In a recent commentary, we discussed the irreparable nature of the division of the once proud and strong federation called the United States of America.
I suggested that any actions that could reunite – unify – these States are anathema and intolerable. Especially to a lover of liberty.
Here are some thoughts about just what those courses of action could be. I don’t think any of us will like them very much. But that is what happens when a republic – and a federal republic, a federation at that – decays into a democracy and that democracy slides into mob rule. (In both senses: the street mob AND the Mob as in organized crime.) Especially when that republic had fatal flaws to begin with.
But the new Massa, as of 20 January, has made it clear that he intends to “unify” the people of the Fifty States and the two new ones to be added post-haste. And who knows, maybe he can unify “We, the People.” Not just citizens, but the 11 (or more) million border jumpers we know about. And whomever else Biden, his cronies, his backers, and above all his controllers want.
I am talking about unifying the people that now live in the Fifty States. And unity in the sense that a single government claims sovereignty over the lands over which the Stars and Stripes now flies – and claims sovereignty. I don’t see any of these action as restoring unity by restoring the Union of States – a federal republic or republican federation, under the Constitution of 1787.
Good ole Uncle Joe has several models he can follow.
First, let us consider Uncle Adolph’s solution to disunity. FORCE unity of an entire people by establishing a totalitarian, centralized socialist dictatorship. Uncle Adolph had one for a whole dozen years, which ultimately ended with the deaths of a very large percentage of the population, theft of massive amounts of land, and a national stigma that has lasted (so far) three-quarters of a century. All you have is a “little breakage” of people who don’t break mentally. (And of course, the odd religious group or “race.”)
Second, let us consider the South African solution: apartheid and Bantustans. Other countries have tried some version of this to split out disputing and rival groups. It isn’t always based on race, although one of the other modern example is the division between Turks and Greeks (as much religious as anything) on Cyprus, and the divisions between “Palestinian Arabs” and Israelis (and other Arabs) in Gaza and Judea and Samaria. Usually, one group actually runs the country and those squirreled away in special districts are “protected” or “under guardianship” or a “dependent ‘sovereign’ nation.”
Third, let us think about the Soviet/Chinese/Khymer Rouge solution. (Of course, Uncle Adolf as well as Uncle Joe (Stalin, not Biden) did this one.) Simply put, “killing fields.” Of course Joe Stalin didn’t mow down a lot with gunfire (or gas, as did Adolf). Joe and Vladimir Lenin starved a lot of the kulaks to death, and banished them to Siberia to be frozen, starved, worked to death, or eaten by bears and wolves. What is left is a unified populace, more or less – unified in terror if nothing else.
Fourth, do we remember how wars are often started with the intent of unifying a country? One of the reasons for the Crusades (which were actually initially a defensive war) was to bring peace (and therefore hopefully united) to Roman Catholic Europe. But you have to be careful to choose the RIGHT enemy, or you end up with the Home Theatre during the US phase (Vietnam War) of the Great Southeastern Asian War. Or the result of Mohammad’s great Jihad to unite the Arab tribes and end their fighting. (Not only did they then proceed to fight pretty much the whole world, but they kept fighting internally.
Fifth, massive brainwashing – oops, excuse me – reeducation and reorientation. With some method of dealing with those for whom the reeducation does not work. Whatever that might be (see above). Of course, to do that, the fully totalitarian, fascist/communist state must be completely in charge. Mental health will be the excuse, of course. All us peons and hicks who refuse to do our civic duty and submit to our betters are mentally incompetent and must be protected. Especially from ourselves. This has become more and more common, and it has a great track record in the Soviet Union – and perhaps in Venezuela and Cuba.
Of course, good ole creepy Uncle Joe has an ego that can match (even exceed) that of The Donald. After all, didn’t he just get the most votes any candidate for Massa ever got in all history? (Or should I put “votes” in quotation marks?) With the worst campaign since Harding did most of his campaigning from his front porch? With the shortest coattails that any candidate ever had? And after admitting that voter fraud was a key component of his election effort?
Of course he can unify 345 million people: One nation, one people!!!
Except that he won’t – there will be some of us who just won’t bend the knee and bow our heads. Of whatever political flavor we are. It is not enough to say, “it won’t be easy.” It will be as hard as anything Pharaoh faced with a loud “I quit” from 2 million Hebrew slaves.
And a lot less fun.