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Some proposed measures of totalitarianism and their application to an existing situation

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Like a lot of ideology and politics there are terms thrown around with gay abandon which, sooner or later, descend into fights about definitions.

One of the oldest such fights is around one of the original forms of totalitarianism, “communism”. Starting with whether we’re talking the Upper or Lower-case version. Of course the failures of Communism, starting as soon as people tried to put it into practice in the USSR in the 1920’s, effectively chewed away any respect one might have had for the theory, especially as all the apologists were steadily revealed as either liars or fools.

The final renunciation came in 1991 with the collapse of the originator of Communism In Practice, the USSR. Moreover, since it was the vaunted People themselves who did the renunciation, who promptly uncovered decades of lies about almost everything the regime had done, and who revealed just how abjectly useless, cruel, stupid and clownish the whole thing had been, the best possible emotion that appeared was not disgust and condemnation (although there was that), but laughter and ridicule.

As a result almost nobody calls themselves a communist nowadays. Almost. There’s still North Korea of course, but Real Communists denounce that as State Capitalism, even as the Hermit Kingdom also castigates its huge neighbour, China, as having lost the faith.

Meantime, the same sort of definitional fights are happening all over again with things like “Woke” (“nobody over 30 should use it”), Cancel Culture, Trans-issues and Critical Race Theory. The latter – now that pushback is happening – is being argued as merely another theory from the halls of academia: take no notice of what it has been turned into for US K-12 schools and corporate HR departments, where “White = Racist” is taught to little kids and senior managers alike.

Such things can’t be totalitarian, can they?

Rather than wasting time getting into definitional arguments framed by the people pushing all these theories and making excuses for them, the famous US economist Thomas Sowell, in his 1996 book, Knowledge And Decisions (which I strongly recommend be read) proposed seven features by which totalitarianism can be identifed. Note that most, but not all, of these can apply in bodies outside of the State.

  1. “the localization of evil in Jews, capitalists, or some other group – so that comprehensive political solutions to age-old human problems seem feasible within a reasonable time horizon by surgically removing the offending group, leaving a healthy body politic intact”.
  2. “the localization of wisdom, to explain why this miraculous cure has escaped so many minds for so many centuries, as well as explaining the necessity for superseding democratic institutions and beliefs”
  3. “a single scale of values by which priorities may arranged in every field of human endeavor, to be achieved ‘at all cost’”
  4. “the presupposition of sufficient knowledge to achieve whatever goal may be projected”
  5. “the urgency of the ‘problem’ to be ‘solved’ so that ruthlessness is the lesser of two evils”
  6. “a psychic identification with millions, whose opinions may nevertheless be disregarded and whose lives may be sacrificed in the cause, without feelings of guilt”
  7. the creation of “a self-enclosed system, to exclude alternative views and visions” and “convert questions of fact into questions of motive”

So let’s apply this to our current situation in New Zealand.

Looks like a good fit, and I didn’t even mention the $110 million of government-funded MSM support.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 24, 2021 at 5:25 pm

You can start practicing now

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Using this online version of the game, Papers Please.

Whichever side of the fence you’re going to be on, the one presenting the papers or the one examining them.

The NZ Police might like to consider letting their officers play this game so they can be ready for work on the Southern and Northern borders of Auckland city.

You play the role of a serious man – an inspector on the border between countries that are enemies. The events take place in 1982 in a fictional state Arstotzka. The main character gets the job on the border and controls the immigration process. All the migrants are trying to enter the territory of your country, but not all of them do. The reason is pretty simple – after the war ended, the enemies keep on trying to sneak on these territories. Each day, they will enter your office one by one, showing their documents, and trying to convince you that they can be trusted. Be careful – the task is to distinguish evil guys from ordinary people, keep the villains away, and let people enter. The more migrants you check, the higher you rating becomes. Not only you grow as a professional and get more chances to become the best worker. Also, you receive in-game cash for every session. This cash is spendable and you are the one to decide how to use them. The choice is yours!

Written by Tom Hunter

October 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

I was informed that these were OTT comparisons to NZ

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Vaccine certificate will be central to the new ‘traffic-light’ system – RNZ

It is that sort of comparison that causes the opponents of the current Lockdowns to be ridiculed. And no, you won’t be able to convince me that basically I am (and just about everyone I know) is just the same as the Nazi SS.

It’s certainly time to re-visit this goodie, even if she has resigned, because luckily you’ll still be able to laugh without a vaccine certificate.

