Something’s Gotta Give

I feel I’ve been fighting a war for the past 10 years. I’ve been fighting it ever since English smokers like me were swept out of our pubs and cafes and restaurants like we were dirt on the floor.

And it’s a global war, because smokers have been swept out everywhere in the world by Progressives with a dream of a Smoke-free World. And it’s turned me into a Conservative. Because I preferred it the way it used to be. I’ve never been someone who made plans for how I wanted the world to be, or how everybody should live. But the Progressives have plans for everyone and everything. It’s not just smoking. It’s also alcohol. And food. And carbon dioxide. And power generation. And nation states. And religion. They plan to turn everything upside down. Smoking is just one of the things they started with. And it has demonstrated their complete contempt for absolutely everybody, that they can treat them all like dirt on the floor.

I think Brexit and the election of Donald Trump represents a pushback against the Progressive tide. Ordinary people have just been getting more and more sick of the cruel, arrogant, bullying Progressives. They’re sick of everything they do. Smoking bans are just a tiny part of it.

But Brexit seems to be stuck. And that’s because the political class isn’t as Conservative as people like me have become over the past 10 years. They’re all Progressives in one degree or other. And the EU was supposed to be Progress. It was supposed to be The Future. Because that’s the way the Progressives think: they think they can see the future. They have this vision of a smoke-free, fat-free, carbon-dioxide-free, nation-state-free, religion-free future, and they’re determined to make it happen. And they never compromise an inch.

And Donald Trump seems to be stuck too. And he’s stuck because the American political class – Democrats and Republicans – is pretty much as Progressive as any European political class. And so are many of the Obama holdovers in the Trump administration, which he hasn’t yet managed to replace, 9 months into his administration.

It’s locked solid. Completely seized up. I heard yesterday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hadn’t been able to even phone Donald Trump, because he hadn’t been allowed to (see 3:00 minutes into video embedded below). If true, that’s an indication of the profound depth of paralysis. And much the same paralysis afflicts Europe, of course. No wonder Muslims are pouring into Europe.

Things can’t go on like this. Something’s going to have to give.

US talk radio hosts like Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones are having sleepless nights, and for the past few weeks they’ve been predicting an imminent coup to overthrow Donald Trump, and replace him with a Progressive. It’s not just one or two of them. It seems to be all the US Conservative talk radio hosts. And they’re citing reports like this:

In the most vocal opposition to president Donald Trump yet, former CIA Director John Brennan said that if the White House tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the president orders, as they would be – in his view – “inconsistent” with the duties of the executive branch.

“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future,” Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, effectively calling for a coup against the president should Trump give the order to fire Mueller.

Conversely, if the Progressives aren’t going to overthrow Trump, then Trump is going to have to overthrow the Progressives. He’s going to have to start firing people in droves from inside government. And he’s going to have to start prosecuting and arresting people. He’s going to have to drain the swamp like he always said he was going to do.

The logjam’s going to break at some point. And when it does, either Trump (and Brexit) are going to be swept away. Or else the Progressives are going to be swept away, along with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and Al Gore and all the rest of them. It’s going to be like a dam bursting.

And if the Progressives win, life is going to get very, very hard for everybody. The bans will multiply. The Muslims will flood in faster. The EU will become more powerful and oppressive.

But if the Conservatives win, the opposite will happen. The bans will start being relaxed. The Muslims will be rounded up and sent home. And the EU will completely disintegrate.

Either way, a lot of things are going to happen very suddenly. And they’ll happen everywhere.

We are coming up to a convulsion. At the moment the forces in opposition to each other are in balance, like in a tug of war before one side gets pulled backwards. With luck, it won’t actually turn into a shooting war. With luck, nobody will get killed at all.

I mentioned some of this in the Smoky Drinky Bar last night, but nobody seemed much interested. But here’s Roger Stone (who has worked in US adminstrations going all the way back to Richard Nixon) dropping this bombshell in Alex Jones’ Infowars a couple of nights back (3:00 minutes in):

Roger Stone: “Well here’s the other stunning thing I learned last night. And that is perhaps I’ve been too harsh on Jeff Sessions. He’s evidently a captive in his own department. I’m told that the first ring of assistants there have been told not to carry out his orders, and that he’s been unable to get a phone call through to the president.”

If that 10 minute video was interesting, you might also want to hear the numerous guests on Infowars talking in this 55 minute video of Infowars posted on the same day.

I think that the Smoky Drinky Bar is going to be overflowing with visitors someday soon, and this is the sort of thing they’ll all going to be talking about.

