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—St. John Paul The Great

On @SallyQuinnDC And The Nattering Nabobs Of Nothingness

19 October 2017 @ 09:54

Andrew Ferguson has penned a quite brilliant [and justifiably ruthless] review, entitled The Ruling Classless, of Sally Quinn’s new memoir, Finding Magic [tip of the fedora to Charles Murray]

It is a very useful primer on the types of people that now compose Washington Society, and, thus, who wield Power And Control in the nation’s capital.

Mr. Ferguson’s opening paragraph:

Sally Quinn, the well-known Washington journalist, has published a new memoir called Finding Magic. Even for those of us who have followed her nearly 50-year career with unflagging interest, it is full of news.

Indeed…and to any Sane person it is Awful, Horrendous, and Dreadful News.

Some highlights:

…Quinn begins with a loving portrait of her childhood in Georgia, where the family servants schooled her in voodoo. Her mother was already initiated. When the local vet misdiagnosed the family dachshund, Quinn tells us, Mom lost her temper and cried, “I hope you drop dead!”

“And,” she writes laconically, “he did.”

In the next chapter we learn that 10-year-old Sally came under the care of a doctor who upset her mother. Mom fed him the same line she gave the vet, and “he died shortly thereafter.”

Well, life goes on—not for the vet and the doctor, of course, but for Sally. She grew up and moved to Washington and dated a yummy reporter. Once he flirted with another woman. “I won’t say exactly what I did—even now it would be bad luck for me,” she writes. “I worked on the hex for several days.” The woman killed herself. In his reading chair, the reviewer stirs uneasily.

Next we read about Clay Felker, the editor of New York magazine, who commissioned a scurrilous profile of Quinn. She put a hex on him. Suddenly the magazine was sold and Felker was fired and publicly humiliated. “Clay never recovered professionally,” she tells us. “Worse, he got cancer, which ultimately led to his death.”


As AF remarks: ‘She buys a house, she switches jobs, she kills someone with a hex…the tone never changes.’

All of these memories, apparently, are told in a matter-of-fact way, which is the way people like her signal that they’re really, really Special, that they possess The Secret Wisdom [aka: Gnosis], that they’re the Hippest of The Hip-Hippiest [emphasis on the ‘Hippie’ part].  Call it: Self-Effacing Narcissism — the former term, of course, being very Ironic, the latter a feature, not a bug, in the Baby Boomer coding.


Sally Quinn has been writing books and articles for more than 40 years, yet her prose retains a childlike, disarming artlessness that makes Finding Magic and its serial revelations all the more arresting. She buys a house, she switches jobs, she kills someone with a hex…the tone never changes. “During my college years I had occasional psychic moments,” is how she begins one chapter, as if daring you to stop reading. Another chapter begins: “I love the Tarot.” She talks to ghosts…

One is forced to ask: Is one of those ghosts the Marquis De Sade?

As a possessor of the Gnosis, Mzzz. Quinn is very Woke, as the young barbarians like to say [actually: shout incessantly]:

She calls her book a spiritual memoir, though “spiritual” is a word — “faith,” “magic,” and “religion” are others — that she never stops to define. Given her central place in the upper reaches of Washington’s ruling class over the last half-century, we are entitled to read the book as a generational document—an Apologia Pro Vita Sua for the Baby Boomer Georgetown set. One reviewer called her “the quintessential Washingtonian,” and so she is. Sally Quinn is one of the channels through which the revolution of the 1960s entered Washington and remade the city and American politics.

Here I disagree with Mr. Ferguson.  Quinn and her kind didn’t remake Washington Society and American Politics: like all good Revolutionaries, they helped destroy it, so that all that remains of the old of both is desiccated and rotting pieces of diseased Civilization.  What exists now is Frivolous Freak Show that can only be seen in a fun-house mirror.


Like her fellow revolutionaries, Quinn was at first mistaken for an anti-elitist, striking a blow against the hypocrisy and pretension of the old order. She was nothing of the sort. She just favored a different kind of elite—one whose ranks were filled with people like her. By the time the Watergate scandal had laid waste to the capital, the city’s aristocracy had been remade by journalists for journalists, along with the politicians that journalists found appealing. John Kerry, Gary Hart, and Ted Kennedy were early favorites.

Soon enough, as in all revolutions, the vanguard became the bodyguard, and Quinn was top cop, policing the neighborhood and telling the bums to move along now. Early in the Carter presidency, a well-heeled but harmless couple from Georgia called the Bagleys bought a mansion in Georgetown and started throwing parties. These parties were unauthorized, and Quinn wrote an explosive piece in the [Washington] Post destroying their reputations. The Bagleys left town. (They snuck back in later.) A young hayseed from Pocatello, Idaho, moved to Washington and started inviting big shots like Kissinger to his parties. Sometimes they came, and the situation was getting out of hand! Sally gathered anonymous quotes insulting the young man as a poseur. She strung them into a feature story and got it on the front page of Style. So long, hayseed. “It was like finding the cure for cancer,” she said later.

I’m sure, Sally.  Why don’t you take a few more Valium and fellate an old pol or two — that has always been one of your top skills [this is no insult: she’s proud of her sexual prowess].

More [if you can stomach it]:

Quinn is proof of the observation attributed to G.K. Chesterton: When a person ceases to believe in God, the danger isn’t that he will believe in nothing, but that he’ll believe in anything. In addition to her hexes and ghosts, her Tarot and telepathy, Sally believes in Ouija boards, palm reading, astrology, fortune telling, Hindu gods, telekinesis, witchcraft, and pretty much anything else that crosses her line of sight. Anything, that is, but God, biblically understood….

How come I’m not surprised.

Mr. Ferguson then remarks:

…“In the end I have my own religion,” she writes. “I made it up.” So this is where we are, 50 years after the elites dropped conventional religion in pursuit of…something they could make up.

Self-invented religions will always be more appealing than God [BOB: And always more satisfying to the Soul consumed by the Cancer of Narcissism]. They make no particular demands on the believer, moral ones most importantly. It’s a handy omission. “I am,” she assures us, “a good and compassionate person, ethical and moral, embedded in core values, someone who cares about others.” [BOB: The Imbecilic Insanity, it burns.] Meanwhile, her memoir produces plenty of hard evidence to the contrary. There’s that dead fortune teller, for one thing. For another: Her account, utterly remorseless, of how she systematically set about seducing Bradlee away from his wife and children is as harrowing as the hexes.

What Sally Quinn and others of her kind are are Nihilists.  They are Nattering Nabobs of Nothingness.  They are Purveyors of Perversions of all kinds, not just sexual ones.

They are Evil incarnate.

What we have here is more evidence to support the idea that reforming Washington is a lost cause, that we, who want to see Freedom and Ordered Liberty restored, should concentrate elsewhere.  The old, civilized order has been destroyed.  The center lost it’s grip a long time ago thanks to the Cowardice inherent in the Political and Social Elites.

It is time we leave the District Of Depravity behind and spend our time elsewhere.

Politically, I say again:

Refugium inveniemus in provinciis!
[Find refuge in The Several States]


The Art Of The Reveal: Trump And Obamacare Subsidies

18 October 2017 @ 08:56

Many conservatives are, once again, wondering just why President Trump has seemingly reversed himself on another position/act he has taken.

This time the flummox in their stomachs is being caused by his actions yesterday on Obamacare Subsidies that contradict his actions from just last week.

Mark Levin is one of the leaders of the discombobulated denizens of The Right, who are frustrated by the acceptance by Trumpus Pompey Magnus of the deal worked-out between Senators Patty ‘Pinko’ Murray and Lamar! ‘The Flavorless!’ Alexander!.  As Mr. Levin puts it:

…I’m getting whiplash.  The President did one thing Thursday and now today he’s prepared to do quite a different thing.  Very, very troubling to me….

He and many others wonder why Trump does this flip-flopping over and over again, why the President betrays his conservative positions.

First of all: it cannot, it seems, be stated enough that Donald J. Trump is not a conservative; he never has been one and, at his late age, probably never will be one.

At best, he is a New York Republican, a descendant of Thomas Dewey, who was a ‘Moderate Republican’ [aka: a Liberal or Rockefeller Republican] — someone who believes the GOP should manage Big Government and not ‘waste time’ fighting for a Restoration of smaller government, such as The Founders gifted us.  Such people believe (1) that they are Pragmatists and (2) that being New Yorkers has made them more ‘clear-sighted’ than others, more realistic about the way the World works.  In their minds, Big Government is what The People want, but they want it well-managed.

But, Trump Magnus is really, in fact, not even a brash version of Tom Dewey or Richard Nixon.  He is, in his mind, The Deal Maker Supreme™.  As I wrote recently:

A dull and dreary Pragmatism permeates his Being. ‘Making the deal’ is all. Playing ‘The Game’ is the biggest joy in such a person’s life; racking-up the highest Score — no matter the content of the points won — is the be-all and end-all of Life. Such people are not much different from Degenerate Gamblers, except they tend to play with other people’s [like investors and taxpayers] monies.

Trumpus Pompey Magnus will team-up with anyone who can, he feels, enable him to ‘score’ more ‘points’ — be they Social or Political or Financial or…whatever.  There is not an atom of Right Reason that you will find in his Soul [though, to be fair, Trump, unlike Misfit-Malcontent Ideologues such as Schumer, Pelosi, Durbin, et. al., has shreds of Decency].

Victory is the most important goal, not the substance of it, not whether said victory is a good thing for America.  The act of Winning is the end sought, just like in sex without Love one’s orgasm is the only goal.  This form of Desire is the height of Unvirtuous Selfishness.  And the victories it produces are, ultimately, empty, devoid of any meaning or Moral Satisfaction.

Further, our beloved Caesar is suffering from a major Delusion: he thinks a fellow New Yorker such as Chuck Schumer is cut from the same cloth as he is.  While, on the surface, it appears the Senate Minority Leader is a street-wise brawler like Trump, underneath Schumer’s slimy, scaly skin lurks a Committed Revolutionary, a Leftist Ideologue who seeks to destroy everything America stands for.

So, Trumpus Pompey Magnus will get his Empty Victories and he will claim that we are enjoying ‘so much winning’, but, in the end he will figuratively end-up like Julius Caesar: lying a pool of his own political blood, dead from many many stab wounds.  And like the Roman Citizens of Caesar’s time, we will suffer.

In the end, Donald, it will have all been for Nothing.

One More Time: Fascism Is Left Wing

17 October 2017 @ 14:20

Over at Steyn Online, Mark Steyn Club Member PK33 left the following remarks in the Comment Section of the post “The Weinstein Company is Dead”(1):

I do have a question though, maybe for Mark’s Mailbox or another time. Why is the Left recently claiming that Fascist parties from history and Fascism in general are Right-wing?

