I am working on several articles, in between a considerable amount of actual engineering work, both personal and professional, which has me feeling even more over-committed than ever. When they are ready, I'll post them, but in the meantime, I've run across a number of web logs which link to Josie the Outlaw's video message to police officers.Link here
for her home page, which has several videos worth a look.Josie ask
s some exceedingly awkward questions. The presentation is excellent, the material is presented calmly and unemotionally, and the potential impact may be great. In short, I really like what I have seen. Please, O gentle reader, pass this on.With regard to all who serve the Light,Historian
Normally, I do not discuss specific local issues on this blog, for several reasons. First, if they are local to me, few people reading this blog would have much interest. Second, if they AREN'T local to me, but distant, I'm not likely to be up on all the ins and outs, and learning enough to have an opinion takes time I do not have. Third, there are lots of folks who blog about their local issues; many other people do it probably better than I. Lastly, I'm generally inclined to let folks handle their own local issues as they see fit, and let them find their own path to Heaven, or to Hell.But I am going to bring a local matter to your attention, O gentle reader.Colorado State Senator Eve Hudak is one of the architects of the Colorado magazine ban outrage, and from everything I have read and seen, one would have to travel a long way to find a more loathsome example of a Marxist totalitarian ideologue. Probably the most outrageous thing I have seen in a long time was her lecture to a rape victim on the uselessness of possessing a firearm to protect herself. Her initial recall drive was derailed by the worst sorts of political dirty tricks and general nastiness, and my understanding is that her push towards further corruption of the Second Amendment, as well as her political war chest are being funded by various out-of-state
Marxist organizations. More detail HERE.
These totalitarian apologists recognize that the lessons of the Colorado recall are not being lost on politicians in other states, and they are bending every effort to run the clock out and keep this evil orc spewing poison into the halls of Colorado's government.Let's see what the FreeFor can do to help some genuine patriots in Colorado.The website for the Hudak recall effort is here
. I'm sure that they need money, and probably can use some time, too. If you live in Colorado or have friends there, won't you please make a point of mentioning this to them? And please, won't you, gentle reader, do what you can to help? Time is short, and the need is great."All that is needed for the Triumph of Evil is for good men to do nothing."Will YOU, gentle reader, sit and watch, doing nothing, or will you stand up and defend the good?
The palantir of the orcs in Mordor-on-the-Potomac are watching this.....Yours in Liberty
, and with regard to all who serve the Light,HistorianUpdate:Neil Smith has posted a
bout this HEREFurther Update: The Orc has fled the battlefield, and resigned! This is a tactical maneuver to
allow Democratic control to continue for another year, but this is a blow to the forces of tyranny.
As a little boy, I was taught not to indulge my penchant for frank observation of and commentary about the people and events around me; my late mother was often horrified at my frank but impolite remarks. She strove mightily to instill some politeness and social skill in me, and succeeded (at least to some extent; opinions vary) in doing so. There is an art to disagreeing with somebody without getting ugly about it, and I have had plenty of opportunity to cultivate that art all of my life, for I find myself disagreeing with much of what I see around me. In my early years, I hadn't questioned the value of politeness and good manners, but my thoughts on that topic have evolved.
As I grew older, I began to perceive that not only had Marxist/Leninist collectivism penetrated the media and the halls of academe, (having read Rand at an early age, I knew that was a problem) but it has penetrated and perverted Western culture to an extraordinary degree. Common politeness, a gracious Western cultural phenomenon, the reluctance to bluntly state the truth for fear of embarrassing an otherwise well-meaning person, has metastasized into political correctness, where one dare not state the truth for fear of accurately identifying savage thuggery and corruption and being punished for doing so. This is one of the hallmarks of Marxist culture, where one dare not speak freely for fear of the gulag, or the Lubyanka, and one can see this phenomenon at work in the present treatment of "American Betrayal" and the author, Diana West. (if you have not yet read that book, gentle reader, I commend it to your attention.) The treatment of Diana West by the present ruling oligarchy is powerful testimony, all by itself, that her work is true, and still more powerful testimony to the power of ideas.
There is a reason that those who would rule us fear a frank and open discussion of their abuses of power, their arrogance, their elitism, their cowardice in the face of our enemies. They fear an honest critique of their Marxist value system, of their attempts to destroy the rule of law, and of their corruption. They know well the power of ideas, of free thought and inquiry, and they have been working slowly for over a century to destroy that which they fear. Above all, they fear being forced to confront the essential nature of their inhuman creed, which is why collectivists pathologically avoid the truth and strive to conceal their acts and beliefs. One of the ways in which this gradual erosion of our liberties has been concealed is by means of perverted politeness.
Politeness was used as a weapon against the Jews, many of whom would not allow themselves to conceive that the German National Socialist pogrom would actually be so rudely carried out against them, and who politely walked to the gas chambers to the strains of Mozart and Beethoven, as requested. There are many reasons for the Holocaust, but perversion of politeness was one of them. If you think it incredible that thousands of people walked to their death for fear of being impolite, ask yourself, "Am I any different?"
Why stand you there silent?
Where are the awkward questions, the rude insistence on speaking the truth?
Why are there not MILLIONS of blogs such as this on the Internet?
