Jackals Eating Jackals at the Shrinking Water Hole

This is hilarious.  Brooklyn Councilman, Ari Kagan whose Coney Island district was eliminated in the latest gerrymandering exercise will switch parties to the Republicans so that he can attempt to steal the Bay Ridge seat of fellow Brooklyn Democrat Justin Brannan.  But it gets better.  Not only is Kagan a Democrat Councilman he’s also a Democrat district leader.  So he’s a mover and shaker in the Democrat party but he’ll officially run as a Republican to steal this seat from a fellow Democrat.

And so far the Democrat party is only hemming and hawing about this political piracy that Kagan is attempting.  They haven’t stripped him of his leadership position or condemned him for the blatant hypocrisy of his actions.  Their only statement talks about taking appropriate steps and a vague warning about his leadership post being in jeopardy.  In other words they’ll wait and see if he wins.  So for the next year he’ll go to party meetings and everyone knows he’s running as a Republican but it’s business as usual.

You’ve really got to hand it to the Evil Party.  They live up to their name in spades.  And somewhere in the background is the Stupid Party allowing themselves to be used in this little bout of political blood sport.  I’m sure Kagan is waving around a promise to really become a Republican and as sure as death and taxes he’ll switch back to the Dems the day after he wins the election.

“Brannan blasted Kagan’s expected move.  “Frankly, I’m embarrassed for him,” he said. “This is just desperate and sad. When you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.””

The old guard in these old cities is losing its political base and they’ll be hacking away at each other over the tiny scraps of safe space that still remain.  The future belongs to AOC and a new generation of nitwits.  Sucks being them.

Is It Just the Economy, Stupid?

The polls seem to indicate that the Democratic Party is going to receive the equivalent of a good stiff knee to the groin on Tuesday night.  Of course, that’s wonderful news and no surprise.  But analyzing the reason why is important too.  If this is completely explained by the double-digit inflation and the skyrocketing crime wave engulfing the cities then it’s still good news.  But I hope it’s more than that.

What I’m hoping is that it is partially explained by a large chunk of independent voters reacting to the Democrats’ behavior during the lockdowns.  Being bullied for two years and then finding out that the bullying was all for nothing should have a lot of people really angry.  And now that more people are realizing how dangerous the side effects from these unnecessary and ineffective drugs are I can imagine that adding to the anger and the desire to get some payback.

You might ask why it matters if it’s more than just a reflex action by people unhappy about inflation and crime.  It’s simple.  If there’s any hope of this country returning things to sanity (never mind normalcy) it will depend on a solid majority rejecting the Democrat party categorically.  They have to stop seeing the two parties as legitimate alternatives.  We’ll only start fixing things when the Democrats can be kept out of power for a couple of cycles.  Enough time has to pass that laws can be passed to repair the damage that’s been done to the institutions of government.  All vestiges of the programs and policies that the Democrats have promulgated must be flushed down the drain and reasonable policies adopted.  And that will only happen when a stable majority that rejects their madness has emerged.

Of course, that assumes that such a majority exists.  I often wonder whether there are enough sane people among the Millennials and their younger brethren to allow this country to recover.  I think it’s far from certain that there are that many normal people in the next generation.  But we’ll get a chance to find out starting Tuesday.  And we’ll need to run the table from now on until things improve.  2022, 2024, 2026, 2028, 20230, 2032.  That’s a really long time to hold onto power in Washington.  The last time that happened was during the Reagan era.  The Republicans held the White House for twelve years.  Of course, Bush Senior was a RINO who single-handedly handed the country over to the Clintons by lousing everything up.

It would take an extraordinarily savvy politician to manage the fickle American electorate for that amount of time.  Basically, it’ll take a miracle.  And the Stupid Party doesn’t do miracles.  They do stupid.  But stranger things have happened.  The exact right man may appear at the exact right time and save us from the miserable fate that seems to be pursuing us.

But one thing’s for sure.  We’ll never have a more compelling case for kicking the Democrats out of power than we have right now.  Inflation, recession, crime, culture war madness, COVID fascism, you name it.  What happens after that is a matter of political savvy and determination.  And of course, a large dollop of luck.

Dunwich Public Service

Here in Dunwich the Evil Party and the Stupid Party cooperate.  Typically, First Selectman Cthulhu represents the Evil Party and negotiates with the Stupid Party to determine whom he’ll eat first and whom he’ll leave for last.  In between these two cases the order of the other meals can be a surprise both for Cthulhu and the ingestees.  Basically, they’re all living in the moment.  If the First Selectman happens to be feeling a might peckish then even without any provocation from the various entrees, he may decide to indulge in a snack.  And conversely, if the partisan antics of the Stupid Party are indulged in too strenuously, then even a sated or even a queasy Cthulhu may be forced to quiet the proceedings by the process of elimination.

