They have no track record. And they fear that what they once had — the automatic power of white men who were at the core of their establishment and the foundation of their worldview — is actually slowly shifting towards the public. more equal — to the majority population (women) and the emerging majority population (non-white).
“The current GOP world is so caught up in showing and talking about WWE-style masculinity that most Trump rallies these days seem to emit a powerful stream of AX deodorant.“
In fact, among the very few things that the GOP has actually done over the past few years is an attempt to deprive women of the rights (to control their bodies) and of people of color (to vote). And we know that the Republicans’ next targets are the LGBTQ community, contraception, and affirmative action — all of which represent the insecurities of the white men who once ruled the rooster. , and therefore must be attacked through state power.
In other words, GOP BDE is a sign of weakness, not of strength.
Meanwhile, Democrats have taken a much different approach.
Indeed, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the Democratic leadership are a lot like the antithesis of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe The Republican approach is infusing testosterone.
They are usually not flashy. They are usually soft spoken. They are usually nerdy students who study hard. They include many women and people of color. In fact, they see being called inclusive or “awakened” as compliments. (Note: Because they are.) They’re just the kind of people Mr. BDE-main Donald Trump would call “low energy” or, in the current president’s case, “sleepy Joe.”
All these Democrats do in their gray way is management work. All they do is produce, day in, day out, the kind of work Joe Biden might call BFD—a big deal.
Instead of lubricating their bodies and plunging into battle over the nearest vine, the Dems Bidens had real achievements. American Rescue Plan. The infrastructure bill is bipartisan. This week’s Inflation Reduction Act. CHIPS and the Science Bill. Gun regulation makes the most sense in decades. Support for veterans who are victims of burn pits. NATO expansion. Join the Paris Agreement. (Did I mention the IRA includes the largest-ever U.S. initiative to combat climate change?) Restore U.S. leadership around the world. Appoint more judges faster than any administration ever. Created 10 million jobs in less than two years, more than any other regulator ever. Historical economic growth. End of America’s longest war. Remove the leader of Al Qaeda. The leader in global and national minimum tax rates for corporations. Reduce health care costs. Reducing energy costs despite global inflation. The most diverse cabinet ever. Heal and prosecute those responsible for the first attempted coup in US history — the largest investigation ever conducted by the Justice Department and the FBI.
The result is that one side has a very good resume with bulges showing great achievements everywhere it is appropriate, while the other side has fakes and wants to make up for their shortcomings with slogans. big guns and oversized magazines.
The GOP is all talk, but in practice, has achieved very little in the Trump era (with the one exception of a misguided bill that almost exclusively contributes to the profits of the already wealthy). And the Dems have managed to overtake and overpower their major rivals to get more done than anyone predicted possible though (as President Biden noted at the IRA signing ceremony on Tuesday) little or no GOP support for any major piece of legislation that became law.
So it’s the choice: the wrong BDE, fueled by insecurity and inadequacies, translates into a desire to deprive anyone of basic rights who threaten them versus BFD (big damn deal) of a Democrat that cares more about results than looks.