Monday, January 25, 2021

The Fine Art of Projection

I’m so old that I can remember the hysterical convulsions of the Left following Trump’s election, and especially the hysterical predictions that gays, Muslims, [insert group of your choice here] were about to be rounded up and put into camps, if not exterminated outright.

At the time I thought, “Ok, these people are so over the top it’s not funny. But as time goes on and nobody is persecuted at all, let alone being sent to re-education camps, they’ll calm down.”

Remember all the Republicans advocating that people they disagreed with should be silenced, ostracized, punished? No? Me neither. Not only did this imagined persecution never happen, but nobody so much as suggested it. And yet the screeching continued unabated for the entirety of Trump’s presidency.

Now, considering the actions already taken by the victorious Left and those they’re already advocating for, I think I understand their fear.

They were afraid we’d behave like them.

They want their opposition not only censored but punished for daring to differ, and they’re not shy about telling us so.

This is a longish post because I wanted to provide the supporting evidence for this contention. Please read what they are telling us, in their own words. When they tell you who they are… believe them.

Forbes threatens any business that dares hire Trump supporters

“Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.”

Hilary Clinton: New criminal laws should target anyone we call a “white supremacist.”

Removing Trump from office is essential, and I believe he should be impeached. Members of Congress who joined him in subverting our democracy should resign, and those who conspired with the domestic terrorists should be expelled immediately. But that alone won’t remove white supremacy and extremism from America. There are changes elected leaders should pursue immediately, including advocating new criminal laws at the state and federal levels that hold white supremacists accountable and tracking the activities of extremists such as those who breached the Capitol. Twitter and other companies made the right decision to stop Trump from using their platforms, but they will have to do more to stop the spread of violent speech and conspiracy theories.

PBS counsel wants to put our children into camps

“Even if Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away, and we’ll put [Trump supporters’ children] into re-education camps,” the man, identified as Beller [Michael Beller, then principal counsel at PBS] in the undated video, says. [Beller has been fired now… for saying the quiet part out loud. But does anyone think he was the only one at PBS with this idea?]

MSNBC’s Reid and Wallace call for all public-sector workers associated with the Republican party to be stripped of their jobs. And questioning the election results is now criminal sedition.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, joined by her colleague Nicolle Wallace, called for the de-Baathification and scouring of the current Republican Party following four years of leadership under President Donald Trump.

“I wonder if you have thought through kind of how Republicans begin what someone on my team earlier today called de-Baathification of the Republican Party?” Reid asked Wallace on Wednesday night, likening the GOP to Iraq’s Ba’ath Party and suggesting Republican influence and ideology needs to be eradicated from American society the same way Iraq sought to remove the Ba’ath Party influence from its own politics.

During de-Baathification in 2003, the Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq ordered that all public-sector workers associated with the party were to be stripped of their jobs and banned from future public-sector employment. That transition government also offered rewards for information leading to “the capture of senior members of the Baath party and individuals complicit in the crimes of the former regime.”

Wallace agreed, echoing Reid’s points about Cheney and saying the Republican Party needs to be reevaluated because it is “top to the bottom corrupted by Trumpism.”

“I think the challenge is that the rot is from the grassroots all the way to the presidency. So the rot is at every layer,” Wallace said. “You can call it rot because it’s now criminal sedition. But there are people that supported it from the grassroots all the way up through to the White House.”

-Jordan Davidson

How is all this different from the Soviet Union?

For all of the solemn praise of democracy by Biden and the rest of the assembled VIPs, the imagery was more reminiscent of the Soviet Union, including the absence of ordinary citizens and the prominent display of military power. The Soviet Union, of course, also purported to be a democracy, and it also had elections. But their elections had many of the features now familiar at home: vetting of candidates by the state bureaucracy, the use of intelligence agencies to investigate and defame dissenters, restrictions on free speech aimed at “saboteurs” and other troublemakers, a compliant media subordinate to the party, and largely preordained results to elections.

-Christopher Roach



  1. I cancelled the Forbes subscription I've had for many years...the publication was headed downhill anyhow, less and less content of any actual use to investors or executives.

    Now thinking about doing the same with Commentary, following an unhinged rant from the editor/published against anyone daring to question the election results. Harder decision in this case since there is actually some useful content there occasionally.

  2. Yep, I dropped Commentary a while back, though they keep tempting me with interesting-sounding headlines.

    The Economist went over to the dark side long ago.

    Are there any periodicals you'd recommend?

  3. Periodicals...can't think of a lot. I like the WSJ in print form, and the Epoch Times actually has some interesting stuff (don't understand their publishing schedule, sometimes we get the paper newspaper and sometimes not). Diana likes Science Magazine and just subscribed to the National Geographic. I get a couple of aviation magazines and Barrons...that's about it. Paper-periodicals reading has declined by about 5X in recent years.


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