Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Sidelines of Chaos

 

In 2012, Andrew Breitbart gave a rabble-rousing pep talk at the CPAC Conference. He offered a dire warning about the current Democrat party and where Barack Obama was taking us as a society:

This is not your mother’s Democratic Party. You know whose party it is? …I have a thesis about who we’re fighting against on the hard left… [In college] I had no idea these [left-wing academics] people were actually serious about the malarkey they were teaching. The post-structuralist, politically correct garbage.

Unfortunately in 2004, the radical Left [executed] a coup d’etat of the Democratic Party. And basically kicked a person — that four years earlier was called “the standard-bearer of decency in the Democratic Party.” And that person was Joe Lieberman.

That was the end of the Democratic Party. And in 2010, the DLC went under.

Barack Obama met a bunch of silver ponytails back in the 1980s, like Bill [Ayers] and Bernadine Dohrn who said “one day, we’re going to have the presidency.” And the rest of us slept while they plotted and they plotted and they plotted.

This was a perfect example of how mainstream conservatives played the short game. They sat out the culture, sleeping through a slowly building progressive media and educational complex for almost 20 years; a complex that now appears insurmountable for a generation.

The civil unrest around the country is the long payoff of the game Ayers and Obama were always playing. America has been fundamentally transformed, and conservatives are on the sidelines of the chaos engulfing the everyday non-politicized life of ordinary people.

Incidents in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City (incidents with no evidence of racial motivation) have led to a massive leftist mob blocking highways and terrorizing businesses. All the while, they promote the proven lie of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” — the myth that teenager Mike Brown, who assaulted and robbed a small convenience store shortly before he attacked a police officer, raised his hands and was executed by a racist police officer. Except forensic evidence corroborated Ofc. Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony.

One crime that actually occurred was the execution-style murder of two New York City police officers by a mentally disturbed individual enamored of the protests online and even participated in them. Another real event is the months of organized terrorizing of shoppers and restaurant-goers, blocking drivers on highways, disrupting airports and in some cases even airplanes and medal ceremonies for veterans. Their incoherent message ranges from police brutality to freeing Palestine to ending capitalism. It’s largely a leftist hissy fit in response to the midterm election results that sent Barack Obama a resounding and historical message: the country is exhausted at his culture of protest and outrage. This hasn’t deterred loyal journalist activists from romanticizing this movement and comparing it to the struggles of the Civil Rights era. “Always print the myth.”

The only problem for Obama, the protesters and their media is this is the culture their policies have created. Conservatives held a minority of power for almost a decade and they certainly don’t have a foothold on anything happening culturally. It’s not conservatives getting people fired from jobs, disinvited from speaking engagements or formulating rape fantasies. That wasn’t a conservative the NYPD along with hundreds of other police officers from around the country turned their back on twice.

Progressive media must be gobsmacked that in the vitriol-filled war of words between the NYPD union and their darling Warren-wannabe mayor, Bill de Blasio, there isn’t a single conservative to blame. For once they’ve found a public sector union they aren’t willing to support. Instead, they cherry-pick comments from retired politicians and columnists even though not one of them holds the influence of an Al Sharpton. There is no Scott Walker and there is no Rick Perry’s racist rock.

Leftists are tearing apart leftist-controlled cities: Oakland, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, St. Louis, and so on. What do conservatives have to do with it?

BlackBrunchThis past Sunday, a group calling themselves #BlackBrunch stormed restaurants in the progressive utopias of Oakland and Upper Manhattan to terrify private citizens who for the most part sympathize with their philosophies. These stunts aren’t happening in Utah or Texas, but in communities rotted out from decades of progressive liberal policies. Yet conservatives, who take no part in either their demonstrations or ideology, are targeted because of a cable television channel they choose to watch in the privacy of their own homes. (Even though that network’s pundits largely agree with protesters in the case of Eric Garner.) Harvard can’t even blame conservatives for the changes in their healthcare plans they demanded, just not for themselves.

Conservatives don’t control culture. They don’t control Hollywood, music, film, journalism, the web or universities. They are spectators to the theater of outrage currently manifesting itself in this country. They can root for their side on social media — which is also, by and large, controlled by liberal ideology — but that’s about it. Conservatives are an island of misfit toys. They are sitting in lifeboats and helplessly watching the Titanic slip under.

What’s happening now, right now, in this country and this culture is the culmination of Obama’s policies and philosophies. Our semi-retired President is content to fly to Hawaii while people sit in their cars and fight the urge not to plow through a ranting leftist mob that is preventing them from seeing their family on Christmas.

Obama believes the country is owed a penalty that the justice system has failed to provide. Those sentences are to be carried out by trained community organizers. Creating a small army of organizers is easy when 92 million angry people are out of work. Protesters who storm private businesses, malls, and block hallways are simply implementing tactics Obama proudly promotes through his street cult OFA and Eric Holder.

What is happening in cities across the country is exactly what candidate Obama intended when he spoke of fundamental transformation. A permanent and organized outrage class, preferably filled with young people who attend a college campus where Obama has spoken. It’s not an accident that Columbia University is now the favorite to land Obama’s presidential library; the same Columbia where a young Eric Holder participated in a forced occupation of the dean’s office.

