Now What, America?

One of the things that feels strange lately to me is that I’m only really writing one post a week. Mind, it’s a good thing, I was burning out till first Audrtre and then Jessica (God love ’em) rescued me. In truth, I don’t read quite as much either, and my viewpoint tends to be a little longer, which is where I’m at my best. But not writing a book every week does feel strange. But you all benefit from it.

One of the things that were written about this week, from all over the right is essentially “Now what??? Where is America going?” It’s a fraught question, so let’s look at some options.

In American Thinker, Frank Friday thinks we and Canada ought to trade some territory.

Let’s take the blue parts of America along the East and West Coast and put them in Canada. I mean, it’s so obvious, so simple — Canada already is what American liberals have always wanted. Complete government-run health care; gun control; a make-believe military; high taxes; and impossibly snooty, elitist politicians. Even Barack Obama, when he sees the effortless way Justin Trudeau can lift an eyebrow, or stick his nose in the air, just melts with envy. We’ll call this new country Canada-America to start with, Can-America for short.

Then, for red America, we will add the Prairie Provinces of Canada, the Yukon, and all of British Columbia except the southwest corner. This is the part of Canada that talks like Sarah Palin; owns all the guns, such as there are; and has no problem with great big machines strip-mining the earth to get all the good stuff, like the Alberta Tar Sands or Tony Beets’s gold-mining dredge. We’ll call this amalgamation Big America.

That’s far more elegant than simple secession and likely would make a lot of people on both sides of the present border happy. New England threatened this once before of course, during the War of 1812. In short, I like this idea, but since it would reduce the coasts to depending on a foreign power – Red State America, for their very sustenance (as in fact, they do now) It’s probably not very likely.

But Robert Lopez, writing in American Greatness seems to think America will split, as well. His scenario is more history-based, which can be useful but should never be carried too far into the details.

The Supreme Court seems to have made peace with its own irrelevance vis-à-vis the irremediable schism between two halves of the country. The Texas-led half is not, despite some people’s surface reading, a resurrection of the confederacy. Territorially the states that joined Texas’s case form a column reaching from the Mexican to the Canadian border, including the northernmost state, Alaska, and Indiana. Georgia and North Carolina, obviously, are not aligned with Texas anymore, while several northern states like Ohio are moving toward alignment with the red camp.

In cultural terms, the California-led states have reversed their historic position on civil rights and now oppose the fundamental purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment and equal protection under the law (which I review in some detail here.) In their successful pleading to the Supreme Court, they rejected the notion that outside forces can intervene in a state’s voting or judicial process, thereby resurrecting the arguments from former confederate states about their right to block African Americans from suffrage through practices like a poll tax, literacy test, or KKK-style voter intimidation.

“But the courts said so!” is a cold argument to raise given the history of Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Korematsu v. United States.

So much of the way we look at ourselves has been formed by the history of the Roman Republic, maybe he has a point when he says that the US will split much as the Roman Empire did, with the blue states playing Rome with its multiple sackings while the red states (including the leadership of Texas) continue for maybe a thousand years as Constantinople did. It’s an interesting thesis, in any case.

Then there is Steven Hayward at PowerLine who posits that Trump is (whatever happens now) the most consequential one-term president since Lincoln. He makes the point that Trump has led a realignment that may be as great as that led by FDR who took four terms to accomplish what Trump has in one. I agree with him.

In two posts, The Adaptive Curmudgeon summarizes his (and my) view from the trenches, in the first, published just before SCOTUS ran and hid in their bunker, he said this:

[…] Resignation has not been the feel of the world. The press is screaming at me until every intellectual circuit is muttering “we’re doomed” but my soul senses otherwise. I know “doomed”. This ‘aint it. Doomed is a gutless leader facing a wise and implacable foe doing incremental measured misdeeds. We have a guy who’s never backed down from a fight facing a stupid, overconfident, and power drunk group that just plain isn’t up to the task of coup. Yeah, I said it. It’s a coup. They’re chumps for initiating it. Sloppy, uncontrolled, incapable of recognizing a time to retreat, domestic (and foreign?) enemies have acted like toddlers with a machine gun. Our would be oppressors are dangerous, but they’re losers and idiots.

