Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
They’re not satisfied?
But isn’t theirs the political party now in complete control of all branches of the government in the United States yet they’re still rioting–not to mention that recently, due to an unusual winter storm in Seattle, they even piled up snow in front of police stations in order to block police vehicles responding to emergencies?
I mean, as of yet, America has heard almost no appreciation from them for their recent electoral victory, as in, “Thank you, voters!” or “Okay, we have achieved our objective! Now we can get back to normal.”
As of yet, there has been virtually no national celebration for an election won–only more agitation, not only in deed but also in word. Indeed, here are a couple of perspectives that seem to be prominent:
Kamala Harris about riots: “They’re not gonna stop. And they should not.” (lawenforcementtoday.com) (Which reminds me of Maya Angelou’s advice and warning: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”)
So, why must they continue to destroy?
Well, there is the old maxim, “Misery loves company.”
Or perhaps with the fast and furious efforts going on in the mainstream media to get rid of opposing viewpoints, the rioters simply don’t have all the information with which to make the most well-informed decisions so they can at least calm down and enjoy the victory–or change their minds and opt for a more peaceful, reasonable path forward.
Or there might be another reason, a bigger agenda, that may have to do with the rally cries around one of the newer ideological spins that is daily adding fuel to the literal and figurative riots on the streets, in halls of power, classrooms, minds, and emotions: the “equity versus equality” debate (see below for the explanation).
After all, if you want your cause to continue to burn, literally and figuratively, after each “victory” in a bigger war, you need new ordnance of both mind and might to both justify and gin-up the troops on the street because, well, as seemingly prophesied, “They’re not gonna stop. And they should not.”
So Why? is the first question.
What bigger war? is the next.
“Equity versus Equality”–Is This the Next Ideological Phase of the “Bigger War”?
The thing is, based on arguably anti-America themes scribbled on placards and graffitied on buildings in many trashed inner cities, losing the quest to destroy America would be a far greater loss than merely losing an election; therefore the rioters can not, MUST not stop just yet–and all this dangerous street theater is meant to continue the struggle.
For if the bigger motivation is NOT hatred for America-as-is the perpetrators behind the scenes would have already have been very busy building an even better American Dream by working toward improving rather than seemingly destroying what good already exists. They would call out the criminals and enforce the laws.
As it is, they seem to be working on the latter at an arguably unprecedent rate by cramming through unilateral orders to void, delete, destroy, tear down, reverse, and replace what they don’t like or agree with all the while repeatedly, and ironically, mouthing the words “unity” and “bipartisan,” hoping they stick, and claiming that nothing at all was done in the last administration or maybe even in history (or their version of history) to solve America’s problems as they view them.
(Side note: I sometimes wonder if their writing teachers ever explained why the “all or nothing,” argument to persuade is regarded as fallacious, a flaw in logic, weak?)
We’ll just dump all of it, they seem to be saying by most of the non-stop EOs, deconstructionism, and continuous street violence.
And when the gains from before are being scrubbed and the people are in distress, out of work, demoralized, and frustrated, they exclaim, We’ll offer a new American Dream!.
But–what is it?
By all accounts, it seems to be socialism which, if one is familiar with its (real) history, is not new, nor is it American, nor is it a dream.
(Other side note: where is that little boy of yore when you need him, you know, the one who calls ’em as he sees ’em when the emperor marches around naked even though the “grown ups” all know the truth, too, but don’t have either the information to recognize it or the courage to speak it?)
Maybe the destructive efforts of the criminals on the streets have just not helped enough to enable a bigger “win for the cause,” in the way violence is persuasive in any political quest.
And if each new phase of such a bigger win as, say, a “fundamental transformation of America,” like, say, to socialism (see below), is the real objective, this takes time, primed with clever, if not wholly convincing, words and arguments at each phase (the better to sway the mind and corral the emotions).
To the new semantic debate, “equity versus equality”: although the words seem synonymous (that’s why it’s such a clever spin), in New Political Speak they mean something quite different by those who have selected and advertised them in the new lexicon of transformational American politics (emphasis added):
Equity involves trying to understand and give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives. Equality, in contrast, aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. Like equity, equality aims to promote fairness and justice, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same things. (source)
(Additional side note: if you think about it, would you prefer working for just some vague, wide-open-to-interpretation “understanding of,” or would you prefer working for an “aim to ensure” fairness and justice for all, I mean real fairness and justice for all, I mean really all?)
Wait! Back Up!: “everyone starts from the same place”??
