A Twitter friend wondered how long “back the blue” will be a Conservative thing and it is a valid point to make – just how long will we support the police when we never see them refusing an unconstitutional order? Same thing with “support the troops” when we now see the Australian Army eagerly obeying orders to go door to door to ensure nobody is visiting a neighbor. Do we really believe the United States Army would act any different? Do we have any confidence that the soldiers have even read the Constitution they swear to defend? That they know what things like “peaceably assemble” mean?
We’ve been living in a strange world where even those of us who take a little pride of knowledge have really not seen what is now becoming jaggedly clear right in front of us: that our government – our whole society – is built to prevent us from being free citizens of a Republic. And it goes back much further than most suspect and the guilty parties aren’t all Democrats or Leftists.
It was, after all, Theodore Roosevelt who created the US Army general staff and the FBI. The general staff was, of course, in response to Roosevelt’s disgust at the slipshod US military effort in the Spanish-American War. The FBI was put together to get after the Anarchists who were thought responsible for McKinley’s assassination. I’d like to point out here that as badly organized as the Spanish-American effort was, it did result in a smashing US victory both in the Pacific and the Atlantic in just a few months and while the murder of McKinley was a national tragedy, the fact that we didn’t go a minute without a functioning executive proved that there was no fundamental flaw in the system. Things worked – but, here comes TR and he’s gonna make an FBI to get those Anarchist bastards and he’ll build a General Staff so that we won’t have sloppy military efforts in the future! And we had to do all this, you see, so that America could take its place in the world. I remember it, guys: I remember learning in school about how wonderful TR and Wilson were because they saw they need for America to get involved in the world. My God, were we all suckers!
But, they went and did it and as they did so, they screwed up again and again. See the pattern already set: government screws up, so lets make government more powerful.
And how did it work out?
Well that splendid FBI, ever expanded until it amounts to a separate department of government and is now able to spy on and entrap any American who steps out of line failed to prevent the attempted assassination of TR, FDR, Truman, Ford and Reagan while entirely failing at the assassination of JFK. It also missed the rise of the Mafia and even in its supposed glory years it took ages and lots of lives to bring down bank robbers like Dillinger.
How about that General staff? Well, it did manage to allow its air force to be caught on the ground in the Philippines hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor and then managed to get caught with its pants down in Tunisia and Belgium. But after working out the kinks it then got blindsided by the North Korean invasion of South Korea and the Tet Offensive.
A picture is starting to emerge here: that failures by government are always used as an excuse to empower government and that as time goes on, this government becomes ever more concerned with thwarting the people rather than any supposed foreign enemy. Again and again over more than a century, this has been the rule. You’ll also note that only on rare occasions does anyone in government when things blow up get fired. They relieved Admiral Kimmel after Pearl Harbor…but how many further examples can you find? Who got shot for being caught flat footed at the Bulge? 19,000 dead American soldiers seems to call for someone to face the axe. But, instead, we elected the Supreme Commander President.
I think that now we’re starting to notice – really notice – because of two things: Trump and the fact that the lies needed to sustain the system are becoming so brazen that you really have to be committed to the Ruling Class to not see it. But it is as though we are waking from a pleasant dream to a cold reality. Some don’t like it and seek to go back to sleep (that’s Never Trump), but the rest of us are, I think, getting a bit grim about it – mostly because we’re understanding that everything has failed. There is no institution which retains respect. Everyone has been bought to one degree or another and so they’re all in on the primary effort: keeping you and I ignorant and unwilling to challenge them.
Things are going to get interesting. I note with great care that the ChiComs – probably in cooperation with Team Pudding Brain – are re-running 2020’s fear mongering…claiming with leaked video (again) that they are in desperate straights with these new variants…so, we’d better mask up! But don’t close the borders! That’s the tell, guys: if it was real, the first order of business would be closing the border to even legal entry, let alone illegal. But I see this as a desperate ploy to once again frighten us into compliance so that they can cheat to win in 2022 and 2024. I don’t think it’ll work – and if it does, even worse for them: a people who believe they can’t win by ballots will seek other means. Because no matter how you slice it, enough of us are awake to matter.
