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Your kind is extinct; we are the inheritors.
Do you understand that you are alone?
You are outside history, you are non-existent.

—O’Brien, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part Three, Chapter 3

WHO IS ROBERT BELVEDERE?

The name Robert Belvedere is a nom de plume I have adopted for the following reason…

I am currently employed by one of the state governments in the Northeast. My current superiors have been very kind to me and have never asked me to take any actions that violate my conservative principles. I have been fortunate to work for a part of the government that is actually doing its best to uphold a right found in both the state and federal constitutions. My main superior is a Leftist and, for the reasons mentioned above and in order not to embarrass this person, I have decided, in the tradition of the Founders, to adopt a false name when publishing here.

The following list should give you an idea where I’m coming from…

PHILOSOPHY:

I like to describe myself as an 18th Century conservative. I am not an ideologue and, therefore, do not subscribe to any ‘ist’ or ‘ism’. I want to be left alone. I believe the Federal Government should not be allowed to take any actions not permitted by The Constitution. State and local governments should, likewise, be bound by their constitutions and charters. Life is absurd. Any man who does not have at least one vice should not be trusted. The 17th Amendment should be repealed [and possibly the 19th]. Thomas Jefferson was a blackguard.  Vlad The Impaler was a hero.

MOST INFLUENTIAL THINKERS:

Russell Kirk, Ayn Rand, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John Adams, George Orwell, The Founding Fathers.

RELIGION:

I am a fallen Catholic who believes that the Catholic Church has been, and still is, a force for good in the world.  I consider myself a warror for Saint Michael The Archangel.

AREAS OF HISTORICAL STUDY:

Leftism, Western Civilization, Russia from the reign of the last Tsar through the fall of the Bolsheviks; American history up to the fall of the Federalists; the decisions of John Marshall; Dark Age/Medieval England; the Roman Republic and Empire; the military history of World War II; the American Civil War; the Cold War.

ADMIRED LEADERS:

-American: George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland, U.S. Grant, Ronald Reagan, George S. Patton, William T. Sherman, William Halsey.

-Non-American: Charlemagne, Constantine The Great, Augustus, Henry II and Edward I of England, Winston S. Churchill, Alfred The Great, Margaret Thatcher, John Paul II, Benedict XVI.

ADMIRED FICTION WRITERS:

Fydor Dostovevsky, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Trollope, Bernard Cornwell, James Ellroy.

ADMIRED NON FICTION WRITERS:

William F. Buckley, Mark Steyn, Jonah Goldberg, Whittaker Chambers, Edmund Burke, Quin Hillyer, Robert Stacy McCain, Andrew McCarthy, Michael Ledeen, Roger Kimball, Victor Davis Hanson, John Derbyshire.

FAVORITE FILMS:

The Godfather, The Godfather II, The Lord Of The Rings, 1984, A Night To Remember, Damn The Defiant!, Ben Hur, Patton, Dirty Harry, 1776, My Fair Lady, The Lion In Winter, The Last Waltz.

FAVORITE TELEVISION PROGRAMS:

Upstairs Downstairs, The Pallisers, Mannix, Baretta, Deadwood, Rome, I Claudius, Churchill: The Wilderness Years, House Of Cards, Dragnet.

FAVORITE COMPOSERS/MUSICIANS:

Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, Richard Wagner, Bill Haley And The Comets, Black Sabbath, Muddy Waters, Bunny Berigan, Robert Johnson, Rainbow, Rush, Deep Purple, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Lynard Skynard, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, J.S. Bach, P.D.Q. Bach, Pre-1990 Bruce Springsteen, Louis Armstrong, Julie London, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, New Order, Bauhaus, Ultravox [with John Foxx], Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, The Band.

OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST & STUDY:

Architecture, film direction and cinematography, woodworking, graphic design, the paintings of the Masters, and amassing large book and music collections.

TITLES BESTOWED:

By Capt’n Smitty over at The OtherMcCain: Sir Bob of Belvedere; By someone who, for good reasons, wishes to remain anonymous: Lord Fatheringay von Whoopsie of the Dung Heap Hooter

ANCESTRY:

-Father’s side: Italian

-Mother’s side: Scots-Irish, English, German, American Indian. My great, great maternal grandfather served in the Union Army Company F, 5th Missouri Voluntary Calvary; his brothers and father served in the Confederate Army.

