If there any people that still think that the newspapers, tv and cable news, schools, universities, tech companies and even the Federal government are going to act honestly about questions of race I hope they get some help right away. Anyone that stupid should be strapped into a chair and fed by a nurse because he’s obviously too stupid to be trusted even with a spork.
The culture war isn’t a war anymore. It’s just an exercise in humiliating slaves. We’re supposed to sit here while the official and unofficial centers of power are allowed to insult everything we hold normal and good in this world. If sixty years ago you had told John Kennedy that his party would in the same year denigrate and dishonor the names and monuments of Columbus, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln and even go after a beloved author of children’s books he would have called you a madman. So would have FDR. And he was a thorough going progressive.
By any and all measures these people aren’t Americans and they aren’t our countrymen. They are an occupying army on our soil. They’ve captured our country and they are doing everything they can to get rid of us and replace us with foreigners whom they can more easily control.
Right now, what they are attempting to do is demoralize us and also spark a small violent reaction that they can crush and then use as an excuse to legislate even more unconstitutional laws to remove our freedoms. And it is working. Normal Americans are disgusted and depressed by the endless drum beat of assaults on normalcy and the things that we enjoy in life. It is discouraging and doubtless there will be some violent reactions to the insults.
But reacting to the Left in a manner that they are prepared to capitalize on is a huge mistake. Just like the riots and the statue toppling they are waiting for someone to fight back. And they will pound those people into the ground. Any resistance to these affronts will have to take place in red states and will need official protection by and approval of the state legislatures and governors. And even then, there will be federal judges and the Department of Justice attacking the people in charge. For all I know we are at the point where the Federal government is willing to send combat troops in to force compliance with unconstitutional laws and executive orders.
And we cannot kid ourselves into thinking that the Supreme Court will do a damn thing to prevent these tyrannical laws. There are at most three justices who take their oaths seriously. The rest of them just want to keep their lucrative positions and get to posture in front of the legal profession. No, only the states still in the hands of free Americans have any chance of fighting back against this disgusting evil.
In my darker moments I imagine a red state governor looking to set a trap for the Left in one of his state’s blue cities. He could wait until the rioting begins and declare martial law but only display the troops at the periphery of the violence. But have a force in hiding in one of the riot zones and then spring the trap against the most heinous rioters, arsonists and looters. If done correctly he could use all the available video surveillance evidence to prosecute these people to the fullest extent of the law which could be very severe.
In a less dramatic but just as valuable operation I can imagine the State of Florida following up on their proposed crackdown on internet discrimination against conservatives and sue Google and Facebook and Twitter for many billions of dollars. It could be a class action suit and all of us could enjoy some of the benefits. Now that is something I could see happening easily enough.
But both of these routes may be needed to finally begin pushing back against these evil people who are completely committed to making our lives miserable in every way they can. In the meantime, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, purchase hard copies of any book, music, movie or television show that you like because sooner or later if it’s good they’ll ban it and it will disappear. After all, if Dr. Seuss is racist what isn’t?
Washington and Bonaparte emerged from the womb of democracy: both of them born to liberty, the former remained faithful to her, the latter betrayed her.
François-René de Chateaubriand
Going through the news and what passes for entertainment today is a pretty grim process. It seems it’s woke wreckage and infantilism all the way down. But if you let the mainstream media and the progressives in New York and Hollywood blind you to what else is out there then you’ve played into their hands. Admittedly, it is work to “find the good” but it’s not an impossible task.
I’ll confess, I often fall back on complaining about how bad things have gotten and longing for the good old days. But that doesn’t help anyone. And in my defense, I do reviews of books, movies, tv shows and country music. I do get a small but steady search traffic for those things and so I can claim that I do my small part for increasing the knowledge base of people interested in “finding the good.” But I think it’s a good idea to put together information in an organized form and maybe supplement it with some comments. After all I am what the idiot children call an “opinion leader” which I guess is a synonym for opinionated jerk. So here goes.
First things first. I believe in owning physical copies. I buy paper books, CDs and DVDs. I think some of the things I like will be cancelled by the industries that own them and will disappear. And now we see Disney putting warnings on their old movies and publishers eliminating Dr. Seuss. Well, okay. Of course, I’ll need to buy a good supply of DVD players. But they’re so cheap that it’s reasonable to do. I’ve got a few hundred DVDs and a few hundred CDs and I used to have thousands of books but I pared that back a good deal and now it’s a few hundred of those.
And owning the physical copies means if I want to watch “The Sting” or read “Huckleberry Finn” I don’t have to search for a streaming service that hasn’t cancelled these works because they use forbidden words or ideas. That’s enormously powerful. And convenient. Most of the streaming services only possess a small fraction of the “good” things you might want to see or hear or read. Just yesterday I read that the BBC is going back and expurgating the “racist” dialog that they’ve discovered in John Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers” tv show. John Cleese is a pompous fool who now regrets the thought policing that he and his generation introduced. But I have the DVDs for that show and if I want to be reminded of when he actually was funny, I can watch them, so-called racism and all!
The next thing that you can use when looking for the good is chronological. Basically, anything created before 1960 is probably free from systemic cultural poisoning. Now granted there were plenty of leftists even back then but they had not captured the arts completely. So, for instance, if you look at the book or movie awards from those years you will note that most of the books and movies are readable or watchable. There are of course exceptions. But compare that to the winners of book and movie awards today. For me an Academy Award from the last decade or so is almost a guarantee that the movie is unwatchable psychobabble or celebrates disgusting sexual deviancy. Nowadays it takes a review from someone I trust to get me to watch a movie or read a book.
