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Saturday, July 10. 2021
Sullivan's essay reminds me of what Reagan said of the Democrats: "I didn't leave them; they left me."
He sees the nation's power institutions going crazy. He know these middle-class white lefties will be the first cohort to be hung from the lamppoles.
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"Liberalism leaves you alone. The successor ideology will never let go of you. Liberalism is only concerned with your actions. The successor ideology is concerned with your mind, your psyche, and the deepest recesses of your soul. "
That's pretty much a textbook definition of totalitarianism (cf. Hannah Arendt). So, what? is that a dirty word now or something?
I thought at the time that Reagan's comment would have been far more factual if he added "And the Republicans had moved over to where the Democrats had been."
Well, you know what... I wish we would all get on with it then. Let's actually get around to the ropes and the lamppoles. This rotting corpse of a nation makes me hate people in a way that destroys, so must have been the hate of the people living out the last decades of the Roman Empire. There will be no victory and there will be no remembrance, just ashes. A fast violent death is better than this slow rot.
Regarding your last line, Jews do not consider themselves to be White.
Or at least the ones funding the terrorism and the illegal alien terrorist invasion do not!
And yet, in the end, he finds Biden preferable to Trump. As much as he laments this leftward lurch, it's still better than what Trump did, which is.....what, exactly?
Trump was a literal Hitler! If Trump were a literal Hitler, you would have been shot for saying it. Trump was an authoritarian dictator! Why is he an ex-President and one with almost no legacy? Trump did all these horrible executive orders! Which the courts promptly quashed and Trump acceded to the quashing of. Trump was a racist, xenophobic, anti-Semite! Where's the least bit evidence of that? Trump changed the government and society for the worse! What changes did he make that Biden didn't promptly change right back, what problems do we have right now that haven't been exacerbated if not encouraged by the Democrats?
Trump was not a cause of our discontent, he was a symptom. People are not happy and prohibiting the expression of displeasure doesn't fix the problem any more than turning the radio up really loud fixes the funny noise your car's engine has been making.
When I try to point this out to the lefties who actually talk to me, they respond by turning up the radio; that is, they shake their heads, cover their ears, and scream, " No, no, no, that's not the way it is! "
Sullivan's version of conservatism is an attempt to import old-fashioned Tory noblesse oblige into a country that's just not going to have it. It is the common thread running through his admiration for GWB (until he wouldn't sign off on legally sanctioned buggery), followed by his sociopathic hatred of Sarah Palin, which morphed in to his fevered worship of Obama, followed his belief that Trump is just this side of the Anti-Christ (and might actually be on the far side). Everything's fine for randy Andy so long as the people with the proper creases in their trousers are in charge.
"Does that mean we should support an increasingly nihilist cult on the right among the GOP? Does that mean we should support an increasingly nihilist cult on the right among the GOP? Of course not. Does it mean we should ignore its increasingly menacing contempt for electoral integrity and a stable democracy? ".
After all that has happened this past year, Sullivan is completely off his nut calling the Republicans the dangerously nihilistic ones who are capable of violence.
Nihilists believe traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless. A gay liberal (and nominal) Catholic, Sullivan doesn't see the irony in what he writes. Not surprised.
And yet I've never heard of a nihilist that came by his beliefs the honest, integrated way - in privation, in the absence of support systems. Every single self-described nihilist I've ever seen has been pudgy from gorging on the fruits of civilization and the genteel environment it enshrines. With a mouthful of food, they complain about the quality of the cooking.
Is this a wedge issue for the GOP? Of course it is. Are they using the term “critical race theory” as a cynical, marketing boogeyman? Of course they are. Are some dog whistles involved? A few.
A plank of successor ideology, for example, is that the only and exclusive reason for racial inequality is “white supremacy.” Culture, economics, poverty, criminality, family structure: all are irrelevant, unless seen as mere emanations of white control.
That is exactly contrary to critical race theory, which posits that systemic racial disparities can persist even when individual racism disappears.
Obama was a straddler, of course, and did not deny that “so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.” I don’t deny that either. Who could?
This is a revolution against liberalism commanded from above.
There are certainly people who hold extreme views, but the vast majority do not. Blind liberalism, however, can be an impediment to change. Here is Dr. King writing about so-called moderates:
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season."
I don't see color.