October 20 final reminder

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Friday October20, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

Featuring Leo Walker speaking on “Swamp Monsters: How We Win and They Lose”

Where: Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Drive
La Canada Flilntridge, CA. 91011

Catered by: Elser of Ali Catering

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

RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or New Phone number 818-478-7730
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Wednesday October 18th

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

 

Immigration pt. 2

Anybody who’s halfway honest about it knows that the Donks are leading the charge on aiding and abetting the unrestrained invasion of America; they have good reasons for doing so.  They are suffering the unintentional consequences of believing their own lies.

Having been wholly subverted by Communist influence operations the Democratic Party became the front line shock troops in the Soviet directed Gramscian long march through the institutions.  One of the effects of that was a Darwinian catastrophe: the Left has largely failed to propagate itself by the natural process of family formation.  Statistically, Liberals have fewer children than the mainstream population.  As a result they need to import a voter base because they are not producing their own.  They are perfectly well aware that the vast majority of immigrants, whether legal or not, tend to favor a larger government with more generous social benefits, thus tend to vote Democrat.  Despite total control of the educational system they are in demographic decline.  A big part of this failure to thrive is in no small measure due to having enacted policies such that most of their future voter base is going down the abortionist’s drain.

Whereas once the majority of immigrants flocked to America for the freedom and opportunity to make more of themselves than they ever could in their native place, Democrats now attract future Democrat voters with the promise of government supplied benefits: the welfare state.  Milton Friedman famously described this as a suicide pact. The Donks are well aware of this, but it has always been their policy to buy votes they could not otherwise earn by promising ‘free” goodies paid for with other people’s money.  A legal immigrant must agree to not avail himself of welfare benefits for the first few years of his residence in the US, an invader can walk in, claim benefits and receive them immediately.  Because the welfare system has been deliberately designed to lock people into it, nearly half of illegals are still receiving benefits five years on.

The fact that it is fiscally insane is not lost on the Party of Destruction, its a feature, not a bug.  Back in 1966 two radical East coast academics, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, dissatisfied with the glacial pace of the ‘inevitable’ revolution, devised a method to hurry it along.  Overload the institutions, compel them to deal with far more than they were ever designed to and so force them into eventual collapse.  Aimed at the welfare system, it nearly succeeded in driving New York into bankruptcy in 1975.  Although the strategy failed to bankrupt both the City and State of New York in 1975 due to prompt and determined action by the Governor of New York, Hugh Carey.

Despite the smoke the Donks blow about concern tor the poor streaming across our borders the mass migration they are fostering is right out of the Cloward-Piven playbook.  Load up the American welfare state with millions of new cases until it is forced into collapse.  The fact is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is in crisis, the Immigration courts are in crisis, the school system is in crisis, the prison system is in crisis, the welfare system is in crisis.   This cascading crisis is the result of an unceasing influx of foreigners demanding more benefits from a system with ever scarcer resources.  Once these people begin to vote, which is already happening; whether or not they are citizens; they vote themselves the largesse, their entitlements, they feel is their due.

The important question here is not, “How long can this go on,” but rather, “How much longer will you, American citizen, permit this to go on?”  Hence the importance of the upcoming dinner talk this Friday.

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Friday October20, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

Featuring Leo Walker speaking on “Swamp Monsters: How We Win and They Lose”

Where: Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Drive
La Canada Flilntridge, CA. 91011

Catered by: Elser of Ali Catering

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

RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or New Phone number 818-478-7730
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Wednesday October 18th

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

Where vultures gather

These days the vultures gather in Las Vegas Washington and Sacramento.

In nature, an honest vulture will circle a dying animal high above and wait for it to die, vultures not being notoriously murderous birds, nor brave.  Once it stops twitching they swoop down on the hapless corpse, say grace and dig in.  They nurture themselves on the substance of the dead.

Democrats are much like vultures.  They circle high above, vigilant and attentive to the normal people they consider  beneath them, their prey.  Then when tragedy strikes, they swoop down, full of moral indignation and righteous sanctimony to advance their unholy agenda, nurturing their ambitions on the substance of the living.

