NH results

Phorid flies, also known as “ant-decapitating flies,”  are nasty little creatures. They lay their eggs inside the thorax of an ant. Then larvae crawl up into the host’s brain and eat it. The ant, unaware of the assassins within, ends life with its head literally falling off.

Tuesday’s election results in New Hampshire demonstrate what this blog has been trying to say for over five years: Cultural phorid flies are eating away at America’s brain, and it may be too late to excise the parasite.

Reuters reported Wednesday, Nov. 10:

[Bernie] Sanders coasted to victory in Tuesday’s primary on a wave of voter anger at traditional U.S. politicians. New York billionaire Donald Trump swept the Republican contest in the same state.

The results testified to the sizable share of American voters upset at U.S. economic conditions and willing to send a shockwave to Washington in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

A self-described socialist pummeled Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and Donald Trump did the same to his Republican rivals.

The results in New Hampshire are exactly what happens when moral relativism, political corruption, and crony capitalism eat away at society’s innards for a long enough time. America, once a proud worker ant, now has something weird and different growing inside it. Unless the parasite is removed — now — it will burst forth from the nation’s corpse and usher in a wholly new reality, likely something from our Founding Fathers’ worst nightmares.

To give us a better idea of what is going on, I will now turn to Saint Augustine’s classic, City of God.

He writes on the fall of Rome:

“If the prince is unjust, or a tyrant (to use the Greek word), or if the aristocrats are unjust (in which case their group  is merely a faction), or if the people themselves are unjust (and must be called, for lack of a better word, a tyrant also), then the commonwealth is not merely bad … but is no commonwealth at all. The reason for that is that there is no longer the welfare of the people, once a tyrant or a faction seizes it; nor would the people, if unjust, be any longer a people, because they would not then be regarded as a multitude bound together by a common recognition of rights, and a mutual cooperation for the common good, as the standard definition of a people demands.

When, therefore, the Roman republic was such as Sallust describes it, it was not only ‘very wicked and corrupt’ — ‘a sink of iniquity,’ as he puts it — it was no republic at all, if measured by the criterion established by its ablest representatives when they met to debate the nature of the republic.” — Saint Augustine, City of God.

Augustine goes on to say, “By our own vices, not by chance, we have lost the republic, though we retain the name.”

If America truly is a decapitated ant that does not know it yet, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. We invited the parasites of moral relativism, political corruption, and crony capitalism into our body and now must pay the price, whatever that may be.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

13 comments

  1. Well said. Indeed, it often appears as if those phorid flies have eaten away at people’s brains. I theorize that we have some kind of subconscious awareness of this fact, judging from our sudden cultural love of zombie movies. We often have a way of revealing the nature of ourselves in our culture and entertainment, often without even realizing it. So does this ship of state right itself at the last moment? I do not know, we live in interesting times.

    1. “I theorize that we have some kind of subconscious awareness of this fact, judging from our sudden cultural love of zombie movies. We often have a way of revealing the nature of ourselves in our culture and entertainment, often without even realizing it.”

      I agree with you, and that isn’t just because I’m about 85-90 percent done with my own zombie-apocalypse book. 😉

    2. “I do hope you manage to discover the antidote.”

      Let’s just say readers who also followed this blog over the years will see that I enjoy likes of Saint Augustine, Francis De Sales, etc.

  2. NH is a quasi-open primary state, which means we don’t know how much of that vote for Trump was from people who aren’t party members but attitudinally would be Democrats.

    1. “NH is a quasi-open primary state, which means we don’t know how much of that vote for Trump was from people who aren’t party members but attitudinally would be Democrats.”

      True, but even if we factor that in we’re still left with a frightening amount of support from people who just want the Republican version of Obama. Trump probably would have won Iowa if he just showed up to that last debate and said “Make America great again!” a few times — and he would have done so with almost zero ground game.

  3. Hillary lost in New Hampshire, and won by a narrow margin in Iowa, but she still has more delegates (394) than Sanders (42).

    Under DNC rules, New Hampshire has 24 delegates who are allocated according to the popular vote. So Sanders gets 13 and Clinton gets 9, with two uncommitted. But NH also has 8 super delegates, with six committed to Hillary. So she leaves NH with 15 delegates guaranteed.

    The DNC wants Hillary, and the RNC wants Jeb. The bankers who run both parties just want more more cronyism, whether it’s crony capitalism or crony socialism. Trump and Sanders are popular because the rank-and-file are fed up with business as usual. And both are running as populists.

