Trends continue until they don’t. It is just the way things always have been. When you look at the broad sweep of human history and the story of cultures and civilizations it is actually easy to lose sight of the fact that, at some point, things stopped working. It all fell apart.
Think about a 20 year old Roman in 390 AD. Theodosius is on the throne. The Empire is unified. Sure, there are problems, but things seem ok. The administration rolls along. Taxes are collected. Laws enforced. Sure, there is a worrying drop in population and it is getting harder and harder to find recruits for the Army. And, yeah, there doesn’t seem to be enough money to fully maintain the roads and aqueducts, but things are patched up and held together. Life is fine.
Be the time that Roman turns 40, Alaric is sacking Rome. That quick. It was like a lightening flash to contemporary observers. It was unimaginable that the Eternal City, inviolate for 800 years, could fall to an enemy. But, fall it did…as a helpless Roman government looked on, and didn’t really care that Rome fell.
What we’re now experiencing is that sort of thing. It appears that all is fairly ok and none of us envision any sort of collapse…but the roads aren’t very well maintained and urban sanitation is in decline and we’re even having some trouble getting water to everyone and keeping all the lights on. It is not quite yet bad. It is all holding together. But the edifice sways and cracks and the keen ear can hear the foundations crumble.
Why is it like this? Well, to get into our current context: we have a massive transportation crisis. For a variety of reasons – mostly government actions in the United States and around the world – goods are not getting to market. We have, in our government, a Department of Transportation which is specifically charged with this issue: making sure transport runs smoothly. It is run by the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who, as far as I can tell, has never been responsible for transporting anything. The kicker: he’s been on paternity leave for the past two months as this completely foreseen crisis emerged. What we have is a very complex system of living which requires continual attention from people well versed in how it all works. We don’t have that. And we likely, for the most part, don’t even know we don’t have it. We just assume that someone in there knows what to do. Just as, I’m sure, the average Gaius on the street in Rome assumed that someone would make sure an Army was available to stop Alaric.
NASA people were in their 20’s and 30’s when we went to the Moon. Now NASA people are in their 60’s. How many young structural engineers are there? How many 17 year olds being taught how to weld in an apprenticeship? How sure are you that if there was an explosion at your local power plant – caused by negligence at the plant as the people there weren’t well versed enough to see the problem coming – that there are sufficient people with knowledge on how to rebuild it? And what happens is such a disaster strikes two cities at once? What happens if the people who do know decide that they’ll look after their own and to hell with strangers?
We’re in a very bad way and worse – because not only do we lack sufficient people who know, we’re also deliberately creating things which weaken the resiliency of the system. Building windmills instead of nuke plants. Building high speed rail when what’s needed is a newer and better interstate. Telling people to stop watering their lawns when we need dams and aqueducts. And all systems can stand the strain right up until they can’t. The bridge rated for ten ton traffic is fine until that 10.01 ton vehicle arrives.
Can we stem the tide? We won’t know unless we do. We certainly can’t stem it with the current leadership. But will new leadership – even extremely Trumpist leadership – make a difference? I don’t know. I had a small back and forth on Twitter where a guy – and he’s a really good guy – was arguing that the squares should just chill while the out there do their thing. It immediately struck me as false and I pointed out that, no, you can’t do that. If you are one of the Bohemians, then your moral duty is to curb yourself so that the normal – who do the actual work of life – can get on with their business. That, in fact, a society is morally justified in banning and punishing odd behavior. Taking it further, I realized that allowing slums and bums to be as they are is a crime against humanity – because it is a crime against those who do. The man or woman who makes, mines or grows things needs order, cleanliness and public decency. They can’t function where bums are allowed to defecate on the streets while purple-haired weirdos smash windows for “justice”. Anything – even the slightest thing – which causes distress for those who make, mine and grow must be prohibited and maximum force must be applied to anyone who still wants to cause the doers a problem.
And, in the end, that is what will be applied to those who won’t do their duty: maximum force. It all turns on when it will happen – before or after our societal collapse. That is, and to put it crudely, will we bust heads as we insist everyone cuts their hair, pulls up their pants and get a job before or after things fall apart? It would be better if it was before – repairing what we have is a lot easier than rebuilding what used to be (last time we had to rebuild is was about a 500 year process). All this drivel about being genderfluid, an “influencer”, an aspiring transblack poet or what have you will be tossed aside. Society is for men and women and it functions because men and women do their duty…and everyone who won’t conform to the norm will find that nonconforming is no longer an option.
