Those who decided to start using indictments, prosecutors & even mug shots as weapons in a political campaign have unleashed a destructive new era in American politics.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 24, 2023
Now, for years to come our criminal justice system will be used to target candidates in both parties & the…
anybody else wanna just move to an island and drink out of a coconut until this country gets whatever all this is out of its system— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) August 25, 2023
Affirmative action moron and race-baiter Joy Reid explains why she despises Donald Trump and why his mugshot is “justice” satisfying her teenage angst:— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 25, 2023
“As a teenager living in New York, I’ve said it before, this is why I never watched ‘The Apprentice.’ I despised Donald Trump.… pic.twitter.com/Z2qVXu9lTL
I agree with Steve Bannon.
We have come to take for granted that we live in an era of polarization.
Even if Trump or Biden wins the 2024 election, gridlock is the norm. Congress comes and goes every two years. It has become an ordeal to pass a budget. The only way to pass big legislation is through budget reconciliation. Big policy issues like abortion are decided by the courts now. A policy agenda is what can survive a filibuster in the Senate and the inevitable attacks in federal courts.
We often hear people say that America is becoming more polarized without giving much thought to what that entails. It has reached the point now where one side is arresting the other side (and their lawyers). What would happen if Democratic DAs in black majority cities simply arrested all the Republicans? What would happen if Joe Biden incarcerated his opposition? Well, that would end the gridlock!
Suppose Trump is convicted and sent to prison on some of these bullshit charges which sets the precedent that the Democrats can use “multiracial liberal democracy” to gulag their opposition. What would stop a black DA in St. Louis from arresting Sen. Josh Hawley or a black DA in Jefferson County, AL from arresting Sen. Tommy Tuberville? What would stop the California AG from prosecuting House Speaker Kevin McCarthy? Why should any of the Republicans who supported Trump on 1/6 and who therefore engaged in “rebellion” be seated in Congress when they are disqualified by the 14th Amendment? Why would these people stop with the Orange Pumpkin? The “rule of law” and “jury of your peers” is flexible enough that it can be invoked to justify arresting and incarcerating enough Republicans like Marco Rubio to take control of Congress too. Anyone who objects to this can also be labeled a racist and a white supremacist. No one is “above of law” unless you are an Antifa rioter, Hunter Biden or an FBI agent.
Steve Bannon sees the future playing out like I do. Polarization continues to get worse. Democrats indict and arrest Republicans. Republicans demand tit-for-tat retaliation. The number of radicals on both sides soars. The remaining moderates like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are driven out of office. As the political atmosphere becomes more heated and feverish, political actors make extreme moves that provoke extreme reactions. Everything is extreme. No one is interested in compromising. Moderates reach their political nadir. Norms suddenly melt away as the political order liquifies.
Government by the likes of Fani Willis, Alvin Bragg and Letitia James proves to be more than the system can handle and it buckles. Eventually, some incident happens that is the spark in this toxic tinderbox like Lexington or Fort Sumter. There is a violent collision somewhere between the two sides. This consolidates the two sides into opposing camps. Polarization devolves into conflict. Conflicts produces a clear winner and a clear loser. The issues that brought about the conflict are resolved as one camp is vanquished in the process. Radicalism declines and the number of moderates soar as the population grows weary of the violence. Violence creates moderates and moderates beget compromise. Fanaticism cools.
In other words, our extremely polarized times will be followed by an era in which one side has achieved total dominance over the government. The government will function again with one of the two sides in the current conflict succeeding in imposing their vision and values on society.
The question is … how will we get from here to there? Who is the winner? What lies ahead in the years between? How much does it ultimately cost to get there? Ben Collins is correct that now is a great time to leave the country. Bannon is correct that one side is going to win and one is going to lose. As Lincoln put it, “it will become all one thing, or all the other.” That is where we will be in about ten years.
The vanquishing hasn’t happened yet in our times. A key difference.
Note: In an ideal world, the two sides would agree to peacefully and amicably dissolve the Union and create functioning nation-states. The two sides would recognize that it is not worth it to continue living like this. This is unlikely to happen though for a number of reasons.