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Kavanaugh Confirmation is American Version of Brezhnev 1979 Speech

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my two recent posts about why the nomination and attempt to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were incredibly bad ideas with huge potential for future disasters due to second/third order effects. To be clear, I have always seen that court as a regressive institution whose primay function is the maintenance of status quo for the wealthy and corporations, at the expense of everyone else. I also wrote that confirming him would be the best surprise gift for establishment Democrats since Trump’s 2016 electoral victory.

Putting an entitled effeminate man credibly accused of multiple sexual assaults and a poor liar, like Kavanaugh, to the Court does wonders for the ability of otherwise moribund establishment Democrats to motivate voters as well as collect donations. And yes.. it does matters a lot how Kavanaugh appears to most women of reproductive age, and not just due to of his stance on abortion. As I keep on saying, he is a living breathing embodiment of the mental image most women have of that rich but unattractive asshole who tried to sexually assault them.

Let us be honest about it, a guy who had to corner women in a room or stick his penis in front of their face was not making them wet in the first place. Sadly, there are more than a few retarded men who want to believe that all CONservative women will steadfastly support that loser because they came across a few photos of a minuscule number of attention-whoring barbie CONservatives pretending to do just that on Twitter. First of all, most CONservative women are post-menopausal, tending towards senility and on their way out. More importantly, most of their daughters don’t share their belief system and never will.

And do not, for one moment, assume that there will be no future revelations about Kavanaugh. On the contrary, we are going to see and hear a lot more about the misadventures of Brett and his friends at Georgetown Prep and Yale. And ya.. establishment Democrats will keep hammering away at him- largely because it increases voter turnout and nets them more donor cash. If you don’t believe me, just look at what they have built out of the ludicrous accusation that Trump is a Russian puppet. This is going to be a long.. long road.

But what does any of this have to do with Leonid Brezhnev‘s now infamous televised address from December 1979? Also who was this guy? For those of you born after mid-1980s, Leonid Brezhnev was the leader of the erstwhile- USSR from 1964 to 1982. In other words, his political career began and ended before many of us were born or old enough to understand things. But as you will soon see, all of this is very relevant to the USA of 2018.

So here is a quick historic primer about the actors and context to this event. Leonid Brezhnev came into power in 1964 after Nikita Khrushchev was deposed by an internal coup. It is fair to say that he was chosen because he was seen as least likely to rock the boat, especially since his predecessor was well.. kinda impulsive and often did things without carefully thinking through the consequences. This is not to say that Khrushchev wasn’t an effective leader. It is just that other people near the top preferred somebody more predictable and boring.

Initially, it looked like a good choice. As some of you know, USSR experienced massive real growth and improvement in living standards for its people from 1946 to the early 1970s. Did I mention that this occurred in spite of the chronic stupidity and short-sightedness of its political elite. Long story short, the first few years of Brezhnev’s “leadership” were good for most people. Then the consequences of previous bad choices and attempts to copy the most disastrous aspects of western capitalism caused economic stagnation.

The later years of his “leadership” were also characterized by a general social and intellectual malaise throughout the country, partially caused by regressive social CONservativism. By the late 1970s, many Russians had started to express serious doubt (in their private circles) about the direction and future of their country. But this being USSR, those doubts were almost never aired in forums larger than your close family and intimate friends. While Gulags were a thing of the past, nobody wanted to risk job promotions or attract extra scrutiny from the security apparatus.

Back to Brezhnev.. as we now know, his health declined a lot in later years to the point where, by 1979, he was a mere shadow of his former self. Of course, he never expressed a serious desire to resign (that we know of) and the other people at top were not especially interested in replacing him before his death. For some years, they were able to hide the extent of his physical deterioration from the public. However, towards the end- it was very obvious. And then he decided to record that televised address in December 1979.