I have been involved in the music business as a composer, musician, and producer. I have always fancied that there is a great writer within me waiting to burst forth. This remains to be seen.

As Evelyn Waugh wrote of Kipling, so it applies to me: He was a conservative in the sense that he believed civilization to be something laboriously achieved which was only precariously defended. He wanted to see the defences fully manned and he hated the liberals because he thought them gullible and feeble, believing in the easy perfectibility of man and ready to abandon the work of centuries for sentimental qualms.*

I am a DHS-Certified Right Wing Extremist.

I am a Renaissance Man striving to be A Man For All Seasons.

I am currently at work on a projected multi-volume, unauthorized autobiography [Make Then Think You're Stupid... (...And They'll Leave You Alone)].

*The Essays, Articles and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh, p. 625, 1983 edition [discovered via a posting by John Derbyshire in The Corner at NRO]

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‘I wanted to be in the arena because some things matter,
some things need to be said, some things need to be defended.’
Charles Krauthammer

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49 Comments leave one →
  1. 02 January 2010 @ 18:56 18:56

    An excellent introducton to an American thinker and patriot. I’d suggest another addition to your list of Admired Fiction Writers: Robert Heinlien. Try Starship Troopers, a book I still give as a gift to anyone I know who is about to be commissioned as an officer in the US military.

    Never mind the goofy movie; read the book.

  2. 20 February 2010 @ 10:57 10:57

    Bob – go to Mass! Where you are ultimately going to end up anyway. It’s like the Borg – resistance is futile. May the Hounds of Heaven overwhelm you!

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      20 February 2010 @ 12:45 12:45

      Probably, but I have to do it at my own speed. For now I content myself with being a simple warrior for St. Michael The Archangel.

      • 21 February 2010 @ 10:32 10:32

        Dig it – “Through the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel,” may you persevere on your journey! Godspeed to the arms of your Mother.

        • bobbelvedere permalink*
          09 July 2010 @ 10:37 10:37

          I do venerate The Virgin Mary.

  3. 10 March 2010 @ 14:15 14:15

    Bob,

    Thank you for acknowledging the link from my blog. It was unnecessary, as you were busy fighting the C and D cup wars, and had already given me my title (concerning Trog) Your blog is a daily must read and I hope that my blog someday comes to the standard of yours, as well as His Awesomeness and Smitty. Deo Gratias!!!!

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      10 March 2010 @ 16:22 16:22

      Thank you for the kind words.

  4. 09 May 2010 @ 16:06 16:06

    Thank you for acknowledging the link from my blog. It was unnecessary, as you were busy fighting the C and D cup wars, and had already given me my title (concerning Trog) Your blog is a daily must read and I hope that my blog someday comes to the standard of yours, as well as His Awesomeness and Smitty. Deo Gratias!!!!
    +1

  5. bob sykes permalink
    04 June 2010 @ 08:18 08:18

    Dear Mr. Belvedere,

    Will you please turn off “SnapShots?”

    This is easily the most annoying useless feature in blogging. The annoyance level is so high that I will stop coming to your site if you leave it turned on.

    Yours,

    Bob Sykes

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      04 June 2010 @ 08:50 08:50

      I’m looking into the issue. I was not aware that this was happening. Please keep checking back here for updates. Thank you for letting me know because I find them annoying too.

  6. 16 July 2010 @ 08:42 08:42

    Nice to read about you Bob. I too, like St. Michael the Archangel as our best defender. I have a little plastic statue of him, stepping on satan’s head, and I’ll be slapped by a squirrel if the likeness of the viper doesn’t look like hussein. :-)

    PS: I agree that snapshots is the MOST annoying thing ppl put on their blogs, and
    I’m glad you don’t have it.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      16 July 2010 @ 10:04 10:04

      Yea, Bunni, I noticed that too – the likeness is amazing.

  7. Machifer permalink
    18 July 2010 @ 13:06 13:06

    Only this morning have I discovered this site. Already I feel I am friendly terrirory at the least. My intercessors are Tne Archangel and Saint George the Victory-Bringer.
    I am glad to see you read Solzhenitsyn; I have read almost all of his works and wrote a Master’s paper on him years ago. He is mmy inspiration for the struggles ahead. But I would also recommend Robert Conquest, and “We” by Evgenii Zamyatin.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      18 July 2010 @ 18:53 18:53

      Machifer: This is friendly territory, indeed, for all who want to preserve The West. Welcome.

