many are starting to make predictions that the white house is about to make a hard push for another round of lockdowns.
i have no idea whether and to what extent this is true, but they certainly seem sufficiently deranged and desperate to hide the divergent unemployment rates, fading economic performance vs expectation, prop up the welfare and rent abatement dependency, and to generate a sense of crisis to prevent US elections from returning to their more reliable and accountable pre 2020 formats.
but if they do do this, i have a simple prediction:
this will be the most ignored presidential order in american history and it will be wonderful.
this will break the US into free states and petty dictatorships and the A/B test will be so glaringly bad for the lockdown states that it will discredit health agencies for a generation.
the politicians who push such pernicious policy will be ruined and their naked attempts at cultivated dependence, utter non-accountability, and election manipulation will simply become so blatant that they will lose the whole middle.
these policies failed last time. they inflicted unprecedented human harm for literally zero benefit. they will fail again and this time, the vast majority are going to see it plainly.
lockdown implementation was possible because so many were rendered so afraid that their critical faculties failed them. 2020 was not so much a test of reasoning as a test for “what percentage of your reason can you retain when stood on your head, alienated from your peers, and relentlessly terrorized with limbic system overload?”
and the results were as expected: not much. not much at all. most people freeze in foxholes. that’s just a basic human trait.
so we surrendered the enlightenment to a gaslightenment because too many were too frightened to resist.
but it’s not going to happen again.
too many know the trick now. these are veteran troops that have now built support networks and connections. too many are inoculated against this fear mongering and too many leaders have remembered themselves and remembered how to lead free people.
the nasty trick of “wait two weeks” played over and over until it’s 2 years is not going to work again.
we’re not going quietly this time.
people are going to stand tall, and the numbers are going to utterly shock the shabby charlatans of DC who are so mired in the echo chamber of their political machinations and so egged on by an ever more extremist group of hyper partisans and wet pants scaredy-karens that they simply do not understand the terrain of actual reality anymore.
outside their dwindling tribe, no one wants this.
outside their lunatic fringe of despotic governors and the few deep blue urban enclaves, no one wants this.
we know it doesn’t work. we know it’s politics not sound pandemic policy.
and the disobedience is going to be legendary.
easily half the country is going to laugh this off and keep their rights and the more the feds push, the more overt and more justified this rebellion will become.
unjust government whose rule is not based upon the consent of the governed is no government at all.
that is literally the founding principle of america,
don’t forget it and don’t even dream of letting DC forget it.
last year was a lesson in what happens when they do.
you need another?
(didn’t think so)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Afterthought- we went mountain biking yesterday in almost 90 degree heat and we were looking forward to our shower. The girl at the front desk asked us for our vaccine cards. We have been doing this same thing for MONTHS without incident. This is on an army base. We left (of course) and toweled off in the public bathroom located up by their cemetery. I blame the Commander for this. Forcing kids to get the vaccine and ban those that actually want to stay healthy by working out? Insane at the woke military level for sure.
Amen. This is the correct outlook. The Biden presidency, and his campaign leading upto it, have been marked by unforced errors. Just when Trump, not my favorite analyst of anything on a good day, but... he did smell a rat with Fauci and started to sideline him. Team Biden made their first unforced error by adopting the handling of the Coroncavirus their campaign mascot. The second unforced error was the second coming of Fauci, which they promised early on, all the while blatantly ignoring the sane advice from a.o. The Great Barrington Declaration. The 100-day Masked Man Joe Show was the third unforced error, and with the promotion of an experimental vaccine under and EUA as "safe and effective," never mind mandatory in any way, we entered a realm of criminality under the Nuremberg Code. Another round of lockdowns against by now overwhelming evidence that lockdowns have never worked anywhere would produce a rousing finale of utter political chaos, for nobody, but nobody can ignore or deny the quiet testimony of Sweden that came through all this with minimum fuss.
Clearly, by a careful analysis of the stats, we have a comorbidity problem, more so than a virus problem. For it's the comorbidities that drive the bad outcomes. With credit to prof. Sucharit Bhakdi, for healthy people under seventy, you could not even prove to statistical significance that they would reduce their risk with vaccination, even if there were NO side effects. Comorbidities more so than even age per se are the drivers of the bad outcomes.
Gaslightenment? Brilliant! I'm stealing that term.
Pray for the people of Illinois and God help us survive the tyranny of JB Pritzker. There are already rumblings of school closures, masked children and delayed fall athletics. Southern parts of the state will ignore and be noisy, but up north it will wrought with liberal chicken littles moralizing the shutdowns & masking mandate to keep people “safe”.
The whole section between the cat pics (mems) is absolute gold. Some fav lines >
> people are going to stand tall, and the numbers are going to utterly shock the shabby charlatans
> they simply do not understand the terrain of actual reality anymore.
