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Friday, July 10, 2020

The culture they cancel is our own



Culture cancelling is what they call the left's success in getting people fired for saying something they disagree with. The name is accurate because it cancels a pillar of the American culture: free speech.

Apologies only feed the animal. Apologies serve the purpose of silencing people before they tell the truth. In the cowardly new world of the loss of freedom, the truth is the enemy of the state. The Soviet Union and Red China are the templates, although Nazi Germany had a similar plan.

Freedom of religion died in the 1960s with the Supreme Court ruling that prayer in schools somehow is unconstitutional. I get that children should not be forced to pray. I do not get that no child can.

The rights to peaceably assemble will end once the left has no use for it. The free press committed suicide by embracing totalitarianism. Guns will be the last God-given right thrown overboard.

The falling statuary is an erasure of history. The Confederate statues are the easiest targets. Decades of lying about Columbus softened the ground (and heads) enough to the point where an Italian politician -- Pelosi -- approves.

When they attacked Lincoln, they did so to hide the black guilt over being liberated by evangelical white Christians (mainly). Liberals cannot accept the fact that the forerunners of the 700 Club were abolitionists while the Democrats fought and died for slavery. Lincoln liberating the slaves is now depicted as slaves kneeling before him. Actual slaves and not fake millionaire ones like LeBron James paid for that statue.

The name America will be erased. Sure. Amerigo Vespucci, the man who really discovered America (albeit South America) engaged in the slave trade as did most 15th century leaders on every continent except Antarctica.

Maybe they will rename it Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The only world leader in the 21st century standing atop history yelling stop is President Donald John Trump. He draws praise from across the globe by men who respect freedom.

Douglas Kear Murray wrote in The Spectator (U.K.), "It is stunning to watch, this unweaving of a nation. While it has been going on for decades, the latest orgy of iconoclasm has seen crowds assail statues of the Founding Fathers with equal ferocity to that aimed at Confederates. A statue of George Washington pulled down in Portland, Oregon had ‘genocidal colonist’ spray-painted on it. A statue of Thomas Jefferson, pulled down outside a school, was graffitied with ‘slave owner’ as well as the name of George Floyd.

"Far from spontaneous, this is the logical conclusion of a radical, revisionist view of American history that has been fomented for years."

He noted that liberals want the Constitution rewritten. He is too young (turns 41 next week) or too British to understand the dishonest and baffling argument they make that the Constitution is a slave document written by slaveholders.

But Murray gets the main drift, and he also understands the importance of President Trump in this fight, and the battle engaged in his Sermon on the Mount Rushmore.

Murray wrote, "He — or his speechwriters — then did something very simple. He gave a succinct history lesson on each of the four figures carved into the mountain behind him. It was a wonderful thing to hear. Not the hostile, monochrome, ahistorical register in which all dead figures have lately come to be described, but a succinct reminder of why George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt came to be immortalised. Demonstrating that this is an inclusive, not exclusionist, story, his speech wove other heroes into this tradition. Trump talked of Dr Martin Luther King’s urge to his fellow citizens ‘not to rip down their heritage, but to live up to their heritage’. And, announcing a new park to celebrate the heroes of America, he listed some of these great Americans, including Frederick Douglass, Jesse Owens and Louis Armstrong. As he finished reeling off this genuinely diverse list, he added: ‘Only America could have produced them all.’"

But the president honored more than the Four Horsemen of the Presidency. President Trump praised in order of mention, Washington, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, General George Patton, the great Louis Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Irving Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Hope.

Patriots all.

Not a Confederate in the bunch. General Grant defeated the Confederacy, and he was a much underrated and successful president. The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was as good as the one in 1964. Sadly the courts and his successors abandoned it.

The enemy of the state has silenced other defenders of America. Patriotism is portrayed in the media as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic – Islamophobic – you know, the whole basket of deplorables.

Not content with misquoting and demonizing President Trump, the New York Times promoted the lie that our nation was founded on slavery with its 1619 project propaganda.

To this, Murray wrote, "The President has plenty of problems of his own to deal with. But in fighting back against the 1619 view of American history, he is doing something important not just for his own survival, but for the survival of the republic. After all, if Mount Rushmore is ‘stolen’, then what of the rest of the country? And if all the land is stolen, the Founding Fathers were only slavers and the Constitution is a product of ‘white supremacy’, then what exactly holds this grand, quarter--millennial project together? Trump has his own answer, and doubtless for his own reasons. But it is a better, far more unifying answer than the dismantling options being offered by his opponents. And who knows, perhaps in an election year that fact will count for something."

'Tis a fine piece hidden behind a paywall as print media dinosaurs pretend advertisement does not keep them alive. Throughout my 40 years or so of newspapering, the price on the paper never covered the cost of its production. If they charged the cost there would be too few subscribers to warrant the price of advertising.

