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'Nil desperandum. That is a Motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a Spark of patriotick fire, we will enkindle it.'
—Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, 09 December 1772
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'We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again'.
—General Nathanael Greene
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'Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.'
—St. John Paul The Great

THE PRESENT CRISIS – Out (Finally) In Paperback

31 October 2019 @ 14:28

[Note: Until further notice, I am sticking this post to the top of my published posts column.  For newer posts, please look below this one.]

I have published by book, On The Causes And Effects Of THE PRESENT CRISIS In America, today, on Amazon.com.

Ill-health and other personal matters have prevented me from going through the process until recently.  I apologize.

In 2017, I published a PDF Edition of this book, but this New [now paperback] Edition contains Updates to my Treatise [I will be updating the PDF Edition in the coming weeks].

Here is a screen-shot from the Amazon Books Page:

Click on the image above to go to the Amazon Books Page.

The cost is $8.00 per copy.

I hope to have an E-Book version completed and approved soon — I will keep you informed of all developments and feedback at the page I have set-up for this book: https://thepresentcrisis.org/

An excerpt from Chapter 1: The Present Crisis In America:

The greatest victory the Left In America has achieved, one that has cut a swath of Misery and Dislocation across every single area of American Society, is the implanting of Leftist Thinking in every American’s Soul. —And they have done so while convincing us that that was exactly what they weren’t doing and, yet — most importantly — that their way of thinking is Normal, while the traditional American Way is Abnormal, is Evil.

To varying degrees these days, we all think like Leftists think — so ‘brainwashed’ and propagandized, have we become. Some have willingly let their Hearts and Minds be Encompassed, some have no clue that they have been successfully Propagandized, and some have Resisted, but the disease is so widespread in every nook and cranny of our Souls that we can’t shield ourselves from all of Leftism’s spreading Cancer.

Leftist Thinking is based in Fantasy — in the not-Real, in delusions produced by dreamy abstractions developed in the minds of it’s Masterminds, far away from the Real World and Human Experience. The solutions it offers, the goals it seeks to achieve, therefore, are contrary to what is Right and Good, and are like a Cancer metastasizing in the American Soul, rotting away at that Grand Spirit that animates it and nourishes it.

In other words: This work will attempt to explain the origins of The Present Crisis.

It will further show why Leftist Thinking is so dangerous, why everything it touches and controls it Corrupts — why it must be overcome and we, the American People, Decontaminated of it very soon or we shall find ourselves either Enslaved to, or eliminated by, those Tyrants who are in positions of Power And Control in America.

I hope you will find this book useful in our Struggle against the Tyrants who seek to put us in Chains.

God Bless The Founders & God Bless America.

Ideological Libertarians: The Terrible Simplifiers

10 November 2019 @ 17:26

At the same time that our governments are becoming more Socialist-Fascist, it is interesting that this trend is going hand-in-hand with the trend towards Radical Individualism — capital ‘L’ Libertarianism.

Over at The Federalist, Nathanael Burke has written an essay that looks into how the ascendancy of near-Absolute Individualism is providing Aid And Comfort to the Totalitarians in America.

A few definitions first…

I am fully in-line with Russell Kirk’s beliefs on this matter:

…libertarianism is a simplistic ideology, relished by one variety of the folk whom Jacob Burckhardt called “the terrible simplifiers.”

The capital ‘L’ Libertarians are Ideologues, who, like The Left, believe their Simplistic System Of Ideas will bring about a Heaven On Earth.  They see themselves, in a mirror image of Leftism, to be in possession of The Secret Wisdom [aka: Gnosticism].  Like The Left, again, they have developed their System in a sterile laboratory, far away from the Real World.  The difference between the two is that Leftism puts The Collective over the Individual, while the Libertarians advocate for Absolute Individualism.

More from Mr. Kirk:

…a number of the men and women who accept the label “libertarian” are not actually ideological libertarians at all, but simply conservatives under another name. These are people who perceive in the growth of the monolithic state, especially during the past half century, a grim menace to ordered liberty; and of course they are quite right. They wish to emphasize their attachment to personal and civic freedom by employing this 20th century word derived from liberty. With them I have little quarrel – except that by so denominating themselves, they seem to countenance a crowd of political fantastics who “license they mean, when they cry liberty.”

Descendants of Classical Liberals. For if a man believes in an enduring moral order, the Constitution of the United States, established American way of life, and a free economy — why, actually he is a conservative, even if he labors under an imperfect understanding of the general terms of politics. Such Americans are to the conservative movement in the United States much as the Liberal Unionists have been to the Conservative Party in Britain — that is, close practical allies, almost indistinguishable nowadays. Libertarians of this description usually are intellectual descendants of the old “classical liberals”; they make common cause with regular conservatives against the menace of democratic despotism and economic collectivism.

This is why I usually refer to these type of people as Classical Liberals.  We can work with them because I believe that most of them possess what I call The Conservative Instinct.

Sadly, many libertarians have made themselves Vulnerable to the Leftist World View.

Regarding the Libertarians, as RK said:

…For the ideological libertarians are not conservatives in any true meaning of that term of politics; nor do the more candid libertarians desire to be called conservatives. On the contrary, they are radical doctrinaires, contemptuous of our inheritance from our ancestors.

They rejoice in the radicalism of Tom Paine; they even applaud those 17th century radicals, the Levellers and the Diggers, who would have pulled down all the land-boundaries, and pulled down, too, the whole framework of church and state. The libertarian groups differ on some points among themselves, and exhibit varying degrees of fervor. But one may say of them in general that they are “philosophical” anarchists in bourgeois dress. Of society’s old institutions, they would retain only private property. They seek an abstract Liberty that never has existed in any civilization — nor, for that matter, among any barbarous people, or any savage. They would sweep away political government; in this, they subscribe to Marx’s notion of the withering away of the state.

…the great line of division in modern politics, as Eric Voegelin reminds us, is not between totalitarians on the one hand and liberals (or libertarians) on the other: instead, it lies between all those who believe in a transcendent moral order, on the one side, and on the other side all those who mistake our ephemeral existence as individuals for the be-all and end-all. In this discrimination between the sheep and the goats, the libertarians must be classified with the goats – that is, as utilitarians admitting no transcendent sanctions for conduct. In effect, they are converts to Marx’s dialectical materialism; so conservatives draw back from them on the first principle of all.

I stand with Russell Kirk.

Now, let us look at a few highlights from Mr. Burke’s article

…libertarianism has become less about a commitment to limited government and more a philosophy of autonomous individualism. The latter is an ideology that undermines the possibility of the former, in large part because it really does leave people alone….

One could justifiably say that it Isolates the Individual from those around him, as it promotes Selfishness as a Virtue — especially thanks to Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard et. al..

More:

The paradox of libertarianism is that it depends upon cultural capital it cannot replenish….

The libertarian challenge is not of establishing government via social contract. Rather, it is to cultivate people capable of sustaining self-government, a task that is complicated by libertarianism’s official indifference to family formation, moral instruction, drug use, and other social factors essential to the development of citizens capable of flourishing in a libertarian regime.

Furthermore, because it has no place for economic solidarity, libertarianism sabotages itself economically as well as socially. The doctrinal imperatives of open markets and (often) open borders deny the existence of any national “We the people” who ought to be considered in economic policymaking. Libertarians cheer the “creative destruction” of the global market’s economic devastation of communities and regions. They believe those who cannot compete in the global marketplace must evolve or die — find a new line of work or move elsewhere.

There are several key Pillars of a Free Country missing here: Humanity, Compassion, Restraint, Morality.  It’s as if these Ideologues have adopted the motto of the Evil Aleister Crowley: ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’.  The Ruthlessness of the Libertarians is something to behold.

The Libertarians seek Detachment from their fellow Human Beings.  Their advocacy for Radical, Absolute Individualism will lead to the adopter of their Ideology being Lonely, Isolated — no one can live like this without descending into Nihilism.

More:

Thus, libertarianism corrodes family, faith, and community through economic and social pressures. An uprooted, insecure workforce might suit the interests of Wall Street (at least in the short term), but it is poison to a culture that aims to produce people capable of self-government. Economic insecurity depresses family formation and stresses existing families. It destroys communities. The economic effects of libertarianism really are to leave people alone.

This makes them receptive to big government. The crucial insight of Robert Nisbet’s classic book “The Quest for Community” is that individualism and big government are allies in the destruction of intermediate forms of community and authority. Individuals look to big government to liberate them from the bonds of faith, family, and local community, and big government is happy to weaken these rival centers of power and loyalty, thereby expanding its own dominion.

…As older sources of security, community, and meaning dissolve and decay, government will inevitably expand to take their place.

In other words: the Libertarians are playing right into the hands of The Left, which seeks to achieve Power And Control over all.

The old saw is true: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is’.

I would add: If the solution is oh so Simple, it will Fail.

 

 

 

The Berlin Wall Falls On 09 November 1989

09 November 2019 @ 07:49

I think it safe to say that most Millennials and Gen-Z’ers [and, sadly, a decent number of Gen-X’ers] don’t know much about the History of The Berlin Wall and why it meant so much to us when it finally fell thirty years ago today.