Do you see the deception, here, crafted by replacing “equality” with “equity”? Because nobody ever, in recorded history, now, or in the future, has/will ever have a starting position in life equal to everyone else’s, whether it’s equality of opportunity, ability, environment, support, genetics, socio-economic status, first or second world advantages, or any other kind of indicator of such an impossible “position”. In other words, the new “equity” will be the gift that keeps on agitating, distracting–and dividing.
So the violence continues, keeping people fearful thus more apt to be emotionally trapped in the “base of the brain” reducing higher level thinking needed for critical analysis and making both agitators and agitated much easier to control as they are desperate for a solution, a leader, just something, ANYTHING, to make the trouble stop!
And it’s even better (rather, worse) if you can add some prolonged economic distress…
Why? Because keeping the anti-American flames burning would be a perfect set-up for a Hegelian, problem/reaction/solution dialectic where the solution is predetermined and moves the population closer to the ultimate transformational goal.
In short, when people are free, well-fed, and happy, so to speak, they are far less likely to stress so much over the people running around with their hair on fire–and setting fires everywhere else–and they are not looking for a fundamental change so much as a positive modification of the existing (law) and order.
In America, we call that an Amendment to the Constitution involving input from people on both sides of the aisle, and a lengthy, careful, legal process.
In other words, at least to now, most Americans have been far less likely to be baited, subdued, and controlled by all the hullabaloo on the streets and anti-American sentiment and propaganda.
Whereas embedded in the classic definition of “equality,” on the other hand, is what has always been true in America’s founding documents and aspirations:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (Declaration of Independence)
And (real) history proves that is what most Americans have worked for all along, making incredible progress over time.
Trouble Trouble Boil and–Destroy
If we go with the race-based “equity” ideology (see explanation below re: racism as a socialist inroad) there’s even more trouble because whoever are in power get to decide which people groups (based on skin color) have more equity and which have less and the redistribution of not only wealth but also opportunity will morph over time and consensus* because politics-infused definitions are interpreted differently by different political persuasions.
And, sadly, race relations will have regressed back to 1950s levels.
Note: if you have studied American hero Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and writings, do you think he would revert back to the era of basing everything on the immutable fact of skin color? Me neither.
So, if the street thugs and their influencers, organizers, and funders have bought into the new definition, can you see how the riots, whether on the streets, in politics, in the classrooms and everywhere else will never end if this ideology is allowed to poison all reaches of society?
But what most people probably do not know is that in the bigger picture, this iteration of agitprop over the race issue is not a new phenomenon in America, rather, it is arguably just the next phase of the racism potboiler that began as one of THE ways to split America apart as determined by the early socialists, as far back as the 1920s, seeing race as our most likely Achilles heel. And they’ve been at it ever since.
(Note the censorship of the video included in the link. It was available just a few months ago.)
And the above, aided and abetted by the most all-invasive agitprop, Critical Race Theory, is the key to where we might be headed if calmer, wiser heads do not prevail.
For there are always going to be a variety of needy groups from which to choose because equity candidates are now based more on the principles du jour versus ageless principles, by consensus rather than Constitution.
And the group(s) excluded for equity is/are always going to have to pay, i.e., lose something whether it’s goods, rights, or opportunities because, ultimately, the New Equity policies are not only divisive but also zero sum games.
It’s a brilliant strategy, really, though, for as destructive as it is, and it also provides for a lot of time up front to pied-piper the population in the desired direction as the infection works its long way through all aspects of the culture, building up (tearing down, rather) the nation through generation after generation (the better by which to “change” us
“top down, bottom up, and inside out” [Van Jones]).
But here’s the worst consequence of this kind of Newthink as the equality versus equity debate flames higher: who’s going to not only define and defund the current scapegoats, make the policies and laws, redistribute the wealth, and decide the inevitable punishments but also determine when and what is “enough”?
Then again, have you ever observed or studied real or potential totalitarian power players who have backed off and called “enough” once they have achieved their stated goals? Unless they had to? Me neither.
And how long will this take as old grievances once solved are dug up or new ones are found (for example, the latest discovery that math is somehow “racist”) to drive the wedge deeper into society even long after myriad solutions to bona fide problems have already been successfully employed?
Thus, sadly, the rioters will continue the burning, looting, and destroying because until America is “transformed”(from its racist ways) there will always be some new ideological stick with which to stoke the flames, some new group, some new cause, and some new words–or spin on old ones–(aka propaganda) smithed to go with.