We’ll find out soon which way we go.
To whomever God gives the victory, will go the spoils. There must be a battle, men Swift and powerful ready to do war. Do the thing, and order will follow.
none of us envision any sort of collapse
Who are you talking to? Everyone I know, and everyone who posts here, foresees collapse as inevitable. It’s not IF, it’s WHEN. At least a partial collapse.
As Biden and the other Dems are greasing the skids on the death spiral, all we can do is hope it doesn’t completely crash till we get hold of Congress in a year and 3 months and slam on the brakes. Given the stunning velocity of the plunge so far, that might be a forlorn hope. But if we can take back Congress we can at least stop Dem appointments, reverse some of the worst legislation and apply a bandage if not a tourniquet until we can get Trump or someone Trumpy back into the White House.
And then I predict it will be katy bar the door—–a savage purging of agency heads, a barrage of repealed bills, a push to start back on building the border wall and a sweep of the entire nation to round up illegals and ship them home and a rejection of the cultural nonsense that is polluting the country. (All of which, by the way, I think take nice guy Mike Pence out of the running. I can’t see him axing agency budgets, agency heads and so on. He couldn’t even stand up for a literal reading of the Constitution regarding certification of state vote counts.)
One thing I think we should do is state that every minor child sent here will not be an anchor baby for extended family immigration. The parents can identify and claim their children, who will then be sent home, or the children will be adopted and reared as Americans.
I know, there is hollering about civil war civil war civil war—but as I keep saying, only a military problem calls for a military solution, We are facing a political problem and it calls for a political solution. If somebody on the other side starts shooting, we shoot back because it has become in one sense a military problem and has to be addressed as such. But so far we have a political problem, a communications/media problem and a cultural problem, and none of them require bullets.
They do, however, require backbones. Focus and steadfastness and the willingness to be called names and hollered at and smeared in the Agenda Media—and I think more and more people are gearing up for that.
The man or woman who makes, mines or grows things needs order, cleanliness and public decency.
God is order. God is structure. God is whole. And we have forsaken God in this country, hence the chaos. I think the primary reason all of us are so frustrated, and why society is in such chaos is because we lack that order.
Everyone I know, and everyone who posts here, foresees collapse as inevitable. It’s not IF, it’s WHEN.
True, myself and my friends and family included. What is happening now in this country is completely unsustainable. A society built on lies will always collapse and that’s where we are right now. Everything is a lie: Covid, Climate Change, Systemic Racism, White supremacy, Trans rights, etc., etc. are all lies.
Re: Buttigieg, he is the least impressive man in any room and the poster child for what’s wrong with the Democrat Party. A highly educated yet very ignorant and inexperienced man who has virtue signaling down to an art form.
And let’s not kid ourselves … Obama is still calling the shots. Another very unimpressive and inexperienced man. Of course I still consider Obama as the first woman president.
Mikki Willis is in the process of creating the part 3 in a documentary series “Plandemic”, to expose the corruption of COVID and its related issues. The second installment, “Plandemic : Indoctrination” featured David Martin, Ph.D., who has documented and tracked white collar crime for decades and investigated technologies that trace the flow of funding. In the upcoming 3rd installment, which is expected to be release around the holidays, is designed to expose the power players and their intentions.
It’s Not Incompetence, It’s a Plan
While many blame the encroaching tyranny on incompetence, the evidence suggests it’s not incompetence at all. It was planned this way. Willis says:
“I always want to believe the best in people. So, it took me a long time before I would be willing to say anything out loud about Bill Gates or Anthony Fauci, because I thought: ‘If I’m wrong, and these men are really trying to help the world, then even if they’re doing it in a horrible way, I don’t think I have the [right] to actually slander somebody in that way. If they’re really trying their hardest, I hope somebody educates them so they can do a better job.’
But as I delved into this with a really incredible team of researchers, and started to learn the history of Bill Gates and Anthony Fauci, and many others … I realized that there has to be, at this point, a real knowing of what they’re doing and a plan behind what they’re doing.
As soon as I started looking there, that’s when I saw that every bit of evidence pointed in one direction, and that is, they’re fully aware of what they’re doing. And that’s the sad part of this …
COVID’s plan was to kill all the mom and pop shops, all the personal businesses, so that we’re all dependent upon these multinational corporations that are under the control of the same people that are behind all of this.