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13 Responses to Something’s Gotta Give

  1. natepickering says:

    The deep state (and don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t one) is a lot like tobacco control, in that any disruption of the status quo brings the whole apparatus crashing down. And so, the status quo is doggedly defended against any forces that array against it. None of what’s happening is driven by politics or ideology. It’s driven by the very normal desire for people to continue having jobs for which they’re handsomely compensated.

    The deep-state bureaucrats (they are not just Obama holdovers as some seem to think; you’ll find Bush, Clinton, Reagan, probably a few Carter holdovers if you look hard enough) do not see themselves as illegally usurping the authority of the executive branch which they ostensibly serve (though they are). They do not see themselves as threatening the constitutional stability of the republic itself (though they are). They see themselves merely as an oppressed class of people reacting to an external existential threat. And that might be the most dangerous aspect of the situation.

    • waltc says:

      Well put! I note that it’s the avowed goal of, not just the Progressives (and not just the ones in power but of all progressive-leaning citizens) and the never-Trump conservatives to impeach Trump and they’re hell-bent to find something, anything on which to base it. If nothing else can be found–and it won’t be for lack of search warrants into his sock drawer– they’ll hope, as with Clinton, to snag him on perjury. If they manage to succeed, then one way or another, it’s the end of America as a democratic republic. Either there’ll be all out civil war or, more likely the defeated half of the country, understanding once and for all that it’s actually NOT a democratic republic, will sink into impotent alienation–much as smokers have done. In which case, the civil war will smolder underground, likely for decades, as it did in the Soviet countries, until it eventually erupts. I’d wager it’s analogous to the upshot over there if Bexit is stymied.

      • nisakiman says:

        I’ve always considered Tobacco Control as an integral part of the Deep State, with concomitant aims and aspirations. That is, self preservation at the expense of anything else.

        Trump and Brexit have indeed both stirred up a hornets nest, and as Frank points out, have highlighted the schism that has developed (mostly in the shadows, as the MSM is in collusion with the ‘Progressives’), in today’s society. And the ‘Progressives’, who thought, nay, were convinced that they had ‘won the war’, find themselves fighting a rearguard action, and they’re taking no prisoners. Yes, I do believe we’re heading for a very disruptive showdown.

        • natepickering says:

          It’s a funny thing about people who are young and hopelessly naive. When a certain worldview has been culturally ascendant for eight years (or at least a third of your life), you sort of assume it’s always going to be culturally ascendant and that’s just the way of the world.

          I can identify with it in a way, because when Reagan left office in ’89, a kid my age could scarcely remember a world in which Reagan wasn’t president and America wasn’t Fucking Awesome. My grandparents had the same thing with FDR (an even more extreme example since he was elected four times and served twelve and a half years).

          When Clinton was elected after Reagan’s third term (sometimes known as the presidency of George H.W. Bush), the convulsions of apocalyptic horror on the during the first six months were not that much different than what we’ve seen in 2017. When an entrenched culturally ascendant worldview is overturned, people freak the fuck out. Though I think it’s generally worse now, since that was a world in which people interacted with the news only a couple times a day and had no real-time public outlet for their grievances, aside from calling in to a talk show or shouting out the window really loudly.

        • Frank Davis says:

          Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has now reigned for over 65 years. There’s hardly anyone alive who can remember a time when she wasn’t queen. She’s not ‘political’ like Reagan or Obama, but there will be an apocalyptic convulsion in the UK when she goes.

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    I agree things are coming to a head. I don’t know how quickly or in exactly what sequence. Tobacco control is fragmenting due to its legacy of lies yet it still has large vocal support and new draconian bans are still being implemented. Further complicating things is the global nature of the coming crash. Conflict defining primary loyalties in opposition to economic interests is and has been accelerating for several years now. Hopefully the smoking bans are among the first to fall in the face of the convulsion and the restructuring that follows.

    • natepickering says:

      There’s been a real uptick in self-cannibalization across the “progressive” movement, of which TobCon is a component. It is bound to happen whenever a political movement becomes philosophically impoverished and militantly radicalized in equal measure at the same time.

  3. Vlad says:

    I know from past experience that public health claims often go unchallenged. I used to run the Quit Campaign in NSW and we could utter whatever creative epidemiology we liked about the impact of, say, passive smoking in the community. The end result was always to see those figures published and unchallenged.
    http://www.palin.com.au/blog/doubts-and-scrutiny-in-public-health

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