Why is Liberty a minority opinion?
Why is the rule of law mostly an historic concept?
Why do you let Marxists set the terms of the debate?
Why do you respect illegitimate authority?
As I have repeatedly stated, this is a war of ideas, and if we win that war, victory for personal liberty is ultimately assured. We have demonstrably better ideas, but the reason that we are losing the fight is that we are not spreading those ideas. We have allowed our oppressors control of the discussion, and in many cases we allow our basic decency to prevent us from speaking out. Resistance begins in the mind, and it spreads from one mind to the next by free and frank exchange, evaluation and comparison of ideas. What do you gain by allowing the enemies of all that is decent to freely spread their poisonous ideas without objection?
Why do you allow fear of ostracism to silence your objections?
Why do you politely consent to your repression?
Why have you quietly yielded to the Marxists among us?
Ecclesiastes, chapter 3 verse 1 says- "to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven." I say that it is time to be blunt. It is past time for each of you, gentle readers, to sound off, and to encourage your friends and neighbors to express themselves freely.
It is time to insist on the truth, and to be rude about it if needs be. Politeness has its place, but I will take rude truth over well-oiled falsehood and tyranny any time. Do not be concerned over what others will think, think about these questions and their answers-
"Is it true?"
"Is it right?"
Ask the awkward questions. Repeat and discuss the uncomfortable answers. Stretch yourselves just a bit and discover the virtue of rudeness, gentle reader.
With regard to all who serve the Light,
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. The fighting of the "War to End All Wars" was over. Over 60 million combatants fought for 4 years and 4 months, and between 15 and 20 million people died, military and civilian; about 6 million military deaths on the Allied side alone. The French lost 1.4 million soldiers killed out of a prewar population of about 41 millions, or over 3 percent of their population, over 7 percent of the adult males. The British lost well over 1 million men, out of 58 million, including troops from across the Commonwealth, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Think about that for a moment, gentle reader. These are just those killed outright; there were more than 12 million wounded, many of them casualties of poison gas and other debilitating injuries rendering them incapable of working for the rest of their lives. If these presently united States were to have lost a similar percentage, we would have lost about 3-4 million men instead of 117,000 dead. Put another way, more people died in World War 1 than died in the Holocaust.
One can easily understand that the first reaction of the Allied nations was joy that the war was over and that the Allies had won, but many people objected to the celebration as being unfitting, given the tremendous loss of life and destruction. Edward Honey, an Englishman, apparently was the first to suggest that the best way to remember the War to end all Wars was a few minutes of silence, and in 1919, George the Fifth, KIng of the Commonwealth, proclaimed two minutes of silence starting at 11 am. This was the custom for many years in the Allied nations, the first minute being in remembrance of those who died, and the second was in remembrance of those that they left behind, the families of those who gave all.
That custom was observed for many years here in these presently united States, even after 'Armistice Day' was renamed 'Veteran's Day' by President Eisenhower after Korea and the second World War. Every school child was instructed in the meaning of Veterans Day, and on November 11th, at 11 am, we would all stand with our hands on our hearts, silent, for a minute in respect for those who had fought in our wars. Today, however, schools do not teach respect for those who have fought for their country and I doubt that one child in a hundred understands the holiday or where it came from, children from military families perhaps excepted. My own understanding has evolved somewhat from my childhood education, for I have learned much about the history of the First World War, and the webs of deceit and lies spun by governments on all sides in that conflict and those which have followed.
Yet, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2013, 95 years after the guns fell silent, and the killing stopped, I will stop whatever I am doing, will rise to my feet, and take one minute to silently remember and thank those men and women who fought for the ideals that underpin this country. I will then take another minute to consider the poisonous fruit of warfare, the widows, orphans and destruction it leaves behind, and the perfidy of government, willing to kill and destroy for 'reasons of state' which often turn out to be support for crony merchantilism or fanaticism.
Yet as I do these things, I will also recognize that there are indeed just wars, times when the only acceptable response to an act of overt aggression is to respond with overwhelming force to destroy your attacker. That as bad as wars are, there are worse things, one of them being submission to tyranny. In that vein, and with the memory of those who have borne arms to defend the cause of Liberty in mind, I give you Lieutenant Colonel McCrae's iconic poem:
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I invite you, gentle reader, to join me this coming Monday, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2013, to rise and silently reflect upon the costs of war and the bravery of those who fight them. And then, I invite you to consider the following two questions:
What price am *I* willing to pay to stand up for and restore Liberty?
Will *I* hold the torch of Freedom high, or will I watch it be smothered?
With gratitude to those who have served our country and held true to the ideals for which it stands, and with regard to those who serve the Light,
(edited on 11/10/2013)
So, in the first installment of this discussion, (see link here
) I wrote about the actual ineffectiveness of the present Constitution to prevent Federal over-reach, and also wrote about using the power of the myth of the Constitution to reverse the present movement towards a police state here in these presently united States.The unpleasant fact is that the Federal government established by the States has overthrown the Constitutional limits on Federal authority, and is now
attempting to consolidate power. There has been much discussion about this of late. Several people have mentioned that Mark Levin has suggested in his book "The Liberty Amendments" that we might improve matters by passing amendments to do the following:
- Establish term limits for Congress;
- Repeal the 17th Amendment and restore the power of the States to select Senators;
- Set term limits for Supreme Court justices, and provide a legislative over-ride for judicial over-reach;
- Establish limits on Federal taxation and spending;
- Limit the Federal bureaucracy;
- Promote free enterprise;
- Protect private property;
- Give the States the authority to directly amend the Constitution;
- Give the States the authority to repeal congressional legislation;
- Requires that voters be properly identified in order to register and vote.
These are all interesting ideas, and those interested should read Mr. Levin's book. The problem is that these are mostly either band-aids, or things that the Constitution already supposedly does. There already are Constitutional limits on the powers of the Federal government, and THEY ARE BEING IGNORED, in large part because there is both no mechanism for punishment and great incentive to continue to ignore these Constitutional constraints. Should these Amendments be passed, there is nothing to prevent them, in turn, from being ignored. If we are to create effective reform, we must carefully examine the problem.
As I argued here
I think that the three biggest roots of American tyranny are:
- The establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank;
- The establishment of the income tax;
- The creation of centrally directed and state and Federally funded public schools.
One can argue, and I would agree, that the 17th amendment, which strips the States of their power to influence legislation ought to be repealed, but that is not the reason that we are in the mess we are in. Similarly, the establishment of the Fourth Branch of government is a lethal threat to the Republic, but trying to limit the power of the Federal bureaucracy by passing laws or even Constitutional Amendments is treating the symptoms and not the disease, and will prove ineffective.It probably would prove more effective to simply eliminate the permanent hiring of ANY federal employee, with certain very limited exceptions for combat-experienced military cadre; no person's Federal employment could span between administrations. Much was made about the inefficiency of the spoils system, in which the incoming administration hired their own administrators and Federal employment was one of the rewards of victory, and those criticisms may have had some basis. The Progressive answer was to hire a permanent bureaucracy, the civil Service, which was supposed to be non-partisan and neutral. Not only have we seen how false that hope was, (witness the IRS harassment of conservative political groups among other abuses,) but Pournelle's Iron Law accurately predicted the reality we see today, as noted here. The Fourth Branch will crush us all if it is not trimmed, branch and leaf, and the myriad 'regulations' repealed.
Get rid of the regulations and those who make them, before they bury us.To sum up, if we are discussing future amendments
to the Constitution, I suggest these as being essential:
- Repeal of the income tax and an absolute prohibition against spending more than net receipts, with exceptions crafted for a declared war, and requiring that loans be repaid within a certain time, say 10 years;
- Absolute prohibition of any sort of Federal or state charter of any sort of bank, combined with a gradual elimination of any sort of Federal or State currency. Not only should we end the Federal Reserve, but we ought to end the pernicious practice of fractional reserve banking, and end the 'legal tender' laws. Both will probably have to be gradually phased out over some time, say 3 or 4 years.
- Absolute prohibition against any Federal, State or local governmental involvement in education of any sort. Separation of school and State. No taxes or fees to be extracted by any government upon or related to education of any sort, nor shall any sort of regulation or direction as to the nature or extent of schooling or teaching whatever be permitted.
- Repeal of all existing "regulations" combined with an absolute prohibition against any sort of permanent Federal employment, with some possible exceptions for fighting military people. Support staff we can hire; fighting men we probably should not.
- An enforcement clause, classifying violation of the Constitution by elected or appointed officials or employees as meriting immediate confiscation of all pay, benefits, and personal property at a minimum, and particularly egregious violations, such as willful conspiracy or violations resulting in the death of another, as treason.
There is little likelihood, in my estimation, that we will see even one of these suggestions, either mine or Mr. Levin's, enacted prior to the coming socioeconomic upheaval. That upheaval is now all but inevitable. But it is well to consider how the myth of the Constitution as a shield against tyranny might be made into a reality, and to consider how one may better protect the Enlightenment ideals of Life, Liberty and Property. These presently united States may not survive the coming events, but something will rise to replace them. I cannot foresee what will happen in the future, but I do know that we cannot continue as we have been doing. I also know the awesome power of the myth of the Constitution. I saw that power in action on the National Mall on October 13th. 75,000 people who all believed in that same myth came to the Mall and made tyranny blink, made the myth real, if only for a day. It is worth considering, gentle reader, how we the people of these presently united States can make the myth become a permanent reality.
We may not be able to prevent the coming collapse, but we, each one of us, can help shape the aftermath. And who knows, the horse may learn to sing!I look forward to your comments and responses, gentle readers.With regard to all who serve the Light,HistorianUpdate:Concerned American graciously linked this post, and there is much good discussion at his site, link here
. I'd love more comments here at Liberty Hollow, but I will take them where I can get them. BTW, if anybody knows about any other comment repositories, I would appreciate a heads-up. My thanks in advance.
When I introduce myself at political meetings, I characterize myself as being somebody who asks awkward questions. I've learned over the years that asking a question usually works better in political discussion than stating positions, but I've also learned that some people generally hate questions, especially the awkward ones. And yet, those are the most important kind, because the fact that a question is awkward reveals that there exists an unresolved conflict
. It is those unresolved issues that often cause us to hesitate, to fail to act. To not stand up for what is right.
In my first substantive post on this blog, entitled "What are the legitimate functions of Government?" ( link here
) I pointed out that asking that question of yourself is an important first step when considering any legislative proposal. It is the
basic question that, heart-breakingly, almost never gets asked, either by the politicians who ought to know better, or the people that they supposedly represent. In part that is because the answer from virtually every side of the issue, is pretty awkward. Socialists find it awkward because they generally do not want to admit what they are trying to do. Those who believe in individual liberty find that question awkward, because the way things are now is so far from the way that they were supposed to be that it is difficult for them to accept, and still harder to explain without the really awkward question- "how did this happen?"
This country was founded as a representative republic, which has now mutated into a socialistic police state, and one of the reasons that this cancerous coup has happened is that almost nobody asks themselves, or anybody else, "What are the legitimate functions of Government?". When did Americans stop asking questions? Who is responsible for this ugly state of affairs? Can we blame the collectivists among us? Really?
The forces of collectivism have been with us since the dawn of time, for the second raters, the sub-competent, those desperate for excuses, have been with us also, and it is to those that collectivism appeals. As long as there are people, there will be those few who seek to blame others for their failures, and seek shelter from the relentless law of reality that states that no entity may consume more than they produce, and there will also be those who take advantage of that ignoble reality. But why are they making such advances when right, reason and rationality are against them?
It is because many of us who enjoy the fruits of freedom have failed to hold our principles sancrosanct that we are losing the war of ideas. We abandoned the ideas of the Enlightenment, and let the forces of totalitarianism win by default. We would have been rude, we told ourselves, people will think that we are loony, bucking the status quo, we'd be unpatriotic to question the government, we said. We did not want to ask and especially did not want to listen to the answers to those awkward, embarrassing questions. We stopped our mouths, closed our ears, covered our eyes and failed to ask the right questions, or to insist on answers. We compromised our ideals, and we stopped asking questions, especially awkward, rude, or pointed ones. That needs to stop if we who live in these presently united States are to survive as civilized people.What are the legitimate functions of
government? To protect individual rights.
Is that what the federal government of these presently united States is doing? Where does government get its authority
? The founding documents of these presently united States say that a just government of a free people derives its authority from the consent of each of the people that it governs. To the extent that a government lacks consent, it lacks legitimacy. Do you, gentle reader, consent to the tyranny that the collectivist totalitarians are foisting upon you? Collectivists have reaped tremendous benefit from deliberate confusion about country and government.
Can a patriot love his country and hate his government? What is the difference between the two?Are rights in a representative republic subject to redefinition by popular vote? Centuries of common law, Enlightenment philosophy and the Founders said 'No'. Isn't that what the present illegitimate occupiers of the Spite House are trying to do?By what right? By what code? By what standard?
Why do you consent to the myriad outrages of those presently in authority?Have you shunned any FedGoons today? This week? Ever?
Broken any windows? Given the finger to any Natpopo thugs?How do your chains taste?Why do you consent to wear them?
When the rule of law has broken down, and those who wield authority illegitimately break the law with no way to hold them accountable, what is your recourse? These are all awkward questions, and they are all important, but until YOU start asking them, and start to look at the answers
are part of the problem. Resistance begins in the mind, by breaking the habit of obedience to authority, by asking awkward questions, insisting on finding the answers, and being willing to look at the naked truth, as ugly as it may be. Before you can find the motivation to break the windows of the oppressors, you must break their hold on your mind.
You must withdraw your consent from those who would hold you blind and ignorant, and start to seek the truth. You have been endowed to the core of your very essence as a sapient being with the ability to ask questions, to seek answers, to evaluate the facts and to find the truth, and YOU HAVE A RIGHT
TO DO THIS! You have a duty
to do this, as an American, as a human.
"Why do my eyes hurt?"
"You've never used them." (from the film "the Matrix.")
Will you take the Red Pill, gentle reader? Will you, gentle reader, continue to blindly lick your chains and whine about the taste, or will you open your eyes and break them? Are you willing to ask the awkward questions, and listen to the painful answers? Do you have the strength to seek the truth?with regards to all who serve the Light, and with warm regard to those of you out there who are asking awkward questions,Historian
Many years ago, I was up past my bedtime and I saw a television broadcast of a movie starring Jimmy Stewart, who remains one of my favorite actors. The film, released in 1950, was entitled "Harvey", and involved Stewart's character (one Elwood P. Dowd, portrayed as a usually tiddly and eccentric man) interacting with a "pooka." (For those of you who are not 'up' on the intricacies of Celtic mythology, a pooka is a shape-changing spirit, usually playful and somewhat mischievous but in most traditions, not outright evil, at least as long as it was respected.) In the movie, this particular pooka took the form of a large white rabbit, 6' 3 1/2" tall, named Harvey. I won't bore you with the details, but if you have not seen the film, I commend it to your attention. Make sure that you see the original version, not one of the various remakes. Unlike many comedic films, this one does not depend on knowledge of the culture of the day, and I expect anybody that reads my editorials would enjoy it on a variety of levels. But I digress.
