As those of you who’ve heard me moan over the last month or so know, I’ve been on a steady diet of French Revolution.
This is enough to send anyone looking for a way to die before thing get to that point.
Mind you a lot of the accusations against the ancien regime were right. I found myself astonished at the stories of orgies in the reign of the regent which I came at sideways in The Black Count (highly recommended, btw. The story of Alexander Dumas’ father.) I knew the ancient regime had been sclerotic, unresponsive and – from our POV (not the one of the time, necessarily) morally flawed. But the way that revolution went wrong sometimes defies the imagination (though the problem started when they took equalite to mean in general, not just before the law.)
There will be a post about this, perhaps tomorrow. Not today because I lack the necessary strength today, having woken up with a sinus headache. A friend mentioned yesterday that non fiction takes more out of you than fiction. And she’s right.
But today I thought I’d write about something else. Yesterday we got someone presuming us ignorant and telling us “Benghazi is not a thing” with which words he hoped to redirect us… away from the murder of an ambassador while troops were ready to scramble. Away from the fact that we haven’t even attempted to punish the culprits and from the fact that our then secretary of state and the President spent money on a video apologizing for an obscure you tube video they claimed had caused the incident. (These are people so blinkered they think apologies bring anything but more violence in the world stage. So blinkered they think that it’s fair to apologize for our freedom of speech to barbarians who kill their own children in ‘honor killings.’ SO ignorant of history they think it is logical or civilized to say “the future must not belong to the enemies of Islam” Replace Islam with Christianity or for that matter Scientology and you’ll see how silly that sounds. Who are you to pick the future religion of humanity Mr. President? The leaders of Rome thought they could do that too. When is the last time you made a sacrifice at the temple of Jove?) He also enlightened us by telling us that you know, both Progressive and Tea Party groups had been targeted – even though the very people pursuing the history of the IRS abuses have been scouring the lists for ONE, just ONE progressive group whose application was delayed, and while the Tea Party applications are in fact still mired in paper work – including being asked what their prayers are, if their members pray, and for other completely insane stuff along the same lines.
AND THEN he presumed to enlighten us about his sources of information. Two I expected. It’s what snot nosed kids (and cases of arrested development) think is authoritative before they realize what a great deal of bunk they were fed in high school and PARTICULARLY college: the New York Times (Home of Walter Duranty, apologist for Stalin’s worst excesses) and the BBC (coming from a country that is falling apart at the seams under rampant political correctness.) But the third was a new one – do the young and stupid really consider Al Jazeera in English a reliable news source. In Heaven’s name WHY? These people belong to a religion and an ideology (the ideology supports the idea that their religion should own the world) that is at war with us. They’ve not only declared war against us, they have attacked one of our cities – two if you count the Boston Marathon – and our interests abroad. Not counting myriad foiled and not “small” attacks at home. What kind of mental twist makes you consider enemy propaganda a news source?
Did their grandparents listen to Tokyo Rose? Or to the German equivalent whose name escapes me now. Oh, wait a lot of them probably did. The ability of the intelligentsia to embrace those who want to kill them is absolutely baffling. I can never decide whether it comes from from absolute arrogance and certainty that nothing can touch them and therefore why can’t they be gracious and throw the “exploited” – as defined by them, of course – a bone? Or whether it comes from such abject fear they’ll throw their compatriots to the wolf in the hopes of being eaten last. Or, as my friend Kate would put it “Yes.”
Anyway, that comment clicked in with what I’ve been listening to while cleaning, to take a break from the fricking French Revolution. (What scares me is that the French Revolution situation is likely what we’re about to experience – being attacked from outside while we’re trying to fight it out among ourselves AND while the economy implodes. Only we’re bigger and have better technology, which is feeding the “I wake up screaming” moments.)
Yesterday, in despair, and afraid I’d slit my wrists if I read about one more massacre and heads carried on pikes while the nation was bankrupt and other nations were attacking it, I loaded The Puppet Masters into the mp3 player.
