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Gaslighting, living in an alternative universe, or missing something? These are the things that go through my head when I see data like this. The following graph shows the percentages of Americans who perceived the large military presence at Joe Biden’s sparsely attended–excluding the National Guard troops, that is–presidential inauguration:

Excepting white men without college degrees–and then only just–majorities of every major demographic grouping thought the show of force was appropriate. Some 7% of respondents even thought it was evidence of the government “not taking the risks seriously enough”! Perhaps a few more legions to stand guard against the phantom thirteenth would’ve been in order!

 
• Category: Culture/Society, Ideology • Tags: Government, Polling, Tyranny 
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  1. I think that what these data reflect is the statistical distribution of grandiosity in the population.

    The right half of that distribution (higher grandiosity) is comprised of people who, to varying degrees, want to consider themselves world-historical figures, e.g., the neoconservative “right” and the woke “left”. They tend to view themselves as transformative agents in history, a status that elevates them above mere mortals. Those who disagree with them are not simply people with different views, but are often considered monsters to be vilified – a psychological ploy that reinforces their own sense of self-importance. They tend to rationalize a disastrous outcome from their decisions rather than accept reality’s limitations on human perfectibility. Where would some of these people be without politics?

    The left half of that distribution (lower grandiosity) is comprised of people more or less grounded in reality. To them, a cigar is just a cigar, and a football game is just a football game (or should be). Politics? They have to earn a living in the real world. Their American Dream – an entirely satisfactory and even noble one – is a good deal, a good time, and to be left alone. Now, however, their reality includes dodging the wrath of the higher grandiosity people who control American politics.

    • Agree: Mark G.
  2. I don’t think it was an overreaction if your goal was to present the anti-Bidenites as some alien force. If you are producing an epic you must have a cast of thousands. May Day in Red Square and all.

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    @Curle


    May Day in Red Square and all.
     
    Or, as I have been saying since 2003... a rich*, white version of North Korea.


    *: access to credit is not the same as wealth. Leverage hurts more on the downside than it helps on the upside - convexity. ("What does it feel like to become a millionaire?" - depends on whether you're approaching it from above or below).

    The US is bound to discover this over the next decade or so: being the former hegemon is always unpleasant because everyone - including your former satrapies and erstwhile allies-of-convenience - queue up around the block to kick you in the taint... repeatedly.
  3. You’ve got to realize that lots of people are innumerate. They may not know how many 25,000 troops really are. How many would compare that number to the capacity of their local college football stadium, and see it their minds?

    Next question “Do you think half a million sweaty young people hanging around in the mud at Woodstock in upstate New York was too few, too many, or just the right amount?”

    • LOL: SafeNow
    • Replies: @Adam Smith
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “Don’t buy Yasgur’s milk. He loves the hippies.”

    Why are football fields such a popular unit of measurement among the innumerate?


    Next question “Do you think half a million sweaty young people hanging around in the mud at Woodstock in upstate New York was too few, too many, or just the right amount?”
     
    Philosophically or mathematically?

    I think somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 people showed up over the three days, but the event would have been just as fun, just as profitable* and less damaging to the environment, had fewer people attended.

    Next Question...

    How many football fields could fit on Max Yasgur's dairy farm?



    * The concert cost between $2.4 million and $3.1 million to produce and brought in $1.8 million from gate receipts. While the producers would make money on the movie and soundtrack of the events, Roberts said he did not get out of debt from the event until 1980.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  4. “Anticipatory anxiety” is a different mental state from “fear,” which occurs when the tiger is right there, in front of you. Psychologists and psychiatrists have called the human brain “an anticipation machine.” The Dems set-off the anticipation machine, which then spun-up formidable imagined scenarios; and these scenarios made the massive presence seem appropriate. I think this explains AE’s puzzlement.

    Btw, the above was the behavioral mechanism at work, running amok, during the pandemic. It now explains hesitancy to be vaccinated. It explains Groucho’s behavior in “Duck Soup” in the “so you won’t shake my hand, eh!” scene.

