Oh, those naughty Frogs

The French people are engaging in massive civil disobedience against the Progressive (radical leftist) agenda of President Macron and indeed of the entire government apparatus.  We have a report from an American eyewitness in Paris.

It’s important to note that the majority of protestors are middle aged, these are not college or university students, who make up the usual French protests. This is a grassroots protest. It’s been reported anywhere from 50-80% of the French support the gilets jaunes. This is NOT just about taxes.

The protests began over the new taxes imposed by Macron’s government on fuel. The taxes are viewed as punishing those who use cars and those who can’t afford to buy newer ones. The French already pay heavy taxes on fuel, along with high tolls on highways. Every car in France is required to have 2 high visibility vests (gilets jaunes). The protestors began wearing those vests while protesting.

Along with this, the cost of living is incredibly high while salaries are painfully low, especially in larger cities like Paris. The myth of government-ordered 35 hour work weeks isn’t the reality for most salaried French people. Taxes eat huge chunks of their money and the French are fed up with making the same amount in their salaries as those who don’t work at all and rely on government assistance.

Parts of France are also filled with unassimilated migrants. These migrants get government assistance as well. A large part of the French are sick of paying for migrants when French people are suffering as well. There are areas that have stopped being culturally French and cities the French avoid for holidays because of the migrant problem.

In addition to this, retired people have been lodging their dissatisfaction with their retirement pensions (one woman in a video circulating around French Facebook confronts Macron about having to live off of 500€ a month) and Macron’s reactions have been condescending across the board. He currently has about a 26% approval rating.

All of this started bubbling up a few weeks ago as the protests began with the gilets jaunes in November. The protests last weekend got violent. Statues at the Arc De Triomphe were broken; the Arc was defaced. In Marseille, an 80 year old woman was killed as she was closing her shutters. The police threw a tear gas canister at her window. While outside of larger cities, many police officers and firefighters are taking off their helmets and/or standing in solidarity with the gilets jaunes. There have been reports that they have also refused to shake Macron’s hand and have turned their backs to government officials while serving in official capacities.

On Monday (December 2), there was a protest by the ambulances in Paris. They stood at Concorde with lights flashing and sirens sounding. Truck drivers have also showed their solidarity. They have also driven through Paris with lights flashing to show their dissatisfaction. Roads have been closed down by gilets jaunes and they are blocking access of oil in both ports and at stations. As of posting, over 650 stations are on a list of facing shortages or out of fuel. During yesterday’s news cycle, many truck drivers were seen disrupting broadcasts by honking in solidarity with the gilets jaunes.

On Tuesday (December 3), the French government spoke about their plans for “appeasement” of the gilets jaunes. Their offer was to postpone the start date of 3 taxes (related to fuel). This offer has been scoffed at by the gilets jaunes, who have called it “crumbs” as the taxes haven’t even been implemented yet and the offer does nothing to address the issues regarding cost of living.

Along with this, the French have begun demanding that Macron refuse to sign the UN Migration Act on December 10. This has begun appearing across the Facebook groups and events but has not been widely reported in the French media as far as I can tell.

This has culminated in everything from demands Macron step down to the creation of the 6th Republic. There are protests planned for Saturday across France. The protestors are calling the Paris protests ACT 4. They are quoting from the French National Anthem (“Aux Armes Citoyens”) and planning to protest at Bastille. The medical community is also participating in the protests on Saturday.

TLDR: This is bigger than taxes. These aren’t your usual French protests.

They seem to have learned something from their protests against same sex marriage in 2012. Back then the government announced that they were going to permit same sex marriage and the French took the streets in protest for weeks.  They saw it as a deadly blow to their civilization.  They turned out in protest all over the country with small demonstrations amounting to no more than 100,000 people to really huge ones in Paris involving millions of people.  The government paid no attention to them and jammed it through anyway.

The lesson seems to be this: if all you do is object, even in massive numbers, you will be ignored.  If you want to influence the outcomes you must engage in civil disobedience that really brings things to a standstill and keep them there until you force the change you want.  The French seem to have finally had a belly full.  It seems that Americans aren’t quite there yet, even in Commifornia.  I am sure, however, that the incoming Commicrat elected representatives at all levels of government, will do their best to induce enough rage to bring us into the streets without having to be paid by George Soros.

