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The Silence of the Shepherds › American Greatness

Posted by M. C. on August 14, 2021

And yet it seems that the recall is poised to succeed. And who is most likely to be the next governor of ultra-liberal California? None other than conservative talk show host Larry Elder because he actually is followed by what seems to be a plurality of the people. In an environment in which trust is very low, any amount of the genuine article, earned by exposing oneself to the worst that the establishment can dish out, is priceless.

https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/12/the-silence-of-the-shepherds/

By Angelo Codevilla

Republican officials’ timidity with regard to the outrages that the Democratic Party is committing against the American people under the Biden Administration dampens the American people’s urge to resist. Their default of leadership helps the Democrats’ seizure of long-term oligarchic power. The people’s deep resentment, however, will follow whoever and whatever ventures offer protection. As ever, leadership falls to whomever actually leads.

Unanimously, Republican officials denounce the Biden Administration’s decision to suspend laws requiring rent payments, while continuing to enforce landlords’ obligations to pay their mortgages. But no official is organizing landlords to band together to withhold their mortgage payments from banks. 

Nearly all Republicans decry the government’s collaboration with airlines, schools, and big businesses to establish vaccine passports as conditions to return to normal life. The same goes for mask mandates. All know that public health is an excuse for long-term social control. Yet no one is organizing the majority of Americans who object to this into groups the size of which enable them to stop this power grab. 

No Republican official dissents from the vast majority of Americans who are aghast at the opening of our southern border, and at certain Democrats’ assertion that illegal aliens are essentially “Americans” who should have the right to vote. No Republican has suggested that the next Congress and president has the power and obligation to deport each and every one of them. 

Countless Americans seethe at being targeted as white supremacists whose every objection to government power is presumptively criminal. But no Republican politician has promised to hold to account any and all officials who so abuse their fellow citizens. 

Most Republicans denounce the Biden Administration’s expenditure of trillions of borrowed dollars to further empower themselves, resulting immediately in higher prices for everything, and pricing more and more Americans out of home ownership. Yet nearly half of Senate Republicans voted to approve the $1.3 trillion “infrastructure” bill.

And yet we may be sure that any number of Republicans imagine themselves as candidates for the presidency in 2024. One may ask on what basis senators, who might have used their national standing to organize and lead Americans into collective protective actions but chose not to, will ask for the people’s votes. All will point to statements of theirs that complain about each and every abuse. But joining in the beleaguered Americans’ complaints does nothing to relieve them. Attitude is not the same thing as leadership. That goes for all, from former President Donald Trump to Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

Republicans who hold state or local office, and who use their powers to their limits, are in a category of their own. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, the most prominent of these, has effectively interposed state authority to protect his citizens insofar as that is possible. Some governors and legislators have pledged non-compliance with eventual federal legislation that does away with requirements for identification in elections. Any number of county sheriffs have declared they will not enforce many actual or threatened regulations. In North Carolina, newly elected Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn led a group of citizens to protest a school board’s imposition of a racist curriculum. 

In short, wherever real leadership arises, the people reward it by following it. At some point, local leadership must translate into national leadership, if only because that is the only kind of leadership that now exists.

Perhaps, then, there is little use in decrying the Republican establishment’s effective abdication. They act as they do for a variety of reasons of their own. Some hold back for fear of presuming Donald Trump’s supposed prerogative to lead. But as time passes, Trump’s partisans become as compelled as anyone else to ask where, precisely, words without practical consequence would lead? Others’ reticence is all too clearly connected to their fear of taking upon themselves the wrath of a now nearly all-powerful oligarchy. For whatever purpose, most of the Republican Party is disqualifying itself for reasons of no relevance to the rest of us.

This is what has happened in California. Republicans have not challenged Democrats statewide for nearly a generation. The Democratic Party, exercising a supermajority in the legislature as well as control of each and every institution in the state, has governed in a way that alienated the majority of the state’s residents, causing uncounted numbers of citizens to flee, seeking refuge in other states. The effort to recall the governor who symbolizes this state of affairs came from ordinary people, not from Republican officials. And the Republicans who have sought to profit from those efforts have drawn little public support—money notwithstanding.

And yet it seems that the recall is poised to succeed. And who is most likely to be the next governor of ultra-liberal California? None other than conservative talk show host Larry Elder because he actually is followed by what seems to be a plurality of the people. In an environment in which trust is very low, any amount of the genuine article, earned by exposing oneself to the worst that the establishment can dish out, is priceless.

In sum, the combination of establishment misrule and Republican impotence leaves the field open to whomever takes it upon himself to lead.

About Angelo Codevilla

Angelo M. Codevilla is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University and the author of To Make And Keep Peace (Hoover Institution Press, 2014).

