Now What?

Last week, the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, outlined, in The Federalist, her ideas of the problems that the election highlighted with the Republican Party and conservatism in America generally. If you believe or hope that there is a road back for the United States this is a very good plan, as I would expect from the best Governor in the US. Here’s what I can share of it, do follow the link and read it all.

Our country has changed. We have failed to educate generations of our children about what makes America unique. Few, if any of them, have been taught the history of our decades-long fight to defeat communism. Meanwhile, the left’s indoctrination takes place every day with kids all across America from the time they walk into a school at age 5 to the time they graduate college at 22.

Republicans have not been disciplined enough to do the hard work. The American people need us to fight for them on a daily basis, not just 30 to 60 days before an election.

Our party has some serious work ahead of us. We are going to have to sit down and collectively answer a very simple question: Why does America need Republicans?

The answer to that is very simple: 2020.

Last year, we saw governments all across the country shut down people’s lives. American citizens could not go to church, run their business, or send their children to school.

COVID didn’t crush the economy. Government crushed the economy. And then, just as quickly, government turned around and held itself out as the savior. Frankly, the Treasury Department can’t print money fast enough to keep up with Congress’ Christmas list.

What is so troubling is that by April, we knew that there was a specific vulnerable population that we needed to protect from COVID-19. But we also knew that the vast majority of people would recover from this virus with no serious difficulty. Despite this, very few changed course.

In 2020, despite the virus, if you wanted to riot, loot, and burn buildings down, the government either stood idly by while you did that, or worse, tacitly encouraged the destruction.

Government didn’t punish the violent criminals. But it did everything it could to punish those Americans who simply tried to defend themselves, their families, their livelihoods, and their property.

What we lived in 2020 is the left’s vision for America. […]

The American Dream is possible because of the principles that we Republicans stand for; the same principles that are under vigorous attack by the other side. We believe in certain ideals and institutions, which have served as an inspiration to people all over the world. Those people hold liberty dear in their hearts. That’s why people all across the globe have uprooted their lives to come to America. And it’s why, today, Americans across the country are flocking to South Dakota.

If you think about it, that’s America’s true diversity. It’s a diversity grounded in the pursuit of truth and the virtuous life, where we will be known by the content of our character and our hard work.

We must go into this battle for freedom with our eyes wide open, educated to the tactics the radical left will use, and yet totally pure in our motives. This isn’t about us. It’s about our children and their future. It’s about the example that we set for them. We have one shot to preserve for our children “the last best hope of man on earth.” If we fail, at least they will know that we did all that we could to hold on to it.

GovernorNoem’s vision of America is very similar to mine and to millions of us across the fruited plain. That vision is unarguably under attack from a competing vision mostly from the coasts and including Washington, that owes much more to Lenin, Marx, Mao, Castro, and Maduro than it does to Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, and Washington. Right now we are losing, that doesn’t mean we’ll lose, but if we keep letting the idiotic cowardly GOP run things we’ll be telling our grandchildren what it was like in the United States where Men (and Women) were free. Kurt Schlichter has some things to say in Townhall as well, and he’s far from wrong.

You know they hate you, right? Really and truly, and they want you silenced, disenfranchised, and dead if necessary. That woman the federal cop shot on video in the Capitol, capped for trespassing, was expendable and so are you. Now, one might be accused of “whataboutism” for this next part, but whataboutism is a moral necessity that highlights the lies that form the foundation of our garbage Establishment, and therefore it must be constantly and loudly practiced. What about all those people killed on video whose deaths sparked riots? Now, the initial read on the shooting seems bad, but being the wacky nonconformist rebel I am, I’ll wait until all the facts are in to make a final judgment and just say at present that the shooting looks questionable. But no one will ask the questions. The cop will be cleared and will never, ever be charged, and even if President Biden’s* U.S. Attorney in the forthcoming State of D.C. were to file charges (LOL, sometimes I even make myself laugh), let’s just say I put the chances of a D.C. jury convicting at about O.J. level.

Capitalism Vs. Corporatism

a nice starter home

Image by girl_onthe_les via Flickr

I just noticed that I have written all week about corruption, in one form or another usually by government cronies. Yesterday I wrote about the rule of law and its breakdown. I remember last weekend a commenter of Freedom, by the Way mentioned that she didn’t feel capitalism made a primary allowance for taking care of families. In some ways she’s right, I didn’t address it then because I addressed other parts of her comments (And Freedom’s blog is hers not mine, this is a complex subject.)

