For my entire life, the right has made noises about being brave and stopping the slide to the left. Though I’ll note many of these, like the whole “standing astride history yelling stop” assumed that the future was leftist, no matter what we did.
The point is that to a certain extent that was correct. Oh, not correct in the sense that the future was communist. That was always crazy. I mean, the system was not one any grown up could imagine would work. But about the short term future. About the ever ratchetting left of our public institutions? They were absolutely right. We could sort of slow it but not stop it.
Until the institutions they’d taken over before my birth and heck before my parents’ birth beclowned themselves enough, the body politic was running under the impetus of three irresistible ideas:
1- That industrialization not only made possible but required the redesigning of humanity.
2- That centralized production/government/etc. was always more efficient.
3- That the experts were better at guessing/directing the future than the common individual.
Taken together all three of these were not just a guarantee of a “slide ever left” but were also a negation of the entire American system. And they were brought to America well before FDR and by both parties equally (Silent Cal was a “Progressive” after all) because in the flush of the great mass industrial push these ideas were conquering the world, and were perfectly reasonable and “sensible.”
Why? I don’t know. I mean some people intuited that the whole “we’ll remake humans” thing was crazy. But some people were in short supply.
What the crazy progressives took from the entire nazi fiasco was that remaking humanity to make it more Aryan was wrong. However, remaking humanity in every other possible way was great, and should definitely continue being done. Standardized everything! Propagandized everything! Let’s remake the world by hectoring people!
Did some of this work? I don’t know. Look, our history is a passel of ill-told lies, only holding together as long as they’re repeated everywhere at once and in the same exact way (which by itself would tell you is a lie.) The covid nonsense isn’t unusual for being so crazy. It’s unusual because thanks to new media a lot of people know how crazy it is.
Take racism for instance. Yes, there was a lot of racism in the past. There still is in most of the world. Was there a lot of it in America specifically, until government “made it bad.” I don’t know. I don’t know because I KNOW a lot of that racism was stoked and created by the “progressives” who had a broad stroke of eugenics.
Did it stop because the government made people stop it, or because they stopped enforcing it? I don’t know. It would take very careful study to determine.
However given centralized government at everything else they’ve allegedly tried to do, from ending poverty to educating our children, I’d say that racism to the extent it existed and still exists in America is the result of the governments alleged “anti-racist” actions. Because we have no idea what the federal government is good for. I mean it used to win wars, but even then, I think it was by sucking slightly less than other governments — slightly — and having better people actually doing the fighting. Recently, though, it has successfully prevented Americans from winning any wars, too. In fact, the only things the government seems to be good at is taking all our money — and eating it or something — and hurting Americans.
No? well, tell me how much better the schools are since we’ve had a department of education. Tell me how the EPA running around declaring everyone’s backyard a natural preserve and demanding absurd levels of “cleanliness” to the point it hurts the actual environment has made our environment better. Tell me how the Defense Department wins wars. And let’s talk about the Department of (In)justice persecuting the people who messed with our voting and sold us out to China’s petty tyrant. Oh, wait. They actually have run around arresting anyone who protested the outsourcing of our votes to communists and the installation of the ever serene Zhou Bi-den, Winnie the Xi’s vice roi on our shores.
The problem is that while those principles above remained unquestioned, there was no wrestling back control.
They retain SOME belief, but less every day.
The first smack between the eyes of the governmental Bull running out of control was from Ronald Reagan.
I know you young people don’t know this, but until Reagan, the US and Europe were unified in the idea that OF COURSE some important things, like energy, needed price controls! Oh, and salaries needed to be controlled too. Negative economic stuff should be worked on by “the best people”. Any downturn required MORE regulation!
Reagan dismantled all that, along with the USSR.
Of course, the left regrouped. They still controlled education, the news, entertainment, the intellectual life of the nation. They regrouped, and continued selling their poison.
They could because — ironically — people still believed in the efficiency of the central government.
It took complete *ss clowns in control to disabuse of that notion. W. was a beginning, with his “war on a tactic” and “Islam is a religion of peace.” But Obama? I think the big crack up started under Obama, both because the net and peer to peer communication were gaining steam as an every day thing, and because the image fostered of the little man who wasn’t there as some kind of intellectual giant (ROFL. The laziest, most conventional thinker of his generation, who never grew past his freshman year in college, because it was never required of him) was so at odds with the utterly unremarkable, intellectually incurious pop celebrity he actually was. Worse, the media tried to sell his fashion blind, frumpy hausfrau of a first lady as some kind of icon of style and beauty. And even people who were too dumb to see that Obama couldn’t be that smart (or they’d show us his tests) weren’t blind. The general reaction to all the magazines praising Michelle to the skies was a giant, audible eye roll.
Of course, the press thought it had won. Because the left lives in an increasingly narrower eco chamber, they thought that everyone believed their snow job (Oh, pardon me, choom job. No cocaine involved, at least not that anyone admitted to.)
And then they tried the reverse on Trump. So hard that they were taken completely by surprise on election night that a majority (I suspect a vast majority. I mean, look, there was fraud before this. A lot of it. And no one runs the potemkin campaign they ran for Zhou Bai-den without having enough FAKE votes in the can to win no matter what.) hunched their shoulders and voted for Trump.
Since then they’re running around like crazy people screaming they really won, and Zhoe is a really good president, and besides inflation is good for you, and–
And it keeps backfiring. Nothing big and spectacular yet, unless you count the fourth of July of 2020, in which we collectively hoisted a finger to the lockdown-crazed left who cancelled all celebrations, and lighted the skies with our bombs bursting in air. Or unless you count the viral popularity of Let’s Go Brandon! Or the quiet resistance to the mandates for vaccines. Or the headlong flight from blue states. Or–
In response, the establishment gets louder and more shrill, trying to convince us that they really, really are doing well, and the future belongs to them.
They’re attempting to stand athwart history — real history — yelling stop!
But the more they yell the more obvious the lies become. It’s impossible to look at or listen to the collection of radical losers and delusional morons running this administration not to mention the vaunted deep state, and not go “LOLROFL, Get out of here!”
And the left has nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Now they’re stuck on this bizarre idea of “Create chaos = ?????=communist revolution.”
I suspect the brighter among them just might be starting to suspect that a) they’re in power. b) a revolution won’t be for them. c)their time has passed.
But of course, not many of them are bright. Even those with excellent natural faculties have been indoctrinated into idiocy.
Hold on to the sides of the boat. The water is about to become extremely rough. Tsunamis are always scary. They’re the result of an Earthquake, such as is taking place in our foundational assumptions. Or rather, back to our foundational assumptions, right here, in the good US of A.
Resist the temptation to head to the seashore as the sea retreats, to “see what is happening.” Yes, I know, but do resist it. Study, prepare. Be ready.
Above all, continue believing your lying eyes over their pretty lies.
The slide has changed directions. And it’s a good thing, as the other one was a slide to h*ll.
But it’s still better if you walk where you wish to go, instead of being shoved by the tides of history.
Take careful stock of the moment. Decide where you want us to end up.
We’re going to need every possible rational actor, if we are to avoid a massive butcher’s bill.
Historical corrections are never fun. Sometimes they are inevitable.
In the end we win, they lose. Be not afraid. Reality fights on our side, and she’s a stone cold b*tch.