Rock The Vote
It warmed my heart to examine in The Wall Street Journal that Hillary Clinton is preparing to re-enter the Washington DC swamp from her deluxe exile in the woods of Chappaqua, New York, and make one more run for the White Residence – although it’s difficult to calculate how lots of porters in sandals and loincloths will be necessary to lug all her baggage all over the campaign path. Will hubbie strike the hustings with her? That would be loaded. I can just think about the pussy-hatted legions shrieking #MeToo at every single cease. Definitely there is no superior way to set the Democratic Social gathering out of its distress.
The article-election melodramas in Ga and Florida grind on, in spite of the many regulations and legislation about deadlines for certifying ballots and accounting for their origin. What is a ballot immediately after all but a mere scrap of paper, conveniently reproducible, and interchangeable. Sometimes, they make odd journeys out of election headquarters in vans and SUVs, searching for exciting and pleasure, and they have been regarded to mysteriously switch up by the hundredweight in broom closets exactly where they retreat to caucus. Only one factor is specific: the ballot fiasco is a billable hours bonanza for DC lawyers arriving on the scene to kind factors out — which they may well not regulate anyway.
If the vote rely someway continues to be in favor of the provisional winners – Republicans Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis (Fla), and Brian Kemp (Ga) – you can be sure we’ll be in a frenzy of sore-loserdom that will make the Medieval ergot outbreaks of yore seem like episodes of Peewee’s Playhouse. If the provisional votes get overturned, the attorneys billable hrs will swiftly exceed the national financial debt, and we’ll discover ourselves in a new era in which the cost-free citizens of this republic can‘t be dependable to the very simple job of counting ballots, or even holding elections in the initially position.
This epic confusion is of a piece with a prediction I created about what transpires to government in The Very long Crisis: it gets to be impotent and ineffectual, and can no lengthier be depended on to carry out the simplest tasks. The approach goes from the prime down. At just about every phase, the general public loses faith that governing administration can attain just about anything. The Trust Horizon shrinks absent from distant authorities… the DC Swamp, the state capitals, and soon the individuals really do not consider something or any one they can’t arrive at by throwing a rock.
And so we enter a new phase of collapse. It will be manufactured quite substantially a lot more emphatically even worse as the money troubles fundamental this American malaise unravel in the months ahead. The explanation that practically nothing will be performed is that nothing can be completed about country’s intractable technical personal bankruptcy. The prosperity we assumed was there is a fiction and will be expressed in plunging asset values, primarily shares and true estate. And any endeavor to “fix” that by the Federal Reserve and its TBTF handmaidens transferring to halt losses will only redirect the destruction to the forex alone. When citizens have confidence in neither governing administration nor their money, actually bad matters happen.
This polity is way too significantly long gone in lying to itself for official corrections to avail. From time to time the only corrective is sheer failure. At minimum it presents the possibility of beginning in excess of.
Of system, Mr. Trump designed the lethal mistake of proclaiming possession of a “miracle” economy that is about to get stranded on the beach like a dying grunion. His inclination, I’m confident, will be to fake loudly that almost nothing is mistaken — even as the new design pickup trucks obtain dust unsold on the car or truck heaps, and the “for sale” indications multiply on lawns almost everywhere, and the pink slips land at the cubicle operate-stations, and the skeleton crews of waiters stand around the empty Olive Gardens and Chipotles enjoying liar’s poker with their depreciating dollars.
Meanwhile, the new Democratic vast majority congress prepares to ramp up its longed-for multi-committee inquisition from Trump and Trumpism, and the Republican Senate will counter-punch with binders of legal referrals against the superstars of the Resistance. C-Span will be livelier and extra colorful than the WWE Wrestlemania spherical-robin, midget division.