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‘It Was Great While It Lasted,’ @Dicentra33 – On An End Time

18 February 2015 @ 14:25

This is the end, my only friend
The end…of our elaborate plans
The end…of everything that stands
The end…

No safety or surprise
The end…

—Jim Morrison

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

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

Last week, over the course of three comments left at Protein Wisdom, Dicentra pretty much summed-up the American situation in 2015:

the edifice is rotted away, the Republic lost (sorry, Mr. Franklin), and there’s no way for us to stop the FCC and ISIS and Obama and Putin from doing what they’re hell-bent on doing. If you’re not feeling helpless and frustrated and ready to scream lately, you’re not paying attention.

But we’re at that point where the corruption and rot and momentum thereof must surely run its course, for there’s no force on earth can stop it now, and it’s doubtful God will step in to save us from our own stupidity — especially since we’ve known was stupidity for ages.

We also can’t resist societal entropy forever; eventually, the garment is too threadbare to be patched. As individuals, we can shelter in place until the wave crests and the tsunami drags the weakest into the deep, but as the 50-state Republic we grew up in, our time is over.

I’m dead sorry to witness the end during my lifetime. Progressivism could have been reversed (theoretically) maybe 70 years ago, maybe not.

It was great while it lasted.

La république est mort; vive la république


…The pot’s been a-simmerin’ since the Wilson administration. Were it not for us being softened up by the insidious incrementalism of the proggs, Obama would never have been elected: word of his commie tendencies would have stymied that toot sweet.

In this next selection, Di responds to a comment by Squid [which I've bolded]…

The Gods of the Copybook Headings are on MY side. And they never, ever lose.

What odds do they give for going from Mad Max to a New American Experiment? From the French Revolution to American Renewal without going through the Terror and Napoleon (and French surrender to the Nazis and French democratic socialism and all it’s current deterioration)?

Where’s the record of a successful society collapsing from inner corruption (as the gods predict) and then being restored to any degree of health? How’s Rome doing? Greece? Persia? Babylon? Assyria? Egypt? Britain? Belgium? Spain?

The American Experiment was an outlier from day one. That might give us a chance or it might mean our fate is will be uniquely bad.

We’re throwing ourselves into the Pit of Despair because we’re faced with a horde of idiots? Nonsense!

It’s called letting the dead bury their dead. It’s called withdrawing from a battle you’ve already lost and gearing up for the next phase. It’s called not wasting your time or inner resources patching the pinholes in the hull of the Titanic.

Acknowledging that our current course WILL lead to wreckage, as it surely must, is not the Pit of Despair: sometimes giving up on something is the most liberating, positive thing you can do.

Fish or cut bait?

Me, I’ma cut bait. Try to stop engaging with the Outrage of the Day, stop putting hopes in the next election, stop thinking we can turn the canoe around when the front half is already over the falls. Save my strength for battles that can be won or at least moved forward.

Then I remind myself that most of the remaining statists and their idiot followers don’t know how to change a tire or mend a sock, much less how to field-strip a rifle or field-dress a deer.

And they’ll just stand there and starve to death while you’re drying deer jerky in your back yard. Won’t come after ya. Won’t steal your stuff as they accuse you of hoarding. Won’t swamp any and all life rafts you might have prepared for you and yours.

Unless there’s no means of transport from Blue states to Red, they’ll continue to screw with us, as they always do.

What’s that you say? You’re armed? Good. I’m sure you’ll take comfort in having to shoot your neighbors because they used to make fun of preppers. Bright future, that.

We might get to a better place eventually, but we will also pass through the fire first, and that fire will not discriminate between Red and Blue. We will lose some of ours; we will not come out of this smelling like a daisy.

Worst, we’ll get to see what we’re really made of, whether our blog-comment bluster is worth more than just perishable pixels.

Rebuilding the Republic (if it’s even possible) likely takes several generations, meaning that you and I will not see liberty again. I’m not looking forward to it.


My grandma gave me a bumper-sticker once that said, “Since I gave up all hope I feel much better.”

Trouble with giving up altogether is that the earth continues to rotate on its axis as before, the sun comes up, and then what do you do? Curl up in a ball and turn blue? Sometimes. Off yourself? Too permanent and scary.

Trudge on?

Yup, pretty much.

The Republic is in ruins, a rubble that is littered with the torn pieces of The Constitution and the ashes of The Declaration Of Independence, the Precious Gift of The Founding Fathers mangled into a pulp beyond recognition, and the blood of all of those who gave their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to preserve the Republic overlays it all.

But there is a reason not to Despair [which is a Mortal Sin]: that old cliche is true: The freest man in the world is the man who has nothing to lose. And we — the Real Americans, The Remnant — have nothing to lose at this point. As Chesty Puller said: ‘We’re surrounded; that simplifies the situation’. The fifty-state Republic is, indeed, dead.

So, we have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory. We can gather together and Restore the Gift in territory we achieve control of. We are the Outlaws and we should act accordingly.

As Dicentra says: ‘We will lose some of ours; we will not come out of this smelling like a daisy’. We will see some very cruel times, but we have a Duty to our Posterity to preserve the Gift wherever and however we can. We have a duty to those that came before us and sacrificed for us. If we do not at least try, we shall be damned before all of Mankind as those cowards who did not attempt to preserve the last, best hope for man on God’s Earth.

