Why Is the Left Suddenly Worried
About the End of Democracy?
It is quite simple. The Left expects to
lose power over the next two years.
By: Victor Davis Hanson
The Patriot Post
December 16, 2021
What is behind recent pessimistic appraisals of democracy’s future, from Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, Brian Williams, and other elite intellectuals, media personalities, and politicians on the Left? Some are warning about its possible erosion in 2024. Others predict democracy’s downturn as early 2022, with scary scenarios of “autocracy” and Trump “coups.”
To answer that question, understand first what is not behind these shrill forecasts.
ü They are not worried about 2 million foreign nationals crashing the border in a single year, without vaccinations during a pandemic. Yet it seems insurrectionary for a government simply to nullify its immigration laws.
ü They are not worried that some 800,000 foreign nationals, some residing illegally, will now vote in New York City elections.
ü They are not worried that there are formal efforts underway to dismantle the U.S. Constitution by junking the 233-year-old Electoral College or the preeminence of the states in establishing ballot laws in national elections.
ü They are not worried that we are witnessing an unprecedented left-wing effort to scrap the 180-year-old filibuster, the 150-year-old nine-person Supreme Court, and the 60-year tradition of 50 states, for naked political advantage.
ü They are not worried that the Senate this year put on trial an impeached ex-president and private citizen, without the chief justice in attendance, without a special prosecutor or witnesses, and without a formal commission report of presidential high crimes and misdemeanors.
ü They are not worried that the FBI, Justice Department, CIA, Hillary Clinton, and members of the Obama Administration systematically sought to use U.S. government agencies to sabotage a presidential campaign, transition, and presidency, via the use of a foreign national and ex-spy Christopher Steele and his coterie of discredited Russian sources.
ü They are not worried that the Pentagon suddenly has lost the majority support of the American people. Top current and retired officers have flagrantly violated the chain-of-command, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and without data or evidence have announced a hunt in the ranks for anyone suspected of “white rage” or “white supremacy.”
ü They are not worried that in 2020, a record 64 percent of the electorate did not cast their ballots on Election Day.
ü Nor are they worried that the usual rejection rate in most states of non-Election Day ballots plunged — even as an unprecedented 101 million ballots were cast by mail or early voting.
ü And they are certainly not worried that partisan billionaires of Silicon Valley poured well over $400 million into selected precincts in swing states to “help” public agencies conduct the election.
What then is behind this new left-wing hysteria about the supposed looming end of democracy?
It is quite simple. The Left expects to lose power over the next two years — both because of the way it gained and used it, and because of its radical, top-down agendas that never had any public support.
After gaining control of both houses of Congress and the presidency — with an obsequious media and the support of Wall Street, Silicon Valley, higher education, popular culture, entertainment, and professional sports — the Left has managed in just 11 months to alienate a majority of voters.
The nation has been wracked by unprecedented crime and nonenforcement of the borders. Leftist district attorneys either won’t indict criminals; they let them out of jails or both.
Illegal immigration and inflation are soaring.
Deliberate cuts in gas and oil production helped spike fuel prices.
All this bad news is on top of the Afghanistan disaster, worsening racial relations, and an enfeebled president.
Democrats are running 10 points behind the Republicans in generic polls, with the midterms less than a year away.
Joe Biden’s negatives run between 50 and 57 percent — in Donald Trump’s own former underwater territory.
Less than a third of the country wants Biden to run for reelection. In many head-to-head polls, Trump now defeats Biden.
In other words, leftist elites are terrified that democracy will work too robustly.
After the Russian collusion hoax, two impeachments, the Hunter Biden laptop stories, the staged melodramas of the Kavanaugh hearings, the Jussie Smollett con, the Covington kids smear, and the Rittenhouse trial race frenzy, the people are not just worn out by leftist hysterias, but they also weary of how the Left gains power and administers it.
If Joe Biden were polling at 70 percent approval, and his policies at 60 percent, the current doomsayers would be reassuring us of the “health of the system.”
