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—Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, 09 December 1772
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'We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again'.
—General Nathanael Greene
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'Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.'
—St. John Paul The Great

Friend-In-The-Ether Adobe Walls Needs Our Help

17 July 2019 @ 15:59

[NOTE: This post will be pinned here for awhile; for newer posts, see below.]

My close Friend-In-The-Ether Adobe Walls and his Wife suffered a catastrophic fire.

His boss, ARW Concrete, has started a GoFundMe page to help him and his Wife out.

From the page:

Long time employee and friend, Tracy Hobbs, tragically lost his home and several pets last Saturday night in a house fire. Tracy and Natalie lost everything in the fire and are rebuilding from nothing. Theirs is a non-covered loss and any help for this family is greatly appreciated….

Anything you can give will be appreciated.

Adobe, as many of you know, is an Insightful and Humorous commentator at this site and at The Other McCain.

He’s one of the good guys, who wants to see Freedom and Ordered Liberty restored.

The ‘False Consciousness’ Of Pelosi And Her Fellow Mensheviks

21 July 2019 @ 17:39

Richard Fernandez on Facebook recently speaking of the State Of The Political Correctness Union in 2019::

In the beginning it seemed harmless. Then like some once tiny blob in a horror movie it grew … and grew … and grew.

The most important thing about political correctness is that is menacing even its own creators. The deadly logic of entitlement, envy, hatred and mediocrity is corroding everything. Pelosi vs AOC is exhibit A, but there are many more.

This should come as no surprise. In the end Mao turned the Chinese Army on the Red Guards. The Terror ate its own. The really diabolical part about Trump’s rhetorical intervention into the Pelosi vs AOC fray is he’s forced Pelosi to drink the Kool Aid to demonstrate solidarity.

Glug. Glug. Good? Trump is already beyond the pale. He long ago lost the last shred of establishment respectability to lose. But Pelosi evidently had hopes. The trouble is he’s not in there with them. They’re in there with him.

The only way for the Dems to destroy Trump is by destroying political correctness themselves. It’s PC that gives him this vast power over them. Someday they may realize that. But nah.

Trump is the dual of every absurd, cockamamie bizarro idea in the PC playbook. He’s the Woke image in the frequency shifted mirror; the progressive portrait of Dorian Gray come out of the room and sitting down to dinner.

That this Horrid and Un-American Movement should lead to this — the Left In America engaging in a Civil War — should not surprise us.

When a faction of the Left turns on you they are Vicious and Unrelenting.  However, they reserve their greatest Hatred for those ‘supposedly on their side who don’t follow ‘The Party Line’ as they conceive of it.  We non-Leftists relatively speaking don’t have it as bad really.

The Marxists used to accuse these types of suffering from False Consciousness.  As The Oxford English Dictionary defines the phrase: ‘a way of thinking that prevents a person from perceiving the true nature of their social or economic situation’.

The America Heritage Dictionary, Fifth Edition defines the term as: ‘an understanding that fails to recognize one’s participation in the means to one’s own oppression or exploitation, as when members of an oppressed class unwittingly adopt views of the oppressor class’.

So…Nancy Pelosi, along with her Cell, has now been accused of False Consciousness by the Radical Young Left.

As Richard points out: this new Revolutionary group, ‘The Squad’ have ‘forced Pelosi to drink the Kool Aid to demonstrate solidarity’.  It won’t work in the long run.

Pelosi and her minions are like the Mensheviks and these youngins are acting like Bolsheviks, taking no prisoners and bringing figurative hammers and anvils to this fight.

Even Maureen Dowd, that Insipid and Tedious columnist, it seems, is noticing as you can read here in her column Scaling Wokeback Mountain.

Tip of the fedora to Charles Glasser, over at Instapundit, who remarks:

THE PENNY DROPS FOR MAUREEN DOWD? …I couldn’t help but notice this rather telling paragraph:

“The progressives act as though anyone who dares disagree with them is bad. Not wrong, but bad, guilty of some human failing, some impurity that is a moral evil that justifies their venom.”

Conservatives and Libertarians and even a few still-sensible Democrats have been saying this for years, that substituting reason and logic with a self-appointed high moral ground is a form of “shut-upism” a way of avoiding solutions (other than your own) by demonizing (and subsequently deplatforming) the opposition.  A few, a very few, have begun to realize that Podesta and Hillary’s polarization game (“Deplorables!”) has contaminated — and possibly rendered toothless — Democratic politics for years to come. It was only a matter of time until they began to use this tactic on each other. [BB: It was inevitable, as any study of Totalitarianism will show.]

Maybe Maureen Dowd has looked around and asked what happened to the Mensheviks. And perhaps she’s inching closer to being red-pilled.

One hopes that he’s being sarcastic [methinks, he is].

In the aftermath of The Bolshevik Coup, Lenin and his Lackeys went immediately after, not the Kulaks and Peasants, but those on the Left who weren’t Bolshes.

To cite, again, his famous order:

We’ll ask the man, where do you stand on the question of the revolution?

Are you for it or against it?

If he’s against it, we’ll stand him up against a wall.

In this ‘Age Of Equality’, no Women, of course will be spared having to answer the same question [are you listening Nancy?].

Apollo 11 at 50: The Peak Of American Achievement And Glory?

20 July 2019 @ 17:08

Fifty years ago, two American Men landed on, and then walked on, the Moon.

Forty-seven years ago, the last American Man walked on the Moon.

Why?

-Over at SteynOnline, commentator Calvert Whitehurst remarks:

The late-60’s-early 70’s saw the first wave of dogmatized progressives born around the end of WWII or just after complete their university education and enter the workforce — most of them in professions in the public sector, law, and the information and entertainment media, where they were crucially positioned to begin the slow transformation of American — and indeed Western — society and culture. The passing of a torch to a new generation — as JFK called it — is an incremental process that takes a good 20 years to complete. But the time the torch was completely passed, the people receiving it decided they didn’t want it and doused it in a bucket of water. Over the last 50 years or so, we have been spending down the financial, technological and intellectual capital accumulated over the centuries — and at an accelerating rate — until at some point there will be nothing left.

That’s a decent explanation.  What became known at the New Left despised America Achievements, but they made only a bit of headway in their efforts.

It took the New New Left, boring from within our institutions for several decades to have a real impact on the ‘financial, technological and intellectual capital’.

Fortunately, many Americans [although they are decreasing in numbers and strength] refused to be doused, so, perhaps, there is Hope.

-Mark Steyn has not been cheerful about our future space prospects:

Those “Space Age” astronauts were men of boundless courage and determination: they strapped themselves in and stared not just death in the face but death in hideous and unknown ways. Yet they were also ordinary men, who were called upon to do extraordinary things and rose to the challenge. These days we are unmanned in more than merely the sense of that Luna 2 expedition. Glenn and Armstrong are gone, and their surviving comrades are old and stooped and wizened, and yet the only giants we have. Space may still be the final frontier, but today, when we talk about boldly going where no man has gone before, we mean the ladies’ bathroom. Progress.

Once again: the Left has distracted us from Noble Pursuits.

-As Mark also remarked:

…Great civilizations can survive a lot of things, but not impoverishment of spirit….

Here is a key observation: that Spirit that prompted us to fulfill JFK’s challenge by the end of the 1960’s seems to have become severely anorexic — and Pathetic.  An example, James Rogers reporting:

Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the U.S. has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, to get astronauts to the Space Station.

We should be ashamed that the Fascist Russians are our space taxi drivers.

-Today, at the Kennedy Space Center, Vice President Pence said:

Speaking at Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Orion capsule that will take American astronauts back to the Moon is ready.

“The Orion crew capsule for the Artemis mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first mission,” he said.

The Artemis program will land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite. Artemis will also make history by landing the first woman on the Moon.

“America will return to the Moon within the next five years and the next man and the first woman on the Moon will be American astronauts,” he said: “We’re going back.”

“Within the next year we will send American astronauts into space on American rockets from American soil,” said Pence, who was flanked by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin during his speech.

Pence, who is chairman of the National Space Council, cited President Kennedy’s famous vow in 1961 to land an American on the Moon by the end of that decade. “Make no mistake, the Moon was a choice, an American choice,” he said. “The achievement was inevitable.”

Pardon me if I don’t join in cheering this Populist, Neo-Caesarian rhetoric.  Actions speak louder than words, especially considering what’s been happening at NASA since 1975 [see next section below].

Don’t get me wrong, I love that the VP is not giving an inch to the Left, which has been downplaying Apollo 11 as what it clearly was: An American Achievement.  American Citizens and Naturalized American Citizens made this happen.  It was our Masterstroke, our Triumph.  —It was also a major battle victory in The Cold War:

I do a lot of thinking today — about somebody who had — the guts to see that we were being outshone — outshined in the Cold War by the Soviet Union, and to say, ‘What can we do’?” [Buzz] Aldrin said of President John F. Kennedy and his resolve to make the U.S. the first nation to reach the surface of the Moon.

Frank Borman, Commander of Apollo 8:

The Apollo program wasn’t designed to be a great scientific venture or means of exploration. It was a battle of the Cold War. We were in a desperate battle with the Soviets, and that’s why we were pressing.

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…I’d like to think that the success of the Apollo program was an important first step in the end of the Soviets.

Indeed, now that we have been able to see inside some of the Soviet Archives, it was.

-The Vice President also remarked: “We’re investing in new rockets, new spaceships,” Pence added. “We’re unleashing the burgeoning private space industry.”

As actual and real reporter on all-things Space, Bob Zimmerman, has reported over at his Insightful and Accurate site, Behind The Black:

…internal NASA sources say the launch [of Artemis-I] can’t happen earlier than late 2021, and then only if the agency gets a lot more money, over and above the more than $25 billion that Congress has alocated [sic].