      I have read a good number of Mr. Conquest’s works and have read We serveral times – all worthy works. I would highly recommend Richard Pipe’s books.

      • Jeanine permalink
        20 July 2013 @ 11:57 11:57

        Bob,
        I’m three years late for responding to this particular comment, I just discovered this site when I was watching Fox News and one of Trayvons’s family attorneys (jasmine Rand, not sure about her first name) was debating the case with Greta and I needed to find out if Rand was as dumb as she seemed. The first search led me to Rule 5, whichI thought was odd.
        Love what I’ve read so far. The article on Detroit is great, I was born there and grew up initially in Detroit and then in the suburbs before moving to So. Cal. I don’t recognize Detroit at all anymore.

  8. 20 July 2010 @ 21:47 21:47

    Bob,

    So nice to meet you; we have much in common and I’m going to enjoy adding your site to my list of daily viewing. I like your writing style very much. I too see this as friendly territory, and am glad to meet another warrior for truth. I’m not Catholic, but have long admired St. Michael the Archangel.

    Deadwood, P.D.Q. Bach, Muddy Waters, early Springsteen–just a few things we have in common, in addition to the obvious, a fierce defiance against the leftist coup happening as we speak.

    Wishing you much continued success.

    Pup

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      20 July 2010 @ 23:29 23:29

      CP: Back at you.

  9. Joy Putnam permalink
    10 October 2010 @ 22:42 22:42

    I have developed a list which I would like you to reference or post on your site if at all possible. It shows all of the opponents of the 219 House Dems who voted in March 2010 to pass Obamacare by listing the House Dems by state, district, general geographic area of district, and membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. This list is currently posted on the following website which you may want to link to:

    http://www.docs4patientcare.org

    The Docs4PC website also has an interesting WSJ article written by
    a doctor to his patients, “Dear Patients — please vote to repeal Obamacare”. By the way, I am not a doctor — only a patient interested in preserving our country and our current quality of healthcare.

    If you would like me to forward a copy of the list in a PDF or EXCEL format which you can change in any way you wish to fit your purposes, please let me know asap — we only have 23 more days until the election. Hopefully, this list will encourage people to contribute to or vote for the opponents!

    Thanks!

  10. Malaclypse the Younger permalink
    13 October 2010 @ 14:47 14:47

    So, this site is as truely conservative as Colbert? Nice work, troll on!

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      13 October 2010 @ 16:20 16:20

      Ich habe gesehen die fnords. Bekommen Sie gesehen Sie?

  11. Malaclypse the Younger permalink
    13 October 2010 @ 17:09 17:09

    I came for the fnords, but I found the Big Brother spying on me. Luckily I always wear my most fashionable tinoil beret, handmade of course.

    On a side note, Google Translate is a rather sad tool, evidently. Bing gets the job done better most of time I have come to experience.

    With regards, may the Trinity of Chaos bless you.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      13 October 2010 @ 17:40 17:40

      You gotta fight the Ewige Blumenkraft!

  12. Malaclypse the Younger permalink
    13 October 2010 @ 18:06 18:06

    Far from it actually, just between you and I. Nietzsche knew it, Karl Moor and Faustus merely realized it too late.

  13. bobbelvedere permalink*
    15 October 2010 @ 23:41 23:41

    Mal-2: I read the thread over at
    http://kugutsumen.com/showthread.php?6959-Connoisserus-advice-needed-Ingenious-troll-page-or-am-I-just-in-disbelieve

    My Answer: I would definately consider myself a troll, but, hey, I’ve been involved in Operation Mindfuck for years, so whadda I know.

    Cordially…
    Robert ‘Bob’ Belvedere
    aka: Pope Voluptuosus I, The Church of The Permanent Things [Emitte lucem et veritatem! Dude Possideo]
    aka: Kerim Bay, Rug Merchant
    aka: the real Hagbard Celine
    aka: Dr. Clyde ‘Fingers’ Proctor, Scatologist
    aka: Lord Fatheringay Von Whoopsie, Humanitarian
    aka: The Right Reverend Murray Schadenfreude-Zeitgeist

  14. Chengdu Express permalink
    20 March 2011 @ 14:50 14:50

    Bob, this is a very interesting site. However, I’ve got to tell you one thing. Your eminently quotable quote on the Live Free or Die section uses “it’s” twice. Both wrong, sorry to say. “It’s” means it is or it has. Any other use of “its” is just that–no apostrophe.

