Dear God I Hope He’s Wrong – But “Hope Is Not A Strategy”

I live in a flood of links and pointers. I drown in it. I’m not complaining, mind you, it is my “natural element”. However, this means I’ll often open a tab, read the first few lines, think “Gee, that might be interesting” and leave it open, and then a month or three passes. When I find I just MUST close some tabs, a closer look and pruning happens. Much “interesting in theory” hits the delete can when read in reality. But some things are more engaging. Then, far to often, the back-pointer to where that link came from is lost. Such is the case for this article. I think, maybe, it was in “tips” but who knows. (really, who, if you know, speak up…)

The basic notion of the article is that The Left (ill defined as it is) is livid over Trump, wants to foment a Palace Coup of sorts, and is willing to use violence and corruption (especially of government, media, schools, and more) to get it. Unfortunately, the “facts on the ground” support that notion. There is a very clear orchestrated Color Revolution attempt underway. IMHO it isn’t making enough headway, but if I’ve learned anything it is that the Globalist (Soros funded especially) Agenda simply Does Not Stop. It will not stop until eradicated. I’ve seen way too many times that the pro-liberty pro-individualism camp makes a win, then stops; and then it gets reversed by an Un-Dead Left making another mindless attack.

So reading / watching news, it is very clear that is what IS happening. An attempted Color Revolution. Pushing to regain power for The Left at any cost and with “morality need not apply”.

Then there is the Antifa violent attacks on anyone who opens their mouth to say “Maybe Trump has a point”. The college campuses enforcing conformance to Left Doctrine and abolishing open dialog, shutting down “all things Right”. The Media that dutifully reports the same clearly orchestrated Left Wing Talking Points each and every day. Also, I live (for now…) in Kalifornia and can assure you it is as bad as the article says. (Most recently a gun ban law was passed. Anything over 10 rounds sends you to the pokey. NO Exceptions unless you are An Enforcer… Oh, and you MUST register several classes of transactions, such as exchanging “Ammunition” – that is now defined to include EMPTY magazines and empty sheet metal clips. Fees from this registry to be used to fund fighting legal challenges to the law. I.e. forcing the folks oppressed to pay for defending the oppression.)

Then this article articulates the thing I’d hinted at when I said “They don’t want to see what comes next” (in the context of a “take down” of Trump on bogus charges; like the whole Russia Thing).

There are a few nits I can harvest on minor points. Things like his “Twitter Poll” results. Hey, it is polling your own followers. Statistically not usable for a whole population metric. Yet it does indicate what “folks of his sort” are thinking. What he, and they, are thinking is that The Left is busy being evil and the end game is violence, so prep for it. (Near as I can read between his lines).

Dear God I hope he is wrong. “But hope is not a strategy – E.M.Smith” and I can’t see where he is clearly wrong. At most, a bit over-hyped.

So what is this article?

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/02/23/draft-n2289256

Straightforward From Here To The Left’s Fascist, Maybe Violent, Endgame
Kurt Schlichter

Posted: Feb 23, 2017 12:01 AM

The Democrat Party, its Media serfs, and Social Justice Incorporated are all outraged because we uppity normals are again presuming to rule ourselves, and their agony is delightful. Less delightful is how, in the process of trying to claw their way back into power, they are incinerating the norms and rules that preserve our political order. That stuff Hillary babbled about honoring the legitimacy of elections? Yeah, no. There’s an invisible asterisk only liberals can see that explains that the norms and rules are void when liberals lose.

So, where does this crisis end?

These folks have succeeded in Europe, Australia, and almost in the UK (who are trying to “slip the noose” but busy being rounded up again…); so don’t expect them to think the USA is not subject do the same “take down”.