Meanwhile stay away from crowds.

Le roi est mort (the king is dead)

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Paris is burning.  What started out as a protest against rising gasoline taxes has transformed into something larger.  When the police and the emergency medical technicians and ambulance drivers get in on the action you know it has to do with something larger than taxes.  Of course the French are already taxed half to death and strapped with smothering regulations.  But now they’ve snapped.

French society is in the midst of a preference cascade.  A preference cascade happens when people realize that their preferences, which they had been keeping to themselves because they thought that they were alone, are in fact generally shared, and that everybody is fed up with the official narrative.  In this case the French are fed up with the entire progressive agenda being foisted on them by the progressive aristocracy. They are sick of hearing how they must sacrifice their current prosperity and hopes for the future on the altars of Global Warming, Diversity, High Taxes, Youth Unemployment and all the other ills that are the poisoned fruit of Progressivism.

Tom Kratman, a science fiction author, has labelled these aristocrats ‘Tranzies’ for transnational elites.  Tranzi, kind of like Nazi, only without the swastikas.  These are people who know better than you ever will, you poor benighted sod, what’s good for you and what’s not, and are going to make sure that you get what you need whether you want it or not.  In fact they know perfectly well that you don’t want it, that’s why they have to ‘nudge’ you with propaganda and increasingly odious regulations to bring you into compliance.

 

The problem with these noble Tranzies is that they are in a position that enables them to dictate to and foist their do-gooder schemes on the hoi poloi but because of their wealth and position never have to live with the consequences.  Charles Murray in his book Coming Apart noticed this and concluded that this was dividing, and deeply dividing American society and culture and thereby changing it irrevocably.  I doubt very much that most of America has read Murray’s book, but they certainly feel the effects, and know where its coming from, and are not pleased by it.

The European Union is getting ready to pass a law making it illegal and punishable to speak or write against migrants and migration.  That’ll solve the problem of the common folk disliking it for the deleterious effect it has on their lives for sure.  Effects, let it be noted that the Tranzis don’t have to bear, living as they do in gated communities protected by men with guns.  Yes, Tranzies, silence the grumblings, that will make the problem of peasant discontent go away.  And sure, the Tranzis won’t hear about the actual discontent that surrounds them, until the people can’t stand it any more and they force a change.

At this point Macron’s government is done, stick a fork in it.  The French are expressing themselves with their usual Gallic boisterousness – never any shortage of smashing and burning in la belle France!  Merkel in Germany and May in England are on the ropes too.  People have had enough of the transnational progressive agenda.  Increasingly the deplorables recognize that despite the blessings never delivered but promised over and over again they are always left holding the dirty end of the stick.  And they’re sick of it.  The preference cascade has begun in Western Europe.  Will it continue?

All electioneering is about trying to generate a preference cascade.  Donald Trump is the catalyst of a preference cascade here in the US, he would never have been elected otherwise.  The Donks and the Never Trumpers are trying to create a cascade against him personally.  The latter have no agenda other than get rid of Trump.  The latter’s agenda pretty much mirror’s Macron and the Tranzi’s, and will in time garner the same response from Americans as it has from the French.

At some point things will be getting lively.  Stay away from crowds.

Defending the ramparts

Push has come to shove at the border; the ‘caravan’ has arrived at San Ysidro and is calling President Trump’s bluff.   Why San Ysidro?  It is the absolute farthest from the southern Mexican border, extending the march by several hundred miles and thus the time and effort of the marchers.  By ‘effort’ must also be included the very expensive logistical train that has kept them moving across the very inhospitable desert terrain in the north west of Mexico.

The choice of San Ysidro has clearly been mado on the basis not of material consideration but of political considerations.  If they can break through at that point not only are they immediately in the People’s Republic of California, a self proclaimed “Sanctuary State,” but through into a major metropolitan area, San Diego and environs.  It is much easier to get lost and stay lost in a city than in the open desert.  The Radical Left has more allies and to facilitate the logistical train needed to provide material and, more importantly, legal support in California’s metropolitan areas.

