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Wednesday, 05 February 2020

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After eight years of Obama's "blame America first" speeches, Trump is delivering pro America speeches. Neither side will tolerate the other. There is no reconciling the two. The Right wants order, rule of law and freedom. The Left was chaos, no opposition and power. In other words Entropy. There is no compromising with entropy.

David,

You're quite right that the temperature is rising rapidly. We are really two nations now, locked in a bitter marriage. So much damage has been done that reconciliation seems quite out of the question; so completely incommensurate are the two sides' worldviews, values, and opinions of the traditional American nation that it is no longer possible to imagine any basis for comity.

The mandarins of the Blue team have been picking this fight with "legacy" Americans for decades now; it is they who have sprinted away from the hearth and altar of American heritage, mocking and taunting and reviling those of the traditional center (now called the "far right") who found much to admire in the traditions and folkways of the America they grew up in, and mainly just wanted to be left alone. For millions of these "deplorable" legacy Americans, patience is finally running out. The election of the deeply flawed Donald Trump was a symptom of this, but if the political system breaks down any further -- and it is disintegrating rapidly -- the next step is what John Locke euphemistically called "an appeal to heaven".

Long ago, in a different context, Winston Churchill said this:

“The American eagle sits on his perch, a large strong bird with formidable beak and claws. There he sits motionless, and M. Gromyko is sent day after day to prod him with a sharp pointed stick—now his neck, now under his wings, now his tail feathers. All the time the eagle keeps quite still. But it would be a great mistake to suppose that nothing is going on in the breast of the eagle.”

Back then, the antagonist was the Soviet Union. But today you could substitute "Mr. Schiff", "Mr. Schumer", "Ms. Pelosi", "Ms. Ocasio-Cortez", et al.

A couple of years back a writer by the name of Larry Correia wrote a piquant blog-post about the prospect of civil war in America. It contained this ominous passage (please forgive the blunt language):

A friend of mine who is a political activist said something interesting the other day, and that was for most people on the left political violence is a knob, and they can turn the heat up and down, with things like protests, and riots, all the way up to destruction of property, and sometimes murder… But for the vast majority of folks on the right, it’s an off and on switch. And the settings are Vote or Shoot Fucking Everybody. And believe me, you really don’t want that switch to get flipped, because Civil War 2.0 would make Bosnia look like a trip to Disneyworld.

Nobody should wish for civil war, but as matters now stand, it's hard to see how things don't get worse before they can get better.

Crikey! That truly is grim reading, Malcolm. I hope, and would pray if I was the praying sort, that we are both wrong but I am very uneasy.

Apparently we have descended into a parliamentary system.

Cartoon of the speech:
https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/02/branco-cartoon-hissy-fit/

No, Bob, you have descended into the school playground!

Actually, David, I consider you an expert on the matter, since you're experienced with Prime Minister's Questions and the recent Brexit debate.

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