The pattern for modern American politics was set by Lincoln and his cronies in the 1850s—1870s, although it took an immense war against other Americans to make it stick. The pattern involved making the federal government (not the “Union” or the Constitution) the center of power and the fount of good (and goods). This meant, in everyday terms, that the victory of Lincoln’s Republicans established control by those who regard the government as a machine to make money for themselves, covered by a blasphemous religion of Americans as the chosen people who are to lead all mankind into what a later Republican would call “global democracy.”
Until Lincoln there had been a strong Jeffersonian/Jacksonian counter-current: preference for low tariff, avoidance of public debt, limited government expenditure, dispersed power, distrust of moralistic movements, and patriotic but non-entanglement sentiment in regard to affairs beyond the continent. There was some sense, not always dominant but understood and sometimes prevailing, of a “public good.”
You will find in Confederate statements appeals to this former good faith of peaceful preservation of the larger good as previously understood. In Union statements you will find appeals to power and righteousness that would have made no sense to Americans before the 1848 revolutions in Europe.
Lincoln’s unseemly combination of control of the government by big capital in alliance with occasional irresponsible “reform” crusades is where we are now. It is the Deep State and it is the Deep State that is sovereign. We find the ever-increasing control of great capital joined at the hip with the revolutionary crusade of antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Under the old dispensation we would not have entered into international imperialism in the late 19th century or the senseless bloodshed of World War I “to make the world safe for democracy.” We would not have allowed the government to permanently deform natural American society by the “Great Society.” We would not have to listen to Joe Biden blithely promise that with him the government will soon make us all equal, prosperous, and happy while his minions kill and loot. Donald Trump disagreed only marginally.
Under the Lincoln regime American issues never have been and never can be decided on the basis of “the public good.” The genuine thing does not exist in American discourse.
Many are rightly concerned about threats to the environment. But in addressing this matter we are confined to debates within the regime---on the one hand the power of capital and on the other the irresponsible and revolutionary tree-huggers. It is theoretically possible that a “public good” approach of responsible stewardship, not controlled by this division, might be found. It cannot happen in the regime that governs.
Medical care is a continuing concern for all. The costs of drugs and insurance threaten most of us. The quality of care is often marvelous and always potentially so, but it declines in the nightmare of government bureaucracy of a semi-socialised system and the bottomless expense of serving millions of wastrels and aliens. The Covid fraud should have convinced any awake American of the corruption of the federal medical bureaucracy. Once again we have the collaboration of the money interests that can easily buy Congress with claims for universal control and benevolence without regard to cost.
In regard to foreign affairs we have the same dilemma. We are governed by a combination of vast vested interests that will never freely give up their immense purchase on the public purse, combined, as in the Lincoln regime, with fervid delusions that the U.S. government must and can punish all in the world who refuse to obey their good and right. It is theoretically possible to devise a prudent policy of “national interest” in regard to the world (such as is outlined by Srjda Trikovic) but it will never happen and our country will plunge forward to the disaster that always awaits the deluded.
The two sides of the national character that I have described are dominant. The rest of us don’t count and haven’t for a very long time. The two are really one, the same Puritan penchant for money-grubbing and moral imperialism that was implanted in Massachusetts in the earliest days, amplified by European socialism and minority demands. It is said that character is fate and this national character will in the long run, decide our fate.
It is reported that one of the first acts of “President” Biden will be to forbid all 331 million of us to leave our homes unless adorned with a mask.
I am pretty sure the Founding Fathers did not intend to give such a power to the President. I am not sure that I will even be breaking any law if I refuse to obey. It seems to be just an order not unlike a diktat by Stalin or Hitler. Even if it is a law it is an unjust and tyrannical one. Will I be punished? Of course, enforcement of this silly order will be impossible. However, it will be easy for the government to pick out a few dissidents to punish harshly in order to frighten the rest of us into obedience, and there will be a mass supply of Christless puritans to report wrongdoers.
So, are we all to go about masked? It might look like we are all pretending to be bandits. No, that won’t work because the real bandits are pets of the regime and will not be held to any diktat. It will be more like a bad science fiction movie.
The last time I willingly wore a mask was about 70 years ago when I played the Lone Ranger. Even then one had to be careful because there were laws against masks to discourage robbers and Klansmen. When I played the Lone Ranger I also carried two (toy) pistols. If the President can force us to wear masks and be vaccinated for our health, then what is there to prevent him from taking our firearms, which, after all, are a potential threat to our health?
