Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) constantly attacks the Obama administration for "government overreach" and "expanding big government" when it comes to health care, but he is currently writing an amendment to an upcoming defense bill that would allow the U.S. government to lock U.S. citizens in prison on the suspicion of terrorist association, without a trial.Think about what's being proposed here - Graham wants to give Obama the power to permanently imprison an American citizen at whim. This little creep needs to be impeached.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Here's the latest from that manly man from Central, South Carolina, Li'l Lindsey Graham:
That's the title of yet another editorial condemning all this crazy talk about self-government. So I added my own little comment:
Guess the writer never heard of the Declaration of Independence, which states the right of all people to alter or abolish their government. Jefferson wasn't talking about the "right" to cast a meaningless vote for one of two big-government, open-borders candidates, but the right of secession.My comment was quickly rejoined with this greasy spitwad of super-human ignorance:
Jefferson was not talking about secession......that was a new theory born in the 1800's with the fight over slavery..........secession was born of the fight concerning one man owning another..........and it was racist them and its racist now...........Yes, of course. And clearly, any statement with four (count 'em!) FOUR strings of periods denoting profound thought must be taken as the Gospel. Welcome to the age of "Make up your own facts."
Pat Buchanan weighs in on the secession petitions, and what they portend. But of all the comments made so far about the various secession movements, I like Dr. Michael Hill's the best: These petitions, he observes, show that Americans are “breaking a psychological barrier.” That genie ain't going back into his lamp. Tick, tock ...
If you're a wee human about to be hatched, what country would you pick to be born in? Well, the voters have decided - and it's a small country we've discussed before. From The Economist:
Best place to be born in 2013? Switzerland. Though America may be the "land of opportunity," Switzerland will be the best place to be born in 2013 according to a quality-of-life index from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The EIU, a sister company to The Economist magazine, determines quality of life based on surveys of the population covering 11 factors including wealth, crime, family life, trust in government and the stability of the economy.Why Switzerland? It has none of the things that EVERYONE KNOWS a successful country must have. It has no strong central government with the citizen surveillance infrastructure people need to feel secure. It doesn't have military bases dotting the globe. It is sorely lacking in diversity. Worst of all, it's mountaineous. Here's how the Economist explains Switzerland's appeal to new (and not so new!) humans:
With its small but very stable economy, Switzerland comes in first, wealthy, healthy and trusting of its public institutions. The United States, "where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place," the EIU explains.Hmmm - small, local institutions that are close to the people they serve - a country with a strong military that also rejects militarism - local self-determination - states' rights - I don't get it. I guess Switzerland's success will just remain a mystery ...
Thursday, November 29, 2012
We're all running around like headless chickens over the $12 trillion we think we owe. In fact, it's worse than that: Add in DC's unfunded liabilities, and we're actually in the hole for $70 trillion. As Robert Murphy writes in The American Conservative:
The hemming and hawing over the looming “fiscal cliff” is akin to passengers fighting over who gets to sit in the first class seats in a jumbo jet that just ran out of fuel. The U.S. government already sent the country over the cliff years ago; it’s just taken this long to (possibly) acknowledge reality. Legislators may strike a “compromise deal” that will postpone the crisis yet again, but soon enough it will return and with greater vengeance.Keep that in mind the next time a smug government supremacist argues a State can't secede because it couldn't survive without DC's super-human financial expertise. Just to make things perfectly clear, here's the actual spatial relationship between the fiscal cliff and the Thunderbird of state:
Coming soon to your home town:
Muslim immigrants in a town near Copenhagen have forced the cancellation of traditional Christmas displays this year even while spending lavishly on the Islamic Eid celebration marking the end of Ramadan. The controversy has escalated into an angry nationwide debate over the role of Islam in post-Christian Denmark, where a burgeoning Muslim population is becoming increasingly assertive in imposing its will on a wide range of social and civic issues.While the globalists imagine people of the near future will float aimlessly like interchangeable and indistinguishable bio-blobs, human nature just won't work that way. Destroy the majority culture, and people will find a new organizing principle. Problem is, the "new way" might not be as pleasant to live under as the old way. via Vox Populi
Looks like Obama - you remember him, that liberal peacenik who's in the White House - is considering several options for intervening in Syria, including supplying military aid to the rebels. What could go wrong? If DC simply provides military aid, that doesn't mean US troops could become involved. On the other hand, that's how DC got stuck in Vietnam ...
The problem is not a lack of revenue. The problem is excessive spending. A recent Rasmussen poll shows that an overwhelming majority of voters want to shrink the central government, including the obscene budget for the standing military. Not that I expect Congress to act on this, but it's heartening to see so much good sense from so many.
Charleston Voice makes this observation on the rise of secessionism, with special attention to Catalonia:
Ring the bell on this one. Anyone who knows American Southern history can relate to Catalonia sending their tax money to Madrid for little return with the American Southern states sending their tribute to Washington to be spent on northern "internal improvements".And check out what StratRisks says about secession:
Europe hasn’t worked out well for Spain, whose economy has tanked in part due to the EU’s single currency, whose strength undercuts Spain’s export competitiveness and whose low interest rates created the mother of all property bubbles. Spain, after a few years of creditfueled prosperity, now has a 25% unemployment rate, a 20% poverty rate, a tanking GDP and more than 1 million people who have fled the country. That isn’t what the grand bargain of European Union membership was supposed to be all about. The promise of the EU was of material gains and a vast welfare state under a centralized bureaucracy in Brussels, in exchange for diminished nationalities, erased traditions, an end to Christianity and discredited history — in short, the promise of Utopia.The cosmopolitan ruling elite has long dreamed of erasing national identity and melding the world's population into a huge, amorphous mass. That's contrary to human nature, but hey, so are all utopian schemes. It's incredibly satisfying to see people reject this latest forced march to Nowhere.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Great op-ed by Gene Healey, though I'd have titled it, "Burn in Hell, National Greatness Conservatism." Here's what NGC'ers believe, in their own words:
indoctrination centers schools and Hollywood, we've been brainwashed into believing the central government is divinely blessed. As Kristol and Brooks gloated, many Americans need DC-led "crusades" to give meaning to their wretched lives. It's an attitude the Founders would have recognized as that of slaves - and willing slaves at that.
