Evil or Stupid?
Last week, in one of our Skype groups, a non-American participant said:
It took me a long time to reach this cynical position. I wanted to believe that the Republican Party presented a viable opposition, and for many years I resisted the nagging sense that the whole thing was a charade. Even after I came to loathe Republicans, I still clung to the forlorn hope that the party could somehow overcome its deficiencies and mount a real challenge to Democrat hegemony.
The presidential elections of 2016 and 2020 were the final nails in the coffin of that hope. I meant it when I responded to my liberal friends who referred to me as a Republican:
But now I’m not even sure that the Democrats are worse. After all, they don’t try to hide their true nature. They no longer pretend not to be Marxists. They’re fully up-front about wanting to raise taxes and increase spending. They make no bones about their intention to control our lives in minutest detail. They proudly wave the banners of racial discrimination and sexual perversion. What you see is what you get.
Republicans, on the other hand, pretend that they are conservatives, when they are just as enmeshed with the globalists and the international financiers that are ushering in the New World Order. And they pretend they want to win elections, but ever since 2016 we’ve been able to see that they really don’t. Right now the Republican establishment is simply committed to making sure that Donald Trump does not win another election, no matter what it does to their party. As long as the current power-sharing system remains intact, and they keep their places at the trough, the party that holds power is irrelevant.
It’s plain that Donald Trump is seen as the greatest threat to the existing system, and must be stopped at all costs.
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So how do the recent midterms fit into all this?
First of all, it’s completely clear that the voting systems are now fully rigged. The Democrats control the process in major urban centers, and have developed multiple interlocked strategies for generating the votes they need to put their candidates over the top in all races they deem significant.
Earnest Republican commentators are having a hard time with the results. They aren’t yet ready to see what is right in front of their eyes, so they take the midterm results at face value. This forces them to conclude that their fellow Americans are ignorant, uninformed, and unfathomably stupid. Which is depressing, so now they’re depressed (I’m thinking in particular of the gentlemen at Power Line). For some reason they aren’t able to grasp the fact that the system is rigged.
The exception to the rigging is, of course, Florida, which passed laws to protect the voting process from being manipulated the way it is everywhere else. As a result, Florida experienced the “red wave” that was supposed to sweep the entire country. Republicans did very well, with Ron DeSantis riding the crest of the wave.
There’s a reason for all that. Yes, I’m being cynical and paranoid, but hear me out.
Legislators at both the national and state levels are vulnerable to being made offers they can’t refuse, both the carrot and stick varieties. The globalist financiers, who are the real power brokers, can induce legislators to vote for measures they’re in favor of, and against those they oppose.
What else could explain the actions of all the states with Republican governors whose legislatures are controlled by Republicans? They didn’t pass the same kind of voting protection law that Florida did, so they got shellacked in the midterms.
And what made Florida different?
The answer is simple, but dispiriting for those who are pinning their hopes on Ron DeSantis: it’s become abundantly clear that Mr. DeSantis has been chosen by the Republican establishment (which means the full bipartisan establishment) to be the Republicans’ alternative to Donald Trump in the 2024 election. He used to be on the MAGA team, or so it seemed, but in recent months his PAC has taken in enormous amounts of money from major Wall Street donors, money which is obviously earmarked for a presidential run. He has the enthusiastic backing of Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, and other never-Trump luminaries of the RINO establishment. All the machinery of the official Republican Party is revving up to promote him as the standard-bearer to defeat the Bad Orange Man in the primaries. And if Trump decides to form his own party, it’s no big deal for the Republicans, because they really don’t mind not winning. They just want to make sure that Trump loses. They want the existing system to keep chugging along, generating a continuous stream of wealth and privilege as it slides in the CBDC and digital ID and Build Back Better.
Thus, in order to help DeSantis reach the top of the polls, Florida needed to hold a real election. Somehow, magically, the protect-the-vote law got passed. What a coincidence!
I hated coming to this conclusion, because I like Ron DeSantis. But it has become clear that he is the tool chosen by the Evil Uniparty to stop Donald Trump once and for all.
The Republicans are evil, but they pretend to be stupid.
Next time, make sure to vote harder. You’ve got a clear choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
In arriving at the above conclusions, I was greatly assisted by the able journeywork of Sundance at Conservative Tree House. He is a superb researcher and analyst who has proven his acumen by making a number of predictions that were borne out by subsequent events. And, when he makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong (e.g. the war in Ukraine last winter), he acknowledges it prominently and tries to figure out where he went off track. Unlike most commentators, who simply forget their failed predictions and pretend they never made them.
After being wrong so many times, I’ve given up making predictions, because I’m tired of embarrassing myself.
I’ve also drawn on the work of various analysts and commentators linked at WRSA. They’re generally at least as cynical and paranoid as I am.
I no longer pay much attention to mainstream Republican or conservative commentary — what is often called “Conservatism Inc.” — and tend to prefer the fever swamps instead.
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