Learning from the Victorious Left

What techniques have brought the Left the total cultural domination they enjoy today?

Of the past few months of bitter defeat for conservatives, perhaps the most sickeningly nauseating was to watch and hear the obsequious fawning of our unanimous "news" media over the assumption to power of St. Joe Biden the Immaculate.  The worshipful language for liberal Democrats we first saw in Chris Matthews' infamous "thrill going up my leg" on hearing Mr. Obama's utterly forgettable rhetoric has now metastasized throughout the commentariat.  We can be grateful, I suppose, that they didn't compare Biden's inauguration to Stalin's hanging of the hammer and sickle over the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945.

In the mainstream press, which is to say the official far-left propaganda organs, these views were unanimous.  Salvation was at hand! And Joe Biden lived up to these high expectations: within days, he'd issued more executive orders than most previous presidents did in their entire term, with the specific goal of wiping out every single Trump accomplishment, including his record high employment rates for working-class American by summarily destroying thousands of well-paying union construction jobs.

In a way, the reaction was vaguely reminiscent of that of conservatives four years ago: immense relief that the horrors of the opposition would not be fulfilled, and that the chief symbolic enemy was banished - Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit in 2016, and now Literally Hitler Orange Man Bad.

Yet while conservatives in 2016 dropped to their knees to thank the Almighty for their salvation and expressed tears of gratitude for everything Donald Trump did to benefit their side - a not unreasonable reaction, considering that he's the first Republican president since Reagan who did much of that, indeed arguably even more so than the Gipper - it's quite striking to see the reaction of the true Left to the elevation to power of, without question, the farthest left administration America has ever seen.

Are they happy?  Not a bit!  Consider this recent sampling of headlines from lefty rags we read so you don't have to:

"Struggling Cities and States Shouldn't Pay the Price for Federal Bipartisanship" - or, put another way, Joe Biden needs to ram through a bailout for decades of misgovernance by blue states, to be paid for by red states that didn't spend money like drunken sailors.

"The New Environmentalism Must Demand Systemic Change" - or, canceling Keystone XL and throwing thousands of working-class Americans out on the street is just the barest scraping of the surface of demanded damage.

Most explicit of all:

"A Return to "Normal" Under Biden Is Not Good Enough. We Must Demand More."

Demands and the Overton Window

What's the lesson to be learned here?  The Left isn't exulting in victory.  They barely even breathed a sigh of relief.  Not for them pathetic gratefulness for a few scraps!

No.  Listen to Communist anti-Semite Angela Davis explain why a vote for Joe Biden was so important: he is the candidate "who can be most effectively pressured" by the left.

Put another way: Ms. Davis did not expect "China Joe" Biden to go full Stalin on his own.  She saw it as her job to push, shove, plead, and cajole him into doing so, whereas Donald Trump at best ignored her.  More nicely, the task of her and her allies on the streets is to create the political conditions where Mr. Biden can get away with doing more of what they want.

We see this happening with the response to the Capitol riot.  American now has conservative political prisoners, who at best committed misdemeanors but are being held without bail while BLM rioters are let free on bail paid for by Kamala Harris.  This was made possible of media propagandists casting the false-flag January 6th incident as an "insurrection," as distinct from the months of "mostly peaceful" arson attacks and dozens of murders committed by BLM.

We've often talked about the Overton Window of the politically possible.  The left has used this concept for decades, carefully seeding their goals into discussion well in advance so they can work their way from "unthinkable" to "radical" to "acceptable" and then be enacted.  Three months ago, talks of sending one's political opponents to re-education camps would have been "unthinkable," but now it's somewhere on the outer edge of "acceptable," at least in the sense that it's argued for in mainstream publications by respected officials.

Never have we seen so clearly yet another reason why conservatives are mostly polite losers.  Donald Trump, all by his lonesome, moved the Overton Window to the point where building hundreds of miles of serious border wall was not only politically possible, but in fact took place.  We admired and honored him for it, as well he deserved.

But - why didn't we do a better job of learning from his example?  If we'd thought to publish the following in February 2017, it would have been roughly the equivalent of what the left is doing now:

Having an American patriot in the White House is, of course, a massive improvement over the last eight years of blame-America-first and global apology tours.  President Trump deserves tremendous credit for almost singlehandedly demanding that the United States have what every single other functioning nation on earth enjoys as by natural right: a strictly enforced border.

As essential and fundamental as that is, though, by itself it will only scratch the surface of our problems with illegal immigration.  Yes, a real wall would help deter any number of would-be invaders.  What, though, of the estimated 30 million lawbreakers who are already here?

That sounds like a vast number, and it is - but like eating a whale, it can be attacked one bite at a time.  We have at least four years to enjoy a President who understands the fundamental importance of America's territorial integrity, and is proving himself willing and able to take what steps he can to enforce it. That's 1,460 days.

We could return the 30 million illegals occupying these United States within that time if we wanted to.  Divide by the number of days - we'd need to remove only 20,500 per day.  We could accomplish this with less than 100 jumbo jets, and there are at least that many already sitting around in the desert unused.

We have Air Force pilots certified on flying large aircraft; we have Air Force mechanics certified to repair them; our nation's air system already moves more than two million passengers daily.  This is a mere 1% of that - less than the amount air traffic increased between last year and this year.

Now, would Mr. Trump have actually done this?  Who knows?  Nobody asked him to.

