Upcoming Republican Club meeting

Reminder: the next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Featuring Stephen Frank Speaking on “The State of Politics in California Facing 2018”

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, Chinese food. Last month was a total SNAFU. We of the new Club administration beat our collective breasts and humbly apologize to everybody, especially those who didn’t eat much or didn’t eat at all. We’ve learned and we will have enough for everybody going forward.
Cost: $20 / person for members; $25 / person non-members; Students $5
RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or 818-248-4600
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL THE 3RD

Since this is primarily an administrative post I’ll just mention a couple of other things. Please note that April’s meeting is going to be on Wednesday next month. St. Bedes’s is having an event and the parking lots will be full to overflowing on Tuesday the 4th. It is sadly inevitable that 10% never get the word; don’t be among that 10%. Reminders will be sent out beforehand.

Also please note our new mailing address:

Republican Club of the Foothills
PO Box 8064
La Crescenta, CA 91224
Finally, several Club members, some of whom were on the Board, have moved out of the area or been overwhelmed by life circumstances. Consequently we are in need of 1. Treasurer; 2. Secretary; Program Chairman. We would also like someone to develop a publicity or marketing program. Volunteers can contact the Club via the RSVP contact info: by email at rcfoothills@gmail.com or by leaving a message at 818-248-4600.

It CAN happen here

The violent disruptions of the Left are something we are kind of used to seeing, and to a certain extent we take them for granted.  This ought to be a source of great grief because it is antithetical to character of a free people.  We tend to minimize the importance of the Left’s violence; therein lies a great danger.

The ascendancy of the Left across so much of our national landscape is neither a random event nor does it lead to a random conclusion.  It is happening by design and is designed to lead to specific conclusion.  It is designed to lead us by slow degrees into Fascism (AKA: National Socialism) and then into full blown Communism.

Here again I give thanks to God that Hillary was not elected.  We came so close, and are still teetering on the edge.  All that is needed is to stand back and allow events to take their course.  Why would we allow this?  Because we don’t love freedom enough.

The punks are at it again

Once again this weekend patriotic Americans were out showing their support for President Trump by having Make America Great Again rallies in various places.  Once again the invidious Left just couldn’t leave well enough alone.  Styling themselves as “The Resistance” and dressing in black (so last season, darling, really!) with covered faces they showed up to show how much they can’t stand President Trump, the  Republican Party, Conservatives and America in general.

In addition to the usual shouting and taunting, pushing and shoving they went again for pepper spray to silence their opponents.  This is their idea of sweet reason and civil discourse. Only this time they received a surprise lesson in what’s what.

For one thing, the police were on hand and actually did their job, arresting a number of people who had crossed the line.  This is probably a result of the patriotic Americans learning an important lesson: the rule of law exists only where Democrats aren’t in charge.  We had previously noted that the forces of law and order in Democrat controlled polities removed themselves to a safe place passively watched as Marxist agitators attacked anyone in the crowd who was not clearly a supporter of the Left.  This is a welcome change. Keep it up, officers.

Even more significant is the fact the Americans are more willing to confront these agitators.  So there were numerous scuffles when the formerly silent majority pushed back, sometimes verbally, sometimes physically.  It is vastly encouraging that ordinary Americans are not taking the outrages of the Left any more.

The fact is that whereas there are sometimes truly vicious people on the Left, willing to do almost anything to gain power, but most of them are there simply for the excitement, with no firm commitment to the ideas (such as they are) they espouse.  In this they are much like the Germans of the era of National Socialism, either at your throat or at your feet.

Bunch of punks.

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

Since shortly before the election all anybody hears about from the Donks is how the Russians interfered in the 2016 election.  Their role has grown in the telling from costing Hillary the election to causing the heartbreak of psoriasis.  What are we to make of this and hope to retain our sanity?

You will recall that it all started when Wikileaks published a bunch of embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee that revealed a whole LOT of astonishingly ugly skulduggery.  That the Hillary campaign had secretly torpedoed crazy Uncle Bernie’s campaign was the least of it.

Interestingly, rather than deny any of the deeds of darkness these emails revealed they started howling about how the Russians had hacked them.  It was shortly proved that, no, it was just sloppy security procedures and a disgruntled Bernie supporter working in the Hillary campaign.  Still, the very tippy top of the Democratic leadership thought and still thinks that starting a war with Russia is preferable to ‘fessing up.

