“I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.” — Captain Willard, “Apocalypse Now“
Z-Man in Taki:
The grandees of official Washington, of course, will be celebrating. Their long nightmare has finally come to an end. Donald Trump has been evicted from their presence. For four long years—in defense of our democracy, of course—they have labored to get the rightfully elected president removed from office. That day has finally arrived. To put it another way, they will not have Donald Trump to kick around anymore.
The question lurking on the edge of those celebrations is, can they reel back the madness they have unleashed over the past four years? Largely due to their reaction to the 2016 election, they have smashed every institution on which their legitimacy rests. The narrative thread of the past four years has been establishment types corrupting the institutions to undermine the Trump administration.“The narrative thread of the past four years has been establishment types corrupting the institutions to undermine the Trump administration.”
As it stands, roughly half the country thinks the election was rigged and that future elections are going to be rigged. It is pretty much impossible to sell the whole democracy thing when half the voters do not trust the voting process. Lost in all the excitement is the fact that Congress has an approval rating of just 15%. The fact that the “people’s house” now sits behind layers of razor wire and is patrolled by the army does not help their image, either.
The bottom line is, while the ruling class is partying behind their barricades this week, the problems facing them grow worse. It is more than a bit ironic that they have picked now to embrace a siege mentality and bunkerize the Imperial Capital. They have broken the country so thoroughly that the only thing that could possibly unite the people is the shared hatred for the people on the other side of those barricades.