It is one of the distressing things of our time that we have a semi-functional (when not engaging in happy fun circular firing squads. Also, still unable to do anything about massive voter fraud in any coherent fashion. Also still wanting to be loved by the dying press) political party and one that has lost its frigging mind.
Okay, to believe Heinlein the Democrats lost their frigging minds on or about the second world war, by being infiltrated by communist agitators. But this kind of alien taking over (and wearing an Edgar suit) takes time. Anyone who listened to them and had lived abroad had a pretty good idea what was going on from the late 70s or so, and heck, at the very least we knew — because of the fashionable left entertainment creators in the media and literature, not to mention the news which were part of the same complex — that they’d decided the Soviet Union was gong to win, and all they could do was lose slower.
This didn’t make those people particularly different from the Republicans, who also thought that Communism would win out, and maybe had some kind of upper moral hand — at least as punishment for our sins, I guess — except that on the left side of the isle they seemed more willing to actively collaborate with it, perhaps for a dascha on the Ptomac.
The fall of communism shattered that. Even though the truth didn’t come out (I can’t do enough to recommend you buy and read Judgement in Moscow) and in fact the wholly-owned left refused to let the people know just how horrible life behind the iron curtain was (which has allowed them to engage in tu quoque and attack the minds of our school children with the idea that our free economy is “just as horrible” because it’s not paradise.) the shock still propagated through the system.
Before 91 I’d say there might have been some true-believing communists, some young, indoctrinated and thoroughly naive people who thought communism would bring about paradise on Earth. Heck, some of them were my friends in college. They were too young to comprehend the disillusionment that Stalin caused in another group of true believers (leaving behind only the cynical and the opportunistic) and like today’s young people, in much of Europe and the “best” schools of the US had been kept in the dark and fed fertilizer.
Are there still young and naive true-believing communists? Kind of. It requires a level of stupidity or at least unthinking that makes us all make fun of Occasional Cortex. But even she is not so stupid that she buys into communism — oh, oops, sorry, “democratic socialism.” Gulags with a smile — without extra incentive. The extra incentive is that tu quoque. I.e. the educational establishment has doubled down on the idea that the US is no good, very bad, practically a horror show, uniquely awful among nations. In Europe they add that Europe is not much better.
So when you bring up people standing on bread lines as in the Soviet Union, or rummaging trashcans in happy democrat socialist Venezuela, that old horror, Bernie, afraid of dying before he gets his dascha on the Potomac comes back with nonsense about how at least they get a minimum, while in the US — a country in which our poor have obesity problems — they starve in silence. (The only people close to starving are drug addicted homeless, and we wish they’d be a little quieter on the streets of our major cities, but no one can accuse them of being silent. Also, you know, our poverty and starvation is why Central America is trying to immigrate en masse. No, he’s not that stupid, but he thinks we are.) And always there is the “Capitalism is ruining the environment” with a date line no more than ten years off, because, you know, that’s scary and will stampede the sheep into socialism/communism even though the results — even from socialist-lite Europe — are always horrific.
In the name of making communism — that no longer can be held up as a perfect system — more appealing, the left has taught people to hate their own countries, their own cultures, and ultimately their own species. We deserve to go extinct, or live like bands of foraging apes, for the “environment.” As though the “environment” had some sort of sentience. And their scares, btw, are always nonsense. When global cooling, global warming, ozone and the heartbreak of alar all have as a solution “more state control” even though communist countries have some of the worst environmental records in the history of man, you know you’re dealing with something that has nothing to do with pristine rivers and green forests.
I think this is what has caused the latest attack of stupidity, the bizarre, sideways upside down nonsense they’re engaged in.
You see, man does not live of bread alone. Or of fear and disdain alone. To motivate their troops they need a narrative. Hell, to stop them thinking and straying off the reservation, they need a narrative.
What makes me giggle is that in this as in so many other things, the boomer who are older than I (I never considered myself a boomer, since boomer used to stop in 55 or 56 when I was young. And they called us stuff like they call the millenials now) the ones who had their hey-day in 68 refuse to believe the world has moved on or that their nostalgia isn’t our nostalgia.
We’ve seen this over the years in movies where the parents are still that generation, even though that generation no longer has kids in high school. Or in which everyone still looks in awe at their “activism.” Or whatever.
Now they’re trying to bring nostalgia as a motivator into the political realm. They’re trying to make Trump into “Literally Nixon.” By bringing in John Dean to… I don’t know. Say Trump is worse than Nixon? With hilarious results. Also, note that every Republican president since Nixon has been “worse than Nixon” according to this fraudulent jailbird.
What do they expect from this? Well, what happened in their youth. They expect people to fold and just believe them.
They’re missing several things:
1- They no longer have control of all the media, and their gabs at the tech companies are just going to get them treated as publishers and monopolies. Some of what they’re doing borders on RICO.
2- People know they’re not the only ones who aren’t leftist. This is not going back in the bottle. It just isn’t. At best they can piss us off, but they can’t squeeze us back into that place of dark loneliness.
3- The democrats have for real gone completely insane. (I almost typed inane and that applies too.) Their electoral promises now amount to “we’ll destroy you faster.”
4- the people who remember sixty eight and were actually protesters, have a tendency to be in mobility scooters and tote oxygen tanks. (Remember the peace demonstrations under Bush?)
5- They still have the press, but the press doesn’t have the power to amplify their nonsense into “really important” and “the wave of the future.” The women’s marches for nothing much look and feel like the women’s marches for nothing much.
The thing that amplified the unrest in the sixties was that all the best minds were convinced each successive generation would be larger, and so the “youth” would be a massive and undeniable voting block. The kind you couldn’t ignore. And the media gave the impression that everyone in that generation was ultra-left.
Neither of those applies. No one is afraid of nursing home protesters. Heck, we’re not even particularly afraid of antifas who melt and cry when they meet with anyone fighting back. And who can only have any type of foothold where the police connives with them.
What we must remember is this: People need something to believe in and something to fight for. What the left is offering is “Lets all kill ourselves because we’re the worst ever, or destroy ourselves with socialism in expiation of our sins.”
That’s not — ultimately — a good motivator. People who are chronically depressed and miserable destroy things, but they can’t build.
If we go around convinced that “in the end they’ll win” we’re just cooperating with them. We’re also as wrong as people were in the sixties and the seventies.
In the long run nihilist cults never win. Are you going to let them destroy Western civilization in their self-immolation pyre?
Then keep in mind that though things are going to get worse — much much worse — because the other side is dying and will fight back with everything: in the end we are on the side of reality.
In the end all they can do is LARP their big victories while preaching nihilism, punishment and death.
We don’t win tomorrow. And it’s going to get worse. As I said, they have corroded our body politic, our education, our press. But note they’re not acting like they’re winning. Because they know they can’t. At some deep level, they know they’re just trying to keep the illusion long enough to move stage (ah) left. But the worm is already turning.
Build and preach life. The future is so exciting and limitless and all we have to do is open our eyes and work for it. Build, learn, create. The universe waits human colonies. (All species colonize. The ones that don’t die.) There’s amazing knowledge to gain. The stars are calling us. And in the stars there’s freedom.
In the end we win, they lose. Be not afraid.