Trigger warning: This post is a pill so black, it’s fuligin. If you’re not in the mood for that, give this one a pass.
Back at the old Rotten Chestnuts, we discussed the difference between a revolution and a rebellion. Briefly: Revolutions are programmatic, rebellions are pragmatic. A revolution seeks to overturn the existing order of society; a rebellion aims, at most, to churn a society’s leadership. The American and French Revolutions really were revolutions, but so were the American and English Civil Wars. Pretty much all others are mere rebellions, whatever title they might have in the history books.
Revolutions require two things: Ideology and experienced leadership. (Note then that by definition, anything happening before 1536 is a rebellion). Even the most spontaneous-seeming revolutions, the French and Russian, were started (or quickly commandeered) by groups with longstanding ideological and practical ties. The guys in the Jacobin Clubs knew each other from way back, and of course Russia’s underground tradition was second to none. They knew how to organize.
These experienced organizers also had a mature ideology that they could rapidly disseminate as propaganda, such that it won over lots of important cogs in the old regime’s machinery (Lt. Bonaparte, as he then was, was originally an ardent Jacobin).
Similarly, while Oliver Cromwell the military genius came out of nowhere, Oliver Cromwell the Parliamentary leader had a long background in local, regional, and national affairs. Everyone in the colonies knew George Washington’s name, everyone in the US had heard of Jefferson Davis, and so forth — though they’re just names to all but field specialists now, the “fire eaters” were impressive men with serious pedigrees, as were the ideologues and faction leaders in the Long Parliament.
Obviously, then, a real revolution is out when it comes to the 2020 “election.” There hasn’t been an ideology to speak of in America since 1992, when the Boomers achieved their apotheosis (or, more correctly, their apocolocyntosis) with the election of Bill Clinton. Whatever they claim to believe is just this moment’s justification for their thuggish smugness. Have you noticed that, however identity politics twists and turns, AWFLs — that’s “Average White Female Liberals,” for those who don’t speak Internet — are always the Most Oppressed People Ever?
Yeah. I rest my case.
I don’t doubt that Orange Man has a sincere love of his country. He might even, given enough time, be able to articulate it. The problem is, “his country” hasn’t existed since the late 1980s, and even then it was mortally wounded. If “Trumpism” actually existed, it would amount to little more than “Wouldn’t it be nice if it were still 1982?” Alas, demographics is destiny.
Which leaves rebellion. Despite constant Media gaslighting, Orange Man really IS quite popular with large segments of the population, especially the armed segment. It’s possible that they would follow him into battle if he were to “cross the Rubicon,” as it were. Alas, Trump is no Caesar, though the situation facing him is more or less the same as the one facing Gaius Julius — fight, or be executed for treason. Caesar didn’t have an ideology either — he was a rebel, not a revolutionary — but neither was he afflicted with Orange Man’s fatal nostalgia. Just as the Goodwhites out there in the ‘burbs would rather have their kids beaten and raped in the public “schools” than admit to less-than-laudatory thoughts about Hyphen-Americans, Orange Man would rather be shanked in prison than fight. If he hasn’t learned by now that they’ll stop at nothing to literally destroy him, despite four years of truly overwhelming evidence, he’s not suddenly going to figure it out in this, the last week of the American nation.
And as for the “muh guns” crowd, in the absence of leadership the best they could hope to achieve — if “best” is really the word — is something like the Jacquerie, an orgy of pointless destruction by aimlessly angry peasants:
The peasants involved in the rebellion seem to have lacked any real organization, instead rising up locally as an unstructured mass. Jean le Bel speculated that governors and tax collectors spread the word of rebellion from village to village to inspire the peasants to rebel against the nobility. When asked as to the cause of their discontent they apparently replied that they were just doing what they had witnessed others doing. Additionally it seems that the rebellion contained some idea that it was possible to rid the world of nobles. Froissart’s account portrays the rebels as mindless savages bent on destruction, which they wrought on over 150 noble houses and castles, murdering the families in horrific ways.
Give the cheese-eating surrender monkeys this: they still had their stones back then. “Americans” don’t. If the “muh guns” crowd were going to do anything, they’d have done it already.* They might try to organize a few marches or something when Biden puts out his first confiscation order, but they’ll be denied municipal permits to organize… oh well. They’ll queue up like sheep to hand over their iron, and that will be that.
No revolution, no rebellion, not even a Jacquerie. It’s been trending this way for a long time, kameraden, and now it’s here. The fact is, “Americans” want this. For every fake Biden vote out there, there was a real one (given how badly Rutabaga Joe was losing, 1:1 might actually be the ratio). Lots of people really do want this, and now they’re going to get it. Evolution is copious, local, and recent. Neanderthal gives way to Cro Magnon, who has now given way to Homo Twitterus. It is what it is.
UPDATE: Horseshit of which I am tired: Apparently tonight Trump said :
This may be the most important speech I’ve ever made…. As President, I have no higher duty than to defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States. That’s why I am determined to protect our election system, which is now under coordinated assault and siege.
As I think Immanuel Kant once said, “Do, or do not… there is no try.” The only way to restore any kind of integrity to our election system involves a wall, some cigarettes, and a whole lot of blindfolds. This course of action would absolutely be justified by the obvious, massive, and ongoing fraud — which now unquestionably includes foreign interference from avowed national enemies — but there’s no coming back from it.
You’re in the history books as a tyrant either way; the only question is, do you go out as a General Pinochet, or an Admiral Horthy. I know which way I’m betting, but either way, just fucking do it already… or shut the fuck up.
UPDATEx2: I am a cynic because I am a historian, and as such I look for evidence. As everyone on this side of the aisle knows, the deadline for conventional legal action passes early next week. If Trump were planning to “Cross the Rubicon,” even as an emergency last-ditch backup plan, there would be some sizeable military forces in motion… or, at the very least, on standby. It does no good to proclaim martial law without immediately rolling tanks into certain areas.
So… are the tanks gassed up? Which ones? Where?
This kind of thing leaves a paper trail. Are National Guard units getting called up? Is the Army staging a “war game” or big “training exercise” (the usual covers in this type of situation)? I don’t know… but I do know that such preparations are impossible to fully disguise (that’s why the “war game” / “training exercise” is so popular – if you can’t hide it, do it in plain view).
Moreover, any such mobilization would necessarily perk up our nation’s enemies — China et al bump up their equivalent of a DEFCON whenever we do a wargame, just on general principles. If our combat forces really were gearing up to go in the far-flung provinces of the empire, it would be noticed, commented on, and responded to over there.
Anyone who claims the Rubicon is about to be crossed, without such evidence, is just bullshitting. Note that the reverse does not hold – you don’t need evidence of things NOT happening to claim that the situation will continue as before.
UPDATE 3x: Per WOPR’s comment, below, here’s why things will never change. That’s the Ace of Spades crowd — all of whom, being smarter than concussed chimpanzees with a heroin problem, acknowledge the Presidential election was stolen — urging people to vote in the Senate runoff races.
Holy nut-juggling Allah on a rocket-powered moped. Let me see if I can explain this in tiny little words:
THEY. STOLE. THE. PRESIDENCY.
THE. ELECTION. WAS. RIGGED.
If they’re willing to do that — by definition, the largest conceivable political crime in a nominally free republic — why on earth would they not rig lesser races?
Yeah, keep voting. Make them xerox some more (D) ballots, punch a few more buttons on the Dominion machine. That’ll show ’em!!
*n.b. to FBI goons: As should be obvious from the context, I am NOT advocating that anyone should do anything. These are reflections on history.