Thursday, June 11, 2020

So is America insane?

The question needs to be asked.  I'm not sure what the answer is.  Two things are clear, that frame the discussion:

1. The Media are gas-lighting the public, spinning a narrative that may have a grain of truth to it, but only if you squint hard.  All of the news we get about both the virus and the riots protests is slanted in a particular way - to convince you that Orange Man Bad and that the riots protests are perfectly fine, nothing to see here.

2. The riots protests are clearly organized by persons unknown.  They are as spontaneous as astroturf.  Sure, there are a couple of actual spontaneous protests, but these are a vanishingly small percentage of the total.  Motivations of the rioters protesters run the gamut from justifiable outrage to Free Stuff Army.  The motivations of the organizers are unknown.  Of course, the media only talk about the justifiable outrage.

So where does this go?  What will be the outcome?  There is an election this fall, and there is still a widely acknowledged belief that legitimacy comes from the result of elections.  Yes, the Democratic Party (and their partisans in the Civil Service) have so far refused to accept the outcome of the last election.  I can't see anything changing this time around although it looks plain that Trump will comfortably increase his victory margin.

My sense is that America still has a fairly deep well of sensibleness, despite two generations of agitation to drain that.  My sense is also that the increasingly desperate attempts to divide this Republic along class, race, and gender lines is a reflection not of the divider's perceived strength, but that they see themselves as increasingly weak.

It's also beginning to be clear that there is a real divide in this country, but this divide is between Blue State public policy and Red State public policy.  The Governors of many Blue States are actively destroying their State's economies, and actively immiserating their populations.  You don't see this in Red States.  You also see a stark hypocrisy on display in the Blue States, where you are not allowed to go to church or to your grandma's funeral, but you are free to riot protest.  The fact that grandma died from the Kung Flu because the Governor made her nursing home accept infectious Kung Flu patients only adds to the whole ambiance.

But I'm not sure how this plays out.  I expect we will see more self-separation, where people who are sick of Blue State insanity move to more sane locales.  Heck, The Queen Of The World and I just did that, and we haven't had an ounce of regret about it.  Sure, we miss our friends, but they need to decide if they want to continue living in that mess.  They can move, vote the idiots out, or keep their status quo.

I guess we'll see in November.  Remember, Adam Smith famously said that there's a lot of ruin in a country.


libertyman said...

Has the world gone insane? As this madness goes to every place on earth.

ASM826 said...

I am going on record here on 6/11 /20. Trump is going to lose in November. He may not lose to Biden, but he will lose to whomever the candidate turns out to be.

Aesop said...

If ASM is correct, that will be the kickoff for Sh*t Getting Real.
It's all fun and games until you storm the Bastille and behead Louis and Marie Antionette.

Skeptic said...

Should the dems actually win the presidency ASM826 and Aesop are right to wonder who the president will be. Biden will either be replaced soon (at or before the convention) or be removed by whatever method seems possible soon after swearing in.
One of the scariest possibilities is Michelle Obama will somehow be selected at the convention.

Skip said...

I too believe ASM may be right.
I get a sense that Trump is getting tired of it all.
That, and dems crooked voting.

Borepatch said...

ASM826, I don't think he's going to lose. I don't know if the Democrats will hold the house, but Creepy Joe is not beating Trump. If for nothing other than if Trump loses, he and his family will be prosecuted and jailed by a vengeful Establishment. He knows that.

Skip, maybe he is tired, but he knows that this is a War to the knife.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Trump wins and retakes the house, or loses and loses the house.
I am a praying guy.

Murphy(AZ) said...

So what to do?

FIGHT BACK! Call out the press *ssholes on their fake news stories. Lie to the poll takers. Never let them know where you stand. serve them with a dose of their own lies and falsehoods. Allow them to think they're on solid ground when in reality the thin ice is beginning to melt away.

Stand firm in your beliefs. Speak truth to your family, friends, and neighbors, and help them stand strong too.

Lawrence Person said...

Related thoughts.

McChuck said...

@Murphy -
Talking is not fighting. The Left cares not one whit about your opinions, except to use them against you.

Taking the streets and physically intimidating your enemies is fighting.

Richard said...

It's not so much that America is insane, it's that the United States doesn't exist any more. We are two hostile tribes competing for the same territory and at some point will have a hot war over it. Time to recognize reality and get on with the National Divorce.

I don't have a clue what will happen in November except for one thing. Half the country won't accept the results.

Murphy(AZ) said...

McChuck^: Talking IS a weapon when used for misdirection. I will NEVER say "don't fight," but if true Americans can keep these socialists off balance, then talking is just fine.

Next wave of violence can come at any time, as there are so many potential triggers. Another video of a violent police arrest, non-violent protests taken over by violent agitators, you decide.

When the fighting comes, and I strongly believe it will, then will be the time to clear this disease away.

Aesop said...

The Left uses talk to fight.

The Right does neither, as a rule.

We generally aren't going to talk.
We aren't going to fight.
We're going to do nothing.

But if push comes to shove, we'll annihilate.
Talking and fighting aren't steps on the continuum, they're sideshows.

Predators eat prey, certainly, but Nature documents no intramural wars to the death for existential survival within any species, AFAIK.
Except amongst humans.

The Left keeps fiddling with the safety cover over that switch, and seems bent on getting the other half of society to go ahead and flip it.

Then it looks like Dresden and Hiroshima, and puts even diseases to shame for sheer slaughter, until the point is taken to heart.
The human race's population is careening towards a precipitous dip in absolute numbers, with a complimentary spike in the group average IQ.

It's never good to be at the literal cutting edge of that phenomenon, because the phrase itself is rather more descriptive than metaphorical at that point.

Glen Filthie said...

I want to relocate too!

I’d like to set up a civilian fire base in that Autonomous Zone and charge my customers to come and shoot, HAR HAR HAR!!!

BP I think it was either you or Uncle Bob that said whenever commies take over an institution or an organization - things stop happening and the organization invariably fails.

Up here in Canada we’re infested with socialists and soft commies, concentrated mainly In Morontario, Queerbec and amongst the froots and nuts in Hongcouver in BC. As expected, they ran out of money decades ago. A scam was set up by Turdo The Elder to redistribute the wealth of “have” provinces to “have not” ones. The scam is that the same provinces always pay in, and socialist provinces always draw out of it. Every year like clockwork, we flush 12 billion dollars a year down Queerbec. They haven’t run a balanced provincial budget in my lifetime.

I see your socialists trying to do the same. How sweet it’d be for California to have dibs on the largesse generated by Texas, for example. It wouldn’t be fair for Florida to enjoy a robust economy, whilst the poor people of Massivetwoshits went without, right?

I hope hat you Yanks are smarter than that.

Great Scott said...


Great Scott said...

Sorry I meant agreed.