Watch the Left and Right move against America

Summary: Recent events show the bolts coming out of the American political system, as both Left and Right move against the rest of us. There is still time to retake the reins, if we act soon.

Divide and Conquer

Slowly over the past few decades America’s political machine machinery cracks under the stress put upon it by changes in us. Now the the bolts begin to pop out, for all who care to see.

An ad by the Latino Victory Fund opposing Republican Ed Gillespie for governor of Virginia.

 

The Latino Victory Project was cofounded by actress Eva Longoria and San Antonio-based businessman Henry R. Muñoz III, who has chaired the DNC’s finance committee since 2013. Longoria and Muñoz previously operated the Futuro Fund, which raised $32 million for Barack Obama’s reelection efforts.” {From the Free Beacon.}

This ad sounds the same theme as claims that Republicans want to commit genocide against a varying set of groups. The Left’s leaders incite fear, even hysteria, among minority groups for political gain. Without bothering to show actual evidence. It is beyond divisive, poison injected into American politics. This is the tinder from which political violence erupts.

Political violence does not “just happen.” First, people have rehearsals to prepare themselves — or work themselves up — for the real thing. Such as the light violence of Antifa (quite real to the people beaten up or pepper sprayed), which the left applauds. To see how far back this trend goes, see this video from 2010. It is an advertisement for the climate change campaign. Like the above ad, its designers living inside the Left’s bubble were astonished at the public’s reaction — and quickly pulled it. For details about the video see this post.

Public relations for the climate change movement

 

Meanwhile on the Right…

They nominated a clown for President. He won by a fluke of the Electoral College. Now they seek to strip away health care from millions of people, dismantle the regulatory structure that has protected us and the environment since the New Deal. Now they attempt to pass a large tax cut for the rich, if they can agree how much to blow up the deficit (details here). Meanwhile Trump’s administration is mired in corruption and incompetence.

Back on the Left

Leaders on the left have weaponize their flocks, deploying them to chant, drowning out the speech of people they dislike. As with so many things these days, George Orwell predicted it. As in this scene from Animal Farm.

“He was especially successful with the sheep. Of late the sheep had taken to bleating “Four legs good, two legs bad” both in and out of season, and they often interrupted the Meeting with this. It was noticed that they were especially liable to break into ‘Four legs good, two legs bad’ at crucial moments in Snowball’s speeches. …

“In future all questions relating to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee of pigs, presided over by himself. …The animals would still assemble on Sunday mornings to salute the flag, sing ‘Beasts of England’, and receive their orders for the week; but there would be no more debates.

“In spite of the shock that Snowball’s expulsion had given them, the animals were dismayed by this announcement. …Four young porkers in the front row uttered shrill squeals of disapproval, and all four of them sprang to their feet and began speaking at once. …Then the sheep broke out into a tremendous bleating of ‘Four legs good, two legs bad!’ which went on for nearly a quarter of an hour and put an end to any chance of discussion.”

Goebbels is laughing in Hell, watching the Left adopt fascist methods while pretending to fight fascism (he was Hitler’s genius propaganda master). That is true victory.

Of course, the Right will respond in kind (tit-for-tat is the most effective strategy in game theory). And American politics will work even more poorly than it does now.

Conclusion

This is all very like the Weimar Republic. It’s “Weimerica”! Both Left and Right are moving against the rest of us. The 1% smile, as this keeps us weak and divided — unable to form the broad alliances that can wrestle control of America from them. Let’s stir from our torpor and retake the reins of America before things spin out of control.

For More Information

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  1. Polarization and hot rhetoric conceal two similar political parties. Will we ever notice?
  2. Our fears are unwarranted. America is in fact well-governed,
  3. The good news: America’s politics are neither polarized nor dysfunctional. That’s also the bad news.
  4. Left and Right use race as a way to divide America.
  5. Political rhetoric in the age of Trump.
  6. The Left embraces racism. The result could be ugly.

To better understand our dilemma

Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank.

The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics by Jefferson Cowie.

"Listen, Liberal" by Thomas Frank
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The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics
Available at Amazon.

 

4 thoughts on “Watch the Left and Right move against America

  1. The Right has been putting out some rather disturbing, fear-mongering ads lately too. Did you happen to see this one that Dana Loesch did for the NRA?

     

    1. Ch1kpee,

      Thanks for posting this. My media consumption screens out ads, so I see them only when them become the news. This is well-done, and more accurate than either of the Left’s ads shown here. The first half lures the viewer in with truth, it goes into fantasy in the second half. However the conclusion is the stark truth — “the clenched fist of truth” is our only weapon.” That’s a vivid metaphor, saying in five words what I’ve written a hundred thousand words about.

      It’s nice to hear from the NRA, much of whose propaganda ranges from truth-lite to truth-free. Perhaps they’re reforming. Perhaps they too have joined the left in Orwell’s world, where truths are lie and ignorance is strength.

      Of course the right is adopting the left’s methods. Game theory shows that tit-for-tat is the most powerful strategy.

  2. To quote that great political philosopher, The Joker (As played by Heath Ledger) “No one panics when everything is going according to plan, even if the plan is horrifying”.

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