They can then make sure that all of our supplies, everything we need to get by in our lives, are controlled by people that are controlled by them so that they can then control our lives. That’s really what this game is about.”
I don’t think there can be any doubt about the disruptions of goods we’re currently experiencing, planned by key players striving for a one-world (non-elected) government. But, as the article indicates, I think there’s an upside to all of this.
It’s almost good that we’re going to go through more suffering … because unfortunately, people need to see that. You can’t just tell them, ‘It would be bad, let’s divert from this.’ They actually have to experience it.
It seems only when society as a whole experienced quick, notable decline in their lives do they start putting the pieces together in finding the truth. It is only then that we can move forward in a direction to remove those elements that put us in this situation and start rebuilding what has been destroyed. As Mark eluded, what we don’t know at this point is; will it be a full rebuild or will there still be pieces in place that help keep us from hitting bottom? Either way I think it prudent that we as individuals prepare for things to get much worse in the short term. If we’re wrong then little is lost. If we’re right…
will it be a full rebuild or will there still be pieces in place that help keep us from hitting bottom?
If we can’t figure out how to connect the dots for the people, the lesson will not be learned. The kind of mentality that puts a proven loser like Joe Biden in the White House because he is a Democrat, or because he isn’t Donald Trump, isn’t likely to be analytical enough to figure out how he contributed to the problem.
And then this happened …
Fully-vaccinated former Secretary of State Colin Powell, 84, dies due to complications from COVID
So tell me again why our fascist government wants everyone to be vaccinated.
So tell me again why our fascist government wants everyone to be vaccinated.
2. (Tinfoil hat version) They need a weakened populace to guarantee an ongoing dependent society. Because they know the health issues related to the vaccine, and the more evidence that comes out the harder they push and the more intense is the messaging
They need a weakened populace to guarantee an ongoing dependent society.
Bingo. They are creating customers for the healthcare system which will then be used to control all facets of life.
Immigrants just want a better life …
American and Canadian missionaries abducted in Haiti belong to an Ohio-based missionary organization worth tens of millions of dollars – as experts warned the victims will be put up for ransom. Working with an Ohio-based Amish organization, Christian Aid Ministries, the 17 were taken in the La Tremblay area on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The missionary organization, which is registered with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, is extremely well funded thanks to generous donations from the Christian community. Last year they reported $87 million in assets, including $17.3 million in cash and almost $20 million ‘gifts in kind’, likely to include property donated to the mission. The State Department on Sunday evening confirmed the kidnap of 16 U.S. missionaries and one Canadian in Haiti, as hostage negotiators were summoned and one expert said the criminal gang could be hoping for as much as $1 million per person.
And guess what? There’s a lot more Haitian refugees at the southern border excited to come live in your neighborhood.
This is the kind of situation where I think we should go all Mitch Rapp on them, and leave no one standing
BUILD BACK BETTER
Denver is on its way. I drove through downtown this summer and it was all homeless shanties and tents and garbage. The city converted, at very great cost, at least two big revenue-producing buildings, one of them the Convention Center, to “treatment centers” for that massive Covid demand (without a single doctor, nurse or patient ever setting foot in the place) and the mayor assured everyone it was OK because it could always be “repurposed” to deal with ongoing shelter needs.
I will never understand how people who live in most major cities; Portland, SF, LA, NY, Minneapolis, etc. can drive around those towns and still vote Democrat. Do they not connect the dots?? Watson, maybe you can shed some light on this for us. How is CA coming along by the way?
When someone’s neighborhood deteriorates or crime spikes as property values collapse, remember they voted for it. As long as they do that, who gives a damn how much suffering they inflict on themselves?
So fretful is the State Department that it last week offered $1 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Pakistani smuggler Abid Ali Khan and another $1 million to anyone who can wreck his finances.
Such a reward is highly unusual for a human smuggler who might, at best, receive well under a decade in federal prison under current sentencing guidelines. But clearly, there is much more at stake with this $2 million bounty that few, if any, American media outlets have reported or explained.
That’s probably because reporting and explaining would require a politically agonizing admission many reporters never want to make: that smuggling network’s (sic) like Khan’s can and will smuggle in terrorists from Afghan refugee populations swelling in neighboring countries all the way to an American southern border that is collapsing due to Biden policies.
