For everything there is a season. Normally, we are magnanimous in victory knowing that we may be the defeated ones tomorrow. But this time we are dealing with the vanguards of a decadent movement that spent over 50 years in power and did its absolute best to destroy us. For the entire duration of the election, they were smugly secure in their imminent victory and spared their opponents no mockery or indignity. They had no honor, they deserve none. If any thought of mercy were to creep into our heads now that they are beaten, we need only think for one second about how they would have behaved if the tables were turned. Since the beginning their strategy has been to guilt trip and play the victim while thinking with snide condescension what idiots we are for actually believing them. But they’ve wasted their social capital now and no one believes anything they say anymore. Their tears and tantrums are just a hilarious joke. No mercy or safe spaces this time. I don’t normally spend much time on social media. No facebook and just recently started a twitter, but I’ve been after them on hashtags like #notmypresident slapping them around. It’s mostly a waste of my time, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to spend hours laughing so hard that tears are about to stream down my face, while they are crying for real. As I tweet, there’s a shit-eating grin pasted on my face. So this is what it feels like to conquer. What Conan said about the lamentations of the women, lol. Now that they are broken and demoralized, the cavalry sweeps in to mop them up.
It’s the point of no return. They can still win battles but the war is lost.
It looked like a close election according to the tracking polls but the re-opening of the investigation is the final nail.
(Update 11/7: Comey sending yet another letter about the investigation inflamed this matter still further if that were possible. What is going on behind the scenes?)
It would never have been re-opened in a million years if their power had not finally broken. It falls apart from here. Every time before when the Clintons have been in trouble, they’ve been forewarned. We know it’s different this time because Hillary was blindsided. She got Justine Saccoed while up in the air.
At this point, even if Hillary could claim victory it would mean little. She would enter office with no political capital, a lame duck with no mandate from day 1 hated by the majority. While flailing impotently and dragged down by scandal, she might get to stay in power long enough to see her party get wiped out in the 2018 midterms leaving her as the final rock in a stormy sea. Consider that’s now pretty much the best possible scenario for them. We’re witnessing the closing moments of an era. We have seen one overarching mentality in American politics since Kennedy took over from Eisenhower and the cultural revolution of the 1960s. From debauched Kennedy, there was LBJ with entitlements and race laws, Carter with his weepy idealism, Reagan who thought of nations as good and evil. And as I’ve pointed out, pretty much every president since Reagan has been a shade of Reagan. Nixon came closest to a return to American pragmatism, but was of course sunk by scandal which made blind idealists double down even harder ever since. A Trump victory would make him the first post-Watergate president.
More than any other person, Hillary Clinton is the Goddess of the social order born from 60s cultural revolution. Her sickness and downward spiral of corruption tell a bigger story through metaphor. The great social experiment has ignobly failed and is now near death. To the extent the revolution was a byproduct of extreme forms of enlightenment thought, there is now potential for a break in continuity that echoes back to the 18th century.
Like most idealists they accomplished the opposite of their aims. Rather than a great leap forward into eternal progress, instead they have caused a return to the pagan, tribal dark ages, conditions where they and their wishful ideas will be swept aside with a dismissive handwave from reality.
Deluded elites will be disappointed by one cold fact — It will never go back like it was no matter what happens in a mere political election. And it looks at this point like Trump will win anyway and accelerate the path of change. This entire cycle I have been astonished at the desperate kicking and tantrums of every established institution against Trump. After Hillary’s 9/11 collapse and deplorables gaffe, I prematurely predicted the election was about to wind down. I watched in amazement from that day on as politicians, officials, the media, celebrities strained with all their might to keep their goddess aloft. I did not predict this behavior would be so extreme because it is utterly irrational. Many of them could have pivoted into the new order if they were smart. The election is important but not so important that it’s worth risking everything for. The elites have proven once and for all how foolish and stupid they are by doing just that. Because they committed fully to battle, they have made themselves vulnerable to being bottled up together and destroyed all at once like the Romans at Cannae. Trump now has a huge mandate backed overwhelmingly by his base to clear them all out, he has only to follow up on it and he becomes a living legend and securely installed as the new top God of society’s heaven.
So what comes next then?
Firstly, restoring a workable national balance of power will be pursued by preventing outsider tribes ever again threatening to overwhelm the electorate. This will:
-reinforce the mandate to deport illegal immigrants in large numbers.
-stop allowing anchor baby loophole.
-more limits on legal immigration (don’t take in from compromised 3rd world areas, just let in the best and most likely to be positive contributors)
-policies that favor affordable family formation for the white working and middle classes
-policies that discourage underclass reproduction or at least reduce the policies that incentivize it.
