Right. I understand that we're pretty much in post-constitutional territory already, and actually have been for some time. Nevertheless, for most people the Constitution still matters--there's an idea that with a few tweaks of personnel, on the Court, in Congress and the White House, our fundamental constitutional institutions could resume functioning and governing as intended. That notion is increasingly delusional, in the very literal sense of being divorced from reality. We cling to the delusion because we're afraid of what a future ruled by those who openly call for the Constitution's definitive demise would mean.
If there's one cardinal rule of politics, it would have to be that Power abhors a vacuum. That means that, once exposed, the illusion of authority and legitimacy will eventually be replaced by the reality of power. As Glenn Greenwald recently wrote, The Threat of Authoritarianism In The U.S. Is Very Real, And Has Nothing To Do With Trump. The Lefty Greenwald points out that, in actual fact, Trump has struggled to preserve and restore our constitutional order, rather than attempting to establish authoritarian rule. Far from Trump being a threat to the rule of law, the last 4 years have exposed for all to see who the real enemies of our constitutional order are, who the people are who want to wield power in an America freed of its constitutional trammels.
One major group would be the people with lots of money and crazy ideas of transforming human nature. These are people who think their influence in politics should be commensurate with their wealth and their supposed genius. People who read their press clippings and are surrounded by sycophants who want their help, mostly in monetary form. Those sycophants, of course, include the elected representatives of We The People. These would be leaders of America are Globalist visionaries, but their focus is largely on what could be termed domestic policy--controlling the intimate details of day to day human life. Their great delusion is of extending that control to the entire world through 'soft power' means.
Another major group involved in the deliberations over America's future is the National Security State--the Keepers of what Alexander Vindman termed "the consensus views of the interagency." These are the people in the permanent bureaucracy who formulate the policies of the American Empire toward the rest of the world: DoS, CIA, DoD. It's been a long time since Presidents or Congress have been able to exert true control over the Interagency, and the Interagency wants to keep it that way. Other branches of the Executive--DoJ, the FBI, NSA--play largely subordinate and supporting roles to the key Interagency players. We can see that from the way the FBI was set up to take whatever minor fall will result from the failed initial coup attempt against Trump: the Russia Hoax. The FBI's wrongdoing is clear enough, but their major role can now be seen to be running interference for the main Interagency operatives, acting in concert with Globalist interests--both State and non-State.
But here's the problem. The Russia Hoax Coup having failed, the would be power brokers were driven to desperate measures. Using the Pandemic Control Hoax was used to shut down much of America, to subject its populace to extreme measures of social control and censorship--except for those elements who were encouraged to rampage in the street. All this was intended to bring down Trump, whose cardinal sin had been to assert a populist and nationalist agenda in opposition to the Globalist elite and the National Security State, whose policies largely reflect those of the Globalist elite. Those desperate measures failed, and so an even more desperate measure was undertaken: The Big Steal, the subversion and manipulation of a presidential election.
If Congress goes along with this desperate final coup against Trump, what will be the result? One thing we know for sure: The puppet administration installed is so lacking in legitimacy already that there will not even be a pretense of a traditional inauguration. The notion that one of the most corrupt politicians in US history, now unable to function on a true executive level due to advancing dementia, will actually fulfill the duties of the presidency is absurd on its face. Nor is the likelihood that his replacement by a chucklehead who has never established a credible constituency in the course of public life--except for those who wanted to bed her--is equally laughable.
That lack of legitimacy is a result of two factors: the transparent fraud perpetrated in the hoax election, but very importantly the overwhelming popular vote total for Trump across broad swathes of America. The lack of legitimacy has been driven home by the constitutional wreckage we have already seen in the wake of the election. The refusal of intimidated courts to take any action, the corrupt manipulations of State politicians, the transparent machinations in Congress--including in a Dem House that was rejected by the voters. The law enforcement institutions of the federal government also abdicated. The Texas law suit, joined by much of the American federal union, was a marker of this illegitimacy.
Power abhors a vacuum. Who then will rule America? If we are now in a post-constitutional America, who will take control of the levers of power? It's a situation not entirely different from that of post-Soviet Russia. A public order lacking true authority or legitimacy will quickly devolve into arbitrary oligarchical rule--we've seen previews of that in the State lockdowns.
The fundamental difficulty as I see it is this. The two groups described above--the Globalist elite and the National Security "interagency"--are composed of people who want influence. They want to influence the great power of America for their chosen ends. But exercising influence is a very different thing from actually ruling a country--and especially not a country as vast and complicated as America. These influencers are used to operating more or less behind the scenes to direct those who, until recently, were able to maintain the illusion of authority and legitimacy. With that illusion largely discredited, the exercise of influence will become increasingly difficult to translate into actual rule.
