September dinner talk

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Friday September 15, 2017.

Featuring John Oliphant speaking on “Draining the Swamp pt. 2.”

Where: NOTE CHANGE OF DAY & VENUE!

Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Drive
La Canada Flilntridge, CA. 91011
Tel. No.: 818-790-4353

Catered by: Elser of Ali Catering

Cost: $25/person for members; $30/non-members & non-RSVP; Students, auditors $5

RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or 818-248-4600
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Wednesday September 13th

Don’t forget to show up and have a great time!

We’re moving again, dammit.  St. Bede’s is not going to renew our contract.  Turns out that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has a policy that forbids making Catholic facilities available for use by political groups.  Nobody at St. Bede’s knew about this as it had never been an issue before.  So why is it an issue now?

You may recall that some months ago some left wing nut jobs were making an attempt to get us kicked out of St. Bede’s.  Although the Pastor of St. Bede’s held firm the nut jobs have continued their attacks in subsequent months which brought our situation to the attention of the Archdiocese.  What is to be done?

First thing, of course, is to set up someplace else and carry on, which we are doing.  Probably a good idea to complain to the Pastor at St. Bede’s about being kicked out, while recognizing that he is not the final arbiter of that decision.  By all means complain to the Archiocese about undermining organizations that are mostly in alignment with Catholic social teaching (abortion, marriage, etc.).

There are numerous Democratic Clubs in Los Angeles County some of which may be meeting in Catholic venues.  Here is a list of many of those clubs.  Your humble correspondent doesn’t have time to research whether any of them are using Catholic facilities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but if any of our membership have time on their hands they might form an ad hoc committee to find out with a view to returning the favor and have the rules applied evenly.

More can be done, and I hope to have more specific suggestions for you soon.  It would be a fault against justice to allow what has been done to us to go unanswered.  We are at war, a war we neither wanted nor, for many of us, even knew we were in.  But we know now if we didn’t before.  We have two options: fight or surrender.

Never surrender.  I’ll see you in the winners circle on September 15th.

Charlottesville – Update from a local resident

UPDATE:

Stilton’s Place has an extensive comment from a reader who is a politically aware Charlotteville resident.  His observations are pertinent and very useful for understanding these events.  I post it in its entirety.

JRMD from Virginia said…Stilt,
From the heavy heart of Central VA I can tell you why it happened.
The Charlottesville ‘Clown’ Council is 100% far left to the point they can’t stand straight.
The black ‘vice’ mayor (Bellamy) came to C’ville as a teacher, member of the gov’s. education board and a council electee. His baggage included uncovered racist tweets (especially against white women) and on-line posts. When these were brought to light he left his teaching position (rather than be fired) and resigned from the governor’s edu. bd.
HOWEVER, since he was so pro black and anti white, the clown council and the idiots in C’ville not only left him on council but made him vice mayor…. paving the way for his future political aspirations. (Heaven help the fools!) (Over 80% of them voted for Hillary, so you know they have problems.)
C’ville formed a commission to study the Lee and Jackson statues after one of Bellamy’s students said they scared her when she went through the parks. An obvious set-up to everyone but the C’ville croud.
The commission, after months of study and public meetings, advised the council to leave the statues in place and add plaques to explain that part of history.
The council rejected the commissions findings and voted to remove the statues.
Thus – the KKK and Alt Right rallies.
The KKK came, spoke briefly and left. They were attacked by anti-protesters. 28 of them were arrested for violence….. not 1 KKK member.
The lefties and the clown council supported the claim of police brutality because tear gas had to be used to quell the protesters attacks on the KKK AND the police. They objected to the arrests and said the police should have been more patient and that they antagonized the protesters by wearing their riot gear. Interestingly – NONE of the 28 have been to court to face their charges..?? Swept under the rug????
Kessler (Alt-Right Movement) applied for a permit to protest the statue removals. The application was for Lee Park at the base of the Lee statue. Certainly not off-limits as that was where most of the anti-statue rallies were held by the lefties.
The clown council sat on the permit until the last minute and approved it – if held in McIntire Park, on the outskirts of town.
Surprisingly the ACLU and Rutherford Institute jumped in to file a suit based on the violation of free speech.
A Federal Judge held a night hearing and blocked the order to relocate.
That had to P O the clown council.!!!!
As both rally participants and anti-rally protesters formed early Sat. AM, skirmishes broke out due to the protesters throwing frozen water bottles, soda cans filled with concrete, bottles of excrement, etc. at rally members in the park and attacking those trying to get to the park.
Hundreds of police and national guard stood by and did nothing to stop the abuse.
It quickly became obvious that they were not only remembering the flak the took for stopping the KKK rally violence but also had the intent, most likely directed by the clown council, to let it happen until it could be declared an ‘unlawful gathering’ and shut it down. So much for ‘Serve and Protect’.
The rally was shut down shortly after after 11AM – an hour before it was scheduled to start. A couple protesters were arrested.
The Alt-Rt supporters left the park and the anti-rally protesters pranced around the ‘once-upon-a-time’ grand city of Charlottesville, VA proclaiming a victory.
The lack of quick and decisive action by the police to quell the violence perpetrated by the protesters was the cause of all the problems and will result in future problems as the ‘white supremacist’ groups have vowed to return – ready to take care of themselves.
Charlottesville’s actions (and INActions) has stirred up a hornets nest.