From this article in Canada’s National Post newspaper, the author states that, “Still, this means that Austrians have elected their most Right-wing government since Hitler’s Anschluss in 1938.”

Austria is poised to elect a far-right coalition. The decision shows how Europe is gripped by border anxiety

Hitler was not Right-wing as Jonah Goldberg exhaustively demonstrated in Liberal Fascism. How has the Left come to dominate the narrative that the Right is Fascist?

I recently re-watched your SteynPost ,”The Seduction of Violence” and you made clear that the Left’s ANTIFA and others are the real Fascists, no question about that, so how come many on the Left still believe that the Right is Fascist and that the Nazi’s were Right-wing? Why can’t the right own the correct narrative?

I responded…

-PK33 asked: …so how come many on the Left still believe that the Right is Fascist and that the Nazi’s were Right-wing?

This is what they have been taught since elementary school. Couple that teaching with the fact that they have been ‘carefully taught’ to not question The Party Line, as it were, and what you get is unquestioning acceptance of a False and Calumnious Narrative that consumes Souls like a Malignant Parasite.

-PK33 then asked: Why can’t the right own the correct narrative?

Because the vast majority of those on the Right who get airtime and space are either Pragmatists, who think bringing out such Truths is ‘distracting’ or Useful Idiot Quislings who have bought-into the Leftist Narrative, who have absorbed Leftist Thinking utterly.

-As to why the Left In America wants to keep associating Fascism with the Right, let me quote from my book [On The Causes And Effects Of THE PRESENT CRISIS In America]:

Up until the very moment when Nazi Germany attacked The Soviet Union in the Spring of 1941, the Left In America was very favorably disposed to the Nazi Regime, especially after the two Totalitarian nations concluded the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact Of Non-Aggression in 1939.

This all changed on June 22nd, 1941 with the Nazi surprise attack on The Soviet Union. Now the Left had to scramble to denounce the Nazis and begin to rewrite History so that their praising of the National Socialists never existed. They felt they had to do this to hide the stain of their previous enthusiastic support for Hitler and his Regime.

They achieved this fairly easily — the Left took control of The Narrative. Of course, having the powerful President Of The United States on your side helped them greatly in perpetrating this blatant fraud. And, over the ensuing decades, the Left relentlessly — in books, in movies, in the media, and in textbooks — pounded home this Big Lie, to the point where it became Instinctual for the vast majority of Americans to see Nazis as Right Wingers.

The biggest motivation for the continuation of the spreading of this Big Lie: the Leftists want us to forget their gushing, at times like giddy schoolgirls, over Hitler and Mussolini. [Most especially they want us to forget their support for Eugenics, the purifying of race pool, and other Perverse ideas, trumpeted by the Nazis in Germany and the Progressive Movement in America].

It was and has always been Leftists who have supported such Evil ideas and the hideous schemes that have arisen out of them.

For much too long, we have allowed the Left to perpetuate the Big ‘Fascism-is-Right-Wing’ Lie in service of their Big Denial.

They have controlled the Narrative, in this case, rather brilliantly, and their success has allowed them to associate those on the Right with one of the most blatantly Horrific regimes to ever have existed on Earth.


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Dear Certain Fellow Members of The Right…

15 October 2017 @ 21:11

(1) Stop approvingly quoting/praising Julian Assange.  He is a dangerous man who has gotten US citizens operatives killed.

(2) Stop approvingly quoting/praising Alex Jones.  He is is either (1) a scam artist or (2) a very mentally ill man.

(3) [#NeverTrump Division] Stop approvingly quoting Leftists against Trump.  They want to destroy you too. [For the record: I did not vote for either would-be Caesar.]

(4) Vladimir Putin is not the friend of Christians. He is not a Crusader for The West in it’s battle against Islam.  He is a Crude and Brutal Thug and Dictator, who has his enemies either assassinated or thrown in The Gulag.  Putin is a classic Fascist, therefore, he is a Man Of The Left.

(5) The People’s Republic Of China is not the nation of China; it is Red China — a Communist government that enslaves billions of it’s own people and has, and continues to, murder it’s own people.  The ‘Red’ stands for both Communism and the hundreds of millions of gallons of innocent blood the Red Chinese Regime has, and continues to, shed.  The Legitimate nation of China, where Chinese people enjoy Freedom and Ordered Liberty, is The Republic Of China [aka: Taiwan; aka: Formosa].

And, finally [for now — I have a feeling I’ll be doing this again]...

(6) Stop approvingly quoting/praising Teddy Roosevelt.  He was an Immature Progressive [I know: I repeat myself] who fully kick-started the transformation of The United States into The United State.  TR was a Leftist who despised The Founding.

Look: I understand that these are Desperate times and that such times sometimes call for Desperate Measures, but that fact does not excuse your providing Aid and Comfort to The Enemy, nor discarding your Right Reason.

Your Humble & Obedient Servant,
Robert O. Belvedere

On Artists And Their Handlers

12 October 2017 @ 22:55

There was a time when such people as Actors and Actresses and their Handlers were only permitted to enter a house by the Servant’s Entrance. There was a good reason for this.

There was a time when Artists and their Handlers were considered one of the worst — perhaps the worst — type of person to marry the child of a Middle Class couple. There was a good reason for this.

The mainstreaming of Artists of all types and kinds has not benefited Western Civilization. They are not Normal.  They and their Handlers [really: Enablers these daze] believe they offer so much Good to the World that, in exchange, they are free from the same rules and standards that apply to ordinary [read: ‘lesser’] people.

Artists & Their Enablers

Because they are used to thinking outside of the boundaries, as it were, Artists and their Handlers tend to apply the same kind of Logic they use to reach artistic ‘heights’ to their personal lives [not all, mind you, but most] — hence, for instance, the fact that the term ‘Bohemian’ as a descriptor was a negative one and rightly considered an insult by the Middle Class.

The Modern Artists and their Handlers seem to suffer from a form of Nihilism, whereby, instead of understanding that they are living, as Mark Steyn writes, ‘within a broader moral order’, they want to bring all of us down into their pit of torrid and torpid Depravity.  Further, as Mark goes on to state:

…we are told that a man such as [Roman] Polanski cannot be subject to anything so footling as morality: He cannot “transgress” it because, by definition, he transcends it. Yet all truly great art is made in the tension between freedom and constraint. In demanding that an artist be placed above the laws of man, Harvey Weinstein & Co. are also putting him beyond the possibility of art. Which may explain the present state of the movie industry.

Quite.  And the Handlers, at the same time, as a side benefit, are putting themselves beyond the possibility of being Productive.

While their Art may inspire the Better Angels Of Our Natures, the personal lives of Artists and their Handlers should be — must be, as they once were — used as examples of what not to aspire to.  For it is Middle Class Values that preserve Freedom and Ordered Liberty and most certainly not the ‘values’ of those who tend to live to transgress.

[NOTE: I say all of this as a Composer and Musician.]

‘Hey Bob: Que Pasa, Man?’

10 October 2017 @ 10:41

Oy…you don’t wanna know.

Anyway: hopefully [yeah right], I’ll be back posting this week.

Watch Out, Bolshes.


All Or Nothing At All: #RealRepealOnly

22 September 2017 @ 14:44

And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

There occurred an interesting back-and-forth on Twitter recently between Jesse Kelly and AG Conservative [the thread starts here]…

AG: FYI: Any Republican that votes against Graham-Cassidy at this point is knowingly voting to fully keep Obamacare for the foreseeable future.

JK: Republicans 2011-2016: “Repeal Obamacare”

Republicans 2017: “Accept some of Obamacare or you’re pro-Obamacare.”

AG: Sometimes you have to face reality and take the best deal on the table. That’s why governing is harder than making campaign promises.

JK: Yes, but have we completely accepted that campaign promises are lies? Is that where we are?

AG: Well I think different people made different promises and many R’s are willing to vote for repeal, but not enough to pass it.

JK: So we capitulate again and accept just a little socialism? That’s how we enrage a base to the point they do something drastic. Again.

At this point Fusilli Spock chimed-in…

FS: You’re 100% right but, perfect is the enemy of good. It’s a step in the right direction. Let’s take it & live to fight another day.

AG [responding to JK’s last Tweet]: I don’t view repealing ind mandate/emp mandate, defunding planned parenthood, & reforming Medicaid as “capitulation.” It’s a step in right..

JK: It’s not a step to the right. It doesn’t reduce the government. It increases the government less than it was. Still a loss. When is the win?

AG: Depends on your baseline. How is getting rid of mandates, giving states more control on medicaid, & defunding PP not < gov’t compared 2 ACA?

JK: It’s better than what we have. But that’s not a win. A little more government is not a win for those of us who want it smaller.

AG: Sure, but you have to start somewhere and keep fighting because alternative is just to surrender to other side.

JK: You just announced the Republican platform for as long as I can remember. Hard to blame the “burn it all down” folks.

Some thoughts…

-AG: Sometimes you have to face reality and take the best deal on the table….

Sure — when it comes to issues such as cutting federal tax rates or funding federal infrastructure projects because taxes and internal improvements are matters The Constitution allows the central government to have a say in.

National government involvement in the areas of Health Insurance and Care is not one of the Enumerated Powers of said government.  So, any deal that perpetuates the Unconstitutional Interference of the national government in our Health Systems is repugnant from the word ‘go’.  Therefore, said deal must be opposed by all Constitutional Conservatives.

If the ‘best deal on the table’ is Unconstitutional, it is a bad deal.  Any support for it legitimizes the Unconstitutional act, which opens the door to further acts that are Repugnant being seriously considered.  Setting such precedents, as we’ve seen unfold in our History, has led us far down The Road To Serfdom.

-JK: Yes, but have we completely accepted that campaign promises are lies? Is that where we are?

Sadly, yes.  The whole campaign process, at every level, has become a Grand Farce, a Ludicrous and Absurdist Burlesque, a Travesty of Slapstick acted-out by Dullards.  It’s all a Great, Big Sham-Show.  Campaigns have become nothing but Reality TV Shows being acted-out, on all sides, in the Real World.

…it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. 

American Society as a whole has become either Silly or Insane [I used to lean to the former, but, lately, the latter looks right].

