Lend Me Your Ears

“Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears.”   Shakespeare surely could craft a line.  A few weeks ago, I was watching Brando’s take on Mark Antony in Julius Caesar.  He gave the line a different emphasis.  Instead of declaiming it as a sonorous prologue to his eulogy of Caesar he barked it out as a command for silence from an unruly crowd.  It came off odd, almost jarring.  It wasn’t what I expected.  But it could work dramatically and it went along with Brando’s portrayal of Antony.

And it occurred to me that here was a man standing in the center of the Roman Republic surrounded by the common people and willing to stir them up while his murderous enemies were just down the street.  He took his chance to wake up the people, to stir them to life.  Rome in 44 B.C. was already in the midst of a long series of upheavals as the extreme wealth made possible by the army’s conquests fueled the oligarchs in their systematic destruction of republican life which guaranteed the eventual rise of Augustus and the Empire.

So, Shakespeare read Plutarch and imagined a late republic demagogue haranguing the Roman street to incite them to mutiny against the Senate in favor of the party and friends of the murdered populist dictator of Rome.  And he throws around the words ambitious and honorable and can make the first seem like a lie and the second sound like an epithet.

It’s very unlikely that what Marcus Antonius actually said to the Roman crowd could be translated into anything like what Shakespeare had him utter but the spirit of the conflict is there.  The Roman people were being dispossessed by their ruling class.  Citizenship was being diluted by extension to the provinces and the government was ruled exclusively by and for the rich.  Staggering number of farm slaves made it impossible for the small citizen farmer to compete with the enormous plantations that the rich senators ran.  Army service became an endless and prison-like sentence.  Rome was becoming just like any eastern despotism that had preceded it.  The only thing lacking was the title of king.

A careful scholar of Roman and American history would surely tell you that history never repeats itself but merely echoes universal human themes in every age and place.  But to be totally honest, it’s close enough for me.  We’re watching free men turning into serfs before our eyes.  Just as the Roman republic was rotted out by the power of the wealthy to outmaneuver and finally enslave the plebeians, just so, we are being manipulated and disenfranchised by the elites and their globalist minions.  We are being propagandized and gaslit and being stripped of our heroes and our history.  We are being displaced and disposed of.

Well, let me try it on for size.  My platform isn’t the Roman Forum after the death of Caesar but it’ll have to do.  I’m not eulogizing an assassinated leader I’m mourning for the murdered American Dream.

Friends, Americans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears.

What is going on now is not America.  Even during the Civil War, we had recognizable Americans on both sides fighting over issues of freedom and independence but both sides considered themselves Americans down to their toes.  Now we live in a country where almost half of the people living here hate America and all it stands for.  All they like about it is its wealth and they are quickly arranging for that to be swallowed up in a paroxysm of violence and destruction.  This is not a civil war; this is an invasion.  An alien ideology is being fostered and spread by these anti-Americans and the elites are supporting this invasion because they no longer think of themselves as Americans but as citizens of the world, or better, as the rulers of the world.

So, this harangue is for my countrymen, for those who are proud of America, not for the anti-Americans.  They can go to hell.  Think of this as an occupation.  Many occupied countries have survived and finally thrown off their conquerors.  Think of the Russians and the Mongols.  What is important is to find a way to protect you and yours from the effects of the occupation.  You have to protect your way of life and the things that make life worth living.  Take pride in your heritage and history and find others that do too and form a community with them.

And work to overthrow the invaders.  Never cooperate with their anti-American programs.  Never support their businesses or leaders.  Support anyone who shows pride in America and refuses to knuckle under to their propaganda.  Support them financially, politically and personally.

Pass along traditional values to the next generation.  Teach them the true history of the United States and tell it honestly with all the bad along with the good.  Let them know that America wasn’t a land of saints.  It was a land of free and courageous people that fought and competed in a tough world where there were winners and losers and that they created the greatest country ever seen on God’s green earth.  Tell them the truth about the subversion of this country and how it works.  Protect them from the degenerate and dishonest forces that exist to corrupt the young.  Explain to them the dangers of the world around them and how to find the good things in life that have real meaning and then support them in their journey through a world that is difficult for the young.