This account is as factual as it can get. I watched it happen.

The horrific events at Charlotteville this weekend are to be decried in the strongest terms.  Political violence from whatever source is to be condemned.  President Trump did so shortly after the event, but you would never know it watching the mainstream organs of propaganda.  They are again trying to get him to dance to their tune, and this he has refused to do.  Oh, the humanity!

So what happened?  A number of white nationalist groups got a permit to hold a peaceful demonstration which they called Unite the Right.  That permit was revoked.  Then it was reinstated by a Federal judge.  Then when the Anti-fas counter-protesters showed up the police broke up the Unite the Right and told them they had to go home.  It was only after Unite the Right had dispersed that car attack occurred.

Here’s the testimony of an eye witness.  She  also has video clips over here.

Let me say at the outset that anybody who marches around carrying Nazi flags is not going to favorably influence my opinion.  Whereas I think it is necessary for the various right leaning organizations to band together around their common interest, these outre lunatics aren’t helping the cause.  That being said, the worst offender here were the Anit-fas protesters as they were the originators of the violence which was exhibited during the whole day prior to the auto attack.

Several issues here.  It looks like the 1st Amendment is going down the drain.  It is not clear to me why a group of citizens has to get a permit to peaceably assemble still less why it should be revoked because the City fathers didn’t like the groups who were to assemble.

Secondly, where do the City fathers get off curtailing anyone’s speech, however unpleasant.  The 1st Amendment does not exist so that we can say “Have a nice day” to one another.  It exists to protect speech which we find objectionable.  Repudiation of violence is all very well, however one would do well to recall that the 1st Amendment protects your lips, not your teeth, should your speech prove unbearably inflammatory to one’s listeners.  The organizer of the event, Richard Spencer, was punched several times while giving interviews just prior to the event, and had to be taken from the scene to tend his injuries.  When the police ordered the Unite the Right people to disperse, rather than direct them away from the Anti-fas crowd, they directed them through the Anti-fas crowd, and a number of scuffles broke out, about which the police did nothing.

I understand that Unite the Right is taking legal action against the City of Charlottesville for violating their 1st Amendment rights. This is especially apropos as the Charlottesville police did not do their job and protect the safety of the Unite the Right people, but forced the two groups to come together with altogether predictable results. Interestingly, the police counselled the Unite the Right people to refrain from violence on pain of arrest, but said nothing to the Anti-fas crowd.

The Left till now has been in the ascendant.  They thought that they had America sewed up.  But just as Hillary was a shoo-in for President they are shocked, shocked to discover that they aren’t having it all their way.  There are actually a lot of people who, for whatever reason, don’t subscribe to their dark, sad and failing religion.  That opposition is sometimes based on erroneous principles (that is, that don’t look to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for their inspiration and guidance), but it is real opposition none the less.

The Donks have lost the initiative despite having massive funding sources, control of most of the institutions and a long term, deep and well organized game plan.  They are fumbling around trying to get the juggernaut of historical inevitability rolling again and they are making a total hash of it.  Their opposition continues to grow despite lacking all the Progressive advantages.

All this violence is because they are losing.  Commies are always sore losers.  They are worse when they win.  They aren’t winning this one.

