Four years ago, Michael Anton named the 2016 presidential election the Flight 93 Election. The analogy was that voting for Donald Trump was the equivalent of storming the cockpit to attempt to stop the Democrats (and Republicans) from hijacking and crashing the Unites States of America.
Unexpectedly it worked. And over the last few years we have seen just how apt the Flight 93 metaphor was. But we have moved well beyond the analogy because although we may have wrested the cockpit out of the hands of the terrorists, the plane is still taking anti-aircraft fire from enemy forces on the ground.
Well, enough of that metaphor. Let’s try a new one. A few days ago I reviewed the current state of the Democrat Presidential Primary and I declared that the only way they could get me to watch them was if I thought I’d get a laugh out of it. Creepy Uncle Joe could get me to listen to his Tales of Corn Pop or watch him bite his wife’s hand but I wasn’t interested anymore in watching their boring debates or commercials.
But on closer inspection I think maybe boring is the wrong word. I think the correct word is painful.
Let me elaborate. When Liarwatha or Bernie starts yammering about the Green New Deal or Medicaid for All, the disconnection from reality is actually painful to listen to. A sane listener experiences a jarring cognitive dissonance. It’s like someone is scratching his fingernails across a chalkboard or when you bite down on a sore tooth. So, it would take quite a bit to get me to listen to this stuff again.
And the same thing occurred when the Schiff gang began their little sitcom around impeachment. Listening to Pelosi’s minions pretending to be Watergate investigators is just too tedious and nonsensical to follow for more than a minute or two at a time. One of my friends sent me a link to the testimony Jonathan Turley gave at the hearings. He is the one “expert” that wasn’t an obvious hack trying to legitimize the Schiff kangaroo court. I listened to his measured and balanced discussion of what kind of presidential actions would and would not amount to an impeachable offense. I found him credible. But I also realized that he would not influence opinion one way or another. Forty percent of the country would agree with him, another forty percent would call him a liar and the last Twenty Percent would be “unsure.” The needle wouldn’t even twitch. So why should I watch this stuff if it makes no difference at all? I mean I think it’s good for our side to put their side of the story out there to make sure the Twenty Percent hears both sides of the story but for me and my readers there’s no new information provided.
Which brings me back to what I was saying the other day. The only possible reason to watch the Democrats is for entertainment value. Creepy Uncle Joe or foaming at the mouth commies will have to pull out all the stops if they want me to tune in. The denizens of the Island of Broken Toys will have to really try to get me to watch. Maybe a three stooges slap fight between Joe, Petey and Bernie or a hair pulling cat fight between Fauxcahantas and Hillary might get me to view but not much else. I mean after the Swalwell fart it has all, more or less, been done.
So here we are with a United States Presidential Election going on, hundreds of millions of Americans making up their minds who will wield the most powerful office of the most powerful nation that has ever existed. The occupant of this office, an office that has as one of its responsibilities deciding whether to launch a thermonuclear strike with the planetary extinction capability of the US nuclear arsenal, will be chosen by this process. And as the leading opposition candidates for that job we have Creepy Uncle Joe, Liarwatha, Bernie the Stalinist and Butt Pete. There is no other way to characterize the situation but as a bizarro world scenario. The classical description is Alice in Wonderland. We have a normal observer, Alice, confronted by a world where everything is inverted and the normal rules of nature are suspended. She struggles to cope with the inconsistency and outright madness but finds herself unable to do more than move from one absurdity to the next. In this analogy no one would try to make sense of the Mad Hatter or the Queen of Hearts. It would be futile. Admittedly some people find this amusing but a steady diet of this sort of thing results in the experience I noted at the beginning of this essay, jarring cognitive dissonance.
To my mind the sensible way to address this election is to try and sway the Twenty Percent by highlighting the positive results and agenda of President Trump and exposing the absurd and dangerous positions and bizarre behaviors of his opponents. This is what the talking heads on the Right need to do. They need to pound away at Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi and the Deep State that handed them this hot mess. It’s up to Bill Barr and John Durham to connect the dots on what the Russia and Ukraine scandals are really about. If it turns out that Hunter Biden was part of a bigger payday for the Obama administration then that will cook Joe Biden’s goose for sure. But even without that I think we’ll see our side prevail in 2020.
For me this though this is not the mission. I preach to the choir. There’s no need to bang that drum. You all know all this. My job is to provide my opinions and hopefully amuse. So, I don’t want to bore anyone with logical arguments as to why the Democrats are wrong about this or that policy position. You all know they’re the enemy. I don’t have to convince you. What I need to do is find some interesting things to discuss about the world we live in and make fun of the evil cretins who want to make us Orwellian slaves. And that’s what I’ll do, I will chronicle the evil, stupid, absurd and insane doings of the Progressives and their allies in the Media and the Deep State. That is my mission in the Alice in Wonderland Election. So down the rabbit hole we go. Hopefully we’ll meet on the outside again after we wake from the nightmare.