And enjoy life.  Find good people who believe in the things you believe in and spend as much time as possible with them.  Do all the things you enjoy and do it apart from the evil and the stupid.  There is no joy in their company only anger and disgust.  Let them spend their time among their depraved and insane allies.  They hate us but they have no love for each other.  Let them consume each other in their rage filled game of intersectional virtue signaling.  Depriving them of access to normal people is one of the best punishments you can bestow on them.

And beware of the moderates.  If they claim to be able to see the point of view of both sides of this war as equally valid then keep them out of any community of Americans you want to build.  They’re useless and worse than useless.  They will turn on you when things get tough to garner favor with their friends on the Left.  They will destroy any organization they find.  Stick with people that believe what you believe.

And most importantly don’t despair.  The ranks of our enemies are full of the weak and the stupid who have allowed themselves to be hypnotized by awful people who only want to destroy the things that they themselves cannot enjoy.  We will win if we show determination.  These people will have no legacy.  Their values do not support life.  They destroy it.  We can prosper and grow but they can only blight and wither everything they touch including themselves.  So, chin up.  You’re part of a nation of millions of people who believe what you believe and love the same good things you do.  And they’re too smart and courageous to be kept down forever.  We’ll find a way and we’ll get our country back.

05DEC2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Impeachment is Backfiring in the Midwest – Matt Batzel

It’s always nice to see some numbers that confirm what you think is going on.  Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan don’t seem to think Schiff is doing the country any favors.

https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/03/impeachment-is-backfiring-in-the-midwest/

 

 

What Might it Look Like if the Christians Woke Up?

Yesterday I watched the video of Robert George giving a speech to the Catholic Information Center.  In the audience were some societal heavy weights like Attorney General Barr.  Mr. George very clearly stated that Christians had lost the culture wars and that the only way to avoid living as a prisoner of war in our own country is to fight and win back the ground we’ve lost.  He explicitly said that the progressives are our enemies and no compromise is possible.  Finally.  “I was blind but now I see!”  Well better late than never.

This got me to thinking about what fighting back might look like.  One thing I thought about is the various Christian denominations that have been hijacked from within by radical bishops.  If the faithful still have the numbers then they should reassert the authority of biblical teachings and evict the LGBTQ clergy.  And that goes double for the Roman Catholics.  Their ranks are riddled with pedophiles and homosexuals masquerading as celibates.  And they must also purge their ranks of atheists.  Leave them to the Unitarians.  But even if the faithful portion of the denomination is a minority, they have an option; to leave.  They should leave en masse (let’s call it an Exodus).  As the Bible says, “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.”  And if that means leaving behind the fancy church building, the fat bank accounts and the support of the religious establishment, then all the better.  All the clap-trap of the organization is a big part of the problem in the first place.

And another action that the churches can perform is pool their resources and hire some lawyers to pursue judicial remedies for the state and local policies that clearly violate the First Amendment.  In the more godless areas of the country this will probably require appeals rising all the way to the Supreme Court but that’s what it’s there for.  From my perspective this is one of the first things they need to do.

And the Catholic Church needs to reestablish its control over the schools and colleges that it claims to run and strip them of all instructors, courses, clubs and activities that openly support any practice that the Church knows to be evil.  And just doing that will take a lifetime.  There are states where the only way to accomplish this is to either to buy out the contracts of professors or wait until they retire.  But it needs to be done.    And if in the liberal states they aren’t allowed to make these reforms then the Church should separate itself from these colleges altogether.  Religious education needs to be distinguishable from the paganism that is on display on every campus in America.

And the churches need to get back to providing support and counseling to the families in their communities.  Sports teams, fraternal organizations, festivals and every other community activity needs wholesome and devoted people who have the time and the interest to knit people together.  There is a terrible void in the lives of almost everyone in this country and that void is where the churches used to be.  That work is a better place to spend money than on stained glass memorial windows.