Days of desperation and glory

Below is a video of an interview of Olavo de Carvalho by Stephan Molynewux.  De Carvalho is probably the premier anti Communist activist in Latin America and was instrumental in laying the philosophical, social and political groundwork which led to the recent impeachment of Dilma Rouseff, the Socialist President of Brazil.  He is also a journalist and a philosopher of distinction.  Go ahead and watch the video, bearing in mind that de Carvalho has a heavy Brazilian accent.

Just wow, so clarifying.  Hang on, I’m going to watch it for the 3rd time, be right back.

Now I feel like I have to go out and buy a bigger hat.  Stand by for Mind Expansion!

Andrew Breitbart was right, the real battleground is the culture.  Unfortunately many Republicans and Conservatives have disdained the culture wars as peripheral; the real issues, we were told were economic.  Economics matter for sure, but economics is not the key.  Sure, the Donks focus on economics as a way to use public funds to undermine the American culture and the American interest, and as a way to enrich themselves.  But peculation is a perk, not the whole program.  The program, as always, is power and control.  After all, once you have seized power and have total control the money will follow.

So the bad old Sovs moved from trying to control the economy to controlling people’s minds.  That is the long and the short of what PC, Political Correctness, is all about.  It is a whole system of social pressures designed to get people to first say, then think and finally believe certain things.  The fact that those things are entirely nonsensical is a feature, not a bug.  The point is for you, Comrade Citizen, to yield your mind to the State, in order that you be controlled by the State.

To achieve this blind trust in the State society’s trust in and loyalty to anything and everything else must be destroyed, starting with religion and the family and on through community and the existing social and governing institutions.  Once these networks of trust and loyalty have been destroyed the individual is forced to be dependent on the State alone for survival.  Relations between persons remain, but they are based on their utility as agents of the State providing goods and services, never on mutual respect, affection, loyalty, trust or love.  It’s power and control all the way down, the very antithesis of the Gospel upon which Western, and American, Civilization is built.

But humans are built for love and can’t function without it, so an object of love is provided: Dear Leader, the living icon of the State.  In the hierarchy of power and control the most ruthless, narcissistic psychopaths rise to the top, supported by tiers of lesser but aspiring psychopaths waiting for their chance.  Those who fall under the influence of these psychopaths become mindless hysterics, frenetically repeating the sacred slogans and frantically advancing the State’s agenda as articulated by Dear Leader.  In our own times Democratic politicians supported by Progressive billionaires fund and incite the lowest levels of society to madness and violence; witness Black Lives Matter and the Social Justice Warriors on any college campus.

Marxism is a religion without a divine or supernatural dimension.  In contrast to Christianity, it focusses man’s attention on the satisfaction of his base instincts.  By promising to provide for man’s carnal nature Marxist doctrine controls the mind and will of the individual in the same way the drug controls an addict.  That is why Marxism is just as relentless in its efforts to destroy the Christian religion as the adherents of Islam, both are violent, expansionist and totalistic.

For over 80 years the Marxist Left has waged war against America and the West.  It took over twenty years for America to realize what Communism International was doing in the world and intended to do to us.  When the Cold War finally started they had deeply penetrated all aspects of our nation and culture, by the time we fixed bayonets they were already deep in our vitals.  They have sickened our society to the point that they believe they cannot lose.  But they are wrong, it is probable that we have reached “peak Leftism”, to coin a phrase, and they have failed to take us down.

Oh, they are still trying, and will still make some gains in some places and continue to wreak destruction on everything they touch.  But they’ve lost momentum and America is waking from its long sleep.  As I look over the cultural landscape people are alive as they have not been in many, many years.  Here’s the bottom line: we win, they lose.

These are days of desperation and glory. The Left must be opposed in everything.  Every agenda, every policy they propose, every candidate they sponsor, every “good idea” they advance no matter how noble it seems, is pure poison.  Everything must be opposed.  In a great many cases the opposition will not be that vigorous, we don’t have the resources time or people to stonewall everything.  Tag team them, object, complain, argue, snipe at everything even as you take to the trenches on what you consider vital.  Surrender nowhere and give them no peace anywhere.  What?  Yes!  This is war and turnabout is fair play (no, it will not make you what they are, but if you don’t they will make you dead – not a victory for America, that).  Dump the Marquess of Queensbury rules, it is time for the (metaphorical) knife.  Let ’em have it!

Now pick your target and, with God’s help, let’s be about it.