Falcon Heavy was developed for $500 million. It took seven years, and is now operational, having flown three times. If the first launch of SLS does not occur until 2021 it will have taken NASA seventeen years to make that flight, for fifty times the money.

We Americans have been lucky — very lucky — that private businessmen, especially Elon Musk and his SpaceX, have stepped-up to plate and have been hitting home runs, while NASA and others have been hitting foul balls — Mr. Musk just has balls.

But let us not end on a sour note on this Grand Anniversary…

-Professor William Jacobson, over at Legal Insurrection, has some fond memories of this day with wonderful videos that I highly recommend.  Click here.

Mark Hertling makes sure we don’t forget Command Module Pilot Mike Collins [tip of the fedora to Jeff Goldstein]:

As we celebrate Apollo XI, someone said Collins was the “unfortunate” one who delivered the others to the moon but didn’t get to walk on it. I’d suggest, instead, he was the most selfless member of the crew. True leadership: supporting others as they get the glory.

Mr. Collins tends to get lost in the shuffle, which is bloody sad.  A True Hero and a Man Of Virtue.

-This bit of Funk was inspired by Apollo [it was also my theme song when I DJ’d a bit]:

-I remember my Father making sure my Brother and I watched the live coverage.

For me, one of the best moments was when ‘Buzz Aldrin became the first man to fly to the moon and play “Fly Me To The Moon” on the moon — thanks to the portable cassette recorder he took with him’.

Speaking of that song…why not end this post on it:

-Oh, and by-the-way:

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Sympathy For The Selfish Devil

18 July 2019 @ 18:42

One of the non-violent — so far — tactics being used by Zealots on the Left these days is to disrupt traffic, especially during rush hours.

Some examples:

A little over a month ago, activists in Boston…

…gathered Monday to call for higher minimum wage and better access to social services as they disrupted traffic.

About 50 protesters sat and stood at a standstill in the Financial District, bringing traffic to a screeching halt.

“Marginalized to disenfranchised, the least of these we’re tired of those folks not getting the proper resources,” Vernon K. Walker, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, said.

The City Of Boston, helped out by The Commonwealth, spends high amounts of money on ‘social services’ in the City.

More [emphasis mine]:

The demonstrators with the campaign promised they would be staying put in the intersection of Congress and Franklin, until police put them in handcuffs.

“Frankly, our rights are under attack,” Jarod Hicks, a protester from Dorchester, said.

One employee at the Post Office Square said the move crippled Monday evening’s commute.

“Where they’re sitting not only blocks the entry to the [Massachusetts Turnpike], but also I-93 South and all of that,” Kimberly Edwards said.

Drivers in the area were not happy with the move, as they got caught up with no way to get out.

In other words, people who work for a living, people who are Producers and not Dependents, were prevented from going home after a real day’s work or prevented from conducting business by these Disruptors Of The Peace.

Further:

Organizers call it a mission accomplished.

“We’re still hopeful and encouraged that we disrupted a lot of people’s Monday routine,” Walker said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on the protests [that stranded] the disrupted commuters on Monday evening.

“It was an orderly dispute, we had people that came in that are passionate about it [the fight for getting $15 Minimum Wage made into a state law],” said Mayor Walsh. “They sat down for a little bit in the intersection. They got up and left.”

[H]owever, Boston 25 News confirmed the protesters did not apply nor did they have a permit for their Monday demonstration. We’re told anyone hosting an event on public property must apply for a permit. Police have made no arrests.

So, according to Little Maaahrrrty, the activists merely ‘sat down for a little bit in the intersection’.  A ‘little bit’, you Fool?  Well, I suppose we should not be surprised because Marty is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Modern Union Movement and member of the local Politburo that oversees the Dependent Class.

-In Britain yesterday, a similar protest went seriously and, for one man, painfully wrong.  From The London Daily Mail, Lara Keay reporting, we learn:

A tearful Extinction Rebellion [¹] activist has apologised to a man who was denied the chance to see his father one last time before he died because of a climate protest that left him stuck in traffic.

The grieving man revealed how he had rushed to his father’s bedside at Bristol Royal Infirmary after doctors told him he did not have long, but he could not get there in time because protesters were blocking the M32 into the city.

After hearing the BBC Radio Bristol clip, Extinction protester Zoe Jones said she was ‘incredibly sorry’ but still believed she was ‘doing the right thing’.

So so sorry…but not sorry.  Save your tears, deary, for someone who cares.

More:

[Jones:] ‘This shouldn’t be happening. But we are here and this is the reality and we have to be here.’

Asked if the man’s misfortune had made her think differently, she went on: ‘It hasn’t made me want to stop, because I know that this is the right thing to do.’

But she admitted: ‘I’m glad that I heard it because it’s given me a more rounded view of the protest and of the gravity of the situation that we’re in.’

The group have been blocking key roads in Bristol and other cities since Monday as part of a week-long protest.

Causing traffic chaos nationwide, one of the group’s infamous boats was parked on The Strand in London, disrupting travel for thousands of Londoners, while 16 members have been arrested in Bristol after blocking the M32.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the Bristol branch of the climate protest group said: ‘We’re very sorry for the immense disruption that we caused to Bristol residents.

‘Some have not only been inconvenienced but have also been deeply impacted on a personal and emotional level, and it really saddens us.

‘We’re sending great empathy and love from our community to them.

‘Despite this, we were there to cause disruption because our government isn’t acting on the climate and ecological crisis.

‘We’d prefer to not have to create any disruption at all. Unfortunately this is our last chance to save humanity from extinction.’

No apology to the man and his family for what she and her Comrades have done, just more of the Selfishness these kind of Ignorant People engage in.  They reserve any Empathy or basic Sympathy for themselves and themselves alone.  They have no Decency, no Shame.  They have Sacrificed their Souls to their Gnostic Cause.  They seek, ultimately the Immanentzation Of The Eschaton.

Their aim is not True; their aim is a Fantastical Dream World that can never be.  The only thing the implementation of their ideas will lead to is Misery and Death.

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¹ From Wikipedia: Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a socio-political movement with the stated aim of using civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

 

 

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The On-Going Danger To The Catholic Faith

17 July 2019 @ 17:15

From LifeSiteNews, Diane Montagna reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Aidan Green]:

ROME, July 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Another respected theologian is sounding the alarm on the upcoming Amazon Synod, saying it is an attempt to “create another church” by “demolishing” the true Church from within.

Monsignor Nicola Bux, a theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during Benedict XVI’s pontificate, said in a recent interview that “what we are facing is an the attempt to genetically modify the Church.”

Asked why he believes the working document [Instrumentum laboris] for the upcoming synod has been so roundly criticized, Msgr. Bux, who now serves as theologian consulter to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said “in a certain sense, the answer was recently given by Pope Benedict [in an essay published after the Vatican sex abuse summit]: it is yet another attempt to ‘create another Church, an experiment already that was tried and failed.’”

“Jesus Christ came to bring God to earth, so that man might find the way to heaven: that is why he founded the Church,” the Italian Monsignor said. “Instead, today’s clerics take care of the earth as if it were man’s permanent and lasting home. What is the symptom? They do not speak of the soul and therefore of its salvation.”

Monsignor Nicola Bux

Msgr. Bux further noted that ideas once “denounced” by Joseph Ratzinger (as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) are now “coming to maturity” with the Amazon Synod.

“The Church is no longer considered the Mystical Body of Christ and the People of God oriented toward salvation, but a sociological phenomenon; thus it must deal with economics, ecology and politics, where at most it could intervene only for a moral judgment,” Msgr. Bux said.

He added that, under the influence of modernism, proponents of these ideas claim that “times have changed” and with them, “a new dogma” is needed. Yet he pointed out “this doesn’t answer the questions: who decided that times have changed? And is change always good?”

“Doubts that the Lord Jesus is the only Savior of mankind has been spreading in the Church since the post-conciliar period,” Msgr. Bux explained. “For some sectors of the Church, evangelisation has been reversed into ‘being evangelized,’” leading many “parishes and seminaries” to invite “atheistic or doubtful thinkers” to speak “rather than clear and definite Catholics.”

Msgr. Bux said “this has led to confusion and disorientation,” especially given the weak catechesis that many Catholics received in recent decades.

If it were not the case, he noted, “one could not explain the spectacle of vices and corruption that is gripping Italian and European society.” Nor could one explain how everyone is invited to “receive Communion at Mass, regardless of whether they are in the state of grace,” or even Catholic.

Speaking to the working document’s use of “inculturation,” Msgr. Bux said “it is presented in an inverted way: the intention is to return the Church in the Amazon to animism and spiritualism, making it withdraw from the Word that was announced to it through evangelization. ‘A natural religion with a Christian mask,’ as Cardinal Brandmüller said in his recent statement.”

Asked about the working document’s praise for the “cosmovision” of indigenous peoples, Msgr. Bux said it represents a “blurring of reason” and a return to “natural religion” and “spiritualism.”

,,,Msgr. Bux said that by calling into question divine Revelation, the document “detaches itself from the truth of the Catholic faith,” and amounts to “apostasy.”

Msgr. Bux noted said it is “significant” that the Instrumentum laboris has received the “enthusiastic approval — and perhaps the advice — of Leonardo Boff, a former Franciscan priest, a historical exponent of liberation theology who, in the 1970s, was admonished by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.”

The respected theologian concluded the interview, saying:

There is no liberation without conversion to Christ. The Instrumentum Laboris never mentions this term, which is at the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but, as cardinals, priests and faithful have already observed, contradicting in decisive points the binding teaching of the Church — that is, to which every true Catholic is bound — it can be qualified as heretical. An attack on the foundations of the faith, which reduces the Catholic religion to pure subjectivism. It almost seems that it is Jesus Christ who must convert to the new Amazonian divinity. But is this “the Catholic faith transmitted by the Apostles,” as we pray in the Roman Canon?

