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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.

Francis I: Long Marcher

24 February 2020 @ 17:12

Over at Moonbattery on 06 February, Dave Blount wrote an Excellent and Insightful post on The Anti-Pope Francis I.

Some highlights with my commentary…

Communism was imposed by brute force in Russia and China. In the West, where people are too used to freedom and live too well to submit to slavery without a hell of a fight, communists have settled on a different approach. German Marxist Rudi Dutschke called it the Long March Through the Institutions.

By infiltrating, subverting, and eventually commandeering major institutions, communists can brainwash large numbers of people into giving up their freedom and their standard of living of their own free will. Eventually, many will become communists themselves, and find a twisted sort of meaning by working to deny others freedom and the wealth that freedom creates.

The strategy works, or we would not find ourselves in a position where Bernie Sanders could conceivably be elected President of the United States. Key institutions with vast power to shape opinions have already fallen under the domination of leftists….

They will come to Love Big Brother.  George Orwell warned us:

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. [Nineteen Eighty-Four, Chapter 6]

It’s worked it’s Magick on The Anti-Pope.

More from Mr. Blount:

Pope Francis is presented with a gift of a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, the Communist symbol uniting labor and peasants, by Bolivian President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

At a Vatican seminar, the Red Pope denounced tax havens that shelter money he thinks should be confiscated “to fund health care and education.”

“Today’s structures of sin include repeated tax cuts for the richest people, often justified in the name of investment and development,” Francis told the meeting organized by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

There was a time when violating the 8th and 10th Commandments was considered sin.

Without investment and development, there is no money to confiscate. But getting your hands on other people’s property is only a short term benefit of Marxism. The lasting advantage is control.

Power And Control.

More:

On Wednesday, Francis wept that the world per capita income will be only $12,000 this year. That number would represent an astonishing explosion of wealth compared to the recent past. But the actual income is even higher, according to World Bank data. It is three times higher than it was in 1990.

This is hardly the time to revert to a system of takers ruling makers, as we had throughout human history until recently — unless the point is not to feed the poor but to exploit them to achieve power, or to advance an ideology that allows others to achieve power.

Of course, what this Anti-Pope doesn’t Comprehend is that he will be nothing but a Lackey, a mere Apparatchik, of The Leftists who end-up wielding Power And Control, someone who will be Discarded on The Ash Heap Of Idiocy once his Usefulness is done.

Pope Francis was Anointed, not by God, but by the Evil Ones [The Superforce] inside The Roman Catholic Church who are participants in The Long March Through Our Institutions.

Losers Or Losers: Which One Shall I Be Today?

23 February 2020 @ 17:26

Lynn Chu, who has a Vibrant and Insightful mind, has written the following in a recent Facebook posting:

The Democrats are such a mess they really need to hire some Republicans to tell them how to run a party that isn’t systematically falling into completely insane ideological cul de sacs, can’t count votes, can’t hire decent IT people, and can’t manage its way out of a paper bag. Market opportunity for idle Republican strategists and p.r. people!

It’s kind of hilarious that they focused so intensively on manipulating the press that they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams to the point where the press is so craven and stupid that together, all of them spinning around in their circle jerk, look doubly stupid.

We need a net reduction in the entire “political operative” class.

With apologies to all of you guys who are ones.

I’m prompted to ask several related questions regarding de Sade de sac GOPe…

Who Am I?

-What have the GOPe teach the Democrats: how to lose with Grace?

-How to be Feckless Milquetoasts?

-How to be Useful Idiots for the Opposition?

-How to be Pragmatic Managers of the Status Quo?

These are the only skills possessed by the GOP and Conservative Establishment.

According to Stacy McCain’s reporting:

“Stand Up Republic” is the Evan McMullin/Mindy Finn organization funded by Democrat billionaire Pierre Omidyar. “Principles First” is an anti-Trump organization that is the brainchild of disappointed Rubio supporter Heath Mayo. Together, these two outfits are sponsoring the “Summit on Principled Conservatism” a week from Saturday.

So, if you want to learn to be a Professional Loser and no longer be an Amateur, I’d say sign-up and go!  The only thing you have to lose is more of your Soul.

Go!…and learn the art of committing Treason From Within!

I’m Bob Belvedere and I approve this message.

[Bonus points if you can name the song I paraphrased in the post title]

 

Perilous Times: On The Radical Young Left

20 February 2020 @ 17:32

Over in a recent Facebook post, Richard Fernandez [aka: Wretchard T. Cat] remarked:

Why did the alliance between the left and the Bloombergs/Hillary wing suddenly collapse after lasting so many years? Is it a sudden realization of the other’s defects or the inability to win power?

The ability to win power seems paramount. Policy differences are declared unimportant compared to beating Trump. The criticism of Sanders is that he can’t beat Trump. There’s currently no reality beyond the Donald.

Indeed.  That’s why I think there is still a potential for the Democrats to band together after their Convention, like they have in the past.

However, if Bolshevik Bernie doesn’t get the nod through Chicanery a second time, the Radical Young Left may Abandon whoever gets it.  They are have evolved into a group that is Extremely Frustrated and more Willing to use Violence.  They feel that they have waited long enough, that they’re moment when Destiny has called them is here and they worry that their time might pass.

More from Wretchard:

The irony is if the Democrats could find a political mission beyond merely rerunning 2016 they might actually win. Trump is the excuse for not reinventing themselves. Hating Donald is the only thing that keeps a husk alive.

This might be the glue that binds the various Leftist cells.  But as I said, the Bernie Bolshes might not be willing to take it anymore if their man is denied what they see as his rightful place.

More:

Don Surber captures the chaos that is gnawing at the guts of progressives. Without Trump they might turn on themselves.

It’s an extraordinary spectacle and an unhealthy development. Every administration needs an opposition to achieve check and balance. What’s happening?

The French Revolution was accomplished because the forces in the various factions on the Left pushed it through.  However, the more Radical of them [relatively speaking, of course — they were, all of them, Radical] broke away from the others and staged a Bloody Coup, because they couldn’t wait to Immanentize The Eschaton.

Thus came The Terror and the Horrid Inspiration it provided to future Revolutionaries — and to the Ignoramuses that now make up the Radical Young Left.

The Leftist Opposition is suffering from an Acute case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and this is preventing them from acting Effectively.  In a way, this looks like a good situation for The Right, but it is not.

The Radical Young Left are not, and never will be, content to stay in with the New New Left of Pelosi and Obama.  They have no Compunction about committing acts of Pillage and other Violences.  Out of Frustration, the RYL may break-away from their Menshevik Comrades and strike-out on their own.

We must be prepared for what seems to be an Inevitable attempt at Overt Revolution.

A man full of warm, speculative benevolence may wish his society otherwise constituted than he finds it, but a good patriot and a true politician always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country. A disposition to preserve and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Everything else is vulgar in the conception, perilous in the execution.

—Edmund Burke, Reflections On The Revolution In France

Essential: Restoring The Can-Do Attitude – UPDATED

18 February 2020 @ 17:56

In a recent Facebook post, Richard Fernandez [aka: Wretchard T. Cat] offered these thoughts [hint: he always expresses an initial thought in his post’s text, then follows it up with more detail in the Comments section]:

Remember how an eminent economist argued we could solve all our problems by pretending earth was under attack by space aliens? Today earth is under actual attack by viruses from inner space and no one expects an economic boom. Why?

Maybe because an actual alien attack from inner space requires the production of specific goods rather than generic holes in the ground that an exercise in fake demand generation would supply.

The virus is making an unexpected market demand, like a customer no one could anticipate walking in the door, least of all the State guided Chinese economy. The advantage may belong to economies that can set up quickest to service the market for rare events.

There used to be something called the “can do” attitude which described the ability to rapidly adapt to the unexpected. That’s been supplanted in some societies with the “can’t do” attitude which always finds some reason to explain why a given task is impossible.

The “can do” attitude thrived where initial failure was tolerated. During WW2 for example, the legendary weapons were often preceded by a string of dismal failures. But people were more accepting of risk in a real invasion. They had to be.

It was the Wide-Spread Belief in the Can-Do Attitude that made America the top nation in the World.  Down to the DIY actions that many Americans took, up to the Attitude’s power in propelling us to Victory in World War II, this Ingrained Mindset brought us Glory in every field of Endeavor.¹

It is an Iron Rule that Failures must be allowed to breed Successes or the Effort is Wasted.

Too many in America today seem to have Adopted a Can’t-Do Attitude and we are hurting as a result.

From my book, THE PRESENT CRISIS:

Leaving illegal aliens aside [and ‘in the shadows’] for the moment: too many people who reside within the borders of The United States are not Americans.

Sure: legally, they are ‘Americans’, but, in their Hearts and Minds — in their Souls — they possess none, or very little, of that unique Spirit that has animated this country since the 17th Century, that can-do, fearless attitude which took a wild and savage land and made it the center of Western Civilization, a sanctuary of Freedom and Ordered Liberty, and a refuge from Tyranny.

So many of our fellow countrymen are Moral Weaklings who place more trust in the government to meet their Physical and Spiritual Needs than they place trust in God and in themselves as Free Men and Women. They are poster children for the Retardation of the American Spirit. They are committing Moral Treason.  [Chapter 4: The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking]

The Left will always discourage American Innovation that proves the worth of The Free Market — the former Despises all the Victories achieved by the latter.  The Left are willing to let people Die to protect their Precious Ideology.  They seek nothing less than to Destroy our DIY Mindset in every possible way, eradicate it in every nook-and-cranny.