The ruling class has done its job well.
What is, or was, National Greatness Conservatism? As David Brooks described it, NGC was a muscular, nationalist ethos devoted to "great projects designed to physically and spiritually unify the nation." In a 1997 Weekly Standard cover-story "manifesto" entitled "A Return to National Greatness," Brooks decried limited-government conservatives "besotted with localism, local communities, and the devolution of power" and insisted that "energetic government is good for its own sake." "Wishing to be left alone isn't a governing doctrine," he and co-author Bill Kristol (editor of The Weekly Standard, a sister publication of The Washington Examiner) argued later that year in the Wall Street Journal. Instead, Americans needed grand federal crusades to pull them away from private, parochial concerns and invest their lives with meaning.The deluded conservatives who imagine the Neocons are their best buds are still out there - how that's possible stumps me, in view of the crap we're stuck with thanks to big-government goons such as Brooks and Kristol, but they ARE out there. I recently posted what I thought was a supportive comment at one NGC site that featured a post on subsidy-hog Ken Burns. Burns, speaking on Meet the Press (with fellow guest David Brooks, BTW!), claimed that the signers of the various secession petitions were motivated by "racism," because, he proclaimed, the petitions were in response to the re-election of a black man. I pointed out that the League of the South advocated secession when W the Conqueror launched an illegal war based on lies and assumed dictatorial powers. The response from the regular commenters shocked me. "Lies!" screamed the emperor-worshipers, still clinging to the notion that Iraq was a holy war to defend America. I responded with quotes from Bush officials who claimed to know where Saddam was constructing his Death Star, yet were later forced to admit no WMDs could be found. Did that convince the pro-Bush commenters? No - using those quotes only proved that I am a "leftist." Imagine my shock. It dawned on me that this attitude is the greatest obstacle to Americans wishing to downsize government and reclaim traditional liberties. Thanks to the public
Why do the governing class and its paid-for apologists denounce self-determination? It's all about power - power over the people and their money. But as Ron Holland points out here, history is on the side of the people:
There is a reason the global elites and politicians are terrified of secession. All "sanctioned" history lessons and political messages attempt to cover up the fact that most national and tax-jurisdictional boundaries are constantly changing, around the world. The elites want you to believe that all governments are permanent and hence, you, the citizen, have no alternatives. But take a look back at any map of Europe 25 years ago, 50 years ago and then each previous century and you'll see the actual situation is far different. Actually, during its long history Catalonia has been incorporated into or controlled by Greece, Carthage, Rome, the Visigoths, Moorish or Muslims, the Franks, the nation of Aragon, the Habsburgs and finally, Spain.And let's not forget that Spain under Franco (1939-1975) was especially brutal. The totalitarian Franco oppressed Catalan and Basque independence movements, set up concentration camps for dissidents, and had up to 200,000 opponents murdered. Why would the people of Catalan want to remain under a regime with a history like that? Fun fact: The US supported Franco's regime. Richard Nixon even toasted Franco as "a loyal friend and ally of the United States." Birds of a feather.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The left's war against biology just opened another front.
WND has this report of the far-reaching repercussions of the rise of secessionism. In discussing the recent victory of secessionist parties in Catalonia, now part of Spain, the report includes these comments from Dr. Michael Hill of the League of the South:
The modern nation state “is out of touch with the local realities of life” according to Dr. Michael Hill, the president of the League of the South, a Southern nationalist organization, who was inclined to comment to WND in regards to the Catalan election results. From a Southern nationalist perspective, Hill described the election results as a “good thing to have this happen.” Adding that in regards to 50 state petitions that recently emerged, that many Americans are “breaking a psychological barrier.” Similar to the European cases, many Americans are growing increasingly hostile toward what they perceive as their government’s reckless and irresponsible behavior in regards to spending. At $16 trillion deficit and growing, with rising unemployment, economic recession persisting and a government increasingly divided, many Americans are no longer expressing a difference of opinion, but rather an expression of rage. ... These separatist movements are, according to Hill, “Indicative that we are entering a new phase” in the political and social history of the 21st century. He then said that these separatist movements are “on the cutting edge of the revolutionary trend of the 21st century.”Spiralling debt, uncontrolled immigration, loss of national identity, an over-extended military, an increasingly dictatorial and alien government - like Rome, the DC Empire is crumbling at its foundations. And some people still think that repeating "Secession is illegal!" will make all these crises magically disappear.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sale argues that “a state as large as 305 million is ungovernable.” He martials to his cause an abundance of evidence of bureaucratic fiscal bloat, unmanageable borders, escalating health costs, and failures in education and a host of other unmet social needs—all of which are tied, in some measure by his account, to the size of the country. Surveying the global political landscape, Sale observes that 58% of the world’s political entities are smaller than Switzerland (7.7 million). In terms of prosperity, Sale notes that 18 of the top 20 nations ranked by per capita GDP are smaller than 5 million. Citing indices of well-being taken from the Wall St. Journal, the Economist, and Freedom House, he offers similar measurements of freedom, civil rights protections, and literacy rates, all of which affirm his argument that smaller states enjoy a relative advantage over very large ones in achieving the conditions for social health and prosperity.Both nullification and the right of secession spring from the fact that the original 13 colonies seceded from Britain and won their sovereignty as independent nations - an inconvenient truth for apologists of big government and empire. Be sure to read the whole thing. Then re-read it.
Stories like this make me wonder: Which State will secede first?
