Operation ‘Mirage’: The Elitist Faction’s Offensive Electoral Illusion
Trains of [sic] emigrants making their way to California and Oregon have, while seeking water to quench their thirst and that of their animals, been induced to depart from their course in the endeavor to reach the inviting lake of water which the mirage displayed before their eyes…Sometimes, if the nature of the ground is favorable, it is dispelled by advancing toward it; at others it is like a ignis fatuus, hovering in sight but keeping beyond reach. Here and there throughout this region are pointed out the graves of those who are said to have been led astray by the mirage until their bodies were famished and they succumbed to thirst. (George Armstrong Custer, My Life on the Plains)
In the 1960 election cycle, John F. Kennedy seized the moral high ground when he reached out to the Martin Luther King, in the midst of King’s battle against racist segregation. That gesture, along with such moving rhetoric as Kennedy deployed in his inaugural address, gave his “New Frontier” administration the aura of chivalrous idealism that sustains its association with the Arthurian legend’s mythic “Camelot”.
Lyndon Johnson shrewdly played on the American people’s deeply emotional reaction to Kennedy’s murder when he made passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the focal point of his “Great Society” program for America’s grief. In his rise to political power in Texas, Johnson himself exemplified the Democrat Party’s complicity in the perpetration of racist segregation and discrimination. Johnson’s dramatically demonstrated repentance gave Americans a positive focus for their grief. In accordance with the nation’s still deeply Christian moral ethos, that demonstration followed the Christian moral imperative, as St. Paul epitomized it: “Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
Thanks to Johnson’s possibly sincere, but also politically shrewd, appreciation for the moral heart of the nation’s grief, he moved to make his Presidency the moral focal point for the long period of mourning that followed the Kennedy assassination. So, when Barry Goldwater seized it in 1964, the GOP nomination for President was rightly regarded as worthless against Kennedy’s successor. In the years that followed his landslide victory in the 1964 election, Johnson built on the moral commitment the nation made when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. He exploited its momentum to push the package of proto-socialist measures that now mostly comes to mind when we refer to his vision of the “Great Society.”
When it came to the civil rights, Johnson acted for the sake of the understanding of justice Martin Luther King evoked, hearkening back to the premise of moral equality under God enshrined in America’s Declaration of Independence. But the proto-socialist schemes he pushed through owed more to the pseudo-scientific materialism of the God-defying socialist ideologies of both the left and the right. Because they defined the challenge of redemption racism in strictly materialistic terms, Johnson’s “Great Society” programs annulled the moral victory over racism the Black community won while racist segregation was still ascendant. I pondered the historical basis and effects of this moral victory, as well as the damage Johnson’s socialist policies inflicted on the Black community’s moral infrastructure, in my book, Masters of the Dream, the Strength and Betrayal of Black America.
Looking back on events since the 1990s, when I wrote it, it’s plain that what I saw as the socialist assault against the moral basis of Black America’s survival was like a trial run for the elitist faction’s assault on the moral basis of America itself. The key targets are the same—the Christian ethos and the moral identity of the family. The substantive goal is the same—the strictly materialistic repurposing of human life, which erases the moral distinction between human and non-human things, thereby vacating the special moral premises that informed the foundations of the constitutional sovereignty of the American people.
Ronald Reagan’s Presidency marked a hiatus in the steady advance of this assault on American’s moral identity. It resumed when the elitist faction regained control of the national government with the election of George H.W. Bush. The GOP’s more and more open betrayal of its core constituency has fed an uprising, steadily growing since at least 2006. During the Obama years, thanks to the GOP’s collusion with Obama’s overtly anti-Constitution and anti-American agenda, this uprising has offered to become a real threat to the elitist faction’s de facto control of America’s electoral process. So, in the present political cycle, the forces I call the elitist faction are engaged in a comprehensive campaign to eliminate this threat to the consolidation of their tyranny once and for all.
The nominating process in both parties is being engineered to capture and divert the energetic anger and frustration that feeds the uprising. When he first entered the supposed “competition” to win the GOP Presidential nomination, it struck me that Donald Trump was likely to be the key focal point for this campaign. In the back of my mind I called it “Mirage”.
Military operations are often given a code name. In coming up with the name, strategists sometimes try to find something that captures the essence of the strategic concept that informs the operation. In the run up to D-Day in WWII there was “Overlord”. When the first President George Bush moved against Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq, there was “Desert Storm”. The “Mirage” designation captures the essence of the Trump campaign because
- mirages have a tangible cause rooted in the material facts and circumstances in which they arise;
- the illusions they produce appear so real that people deluded by them exhaust themselves in pursuit of them; and
- they distort real objects and physical or psychological needs, so that, in pursuing false relief from life-threatening danger, people aggravate and succumb to it.
It’s more than ironic that Donald Trump is, among other things, renowned for his career as the owner/developer of gambling joints. Casinos exploit the material and psychological vulnerabilities of their patrons much as mirages exploit the vulnerabilities of people thirsting in the desert. Like those hapless travelers, the people taken in by the Trump political illusion will find that what they thought to be the shading tree of an oasis is in fact nothing but the dry, dead carcass of their hope for America, moistened only by the salty tears of their grief at the demise of its liberty.
Donald Trump’s campaign is but a feature of the mirage itself, which includes every candidate and every aspect of the elitist faction’s “twin party sham”, including the stream of disinformation that pours forth in every direction from its propaganda media. Tragically, the only thing real about the illusion to which so many Americans are still falling prey is the grief that fuels their desperate desire to believe in it.
Sadly, many haven’t yet noticed that, amidst the anger, reciprocal insults, and pseudo-inspirational rhetoric about “freedom” and “greatness” (reminiscent of the falsely promised “Great Society”) there is nowhere to be found any sincere expression of that grief. For any allusion to their grief might remind Americans that the longing at the heart of their identity was never for water or any material thing, however great. Rather it is the hunger and thirst for justice, which the elitist faction disdains, and never intends to satisfy.
So no one is allowed to speak of our mourning at the loss of the high purpose of our national existence. All that is allowed are lying promises of government largess. For If someone spoke of our grief at the loss of America, some Americans might be led to remember that the pursuit of justice, inspired by the God-endowed disposition to do right, was the aim and end of our constitutional government. In view of it, America was founded.
Some Americans might be led to escape the elitist faction’s political illusion. They might realize that all the actors in that political mirage are leading us to the same place. It is an oasis watered with dust; a graveyard for our constitutional Republic. It is the place where, buried by the elitist faction’s self-worshipping will, our common legacy from God, including both right and liberty, already lies extinct, soon to be erased from living memory by the force-fed tyranny with which the elitist faction intends to replace them.
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