But enough about that dead and dying dinosaur. The country can survive without newspapers.

What it cannot survive without is a culture built on free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of dissent, freedom to own guns, and the truth.

18 comments:

  1. If God wants the Republic to stand, it will.
    If preparations are being made for Christ’s return, He will.
    And if the USA needs a hand in winning a Second Civil War against the LibCommies, I will.

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  2. “What it cannot survive without is a culture built on free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of dissent, freedom to own guns, and the truth.” - I Don’t know if half the country believes in these or not. We will find out in November. Gotta be more Than half to accommodate for voter fraud.

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  3. “The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was as good as the one in 1864.”
    Did you mean 1964?

    “Sermon on the Mount Rushmore.”
    Brilliant!

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  4. Been reading countless other comments by citizens very worried about all the voter fraud lurking. There is no doubt it is being planned across the nation in democrat states as we type! Especially the swing states.

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  5. I said a couple of months ago on this site, that the voter fraud was going to happen and someone accused me of being a chicken little. No, just a realist. They are going to overwhelm the system in all big cities that they own. They will have 150%(sarc) vote of the registered voters and they will dare us to say they cheated. If we do, they will call us racists and the riots start again with more force.

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  6. Most of the Confederates were good men, fighting for their rights, only if it was to secede.

    To exclude them is to give the Lefties what they want.

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    1. 100% agree.

      Keep up the good work DS.

      ***
      The discussions around removing Confederate monuments motivated me to research and think about the topic. I learned that:

      a) 27% (4 of 15) of the slave states did not try to succeed from the USA.
      b) 45% (5 of 11) of the Confederate states did not explicitly note Slavery as a reason for succeeding.
      c) 63% (7 of 11) of the Confederate states specifically mentioned Rights in their declarations of succession.

      d) the EP did not apply to all of the counties in the states that were part of the Confederacy (some were exempt).
      e) the EP did not free slaves that were in states that were not part of the Confederacy.
      f) the EP did not apply to Confederate states that rejoined the Union.

      g) ~25 new nations were formed, between 1776 and 1860 (pre-Civil War)
      h) ~10 new nations were formed, between 1861 and 1913 (pre-WW1)
      i) ~69 new nations were formed, between 1914 and 1964 (50 years)
      j) ~66 new nations were formed, between 1965 and today


      I came to the conclusion:

      1) The motives behind heated debates of any era are rarely simple to explain - and more than one "thing" can be true.
      2) The political boundaries of 1861 were not carved in stone.
      3) People of all eras know this simple truth: History is written by the victors.
      4) Both the Union and the Confederacy are better off because the nation was preserved.
      5) Supporting not tearing down the Confederate monuments means you are pro-American history, not pro-Slavery.

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      1) The motives behind heated debates of any era are rarely simple to explain - and more than one "thing" can be true.

      In 1860 there were 16 states that did not permit slavery (free states), and 15 states that did permit slavery (slave states).

      a) Of the 15 slave states, 11 states declared their secession from the United States, and formed the Confederate States of America (Confederacy).

      • Which means 27% - more than a forth - of the slave states did not try to succeed from the United States of America (Union).

      • It appears that slavery was not the only issue for them.

      b) Of the 11 states that formed the Confederacy, 6 of them specifically mentioned Slavery in their declarations of succession.

      • Which means 45% - almost one half - of the Confederate states did not note Slavery as a reason for succeeding.
      • It appears that slavery was not the only issue for them.

      c) Of the 11 states that formed the Confederacy, 7 of them specifically mentioned Rights in their declarations of succession.

      • Some felt that the free states were not willing to honor the commitments they made to the slave states, when the United States was formed, even though the slave states honored their commitments.

      -e.g. international slave trade could be banned after 20 years, and it was during Jefferson' term

      • Some felt that since they entered the Union as free and sovereign entities, they could exit as free and sovereign entities.
      • Which means 63% - almost two thirds - of the Confederate states stated more than just Slavery as a reason for succeeding.
      • It appears that slavery was not the only issue for them.

      d) From a Union perspective, even the Emancipation Proclamation had multiple facets.

      • It did not free slaves that were in states that were not part of the Confederacy.
      • It did not apply to all of the counties in the states that were part of the Confederacy (some were exempt).
      • It did not take effect immediately, and would only free slaves in states that were still part of the Confederacy 3 months after the proclamation was issued.

      • It appears that slavery was not the only issue for them.

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    2. 2) The political boundaries of 1861 were not carved in stone.

      a) None of the Confederate states attempted to assert that they should have the right to govern the Union states.

      They simply asserted their belief that they entered the Union as free and sovereign entities, and they thought that they had the right to exit as free and sovereign entities. And that they could form a new nation.

      b) Since 1861 changing political boundaries have been a constant. Some of the change has been due to: colonial expansion, the collapse of empires, world wars, or the struggle for independence. And change is still part of this era (i.e.,over a dozen new nations have been formed since 1990).

