Yup! That’s Me!

I’ve been watching some YouTube videos of folks waiting to go into the Tulsa rally for President Trump’s campaign start.

Just a quick recap of one; a young black man stopped his car, in traffic, to yell nasty stuff to the folks lined up to get into the venue. Foul-mouthed and aggressive, he was confronted by a young white woman who needed to be muzzled regardless of her MAGA hat. The young man gets in his car because drivers behind him are asking him to move (respectfully asking, I might add) and someone catches his eye. He sees a black man with a MAGA hat on and asks him, through the car window, what he’s doing there. The black MAGA hat guy says he’s waiting to see Trump “’cause I ain’t never been on the plantation.”

There was a young woman who had been reporting about the growing number of folks lining up to wait for admittance, talking to the folks, walking the line of Trump lovers, and engaging with them with respectful questions and laughing with them when fringe stuff happened around them. She was nearby when the street confrontation went on and when it was over, she interviewed the black gentleman in the MAGA hat. He promptly explained to her why he supports President Trump and was quite knowledgeable and well-spoken and you could tell he had given all this a good deal of thought.

All of which prompted me to go to my browser and see what I would find. As I typed in ‘what is a republican’, I started laughing in anticipation of what I thought I would find. Despite what you hear – everywhere – the third response (not the 10th, or the 100th, or the fifth thousandth) was excellent. I went to that site to see what it would say and I give you the link https://www.republicanviews.org/what-is-a-republican-republican-definition/

[I added what could be called the executive summary from the article here. Ed.]

What is a Republican?

As you can see, the dictionary definition of a Republican is very brief. And since a Republican is simply defined as “a member of the Republican party of the U.S.” it is important to understand what the Republican Party stands for. To understand what a Republican is you have to understand the Republican Party. And that is what the rest of this article examines.

Core Beliefs

The core beliefs of the Republican Party are centered on the idea that each person is responsible for their own place within society. The party believes that the government’s role is to enable the people to secure the benefits of society for themselves, their families, and for those who are unable to do so for themselves. Republicans believe in limiting the Government’s intervention in the work of the individual towards prosperity. The government should only intervene when society cannot function at the level of the individual. This also means that the party believes in keeping the government as close to the individual as possible, and should be focused mainly on the state and community level, not centered at a federal level.

 

Now, I’ve been Republican for fifty years. But, you know, things change, the world changes, and I thought I might find something there to object to. But I read all the information and found it factual, articulate, and rational. Fifty years on, I wouldn’t change anything. If I were registering today, I’d register Republican. Because it’s still a solid Party and still stands for the things I stand for. So – yup; that’s me.

Sunday Funnies, and All That Chaz

Another week.

 

 

 

And, of course

 

Telling America’s Story, and Why It Matters

There is actually one more chap[ter in our trilogy on how the western myth has shaped America. It cams quite a few years later when I was reflecting on various things that go with it. I think it sums up the series fairly well.

We have often talked about the role of the western in how America sees itself, and indeed in how the world sees America. In fact in one her very first posts here, Jessica started the topic, saying…

My father was fifty when I was born, and his tastes in movies became mine. When other teenage girls were swooning about Kevin Costner (really???), I was dismissive. John Wayne was my hero – and remains so. He summed up America for me. Strong, but never boastful about it. I remember crying when I saw ‘The Man who shot Liberty Vallance’ – it was so unfair – it was Tom Donovan, not Ransom Stoddard who shot Liberty Vallance, so why did the latter end up with the girl? Huh, I remember thinking, if I had been ‘the girl’ there was no way I’d have chosen Jimmy Stewart over John Wayne – what was she thinking?  But, as Tom Donovan might have said: “Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim”.

The film’s message, which passed me by in my indignation, was about the passing of the old West, and the place of myth in the making of a nation. America is a nation build around myths and legends. That is not to say they are wrong, it is to say that those movies told a bigger story about the making of a great nation and what made it that. All nations need myths, and the point about the American one seemed to be encapsulated in my second favourite John Wayne film – ‘She wore a Yellow ribbon.’ Captain Nathan Brittles was the quintessential quiet American. A man who, having lost his family, was married to army, and who did his duty, no matter what. My teenage heart went out to him, and I was very sniffy about the heroine going off with those ‘boys’ rather than a ‘real man’.

I really can’t see how ‘the girl’ was going to lose, having to choose between John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, but Jess’ later reflection is dead on point, I think. Very good insight for a young British err Welsh lass, I think. Building a civilization is one time (and not the only one) when the only thing that will stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.

I also think it a very good analogy for what we are now seeing in our cities. To me, many of the leftist politicians closely resemble Liberty Valance. 

In fact, a few days later, in a music post that summed up the week, called True Grit, I said this.