Chicago

Hog Butcher for the World,
   Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
   Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
   Stormy, husky, brawling,
   City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
   Bareheaded,
   Shoveling,
   Wrecking,
   Planning,
   Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
                   Laughing!
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

 

Dance with the devil

Ace of Spades picks up on and condenses Thomas Wicktor’s tweet storm on the damage done by the Obama administration.

(1) Boy oh boy. Remember we said that after Obama left office, we’d find out the damage he did?
It’s much worse than I imagined. pic.twitter.com/SohcTj9HcC

(2) Under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, the Department of Justice pushed the states to pass new laws.

(3) The goal was to make it impossible to hold repeat offenders in jail before trial. Why?

(4) Because so many repeat offenders are black.

(5) The first step was to reclassify violent felonies as nonviolent misdemeanors. Look at California.

(6) Assault with a deadly weapon, harming a crime victim or witness, resisting arrest that injures a police officer…

(7) Violent elder or child abuse, arson with injury, and manslaughter are now nonviolent felonies.

(8 ) Proposition 47–passed in 2014–reclassified certain “nonviolent felonies” as misdemeanors.

(9) Therefore prisoners convicted of violent elder abuse were released because now their former violent felony was a misdemeanor.

(10) So the Democrats first changed violent felonies to misdemeanors. Then they changed the laws for bail.

(11) Washington DC Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier resigned because criminals were being arrested, released, and arrested again the same day.

(12) Outgoing police chief decries District’s ‘broken’ criminal justice system

(13) Federal authorities decide who stays in jail in DC. Under pressure from Holder and Lynch, they were releasing everyone.

(14) The crime rate spiked dramatically. The Democrats are pushing for “community rehabilitation programs” instead of prison.

(15) The most repulsive member of congress–@tedlieu, the guy who trolls Trump–has introduced a doozy of a bill.

(16) Lieu wants to ELIMINATE bail in the entire country.

(17) They point to the “success” of New Jersey, which eliminated bail earlier this year.

(18 ) In New Jersey, a person is evaluated with an eight-question form. Prior offenses are not taken into consideration.

(19) As a result almost nobody is held over until trial. Almost everyone is released.

(20) The state had to hire new staff and create new computer systems to manage the new system.

(21) Releasing everybody has so far cost New Jersey $400 million, and the crime rate is skyrocketing.

(22) Washington DC eliminated bail, and now the city pays $50 million a year to oversee almost no prisoners.

(23) Duane and Beth Chapman–He’s better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter–testified in Sacramento about the new laws coming.

(24) The Chapmans pointed out every loophole they could: a guy who never shows up for trial, for example.

(25) They said that the Democrats then TWEAKED the laws to EXCLUDE any possible offender.

(26) The DC Police arrested a total of 219 violent protestors on Inauguration Day. Only 17 showed up for their trials.

(27) The Chapmans said that the Democratic party has made it a priority in 2017 to pass laws that make holding anyone in jail impossible.

(28 ) What I realized a long time ago is that Democrats’ sole motivation is to piss off conservatives.

(29) So I’m not surprised that one of our two major parties now wants us to die at the hands of violent criminals.

(30) The end result of Democratic “reform” is that criminals now commit crimes with impunity, and people are too afraid to call the cops.

(31) There are no penalties for threatening witnesses and skipping your trial. Nobody comes looking for you.

(32) And if you get arrested, they immediately release you.

(33) You may have heard that more an more celebrities are having their mansions broken into.

(34) Alanis Morissette was robbed of $2 million worth of jewelry.

(35) This is a new crime, being committed by old gangs such and the Bloods and Crips. It’s because there are no penalties.

(36) This is just one of the things Obama did to us. And the CURRENT Democrats want to make it even worse. The end.

One of Wictor’s followers replied:

Horrified yet?  I certainly am.  Obama, the smartest moron in the world, you would think, should have been able to figure out the consequences of such insane regulations and prevented it going forward.  Just another case of liberal do gooders gone wrong.  “Oops!  Sorry, who could have seen that coming?  But our intentions were good.”

Really?

No, I don’t think so.

The consequences of these decisions have been carefully calculated to achieve an effect quite other than the one stated.  It was never intended to rectify “institutional racism,” that was just the cover story, the whitewash, the pretext.  So what could have been the purpose?  What the desired effect?

Certainly it has made America a significantly less safe place.  We have seen crime stats spike after a decades long decline.  The general public is not yet aware of this because, surprise, surprise, the media is still chasing Russians rather than informing the public, it is still obscured by a propaganda smoke screen.  There has not yet been enough time for a sufficient number of victims to accumulate and their stories to begin to circulate by word of mouth.  As these kinds of crimes, despite a few high profile cases, tend to take place in neighborhoods  with lower economic demographics and higher ethnic concentrations word of mouth circulation is restricted.  Nobody in Beverly HIlls has a clue to what is happening in Watts or the barrios of East LA.

This will have the effect of weakening social cohesion, increasing the levels of savagery of criminals, more demands by the public for police protection, escalating the levels of force by law officers responding to theses crimes, inflaming communities’ outrage at police brutality and reducing even further respect for the law and law enforcement resulting in even more flagrantly criminal violence.  An all around cycle that must inevitably lead to social collapse.  But that is not the end game.

Once things get really bad there will be a general outcry for government to do something, anything, to put a stop to it.  Once the  population can be brought to accept a program that brutally suppresses criminality, and criminals’ rights – and everybody else’s rights too – then the corrupt, ruthless and power hungry men who have been waiting for this carefully crafted opportunity will step forward and claim the name of hero for quelling the chaos. This is why they are so desperate to disarm the people “for their own good”.

Socialists have been doing this all over the world for over a century.  They will do it here if we let them.  Be aware, be alert and prevent them.

Faith, family, culture

President Trump’s speech in Warsaw was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, tremendous.  What is at stake in our times is much more than a budget, a policy or an election.  What is at stake is civilization itself.

[Speaking to the Polish people] Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken. And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first Mass with their Polish pope, that day every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down. They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when a million Polish men, women, and children suddenly raised their voices in a single prayer. A million Polish people did not ask for wealth. They did not ask for privilege. Instead, one million Poles saying three simple words: “We want God.”

The prerequisite for the success of Western civilization is not material riches. Economic prosperity and military might on their own are not sufficient. The critical leaven is the confidence in core Western values, such things as free speech, the equality of women, respect for individual rights, the rule of law, the affirmation of faith and family. Hence, the fundamental question facing Western nations today is whether the people continue to nurture the cultural self-confidence in those fundamental values. If they do, the West is unbeatable. If those values dissipate, the West is lost. As long as we know our history, we will know how to build our future.

Faith, family, culture, to summarize, these are the keys of who we are.  It is no wonder that when Communists move to take over a nation the first thing they do is attack the Church, particularly the Christian Church, next the family and then the culture.  With these reduced to silent, impotent rubble the mass of the aimless people are easily controlled by hedonism, lies and indifference.  They lose their identity and become willing thralls of their erstwhile benefactors who feed off their ignorance and gullible discontent.  Such people are dangerous.  Witness:

While we slept the Orcs of the Black Block have multiplied, organized and grown bold.  They are using the very same tactics their great grandfathers used eighty years ago to establish Hitler’s Socialist Reich: gangs of thugs brutalize the population and reduce them to helplessness.  The very same tactics that Lenin used to cow and paralyze Tsarist Russia.  The very same tactics every Socialist has ever used to reduce a society to terrified submission.  It is the same thing they are setting up to do here.

And they haven’t even got to the real bloody part yet.  Because, don’t cha know, 150 million murdered in the name of the betterment of mankind is just not enough.  You just can’t get enough of the benefits of Worker’s Paradise: famine, terror, mass murder and failure, more failure, continuous, humiliating failure.  Marx’s Dark Temple can only be sustained by an endless stream of human victims sacrificed on the altar of The Glorious World of Next Tuesday.

Things here in the US haven’t yet gotten to the pass in which Western Europe finds itself.  But you can bet your bottom dollar that there are folks working on solving that problem.  Black Lives Matter, for one, and we have plenty of Anti-Fa[scist] Fascists eager to bring bloody barbarism to your front door.  There are probably two things holding them back.  First, nobody likes evil a$$holes, and that is just what these people are.  One hopeful sign of the overall health of our culture is that the following the 2015-2016 progressive hissy fit at Mizzou enrolment is down 35%, Melissa Click has been fired and the university is suffering from lack of funding.

Second is the good ol’ 2nd Amendment.  Dictators have a hard time winning at King of the Mountain when the population is armed.  Which is why the first chapter in “Diktarors for Dummies” is dedicated to disarming the population gun control.