    If Trump and Sanders are the respective nominees, the race will be between a billionaire business man (and crony capitalist) supported by the working class, and a socialist (who has never had a real job in his life) supported by the rich trust fund babies and hedge fund managers.

    Interesting times, indeed.

    1. Possibly my favorite comment in 2016 so far. Kudos to you, Tom. That last paragraph had me rolling in laughter at the absurdity that is our current reality.

    2. “If Trump and Sanders are the respective nominees, the race will be between a billionaire business man (and crony capitalist) supported by the working class, and a socialist (who has never had a real job in his life) supported by the rich trust fund babies and hedge fund managers.”

      Zing! Good one, Tom. So true…

  4. I’ve expressed severe disappointment with the NH results and chastised media morons insisting it’s all over for everyone on the GOP side but Trump and Kasich. (Though I did chuckle a bit when Eric “I’ll lecture you for years about what a true conservative is and than back Trump” Bolling idiotically insisted that Trump getting under 40% in a fractured field proves the guy can win over all sorts of voters.) Still, I wouldn’t go quite as far as what you’re saying (but mainly because I’m trying to maintain my optimism in these heady times). It’s like Jack said: an open primary fight is not indicative of the entire electorate (at least not for the GOP, given the blue state nature of NH). It’s SC (far redder territory) that’ll demonstrate where the GOP is going.

    Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that Trump is benefiting from the fractured field, that his competitors have made mistakes in dealing with him, and that the party is asleep at the switch. I appreciate Cruz taking him on in Iowa (and ads suggest that’s not gonna change in SC), but it lacks polish given that whole “my good friend Donald Trump” talk for five months. Cruz also made the mistake of picking fights with Rubio and the others. Focus your energy on the frontrunner–not the guy who could possibly overtake you. It’s like these campaigns are running on a kind of “rob Peter to pay Paul” logic. Worry more about today’s problem instead of tomorrow’s.

    Speaking of which, Rubio (to be bluntly) needs to cut the crap. I appreciate that he was running a general election message and trying to talk about his ideas, but he’s gotta change course. I’m not talking about that idiotic robot meme the media helped propagate (“OMG, a candidate who’s on message! That’s so much worse than a guy who rambles every time he talks and repeats the same damn catchphrase!”); I mean not fighting back and drawing proper distinctions. I’ve mentioned my distaste for Jeb, but it reached a boiling point last week when he was insisting Rubio had no accomplishments and then took credit for things that only happened because Rubio was Speaker of the Florida House. Rubio should not have let that slide, nor should he have let that jackass Christie get the better of him.

    It is my sincerest hope that Rubio takes Jeb “It’s my turn!” Bush down several pegs in that next debate and knocks him out of this race once and for all. No one’s between Cruz and Trump, but Jeb is between Rubio and them. He’s gotta knock him out to get any traction. (There’s still Kasich, too, but he lacks the money and operation to seriously compete in SC.) I get how candidates don’t want to get into pissing matches (Christie ended his campaign by wounding Rubio), but there are venues of attack that’d be fitting for his and Cruz’s style. They’re the only ones who didn’t lurch left to suck up to NH voters; I guarantee Trump and Bush are gonna say all the right-wing things as if what they said in NH never happened. (“I didn’t say Marco was too pro-life. Heck, I’m the superest duperest pro-life guy ever! Please clap.”) They gotta point out that kinda crap when it happens, as well as highlight policy experience and knowledge. I heard Rubio was critical today of Trump’s lack of foreign policy knowledge in comparison to his own. That’s good; he should keep that up. Cruz (being the self-styled “I hate Obamacare” guy) should also be banging that drumbeat about Trump’s support of single payer.

    I still believe that as more candidates get out, voters will rally around a viable non-Trump candidate. (The theory goes that Cruz did as well as he did in NH because Rand Paul’s voters migrated to him.) Of course, that can’t happen unless said viable candidates take off the kid gloves. It just frustrates me to no end that no one’s taking real shots at the frontrunner yet (believe me, with Trump’s record, he’s gotten off incredibly easy) and that the party leadership is just willing to sit outside until it blows over. (Of course, they could be dumb enough to believe that Jeb’s the one to go with, so maybe they should be sitting outside.) Jeb’s scorched Earth campaign is terrible, but it’s really a microcosm of the situation. Trump’s not going away; NH should be a wake-up call in that respect. There’s gotta be some oppo research just waiting to be deployed in a red state and no way Trump can win an exchange with Cruz or Rubio; that’s why he picks on Jeb all the time. In the words of Crow T. Robot, “Use whatever you want. Just hit the guy!”