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Democrat Pilot And Republican Co-Pilot Argue Over How Fast They Should Fly Plane Into Ground | The Babylon Bee

Posted by M. C. on June 3, 2021

https://babylonbee.com/news/democrat-pilot-wants-to-crash-plane-at-high-speed-republican-co-pilot-recommends-crashing-at-lower-speed-instead

U.S.—According to alerts from the FAA, the flight crew of a Boeing 747 flying somewhere over the United States is locked in a dispute over how fast they should crash their plane into the ground.

Witnesses say the pilot, a Democrat, wants to fly the plane into the ground at 700 MPH.

The Republican co-pilot, however, has proposed crashing at a much more reasonable speed of 600 MPH. 

“We need to be responsible here!” said First Officer Dan McTan, who prides himself in his Conservative values. “700 MPH is reckless and irresponsible! Crashing at 600 MPH will allow the crew and passengers a full 1.3 seconds of additional life before they are incinerated in a massive fireball! Let’s be reasonable!” 

Pilot In Command Xanderillo Cruggsteen disagrees. “700 MPH is the way to go and you’re a racist!!!!” he responded with a loud and terrible shriek. 

In the end, the crew members elected to dive into the earth below at 695 MPH. Thankfully, the Democrat pilot and Republican Co-Pilot each had very expensive parachutes and were able to bail out safely before everyone else went down. 

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Beginning of US Slavery – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on August 28, 2019

There are several challenges one can make about Hannah-Jones’ article, but I’m going to focus on the article’s most serious error, namely that the nation’s founders intended for us to be a democracy. That error is shared by too many Americans.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/08/walter-e-williams/beginning-of-us-slavery/

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The New York Times has begun a major initiative, the “1619 Project,” to observe the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe American history so that slavery and the contributions of black Americans explain who we are as a nation. Nikole Hannah-Jones, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine wrote the lead article, “America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One.” She writes, “Without the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different — it might not be a democracy at all.”

There are several challenges one can make about Hannah-Jones’ article, but I’m going to focus on the article’s most serious error, namely that the nation’s founders intended for us to be a democracy. That error is shared by too many Americans. The word democracy appears nowhere in the two most fundamental founding documents of our nation — the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Instead of a democracy, the Constitution’s Article IV, Section 4, declares, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” Think about it and ask yourself whether our Pledge of Allegiance says to “the democracy for which it stands” or to “the republic for which it stands.” Is Julia Ward Howe’s popular Civil War song titled “The Battle Hymn of the Democracy” or “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”?

The founders had utter contempt for democracy. James Madison, the acknowledged father of the Constitution, wrote in Federalist Paper No. 10, that in a pure democracy “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.” At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, delegate Edmund Randolph said, “that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.” John Adams said: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall observed, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”

The U.S. Constitution is replete with anti-majority rule, undemocratic provisions. One provision, heavily criticized, is the Electoral College. In their wisdom, the framers gave us the Electoral College so that in presidential elections, heavily populated states could not run roughshod over sparsely populated states. In order to amend the Constitution, it requires a two-thirds vote of both Houses, or two-thirds of state legislatures, to propose an amendment, and requires three-fourths of state legislatures for ratification. Part of the reason for having a bicameral Congress is that it places another obstacle to majority rule. Fifty-one senators can block the wishes of 435 representatives and 49 senators. The president, with a veto, can thwart the will of all 535 members of Congress. It takes a two-thirds vote, not just a majority, of both houses of Congress to override a presidential veto.

In addition to not understanding our Constitution, Hannah-Jones’ article, like in most discussions of black history, fails to acknowledge that black Americans have made the greatest gains, over some of the highest hurdles in the shortest span of time than any other racial group in mankind’s history. The evidence: If black Americans were thought of as a nation with our own gross domestic product, we’d rank among the 20 wealthiest nations. It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, who headed the world’s mightiest military. A few black Americans are among the world’s wealthiest. Black Americans are among the world’s most famous personalities.

The significance of this is that in 1865, neither a slave nor a slave owner would have believed that such progress would be possible in less than a century and a half, if ever. As such, it speaks to the intestinal fortitude of a people. Just as importantly, it speaks to the greatness of a nation within which such progress was possible, progress that would have been impossible anywhere else. The challenge before us is how those gains can be extended to a large percentage of black people for whom they appear elusive.

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Mr. Lubner was born a Republican (without a spine)

Posted by M. C. on August 2, 2011

Kathleen Parker, in today’s Erie Times News, thinks the Tea Partiers should be banned to the nether regions for weakening the Republican party. Kathleen is right but backwards. The traditional Republcan party is the spineless half bother who, like in a Castle movie, should be kept locked in the attic. Read the rest of this entry »

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