Suppose we had, and he'd tried? The media and the left - but I repeat myself - would have screamed bloody murder. They would have called him literally Hitler.  They would have rioted in the streets and blockaded courthouses.

Wait a minute - they did all that anyway.  What difference would it have made if we'd tried to really do something to make them mad?  None whatsoever.

So why didn't we?  More to the point, why didn't it even occur to us to try a little Overton-window-shoving of our own?

Losers Must Learn From Winners

Yes, it is our firm belief that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president who benefited from a stolen election.  That matters not one whit: he's the one sitting in the White House wielding a pen and a phone.  He won, completely, in the only way that matters.

No, we aren't going to go out rioting and burning down buildings.  The Left already knows that works, which is why they're prepared to machine-gun conservatives if we ever tried it.

If we want to start winning, though, it's essential to learn from those who are already doing so.  Donald Trump won once and accomplished much; we'll be learning from him for a long time.

The Left wins, not by singular extraordinary individuals, but in vast overwhelming throngs.  If we're to have any hope of combating them, we can't simply pray for another hero; we must study the successful techniques of their nobodies, and figure out how to use them in a way that's consistent with our beliefs.

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other Scragged.com articles by Petrarch or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments

Sadly the write is accurate.

However, ignored are the consequences that the Left is creating. They are purposely pushing the conservatives into a position which given a bit of time will result in an uncivil war and then claim the moral high ground with their ridiculous fascist and communist BS and nonsense and ignore that they CREATED THE SITUATION & REFUSED TO ALLOW dissenting opinion...the are doing this so they have the "right" to do anything they want to conservatives. Violence, executions, reprogramming whatever.....will be on the table.

It is headed that way and doubtful this can be stopped.

February 10, 2021 5:33 PM

My 2 cents..... it's too late.....far far far, too late. It's like when you hear about someone recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer....by the time the doctors find and realize the person has that form of cancer, it's most often, too late. I mean no offense to anyone who has cancer or has a loved one that has died of cancer. I'm pointing out that starting to fight back now, even using the lefts tactics, will take at least as many years as they have been doing it and that means long after I'm dead and gone. And that's "if", and it's a huge if, if it worked. One can never put the genie back in the bottle once the genie has been released.
I'm not advocating doing nothing or not doing what the left does, I'm merely pointing out, like the person with pancreatic cancer, there's probably nothing that can be done to stop it. Maybe we can slow it down. Maybe we can keep it localized in the liberal cities in the northeast and west coast. Maybe, like I am going to do, we will all relocate to areas of the country where us and people like us, conservative Christians, are the majority.
The problem as I see it, is that without DJT, there's no one to be the face and represent us, rally us, lead us. And when "we" say "we", realize that 99% of the republican members of the uniparty in dc, as well as republicans in state legislatures, are absolutely NOT, part of "we". They are part of the "them"....as in "us/we" AGAINST "them".
Same with the supreme court so far too. Cant count on them holding up our rights.
An additional roadblock is that "we" have morals and ethics and I'm not sure how many of us would condone or advocate for the level of lying and cheating that the left does, has done, and always will do. We naively believed "they" would adhere to, and comply with, the rule book, namely the US Constitution. Uh....no....the left won't comply, nor will the dc uniparty comply. They will always, always, always, look out for themselves, and never look out for us. Just turn on Fox News and you'll get all the evidence you need.
Whatever "this" is that we are experiencing in society and life in the US, isn't going away anytime soon in my opinion. I hope it does. I hope someone comes on the scene and rally's the country back to capitalism and the Constitution. In the meantime, I'm heading to a red state where I can live with and near likeminded people and also pay much lower taxes....always a good thing.

February 10, 2021 10:25 PM


February 11, 2021 12:19 AM

Some lefties are pushing back


This is an argument about three words: "Regardless of intent." Should intent be the only thing that counts in judgment? Obviously not. Can people do painful, harmful, stupid or objectionable things regardless of intent? Obviously.

Do any of us want to live in a world, or work in a field, where intent is categorically ruled out as a mitigating factor? I hope not.


Journalism as a humanistic enterprise - as opposed to hack work or propaganda - does these things in order to teach both its practitioners and consumers to be thoughtful. There is an elementary difference between citing a word for the purpose of knowledge and understanding and using the same word for the purpose of insult and harm. Lose this distinction, and you also lose the ability to understand the things you are supposed to be educated to oppose.

No wonder The Times has never previously been shy about citing racial slurs in order to explain a point. Here is a famous quote by the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater that has appeared at least seven times in The Times, most recently in 2019, precisely because it powerfully illuminates the mindset of a crucial political player.

"You start out in 1954 by saying, 'Nigger, nigger, nigger.' By 1968 you can't say 'nigger' - that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, 'forced busing,' 'states' rights' and all that stuff."


There are many people - I include myself among them - who think that hardcore anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism. That's also official policy at the State Department and the British Labour Party. If anti-Semitism is a form of racism, and racist language is intolerable at The Times, might we someday forbid not only advocacy of anti-Zionist ideas, but even refuse to allow them to be discussed?

The idea is absurd. But that's the terrain we now risk entering.

We are living in a period of competing moral certitudes, of people who are awfully sure they're right and fully prepared to be awful about it. Hence the culture of cancellations, firings, public humiliations and increasingly unforgiving judgments. The role of good journalism should be to lead us out of this dark defile. Last week, we went deeper into it.

February 12, 2021 6:11 PM
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