Having been possessed by the sulphurous, reeking spirit of Marxist Leninism the Democratic Party is a party of carrion eaters.  To be sure, they are far more proactive than vultures, as they see it as a moral imperative to insure by their policies an ample and endless supply of corpses.

The Left in general, and the Democratic Party in particular, is an un-indicted co-conspirator in every human tragedy that afflicts America, and are the willing – nay, eager – partners with the Prince of Darkness.  In God’s good time they will share the devil’s doom; God grant that it be soon.

As is Standard Operating Procedure, the Donks are calling for more ‘gun control’.  May as well advocate for more pitchfork control when satan comes out to play.  Strange how they never urge America to more self control.  Las Vegas is unquestionably a tragedy for those present and for the nation, but is less of a tragedy than the travesty of Chicago which produces a bumper crop of corpses every week as it has for years?

Vulture Democrats won’t use Chicago’s gruesome statistics to justify their need to disarm Americans, probably because it is precisely their failed policies which have elevated Chicago to the murder capital of the United States.  Make no mistake about it, they need to disarm us.  They need is helpless before the criminal underclass and the tyrannical upper class.

One of the topics to be discussed in the upcoming October Dinner Talk will be the use of the telephone to impress citizen’s views on the minds of elected officials.  They are driven by ambition to power, which, as the Republic is currently constituted, depends on at the very least not alienating those voters which can alone grant them that power.

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Friday October20, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

Featuring Leo Walker speaking on “Swamp Monsters: How We Win and They Lose”

Where: Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Drive
La Canada Flilntridge, CA. 91011

Catered by: Elser of Ali Catering

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

RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or New Phone number 818-478-7730
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Wednesday October 18th

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

 

October Dinner Talk

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Friday October20, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

Featuring Leo Walker speaking on “Swamp Monsters: How We Win and They Lose”

Where: Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Drive
La Canada Flilntridge, CA. 91011

Catered by: Elser of Ali Catering

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

RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or New Phone number 818-478-7730
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN Wednesday October 18th

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

RC of the Foothills Flyer 10 20 17

Immigration, part 1

I forget who it was said that immigration without assimilation is invasion.  It is also said that diversity plus proximity equals war.  The historical record makes the truth of these statements blindingly, bloodily clear.  America is not and cannot be for everyone; better said, not everyone can be for America.  Even back in the 19th century a full quarter of all immigrants returned to their countries of origin because they simply could not adapt to life in their new nation.  And this, mind you, when going back meant another long and expensive ocean voyage.

When the Founding Fathers erected this nation they intended it for themselves and their posterity.  At that time most immigrants came from England and Scotland, and brought with them English culture and English values.  English values, summed up in the idea of the Rights of Englishmen, flowing from the Magna Carta, were historically unique in the world.  It was those rights – and concomitant responsibilities – that formed the core of American culture.  Until a few years ago it was expected that immigrants to America would conform their cultural attitudes to this standard by assimilation; America demanded that the would be immigrant change himself to fit America, never that America distort herself to placate the immigrant.

The “Magic Dirt” school of Americanization was unheard of.  Magic Dirt theory says that anyone who steps on American dirt, that is, steps across the border on to American territory, thereby becomes an American, with all the rights and perquisites thereunto appertaining, but with none of the duties and responsibilities.  This absurdity has become the central justifying idea in Left’s ongoing war against America.

Everybody goes on about rights.  But rights are not the core of American culture.  The core of any culture is formed by the virtues – and vices – habitually and nearly unconsciously practiced by its people.

Charles Murray in his book Coming Apart, lists four quintessential American virtues: industriousness, honesty, marriage and religiosity (Ch6 pg. 127).  He goes on to quote an Austrian immigrant, Francis Grund’s two volume work, The Americans, in Their Moral, Social and Political Relations:

The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but it can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions, and would be utterly inadequate to the wants of a different nation.  Change the domestic habits of the Americans, their religious devotion and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter of the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of their government.

The Donk’s unrelenting push for unrestricted immigration coupled with the  triumph of “diversity” is part of the reason America is no longer the country it once was.  Combined with the ongoing culture war against industry vs. welfare, against honesty vs. PC compliance, against marriage vs. every kind of perversion, against Christianity vs. atheistic hedonism, America is on the road to extinction.  There are plenty of extinct species in North America.  America need not be one of them.

