Codevilla’s “Our Revolution’s Logic” Resonates on the Right, but is He Right?

Codevilla’s lengthy article outlining the path forward he sees for the American republic is ricocheting around the right-wing blogosphere pretty heavily.  And that makes sense.  Here is a civic nationalist of unimpeachable credentials sadly confirming what the Dissident Right has been saying for several years.  Codevilla’s thesis is that we’ve gone over the cliff and there’s no going back to a united America.

Without a doubt, the naïve belief that a third of the population can publicly foment the disenfranchisement of 60% of the population without damaging the unity and even the existence of the nation has been exploded.  But does that mean that a coalition of people (of whatever ethnicity) who would prefer to live in a country corresponding to the pre-1965 way of life can’t be cobbled together?  Of that, I’m not convinced.  The Left has appealed to all the various grievances of women, minorities and sexual deviants against the traditional society as a way to build a coalition.  But what would happen if you take away the advantage for that coalition?  What if protected status was removed from these categories so that there was no longer any advantage to uniting under the banner of victimhood?  Suddenly moslems, feminists and trans-women don’t seem to have that much in common.  Just looking at the various minority groups, it doesn’t appear that East and South Asians have very much in common with Hispanics who don’t really get along very well with black folk.  Suddenly it makes a lot more sense for all of us to play by the rules that actually protect each group from the law of the jungle.  The real losers in this type of situation would be the really weird characters in the LGBTQ camp.  It’s pretty certain that there are much worse societies to be noticeably strange than in pre-1965 America.  Just ask the queer folk in Iran (if you could find any alive that is).  And considering the recent statistics on female college degrees and employment advancement I think women are the least entitled to demand special privileges.

I think what made the social and political situation in the last couple of decades seem like a lost cause to the Right was the fact that the only Republican leaders that we had on the scene weren’t really on our side.  Even in the short time that Donald Trump has been on the scene and even hog-tied as he has been by the machinations of the Deep State it’s obvious that our ideas are not unacceptable to the American electorate.  Imagine if a relatively united Republican establishment started to actually espouse the welfare of its constituency on a consistent basis.  I think we could easily sway many of the groups that currently vote in lock step with the Democrats.  What is needed is an assertive stance in demanding the end of unconstitutional practices that disadvantage and disrespect the majority of American citizens in the name of grievances that have no basis in reality.  The American legal system provides more than sufficient protection for all law-abiding individuals and the American business climate when nurtured by a responsible government provides opportunities to thrive for anyone who wants to work.

Anyway, that’s my take on the situation.  That’s why I haven’t despaired yet for the ability of America to revive.  I’m not saying any of this will happen.  I’m speculating that it could be done.  I also freely admit that it’s a long shot.  But if recent history has shown us anything it’s that long shots do actually happen.

I’m interested in your opinions.  Do you agree with Codevilla that all that’s left is dividing up the country or that there’s still a path forward for a United States.  Feel free to leave your comments below.

Our Revolution’s Logic – Angelo Codevilla – An On-Line Article Review

In an earlier post I said that Angelo Codevilla’s article was sure to be interesting and depressing.  And so it is.  Basically he seems to concur with the Dissident Right on the point that there is no longer any going back to one America.  His thesis is that the Progressives have let the genie fully out of the bottle and the Right is now radicalized to the point that there will be an unending ratcheting up of tactics on both sides.  And he does not think political victory by the Right will deter the Left.  They are now in the go for broke business.  And of course the most apt metaphor for this situation is the Corcyran Civil War in Thucydides.  There we see class warfare unleashed to its most diabolical conclusion, complete annihilation of the hated enemy down to the last man.  The only ray of sunshine allowed is if Republicans win the next few elections we’ll able to convince the Progressives to peacefully divide the country into mutually exclusive populations of us and them.  So the story is bleak.

Luckily I’m an optimist.  I still think we may beat the bastards.  But I don’t say Mr. Codevilla can’t be right.  He makes a convincing case.  Well, I’m still staying up for the Mid-Terms.  They should be very instructive.

It’s a very long article and there are no laughs but if you are interested in a political perspective on the Resistance and what it will spawn from a very thoughtful writer of the Right you might want to read this.  If you want the Cliff Notes version I’d say start prepping for the troubles.

 

Our Revolution’s Logic

Even NBC News Thinks the Dems are Heading for a George McGovern Disaster

Hard to believe NBC News is talking sense.  They are comparing the hard left turn the Democrats took in 1972 to the freak show that’s happening today.  Of course the difference is that the number of imbeciles has increased significantly in the interim.  But for anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex the spectacle on display during the Kavanaugh meltdown should have been sufficient to scare him off the Democrat side.

