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Political Pressure, Physics, and 2024

2024 seems a long way off, but a curious phenomenon is afoot, politics mimicking physics. In real life, things can seem balanced – “in equipoise” – but are not. What seems stable suddenly shifts. False stability hides pent-up energy, a big contest. Think “tug of war,” arm wrestling, steady until one side wins, unmoving then over. Approaching 2024, that is us – Americans pulling hard, and things will break big, one way or the other.

At this moment, we appear balanced, in equipoise, but are not. We have a narrowly divided Senate tipping Democrat and a narrowly divided House tipping Republican. We seem balanced but that is a deception. Things will soon – in 2024 – tip hard, one way or the other.

What we know is that for six congressional cycles and two presidential, our elections have been characterized by intense political combat, not often seen. Conservatives fight for limited government, leftist Democrats increasingly defend power consolidation, and stakes keep rising.

Below the surface, we are at war, vying as seldom in history for hearts and minds – either a return to normal, to accountability, fiscal responsibility, moral compass, and global leadership, or the reverse, uncontrolled spending, redefinition of moral norms, and end of global leadership.

The key is that we are not in a state of “sit and rest,” not in a “happy place” of balance or stability. That is a deception. We are not shallowly divided, in some untroubled state. These are not normal checks and balances; the ideological division is deep.

We are in a state of mounting tension, internally at odds, battlelines drawn, stakes rising, what physics calls a state of bracing for “elastic recoil,” a sudden shift. Something is going to give.  

In this contest for high ground, anything can happen – and may fast. Like the 2020 riots, COVID lockdowns, cross-accusations on election integrity, baseless impeachments, and belligerent anti-democratic talk, this period is fraught with risk. 

Bad news is until we value what got us here and return to normal, people will be tense – the way political combat resembles real combat and physics, pressure building under a deceptively stable cork.  Internally, many know this – political stakes are high. Now, we need to get this right.

Good news is, because of such points – when ideas meet and one side wins – we refresh the process, understanding again what our nation is about and why what we have is really precious. People begin to think, talk and act as if it mattered – because these moment do.

Before one side wins the tug-of-war, deep focus happens, and stakes are understood as people brace for what is coming. The good news too is that over the history of this republic, those favoring limited, constitutional government, due process, and liberty have won every time.

The main point is to know where you are, where we are, and what is expected of us – not “rest and relaxation,” the midterms battle now behind us, and not the expectation that this situation is normal.

Needed is the reverse, preparation for a major battle of ideas, defending the Bill of Rights in the marketplace of ideas – individual liberty and citizen sovereignty, versus big government.

Ronald Reagan was clear about such moments, as were others. We preserve the future by understanding the battle for liberty is never done, minds need changing, as they did at our founding, when men and women put everything on the line for liberty.

What we do not need is indifference, thoughts that we have won or alternately cannot win, or the idea that political violence is permissible. None of these things are true. Needed is thought, preparation for 2024, and awareness that what works in physics sometimes also does in politics.

We must pull on the rope, apply mental muscle, keep pressure under the cork, and channel frustration with COVID lockdowns, bad policies, socialism, and Biden to achieve a turnaround, a real win.

Despite appearances, despite a split Congress and divided legislative and executive, we are still in a battle for truth, and if I may be flip, “truth, justice, and the American way.” We are at a point in history when things matter, and will tip one way or the other.

Our job, as this process unfolds and 2024 hurtles toward us, is to keep our heads level, think strategically, and recognize where we are. This is an intersection. Divided government seems stable – but it is not. Not this time. It hides pent-up energy, and we need to win this tug of war.


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Paul
1 month ago

Trump saved America once!I beleive that he will do it again.

Boz
1 month ago

2020 and 2022 are perfect indicators of 2024. Election Fraud For The Win!

Chris
1 month ago

Even more than the physics examples you give I see a sand pile with many near-critical fingers of instability (google it) — and not just in the political arena. The economy, finances (e.g. debt, national, corporate and personal), military, religion/values/social cohesion, and technology are all on potential tipping points and any one of them slipping could trigger some or all of others.

That which cannot continue, won’t, and we have several of those pending right now.

We are in for “interesting” times.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

For 2024:
RNC War Rooms
National campaign
Election Reform Task Forces
Countering censorship.
New Blood for RNC

Dump RINOs & DC Estd
Or lose 2024

SAW
1 month ago

I’ll say this for you Stephen, you are consistent and have given this some thought. And, I agree with all of your points!
Ever thought of running for an office?

I would also welcome AMAC (and us) to tilt more toward building in the details to all of your thoughts with specifics and lets see what folks here come up with as well.

I am not as fast a thinker as I thought I once was but I will be giving thought to how to outline some of your ideas further!

Its sure better than grumbling and just throwing up our hands saying “nothing will ever change” in these posts…

MADE MY DAY!

Dan W.
1 month ago

Dump the Rinos sounds good but keep in mind that besides our elected officials who are Rinos, a chunk of our voters are also Rinos.

If we tell those voters to get lost, who do we replace them with ?

Honey
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan W.

I don’t think in this age where we are battling for the soul of America and whether we will be a part of the Great Reset of One Worlders making us lose our sovereignty to the New World Order, or remaining America First and respecting the laws of our Constitutional Republic, that there are many reading this who are in the middle.

Obama said we are inches away from fundamentally changing America and he meant it. Hillary’s rule was supposed to be his third term to finish the job.Those in Obama’s corner had to find a way to bring Trump down.
We all know the drill.

I cannot imagine there are a lot of RINOS who actively read these articles and letters in response.

Therefore I take a stand. Let’s not care what the RINOS think. They are not on the right side in the battle I describe for America’s soul.

I even go so far as to suggest Trump should be our candidate in 2024, Trump alone. He will clean out those who want to finish Obama’s job.

My two cents.

Dan W.
1 month ago
Reply to  Honey

I agree that not many (if any) Rinos read or respond to articles on this website but they do vote.

If we write them off, we need other voters to take their place in future general elections.

Honey
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Are Rinos going to vote for Biden? I can’t believe that.

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