We must Resolve ourselves to Maintain and Strengthen our Can-Do Attitude; we must Restore it where it has been Defeated; we must get-a-hold of ourselves.

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¹ It should also be noted that the companies labeled ‘Big Pharma’ have practiced the Can-Do Attitude since their creation.  The reason why their drugs are so expensive is because they have to re-coup the enormous costs of Research and Development, which involves a lot of Trial And Error, experiencing many Failures before they hit on the right mixture.

Sadly, in a few cases, this has lead to some company officials to hiding side-effect information and bad marketing decisions [Greed afflicts many — no one is Immune], but, let us not forget, an awful lot of the so-called ‘Victims!’ of these drugs brought their Health Issues and Miseries upon themselves by not following directions and by ‘abusing the privilege’, as it were [I’ve been having to take Vicodin everyday since 2007 to ease the pain of my Chronic Neuropathy and I have not Abused it].

Big Pharma is responsible for me being here this day.  It has provided the Chemo and Radiation and the other Drugs I need to keep on living a somewhat Normal Life…and I am grateful.  It has, and is, providing the Immunological Drugs I will need in the future.

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UPDATE on 20 February 2020 at 1633:

In the Comments section of this post, Mike [aka: That Mr. G. Guy and a longtime Friend-In-The-Ether] offers this spot-on response:

Like you, I don’t have a problem with big pharma charging what the market will bear to recoup their investment in R&D. It probably saved my life with the treatment for my liver disease…or at least prolonged it.

But that being said, after a certain number of years, the price of some of these drugs has to reduce in cost.

It should if Market Forces, instead of Greed, are allowed to flourish.  Perhaps, also, Mike, we should examine the length of time allotted to those companies for Exclusive manufacturing rights?

Welcome To The Jungle: Arts And Entertainment And Letters

16 February 2020 @ 17:02

The Left has an Appetite For Destruction…

In a very interesting essay over at City Journal, Brian Patrick Eha looks at the Ideological Cultural Scolds that rule Arts and Entertainment.  It’s fairly long, but well-worth the time.  I intend to comment on parts of it.

We find ourselves in this Age Of Ideology’s Triumph monitored by those who seek to enforce Ideological Purity Tests on what we see and read and hear.  As you read on, you will see that, though we in The Anglosphere are not Totalitarians [yet] our ‘betters’ believe in a Soviet / People’s Republic style of Censorship — the only difference being that they jailed and Murdered those whom the Censors thought expressed False Consciousness, while ours only seek [at this time] to destroy the careers and livelihoods of those who do not pass the Tests.  The latter will use The Law if they have too [another reason to oppose ‘hate laws’], but, for now at least, these Ideologues content with financial and reputation Ruinations.

From the Author:

Here we see the outlines of the new moralism that now obscures cultural creation in America…. Its twin notions — that art and entertainment, as well as those who produce it, should be subject to ideological and behavioral purity tests; and that those cultural products and creators found wanting, deemed “problematic,” should be cast aside in favor of more edifying material — are in the ascendant, if not already dominant. The new illiberal moralism holds that preference should be given on class syllabuses, in review pages, and on short lists for major prizes to artists with whose politics the cultural arbiters agree and whose identities they can safely celebrate. The highest use of the arts, in this view, is to enshrine a vision of the world not as it is but as it should be, particularly in matters of racial and gender diversity and other cherished progressive causes. Books and films by problematic artists — and to be straight, white, and male is to be problematic thrice over—are at best unhelpful, at worst corrupting….

This is what happened in The USSR.

The result, as always with any work of art, were Dull and Dismal literary products that I found Unreadable, music that was Chaotic and Incomprehensible, films that only serve to bore the Hell out of the viewer, plays that were Dreadfully Colorless, paintings and buildings that were Anti-Art — in other words: works that were stripped of all Human Passion in favor of putting across Tedious and Boring Bromides.

Mr. Eha labels this the ‘new moralism’ but their is nothing Moral about it.  It is merely Relativity in the service of the Leftist Way Of Thinking.

He cites the reaction by the Apparatchiks to the release of Quinton Tarantino’s One Upon A Time In Hollywood as a good example.

Another couple of examples:

In January 2019, debut author Amélie Wen Zhao found herself the subject of such intense criticism — largely for making slavery a feature of her fictional world—that she pulled her YA [Young Adults] fantasy novel, Blood Heir, the first volume of a planned trilogy for which she had received a high-six-figure publishing deal, before it hit the shelves. The following month, another YA author, Kosoko Jackson, likewise pulled his debut novel after a Twitter mob savaged it for featuring “privileged” protagonists and casting a Muslim character as a villain. Ironically, Jackson, who is black and gay, had worked as a “sensitivity reader” for publishing houses, screening manuscripts for just such politically incorrect content, and on Twitter, like Zhao, he had waged identitarian turf wars. “He was Robespierre,” as New York Times columnist Jennifer Senior put it, “with his own neck in the cradle of the guillotine.” The canceler had been canceled.

Where fault can’t be found in the art, it is found in the artist…..

I do admit to feeling a touch of schadenfreude entering my heart every time the Left eats it’s own, but that is just an initial reaction.  There’s a serious lesson to be learned: The Left will Viciously Attack it’s members if they Dare take one-step out of Ideological line.  Since they subscribe to a Philosophy of ‘By Any Means Necessary’, no one is safe from their Two Minute Hate.  In fact, as has been shown wherever Leftism has triumphed, they have more Hate for those who try to step one foot out of their plantation —  we on the Right aren’t even Human to them.

Mr. Eha, again:

…Writing in 1985, [novelist William H. Gass] early in the culture wars that made explicit the ideological commitments of so many artists, scholars, media commentators, and museum curators, Gass discerned the motive for doling out honors to second- and third-rate books. “It’s been clear from the first year that it has never been the judges who needed their consciousness raised, or their moral point of view improved, or their allegiance to American values strengthened, but the Many ‘out there’ who could use such elevation,” he wrote. “Hence an award-winning book did not necessarily have to represent the private tastes of the judges or the board; it represented, rather, their judgment that it would be good for those who read it.”

Thank you, Massa.

This explains the many awards given to such Dreadful and Debased writers such as Toni Morrison and Wuss Males [if they get any at all these days].

More from Mr. Eha:

This sermonizing strain runs deep in American public life, and liberals and conservatives alike have indulged in it. In Donald Trump’s America, though, it is the Left that has adopted this language as its own. Like an army that, having taken the heights, promptly turns the retreating enemy’s own guns against him, modern progressives, once proudly nonjudgmental, aspiring to European insouciance, have discovered their own innate capacities for moral outrage, censure, and prohibition. Artistic expression — with all its beauty, complexity, ambiguity, and negative capability — pays the price.

As I wrote in THE PRESENT CRISIS:

To [The Left], anything deemed ‘Beautiful’ is a representation of that Life As It Is that they Detest so much. Therefore, it is logical that the Left would seek to Disparage, Delegitimize, heap Scorn on, and Ridicule anything we hold as Beautiful. They are the charter members of the Cult Of Uglincss.

And since the Left wants to overthrow Life As It Is and replace it with a Re-Engineered Utopia of their own ‘enlightened’ design, they actively work to tear-down, figuratively and literally, everything deemed by Normal people to be Beautiful.  [Chapter 3: Leftism]

It’s interesting to note that the Rise of Trumpius Pompey Maximus Sulla has lead formerly Conventional conservatives to embrace his Insouciance and Vulgarity.  [Of course, the actions of the Establishment Never Trumpers, low-down and highly hypocritical, have made CC’s embrace much easier to accomplish…and understand.]

More:

A considerable amount of what passes for cultural criticism today relies for its authority on an understanding, ostensibly shared between the critic and his audience, of the new moral atmosphere in which books, music, movies, and television shows are to be judged, or what the Guardian, in an article handicapping the 2019 Booker Prize nominees last fall, called “the political backdrop and its necessary impact on the judges’ decision.”…

These prizes have been so debased by The Left that most of us Ignore them — or use them as a guide in what not to read.

More from Mr. Eha:

If, like a street drug, the ideology in these critiques is not 100 percent pure but contains trace amounts of genuine aesthetic judgement, the trend is nevertheless toward the removal of such superfluous additives so as to deliver the strongest possible high. Like opioids, ideology in sufficient doses obliterates not only the desire but also the capacity for thought. Where once there was a diversity of opinion, there is now an enforced uniformity; the memo goes out, and a narrative takes shape among the opinion makers and quickly calcifies.

Dead Solid Perfect.

He continues…

…If it has occurred to the proponents and beneficiaries of this new zeitgeist the damage that might be done to the social fabric by slotting everyone, as George Packer put it in The Atlantic, into “a new moral caste system that ranks people by the oppression of their group identity,” they give no sign of showing it.

Of course not.  Accepting the Leftist Ideology means never having to say you’re Sorry — or to ever have to think again.  You will be provided with a ‘grand’ master plan that tells you how to Act and React.  Go back to your Luxuries and basket-weaving and leave the planning to The Masterminds.  Just don’t ever step out of line, True Believers, Apparatchiks, Intelligentsia, and Fellow Travellers.  You’re being watched for the slightest sign of False Consciousness.

Mr. Eha concludes:

…At times the new progressivism, for all its up-to-the-minuteness, carries a whiff of the seventeenth century,” [George Packer] writes, “with heresy hunts and denunciations of sin and displays of self-mortification. The atmosphere of mental constriction in progressive milieus, the self-censorship and fear of public shaming, the intolerance of dissent —t hese are qualities of an illiberal politics.”

How quickly a whiff becomes a stench.