Yup, that’s what I saw as well, and to a point still do. In the second just a day or so ago he says this:

Texas offered an “all in” argument but the SCOTUS took a powder. Fuck them. Texas wasn’t the only game in town. Ironically, it was the argument least likely to publicize the cheat. Meanwhile, each “contested State” has one or more independent legal actions. They’re still ongoing.

I like this movie. I’m not a “sprint to the finish” kind of guy. I like to win with grinding certainty. Slow and steady, hard to refute, documenting every step of the way. Legal action in every State is doing what I want; carefully establishing facts.

So do I, the legal equivalent of Grant’s Overland Campaign. grind them up till they’re destroyed, and about that time Sherman will come along and kick them in the ass. It’s a decisive war-winning strategy.

At The American Spectator, Lou Aguilar reminds us of something else: Real Men voted for Trump. He writes:

A new poll from the Survey Center on American Life found that self-reported “masculine men” overwhelmingly supported President Trump in the last election, 55 percent to 35 percent (“less masculine” men went for Biden 58 percent to 40 percent). Yet even without the alpha dog in the White House, these masculine men will battle the Swamp. That’s because tough guys will do what they always do: usurp tyranny and unreality, beginning with the liberal dream of a Rainbow Coalition. The greatest obstacle to a permanent majority of minorities is male bonding, which partly explains the record high non-white turnout for Trump. In the same poll, 71 percent of black men and 70 percent of Hispanic men (a group that includes me) identify as “completely masculine.” Pitiably, only 54 percent of white men do — too many having buckled under their racial and gender shaming by liberals.

And that is what makes red states red, in my experience, the men (and women too) here are people who actually do things, make things, fix things, and above all live in the real world. We simply know that anyone who says there’s an easy way is full of bullshit, and not fit to lead a horse to water. He also reminds us of the cycle that Spencer Klavan summarized for us.

Weak men make bad times.

Bad times make strong men.

Strong men make good times.

Good times make weak men.

He says we are someplace between the first and second cycles, I think he’s right.

That’s the major takeaway today, the corollary is from our history.

Hold the Line and keep your powder dry.

Sunday Funnies; Monolith, Wuhan Flue, and Fraud

And so, another week

And of course

 

 

The American Schism

Depending on your knowledge of church history, you may or may not know the term ‘schism’. There have been three in Christendom, and one that is but is not called so. The first is when the Nestorians (including Alexandria and the Copts left after the Council of Chalcedon in 451, the second is when the Eastern Orthodox left after the addition of the filioque in the Creed, the one not really called that is the Reformation, where the Protestant churches left Rome’s sway. The third one is the one that concerns us here, the one sometimes called the Babylonian Captivity. where there was a Pope in Avignon, France and for most of the time there was also one in Rome. None have been good for Christianity.

It was political, as the Papacy was getting too involved in politics for the Pope’s taste, and then after the papacy moved back an overmighty bureaucracy (The College of Cardinals) appointed a second Pope in Avignon. This went on for 69  years.

So what has this to do with 2020 America? This, that schism divided the church rather badly because both sides were hurling thunderbolts, excommunion, interdict, heresy, all those fateful words that made fellow communicants into the other, and not entirely human. And that is where we are. Writing in American Thinker, Steve Deace says:

History may not repeat, but it often rhymes. America is not merely divided, as many of today’s political commentators claim, but it’s in the midst of a Great Schism as the church was in Avignon. Two completely distinct cultures are now simultaneously claiming the same nuts and bolts of the structure of America as their own, but with holistically different reasons and visions for doing so. One side wants to use it to maintain a way of life that was once considered traditional in America. The other desires revolution to undo many of those traditions it views as standing in the way of their reimagining of America.

Unless President Trump’s court challenges to the integrity of the election are successful soon, Joe Biden is going to be sworn in as the next president of the United States on January 20. Given the fact that Biden represents the left’s cultural revolution, on top of the ongoing controversy surrounding his potential election, it’s quite likely that many of the 74 million people who voted for Trump’s re-election would see Biden as an illegitimate president from the get-go. And we’ve already lived through four years of Democrats and their media attempting to de-legitimize the Trump presidency even before it began.

This is the language and behavior of schism.

