End of 2021 – Where Are We?

Well, here we are at the precipice of December and there have been some hopeful political signs and some hopeful cultural stirrings.  The consensus is that Brandon Sucks and that even some Democrats are unimpressed with the Biden administration and with the direction they’re bringing the country.  But where does this put us?  Have we made any real progress in the last year?  That’s what I want to discuss here.  And the simple answer, I think, is yes.  Not a lot of progress but enough to warrant not giving up quite yet.

The first item to look at is COVID.  Almost eleven months since Dementia Joe took over and I’d say way more than half of the country has had enough of the absurd claims and dictates of the Democrats.  The way that the White House favored the teachers’ unions and ignored parents’ concerns has demonstrated that even in blue states like Virginia and New Jersey people have grown extremely weary and angry.  In places like California and New York there are still a majority of nuts voting in the likes of Gavin Newsom but even there the enthusiasm for this endless control over people’s lives is gone.  And the courts have recently begun to push back against the vaccination mandates that the feds are trying to push on public and private employers.  Taking all these things together we are in a better place on COVID.  I suspect that the “Omicron” variant will turn out to be a nothing burger in terms of deaths and places like Florida will be the proof that lockdowns and mandates are a stupid strategy.

The next thing to talk about is the economy.  The inflation and shortages that have sprung up are the primary reason for Dementia Joe’s sagging poll numbers.  And despite any obfuscation most of the inflation is caused by his administration’s war on fossil fuels.  Doubling the price of gasoline is a phenomenally disastrous course for a president to take.  Not only does it hurt commuters but the increased cost of fuel adds to the price of virtually everything we buy because of the transportation component to their cost.  And with winter in full swing now the increases in fuel oil will outrage million of homeowners.  Even renters will see their payments go up to account for the heating increases.  Inflation alone will cost the Democrats their House majority and very likely, the Senate too.

The damage that last year’s riots did to the ability of city police departments to enforce the law is tremendous.  Almost every major city and even smaller population centers have seen the police step back from enforcement as a result of the cities’ administrations throwing the police to the wolves.  And the result has been an epidemic of lawlessness.  Murder, assault, armed robbery and looting of retail establishments is literally out of control.  Just last week armed gangs overwhelmed security in a number of California retail stores and walked away with hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise.  Security guards have been shot and store employees are demoralized and frightened.  I’ve read leftist news sites claim that because the cities are already Democrat strongholds that crime will not be a major political issue in 2022.  I think they’re dead wrong.  There will be plenty of cities and maybe even blue states that will vote Republican out of fear of lawlessness.

Another item that can be added to the list of positive signs is the mainstreaming of some formerly forbidden ideas.  Even though it is relegated to only single sources, a politician (Ron DeSantis) and a network journalist (Tucker Carlson) have both begun to talk openly about subjects like anti-white discrimination and targeted violence against white Americans by groups that are almost opnly sanctioned by federal law enforcement agencies.  The biggest instance is the FBI protecting BLM and Antifa from prosecution during their riots which featured intimidation of white people along with assault, arson and looting.  The fact that any mention of these conditions is now allowed to reach audiences at all is, I think, a game changer.  Raising awareness in the general population is the only way to reach a critical mass of people unwilling to put up with the madness that has overtaken us.

And finally, I think we are finally reaching a point where leadership may be emerging that is willing to work toward toppling the oligarchy that has us by the throat.  Trump was the first taste of that.  He was suppressed pretty successfully by the combination of the media and the deep state.  Someone like DeSantis may be the next iteration in this process.  He is a politician and he has run a large state government.  He may have a plan to take charge of the federal government and reform it.  And by reform it I mean gut it.

So, these are the items I see and what has been going on.  In summary, the lousy job Dementia Joe has done on the economy, COVID and public safety seems poised to decimate the Democrats in Congress and state governments.  And some beginnings have emerged in some meaningful resistance to the outrageous assaults on American life that have gone on in the last year or two.

But none of these things represent a meaningful reversal of the already disastrous status quo.  It isn’t enough to capture the Congress or even the White House.  Policies must be rolled back not only on paper but in practice.  Bureaucrats have to be fired so that policies that they dictate cannot be enforced even against the wishes of a president.  And in the realm of business nothing has been done to break the stranglehold that leftist corporations in Silicon Valley exercise over e-commerce and social media speech.  Conservatives are banned from presenting their views on most of the internet and stand to lose their livelihoods if they attempt to do so.  Donald Trump has stated that he intends to launch a social media company to give a home to conservatives looking to speak freely.  That sounds like a good start.  But what is really needed is an e-commerce platform that combines the e-commerce services of companies like PayPal, GoFundMe and YouTube.  And that’s a tall order.  In fact, I’d add in banking and credit card functions to that list.  All of these things have been weaponized against conservatives in the last few years.  Only companies that provide these services to conservatives without fear of cancellation will finally re-level the playing field for us.

Last word, we’ve seen a start to progress.  But we’re so far behind that it’ll be a good long time before we start seeing anything like winning.  Let’s hope 2022 is the beginning of something more than just hope.

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8 months ago

Another good sign: The verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case.
I thought the jury showed remarkable sense and guts with that decision.