The Pause Before the Plunge Redux – Four Years Later

In January of 2017 I wrote a post right before President Trump’s inauguration.  Re-reading it now I seem to have been pretty accurate about the things that lay ahead.  Four years later we are in a similar but much less hopeful point.  This again is the pause before the plunge.  You know, the roller coaster has reached the top of the rickety wooden scaffolding and even though the car has already pointed its nose down it hasn’t begun its sickening fall.  You are suspended in time and space but the anticipation of the horror is actually worse than the thing itself.  Wow, that was overly dramatic.

In reality, because of the stupidity and ineptitude of Dementia Joe and his lackeys it will be more like a Chinese Water Torture.  A slow drip, drip, drip of annoying and uncomfortable executive actions and a slow contraction of freedom and prosperity as the vampires suck away all the life and vitality in the country.

But at the same time, I remember that the last four years and especially the memory of the election fraud did happen and we will not be going through a redux of the Obama administration.  There will be no honeymoon from the Right.  There’s no benefit of the doubt left because there’s no doubt.  Most of the Left hates Dementia Joe too.  He’s their tool but he’s no one’s hero.  And Willie Brown’s Ho is no Eva Perón.  Having to listen to either one of them give a speech will be like listening to fingernails screeching across a chalkboard.

So, perched here between heaven and hell is an odd feeling but the last twenty years have all been odd.  Since 9/11/2001 it has never been a normal world we have lived in.  That’s probably why the millennials are so messed up.  They’ve never known normalcy so they’ve been groomed to believe degeneracy and madness are normal.

Well, anyway I won’t let this rant turn into a generic rant.  The point of this post is to point out to you that there is a little time left before the full brunt of federal power is marshalled against us to get your affairs in order.  Maybe there are some financial decisions you want to make based on any changes that might be coming down the line.  Or maybe personal decisions like visiting a friend or buying something that may become off limits in the future.  If you can think of something that can be more easily accomplished now rather than after Big Brother completely controls us then do it.

One thing I plan to do is purchase some of Solzhenitsyn’s books and read them carefully.  The Soviet and other Eastern European dissidents have an enormous amount of experience that we can learn from.  Let’s not kid ourselves.  The Left has taken off the mask and at this point we can assume they’ll do what it takes to hold onto the levers of power from now on.

Sorry if that sounds melodramatic or overblown but after the election fraud, I no longer believe that the restraints that used to be in place exist.  It truly resembles the Orwellian dystopia of 1984.  The only thing that was needed to complete the picture was the pervasive surveillance apparatus.  And no one can doubt that the Patriot Act and the Tech Monopolies have combined to outdo anything Orwell imagined for that facet of the totalitarian state.

Well, here we go!

The Ministries of Truth and Love in Corporate America

In 1984, George Orwell’s overly optimistic vision of what the future totalitarian progressive state would be, he calls the government agency in charge of propaganda, the Ministry of Truth and the Ministry of Love was the agency whose job it was to terrorize and punish the citizens into believing that truth.  In the real world, where things are much worse, instead of just the government, each corporation has now combined those functions into the Human Resources department.  They provide you with the loving truth and you had better pay attention when they do.

Last week on one of my posts someone commented his reply to his employer’s corporate “conversation” about anti-black racism in America. To say he gave them the straight dope would be an understatement.  He gave them both barrels.  And he did this without anonymity.  That’s amazingly brave.  Recently Cisco had a similar townhall meeting to air opinions about the same topic and when some employees said things like “All Lives Matter Not Just Black Lives Matter” they were promptly fired.  LinkedIn had a similar meeting but allowed anonymity and after they received similar answers, they promised to never allow anonymous replies again.  Here’s MSN’s article describing these two events.  Being Microsoft, the article takes the view that the employees got what they deserved.

Now normally I prefer not to quote people I do not respect but for once I think I’ll use Barack Obama’s favorite phrase.  Let’s look at this as a “teachable moment.”

What do we see here?  American corporations pretending to encourage open discussion of a divisive position on race relations that the company has taken and when the employees provide nuanced reasonable opinions that oppose the company’s position, they are declared racists and fired.

What should we learn from this?  First of all, if an American company says they want your opinion, really what they are telling you is what your opinion must be.  Namely, the same opinion as theirs.  Period.  In fact, what they’re expecting you to do is virtue signal just how much more you believe in something than even the company does.  If the company says it’s going to donate a half percent of profits to BLM you should declare that you’re going to donate a full percent or even more of your paycheck to BLM.  If you want to keep working at the company the least you are allowed to do is just stay silent about your true opinion.  And depending on how “woke” the company is, even that may get you fired.

Secondly, corporate America has knuckled under either willingly or unwillingly to the progressive agenda, lock, stock and barrel.  Unless you happen to be a protected class, you are at best a second-class citizen and most likely someone they would rather see leave.

And finally, the way this should get fixed is by a Justice Department investigation that prosecutes one of these companies for civil rights violations at a monetary level that puts the fear of God in every board room in the country.  And the only way that happens is if the President, the DOJ and the Supreme Court are all on our side and want us to be free citizens again.  Whether that is likely to happen sooner or later is hard to say.

But I had a funny idea, call it a thought experiment.  Since the BLM/Antifa model of direct action is apparently perfectly acceptable to the governments of the various states involved would it be equally okay if a mostly peaceful protest showed up in Mountain View, California and burned Google’s headquarters to the ground.  Or maybe CNN or The New York Times or even Harvard University.  Nothing violent or wrong just a mostly peaceful protest where people took direct action to let the country at large know that they were unhappy.  Now, my guess is that the executive office of every big corporation in America would have a very long meeting about that occurrence but I also guess there wouldn’t be any Human Resources townhall about it.  I’ll bet they won’t state their opinion at all.  But they may stop telling Americans what they have to believe in order to work at their company.  Just a thought.