  5. It has always been possible to manipulate Americans into thinking their troops belong where they don’t. We are running out of fingers and toes to count how many times this has happened.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
  6. I would like to see a poll of the national guards in Washington on whether their presence there was an overreaction. That could tell us a lot of things, which is why that kind of poll is, I suspect, against the rules for the military.

  7. AE dont you have any good news?

  8. What the American people should be wondering about is who ordered those troops onto the streets? I don’t think it was President Trump and he was still president. So is there someone else besides the Commander in Chief who can deploy US military forces into the streets of American cities and who is that person? We may find the deployment was illegal and part of the ‘real coup’.

    I know governors or, in this case, the mayor of D.C. can activate their own National Guardsmen to maintain order during civil disturbances or assist in disaster relief operations but D.C. was full of national guard units from across the nation

  9. Maybe people are just blitzed and numb, AE.

  10. DC mayor calls to TERMINATE National Guardsmen with ‘conflicting views’ before inauguration, requests machine guns for security

    “It’s prudent to make sure that they’re being vetted and that anybody who cannot pledge allegiance to…” Bowser said before pausing. Rather than saying “the Constitution” or “the United States,” she continued by saying, “their mission, and may be pulled by other views, needs not only to be removed from this duty; they need to be removed from the Guard.”

    Bowser is apparently torn between her desire for strong security firepower and her fear of Republican troops. Fox News reporter John Roberts said the Democrat mayor asked that “crew-served machine guns be included in the National Guard’s arsenal,” but Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli denied the request, saying such weapons have no place in securing a civilian event.

    Getting into that Rudolf Hess mindset.

  11. Months before Charlottesville, George Soros groups planned de-platforming & banning all right wing people and Donald Trump himself from social media and internet hosting “by 2020”, at a January 2017 meeting right as President Trump was inaugurated.

    Boasting of already-in-place ties to Facebook, Google and Twitter, Soros-Clinton operatives took the Trump 2016 election itself, as signalling the need to weaponise the whole Western internet to shut down Trump & anyone with conservative or right-wing & especially pro-white viewpoints.

    The leaked 44-page ‘Democracy Matters – Strategic Plan for Action’ was presented to Democratic Party oligarchs at Turnberry Isle Resort, Aventura, Florida, by Soros-Clinton operative David Brock, founder of Soros-backed ‘Media Matters’, as a map of how Democrats will “kick Donald Trump’s ass”, ruin anyone supporting him, & sabotage 2020 voting so Trump would lose.

    The document slanders conservative writing as ‘fake news’, ‘extremism’ and ‘toxic propaganda’, promising a war to impose oligarch leftism:

    Right-wing propagandists will be exposed … journalists, activists, allies will take action against … right-wing targets will see influence diminish

    Internet & social media platforms, like Google & Facebook … will no longer host [the right]… Facebook will adjust its model … Google will cut off access to revenue … [Right-wing] campaigns will be punished & halted … alt-right figures will lose credibility & influence

    We’re on track toward our top outcomes – defeat Trump 2020, change the balance of power … defeat white nationalist awakening

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @brabantian


    & sabotage 2020 voting so Trump would lose.
     
    Disappointingly, I looked but could not find this in the document.
  12. @Achmed E. Newman
    You've got to realize that lots of people are innumerate. They may not know how many 25,000 troops really are. How many would compare that number to the capacity of their local college football stadium, and see it their minds?

    Next question "Do you think half a million sweaty young people hanging around in the mud at Woodstock in upstate New York was too few, too many, or just the right amount?"

    Replies: @Adam Smith

    “Don’t buy Yasgur’s milk. He loves the hippies.”

    Why are football fields such a popular unit of measurement among the innumerate?

    Next question “Do you think half a million sweaty young people hanging around in the mud at Woodstock in upstate New York was too few, too many, or just the right amount?”

    Philosophically or mathematically?

    I think somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 people showed up over the three days, but the event would have been just as fun, just as profitable* and less damaging to the environment, had fewer people attended.

    Next Question…

    How many football fields could fit on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm?

