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The ‘Normal Political Process’ Is Dead

03 August 2019 @ 17:29

Over at the Belmont Club, Richard Fernandez has posted a commentary on an article published by Annie Applebaum¹.

From RF’s post:

Anne Applebaum tells her readers in the Washington Post: “Non-Americans, be warned — there will be no return to normal after Trump.”

Across Europe, and indeed around the world, America’s allies have developed a bunker mentality. They are waiting, hands over their ears, for the assault to end, for peace and quiet to return, for commerce and diplomacy to resume as normal. In a year and a half, or 5½ years in the worst-case scenario, President Trump will go back to his vulgar tower …

Or will it?

We have just had an important two-night debate, during which we heard some of America’s most prominent journalists put questions to potential presidents. Most of the analyses describe who won and who lost, who struck blows and who parried them. But if you were listening outside the United States, as I was, something else was far more arresting: the near-total absence of the rest of the world. There was no Europe, no China, no Venezuela….

The United States is also a country that is returning to an older political tradition. Until the attack on Pearl Harbor, isolationism was an important, even dominant strand in U.S. politics.

Applebaum is probably wrong in predicting a reversion to the past. Countries are not returning to isolation, rather they are re-inventing globalization into one that resembles the way modern computers operate with protected memory spaces that nevertheless communicate over defined interfaces. “Essential to any multitasking system is to safely and effectively share access to system resources. Access to memory must be strictly managed to ensure that no process can inadvertently or deliberately read or write to memory locations outside the process’s address space. This is done for the purpose of general system stability and data integrity, as well as data security.”

Where Applebaum is correct is predicting that things will never go back to normal. They can’t because it was unsustainable. They can’t because it was broken. The rush to 5G, for example, should be challenged unless we want our refrigerators ruled by China. Britain should be allowed to escape from the European Union. Big Tech must find that its consumer data hoovering days are at an end.

These are just some normals whose ending should be unlamented.

In reality, the good old days, when ISIS ruled the Middle East, Russia could invade the Ukraine, China steal the OPM data and the South China Sea and kill the entire CIA network in the Middle Kingdom that was never that good. Neither Trump nor Brexit nor the Democratic Party left-wing sprang out of thin air. They sprouted from a crisis.

The world won’t go back to the days before December 7, 1941, but neither will they return to the halcyon days before November 2016….

Halcyon for The Establishments of all countries that play a part in world affairs; Disturbing as it was for the rest of us.

As Privus Sapo wrote in a comment at RF’s Facebook post:

The Democrats did ignore the reality outside of America, but they ignored the reality inside America too. America is not ignoring the rest of the world. Trump is most actively engaged. The Democrats however are no longer important. The dog is barking but the caravan moves on.

I wish he were right on the last statement, but I see the Left massing in this country, wanting to cause some sort of eruption in our Society.  The brakes are off their Little Red Wagons and they are growing Desperate.

The ‘normal political process’ is dead.  It went to join The Choir Invisible during the 2016 Election Season.

We are now, thanks to the atmospheric changes set loose during The Obama Epoch, a Full-On Democracy.  A new show has topped the ratings: The Land Of The Populists.

Unless we can effect a Great Upheaval in America, a Restoration of our Freedoms along with Ordered Liberty, we shall be stuck in this situation for a long time — in what I call The United State.


¹ Mrs. Applebaum is part of the Elite [as you can see here], so she writes as someone from that class of people.  While she seems to have conservative instincts, she clearly is pure Establishment in the solutions she offers.  She reminds me of a much smarter-version of Bill Kristol [which is not such a difficult task].  Having spent most of her time living in Britain and Central-Eastern Europe, she is very knowledgeable on matters concerning those latter areas [her book Gulag: A History is quite well done], but when this former member of the Council On Foreign Relations offers her opinions on America, Mrs. Applebaum speaks as a Neo-Aristocrat and as someone who hasn’t lived here for quite a long time.  I’m sorry, but you do need to have lived here — lived through it — since 2015 to understand our situation.  By the way: she voted for Hillaria Tiberius in 2016, as did many Rockefeller Republicans.

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