Beyond the Cusp

August 25, 2017

Overton Window Being Slammed Shut

 

The Overton Window, in the political dictionary, refers to the range of policies on any given issue that are, at that moment, popular enough for a politician to campaign on successfully and marks the defined lines of discourse permitted by the general mainstream public media. Simply stated, the Overton Window is our presumed acceptable political vocabulary. There are a lot of words and definitions we will be giving out in this article which are currently not within or are soon to be excluded from the currently defined Overton Window. The permitted lexicon changes with time and under different political pressures. For example, during the terms of President Obama the phrase “prolonged recession” was replaced in the Overton Window by the phrase “gradual recovery.” We never heard the word fascist during his eight years and now President Trump is a fascist. What is the interesting part is the actual definition of fascist is of one supporting fascism whose definition is what becomes important and reads, “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” What is interesting is that fascism is one form of socialism which is usually associated with the left, so fascism would not be considered as necessarily right wing though fascists come in both types. In Europe, a fascist is considered right wing and in the United States a true fascist who is socialist would be left wing, but they would never use that term. Fascist and fascism in the current Overton Window would be defined as anybody who the Democrat Party, mainstream media and leftists disapprove of and wish to label as something undesirable. That is a more honest definition especially as when it is applied to President Donald Trump.

 

So, let us step outside the Overton Window and find some words and definitions which our friends would not include in their current list of definitions and some words they might also exclude. The first thing we need to understand is that right and left are arbitrary terms which depend entirely upon whose systems and what dates one is referencing. When the United States was initially founded, the Founding Fathers would have been considered left wing. The right wing in those days were the monarchists, those who supported having Kings, Queens and a Royal Court. In the United States today, a Constitutionalist is considered right wing despite their supporting what was the most extreme left wing set of ideas in its day. The left wing today demands that the First Amendment be rewritten such that offensive speech be disallowed and that freedom of speech need be censored so as to remove all offending words and phrases. And guess who gets to decide which words are to be disallowed? Yes, the same people who define the Overton Window which means that fascist would mean Donald Trump and anybody opposing the Democrat and leftist media ideology. There is a far better means of establishing the spectrum for governance than left wing and right wing as this one does not change with time. That is to use Statism against Individualism. Below is an example of the difference where the top is true by the definitions given by the current Overton Window which is why it is the one taught to students in Political Science. The use of right and left is popular because these terms have come to mean something completely unhinged from politics. Left wing means acceptable and right wing means abhorrent. When the political spectrum is viewed from an absolute scale, one realizes that in the United States the choices are very limited when choosing from the two political parties and their core politicians. President Trump, for everyone’s information and some people’s enjoyment, would definitely be towards the right end of the spectrum and somewhere between the political parties and the Constitution and we hope for the people’s sake he lies very close to the Constitution.

 

Political Spectrum Taught Versus Actual

 

The Overton Window uses left, liberal, Democrat, BLM, Anti-fa, “The Revolution” and everything else anti-Trump and presumably anti-capitalist to be wonderful, honorable and good and uses right, Republican, conservative and pro-Trump as evil, untrustworthy or bad. When something exists with which they disagree it gains some label which defines it particular evil or simply labels it as such. Terms such as fascist, racist, sexist, homophobic and newly added Islamophobic are all bad titles. On the other side are the enlightened, pluralistic, inclusive, acceptive and other such terms all of which just drip with love and beauty for defining the wonderful people with which they agree. The problem with the media definitions is that the media is no longer the watchdog defending freedoms and liberties but has taken a political stand alongside the Democrats for better or worse. The media has decided that the future and ownership of all that is correct and proper lies with the leftist camp and the Democrat Party and that there can be no more debate. They have thus decided that there are certain terms which require redefining and others which simply must be banned. Constitutionalist is no longer permitted as a term defining any position and anyone taking a stand for what was a Constitutionalist has become a fascist or a racist. They are racist because when the constitution was signed, slavery existed and many of those men who signed it owned slaves thus you must approve of slavery thus you are a racist. What people refuse to recognize is there have been almost if not as many white slaves as slaves of color and for proof just read about the Barbary Pirates and their activities in the slave trade and what they did with the sailors who were not worth a ransom taken from European sailing ships. It was due to the preponderance of African slaves in the United States which made slavery racist. There has been the redefinition of freedom of speech into freedom from hurtful speech demanding that words which offend must be removed from the permitted vocabulary. Freedom of religion has also been changed to freedom from having to see anything religious outside a religious structure. Thus we have the winter season replacing Christmas and spring festival replacing Easter and other harmless and inoffensive terms used to hide the religious trimmings of holiday seasons. These are just the start of a litany of redefined words and terms all of which are trying to erase one side from the political scene and make only one side acceptable before the people simply by refusing to have balanced coverage.

