I have been trying – unsuccessfully – to post this as a comment on “Black Pilled” for several hours. Maybe it is too long for a comment. Anyway, I decided to just make it a post instead.
I have been stymied in my usual desire to write posts by my long standing and oft-repeated (and disliked by many) belief that you are correct. For about a decade I have been saying that all we are doing is fighting rearguard actions; the main battles have been lost and are over. The end is certainly upon us. If there is ever to be a resurgence of the values which created the former US – the values which unite those of us who have selected themselves to be in this forum – it will have to come after a complete collapse of this unworkable government and society. Before that happens, sadly, there will be much pain, suffering and death.
Said collapse – and it may come sooner rather than later – will likely begin economically. Our debt cannot be repaid, the dollar is thus unlikely to continue to be the world’s reserve currency. China, a very old culture, may understand the weakness of our survival instincts as a culture and as a nation. Hell, we broadcast our self-loathing in headlines all day every day. Who knows, the ultimate result of Covid – intentionally or not – my well wind up to be the catalyst for a prompt unfolding of the aforementioned economic collapse. The PLA may well ask “What risk in Biden awakening to find Taiwan was re-integrated into the motherland overnight”? Would it do any good to anyone to attempt to rouse el presidente at 03:00? Don’t discount the possibility China may take this action.
Going forward, the battle lines here will devolve into individual official muggings. All things are possible when congress (sic) is seriously proposing legislation to ban Foxnews, anodyne as it has become. If they feel empowered to do stuff like that, what limits do you suppose they will respect? Their marching orders seem to be to begin erasing every clause of the First Amendment then proceeding down the list of Amendments. People are already losing their livelihoods for speaking things which – only a year ago – would have been totally unremarkable (e.g. -“all lives matter”). Those were the first individual assaults. Expect more physical attacks, especially on those who can be made cautionary examples for others. Soon, lawful gun owners will be SWAT-ed on some fake pretext. No such enforcement will be aimed at actual criminals or gangs, only newly fashioned criminal possessors under bizarre and incoherent bans on weapons which look scary. But this is old news. What is new is that such events will become daily and banal. As mentioned in the OP, this will happen even as the supreme court (sic) dallies for years. The eventual decision – even if it says that the Second Amendment actually means what it says in English so simple that only a lefty lawyer could fail to understand it – will be moot since all the guns will have already been seized and their owners killed or jailed (along with many of the shrinking percentage of the country who actually perform valuable work). All the guns and owners will be gone, except, of course – those held by the favored Marxist cadres like BLM and Antifa and actual criminals and gang members. The OP showed who is prosecuted and who isn’t – and prosecutors have unlimited discretion in deciding to to prosecute and who to not prosecute. They are unaccountable (and believe they are untouchable).
The pervasive loss of a sense of belonging to an enterprise greater than one’s self and loss of the desire to participate in such an undertaking, of course, will hasten the inevitable collapse of the fledgling Marxist cancer which has eaten away our former ethos. There was no shortage of slogans in the USSR, only shortages of consumer goods of every kind. Righteous indignation is a head rush – as long as one has a regular full stomach. The Millennials and Gen – x, y, z-ers, lgbtq’s and other warring eponymous (for their share of the former oppressors’ spoils) factions will all suddenly discover that wealth (or the latest iphone) does not actually grow on ‘green’ stuff like trees, windmills or solar panels. They will be confronted with the radical (in the true sense of radix) notion that wealth must be continually created or production, hence consumption, ceases. They will further quickly find out that next season’s crop is impossible since the last of the seed corn was consumed at last night’s usual (and so repetitive as to have become banal and boring) intemperate Bacchanalia. What will there be to look forward to now that there are no longer any barriers to the long-promised utopia and the last conservative witch has been incinerated? In short, they will be forced to learn the essential lesson that material sufficiency is not automatic; that it requires the voluntary cooperation of millions of people who wish to give of themselves under a societal system where freedom prevails – and not just economic freedom under a system of capitalism (about which none of the aforementioned identity groups has the slightest understanding).
See why I haven’t been writing? All this venom I hate to eject! In sum, going forward they will be seeking us out one by one for ‘re-alignment’ or elimination (don’t think algorithms aren’t already sifting through blogs as the NSA has been doing since blogs began). Some of us will come to their attention sooner, some later. I hope some will resist effectively. I note that tech CEO’s – like prosecutors – seem to think they are untouchable (as in the Biblical sheep) and may safely graze, so to speak. The media remind us, frequently when required, of things called ‘lone wolves’, at least when it comes to slaughters perpetrated by individual members of certain peaceful religions. Perhaps other belief systems may also lead to such cunning predators? Some might think that when speech is prohibited, violence then becomes the only way to make known one’s disagreement with censorship and/or the prevailing authorities, particularly when those authorities they are not legitimate in the first place.
What else is there to say?
Thank you for this post in response. I’m on the way out the door — more to follow. But yeah — What He Said!
I’ve observed many conservatives in the various stages of grief after having passed through some myself. Many remain in ‘denial’ while others are in ‘anger’. Voters in Georgia who supported the GOP senatorial candidates were in ‘bargaining’.
It’s time to accept that the Republic that we knew and loved is dead. It’s unclear what comes next but all empires come to an end and this one is in the late stages. The problems transcend any one nation: sub-replacement fertility is indicative of resignation rather than optimism. There’s no sense of the long term, no men planting trees under whose shade they will never sit.
