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On The So-Called Silent Moderates

12 December 2019 @ 17:03

There’s an interesting essay that’s been published over at [The London] Spectator USA by by Bridget Phetasy [be warned: the Speccie USA only allows viewing three article per month], entitled: The Battle Cry Of The Politically Homeless: Anyone moderate with a brain and anything to lose has largely gone silent.

Mrs. Phetasy starts it off by saying [tip of the fedora to Joy McCann]:

Like millions of other Americans, I’m exhausted. But I’m not tired from #Resisting or tired from screaming at a MAGA rally. I’m tired of the toxic tribalism infecting the very foundations of our democracy, straining our relationships, and poisoning our view of our fellow humans.

I’m tired of everyone being outraged, getting worked up over the latest news cycle only to forget about it two hours later. Tired of being afraid to voice my own opinions, of knowing how saying the wrong thing at a barbecue while someone is filming on their iPhone could result in a nationwide clarion call for my head on a pike. I’m tired of rage mobs and cancelations.

2016 was the breaking point, or at least a watershed moment, when the vilification of diverse opinion exploded. Trump vs. Hillary forced everything into a binary, and suddenly bipartisanship and moderation became radical positions to take.

She is correct about the Explosion, the full-scale Eruption of the Leftist Volcano, but, actually, we on the Right who are not Ideologues have been subjected to Calumnies being hurled, often viciously, at us and Doxxing and Firings since, at least, 2007 — let’s call them small-scale Eruptions.

I understand why she’s fed-up and tired of all this Malicious Micheghas [often, if the choice is to watch Pundits and News Journalists opine on matters on which they have no Historical Perspective and are Ideologically-Driven, and watching a good British Mystery, I tend to  choose the latter].

Notice that she writes: ‘I’m tired of the toxic tribalism infecting the very foundations of our democracy….’.  The problem is: this Nation was not set-up to be a Democracy, but, rather, a Constitutional Republic where The Mob does not Rule.  That we have devolved into one is a Sad and Pathetic commentary on our Guardianship of Freedom and Ordered Liberty in the last several generations.  We use the word ‘Democracy’ blithely, without consideration of it;s meaning and the implications thereof [another Triumph in getting us all to think like Leftists].  This may seem like a samll, a Trivial, point but Words and Meanings matter.  As I wrote in my book, THE PRESENT CRISIS [copies of which may be purchased by clicking here]:

The Grand Strategy of the Left is to so Corrupt the meanings of the words we speak and write — our understanding of them — so extensively that they can then use language to, constantly and consistently, Manipulate us through our language.  [Chapter 5: The Corruption Of Language]

More from Mrs. Phetasy:

After 2016’s chaotic impact on The Culture took hold, each mere opinion or vote became life or death in the fight for the survival of civilization — and you are either for civilization or against it. The trouble is, everyone believes they’re on the ‘right side of history’ and justifies abhorrent behavior in service of that belief. Families are divided. Extremes have become more extreme and shades of gray are shunned. Expressions of nuance are mocked. Anyone moderate with a brain and anything to lose has largely gone silent.

In general, she’s quite right, but there are votes that, if used to pass Laws that are UnConstitutional and must be Fought Vigorously because they Undermine America.  And there are opinions that go to the heart of Civilization’s and must be voiced.  In other words, the Right Side Of History must always be Defended.

From here next paragraph:

I get it, too. I understand why the silent majority is uneasy. They’re not wrong to worry that sharing their opinion on Facebook could cost them their livelihood. Most people are just trying to raise their families and pay their bills, and pine for the days when they only had to think about politics every few years. Now, millions of independent thinkers — recently polled at almost 70 percent of the American population and labeled ‘the exhausted majority’ — are harboring intense feelings of political homelessness and ideological isolation.

In a Constitutional Republic you can’t afford to ‘to think about politics every few years’ — the citizen in such a Republic must continually pull Watch on our governments at all levels.  As I wrote in Chapter 4 of my book:

And we can’t complain that we were blindsided and sandbagged by the Left. Enough prophets have warned us over the past century-plus of what was happening, enough signs were placed on our Road To Perdition, but we refused to listen, to sec and turn back. We let our Lusts [of all kinds] guide us. We took full advantage of our Freedoms and Liberties, but refused to pull Guard Duty now and again for The Republic. We gorged ourselves on Happy Meals and refused to pay the bill.

So: Ecce Novum Americanusl Behold the New American Man!  There he stands snapping the lock of his chains into place. There he should stand Ashamed.

You can’t escape this Essential Duty and expect your governments to remain Free and Liberty to remain Ordered.  No semi-permanent vacations allowed.

More:

…We all abandon our duty as citizens when we put party loyalty over thinking critically and speaking truthfully. We can’t expect integrity from our leaders if we don’t expect it of ourselves.

It’s absolutely our duty as citizens to denounce demagoguery where we see it. To fight corruption. To push back against attacks on free speech, due process and the scientific method. To combat racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. To continue to extend the gains made by the civil rights movement. To demand compromise and moderation. This starts with fighting our own tribal instincts and laziness and educating ourselves.