Since it is still a little early to start shooting the question arises, what to do?

Don’t miss an opportunity make a liberal’s head explode by mocking the absurdities of the Party Line.  CNN was in embarrassed when some random guy on the internet tweeted a photoshopped video of Donald Trump wrestling a man with a CNN logo over his face.  They were furious when Trump re-tweeted it.  They were stupid when they tracked the random guy down and not only threatened him, but made that threat public. Now they are desperate because all across the internet people are making videos of CNN logos over people getting punched, cars crashing, things exploding, etc.  CNN is toast.  They hate mockery, so mock them mercilessly.

Second, expose them.  Evil loves the darkness because they know that their deeds can’t stand exposure to the light.  Ever notice how Marxism advances it’s agenda by camouflaging itself as something other than what it is?  They have to, else they would never get anywhere.  Pulling their cover is vitally important as it discredits them and makes them back off until they can find a new lie with which to mask their agenda.  It was James O’Keefe’s secret videos which pulled the cover off of CNN’s fake news in the first place.  If you haven’t yet seen James’ work go over to his Project Veritas site and have a look, and donate.  This man is invaluable.

Like all soldiers in war, we are called to bend every effort to destroy the enemies of our civilization because they are bent on destroying us, and all we love.  Here’s a few lines from Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome (with apologies):

Then out spake brave Horatius,

The Captain of the Gate:

“To every man upon this earth

Death cometh soon or late.

And how can man die better

Than facing fearful odds,

For the ashes of his fathers,

And the temples of his gods,

 

“And for the tender mother

Who dandled him to rest,

And for the wife who nurses

His baby at her breast,

And for the holy maidens

Who feed the eternal flame,

To save them from false [Marxists]

That wrought the deed[s] of shame?

 

The spirit of ’76

Much has been happening, and this blog has been pretty quiet.  That is because your humble correspondent is on the way to a higher tax bracket this year.

Speaking of mixed blessings, Facepalm Feinstein has issued two email communiques in the last two weeks, that makes four since March, which is four since forever.  Seems that the Donks are feeling the need to shore up their base.  They remain committed to the same designed to fail policies as ever, and fear that their Mindless Minions (TM) might be getting discouraged.  Thanks Di, for the encouraging word.

Republicans can’t be all that happy either, as whatever they are doing in Congress is what they do best: betray the voters that sent them.  At least half a dozen time they sent a Repeal Obamacare bill to President Bizarro #0’s desk knowing full well that it would be vetoed, but don’t seem to be able to muster the spine to send one to President Trump, presumably because they fear it might be signed into law.   Having won both houses of Congress and the Presidency  the Keystone Congress Critters are like the dog that caught the car, now they can’t figure out what to do with it.

So why are the Donks in such a tizzy when their nominal opposition party is in disarray?  There are a few things, which I find extremely heartening.

First, most of their top leadership is old.  Feinstein is 84, Nancy “Where Am I?” Pelosi 77, Judy Chu 63, Chuck “The Putz” Schumer 66, “Crazy Uncle” Bernie Sanders 75, Hillary “The Hag” Clinton 69.  There are some younger ones, but they aren’t that young, such as Kamala “Commie” Harris 52, Adam “Which Way Did He Go?” Schiff 57, Xavier “El Bato” Becerra 59.  Barbara “Call Me Senator” Boxer didn’t relinquish power till she was 77.  And that’s the problem right there, lust for power.  Because once they get it rather than grooming their successors they cling to it.  A sane party would see people in their 30’s and 40’s getting set to take the reins.

Second, the Dems have put most of their eggs in the top tier baskets.  Which is why they hold majorities in so few state and local legislative bodies, or governorships, or mayoralities.  They have concentrated so much on the Federal level that they’ve ceded vast tracts of the electoral landscape to Republicans.  Determined to seize and hold power at the top they have abandoned their base, and the base noticed.

