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Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote to the NFL commissioners the following:
I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and the Giants Stadium.
I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!
You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.
What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?
I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?
Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!
You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.
Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles. They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms.
Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.
I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!
Time to change the channel.
Powers originally sent his letter to former Florida congressman Allen West. West then posted the letter to his news website.
As of last week, at least 18 NFL player had protested the anthem by either kneeling during the anthem or raising their fists, according to USA Today Sports.
If you agree with what he said please pass this to someone else who also cares….
The typical U.S. household is headed by a person age 65 or older has a net
worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according
to an analysis of census data released Monday.
They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in
some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting
ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a
little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once
were. We worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and have grown old
Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably
true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need
to be taken into consideration.
In school we studied English, history, math, and science, which enabled us to
lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what
outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience. We remember the days of
telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to
our homes. For those of you who don't know what an icebox is, today they
are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when
cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.
We are probably considered old fashioned and out-dated by many. But there
are a few things you need to remember before completely writing us off.
We won World War II, fought in Korea and Viet Nam. We can quote The
Pledge of Allegiance, and know where to place our hand while doing so. We
wore the uniform of our country with pride and lost many friends on the
battlefield. We didn't fight for the Socialist States of America; we
fought for the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.â€ We wore
different uniforms but carried the same flag. We know the words to the Star
Spangled Banner, America , and America the Beautiful by heart, and you may even
see some tears running down our cheeks as we sing. We have lived what
many of you have only read in history books and we feel no obligation to
apologize to anyone for America .
Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good
fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for
it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is
going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against
all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep.
There are those who want to destroy this land we love but, like our founders,
there is no way we are going to remain silent.
It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the
Democratic Congress. You fell for the "Hope and Change" which
in reality was nothing but "Hype and Lies." You youngsters have
tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don't like it
after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their
careers or "Climbing the Social Ladder" to be involved in such
mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the
"Great Lie" in 2008 are now having buyer's remorse. With all
the education we gave you, you didn't have sense enough to see through the lies
and instead drank the 'Kool-Aid'. Now you're paying the price and
complaining about it; no jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, insane student
loans, and less freedom.
This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted
you with the Torch of Liberty, and you traded it for a paltry paycheck, cool
wheels, and a fancy house.
Well, don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2016 we
are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you
would like, but we get where we're going, and in 2016 we went to the polls by
the millions. This land does not belong to the Islamic in the White House
nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Van Jones, Dick Durban, and Eric
Holder. America belongs to "We the People," and "We the
People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time
you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to your
grandchildren. So the next time you have the honor to say the Pledge of
Allegiance, get off your ass, stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor
your country, and thank God for the old geezers of the "Gray-Haired
Brigade." Without them you wouldn't even be here.
Footnote: This is spot on. I am another Gray-Haired Geezer signing
on. I will circulate this to other Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once
great county. And remember you are dancing on the stage that we the Gray-Haired
Geezers built. Cherish and protect this as we have and never forget to respect
the country that gave you life.
Can you feel the ground shaking??? It's not an earthquake, it is a
We always marvel when things such as this happen. Enjoy!
In 1892 at _Stanford University_ , an 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. He and a friend decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money for their education.
They reached out to the great pianist *Ignacy J. Paderewski*. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano recital. A deal was struck and the boys began to work to make the concert a success.
The big day arrived. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to *Paderewski* and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque at the soonest possible.
“No,” said *Paderewski*. “This is not acceptable.” He tore up the cheque, returned the $1600 and told the two boys: “Here’s the $1600. Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your fees. And just give me whatever is left”. The boys were surprised, and thanked him profusely.
It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly marked out *Paderewski* as a great human being.
Why should he help two people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in our lives. And most of us only think “If I help them, what would happen to me?” The truly great people think, “If I don’t help them, what will happen to them?” They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it because they feel it’s the right thing to do.
*Paderewski* later went on to become the *Prime Minister of Poland*. He was a great leader, but unfortunately when the *World War* began, *Poland* was ravaged. There were more than _1.5 million people starving in his country, and no money to feed them_ . *Paderewski* did not know where to turn for help. He reached out to the *US Food and Relief Administration* for help.