I can imagine many of you, gentle readers, wondering "what on Earth does a film involving an imaginary white rabbit have to do with the Enlightenment, the present war of ideas, our loss of liberty, or combating the present march of tyranny?" At one point in the film, Elwood P. Dowd commented that in life one could be smart, or one could be pleasant, and that he had tried being smart, but now preferred to be pleasant. As an intelligent teenager who prized his intellect that particular remark struck me as an exceptionally curious thing to say. It has stuck in my head since that first time I saw the film, and I have contemplated that remark from time to time ever since. The implication was that Stewart's character preferred not to try to take advantage of others by using his intellect. In essence, Elwood P. Dowd wanted to be decent, to deal fairly with those around him, and to be treated fairly, about which more anon. Now, gentle reader, we start to get to my point.
I have been reflecting upon the present war of ideas and cultures, and I grow increasingly convinced that decency is an important weapon in the arsenal of freedom. But what is decency? What is the definition of "decent"? As is common with English, there are several definitions, but here is the one that I think applies here: "marked by moral integrity, kindness, and goodwill." Moral integrity, kindness and goodwill. Those are some of the values that the FreeFor defends, together with our rights and freedoms, but decency itself is a powerful weapon against tyranny. Some may say that decency implies weakness, that decent people get screwed and taken advantage of, and that we must be skilled, tough and merciless to survive and prevail in the coming unpleasantness. I agree that skills, mental and physical toughness, and impartial justice may all be required, but I do not agree that these are inconsistent with decency.
Going back to "Harvey," if you watch the film carefully, you will see that the tiddly, pleasant, eccentric and decent Mr. Dowd manages to cleverly arrange matters so that he is able to continue his daily visits to his favorite bar unmolested by mental health professionals or his family. Now obviously, this is fiction, viewed through the rose-tinted lenses of 1950, but even so, there is a lesson to be drawn. Even those whose putative duty was to have Mr. Dowd committed and locked up DID NOT WANT TO DO IT, they wanted to leave Mr. Dowd alone, because he was pleasant and decent. So too with all the people Elwood and Harvey interacted with; because he and they were decent, they wanted to help him.
Moving to the real world, one of the reasons that the police personnel backed off during the October 13th demonstration against illegitimate authority in Mordor-on-the-Potomac was that they knew that their actions were wrong, and that the veterans had a right to assemble and petition for a redress of grievances and to visit the public memorials. The hateful actions of the Spite House were exposed as indecent; the moral outrage of the veterans, in defense of decency, was one reason for this success.
It has been said that only 3% of the colonists in 1776 were willing to take up arms against a tyrannical British government, and that about a third of the remainder supported the King, a third supported the rebels, and a third sat on the fence and watched to see which way the wind was blowing. By the end of the war, the rebels had a plurality if not a majority of the population on their side, in no small part because of the barbarity, arrogance and cruelty of the British. There is a powerful lesson to be learned there. The perceptions of the productive middle class regarding those presently exercising illegitimate authority are going to be crucial. Decency and legitimacy are going to be powerful arguments in favor of supporting the FreeFor only if the FreeFor is not only a force for liberty, justice and truth, but a force that supports essential decency.
Kindness to the innocent.
Those are values reserved for patriots, not tyrants. We who stand heir to the Founders must always remember that. The forces of tyranny are almost entirely lacking in these things and that is a huge weakness. Regardless of their control of the main stream media, their monitoring of the internet, their billions of rounds of ammunition, their armored vehicles and all the other material and logistics advantages they possess, when their own personnel come to comprehend the essential indecency of those that they presently serve, then they are lost. Weapons only work when people are willing to use them; this applies to both sides in this war of ideas, and one of our most powerful weapons is decency. They lie; we speak the truth. They cheat; we give value for value. They steal; we protect property rights. They dishonor our protectors; we stand to defend them. We uphold the banner of decency, and the mass of the undecided are beginning to notice that. We need to remind them, early and often, that our oppressors are not honest, are not caring, and are not respectful.
When we keep the banner of decency clean and without stain, then we hold the moral high ground, and the enemy will always be attacking uphill. This does not mean that we can avoid conflict by any means, but with decency on our side we have a powerful ally. "In war, the moral is the physical as ten is to one." War does not determine who is right, but being *right*, being *decent* will help determine who is left.
With regard to all who serve the Light,
In my post on Morality and Punishment (link here
), I suggested that FreeFor re-institute the old custom of shunning for all those who support the present march toward a police state. Just as Ronnie Barrett refuses to do business with the State of California, so should we all promote Western culture and values, and make those who are our mortal enemies in this war of ideas pay a price for their support of collectivism.The recent metamorphosis of the National Park Service in the public mind from being amiable servants of the public who more or less keep our parks and memorials clean into being a bunch of jack-booted thugs who willingly agree to be the tools of spiteful political partisanship is an excellent example of a perfect target for this sort of treatment. Eventually they all need to be fired and denied any further opportunity to swill at the public trough
, their agency erased and all of those involved in the ongoing disgrace on the Mall and elsewhere criminally and civilly prosecuted for denial of rights under color of law, but that will necessarily take some time and will come later. What to do right now? History shows us an answer-Every Patriot, young or old, needs to shun these orcs. They are unclean, not fit for decent company, and must be treated as such. Shunning means:-Do not recognize them; talk past them, over them and around them, but never recognize them or engage them in any conversation. -
Do not willingly acknowledge any statements, questions or any other verbal utterance.-Never willingly admit that they exist
. Don't make eye contact with them. Look through them as if they were not there.-Imagine that they have leprosy, and avoid physical contact as if they were infectious with a disease for which there is no cure. If they touch you, disinfect the affected area with hand sanitizer immediately, right in front of them, and then ignore anything they say or do.-Do no business with them. If they make an order at a restaurant or sit down at a table, ignore them completely. Let them burn their meal time waiting for service that never comes.
