Can You Hear It? (A Call to Action)

by Glenn Fairman   3/31/14

For a while it could not be heard or felt, but eventually it began singing through the wires of our unspoken collective desire—-a reemergence of a mature patriotic ardor–a welling up of love for resurgent liberties focused against the backdrop of tangible expectations that noble principles had not indeed perished. A manly fire is now burning fiercely. It will soon be unstoppable and its spirit will cleanse the land of leaders who have broken faith and have made common cause with the lowest commonality amongst us–Men tentative in their masculine virtues and unwavering in their resolve to dishonor the patrimony of America.

These years have been brutally long, but not long enough to forget the proud and singular spirit that stirs in the best of us, and if given time, will cauterize the wounds self-inflicted by the callow, the self-serving, and the craven panderer.

I can hear it now as it builds, and will continue to crescendo–until it sweeps down like a star and scours away the venomous rabble that truly believed they had poisoned us forever. Hear the rumble in the wire? It turns out they were wrong. It is nothing less than revolution.
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23 Responses to Can You Hear It? (A Call to Action)

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    We shall see if this is true. I certainly hope so.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      We shall see if this is true.

      Not a chance in hell.

      I was just talking to a friend about this very subject this morning. My opinion is that conservatism hasn’t a chance of making a comeback. Too many people have a hand in entitlements. And the Left controls the thought-machines of our society: education and the media.

      I agree with Dennis Prager that Leftism is the most dynamic religion in the world today, eclipsing even a resurgent Islam. All signs point toward more and more statism.

      Certainly at some point something has to give. We’re going to run off a fiscal cliff. But conservatism will not be the answer that resonants with a population accustomed to thinking in terms of victimology and blame-shifting. As a wise friend told me recently, we can’t begin to solve our problems until we can describe them. And it is off-limits (socially incorrect, as well as politically incorrect) to describe these problems. I hear that Kobe Bryant had a recent run-in with this phenomenon.

      The interesting question — and this really is like betting on a horse race — is whether or not the Red Diaper Doper Babies and their progeny can ever reach their limit in terms of swallowing down lies. There is no reason to believe there is a limit. Will that one Democrat Congressman who got busted for selling illegal arms (and who is himself for gun control) open the eyes of the public about who the Democrats really are?

      Will that one black abortion butcher-doctor open the eyes about a practice that, even outside the butcher shops, is butchery nonetheless? Will canceling or delaying common-sense job producers such as the Keystone pipeline open the brains of a public long indoctrinated on the notion that they are so “special” because no one has ever cared for the planet like they do?

      I really so no good end to this at all. I see no second awakening. What I do see is Russia and China — who are at least self-confident nations in terms of their leadership — eating our lunch.

      To consider just how deep this rot goes, notice how National Review — once the premier conservator of conservatism — now writes article after article telling us how it is we conservatives who have to change, not the Progressives and statists who now dominate the Republican Party.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        One minor correction (and I wish there were some major ones, as no doubt so do you): Yee the gun-running gun-controller is a State Senator, not a Congressthing. He ran unsuccessfully for SF Mayor (which apparently is why he needed all that money) and was planning to run for Secretary of State (i.e., the person in charge of keeping the electoral process clean) but has dropped out now that his corruption has been exposed.



  2. Glenn Fairman says:

    If we are to evangelize freedom, then we need an accompanying noble rhetoric of fact and emotion to persuade, or else, what are we doing here? After all, it is possible to live well at the end of an age by avoiding the pursuit of public virtue and digging deep into our own private worlds. Imagine Henry V’s St. Crispin Day Speech injected with such fatalism? If this is just an exercise in bloviation akin to Toastmasters, then I’ll stop writing and go back to my Golden Age Comic Books and 12 string guitar. We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. And when Leviathan falls, and he surely shall topple over as did Dagon in the temple, our Natural Rights founding will be waiting for us. It is the best regime that has ever been entertained by the mind of man—-and if the Lord tarries, I pray that it is redeemed.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      If we are to evangelize freedom, then we need an accompanying noble rhetoric of fact and emotion to persuade, or else, what are we doing here?

      I’m fine with persuasion, Glenn. By all means, let’s extol the virtues of freedom, limited government, the free market, the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, republicanism, Western Civilization, and two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame-seed bun. But you were talking about a coming avalanche — a backlash against socialism — that I do not think is on the way.

