Yes, I’m back. I needed a few days off, in part to get The Discovery Phase released, but in larger part to flush the static out of my head. Anyway, it’s hard to type with your fists. Puts a lot of stress on the keyboard, too.
This morning, I encountered an unusually frank comment at PJ Media:
Let’s be brutally honest…if the Republicans win, the Democrats and their street thugs are going to riot. They’re going to go violent. They planned on it if Biden hadn’t “won” in 2020 and they’ll absolutely do it in 2024…nationally. It will likely be worse than summer 2020, because they’ll be aiming for full insurrection. And the next Republican will likely have to face it down without the initial support of the DOJ, FBI, and military, because those organizations have been thoroughly corrupted by the Democrats. So if a Republican wins, they’re going to have to clean house in the leadership and ranks of those organizations and they’re going to have to get the replacements confirmed and up to speed fast, likely faster than any have been confirmed before. And if they fail, the country could very well collapse.
I find the above highly plausible. The Democrats have already “tested their weapons:” the street riots, the media falsifications, the pusillanimity of local and state law enforcers, the grudging compliance of the Fortune 5000, and the enthusiastic compliance of the Deep State. They know that those things will serve them. They also know that the Republican Establishment will not support President Trump wholeheartedly, as they’re more akin to the Deep State in attitudes and preferences than to Donald Trump. So – assuming the GOP’s strategists and kingmakers can somehow prevent primary voters from voting their preferences – the next Republican presidential nominee will not be Donald Trump. As the Democrats have already demonstrated how to prevent primaries from thwarting the will of the elite, it remains only for the GOP’s leadership cadre to emulate their methods.
Leave aside whether a second term for President Trump would be the best thing for the country. Politicians and political planners don’t think in those terms. As David Friedman told us in The Machinery of Freedom, political parties exist solely to put their candidates into office. They don’t have convictions of any kind; institutions never do. Nor are they immune to the dynamic that the late Jerry Pournelle expressed in his Iron Law of Bureaucracy.
The perpetual control of the federal government is what the Democrats have been maneuvering toward since Woodrow Wilson. They’ve very nearly achieved it. The Deep State is on their side. Worse, they’ve almost broken the Republican Party to harness as a tame opposition, dedicated to the same sort of permanent Establishmentarian regime, that will remain docile as long as it gets a piece of the action. I submit recent Congressional Republicans’ acquiescence to the Democrats’ agenda as Exhibit One.
Yes, this is a bleak forecast. It presages the ongoing decline of all things American, including (of course) every one of our individual rights. What, then, must we do?
Don’t look at me for answers. I have none, except a mass popular revolt and the subsequent reinstitution of Constitutionally limited government. But no one’s anxious to take the musket down from the mantel. After all, a rebellion against the Usurpers and their handmaidens would be messy. You could break a nail.
(See why I needed those few days off?)
Voting won’t do it. Merely speaking out won’t do it. Passive resistance, if it were sufficiently complete and widespread, might do it, though the Usurpers have a number of countermeasures at their disposal. An armed rebellion would have the best chance…but there’s no longer any guarantee that the good guys would win.
The American Revolution of 1775-1781 succeeded for several reasons, none of which apply today. First, the ruling authorities had to fight the rebels from far away, with all the logistical difficulties that entails. Second, the rebel forces were military innovators, though that’s seldom given much attention in the histories: they fought with makeshift but effective tactics against an army that was, to put it gently, too attached to historical practices. Third, the military technology of the time had not produced any mass-effect weaponry applicable to land warfare. Fourth, there were no lapdog media capable of assisting the rulers in their pacification efforts. Fifth – and this might be the capper – there was no centralized financial system the rulers could exploit to choke off the rebellion’s funds.
It’s not looking good, Gentle Reader. Not at all.
Perhaps I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow.