I’ve had it with bleating.
No, I’ve really had it with bleating.
Blame it on the steroids. Blame it on the fact that I have bags to pack for a con trip and an international trip, instructions to write for the house sitter, cats to take to boarding, clothes to process for the guys AND work to pack, because since we’re mostly going to see my parents, we’re mostly going to be sitting there, and I might as well finish books.
I should be attending to one of those, but instead I’m going to try to stop the bleating. Particularly the “doomed, doomed, doomed” bleating.
It never fails. It’s predictable. If I write a post with a modicum of optimism, like yesterday (Kindly read it: As long as we’re fighting we have a chance is not telling you that it will be easy or fast or simple), I get the bleaters. “You’re too optimistic” “you’re out of of touch” “Look at the candidates” “Elected Obama Twice” “Uniquely corrupt” Dooomed. DOOOOOOOOOOOMED.
Honestly, I don’t know if these people think that taking up Cassandra’s beat makes them interesting (I don’t think so, they’re all, afaict, over twelve), if they know absolutely no history (I don’t think so, most of them are readers), if they think that saying “We’re doomed” excuses them from the perilous fight, or if they’re simply getting old.
I hate doing this post right now, because US history is NOT my area of strength. I only started studying it 6 years ago, and the way I deal with history is that I will accumulate the feel of “how things worked” but not dates or names. I don’t accumulate dates and names, because I can ALWAYS look them up. However, in this case I won’t have the time. OTOH I can rely on RES to supply anything I lack in comments. Other people too, but RES and CACS have made the kind of study of history of the US that I made of Tudor history. They live there part time.
Some things though I can answer up front.
“We elected Obama twice. We’re done for.” Yeah, and? We elected FDR FOUR TIMES. Were we done then? FDR was kind of like Obama with more energy. He turned a recession into a depression. People thought he was anointed of G-d to lead the US. People had his picture everywhere. Even when I was born in 62, in a country far away, his name evoked reverence and awe.
Were we done then?
What we were was in worse shape then. (More on that later.) And the worse things get, the more people want a man on a white a horse to rescue them from reality and from themselves. So the worse he made things, the more he got reelected and worshiped.
Were you under the impression the American people were more than human? Not flawed? Our culture is better than most, but we’re still human.
“Our institutions are now uniquely corrupt.” Oh, please. That doesn’t begin to pass the laugh line. You could say our institutions are now uniquely BLOATED and you’d be right, since the left views them as a sort of welfare. But UNIQUELY CORRUPTED? You have got to be kidding me. Read any bio from 100 years ago. Read around the edges of Expanded Universe. Talk to someone involved in politics who won’t bullshit you.
One thing will come up “Machine politics.” Not only at the national level, where we still very much have them — at least on one side of the isle — but EVERYWHERE. Some cities were run by some machines. Do you think the machines ran the politics for no purpose? Oh please. Of course they ran them to enrich themselves/give jobs to their cronies. Patterson believed that Heinlein’s “had a silver mine” was his doing some “laundering” for one of the machines.
You can’t have power without the power attracting sharks and mafiosi. It is, again, a consequence of being human. The corruption has moved more from local (although we still have some. Hello DIA positioning) to national because the federal government has way too much fricken power.
“But that is what I was saying, Sarah. The feds have too much power. We’re all going to die screaming.”
Oh, please. No, what you’re going to do is get out of the way and let the rest of us continue to fight.
The people elected Billy Jeff twice. They elected Obama twice. The amount of fraud needed to get the second victory for Obama (and he was never at Clinton’s levels) was massive. If you worked the polls or if you saw people claiming to have “created” two million votes for him, you know that.
I also don’t see the encomiums of Obama to stick as did the ones to Clinton for at least four to five years after he left power. Also, no one is trying to make Clinton sound like FDR anymore. Because it won’t stick.
Had Clinton or Obama held power a hundred years ago, they would be revered as icons, people would be ready to vote Obama in for a third term.
“But they’re ready to do that for Hillary.”