-JK: So we capitulate again and accept just a little socialism?…

And that’s exactly what passing this phony repeal bill with conservative support would signal to our Enemies [aka: the Left] — that they can wear even we conservatives down.  The Left In America has been very successful at implementing it’s Utopian Schemes incrementally, so why not use that tactic here again — especially since this time it will, they think, be easier, because the damn ACA Scheme is already implemented?  Why not let the Republicans and some conservatives twaddle-on about ‘it returns power to the States!’, ‘it’s FEDERALISM!!!’, and so on and so forth, when the Left and their Useful Idiots in the GOP know damn well Central Government Santa Claus will still be holding the Power And Control?

Starting in 1767, Parliament began passing a series of bills that are known collectively as the Townshend Acts, which primarily sought to declare once and for all that the British Government had the right to tax the American Colonies in any way they saw fit.  The Founders resisted mightily and, unlike our present-day Despots, the Government [seemingly] gave-in and eventually repealed all of the taxes except one: the tax on tea.  Therefore, the Reality of the situation was: a cheap and ultimately useless set of ‘victories’ had been won by the Colonists because the British had still preserved their ‘right’ to illegitimately tax tea, which, if eventually accepted by the Americans, would have set a strong precedent for their taxing of us on anything without us being represented in Parliament.  The establishment of such a standard would have meant that we would be stripped of our legitimate right to govern ourselves, that our Ancient Rights as Englishmen and Children of God would have been Abused and Usurped permanently.

Paraphrasing Jesse Kelly, someone like Samuel Adams would probably have asked at this point: ‘So, we, capitulate again on taxation and accept a “little” Tyranny?’

No.  We don’t Capitulate to the Left.  We must never yield, never come to terms with people who seek to crush Freedom and Ordered Liberty.  We must never give an inch to these blackguards, these contemptible Despots.

Other methods must be found to Restore this nation, not conceding any more ground to The Enemy.

-JK: …That’s how we enrage a base to the point they do something drastic. Again.

Look how well the enraging of the base worked out this time: we got a Caesar — albeit a less Tyrannical one than Hillaria Tiberius — that is ruining the reputation of the Conservative Cause, of it’s ideas, of Right Reason itself.  Our loudest, most listened-to ‘spokesman’ ain’t even a conservative.

We had an opportunity to temporarily halt the speedy descent of our national government into an even greater state of Despotism by backing an actual Constitutional Federalist — Ted Cruz — but too many of us went with Julius Caesar Superstar.

While a President Cruz would have ultimately failed to turn the central government around, he would given us time to concentrate on such measures as the Convention Of States.  While he took the slings and arrows of outrageous Misfits and Quislings and held that front, we could have advanced on more favorable fronts [and, as a sidenote: I believe, he would have been less talk and more action in matters of Foreign Policy].

Actions taken in haste in drastic circumstances, without consideration and reflection of the implications, always result in a bad outcome.  The cause we conservatives are fighting for — the Restoration of our Freedoms and Liberties — requires not only our blood, toil, tears, and sweat, but our best mental efforts.

-FS: You’re 100% right but, perfect is the enemy of good. It’s a step in the right direction. Let’s take it & live to fight another day.

What if Founding Fathers, such as Samuel Adams, had adopted this attitude?  A decent number of the Colonists did, and this allowed the Parliament and King to act even more Despotically, brought more suffering to America, and delayed our achieving a Redress of our Justified Grievances against the Tyranny of the British.

Many in America who had fought the Stamp Act, the Declaratory Act [which proclaimed: Parliament ‘had hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America…in all cases whatsoever’], and the Townshend Acts began to drop their agitating for their Unalienable Rights because, while the repealing actions taken by Parliament were not perfect, they felt said actions were a ‘step in the right direction’.

Those British who supported the idea that Parliament had the right to tax the Colonies, encouraged this way of thinking, knowing full well that, if they won over enough Americans, the British Government would be able to eventually win a total Victory in the struggle for Power And Control over us.

Enough Americans returned to their daily and sundry concerns that the Cause for which Patriots such as Samuel Adams fought for was threatened with extinction.  Fortunately, Divine Providence shined-down again on America by making the British Government take some really foolishly-provocative actions, which rekindled the Flame Of Resistance here.  Can we expect this to happen again?  Do we want to risk it?

As a wise man conjectured: History doesn’t repeat itself exactly, it rhymes — do we want to go down this road again and allow the perpetuation of the Tyranny we live under?  Do we want to waste time, as the Colonists did, and allow even greater suffering to be inflicted on America by the Traitors [the Left] and Loyalists [the GOP and Conservative Establisments] within?

-JK: It’s not a step to the right. It doesn’t reduce the government. It increases the government less than it was. Still a loss. When is the win?

AG: Depends on your baseline. How is getting rid of mandates, giving states more control on medicaid, & defunding PP not < gov’t compared 2 ACA?

JK: It’s better than what we have. But that’s not a win. A little more government is not a win for those of us who want it smaller.

AG: Sure, but you have to start somewhere and keep fighting because alternative is just to surrender to other side.

JK: You just announced the Republican platform for as long as I can remember. Hard to blame the “burn it all down” folks.

Indeed: one does sometimes wish — for brief, fleeting moments — that it all would collapse right now, so we could ‘get down to business’ with the Left, but such a collapse would bring much suffering, misery, and death to this land.  Our Morality demands that we do everything possible to avoid violence [while still preparing for it, which greatly worries our Enemies].

AG Conservative sets-up a false alternative here: refusing to support Graham-Cassidy is not surrendering to the Left.  It is a self-defensive move, designed to prevent a dangerous precedent from being perpetuated any longer.  It is also an attempt to begin turning back the tide of Tyranny that is enveloping America and suffocating the American Idea.  It is an act of actual Resistance — not the dissembling rot the Pampered and Perfumed Milksops on the Left claim they are enacting by their moronic and gormless actions.

We are near the point where the shackles of our Enslavement to The State are about to be snapped-shut around our wrists and ankles.  It is time to mount a Serious, Relentless, and Detailed Resistance.  If we do not rise to the occasion, as The Founders did, we shall rightly be Damned by our Posterity, as they suffer in the new Circle Of Hell we have created.

The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.

It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. — Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance.

Let us remember, that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.” It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers in the event.

—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’, 14 October 1771
[re-paragraphing and emphasis mine]

Where In The World Is Bob Belvedereo?

21 September 2017 @ 21:41

-It’s my busiest time of year at work, and

-My off-work hours have been taken-up with dealing with The Bureaucracy for my ninety-two year old Father [believe me, I have much more sympathy for people who ‘Go Postal’ /sarc]

Et Re Publica Ita Est Destrui Administrativus!

I’ve been working on a post for the past several days that I hope — hope — to finally finish on Friday.  We shall see.


Pantomime…Er…Paradigm Shift: #Winning Is The New #Losing

14 September 2017 @ 14:53

…At Least It Is For Those Who Put Their Faith In Donald J. Trump.

Here we are on the last Thursday in the seventh month of the reign of Trumpicus Pompey Magnus Caesar and the sun is brightly shining, the skies are crystal clear, with visibility at one hundred percent.

We can see clearly now
The self-created fog is gone
We can see all conman in our way…

But it’s not going to be a bright, sun-shiny day — at least, not for those who thought Pompey meant what he said during his campaign for the Consulship last year.  For both the Pragmatists, who thought they could mount enough pressure to keep him in-line, and those rubes, who actually believed he had turned into a Conservative Populist Nationalist [whatever the Tiber that is], this has got to be one, repleti excremento day.

At dawn this morning, Caesar issued a set of four Tweets that are, hopefully, causing a lot of his supporters to finally understand his Buddha-Nature.(1)

Herewith, the honest musings of our Beloved Princeps:

No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.

The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.

Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..

…They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security

Vino, all ’round!and keep it coming, Taberna Abel Pastor!

Let us now turn to the latest sermonizing from our Pontifex Sarcasticus, David Of Burge:



All right.  Enough with the Caesar-schtick: let us move to a more modern metaphor…

It was a bright clear day in September, and the clocks were striking thirteen….

1. From the Wikipedia definition, which is pretty good:

The terms refer to the notion that the luminous mind of the Buddhas is inherently present in every sentient being, and will shine forth when it is cleansed of the defilements, c.q. when the nature of mind is recognised for what it is.

Suicide By A Thousand Cuts: Losing The War

13 September 2017 @ 21:55

I found it interesting [and somewhat comforting] that I was not alone on Monday in not publishing any posts on 09/11 for the same reason that Mark Steyn did not:

The 16th anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s attack on New York and Washington provoked some gloomy reflections from me. I find it harder to mark as the years go by. If this is a war, there’s no agreement on what we’re up against: Terrorism? Islamic terrorism? Islamic extremism? Islam? Whatever it is, a president who, on the campaign trail, mocked his predecessor’s inability to use the words “radical Islam” himself eschewed all mention of the I-word today. September 11th 2001 was supposedly “the day everything changed” — if by “everything changed” you mean “the rate of mass Muslim immigration to the west doubled”. As that absurd statistic suggests, we are not where I thought we would be 16 years on: We run around fighting for worthless bits of barren sod like Helmand province in Afghanistan, while surrendering day by day some of the most valuable real estate on the planet, such as France and Sweden.

Why remember something in public that hardly anybody wants to remember?

Why, as I have done throughout the years, try to get my fellow Americans to ‘rally ’round the flag’ when very few people [such as you, my Friends In The Ether] are willing to look with clear eyes at the situation we’ve been in since 11 September 2001 and realize we are at War with Islam?

The motto of this site is Nil Desperandum — Never Despair — but I must admit it’s getting harder all the time to not give-in to a permanent Black Dogged Despondency over this War.  The majority of our fellow citizens [and the vast, vast majority of rest of The West] refuse to understand the threat we face from this Ancient and Enduring Enemy of Western Civilization.  Islam wants us not simply dead, but everything we are obliterated — wiped clean from the face of the Earth.  Those few of us they allow to live will be allowed to continue to breath because the Mohammedins need us for Slaves.  This is the Reality.

Yet, the majority of us proceed-on with our lives as if the War Islam is waging against The West is merely a chronic condition that can be treated with narcotics — ‘happy pills’ — most of the time, and very occasionally with strong medicine, which just barely retards the progress of the disease — and only temporarily.

The Truth of the matter is: Islam is a virulent Cancer that invades and then metastasizes in The Soul, rotting away any Humanity that was there.  It is merely another version of Leftism — a perfect vehicle for Malcontents and Misfits of a certain type to jump aboard and find a warm and comforting perverse home.  It is an Ideology.  And it, therefore, like Leftism, seeks the complete and total Dominance of Mankind [see: The Koran — and you really should read it, just like the truly wise people made sure they read Mein Kampf in the 1930’s and early 1940’s; knowing your Enemy’s thinking is the only way to truly defeat them].

