Mirror, mirror, hung on wall
Are we really worst of all?

The Republicans are following our lead, apparently.

It’s been a time of near-silence on the western front as far as we’re concerned. I know, I know, this is surely only to be expected as a result of two factors: the pandemic striding the globe, ruining lives and business in previously unthinkable numbers, and the elections in the US, two events that push everything else off the pages of the news. Both, as we can witness, especially in the “liberal” media, involve switching between hand-wringing, accusing governments of not doing enough of the right thing, and flinging buckets of bile in the direction of the incumbent US President.

But, don’t get me wrong…I’m not complaining that we’ve been removed from the crosshairs. No siree, Bod, that’s fine with us.

We can get used to a situation where the number of “liberals” working themselves up into near stroke status due to their own lies is reduced to as near to zero as possible.
We can get used to a situation where the number of “liberals” working themselves up into near stroke status due to their own lies is reduced to as near to zero as possible.

That said, I was intrigued by the lack of reprimands being stamped onto the faces of the Central Europeans. However, I laid the blame for this, naturally enough, at the door of the coronavirus and the US elections. It’s not every day that events of such magnitude show their faces. Events of such magnitude that even “liberal” journalists found themselves unable to supplant it with their usual assaults on their favourite targets.

There’s obviously been a bit of a respite in the blanket coverage of the coronavirus, not that I noticed, but there must have been a dip, because nothing else would explain the fact that the wall of noise that the virus created must have slipped a bit. Enough for someone to have a go at pulling together the threads of autocracy, and the desire for total power and control across the globe.

And so, a piece published in The Guardian on Tuesday, 27th October 2020, turns the tables a wee bit by claiming that, according to a new study, the Republican party has started to morph in the direction of autocratic countries in…wait for it, wait for it…yes, you guessed: Hungary and Turkey. Two hoary old chestnuts of the liberal journalistas (both male, female, undecided, and “it depends on the weather”).

 
So, it’s all coming together. The only thing missing is the coronavirus, but, at this stage it appears that the editors are still reluctant to go so far as to say that the virus is, in fact, as was long-suspected, primarily due to Hungary, Turkey, and the Republican party. It appears that we might have to wait for that revelation.

Anyway, the study concerned, carried out by the V-Dem (does that stand for “Very Democratic”?) Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Yes, in a country which, as we all know, has no problems, has never had any problems, and in fact doesn’t even have a word for “problem” in its language. Further, this land is one of the few locations to be found in this world where everyone leads a happy, pastoral existence and there are no such things as no-go zones.

All right, so…we all know where we are, don’t we? Yes. Cloud-fucking-cuckoo land, it would appear.
All right, so…we all know where we are, don’t we? Yes. Cloud-fucking-cuckoo land, it would appear.

Now, we’ve got all the usual sentences to stir us into a flurry of excitement:

"The new study, the largest ever of its kind, was carried out by the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, using newly developed methods to measure and quantify the health of the world’s democracies at a time when authoritarianism is on the rise".

Well then. What else is there to be said? Well, for one thing, the article claims that the Republicans have taken to demonising and encouraging violence against its opponents. Bloody Hell, that’s a fair accusation so soon after teatime, isn’t it? I seem to have missed Donald handing out baseball bats and the like, whipping his supporters up into a frenzy so that they run through the streets, ransacking all that lies before them. I have seen images of things along those lines, but…well, that didn’t seem to be so Republican.

What else? Well, the GOP has been picking up hints from ruling nationalist parties in Hungary, India, Poland, and Turkey. Come on…you can’t have it both ways, can you? No. Whenever there’s an election in India, we hear nothing apart from the fact that we should be paying more attention to this great event, the movement of the largest democracy in the world, than we do to the US elections. OK, and now this? So, now that the largest democracy in the world has elected a nationalist party to power. Something, let’s not forget, the electorate of India did, as is their undeniable right, The Guardian and its mates start to get all sniffy?

For fuck’s sake. You can’t keep changing the rules to suit your weathervane of a political personality. Let the people decide. If you forever cry “foul” from the sidelines, then you’re just an updated colonialist, trying to educate the heathens, aren’t you? You may well despise those who created an empire by force, but you’re trying to do the same thing, aren’t you?
For fuck’s sake. You can’t keep changing the rules to suit your weathervane of a political personality. Let the people decide. If you forever cry “foul” from the sidelines, then you’re just an updated colonialist, trying to educate the heathens, aren’t you? You may well despise those who created an empire by force, but you’re trying to do the same thing, aren’t you?

Okay, there’s enough here for more space than I can find on the internet, so I’ll touch on one more thing, and be off.

The study, published on Monday, shows the party has followed a similar trajectory to Fidesz, which under Viktor Orbán has evolved from a liberal youth movement into an authoritarian party that has made Hungary the first non-democracy in the European Union.

Oh, what? Seriously? Jesus wept.

All right, I know I said I’d let you go, and I shall. But there’s so much shite in this article, that I’m going to come back to it. There’s a mountain of shite waiting to astonish you. Next time.