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Perhaps the Brainiacs  on the Radical Left (Organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras out of Chicago) that thought this up and directed this agitprop campaign thought they would embarrass Trump and drum up support for open borders.  The chances of embarrassing the President were always slim to nil.  But clearly they had hoped that a loud public outcry would put political pressure on him to cave.  The chances of that are better, and as of this writing he’s got few palatable options.  What has NOT happened is a softening of America’s heart towards the ‘migrants.’

In fact the opposite has happened, Americans increasingly oppose the admission of these would-be invaders.  This is true to such an extent that even prominent Donk politicos have been declaring that they have been supportive of defending the borders all along!  Which is not to say that they are without principles, rather it makes clear that they have only one principle: grab for power by any means necessary.  In this there is no one with more integrity than Felonia van Pantsuit Hillary Clinton herself, who just the other day called for stricter immigration policies.  Oh, wait.  That was directed at the European Union in order to counter the threat of right wing populism.  Ah, never mind.

That this whole ‘migrant caravan’ is a well orchestrated propaganda campaign designed to accomplish several things.  1. Admit more aliens replace the current electorate.  2. Weaken Americas borders and create a larger precedent for the idea that our borders and our sovereignty are illegitimate.  3. Weaken the rule of law and by extension trust in American institutions generally.  4.  Dilute and marginalize American culture.  5.  Undermine the Trump presidency.

If there was one clue above all others that shows the falsity of the whole thing it is this: when the ‘migrants’ were on the point of mixing it up with Americans defending the border and there was some chance of people getting hurt, they pushed women and children to the front.  Yet when a few got past the border fence they were all male.  This was not an act of cowardice, this is a well known tactic designed to create the optics that America is brutal and cowardly, not the leftist agitators themselves.

The President’s bluff has been called.  The time for negotiations is over.  Now its time to raise, call or fold.  Because raise could end up being so horrific the chances of folding are, in my opinion, greater than not.  Of course the long term consequences of folding would be far, far worse the cost of the raise would be less in the long term.

Napoleon understood that the sooner you take decisive action the sooner and more favorably will the crisis be resolved; half measures avail nothing good.  These migrants are nothing more nor less than an invading army.  They have been organized and supplied by powers inimical to America and our Constitution, have marched on our borders with the stated intent of crossing them in clear and direct violation of our laws and our sovereignty and have done so plainly under foreign flags and while expressing the utmost contempt for us.

So far only non lethal means have been used to deter these invaders, tear gas and rubber bullets.  There are more non lethal technology in our arsenal, such as the tear gas and pepper spray used by the Obama Administration.  In addition we have sonic and microwave crowd control tech that is quite effective.  But ultimately we have an Army which is quite capable of crowd control with and without extreme prejudice, which exists precisely to defend the nation.

If they don’t want their heads blown off they should keep their heads on the other side of the wall.

November meeting

When: Friday November 30th, 2018

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Community Center of La Canada Flintridge

4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Canada, 91011

In the arts and crafts room behind the fireplace room

Light refreshments will be provided

Cost: $5 / person at the door

 

The Deceptocrats

If you didn’t know it before you will in just a bit that the only way the Demoncrats can advance their agenda is by hitching their star to the Father of Lies.  Truth does not serve them, nor they it.  If the general population knew the truth we’d be back to the days of tar, feathers, and riding on rails.  Here goes.  First we have Candace Owens.

She is PISSED, so language warning!

Next we have Donald Trump’s new best friend, Nancy Pelosi.

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UN agenda for national destruction

You know you can always trust the lunatics at Turtle Bay to be on the lookout for anything that will erode national sovereignty and the destruction of America (while advancing and cementing their own sinecures).  You can further bet your bottom dollar that the Devilcrats will be panting to sign up.  Here’s the latest evil the Dark Temple is pressing on us.