    Oh, by the way, tell Malaclypse the Younger how to spell “truly” and that the correct phrase is “between you and me” not “between you and I”.

    Now, I know this sounds quite snotty and schoolmarmish, but look at it this way: The left has the support of the great unwashed, unlettered, and unemployable (outside of the government, of course). You’ll never get to them. They feed off the state. The right has to influence the classes that remain–the entrepreneurial, the self-educated, the literate. That means they have to write carefully and correctly.

    Or, you could just forget about all that and talk to each other, preach to the converted, as it were.

    • 20 July 2013 @ 12:20 12:20

      Chengdu Express, well stated. We need to be the example and not get lax.

  15. bobbelvedere permalink*
    20 March 2011 @ 18:08 18:08

    Chengdu: Which quote?

  16. Wayward Son permalink
    28 May 2011 @ 12:31 12:31

    Sir, is your sight named for the book “The Camp of the Saints” written by Jean Raspail? I’m asking because I haven’t seen any posts that deal with the scenario covered in his book, namely the death of the West through mass immigration (although this was just the symptom, the root cause was self-hatred in Western (white) peoples caused by progressed Marxism).
    One other thing, do you sell t-shirts? I think a t-shirt with your symbol, NIL DESPERANDUM, and CAMP OF THE SAINTS below would be awesome! It would at least be a great conversation starter in the local pub.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      28 May 2011 @ 12:43 12:43

      That’s where I first heard the phrase and it is one of my favorite novels, not just because I agree with the message, but because I like the style in which it was written, and it’s a very gripping narrative.

      So, while I am in agreement Jean Raspail’s outlook, the concept of a Camp Of The Saints, a last bastion of [Western] civilization in a world gone mad, was more influential on me in choosing the name. That would explain the motto of TCOTS: ‘Celebrating and defending Western Civilization’. The fact that it comes from a sentence in The Bible also added to the phrase’s appeal, as one of the pillars of The West is a belief in the God of Abraham.

      While I am in favor of strict enforcement of immigratin laws, that is not my focus here – it it one issue among many. My biggest mission with TCOTS is to expose the thinking behind Leftism – which I consider a malignant cancer. Also, I want to reaquaint those on the Right with their History – the glories of The West that I have discovered through self-study. Further, I want to have a bit of fun and celebrate life and it’s joys and absurdities.

      I hope, despite my long-windiness, that I have answered your question.

      Bob

      • William permalink
        24 March 2013 @ 09:26 09:26

        You are an idiot.

        • 20 July 2013 @ 12:26 12:26

          Actually, he’s not William. Why didn’t you elaborate??

  17. 29 June 2011 @ 14:36 14:36

    Any pal of No Sheeples Here and St. Michael the Archangel is a friend of mine.

    I’m happy to link to your blog.

  18. Mats permalink
    30 July 2011 @ 19:57 19:57

    What do you think of Ayn Rand? I just read The Fountainhead and must say i’m impressed!

  19. MikeL permalink
    14 September 2011 @ 07:10 07:10

    Hey there
    I done did it…
    http://www.reverbnation.com/kalvinkooledge
    (lost your e-mail address in a computer transition at work)
    hope things is well with you
    have a wonderful…
    MikeL

  20. 09 November 2011 @ 19:06 19:06

    Dang! I think I’m going to hang out here a bit. You didn’t list a single interest different from my own. Although, I know there’s not a book inside my head…it’s too jumbled.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      09 November 2011 @ 19:38 19:38

      Jump in – the water’s fine.

  21. 01 January 2013 @ 15:41 15:41

    The age of the blog is a scary one. Everyone thinks what they say or think is somehow important. If you truly want to be left alone, take down this site, move to an undisclosed location, and shut up. How can someone who says they want a government that leaves them alone work for the government? How can someone who promotes the liberties of our founding fathers have a rant on Islam on his site? You are the culmination of every flawed and irrational Conservative thought. You say you’re not an ideologue, yet you then list indirectly all of the ism’s and ist’s that you subscribe to. You’re a joke.