      Having optimistic goals is not contrary to doing what I think is a realistic assessment. I do not believe a manly fire is burning brightly. I believe that the fire ought to be stoked. But I don’t feel its warmth, and pretending so won’t change that. Remember, we’re still talking about a people who not only elected Obama but re-elected him.

      In order of solve a problem, we must first be able to define it. And the problem we face is on several fronts, backed by law, and fed with literally trillions of dollars (begged, borrowed, and stolen) and pumped into various constituencies who now think that living off their plunder is a right. Such a state of affairs is not changed by optimism alone.

      Instead of National Review writing article after article telling us how we all need to just hold our conservative noses and get with the Progressive Republican plan, I vote that they start writing articles that do a frank assessment of the Republican Party, for there is no changing that party as long as the Progressive/statist element is considered conservatively-incorrect to talk about. Realism, not idealism is called for.

      I’m all for writing eloquently and often about the greatness of America, as founded. But it’s not fatalism to say that we are in a very deep hole right now. The only question in my mind is whether the “soft fascism” of the nanny state (where we are regulated into oblivion, death occurring by the cut of a thousand knives) will turn into a hard fascism where people are actually arrested by the government simply for having political views different from that of the statists (and Dinesh D’Souza might surely think that has already begun). We already see the cutting edge of this with the IRS abuse of the Tea Party and Obama deciding, by fiat, what laws he will enforce and those he will not.

      And I’m not encouraged by the reformist left wing of the movement (libertarians) who, with their policies and attitudes — which, in essence, amount to freedom being defined as being free from the consequences of our actions (same thing with the Left)— would simply further enslave us to the state.

      The positive things we have working in our favor are home-schooling and the growth of the media outside the mainstream media. I can’t think of any others. All other vectors point toward the growth of the state and the demonization of the very idea of a person running his or her own life and making his or her own choices about how to live.

      I’d love to be wrong, but I don’t think I am. A grand malevolence has been stoked by decades of utopian/grievance sloganeering and propagandizing by the Left. There are too few people Left who even understand America, as founded. And I’ve run into far too many “conservatives” who deserve those quotes around the word, for it inevitably comes down to “Hands off my Social Security” despite their professing love for George Washington.

      If Noah and the flood actually happened once then He well could be saving up for round two. The only likely thing that can save America is to wipe it out and start again. It is infected from top to bottom by egalitarian wishes and work-avoidance rationalizations, all which combine to reward moocherism and punish decent, hard-working people. The utopia ideology is the driving vision of America, not making a buck and taking care of your own.

      We have thus reached the point of Old Europe, the place from which the original Americans consciously escaped from. The circumstances are different, but both systems are/were set up to order a society on smaller, grungier, pettier things than freedom. We are now a class-based society, divided into various victim or moocher groups, each vying to tear their bit of meat off the bones of the carcass that is America with no notion or care to preserve something better for the future.

      And while the welfare state literally threatens to collapse us from within, we haven’t the gumption to protect our own borders. It’s now considered the height of compassion to distribute other people’s money to people who have no right to it. We are a corrupt people hiding behind the mask of “compassion” and the meter is running, the clock is ticking — but not on a revival but on the only thing that can come from a people who expect that it is a right to live free and easy: mayhem.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I’ve been on the verge of giving up hope for some time. But in the end I can’t bring myself to do so. And I’m not certain that we’ve quite reached the tipping point, though we are much too close (particularly when all the sheep are added to the leeches — which, remember, is not all those who receive money from the government, but those who choose to vote for a living).


        As to where we are now, Brad, I’d say we’re right in the twilight zone between soft tyranny and hard, whereas Europe is now descending into actual hard tyranny. (I labored to define soft vs. hard tyranny in one of my very first articles here, in case anyone is interested.) An exhaustive analysis would require referring to those articles, but I have come up with a sort of quick and dirty test: look at the First and Second Amendments, or more precisely at the freedoms they are meant to protect. I view the loss of gun rights as the sign we’re about to reach “hard” tyranny and the loss of speech rights as the sign we’re already in it. Perhaps it has to go that way, for if the government were to impose outright censorship while the people still had arms, they might finally rise up and reclaim their freedom.

        Look at Europe: gun rights are gone and trials for offensive speech are beginning, whether for blaspheming against Islam (they call it “hate speech” or some such) or telling a joke about Nelson Mandela. We have seen the gun rights situation in Democrat-ruled States like CA, NY, and CT recently grow much worse, and we know what Democrats wanted to do at the Federal level last year but couldn’t quite get the votes for – yet.