They are fearful and angry not because democracy doesn’t work, but because it does despite their media and political efforts to warp it.
When a party is hijacked by radicals and uses almost any means necessary to gain and use power for agendas that few Americans support, then average voters express their disapproval.
That reality terrifies an elite. It then claims any system that allows the people to vote against the Left is not people’s power at all.
The Science of Fear
By: Judd Garrett
Objectivity is the Objective
December 15, 2021
(Emphasis by Judd)
(Emphasis by Rip)
The day after the devastating tornadoes which swept through the Midwest killing over 80 people, President Biden made a statement blaming these tornadoes on climate change to push his climate agenda. Likewise, left-wing Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted, ‘this is what climate catastrophe looks like’. The propensity of politicians and activists to exploit the pain and suffering of American citizens for their own agendas is unconscionable. Every time there is a natural disaster from tornadoes to hurricanes to wildfires to even earthquakes and a pandemic, there are scores of politicians and activists chomping at the bit to exploit the suffering of the people to win political points.
Climate activists tend to use a singular weather event like this as definitive proof of their position, relying on the fear it creates to sway people more so than using facts and data. Ironically, when there are other weather events, like a blizzard or a polar vortex or record freezing temperatures which seemingly disproves their position on global warming, the same climate activists will snap back, lecturing us that blizzards and polar vortexes are weather, and not climate and weather events prove nothing about climate unless it is a hurricane or a tornado that they can use to push their climate agenda.
For all the talk that we hear about following the science, very rarely does anyone follow the science, on either side of the political aisle. Science is measured. Science is unemotional. Science is dispassionate. Scientific decisions should never be based on emotion. Science does not succumb to fear. But too often, these days, emotion and fear have become mixed up, and even confused with science. Everything about the climate change debate from the climate activists has been to tap into the collective fear of the American people. We are continually told that New York City will be 50 feet underwater, or there’s going to be mass starvation, famines, and diseases if we don’t do anything about climate change.
Instead of looking at the data like rational thinking people to properly assess the situation and make the best decisions, politicians and activists want you to look at the death and devastation to tap into your fears and emotions. Climate activists claim that climate change is causing a dramatic increase in these types of natural disasters. Every hurricane that hits the United States and tears through a community, is automatically blamed on climate change as if there were no such thing as hurricanes before the invention of the internal combustion engine in 1860.
But the actual numbers tell a completely different story. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, government statistics, more hurricanes made landfall in the United States in the last half of the 19th century (97) and the first half of the 20th century (95), than there were in the last half of the 20th century (72). Over the 150 years from 1850 to 2000 when there was a dramatic steady increase in the use of fossil fuels and the release of carbon into our atmosphere as a result of the industrial revolution, there was a steady decline in the number of hurricanes that made landfall in the United States. Over the first 20 years of the 21st century, we have seen an uptick in hurricane activity in the United States, but that uptick merely brings the numbers back to where they were previously, 100 years ago. The last half of the 18th century averaged 19.4 hurricanes hitting the US per decade, and the first half of the 20th century averaged 19.0, while the first 2 decades on the 21st centuryaveraged 19.5 which is an increase from the 14.4 which was averaged in the last half of the 20th century.
But the activists do not care about the facts. They do not care about looking at the data. They want to use fear, not facts, emotion, not knowledge to influence people. None of this is about science, none of it is about the truth, this is all about creating a narrative to support their agenda because their agenda could never be supported by the truth or by science. And once they create this narrative based on fear, they try to convince us that the only way to combat it is for the government to seize more power and more control over the people and spend trillions of our tax dollars.
We are continually told that Carbon Dioxide that is released from burning fossil fuels is polluting our planet. Carbon Dioxide is a trace element that makes up 0.04% of the Earth’s atmosphere. Below is the breakdown of the elements in the Earth’s atmosphere:
It seems strange that the one gas which makes up only 0.04% of our atmosphere, which is vital to life on this planet, is the gas that is targeted as the biggest pollutant on the face of the earth. The gas that is the oxygen for plant life has been classified as an existential threat to all life on this planet. If we look at it from a Marxian point of view which is where most people on the left, and those who are the loudest climate change activists come from, as to why they would target carbon dioxide, we would rightfully conclude because it is the gas that is produced when we use our most abundant energy supply, fossil fuels. The Marxian goal in every society is to control the people by controlling the means of production, and the best way to control the means of production without seizing companies outright is to control the energy supply. If the government dictates who gets the energy, the government controls the means of production, which means they control the people. The government is using the guise of science for its political purposes.
