One thing that eventually gets drummed into you by sad experience is that there’s no such thing as happily ever after. And that’s because no matter how well things are going, whenever chance conspires against us there are those who will capitalize on the opportunity and confuse the weak minded and tempt the weak willed to drag the country through more hell. And the only things that will get you through the crisis are steady nerves, dogged determination and enough brains to think your way out of the trap.
I would characterize our present situation as exactly that. The election and the COVID-19 epidemic are a perfect storm that will require remarkable skills to navigate successfully. Add to this the investigations into Flynn and the other Russia-gate abuses and you have a high stakes pressure cooker, the outcome of which, absolutely no one can predict. Look at all the possible consequences of these actions. With respect to the investigations under Barr the outcomes range from zero to infinity. At the zero end Durham decides that although laws were broken, the actions were in good faith and the only corrective actions should be stepped up internal oversight of sensitive operations. At infinity we have prison terms for everyone from Lisa Page to Barack Obama. That’s quite a range of outcomes. Then look at the election. So many lives have been disrupted by this emergency that trying to compensate everyone for the harm done by the shutdown is well-nigh impossible. But the President has to make a good faith effort to do just that. He must convince these people that his administration is the best hope for restoring the devastated middle class and that the Democrats will use this catastrophe to establish the welfare state they’ve always wanted. And I think he will do just that and get re-elected handily.
But here is the point of this whole post. Even if President Trump is able to achieve all the objectives on his plate. If he gains the confidence of the voting public and gains re-election, if he restores the economy to growth and saves the small businessmen, if Barr uncovers the smoking gun and sends the Coup to prison for a couple of decades, if the Republicans capture the House, hold the Senate and add one more solid conservative vote to the Supreme Court, if the Justice Department sues the Tech Giants into restoring free speech to the Right, if all these things happen we are still exactly one disaster away from losing everything to the Left.
What we have to remember is that we’re always fighting a defensive war. The Left has already won all the battles in the culture and we’re just curled up in a defensive crouch waiting for the next blow to fall. The only way we will ever change the balance of power is to go on the offense and attack something of theirs. What it will require is coordination between the Federal and State governments to pick a target and inflict a defeat on the Left that will be so unpleasant that it will elicit an overreaction that will provide the opportunity for a reinforcing defeat. Now what this target will be is open for debate. My thought is it should be in a deep red state that has a blue city located in it. It could be a sanctuary city and the target could be illegal alien employment by big businesses. A partnership between ICE and the state government could arrange for a mass arrest of illegal aliens at a large company and the Federal government could use the evidence to punish the corporation so ruthlessly that the rest of the companies panic and get their houses in order. Once the jobs disappear the Federal government steps in and comes up with some moderate and humane way to get the illegals to go home to their lands.
Once the operation against illegal aliens in the workplace begins all the Blue States will erupt into rage and all kinds of protests will occur. If some jurisdiction in one of the Blue States overreacts and gives the Federal government an excuse to punish them that will be the second defeat that I see as reinforcing the Left’s despair.
But it doesn’t have to be immigration. Suppose Texas legislates against gay marriage and the Supreme Court upholds it. Think of the insanity that would break out. All the Blue States would then vote to unrecognize the normal marriages of citizens in Texas. They would break off all economic trade with Texas and do any number of other stupid things for which they would suffer. And once the Supreme Court fails to find a constitutional right for gay marriage then almost immediately about twenty states will make laws against it too. And that would be wonderful. We would have a de facto division of the United States into two zones. We could call them the Normal States and Queer States. And that would be just the start. Abortion laws, obscenity laws, sodomy laws and other social issues would be fodder for further differences between the two camps. And the beauty of it is no one in the Blue States is being forced to do anything they don’t want to. The upshot should be to make the Blue States bluer and the Red States redder. Now that’s diversity even I can stand behind.