Unmaking America

The Founding Fathers were all men who believed in the rights of Englishmen.  These rights were forged over centuries starting long before the Magna Carta was written in 1215.  The American Revolution was the latest in a long line of struggle between the power of the Crown and the rights of the aristocracy and, extended over time, the rights of the common man.  Unique in the annals of history the power of English autocrats was successfully curbed by the lower orders who not only upheld their rights against the Crown’s usurpations, but did so without destroying the King’s authority or reducing themselves into mere mobs.

The American Declaration of Independence enumerates the King’s violations of those rights.  The Bill of Rights enshrines some of those rights.  The rights of Englishmen were guaranteed by the system of governance outlined in the Constitution of the United States.  Over the following centuries the rights and duties of American citizens have been developed in a system of laws which voluntarily bind every citizen.  The beauty of, and the reason for the success of the American system is that anyone from anywhere who accepted the American way of life automatically gained the rights of Englishmen along with the duties and opportunities that came with them, regardless of race, creed or place of origin.

Through the years millions have flocked to our shores to become part of the greatest experiment in history, e pluribus unum.  For the vast majority it was a difficult and perilous journey and many there were who died along the way.  Many millions more gaze longingly at what America is, but unable to make the trip salute us from afar.  Up until 1965 the United States kept careful watch over those they admitted, limiting the numbers allowed to enter, and carefully scrutinized by Visa Officers the world over.

Starting in the Roosevelt administration the Democratic Party began a campaign to divide and conquer, pitting one group of Americans against another for political advantage.  Once the Dems were taken over by Communist infiltrators, they set about using the same strategy of divide and conquer for a different kind of victory.  The Donks picked up where the KGB left off.  To achieve that victory it was necessary to destroy the trust based comity that was the hallmark of America.  Oh, for sure there was a good deal of racial, religious and personal animosity, but not nearly as extreme as in other parts of the world.

Now it is Democrat policy to pit one group of Americans against another on the basis of entirely spurious group rights based on indoctrinated group identity promoted and fostered by policies enacted and enforced by shadowy ‘thought leaders’ at every level of society.  Now we’re back to men against women, children against parents, gays against trannies, blacks against browns against yellows and all against whites.  It is designed to systematically break down the native trust we have in one another, in our institutions and in the United States of America, the greatest nation the world has ever known.  It is evil.  Here is an example, one of many to be found on Youtube.

There are a whole bunch more of these videos indoctrinating young Asian girls.  There are a whole bunch more such videos indoctrinating every conceivable identity group.  Every last one of them is teaching Americans to hate America and mistrust other Americans.  This is the work of the radical Left to destroy us.  What do they imagine will become of them if, God forbid, they succeed?

Americans make America

Government, from the muckey-mucks in Washington, to the Morlocks of the Deep State to your friendly neighborhood meter maid, all believe that they make America what it is.  Nope, wrong, wrong, wrong.  Americans make America.  Here’s how it’s happening in Chico, California.  From the keyboard of Gerard Vanderleun at American Digest.  You might drop by and toss him a few shekels.

Chico is Leaving It All On the Field

Near closing time in the men’s Clothing Clearance Corner on the first floor of Penney’s at the Chico Mall, a young girl is replacing the piles of tossed clothing left by the numbed shoppers from Paradise frantic for cheap basic clothing. Some of them are camped in tents somewhere close by the mall; for how long nobody knows. But this young, quietly lovely girl is putting the Clothing Clearance Corner back in apple pie order as the store’s dismal day closes. I take my few finds from the Clothing Clearance Corner and, leaving, say, “That seems like a thankless task.”

“Not at all,” she replies. “Not at all.”

“Really? Why the hell not?”

“Hey, I do this job every day in this store. It’s my assigned task and usually its okay but I only do it for the money because it gets really monotonous, meaningless.”

She’s a student, I perceive.

“But today those people really needed these clothes in this corner because of the price. And tomorrow more people like that will really need them too. And so I want to make this the best I can for them. So I’m going to put it all back on hangers and arrange them by size. It will be right by the morning. You better go. We’re closing. Thank you for coming in.”

Just a young girl working late in the Clothing Clearance Corner. Doing one of those little jobs; one of those jobs that actually make the world turn. She was leaving it all on the field.

At the ends of the neighborhood streets, I see people setting up tables and I see the people of the neighborhoods coming out onto the main streets and putting out whatever they have to give there for the taking if needed. They are literally leaving it all on the field.

At the Elks Lodge after I picked up some bedding and a few new pillows and looked out over acres of goods being laid out for the taking, from flats of pet food to cribs and playpens (someplace safe to rest your baby that is not on your hip). As I was leaving to see the East Avenue Church scene an Elk (My late father was a member of this lodge up until his death in 1972); a brother, I say, of my father waves me over and opens the back seat of my car and puts in two cases of one liter bottles of San Pellegrino . The Elks are leaving it all on the field.

In the 24-Hour Walgreens Pharmacy on East Avenue, the pharmacists have been working overlapping shifts since the fire swept over Paradise last Thursday. These people and their back up staff work seemingly rock solid for hours on end. They fill and file and dispense medications which people from Paradise do not have with them. This is a demanding and thankless and exhausting task. And yet — I am the witness — they have been doing this without letup. Many have come in from surrounding towns, from Redding, to help and to keep the medications needed by a town of 30,000 displaced into a city of 80,000. Yes, the Walgreens pharmacists are leaving it all on the field.

Today, after the banking holiday of Monday, there was what can only be described as a run on the banks. Not a hostile or panicked run on the banks but just an overwhelming number of people needing to get their money straight in one way or another… such as “My ATM Card and My ID were melted in my wallet when my pants burst into flame.”  Please understand that today in Chico that is a  reasonable statement. And the bankers all showed up looking cool and formal and professional and competent and moved the vast lines of people through with all hands on deck and cleared up a myriad of money crises. One banker I spoke with came up from Santa Rosa on his day off to help the team. He was a sharp dressed man. He and the other bankers were leaving it all on the field.

They all were leaving it all on the field everywhere in Chico. From Penny’s in the Mall to the Birkenstocks Store downtown on Broadway. In big jobs, and in small jobs, there was a long train of people working at the top of their game no matter what their game was. It has been days of this now in Chico; days of there being no big jobs or small jobs but only the unremitting effort the people to help their fellow citizens no matter what.

And since none of the Acronym Agencies have really shown up yet, this has all been done without any real government organization. Instead, it has been like watching a spontaneous Humanitarian Olympics rise up out of the town itself; and once started it has become as self-organizing and self-sustaining as the fire itself. Today as I moved around Chico I saw a town, untouched itself by the flames, rise up to restore and rebuild the lives of their fellow citizens of Paradise; lives that the fire had stolen. And by the end of the day, you could feel, palpably feel, that Chico knew it would win. Chico was leaving it all on the field.

Tomorrow? Chico will do the same.

Be proud, Patriot!

 

 

 

 

Counterfactual

Over at PJ Media Robert Spence asks the question, Why Democrats Would Dare Steal Elections in Plain Sight.

The brazenness of the theft is astounding. Democrat election officials in Arizona and Florida, not finding the will of the people to their liking, are manufacturing a will of the people of their own. In Florida, they’re miraculously finding ballots — overwhelmingly votes for Democrats, of course — that were somehow inexplicably overlooked on election day. In Arizona, the Republican Party has accused Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes of “premeditated destruction of evidence” leading to “voting irregularities.”

We’ve known for ages that this is what the Democrats do.  LBJ  used to brag about it, and delighted in the practice.  It is pretty well universally believed that Mayor Daly delivered the presidency to JFK.  Al Franken in Minnesota won on the third recount after sufficient ballot boxes had been miraculously discovered to put him over the top.  The fact that there are over 3,000,000 more registered voters in the US than there are living adults certainly is a clue that electoral monkey business is afoot.

But why do it out in the open this time?  Spencer believes that whereas this openness about is not a bug due to stupid and incompetent people, thought I grant that there is plenty of that, but a feature.  Spencer again:

The Left is doing this out in the open to send a message:

There is nothing you can do. We will win. If we lose, we will cheat. We will lie. We will steal. And there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that you can do about it.

If the Democrats pull this off, they will have shown conservatives — and the world — that nothing could stop them. The governor of Florida couldn’t stop them. The courts couldn’t stop them. President Trump himself, who has been commenting repeatedly on Twitter about the theft, couldn’t stop them.

The lesson that conservatives are meant to learn is not just that the Left will stop at nothing, but that the Left is unstoppable. Republicans and conservatives can vote for “drain the swamp” candidates all they want — but the swamp will not be drained, as those candidates will not take office even if they win.

Well, maybe.  The Donks, bless their black little hearts, are trying to create a world in which they alone have seized, eternally hold and everlastingly wield all power, for ever and ever, amen.  They may well bring into existence the Glorious World of Next Tuesday, based on a 19th century industrial model of central control as horribly perfected in the 20th.  Such systems have tottered into the 21st Century, to be sure, but none are self sufficient and all will collapse in due course.

The reason is simple.  The absolute control of information that such regimes require is no longer possible  Oh, yes, the poor damned Norks are still under the Kim thumb, but even so information is filtering in and being disseminated on the QT, and is having a small but growing effect on the regime.  Monster China, with all its power can’t stop people from resisting the newly crowned Emperor Xi no matter how he papers over the problems.  Here in the US we are leaders still in the Free World, though you would never know it to watch the “news”.  The thrust of the 21st century is towards decentralization, greatly mediated by the internet.  Americans won’t tolerate having a 19th century government imposed on us.

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Have a listen to Scott Rasmussen, who makes some very interesting and hopeful points.

All is not lost, it is just getting interesting.

War, armistice, the living and the dead

A little before noon today will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.  It was a war in which shattered men, living and dead were churned out in unimaginably great numbers.  It was the War to End All Wars, yet whose concluding Armistice planted the seeds of the next, even more horrific conflict.  On this day 100 years ago few could see that coming, all alike gave a great sigh of relief, and among the living, prayers of gratitude that it was finally over, prayers scarce heard over the cheering of the victors and the groans of the vanquished.

Victories and defeats are alike created by men who have pledged themselves to their sacred cause by staking their lives, their souls and their nation’s future on the outcome of their personal struggle.  Pacifists tell us that the cost is not worth the outcome in death and destruction, that there are better ways to adjudicate these great contests.  In a sense they are right, as Clausewitz notes, “War is politics by other means.”  War is a failure of diplomacy.  But pacifists err when they say that there is nothing worth fighting for.  Men do not present themselves to battle for the love of the fight, they do so because the principles they hold dear are worth more than their sacrifice can measure in suffering and in blood.

It has become common for people to say to those men and women who have so offered themselves to their country’s ultimate sacrifice, “Thank you for your service.”  Those of us who stepped up and went into the hot spots of the Cold War remember when it was not so.  I am grateful for the change.  My response to civilians is, “It was my privilege.”  For so I count it.  It is a privilege to defend this great American Republic and its Constitution, just as it is a privilege to be an American citizen and enjoy the rights and duties that privilege entails.  To my fellow vets, “Welcome home.  Glad you made it.”

Our Republic has been sustained by four boxes.  Today we see that there are those among us who are attempting to deny us three of them.  Today we see it, but the fact is that this is a fight that has been going on for a long, long time.  We have only become aware gradually and individually until recently as the Left seeks to undermine and overthrow our government and our way of life.  Today we see that, unless we do something about it, we will be deprived of three of them, and then the fourth will follow.

We have frequently written in these electronic pages of the assault on the First and Second Amendments which have been ongoing.  Today I must draw your attention to the assault on the ballot box.  Years ago Hugh Hewitt wrote a book I have referenced here, “If Its Not Close They Can’t Cheat.”  Because cheat they will and cheat they must of they are to win.  It is not just Arizona and Florida, these are only the most celebrated cases today, it has been going on for a very long time, and it is time to put a stop to it.

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America has a serious problem, and it demands a serious solution:

– Nullify all election results where there were more voters than there are legal voters.
– Freeze all election results where fraud is suspected and/or found.
– Investigate, criminally charge, prosecute, and jail voter fraudsters.
– Clean-up ‘dirty’ voting rolls.
– Implement No ID=No Vote procedures.
– Hold honest elections.
Mexico can do it, so can we.