And the other thing these churches need to do is apologize to their flocks.  For decades the clergy have allowed themselves to be beguiled by secular humanists who claimed that cooperation and compromise would bring religious and non-religious people closer together.  Instead they just destroyed the churches and drove the faithful away.  If these church leaders ever hope to bring the people back, they need to purge their ranks of unbelievers and evil men and search their own souls and pray to God to give them guidance and read their Bibles to learn what they must and must not teach.

So, that’s a few of the things I think they need to do.  If they could do half of that it would get us a lot closer to heaven than to the hell, we’re in now.

 

How Will the Deplorables Get Organized?

In an earlier post I talked about the Great Awakening on the Right.  And every day makes that claim more obvious.  The old way of framing the agenda on the Right and those that championed that mindset are becoming less and less relevant.  Fewer people even care to argue with these yesterday men anymore and are abandoning their sites and publications for more relevant sites.

All of that is clear.  What isn’t clear is what comes next.  The New Right is anything but monolithic, in point of fact it’s like a boiling pot.

I struggled to come up with a witty analogy for what the current situation could be described as.  Here is an idea.  Let’s say that Cold War Conservatism was like a tool that was cast from various metals to form an alloy.  Anti-Communists, Social Conservatives and Fiscal Conservatives would be examples of some of those components.  During the Cold War it more or less held together and to some extent it served its purpose.  But because of the preferences of the metallurgist who formulated the alloy it included some materials that didn’t actually alloy very well but ended up as unassimilated lumps which made them weak spots in the structure.  These weak spots would be the Neo-Cons and the Limousine Republicans.  And he also left out some materials that would have made the alloy stronger or more useful but he didn’t care for their source.  This would equate to when the Paleo-Cons like Buchanan were ejected twenty years ago.

When this tool began to crumble it no longer served its purpose so the owner has gone to another metallurgist and asked him to recast the tool.  Well, waste not want not.  So, the metallurgist took the scrap left from the old tool and broke it up and discarded the lumps that hadn’t alloyed previously and threw the rest in the crucible and melted it down and then added some of those previously excluded materials to the melt.  This molten metal is currently mostly just potential.  It has no known properties yet.  Soon it has to be cast and cooled and tested to find out if it’s any better than the alloy before.

Okay, enough poetry.  My point, right now we’ve decided that Conservative Inc. is broken.  We’ve taken a sledge hammer to it and now we’re taking the good-looking chunks and throwing them into the melting pot and chucking clinkers like JEB! and Mitt and Bill Kristol and George Will into the slag heap.  We’re also adding in some nationalism and some pro-normal-American identity politics into the mix.  And right now, we have a molten mass that has no known properties, just potential.  But soon it will coalesce into something.  Now someone has to build the mold to cast it into a usable tool.

So, four hundred words into this word goulash I’m getting to my point.  What’s next?  What will this new thing look like?

First of all, I don’t think it will become a new political party to challenge the Republicans at the polls.  Splitting the non-progressive vote is suicide.  I think we continue to take over the Republican party.  Most (but not all) of the truly hard core RINOs have done us the favor of retiring or switching sides.  Without a doubt there are plenty of grifters still in Congress and the government in general just looking for the paycheck and the perks.  But that’s not something that will ever change.  But when the wind shifts our way these vampires will at least rubber stamp what the majority of the party endorses in order to keep their meal ticket punched.

But there has to be some organization to allow for the debate and consensus building that goes along with a movement.  The old right had the GOP Establishment and the think tanks and the media entities like the National Review and the Weekly Standard to debate and communicate policy.  We have none of that.  We have blogs and a few mainstream media voices (Rush or Tucker) and then nothing.  Some of these sources will expand.  Some of the mainstream media (maybe Fox, maybe not) will jump on the bandwagon.  But is a political organization necessary?  Everyone remembers the fiasco of the Tea Party.  The last thing people want is a raft of grifters sucking up funds and side-railing actual results.  But how does any organizing get done?  How do decisions and policy get decided?  It doesn’t seem that everything can be done informally.

