Happy New Slough of Despond

I am thinking. What lies in store for us in 2021? I don’t mean us individually. I mean generally. Will Scott, Gladys, Dan, Mark, Annastacia, Steve and Peter still be locking us up to save us? Will things be back to normal or a spooky new normal or still be mostly abnormal? Will the vaccine work? Will heavily-armed police still be chasing young people off beaches?

Will the nasty Chinese government keep on making life difficult for our exporters? Will Dr Jill and Kamala make the world safer? Will Dr Jill find a nice home for Joe? Will the world’s climate do what the experts expect it to do or disappoint them yet again? I assume Tim and company can only take so many disappointments. Will the ABC see the light, self-reflect, and inject political balance into their offerings? Will pigs fly?

As you can see there are many unknowns and, no doubt, some unknown unknowns. Whatever happens in 2021, I am thinking of opting out. Trump losing was the last straw for me. Now, to be clear, I want to hold the faith, and haven’t entirely given up hope that he’ll pull something out of the legal hat, even at this late stage.

Talk is of the US federal government bringing the case that Texas brought. But this time with clear standing, making it more difficult for Roberts and company to chicken out. However, there is no getting away from how bleak it looks. And it might not be possible to overestimate how chicken Roberts can be if put to the test. Moreover, the Democrats are expert at cheating and, as leftist heathens, they have the advantage of having no moral qualms. Partial-birth abortions; even after-birth ‘abortions’ (i.e., infanticides) — no worries.

COVID was a godsend to them or a devil-send more like. It wasn’t the damage to the economy that resulted from the grotesque lockdowns that did Trump in. He would have survived that. It was mail-in voting and all the opportunities that created for fraud. As Steve Kates perceptibly said. We know they cheated and they know we know. But what are you going to do about it?

I saw a report – I don’t know how true it is – that John Roberts persuaded two of the conservative justices on the Supreme Court to side with him and the liberals, and refuse to consider the case brought by Texas, for fear of rioting in the streets. If there is any truth in this at all, and I suspect there might be, mob rule has become the new reality in the United States.

With whatever is left of his mind, Joe must be hoping that Georgia returns at least one Republican Senator on January 5. Otherwise, he will be swept aside by the Left. His only card is his ‘perceived’ moderation and so-called ability to work across the aisle. Forget that if the Dems have the House, the Senate and the Presidency. He’ll have to play along or be forcibly retired. No need to invoke Amendment XXV under the US Constitution. Undoubtedly, there is enough dirt from his business dealings to threaten him and his son and brother with jail time.

The best outcome, short of Trump remaining, is a Senate which prevents the Dems from holding sway and which lays the groundwork for Trump’s return in 2024/25. Look, I don’t think Trump’s return is very likely. Four years is a long time when you are his age. But, who else, is the problem? None of candidates who he faced in the Republican primaries in 2016 looks up to the job of taking on the media, the swamp, the Chinese, Iran, North Korea, the Palestinians, the Europeans – day in and day out, without wilting. Trump is a one-off. A Churchill.

What’s the odds of a chip off the old block – Don Jr., Eric, Ivanka — emerging? That seems extremely doubtful. Churchill’s children hardly lived up to their father’s stature, and why would you expect that they would? No, there is almost certainly no one who can adequately replace Trump. In normal times that wouldn’t be such a problem. But these are not normal times. No left-wing political party resembles its namesake of thirty or forty years ago. But the Dems have gone completely rogue.

They are in thrall of green new deals, LGBTQ+ agendas, refugees’ rights as against citizens’ rights, visceral self-hatred of our (the Western world’s) achievements and triumphs, and racial politics. Imagine if they were to get untrammelled power. Nothing good would come of that. And remember we are not talking about little Belgium. The robust health of the United States matters to us.

It’s amazing, really. It’s not hard to meet people here who have no idea why they live in a free independent country. Magic or our welcoming smiles, I suppose. With China’s rise, it’s more important than ever for our protector, the United States, to remain strong. And perhaps we should buy some nuclear subs as well.

Meanwhile we should be grateful that our left-wing lot have not quite yet gone the way of the Dems. But, you know, the supine compliance with ridiculous COVID diktats is not a good omen for our body politic. And I still regard people voting for Zali Steggall as against Tony Abbott as a ticking time bomb. It clearly showed deteriorating reason among the well-to-do population of Warringah. Can’t blame malnutrition.

The good sense of the population is what stands between us and misery. Oswald Mosley got no purchase in Britain because of the good sense of the British people of the time. When that good sense starts leaching away there will always be scurvy politicians along for the ride. And much worse than Steggall. Look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib in the US House of Representatives, if you want to see just a few examples of worse.

