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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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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.

Exactly.

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.

It’s Been A Long Time Since I Rock And Rolled

07 August 2017 @ 21:12

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled
It’s been a long time since I did the stroll
Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from….

Fourteen months is a long time, but I’m back, it seems.

My disappearing act started in May/June of 2016 right after Ted Cruz lost the Republican Nomination to Donald Trump.  I was fed-up at that point — fed-up with the weaselly backstabbing of the Establishment GOP, fed-up with mealy-mouthed bromides of the Establishment Conservatives, and, most of all, fed-up with those of my fellow countrymen who had made Hillaria Tiberius and Pompey Magnus Trumpicus the only viable choices for the Presidency [two would-be Caesars, one mild in effect, the other dangerous as all Hell].

After nearly eight years of living under the utterly lawless regime of Barack Hussein Obama and his Jarrett Junto, I was burnt-out…so I faded away.

I committed the Sin of letting Despair overtake me in the War to Restore our Freedoms and Liberties.

What made this retreat from The Public Square easier was that I had a place to go to that allowed me to  keep somewhat in The Arena: I had a book to finish.

Since 2006, I have been contemplating writing a book containing my analysis of what factors have brought us to the current situation where The Constitution for all intents and purposes is dead, where The United States should rightfully be called The United State, where the chains of Enslavement are being tightened around our necks.  In other words: a book On The Causes And Effects Of The Present Crisis In America.  Though my conception of what the book would be has changed over the past decade, the main theme — that The Leftist Way Of Thinking has infected all of our Souls to varying extents and that this is THE cause of The Present Crisis — has not.

During the Spring and Summer of 2015, I began writing the book. A couple of drafts were completed by the Fall of that year.  And I chose to put it aside for a while to do further research.  That ‘a while’ turned into many months because of family issues and because I let a small level of Despair reign over me.

However, when I left The Public Square in June of 2016, I was determined to resume writing the book.

Doing so preserved my Sanity and tamped-down my Anger during the Summer and Fall of 2016.

The book was finished in September and I began researching how I would publish and get the word out about it — well, the gods in their twisted humor decided to have their way with me and my plans to publish the book in December were laid aside.

First they caused a major crisis with one of my parents [both of whom are in their early nineties], and then the kicker: I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in November.

Initially, my Oncologist [I already had one from my first bout with The Big C eleven years ago] believed that the Cancer had spread to my upper spine, so I was, basically, Stage IV – Terminal.  Luckily, the gods weren’t being that cruel.  As it turned out, the appearance of a metastasizing of the Cancer had been a ‘radiological illusion’ in the initial CT-SCAN.  In actuality, I only had Stage II Lung Cancer.  I immediately cancelled my funeral party and returned the parting gifts.

After many tests and lots of poking and prodding, I underwent surgery to remove the lower lobe of my left lung at the end of January 2017.  The surgery went well, although they couldn’t do it arthroscopically as the Doc had hoped; they had to cut me open, so the recovery time was longer.

Six weeks later, I began chemotherapy treatments, which lasted until late May [and which were way worse in side-effects than had been the case with my Rectal Cancer a decade ago — if I ever see a Steroid walking down the street, I’ll go medieval on it’s arse].

My recovery continues and it proceeds at a good pace.

In June, I performed a final, quick edit and update on the book and published the PDF Version on 17 June.  I am currently working on having it available in paperback and e-book formats.

So…that’s what has been happening, what has been going down [thank the Good Lord for the ease of use of Twitter, which, believe it or not, kept me with, at least, a toe in The Arena].

I’m back.  And I’m as ticked-off as ever.

OUTLAW.

Got on my dead man’s suit and my smilin’ skull ring
My lucky graveyard boots and a song to sing
I got a song to sing to keep me out of the cold
And I’ll meet you further on up the road….

99 Years On: The House Of Special Purpose Still Resonates

16 July 2017 @ 12:00

[NOTE: This is a republishing of a post I originally ran a seven years ago]
[NOTE: This post will be sticky for the rest of today; see newer posts below]

This is the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Requiescat in pace

NEW ADDITION for the 2013 POSTING…

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

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

—Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution, Chapter 17.


NEW ADDITION for the 2017 POSTING…

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

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

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

PUBLISHED: The Present Crisis by Robert Belvedere |

13 July 2017 @ 21:46

Source: PUBLISHED: The Present Crisis by Robert Belvedere |

11 September 2001 A.D.

11 September 2016 @ 01:20

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Fifteen years on…

The West is dying of slow suicide.

