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When I was watching the inauguration last week, all I kept thinking was…are progressives REALLY happy? Are they REALLY happy that a 78 year old white man who has been in federal government for 50 years delivered a vague teleprompter speech about “unity” in front of the Lincoln Memorial? Just one of the many monuments nearly destroyed last year during the BLM protests and fires. I for one remember those protestors marching against systematic oppression, the racist founding fathers, and chanting about abolishing several government entities. This cannot be the vision they had for a post-Trump America when they took to the streets.
I doubt they were envisioning a speech that occurred while simultaneously flying a Betsy Ross American flag around in the background, while newly elected President Biden harped on how great of a country we live in. If my memory serves correctly, that flag represented colonoization and slavery just a few months ago, and the rhetoric coming from the President was certainly not the rhetoric that riled up thousands of people to protest across the country, that’s for certain. If grassroots BLM activists talked like Joe Biden did on inauguration day, preaching concepts like unifying with the right, our noble American history, and coming together as One Nation Under God; I don’t think they’d get anybody to protest in this country. I doubt we would have seen a single store window broken into, or city blocks annexed out of anger with the Trump administration. Hell, the same protesters may have even voted for Trump if they were able to take an honest assessment of the prosperity this country enjoys.
However, that is not the rhetoric that was used all year to stir the base, lure out crazy ideologues, and manufacture outrage across the country. Persuasive demagogues in each city built literal anarchist militias, frequently referred to as ANTIFA, out of the pure disgust and hatred they have for America and capitalism.
Millions of others marched alongside them in solidarity, but under the pretext that BLM was really a movement in the name of racial justice, brainwashed to believe that somehow the two candidates who are in actuality responsible for more black men and women being incarcerated for petty crimes than anyone else in the modern era, were going to break the shackles of institutional racism that have plagued this country since its inception.
The short-term joy of removing Donald Trump from office was quickly reversed, as reality came to a crashing halt for many “progressives” on inauguration day during a 2-hour program that aired on every TV channel simultaneously called, “Celebrating America”. Do you think ANTIFA and these progressives want to celebrate America, or do you think they believe that America is inherently an evil imperialist nation built on slavery and resource depleting capitalism? Based on what the media and my friends on the left have told me for years, I could swear it’s the latter. Most importantly, this rage against the capitalist machine isn’t just going to go away quietly. Moderate establishment Democrats can’t let this genie out of the bottle every four years and quickly close it again without severely damaging the country as well as thousands of local businesses.
This reality was quickly realized as ANTIFA militias once again descended onto Portland to continue with their vandalism, arson, and property damage immediately after inauguration day. Their message is glaringly clear based on their giant posters that read, “We Don’t Want Biden – We Want Revenge!”
The problem with institutionalized demonization of American capitalist society is that we are breeding multiple generations of people that fundamentally do not believe in the same American values that 78 year old Joe Biden does. Despite the fact that he is the leader of the Democrats, Joe Biden, and many of the elder statesmen were at the very least raised at a time where we looked upon America in a positive light and internalized the message of, One Nation Under God. There is no way that the disenfranchised people pictured above, and others who took to the streets, buy into that message. We are no longer a country unified with one singular vision and common identity; that has long been eroded as Marxists have been creeping into academia, Hollywood, and the media for decades. As we continue to degrade the fabric that once actually unified the country we will find ourselves further and further into one of two camps: those that actually buy into the message of “One nation under God, with liberty and justice for ALL”, and those who think that’s a bunch of facsist malarkey.
Which is why following Biden’s historically unpopular inauguration speech, which was even delisted from YouTube due to a plethora of negative comments, those who actually thought they were going to overthrow the Washington D.C. swamp from the left were enraged. These people wanted to raise a BLM or Anarchist flag over the Capitol building, not an American flag, and the moment that Biden started his speech, it was a signal to the far-left that the opportunity for immediate radical change was over. However, progressives, moderates, and center-left liberals were thrilled with the outcome, as the media couldn’t help but fall all over themselves to declare a joyous, “return to normalcy”.
Nonetheless, within 12 hours the honeymoon phase began to fade away as the moderates and centrists started to watch as deeply unpopular progressive policies such as student loan forgiveness and allowing men to play in women’s sports got thrust into executive orders, just to name a few of the many horrific executive orders signed by Biden so far. Joe Biden’s handlers are clearly going to continue chipping away at that aforementioned unified American fabric in a march towards Marxism; a march that is still at a pace too slow for the progressives and too radical for the centrists. I’m not sure that many Biden supporters have even come close to coming to terms with the fact that Joe Biden is going to be a giant disappointment to nearly everybody in the country from far left to far right to everybody in between.
However, the biggest problem is going to be getting the rational Joe Biden voters to comprehend that they have been, what the Soviet KGB would call “useful idiots”, and are ultimately feeding this Marxist-beast. This isn’t easy for anybody to come to terms with, but a day of reckoning is inevitable because the anarchy-cat was already let out of the bag. You cannot deprogram a portion of the country that thinks American institutions and fundamental principles of which the country was built are structurally immoral. You can’t spend years telling people that if you are on the left, you are more virtuous and morally righteous than those on the right because conservatives are ALL evil, racist, bigots, and then expect the left to embrace the American Constitution that we cling to so adamantly ever again. In contrast, Q-Anon supporters realized in a few days that their conspiracy theories didn’t come to fruition, and went back to work still fundamentally believing in American exceptionalism, albeit more worried now than ever about those in power who don’t.
Ultimately, we are going to get what we deserve as a country because we have allowed the federal government into our lives to an unsustainable degree, and the moderate Democrats clearly no longer steer the ship, even if they think they do. Over the next four years, we will see an influx of unabashed anti-American propaganda, history alteration, and massive swings in the culture wars, that will only add to the army of ANTIFA, Marxist-sympathizers, and continued indoctrination of younger generations who do not believe in the same America that we’ve had for nearly 250 years.
Unless those on the right take drastic steps to claw back the influence the left holds in our institutions such as academia and the free media, and build firewalls around our inalienable rights, at some point these anarchists who believe that America is inherently evil will outnumber those who view America in a positive light. Realistically, I think those progressives who dream of a socialist American society will get what they’ve been begging for soon enough…a deeply unequal welfare country, controlled and operated by an oligarchy, without dissenting opinions, where all citizens from left to right are equally unhappy with the way things are being operated, leading more and more reasonable people to turn to leaders who promise nothing more than revenge.
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