What is Wrong with This Picture?

Look at where the country is headed in the next few months.  Donald Trump is the popular choice for president with about half of the voters in the United States.  And he is almost certainly going to be convicted of felonies in up to four different state and federal court legal trials.  Theoretically he could be given a combination of sentences that easily exceeds his life expectancy.

Now what is anyone to make of this?  It’s patently absurd.  Without even going through the charges like the hush money trial which obviously stretches the underlying statute completely out of its jurisdiction, all the charges are political prosecutions that have never been used in the way they are being presented.  An obvious example is the case involving classified documents.  Joe Biden had many classified documents in his possession and was in fact proven to be allowing someone without a security clearance to access these documents and he has been completely exempted from criminal penalties.  The naked fact that these are political prosecutions is impossible to obscure from insiders or the general public.

If Trump loses or is excluded from the presidential race then his future looks to be as a political prisoner in the banana republic jail that the Democrats now maintain for their enemies.  But even if he wins the election there may be state charges that even as president, he cannot pardon himself from.  What are we to imagine about the legitimate president of the United States officiating over his office from a state penitentiary?  Will he be allowed to leave the jail cell for the State of the Union speech?  How will his secret service detail spend their time behind bars?  Will they have to spend time watching over him in the dining room, the prison yard and in the workshop making license plates?

The blatant overreach and the pretense that all of this is legal and measured will probably strike anyone who isn’t a Democrat partisan zealot as proof that we’ve completely left equal treatment under the law far behind.  And that is the part that I believe makes this present situation novel.

What we will see will be the delegitimizing of the claim that this is a nation of laws.  There will be an ironclad example that proves that justice in present day America is no different than what existed in Stalin’s Soviet show trials or Mao’s Cultural Revolution struggle sessions or the Committee of Public Safety during the French Revolutionary Reign of Terror.  “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”

So, this is a lesson that I learned over the course of the last four years.  Now the rest of America, even the most brain-dead will get a clear view of this on display.  I suppose the rest of the world will see it too.  And the myth of equal justice will be laid to rest.

But there’s a follow-on test we will observe.  What happens after this lesson is learned.  If the Left gets away with this and Americans just knuckle under to it, then we’ll also see another myth exposed.  That’s the one that says that Americans are proud of their freedom and won’t tolerate a tyrant.  That’s the one I’m waiting to find out about.  I can’t say I’m overly hopeful about this second one either.

How Do You Un-Crash the Country to Win an Election?

I think a pretty good case could be made that the Democrats and the Deep State manufactured two crises in 2020 to scuttle Donald Trump’s reelection.  The FBI used Antifa and BLM to gin up the George Floyd riots and then the CIA released the COVID virus and the CDC and Fauci orchestrated the destruction of the US economy afterwards.  Now that’s a mighty desperate gambit.  And even with the mail in ballot scam it barely worked.

But you could say it worked too well.  Between the disruptions to life caused by urban crime and the business disruptions caused by everything that went on, the United States hasn’t been able to get back to normal.  But then how do you avoid the stigma of running a circus like this?

Apparently, you don’t.  Joe Biden is as popular as leprosy, even among Democrats.  Even someone as in the tank for the Democrats as James Carville is telling whoever will listen to him that Biden will lose in a matchup with Trump.  Apparently, Trump hatred isn’t enough to blind Carville to the reality of how bad “Bidenomics” is really playing out across the country.  The claims that inflation is in the low single digits aren’t fooling the people paying the bills in American households.  And trumpeting low unemployment numbers doesn’t comfort people working two jobs and still unable to pay their rent bill.

And that’s just the, “it’s the economy stupid” dimension to the state of things.  The total list of problems is staggering.

If you live or work in a city you have

  • violent crime
  • disappearing retail stores because of organized looting
  • squalor associated with homeless encampments
  • dysfunctional schools
  • and race hatred running amok

Drugs and illegal aliens have flooded the country.  And everyone is dealing with corporate and government systemic racism branded as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Government agencies are continuously making proclamations declaring the United States as a hotbed of white supremacy and putting out guidelines to remind us of, and proselytize our children against, our various sins.