He heard there was a man called *Herbert Hoover* — who later went on to become the *US President*. *Hoover* agreed to help and quickly shipped tons of food grains to feed the starving *Polish* people.
_A calamity was averted_ .*Paderewski* was relieved.
He decided to go across to meet *Hoover* and personally thank him. When *Paderewski* began to thank *Hoover* for his _noble gesture_ *Hoover* quickly interjected and said, " *You shouldn’t be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this, but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college. I was one of them* .”
_The world is a wonderful place. What goes around comes around. Please help others to the best of your ability. In the long run you may be helping yourself. God never forgets anyone who sows a good seed in other people, never_ .
Nothing in nature lives for itself. Rivers don't drink their own water. Trees don't eat their own fruit. Sun doesn't give heat for itself. Flowers don't spread fragrance for themselves. Living for others is the rule of nature. And therein lies the secret of living* .
Having just returned from Western Canada I came across this article. It certainly makes sense to me. Enjoy!
Canada to Build Wall on its Southern Border!
I'm just sayin!
Canada to Build Wall on its Southern Border!
The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution. Canadian border residents say it's not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, global-warming activists, and "green" energy proponents crossing their fields at night.
"I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota . "He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn't have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?"
In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming.
Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies. "A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions," an Alberta border patrolman said. "I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley cabernet and some kale chips. When liberals are caught,they're sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.
Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that actually contribute to the economy.
In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the '50s. "If they can't identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age," an official said.
Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD's, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones. "I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can't support them," an Ottawa resident said. "After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?”
Cop Who Shot Young Minority Male Sends Kaepernick Item He’ll Never Forget
Retired police officer Chris Amos, a father of three, had the spotlight shone on him while he was still in uniform. Amos shot and killed a young minority male and was given paid leave. He is exactly the type of police officer that Kaepernick spoke about when he said, “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” However, Amos decided to show Kaepernick something that the NFL player didn’t know: that they were more alike than he realized.
The open letter addressed to Kaepernick that Amos posted on Facebook was absolutely spectacular.
Dear Colin guess you have been pretty busy these last few days. For the record I don’t think any more or less of you for not standing for the national anthem. Honestly, I never thought that much about you, or any professional athlete for that matter, to begin with. I’ve read your statement a few times and want you to know I am one of the reasons you are protesting. You see I am a retired police officer that had the misfortune of having to shoot and kill a 19-year-old African-American male. And just like you said, I was the recipient of about $3,000 a month while on leave, which was a good thing because I had to support a wife and three children under 7 years old for about 2 months with that money. Things were pretty tight because I couldn’t work part-time. Every police officer I’ve ever known has worked part-time to help make ends meet.
You know, Colin, the more I think about it, the more we seem to have in common. I really pushed myself in rehab to get back on the street, kind of like you do to get back on the field. You probably have had a broken bone or two and some muscle strains and deep bruising that needed a lot of work. I just had to bounce back from a gunshot wound to the chest and thigh. Good thing we both get paid when we are too banged up to “play,” huh? We both also know what it’s like to get blindsided. You by a 280-pound defensive end, ouch! Me, by a couple of rounds fired from a gun about 2 feet away into my chest and thigh. We also both make our living wearing uniforms, right? You have probably ruined a jersey or two on the field of play. I still have my blood-stained shirt that my partner and paramedics literally ripped off my back that cold night in January. Fortunately, like you I was given a new one. Speaking of paramedics aren’t you glad the second we get hurt trainers and doctors are standing by waiting to rush onto the field to scoop us up. I’m thankful they get to you in seconds. It only took them about 10 minutes to get to me. By the grace of God, the artery in my thigh didn’t rupture or else 10 minutes would have been about 9 minutes too late. We also have both experienced the hate and disgust others have just because of those uniforms we wear. I sure am glad for your sake that the folks who wear my uniform are on hand to escort you and those folks that wear your uniform into stadiums in places like Seattle!