By now, some of you must be wondering.. “what is exact connection between the recent farce of Kavanaugh’s confirmation and some televised address made by an old and sick leader of USSR in 1979”? Well.. both are pivotal moments for the loss of public confidence in existing systems of governance. Confused? Let me explain.

In the very late 1990s to early 2000s period, I performed research at a couple of places alongside many immigrants from the eastern block, including Russia. Almost every one of them was about 10-20 years older than me. We often used to talk about non-research related stuff including how things went south in USSR after 1980. During the course of these discussions I noticed something peculiar. While each one of them reached their moment of epiphany about the future of USSR through an often unique set of circumstances, a majority made at least passing mention of the speeches and public appearances made by Brezhnev from 1979 till his death.

But why would people remember a few routine speeches made during that time period? More importantly, why did they connect them to the final collapse of USSR in 1991? At that time, internet video sites such as YouTube did not exist, and my options for further investigating such stuff on the internet was restricted to reading transcripts, archived newspaper articles etc. A few years later (around 2004 or 2005) I came across a highly edited clip of one such speech while watching some TLC/A&E/History channel documentary about USSR in the 1980s. And yes, it looked like he was not doing too well.

But I still could not understand why people who grew up during time remembered the ambiance of those speeches. A few more years later, I finally came across a YouTube clip of one such speech. It was then that I started to realize why people who were around when that speech was first broadcast associated it with the beginning of end for USSR. Long story short, if you watch the speech, a few things quickly becomes obvious. Firstly, Brezhnev was in pretty bad shape and not just physically. Secondly he seemed unaware of, or did not care about, the severity of his medical problems. Nobody around him was trying to help him beyond doing perfunctory stuff.

To summarize, those speeches (including the one linked below) mass-validated the worst fears people in that country harbored about the system but were afraid to discuss with anyone outside of their close social circle. It was now obvious to almost everyone that those in charge were seriously disconnected from reality and were not even trying to put on a proper dog-and-pony show. It also revealed that almost everyone at the top was looking out for themselves, and nobody else. And don’t forget that this came at the end of almost a decade of economic and social stagnation. Even people who had some real faith in ability of that system to solve problems could no longer believe that was likely. It was all just too hard to ignore and look past.

The Kavanaugh confirmation is the contemporary american version of Brezhnev’s televised speeches from 1979. You cannot look at that shitshow and pretend it was anything but a shitshow. You cannot look at that guy, his bad acting, constant lying and still pretend that he was a good person. You cannot make a plausible case that the guy is anything beyond a sadly mediocre, but born rich, asshole who had sex with unconscious women when he was in high school. But most importantly, you cannot ignore that the system to confirm such an atrocious person to the Supreme Court worked just as it was intended.

FYI- only the edited version of Brezhnev’s speech in this clip was eventually televised. But even it was full of obviously slurred words and odd body language.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. Jhthw
    October 7, 2018 at 4:51 am

    You’re a liar, a racist, and an idiot. You keep sentencing without evidence based on the lies of a leftist white woman who has already dropped her case after he was confirmed proving it was a fraud, a witch hunt, a pathetic ploy. You’re hatred of the jock, the frat guy, shows your own insecurities and racism as I’m sure those wedgies weren’t pretty. Once again, you’re hatred and racism against the European people’s that conquered and settled North America destroys your supposed credibility.

    Projection?

    • Advocatus Diaboli raped me
      October 8, 2018 at 12:02 am

      Advocatus Diaboli is a intellectually-dishonest anti-white-racist communist who needs to be p h y s i c a l l y r e m o v e d.

      Maybe this was not the best place to leave that comment? Also using even a throw-away WP or Discuss profile for such a comment is not a smart idea.

      • P Ray
        October 8, 2018 at 2:18 am

        What’s your opinion about racist communists that are white?
        Do they get physically removed too? Or do they get “white privilege”?

    • P Ray
      October 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Posting the movie clip of where your comment came from.

      Much lulz.