Throw another granny on the tarmac

That’ll be the new phrase for Australia, rather than the famous 1980’s line run by Aussie comedian Paul Hogan in US TV advertisements promoting tourism to The Lucky Country.

Those of course ran in the wake of the famous 1983 America’s Cup victory by Australia and the huge 1986 movie hit that made Hogan a global star, Crocodile Dundee.

But that was a long time ago. As the famous phrase has it: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

I’m tempted to find out if my three Lefty friends in Melbourne support all this. They almost certainly voted for Dan Andrews and his Labour Party, so it’s likely they do. A big part of me does not want to know.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Impfung Macht Frei

It is that sort of comparison that causes the opponents of the current Lockdowns to be ridiculed. And no, you won’t be able to convince me that basically I am (and just about everyone I know) is just the same as the Nazi SS.

That’s a quote from a commentator here a couple of weeks ago on my post about what was happening to Australian civil liberties, Civil liberties have gone to the dogs.

It was a direct response to this picture that I put at the end of the post, which is of course deliberately provocative in an effort to make people think about what they are enabling via their terrible fear.

So I was amused by this news out of the Prisoner Island the other day:

Members of the Orthodox Jewish congregation entered a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning and told police they wouldn’t leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the front and back entrances of the building and took details of those who began to file out just after 8pm.

Initial reports suggested up to 100 people had attended.

“My advice is really clear to the people who were there last night – come forward, identify yourselves and allow us to process you through our systems and apply the law as it is today,” said Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett 

I say amused because Black Humour is the only way to deal with this appalling shit.

The camps are called “Centres for National Resilience.” No word yet on what sort of motto will hang above their gates, but my the title of this post is a suggestion.

Also from the Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews:

He said those who choose not to be vaccinated were “making the wrong choice”.

“We’re going to move from a system where we’ve got everyone locked down to a situation where, to protect the health system, we’re going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be,” he said.

“This becomes absolutely a pandemic of the unvaccinated and, when we open everything up, it’s not going to be safe for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus.”

Good old Public Healthcare eh? Where the State decides whether you’ll be taken care of or not. In the past the Left always laughingly dismissed as paranoid conspiracy theory any claims that such healthcare systems held the possibility of some future political leader or party using the system as a weapon against people who opposed its policies, much as old regimes used food as a weapon to force people to do what they told them to.

And now here we are. Similar suggestions are being made by media voices in the USA who have millions of viewers and are 100% partisans for the Democrat Party:

In any case has anybody told these fanatics that we now know that vaccinated people can spread the virus too? Look at Israel.

How this is seen outside of Australia is well captured by good old TDS-suffering National Review in When a Western Society Goes Insane:

Lockdowns have cut a swath through the norms and conventions of an advanced Western democracy, from the suspension of a state-level parliament to the banning of protests to military enforcement of the COVID rules.

The spirit of the lockdowns was perfectly captured a few months ago by the chief health officer of the state of New South Wales who warned, “Whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that.”

Ah yes, the public-health threat of over-chattiness.

The Australian news media might as well be an arm of the public-health bureaucracy, producing stilted and hysterical reports about lockdown violators worthy of some dystopian future.

They do have some good news though:

This period in its national life stands as a warning for how easily core freedoms can erode away in even a well-established democracy, but Australia isn’t going to become a dictatorship.

Well at least not until the next such virus hits, which is a certainty, though I doubt we’ll see any need for Standartenführer Hans Landa to interrogate farmers since the unclean will already be locked up in one place.

Which one are you, White Person?

The crazy of Identity Politics and Wokeism just gets crazier with each passing day.

The following pieces of information were sent to parents – White parents only of course – by the Principal of a New York Prep School that their kids attend. The intention is to move White people into the Green Zone of the chart so that the USA, and probably much of the West, can finally wipe out its White Supremacist culture.

Politics and business have long made great efforts in slicing and dicing populations into segments that can then be appealed to and Identity Politics does the same thing, especially with Intersectionality, the ranking of oppression based on various intersecting characteristics of a person: cue the classic joke about Blind, Black, One-Legged Lesbians. But I’ve not seen this approach taken to Whites before, although it’s the opposite of identifying intersecting types of oppression.

The proud author of the graphic is Barnor Hesse, an associate professor at Northwestern University. His research interests include “black political thought, blackness and effect, and race and governmentality,” among others. He added a helpful page of definitions, just so can figure out where you fit in.