In his book, The Keys Of This Blood [1990], former Catholic Jesuit priest Malachi Martin wrote of a Superforce that is seeking to Destroy the Roman Catholic Church from within [sound familiar?].  As Wikipedia gets correct:

…Superforce is the unofficial name given by Martin for a more or less formal group of people within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Martin claimed that this superforce is a sort of ecclesiastical version of a hostile corporate takeover team and that it was made up of churchmen of such rank and power within the Vatican and at key points of the hierarchic structure that they controlled the most vital organs and sinews of that structure, worldwide. The goal of this organisation consist in a fundamental shift in church teachings.

This group of Apostates [led by Francis I] comes at The Church from the Left.  It seeks to change it so fundamentally, as the Monsignor said, that, if they are successful, they will change The RCC into a New-Age Heresy.

All around this World, the Left has been boring from within institutions of long-standing, now aided by new institutions that were conceived by fellow Leftists [Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.].  With the election of Frances to the Seat Of St. Peter, they have redoubled their efforts when it comes to The Church.

As I wrote back in 2013 upon that election:

…This issue — the subjugation of Christianity and Judaism and other religions [except the cult known as Islam] — means a lot to the Left because the destruction of the spiritual community, our shared understanding of transcendent truth, our belief in an agreed-upon set of Absolute Truths, will leave a spiritual hole that they intend to fill with their rose-colored vision of a future Heaven On Earth. To put it simply: the Left In America wants to murder God and replace him with a Politburo of Illuminated Ones. They do not believe that God is present in everyone, but, rather, that everyone present is a god.

They are Gnostics — as are all Leftists — believing that they possess The Secret Wisdom that makes them superior to God in understanding Mankind…if they believe in God at all.

This is a matter that should concern all of us, whether Catholic or not, because The Roman Catholic Church is one of the foundations of Western Civilization.  Remove this foundation stone and the whole building will collapse.

Saint John Paul The Great and Benedict XVI fought valiantly against the Superforce, but they lost their battles.  Let us hope that we will find a way to stop these Revolutionists, these Destroyers of Mankind, before it is too late and we lose the War and recede into the Darkness.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy, 4:3-4

 

‘A Great Moral Failing’ On Our Part

16 July 2019 @ 17:30

While looking for the text of a speech given by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, I came across this report on the number of murders committed by Communist Governments.  That the vast majority of Gen-Xers and Millenials have no idea of the Grave Dangers associated with the implementation of Totalitarianism is the result of our Failure to educate most of them on what happened.  These two generations are flirting with something they do not understand in the least…

The Communist Holocaust

March 9, 2010

Compiled by Chris Banescu (contributors: Scott Manning, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation)

In October 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the deadliest ideology in human history – Communism. In less than 100 years, Communism has claimed more than 100 million lives. Today, it continues to enslave one-sixth of the world’s population.

A free people cannot afford to forget the evils of Communism. We cannot allow the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, and Castro to fade into the background of history. We must not forget the trail of blood and tears this utopian deception has left behind.

It is a great moral failing that so many do not know the extent of Communism’s atrocities. While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China’s dictators have slaughtered as many as 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined? (Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation)

The following estimates represent citizens killed or starved to death by their own Communist governments since 1918. These numbers do not include war dead. The governments are sorted by body count (highest to lowest). All numbers are mid-estimates.

A detailed bibliography is listed at the end of this page. While this list is as complete as I have been able to determine, it is evolving. Some numbers are incomplete and there are still five Communist countries that have the potential to kill more of their citizens. (Scott Manning)

Communist Holocaust Body Count: 149,469,610

Rank   Country
1 People’s Republic of China
Body Count: 73,237,000
1949-Present (57+ years and counting)

R.J. Rummel originally estimated China’s body count between between the years of 1949-1987 to be 35,236,000 (Rummel 1994). This excluded 38,000,000 million that died of famine during the Great Leap Forward. After the release of Mao: The Unknown Story, Rummel became convinced that the Chinese government was directly responsible for the famine, thus increasing his original estimate by 38,000,000 (Rummel 2005). 1,000 was added for Tienanmen Square in 1989 (Courtois 1999).

2 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)
Body Count: 58,627,000
1922-1991 (69 years)

The body count only covers the years 1923-1987 (Rummel 1996).

3 Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic
Body Count: 3,284,000
1918-1922 (4 years)

This body count does not include the 6,210,000 killed in the civil war (Rummel 1996).

4 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Body Count: 3,163,000
1948-Present (58+ years and counting)

1,663,000 is attributed between 1948-1987 excluding the Korean War (Rummel 1994). 2,500,000 is the mid-estimate for those who starved to death between 1995-1998 (U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea 2006).

5 Cambodia
Body Count: 2,627,000
1975-1987 (12 years)

The body count estimate is complete (Rummel 1994). The offical country name was Democratic Kampuchea during Pol Pot’s reign and then known as People’s Republic of Kampuchea afterwards.

6 Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
Body Count: 1,750,000
1978-1992 (14 years)

The body count estimate is complete (Courtois 1999).

7 Vietnam
Body Count: 1,670,000
1975-Present (30+ years and counting)

The body count covers the years 1945-1987 for Vietnam/North Vietnam and excludes 1,062,000 from the Vietnam War (Rummel 1994).

8 People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Body Count: 1,343,610
1974-1991 (17 years)

The body count includes 10,000 political assasinations during 1977-1978, 1,000 children killed in 1977, 110 massacred in an Orthodox church in 1975, 80,000 during the civil war between 1978-1980, 250,000 that died in 1982 through Transit Camps, and 2,500 killed in a bombing raid (Courtois 1999). Another 1,000,000 is added for the famine during 1984-1985 (BBC News 2000).

9 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Body Count: 1,072,000
1945-1992 (47 years)

The body count only covers the years 1945-1992 excluding 100,000 from the Tito Partisans between 1941-1944 (Rummel 1994).

10 Chinese Soviet Republic
Body Count: 700,000
1931-1934 (3 years)

The body count only includes the Jiangxi and Fujian provinces (Chang 2005). Although Mozambique has 700,000 to its name, the Chinese Soviet Republic produced more bodies in a shorter time period and the estimate is low.

11 People’s Republic of Mozambique
Body Count: 700,000
1975-1990 (15 years)

100,000 civilians murdered between 1986 and mid-1988 (Young 1991) and 600,000 starved to death between 1975-1985 (Courtois 1999).

12 Socialist Republic of Romania
Body Count: 435,000
1947-1989 (42 years)

The body count only covers the years 1947-1987 (Rummel 1997).

13 People’s Republic of Bulgaria
Body Count: 222,000
1946-1990 (44 years)

The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997).

14 People’s Republic of Angola
Body Count: 125,000
1975-1992 (17 years)

The body count only covers the years 1975-1987 (Rummel 1997).

15 Mongolian People’s Republic
Body Count: 100,000
1924-1992 (68 years)

The body count only covers the years 1924-1987 (Rummel 1997).

16 People’s Socialist Republic of Albania
Body Count: 100,000
1946-1991 (45 years)

The body count only covers the years 1944-1987 (Rummel 1997).

17 Republic of Cuba
Body Count: 73,000
1961-Present (45+ years and counting)

The body count only covers the years 1959-1987 (Rummel 1997).

18 German Democratic Republic
Body Count: 70,000
1949-1990 (41 years)

The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997).

19 Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia
Body Count: 65,000
1948-1990 (42 years)

The body count only covers the years 1948-1968 (Rummel 1997).

20 Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Body Count: 56,000
1975-Present (31+ years and counting)

The body count only covers the years 1975-1987 excluding 47,000 war dead (Rummel 1997).

21 Hungarian People’s Republic
Body Count: 27,000
1949-1989 (40 years)

The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997).

22 People’s Republic of Poland
Body Count: 22,000
1948-1989 (41 years)

The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997). Excludes 1,585,000 from ethnic cleansing between 1945-1950 (Rummel 1994).

23 People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen
Body Count: 1,000
1969-1990 (21 years)

The body count only covers the years 1969-1987 (Rummel 1997).

(table above created by Scott Manning)

Please: show them this.

A source list may be found at the end of the original post here.

Time To Go #OUTLAW — Way Past Time

16 July 2019 @ 16:33

In a very good column over at SteynOnline, Andrew Lawton makes some keen observations on the evaporation [and ironies] of Free Speech.  Please do take the time to click here and read it.

I was especially struck by this part of the article:

[Tommy] Robinson wore a “convicted of journalism” t-shirt to his sentencing hearing, after which he was ushered out the back door of the Old Bailey to be taken to jail. Whatever one might think of him, there’s no denying he’s remained steadfast through not only the death threats and physical assaults sustained because of his coverage, but even staring at a nine-month sentence that will keep him locked up during his three kids’ summer break from school.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a western journalist who’s staked as much as Robinson, though his government prosecuted him. May it be a cautionary tale: the values and freedoms governments loudly proclaim are always conditional.

Freedom Of Speech is supposed to work differently here in America because it is listed in The Constitution as an inviolable Right that emanates out of our Natural Rights, which are given to us by God and are, therefore, Unalienable.

This Right in our country cannot be Conditional, as our Fundamental Rights come from above.

When a Right is seen as ‘conditional’ it is placed at the Whim of a government.

One can apply restrictions on this Right, but only in order to protect members of The Sovereign People from being unlawfully slandered or libeled — and the bar for that is set rightfully high in order to protect this Right.  Being distressed by someone’s opinion is not a crime; having your character assailed as a matter of opinion is not a crime.

The Injustice being suffered by Tommy Robinson in the UK is a preview of what the Left In America intended to implement here if they have their way.

Of course, the non-governmental Injustices they have been able to effect here, in collusion with the Media and, most especially, the Titans Of Social Media, have been pretty damn successful, so they’re not in such a rush.  But they will always keep their eye on the prize: silencing all Dissenters.