 

What is unsettling about these efforts is they are closer to fascism than the people they so label. The media is trying to sell a statist, totalitarian, single part system to the American people with no room for opposing viewpoints. The really sorrowful truth is that they are so very close to doing exactly that. The examples abound from the events which have gone into the first year of President Trump so far. There has been no repeal or replace of Obamacare and that is just the half of it. Speaking about this failure in the Senate, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly stated, “If Senate Republicans can’t get the 50 votes required to get an Obamacare repeal and replacement over the finish line, they may have to work with Democrats to repair the existing marketplace.” Really, this is the answer? Does he really mean that the Republicans who promised for six years to repeal Obamacare and who passed uncountable bills doing such when they knew President Obama would veto them now are going to simply surrender and try to repair Obamacare to make it work? Why is it always the Republicans who must surrender on things and give in to the big government leftists? Let us tell you why, it is because they too are for big government and simply play with the words for individualism and freedom and liberty and all those high and mighty words any honest Constitutionalist would use but they do not mean a single syllable of what they say.

 

Then there is another piece of work called John McCain who appears to have an undiagnosed brain problem called demands of bipartisanship in a partisan battle, and his stand cannot be blamed on his diagnosed disease with which we hope he can recover, but has to do with an idea which died when the Democrats passed Obamacare. His first words to the media we heard were these, “I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote.” Senator John McCain stated recalling history very clearly. It was when he added this little gem we see the crack in the wall and the reality coming through as he stated, “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.” So we now know that Senator John McCain will vote with the Democrats until they decide to support a repeal of Obamacare, something which will never happen. As Senator McCain will likely gain another half dozen looney-toon Republicans to his boycott of sanity, President Trump will have to find ten Democrats willing to cross the line drawn in the sand by their leadership knowing their campaign will be starved of funds and they will receive an opponent in their primary to unseat them as no such traitorous action will be countenanced by the Democrat Party, they are out for blood and they will take their own if necessitated. The Democrats have made clear they will not permit the repeal or replace of Obamacare and McCain has made clear that he stands with the Democrats on that point.

 

