The terms “red pill” and “blue pill” refer to a choice between the willingness to learn a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth by taking the red pill or remaining in contented ignorance with the blue pill. The terms refer to a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix. Sash Stone applies the metaphor in discussing American perceptions of socio-political reality in her substack article The Raid that Red-Pilled America. Excerpts in italics with my bolds.
No one who watches Joe and Mika or Rachel Maddow or reads the New York Times will ever be red-pilled. They simply believe that is the only reality. How could it not be if every high-status person in America is going along with it? If your friends and family go along with it, if your social media feed confirms it every day with links. If it’s in the media, it must be true, right? How do you not trust it if it’s on NBC News or the Washington Post?
Waking up to the media’s near-total collapse during the Trump years is a big part of being red-pilled. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. The only way to escape the media’s hold on the narrative is to cut it out completely, at least until you can see that there is another reality, and very often, the actual truth.
If they hadn’t already given up on the “establishment” by watching them crush Bernie Sanders like a bug in 2016, 2020 would do it. The response to COVID was a big one. Dividing the country the way it did into the compliant and the non-compliant. What it did to businesses, to the minds of children, to everyone who was locked down and locked in – unable to attend funerals, weddings, and death beds.
But the raid on Mar-a-Lago very likely has red-pilled Americans even more, especially when you put it together with the authoritarianism during COVID, the suppression of speech, the silencing of dissent, and the dehumanization we all live with every day.
To watch our Department of Justice raid a former president’s home months before the midterms, where the Democrats were expected to do very badly, looks suspect to anyone. If they were trying to create distrust in our institutions, they succeeded.
Most Americans have seen, maybe for the first time, that our government has become too powerful, too punitive, and too authoritarian in crushing dissenting voices and outsiders who challenge that authority. We call that being red-pilled.
More worrisome is the ongoing mass hysteria that started on Twitter, spread into our institutions of power, and now has spread to our government. To have such a complicit and compliant media is even more terrifying. What wouldn’t they go along with by now? Gulags?
We all thought “cancel culture” would be confined to social media but clearly it has become the modus operandi for our establishment government. It’s hard not see this as yet another extension of the insanity and hysteria over Trump.
The Mar-a-Lago raid on its own would have one thing. But it comes right after Merrick Garland announced the “largest investigation in American history” against a former president. That came on the heels of prime-time hearings that aired on every news network except Fox, led by Liz Cheney, where they compared January 6th to the end of slavery and the Jim Crow South. This, after Kamala Harris, compared January 6th to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
A red-pilled America is probably starting to think the reaction to Trump, rather than Trump himself, might be the even bigger threat.
Instead of bringing more voters in, the administrative state has now red-pilled even more Americans. . . It’s likely that many of these voters agree with Rep. Mayra Flores (R-Texas) who responded to the Mar-a-Lago search thus: “The FBI raid on the residence of the former POTUS is unprecedented. We do not live in a third world country.”
Whether the newly red-pilled Americans will become GOP voters or whether they will support Trump at all remains an open question. But many of them will be coming out of August 8th with a high distrust for a government that would use the Department of Justice to sabotage its political enemies.
The media has long since lost touch with reality.
They listen to Twitter, not the American public. For too long now, the Biden administration has been taking its cues from the wrong people. They think if it makes Joy Behar happy, it’s worth doing. They think it’s the right move if Rob Reiner approves on Twitter. Twitter is a small pond with way too many big fish driving ongoing hysteria and preventing the Democrats from focusing on the problems of average Americans.
Chasing Trump for six years based on one mass hysteria event after another has destroyed the Democratic Party and possibly our Department of Justice. Just because they can indict Trump on some procedural error doesn’t mean they should.
The problem with mass hysteria is that it often leads to the dehumanization of whole groups of people. While most see it as more of a physical affliction, like coughing fits or laughing disease, it can also work when a threat spreads quickly in a tight-knit community. Think about a snake slithering into a tent. The more who are connected, the faster the hysteria spreads.
The hysteria only ends when they’ve gotten rid of the bad thing. That is why we watched person after person purged and persecuted from their jobs, Hollywood, and social media all through the Trump years, a practice that continues to this day. In 2016 there are more people online and connected than ever before. In 2020, even more people were online and connected.
Dehumanization is the red line we should never cross, not necessarily because of what it does to other people, but because of what it does to ourselves, nothing less than the total destruction of the human soul.