Oh, please. The democrats — I still have some dem friends, and a lot of acquaintances — are as happy about her as most of us are about Trump. This is the election where no one wants to vote. “Let the least hated win” is not inspiring. Their party machine, which is corrupted as hell simply pushed a choice between Bernie, which the still sane dems don’t want to vote for at all, and Hillary. And Hillary is the SANER choice. And meanwhile OUR party machine decided to punish us for not taking to Jeb! by pushing Trump (no? Really? They were openly against Cruz until the end, but they can “do business” with Trump. They should be able to. The reason the man hasn’t released his financials is that he’s been a wholly owned brand of multinational banks for twenty years.)
Given the choice, yes, Hillary might win. Some of my conservative (more than I am) friends are voting for her. Some are voting for Trump. Some are going Johnson. Some are staying home. I’m either leaving the top of the ticket blank of voting Johnson, who won’t win and has that virtue. It’s not worth my immortal soul to vote for either Hillary or her twin with the toupee, Trump. Just no.
So yes, Hillary might win. But what will that do? That will cause even more lack of confidence in government among the people. And if the press try to push encomiums it might finish off the press’s credibility.
Because ninety percent of our problem is that we’re fighting with both our legs in a cement bucket
Assuming you guys are serious with the “uniquely doomed” bullshit, you are convinced of this because you’ve been gaslighted. Not just the newspapers, no, though that’s part of it, and they’re doing their best to sell “the people are united behind the progressive future” as hard as Pravda ever did. You’ve been gaslighted by movies, by entertainment, by history books that sell the past as kind of an upright moral utopia when it was in the hands of democrats.
Government by the people is never clean, perfect, virtuous. If you think the people are always disinterested and clean when it comes to politics INCLUDING THE POLITICIANS, you are a child and shouldn’t have the franchise.
If you think the American people are uniquely corrupt, lawless, evil, you are a progressive and should learn history — or go abroad without counselors, nannies and money.
Government by the people is messy, faulty, often corrupt. Down in the trenches, the mud gets all over everything. You have to fight with elbows and truncheons, even as a pundit, and you have to hit people you like but who are being idiots.
There is NO clean politics. There is no perfectly virtuous free people. The Founding Fathers themselves engaged in what we’d consider corruption, and fought in less than clean ways. The progressives view this as a signal our system is awful. If you want to join them, there’s the door.
Government by the people is messy, odoriferous, stuttering, halting and often counterproductive.
It’s an awful, awful system. Save for every other one.
Stop bleating. Yeah, we’re in trouble. There isn’t a year since the founding of this republic that we’ve not been in serious trouble.
You want to be rescued by a man on a white horse who makes it all work flawlessly? Yes, I kind of suspected that from the encomiums to Trump I hear even from supposed libertarians.
But reality doesn’t work that way. The man on the white horse becomes the tyrant we must depose. Because he’s still flawed, and working with flawed reality. And you picked one who is … well, a machine politician, or at least a man playing at politics, with both feet in the democratic machine.
No one told you it would be easy. This is not a game. Being a subject is much easier than being a citizen.
I understand you’re tired and discouraged. I’m tired and discouraged too. We thought that we’d defeated the biased press. And we’ve only taken away maybe a tenth of its influence. This is not how I planned to still be fighting in my fifties.
But we are discouraged because we were unreasonable optimists. It was just around the corner, we thought ten years ago. Yeah. Well, we weren’t right. And we’re not just fighting the press, but as what you guys keep saying shows, the entertainment, the history books, the–
As a civilization we were gaslighted by the unified lie. We’re just starting to have the tech to come out of it. And look at the strides we’ve made in gun rights, among other places.
Yeah, the carrying momentum of the left machine will still score it victories. You can’t stop it over night. BUT we’re starting to score SOME too.
I’m tired, I’m upset, I hate to have to fight those fleeing the battle, as well as the ones on the other side.
But hopeless? While there’s life, there’s hope.
And there’s still a lot of life in the constitutional republic.
Yeah, there’s flaws that must be mended. OF COURSE there are. It’s a human thing, built by humans.
No one is going to mend them for you. Pick up your shovel and dig. Whether your trench is in the culture wars or in outright politics, there is a lot of fighting to do.
None of it will be solved by giving up.
Get to work.