When I first read Heinlein’s judgment that Cassandra didn’t get half the beating she deserved, I thought he was unusually harsh. Now… Well.
This week one of my colleagues over at PJM decided to do another of those posts that goes something like “they have the press, and they have the education, and they have the vote fraud machine, they have executive orders, game over, man, game over.” He didn’t say they would have a thousand year reign but it was strongly implied in his article.
I hate this sort of thing because it makes me roll my eyes so hard they fall on the floor and then I have to find them by touch.
I’m the first to tell you – even if it really displeases one or two my commenters (sorry guys, I’ll still believe my lying eyes, over your assurances) – that the vote fraud is … epic. I wouldn’t have believed it myself, if I hadn’t poll watched. Forget the made up jobs in the job reports (btw are they still doing that? Is there any reason to continue paying any attention to any numbers coming out of DC?) and the IRS suppression of tea party and patriot groups (and the first cartoon character who comes out in the comments, much less on my face book page, to tell me that both sides of the political spectrum were suppressed gets kicked. We’ve been looking for progressive groups that were suppressed/delayed. Not a one came forward. Yes they supposedly were on the “watch-for” list… to be sped forward), unless my district is unusually corrupt (unlikely. And what I heard from others was worse) this “president” is “president” as well as “president”*.
Even given that – vote fraud isn’t universal. What I mean is, you won’t get to the polls on the morning in November, and find the doors locked, and get told that your vote has been cast for you.
Their vote fraud mechanism was just as strong when they got a drubbing in 2010.
Also, the idea that they will hold power forever and ever is based on the idea that they will be minimally competent.
What is that you say? Well, the Nazis and the communists were in a different position. The Nazis were minimally competent, and the communists moved in on people’s who were used to being pushed around. (And we’re only going to consider Russia here, and maybe China, because after that they had Russia and China to help and their “takeovers” partook the characteristics of an invasion more than a revolution.)
More both had something that our gang doesn’t have: total control of the means of communication.
Yes, yes, it’s fashionable to hang your head and look sorrowful and say something like “their advantage in propaganda is overwhelming.”
I’ll give you their advantage in propaganda is very great particularly over the very, very dumb – how on Earth could a man saying that he gave preference to women’s resumes become the “binders full of women” attack the left made it? Easy. Chickies – and yes, these creatures are chickies, not women – want to go along with the flock and chip chip chip in chorus – but even there it has limits.
Communists and Nazis kept power (and can keep power) only by having iron control over all means of communication, including person to person.
For instance, yesterday I noted that there were the usual trolls out saying that the reason labor force participation is falling is that “the boomers are retiring.” Let alone the fact that no boomer I know – and this includes some in NYC who really, really, really want to, before the publishing houses they work for collapse under them – is retiring. They can’t afford to. I think at the rate our labor force participation is falling, boomers would need to be retiring at an unprecedented rate, and it would need to include my cohort who are NOT boomers and who will be aggregated to the boomers ONLY under total anesthesia. Who also aren’t old enough to retire let alone not being able to afford it.
Again, the numbers coming out are lovely, but you’d have to believe them over the phone call from uncle Vinnie who has been unemployed for three years, despite his top skills. You’d need to believe them over your Monster.com job search.
They can say the unemployment rate is falling like a stone, and it’s not that bad for college educated, but salaries are at best holding steady, if you browse the job adds (a good way to get the zeitgeist) for professions where you know what they pay, you see pay falling, and you know – because you’re not as dumb as a cabbage – that it’s a buyer’s market out there.
Which means you’re being lied to.
Most people might not be able to put that together, but most people know that it’s “bad all over.” In fact that’s penetrating popular culture, despite their attempts to hold it at bay.
Because for a totalitarian government to succeed, it not only has to control the news – and it has to control the news, not just the main ones – it has to extend its power to person-to-person communications and of course, the internet.
China doesn’t have all those controls on the internet because it’s afraid its youth will get exposed to cat memes. It has those controls because it doesn’t want people over its vast expanse to be able to communicate with each other and KNOW that what is going on in their area is universal.
As for what is going on in their area…
The Nazis started a war, which brought in spoils. This was a marked improvement right off the bat for people who’d been taking a wheelbarrow of money to buy a loaf of bread. There was some improvement before the last bitter years of the war when it all went down down down
In Russia, the gestalt of “kill those who have more than you and take the spoils” gave the worst off something to crow about. There is a story somewhere on line from a survivor about a village descending on the house of the wealthiest peasant and taking the spoils.
It lasted very little, of course, but there was that initial burst of pillage and then seventy years of strictly controlled peer to peer communications. There is a reason the typewriter – the TYPEWRITER – was controlled. Because it allowed the fast dissemination of news and thoughts. It didn’t avail them. They still fell.
Look at what the internet in a controlled form, even, is doing to Chinese communism. It’s sort of like putting a blender into a basket of eggs.
Our current clowns didn’t take over a country in such dire straights that their fumble-footed rule is an improvement. Yes, they did what they could through the eight years of GW Bush (and well, he didn’t help much) to make it seem like we were back in dustbowl years. But again, people know what they lived through and what their neighbors lived through.
These days most of the people on the net going “it was worse under Booosh” are either obviously mentally ill or paid to say so. (And there aren’t as many of them as there used to be.)