We know where the leftists want it to end, with us silenced and subservient forever, toiling to pay taxes for them to redistribute to their clients as they pick at, poke at and torment us. You look at the things Trump stands for and all of them are about lifting the yoke off of us – cutting taxes, slashing regulations, guaranteeing the Second Amendment, protecting our religious liberty, and safeguarding us from terrorists and illegals. But everything liberals want, everything Hillary ran on, is about clamping the yoke ever tighter around our necks – raising taxes, issuing more regulations, disarming us, limiting our religious freedom, and putting us at risk from terrorists and alien criminals. The whole leftist platform is about putting us down and keeping us down.

Think what they will do if they take power again.

Skipping a big, but good, chunk…

Do you think Hillary Clinton or whatever aspiring Hugo Chavez they offer up next is going to protect us from violent leftist thugs, or encourage them? Remember how Obama weaponized agencies like the IRS against conservatives? Multiply that by a thousand. Think about the “hate speech” rules used to silence conservatives on campus; imagine them as federal law. That’s coming, just like in Europe – it’s now a crime in France to speak out against abortion. Do you imagine leftists don’t dream of doing that? No, once back in power they will ensure we will never be able to challenge their rule. One man (or woman or other), one vote, one more time, then never again.

He lays out a laundry list of various things The Left has done to corrupt and grab power, and asks how folks will take that, here.

I recently polled people on Twitter about what they thought of the chances of serious violence in the coming four years, and the results from 6,159 people are alarming. “Stop being a nut” got 10%; I was hoping it would get about 95%. “We’ll wise up” and find a way out of this crisis, got 13%. But “50/50 leftists may try violence” got a stunning 41%, while “It’s coming. Gear up” got a terrifying 36%.

His conclusion is that things could revert to the old peaceful dialog, but most likely won’t. Having lived in California through the transition from Reagan as Governor to Governor Moonbeam (J. Brown); unfortunately, I can assure you that a non-violent slow march into Left Dogma Prison is very much attainable. It has worked in Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and so many more. It has worked in California and New York for sure, here. It is in “progress” and it is winning; with hardly any “resistance” from those who support traditional values.

For that reason I think his implicit expectation of armed resistance is not going to happen. Look at the takeover of 1/6 of the economy by The Feds and how it is now not even being fought by the Republicans. Not even window dressing it, but minor tune-ups is all they offer. Get rid of it by vote? Not even on the table. So WHO is going to be stopping that by “force of arms”? Not a single soul.

Now you only need to do a socialization take over of 1/6 of the economy 6 times and you are done. Yet that ignores that about 2/6 are already socialist enterprises in that they are The Government. By my count, that makes 1/2 the total economy, minimum, is already a Socialist Government Run Enterprise (even ignoring things like the GM Socialist avoidance of Bankruptcy or the 4 $Trillion balance sheet of The Federal Reserve Bank dominating real estate). All without anyone firing a shot (or even complaining effectively).

So I “get it” about his evident frustration. The USA is no longer a “Free Market Economy”, leaving that in W.W.II. It left “Mixed Economy” behind in the ’70s. It is now a full on Lange Type Socialism (or “3rd Way” socialism – AKA Fascism as originally defined by Mussolini). With Obamacare, we firmly crossed the line into dominantly Socialist as an economy. I’ve yet to see evidence of any nation recovering from that without passing through collapse first, and certainly not having a violent resistance prior to the complete economic collapse. Heck, even Venezuela is still limited to street riots as their Police and Military have not yet gotten hungry enough to swap sides.

So I see no possibility of his vision of an armed resistance happening. Just not what history shows as the path these things take. Violence by The Left to facilitate the entry? Sure. We already have that in Antifa and on campuses; and there is a history of it by The Left (which, BTW, includes the National Socialists of Germany and the Fascist 3rd Way Socialists of Italy)

I do hope he is wrong. Both about the end game, and about the process we are in inevitably leading to the conflict.

