The Run-Up

     Scene-setting, stage-dressing, “battlespace preparation,” call it what you will.

     It didn’t begin with Biden’s fatuous and inflammatory “soul of the nation” speech. It’s been going on for years. It can be traced back at least as far as the November 2000 election of George W. Bush as president. My fear is that it’s reaching a climax. Yet the more listened-to commentators are only just noticing.

     Here’s an example from Lance Morrow:

     If there are fascists in America these days, they are apt to be found among the tribes of the left. They are Mr. Biden and his people (including the lion’s share of the media), whose opinions have, since Jan. 6, 2021, hardened into absolute faith that any party or political belief system except their own is illegitimate—impermissible, inhuman, monstrous and (a nice touch) a threat to democracy. The evolution of their overprivileged emotions—their sentimentality gone fanatic—has led them, in 2022, to embrace Mussolini’s formula: “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” Or against the party. (People forget, if they ever knew it, that both Hitler and Mussolini began as socialists). The state and the Democratic Party must speak and act as one, suppressing all dissent. America must conform to the orthodoxy—to the Chinese finger-traps of diversity-or-else and open borders—and rejoice in mandatory drag shows and all such theater of “gender.” Meantime, their man in the White House invokes emergency powers to forgive student debt and their thinkers wonder whether the Constitution and the separation of powers are all they’re cracked up to be.

     There’s a lot of bilge in Morrow’s column, including extensive unfounded denigrations of Donald Trump and his style – does Morrow actually understand politics as opposed to policy, or is he under orders from WSJ’s Never-Trumpist masters not to show Trump even a shred of respect? – but in the assessment quoted above, he is correct. The Left is following the playbook first composed by Benito Mussolini and refined by Adolf Hitler. Kevin Downey has laid out some of the timelines; review them for yourselves.

     We are in a run-up to the forcible suppression of free expression, the elections system, the right to keep and bear arms, the presumption of innocence, and much else that has characterized the United States of America under its Constitution – by the very people screaming that we dismiss the Constitution, the rule of law, and so forth. Their delegitimizations, their orchestrated media attacks, their deliberate, fascistic treatment of Steve Bannon and other important Trump supporters, and their attacks on whatever elements of the judicial system refuse to fall in line are of a single piece.

     But of course they accuse us of what they’re doing, right out in front of God and everybody. A failed Viennese painter wrote that part of the procedure, too.

     “Public school” teachers are getting into the act. Usurper Figurehead Biden, no doubt out of fear of November, is chivvying the DoJ along. The DoJ is targeting an expanding list of Trump advisors and fundraisers. Usurper-friendly media are cheering them on. And of course, the Harpy of Chappaqua is always happy to help defame the man who defeated her fondest ambition.

     This concerted attempt to make us in the Right look like enemies to the rest of the nation might not be enough all by itself, but with a sufficient admixture of poll fraud and manufactured votes, it could do the trick two months hence.

     Given the breadth and intensity of the defamations and demonizations, the facts of the matter might not prevail against the Left’s Narrative. It wouldn’t be the first time.