A successful fight against illegal immigration is a necessary condition for our survival.  In my next article I propose to address it in more detail.

Bannon on Trump with Charlie Rose

I had not had occasion to think much about Steve Bannon before now, but given that he left the Trump Administration recently to return to Breitbart it seemed worthwhile to get a deeper insight into the man.  The recent interview with Charlie Rose, parts of which were shown on 60 Minutes provided a good opportunity.  Yes, yes, I know that Rose is a paid propagandist, and he does get irritatingly condescending and contentious at times he does let Bannon speak for himself most of the time.

I come away very favorably impressed by Bannon, and even more favorably impressed by what Bannon says of Trump. Bannon gets one thing absolutely right, and he says it over and over with different words in the interview: the real power comes from We the People.  And he trusts the People to exercise it wisely.  I post the videos below for your delectation.

Did Trump betray us?

Maybe not, according to Scott Adams.  Bear in mind that Mr. Adams is an early Trump supporter who has been very impressed by Trump’s powers of persuasion, persuasion being a topic of particular interest to him.

By the way, don’t forget to come to the meeting tonight at the La Canada Flintridge Community Center, the show kicks off at 6.30 pm.  It is immediately South of Foothill on Chevy Chase on the West side of the street.

Visual Persuasion: President Trump describes border security (a concept) with the word “wall” because you can visualize it. Our visual sense is our most persuasive path for influence. It would be weak persuasion to talk about border security as a concept without a visual.

Simplicity: Border security is a big topic, and the method you use to secure it will depend on the terrain and other factors. If President Trump mentioned all of that complexity each time he talked about border security it would be a big yawn. Simple messages such as “build a wall” always beat complicated (but accurate) conceptual arguments.

Strategic Ambiguity: In hypnosis class we learned to omit any details the subject might find objectionable. Following good form, President Trump doesn’t get too specific about the type of wall he wants. He lets us see the wall that makes the most sense to us.

We see the same strategic ambiguity after his famous dinner “agreement” with Pelosi and Schumer. The Democratic leaders got to announce “no wall” while the President says “yes wall.” The reality is that both sides agree on spending for border improvements, some of which will undoubtedly be wall-ish sometime in the next few years. We citizens get to pick which version of reality we like best: wall or no wall. The ambiguity supports both views. And it is intentional.

Big First Demand: A good negotiator starts with an aggressive first demand so there is plenty of room to negotiate toward the middle. President Trump started his campaign promising to deport every undocumented immigrant. That first demand was so extreme that he has plenty of room to negotiate toward a reasonable center, such as allowing DACA folks to stay.

Likewise, the “Wall” idea is seen by many Trump critics and supporters alike to mean a solid wall for the entire border with Mexico. This was never a practical idea, and candidate Trump said so directly at least once, but he wisely didn’t emphasize the full range of solutions for the border. Now it will seem totally reasonable to build a solid wall wherever border security is most problematic, so long as it is not extended to the entire border.

Thinking Past the Sale: In this case, the “sale” is President Trump’s desire to tighten border security. Now both sides assume the border will be tightened and they are only debating the budget and the details. This is classic persuasion. The President never allowed the country to spend time debating whether or not we wanted better border control. Instead, he made us focus on how to do it. He made the sale before the country thought it had anything to buy.

Trading Imaginary Assets for Real Ones: If we believe initial reports from Pelosi, Schumer, and Trump, there will be some sort of deal for greater border security in exchange for allowing DACA folks to stay in the country. But realistically, the DACA folks couldn’t have been rounded up and deported without a civil war. So President Trump traded an imaginary asset (the idea of deporting the DACA folks) for something potentially real in terms of greater border security funding.

Pacing and Leading: Pacing refers to matching your subject in some way, either physically, verbally, or in terms of philosophy. Candidate Trump paced (matched) his base on immigration until he got elected. Now the base trusts that he is philosophically aligned with them. So if he finds he can’t do all the things they demand, they are likely to let him lead to whatever is practical and doable simply because they trust him on the topic. People don’t expect a politician to be magic, or to do the impossible. But they do want politicians to “get” them and to care about them and to fight for what they want. President Trump paced his supporters by understanding their needs and fighting for them. That group is likely to trust him when he says some form of “This is the best we can do for now.”

High Ground Maneuver: The high ground maneuver involves taking an argument out of the weeds and up to a level where everyone agrees. In this case, the weeds include a discussion of how best to handle DACA folks. President Trump tweeted that some are military veterans. The military is the high ground in the U.S., and any reference to them is likely to be a high ground play. In other words, President Trump is committing to keeping the DACA folks in this country. He just doesn’t want to say it until he gets his budget for border security.

Likewise, at some point soon President Trump will pivot from “the wall everywhere” to “effective border control.” Effective border control, and the job improvement for Americans that might come with it, are the high ground. The details of how to do it are the weeds.

He has a link there to a video where he goes into more detail.

Errata corrigi

It has been brought to my attention that the flyer for the September 2017 dinner talk is missing the actual date of the event.  This is my mistake, and it is a little late to correct the flyer now so I’m putting up this post to correct that error and clarify a couple of things.

  1.  The date of the event is Friday, September 15, 2017.  That’s this Friday.
  2. The time of the event is 6.30 PM.  That is, we get the show on the road at 6.30 in the evening. of September 15, 2017.  We hope to have it wrapped up by 9.00 PM, the evening of the same day.
  3. The Republican Club of the Foothills is hosting the event, therefore please RSVP to the Republican Club of the Foothills, NOT to the La Canada Flintridge Community Center.  The Community Center is the location.  Your host is the Republican Club, if you want to come, let us know.
  4. The phone number on the flyer is not working, I don’t know why.  Just hit “REPLY” to this email and let us now your intentions.  I send all the “I’m coming” replies to the planning committee and they take it from there.

See you Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6.30 PM at the La Canada Flintridge Community Center located at  4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Canada, CA 91011

 

16 years

Your humble correspondent admits to having been a Democrat for most of my life.  I blame this on JFK’s charisma and Jackie’s loveliness.  Going on 10 years old I vividly remember seeing them (and shaking Jackie’s hand!) at the ambassador’s reception during the 1962 visit to Mexico.  To my young mind he seemed like a god,, radiating some kind of power, and she a demure and graceful beauty; I was captivated.  that captivity was sealed by his brutal death 18 months later.

I remained a captive until the 9/11 attack.

My political awakening began on that terrible morning, as it did for millions of Americans.  I knew what had happened, but it was in investigating the why of it, and the subsequent fallout, that my eyes began to open.  The more I found out the greater the horror, the greater the rage.  America had been made blind and stupid and helpless not by the good intentions of the feckless but by the malice of the corrupt. It was, and remains, one hell of a wake up call.

I formally left the Democratic Party during the run up to the 2004 election.  Two things pushed me over the edge.  The more proximate cause was Barbara Boxer’s re-election campaign.  The one thing, the ONLY thing I saw over and over was she promised to preserve a woman’s right to abortion .  I despise abortion, so that was bad enough, but she didn’t have anything else, just that.  As much as Boxer disgusted me, the other reason was even more infuriating.

For a few brief weeks after 9/11 America unified in the face of the attack and the ongoing threat.  Almost as tragically as the attack itself, that unity did not last.  Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, which the Democrats had supported, the turned against the war en masse, in perfect lock-step.  This was a replay of the 1974 Democratic Congress which refused to honor American treaty obligations to the Republic of South Vietnam by refusing to allocate the funds that would allow them to defeat the North’s aggression.  The horrific consequences of that 1974 betrayal were plain, as would be the consequences of the 2003 betrayal.

It was clear to me that the Democratic Party was the party of treason.  It still is.

With a view to understanding the roots of that, and exploring practical remedies the Republican Club of the Foothills is pleased to invite you to attend:

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Friday September 15, 2017 at 6.30 PM.

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!

 

September dinner talk – with explanation

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Friday September 15, 2017 starting at 6.30

Why this change?  Skip down to So what the heck is going on???

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!

So what the heck is going on???

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.