Sat 19 Nov 2022 09:45:45 PM CST

Okey-dokey, what next?

Well, we had the election. Nothing much happened. Maybe it wasn't time. Maybe things need to get two years worse before... what?

People voted to reelect people who had abused them in a most horrific manner. To be sure, there was fraud. Plenty of it, and in the few cases where it looked like one of the really rotten governors might be thrown out, it was sufficient to prevent that from happening.

And blue-to-red flight continues, so there is less resistance in the blue states, and maintaining power is easier.

The question is not if there can ever be another Republican president or even a Republican majority in either house. I suspect we've seen the last of both.

Trump runs again, unless they've locked him up or something else, which wouldn't be surprising. And he loses. The game is fixed.

Do the red states, a map of which resembles the Civil War Confederacy, with the great northwest added in, find a way to stop the final takeover?

It will not be peaceful if they do. How un-peaceful remains to be seen. And if that doesn't happen, things will become even more un-peaceful as 30 million or (likely) more people who aren't going quietly do not go quietly, and if they go anywhere they will take at least one enemy with them. That is a seriously ugly situation but the people who are causing it don't believe it can happen and the ones who might be able to prevent it will wait too long.

We do live in interesting times.

Text of the MacArthur's Freehold pic:

"The survival instinct, in most people, overrides logic, reason and sometimes even conscience." Gordon said.

He normally did not speak much in these discussions, preferring to let the younger ones lead. When he did, it was usually to contribute something strategic or philosophical based on his greater life experience.

"During the second World War," he said, "when the Germans were killing Jews in the death camps - in the gas chambers - they had something called the Sonderkommandos. These were Jews temporarily spared for use as labor. They removed the bodies from the gas chambers and moved them to the crematoriums. I watched an interview with one of the survivors - there were very few because after they had been used for a while they themselves were killed and replaced by new ones.

"This man, who was not very old - the film looked old, so I suppose it was made not long after the war - described what happened. He said that among the incoming prisoners he sometimes recognized people he knew, and would avoid being seen by them because of his shame, knowing what was being done to them and being part of it.

"He said he was asked, after the war, by people who knew what he had done, 'why did you do it? why didn't you refuse? why didn't you resist?'

"I could see the pain, on his face. Clearly he was tormented by his guilt. He said that when facing death, it is human nature to do anything, absolutely anything, to stay alive just a little longer.

"Which is true. And a strong survival instinct in individuals is obviously essential to the survival of the species. Very few people will sacrifice, or even risk, their lives for principle, even when that principle is essential to survival."

"Taken too far," Jessica said, "it would seem that the survival instinct can become self-defeating, to the point that it reduces the chances for survival."

"Sadly," Gordon said, "it would seem so."

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