Politics is just war by other means (apologies to von Clausewitz.) Everything up to now has been battlespace preparation.
I predict we won’t have a conclusion until (if then) December 8.
Ms. Fitz wrote an op-ed for Patheos entitled Feeling Pushed Towards Trump. It’s an interesting piece, but this quote is what leaped out at me:
From the right, I continue to see the usual callous indifference to the lives of ordinary people, but it’s just indifference. The message I am getting from the left is that I am a target they mean to destroy.
I’m not real comfortable with that.
Nor should she be. Nor should anyone.
This is interesting. Quoting from Instapundit:
REPORT ON BIDEN’S ACTIVITIES WITH CHINA. “First, it is almost exclusively taken from public sources and documentation. Everything from Chinese news reports to corporate records. The report is immaculately cited so that anyone who wishes to replicate where a specific piece of information was found or see the underlying documentation can do so.”
The full report is here. Looks like lots of stuff for investigative journalists to run with, if there are any of those left.
Redstate picked it up, but you can bet nobody in major media will touch it, and Facebook and Twitter will do everything they can to suppress it.
Two weeks before Election Day, and there were at least eight people there at the same time, voting, plus there were collection boxes outside for people who had received mail-in ballots to drop off.
But I parked right next to this:
It’s not a Prius?!?
I can’t IMAGINE a more appropriate vanity license plate.
Back in March I predicted that Joe Biden would not be the Democrat candidate on the ballot November 3. I cited as precedent the 2002 Senate campaign of New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli. When it became obvious that Torricelli, under criminal investigation, was not going to win that race, the DNC – in direct violation of election laws for the state of New Jersey – replaced him on the ticket with former Senator Frank Lautenberg. The RNC appealed. The New Jersey Supreme Court rubber-stamped it.
I predicted that Cuomo would get tapped. He still might!
There’s 15 days to November 3 as I write this. It’s still not too late!
(I write this half in jest. But only half.)
See my previous post “Endgame.”
I was wrong. They just plan on stealing it and depending on the Right not to react violently. Or maybe they do. Marx did tell them that violent revolution was needed to free the proletariat:
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty People of Color:
With mixed-race people, the position of their marginalized status is dependent on the wokeness of the observer.
Remember that last nearly 10,000-word überpost? I told you that so I could tell you this. Hopefully I won’t be as long-winded this time.
When someone tries to use a strategy which is dictated by their ideology, and that strategy doesn’t seem to work, then they are caught in something of a cognitive bind. If they acknowledge the failure of the strategy, then they would be forced to question their ideology. If questioning the ideology is unthinkable, then the only possible conclusion is that the strategy failed because it wasn’t executed sufficiently well. They respond by turning up the power, rather than by considering alternatives. (This is sometimes referred to as “escalation of failure”.)
Or, as I’ve put it, “Do it again, only harder!” For many of them the philosophy could not be wrong. Its promise was too beautiful to abandon. Facts? Irrelevant! Logic and reason? Meaningless! And so the Progressive Modernists became the Postmodernists: Nothing can really be proven. Everything is relative, subjective. Feelings are more important that facts. Everything has hidden meanings because of the inherent conscious and unconscious biases of their creators, you just have to deconstruct them to find those real meanings. The curtains are never just blue. Two plus two doesn’t necessarily equal four. In other words, “My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts.” Or, “I reject your reality and substitute my own equally valid one!” Or “That wasn’t REAL Communism!”
Author Frank Herbert wrote in his Dune novels some ideas that I think are as accurate as anything I’ve ever read:
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class – whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.
There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. — Daniel Webster.
These people ran for office, won, and kept moving up, elected by other Progressive Postmodernists, their Faithful and anyone else they could convince they could benefit.
The wheels come off the train and the train comes off the track in 2021, one way or the other.
If the Democrats win, and they probably will since they’ll be cheating as hard as possible, they’ll take it as a mandate to really crank up the Progressive agenda, and the millions of us who haven’t swallowed that ideology will be their sworn deadly enemies. They have already weaponized the IRS and the Justice Department against Trump supporters, expect that to be cranked to 11 because the Deep State is deeply Progressive Postmodernist. There will be a breaking point. It might not be in 2021, but it won’t be long thereafter. In the mean time, our position as a World power will be greatly diminished, and other hostile nations will be taking full advantage. China will most probably annex Taiwan. Russia will take over Ukraine and as many of its other former satellites as it can. China and India may exchange nukes. Iran might nuke Israel and/or set one off in the continental U.S. And who the fuck knows what L’il Kim in North Korea is going to do? In short, the 2020 election could be the match that lights off the next World War.
Either way, the United States of America as we know it will no longer exist, and I see no way to stop it. We could have a few decades ago, but we didn’t. We didn’t realize the opposition had gone crazy. Well, Ayn Rand and a few others did, but nobody in a position to do anything listened. By the time Ronald Reagan won the Presidency I think it was already too late. He was too concentrated on defeating the Soviet Union to look into his own back yard.
As Robert Heinlein wrote some time back in the 1960’s, “The worst thing about living in the declining era of a great civilization is knowing that you are.” As on most things, he was right.
Somebody cheer me the fuck up with cat videos. At least this one was only 2,400 words.
Foreign Policy magazine comes out with a shrieking Gloom-‘n-Doom piece, A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope subtitled “We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.”
The slide of the United States into illiberalism may well have begun on June 1, 2020. Remember the date. It may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment.
The president of the United States stood in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday, railed against weak governors and mayors who were not doing enough, in his mind, to control the unrest and the rioters in their cities, and threatened to deploy the U.S. military against American citizens. It was a stunning moment. But, in particular, it was notable for three important reasons.
First, Donald Trump expressed only the barest of condolences at the murder of George Floyd, but he also said nothing about the fundamental and underlying reasons for the unrest: systemic racism and inequality, a historic absence of respect, and a denial of justice. All of these factors are centuries old and deeply engrained in an American society that systematically delivers white privilege at the expense of people of color.
Yes, he mentioned George Floyd, but he did not touch on long-standing societal problems at all. He sees the crisis as a black problem—not as something to be addressed by creating the basis and impetus for a move toward social justice, but as an opportunity to use force to portray himself as a “law and order” president. The reasons were irrelevant to the opportunity. Remember the supposed invasion of the southern border and his deployment of federal troops ahead of the 2018 midterm elections? The president’s failure to understand the reality of the problem was on full display when, on Saturday, he attempted to explain that his supporters, the so-called Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement, “love African American people. They love black people. MAGA loves the black people.” Evidently his movement, MAGA, is a coherent thing, and it’s white, which leads to the next point about his speech.
Second, Trump was clear he views those engaged in the unrest and criminal acts in these riots as terrorists, an enemy. He said so, ostensibly as justification to deploy the U.S. military to apply federal force—his “personal” force—against the riots.
As far as MAGA being a white thing? Look here. If the media won’t tell you about how the Insurrection Act has been used in the past, what makes you think they’ll admit that not all black people live on their plantation?
Finally, the governors have sufficient law enforcement capacity—and, if necessary, the combat power of the National Guard—to handle their respective crises. If not, they can ask for federal assistance. There is no precedent in modern U.S. history for a president to wield federal troops in a state or municipality over the objections of the respective governor.
FUCK I’m tired of this shit.