Sunday/ Monday Funnies

Didn’t want to overshadow, Remembrance/Veteran’s day so here we go, a day late, and a dollar short. Normal in other words.

One hopes.

 

A historical artifact, left in place to make people wonder!

 

And, of course

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South of the Border, Down Mexico Way

So, I gather some retired generals wrote recently in the Post that sending troops to the Mexican border was illegal or involved them in politics or some such tosh.

The truth is, of course, that the generals are the ones politicizing the use of the troops. It is clearly legal, in fact, it is the reason troops were first raised millennia ago, to protect that which is ours. It’s extremely disingenuous to claim such nonsense.

That is a goodly part of the trouble with the higher ranks of the military these days. They’ve forgotten their Douglas MacArthur…

Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be duty, honor, country.

Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men’s minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation’s war guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded, and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.

Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government: Whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by Federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be.

These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, honor, country.

And in forgetting those words, they risk the heritage of the most trusted institution in the United States, the US Armed Forces. For if they become just another political interest, then they are no longer the guarantor of rights and the guardian of sacred honor that they have made themselves, compared to the distrusted (but necessary) evil thing they were in the eyes of the founders. Who you might remember abolished the army after the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783, preferring to depend on militia rather than risk a standing army.

Let’s let Jonathan F. Keiller in American Thinker explain.

As for defending the border, by supplying logistic support to federal and local police, there could hardly be a more legitimate use of the military. Defending national borders is the core function of government. It is what governments were founded to do in the first place, many millennium ago. People may agree or disagree about the politics of it, but it is disingenuous to question whether defending the border is an appropriate mission.

Just a century ago, the Army went to our southern border as a result of Latin American unrest not dissimilar from what we face today. Mexico was in the midst of revolutionary turmoil, and rebels and government forces alike occasionally violated the American border, sometimes with extreme violence. This not only resulted in direct military action within the United States by Army units defending themselves or civilians, but ultimately General John Pershing’s punitive expedition into Mexico to apprehend Pancho Villa — something akin to policing, though to be sure, not within American borders. But had an opportunity arisen to chase and trap Villa within U.S. borders, thus obviating a cross-border incursion, there is little doubt that military forces would have taken part.

Interestingly, at least to me, a bit of history was made during this expedition. The very first mechanized assault happened as the troops killed Julio Cardenez at San Miguelito Ranch, near Rubio, Chihuahua. You may have heard of the officer leading this detachment. His name was 2d Lieutenant George S, Patton Jr. He made a few more mechanized attacks in the wars of the 20th Century that was just dawning.

He was, during this conflict, an aide to another general you may have heard of John J. (Blackjack) Pershing. His nickname came from being assigned to the 10th Cavalry, one of the original Buffalo Soldier units. Which were indeed also on this expedition, most of the field army was, in fact. Soon it would grow considerably.

Not long after the Post’s revelation about the generals, it ominously reported that volunteer militia groups were arriving at the border to assist authorities there. Here the paper claims that Newsweek obtained a document indicating the current military command is “concerned” about the arrival of the militias. But the same article notes that local militias have effectively operated in the area for a long time, protecting property owners and assisting authorities in finding and apprehending illegal border crossers.

The point here is that if the Post, the Democrats, and the former generals don’t want to deal with citizen militias, then they should support action that makes such deployments unnecessary. The current border environment is a security vacuum, and the arrival of the militias is a direct consequence of that, not Trumpian rhetoric. Legitimate use of the military in the face of an immediate threat to the integrity of the country’s borders will make the citizen militias irrelevant. Are the generals against that?

Indeed, that is something the founders understood quite well. If the regular army doesn’t defend the borders, well the militia will. What’s new is old again.

Election Day

Mark Levin on the importance of the day


He’s spot on, its the most important thing most of us will do, and it sets the course, whether our politicians wish it to, or not.

Scott Adams on the dumbest voters and why they are.

Enjoy

And former Warthog Pilot, the first woman to fly in combat, Colonel/ Congresswoman and Senate candidate Martha McSally has a message

As General Patton was wont to say. you know what to do.

Go and Vote!!!! Action this day!

As Sir Winston would say!

Sunday Funnies, Election Edition

The Unit sent this along yesterday, I probably don’t have to say how pleased I am. Thanks, buddy!

A Fake news primer:

Both are true, only one is accurate. That’s one way it is done.

No picture to go with this one, Thank God!

Reports suggest that Jamal Khashoggi was injected with poison, then dismembered while still alive. So his official cause of death would be “routine abortion.”

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 28, 2018

Doublemint Sunday, double your pleasure

As always from PowerLine (including comments), Bookworm, and PA Pundits – International, and divers wonderful places.

Attempting to Destroy the Country

This has been wandering about in my mind as well, since Hillary! did that interview. From The Federalist.

Hillary Clinton is right. We cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what America stands for. She’s right that we must fight against politicians and activists who degrade the rule of law, seek to delegitimize our elections, spread corruption, attack truth and reason, and try to undermine our national unity. A defiant, defensive, and dystopian political party must be met with determined aggression, not niceties. But she’s living in upside-down world if she believes that’s the Republican Party.

Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, there is no question the Democratic Party is on the side of those working to undermine the American system of government and the American way of life.

When they didn’t get the president they wanted in 2016, Democrats attacked the legitimacy of our election and of the Electoral College. They questioned the integrity of the result and boycotted his inauguration. They encouraged electors to go rogue and overturn the election, and moved to abolish the Electoral College, disregarding its purpose of preventing mob rule. As they undermined faith in the American electoral process in these and other ways, they helped Vladimir Putin achieve one of his primary election-meddling goals.