Indeed.


 

 

Lady Evil: Deformed Soul

14 February 2020 @ 17:51

There’s a lady they say who needs the darkness
She can’t face the light

Lady Evil, evil on my mind
She’s queen of the night
She’s the queen of sin
Look out, she’ll pull you in!

Lady Evil, lyrics by Ronnie James Dio

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy McCain brings to us the case of one Patricia MacCormack, college professor and Raging Occultist.  Stacy has listed her curriculum vitae and it is Disturbing that she is a teacher of our young people.  Oh…and surprise, surprise: she’s a Feminist.

This Deformed Soul believes that Earth can only be saved by the Extinction of The Human Race.  Now, granted, she doesn’t want to engage in a Mass Slaughter of it to achieve her Sick Goals.  Rather she wants to see all of us boycotting procreation — although her Core Idea, if accepted, would most certainly lead others who are not patient to want to rush towards her final goal.

As Stacy remarks…

Human existence is bad. That’s what parents are paying universities to teach their children: “Hurry up and die, because global warming.”

Let us never forget that the Hatred of the Jew and the wish that Jews wouldn’t be allowed to breed that swirled-around in the 19th Century was taken by Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler in the 20th Century and rushed.

This rush-to-completion will happen if MacCormack’s ideas breakout of the Obscurity they so richly Deserve.  But, the fact is: many on The Left will embrace her ideas because they are, deep-down in their Souls, Nihilists — haters of Human Life.  If they don’t specifically embrace her, they will embrace others who advocate the same thing — especially if the idea is coated with a Sheen Of Science [false Science, of course, or as many call it: ‘Scientism’].

To be a Nihilist is to believe that existence is meaningless, that misery and hopelessness are the natural conditions of Mankind, that Life is, and will always be, ‘nasty, poor, brutish, and short’.  Nihilists despise the fact that they even exist, that they continue living. For them, Life is a Curse. [THE PRESENT CRISIS, Chapter 4: The Triumph Of Leftist Thinking]

There are two types of Evil in the World: that Evil that crosses through every Human Heart, as A. Solzhenitsyn explained, and Demonic Forces that can Capture Souls, as JRR Tolkien wrote about.¹

Methinks this Sad and Pathetic woman is the former — she has actively, of her own Free Will, embraced Evil.

I would suspect that we will discover, as we most often do [as Stacy has documented on his site many times regarding these types], that she is Mentally Ill.

Thank you, Stacy.

There’s a lady they say who feeds the darkness
It eats right from her hand

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¹ As I wrote here in mid-January, instant, there are two kinds of Evil:

The first kind is, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote in The Gulag Archipelago:

But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.

The second kind is a Demonic Force that exists in The Ether and can rain it’s Noxious Gas down on Individuals, nations — groups of any size.  As JRR Tolkein defined it: This kind of Evil is a Shadow, it’s main feature being The Absence Of God.

When you make the Conscious Decision to Embrace Evil [the former], you open your Soul to the latter.

The Pandering Pimpsqueek: Michael Bloomberg

13 February 2020 @ 17:00

[NOTE: Before I start, let’s remember that There Are Five A’s In RAAAAACISM!]

I will not make fun of Bloomberg’s physical height.  Nay.

I will, however, Denounce Bloomberg’s smallness of Soul.

He has been, and continues to be, an Opportunist of the Worst kind.

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy McCain looks at the latest Pander of this Political Pimp.

Stacy quotes from a report by Mike Brest in The Washington Examiner:

Newly uncovered audio of 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg depicts the former New York City mayor defending the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which he enacted while in office.

The 2015 recording comes from a speaking event Bloomberg attended at the Aspen Institute, during which he acknowledged that the policy disproportionately affected minorities and defended it.

“Ninety-five percent of your murders, murderers and murder victims, fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” Bloomberg said. “They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city. And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.”

“So one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is,” he continued…. [BB: My cut]

The audio of Bloomberg’s remarks was released by Benjamin Dixon, a Bernie Sanders supporter, which in turn inspired a conspiracy theory response by CNN’s Cristina Alesci, but the real story is how Bloomberg responded: He apologized and denounced his own former policy.

Do you think that will work? If so, you are a fool. Even if Bloomberg can succeed in buying the Democratic nomination, he cannot defeat Trump in November without Obama-level black support, and his apology certainly won’t suffice to achieve that. And while I would ordinarily be willing to defend Bloomberg against the accusation of racism — “RAAAAACISM!” — his craven apology cancels my obligation to defend him.

Same here.  In his original statement. Bloomberg spoke the Truth.  Now, for Political Purposes, he Denounces himself.¹

This act shows a Stunning lack of Integrity — not as if we expected any from this Pandering Pimpsqueek.  He has blown any chance of running on a platform of Law And Order.  This former Liberal Republican turned Independent turned Democrat has shown explicitly that he will do anything to win, that he’s most definitely as Soulless as the rest.

Of course, this is not a surprise for those of us who have followed his career, but it shows that, not only is he a Pandering Pimp, but a pretty Stupid one.

A Man who doesn’t stand up for himself, is not a Real Man.

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¹ The Left loves it when one of their Targets denounces himself — see: Nineteen Eighty-Four for details.

 

#CoronaVirus – When Will We Ever Learn?

12 February 2020 @ 17:41

As I’ve commented on my two Coronavirus Updates [most recent one here]: ‘I would doubt the totals coming out of any Totalitarian Regime — they are probably higher, especially in Red China.’

Totalitarian Regimes and their supporters Lie.  They have to, especially when it comes to the mistakes they have made.  All such Tyrannies are Fragile Things that will Collapse if they’re penetrated by The Truth, because they are based on Fantasy, a view of the World through a funhouse mirror; they are based on a Utopian Idea that was developed in a sterile laboratory, far away from Reality.

The only ways Totalitarian Regimes can survive are through Lies and the holding of all Power And Control.  They must instill Fear of the regime in the people they lord over — and in their Adversaries.

The nations of The West have long tip-toed around Red China so they don’t ‘awaken The Beast’, as it were.

In a very useful column, over at Intellectual Takeout, Jeff Minick collects together reports that are seeping out of Red China regarding the Truths about the Coronavirus.

Some highlights:

We now know that Dr. Li Wenliang of Wuhan raised early warnings about the coronavirus. Taken into custody, the doctor was “reprimanded by Wuhan police and forced to sign a letter acknowledging he had made ‘false comments’ on the Chinese Internet.” By trying to conceal the virus, the Communist Party of China (CPC) allowed it to spread not only in China, but also around the world.

Chinese authorities report that Li, age 34, died February 6 of the virus.

One has to ask, given the history of Lies, if the Brave Doctor’s death was hastened.  Remember: Leftist Tyrannies live by The Lie.

On February 7, Breitbart News reported that the Epoch Times, which Breitbart describes as “a Chinese-American anti-communist newspaper,” sent investigative reporters undercover to crematoriums and funeral homes in and around Wuhan. These reporters found that the numbers of bodies being cremated greatly exceed the official reported numbers. They also discovered that authorities might be incorrectly attributing many deaths to diseases other than the coronavirus.

Employees in these crematoriums are working around the clock to dispose of the dead, with many of them complaining of exhaustion and lack of protective clothing and masks. Google “crematorium workers overwhelmed in China,” and you’ll find a dozen news outlets reporting the massive numbers of bodies requiring disposal.

Mr. Minick concludes:

All nations are different from one another. China sports a communist government, America a republican one. Other countries range from democracies to dictatorships. Each of these countries has enemies and friends. Each lives by a different philosophy, a different set of laws, different views of faith, and different visions of the future.

The coronavirus and other infectious diseases stand outside these human constructs. It is, as I say, the alien invader wreaking death and damage with no regard to its victims.

Because our world is shrinking through such technological advances as air travel, we need to regard such diseases as a threat to all humanity, not as some scandal to be covered up or denied. The shame in the case of coronavirus belongs not to the outbreak of infection in China, but to the Chinese government for its foot-dragging and suppression of the facts.

If ever we should cooperate as human beings rather than as antagonists, it is in the face of a crisis like this one.

When plagued with such alien invasions, we are all on the same team.

But a team only wins if it members will openly Cooperate.  And Red China will never do so for many reasons, including, but limited to, it’s Fragile Nature mentioned above and it’s Desperation to not Lose Face.

The Free Nations of The World are on their own.

Never, ever trust a Totalitarian Regime — didn’t we learn that lesson in the waning days and aftermath of World War II?

 

Red China Has Us By The Lungs

10 February 2020 @ 16:51

For years many have been sounding the alarm over America’s Dependence on Red Chinese products.

I’ve always felt uneasy about it, especially since the La Cosa Clinton and Bush I Administrations.

The Red China-centered outbreak of the Coronavirus and it’s spread beyond that Murderous Regime’s borders and their cover-up of the disease and it’s effects have most definitely made the world’s health situation worse, with ‘Pandemic’ now being a word rising in popularity with each passing day.

This Disaster is also hitting we Americans in a different way.

In a series of Tweets by Proof-Positive [aka: Old Friend-In-The-Ether Mike], he quotes about this other impact from reputable sources…

1) Because China produces such a large proportion of the US drugs & medical supplies- especially personal protective equipment (masks, gowns and gloves)…our members have expressed concern the already fragile supply chain will break with worsening conditions in China” -Tom Nickels

2) Rosemary Gibson, author & health care expert noted, the United States does not produce its own penicillin anymore — the last U.S. based penicillin production facility closed in 2004. -Tim Morrison

3) Everything from antibiotics to chemotherapy drugs, from antidepressants to Alzheimer’s medications to treatments for HIV/AIDS, …the bulk of other personal protective equipment… even the basic syringe are largely made in China. -Tim Morrison, senior fellow the Hudson Institute

Thanks, Mike.