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Local self-determination scores a major victory in Catalonia:
Exit polls from elections in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia show the majority of local parliamentary seats will go to nationalist parties that favor independence from Spain. Early returns from Sunday's vote show the national alliance of incumbent regional president and pro-independence candidate Artur Mas has taken at least 48 seats in the 135-seat parliament, down from its current total of 62. The separatist Republican Left (ERC) doubled its share to around 20 seats. Both parties have pledged to hold a referendum asking Catalans if they wish to split from Spain, a move the central government says would be unconstitutional.The 21st century is going to be an exciting one. As mankind abandons the totalitarian ideologial state of the 19th and 20th century, we will rediscover the "genuine community" of traditional culture. Know hope.
Posted by Old Rebel at Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The people of Catalonia will exercise a right we here in the "freest nation on earth" do not have: to vote for self-determination. Naturally, the parasites in Madrid who depend on a bloated bureaucracy aren't happy about this. But the people of Catalonia look at the vote a little differently:
Jeroni Mayne, 63, a retired financial consultant pushing his nine-month-old twin granddaughters, [said,] "In my heart I've always felt Catalan, never ever Spanish. We are on the verge of an important and proud moment in our history." Nodding towards the sleeping girls he added: "They will grow up in Catalonia, an independent country recognised across the world, and it will be great."What's the bottom line of all these stories about secession? Simple: The 20th-century megastate is dead. Good riddance.
Loyal reader Johnny writes: I watched Hannity discuss secession with a leader of the Texas Secession Movement. I knew what to expect of Hannity. But, I share Richard Weaver's passion for rhetoric and use of language, so I watched it to pay close attention to the use of verbiage. Hannity immediately came out on the attack, even with his first facial expression. The guest promoting secession diffused Hannity's anger. I was actually shocked how Hannity wilted in front of the man. I've never seen Hannity wilt so much. I thought Hannity was almost speechless. Not even that "America's is the last best hope" came out of his mouth. The secessionist diffused Hannity's anger. It is encouraging to see that wilting from Hannity caused by a thoughtful and respectful secessionist. After watching the video, I have to agree - Miller managed to get Hannity to concede that those behind the various secession movements have a point. However, at the end of the interview, Hannity pledged his fealty to the DC Empire and predicted "conservative" values would somehow triumph again within the existing system (though the Third-World colonizers DC encourages to settle here are very unlikely to convert to Western traditions). Good job, Daniel Miller! Also, be sure to read this related article from Business Insider: Why Texas Could Probably Secede
Friday, November 23, 2012
Vickers Shelley has joined the Southern Poverty Law Center as its new director of public affairs. This announcement states her previous association with the Democratic National Committee, the NAACP, and the Clinton Administration. I hope that ends those nasty accusations that the SPLC is a "left-wing" organization.
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
One of the more entertaining effects of the secession petitions was the shocked reaction of establishment apologists. Whether they call themselves liberal or Neocon, all government supremacists despise assertions of the right of self-government. Why, they shrieked, secession is un-American! It's treason! It's illegal! So this short, fact-based response from Thomas DiLorenzo will be a handy reference for rebutting the historical ignorance of those whose loyalties are to the empire. Those of us who are loyal to our heritage, including its traditions of liberty, have the truth on our side.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing." PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, asking President Obama to end the turkey pardon tradition. How long until we have a civil rights movement for germs?
Ron Paul sees the flurry of secession petitions as evidence of deep-seated rejection of the DC Empire. When the people view their government as having lost its legitimacy, the game's over. And DC, by exporting jobs, assuming dictatorial powers of indefinite imprisonment, and by imposing demographic revolution, has clearly shed the last pretence of serving our interests and protecting our liberty. Tick, tock ...
Monday, November 19, 2012
The deification of Abe the war criminal continues:
For starters, the film’s opening and closing sequences are so sappy and adulatory that it diminishes the far grittier and more realistic picture seen in the middle of the movie. This is made only worse by the silly line spoken to him about his presidential popularity: “No one’s ever been loved so much by the people.” Yet this film takes place right after Lincoln’s re-election, which he won by a 10-point margin … after you discount the votes from half the country (thanks to secession). Considering roughly 70 percent of the country hated his guts and half the country up and left the union because of his first election, I’m just not feeling the “love” for Lincoln.Too bad they didn't use Tom DiLorenzo's book as a source. But then, it's obvious the point was myth-making, not history.
The ruling class and its apologists are getting jittery about all this talk about secession. Time to toss some cold water on those seething masses. So here's Time magazine's sniffy condemnation of all that silly secession talk. Hey, Bubba, even Scalia says you're stuck! Think the right of self-determination that Scots, Basques, Castilians, Slovaks, and Kosovars have also apply to you? Who ya gonna believe, a beloved "conservative" justice, or your nutty reading of a 230-year-old document?
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Check out the muddle-headed comments at the end of this article on North Carolina's secession petition. And this passage from the article itself is so dazzlingly uninformed it hurts to read it:
For some who signed it, the petition may just be a symbol of frustration, not an actual request to secede. Secession is prohibited in both the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions.Let's set our fellow Southerners straight on this one. I added my two cent's worth.
In 1978, Jim Jones, a U.S. pastor, led 914 of his followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink. Cult members who refused to swallow the drink were shot. Jim Jones put the "cult" in multiculturalism. He terrified his rainbow congregation with warnings that evil conservatives were going to steal their children and turn them into fascists. Jones's blend of fanaticism and paranoia perfectly illustrated the leftist personality disorder.
Friday, November 16, 2012
You'll definitely want to check out this statement from Dr. Michael Hill, who is proud to announce, "The on-going internet Secession Petition campaign has been quite an affirmation for those of us who were secessionists before secession was cool!"
