I am automatically inclined to be sympathetic toward citizens in most any ideological beef against the Feds and Federal power. That said, I don’t necessarily think the long term agenda is furthered by rash actions of a few. Maybe a rash action by a motivated few sparks mass resistance, but maybe it also gets some good people thrown in jail or killed without actually advancing the ball. While I am hesitant to condemn the occupiers, I’m not sure I understand what their end game is here. What do they hope to accomplish?
This is a tricky issue for the GOP Presidential candidates, especially those running as anti-Establishment candidates. Some of their right flank is going to see any perceived lack of support of the occupiers as caving to the Feds, but some of their less ideological supporters might see this as a law and order issue and be less sympathetic to the occupiers. It seems to me that the winning play for a Republican Presidential candidate would be to promise to pardon the 2 Hammond ranchers if elected.
Sean Gabb (UK, libertarian) spoke at the recent HL Mencken gathering, and his speech was full of the expected Truth that only a doom culture can accept and even applaud—Gabb, in the comment section, put it a little differently, but I cleaned it up. I will say a US of A version of Gabb has never been more required.
From a UK perspective, Gabb presents a Traditionalist view that the US of A is the great Satan as he critiques the movements in Europe and Russia, which he finds lacking. For our folk, that would put us in the role of redeemer for our country.
Implicit in this outsider critique is the urgency for the US of A to play her role as an autarky, as an “isolationist” nation, that yes, does accept carefully determined immigrants, visitors, and other sundry exchanges of people–without bestowing bennies and citizenship, but does not get involved with the world beyond the discipline of commercial exchange. It should simply, stick to its own place, bogged down with trivial political issues about a tariff rate, and insure a decentralized government that will not wreak havoc on the world for it refuses to ever unite under a flag, or a mission of the messiah sort. We are not Germans, after all.
This is our purpose, the only decent part of American Nationalism all can agree upon, all Southern Nationalism falls before it. We can split apart, say horrible things about one another, and still live under the myth of our founding—all at the same time. We were functional once, and young.
…to be continued
How much do State legislatures matter these days? A lot. DC is so bogged down by its own dead weight that it can’t get anything done — that is, other than launch another useless war. So who’s solving problems at home these days? The answer, increasingly, is the people of the States through their closest representatives. The trend is so robust that even the left-leaning Salon Magazine can’t help but notice it:
If there’s one truth of divided government, it’s that the most significant legislative action often happens on the state level instead of in gridlocked Washington. While the U.S. Congress has been bogged down in a morass, state legislatures with single-party rule have been hopping. In the last few years, for instance, the Republicans who control Texas’ legislature and governorship have passed bills banning abortion after 20 weeks, tightening regulations on abortion clinics, reducing the number of required standardized tests for students, running the table on tort reform, and requiring photo ID to vote.
And just like Republicans running for federal office are expecting a wave or wavelet of sorts next week, their state-level counterparts are aiming to take control of a few more legislative chambers—potentially with substantial policy consequences.
As DC sinks into obscurity and irrelevance, power will necessarily devolve to the local level. It happened in the USSR, and it’s happening in the USSA.
Apparently not. In response to a federal judge’s diktat imposing same-sex “marriage,” thereby overturning the will of the people of the state, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, speaking at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, issued this Official Grovel:
“It’s my job to enforce the constitution of North Carolina, and the constitution of the United States for that matter. My administration will be ready to execute the law, as the courts have told us to do. Some rulings go your way, some don’t, and that is the beautiful thing about our democracy.”
Yes, Pat, it’s a beautiful thing indeed. The above picture should remind folks what they’re pledging loyalty to when they parrot the Pledge of Allegiance.