  • Stephen

    Nikki Haley?

  • jvernau

    A few weeks ago Sidney Powell and others were calling for a boycott of the now-imminent Georgia Senate elections. Why would you do that unless you were sure the results are foregone conclusions? How could the master-fraudsters resist untrammelled power?
    We live in interesting times. I’m not sure that “opting out” is going to be available.

  • Paul

    Ted Cruz seems to enjoy battle. They need a fighter.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    Don’t opt out yet, Peter..
    Ted Noel / American Thinker: “On January 6, a joint session of Congress will open with Vice President Pence presiding as president of the Senate. His power will be plenary and unappealable. You heard that right. As president of the Senate, every objection comes directly to him, and he can rule any objection “out of order” or “denied.” His task will be to fulfill his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed. This is a high standard of performance, and V.P. Pence will have two choices. He can roll over on “certified” electors, or he can uphold the law.”

  • Ceres

    Yes, looks like sad days ahead for the USA. I can barely watch dementia Joe taking over. The Democrats are not only rogue Peter, but insane and the Kennedy brothers would be turning in their graves.
    Have to hold out hope for 2024 when the loopy disastrous policies of Joe have hit home and the populace recognise the error of their vote. Yes, maybe Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio who would appeal to Hispanics.

  • Ian MacKenzie

    “I assume Tim and company can only take so many disappointments.” To the contrary, I see no evidence that we’ve plumbed the bottom of that well. The world’s worst prognosticator shows no sign of slowing down or giving up. Indeed why would he as the gullible keep gifting him money?

  • ianl

    Alice T

    Seriously ??
    Mike Pence may well be an honourable man, but risking his family ?

  • Stephen

    If what you say about US Supreme Court chief Justice Roberts is true it means that his decision to reject the case because it might cause rioting was made for political not legal reasons. The Courts role is to uphold the law not make political decisions. That’s the role of the other branches of Government. No one wants riots on the streets but it would be better than the peace of the ignorant and enslaved. The nine Justices should consider their duty and reconsider this decision.

  • Peter Marriott

    Peter, good piece clearly put and I can detect the heart felt feeling in it. In my view President Trump should use everything at his disposal to have their election decided in their supreme court, he should leave no stone unturned otherwise it will just be repeated at the next election. Fear of rioting is just another fear which can lead to another fear etc. etc. and the philistines, come educated ideological barbarians just keep on winning via the old leftist weapon….fear AKA…terror. I cant see why the federal government there, i.e. President Trump cannot simply reject the result, i.e. do not concede until the US Supreme Court has investigated the whole thing. It seems definitely probable that in 5 States there has been massive voting fraud and these states should be instructed to vote again, this time with no postal voting and no computer voting, at least definitely not using the Dominion software. It should be the Federal Gov taking the reins, not Texas.

  • Alistair

    I think I’ve said it here before – I believe that the senior Republicans are just as much Washington insiders, “swampers” as any of the Democrats. The last election was supposed to be between two swampers Clinton and Rubio. Trump gate-crashed their party and has been paying for it ever since as the swamp tries desperately to regain control. More recently I came across this Delingpole podcast –
    – which explains the “swamp” in terms of the “Trilateral Commission. According to this, both the Presidents Bush were allegedly members – They are all in it together. Its Michel Houellebecq’s “.power-sharing deal between two rival gangs.”
    Once Trump goes it will be back to business as usual.

  • DG

    Let’s be clear, the contest is not ‘refugees v citizens’ it is illegal immigrants v law-abiding citizens. If illegals can just walk in to a country, be ready for the entire population of Africa and perhaps India, Pakistan, Afghanistan to walk into North America…and maybe Australia. That would, of course, degrade those countries to the dominant culture which has just made the countries of origin unlivable.

  • pdc

    A marvelous overview encapsulating the thoughts, despair — and few remaining hopes, of millions.
    Thank you, Peter Smith.

  • pgang

    There is no real possibility for another Trump term. In hindsight there never was. We now know why Clinton campaigned so poorly in 16. She was preordained but Trump won in such a landslide that they were insufficiently prepared. Not this time.
    Democracy is ending, reverting to city-state serfdom. Future elections will throw off the cloak of authenticity. We must go back to calling the region North America rather than the United States.

  • rod.stuart

    There are many many things in play and it is difficult to make sense of it all.
    This ties them all together very well.