I wonder where Hollywood’s Rob Reiner – better known to millions as Meathead from the old 70’s TV Show, All In The Family – thinks he sits in the “regime of whiteness”? Nowhere close enough to hand over all his wealth for slavery reparations I’m sure, although wielding this chart will be a great way of maintaining his White Privilege as it will for many other White Lefties.

The Purge

The Purge is a movie that has become a cult classic since its release in 2013.

A mix of SF and Horror, the basic plot of the movie is that a family in 2022 LA has to survive the one night of the year when all crime is allowed with no consequences:

In 2014, the New Founding Fathers of America, a totalitarian political party, are voted into office following an economic collapse. They pass a law sanctioning an annual “Purge”: for 12 hours each year all crime, including  murder,  arsontheft and rape, is legal during the period, except against government officials, and all emergency services are unavailable until 7 am. By 2022, the United States has become virtually crime-free and the unemployment rate has dropped to 1%.

Rick and Morty celebrate having purged the wealthy

My favourite parody of the movie is from the animated series Rick and Morty, “Look Who’s Purging Now” (the series itself is a parody of Back To The Future and its two main characters, Doc and Marty).

But let’s get back to reality. A couple of months ago I bookmarked a post by science writer Robert Zimmerman, which I felt was OTT pessimism, The Coming Purge:

Expect all Republicans and any fair-minded Democrats to be removed from the bureaucracy in the next four years, replaced by rapid partisan leftist progressives. Not only will the goal be to quickly consolidate their power, they will want to remove any questioning eyes as they reshape the laws to that end, sometimes illegally or inappropriately. Elections will be made less fair and easier to fake. Dissent will become more difficult, and carry worse consequences. Regulations will be honed to encourage their power, and to hobble their opponents.

It’s no longer over the top, starting with the removal of President Trump’s accounts from FaceTwat and extending to tens of thousands of followers of well-known Right-Wing voices:

There has been considerable talk about how this is all fine because of private property rights and “violating terms of service”, but it’s obvious that there is a political motivation and a bigotry at work here that’s no different than if it were aimed against religions or races, except those would be illegal:

Big Tech did not remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accounts when she called for “uprisings” against the Trump administration. Facebook and Twitter did not target Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she claimed that allegedly marginalized groups have “no choice but to riot.” These platforms did not act against Kamala Harris when she said the riots “should not” stop.

As that article points out, the likes of the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Centre) have already been weaponised against the Right, to the extent of labelling anti-abortion groups as “hate groups”. The SPLC has problems itself with decades-old racial discrimination and sexual harassment. When this blew up a few years ago one of the outcomes was former employees coming forward to expose the con of exaggerating hate to bilk donors. But no matter to the likes of Joe Biden who, in a CNN town hall in October 2019, called for a kind of terror watchlist (to which the SLPC would provide “information”) to monitor organisations that oppose same-sex marriage and transgender identity. Given the double standards already applied between the Antifa/BLM riots and the Capitol Building incident by the Democrat Party, nobody should be surprised if “hate groups” soon morph into “Domestic Terrorists”.

And if you think that is an exaggeration you could listen to a person with actual experience dealing with such things, Russian dissident politician Alexey Navalny:

“This precedent will be exploited by the enemies of freedom of speech around the world,” he warned. “In Russia as well. Every time when they need to silence someone, they will say: ‘this is just common practice, even Trump got blocked on Twitter.” 

He also pointed out the same double standard noted above for the likes of Pelosi, except that in his case:

“I get death threats here every day for many years, and Twitter doesn’t ban anyone (not that I ask for it). Among the people who have Twitter accounts are cold-blooded murderers (Putin or Maduro) and liars and thieves (Medvedev). For many years, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been used as a base for Putin’s ‘troll factory’ and similar groups from other authoritarian countries,”

The Silicon Valley giants had already done a dry run early in 2020 for a different event:

Before long, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg could be seen warning that the social media giant would delete any protests against the lockdown, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki declaring that any videos that contradicted WHO would be deleted, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates speculating about immunity passports.

But as bad as it may be for public folk like these it is the effects on the small-fry further down the food chain that are worse, like one of my go-to sites for Chicago-news-behind-the-scenes, Second City Cop. The inside information those two cops got fed by other working CPD cops was incredible. That link is actually to the WayBack Machine because as you can see they noted the purge and made the following prediction on Jan 9th:

Better view that video before it gets taken down. They’ll be coming after the blog shortly. Count on it.