Part of the trouble we have in this country is the ridiculous expectations our young people have. I tend to watch a fair amount of HGTV, and it’s eye-opening what people in their 20’s think they need in a house.

They invariably want stuff that our parents worked somewhere between 20-50 years to have. Dream house stuff: granite countertops, 3 car garages, new (stainless steel) appliances and all. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with anything you want in a house.

I personally want to restore a Victorian/Edwardian house, too. The thing is, I have one in mind, the house would no doubt cost me $250K or more and doing it the way I want to, another $500K. I don’t have it, I don’t have a reasonable expectation of having it anytime soon, so it’s a dream, maybe someday, after I win powerball or something.

Would I consider committing to a mortgage of $750k for that house? No, I wouldn’t. I was taught that borrowing is only OK for things that you know you can afford and need. A car, sure. A $50,000 dollar pickup to drive to work, not so much. A $50,000 dollar truck that makes you money in your work might well be a different thing. I hope you see my point. Anyway, nobody just married in their 20’s needs a four bedroom/3 bathroom house in the suburbs with all the toys as a starter house. I got married when I was 40, our first house was 650 sq ft, we paid $10,000 cash for it. It was fine, and we could afford to fix it, too. And yes, it was nicer than the one in the picture above.

My point is that there is nothing wrong with delayed gratification, we don’t need to have everything we want at once. There is nothing wrong with being frugal and saving and buying stuff you can afford.

Anyway that commenter posited that our corporations can make a market for anything. And that’s only partially true. They can, and do, make products available to us that are better, or different, or more attractive in some way than what came before.

This is crucial, they can not make us purchase them. Not all the advertising in the world can make you do that. Only the armed government can make you do anything.

This is the crux of our problems lately with corporatism, crony capitalism and the rest of the synonyms, they are using the force of the government to force the marketplace. In many ways it is no longer a free market. Parenthetically, did you know that in most places it is illegal not to have electricity in your house? It is, under many of our zoning and property maintenance codes.

The commerce clause has been so overstretched in this country as well as local laws and such, that our great grandparents wouldn’t recognize what we have as property ownership at all, but as merely a lease from our overlords. This sort of thing is why our forebearers came here in the first place.

This paragraph is sort of an aside, you won’t miss much meaning if you skip it but, its interesting. Prior to the 1940’s most Americans had no dealings at all with a bank, they were paid in cash, paid their bills in cash and never borrowed money. Furthermore most banks wouldn’t have made a loan to someone to buy a house, anyway. Do we really think the country was any worse of in say the 1920’s?

A good number of you probably remember the 60’s, maybe even the 50’s as I do. Remember how Ward Cleaver made a decent living so his wife didn’t have to work. Capitalism works only when applied evenly. We didn’t all have Leave it to Beaver lifestyles; we lived within our means, good, bad, or mostly in the middle.

I am emphatically not saying here that women should not work, I am saying that it shouldn’t take two people to support a nuclear family. Women should have the same opportunities as men (and vice-versa). Do what you want. Your life is not my business, mine is not yours, as long as we don’t infringe on each others’ rights.

Capitalism has always been about getting what you want.

If you want to get rich, do it.

If you want to make a decent living and support your family, do it.

If you want to lie on the couch and drink beer and watch TV, you can do that, too, at least for a while, then you can sleep under the overpass with the rest of the bums.

My point is this: In a capitalistic society you define your goals, no one else. You also have the greatest privilege known to man, working towards your goals in your own way at your own pace. Heaven on earth if you choose wisely. If you don’t, it can also be hell on earth, so choose wisely.

Charities are wonderful thing, I believe we have a moral duty to the unfortunate, your beliefs could well differ. Helping the unfortunate is, again in my mind, one of the duties of being a freeman. Do not confuse the unfortunate with the lazy, however, the lazy have made their own choice, they are fortunate that are able to. There are very few people in the US that are completely incapable of making a living. Those who are, either temporarily or permanently, deserve our help.

My other main point is that government is the referee. If I commit fraud on you, I pay the price. And again, vice-versa. As we all know, it doesn’t work very well when the referee is on one of the teams. That’s our bedrock problem in this country.

I suspect I’ll be returning to these points but, let’s see what you think about this whole mess.

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