He’s right, I will not, no I can not, receive as legitimate an election so rife with fraud that it was prima facie stolen from the president. I could not have if it had been this obvious that President Trump had in 2016, even though I agreed with much of what he said, and I certainly can not with Joe Biden, who from reports may have sold his loyalty to the Chicoms and the Ukrainians for money, not to mention to every tinpot globalist, and proposes almost every policy that has been proven to bring about the death of prosperity and the rule of law. Nope, can’t do it. And you know what, there about 70 million Americans who think just like I do.

Obama, you may remember whined that America is ungovernable (he’s not wrong, it’s a feature of a free country, not a bug) but you ain’t seen nothing yet. When people who don’t get involved in politics, get involved in politics, things change.

If Trump is ultimately denied the presidency, he will not drift off into irrelevancy as his detractors hope. Quite the contrary: Losing this way despite massively growing his appeal among voters compared to 2016 will only make Trump stronger in the hearts and minds of his base. He will become a living martyr — something even more powerful than a president in some ways, a symbol of how far the left in America is willing to go to end anything American conservatives view as worthy of conserving: Fake News, Fake Borders, Fake Laws, Fake Genders, Fake Science, Fake Russian Collusion, Fake Pee Tapes, Fake Independent Counsels, Fake Ukrainian Collusion, Fake Social Media, Fake COVID Panic Porn, and now Fake Elections.

The right in America has finally gotten the message the American left has been trying to convey — leftists have no intent of sharing Americana with those who still believe in it. If you cherish normalcy, let alone righteousness, you will be made to care — to the point that nothing remains sacred or agreed upon. Nothing is exempt from the gaslighting — not even a drug that is suddenly claimed to be dangerous after 60 years of being publicly certified as safe.

The American left is altering the deal, and it now stands as this: either you end your way of life voluntarily, or we end it for you. That’s it, take it or leave it.

To lose to these leftists, and this disputed way, will make Trump president in absentia to millions of Americans.

Do read the article, but

Yet yes, all of that and more, the representative constitutional republic is the holy of American holies, second only to God Himself, you profane that temple at your peril. In a very real sense, none of what is happening now in the legislatures or the courts matter, we are watching the last chapter of a dismal play whose actors are mostly pseudo men of no vision or leadership, less in intelligence than the Wuhan Flu and the backbone of a worm. The upshot is that Joe Biden (or Kamala Harris) will never be the legitimate president of the United States of America.

What will happen, no one really knows, but I fear we will find out.

 

 

How is this possible?

Is this really America? I’ve already spoken about the sacredness of the American vote in an American election in any State of the United States of America. Perhaps I was wrong.

This is a video of a live hearing by the Pennsylvania State Senators and State Congressmen of some of the people who were poll count observers who signed affidavits of fraudulent votes, questionable actions by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, incorrect behavior by count floor managers, poll workers who, for whatever reason, advised walk-in voters that that walk-in voter already had a vote listed under their name – and they had not yet voted. Watch and listen to this video very carefully – it will help you decide for yourself whether or not this was a free and unhampered election. [The convening Senator has been banned by Twitter, I’m told. so if the video has been disappeared, you’ll know why. Neo]

This is people; this is not even a look at the polling machines. People did these things. Our ‘fellow Americans’. Our neighbors, members of our churches or civic groups, our relatives – our fellow Americans. I am now at the lowest point I’ve been in since this whole election started. I’ve always – always – been proud to be American. Right now, I’m not so sure. If there are so many ‘fellow Americans’ ready, willing, and able to abort, alter, interfere, damage our voting process and its ultimate result, then the America I grew up in died a long time ago. I’m having a great deal of trouble processing that thought.

The allegations are horrendous. The people who signed affidavits are, indeed, very brave. This is the cancel culture now – these people have put themselves at risk; not only the risk of a felony if they are lying, but also the risk of the same ilk of people who threaten the head of the GSA. They may have put their very lives on the line in stepping forward. There are further ramifications – and outrage – and NEO is going to speak to those issues.


From Neo:

What happened this week, is best served by analogy, I think. Think of an Iowa class battleship going into a surface gun action in World War Two, say the USS Trump. The ship has 9 16 inch guns which can be individually aimed or fired from anything from one at a time to a full salvo. Each round has a range of about 30 miles and weighs as much as a small car. In fact, I have seen video footage of the New Jersey firing a salvo during the Korean War, the recoil literally shoves the 869 foot long 57,000-ton ship sideways through the water. That’s a lot of power. That what was fired in Pennsylvania above, I’m not sure if it was an opening shot or a salvo but it was main gun action.

