Rollin' Like Sisyphus

The Spectre Of Confidence

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline, The Fail Pail by Huckleberry on July 1, 2014



So what happens when every aspect of civic life is no longer trusted in any appreciable way by the people?
On the specifics I don’t claim to know, but I have a vague idea of the broad strokes, and it’s not what you’d call “pretty”.
Some say I’m Doom-Sayin’; others insist I’m far too much the optimist.
On the bright side, we’ll know soon enough:

Americans’ confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen, reaching record lows for the Supreme Court (30%) and Congress (7%), and a six-year low for the presidency (29%). The presidency had the largest drop of the three branches this year, down seven percentage points from its previous rating of 36%.

Of course, this is a good thing from a pragmatic sense, because the more people who rightly distrust these institutions, the less I think we’re the utterly mind-numb, sub-literate, warmed-over pond scum subsisting on scraps of bacteria farts just beneath the surface of life.
So there’s that.
But in a more principled way, this is one of those Big Red Flags warning that shit be a’coming down the pike at a fairly brisk pace. I’ve been saying and will continue to insist that the loss of confidence across the board is the first big domino in the chain to Doomsday.
It’s about to tip over, and once it has there’s no getting it back upright.
And it’s as if the hits just keep coming for the Pretentious Class, we find this:

Americans are paying closer attention to former IRS employee Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails than they are to the World Cup, according to the latest Pew Research Center data.

Now that’s biting above the shoulder right there.
If this were an Oscars Speech, the music would just be ramping up to tell the bloviating award recipient that her time was up as two “stars” who didn’t win awards would begin walking out to usher the has-been from the limelight.
Plan accordingly.


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  1. Doom said, on July 1, 2014 at 12:03

    Yeah. There is that. I’m looking forward to what is coming the way I might look forward to a knee replacement surgery, a heart transplant (if I trusted them, and the operation, that is, enough to let them), or such. Just… get it over already. Now sure how well things will work afterward, but… it’s not exactly pleasant now and it’s not going to get better. On the good side, I really do have a splendid amount of popcorn. I am hoping to put up some ghee before long, enough to last until the four local dairies figure out how to make fresh milk and not just cart all the milk off to subsidized government holding tanks. It’s even legal to sell fresh raw here, but either the feds or the state frown on it. If it becomes known, they would probably, at the least, start being inspected perpetually until it broke them or caused them to back off. I talked to a couple of them, no go on raw milk sales. They were afraid, if they didn’t exactly say why… their excuse was that someone might try to make cheese out of it, or that is what they were warned against. In spite of the fact that I couldn’t make cheese with two to three gallons a week. *cough*

    Never mind. All good. Keep up the pace. Be ready to duck when it’s that time, and shoot when it’s your turn or it’ll give you the win. These things come and go, and this is how they fix themselves. I just hope it doesn’t take another thousand years for a reasonable government to reappear. Either way, there will be hard times ahead, even if “we” win.

  2. El Borak said, on July 1, 2014 at 14:23

    subsisting on scraps of bacteria farts

    I’ll have you know that we use only whole bacteria farts, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope, and lovingly frosted with glucose.

    • Doom said, on July 1, 2014 at 17:52

      Gosh, you’ve… really got some nice toys here.

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