Islam is making great headway in achieving hegemony.

The Constitution is dead.

God have Mercy on our Souls.

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Bob Highly Recommends: ‘Begat…Begat…Begat…’ by @Not_RSMcCain

19 June 2016 @ 19:46

‘…It’s important to be grateful for our blessings, however ordinary they seem. We ought to be thankful for every day of life, because sometimes survival is victory. Every one of my children is a miracle, when you consider how long the odds were against any of them ever being born….’

Source: Begat … Begat … Begat … : The Other McCain

Lest We Forget: 17 June 1775 – Bunker Hill

17 June 2016 @ 08:23

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The Day; perhaps the decisive Day is come on which the fate of America depends.
Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams

On that day, Patriot Outlaws met the British in battle on the hills of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

The Red Coats won the Battle, but their losses were so horrific [especially among the Officers] they never dared venture out of Boston again.

A disorganized army of Colonists under shaky and sometimes non-existent command, fought bravely and held off the damned British as long as they could.

Their Spirit must never be forgotten.

From a letter written by Peter Brown, Colonial Soldier, on 18 June 1775, to his mother in Rhode Island [re-paragraphing mine]:

…The enemy landed, fronted before us, and form’d themselves, in an oblong square in order to surround, which they did in part — after they were well form’d they advanced towards us in order to swallow us up, but they found a Choaky mouthful of us, ‘tho we could do nothing with our small arms as yet for distance, and had but two Cannon, and no Gunner, and they from Boston, and from the shipping firing and throwing Bombs, keeping us down, till they almost surrounded us.

— But God in Mercy to us fought our battle, and tho’ we were but few in number, and suffer’d to be defeated by our enemy, yet we were presrev[ed] in a most wonderful manner, far beyond our expectation and to our admiration for out of our Regiment there were but 37 kill’d 4 or 5 taken captive, about forty seven Wounded

& Oh may I never forget Gods distinguishing Mercy to me, in sparing my Life, when they fell on my right hand, and on my left, and close by me, they were to the eye of reason no more expos’d than myself. — When the Arrows of death flew thick around me, I was preserv’d while others were suffer’d to fall a prey to our Cruel enemies. O may That God whose Mercy was so far extended in my preservation, grant me his grace to devote my future Life to his divine service

Nor do I conclude that the danger is yet over, unless God in his Mercy either remove our enemy, or heal the breach — but if we should be call’d again to action I hope to have courage and strength to act my part valiently in defence of our Liberties & Country trusting in him who hath hitherto kept me, and hath cover’d my head in the day of battle, and altho’ we have lost four out of our Company & several taken captive by the enemy of America, I was not suffer’d to be touch’d.

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From a letter written by Samuel Adams to his wife Elizabeth on 28 June 1775 from Philadelphia:

MY DEAR BETSY,

Yesterday I receivd Letters from some of our Friends at the Camp informing me of the Engagement between the American Troops and the Rebel Army, in Charlestown. I cannot but be greatly rejoycd at the tryed Valor of our Countrymen, who by all Accounts behavd with an Intrepidity becoming those who fought for their Liberties against the mercenary Soldiers of a Tyrant. It is painful to me to reflect upon the Terror I must suppose you were under on hearing the Noise of War so near you. Favor me, my dear, with an Account of your Apprehensions at that time, under your own hand. I pray God to cover the heads of our Countrymen in every day of Battle, and ever to protect you from Injury in these distracted Times. The Death of our truly amiable and worthy Friend Dr Warren is greatly afflicting. The Language of Friendship is, how shall we resign him! But it is our Duty to submit to the Dispensations of Heaven, “Whose Ways are ever gracious, ever just.” He fell in the glorious Struggle for the publick Liberty.

The Dr. Warren referred to is Dr. Joseph Warren, who was in charge of the Massachusetts Rebels in the absence of Samuel Adams.