Once the Left is able to get The United State [no ‘s’ anymore] to implement Laws and Regulation, once it gains Power And Control over the government, it will act just like the UK and other nations of The West.

And it will achieve this if we don’t rise-up and fight effectively.

We are on a course right now to become Americanized versions of the Dissidents under The Soviet Union.

Time to go #OUTLAW — way past time.

 

The House Of Special Purpose At 101

16 July 2019 @ 07:45

[NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I originally ran a nine years ago]
[NOTE for 2019: One hundred and one years on and Leftism is still treated as Legitimate and worthy of Respect. We have failed.]


This is the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia…

It was code-named The House Of Special Purpose by the Bolsheviks.  Lenin ordered that Nicholas II, ex-Tsar of all the Russias, and his family be imprisoned there, but that was not the ‘special’ purpose.  This is the Tsar and his family:

Parents: Nicholas, Alexandra
Children [in birth order]: Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Alexis

On the night/morning of 16/17 July 1918, the family was awakened, told to dress quickly as they would have to leave in a hurry, ushered into a basement room, and were murdered by a bunch of local Bolsheviks.  From Wikipedia:

Around midnight Yakov Yurovsky, the superintendent of The House of Special Purpose, ordered the Romanovs’ physician, Dr. Eugene Botkin, to awaken the sleeping family and ask them to put on their clothes. The Romanovs were then ordered into a 6×5 meter semi-basement room. Nicholas asked if he could bring two chairs for himself and his wife. A firing squad appeared next and Yurovsky announced:

“ Nikolai Aleksandrovich, your relatives have tried to save you, but they had not to. And we are forced to shoot you by ourselves… ”

Yurovsky then began to read the decision of the Ural Executive Committee (Uralispolkom), and Nicholas said “What?” As the weapons were raised, the Empress and the Grand Duchess Olga, according to a guard’s reminiscence, had tried to cross themselves, but failed amid the shooting. Yurovsky reportedly raised his gun at Nicholas and fired; Nicholas fell dead instantly. The other executioners then began shooting until all the intended victims had fallen. Several more shots were fired at the victims and the doors opened to scatter the smoke. Some survived the gunshots, so executioner P.Z. Yermakov stabbed them with bayonets because the shouts could be heard outside. The last ones to die were Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria, who were wearing several pounds (over 1.3 kilograms) of diamonds within their clothing, thus rendering them bullet-proof to an extent. However they were speared with bayonets as well. Olga sustained a gun shot wound to the head while Anastasia and Maria were said to have crouched up against a wall covering their heads in terror until Maria was shot down, and Anastasia had been finished off with the bayonets. Yurovsky himself killed Tatiana and Alexei. Tatiana died from a single bullet through the back of her head. Alexei received two bullets to the head, right behind the ear. Anna Demidova, Alexandra’s maid, survived the initial onslaught but was quickly murdered against the back wall of the basement, stabbed to death while trying to defend herself with a small pillow she had carried into the sub-basement that was filled with precious gems and jewels. Military commissar Peter Ermakov, in a drunken haze, stabbed at the dead bodies of the former Czar and Czarina, shattering both their rib cages in a pool of blood.

The bodies were then loaded into trucks, taken into the woods, desecrated, and buried.

This is the room where they were slaughtered in the name of Leftism:

This brutal murder of a whole family was certainly not the first, nor would it be the last, such action perpetrated by Leftists in their various ‘glorious’ marches to bring about Heaven on Earth [hundreds of millions of souls cry-out to us], but in it, in this one action, is to be found the ultimate representation of where Leftism will always lead: to the slaughter of innocent human beings in the name of ideas — ideology.  Logic dictates that there can be no other end.

As long as Leftism is allowed to thrive, to just exist, then the Olga’s, Maria’s, Tatiana’s, Anastasia’s, and Alexis’s of this world are not safe from the barrels of Bolshevik guns.  If the Leftists were to control the world, they would turn the whole of it into a House Of Special Purpose.

SIDENOTE: The whole family have been declared Saints by the Russian Orthodox Church…they are certainly Martyrs of Freedom…

Requiescat in pace

NEW ADDITION for the 2013 POSTING…

In view of the tens of thousands of lives which the Cheka would claim in the years that followed the Ekaterinburg tragedy, and the millions killed by its successors, the death at its hands of eleven prisoners hardly qualifies as an event of extraordinary magnitude. And yet, there is a deep symbolic meaning to the massacre of the ex-Tsar, his family, and staff. Just as liberty has its great historic days —the battles of Lexington and Concord, the storming of the Bastille—so does totalitarianism. The manner in which the massacre was prepared and carried out, at first denied and then justified, has something uniquely odious about it, something that radically distinguishes it from previous acts of regicide and brands it as a prelude to twentieth-century mass murder.

When a government arrogates to itself the power to kill people, not because of what they had done or even might do, but because their death is “needed,” we are entering an entirely new moral realm. Here lies the symbolic significance of the events that occurred in Ekaterinburg in the night of July 16–17. The massacre, by secret order of the government, of a family that for all its Imperial background was remarkably commonplace, guilty of nothing, desiring only to be allowed to live in peace, carried mankind for the first time across the threshold of deliberate genocide. The same reasoning that had led the Bolsheviks to condemn them to death would later be applied in Russia and elsewhere to millions of nameless beings who happened to stand in the way of one or another design for a new world order.

—Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution, Chapter 17.


NEW ADDITION for the 2017 POSTING…

We must never forget that the implementation of Leftism always leads to Houses Of Special Purpose.

For a detail explanation why this is forever and everywhere so, please read my book:

It’s currently available in PDF Format for free downloading here.

And should — finally — be available in paperback form later this year.

Power And Control: The New New Left vs The Radical Young Left

15 July 2019 @ 17:38

In a very perceptive post today, , Mark Steyn remarks on the in-fighting disrupting the Democratic Party:

Let us take it as read that Trump is racist, and every Republican legislator is racist, and every Republican voter is racist. That’s still not enough. Insufficiently Woke Democrats have to be racist, too:

Ocasio-Cortez Implies Pelosi Is Racist for Singling Out ‘Newly Elected Women Of Color’

Speaker Pelosi has hosted meetings of “dreamers” where she thanked their parents for bringing them to the United States, because they’re better than us, they’re better than you. But you can cheer mass invasion and demographic replacement and still come up short, you racist. So it turns out even the vice-president to the first black president is likewise a racist:

Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle

In an admittedly absurd bit of virtue-signaling, Biden claimed to have gotten into the 2020 presidential race because he was so outraged by Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville that there were “good people on both sides”. And it availed poor ol’ Joe naught: Whoever’s on which side, he’s still on the wrong one….

But this is the logic of identity politics. There can be no good-faith arguments. We are on Leninist ground: Who, whom….

All of this michegas came to mind last night as I was reading Eugene Lyons’s 1941 book, The Red Decade [I did a post about it recently].

Factionalism was the endemic disease of the American, as of every other, Communist Party in the period of which we are speaking of the period that ended with the enthronement of [Earl] Browder….

The disease was devastating while it lasted. Contending groups within an organization may be an aspect of democratic give-and-take. Among the communists, however, factionalism was a function of the dictatorial setup. …Under the banners of “unity,” “discipline,” and “loyalty to the Comintern,” internecine warfare went on for the mastery of the American party and its “neutral” extensions-warfare, that is, for the favor and patronage of Moscow. From the beginning, intrigue, rotten diplomacy and mutual knifing were routine procedures in the higher brackets of American Bolshevism. These refinements absorbed more time, energy and emotional substance in a week than the job of making the revolution did in a year

The internal warfare, moreover, was if anything more unreal than the alleged revolution. If the factional quarrels had any intrinsic connection with American problems, there might have been some sense to them. But they were invariably American battles fought to the death on issues which did not exist in America. Right or wrong, Trotsky and Stalin, then Stalin and Bukharin, went at each other with all the weapons of comradely homicide over realities. The Ruthenbergs, Fosters, Cannons and Lovestones used the same weapons over chimeras and windmills. These Kansas and City College politicos fought for hegemony over the coming American revolution on the issue of liquidation of Russian kulaks and similar pressing American problems. Whether they won or lost depended entirely on whether they guessed right about those far-off and, for them as Americans, utterly fictitious values.

Their noisy wars were especially pathetic when taken together with the small and ineffectual role the party enjoyed in American life after a decade of fulmination…. [Chapter V: The American Party Is Purged]

History does not repeat itself: it rhymes.

Back in the 1920’s and 1930’s [The Red Decade], the American Communists spent most of their time trying to figure-out what would please Moscow.  In our day and age, the Leftists In America are battling over which faction are the best, most faithful disciples of Lenin-Marx-Mao-Alinsky-Gramasci and which of them are the REAL representatives of The People — ‘chimeras and windmills’, indeed.

Nancy Pelosi and her Apparatchiks, the New New Left¹, are in a political life and death struggle with the Radical Young Left for Power And Control.  The latter group are determined to push the former into the same bin as the Useful Idiot GOP and their minions, but also with we Constitutionalists.

Nancy and The Apparatchiks [good name for a band] is in a Desperate battle.  The Radical Youngin’s think their Ignoramity will lead them to victory.

If this is anything like we saw in The Red Decade, the outcome is far from clear.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pouring myself a Maker’s Mark, sitting back, and watching the Left In America bloody itself [popcorn won’t cut it with this one].

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¹ From my book:

So, the New New Left In America put on business attire, cut their hair, polished their shoes, shaved, and bathed. And they wormed their way quietly into every area of our Society that they could, never letting their fellow workers know of the Radical ends they sought. They were aided in their efforts at infiltration by Old Leftists already inside and by the usual suspects: Fellow Travellers, Dupes, and Useful Idiots.