  2. Jhthw
    October 7, 2018 at 5:23 am

    PS I haven’t heard your white, rich so guilty conviction of duke or uva yet. Look forward to it.

  3. P Ray
    October 7, 2018 at 9:41 am

    The funny thing about Kavanaugh and Brezhnev is that they have at least one thing in common:
    They had to have copied or participated in activities that validated themselves to others that they “belonged in the club”. There is a reason why so many people are “shocked” about objectionable individuals holding high office … because they think that the system “rewards the best” … having these people outed as pretty nasty is just proof that the system “rewards the connected”. That’s very bad for the public to see because it “undermines belief in government”.

    It’s one of the obligations social media companies must perform – “censor or de-platform people pointing out that the most connected (and therefore “worst” since they must appeal to those in power with the ceremonies that prove they “belong”) get ahead – according to https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/05/pers-o05.html
    The US military’s vision for state censorship
    5 October 2018

    People talking that “it’s about hatred of the Jocks” are those who don’t want those situations examined, in other words, “those who want the system to continue the way it has done previously”.

    Still haven’t heard anyone here talk about Rampant Rectal Ravager Ronaldo. Maybe because he’s handsome?

    • P Ray
      October 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      One of the lawyers from Ronaldo’s team noted his answer:

      “I fucked her from the side. She made herself available. She was lying on her side, in bed, and I entered her from behind. It was rude. We didn’t change position. 5/7 minutes. She said that she didn’t want to, but she made herself available. The whole time it was rude, I turned her onto her side, and it was fast. Maybe she got some bruises when I grabbed her … She jerked me off … But she kept saying ‘No.’ ‘Don’t do it.’ ‘I’m not like the others.’ I apologized afterwards.”

      Question: “Did Ms. C ever raise her voice, scream, or yell?”

      Answer: “She said no and stop several times.”

      Who said the age of romance was dead?

  4. MikeCA
    October 7, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I watched the whole video. What I see is an old politician who is inexperienced at reading a speech off a teleprompter and looks very uneasy about doing it. Perhaps teleprompters were new technology in Russia.

    In the late 1970s I subscribed to HBO on cable in its early days. At that time it was only on in the evening. One Friday night I had turned the TV off after watching HBO. I turned the TV on Saturday morning. Normally there would be nothing on this channel at that time of day, but that day there were pictures of the studio ABC used for their college half-time show. My guess was that ABC was using the same satellite channel HBO had been using the night before and the local cable company forgot to turn it off. I watched them getting ready for a half time show, checking make up. The sport caster kept pacing back and forth, wringing his hands and shooting questions at off camera staff to make sure he knew the latest scores of important games. He looked nervous. When the half time show started, he seemed to completely change to the calm, competent sports broadcaster you see on TV all the time.

    Public speaking is not something people are born knowing how to do. It takes lots of practice. Most US national politicians are experienced at reading speeches off a teleprompter. Even Trump can do a good job of this when he wants. Everyone is nervous about speaking on TV, but the professionals have learned to control their emotions for the performance so they don’t look nervous. It takes a lot of practice and it looks like Brezhnev did not have much practice.

    I don’t speak Russian, so I have no idea if Brezhnev was slurring his words. This is another strong tell that you do speak Russian. Your little story about how you found out about this speech from Russian immigrants working in the tech industry is somewhat plausible, but I also worked with a number of Russian immigrants in the tech industry in the 1990s, and none of them ever mentioned this speech.

    If only I could get paid for this.. lol

    This is from another source about his general health at that time.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1979/05/13/soviet-leaders-lapsing-health-affects-summit/740074e0-6ece-4428-9086-4f6316a36357/

    And here is a YT clip of a similar speech by him from 1977. Note the difference in demeanor and posture when compared to one from 1979.


    • MikeCA
      October 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      The Brezhnev speech from 1977 does not have English subtitles, so I have no idea what he is talking about. His mannerism make it look like he was uncomfortable giving this speech too. He was playing with a pen during part of the speech and the way he moved around in the chair made it look like he was uncomfortable sitting in the chair.