There were no real witches in Salem, America is not corrupt to its core with “white supremacy,” and Trump is not an omnipotent Super Villain. We’re all just human beings, flaws and all. Trump is still the same gadfly from the 1980s whose fame revolved around his opulent lifestyle.
There is nothing left of the Trump hunters. They have been destroyed by their addiction. It defines who they are now and defines what they are. For people who have everything – money, culture, art museums, every major corporation in the country, all Big Tech platforms were undone by their need to destroy one man.
Americans are looking at the January 6th committee hearings, and now, with the raid on Mar-a-Lago and thinking, do they not trust their own candidates or policies to win in November? Why are they so worried the people will vote for Trump instead? Shouldn’t they be fixing themselves rather than trying to take out their opponent before he’s even announced he’s running?
I never thought anything could shake my faith and loyalty to the Democratic Party. I trusted them. I believed in them. That doesn’t mean I think the Republican Party is any better, but they don’t control everything as the Democrats do.
They will probably indict Trump. That will mark the last gasp of their collapsing empire. The red pills will be eaten like candy. No American will ever see them the same way again.
I am not MAGA. I am not a Conservative. My friends and family do not understand why I care about Trump and his supporters. They want me to join them in their hatred. They want me to be inside the same group hysteria as they are. I know where they’re coming from. I used to be among them. I did everything they’re doing now.
But the red pill is a powerful one. Once you find your way out of the bubble of hysteria on the Left, it feels more like normal life. People are people again. And that, my friends, is worth waking up for.
In response to Michael’s question in his comment, “Where’s the science in this matter?”
From Ted Noel’s American Thinker article, Truth Matters And Never More So Than With the Mar-a-Lago Raid. Excerpts in italics with my bolds.
“Truth” is a verbal representation of what is or what has happened. Truth does not care whether you believe it or not. It will not argue with you. It will simply hit you between the eyes when you ignore or deny it enough times. For example, if you have no income and you keep spending money, eventually your credit card will be rejected. It’s not complicated; it’s just a fact. It’s not my truth or your truth. It is the truth. In this vein, we must consider the seizure of documents from Mar-a-Lago. There are four classes of material.
The first is the simplest. Donald Trump works at Mar-a-Lago while he’s there, so he has created work-related documents. Those are properly his and should never have been taken. They aren’t covered by the Presidential Records Act and aren’t classified security documents.
Second are his passports. As president, he had both a personal and a diplomatic passport. Those are his unless he is required to surrender them by a Court or the State Department. No such orders have been given and, should he be required to surrender them, the Mar-a-Lago raid would look like kicking over a sand castle on a beach.
The third class is security-related documents. Here’s where things get interesting. If Trump took classified documents with him and did not store them properly, then it is possible to suggest that there might be a security violation.
In 1988, the Supreme Court, in Navy v. Egan, declared that the President’s control over classified documents is absolute:
“The President, after all, is the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” U.S.Const., Art. II, § 2. His authority to classify and control access to information bearing on national security and to determine whether an individual is sufficiently trustworthy to occupy a position in the Executive Branch that will give that person access to such information flows primarily from this constitutional investment of power in the President, and exists quite apart from any explicit congressional grant.
This is also a direct reference to Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution. “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”
In short, the Constitution granted President Trump complete authority to classify or declassify anything he wanted. No one had any legal authority to question him. He was not required to follow any procedure. His standing order that any materials he removed from the Oval Office were deemed declassified was both fully effective and unquestionable. He had “plenary authority.”
There is only one possibility regarding any materials taken from the White House before noon on January 20, 2021. Unless Donald Trump rescinded his standing order, all those documents were, in fact, declassified the moment they left the Oval Office.
Thus, any Espionage Act charge relating to documents at Mar-a-Lago is bogus.
As President Trump said, “All the documents were declassified.”
As for the movers, they are required to be gone with all the outgoing President’s belongings, mementos, and whatever before noon. Put bluntly, if Trump didn’t get it out of the White House by noon, he didn’t have it at Mar-a-Lago, and that means that any papers fell under his standing declassification order. Game, set, and match.
The final question is whether Trump had documents that the Presidential Records Act says belong to the National Archives. While that’s possible, 45 has been very cooperative on that count. When the movers took things out of the White House, it’s quite likely that they scooped up some items that fit into that description. On an earlier DOJ visit to Mar-a-Lago, some of these things were identified and handed over without objection. And as The Donald has noted, all they had to do was ask. For National Archives issues, a simple phone call would work. Trump’s personal work and passports don’t fall under any form of request or excuse. So, what’s going on?