Part of the reason so many Americans have decided to ignore Reality is that we’ve become a nation of spoiled brats.  Sure, we still retain that Big Ol’ American Heart when it comes to people in need due to natural disasters and disease — as we see every day.  But in other areas we pay lip service to Virtue: we signal our Virtue — often quite loudly — but, as the term ‘signal’ implies, we’re performing an act that’s easy to do, requires very little effort outside of posting something on some social media platform or holding candles in vigils or wearing tee-shirts that proclaim ‘[fill-in-the-blank] STRONG!’ in bold fonts or place little notes stuck to stuffed animals at make-shift memorials — all of these requiring no more energy than shaking one’s head and moaning: ‘Oh, those poooor people’.  None of these kind of acts contribute anything to defeating the dangers we face.  That we place such a high value on such acts is a sign of our Desiccation — a Times Square-sized gaudy flashing neon sign of our lack of seriousness, our lack of Maturity.

We live ‘The Good Life’ — modern people have it better than Kings and Emperors did two centuries ago — and we’ve become so addicted to our Luxuries and Leisures that we refuse to turn and face the Truth of our situation.  We’ve painted a fantastical picture of what our lives, our society, should be — one that looks like a Modern Art masterpiece — and we scorn any attempt to counter the Virtual Reality we insist is Actual Reality.  Most Americans have no Moral Imagination; they are wholly devoid of Right Reason.

[Add to this the fact that we’ve allowed our governments to be overrun by the slow-witted dullards known as Bureaucrats, who only care to maintain their safe positions and derive Orgiastic Pleasure from lording their Lilliputian spheres of authority over us, like little Hitlers.(1)]

This is not how you fight a War you want to win.

And this is why we are losing the current War so badly.

Yes, we are slowly going down to Defeat and we face an Enemy that has learned Patience — and how to weaken us from within.

As Mark Steyn writes:

…Yesterday [11 September 2017] President Trump said he was committed to ensuring that terrorists “never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country”.

By that he means “safe havens” in Afghanistan. But the reason the west’s enemies are able to pile up a continuous corpse count in Paris, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Orlando, San Bernadino, Ottawa, Sydney, Barcelona, [Your Town Here] is because they have “safe havens” in France, Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, North America, etc. Which “safe havens” are likely to prove more consequential for the developed world in the years ahead?

Who’s winning what turf? After 16 years of western military occupation, the Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the first US troops went in. On the other hand, after 16 years of accelerating Islamic immigration, Europe has more no-go zones, more sharia courts, more refugees, more covered women, more Muslim-dominated schoolhouses, more radical mosques, more female genital mutilation, more grooming and gang rape, more Muslim Brotherhood front groups, more Muslim mayors and legislators, more Muslim-funded Middle East Studies programs at universities …and fewer churches, fewer Jews in Toulouse, fewer gays in Amsterdam, fewer unaccompanied women out after dark in German and Swedish cities, fewer historical representations of Mohammed in Continental museums, art galleries and scholarly books, fewer mixed bathing sessions at municipal swimming pools, fewer lessons on the Crusades and the Holocaust in European schools …and less and less free speech in some of the oldest democracies on earth.

For Islam, the winning strategy is Death By A Thousand Cuts — and we, in our Delusional State, are holding the knives steady that they’re using:

To be fair, a lot of the ever increasing restraints on free expression are self-imposed: newspapers decide that it would be “insensitive” to publish certain cartoons, publishers politely decline novels on certain themes, and in Minnesota…white progressives agonize that remembering 9/11 is “Islamophobic“. Which is weird — because a space alien visiting the United States for Monday’s ceremonies would have been stunned to discover that Islam had anything to do with 9/11.

As I mentioned yesterday, the President forbore to mention Islam at all: Instead, we were attacked by “horrible, horrible enemies” and “enemies like we’ve never seen before”. Well, we’ve seen a lot of them since, and they appear to have certain things in common — things that this President was once not shy about mentioning. Yet, insofar as Islam got a look in from officialdom, it was a passing reference in the speech of Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis:

Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting us they could scare us that day.

Well, whoever they are, these “maniacs” can evidently scare grizzled hard men called “Mad Dog” into concluding that, when it comes to mentioning the I-word, discretion is the better part of valor. [BOB: It seems that ‘Dog’ no longer hunts.] “False religious garb” means we’re back to the standard Euro-squish line that all this Allahu Akbar I’m-ready-for-my-virgins stuff is a “perversion” of the real Islam, which is a peaceful faith practiced by millions of people for whom self-detonation is an unwelcome distraction from traditional activities such as clitoridectomies, honor killings and throwing sodomites off tall buildings. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but these “maniacs” are hijacking this “religious garb” in order to peddle a “false” vision of Islam. Foaming-canine-wise, Mad Dog sounds about as mad as, say, Theresa May….

This is Suicide By A Thousand Cuts.

This is Mass Madness.(2)

We in The West seem to have lost our Will to continue to live Free — like the guy or gal who’s been on Welfare for too long and forsaken all notions of bettering the Spiritual and Material conditions he or she exists within.

The really lamentable and woeful thing about this whole thing is: the Mohammedins would not be that difficult to win victories against.  As Mark Steyn Club Member Andrew A writes in the Comments section of Mark’s post:

…the threat itself has not changed in 1400 years. We can not figure out what we are up against despite us being up against exactly the same threat, using exactly the same tactics, and with exactly the same objectives as the threat first faced by the Jews of Medina in 622 AD. Islam has an established track record of destroying civilizations for 1400 years; must we blindly fall into the all same traps as all the other civilizations and peoples who came before us? What is the point of deep introspection when it can’t be used to save yourself?


The tragedy is that Islam operates the same way everywhere: a terrorist attack in Khandahar is as much jihad as one in Brussels; jihad now is as jihad was 1400 years ago. Muslims remain some of the most predictable people around, both the “moderates” and the “extremists”. What is complex and incomprehensible is the western politically-correct reaction. Westerners have changed, but Muslims have not. Maybe it is time for Westerners to revert back to an older version of themselves.

That is the only way we are going to have any chance of winning this particular War.

And only through such a Restoration of older selves are we going to preserve Freedom and Ordered Liberty for our Posterity.  To not perform such a reversion is to commit the most mortal of Mortal Sins.

So I did not mark the Anniversary of 09/11 because, to do so, would have been useless in the present climate as we endure The Present Crisis.

Is anybody there?
Does anybody care?….

1. A wonderful example of this, which also shows how Common Sense is a rarely found attribute in most people in The West these days is provided by Jeff Goldstein:

Just found out that TSA confiscated from my wife the inkless pen I bought her for Christmas.

To the TSA agent in Dallas, the pen — and that’s what it is, a pen — apparently “looked too much like a bullet.” To a .99999 caliber gun, I guess.

Not that it IS a bullet, you understand. Just that, to some douche in Dallas it “looked” like one. Only bigger. And without any powder or ignition system. That writes on paper.

They won’t even mail it back to her; instead, they must “destroy it.”

A. Fucking. Pen.

The terrorists have already won. Because if our best defense against them is taking away pens from business travelers who use CLEAR — under the pretense that said travelers may suddenly snap after 1000 flights and somehow throw writing implements so hard that they’ll do more than simply fall stupidly to the ground, having run up against gravity and other forces of physics — we’re a sad bunch of feckless, toothless, shit-brained pussies.

But hey: don’t you dare profile! There are pens to be had!

2. Regarding SecDef Mattis: Mark rightly condemns his 09/11 remarks as ‘the most feeble dissembling 16 years into an existential struggle’.  What a Grand Disappointment Mattis has turned-out to be.  I’m starting to suspect The Warrior Monk is nothing but another Perfumed Prince [more on this in the coming weeks].

We Purists Cannot Be Too Surprised

08 September 2017 @ 14:47

Your honor, if it may please The Court…

Please mark the following as Exhibit #456…

Watching some of those conservatives who voted for Trumpus Pompey Magnus trying to defend his recent work with those vile creatures — like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — who lead the Democratic Party, is cringe-inducing.

Seeing people who are supposedly principled, beyond Ideology, desperately seeking to paper-over and cover-up the fact that Caesar has betrayed them is Pathetic.

Nothing Trump does in this vein is surprising: after all, he’s not a conservative.  Never has been.  Never will be, because he lacks a Conservative Temperament.  It’s not Instinctual.  The President is a New York Liberal and, sadly, a typical Modern Big Businessman.

A dull and dreary Pragmatism permeates his Being.  ‘Making the deal’ is all.  Playing ‘The Game’ is the biggest joy in such a person’s life; racking-up the highest Score — no matter the content of the points won — is the be-all and end-all of Life.  Such people are not much different from Degenerate Gamblers, except they tend to play with other people’s [like investors and taxpayers] monies.

Pelosi herself bragged that she had gotten results after asking him to tweet reassurances that Dreamers shouldn’t worry about being deported over the next six months while lawmakers try to secure a DACA fix.

“I was telling my colleagues, ‘This is what I asked the president to do,’ and boom boom boom, the tweet appeared,” she said at a news conference Thursday.

‘Boom, Boom, Boom’, indeed.

Trumpus Pompey Magnus will team-up with anyone who can, he feels, enable him to ‘score’ more ‘points’ — be they Social or Political or Financial or…whatever.  There is not an atom of Right Reason that you will find in his Soul [though, to be fair, Trump, unlike Misfit-Malcontent Ideologues such as Schumer, Pelosi, Durbin, et. al., has shreds of Decency].

The bona fides of those conservatives who voted for him [for whatever reason] and who still defend him after he has shown his true colors, brightly and vividly, must be questioned.

But, to be fair, we Purists cannot be too surprised at the behavior of our supposed brethren.  After all, whether we admit it directly or just sense it, we know America is NOT as conservative as conservatives would like to believe — The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking in America has seen to that.

If therefore a people will not be free; if they have not virtue enough to maintain their liberty against a presumptuous invader, they deserve no pity, and are to be treated with contempt and ignominy. Had not Caesar seen that Rome was ready to stoop, he would not have dared to make himself the master of that once brave people. He was indeed, as a great writer observes, a smooth and subtle tyrant, who led them gently into slavery; “and on his brow, ‘ore daring vice deluding virtue smil’d”.

By pretending to be the peoples greatest friend, he gain’d the ascendency over them: By beguiling arts, hypocrisy and flattery, which are even more fatal than the sword, he obtain’d that supreme power which his ambitious soul had long thirsted for: The people were finally prevail’d upon to consent to their own ruin.

