“Yes, It’s Time For A Divorce. We Just Can’t Get Along” – by R. Cort Kirkwood | American Remnant

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Source: Yes, It’s Time For A Divorce. We Just Can’t Get Along | American Remnant

Excerpt:

“With respect to immigration and returning to the fact that we can’t get along, left-wing political scientist Robert Putnam famously found that diversity is not our strength, as the Bush-Obama-Biden Axis of Evil tells us. It is a weakness. He found that the more diverse a society is, the less trust it has. The residents of ‘diverse’ cities don’t trust anything: the mayor, their neighbors, the newspaper, the hospital, the schools … nothing.”

I hate to say I toldja so, but………!

“If the most diverse communities, as Putnam learned, show the greatest loss of trust, then a ‘multicultural’ America is good neither for the diverse communities in which trust is absent, nor for the monolithic communities the diverse communities resent because they have the things — like trust — the diverse communities don’t.”

There’s more. Much more. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.

A Time to Walk Apart: Reflections on “Is Separation the Answer?” by the Abbeville Institute, in light of the 2020 General Election

Reference: Is Separation the Answer? | Abbeville Institute

I am, by nature, a conciliator. I am willing to go to considerable (at times, extreme) lengths to get along, and avoid conflict, especially in my own life. But that does not mean I am blind to problems, or their implications; and it does not mean that my patience and conflict-avoidance is endless. And as I ponder the aftermath of this contested election, and the calls by many on the Democratic side to “accept the results” (which are precisely what is being contested) and, by some, to seek “peace” and “unity,” I am reminded of one of my dear late mother’s pithy aphorisms: “It all depends on whose ox is getting gored.”

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President Signs Executive Order Abolishing Critical Race Theory | Christopher F. Rufo

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The President has issued a full Executive Order abolishing critical race theory from the federal government, the military, and all federal contractors.

Source: President Signs Executive Order Abolishing Critical Race Theory – Christopher F. Rufo

Alas, malign ideologies are not so easily abolished – but ceasing Federal funding of them, and putting the Federal government on record as being opposed, is a valuable step in the right direction!

“The President has issued a full Executive Order abolishing critical race theory from the federal government, the military, and all federal contractors. The president has effectively declared war on critical race theory—and extended the battlefield to all of our major institutions.

To begin, the president explains that our nation was founded on the ideal that ‘all men are created equal’ and denounces critical race theory’s ‘pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country.’

The President writes that the ‘malign ideology’ of critical race theory ‘is now migrating from the fringes of American society and threatens to infect core institutions of country.’ […]

“The President’s executive order is nothing short of astonishing: he has used all of the mechanisms of power to destroy the anti-American ideology of critical race theory—and immediately takes the fight to the bureaucracy, woke corporations, and universities. He is playing to win.”

Thank you, Mr. President.

The Myth of Social Justice | Chalcedon Report

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“We must realize that the popular phrase ‘social justice’ is not merely a variant of justice—like civil justice or criminal justice. It is not the kind of justice one obtains when one’s property has been damaged. Or the kind of justice one sees when a robber is sent to jail.

“Social justice has nothing to do with justice as we know it. It represents a break with the Hebrew-Christian tradition of our ancestors and the rule of law.”

Source: The Myth of Social Justice | Chalcedon Report

And for that matter, with the tradition of Classical antiquity: with the Greco-Roman tradition of law and justice; and even with the tribal laws and codes of justice of our Celtic and Germanic ancestors, which were nothing if not pragmatic and rooted in tradition.

This superb essay dates to 1988, but it is as relevant now as it was then – indeed, even more so. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest!

Excerpts:

“Traditional justice assumes a fallen, and permanently imperfect world where law is needed in order to encourage virtue and limit vice. For this reason, traditional justice relies on moral structures: family, civil force, church, constitution—in order to maintain just order. Since man is fallen, it recognizes that mere abstractions and ideals cannot govern man; but personal relationships, social duties, and civil authority, informed by Scripture and the Holy Spirit, must restrain his evil.