So…in addition to worrying about this [more-than-likely engineered] virus, this situation may will cut-across the whole of our health care System, causing Life-Saving treatments to be delayed.  This figurative ‘Pandemic’ may end-up being the worst effect.

Mike also quotes from Representative Greg Walden, House Energy & Commerce ranking Republican

“There is emerging, and I think correct, issues about … how much we rely on production in China for basic drugs and all kinds of medical supplies,”

It’s already emerged, Congressman.

This is just getting worse, but, I worry, we have not reached rock-bottom yet.

 

Coronavirus Update as of 2020-02-09

09 February 2020 @ 15:42

Here is the latest map of confirmed cases across the World of the Coronavirus [please click on image to enlarge to full-size]:

Map courtesy of Wikipedia
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_Wuhan_coronavirus_outbreak]

 

As each day passes, this spread gets more alarming.  However, it is nice to see many governments taking measures to stop the spread.

As always: I would doubt the totals coming out of any Totalitarian Regime — they are probably higher, especially in Red China.

Ruination, Corruption, And Lies: .@VDHanson Gets It

06 February 2020 @ 17:25

Written before the Senate acquitted President Trump in the Impeachment Trial, Victor Davis Hanson points out why, in the long term, The Left actually won the Battle.

The Left’s main goal was to, as VDH puts it, one of it’s main efforts of the ‘ruination’ of Protocols and Political Traditions.

Impeachment has been redefined as a mere vote of no confidence and will become a rank political ploy for years to come once an opposition party gains a majority in the House. It is taking on the flavor of a preemptory [sic] device, a vaccination, rather than a medicine, as if to prevent future hypothetical crimes in the absence of current impeachable offenses.

In other words: this Unjustifiable Impeachment was just another Death Blow to The Constitution, one of a Long Train Of Abuses.

VDH cites many examples that make this case [tip of the fedora to Dan Collins].  His comments are indented; mine follow…

Whistleblowers are now mere political operatives, who work with the opposition party to disseminate second- and third-hand rumor to prompt impeachment frenzies.

The Left has Corrupted the Whistleblower Statutes and Regulations.

The FISA court has been disgraced. It was revealed to be either incompetent or actively partisan in its failure to question the Steele dossier’s legitimacy, in ignoring the warnings of Devin Nunes’s memo, and in the court’s selection of hard-core anti-Trump partisan David Kris to monitor FBI compliance with the recommendations of the Horowitz report. At this point, the existing FISA courts should probably be dismissed and the laws authorizing their creation rewritten.

He is quite correct.  And we should consider whether FISA should be Reconstituted; it certainly needs a major Reform.

Further, we should consider whether the FBI should not be totally Reformed from the top down.  They’ve had their seats on the Abuse Train for quite a while.  After the death of Hoover and what went on during Watergate, the reforms imposed on this organization have failed Miserably.

In addition, the anti-Trump mob has now ended any idea that prior administrations should step aside, mostly stay quiet, and allow successors to fail or succeed on their merits.

Obama has corrupted this practice, perhaps inspired by Jimmy Carter’s actions these past few decades.  The former, however, has done most of his underhanded work behind the scenes because, as I stated many times here during his Administration, ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ is a Coward.

As VDH explains [emphasis mine]:

All those Marquess of Queensberry Rules of post-presidential decorum abruptly ended in 2017. What superseded them was, at best, a kind of British-style, European shadow government, in which mostly ex-Obama officials became nonstop activist critics of almost everything Trump has done.

At worst, the endless opposition turned into a slow-motion sort of coup in which progressive, life-tenured bureaucrats leaked, obstructed, and connived to stop the daily operations of the administration — as they often proudly admitted to the media. The subtext was that the Obama-progressive-media complex would create enough momentum to abort Trump’s first term. Or was it that Trump represented such an existential danger to the administrative-state way of doing business that any means necessary were justified to end his presidency?

Why not both, Mr. Hanson?

As he points out: John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, and others have played a major role in this Slow-Motion Coup.

And let us not forget John Kerry:

The most egregious shadow official has been former secretary of state John Kerry. During the controversies over Trump’s cancellation of the Iran Deal, private citizen Kerry met with his former counterpart, the foreign minister of Iran, Javad Zarif, and he lobbied EU officials to oppose the cancellation and tried to line up congressional opposition to Trump. After the recent killing of Qasem Soleimani, Kerry hit the airwaves blasting U.S. policy; at times he bordered on offering lamentations for the loss of the terrorist Soleimani. Kerry often seemed bewildered that anyone would dare ask him whether his sponsorship of huge cash transfers to Iran, well aside from the windfalls that followed from lifting the sanctions, had fed Iranian-directed terrorist operations in Syria and Yemen.

These Egotistical Drones are conducting a Coup, but they’re not the Best and the Brightest.

Kerry’s actions may well be Treasonous.

And what about what we now call ‘The Deep State’?…

The direct participation of former Obama officials of course is in addition to the so-called deep-state opposition, which has manifested itself in a variety of disturbing ways: leaking Trump private phone calls with foreign officials; seeding the Steele dossier among government agencies and cabinets; leaking confidential presidential memos to the press; bragging publicly about resistance efforts to impede the implementation of the Trump policy; warping the whistleblower statutes; and redefining impeachment as a partisan no-confidence vote, a preemptory check on future presidential behavior, and an election-year effort to unseat a first-term opposition president.

These Fanatical Misfits of the Bureaucracy have made clear where their [Dis]Loyalty lies.

Mr. Hanson asks: ‘What is behind this radical departure from past practice?…’

He believes the Personality of Trump is partially to blame and:

Fear also explains a lot.

For all the various protestations from John Kerry, Joe Biden, and Barry Obama that the Obama administration was “scandal-free,” it most certainly was not.

By the current standards of impeachment, once Obama lost the House in 2011, he would have been impeached for “Obstruction of Congress” and “Abuse of Power” for the Fast and Furious scandal and for invoking “executive privilege” to justify administration officials’ refusal to testify to Congress. Also impeachable by the new standard: political corruption at the IRS that was sicced on conservative groups during the Obama reelection bid; the lies and obstruction about the Benghazi disaster; the hot-mic quid pro quo promise Obama made to the Russians that resulted in the dismantlement of Eastern Europe missile defense in exchange for Putin’s good behavior to the benefit of Obama’s reelection campaign; the abuse of executive orders to nullify federal immigration law; the failure to consult Congress on the prisoner swap with the Taliban; the lying under oath to Congress by both the CIA director and the director of national intelligence; the secret monitoring of the communications of Associated Press reporters and Fox’s James Rosen, along with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson; the deliberate nullification of the constitutional treaty-making prerogative of the Senate during the Iran deal, whose secrete accords were never disclosed to the American people; and the warping of the CIA, DOJ, FBI, and National Security Council respectively, in their unethical and often illegal efforts to mislead the FISA courts, surveil the Trump campaign, unmask and leak the names of U.S. citizens whose communications were tapped, and disrupt a presidential transition. Before 2019, none of these offenses would have been impeachable; all now, and things like them, will be in the future.

Yes…for anyone who Dares oppose The Left.  Don’t count on the GOP to Retaliate with any worthy effectiveness.

Though VDH doesn’t state it, I see these as a Long Train Of Abuses that continues until this day.

In short: The Left In America Corrupts every single thing it touches.  This is Intentional.  I write about this extensively in my book, THE PRESENT CRISIS.

VDH ends his essay with this:

The most baleful legacy of the current Trump hatred is a new model of out-of-power administrations that never quite leave. Instead, apparently from now on, the retired, the fired, the voted out, the emeriti, and the transitioned will become opposition activists who seek to destroy their successors whose record they cannot abide and whose agendas they deathly fear.

‘By Any Means Necessary’ was never a short-term Tactic — it has been, and will always be, for The Left a long-term Strategy.

The Left are not content to Murder The Constitution, as they did during The Obama Administration: they will continue to Desecrate it for a long time to come.

 

On Finding Meaning In Life: God vs. Leftism

05 February 2020 @ 17:41

In a recent column, published over at American Greatness, Dennis Prager looks at The Question That Explains Almost Everything, which is:

…in attempting to understand human beings, especially large groups of human beings — i.e., their society — the most important question to ask is “What in life gives you the most meaning?”

The answer does not explain everything, of course, but it explains the human condition better than any other question.

This is true.

More:

The reason is this: After food, the greatest human need and human desire is meaning. Even more so than the ability to reason or even to speak, this is the great divide between human and animal. We share all other needs with the higher animal species and share many needs with some of the lower animal species. Like them, we need food, shelter and companionship. But, while human beings seek and need meaning more than anything except food (and companionship — but for human beings, companionship usually provides some meaning, and sometimes enough), no animal needs or seeks meaning. As an aside, this is one of the reasons I believe in God, the Creator. There is no evolutionary explanation for the need for meaning. Meaning is not a biological need.

Given its unique importance, that is why what gives us meaning must be deemed the most important question.

It’s a thing that makes us Human and not Animal.

‘If we could talk to the animals….’ — why would we?  We’d get no Sentience, no Meaning from them.

Mr. Prager, again:

The problem, however, is that just as the need for food has no inherent moral quality, the need for meaning has no inherent moral quality. Meaning can be found in evil just as it can be found in good….

It is a Neutral term.  And we have the Free Will to manipulate [another Neutral term] it.

