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The Fabric of the Nation Under Strain: Early Signs of the Unraveling
First, to make this about me yet again, a few reference quotes. [One] noted here:
November 22, 2020, at 8:33 AM PST
I know I’m like a broken record on this but the reaction of … red-county America in general … to this very public slap down by their more refined big-city political and media betters will be quite instructive. Unfortunately, if these demons are not properly exercised among the binding forces within these states, I fear they will eventually be exercised at the bonds between many states.
And this from December 30, 2020:
[Living within the lie is] not the makings of a healthy free / non-fear-based American society.
I come to this point as one who just days after this dirty mockery of an election I was asking “At what point do some of these united states tire of others not participating in the agreed to compact in good faith?” and “how will red-county America react to this both within and between various states?” To be more specific: Does some portion of We the People really start to resist the (not even remotely hidden anymore) managed decline by a completely corrupted beltway behemoth and the corresponding evolution away from American liberty? If so, how?
There are signs out there…all around us…and usually they pass by mostly unnoticed. This one passed down the Instapundit scroll earlier this evening:
Six Republican lawmakers from Maryland’s three westernmost counties…wrote to Republican legislative leaders in West Virginia earlier this month with a request that they “advise on [the] next steps” to join The Mountain State.
“We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t feel there is a strong sense of unrest and unhappiness among people in our rural area of the state” …
So, again, when I asked in December:
…what (if anything) strategically does red-county America do to counter the fact that controlling portions of (a now critical mass of) states are no longer participating in the agreed to compact in good faith? Given that reform and/or constitutional governance at the federal level are not in the offing, are there existing structures that fit (or can be adapted for) such purposes …? What structures need to be created?
I think we are starting to see a variety of paths that desperate people are willing to entertain. Given the relative general stability of the last couple of centuries, this may seem more than a bit radical. But no one should be surprised if seams start showing signs of giving way like this all across this land in the next three and a half years. And to be clear…I certainly hope that we are all forced to endure it (with Biden’s face – and the full faith and credit of the Democrat party and their NT enablers – plastered all over every ounce of the pain) until the next Presidential election, no matter how bad it gets.
I will go ahead and edit my most copied quote for these modern times:
“[A] significant and growing portion of the American population
is losinghave lost the virtues required to be functioning members of a free society.” – Charles Murray in Coming Apart (Page 289), 2012
If this trend does not change direction soon, American liberty will be effectively snuffed out by those in control of the Biden administration. Clearly, to all willing to see, the Republic is dead…but the spirit can go on if We the People keep it alive.
By the way, I am not at all optimistic.
Cheers.Published in General
Somewhere I have an Orwell quote about the flattening of history. I will find it later…but given all that we know today, I think it is worth remembering what was completely knowable and, in fact, known well before more recent headlines. To that end, form a December 10,2020 post, it is worth refreshing this:
“The Secretary of State unilaterally abrogated signature verification requirements for mail-in ballots.
The Secretary of State authorized opening and processing mail-in ballots up to three weeks before election day when the law prohibits that until after the polls open on election day.
The Secretary of State materially weakened the security requirements for ballot rejection based on signature verification or other missing information.”[Continued…]
Some guy whose statue should probably be torn down.
as you have outlined, and we have observed; who could be?
But: we are a nation of SOB’s who have, from the beginning, fought against odds and advice, and have overcome.
With God’s Blessing, and some luck, and a multitude of crazy patriots, perhaps, maybe. Probably not.
Like you, I don’t believe that we can revert back to a – norm? The nation has undergone such a transformation to the Socialist Left, that attempting to claw our way back to a representative republic, with liberties and freedoms, is possibly forever gone.
The final resolution might be a dissolved US, with red and blue states creating two unique states. A shame, and a horrific tragedy, but … but looking more reality than fantasy.
Do we as plebes, have any real control over this destiny?
I would like to think so, but doubt that we matter….