Finally, the Geritol & Depends Party is losing the youth.  Given that they virtually control the educational machinery of the nation this has been a nasty surprise for them.  Many young people have been very unhappy with what the Progressive agenda has done to them and how it has ravaged their current situation and their prospects for the future.  Not only are they unhappy, they are getting vocal about it, despite the Dark Temple’s best efforts to anathematize and silence them.  Consider a few of the younger voices making themselves heard today:

https://www.youtube.com/blondeinthebellyofthebeast

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCesrUK_dMDBZAf7cnjQPdgQ

https://www.youtube.com/user/sxephil

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLUrVTVTA3PnUFpYvpfMcpg

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCla6APLHX6W3FeNLc8PYuvg

https://voxday.blogspot.com/

What these platforms have in common is thoughtful and principled opposition to the Democratic, Progressive, Marxist agenda.  They are fresh, passionate and persuasive; the Donks and their fellow travellers hate them, but they just can’t find a way to shut them up.  And these are just a few of the many that are out there, and their numbers are growing.

The spirit of 1776 lives on.  Happy 4th of July.

Play ball! – UPDATED

The violence gradually being unleashed by the Left is nothing other than the “Gray Terror” inflicted by Soviet Spetsnaz infiltrating the target to create fear, uncertainty and paralysis. The vast Muslim populations recently imported and left to stew in our midst are their tools, whether witting or not. Look for this to continue. Pelosi’s “We are all Republicans now” is exculpatory disinformation. Once the klieg lights go down she’s chortling with her fellow revolutionaries. God grant us an open mike.

First principle: the Left, call them Progressives, Liberals, Socialists, what have you, are all about one thing – POWER. Everything they have done, everything they do is about seizing power, holding power, exercising power – total power over everything – and doing so forever and ever, world without end. Amen. That’s it in a nutshell.

Over at The Belmont Club Richard Fernandez states the problem we are facing in this way:

A civilization at a decision point is almost by definition walking the razor’s edge between two futures.  One future may lead to a catastrophe whose survivors must begin again from [scratch].  The other choice leads to a radical improvement in the human standard of living and greater potential for all. It would seem an easy choice. But the characteristic of a system in institutional crisis, which along with the lack of new energy sources and a failure of public education create [a] “world in disarray”, is that the right choice is impossible to make. You can’t choose the future, only variants of the past.  Any road away from perdition requires huge political risks that are almost impossible to make.

Looking at things from this perspective throws the election of Donald Trump into sharper focus.  Americans know that the country has been pushed to the brink.  The Progressives want to go over the edge imagining that a new paradise there awaits.  Others, your humble correspondent among them, sees this as a collapse into Socialist hell seen so often in the last 100 years.  The Democrats promised a swift, vertiginous dive into the glorious Workers Paradise.  The Republicans promised a more judicious, gradual, moderate, nuanced descent.  Regardless, it was all the same old same old, and it was all pointed down.

It was a near run thing, but although an absolute plurality (not a majority, let it be noted!) of Americans opted for a quick drop into destruction, a sufficient number mustered the electoral votes to try something different.  Donald Trump was set in place to change the nation’s trajectory.  We’re taking a flyer, and we’re still very much up in the air.

The Democrats had it all mapped out, how the decades long legacy of failure would crash landed so the right people, the well connected and superior people could pick up the pieces.  The rest of us would be given the boot-in-face treatment.  Sorry, Donks (NOT!), God blessed America despite your best efforts.  Burns, doesn’t it?

Having failed to seize power by hook, they now resort to crook, trying to smash and grab what they could not take by electoral means.  The escalating violence on the Left is not a bug, it is a feature.  Expect it to increase.

Don’t, however, allow your hearts to be captured by fear, your minds distracted by propaganda, your determination reduced to paralysis; it is what they want.  By all means be prudent; avoid crowds.  I do not count it an accident the the words “Do not be afraid” appear 365 times in the Scriptures.

241 years ago our Founding Fathers took the greatest flyer in history when they wrested political authority from the grasp of the most powerful empire in the world and put it in the hands of We the People.

UPDATE:

Final reminder June meeting

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Featuring John Oliphant speaking on “Draining the Swamp.”

Time: 6:00 PM                                                    Where: John XXIII Room, Parish Center, St. Bede’s Catholic Church
215 Foothill Blvd, La Canada, 91011 (parking entrance on Crown)
Catered by: Elser of Ali Catering

Cost: $25/person for members; $30/non-members & non-RSVP; Students, auditors $5

RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or 818-248-4600
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Sunday June 4th

Don’t forget to show up and have a great time!

Midway

75 years ago the United States Navy inflicted a catastrophic defeat on the Imperial Japanese Navy at Midway.  To say the the American Admirals commanding the US fleet were pleasantly surprised by that outcome would be monumental understatement.  Going in to the fight they hoped to score little more than a draw while risking total annihilation themselves.