-freedom of association for the majority tribe.
The incursion of foreign groups has finally forced disparate US whites who are odd mixes of every European ethnicity to band together as a political force. This means there will now be a clear hierarchy of tribes with the minorities made to understand quite clearly they are here as guests never to be threats to power as condition of the new social contract, and if they don’t like it can go back to their ancestral homelands. The alternative would have eventually been outright tribal warfare.
There may be a gradual transition out of a democracy with full adult suffrage back to a republic with limited franchise, a policy direction that could end up with sufficient support if there are minority upheavals in reaction to the establishment’s downfall.
In any case, from this point on the internal politics of the USA more closely resemble those of the Austro-Hungarian empire or Yugoslavia as each ethnicity approaches the bargaining table as separate entities with a ruling ethnic group installed as arbitrator.
Secondly, with a Trump victory, clearing out the defeated losers in the establishment will do more than make him popular it gives him excuse to replace them all with his own people. There will be a new ruling class and they will be far more pragmatic and authoritarian than before.
The discredited present elites have been far too slow to understand how the internet and smartphones have changed the game. From now on, there will be redditors figuring out what the lobbyists are up to and letting everyone know on twitter. The old blatant tactics requiring buddies, employees, and interns to keep their mouths shut will not work. The new rulers will have to be smarter in order to be successful and that’s a good thing. The biggest revelation of this entire cycle has been the consistent and astonishing stupidity at the top. Left looking like fools they’ve lost all the credibility needed to rule.
The Trumpian elites will be smarter about horse-trading behind the scenes and will generally be acting in the broader national interest since being smarter, they’ll understand they need to pass up short term benefits to stay in power and then pass it on to their kids.
Thirdly, we’ll necessarily see a deflation of feminist power in society. There’s an entire lost generation of millennial/GenX women on the brink of childless spinsterhood having the Wile E Coyote moment. As the economy declines, they generally keep comfy office jobs, but the whole society is falling apart around them and becoming less safe. Gen Z girls coming of age are starting to understand intuitively that feminism hurts the prospects of young, pretty women to give a boost to drab career women about to hit the wall.
Feminism will decrease in power, but female power won’t, at least until neo-tribal social structures emerge and strengthen. The USA is already a de facto polygynous society with a majority of reproductive age adults unmarried. Many of the changes wrought by the 60s revolution are irreversible. The old traditions took centuries or even thousands of years to firmly establish, now they are gone. The dreamers who expect a return to the 50s status quo ante will be sadly disappointed. As ever there is environmental change, some will adapt and some will perish.
I will end here for now. These are some social-political currents I see playing a major role as we transition into the post 1960’s Revolution period of history.
See also: Why Nepotism Is Necessary
It’s that perfect point in time to savor, a moment frozen in crystal before the outcomes click into place. The last sunny fall day of safe normality. It’s the moment just as people begin to grasp the new reality.
What has been increasingly strident contempt and dismissal has finally given way to open panic and desperation.
Perhaps many thought the fall of Hillary would somehow go unnoticed but I’ve watched her polls plummet a half point per day since 9/11 and the videos have racked up millions of views.
Even going with the kindest, most official accounts, it’s lose/lose for her. She’s already admitted she’s lied about her health claims of “overheating” and “allergies” only after being left with no avenue to evade. Everyone knows the coverup would have been successful if not for a private citizen or two with smartphones. If it was contagious pneumonia all along why was she out shaking hands and hugging kids? In even the best possible case for her, ignoring everything else, she’s still a compulsive liar who has no qualms about getting other people sick to further her aims. Appearing weak at the memorial of a time Americans craved strong leadership, the abject humiliation of being dragged around by mere peasant guards like a sack of potatoes, remains devastating.
That’s before we even consider anything else. Let’s for a moment still put aside all the theories of her long term maladies and simplify this. The fact is she spent all of August with low key campaign events, her only rallies being tightly controlled and scripted with small audiences.
Once her lead started to melt with her near absence of campaigning it became less and less plausible she was just letting the clock run out.
Tellingly, she only surfaced into sight for major holidays and memorials when she absolutely had to and still struggled with the best medicine in the world to prop her up. Even the bare minimum was too much. She was like a whale followed by a whaling vessel getting speared every time she came up for breath, each harpoon with an airbladder tied to it to make staying submerged progressively more difficult.
Keeping this as simple as possible, I went to the website for each candidate to look at their scheduled events. Trump of course, is doing 3 events in 3 states per day.
