UPDATE x2: I’m not sure lots of people, most certainly including Congressional Democrats, recognize the gravity of the situation. The charge against Trump is “inciting insurrection.” That’s TREASON, which is a death penalty offense. This ain’t 1865, when, after four indescribably horrible years of civil war, the nation agreed to sweep that under the rug and let the South off with a brutal, open-ended military occupation. This is NOT, needless to say, a “slap on the wrist”-type offense. If he’s guilty — if, that is, the Powers That Be agree to pretend that President Trump actually advocated the violent overthrow of the United States — the bare minimum punishment that must be meted out is some serious time in Federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.
Are they really prepared to do that?
Consider what happens if they do. Then consider what happens if they don’t — oh, ok, we’re calling those goofs who walked into the Capitol after the guards conveniently, mysteriously opened the doors for them “domestic terrorists,” but the very guy who “incited” these “terrorists” to do terrorisms gets, what, probation with time served? What kind of message does that send?
They’re fucked, comrades. This could be the biggest own-goal of all time.
UPDATE: This just keeps getting weirder. Via Ace of Spades, Sen. Rand Paul just introduced a motion to cancel the “impeachment,” using the logic that it is head-slappingly obvious that a private citizen cannot be Constitutionally removed from a public office that he, as a private citizen, no longer holds.
This motion failed along party lines, with all Democrats and the five “Republicans” who haven’t bothered to change their registrations yet (Violets only bloom in March, I suppose) voting to continue.
But then Chief Justice John Roberts broke out his pocket copy of the Constitution — damn, he must’ve needed to blow a LOT of dust off that thing — and looked it up, and sure enough, he can’t preside at the “impeachment,” because the Constitution says that the Chief Justice shall be the judge at a President’s impeachment trial, and since the Presidency is currently occupied, however fraudulently, by one Joe Biden, he, Roberts, can’t actually legally preside over the… whatever it is. So the presiding judge shall be Pat Leahy who, as a sitting United States Senator, will presumably also be voting on the verdict.
Short of forcing Trump to use an actual kangaroo as his defense counsel, I can’t see any way to make this a more obvious sham. You’d think that with all the long-serving career politicians involved in this thing — and there has to be close to an actual millennium’s worth of “government service” tenure involved — someone would step in to point out that there’s no possible way this can’t backfire…
…but no. I have to admit, I take a backseat to no man in my contempt for politicians’, especially Democrat politicians’, intelligence, but this one beats my pair of jacks. Seriously, guys: What the fuck are you doing?
n.b. this is a two-parter, but instead of breaking it up into separate posts like I usually do, I’ll break it into sections. Part I is the interesting part for the general reader; Part II is for hobbyists.
Part I. Most people who say that Cat Fancy wasn’t a true ideology are just parroting stupid crap their professors said, but those who know what they’re talking about acknowledge that there’s something of a point to this. All that stuff about the Nazis’ legendary German efficiency is almost entirely hooey; the actual, historical Third Reich for all intents and purposes didn’t have a government for long, critical periods. (That is situation was actually an outcome of their ideas is discussed in Part II — the hobbyist one; feel free to skip). The main point, for our purposes, is that the Nazi regime was an ad hoc mess, with an org chart that looked like a plate of spaghetti. This is in dramatic contrast to the Commies, who were system builders par excellence.
You can see the contrast most clearly in the different ways they handled their domestic political enemies. German efficiency isn’t completely mythical, and the Night of the Long Knives, discussed in a post below, is a good example. They purged both their dissidents and their street goons simultaneously, simply shooting them without trial. Which spares the State a lot of time, effort, and expense, it’s true, but it creates more problems than it solves in the long term. The Reich may have been destined to live for a thousand years, but Adolf Hitler, the man, was well into middle age by 1934 (he was 45). How would the Fuhrerprinzip fare, when the Fuhrer died? Or, worse, became incapacitated through old age, dementia, etc.?
(In case you were wondering: Yeah, there’s a modern parallel to all this).
Uncle Joe Stalin had a truly excellent Cult of Personality too, of course, complete with a snazzy (informal) title — the vozhd (leader; Stalin’s inner circle of toadies routinely referred to him, Bruce Springsteen-style, as The Boss). The crucial difference being, the Commie version of the “leader principle” specified that one becomes the “leader” NOT by embodying some mythical racial spirit, Hitler-style, but through mastery of Marxism-Leninism. While it was obvious to everyone that Hitler’s demise / incapacity would lead to a bloodbath (if the Reich survived, of course), it was at least theoretically possible to have a “peaceful” transfer of power in the USSR when Stalin kicked — which, in fact, happened (that movie’s hilarious, by the way — the blackest of black comedy, but you need to be pretty up on your historical Kremlinology to catch a lot of the jokes; and yes, “peaceful” in the Soviet context means a lot of toadies like Beria get executed).
That being the case, it’s useful to look at the famous Show Trials of 1936-8. That’s how you handle dissidents, comrades, if you want your system of government to survive long term. Hitler said Rohm and the boys were plotting a coup, of course, but Stalin actually put the “conspirators” on trial. This gave Stalin’s regime crucial “legitimacy,” both in the eyes of his slaves and in the gullible foreign press. Then as now, journo-tards were Fox Mulder — they want to believe that the USSR was “a new civilization” (even today, nearly a century later, you’d have to go a long way to find two more perfectly willing dupes than Beatrice and Sidney Webb).