If you are compelled to offer them service, make it bad. Under the stress of being compelled to interact with such despicable people, it would be entirely understandable if you made a silly mistake on their order, or accidently put salt instead of sugar in their drink, or brought diet soda instead of regular or vice versa. Make these odious toads feel unwelcome.-The same goes for other purchase attempts; if they try to buy anything from you, simply ignore them, or if you are compelled to wait on them, be as slow and stupid as possible. Given the terrible stress you are under, having to interact with such foul creatures, it would be understandable if you made a mistake in entering the order, probably requiring a manager to resolve it
. Be as uncooperative and take as much time as you can.-If they offer physical violence in response you must decide how to respond, but *I* would simply go limp and/or flee, unless lethal violence was offered
in which case you do what you must. Video cameras are useful in such situations.-If they want to buy gas, don't turn the pump on; and/or remember that *your* computer can go down irregularly too.
Aren't those bullet proof booths nice?-Auto parts orders are so complicated; it's easy to make a mistake. You get the idea.-Comments such as "Wow, what is that horrible stink?" or simply sniffing, wrinkling your nose and making a face when looking at them gets the message across too.
- If they are in a place, say a bar or restaurant, where they ARE being served, leave, and tell the management why- "You serve THOSE ASSHOLES??? You do know, Joe, that these guys are the people that kept our vets from their memorials? That arrested tourists for trying to photograph Yellowstone? And you are serving this bootlicker? I'm going someplace clean, Joe, where the clientele is human!" Then leave and don't come back for a month or two. Let the owners know why. Most service businesses run on a thin margin, and most depend more on the general public than on the NatPopo. You get the idea; be creative, but SHUN THEM.
Expel them from the body politic. Cast them out!
All of these things and more apply even when these nasty creeps are out of uniform. If you know one of these people socially, or you are unfortunate enough to live near one of THEM, the same tactics apply. Apropos of nothing at all, an old country boy once told me that a frozen skunk carcass dropped down a chimney makes a stench that lasts for decades....and usually makes a house unsaleable.
Think that this is cruel? How do you suppose it felt for those 90 year old vets who missed their one chance to see their memorial before they go to the hereafter, because of these bootlicking tax-feeders? Get it into your head, gentle reader, that these people ARE JUST LIKE the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. Simply working for that filthy agency should be enough to make them social pariahs in your mind. They are NOT nice, they are the willing enablers of totalitarianism, and they must pay the price. Their shunning is just the first installment, and it serves two purposes:-It shows those who still have a shred of decency that they are working on the wrong side, and gives them a chance to repent and find other work;-Shunning makes sure that only the rotten are left. When things get uglier later, you will know the nature of the person behind that green uniform, and you won't hesitate.
We must deny them the illusion that any interaction they have with real Americans is voluntary. They must be made to understand, right down to the marrow of their bones, that they ARE the jackbooted thugs that their fathers and grandfathers bled and died to stop. You may be too old or infirm to knock down BarryCades, or too far away to travel to DC, but this is something anybody with the heart to stand up to evil can do. We have to make these maggots understand that there is a price to pay for their enabling of these ongoing filthy spiteful attacks on our rights and our veterans, and we need to make it stick. Now and forever more, we must SHUN THEM. They govern only by our consent; and if we are to win we must first deny them our consent.
Try it, you may be surprised at how well it works.With regard to all who serve the Light,Historian
Well, I managed to miss the opening festivities (more anon) which I will forever regret, but even so it was an interesting and thought-provoking experience. Here is a synopsis of what I was told and what I saw:
Sufficient forces had arrived onsite between 8 and 8:30 AM that the dismantlement of the WW2 memorial barrier commenced. Despite the fact that the boot-licking toadies at the NPS had joined the barriers together with aircraft cable, and CRIMPED fasteners, I am told by a number of those who were there then (I was still enroute at that time) that the removal of the barrier took no more than 5 minutes, through the use of bolt-cutters, wire cutters, linesman's pliers and sheer rage. The steel barriers, many of them the worse for wear, were piled up along 17th street, at least for the moment.
Notice was apparently then taken of the fact that the Vietnam, Korean War and Lincoln memorials were similarly encumbered, and the ad-hoc First Amendment preservation committee, comprised of a goodly number of Oathkeepers from all over the country and a large number of veteran bikers together with some assistance from the general public, proceeded to correct this egregious error on the Communist-in-Chief's part, and opened those monuments, too. I did not go and see either the Vietnam or Korean monuments, but I did see when I got to the WW2 memorial that a large number of people were visiting the Lincoln memorial (pardon me while I spit at the mention of his name.)