  • Phillip

    You report the factual truth again. If I may add;
    I recently read from a peer approved Medical Journal article that said, during the splendid four years of President Trumps reign, it was discovered that more than 90% of young married couples were testing positive to pregnancy with a 98% successful birth rate; whilst only 5% of the whole population tested positive to COVID19 and that less than 0.096% of the population died from the ChinaVirus. Furthermore, the article elaborated (with strong statistical evidence) that, the people who were just born are young people and that most people who died are old people. This was an amazing discovery not readily publicised by the MSM “death by mask” regime of the Socialist-Communist Biden camp. A balanced factual report to display a table with daily deaths against daily births is not something within the realistic thought of the MSM (and definitely not something that either Cameron Stewart or Troy Bramston could grasp as factual journalism).
    Anyway if the USA should be mad enough to elect Biden as President in January, then come February, the CCP will enact their military invasion of Taiwan. Biden will support the CCP armies motorised by the fraud, cheating and huge corruption that he suckled to severely weaken the merits of the US Constitution.
    The only way to prevent this war is for Trump to remain in office.

  • Harry Lee


  • Harry Lee

    Top line and bottom line, the main points are:

    1. Australia is a/the Dummy Country, and there is no obvious solution, and certainly no cheap one. Much could be said, but I will not bother here.

    2. The USA will never find a solution to its black problem -for several reasons, but a core one is that the truths of black uneducability and black propensity to violence cannot be mentioned, let alone addressed.

    3. The US presidency is not as consequential to US prospects and US destiny as many believe. Yes, if the Dems win the Senate by way of the GA run-offs, there will be hard and destructive times ahead. But there are factors that suggest the 2022 mid-terms could well see the GOP win the House and win back the Senate.

    4. Which factors?

    a. The head-of-steam now building over the Dem/MSM-enabled election fraud -this is likely to animate a great deal of anti-Dem/anti-MSM sentiment and action running up to Nov 2022.

    b. As president, Harris will be a hard bundle for her handlers to manage -more below.

    c. The corruption stink around the Biden family -much of it related to Chinese money and associated influence- will become a big feature in the 10% of the MSM that is not marxist-inspired.

    If Biden is inaugurated, I will be surprised if he lasts 6 months -he will bump his head one day soon, and that will be that.

    5. Harris has no basis of voter appeal. She never garnered more than 10% in the presidential primaries, and stepped out of race as her numbers were plummeting downward through 3%. Her senior CA Senator -Feinstein, a very senior Democrat- refused to endorse Harris. Says something big, does it not.

    If Biden is inaugurated, Harris will be V-P because she was the most plausible among the non-white women the Dem hard-heads considered would be OK/presentable, after Biden promised to select a non-white female as VP. Again, that says something significant.

    But she is an emptier suit than Obama -who was a very empty suit.

    Obama was excellent in giving speeches promising he’d grant everything wanted by anyone who voted for him-

    -save the Planet from CO2, push back the oceans, pay for your food, gasoline and phone, and for females pay for all costs associated with all aspects of your own life and the lives of any children you might have while preferably without a father on the scene -yes, I’m yer guy fer president, if yer a female who does not want to be bothered with males.

    And Obama could keep a straight face while BS-ing, on these and all topics, to the MSM.

    Harris is all BS, but cannot do any of the cute presentational moves that Obama could do and still does.

    She represents a massive task for her Dem handlers and the MSM to hold her in place.

    6. Meanwhile, if Biden and then the Harris Admin halts fracking and destroys US energy independence and all the jobs associated with all that oil, and re-regulates business and destroys even more jobs, and opens the way for Iran to speed up its development of nuke weapons and /or enables Iran to become the dominant M-E power and all that that involves for the insecurity of oil flow from the ME and the massive new task for Europe, Russia and Turkey to manage M-E tensions-

    -well chcukle, what a fine new mess the Dems will have created for the USA, and the Rest of West -incl Australia.

    Too few Australians comprehend how much we rely on the M-E continuing to supply oil and generally remain in a relatively no-war status. Or of how much we depend on manufactured goods originating in Europe.

    And that returns me to my first point above. The Dummy Country.

    7. Finally here, China always teeters on the edge of economic and administrative collapse. The propositions that China’s economy is strong and it has substantive capacity to project decisive military power rest on anti-factual hallucinations.

    China needs the Rest of the World far more than the Rest of the World needs China, in economic terms.

    The political and business elites of China understand this -which is why they huff and puff in the ways and degrees they do.

    Western elites in politics and business have concluded that China as it is today -teetering, holding on by its finger-nails, huffing and puffing, selling the West low-quality manufactured muck- is a better problem to have than a China that breaks-up into smaller warring parts that cannot feed or control their peoples -as has happened many times in Sino history.

    On matters related to the global and local scenes, let us make a big effort to be properly empirical, shall we.