—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’ in the Boston Gazette,
14 October 1771

You Say You Want A Revolution?…

06 September 2017 @ 20:41

…Well-ell, you know
You all need to search the word
You have to know it’s evolution
Well-ell, you know
If you wanna free your mind, my friend

But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You are doing it wrong, every way, anyhow
Don’t you know it’s going to be Alt-Right
Alt-Right, Alt-Right, Alt-Right….

Revolution #Bob, found on The Whitey Album

In the Comments section of my post of yesterday, The Modern Devils: Of Misfits And Elitists, old Friend In The Ether, M. Thompson makes a spot-on observation:

The only two decent revolutions were the Glorious and American.

Every once since then has been more about drowning imagined enemies in blood.

Dead solid perfect.

As Russell Kirk wrote in his essay, ‘A Revolution Not Made But Prevented‘:

We need first to examine definitions of that ambiguous word “revolution.” The signification of the word was altered greatly by the catastrophic events of the French Revolution, commencing only two years after the Constitutional Convention of the United States.

Before the French explosion of 1789-99, “revolution” commonly was employed to describe a round of periodic or recurrent changes or events – that is, the process of coming full cycle; or the act of rolling back or moving back, a return to a point previously occupied.

Not until the French radicals utterly overturned the old political and social order in their country did the word “revolution” acquire its present general meaning of a truly radical change in social and governmental institutions, a tremendous convulsion in society, producing huge alterations that might never be undone.

Thus when the eighteenth-century Whigs praised the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688, which established their party’s domination, they did not mean that William and Mary, the Act of Settlement, and the Declaration of Rights had produced a radically new English political and social order. On the contrary, they argued that the English Revolution had restored tried and true constitutional practices, preservative of immemorial ways. It was James II, they contended, who had been perverting the English constitution; his overthrow had been a return, a rollingback, to old constitutional order; the Revolution of 1688, in short, had been a healthy reaction, not a bold innovation.

The Whigs, Burke among them, here were employing that word “revolution” in its older sense. This shift in usage tends to confuse discussion today. If we employ the word “revolution” in its common signification near the end of the twentieth century, what occurred in 1688-89 was no true revolution. In the Whig interpretation of history, at least, the overturn of James II was a revolution not made, but prevented (according to the later definition of “revolution”).

But what of the events in North America from 1775 to 1781? Was the War of Independence no revolution?

That war, with the events immediately preceding and following it, constituted a series of movements which produced separation from Britain and the establishment of a different political order in most of British North America. Yet the Republic of the United States was an order new only in some aspects, founded upon a century and a half of colonial experience and upon institutions, customs, and beliefs mainly of British origin. The American Revolution did not result promptly in the creation of a new social order, nor did the leaders in that series of movements intend that the new nation should break with the conventions, the moral convictions, and the major institutions (except monarchy) out of which America had arisen….

In fact — though many of us don’t want to know this — as Angelo Codevilla has correctly argued:

So what kind of freedom did America’s founders mean to establish? Fact is that, as they framed the American regime, they used the terms natural law and natural right interchangeably. Hence, they never choose explicitly between the implication of these terms as we have come to understand them.

They left no doubt, however, that their peculiar notion of right is something at the same time ancestral, natural, and divinely ordained.

Today’s dominant philosophical-political assumptions make it difficult for us to understand that. Since the Founders did not maintain the strict opposition between the concepts of “nature” and “convention” or “custom” to which academic philosophy has accustomed us, they found nothing incompatible about claiming that, as Britain was violating rights established by God and Nature, it was also violating the ancient rights of Englishmen—and vice versa.

Consider: this British regime had been ruling in the same way for almost 400 years. The Americans were rebelling against the 18th century’s ancien regime’s established customs. But they were doing so in the name of a regime that was even more ancien, whose customs were no longer customary but were somehow right in themselves. Where had these customs come from? What endowed them with right?

Our difficulty in understanding this stems in part from the assumption—as wrong as it is widespread—that history has moved more or less uniformly from less freedom to more freedom, that America’s Founders were revolting against the middle ages’ legacies (despotism mixed with and veiled by religion) and that they, Children of the Enlightenment, were trying to make it possible for people to live however they like.

In reality, the Founders knew that the regime that was oppressing them was anything but medieval. They faulted it for having trammeled medieval and downright ancient rights. Nor, aside from Franklin, were they libertines. To them, freedom was the capacity to live life free from arbitrary power. This is something of which there had been much more in remote times than in their time.

That is correct.  To resort to vulgarity: the Colonists wanted to go Medieval on the Britisher’s arses.  —And at this they were quite successful.

The French Revolution brought about a change in the meaning of the word ‘revolution’.  All the horrors associated with the French Revolution became the prime example of what a revolution is.

The misuse of the word ‘revolution’ by the Sane Right in these times is not a good thing because it automatically associates our Cause with the Destroyer Nihilists on the Left — the Modern Revolutionaries.

The fact of the matter is: We do not seek Revolution.  Rather, we seek a Restoration of our Natural Rights as Americans.  We seek exactly what The Founders sought and won.  More from Mr. Codevilla:

…To [The Founders], freedom was the capacity to live life free from arbitrary power. This is something of which there had been much more in remote times than in their time.

Insofar as the American revolution was about custom, it was about restoring customs of limited government, which they believed was also divinely ordained.

In fact, the British crown against which the Americans were revolting (Parliament had become the senior partner within it) was not a relic of the middle ages. Like other European monarchies, Britain had transcended medieval political forms as well as the Christian notion of right as independent of power. The regime against which the Americans revolted was like the rest of Europe’s in having shed all but the trappings of an earlier age.

It was a regime that embraced the doctrine of The Divine Right Of Kings — that monarchs were in a direct relationship with God and, therefore, beyond the reach of mortal men.  This ‘Divine Right’ had arisen out of The Reformation, which was a rebellion against the Catholic Church and the Pope.  Before it, there had been one person in direct conference with God: the Holy Father in Rome; after it, every monarch claimed such a relationship for his or herself: dozens of ‘popes’ came to rule in Europe.

In such a situation, it is no surprise that the Monarchies became Despotisms, for, when you assume a special relationship with God that goes beyond theology, you must assume that your are Sovereign over all, that The Sovereignty rests solely in your semi-devine bosom.

Alfred The GreatThe Founders totally rejected this idea and advocated for a return to the ideas that animated the Ancient West, as it were — specifically, the English West of the Anglo-Saxons, of Alfred The Great, of Henry II.  Mr. Codevilla again:

The extent to which any of America’s founders ever noticed [John] Locke’s references to specific medieval Christian scholars is irrelevant to the fact that that these scholars’ teachings about how regimes may be structured and what makes regimes legitimate are awfully similar to what the American founders wrought. Indeed kinship would be all the more remarkable had the Americans been wholly unaware of the medieval arguments, since that would show that these ideas were simply the “common sense” of educated Christians.

“God created man in his own image.” Genesis. “All men are created equal.” The Declaration of Independence. “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” Jesus. “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The First Amendment. These are old teachings, which had been propounded but honored in the breach for centuries, but which colonists on the edge of a wild continent now were laying down as the foundation of one of history’s greatest nations.

Not only are we not in any way like the Modern Revolutionaries, we are not like the Renaissance nor the so-called Enlightened Monarchs and their courtiers and their aristocracies.

We are the direct descendants of The Witan, The Thing, and Magna Carta.

I say I don’t want a Revolution.

The Modern Devils: Of Misfits And Elitists

05 September 2017 @ 21:16

Mark Steyn has, once again, written a very penetrating analysis of one aspect of The Present Crisis.

Entitled The Coming Terror, it is a warning that we must take very seriously, that must enter in as a major consideration when we strategize on how we are going to Restore Freedom and Ordered Liberty.

Two highlights…

-The first concerns a little-mentioned fact:

…the violence on American streets derives from today’s paramilitary wing of the Democrat Party — antifa — working itself up over yesterday’s paramilitary wing of the Democrat Party — the Ku Klux Klan. Both have stupid pseudo-exotic self-romanticizing names and, as many commentators have observed, both have strict dress codes intended to conceal their identities. From white sheets to black bandanas is a mere fashion evolution: the purpose is the same — to do ugly things one could not confidently do with one’s face known to all.

Both AntiFa and the Klan are non-surprising products of a political party that has in it’s very name the essence of it’s Evil: Democratic — Democrat, Democracy.  Mob rule.  And the Party has been infused with this foul spirit since it was founded by Thomas Jefferson — an Elitist who enjoyed watching his minions create Havoc and commit Mayhem from a safe distance [my emphasis on this trait will become clear if you read on].

-At one point, Mark mentions the case of one Mark Brey, lecturer in history at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth College(1)…

…Antifa, says Mark Bray, “have no allegiance to liberal democracy, which they believe has failed the marginalized communities they’re defending.” …Dartmouth College is in the town of Hanover (median family income $129,000), in the state of New Hampshire (93.9 per cent white, 1.1 per cent black). So, when it comes to “marginalizing” communities, Professor Bray knows whereof he speaks. It’s so much more rewarding, don’t you find, to defend marginalized communities from a safe distance: They look a lot more marginalized when they’re on the far horizon, somewhere south of the Massachusetts line.

Does Professor Bray want antifa rampaging down his pretty little Main Street and hurling bricks through Hanover’s upscale boutiques and bistros and its delightful designer gelato emporium? One would think not. But maybe he does. “White privilege” of the kind Mark Bray and Todd Gitlin and Wolf Blitzer enjoy is comfortable and lucrative, but kind of boring. The heady, seductive glamour of violence is one of the oldest siren songs on earth — which is why so many of antifa’s revolting masses are, in fact, upper-middle-class white students enjoying a leisurely, pampering, undemanding varsity, and for whom taking a truncheon to an Ann Coulter fan is far more satisfying than dozing through Transgender and Colonialism Studies at GRID. From pseudo-scholarship to pseudo-grievances to pseudo-heroism is an easy progress — easier than, say, volunteering to help out in Texas. Because it’s always easier to destroy than to build — and certainly much easier to destroy than to re-build:

Almost every word painstakingly engraved on that obelisk has been obliterated. It stood for 225 years, and it was destroyed in the blink of an eye.

When the statues are gone, what or who will be next? My humdrum observation, after time in Belfast, Mostar, Tikrit, the West Bank and elsewhere, is that violence is intoxicating — and, once you’ve picked up the habit, kicking it is awfully difficult.

More or less exactly 224 years ago, Bertrand Barère, a moneyed journalist, lawyer and intellectual and member of France’s Committee of Public Safety, told his fellow revolutionaries:

Plaçons la terreur à l’ordre du jour!

Let us make terror the order of the day! It will be, if this fever keeps up….