He had been commissioned a Major General in the Massachusetts Militia, but insisted on serving as a Private during The Battle Of Bunker Hill.  From Wikipedia:

Warren was appointed a Major General by the Provincial Congress on June 14, 1775. He arrived where the militia was forming and asked where the heaviest fighting would be; General Israel Putnam pointed to Breeds Hill. He volunteered as a private against the wishes of General Putnam and Colonel William Prescott, who requested that he serve as their commander. Since Putnam and Prescott were more experienced with war he declined command. He was among those inspiring the men to hold rank against superior numbers. Warren was known to have repeatedly declared of the British: “These fellows say we won’t fight! By Heaven, I hope I shall die up to my knees in blood!” He fought in the redoubt until out of ammunition, and remained until the British made their third and final assault on the hill to give time for the militia to escape. He was killed instantly by a musket ball in the head by a British officer (possibly Lieutenant Lord Rawdon) who recognized him. This account is supported by a 2011 forensic analysis. His body was stripped of clothing and he was bayoneted until unrecognizable, and then shoved into a shallow ditch.

British Captain Walter Laurie, who had been defeated at Old North Bridge, later said he “stuffed the scoundrel with another rebel into one hole, and there he and his seditious principles may remain.” His body was exhumed ten months after his death by his brothers and Paul Revere, who identified the remains by the artificial tooth he had placed in the jaw….

The Enemy Within we face today is even more barbaric.

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Remember Bunker Hill!

Meet The New Tyranny, Same As The Old Tyranny

08 June 2016 @ 11:22

I’ve decided to re-post something I published two years ago in light of this news [tip of the fedora to @alexthechick]…

From News9 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Aaron Brilbeck reporting, we learn:

You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture.

That’s where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime.

Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.

It’s called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.

Here’s how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.

“We’re gonna look for different factors in the way that you’re acting,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said. “We’re gonna look for if there’s a difference in your story. If there’s someway that we can prove that you’re falsifying information to us about your business.”

Troopers insist this isn’t just about seizing cash.

“I know that a lot of people are just going to focus on the seizing money. That’s a very small thing that’ s happening now. The largest part that we have found … the biggest benefit has been the identity theft,” Vincent said.

“If you can prove can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you. And we’ve done that in the past,” Vincent said about any money seized.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, said that removes due process and the belief that a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He said we’ve already seen cases in Oklahoma where police are abusing the system.

“We’ve seen single mom’s stuff be taken, a cancer survivor his drugs taken, we saw a Christian band being taken. We’ve seen innocent people’s stuff being taken. We’ve seen where the money goes and how it’s been misspent,” Loveless said.

Loveless plans to introduce legislation next session that would require a conviction before any assets could be seized.

“If I had to err on the side of one side versus the other, I would err on the side of the Constitution,” Loveless said. “And I think that’s what we need to do.”

News 9 obtained a copy of the contract with the state.

It shows the state is paying ERAD Group Inc., $5,000 for the software and scanners, then 7.7 percent of all the cash the highway patrol seizes.

Standing Armies
And Their Quartering In 2014
[and 2015 and 2016]

Two of the issues that most angered the Patriots of Boston in the 1760’s and 1770’s were the presence of standing armies among the civilian population and the lodging of the members of the British Army in civilian neighborhoods and, eventually, as forced tenants in the houses of it’s citizens.

In America, the location of military resources and day-to-day operations are required to be in bases cordoned-off from areas where civilians live.  When off-duty members of the military travel outside of their bases to destinations in the civilian areas, they are subject to the civil and criminal laws as if they were regular citizens.

These law, regulations, and practices were born out of the justified concerns of The Founding Fathers that standing armies placed among the civilian population were an invitation to said armies being used by politicians to enforce unjust laws, policies, and regulations, and impose their Will on the Sovereign People.  Throughout History, as the Founders well knew, Tyrants had used military forces to suppress those who had taken up the cause of Freedom and Liberty.  They had seen first-hand the wicked and oppressive use of such forces against themselves by the British and, therefore, they wanted to ensure that such a situation would be very hard to implement in the newly created nation of The United States Of America.

Writing in the Boston Gazette issue of 17 October 1768, Samuel Adams, remarking on the Quartering Act, wrote [re-paragraphing mine]:

…No man can pretend to say that the peace and good order of the community is so secure with soldiers quartered in the body of a city as without them.

Besides, where military power is introduced, military maxims are propagated and adopted, which are inconsistent with and must soon eradicate every idea of civil government. Do we not already find some persons weak enough to believe, that an officer is oblig’d to obey the orders of his superior, tho’ it be even AGAINST the law! And let any one consider whether this doctrine does not directly lead even to the setting up that superior officer, whoever he may be, as a tyrant.

