I suppose that all depends on how it’s imposed…
(from Brock Townsend)
This essay was first published in Southern Partisan in the Winter, 1985.
Southerners rarely while away their leisure hours by contemplating Yankees, for there is no point in thinking of unpleasant things if one is not obliged to do so. Yet the practice does have value; to some extent, at least, we are defined by those attributes which set us apart from others, and sometimes we can be made aware of such attributes only by observing people who do not share them. Another virtue of thinking about Yankees, in the long run perhaps a more important one, is that it serves to remind us that they have repeatedly tried to make us over in their own image. Indeed, though it may seem that they have been off our backs since the demise of the civil rights movement, their latest campaign to reform us is actually well under way.
What is there about us that has made us so offensive to them? Or, conversely, what is there about them that has compelled them to meddle in our affairs? The late great Richard M. Weaver, in The Southern Tradition at Bay, addressed himself to analyzing the qualities that distinguish the South from North, and for the nineteenth century he was perfectly on target. “The North had Tom Paine and his postulates assuming the virtuous inclinations of man,” Weaver wrote; “the South had Burke and his doctrine of human fallibility and of the organic nature of society.” The North embraced rationalism and egalitarianism; the South had a “deep suspicion of all theory, perhaps of intellect,” and clung to a hierarchical and deferential social order. The North bowed down before science and material progress; the South “persisted in regarding science as a false messiah,” and remained into “our own time” (the 1940s) “the last non-materialist civilization in the Western World.”
Growing up in public schools in the Southwest, we were taught it was The Civil War (in lieu of The War Between the States, or that recent unpleasantness). And that Lincoln was a hero by preserving the Union.
Simplistic, I know.
Now the Republic seems more divided than ever, and there have been rumblings (on the Internet) of secessionist movements in Idaho, Texas, Montana, California and Alaska.
Even if President-elect Trump had quoted Gerald Ford and said ‘our long national nightmare is over’, that wouldn’t necessarily make it so.
And it does appear as though Southerners DO think differently than Yankees. (A Southerner now not being necessarily geographically defined.)
And the Federal government by it’s very nature seems to want more power and control.
Between land take-overs, false imprisonments, warrantless searches, courts of Star Chamber, and not taking a firm hand to persons who break the law, and illegal alien and drug smuggling, there is potential for this not to end well.
Just look at the diverse mindsets of progressives, conservatives and libertarians on Facebook!
We are as divergent as the South and the North 151 years ag0 – coupled with Internet technology and communication. And statist millionaires fueling the fire with billions!
I fear for the Republic.
I’m speaking of this Republic.
With Rome, it was either when the Ottoman Turks took Byzantium (Constantinople) 1453 AD or when a barbarian deposed the last western Roman emperor 476 AD (ancient history About.com)
My Western Civilization professor said it began with (and I’m quoting here) “Moral decadence and pleasures of the flesh!” (to the cheers of the 400 or so horny underclassmen)
What is/was the beginning of the end of this Constitutional Republic we know as The United States?
The Whiskey Rebellion? (1791)
The Civil War? (1861)
Federal income tax (1913)
Direct election of Senators? (1913)
Establishment of the Federal Reserve? (1913)
The National Firearms Act (1934)
Or is it an amalgamation of these and many other things, eating away at our Constitutional substance, punctuated by further federal government oversteps such as Ruby Ridge and Waco? No-knock warrants, followed by airport searches and sobriety checkpoints. Massive surveillance of our electronic communications. Prohibitions of Speech seen as ‘politically-incorrect’. The killing of Blacks by police – whether or not legitimate actions – spun by self-serving propagandists into an ersatz race war?
Now followed by widespread racial civil unrest, punctuated by acts of terrorism against civil authority.
I’m certain all ‘civilizations’, be they primitive neolithic cultures like the American Indian when the White man first laid eyes on him, or the Romans, or the Christian Turks all thought they would endure forever.
And so have most of we Americans.
I guess the true question isn’t what was the tipping point.