But after those discussions were done, we got down to the business of making the Great Old Ones great again.  Apparently, Dunwich has a four hundredth anniversary this year.  On that day in 1622 Cthulhu ate his first Englishman and really, really liked it.  For that reason, he signed in blood (someone else’s) the official charter allowing Puritans the exclusive right to colonize what would come to be known as Dunwich.  Although back then it was known as New Dunwich.  In exchange, the inhabitants agreed to forfeit their immortal souls and pay an eight percent sales and real estate tax in perpetuity.  That Cthulhu really is evil.  Anyway, the anniversary committee gave its report and recommended fire works and a school pageant.  Blah, blah, blah.

At the meeting I was held forth as a candidate for the office of Keeper of the Condiments.  This is a high honor and comes with the additional perk that as the purveyor of barbecue sauce for the First Selectman I would be very unlikely to be eaten.  Of course, it is a highly demanding job and some folks think it slightly cruel.  Before every meeting of the selectmen, I am charged with slathering them with barbecue sauce from head to foot.  Most nights it’s just a formality but then again you never know.  It would also be my job to keep on hand a thousand-yard spool of nylon rope to be available for use as dental floss as needed.  But of course, replenishing the supply is only a very occasional chore.

I must confess that I have my qualms about accepting the nomination.  I mean, it’s not that I don’t despise all of the members of the Stupid Party.  After all, they are invertebrates of the first water with no hint of courage or even conscience.  As cocktail hors d’oeuvres for a squid headed dragon they would enjoy their finest hour.  But wasting that much barbecue sauce on these slugs just rankles.  If it was just ketchup or mustard, I think I’d be okay with it but my upbringing was always “waste not want not.”

But what the hell.  I need the cash.  Things have gotten expensive and the job comes with a pension and a tax exemption and eight percent is eight percent after all.  And all things considered it’s not the worst position in the town hall.  I’ve heard being the First Selectman’s Keeper of the Bicarbonate is a lot worse.  I don’t like to think about that one.

The Only Thing That Can Cure Stupid is Pain

Somebody or other once said that stupidity is the most powerful force in the Universe.  And I think that is true.  Another name for stupidity is inertia.  It is what the mind must move to bring intelligence to brute existence.  And it is why nothing can be accomplished without enormous amounts of pain and death.  The spark of intelligence is resisted by the inertia of stupidity.  And the process of intelligence overcoming stupidity is a variety of evolution.  Life adapts to the changing Universe and becomes better adapted to its surroundings in a never-ending dance.

In our human microcosm we attempt to become better adapted to the human environment.  But there are many conflicting forces at work.  Human cooperation and conflict exist at the same time and they can never be statically balanced.  They are always dynamically interacting and so anytime you try to depend on some temporary relationship between them you run the risk of being blind-sided by change.  The only way to stay on the “right side of history” is when you force history to go where you want it to go.

And that is what we see going on today.  The Stupid Party wants to follow the rules from yesterday assuming that the Evil Party will follow those rules too.  What they don’t see is that the Evil Party is making up new rules as it goes along.  And those rules are just whatever ensures that it will be winning and its enemies will be losing.  Evolution is the Stupid Party getting replaced by a Less Stupid Party.  We have no choice but to evolve in our thinking or become grease for the wheels that turn the world.

If the progs want to demonize the police and deify George Floyd then we have to let them burn the cities down.  That’s where reality will burn the fingers of the stupid people living there who bought into BLM and “Defund the Police.”  They must find out exactly what defund the police looks like, up close and personal.  When every store goes out of business from shop lifting and every subway car is filled with predators and prey then it will become clear why George Floyd wasn’t a saint.  He was a disease.  He was a career criminal who swam in a sea of dysfunction.  He existed because this society tolerates a subculture that embraces criminality.  When every inhabitant of a city gets to meet George Floyd on any random day; gets robbed by him or assaulted by him, then they will truly understand what BLM and defund the police represents for their lives.  It represents the law of the jungle, kill or be killed.

So, I’m very encouraged every time I read about another atrocity in New York, Chicago or Baltimore.  Whereas I mourn for the senseless destruction of life and the terror and pain inflicted on innocents in these places, I also recognize that evolution is taking place.  Stupidity is being educated the only way it can be.  With pain and even death.  When we have a nation, whose cities are populated by people who would rather have cops in charge than gangbangers and homeless schizophrenics then we will have really evolved.