There has never been in America such a degree of regimentation and such an assault on personal liberty, even in wartime. And all based on a government-created delusion on the dangers of Covid and the reliability of masks.
Now we have the prospect of being vaccinated by the Army, whether we like it or not. It would be farcical if it were not so gravely evil and if it would not be obeyed by so many who do not deserve the once honourable title of “citizen.”
It is reported that Donald Trump, while his supporters were having the “million MAGA march” in Washington, rode in his armoured car to play golf. What would a man and a real leader have done? He would have gone out among the people who were making an effort and putting something on the line for him. And he would have made his sissy son-in-law go with him and meet some real Americans. And he would have made sure, with military police or whatever could be used, that his supporters were not beaten up by the thugs of antifa and BLM.
I am inclined to think that while he is letting his supporters struggle, Trump has decided to give up, despite all his bluster. When have his deeds ever matched his words? To protest the election would require more risk, innovation and determination than he has ever shown in office. Not to mention that the Republican leaders and spokesmen will without the least doubt show cowardice and desert him in any real fight. And the Democrats have the media, law enforcement, and the military under their complete control. Something that Trump might have changed if he had cared to try.
You have to understand that for Republican leaders, with a scant few exceptions, right and wrong, good and bad, true and false, are never in consideration. The only thing on their minds is keeping their comfortable places and being “respectable.” “Respectable” signifying what has been called “Midwestern nice”---never rock the boat or seem “extreme.” They will always surrender in a real showdown.
If Americans knew any history they would know that stealing elections is what Republicans did on a mass scale during Reconstruction. The only thing new is the possibilities of mail-in voting.
There are some good people who think that Trump is going to fight a crooked election and that his Presidency has somehow moved the country in a positive direction. How can anybody believe that when we face the coming years with a revolutionary regime that is likely permanent and that regards decent Americans as The Enemy? Like that second marriage, it is a triumph of hope over experience. The commissars rule the state and the mobs rule the streets.
What did we expect? A real estate speculator whose methods struck a lot of people as dubiously ethical? (Why did he not in the debates make the point that he made his money in the private sector while Biden got rich at the public trough?) A lifelong New Yorker. A TV star best known for “You’re fired!” A man with may leftwing ideas and associates in his earlier political gambits.
Think about all that he might have done to slow down our slide into degeneracy if he had used legitimate executive powers and the bully pulpit to rally the people against the revolution. The sum total is nothing except collaboration with the Establishment, just like every other Republican.
It seems likely that, one way or another, Biden and his handlers will invade and occupy the Executive Mansion in January. That will only be symbolic since they already possess most of the Executive branch of government. Conservative commentators, always wishful thinkers, are now telling us that it won’t be too bad---after all, Biden is weak and the Republicans have the Senate.
This happy talk is just another way to disarm us. Biden’s handlers don’t need Congress. They have the courts, the entire coercive power of law enforcement, and their controlled mobs in the streets. And pervasive mastery of the media that will justify all that they may do. They have already shown their disregard of law, their ability to punish those who don’t go along, and their proclivity for supra-constitutional “executive orders.”
Of course, the revolutionaries also have a vast population of cowardly and obedient subjects to do their will and fill their ubiquitous offices and chattering spots.
Many of those Republican Senators are closer in spirit to Biden than to Trump. And whoever heard of Republicans sacrificing their power and perks to oppose what appears in the media as popular? They will likely be allowed to hang on as a token “opposition.”
The coup will be completed quickly with the enfranchisement of uncounted Third World illegals and the seemingly unstoppable progress of “wokeness” among the young.
Any obstacle to the revolution will not be anything Republicans can or will do. The revolutionary cadre will be forced, in order to consolidate their power, to suppress the violent elements who think they are not radical enough and to stamp out the mobs when they get out of hand and actually threaten them.
Some of their measures may simply fall of their own foolishness and unenforceability –like universal mask wearing and vaccination. It is also likely that the blowback from the aggressive interventionism undertaken from their delusions of omnipotence will reveal their weaknesses and bring problems for them (and for us).
May we hope that the 2nd Amendment may survive? The revolution will do all in its power to disarm the law-abiding, indirectly if not directly. Anarcho-tyranny is here. In every Western country except the U.S., the citizens have tamely given up their arms to the government. Will Americans do the same? I would like to think that too many citizens are still free people in spirit and that universal “gun control” will not succeed. But can we be sure?
But, Oh!, say the Pollyannas, we have all those new Republican judges! Those Federalist Society nationalists love supreme national government power as much as the leftists. Their intent is to preserve an American constitutional system that no longer exists. If you believe they will do anything substantive to oppose the revolution, you are delusional and should see a shrink.