“Traditional justice is an unending process and is profoundly anti-Utopian. There will never be a point on this side of eternity when law will not be needed. The best world that the traditional justice view can create is a world where human beings are safe and free to conduct themselves together in an orderly fashion, pursuing their God-given gifts, and restraining their sinful tendencies. It is not a perfect world—it is a world with warts. But it is a world where one can be happy, productive, free, and content… even if it is a world where one must inevitably suffer and die…

“The world of social justice [in marked contrast] is of necessity revolutionary; for it must restructure the old traditional justice order by means of suspending the old duties and right relationships. And it must be coercive, for it must do this with or without the consent of those whose incomes are to be redistributed; and whose children are to be instructed in the new order.

“The worldview is Utopian. Justice is the creation of social structures which achieve the ideal state. The best world imaginable, and therefore attainable, is one of socialism, egalitarianism, and salvation through social structures. The aim of social justice is the establishment of the millennium—without God.

“Traditional justice, on the other hand, will eschew visionary millennialism. It will support the establishment of a moral, non-coercive society which defends the family and the dignity of property rights. Social justice, according to the values of traditional justice, is merely institutionalized injustice.”

Indeed.

Conservative Cowards Are To Blame For Falling Statues | The Federalist

Conservative Cowards Are To Blame For Falling Statues

Source: Conservative Cowards Are To Blame For Falling Statues

“But here’s the thing: after you write your little op-ed about how of course the evil Confederate statues have to come down, they still think you’re a racist. They just think you are a spineless one.”

There are times when you really hate to be right, to have to be the one who says, “I hate to say I told you so… but I told you so.” I have been saying since 2015 – and more than once on this blog – that regardless of what you think about Confederate statues (and flags, and other iconography, like street and school names), you’d better not be indifferent about their destruction, or removal, or alteration, or replacement.

Because love them or hate them, they’re not the goal, they’re just the low-hanging fruit for the Leftist mob. The real goal was, and is, different and bigger: the destruction of America and the West, its political and social institutions, its government and economy, its customs and traditions, its history and heritage, and their replacement with a collectivist, totalitarian Marxist utopia.

Looked at objectively, the Left has played this all too brilliantly: go after the Confederate statues and iconography, because even the so-called “conservatives” will be afraid to defend them, for fear of seeming racist, or like they’re defending slavery. Or even “anti-American,” since the Confederates were rebels and traitors… right? Well, not by their lights:

“When the South raised its sword against the Union’s Flag, it was in defense of the Union’s Constitution.” — Confederate General John B. Gordon

“I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it.” — Confederate President Jefferson Davis

“I loved the old government in 1861. I loved the old Constitution yet. I think it is the best government in the world, if administered as it was before the war. I do not hate it; I am opposing now only the radical revolutionists who are trying to destroy it.” — Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest

“All that the South has ever desired was that the Union as established by our forefathers should be preserved and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth.” — Confederate General Robert E. Lee

None of that matters, of course, to the Left. Their playbook is consistent:

Ignore or deny the fact that slavery was only one reason – and not even necessarily the biggest reason – for secession, and had nothing directly to do with sparking the War Between the States. Ignore or deny the fact that more than 260,000 Confederate soldiers died to defend their homes, families, and land from an illegal and unconstitutional invasion.

Ignore or deny the fact that there were 50,000 civilian deaths during the war, that the overall mortality rate for the South exceeded that of any country in World War I and all but the region between the Rhine and the Volga in World War II. Would Southerners have been willing to incur such casualties to defend the right of a small minority of the population to own slaves? Not likely!

Ignore, for that matter, the fact that there were four slave-holding states (plus the District of Columbia, where slavery was also legal) in the Union itself, and that Lincoln repeatedly offered that any seceded state which returned to the Union could keep its slaves (or that there were more free blacks in the South than in the North, and some of them had slaves).

Just focus on the fact that the Confederacy was made up of “slave states,” and you’ve made it impossible for good, “moderate” conservatives to object to the removal and destruction of statues and other Confederate iconography, and keep banging the drum that anyone who does object is “far-right” (and therefore “fascist”) and a “racist.” It was a brilliant plan, and it has largely succeeded.

And in the process, the Left has successfully – or seemingly so – softened up the nation for attacks on others, including (inter alia) Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Francis Scott Key, and even Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, along with a host of lesser luminaries.