Indeed, the chances that constant Terrorism will come to the streets of America via Revolutionaries rather than via Muslims, I would say, is higher because the Elites are behind the former all-the-way.(2)  Considering the way they shed tears of joy over #Occupy’s actions but a few years ago and considering their deeply felt and hidden Nihilism, the Elites can’t wait to watch the ‘Fascists’ get a good beating at the hands of their Commie Dupes  [they will ‘watch’, mind you, on a TV or smart device far away from where their Tools are doing the deeds].

And these Masterminds would obviously prefer home-grown Terrorists to one’s that come from outside The West.  You see, the Muslims…well, they just lack a certain Romantic air that the Western Misfits have in spades [can I say that?].  I mean, what’s a young man in a Super Bowl loser’s championship tee-shirt, a ‘loyal customer rewards’ coupon for the local strip joint in his pocket, and stolen sneakers with a home-made suicide vest compared to a transgendered, bi-curious, bi-polar WASP, who is a graduate in Feminist Studies and wears a black silk scarf over his/her/its/[see footnote #1 again] face and carries an iPhone in his/her/its/yada-yada’s designer backpack?

The buttoned-down Revolutionaries always prefer their lesser [in their minds] comrades to be, basically, from the same stock as they are [see: The French and Russian Revolutions and, for a more literary portrait, The Devils by Dostoevsky(3)].  They’re easier to manipulate, don’t you know.

I had thought that in the aftermath of #Occupy this kind of Terrorism would take off.  I was wrong.  It seems it needed a few years to incubate in the lecture halls and internet cafes of America.  —Or, perhaps, the #Occupy’s failure forced a retreat and a regrouping, during which, by happy happenstance, Donald J. Trump, Demon Of Demons, came on the scene and was elected President.  I suppose we have to leave this kind of speculation to future Historians of The West — if there are any left.

I do take some satisfaction — grim-laced though it may be — that, if the Left triumphs, many of the Elites who sat back on their tailored arses, sipping fine wines and encouraging the Malcontents and Misfits, will find themselves subject to the dictates of their more committed comrades — their Strelnikovs — like Lenin:

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.

This is the way all Revolutions go — all of them.

  1. Then shouldn’t it read ‘lecturer in his/herstory’? or ‘lecturer in itsstory’? or, keeping grammatically correct [why, I don’t know, at this point]: ‘lecturer in zestory/xyrstory‘? or…[falls to the floor drooling and babbling-on about how ‘my brain hurts!’].
  2. This is not to claim that the Mohammedins will not play their part in the Revolution, but the Masterminds of The Left In America believe that they will be able to control the Allah Acolytes — Awakening, meet Rude.
  3. Reading The Devils [sometimes known as The Possessed or Demons] is not a pleasant experience.  There’s no one to root for, no hero.  What is portrayed is a world gone absolutely Mad, one that is populated by Souls that are either Desiccated or Dead or Dying slowly and painfully.  Feodor Dostoevsky’s fiction was, sadly, no exaggeration.  However, I would highly recommend you read it at least once to help in your understanding of The Leftist Mindset.  I would recommend the translation by David Magarshack.

The Lost Chord

30 August 2017 @ 14:59

Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys.

I know not what I was playing,
Or what I was dreaming then;
But I struck one chord of music,
Like the sound of a great Amen.

To those of us who are truly, actually Sane, the events occurring around us these days confuse and befuddle because we have never witnessed in our lifetimes such Relentless Madness(1) on such a grand, encompassing scale.

There are many among us who find themselves thinking: ‘I don’t recognize this society any more’.

Those people are not overreacting.  They are not being Melodramatic — in fact, they are reacting quite rationally to the Histrionics, the Rabid Sentimentality, going on around them.

The hard Truth is: American Society [as well as the rest if The West] is not what it once was.  Most of what made us the envy of the World has been discarded(2).

One the main reasons this is so is because we are participating inhabitants of a Society that is living in The Eternal Present, a Society where the image we have of the Past is shaped and colored by the attitudes and thinking prevalent NOW — what Mark Steyn calls ‘the hyper-present-tense’.

As with everything else that ails American Society, this current highly-strung state we live in is the result of The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking in this country [a detailed explanation of which may be found in my free book: On The Causes And Effects Of The Present Crisis In America].

Wherever Leftist Thinking has conquered, the Actual Past has been altered [with the object being to eventually Obliterate it].  This must happen in order for Leftism to achieve Victory because it, at it’s basic root, is a violent rejection of all of the accumulated Wisdom Mankind has gained through the centuries.

In a brilliant essay over at his site, Mark Steyn shows us the results of this Annihilation:

…when today’s movies do the period stuff, we impose our values on their times – hence, all the “f*cks” and lesbo sub-plots in recent Miss Marples, or the ghastly boorishness of Robert Downey Jr’s outings as Sherlock Holmes. Their times, our values. And because we are, in fact, engaged in overthrowing and remaking “human nature”, the past’s eternal verities are a particular affront.

It would be foolish to think that contempt can be contained merely to electronic entertainments. Today we insist “empathy” is a virtue, and trumpet our own incessantly. As I note in my bestselling After America…:

In contemporary education’s flight from facts to feelings, ’empathy”‘has become a useful substitute for reality. In the schoolrooms of America, you’ll be asked to empathize with, say, a West African who’s sold into slavery and shipped off to Virginia, or a loyal Japanese-American in a World War Two internment camp, or a hapless Native American who catches dysentery, typhoid, gonorrhea and an early strain of avian flu by foolishly buying beads from Christopher Columbus. This would be a useful exercise if we were genuinely interested in socio-historical empathizing. But instead the compliant pupil is expected merely to acknowledge the unlucky Indian as an early victim of European racism, and to assign the slave a contemporary African-American identity and thereby ’empathize’ with his sense of injustice. At this level, empathy is no more than the projection of contemporary and parochial obsessions—racism, sexism, imperialism—over the rich canvas of the past and the other.

The more we boast of our “empathy”, the less we have – not in the sense of the definition offered by David Berger in his book Clinical Empathy:

The capacity to know emotionally what another is experiencing from within the frame of reference of that other person.

My emphasis. Not a lot of that in the bright new dawn of our statue-free land. In an empathy-flaunting age we demand the entirety of human history think just like us — “because it’s 2017”. Robert E Lee must be toppled because he was racist. Thomas Jefferson must come down because he owned slaves. Christopher Columbus has to go because he had no transgender-bathroom policy on the Niña, Pinta and Santa María. The mobs in the street have no idea who these guys are — except that they are not like them, and so cannot be permitted to stand.

I’ve said many times that, when a people lose their future, they also lose their past….

…Our age not only disdains its inheritance, but actively reviles it, and wishes to destroy it. It is a totalitarian impulse. Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit id est semper esse puerum: To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child. To despise what happened before you were born is to remain forever a juvenile delinquent in the thuggish gang of the present tense.

If you look-up at the face of the person whose boot is stamping on your face forever, you will see that it is a Human face of a spoiled rotten brat child.

We do not recognize the Society swirling around us because we are now deaf to the ‘mystic chords of memory’.

We must not allow The Past to be taken from us.  Therefore, we must be relentless in our pursuit of The Lost Chord.

But one of the first and most leading principles on which the commonwealth and the laws are consecrated is lest the temporary possessors and life-renters in it, unmindful of what they have received from their ancestors, or of what is due to their posterity, should act as if they were the entire masters; that they should not think it amongst their rights to cut off the entail or commit waste on the inheritance, by destroying at their pleasure the whole original fabric of their society: hazarding to leave to those who come after them a ruin instead of an habitation,—and teaching these successors as little to respect their contrivances as they had themselves respected the institutions of their forefathers.

By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often and as much and in as many ways as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain and continuity of the commonwealth would be broken; no one generation could link with the other; men would become little better than the flies of a summer.

—Edmund Burke, Reflections On The Revolution In France
[re-paragraphing mine]

  1. ‘…When everything in society suddenly stops functioning rationally, that’s when the misfits crawl out of the woodwork. And with them their resentments, their utopian visions, their neuroses and psychoses. Mad dogs on the loose. A merry-go-round of feeble minds, free at last of all social fetters….’ —Jean Raspail, The Camp Of The Saints, Chapter 40.
  2. The ongoing outpouring of Charity and Compassion in Texas notwithstanding, what we are witnessing there is the residue of a fallen Culture, one of the last gasps, as it were, of The American Way.

On The Cargo Shorts Culture

22 August 2017 @ 21:14

Shortly after Noontime yesterday, The Daily Caller published an opinion piece by Ford Springer (1), entitled: It’s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He’s In the White House.

While the title pretty much summarizes the author’s take, a quote or two from the article certainly won’t hurt:

Donald Trump and Melania always depart the White House looking their best. The president wore a fine tailored suit and Melania wore an elegant dress just as jaw-dropping as the last. But then Barron steps out in a t-shirt, khaki shorts and some suede loafers.

As Mr. Springer remarks earlier, Master Barron ‘looked like he was hopping on Air Force One for a trip to the movie theater’.  Indeed, or to the beach or the local arcade.

He ends the piece:

…The youngest Trump doesn’t have any responsibilities as the president’s son, but the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public.

Since the article was published, Mr. Springer has faced a tsunami of rebukes and reprimands that surprised even old Cynical Bastard me.

Of course, I was not amazed at the brickbats and insults hurled at him by the Die-Hard Trumpists.  They will defend Pompey Magnus no matter what he does [even his unadmitted flip-flops and crass crudities].

No, what took me aback was the large amount of reproaches flung his way from conservatives I consider Sane.

The President and his Family represent the nation to the World and set the tone for our own Culture.  They are symbols and summations.  They reflect the state of our Culture.(1)  It is said that the fact that Jack Kennedy didn’t wear a hat was a big contributor to hats no longer being worn by men in America [another sad legacy of Screwupalot Years].

And this particular family comes to their roles with enough baggage already — the Trumps don’t need to make the situation any worse.  At the very least, they can make [and the fault here is solely with the Mother and Father] their teenage son look the part of the fine, young lad he seems to be.

But, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised at this slackening of the standards of deportment in America.  Our nation has become an Every-Day-Is-Casual-Dress-Friday society, where Formality — and the Respect it radiates and enshrines — is either ridiculed or ignored, all for the sake of an Unvirtuous Selfishness.

When you wear a suit or dress to work, your attire helps you to play the part, as it were.  Your clothing choices also reflect your personality, shed light on your who and what you are.

The lax attitude we take towards our clothing reflects the lax attitude most Americans take these days towards protecting their Freedom and Liberties.  And the younger the persons, it seems, the more negligent they are of their dress.