The American military, it's true, possesses unprecedented power. But to turn that power in the direction of taking actual effective control of America would present problems on a scale that would be so daunting that I doubt that the military would want to take such a task on. Their interest is in preserving a now increasingly dysfunctional status quo. Of course, the military could easily restore order on the streets of America, but there's a lot more to running a country than that--and the military is ill equipped to take that task on. Moreover it would involve turning their backs on exactly what they wish to preserve--the Empire enterprise of global power projection--in favor of a turning inward. The federal law enforcement bureaucracy, to include the FBI, is even more pitifully unprepared for such a role. Trump may well be smiling as he contemplates the conundrums facing his Deep State foes.
The fact of the matter, when it comes to the practical exercise of legitimate rule, of projecting power in public life with an aura of authority, is that the most credible institutions remaining may well be State governments. Corrupt as many are, they are better placed to take on the mantle of authority that the national military would lack. That may well be the real significance of the Texas lawsuit--a sign that the States of the federal union recognize their full constitutional role. Failing a credible resolution of the national government's crisis of legitimacy, an assertion of State authority--including through the medium of their national guard, state and local law enforcement--must remain a possibility. But, our current State boundaries are, to a great degree, arbitrary. Geographical realities, coupled with the realization that American power ultimately rests on its physical resources, could well play a role in reshaping America.
None of this is pleasant to contemplate--not for us, not for the future of our children and grandchildren. But don't kid yourselves. It can happen here. Events embody, express, ideas. And ideas have a way of working themselves out to their ineluctable conclusions.
Trump has refused to lie to the American people--he has refused to concede, has refused to say he lost an election that was patently stolen. The Establishment has attempted by rhetorical means to establish the legitimacy of a puppet regime, installed by moneyed interests with deeply held ideological agendas. Trump has refused to cooperate with the Big Lie. The Establishment's coup is certain to fail to achieve the legitimacy it requires to rule in the face of Trump's stand on the principle of Truth and constitutional order. Congress cannot lead--not as an institution, and especially not in defiance of fair elections. The presidency was set up as the constitutional institution for exerting the national government's executive power. A puppet regime, manipulated by Congress, a few large States and metro areas, moneyed interests, and the Interagency--will devolve into chaos sooner or later.
That's where things stand for now. This analysis is necessarily tentative. The next few weeks will tell the story of where the country is headed. We see the jockeying for power in DC. But power abhors a vacuum. The country may be able to muddle along for a while, but sooner or later it will have to yield to realities. A people craves an ordered life. They demand that the exercise of power and rule exhibit authority in the deeper sense of principle and legitimate connections to the needs of human nature. America stands dangerously on the brink.
We'll have to face this reality I fear, after the outcome of this coming week.ReplyDelete
For all it's worth, some GOP still fight.Delete
Senators Cruz, Johnson, Lankford, Daines, Kennedy, Blackburn, Braun, Senators-Elect Lummis, Marshall, Hagerty, Tuberville released a joint statement today, backing Hawley:
"there is long precedent, of Democratic Members of Congress raising objections to presidential election results, as they did in 1969, 2001, 2005, and 2017. And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member, in forcing votes in both houses, on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged.
The most direct precedent on this question arose in 1877....
Congress did not ignore those allegations....
Congress appointed an Electoral Commission-consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices....
We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit...."
The vacuum will be filled quickly by China without firing a shot. First the dollar will be devalued and they will bankrupt us. Soon they will control our assets and then our institutions.ReplyDelete
Great article Mark. You used the word subversion; "The Big Steal, the subversion and manipulation of a presidential election".ReplyDelete
I believe it's the Global Oligarchy that is running an ideological subversion sceheme on US, as described by ex-KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov below:
Each of the four stages of ideological subversion can be countered.
Demoralization can be countered by restricting the import of ideological propaganda. (Such as China controlling internet with firewalls.)
Destabilization can be countered by curbing the rights of political agitators. (This should have been done during ANTIFA & BLM riots.)
The crisis can be ameliorated by a strong reactionary response and cracking down on subversive organizations. (The crisis, or the coup, happened during the night of November 3rd. All those Dominion machines should have been banned, like Texas did, and the companies affiliated with Dominion should have been blocked. Also, the state govs and ministers should have been indicted before the fraud, when they started usurping power from legislations. Same goes for corrupt state judges who allowed it.)
Normalization is the most difficult to reverse. Once normalization is in place, only explicit military intervention will suffice to reinstate the old order. (We are here, as Biden already claims "it's time to heal". Unfortunately nothing less than EO13848 will work, maybe even more will be required when ANTIFA & BLM are sicced on citizens and cities. And millions of patriots will be needed in DC on Jan 6th, otherwise everything is lost.)
I'm afraid, if the drastic option is not used for reversing the last stage, US will become like China. A permanent party leadership at the top of the pyramid repeatedly elected by Dominion machines, harsh state capitalism, and heavy surveillance supported by the modern tech tools of the globalist oligarchy.