More:

For most Americans until the last generation, the need for meaning was filled by family, religion, community and patriotism (i.e., love of America and belief in America as Abraham Lincoln put it: as “the last best hope of earth.”

I would disagree: the tearing away of us from those Four Essentials began with The French Revolution and picked-up steam in the late 19th Century.  Edmund Burke recognized this.  Now, it’s just more brazen because The Left has created a Wasteland Of Immorality since then and we all have some of it’s ash upon us.

Mr. Prager continues:

So, then, what is to give meaning to Americans who have lost all or most of the above? Something has to, because the need for meaning is as built in and as universal as the need for food.

The answer is self-evident: Whatever it is, it must provide meaning without being dependent on family, community, religion or patriotism.

And what is that? Leftism.

All of leftism (not liberalism, which affirms all the traditional meaning providers) consists of meaning providers that replace community, religion, America and even family (single women are a major, even dominant, demographic of the left).

For leftists, feminism, environmentalism, socialism and trans rights provide meaning….

I disagree once more with Dennis Prager on one point: Liberalism is Leftist.  From it’s earliest days, Liberalism sought to displace Right Reason [Prudence, Tradition, etc.] with Pure Reason and Science as a god.  The Early Liberals were doomed when they adopted that Sterile thing called Deism.

But, except for that, his analysis is spot-on.

In the Comments section of this post, SamaraGuru offers some very good analysis:

It is my feeling — apropos the thrust of Mr. Prager’s work — that if we don’t believe in God then what we have done essentially; to use a physical allusion — is like having perfectly good eyes but always wearing a blindfold and being forced to find our ways around in the dark — because we are afraid of the light.

The problem with that untenable, artificial approach is that no amount of denial can truly enable us to block out our awareness of and connection to God — no matter how facile and adept we may be — and think ourselves clever for it — at self-blinding ourselves.

Nor do we or can we ever lose our connection to God just because we say God doesn’t exist.

However, what we do have to do, if we turn our backs on God, is create within us a divorced from reality paradigm that can only be maintained at great effort and expenditures of energy intellectually and is always insecure and fragile — necessitating that we surround ourselves with others as deluded as we and with whom we share a sacred pact. Namely that we all must tacitly agree not to think about the things we don’t want to think about and all agreed not to think about.

And, just as a drug addict has to have their daily fix; a Trump hater, for instance, needs their daily fix of NY Times propoganda and CNN lies to help them feel safe and secure; lest their tenuous grasp on their twisted realities be broken — leaving them to — God forbid — have to think for themselves.

This is why the left is so intolerant and so anti-religion — even though they claim God doesn’t exist it is as impossible for a human being to not sense, know that God is still out there patiently waiting for us to wake up and smell the reality God roses.

No wonder the left is filled with hate (an expression of fear going by a different identity); they have cut themselves completely off from the source of the love God has for all of us and all of us to feel towards each other.

They are morally utterly and totally bankrupt — and proud of it.

Human Beings need Meaning. I believe God, in a sense, ‘programmed this into our DNA’ [really, into our Souls].

Because of many factors, most especially the Left’s Relentless efforts for over a century to kill God and to plant a Malicious Cynicism in our hearts, for a long time now, we have been successfully offered an alternative: Leftist / Utopian Thinking as a replacement for God.

The trouble is: in the Leftist Ideology, all Human Beings are supposedly gods, when in Reality it is the few Left Masterminds who Rule and will Rule. God is Perfection, but Human Beings are most definitely not.

As I wrote in my book, On The Causes And Effects Of THE PRESENT CRISIS In America:

[The Leftist] refuses to deal with the Truth of Life As It Is. He would rather ding to abstract theory than confront and deal with the Real World — this is a key point and it underlies all Leftist actions.

The Leftist, therefore, is Delusional is his approach to the problems of Human Existence.

He thinks that all Pain and Suffering and Misery and even Death can be overcome — wiped-out completely — so, in his Delusional State, he plots and plans, not simply a better world, but one that will be Perfection itself, one where Heaven On Earth can be brought about in the near-future.

The Leftist believes that Reality can be molded into any shape and given whatever attributes one desires. When confronted with facts that show his theories do not make sense, the Leftist discards and denounces the evidence before him and moves on as if those facts had never existed.

He is, once again, Delusional; he is Self-Deceiving — one could even claim justifiably that the Leftist is Mentally Disturbed.

When such a person and his fellow self-deceivers gain Power And Control, they end-up bringing about the Pain and Suffering and Misery and Death they claim — endlessly — that their schemes will end. That is the inevitable result when Reality is rejected, when Human Nature and it’s Truths are denied [Denial is part of the Leftist’s basic make-up — it’s M.O.].

Soon, if we do not vanquish Leftism from this land, we will find ourselves the prisoners of Madmen and of Misfits. The process is already far-advanced, as we witness every day with the coming of the latest Absurdities and Idiocies the Leftists propose and impose and commit.  [Chapter 3: Leftism]

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Joe ‘Hill’ Biden Went Up The Hill…And May Have Fallen Off It

04 February 2020 @ 15:26

The Biden ‘No-Malarkey! You Young Whipper Snappers’ Campaign may well be, at the very least, Terminal after the Iowa Caucuses.

As Stacy McCain comments over at The American Spectator:

The way Democrats run their Iowa caucuses is difficult to explain briefly, but the result Monday was clear. Within an hour of the beginning of the complicated process, the totals of the first-round voting began to be reported via social media, and from precinct after precinct came the same phrase: “Biden — not viable.”

Apparently, the results were so bad the Dems have temporarily hidden the results and plan on only releasing about half of them at 1700 today [are they waiting for their Precious Counting App to ‘reboot’ itself?].  It doesn’t matter: enough people know the Truth that Bozo Biden lost Bigly.

More from Stacy:

The irony is that the impeachment may have hurt Biden worse than it did Trump, because for week after week, coverage of the impeachment story reminded voters that Hunter Biden got an $83,000-a-month gig with a Ukrainian natural gas company. That arrangement looked shady, and no amount of media spin (or huffy lectures from Adam Schiff) could make it look otherwise. For caucus-goers in Iowa who cared about integrity, the impeachment saga didn’t help Biden….

…The Sanders campaign, however, knows how to count votes. According to a tally compiled by their staff, the Iowa numbers were 29.7% for Sanders, 24.6% for Buttigieg, 21.2% for Warren, 12.4% for Biden, and 11% for Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The fact that Biden barely edged out Klobuchar for fourth place in Iowa is a resounding death knell for the Democrats’ allegedly most “electable” candidate[.]

In Iowa fifteen percent is required to be considered ‘viable’.

As I wrote back in September [emphasis in the original]:

Having spent most of my Life living through the ways the Democratic Party have operated, I believe what is going on here, what is the real story, is that The Party has decided Joe ‘Hill’ Biden has to go.  The current Democratic Party Establishment is known to be Ruthless in the way it treats those of it’s members who it feels are bring it down, who may cost them in Elections, in increasing their Power And Control.

Combine this with a Radical Young Left who want Biden to go away because he is harming their efforts at promoting Socialism and the Democratic Party Establishment’s on-going search on how to Appease these Socialists, who they believe they are now a Power to be reckoned with and what you are seeing here is a move to remove Joe….

In late August I wrote this:

What I see going on here is what I’ve noticed in a more subtle form since, at least, 2008: the New New Left, in an uneasy alliance with the Radical Young Left that will not last, is slowly and quietly ‘taking-out’, whacking politically, as it were, the now Old Timers of the Old Left and New Left. They’re going after state and local pols, along with DA’s, etc. It is a Slow Massacre of those not exhibiting enough Radicalism [ie: those suffering from ‘False Consciousness’]….

Joe ‘Hill’ was Doomed, eventually, from the start.

I gather that Stacy believes Biden’s Campaign is on life support:

Biden’s best hope for rescuing his candidacy is to win the February 29 primary in South Carolina (where black voters are believed to be solidly in his favor) and then win big in the March 3 “Super Tuesday” primaries, where more than 1,300 delegates will be at stake. Even in that most optimistic scenario, however, Biden would still face an uphill battle, and even if he got the Democratic nomination, the party would be fractured, with Sanders’ supporters angry that they’d been cheated once again….

Pulling back the Focus to low-space orbit, I’d say: This is what happens when Utopian Emotionalism clashes with Reality.  The Presidential Election’s outcome has shifted: It’s now President Trump’s to Lose.

SIDENOTE: I shall miss Joe ‘Hill’ on the campaign trail, especially Tom Shillue’s impression of him.  He was the Emmett Kelly of the Leftist Sham-Show.

Three Cheers For England And Wales!: #Brexit Has Happened

02 February 2020 @ 16:12

After 1066, England was part of a larger kingdom extending far south from Normandy. The “English” kings spoke French until their holdings in France were taken away and they were “stranded” on an island. That separation from mainland Europe refocused all attention to being “English”. While I am not for blowing the Chunnel , separation from mainland Europe may once again bring clarity to being “British”. “There will always be an England”… as for a UK or even a GB… we shall see. For now, Britannia is no longer a slave…. sing it loud and sing it proud.

Mark Steyn Club Member Robert Bridges, Feb 1, 2020 at 01:03

It is a Wonderful cause for celebration that Great Britain has finally left the European Union [aka: ‘The Union of Fascist European Nations’, The UFEN].