When a Culture rejects Formality’s proper place, it sends a clear message that it no longer cares about itself.

SIDENOTE: At least the Japanese seem to understand…


  1. That appears to be his real name.
  2. Ronald Reagan so respected the Office he held and the symbolism it carried that he would never enter The Oval Office unless he was wearing a suit and a tie.  That serious, that adult, spirit has, sadly, faded to near-invisibility since his time.

#BothSidesNow – Two Branches Of The Fukarwe Tribe

17 August 2017 @ 11:34

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

—John Adams at The Boston Massacre Trial

The various cells of the Left — be they the masked misfits of AntiFa or the clown-faced dingbats on CNN and MSNBC — have all been having a jolly angry old time ridiculing Donald Trump for denouncing both of the groups who clashed at Charlottsville.  You can see the froth forming around their mouths, the drool spilling from their lips, and on their crotches the outward stains of ejaculate that shows this is the kind of thing they pathetically live for.

But Truth is an unforgiving mistress and she will not be silenced forever.

Eventually, the Truth that the members of both sides are really on the same side: the Left.

In Saturday’s riot, you had the Fascist White Nationalists and Nazi Fellators squaring off against the Communist Fellators, the Anarchist Posers, and the Socialist Social Justice One-Worlders.  And as I’ve written many times [with slight variations]:

Fascism is merely a slightly less oppressive system than Socialism, which is very slightly less oppressive than Communism, which is a brother to Anarchism.

Over on his Facebook page, Jeff Goldstein is dead solid perfect in his analysis:

I told you all before and I’ll repeat it now: the alt right is not conservative, and it is every bit as driven by identity politics and blood essentialism as the prog left.

Antifa, BLM, CAIR, the New Black Panthers, La Raza, the Pussy Hatters, the KKK — these are all identity movements and all formed and animated by the kind of identity politics championed by the left….

Don’t listen to labels; follow the assumptions made by each movement — the alt right, the prog left — and you’ll soon recognize that they are the same. This is tribalism, no more and no less. And when tribes are at odds, they clash over territory — be it physical territory or political power. What we are witnessing is an attempt to corrupt the ideals of a propositional nation based on individualism and individual universal rights (and that’s how our Constitutional republic is designed to operate) — a lesson Google’s pillorying of a software engineer as “anti-diversity” should have made clear. Intolerance is a hallmark of every authoritarian movement. Simply pretending some intolerance is more noble, which is affected by self-servingly dismissing dissenters as purveyors of “hate,” is a ham-fisted surrender to anti-intellectual sophistry.

You should reject this archaic collectivism from whatever group espouses it, because in the end it is simply anti-individualism dressed in mob attire to bolster cowardice and bigotry in numbers.


What we are witnessing is the dominant force in American Society — Leftist Thinking — desperately trying to convince us that groups like AntiFa and Fellow Travellers, Apparatchiks, and Dupes of the group like themselves are not perfect, but really, really noble and as honest as the day is long.  What we are simply witnessing is another instance of the mechanism of The Big Lie being applied.

Sadly, but per usual, some people on the Right are letting the rancid muck of this Big Lie wash-over and saturate them [this habit I look at at length in my book, The Present Crisis].  They are nothing but Useful Idiots of the Left.

Don’t be fooled.  The future survival of Freedom and Ordered Liberty depends on as many of us as possible be aware of The Truth.

For more Jeff Goldstein on this subject, please read the article he published in The Federalist last September, The Alt-Right Is The Mirror Image Of The New Left — I highly, highly recommend it.

To Unbind The Nation’s Wounds

15 August 2017 @ 21:52

At the end of the American Civil War, this country entered a new and unstable age where all Americans had to work-out just how a nation torn so wretchedly asunder would achieve reconciliation so that it could resume moving on towards that bright future, the seeds of which were planted by The Founders.

The Unionists and the Confederates had to make peace with each other.  As the losers of the War, the latter had to reconcile themselves to the main triumph the former achieved: the end of Slavery.  The Unionists had to accept their prodigal brethren back into the family.

To accomplish these goals, these former foes had to find a way to establish a concord that would prevent them from wallowing in the deep resentments produced by a civil war.

In other words: enough Americans had to resolve to allow this wounded nation the necessary atmosphere and conditions to heal.

The patient had been so horribly injured in so many areas that the healing process took a long, long time to reach.  His condition suffered many setbacks along the way thanks to people on both sides who refused to reconcile, but, with every passing year, the situation was most definitely improving.

One of the most effective treatments applied to the wounded body of America was the unwritten agreement between both sides to honor those who had fought as soldiers, sailors, and marines.  It has long been a tradition in Human History to remember the gallantry and heroics of our enemies, as long as they conducted themselves in an Honorable fashion on the battlefield.  The incentive to apply this tradition to those who fought in The Civil War was made more appealing by the fact that doing so would clearly aid in the Reconciliation of Unionists and Confederates.

So began the tradition of erecting statues to the Military Heroes of The Civil War.(1)

Doing so was part of the Noble Call To Duty sounded by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

What the Left is seeking to achieve by the removal [and, now, in some cases the destruction] of these statues is to unbind the nation’s wounds, to cause the resentments and hatreds to fester and reopen.  The Left seeks nothing less than to cause American Society to suppurate — to ulcerate and inflame to the point that it become gangrenous.  They also desire to Delegitimize the Noble, the Virtuous, in the hope that we will revert to the Tribal, the Primitive in our Souls

As Daniel Horowitz wrote recently over at Conservative Review:

Make no mistake, whether you care about history or monuments or not, this effort is not coming from a good place and is not headed in a safe direction. Let’s not forgot this is the same crowd that is tearing down the Ten Commandments and removing separate-gender bathrooms. All of this is part and parcel of a de-civilization agenda that desecrates every bit of our history, traditions, and commonsense values. It is truly regressive at its core.

The only thing this agenda will accomplish is rejuvenating the dark forces that were thankfully dormant until recently and turn a once innocuous and even inspirational heritage of reconciliation into a flashpoint for the worst elements on all sides of the political and social spectrum.

This effort is clearly in keeping with the desire of the Left In America to sow Chaos here — a ripping apart of the American Fabric that will aid them in their plan to utterly destroy America and everything we hold dear.

On this issue — as with so many others — we must



  1. I in no way mean to imply that people on both sides, especially in the South, did not abuse this practice for political and unreconstructed ends from time to time.  As with everything in a Representative Republic, our Freedoms will be taken advantage of by those of little Virtue.  You can try to stop such abuses, but it is very hard given the Nature of a Society built on Freedom and Ordered Liberty.

Do You Mean ‘Funny Ha-Ha’? Or…

14 August 2017 @ 14:26

…’Funny To Keep From Crying’ Funny?

Oh, it’s the latter.

It’s so damn easy to get caught-up enjoying the show that is Trump Vs. The Fake Newser Dickhead that one forgets this is serious business.

I often find the guy amusing — often because he’s a Classic, In-Your-Face New Yorker and sometimes because he’s so wrapped up in himself — but, even more so, I do so enjoy watching his opponents’s heads exploding again and again.

But, damn, this is not ultimately funny.


On #Charlottesville And The Temper Of America

13 August 2017 @ 22:23

Robert Tracinski has published a rather interesting analysis of, specifically, the Charlottesville situation and, generally, the volatile temper in America at this moment in time.

Regarding the participants in the rioting, he writes:

If [Richard] Spencer’s march was deliberately designed to provoke a riot, the “antifa” college kids gave him what he wanted. So far, I’ve seen this downplayed in press coverage, but antifa came ready for fighting, too. Check out the photos here. Both sides came with their helmets and their goofy homemade shields, as if this is some kind of lame, hellish parody of a Renaissance Faire. [BOB: One things thing missing from those photos he links to at BuzzFeed is the plethora of hammer and sickle flags the AntiFa rioters were carrying.]

Both sides were, indeed, rather lame looking. —But so were the Communists and Nazis in early- to mid-1920’s Germany.  Luckily for us, America has not progressed to a stage that rhymes with late-1920’s Germany…yet.  But Mr. Tracinski is correct in stressing the feeble and utterly pathetic nature of both Spencer’s Group and the AntiFa’s Cell.

He continues:

The two sides are mirror images of each other, and both have an interest in making our politics devolve into street fighting. Both sides have also been priming their people to be ready to kill for the cause, and it appears that Spencer’s gang got there first, with one of his followers ramming his car into a crowd and killing a young woman.

The ominous implication of this weekend’s riots is that we are letting our politics descend into a brutal, unprincipled, physical brawl between two illiberal caricatures—which drowns out real debates over opposing ideas and marginalizes any unifying principles that we might draw on as reasons not to just kill each other.

What are the ‘two illiberal caricatures’ he sees?

The first:

The Left has been doing this by styling themselves as revolutionaries and “the Resistance,” and by indulging its young “antifa” anarchists—Communist “anti-fascists” who behave a lot like fascists, employing rioting and street battles as their main form of political activism….

Actually, they’re behaving a lot like plain and simple, run-of-the-mill Communists [there are numerous examples of this throughout the last three centuries, but Russia in 1917-1918 is a damn fine example].  Don’t get me wrong: they are behaving like Fascists as well, but, then again, Fascism is merely a slightly less oppressive system than Socialism, which is very slightly less oppressive than Communism — they all are, in other words, brothers on the Left.

It also must be stated — perhaps shouted frequently — that: Those activist groups that seek to ‘be ready to kill for the cause’ are by their Nature, Leftist, in that it is only Leftists who promote preemptive violence against their opponents [be they on the Right or those they consider possessors of False Consciousness on the Left].  Whereas those truly on the Right, believe Violence is only justified in Self-Defense.

It should also be pointed out that ‘brutal, unprincipled, physical brawl[s]’ are not new in America.  The late 19th Century and early 20th Century saw Anarchists, Communists, and Socialists rioting in the streets of this country [often in support of Unionization] and these groups also engaged in bombings, assassinations, and other acts of Terrorism [for examples, see: Sacco, Vanzetti, and their associates; also, see: the 16 September 1920 bombing of Wall Street].  Further, for a very early set of examples, see The War For Independence and the actions of Loyalists versus Patriots [see: Holger Hoock’s book, Scars Of Independence: America’s Violent Birth].  We have descended to this state before — it occurs in Free Societies because of their very Nature.  The key is to prevent America from moving to the step from which the only options for a Restoration of Freedom and Ordered Liberty are ugly, as the situations did so progress [pun intended] in late-1920’s Germany and throughout most of Europe and Asia did after World War I.

