A Literata On The Serrated Edge Of Insanity
The Penguin Post has argued repeatedly that the current presidential election is all of the following:
1. An expression of a culture war between the USA’s bicoastal elites and the folks who live in “flyover country.”
2. Unable to settle many of the nation’s problems, and very likely to make things worse, no matter which side wins.
3. A bitter contest that is sure to make the losing side hungry for revenge.
Some of the predictions made in this newsletter have been specific, such as the high probability that Islamofascism will be heartened and invited to attack the USA more vigorously if Obama wins. It is impossible, however, to know what form the revenge of the losing side might take. Speculation is unwise, if not downright unprincipled, because it is too easily misunderstood as incitement.
That ethically solid position is not likely to be common. The hard left has a heritage of modern violence in the quest to give “power to the people.” It is no surprise, therefore, to find author, feminist icon and leading light of the US chattering class Erica Jong delivering herself of some irresponsible nonsense. (The source is here.) Quotes, followed by the PenPo’s comments:
The record shows that voting machines in America are rigged.
Of course it does, and that’s because the local political machine controls the voting machines. This is not news, nor does it offer any evidence whatsoever that most of the rigging is done by the GOP.
Meanwhile, has anyone thought of making paper ballots everywhere mandatory?
My friends Ken Follett and Susan Cheever are extremely worried. Naomi Wolf calls me every day. Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can’t cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces (sic) her to a bundle of nerves.
Yes, yes. The People That Matter are worried, and well they might be. But if Jong is trying to win undecided voters for Obama, her effort is doubtless wasted; how many people feel sorry for these figureheads in the leftist pantheon?
Idiotically obvious answer: not enough to matter.
So what is going on here? This conspicuous name-dropping is a kind of reflex — a consequence of the herd mentality of the elite. It caters to the need everybody who is anybody has to know how to react to events. If you are part of a movement that puts a low value on individual and/or original thinking, it pays to know how the People That Matter are taking things. With these childish utterances, Jong reasserts her rank in the pecking order and passes the word on how the less significant people are to behave.
My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium.
Well. Sometimes the elite provides its audience with unintentional self-parody that simply cannot be surpassed.
After having stolen the last two elections, the Republican Mafia —
Ah, now we’re firing on all eight cylinders. It’s a relief to know that this hoary lie is still cherished by au courant activists. There for a while it seemed as if some folks had stopped drinking the Merry Pranksters’ Kool-Aid. That would be like — well, like taking professional wrestling off TV.
Jong knows that the “stolen election” that kicked off this paranoid rubbish was the one Al Gore lost in Florida, and she knows that he lost fair and square. The votes were counted three times, and each time Bush beat Gore. The third count was done by operatives of the news media, who — oops! — announced the results as quietly as they could and then shut up about the whole embarrassing affair. Most people never heard about that final, accurate, count that was carried out in order to prove Gore was robbed.
Never mind; the myth was born, and to this day, Jong and her cronies refuse to admit the facts. The myth supports the ideological contention that the masses are deprived of power by total villains; the very idea that people might actually want Bush and not Gore is considered manifestly absurd.
You will be forgiven if you detect in Jong’s deranged view of reality a sense that because she is she, anyone who appears to disagree with her must be either purely evil — or somehow misunderstood or abusively misrepresented. In other words: no, all those Floridians did notactually vote for Bush; they were deprived of their voices. It cannot be otherwise.
If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me. And it’s not a coincidence that President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead against American citizens in the streets.
Delicious. Jong has hit her stride, and her inhibitions have come unglued. Here we see the Ayers mentality peeking out from behind the facade of the literary lioness. Wonderful stuff, this!
Bush has transformed America into a police state, from torture to the imprisonment of reporters, to the Patriot Act.
Of course he has! Jong is on target here. She knows her audience will resonate to the lies.
The great lesson that democracy teaches is available only to those who are willing to be students. That means accepting the sovereign dignity of the individual as triumphant. Once that difficult step is taken, all thought of revolutions, autocrats and Utopias vanishes. The common weal is understood to be well in hand if and only if the singular citizen is protected against the depravity of the mob; that mob can be either government or a crowd with pitchforks and torches. Once that security is achieved, a dictatorship of the majority becomes an impossibility. No loftier transformation of principle into action can be imagined.
The pathos of Jong’s failure is that she cannot even begin to grasp these ethical insights and the mechanisms that allow them to deliver justice. Her instincts are visceral and feral. To her, deviance is the ultimate sin, and the response to it must be lethal. Profoundly inhumane and punitive, she sees her enemies clearly — by peering intently into a mirror.
Civilization will not be mocked by the likes of Erica Jong. It will simply depart.
Announcement From The Directorate Of Solidarity With The Victims Of Reaction
Those wishing to send care packages to the editorial staffs of the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and to the some three hundred reporters incarcerated with them in the recent roundup of journalists, may address them to:
Detainees of Operation Clean Sweep
Little Devil’s Island
Louisiana, Ignited States of Amerikkka
Note well: no writing implements, notebooks or other materials that might allow the keeping of diaries or notes are permitted.
The Palestinian People’s Committee For A Sane Middle East Policy, Rachel Corrie Memorial Chapter, in cooperation with the Greater Iraqi Liberation Front, will be holding a workshop next week in popular action tactics. Special emphasis will be given to coping with tear gas, intensifying minor injuries for the benefit of video recordings, and the effective use of gasoline. Call 706 451 8992 for information.
The Manhattan Artists’ Collective is forming a Voodoo Study Group to explore the possibilities of remotely disfiguring Sarah Palin. It is seeking experienced practitioners. Let your group leader know if you can help us pin the bitch down.
That is all. Return to your collective activities.
Seriously, What Are Decent Folks To Do?
The Penguin Post has no idea what is going to happen. The post-election situation could be calm, a bit unsettled, or bad. We shall just have to wait and see.
That said, can anyone deny the truth of the statement that if the losing side explodes into violence, it will thereby demonstrate that it absolutely did not deserve to govern?
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matt 7:15-23)