Republican judges will be an obstacle to our only real hope: that some of the red States before they are overwhelmed will develop bold and determined leaders who will confront federal power with the latent powers of the States. Devolution, true federalism, and the break-up of the evil empire are the only chance, and it is a slim one.
The “conservative Republicans,” who have never in the entire course of American history conserved anything except their money, will never acknowledge that they lost long ago and that we all face a new regime. And they lost because they never mounted any sincere and effective opposition to the ongoing revolution. It is too late for the formation of a genuine opposition party. The Deep State’s power to break up any opposition opinion and organisation is as strong as in any Communist state, although the machinery of suppression by prison and death is not yet fully in place.
The Republicans lament Kamala Harris, and AOC and, and Ilhan Omar. As usual, they are shortsighted and cowardly and looking for easy targets. It is they who voted for immigration expansion and refused to enforce the border laws. And now they complain about the consequences of their actions.
It is generally reported that Communism failed with the fall of the Soviet Union. Nazis were rightly punished for their crimes. Reflect that “communism” has fallen and that nobody has been punished for its crimes. They have merely moved on to other posts.
America is now a one-party, one-opinion regime based on leftwing resentment, power lust, and prophecies of Utopia when the last enemies are eliminated. The destruction of “systemic racism” will justify any deformation of natural society and any abuse and punishment of the unwoke.
When this cotton-mill boy went down to the University in 1959, he noticed something at once. There was a division between the superior US (that is, them) and the inferior THEM (that is, us). The division had nothing to do with intellectual distinction or even athletic prowess, but the members of US definitely regarded themselves as superior.
THEM (that is, us) wore white or checkered socks, jeans, and whatever shirt we could find. The members of US were far more sophisticated. They wore black socks, button collar shirts, windbreakers with a special logo, and sometimes berberries . They were invited to fraternities. Some professors knew their families or their fathers who had previously attended. They even carried umbrellas, which where I came from would mark a boy forever as a sissy.
This is exactly what is going on today. US runs the country. They are the people with the right attitudes and the right connections, who went to the right schools. They are the people in the know. They have always associated with others just like themselves. We are THEM, that is, the deplorables, those who don’t have the sophisticated wisdom of US, the Americans who don’t really count.
The ruling elite of the country today, the blue people, are simply US who have grown up or at least gotten older. A lot of them have never done any real labour or had a relationship with a real American.
The important point here is to note that being part of US does not indicate any real superiority in anything that really counts. The upper ranks of the bureaucracy, the judiciary, the corporations, the armed forces, the church, the academy, the media are the domain of US. Look at the disastrous wars and policies, the pervasive mediocrity, dishonesty, and sense of entitlement of our “leaders” of recent generations. If America is still producing any people of genuine honour, learning, and independent character, you certainly won’t find many in Washington and you probably have never heard of them.
The BLUE leaders (US) are followed by the millions of lackeys who have the same intellectual and moral mediocrity and like to think of themselves as a sophisticated elite because they are “in the know,” that is, they have the right fashionable attitudes, unlike their deplorable, unenlightened neighbours.
There you have it. The Blues are “US” and the rest of us are “THEM.” Their sense of superiority is not based upon any real quality. It is essentially snobbery.
Trump blew it. The President of the United States allowed himself to be called a “liar” and a “clown,” an enormity that has not even been noticed. And he failed to deal effectively with any of his opponent’s smooth lies. For millions of shallow, naïve, clueless Americans, Biden appeared “Presidential” and as Trump’s superior in character, knowledge, and constructiveness.
In fact, of course, Biden is an ethically challenged phony who has done nothing except spend 47 tears getting rich at the public trough and who threatens to let loose the final phase of the revolutionary destructiveness that will finish off the country we have known. But he has the Establishment patter down pat. It is somewhat reminiscent of 1980 when the shallow movie actor Reagan assumed a pose of superiority to the more intelligent and accomplished Carter. It worked.
Of course, we have to realise that these things are not really debates, which can sometimes be enlightening. They are orchestrated media shows which are controlled by “questions” carefully designed to keep the discussion safe for the Deep State. Trump accommodated this fraud by concentrating his remarks on ephemeral issues.
Trump appeared harassed---not surprising since no elected head of state in all of history has ever received the massive and malicious media attack that he has suffered. However, the fundamental problem is that Trump does not understand his enemy and the perilous state that his society is in. This is shown by his failure to appoint officials that support him but instead to rely on the ready stable of Republican hacks. His own appointees castigate him and he has accomplished little.
