"One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words 'Socialism' and 'Communism' draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, 'Natural Cure' quack, pacifist and feminist in England. The Food Crank is by definition a person willing to cut himself off from human society in hopes of adding five years to his carcase; that is, a person out of touch with common humanity ..." -- George Orwell, 'The Road to Wigan Pier"
My last post about the shortcomings of the political left in the context of a civil war met with some interesting responses in the comments, e-mail and personal conversations.
The most interesting responses came from the political right (or people one can reasonably imagine or assume to be 'of the right'), and all were generally negative, quibbling, and full of a pregnant defeatism that is most disheartening, particularly when they come from people who will describe themselves as 'real' conservatives and 'patriots'.
These people have been so beaten down -- morally, intellectually, physically -- that they have lapsed into a state of apathy that makes one wonder about their 'patriotism' and 'conservatism' (and I use the lowercase in both instances because these folks are generally neither; they have just assumed a label but have no deep beliefs or principles). One gets the impression that these people have, half-heartedly....no, quarter-heartedly...attached themselves to the appellation of 'republican' solely because the alternative leaves an even worse taste in their mouths. The connection is one, therefore, of mere convenience, because it appears as if they haven't the stomach for any fight on behalf of their stated beliefs whatsoever.
I'm wrong about the Left, they all tell me in unison, and often with the same exact words and repetitive arguments I've heard for more than 30 years (since the Clinton Era!). A collection of pessimistic parrots, a parade of negativist knuckleheads who live in a tiny little world devoid of imagination, their time spent praying for the impossible and listening to a constant drumbeat of disconfirming propaganda spewed out over airwaves and internet by a collection of questionable mentalities from the radio, the internet and cable news.
They've swallowed the Left's noxious mix of Conservative Chow, aided and abetted by Conservative, Inc. -- the Coulters, the Hannitys, the Levins, the Frenchs, Noonans, and the rest of the Hit Parade of Hobgoblins, all given the blessing of a vast array of 'spiritual leaders' who probably bugger little boys, snort tremendous amounts of cocaine, and probably have made just as many pilgrimages to Lolita island as Billy Jeff.
But YOU'RE wrong. History says you are. Few leftist coalitions in history have survived the achievement of a limited goal and the ones that did only managed to do so by means of murder and terrorism. The first victims of the leftist Urge to Purge after victory is always other leftists.
The nature of leftist coalitions, themselves, lead to implosion, because they cannot agree with one another and because the 'struggle' is merely the means by which one group attempts to displace another within the leftist hierarchy.
The infighting gets even more-vicious when it comes to dividing the spoils.
Orwell knew this. Orwell only took dozens of opportunities to point this salient fact out in his novels, reportage and essays, and I'm guessing that those who disagree with me the most have never read any of it beyond "Animal Farm" or "1984" (and mostly because those two books told them what they already thought they knew, and the rest was just noise, rather than context).
Orwell knew it in his very bones, for even having been a declared and active 'Socialist', they tried to kill him. The NKVD (forerunner of the KGB) had him marked for death; the Spanish Communists on whose side he fought wanted to kill him. So did the Nazis and his 'comrades' all over Europe. Before he died it is told -- and if the story is not true, it would be justice if it were -- that he turned on all of them, and ratted them all out on his deathbed.
This is the immutable nature of leftist movements.
So, for those of you who don't pay attention, here's some indications that my main thesis -- the left is incapable of providing a unified front because it consists of dis-united people whose only common denominators are envy, fear, and shared discontent -- here's some proof, for just the last week ALONE (no particular order):
* 26 democrats have decided not to run for re-election to Congress in 2022, as of this weekend. That number will surely rise. The majority fear a primary from their left (and the lynch mobs that come with that, nowadays), or believe that their brethren have so alienated the voting public that even democrats will refuse to vote for them, making defeat -- and unemployment -- inevitable.
Note that no democrats in a 'safe' district (defined as 'gerrymandered for the benefit of the Maxine Waters type) has announced an intention "to retire".
These people are being driven out of office either by the fear of their far-left compatriots, or because the same has made their position untenable. If they had the far-left whackos on their side, they wouldn't be skedaddling.