This deserves more…so here it is. Many here and elsewhere were rather flippant with the “Trump as existential threat” twaddle. Every one of them deserves our complete contempt. While I tend to regard the term “mean spirited” as intellectually lazy, it is not as intellectually dishonest as “existential threat” so I will let it go on this one occasions. Here is Mr. Hinderaker of Powerline:
A significant and growing (for now) portion of the American population deserve Biden-ism good and hard for the better part of 1500 days. It will be a good lesson…
SIDE NOTE: Clearly, I am a bit wound up tonight. But the cocktails also soften the soul. With that, I have admitted here before that “Jack Donaghy” (the art and the artist) was a guilty pleasure along with the rest of that show. The mind reels…many prayers for all involved in such a tragic event.
At least for some, it was all about what Trump “would CERTAINLY do in his SECOND TERM, once he didn’t face election again!”
The damage that hypotheticals can effect are beyond measure, and that is a hill my strawman is willing to die on.
When they are bound together in a federal Republic, how can a court say that one state has no legal standing regarding a corrupt election in another state when the corrupted state’s electoral votes will have a direct bearing on how the Republic containing both of them is operated. Texas suffers due to the corruption evidenced in Pennsylvania, Georgia and other states that went rogue. I don’t have legal training, but this does not look right to me.
You mean like the hypothetical that the earth is going to be destroyed by manmade carbon emissions??? In a hundred years so that no one promoting the
liehypothetical will be around to take responsibility when it doesn’t happen? But, in the meantime we’re going to deface the land with inefficient and unsustainable (yes, I said it. I used the “s” word for something with a 15 year lifespan) wind turbines and solar arrays (consuming huge amounts of water in the desert) while making the poor even poorer through energy poverty??? Like that??!!
Great Post and Comments Phio.
Many here at Ricochet still don’t understand the existential threat this massive system of election fraud is to our democracy and to our Constitutional Republic.
Many Never Trumpers here at Ricochet simply want to sweep this massive election fraud under the rug forever. It’s just doesn’t play well with moderates. I mean we just can’t confront the Democrats on their massive thievery and treason. That is simply not done in polite society. I mean the ‘adults in the room” really just won’t allow it.
Exactly. Every water bottle you don’t recycle is literally murder!!!
Easy solution: stop using bottled water!
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MORE: Of course, this goes double for the “watchdog” press that has failed us so miserably. Clearly, they are all-in, witness this clown:
Jen Psaki is one of the most dishonest, manipulative, dishonest — did I mention dishonest? — press secretaries ever. She has to be. Look who she’s working for.
Chris Wallace is another one absolutely wrecked by Trump. Change my mind.
The article on American Thinker presents a frightening point of view I hadn’t thought of. I’ve been thinking it would a peaceful American version of Brexit. But there’s a danger, as pointed out in the article, that that is not the only possibility. It could easily turn into a civil war because of the Marxist wish for domination that has always permeated the left.
Especially with so much money on the table.
More folks are coming to grips with the reality that the folks who run the Administration are totalitarian. Most ordinary Democrats do not know it, as they engage locally some more, some hardly at all, and watch main stream media. They believe that their local Democratic Party and political activities are similar to Washington’s. They do not understand that Washington is different. Bureaucrats there engage in things that promote their interests and cooperate with others that enhance those interests. State politics, in most states, at most, are a minor constraint for some of their bosses. New York and LA play more actively but who knows exactly how. Some Republicans understand but many still seem to think that if they could win an election they too would run things from the top, but more fairly, more democratically. That’s not the way tops work and it’s why the US was unique. It’s probably over unless we separate and while that will be brutal in many respects, it’s probably the only way to preserve a republic in this world.
If your idea of ‘best press secretary’ involves obfuscation, distraction, deflection, denial, misdirection, and bald-faced lying – and these are certainly part of the job description – Psaki is aces.
And for all that we hold her in contempt, the press core tolerates her and so Psak’ the flack deflects flack from Joe Kickback just by showing up.