Wait just a minute here! First, I thought the Lefties had assured us that no terrorists or enemies of the country were coming across the open borders—-it was just good honest hardworking people “wanting a better life”. Now the State Department is admitting that actual bad guys are using the Biden policies to infiltrate our nation?
Second, what must our allies, the drug cartels, think of this competition? Or are Biden policies making them so rich they can tolerate a little side business from a Paki?
What the Khan reward is really about: terrorist infiltration at the broken border
Every year, the GOP complains about the FBI and other organizations that are intervening in politics on behalf of Democrats, and every year GOP reps and senators vote to fund them.
That needs to end. The filibuster will prevent funding the FBI and like organizations without our cooperation, and our cooperation should come with a price tag. First, we need to cut the budget, hard. Second, we need some changes in the agencies – like a law requiring every interview be taped and that the information obtained in untaped interviews is not admissible. And we need to uphold standards with a law mandating an additional prison term of years for any FBI agent who perjures himself or otherwise tries to frame a citizen. Of course, that assumes an uncorrupt DoJ, but we must demolish one failed institution at a time.
This is an excellent article. It does a great job of covering the rapid development of fascism in our country, from the collaboration of government and selected big businesses to the Nazi tactic of “othering” or identifying one group as the cause of all societal ills to the modern equivalent of book burning which we see in removing people from social media platforms for saying anything that diverges from the official government/elite narrative, even if it’s true.
A great line from the article: Since Twitter only bans the truth, whatever Twitter bans must therefore be true.
The Nexus of Big Government and Big Business.
A key marker of fascism, as opposed to communism or socialism, is the unholy alliance of public and private sectors. Unlike its ideological cousins, fascism leaves production ostensibly to private industrialists—as long as they help the government further its oppressive agenda. The reward, for them, is great wealth plus a seat at the table of power.
This dynamic was apparent early in our pandemic response, when the government literally chose economic winners and losers. Those deemed “essential” did fine working from home even as unessential peons lost their livelihoods. Big Tech reaped fantastic profits, as did Amazon and Walmart, while small businesses were plowed under like dry Okie wheat fields.
More recently, we’ve seen Big Tech colluding with the Biden* administration to suppress information and Big Pharma enjoying an historic windfall for pushing “vaccines” that are neither as safe nor as effective as advertised. Once again, the favored corporations, the government’s partners in oppression, prosper. Everyone else suffers.
The Department of Labor has posted a bulletin, dated October 1, 2021, about how the federal government will handle potential injuries inflicted on federal workers by Wuhan coronavirus vaccines.
Interesting. Now the federal government is agreeing to accept financial liability for reactions to the Covid “vaccines” as well as damage created by them—IF the “vaccine” was administered after the federal mandate was put in place. I guess people who just got the jab because the government had been applying other pressures, or even just because the government kept telling everyone how safe the drugs were, are SOL.
….this executive order now makes COVID-19 vaccination a requirement of most Federal employment. As such, employees impacted by this mandate who receive required COVID-19 vaccinations on or after the date of the executive order may be afforded coverage under the FECA for any adverse reactions to the vaccine itself, and for any injuries sustained while obtaining the vaccination…..”.
Let’s see how long it takes for this to percolate down into corporate America and how long it will take for private companies to realize that they, too, have legal liability for damages inflicted upon their employees as a condition of employment.
So the rock is the panicked rush to tyranny and the hard place is how much it is going to cost in dollars. And the more who are caught in this uncomfortable pinch the better. I hope they all get their asses sued off, for many billions of dollars. What is the dollar amount for having a permanently scarred heart in a formerly healthy 25-year-old man? Or for the loss of a wife and mother to a pulmonary embolism?
Once again we may be seeing the choice of morality and ethics being dictated not by decency but by cost.
I’ve been wondering just how many people at the top of these companies & health institutions that are mandating the vaccine realize, either personally or corporately, they take on a significant level of responsibility for the fallout of the forced mandate as already stated by the US Supreme Court, especially a vaccine having an EUA status? There seems to be a number of possibilities as to why they still do it. One possible reason is similar to what I pointed out with Governor Newsom’s mandate that by 2035 California will outlaw the sales of gas cars. By the time the problems kick in, he’ll likely be out of office and will not have to bear any responsibility for the damage created. If however, corporate CEOs are playing the game of appeasing the squeaky wheel, which at this point in time is largely generated by the far left, hoping to further their business or negatively impact it the least, they are playing a fools game.