Well, then how do they win the next election.  Can they just depend on election fraud for everything?  It seems kinda dicey.  And so, I think that explains the various wars.  Dementia Joe has been doing his best wag the dog act now for a year and a half.  But despite pulling out all the stops the only ones buying it are the true believers and the people who make their money off of the war machine.  So then, what’s left to do?  I guess we’ll find out.

Honestly, I’m at the point where I wouldn’t be surprised by anything the Left does to remain in power.  Fraud and kangaroo courts have already made their appearance as political strategies.  Martial law and suspension of elections would be the next logical extension.

But it begs the question, could they have already done so much damage to the country’s sense of normalcy and well-being that they have undermined their own legitimacy?  Of course, it’s hard to know for sure.  The last time we were this far over the edge was probably the civil war.  And back then each side was united in its struggle to win the war.  Currently there is a three-way split of the population.  One third Left, one third Right and one third in the middle.  I guess it’s possible for things to get so bad that the middle third might jump far enough to the Right to even overrule fraud and banana republic tactics.  I’m not saying it will but there’s enough doubt that maybe it might.

Anyway, I think about such things when I listen to the news and watch the various talking heads talk.  I entered the working world during Jimmy Carter’s term in office.  Inflation was so bad in 1980 that the cheapest insurance company in town gave all of its employees a bonus in the middle of the year just because they felt so bad for us.  But the economic conditions today are much, much worse.  I realize that the Democrats in 1980 were loyal Americans and today they’re Bolsheviks but maybe there are enough independents to help us save the country.  I’m not staking my life on it.  I’m just wistfully hoping it could happen.

25AUG2023 – Babylon Bee Laugh for Today

Once again pretty dead on.  Every day Biden has a new low point.  Telling the bereaved Hawaiians about how his car was almost burned was a another new low.  Keep it coming Joe.  Let’s these people know what they’ve voted for.  A dishonest moron.

The Best Part of Living in a Banana Republic

There are lots of really terrible consequences of living under a tyranny where none of the protections of a free society exist.  And when you happen to be a despised minority in that country it’s even worse.  At any moment you can be stripped of your privacy, your dignity, your livelihood, your possessions, your freedom, even your life.  You have to watch while those in charge break their own laws and suffer no consequences while innocent men are persecuted and hounded out of public life just because they speak the truth.

But one great advantage of living in clown world is that you get to laugh at all the clowns.  And what an array.  Joe Biden.  Now there’s a rich vein.  Any and every day that he’s on video is comic gold.  Will he fall down, break into gibberish, wander off stage because he’s befouled himself?  Or will he just lie so outrageously that his handlers will have to pretend that he didn’t say what he obviously said.

Or how about his press secretary?  That vacuous nitwit who has to deflect half the questions because there’s just no sane answer that doesn’t include admitting that her boss is a crook.

And what about Hunter Biden?  A man who beds his dead brother’s widow and smokes crack on video while being serviced by underage prostitutes while acting as the bagman for the influence peddling of his corrupt father.  Oh, and he gets like a half million dollars for his finger paintings too.

Or how about the voters of New York City or LA or Chicago or any of the several dozen big cities that have voted in mayors and district attorneys that are now reducing those cities to crime-ridden hell holes in the name of “equity?”

And how about Anthony Fauci?  That’s the best one of all.  Here’s a man who could switch from swearing that vaccines were a panacea to admitting vaccines protected no one at the drop of a hat.  He could say that there was no chance the virus came from a lab and then say there was a very good chance it did.  This man is a consummate liar and he even does it with a smile on his face.

So, this is the silver lining in living in the gulag.  You don’t have to pretend to believe any of it.  Not one thing.  If someone defends the dear leader or talks about the great economy we enjoy or cheerleads for Ukraine there’s one universal reply.