Who remembers this admission from Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright? A half-million Iraqi children died as a result of DC's sanctions against Iraq. All in a day's work, says Albright. You have to have ice water in your veins to hear the reptilian Albright proclaim that DC's policies are worth such a grisly human cost and not feel revulsion. And don't imagine Albright's attitude is the exception: It's DC's standard policy. Obama is just as bad - his illegal sanctions against Iran are also responsible for the death of innocent children. From the Future of Freedom Foundation:
It was inevitable. Today the Guardian reported the first death of an Iranian child from the U.S. Empire’s sanctions on Iran. The death of 15-year-old Iranian Manoucherhr Esmaili-Liousi brings to mind the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children from the 11 years of sanctions that the Empire enforced against Iraq during the 1990s. According to the article, the boy suffered from haemophilia, and he died as a result of a shortage of medicine brought on by the sanctions. He died in the hospital after his parents were unable to find the medicine needed to save him. The number of Iranian deaths is almost certain to rise. The article cited a detailed report recently published by the New York Times on how sanctions were suppressing medical imports, including such things as the tetanus vaccine and baby milk.I once reminded a heel-clicking war supporter of the human misery DC caused in Iraq, and he stiffly informed me the US was not responsible for the Iraqi children who died due to the sanctions and invasion. No, it was Saddam's fault for not bending to DC's will. That's the imperial mindset that has poisoned this country. There's a term for it: psychopathy. It's indistinguishable from what is considered American "patriotism" these days. And people wonder why we want to secede.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
In 1777, the Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation. Article II of the Articles clearly stated, "Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled." The principle of state sovereignty was to be replaced by the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.
An online petition calling for the secession of North Carolina from the United States has enough signatures to prompt an official response from the White House. Bernhard Thuersam, Chair of North Carolina League of the South, said the petitions may not achieve what they call for, but they are a start, nonetheless. "To go to the federal government and say 'please, can we secede?' is really not the proper way to do it," he said.True - at this stage, we're just planting seeds. But don't you just know DC will provide ample fertilizer?
It's obvious that the sudden surge of secession petitions has driven the Empire's apologists totally mad. They simply cannot conceive popular resistance to the central government that is OBVIOUSLY the fount of all that is good. The Charlotte Observer, for example, is so shell-shocked by North Carolina's petition receiving the 25,000 signatures required for an official response that it can only respond with tired, recycled slogans. Here's the lede of the Observer editorial on the secession drive:
Seceding from the United States? One pundit wise-cracked, "Hasn't that been tried before?"Clever, eh? But it gets worse. Check out these DEVASTATING arguments from the Observer editorial, followed by my response: "Remember, we had a Civil War to settle that issue nearly 150 years ago." So, constitutional law is settled by brute force? By that reasoning, John Wilkes Booth legally ruled Lincoln's election invalid. "The new movie "Lincoln" could be a good flick to see as an apt reminder." Yes, whenever there's a debate about the historical record, or the Founder's intent in drafting the Constitution, rigorous research in the form of going to the movies is always the best approach. "The Civil War ended and the union was kept intact." Wrong. The Civil War destroyed the voluntary union of free people, and established the supremacy of the federal government, backed by the subsidy seekers in industry and banking. Expect to see a whole lot more such nonsense and historical illiteracy as DC inevitably sinks deeper in corruption and bankruptcy.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
North Carolina State Chair Bernhard Thuersam was interviewed this afternoon regarding the secession petitions flooding into the White House website and dominating network and cable news channels. Asked for the reason why the petitions are receiving so much attention, he replied that “this is an unmistakable reaction of North Carolinians to the recent national election, and the continuance in power of a party and president unable to stop the runaway spending, incessant foreign wars, and porous borders allowing illegal immigrants to threaten our peace and culture. The citizens of North Carolina and other States want this to stop -- if the current federal agent of the States in Washington will not respond – these citizens will leave this failed union and form a more perfect one.” The interview will air on WECT-TV tonight at 11PM, and can be viewed on the www.wect.com website after airing. From the NC LS News Service
In response to my post about those valiant defenders of the empire who want signers of secession petitions to be stripped of their American citizenship and deported, Connie Chastain retorted, "Hilarious. The LAST thing that happens to noncitizens in this country illegally is getting deported."
If you scroll down to the comments section of the numerous articles on the secession petitions, you'll encounter much snark and attitude toward those of us who want to reclaim self-government. We're ignorant, we're racist, we're treasonous - why, our motivations are CLEARLY anything OTHER THAN the motivations we state for supporting secession, which is to stop an out-of-control central government. After all, who in his right mind would want to secede from an authoritarian regime that's busily constructing a vast, secret infrastructure for the purpose of conducting citizen surveillance? This regime, by the way, now has the power to arrest and detain American citizens as long as it wants. Who says the central government has that power? For one, there's the Obama administration itself:
"The president strongly believes that to detain American citizens in military custody infinitely without trial, would be a break with our traditions and values as a nation, and wants to make sure that any type of authorization coming from congress, complies with our Constitution, our rules of war and any applicable laws."Yes, let's make sure some government employee with a law degree assures us the i's are dotted and the t's crossed before we trash the law of the land. All in the name of "national security," of course. What will Obama's supporters say when Team Obama unleashes that power to crush dissent? And I wonder what those supporters will do when he starts to reward his supporters in the name of promoting racial equality? It's coming:
If your organization has a policy or practice that doesn't benefit minorities equally, watch out: The Obama administration could sue you for racial discrimination under a dubious legal theory that many argue is unconstitutional. President Obama intends to close "persistent gaps" between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation rates. His remedy — short of new affirmative-action legislation — is to sue financial companies, schools and employers based on "disparate impact" complaints — a stealthy way to achieve racial preferences, opposed 2 to 1 by Americans. Under this broad interpretation of civil-rights law, virtually any organization can be held liable for race bias if it maintains a policy that negatively impacts one racial group more than another — even if it has no racist motive and applies the policy evenly across all groups.What will Obama's young white supporters think when they're unfairly denied jobs? It's going to happen - there's no other way to make racial quotas work. Any racial imbalances in the workplace that reflect those of the school system - you have heard of the black-white performance gap, haven't you? - will result in swift, harsh action. Who remembers Obama's gaffe last March, when, during a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, he unknowingly whispered into a live microphone, "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."? You don't remember that? Well, you're about to find out just how flexible Obama can be now that he's armed with a mandate as well as new, unconstitutional powers to impose his radical agenda. Let's see how silly secession appears then.