I’ve been wondering just how many people at the top of these companies & health institutions that are mandating the vaccine realize, either personally or corporately, they take on a significant level of responsibility for the fallout of the forced mandate
Reading your comment, you seem to be talking about “fallout” related to economic issues. My concern is the fallout associated with crippling, to some degree, a large number of our young people, making them far less productive, shortening their lives and reducing the number of healthy people to work and to defend the nation.
After reading an article about the Seattle police saying most of them will quit rather than take the vaccine, I wrote them a letter suggesting that their lawyer compile a list of known results of the vaccines and inform the city that if they want to make vaccines a condition of employment they will have to sign off on financial liability for these and other as yet unknown reactions to the drugs.
I think this is the best way to shut down the mandate fever—-instead of just saying “no” and setting up an either-or conflict, change the narrative. Change it to a publication of severe and known side effects of the drugs and say that any entity, whether government or private, pressuring people to take the drugs must first formally and legally agree to assume financial liability for any damage they may cause.
This would accomplish two things. It would be an end run around the efforts to hide or deny the dangers of the drugs, and it would back the pressuring entities into a corner where they will probably decided this is not something they are willing to do. Any lawyer looking at a list that includes life-long heart damage with a high mortality rate as time goes on, micro clotting of the blood that increases the likelihood of major clotting later on and the incidences of pulmonary embolisms and sudden heart attacks is going to tell his or her clients there is no way they can sign on to financial responsibility for these conditions.
Change it to a publication of severe and known side effects of the drugs and say that any entity, whether government or private, pressuring people to take the drugs must first formally and legally agree to assume financial liability for any damage they may cause.
In an unpublicized memo, the U.S. Department of Labor did exactly that on October 1st.
Unfortunately, anyone who got the vaccine before the mandate and had serious adverse reactions is SOL.
I too was primarily referring to the physical disabling and/or death cause by the vaccine. Though I can’t find it at the moment I thought the courts ruled that if private companies and health institutions mandate the vaccine, especially being under the EUA designation, then those entities are liable for financial repercussions of most the negative physical factors that are caused as a result. If true, that would make the signing of some document by those who force the mandate redundant. Again, that is subject to the actual court ruling.
While signing an agreement may be redundant, it is a physical act requiring a thought and a decision, and it gives the other person a physical artifact. while a ruling few have heard of is abstract, not tangible.
I also think the publicity gained by such a requirement would start to get the information out there. It would get people to start asking just what kinds of adverse reactions are being covered. Right now individuals are going to have to put their livelihoods on the line to come out and talk about what is going on, and they will be silenced by Big Tech as well as harassed, intimidated and threatened. I’m thinking that burying the facts in a formal requirement of a company will prompt questions, and that is when facts can bubble to the surface.
So much for gun control.
I’m waiting to hear the US Supreme Court’s ruling, supposedly this fall, on NY’s law that allows local judges to arbitrarily decided who gets a carry conceal permit and who doesn’t.
An applicant must demonstrate “a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.”
It was obviously written so judges can decide whatever they want, while at the same time being highly influenced by the gun control political structure. Carrying large amounts of money as part of your job or running your business does not qualify. Living in a high crime area does not qualify. The simply desire to protect you and your family outside your home for a variety of reasons certainly does not qualify. Anyone with connections to whatever judge who is responsible for issuing the CCP in your area, regardless of need, would be a qualifying reason. In other words, it’s really all arbitrary.
One son and his wife both have CCP (they live in a county where there a large number of gun owning constituents, many who also hunt a bit). I’ve been denied even though I’m the CFO of a small company and handle large amounts of money from time to time and have a perfectly clean record with no red flags of any kind.
Even though we all shoot semi-regularly at the range and are members of a gun club, we’ve all discussed the desire & need to have additional training on when and how to actually employ the use of the CCP. The top to bottom info on numerous situations where you might feel the need to use you gun, including things to consider before, during & after (like considering who might be in the field of range behind the intended target(s)), potential consequences, how to best deal with LEO’s when they ultimately come on the scene, who you should call immediately after use of a gun (911, lawyer, NRA for members…) and so on. Awareness of these things are best dealt with under controlled settings so when in uncontrolled environments you are as prepared as reasonable.
In my Concealed Carry class we spent a lot of time on things like situational awareness with emphasis on knowing who is where so you don’t shoot at someone standing in front of a crowd, as well as the other things you mention.