There will be things written about this that are published today, some Good, and a lot written by the Losers on The Left, who have never gotten-over The Fall Of The Soviet Union.

All I can advise is to Ignore the latter and seek-out the former.

I’m writing this two days before today because I will be out house-hunting on the ninth, but I wanted to Commemorate this Wonderful Event in some way.

The Fall Of The USSR meant that we no longer had to fear a rival Superpower.  That we botched the Aftermath is no reason not to Celebrate this Victory in The Cold War.

Two songs from the era of The Berlin Wall capture the feeling we Anti-Communists felt…

-Anger:

-Sadness and Heartbreak:

Let us Never Forget those who died trying to make it over/through/under the wall…

Friday Phonograph: Jews And Jesus

08 November 2019 @ 16:13

I don’t know if this will end-up being a weekly thing, a semi-regular feature, or a one-off — we shall see.

I was sitting on Bob’s Royal Throne this Early PM and these four songs entered my brain as [welcome] earworms.

NOTE: Language warning, especially on the last one.

It should be noted that it was Don Imus who introduced me to these recordings…so blame him.

-Hayes Carll with a sing-a-long…

-Billy Joe Shavers as he is, God love him…

-The truly great Delbert McClinton…

-Perhaps my Favorite Jew, Kinky Friedman…

x

On The Tantrums Of Tyrants

08 November 2019 @ 15:44

In vino veritas.

Another one bites the booze….

From Stacy McCain, we learn:

Michael Gould-Wartofsky graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2007 and is the author of the 2015 book The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement. He had been an adjunct professor at New York University, where he was pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology….

Stacy then quotes from an NBC-NY News report:

Wartofsky is seen on video with two other men, walking down 8th Street. He stopped in front of the church and started pulling plants from the garden, throwing it at the door but two other men didn’t participate, according to the church.

The ex-Sociology professor also yelled something at the security camera. He then dragged a heavy resin statue of St. Jude to the middle of the street, repeatedly kicking it and then leaving it there.
Gigantiello says he believes Wartofsky was making a statement. “This exhibition of violence, anger, and hatred is very disturbing. This is definitely an attack on the Catholic Church,” Gigantiello said….

It is an attack on The Roman Catholic Church by a Leftist Loser who can’t stand the thought of Existing in the same world as a Venerable and Sacred Institution that has done more Good for the World and provided Spiritual Succor for billions — Leftists hate that one of the Key Pillars of Western Civilization continues to abide.

I’m sure this Ignorant Fool is smart enough to know that The Left is slowly Destroying The Church from within, so why can’t he wait?

Because Leftists are Spoiled Children who lack Maturity in any form — they want what they want NOW! — and can barely Restrain themselves.  Throw alcohol into the mix and these Leftists throw childish Tantrums, as we see here with Wartofsky.

In that news article Stacy quotes, it reports that this Clown has been charged with ‘hate crime criminal mischief’.

This whole ‘Hate Crime’ thing really bothers me.

Aren’t there elements of Hate in all crimes?…hate of Society, hate of people, hate of institutions, hate of a people, hate of Self, etc?

Then the question becomes: Why create specific crimes with the word ‘hate’ in them?  Why create these crimes that label the accused as something more Despicable than your average criminal?

The Left wants this category to exist so they can widen it’s scope to include acts [especially including Free Speech] it Disapproves of.  [We see this happening in Great Britain almost every day, it seems.]

This Acceptance of the existence of Hate Crime Laws by the Fellow Travellers and Dupes on the Left and the Useful Idiots of the Right — their being marked as ‘Legitimate’ — is another Tactic of Despotism.

To repeat: All criminal acts involve some form of Hate as their Motivation.

Hate Crime Laws are used to Abuse our Rule Of Law.

This Wartofsky fellow should be charged with Destruction And Defacement Of Property.  And the story of his crimes should be spread as far-and-wide as possible, so Virtuous people will Shun him until he Repents [if he ever will].

Sunt pueri pueri, puerilia tractant
[Children are children, therefore, children do childish things]

The Latest From Laura’s Links by .@LauraRosenCohen

07 November 2019 @ 16:46

Every Wednesday, Friend-In-The-Steyn-Ether Laura Rosen Cohen posts links to (1) some news that may not have been covered on a wide-scale and (2) analysis that is spot-on.  Covering America, The Anglosphere, and Israel, she also offers — often witty, but serious — observations.

Some highlights from this week’s installment [links to be found at her post]:

OMG Paul Ryan, how can we miss you if you just won’t leave? You are useless. Worse than useless. This is pathetic. Hey Speaker Ryan, there’s a call for you in the lobby on the 1990s Poseur Conservatives Start a Think Tank or News Aggregating Web Site Courtesy Phone. As well, why is there a clip of the light towers representing the Twin Towers in the video clip? When I see that, I think “losers”, and “victims of terror” not “great ideas” or innovation. OK I’ll stop now. Actually I won’t because hello??? The logo-the Statue of Liberty’s crown? As my buddy Kathy Shaidle always says: crappy poetry does not make a good immigration policy”.

Ever since he was a [Failed] candidate for the Vice Presidency under Monsieur Willard Mitt Romney, we’ve seen again and again that Paul Ryan was either (1) always Phony pretending to be a Libertarian Conservative or (2) a man who Sold his Soul.

I don’t know which one to believe, but I agree with Laura’s hope that Ryan will just leave.

But I doubt it: even if this project ultimately fails, it will get him some serious cash from Idiot Millionaires who think they’re help the Conservative Cause™ and it will get him ‘respect’ from some of the Leftist Media and Fox.

You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

—Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain

More from Laura:

Catholic priest actually acts Catholic, denies Joe Biden communion. Good.

It’s rather simple this issue: Joe ‘Hill’ Biden is not merely disagreeing with a Church position, he’s in conflict with Canon Law.  Therefore, he is a Heretic and cannot receive The Sacrament Of Communion.  End of story.

In another section, entitled The Formerly Great Britain, she shows how Anti-Semitism is becoming more tolerated in the UK.

This is very troubling that The Anglosphere is starting to give any respect to Jew Hatred — it’s, as we’ve seen, growing in America.

There’s much more good stuff from Laura [as always], so please click here to read it all at SteynOnline.

The Left Is All About Grooming – In All Senses Of The Word -UPDATED

05 November 2019 @ 17:14

Progress is all about grooming. Are you ready?

—Richard Fernandez [aka: Wretchard T. Cat]

This is a point I haven’t stressed enough since I wrote the following in 2014: Leftists are Molesters, who spend their time trying to Groom us into their Sick World.

A highlight from five years ago:

‘Molester State’ is a much more appropriate term [than ‘Nanny State’].

It seems like a combination of mole and monster. Moles bore in where they are not wanted and wreck landscapes; monsters, well, are monsters — hideous creatures who seek Normal Human Beings for the purposes of destroying their minds and bodies.

Leftism assaults both the body and mind, seeking not simply to enslave us, but to corrupt our minds so that we come to ‘love Big Brother’.

The Oxford English Dictionary has two definitions for ‘molester‘: ‘Pester or harass (someone), typically in an aggressive or persistent manner’ and ‘Assault or abuse’. They also provide the following synonyms: ‘harass, harry, hassle, pester, bother, annoy, beset, persecute, torment; informal: roust; assault, interfere with, violate’.

Every single one of those terms describes actions of the current government of The Former United States Of America.

For nearly a one hundred and fifty years, Americans have been subjected to the molestations of the Left. As is typical of most molesters, the Left In America has been grooming us, like child sexual abusers groom their prey,

When we reach adult age, they continue the abuse, but by then so many of us have become used to the abuse that we think it a normal part of Life.

The OED defines Grooming as follows:

2 The action by a paedophile of preparing a child for a meeting, especially via an Internet chat room, with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

‘online grooming has become a growing cause for concern’

Sexual Child Abusers spend time recruiting their prey.  They pick on Vulnerable children and teenagers, who are more confused Emotionally.

The same is true for the Left, except they seek to infuse people of all ages with the Leftist Virus.

This is why the Left have invaded Elementary, Junior, and High Schools.  And let us not forget: they have successfully invaded Kindergartens, as well.  The Left knows that children and teenagers can be Brainwashed, so they seek to Program them as early as they can.

The Parents can claim some blame because they either (1) do not police what their offspring are being taught or (2) they have drunk-deeply the Leftist Kool-Aid.

The fact that Transsexuals are allowed to speak and perform in front of our children is most certainly a Moral Crime.

The fact that a Leftist View Of History is Dominating the Education of our offspring is Disturbing and should make those of us who do not fight back Ashamed.

In every facet of our lives the Left In America is Grooming us.  They are seeking to Molest our Souls with their Twisted Ideology.

Time for some Philosophical Radical Chemotherapy.

UPDATE on 07 NOV 19:

In the Comments, NITZAKHON makes a very good point…

I have said for years that the Left has a LONG GAME. They are, in fact, MISSIONARIES… to which I alluded in many posts. Most notably, because they have cast G-d from their lives, they’ve replaced Him with Marx.

Shameless self-plug which I hope you’ll tolerate:

https://redpilljew.blogspot.com/2019/05/hardwired-for-faith.html

Of course: in my time, I was a Shameless Blogwhore.