I can’t read the alleged mind of anyone on the Left, so here comes my best guess. Sleepy Joe’s puppet masters realized that their attempt to use the January 6 circus to paint Trump as an insurrectionist was failing. So, they needed to find a way to soil him so badly that his base would reject him. “Under investigation” would be the magic words. But they forgot a key item.
First, as I’ve noted above, Trump did nothing illegal. Second, they tried multiple investigations. Russiagate flopped. Then, an investigation into a routine phone call resulted in a sham impeachment. Finally, when bad actors crashed Biden’s Electoral College party, the Left gave Trump credit. But in every case, the Left failed.
I’m not a Republican or Democrat, red or blue. The form of government and the economic system ruling the United States, and most of the rest of the world, is demonstrably corrupt, oppressive and destructive of what little of the natural world still remains.
That said, there is an underlying reality at play that is independent of political interpretation. There were actions taken, laws broken, cultural norms defied and consequences levied for deviation from those norms.
The reality is that Trump and cronies really did illegally remove government documents from their assigned place and were held in a private residence in contradiction of national standards of document archiving and storage. Attempts by the government to retrieve those documents peacefully and legally were ignored by the perps, and, therefore, legal action was taken to restore the documents to their rightful place.
Interpreting these actions as a politically motivated vendetta against a former president, now a private citizen, goes beyond the pale.
It says up there at the top of this blog: “SCIENCE MATTERS”. Where is the science in the cited article and in this presentation of it?
Michael, in the fog of this political warfare, you declare “The reality is . . .” I say, “So you say, or whoever you heard that from.” Far too soon to know the reality, separated from all the spinning going on. I agree with you on the corruption of the DC swamp, which began long before Trump went into politics. This is now a naked power struggle, and I only root for Trump because he is the underdog, and because he alone had the courage to denounce IPCC climate malarky. Not to worry about the FBI raid, legions of lawyers will sort out the details . . . eventually.
Being “blue-pilled” resembles suffering from mass formation psychosis. Being “red-pilled” resembles not suffering from mass formation psychosis. According to the climical psychologist. Desmet in the book entitled The Psychology of Totalitarianism, the thinking of a blue pilled person is reductionistic while the thinking of a red-pilled person is holistic.To convert an individual from reductionistic to holistic thinking it is ncessary to repeatedly tell this individual what is wrong with his argument.
Terry, I think you understate how terrifying it is to be red-pilled. Example: Look how judges were unwilling to confront the possibility of an organized criminal conspiracy to elect Joe Biden, whatever it takes. Lawsuits brought before the election were thrown out for lack of damages yet to occur. After the election, lawsuits were dismissed as too late to undue the results. That’s blue pill all the way.
On a slightly different tack have you heard of the ‘Oxygen Extinction’ This occurred 2.3 billion years ago. The world ran out of Oxygen. Sure there was probably 1000ppm. The world became an ice-ball and life was snuffed out except probably around volcanic fumeroles. During this extinction the world had approximately 5% CO2 (ie) 50,000 ppm CO2. Now many who are propagating the current climate fraud probably know this but are too weak to speak out. At the same time over the last 140 million years CO2 has dropped from 5,000ppm to around 400ppm. If it continues to drop below 150 ppm then ALL life will be extinguished. Finally have you noticed just where geographically this BS climate movement is situated, North America, EU, Australia ans NZ. The only computer simulation IPCC program that has followed warming trends over the last 30 years is the Russian study. They are not interested in lowering CO2, China does not care and India wants a better future for its population. That makes up 30% of the worlds population. Another 30% are underdeveloped or developing. The only stupid ones are the Free World – democratic countries. We are all doomed through stupidity.
My final rant is asking you to read the long article titled “Global Warming – A case study in groupthink’ by Christopher Booker.
I never swallowed the blue pills. I haven’t swallowed any pills yet. There are mauve pills in front of me which hint at reality but they only hint. Nobody is yet offering red pills. Morpheus has yet to appear. I doubt he ever will. We’re all going to have to walk through strange, half-open doors on our own in order to discover the red pills waiting on the coffee table. There’s something not quite right about the Mar-a-Lago raid. Too many questions.