> and the disobedience is going to be legendary
> unjust government whose rule is not based upon the consent of the governed is no government at all
> last year was a lesson in what happens when they do. you need another?
I hope with every fiber of my being you are correct.
Boom! Grateful to God to live in a free state.
I know Abbott issued an executive order last week, that counties can't lock us down again. I hope he holds to this. Texas should peak next week.
I hope y our analysis is correct, but I don't think it is. If we assume that the Powers of the Western world have decided that a post-Democratic world, run by what Michael Lind refers to as the Managerial Elite, is the best way forward, then they are going to ingore all protests that don't serve a corporate narrative (BLM and Pride, for instance...the most sponsored "revolutionary movement" in history). I think that if the White House is SERIOUS about doing lockdowns, as Jack Pro believes, it is only because they think they have enough leverage to force Florida and Texas -- arguably the Red State leaders -- to heel. About a third will recognize this, but most will treat it as like when DC bemoans the fact that postal workers and the marines arent getting paid because the Republicans cant pass a budget ceiling amendment or something. "OKay, gee, Governor, just go along with it! Our Medicare and Medicaid money counts on it!" For example...
Then, if they succeed at bringing Florida and/or Texas (just need one) to do lockdowns again (remember, TX did them already and Austin is San Francisco of the South -- they'll do it), the White House (the Managerial Elite, the Davos crowd, whatever you want to call the em beyond assholes and dickheads) will declare a victory. And DeSantis will look like a pu$$y. Then his shot at 2024 is finished.
Ojala Sr. Gato. In my state though, it feels as though people LIKED the restrictions (not the working class, who suffered and are still suffering, but the vast army of zoomers and techies who make up the "educated" class, and who the governor plays to). I hope hope hope you are right. Or that I can move.
"outside their lunatic fringe of despotic governors . . ." Sadly, I live where there is a lunatic despot of a governor who has handed over power to a charlatan of a lunatic and despotic chief of the health department. Pierluisi and Mellado, why can't you two take a cruise somewhere and leave us alone?
My concern at this point is actually less what governments do and more employers. How many of them are equipped (or feel equipped) to contradict CDC guidance? OSHA rules are another future battleground but I guess that is a little of both government and employers.
Funny to me that, even though I fully expected that CoV21 would be rolled out in the fall, here it is now being rolled out as whatever they are calling it, Delta or South Africa or something?, I am entirely shocked that they are actually trying to pull this off. That's the problem with never, and I mean never, watching MSM. I get blindsided by things that have been flogged in Tee Vee land. People wearing masks again outside here in NYC. Outside! I am embarrassed to say that I expected more or people. How idiotic is that?
inventoried whiskey stash...... 1.75 lr every day stuff, 4 x 750ml good stuff, a bit more in an odd bottle or 2 i keep close at hand.
will make a replen run bc biden et al are bonkers....
which is sometime in the past.
sadly i am a bit short on cash to buy the biden dip!
inflation is not transitory, the next $4T they will borrow for 'soft' infrastructure stimulus is paying off the cronies & is going to kill the dollar and china is about done devaluing to keep the dollar afloat among other effects of demographics and planned economy
which is sometime in the past..
Could not agree more. If they are stupid enough to pull this stunt, it will fail miserably.
Thanks for the pep talk! We can all use them these days.
I fear this analysis may be too optimistic - seems to me there's a good number of people who like the "new normal", granted they're probably all Twitter CCP bots but honestly who knows? Does the revolutionary spirit still exist in American blood?
boriquagato's post here almost makes me WANT lockdown 2.0 just to see it disintegrate upon impact.
Really enjoyed this, it gave me hope! I love in California and had similar hope after Desantis fully opened up Florida last September, thinking well here we go, they can’t ignore their numbers in two months when they come out like a shining star.
Of course they did ignore Florida’s good numbers but now there will be too many comparative states to do that as you say.
I hope you’re right. We pretty much ignored the first lockdown, ignored the fear, and we live in Illinois. But all the stores we needed were open. Being in rural Illinois, and being outside, shoveling manure, has given us good immune systems. Whatever happened to trusting those God given defenses?
😆❤️ ‘ people are going to stand tall, and the numbers are going to utterly shock the shabby charlatans of DC who are so mired in the echo chamber of their political machinations and so egged on by an ever more extremist group of hyper partisans and wet pants scaredy-karens that they simply do not understand the terrain of actual reality anymore.’ you’re the baddest cat! 🎯
I sure hope you're right.
Hope the hell so. But I now so many that love the drama, love the money, love being catered to, love the excuses of not going to work, seeing aging relatives and pulling up their boot straps to get on with living. I talked to a guy who was "back in the gym" after over a year of staying at home and obviously ordering food to be delivered to his door. Our gym has been open since last May- it was a great excuse for him to "not work out"- and now I am seeing it with this "scariant". Makes one's head spin!
Well said, Señor Gato.
He might announce the Chinese have launched a new virus attack?