A Line In The Sand: The Texas Independence Rally

A Line In The Sand: The Texas Independence Rally

February 28, 2011

courtesy Texas Nationalist Movement

(Editor’s Note: I have written lots of articles about the Texas Nationalist Movement. The most recent is HERE. The TNM is the premier secessionist organization on the North American continent. No other organization even comes close to their professionalism, focus, energy and RESULTS. In my opinion, only Texas has a chance to gain independence and nationhood in the foreseeable future.

The BIG rally is March 5th in Austin. If you can be there, be there on March 5th. That’s this coming Saturday, friends.)

March 5, 2011 is the 175th anniversary of William Barret Travis drawing the line in the sand at the Alamo. On this day, Texans will draw another line in the sand for the Texas Legislature.

Article 1 Section 1 of the Texas Constitution reads:

“Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the pres…ervation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.”

Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution reads:

“All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.”

The Texas Legislature has allowed other states to take the lead on issues of state sovereignty and independence. It is time that we gather together and send them a message that a line in the sand has been drawn.

Whether you are a Tea Partier, Tenther or anyone else who believes in these key principles from the Texas Bill of Rights, you need to be there to send that message with us.

The cutoff for filing new bills is March 11th. This could be our last chance to move the Legislature to action in this session. Let’s show them that the freedom and independence of Texas is more important than slot machines and iffy committee assignments.

To quote Col. William Barret Travis: “I shall have to fight the enemy on his own terms, yet I am ready to do it, and if my countrymen do not rally to my relief, I am determined to perish in the defense of this place, and my bones shall reproach my country for her neglect.”

Give his sacrifice meaning. Join us at the Capitol on March 5th.

For more information email mdd@texasnationalist.com or call 800-662-1836.

Here is the final schedule and details for the Line In The Sand Rally in Austin on the 5th of March. You will notice that the parade attendance for early Saturday morning has been cancelled as many of our members and participants will be traveling. The Texas Nationalist Movement has decided to focus all our efforts on the rally and activities after the rally.

Our goal is to get the attention of the Governor and the legislators by our numbers in attendance so that they will file the bill on a referendum vote by the people of Texas on Texas Independence. To accomplish that we must get the actual bill into the hands of as many legislators as possible on that day.

Setup for speakers and music —— 12:00 NOON

Start of official rally —— 1:00PM SOUTH STEPS OF THE CAPITOL

End of rally —– 4:00PM

Toward the end of the rally the TNM will be passing out copies of the bill for the referendum vote. We are asking everyone to take one and bring it personally into the Capitol en masse and make sure that every Representative, Senator, and the Governor get a copy. If we go in as a group, they cannot ignore us.

We are asking everyone to carry your favorite Texas flag. Carry your favorite sign about Texas Independence. Wear your “blue” TNM shirt. Be loud, be proud, be demanding, and know that we are the only option left to save a true Republic.

In conclusion, we are asking everyone to get on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, personal mail, phone, fax and face-to-face with family and friends. As you watch what is going on in the world and in the United States, you can see that it is imperative for us to gather in large numbers on the 5th. We cannot fail ourselves or Texas. We will make a difference! BE THERE!

Goyim Questions And Jewish Answers

Goyim Questions

And Jewish Answers

 

Goyim Questions Francesco Hayez, “The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem” (1867)

Ellison Lodge’s attempt to bring order to the debate about Jewish nationalism and influence in America was very laudable and plausible. His categories have the appearance of fairness and balance, which is an achievement in an area that generates so much “heat” and miasma. His four categories also have a pleasing symmetry and simplicity that almost reminded me of Newton’s laws of planetary motion. However, after a few days rolling them around in various portions of my rather convoluted and un-geometrical mind, I couldn’t help thinking that they made the classic Western (or White) intellectual error of equivalence, which is treating things as if they all exist on the same plane.

This sort of thinking, rather like Newtonian physics, has the appearance of rationality, extension, and universal applicability, and, more than this, just like Newtonian physics, it almost always works. For example, there is certainly equivalence between German and French national rights and interests. Although these might have been addressed at various times by different methods—politics, economics, and war—the idea that both countries had roughly equal national rights and weight has always informed their history and their relationship.

When France was dominant at the time of Napoleon’s ascendancy, the idea of a German national interest mobilized things beneath the surface and prepared the way for his downfall. Likewise, when France was crushed by the superior military genius of the Germans in 1870 and 1940, the idea that France was somehow still equal to Germany kept the national flame burning strongly. This idea of a just equivalence of national interests between all the European nations has led at various times to wars and more recently to the unfortunate situation where the nations have agreed—based on the idea of a kind of negative equivalence—to temporarily subsume their legitimate national interests in the bureaucratic swamp of the European Superstate.

In the intellectual culture of the West, which has basically been shaped by Christian universalist notions, equivalence seems both logical and moral, but the case of Jewish nationalism actually serves to show the flaws in the system. Just as Newtonian physics breaks down where the space/time fabric seems to be bent and distorted by Black Holes and Dark Matter, so the idea of equivalence becomes an increasing absurdity when applied to the issue of Jewish nationalism.

This is essentially because the Jews have not existed as a nation (people + land), but merely as a people, since the fall of Masada in the year 73.  To continue existing as a separate people, the Jews have been forced to adopt policies that are the very antithesis of equivalence. Indeed, any attempt at “equivalence” in the Dark Age or Medieval periods, or before the so-called European Enlightenment, when legal restrictions against Jews started to be removed, would surely have seen the Jewish people wiped out.

In essence, the Jews survived by existing on a different plane and in a different dimension from other peoples, their only equivalents being minor ones like the Romany or Parsees. In Newtonian terms, they retreated from the clear, straight spaces of upstanding national assertion into the Dark Matter of ghettoes and the Black Holes of behind-the-scenes influence.

Although the world has clearly changed a lot since the so-called Enlightenment, the example of the Nazis, Stalin’s intended pogrom before his death, the rabid hatred of Jews in the Islamic world, and the smouldering distrust of Jews in the Orient, should remind us that the more things change the more they stay the same. Anti-Semitism may have been in abeyance in the West, especially in America, where it seems to be mitigated by Judeophilic versions of Christianity, and Jews may have attained the undue cultural and political influence in that country that is needed to support their guilt-bought state of Israel.

But how stable is this really?

American power is on the wane, the guilt-bought state is now morally over-mortgaged, and old notions of the Jew as a parasite and manipulator seem set to make a comeback—even in America, as the economy slides and the culture becomes less Anglo. The fact is, any idea of an equivalence for Jewish nationalism is purely based on extreme and temporary factors. Unlike my nation, Scotland, and a host of others, which won their right to exist through incredible moral and physical courage, the Jews lost their battles and chose instead to exist in a shadow world until the artificial creation of the Neo-Jewish state attempted to thrust their national interests onto the same plane as others; and while that state has so far vindicated itself militarily, how much of this is due to “special assistance”?

Let us consider Jewish interests through Lodge’s four categories in the light of the full historical and likely future picture.

  1. Pro-ethno-politics for Israel + Anti-ethno-politics for Europeans and the West
  2. Anti-ethno-politics for Israel + Anti-ethno-politics for Europeans and the West
  3. Pro-ethno-politics for Israel + Pro-ethno-politics for Europeans and the West
  4. Anti-ethno-politics for Israel + Pro-ethno-politics for Europeans and the West

Option 1 is short-termist and, as Lodge rightly points out, and is blatantly intellectually inconsistent in our dominant intellectual culture. This view will only lead to growing hatred of the Jews and a final repudiation and isolation of the Israeli state.

Option 2 is generally acceptable in the same way that most European nations “accept” the European superstate, but this also reveals the essential artificiality of the Israeli state. While the European nations can pristinely survive a few decades of bureaucratic standardization, Israel, situated where it is, can’t survive without rabid ethno-politics.

Option 3 sounds good, but with America pursuing its own interests and cozying up to the far more numerous and economically important Arab world, Israel will have to go it alone; estimated time of survival 20 to 30 years.

In short, none of the first three options work for the Jews, which leaves the fourth option—anti-ethno-politics for Israel plus pro-ethno-politics for Europeans and the West. Lodge calls this intellectually inconsistent, and it is—but only based on the premise of the equivalence of Jewish nationalism. It is at this point that the flaws of equivalence and “intellectual consistency” become most apparent, because option four is actually the best option for the Jewish people as it reflects the conditions that have allowed them to survive as a people, although not a nation, for nearly 2000 years.

By throwing away their Zionism, by remembering that their nation was totally crushed, and by accepting the historical fact that they have always subsisted by existing on a different level from other peoples, the Jews will ensure their survival as a people for another 2000  year. The alternatives will crush them as a people as surely as the Roman legions at Masada crushed any hope of a Jewish state.

Prophets of Doom

 

Prophets of Doom: David Bentley Hart and the Triumph of the Will Print
Written by Tim Heydon
Friday, 04 February 2011 09:04
Atheist Delusions; The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable EnemiesPart 1:  Radical Individualism and Opening the Road to State Terror

Modern Freedom means the Limitless Freedom to Will. Unleashed from the Guiding Hand of Christianity and Tradition, the Freedom to Will can Mean  the Freedom to Will Terror

Christianity Has Made Us – So How Can We Imagine a Non-Christian World?

It is difficult for us, living as we are at the end of nearly two millennia of Christian Civilisation, fully to grasp quite how revolutionary Christianity was in the transformation of attitudes in the ancient world, or to imagine what it might mean if those attitudes were to disappear, as disappearing they are in the West.

The World of Rome and the Christian Revolution

In his book ‘Atheist Delusions; The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies’ the theologian  David Bentley Hart does a terrific job of bringing  out  the impact of Christianity on the ancients, transforming  a world in which  an individual’s worth was predicated on  his or her  power or lack of it  to one in which every individual has intrinsic worth.   Roman society was built on a rather Nietzschean hierarchy of power in which the most powerful of all, the Roman Emperor, could be worshipped as a god while the lower orders were of little account individually and slaves had no personhood whatsoever. The latter were powerless things, like Christ before the powerful Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate.

Hart says , ‘the new world we see being brought into being in the Gospels is one in which the whole grand cosmic architecture of prerogative , power and eminence has been shaken and superseded by a new positively anarchic order; an order in which we see the glory of God revealed in a crucified slave’.

Hart’s Answer to Christopher Hitchens and his Ilk:  Western Civilisation

The title of Christopher Hitchens’ book ‘God is not Great’ is subtitled ‘How Religion Poisons Everything. ’ After a remarkably entertaining exposure, touched with more than a soupcon of asperity, of the paucity of Hitchen’s intellectual capabilities (and those of Dawkins), Hart asks, ‘Does he (Hitchens) really mean precisely everything?”

Would that apply then – confining ourselves just to things Christian – to ancient and medieval hospitals, leper asylums, orphanages, almshouses and hostels?  To the golden rule, ‘Love thine enemies’? ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’? Prophetic admonitions  against oppressing the poor, and commands to feed and clothe and comfort those in need? To the music of Palestrina and Bach, Michelangleo’s Pieta, ‘ah bright wings’; San Marco’s mosaics, the Bible of Amiens and all the gorgeous blue stained glass at Chartres? To the abolitionist movement and contemporary  efforts to liberate Sudanese slaves? And so on and so on? Surely it cannot  be the case that if only purged of faith these things would be even better than they are; were it not for faith it seems fairly obvious, most of them would have no existence at all.’

Our Future:  the Idea of the Sunny Uplands of ‘Progress’ is Likely to Lead to a Totalitarian Hell.

Hart holds out little hope for the West in the dawning age of secularism. He asks, ‘What evidence is there for the idea that secular reason, if finally allowed to move forward free of the constraining hand of archaic faith will naturally make society more free, more humane and more rational than it has been? It is rather difficult… to vest a great deal of hope in modernity, however radiantly enchanting its promises, when one considers how many innocent lives (‘an unprecedentedly vast collection of corpses’) have already been swallowed up in the flames of ‘Progress.’ The best ideals to which we moderns continue to cling long antedate modernity. For the most part all we can claim as truly, distinctively our own are our atrocities… The process of secularisation was marked from the first by the magnificent limitlessness of its violence.’

Radical Individualism and the Triumph of the Will

The tale of the modern nation-state’s struggle for liberation from the ‘shackles’ of religion and tradition should be located within the larger narrative of the triumph of the will.

Like most of the defining ideas in our culture, perverted though they may have been in the modern era, the emphasis on freedom of the will has its origins in Christian theology, but Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, spoke both as the heir of the late Scholastic tradition and for modernity when he said that the true image of god within human beings is the godlike liberty and incomprehensibility of the will.

Modern Ideas of Freedom are Nihilistic

Hart argues that the modern notion of freedom is essentially nihilistic, ie freedom is to be found in the individual subject’s power of choice, rather than in what is actually chosen. Neither God nor nature nor reason provides the measure of an act’s true liberty, for an act is free only when it is done in defiance of all three.

The Degradation of the Idea of Liberty.  Freedom as Consumerism

Where is the ascendancy of the modern Idea of Freedom as Pure Spontaneity of the Will leading our Culture, Hart asks?  At an  ordinary, everyday level, it obviously leads to a degradation of the very idea of freedom, its reduction in the public imagination to a fairly banal kind of liberty, no more –though no less- significant than a consumer’s freedom to choose among different kinds of breads, shoes, televisions, drugs, drinks, sexual activities and relationships, political parties or religions.

The Death of Shared Obligations and Common Cause –  the Decay of ‘Community ‘ (and therefore National Sentiment)

At the level of conventional social behaviours it leads perhaps towards a decay of a shared sense of social obligation or common cause, or towards an increasingly insipid and self-absorbed private culture, or towards a tendency in society at large less to judge the laudability of particular choices by reference to the worthiness of their objects than to judge objects worthy solely because they have been chosen. (eg ’a woman’s right to choose’)

From the Banal to the Terrible

All this is both obvious and rather vague, but the modern concept of Freedom can lead to other more terrible things as well. For what the will may will, when it is subordinate only to its own native exuberance, is practically without limit.
Although pure spontaneity of the will is an illusion (we must actually will something), something dangerously novel entered our culture when we began to believe that the proper end of the will might simply to be willing as such. Nor does the truly liberated have to confine itself to the adventure of discovering and inventing  itself.  Collective will is so much more exciting than an individual’s will, at least if it can be disciplined and marshalled for some collective purpose.

With no Transcendent Source of the Good, the Capacity for Evil is Limitless

Furthermore if there is no transcendent source of the good to which the will is drawn but only the power of the will to decide what ends it desires, then no human project can be said to be inherently irrational or abominable. If freedom of the will is our supreme value, after all, then it is to all intents and purposes our god.

And certain kinds of gods (as our pagan ancestors understood) need to be fed.

Part 2 of ‘Prophets of Doom:  David Bentley Hart and the Triumph of the Will’ will show how radical individualism leads to state control.
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his is No 2  In the ‘Prophets of Doom’ Series.
No 1: ‘Pitirim Sorokin’ and ‘A Christmas Message of Hope’ Parts 1&2

Prophets of Doom: The Triumph and Freedom of the Will


Two parts of an essay by Tim Heydon
Prophets of Doom:
David Bentley Hart and the Triumph of the Will

Part 1: Radical Individualism and Opening the Road to State Terror

Modern Freedom means the Limitless Freedom to Will. Unleashed from the Guiding Hand of Christianity and Tradition, the Freedom to Will can Mean the Freedom to Will Terror

Christianity Has Made Us – So How Can We Imagine a Non-Christian World?

It is difficult for us, living as we are at the end of nearly two millennia of Christian Civilisation, fully to grasp quite how revolutionary Christianity was in the transformation of attitudes in the ancient world, or to imagine what it might mean if those attitudes were to disappear, as disappearing they are in the West.

The World of Rome and the Christian Revolution

In his book ‘Atheist Delusions; The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies’ the theologian David Bentley Hart does a terrific job of bringing out the impact of Christianity on the ancients, transforming a world in which an individual’s worth was predicated on his or her power or lack of it to one in which every individual has intrinsic worth. Roman society was built on a rather Nietzschean hierarchy of power in which the most powerful of all, the Roman Emperor, could be worshipped as a god while the lower orders were of little account individually and slaves had no personhood whatsoever. The latter were powerless things, like Christ before the powerful Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate.

Hart says , ‘the new world we see being brought into being in the Gospels is one in which the whole grand cosmic architecture of prerogative , power and eminence has been shaken and superseded by a new positively anarchic order; an order in which we see the glory of God revealed in a crucified slave’.

Hart’s Answer to Christopher Hitchens and his Ilk: Western Civilisation

The title of Christopher Hitchens’ book ‘God is not Great’ is subtitled ‘How Religion Poisons Everything. ’ After a remarkably entertaining exposure, touched with more than a soupcon of asperity, of the paucity of Hitchen’s intellectual capabilities (and those of Dawkins), Hart asks, ‘Does he (Hitchens) really mean precisely everything?”

Would that apply then – confining ourselves just to things Christian – to ancient and medieval hospitals, leper asylums, orphanages, almshouses and hostels? To the golden rule, ‘Love thine enemies’? ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’? Prophetic admonitions against oppressing the poor, and commands to feed and clothe and comfort those in need? To the music of Palestrina and Bach, Michelangleo’s Pieta, ‘ah bright wings’; San Marco’s mosaics, the Bible of Amiens and all the gorgeous blue stained glass at Chartres? To the abolitionist movement and contemporary efforts to liberate Sudanese slaves? And so on and so on? Surely it cannot be the case that if only purged of faith these things would be even better than they are; were it not for faith it seems fairly obvious, most of them would have no existence at all.’

Our Future: the Idea of the Sunny Uplands of ‘Progress’ is Likely to Lead to a Totalitarian Hell.

Hart holds out little hope for the West in the dawning age of secularism. He asks, ‘What evidence is there for the idea that secular reason, if finally allowed to move forward free of the constraining hand of archaic faith will naturally make society more free, more humane and more rational than it has been? It is rather difficult… to vest a great deal of hope in modernity, however radiantly enchanting its promises, when one considers how many innocent lives (‘an unprecedentedly vast collection of corpses’) have already been swallowed up in the flames of ‘Progress.’ The best ideals to which we moderns continue to cling long antedate modernity. For the most part all we can claim as truly, distinctively our own are our atrocities… The process of secularisation was marked from the first by the magnificent limitlessness of its violence.’

Radical Individualism and the Triumph of the Will

The tale of the modern nation-state’s struggle for liberation from the ‘shackles’ of religion and tradition should be located within the larger narrative of the triumph of the will.

Like most of the defining ideas in our culture, perverted though they may have been in the modern era, the emphasis on freedom of the will has its origins in Christian theology, but Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, spoke both as the heir of the late Scholastic tradition and for modernity when he said that the true image of god within human beings is the godlike liberty and incomprehensibility of the will.

Modern Ideas of Freedom are Nihilistic

Hart argues that the modern notion of freedom is essentially nihilistic, ie freedom is to be found in the individual subject’s power of choice, rather than in what is actually chosen. Neither God nor nature nor reason provides the measure of an act’s true liberty, for an act is free only when it is done in defiance of all three.

The Degradation of the Idea of Liberty. Freedom as Consumerism

Where is the ascendancy of the modern Idea of Freedom as Pure Spontaneity of the Will leading our Culture, Hart asks? At an ordinary, everyday level, it obviously leads to a degradation of the very idea of freedom, its reduction in the public imagination to a fairly banal kind of liberty, no more –though no less- significant than a consumer’s freedom to choose among different kinds of breads, shoes, televisions, drugs, drinks, sexual activities and relationships, political parties or religions.

The Death of Shared Obligations and Common Cause – the Decay of ‘Community ‘ (and therefore National Sentiment)

At the level of conventional social behaviours it leads perhaps towards a decay of a shared sense of social obligation or common cause, or towards an increasingly insipid and self-absorbed private culture, or towards a tendency in society at large less to judge the laudability of particular choices by reference to the worthiness of their objects than to judge objects worthy solely because they have been chosen. (eg ’a woman’s right to choose’)

From the Banal to the Terrible

All this is both obvious and rather vague, but the modern concept of Freedom can lead to other more terrible things as well. For what the will may will, when it is subordinate only to its own native exuberance, is practically without limit.
Although pure spontaneity of the will is an illusion (we must actually will something), something dangerously novel entered our culture when we began to believe that the proper end of the will might simply to be willing as such. Nor does the truly liberated have to confine itself to the adventure of discovering and inventing itself. Collective will is so much more exciting than an individual’s will, at least if it can be disciplined and marshalled for some collective purpose.

With no Transcendent Source of the Good, the Capacity for Evil is Limitless

Furthermore if there is no transcendent source of the good to which the will is drawn but only the power of the will to decide what ends it desires, then no human project can be said to be inherently irrational or abominable. If freedom of the will is our supreme value, after all, then it is to all intents and purposes our god.

And certain kinds of gods (as our pagan ancestors understood) need to be fed.

Part 2 will show how radical individualism leads to state control.


The Freedom of the Will – Part Two
‘As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends correspondingly to increase. And the dictator … will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope, the movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.’ Aldous Huxley: ‘Introduction to ‘Brave New World’.

In Part One, we saw how the Triumph of the Will, increasingly unconstrained by religion and tradition, leads to a ‘society’ – our society, if society it can be called – which instils deep prejudices in favour of the self and the ego and its freedom to Will.

In this nihilising, individualising world, there is a diminishing sense of ultimate purpose. Meaning is evaporating leaving a residue consisting of what is immediately self-indulgent and the practicalities of achieving self-indulgence in food, sex, relationships, social status (power) – in anything and everything. Life is thought of as merely an extended version of a trawl round the shops, the ‘existential supermarket’ from which lifestyles can be selected like soap powders and without much deeper or more meaningful consequences. Such trends as the destruction of the character of the country through mass immigration and cultural relativism are of subsidiary or little concern.

The Triumph of the Will can lead to State Terror

We saw how in the Triumph of the Will, because the freedom to Will takes absolute precedence over any of what many think of as moral considerations (the example was given of ‘a woman’s right to choose’ to have an abortion) could lead to terror of the kind practiced in the last century by tyrants such as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and Mao as well as to more beneficent scenarios. (If one is a pessimist about human nature and believes in the existence of the human capacity for evil or Original Sin, as Christians call it, for which the existence of the aforementioned individuals and their regimes is surely ample proof, one is likely to believe that the eventual outcome is probably the evil one). But what is the mechanism by which individuals’ freedom to Will is translated into State Oppression and thus opens the way to state terror?

The Great Irony: How Radical Individualism Leads to State Control

David Bentley Hart does not go into this but the writer Theodore Dalrymple sets out the means very succinctly in his book ‘In Praise of Prejudice’:-

‘What starts out as search for increased if not total individualism ends up by increasing the power of governments over individuals. It does not do so by the totalitarian method of rendering compulsory all that is not forbidden – a process that in all human history has gone farthest, perhaps, in North Korea – but in destroying all moral authority that intervenes between individual human will and governmental power. Everything that is not forbidden by law is, ipso facto, permissible. ‘There is no law against it’ becomes an unanswerable justification for conduct that is selfish and egotistical.

The Politicians and Judges become the Moral Arbiters

Thus it is the law, and those who make it and who administer it who are the moral arbiters of society. It is they who decide what is permissible and what is not. And so all stigmas are removed from conduct that is too expressly and actively forbidden by religious belief and by custom and we are asked to acquiesce in Political Correctness.

Politicians and Judges become Gods, at least in their own Eyes

But that is not the end of it. Human Nature being what it is, the law givers (think that lying egomaniac Tony Blair, the insanely arrogant and incompetent Gordon Brown, the evil bully and liar Alistair Campbell and the harridan, half-mad obsessive Harriet Harman), and the judges to whom is delegated the task of deciding what constitutes good and bad behaviour and attitudes, enjoy their power. They actually come to believe that they deserve it. Because there is no other source of effective collective authority, such as the Church, they believe that they have been chosen for their task because they possess rare qualities of insight into how people should live their lives. And since their power it is infinite and they think themselves infinitely responsible for the welfare of the people, they come to regard themselves as infinitely good. They become god-like in their own eyes at least.

The Drug of Power and Creeping Centralised Authority

Radical Individualism – the Freedom of the Will – is thus not just compatible with the radical centralisation of authority but is a product of it. The individual is free to get on with his life as his whim dictates, but, however, within increasingly narrow limits. The ability to wield prescriptive power is one of the most powerful of drugs. Since there is no buffering, intervening power between the individual and the state, the power of the governing elites is free and they have the motive to insinuate it into every nook and cranny of an individual’s life. So decision –making in life is divided into two spheres: the one being about the serious business which is left to the sovereign power of the state, the other the increasingly narrow sphere of private affairs.

The State’s Attack on the Institutions which limit its Power

The State, meaning the horrible creatures who have managed to insinuate themselves into political office, (You have to be very odd to have a driving ambition to order others around in the way our present Politicians do), citing the drive to the untrammelled Freedom of the Will of Radical Individualism in the context of secularised nihilism, launched an attack on all the intervening authorities which stood in the way of its power to control our lives such as the family, the church and to a lesser extent the professional organisations. All organisations such as these, (and this applies to some Political Parties also) have in any case been melting away as secularism drains meaning and purpose and radical Individualism destroys collectivity. In the absence of their mediating influence, we have become accustomed to expect and to accept the central direction of our lives.

What is the Future for Our Country?

What is the future for our country in the light of these trends? Can it survive its nihilism and creeping Fascism ? Heidegger, who held out little hope for Western Civilisation is the subject of the next edition of ‘Prophets of Doom’.

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This is part 2 of Tim’s Prophets of Doom Series
No 1: ‘Pitirim Sorokin’ and ‘A Christmas Message of Hope’ Parts 1&2

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How the Government Controls, Ruins Our Lives

How the Government Controls, Ruins Our Lives

by John Seiler

Previously by John Seiler: Will California Repudiate Its Debt?

It was just last June in this space that I reviewed Nullification, by Thomas Woods. It showed how, over the course of American history, states and citizens successfully thwarted federal usurpations of power. It since has become a guidebook used in many state capitols.

Now comes the prolific Woods’ latest: Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse. It’s broader in scope, taking on the whole government that minutely controls, and ruins, our lives.

He details how, as he puts it, “the federal government has, in fact, been an enemy of the people’s welfare, and that the progress in our living standards has occurred in spite of its efforts. [The government] pits individuals, firms, industries, regions, races and age groups against each other in a zero-sum game of mutual plunder. It takes credit for improvements in material conditions that we, in fact, owe to the private sector, while refusing to accept responsibility for the countless failures and social ills to which its own programs have given rise.”

That’s the most accurate description of the federal government that I’ve ever read.

He describes an economic and social “crash” that is inevitable: By 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office, interest payments on the national debt will be $925 billion a year – assuming the economy recovers, which it might not.

Future liabilities for Medicare are $96.5 trillion. Of that, $19.4 trillion comes from Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program imposed by President George W. Bush, whom some still call a “conservative.”

The debt the federal government has run up in our name is $200 trillion, according to Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff, who thinks some relatively painless reforms could improve matters. “The truth is, there are no such reforms,” counters Woods. “If there were, they would have been implemented long ago.” That $200 trillion comes down to $64,516 owed by every American, even babies born today.

Woods also shows how the massive military spending of recent decades has debilitated the economy by diverting scarce production from consumer goods, much as happened to the old Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War in 1989 saw a small decline in defense spending. But that was reversed after 9/11. He details how the machine-tool industry’s heavy reliance on Pentagon contracts severely retarded its ability to innovate in producing advanced machines, allowing first the Europeans, then the Japanese to dominate that sector. Woods warns that “the more an industry caters to the Pentagon, the less it makes production with the civilian economy in mind.”

I think Woods is right in predicting that the out-of-control federal government is driving the country off a cliff. He acknowledges that reform will be difficult, but puts forth a few ideas which, if combined and acted upon, could prevent disaster. Some of them: Allow people to opt out of the Social Security and Medicare schemes, which are going broke. Instead of haggling over cutting every item in a budget, just cut everything across-the-board by as high a percentage as possible.

The decline of the dollar by the Federal Reserve Board – detailed in this book – should be checked by allowing Americans to use any currency they wish for their transactions; or use gold, silver or some other commodity. Promote state nullification of repressive federal laws. Pass a constitutional amendment allowing any federal law to be repealed by a two-thirds vote of the states. That’s a start. He has many more suggestions.

Roll back the government? Yeah – roll it all the way back.

Reprinted from the Orange County Register.

February 25, 2011

John Seiler [send him mail], an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.

A Reason To Fight

A Reason To Fight

http://tlinexile.blogspot.com/

There is a reason I met the union thugs on the steps of the State Capitol in Denver the other day. There is a reason I have been engaged in this struggle since the beginning. It is not because I like to protest, far from it. I don’t like to put myself out there in the streets, it is unseemly. But, I also recognize that I have a personal responsibility to take action where that action is obviously needed. To expect someone else to tend to my liberty, or my rights is as unseemly as anything I could do, moreso than protesting.

The situation is clear: we either fight for our liberty, or we lose it. We stand up for fiscal responsibility or we might as well just toss our credit cards to the looters and moochers. Why protect our identity from thieves if we are going to invite the thieves in to write the laws?

Here’s the difference between private sector unions and public sector unions, since that seems to be an intellectual stumbling block for most defenders of the debacle in Wisconsin. When a private sector union delegation sits down with a corporation, it is dealing with the owners of the company: the CEO, the CFO, or the COO, all of whom own stock, all of whom have a stake in the success of the company. They cannot arbitrarily increase the price of their stock to cover an increase in wages and benefits. They can increase the cost of their goods, but that puts them at a disadvantage in the marketplace and starts a downward spiral leading to the loss of all jobs and all pensions. They can sacrifice some profits for the agreement, but once those profits are gone the company will have to take on debt to open new plants, or start new lines of goods. It all comes out of the bottom line.

When a public sector union sits down with the staff of a governor, or mayor, there is no genuine conflict. On one hand you have an organization who in many respects has helped to get the governor or mayor elected, or could pose significant opposition to the governor or mayor in future elections. The governor or mayor has many more reasons to facilitate the union rather than incur its wrath. The governor is not going to have his 401k devalued by his decision. He is not going to be personally liable for the wages he agrees to increase, he merely passes a bill that increases taxes and since the people, the rightful voice in this conflict, have not been in on the negotiation, they are unaware that the taxes being raised are to cover the agreement recently made.

Historically speaking, public sector unions have been around for a very short time and already they have led to the fiscal instability of every state in which they have taken root. This is because they have abnormal influence on their bosses who do not own the institution they are representing. Only the people can represent their interests in this negotiation and the only way to do that, as yet, is to protest, to throw a fit, to get in their face, to stand up to their aggression, to confront them directly, to gather and demand a voice.

Let me quote Rousseau:

“As soon as public service ceases to be the principle concern of the Citizens, and they prefer to serve with their purses instead of their persons, the State is already nearly in ruin. Is it necessary to go to combat? They pay for troops and remain at home; is it necessary to go to the Council?  They name deputies and remain at home.  By dint of laziness and money, they finally have soldiers to enslave the fatherland and representatives to sell it.”

Graciously linked and quoted at Green Mountains Homesteading.
Graciously linked and qutoed at Free North Carolina.
Graciously linked and quoted at Adrienne’s Catholic Corner.
Graciously linked and quoted at Western Rifle Shooters Association.

Western Quran Schools Are “Terrorist Factories”

Western Quran Schools Are “Terrorist Factories”

The following essay by Nicolai Sennels concerns the use of madrassas as terrorist training centers. It was originally published at Europe News.


Western Quran schools are “terrorist factories”

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/

By Dr. Nicolai Sennels

How would you turn normal human beings into murderous and hateful psychopaths who blindly obey their totalitarian systems and its authorities, suppressing and killing innocent people? In short: How would you create a terrorist?

Violent and murderous political, ethnic, and religious regimes have used the same effective methods all over the world throughout history. The procedure consists of two simple steps that are repeated again and again:

1. You force a person to repeat the system’s doctrine over and over for months and years until he knows every word by heart and it pervades his or her whole way of thinking and it is the only truth he believes in.
2. You beat and scare the person (best if done randomly and severely), thus forcing him to become insensitive and unempathic in order to be able to bear the physical and psychological suffering and to increase his feelings of anger, frustration, and fear — feelings that are then directed against the system’s enemies.

In this way you will create a person whose whole being is pervaded by the system’s doctrine and who has lost the ability to feel both his own and others’ pain. You will have an emotionally cold person who blindly follows his leaders and their political or religious doctrine. If you use this method on a child who is in the process of developing his personality, the learned doctrine will simply become a part of the child’s personality. The psychological impact of the physical abuse will also be deeper. As children and youth are dependent on adults for acceptance, they are easier to influence.

Being a child psychologist, I was shocked to realise that this is exactly what is done to millions of Muslim children in both the Muslim world and the West. Tens of thousand of madrassas and Quranic schools all over the world are making their students repeat the Quran and the Hadiths again and again, until they know them by heart. They are told to believe every word and never to question either the way or the goal.

It is normal in these schools that the defenceless and innocent children are randomly beaten and humiliated by the teachers and older students — who themselves are emotionally destroyed beings who have been abused in the same way that they now use against their pupils. They personify the goal: The abused becomes the abuser.

Britain has more than 2,000 madrassas, where more than 200,000 children aged from four to their mid-teens are taught the Quran on weekday evenings.

Collapse = Darwinism

Collapse = Darwinism
by Hellesponte & Kerodin

February 16, 2011



Look around and try to quantify what you see in your fellow humans.

Our economy faces implosion.  Marx is upon us.  Children rape children and we as a society are indifferent, for it is merely one more example of our diminished moral state.

Can you explain it?  Do you feel as if you are living inside a bizarre, psychotic world where your words of caution seem to be lost in your own throat, for no one pays attention, they simply continue laughing, drinking, partying as the Titanic sinks around them.

Scientists largely agree that there have been six mass extinctions on our spinning little rock, the last of which was when the dinosaurs lost and the mammals began to rise.

Nothing is certain.  Our species is certainly not so special as to be treated with deference by the Universe.  Indeed, when you look at the history of Man it is impossible to conclude that we are anything but a selfish and self-destructive species of bipeds that take more from our world than we contribute.

 

When I consider the coming Ruckus, I see Darwinism at work.

Humans have corrupted the natural order as we have discovered more and more ways to defeat and circumvent the world around us.  We live longer than ever, thumbing our noses at the natural checks and balances that lead to the survival of the fittest.  Our species sits at the top of the food chain with fewer and fewer means for Mother Nature to maintain the balance and order of the world.

When animal populations become too large for an area, disease, predators and/or famine cull the herd.  When the rabbit population starts to run high in our area, the fox return.  When the rabbit numbers are back to where Mother Nature prefers, the fox hunt elsewhere.

Nothing hunts we bipeds, except our fellow humans.  Disease and famine are no longer effective tools in Mother Nature’s arsenal for keeping the human population in check.  Given enough time, science will discover the keys to switching off the diseases that are supposed to keep our numbers reasonable for the world around us.  We have manipulated the natural limits of food in our environment by farming our meat and veggies.

Our clever abilities have nullified Darwinism.

But the balance of nature must be maintained.  It is bigger than us.  It works in ways we have not yet begun to comprehend.  Our ultimate check, installed by Mother Nature herself, may be our hubris.

When you feel exhausted and defeated as you try to warn those you love that catastrophe is imminent, consider: Perhaps you are aware because you have the inner senses that Mother Nature, through Darwinism, tries to encourage.  Perhaps others are oblivious and refuse to understand, because they are not properly blueprinted for a proper life in our world.

Accept it.  Not everyone is the best candidate for breeding, and Mother Nature seeks the most capable for propagation of the species.  These are not my rules, I was born into the same system as were you.  Perhaps the coming Die-Off is simply Mother Nature’s way of culling the herd of a large population among us who lack common sense.

Liberalism leads to unnecessary suffering, because at its core Liberalism seeks to re-write the rules of nature, it seeks to take from the capable and strong and supplement the weaker and less capable, those who would otherwise die-off if left to their own devices.

My counsel to those of you who are frustrated as you seek to warn and save others: Let Mother Nature do Her work.  In the end, we’ll all be better off.

Resist. Reinforce.  Reload.  Ruckus.  Restoration.

Kerodin
III

Collapse
by Hellesponte & Kerodin
December 5, 2010


When we are born there are countless options before us, endless potential paths we can take in our life.  Reality narrows the field for us a bit.  For instance, if you are 5′ 3″ tall, weigh 170# and were born with testicles, you pretty much need to abandon your goals of walking a High Fashion runway wearing pretty dresses in New York for a living. (Though scientists may have a solution for you as they continue to work on DNA manipulation.)

As we live our lives, circumstances and decisions we take effectively further narrow our choices.  While I may have the innate potential to be a world class violinist, at 43 and having never touched a violin, with a need for a steady income, devoting the energy and time to becoming a power in the world of violins is a non-starter.  My wife has become accustomed to eating every day, so such a career change is simply not feasible.

So it is as we look at our republic.  The realities that obtain will determine what happens in our politics.  We ignore reality at our peril.  We hope for the Republican Establishment to embrace Ron Paul politics in futility.  We hope the average American will embrace self-sufficiency and personal responsibility in vain.

While there remain several potential outcomes for us as a nation as we live through this particular Sunday, the likely avenues we will travel have been reduced to just a few by the realities of the world around us.

The 800 pound gorilla in our midst, the seeming unavoidable reality, is the pending collapse of our economy.  Smarter people than I, people who are professionals in the world of finance and economics, are telling us that we have passed the point of no return and that collapse is imminent.  When I apply my common sense and general understanding of how things work to the layman translations offered by folks like Denninger, I am must conclude that they are on target.

So, Reality One that I use as a premise for decisions I take is that an economic Armageddon is imminent.  The date of said calamity is tough to nail down, for obvious reasons.  Most of the BIG companies in our lives should have died in 2007/2008 as economic Darwinism reached out a boney hand.  But the system was corrupted by meddling Government, delaying the inevitable.

The economic criminals among us are very good at what they do, so do not under-estimate their ability to string things along for a while.  Running the printers is pumping money to big players, who are artificially keeping the stock markets inflated.  It is, likely, the final bubble these folks will be able to create, as they have already destroyed every other significant sector of the economy.  When this one blows, we do not have any working sector remaining on which to break our fall.

But running the printing presses is a delaying tactic.  They are also trying to legislate, to paper-over, the obvious criminality of the housing and mortgage frauds, buying more time.  They have games they can play, right up to the moment it all heaves the final breath and final collapse is upon us.  They will try to delay the inevitable and to put as many assets in their column as possible before the system breaks.

Should a collapse be welcomed by Patriots?

Of course we all understand what a collapse means.  Riots, hunger, famine, disease, and a heavy-handed assertion of power by Government.  A collapse will fundamentally redefine our standard of living for at least a generation.

But if the goal of Patriots is a fundamental shift of the course our republic is travelling, and a return to our founding principles, would not a collapse with all of the horrors entailed, become an ally of the Patriot?

Who would most suffer from a collapse?  Would it not be those who are least able and inclined to take care of themselves and pull their own weight in society?  Is it not this very group of people who are today responsible for ruining the republic?

Good riddance.  Sorry you must die an ugly death, but you are killing the rest of us slowly with your pathetic, parasitic existence.

Patriots, it would seem due to the realities on the ground, have only three feasible options for achieving the goal of returning the republic to Constitutional fundamentals.

Politics: Voting Patriots into the US House would certainly change course, without resorting to Second Amendment remedies.  Do we have the time, considering the impending economic crises?  If Patriots took the House in 2012 and immediately de-funded extra-Constitutional spending, we could theoretically avert collapse.  Do Patriots have the will to even try?  A political solution would require many stars to align, quickly, to even have a shot.

Second Amendment: This is a non-starter on so many levels, not the least of which is that Patriots have no interest in marching out in today’s climate to engage.  Patriots are greatly outnumbered. Forget how many firearms may be in the public, the more important assessment is how many people will take up arms and use them to advance the goals of the Patriot, and how many would take arms to advance the goals of Government (translated to: handouts and freebies).  Public opinion is with the Squatters and Plunderers.  For every block in suburban America on which a Patriot lives, there are several neighbors who would drop a dime on him to preserve their status quo.

There will be no Patriot uprising to any injury or insult inflicted by Government.  No matter what hyperbole you hear or read, the next Waco, Ruby Ridge or Olofson will be met with the same response from Patriots as was TSA running knuckle-deep into wives, moms and children…at most Patriots will choose to avoid circumstances that would put them in conflict with Government.  At most, Patriots will stop flying, we will not gear up and make a point at the airport.

Whether you consider that to be cowardice or pragmatism does not matter.  It is demonstrated reality.

Collapse: If we accept the premise that a societal collapse is imminent, consider the prudence of simply using every day before the ruckus to lay-in supplies and prepare.  When it happens, consider keeping your head down, and let the ugly realities of such a collapse run their course.  Consider staying out of the way as people die in riots, of hunger and disease, while you remain strong and nourished in your basement.

In such circumstances, is it not likely that a moment will come when it is realistic for Patriots to emerge and impose Founding Principles with those who are left?  It would begin small, in your AO, as defined by the range of your car equal to one-half tank of gas.  Before long, these tiny circles as drawn on a map would begin to bump up against one another, forming larger bubbles and secure zones.

Patriots would be left with, essentially, a mopping up operation to be rid of the remaining assets of Tyranny and the few idiots who seek to become Warlords in the chaos.

It would appear that most Patriots are moving forward with hopes that politics may provide a solution, while preparing for collapse.  There has been considerable positive response to my recent posts about engaging in 2012 politics, and most people are willing to engage, though hesitant to put too much faith in the outcome.

I think this is the most prudent path forward, given the circumstances facing us today.

Patriots do not seem to have much appetite for my suggestion of armed rallies (in Ruckus) akin to RTC events in the opening moments of it.  The two most common concerns are very valid.  Most are convinced they’d end up alone, as they have no confidence other Patriots would show up.  Others are convinced that such rallies would fly into the teeth of Government strength, compounded by servants of Government who would respond with Ego rather than intellect.  I can’t argue with either point.

So, we prep as we work on politics.

If the political avenue works, outstanding!

If the collapse becomes reality, so be it!

Either way, Patriots will not simply submit to tyranny.  How we get to Liberty is the only variable.

It may be that Collapse becomes the best friend of the Patriot and Liberty.  Disease and famine will clear the field of enemies of Liberty.  Those left standing will once again appreciate the values common among our Founding generation: self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, common sense…and genuine Freedom.

At the moment, Collapse looks like a win-win for Patriots.

Sam
III

 

The Enemy

The Enemy

http://www.mexica-movement.org/

Take a good look at the site above. Know thy enemy better then you know yourself.

Mexica Movement: NOT Hispanic! NOT Latino!

We are Nican Tlaca,
the Indigenous People

of Canada, U.S., Mexico,
“Central and South America”

We reject all European divisions of our continent.

We reject the artificial border divisions of our people.

We reject the White Supremacist ideology
that claims Europeans are permanently endowed
with the right to define who we are as a people.

We include “Fir
st Nation” and “Native American”

and “Indigenous People” all as one Nican Tlaca,
all as one Indigenous  Nation.


We say, “No to occupation!”

We say, “This is still our continent!
We say, “Europeans are the illegals—since 1492!”

 

The Solution For those that believe in the crap above:

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If there is one thing Indo-Europeans are good at, its that. x-(

Enough said. :)

See you on the battlefield. From the streets of L.A. to the deserts of Arizona, to the beaches of New York, see you soon.

A Handgun Against An Army – Ten Years After

Vanderboegh: A Handgun Against An Army – Ten Years After

A Handgun Against An Army — Ten Years After
Mike Vanderboegh
29 July 2008

“Bravo! Well said Sir! More truer words have rarely been spoken. You inspire and embolden us to protect and defend our rights. Please do not let your voice be silenced.” — “Anonymous” reaction to “What Good Can A Handgun Do Against an Army?” 2006.

Almost a decade ago now, I penned “A Letter From Hagood’s Crossroads, Alabama,” subtitled “What Good Can a Handgun Do Against an Army?”

Over the years it has proven to be the single most popular piece I have ever written. To this day, I get emails and snail mails from folks who have stumbled across it for the first time, thanking me for writing it. It is a humbling experience for a scribbler such as myself to realize that he has struck a chord in his audience — humbling and gratifying.

Still, I have always meant to rework “Handgun” to correct some of the minor errors and irritating flaws that always occur whenever you whip out a topical opinion piece, as I did this one. For example, one of the things that always bothered me was that I was forced to paraphrase Hopper explaining the facts of life to his marauding gang of ATF/biker/bandido grasshoppers in “A Bug’s Life.” In the re-issue below, I correct that. Indeed, thanks to technological advances in the intervening years, I am now able to give you the YouTube link so you can HEAR Hopper’s presentation of the dialectic of tyranny yourself with just a click of the mouse.

Incredible.

Another area requiring work was the wolf-sheep metaphor, which if I had just hewed to the wisdom of my grandpa imparted to me years ago would have more properly been (as I have corrected it below) a wolf-sheep-sheepdog metaphor. Don’t ask me why I did it that way the first time. I wrote it, as most of my pieces back then and since, at one sitting in the wee hours of the morning.

And equally importantly, without the steadying hand of a good editor. (Here, I tip my hat to my friend David Codrea.)

In truth, for something that has been so well received for so long, at the time I gave it no more thought or care than any of the other many things I wrote during the Era of the Clintonista-Militia Cold War. Yet it is “Handgun” that has, apparently, stood the test of time. I will explore why I think this is in the afterword to this reissue.

For now, let me present again, with slight updated revision, “What Good Can A Handgun Do Against an Army?,” with many thanks to my friends — Peter at Western Rifle Shooters Association and Chris at Mindful Musings — for the firm nudge prompting me to do so. — MBV

“What Good Can A Handgun Do Against an Army?”

A friend of mine forwarded me a question a friend of his had posed:

“If/when our Federal Government comes to pilfer, pillage, plunder our property and destroy our lives, what good can a handgun do against an army with advanced weaponry, tanks, missiles, planes, or whatever else they might have at their disposal to achieve their nefarious goals? (I’m not being facetious: I accept the possibility that what happened in Germany, or similar, could happen here; I’m just not sure that the potential good from an armed citizenry in such a situation outweighs the day-to-day problems caused by masses of idiots who own guns.)”

If I may, I’d like to try to answer that question. I certainly do not think the writer facetious for asking it. The subject is a serious one to which I have given much research and considerable thought. I believe that upon the answer to this question depends the future of our Constitutional republic, our liberty and perhaps our lives.

My friend Aaron Zelman, one of the founders of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership told me once:

“If every Jewish and anti-nazi family in Germany had owned a Mauser rifle and twenty rounds of ammunition AND THE WILL TO USE IT (emphasis supplied – MBV), Adolf Hitler would be a little-known footnote to the history of the Weimar Republic.”

Note well that phrase: “and the will to use it,” for the simply-stated question, “What good can a handgun do against an army?”, is in fact a complex one and must be answered at length and carefully.

It is a military question.

It is also a political question.

But above all it is a moral question which strikes to the heart of what makes men free, and what makes them slaves.

First, let’s answer the military question.

Most military questions have both a strategic and a tactical component. Let’s first consider the tactical.

A friend of mine owns an instructive piece of history. It is a small, crude pistol, made out of sheet-metal stampings by the U.S. during World War II. While it fits in the palm of your hand and is a slowly-operated, single-shot arm, it’s powerful .45 caliber projectile will kill a man with brutal efficiency. With a short, smooth-bore barrel it can reliably kill only at point blank ranges, so its use requires the will (brave or foolhardy) to get in close before firing. It is less a soldier’s weapon than an assassin’s tool. The U.S. manufactured them by the millions during the war, not for our own forces but rather to be air-dropped behind German lines to resistance units in occupied Europe and Asia. They cost exactly two dollars and ten cents to make.

Crude and slow (the fired case had to be knocked out of the breech by means of a little wooden dowel, a fresh round procured from the storage area in the grip and then manually reloaded and cocked. It was so wildly inaccurate it couldn’t hit the broad side of a French barn at 50 meters, but to the Resistance man or woman who had no firearm it still looked pretty darn good.

The theory and practice of it was this: First, you approach a German sentry with your little pistol hidden in your coat pocket and, with Academy-award sincerity, ask him for a light for your cigarette (or the time the train leaves for Paris, or if he wants to buy some non-army-issue food or a half- hour with your “sister”). When he smiles and casts a nervous glance down the street to see where his Sergeant is, you blow his brains out with your first and only shot, then take his rifle and ammunition. Your next few minutes are occupied with “getting out of Dodge,” for such critters generally go around in packs. After that (assuming you evade your late benefactor’s friends) you keep the rifle and hand your little pistol to a fellow Resistance fighter so he can go get his own rifle.

Or, maybe, you then use your rifle to get a submachine gun from the Sergeant when he comes running. Perhaps you get very lucky and pickup a light machine gun, two boxes of ammunition and a haversack of hand grenades. With two of the grenades and the expenditure of a half-a-box of ammunition at a hasty roadblock the next night, you and your friends get a truck full of arms and ammunition. (Some of the cargo is sticky with “Boche” blood, but you don’t mind, not terribly.)

Pretty soon you’ve got the best armed little maquis unit in your part of France, all from that cheap little pistol and the guts to use it. (One wonders if the current political elite’s opposition to so-called “Saturday Night Specials” doesn’t come from some adopted racial memory of previous failed tyrants. For even cheap little pistols are a threat to oppressive regimes.)

They called the pistol the “Liberator.” Not a bad name, all in all.

Now let’s consider the strategic aspect of the question, “What good can a handgun do against an army….?” We have seen that even a poor pistol can make a great deal of difference to the military career and postwar plans of one enemy soldier.

That’s tactical.

But consider what a million pistols, or a hundred million pistols (which may approach the actual number of handguns in the U.S. today), can mean to the military planner who seeks to carry out operations against a populace so armed.

Mention “Afghanistan” or “Chechnya” to a member of the current Russian military hierarchy and watch them shudder at the bloody memories. Then you begin to get the idea that modern munitions, air superiority and overwhelming, precision-guided violence still are not enough to make victory certain when the targets are not sitting Christmas-present fashion out in the middle of the desert.

I forget the name of the Senator who observed famously, “You know, a million here and a million there, and pretty soon you’re talking about serious money.” Consider that there are at least as many firearms– handguns, rifles and shotguns– as there are citizens of the United States. Consider that in 1997 there were more than 14 million Americans who bought licenses to hunt deer in the country. 14 million– that’s a number greater than the largest five professional armies in the world combined. Consider also that those deer hunters are not only armed, but they own items of military utility– everything from camouflage clothing to infrared “game finders”, Global Positioning System devices and night vision scopes.

Consider also that quite a few of these hunters are military veterans. Just as moving around in the woods and stalking game are second nature, military operations are no mystery to them, especially those who were on the receiving end of guerrilla war in Southeast Asia (or nowadays, Iraq and Afghanistan).

Indeed, such men, aged though they may be, are more psychologically prepared for the exigencies of civil war (for this is what we are talking about) than their younger active-duty brother-soldiers whose only military experience involved neatly defined enemies and fronts in the Grand Campaign against Saddam. (Of course, since I wrote these words, an entirely new generation of citizen soldiers have been manufactured in the twin crucibles of Iraq and Afghanistan, my own son among them.)

And not since 1861-1865 has the American military attempted to wage a war athwart its own logistical tail. Nor indeed has it ever had to use modern conventional munitions on the Main Streets of its own hometowns and through its’ relatives backyards. Nor has it tested the obedience of soldiers who took a very different oath with orders to kill their “rebellious” neighbors, but that touches on the political aspect of the question.

But forget the psychological and political for a moment, and consider just the numbers. To paraphrase the Senator, “A million pistols here, a million rifles there, pretty soon you’re talking serious firepower.” No one, repeat, no one, will conquer America, from within or without, until its citizenry is disarmed. We remain, as a British officer had reason to complain at the start of our Revolution, “a people numerous and armed.”

The Second Amendment is a political issue today only because of the military reality that underlies it. Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. People who fear their government’s intentions refuse to be disarmed.

The Founders understood this.

So, too, does every tyrant who ever lived.

Liberty-loving Americans forget it at their peril.

Until they do, American gunowners in the aggregate represent a strategic military fact and an impediment to foreign tyranny. They also represent the greatest political challenge to home-grown would-be tyrants. If the people cannot be forcibly disarmed against their will, then they must be persuaded to give up their arms voluntarily. This is the siren song of “gun control,” which is to say “government control of all firearms,” although few self-respecting gun-grabbers are quite so bold as to phrase it so honestly.

Joseph Stalin, when informed after World War II that the Pope disapproved of Russian troops occupying Trieste, turned to his advisors and asked, “The Pope? The Pope? How many divisions does he have?”

Dictators are unmoved by moral suasion.

Fortunately, our Founders saw the wisdom of backing the First Amendment up with the Second. The “divisions” of the Army of American Constitutional Liberty get into their cars and drive to work in this country every day to jobs that are hardly military in nature. Most of them are unmindful of the service they provide. Their arms depots may be found in innumerable closets, gunracks and gunsafes. They have no appointed officers, nor will they need any until they are mobilized by events.

Such guardians of our liberty perform this service merely by existing. And although they may be an ever-diminishing minority within their own country, as gun ownership is demonized and discouraged by the ruling elites, still they are as yet more than enough to perform their vital task. And if they are unaware of the impediment they present to their would-be rulers, their would-be rulers are painfully aware of these “divisions of liberty,” as evidenced by their incessant calls for individual disarmament. They understand moral versus military force just as clearly as Stalin, but they would not be so indelicate as to quote him.

The Roman Republic failed because they could not successfully answer the question, “Who Shall Guard the Guards?”

The Founders of this Republic answered that question with both the First and Second Amendments.

Like Stalin, the Clintonistas and other holders of the Imperial Presidency could care less what common folk say about them, but the concept of the armed citizenry as guarantors of their own liberties sets their teeth on edge and disturbs their statist sleep.

Governments, some great men once avowed, derive their legitimacy from “the consent of the governed.” In the country that these men founded, it should not be required to remind anyone that the people do not obtain their natural, God-given liberties by “the consent of the Government.” Yet in this century, our once great constitutional republic has been so profaned in the pursuit of power and social engineering by corrupt leaders as to be unrecognizable to the Founders. And in large measure we have ourselves to blame because at each crucial step along the way the usurpers of our liberties have obtained the consent of a majority of the governed to do what they have done, often in the name of “democracy”– a political system rejected by the Founders.

Another good friend of mine gave the best description of pure democracy I have ever heard. “Democracy,” he concluded, “is three wolves and a sheep sitting down to vote on what to have for dinner.” The rights of the sheep in this system are by no means guaranteed.

This is why God in His wisdom, and the Founders in their sagacity, made sheepdogs.

Now it is true that our present wolf-like, would-be rulers do not as yet seek to eat that sheep. They still cast a nervous collective eye toward the sheepdogs among the flock. They are, however, most desirous that the sheep be shorn of taxes, and if possible and when necessary, be reminded of their rightful place in society as “good citizen sheep” whose safety from the big bad wolves outside their barn doors is only guaranteed by the omni-presence in the barn of the “good wolves” of the government.

Wolf

Sheepdog
American Voters, er, ah, Sheep

Indeed, they do not present themselves as wolves at all, but rather these lupines parade around in sheepdog’s clothing — the sheepdog being an ancient and honorable vocation accepted by the sheep as a necessary burden for their safety — and they yip and yowl insistently in off-key falsetto about the welfare of the flock and the necessity to surrender liberty and property “for the children”, er, ah, I mean “the lambs.” In order to ensure future generations of compliant sheep, they are careful to educate the lambs in the way of “political correctness,” tutoring them in the totalitarian faiths that “it takes a barnyard to raise a lamb” and “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Indeed, these wolves could only achieve what they have by convincing the flock (and most of the real sheepdogs) that they are protectors of the flock with its best interests at heart.

But here’s the problem for these wolves parading as sheepdogs.

There are not enough of them to eat as well they please just yet without having their meal rudely interrupted.

True, they are outnumbered by the sheep, but they care not. Sheep, after all, are sheep. “If God had not wanted them shorn, He would not have made them sheep,” the bandit leader Caldera tells Yul Brynner in “The Magnificent Seven.”

What wolves DO care about is the threat posed to them by the real sheepdogs who the Founders of the flock with great foresight placed between the wolves of government and the flock of the people and charged with its protection — the sheepdogs who these wolves merely pretend to be.

Real sheepdogs of course have no appetite for the lives and liberties of the sheep. They exist, they live for, they relish in, their role as the true guardians of the flock. Ready in an instant to lay down their lives for the defense of the helpless, they operate always within the Founders’ carefully drawn borders, faithfully and honorably. Indeed, the concept of honor is most often found only in sheepdogs, for the sheep have no need of it in the day-to-day wandering of the flock and, as for the wolves, it gets in the way of their appetites. And these sheepdogs, the smarter, more perceptive ones among them, are infinitely suspicious of the lupine-mandarin class who continually try to overstep the boundaries the Founders of the flock set.

Every now and then, the appetite of the wolves is for an instant revealed too nakedly. Some tough old independent-minded ram refuses to be shorn, for example, and tries to remind the flock that they once decided affairs themselves — they and the sheepdogs — according to the rule of law of their ancestors and the Founders of the flock, and without the help of their “betters.” When that happens, the fangs become apparent and the conspicuously unwilling are shunned, cowed, driven off or (occasionally) killed. This always happens when the real sheepdogs are looking the other way, or are mesmerized by some lupine excuse.

Sadly, over time the majority of the flock — including many of the sheepdogs — have learned over time not to resist the Lupine-Mandarin class which herds it. Their Founders, who were sheepdogs one and all, would have long ago chased off such usurpers. Any present members of the flock who think like that are denounced as antediluvian or mentally deranged.

Yet, the sheepdogs still stand ready and so the wolves must be gradual in their predations. Most of the sheepdogs are, after all, watching the perimeter of the Founders’ grazing fields for threats from without, or are preoccupied with forays to foreign fields where other sheep are being victimized by other wolves. They are close, these wolves, into converting many sheepdogs into cooperating with their schemes. And there are some of the more alert sheepdogs that the lupines would like to punish, but they dare not– for their teeth are every bit as long as their “betters.”

Indeed, this is the reason the wolves haven’t eaten many sheep in generations. To the wolves’ chagrin, the honest sheepdogs are armed and they outnumber the wolves by a considerable margin. For now the wolves are content to watch the numbers of these honest sheepdogs diminish, as they are no longer fashionable in polite society. (Indeed, they are considered by the literati to be an anachronism best forgotten and such sheepdogs are dismissed by the Mandarins as “Tooth Nuts” or “Right Leg Fanatics”.)

When the number of the sheepdogs fall below a level that wolves can feel safe to do so, the throats of the remaining guardians of the flock will be torn out and the eating of the sheep will begin. The wolves are patient, and proceed by infinitesimal degrees like the slowly-boiling frog. It took them generations to lull the sheep and the sheepdogs into accepting them as rulers instead of elected representatives. If it takes another generation or two to complete the process, the wolves can wait.

This is our “Animal Farm,” without apology to George Orwell.

Even so, the truth is that one man with a pistol CAN defeat an army, given a righteous cause for which to fight, enough determination to risk death for that cause, and enough brains, luck and friends to win the struggle. This is true in war but also in politics, and it is not necessary to be a Prussian militarist to see it. The dirty little secret of today’s ruling elite — as represented by the Clintonistas, the “compassionate conservative” Bushies and the even scarier potential for tyranny embodied by the spell-binding Obama — is that they want people of conscience and principle to be divided in as many ways as possible (“wedge issues” the consultants call them) so that they may be more easily manipulated. No issue of race, religion, class or economics is left unexploited.

Lost in the din of jostling special interests are the few voices who point out that if we refuse to be divided from what truly unites us as a people, we cannot be defeated on the large issues of principle, faith, the constitutional republic and the rule of law. More importantly, woe and ridicule will be heaped upon anyone who points out that like the blustering Wizard of Oz, the federal tax and regulation machine is not as omniscient, omnipotent or fearsome as they would have us believe. Like the Wizard, they fan the scary flames higher and shout, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

For the truth is, they are frightened that we will find out how pitifully few they are compared to the mass of the citizenry they seek to frighten into compliance with their tax collections, property seizures and bureaucratic, unconstitutional power-shifting.

I strongly recommend everyone see the movie “A Bug’s Life”. Simple truths may often be found sheltering beneath unlikely overhangs, there protected by the pelting storm of lies that soak us everyday. “A Bug’s Life”, a children’s movie of all things, is just such a place.

“A Bug’s Life,” 1998.

The plot revolves around an ant hill on an unnamed island, where the ants placate predatory grasshoppers by offering them each year one-half of the food they gather (sounds a lot like the IRS, right?). Driven to desperation by the insatiable tax demands of the large, fearsome grasshoppers, one enterprising ant goes abroad seeking bug mercenaries who will return with him and defend the anthill when the grasshoppers return. (If this sounds a lot like an animated “Magnificent Seven”, you’re right.)

Kevin Spacey as
Special Agent “Hopper,”
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Seeds
in “A Bug’s Life”

The grasshoppers (who roar about like some biker gang or perhaps the ATF in black helicopters, take your pick) are, at one point in the movie, lounging around in a bug cantina down in Mexico, living off the bounty of the land. The harvested seeds they eat are dispensed one at a time from an upturned bar bottle. Three grasshoppers suggest to their leader, a menacing fellow named “Hopper” (whose voice characterization by Kevin Spacey is suitably evil personified), that they should forget about the poor ants on the island. Here, they say, we can live off the fat of the land, why worry about some upstart ants?

Hopper turns on them instantly. He manipulates the dispenser on the mouth of the bottle, and the seed strikes one of the dissenters in the chest, falling to the floor. “Did that hurt,?” Hopper asks. “No,” says the dissenter derisively. “How about this one?” as he does it again. “Are you kiddin’?” says the gang member. “Well . . . HOW ABOUT THIS?!?” Hopper knocks the cap off the bottle and its entire contents rush out, inundating and crushing the three dissenters. Hopper then explains the facts of the tyrant’s world to his gang:

Hopper: You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It’s not about food, it’s about keeping those ants in line. That’s why we’re going back! Does anybody else wanna stay?
[grasshoppers shocked - all the grasshoppers "rev up" their wings]
Molt: [motioning a fellow grasshopper] He’s quite the motivational speaker, isn’t he?
Hopper: Let’s ride!

You can watch Hopper’s explanation on YouTube right here:

Of course it comes as no surprise that in the end the ants figure out that they outnumber the grasshoppers a hundred to one, and when they do they free themselves in an instant.

Would that liberty-loving Americans were as smart as animated ants.

Courage to stand against tyranny, fortunately, is not only found on videotape or DVD. Courage flowers from the heart, from the twin roots of deeply-held principle and faith in God. There are American heroes living today who have not yet performed the deeds of principled courage that future history books will record. They have not yet had to stand in the gap, to plug it with their own fragile bodies and lives against the evil that portends. Not yet have they been required to pledge “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.”

Yet they will have to.

I believe with all my heart the lesson that history teaches: That each and every generation of Americans is given, along with the liberty and opportunity that is their heritage, the duty to defend America against the tyrannies of their day. Our father’s father’s fathers fought this same fight. Our mother’s mother’s mothers fought it as well. From the Revolution through the world wars, from the Cold War through to Iraq and Afghanistan, they fought to secure their liberty and safetyand those of the defenseless people of the world) in conflicts great and small, within and without.

They stood faithful to the oath that our Founders gave us: To bear true faith and allegiance– not to a man; not to the land; not to a political party, but to an idea. That idea is liberty, God-given, inalienable liberty as codified in the Constitution of the United States. We swear, as did they, an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And throughout the years they paid in blood and treasure the terrible price of that oath.

That was their day.

This is ours.

The clouds we can see on the horizon may be a simple rain or a vast hurricane, but there is a storm coming. Make no mistake.

Lincoln said that this nation cannot long exist half slave and half free. I say, if I may humbly paraphrase, that this nation cannot long exist one-third slave, one-third uncommitted, and one-third free. The slavery today is of the mind and soul not the body, but it is slavery without a doubt that Mandarin class, most recently embodied by Barack Obama, is pushing.

It is slavery to worship our nominally-elected representatives as our rulers instead of requiring their trustworthiness as our servants. It is slavery of the mind and soul that demands that God-given rights that our Forefathers secured with their blood and sacrifice be traded for false security of a nanny-state which will tend to our “legitimate needs” as they are perceived by that government.

It is slavery to worship humanism as religion and slavery to deny life and liberty to unborn Americans. As people of faith in God, whatever our denomination, we are in bondage to a plantation system that steals our money, erases our history — supplanting it with sanitized and politicized “correctness” — denies our children a real public education, denies them even the mention of God in school and denies, in fact, the very existence of God.

So finally we are faced with, and we must return to, the moral component of the question: “What good can a handgun do against an army?”

The answer is “Nothing,” or “Everything.”

The outcome depends upon the mind and heart and soul of the man or woman who holds it.

One may also ask, “What good can a sling in the hands of a boy do against a marauding giant?” If your cause is just and righteous much can be done, not only if you are willing to risk the consequences of failure and to bear the burdens of eternal vigilance.

A friend of mine gave me a plaque once. Upon it is written these words by Winston Churchill, a man who knew much about fighting tyranny:

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

The Spartans at Thermopolae knew this. The fighting Jews of Masada knew this, when every man, woman and child died rather than submit to Roman tyranny. The Texans who died at the Alamo knew this. The frozen patriots of Valley Forge knew this. The “expendable men” of Bataan and Corregidor knew this. If there is one lesson of Hitlerism and the Holocaust, it is that free men, if they wish to remain free, must resist would-be tyrants at the first opportunity and at every opportunity. Remember that whether they come as conquerors or elected officials, the men who secretly wish to be your murderers must first convince you that you must accept them as your masters. Free men and women must not wait until they are “selected,” divided and herded into Warsaw Ghettos, there to finally fight desperately, almost without weapons, and die outnumbered.

The tyrant must be met at the door when he appears. At your door, or mine, wherever he shows his bloody appetite. He must be met by the pistol which can defeat an army. He must be met at every door, for in truth we outnumber him and his henchmen.

It matters not whether they call themselves Communists or Nazis or something else. It matters not what flag they fly, nor what uniform they wear. It matters not what excuses they give for stealing your liberty, your property or your life. “By their works ye shall know them.” The time is late. Those who once had trouble reading the hour on their watches have no trouble seeing by the glare of the fire at Waco. Few of us realized at the time that the Constitution was burning right along with the Davidians.

Now we know better.

We have had the advantage of that horrible illumination for more than fifteen years now– fifteen years in which the rule of law and the battered old parchment of our beloved Constitution have been smashed, shredded and besmirched by the Clintonistas. In this process they have been aided and abetted by the cowardly incompetence and venal avarice of the Republican party. They have forgotten Daniel Webster’s warning: “Miracles do not cluster. Hold on to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands– what has happened once in six thousand years may never happen again. Hold on to your Constitution, for if the American Constitution shall fail there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

Yet being able to see what has happened has not helped us reverse, or even slow, the process. The sad fact is that we will have to resign ourselves to the prospect of having to maintain our principles and our liberty in the face of becoming a disenfranchised minority within our own country.

The middle third of the populace, it seems, will continue to waffle in favor of the enemies of the Constitution until their comfort level with the economy is endangered. They’ve got theirs, Jack.

The Republicans, who we thought could represent our interests and protect the Constitution and the rule of law, have been demonstrated to be political eunuchs, or worse. Alan Keyes was dead right when he characterized the 1996 election as one between “the lawless Democrats and the gutless Republicans.” Nothing has happened in the years since to contradict that analysis. The major parties, as Pat Buchanan observed, “are two wings of the same bird of prey.” The spectacular political failures of our current leaders are unrivaled in our history unless you recall the unprincipled jockeying for position and tragi-comedy of misunderstanding and miscommunication which lead to our first Civil War.

And make no mistake, it is civil war which may be the most horrible corollary of the Law of Unintended Consequences as it applies to the Clintonista-Bush-Obama Imperial Presidencies and their shared appetite for the destruction of the rule of law. Because such people have no cause for which they are willing to die (all morality being relativistic to them, and all principles compromisable), they cannot fathom the motives or behavior of people who believe that there are some principles worth fighting and dying for. Out of such failures of understanding come wars. Particularly because although such elitists would not risk their own necks in a fight, they have no compunction about ordering others in their pay to fight for them.

It is not the deaths of others, but their own deaths, that they fear.

As a Christian, I cannot fear my own death, but rather I am commanded by my God to live in such a way as to make my death a homecoming. That this makes me incomprehensible and threatening to those who wish to be my masters is something I can do little about. I would suggest to them that they not poke their godless, tyrannical noses down my alley. As the coiled rattlesnake flag of the Revolution bluntly stated: “Don’t Tread on Me!” Or, as our state motto here in Alabama declares: “We Dare Defend Our Rights.”

But can a handgun defeat an army? Yes. It remains to be seen whether the struggle of our generation against the tyrants of our day in the first decade of the 21st Century will bring a restoration of liberty and the rule of law or a dark and bloody descent into chaos and slavery.

If it is to be the former, I will meet you at the new Yorktown.

If it is to be the latter, I will meet you at Masada.

But I will not be a slave.

And I know that whether we succeed or fail, if we should fall along the way our graves will one day be visited by other free Americans, thanking us that we did not forget that, with the help of Almighty God, in the hands of a free man a handgun CAN defeat a tyrant’s army.

Ten Years After

So why has “Handgun” apparently stood the test of time? It is not without its critics, you know. One fellow called it “bloodthirsty,” another “paranoid.” Yet another said it was “over-wrought, over-drawn and over the top.” It does seem to some, even today in the disturbing light of the Olofson case, as “too combative,” and “too scary to contemplate.” In this it is not unlike any of the other many pieces I have written, some of which have even been labeled “seditious.” “Handgun” certainly disturbs just as many people as it inspires. Does that say more about the writing, or the reader?

There are, it seems, many folks in the “Second Amendment community,” whatever that is, who dislike my “absolutist” positions. These “pragmatists” say that they share my goals but not my methods, thinking apparently that tyranny can be deterred by the force of persuasion alone. I wish it were so, but it isn’t. Not even a sloppy reading of our own history, let alone that of the world, could lead anyone but the most credulous or unrealistically optimistic among us to believe such a proposition.

As a good friend commented in an email to me upon the most recent contretemps occasioned by another of my “cold dead hands” letters:

The final question, at least to me, for the “politicals” (my preferred term, as I think the so-called radicals are FAR more pragmatic than the “democracy is both effective and safe!” crowd) is as follows:

“What do you guys plan to do if your approach demonstrably fails, either by the passage of AWB II, more Katrina/Iowa-style confiscations, or some other indicia that the political path is not yielding the intended results?”

The real answer for many is “we plan to redefine the objective to maximize our sporting uses of what we are allowed to keep.”

Ain’t no talking to folks like that….let their shackles rest heavy on them.

Sadly, he is no doubt correct.

With such “friends,” to quote Don Rickles, “who needs enemas?”

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”

~II Corinthians 3:17~

Yet there are just as many, perhaps more, to whom “Handgun” still speaks, as one recent fan wrote me, “to our souls.” I have sometimes felt that I have been too shy about my faith. Others, godless heathen libertarians no doubt (insert smiley face here), say I’m TOO religious.

But I think when I sincerely invoke, “the help of Almighty God,” many, many more people who are not concerned or embarrassed by such sentiments are uplifted thereby. They recognize, as do I, that just as the Founders could not have pulled off the Revolution alone, we are not going to restore our Republic without the help of God’s power. And so my references to that Higher Power which guides and informs our lives resonates with “gunnies” who are perhaps too “simple and unsophisticated” too be embarrassed by them.

The skeptical libertarians who ARE now made nervous by them will nevertheless one day be grateful to have such folks as allies in the great battle of our time.

And it will be a battle.

And it is coming, closer now than it was ten years ago.

Perhaps that is why “Handgun” still finds eager readers, because they understand this.

And they want to gird themselves spiritually before the fight.

If by reminding them that a handgun can defeat a tyrant’s army I have helped prepare them for what’s ahead, I am thankful to my God that He granted me the discernment to see it and the talent to communicate it.

Face the Truth

 

Face the Truth
by Hellesponte & Kerodin
February 23, 2011

http://www.kerodin.com/face_the_truth.htm
Liberty can not coexist with Progressivism.

Progressives, those who turn to Government for all remedies, dominate every aspect of our society, including politics.  They are not merely entrenched, they dominate.

There is one chink in their armor: The US House.

The House is the one institution of our Federal Government where 218 Patriots can shut down the Left.

Until the Left puts millions of bodies on the streets and calls for blood.  We are there, today.

I am confident that given time, we could pack the House with Patriots.

We do not have the time.  Economic collapse is happening, right now.  The Left is putting their thugs on the streets, right now.  Leftists in Government are calling for blood…literally.

Patriots are outnumbered by Useful Idiots by thousands to one. For every 1000 Patriots you count on to step into the street and meet the Left in defense of Liberty, you need to adjust your expectations down by orders of magnitude.

If that has not been demonstrated to you repeatedly over the last year+, you are not functioning in reality.  Ask TL about the support received by the Siege.  Ask CA about the support for the past year at RTC events.  Ask anyone who dared challenge SEIU over the last few days.

Tough talk is everywhere.  Tough men, not so much. There are a few women who visit this column and blog who pack more utility and patriotism than the majority of men across the Hard Right blogosphere.

If you have not come to grips with the reality that Patriots are simply not interested in anything but rhetorical Liberty until it crosses their threshold, and personal prestige and gain in the meantime as they clamor for their “recognition” you are not functioning in reality.  If you think any more than 5% of those Rambo’s will actually put up a fight when LEO comes to the door, you are insane.

How many Patriots do you think have made their homes truly defensible?  Really.  The pistol on the desk and atop the refrigerator, and the AR leaning in the corner is not defensive prep.  Hardening your doors and windows, installing true countermeasures that impede and disrupt invaders, and will leave a crater as defense…that’s defensive prep.

The average Patriot who takes three minutes to consider a Stack coming into his home will admit to himself that the Stack will move through like a warm knife through warm butter.  Any fantasies about countering them at the door, knowing they’re coming, is folly.  You’ll know when they are in the house, busting caps in your dogs and slaughtering your family.

They have every advantage, including the bureaucrat who will facilitate the paperwork and the politician who will write the law and the Judge who will sign the warrant.

And the Patriot Community argues among themselves about the inappropriate morality of CV, and the absurdity of Red Dawn CF that is nothing more than masturbatory exercise for grown-ups who don’t bother with the negligee catalogs anymore.

Look across our Hard Right blogs today at the topics being touted as victories.  If you buy into it for a moment, you’ll be killed in the first wave, lined up at a mass grave and given a bullet in the back of your head while you kneel on your knees, or blow Master when he tells you to pucker up.

You’ll be leaving your women to the men who killed you.

I am not condemning you all.  I have met and spoken with some serious hardcore Patriots.  We all agree just how lonely it will be when we decide to face-off against the Left.

For they have won.

The few Patriots who reach their limit and square off will be slandered in the media as terrorists, radicals, extremists.  So-called Patriots will concur…and do nothing.

CA asked how many banksters, politicians, enemies of Liberty have gone missing in your AO.

The answer is Zero.

In countries where the Left is in power, acts of disappearing the enemy happens all the time.

In America, where the Left rules, they disappear us by calling us criminals.  The result is the same.

The real difference: So very few men of serious Patriotism take action.  Tough talk never defeated tyranny.  It never will.  And even our “Patriots” in America condemn hardcore Patriotic Acts by real Patriots and call one another names.

The Left has won.  Accept it.  Blow your Master and enjoy the scraps he lets you keep.

And revel in your useless, hollow victories.

Real Patriots should look to the other side of the Ruckus, and prevailing then and there – for the Now is lost.

Resist. Reinforce.  Reload.  Ruckus.  Restoration.

Kerodin
III

Communism: Ground Gained

We too often fail to cut through the PC misdirection offered by our enemies within, so let us remind everyone right now: Liberalism is Communism in a cloak.

Below are the 10 points laid out by Marx.

Consider them and consider where the nation is today in reference to each.

Then, consider for each of the points which of our political parties advocate for policies and programs to achieve the stated goals.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of  land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools.

Excerpt: There comes a time when civility is no longer appropriate as the only option on the table.  Dare we not offend the sensibilities of Liberals, Socialists, and Communists in our midst who are ruining and destroying our republic?  Are we to cower and sheepishly genuflect when we are scolded for the tone or choice of our words in the face of ruin, poverty, tyranny, and death?!

Are we so frightened of chastisement from insignificant men and women of the political Left with stained and darkened souls that we turn from our duties of Patriotism and shun our sacred obligation to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America?  We ask you, is not our republic worth the risk of being castigated?  Is the soul of our mighty nation no longer worthy of our fortunes, our lives, and our Sacred Honor?  Have we lost so much of our heritage, our courage, our mettle, and grit that we will stand idly by and permit the foolish and the stupid, who work hand-in-hand with evil people in our nation, that we will permit them to send us into eternal slavery and tyranny as the world has never before witnessed?


Excerpt: You are a fool if you do not believe that elements of the Left would use force, if they could, to compel you to comply with many of their edicts.  In drafting healthcare reform, they use the threat of financial fines, felony conviction and prison if you refuse to buy health insurance!

How is that not only a degree or two removed from a pistol to the head? We are undeniably heading toward the same tyrannies known to Russians, Germans, and the Chinese.  It starts with Liberalism, advances to Socialism, and ends with Fascism, Communism, or some other tyranny…and death.


Excerpt: We have a culture of people whose first response to a physical threat is to dial 911, or worse, a lawyer.  We have a nation of people who will dump hot coffee on themselves, then sue the restaurant – and win! We have a nation of educators who suspend children for drawing a picture of a handgun or for bringing a Boy Scout knife-and-fork kit to show and tell!

We have a nation of people so removed from the food chain that many would starve to death if the local supermarket closed.  We have a nation of people who cannot truly grasp the hardships faced by most of the people in the world every day, and as a result we have a nation of people who have lost fundamental common sense.


Excerpt: The Bill of Rights articulates the natural rights of man, rights that are not bestowed by government, but rights that are innately ours as human beings.  These rights may not be taken from us.  These rights were written in plain language so that no clever interpretation and manipulation of the intent was possible.  These rights may not be restricted, narrowed, or infringed.  Any attempt to do so is a violation of the relationship between Man and Creator.

Every narrowing, restriction, infringement, and clever interpretation imposed upon us in the years since our Constitution was ratified is simply a violation of our natural rights.

We hold that every violation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights by those in Government is an act of Treason, as these violations are unjust, undermining the fundamental foundations of our republic, breaking the pact between citizen and government, and desecrating the relationship between Man and Creator.  Any man or woman who enforces these unconstitutional laws on behalf of government is a treasonous soul and an enemy of Liberty and humanity.


Sons of Liberty Flag


Try not to make it to the Big League before it begins.

How do you know when you have made the Bigs?

You catch a Federal case.

When you earn real attention from our Masters, you’ll know it…usually after it is too late.  Our Masters will tolerate quite a bit from folks, even Patriots who are rabble-rousing.  They really don’t care if you are stocking up on rice and beans, even rifles and bullets.  They don’t care if you call them names or incite a few misdemeanors or send them snarky little letters.  If you are trying to get their attention and you have not yet caught a Federal case, it’s still amateur hour…or maybe you are valuable to them

It’s when you start to have an impact on the flow of dollars that you will earn real interest.  Write a report that negatively impacts the stock value of a few Fortune 50 companies, and you will soon have a genuine understanding of the term Lawfare.

You may also be schooled on Constructive Possession.

There are many lessons you may be taught.  Right Now.

You will learn inside baseball details about the US Code that will make you ill.

The world begins to move very, very quickly.

You will be faced with stark choices that have never entered your mind, because you think you understand the rules.

You do not understand the rules, until you have been inside the machine.

Then your options are put on the table: 2 years if you take the deal, or 20 if you fight…and we’ll add a Conspiracy case for your little dog, too…

You will learn that the power of a US Attorney is crushing.

Do not make it easy to take you out of play, Patriot.

And, it is oh, so easy…if they ever decide to do it.

The choice is theirs…not yours.

Truth, Justice & the American Way?

Not so much.

The DOJ conviction rate is 95% in a bad year, and pushes above 98% according to some stats.  The deck is not only stacked in their favor, they own the deck.  And the card table.  And the casino.  Do you understand?

Can you name any Federal bureaucracy that runs at a minimum 95% efficiency rate?  What does that tell you?

Do not make the mistake of thinking that you intimidate them just because they have not yet chosen to come for you…

The Point: If you are trying to incite Big Brother to notice you, go for it! But, man up and roll bigger dice.

If you would prefer to make your preparations for it with relative impunity, just go about your business and avoid taking actions that will make it easy for Them to take you out of play, and do not give them a reason to take you out of play.  Don’t telegraph about the details of your preparations or defensive measures.  Don’t put a pistol in your belt, against your local laws, unless you are willing to use it when LEO spots you in the convenience store.  Avoid gratuitous violence.

Do not draw hyperbolic lines in the sand.  When you draw lines in the sand that you do not defend, it reveals you for what you are deep in your Soul…and some of that bad energy splatters on us, too.

There will be plenty of opportunities for a fight, if you want one, soon enough.  Be smart, stay off the radar, so that any fight you engage will be on your terms.

What is a III Percent Patriot


Historians consider that about 3 percent of Americans took arms and challenged the King during the Revolution.

3 percent.  III Percent.  Threepers.

Patriots.

We exist today.

We are that percentage of Americans who have the tools and mettle of the Militiaman who stand and have drawn a hard line for the Hard Right of the political spectrum.

We are that cadre of American Patriots who refuse to yield further.  Our fathers and grandfathers permitted the insanity of Collectivism too much latitude, and it is we that History has called upon to set the republic back to her Constitutional principles.

The diseases of Liberalism and Collectivism are murdering the republic.

We are simply Patriots who are finished passively backing up. We are Patriots who have decided to take action…and if you are an enemy to the Liberty of the republic, stand aside, shut your mouth, or face the consequences of trying to enslave a group of men and women who have no intention of accepting the chains.

The concept of the III Percent is a matter of historical fact and state of mind.  It is not a club or private group.  No Patriot need submit an application to any Leader seeking acceptance, and no entity may strip you of the III Percent title.

If you are an American who shares the ideals of that historic III Percent of Americans who took arms against the King and took to the field when we needed serious men and women who were willing to fight, kill and die for the ideal of Liberty, you are a III Percent Patriot.

Kerodin
III

Every single law on the books, ultimately, is enforced with the muzzle of a weapon.  It does not matter if the charge is failing to pay your property tax or jay walking, hosting a yard sale without a town permit, or murder, if you resist the punishment in any of these cases, Government will escalate until you yield or…the final step results
in the discharge of firearms.
You forget this at your peril.
~ Kerodin

 

10 Occupations with Largest Percentage of African-Americans

10 Occupations with Largest Percentage of African-Americans
Sunday, September 05, 2010

10 Occupations with Largest Percentage of African-Americans 

Barbershop (2002) (photo: MGM)

1.     Barbers—35.0%
2.     Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides—34.0%
3.     Residential advisors—29.6%
4.     Security guards and gaming surveillance officers—28.6%
5.     Postal service clerks-28.3%
6.     Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges—27.1%
7.     Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators—26.4%
8.     Taxi drivers and chauffeurs—25.7%
9.     Bus drivers—24.9%
10.   Parking lot attendants—24.4%
No Doctors? No Scientist? Damn with what Holy-wood elites show us, I would think that most blacks would be doctors of something other than cutting hair.
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Schweitzer calls ‘nullification’ bills in session ‘anti-American’

Schweitzer calls ‘nullification’ bills in session ‘anti-American’

February 25, 2011

As reported by Mike Dennison on HelenAir.com

God help us…Montana Democrat governor Brian Schweitzer didn’t mean to get it, and he didn’t.

Chuck Baldwin must be so proud to live in Montana now.

Schweitzer actually expressed horror at nullification bills making their way through the Montana legislature, calling them “not the American way.”

But Governor, according to the US Constitution, it is the American way.

States created the US Federal government as their errand boy, with defined powers and duties. And when the Federal government oversteps their authority to act, it is the states that are supposed to correct the Washington errors. Nullification should be an important tool for states to use to keep Washington in line. No thinking individual should expect Washington to keep itself in line.

