I've posted frequently about The Iron Law of Bureaucracy here:
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":
First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.
Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.
So how does the Iron Law apply to the Democratic Party? Just like to every organization:
I had an interesting discussion over the weekend with an acquaintance of mine, a building contractor. He's Black, and he and his family have voted in lock-step with the Democratic Party not just for years, but for decades. Now? Not so much. He's so angry at this latest nonsense that he told me openly he's going to vote Republican in November. He believes the Democratic Party is trying to manipulate him and "his people", deliberately lying to them in the expectation that they'll respond in blind obedience. "They want me to jump when they say 'Frog'. Well, this frog ain't gonna jump for a lie!"
He's not a veteran of military service, but he has some (of all races) among his workforce. He told me their discussions about the matter on job sites have been really angry, with almost nobody believing the talking points being circulated in the mass media. They're such obvious, blatant propaganda that they can't pass the "smell test". Anyone with half a brain knows they're contrived. They're such a clumsy smear attempt, with no evidence whatsoever to prove them except unsubstantiated, anonymous allegations, that it's almost embarrassing.
This made me think of Theodore Dalrymple's famous quote:
In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.
Now think on today's Democratic Party, withered by the Clintons and then the Obamas and now Slow Joe Biden. Think about the obvious lies. Think about how loyalty uber alles has shaved off bits of their partisans' souls, burned as offerings on the altar of someone else's political ambitions. Think of the small death that takes place each day among those (supposedly) most fervent partisans.
It's no wonder that the Democratic Party is being taken over by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa rioters. The Iron Law says that they're the ones who will rise to the top.
You see, all paths other than radical revolution are closed, at least for advancement. Who even talks about John Kerry anymore? And the media covers for all of these people so there is no possible correction. The result is over determined, as Peter points out:
When even its long-term supporters can see that, and openly resent that they're expected to believe such brazen fabrications, then the Democratic Party has a major, major problem on its hands.
Sure does. It's fixin' to go the way of the Whig Party. Even with the industrial-scale cheating they're going to do. It won't help them - not when even their "base" is leaving them en masse.
It's going to be a blowout, but the Democratic Party apparachicks can't allow themselves to see that. Not if they have hopes for advancement in the Democrat Party Apparat. Instead, they have to repeat the most obvious lies about this election. Crude lies. Lies that everyone knows are lies.
But lies that they cannot allow themselves to recognize as lies.
The Left used to call itself "the reality-based party". That's quite funny, given how crude their propaganda is.