Laughter.

It’s as simple as that.  No anger, no denial, no argument.  Just derisive laughter and walking away.  Nothing else speaks as clearly and powerfully as that.  It’s the perfect retort when a patently absurd statement has been made.  Obviously, it is being made by a partisan hack.  It’s like when that CNN stooge started talking about how family values were a cornerstone of Joe Biden’s political persona.  This was being said about a man who showered naked with his teenage daughter and raised up Hunter Biden to be a crack-smoking, stripper-banging scumbag.  When someone says something like that, derisive laughter is the only reasonable reply.  Well, at least short of violence against the perpetrator which isn’t allowed in a banana republic against one of the regime toadies.

But there are limits.  If the one making the statement is an FBI or IRS agent you might want to keep a straight face and remain silent.  After all banana republics have notoriously dangerous dungeons where enemies of the state sometimes end up.  But if the regime toady is just your neighbor or some rando you ran into then have at it and enjoy yourself to the max.  Let a few tears leak out and slap him heartily on his back to show you appreciate the hilarious joke he’s just uttered.

Yes, that is our only pleasure.  And they say laughter is the best medicine.  We’re gonna need it.

 

El Presidente

Hard news.  No corned beef was to be had at the local grocery store.  So now we have cabbage and potatoes and no beef.  Shocking and depressing.  Well, we’ll see.  If we have it another day it’ll count.

Out in the real world today.  Some bank business and visiting some folks.  Got back to my regular exercise routine after a week of snow shoveling.  Finally had a chance to listen to the ZMan’s podcast this afternoon.  It was a discussion of the Irish “Troubles.”  He explains how some of the lessons learned there could be applied to our situation with respect to the occupying army we face.

Looking through the news articles I saw that various federal and state prosecutors are trying to get up the nerve to indict Donald Trump for everything from soliciting sex (Stormy Daniels) to treason.  And another article said that YouTube has restored Trump’s account on the video site.  Boy, do they hate that guy.

But the biggest stories are about failing banks.  Apparently, a reckoning is finally setting in over our reckless, seemingly endless trillions of dollars conjured out of thin air.  You can see it happening.  In 2008 we saw the first wave.  After the Bush II wars and the loosening of home mortgage requirements had maxed out the federal government’s credit card, the investment banks were overleveraged and Lehman Brothers sank under the weight.  The Fed rescued the even bigger banks and GM and we saw the beginning of “too big to fail.”  The stock market has been propped up by zero interest rates for a decade and more but with the COVID debacle and the insane energy policies of the Greenies, inflation has roared back to life and so the government economists tried to raise the prime rate to tame this inflation.  But that puts all these zero rate bonds under water.  And the little banks then see people stampeding out looking for a way to get some return on their money.

And the result is smaller investment banks like SVB go bust.  Now it’s thought the Fed will stop increasing the interest rates and maybe even back it down.  And that will reignite inflation and impoverish the working class.  “Well so what?” says Joe Biden, “as long as the banks stay open.”

And we hear that consolidation is ahead and when the dust settles there will be only four or five banks left.  And since those banks are too big to fail what it really means is that the banks are really now just another name for the US Treasury.  And that’s supposed to make us feel better.

But what’s the next step?  So essentially the US government now guarantees all of our money in all banks.  And not just $250,000 or $500,000 but however much you have.  And what’s next?  When another big corporation starts failing like Google or Meta will the Feds prop it up too?  And what about smaller companies?  You see where this goes.  There will be one car company, one giant retailer, one appliance company, one social media company, etc. and all of them will be propped up by Uncle Sam.  And the employees of those companies are effectively employees of the government.

What is being described is a socialist country like Britain in the 1970s, or as the worst case, the Soviet Union.  Long before we get to that endpoint our currency will no longer be considered the world’s reserve currency.  It will be considered toilet paper.  But the way things are going nobody will do anything about it.  Nobody wants to rock the boat.  We just slowly settle into endless bureaucracy, mediocrity and dependence.

