Listen now (21 mins) | The pendulum is swinging. The country is in chaos. Their empire is collapsing.
I remember that “binders full of women” question put to Mitt Romney in the presidential debate. The first thing I thought was what it had to do with anything in terms of governing the country. In my mind, it was “who cares?” but of course it cut Romney off at the knees, which was its true purpose. And Romney was not what you’d call the best GOP candidate in the first place. He collapsed like a cheap suit again and again. His attempt to nail Obama on Benghazi seemed to work for a fleeting second, but his backing off the subject immediately afterward told me all I needed to know about him and the Democrats and how they were more alike in outlook than anyone (especially the national GOP) cared to admit. One reason Trump was such a breath of fresh air was that he saw through the Democrats’ BS and called them out on it every single time. And that changed everything. Trump gave voice to what a lot of Americans knew in their hearts but couldn’t articulate and couldn’t really do anything about: throw the Democrats’ idiocy right back in their faces and force them to defend it.
Sasha, you nailed it.
You collect so much amazing information from more sources than I could find If I looked all day every day.
And you thread it all together to create an amazingly clear and powerful argument that goes beyond many other analysts.
By the end of your pieces I’m left thinking, “This is so obvious. I must forward this article right now.”
Sasha Stone, once again, presses her finger to the nerve. What a voice.
Also, the link to the Desmet interview: priceless. I'd never heard of the guy before but I ordered his book just a few minutes into the interview, which should not be missed.
But.... for those of us who situate ourselves on the right: if we read Sasha with a sense of triumph then we might be as twisted up as Joy Behar and all the other sad ideological captives of the current mania. Sasha matters because she belongs to that sliver of the population Mattias Desmet describes who don’t just refuse to pretend lies are truths but who insist on saying so - out loud - again and again - to her friends and her own natural allies.
We humans love the adrenaline of righteous indignation. It’s easy to feel. It bonds us to our comrades. How many of us love the truth first and foremost? The place to be brave is with our friends, not our adversaries. Her example should make us very, very uncomfortable, especially if we agree with her.
I thought the democrat were going to “soul search” after trump won in 2016. They didn’t. They became more totalitarian then ever. What will happen if Trump wins in 2024? I can’t imagine this country can handle the Democrat rage. I’m worried about that and pray we get DeSantis instead. But Trump only wants vindication so he will never back down. We’re in scary times
My belief is that the Democrats haven't campaigned with the strategy of winning elections by putting a desirable platform together and getting electors to vote for it for thirty years or more. They've turned more and more to figuring out how to play the angles of propaganda and voter laws. It's not even important to follow the election laws, just win at all cost.
I'll add, that diplomacy hasn't been practiced in Congress since 2006 when Nancy and Harry attained power. You might recall that Nancy proclaimed that the Bush Presidency ended that day. I think the last substantial diplomatic piece of legislation was the No Child Left Behind act that Kennedy and Bush pushed through.
Anymore if a bill makes it through Congress, it's either a routine spending bill both sides wants, or it's a scorched earth party line vote. More likely it's a backdoor maneuver through the regulatory agencies or courts. Nancy and Harry destroyed bi-partisan legislating. Thank God our SDCOTUS is trying to nail shut the back door.
I read this and I hope the N.Y. Post or other publications are going to reprint it like they do at times. Your voice is clear, intelligent and precise, Sasha. It's a pleasure to read not just because I agree with it -- it's a pleasure to read because it's intelligently written.
I agree the pendulum is swinging -- as you know I thought abortion was going to kill the chances of getting some of these woke hucksters out of office -- I'm hopeful that the trend and tide is turning back to where it was before someone leaked that decision.
Here in N.Y. I'm very hopeful we're going to get a Republican governor. I know Brooklyn is going to do everything it can to stop that, but there's still a lot of pissed off people in my state who see what the Democratic policies have done to NYC and the surrounding areas. If we don't fight back at the polls now, it's never going to happen.