    Oh, and all of those people you list as influential, would laugh at this site. George Orwell? Are you serious? It is disgusting that you list all of these people on a site such as this. As if you’re promoting their ideas. The only thing you’re promoting is what Bill O’Reilly does every day. He sits and yells and yells and yells without really ever saying anything at all. You’re just promoting ignorance.

    • 20 July 2013 @ 13:17 13:17

      You must live in Detroit or not have Read the Constitution.

  22. Concerned Citizen permalink
    01 January 2013 @ 16:10 16:10

    Also, you do realize that The Camp of Saints is at best, a racist novel written to promote white supremacy and install the idea that western white culture is the only one of importance right? The state of a Right-wing “thinker” is a sad one. One that has most of rational, educational thought against them. Ayn Rand is a joke, someone that Conservatives cling to as some philosophical leader.

  23. 04 January 2013 @ 23:05 23:05

    I think you should add the name of yet another admired writer–Dai Alanye.

    But that’s incidental. Over in The Other McCain you posted this:
    “The one national tax should be a single amount flat tax levied on every person eighteen years of age and older. The Congress should be required to pass a budget for the fiscal year [01 October] at least five months before the start of it. The amount needed to fund it should be calculated, divided by the number of 18+ citizens, and bills issued in July [perhaps on the 4th] with payments due on 01 September [or maybe Labor Day].”

    In other words, Warren Buffett, net worth $40 billion, should pay $X, and I, net worth maybe $40, should also pay $X. To explain my opposition to this scheme I’m going to tell a story.

    A division is marching across the burning desert–the sun glaring, and a parching wind blowing. Before long all canteens are empty, and soon the troops are shuffling, staggering and wandering out of file. Eventually the order to halt is given, and as the men shake and twitch word comes down that the sergeant major will address all enlisted.

    “Gather round, men,” he says. “You’ll be glad to know we’ve come across a waterhole. It looks, however, as if it might not be large enough for all to share, so we’ll drink in the following order. First, the commissioned officers will drink to repletion.Then the horses, mules and camels will drink, since we depend upon them for transport. Next, the non-comms will drink in order of rank. Finally you privates, the guys who carry rifles and ninety-pound packs, get your chance for as long as the water lasts.”

    The troops listen in stunned silence, too enervated to raise a protest. But then some idiot recruit pipes up, waving his arms for attention.

    “Sergeant. Oh, sergeant! I think the general’s mistress should drink before us privates, and have a bath as well, if she wants.”

    That idiot, Bob, is whatever guy thinks Warren Buffett and I should be paying the same tax.

    Cordially, Dai Alanye

    • 05 January 2013 @ 00:28 00:28

      Thanks. I really appreciate being called an idiot.

    • 20 July 2013 @ 13:33 13:33

      A flat tax where you pay according to what you spend. If you buy a $100,000 Mercedes or a Smart car, a $1,000,000 mansion or a $90,000 condo; you pay a percentage of what you spend. Drug dealers, prostitutes, those that don’t declare their income get taxed. Have a fail safe tax on those that stash their income, something similar to a National tax, a baseline tax that’s minimal. Everyone that has the right to vote should pay both State and Federal Tax, this gives them the right to have a say in their fellow Americans fate.

  24. Rudi permalink
    07 February 2013 @ 10:30 10:30

    Perhaps you should consider the Holy Bible–try one chapter of Proverbs and three Psalms each day for 30 days without missing–as one of your favorite books, at least one John Wayne movie such as Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon or Rio Grande, and surely you would add Dean Martin as a favorite singer to be called a conservative….

  25. Rudi permalink
    07 February 2013 @ 10:32 10:32

    My mistake on Dean Martin as you have him listed. An example of failing to pay attention to detail on my part.

  26. 21 August 2013 @ 11:07 11:07

    I write only to note that my “butternut” bedecked ancestors undoubtedly shot at your ancestor in the 5th Missouri during those times. Mine rode with Jo Shelby’s cavalry.

    I’m over it though. :)

    Cheers.

    • 21 August 2013 @ 19:27 19:27

      Well, we know they missed my great great grandfather because he lived until 1901 and had my great grandfather after The War Between The States.

      What I would like to know – and I haven’t had the time to find the answer to this yet – is did my GGG’s Father or two Brothers, who joined the opther side ever end up firing upon him.

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