How could anyone argue with this appeal from the Texan secession petition?
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect its citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.Well, you can't argue with that. So in response, the Empire's loyal subjects want their god-king to assume even more dictatorial powers to quash the rebellion:
Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported.Very revealing of the mindset of these people, isn't it?
"It is the simple historical observation that the Kuomintang will not voluntarily live under the same governance as the Chinese communists. Pakistanis will not voluntarily live under the same governance as the Indians. Americans will not voluntarily live under the same governance as Mexicans, Chinese, Indians, or Arabs. They just will not do it, and to pretend otherwise isn't so much foolish as insane." Theodore Beale
Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, have met the 25,000 signature requirement to have their petitions recognized. Almost all states are now represented on this site. Many of those already have 10,000 to 15,000. While these petitions hold no weight, it is interesting that so many now view secession as a viable alternative to business as usual.The seed has been planted.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, columnist Steve Lopez offered some kindly advice to conservatives who fear California's new Democratic "supermajority":
I've got some advice for the leaders and members of the California's shrinking Grand Old Party. Your first option is to cut and run. Frankly, I regularly hear from Republicans who so despise California and everything it stands for, I'm surprised they keep subjecting themselves to so much misery. Wouldn't it be better to sell everything, pack up the station wagon and move to Georgia or Kentucky? They think, act and vote red in those states, and they probably hate California at least as much as you do.Which prompted this response from RamZPaul: To clarify what he meant in his video, RamZPaul posted this on his web site: "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." Nicely put.
UPDATE BELOW: I signed, and want to ask every reader to do the same. Click here, open an account, and add your John Hancock to the growing list of Southerners standing up for self-determination. It'll make your day. UPDATE: We are FLOODING the White House! As of 10:46 this morning, 18,041 people have signed. Only 6,959 more are needed by December 9th to require Obama's response. Know hope.
Could North Carolina and South Carolina secede from the Union again? New petitions posted on the White House's website are stirring the debate with thousands of supporters in favor of the movement. In less than 48 hours, more than 4,700 people have signed a petition asking the Obama Administration to allow South Carolina to secede. A separate petition for North Carolina already has more than 7,200 signatures. North Carolina and South Carolina are among 21 states with active petitions on the White House website seeking secession.The comments are very revealing. The antis have nothing but insults in their quiver. All they can do is scream that support for self-government is evidence of "treason" and, oh yes, "racism." Can't say as I blame them - how do you defend an authoritarian government that claims the power to launch wars, imprison its dissidents, and even execute its citizens at will? Name-calling is all the defenders of empire have left. Face it: The news is out. DC has lost its legitimacy.
I don't know of a better way for the people to express their disgust with DC than this:
A petition for Texas to secede from the union, submitted to the White House, reached the number of signatures needed to draw comment from the Obama administration today. The petition appeared on a section of the White House website called "We the People" that invites users with a U.S. zip code to submit or sign petitions about policy changes they would like to see. A petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days for the administration to comment on it. The petition to "Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government," was submitted on Friday of last week. Just three days later, it zoomed past the 25,000 mark at 3:22 p.m. today and kept going.It "zoomed"? I think there's a message in that.
Monday, November 12, 2012
As predicted on this very blog (see here and here), the election of BHO has mainstreamed the League's message that secession is the only answer to DC's excesses. While a Romney win would've pacified conservative opposition to an out-of-control central government, the triumph of the Obama electorate has won more conservatives to the cause of local self-determination. Here's a case in point. This excellent article by Peter Morrison was published on the VDare web site. Check it out:
"[L]iberals are at war not with just the conservative core of this country, but rather with God and Nature. You simply cannot, in perpetuity, take more and more people out of productive work and onto the government dole. Just as the Soviet Union fell, and Rome with its bread and circuses fell, this government will fall, and a remnant of the American people may, with God's help, redeem some portion of our founding vision."Mr. Morrison is absolutely correct. The DC empire is rapidly self-destructing. So we all have to ask ourselves: Why would anyone choose to stay on the Titanic?
As a result of Tuesday's election, Americans in 15 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States, Regina Conley reported at Red Alert Politics on Saturday. So far, she says, residents in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, New Jersey and ten other states, have filed petitions at the White House petition site requesting secession. A petition for New York to secede was file by "C R" of Grand Forks, North Dakota on Saturday. Examiner's Sheila Carroll says those other states include Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Oregon.Let's see if this attracts the attention of local politicians who see the trend of the future, and decide to lead.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
What odd timing:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told NBC News that she would have "stood up for him." "I wanted him to continue," she said. "He was good, he loved the work, and he had a command of intelligence issues second to none." Feinstein added that Petraeus will no longer be required to testify at hearings next week related to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya Sept. 11.Nothing to see here, folks. Please move along. Go watch a game on TV.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We Southerners know that history is on our side. Defenders of the Empire who try to cherry-pick historical facts usually end up looking rather silly. Yes, we say to apologists of empire, let's debate history. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is the latest attempt to justify the president who mounted a counter-revolution to the Revolution of 1776, thus re-establishing the supremacy of the government over the people. But the reaction of fans and critics hasn't exactly been what Spielberg expected. For starters, Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal of Lincoln fails to create a believable, sympathetic character. One fan echoed the reaction of many others: "Is it me or does Abe Lincoln sound a lot like Mr Burns?" But Rex Reed's review, entitled, Arid Abe: Lincoln Is as Wooden as Washington’s Teeth, not only rips Spielberg's clumsy propaganda, but goes on to present facts about Lincoln and the real purpose of his crusade formerly seen only in pro-Southern circles. The movie, says Reed, is a "colossal bore." He finds it "so pedantic, slow-moving, sanitized and sentimental that I kept pinching myself to stay awake—which, like the film itself, didn’t always work." Ouch. And in response to the film's heavy-handed Lincoln worship, which is really empire-worship, Reed observes:
In reality, Lincoln believed in equality under the law, but not racial equality; he had no use for blacks and maintained a strong personal belief that whites were a superior race. In his efforts to get his amendment passed, Honest Abe was not so honest either. He and his cabinet of rivals were not above bribery, lies, suspending habeas corpus or bending the Constitution to break the South’s economic infrastructure.What's that? Lincoln's war was NOT about freeing the slaves, but just another war for power and treasure? Do tell.