It’s what do we do NOW?
from a miniseries The Dark Ages
(NOT to be confused with LSMFT**)
Kevin Baker (aka The Smallest Minority) ALWAYS brings it. If he doesn’t, he brings to us others who do. Brewing in his blogmind prior to the recent announcements regarding the firm placement of the cap on the Rule of Law, his latest megapost is truly worthy of your time.
Here is a taste:
In the intervening twelve-plus years I’ve done a lot of reading, observing, thinking and writing. I’ve currently got a bookmark folder entitled “Civil War” with about fifty links in it, and those are just the ones I knew I’d eventually want to go back to. Apparently I’ve been ruminating on this particular essay for a couple of years without realizing it. The piece that finally forced me back to the keyboard is a year-old post over at Sultan Knish, No Truce With the Left. It echos a lot of the sentiments I have posted here over the years, but as Daniel Greenfield is wont to do, he says it more eloquently than I. A short excerpt:
The left does not care about gay rights. If you doubt that, consider how many of the left’s favorite Muslim countries have gay rights. The left has recently divided its campaign passions between gay marriage and defending Iran. Iran denies the existence of gays and hangs them where it finds them.
The USSR treated homosexuality as a crime even while it was recruiting gay men as spies in the West. Cuba, the darling of the American left, hated both gays and blacks. The ACLU backed the police states of Communism. If the left supports an enemy nation, the odds are excellent that it is also a violently bigoted place that makes a KKK rally look like a hippie hangout.
To understand the left, you need to remember that it does not care about 99 percent of the things it claims to care about. Name a leftist cause and then find a Communist country that actually practiced it. Labor unions? Outlawed. Environmentalism? Chernobyl. The left fights all sorts of social and political battles not because it believes in them, but to radicalize, disrupt and take power.
The left does not care about social justice. It cares about power.
That is why no truce is possible with the left. Not on social issues. Not on any issues.
You should really go and read the whole überpost!
The Smallest Minority
*LMTFA – leave me the f*** alone!
**LSMFT – Lucky Strike means fine tobacco
(I remember a sign on the wall of Phoenix’s long-defunct Ed Debevic’s restaurant “Tipping is NOT a city in China!”) (Sorry – had to insert a little humor here before the serious post – Guffaw)
PA: At what point is it legitimate to take up arms against this illegitimate government? I think that armed resistance might be legitimate as a defensive act if several states secede. Just war theory requires a reasonable chance of success? Without secession of multiple states, can armed defense be legitimate?
AB: Well, isn’t that the question du jour? I always snicker at Dennis Miller’s old joke that George Washington started blowing people’s heads off for taxing his breakfast beverage… and it wasn’t even coffee. First, as we discussed earlier, the whole American paradigm was and is deeply, deeply flawed and contained in itself from the beginning the seeds of its own inevitable collapse and destruction as John Adams himself was sure to point out, so we must be careful when citing the American Revolution as a positive example. But, those of us still capable of nuanced thought can tease out useful information from even a Diest-Freemasonic construct.
So, when exactly IS The Tipping Point? Or When? Or as phrased by Brock – HOW do we resist?
(attn Government – this is just a theoretical exercise. Nothing sedition or treasonous should be construed by any writings herein. And the fact I even have to write this caveat in a ‘free’ society says something…)
h/t Brock Townsend
So said (on camera) Michael Brown’s stepfather after the announcement of no true bill was made by the Ferguson prosecutor.
Rumors are The United States Department of Justice will be pursuing civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson.
No word as to whether or not Michael Brown’s stepfather will be brought up on inciting to riot charges…
If the above protestor’s sign is true, wouldn’t there be many more Black folks killed by White law enforcement officers than Black folks killed by other Black folks?
AND, if it is true, shouldn’t the reverse also be true? Shouldn’t this Constitutional Republic Nation be charged with capturing and imprisoning all the folks, who by their selfish acts of violence, thievery and terrorism, are trying to bring down the Nation? Isn’t the above suggesting insurrection and treason?
I know what some of you are thinking. You are thinking protest is allowed. A Right. It certainly is. Lawful protest, for a redress of grievances.
This doesn’t include destruction of property, and looting. Never has looting been a form of protest. It is a form of burglary and vandalism.
