Afterbirth of a Nation

In “Clarity in Trump’s Wake,” Angelo Codevilla explains, “oligarchy had long been growing within America’s republican forms” and by the first decade of the 21st century, “little but formality was left of the American republic.” After the 2020 election, he argues, the United States is clearly a “classic oligarchy.” Every honest person knows the 2020 election was rigged, adds Roger Kimball, so “welcome to the American oligarchy.”

This arrangement is part of the fundamental transformation of America by the “composite character” president David Garrow charted in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. The nation was already a top-heavy welfare state, so the transformation came in a more fundamental way. The outgoing president selected his successor and deployed the FBI, Justice Department, and other state forces to support Hillary Clinton and attack Donald Trump.  

“Trump isn’t going to be elected is he?” wondered FBI lawyer Lisa Page. “No, we’ll stop it,” countered Peter Strzok, the FBI’s counterintelligence boss. But then, as Kimball observes, Donald Trump “was elected without the permission and over the incredulous objections of the woke oligarchy that governs us.” 

In this arrangement, the party that cheats is in charge of investigating the cheating. The media call charges of cheating a conspiracy theory and politicians demand the expulsion of those who question the cheating. Likewise, in the American oligarchy, the people have a voice, endlessly bullied by the government, which limits the people’s choice to a roster of approved candidates. As Codevilla puts it, the same people are still in charge.  

Instead of getting what they want, people will get only what the government wants them to want. People will be assigned to oppressor and victim classes based on the way they were born, with no possible exemptions. Under Biden, policy differences will be criminalized, and many Americans will be canceled in ways they never imagined.  

Angela Davis, the Communist Party candidate for vice president in 1980 and 1984, endorsed the “problematic” Biden because he was pliable, and that doubtless got the nod from Biden’s transformational former boss. The only way “USA” still applies is Under Soetoro Again, albeit with China’s “big guy” at the helm, Amerikachukuo might be more appropriate. The oligarchy Biden now heads is not yet a full-blown dictatorship, but the dictatorship of the subjunctive mood is evident on every hand, so unreality prevails. 

For her entire professional life, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) claimed to be Cherokee but, in reality, she wasn’t. When the fraud was exposed, Warren remained in the Senate and went on to run for president. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) claimed he served in Vietnam but didn’t. Exposure of the lie prompted no resignation and had no political consequences. Joe Biden claimed he went to Delaware State but, in reality, he didn’t. That fantasy should have canceled Biden’s candidacy, but under the dictatorship of the subjunctive mood, it didn’t. 

Biden is a gaffe machine, but it’s best to take him at his word. He made a Ukrainian prosecutor (or his boss, anyway) an offer he couldn’t refuse, and “son of a bitch, he got fired.” As Biden’s record shows, he really does believe that the Chinese Communists, the worst mass murderers in human history, are “not bad folks” and “not competition for us.” 

Nobody in the establishment media asked Biden, “has Xi Jinping ever done anything with which you disagreed?” The “bad folks” are those who disagree with him, and Biden has a problem with some of the rights they enjoy under the Constitution. 

In March, Biden promised that Beto O’Rourke is “going to take care of the gun problem with me.” Days later a Michigan autoworker challenged Biden on the Second Amendment, and the former vice president responded, “You’re full of shit.” Behold the real Joe Biden. 

The pasty-faced poltroon, with Secret Service agents in tow, talks shit to a real American worker, something Biden has never been.  The real Joe Biden voted to tax Social Security, and now he wants to raise the workers’ taxes. It’s hard to imagine how a man of the people would do something like that.  

“What sort of government have you given us?” a Biden groupie might wonder. 

“An oligarchy, madam, if we can keep it,” would be the accurate reply. Unlike the U.S. Constitution, this one is all about “We, the few.” Those people up in Washington, the late Frank Zappa said, they just look out for number one. And number one ain’t you. You ain’t even number two

The task for the patriotic movement is to “Make America Again,” but as Dan Gelernter cautions, “it will be no easier to get it back than it was to get in the first place.” According to the current correlation of forces, it will be much harder. 

In 2016, Donald Trump was elected without the permission of the oligarchy. Job one for this crew is to ensure such a thing never happens again. 

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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