We have witnessed this the last two years with Covid-19. The worst virus threat that humanity has faced in the last 100 years, has come from government bureaucrats’ manipulation of science. The arrogance of these government scientists to think that they could manipulate microscopic pathogens in a lab, and they would be able to control them. They do not have that level of power over nature. Mary Shelley, in her book, Frankenstein, warned us of this level of arrogance that “science” can fall prey to. The total lack of respect that many government scientists have for the powers of nature has caused the millions of deaths that we have witnessed through this pandemic. Did they believe that they could manipulate a pathogen, and then be able to control it? That’s exactly what Dr. Frankenstein did in the book, he created the monster, thinking that he would be able to control the monster, but inevitably, the monster overpowered him, and people died.
But Covid has been used the same way tornadoes and hurricanes are used, to scare people so the government can take more power and more money from the people. They use emotion, not scientific fact. In the many Senate hearings, press conferences, and interviews that people like Dr. Fauci have engaged in, there is very little actual scientific evidence and data that is provided to the American people about this virus. When the virus was first spreading back in 2020, there was a running infection and death count that could be found on almost every news website.
Surprisingly, the death counts stopped after Joe Biden took office, even though the number of infections and deaths have not decreased under his watch. So, were those running death counts put on the websites to inform the American people, or to scare them? Either way, why are they not put up now considering there has not been a dramatic drop in infections and deaths? The same thing happened with the death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the Bush presidency, the military casualties and deaths were tallied daily, but when Obama took office, we stopped publicly keeping track of casualties and deaths in foreign wars, as if they suddenly didn’t matter, or more precisely the emotion generated from those deaths could not be exploited anymore for their political purposes.
Our leaders have been very secretive with the facts surrounding the vaccines. We are told to shut up, don’t ask questions, and take the shot. Why aren’t the accurate and up-to-date efficacy rates of all three vaccines readily available for all to see? Why aren’t the negative side effect rates of all three vaccines presented to us? Why don’t we know how many people have died within 24 hours of getting a vaccine? Within 48 hours? Within a week? Within a month? Why don’t we see the death rates from Covid broken down by age? Broken down by comorbidity? Broken down by age and comorbidity? What are the reinfection rates of people who recovered from Covid? And what are their outcomes? Why are they keeping this information from us? Are they not tracking this information? If not, why not? All of this is information we need to make the best decisions for our lives, yet it is all very scant. Instead, we get anecdotal evidence designed to stoke fear, not to inform.
When Donald Trump heralded hydroxy-chloroquine as a potential treatment for Covid based on a handful of examples of people who were sick with Covid and got better after taking the medication, his advocacy for that remedy was rejected because it was based on anecdotal evidence. Yet, Joe Biden and the Democrats use a hurricane or a tornado as proof of climate change.
Or BLM uses the death of George Floyd as proof that all police departments are systemically racist. All of these singular events never prove anything scientifically, but they are very effective in creating narratives and drumming up fear in the hearts and minds of people which is used to exploit the people. When they cannot win based on the facts or based on scientific evidence, they use emotion created by anecdotal evidence to steer the narrative in their direction.
The scientific advancements in the 20th and 21st centuries are not being used for the benefit of humankind. The Internet was created under the belief that it would make all of our lives easier and better, but it has become the ideal mechanism for those who control the Internet to exploit anecdotal evidence and fear to manipulate people into thinking and behaving the way they want them to behave. Like Frankenstein’s monster, scientific inventions and innovations often grow to the point that we can no longer control them, and they end up controlling or even threatening our very lives.