It worked after a fashion – they win at the end. But it’s not like I’m ignorant of the fact that the victory would be unlikely in real life.
That comment yesterday reminded me of this episode.
Zone Red swallowed up the task force as if it had never existed……..
By early morning, they had their visual evidence. Stereo Stations in the central valley were giving out with the same old pap; Rise and Shine with Mary Sunshine, Breakfast With the Browns, and such junk. There was not a station with the President’s stereocast, not one that even conceded that anything had happened. The military dispatches tapered off and stopped around four o’clock and Rexton’s frantic calls were not answered. Task Force Redemption of schedule Counter Blast ceased to exist – spurlos versenkt.
We’re faced with something very similar. Faced with an administration that is doing all those things they claim to be against: spying on citizens; killing citizens without a trial; using the IRS to discriminate against their political enemies; laundering money to enrich their friends, and killing people who tan an interesting color in different countries for no good reason (I’m talking about Mexico, but maybe they’re not interesting enough for these idiots?) – the willing koolaid drinkers will buy the first excuse to come down the pike or no excuse at all.
I confess I’m less furious with them for taking the stupid excuses proffered like “Both sides of the spectrum were discriminated against” without looking further because it is human to trust “authority” as defined by the human, than for completely ignoring some of the events.
No “George Bush had Wide Receiver” is NOT an excuse for Fast and Furious. And it shouldn’t be taken as that unless you’re stuck circa kindergarten. And even in kindergarten, if I remember (before I got kicked out of it) that only excused minor infractions, like throwing cookies on the floor, not, say, beating the cat to death. Fast and Furious is not a minor offense. If Mexico thought they had a chance to beat us, it is casus belli – sending weapons to insurgent factions in the territory of an ally. Wars have been fought over much less. (And for the idiots who are relying on Al Jazeera for reporting – Wide Receiver followed the guns, retrieved them, made arrests AND IT WAS DONE WITH THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT’S COOPERATION. Fast and Furious just sent a lot of UNTRACED guns south of the border because… either the administration is composed of brain damaged children OR because our “well spoken” president had said that most of the guns that were used in the Mexican drug war came from our “open” policy [in an attempt to bolster his unconscionable attempt to disarm our citizens.] This wasn’t even a lie. It was so untrue it didn’t rise to the level of lie – it was just dumb. BUT the king cannot be wrong so the minions hustled to make it the truth retroactively. I presume they’re not brain damaged children [I could be wrong, of course.])
So, no, it’s not an excuse. But for people who feel threatened in their entire world view, (Look, they thought this would be a paradise by now if only Carter had been reelected. They thought Reagan was a disaster, they thought – They believe the narrative, not their lying eyes. Only the flagrant disaster that’s Obama is making that world view shake. That must not be allowed particularly not when you think you’re SOOOO smart) it is a straw to grasp at.
What I resent more are the things they outright ignore – absorb and let go as if they’d never been. Things they can’t avoid knowing about: Summer of recovery one, and two, and three, and… Or that the Middle East is on the verge of eruption (No? Why then are we closing embassies?) Or Benghazi. My G-d, (and I’m not swearing. I’d really like His attention to this.) HOW can they ignore Benghazi? The excuse proffered has been proven so wrong even Obama admits it. So how can they ignore it and keep on going.
We live in a republic, a form of government depending on the consent of the governed – and yet our government decides that some citizens in peril abroad should be abandoned.
He let them die abandoned, the COWARD. Either because a failed rescue might hurt his precious re-election chances, or because he was actually using the Bathsheba option and Stevens was someone he wanted out of the way. I hope – and pray, regularly – the last isn’t true. I’d hate to think that of even he Stuttering Excuse of a Miserable Failure. But the coverup is so intensive, so organized one can’t help asking “What else is hidden there?”