Because of the way American history has played out, all have the Achilles heel of “racism,” colonialism, or both; and by the Leftist narrative, that invalidates anything else positive they might have ever accomplished, including the creation of a nation which is so open-minded and tolerant as to allow even lunatics and seditionists like the current Left to function without being shot, beaten down, and/or imprisoned, as they would in a less free and open nation… such as the one they want to create.


“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day-by-day and minute-by-minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four


In an again brilliant example of sociopolitical aikido, they have found the soft spots: 1) that everyone in history has had something that was less-than-perfect about them, and that if compared to current mores (the historical fallacy of presentism), it often has to do with favoring one’s own people – defined today as “racism” – and 2) that no one wants to be seen as defending racism, so protests to the removals, destruction, and desecration are sporadic, muted, and easily dismissed as a “fringe.”

But if the tactics of the Left have been remarkably if dismayingly creative and effective, the response from most mainstream conservatives has been feeble and incompetent, if not missing-in-action entirely. As the quote with which I opened this put it,

“But here’s the thing: after you write your little op-ed about how of course the evil Confederate statues have to come down, they still think you’re a racist. They just think you are a spineless one.”

It is as I have said before: don’t let the camel’s nose in the tent; don’t give an inch, because if you do, they’ll sense weakness and fear, and come at you all the harder. Bullies always do. But they often run from a spirited defense – something of which there has been a notable lack, of late.

There have been some notable exceptions, but as Marcus points out further down in the linked post,

“The so-called conservatives who have been coddling mindless calls to destroy public art know who they are. So do the rest of us. These are the reasonable conservatives, the good ones, ever so careful not to be called racist. They had a compromise in mind because they always do. Throw the Confederate statues under the bus and we can save the rest…

“Do you know who is to blame [for the continued destruction]? It is not the hordes of progressives with ropes and chains; it is every conservative who thought those Jacobin lunatics could be appeased by just tearing down certain statues. It is a metaphor for the fecklessness of an American right too cowed to stand up for itself.”

They should be ashamed.

Leaving aside the complete philosophical and ethical surrender it represents, this roll-over-and-play-dead response is not even an effective tactic.

“Feed the hyenas and maybe they’ll eat us last” is not only ineffective, it’s actually counter-productive, because it leads them to expect a free meal, and thus emboldens them. The results can be seen in far too many locations throughout this once-great land.

In fact, the destruction we are seeing in American cities today is reminiscent of the Nazi Kristallnacht, the French Revolution, or a slew of Communist ones over the last century-plus. Irreplaceable elements – tangible representations – of our history and heritage (many of which are superb works of art in their own right), are being damaged and destroyed in the name of an unconscionable fallacy: the idea that the past must be judged by the standards of the present.

(Sadly, that is not the worst of it. History shows us repeatedly that where there is violence against icons, sooner or later there will be violence against institutions, and against persons. If the present chaos is left unchecked, the situation will only go from bad to worse.)

And where are those who claim their philosophy is to conserve – to protect, preserve, and transmit unimpaired to future generations – that history and heritage? Too often, silent, or entirely absent. As I say, they should be ashamed!

Here’s Marcus again:

“… what are the wages of these sad genuflections? What did you get out of the deal? Are they going to come support you now that the Founding Fathers are up against the wall? Nope. They will throw you right up against the wall with them as you insist how reasonable you are.

“To these fair-weather friends, I have a message: This is your fault. And you were well warned. For years, those of us with the courage to open our eyes knew exactly where this was going. It was never about the Confederacy, or slavery, or racism. It was always about destroying the very concept of America and replacing it with a Marxist utopia. That’s who you decided to compromise with.

“What’s done is done, but it is not too late. Now that you have seen the miles the left takes when offered an inch, you are welcome to get back in the fight for freedom. They burned you, made you look like fools. Be angry. Otherwise your silence is complicity with mobs that would destroy not just statues but the very foundations of our liberty.”

Amen.

Greece: Angry migrants chop down 5,000 olive trees on Lesbos

Days after video footage surfaced showing groups of migrant men ignoring social distancing measures and ridiculing the police officers trying to enforce them, illegal migrants from the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos have struck again, chopping down 5,000 olive trees.