You can see the people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial above. The media were out in force, although it will be most interesting to see how this is spun.
About the time I arrived on the scene, around 10, (see above) the motion had apparently been made, seconded and passed by acclamation that Comrade Soetero must be missing his Barrycades and being good citizens we ought to return them, a delegation of several thousand citizens proceeded up 17th street with a goodly selection of the now definitely used Barrycades in tow and overhead. They used all four lanes, and vehicular traffic had to go elsewhere. I did not follow that effort, but two of my companions did; I may get some photos from that later this week.
Here is a shot of the few barriers that were left at the WW2 memorial. I took this around 11:00 or so.
Soetero didn't tear down his BarryCades, so the veterans and the Oathkeepers did it for him. There was some excellent advice and a great deal of decidedly heartfelt suggestions being dispensed by the Committee to the resident alien in the Spite House and his minions, some of it unprintable but none of which I think he will follow. Herewith a few samples:
--"Leave while you are still free to!" (Good idea. Remember what befell your co-religionist Ceausescu. Or Morsi. Tyrants frequently make the mistake of overstaying their welcome; It's always better when looting a country to leave early. Hell, if you'd leave now and take that drooling senile moron Biden with you, I'd be willing to let you leave with your loot and count that a bargain!)
--"Impeach Obama" (Advise to the House and Senate, actually, but an excellent idea nonetheless. This was repeated at length, by many committee members)
--"Don't tread on me!" (timeless and worthwhile reminder to both you and your lackeys)
(While the delegation to the Spite House was delivering their cargo and their message, I was told that a splinter faction of the Committee departed for the Capitol building to express their displeasure at the apparent lack of congressional ability to either read or do simple mathematics; i.e. to point out that the House is supposed to set the budget, and that we cannot keep spending more than we take in. A lot of folks were very upset at the shutdown and wanted to express their displeasure, as is their Constitutionally guaranteed right. Frankly, I'm not upset about the shutdown at all. I think that spending 20% less on government is something which we obviously can easily do, and that with a little effort we can reduce the expenditure another 30%. Hey, if we did that we'd almost have the immediate debt problem solved! Well, it's not going to be nearly that easy, but seriously, we are going to have to actually do this sooner or later, why not start now?)
Meanwhile, back at the ORP, or the entrance to the WW2 memorial, I decided that while I waited for the guests of honor to arrive (I had heard that there were some Honor Flight WW2 veterans on their way to the memorial) that I would walk around it and see it for myself. I met a number of very nice people while I walked around it, and found the memorial itself both deeply moving and calming. There were foreign tourists there, lots of veterans of all ages, and even apparently a school trip to the memorial (!) [if anybody knows the story behind that I'd LOVE to hear it!]
The bronze artwork on the entrance walls to the memorial is superb, and evocative. One can easily imagine how the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines depicted in these images must have felt, not to mention those left on the home front. I won't bore you with too many of my lousy pictures, but if you have not yet been to this memorial, it is worth a trip all by itself. I'm glad I went simply for the chance to see this memorial, apart from any broader reason. Next time Mrs. Historian will come with me, I hope, and she takes much better pictures than I.
There was quite a bit of discussion between the various OathKeepers, and back and forth movement between the OathKeepers and the periphery of the Mall, runners carrying information, and bikers roaring off to the West end of the Mall and back. One of the runners came back to the ORP and announced that the police were being paid by and working for the IMF. (We had gone past the IMF building on our way to the WW2 memorial, and they had the street blocked and traffic flow all screwed up.) My comment to that was "We call people like that mercenary whores!" which got a few laughs and a fair bit of agreement.
Finally, around 11 am, a bus carrying the Honor Flight veterans arrived at 17th and Constitution. I was at the Memorial entrance, and could not see clearly, but it appears that the OathKeepers managed to persuade the police(more anon) to allow the bus to enter 17th street and unload the veterans, who had traveled from Washington State. As they approached, thousands of bystanders cheered and applauded them. I made it a personal point to thank each one of them as they came past me. I'm glad I had a chance to thank just a few of these men out of the millions who served. I'm grateful for their service, for having gone out and done their duty to their comrades, to defend the ideals of the Republic, and to honor their oath to defend the Constitution. I should have taken more pictures but I was so moved by seeing these men (and one lady!) coming that I completely forgot to take any. I'm even more grateful that the people of these united States were able to come together and overcome the cruel, spiteful, hateful, and vicious acts of the most anti-American administration ever inflicted on the Republic.
Here is an example of what I mean by that. These barricades were not secured with padlocks, or any other readily removeable means. They were held together with fine wire high strength aircraft cable and CRIMPED IN PLACE. Think about that for a moment.
