You won’t like what I’m about to write. I don’t like it myself—not one bit. I wish things were otherwise. I wish we could strap on our magic masks and be transported back in time to the days when our layers of government were virtually invisible except in the matter of protecting us from criminals and invaders: when we would take our kids to the park and throw a Frisbee, plan a Thanksgiving trip to Grandma’s where the height of all the little ones was penciled on a door frame, worry over no greater crisis at work than how to deal with a congested parking lot. But…
but no. Only in our dreams now. In this, our waking Hell, the concern—the one resonant, irrepressible concern—is government, government, government. No malingering in the park after curfew, and no presence on any sidewalk without a mask. (Absolutely no concealed weapon, either, to protect your family in case a released rapist takes advantage of “stand down” police protocol.) No assembly in Grandma’s house to exceed X warm bodies… and, very soon, no travel in vehicles that burn carbon fuel. No going in to work physically, or at least no opening of the doors to more than three people at a time. No refusal of the restroom to homeless wanderers. No new hire for less than twenty bucks an hour.
You’re a slave, a helot. So am I. This is our new world. Let’s be clear: it’s not our revised world, our old America amended constitutionally to create a kinder, gentler republic. It’s the new totalitarian regime against which most of us voted, and whose ascendancy was nonetheless ordained by our thought-controlling class: the broadcast media, the entertainment media, the journalistic propaganda-mill, the academic brainwash-tank, the high bench of judicial mandarins, the globalist banking industry, and the careerist guns-for-hire teeming in our bureaucracy (including our elite security forces). The 2020 presidential “election” served formal notice that our votes no longer count. We have arrived. The next train you climb aboard will pull nothing but cattle cars.
Assuming that 2021 opens as most pundits now predict, I do not have a president. I do not have a country. I serve my own formal notice here and now: this state under the plunder of a vast band of Huns is not my nation, and the band’s teetering, morose, incoherent, through-and-through corrupt Attila is not in any wise my leader. He is my enemy unto death, the murderer of due process, accountability, rule of law, individual rights, freedom of assembly, freedom of dissent, open exchange of ideas… he and his flock of circling, mask-draped vultures (masked like highwaymen—how appropriate!) are the antithesis of everything I have devoted my life to preserving, everything our forebears devoted and sometimes sacrificed their lives to sustaining. This squalid, diabolical assassin of humane society is now in possession of our home turf.
So… what to do about it? I’ll attempt to restrain myself from further flights of indignation, and to complete this essay with something like icy objectivity. Otherwise, I’ll never be done.
I offer three recommendations. All three respond to the necessity of redefining “we”. The Vandal has defeated us by dividing us. Let us therefore accept the divisions which we were too dull to resist when we might have saved ourselves. Let us instead play the hand which the Vandal has dealt us.
Race: the race card. Let us play it—but not in the manner scripted for us by the Vandal. For decades, I have read commentators like Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter with interest, but also with a deep spiritual dyspepsia every time the theme, “demography is destiny,” emerged. (And it emerged frequently.) We were supposed to dread the dissolution of “white European” society in the rising tide of Third World peoples. They would ruin everything: they would vote for the Nanny State until we all had Orwellian surveillance devices in our kitchens and bedrooms. Non-Caucasian people… for some reason, they just couldn’t understand that they were being led to the slaughterhouse. And, by popular vote, they would take us all there.
At this instant, it’s unclear in my state of Georgia whether or not the kind of election fraud reported verbally over and over and caught on tape by Project Veritas—state employees deliberately tallying a “Trump” as a “Biden” in the recount and harassing observers who point out the error—it’s uncertain, I say, whether these shenanigans will have surrendered our nation’s future into the hands of Beijing’s lackey. Many of my acquaintances sermonize in hushed tones, “It’s those Atlanta blacks. The Democrat Party offers them anything and everything, and they keep selling their souls for an empty promise. Look at all the unprincipled party hacks caught cooking the books: black, every one.”