So, I’ve gone on for a page with generalities. In the next installments of this series, I’ll pick one area and provide some recommendations on things I’ve found that are good. But just to get the ball rolling I’ll throw out one recommendation.
Modern television show: “Justified”
Here is a show that ran from 2010 to 2015 that was based on stories by Elmore Leonard, a truly great crime writer and running to almost eighty episodes and there isn’t a bad episode in the bunch. That’s pretty rare. Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy and Walton Goggins give highly entertaining and nuanced performances and even a racist, sexist homophobe such as myself will admit that Hollywood didn’t screw this show up somehow. Camera Girl and I have re-watched this series every few years and we still enjoy every episode. I hope I never wear out the fun of watching it.
As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of other objects which we have never perceived before.
François-René de Chateaubriand
I just listened to the CPAC speeches by Governors DeSantis and Noem. I went over the substance of their speeches. Both of them were bragging about the results that their states had during COVID and of the conservative policies and priorities that each had selected to enforce. And they were right to brag. Both states weathered 2020 with their economies intact and without having caved in to the stupidity that Cuomo and Newsom followed. They protected the right people and let everyone else live their lives like free people.
Listening to DeSantis as a political speaker he’s okay. He’s not mesmerizing, or effortlessly glib. Comparing him to Ronald Reagan, he would be thought to be a lesser speaker. But he was talking about the legislation he’s endorsing to rein in the Silicon Valley companies from de-platforming and canceling conservatives for their beliefs. That’s amazing. No other American politician has dared to even consider doing that. If he can make that happen, he will singlehandedly revolutionize the reality of free speech in America today. A man who is taking such bold action could be a man to lead us to freedom.
Governor Noem is a very effective speaker. She spoke about how the press, specifically George Stephanopoulos, mocked her on television and begged Andrew Cuomo to take her aside and straighten her out on how to handle COVID. The irony of how that sounds today is staggering. Cuomo is being investigated for his incompetent and dishonest handling of nursing home safety during the height of the COVID crisis. Amid all the overreach of his lockdowns he stupidly exposed the one population that was known to be critically vulnerable to COVID to direct exposure to people that were known to have developed the disease. Comparing this to Noem’s approach makes her actions seem reasonable and balanced. She also told a personal story about her father that was quite touching and also tied into her message on responsibility and courage. She seems like someone who will be attractive to voters and she has demonstrated that she isn’t easily panicked into taking poor advice. She also may turn out to be someone who will help us regain our freedom.
So, there are two leaders. Depending on your count of red states we probably need another twenty-two or twenty-three more governors just like them. Because it’s going to take a coalition of red states to fend off the unconstitutional assault that we will be coming at us from Washington. But the good news is these two leaders seem to get it. They are talking about the right things. They are doing the right things. I compare this to someone like Marco Rubio, the supposedly conservative US senator from Florida. His speeches are full of feeling and ringing endorsement of conservative platitudes but he consistently caves into leftist demands for things like amnesty for illegals. This tells me that we seem to be making some progress in who is getting into red state government.
So, it’s not like we are ready to have a Red State Constitutional Convention. But we are starting to see the beginning of a movement by the states to push back against the anti-conservative alliance. We see politicians who actually seem to get it. And that’s more than encouraging. It downright inspiring.
Texas and Mississippi have both announced that as of 3/8/2021 all mask and other restrictions on people and businesses for the COVID farce will be done with.
Oh man am I jealous. But this is really good news. As more and more states end this charade the remaining losers will look stupider and stupider. I wonder what Fauci is going to do after this to garner attention. He’ll probably want to declare the common cold a pandemic. After all several cold viruses are corona viruses. We can’t be too careful.
I’m going to celebrate the good news by burning my stash of face masks. I’ll just keep the one raggedy one I’ve been using for the last year. It’s tattered and I had to staple the elastic back on twice. But I think it’s a feature not a bug that it gives the impression that I’m really not worried whether it does anything or not. I’m thinking of punching some holes in it to make it easier to breath through. Or maybe I can paint on a face mask every day I need to go out there. You know, like those fake bathing suits they paint on models and movie stars. It’ll look close enough to being a real mask that no one will be impolite enough to ask me if it’s real. And if anyone does I’ll just talk in a muffled tone so they really get confused.
So kudos to Governors Abbott and Reeves for finally getting up the courage to end this nonsense for their citizens. Now if only the losers in the northeast also wake up and smell the fresh air.
I have stretched the definition of movie to include this Warner Brothers’ Merrie Melodies cartoon. It consists of a construction crew of humans and animals building the “Umpire State Building.” The foreman is “conducting” Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” using the workmen as his orchestra. Bricklayers, laborers banging in stakes, riveters, carpenters, and cement mixers are all employed to produce the music of the symphony. It’s extremely entertaining. Finally it’s almost 5pm so the conductor starts playing at break neck speed and the building shoots up into the sky at ludicrous speed.. And when a cloud gets in the way they build the building laterally to avoid it. Finally the capstone gets a flag that says Umpire State the crowd applauds and the conductor takes his bow. Then a little Bassett hound workman slams a door closed and the whole things comes crashing down.
I could only find the entire cartoon on a russian site for free. If you remember it and liked it or have never seen it check it out. Highly recommended.