As Mark Steyn put it:

…the [Members of the European Parliament] are taking it better than the BBC, whose three top Brexit headlines at the time of writing [late 31 January 2020] are:

500 Attend Pro-EU Meeting in Oxford

‘No One Can Be Sure What Brexit Really Means’

London Mayor ‘Heartbroken’ About Brexit

Whine on, losers. Throughout my life, all the way to Hong Kong in 1997, I have watched the Union Flag lowered o’er palm and pine at colonial independence ceremonies around the globe. It is rather moving to see the exact same thing occur as the mother country recovers its sovereignty.

You’ll, of course, have noticed that I only send my congratulations to England and Wales.  This is because, as the map shows below, they are only two peoples in the British Isles who voted to leave the UFEN…

A hearty further cheer also to The English who have returned, one hopes, to their Rightful place as the First Among Equals in the Isles.  It is up to them to secure their Dominance in the UK and save it [keep in mind, however, that too many of them have become Feckless].

However, as Mark warns:

This is not the no-deal “hard Brexit” I would have preferred: the Irish backstop is a provocation to sovereignty, and it remains to be seen whether Boris et al will break decisively with regulatory harmony at the end of the year. Furthermore, the Euro-corrosion of many pillars of the state (the judiciary, for example) will take years to reverse.

A lot of damage has been wrought on British Institutions during it’s membership in The UFAN.  Boris Johnson and his crew must make sure British Commerce, Courts, etc. are allowed to regain their Independence, but not maintain or increase their Liberty Without License and the cozy, Immoral relationships the they have with businesses and governments who remain in The EU.  Such relationships mirror those many Businessmen and Bureaucrats had with the Totalitarian Regimes of the early- to mid-Twentieth Century.

A capital ‘L’ Libertarian Attitude [ie: Ideological Laissez-Faire] failed before under Prime Ministers from Margaret Thatcher through Tony Blair].  This attempt to erase Nation-State boundaries brings nothing but Misery.

It’s a Delicate Balance: to maintain Free Markets and one’s Sovereignty as a Nation-State and prevent Utopian Globalism from creeping into such affairs.

Are Mr. Johnson and his Cabinet up for the job?

While The Flames Of Albion have lessened in their intensity by this happy occurrence, a Full and Functioning Sovereignty of the Right Kind must be Restored…or all of this will have been for nothing.

Coronavirus Update as of 2020-02-01

01 February 2020 @ 15:44

Here is the latest map of confirmed cases across the World of the Coronavirus:

Courtesy of The London Daily Mail

-The London Daily Mail reports that an eighth confirmed case has been seen in a Boston man.  You can read the full story of this by clicking here.

-As always, I would doubt the totals coming out of any Totalitarian Regime — they are probably higher, especially in Red China.

Why The Sudden Ramp-Up In Gun Control Measures?

31 January 2020 @ 17:57

Over on Facebook, Dave Scipio commented:

Ya just gotta wonder what they’re planning with this unprecedented push against guns.

Good question.

Is it just a Presidential / Congressional Election Year tactic?

Did the Left think they could sneak such state measures through while all the Impeachment Nonsense was sucking-up all the attention?

I could go on.

From the Comment section on Mr. Scipio’s FB post:

Kerry Shaw Brown:

Occam’s Razor. They want to trigger an isolated shoot out that gets a number of people killed — ideally cops and bystanders. That’s what they want because they think that’s a crisis worth exploiting.

Just a quick reminder: The Left cares not for Human Life.  To them we are but potential broken-eggs wrecked in the making of their Utopian Omelette.

Mrs. Brown offers a theory:

My fully laid out thoughts about VA are that they do want a confrontation but first they’ve sent this 2A onslaught through the assembly and they want it to be challenged in a lefty VA court… then they’re hoping to get it to SCOTUS which unless we add one more Scalia-type, is not a sure bet with Roberts.

It is most certainly in the realm of Leftist Thinking.  This is Plausible.  Chief Justice Roberts has proven himself to be one of The Conservative Beautiful People.¹

It is very, very important that this issue be investigated, because what Sun-Tzu wrote is so True:

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge. [The Art Of War, Chapter XIII: Intelligence and Espionage]

We must know the Tactical Intentions of our Enemies: The Left In America.  We have to suss-out what Motives lie at the root of these latest moves.  Foreknowledge is the key to mounting an effective Defense — and possibly, eventually an Effective Counter-Offensive — against those who seek to Deprive us of our Ancient Rights.

None of our other Natural, God-Given Rights matter if we do not have the means to Defend them against Despotism, against a Tyranny that seeks to Enslave Us.

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

Sun-Tzu, The Art Of War, Chapter III: Strategic Attack

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¹ As I wrote in my book, THE PRESENT CRISIS [copies available for $8.00 here]:

Considering the Utter Stupidity they have exhibited time and time again [which has allowed the Left to make fools out of them], the GOP Establishment — the French Republicans, the Conservative Beautiful People, the Deweyites, the Quislings — are certain to accomplish only one thing: be cannon fodder for the Left In America, shields for the Malevolent Malcontents who populate the port side in The United States.

John Roberts, it seems, wants to be loved by The Establishments.  Cue: Public Image Limited.

On Perpetuating The False Narrative Of The GOP And Conservative Establishments

28 January 2020 @ 16:53

Over at Law And Liberty, Bruce Frohnen has written a review of the book American Conservatism, 1900-1930, by Joseph Postell and Johnathan O’Neil.  It is Insightful, also Useful in that it has saved me some valued denarii and very valuable time purchasing and reading it.

Some highlights from the review:

Readers seeking a fair representation of conservatism as a whole during the period from 1900-1930 will be disappointed in American Conservatism, 1900-1930, Joseph Postell and Johnathan O’Neill’s collection of primary source readings. This is not all bad. As noted in the title of the book’s introduction, this is a volume focused on “Constitutional Conservatism,” and not one concerning the deeper social and cultural criticism that flowered during this era among poets and literary critics. Still, the editors present less a collection of conservative writings on constitutionalism than a representative sample of mainstream, establishment conservative responses to political Progressivism. While the resulting collection is valuable, it presents a narrow, sanitized, and somewhat superficial picture of American conservatism.

It seems that Postell and O’Neill’s book is a case of the Useful Idiots of the Victors [The Left In America] writing History [more on this later].

More [emphasis mine]:

At its heart, Progressivism was (and is) an attack on the Constitution and the rule of law. Progressivism’s basic premise is that formal structures limiting the federal government to its enumerated powers (principally separation of powers, federalism, and checks and balances) are ill suited to a democratic society procuring the security and well-being of its people. Thus, any serious opposition to Progressivism must be rooted in defense of our limited, republican Constitution. The selections here highlight responses to Progressives’ program of national administration, seeking to defend limited, constitutional rule and more fundamental local governments and associations. Unfortunately, the editors choose to exclude selections from the New Humanists (Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmore More and other important thinkers) and the Agrarians (especially those who contributed to the Southern manifesto, I’ll Take My Stand, published in 1930). In this way they avoid dealing with difficult debates over principle and policy along with fuller treatment of difficult race issues from the time. But they also fail to present a deeper and more nuanced picture of American constitutionalism and its cultural roots.

As Mr. Frohnen points out: many strains of conservative thought are left out of their treatise — a fatal error for any work claiming to study the whole variety embedded in it’s subject.

Perhaps these other conservatives were left out on purpose to further the aims of the authors to hoodwink conservatives who are not deeply familiar with this period. I have long maintained that the GOPe and The Conservative Beautiful People are, ultimately, nothing but Useful Idiots of The Left. They seek to ‘better manage’ Leviathan — a Fool’s errand if there ever was one.

Mr. Frohnen wrote: In all fairness, it should be advertised for what it is: a presentation of establishment Republican ideology from the early 20th Century.

Exactly.

As I argue in my book, On The Causes And Effects Of THE PRESENT CRISIS In America, too many conservatives have sought over the decades to turn the Conservative Philosophy into an Ideology — something Russell Kirk, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and others fought to make the Right understand was a Betrayal of said Philosophy.

As I wrote in the Book:

Let it be stated again: a conservative is someone who rejects Ideology. Conservatism is ‘a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order’. Conservatives are ‘sustained by a body of sentiments, rather than by a system of ideological dogmata’ [quotes by Russell Kirk].

These New Right Ideologues are Discrediting and Delegitimizing the Conservative Cause — to protect and sustain Freedom, Ordered Liberty, Morality, and Virtue — by their Unthinking Embrace of Ideology, which pulls down conservative thought into the gutter with the rest of the Ideologues.

However:

There certainly are highlights. Calvin Coolidge — the one arguable conservative giant of the early 20th century — is well represented in essays describing the American character, the limitations of law in maintaining a good society, and the importance of self-government within the American tradition. The editors also include several important writings from James M. Beck, a powerful thinker who also played a key role as Solicitor General and later fought in Congress and the Supreme Court against the New Deal. Beck was an early analyst of limited, republican government’s need for a constitutional morality among officeholders, sustained by a popular ethos of restraint and desire for limited government. His selections present a powerful argument against administrative centralization and the debilitation of the people’s character by government overreach.

And:

There is some enlightening discussion of Progressive-era constitutional amendments. Most important is the focus on the 18th Amendment. Excerpts from both Beck and Nicholas Murray Butler touch on the severe damage the demand for national prohibition did to both federalism and the rule of law. Both highlight how increasing demand that the national government restructure social institutions and individual character undermined self-government and helped produce Progressivism and the administrative state.