They were patient, in most cases, not playing their fraudulent hand, waiting for the right moments to advance The Cause in small steps or, when Fortune shined on them, make larger leaps Leftward.

When this New New Left captured control of the House and of the Senate in 2006, they increased the pace of their efforts. But it was with the assumption of the Presidency by Barack Hussein Obama on January 21, 2007 that they kicked their Coup into high gear — and they haven’t slowed down since….  [The Present Crisis, Chapter IV: The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking]

I wrote that in 2016.  The New New Left hasn’t slowed down — on it’s own. The Radical Young Left, however, have been setting-up Jersey Barriers, some of which the former have avoided, but more of which they haven’t

Child Sexual Abuse In Female Sports?

15 July 2019 @ 15:51

Over at The Other McCain, from Stacy McCain, we learn:

Oh, by the way, nearly every player in the WNBA is a lesbian. (“I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women,” according to former player Candice Wiggins.) Homosexuality is pervasive among top female athletes, whatever the sport. Like, if you tune into the NCAA championship tournament in basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer — pick a sport, any sport — you’ll be watching one team of lesbians play another team of lesbians. There are female scholarship athletes in the NCAA who are heterosexual, but the top players on the top teams are almost all gay, although the sports media makes a point of ignoring this. However, the prevalence of lesbianism in women’s sports is not a stereotype, but a fact, and it holds true not only in team sports, but in individual sports like tennis and golf. Did you know, for example, that America’s largest annual gathering of lesbians occurs every April in Palm Springs, California? It’s called “The Dinah,” because it was originally scheduled to coincide with the LPGA’s Dinah Shore golf tournament. That a major lesbian festival originated in conjunction with a sports event should tell you something about women’s athletics in general.

We are not supposed to notice this, however, and the sports media seldom breach the unacknowledged journalistic rule against mentioning how pervasive lesbianism is in women’s athletics….

Most of the players in women’s sports begin their participation in sports when they are Pre-Teens or Teenagers.

One has to wonder when, then, are these girls are sucked-into the Lesbian Vortex.

Are they groomed while they’re still underage?  I think in the circumstances this is a Reasonable question to ask.  Are our young and vulnerable girls being recruited by their coaches into this Abnormal Lifestyle?  Are these coaches creating an Atmosphere where experimenting with and encouraging Lesbianism is being fostered.  And are modern parents, in trying to be ‘Woke’, in trying to be ‘Cool’, accepting of such behavior?

I don’t have a definitive answer, but one has to wonder.

If my theory is true, then this is clearly Pedophilic behavior.

The Continuing Fallout Of The Murder Of The TEA Party

12 July 2019 @ 16:30

I have written here a good number of times about what I think motivates Donald Trump.

Over at The Other McCain, Long-Time Friend-In-The-Ether Smitty has posted some damn fine observations:

…both Obama’s election and the Tea Party uprising of 2009 are key to understanding 2016.

…Trump clearly knew how to win an election, even if he wasn’t burdened with the details of the Byzantine train wreck that is the U.S. government.

…Trump appears to have a “Forrest Gump” touch for failing upward, but his success is more due to pure savvy than deus ex machina.

In the Tea Party case, Trump was nowhere to be seen in 2009, yet I’m confident that the bulk of Tea Partiers voted Trump,,,,

I share Smitty’s confidence, as well.

However, I also believe that, if the TEA Party hadn’t been KIA’d by the Leftist [Obama and the Congress] national government and various Leftist-controlled State Governments while the GOP Establishment stood by in a Silence born of their Useful Idiocy, the 2016 Elections on the Republican side may have gone a different way.

The Destruction of the TEA Party organizations using the Massive Power of the Government, disillusioned many and robbed the conservatives and Classical Liberals who supported it of effective operative organs of Resistance of the Despots running the government.

When the history of these times is written — and if it is written by Honest Men — then the Murder of the TEA Party will loom large over that Narrative…for it’s consequences are, it seems, Grave for the future of Freedom And Ordered Liberty.

JFK: Peacenik [A Neo-Con Before Neo-Conning Was Cool?]

11 July 2019 @ 18:15

In the past several decades, we’ve witnessed an effort by some on the Right to claim JFK as one of our own, as a deep-down conservative at heart.

Many have cited his tax cuts as ‘conservative’.  Well, actually, as Wikipedia gets right about a political figure for once:

In his 1963 State of the Union address, he proposed substantial tax reform and a reduction in income tax rates from the current range of 20–90% to a range of 14–65% as well as a reduction in the corporate tax rates from 52 to 47%. Kennedy added that the top rate should be set at 70% if certain deductions were not eliminated for high income earners. Congress did not act until 1964, a year after his death, when the top individual rate was lowered to 70%, and the top corporate rate was set at 48%.

Not much of a tax rate cut, but, at least, it was something.  And it probably inspired Arthur Laffer.

In foreign affairs, JFK is lauded as a tough Cold Warrior, but, if we judge by his actions and speeches, a different picture emerges.

In a speech before the United Nations on 20 September 1963, President Kennedy said a number of interesting things.

-Mixed-in with some moderate Cold War rhetoric, JFK had much praise for the United Nations and it’s efforts at ‘peacekeeping’:

The United States delegation will be prepared to suggest to the United Nations initiatives in the pursuit of all the goals. For this is an organization for peace—and peace cannot come without work and without progress.

The peacekeeping record of the United Nations has been a proud one, though its tasks are always formidable. We are fortunate to have the skills of our distinguished Secretary General and the brave efforts of those who have been serving the cause of peace in the Congo, in the Middle East, in Korea and Kashmir, in West New Guinea and Malaysia. But what the United Nations has done in the past is less important than the tasks for the future. We cannot take its peacekeeping machinery for granted. That machinery must be soundly financed—which it cannot be if some members are allowed to prevent it from meeting its obligations by failing to meet their own. The United Nations must be supported by all those who exercise their franchise here. And its operations must be backed to the end.

We now know, and JFK obviously knew, that the UN Peacekeepers were not the angels he made them out to be.  If fact, they often took sides in the conflicts they were engaged in and sometimes committed horrific crimes themselves.

The founding idea of the United Nations was always a Leftist one.  It sought to eventually wear down and more than likely eliminate the Nation-State.  It was a vision primarily of FDR and his One Worlders.  It has become, as all such Ideological Schemes have, a thoroughly Corrupt organization, Subverted and Suborned by the more Radical, varying forces of The Left in the World.  Back in JFK’s day, it was the European and Anglophone Left and their Useful Idiots who controlled the UN; now it is the Terrorists / Jihadists and their Western Sympathizers who do, along with the Fascist Russians and the Communist Chinese.

-All throughout the speech, our Camelotian leader, spoke like a Utopian — a Peacenik ahead of his time.  Some highlights:

…But if we can stretch this pause [in tensions with the Communists] into a period of cooperation–if both sides can now gain new confidence and experience in concrete collaborations for peace–if we can now be as bold and farsighted in the control of deadly weapons as we have been in their creation–then surely this first small step can be the start of a long and fruitful journey.

New efforts are needed if this Assembly’s Declaration of Human Rights, now 15 years old, is to have full meaning. And new means should be found for promoting the free expression and trade of ideas–through travel and communication, and through increased exchanges of people, and books, and broadcasts. For as the world renounces the competition of weapons, competition in ideas must flourish–and that competition must be as full and as fair as possible.

This is all pie-in-the-sky bullshit and it will end-up enfeebling us in The Cold War.  Detente was negotiated by us with the USSR and Red China from a position of Weakness.

There could never be a fruitful Peace with those whose very purpose was to Destroy us.  Khrushchev had famously told us ‘We will bury you’.  If by ‘we’ he meant the Soviet Union, he was wrong.  If, however, he meant Leftism would bury us then he was correct.  And part of the blame rests with JFK and his Brainiac Advisors — incompetents all.

-JFK spoke of how tensions between The West and the USSR had calmed down, especially in regards to the Berlin Situation [The Berlin Wall had been erected in 1961]:

Twenty-four months ago, when I last had the honor of addressing this body, the shadow of fear lay darkly across the world. The freedom of West Berlin was in immediate peril….

Today the clouds have lifted a little so that new rays of hope can break through. The pressures on West Berlin appear to be temporarily eased….

Tell that, John, to the millions who would be held against their Wills behind it for thirty-six years.  You failed to stop it being built because you were a weakling compared to Khrushchev — and he took advantage of that many times.  West Berlin was in peril for those thirty-six years and The United States bore the high costs of your Impotency, your Serial Indecisiveness.

-Finally, JFK went back on his pledge: ‘I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth’:

…in a field where the United States and the Soviet Union have a special capacity—in the field of space—there is room for new cooperation, for further joint efforts in the regulation and exploration of space. I include among these possibilities a joint expedition to the moon. Space offers no problems of sovereignty; by resolution of this Assembly, the members of the United Nations have foresworn any claim to territorial rights in outer space or on celestial bodies, and declared that international law and the United Nations Charter will apply. Why, therefore, should man’s first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction, and expenditure? Surely we should explore whether the scientists and astronauts of our two countries—indeed of all the world—cannot work together in the conquest of space, sending someday in this decade to the moon not the representatives of a single nation, but the representatives of all of our countries.

So like the Red China of today, JFK was proposing to share our technological secrets with what at that time was our Greatest Enemy.  What a soft-headed idea, but what can you expect out of an Inept and Inexperienced Man.

-JFK was no conservative.  Reading his speeches one gets the feeling that, at best, this Morally Degenerate man was a Neo-Conservative.

We Constitutionalists: We Just Won’t Go Away – #OUTLAW -UPDATED

09 July 2019 @ 17:43

In Presidential Election Year 2016, I supported Ted Cruz.  When Donald Trump, in quiet connivance with the GOP, undermined together the Cruz Campaign, that May, I unregistered as a Republican [I had been one since I first registered in 1979 at the age of eighteen].

