Thursday, January 21, 2021

Yesterday's inauguration was a dreary non-spectacle. I saw some clips where FICUS shuffled on stage, put his hand on a Bible and mouthed the relevant words to an audience overwhelmingly - well, let's put it this way: if they'd sent the National Guard home and put reporters and cabinet members on a bus, I betcha Scooby-Doo's van would have held the remainder of the audience. Comfortably.

I'm trying to squeeze a tiny bit of optimism out of this grey day by reminding myself that Hitler and Stalin could draw large crowds. If Biden*  is ever to draw a crowd, he or his handlers will have to employ North Korean techniques. Somebody will have to punish everyone who dares stay home when their Precious is speaking. Somebody will have to make everyone in the sullenly assembled crowd very much afraid of being the first person to quit clapping after the Precious finishes spewing hate-laced drivel.

We're not there yet. 

This would be more cheering if the handbasket didn't seem to be zipping downhill at ever-increasing rates of speed. They* (henceforth used, with the asterisk, to mean "Our soi-disant moral, intellectual and political superiors" because that's too long to type over and over) - well, in the past week They* have gone from deplatforming the tallest of the dissident poppies to discussing what they'd like to do to the rest of us. Destruction of broadcasters who allow any news destructive of the Narrative, "deprogramming" for more than 75 million Trump voters, separation from our children who will henceforth be raised in ruling-party-approved camps - these have been among the fantasies of last week. And does anybody doubt that those fantasies would be a reality if they could just figure out how to implement them?

So... we may not be having the Nuremberg Rallies quite yet... but I do wish somebody would figure out how to put a brake on this handbasket.

(Image: Bundesarchiv, Bild 137-004055 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE <>, via Wikimedia Commons)

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