      Between 1776 and 1860 (pre-Civil War)
      • ~18 new nations were formed from non-geographically adjacent territories (e.g., Haiti and France)
      • ~7 new nations were formed by splitting the geographic territory of the former "geographically unified" nation (e.g., Uruguay and Brazil)

      Between 1861 and 1913 (pre-WW1)
      • ~6 new nations were formed from non-geographically adjacent territories (e.g., New Zealand and UK)
      • ~4 new nations were formed by splitting the geographic territory of the former "geographically unified" nation (e.g., Norway and Sweden)

      Between 1914 and 1964 (50 years)
      • ~51 new nations were formed from non-geographically adjacent territories (e.g., Algeria and France)
      • ~18 new nations were formed by splitting the geographic territory of the former "geographically unified" nation (e.g., Mongolia and China)

      Between 1965 and today
      • ~43 new nations were formed from non-geographically adjacent territories (e.g., Angola and Portugal)
      • ~23 new nations were formed by splitting the geographic territory of the former "geographically unified" nation (e.g., South Sudan and Sudan)

      BTW - many of the splits occurred after some form of armed conflict: War of Independence, Civil War

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      3) People of all eras know this simple truth: History is written by the victors.

      a) It is true that by the standards of this era, slavery is universally condemned and illegal. It is also true that by the standards of this era, deliberating targeting civilians is universally condemned and illegal.

      Yet when monuments to General Sherman were built, the standards in place today - were not in place then. He was honored for his service to the Union, despite his stance concerning the targeting of civilians *. And to date their have been no demands that his monuments should be torn down - even the grand monument in the nations capital, that was unveiled in 1903, stands without comment. Sherman and his supporters were the victors.

      * = After the Civil War Sherman led troops against the Indians - and his thoughts and actions were even more destructive.

      Citizens of the same era chose to honor service to the Confederacy; yet their actions are now condemned. They were the defeated.

      b) While we do not know with certainty why the pro-Confederacy supporters chose to erect their monuments; it seems reasonable to assume some did for the same reason pro-Union supporters did: To honor the sacrifice and service of leading participants.

      We do know with certainty what citizens of our era have done:

      • Deny history as told by the people who supported and made the decision to succeed (e.g., The Lost Cause).

      • Denigrate anyone who acknowledges that historical perspective (e.g., racist, nazi).

      • Destroy their history (e.g., tear down the Confederate monuments).

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      1) How do we decide what part of our American history is no longer "allowable/ permissible"?

      2) Who gets to decide what is no longer "allowable/ permissible"?

      3) How will we know we have "gone to far"?

      4) Who gets to decide what "gone to far" is?

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    3. Many military bases were created or expanded in the days leading up to our entry into WW's 1 and 2. Bases such as Ft Hood were created. The only base named for a Union war general is McClellan. He was the General who wanted to surrender. Take careful note, the history written during those times is decidedly pro South aka the lost cause. So how is it that we have all these southern officers honored? Quite simply, Congress in those particular times were controlled by the democrats. Simple enough? Not really,The military knew that they would need the cooperation of the grandchildren of Confederate soldiers, men who had heard the stories of their grandfathers on grandpaw's knee. Those men were going to be inducted on bases named for their grand father's heroes and leaders. It was a smart move in some ways and a stick in the eye as well.
      I don't want to see the names changed. Those men are long dead, judged by GOD. Same for the statues, keep em up. hat we SHOULD do is make sure that the honorarium on them is truthful and accurate. There are two sides to every story including theirs.
      As to History being written by the winners, not true, it is written by the liberals every time. the men who won it went home to family friends, life and work. It is always the academia who write the books, seldom the truth.

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  7. Goodness gracious panic is spreading throughout this blog. Y'all act like the next election is a matter of life and death. Such is the fate of those whose entire faith is in national politics.

    Just be patient within ten years DC will be busted and bankrupt. Boomers will be on their own most will have to move in with their kids. For everyone else it will be the restoration of liberty unseen since the Progressives took over.

    And we better be able to pin this failure on these Progressives of the past and present. Let's play trivial pursuit:

    Name the 3 planks of the Communist Manifesto that the Progressives got enacted into American law since 1900 and still remain the law...

    Public education, central banking, and progressive income taxes. Remove those and the Left will perish. Its the only way to bury that satanic ideology.

    Because the banksters control national politics they win no matter what party is in office. Its been that way since Wilson. Why do you think a former Goldman Sachs executive always runs the Treasury Dept no matter who is President.

    Just a short century ago the only contact the average American had with the feds was the post office. Today they are now serfs after relinquishing education, health care, and their retirement et al into fed control and regulation.