I love the Onion: "They've proven their minds can be taken over by empty rhetoric - so if someone came up with a catch phrase as simple and vague as 'Yes, we can!' they would have a gigantic army of extremely energetic and insufferably annoying, mindless pawns at their command."
Friday, November 9, 2012
And we have no choice but to welcome our new overlords: But what if the reason "Etch-A-Sketch" Romney lost was not because he didn't inspire Latinos, but because he failed to appeal to working-class whites? From VDare:
Most of the swing states Romney lost had very small Hispanic fractions: 3% in Ohio, 5% in Virginia, 4% in Wisconsin, 6% in Pennsylvania, 3% in Michigan, and 2% in Iowa. The idea that there is large enough constituency of pro-amnesty, but otherwise conservative Latinos to swing the election in these states is absurd. In the swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa, even if the entire Hispanic population had voted for Romney, he still would have lost.As Jack Hunter argues in the American Conservative, a consistent conservative message will rouse voters to action. In fact, Romney the shape-shifter didn't offer a real alternative to any of Obama's platform, from foreign policy to amnesty. We're still here, and the battle is far from over. The passion is out there, and so is the base looking for a real alternative. Know hope.
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What is going on is the present-day proof of the truism observed by Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, who rarely agreed on anything in public: When the voters recognize that the public treasury has become a public trough, they will send to Washington not persons who will promote self-reliance and foster an atmosphere of prosperity, but rather those who will give away the most cash and thereby create dependency. This is an attitude that, though present in some localities in the colonial era, was created at the federal level by Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, magnified by FDR, enhanced by LBJ, and eventually joined in by all modern-day Democrats and most contemporary Republicans.As Heather Mac Donald explains, Hispanics expect government goodies, and find the concept of self-reliance totally alien. Their behavior proves it:
[A] strong reason for that support for big government is that so many Hispanics use government programs. U.S.-born Hispanic households in California use welfare programs at twice the rate of native-born non-Hispanic households. And that is because nearly one-quarter of all Hispanics are poor in California, compared to a little over one-tenth of non-Hispanics. Nearly seven in ten poor children in the state are Hispanic, and one in three Hispanic children is poor, compared to less than one in six non-Hispanic children. One can see that disparity in classrooms across the state, which are chock full of social workers and teachers’ aides trying to boost Hispanic educational performance.But we're not supposed to talk about the way real people behave in the real world these days: That's "racist." Instead, we're supposed to pretend that everyone who comes to this country wants to shed their old ways and become Americans so they can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. And we're also supposed to believe that it doesn't matter that they broke the law to get here. The picture above, by the way, was taken at the Phoenix jail in July, 2010 after a federal judge blocked Arizona's border security law. Notice the flags the protesters are taunting the deputies with. That's Che Guevera's picture beside the Mexican flag. Think those protesters are going to "evolve" along with Sean Hannity into loyal Americans? Thanks to Jeff for the link!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Okay, that silly election's over. Now let's get on with the REAL BUSINESS of the Empire, and that's to provoke another war:
Two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Air Force Predator drone last week, according to CNN. The drone was fired upon but not hit, and the Obama administration did not disclose information about the incident, keeping it from the American public just days before the US presidential election.In 1965, DC reconstructed the US into a "universal nation" with Ted Kennedy's Immigration Reform Act. EVERY civil rights initiative since then was aimed at demonstrating to the world that the DC Empire was a multicultural regime. Now, with Obama, it has a president who personifies the regime. A perfect facade for the mailed fist.
Useful to whom? Certainly not to border security activists who want existing federal immigration laws enforced. Imagine for a moment that you have no opinion whatsoever about border security, then read this and reflect on your first impression:
Between 30 and 40 members of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement plan to march from the government center to the Old City Hall across from the police station starting around 3 p.m. Saturday. ... The group has been granted a city permit, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Spokesperson Jessica Lawrence. The Latin American Coalition has also obtained a permit for a counterprotest at the old courthouse, Lawrence said.A conservative will read this and think, "National Socialists? I'm against socialism!" Liberals will spot the black uniforms and swastikas and announce, "See what kind of people oppose comprehensive immigration reform? Only Nazis!" Most who see this spectacle will look upon the Latin American Coaltion as the good guys, representing respectable Americans. Heckuva job, boys.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The people of Puerto Rico - apparently, the ONLY people whose opinion on this issue matters - narrowly voted for statehood. Well, that makes perfect sense. After all, everyone in the world gets to decide who immigrates here and become an American - EXCEPT Americans. That would be racist. Or something.
When I argued that an Obama win would be better for conservatives than a Romney win, I got a lot of angry emails and comments from readers. "Worse IS NOT better!" they yelled. Of course not. But that's not what I was saying. I was making two points: Romney's embarrassing kowtowing before Netanyahu and the predominance of Neocons from the George W. Bush regime in his campaign all but guaranteed a "pre-emptive" war on Iran. And what have the Neocon Wars given us so far? The Department of Homeland Security, citizen surveillance,
torture enhanced interrogation, indefinite detention, as well as increased Muslim immigration.