My guess is an umbrella organization could provide a way for local groups and single-issue groups to coalesce around a common platform. A consensus could be reached that allows politicians and activists to know what the deplorables are thinking.  But how to get something like that going?  A few ways occur to me:

  • A social media site can provide functionality for the organization and communication needed to negotiate some kind of a policy platform.
  • One of the existing think tanks can sponsor a convention either actual or virtual for the deplorables to attend and coalesce around. I’ve liked some of the people who have come out of Claremont Institute.  Maybe that is a possibility.
  • The Republicans might finally wake up and realize that they are throwing away the golden opportunity to represent their natural constituency. If they would analyze how and why President Trump was able to wash away their whole field of candidates and the Democrats, they would see that he threw in his lot with the normal people and rebelled against his own class.  If the Republicans had the courage to follow his lead they would be rewarded with loyal voters.
  • Finally, President Trump may have to do it himself. His own structure to organize the deplorables on a permanent basis would be another workable option.

I’ve said that it needs to be done but I’m not trying to kid anyone into thinking it will be easy.  When I said that the New Right is like a boiling pot I wasn’t kidding.  Chaos and kinetic energy are the only rules and there is absolutely no consensus between the various groups that make it up.  They range from radical separatists who are busy storing ammo for the shooting war, to Tea Party civic nationalists who can’t figure out why John McCain didn’t get elected in 2008, to religious businessmen who want the government to stop persecuting them for their beliefs, to Rust Belt forgotten men who want to stop the globalists from putting the last nail into their economic coffins.  Herding cats would be a cakewalk in comparison.  But it will need to be done if we hope to avoid being back at the mercy of the Stupid Party.

It will be interesting to see if someone steps up to get the ball rolling.  I’d volunteer myself but the day job keeps me pretty busy.  But it’s an enormous opportunity for a savvy operator.  I’m undecided whether it will be a silicon-valley type, or a media operator, or a venture capitalist, or another entrepreneur like Trump.  Or maybe it will be one of the Dissident Visionaries who first recognized that the GOP Establishment were actually the Washington Generals.

But if it doesn’t happen, we could end up with the next generation of the Bush clan being foisted on us as the future of the right wing.  Anyone old enough knows that’s how we got into this mess in the first place, GHW Bush telling us he was a conservative.  If that happens, we run the risk of this whole project ending up on the slag heap.  Total failure.

 

The Great Awakening

In a recent post I stated that back in 2015 the Alt-Right/Dissident Right (or whatever your favorite term is) predicted that the identitarian politics and globalist economic policies of the Left would push the civic nationalists over the edge and radicalize them into their own identitarian group.  In that post I called it the Great Awakening.

The term Great Awakening is actually a description for several religious revivals that occurred in British North America and later in the United States between the 1730s and the late 1800s.  I am stealing the term to use for a completely different phenomenon.

What I am talking about is the phenomenon of normal apolitical Americans waking up to the fact that the Left has been systematically destroying this country for the last fifty years.  And that they’ve been doing it with the tacit approval of most of the Republican hierarchy for most of that time.  When I say the Left I am including the progressives that make up the Media, Academia, the various bureaucracies at the state and federal level that lately are being called the Deep State and all the other entrenched organizations that have been pushing a radical agenda that works for the destruction of the family and traditional life in general.

Up until recently, most normal people assumed that the way to resist these progressive institutions was to vote for the Republicans at the state and federal level and support their efforts to preserve traditional values and cultural norms.  But the Great Awakening was catalyzed by the spectacle of the 2016 election in which the mask finally dropped and we saw the republicans for what they really were.  They were the gate keepers for the Democrats.  They ensured that no matter who was elected the progressive agenda would continue unabated.  During that election Donald Trump called out all of the republican presidential candidates and exposed them for their weakness and lack of courage.  He identified illegal immigration as the weapon being used to destroy America and said he wasn’t afraid to fight against it.  And when the Republican voters threw him their support, the Republican Establishment showed their true colors and became the Never Trump movement and declared that they’d rather elect Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump.