I just don’t see any evidence that his premise of the cause of conflict is wrong; only that his conclusion that the result is violence fails on too many folks being greedy and not enough being brave…

I do, dearly, hope that Trump can recover the America I knew a generation or two ago. I hope The Left can be presented some major “Fails” in places like BREXIT; the collapse of the EU, ascendancy of Russia in Eurasia (thanks to their Nationalism preventing collapse) as a bulwark against the Islamist Invasion; the loss of Venezuela (and perhaps with that the rest of South America realizing that playing with The Socialism Shiny Thing always ends this way…) I hope for all those things. I expect thin gruel…

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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24 Responses to Dear God I Hope He’s Wrong – But “Hope Is Not A Strategy”

  1. Tregonsee says:

    Being an (old) SF fan, I remember a series of stories written around 1960 by H. Beam Piper. It involved worlds which had “decivilized.” The forms of liberal democracies were still there, but they had been taken over by thugs of various ideologies, or none at all. In most cases, the process involved what we would call “lawfare” to use the system’s own institutions to bring it down. No doubt he had in mind the last days of the Wiemar Republic. There is a very uncomfortable resemblance to both the historical and fictional process in what we are seeing today.

  2. Steve C says:

    I wish we Brits even had anyone in the circus we could think might have the ability to recover even some of the country that’s been stolen from us, but in all honesty there’s nary a one. The great majority of the entire political/media/control industries want to remain plugged in to the fat money pipes of the EU, and they are working 24/365 to succeed.

    May has, apparently, already made concessions on the status of EU citizens already living here. She has no right to do so. When Britain has left the EU, then the status of any non-UK national is solely a matter for Britain at the time. It’s what “leaving the EU” means, among many other things like our 200-mile fishing limits. I’ve read somewhere that she still wants to rush the British armed forces into the planned pan-european military, which, to put it bluntly, God forbid. And so ad nauseam, on every imaginable aspect of trying to wrest a little local control back out of the hands of those who have taken it.

    And we don’t have the guns. And we do have God only knows how many million cameras monitoring us wherever we go, beside all the telecom info. It’s not good.

    Re that well-known non-strategy, I came across the most beautiful expression of just that thought the other day, from the mid-17th century. The priest and poet George Herbert collected proverbs from around the world, and published them as “Outlandish Proverbs”. (“Outlandish” in its original sense, ie from out of this land.) …

    “He that liveth in hope danceth without musick.”

  3. Zeke says:

    EM says, “So reading / watching news, it is very clear that is what IS happening. An attempted Color Revolution. Pushing to regain power for The Left at any cost and with “morality need not apply”.

    Then there is the Antifa violent attacks on anyone who opens their mouth to say “Maybe Trump has a point”.”

    It does appear that the local law enforcement and the media are playing supporting roles to the Antifa protests. Those are the optics in Portland here. But Americans will never respect people who cover their face and use violence. It will have only as much effect as an artificial movement can have, and will not have any sympathy or respect from real people.

    SteveC, Britain must exit the Paris agreement. Imagine the power of a group of countries like the Commonwealth and the US, which continues to use real energy and real applied science for real life. Please can you get out of Paris.

  4. Zeke says:

    States that have laws against wearing face masks or covering your face in public:

    http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/mcs/maskcodes.html

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    @Zeke:

    Interesting wide variation in anti-mask laws. Some are reasonable (include requirement for intent to crime) while others make any concealment illegal. Burka prohibition anyone?

    The South, especially, seems to have anti-mask laws aimed at Klan Hooded Robes… so, other than color, what makes that different from a Burka…

    I also suspect the places without exceptions for normal things like Hallowwen, dust masks, gas masks, civil defense gear “bunny suits”, heck, even motorcycle helmets; they ought to be open to overturning. Not to mention Mardi Gras and women with thick makeup… (or certain parts of San Francisco… but Cal. has an intent exception…)

  6. Zeke says:

    Chief this whole issue is weird. Clearly it is illegal in most states to gather in masks and assault people or damage property. So in the instance of Antifa violent protests, isn’t existing law sufficient to deal with this?