* Paul Begala, that waste of human gametes and Clinton scrotum-licker this past week on CNNMSNBCNBCCBSABCNPR (it actually doesn't matter, as they're all the same Ministry of Propaganda) made a point that the "problem with the democrats" when it comes to not getting an agenda through Congress is not "the leadership" but rather "the followers".
This is a common theme among the left: if something is wrong, it is because THE PEOPLE HAVE FAILED, not the High Priests of Leftism. This is also a common theme among Islamofascists: if Islam has failed, it isn't God's fault -- it's because the faithful were insufficiently pious, and so did not deserve God's favor. The response, naturally, is a stricter adhesion to doctrine, a more fundamentalist interpretation of the tenets of the faith, a more-militant approach.
There are two ways to interpret this: the first is that Begala is simply trotting out the same shop-worn, oft-repeated excuse for failure that has been common since Marx -- if the Proles didn't get the Free Shit they expected, it's because the Proles weren't on their hands and knees begging to eat the peanuts out of Joe Biden's watery, septuagenarian shit.
The second is that you just haven't been obnoxious enough, Proles. Sure, you've burned cities, assaulted old people in the streets, broken windows, spray painted and fire-bombed synagogues, police stations and hospitals, but you haven't gone far enough. This, of course, totally ignores that the reason why Biden, etc., can't rain dollah-dollah on the Ghetto is because having gone as far as they already have, they have engendered not so much fear as pushback. The test of the Truly Faithful, according to Begala, is how far they are willing to go in order to overcome the pushback.
The separation between (bowel) movement and the "leadership" (because the leadership got what it wanted: the ability to stay in office to steal more) has already begun...stay tuned.
* Just as Paul Begala (and others) begin to point out the disunity on the left, the press miraculously trots out intimations that there is disunity on the Right, starting with a theme of there being friction and all sorts of chicanery between one Donald Trump and one Ron DeSantis.
First rule of propaganda, as per Josef Goebbels: accuse your enemy of doing exactly what you're doing. The leftist coalition is coming apart at the seams and to hide this fact the left will insist the real ungluing is on the right.
* Battles over the teaching of Critical Race Theory in American schools is causing parents groups all over the country to begin haranguing their local school boards, who in turn liken the parents to terrorists for having the temerity to believe they have and should play a role in their children's education. The darlings of the leftist apparatus -- the Teachers Unions -- have made themselves persona non grata in many places in this country with both their insistence on providing nothing that resembles education at great expense and with their self-serving COVID protocols nonsense.
The teachers, without any help from anyone else, continue to shoot themselves in the collective foot by portraying themselves as victims, too, an even-tougher sell in a day and age of COVID shutdowns that have resulted in mass unemployment while teachers continued to get paid for not working.
This is another problem the left has -- all aspects of it -- they are out of touch with everything that is not of the left, like irate, unemployed, striving-to-make-ends-meet parents who love their children. This selfishness and lack of self-awareness of the unionized teacher -- of any unionized government employee who has not had to suffer what the rest of us have -- even blinds them to the plight of their would-be comrades (i.e. "working people"). When it comes down to who gets the goodies, do you honestly believe "teachers" would take second-slot to "Trans Activist"? To "Black"? To "Dreamer"? To "Autoworker"? To "Coal Miner"?
And you can replace "teachers" with "social workers', "health care employee", "bureaucrat", whatever: the question answers itself every time.
No, the unions have staked out their positions, and made it clear that they are owed before everyone else, to the exclusion of their "allies".
* Since the beginning of the Biden Administration, the talk of Kamala NOT being on the ticket in 2024 has been a constant. She's been criticized within the Administration; She seems to shed staffers like a Husky sheds it's coat in June; she can't string three sentences together in a coherent manner that makes her look just as -- if not more -- mentally damaged than Joe.
And they keep trotting her out in public, anyway.
She was named Border Queen -- and did nothing. She was appointed High Priestess of the Supply Chain and nothing. Among her other tasks have been unionizing the entire US workforce (ever hear anything about this? Of course not), directing U.S. competitiveness in Space, making sure the entire planet gets broadband, pushing the Biden agenda of increased spending, spinning lowered expectations obscured by lofty language, apologizing for everything any American has ever done all over the planet, and keeping said planet from overheating.
Either she's a lousy multi-tasker, or they deliberately gave her things she can't handle, and maybe even more things she can't handle because her usefulness to Biden is over. She was the Black Woman on the TV screen that was needed until Election Day was over (to be fair, she thought they said "Erection Day").
