Our friend Dr. Bastiat (~ saepe noster) has a post up over at Mr. O’Shea’s place, entitled with the seemingly relevant question “Are Democrat Voters Learning from What’s Happening?” The argument develops along time-tested lines, in which days and decades of leftist leadership inevitably ruin those it purports to help, so there should be an awakening as things swing from unutterably awful to somehow worse. After that, some portion of former Democrat voters would vote Republican, and then presumably that party would faithfully effect a restoration. I have several issues with this framing, as does the good Doctor, as he answers his title question by effectively saying “probably not”.
The main issues are the unlikelihood of the Democrats masses changing (even in the required fraction), the lack of value in voting, and at any rate, the separate lack of value in voting for Republicans.
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Which brings us to the second issue, the futility of voting. Say that we actually won the Electoral system, which I do believe is the case, and look at what happened from that perspective. The system closed ranks, and completed the coup. Constitutional methods designed explicitly to prevent abuse were ignored, denied, or explained away. “None dare”, etc. We saw before our eyes, and I urge people to remember, the deep state coup shut Americans out of the process of electing our government. Vote fraud in 2012 was fishy as all get out. In 2020, it was blatant, with (mostly) Democrats maneuvering in public to deny legally-required, sensible vote validation measures. Why? Because they were no longer afraid to admit that they prefer winning through fraud and tyranny vice losing fair elections — in fact both of these happened, but the story is in the events.
So no matter how many Democrats decide to change things by voting Republican, we have already seen that votes for Republicans do not matter when the votes are counted. Enough Republican votes will always be discounted or offset by manufactures Democrat votes that Republicans will not win.
House and Senate leadership set fire to our majority
The Republicans as a party are thoroughly compromised. Even if we somehow turned a great fraction of unhappy Democrat voters, and even if we somehow prevailed against the rigged elections, the fact is that a Republican victory will not get us the results we want.
You know who else is compromised? The Republican voters. A good half of Republican voters hate Trump and Trumpism. Another half hate whomever the GOP Establishment puts up, and xirever’s whateverism. The anti-Trumpers are much more relaxed about the current state of affairs than the pro-Trumpers. “Just vote, man, get out that vote, man, lick your envelopes and knock on doors, man. Groovy!” Like the young infatuated fools who rebuke their mentors, insisting that Love is all they Need, the Establishment-friendly wing of the Republican voting base has tuned in to Radio GOP, turned on to OrangeManStillBad, and dropped out of even acknowledging the coup. People will believe what they need to in order to continue thinking what they think. “I am sure we can vote our way out of this because I am unwilling to admit that this was a coup. Solutions after that admission are too hard, so I will carefully adjust my beliefs in order to preserve my chosen solution.” Naturally, you may accuse me of the common human failing of believing that I am the only one in the room who sees things clearly, and projecting that upon all I meet. Perhaps, but it doesn’t make me wrong, and I feel that my dim view of others’ internal machination is evidenced when they defend their chosen solution by explicitly asking “Well, if not voting, then what do you propose?” I’m not proposing anything. I’m pointing out that we were defeated not through votes by in a coup.
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At every level of the system it seems, the safeguards have been bypassed, suppressed, denied, refused, broken, compromised, defeated — whatever it took. The system of voting for our government has been captured by the government itself. There are several pithy or witty criticisms which have all come to pass — the the government now has a country (rather than the other way around), that the government will dissolve the electorate and get a new one, that it’s not he who votes that counts, but he who counts the votes, and of course, that
“Treason doth never prosper: what ‘s the reason?
Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” — John Harrington.
We cannot vote our way out of an accomplished coup. And we will not shoot our way out of it. We are not the people our forefathers were — we are not even the stuff our grandfathers were. The modern techno-state precludes anything like effective resistance. Here, for your convenience is a listing of the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights. Find the one which is still in effect — I’ll wait:
First Amendment [Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition]
Second Amendment [Right to Bear Arms]
Third Amendment [Quartering of Troops]
Fourth Amendment [Search and Seizure]
Fifth Amendment [Grand Jury, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Due Process]
Sixth Amendment [Criminal Prosecutions – Jury Trial, Right to Confront and to Counsel]
Seventh Amendment [Common Law Suits – Jury Trial]
Eighth Amendment [Excess Bail or Fines, Cruel and Unusual Punishment]
Ninth Amendment [Non-Enumerated Rights]
Tenth Amendment [Rights Reserved to States or People]
— pasted in from the excellent Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute