The first day of fall in 2021 is on Wednesday, September 22 at 3.21pm EDT. Fall is the dying season. You see it in the leaves changing color and falling to the ground. You hear it in the desperate chirping of the crickets as they cling to warmth under stones and leaf mold. You can smell it in the air as the dying leaves begin to decay. And you can feel it in your head as the air begins to cool and dry out. And for the old folks you can feel it in your old bones as cold begins to tighten your muscles and tendons.
There will be many beautiful days in September, October and November. But summer is over and it will impact the way I feel and what I do. Many people love fall best. I can understand that. Many detest the heat of summer. Especially those living in the deep south. For them the end of summer is a release from brutal heat and humidity. But even in southern New England fall is just a prelude from the equally brutal reality of snow and cold.
But the good thing about Autumn is the longer nights. For someone who spends a lot of time writing, the darkness is the right time to write. The quiet and darkness of night isn’t interrupted by distracting sights and sounds. In summer I am often tempted to drop what I’m working on and go out into the world and luxuriate in the heat and light and color and smell of the flowers. So that’s the bad thing about Autumn. For a photographer there is the fall foliage and that’s about it. The butterflies and the dragonflies and the hummingbirds are gone. In fact, most of the birds disappear. Hopefully I might see some turkeys but mostly all I’ll hear is the wind and the water.
To compensate we get together with friends and family to celebrate another year and compare notes on children, grandchildren and milestones. Hopefully we are mostly over the lockdown nonsense. I would hate to think we have to spend another holiday season in isolation. That would be a crime.
So, the change of season finds me subdued but not depressed. There are some hopeful signs out in the political world. Even the fake news admits that Biden’s job approval rating is underwater and bound to go lower. A few men have shown some backbone, DeSantis and Abbott. The mood on the real Right is quietly defiant. We know we’re in a bad place but at least we aren’t being led by traitors and idiots. We see what is going on around us with dismay but we are waiting to see if anyone will step forward and do something meaningful. I’d say we’re being realistic.
Okay, enough gloom and doom. On the bright side Camera Girl will be cooking and baking splendiferous foods. Cakes and pies, soups and stews, roasts and sausages. Everything that makes eating fun. And of course, classic horror movies to celebrate Halloween. So, bring it on, bring it on, bring it on. Autumn here we come.
Back in 2015 and 2016 Codevilla wrote about the oligarchic basis of the American regime and along with Michael Anton recognized Donald Trump’s ability to expose the uniparty for what it was. I read that Codevilla was involved in some kind of automobile accident. And he was a very old man. God rest his soul. He will be missed in conservative circles. A very wise man.
If you look at all the crazy things going on in our country you would be excused for thinking that all that is necessary to fix our problems is removing all of the leftists from power. You might think that if we had fifty Governor DeSantises and people like him running our cities and in Congress that everything would go back to normal. I think I used to believe that either consciously or unconsciously. All we needed was good leaders and everything would revert to a normal world. I no longer believe that to be the case.
Our world has drifted very far from a healthy pattern. We could probably spend eternity debating what were the causes of this drift. Some people would point all the way back to the Enlightenment and the dethroning of religion as the center of human life in the West. Maybe that’s true. Other people point to the emancipation of women as the spark that destroyed the family and led us to the place we are now. I think cases could be made for a number of causes for what has happened to our world.
The point I want to make is that some kind of change is going to have to happen. And either we are going to make these changes ourselves or nature will fix them for us. An example of what happens when you let your society degenerate would be the end of the classical world. The Western Roman Empire was toppled by German tribesmen who realized just how feeble the Roman state had become. And a few hundred years later the Eastern Roman Empire was almost completely swept away by the armies of Arabia galvanized by a fundamentalist religion that gave meaning and order to their lives.
Something very similar will happen to our world unless we step back and restore sanity to the way we live. Our institutions have to stop propagandizing our youth as to the value and desirability of living a secularized and sterile existence that eschews marriage and children. The idea that it is acceptable and even preferred to adopt an identity that puts you at odds with biological reality is madness. And all the other LGBTQ lifestyles must also be identified as deviancy that doesn’t merit celebration but at most pity and possibly tolerance if it isn’t allowed to corrupt the youth.
And these are just the negative aspects of our society that must be addressed. At the same time, changes must be enacted to amplify society’s effect on the positive behaviors we want to encourage. Our government must support the formation and flourishing of families. If a man and a woman are raising up children the government should be doing everything it can to maximize the odds that they will create good, well-adjusted and productive people. The tax laws and the social safety net should be primarily focused on these people. Everything should be done to allow young women to stay home with their children during those formative years. And this shouldn’t be done just because it is helpful to the child-rearing task but also because raising a family is the most fulfilling occupation that two people can hope to have. And a young mother at home with her young children is the necessary center of such a family. Without her it is an incomplete and confused fragment of what a family should be. A poor family with a mother at home has its struggles. But even a rich family without a mother at home is unbalanced and often unhappy. The children feel the lack but don’t know what they’re missing.
And there are so many things about our society that are unhealthy and dangerous. The complete disappearance of religion from our daily life and the normalizing of unhealthy obsessions like drugs and pornography have destroyed countless young lives. All of these things are justified by our fetish with freedom. A re-evaluation on the limits of freedom is painfully overdue.
And if society doesn’t start making these changes very soon, then as I said at the beginning of this rant, nature will do it for us. Or more accurately, do it for our successors that live in healthier cultures.
This post from the Babylon Bee attempts to mock the FBI sting operation that was recently head in DC. But the actual reports showing Capitol Police outfitted like Darth Vader attempting to shield the identity of an FBI plant dressed up as a fake antifa agitator was beyond parody.
Honestly, if anyone still doubts that we live in an occupied country just think about this. The FBI was perfectly fine with BLM and antifa burning down areas of dozens of cities last year. But they are going all out to entrap right-wing protestors with whatever false flag activities they can engineer. FBI or Stasi, what’s the difference?
Maybe she could just have said they’re absolutely useless but she does itemize what she thinks they should be doing. And there is some value in that. I’m always of two minds about these rants. After all I’ve done enough of them myself and even though it feels better getting to say it, unless someone actually accomplishes any of the items on the list it’s all just hot air. But I like to see if the other guy (or gal in this case) has anything on his list that I’ve forgotten. Joy actually has a few things I haven’t thought of so kudos to her.
Colorado finally got around to distinguishing between deaths due to COVID and those due to other causes where a positive COVID test existed. The number dropped from 13,845 to 7,028. Can you imagine if this is representative of the whole country. As one of the coroners who exposed this said, COVID is a real disease but its death toll is being inflated for political reasons.