I wrote a recent article on the profile of a bugman. Because this included many traits that have been recently associated with “the left” (for lack of a better term), a few people have wondered whether there are bugmen on the “right,” or as part of the republican party.
There absolutely are.
Not only are there Republican bugmen, they are a very large and vocal part of the Republican apparatus, which explains to a large degree why we are where we are. The real divide is between the corporate and the local, not right/left. That’s why we have the modern monoparty.
The Republican bugman is like his Democrat counterpart, but expresses his bug qualities through attachments to different objects and modes of consumption. Let’s review the three big qualities that create the bugman:
- Low personal mastery
- Obsession with Consumption
- Love of the State and megacorporations.
Consider that a republican bugman will still be overweight and have harmful personal habits – he just drinks bud light every day, not some IPA. He may even smoke and have a Starbucks addiction to boot. He might hit the gym, but not that often, and his diet is just as garbage as the “other” bugman.
He doesn’t care about Star Wars, but he really cares about some sports team owned by a billionaire who views him as a worthless pay pig. He’ll even use the term we when he talks to his co-workers about the upcoming big game, which will be very different from all the other games played this year. He has team stickers on the truck (which is new, and shiny, like pickups ought to be, and with a big, powerful engine – good for launching the jetskis) and wears a team jersey when he watches them on his new 60-inch flatscreen TV (freshly acquired from Costco – with built-in “football mode”!).
He’s very patriotic, and his truck has an American flag sticker (recently with only a blue stripe) next to his team decals. He’s always sure to thank men in military uniform for their service and is proud of the military hegemony of the USA. He might even be a vet himself, but is still hawkish on foreign military intervention.
He still listens to experts and trusts that they know what is good for the economy.
He’s also very offended that football players knelt during the national anthem – very disrespectful – but he still tunes in every Sunday. And he’s still waiting for Donald Trump to fix everything.
If you feel like I’m describing you, please don’t shoot the messenger. I just apply my standards rather liberally, that’s all, and I’m realistic about what I see in my culture.
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