So, what does all of this mean for our future? First off, it means that the American people are stuck with Obamacare. What the Democrats are fully aware of, as is John McCain and the other Republicans who are blocking its repeal, Obamacare was designed to fail and by failing manage to destroy and bring down the entire Health Insurance network bankrupting every such company forcing them all to no longer offer insurance which would be affordable by any measure. This was intended to produce such an uproar that when single payer healthcare, which will work just as it has in Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and much of Scandinavia and Europe, would be offered to repair the problem and return sanity to healthcare prices gone wild, the people would embrace anything just to get healthcare to be affordable. The blame for the prices would be heaped on the insurance industry and their demands to make uncontrolled profit and the hospitals for charging outrageous prices and the physicians and their uncontrolled salaries which are so much higher than the average American that it is reprehensible. There would be no blame in the media or from the political front placed with the real culprit, the government and its leftist agenda to have the government take over as much of the economy as possible. This has been a power grab from the beginning to take over close to one-sixth of the economy by the government and give government the control over the life and death of everybody. The government will never admit that socialized medicine means there will be a board which will decide by formulae whether or not any procedure or medication should be provided to any individual. The physician who assisted in designing Obamacare, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist and one of the country’s leading health care experts, says by age 75 he would opt out of medical treatments in order to not prolong his life in favor of letting nature take its course (see below). Further, you want an example of what happens when you fall outside the cost analysis charts on single payer government healthcare we just need to look to the story of one such victim of the system, Charlie Gard. There will be a cost analysis done where your past earnings potential and future earning potential is presumably figured into the equation. The reason that past earning potential is in the equation is because children have zero past earning potential and this places children under on some charts somewhere between age four and seven to be permitted similar care to somebody between seventy and eighty. Under a certain age almost no expensive surgical procedure would be permitted because the odds of the patient living long enough to have made such an investment pay off is too small. This is what doomed Charlie Gard so much so, that the courts would not even permit him to receive free treatments in the United States or, in the end, provided by the United States in Britain and still free. That, in a nutshell, is single payer government healthcare Britain style, and that was one that had been held up as being one the United States should emulate.

 

 

Then there are those items which the news refuses to inform the people of in events. Leftists have appeared at numerous college and university campuses with the intent on preventing somebody with whom they believe they disagree from speaking. Many have not exactly arrived with any desire for an exchange of ideas and do not even care to hear the individual out and see if they agree with them or not but instead came loaded for bear. They brought baseball bats, tire irons, steel rods and other weaponry. At some of these places they set buildings on fire and have even injured at least one college professor, Professor Allison Stanger, who is, or at least was, a fellow leftist. She was treated at Porter Hospital and fortunately released. At Berkley, they cause tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars of damage and many of the protestors were identified as not attending Berkley. What has been even more distressing has been the demand from administrators at many of these venues for their campus security or police to stand down. Even some cities have instructed their police to stand down and allow demonstrators to damage, loot and burn down stores and properties as stated about the situation when Baltimore police commanders acknowledge to the Baltimore Sun that they ordered officers not to engage rioters multiple times on the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral but said they did so to protect officers and citizens as they prioritized life over property. Regarding Charlottesville, Virginia altercations recently, there was a report in The Atlantic where mostly counter-protestors but some from both sides complained that the police could have been more proactive in preventing violence. The concept of allowing leftists to protest with some degree of violence as well as destruction of property without any interference from law enforcement is the new concept for freedom of speech. It is odd that while certain words are to be banned as offensive, destruction of stores and property can be considered an acceptable form of free speech, depending on your political preferences, of course.

 

No matter how one looks at things in the political and public spheres, the Overton Window is being slammed shut closing off that which will be acceptable and permitted. The concept is to strangle debate by making the individualist side of the argument considered obscene and disavowed from acceptable language while purporting that all things serving the state are great and fine and that the socialist venue to the point of allowing for universal powers to be aligned with the statists be considered freedom of speech. By closing out the debate and permitting such a one sided conversation in the public sphere and only the socialist agenda to be aired publicly the political class will be restricted in their ability to persuade and debate the issues honestly. This will lead to only one place, and then everyone will learn exactly what is meant by fascist because that will be exactly what kind of rule that will result. There will be the appearance of choice but there will be no choice as both parties, the Democrats and the Republicans will stand before you claiming to be completely different but finally agree that they had reached the stage they always desired, where the government instructs and the people simply cower and obey. They will have their all-powerful state and the people will have rid their lives of controversy, as only the one approved dialogue will exist, well, until an underground movement emerges selling freedom. We must keep the hope that the love of individual rights and true freedom never dies as should such happen it would be a world warned against in a book three thousand plus years ago. It is a very good book but it has fallen out of favor of late, which is really something to be sorry over.