Strange, given that Hillary’s “secret” server didn’t even have anit-virus protection, let alone a firewall, and that her communications were being read by foreign electronic surveillance organizations (and their kid brothers) just as fast they were by their intended recipients.  Of course the Russians were intercepting her communications, everybody was hanging on her every word, waiting for another breathless instalment of “Hillary does Damascus, Dehli, Djibouti, Donetsk and Dubai.”  But that’s no big deal.

Suddenly what is a big deal is that the Party that colluded with ComIntern and basically took their marching orders from the Fifth Directorate in the Lubyanka is horrified, horrified, I tell you, that foreign powers are interfering in our sacred electoral process.  Why the nerve of those awful Russkies!  Didn’t anybody tell them that the Democrats have exclusive rights to rig elections at home and abroad?

Now, of course, we have to investigate Trump for ties to Russia, lest the whole world see that Hillary and the Party she rode in on are slathered in Russian influence.  Having been caught with their knickers around their ankles they have to deflect attention away from what is thereby exposed.  “Squirrel!” they cry as they search desperately for a rug big enough to sweep their dirt under.  “Look at that sneaky Russian squirrel!”  Their paid propagandists are ballyhooing it everywhere.

It is good to ask, in such circumstances, “What is it we’re not supposed to notice?”  What’s happening that is not getting any, and I mean ANY press?

Since President Donald Trump has been sworn in on Jan. 20, authorities have arrested an unprecedented number of sexual predators involved in child sex trafficking rings in the United States. This should be one of the biggest stories in the national news. Instead, the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. . .

As a strong advocate for sex crime victims, I’ve been closely following the pedophile arrests since Trump took office. There have been a staggering 1,500-plus arrests in one short month; compare that to less than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests in 2014 according to the FBI.

[Among others,] On Jan. 29 authorities announced that 474 were arrested in a statewide California human trafficking operation and 28 sexually exploited children were rescued.

That was almost a month ago.  Why is it not being reported?  Maybe because most Americans see this as a good thing and they cannot permit good things to be said about Trump.  Maybe because there are so many perpetrators among the upper echelons of the elite.  Maybe because it interferes with the coming push to lower the age of consent and normalize pedophilia.

I think there’s more.  I smell fear.  I smell outright desperation. Avoid getting caught up in the dog and pony show, keep your eyes peeled for something else.  Something big.  Sometime, maybe soon, another shoe will drop and it will prove even more devastating to the Democrats and their fellow travellers than their own words and policies have been.

Case in point, Rep. Eric Swalwell – D

 

 

An encouraging word

It has been said that the Democrats are conducting a coup against the Trump administration.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but it sure looks that way.  As a result some people are falling into despair that President Trump will be able to get anything done at all and that he’ll just wind up isolated, paralyzed and powerless.

I don’t think so.  For one, Trump is not one allow himself to be defeated.  For another, he is where he is because the American people put him there to do a job, we expect him to do it and for the obstructionists to get out of the way.  Here is one optimist’s assessment:

Remember, despair is a sin.

Fake Americans

The term ‘Fake Americans’ has recently made its debut to rave reviews.  That is, when liberals hear the words ‘Fake American’ they start raving.  This makes me happy, not simply because it sets Lefty hair on fire (so I’m some kind of pyromaniac; sue me!), but because it is so ironic in two ways.

First, because the Left always, always, always says that their opponents are lying when they make true statements that don’t accord with the Party line.  Do you remember how the organs of propaganda said over and over that George Bush lied about the sixteen words in his first State of the Union address?  Every one of those words was proven true, but because they wanted to undermine him and his administration they repeated the lie endlessly.  It was an effective tactic, he was never able to shake that label.

As a general rule, although the Left is very good at hiding the deliberations of their thought leaders (Progressives need thought leaders to tell them what to think, poor us have to make do with our own observations and conclusions), it is always possible to know what they are up to because they always, always, always accuse their enemies of the crimes they themselves have either committed or are plotting.  In this they follow Lenin’s advice: accuse the enemies of the revolution of the crimes you commit in the name of the revolution.

Think here of the accusations of Trump consorting with the Russians.  Nobody has been more flexible with the Russians than the Democrats, up to and (especially!) including the late and unlamented subverter in chief.  After the reorganization of the Soviet Union the KGB archives were briefly opened so we KNOW that the Democratic Party has largely been an extension of the Politburo since the 1970’s.

