The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Omertå and Sturmabteilung

In its heyday, the Mafia survived and prospered because of omertå—the code of silence. 

Omertå has been adopted by the main stream media who over the past decade have become nothing more than Democratic Party operatives. They hide behind the phony patina of "journalism" to suggest that they are unbiased, objective, and honest. They are none of those things.  They remain largely silent whenever news that conflicts with the prevailing progressive or Democrat narrative occurs.

For example, had mail in ballots been suggested by the GOP and opposed by the Dems, the disastrous results of mail-in ballot elections in NY, NJ, and VA would be headline news. But because the Dems desperately need mail-in to have any chance at winning in the fall, the media has imposed the omertå code when it comes to reporting on the results of those mail-in elections. The Dems and their trained hamsters are also aggressively promoting the mail-in ballot hoax.* If Donald Trump wins, all we'll hear for the next four years is that Trump subverted the vote by stealing mailboxes. It's so ridiculous it would be funny, if it wasn't so cynical and dishonest.

But it's far more than just the upcoming election. Roger Simon falls in the trap of using Nazi metaphors, but he's on to something when he writes:

For those who have had an, alas, typical American education and are unfamiliar with Kristallnacht (“Crystal Night”) when Hitler’s paramilitary “Sturmabteilung” (SA), literally Storm Detachment, broke a lot more than windows on Nov. 9-10, 1938. Here’s just a few words of description from Wikipedia:

“Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were ransacked as attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over 7,000 Jewish businesses were damaged or destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.”

Though lasting but two days, what happened was horrifying. Then, as we know, it got worse. Unchecked, these things tend to.

America has been in its own version of Crystal Night for many months now from broken windows to looting to destruction of myriad stores and other places of business, police stations, and government edifices, not to mention considerable physical harm to persons.

Although not yet of Nazi (i.e., National Socialist) proportions, it’s pretty bad and doesn’t seem to be getting better.

For the most part, nothing is being done about it, especially on the state and municipal levels. As in Nazi Germany, it is unchecked.

I think at some subliminal level, the vast majority of Americans recognize that the "mostly peaceful protestors" who have besieged places like Portland, Seattle, NYC, and Chicago are neither "mostly peace" nor overcome with their desire to see past racial prejudices eliminated. They are leftists and anarchists who want to create chaos as a precursor to their dreams of revolution and transformation. Worse, these leftist thugs are being covertly supported by many Democrats (and most media types) who are afraid that their woke credentials will be tarnished if they call them out.

It's inaccurate to compare groups like antifa or BLM to the Sturmabteilung. But that doesn't mean they're not dangerous and don't pose a long-term threat implied by Simon. Imagine for a moment that Biden and the Dems win in November. The "mostly peaceful protesters" will view that as validation of their "mostly peaceful" riots. After all, arson, theft, and violence would be seen as effective strategies by the crazies. As a consequence, it's likely  we'll see much more of it over the following four years. After all, their "revolution" has not yet arrived and they certainly won't stop just because a cognitively disabled president is at the reins. Vive la révolution.

From now until November, the media's code of omertå will be applied to every news story that might hurt the Biden-Harris ticket. That will undoubtedly include new about "mostly peaceful protests" that occur in blue cities, Joe's rapidly accelerating cognitive decline, and the whiff of scandal that follows Biden and Harris.  It will also include any news that might convince the public that the COVID-19 threat has passed and life can begin to return to normal. The Dems desperately need to keep schools closed, businesses shuttered, and people masked and uneasy.

But you know what? Even though the trained hamsters in the media will remain silent about anything that might hurt their Democrat candidates, I don't think the broader electorate will do so on November 3rd. 

Pushback is coming.


In the words of Instapundit's Glen Reynolds: "It's really kind of impressive how [the Dems] shift seamlessly from one hysterical conspiracy theory to another."

Here's one of the people who will gladly support the leftists who will control Joe Biden's every move should he be elected:

Absolutely insane, but then again, I'm certain Rep. DeFazio is convinced that the Russians are hiding under Donald Trump's desk, that there was no attempt by the FBI to subvert Trump's presidency, and that keeping schools and businesses closed is the right course of action because ... "safety." 

The Cheshire Cat smiles.