 

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February 12, 2017

The Fascist Playbook is Being Repeated Now

 

There is a reason why the modern education system no longer teaches Civics or History and the classes they teach in these areas are tainted and deceitful. They decry the Founding Father of the United States as slave-owning white-privileged oppressive supremacists. They teach that the Constitution is not specific in its wording and must be interpreted for the modern age because they could not have imagined telephones and cars and jet planes and modernity. The Constitution is outdated and must be replaced with modern ideas. These ideas are the liberal playbook with the rules which are now ruling many universities. Ask students in many universities about the First Amendment and its guarantee of freedom of speech and you will hear that free speech is outdated and needs to be limited as much speech needs to be banned as some thoughts need to be silenced and no longer permitted. As the indoctrination system continues to replace education the rest of the Constitutional rights stipulated in the Bill of Rights will be eroded until they will disappear totally from the codes within the American culture. But the reasons go deeper as without knowledge about the true history and the processes used by previous totalitarian takeovers, it allows the opening for it to be repeated yet again. George Santayana was dead on correct when he stated that, “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

 

What history is the United States heading towards at a breakneck speed has struck many places before throughout human history. The technique has been utilized repeatedly and the first signs are already appearing. The initial step is for small bands of the party which is seeking permanent power to foment distrust and the legitimacy of the governing system. They claim that elections are tainted and that the current office holders fixed or tampered with the election often by using outside assistance from a perceived enemy power. This is followed by violent demonstrations which begin as localized often in areas controlled by those seeking to realize permanent power. The protests continue and soon become an expected and almost routine occurrence mostly in the largest cities. The authorities tend to allow the protests and allow some degree of violence which unfortunately is permitted. The criticism of the leader, the president, monarch, prime minister, any elected or appointed leader simply to denigrate respect for the ruling government is one of the main tactics utilized for overturning a government. Claims will be continued that the elections were rigged and there will be calls for a new election or simply the placing of a new appointed leader. The protests will grow and the attacks on the government will grow more and more pointed in the media controlled by the subversive elements. They will demand their rights while silencing all opposition. Much of the original demonstrations and violence will emanate from the Universities where the administrators and professors will be seen to stoke the emotions and lead the students to believing they are rescuing the nation from interlopers. This will continue to grow and soon the violence will become far more disruptive. This is when the escalation will become serious and those who have been planning the coup will start the real disruptive behavior even to the point of disrupting life for regular people who have nothing to do with the protests or the government and are just trying to get on with their lives.

 

Trump Demonizing Editorial Cartoon

Trump Demonizing Editorial Cartoon

 

The protests get to the point where people can no longer live their lives or the government needs to crack down and this brings forth accusations that the government is oppressing the people and must be replaced. There will be increasing attempts at disruption and the masses of protesters will become more difficult and violent sending raiding parties armed to fight when a new group will arise from the opposition of the ruling party promising they can end the rioting and demonstrations if only they are granted their rightful place as leaders of the government. They propose a new governance where they are granted extrajudicial powers and absolute power. These will be the leaders of the protests but will have remained removed from the protests and far from the violence. The people will be desperate and will demand new elections and will give this interloper and their core group the powers they demand. They will then turn on their own protesters, especially the rioters as they are considered expendable and actually now a danger to their maintaining power. They will send shock troops out and those who lead the rioting will be killed as will many of their followers and once this purge has been completed there is a new government and elections are a thing of the past. The new government is all about order and ridding the people of those who were truly responsible for the revolution which they saved the people from. The problem is it was their revolution from the start and it was executed just to give them power. This brought Generalissimo Francisco Franco to power, Benito Mussolini to power, Adolph Hitler to power and was how Lenin took power and Stalin after him. This has been the playbook of the fascists throughout history and it will be no different today because the youth they will use to take power never learned from the history they were never taught. The warning signs are all there but there are so few who will see them and those who will are those old people who are so stupid and from back then in the evil times and know nothing. That is how they will be excused and there is a distinct possibility that the older people will be rounded up and placed where they can be taken care of by the new government for their own safety.

