Earlier in Rochester, NY. BLM harassing a "anti-black business". These "protests" are inside private businesses now. At what point does anybody step in to help the citizenry? They were ordering them to shut down. Feels like a shakedown every time. They are the mob. #ROC pic.twitter.com/vJbeCDOlBw— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) October 31, 2020
Last year, I predicted that Donald Trump would lose the 2020 election and that Conservatism, Inc. would collapse and would lose its ability to corral these people. I didn’t see COVID or the George Floyd riots coming which have greatly accelerated the changes that I expected to take place.
“If you want to get a taste of what American politics will be like in 2021 if Joe Biden becomes president, let me refer you to a new video put out by elected Republican officials in Idaho, objecting to state and local efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic through public health measures such as mask mandates and the closing of spaces where people congregate indoors.
It is nothing short of a warning of rebellion.
“We further resolve that any [public health] order issued in the future will be ignored,” says one state representative, unless it comports with their understanding of “our God-given rights.”
Other highlights include the lieutenant governor sitting in her truck and holding up a Bible and a gun, and most chillingly, the party’s nominee for a state representative seat referring to “the fact that a pandemic may or may not be occurring.” …”
In order to get rid of an incompetent narcissist and blowhard like Donald Trump who ultimately did nothing but tax cuts and criminal justice reform, the Democrats have treated him like he was the second coming of Adolf Hitler. They impeached him. They censored his supporters. They weaponized the FBI. They turned a blind eye to Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioting for months and burning down cities. The news media was always biased, but now it filters the news through a political narrative of “systemic racism.” Everything is now about “white supremacy” including sports, music, brands, etc. Unlike Charlottesville, it is not even “a story about race in America” when Antifa actually kills Patriots.
“If Joe Biden beats Donald Trump decisively next week, this election may be remembered as a hinge point in American history: the moment when a clear majority of voters acknowledged that there’s no turning back from America’s transformation into a nation of kaleidoscopic diversity, a future that doesn’t rely on a backward-facing promise to make America great again. But that doesn’t mean the voters who embody the nation’s future are guaranteed a lasting victory over those who feel threatened by it.
With Biden embracing America’s evolution and Trump appealing unrestrainedly to the white voters most fearful of it, the 2020 campaign marks a new peak in the most powerful trend shaping politics in this century. Over the past two decades, and especially since Barack Obama’s election in 2008, voters have re-sorted among the parties and thus reconfigured the central fault line between them. Today Republicans and Democrats are divided less by class or region than by attitudes toward the propulsive demographic, cultural, and economic shifts remaking 21st-century America. On one side, Republicans now mobilize what I’ve called a “coalition of restoration”; on the other, Democrats assemble a “coalition of transformation.” …
That’s possible, but it remains less likely than in 2016, because the voters opposing him appear determined to turn out in much higher numbers, too. I’ve often said that modern American politics can be reduced to a single question: How long can Paducah tell Seattle what to do? Next week the answer may be that Seattle—that is, America’s future—has mobilized to reclaim control of the nation’s direction from Paducah—its past—and perhaps by a resounding margin. …
A Republican Party deepening its reliance on the most racially resentful white voters, as Democrats more thoroughly represent the nation’s accelerating diversity, could test the bonds of the union to the greatest extent since the Civil War. If Trump wins a second term, that crisis could come very quickly: Blue America isn’t likely to quietly acquiesce if a reelected Trump follows through on any of his multiple threats to criminalize his opponents, deploy large numbers of federal law-enforcement officers to blue cities, or pursue punitive actions against media institutions and technology companies he considers threats.
Winning next week would give Biden an opportunity to temper partisan hostilities and “bind up the nation’s wounds,” as Lincoln put it. But through his long career, the former vice president has not often shown the dexterity required to satisfy the ascendant left in his own party while building meaningful bridges to the other party. Nor is there much reason to believe that the Republicans left in Congress after a big Democratic win—a group that would be concentrated in Trump country even more than today’s GOP caucus—would have much interest in reaching back out to Biden. The 2020 election has been among the most vitriolic and divisive America has ever experienced, with the prospect of further disruption and even violence still lingering in its aftermath. But all of that may be just the opening bell for a decade that tests the nation’s cohesion like few others ever have.”
The idea that Joe Biden is going to “temper partisan hostilities” and “bind up the nation’s wounds” after what has taken place is laughable. Instead, it is much more reasonable to assume that the Right will react to a Joe Biden victory in much the same way that the Left reacted to Trump’s victory. It will be seen as an apocalyptic, existential political and cultural defeat. What happens then?
Maybe nothing will happen and America will “return to normal” and go back to the Obama era like Joe Biden has promised his voters. The polls which show Republican approval of political violence starting to outpace Democrat support for political violence WILL NOT spill out into the streets which is what happened with Antifa after the 2016 election. There won’t be an explosion in the Patriot movement and these Patriots won’t go out looking for a fight like we saw in Portland and Kenosha.
If the Democrats win the 2020 election, will Antifa and Black Lives Matter demobilize or will it prove impossible for Joe Biden to rein those forces back in after the perception settles that political violence worked in getting rid of Trump? What happens if the Patriot groups adopt those same tactics and come out and start fighting with them without Trump around to act as a big pacifier? It is easy to imagine these street battles becoming a vortex of violence that absorb the attention of the media and which rip apart the country as partisans choose sides in the grand finale of the culture war.
Anyway, that is what I fear will happen. In retrospect, we will look back on the media celebrating Antifa punching Richard Spencer as a historic moment when an important line was crossed. This was roughly the moment when the Left decided that political violence and censorship was a legitimate tactic that could be used against the incipient fascism of the Right. Similarly, Kyle Rittenhouse was the moment when the Right decided that violence was a legitimate tactic that could be used against the incipient anarchism of the Left. It was all downhill from that moment at Trump’s inauguration.
Note: Donald Trump was never a fascist. Richard Spencer wasn’t another Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini. If the Left is willing to use violence, censorship, impeachment, blacklisting, racial demonization and so forth to get its way, can it complain when the Right becomes authoritarian?
Note: Assuming Donald Trump squeaks out a victory in the electoral college next week, it will be the Left that will lose its mind. Either way, the result will likely be the same. If it continues to go down this road, the country is eventually going to collapse one way or the other.