What The Future Holds…Very Soon

27 October 2019 @ 17:46

Anthony Daniels [aka: Theodore Dalrymple] comments on how weakened British Society has become since it began to transform itself into a Victim-Filled Culture [tip of the fedora to Kathy Shaidle]:

The question not unnaturally arises as to why British society should have become so enfeebled, so lacking in moral confidence. In this, it is probably only the worst case of a general malaise in the Western world. My provisional answer would be the expansion of tertiary education, especially in nontechnical subjects. Huge numbers of people have now been educated in injustice and grievance studies of one kind or another, which have had for their effect the dissolution of a sense of human beings as agents rather than mere victimized vectors of forces. If people such as Ewan Ireland [a Reprobate and Notorious criminal], and many like him, behave in the way that they do, it must be (as sociology, psychology, and criminology teaches) because of social forces beyond their control, and hence it is unjust to inflict punishment upon them. Punishment can only be justified where a man is a free agent and could have done otherwise than he did; but since he is never a free agent and could never have done otherwise than he did, it follows that punishment is never justified. Millions now believe this, thanks to tertiary education.

This way of thinking is a key part of the New New Left’s [see: ‘Obama, Barack’] Fundamental Transformation of American Society — one that is working quite well here.

The Left In America seeks to Brainwash us into believing that we have no Free Will, that we are not Free Agents and, therefore, responsible for our own actions.  No, no.  When we do wrong, we do so because Society led us to do it.

Klaus: It’s a fair cop, but society’s to blame.

Detective: Agreed. We’ll be charging them too.

—Monty Python, The Dead Bishop Sketch

By convincing the great majority of British People that their Crimes are not their Fault, The Left In Britain has, as Dr. Daniels said, ‘enfeebled’ that Society, which explains why it is Collapsing.

We have not come as far here, but we are damn close.

On Treachery And The Praetorian Guard

25 October 2019 @ 17:32

Many, if not most, of The Founding Fathers feared the implications of having a Standing Military.

This is why they insisted that, in all things to do with our Armed Forces, whether at the National, State, County, of Local Levels, ultimate control over Military organizations should rest in Civilian hands.¹

Samuel Adams expressed his Anxiety, which was shared by many of The Founders [re-paragraphing mine]:

…A standing Army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the Liberties of the People.

Soldiers are apt to consider themselves as a Body distinct from the rest of the Citizens. They have their Arms always in their hands. Their Rules and their Discipline is severe. They soon become attach’d to their officers and dispos’d to yield implicit Obedience to their Commands. Such a Power should be watch’d with a jealous Eye.

I have a good Opinion of the principal officers of our Army. I esteem them as Patriots as well as Soldiers. But if this War continues, as it may for years yet to come, we know not who may succeed them. Men who have been long subject to military Laws and inured to military Customs and Habits, may lose the Spirit and Feeling of Citizens.

And even Citizens, having been used to admire the Heroism which the Commanders of their own Army have display’d, and to look up to them as their Saviors may be prevail’d upon to surrender to them those Rights for the protection of which against Invaders they had employ’d and paid them. We have seen too much of this Disposition among some of our Countrymen….

—Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 07 January 1776

One of the concerns The Founders had was that a military group could fashion itself into a newer version of the Praetorian Guard.

This term is being tossed-about these days after current Attorney General William Barr said recently:

“Republics have fallen because of a Praetorian Guard mentality where government officials get very arrogant, they identify the national interest with their own political preferences and they feel that anyone who has a different opinion, you know, is somehow an enemy of the state,” Barr told CBS News reporter Jan Crawford in May.

That quote comes from an article by Julie Kelly over at American Greatness. She goes on to give us a bit of History on the Roman Empires Praetorians [tip of the fedora to Bud Hammons]:

The Praetorian Guard originated in the Roman Empire to protect the emperor and his commanders. The elite cohort quickly grew from a few bodyguards into a massive army, complete with armor, weaponry, and a cavalry. The Guard enjoyed special privileges including a guaranteed tenure and vaunted social status.

But the Guard became emboldened by its own power. “Over the years, the guard would become a dangerous threat to imperial power and emperors were forced to gain its favour in order to ensure their reign,” according to historian Mark Cartwright. “The body specifically created to protect the emperor’s person had become his greatest liability.”

Sound Familiar?

The race is on to see who will survive—the duly-elected president of the United States or a modern-day Praetorian Guard comprised of former law enforcement and intelligence officials tasked with taking down that president.

I would have added former and current members of our Armed Forces.

In another article over at American Greatness, this time by the always-Insightful Angelo Codevilla, we hear of a Perfumed Prince Of The Pentagon’s² actions:

Retired Admiral William McRaven devoted the bulk of a New York Times op-ed to appropriating for himself the moral and hence political authority of generations of soldiers and sailors (pointedly, especially the female ones) who have sacrificed for America, for “the good and the right.” Then he gratuitously stated—citing no specifics, as if everyone already knows—that “President Trump seems to believe that all these qualities are unimportant or show weakness.”

McRaven concludes, “it is time for a new person in the Oval Office—Republican, Democrat or independent—the sooner, the better.” At the very least, McRaven called for impeachment ahead of an election, or perhaps for a coup, and pretended to do so on the military’s behalf. In fact, his was just one more voice from an establishment that has squandered the public’s trust, senses that it can no longer win elections honestly, and is pulling out all the stops.

It pretends to be trying to take down Donald Trump. In fact, it is trying to do something much bigger: Invalidate the votes of the “deplorables” who oppose them.

I suggest that the just response from self-respecting Americans to McRaven and others like him is: “Who the hell do you think you are?”

…If officers cannot abide superiors, they are supposed to resign their commissions.

But McRaven and a host of senior officers do not resign. They subvert.

The Constitution prescribes all manner of procedures by which any and all who dissent from the president can counter him, including legislation, overriding vetoes, and impeachment. But McRaven’s essay merely, and dishonestly, adds to the united ruling class’s effort to attack Donald Trump outside of these constitutional procedures by feeding the media’s production of innuendos.

That Magnificent Spirit that animated General George Washington to resign his Commission is Absent in these Perfumed Princes.

Mr. Codevilla on McRaven’s further Treacheries:

Even as McRaven brays for removing the president, he pretends solicitude for “the republic.” But remember: the American republic is founded on the will of the people, expressed by elections. The foremost thing to keep in mind about what is happening in Washington is that it is, above all, an attempt to subordinate the will of the people, expressed in elections, to the will of the ruling class, expressed through its control of social and political institutions.

The American people’s proper and just reaction should be to remind the ruling class that as Alexander Hamilton said, “here, the people rule”….

McRaven is a Disgrace to the Uniform.

Further: these Princes are Losers:

Who Am I?

McRaven really does speak for a substantial percentage of senior military officers. Their views are on display nightly on Fox News. It is time for the American people to realize that these, like their counterparts in the intelligence agencies, are no heroes.

If we ask what they have done for us that we should have confidence in them, we realize that these people have lost every war they have waged since 1945. Accommodating themselves to our corrupt ruling class, they have been happy enough to wage endless no-win wars which have killed as many Americans as did World War I. The current military dictionary has no entry for “victory.”

Despite this:

…senior officers have prospered. Intertwined with the ruling class, they end their careers on defense contractors’ corporate boards and in villas on the golf course. Now, as part of the ruling class, they join in claiming a right to rule us deplorables regardless of elections. We can thank McRaven for making that clear.

Of course, the Perfumed Princes have their close Allies in Elected Officials at all levels, Bureaucrats at all levels, and, most disturbingly, in our Foreign and Domestic Intelligence Agencies.

These are the People who have helped make America a hotbed of Corruption and Lawlessness.

There is a Plot underway to politically ‘Kill The Emperor’, as it were.

As Miss Kelly writes:

The outcome of the multiple lines of inquiry [by AG Barr and US Attorney Durham] into the conduct of the modern-day Praetorian Guard likely will be very bad news for dozens of Democratic officials, including Joe Biden, who was involved in Brennan’s Situation Room briefings in 2016 about alleged “collusion” right up until Election Day. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has been an integral part of the collusion hoax since its inception, which is why he is working overtime on his “impeachment inquiry” before he himself is implicated.

House Republicans stormed one outpost of the Praetorian Guard on Wednesday when they breached Schiff’s secret impeachment lair and refused to leave. That move, condemned by the news media and faux “conservative” websites such as the Washington Examiner, which compared the rebellious Republicans to Antifa terrorists, represented a true republican offensive against the Guard.

Only one side ultimately will prevail. And we should know the victors soon.

If our side does not Prevail, we have to be prepared to take action ourselves.

This Treachery must not stand.


¹ Many of The Founders wanted to maintain a Militia Call-Up system, where the Military only assembled in time of War or Insurrection.  But Reality soon showed that a Standing Military was Necessary and Proper because we faced a World that Despised us took advantage of our Weakness to Infringe on our Sovereignty or Terrorize us.