Worse, while all the initial successful totalitarians of the twentieth century came from what could be termed the “middle class” these precious flowers ain’t. In fact, they are so far off the middle class, they think it’s a rethoric flourish “And the middle class.”
They are in fact from the uptiest (totally a word) of the upper crust (yes, do tell me about Obama’s impoverished ghetto childhood living with a bank manager. Pfui.) and so out of touch with the middle class it might be a foreign land.
Their plan for temporarily – it has to be temporary. Think about it. It has a limited life before it all implodes – boosting the living conditions of the middle class and the poor is to print reams and reams of money, which artificially boosts the stock market.
Well, all their friends and their friends’ friends and relatives make substantial money off the stocks, so this will buy the loyalty of the people, right?
(Oh, excuse me. My eyes rolled right out and I was finding them to put them back in their sockets.)
Oh, and their plan to buy us all with free – free! – health insurance was predicated on the idea that words are magic and that if you say something will happen, it will. That is third-generation-level stupid for a communist country.
And that’s the other part of it. What we’re faced with here is that most of their ranks are “third generation stupid.” This always happens in a totalitarian system, which leftism has been in the US in all the fields they took over. It comes from the fact that they select not for competency, intelligence or innovation, but for ideological purity.
This is how we get a Hollywood establishment that is unable to make anything new and is now mining thirty year old comic books for their best work.
In politics… well… their “stars” are all old. Harry Reid is cunning, but he’s OLD. The new generation is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz-dumb and Obama-pot-sure. (And Harry Reid, to believe Heinlein, is already second generation.)
It’s all more and more incompetence all the way down.
Now, this is not saying it’s going to be easy. It’s not. It’s not saying that the executive orders imperial presidency doesn’t scare me. I’m not saying the level to which they suppressed things like Benghazi doesn’t shock me. I’m not saying the ballot box isn’t corrupt – I know it is.
What I’m saying is if they are at least smart enough to walk and chew gum at the same time, they will – before 2016 – realize the level of fraud needed means that they’ll have to give themselves away. And if they’re smart enough they’ll let it go.
Now, it’s quite possible they’re not smart enough. Which means it will be worse for them, because they will be inviting armed revolution.
And don’t you moan at me we’ll never do that. Communism fell in Russia not because they were loving kind but because the game was up. There is a level of dissonance when people know the piss down their neck isn’t rain. And they had almost fully controlled media and much harder person-to-person communications.
Now, I’m not saying that those who want power for power’s sake don’t have more gambits up their sleeve, including and not limited to using the press to convince the Republican establishment (who I swear are the only people who still believe the press) to nominate someone that even I won’t vote for (they’re trying. Really hard.) and to stampede the rubes away from anyone who can get the votes. That will buy them another election cycle, maybe, but it has the same risks as fraud so massive that it’s obvious. The reason both sides of the isle hate the tea party is that it shocked them, and it would behoove them to remember it came about because neither side was listening to the people, and the gulf was wide enough people could see it with their eyes closed. Do that again and invite worse.
The left thinks that “immigration reform” will get them this permanent advantage, but look… not unless they’re importing Somalis by the container full. La grande salida is not a myth. I’ve told you before my local poky supermarket went from having Spanish magazines on every check out to having none, but more importantly, our local Walmart went from “must speak Spanish to shop” (and it was that way when my mom visited fifteen years ago. She speaks Spanish, and was much more help than I was about asking for things) to “nothing in Spanish except the printed bilingual signs that come from headquarters.
As long as they manage the economy with their stellar brilliance, that great influx of immigrants who will vote for them is just another sign they’re drinking their own ink.
There is… War. War is in fact, right now, their best hope to distract people/keep enough control/keep (they think) the economy moving enough to hold on to power. But war is proving mighty hard to engineer and there’s a good – very good – chance that if we get hit it will have the effect of turning us even more against them. I don’t think they realize that. However in the past war gained leaders’ security because they had at least a minimal illusion of competency (again the full control of communications.) Once that illusion was lost, so was the war. (See Hitler.) I don’t think these guys have that illusion going in. Oh, they don’t know that, but I don’t think it will go well for them if they do invite an attack on us. (And they’re trying.) The “let’s just go to war without provocation” didn’t work too well, either. (See Syria.)
This is not the thirties, not even the seventies. The tragedy of the left is that when their long march was completed, so were the technologies to defeat it.
It’s not going to be easy, but what does playing the Cassandra do? Let’s suppose it was even true and you were cursed by the gods with seeing the inevitable fall. What would chirping on and on about it do? Other than make everyone as miserable as you are? Or making you feel morally superior because “you see” it?
And it’s not a dubious gift of the gods. It’s trying to stake the claim of “I see the perils better than you.”
No, you don’t. I see the perils very clearly. But I also see the good signs. I have to. I am by nature a depressive and I’ve learned to compensate by forcing myself to see both signs. When you live with depression every day you learn to do that, or you die.
The people who try to sound intelligent by saying the things my demons whisper to me every day make me very angry.
Yes, we’re in a devil of a fix. Yes, it’s going to take a lot of luck to turn the corner without massive spillage of American blood one way or another. It could still happen, but we’ll have to be very very lucky. And if we’re not, we’re going to have to pay the oldest price of all – blood, sweat and tears.
But it’s not over. It’s not even begun yet.
Despair is a sin.
In the end, we win, they lose. Be not afraid.
Cassandra didn’t get half the kicking she deserved.