Well, not every one. And if you want to assign the Georgia debacle to a particular racial influence, I should think the “white, college-educated, upwardly mobile professional” demographic would be a much better choice. It’s primarily white people who have created all the engines of moral squalor enumerated a few paragraphs above: the media, Hollywood, journalism, academe, the judiciary, the banking industry, elite bureaucracies like the FBI and NSA… white people, overwhelmingly. White people who patronize—and, to be sure, often promote—black people in ostentatious flourishes of high mission (and in the implicit, largely unconscious presumption that people of color can’t make it on their own merits). In the vanguard of virtually every “social justice” initiative decrying racial inequity is a band of “superior to thee” Caucasian crusaders.
Sorry, Pat and Ann… but your race of choice has in fact authored our gravest miseries. One of the few hopeful developments I see in the tea leaves left behind 2020’s bitter draught is the emergence of outspoken resistance from the likes of Col. Allen West, Candace Owens, Kimberly Klacik, John James… from black athletes of high recognition-value like Burgess Owens and Hershel Walker… from entertainers, even, like Kanye West and “Ice Tea”. The leadership supplied by the socially pampered, morally supercilious Caucasian anomists who pullulate in our universities has proved lethal to our free society. People of African descent are beginning to tire of serving as their “pity pets”. A slave upon whom you lavish gifts just for scowling sullenly—and oh-so-cutely—from your couch’s cushions all day long is no less a slave than the wretch who sows fields under the whip’s lash.
People of Latin descent, Buchanan et al. notwithstanding, are also showing a new propensity for preferring individual freedom to government patronage. What has historically driven the Hispanic vote to the Democrat Party is stuff, much of it free: more and better jobs than anything “back home” (even though, by American standards, the pay is poor and the benefits negligible), free schooling for the kids, free health care for the extended family (illegal aliens regularly receive Medicaid in many states, contrary to federal law), relatively uncorrupt police services, hands-off tolerance of petty infractions in sanctuary cities, and a host of quota-driven head-starts into white-collar careers. Who wouldn’t grab that deal? But the shelf-life of the pantry’s more extravagant goodies is mere months—perhaps mere weeks—from expiring. The national debt is careering toward thirty trillion, the Chinese are busily laboring to supplant the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, and the Vandal has promised more lockdowns and the strangulation of our domestic energy industry. Tens of millions of Hispanics, legal and otherwise—and the Democrats have now endowed the latter with the right to vote in many locales—may soon be without work and without government subsidy. The party that engineered such misery will not inspire patient devotion.
If conservative America has given little thought to constituencies of this composition, my next suggestion will be vastly more shocking: the Muslim community. Like black Americans and Hispanics—rather more than they, in fact—traditional Muslims deplore the core values of the new Democrat Party. They’re dismayed by the extent of sexual liberation in the Western world. They have no doubt about the number of genders Mother Nature has assigned to human beings. Their family units are extremely tight-knit. They weigh the individual male’s dignity to some considerable extent upon his ability to make his way by the sweat of his own brow. They believe in a higher power whose authority must not be eclipsed by the whimsy of human institutions. They intensely dislike public obscenity aimed at deriding or vilifying figures and symbols held in honor by their culture. Culturally, they could not be more antithetical to the New Left.
In the unsorted rubble which is all that remains of the United States, friends of the Constitution would do well to strike up a common cause with the Muslim community. Of course, in Europe and in many Canadian cities, Muslim “no-go zones” enforce Sharia law and defy civil authorities to set foot in their streets. A constitutional conservative would naturally prefer to have another sort of Muslim at his side. I don’t propose that the friends of individual freedom stockpile explosives for a cultic religion’s lockstep-marching suicide-bombers: that would be a bridge too far. Yet during the ongoing ruination of our republic, counter-revolutionaries need not collaborate in the neutralization of radical Islam’s homicidal “scare value”. The energy of violent jihadism will steer itself by nature in the direction of the Constitution’s nihilist destroyers, even though it tramples upon constitutional principles in doing so. If nothing else, the totalitarian state’s zeal for collecting all defensive weapons from its citizenry might be blunted when a subset of that citizenry proves to be too hot to handle.