Pretty good read.  https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/how-will-democrats-do-midterms-richard-nixon-s-1972-re-ncna923076

 

22OCT2018 – Mid-Terms Update

The Dems have written off taking over the Senate.  So they’ve thrown all their money and all their gas-lighting to retaking the House.  But even there, things are not going as planned.  Instead of the towering Blue Wave they are down to the ebb and flow of the tide coming in and out and the Republicans look just as likely as not to hold the House this time.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/10/22/five_reasons_republicans_can_hold_the_house.html

And of course, if the American people spare the House Republicans once again there’s no guarantee that these Republican Rats will honor this trust and get the president’s agenda moving in the House.  They are a feckless bunch and only marginally better than the Dems.  But somehow I think that with Ryan gone the House will somewhat make up for their past sins by getting the Wall on the agenda.  I know it seems crazy to believe they’ll come through but somehow I think they realize it’s the only thing that can save their precious jobs in the long run.  I’m already looking forward to the event.  I’ll have a post up to allow the comments to run as a discussion area.

 

 

Angelo Codevilla Addresses the Civil War

Codevilla is one of my favorite political writers going all the way back to the prehistory of the 2015 darkness.  I haven’t even finished reading this lengthy essay but I look forward to weighing his opinions against my own.  I’m sure it will be dark and pessimistic.  Good.  I need something to curb my unbridled enthusiasm.

Our Revolution’s Logic – Angelo Codevilla – An On-Line Article Review

Our Revolution’s Logic

The Trump Coalescence

An interesting thing about the Trump realignment is how the different factions of the Right interact with each other.  So just as an example, I know this guy who I would say is a blue-collar conservative.  He has never trusted the Republicans or the Democrats and he pretty much thinks the fix is in all the time.  So, he contrasts with my background.  I started out as a Reagan Republican and became disillusioned with the Republicans during the W years and embraced the Trumpocalypse in early 2016.  When we talk he comes from his default position of pessimism.  He’s afraid that it’s too late to vote our way out of the Leftist future and frets about the Mid-Terms.  When I speak to him about all this I tell him to start by relaxing a little bit because the Media is once again spinning the FUD to suppress voting by the Right so it’s definitely not going to be a Blue Wave.  Then he says that the future demographics will eventually tilt everything to the Left.  And I tell him that it’s time to start speaking up for what you want.  Just like Trump answered the call for forgotten Blue-Collar Democrats, another leader will be there in the future and a coalition can be formed that addresses the most important concerns of the Right at that time.  But the important thing to remember is that compromising to reach consensus is a lie being used to unilaterally pressure us into adopting the agenda that will disenfranchise us.

Fifteen years ago, I was struggling to understand how the Republicans could let the Left trample on the American way of life so effortlessly while my friend was unsurprised by their failure because he saw both parties as a conspiracy.  Whereas today he is unsure whether to become emotionally invested in the political scene and be disappointed in the outcome while I see events unfolding according to the plan of attack that President Trump is waging against the Left and the strategies he is using to rally the sclerotic forces on the establishment right.  It’s almost as if my disillusionment with the republicans forced me to delve deeper than those who never trusted them in the first place and never had to understand exactly how the system dysfunctioned (to coin a ridiculous term).

Another faction is those who didn’t trust Trump because they thought he was a joke or thought he was going to govern as a liberal.  Slowly but surely all of these folks have been coming around to at least a place where they admit that he is undoubtably doing a lot of good.  Even if they aren’t crazy about the man they are happy about the results.  And they are beginning to understand just how effective he is against their enemies.  These folks can help but they need to fight their learned reflex to compromise whenever a Leftist backs them into a corner (which is every time).  They need constant supervision.

And finally, we have the NeverTrumpers.  Despite their extreme hatred of Trump even these characters are starting to make noises like they’re ready to rejoin the flock.  And if the mid-terms go as well as they seem to be it won’t be long before they’ll be declaring themselves the real leaders of the Trump Revolution complete with New York Times best sellers, cruise ship seminars and proof that transgendered undocumented workers are the most important Trump constituency.  I think the main point that I’m trying to make is these characters should be compelled to embrace their choice and never join with Trump or anyone who stood with him.

So, the Trump Revolution moves apace and all that needs to be decided is the secret handshake, the setting of the decoder ring and how to keep the Bushes and Romneys from crashing the Christmas Party.  But seriously, you could have worse problems than how to on-board so many new recruits.