I guess that’s where the similarities end, Colin. You entertain for a living, I and almost 800,000 others across this country serve and protect. Are there some bad apples within my profession? Absolutely, and they need to be identified and fired or arrested! But you know what, the vast majority do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason. Did I mention that seconds before I was shot, an elderly African-American gentleman walking down the sidewalk, turned to my partner and I as we rode past and said, “Get them.” Get who, you ask? The thugs terrorizing an otherwise good and decent neighborhood, home to dozens of good, decent African-American families trying to raise those families in communities not protected by gates and security guards. No these folks and families depend on America’s law enforcement officers.
Colin, I have buried 7 friends killed in the line of duty and three others who have committed suicide. I have attended more funerals than I care to remember of neighboring departments who have lost officers in the line of duty, during my career. Law enforcement oficers with different backgrounds, upbringings and experiences united by their willingness to answer the call to protect and serve their fellow citizens.
Colin, I am sorry for the endorsement deals you may lose and the dip in jersey sales, but please know you will NEVER lose what these men and women and their families have lost. And so whether you stand or sit during the national anthem means very little to me. As for me and the men and women on whose team I was privileged to serve, we will put on our ballistic vests, badge and gun, kiss our loved ones goodbye, for some tragically for the last time, and out into a shift of uncertainty we will go. We will continue to protect and continue to serve and we will be standing at attention, Colin, not just for the playing of our national anthem, but far more importantly for the playing of Taps.
The writer of the following piece, The Flight 93 Election, offers a sizzling, blockbuster criticism of standard Republicans and pusillanimous conservatives of the last twenty or thirty years.
The author, basically says they are either "bought, sold, and owned" (corrupted by the way they earn their bread, the ones who work in the Washington, DC / bicoastal swamp) or simply gutless, chicken hypocrites who are not courageous enough to act on what they say they believe.. And therefore both camps are pretty worthless.
The author not only says, "Here's why #NeverHillary." He is really sounding a klaxon for the demise of America and doing it very eloquently. He's really saying that the liberal / progressive / socialist / Communist / Cultural Marxists (what's the f'ing difference??? . . . none, actually) will "wipe out" (in terms of government and culture) the conservatives and Republicans of every stripe after this election if Hillary wins.
Read this piece and you will know all you need to know for this election. -
2016 is the
Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die.You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it
into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no
one: if you don’t
try, death is certain.To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is
Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the
cylinder and take your chances.
To ordinary conservative
ears, this sounds histrionic. The stakes can’t be that high because they are
never that high—except perhaps in the pages of Gibbon. Conservative
intellectuals will insist that there has been no “end of history” and that all
human outcomes are still possible. They will even—as Charles Kesler does—admit
that America is in “crisis.” But how great is the crisis? Can things really be
so bad if eight years of Obama can be followed by eight more of Hillary, and
yet Constitutionalist conservatives can still reasonably hope for a restoration
of our cherished ideals? Cruz in 2024!
Not to pick (too much) on
Kesler, who is less unwarrantedly optimistic than most conservatives. And who,
at least, poses the right question: Trump or Hillary? Though his answer—“even
if [Trump] had chosen his policies at random, they would be sounder than Hillary’s”—is
unwarrantedly ungenerous.The truth is that Trump articulated, if incompletely and
inconsistently, the right stances on the right issues—immigration, trade, and
war—right from the beginning.
But let us back up. One of the paradoxes—there are so
many—of conservative thought over the last decade at least is the unwillingness
even to entertain the possibility that America and the West are on a
trajectory toward something very bad. On the
one hand, conservatives routinely present a litany of ills plaguing the body
politic. Illegitimacy. Crime. Massive, expensive, intrusive, out-of-control
government. Politically correct McCarthyism. Ever-higher taxes and
ever-deteriorating services and infrastructure. Inability to win wars against
tribal, sub-Third-World foes. A disastrously awful educational system that
churns out kids who don’t know anything and, at the primary and secondary
levels, can’t (or won’t) discipline disruptive punks, and at the higher levels
saddles students with six figure debts for the privilege. And so on and
drearily on. Like that portion of the mass where the priest asks for your
private intentions,fill in any dismal fact about American decline that you want and
I’ll stipulate it.
Conservatives spend at
least several hundred million dollars a year on think-tanks, magazines,
conferences, fellowships, and such, complaining about this, that, the other,
and everything. And yet these same conservatives are, at root, keepers of the status
quo. Oh, sure, they want some things to change. They want their pet ideas
adopted—tax deductions for having more babies and the like. Many of them are
even good ideas. But are any of them truly fundamental? Do they get to the
heart of our problems?
If conservatives are right
about the importance of virtue, morality, religious faith, stability, character
and so on in the individual; if they are right about sexual morality or what
came to be termed “family values”; if they are right about the importance of
education to inculcate good character and to teach the fundamentals that have
defined knowledge in the West for millennia; if they are right about societal
norms and public order; if they are right about the centrality of initiative,
enterprise, industry, and thrift to a sound economy and a healthy society; if
they are right about the soul-sapping effects of paternalistic Big Government
and its cannibalization of civil society and religious institutions; if they
are right about the necessity of a strong defense and prudent statesmanship in
the international sphere—if they
are right about the importance of all this to national health and even
survival, then they must believe—mustn’t they?—that we are headed off a
But it’s quite obvious that
conservatives don’t believe any such thing, that they feel no such sense of
urgency, of an
immediate necessity to change course and avoid the cliff. A recent article by Matthew
Continetti may be taken as representative—indeed, almost written for the
purpose of illustrating the point. Continetti inquires into the “condition of
America” and finds it wanting. What does Continetti propose to do about it? The
usual litany of “conservative” “solutions,” with the obligatory references to
decentralization, federalization, “civic renewal,” and—of course!—Burke.Which is to say,conservatism’s
typical combination of the useless and inapt with the utopian and unrealizable.Decentralization and federalism are
all well and good, and as a conservative, I endorse them both without
reservation. But how are they going to save, or even meaningfully improve, the
America that Continetti describes? What can they do against a tidal wave of dysfunction,
immorality, and corruption? “Civic
renewal” would do a lot of course, but that’s like saying health will save a
cancer patient. A step has been skipped in there somewhere. How are we going to
achieve “civic renewal”?Wishing for a tautology to enact
itself is not a strategy.
Continetti trips over a
more promising approach when he writes of “stress[ing] the ‘national interest
abroad and national solidarity at home’ through foreign-policy retrenchment,
‘support to workers buffeted by globalization,’ and setting ‘tax rates and
immigration levels’ to foster social cohesion." That sounds a lot like
Trumpism. But the phrases that Continetti quotes are taken from Ross Douthat
and Reihan Salam, both of whom, like Continetti, are vociferously—one might
even say fanatically—anti-Trump. At least they, unlike Kesler, give Trump
credit for having identified the right stance on today’s most salient issues.
Yet, paradoxically, they won’t vote for Trump whereas Kesler hints that he
will. It’s reasonable, then, to read into Kesler’s esoteric endorsement of
Trump an implicit acknowledgment that the crisis is, indeed, pretty dire. I
expect a Claremont scholar to be wiser than most other conservative
intellectuals, and I am relieved not to be disappointed in this instance.
Yet we may also reasonably
ask: What explains
the Pollyanna-ish declinism of so many others? That is, the stance that
Things-Are-Really-Bad—But-Not-So-Bad-that-We-Have-to-Consider-Anything-Really-Different!The obvious answer is that
they don’t really believe the first half of that formulation. If so, like
Chicken Little, they should stick a sock in it.Pecuniary reasons also suggest
themselves, but let us
foreswear recourse to this explanation until we have disproved all the others.
Whatever the reason for the
contradiction, there can be no doubt that there is a contradiction.To
simultaneously hold conservative cultural, economic, and political beliefs—to
insist that our liberal-left present reality and future direction is
incompatible with human nature and must undermine society—and yet also believe
that things can go on more or less the way they are going, ideally but not
necessarily with some conservative tinkering here and there, is logically
very blunt here: if you genuinely think things can go on with no fundamental
change needed, then you have implicitly
admitted that conservatism is wrong.
wrong on human nature, wrong on the nature of politics, and wrong in its policy
prescriptions. Because, first, few of those prescriptions are in force today.
Second, of the ones that are, the left is busy undoing them, often with
conservative assistance. And, third, the
whole trend of the West is ever-leftward, ever further away from what we all
understand as conservatism.
answer—Continetti’s, Douthat’s, Salam’s, and so many others’—is for
conservatism to keep doing what it’s been doing—another policy journal, another
article about welfare reform, another half-day seminar on limited government,
another tax credit proposal—even though we’ve been losing ground for at least a century, then you’ve implicitly
accepted that your supposed political philosophy doesn’t matter and that
civilization will carry on just fine under leftist tenets. Indeed, that
leftism is truer than conservatism and superior to it.
They will say, in words
reminiscent of dorm-room Marxism—but our proposals have not been tried!
Here our ideas sit, waiting to be implemented! To which I reply: eh, not
really. Many conservative solutions—above all welfare reform and crime
control—have been tried, and proved effective, but have nonetheless
failed to stem the tide. Crime, for instance, is down from its mid-’70s and
early ’90s peak—but way, way up from the historic American norm that ended when
liberals took over criminal justice in the mid-’60s. And it’s rising fast
today, in the teeth of ineffectual conservative complaints. And what has this
temporary crime (or welfare, for that matter) decline done to stem the greater
tsunami of leftism that still engulfs our every—literal and figurative—shore
has receded not a bit but indeed has grown.All your (our) victories are short-lived.
the point, what has conservatism achieved lately? In the last 20 years?
The answer—which appears to be “nothing” —might seem to lend credence to the plea that “our ideas haven’t
been tried.” Except that the same conservatives who generate those ideas are in
charge of selling them to the broader public. If their ideas “haven’t been
tried,” who is ultimately at fault? The whole enterprise of Conservatism, Inc., reeks of failure. Its sole recent and ongoing success is its
own self-preservation.Conservative intellectuals never tire of praising
“entrepreneurs” and “creative destruction.” Dare to fail! they exhort
businessmen. Let the market decide! Except, um, not with respect to us. Or is
their true market not the political arena, but the fundraising circuit?
three questions matter. First, how bad are things really? Second, what do we do
right now? Third, what should we do for the long term?
“answer” to the first may, at this point, simply be dismissed. If the
conservatives wish to have a serious debate, I for one am game—more than game;
eager. The problem of “subjective certainty” can only be overcome by going into
the agora. But my attempt to do so—the blog that Kesler mentions—was met
largely with incredulity. How can they say that?! How can anyone apparently of
our caste (conservative intellectuals) not merely support Trump (however
lukewarmly) but offer reasons for doing do?
One of the Journal of
American Greatness’s [JAG] deeper arguments was that only in a
corrupt republic, in corrupt times, could a Trump rise.It is
therefore puzzling that those most horrified by Trump are the least willing to
consider the possibility that the republic is dying.That possibility, apparently, seems to them so preposterous that
no refutation is necessary.
As does, presumably, the
argument thatthe stakes in 2016 are—everything. I should here note that I
am a good deal gloomier than my (former) JAG colleagues, and that while
we frequently used the royal “we” when discussing things on which we all
agreed, I here speak only for myself.
How have the last two
decades worked out for you, personally? If you’re a member or fellow-traveler
of the Davos class, chances are: pretty well. If you’re among the subspecies
conservative intellectual or politician, you’ve accepted—perhaps not consciously,
but unmistakably—your status on the roster of the Washington Generals of
American politics. Your job is to show up and lose, but you are a
necessary part of the show and you do get paid. To the extent that you are ever
on the winning side of anything, it’s as sophists who help the Davoisie
oligarchy rationalize open borders, lower wages, outsourcing,
de-industrialization, trade giveaways, and endless, pointless, winless war.
All of Trump’s 16
Republican competitors would have ensured more of the same—as will the election
of Hillary Clinton. That would be bad enough. But at least Republicans are
merely reactive when it comes to wholesale cultural and political change. Their
“opposition” may be in all cases ineffectual and often indistinguishable from
support. But they don’t dream up inanities like 32 “genders,” elective
bathrooms, single-payer, Iran sycophancy, “Islamophobia,” and Black Lives
Matter.They merely help ratify them.
A Hillary presidency will be
pedal-to-the-metal on the entire Progressive-left agenda, plus items few of us
have yet imagined in our darkest moments. Nor is even that the worst. It will be coupled with a level of
vindictive persecution against resistance and dissent hitherto seen in the
supposedly liberal West only in the most “advanced” Scandinavian countries and
the most leftist corners of Germany and England. We see this already in the
censorship practiced by the Davoisie’s social media enablers; in the
shameless propaganda tidal wave of the mainstream media; and in the personal destruction
campaigns—operated through the former and aided by the latter—of the Social
Justice Warriors. We see it in Obama’s flagrant use of the IRS to torment
political opponents, the gaslighting
denial by the media, and the
collective shrug by everyone else.
It’s absurd to assume that
any of this would stop or slow—would do anything other than massively
intensify—in a Hillary administration. It’s even more ridiculous to expect
that hitherto useless conservative opposition would suddenly become effective.
For two generations at least, the Left has been calling everyone to their right
Nazis.This trend has accelerated exponentially in the last few years, helped along by some on the Right who really do seem to
merit—and even relish—the label. There is nothing the modern conservative fears
more than being called “racist,” so alt-right pocket Nazis are manna from
heaven for the Left. But also wholly unnecessary: sauce for the goose. The Left
was calling us Nazis long before any pro-Trumpers tweeted Holocaust denial
memes. And how does one deal with a Nazi—that is, with an enemy one is
convinced intends your destruction? You don’t compromise with him or leave him
alone. You crush him.
So what do we have to lose
by fighting back? Only our Washington Generals jerseys—and paychecks. But those
are going away anyway. Among the many things the “Right”
still doesn’t understand is that the Left has concluded that this particular show need no longer
go on. They don’t think they need a foil anymore and would rather dispense with the whole bother of staging
these phony contests in which each side ostensibly has a shot.
If you haven’t noticed, our side
has been losing consistently since 1988. We can win midterms, but we do nothing
ours Hannibalic victories. After the Carthaginian’s famous slaughter of a Roman
army at Cannae, he failed to march on an undefended Rome, prompting his cavalry
commander to complain: “you know how to win a victory, but not how to use one.”
And, aside from 2004’s lackluster 50.7%, we can’t win the big ones at all.
Because the deck is stacked
overwhelmingly against us. I will mention but three ways. First,the
opinion-making elements—the universities and the media above all—are wholly
corrupt and wholly opposed to everything we want, and increasingly even to our
existence.(What else are the wars on “cis-genderism”—formerly known as
“nature”—and on the supposed “white privilege” of broke hillbillies
really about?) If it hadn’t been abundantly clear for the last 50 years, the
campaign of 2015-2016 must surely have made it evident to even the meanest
capacities that the intelligentsia—including all the organs through which it
broadcasts its propaganda—isoverwhelmingly partisan and biased. Against
this onslaught, “conservative” media is a nullity, barely a whisper. It cannot be heard above the blaring of what
has been aptly called “The Megaphone.”
Second, our Washington
Generals self-handicap and self-censor to an absurd degree. Lenin is
supposed to have said that “the best way to control the opposition is to lead
it ourselves.” But with an opposition like ours, why bother? Our “leaders” and
“dissenters” bend over backward to play by the self-sabotaging rules the Left
sets for them. Fearful, beaten dogs have more thymos.
Third and most important, the ceaseless importation of
Third World foreigners with no tradition of, taste for, or experience in
liberty means that the electorate grows more left, more Democratic, less
Republican, less republican, and less traditionally American with every cycle.
As does, of course, the
U.S. population, which only serves to reinforce the two other causes outlined
above. This is the core reason why the Left, the Democrats, and the
bipartisan junta (categories distinct but very much overlapping) think they areon the
cusp of a permanent victory that will forever obviate the need to pretend to
respect democratic and constitutional niceties.
Because they are.[on the cusp of a permanent victory]
It’s also why they treat
open borders as the “absolute value,” the one “principle” that—when their
“principles” collide—they prioritize above all the others. If that fact
is insufficiently clear, consider this. Trump is the most liberal Republican
nominee since Thomas Dewey. He departs from conservative orthodoxy in so many
ways that National Review still hasn’t stopped counting. But let’s stick
to just the core issues animating his campaign. On trade, globalization, and
war, Trump is to the left (conventionally understood) not only of his own
party, but of his Democratic opponent. And yet the Left and the junta are at
one with the house-broken conservatives in their determination—desperation—not
merely to defeat Trump but to destroy him. What gives?
Oh, right—there’sthat other
issue. The sacredness of mass immigration
is the mystic chord that unites America’s ruling and intellectual classes.
Their reasons vary
somewhat. The Left and the Democrats seek ringers to form a permanent electoral
majority. They, or many of them, also believe the academic-intellectual lie
that America’s inherently racist and evil nature can be expiated only
through ever greater “diversity.” The junta of course craves cheaper and
more docile labor. It also seeks to legitimize, and deflect unwanted attention
from, its wealth and power by pretending that its open borders stance is a form
of noblesse oblige. The Republicans and the “conservatives”? Both of
course desperately want absolution from the charge of “racism.” For the latter,
this at least makes some sense. No Washington General can take the court—much
less cash his check—with that epithet dancing over his head like some Satanic
Spirit. But for the former, this priestly grace comes at the direct expense of
their worldly interests. Do they honestly believe that the right enterprise
zone or charter school policy will arouse 50.01% of our newer voters to finally
reveal their “natural conservatism” at the ballot box? It hasn’t happened
anywhere yet and shows no signs that it ever will. But that doesn’t stop the
Republican refrain: more, more, more! No matter how many elections they lose,
how many districts tip forever blue, how rarely (if ever) their immigrant vote
cracks 40%, the answer is always the same. Just
like Angela Merkel after yet another rape, shooting, bombing, or machete
attack. More, more, more!
insane. This is the mark of a party, a society, a country, a people, a civilization
that wants to die.
Trump, alone among
candidates for high office in this or in the last seven (at least) cycles, has
stood up to say: I want to live. I want my party to live. I want my country to
live. I want my people to live. I want to end the insanity.
Yes, Trump is worse than
imperfect. So what? We can lament until we choke the lack of a great statesman
to address the fundamental issues of our time—or, more importantly, to connect
them. Since Pat Buchanan’s three failures, occasionally a candidate arose who
saw one piece: Dick Gephardt on trade, Ron Paul on war, Tom Tancredo on
immigration. Yet, among recent political figures—great statesmen, dangerous
demagogues, and mewling gnats alike—only Trump-the-alleged-buffoon not merely
saw all three and their essential connectivity, but was able to win on them.
The alleged buffoon is thus
more prudent—more practically wise—than all of our wise-and-good who so
bitterly oppose him.This
should embarrass them. That their failures instead embolden them is only
further proof of their foolishness and hubris.
Which they self-laud as
“consistency”—adherence to “conservative principle,” defined by the 1980
campaign and the household gods of reigning conservative think-tanks. A higher
consistency in the service of the national interest apparently eludes them.When
America possessed a vast, empty continent and explosively growing industry,high immigration was
arguably good policy.(Arguably:
Ben Franklin would disagree.)
It hasn’t made sense since World
Free trade was
unquestionably a great boon to the American worker in the decades after World
War II. We long ago passed the point of diminishing returns. The Gulf War of
1991 was a strategic victory for American interests. No conflict since then has
been. Conservatives either can’t see this—or, worse, those who can nonetheless
treat the only political leader to mount a serious challenge to the status quo (more immigration, more trade, more war) as a unique evil.