My background is Scandinavian  our myths had to do with gods and goddesses. But, we have something else as well, we have our sagas from the time when we went out into the world, and settled Iceland and Greenland, many say we founded both Moscow and Dublin, and the Eastern Emperor’s Varangian Guard were Swedish as well, and a fair number of Anglo-Saxons found it a welcome refuge starting in 1067. A little boastful perhaps but, it’s well to remember that the Viking age ended in a resounding clash of arms as the Danish King of England defeated the King of Norway and two weeks later lost to the Duke of Normandy.

That’s what these films are: The Saga of America.

Jess asked her Mummy a very valid question back when she was 10 when she asked “What is America for, Mummy?” But she got it a little wrong, the real question is, “Who is America for, Mummy?”

Because it’s the Saga of ordinary men and women, who dreamed of living free, and were willing to do the hard, dangerous, and often dirty work of making that dream happen. Even if they were a one-eyed fat man or a Texian whore. America has never been about class or social standing. That’s what I think America is, the new start of western civilization and of the people with True Grit.

And you know, we’re not the only ones. Last week in The Federalist,  Inez Feltscher Stepman, told us about her favorite top ten westerns (and ten extras). Her ranking are somewhat different than mine, but not all that different. I think she might have seen more of them than I have, which is a low bar. One thing stood out for me. Did you know that one of the most effective posters made and used by Solidarity, in the eighties featured Gary Cooper, in his role in High Noon? I didn’t, but the character shown by one man standing alone against evil is a central part of most of the westerns, and of the American character. It’s also why the collectivists all over the world hate us. Here’s a bit from Inez…

No film genre is more quintessential to the American soul than the Western. The virtues Westerns champion—courage, moral clarity, self-reliance, individualism—are American virtues; their vices—excessive or hokey moral simplicity, caricatures of the enemy—are American too. Westerns are so synonymous with the legend that is America that it’s little wonder that from their heyday in the 1950s until today, they’ve played a key role in shaping our perception of ourselves, as well as the world’s opinion of us.

The white-hatted cowboy standing firm against long odds is iconic, and not only within our borders. Western imagery has had such a powerful impact across the globe that Gary Cooper’s character in “High Noon” (No. 3) was used by the anti-Communist Polish party Solidarity in a poster campaign urging people to overcome their fear of tyrannical system and show their true colors at the polls.

She expanded on that in a podcast with Mary Katharine Ham this week. it’s good listening.

Only one hint, though. Her number one is in my top three, and the exact ranking depends on the day.

Inez also gives the outstanding advice that if you are not enthused with current movies, and who is, why not watch some of these twenty movies. I certainly am going to! 🙂

And that probably has something to do with why Archbishop Vigano wrote to President Trump telling him this amongst other things: (via Human Events).

For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship,” Vigano wrote, adding, “And I dare to believe that both of us are on the same side in this battle, albeit with different weapons.”

Vigano believes Americans “are mature and have now understood how much the mainstream media does not want to spread the truth but seeks to silence and distort it, spreading the lie that is useful for the purposes of their masters.

For as the Archbishop wrote this is indeed the battle between light and darkness, and it will be decided in the United States, And I think the forces of light will win, as light always does over the darkness. You should read that article, snd the Archbishop’s letter which is easily found on the internet.

It may also have something to do with why over 1 million people have asked for tickets for the President’s rally this Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at a venue that seats slightly less than 20,000.

 

 

 

I Just Don’t Know

I’ve had to take a mental health break from the news. I realized something went ‘pear-shaped’ (as our cousins across the sea would say) for me when I forced an email discussion with our priest, a Ghanaian who is now a naturalized citizen. The conversation was systemic racism and unconscious bias. He supports Black Lives Matter and I don’t. In the end, I came to myself, so to speak, with the realization that I depend on him for spiritual things, not the latest news headlines and where he stands. He is perfectly well free to believe whatever he wants to, as long as what he preaches is Gospel. We are still friends and I still support his work in our church.

After that discussion is when I took my mental health vacation and focused on puppy videos and curiously talented bird videos and artistic cake decorating videos. The ringing in my ears had stopped, my breathing became much more regular and something silly I watched made me laugh.

Which brings us to today. I’m only reading video titles, not delving into everyone’s thoughts on what is happening. But then I found out about Seattle. Well, here we go again. My nephew and his partner of twenty+ years, born and raised Seattleans, moved to New Mexico about a year and a half ago. I think they saw the writing on the wall.

So. Seattle. Here is my very serious question to the historians and politicos that people the readership of Nebraska Energy Observer: Would it be a good or a bad thing for President Trump to send in troops to Seattle to restore order? And what do you think that might look like – how should they restore order?

I have to ask you because I simply don’t know.

Idiocracy meet Mobocracy

The title says it all, really.

 

I just want to know when Antifa and BLM are going to pay reparations to the US Army and the Royal Navy for ending slavery

Isetta Few Rioters Straight

Good thing it wasn’t ‘Mostly peaceful’!

This guy is pretty badass too.

Yes, ma’am, right away, ma’am

Coming soon, go ahead and crank it up, you know you want to! 🙂

 

Gonna be more of this

 

Sunday Funnies; What Pandemic?

What pandemic was that?

And, of course

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