Trump vs the Sixty Minutes Sitdown

Dramatis Personae: End-Lesley Scold – (ES); President Trump – (PT)

Scene 1 – Television showing Sixty Minutes segment

ES – Hello I’m End-Lesley Scold and this is Sixty Minutes.  Tonight, we’re televising my interview with President Trump.  By the end you’ll agree that I won and he was unmasked as an immature, petulant man with the manners of a wolverine and without the intelligence God gave a turnip.  Let’s take a look.

(Cut to the recorded interview)

PT – Hello End-Lesley.

ES – Pledge right not that you won’t fire Robert Mueller!

PT – Where the hell did that come from?

ES – Oh, the teleprompter skipped to the wrong page.  I mean good evening President Trump.  Pledge right not that you won’t fire Robert Mueller!

PT – That’s better.  Don’t want to confuse the audience.  Who’s Mueller?  Is he the guy who makes the egg noodles?  No, seriously aren’t we going to fence around for a while about how evil Kim Jong Un is and how I made fun of “Dr.” Whatsername?

ES – Uh, sure but hold up.  You’re messing up the order and my teleprompter says Mueller still.

PT – Okay fine.  I’m currently not ready to fire Mueller yet.  He provides all kinds of ammunition that we’re using for the midterms.  I’ll probably fire him November seventh but who knows?  He’s kind of funny with that G-Man haircut and profile.  Maybe I can get him a part in the remake of the Untouchables, so stay tuned and ask me again in a few weeks.

ES – No, pledge right now, pledge, pledge!

PT – The only pledge we should be talking about is the Pledge you should be using to dust off the worm-eaten furniture on this set.  Look End-Lesley, we only have like half an hour to get this done.  If you can’t move onto something interesting I’m gonna leave and go golfing.  What else have you got?

ES – Fine!  How about when you made fun of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford?

PT – First off, she’s not a doctor.  She’s more like a yoga instructor.  Secondly, she’s got too many names.  Tell her to pick one.  And third, you call that making fun?  I was being nice!  That woman is a fruit cake.  She’s lucky no one dropped a net over her and dragged her off to Bellevue.  Look, when those Keystone Cops in the Senate put on that freak show you’re just lucky I wasn’t in the room.  I’d have mocked them right out of the building.  You realize that even nine years after his death there are still DNA remains from Ted Kennedy’s Senate Assistant “interviews” right there on the Senate floor and come to think of it probably on the Senate walls and maybe even the Senate ceiling.

ES – That’s entirely inappropriate to say about the Lion of the Senate.

PT – Really?  That’s a man whose nephew was tried for raping a woman on a boat while Teddy was wandering around in his boxer shorts.  So, Teddy’s the Lion of the Senate and poor nerdy Brett Kavanaugh is Jack the Flippin’ Ripper?  Please don’t make me laugh.  If you’re looking for a rapist just call up Hillary and ask her where Bill is shacked up this week.

ES – None of that has ever been proven inconclusively in a court of law.

PT – Well you say you must believe a woman who says she’s been raped?  How about Juanita Broaddrick?  And you say you must believe a woman who says she was sexually assaulted?  How about Kathleen Willey?

ES – But that was a long time ago.

PT – The fruit cake doctor is talking about almost forty years ago.

ES – But, but … Roe v Wade!

PT – End-Lesley you’re getting off point.

ES – Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!  (runs off stage)

PT – Good night End-Lesley.

(Voice coming over the tape)

ES – How could you televise that?  That wasn’t the spliced tape that was the discard.   Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

16OCT2016 – American Greatness – Post of the Day

Conrad Black suggests (A New Lady for the United Nations)  Ann Coulter for UN Ambassador.  I think he’s serious and I think she’d do a good job if she wanted it.  But the main point is the comedy of all those exploding heads here and abroad.  President Trump should seriously consider it.  Nice review of the history of the UN.

A New Lady for the United Nations

The Rising Tide Can Even Float the Boats of Congress Critters in the House

But, but, Blue Wave!?  Looks like even the worthless denizens of the House may benefit from Kavanaugh’s Carnival in the Senate.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/10/13/gop_gains_momentum_but_midterm_spending_trails_dems_138342.html

Of course, “Speaker” Ryan is more interested in fund-raising than winning but even that serial loser may be powerless to snatch one last loss out of the jaws of victory.   That’s one bright side to all this.  We’ll have anew leader in the House soon.

I’ve agreed to a marathon telecom over the election night returns.  I’ll also set up a post for the folks here to comment to as the night progresses.  Have to remember to buy some good food for the night.