Trump’s vulgarity is in
fact a godsend to the conservatives. It allows them to hang their public
opposition on his obvious shortcomings and to ignore or downplay his far
greater strengths, which should be even more obvious but in corrupt times can
be deliberately obscured by constant references to his faults. That the Left
would make the campaign all about the latter is to be expected. Why would the
Right? Some—a few—are no doubt sincere in their belief that the man is simply
unfit for high office. David Frum, who has always been an immigration skeptic
and is a convert to the less-war position, is sincere when he says that, even
though he agrees with much of Trump’s agenda, he cannot stomach Trump. But for
most of the other #NeverTrumpers, is it just a coincidence that they also
happen to favor Invade the World, Invite the World?
Another question JAG
raised without provoking any serious attempt at refutation was whether, in
corrupt times, it took a … let’s say ... “loudmouth” to rise above the din of
The Megaphone. We, or I, speculated: “yes.” Suppose there had arisen some
statesman of high character—dignified, articulate, experienced,
knowledgeable—the exact opposite of everything the conservatives claim to hate
about Trump. Could this hypothetical paragon have won on Trump’s same issues?
Would the conservatives have supported him? I would have—even had he been a
Back on planet earth, that
flight of fancy at least addresses what to do now. The answer to the subsidiary
question—will it work?—is much less clear. By “it” I mean Trumpism, broadly defined
as secure borders, economic nationalism, and America-first foreign policy.We
Americans have chosen, in our foolishness, to disunite the country through
stupid immigration, economic, and foreign policies.The level of
unity America enjoyed before the bipartisan junta took over can never be
But we can probably do
better than we are doing now. First, stop digging. No more importing poverty, crime,
and alien cultures. We have made institutions, by leftist design, not merely
abysmal at assimilation but abhorrent of the concept.
should try to fix that, but
given the Left’s iron grip on every school and cultural center, that’s like
trying to bring democracy to Russia. A worthy goal, perhaps, but temper your
hopes—and don’t invest time and resources unrealistically.
By contrast, simply
building a wall and enforcing immigration law will help enormously, by cutting
off the flood of newcomers that perpetuates ethnic separatism and by
incentivizing the English language and American norms in the workplace. These
policies will have the added benefit of aligning the economic interests of, and
(we may hope) fostering solidarity among, the working, lower middle, and middle
classes of all races and ethnicities. The same can be said for Trumpian trade policies
and anti-globalization instincts. Who cares if productivity numbers tick down,
or if our already somnambulant GDP sinks a bit further into its pillow? Nearly
all the gains of the last 20 years have accrued to the junta anyway. It would,
at this point, be better for the nation to divide up more equitably a slightly
smaller pie than to add one extra slice—only to ensure that it and eight of the
other nine go first to the government and its rentiers, and the rest to the
same four industries and 200 families.
Will this work? Ask a
pessimist, get a pessimistic answer. So don’t ask. Ask instead: is it worth
trying? Is it better than the alternative? If you can’t say, forthrightly,
“yes,” you are either part of the junta, a fool, or a conservative intellectual.
And if it doesn’t work,
what then? We’ve established that most “conservative” anti-Trumpites are in the Orwellian sense
objectively pro-Hillary. What about the rest of you? If you recognize the
threat she poses, but somehow can’t stomach him, have you thought about the
longer term? The possibilities would seem to be: Caesarism, secession/crack-up,
collapse, or managerial Davoisie liberalism as far as the eye can see … which, since
nothing human lasts forever, at some point will give way to one of the other
three. Oh, and, I suppose, for those who like to pour a tall one and dream big,
a second American Revolution that restores Constitutionalism, limited
government, and a 28% top marginal rate.
But for those of you who
are sober: can you sketch a more plausible long-term future than the prior four
following a Trump defeat? I can’t either.
The election of 2016 is a test—in my view, the
final test—of whether there is any virtù left in what used
to be the core of the American nation.If they cannot rouse themselves simply to vote for the
first candidate in a generation who pledges to advance their interests, and to
vote against the one who openly boasts that she will do the opposite(a million more Syrians,
anyone?),then they are doomed.
They may not
deserve the fate that will befall them, but they will suffer it regardless.