His greatest enemy, the Republican Establishment, has done him in, with the active support of his second greatest enemy, himself. He really does not get it. He does not see the big picture. Perhaps because his mind is simply not wide enough or because the experience when he came to the Executive Mansion was simply not wide enough. He claimed to be for a reformation without understanding the situation he wanted to reform. Experience with crooked businessmen comes to nothing in a contest with the dirty tricks which parasites in power and their countless minions are capable of deploying.
Let us pray that the actual election will not turn into a catastrophe. It is possible that Trump can win simply because enough Americans are disgusted with the state of things—but he has to make clear who is responsible for that state, which he is failing to do.
There has never really been an American election without fraud. The possibilities this time are exponential. Without doubt the Democrats will do all in their power to steal the election. If that fails, they have already endorsed the threat of violence in the streets and the corrupt federal police to overthrow the result.
It is a mistake to think that the corrupt courts will be able to deal with the revolutionary coup. Will Trump be able to deal with it? Will the dwindling good sense of the American people be enough to restore a legitimate regime?
Why don’t all those “peaceful protestors” have to get up every morning and go to work like everybody else?
Why do Republicans NEVER keep their promises once they are elected? (This is a question that needs deeper probing.)
Why are States controlled by Red revolutionaries called “blue,” and calm States called “red”?
Why has not a single bureaucrat suffered loss of income from the Covid crisis they invented, unlike millions of innocent people?
Why is it that we have never had a real African American in high office---one whose people endured slavery and segregation? Obama is the son of an actual African and never experienced anything except the opposite of discrimination. Kamala Harris was an “anchor baby” who got citizenship for her Afro-Caribbean father and high-caste Indian mother. Harris’s father has even bragged that his people were slave owners and not slaves. If she becomes President she will be a return to the tradition of slave-owning families, like U.S. Grant.
Why is Harris not celebrated as the first “Asian American” to get near the White House?
Clergymen used to be the best-educated people in town. Why have they all become pretentious doofuses?
Newspaper reporters used to be tough, skeptical fellows. Why have they all become pretentious doofuses?
College professors used to be given respect and support because they were thought of as judicious pursuers of learning. Why have they all become pretentious doofuses?
Corporation executives used to be admired for their hard-working dedication to productivity and providing jobs. Why have they all become pretentious doofuses?
Generals used to be admired because of their willingness and skill to defend the people against foreign threats. Why have they all become pretentious doofuses?
Why do we allow armies to be commanded by men whose understanding of history would not pass muster in middle school? Why do they all seem better at bureaucratic ass-kissing and backstabbing than at soldiering?
If you are reading this site you are probably making plans to vote for President Donald Trump’s re-election in November. You rightly are afraid of the revolution that awaits us if the current crop of Democrats reach the White House and control Congress.
However, don’t get your hopes up. Trump is starting to talk a good game. He did that last time but has done nothing to carry out his promises. He seems incapable of developing a party to support him in anything but name and incapable of appointing an administration to carry out his promises. It is not even clear that he understands the revolutionary situation the country is in.
His Justice Department has allowed a conspiracy of rioters to run wild, a conspiracy that could have been crushed by RICO prosecutions. Is he likely to do better in a second term? Has he done anything about immigration except a few peripheral tweaks?
Second-term Presidents are notably weak. This will be even more so for Trump because the Republican Establishment will be eager to thwart him as they expect to regain control of the power for 2024. You will see a Romney and Ryan resurgence. You should understand that the Republican Establishment does not like Trump, opposes his policies, and hates all of us “deplorables” just as much as does Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s handling of the Covid business has been a disastrous failure of understanding and management. It has increased government power and been catastrophic to millions of Americans who will never recover. It is hard to think of anything that has been more damaging to the American people in peacetime. Do you think Trump can or will do anything to repair this disaster? Don’t fool yourself that either the Republicans or the Democrats care a hoot about us plain folk, or even about the minorities they blather about. They are out to keep their power and perks and what they regard as their benevolent respectability.
Trump needed for Supreme Court nominees? The Republicans have been chanting this game for well over half a century. A definition of insanity that Republican voters ought to heed is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Perhaps most troubling is Trump’s confused lack of any consistent vision of foreign relations, in which he has betrayed his 2016 position perhaps even more than on immigration. The Democrats will certainly start a war for “democracy” somewhere because that is what they do. Can we be sure that Trump’s Israeli friends will not lead him into war with Iran and a new Cold War with Russia?