    * The concert cost between $2.4 million and $3.1 million to produce and brought in $1.8 million from gate receipts. While the producers would make money on the movie and soundtrack of the events, Roberts said he did not get out of debt from the event until 1980.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Adam Smith

    Actually, Mr. Smith, I meant being able to estimate like that as good thing, as far as the crowd size goes. If one can picture, "oh that's about 1/3 of a packed crowd at the game", it's helpful. This thing about "that's like 4 1/2 football fields" for "oh, about a quarter mile" sounds like the children's books, so I agree on that.

    Thank you for the additional info on Woodstock.

  13. @brabantian
    Months before Charlottesville, George Soros groups planned de-platforming & banning all right wing people and Donald Trump himself from social media and internet hosting "by 2020", at a January 2017 meeting right as President Trump was inaugurated.

    Boasting of already-in-place ties to Facebook, Google and Twitter, Soros-Clinton operatives took the Trump 2016 election itself, as signalling the need to weaponise the whole Western internet to shut down Trump & anyone with conservative or right-wing & especially pro-white viewpoints.

    The leaked 44-page 'Democracy Matters - Strategic Plan for Action' was presented to Democratic Party oligarchs at Turnberry Isle Resort, Aventura, Florida, by Soros-Clinton operative David Brock, founder of Soros-backed 'Media Matters', as a map of how Democrats will "kick Donald Trump's ass", ruin anyone supporting him, & sabotage 2020 voting so Trump would lose.

    The document slanders conservative writing as 'fake news', 'extremism' and 'toxic propaganda', promising a war to impose oligarch leftism:

    Right-wing propagandists will be exposed ... journalists, activists, allies will take action against ... right-wing targets will see influence diminish

    Internet & social media platforms, like Google & Facebook ... will no longer host [the right]... Facebook will adjust its model ... Google will cut off access to revenue ... [Right-wing] campaigns will be punished & halted ... alt-right figures will lose credibility & influence

    We're on track toward our top outcomes - defeat Trump 2020, change the balance of power ... defeat white nationalist awakening
     
    https://www.henrymakow.com/upload_images/SOROS-SILENCE.jpg

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    & sabotage 2020 voting so Trump would lose.

    Disappointingly, I looked but could not find this in the document.

  14. @Adam Smith
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “Don’t buy Yasgur’s milk. He loves the hippies.”

    Why are football fields such a popular unit of measurement among the innumerate?


    Next question “Do you think half a million sweaty young people hanging around in the mud at Woodstock in upstate New York was too few, too many, or just the right amount?”
     
    Philosophically or mathematically?

    I think somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 people showed up over the three days, but the event would have been just as fun, just as profitable* and less damaging to the environment, had fewer people attended.

    Next Question...

    How many football fields could fit on Max Yasgur's dairy farm?



    * The concert cost between $2.4 million and $3.1 million to produce and brought in $1.8 million from gate receipts. While the producers would make money on the movie and soundtrack of the events, Roberts said he did not get out of debt from the event until 1980.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Actually, Mr. Smith, I meant being able to estimate like that as good thing, as far as the crowd size goes. If one can picture, “oh that’s about 1/3 of a packed crowd at the game”, it’s helpful. This thing about “that’s like 4 1/2 football fields” for “oh, about a quarter mile” sounds like the children’s books, so I agree on that.

    Thank you for the additional info on Woodstock.

  15. @Curle
    I don’t think it was an overreaction if your goal was to present the anti-Bidenites as some alien force. If you are producing an epic you must have a cast of thousands. May Day in Red Square and all.

    Replies: @Kratoklastes

    May Day in Red Square and all.

    Or, as I have been saying since 2003… a rich*, white version of North Korea.

    *: access to credit is not the same as wealth. Leverage hurts more on the downside than it helps on the upside – convexity. (“What does it feel like to become a millionaire?” – depends on whether you’re approaching it from above or below).

    The US is bound to discover this over the next decade or so: being the former hegemon is always unpleasant because everyone – including your former satrapies and erstwhile allies-of-convenience – queue up around the block to kick you in the taint… repeatedly.

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