Tucker Carlson delivered a sobering speech this week in which he offered a straightforward, chilling notion: That “Abrupt change is coming.”
Carlson begins by laying out the significant disconnect between Washington DC and the average American citizen’s struggles – particularly how skyrocketing food inflation and housing inaccessibility for the younger generation, is fermenting a dangerous brew of widespread public disenchantment.
Thanks to political deecisions such as draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the nation has been left vulnerable to deeper economic shocks. The public sentiment, particularly in rural areas, echoes this anticipation of a looming financial crisis, making the societal divide even more palpable.
“If something really dramatic in your country happens, like young people can’t get married, you know, or buy houses, or have any hope for a future that approaches the middle-class upbringing they had, then you’ve got a huge problem, and someone should be responding to that.”
“One thing Americans are not used to is being poor…but what if we ran out of money at the very same moment that American society is more fractured, our social fabric is in tatters, and we’ve let in millions upon millions of people who have no affinity for the United States,” Carlson posited. “If your economy is like on the brink of collapse, you know, if your country is literally bankrupt, someone would say that, and if food inflation gets so crazy that people are actually complaining about it… it doesn’t make me an expert on the people or anything, but I do live among people who aren’t rich, and they’re like legit upset about what groceries cost.”
Surveillance Overreach and the erosion of Civil Liberties
Drawing parallels with East German surveillance tactics, Carlson slammed the measures the state employs under the guise of national security. This overreach, he warned, erodes the personal freedoms of citizens, setting the stage to foment civil unrest and potential authoritarian control, under which genuine public grievances are suppressed rather than addressed.
“When your country is at war, civil liberties disappear, and we saw this in the last 20-year war on terror, and I supported all that stuff, and I have egg on my face. I’m worse than that; I’m ashamed of the measures that I supported,” Carlson said, adding that there are “angry people who feel like they have no recourse, who don’t think elections are real… they have real grievances, legit grievances, and the only way to tone those grievances down is not by creating some East German surveillance state, which we have done, or throwing people in prison for loitering outside the capital, which is their house after all. That doesn’t work long term.”
Bomb bomb Iran…
Carlson also cautioned over diving headfirst into a conflict with Iran if the Hamas-Israel war becomes a wider conflict.
“I have no love for Iran, and I can certainly see why people want to attack Iran. All I’m asking is just to put one person on TV to point out that there are consequences to the United States that may not be entirely positive to doing this,” he said.
And to that end, let’s stop sending taxpayer dollars to fight proxy wars that don’t benefit the American public.
“Abrupt change is coming, and that’s very, very disconcerting. And so, rather than reassure people, that you know, we kind of got your back a little bit, by the way, we’re going to spend a hundred billion dollars on other people,” Carlson continued.
A Nation Divided
Perhaps most striking was Carlson’s reflection on the internal fragmentation within the U.S. The current socio-political environment has nurtured a population divided, marked by an influx of individuals who may lack any profound loyalty to the country, further straining social cohesion. This scenario is a ticking time bomb, especially if economic destabilization were to strike a nation now unfamiliar with profound poverty and lacking a united front.
Carlson also highlights the fragility of a nation that, on the surface, appears robust and stable. Beneath this facade, according to Carlson, are brewing discontent and potential chaos, exacerbated by leaders who seem to prioritize peripheral issues over the imminent threats to national stability.
“The moral duty of the people running a country is to look out for the people in that country, period. That’s always true, and it doesn’t mean they can’t help other people, but if they pay no attention whatsoever, and in a moment when every person…can feel that something bad’s coming, everybody knows that.”
In short: Unless there is a significant shift in how America’s leaders approach these glaring issues, the United States might be unrecognizable in the aftermath of the “abrupt change” Carlson is warning about.
As Glenn Greenwald wrote:
“There aren’t that many influential voices who are steadfastly denouncing the massive amounts of resources that are constantly being sent by Washington to other countries to fuel their wars, when there are so many pathologies/struggles Americans face.
I’m glad there are some…”
You can say you care about America, but if you’re sending $100 billion to foreign countries right now, you’re lying. pic.twitter.com/jFmBlAW3qG
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 25, 2023