Disruption has been the goal of Organizing for Action (a phrase taken right out of Rules for Radicals). Obama’s online persona is run by OFA’s digital team and he often records separate addresses for the group. This is the legacy a fully retired President Barack Obama hopes to leave, and participate in, once he leaves the White House.

Leftists are ravaging, torching, looting and irreparably damaging their own communities. While the endorphin release of schadenfreude serves conservatives in the short term, it’s only a matter of time before this beast looks for new territory to feed. But what happens when they tire of cannibalizing each other? What are we supposed to do about this?

All of this reminds me of a monologue from the character of Rorschach in Alan Moore’s graphic novel Watchmen:

Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen it’s true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”

…and I’ll look down, and whisper “no.”

Obama is not going away quietly. Whenever there is a perceived social injustice committed against progressive ideology, media will be front and center to get former President Obama’s comments, unhindered by the office he once held or uncompromising as to how it will undermine future occupants.

The question becomes, are conservatives the ones to clean up the mess and will we even care.

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  1. Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    I saw this happen once before — in the 1960s and early 1970s — and it drove people to vote for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. The folks in Manhattan are getting what they voted for, and they do not like it.

    The larger question is whether the Republicans have the wit to use this catastrophe for the liberal left as an opportunity for turning the country around.

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    • January 7, 2015, at 4:31 PM PST
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  2. Larry Koler Inactive

    The answer is “Yes” — it is the job of conservatives to lead the clean up. But, they won’t do it.

    For some mysterious reason conservatives shy away from saying that Obama is anti-American. I remember how Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt refused to call Obama a socialist. I think they have both changed their tunes on this — but it took years.

    But, it was easy to see very early on that Obama despises this country. As do most leftists.

    Until we can speak the simple truth to each other this will continue to look like the long fall of Rome. I simply see nothing on the horizon that will stop this decline.

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    • January 7, 2015, at 4:48 PM PST
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  3. Alfaphile Member
    AlfaphileJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Solid post. I have the hardest time relating to the idea of the scheming by the Left. Why bother, shouldn’t you be reading the Weekly Standard or making meatloaf for the family? But it is undoubtedly true, just seems like a different universe. I’m naive.

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    • January 7, 2015, at 5:33 PM PST
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  4. Walker Inactive
    WalkerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Wonder if Jonah, John P. and Rob have encountered any of their tony West Side friends and found out what they think of the Occupiers. I recall a few weeks ago (before Dish yanked Fox from my lineup) one of the NYPD Union Chiefs mentioned that these demonstrators are the same ones that came out of their holes when Occupy Wall Street was the cause du jour. And likewise, the same folks come out for other socialist rallies as well. I wonder what they do or where they live between their jaunts to the finest cuisines in the city. Like rats, I suppose they return to the subway tunnels only to venture forth again foraging for food.

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    • January 7, 2015, at 5:47 PM PST
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  5. Man With the Axe Member

    I’m hopeful (but not certain) that there are millions of left-leaning but decent people who vote Democratic reflexively but who are going to become horrified by the hordes of occupy-style protesters and earth-firsters who have taken over their party. When that happens the political pendulum could shift, not because Republicans are competent, but because the Democratic party is captured by the enemies of civilization.

    Now, lets go have some brunch.

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    • January 7, 2015, at 6:00 PM PST
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  6. Commodore BTC Inactive

    Paul A. Rahe:

    The larger question is whether the Republicans have the wit to use this catastrophe for the liberal left as an opportunity for turning the country around.

    Paul, it seems like we are going around in a circle.

    I don’t see any difference between Lott/Hastert and McConnell/Boehner.

    GOP will just keep spending, will not reduce the size of government. And eventually something bad will happen and they will get booted from Congress again like in 2006.

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    • January 8, 2015, at 5:23 AM PST
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  7. Steven Jones Inactive

    In the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, we keep hearing that Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or Rick Perry are too ideological, too conservative, to win the election. But given the chaos resulting from the left and the Democrats’ overreach, doesn’t the current climate make these candidates electable? Shouldn’t we seize the opportunity to put a true conservative in the White House, rather than settling for a Romney or Bush?

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    • January 8, 2015, at 7:01 AM PST
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  8. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Larry Koler:The answer is “Yes” — it is the job of conservatives to lead the clean up. But, they won’t do it.

    For some mysterious reason conservatives shy away from saying that Obama is anti-American. I remember how Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt refused to call Obama a socialist. I think they have both changed their tunes on this — but it took years.

    But, it was easy to see very early on that Obama despises this country. As do most leftists.

    Until we can speak the simple truth to each other this will continue to look like the long fall of Rome. I simply see nothing on the horizon that will stop this decline.

    So true, Larry. For years, Dennis Prager has been saying the Democrat Party is indistinguishable from the social Democrats of Europe.

    I’ve decided to use a similar formulation with my liberal-leaning friends: “Please explain to me how President Obama is different from the average anti-American.” Really. I’d like to know.

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    • January 8, 2015, at 7:07 AM PST
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  9. EndOfPatience Member

    Paul A. Rahe: “The larger question is whether the GOPe have the wit …” I modified it slightly to make it perfectly clear why the answer is “No”.

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    • January 15, 2015, at 6:24 AM PST
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