A couple of months ago, fellow blogger Kevin at The Smallest Minority wrote what I think is an outstanding analysis of the current political violence, unrest and angst in America. It's long, but well worth your time to click over there and read it. Here's an excerpt.
The portion [of Progressive Modernists] that was ideologically more pure pursued the dream of eventual Utopia - in which, of course, they would be in charge. The less ideologically pure pushed harder for that inevitable necessary Worker's Revolution where they could seize the reins. Both were mostly unopposed. In 1960 John F. Kennedy was their King Arthur. LBJ with his Great Society was the greatest thing to happen to Progressivism since FDR. In 1964 Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Republican National Convention, A Time for Choosing. You should give that a listen. Nobody then apparently did. The people chose LBJ. Richard Nixon was a sterling example of the faults of Conservatism and the Republican Party. Jimmy Carter's malaise worked greatly in their favor. They suffered a bit of a setback with the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, but George H.W. Bush wasn't even a bump in the road. Bill Clinton was a disappointment to them. He still pushed the Progressive Postmodernist agenda, just not as far or as fast as desired. Bush 43 was a speed bump, but Barack Obama was their shining star. Utopia was just over the horizon. (I knew the end was near when Obama won his second term with a majority of the vote.) Hillary might not bring it to fruition, but she would be another Great Leap Forward.
And then Donald Trump won the election.
Already mentally fragile, the Faithful went clinically insane.
That insanity was fed and nurtured by the Politburo. The media, entertainers, and other Faithful stoked it. I'm not going to list all the examples, but you'd have had to be in a coma to have missed the last four years of increasing insanity. It's been a positive feedback loop. Everything not explicitly Progressive Postmodernist is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, et cetera, et cetera, ad infinitum. Why? Because Marx says that a revolution of the Proletariat is a necessary step for the overthrow of the Bourgeoisie, but capitalism makes people comfortable and comfortable people do not revolt. Everyone must be made a victim, miserable and righteously angry. The effort over the last sixty years has been to balkanize the United States. "Strength through Diversity" has become "Tribalism."
"Diversity", Thomas Sowell once commented, "is not strength. The ability to deal with the problems caused by diversity is. America's ability to deal with these problems has been America's greatest strength." "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" has never been more apparent.
The Progressive Postmodernists have identified the Bourgeoisie as anyone not explicitly a Progressive Postmodernist, but most explicitly Caucasians and mostly males. If you are a white Progressive Postmodernist, you're still suspect because of your inherent racism and privilege. We've gone from Two Minutes Hate to non-stop hate. The inherent contradictions in the Progressive Postmodernist platform are starting to show as they are beginning to Cancel each other, but through it all, Donald John Trump has been the catalyst to this particular reaction.
Trump has for the last four years shrugged off every attack as if he was dressed in Teflon coated Chobham armor, but now he's up for reelection. Another four years of Trump will further damage the advancements that the Progressive Postmodernists have made over the last thirty years. So here's the point (finally) of this essay:
The wheels come off the train and the train comes off the track in 2021, one way or the other.
The End of America has been predicted by many people for quite some time. The Progressive Postmodernists appear to have decided that the time is ripe. The national debt cannot be ignored forever. The projected entitlement spending is unsupportable. All their preparation of the battle space through balkanization has brought us to this point. Black Lives Matter, itself organized and run by self-proclaimed Marxists, is the hinge on which the lid is swinging, but Pandora's Box is certainly opening. I don't think we're going to stop the greed, envy, hatred, pain, disease, hunger, poverty, war, and death that will come flooding out of it, and there most likely won't be much around afterward to put them back in.
Here's my prediction: The 2020 election is going to be a clusterf***. The Left does not intend to lose, and will do everything in its power to ensure that. ... If they lose, the "peaceful protests" we've seen recently will seem like a walk in the park. All those "defunded" demoralized police who are now terrified of doing their jobs, won't. And the Left will discover to their horror that the police aren't there to protect the citizens from them, but to protect them from the citizens. All those guns and all that ammunition that has been purchased since 2000? Well, when Americans get to f***ery, it will be f***ery unlike anything seen before. The question is, will that shock return them to sanity, or will it be all-out war? I wouldn't bet on sanity. I'd bet on them doubling-down.
If the Democrats win ... they'll take it as a mandate to really crank up the Progressive agenda, and the millions of us who haven't swallowed that ideology will be their sworn deadly enemies. They have already weaponized the IRS and the Justice Department against Trump supporters, expect that to be cranked to 11 because the Deep State is deeply Progressive Postmodernist. There will be a breaking point. It might not be in 2021, but it won't be long thereafter.
There's much more at the link. Highly recommended reading.
I've had the pleasure of meeting Kevin at the annual Blogorado gathering. I hope he'll be there again this year, so we can compare notes on what we think is coming down the pike at us. (For clarity, let me add that Blogorado is invitation-only. I know some people have been offended at not being able to attend, but our hosts have made it a "closed shop", as is their right. It's not an open convention.)
I fear Kevin is all too accurate in his forecast. There's so much angst on the progressive left of US politics right now that I don't think they're capable of thinking straight. Extremists dominate political discourse - witness this behavior, and this comment, as the most recent examples. How would any of us feel if someone were saying those things about us, or our loved ones? Sadly, such comments and behavior beget equally extreme reactions on the other side. I've heard more than a few comments along the lines of "shooting's too good for f***ers like that". Nobody's trying to "take the high road" any longer.
I have no idea who will win this election. If the left dominates, those on the right will gird their loins and prepare for the fight of their lives, because they're not about to roll over and surrender. If the right wins, the left will do likewise. There seems little, if any, willingness on either side to work together for the good of the country as a whole. More and more, on both sides, it's "my way or the highway".
I can only suggest that all men and women of goodwill, regardless of our political views or persuasions, prepare for the coming storm as best we can, and do our best to get on with each other, even if others won't. We may be called to be islands of sanity in a raging sea of intolerance and conflict. It's a tough place to be.