The second of the ‘illiberal caricatures’:

…On the Right, the problems are summed up in President Trump’s lame statement on Charlottesville. Claims that Trump was somehow excusing white nationalism are overblown, given that he also condemned “bigotry.” But his only answer was a series of vague bromides about national unity and loving each other—a solution he has never managed to practice and for which he cannot be a credible advocate.

More on the ‘vague bromides’ later; let us deal with Mr. Trump now…

Mr. Tracinski explains:

Trump was elected precisely because he does not have any of the governing virtues of normal politicians, such as the ability to be gracious and inclusive to the opposition, to understand and defuse the objections of political opponents, and to make unifying gestures that unite Americans around shared values and ideas. His supporters argued that he could accomplish more by dispensing with this kind of prissy concern for civility….

Quite true…and this is one of the reasons I labeled him a ‘would-be Caesar’ last year and, since Hillary was one too, I refused to vote for either one.  Trump won, which was definitely the lesser-of-evils outcome, because it was clear that he would certainly be more a Julius than a Tiberius.

Trump united perhaps half the county [perhaps] around their shared values, which had been under relentless assault from the Left for well-over a century, but most brazenly in the last decade.  He tapped into a mounting, underlying Rage that had built-up in the breasts of many Decent Americans after eight years of the wild and arrogant Despotism of Barack Hussein Obama and his minions.  And as Trump did so, one was reminded [in rhyming verse] of Julius Caesar’s campaign to save his skin and achieve Power And Control in the last days of The Roman Republic.

Julius Caesar restored Order and a sense of Pride to Rome, but, because he did so using deeply felt emotions, he only increased the tempers of all of the Roman People.  What this resulted in was assassination and civil war.  What that resulted in was the fall of the already deathly-ill Roman Republic and the rise of a Despotic, Tyrannical Empire.

This is not to say that Donald Trump should have been ‘gracious and inclusive to the opposition’ because his opposition was, primarily, The Left, who have no idea what ‘gracious and inclusive’ mean, because they have rejected Morality.  Trump rode to The Presidency on Anger rather than, like Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, appealing to ‘the better angels of our nature’.  His position rests on a negative foundation and, like Julius Caesar, he is helping the forces of Tyranny [in this case, The Left In America] sow Chaos in our Society.

The blame for the violence and death in Charlottesville rests clearly with the Richard Spencer types, the AntiFa types, and, yes, as we’ve seen often enough these past few years, with the Morally Corrupt governments directly involved.

There is plenty of blame to go around here for the generally bad situation in America that we, those who believe in the Restoration of our Freedoms and Liberties, must confront and overcome.

As for the President’s supposed ‘vague bromides’, I thought he was right to condemn both sides of rioters.  Both the White Supremacists and the AntiFa’ers came, as we’ve seen, to the confrontation hoping that blood and violence would be spilled on the soil of Charlottesville.  As for the part of his statement where the President praised what he has done for the nation: well, Caesar will be Caesar — such men always return to the praising of themselves and how gosh-darn wonderful they are.  Pompey Magnus is in Da [White] House.

Mr. Tracinski ends his piece with the following:

I wrote recently about the steps required to condition people to accept totalitarianism. One of those steps—one of the last ones—is that we get used to political differences being settled by a contest of force in the streets. We’ve been closer to that point before, during the 1960s, when the violent protests and race riots were far bigger. But that was the brink of a very deep precipice, and we should be doing everything we can, on both sides of the political debate, to pull back from it.

Now who’s bromiding here, Mr. Tracinski?

There’s one side of the ‘both sides of the political debate’, the Left, who will never in Good Faith join in such an effort.  Have you not studied the History of Leftism since The French Revolution? —or, at the very least, the History of the Left In America over the last century?  They want us to jump into the depths of that precipice, so that the destruction of everything we hold dear can come about and they can then go about building their Heaven On Earth, their Evil, over the rubble of all that is Good.

We, the lovers of Freedom and Ordered Liberty, are on our own.  It is our decision whether America will Live Free or Die.



From Stealth Coup To Overt, Brazen Coup

08 August 2017 @ 21:03

During decades leading up to the current Administration, the Left In America conducted a stealth coup against The Constitution.  They undermined all of our governmental institutions and successfully unleashed their destructive thinking into our Culture.

Up until the coming of The Obama Regime, the Left proceeded fairly quietly with their dastardly plans to fundamentally transform America into a Socialist Paradise.  For the eight years that The Jarrett Junto ruled the Executive Branch, pretty much all of the factions of the Left in Washington became less covert and more overt in their actions.  I labeled them ‘brazen’ many a time on this site.  However, since Donald J. Trump won the Presidential Election, the Leftists have shifted into overdrive and outdone themselves in their impudence and shamelessness.  There’s hardly any stealth element remaining to their efforts to overthrow everything America stands for.

As Mark Steyn points out, one of the Left’s chief weapons is the leak.

The volume of leaks has caused a major amount of Chaos to descend on the Trump Administration.(1)  Time that should be spent working on reducing the myriad of serious foreign threats facing us is being spent dealing with the fallout from said leaks.  The current World — most especially because of Barack Hussein Obama and his minions — is a very dangerous place and the preservation of our safety requires our Commander-In-Chief to devote much of his time to handling said threats.  None of the other issues before him ultimately matter if America is subjected to a deadly and devastating attack.

Instead, and a lesser part of this is Trump’s fault, the Administration is being crippled by these leaks.

As Mark states, there are three kinds of leaks in play here:

The first is the palace-intrigue stuff: Spicer loathes Scaramucci, Scaramucci hates Priebus, Priebus despises Bannon, etc.

The second is the drip-drip-drip of the “Russia investigation”: Robert Mueller has empaneled a grand jury, he’s looking into eight-year-old Trump property deals, he’s going to flip Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort…

The third is the full transcripts in American newspapers of Trump’s conversations with the Mexican president and the Australian prime minister.

As he points out, the first kind, palace intrigue, is ‘irritating and undisciplined, but not particularly important’.  This kind of stuff goes on all the time, especially when one’s administration is full of self-important blowhards, egotists, and virulently selfish people.(2)

It is the second and third types of leaks that are the ones that are most destructive — destructive to the Trump Administration’s efforts to reach it’s sought-after goals and destructive to our National Security [I really don’t care about the former so much].

Mark Steyn on the second type of leak:

The Mueller leaks belong to one of the most repulsive of American prosecutorial traditions, especially at the federal level, where the prosecution enjoys such a stacked deck that, as my old boss Conrad Black is wont to point out, the feds win 99.5 per cent of cases (97 per cent without a trial) – a scorecard that would impress Saddam Hussein or Kim Jong-Un. …all the most malodorous aspects of this system – from prosecutorial leaks to the inevitable plea bargains – are intensified in the hands of a “special counsel”, and nuclearized when the special counsel is not just some dogged no-name lawyer but, as in this case, an A-list celebrity Beltway lifer like Bob Mueller – who is way too special to be a special counsel. [BOB: Perhaps Comrade Mueller needs a ‘special bus’ — you know: one of those short ones?]

He goes on to describe the Unethical [and, perhaps, Immoral] actions Mueller has taken, including abuse of the Grand Jury System [which, unlike Mark, I believe is a necessary and Good system].

It seems to me, if I recall correctly [and I do] that we got rid of the Independent Counsel Law because it was believed too many of IC’s had Usurped the powers of the Executive Branch [they had].

Mark then goes on to brilliantly tackle the problem of the Unmasking of American Citizens.  As he concludes:

…The scandal here is the ruling party’s use of the intelligence agencies to get the goods on its domestic political opponents. As some of us pointed out during the Lois Lerner IRS scandal, the merger of the party and the state is not a feature of free societies.

Indeed.  The gross and flagrant and repugnant misuse of Power by The Jarrett Junto proves once and for all that what many of us have claimed for nearly a decade is true: the Leftists, when in positions of Power And Control, act like classic Totalitarians.

Mark then deals with the third kind of leak, the one that is, perhaps, the most damaging to American interests: the illegal release of transcripts of the President’s conversations with foreign leaders…

…there’s no point in heads of government phoning each other unless they can talk candidly. Otherwise, they might just as well hitch a ride with the Queen in the Imperial State Coach and wave gloved hands to the crowd. In fact, I can’t see why my old chum Julie Bishop, the Oz Foreign Minister, should take a call from Rex Tillerson in the present conditions. Or my old boss Boris Johnson or anybody else, all the way down to the Deputy Tourism Minister of the South Sandwich Islands. These leaks make state-to-state relations impossible – which is the point: There’s nothing in the content to warrant “whistleblowing”; the purpose of the leaks is to cripple the business of the government, and thus neuter Trump’s presidency.

…We’re told that the President isn’t behaving presidentially. But it’s actually more disturbing and subversive that the civil service isn’t behaving civilly, or serving.

No, it’s trying to, not simply neuter this President, but undermine all of America’s foreign relations at a time when we are the only power capable of striking fear into the hearts of the Despots of the World.  These leakers are, in essence, holding knives to the jugular of The Free World.  They make Benedict Arnold look like a piker.

Mark again:

…The Deep State isn’t just deep, it’s broad and bloated – and it decided last November that it would not accept the result of a perfectly lawful and proper election. So it doesn’t care about putting the Turnbull transcript all over the press, because, while the Australian Prime Minister may recognize Donald Trump as the President of the United States, the Deep State does not. So anything goes.

From November to January we had three months of blather about the “peaceful transfer of power”, but that is in fact precisely what the losers have denied the winners: Instead, they weaponized the transfer. …What we are witnessing is a slow-motion coup against a duly elected government by people determined to use whatever they have to hand – national-security leaks by the permanent bureaucracy, money-no-object fishing expeditions by hopelessly conflicted prosecutors, domestic surveillance of political opponents by Obama officials, and indifference to most of the preceding by a GOP congressional leadership that has no interest in seeing Trumpism succeed.

If they prevail, they will be teaching the electorate a very dangerous lesson: you can vote for change all you want, but you ain’t gonna get any. And that leads nowhere good.

Some of us already know this [see: electing GOP majorities in the House and Senate; also see: the Administrative State unfettered].

Those who are actively working to undermine us are Traitors and they must be stopped before many of us die.

  1. Fomenting Chaos is one of the Revolutionary Goals of the Left, as it creates a situation where people tired of living with it look to those who promise to restore Order — and the Left is very good at portraying itself as the savior knight in shining armor.
  2. In this case also, ‘palace’ seems rather appropriate, given Mr. Trump’s love of building and living in very gaudy ones and the fact that he governs like a Mild Caesar.