February 3, 2021 - By Tom Luongo
Are you ever confused when Republicans vote for more welfare spending?
Do you wonder why Americaís wars always seem to start under Democrats?
During the aftermath of the Presidential election did it anger you that long-serving Republicans refused to take President Trumpís complaints about the election seriously?
Did their final betrayal of him hit you like a punch to the solar plexus, knocking all the wind out of your chest?
I can honestly say none of this surprised me at all. I know, bully for me, right?
Well, no, actually. It makes me sad to have been right for all these years.
Iíve seen the pantomime in D.C. as both sides hand off control to each other every few years but always Ďgoverní with the same over-riding purpose; to build an unassailable wall of power between the political elite and the people they rule.
This is true because there is no divide between the two parties in D.C. The GOP and the DNC are, in the great words of libertarian commentator Tom Woods, ďTwo wings of the same bird of prey.Ē
And one of the very best things that has come about from this election cycle, where clear and pervasive voter fraud occurred, is that so many more people have come to that same conclusion.
If you are one of them, believe me, it gets easier to accept every day.
I hear from well-meaning, thoughtful conservatives all the time. They are good, decent people and they are regularly so disappointed by the Republicans who campaign on the correct rhetoric but get into office and give into the pork spending, the assaults on our culture and never stand up to the Democratsí insane ravings about race and inequality.
Itís because they are part of The Club folks . . . and The Club exists for their benefit, not yours.
Team Red and Team Blue are constructs. They are false opposites. Yes, there are members who are more aligned with one philosophy than the other. AOC is definitely a crazy commie and Rand Paul a mostly principled libertarian, but they arenít the party leadership.
Well, in AOCís case, not yet.
The rank-and-file Republicans are either too weak, too compromised or just plain in it for themselves to do anything but put up token resistance on the Road To Serfdom described by F.A. Hayek more than seventy years ago.
The leadership, however, of both parties are perfectly aligned and only pretend to fight in public. This is why Mitch McConnell makes the ďmistakesĒ he makes.
In fact, itís why Mitch McConnell is still in a leadership position in the GOP, to ensure that no major policy program is curtailed.
And weíve known this implicitly for years. The GOP was the false and controlled opposition to the Democrats who set the agenda the people who stand behind them wanted them to set.
In the post-COVID world, we can see their plan very clearly and it is a frightening one.
The slow realization that we donít really control Washington lay dormant until awakened by Ron Paul back in 2008. It led to the Trump revolution in 2016.
A lot of people understood that there was something terribly wrong in Washington but, like Trump, didnít realize just how bad things were.
There was a certain naivete in both the Bernie Bros on the left and the MAGA Dudes on the right. They both yearned for an America that gave them a fair shake, that didnít pile burdens and guilt on them for being white or middle class or, worse, heterosexual.
Iíve talked to plenty of liberals who arenít godless, gun-hating tyrants. They are just as appalled by whatís happening as the conservatives are.
Both groups believed that the system of America still, at its core, worked in their favor. That if they just picked a champion and made their voices loud enough the pols in D.C. would have to listen to them.
The Bernie Bros were disenfranchised in 2016 and, likely, in 2020 as well. And the MAGA Dudes just learned the same lesson on a much grander scale.
And that was my fervent hope for the 2020 election. Because The Club in D.C. told us how they were going to steal the election. They told us Trump would be Ďfumigatedí from the White House, in the words of Nancy Pelosi.
The only way to beat that would be a landslide of such immense proportions that it would force the cheating out into the open, exposing the lies.
Thatís exactly what happened. Anyone with any shred of intellectual integrity or a basic understanding of math knows this. And yet, they stole the election anyway.
And this, to me, has created the perfect moment of transition for America . . .
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