Bottom line: Another war would do even more permanent damage.
My other point was that an Obama win would make people realize what's going on. While a Romney win would soothe conservatives to sleep, blissfully oblivious to what their masters in DC were really up to, an Obama win would force them to confront the ugly reality.
The sad truth is, we've been fed a steady diet of unreality - and we've scarfed it down, while asking for more. Consider:
- Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
- It is the role of the United States to spread democracy and liberate the world.
- Israel is our greatest ally.
- Government must bypass the Bill of Rights to protect us.
And so on. We swallowed that nonsense, and look at the result.
So is there any hope? Absolutely. The real battle to preserve our traditional culture is still at the local level. While the central government has revealed itself as the enemy of the traditional majority, even going so far as to join Third-World nations in a lawsuit AGAINST the people of Arizona, the states remain what they were at the Founding, the most local, direct, and effective organizations promoting the best interests of their citizens.
That fact was validated in yesteday's elections. Not only are many Southern and Western states still fighting to enforce the immigration laws DC ignores, the people are taking stands directly opposing DC's illegal policies. For example, Oklahoma banned "affirmative action." And Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana, putting their state governments on a collision course with DC.
While the Northeast and Left Coast abandon Western civilization through floodtide immigration and an unbending leftist agenda, the South and West stubbornly resist. That's where the fight is being waged, and that is where we must concentrate - in our own backyards. As Dr. Michael Hill recently said, we now have an amazing opportunity to point out to our friends and neighbors just how hostile and alien DC is to our values and way of life. Let's take advantage of it.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
... and for good reason. William Lind explains why:
The opposition to America’s entry into both World Wars was largely led by conservatives. Senator Robert A. Taft, the standard-bearer of postwar conservatism, opposed war unless the United States itself was attacked. Even Bismarck, after he had fought and won the three wars he needed to unify Germany, was staunchly antiwar. He once described preventive war, like the one America is being pressured to wage on Iran, as “committing suicide for fear of being killed.” Conservatives’ detestation of war has no “touchy-feely” origins. It springs from conservatism’s roots, its most fundamental beliefs and objectives. Conservatism seeks above all social and cultural continuity, and nothing endangers that more than war.RTWT. It'll make clear why paleoconservatives refuse to support Romney.
What happens to a country that announces to the world that it has surrendered its national identity and invites vultures to pick its bones? Here are two illustrations. The first is just another example of growing Latino expertise in forgery, a handy skill in both drug and human trafficking:
Candida Figueroa, 41, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of false claims conspiracy. A co-defendant, Cathy Cisneros, 30, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty on Oct. 24 to the same charge. ... The government says the two women filed at least 804 fraudulent returns, claiming $3.8 million in refunds. After processing, the Internal Revenue Service issued refunds totaling $1.6 million. Prosecutors say the two women cashed the checks and then deposited the money into bank accounts or held it in safety-deposit boxes before wiring it to Mexico.But no need to worry about that $1.6 million of TAXPAYER money these women stole - the government is on the case! They've recovered - drum roll, please - $136,000. You know what happened to the rest of it. I guess we were lucky - sometimes Latino forgeries create even worse losses. But here's an even more brazen example of immigrant contempt for a patsy country:
Judge Earl Britt waited 15 minutes before interrupting the defendant accused of orchestrating a bizarre murder-for-hire plot against witnesses from his terror case. Hysen Sherifi, 28, had been alternating between Arabic and English in the courtroom as he prayed, read from the Quran and voiced his religious view that “all judgment belongs only to Allah.” ... Britt looked down from the bench at Sherifi after the last of the seven-woman, five-man jury left the courtroom for the evening. “I’ve tried to be tolerant with you to allow you to express whatever it is that you were trying to express – obviously about your religion,” Britt said. “Any further comments you make to the jury must be related to the facts of the case.” “Does the Earth belong to you?” Sherifi retorted, adding that he was trying to warn the judge that he had “transgressed against the laws of Allah.” “I’m willing to take my chances,” Britt responded.Excuse me, but why are these people in this country to begin with? How long are we going to tolerate seeing our communities colonized and pilaged by corrupt cultures?
Monday, November 5, 2012
In Liberals let Obama get away with unconstitutional actions, David Shipler lists Obama's dramatic and extreme assaults on the Bill of Rights, and, more important, reveals the inevitable trajectory of Obama's policies (spoiler alert: They ain't good.). Shipler wonders how Obama manages to get away with it:
Let us stipulate, as lawyers like to say, that President Obama has a deplorable record on civil liberties, one that threatens long-term damage to the country’s constitutional culture. Why, then, has his base of support not been eroded decisively? Why have so many on the left fallen silent, after railing against George W. Bush’s rights violations, as Obama has prolonged and codified most of the same practices? And why have so few on the right, riding a groundswell of resentment toward big government, failed to resent the biggest governmental intrusions into personal privacy since the FBI’s domestic spying during the Cold War?Oh, that last question's an easy one: The housebroken "right" doesn't oppose Obama's national security policies for a number of reasons. First, there's the fear of being called a "racist." EVERYONE KNOWS that only "racism" can explain resistance to Obama's agenda. Also, there's a brisk industry in delegitimizing opposition to an ever-expanding central government. The Southern Poverty Law Center rakes in millions in donations and gets a seat at the table with the ruling elite by branding dissenters as dangerous extremist kooks. So even if the "racist" label doesn't stick, distrust of our benevolent masters in DC reveals evil motives. Third, the flag-waving, nuke-'em-first crowd views national security as a legitimate function of government. Citizen surveillance, kill lists, water boarding, and indefinite detention are tools that "we" must have in "our" war against "them." The notion that these unconstitutional measures could be used against Americans doesn't even register - it's simply outside their zone of comprehension. And there's another factor at work here. Humorist James Thurber once wrote a short story entitled The Catbird Seat. It's about a mild-mannered, painfully shy office worker who's threatened by a bullying female co-worker. The timid protagonist convinces the bully he's building a bomb he intends to use to kill his employer. When the bully tells her fantastic tale, the boss has the obviously demented woman escorted out of the building. Obama's public face is that of the typical liberal wonk. How could a Constitutional law professor be a threat to the Bill of Rights? Why, he's one of those civil liberties weenies who's soooo passionate about expanding the rights of the oppressed, he's even come around to supporting same-sex marriage. Nothing to fear from a mild-mannered professor. Nothing at all.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
In 1956, Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian revolt. But despite this "victory" over nationalism and capitalism, Hungarians and millions of others continued to dream of independence and liberty - a dream that didn't come true until the 1990s...