The video listed above is the raw data, perhaps the best legislative hearing I have seen in years, serious people doing serious things, and is plenty self-explanatory. But for context here is another video, from a lawyer who I think knows what he is talking about

Yes, it is long, and he talks fast, but he covers the ramifications better than I can.

But the battleship has other weapons, the Iowa class had 25 5 inch guns (a full-on destroyer has 3). These are dual-purpose weapons for anti-ship (and shore) but also anti-aircraft use. These secondary batteries also fired this week.

As Scott Johnson of PowerLine tells us…

Sidney Powell has filed her federal lawsuit challenging the outcome of the vote in the presidential election in Georgia. The lawsuit is brought against Georgia state officials including the governor, the secretary of state, and the members of the election board on behalf of six Republican Georgia electors and two Georgia Republican Party officials.

Given that the complaint runs to 104 pages, readers may want to turn to John Solomon’s brief Just the News Just the News summary. Andrea Widburg goes into greater detail on the allegations in her American Thinker column on the complaint. […]

The lawsuit raises a host of factual and legal issues with respect to which I have no knowledge or expertise. Among other things, the complaint sets forth a legislatively unauthorized alteration in the method prescribed by statute for the handling of absentee ballots.

Among other things, the complaint alleges the huge international conspiracy that Powell previewed at the Trump legal team press conference last week. There seems to be some distance between proof of what theoretically could have happened and proof of what actually happened (in each case, according to the affidavits). I may well be mistaken, but there also seems to be some distance between proof of what actually happened and the relief requested.

This could be the secondary batteries firing but as it moves forward has the possibility of becoming targets of the main battery. If it can be proven, and Sidney Powell has a reputation as a sober and very effective lawyer, this could be quite a case.

Also, in Georgia

Lin Wood writes: “Thanksgiving Eve News! 11th Circuit granted my Emergency Motion for Expedited Review of lawsuit challenging validity of GA election procedure. We The People delivered a historic landslide win for @realDonaldTrump in GA & nationally. We The People will not allow it be stolen.”

Also in Pennsylvania, a Court has ordered a stop to any further action in perfecting the vote. this may be too late about that but there is a hearing tomorrow in this court on the legality of the modifications to absentee voting that turned it into vote by mail, without legislative authority. This is one of the cases that may well go to SCOTUS.

And there is something else, call it action for the 20  mm and 40 mm automatic cannons on that battleship. Has anybody thought about what will happen if the election of Biden is overturned, either into the Congress or in the Electoral College? It may not be likely but it is certainly possible. Especially to the Legacy Media, who have memory-holed or not even covered the story at all. I rather doubt that they (including Fox, which committed public suicide on Election Night) can survive such a thing. I read yesterday that Fox News is threatening their contributors who also appear on Newsmax that they will not be on Fox if they don’t quit. As they are doing so they sound like CNN talking about Red State America, and Red State America is returning the ‘love’ with interest.

Finally, on a Trump legacy issue, the Supreme Court Wednesday issued an injunction that said the Governor of New York may not violate the 1st Amendment by shutting down the free exercise of religion while allowing liquor stores to open, as he tried recently. From The Federalist.

The per curium opinion determined that New York’s targeted responses run in direct opposition to the First Amendment, stating, “Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten. The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

This is from Justice Gorsuch:

Nothing in Jacobson purported to address, let alone approve, such serious and long-lasting intrusions into settled constitutional rights. In fact, Jacobson explained that the challenged law survived only because it did not “contravene the Constitution of the United States” or “infringe any right granted or secured by that instrument.” Id., at 25.
Tellingly no Justice now disputes any of these points. Nor does any Justice seek to explain why anything other than our usual constitutional standards should apply during the current pandemic.

Mr. Ed at Samizdata notes that:

Whilst the United States Supreme Court is so constituted, there is hope for the Republic, even though this was a 5-4 victory. Meanwhile in the UK, any hope of help from the courts is a deranged fantasy. But the courts may serve a purpose in demonstrating that point.

And that is how President Trump may yey save the Union.

 

Sacred

Putting religion aside just for a moment, there are things in life which we hold sacred. Our families and loved ones are sacred to us; we don’t want anyone or anything interfering with them. The relationship between pet owners and their animals is sacred; one of the great betrayals is an owner who abuses his animal. There are other sacred situations but the one I want to talk about right now is voting.

