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January 21, 2021

The Morning Report - 1/21/21 [J.J. Sefton]


Good morning, kids. Thursday and I'm numb. I really don't know that I have the koy'ech to do this today, and when I realize I've got another 1,460 days after today I want to go stick my head in an oven. Then again, considering the dreck I'm wading through from yesterday, I'm sure there are quite a few Biden boosters eager to lay their "heeling" hands on my neck and give me a Cass Sunstein patented nudge.

What those who actually decided to torture themselves saw in DC yesterday was Dave "Iowahawk" Burge's saying writ large:

1. Identify a respected institution.
2. Kill it.
3. Gut it.
4. Wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.

If that doesn't encapsulate what the Democrat/Enemy has done to this country since time immemorial, and most assuredly yesterday, I don't know what does. Huey Long (ironically a Democrat, and perhaps the Bernie Sanders of his day) once said that fascism would come to this country, but it would appear in another guise. It would come wrapped in the flag claiming to be a savior of democracy. Not that I'm a fan of Long but how right he was.

Katie Hopkins witnessed yesterday firsthand:

It feels numb here, like watching surgery on your own hand when you are anesthetized against the pain, but can still see the knife cutting flesh and watch your own blood flow. That's exactly what it is like in D.C. Without people, there is no emotion. And without emotion, no one can feel anything. And just like surgery, it feels unreal.

It is emotion that makes these events matter. And there is none to be had here. This is a sterilized inauguration in a city sanitized by a garrison of troops. All you can feel is numb.

Biden stepped up to the podium, on an empty stand, addressing a mall void of life and spoke of his hopes for unity:

This is our moment of crises and challenge. And unity is the only path forward... Let's start afresh. Let's start to listen to one another, see one another, hear one another.

I look around at all the facemasks and muted mouths. And feel my eyes roll in their sockets.

We must reject a culture in which facts are manipulated and manufactured.

I remember those suitcases of ballots being hauled out from under tables in Pennsylvania, and the statistically improbably vote dumps in the swing states, and wonder how this old man is not choking on his words.

America has to be better than this. Just look around. Here we stand in the shadow of the capitol dome. We endured. We prevailed.

I look around just as he asks us to do, and I see how barren it all is. This man is all but alone with his lies. Nothing has prevailed here, not joy, not emotion, and certainly not the will of the American people.

Daniel Greenfield also nails it:

There were no crowds, just soldiers. After the military and police contingent, the second largest group there for the inauguration weren't Biden's civilian supporters, but his propagandists. With few people, the media had to work twice as hard to manufacture the illusion that this was a popular leader taking office instead of a usurper imposed by Amazon, Google, Facebook, and the rest of the political, cultural, and economic oligarchy which owns the media on America.

CNN, a subsidiary of AT&T, had already gushed about, "Joe Biden's arms embracing America". MSNBC, a subsidiary of Comcast, compared Biden to God. "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." The only wounds being bound up were those of the ruling class which had temporarily lost electoral power to an army of flyover country workers and peasants, only to reclaim it with sedition, wiretapping, abuse of power, billions of dollars, and soldiers in the street...

...Biden isn't a charismatic leader. He isn't moving the cause forward. He's a placeholder for a ruling class that wants homes in Dupont Circle that it buys by selling out America to China, by ruining our economy with environmental consulting gigs and racial contract quotas, and for all the manifold ways which the swamp is coming back as Biden's wetlands restoration project.

"Hail to the Thief" is as much their anthem as it is Biden's. They fought to keep hold of D.C., the center of their power base not because they care about its history or that of this country, but because it's where they network, collaborate, and do their dirty little deals at our expense.

The troops in the street are their warning to the rest of the country about who is really in charge.

At the risk of going off on a tangent, I left the following as a comment on one of the articles I sourced for this morning. That said, it is nevertheless appropriate given some of the completely blind attitudes of some pundits as to how our world has been turned upside down since (s)Election Day: 'We are not voting our way out of this ever again. But the root of the problem was, is and always will be the schools. Yes, the election was stolen and America was overthrown for sure at the ballot box. But that could never have happened had the previous two to three generations of our citizenry not had their minds poisoned from K through post-grad. Anything even remotely socialist in terms of politicians would've been a joke, as it was in 1980 when Gus Hall and Angela Davis ran on the Communist Party line.

But only 29 years later, a man who voted for them became the director of the CIA while his boss, whose father/father-figure was a Stalinist enemy, became President. And here we are 12 years later, in a nightmare that will make 09-16 look like a walk in the park.

Crackpots like Ibram X. Kendi are not outliers; they are mainstream not only in failed urban shit-holes, but in schools all across the country. Unless and until we purge every classroom and lecture hall of his acolytes - who I fear are the majority in academia - we do not stand a snowball's chance in hell. And with virtually every other aspect of our society and government controlled by, beholden to or otherwise cheering on the tyranny, the task may very well be impossible at this point.'

And yet, we are still here. Millions and millions of us. I don't have to invite the Enemy to do their worst; you can bet your life that that is exactly what they are going to do. It will be a testament to our character how we respond.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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