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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Jun 17, 2020 at 16:51

Yes, the far-left surge may succeed and what a frightening thought. And distinct possibility.

In college slightly after you, Dr. Pipes. Over time, I noticed, the activists were in general very short-tempered, holier than thou, and always ready with a lecture or an insult. And never particularly happy. Capitalism was the big enemy and I slowly noticed the ends seemed to justify any means. Even when I agreed with something they said I still wanted nothing to do with them. I was briefly in a dorm that was an experiment in self-rule. I went to one "town meeting." It degenerated into yelling, name calling and general two-year-old behavior in about 5 minutes. Our grad student activists were making all the noise. You'd think we were debating going to war. It was just a dorm.

Remember Forrest Gump's friend Jenny? Her hip, anti-war boyfriend? He beats her up. That was so easy to picture. Really had the ring of truth. Surprised Hollywood let that scene go by, don't think they would now.

Some never left the university and I thought they could never manage their lives anywhere outside the protected environs of the college campus. Wrong. They found their places. In education, also in journalism and the bureaucracy.

At some point I started getting the feeling those maturity-challenged grad students in my self-governing dorm were running more and more of the world, especially the federal bureaucracy. That would explain firefighters from all over America who volunteered to go to New Orleans after Katrina being sent to Atlanta for 2 days of diversity training. But...but...people are drowning in New Orleans. Right, let's get you guys to Atlanta, quick. Who thought it was smart to refuse high-tech oil-skimming ships from Holland after the BP oil spill? The same elitist geniuses who always know best. They reached something of a crescendo during the Obama administration, with officials who lived in gated communities telling the rest of us that fences don't work.

Journalism once was in the mold of Walter Cronkite and William Shirer. Journalism now? Our impartial journalists have two modes. Mode one, Ministry of Information, active for eight years during the Obama administration. Mode two, get the President. Active now. No lie too big, (the President is a Russian agent) no lie too small (two scoops of ice cream).

And it seems to be working. Products of our education system recently displayed their deep knowledge of history as they vandalized statues of Abigail Adams and Matthias Baldwin. Antifa had well laid plans in place, just waiting for the next fuse to light. Yes they are dedicated cadres. They were working much harder down in Mom's basement than I ever thought. And pallets of bricks delivered to strategic locations in multiple cities, that costs real money that came from somewhere. Our so-called leaders (mayors and governors) are falling over each other to see who can be the hippest friend to Antifa. The summer of love is going great and Neville Chamberlain would be proud.

Wondering how many people the Committee for Shelter and Protection will say my house can accommodate. A dozen or so? That'll be nice.

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