    The idea is that there is normal societal consequences for forming gangs and busting things with your face in full view.

  7. p.g.sharrow says:

    This is the END GAME of the push to remake the human race into compliant socialists under one world government that was begun 100 years ago. Lenin said “win the vote, one time, and then eradicate all opposition.” As long as the Americans are not enslaved there is hope for freedom, All of the world’s socialists can not stand against free Americans. Soros has been managing the funding ,”Eastern European Money” provided by the Communist Party, for over 40 years. Money funneled to Not for Profit NGOs that have been used to undermine non-communist governments from the inside and outside. For those that have not paid attention, the Secretariat was moved to San Francisco with the collapse of the Soviet Union…pg

  8. Pete Rossi says:

    Civilisations, like climate, are cyclic. barbarism>renaissance>civilisation>degeneration>barbarism.,

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    So in the instance of Antifa violent protests, isn’t existing law sufficient to deal with this?

    Yes “IF” the local authorities choose to enforce those laws. There is a huge gap between the letter of the law and what gets enforced based on officer discretion and policing policy restrictions which effectively neuter the laws that should be enforced (see Berkeley police stand down).

    By the same token it can go the other way where the law enforcement organizations can over zealously apply questionable legal interpretations to the intent of the laws (see southern state Sheriffs in the 1960’s)

    Our system of law depends in large measure on a government being responsible to the pressure of the public and fair minded enforcement of the intent of the laws. In a corrupted biased systems our laws are not rigid enough to prevent de facto decriminalization of mob tactics if the mob is on the right side (from the governments point of view).

  10. jim2 says:

    It’s heartening to note that opposition forces (anti-lefties) have shown up at some of the rallies and beaten them back. In this case, more is better.

  11. jim2 says:

    Here’s one piece of the puzzle:

    In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary’s campaign.

    Property records show that in June 2016, as Clinton allies bankrolled Fusion GPS, Fritsch bought a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Bethesda, Md., for $2.3 million.

    Fritsch did not respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for Fusion GPS said the firm’s work is confidential.

    http://nypost.com/2017/06/24/inside-the-shadowy-intelligence-firm-behind-the-trump-dossier/

  12. pouncer says:

    Zeke says:

    isn’t existing law sufficient to deal with this?

    Larry Ledwick says:
    Yes “IF” the local authorities choose to enforce those laws.

    I wonder:

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170621/near-west-side/touhy-herbert-park-gang-parties-police-fathers-day-party-ald-walter-burnett-1000-people

    Looks to me as if in some instance even willing authorities are insufficient to the objective.

  13. philjourdan says:

    Once they get 6/6ths, the next step will be more. Some have too much, so we have to confiscate it. basically we are about 20 years behind Chavez and Venezuela.

  14. catweazle666 says:

    Steve C says:
    “I wish we Brits even had anyone in the circus we could think might have the ability to recover even some of the country that’s been stolen from us, but in all honesty there’s nary a one.”

    It would be a mistake to write off Nigel Farage.

  15. R. Shearer says:

    The right of the people to bear arms is a huge deterrent to the left taking over violently. There are lots of bad scenarios that could happen, especially with the dimwits that we’ve had running the country, as long as I can recall. However, the U.S. still has a lot going for it, such as, most or all of the natural resources we need, the world’s reserve currency, the most powerful military, leading science and tech companies and entrepreneurs, freedom of speech, the second amendment, minimum wages, Michael Moore and toilet paper. (Places like Venezuela don’t have two those last three, hint they have minimum wages.)

    Certainly, we have our issues, such as deep state and political corruption, but who is going to fall in line and follow the likes of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or Barack Obama or whoever in a violent coup attempt? Certainly, conservatives with guns will be on the other side.

    We might have rising violent skirmishes involving Antifa or any number of other Soros sponsored groups, who by the way need to be charged with crimes. It’s not just my opinion, snowflakes melt.