² This was a term coined by the late Colonel David Hackworth.  As John Douglas explains:

Col.David “Hack” Hackworth said decades ago that the Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon got control of the Army and other U.S. forces during the long Vietnam catastrophe, destroyed morale, lost the war, and kept moving up to the top to be the staff generals and admirals in the Pentagon. The scuttlebutt was always that they managed their way up by being ass-kissers.

I wonder what Hack would say about all the news these days about the Perfumed Princes at the top of the US military?

Is The Anti-Pope An Antichrist?

23 October 2019 @ 17:37

From PJ Media, Megan Fox writing, we learn [tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain]:

The Amazon Synod has been full of scandal. It started when the opening ceremony in the Vatican garden was full of earth worship and what appeared to be idol worship happening right in front of the pope with his blessing. One doesn’t have to be an art major to recognize ancient fertility goddesses.

The ensuing outrage that occurred among traditional Catholics went unanswered by Rome. In the face of this silence, unidentified Catholics took matters into their own hands and walked into the church next to St. Peter’s where the images were displayed and removed them and threw them into the Tiber.

The Pagans and their Catholic Clergy Fellow-Travellers explained that S could be seen to represent The Virgin Mary.

Pachamama, or Mother Earth is a pagan idol. Period. There is no argument otherwise. It is the same fertility goddess to which ancient cultures sacrificed children. This is not a depiction of Mary the mother of Christ, as some have claimed. And if it were supposed to be, it would still be a scandalous depiction, violating the Church’s standard of modesty and stripping Mary of her dignity by removing her clothes. Depicting Mary as a different race is common and acceptable. Depicting her as a naked fertility goddess is not. But even the bishops don’t claim it is the Virgin Mary.

So…Anti-Pope Francis supports the Desecration of Mary, the Mother Of The Christ [who Saint John Paul II dedicated his Life and Works to and who Pope Benedict XVI revered, as well — interesting].

More from Miss Fox:

…This thing is a pagan fertility goddess. Prostrating before carved images of fertility goddesses is not Catholic. Catholic images depict real people who lived holy lives to remind the faithful of the goal of finishing this life well and of what awaits us in heaven. Icons are the visual history of the faith, a constant reminder of all the saints alive in heaven and their lives of sacrifice here on earth. Catholics do not worship images of saints. For more on that see the difference between veneration and idol worship. 

Like the Roman Republic and Roman Empire before it, the Catholic Church has always been open to absorbing local customs into it’s bosom to help in it’s efforts at Conversion, but it has never, ever, allowed said customs to violate Basic Church Doctrine.

The late Malachi Martin was seen by many as a sort-of Loopy Ex-Priest — and he may well have been in part — but he correctly identified that what he called a SuperForce existed in The Catholic Church, determined to Destroy it from within.

This Superforce was resisted by Saint John Paul and Benedict, but their efforts wore them down.

We ended up with an Anti-Pope, Francis, who believes in Liberation Theology and has been slowly implementing his Leftist Vision on a decidedly conservative-minded flock.  He has many allies within The Church, especially those who are Active Homosexuals, with some of them Abusing children and teenagers.  There has long been a strain of Leftism within The Church, as well, and they, like the Jesuits before them, have been manning the Red Barricades.  They now enjoy great Favor with this Heretic Pope.

I think Pope Benedict was right in 1969 when he said [when he was just Father Joseph Ratzinger] that a Remnant of the True Catholic Church will emerge out of this Conflict, which, I believe, will cause a Major Schism [re-paragraphing mine]:

Let us go a step farther. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity.

As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, it will be seen much more as a voluntary society, entered only by free decision. As a small society, it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members.

Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly.

But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her center: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.

I have been suspicious of this man since a few weeks after he ascended to The Throne Of Saint Peter.

At first, I thought he was a Dupe of The Left, but now I believe him to be one of it’s Masterminds.

With his pro-Pagan actions, Francis has gone from being simply an Anti-Pope to being an Antichrist — an Evil Force greedily chewing-away at Heart and Soul and Mind of The Roman Catholic Church and, thereby, Christianity.

Francis should consider himself lucky that he wasn’t thrown in the Tiber River…or worse.  Centuries ago some Popes had their tongues cut-out and suffered other Horrific mutilations.

…In Rome, the Pope is kneeling before a cross, a Brazilian crucifix with a figure of Christ that looks like Saint Che himself….

The Camp Of The Saints, Chapter Thirty-Seven

 

On Optimates, Populares, And @VDHanson

22 October 2019 @ 17:15

Victor Davis Hanson is probably the greatest living Historian of Warfare.

But when it comes to Present Politics he has shown himself to be sometimes Fallible.

In his article of 20 November for American Greatness, Why Do They Hate Him So?, he is both spot-on and wrong.

The first parts of his post are Insightful, such as:

Most of the prominent New York-Washington, D.C. insider Republican pundits abhor him. The creed of a NeverTrumper is that it is well worth the effort to see the current Republican president removed, and his administration imploded—even if that means four or eight years of an Elizabeth Warren, a Bernie Sanders, or a Joe Biden agenda as voiced in the debates. That would likely mean Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, slavery reparations, permissible infanticide in the case of late-term abortions, a wealth tax, and a generally socialist platform, from renouncing student debts to veritable open borders.

Only amid the ashes of Trump’s destruction do sober and judicious conservative intellectuals, writers, pundits, think-tankers, and establishment Republican grandees believe they can step in to rebirth the Republican Phoenix, nurturing the rising new party with its once hallowed traditions as exemplified by George H.W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.

But the NeverTrumpers are and remain a tiny segment of the electorate who have had zero effect in swaying Republicans and only marginal influence in persuading swing voters, in their new roles as occasionally useful naïfs of the hard Left.

Far more importantly, why do the media, academia, the entertainment and professional sports industries, the progressive Left, the administrative state, and most Democratic officeholders despise him so?

There are other bang-on observations and analyses — it is well-worth a read [as are his other takes in other works].

VDH lists Trumpius Maximus’s accomplishments:

Workers’ pay has risen to a net per capita gain of $5,000 since Trump took office. The U.S. energy industry is booming as the world’s largest producer of gas and oil, a fact that has likely saved more lives by rendering the death trap of the oil-rich Middle East increasingly irrelevant to American strategic interests.

By 2020, Trump will have remade the federal judiciary—when at an earlier moment in 2016, it looked as if an Obama-Clinton 16-year regnum would soon ensure a half-century dominance of left-wing activist judges.

Trump entered office with North Korean nuclear rockets allegedly pointed at the West Coast, and with China heralded as the inevitable new global hegemon. A petulant NATO insidiously refused to meet its promised contributions. ISIS ran amuck.

The border was wide open, and that had resulted in 20 million illegal aliens residing in the United States with de facto exemption from most consequences of violating U.S. laws. Trump at the outset has at least sought to address all those problems that sandbagged the prior administration.

…the real source of their antipathy is his agenda.

But whereas the Obama economy stagnated and his foreign policy was seen by adversaries and rivals as a rare occasion to recalibrate the world order at American’s expense, Trump mostly did not fail—at least not yet. We are currently in an economic boom while most of the world economy abroad is inert. Had the economy just crashed as predicted, the Trump agenda would have been discredited and he would be written off a pitiful fool rather than an existential monster.

Again, hatred arises at what Trump did even more than what he says or how he says it.

Where Mr. Hanson goes off the rails is with this statement:

The Left detests Trump for a lot of reasons besides winning the 2016 election and aborting the progressive project. But mostly they hate his guts because he is trying and often succeeding to restore a conservative America at a time when his opponents thought that the mere idea was not just impossible but unhinged.

— History Does Not Repeat Itself; It Rhymes —

Back in the days of The Roman Republic, there was a man of Prominence named Lucius Cornelius Sulla.

For many years, he led a Wastrel’s Life, possible openly living with a Homosexual Actor, and hanging around with, according to Plutarch ‘actresses, musicians, and dancers, drinking with them on couches night and day’.

For various reasons, Sulla joined The Army and proved to be a Formidable General who possessed that special quality all Generals need: Luck.

Always rich as a member of the Optimates,¹ he got even wealthier because of his campaigns.  However, he was often denied his public due because the head of the Populares,² General Gaius Marius, used his low-animal cunning to steal the spotlight from Sulla.

The evolving, as he correctly saw it, Corruption of The Republic further fueled Sulla’s drive to once-and-for-all defeat the Populares.

After a Marius crossed him one too many times, Sulla marched on Rome.

From Wikipedia:

Sulla consolidated his position, declared Marius and his allies hostes (enemies of the state), and addressed the Senate in harsh tones, portraying himself as a victim, presumably to justify his violent entrance into the city. After restructuring the city’s politics and strengthening the Senate’s power, Sulla returned to his camp and proceeded with the original plan of fighting Mithridates in Pontus.

…Marius, however, fled to safety in Africa. With Sulla out of Rome, Marius plotted his return. During his period of exile, Marius became determined that he would hold a seventh consulship, as foretold by the Sibyl decades earlier. By the end of 87 BC Marius returned to Rome with the support of Lucius Cornelius Cinna and, in Sulla’s absence, took control of the city. Marius declared Sulla’s reforms and laws invalid and officially exiled Sulla. Marius and Cinna were elected consuls for the year 86 BC. Marius died a fortnight after, and Cinna was left in sole control of Rome.