        But I think what Glenn is referring to is the revolutionary spirit, and along with Tim I hope he’s right that it’s rising up in this country. I would add that if that is so, we still must have more: to succeed in overthrowing the Left and those “various constituencies who now think that living off their plunder is a right” as you put it, we’re going to need organization on two fronts: a political party to “evangelize freedom” and a sizable militia to make it clear that we’re not going quietly.

        I hope this last is not too radical for anyone, but there comes a point where you have to be able to successfully resist governmental tyranny – a subject for another article.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          With the “success” of the second Fascist Messiah term, the hard Left seems to be increasingly open in their fascism, especially wherever they feel safe in indulging it. I begin to think (after the Eich incident) that Zorin had the right idea in the movie A View to a Kill, and that Vicki Weaver may have been right when she addressed a letter to a federal official “Servant of the King of Babylon”. (In the end, she paid the ultimate price for that attitude.)

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It is much more difficult to build up than to tear down, thus the reconstruction project which is to return America to its founding philosophy is going to be extremely difficult. Not being of a reticent disposition, I will continue to contribute my two cents’ worth even if I consider the situation hopeless, which I don’t quite yet believe it to be.

    The Left has deconstructed American, brick by brick for over a century so we can only go forward knowing this is a generational project.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The operating phrase is “As you sow, so shall you reap.” What is in the heart of America?

      Well, when some punk (Trayvon Martin) attacked someone who was merely trying to protect his property from thugs, what storyline was forwarded? What did Americans get out of this? What they got out of it is that “people of color” are such victims that you’d better not even try to hold them to decent standards of behavior. And there are hundreds of others lessons like this occurring ever day, fashioning that unconcious “operating system” of our ethics and world view.

      Right now things aren’t that bad. But the bill will come due not only for our reckless spending but from the things we’ve been habitually putting into the heads of people, teaching that what is bad is actually good. Then we will see what we have sown.

      And it doesn’t take much of an imagination to know how this will turn out. Even in the good times, most people are cowed by political correctness. They will not stand up for the good, the true, and the just. What makes anyone think that when the circumstances are more dire that everyone will suddenly turn into a patriot?

      What I see is that the ground has been laid for the switching over of America to a type of society that most could never have envisioned, and this could happen quickly. And we wouldn’t be the first to flop like this. Nazi Germany actually happened. And there are countless other cases of countries flipping over from good to bad in a relatively short period of time when the bad seeds of bad ideas had been grown inside the borders.

      Well, the Left has sown its seeds of discontent, deconstruction, and demonization for decades now. I’m not optimistic that when the crash comes, as it must where our system is headed, that people will then suddenly do the right thing. They just have very little experience in doing the right thing other than walking in parades wearing the right color of ribbon.

      And we should remember that “the people” are becoming an afterthought in regards to the center of our problem. The government is more and more becoming in charge and a thing quite out of our control. And those types do not like having their power challenged. Angelo Codevilla characterized our situation as not Republican vs. Democrat or even liberal vs. conservative, but as the state vs. the citizen.

      Consider what happens even from people supposedly on our own side when a lone man, such as Ted Cruz, stands up to this power structure. They, and lackeys and apologists such as National Review, try to tear him down. The supposedly best and brightest leaders on our own side are thoroughly confused. Can we expect more from the average citizen whose brain has been feeding on a steady diet of network TV, Jon Stewart, and air-headed text messaging?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        There are a couple of points to remember. First, Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury, not convicted, despite all the synoptic media biased coverage. Second, while countries have indeed flipped from free to unfree, none of them was quite America before doing so.

  4. glenn fairman says:

    The noble lie may be a lie, but the West is fighting its life. men fight and persevere if they believe that they are part of a great movement…. and who can say that an awakening is not in the cards for us? Remember Hezekiah and Josiah, as a friend just reminded me.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      A good point, provided we don’t take it TOO literally. Consider the state of Judaea at the end of the invasion of Sennacherib and after the death of Josiah.

      • Glenn Fairman says:

        If we have learned nothing from Athens and Jerusalem, it is that all that proceeds from the hands of men are subject to corruption and decay. What began in virtue invariably ends on the dungheap. Yet this law of social and moral entropy gives us no excuse for not fighting for our lives in order to strengthen what yet remains. The Christian is commanded to “occupy” unto Kingdom Come and to remain sober while being a lamp to the world. Whether we are optimistic or not, we are to understand that victory lies at the end of it all, even as darkness blankets the earth. Our awakenings and revivals both as to liberty and to meriting God’s favor as a nation are at best temporary as the world reckons time, but even as Israel wept by the Rivers of Babylon a remnant was reinvigorated and cast off its spiritual chains. Drawing this analogy may seem far-fetched to a secular mind, but there has never been a chain forged that could bind the human soul or its thirst for freedom—even a chain that was self-forged. Whatever occurs in America I can deal with it, but I plan on going down fighting. I got in trouble in Grad School for writing in this sermon like fashion which is more exhortation than exposition. What can I say, I am a True Believer.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    There are many implications to living in a western “social democracy” socialist state, not least of which it means we’ll all have to adapt to the Slobocracy.