    And the people have already tired of this silent coup/Russian nonsense. Hardly anyone trusts the media or the FBI for that matter, as they’ve cried wolf too many times.

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    The left depends on the frog in slowly boiling water effect they try to push just hard enough to avoid a strong reaction until they get to critical mass. That is what they have accomplished in California due to the surplus of useful idiots there. Other states not so much but the key to that is if something goes sideways and like the Boston Massacre and Concord (were unintended casus belli ) that flipped the switch and once things flipped to that new state of outrage, there was no getting it back.
    It all depends on this summer and if something happens that enrages the folks who do not buy into their agenda, if that happens all bets are off.

  17. R. Shearer says:

    This is how the leftists make things really bad (for the people).
    https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/how-to-save-the-people-of-venezuela/

  18. David A says:

    My hope is that the actions of the left reflect their desperation. They keep losing elections. Their polls are becoming a joke. Groups like BLM TURN VOT3RS OFF.

  19. cdquarles says:

    Remember that the seeds were planted long before the tree of trouble grew into the mighty oak of 1861 and its sea of blood. Yes, we are living it again and mostly for the same reasons we lived it in th 19th century. Today’s PC is the current version of the late 19th’s Jim Crow.

    One difference this time is that the big cities today are much larger and more dependent on outside trade then they were. Consider New Orleans after it flooded in 2005. The cities today are transportation choked (partly due to ‘greens’ getting their way with respect to roads). A modern day siege of, say New York, would get really ugly quickly. [Pop quiz: What caused the fall of cities besieged in prior centuries? Hint: think logistics.]

  20. M Simon says:

    We have a 3rd world police force.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-30/danger-obedience-fake-police-crime-spree

    Police also invade homes. An 80-year-old-man was shot to death by police after they broke into his home in a no-knock raid. They had obtained a search warrant with the only evidence being that they smelled chemicals associated with making meth. Hearing a home invasion, the elderly man picked up a pistol and was shot to death in his bed without firing a shot. No meth was found. The officers were not charged with the murder and were found to have acted appropriately.

    This highlights how the drug war, no knock raids, and militarized police also contribute to the problems faced when trying to protect your life from thugs in real or fake uniforms.

    But sometimes cops don’t even get a trumped up warrant before murdering innocent civilians.

  21. p.g.sharrow says:

    @MSimon; Cops on drugs kill innocent people every year. Swat teams serving warrants are the their high point of their job. This really needs to be ended…pg

  22. jim2 says:

    @M Simon says: 1 July 2017 at 6:58 pm

    This is why the lesser of the two evils is just to legalize drugs. No good paths here, so let’s choose freedom.

  23. M Simon says:

    jim2 says:
    2 July 2017 at 7:11 pm

    We had a similar choice when it came to alcohol. And it only took us 13 years to figure it out.

    We are now at 100+ years for drugs and still haven’t (generally) figured it out.

  24. M Simon says:

    I should add that with opiates (the cannabis war is already nearly over) we know rather a lot.

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/25/surprising-link-broken-families-americas-opioid-crisis/
    The Federalist – The Surprising Link Between Broken Families And America’s Opioid Crisis

    http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(98)00017-8/fulltext?cc=y=
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine – Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults

    https://acestoohigh.com/2017/05/02/addiction-doc-says-stop-chasing-the-drug-focus-on-aces-people-can-recover/
    Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs – adverse childhood experiences

    14-Year Veteran Undercover Cop Exposes Truth About The Drug War: “I Used To Believe I Was Doing Good”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-16/14-year-veteran-undercover-cop-exposes-truth-about-drug-war-i-used-believe-i-was-doi

    I have been saying that for over 12 years
    http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/2004/09/heroin.html

    People in chronic pain chronically take pain relievers.
    =====
    All the government has to do to end the war is widely circulate this information.

    Since the government won’t do it – it is up to you.

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