It is morever to be observ’d that military government and civil, are so different from each other, if not opposite, that they cannot long subsist together. Soldiers are not govern’d properly by the laws of their country, but by a law made for them only: This may in time make them look upon themselves as a body of men different from the rest of the people; and as they and they only have the sword in their hands, they may sooner or later begin to look upon themselves as the LORDS and not the SERVANTS of the people: Instead of enforcing the execution of law, which by the way is far from being the original intent of soldiers, they may refuse to obey it themselves: Nay, they may even make laws for themselves, and enforce them by the power of the sword! Such instances are not uncommon in history, and they always will happen when troops are put under the direction of an ambitious or a covetous governor!…

These same arguments can be observed being made again and again during this time.  And they would continue to resonate and be recycled throughout the early decades of The American Republic’s existence.

Eventually, as practices designed to prevent such Tyrannical use of the Military became long-standing and achieved the status of tradition, the fear subsided.  However, it still lived in the back of the minds of vigilant Americans.

Sadly, in the past few decades, for various and varied reasons, most of us — even those of us who have been engaged in the struggle to preserve The American Republic — have let that justified fear of standing armies and their quartering among the civilian population be deactivated.  Many of us did so as a result of our noble support for law enforcement as it fought to preserve Law And Order when it began breaking down in the 1960’s.  We had watched rioters and radicals attempting to create Chaos.  We had watched the rioters’s fellow traveller radicals in suits with briefcases use the courts and legislatures to impose unworkable restrictions on our law enforcement officials and persecute those police officers who utilized Common Sense in the carrying out their duties — duties that we, the Sovereign People, had assigned to them.  In our Virtuous desire to support Law Enforcement, we went too far and forgot the danger such forces in the hands of those with Evil intentions pose to our Freedoms and Liberties.

So, we find ourselves in the year 2014 facing a situation very similar to that faced by the British citizens living in the American Colonies in the mid-18th Century.

Since we live in an age where erecting buildings is fairly cheap and where our enemy is not some foreign army that has been brought to our shores and needs quartering, the physical reality has changed, but the spirit of what is happening remains the same as it was in 1768 and 1774.

The standing para-militarized law enforcement agencies and police departments of 2014 and the enforcement arms of branches of the national [and state] governments, like the EPA, the IRS, the BLM, and the Department Of Agriculture, are the standing armies of 1768/74 reborn.  Dressed in uniforms designed for use on the battlefield and using equipment conceived for use by soldiers in war, these civilian troops are being used by politicians to enforce encroachments on our Rights as Americans, to terrorize civilians, and to instill a fear that leads to voluntary submission to Tyrants who run our governments.

Instead of being quartered forcibly in our own homes, these troops own homes in our neighborhoods next to ours. Instead of doing the bidding of King and Parliament, these enforcers of ‘the Law’ are doing the bidding of politicians seeking to enslave us. Unlike the lobster-backs of 1768/74, these law enforcement troops are unionized and their unions are engaged in corrupt bargains with the Statist Politicians.

Too many of the civilians who, out of a desire ‘to protect and to serve’, joined law enforcement organizations have been turned against those very people who they have been charged with protecting and serving as designated guardians of Law And Order.  They have forgotten that the ultimate Power rests in the bosoms of the Sovereign People and not with bureaucrats and politicians.  They have chosen to make common cause with those who would enslave all of Mankind.  As Jeff Goldstein wrote:

To those of you who believe that the vast majority within the law enforcement community will turn on a tyrannical government should the shit ever really hit the fan and, forced to choose between the constitutional support of the citizenry and those barking out orders and paying their salaries, that they are natural allies to the citizenry … well, I’m afraid you haven’t been paying attention. Many, of course, will. But many, drunk on power and in control of vast reserves of firepower, will let their inner bullies shine through.

The Founders refused to acquiesce in the British Government’s attempt to impose de facto Martial Law on them.  They refused to accept the presence of standing armies and their quartering among civilians.  They refused to become the willing slaves of Tyrants.

If we dare to call ourselves ‘Americans’ so must we.

OUTLAW.