Prohibition, a Triumph of the Progressives, laid the groundwork for The New Deal, especially in the Erosion of State and Local Control, which are the bedrocks of a Constitutional Republic.¹

But, sadly…

More typical are selections from William Howard Taft. Taft, a mainstream Republican who lost the presidency to Woodrow Wilson on account of Theodore Roosevelt’s outsized ambitions and increasing radicalism, was no deep philosopher. His Supreme Court decisions were decidedly middle-of-the-road for the time, as was his thought more generally. Often termed a half-hearted Progressive, he nevertheless sought to maintain the formal structures of constitutionalism in the face of Progressives’ centralizing zeal. The editors include Taft’s well-reasoned argument against TR’s claim to a presidential prerogative, defending the Constitution’s essential nature as a grant of limited, structured powers.

Mr. Taft, while, perhaps, in possession of The Conservative Instinct, was never a great Defender of it.  Frankly, he had spent too much time as a High-Level Bureaucrat and suffered a lack of Philosophical Energy.

Mr. Frohnen:

The low point of the volume is a set of readings from Warren G. Harding. One learns from these readings principally that Harding’s obscurity is well deserved. His encomiums on American traditions of individual self-help and community self-government seem tailor-made to appeal to middle America. But his oft-stated determination that the federal government shall make Americans “safe” and that it shall help the people “progress” as part of a united humanity, while easily dismissed as part of the rhetoric of the age, are no less vapid and Progressive-Light for all that.

The editors are correct to highlight (if not to define as “conservative”) this “me too” mindset. It culminates in Herbert Hoover’s paean to “equal opportunity” in a 1928 campaign speech about “constructive government.” Hoover, who would soon lose the presidency to FDR, engages in the kind of organizational enthusiasms that characterized his time in public office. Committees, administrative boards, and a host of government organizations operating on a “principle of co-operation” would, he claimed, make it possible to expand the role of the federal government without destroying Americans’ fundamental associations and character. Without resorting to open government control, this “wonder boy,” as Coolidge derisively called him, would see that the people were cared for by an overarching set of national institutions. “Cooperation between the government and business agencies” would even “mitigate the violence of the so-called business cycle.” History proved otherwise.

Certainly our modern day Republican and Conservative Establishments ‘are no less vapid and Progressive-Light’.  One immediately thinks of Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Rich Lowry, and Bill Kristol, to name just a very few.

They gladly wait for the crumbs to fall from the Table Of Power and, like the Collaborators they are, they will protect those sitting at the table so that the supply of crumbs is never exhausted. They happily submit to being the servants of those in Power And Control. [from THE PRESENT CRISIS]

Herbert Hoover was a Progressive Republican.  As Amity Shlaes pointed out in her book, The Forgotten Man, Hoover was the Godfather of The New Deal, helping to start the set-up of what she [rightly] calls ‘the entitlement trap’ with the national government assuming roles once held by the State, County, and Local Governments.  Thus was weakened The Sovereign People.

Further:

Taken as a whole, this volume furthers a specific narrative within conservative thought. It presents a kind of anthropology or prehistory of the establishment conservatism of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The Republican administrations of Bush I and II, and the conservative think tank and foundation complex that grew up around them supported a “respectable” brand of conservatism that emphasized low taxes, economic growth, and pro-business policies within the confines of the Administrative State. The failures of this brand of “right wing liberalism” have been noted in many times and places. Still, the similarities with selections in this volume are striking. One can find parallels even in the major characters, with Coolidge playing the role of Ronald Reagan, the heroic but somewhat naïve partisan of American civil religion, and Herbert Hoover as the feckless George W. Bush, albeit with a much better command of political facts, administrative law, and English grammar.

Damn well put.

Mr. Frohnen later in his review covers the subject of Substantive Due Process, which I will leave for you to read.

He concludes, in part:

In sum, the editors have produced a volume that perpetuates the “Wall Street vs. Main Street” divide in American conservatism by essentially ignoring the religious and cultural dimensions of a time of great change and unrest in the United States. Labor challenges, Wilson’s assault on civil rights (especially among immigrant groups), and the determination to forge a national character as well as national markets and standards of conduct, all escape notice in this volume. Why? Because the editors do not merely limit themselves to reproducing conservative writings dealing with constitutional issues. They also limit themselves to reproducing the kind of persons and arguments readily subsumed in the narrative of prudent, moderate, establishment Republican Party loyalty….

I would only disagree with his use of the word ‘prudent’.  Rather it should be ‘Pragmatic’, as Prudence is a trait of the Non-Ideological.

I urge you to take the time to read Bruce Frohnen’s whole review by clicking here.

…conservatives are guided by their principle of prudence. Burke agrees with Plato that in the
statesman, prudence is chief among virtues. Any public measure ought to be judged by its
probable long-run consequences, not merely by temporary advantage or popularity. Liberals and
radicals, the conservative says, are imprudent: for they dash at their objectives without giving much
heed to the risk of new abuses worse than the evils they hope to sweep away. As John Randolph
of Roanoke put it, Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries. Human society being
complex, remedies cannot be simple if they are to be efficacious. The conservative declares that he
acts only after sufficient reflection, having weighed the consequences. Sudden and slashing reforms are as perilous as sudden and slashing surgery.

—Russell Kirk, Ten Conservative Principles

 

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¹ Most people are Unaware that cities and towns used to administer their own Welfare Programs — some would even have published the names of those on the Dole.  This was the correct policy because one should be Ashamed to be supported by Taxpayers.

 

The Virginia Protest And Lessons Learned

21 January 2020 @ 16:40

Virginia is for lovers…of the Second Amendment

In the Comments Section to my post, Virginia: Is A New ‘Shot Heard ‘Round The World’ Coming?, Cali remarks in the aftermath of yesterday’s Pro-Second Amendment Protest in Virginia:

A FF [false flag operation] was indeed planned with Antifa – disguised as MAGA supporters – playing the role of the agitators.

However – we have our own back channel where patriots from the military are given us a heads up ergo the attempt to engineer a FF by Northam et al and sponsored by Soros and Mike Bloomberg.
The Craigslist advertisement of recruiting crisis actors for Virginia conveniently for the same day as the rally was ‘the’ tell. Payment of $200+ for the day sure was alluring.

Having said that our patriots knew ahead what they had planned and assured that if would fail. Indeed it failed! One small skirmish between an Antifa agitator disguised as MAGA supporter couldn’t help to unmask himself. He was spotted immediately and told in no nice term to take a hike.

All in all the planned FF failed which was a good thing since the media hounds were all there to capture the violence.

Democrats and Antifa hardest hit!

Unfortunately, the Left are Fevered Fanatics who keep getting up and fighting again, their Relentlessness born of their Tight Embrace of Fragile Ideology.

Intelligence Operations against the Leftist Enemy are of Vital Importance, and Cali’s comments prove it.

We must maintain and create more ‘Culper-like Ringsand keep lines of communication open along the lines of the old Committee’s Of Correspondence.

Everyday, it feels like the noose around our necks is getting tighter.  The Left and their Useful Idiots in the GOP are working, in the case of the former, to shutdown our voices and, in the latter, to practice a Benign Neglect on the whole issue, at the worst or, at the least, issue Patronizing Bromides in support of our cause.

Never, ever Trust any Leftist.  They have Forsaken Morality by adopting the ‘Do What Thou Wilt’ / ‘By Any Means Necessary’ Code.

And always be suspicious of so-called conservatives.

The capital ‘L’ Libertarians [ie: those who embrace Ideology] must be Shunned, as well.

Put your Faith in your Non-Ideological Friends, Family, and Acquaintances.

Put your Faith in God.

And learn how The Founders waged their War against The British Empire, both on the battlefield and, perhaps most importantly, in The Public Square.

I highly recommend the following books:

SAMUEL ADAMS: The Life Of An American Revolutionary by John K. Alexander

FROM RESISTANCE TO REVOLUTION: Colonial Radicals And The Development Of American Opposition To Britain, 1765-1776 by Pauline Maier

REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS IN MASSACHUSETTS: The Boston Committee Of Correspondence And The Towns, 1772-1774 by Richard D. Brown

THE OLD REVOLUTIONARIES: Political Lives In The Age Of Samuel Adams by Pauline Maier

RATIFICATION: The People Debate by Pauline Maier

-And, of course: On The Causes And Effects Of THE PRESENT CRISIS In America by your Humble Blog Host.

Virginia: Is A New ‘Shot Heard ‘Round The World’ Coming?

19 January 2020 @ 17:33

—In our [Commonwealth Of Massachusetts] Declaration of Rights, which expresses the sentiments of the people, the people have a right to keep and bear arms for the common defence.

—Gov. Samuel Adams, message to the Massachusetts’s Legislature, 30 January 1797

I doubt it.  We tend to forget that there were a number of incidents like what we see and may see in The Commonwealth Of Virginia that occurred before Concord and Lexington.

However, there is a chance that, if the Despotic government of Virginia tries to use Violence against it’s Citizens, it may rally other believers in the Second Amendment across America to hold protests.  What makes me doubt that this will be the spark that lights the Flame of Restoration is that, unlike in the 1770’s, we have a President who is on our side, as it appears he is.

There is no doubt any longer that the government of The Commonwealth has embraced Tyranny.  Let me quote from Diogenes Sarcastica:

So Virginia introduces a bundle of radical laws to destroy 2nd amendment rights, militias, sale transfer and registration bills, and the People of Virginia says no, and we’re going to vote you all out next term.

Virginia government responds by introducing a bill to eliminate voter ID.

Virginia says we’re not going to wait, we’ll petition your removal from office, and get almost a 3rd of the 240K signatures to remove the governor and starts petitions to remove delegates.

Virginia government responds by introducing a bill to raise the amount of signatures from 10% of the prevailing vote, to 25%.