However, I did not join with the #NeverTrump Dandies [neither did Friends-In-The-Ether like Jeff Goldstein].  We opposed both Hillaria Tiberius and Pompey Trumpicus Magnus.  Jeff did a brilliant take-down of the Alt-Right that fall at The Federalist [his perennial site Protein Wisdom having been cyber-attacked into oblivion].  We were sick and tired of voting for the least of possible Evils, like the two Bushes, John McCain, and Mitt Romney — I think it fair to say that this kind of Compromising had become Nauseous to us.  We, we happy few, were both #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary.

I don’t recall what Jeff and the others did on Election Day 2016, but I refused to vote for either candidate’s Electors.  The minor candidates were unacceptable, as well as the two Proto-Caesarists.  I also stopped blogging for awhile in disgust to all of the blind lapdoggery of Trump that arose on the Right and the Insipid whinings of the majority of the Never Trumpers on the same side.  We were labeled ‘Cucks’ by the Alt-Right and their denizens, Constitutionalists put in the same company as the Nancy Boy Conservatives, such as Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes, The Bushes, and Jonah Goldberg.

The fight was against the Stealth Fascism, which the GOP Establishment had joined the Democrats in promoting.  These conservatives had come to believe that Big Government was here to stay and we might as well just try to manage it.  Fools.

Big Government, by it’s very Nature, is always the haven for Despots.  An acceptance of it’s Existence, a Legitimizing of Leviathan as Proper and Workable, is committing an act of Moral Treason against The Founding Fathers.  If Alexander Hamilton and his followers are rightly labeled High Federalists, then the current crop of Never Trumpers are Sky-High Federalists.  Even Mr. Hamilton, I think, would have blanched and recoiled at their philosophy.  Big Government must always be Resisted because it corrupts The Soul and weakens Resolve.

All this is to say: I am sick and tired of being put in the same grouping with the Kristol-Goldberg-Hayes Never Trumpers.  I’m sick of people like Ace lumping me in with those Loyalists, like I’m some sort of Joseph Galloway.

Galloway and his fellow Loyalists tried to subvert our struggle for the Restoration of our Ancient Rights of Freedom And Ordered Liberty.  When they failed, they skunked-off to Britain and Galloway worked with the government to undermine our cause — a Treasonous Act.

The Never Trumpers will scatter like the Seditious and Traitorous and Cowardly rats they are when their form of Fascistic Democracy fails [as it inevitably will] and we move to the next Leftist Evolutionary Stage.  By then, of course, it will be too late and these Neo-Hindenburg’s will find themselves having to answer Lenin’s question:

We’ll ask the man, where do you stand on the question of the revolution?

Are you for it or against it?

If he’s against it, we’ll stand him up against a wall.

I have to admit that I’ve supported some of actions President Trump has taken, but he does not possess a Conservative Soul.  As I wrote here recently:

We find ourselves in a similar situation to Rome in the last days of The Republic: Willing to accept very Immoral people, with rather despicable track records, as long as they promise to give us those things we desire.

It worked for Julius Caesar.

He promised to restore Virtue and Honesty to Rome. He was also Corrupt and Highly Immoral and not a conservative. He had an ear for what the people of The Republic wanted and he advocated for those things. Caesar was, perhaps, the first Roman to successfully understand the strategy of Despots: Bread And Circuses.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson understand it, too.

This is one of the main things we Constitutionalists were warning about.  And that got us attacked [verbally and cyber-wise].  But we just won’t go away.  And so supposed enemies, The Left and the Never Trumpers and the Alt-Right seek to Discredit us in their varying ways.

We’re here to stay and ready to fight on.

You all declared us Outlaws and that’s what you have made us…

We have thought fit, by and with the Advice of Our Privy Council, to issue this Our Royal Proclamation, hereby declaring that not only all Our Officers Civil and Military are obliged to exert their utmost Endeavours to suppress such Rebellion, and to bring the Traitors to Justice ; but that all Our Subjects of this Realm and the Dominions thereunto belonging are bound by Law to be aiding and assisting in the Suppression of such Rebellion, and to disclose and make known all traitorous Conspiracies and Attempts against Us, Our Crown and Dignity ; And We do accordingly strictly charge and command all Our Officers as well Civil as Military, and all other Our obedient and loyal Subjects, to use their utmost Endeavours to withstand and suppress such Rebellion, and to disclose and make known all Treasons and traitorous Conspiracies which they shall know to be against Us, Our Crown and Dignity ; and for that Purpose, that they transmit to One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, or other proper Officer, due and full Information of all Persons who shall be found carrying on Correspondence with, or in any Manner or Degree aiding or abetting the Persons now in open Arms and Rebellion against Our Government within any of Our Colonies and Plantations in North America, in order to bring the condign Punishment the Authors, Perpetrators and Abettors of such traitorous Designs.

—King George III, A PROCLAMATION, For suppressing Rebellion and Sedition, issued 23 August 1775

UPDATE on 11 JULY 2019:

I asked Jeff Goldstein if I had correctly recounted his opposition in 2016 and he replied on Twitter:

I think Trump has successfully alienated much of the *actual* alt-right — the racialists and true nativists — and as a result, I’ll vote for him in 2020; I’m still not a fan of tariffs, but so far he’s used them for leverage. We’ll see what happens w China and Iran. 1/2

2/2 Still think Cruz would have been better on the border, which I argued at the time. Trump’s greatest asset is that by bringing a gun to a gun fight, he’s caused the lesser gunmen to reveal themselves. The veil is lifted.

A New, Increasingly Widespread Form Of Child Sexual Abuse

08 July 2019 @ 18:12

-First, let’s look at the state of ‘good, old-fashion’ sexual abuse of children.

From The National Center for Victims of Crime, we learn:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted (page 24).

Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:

    • 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
    • Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
    • During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
    • Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
    • Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.

According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well (page 5).

A Bureau of Justice Statistics report shows 1.6 % (sixteen out of one thousand) of children between the ages of 12-17 were victims of rape/sexual assault (page 18)….

Since Human Beings began walking the Earth, children have been sexually abused.  Man is a Fallen Creature and is capable of performing many acts of Evil.  As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn put it so accurately in The Gulag Archipelago:

…Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — through all human hearts…. [Volume II, The Ascent]

Evil can be found in all of our Souls and it can become like a Cancer if we allow it to.  Since the Sexual Revolution, many have decided that they have been issued Free Licenses to engage in, to varying degrees, whatever sexual acts that [supposedly] satisfy their ‘sexual needs’.  As with all Revolutions, this one as proved especially Destructive to Civil Society.  It has undermined The Family, Marriage, and allowed for Tawdriness to become Mainstreamed.

It has also allowed for The Left In America to advocate for Sexual Immorality, using it as a shield to mask it’s Totalitarian Schemes.  They have been rewarded for opening up Sex from ‘Oppression’, which has allowed The Left to gain Political Power And Control, which they have used to actually Oppress us in other areas of Life.  What we have been witnessing is a Stealth Revolution.

-There’s a new form of Child Sexual Abuse that is taking hold in American and Western Societies, as Stacy McCain explains:

Last December, after it was reported that 11-year-old Desmond Napoles had performed in drag at a Brooklyn gay bar where adult men threw money at the child, I referenced the “emerging awareness” by which the Supreme Court had justified its ruling in Lawrence v. Texas (2003). If it is true, as the court majority implied, that homosexuality enjoys a quasi-sacred “civil rights” status protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, we must expect certain consequences, and while no one in 2003 predicted American bacha bazi, certainly in hindsight this seems a plausible result of Justice Kennedy’s “emerging awareness” doctrine.

This is unspeakably wicked, especially since Desmond’s mother Wendy has so enthusiastically encouraged her son’s perverse effeminacy. Like other mothers who have deliberately feminized their boys, Wendy Napoles seems to be engaged in a form of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, whereby parents (or other caretakers) seek attention for themselves by inducing medical problems in their children or others in their care. By pretending to rescue the victim from a fictitious disease, the parent (typically a mother) gains sympathy for herself. In the case of children like Jazz Jennings, whose mothers insist that their sons manifested “female” traits as mere toddlers, it seems as if raising their children to be transgender is a way for bored middle-class women to win the competition for having the Most Special Snowflake Child™ in school. Pay close attention to these stories, and you’ll notice certain patterns. The mother is the dominant influence, and the father is merely a background figure in the narrative — a passenger, as it were, in a family journey with his wife driving the vehicle. These mothers seem inordinately proud of their feminized sons, and eager to congratulate themselves on being excellent parents. So understanding! So progressive! So courageous!

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Whatever else you may think of Desmond Napoles, it is obvious that his mother has always acted as the cheering audience for his performances and is now playing the role of stage mother, basking in the reflected “glory” (such as it is) of her son’s status as LGBT celebrity.

…Parents want their children to grow up to be happy and successful, and different parents have different ideas of what constitutes happiness and success, but turning your son into a juvenile celebrity drag queen? No, that’s crazy. It’s sick.

I highly encourage you to read the rest of Stacy’s post.

What we have here is a Wicked and Disgusting new form of Child Sexual Abuse.  Hormones being given to children who are under the Power And Control of their parents is Heinous and Monstrous.  Messing with a child’s body in this way is just as bad as Raping said child — it certainly is a Mental Rape of the Soul.

What do the great advocates of an all-encompassing Sexual License — The Left and the capital ‘L’ Libertarians — have to say in their defense?

Whatever feelings predominate in the members of a given society at a given moment in time, they will serve to color the whole of that society and determine its moral character. And if there is nothing good there to pervade that society, it will destroy itself, or be brutalized by the triumph of evil instincts.

The gift of repentance, which perhaps more than anything else distinguishes man from the animal world, is particularly difficult for modern man to recover. We have, every last one of us, grown ashamed of this feeling; and its effect on social life anywhere on earth is less and less easy to discern. The habit of repentance is lost to our whole callous and chaotic age.”