The second irony is that they lie constantly.  We have long known that the drive-by media is essentially a multi channel propaganda machine.  So when they recently came out with “Fake News” most Americans had a good laugh and promptly turned it against them.  What was true of Novosti (Russian word for News) and Pravda (Russian word for Truth) is true of the New York Times, CNN and all the other moonbat media.  The Russians used to say (albeit quietly), “There is no pravda in Novosti and no novosti in Pravda.”

Because so many Americans are waking up to this reality, at least to some degree, the Donks and their fellow travellers are growing desperate, trying all kinds of stratagems to discredit anybody and anything to the right of the center left.  The more desperate they get the more transparent the mendacity that underlies everything they do and are, and most people don’t like it.  Most people resent being lied to.

Even those that support the Left as a means of virtue signalling know at some level that the Social Justice Warrior dogmas they espouse are in reality monstrous whoppers.  So when a term like Fake American gets spoken out loud they know it is about them.  And because they know it, and they feel the sting of truth in it, they can’t endure the pain of exposure so they have a spittle flecked nutty to try and force a retraction.

In his new book, “Out of the Ashes – Rebuilding American Culture“, Anthony Esolen titles the first chapter, “Giving Things Their Proper Names: The Restoration Of Truth-Telling”.  Not having gotten quite through that first chapter I can see a whole raft of philosophical, psychological, Biblical and theological reasons why this should be so.

Just as propaganda is Fake News, and political correctness is Fake Sanity, in like manner those who do not support the the Constitutional order are Fake Americans.  And they need to be called on it.

Silence only abets the lie.

Other people’s babies

Geert Wilders

Over the weekend Congressman Steve King (R-IA) tweeted: “[Geert] Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”  This self evident fact has been causing Leftist heads to explode all over the place.

[Your humble correspondent highly favors exploding Leftist heads, sadly more for the entertainment value than for any hope that light and air would thereby enter them.]

Viktor Orban

Europe is only recently becoming aware that it has been committing suicide for the last fifty years, and that their immigration policies have provided a rocket assist to that tragic continental effort.  Suicide because their birth rates are far below replacement levels which leads to big problems.  One is that they have fewer and fewer young people to support an ever expanding older population.

Another is caused by their preferred solution, importing young people from abroad.  They assumed, erroneously, that these imported peoples would embrace the obviously superior European culture and civilization and repudiate their own benighted cultures.  Turns out they mostly want the bennies of Western Civ, cradle to grave welfare, and have no intention of assimilating.

Marie Le Pen

Oops!  Wilders, and a number of other right-wing-or-not-qute-so-left-wing European politicians are reflecting a growing realization that it is time, and past time, to go back to the drawing board.  Even Angela Merkel a few years ago said, right out loud, that multi-culturalism has failed.  Which, in the time tested Leftist fashion, means we gotta try it again harder.  Yay!  See: definition of “insanity”.

Shaking our heads over the plight of those silly Europeans would be OK, except that we are only a few years behind them.  America’s population is growing not because Americans are having babies, but because we are importing other people in carload lots.  In a real sense it doesn’t matter whether those are legal immigrants of opportunistic invaders, the end result is pretty much the same: demographic suicide.

Edward Kennedy (C-Hell)

Upon examination this has been the policy of the Democratic Party for over fifty years.  The “unexpected” results of the 1965 Immigration Bill, it turns out, were deliberately baked into the cake.  Even at that time the hard core, revolutionary Left knew that America would stand strong against Communism so long she retained distinctive, exceptional culture.  The plan was, and remains, one of gradual dilution of that culture by swamping it with other people’s babies.  Ever since it has been rinse and repeat.

Historically America has welcomed immigrants to a limited degree, never mind the retroactive rewriting of history to say the contrary.  Consider Alexander Hamilton:

Alexander Hamilton

The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others, it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils. It has been often likely to compromise the interests of our own country in favor of another.

Bizarro #0

Indeed, what we have been seeing ever since is a steadfast refusal to even try to assimilate these masses of foreigners.  On the contrary, Democratic policy is to encourage them to band together by place of origin, retaining their distinct native identities in preference to taking on the American identity of their host.  Not content to balkanize these foreigners, they teach them to regard their individual communities as superior to America and even to consider America to be their enemy and oppressor.

