Some of my friends sit around every evening
And they worry about the times ahead,
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference
And the promise of an early bed.
— Elvis Costello, from “Radio, Radio”
January 6 was a sobering moment. For many of us it was not unexpected, but it was sobering nonetheless.
We have finally reached the End of the Republic. The results of future elections will lie within parameters established by the Powers That Be. There will be no more successful “dark horse” candidates; the system has been rigged to prevent them.
On a related note, Sundance at Conservative Tree House has joined the dreamers at Power Line, although his desperate optimism takes a somewhat different tack: he proposes the founding of a new political party led by Donald Trump, which would siphon off most Republican voters, as well as a big chunk of Democrats and independents.
It’s a nice idea, and it might have worked before the widespread adoption of Dominion voting machines. But after 2020, how does such a party go about actually winning an election? The machinery to prevent that possibility is already in place. Nobody can get elected without the approval of the Deep State. Which means it will be the UniParty — Democrats plus safe (neutered) Republicans — from here on out.
We have unfortunately entered the era of TINVOWOOT: There is no voting our way out of this. We’ve used up three out of our four boxes — soap, ballot, and jury — and there’s only one left.
There has been a cavalcade of “conservatives” eager to denounce Donald Trump and the angry crowd at the Capitol. Their general theme is that “violence solves nothing.” How easily they have forgotten the means by which the Patriots of 1776 threw off the yoke of King George III and established a constitutional republic! If these modern-day talking heads had their way, we’d still be sending politely-worded lists of grievances to the queen and her ministers.
Meanwhile the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) have characterized Wednesday’s events as an “insurrection”. Well… Except for the cops, everybody at the Capitol that day was unarmed. How would our esteemed progressive brethren describe a real insurrection if one ever broke out?
Given the level of anger on the patriotic Right, some sort of future kinetic action is a distinct possibility. Whether we’re heading into a full-fledged Boogaloo or not is an open question. A shrewd, charismatic leader would seem a prerequisite for that to happen, and now that Donald Trump has abdicated the position, there’s no one else on the horizon who fits the description. For all I know, this simmering political cauldron may yet cool down and accept the New Normal that has been prepared for it.
Or maybe not. It’s still early days, so it’s hard to tell.
Regardless of how kinetic things get, what seems likely is a concerted effort to crack down on dissent. Up until now the Left has relied on the private sector — Big Tech, social media companies, and major employers — to suppress doubleplus ungood opinions held by deplorable citizens. We can expect that praxis to change now that the Woke brigades control the entire apparatus of state, especially given the public statements from their numerous spokesbeings about the need to silence us.
The past two months have proved that the Constitution is a worthless scrap of paper. Nothing remains to stop the permanent government from passing whatever laws it deems necessary to suppress “misinformation”, “intolerance”, “extremism”, “hate speech”, “white supremacy”, and all the other terms used to describe publicly expressed thoughts that run counter to the Narrative.
I’ve never used social media, and I have no employer, so up until now the storm has passed me by. When the Harris administration is fully ripened, however, I expect the government to enact new laws or regulations requiring ISPs to close down independent “hate sites” like this one. When that happens, the torches will be extinguished here at the Gates, and I will be out of business.
Depending on how frisky things get, the dénouement could happen sooner, or it could happen later. But that time will eventually come. The darkness will flow out of Mordor and cover everything, and the armies of orcs will march against us.
Obviously, I don’t intend to go gentle into that good night. Until the switch is flipped off, I will be on the job here every day, sorting through the hideous and depressing news and editing the translations.
In order to postpone the moment of reckoning for as long as possible, I intend to tighten up a bit in my moderation of comments. As you all know, Gates of Vienna’s rules require comments to be civil, temperate, on-topic, and show decorum. Sometimes honored more in the breach than the observance, but still the rules.
At issue here is the second rule: comments must be temperate. As the crackdown unfolds, I expect both AI and human monitors to be scanning sites for certain expressed sentiments. When such expressions pass a given regulatory threshold, the site will be marked for shutdown.
Up until now I have been fairly relaxed about such things, but in the future I will be strict. Comments that advocate or express a desire for certain things to happen will be deleted, or suitably redacted if possible (and if I have the time). I hope thereby to delay my departure from the scene, even if just for a little while. It may be a futile exercise, but I intend to try.
I regularly read a fair number of sites where the calls for frisky behavior are fully explicit. I hold most of those sites in high esteem, and often agree with them. However, I expect them to disappear from the scene shortly after the repression really heats up. Maybe Gates of Vienna will hang on longer; maybe it won’t.
So all you frisky commenters are hereby put on notice. From a personal standpoint, I don’t always object to your remarks, and I may often agree with you. Nevertheless, we are about to enter a period when not everything that we think should be said out loud. Keep your remarks temperate. You would be well-advised to learn the virtues of prudence, self-restraint, and indirection. Elliptical speech is recommended. Deadpan irony can be particularly useful.
I intend to keep this enterprise going for as long as I can. We all need to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
The mission of this blog will remain the same as it always has been. It will continue to focus on immigration, Islamization, and the collapse of Europe. However, those topics will recede in general prominence as the Big Ugly takes hold here in the USA. I’ll blog on our new Socialist Republic from time to time, as the mood takes me. And stories about it will obviously overwhelm the news feed on occasion.
And those disparate topics will sometimes overlap. Islam has not lost sight of its main objective, and will not overlook the opportunity presented by the current crisis. The Biden/Harris administration will reopen the immigration floodgates and rescind President Trump’s “travel ban” on certain Muslim countries. We can expect the sharia zones in Dearborn, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, and other metropolitan areas to grow and be consolidated. Since Muslim community leaders can reliably deliver the Islamic vote as a bloc to the Democrats, they will be encouraged and incorporated into the power structure.
I’m certain the Powers That Be consider their Muslim allies to be their useful idiots, but we’ll eventually see who’s useful to whom, and who is the idiot.
One final thought.
If Spicy Time really does show up, it may act as a catalyst for similar ructions in other Western countries with the same sorts of social and political issues — lockdowns, the economic collapse of the middle class, mass immigration, the suppression of dissent, the criminalization of politically incorrect speech, etc.
The obvious parallel would be the Revolutions of 1848, which was the Year of the Big Ugly in 19th-century Europe. The process kicked off in — where else? — Paris, with barricades, violent rebellion, mass slaughter, the abdication of King Louis Philippe, and the formation of the Second Republic. News of the trouble in Paris inspired similar actions in Austria and Hungary. The Austrian government was forced to flee from Vienna, which was a hotbed of radicalism. Revolutionary fever swept through the Italian states, and Piedmont declared war on Austria. The Italian actions failed, but all the chaos and ferment eventually led to the unification of Italy.
For its part, Austria was forced by its internal troubles to make Hungary nominally co-equal in a federal structure, and the Austrian Empire became the Dual Empire, Austria-Hungary, under a new emperor.
The same spirit of revolution infected the German states, starting in the south and spreading eventually into Prussia. The long-term effect was to begin the unification of Germany, first as a confederation, and ultimately (thanks to the canny maneuvering of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck) as the German Empire.
That was some momentous year, that 1848.
Who knows? 2021 may be just as momentous in its own way. However, if you study up on the sequelae of 1848, you’ll discover the political forms that eventuated from the year’s events weren’t at all advantageous to people who love liberty and representative governance. Once set in motion, revolutions tend to follow their own internal logic and take an unpredictable course through slaughter and mayhem until new — usually illiberal — forms of government are set in place.
So be careful what you wish for. 1848 is not necessarily the best role model.