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, From Under The Rubble

On The Will To Power And Democracy

06 July 2019 @ 17:42

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty.

—John Adams, The Works Of John Adams, Second President Of The United States, Vol. VI (1851)

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has posted a very thoughtful and discerning article [Which Gringos Are to Blame for the Ongoing Disaster in Central America?] on the situation in Latin America vis-a-vie the state of our relations with that region.  I highly recommend you read it.

One part of his essay has led me to write this post:

…conservatives have to resist the temptation of embracing liberals’ quasi-religious belief in “democracy” as a universal panacea that can cure all the problems of all people at all times. Given the recent results of “democracy” in, say, San Francisco or Chicago, do Americans really wish to impose such a system everywhere? Representative government works best where there is a large middle class and widespread economic prosperity; trying to force-feed “democracy” to the ignorant peasantry of Iraq and Afghanistan didn’t work out so well, and American conservatives ought to be hesitant to condemn “right-wing” elements in Latin America or other places who resist any “democracy” that would mean allowing radicals and revolutionaries to turn their countries into Marxist-Leninist hellholes. The rise of populist right-wingers like Viktor Orban in Hungary and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil suggests that it is possible for democracy to produce effective antidotes to leftism in countries where the social, economic and cultural conditions are favorable. We ought not despair for the possibility that such leaders might yet emerge in countries like Honduras, so that real democracy — the rule of law — can restore order, ending the migration crisis.

It’s not just Liberals who hold this fanatic belief in Democracy as the ‘World’s Savior’.  You must also include the Neo-Conservatives, and the capital ‘L’ Libertarians.

Democracy is not friendly to Constitutional Republicanism — in fact, it is Repugnant.

A system of government designed to be a Democracy is easily undermined by those with The Will To Power; it’s a lot harder to do so in a Constitutional Republic — witness the fact that it’s taken The Left In America a century-and-a-half to do it here, whereas in places like Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and so many others, it only took a few years.

As an example, let’s take a look at what happened in Russia in the aftermath of The Fall Of The Soviet Union…

The Western Eggheads — especially the American ones — encouraged Russia to adopt a full-blown Western-style Democracy.  The result: the very Corrupt Regime of Boris Yeltsin, followed by the Fascist Dictatorship of Vladimir Putin.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn understood the dangers of imposing a Western copy of High-Level Democracy.  He strongly advocated infusing the Russian people with an understanding of representative government and what The Rule Of Law means by starting at the closest possible local level: through a reconstituting of the Zemstvo — the Russian equivalent of our city councilors and our Town Meeting systems.

In his magisterial work, Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent From Ideology, Daniel Mahoney explains AS’s view [re-paragraphing mine]:

…By accumulating the evidence of a Russian tradition or traditions of local self-rule, Solzhenitsyn suggests that the resuscitation of zemstvo-style institutions will not be mere imposition on a people without any historical experience of liberty. Perhaps Russians have a fighting chance to govern themselves, since these earlier examples of self-government leave an echo or residue in the national soul.

But Solzhenitsyn is fully aware of the obstacles that Russia faces in this regard after a decade of ‘facade’ democracy, [followed by] seventy years of communist totalitarianism, and [before all that] three centuries of centralized imperial aristocracy. In Russia In Collapse he responds to naysayers by appealing to national pride. Russians have no alternative but to make the effort to learn how to govern themselves. Through that very effort, Russians  will begin to acquire the habits that are necessary to make self-government work. It is only through this heroic effort at organizing themselves for self-government that Russia will show ‘what they are worth an, of what destiny they are worthy.’  [Daniel Mahoney, Chapter Six: Solzhenitsyn’s ‘Tocquevillian’ Defense]

Russia, sadly and Tragically, never got a chance to try this, especially once the Western invasion of  Liberals, Neo-Conservatives, and Libertarians flooded the country with their Quasi-Utopian Nonsense and Western Ideologies.

Out of all of the ideas for what the Russians should do once the Soviets fell from power, Mr. Solzhenitsyn offered the better idea — although I remain skeptical of it working, but it, unlike all of the other plans, had, I believe, the best chance of succeeding because, unlike those others, it spoke to The Russian Soul.

A Restoration of the Tsar as a Constitutional Monarch as Head Of State with a President as Head Of Government on top of the Federalist System, Mr. Solzhenitsyn proposed, would have had a shot at working because it would Reconcile the need for self-government at the Local Level with a Tsar who could unite the nation and a President, elected by a Russian version of our Electoral College [or appointed by the Tsar, said power of appointment to be terminated in a decade or so] who could get his hands dirty in Politics.

Further, for another example, we can also look at Iraq where the imposition of a Democratic System has led to an anti-Western regime that has caused us nothing but problems and continues to do so.

There is a reason why The Muslim Brotherhood cheered and supported the installation of Democracy.  They knew they were being a gift that could be easily turned into an effective tool for subverting it.

As to the rise of ‘populist right-wingers like Viktor Orban in Hungary and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’: Populism is the tool of those seeking power through Democratic Means, which means they are easily subject to The Totalitarian Impulse.  Enough with the descendants of Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla.

Liber Populus quod destrui est!

Homework: Catechism Of A Revolutionist

05 July 2019 @ 18:37

In the mid-19th Century [1869], Russian Nihilist Sergei Nechayev published his Catechism Of A Revolutionist.

It would shortly become the guidebook for the Russian Nihilists and Anarchists [aka: The People’s Will], inspiring acts of Domestic Terrorism, such as the Assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881.  This movement was crushed after this act, but the document would go on to inspire Revolutionaries like Lenin, Eldridge Cleaver, and many other Leftists. Feodor Dostoevsky immortalized these Misfits in his brilliant and unrelenting work The Devils.

I have no doubt, after observing Antifa and their associated movements, that their organizing ‘Mastermind’ Leaders have read it too and, if I’m correct, we should be worried.  And we should be prepared to fight these Bolshevik Bastards with effective weaponry — both figurative and literal.

At some point in the near future, I will be taking a detailed look at this Catechism, but I thought I should post it now for all of my Friends-In-The-Ether.

For a downloadable PDF copy of Nechayev Sergei – Catechism of a revolutionist, click here.  If you need it in some other format, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

…the teacher who laughs with the children at their God and at their cradle is ours already.  The barrister who defends an educated murderer by pleading that, being more mentally developed than his victims, he could not help murdering for money, is already one of us.  Schoolboys who kill a peasant for the sake of a thrill are ours.  A public prosecutor, who trembles in court because he is not sufficiently progressive, is ours, ours.  Administrators, authors — of, there are lots and lots of us, and they don’t know it themselves.  On the other hand, the docility of schoolboys and fools has reached the highest pitch; the schoolmasters are full of bile; everywhere we see vanity reaching inordinate proportions, enormous bestial appetites.  Do you realize how many converts we shall make by trite and ready-made ideas?….

Verkhovensky [the fictional Nechayev] in The Devils

Independence Day 2019

04 July 2019 @ 19:08

You were informed by the last Post that Congress had declared the thirteen united Colonies free, & independent States. It must be allowed by the impartial World that this Declaration has not been made rashly. The inclosed Catalogue of Crimes of the deepest Dye, which have been repeatedly perpetrated by the King will justify us in the Eyes of honest & good Men. By multiplied Acts of Oppression and Tyranny he has long since forfeited his Right to Govern. The Patience of the Colonies in enduring the most provoking Injuries so often repeated will be [a] Matter of Astonishment….

—Samuel Adams, Letter to John Pitts, 17 July 1776

My Dearest Friend,

…The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.

It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.

—John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, 03 July 1776

Today in America, The Founding Fathers are either Despised, with many, many attempts to discard their philosophy to the Orwellian Memory Hole or are just paid lip-service by those who think they’re defending them.

I am in near-Despair that we are sinking into a modern version of Caesarism.

I ask, as I have numerous times: Is anybody there?…Does anybody care?…Does anybody see what I see?

Divine Providence will not shine on us again until we earn it.

I know not what course others may take, but as for me:
I will not be a slave; I will either Live Free Or Die.

The @RealDonaldTrump Gets His Roman Triumph

03 July 2019 @ 17:46

From The Daily Caller, Ellie Gardy reporting, we learn:

President Donald Trump will host “Salute to America,” in honor of the armed forces as part of the festivities. The event will feature the U.S. Army Band, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and the Old Guard Fire and Drum Corps.

“Salute to America” will also exhibit “incredible flyovers” by F/A-18s, F-35 stealth jets, Air Force One, F-22 fighter jets, and a B-2 stealth bomber.

A small number of armored vehicles will also be displayed on the National Mall, including two M1 Abrams tanks, two Bradley fighting vehicles and an armored M88 Recovery Vehicle.

I have no problem with featuring our Military in Independence Day Celebrations — non-political ones.

However, this display of our military’s prowess is clearly — knowing Trumpicus Pompey Gracchus — a political endeavor.  He has organized it and is heavily promoting it [with help from the Fake News Media (and others, as we shall see)].

Conservatives like Jim Geraghty have no problem with what Trump is doing:

But it’s not a military show of force, and nothing in Washington tomorrow is meant to be threatening or intimidating to anyone — other than anybody who would seek to harm Americans. Despite what you’ve been hearing, the tanks will be “on display” but not in a parade, at least according to the most recent reports: “The vehicles will not be moving, thereby reducing the chance of damaging local infrastructure.”

Come on. This isn’t a Trump scandal. If the president’s tank and military-hardware fixation turns into a bigger public recognition and appreciation for our men and women uniform, this is the most positive Trump scandal ever….

