One of my most popular articles from 2012 was "My List of Dire Predictions for 2013 and Beyond." Even I was surprised how some of them were almost fulfilled in one fashion or another (hey, I'm not perfect). Now I am most assuredly not "blessed" with some "gift" of prophecy, but if I can observe where a gun barrel is pointed and how the front and rear sights are aligned, I can make a pretty good guess as to where a bullet fired from that gun will strike. With that in mind, let me give you my new list of dire predictions for 2014 and beyond.
1.) Inflation, measured both as the ratio between the unlimited amount of U.S. currency in circulation and the limited amount of goods and services in the U.S. economy, and the increase in prices of consumer goods purchased by the average American household, will continue to take flight into the stratosphere. Our benevolent government officials will continue to mismeasure any statistics that might measure this phenomena in order to distract the American people from realizing that it is government programs and policies that are causing the problem.
2.) More and more Americans will wake up to the realization that the "War on Poverty" is a total failure since if you pay people to be poor, people will strive to remain poor, and more people will want to be poor in order to earn "free money" (and free food, and free medical care, and free phones, etc., etc.).
3.) Unemployment, measured both as the number of Americans who want to work but can't find gainful employment and the number of Americans who can work but don't want to, will continue to rise. Our benevolent government officials will continue to obfuscate, obscure, and "oblivionate" any signs of these worsening conditions in order to fool the American people into believing that the problem is a natural occurrence and not the result of government interference in the labor market through minimum wage laws, "fair" labor laws, anti-discrimination laws, and equal-pay laws.
4.) The whiny, effeminate man-child (formerly known as a dandy, sissy, or faggot) will continue to replace the doltish dunderhead as the leading male roles on American television programs (except for fathers, who will continue to be portrayed as doltish, yet doting, dunderheads if they have teenage children). Any males displaying the vestiges of traditional manliness will be portrayed as racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and conservative Neo-Nazis, Neo-Confederates, or Neolithic cavemen with anger management issues. Of course, this pogrom to further emasculate the American male can be traced back to Fascist feminists who are themselves phallophobic and misophallic.
5.) The "War on Guns," like the wars on smoking and drunk driving before it, will become more of a local issue, not so much as encompassing new laws meant to disarm the American people, but through the application of already existing laws in new, interesting, and un-Constitutional ways so as to have the same effect.
6.) The "War on Private Property" will continue unabated as more things that are prohibited in public places will be prohibited on portions of private property that can readily be observed by persons (particularly law enforcement personnel) standing on public property. There will be a rush by homeowners to build taller privacy fences, but many people will be disappointed when they find that many cities already have ordinances limiting the height and locations where privacy fences can be installed. Many people will also be disappointed to find that privacy fences are useless when their local police department and/or code enforcement officers have hovering drones that can be used to spy on them in order to find code violations that the property owners didn't realize they were committing.
7.) The law enforcement heroes portrayed in many popular television series and movies will become more aggressive in their fight to control, and beat the living daylights out of, the independent outlaw community in ways that are both criminal and un-Constitutional. Steve McGarrett and his dedicated defenders of law, order, and public decency will continue to punch, kick, and occasionally murder any suspects that backtalk them in a disrespectful manner. Jethro Leroy Gibbs and crew will continue to convince defendants guilty of petty offenses to give up their rights to remain silent and to have the assistance of an attorney with one magic word - "Guantanamo." Many viewers of this form of self-righteous vengeance on the part of these brutish peace officers will consider these acts of violence and civil rights violations as necessary "to get the job done." Some other people will awaken to the fact that this form of programming is meant to soften the will of Americans when it comes to resisting an actual totalitarian police state.
8.) As the pogrom of the public school system to ensure that America does NOT have an educated populace becomes more readily apparent, more parents will start doing the job of teaching their own children by themselves through homeschooling. As this movement gains momentum, our benevolent government officials will be compelled (or coerced by professional educators' unions) to step in and control it. While the socialistic philosophy that children belong to society, and subsequently the state, more than they do to their parents or families permeates the country, expect to see more court decisions and laws passed to oppress parents in their right to see that their children receive a quality education. This will all be done in the name of insuring that "no child is left behind."
9.) Expect book-burning, both literally, virtually, and figuratively, to come back in vogue. Any volume, pamphlet, or document of the written word that contains a term, phrase, or passage that offends, alarms, or otherwise upsets the delicate and distended digestive tract of the most sensitive dipstick anywhere at anytime - the Bible, Torah, or Qu'ran, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, Dick and Jane, etc. - must be plucked from common discourse and shoved down an Orwellian "memory hole." Any person quoting from these banned works will be persecuted, if not prosecuted, by the social stewards of political correctness, judged and defamed in the court of public opinion by those willing to perjure themselves, and then censored and banished to a level of Dante's Inferno reserved for such "social misfits and miscreants."
10.) The march to another world war will continue as old cold wars are revived and current cold wars heat up all in the course of official U.S. government foreign policy. Don't expect any peace-loving messiah figure to rise from the endless sea of politics as "war is the health of the state" and any politician stating that he is for peaceful noninterventionism is either lying or will soon be drummed out of politics. I don't expect ICBM's to be falling from the skies in 2014, but I do want people to start looking at the evidence that it is being planned at the same time it is being covered with a facade of peace deals and treaties. Like the outer band disturbances of a hurricane still far out at sea, we can see the warning signs and prepare for the horrific bad times to come.
That's the dime's worth I could think of for this coming year. Please feel free to add any that you think might occur. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and, as always, live free and in peace...