Hillary had 1 more rally in North Carolina with only luncheons and other small events as far as I could tell for the rest of her campaign. Even with these, Hillary appeared to be doing less than 1 event per day while her VP, her campaign manager, and even her daughter are doing 90% of the actual campaigning. It now appears even Obama, a sitting president, is campaigning for Hillary, a presidential candidate, instead of doing his job. Now this is what desperation looks like.
9/15/2016 in Greensboro, NC was Hillary’s final test, her absolute last chance. The obvious thing she needed to do was give an hours-long speech worthy of Fidel Castro in front of a real audience. Nope. Another scripted lifeless “event” in a small auditorium that barely lasted 20 minutes. That she did not do the obvious thing leads to the inescapable conclusion that she cannot. The reason does not even matter. As of this writing there’s still about 9 days until the 1st debate. 9 endless days of a ship adrift getting pounded with relentless broadsides. Today is the day of parity with both coalitions looking each other right in the eyes before one passes the other up forever and we see just who is on the wrong side of history. As of this moment, if we add CO, IA, NE, NC, NV, OH, FL to Trump’s electoral map based newly favorable polling, he’s already won. If any of MI, VA, PA, WI, NH, OR flip before election day it starts to move into landslide territory.
By the first debate, if it even happens at this point, Trump will probably already be ahead
(Update 9/25: Appears I was wrong about this part, 2 NBC Polls and McClatchy have gangraped the numbers to 2.5 in Hillary’s favor although state polls continue to drift Trumpwards. Also the POTUS, FLOTUS, former politicians and former cabinet members, lots of celebrities have started actively campaigning for absentee Hillary which seems to have genuinely helped a bit. However, I was stunned to see this kind of immense political capital squandered in a single flash in the pan. Celebs like Kardashian are already learning from their mistakes and shifting to a more neutral stance. Damn, they are burning through their reserves over a month too early!)and the delicious panic, tears, and despairing wails at a climax. The inability to campaign alone would have sunk Hillary by election day. A politician who can’t campaign is like a musician without fingers. Her “basket of deplorables” disaster, plus the 9/11 collapse are just bonus points. I have written plenty on human nature on this blog and one of the constants is that people despise weakness. It’s an instinctual directive that comes eons before mere party loyalties and let’s face it, most people just go to their day job not caring about politics and end up voting for the stronger force, whatever it may be.
In my head I get images of winning a war of attrition in Civilization 4. The enemy’s armies cluster in their cities watching helplessly as their roads, mines, and cottages get leveled back into the stone age and my coffers fill with plunder, each turn sealing their fate more tightly than the last. Brahm’s 1st Hungarian dance from the game’s soundtrack plays as the death spiral winds down, and another road gets demolished with a crisp slapping sound, their last trade route cut off.
I’ve spent happy hours on twitter, politico, huffington post, r/political discussion, r/politics savoring their screams like Lord Yabu from Sho-Gun. Actually, their jedi backflips of rationalization and denial might be even better. “But FDR hid an illness too!” “But HW Bush threw up!” “But Romney in 2012!” The very best treat was the comments on New York Times opinion pieces. Lots of snobby upper middle class douchebags who have enough smarts and education to understand the social order they knew is collapsing and what it means for them. As much as I like tantrums fueled by pure emotion, it’s more delicious still to witness the paroxysms of those who lucidly perceive impending apocalypse.
As for Hillary, the situation remains indescribably poetic. She is at the end of her life watching her world begin to fall apart all around her. The beautiful irony is that most of it was her own making. At this very moment, Europe is slipping away to the right largely because of the human waves sent over by her disastrous bungling in the Middle East and North Africa. Her selfishness in running while sick is about to destroy her party’s credibility with everything it’s worked for soon to be dismantled by her rival. In the end, she’s been the best friend ever to radicals who would have passed their days skulking in the shadows if not for her. Images from great revenge stories pop into my head. I think of Titus Andronicus—truly in the end, she’s being fed her own children baked into a pie. I think of the Punisher movie with evil Travolta told “Made you kill your wife. Made you kill your best friend” before he’s dragged behind a car through a lot full of exploding cars.
One final set of images: Back in the primary I always envisioned Trump’s rivals having this moment, especially Jeb. In underwater movies, it’s the cracks that appear in the window before the cockpit implodes from water pressure(The Abyss provides a great example). In space operas, it’s the sparks and shit that fly around, giving the pilot a warning they’re about to blow up. The character gets those last couple of seconds to have a horrific realization and flail around impotently—that’s Hillary and her supporters at this moment.
