That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.
Antony and Cleopatra,  Act 1, Scene 2

Unsilent Truth
November 6, 2017

The preening silence of Donna Brazile

“Come fish with me, said the fisherman to the worm”


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Donna Brazile's article in Politico in which she tells us how she discovered that the Clinton campaign was controlling the Democratic National Committee has already gotten loads of play on the Internet and on talk radio. No doubt the book from which it is excerpted will excite much more comment. It is written by the woman who crafted one lie after another for Al Gore in 2000 and who secretly passed on questions to Hillary Clinton for the primary debates with Bernie Sanders.

In the story, she presents herself as a sensitive, shocked, and, yes, heartbroken seeker of justice and truth, even presciently telling Sanders that she did not trust the polls that showed Clinton to be ahead. She no doubt wishes that we would all just forget about the unrepentant role she played in the corruption of the primary process and about her betrayal of Bernie Sanders.

What may get lost in the discussion is that Brazile discovered her proof (and passed it on to Sanders) before the election was held. Ever the party hack, she urged Sanders to soldier on and try to get his minions out there to vote for Clinton. It seems not to have occurred to her or to Sanders that the information may have been of some interest to voters.

Can there be any doubt that a similar discovery emerging from the Republican National Committee would have been trumpeted from the housetops? One is reminded that Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh indicted George H.W. Bush's former secretary of defense, Caspar Weinberger, a week before the 1992 election, very likely putting an end to the "momentum" that Bush was then enjoying in the polls against candidate Bill Clinton. (Even Bill Clinton's lawyer Lanny Davis — a man not noted for objective analyses during the months leading up to Clinton's impeachment and during the hearings themselves — thought the indictment "bizarre.")

Let us also not forget that the columnist Nicholas von Hoffman (a 10-year veteran "community organizer" with Saul Alinsky) wrote that everyone in the media knew about John Kennedy's disgusting appetites and exploitation of the girls known as "Fiddle" and "Faddle." They chose not to report on any of it, however, not so much from a decent respect for the sensibilities of the American people and the fairy tales they live by, as from their own "like" (von Hoffman's word) for Kennedy and their desire that he be elected.

In the early years of their movement, Progressives told us that it was necessary to change the American system so that it was more responsive to the needs and wishes of "the people." What they did not tell us was that they would be the ones to manipulate and direct ("nudge" is the polite term these days) the people into needing and desiring the "correct" things.

One of their tools is the self-serving silence of the media and preening bloviators such as Brazile.

The lack of honor and the audacious dishonesty of the modern Left (as opposed to the cowardice and comparatively innocent power-hunger of the modern Right) have become breath-taking. During the Obama years, we often heard of the role Alinsky had played in the shaping of modern political action. Some may say that its real father is Herbert Marcuse. ("Years hence, perhaps, may dawn an age, more fortunate, alas! than we" in which we can erect monuments to both him and Alinsky to replace those being torn down.) But surely pride of place should go to Bertolt ("The more innocent they are, the more they deserve to be shot") Brecht. He gave us a number of insights — sometimes just phases — that help us understand the world as it has become:

Though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.

Planned caprice (cf. Ludwig von Mises's "Planned Chaos")

Those who lead the country into the abyss
Call ruling too difficult
For ordinary men.

To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.

How exhausting it is to be evil.

But surely the one most apposite to any discussion of the Progressive view of the electorate is this gem:
Some party hack decreed that the people
had lost the government's confidence
and could only regain it with redoubled effort.
If that is the case, would it not be simpler,
If the government simply dissolved the people
And elected another?
That surely is the business in which Brazile, the media she works for and who fawn over her, and even Hillary Clinton are in: dissolving the people and electing another.

I turn to Matthew Arnold again to cut through all the wailing, Maoist self-criticism, and ululations of Brazile and those who stand with her:

"Strike leftward! cries our guide." Ω

November 6, 2017

Published in 2017 by WTM Enterprises.

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