I’ve been feeling a bit pessimistic for the last 48 hours or so.
The thing is, I feel pessimistic in a way that no one else seems to be, or not really.
Here’s the thing: as amusing as the Dem debates and the antics of the congress critters are, they’ve been terrifying me.
It’s not even that we have people who openly advocate an ideology that killed over 100 million in the 20th century. No. That’s horrible, but it’s also understandable as both the result of spectacularly biased education, and the fact that Soviet agit prop lives on in our self-proclaimed elite.
The problem is more subtle. It’s not just that these people love socialism. Technically, socialism is survivable. The hard kind you tend to have to shoot your way out of, the soft kind… Well, a lot of Europe is starting to wake up and back off.
The problem is that these people HATE America. Not just feel embarrassed for being American, like most idiots have since the country was founded. No. They hate us and want to make us disappear, from our much-maligned constitution to our flag, to our very idea of ourselves as a nation.
Now, I’ve known this for a long time of the lefties in my circles. The times after 9/11 were very hard on them, because flags to them are like a cross to a vampire. And no, I can’t explain it, but they flinch from flags in the exact same way, immediately and irrationally. And they had their own, bizarre version of history in which the US was the worst ever country.
But I didn’t know it was that widespread and everywhere, and now they’re not even afraid to proclaim it, as though they think it is perfectly normal to want to destroy the country that gave you everything and made you everything you are. As though they think something perfect will automagically emerge once they tear the country to pieces.
This is terrifying me, because a party in that state, with most of its people as declared enemies of the land they seek to govern, cannot be allowed anywhere near power.
Meanwhile, apparently, a lot of republicans in the house and senate are retiring, which means a lot of opportunities for the left to seize seats, particularly given unlimited opportunities for fraud.
I guess that’s the other thing that’s scaring me: the amount of fraud in the mid terms surpassed anything seen before in this great land. From counting the votes till you get the results you want, to keeping polls open for days after the election, till the leftist wins.
We can’t afford this.
And it’s not that I expect the leftists to take over and start setting up death camps. It might happen, of course. Not putting it past them.
But I think in the US they’re still a minority, perhaps even a small minority (hence their need for all the fraud) and if they try that, they’re defeatable.
What I’m afraid of is their “Tax everyone to death and open the borders while introducing crazy legislation that stops the economy cold” plans.
What I am afraid of is California, in fact.
Look, there are still sane people in California. Perhaps even a majority of them. But we’ll never know, between illegals voting, and fraud, massive, spectacular amounts of fraud. The people who remain sane have no voice. But things aren’t quite bad enough for them to revolt. Not yet. And by the time they are, people will have forgotten or been told it was all different, and not realize the cause of their problems.
I think that’s why the left makes war on history so much.
They say how California goes, so goes America, and I pray very hard that this time that’s wrong.
So… about war abroad.
Oh, yeah, I do agree that if we’re going to fight abroad we should fight short wars with maximum firepower, enough to be left alone and otherwise leave it.
I’ve read too much history to think the Middle East CAN be rebuilt. And our nation rebuilding efforts seem to have given us a bunch of frenemies in Europe. And what it did to Japan is give it “conquered culture syndrome” in which they just stopped reproducing. Now, the rape of Nanking and all that, maybe that is the best option in an imprefect and horrible word. BUT the point remains that cultures are not as easy to rebuild, to make anew as we thought in the 20th century. Our thinking they were was to be fair part of the same idiocy the communists suffered from, where they thought that humanity itself could be rebuilt.
I do agree that it’s dangerous to ignore a culture/movement that is at war with us. If we want more 9/11s, we’ll get more 9/11s.
However in the scale of things, is it more important to police the external threats or in the internal ones?
For almost a hundred years, we’ve been the world’s policeman, or perhaps the world’s daddy, swatting bottoms and wiping noses and feeding the hungry.
There’s nothing wrong with this, intrinsically, except maybe for loss of treasure at home, which could have better been employed in going to space. Then again, space should not be a government venture, and as for our “War on poverty”, we shouldn’t throw more money at it. Because the more money we throw at it, the more poverty and helplessness win. Speaking of cultures. (It’s time to take charity out of government hands, too.)
What is wrong is that while defending ourselves from threats or potential threats abroad, we allowed the crazy, vilely anti-American left to propagate at home, to take over our schools, to install itself in our universities, to become a positional good so that our millionaires and billionaires all talk about what a terrible place America is (So terrible that most of the world is trying to come in. And these idiots support the world’s right to invade us.)
The president, such as he is, not the president we wanted but perhaps the one we needed, is making decisions on who to fight and how.
Thing is, I can’t see a way to fight both the culture war and the external war at the same time. I can’t see a way to ignore one without the other being critical.
Which one is most important?
On my gut, I’d say the inner one. You cannot win anything — or even survive — when at least a quarter (very well positioned) and maybe (but unlikely. They wouldn’t need that much fraud) half of your population is working towards the active destruction of the country.
But supposing we manage not to let the crazy people take more leadership positions than they already have — despite amazing amounts of fraud, which they’re sure to engage in — for another four or even eight years, will the external enemies leave us alone that long? And if they do, how big the butcher’s bill when they manage to get to us again?
I don’t know. Neither do you. Honestly, I doubt the president knows, though he has more information than we do. But he does have more information than we do. And maybe a gut feeling. Which might even play out.
What I know is that up ahead there is a narrow, tight passage and that we’ll need not just all our work, all our devotion, but also a lot of luck to make it through without either a major war, a civil war, a change in the nature of who we are, or losing what America is altogether.
Of course the odds have always been against us, and yet we trundle on. We are a high-improbability country.
Doesn’t mean it will be easy. Or that we know how things should be done to get us through.
I used to want to make all kinds of decisions, when I was young. At 56, I know the normal decisions of normal, everyday life are hard enough. And I know how often I fail.
I don’t know anyone who has “just” been a child and “just” been a parent who doesn’t have a list of regrets and things one could have should have would have done better at.
Imagine having to choose for a country, and a country such as ours.
I’m glad it’s not my decision.
I look ahead and see storm clouds, and yes, I fear the outcome. The passage is narrow, the seas stormy.
Fortunately it’s a million to one chance we survive and do well. So, at least in fiction land, it’s a sure thing.
Sure. I laugh. What else can I do.
Despair is a sin.
I get very pessimistic sometimes. And then I put my shoulder back to the wheel and go back to work. There’s no other choice. Yes, if we try we might fail. But if we don’t try, we will fail.
Sometimes all you can do is what you can do.
And pray it’s enough.