A Call To Arms! – War Tactics: Incivility Is A Virtue – #OUTLAW
Over at LifeZette, Craig Shirley has up an excellent mini-essay on using what he correctly labels ‘American Incivility’ to combat the Leftists and their Quisling toadies on the Right in the War we are fighting to Restore our Freedom and Ordered Liberty.
This is worth quoting from at length [tip of the fedora to Mark Levin]:
Jeb Bush was at an event in the Hamptons this past weekend and was introduced by one of America’s donor elites as someone who would bring “civility” back to American politics.
Please. May I say, civility is overrated? Bush clearly agrees with his fellow elitists, recently calling for “reweaving the web of civility” in American politics while decrying the “incivility” of conservatism.
The elites always talk about civility in politics. That is a way to control the citizenry, by shaming them into silence when focused anger would serve the Republic better. It’s too bad there was not more incivility over the bailout of Wall Street.
The last thing we need in American politics is more civility. What we need is more focused anger. Anger begets debate and debate beget change. This is Donald Trump’s real contribution to the 2016 presidential contest.
Patrick Henry did not say, “Give me civility or give me death!” Liberty is often messy and yes, uncivil. Freedom is supposed to be disorderly. Nathan Hale’s hanging was anything but civil. The shot heard round the world was uncivil. Christ’s martyrdom was uncivil.
Liberalism is built on order, often masquerading as justice. It is liberals who most often deride the incivility of talk radio and conservative commentators.
“Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process,” said Tomas Spath and Cassandra Dahnke, founders of the Institute for Civility in Government.
How gentle. How sweet. How un-American.
This is another way of saying, “To each, according to his needs, from each, according to his abilities.”
American conservatives believe in the free exchanges of ideas — both civil and uncivil. The gulag was civil in a fashion, as were the re-education camps. [BOB: Man…I like this guy’s style.]
Barack Obama is too calm, too cool for many people’s tastes. Collectivists are often that way. Talking calmly about civility while stealing your wallet and your freedoms. It is anti-intellectual, but it is civil.
A Planned Parenthood abortion factory is also civil in a way. After all, the unborn children murdered in the most inhumane fashions only scream in silence.
Would we have had the American Revolution without incivility? Would we have had the war to free the slaves without incivility? We weren’t civil to the Empire of Japan nor the Third Reich in World War II. We weren’t civil in arming indigenous revolutionary forces fighting the Soviets in the Cold War.
All of these initiatives came from uncivil conservatives, not civil liberals. Ronald Reagan understood this with every fiber of his being, best articulating his view in 1964, when he told listeners that they could “surrender” to the Soviet threat and thereby gain civility, if also slavery. But he said “You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.” Freedom and the struggle for freedom is often loud.
…American conservatism—uncivil and intellectual, all at the same time—is the ultimate expression of Americanism. As Reagan said, “Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” Three cheers for American incivility.
And three more cheers for Craig Shirley.
While most of us on the Right understand that Leftist calls for Civility are generated by false and pernicious motive, that they’re seeking to disarm us of one of our most effective weapons, when members of the Establishment Right call for Civility, we often submit to their request because we do not want to believe that they are acting out of a desire to see conservatives defeated — ‘Heck, they’re on our side, after all’.
But the Jeb Bushes, Mitt Romneys, etc. are not urging Civility on us because they respect us and are allied with us.
Not at all.
The Establishment Right despises us, considers us hobbits and bitter-clingers, extremists and troublemakers, just as the Left does. These Modern Tory Loyalists have made their peace with Big Government and with the idea of a Living Constitution — ie: with Leftism [albeit in a more watered-down form]. They have sold their Souls and betrayed The Founders.
We must not heed them. They do not have our best interests at-heart. More significantly: they do not have America’s best interests at-heart.
Our struggle to Restore our Freedom and Ordered Liberty is too important to wage employing half-measures. This is a Life And Death struggle for all that we hold dear — for America and everything she stands for.
When Loyalists nag us to ‘be Civil’, we should answer them with Andrew Breitbart’s reply to such pleas: Fuck You. War.
[The Tory Loyalists’s] Influence is extended throughout the united States. Boston has its full share of them and yet I do not hear that Measures have been taken to suppress them. On the Contrary I am informed that the Citizens are grown so polite as to treat them with Tokens of Civility and respect. Can a Man take fire into his Bosom and not be burned?
Your Massachusetts Tories communicate with the Enemy in Britain as well as New York. They give and receive Intelligences from whence they early form a Judgment of their Measures. I am told they discovered an Air of insolent Triumph in their Countenances, and saucily enjoyed the Success of Howes Forces in Jersey before it happened. Indeed, my Friend, if Measures are not soon taken, and the most vigorous ones, to root out these pernicious Weeds, it will be in vain for America to persevere in this glorious Struggle for the public Liberty.
—Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 16 February 1777
He who can flatter a despot, or be flattered by him, without feeling the remonstrances of his own mind against it, may be remarkable for the guise and appearance of sanctity, but he has very little if any true religion — If he habitually allows himself in it, without any remorse, he is a hardened impenitent sinner against GOD and his COUNTRY.
Whatever his profession may be, he is not fit to be trusted; and when once discovered, he will never be trusted by any but fools and children. To complement a great man to the injury of truth and liberty, may be in the opinion of a very degenerate age, the part of a polite and well-bred gentleman — Wise men however will denominate him a Traitor or a Fool. But how much more aggravated must be the folly and madness of those, who instead of worshiping GOD in the solemn assembly, “in spirit and in truth,” can utter a lie TO HIM!! —in order to render themselves acceptable to a man who is a worm or to the son of a man who is a worm.
—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’ in the Boston Gazette, 11 November 1771
[NOTE on both quotes from Mr. Adams: Spelling modernized and text re-paragraphed by me.]