They wanted to give the Japanese a bloody nose to slow them down long enough for America’s industrial might to kick into high gear.  What they got was the greatest strategic naval victory in history.

Stepping away from the blow-by-blow retelling of the battle, it can be said that Japan’s defeat that day had peculiarly human causes: shame, overconfidence and hesitation.

General Doolittle’s B-25 takes off from USS Hornet

Shame because on April 18th, 1942 the Navy launched 16 B-25 Army bombers under the command of General James Doolittle from the carrier USS Hornet, CV-8 and successfully bombed Japan.  Although a propaganda coup and a morale booster, the raid was militarily insignificant.  But it caused the leadership of the Japanese Navy to lose face for having failed to defend the Home Islands.  They had to do something to avenge that humiliation, and they over reacted.

Japanese heavy cruiser IJN Mikuma heavily damaged and later sunk

Up to this point in the war Japan was achieving stunning victory after stunning victory.  They had good equipment, good training and bold leadership.  Everywhere they went they triumphed.  They came to believe that they were invincible, what they would later call the Victory Disease.  In preparation for their strike on Midway they noticed several weak points in their plans, but their senior leadership swept these considerations under the rug, certain that their Samurai spirit would carry them through.

Japanese carrier IJN Akagi burning

During the battle itself the Japanese commander, Admiral Nagumo, hesitated and countermanded his own orders.  As a result when the critical moment was upon him his forces were not in a position to take any action at all, being caught between options and able to act on none.  Consequently the Americans were able to capitalize on their good fortune (and let’s face it, they were damned lucky) while Nagumo, helpless, could only watch disaster unfold.

Japanese carrier IJN Kaga burning

In contrast, the American leadership did not allow themselves to base critical strategic aims on emotion.  They were, to be sure, in a desperate situation.  Led by Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid in Fleet Headquarters, Hawaii, they set their strategic goals based on cold, if heartbreaking, military logic.  They did not discount the power of their enemy and his capacity to competently exercise that power effectively. The Admirals on the scene, Frank Jack Fletcher and Raymond A. Spruance, led well trained and battle hardened men.  They did not flinch or hesitate in the maelstrom of battle, seized the golden moment and wrested victory from chaos.

Japanese carrier IJN Hiryu hit

The survivors of those long ago events are with us still.  Their memories still glow bright within their desiccated bodies, memories of momentous deeds done when the flower of their manhood was beautiful, brave and young.  Few, they are, their lives gutter, fail and will soon be gone.  Yet still the consequences of their deeds are imposed upon a world that too soon and too often forgets.  These are lessons for our times here.

Japanese carrier IJN Soryu burning

The Democratic Party is in a war to destroy our Constitutional Republic and replace it with some form of collectivist totalitarianism.  Until recently they appeared nearly invincible.  They have successfully conducted the long Gramscian march though our institutions, suborning or silencing any and all who stood against them.  With the accession of Barak Obama and the follow-on presumptive coronation of Hillary Clinton they appeared to have conquered all.  Then things changed.  Why?

Hillary Clinton burning

Like the Japanese, they suffered, and suffer still, from Victory Disease.  They were destined to win, and so, of course, they would.  It was not necessary to gain the support of the Deplorables in Flyover Country, so they didn’t bother.  Now, having lost the election, they over react to everything, attacking everything and everybody who isn’t of their camp.  Humiliated, they seek redress through intemperate and ill conceived violence.  Their leadership is focussed on short term action, trying to TILT! the system rather than develop viable long term plans.

Pants burning

They went for the brass ring, brushed it but did not grasp it, and are now in an uncontrolled fall.  Nor will their shrieks of rage and disappointment extend their reach nor lure the prize into their grasp.  Nor can their paid propagandists convince a populace ever more jaded and skeptical to place their confidence in the usual threadbare agitprop lies.

Donald Trump, in contrast, has a largely accurate grasp on the realities of America and the world, and does not allow himself to be distracted from his strategic goals, whatever they are and however indirectly he must pursue them.  He appears to be unfazed by his popularity, and unwilling to allow himself to presume on his victory.  Whatever else, them man makes decisions rapidly and seemingly easily.

He is not the candidate many would have chosen eighteen months ago.  It may yet be that he is the man who will avert, or al least mitigate the disaster towards which the country has been headed for so long.  The golden moment is in his hands.