The gloablist oligarchy will be feeding on US without any impediments, like they've been doing in many other countries.
"A puppet regime --will devolve into chaos sooner or later."ReplyDelete
What is chaos to us may be, to the regime's wheels, just the cost of doing business.
As Tom S. put it yesterday,
"Their goal is the power and, since they regard Deplorables as hardly human, dissent suppression tactics largely come down to a utilitarian cost/benefit calculation."
Part of that calculation will hinge, on what obedience they can expect, from the grunts & cops who will be given orders, to use small firearms to suppress the Deplorables.
And, on how many DoD folks would actually obey orders to push the buttons, to send guided missiles onto city/ town blocks, so as to torch Deplorable parts of the country.
Who will rule? Whomever has the desire among those still alive.ReplyDelete
I do not envy Trump - for the next three weeks he has to find a constitutional way to thwart the coup. And if he fails? Who knows?
I think we have been 'post constitution' since at least the inception of the Federal Reserve which is neither Federal Nor a Reserve.ReplyDelete
And since 1947's vaccination via paperclip and the resultant 'intel reorganization' we have been in Zappa land till 2016...when the curtains were pulled back for all.
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
Don't get me wrong...Chinese Occupation Via Infauxtaus Disease piss me off almost as much as stolen elections.
I do not know exactly how to better express my thoughts right now ...ReplyDelete
We have been in a massive paradigm shift on our freedoms. You could say it is residual from our founding, but I know that we today, as a society, are more than willing to give it away and, in conjunction, our governments, the man, is more than willing to take it away.
I will use my personal experience from the late the late 1990s and 2000 to explain.
I am was a contact programmer for Digital Convergence. A company started by Jovan Philyaw, aka Jovan Hutton Pulitzer. The product was CRQ (play on letters .... See Our Que).
CRQ was ahead of it’s time in many ways. It was a data mine machine. The product itself, even the Jovan patented sound, is designed to guide you to product and collect marketing data, metadata.
At the time, such a thing was soundly rejected by the public at large including computer folks. Our privacy was ours.
Today, we, including me, give it away freely to corporations and companies that use such data to make money and shape public opinion. These same corporations and companies are now censoring us to conform to whatever they feel is correct.
It’s only a small step now to say freedom of association is wrong, along with religion, and speech and that’s just with the First Amendment.
We have had the ability, in use now, for a long time to track our travels on foot or in car. Our phones do it for us to the point of observing whether we are at rest or in motion along with geocodes of our locations.
Look up at many intersections and not only do you see traffic sensors, but full on security cameras. Full monitoring of traffic, including the ability to capture your vehicle’s contents and registration, which goes above traffic light camera systems. We can determine what radio station you are listening to as you drive.
Soon cars will talk to each other, which means they can talk to anyone. Insurance companies are keen on this technology.
On and on it goes.
Convergence was a business buzzword a while back, but it’s getting real with consequences that will mean the Constitution is a relic of an older, less “safe” time period.
Note, I am not saying Jovan Philyaw (Pulitzer) is wrong today in anyway, but at the same time it’s good to be suspicious and, ironically, everyone can do good or bad depending on the circumstances. It appears Jovan is doing some heavy lifting right now, but still. He is a holder of many patents, but has not corrected the assertion that he invented CR codes.
Such a crazy time we are in. Heinlein?
This shift may well be analogous, to that which occurred in the early USSR.Delete
When Stalin's goons implemented the Holodomor, I'll bet that almost everyone (esp. the kulaks) didn't imagine the scale of the implementation plan, until far too late.
Nowadays, a Dem bid to replicate the Holodomor won't have that element of surprise, but may well still be almost as easy to implement, unless Sil. Valley fails to institute a hammerlock, upon the web's ability to spread word of the carnage.
Another on-the-nose view of the near future: https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/forecast-2021-chinese-fire-drills-with-a-side-of-french-fries-jacobin-style-and-russian-dressing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+clusterfucknation+%28Clusterfuck+Nation%29ReplyDelete
See my reference to this, and comments from Mark etc. yesterday, in his post on "2020....".Delete
Canada is previewing our future under Tribe Davos.
Same event as above with arrow pointing to New York. Anyone thinks we are returning to the Rule of Law versus rule by law without violence is, I think, whistling past the graveyard.
Who Would Rule A Post-Constitutional America?
The answer is in our states, and by that I do not mean all of them. With only a small handful of states I contend you could bring our federal institutions to their knees and probably without firing a single shot.ReplyDelete
You can not address DC from within. You can only challenge it from outside. If done right you will bypass all of the mentioned issues being contemplated.
Mark I commend you on your writing and perspective in this subject. Too few are touching it and in all reality we should all be in our front laws screaming WTF Already!!!
Society has been led to believe that diversions from fundamental rule of law is normality. It is in fact a passive acceptance of perversion of morality and the laws the founding fathers have so skillfully written .ReplyDelete