 

There will be another casualty this time just as it has always been. The Communists despised these people. The Nazis despised these people. This has been the target for elimination by every totalitarian system since Rome. These people have survived despite near constant persecution and have gained a strong ally in the past few centuries. The originating principles came from Judaism and were preached in early Christianity before Christianity was politicized. Rome took Christianity and for almost fifteen-hundred years the Church was used as a weapon against the people. The Church lorded over the people often warring with Kings for power. The scientific revolution and industrial revolution brought new ideas of empowerment for the people initially out of England then Europe and finally making a permanent statement in the United States. Christianity reluctantly accepted a separation between the Church and political power. The unfortunate thing and the central problem is there are still those who seek ultimate and complete power and wish to subjugate their fellow people. Those seeking such power believe they know what is right and what is wrong and only they have the true understanding and thus must be placed over the rest of humanity. They also cannot allow for the Judeo-Christian ethos which believes in the nobleness of humanity and that people should have the power over their own lives to survive as it poses a direct threat to their power. This is the reason they do not believe in freedom of speech and they will not allow for religion as it is understood in the developed world because religion believes and promotes the moral character with respect for the other and for the rights of all. The fascist only believe in their superiority and their all-knowing ideas of what constitutes a perfect society. For them a perfect society is relegated to a strict set of rules which are absolutes and are enforced almost with a viciousness which is highly oppressive. Once these people take power the media is totally censored and controlled, all information comes directly from a central source and the people are watched with suspicion that they will turn at a moment’s opportunity. The reality is that eventually the people will turn and freedom will return, just not for at least two or three generations.

 

Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance

Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance

 

Above is what is known as the “Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance” which was originated by Scottish historian Alexander Tytler who studied the rise and fall of freedom and its subsequent loss. Reading the cycle from any one point the sequence appears to make some sense. The problem is many people feel that this cycle can be broken and that in a modern society there is no way that freedom can be erased as the people would never stand for such. They would never vote in any people who promised to subjugate them. They are correct but what if the situation calls for the return of social order and a return to what they are promised is life as they knew it. The situation is as described above where societal order has been completely disrupted by subversive forces similarly to what is occurring on college campuses and certain large cities but in a far more generalized and systemized equation of violence. Then some respected political figure which the people recognize and trust, say former President Clinton or former President Obama or even someone like “name your favorite progressive political figure” takes the lead enacting Marshal Law and that is the end of freedom. Even if this candidate does not intend to imperil the freedoms of the people, there will be one who follows along soon thereafter who will subjugate the public. This might even come about through assassinating the initial public figure who really did intend to return the governance to the Constitution or whatever system was temporarily interrupted while public order was restored. The subsequent capture and very public move towards a trial will have the media blaming those who were the supporters of the former leader who was replaced to bring order. Of course the actual assassin was from the side of those taking power and never planning on returning the power to the people and they will have a second assassin who will murder the person who murdered their initial ruler. This will remove any possibility of questions being sought and answered and the truth coming out revealing the entire façade being used to steal the governance and oppress the people. This second assassin will also be suicidal and will kill themselves thus tying up all the loose ends and should they not commit suicide, well, they could always die in a shootout when they were being captured. That scenario can come about whether they are shooting or not as who is going to doubt the police when the media fully backs their version of events. Watch events and be afraid. Is the loss of freedom inevitable? We cannot truthfully answer that but history shows a very poor track record. Remember that Rome was initially a republic where the citizens voted and after the assassination of Caesar it all came to an abrupt halt and every following leader declared themselves to be Caesar, interesting. After World War I Germany was initially ruled by the Wiemar Republic, that is before it fell to the Nazis in much the steps reviewed above. To fully understand the Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance one must study history, lots of history, just as had Alexander Tytler. We never said it would be fun. Still, it will not hopefully happen soon unless the people become even more complacent and apathetic. After all, not everyone is dependent, but that is not actually required and the United States has its full share of bread and circuses, like Super Bowl anyone?

 

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