Happy New Year? Not likely.
Thanks to the left’s control of the House of Representatives and the news media, Americans will be kept in a fevered state throughout 2019 — with innumerable hearings, exposes, criminal investigations and possible indictments of those around the president and the president himself. Truth will not be the point. Defamation will. Anything that might muddy the president, no matter how spurious, no matter how thin the evidence, will be pursued with gusto. The media will drop “bombshell” after “bombshell.” If lives and careers are ruined, so much the better; no one should be associating with this president anyway, as far as the left is concerned. The Robert Mueller investigation into alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government — which has led to guilty pleas and imprisonment of people around President Trump for offenses having nothing to do with such collusion — is a preview of what lies ahead.
The goal of the left to weaken, disable and impeach the president is the heart of its mission to undo the 2016 presidential election. If the Republicans had done anything comparable during the Obama administration, the Democrats and the media would not only have charged Republicans with racism — as they labeled all criticism of Barack Obama — they would have howled “fascism.” And, for once, they wouldn’t have been far from the truth. The misuse of government institutions for political ends is indeed a fascist tactic. But because most media serve as the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, there will be no protest from the media, only support.
There is nothing Trump or any member of his administration has done that is comparable to Hillary Clinton’s use of her own email server while U.S. secretary of state, or her destroying tens of thousands of emails after they were subpoenaed by Congress, or foreign governments’ and corporations’ paying vast sums of money to Bill Clinton and The Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Nor is there anything Trump or anyone in his administration has done comparable to the Obama administration’s use of the IRS to suppress conservative nonprofits; its selling guns to Mexican drug cartels, at least one of which was later found at the scene where a Border Patrol officer was killed; or the lies it told about the cause of the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi. Yet any suggestion by Republicans that these activities be investigated is effectively shouted down by the Democrats and the media. And let’s not talk about the real collusion in 2016 — between the FBI, the State Department, the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House, using material sourced in part from the Russian government — to undermine the Republican candidate for president and his presidency. The mainstream media isn’t interested in that.
In other words, the Democratic Party and the media will do to American political life what it has done to the arts; the universities; the high schools; the Boy Scouts; race relations; religion; the happiness of so many women (misled by feminism regarding marriage and career); the moral fabric of American life (morality reduced to feelings); late-night television; mainstream Judaism, Catholicism and Protestantism; pro football; and the sexual innocence of the young: It will poison it.
James Howard Kunstler—not what anybody would call a Trump fan, evidently—provides a much more comprehensive list, which is all the more bleak for its detail:
2018 was a low point for American culture, such as it is. The idiotic drivel emanating from the university campuses has infected the entire nation like a toxic shock disease. Most damaging, of course is the umbrella ideology of “multiculture” in a society that formerly thrived precisely because of the opposite of that: a common culture composed of ethics, customs, norms, and standards of decent behavior that people not insane could subscribe to. Remove the common culture of a nation and you will not have a nation — it’s that simple. Hence Americans are divided foolishly into battling identity groups who do not believe in a common culture and are doing everything possible to defeat it. They have no idea what E Pluribus Unum used to mean and they have no desire or intention to rediscover it. I return to the cardinal theme of The Long Emergency: that we can’t construct a coherent consensus about what is happening to us, and therefore we can’t make any coherent plans about what to do.
The financial hardships of 2019 provide an opportunity for some overdue mind-cleaning on these matters. There may even be a significant number of survivors among the brain-damaged former thinking classes who refuse to go along with the emperors-new-clothes ideas of recent years any longer. The main thing to understand about the so-called Progressive Left behind this toxic shock is that the whole crusade has been less about ideas of justice or fairness than the sheer joy of coercing others, of pushing people around and punishing them because its fun! The ideologies around that behavior are just window dressing.
Coercing others and pushing people around IS the ideology. It isn’t window dressing; it’s the whole damned point.
Update! Want more predictions? Wilder’s gotcha covered.
Stunningly Specific Predictions for 2019
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become the first member of Congress in history to wear pink unicorn yoga pants to a swearing in and will commit a gross breach of House decorum when caught sticking her bubblegum under her chair. Further, she will explain that socialism means “cute rich Kennedy boys for everyone to date” in an editorial she writes for Tiger Beat® which is later picked up by the New York Times©.
- The New Horizons space probe, having passed Ultima Thule, will discover the Weapons of Mass Destruction that Saddam Hussein cunningly hid in the Kuiper Belt, beyond the orbit of Pluto. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains this makes sense, as there are “no Kurds in the Milky Way.”
- Ted Nugent is named as Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, and performs guitar solos during Senate confirmation hearings in response to all questions by Senators. Nugent is confirmed 89-3 after his second encore. Kid Rock is confirmed as Secretary of (Sweet) Homeland Security.
Oh HELL yeah. I like these a heck of a lot better than any of the others I’ve seen so far. PLUS: Golden Bikini Force!!