But (you say) the Founding Fathers destroyed property as a form of protest! Remember The Boston Tea Party?
It’s true, not only did the Founding Fathers and their brethren (and sistern) destroy property – they killed officers of the British Crown. And denied allegiance to the same. TREASON.
They already had concepts of a replacement government in place when they did so. I don’t think the
protestors burglars and vandals in Ferguson have such an agenda. I think most of them are self-serving useful idiots of Lenin.
And while we’re on the subject of Tea Parties. The Left has branded ‘the Tea Party movement’ as racist, largely because anyone against the President’s agenda is colored racist. No (or scant) evidence. The Big Lie. A Big Lie repeated often enough is perceived as truth. And that it was an idea from a Nazi the protestor above is using to further an agenda.
A Nazi who would have killed her just as soon look at her.
If only these protesters had read history, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s writings on non-violent protest…
h/t Theo Spark
Most of you know I was raised on TV and movies. It was an escape from my somewhat dysfunctional family and from the daily stress of life. My roomie and I still enjoy much on electronic media, especially now that so many choices are available.
I recently completed watching the many morality plays that made up Have Gun – Will Travel. Certainly NOT your typical horse opera. And I went looking for something else.
And I found something. It was produced in 2008. (see, behind the times!)
It was an HBO production, and I found it on On Demand on DISH. A seven part mini-series.
This, too, is no horse opera. It is based on the David McCullough book about our second President, and his life leading up to his Presidency. He was not handsome; he was not a great orator. He didn’t stir the passions his cousin Sam Adams did.
But, he WAS a man of principle.
I find myself wondering if he was the last man of principle to hold that office, politics being as they are.
He abhorred slavery, and unlike some of the other Founding Fathers didn’t own any. He was very uncomfortable with Dr. Franklin’s dalliances while they were on a diplomatic visit to France during The Revolution, and by all accounts was loyal to his wife. He was not afraid to pick up a gun in defense of his country.
But few remembered the second President. Until the book and this mini-series.
You should read/watch it!
not THIS guy
But kind of…
There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc. Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don’t like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love.
Here’s what I don’t like about living in the American police state: I don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don’t like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don’t like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.
I don’t like government officials who lobby for my vote only to ignore me once elected. I don’t like having representatives incapable of and unwilling to represent me. I don’t like taxation without representation. (THIS is the statement that wins the Internets! – Guffaw)
h/t Free North Carolina
That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve seen a number of blog posts over the past week or so exclaiming ‘defacto’ firearms registration has been occurring in The United States for some time now.* This, in spite of numerous federal laws expressly prohibiting such actions.
Quelle surprise. Perhaps this post should have been yet another “I’m Shocked” post?
But, this meme won’t go away. More and more bloggers are picking up the registration story as a rallying cry.
But, the big question is what happens NEXT?
Do we, the injured legally-gun-owning-populous, take action? File lawsuits? Run to the gun-friendly press? Write to our gun-friendly congressman? Foment insurrection? Or just choose to break the law piecemeal, citizen by citizen, hoping ‘they’ will take no action against us?
In effect, whistling past the graveyard?
No need to answer me here. But you might consider what actions, if any, you will take when the police (or the military) come knock-knock-knockin’ at your door. To acquire your legally-owned property. By force.
Or NOT knocking.
*Vuurwapen Blog, The Captain’s Journal,
Irons In The Fire informs us about this new version of Arab Spring.
You remember the old one? The one our President supported, sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood? The one massacring Egyptian Christians and raping women?
Well, look what happened! (emphasis Guffaw)
Egypt’s new 34-member cabinet has “prominent figures from the country’s liberal and secular forces,” including three women and three Christians, but zero Islamists nor any “ministers from [Mohammed] Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.”
A: Looks like they’re serious about trying to get Egypt back on its feet.
B: The forces of darkness are seriously going to lose their shit over this. And it’s likely to get bloody.
And they may not like whose blood is spilled the most.
C: I’ll bet our Dear Leader is pissed; his favorites have been blocked out.
Mr. President – pipes and smoking, I’m just sayin’.