It would seem, at this point, that the Populares had won.  They hadn’t counted on the Trump-like Tenaciousness and Pugnaciousness of Sulla.

After achieving major Victories in the East and settling matters there, Sulla again marched on Rome, took it, and revived the The Dictatorship that had been dormant since The Second Punic War:

…He returned victorious from the East in 82 BC, marched a second time on Rome, and crushed the Populares and their Italian allies at the Battle of the Colline Gate. He then revived the office of dictator, which had been inactive since the Second Punic War over a century before. He used his powers to purge his opponents, and reform Roman constitutional laws, in order to restore the primacy of the Senate and limit the power of the tribunes of the plebs. After a second consulship in 80 BC, he retired to private life and died shortly after.

Sulla’s military coup—ironically enabled by Marius’ military reforms that bound the army’s loyalty with the general rather than to the Republic—permanently destabilized the Roman power structure. Later leaders like Julius Caesar would follow his precedent in attaining political power through force.

What Sulla did was to Restore the Conservative Mechanisms of The Roman Republic.

He was, however, no conservative.  His aim was to gain Power And Control and he used it, in ingenious ways, to Eliminate his Enemies.

The Aims of Lucius Cornelius Sulla were not True.

As I have written here recently:

Trump has taken a number of actions that have been good for the Restoration of Freedom And Ordered Liberty, but his motives are not conservative. He is merely trying to please a Constituency that he hopes to grow even larger in time for the 2020 Presidential Elections. Hence, in one example, he rescinds Regulations at the same time he tries to ban Vaping. Trump’s most fevered supporters, who half-a-decade ago would have denounced some of his actions, now twist themselves uncomfortably into knots trying to justify ALL of his deeds.

Sulla was the Political Godfather of Julius Caesar.

And as I wrote here back in late June:

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

It worked for Julius Caesar.

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

THE RHYMING PART:

Trumpicus Pompey Maximus Sulla has sided with a modern version of the Populares who, these days, are the ‘conservatives’.  The modern version of the Optimates are creatures of The Left, whether as True Believers or as Useful Idiots.

This is what Mr. Hanson fails to understand: both sides are seeking a New, Modern Caesar.  The ‘conservative America’ he speaks of that Trump is supposedly trying to ‘restore’ is not a Strategy born out of Virtuous Desires, but, rather, a desire to please the Populist part of our Current Society.

Trumpicus is using — probably unknowingly — the Tactics of Sulla and Caesar…as it must be said, Hillaria Tiberius would have, but she would have been more like Sulla in her Savagery.

Trump is not to ever be Trusted.

 


¹ Optimates [trans: ‘best ones’]: A, relatively speaking, conservative group in Roman Republican Society.  From Wikipedia:

…The Optimates favoured the ancestral Roman laws and customs, as well as the supremacy of the Senate over the popular assemblies and the tribunes of the plebs. They also rejected the massive extension of Roman citizenship to Rome’s Italian allies advocated by the Populares….

² Populares [trans: ‘favoring the people’]: A group that wanted, in essence, to make The Roman Republic a Democracy.

Joe ‘Hill’ Biden And The Touch Of Evil

21 October 2019 @ 15:58

I have written a few things about Joe ‘Hill’ Biden here recently — here and here.

I have long thought he was a Bastard and, in the past decade, a First-Class Fool, an unintentionally funny Jester.  I like Stephen Green’s description: ‘ I found his demeanor annoyingly fake and cloyingly off-putting’.

There are many, many Politicians and Pundits on the Left [all, in fact] and on the Right who I Dislike, some Intensely.

But there are some who I Despise, most especially when they Zealously Exploit their Families and Friends.

John Edwards and his Wife come to mind immediately.

But, now, so does Joseph Biden.

From Vodkapundit, we learn:

While it’s impossible to measure the grief of a man who loses his young wife and infant daughter in a car collision, it’s both possible and necessary to take the measure of a man who spent years falsely claiming the other driver may have been drunk.

During Joe Biden’s 2008 run as Barack Obama’s running mate, Pamela Hamill — the daughter of that other driver — asked that the then-senator make a public apology for the years he’d spent impugning her father.

Curtis Dunn was driving the tractor-trailer that collided with the car driven by Biden’s first wife, Neilia. Neilia was carrying their 13-month-old infant daughter with her, and young sons Beau and Hunter were in the car, too. They were on their way to buy a Christmas tree when the accident occurred. Police at the time made the determination that Mrs. Biden drove into the path of the oncoming truck, possibly because she was looking the wrong way at a stop sign. Neilia and the girl died of their injuries, despite Dunn’s attempts to provide first aid, and the Bidens’ sons were also hurt very badly. POLITICO wrote in January of this year that a friend of Biden’s looked into the accident at the time and concluded, “She had a stop sign. The truck driver did not.”

When Hamill made her apology request, the Newark Post reported that the chief prosecutor at the time, Jerome O. Herlihy, said that “there is no evidence” supporting Biden’s longstanding assertion that Dunn might have, in Biden’s words, “drank his lunch” that terrible day. And yet, as Post reporter Carl Hamilton noted:

Biden has been alluding to alcohol being involved in the crash for nearly a decade. During a speech in 2001, Biden told an audience at University of Delaware that a drunken driver crashed into his family.

He told a similar story during a public appearance in 2007.

More recently, the vice presidential candidate’s misrepresentation of Dunn has found its way into major newspapers, including the New York Times.

It also has been repeated on radio and on television by major news journalists, including CBS anchorwoman Katie Couric.

Yet Hamill said she had no idea Biden had been misrepresenting Dunn until late August.

Although Dunn was not at fault and was quick to render assistance, he was haunted by the accident for the rest of his life. Dunn passed away in 1999, 27 years later, but as his daughter told the Post, “He always got very solemn around Christmastime because the anniversary was Dec. 18, and he never wanted to celebrate the holidays.”

After an exhaustive online search, I can find no mention of Biden ever apologizing to Hamill or to her family. And that POLITICO piece by Michael Kruse I quoted above? It was headlined, “How Grief Became Joe Biden’s Superpower,” which is enough to make you sick after learning how Biden twisted the facts — and his own grief — for, what, a slicker stump speech?

Or as Jack Fowler asked back in April of this year, “It was a heartbreaking story all around, and with officials leaving no doubt of the truck driver’s complete innocence, what was the point of doing or saying anything more than letting Neilia and Naomi Biden rest in peace?” The answer to Fowler’s question would seem to be revealed by that POLITICO profile: Biden chose to weaponize his grief, and any collateral damage be damned.

Typical Politician and, of course, Leftist.

Biden is worthy of being Despised for continuing to make this claim and for never apologizing.

You may have experienced Grief, Joe ‘Hill’, but what about Curtis Dunn and your False Witness and the Calumnies you hurled against him?

Any man acting in such a way has, at the very least, a Touch Of Evil inside of him.

California Here I Don’t Come – The Leftist Virus Unchained

17 October 2019 @ 17:52

The State Of California has always been ‘a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty’, a haven for Eccentric Ideas and Decadence, but in the past twenty years or so, it has gone-off the deep end.

The Leftist Policies that have been implemented over the past decades have turned the State into a Foul-Smelling Despotism.

Vodkapundit published a post on Monday, instant, that shows just how the Leftist Loonies have ruined a once great State and put people’s lives and fortunes in Serious Danger.

Some highlights…

The Scattered Power Outages:

Going solar isn’t necessarily any protection from California’s new “planned” power outages, and local residents and businesses are enduring a lot more than just a few inconveniences.

Bloomberg’s Chris Martin has a story on California’s troubles with one of my favorite headlines ever: “Californians Learning That Solar Panels Don’t Work in Blackouts.” Apparently, many of California’s would-be Earth-savers had no idea that just putting solar panels on their roofs doesn’t mean they’ll have power when PG&E switches it off. As Martin explains:

Most panels are designed to supply power to the grid — not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night. So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.

The only way for most solar panels to work during a blackout is pairing them with batteries. That market is just starting to take off. Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, said some of its customers are making it through the blackouts with batteries, but it’s a tiny group — countable in the hundreds.

Martin quotes Sunrun Chairman Ed Fenster explaining that solar power with local battery storage is “the perfect combination for getting through these shutdowns,” although he fails to mention just what an expensive proposition that is, especially in the rural areas most affected by California’s return to the primitive. Fester, whose company sells those very batteries, expects battery sales “to boom” now that the promised blackouts have begun.

Corporatism [ie: Proto-Fascism]?

More:

At UC Berkeley, where you’d expect all this planet-saving to be applauded, at least one student is probably less than thrilled. ABC7 reports that biochem grad student Sarah Morris says that the recent outage — again, a planned and on-purpose outage — “may have destroyed two years of her ground-breaking cancer research, valued at $500,000…..

Lovely.

More fallout:

…The WSJ spoke with Melanie Bettenhausen, who runs the Eureka location of the local North Coast Co-Op grocery chain — at least for now. (Full disclosure: I was a regular customer in the early ‘90s.) The Journal reports:

Ms. Bettenhausen, 44 years old, worked 34 hours straight to keep the store open, using generators to run the registers and dry ice to cool the food.