Democrats weaponized the FBI and the Justice Department in hopes of taking down Trump, or at least of bogging him down in investigations and a cloud of suspicion that would undermine the legitimacy of his presidency. Some who are paid to implement the president’s agenda continue to brag about efforts to sabotage him from within the administration.

When Trump nominated a Supreme Court justice they didn’t like, Democrats disrespected the confirmation process by withholding information, then tried to destroy the nominee’s life by means of an unsubstantiated allegation. Their allies in the press attacked the structure of the Senate and urged them to pack the court. When the nominee was confirmed according to the rules of the Senate, they attacked the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

This is the party that wants to use the military purposed with defending our way of life as a petri dish for progressive social policies. They demand the military enlist men and women with gender dysphoria, then pay for expensive and time-intensive surgeries, and insist women must be in combat roles, regardless of the complications, cost, or potential effects on combat readiness.

More at the link, but it seems so to me, that the Democrats singly and together, have gone round the bend, and unless and until they get a grip on reality, well there is little point in dealing with them. It’s very sad, we need an opposition party for the Republic to work well, but this insane hot mess of a party ain’t it.

I cannot see any reason why a sane person would cast a vote for a Democratic candidate next week, none, not one.

The New World Disorder

Trump is something new, or is he? Actually, no, he’s not. He’s somewhere between Andy Jackson and a revival preacher. And this may well be the American revival. Trent Telenko at Chicago Boyz explains.

It was hard for the Transnational Progressives that dominate American politics and media empires to understand in their gut either President Trump’s successful 2016 campaign or his 2018 campaigning, because Trump’s campaign “Dog whistles” are outside their frame of reference. The reason why is that the Trump political phenomena is very much Trump being a “Fire and Brimstone preacher from the non-denominational Low Church of American Exceptionalism” in the midst of the PC dominated American High Church outlawing displays of the American flag on Cinco De Mayo for “reasons of diversity.”

Sound familiar to you? Yeah, me too (with no snarky hashtag). In the main its what we were brought up in. Maybe especially those of us in striking distance of the old Scots-Irish immigration stream, that is the Old South, the Old Northwest, and everywhere it spread to (with a wave to Texas). That’s a pretty good description of ‘flyover country’ right there. Trent quotes from an article (from 2015) by Emily Johnson.

And herein lies the political genius of Trump. Without tying himself to any particular group, Trump has captured the populist rhetoric of the most conservative elements of the GOP base. He spoke for more than 45 minutes in Knoxville and hardly referred to religion at all, focusing instead on issues related to immigration, defense, and trade. But religion was not absent from the event. It began with a prayer, given by a local law enforcement officer, beseeching God to bless America with a “guiding hand of direction” and a “guarding hedge of protection.” Corum, the 92-year-old first-time voter who warmed up Trump’s audience, also had a great deal to say about good, evil, and God. The United States, she said, “ought to be like it should have been in the beginning” when God bestowed a special blessing on the nation.

But direct appeals to religious rhetoric are less important to Trump’s campaign than is his appeal to far-right voters as a brutally honest man who is only a reluctant convert to the world of politics. For these voters, Trump is like them: a passionate American who was compelled to become involved in the political realm because of his commitment to return the nation to the way it ought to be.

Seems normal to me, really, religion is one of those things that one doesn’t talk about much really, but actions speak much louder than words.

And in a very real sense, America is a secular religion, enhanced because, like Christianity, it is credal, based on the founding documents. It’s not one that conflicts with Christianity, which makes sense given America’s founding by Protestants, some of whom no doubt were fully aware of the two kingdoms.

Walter Russel Mead wrote on the rise of Jacksonian America some time ago, and Trent linked to it. It’s an exceptional article.

He starts with a discussion of our foreign policy since FDR as it shifted from the Hamiltonians to the Wilsonians and back. I, personally, tend toward the Hamiltonian, but primarily a maritime interpretation of it, a good bit like the British Empire mostly did. Professor Mead’s descriptions are apt and even acute. Now we are seeing the discussion more often between Jeffersonians and Jacksonians. This is where we were mostly before World War II.

The distinctively American populism Trump espouses is rooted in the thought and culture of the country’s first populist president, Andrew Jackson. For Jacksonians—who formed the core of Trump’s passionately supportive base—the United States is not a political entity created and defined by a set of intellectual propositions rooted in the Enlightenment and oriented toward the fulfillment of a universal mission. Rather, it is the nation-state of the American people, and its chief business lies at home. Jacksonians see American exceptionalism not as a function of the universal appeal of American ideas, or even as a function of a unique American vocation to transform the world, but rather as rooted in the country’s singular commitment to the equality and dignity of individual American citizens. The role of the U.S. government, Jacksonians believe, is to fulfill the country’s destiny by looking after the physical security and economic well-being of the American people in their national home—and to do that while interfering as little as possible with the individual freedom that makes the country unique.

[The picture above is from the Cruz-Trump rally in Texas last week. Amongst the other things it signifies is the alliance of the Jeffersonians (in which Cruz is often numbered) and the Jacksonians represented by Trump. Not a good sign for the bi-coastal ‘elites’, I suspect.]

You could almost describe it as the

“Get off my lawn”.

school of international relations and government. And it runs deep in the American people. Not to mention that the people are pretty tired of the endless brushfire wars, that kill and maim our people to no discernable purpose.

Stir it all together and you get a political revolt, and you get Trump. And I don’t think the parade is over.

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