I don’t believe there is a more apt label for our current political climate than calling it a circus.  There is no better example of this circus than the entire confirmation process for Judge Kavanaugh.  This circus began with the protests that erupted even before President Trump announced the name of his nominee, continued with the constant interruptions by the Democrats during the hearings, and climaxed with the not too surprising last second accusations of sexual misconduct.

None of this surprised me, and I’m sure not too many readers of this wonderful website were surprised either. We’ve seen it so many times before.  The entire fracas has a scripted feel to it because it was scripted.   The script was published back in 1971 by Saul Alinsky.  It was titled Rules for Radicals.  This book is more than a script for a large percentage of the political left; it is their playbook and bible.  Colleges and universities use it to indoctrinate their students.  The more radical liberal Democrat politicians, such as President Obama and Hillary Clinton, have embraced this book.

Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals has often been portrayed as being a positive work. Is it really? Check out this quote from the page Prologue xvm

Remember we are talking about revolution, not revelation; you can miss the target by shooting too high as well as too low. First, there are no rules for revolution any more than there are rules for love or rules for happiness, but there are rules for radicals who want to change their world; there are certain central concepts of action in human politics that operate regardless of the scene or the time. To know these is basic to a pragmatic attack on the system. These rules make the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one who uses the tired old words and slogans

The revolution he was talking about is one where our founding principles and free market economy are replaced by a socialist system.  This quote from page Prologue xix outlines the beginning moves in this revolution.

Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.

The political process in Washington DC has broken down.  Many Democrat members of the United States Congress have deliberately attempted to bring this about because they’re following Rules for Radicals.

Doesn’t this next quote, from page Prologue xxii, describe the tactics the political left has used against the political right for a very long time?  Doesn’t this quote describe the shenanigans used by the Democrats during the confirmation hearings?  Isn’t all of the political chaos creating feelings of disillusionment and hopelessness among the people?

Men don’t like to step abruptly out of the security of familiar experience; they need a bridge to cross from their own experience to a new way. A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives — agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate.

A reformation means that masses of our people have reached the point of disillusionment with past ways and values. They don’t know what will work but they do know that the prevailing system is self-defeating, frustrating, and hopeless. They won’t act for change but won’t strongly oppose those who do. The time is then ripe for revolution.

Bad political behavior is not a phenomenon exclusive to the political left; however it is much more prevalent on that side of the spectrum.   Rules for Radicals is primarily responsible for that.  Most on the political left have been indoctrinated by that book, either by reading it themselves or by receiving the information second or third hand.  Those on the political right more often embrace the Ten Commandments and Judeo Christian teachings on morality.

This quote from the Chapter of Ends and Means is the justification for many on the political left to engage in tactics such as rioting after losing an election, blocking highways, harassing people at restaurants, storming meetings, silencing those they do not agree with, enrolling the dead to vote, and attempting to derail a Supreme Court confirmation by dropping unfounded sexual misconduct allegations.

Life and how you live it is the story of means and ends. The end\s what you want, and the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. To say that corrupt means corrupt the ends is to believe in the immaculate conception of ends and principles. The real arena is corrupt and bloody. Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns

The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe’s “conscience is the virtue of observers and not of agents of action”; in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind. The choice must always be for the latter. Action is for mass salvation and not for the individual’s personal salvation. He who sacrifices the mass good for his personal conscience has a peculiar conception of “personal salvation”; he doesn’t care enough for people to be “corrupted” for them.

 

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“First we must cross the river,” Benito was saying. “Do you believe me now when I tell you that you must not attempt to swim it, or even get wet from it, or must you try that too?”

“What happens if I just dive in?”

“Then you will be as you were in the bottle. Aware and unable to move. but it will be very cold, and very uncomfortable, and you will be there for all eternity knowing that you put yourself there.”

Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Inferno 1976

Today the first Cloture vote of Brett Kavanaugh takes place. Ironically PBS has a poll out just in time to remind red state Democrats what’s at stake for them.

Mind you this isn’t Fox or Breitbart or even Rasmussen saying this, it’s NPR who is as likely to weigh a poll in the GOP’s favor as Bill Clinton is to keep his pants up.

If this poll is correct and if President Trump keeps up the pressure, which he’s already demonstrated he will, Democrats have the potential to find themselves in the same situation as the Chicago Cubs were this week, watching the other team celebrate twice in two days on their field. Once when Kavanaugh is confirmed, and once in the fall when they suddenly discover that the GOP turnout in those House 19 district that Trump won that are currently considered “toss ups” beats expectations by a ton.

When this happens without a doubt a good economy and President Trump’s efforts will have played their part but the lions share of the blame can go to you dear leftists who energized the GOP base in a way not seen since the passage of Obamacare.

But your responsibility goes back farther back than that:

If you dear leftists had not insisted on the use of the Filibuster in your attempt to stop Justice Gorsuch you might have been able to deploy it today with a chance, not a great chance, but a chance to succeed.

But your responsibility goes back even farther back then that

If you dear leftists, had not gone absolutely insane concerning President Trump’s election, and if your media arm had not taken their credibility and tossed in out of the window in a vain attempt to harm him the MSM which you rely on to spin the undecided and the uninformed would likely have succeeded in their smear of Judge Kavanaugh rather than having people ignore them.

But your responsibility goes back yet even farther than this:

If you had not for political and financial and cultural reasons publicly ignored or dismissed for decades the antics of the Harvey Weinsteins, the Keven Spaceys and the Matt Lauers of the left. Antics that unlikely Judge Kavanaugh there were multiple witness too and whose actions while unknown to the general public were common knowledge among you, you might, just might have had people believing that your moral outrage of judge Kavanaugh was something other than false.

But even still dear leftists your responsibility goes back yet even father than this:

If you had not destroyed the judicial filibuster for lower court judges then a President Trump or any GOP president would have had to nominate a compromise candidate, who would have been acceptable to 60 senators, one likely not nearly as conservative as Kavanaugh. A judge that you would not feel the need to slander and destroy.

Now I could go do this all day and go all the way back to Newsweek’s’ sitting on the blue dress leading to the rise of Matt Drudge but the point is this.

When Justice Kavanaugh is sworn in, and when on November 7th Donald Trump has an even larger senate majority making the votes of a Collins or a Murkowski irrelevant remember dear fanatical leftist it will happen in the knowledge that the person most to blame for this is the one looking back in the mirror at you.

May you be happy in the world you created.

Update:  Also remember you even managed to turn Bret Stevens into something sounding like a conservative again:

I’m grateful because Trump has not backed down in the face of the slipperiness, hypocrisy and dangerous standard-setting deployed by opponents of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I’m grateful because ferocious and even crass obstinacy has its uses in life, and never more so than in the face of sly moral bullying. I’m grateful because he’s a big fat hammer fending off a razor-sharp dagger.

A few moments have crystallized my view over the past few days.