And sure enough, on Jan 10 they were gone. All I could find was this statement released on a related news blog, Chicago Contrarian:

Over the weekend, we received information from a contact at Google that internal chat/e-mails led them to believe that certain precautions we had taken over the years had been breached by Google. We had gotten similar warnings from others in the past, and we dealt with or ignored them as the situation warranted. But this one was different. And this one – on the heels of Big Tech’s wholesale attack on the President, Parler and center-right to right-leaning authors, politicians and voices – pointed to a countdown that had far less time than we had thought. Most likely, far less time than you think, too. The blacklisting has begun, even if you won’t see it.

Even when it’s right in their faces.

At least the Second City cops were not going to be financially punished via social media, but radio host Robert Pratt certainly was as the purge has begun to extend far beyond the simple removal of Right Wing voices from Social Media:

Without warning the marketing heads of the corporation that manages the radio stations that air the conservative Pratt on Texas radio show for the past fifteen years announced today they were cancelling the program, despite its profitable status and high ratings.

Or how about this neonatal nurse and her business:

Cara Dumaplin, who for years has run very successful website called Taking Care of Babies, is now considered a “racist” and “hater” because she and her husband committed the unforgivable act of donating to the campaign of Donald Trump.

Luckily this guy was retired :

Elroy Stern, the 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran from Hustisford was working at his home Saturday when he was approached by three deputies from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department. He said he got the sense he was being questioned as some kind of suspected domestic terrorist or insurrectionist, descriptors used by liberal politicians and news outlets in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. It appears he was, according a copy of the incident report obtained by Empower Wisconsin under the state’s open records law. 

Lt. Robbie Weinfurter on Saturday afternoon was informed by an individual who “wanted to remain anonymous” that “Stern was trying to encrypt his phone and was planning on attending the Presidential Inauguration at the Wisconsin State Capitol with two other people”.

And? None of that is illegal. In the recent past a cop who got a phone call like that would have told the caller to shove it, but thanks to the screams about Right Wing Domestic Terrorism, faithfully echoed by a willing MSM, the cops are now obliged to investigate this crap. So Stern was then subject to questioning on his property in the presence of three sheriff’s deputies, about his integrity, patriotism, and his beliefs about the America he fought for so many years ago. All because some anonymous snitch felt that the elderly veteran concerned about election integrity who attends peaceful rallies was a threat.

Luckily the cops have not yet gone full Stasi, at least at the local level, but it’s early days in the Harris-Biden Administration and they have plenty of supporters like that snitch and one Arthur Chu:

The following effort won’t save any of us either, and it will start biting the Left on the bum as well:

There would be no end to what could be censored. Trans-sceptical feminists, already victims of Silicon Valley’s woke purges, would be completely wiped out on the basis that some idiot might interpret their intellectual, non-bigoted critiques of gender fluidity as an instruction to bash a trans person.

Which is why there has long been a clear distinction between actual “incitement to violence” by a speaker – versus the actions of people who merely think that what a speaker says is an instruction to take violent action and who then make the choice of their own volition, as did Bernie Bro, James T Hodgkinson, when he opened fire on Republican Congressman in 2017.

On this basis the White Album should be banned, given its songs ‘Helter Skelter’ and ‘Piggies’ were ‘mobilised by different audiences’ to terrible ends — the killings carried out by Charles Manson’s Family. Catcher in the Rye? Censor it. Don’t you remember how it ‘mobilised’ Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon? As for the Bible, the Koran and any number of political texts and anthems — the risks of ‘mobilisation’ that they pose are clearly too great, so, to be on the safe side, let’s scrub those too.

And in fact the hits against the Left have already started – albeit in a small way compared to what’s hitting the US Right Wing – with Britain’s Socialist Workers Party being ripped off Facebook:

The party’s own page was removed and so were the pages of dozens of SWP activists. The SWP described FB’s actions as a ‘silencing of political activists’. They’re right. This was a unilateral act of ideological censorship carried out by the capitalist elites of Silicon Valley against a perfectly legal party based in the UK. It demonstrated the terrifying power of the Big Tech oligarchy, which clearly has no respect whatsoever for borders, territory or democratically made national laws and feels that it can reach into any nation state it chooses and switch off the oxygen of publicity to any party, group or individual it disapproves of. 