When the black swans come, they come in flocks. Less than 2 weeks ago, I wrote about Trump being behind but figured he would steadily close the gap with the race decided by the debates. This is pretty much what was happening…
Then came labor day: 5 minutes of uncontrollable coughing that prevented her from even getting through a 20 minute speech followed by more fits later that day. It was the same strange-sounding heaving-hacking she’d had since January! This was it, I was finally completely convinced that something was seriously wrong with her. She had weeks to rest and still couldn’t get through a single small campaign event. It had been plausible that she was trying to ride out the clock for an easy win, but with just 2 months left and no longer with a large lead there was no reasonable explanation for a presidential candidate not to be constantly campaigning.
From what I read the candidates’ forum seemed to go off without too much trouble so I figured they’d be able to get her through until the debates. Then in less than 24 hours everything completely blows up.
First her idiotic and bizarre comments about a “basket of deplorables.” This alone was immediately hailed as her 47% moment and could easily have cost her the election on its own. Not attacking the voters is politics 101. Trump screwed up bad enough when he picked fights with a few voters, she had to go after millions, no doubt causing many of them to wonder if they’d have bullseyes painted on them if she won. Everything down to her awkward word choice and the goofy imagery it conjured up made it a perfect disaster for her.
Then to my amazement it slipped irretrievably out of control the very next morning. The moment I saw the first rumor that she had passed out in public on 9/11 at ground zero I thought “If this is true and on camera, it’s over.” It was even more than true. She doesn’t just pass out. After being propped up like a corpse against a concrete pillar and held up by an aide she has a violent seizure that nearly faceplants her on the ground despite 3-4 people trying to catch her. And then they fling her in the back of a car by her upper arms like a sack of potatoes as if she were an inmate or a mental patient. You can’t unsee it, Hillary’s career is finished. Her appearance of having to be propped up like a marionette by a ventriloquist cruelly parodies the view many already have of her as a corporate puppet. Once seen to be a mental and physical invalid tossed around by handlers like a piece of baggage there’s no way she gets to be a world leader. The time, place, and circumstances are so poetic and contrived that if a novelist had written it I’d have scoffed. Watching the video you can even hear a wail of despair and impotent fury as the all powerful Hillary gets tossed in the back seat by her stoic guards and hauled away to ignominy and disgrace.
(Update 10/12/16 Wow, it appears I completely overestimated the impact of this event. It just rubs in that the age of bi-partisanship civic cooperation is over. Even if she was a corpse it might not even move the needle that much. No one seems that concerned her health issues could well give them a president Tim Kaine instead or make her a mere figurehead puppet ruling only in name. She continues to do very little campaigning, I never dreamed of anything like it in an election for president of the USA!)
It’s now becoming clear she knows she’s been ill for a very long time. There’s no fault in being ill in itself but the world must finally see that she was willing to risk the nation(and every other nation), risk destroying her own party, blatantly disregard her family’s needs(she is a mother and grandmother), and waste hundreds of millions of dollars of her donors’ money to get her hands on more power. She was willing to endanger everyone by lying about her health while literally dying to pursue even more greed. This confirms and exposes once and for all that she really is a raging sociopath devoid of remorse or care. It’s completely indefensible—I can only hope she once had some strength of character that her senility has since undermined. I’ve been surfing lots of different websites and even on the Huffington Post and r/politics they are forced to admit there’s a huge problem and that this may be over. When even they’re concerned you know it’s for real. Still lots of denialists mouthing excuses but one by one, they are facing the truth.
It only remains to be seen if the likes of a Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, or maybe even a post-sellout Bernie Sanders could even begin to run a campaign with hardly any time left. Actually, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one of them, despite the stringent constraints they’d face could do a better job than she did, but chances are the ensuing chaos makes this an easy win for Trump. I expect Hillary will remain holed up in her New York State mansion and a few friendly zones most of the time. After this, I can’t imagine Chelsea would even let her continue to go far if she has any say. She will be a candidate in name only for some days I suspect until the democratic party somehow forces her to resign or finds a way to circumvent her. Or at least that’s what they should do if they have any sense. With the debates coming soon, the longer they wait, the worse it gets for them. There was already a scandal over the DNC rigging the primaries and now we can reason some of them must have known Hillary was struggling. Taken together, these discoveries could end up completely discrediting the party leadership.
Today was also a disaster for the mainstream media. For hours, networks like CNN and the New York Times contorted any way they could to downplay or ignore the collapse. When the video went viral and foreign journals gleefully picked up the story they could no longer ignore it. They finally posted the video but wrote articles that downplayed the content as much as they could in a pathetic attempt at damage control. Of course, comments were not allowed. After this clumsily attempted cover-up, they slide a bit further towards irrelevance. When even casual bloggers, people with their smartphones, and foreign news sources can scoop them and give a less slanted account of events, why does anyone still care?
