Sometimes I hate being right. Veteran readers will remember that to mark the beginning of 2019 I ventured a theory. Namely that current events in recent years had ceased to reflect the decisions of rational, free human beings. Nor their hopes and dreams, or even irrational fears. Instead we had only two choices to explain how bizarre the headlines were proving in Church and State. Either:
I still can't decide which is right. But (A) is too depressing for me to write about. Already in 2019, Catholics were treated to warnings by a group of exorcists (now there's a convention it wouldn't be fun to cater) of a demonic invasion of our Church's highest reaches. Even I can't get a light-hearted end-of-year column out of that.
So I'm going to stick with (B). Certainly, the year 2019 amply proved far more insane than even 2017, with the madness increasing geometrically. In other words, we saw not 2017 doubled, but 2017 squared. That makes a grim kind of sense. The more insanity we let celebrities and bureaucrats, media figures and Deep State spooks get away with, the more emboldened they'll be. A society that hasn't locked John Brennan up in solitary at GITMO, or peeled the rubber mask off "Pope Francis" to reveal comedian Sacha ("Borat") Baron Cohen, might deserve whatever comes next.
God sends the rain on the just and unjust alike. By that I think He meant: Either way, we're going to get it. So what would it mean to see 2019 squared?
To answer that, here are a few predictions for the 12 long months to come.
Leftist legal theorists, "woke" academics, and enterprising members of the mentally ill community will discover a new victim group. Namely, those who are biologically alive, but identify as dead. Or biologically dead, but identify as alive. The first such claims will of course mostly generate laughter. But then, we laughed at Bruce Jenner's claims too. Until the furrowed brows of numberless angry scolds informed us "That isn't funny," and to prove it got people fired, publicly silenced or massively sued. As I observed here, the more absurd or obscene a claim is, the more power elites can demonstrate by forcing us to accept it. That's why "Bruce Jenner is a woman now" functioned in 2019 exactly as "2+2=5" did in 1984. If our masters can force us to believe that, they can force us to think and do anything.
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