It should be noted that these dickheads have been front-and-centre on the whole De-Platforming, Blacklisting bullshit in Britain in the last decade, so watching them get a dose of their own medicine has been hilarious to watch, especially with all their subsequent squealing.

What’s more, the ideological justifications that the SWP and other leftists have put forward for these acts of censorship – the idea that ‘hateful’ speech must be suppressed, the idea that offensive ideas are wounding, the nasty patrician notion that minority groups need to be protected from difficult discussion by the authorities – have helped to shape the broader, off-campus culture of censorship...

all of this has been influenced by the modern left’s cultivation of a new form of therapeutic, paternalistic censorship that is designed to protect allegedly vulnerable individuals from the hurtful ideologies of right-wingers, critics of Islam, ‘transphobes’, etc etc.

I doubt they’ve learned anything, especially since their pages have since been restored on Facebook, an act of grace that will not be extended to voices on the Right.

Admittedly much the same could be said for the hard-line, private-sector-rules Right Wing. As this article pointed out to these idiots:

To be frank, anyone still defending big tech is part of the problem. You are going to “muh private company” yourself until every semblance of freedom is lost on these monopolistic “public squares.” And while some may be naive enough to think the ban monster isn’t coming for them, the next four years are going to get worse. Twitter, Facebook, etc. have no fear anymore. Trump is gone. The GOP lost the Senate and no longer control the committees. It’s a free for all, and everyone except those who are in hock with social media monetarily (i.e. The Dispatch crew) are vulnerable.

Instead of regulation or the “free market”, maybe the best idea is to pass a law allowing ordinary citizens to do whatever we want to the social media companies and their shitty management and employees for 12 hours once a year with no legal consequences.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 1, 2021 at 11:31 am

Nancy Pelosi goes full Fascist

Back in June 2020, as Burn Loot Murder and their Antifa friends laid siege to Washington D.C. with firebombs and fists, Nancy Pelosi was interviewed about the events on NPR’s long-running programme, “All Things Considered” and was asked about whether the National Guard and other military units should be bought in, to which she responded:

“Violence has no place and violence must be addressed….But there is no reason for the U.S. military to be called out for this.”

Washington D.C, blitzed by BLM, June 2020

By contrast, after the events of January 6th, here’s an interview with the Acting DHS Deputy Secretary, Ken Cuccinelli, where he stated that:

…. the last up of thousands of these troops was requested by the Speaker through the Capitol Police. She even wanted crew-manned machine guns in Washington. That was rejected. There’s simply no use for that in a security arrangement for a civilian undertaking. So some of this has gone beyond any legitimate security need.

In any normal, sane world she’d be forced to resign over this, but let’s face it, this is an entirely natural reaction from her and her ilk around the world. And as a Democrat she’s also fully protected by the MSM.

The likes of the National Guard won’t be deployed to protect you from Antifa/BLM – but when she thinks her precious hide is on the line….

Written by Tom Hunter

January 21, 2021 at 5:46 pm

Just call Antifa what they are: Fascists

I see no reason for continuing to indulge in their Orwellian bullshit of being “Anti-Fascists”.

They’re not. They are what they proclaim to be against. They think like Fascists. They act like Fascists. They even dress much like Fascists, though more SS Black than SA Brown.

So in addition to gunning down a Trump supporter in Portland and another in Denver – all with minimal MSM coverage – they’ve also started beating up people in a far more blatant fashion than previously.

Technically not NO reason. You’re for Trump.

You can see how it happened here. A sucker punch. A white mob that attacks a Black guy, complete with a ton of “nigger” abuse – but they’ll get a free pass because they’re the Far Left.

He’s not alone in the beating, though we should be thankful he’s not dead, as with this young woman.

But while fringe groups like this have always been around, the fact is that Antifia/BLM have only been able to do all this because they’ve been coddled by countless Democrat Governors, Mayors and District Attorneys across the USA. And the MSM are part of the crime ring, enabling it by burying stories that make Antifa/BLM look bad.

Obviously one reason for this indulgence is that these idiots think this helps the Democrat Party’s chances in this election, because it can be characterised as merely an expression of anger at the Police, Trump and the GOP, yet another symbol of a fracturing nation that needs “healing”. It’s also because many of the things being said about the USA and its institutions by these groups are also accepted by such Democrats who, were they not in power, would be in the streets with Antifa/BLM.

I doubt many Democrats realise how hated they are by Antifa/BLM. They’re second on the list of those to be put up against a wall should the latter gain more power.