Our local morning newspaper is progressive in its editorial stance but has always done a decent job of reporting the news. Even the opinion page always offered a balance of liberal and conservative viewpoints, both in its guest columnists and letters to the editor. When Trump was elected, it was like someone flipped a switch. Gone were the guest columnists like Deroy Murdock and Cal Thomas, the number of conservative letters to the editor has dwindled to almost nothing, and the tone of Leftist letters has gotten more shrill and offensive. Last fall a retired Fort Wayne fire chief, who now resides in Florida, wrote a vile, disgusting letter to the editor in which he claimed that Republicans wanted to turn this country into a fascist dictatorship and that the Democrats were too stupid to stop them (equal opportunity offender, I guess). I wrote a brief response in which I said that the public forum was not the place for that kind of nasty, vicious rhetoric. They didn’t print my response.
The congressman from our district, Jim Banks (R-Indiana 3rd) is a genuinely nice and decent guy, but hardly a day goes by without a letter to the editor describing him as the first assistant to the Anti-Christ, in spite of the fact that he’s won his last two races by 65% to 35%. He’s extremely well-liked in the Republican Party and was recently elected to chair the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in Congress. Most of the letters deriding him either take things he said out of context or simply make stuff up, and it’s rare, indeed, when a letter defending him or recognizing something good that he’s done is printed.
Maybe his next campaign should feature the question of why his replacement with a Liberal is so important to the newspaper that it simply abandons all pretense of objectivity, much less real journalism, to try to turn people against him and benefit his opposition.
Today’s paper had 8 letters to the editor; 4 of them were vicious, anti-Banks letters. Sounds to me like an in-kind campaign donation to an as yet un-named Democrat.
The Left is rigidly organized when it comes to propaganda and the strategies of Personal Destruction. But their tactics only work with the help of a Complicit Agenda medium, like your local newspaper.
Just finished reading Killing the Mob, Bill O’Reilly’s new book and our government didn’t miss the rise of the mafia, they pretty much aided and abetted it. Roosevelt reached out to Luciano during WWII for the mafias help in refitting NY harbor for the war effort, Eisenhower reached out to Genovese to try and have Fidel Castro assassinated before the Bay of Pigs, and Giancanna had dirt on both J. Edgar Hoover and Jack Kennedy, hence Bobby Kennedy’s frustration in trying to indict the mob … he got no help from Hoover or his brother, and his dad Joe was also good friends with Giancanna. Fascinating book.
Congratulations to the Canadian Olympic Women’s Soccer Team.
I wonder if Laurel Hubbard will decide to “stay” a woman after learning “she” still couldn’t beat real women in weightlifting.
This is priceless:
A reporter (clearly not a real journalist) asked actual Olympic winners: There was a historic night here, with Laurel Hubbard competing as the first openly transgender in an individual event. I was wondering what you felt about that, and what took place in your sport.
There was an awkward silence. ………………Eventually, American (naturally) and bronze medal winner Sarah Robles gave a polite response:
“No thank you.”
Who is Gayle Manchin? Well, that would be Joe Manchin’s wife, who was appointed as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission by Joe Biden. In this infrastructure bill is a $1 billion expenditure to that commission. A senator is literally funneling a billion dollars of taxpayer money to an organization headed by his wife after she was given an appointment due to his influence. Normally, politicians try to hide this kind of direct conflict of interest, but Manchin is so confident that I guess he didn’t even bother. You almost have to respect the hustle.
When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.
Atlas Shrugged 1957
Spot on. Human nature never changes.
The poor NYT choked on this story:
Ten people died after a van carrying more than two dozen individuals crashed in Texas. It was believed to be carrying migrants, an official said.
Ten INDIVIDUALS who might have been not people crossing illegally into and through our country but merely “migrants”. Maybe. Possibly. But really, who knows?
The crash occurred about 80 miles north of the Mexico border, authorities said.
I’m sure that is just a coincidence.
It just sucks when something that happens that demands to be reported on, but is crosswise with Leftist agendas. They kinda gotta talk about it, but they sure hate it when they have to.