Are you sure we will have an honest election? If so, it will be the first election in history without fraud and the opportunities for vote-counting evil are greater than they have ever been except for Reconstruction. Have you considered that the minorities and the crazies now outnumber responsible Americans? If so, it is entirely because the Republican party for the better part of a century has put up no opposition to and indeed has supported the transformation of our country.
We must feel a bit of sympathy for Donald because he has been subjected to the most pervasive blitz of lies that has ever been the fate of any elected leader anywhere. But he is his own worst enemy.
Yankees go crazy about every second and third generation. Their South-blaming hysteria of the 1850s resulted in John Brown and brought on the War Between the States.
In the earlier part of the 20th century there were incomprehensible fads about phone booths and swallowing live birds. I am old enough to remember the campus panty raids after World War II. That was boys, but these things tend to disproportionately affect the girls. There were the Sinatra and Elvis crazes, followed by the Beatles. Then there were hula hoops and campus streaking. Then Michael Jackson. Now it seems to be kneeling in obeisance to the most unworthy people who can be found. Also, tearing down any monuments in sight.
Will these fads fade away? Probably not since they have been politicised and ennobled by the media and encouraged by the authorities. Also, there is a serious difference now. Rather than enjoying the plain silliness of oneself the new crazes involve violence against other people.
John C. Calhoun’s statue in the heart of Charleston, which was built by pennies contributed by impoverished Southern widows, has come down. As usual, the well-off heirs of distinguished Southern families, who are thicker on the ground in Charleston than anywhere else, have failed to mount a serious opposition. They prefer to bow to the winds and keep their status and respectability.
The malicious ignorance that motivates these things reflects, among other things, the total failure of our billion-dollar educational system. John C. Calhoun must be removed because he was a white supremacist and defender of slavery. But for centuries everybody in Western civilisation was a white supremacist. It was a natural, every-day conclusion based on experience and observation. Why pick out just a few examples as though Calhoun’s position was some personal eccentricity?
We need to change the names of Charleston and Carolina. Both refer to the King Charles who sponsored African slave trading. Most of the counties of South Carolina and other States are named for slaveowners and white supremacists like all American Presidents before the mid-20th century.
In order to eradicate all traces of white supremacy we cannot be so selective. We must repudiate all Western civilisation. In fact, that is what is happening. And for the benefit of those who have never built or contributed to any civilization.
And what will we have left?
The present Jihad against former American leaders for their support of “slavery” reveals the ridiculous and willful historical ignorance of those people. Thomas Jefferson and John C. Calhoun were white supremacists, mildly so. But so was everybody else in America and Europe for centuries before and long after them.
It is quite odd to pick out a few figures for hatred on the grounds of racism. Western civilisation, despite its faults, which are common to all people, is so far the highest achievement of humanity. It was white and therefore naturally white supremacist. If there had ever been any black civilisation it would undoubtedly have been black supremacist. What we are seeing is the attempt to eliminate Western civilisation from history or pretend that its prime movers were contemporary American minorities. That is to eliminate nearly all the significant history of mankind. It is only in the freedom and security of Western civilisation that minorities can have their protests heard.
Eradicating places named for slave-holders? Carolina and Charleston are named for King Charles who chartered slave trading companies. Half or more of the counties and many of the cities of South Carolina and other Southern (and even Northern) States are named after slave-holders, as are most of the buildings at the University of South Carolina. A majority of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (and not just Southern ones) were slave-holders. Abraham Lincoln and his supporters may have been opposed to slavery but they were without any question white supremacists.
I am sure your mother taught you that if something was worth doing it was worth doing right. And your father taught that if you started a job you should finish it. So I am suggesting some more ways to eradicate an evil inheritance. A few suggestions for name changes for the new enlightened regime. Let’s get rolling!
South Carolina—New Africa
Greenville (named for the slaveholder Gen. Greene)--- Jackson for its native son Jesse Jackson.
New names for University of South Carolina buildings—Marx. Freud, Marcuse, Winfrey, Biden, Antifa, Soros, BLM, etc.
Washington D.C., - Tubman City
As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Let’s get going. I am sure Lindsey Graham will be glad to lead.
P.S. I note Congress is busy removing all the Southerners from Statuary Hall. I thought those statues were supposed to be two from each State chosen by the State. The old Statuary Hall had some occupants of questionable greatness, especially from Northern States, but the new occupants definitely will not raise the tone of the thing.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews