At this point I find most of the debates about the 2012 elections to be quaint. I also feel sorry to see how many people want to believe that things are normal and that even though we are going through a tough time because of the economy and the intransigence of the republican party, that we still have a chance to turn things around in the 2012 election.
It conjures up the image of a "deer in the headlights" or of "sheep being led to slaughter."
Now, I know that the statement above is kind of harsh, and with the objective of no muddling the message (and trying to avoid getting too many flames), let me make the obligatory statement and encourage people to vote (for Obama), and participate in the political process, etc. That's all good.
I also encourage people to prepare and get ready for the impending shock which (I believe) will happen before the 2012 election.
This prediction is predicated upon a conclusion I've reached about the current state of affairs of the system of government in the United States.
I've covered these issues in previous diaries, including "2012 Will Mark The Final Collapse of Democracy in The U.S.", "The Nascent American Plutocracy - Tuesday, June 14th, 2011", and "The Canary in the Coal Mine - Take Action,The Danger is Imminent".
So in favor of brevity, I'll get straight to the point. I'll start with a brief summary: A very well-organized group of people and organizations joined forces over four decades ago with the express purpose of radically changing the nature of the socioeconomic and political system in the United States, influenced by the philosophies espoused by (right wing) intellectuals like Leo Strauss, and Ayn Rand. Their philosophies are influenced by ideas around Social Darwinism and eugenics.
A very important phase in their plan came about during the 2000's when they were able to implement what I call "Phase II." This included the dismantling of the regulatory infrastructure, curtailment of civil rights and constitutional protections, and the final takeover of the entire media infrastructure (in order to turn it into the most sophisticated and effective propaganda machine ever known).
By 2005 the neo fascist infrastructure was fully in place, and then it was time to deploy it on the populace. This time of deployment (historically) takes a decade or more (see Naomi Wolf, and Naomi Klein videos below).
The Great Recession caused by the 2008 financial crisis (due to trillions of dollars being looted by Wall Street) served as an initial "shock" to paralyze the citizenry so many pieces of the neo fascist infrastructure could be implemented.
So based on this background, I'm prepared to make a hard prediction about what's going to happen before the 2012 election. If I were to quantify the certainty of this prediction, I would say I'm 85% certain this will happen.
There will be a series of events that will be used by the nascent neo fascist ruling class to consolidate power, which will be the culmination of their 40-year plan.
Any kind of "security-related" event will be blown out of proportion and there will be a huge media drumbeat, which will allow the neo fascist to finalize the implementation of an oppressive security apparatus. Keep in mind, once this happens, there will be no going back...
I'm predicting (on this I'm 95% sure) that there will be another catastrophic financial collapse which will serve as another shock to the populace. Remember, the previous shocks (during the 2000's) turned the population into virtual zombies, dormant, apoplectic, in the face of some of the most egregious transgressions by the neo fascist ruling elite. The next shock is going to finish the job.
Folks, you've heard about terror... Well this is one application of it. People that now think they have it bad (long-term unemployed, newly homeless, etc.) will be rendered apoplectic by the terror inflicted by the new criminal ruling class that has taken over.
Two things are going to happen... The majority of the population will not understand what's happening and will be easily manipulated, and confused. As always in history, the people that do get it will be a minority (writers, intellectuals, activists, etc.). This people will be targeted in multiple ways in order to prevent them from trying to wake people up from their slumber.
Also, there will be quasi-paramilitary cells around the country. This is a combination of organizations like the formerly named Blackwater, and right-wing groups that are now being manipulated by radio talk hosts, and the NRA.
What's going to emerge after this process will be a fully entrenched and powerful small Neo-fascist ruling elite, and a compliant populace that will be easily manipulated and exploited.
On this, I'm also 85% sure that is not going to happen, but for what is worth it, let me share what I believe is a prescription to properly address this current state of affairs.
There has to be a well-organized and deliberate push to have all major progressive organizations, labor unions, activists, etc., unite with the understanding that we are facing nothing less than the end of America as we know it.
In a normal situation (if the populace wasn't sleeping at the wheel) we would have a constant and relentless wave of massive (well-organized, with staying power) protests around the country and in Washington demanding the restoration of constitutional protections, accountability for crimes committed by Wall Street, and push-back against draconian laws and acts harming the working people of this country.
My concern is that by the time people feel desperate enough to do this it would be too late. The neo fascist infrastructure would have been fully deployed. Any effective leaders would have been neutralized. And the most powerful brainwashing tool in the form of the mainstream media in the U.S. would exert almost complete control on the populace.