When I saw this video, I quite literally gasped. I was astounded and horrified. Shocked doesn’t even begin to express how I felt.

Voting, in America, is a sacred duty and a reassurance that we are, indeed, free to vote for whomever we decide is the best person for the office. Conservative news reporting on our current situation is absolutely correct; every single voter in America should be up in arms about this election fraud. It affects every single one of us, whether we voted or not. But we all pray, or keep our fingers crossed, or hope that the person we want is also wanted by enough other people to get that person in office. Voter fraud nullifies your vote! It makes us, the voters, immaterial. It puts a gag in our mouths and silences our voices. ALL OF US!!! No one – NO ONE – gets to take away our vote. It is our duty and our privilege as Americans to vote and be heard. “The people have spoken” is a joke if the voting process is tampered with. When I saw that video, my reaction was the same as if someone had spit on the consecrated bread at the Communion rail. It’s one and the same to me – the Body of Jesus is sacred; my vote is sacred.

As rational adults, we try to reconcile the actions of the world around us to whatever paradigm one has that defines their lives. I am Christian; my paradigm is Christianity. You may be an atheist, you may be a liberal, you may be a Muslim, but as an American registered voter, you have the right to vote for whomever you decide will make the best choices for our country. No one should be able to interfere with that. Interfering with our voting process undermines the very thing that makes America great – our voice.

I believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Right after that, I believe in America. That there has been a seemingly orchestrated exercise to take away my voice – YOUR voice – is so abhorrent, so frightening, so earth-shattering, that we should ALL stand up and express our outrage. Something must be done that nothing like this can happen again. You can’t tell me that the country that is at top of the chart in every category cannot conceive of a fool-proof voting mechanism.

I hate to admit it but I cannot deny that my faith in America has been shaken. Not in America, per se, but that the love of this country has sunk to such an abject level that interfering in an election has become a game, a sting operation. I have been gamed. YOU have been gamed. This cannot be allowed to stand.

Friday Report

Well, we all know how spectacular the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is. Here’s this year’s

Yeah, Hasn’t 2020 been wonderful?

Then there is the election.

There’s lots of detail involved, but here are the obvious indicators of fraud.

Ya know, if you ran an honest shop, you probably wouldn’t have to physically threaten county officers and their families as the Democratic Stürmabteilung did in Detroit. Amazingly they were commended by the Michigan Gauleiter Governor. The commissioners appeared to give in but when their conditions weren’t met, they refused to sign. It appears that some Apparatchik did stamp their signature on it anyway, but presumably, the Republican legislature is smart enough to disallow such shenanigans.

Georgia has quite a few mislabeled boxes of ballots, Wisconsin went from +100,000 Trump to +100,000 Biden in a couple minutes, as did Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada all have these problems.

Something else they all share is Dominion voting machines and software. If you haven’t heard, Dominion is a shell company for Smartmatic, a Venezuelan company formed to make sure Chavez won big.

Lin Wood, one of the President’s scarily good attorneys linked to this video yesterday

So it’s not over by a long shot, in fact, the move to federal Courts instead of the politicized State Courts is just beginning.

This is important in a couple of ways, our Constitutional Representative Republic is essentially over if we lose trust in the process, and that is in sight.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Gettysburg address, where on a blood-soaked battlefield, President Lincoln asked us to:

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

That is still our mission, to keep the fire of Liberty burning here in our homeland as it has since that day in 1620 when Governor Bradford reminded us that

 For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God, and all professors for God’s sake. We shall shame the faces of many of God’s worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whither we are going.

And they are; I read reports that at the Million MAGA march last weekend there were many many of what we call citizen journalists, from all over the world, filming American patriots working to keep the Fire of Liberty lit. Many were from China, hoping, wishing, and praying that in some way America will free their homeland.

But it is not just China. As always, the European elect despises us, because we have shown their people how to be free. But there have been large demonstrations in all the ancient capitals, from Berlin to London, because the people know that their best chance of being free is that the United States of America remains free.

Katie Hopkins has a message for us:

There was a poem written in 1945, in Britain, that I am quite fond of. It goes like this

Goodbye GI. Don’t leave us quite alone.

Somewhere in England we must write in stone

How Britain was invaded by the Yanks,

And under that, a big hearty ‘Thanks’.

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