And it looks like a growing number of citizens, informed or not, want America to be transformed into a socialist nation as the Democrat Socialists, their congressional players now in place, are gaining power.
In the political ideology and its machinations arguably at work just now in the United States to change her from a representative republic to a socialist nation, there must always be division and destruction.
Focusing on one issue or another.
Because–and for one more reason to keep the fires stoked–“The eye of man is never satisfied” (Ecclesiastes 1:8).
I would add, especially the political eye–lasered in on power, personal gain, and la révolution.
Continuing with the popular expression, “the fundamental transformation of America” (which sold well until many of us figured out what it really meant), you might also call it the long march of socialism through America’s institutions showing up now also in the street riots.
In other words, the current violence is not likely to stop if the object is–more violence for the purpose of replacing the United States as founded.
You see, in America, there are still just too many dissenters, free thinkers, people who like working toward equality as originally defined and who appreciate the progress that has been made so far.
We don’t want to change to a socialist nation, especially when we know what that really means, by whatever new name it might be advertised.
We want to keep our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
So they have to keep turning up the heat.
They May Have Won the Battle but not the War
If we are continually to be pushed and shoved and conned forward in the transformation of America to socialism, or some other iteration of totalitarianism, national or even global, there will really be no winners for a while–or for long, even if achieved.
Even if achieved?
For one thing, human nature and (real) history indicate that once such a Pandora’s Box of enabled evil has been opened, it is extremely–if not altogether impossible in the short term–to close it again.
It even gets out of hand for the perpetrators, who tend to turn on each other, thus it will inevitably fail (search for [real] “history of totalitarian regimes”).
Not to mention that a completely different kind of anger, the righteous kind, that, coupled with wisdom, will eventually overcome even the vilest forms of evil. Read: the war between pure good and raw, unvarnished evil, where good has, does, and will always win. I mean, if not, we would have been destroyed before the dew evaporated in Eden, if you think about it.
So in each generation, the New Utopia must be presented with a fresh veneer and more intense, as well as subtler, forms of fear when freedom-lovers figure out that it’s the same Old Dystopia.
Thus, it’s important to keep the riots going and to come up with one semantic twist after another until the citizens are consumed with either anger or apathy (by which it is easier to divide and conquer) and the rage continues no matter how much of that irony drips from the ones mouthing unity.
Wordfare in the academy and in propaganda outlets pushes updated spins on old causes until something sticks in the collective consciousness keeping the population in fear, agitation in gear, and the revolution near.
But it’s not as if we haven’t been warned.
Perspectives and Warnings Concerning the Continuation of the Violence and Submission to Any Iteration of Totalitarianism
For those who naively think what the neo-socialists in America are pushing is some kind of pretty side of the ideology (especially in light of the controversy regarding the integrity of our recent election):
There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism – by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.–Ayn Rand
But perhaps the most chilling perspective–and warning–to the United States comes from famed Soviet dissident and writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn who wrote the following in “Warning to the West” on both the “disguises” just prior to a communist takeover and the “mercilessness” thereafter:
All Communist Parties, upon attaining power, have become completely merciless. But at the stage before they achieve power, it is necessary to use disguises.
Oh, and as to why not so many people are even aware of all of this, consider the following in light of big tech and other kinds of censorship and de-platforming–as well as the rabid proliferation of deceptive and doctored news (aka propaganda)–prevalent today:
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists. —Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
And for one more look from a video I’ve posted before, as have many others over time, regarding what socialist revolutionaries in America and their witting (and unwitting) followers may well have been engaged in for some time, now, this reminder for those still with eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to think critically:
We are forewarned, friends, by these and myriad more quotes, biographies, historical documents, autobiographies, speeches, videos, plays, artwork, (real) journalism, and every other form of communication meant to save the future from the past.
If we will learn our lessons.
But we had better learn fast.
Based on the wisdom of astute observers such as those featured above as well as by the implications of the rioting that is still allowed to go on in the streets, we seem to be at a dangerous tipping point of shifting to the “merciless” phase noted above.
Maintaining our Constitutional rights as delineated in the Bill of Rights is particularly critical now.
Many are also turning to a new or refreshed study of biblical prophesies.**
*For the dangers of relying on consensus to shape policies and laws, read here.
**(Corrected) For a perspective on the next phase of prophecy, see here.
For a list of commentaries on how, now, to live that includes both spiritual and temporal survival tips, read here.
Image of riot, source.