One thing the teacher talked about was not using gag ammo like the Zombie ammo that was popular for a while, with green bullets. He said that’s the kind of thing an attorney will spin into making you look like someone who doesn’t take guns seriously and who was probably just looking for a reason to shoot someone.
Sadly, self defense goes far beyond the moments when you are protecting yourself or others with you gun, on into the courtroom where you will be under a different kind of attack.
Be the time that Roman turns 40, Alaric is sacking Rome. That quick.
I have thought for a long time, even commented a number of years ago on this blog, IIRC, that there would be a trigger event or series of closely related events that cause a sudden collapse. That was when we really were thinking that a complete collapse of our society was something in dystopian movies. Today we’re at finger-in-the-dike time, and it won’t take much to push things over the edge. I used to think that the Left would fire the first shot, so to speak, but now I’m not so sure. There’s a rage building on our side that I wouldn’t have thought possible 10 years ago. In fact, given the number of guns and quantity ammo owned by conservative, patriotic Americans, it’s somewhat of a miracle that it hasn’t manifested itself by now.
Believe me, I understand and share the fury, the resentment, the frustration that prompts people to talk about some kind of armed uprising. But I always come back to the same question: Who you gonna shoot?
There may be a trigger event. Actually, I think there IS one, just peeking over the horizon. The Left thought it would be the virus and its Draconian responses to it as it gradually increased acceptance of growing tyranny while it also used the virus to further fragment and splinter society and create “others”.
What I am finding interesting is that this may be backfiring on them, as the resistance to their tyranny is starting to develop and spread. Now that Covid is being used against the Left, the momentum is shifting very rapidly, and it may very well be the “trigger event” that finalizes the shift.
Wait till it comes out that the government knew all along that these vaccines are dangerous and lied to the nation while simultaneously pressuring, coercing and then forcing people to take them. If the fumbling, stumbling, mumbling, bumbling Right can figure out how to get it out, that is.
But I always come back to the same question: Who you gonna shoot?
I’m just spitballin’ here, but the most likely scenario, IMO, is an outraged parent (like the one whose daughter was raped by a transgender boy and the school board and school administration covered it up) goes into a school board meeting and shoots everyone on the board. OR, one of the tens or hundreds of thousands of people who have been fired (or are going to be fired) from their jobs because they refused to get the vaccine seeks out the CEO and blows up his/her car — or blows up the building. OR, the parent of a child who’s died from the vaccine goes on a shooting rampage. The list of people who have been wronged by the government is long.
Most of them will not do something drastic, but it’ll only take a few. Please note, I’m not advocating these things, just commenting on the trends that are very likely to lead up to them actually occurring. I certainly hope I’m wrong.
I can see something like that happening but to me it’s not much different than the guy who shoots up his office because he got fired. Timothy McVeigh claimed his act was retaliation for what the government had done wrong in Waco and at Ruby Ridge.
That’s not “civil war”. Not even close to the same thing.
That’s not “civil war”. Not even close to the same thing.
I don’t know that we’re still talking about a civil war at this point. I’d say more like civil strife — just normally good people who have reached the breaking point where they don’t think they have anything left to lose. It could end up evolving into a civil war, but I’m thinking more and more that it won’t start out that way. As I said earlier, I’m amazed that it hasn’t already happened.
I think it hasn’t happened yet because there seems to be a natural divide between Left and Right that includes most on the Right having respect for other people, self control and discipline, and believing in the rule of law. I think people who lack those traits tend to gravitate more toward the Left’s loosey-goosey attitude, which is to change laws when they get in the way or just ignore them, and the self-indulgence and sense of entitlement that mark the Left.
That’s also why the Left becomes so enraged when it doesn’t get its own way, having what amount to temper tantrums, just super-sized with mobs and fires and Star Chamber hearings and so on.
One reason I am leaving Denver in my rear view mirror is the awareness that with the riot mentality that is infecting a once-great city (which I now call East Portland) there is an increasing chance of me feeling that I have to fire a gun to protect myself.
Every now and then a meme pops up and it bugs me. That is that the whole belief that Saddam had WMD was false.
Today Kurt Schlicter revisits this in a very good article about Colin Powell. In it he says, about Powell, He accepted the false WMD narrative and put his prestige behind it. Now, to be fair, I believed it too – I worked in that field during Gulf War 1.0 and understood the capabilities Saddam had then. But it turned out to be baloney a decade later,
I’m not taking a political position here, and this is so far in the past that neither side really matters now, but this is something I just don’t get, and maybe one of you can explain it.
