Five Years and Counting

patriotism_-_rooseveltFirst, thanks, Jess. Always seems like much too little, to do or say, when your best friend does something like her post yesterday, but really what else can one do?

She touches on something, though. Back in 2011, when I started this, we had problems, and we were fairly fed up with the administration, but we had faith in Congress, once we flipped it, to fix it. Well, how’d that work out? And that is part of the problem, we all feel pretty much cheated out of our voice by Washington. Thus both Trump, and Sanders. We’re not alone, either. As Jess alluded to, Brexit turned on the hinge of the people controlling the government.

Most young people have never known any thing else, and I suspect that’s why they either voted remain or simply didn’t vote. But their parents remembered, like we do, something different, when government was at least kind of, sort of, responsive to the voters, not to mention that the obvious contempt, for those of the shire, rankled. I sort of predicted that leave would win, and that was why: I could feel the resentment. Yes, part of it was a repudiation of experts. There like here, they’ve been almost wholly wrong, so why would anyone, who doesn’t make money from them, continue that path?

I note that Mrs. May so far appears very surefooted, her cabinet choices appear to have satisfied almost everyone but the left, who were never going to be satisfied, by anyone, who made it on her own, and a Vicar’s daughter, forsooth. But I must say, the more I see of her, the more impressed I become. Her record says she’s at best a statist, but then again, Churchill was a liberal.

I think the British may have started something that we’ll have something to say about. If you’ve been here more than about two minutes, you know I’m not a Trump supporter. But I do understand why so many are, and unless something very strange happens, I’ll likely end up voting for him. Why? Because he might be held to account by the press, which will never pay any attention to anything Hillary does wrong, which is most things. And who knows, he might be a decent president, I’d be surprised, but at least it would be a pleasant surprise. With Hillary, we know all about it, and it’s all bad.

And so the story continues, many of them, including the ones we’ve talked about here, where Mitt dropped the ball in 2012, we had recovered the House by then, and the Senate in 2014, but found that the Republican we thought were on our side, well they weren’t, were they? The Brits found the same thing outside London, they call it the bubble, and it seems as if the ‘posh tory boys’ ruled in their own interest, not the people’s. But they screwed up, and gave the people a vote, and the people spoke, rather decisively. I think our people are tired of lecturing as well, and so I think the Donald will win, maybe, perhaps, but he will surely lose if he suddenly turns into an establishment republican.

We shall surely see, and keep this in mind: Things are rarely as dire as we think, nor are they ever as good as we hope. Life is sort of a middle-of-the-road experience, so keep your chin up and as always, keep up the skeer.

And remember, as Bruce Anderson reminded us in the Spectator this week, “Why it takes more thinking to be a Tory than a socialist.

John Stuart Mill did not describe the Conservatives as the stupid party. He merely said that although not all Tories were stupid, most stupid people voted for them (cf. Brexit). But at any level above automatic loyalty at the polling box — not to be deprecated — Conservatism is no creed for the intellectually limited. It requires hard thinking. The socialists have an easier life. First, they have a secular teleology: socialism. Second, assuming that history is on their side, many lefties feel entitled to lapse into a complacent assumption of moral superiority. That helps to explain why there has been no serious left-wing thinking in the UK since Tony Crosland in the 1950s.

Though Tories may envy the complacency, they are condemned to stress. Without a political teleology, they have no way to simplify history. Their challenge is as complex as the human condition. There are a few useful maxims. Falkland: ‘When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.’ Berlin: ‘The great goods cannot always live together.’ Oakeshott: ‘Civilisation is only a collective dream.’ Wisdom, certainly, but what should Tories actually do? How should they decide when it is necessary to change, or which great good should take priority? As for civilisation, dreams and nightmares, the task of preventing our era from turning into the Dark Ages plus weapons of mass destruction is best entrusted to Tory tough-mindedness, and there is no guarantee of success.

True then, now, and always. True in the UK, and true here in the US. It takes far more effort to keep the fire going than to roast wienies on your neighbors’.

So, thanks again, Jess, my dearest friend, and my partner here, I’ll never be able to tell anyone, how important it is to me that you share this place with me, and now, after we have published 3005 articles of one kind or another, we still go on. I had to mention that, because even with a year’s head start, Jess’ own blog has almost caught up, and yes, it passed us in readership years ago, as it deserved to.

And so, as we’ve been saying here for five years, good luck, and keep the faith, we’re going to need it. Chesterton reminds us that

I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, naught for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.

Night shall be thrice night over you,
And heaven an iron cope.
Do you have joy without a cause,
Yea, faith without a hope?

But Mother Julian answers for us:

If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.

