Does MAGA Have a Future?

Mike Weisser
3 min readAug 26, 2023

Yesterday I couldn’t do my daily, one mile walk outside because it was raining. So, I walked up and down every aisle at the local Wal Mart, which is more than a mile. At one point, I walked past a stack of flat-screen, 55-inch TVs priced at $249. That’s some inflation, right?

Yea, yea, I know about how nobody can afford to buy food because prices are so high. I also know how the price of gasoline at the pump is going through the roof.

I was living in South Carolina in 1977 when a gallon of gasoline hit a buck. Know what a buck in 1977 would be today? Try $5.04.

After I walked out of Wal Mart, I decided to have my breakfast at a Panera outlet on the other side of the parking lot. A 12-ounce coffee (free refills) and an orange scone (this week’s specialty baked good) cost me $8 and change. There were two empty booths in the whole store.

If I had been in a hurry I could have gone through the window at McDonald’s where they were just switching from the breakfast to the lunch menu. The Big Mac with fries is also priced around eight bucks.

I don’t live in Manhattan’s trendy Upper West Side. I don’t live in one of those fancy burbs outside of Washington, D.C. I live in crummy, old Western Massachusetts where you can still rent a nice, two-bedroom apartment with off-street parking for $850 a month.

And by the way, the local mini-mart chain is still advertising for drivers to deliver gasoline to their local outlets with a starting salary of $94,000 plus bennies. What are the requirements for this job? A CDL, no felony convictions and pass a drug test. Note that a high school diploma isn’t on the list.

No wonder the local AM shock jock was going on and on about how this country’s no longer ‘great’ because men are no longer just men and women are no longer just women. According to him, there’s this ‘tiny minority’ of people who can’t decide whether they are male or female, but they get all the attention on the nightly fake news.

Now you’d think that the day after P01135809 showed up to be given his jailbird number at Fulton County, that the loudmouth on AM radio would be ranting and raving about how and why the Fulton County indictment is so unfair. But even the alt-right media is getting sick of P01135809.