There was NO way to unlock this barrier without destroying it, and the cable used is one of the most difficult to defeat. The malevolent intent behind this is crystal clear; the Communist-in-Chief sitting right up the street in the Spite House intended for this barrier to be unremoveable. And the National Park Service obeyed his order to MAXIMIZE THE PAIN INFLICTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
As I told one of the veterans who defeated this barrier today, I don't think that there are enough bad words in the English language to adequately describe the behaviour of an entity who would do that to anybody let alone to the 80 and 90 year old survivors of those who fought against totalitarianism. Of course, as he is a Muslim Marxist, perhaps he sees this as an opportunity to get some payback on the men who spoiled socialism's efforts. And this miserable substitute for a real human being sits in the Spite House masquerading as our President? How in the name of decency did we let this happen? Why in the name of goodness and reason do we allow it to continue? Why do you, gentle reader, consent to these outrages?
As far as the Park Service is concerned, if this sort of outrage is how we're going to get serviced in the future, thanks, I'll do without! I think the evidence of the last week is overwhelming that we don't need you, and I will make it a point to remind everyone I meet that the Park Service has taken the lead in making things AS PAINFUL AS THEY CAN for the American public. Every single person involved in this outrage from bottom to top needs to be fired and barred from any further employment in the Federal government whatever. They might do well as pond cleaners for the Blue Plains sewage treatment plant, though; their stink ought not make the atmosphere at Blue Plains much worse.
Now on to some observations and lessons learned-
Here are some lessons learned:
-I had a list, and thought I knew where things were, but some were not where I expected them to be, and I missed my departure time searching for stuff I wanted to bring. In the event, my companions and I did not need gasmasks, gloves and hardhats, but it took more time than I had allowed to collect these items. Still I had allowed extra time for difficulties and we arrived in Rosslyn about on schedule so that I was confident we'd be there around 9. Then I discovered that my target area was not the same as I remembered it. Whooops!
-No parking. All the parking lots I knew from 6 years ago were either not there anymore or closed for Sundays, first in Roslyn then in DC. PPPPPP. I did have a tertiary backup plan which worked, but it cost me at least half an hour, more like 45 minutes. I need to work on that; things change faster than you know, and relying on stale information can be a bad thing. Nobody was depending on me, but I did not meet my own standards. A word to the wise. Scout the area before hand; DO NOT rely on old data for opplans.
-between my trick knees and ankles and what Mel Tappan humorously used to call "portable modular food storage," AKA body fat, I was in real pain by the time I had walked just a few miles with a relatively light rucksack (<40 lbs) on flat pavement. This simply won't do, and PT just went to the top of the list.
Now some other things-
-I have heard a lot of things about Oathkeepers, good and bad, but today these guys stepped up to the plate and delivered. I saw Oathkeepers put themselves between some scared, pissed-off cops and some really enraged veterans. And the cops (wisely) backed off. I am told, but did not see personally, that the bouncing of patrol cars by the biker vets was a powerful inducement to reasonable behaviour by the cops. Some of these folks came from half way across the country for this; I spoke at length to an Oathkeeper from Nebraska, and he closed his business and drove across country with his two sons to support this mission. There was obviously a lot of very quick planning and organization done, and I am impressed. I think Oathkeepers is a significant force for good, and I will look into this further.
-After the initial success and downing of the barriers, there was a lot of conflicting information flying around; lots of supporters like me who arrived too late for the first act but wanted to help and support the effort were not well utilized. A few of the vets and the Oathkeepers had radio comms, but they were too few. Common commo platforms would be helpful when the shit really hits the fan, and this probably ought to be looked at. Even a sign or a flag that said something like: "Want to help? Volunteer here!" and a volunteer coordinator team would have made a huge difference. Programmable encrypted comms need to be looked at.
-I and my group depended too much on cell commo. We need a better system. I shall give that more thought this week.
-The Orcs of Mordor, meaning the popo and the NPS, despite over a week's notice, were visibly outclassed and disconcerted. This is not to say that in the future such will be the case, but at least this time the moral high ground prevailed and did so easily.
-Although most of the vets had a plan for dealing with more serious resistance, we need more numbers. The next time the Communist-in-Chief tries this kind of putsch, we need 10 times that many people, a hundred times that many people. What are you people thinking? Why do you tolerate this continuing festering filth in the Spite House? THEY RULE YOU ONLY BY YOUR CONSENT!
DO NOT COMPLY!
With undying gratitude to the veterans of all ages who made my tardiness today completely irrelevant and my presence redundant, and with regard to all who serve the Light,
James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, and 5th Earl of Montrose, was a Scottish nobleman reputed to be among the best military leaders of his day. He won a number of victories even while outnumbered by well-trained armies; rather like Jackson in the Valley Campaign (War between the States, spring 1862) , he capitalized on swift movement and surprise to disrupt and dislocate his enemies. Betrayed and executed after his return to Scotland in 1649 to the vicious internecine war that was Scotland during and after the English Civil War, he is probably best known for his toast-
"He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch,
To win or lose it all."
As I consider my journey to Mordor-on-the-Potomac on the morrow I shall pour a dollop of Lagavulin (Lah-Gah-voo-lin- single malt Scotch whiskey) and toast the memory of those who have died to preserve our Liberty. Then I shall drink another to those who fought and lived, to those who fought to save our freedom and have a right to go and see their memorial, the same right we all have to peaceably assemble on public land. And then to bed, and to what tomorrow brings.
I give you Montrose's Toast, fellow patriots. Or in more modern terms-
"Who Dares, wins!"
With regard to all who serve the Light,