This isn't about abortion rights. This isn't about systemic racism. This is about what kind of country you want to live in. Do you want to feel safe and have laws matter or do you want this free-for-all to continue? I know where I stand. I'm a temporary Republican this Nov. 8th. I want a message sent to the Twitter hive. And then I want Elon to complete the purchase of that toxic mess and watch the chaos ensue. That platform is deciding more things in our country than it deserves the right to and it needs to stop. Once we all turn on social media and begin speaking to one another again, we might actually work together on making our communities and country a better place to live for everyone.
Sasha, I just can't see the left allowing the Republicans to take their power. They have committed Mafia level crimes. They are evil, not stupid. I will hold by breath until November 8th is over.
That NYT poll also showed 59% of people thinking "The mainstream media" is the major threat to democracy, far more than any other major threat, including Trump. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/10/18/upshot/times-siena-poll-registered-voters-crosstabs.html
I’m not worried about the state of democracy, given that we are allowed to have different preferences for who runs the government and how. I am worried that thatDems seem to be okay with voter fraud and keep trying to find ways to have more of it. Most REPs I know just want clean and fair elections, regardless of who wins. It’s really about the fairness aspect. The Dems only seem to care about fraud when their candidates lose. (Remember 2000 and 2016)…And they’ve lost their minds on the culture stuff.
A lot of us voted for the Donald because both parties have failed us bigly. And the GOP was dumb enough to allow enough of its party members to get disgruntled with the ‘official’ party positions on a lot of issues. Don’t say it’s a big tent, if some of your members really aren’t wanted in the tent. Not my fault the GOP mostly went around ignoring and disparaging many of their own voters for years. Culture matters to people.
If all you’ve got is vote Dem or else, then I’ll choose ‘or else’ at this point. The GOP isn’t the only ‘or else’ choice either. If I don’t vote for a Dem it doesn’t mean democracy is dead or dying. Freedom doesn’t mean agreeing with your neighbors 100% of the time. Geez. The Dems need to get over themselves. The arrogance is just gross at this point.
Go Sasha! I have learned so much from your insights. The organized, clear and comprehensive way you explain complex trends really helps me better understand the world. Ty.
It’s baffling that anyone listened to these people, much less the legions they put together online. I’m all for social experimentation, but the issue is how to unwind the lunacy after we let it spiral like this. Voting is the only resource left.
Nov 8 is going to be a bloodbath for the Democrats politically.
You might be right about 2023 being another year of lunacy. It's what these people do. They might want to think hard about trying it again.
"America continues to fracture, not Left or Right, not Blue or Red but real-life America vs. America online"
I have never thought of it this way, appreciate the insight!
Republicans may not represent your values, but we WILL provide a safe and free environment to nurture them and prosper. In the end, that is really what Trump did, among others like DeSantis.
Great summary Ms. Stone. Unfortunately, my suspicion is many conservatives are going to be very disappointed on the morning of 9 November. Democrats learned a lot about being unprepared for unexpected events in 2016. They will never make that mistake again. Early voting allows Democrats to track where elections stand before election day and how many ballots need to be "harvested". Some Dems will have to be sacrificed to make the election look legit. That will not be the case. Case and point: Kari Lake, under no circumstances will be allowed to win. She represents everything they fear: MAGA. Hobbs doesn't debate or engage Lake. Why? She's been the AZ Sec. of State. She knows how the big steal works. Prepare to be disappointed.
This is one of the best synopses that I've read in recent memory about the collective, self-induced nightmare on the left. The truly sad thing is that, when Democrats lose control of Congress in the mid-terms and eventually the White House in 2024, they won't do any soul-searching about the cause. They'll blame anything other than their ridiculous leftward drift: It must be the knuckle-dragging philistines voting against their self-interest; it's racists; it's Russia, Russia, Russia; it's misogynists; it's GOP cheating; blah, blah, blah. I agree with your assessment that it's reality vs. leftists online. The fundamental problem for them is that their policies are horrible and only cause chaos. The American people will tolerate chaos when it's in the national interest for a short time but, eventually, when they can't pay for groceries or gas or college education, the party in power is going to fall. I don't care how much you fear climate change or reduced access to abortion; eventually, kitchen table issues win.