And the brutal fact is that a Biden presidency will see these groups gain more power. In their eyes they’ll have won both a moral and political victory. One enemy will have been cremated – and copious amounts of fuel supplied for the next burning.

I can only hope that people will see where this leads, but I’m beginning to doubt it: Portland Mayor trails Antifa candidate by 11 points. Why bother having an Antifa enabler when you can have an Antifa supporter (“I am Antifa”). I know I’m supposed to cheer the idea of voters “getting it good and hard”, but are Portland voters really that far gone in the head?

Written by Tom Hunter

October 20, 2020 at 8:30 am

Pelosi Goes Postal

Despite disagreeing with almost all of her Democrat policies over the years I’ve always had a grudging respect for Nancy Pelosi, the US Speaker of the House and currently the third most powerful leader in the USA. One could basically say the second, given that the VP position is a big nothing in actual power, despite the best efforts of the likes of Gore and Cheney.

She’s a huge fundraiser for the Democrats, from her incredibly wealthy position on the heights of San Francisco (she’s worth something like $200 million). She’s also crafted heavyweight legislation such as Obamacare and the TARP packages during the GFC, as well playing the partisan game hard, especially as House Democrat Leader, whether to victories in 2006 and 2018 or losses in 2004, ’10, ’12, ’14 and ’16.

She’s 80 years old and occasionally has had a few word salad problems, but unlike Biden is still sharp on attack.

But she’s now lost the plot.

 “They’re doing everything they can, suppress the vote, with your actions, scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this.

“It’s really actually shameful,” she added. “Enemies of the state.”

Can you imagine the storm that would arise were Trump to say this about the Democrat Party? In this case Republicans did speak up, including two with direct experience of the results of this sort of divisive shite :

“Disgusting: Nancy Pelosi just called Republicans ‘domestic enemies.’ I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric. Where’s the media outrage?” – Rep. Steve Scalise

“Now THIS puts lives in danger. Believe me, I know firsthand. And, @SteveScalise knows better than anyone.” – Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)

She continues to say things that escalate division in this country and now she’s labeling those who are in a different political party “enemies”. Nancy, you once said our words should calm and unite. What changed? – Rep Rick Crawford (R-AR)

What changed” is obvious; despite all the crowing about opinion poll leads the Democrats are growing increasingly uneasy at the thought that Biden may lose to Trump. The hysteria among Democrat voters must not only be maintained but tuned up further.

Incidently the postal stuff she’s referring to was last week’s conspiracy theory played out on the MSM; that Trump and the GOP are weakening the US Postal Service in myriad ways in order to defeat vote-by-mail, which will supposedly be vital in a Lockdown election. Their “attacks” included cutting funding, removing post boxes and so forth. I’ll just list a few points about why that was so crazy, courtesy of Byron York, who patiently dismantled the story in detail:

  • The USPS was given the ability to borrow $10 billion to help re-structure. The Democrat screams arose because they wanted an extra $25 billion applied as top-ups to keep the place ticking along without change.
  • The claim was that without it postal voting would be endangered. In fact there was nothing in the proposal that the money be applied to such.
  • The USPS already handles 142 billion pieces of mail each year, so handling some 300 million ballots over several weeks – if every registered voter voted by mail – would be no issue at all.
  • Thousands of post boxes were removed during the Obama Administration, as well as letter-sorting machines – for the very sound reason that letter volumes have declined, as they have globally.
  • Postal ballots will still be collected from people’s personal mailboxes, to which mail is and will be delivered and collected.
  • The USPS was the one reminding various State and local governments that there are deadlines involved for sending and receiving mail and that mail-voting could screw up in some places if the electoral authorities didn’t get their shit together. But that’s not the USPS’s problem.

Actually the following cartoon summarises it all very well, although the fact that it’s now quickly vanished makes it clear that the Democrats knew it was bullshit from the start.

Meantime, we have to just accept that 2020 is going to be one of the ugliest US elections ever – and yet not be too disturbed by the resulting hysteria.

Murderrobberyrape, adultery and incest will openly be taught and practiced, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes,” – Connecticut Courant editorial opposing the election of Thomas Jefferson as President, 1800.

It’s the “openly taught and practiced” that makes that one so special. Still, “Enemies of The State” has a distinctly chilling 20th century feel to it, especially coming from a Leftist.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 27, 2020 at 1:16 pm