So, in this pathetic version of 1984, Big Brother is Joe Biden; a lying dementia case who smiles or shouts or cries depending on which lies he’s selling that day.  But somehow he’ll have to explain away the fact that America is becoming Cuba.  I guess he can buy an olive drab uniform, grow a beard, smoke a cigar and start calling himself “El Presidente.”  Yeah, it’s about right.

Update:

Chemist replies:

Not so fast, Photog. The US government will not guarantee all the deposits in all of the banks. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that: uninsured deposits, would only be covered in the event that a “failure to protect uninsured depositors would create systemic risk and significant economic and financial consequences.”
Josh Hawley relied: “Let me translate that, you only get protection if you’re a woke billionaire who gives a lot of money to Democrats.”

I can easily see Biden letting a red state bank fail and telling the red state depositors to suck it up. Just like he is letting the people in East Palestine suffer.
If you vote GOP you don’t matter in Biden’s America.”

You make a good point Chemist.  If Gavin Newsome asks Uncle Joe to help out he will.  If I might lose money that would be a source of humor and nothing else.

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A Red-Pilled America

What happens when everyone knows the country is rigged?  What is lost when half the country thinks they’ve witnessed the end of honest presidential elections?  I have to assume that Joe Biden thinks the answer to those two questions is nothing.  And maybe he’s right.  After all, he’s still president, the FBI has the dissidents from January 6th tucked away in prison and he’s just hired 87,000 new IRS agents to punish that half of the country who don’t like him.  And maybe he’s planning to stage a repeat performance on election day this year.  But if he believes that I think he’s wrong.

I think one of America’s greatest strengths was the belief by a large majority of its citizens that this was an honest place where the rules were followed and the will of the people was abided by.  I think the belief in that provided the leaders with enormous legitimacy which the American people would rally around when an emergency or crisis required them to unify their efforts and make sacrifices.  Probably the greatest example was World War II.  Our fathers selflessly signed up for the war in the millions even before the draft was initiated.  They sacrificed their lives to protect their country in a tremendous show of patriotism.

On a smaller scale a similar wave of patriotic zeal swept over the country after 9/11/2001.  Even pacifists and socialists rallied round the flag and supported the war and the actions that had to be taken to protect the country.  We even sacrificed some of our freedoms by supporting the Patriot Act.  So, belief in the legitimacy of the government and trust in the honesty of our leaders was a big part of why the United States was a tremendous force in the world.  We believed we were the real deal.

So that’s all gone.  Tens of millions of Americans now know that the government is run by dishonest men.  The FBI and the other intelligence agencies might as well be the mafia as far as their brutality and dishonesty is concerned.  We’ve seen judges, federal law enforcement and other deep state actors conspire to spread lies, arrest and jail innocent men and harass and obstruct the orders of our duly elected officials.  And soon over a hundred million Americans and maybe more will be convinced that this country is now corrupt and ruled by an oligarchy that will do and say whatever it takes to hold onto power.

But so what?  What practical effect will this have on America?  Well, I think it’s already having a large effect on this country.  I think the world knows we’re no longer a united country.  I think that’s why Russia, China and a growing number of countries are beginning to break away from the global economic order that we have established.  And that’s part of the reason that our economy is beginning to flounder.  The dollar isn’t as strong as it once was.  And our friends and enemies no longer look at us in the same way.  They know we’re not as strong militarily because no one will rally round the flag any longer.  Who would lay down his life for an illegitimate government that hates him?  No one.

And this is just the beginning.  Biden has plenty more damage he wants to do.  Unchecked illegal immigration and FBI sponsored inner city crime is now a permanent reality.  As the economy deteriorates, confiscatory tax policies will surely follow to keep the government afloat.  So as public support for the government sinks our stature in the world will diminish accordingly.  Even third rate countries like Iran and Venezuela will stop fearing us and begin flouting our orders.