And now that Kamala has been exposed for what she has always been, and Joe has become a national joke, you start to hear whisperings about Pete Buttigieg as VP in 2024 (because after an incompetent half-black woman, what we really need is an incompetent Homosexual). Hillary (the entire reason for Joe!) has emerged from under the floorboards to make presidentish-like noises.
The cracks are starting to widen.
* The vilification of Sens. Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin for their failures to back the Build Back Brandon boondoggle (payoffs to the left) and to allow Chuck Schumer to break a Senate rule in order to make a new rule (the filibuster) is reaching fever pitch.
Sinema, the lesbian, and once darling of the leftist cause, is now hounded everywhere she goes by angry libs, who will even follow her into a restroom with cameras (because "tolerance"). Manchin, once the champion of the working man, is now seen as a second-rate Trump overseeing just another section of the Basket of Deplorables (coal miners, destroyers of Mother Gaia).
Both have become the Anti-Christ of the American left. Because of them, the Spigot of Free Shit has been turned off. Because of the two of them, the entire planet will boil, people will starve in untold billions, cats and dogs will start living together, the chaos will be unimaginable, because Chad and Derek didn't get their "Here's Money for Being Gay" check, and Tiffany from Podunk wont get an unlimited supply of third-trimester abortions, or Vagisilia from Detroit won't be able to declare her cats -- along with her 11 children by 17 fathers -- as dependents on the food stamp application no mo'.
Because that was all in the Build Back Brandon bill, you know.
These are the modern-day "Hoarders and Wreckers" that Stalin whined about. They must be purged and driven from office and deprived of the right to merely exist in public. Their biggest denouncers tending to be members of "The Squad" and members of various Congressional "caucuses" based upon race, formed as a remedy to racism.
The welds are splitting.
Orwell, among others, had always known this about the Left. That quote above from The Road to Wigan Pier is about the fundamental un-seriousness of the people who generally make up any leftist movement. Orwell would follow that up with many more such observations in his essays, in Homage to Catalonia, and the As I Please columns he wrote for the Tribune back in the day, but his most-prescient and most-accurate description of the sort of person who gravitates towards leftist politics was in The Lion and The Unicorn, in which he wrote:
"The mentality of the English left-wing intelligentsia can be studied in half a dozen weekly and monthly papers. The immediately striking thing about all these papers is their generally negative, querulous attitude, their complete lack at all times of any constructive suggestion. There is little in them except the irresponsible carping of people who have never been and never expect to be in a position of power. Another marked characteristic is the emotional shallowness of people who live in a world of ideas and have little contact with physical reality. Many intellectuals of the Left were flabbily pacifist up to 1935, shrieked for war against Germany in the years 1935-9, and then promptly cooled off when the war started. It is broadly though not precisely true that the people who were most “anti-Fascist” during the Spanish civil war are most defeatist now. And underlying this is the really important fact about so many of the English intelligentsia – their severance from the common culture of the country.
In intention, at any rate, the English intelligentsia are Europeanized. They take their cookery from Paris and their opinions from Moscow. In the general patriotism of the country they form a sort of island of dissident thought. England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more shame of standing to attention during 'God Save The King' than of stealing from a poor box."
Our lefties are no different, and perhaps a far sight dumber than those of Orwell's day. They certainly have proliferated in categories since then, too.
All the lefties of Orwell's day managed was to plunge the world into a Second World War.
Our own may drive us into a Civil War (not really; they lack the physical courage and cohesiveness), but the result will be largely same: the lefty revolutionaries of Orwell's time failed to achieve their aims because they were too busy fighting among themselves. Fascism and Communism, in many ways, are essentially the same thing, they gain power by exactly the same methods, and the falling out between factions is as predictable as Kamala Harris falling to her knees at the sound of an opening zipper, or of Joe Biden suddenly remembering himself raising the flag on Iwo Jima during The Thing.
People this stupid and this disorganized are easy to defeat.
It's not losing the war that worries me; it's losing the peace. The Eeyores of the Apocalypse who haven't realized that neither Reagan nor Jesus is returning, nor is time likely to run backwards into a pre-Kennedy era, are more of a hinderance in this regard then a help.