You had a middle class electorate vote by using The One Rule That Explains Everything that is the key to Winning At Life, and it backfired spectacularly.
It is not as if people won’t make the same structural mistake, but the content of the rule changes, and when you were voted in as a Luxury Brand Candidate, and you proved to be defective, the updated rule will be rigged against your hack.
But that’s already underway in Canada. The Grits in Ontario tried to rejig things by taking a hard turn to the left, which meant bribing people, but all it did was radicalize the NDP vote and they cancelled out the Liberals.
And remember, Andrea Horwath wasn’t a contender prior to the election. She wasn’t much better off than Jagmeet Singh at the time. All it takes is one pleasing policy of “free” something, and the NDP are back n the game. For the provincial NDP, the magic phrase was “free dental”. The left cannibalized itself in Ontario, pandering to the shallow, and it cost them their power base that won’t be so easy to get back.
But the US left is having their own cannibalization, and like the Ontario NDP, it looks like it is a winning strategy.
Too bad for them that feasting on yourself feels like you’re getting somewhere.
The Left in the US have been having conniptions ever since they thought they figured Americans out. A Middle Class Mindset is a Zero-Risk one, always looking for (a) a simple, convenient, and easy solution that has TORTEE they can memorize, (b) a moralizing and patriarchal fantasy-based script to stick to in order to shut out any facts or logic that refutes TORTEE, (c) a They who will come up with all of the answers and do all of the work.
This Sophistry Triad will never deviate.
If you can sell these three lies, you are in business.
The only difference between the US version and the Canadian version is that in the US, the candidate who looks like he’d be the most fun at the cocktail party will win the White House.
That also is a given.
But the political left had the shock of their lives because they thought they had it covered with Hillary Clinton, who is (a) not fun at parties, (b) is not comfortable with facts that refute her theories, and her strategies always suffered from a fatal confirmation bias, and (c) she never gave goodies to the electorate: she wanted to be the first woman president, and that’s not the right answer.
I’m running for the people!, on the other hand, is the answer people want to hear. Don’t be a nerd.
This I’m-Doing-It-For-America angle doesn’t just apply to politics. Bill Cosby got away with truckloads of shit because he was “America’s Dad.”
I used to teach business communications, and one of the first rules is Know Your Audience.
The problem is that the audience never bother to Know The Messenger. This is why con artists keep getting away with anything and everything. The Sophistry Triad is the shackles that imprison collective thought.
And you can be educated and still shackled to this thinking. The Guardian doesn’t get it when they got all giddy with this headline:
'This is about saving capitalism': the Dutch historian who savaged Davos elite
Rutger Bregman never intended to take billionaires to task over tax at World Economic Forum
You can tell off billionaires, but you better be schooled in their strategic thinking before you speak. They want globalization so they can have an entire planet rigged for their monolithic hamster wheel, and it is the left who are helping that happen.
The Democrats seem to think they can bribe voters with socialism, and spew nincompoopity every chance they get:
Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for sharp tax increases on the wealthy: 'We've had it as high as 90 percent'
As if the wealthy are just going to sit and take it. With a planet of 195 nations, they can negotiate with one open for business. They can just automate everything, and there will be nothing to tax. Tax avoidance isn’t hard.
You have a jealous generation who think they are going to get all sorts of free things. They don’t think what happens when the super-rich and the measly millionaires have the freedom to literally up and go: who will be defined as wealthy then?
The Middle Class.
The people cheering the loudest are the ones who will be footing this bill, and see nothing for it. The government will squander the money. There will be no goodies, because once you start taxing the super-rich, you are signalling to your country’s creditors that your source of income has just dried up — and those collectors are going to start demanding repayment of those trillions of dollars. The people who are being beguiled by the come-ons, ironically, have the most to lose.
We have a gross inequity of wealth because the rich thought ahead and the middle class, being the Zero-Risk people that they are, refused to be more political active because they thought they or their children would become one of the “super-rich.”
Don’t deny it. I don’t do drugs and my brain isn’t fried. I have a long-term memory and heard the bragging in the mid-1990s. I had acquaintances try to psyche me out, first saying they were going to make me eat their dust along with their parents, and then when that didn’t happen, their kids would vindicate them and I would eat their children’s dust.
Considering I wasn’t in any race with anyone, the trash talk wasn’t just rude; it was stupid.
Well, their kids didn’t give me dust to eat, either…so now, let’s all demand that super-rich people give us free money and we do nothing to earn it because we are special!
When I was pointing out income disparities, people were abusive and laughing at me, making sexist comments, but when it actually kicked their own backsides, it is a different story.
I think it was an episode of Matt Houston in the mid-1980s that had a one-off character who, with $75 million dollars, was America’s Richest Man.
Now, that’s laughable. In thirty-plus years, the Middle Class fantasied and let the sharks circle them because they imagined they, too, were sharks.
The ship has sailed. The rich aren’t rich because they follow a Middle Class mindset. They can walk out of any trap.
There is an interesting book on Internet trolls.
And they remind me a lot of the goons during Machiavelli’s day. They are seemingly unrelated and have no vested interest, but are organized — and an organized mob is a sign of a paid mob used to intimate critics and threats, make it seem as if there some sort of genuine and natural swelling of public opinion, and trick Zero-Risk followers into falling into line.
Who organizes them? How much do they get paid?
And who has the money to pay them?
Twitter gives a false impression of genuine public discourse. It has been co-opted years ago. Any PR firm can spew bots and pay people to post, bully, and gang up on the naive who still think that cesspool is real.
It is why I don’t buy the “socialism” narrative. It is also why I don’t buy much of what I read on Twitter. It’s a sham.
If you are taking your cues from Facebook memes and Twitter rants, you are deluding yourself. Tweets have ghostwriters and paid instigators.
It is also the reason why the Internet is not as powerful nor enduring as the hype leads us to believe.
What matters is facts.
People want free things, without asking how would this money get there, what about national debt repayment, what strings are attached, what alternatives are out there, or anything that would show the reality that there is no such thing as something for nothing.
People want a gravy train all to themselves as they want to kick off everyone else.
And they are fighting over fantasies as they cannibalize themselves.
There is no sensibility out there right now — aside from this space, that is.
It is quite the tintinnabulation.
Because Ouroboros is a symbol in alchemy — but alchemy isn’t about taking, but giving.
So we have a desperate party trying to bribe people with other people’s money.
And when they fail to deliver, because there is no other conclusion, things will get ugly because people would have been ungrateful and demanding even more if the promise was kept.
And it won’t be kept. No creditor would allow other people to get a dime at the creditor’s expense.
If that happens, there will no Middle Class America because they do not realize how dependent they already are on others for their lifestyle. All it would take is one pissed-off creditor, and the house of cards crumbles, and then the Middle Class can bitch to their heart’s content in the gutter: no one will hear them nor want to, either.
The Middle Class still think some They will give them free things because they are special. You have to fight and steal your knowledge, and then go test it under various and rigorous conditions.
I have had Middle Class people turn up their noses in horror when I suggest that they take their children and grandchildren to city hall to meet their local representative.
You’ll take them to a movie or an amusement park where they get nothing, but think you’re too good to take them to see their elected official who has control over your life?
Are you serious?
And maybe if you didn’t post propaganda posters on your social media accounts, you’d find the free time to improve your part of the world.
Life is too short to expect other people to live your life for you…