And in God’s good time:

All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.



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12 Responses to Five Years and Counting

  1. “Most young people have never known any thing else, and I suspect that’s why they either voted remain or simply didn’t vote. But their parents remembered, like we do, something different, when government was at least kind of, sort of, responsive to the voters, not to mention that the obvious contempt, for those of the shire, rankled.”

    I think the opposite is true. Voting demographics for the Brexit showed a large group of people who never traveled, who lived in the same regional area for most of their lives, who were not familiar with new things/people, who lacked the international education and experience, and who voted to leave something they never really understood in the first place. The youth voted to remain in an international cooperative effort that provided them opportunities, and provided them education, experience, and friendships.

    The Leave vote was a singularly selfish act.

    It was a vote by people who never really experienced the world, to cut off their nation from the world, and to limit the opportunities for their youth.

    Added to that, it is well known that the “good old days” were not nearly as good as nostalgia remembers them.


    • NEO says:

      Dig deeper, the real motivations were sovereignty, not to mention the contempt and unresponsiveness of westminster.


      • The sovereignty claim is one made to fool those without experience or understanding. All “sovereignty” issues are still going to apply in a post-Brexit environment, if the K (it will likely not be United much longer) wants to maintain trade and economic deals. All rules, regulations, requirements, and everything in between will need to still apply if there is a desire to have access to a huge market. But now there is no representation to help set those regulations. Even the reported savings are admittedly complete fabrications. The vote was about fear. Fear of new people, fear of new things, fear of the unknown.

        It is telling that the main demographic of the Brexit voter was the less-educated, older, and less-traveled. This is not even opinion, it is statistical fact.

        And it was very, very selfish.


        • NEO says:

          No. that is not what most of the English I speak with say. Some, mostly younger, do agree with you, to be fair. Europe is the one declining market in the world, the Brits can (and should) do much better. Heavens maybe they could even get a trade deal with the US, which the EU never has.

          Nope it was about UNCONTROLLED immigration, very few, in my experience anyway, dislike immigration, they do dislike uncontrolled immigration, which is changing the character of Britain.

          If Sturgeon think she can run Scotland without English money, she should go right ahead, I don’t think Brussels needs another Greece, and she hasn’t a clue how to lead anyway. If you want to see a real Scots leader, all you have to do is look at Ruth Davidson.


        • This is not true. Economists, and the Economist periodical for that matter, all agreed that withdrawing from the common Market, will hurt the UK economy. The UK cannot do “much better” with trade barriers and impediments to exports in place. That is simple Economics 101. And even with the devalued Pound, the currency imbalance between the Pound and Dollar would make a trade deal with the US and UK difficult at best. Again, this is the economic reality that was lost on the Leave voter.

          As for immigration, it was hardly “UNCONTROLLED”, it was controlled…by the Market. This is again the Conservative Economics that is missed by claimed “Conservatives” who argued against Free market principles. Poles moves the to UK because they could find jobs. Those within the UK who lacked marketable skills were threatened by cheap labor, but this was not the fault of the Poles. The same applies to the US.

          Leaving the UK would be a terrible idea for Scotland, but it still may happen. Northern Ireland has a better chance uniting with Ireland.

          How many times have you actually visited the UK, or Europe for that matter?


      • Indeed I would quite disagree with “josaphatbarlaam”!

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  2. Btw, just a note from an Irish Brit, but one that lives now in the USA. I think that Trump’s choice of Pence was a mistake, since Pence IS a stanch old school type Republican, and obviously an insider. Trump really had a chance to go radical and choose the Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, that would have been something in my opinion, but Trump went rather circumspect and careful going with the voices around him. Oh well, I am NOT a Trump fan either! And I cannot vote anyway, but my little Irish brother will (a new American citizen), and he might go with the Libertarian? I must confess we British minded just cannot handle Trump!

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    • NEO says:

      I think it may well have been. I think Johnson could be viable, if he got just a bit smarter about it, He’s certainly the best qualified.


  3. the unit says:

    Concerning fed up and lost faith in congress, I decided to watch a movie yesterday. Picked one I hadn’t seen in twenty five years, ‘The Hunt For Red October.’ In it a high ranking official (maybe President) anyway someone with authority to lead the Joint Chiefs in a meeting on the problem said to Jack…”I’m a politician, I cheat, lie, and when I’m not kissing babies I steal their lollipops. But I keep my options open.”
    Been that way for long time I guess, still is.

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    • NEO says:

      Good choice! Good movie and an excellent author! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Ears nearly stopped ringing from the changes in volume from soft spoken words to explosions. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I hear that ( sort of!) 😉

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