      Both of these videos have strange camera work. They are using fixed cameras, but they are fixed so they cut off the top of his head. This is rather odd framing, but maybe this was normal for Soviet TV.

      I suspect someone who speaks fluent Russian could see the difference between these two speeches, but I don’t speak Russian at all. The fact that you can clearly see the differences, tells me that you do speak fluent Russian.

  5. October 7, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    I think George Lucas must’ve watched the vid you posted…

  6. Dissention Fraud
    October 7, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Here we go again with assuming that Kavanaugh did indeed “rape” women. Seriously, have you examined the lies ALL 3 women who have accused him of rape? Have you seen the prosecutor’s report on Christine Ford’s testimony.

    The fact that such behavior was common at those prep schools is well known..

    https://theintercept.com/2018/09/28/kavanaughs-high-school-georgetown-prep-warned-parents-in-1990-of-sexual-or-violent-behavior-at-parties/

    Go read the report then come back to me. Her ex boyfriend has now come out and revealed that Ford was not honest with a lot of things in her testimony to the Senate, and perjured herself regarding the polygraph test questions that were asked of her. It’s in the mainstream media news surprisingly. Go research it before you jump to conclusions. The 2nd accuser claims she was drunk and couldn’t remember if it was Kavanaugh for sure but then comes back 6 days later and confirms that it was indeed him. Yeah, you’re going to take that at face-value? Michael Avennati’s client, the third alleged victim claims she was gang raped, but NOT by Kavanaugh, but he was present at the parties where gang rape was rampant. So where are the other girls to testify this? Surely, if gang rape was going on, why haven’t other women come out? Oh, and what’s this – the 3rd accuser has a history of fraud, stealing, sexual harassment charges? Oh, and her ex boyfriend had a restraining order filed against her for stalking and threats? I swear to God, it’s one thing to hate on Kavanaugh for being the establishment’s lawyer, it’s another to assume that he indeed is a rapist based on the bologne false accusations made against him. You’re losing credibility here in your writing once again. You keep doubling down on the rape aspect, and you’re no different than the LIEbral SJW feminist harpies. I think your gig is up and your blog has just all credibility. Can’t take anything you write as credible. I will WAGER a bet with you that ZERO things will show up about Kavanaugh and his Georgetown Prep school. I assume you also believed the Duke Lacrosse Rape Hoax and also the Rolling Stone coverage of the fake UVa Rape on Campus story. Yup, you’re a “farce”.

    As I said, the course of history does not depend on what mebers of groups with rapidly diminishing capability (such as yourself) believe.

    • Jack Ross
      October 16, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      From the Intercept Link you mentioned, perhaps you should read the article before posting crap misinformation stuff from The Intercept:

      ““I think that at these schools, there are children of wealthy and politically important people, and there are some who certainly acted as though there [were] little consequences for their actions,” recalls Lottmann. While “there were people who ran with the party crowd who were good people. … The core of it is there were certainly some people who acted as though there were no ramifications for their actions.” However, he says, he has “no direct knowledge” of sex or sexual violence at parties during his high school years.”

  7. thegenius
    October 8, 2018 at 4:17 am

    I guess you think US Supreme Court serves corporate interest because its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, upholding the rights of corporations to make political expenditures under the First Amendment; but just to play the devil’s advocate, why should corporations not have first amendment rights when corporations pay taxes, and from the perspective of government, any entitiy that pays taxes is a citizen.

    You are welcome to believe that corporations are people.

    • Jhthw
      October 8, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Admit your hatred. Admit you want the European people’s of the U.S. to be killed. You’ve already admitted that you didn’t care about the innocence or guilt of those types at uva or duke, just the whiff of rumor is good enough. Guess tribalism is the natural state. So why should Europeans whether in Europe or America give up any power at all, whether they be ill gotten or not?

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