In the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), by George Orwell, the Thought Police (Thinkpol) are the secret police of the superstate Oceania, who discover and punish thoughtcrime; personal and political thoughts unapproved by the government.
Every single day of this year has been yet another page torn directly from a George Orwell novel – you can’t believe it’s real, but unfortunately it is.
Recently, prior to the election, some Democrats were calling for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to ‘assess’ Trump supporters after the election.
A truth and reconciliation commission would not be about truth, and it wouldn’t be about reconciliation; it would be about revenge.
Comparisons have been made with the South Africa-style “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”;
The original Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa dealt out gross abuses of human rights, primarily by the apartheid regime, which imposed racial segregation and tortured and murdered political dissidents in custody.
One of the first orders of business after a coup by a repressive regime, is identify and punish the predecessors and recruit informants, and The Trump Accountability Project [archive] has been formed to do just that.
This is terror and threat on a mass scale, we just don’t behave this way in democratic societies, and I can’t help but feel like we’ve seen this movie before elsewhere; it goes from condemning and smashing statues, to condemning and smashing people very quickly.
Last month for example, former Obama adviser Robert Reich, a labour secretary under Bill Clinton, wrote that truth and reconciliation commissions would;
MSNBC host Chris Hayes said something similar earlier in the same month:
The Washington Post’s resident lunatic, Jennifer Rubin, is also fully on board;
Assuming President Trump loses his reelection bid in a few weeks, the soon-to-be alumni of the Trump administration, who were warned that association with Trump would mar their careers and corrode their character, are now “hoping the Trump presidency isn’t a disqualifying blemish on their resumes or Google footprint as the door revolves the other way and they seek to land, once again, in the private sector,” The Post reports.
They should think more about atoning for the betrayal of their country than trying to escape the consequences of enabling a liar, racist and wannabe authoritarian. There are practical reasons for employers outside the right-wing bubble to reject not only those who were the face of the administration but also those who labored behind the scenes.
We as a country and as individuals need to decide whether those who are unremorseful, who seek no forgiveness and who admit no complicity in an administration that engaged in reprehensible conduct deserve to be welcomed back into “polite” society. It seems like another moral failing on the part of Trumpers that they whine about the stigma of their tenure without shouldering any responsibility to come clean and make amends.Jennifer Rubin – Washington Post [archive]
Note Rubin’s use of the word “atone” here. The clear implication is that people who supported or worked with Trump have sinned against society. Perhaps requiring the wearing of a scarlet letter or an orange star would do the trick.
Make no mistake about what is being suggested. These people are talking about a vindictive form of retaliation for ‘wrongthink‘, reminiscent of Mao’s ‘struggle sessions‘ during the cultural revolution 1965-’75.
This is also intended as a warning for the future, whether it’s a second Trump administration, or a Republican president who comes after, really what this is about is saying; you’re going to be punished for trying to implement your ideals and principles into the work of government.
And if the warning that’s out there is; we’re going to come after you if you work in the administration of somebody who holds the ‘wrong’ values, then it’s going to be harder to actually staff a Republican government – this is a really dark threat that’s going to cast a real pall over american politics.
After the recent election’s ambiguous and highly questionable result, Democrats doubled down on the threat to remind all to think twice about fighting for greater transparency in the vote recounting, by launching The Trump Accountability Project.
AOC recently ‘coincidentally’ tweeted out asking if there was anyone performing the task of archiving Republicans for later retribution;
Hari Sevugan, a former staffer for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, replied;
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes has again recently joined those calling for “thousands” of Republicans to be held accountable by promoting the “accountability” project:
And countless other’s are joining the ranks of those on the left calling for retribution against members of the Trump administration, including Trump supporters, for the perceived crime of having worked for, or campaigned for, or just supported the 45th President of the United States;
Is anyone surprised that the first item on the Agenda if the Democrats are able to make the fraudulent result of the 2020 election stick, is revenge through a mix of Maoist style struggle sessions, and war crimes type tribunals?
This of course, will be just the start, as history shows us where this leads, maybe not by next week, but it’s always to mountains of skulls. Rest assured, those folks also thought it would never go that far. Willing to take your chances?
If you haven’t realized by now that the the far-left are always authoritarian, always censorious, and always punitive, then you’re in for one hell of a ride if they secure power. You can vote collectivism in, and inexplicably, historically it almost always has been, but if you change your mind you will have to fight your way out.
But of course, anyone who has done a modicum of research into past radical-left regimes would already know this.