The reason we find military parades passing by the reviewing stand of a dictator menacing is because those parades are run by dictators, and many times those dictators have demonstrated a willingness to use brutal force against their own people, with no competing powers or  constitutional limits upon that use of force. France does a big military parade on Bastille Day. Nobody’s worried about Emmanuel Macron becoming an authoritarian dictator. [BB: But, given the chance, like Merkel, he would have no problem sliding into the role.]

What we will see here on 04 July, is Trumpicus Pompey Gracchus celebrating the Triumph he’s wanted to for awhile.

More Geraghty:

(And for everyone screaming Trump is a dictator, the Census Bureau just announced it was printing up the census forms without the citizenship question. If Trump was a dictator, he wouldn’t acquiesced to the Supreme Court ruling! Dictators don’t worry about losing in courts! Dictators don’t lose midterm elections! Dictators don’t worry about their own reelection!)

Let me get this out of the way: Trump is not a Dictator, nor is he striving to be one.  Yet, I will state that I believe he has Fascist Tendencies [so do most Elected Republicans and, most certainly, all of the Elected Democrats and their Minions].  We live in a Soft Tyranny that is slowly hardening.  The Vile and Nauseating has been in the air for over a decade.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘triumph’ as follows: The processional entry of a victorious general into ancient Rome.

Our Modern Gracchus wants to give The People what he thinks they want and, unthinkingly, The People have no problem with this event.

But, if you think about it, except when celebrating Victory in a War, we have not done such things.  And for a very good reason: the Military must maintain it’s Neutrality in Political Matters.  The Founding Fathers feared Standing Armies, but we had to compromise on that one when we inherited the role of Policeman Of The World, the Pax Americana, after Britain gave it up.  [Sadly, the Neo-Conservatives and their Wilsonian brothers, thought, and still think, they could impose our system of governance on nations that did not have our History of The Rule Of Law.]

JFK put on such a display like Trumpicus wants to for his Inauguration in 1960 and it was Wrong.  Ike did so for both of his ones and, I don’t care that he was a victorious General in WWII, he was wrong as a Civilian, as well.  As for FDR, he did it in time of War.

We used to worry quite a lot last century about The Presidency becoming ‘Imperial’ — where has that justified Fear gone?  It’s been buried underneath an avalanche of Populism — Bread And Circuses.

By the way: Jim Geraghty has one reservation about this triumphal event…

What is not acceptable is having the Republican National Committee distributing tickets to an event associated with the armed forces and Independence Day. The event is being paid for by taxpayers, thus it should be open to all or, if that would be too complicated, provide tickets to service members and their families, or some other noteworthy and deserving group — special-needs families, etc.

Oh!  Could this, therefore, be merely a Political Event?

,,,His minions had taken infinite pains to paint to their imaginations the god-like virtues of Caesar: They first persuaded them to believe that he was a deity, and then to sacrifice to him those Rights and Liberties which their ancestors had so long maintained, with unexampled bravery, and with blood & treasure. By this act they fixed a precedent fatal to all posterity: The Roman people afterwards, influenced no doubt by this pernicious example, renew’d it to his successors, not at the end of every ten years, but for life. …Thus, they voluntarily and ignominiously surrendered their own liberty, and exchanged a free constitution for a TYRANNY!

—Samuel Adams, as CANDIDUS in The Boston Gazette, 14 October 1771

Disorder, Disarray, And Bedlam In America

02 July 2019 @ 17:13

In a post by Mark Steyn on several matters [and, per usual, well-worth reading], this one, especially, caught my eye:

My 2014 book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn includes this prescient quotation from a decade earlier:

‘The lofty idea of ‘the war on racism’ is gradually turning into a hideously false ideology,’ the French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut said in 2005. ‘And this anti-racism will be for the 21st century what Communism was for the 20th century: a source of violence.’

Indeed. One is also mindful of a famous aperçu by Ennio Flaiano, the Italian screenwriter who gave us La Dolce Vita and Nights of Cabiria:

In Italia i fascisti si dividono in due categorie : i fascisti e gli antifascisti.

“In Italy the fascists are divided into two categories: the fascists and the anti-fascists.” In America the division is a little more lop-sided: There is no organized fascist movement except for the so-called anti-fascist movement: Antifa wear uniforms and masks on the streets of American cities and perpetrate violence with the support and connivance of powerful Democrat politicians and their hideously politicized police departments.

The consent of the latter is especially important: in the Democrats’ northern fiefdoms the cops increasingly behave as they did in the party’s old southern fiefdoms — they’re there not to keep the peace but to ensure that their buddies in the Klan — whoops, sorry, I mean Klantifa — get to give the designated “troublemakers” a bloody good hiding. Thus in Portland, Oregon the police stood by and let Antifa beat the crap out of reporter Andy Ngo [link by me], steal thousands of dollars’ worth of his equipment, and put him in hospital with a brain hemorrhage. But that’s just policing as usual in a corrupt municipality increasingly without the law….

That government officials in cities like Portland stand back as their follower Mobs commit acts of Organized Violence against the Real Anti-Fascists is a near-perfect example of the Left In America’s goal to sow Chaos in our Society.  By creating a situation of Lawlessness and Disorder:

The Leftists seek to insure that Miscommunication is the Normal state of affairs because that creates Disorder, Disarray, and Bedlam — effects that they believe will make people demand some ‘messiah’ or some group of ‘saviors’ ride to their rescue and restore Order. The Left believes people in such a condition of Agitation and Fear will choose those ‘saviors’ who promise to implement the most soothingly-sounding kind of Order, which they see as only being offered by the Left, as the Left bases all of it’s appeal on emotionally-charged and targeted promises. [The Present Crisis, Chapter 4: The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking]

More and more, Leftist politicians — and Republican Dupes — are allowing groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa get away with their Violence and crimes against property and persons¹.  The former know exactly what they’re doing and the latter are too frightened of what The Beautiful People will say of them if they act and of those of their voters who are under the spell of Identity Groups.

I thought we would reach this situation when Obama was President, but I was wrong.

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¹ That the Crimes Against Property are rarely spoken about by either side speaks to how deeply we’ve lost our understanding of just how absolutely essential Property Rights are to having Freedom and Ordered Liberty.  As Russell Kirk put it in his Ten Conservative Principles:

…conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked. Separate property from private possession, and Leviathan becomes master of all. Upon the foundation of private property, great civilizations are built. The more widespread is the possession of private property, the more stable and productive is a commonwealth. Economic levelling, conservatives maintain, is not economic progress….

The Narcissism Of The Deviant…And Their Dupes

01 July 2019 @ 18:01

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has published a very perceptive post about the Narcissism of what is called the LGBTMNOP Movement.

He has been studying this collection of Degenerates for a long time and knows what of he speaks.

A few highlights…

-Stacy writes:

…The Internet has provided the mechanism whereby people can express dissenting views that the mainstream media would prefer to ignore, which is why we know that lesbian feminists are particularly enraged by the “activism” of transgender miltiants [sic], many of whom are heterosexual males pursuing sick fantasies inspired by pornography. Lesbians obviously have no interest in associating with men indulging a perverse fetish, but when they voiced their objection to the “inclusion” of such men, these lesbians found themselves demonized as “TERFs” (trans exclusive radical feminists). And this demonization was coming from within the gay community and their “progressive” allies!

Well, who could have predicted this, other than everyone familiar with the history of the radical Left? The Reign of Terror in France ended with Robespierre himself going to the guillotine, you know, and Trotsky, who led the Red Army to victory, was assassinated by Stalin’s henchman. So when members of the gay community found themselves being vilified for their sexual preference — i.e., women attracted to women, who refuse to date men pretending to be women — this was deeply ironic, but it shouldn’t have been particularly surprising. Nevertheless, even those of us who understood there was no real limit to the madness of the Left were shocked by the fanaticism of the transgender radicals who brandished baseball bats as a threat to “TERFs.”

I must say that I wasn’t surprised.  When faced with an Ideological challenge to the fantasy world they have constructed, such people resort to their base instincts, which are propelled by the state of their Disordered minds.  Violence for these people is always an option, be it verbal or physical.  And, being Fanatics, the levels of violence exercised are often extreme.

-More from Stacy…

Heterosexuality is wrong and normal people are inferior — that’s the underlying belief expressed by the rhetoric of LGBT “pride.”

However sympathetic you might be toward the unfortunate victims of this belief system, you cannot ignore the destructive impact that the ideology of gay supremacy has inflicted on innocent people who had the misfortune of becoming collateral damage in the LGBT revolution….

As Howie Carr is wont to say: The love that used to dare not speak it’s name, now won’t shut-up.

We’ve just lived through thirty days of being told that we’re the Perverse, Unenlightened — the Abnormal — ones because we believe that Homosexuality is not an acceptable public lifestyle.

Homosexuality has always existed — a result of Man being Fallen — but it was practiced privately, away from where it had any great influence on Normal People, especially Children.  When it did effect our Children, we took action.

We’ve just lived through thirty days of our Children being taught that Homosexuality is just a ‘lifestyle choice’ and not a practice that thwarts Human Nature, that damages it by turning people away from ‘what is right, proper, or good‘.  It debases Mankind because it seeks to Debase and Defy Human Nature.  —Not to mention the Misery and Despondence it inflicts on those practicing it.

It is ultimately Narcissism run amok and no Society can survive the exerting and propagandizing by such people, especially when the Society blithely refuses to see the Danger.

As Stacy concludes:

Pathological narcissism is not “courage,” and should not be applauded.

Amen.

-As for the Heterosexual Dupes who applaud Gay Pride, Stacy remarks in the Comment section:

What purpose do the straight “allies” think their cheerleading serves? Isn’t it really about virtue signalling?

BINGO!

Just like the instant memorials set-up where people were killed.  Just like those at assault and murder scenes who can’t wait to be seen sympathizing or, better yet, being interviewed while doing so.  If you don’t get your ticket punched, well…you’re just not Woke — horrors!

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs, 16:18 [KJV]