Source: Greece: Angry migrants chop down 5,000 olive trees on Lesbos

“The destruction of these olive trees, which can take 65 to 80 years to reach stable yields, is being viewed as an assault on Greek history, culture, and identity, as well as an attack against the island’s local economy, the Greek City Times reports.

“The olive tree is one of the most ubiquitous symbols in Greece and classical Western civilization… For the ancient Greeks, the olive tree was… viewed as a symbol of peace, wisdom, fertility, and victory, and was believed to have been a gift from Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.”

Furthermore,

“The island’s local economy will suffer for years to come as a result of the destruction of these decades-old olive trees. Each year, olive exports contribute nearly 650 million euros to Greece’s national economy.”

I am passionate about my European ancestry, and about the history, heritage, and culture of Western Civilization. But I am also passionate about ecology and the environment, and about local and sustainable food and farming.

This is an attack on all of the above, by vile and despicable cretins who have conclusively proven – if it were not already blindingly obvious – that they do not deserve to set one foot on European soil.

My mantra used to be “send them back.” The more this sort of thing happens, the more my perspective shifts — to “send them to Hell.”

 

Poor, helpless, desperate refugees…?

Again, trying to avoid political posts, but events keep intervening. This from the “BasedPoland” Twitter feed, which posts this image and comments:

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“Somehow, CNN and BBC always managed to find women and crying children to interview when covering the mass-immigration wave to Europe. This is how it looks like in reality. Count the women and children in the picture…”

I don’t see a single “refugee” who is not a military-aged male, in this one. Folks, do you really still doubt that this is an invasion? Whether organized or not is some respects immaterial; the effect’s the same either way. Although somebody‘s funding a lot of these people, to get to Greece in the first place!

But in any case, they’ve figured out the West’s weak spot: don’t bring weapons when you invade. We’re too nice to shoot unarmed people. Then, when you’re in, demand benefits, sapping our economies, and rape or seduce Western women (many underaged – see “grooming gangs“) so you can out-breed us.

Bloodless conquest – unless you count the blood of the raped women, or the men that get knifed by the “new Europeans.”

It’s damnably clever, really! B@$tards.


P.S. The image is real, and current; it can be found in many places on the web, including Time24News, which calls this Turkey “liberating” the border. Hmmmm…


P.P.S. Where the U.S. is concerned, see also this:

328 Chinese Nationals Caught Trying To Illegally Enter U.S. At Southern Border

“The Department of Homeland Security says that hundreds of Chinese nationals have attempted to illegally enter the United States through the southern border since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China.”

Weaponized migration, anyone…?

 

Greece DEFENDS the Borders of EUROPE! | Dr. Steve Turley – YouTube

The EU – in the person of the President the European Union, of all people! – calls Greece the Ασπίδα (Aspída = shield) of Europe!

Greece – Europe's Aspida

Yes, I know I said I wasn’t going to post about politics… unless something occurred which was so egregious that it was necessary. And I’d say Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey’s attempt to flood Europe with a new wave of Third-World migrants via Greece, and Greece’s determination to defend both her own and Europe’s borders – and even more shockingly, Europe’s realization and support of this effort! – qualifies. I won’t say any more, just let you watch and listen to Dr. Steve Turley explain the situation, in his own uniquely and entertainingly bombastic fashion!

(P.S. I hope you like my new meme on the subject!)

For additional background information on what’s going on, see:

Erdogan’s Empty Threats | Dispatch: Foreign Policy

Erdoğan is reaping what he sowed: Turkey is on the brink of disaster in Syria | The Guardian

Erdogan and Putin: The end of the affair | Middle East Eye

Worthy of special note in the last of these:

“With 3.6 million registered Syrian refugees in Turkey, a resurgent Kemalist opposition that has seized control of the two major cities Istanbul and Ankara in the last elections and openly expresses hostility to the refugees, coupled with the splitting of his own conservative Islamist party base, Erdogan was cornered.”

And now I shall recede back into the woodwork, politically at least. For the time being, anyway… unless or until something else happens that draws me forth! Wishing everyone a continued blessed Lent.