With acceptance comes the ability to look into the future. Things must have looked pretty dark when the Visigoths sacked Rome. They defaced and destroyed monuments, burned buildings, beat citizens. History doesn’t repeat, it rhymes. The decline of the West is different yet familiar.
Once you’ve accepted reality (black pills), you can look toward a brighter future (white pills). Like the man who plants a tree, we should not expect solutions to come within our lifetimes. The struggle is worthy even though we will never see the results. We had a good run. It’s now our responsibility to make it possible for future generations to recover the dream. This is our duty in this historical moment.
Another thought: I watched some of the speeches in the AFPAC livestream last night. No black pills to be found there. Michelle Malkin (the Groypers’ mommy) brought the house down with her speech. She read Invictus to the cheers of the audience. “My head is bloody, but unbowed.” Those GenZers have no choice but to take up the fight. They can’t just run out the clock like I can.
drlorentz: “The struggle is worthy even though we will never see the results. We had a good run. It’s now our responsibility to make it possible for future generations to recover the dream. This is our duty in this historical moment.”
Very well put,sir. The Bad Guys have won — but all they have won is this round in a never-ending contest. And the cancerous cells of their eventual failure are growing already in their body politic. It is time for us to focus on the next round.
In some ways, the US is now in a position similar to Germany and Japan at the end of World War II. Then, their industry & infrastructure was in ruins, as a result of bombing & invasion. Now, our industry & infrastructure are in tatters because we sent the factories to China (“Free Trade!” Hell Yeah!) and we put foolish Lefties in charge of the infrastructure. Mechanisms are different, but the results are similar. However, Germany & Japan were able to climb out of the hole in about a quarter of a century — admittedly with the help of a magnanimous USA, help which we should not expect from China or the remnants of Europe. But it can be done!
Recovery will take at least a generation, probably two. The issue is how to convey the critical information to those still unborn. Not a simple challenge.
Well and good, but then what is to be done?
it seems to me that there is no victory possible which is worth having if the Republican Party is not made to bleed, to suffer, to die. Far from an unworthy emotion, vengeance is an evolved behavior which stabilizes the tribe.
Without vengeance, there will be no improvement. With vengeance, there may or may not be improvement.
The worst outcome possible is also the most likely — a series of meaningless victories which do nothing but certify the righteousness of our defeat.
So for all the happy talk about carrying on the good fight, and the burden of our blah blah blah, what shall be done? If we are to act in the political arena, and yet carry ourselves as if we were worth something to ourselves or to posterity, then let us set about destroying the Republican Party. It is the instrument of our ruin — let us be done with it. Even now, it makes its separate peace with the totalitarians — we are overthrown, and soon will be reduced. Bring that Party with us which had in its power a good fight, and instead cast us off.
Or shut up.
>So for all the happy talk about carrying on the good fight, and the burden of our blah blah blah, what shall be done?
See what the Groypers are up to. Read Sam Francis. Read Zman. Build community locally. Lefties were fond of saying “think globally, act locally.” They are at least half right. That may not be relevant for someone not in the US long term. Come to think of it, such a person already has limited options.
But even before you do any of that, shake the CivNat dust off your shoes. Your Black Pill post tells me you’re still in one of the earlier stages of grief. You’re still disappointed that Lois Lerner isn’t in jail? You thought Barr or Durham was going to round up all the miscreants and clap them in irons? Yeah…
What to do? Prepare for the coming darkness. We’ll all be dead long before the light shines again. As I wrote above, it’s our responsibility to make it possible for future generations to recover the dream. Meanwhile, Western civilization has lost the will to live.
Don’t like that answer? Tough. Winter is coming.
I am not surprised that Lerner et al faced no trouble for their crimes. I am dismayed that it matters so little.
Of course winter is coming. Let it fall heavily on the GOP. Let the future at least not think that every one of us went willingly.
I’ve been through the stages of grief several times over, and I refuse to move on to Bargaining without seeing something on the table.
Anger it is, then, but not because I am new to this. I wasn’t starry-eyed during the Trump administration. I chose to range myself in the optimist camp in the hopes of adding to momentum going our way. Let me not curse the candle, and so forth. And taking a cue from the Pepe folks, I avoided “dooming” even when things were rolling against us. I’m normally a bit doom-y, but didn’t want to demoralize those who believed, and at any rate, would rather bring attention to what hope remained, than to parrot the media’s talking points.
Well, now the shoe is on the other foot, and that foot goes up the GOP’s backside. I won’t change the world, but I won’t go quietly.
CW, I agree that a Taiwan blitz is much more likely now than at any time in the last fifty or so years.
I’m not predicting it per se, just thinking that whatever the event’s unlikelihood is, it just got two sigmas removed.
And it sure doesn’t help that we just lost Rush Limbaugh, who kept us optimistic every day. I’m keeping up my personal blog, as incendiary as ever. So far, no problems, but I’m still so small that I’m not worth the effort for WordPress to kick me out. Although, just this week I got views from the source: Twitter. Someone there now knows about my blog at RushBabe49.com.
Bunch of whiny wusses.
The Republican Party is not going to die. The two-party mechanisms here in the U.S. are too ingrained. The only answer is to take over the Republican Party from the statists and wreckers. The progressives are winning because they, quite deliberately, took over the Democrat party. After the failure of Progressives as an independent party.
Anything you do that does not move the GOP back to the founders ideals is an abandonment of your children and grandchildren to tyranny and slavery.
Have fun with business-as-usual, Phil.
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
– Paul Simon