Then Governor Candy Ass says, “Does this create a job…educate a child…help a disabled person?” As Mr. Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence: “…that to secure these (unalienable) rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving the just powers from the consent of the governed…whenever any form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.”

It is not the state’s right or duty to create a job, educate a child or help a disabled person. It is the state’s duty to protect and secure our unalienable rights.

People of Montana: Ignore your ignorant Governor. Replace him ASAP. Nullify everything that comes from Washington, since it is all illegal and unconstitutional. That will give you a taste for secession. Then one day, you’ll wake up and realize that sending your money to DC makes no sense, and you’d be better off keeping it. Then you will secede and thrive.

Read The Article HERE.


Piracy And The Free Market

February 24, 2011

by Russell D. Longcore

One of today’s new stories is that four Americans were murdered by pirates off the Somali coast. The story shows that the various nations and their naval forces are not handling this problem effectively.

I’ve heard some talking heads and their callers state that national military forces should attack the pirates and kill them preemptively. But that’s murder. One of the human rights given to us by our Creator is the right of self DEFENSE, which includes our person, those in our care, and our property. So, just because some small vessels filled with pirates are sputtering around near my ship, that doesn’t give me the right to kill them until they attack me.

In days gone by, letters of marque and reprisal were issued by nations, which allowed civilians to commit acts of piracy under government protection. Letters of reprisal allowed civilians to attack and seize foreign vessels to compensate for financial losses. But that solution doesn’t apply to the piracy issues of today.

In my career as an insurance claims adjuster, I have become very familiar with Ocean Marine insurance, and have handled hundreds of claims over the years. Ocean Marine shipping is the womb in which property insurance, cargo and hull insurance and Lloyd’s of London were born 320 years ago. So, I’m not just pontificating here in this article about a subject about which I have no expertise.

Ocean-going ships fly under the flag of various nations…and for various reasons. Many nations encourage ship registries for tax and revenue reasons. Panama, Liberia and the Marshall Islands (in that order) have the largest numbers of ships registered under their flags.

It is very complicated for various nations to deploy their naval vessels into the waters of the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, the areas off the Somali coasts. But just in case someone in any national government might read this article, please allow me to proffer a recommendation on how ship security should be done by the free market.

Most of the world’s ocean vessels do not ply the waters in places where piracy is a peril. So sweeping, all-inclusive new laws or military deployment is not necessary for most shipping. A few strategic tweaks in each country’s laws can create a method whereby piracy can be eliminated.

First, nations should make sure that their laws allow ship owners to protect themselves from piracy and attack, including deadly force. That will offer the protection in international law for the free market to solve this problem.

Ship owners should hire a six-man tactical team of mercenary operators that accept an assignment to protect the vessel while enroute from port of origin to port of destination. The team should consist of five operators and one operator/medical specialist that could treat injuries. The owners provide accommodations while on board, including food. The “mercs” provide all tactical needs, including arms and explosives (like grenades and rocket launchers), ammunition and tactical gear. Having a six-man team would allow there to be a two-man patrol on duty for three shifts per day. And in the event of attack, the entire team would respond.

And ship owners might consider offering bounties for pirates, dead or alive.

Private security contractors around the world, such as Xe Co. (formerly Blackwater) and others, are able to fill this need for mercenary soldiers. And should the deployment of mercs on commercial ships succeed in protecting the ships, and thereby cause pirates to cease or slow down piracy, the private companies could find other work for their mercenaries.

The security contractors would be responsible for insuring the mercs against injury or death.

Insurance companies that insure ocean-going vessels could add an endorsement to their policies that will only pay a piracy claim if the ship owner had a tactical team on board to protect the ship at the time of the pirate attack. Otherwise, coverage denied.

The cost of a security tactical team would be determined based upon the size of the tactical squad, equipment deployed and length of voyage. Ship owners that refused to bear the expense of the tactical security team would be risking their ship and their investment. But that would be their choice.

And finally, the cost of the tactical security team would be passed along to the companies that shipped goods on the vessel. The shippers would pass along the increased costs to the consumer, who eventually pays for everything anyway.

The free market can handle the problems of Somali pirates, or any other pirates around the world, if the ham-handed governments will just get the hell out of the way.

© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

What Started as a Joke…

What Started as a Joke…

http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/

Locust: one of the best sites to date, the masses are awakening, slowly.

I remember the day quite vividly that this site began. Today, reading about a couple of refugees from Africa who attacked a white girl in New Hampshire because she spurned their sexual invitations serves to remind us at Stuff Black People Don’t Like that there is no joke anymore.

We draw our line with SBPDL: Year One

This site was started as a joke. Read the first few months worth of entries and you’ll notice a gradual evolution in content from May 2009 to October 2009. It’s always fun to watch YouTube videos of Black people devastated at the news of a chicken restaurant running out of delectable chicken, but the shocking stories transpiring all across America that had two common elements connecting them all (Black people behaving horribly and a complete media blackout surrounding the event) convinced us it was time to take a new direction with the site.

The joke started to wear off when the reality of Black Run America (BRA) became clear.

It was decided to put all of the year one entries into book form, to see if a wider audience could be found that is interested in learning about BRA. After all, only in that country could Black people being told to leave Wal-Mart become a national scandal.

Three more volumes are in the planning stages (a book discussing the false image of Black people in popular culture; sports as the primary way positive images of Black people are created; and a monograph on HBCUs) that will take the conversation we are having here at SBPDL to another level.

Google censored this site; Facebook did as well.

It’s time to fight back. On Sunday, SBPDL: Year One (365 Days in Black Run America) will be available at Amazon.com.

It’s available to order at this link now. We have a press release that will be blasted out on Monday to a number of Internet sites (if you can think of blogs, media personalities, Web sites, radio shows, forums that we should send the PR too, let us know in the comment section below) detailing the contents of SBPDL: Year One.

The goal is a “blackout” of Amazon. It might not happen, but just imagine SBPDL: Year One making its way into the top 100 books sold and maintaining a high rate of sales.

Thanks as always to the loyal readers who come here and read what we write; this book is for you.

Thanks as always to those who have linked to Stuff Black People Don’t Like, put up with the growing pains here, and sent in words of constructive criticism that hold us to a higher standard; this book is for you.

More importantly, thanks to those who can see. There is an idea called Black Run America (BRA) that inhibits rational discussion in this country. Daring to criticize Black people is the surest way to bring upon the wrath of BRA and its many enablers.

It’s past time that those who can see make a stand. We make our stand with SBPDL: Year One.


Something Like a Tea Party

Something Like a Tea Party

Something Like a Tea Party photo: CNN.com

America’s historic majority isn’t actually more enamoured with laissez-faire capitalism than other peoples around the world, or more “Center Right,” as is commonly asserted. What is unusual about White Americans is that some 50 percent of them consider themselves “middle class.” (This number is, no doubt, significantly higher among those who vote regularly and are politically engaged.)

Whatever the details of their demands, the fundamental cause of the recent protests in Wisconsin is the growing recognition among the American Middle that the lifestyle to which they are accustomed—think a house in the ‘burbs, a reliable pension or 401k, and the ability to live it up on easy credit—is vanishing before their eyes. (The fact that the state of Illinois, for instance, is financing its pensions with new debt issuances reveals the total unsustainability of “set for life” employment.)

In this way, the public-sector employees who have taken to the streets over the past 10 days have quite a bit in common with the Tea Party, despite the two being cast as sworn enemies by the media—the lazy free loaders vs. the Astroturf of corporate capitalism. Both the Tea Party and the Wisconsin phenomena represent genuine, grassroots protest movements of Whites caught somewhere between the stages of denial, anger, and bargaining in mourning the death of their “American Dream.”

(One could say that those who loose their jobs or take a serious hit now should probably consider themselves lucky; they’ll be able to adjust to the new reality before a further downturn. Those who remain in the boobgeois bubble longest will face the rudest awakening.)

Pat Buchanan recently opined that in siding with the unions and criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Barack Obama, ever the Alinsky-ite radical, has sought to “rub raw the resentments of the people; fan the latent hostilities to the point of overt expression.” In fact, something quite different is occurring.

Unlike the violent mau-mauing in Chicago’s South Side, the labor unionists and partisans have demonstrated in a noticeably polite fashion; much like the Tea Party, they’ve made clever signs, dressed up in colourful costumes, congregated at democratic institutions, and only demanded that the government be reasonable and fair.

More important, whatever Obama’s rhetoric, the Power Elite he represents has effectively abandoned the Baby Boom-and-under Whites marching on Madison. On January 8, the chief of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernake, announced publicly that there would be no Fed-led bailout of state and local governments—many of whose debt burdens rival that of Greece.  The banksters and subprime loan hustlers will get to have their losses socialized and their jobs and current paychecks protected. State governments will be forced to make do—raise taxes, cut employees, or both. In a word, “austerity.”

And the racial component of the winners and losers should not pass unnoticed.

Wisconsin has the demographics of the American nation in the 1950s: it is between 85-90 percent White (though being the Midwest, Germans outnumber WASPs.) According to state statistics, 95 percent of Wisconsin teachers and 90 percent of administrators are White.

Such employment statistics couldn’t be more different than the Federal Government’s.

In 2007, the advocacy group Adversity.net examined the racial hiring practices of Washington’s Executive Departments and Independent Agencies, from the Department of Education to NASA. The group discovered that with a very few exceptions, federal entities dramatically overfulfill their “Diversity” quotas. Indeed, the best agencies at hiring Blacks put the Post Office of lore to shame: the Controlled Substance Ordering System, the Government Printing Office, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, for instance, overhire Blacks at 800, 500, and 400 percent, respectively.  Even the “worst” agency for employing African-Americans, über-nerdy NASA, overhires Blacks at a clip of 50 percent.

In this line, government entities have increasingly dropped their mission of, well, governing in favor of the greater cause of minority outreach and empowerment. In America, one could lament, the Black man is either dead or in jail—or enjoying guaranteed benefits working at the State Department.

A teacher’s union meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, has the demographics of a screening of The English Patient. And however they might disagree on hot-button issues, the Tea Party and the Wisconsinites are essentially the same people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, on the other hand—the Government Sponsored Entities that financed the housing debacle—are around 50 percent Black.

Obama’s economic advisor Robert Reich let the cat out of the bag in 2009 when in a hearing on the economic stimulus program, he dropped all euphemisms and explicitly assured Charlie Rangel that Whites would not benefit from the upcoming round of federal outlays:

I am concerned, as I’m sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high-skilled people who are already professionals or to White male construction workers. … In my remarks I’ve suggested to you, and we can talk about it more, ways in the money can be… criteria can be set, so that the money does go to others, the long-term unemployed, minorities, women, people who aren’t necessarily construction workers or high-skilled professionals.

 

Rangel’s response was even more revealing:

And one thing you can depend on, you don’t have to be worried about what the middle-class is gonna do. Things are so bad. They have to put food on their tables. Clothes for their kids. Get them in school. I think this is a tremendous opportunity for a stronger America.

Translation: one need not worry about the White middle-class protesting the latest wealth redistribution—they’re too busy… working.

Though I hesitate to put too much weight on ethnicity in federal decision-making, there is no doubt that a central reason Obama is willing to abandon Wisconsin teachers is that he can be confident that White People Don’t Riot. Federal employees are a different matter altogether. And Washington, which values domestic tranquillity above all, must have taken notice of the recent scenes of mass throngs of desperate Blacks congregating outside public assistance facilities and determined that slashing the Controlled Substance Ordering System might not be the best idea.

Certainly, the polarity between expendable Wisconsin teachers and precious Black federal employees doesn’t hold across the board. Detroit, for instance, has been ordered to shutter half of its public schools, owing to budget woes as well as the total desertion of this once-prosperous city. What’s important to recognize is the trend of wealth redistribution and White dispossession in federal hiring, as well as the identity of those who get bailed out and those who get squeezed. (This trend also entails that the Tea Party, however pure its motives, will invariably be labelled “racist” when it makes calls to rein in spending and cut federal bureaucracies.)

Boiled down to their essences, the Tea Party represents White, middle-class private-sector workers who are beginning to realize that their future is being taken away from them; the Wisconsinites represent White, middle-class public-sector workers who are beginning to realize that their future is being taken away from them.

Might these two groups notice that they have a lot in common?