The real conservative is all in favor of sound individuality; he is all against doctrinaire "individualism," the belief that we exist solely in ourselves, and for ourselves, so many loveless specks in infinite time and space. Russell Kirk
Saturday, November 3, 2012
I've been keeping track of presidential elections since 1968, and there's no doubt in my mind that voter enthusiasm has never been so muted. Hardly anyone around town has signs in their yards, and there aren't even that many bumper stickers. That said - I've made two attempts at early voting, and the lines were wrapped around the building. So it looks like I'll have to wait until Tuesday to make my meaningless choice. Then I'm going home and batten down the hatches in case Obama loses and his fans decide to visit new neighborhoods where they can play the knockout game. And it might be a good idea to lay low Wednesday night, too.
Friday, November 2, 2012
How SHOULD a conservative vote when the choices are so dismal? Conservative Heritage Times is featuring thoughts on this from various activists and writers. Check it out and let 'em know what you think.
... when there's no conservative candidate? Peter Brimelow wonders if an Obama victory might be the best outcome for conservatives:
But, paradoxically, the consequences of a Romney victory could be worse for immigration patriots, in the short-term, than an Obama victory—even though Obama seems now to have succeeded in finding a way round Congressional opposition to amnesty through Administrative decree (with, I suspect given its token opposition, the Romney campaign’s connivance). (See above). Nevertheless, as VDARE.com has said many times, the war for patriotic immigration reform is being fought by the grass roots, in the country, outside the Beltway.Amen to that. The battle for border security is LOST at the national level. As we've seen in Arizona, our best chance against the Latinization of America is to win local victories. That's why, ultimately, conservatives will have to support the League of the South strategy - anything else is make-believe.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
This isn't politics - this is a fact:
Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years.Think this will convince the crooks in DC to start enforcing EXISTING immigration laws?
The SPLC's Hatewatch blog is guffawing at some of the conspiracy theories floating around the web about Super-Storm Sandy: "It's punishment for gay rights - no, for Obama's attitude toward Israel - no, it's an excuse to confiscate guns - no, it's an excuse to cancel the election." Oh, those silly right-wingers and their conspiracies! Enlightened lefties don't believe in conspiracies. But wait - what's this? Why, it's a video of a discussion about Matthew Heimbach's efforts to organize a White Student Union at Towson University. Matthew and Jared Taylor face Marc Lamont Hill, the moderator; Julian Lewis; Lecia Brooks, of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and James Peterson. The "discussion" pretty much consists of Heimback and Taylor responding to the shrill, smug accusations of the four Grand Inquisitors. At 23:30 in, talk turns to race and crime. When Heimbach and Taylor point to Department of Justice studies that document the disproportionate crime rate of blacks, Lewis asserts that those numbers are "skewed against blacks," and that the actual crime rate is the same among races. The SPLC's Brooks does not dispute this assertion. So, if whites are committing crimes at the same rate as blacks, police must be ignoring thousands of murder victims who were killed by whites. Those same police are too busy racially profiling blacks so they can skew crime statistics. No evidence is offered to back up that incredible claim. But if it's true that law enforcement personnel all across the nation are getting away with this, it would be the biggest conspiracy in the history of the world. Even bigger than Sandy.
Oh, dear. Apparently, those wily "neo-Confederates" have tricked news analysts, attorneys, and elected officials into believing there really are secessionist movements throughout Europe. In this series of informed and balanced essays, the New York Times presents various viewpoints on the legal, political and economic implications of these movements. Secession - coming soon to an Empire near you.
Well, it looks like the Southern Poverty Law Center was right - the greatest terror threat is not from overseas, but from people born here in America. Even Minnesota is birthing suicide bombers:
Young American men continue to slip through a terrorist recruiting pipeline from the homeland to join the ranks of jihadists half a world away in East Africa, with two going as recently as three months ago, according to federal officials. ... "Minnesota represented!" writes American-born rapping jihadist Omar Hammami in an autobiography posted online in May, though he claimed most of the U.S. recruits were already dead. "Those Minnesota brother[s] have almost all left their mark on the [jihad] and most have received martyrdom, while the rest are still waiting." ... The FBI said that in the recent case, two young Minnesota men, 19-year-old Mohamed Osman and 20-year-old Omar Ali Farah, left their homes for their trek to Somalia in mid-July. Osman's family told MPR he was religious, but they were stunned when he disappeared.A "rapping jihadist" in Minnesota! I think that exceeds my daily diversity quotient. Loyal reader Robert adds this: Most of what I know about Minnesota comes from watching the cult classic "Fargo" and I got the impression they were all dull witted Lutherans with names like Gustufson, Lundegaard and Grimsrud. Hah! I see "Minnesotans" named Salim, Hammami and Osman and for some unexplained reason, they haven't been acculturated to ice fishing, polka dancing and rooting for the Vikings. Must be some oversight in their multi-cultural outreach progams up there on the wind swept prairie. Oh, yes - clearly an oversight. Stories like this are why my "Blood is thicker than water" file is bulging at the seams.