You’ve got to deliver the goods eventually, of course, but simply obeying the forms of legitimacy and legality will get you a long, long way. Hitler’s version of the Fuhrerprinzip was too obviously thuggish — the Education Biz has done a fantastic job of covering this up, but there were plenty of people back in the Thirties who were as gullible about National Socialism as they were about Stalin’s international version (Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism is a joke of a book, riddled with obvious errors, but the sections where he quotes contemporary Lefties heaping praise on Hitler and especially Mussolini are worth glancing at). All Mustache Guy would’ve needed to do is give them an excuse, or half an excuse, or one-fiftieth of an excuse, to believe in his legitimacy, and they would’ve licked his shoes almost as shiny as they did Stalin’s…
As we discussed, below, it’s hard to tell what the idiots are doing in DC, there behind the razor wire and the Praetorian Guard, but show-trialing ex-President Trump might well be their attempt at building legitimacy. It appears they’re actually going to go through with it, betting — I guess — that one more glaring stupidity (how do you impeach an ex-official?) among so many won’t matter too much.
It’s not the worst idea. The charge against him, I gather, is “inciting insurrection,” and when he’s found guilty — it is, of course, a foregone conclusion — then that’s the fig leaf they need to implement all kinds of Enabling Act-type stuff. It’s a show trial and Reichstag Fire all in one. If I were advising Comrade Joe Stolin, I’d tell him to go whole-hog — mass arrests of anyone who ever took a paycheck signed by Donald Trump. If you’ve read your Machiavelli, you know you need to get them all, in one fell swoop, lest they become a focus around which popular discontent can rally. They already halfassed purged the National Guard for the “inauguration;” better get the commanders of the politically unreliable units into the dock ASAP, and work down from there.
The problem with this analysis, obviously, is that it presumes Comrade Stolin and his apparat actually have a plan. It’s much likelier that this is just the “panic fire” described below. Having thought no further than the ouster of the Bad Orange Man, they’re now crapping their Depends with the realization that they’re actually going to have to do stuff. They know better than anyone that the Antifa / BLM genie isn’t going back in the bottle willingly; just yesterday, Portland’s idiot commie mayor had to mace an “activist” who was getting in his face about some stupid Portland commie shit. Enjoy all the healing and unity, boys and girls of whatever sexes and however-many genders you’ve decided there are today!
It might work out for them, of course, but being the kind of “people” (in the strictest biological sense only) that they are, it’s guaranteed that they’re going to cock it up somehow, doubtless in many insane and hilarious ways. And that’s your white pill for the day, comrades, because ask yourself: What if the Moscow Show Trials had failed? Stalin’s judges knew, down to the syllable, everything the accused were going to say on the stand. Stolin, of course, has no idea what Trump is going to say on the stand, and since Trump is a) much smarter than them, and b) not insane, and c) not in steep cognitive decline, they have no idea how it’s going to go…
…and they’re going to put this unscripted, ad hoc, off-the-cuff shit show on national television. What’s the worst that could happen?
Part II. For the hobbyists and specialists:
Cat Fancy actually was an ideology, of course, a fairly robust one, with some real Marx-style Idealist philosophy behind it (you’ll need to auto-translate that page; for some mysterious reason it’s not available on wiki in English). More to the point, the Nazi version of Fascism had some serious science behind it, too, and note the lack of quotation marks. Nazis were all-in on Social Darwinism, and again the Ed Biz has done a bang-up job of repressing this, but around the turn of the century the whole I Fucking Love Science ™ crowd was all in on Social Darwinism — it was the hottest fad of them all, religiously embraced by American Progressives (from whom, let us note, Mustache Guy drew a lot of inspiration).
In the Social Darwinist worldview, a society’s institutions emerge organically; they change as people do. In short: apply the principle “survival of the fittest” to bureaucracies, and you get the Nazis’ very weird, distributed, seemingly-no-government-at-all power structure. “Government” in the Third Reich, even (perhaps especially) in peacetime, was a free-for-all between little islands of authority, with bureaucrats constantly jockeying for power both with other organizations, and within their own organizations.
This accounts for a lot of the Nazis’ “efficiency.” Oh they were efficient, all right, but not because of some inherent German gift for organization. Indeed, their “organization” was incredibly cumbersome. Rather, the Social Darwinist ethos prized outside-the-box thinking, delegating decision-making authority to the lowest possible level. Whoever could grab it, did — the bureaucratic version of the Wehrmacht’s famous Auftragstaktik combat doctrine. Thus a major architect of the Final Solution was a mere lieutenant colonel; a situation inconceivable in a rigidly hierarchical system like the Nazis supposedly had.
This is also one of the main supports for Holocaust Denial. For a dictator, Hitler was famously averse to giving orders. Instead, he’d rant about a particular topic, and his listeners were left to themselves to discover his intentions, and implement them (later historical analysis calls this “working towards the Fuhrer“). Thus, although the evidence for the Holocaust is copious, indeed overwhelming, it’s very hard to find any direct orders about it. There are endless reports of a trainload of “evacuees” being given “special handling,” and everyone knew what that meant, but direct orders to liquidate that trainload — or ANY trainload, anywhere — are extremely rare. Here again, it’s Social Darwinism in action — everyone knows what the Fuhrer wants, and anyone at any operational level is fully empowered to give it to him, so they do. Again, you’ve got a lieutenant colonel redirecting the entire Reich’s train traffic towards the Final Solution, even as the fronts are collapsing everywhere.
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