Where is the Fight Against Immorality?  Methinks, BP is a libertarian, one of those who does not realize, as John Adams wrote:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Under appreciate Morality and you will end-up with what we have today in America: a nation like we have; a Democracy where The Mob Rules.  Integrity arises out of having a Moral Sense —  and the majority of us lack it.

Compromise with the Left [and it’s bastard child, the Alt-Right] is impossible.  As I wrote in THE PRESENT CRISIS:

…Look, I know we all have a deeply ingrained desire to want to be liked by our fellow-men, but it is important to realize that the Left will never, ever Like or Respect any one of us unless we submit Unconditionally to their ideas. To submit to them is to Betray what you know is Right — to place your Soul in chains to others.

It is time we on the Right realize that there is no reasoning with the Left, that they will not listen.

Their minds arc dosed and bolted shut to any arguments because they believe they have found ‘THE ANSWER’, ‘the Way’. The Progressives believe they are the only truly ‘Enlightened Ones’ and that we are, at best, Misguided Idiots, and, at worst, Dangerous and Insane Lunatics. This is what they believe. Don’t kid yourself that they view us as anything but Fools or Thought Criminals. Just think of the ways they describe us and our ideas … go ahead, think … l’ll wait … well? Simply put: in their Depraved way of thinking, the Left believes that the Right is Evil.

Therefore, there’s no point in ever arguing with them about anything.

The time has come for us to refuse to deal with them in any reasonable way. To engage them in any conversation is to give them and their ideas Legitimacy, to announce that their Fantastical Thinking is Normal — it is not. Created in the sterile laboratories of their minds, the ideas and schemes of the Left are Unrealistic, Unworkable, and Unsuited to Human Beings living in Reality. Therefore, we are only wasting our time in arguing with them. They are Zealots, Fanatics who cannot be persuaded with Right Reason- they have disabled their Moral Imaginations. We must forego trying to argue with them and go on and do what it takes to Restore and then Maintain our Freedoms and Liberties. Perhaps, just perhaps, by the example we set, a few of them will recover their mental health sufficiently to see the light and fight against their crippling [and dangerous to others] retardation.

Mrs. Phetesy ends her essay with:

While both sides increasingly weaponize reason and peddle conspiracy in order to defend insanity, millions of sensible, moderate Americans grapple with the choice to join a tribe, tune out, or go insane.

Opt to tune out and you’re ‘carrying water for Nazis’ or a ‘cuckservative.’ Join a tribe, and you have to completely abandon your ability to think critically. No matter what — everyone seems to be going crazy. The exhausted majority could be the key to combating polarization and saving the world.

If only we weren’t so afraid.

I seriously doubt that a Silent Majority exists anymore.  Leftist Thinking has Triumphed and now infects most of the minds and Souls of Americans.

It is only we few, we happy few — The Remnant — who survive and are Charged with keeping The Lamp Of Liberty burning.

…Then guard your rights, Americans
Nor stoop to lawless sway
Oppose, oppose, oppose, oppose
For North America

Torn from a world of tyrants
Beneath this western sky
We formed a new dominion
A land of liberty
The world shall own we’re freemen here
And such will ever be
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza
For love and liberty!

—Dr. Joseph Warren, Free America

The Death Of Dr. Joseph Warren at Bunker Hill

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Adobe_Walls permalink
    14 December 2019 @ 17:26 17:26

    If she’s a Libertarian she’s a Left Libertarian. 2016 was the breaking point, or at least a watershed moment, Nonsense we are not more divided now than we were were 4 or 8 or 20 years ago. What’s changed is Americans on our side of the “Great Divide” finally realized that we’ve been chumps for decades.

  2. 16 December 2019 @ 09:44 09:44

    Blah, blah, blah. Everything is downstream from immigration. The left is radicalized because it can count on the racist bloc voting of immigrants and blacks. It long has had blacks, of course, but it’s the immigrant vote that has freed it from the onerous burden of appealing to the (white) Silent Majority, which because of its presence doesn’t really exist anymore (or soon won’t). A recent study of the Virginia elections confirm this. The left itself constantly says to Republicans “the demographics are against you” and they are correct. IT’S ONLY “CONSERVATIVES” WHO DENY THIS REALITY, no other group does, and it’s interesting to contemplate this fact. It’s the failure to deal with the reality of race and racial politics that have doomed conservatives and their nation, it’s the continuing selling of obviously false and failed narratives about racial politics that makes them grifters.

    “To combat racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry – unless it’s against whites. To continue to extend the gains made at the expense of whites by the civil rights movement” There, fixed it for her. Her type of Libertarian/Conservative prattles on and on about combating racism but are never around to denounce racism against whites, which is open and institutional in this country. They even turn a blind eye to racist violence against whites. They never tell the truth about these things. Like I said, grifters. P.S. – the Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves at the very thought of “Civil Rights” as interpreted by her.

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