Anti Trump rally led by Mexican presidential candidate in Los Angeles

The Left’s narrative is that if you don’t support the wholesale importation of foreigners, prefer American civilization in America and don’t want to subsidize them, you are a racist.  Being called a racist basically means, “Shut up.”  How dare you challenge Socialist orthodoxy, you racist?  Shut up or I’ll call you names.

It is not racist to stand for one’s own nation and people, nor does it signify a lack of compassion.  To say otherwise is tantamount to saying that in order to respect other people I must first have no self respect.  Yet this is exactly what the Left tells us we must believe.  It is a lie.

The wave of the future

We cannot restore our civilization and our culture with other people’s babies.  We, as Americans, must first have enough love and respect for our own civilization and culture that we are willing to have babies of our own to pass it on to.  As Mark Stein famously said, “The future belongs to those who show up for it.”

Too dense for dissonance?

According to Simply Psychology, Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance etc.”  It is an important mechanism by which people adjust their beliefs in light of reality.

It presupposes a certain self awareness, though.  Self awareness is not the Left’s long suit, which is one of the marks of successful indoctrination.

Part of the task of Conservatives and Republicans has to pointedly and even trenchantly point out those contradictions.  Direct argument is not as effective in changing people’s point of view because a direct assault on a strongly held belief is a threat and places the Lefty on the defensive.  The more their doctrine is threatened the more deeply they will entrench themselves in dogmatic certainty, making it even harder for them to break out of it in the future.  Better to allow the logical contradictions to subvert their beliefs from within.

Over at the People’s Cube Oleg Atbashian has set out a number of such contradictions.  Below is one example, but a little thought will turn up dozens of similar exemplars.

  • America is capitalist and greedy — yet half of the population is subsidized.
  • Half of the population is subsidized — yet they think they are victims.
  • They think they are victims — yet their representatives run the government.
  • Their representatives run the government — yet the poor keep getting poorer.
  • The poor keep getting poorer — yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
  • They have things that people in other countries only dream about — yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

In arguing with Leftists can be fun as well as frustrating.  The trick is, in the first place, don’t go for winning the argument, point out the contradictions then let their own minds chew on it later.  Second, don’t expect instant capitulation, this is a long term process. Third, don’t get mad, use humor where possible.

Finally, for those so inclined, pray the Holy Spirit to enlighten both your minds with the truth, there is not a one of us that doesn’t have something to learn.

Shall we allow the Western world to end with a whimper?

Of course not all Muslims are bloodthirsty fanatics, probably not even a majority. But it only takes a tireless, dedicated minority to effect successful jihad. And such a minority does in fact exist.  What is worse, repeated surveys show that this tireless minority’s dedication to the overthrow of America and the West is supported by a majority of Muslims.

The word ‘Islam’ is frequently mistranslated as ‘peace’.  The correct translation of the term ‘Islam’ is ‘surrender’ or ‘submission’.  Peace is achieved by the victory of the followers of Muhammed over their foes; and everyone who is not a follower of Muhammed is a foe.

In the video below Dr. Bill Warner discusses the embarrassed silence that reigns when anyone dares to voice a criticism of Islam, and why that silence must be broken.

 

Plan ahead for April

The next Republican Club dinner talk will be on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Featuring Stephen Frank Speaking on “The State of Politics in California Facing 2018”

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, Chinese food.  Last month was a total SNAFU.  We of the new Club administration beat our collective breasts and humbly apologize to everybody, especially those who didn’t eat much or didn’t eat at all.  We’ve learned and we will have enough for everybody going forward.
Cost: $20 / person for members; $25 / person non-members; Students $5
RSVP: rcfoothills@gmail.com or 818-248-4600
PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL THE 3RD

Since this is primarily an administrative post I’ll just mention a couple of other things.  Please note that April’s meeting is going to be on Wednesday next month.  St. Bedes’s is having an event and the parking lots will be full to overflowing on Tuesday the 4th.  It is sadly inevitable that 10% never get the word; don’t be among that 10%.  Reminders will be sent out beforehand.

Also please note that we have a new mailing address:

Republican Club of the Foothills
PO Box 8064
La Crescenta, CA 91224
This represents a cost savings of $144 annually.
Finally, several Club members, some of whom were on the Board, have moved out of the area or been overwhelmed by life circumstances.  Consequently we are in need of 1. Treasurer; 2. Secretary; Program Chairman.  We would also like someone to develop a publicity or marketing program.  Volunteers can contact the Club via the RSVP contact info: by email at rcfoothills@gmail.com or by leaving a message at 818-248-4600.