I understand the ghastly undertones of what I’ve just written. I wonder if everyone reading my words understands equally the horrors of the progressive totalitarian state now descending upon us, whose proponents (e.g., AOC, the Lincoln Project) have already boasted publicly about rounding up dissidents and dissuading them with all the finesse that Xi Jinping has employed with Xinxiang’s Uighur population. We are not now in a position to choose friends fastidiously: we can only survive by matching potent enemies against our enemies.
And I hasten to add that I’m not among those who view all Muslims as closet-jihadists. As a retired educator, I remember many chaste, gentle, humble souls among my students whose simple decency put many of their ostensibly Christian classmates to shame. In fact, I’ll say candidly of the Muslim community what I said above of black Americans: if we white Christians sincerely want to pinpoint the rot that has gnawed away our free republic’s sinew, we might as well start with a session in front of the mirror. Too many imams, yes, incite fanatical violence among their abject faithful… but the Catholic faith is led by an overt socialist who considers all traditional teachings negotiable in the light progressive revisionism. The Muslim community, true, is scarred by the presence among its members of such barbarities as “honor killings” and female genital mutilation… but the Christian (and especially Protestant) community finds itself, in its “blanket tolerance” caricature of Christ’s example, unable to condemn any trespass or atrocity of any kind—except, of course, intolerance. “Fake Christianity” has played no minor role in our surrender to the Vandal: it has, indeed, repeatedly unbolted gates for him. Can you confidently affirm that your priest or pastor does not regard the faith as a) an ideological framework for redistributing worldly possessions rather than for combating worldliness, b) a vehicle for ushering in a “better” society rather than for saving individual souls, and c) and inherited body of quaint tropes effectively modernized by Marxist formulas rather than a metaphysical fortress raised against the measurements of manmade value systems?
If your spiritual guide is not of this toxic sort… good for you. God be praised! Yet it remains a raw statistical truth that institutions posing as the Christian Church have hazed us into the slaughterhouse of Xi’s Maoist worldview. In our sick society—in our defunct United States—the Muslim is sometimes a better Christian than the Christian, and the black or Hispanic American is beginning to resent the Herd more than does the white pillar of virtue who has designed privileged pens for all “dark people”.
I abhor the tactic known to advertisers as “teasing”, and it was certainly not my intent to skirt a full explanation of my “friendship” with “Vlad” a second time. Yet I’ve once again more than filled up my allotted space. Just as well. I will need a full post just to present my case for why the freedom-loving fragments of our shattered union would be very wise to court a closer relationship with… Vladimir Putin. I’ll end with this very condensed, slightly melodramatic observation, then: we can be insects on Xi Jinping’s ant farm, or we can offer strategic advantages to Russia’s nationalist leadership. We have no other play on the board. Under the Vandal’s administration, we are useful idiots serving the needs of Communist China. That’s all we are. We’re not the children of the Greatest Generation, and all that. No, we shoveled our “Americanism” into the bonfire of the vanities. If some of us are to preserve life on this earth under the United States Constitution, we shall need the help of an earthly power not traditionally friendly to constitutional values. We shall have to dine with one devil or be eaten by the other.
Or, of course, we can all just consent to die, like a massive holocaust of Christian martyrs. A respondent to my video, Must a Christian Be a Doormat?, wrote me, “Christ made a doormat of himself, and we are called to do the same.” Yes, we can do that: the millenarian Doormat Cult, that stands by and sings hymns while children are abused and innocents are butchered. Yes, we can do that. Just spare yourself any further visits to my column, would you, if that’s the nature of your conviction?