In reference to this post of mine on the current Democrat agenda to pursue unpopular policies in the face of strong public opposition from the majority of Americans, a number of people have directed me to some well-written, sobering, and thoughtful comments by “Subotai Bahadur” at Belmont Club (here’s one of his/her comments, and here’s another.)
Subotai Bahadur was the name of one of the greatest military strategists of all time, conqueror Genghis Khan’s general. But these comments don’t concern military matters, although they do feature speculation on the strategy of the Obama administration. The points that Subotai Bahadur (the commenter that is, not the general) is making are difficult to summarize; it’s one of those “read the whole thing” situations.
No doubt some of you may consider Subotai’s musings paranoid and alarmist. Perhaps they are; I certainly hope so. This is an old subject of argument on this blog, and I must say I have become far more pessimistic myself over time about the aims of the current administration and its far-Left enablers (and I was fairly pessimistic to begin with).
Here’s a representative excerpt from the Subotai oeuvre:
In all cases, the public polls show massive opposition to the actions of Congress and to the specific programs Obama is pushing. These are massaged before release. The real, private polls commissioned by the politicians have to show worse. And still they do it…
As I said, we have an impasse. The Left has no intention of giving up power. But they act consistently and almost unanimously in ways that leaving me biting my tongue to find ways of describing it in this forum, and actively infuriating huge swathes of the American people. If there are honest elections a whole bunch of them are going to lose power, quite possibly enough to take them out of control of the government.
Politicians in a group when they act consistently and anomalously against what would seem to be their own interests, are usually operating on information not available to anyone else. One also has to add to the mix the question why the Republicans as a party are only offering token opposition to the Democrats, when standing up would rally support to them? What do they know?
When you rule out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, has to be considered. The only thing that remains, that I can see, is that no matter what they do, they no longer have any fear of facing the voters in an honest election. The specific mechanisms and basis for that confidence have yet to be determined.
Subotai and many others in the blogosphere are the Cassandras. We have some on this blog, people with whom regular readers are probably familiar (FredHjr was a valuable one, but sadly, now he’s gone). Are they telling the truth (see this)? Time will tell. Unfortunately, however, if they are correct, by that time it may be too late.