(1) We knew Saddam had been working on developing WMD. We had inside info on this, we saw him use chemical warfare on the Kurds, and this was never questioned. We knew where he was making chemical and biological agents, we knew the names of some of his scientists, and in general this was not a matter of faith but of proven evidence
(2) For a year, while Bush 43 dithered, we watched convoys of semis line up at the very same buildings where we knew WMD research and development had been taking place, and then cross the border into Syria. We talked openly about what they might be loading and transporting out of buildings known to be R&D for WMD.
(3) When we finally went into Iraq we were surprised! and stunned! and amazed! to find those buildings empty. Not just empty but sanitized, as if nothing had ever been there.
And here’s where I fail to follow the reasoning, because the reasoning appeared to be “this is proof nothing was ever here”. When my moving van drove away from my house the fact that my furniture was gone was not proof I had never lived there, but that was the narrative about the research facilities identified for so many years as R&D facilities for the development of WMD. “Nope, nothing to see here, just move on…”
Then when over the next few weeks traces of chemical agents were found, and parts of potential delivery mechanisms like rocket nose cones were found, this was all quickly silenced.
When a high-ranking Saddam official said that one of the two permitted passenger flights out of Iraq every day flew tanks of chemicals in a plane with the seats removed and brackets for securing large tanks had been installed, with these flights going to Syria, he was dismissed as a crank and the story quickly died.
When Syria later used some of the same types of chemical agents we knew Saddam had been developing, no dots were connected.
So my question is, is there some definitive proof that the idea that Saddam had been developing WMD was, in fact, “baloney”? What I am I either missing or wrongly connecting?
As far as I can tell, that’s the narrative the left used to discredit & undermine the right, attempting to use this falsehood as a means to gain political traction for a war they initially agreed upon. It was in my opinion, just one of the ever shifting “we told ya so’s” the left continues to try, depending on the political winds.
But it has burrowed into the national consciousness so deeply that even people like Kurt Schlicter are repeating it. There isn’t any thought to it, any more than looking to the east to see the sun rise. It is now accepted as fact.
I lost respect for Powell when he reversed direction on this. He knew perfectly well that WMD had been developed and produced in Iraq. But then a black man came along, and he dumped his principles as fast as he could to add his voice to the choir of Identity Politics.
Correct. Powell did more to harm the conservative movement than he helped. And he lied about Saddam Hussein to perpetuate war and strengthen the Military Industrial Complex.
More is coming out about the biggest, most terrifying and horrendous attack on the very fabric of this nation, which shook it to its very foundation and threatened its existence. Warning: graphic content
Sorry—-that was just a peaceful protest calmly watched by what used to be called “law enforcement”.
No, this is the really disgusting video, with content that may upset the faint of heart
Note the fear and terror of the police officers as they fight so valiantly against the violence of the uncontrollable crowd in its relentless search for—-well, they don’t seem quite sure about why there are there or what they want, but we’re pretty sure they are insurrectionists who will eventually decide to overturn the government, if they can head home early because they don’t like to drive after dark.
Latest Outbreak… The medical community is puzzled by the accelerating loss of spine from community leaders and politicians. They appear to have he moral backbone of a worm. There have attempts to grow backbones in the lab but the best they’ve been able to accomplish is a wishbone variant that progresses to morph into jello. Scientist have even attempted transplanting refurbished backbones, but the rejection rate is excessive as politicians continue to show no more backbone than a chocolate éclair. More to come.
Amazona has often asked the question, if a civil war comes, who are we going to shoot? I suggest we start with politicians.
At least some of them.
That’s already happened in the UK. Unfortunately he was a pro-life politician.
Is it just me or does Antony Blinken always look terrified? If you look up “deer in the headlights” I’ll bet you’ll find his picture.
No, it’s not just you. He’s going to go down as one of the sorriest excuses for a Secretary of State in history.
And after Clinton and Kerry, that’s really saying something.
This has to be the lamest cabinet ever.
This is an excellent and succinct summary of CRT, especially in the corporate world.
The “white anti-racist development” Walmart touts is nothing more than a Maoist “struggle session” that, at least for now, is not followed up by summary execution or a sojourn in a reeducation camp. It is designed to demean and dehumanize people who have been targeted for annihilation so that they may be stripped of their humanity before they are driven from societey (sic) .