What were the three biggest red pills of the year?
The top three from our vantage point:
– The corporate media permitting Joe Biden to use a teleprompter for interviews. The most common reaction to these revelations was, well, yuk yuk, there’s even more evidence Biden is a senescent, doddering old codger!
What they actually revealed is that the putatively independent media was working directly for a presidential candidate. Think about what this entails. The campaign writes a script for Biden and the interviewer. The media professionally produces the result.
That sounds like a campaign ad because it is a campaign ad, except campaign ads cost political campaigns donor money to produce and put on the airwaves, and they come with disclaimers about who paid for the ads (“I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message”).
At least they are supposed to. This degree of collusion makes whatever Russia was accused of doing look like child’s play. The media is not a watch dog, it’s a lapdog, staffed with bootlickers and ring-kissers whose sole purpose is to speak power to truth. That includes the bogus fact checking sites that claim everything is on the up and up because Biden was looking at something innocuous that we always use that is always there for everyone that no one has ever noticed before and no one has seen since. Right, of course.
– In March, April, and most of May, getting twenty people together to have a barbecue was an act of attempted murder. Then at the end of May, hundreds of thousands of people pouring on top of each other out onto the streets in big cities across the country became a collective act of righteousness.
As though that abrupt about face was not gobsmacking enough, the twenty people getting together for a barbecue remained an act of attempted murder–unless the event had the right political message. If it did, it endangered no one and was above any criticism. Ten proles gathering together to put an elderly family member to rest was beyond the pale, but hundreds of the most powerful swamp creatures sitting shoulder-to-shoulder to send one of their own to hell was a nationally televised religious event.
Inextricably related to this has been widespread, lasting compliance to whatever the powers that be decide The Science is at the moment. The restrictions of civil liberties done in the name of 9/11 pale in comparison to what has been perpetrated under the cover of Covid. Who would’ve predicted a year ago that the government would forbid American citizens from playing sports, running a restaurant, or having family over for the holidays? Yet to question any of these things now marks a person out as a dangerous miscreant. We’ve always been at war with the hospitality industry!
– Election fixing became an accepted part of the democratic process, undermining the very foundation of the democracy in the process. The Iowa caucus was stolen from Bernie Sanders. The conspiracy is hiding in plain sight. In mid-December, ten months after it mattered, Politico reported:
Democratic National Committee meddling, combined with missteps by the state Democratic Party, were the primary drivers of the chaos that torpedoed the Iowa caucuses earlier this year, according to a new audit commissioned by the state party.
The report, which was distributed to the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee at a meeting Saturday morning and obtained by POLITICO, identified a series of errors made by the DNC, IDP and the technology company contracted by the state party to build a reporting app to collect caucus results.
The February caucuses were overrun by foul-ups: The state party was unable to report a winner on caucus night, the mobile app to report results failed to work for many precinct chairs, the back-up telephone systems were jammed and some precincts had initial reporting errors. The state party chair, Troy Price, resigned in the wake of the debacle, which put Iowa’s status as the first in the nation nominating contest in serious jeopardy.
But the report pins the blame squarely on the DNC for the heart of the problem on caucus night — the delay in the reporting of the results. According to the report, the DNC demanded the technology company, Shadow, build a conversion tool just weeks before the caucuses to allow the DNC to have real-time access to the raw numbers because the national party feared the app would miscalculate results. The DNC’s data system used a different database format than Shadow’s reporting app, which caused multiple problems.
It wasn’t necessary to cheat Sanders out of the nomination to keep him from it. Once it was Sanders vs not Sanders, Sanders didn’t stand a chance in a fair election. Blacks wouldn’t vote for him and there is no winning the Democrat nomination without black support. But they broke the glass in case of emergency anyway, just to be sure, and they got away with it.
Something similar likely characterized the November general election, albeit on a must larger scale. Biden had the votes to vanquish Trump, but even if he hadn’t, it would’ve been made to look as though he did. And they’ll get away with that, too. They’ll get away with it over and over in the future. There is no reason not to think it is now a permanent feature of elections in the collapsing empire we’re living under.