And that will be just a reflection of the way Americans feel about their own government.  Basically, they no longer respect it.  They only fear it.  And as we saw with the Soviet Union, even a government that controls its people through a reign of terror will eventually grind itself down to nothing through loss of legitimacy.

It’s hardly a point of pride that the Democrats will ultimately destroy their own power by debasing the United States but it does provide hope that once they crash the economy even massive voter fraud may be insufficient to keep them in office.  At that point it may be possible to salvage the country.

Thoughts on Our New Status as a Banana Republic

Tomorrow and Wednesday I’m on the road.  So, posting will be iffy.  Of course, now that Brandon is unleashing the Stasi and the IRS to round up all of us Yellow Star folks maybe I’ll be stopped at the state border and forced into a cattle car.  I hope there will be lots of straw in the cattle car.  That stuff keeps the smell down in cattle cars, I hear.

Seriously, I feel the Left and their allies in the Deep State have crossed the Rubicon.  At this point I don’t think they’ll hesitate to come after all their enemies and punish them with every trick in the book.  I expect really bad stuff to begin happening to just about anyone they can identify as “not their friend.”

You know I expected this type of thing to happen but I didn’t think it would bother me as much as it does.  It really is a complete break with the America that I believed in as a young man.  This is no different from the East Germany that we read about back in the 1970s.  It’s right in line with the things I read in Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago.  There’s the bang on the door at night and jack-booted thugs carrying off someone into the dark.  Secret courts and show trials and rat-like characters like Merrick Garland and Joe Biden.

And of course, we will be powerless to hold any of these people responsible.  Just as with the Summer of George rioting and the election fraud in 2020 those responsible won’t suffer any consequences.  Whereas innocent people will have their lives ruined and be imprisoned and robbed of their livelihood by these rats.

Joe Biden and his drug-addled son Hunter shake down China and Ukraine for millions and there are no consequences even when the moron leaves evidence of his crimes out in the open.  The FBI and the media are his fixers and they’ll make sure that nothing interrupts the graft and corruption.  But at this point only the brain dead are unaware of the depths of Biden’s dishonesty and incompetence.

November truly will be the acid test.  If the Democrats aren’t swept out of power in a tidal wave, then there is literally no hope for this once free country.  If the Democrats aren’t banished then either the American people are already brain dead or the election fraud is so thorough that we’ll never see a fair election again.  And even if the Republicans take back the House and Senate, Biden’s re-animated corpse will still be torturing our country for two more years.  With tens of thousands of new IRS employees Biden will use the death by a thousand paper cuts on his enemies’ supporters.

Well, enough whining.  It’s only a few months until November and I’m sure I can keep busy working and playing until then.  And as the Good Book says “The truth shall set you free.”  It’s better to have the bad news than to be confused by the lies.  If the bad guys have won it’s best to know.  Then you can make the decisions you need to in order to figure out Plan B.

FBI Raids Mar A Lago – US Officially a Banana Republic

So they’ve taken the final step.

It’s great to see that the Stasi are doing everything they can to alienate half the country.  If we are able to take back control of the government it should be easy to find the votes to fire and cancel the pensions of most of the rats currently holed up in the Justice Department.  That should be the campaign slogan for 2022 and 2024.

So what we have are two separate standards of justice and selective enforcement based on the political alignment of the individual.  If you are Democrats or their agents you can burn down cities and even kill innocent citizens with complete impunity.  But even if you’re the former republican President of the United States you will be deprived of your constitutional protections using trumped up charges and corrupt Washington DC judges to do the bidding of Democrat political operatives in the Justice Department.

I’d say today marks the official beginning of the United States as a banana republic.  Don’t be surprised by anything.  Should really do wonders for the Democrats chances in November.  I wonder if this might get Brandon’s approval rating into the single digits by tomorrow.