 

Dr. Carol M. Swain: Critical Race Theory’s Destructive Impact on America | 1776 Unites

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Under the guise of a venture called the “1619 Project,” revisionist history about race in America is being introduced into classrooms across America without undergoing the normal peer review expected of educational materials.

Source:  Critical Race Theory’s Destructive Impact on America | 1776 Unites

It is possible – and indeed, I frequently experience this feeling – given the current state of what passes for sociopolitical discourse in early-21st-century America, to feel like one is living in an insane asylum run by the inmates. Fortunately, every once in a while, one hears or reads something that gives one hope that sanity is not totally a thing of the past.

Such an example is this superb essay by Dr. Carol M. Swain, Ph.D., a former political science and law professor at Vanderbilt University (my graduate university, where I attended Divinity School). She writes, inter alia,

“Those who push white guilt and black victimhood ignore critical facts. One is that today’s white Americans are not responsible for the sins of generations ago. Second, slavery was an institution that blacks, Native Americans, and whites participated in as slaveholders. There’s plenty of guilt to go around there…”

“The 1619 Project is a misguided effort to keep open historical wounds while telling only half of the story. It is flawed because it is connected to critical race theory and the diversity-inclusion grievance industry that focuses on identity politics and division. Blaming today’s families for the mistakes of our ancestors is not a prescription for unifying the country or empowering racial and ethnic minorities.”

She adds,

“We can do better. Within Christian communities, there is a basis for countering destructive narratives that have invaded our educational institutions and the corporate world. The solution for hatred, bitterness, and distrust can be found in New Testament principles.

“Rather than wallow in the past and revisionists’ efforts to build a case for reparations, we, as Americans, need to move forward while practicing the forgiveness and love of neighbor that Jesus espoused. We need not look any further than the ‘golden rule’ (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) to find the tools that enable us to transcend racial and ethnic conflicts that keep us from working together and celebrating our victories.”

As I say, it is very encouraging to see / read / hear people in the African-American community – especially scholars of the caliber of Dr. Swain – beginning to push back against the dangerous absurdity of critical race theory. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest!

Melanie Phillips: David Frost’s reflections on the revolution in Britain

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Edmund Burke, by Joshua Reynolds (1771).

The inestimable Melanie Phillips comments on the recent speech at Brussels university by David Frost, lead UK negotiator with the EU over the post-Brexit trade deal. It was, as she puts it, “a belter.” She continues,

“Straightening his country’s spine from its five-decade scoliosis as a demoralised supplicant at the European table, Frost reclaimed, on behalf of the British government, the moral and intellectual high ground for Britain’s departure from the EU – and for doing so entirely on the UK’s terms.

“This magnificent speech, which deserves to be read in full (as you can mostly do in this edited transcript here) had three essential components: an unequivocal statement that if the EU continues to insist on its “level playing-field” manacles, the UK will walk away; a confident put-down of all those who continue to insist that going it alone would be catastrophic for the UK; and a magisterial statement of why it matters so much that the UK becomes again an independent and self-governing nation.

“Moreover, Frost framed his remarks in the context of Edmund Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France”. Remarkably for a British official, he thus anchored the UK’s restoration of its ancient freedoms firmly in the context of its own culture, history and traditions – as well as calling back into much-needed service the words of the philosopher-genius who gave conservatism its foundational and now almost forgotten purpose of upholding and defending the social contract between the dead, the living and the unborn.”

She quotes Frost as saying – in rather ringing terms, I must say:

“… I do think the EU needs to understand, I mean genuinely understand, not just say it, that countries geographically in Europe can, if they choose it, be independent countries. Independence does not mean a limited degree of freedom in return for accepting some of the norms of the central power. It means – independence – just that. I recognise that some in Brussels might be uncomfortable with that – but the EU must, if it is to achieve what it wants in the world, find a way of relating to its neighbours as friends and genuinely sovereign equals.”

Huzzah! She then continues,

“David Frost has given the EU a lesson in what democracy and national independence actually mean. It was a great speech. It was also the thinking of a patriot who actually has faith in his country. Among our post-national official class who have long believed that Britain cannot survive through its own efforts, this is rare indeed.”

Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest! And, I might say, “Rule Britannia!”

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