Folks, this is the a textbook example of tyranny. “We’re the government, and we’ll do anything we want, whether you like it or not. We won’t let you vote us out, we won’t let you remove us from office…. And if you can’t possess the weapons that a militia would need to force us out of office, then there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it”

This is clearly Tyrannical.

Smitty, over at The Other McCain, is Justifiably worried that a rumor about AntiFa is true, as related by Tom DeWeese:

I’m in Richmond and have just received information from a very reliable source concerning Monday’s rally against the legislature’s gun grabs. Antifa have rented seven buses to bring in their thugs to cause trouble. The report says they will be wearing MAGA hats and wearing NRA garb. They will pretend to be pro gun people. Meanwhile others posing as democrats holding anti gun signs will stand on the side. The Antifa thugs, pretending to be pro gun , will attack the sign holders. Making it look like the pro gun people have started violence. This is the plan. If you are attending the rally be aware. Be very careful.

As Smitty remarks:

…Given the Left’s need to control the conversation coupled with the pending implosion of the impeachment disaster, makes the Democrats more of a rabid, injured, cornered animal than usual….

I certainly wouldn’t put it past The Left In America to attempt this tactic — it’s what the Left In Russia [of all stripes, Bolshevik, Menshevik, Cadets, etc.] did rather successfully.

AntiFa, along with it’s Fellow-Travellers and Dupes, is not bound by any Morality, especially any belief in Law And Order.  Rather, this Domestic Terrorist Organization is committed to sowing Lawlessness And Disorder.

Ultimately, who knows?

Smitty again:

Unfortunately, for the authoritarian Left, there are real-world consequences for false-flag events like this or the Reichstag Fire. And I don’t just mean property damage.

There is a SWExit offer in place for Virginia counties who are as interested in an authoritarian nitwit in Richmond now as the Appalachian counties were in 1861…

It is my understanding that The Congress would have to approve any move of Virginia Counties into West Virginia.  Would it, given the Radicalism of the Democratic Party, coupled with the Absolute and Near-Total Fecklessness of the GOP?

Let us take some Comfort from Cam Edwards, over at Bearing Arms [tip of the fedora to Smitty]:

As we get closer to Virginia’s Lobby Day on Monday, I’m seeing more and more hyberbolic posts on social media about how Virginia is now under the thumb of a tyrant, misinformation about non-existent bills being signed into law, and other attempts to gain attention or stoke people’s fear and anger.

To say this isn’t helpful is an understatement. We’re currently just a few weeks into Virginia’s legislative session, and the fact is, not one bad bill has become a bad law. Nothing’s been signed by the governor yet. In fact, nothing has even gotten to his desk at the moment. We’ve had three gun control bills pass out of the Senate, but the House hasn’t even had a single committee hearing on any gun control legislation. In fact, Virginia gun owners are actually having an impact on the debate in the legislature, thanks to the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement that’s swept across the state and has led to tens of thousands of engaged citizens contacting their lawmakers to oppose Ralph Northam’s gun control agenda.

I don’t believe that Northam has the authority to institute his gun ban in Capitol Square, but unfortunately the Virginia State Supreme Court didn’t reach the merits of the case brought by VCDL and GOA. Instead, the court ruled that the groups didn’t file the necessary paperwork with the Court, and refused the petition, leaving open the question of whether or not the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority.

I disagree with whether or not Virginia is Despotic, but he makes good points.

While all of this is True, as far as I can see, it does not mean that both sides have not reached a Fevered Pitch in this Debate.

In the Age Of The Founders, such events often lead to Tarring And Feathering, the pulling down of houses, and the burning of Despots in effigies.

If a fire is to be lit, let us Resist any attempts to snuff it out.

We have been declared Outlaws by The Left and must not let our Cause, the Restoration Of Freedom And Ordered Liberty, be doused.

Formerly this great contest was carried on upon paper. The conspirators against the rights and liberties of our country left no art untried, to induce the people to submit to their unrighteous claims. But they were circumvented by our watchful patriots. They were, if I may use the expression, out-reasoned by some, and laughed off the stage by others; and we will never forget those steadfast and persevering friends, who forever prov’d themselves incapable of being brib’d by the soft whispers of flattery, or awed by foul-mouthed calumny and the threats of power. Afterwards the contest became more serious and important. The people of this country were not driven to take up arms, they did it voluntarily in defence of their liberty. They properly considered themselves as called by god, and warranted by him, to encounter every hazard in the common cause of Man….

—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘VINDEX’, Boston Gazette, 12 June 1780

 

Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist?: The Wrong Question

17 January 2020 @ 17:31

Many of us who cite The Founders and their Wisdom and Insights are unaware that what we espouse is the combined philosophies of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists

It is not an either/or situation [as I thought for many years]: you can support both sides in the arguments that occurred during our early years of Constitution-Building.

We are the product of those fights — with some of us leaning toward one side, but incorporating a decent amount from the other.

I, myself, tend to lean towards the Federalist side when the Anti-Federalists move a little too close to embracing Democracy and Ideology.

I agree with Russell Kirk that:

…did the Framers of the Constitution, and the men of the state ratifying bodies of 1788, actually intend that the Constitution should be a conservative instrument, a bulwark of permanence? Aye, most decidedly they did, with few exceptions. Even the Anti- Federalists, most of them, were conservatives of another stamp, fearful that the proposed Constitution might break in upon the established powers and pattern s of government of the several states. The cry of 1775-1776 had been for liberty; the cry of 1787-1788, among the same classes of Americans, was for order. The purpose of calling the Convention of 1787 was to conserve and improve the political order of the United States; the Articles of Confederation had not sufficed for that purpose….  [Russell Kirk, The Constitution’s Conservative Character, lecture delivered at The Heritage Foundation, 14 July 1987]

Mr. Kirk here shows that he is a Constitutional Republican and also through his Marvelous biography of Old Republican John Randolph Of Roanoke and treatment of the subject’s Ideas [Mr. Randolph also features in a large way in the Author’s seminal work: The Conservative Mind].

It is true that some of Anti-Federalists embraced a more Radical Idea about what the new United States should be, but they were overruled and out-voted by their non-Radical Anti-Federalists.  The important goal of the latter was to secure Amendments to The Constitution known as The Bill Of Rights.

I think they were exactly right to insist on this in the State Ratifying Conventions and in the First Session of The Congress.  I find it amazing that The Federalists were willing to put so much Faith in the men who would govern under The Constitution — considering most of them, especially John Adams, believed that man was a Fallen Creature, easily subject to the Temptations Of Tyranny.

Regarding the strands of thought in the AF Movement that Michael Faber looks at in his new book, An Anti-Federalist Constitution: The Development of Dissent in the Ratification Debates, I agree with him [based on this review of said book by Nathan Coleman] that there were three such strands within the Anti-Federalists:

A highlight from the book review [emphasis mine]:

…Within the chaos [of the Movement], however, Faber identifies “three related but distinct strands of political thought.” He calls these strands Rights Anti-Federalism, Power Anti-Federalism, and Democratic Anti-Federalism.

Of the three, Rights Anti-Federalism proved the “most rationally developed and cogently argued.” Rights Anti-Federalists maintained that, with the Constitution’s conspicuous lack of a bill of rights, tyranny became an inevitability. Only by protecting rights at that moment when they seemed threatened by the proposed Constitution, could this slide into tyranny be overcome. Thus, Rights Anti-Federalist called for either outright rejection of the Constitution or a Bill of Rights to be amended to the document.

Power Anti-Federalism, as its name suggests, feared the immense power granted to the central government. Its adherents believed that the Constitution’s powers should be well-defined and limited only to those issues clearly national in scope, such as war and peace. Yet the scope and ambiguity of the Constitution’s powers, particularly over the judiciary, standing armies, and taxation, which Faber believes Anti-Federalists considered “the most grievous example of a power too extensive,” suggested that the Framers sought to “consolidate” the union of sovereign states into a centralized nation.

The final strand, Democratic Anti-Federalism, while boasting fewer adherents than the other two groups, was “well-represented in the first wave of essays.” This group typically argued that the Articles did not need replacing since state governments remained answerable to the people of those states. At the heart of Democratic Anti-Federalism was the fear that this new government, with only one element — the House of Representatives — being directly elected by the people, squinted towards aristocracy and undermined the Revolution’s support of popular sovereignty.

In the end, the most influence was wielded by the Rights Anti-Federalists, with the Power Anti-Federalists getting some of what they wanted eventually in The Bill Of Rights.  This was a Fortunate occurrence.

As Mr. Coleman remarks:

…The high drama of those debates did not center on acceptance or rejection of the Constitution but turned “to the prospects of trying to shape rather than resist the new government.” In the end, the legacy of the Anti-Federalists rests on the notion that while they “could not keep the republic, they at least perhaps avoid tyranny and live their lives in peace. In this effort, the Anti-Federalists succeeded more admirably than perhaps even they thought.”

I agree — although I wish some of the wording in The Bill Of Rights was more direct.  Take the Second Amendment an example.  James Madison should have explained it better, such as George Mason did in The Virginia Declaration Of Rights:

XIII. That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state….

or as John and Samuel Adams put it in The Constitution Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts:

Article XVII.  The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence….

Such wordings might have saved us a lot of grief.

I think it important that we read the essays, news articles, and pamphlets of this period of both sides so that we better understand the Righteousness of our Philosophy of the Restoration of Freedom And Ordered Liberty.  I understand that this would be a very time-consuming task, but one book is available to help: Pauline Maier’s Magisterial work Ratification: the People Debate.