There is no such thing as a recovering political junkie.
At least not in my house. Here at Mo Saoirse Hermitage, the entire household (with the exception of Ava-dog and the cat) have had their eyes glued to news screens even through days of post-election existential emptiness (“Biden has gained 34 new v*tes over Trump in Pencaronevia, while Trump’s lead in North Georgvania has slipped from 1.6662 percentage points to 1.6661!”).
Why a free-market anarchist and small-town Outlaw should be so engaged with Stupid National Politics, I can’t explain. But so it is.
And you know, the news isn’t all bad.
Even if we end up with President
Biden Harris, as seems likely, the wokest of the woke left has had its arse handed to it. If the Dems win the presidency, it’ll be more because of Trump loathing or sheer desperation than because American’s approve of rioting in the streets, Medicare for All, or college educations made “free” for the chosen by the sweat of “racist” working-class people (who should have given up “shoveling coal” and “learned to code,” after all).
For the second election in a row, the D’s had their arrogant assumptions shattered. “We’ll gain 15 seats in the House!” “We’ll take the Senate!” “We’ll turn Texas blue!” Um … no you won’t. (They could still possibly take the Senate, but most likely only if one of their post-election desperation plans (“Move all the blue folk to Georgia in time to register for the January runoff elections!”) miraculously came to pass.)
The polling profession? Limping and blinded. The mainstream media? In shock that their propaganda scarcely moved the electoral needle. Social media? Their censorship may have worked against Trump, but in the long run, it’s turning the country against them. Billionaires? Oh, there’s still so much they cannot buy!
If the R’s do keep control of the Senate, they’ll be able to stop a lot of nonsense. NOT, of course, because they’re such a bulwark of freedom principle (ROFL, gasp, choke), but simply because they’re now so into the bloody-minded eternal standoff with The Other Party.
And Pelosi and Schumer? Humiliated and repudiated. Though of course that won’t necessarily stop them from being re-elected to their undeservedly august positions. The Dems are shockingly slow learners.
But they’ve just (finally!) GOT to pay attention to the way the v*tes of blacks, Hispanics, and LGBT people swung toward Trump. Quit whining and raging as if your house servants betrayed you, Democrat Massas, and realize something’s happening here and you’d better learn what it is.
The working classes and common sense still live. That’s big.
IMHO, one of the best things to come out of Tuesday’s v*tes was the utter repudiation of the drug war. Every single place where cannabis was on the ballot, cannabis — and freedom — won. And Oregon, demonstrating that “progressive” values do actually have some uses, not only v*ted to decriminalize small quantities of recreational drugs, but to legalize and set up a therapeutic structure for psilocybin to take effect within the next two years.
Libertopia? Hardly. But it beats the available alternative of locking everybody up under one of Biden’s favorite laws.
On the more local/regional scale (or as the pundits like to say “granular” — I’ve always wanted to use the word granular like the smart people do), a lot of small good stuff happened, too. In a state that went resoundingly for Biden, I nevertheless watched several formerly very popular local Dem politicians get knocked out of their seats despite months of mailbox-clogging ad barrages. Does this change anything much? No. But it’s all part of the larger Message: “We may think Trump’s an a**hole, but that doesn’t mean we love you clueless, arrogant Blues and your attempts to remake our country into Venezuela, either. Be forewarned.”
Anyway, those are the thoughts of this particular freedomista non-recovering political junkie. What are yours?
FRIDAY FREEDOM QUESTION:
What’s the best thing to come out of Tuesday’s election?
And what’s the worst?