Theoretically I maintain that hope remains. I like to think that, and so I do. Yet I do not actually believe it. Therefore, abandon here all ye who maintain hope. Don’t let me harsh your hopium buzz — I don’t want to hear your happy-talk.
I am not watching the news or even paying attention to much of anything.
Republican Party the enemy
As we said in 2008 and 2012, if the party had fought and lost, I would still support them. The Trump nomination, election, administration and now replacement all tended to lay bare the machinations of our enemies. The most valuable, most meaningful thing laid bare, however, is that the Republican Party is in fact on the enemy’s side.
They never forgave Trump for winning, same as they never forgave the Tea Party for delivering a record-setting, crushing victory in the 2010 off-year election. They screwed the Tea Party up and down, blaming a few losses on us while not mentioning the context of an enormous net positive — for which they would have had the Tea Party to thank, if they had thanked anybody. They screwed Trump at every turn, colluding with an army of unmovable bureaucrats who now have nothing to fear from anybody. It is not a secret any more — it is all out in the open and there is not thing one that we can do about it. There is in fact very little that we can even say about it.
nothing we can do — little we can even say
Lois Lerner got off scot-free for weaponizing the IRS against the Tea Party. Eric Holder got off scot-free for weaponizing the DoJ against conservatives, and for executing the first part of Obama’s brownwshirt program . Hillary Clinton got off scot-free for a range of issues centering on her pay-to-play Clinton Foundation (with husband Bill), coordinated on her illegal private email server, and covered up by everything from Benghazi onward. Loretta Lynch, James Comey, and Peter Strzok all got off scot-free for the coverup of previous events, and for organizing the second part of the brownshirt plan, allowed to escape by everybody from Jeff Sessions to Bill Barr. Nancy Pelosi and her frenemies from Schumer to the Squad are all doing fine, having incited and directed an insurrection and coup. With their friends in governor and mayor positions, able to selectively police against ordinary Americans and in favor of violent terrorist mobs (those brownshirts again), they brought about the end of the Republic.
Well, that’s one way of toting it up. What’s terrible about all of the above is that the Republicans never did anything more than put on a good show for us morons, and we thanked them for it. They never meant to hurt the deep state, or to threaten its elected or appointed actors.
We are saddled now with a government less legitimate than that which we propped up in Afghanistan for ten going on twenty years, which their citizenry does not see as valid in any greater proportion than we see ours. The whole damned world can see that Joe Biden is a doddering unperson, and they understand that this is a charade — there is no President, nor Vice-President — there is just a power structure, and it is not elected or appointed. The elected officials are mostly camouflage for the power structure.
There are a few good people here and there — Clarence Thomas, Devin Nunes, and the like, but they no longer matter. They are isolated pockets of resistance bypassed and marked for later destruction by the enemy. And that enemy includes the Republican Party.
isolated pockets of resistance — irrelevant, and soon gone
We forced them out in the open. I would like to think that they can never go back now, that their cover is finally blown for all to see. But the appalling truth is that none of this matters. Farts in the wind. They’re back the next day asking matter-of-fact if we want a ride. Take it or leave it.
I’ll sooner die than live with that sort of abusive rinse-and-repeat. The Republican Party is dead to me, and I aim to help it stay that way. I may have little power and certainly no meaningful vote, but what else can I do besides dedicate myself to vengeance upon the treacherous agents of our political destruction? When Hillary Clinton shrugged off the deaths at Benghazi, the answer to her question “What difference, at this point, does it make?” is one word — Accountability. If those who do wrong are not punished, then it is tautologically true that there is no disincentive for bad behavior.
So on to the Republicans. If their victories are not our victories, then their defeats are not our defeats. Every Republican official or hopeful can screw right off. I don’t mean most of them, I mean all. And I don’t mean for the time being, I mean once and for all. I am done.
We’ve been through this a couple of times (2008, 2012), and the object lesson is that a program of tactical difficulty to generate strategic change did not work. We were unable to change the party from within — even with Trump as President, the Party in fact cleaned us out. They sabotaged Trump at every turn, and now the Republican Party has brought about the Biden non-Presidency, the ascent of the Praetorian administration. Some say it’s the media, some say it’s the Bilderbergers. All I need to know is that it is no longer We The People — the Republic has passed away, and here we still are, subjects, not citizens, afraid, not free. You may say that it hasn’t been us for quite some time — perhaps that is true — it’s certainly not something that just happened on January 20, 2021, but it is now final in a way that is new.
I cannot get too excited about these awful bills sailing through both houses and the White House to become awful laws. Our laws do not actually matter anyway — they are enforced against us, and not against the left. I suspect that we are not far from a “Let him enforce it” moment from the Executive branch, neutering the Judicial. it would play out with regard to a Federal District Court, but would be a message to the Supremes, who under
John Roberts removed the court from the government
Roberts’ power have made themselves irrelevant anyway. All that remains is for the power behind the throne to openly assert that. This is the way of things today — they are not grabbing power — that is done. They are not consolidating power — that is now done, too. They are now explaining the extent of their power, and by doing so proving to us that we are powerless.
There is nowhere to go. There is nobody to tell. There is no way to defend that which is already gone. What remains is the involuntary twitches of argument and existence, spasms from a dissected frog’s leg. Perhaps a little vengeance that the extensor can wreak upon the adductor. Feels good, man.
Should I bravely defy this obvious effort to demoralize us? Where is your fortitude? FIGHT ON, COMRADES! IT’S JUST OVER THE NEXT HILL! See, the thing about propaganda is that it works whether you recognize it or not. You believe the Big Lie whether you “believe” it or not. That’s how defeat works — that’s what defeat is.
No. It’s not over the next hill, or the next, or the one after that. We have been marched to death, and there are no more hills, there are no more valleys. There is no more us.