If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
I think Orwell was wrong, or at least this is certainly not what is playing out in the United States today.
Since Trump’s election in 2016 – and even before he took office – it has been clear that virtually all democrats and most republicans have been out to take him down; certainly, the administrative apparatus has the same desire.
Just a quick survey: Russiagate, Ukrainegate, impeachment, the corona, tanking the economy, voting (shall we say) irregularities.
Now, after yesterday’s debacle at the capitol – as if 13 days is too long to wait – we have this:
Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, and incoming Senate majority leader after the Dems victory in the Georgia runoffs, called for Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office, saying that the outgoing president was directly responsible for Wednesday’s riot in the Capitol.
In a statement, Schumer said Vice President Mike Pence should invoke the Constitution’s 25th amendment, using support of the cabinet to take over in the Oval Office until Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.
“If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” Schumer added.
Facebook has booted Trump, as has Spotify and Twitter.
This has nothing to do with stomping on a human face forever. It is something quite different. The target isn’t Trump; goodness, Trump has done many wonderful things for the establishment: deficit spending without end, total support for Israel, increased military spending, rapid vaccinations.
No, the target isn’t Trump. The target is those who have supported him.
What is happening (and has happened over the last four years, culminating in Schumer’s statements or potentially the reality that Trump is removed before January 20) is an overwhelming demonstration with just one objective. That objective can be best understood as follows:
Beaten into submission: To put forth great effort so that someone learns or remembers something, especially through repetition.
Teach someone a lesson: to punish someone for doing something bad so that they do not do it again.
Show (one) who’s boss: To demonstrate authority or dominance over one so that it is clearly recognized, especially by means of defeat or some form of subjugation; make it clear to somebody that you have more power and authority than they have.
No matter what, you will lose. We are going to beat this so far into you that you will never forget it. Even when you win, you will lose; even when you are peaceful (or especially because we count on you being peaceful), you will lose.
That’s what is happening.
Once out of office, imagine what will happen to the social media world if Trump signs up with various alternative platforms, alternatives to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Or online, alternative, news outlets. I suspect any such platforms will instantly gain tens of millions of subscribers.
There will be many of his enemies who would have rather they allowed Trump to win the election. Then again, I guess the various ISPs and browsers could block such content….
This will, of course, only fuel the tension more. Not that it isn’t going to increase in any case. I am reminded of some wise words from Angelo Codevilla, written even before Trump won in 2016:
We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end. Our ruling class’s malfeasance, combined with insult, brought it about. Donald Trump did not cause it and is by no means its ultimate manifestation. Regardless of who wins in 2016, this revolution’s sentiments will grow in volume and intensity, and are sure to empower politicians likely to make Americans nostalgic for Donald Trump’s moderation.
If the deplorables don’t get what they want with Trump, just wait who they elect (or what they will do) next.
You see the entire ruling class essentially rejecting the Constitution, the American way, rejecting the legitimacy of elections. There can be no mild response to that, and there isn’t one. Trump’s voters want certain results and they don’t particularly care how they get them. The ruling class wants its power and doesn’t particularly care how it holds on to it.
That boot isn’t going to be stomping on a human face forever. While one side has been doing a lot of stomping in order to show who is boss, the real action will begin once the other side fully internalizes the fact that no one is playing fair.
I am reminded of a novel I read regarding the Spanish Civil War. A friend from Spain recommended this novel to me as the most accurate and best description of the realities of life during that horrendous period. I have written one or two posts on this novel. A couple of my comments from that post seems worth reproducing here:
Throughout the novel, even five years before the beginning of hostilities, one has a sense of the coming conflict. The building of factions is developing. There are episodes of strikes, countered by martial law and arrests. These episodes are somewhat limited in scope and duration.
They then unleash terror in the city – burning and looting the churches, killing members of opposing parties by the hundreds through the first few nights of complete terror.
Merely owning a firearm, if one was a member of the wrong side, was enough to warrant execution – not only disarmament, but execution.
By the dozens, the so-called enemies of the people are jailed by day or taken from their homes in the night, subsequently marched out at night to face their fate.
I don’t think we are going to get a Gorbachev.
Reprinted with permission from Bionic Mosquito.