    And none of that was Constitutional. But Americans are woefully ignorant of the founding law of the land.

    Surber has repeatedly said DC has a role in our health care. He neglects to cite the founding law that says so. He also claims DC has a right to regulate commerce. Again he fails to cite a law in the Constitution or the Bible that justifies that.

    The result has been to concentrate enormous power in DC since 1913. Which is why billions are spent on elections to gain control of trillion dollar budgets. Its the price of centralizing power in one place instead of being dispersed among the 50 states as was intended in 1789.

    F A Hayek wrote, in Road to Serfdom, why the worst people always rise to the top. Conservatives didn't listen I doubt if they really read books anymore.

    Until all the socialist programs enacted by Wilson, FDR, and LBJ are repealed or go bust not much will change.

    And if banksters still manage to retain the right to create money out of nothing (stones into bread) then they will remain in power. Conservatives don't know who the real enemy is. And they have conserved nothing for the last century. Their lone achievement was stopping the ERA for women.

    So why act so shocked to see lawlessness abound in DC? The place is a lost cause and has been since FDR's revolution.

    Garet Garrett, a legendary journalist, wrote in 1938 what FDR had done to the Constitution. He shredded it. You can read a wonderful essay showing exactly how he did it here
    https://mises.org/library/revolution-was


    Problem is y'all don't want to repeal all those laws those democrat presidents enacted. You like them too much. You've been taught to like them in public schools.

    You like one size fits all policy as much as the liberals. The public school is such a policy. They stopped teaching Western Civilization 50 years ago after the notorious thug Jesse Jackson led those protests at Berkeley in 1964.

    So almost every American has no idea of our history. I'm talking about all history since Christ. I'm talking about the idea of Christendom.

    Back then everyone knew that God alone is Lord of the conscience which is true liberty. And He left it free of the commandments and doctrines of men which are contrary to the Word. Today we are absolutely buried under thousands of laws and regulations almost all contrary to the Word.

    When you lose your historical roots you become useful idiots for political demagogues in both parties.

    But socialism always fails once the money runs out. With the unfunded debt of entitlements now at $200 trillion its past the point of no return.

    I give it ten years.



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    1. Here is how Garrett begins his 1938 essay....

      There are those who have never ceased to say very earnestly, "Something is going to happen to the American form of government if we don't watch out." These were the innocent disarmers. Their trust was in words. They had forgotten their Aristotle. More than 2,000 years ago he wrote of what can happen within the form, when "one thing takes the place of another, so that the ancient laws will remain, while the power will be in the hands of those who have brought about revolution in the state."

      Worse outwitted were those who kept trying to make sense of the New Deal from the point of view of all that was implicit in the American scheme, charging it therefore with contradiction, fallacy, economic ignorance, and general incompetence to govern.

      But it could not be so embarrassed, and all that line was wasted, because, in the first place, it never intended to make that kind of sense, and secondly, it took off from nothing that was implicit in the American scheme.

      It took off from a revolutionary base. The design was European. Regarded from the point of view of revolutionary technique, it made perfect sense. Its meaning was revolutionary and it had no other. For what it meant to do, it was from the beginning consistent in principle, resourceful, intelligent, masterly in workmanship, and it made not one mistake.

      The test came in the first one hundred days.

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    2. 'But socialism always fails once the money runs out. With the unfunded debt of entitlements now at $200 trillion its past the point of no return.

      I give it ten years.'

      You can do a lot of damage in ten years (look at what Obama and the Clintons in their eight years). And with so much of the military leadership being woke I'd rather not have to shoot my way out of tyrannical socialism. Let's prevent its election in 2020.

      TarsTarkas

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    3. Thanks for the essay. Never knew it existed.

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  8. Guns will be the last God-given right thrown overboard.

    I've decided that "Sensible Gun Control" is inevitable as leftists take another inch whenever a good crisis occurs.

    I've also decided that when the day comes that I must give up my guns I will do so willingly.

    My guns won't do me a darn bit of good anyway once I'm out of ammo.

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    1. 'My guns won't do me a darn bit of good anyway once I'm out of ammo.'

      I disagree, if they're big enough. A rifle butt to the face hurts a lot, if you survive it. And pistols can be whipped. Or thrown.

      TarsTarkas

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    2. Two of my rifles have bayonets in case I run out of ammo. I bought my son a good survival knife when he went to Iraq. Since I have been in several near death situations, I know it is easier to face death when you are fighting to survive and or just plain angry at your situation.  Sitting down waiting to die is horrible as I experienced once, especially when I knew a guy who died that way. I will not easily give up my arms and lose my freedoms; better to die fighting for them, SpectreRider, than sitting in some reeducation camp waiting for the executioner since you won't accept the propaganda as Bill Ayers expected 25 million to do and would need elimination.

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