The establishment as we knew it will never recover from this. They seemed immovable and all-powerful, the thought police who could blacklist and ostracize us for disagreeing with them. Their ‘inevitable’ candidate was their ultimate idol and goddess across decades finally come forth to fulfill their entire kingdom on earth. Now it’s the Wizard of Oz in real life. Behind the curtain, there was only a sick and frail old woman.
I mentioned in my last post that in less than a decade internet dissenters who would have been considered on a level with child molesters have gained influence in national politics. Just a few days after this post Hillary Clinton to my complete astonishment and delight directly devoted an entire speech to the “alt-right.” I would have thought this some /pol/ish wet dream if it hadn’t actually happened.
This speech is one of the biggest triumphs ever for internet dissidents. Hillary has unwittingly ushered in a new age where anti-orthodox internet culture is openly acknowledged as real opposition to the establishment when but a few short years ago it was no more than the whispers of a ghost within the mainstream. The term “alt-right” itself is only directly adopted by a narrow slice but a huge spectrum of internet personalities holding underground opinions have been suddenly given official recognition by one of the most famous and powerful people on earth. Hillary is a living symbol of the orthodoxy, representing at once the apotheosis of 60s wishful equalism and the disastrous economics and blindly ideological foreign policy that’s held sway ever since Reagan. In the social cosmology, she lives in the top rank of the heavens as a goddess so any being she sees fit to address must in the public eye be at least a minor god in its own right. As someone who has spent decades in the business of social perceptions she should know better!
The speech itself was highly effective. It was well-tailored to its target demographics of white women and establishment republicans while reassuring her base. Bringing the alt-right into play may have been an effective rhetorical device but for a possible short term gain in one election, she opened a portal into a “dark” dimension. She and others like her will come to regret it.
It is truly remarkable in that a prominent politician in a national election would address something that’s not a movement or even a political party—just a vast milling about of unsatisfied souls.
This sort of loose structure is not only proving successful in modern warfare but increasingly so in politics and culture. I first wondered at this phenomenon in 2011 as the Arab Spring swept the world and almost simultaneously riots and protests rose across the globe. I was especially intrigued by Occupy Wall Street. I noticed that OWS marked a transition from 60s-style activism headed by traditional hierarchies and concrete agendas to decentralized movements of dissenters swimming in schools to enjoy safety in numbers but often cooperating little more than that:
For a few hundred years now, elites have had their own version of Anonymous that has helped them to accomplish their goals. It’s called a corporation.
Shareholders come together to in order to mitigate risk and allow them do things that would ordinarily be too risky. By acting collectively, they can do away with individual accountability.
These elites failed to understand what would happen if technology sufficiently improved the ability of the peasantry to communicate and coordinate their actions.
The result is effectively a counter-corporation.
In just a couple months most of this agitation had fizzled out. I had thought at the time it would go further and looked at where I went wrong in my understanding of the situation. I thought about demographics and realized that the older generations, especially boomers were still too prominent to be seriously challenged. In 2011 there were still just too many adults who read newspapers instead of surfing the internet. But at the time, the first of them were hitting retirement age and I realized by 2015 there would be a generation coming of age that couldn’t remember the 90s, had only ever known corruption and catastrophe, and had access to high speed internet their whole lives. For them, I realized, a functional America would be something from a history book or an 80s movie. I made a guess that around this period the time would finally be ripe for dissident ideologies to begin gaining a serious hold. My guess didn’t require this new generation to be especially radical as a whole, but only that it would have no attachment to the old order and thereby bring the potential for real change.
Things have begun to change right on schedule, though ironically because even a large cohort of boomers has become disenfranchised enough to turn against the Old Regime. Some of the same elders who were screaming at millenials to “occupy a job” are themselves mourning the lack of good jobs. Also, the smartphones and social media that made the unrest of 2011 possible have greatly matured and become an established part of the culture. Presently, with defectors peeling off from the older generations, millennials as disaffected and uninvested as ever, with a new generation hitting adulthood who’ve never known the old prosperity, there’s finally enough mass built up to challenge the established order on a larger scale. The emergence of Trump and Sanders in 2015 was like the busting of a dam and by giving a speech on the Alt-Right, Hillary has given dissident internet-dwellers more direct recognition than her opponents ever have. I cannot help but suspect that this huge miscalculation comes from being disconnected from the culture. She and her advisors may simply not understand what they do.