When she arrived Thursday morning, the walk-in refrigerator was full of spoiled dairy products. All of it—tens of thousands of dollars worth of food—would have to be thrown away. “I don’t even know yet if we’re going to make it through this one,” she said. “Anyone looking at providing for their family and maintaining a living in this area has to be making plans.”

Indeed. The North Coast isn’t exactly California’s wealthiest region, long dependent on logging and fishing, which have both been curtailed by “experts” far away in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Now, they can’t even keep the milk cold for their kids. Or as the WSJ put it, the area is “subject to the sort of abrupt blackouts normally associated with underdeveloped countries.”

Even Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which performed the blackouts, was effected:

Ironically, given that the blackouts are called “Public Safety Power Shut-Offs,” the California public is enjoying less safety every time the power goes off. Even PG&E, who you would think might be better prepared for its own planned blackouts, is affected. PG&E CEO Bill Johnson admitted last week, “Our website crashed several times. Our maps are inconsistent and maybe incorrect. Our call centers were overloaded.” He added, “To put it simply, we were not adequately prepared to support the operational event.”

Though investor-owned, PG&E has had a sad history since 1992.  It has gone Bankrupt twice, once on 2001 and, most recently, in January of 2019.  Contributing to it’s abject Failures is the fact the the California Public Utility Commission has placed Unfair regulations on the Company and PG&E has excepted bailout monies from the State Government [which it can never pay back].

Like all Public Utilities, it is bloated and top-heavy in it’s Bureaucracy.  This means that the latter are only looking to Cover Their Arses.  For many Decades it has been a Financial Disaster waiting to happen.

And it’s happening.

Do take the time to click here and read the rest of Stephen Green’s post.

The Outage has also taken a deadly turn.

From the New York Post, May Kay Linge reporting, we learn:

A man who relied on an oxygen machine to breathe died 12 minutes after a preventative power cut to his Northern California home — but the local coroner told his incredulous family that the outage did not cause his death.

“The power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it,” said Marie Aldea, the daughter of 67-year-old Robert Mardis Sr., who died early Wednesday.

“I don’t understand why they turned off the power,” she said. “No winds at all. And because of that, my father is gone. Blaming them is not going to bring my father back, unfortunately.”

Mardis, who had severe coronary artery atherosclerosis, breathed with the help of a nasal tube. His family, who had been told by power utility PG&E to expect the planned outage, had battery-operated backup machines ready for him to use — but the timing of the sudden shutoff, at 3:30 a.m., caught them unawares.

Elected Officials, Bureaucrats, and the Crony Capitalists don’t care.

Streets covered in excrement, diseases like TB, Whooping Cough, Leprosy, Measles, and Typhoid spreading in the Cities, punishingly high Tax Rates, billions in wasted Tax Payer Money, and state and local governments pushing their Vision of Utopia, make a once-great, but quirky, state a Dystopia.

Be warned because California is What The Future Holds for us.

What The Elitist Leftist Future Holds

16 October 2019 @ 16:27

Dave Burge is correct, per usual:

I hope we all can admit that Washington DC contains more inbred hereditary mistakes than every hillbilly holler in America combined.

The Leftist Elites are trying hard to intermarry because — Gaia Forbid!!! — they don’t want their Woke Children marrying anyone with the Conservative Instinct lurking inside of them.

Eventually, as Iowahawk points out:

Give it 20 years, a Habsburg jaw and hemophilia will be au courant among DC elite.

The Hapsburg Jaw is well-documented in paintings…

Charles II of Spain

…and in Science:

Pathologic mandibular prognathism is a potentially disfiguring genetic disorder where the lower jaw outgrows the upper, resulting in an extended chin and a crossbite….

Traits such as these that were common to royal families are believed to have been passed on and exaggerated over time through royal intermarriage which caused acute inbreeding. Due to the large amount of politically motivated intermarriage among Habsburgs, the dynasty was virtually unparalleled in the degree of its inbreeding. Charles II of Spain is said to have had the most pronounced case of the Habsburg jaw on record. His jaw was so deformed that he was unable to chew.

In our modern times, we can still see this condition present in our Society [tip of the fedora to G-Force]:

In-Breeding is the cause also of Brain Defects, so we can expect The Leftist Elites to be getting Dumber [yes, such a thing is possible] over the coming decades.  The movie Idiocracy could well end up being Prophetic.

For the genetic sake of your Posterity, please don’t join The Elites.

The Old Left Is Confused And Pathetic

14 October 2019 @ 15:15

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has published a post about the pronouncements of our Media Elites.

Please do take the time to the read the whole thing here.

I want to focus on one aspect of Stace’s reporting and superb analysis…

He writes:

Sam [Donaldson] is a Texas Democrat, plain and simple. He was born and raised in an era when there was no such thing as a Republican in Texas, and in that sense resembles Dan Rather — a native of Wharton, Texas, three years older than Donaldson — and also his late ABC colleague, Cokie Roberts, the daughter of Louisiana Democrat Hale Boggs. To such people, the offspring of New Deal Democrats, and themselves old enough to recall the JFK “Camelot” era, the Democrats are and always will be the natural rulers of America. They instinctively act as cheerleaders for the Democrats the way I cheer for the Alabama Crimson Tide, expressing a sense of inherited loyalty, as it were. No fact or argument can dissuade them from this partisanship, because it is inherently irrational.

You know the non-Media version of this type: the neighbor, friend, or family member who always votes Democrat no matter who the Party nominates.

Together they are the Old Left.

The Leaders of this group have never had much love for The Founding Fathers, while, interestingly, most of the non-Media Democrats I mentioned and have known are / were fairly conservative in their instincts.

As I wrote about the Leaders of this group in my book, The Present Crisis:

The Old Left had laid the groundwork by creating the Welfare/Administrative State — patiently transforming the American Republic into a Democracy, from the late 19th Century up to the mid-1960’s. People like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and their cohorts rejected The Declaration Of Independence, believing that those who came after the generation that wrote it were ‘not bound to adhere to the doctrines held by the signers’ because every generation faced different and unique problems — in other words, there were, in their minds, no Eternal and Enduring Truths, no Permanent Things. Therefore, the standards set in place by The Founders were considered long-past their expiration date. The Old Left also rejected the lasting stability of The Constitution for the same reasons. At the state, county, and local levels, their disciples worked unremittingly to undermine their local constitutions and charters using the same Logic.

The existence of a slowly evolving Welfare/Administrative State allowed for people to get used to the idea that government interference in all aspects of our lives was the Normal Way Of Things in America.

The Old Leftists did not rush their agenda. They were willing to adjust it’s implementation based on their perception of what they could get away with. They adapted their efforts to the flow of events. They were Pragmatic.

They had Patience.

More from Stacy:

The other factor is that a rich old white guy like Donaldson cannot be made to understand what “diversity” means in practical terms for the young white person from less privileged circumstances. While his own four children are probably doing all right for themselves, it is the offspring of the white working and middle classes who are watching their communities and life prospects destroyed in the name of “diversity.”

What would Sam Donaldson say to the young white person in Minnesota, for example, who cannot go to downtown Minneapolis for fear of being assaulted by Somali street gangs? It’s impossible to make many people of Donaldson’s generation come to grips with such problems, or to make them understand that these problems are a result of policy decisions which could easily be amended or reversed without harming any lawful immigrant. It is only because our current crazy-quilt pattern of immigration laws act as perverse incentives — a magnet for illegal immigration — that we have the problems we now have, and most elders in both political parties are blind to the scope and nature of the situation.

These Old Leftists of all types are / were also blind to the Severe Damage they were inflicting on American Society.

I suspect they are rather Confused and Discombobulated by the Ferocity of the New New Left and especially by the Radical Young Left.  And in their Desperation to remain Relevant, the Old Left Media Elites are trying to be Cool again.  They’re trying to be Hip when what they should be concerned about is whether they need hip replacement surgery.

It’s pretty Damn Pathetic.

The Left In America’s New Target: Ham Radio Operators

12 October 2019 @ 16:20

Disturbing news our of California [when isn’t there these days?].

From Off Grid Survival, we learn [tips of the fedora to BayAreaFrau and Lisa Mei Crowley]:

The People’s Republic of California is at it again; through unelected state officials, California is severing ties to ham radio repeater owners throughout the state, jeopardizing the lives of millions of Californians who depend on these repeaters to operate during emergencies.

What is a Ham Radio Repeater?  OGS explains:

An amateur radio repeater system is a two-way radio system that takes weaker or low-level amateur radio signals and retransmits them at a higher level or higher power so that the radio signal can cover longer distances without degradation. It is a vital part of the local emergency communications system, and Ham Radio operators have been using them for decades to provide support during disasters that take out local communication infrastructure.

More from the report:

Last month, repeater operators were sent emails telling them the State would no longer allow them to operate repeaters on public land without paying substantial rental fees. In the letter sent by CAL FIRE, the state claims Ham operators no longer provide a benefit to the state or public safety. They claimed that “constantly changing technological advances” has made Ham radio obsolete during an emergency.