If therefore a people will not be free; if they have not virtue enough to maintain their liberty against a presumptuous invader, they deserve no pity, and are to be treated with contempt and ignominy. Had not Caesar seen that Rome was ready to stoop, he would not have dared to make himself the master of that once brave people. He was indeed, as a great writer observes, a smooth and subtle tyrant, who led them gently into slavery; "and on his brow, ‘ore daring vice deluding virtue smil’d". By pretending to be the peoples greatest friend, he gain’d the ascendency over them: By beguiling arts, hypocrisy and flattery, which are even more fatal than the sword, he obtain’d that supreme power which his ambitious soul had long thirsted for: The people were finally prevail’d upon to consent to their own ruin.

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

  1. Adobe_Walls permalink
    18 February 2015 @ 19:42 19:42

    We’ll not right the ship, and therefore catastrophe must eventually befall us. It is easier to rebuild from a bare foundation.

  2. 19 February 2015 @ 07:04 07:04

    Writing from New York City, the belly of the progressive beast, I will probably be one of the first casualties. But at least I will die for liberty.

  3. physicsgeeky permalink
    19 February 2015 @ 08:19 08:19

    As I’ve said to a lot of people, when I say “Let it burn”, I don’t mean that I WANT it to burn. The reality, though, is that it’s going to burn. Nothing I can do or say will prevent it. So I’ve been preparing for the burning times, slowly gathering supplies and figuring out where my bugout address will be. Actually, that last part is figured, so I’m about as ready as I can be. Well, maybe some more ammo might prove useful.

    I’m past 50, so this wouldn’t bother me so much. But I have young kids. The thought that their future looks bleak and harsh upsets me greatly, but I’ve managed to work past the anger. I no longer worry about what might happen. Instead, I focus on what must be done.

  4. 19 February 2015 @ 14:47 14:47

    “So, we have the freedom now to act to preserve The Founding; we are at Liberty to to operate in what has become the Enemy’s territory. ”

    One thing we don’t address much is the likely conditions on the ground after the collapse.

    I know we like to imagine that once the superstructure implodes, it leaves us free to do as we please, like the classic Gary Larson cartoon

    But the carcass of the Republic will not be left to itself to dry slowly in the sun: the vultures and hyenas and other scavengers will tear it apart until not one bone is left next to another, until not one scrap of meat or sinew is left unconsumed.

    The United States is too great a prize to be left alone. Our factories, highways, dams, hospitals, universities, mines, and industries will be intact after the dollar implodes (not to mention an excellent workforce), and there are plenty of takers who will crawl all over themselves to get a piece of that, however small.

    How much territory do you think the Zetas and Mexican drug cartels will seize? Will the Chinese abandon the land they own in the west, not to mention the debt we owe them (and half the world)? Will foreign investors walk away from American companies?

    Will the Salafists and Hizb’allah who have already crossed the border assert themselves and take control of what territory they can? Will Russia swarm into Alaska?

    Don’t forget that if we go, Western Europe and Canada goes with us (if they already haven’t), and that Russia will take as many spoils as it can, regardless of it’s meager resources. China will not hesistate to grab what it can, and maybe even the Caliphate (or another Islamic entity) will enlarge its borders.

    Locally, the chaos that ensues following such a collapse inevitably leads to depredation by gangs (our own home-grown homies) until dominant warlords restore some semblance of order.

    Or the foreign entities might come claim vast swathes of land and we welcome them because they put down the gangs and restore order and impose a semblance of civil society.

    I am afraid that the scenario we’re most likely to envision is not what we’ll get. If there is a Galt’s Gulch anywhere in the U.S., it will be in remotest Alaska or some other godforsaken wildernesss (middle of Nevada, anyone?) and only a few of us will make it there.

    It is highly likely that we will suffer a period of captivity — like the kingdom of Judah in Babylon — before we’ll have the space to rebuild the Republic.

    And by “we” I mean our grandchildren (God willing), which is why Glenn Beck was obsessed with the phrase “clay pots,” meaning the clay pots that held the Dead Sea Scrolls in a decent state of preservation. That’s why he’s collecting as many historical artifacts as possible to survive the blast wave that will scour away pr distort all traces of our heritage, good and evil.

    Dunno about you, but I’m buying as many books as I can that explain the zeitgeist and the Founding principles. PAPER books, ya morons, not those useless e-books that require a working interface to access.

    And I don’t even HAVE children. What’s your excuse?

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      20 February 2015 @ 21:24 21:24

      Your overall assessment is correct.
      Despite our weakness Europe is weaker and less united and will fall/fail first.
      Russia has a surplus of frozen north now. The Baltics and perhaps parts of the Balkans will appear much more tasty and more easily digestible. Even at it’s height the Soviets didn’t have a significant overseas expeditionary capability and neither do the Chinese. Furthermore China has a ”Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere” to consolidate. They also have significant resource and infrastructure investments in Africa which are closer.
      The millions of armed hunters in this nation aren’t the military prowess some like to think but we are still ”a people numerous and armed”. There are people training for this eventuality. Further, most of the privately owned firearms are in the suburbs, exurbs and rural areas where they are more likely to have a positive effect on survival. Any one stuck in the cities is toast almost immediately.

      Of the most populous cities in the world only NY and LA are in the top 25. The food situation in many of them is even more perilous than ours. This is not to say that those living in our medium to large but less populated cities will survive but in terms of numbers and percentage of population the great die off will be much greater in the hellholes of the earth. Are there any preppers in Jakarta?

      The cartels and indigenous gangs are the second biggest threat particularly due to the large and varied fifth column communities spread around the country. Tribalism will be the predominant social model so building tribe may well be more important than any other preparations we can make now.

      Collecting ”clay pots” is indeed important work, but is all for naught if those books are used to start the fire the cannibals cook you on.


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