Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Fate of the Duly Elected Deep State

It will be over in less than a day.

Even as I write this White House staffers are boxing their shit.  They are turning in Gov Blackberrys.  Filing away their papers and steeling themselves for the moment when they turn in their badges tonight.  Farewell hugs are being exchanged and sweet, delectable tears of sadness and despair are being shed.

The man himself is signing last minute regulations and hoping that the man who will be sitting at the Resolution Desk tomorrow will over look some of them when he begins undoing the most important...indeed the only important years of Barrack Obama's life.

Yes, this is the White House tonight.
Yes, this is also metaphor

Tomorrow at noon Progressivism will begin it's Wilderness Years 

All of the people who are in the White House tonight but won't be in it tomorrow night are wondering the same thing.  How did this happen?

I can sympathize...Okay actually I can't but I am involuntarily empathizing.  Four years ago last November, the day after the election, I was killing an entire bottle of vodka and wondering where did my country go? How did it vanish this quickly?

Obama's election in 2008 was a foregone conclusion. as far back as 2006.  Bush had destroyed himself and the GOP.  The party was so brand damaged that everyone knew that the next president was going to be a Democrat.  That was automatic.  Of course at the time everyone thought it was going to be a different Democrat.  Hillary was a shoe-in back then too...until she suddenly wasn't. 

I remember being confident that Obama wasn't going to even make it as far as her VP because (a) Illinois was as safely in her pocket as the Black vote so why bother? And (b) it was bad political casting, the number two guy isn't supposed to outshine the boss.   I dismissed it when Obama beat her out the top job because at the time I was putting it down to the Democrats always trying to find the New John Kennedy.  Once you had a Black John Kennedy, the only reason he could lose at all was if the Democrats orgasmed themselves to death at the thought of electing him before they could actually vote.

So I knew the moment he had the nomination clinched he was going to win the general election. That was expected.

What was completely unexpected for me was his re-election in 2012.  Obama had four years of epic failure behind him and clearly had learned nothing from it.  The mid-terms had been catastrophic for the Democrats.  The Economy was terrible.  Iraq...hell the entire mid-east was in flames because of his policies.  He was by any sane measure a disaster and battle cry was I'll give you four more years of the same.

As bad a candidate as Romney was, he should have won.

Yet, he didn't.

That meant something very big and bad had happened to the America I loved.

Obama's followers agreed with me.  They thought what had happened was a good thing:

For them, Obama’s win in 2008 was no ordinary election victory, but a kind of millenarian, messianic moment, beyond which future elections would never again be in doubt, or even necessary.

They believed Obama had a mandate to “fundamentally transform” America, and they believed once that transformation had happened, it would be institutionally irreversible, as well as wildly popular, and guaranteed by demographic changes that immigration reformers were doing their best to hurry along.

It is common, among partisans on both sides, to believe that a big election win in a particular year guarantees their party will stay in power for a very long time. Where Democrats differ from Republicans, however, is they believe they are entitled to rule.

Obama’s victory not only represented the triumph of an individual campaign or set of ideas, but the rightful ascent of the ideas of the 1960s, and the coming-of-age of a millennial generation that would fulfill their parents’ deferred political dreams.

In that way, Obama’s rise resembled that of the new governments of post-colonial Africa — an analogy that is relevant partly because of the importance of post-colonialism in Obama’s political development. These parties came to power democratically, but have been reluctant, in the decades since, to yield to defeat at the ballot box.

The South African political observer R. W. Johnson wrote in 2001 that the left-wing parties of post-colonial Africa shared what he called a “common theology”:

They do not merely represent the masses but in a sense they are the masses, and as such they cannot really be wrong. Second, according to the theology, their coming to power represents the end of a process. No further group can succeed them for that would mean that the masses, the forces of righteousness, had been overthrown. That, in turn, could only mean that the forces of racism and colonialism, after sulking in defeat and biding their time, had regrouped and launched a counter-attack.

Johnson had in mind formerly “progressive” parties such as the Zimbabwe African National Union-Popular Front (Zanu-PF) and South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC). But his description could apply just as easily to Obama’s Democrats.

For a party that has increasingly relied on identity politics to fill the intellectual void in its policy platform, Obama’s win in 2008 had a certain finality to it. To Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), for example, testifying against Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) last week, it seemed unthinkable, after Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, to confirm a man who is merely committed to enforcing the law, and not to bending “the arc of the universe” towards “justice” in facing “challenges of race.”

Race, gender, and sexuality have become all-important to Democrats — not just as a political tactic used to cobble a coalition together, but as the foundation of political legitimacy.

That was the big thing that had shifted although at the time I hadn't realized it.  The foundations of the Left's political legitimacy were now completely different.

The Deep State class all share a common religion, Progressivism.  And they do believe in it with religious fervor.

This is no small thing. 

According to Max Weber (1864-1920) there are three types of legitimate rule; Legal, Traditional and Charismatic.  But there is a forth...Religious Legitimacy.  And it can easily negate all three of the others.

I am more hopeful now than I have been in years that civil war can be avoided.  But it only takes one side to start a war and the Deep State is pretty far from finished.


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