But even after voting for Donald Trump many Americans didn’t recognize the fact that they were personally the target of the progressive agenda.  Even after eight years of Barack Obama and all the hate and lies that attended his “fundamental transformation of America,” these sleepwalkers assumed that nothing could or should be done to change the trajectory of the culture.

Luckily for us there are two things happening to wake these sleepwalkers up.  The first is the President.  President Trump makes it a part of his duties to call out the progressive fanatics.  His bombastic style is an effective means for exposing the ugliness and stupidity of these people.

The other thing that is waking the sleepwalkers up is the acceleration of the Leftist agenda.  We now have immigrant congresswomen from the Middle East openly spouting anti-American and antisemitic sentiments openly.  And not being censured by their Democrat leaders.

And we also now have the transgender phenomenon on full display.  We have high school girls who’ve worked and trained to become competitive athletes being forced to compete against essentially men.  The dispiriting result of such an unfair practice is opening eyes even among communities that normally would have nothing to do with traditional groups.  A schism is opening up in the so-called LGBTQ community between lesbians and transgender supporters over the primacy of biological identity.

All these increasingly strident and unappealing spectacles are waking up normal Americans to the reality that the country is being hijacked by a concerted effort to undermine the normal way of life that makes life worth living.

So, what makes me think things are changing?  Look at the intersection of the two factors I mentioned above.  When AOC’s “Squad” started dumping on America, President Trump told them to go back to their dysfunctional craphole homes and fix them up before they complain about America.  And when the Media breathlessly interviewed Republican women expecting them to condemn the President they didn’t.  A few years ago, they would have.  But defending the Squad is a bridge too far.  Most Americans have had enough of strident leftists.  And this week when President Trump went after Representative Elijah Cummings for his inaccurate statements about the ICE border station and told him to spend more time improving the conditions in his own Baltimore congressional district most Republicans may have been uncomfortable but they could see the relevance of the comparison.

The worm has turned.  The Overton Window has shifted radically and the truth can now finally set you free.  President Trump has made it thinkable to call the Leftists on their lies and people are starting to do it.  And that neutralizes a big part of the scam that they’ve used on the right for the last fifty years.  And that will cause the whole thing to accelerate even more.

And that’s what I call the Great Awakening.  We’re waking up and finding out that the Emperor has no clothes and we don’t have to pretend anymore.  That doesn’t mean we automatically win.  We may find out that we’re outnumbered.  The awakening isn’t an end it’s a beginning.  We still need to figure out how we get what we want.  We’ll have to find out who we can work with and who we can’t.  But at least we’re awake.

 

28JUL2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – The Great Excluded and Our Nationalist Future By Matthew Boose

Living as I do in the thin space between the lumpen masses of the civic nationalists and the bomb-throwing bad-thinkers of the Post America far right I have my days when I long for the good old days when it seemed like if we could just get the tax code straightened out that “we’d be just as right as rain!”

But when I look around me and remember that back in the bad old days of 2015 those bad-thinkers were predicting that the fallout from the Left’s identity politics strategy along with the economic results of a globalist business policy would push normal Americans into a Nationalist direction I see once again that they were right.

And the proof of this is when a mainstream site like American Greatness starts getting closer and closer to the conclusions of the bad-thinkers:

https://amgreatness.com/2019/07/27/the-great-excluded-and-our-nationalist-future/

Without a doubt “The Great Awakening” is upon us.  And that’s good.  Because the awakening is itself a victory.  The fear and uncertainty associated with disinformation is paralyzing.  Damage done by supposed leaders of your own cause are the most devastating.

We’re getting somewhere.