Bob Recommends: ‘Social Justice’ And The End Of Fun by @Not_RSMcCain

05 June 2016 @ 20:05

Today I was scrolling around feminist sites when I saw another angry young Tumblrina ranting about the patriarchy (because a guy was rude on the subway) and it hit me why this bothers me so much: When I was a teenager, life was fun because America was a free country…

Source: ‘Social Justice’ and the End of Fun : The Other McCain

The Conservative Movement: Collapse And Revelation

02 June 2016 @ 14:03

Over at Protein Wisdom, commentator Naftali remarked:

The collapse of the conservative right is a major event. It wasn’t even so much of a collapse as it was a revelation. I think it was just unanticipated how small the conservative constituency really was.

This was my response…

What we’re seeing, I think, is both collapse and revelation.

Since the rise of Ronald Reagan, Richard Viguerie’s [direct] mail campaigns, and the journey of the Evangelicals to the GOP, there has been an undercurrent of Ideology partially powering the Conservative Movement.

This New Right, as it used to be called, saw the Movement and believed it was just another System Of Ideas, a hierarchy of beliefs that could be understood if one just followed the chain of Logic.

The non-Ideological, true conservatives embraced these ‘converts’ because they thought that either (1) they could control the Ideologues and the damage they would inevitably do or (2) they did not understand the danger letting them in would put the Conservative Movement in — I was one of the latter for a long time.

To avoid tl;dr here, let me just state this: anyone who embraces Ideology as a way of dealing with the World will, in the end, lose their Soul, because the System Of Ideas embraced has to become god-like, all-encompassing, in order to survive.

Conservatism is a Way Of Life, ‘it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order’ [Russell Kirk], not some Scientism dreamed-up in the sterile laboratories of the mind, far away from Reality — not some Ideology.

Given that Ideology and conservatism are forever in total conflict with each other, it was only a matter of time, therefore, before the faux edifice collapsed and it was revealed that the number of actual conservatives was — and has been for a least a century — small.

Memorial Day 2016 A.D.

30 May 2016 @ 00:26

No U.S. Soldier, Sailor, or Marine who has ever given his or her Life can have their demise described that way.

They died fighting for a very Noble Cause: protecting The United States Of America and it’s peoples from harm and in order to preserve Freedom, Ordered Liberty, and Civilization against the Dark Forces of Barbarism, which always seek to enslave and murder the Good in this World.

If any War or Conflict has ended-up being lost, the fault lies with our Civilian Leaders and/or Military Commanders — our Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines remain Untainted by the Failures of those who commanded them.

On this Memorial Day, when we remember and honor those who have put on The Uniform and given their Lives for this Country, we must never dishonor them by shedding tears because we think that any of them ‘died for nothing’.

None Have Ever Died In Vain.

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On ‘Libertarians’ And ‘libertarians’

26 May 2016 @ 14:18

As we homeless conservatives contemplate such things as forming a new Party and who should be asked to join it, I would like to reprint part of a post I did three years ago on the difference between ‘Libertarians’ and ‘libertarians’ — a philosophical differential between Evil and Good, respectively…

There are two types of libertarians: Libertarians and libertarians.

-The former are ideologues who follow a system of ideas designed in the sterile laboratories of their own minds. Like all Ideologies, theirs cannot allow for any deviation from the belief system because the whole thing will collapse if any part is proven defective. And they have so much psychologically invested in their Ideology that it’s collapse would bring about a breakdown. Jacob Burckhardt called them ‘the terrible simplifiers’.

-As for the latter, small ‘l’ type, I think Russell Kirk provided a spot-on definition of them:

First, 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.”

So, while I agree…that we should try and make common cause with some of them — the libertarians — I think it futile to attempt to do so with the Libertarians. They’re lost in Ideology. And you can never have a productive argument with an Ideologue.

To begin with unlimited freedom is to end with unlimited despotism.

—Fyodor Dostoevsky

Adam Carolla Gets The Trump Phenomenon

24 May 2016 @ 20:55

He gets it…

…but it still doesn’t excuse their sustained support for Donald Trump because, once you look at him with a reasoned eye, you discover that the man is an utter Fraud.

However, there’s an anger out there across the Fruited Plain that cannot be ignored.

‘A Spark Of Patriotic Fire’

23 May 2016 @ 11:11

Over at Protein Wisdom, Friend In The Ether Sdferr Pablo remarked recently:

The conservative movement is far smaller than I thought it was. I’ve lost all respect for some people I never imagined I’d be saying that about.