Keep in mind; this is a state that is currently shutting power down in 34 of its counties because its infrastructure cannot handle 20-30 mph winds without risking wildfire breakouts throughout the state.

What’s that smell I breathe-in coming from The Left Coast?  Could it be the odor of an excuse to inflict damage to a system that can get around an ever-restricted Social Media?

As I wrote in my [soon-to-be properly published] book, The Present Crisis [Chapter 11: Join Or Die]:

GOING UNDERGROUND

In the mid-1770’s, the Patriots, in order to coordinate their efforts at seeking Redress and in fighting Tyranny, realized that they needed to open-up lines of communication between the scattered groupings of Patriots that were spread across the thirteen Colonies.

The Boston Committee Of Correspondence was formed to bring more strength to Boston’s efforts to combat the Despotic Legislation coming out of Great Britain, but confining themselves to just their town, they knew, would not achieve much that was Worthwhile and Lasting.

So, they first reached-out to the other towns in the Colony of Massachusetts, and met with great success. In fact, the Committee’s actions spurred many of these communities to form their own versions of The Correspondence Committee. As did the Boston Committee, these town organizations began issuing their own demands on the British Government for Redress Of Grievances. Often, they endorsed the demands of each other.

On their own, many of the towns of the Bay Colony organized County Conventions to coordinate their actions collectively. This eventually led, after Parliament’s passage of the Intolerable Acts, to the formation of a Provincial Congress that operated independently of the Massachusetts Legislature. This rebel congress ended-up actually running the affairs of the Colony.

Perhaps it’s time for all of us to purchase Ham Radios. [And/]Or familiarize ourselves with the Darknet. Given the large area we are spread across, it is Imperative that we keep lines of communication open. Things along the lines of Committees Of Correspondence and Samizdats are vital things to create if we are to have a chance of preserving the Idea of America.

Forgetting, for the moment, the Highly Valuable service Ham Radio Operators provide in disasters, we who believe in the Restoration of our Freedoms and Ordered Liberty need a means of communicating with our Fellow Patriots, our fellow Outlaws..

This move by California is the equivalent to capturing the riders relaying messages from Committee’s Of Correspondence to other COC’s before The War For Independence.

As Off Grid Survival puts it:

Even most Hams haven’t taken notice, but in 2012 the federal government launched FirstNet, a public safety nationwide broadband network that many in the government think will make Ham radio operators obsolete. In reality, its nothing more than a $47 Billion Federal Cell Phone Network that itself is already obsolete. In fact, it needs LOTS of infrastructure to function, and it creates multiple, single points of failure.

The real story here is Ham Radio is a threat to the government. We make them look stupid! They spend billions on infrastructure that breaks down, while we can literally take a hundred bucks in equipment, some random wires, and in minutes set up a radio system that can communicate with anyone in the world. Hell, I’ve used my kid’s slinky, some Television Coax Cable, and a solar battery system to build a mobile rig that I’ve used to talk to people around the world….

They don’t want the public to realize that we can take care of ourselves, and do a much better and cheaper job doing so!

Exactly.

As I’ve said here many times: The War we are in with The Left In America and their Useful Idiot minions could be justifiably called The War For American Dependence.

Resist.  Resist.  Resist.

And the public wants what the public gets
But I don’t get what this society wants
I’m going underground, (going underground)….

Going Underground, The Jam

On Justice Kavanaugh At The End Of Year One

11 October 2019 @ 15:38

The headline at the Washington Examiner reads [tip of the fedora to Bill Cool Walker]:

New York Times Kavanaugh book bombs,
just 3,120 sold, Amazon rank #6,795

Paul Bedard reporting, we learn

The latest book on Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a critical biography from two New York Times reporters that made new sexual assault charges that were immediately undermined, has suffered an epic sales crash, according to publishing insiders.

Expected to sell at least 10,000-12,000 in the first two weeks and propel The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation onto the newspaper’s bestseller hardcover list, it has sold about a third of that in the first two weeks.

A publishing source provided the latest BookScan numbers, which can account for about 80% of sales. That number is 3,120. “If you add in ebooks — they may have sold a total of 4,000. That’s one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade,” said the source.

By comparison, another Kavanaugh book, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, which details the Democratic war on the Trump nominee, has sold 60,000 books and a total of 100,000 copies since its July 9 debut. It was written by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino and published by Regnery.

Good news.

This man and his family were subjected to uncalled-for Abuse and Calumnies.

Photo courtesy of NYPost.com.

But I still worry about the Justice’s Temperament after his Embarrassing and Dismal tearful performance at the end of his Confirmation Hearing.

He sniffled and cried like a prep school brat.

Compare and contrast that performance with that of Justice Thomas when he went through something quite similar.

Clarence Thomas was Firm and held his Anger in a Manly Fashion.  You could tell that he was Upset about having to defend himself, once again, as an ‘Uncle Tom’, but he kept his Composure.

So how has Kavanaugh done in his first year on SCOTUS?

I asked Lawyer and Constitutional Expert Mol Ratty’s opinion on how he acted during his first term.  She generously offered this reply:

I think he ended up where expected: mostly a clone of Roberts who is cautious and values judicial restraint above all. Not necessarily a good thing.

Interesting.

Roberts CJ has been a Grand Disappointment, siding with the SCOTUS Leftists too often.  He values consensus over Strict Construction.

If Bawling Brett is following Join-Along Johnny, we’ve got a problem.  Maybe the Left scared him into being more ‘Moderate’ [which translates into being more Leftist]?

It’s a sad situation when so much Power And Control has been placed in a branch of government that was never meant to have it.

Time, perhaps, for a Convention Of States under Article V?

[NOTE: My views do not necessarily represent Mo’s views.]

Trans Revolution, Using Original Definition Of ‘Revolution’

09 October 2019 @ 15:20

Before the French Revolution, the definition of the word ‘revolution‘ was, as The Oxford English Dictionary lists it:

2 An instance of revolving.

2.1 The movement of an object in a circular or elliptical course around another or about an axis or centre.

2.2 A single orbit of one object around another or about an axis or centre.

[The first definition The OED offers is the post-French Revolution one, which does not concern us here.]

An example in a sentence would be: The Earth revolves around the Sun — it starts at one place and returns to that same place.

There is an important event occurring in the World that is getting little coverage…

From PJ Media, Tyler O’Neil reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Fausta]:

A British woman who once identified as a transgender man says she has heard from “hundreds” of people who also rejected a transgender identity. She plans to launch a nonprofit group to welcome detransitioners, who are often rejected and demonized in the LGBT community.

Charlotte Evans went public with her story of detransition last year, and she told Sky News she has been contacted by “hundreds” of people seeking help.

“I’m in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it,” Evans said. “They don’t know what their options are now.”

No doubt often Encouraged by some Over-Tolerant, PC-accepting members of their Friends, Family, and Psychologists and Psychiatrists, these Troubled People went through this Searing Process.

The ones who want now to Transition Back are being attacked as suffering from ‘False Consciousness’ by their supposed LGBTQetc ‘allies’.

More from Mr. O’Neil:

Similarly, Walt Heyer, a man who once identified as a woman and went through full transgender surgery before detransitioning and embracing his birth sex once more, has reported hearing from hundreds of detransitioners in America, seeking help. His website SexChangeRegret.com is a valuable resource for those who regret their transgender identity.

“In the ten years or so that I’ve worked with people, 100 percent — every single last one of them — has had some kind of event — traumatic, painful, horrible, some sexual, some physical, some emotional — happen to them, sometime between the ages of 4 and 15, that caused them to not want to be who they are,” Heyer told PJ Media last year.

That last paragraph explains not only the increase in Transgenderism, but also the increase in Homosexual Practice among those under thirty years of age.

We’ve raised at least two generations of Weak-Souled and Spoiled and lied-to children who cannot cope with everyday Life As It Is, who can connect with other Human Beings only through Maudlin Sentimentality and Virtue Signalling.  When most of their Unrealistic Desires are not Fulfilled, is it surprising that they don’t ‘want to be who they are’?

In a Triumph of Foolish Hope over Hard Experience they decide to, in their Tortured Minds, ‘Transgress’.

The less Extreme example of this is declaring they are Homosexual; the most Extreme example is Transgendering.

There’s much, much more in Mr. O’Neil’s report, so please do click here to read the rest of it.

We have to help those Damaged Souls who wish to Detransition.  As Human Beings who are Fallen in other ways, we have to be Merciful and provide Succor and stop being Enablers.

Hong Kong And America’s Dilemma

05 October 2019 @ 16:45

From Vodkapundit, we learn:

Fox News Host Stuart Varney said on Wednesday night’s “My Take” that we need to “call it what it is” in Hong Kong. And what it is, he said, is “urban warfare.” He continued, “There is blood on the streets. That is urban warfare. Both sides organized for battle. After that shooting, it’s now a clear-cut fight. Hong Kong versus Beijing — and neither side is going to back off.” Varney’s statement came in the wake of “one of most violent days in history” for the semi-autonomous city, as students went on strike after one 18-year-old student was shot in the chest at point-blank range by riot police.

The Independent reported on Wednesday that “more than 100 demonstrators were taken to hospital and 180 arrested,” following the shooting, while the victim is in stable condition. The outbreak of pro-freedom violence came as mainland China was trying to celebrate 70 years of Communist rule.