Benghazi would have made me furious even had I been – as I was at 9/11 – a capital L starry eyed libertarian and not the wiser but older (and not just in years) constitutional libertarian I am now. It might have been enough to wake me up.
And yet, they absorb it. They absorb it as though it had never been.
How can they?
Easy, very easy. Puppet Masters deals with this too. Humans like life to be predictable. They like to predict life according to their own internal narrative, which is often the strongest myth they were fed by school or media or a really convincing friend.
Invaders from space that control your brain? Why would I believe that, when life goes on normally? Oh, look, it’s Rise and Shine with Mary Sunshine.
In fact, people are able to ignore the most bizarre sights if they’re not reported locally. I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last, to see armed men in dark clothes crawling through my neighborhood at night and immediately turn on the news to CONFIRM WHAT I SAW. And ignore it if there is none. (To be honest, where I live, it’s probably a military exercise, so I give it a lot of leeway, but all the same.)
Something like that is at work here – the media – or as I like to call them, the palace eunuchs – cover up scandals with bigger scandals and push the scandal to the back by the sheer enormity of the next scandal. Or they ignore the scandal, even when it’s obvious, and it’s as if it never happened. It shouldn’t work but it does, because people want to forget and just live daily life.
In a way the President is being allowed a lot of leeway because EVEN I don’t want to believe his crimes are as heinous as they very well might be. It destroys all my sense of security in the world.
And the other excuse is implied in my comment – the Puppet Masters in Heinlein’s novel, captured the brains of infected enemies. They controlled how people processed what they saw.
In a collective sense we’re suffering from the same. We’re such a big country, nobody can know for sure what’s happening everywhere. I have family in some states and friends in some states, but not in others. So we depend on the media. And the media has been captured. Oh, not by a brain parasite. We should be so lucky. The media has been captured by the alien ideology of Marxism which distorts everything they do and say. (While Marx was useless and bug f*ck nuts, he at least lived in a time when EVERY ONE of his pretty theories hadn’t been proven wrong and there weren’t millions of rotting corpses disproving them. But ah – the theory is so pretty. And so infantile even those who are not very smart but think they are can grasp it. [Hint, those who are smart see the holes. I did, after being taught Marxism in every course for three years. No, not in America.])
They’re not seeing real life, they’re seeing Hegelian dialectic and classes rising up against classes and exploited and exploiters. (Real life doesn’t fit neat categories.) They’re seeing zero sum economics (no, it’s not. The sum total of wealth in the world is much higher than it was in your grandparents’ day. It can be created.)
So they report only what they can see through this distorted lens. And people who rely on them are as effectively hag ridden as those captured by Heinlein’s alien parasites.
Unfortunately there’s no seven day fever we can use to kill the parasites and leave the host alive, and most of us feel sorry for the host. Most of us were at a time or another and to some degree prisoners of the same monster. It is the result of growing up in the 20th century.
So… what do we do?
We don’t. Reality will take care of it. Just like the parasites in Heinlein didn’t take care of their hosts, and so the hosts would have died of one of the diseases that mankind has finally beaten back: bubonic or typhus, likely, our own parasites aren’t very good at taking care of the economy, so they will kill themselves and the society that supports them.
The trick here is to be ready when that happens. Trust me, reading about the French Revolution has convinced me, more than ever, that what can’t go on, won’t.
BUT that doesn’t mean we embrace death and destruction and the endless night. When things fall apart we must be ready. Not just ready to survive, but ready to carry on with a civilized life.
Pain is inevitable – for all of us – when things fall apart. But we must have in place alternative ways of communicating, of making a living, of keeping civilization alive. Yes, even for the now hag ridden who might or might not wake up.
We will collapse – it’s the logical result of their having removed themselves from reality. But when that happens we must make sure the collapse is as short and painless as possible. We must be ready to rebuild.
In the end we win they lose – it’s the result of having reality on our side. But reality will spank us both, if we’re not ready.
Be not afraid – and work on your plan B.