It seems that we make up a decent bit less than the ‘thirty-percent of Americans are conservative’ meme that is repeated all the time. If I’m correct, we have, perhaps, a harder road ahead then did The Founding Fathers.

However – I’m still looking into this, so please bear with me – I’m getting the impression, in reading the writings of some of The Founders and in legitimate biographies of them, that the long-touted ‘thirty-percent of American Colonists supported the struggle for Independence’ meme may be too high a figure.

From late 1770 through late 1772, Samuel Adams was reduced in the number of supporters in his fight to defend our rights as Englishmen: John Hancock had abandoned the Cause, John Adams had retired to Braintree, and a good number of others conceded key points to Royal Governor Hutchinson and the British Government [all in the name of Pragmatism and Moderation, by the way]. This period has been labeled by Historians as ‘The Quiet Period’ –and the Servile Silence that resonated throughout Massachusetts was deafening.

In his correspondence with fellow ‘die-hards’ [such as James Warren, James Hawley, and Dr. Joseph Warren], Samuel Adams counseled Patience in waiting for the right issues to come along that could be used to re-rouse enough people to reignite the ‘Flame Of Liberty’ [he was prophetic in his belief that the Royal Government would continue to misunderstand The American Mind and keep on committing misstep after misstep]. That is, of course, what happened in 1773 – and the rest is Glorious History.

So, as Mr. Adams wrote to James Warren on 09 December 1772: ‘Nil desperandum. That is a Motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a Spark of patriotic fire, we will enkindle it.’

We just need to be properly ‘armed’ with the right rhetorical weapons when the Despots misfire. As Samuel Adams often advised: When the other side makes a move to further their ends, we must ‘put our Enemies in the wrong’.

And…we must:

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OUTLAW.

On Contempt And Virtue

19 May 2016 @ 14:21

Can one be Virtuous and feel Contempt for certain people?

BACKGROUND:

This question came up over at Protein Wisdom during the course of my exchange with Trumpist LBascom.

What started the conversation was my response to this comment he made:

Losing more slowly has its points if you have young children or, in my case, grandchildren. Americans may have pissed away their trust fund, as it were, but better poor than dead. Besides, maybe another depression and the hardship that goes with it is what’s needed to get the people’s minds right. Spoiled children ( http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/18/seeds-revolt-american-families-owe-trillions-dollars-debt-cant-pay-off/ ) sometimes need a good spanking. Never have so many had so much and and appreciated it so little.

Just a thought.

My response:

‘…but better poor than dead’.

Hmmm…that rings a bell……oh, yeah: ‘Better Red Than Dead’.

‘[B]ut at the length truth will out.’

LB retorted:

“Better red than dead”

Actually Belveder, I was going for a “love of money is the root of all evil” thang, in the context of the conversation.

Contempt is not an ingredient of virtue.

Well…

ON CONTEMPT AND VIRTUE:

Contempt is a neutral conclusion. It can be held/felt and believed for justified or irrational and petty reasons.

The premise of the Contempt is the key to marking it as either justified or uncalled for [ie: worthy of the former kind of Contempt,
actually].

As a man who struggles every moment of every, single day to be Virtuous and worthy of Respect, I seek to base all of my Contempt for the actions of others on the answer to the question: Is the action in question an act of Moral Treason.

To be guilty of an act of Moral Treason one must consciously betray ones obligations to God and to his fellowmen.

I have Contempt for any man who is willing to make himself Servile to any Despot, would-be or actual, in order to be allowed to simply continue to exist. I have Contempt for any man who willingly chains himself in Enslavement for the sake of survival, forsaking his Duty to his Posterity [which is every American, be he or she of his own blood or not, that shall come after him].

Virtue is, as the OED states: Behaviour showing high moral standards. A quality considered morally good or desirable in a person.

I hold to that ‘high moral standard’ which demands of every Man that he guard and fight vigorously, voraciously, and relentlessly to preserve those Natural Rights gifted to Mankind by God.

Therefore, as someone who strives to meet his obligations to God and to his fellowmen, I have no choice but to hold in Contempt anyone failing to meet those Duties and Responsibilities because those demands are Sacred.

To be in my Contempt is not to be subject to my Hate, but, rather, my Pity – after all, though not a believer in The Resurrection, I do try to live as a Christian [specifically, Catholic] Man.

[Of course, LBascom did not respond to any of my direct points and tried to take me off in a tangential direction.  Trumpists are so predictable.]