Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Reality Bites

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8

William Jacobson. proprietor of Legal Insurrection, is the legal equivalent of the fat lady:

Today electors appointed by states around the country cast their votes for Biden-Harris in an amount enough to elect them. I’ve looked at two Congressional Research Service Reports, one from 2020 and one from 2016, explaining the process for counting and contesting electors at a Joint Session of Congress. The bottom line is that even if you think contesting electors at a Joint Session of Congress is a good thing, it’s not going to happen here because both chambers would have to concur. There is zero chance the Democrat-controlled House would vote to disallow Biden-Harris electors.

So the nomination of alternative electors, and the vow to contest the electors on January 6, is a dead end. It’s a dead end that could have serious consequences if it causes Democrats to win both Senate runoff elections in Georgia on January 5. That would put the Senate (along with the House) in Democrat hands with a Democrat president, and a power-hungry Obama-third term (at best) crew in charge.

It also distracts from a necessary organization of a resistance to the radical Democrat agenda, a resistance that needs to be organized now. The merging of the Democratic Party and the high tech oligarchs who control the flow of information is one of the most serious threats non-liberals have faced politically. They will hit the ground running. Will we?

Previously I have likened the current situation to the time period after Obama’s election, when the Obama juggernaut seemed unstoppable. The rise of the Tea Party movement in opposition changed the course of history. It didn’t stop the Obama agenda in its entirety, and was undermined by establishment Republicans, but it did change the trajectory dramatically. It can happen again, but only if people don’t engage in futile and useless gestures in the next few weeks instead of organizing.

And Professor Jacobson has sung; this battle has been lost and it will prove to be a long war. The honesty of his analysis is harsh, leaving nowhere, legally, to turn. And so, while I hate this phrase, it’s the best on offer this rather bleak day: “it is what it is.”

Such days are the raison d'être for music…and prayers. I leave you with a bit of both. The first a bluesy reminder that, well, this old world, she just keeps turning whether we wish to ride along or not:

Don't look so sad
I know it's over
But life goes on
And this old world
Will keep on turning

Let's just be glad
We had some time to spend together
There's no need to watch the bridges
That were burning

“For The Good Times”

The other is just a simple prayer:

I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe


“The Prayer”

La luce che tu hai
I pray we'll find your light
Nel cuore resterà
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
Eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c'è

When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe

Play them both a few times. It won’t change the reality we’ve been dealt but maybe it will make it suck a little less. Even if it doesn’t it will do no harm.

Totally off topic but I don’t think Kris Kristofferson gets nearly enough credit for all the wonderful songs he’s written over the years.