Earlier this morning it became known that Hong Kong police have “loosened guidelines on the use of force” against protestors. The same Reuters report indicated that China’s Communist anniversary involved firing “about 1,400 rounds of tear gas, 900 rubber bullets and six live rounds” at Hong Kongers.

Beijing doubled down — literally — in recent days, quietly doubling the number of mainland troops in Hong Kong. Reuters reported on Monday that it had been informed by local sources that there are now “up to 12,000 Chinese troops in Hong Kong,” brought in by Beijing with “trucks and armored cars, by bus and by ship.” Presumably, mainland troops have fewer compunctions about shooting HKers dead in the street than local police would.

As Stephen points out later in his article, the Red Chinese Regime is caught in a Dilemma:

Yes, Beijing could murder its way out of that problem — but at what cost, not only to one of its urban jewels, but to its all-important international trade? Tiananmen Square was perhaps 10,000 dead, quickly, and kept completely out of sight. And that was at a time when China’s international trade was too small to bother measuring, and the average Chinese had little to lose from an economic disruption. Any potential Hong Kong massacre would be a bloodier and — thanks to omnipresent smartphones — internationally televised affair.

You get the feeling that after months of escalating protests and official violence, that the fear of a “Tiananmen on steroids” getting uploaded to YouTube is maybe the only thing staying Beijing’s murderous hands.

Times have definitely changed for the Maoists who, with the Connivance of the Western Media, were able to hide what they did after Tiananmen.

The Tyrant leading Red China, Xi Jinping, must ‘save face’ or he will lose his expanding Despotic Power And Control internally and in the sight of the other Totalitarian Regimes.

How to ‘save face’ if you don’t Massacre the Dissidents or, at the very least, Arrest them and put them in Forced Labor or Thought Transformation Camps?

Taking such actions would Damage further a Red Chinese Economy that is already suffering under President Trump’s tariffs.¹

Xi is facing a very Serious Threat to his Tyrannical Power And Control.

But we are facing a bit of a Dilemma, as well.

Do we support the Hong Kong Dissidents?

And if we do, do we do it openly or covertly?

Let’s consider the latter option first…

—We could provide the Dissidents with secret aid, but, given such efforts have been riddled with leaks in the past, we would be putting the Hong Kong Freedom Fighters in serious jeopardy.  The Red Chinese Regime would use any evidence of our covert support to claim we are interfering in their Internal Matters.  And a Seriously Weakened West would be ‘Appalled!‘.  This would allow the Red Bastards to begin their Clampdown.

Maybe we should just say ‘Screw It!’ to what the rest of the World thinks and allow some of the Dissidents to be Sacrificed.

—As for doing it overtly, the already Souring Relations with the Red Chinese could Escalate us into Open War.

Maybe that’s a good thing because The Regime has been waging a Massive Covert War against us for decades.

The trouble is: our Military, especially the Navy, has been allowed to Decay over the last twenty-plus years.  Despite what our current President has tried to do to reverse this, it takes time.

No matter which course we take, we have to make sure the Nation Builders are kept out of any actions we take.  Theirs is tale of Consistent Failure.

Face it: We are The Policeman Of The World.  As I wrote back in September instant:

America became a Superpower because (1) it believed it could be a better Superpower than The British Empire and (2) because some nation of The West had to counter The Communist Threat.

Unfortunately, we assumed the title with two major handicaps: (1) we were very reluctant to act like a Superpower must [when to use the Diplomatic Carrot effectively and when to use the Military Stick effectively] and (2) our Foreign Policy was placed in the hands of Evangelical Liberal Democracy types who thought they could impose our Way Of Life on nations that had no History of The Rule Of Law.

We’ve Stumbled and Bungled our way since the end of The War.

Our Superpower Status has always been in Real Jeopardy because of our Incompetence.

As the old British knew very well: there has to be a Competent Policeman patrolling this Fallen World.  And it must be a nation of The Anglosphere, which is the Pinnacle of Western Civilization.  We can’t afford to Isolate ourselves in this day and age, but nor should we get ourselves tied-down in more Vietnams, as it were. [BB: As we have in Iraq and Afghanistan.]

With our Messy and Ignorant invasions and intelligence operations, we have managed to barely keep Order….

We can’t even Trust and put Faith in our Domestic and Foreign Intelligence Services because they have become Corrupted Politically.

Trump likes the Political Game too much to be Trusted.  The House is against anything he wants to do; the GOP-run Senate is Unreliable [they’re Wimps, beholden to the Whims of Democracy].

Ultimately, we have to think only, not necessarily exclusively, of what benefits us, what will Maintain or Increase America’s Security.

What to do?…….I don’t know.

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¹ Although these high US Tariffs may be lowered as Trumpicus Pompey Magnus seeks help from the Red Chinese Bolshes in his effort to have Joe ‘Hill’ Biden and son Hunter investigated for their Corrupt Dealings with Red Chinese Businessmen.

The Small Businessmen: Guardians Of The Free Market

04 October 2019 @ 18:04

While the makers of Arts and Entertainment have been portraying the Businessman as a Power-Hungry Parasite seeking to achieve Power And Control over all of us, including our Governments, the Truth is that Big Businessmen and our Governments have been in Collusion [oh, that word] ever since Companies became Big.

Throughout the history of this Corrupt Relationship, it is what we call the ‘Small Businessman’ [which includes small and mid-level businesses] who has suffered because of this Cozy Affinity.

Both sides of this Immoral Marriage have, separately, but more often together, used their Power to restrict the Small Businessman in a Crony Capitalistic Fashion.

Big Businessmen have always sought to gain Unfair Advantages in The Market and sometimes in the past they were often opposed by the Governments overall but, they bought certain Politicians.  In the Past one could muster a fight against both sides.

However, in the past several decades the relationship between the two has grown more Intimate.

Part of the reason this has occurred is because the Newer Generations of Big Businessmen have been Infused with the Leftist Virus.  Since our Governments at all levels already suffer from this Monstrous Malady, it Logically follows that the two will more easily Conspire together.  Today, in this Age Of Leftist Hegemony, those Big Businessmen who haven’t drunk enough of the Radical Kool-Aid have been softened-up and feel Compelled to play-along with their Comrades, fearing they will be attacked by Governments which have replaced The Rule Of Law with The Rule Of Whim.

These Big Businessmen think they will ride-off into The Future arm-in-arm on their Woke horses with their ‘friends’ in Government.  But, as I wrote in The Present Crisis

It is interesting then that Leftists — who seem to be obsessed with eliminating ‘evil corporations’ and denouncing ‘corrupt Capitalists’ [‘Capitalist’ is a term coined by Marx] — would make alliances with such people, but let us never forget that Leftists have rejected Morality and Honor, that they believe in achieving their goals ‘by any means necessary’. So, if they have to ‘dance with the devil’ for a while, then, why not?

For the Left, this alliance is one of pure convenience. It is designed to be merely a means to their end, a type of association [aka: Fascist or Corporatist] useful for the moment, but devised to be discarded as soon as it is possible to do without it. The Left will use the Businessmen until they have wrung out of them all that they need to progress further towards their goal of Utopia.

The Big Businessmen have ultimately Doomed themselves to Enslavement, just as did those in Nazi Germany.  They will discover too late their Idiocy.

So, it would seem, it is to the Small Businessmen that we have to turn to for Allies in our War to Restore our Freedoms and Ordered Liberty.

There are two problems, however, in our efforts to recruit Small Businessmen:

—There is a Naivete among many of them because they have been working so intensely hard to build their small businesses.

—The Wokeness of the Big Businessmen has seeped down into the Small Business Community, with some of these being Woke Enterprises to begin with, so Invasive has been the Leftist Cancer.

I’m cheered by the fact that less Small Businessmen these days are suffering from the former.  They have Awakened in the Positive sense, especially since 2006.  A good number have experienced first-hand the Malignantly of the Fascist / Corporatist Alliance and they’re ‘not going to take it anymore’.

Small Businessmen have a Duty, a Moral Obligation, to be more involved in their Local, County, and State Communities, including in Politics.  Leftist Control of elected offices and boards is Essential.

The American Culture must be Restored, as well.  They must Refuse to take part in things like Product Placement in, Refuse to sponsor any Entertainments which seek to, ultimately, Destroy said Culture.

The national government is dead, The Constitution has been Murdered.  All Hope rests within The Sovereign States.

Refugium inveniemus in provinciis
[Find refuge in the provinces]

Again from The Present Crisis

…I believe, there is still hope for the Small Businessmen to ‘Come To Jesus’ before it is too late.

These men must rediscover their Moral Imaginations, their Virtue, and join the fight to restore our Freedoms and Liberties.

All the greatness that America stands for, all that made it possible for budding entrepreneurs like themselves to have a chance to Thrive and Prosper, is slipping away very quickly. The Businessmen are the front-line soldiers in the battle to Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Free Market. They have to arm themselves properly with the right weapons and start taking their Duties and Responsibilities seriously as the Vanguard in their theater of operations in this War.

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¹ I am finally preparing to properly publish The Present Crisis in book form.