As most of you know, I like dinosaurs. It could be said that I never outgrew my love of dinosaurs. Possibly because there were no Natural History Museums around when I grew up.
If I’ve been particularly good, my reward is to go to the Natural History Museum and walk through the area with dinos. If I have caught up on books by then, I would like to celebrate my birthday by going to the museum and drawing both the skeletons and dinosaurs. We’ll see.
At one time we went to see the dinosaurs of Gondwanaland and those were fascinating. Since they lived in real niche environments and were very well adapted to them, some of them in ways that made them look truly ridiculous.
Of course it is sort of the same thing with the marsupials in Australia. They were well adapted to their niche with other marsupials, but completely helpless when meeting placental mammals.
Perhaps it is because of this that recently I’ve been thinking the problem with the democrats is that they were much too well adapted to an evolutionary niche which is changing at a fast pace.
Bear with me.
By virtue of the long march, the liberals, by the time I was born and possibly before, had a unique set of protections that meant it was never, ever, ever in the wrong, no matter what.
Because they controlled the entire entertainment/information/news complex, they were sure that things that happened wouldn’t actually be reported if they impacted them badly, while things that might be in their favor were reported whether they happened or not.
It was so floridly insane that JFK being killed by a communist was attributed to the right and the “climate of hate.”
It was so crazy that the left convinced half the country that the parties switched sides on race.
It was so batsh*t divorced from reality that despite the fact that most of the wars we got into were started by democrats, it is the republicans who are viewed as ‘war mongers.’ That, despite the fact that the Democrats command all positions of power and wealth they’ve convinced people it is the Republicans who favor the wealthy. Etc. etc. etc.
Heck, if you add historians to the act — and they’re definitely part of the left information complex — we have the spectacle of our founding fathers being denigrated as uniquely evil for failings that were common to pretty much everyone in their time (and at which they failed less than others.) Then there is the fact that FDR, the hero president of the left, for decades credited with combating the Great Depression, probably caused it.
But the left had all these …. coverup resources, which meant that their malfeasance was never actually reported.
So what is the downside of that?
The same as with any other organism hyper-adapted to its current conditions.
If you don’t have to be careful and watch for predators or those who might want to take you down, at some point you forget how.
Note that as we pointed out here not so long ago, even with the internet, we still have nowhere near the command of information the left has. As much as they’re slipping, they still command the heights. If they were even minimally honest and/or competent, we’d be in some serious trouble.
But they aren’t.
Why aren’t they? Because they never had to be. Because the new generations who climbed to power knew they could do whatever they wanted and have time leftover (as grandma would say) without it causing any problems for their career. Eventually they developed this mythology (probably around the time that Clinton got caught diddling interns and everyone made excuses for it) that if you support the right causes, you’re a good person, despite everything you might do around that “support.”
And look, even with Clinton, there were signs that things were changing. Mostly, we’d developed talk radio and a couple of blogs. And that was enough to spread the tale of the blue dress so the public heard about it. No, seriously, we now know JFK had at least as many bimbo issues, but no one ever heard of them, and instead what you saw was the image of the perfect first family.
There are other things. Blogs took down not only Dan Rather but the bizarre deception he’d concocted which otherwise might have given up president Jean Francois Kerry (Quod Avertat Deus! Like Hillary, in less mannish pants!)
And we’re getting bigger and better. Honestly, 2016 and Trump’s surprise win is something I’d been anticipating for a while. The point at which we can flip an election despite the media pushing all the other way.
Doesn’t mean we’ll beat the margin of fraud every time, but it means we’re that big.
Look, guys, we understand them better than they understand us, because we live surrounded by their signal. We’ve even learned to fake being them, so we can thrive. And btw, that has to be giving them cold sweats. We’re seeing some witch hunts already here and there. They have to guess that amid those who seem the most loyal there are “infiltrators” who just decided the masquerade was worth it. (And there are, at least, I know for a fact, in SF/F writing.)
And we are usually better at whatever it is we do for a living, because we didn’t get any slack cut to us for “correct political opinions.” (They might not know that, but it is still an advantage on our side. A big one.)
More importantly NO ONE on the right ever got that dirty or that sloppy. We couldn’t, because the information complex was actively looking at us for that spec of dust in our eyes.
But the left? Oh, dear, the left. Beam? They have entire super stadiums in their eyes. President can’t keep it in my pants Clinton? Joe “I blackmailed the Ukraine to get my doper son a job?” Completely run of the mill. I bet you there are far worse examples of corruption, waste and cheer insanity. (And I mean besides Occasional Cortex or what’s her name the Representative with too many husbands, one of which is her husband and the probable immigration fraud?)
They were secure not because they were competent and clean, but because they could count on all their misdeeds being hidden.
I know you’re furious these people aren’t being dragged into jail, but guys — you only know they deserve it because we’re already winning. We’re already clawing back some of the functions they had completely controlled.
And they really aren’t ready for it. Which is why you see the bizarre insanity of an impeachment attempt in which no one has to vote for it. Because they’re scared.
They’re marsupials who just met their first placental mammal.
Or if you prefer, they’re dinosaurs, completely adapted to their place and climate, and there’s this fiery ball in the sky that keeps getting bigger and bigger.
But these dinosaurs know what comes next.
Be not afraid. Do not minimize the gains we’ve already made. Yes, there will be loses, but they will never have full control again.
Which means their environment has changed and they’ll never be as secure/thrive as well.
Ride right through them. They’re demoralized as hell.
In the end we in they lose. Do not lose your head, and keep pushing.