    As for the whole Sanders thing, yeah, it sums up progressive voters perfectly. It certainly speaks poorly for society, but Democrats get the candidate they deserve. Admittedly, I might be blinded by the knowledge that Hillary is squirming. I’m just more concerned about GOP voters getting stuck with someone not even getting a majority of the vote.

    1. “Speaking of which, Rubio (to be bluntly) needs to cut the crap. I appreciate that he was running a general election message and trying to talk about his ideas, but he’s gotta change course. I’m not talking about that idiotic robot meme the media helped propagate (“OMG, a candidate who’s on message! That’s so much worse than a guy who rambles every time he talks and repeats the same damn catchphrase!”)”

      I should put together a montage of every time Chris Christie said some iteration of, “I’m a former prosecutor, and I’ll prosecute Hillary Clinton if I’m the nominee! Durrrr!” Loser.

      I hope he’s happy with himself. He sits on the sidelines with his thumb up his butt for months, then goes off on Rubio and drops out of the race. Unreal.

      The guy says he’s above the fray, but then calls Rubio “Bubble boy” or whatever it was. You know he’d go ballistic if someone called him “The Lap Band Bandit” or “Governor Lap Band.”

      Like you said, Rubio attacking Obama and staying on point is a problem, but Trump saying, “Make America great again!” every other sentence is no big deal. Okay. This is why I generally try not to write on politics nearly as much as I used to on the blog.

  5. YOU KNOW THAT THIS ANALOGY MEANS THAT YOU ARE IN FACT THE FLY, RIGHT?
    Overall,I would say well written article. I mean considering its an article about nothing and mostly just long ctrl+c+v passages of others’ words; I AM bothering to comment. Bravo, ya got me.
    But seriously you understand that if America is the Ant and the current political landscape is the monstrous juggernaut of phorid larvae inevitably bursting through our squishy head guts-THEN YOU, THIS TYPE OF RHETORIC, AND THIS TYPE OF TRUTHINESS is the predatory fly seeking out brains in which to feast. I loved how you almost appeared concerned for the future of Americans who you describe in not so many words as mindless fucktard insects who have useless brains only good for one thing and that is your bastard anchor baby of anger. You came here to do two things mind rape some idiots trying to do work with bombast blogs and chew bubble gum. And who the fuck can do anything while at the same time chew bubble gum? The way you revolted at the idea of mass reactionary relativism then served up the ironic monotheistic master of manichean dualism was awesome. Much like the phallic gender bending fetish that your spirit animal represents you seemed overtly concerned with length. There is a phorid fly level of keen insight into the need for awesome RoI. Ya hear it a million times, “If you are are gonna be a zombie monger your gonna think about return on interest rates.” Clearly hoping to poke as many bears in the ass as possible but understanding how often you can thrust into that bear is equally important to you. Above all the shallow efficiency at which you keep your hypocritical love note to your bae Augustine is refreshing. While it could be easy to cherry pick that which would support The City of God being the basis of a lot of Western thought that has got us to this point(with no help from THEM trying to fuck it up btw) you chose the passage that would sum up the absurd cyclone of blame that is blustery hurricane Augustine. Its a breath of fresh hot air. Some of this shit is so long. You totally get it,”We ain’t got all day. Speak in bumper stickers please. Some of us got bumper stickers to read.” Very clear and direct with your goal to incite fervor with unclear rage. Fuck them, right? Totally. Fuck them. OF all the forgettable people on the internet I like your site the best. #RABBLE<ROUSE #stillbetterthanbuzzfeed #leastitainthuffpost No but seriously I probably disagree on almost anything but its cool there's nerd stuff here sometimes I guess so IMHO its not the worst. The world needs all kinds. Keep up the work! idk ill prob never even bother to open any of the notifications for this comment.

    1. Normally I would just add this one to the “spam” file since your very first response is a giant expletive-laced block that abuses the caps-lock button and needlessly uses exclamation points. In this case, however, I think your screed needs to be seen. It’s so very telling. Try it again and you will be banned.

      “idk ill prob never even bother to open any of the notifications for this comment.”

      Translation: I will certainly return the moment someone responds to my diatribe.

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