I was just reading a piece on The Reformed Broker titled “The Biden Fantasy” and took it into my head to record my own.
My fantasy more or less boils down to this: the Cold Civil War ends in a draw.
But eight words wouldn’t be much of a blog post, so if you’ll indulge me, I’ll detail it. Biden wins, but not by so much that the Democrats can wallow in their own fantasy and self-indulgence. (I admit that this is quite an ask. They’re Democrats, after all.)
More importantly, the Republicans keep the Senate, so that Biden’s ability to work with his former colleagues forms a power base that allows Biden to ignore, or, better, slap down the Woke, whose ambitions are the true drivers of American misery right now. If that’s the case, then it doesn’t matter that much to me what happens in the House. If the Democrats take the Senate, though, my fantasy is that the Republicans take the House. I admit that that’s not realistic, but viz. the last word in the title of this piece. (Divided government gets a bad rap.) In the light of this, Leftist plots to strike structurally by expanding the Supreme Court and waving in two more Democratic-dominated states fade away. Biden, with bipartisan support, continues holding the hard line against Chinese foreign and economic policy aggressiveness that is Trump’s least controversial policy, while American supply chains diversify to other countries. Two or three vaccines for COVID get approved, one is generally agreed to be best, and everyone cooperates to make it widespread.
College administrators and professors realize their role in the promotion of this atmosphere and that Progress has a hard limit in a wall of Liberty– in this case the freedom of Trump’s voters to think what they want and to vote– that can’t be taken away without terrible, un-American methods. At some national convention that I just invented for reverie purposes they renew their ideals about justice, etc., but call for new methods based mainly on outreach and persuasion. Hollywood tells the story of Trump supporters sympathetically. Wall Street starts getting serious about offering real financial education, allowing the government to require a year of service as a financial educator in order to become licensed as a stockbroker, or something. Executive officers in blue areas discover a spine and start arresting and prosecuting the likes of Antifa. Both sides agree to slap down police unions and limit their power to shield terrible cops from firing and other results of prosecution.
There’s a fine line between the cross-section of an individual’s mind and values, expressed by an appropriately fleshed-out fantasy, and an inane and interminable narcissistic disquisition, full of grandiloquence and fifty-cent words but unballasted by realistic plans for getting any of this done (which, sadly, I lack). I’ll end this here, then, and hope that you’ll agree I’ve mostly avoided the latter.