**I don’t think this post was complete, which is too bad. You’ll see by the date on this post, 10.27.2008, that Fenris was absolutely right on with his predictions. Yes, a few of the things discussed haven’t happened yet, but the key word here is “yet.” You can’t deny though, that whatever hasn’t come true is certianly shaping up to come true.
I am gloating over the impending sweep of the American congress, senate, and Presidency by the Democrats. At last, the evil Republicans will be sent back to the ash heap of history, and all their works, from Reconstruction onward, will be undone. At last, Jefferson Davis will have his revenge.
If you hang out with Telemarketers, or Hypnotists, you will hear them chat about ‘Expectation’. This is what drives both telephone sales (that extinct art that drove newspaper subscriptions, arts fund raising, and main stream media market research) and successful hypnotic induction. To a certain extent, propaganda also has ties to the power of expectation in that if the propaganda proves false, disbelief in the entire body of propaganda occurs. A form of negative expectation, if you will.
Now, quickly, look at the actual details of the clean sweep Democrats. The party of Nathan Bedford Forrest has not actually put ink too many actual numbers. They are long on emotions and visceral images, but short on data. So what? So what indeed. Just look into the minds of those happy millions of supporters … in their individual minds are details, indeed. Their imaginations have created images of future expectation, completely untethered to reality, untethered to policy. The Democrats have not issued reality, but sold a dream. This is fine campaigning.
When people have expectations, and those expectations are not met, they turn, by turns, angry, sullen, depressed, or violent. When the proletariat, the welfare class, the bourgeois, the feeling thinkers, have their personal, private expectations unmet, they will behave as primates always do. Just go promise your kid a trip to the circus, then tell him no. Just go promise your partner that you will have sex, then tell them no. Just go promise a customer that you will give them a five percent discount, then tell them no. The key element here is that the O-Party is not promising details, it is leaving that up to the imagination. So when Rainbow the Greenie does not get their imagined end to coal, nuclear, and oil power generation by 2009, when Babu the Crip does not get a hot lemon Cadillac, when Slymo the social worker does not get a bigger desk and a closer parking spot, they will behave in a predictable fashion.
The O-party promises change. What the heck does that mean? What are the details of change, that the O-voters are expecting to see? Hmmm. The alchemists warned us of the dangers of this allowing imagination to drive expectation. In alchemy, the correct mode is to have expectations based on reality. The tarot card that depicts expectations based on emotions is Key 15, the Devil. People who buy into this mentality can expect the reality depicted in the card. This is not very scientific, of course. But as a social engineer, I love to experiment with human lives. Lets get back in a year or so and see what the out come has been.