  • a.c.ryan

    Trump is very bright. The American Way is archaic. He knows that. American white folks will need to stop living in the 1950s and be forced to change once Trump is gone. This will be helped by the fact that worst of those folks will have died of old age or Covid. Foreigners can engage in fiddle faddle discussions around US state politics for as long as they like but you are just further muddying the waters. Let them get on with it and talk about something interesting.

  • Daintree

    Wonderful comments, but special compliments to Philip. How does he get access to these secret stats! Bravo.

  • Harry Lee

    Phillip, on your thought that China will invade Taiwan, perhaps you simply seek to rev us up.

    Very good.

    But actually, China lacks the naval and other military might, and the economic resources, to cross the Formosa Strait and successfully occupy Taiwan -even if the USA were not to help halt such moves.

    Perhaps you know that Japan’s navy has more relevant oomph than China’s, and that Japan -and SK- do not want Taiwan to become CCP-controlled.

    And, even under a Biden -more likely Harris- Admin, there will be some anti-CCPist members of the US military establishment who will assist Taiwan, Japan and SK with helpful intel, if not naval and air force.

    More generally, China is on a hiding to nothing, which is why its spox blurt so much paper-tiger-blurt.

  • Harry Lee

    To rod.stuart:

    Thank you for the intro to Catherine Austin Fitts.

    Very useful perspectives she offers.

    Best, Harry.

  • Harry Lee

    To a.c.ryan:

    Please elaborate on your points -it is not clear what you intend.

    Perhaps you mean that US elites, white and non-white, will not be able to enjoy their lives as much as they now do unless they soon ensure that the striving white lower and middle classes can work in jobs or run their own businesses that pay enough money for the strivers to raise their families properly and ensure their kids are adequately educated/trained, and be protected from black and Hispanic violence.

    Perhaps you mean that low-productive people and non-productive people -white and non-white- will soon not have their accustomed access to high-quality healthcare and useless non-education that are available to productive people.

    Perhaps you mean that striving, law-abiding whites will no longer go along with the group-think pretence that the very high comparative rates of black violence and the very low comparative rates of black educability/trainability are results of slavery and systemic racism -or indeed anything other than in-born qualities pertaining to black denizens of the USA.

    I’ve worked with capable, productive, striving, non-violent black Americans who are well-aware of, and greatly pained by, the differences across racial/colour groups in the distributions of educability/trainability and propensity to extreme violence.
    US whites should get out of the 50’s?
    Australia is now stultified by the many, many Australians who are unable and unwilling to come to grips with the overwhelming destructive effects upon our economic well-being and our culture caused by leftist Big Statism, multiculturalism, ill-conceived sentimentality, dumbed-down education, and the marxist-inspired anti-self-sufficiency/anti-Western/anti-free enterprise propaganda that is channeled by the ABC, SBS and 90% of the commercial MSM.
    So there’s that.

  • canhippi

    here’s what will happen.

    In Georgia the Republicans will hold at least one seat and retain control of the senate.
    trump wont concede the election..
    Trump will go into exile in Ireland.
    He and the Republican Party will paint the Biden as an illegitimate President and the Democrat’s as incompetent cheats being manipulated by Osbama.
    Pelosi will lose control of the House of Reps and be replaced by a complete leftie.
    The Republicans will learn to cheat.
    The Republicans will win the half Senate and House of Reps in 2022.
    The Democrats will fight each other and destroy themselves.
    Ivanka Trump will be the first woman elected as US President in 2024.

    Trumpism will triumph and the swamp wont be drained. Most of the Managerial Elite, including the Clintons, Obamas and many socialist 5th column will languish in jail after being charged with election fraud and sedition.

  • Dave Winefield

    All I feel able to do after reading the article and the comments is to congratulate the author, and to say that president Trump has my undying admiration for the constant stream of abuse he suffered, and his unfailing sense of duty in throwing it back with both hands. I am going to miss that, and his First Lady Melania for her grace and toleration of this whole grisly mess. God Save America, cos no one else is able to.

  • Sindri

    “I saw a report – I don’t know how true it is – that John Roberts persuaded two of the conservative justices on the Supreme Court to side with him and the liberals, and refuse to consider the case brought by Texas, for fear of rioting in the streets.”
    In other words, a dedicated judge who has given his working life to the service of the law, and who has never done anything to deserve such idle calumny, suddenly commits a grotesque, monstrous breach of his judicial oath and a wicked assault on the democratic principles that ground the United States. Baseless, childish scuttlebut in a supposedly intelligent journal. It’s all of a piece with your assertions that there was a seamless, flawlessly executed conspiracy of vast proportions by which Trump was coolly diddled out of a landslide win.
    Yes, could you indeed ‘opt out’, and help Quadrant recover a modicum of intellectual rigour.

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