    We will go from a society that celebrates the excellence of Shakespeare and the heroism of Lord Nelson to one that considers being able to write your own name, and getting at least some of the letters right, to be excellence, and that considers the “single mother,” who is single because she can’t be bothered with a father, to be among society’s greatest heroes.

    We may not face a fascist American in our future. But we will face the Slobocracy, that mediocrity center of gravity that means to equalize all because the greatest harm is not failing to live up to one’s potential. It’s being measured at all and thus having one’s tender sensibilities buffeted…sensibilities that must be protected at all costs from feelings of inadequacy.

    I suspect the day is coming soon where we will become the society that forgets how it built its machines. But first we will go through that stage where, analogous the fraud of global warming, we believe we know what we are doing simply because it is a “right” to think so. We will see (as surely businesses all over the nation are seeing now) incompetence regarding the most basic tasks, forcing business to more and more use machines in place of people (a situation not helped by socialist policies such as the minimum wage). But we will see the detritus all around us the effects of the Slobocracy.

    Every once in a while it’s been a normal occurrence that you’ll read about a bridge or other structure collapsing because of faulty engineering. I expect these types of things to increase and to take place in all walks of life. Once you start down on the road to a Slobocracy, I believe that this in inevitable. Both our technical and moral selves will be worn down and dumbed down until more and amore of America looks like Detroit.

    It could happen and it probably will happen. Compare what schools are now to what they were fifty hears ago. It is true that hi-tech proceeds apace like never before. But might this be an illusion? Might that 1%, who are so derided, be all that stands between the growing Slobocracy and a total meltdown? What if, like many of the doctors who will retire early because of Obamacare, they pull sort of an Atlas Shrugged, even if through attrition?

    Am I being pessimistic or realistic? That is for you to decide. But the Slobocracy is the most optimistic appraisal of where we are likely to go. In a Slobocracy, we remain somewhat fat, dumb, and materially happy, even if the standards are lowered. Lowered standards don’t matter so much to cows and sheep as long as they have their iPads. But much worse is possible in a population that has come to think of themselves as victims and someone else as the victimizer. Much worse.

    But what will really be interesting to see (and I would say we’re seeing it now) is if the New Ethic that is generally held by The Nicest and Most Compassionate People on the Planet has a tipping point. That is, how badly can you insult, deceive, and otherwise abuse the low information voters before they see through your false “war on women,” your constant cries of “environmental catastrophes,” and your scheme to turn everyone into a victim who, in actually, is culpable for their own behavior?

    How far can you push the Red Diaper Doper Babies until they wake up? You see a few people, such as David Horowitz, wake up. It took his friend’s death for that to happen. What will it take for it to happen to others? Two terms of Obama? What?

    Dennis Prager refers to many on the Left as “nice, but not good.” And think that is true. I think hell will be freezing over before your average low information voter wakes up to what we would call awareness of systemic problems. They have too much invested in themselves as the Nice Guys.

    Ask yourself where were all these “nice” people when Sarah Palin was being called a slut, and worse? Where were the Compassionate and Caring People when they were making fun of her family and making rude accusations? I know where they were. (Some of them were in my own family.) They were joining in. This is the people Americans have become. One might not agree with Sarah Palin’s politics (although I don’t know why one would not), but should one be a part of the mud-slinging mob?

    I propose that the moral rot of America is deep and that any major stress to the economy will show just how deep it goes and how vicious it can be. I’m not optimistic.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I can’t say anything about the Slobocracy; we can only hope it doesn’t happen, though the danger is certainly there. Perhaps the best answer is simply school choice in various forms (including charter schools), which allows for many students to receive a genuine education.

      As for the victim mentality, there are hopeful possibilities. As Ann Coulter has pointed out, there have always been a sizable number of blacks who didn’t fall for the scam (such as Kobe Bryant’s recent comments on Trayvon Martin), though inevitably they don’t get much attention from the synoptic media. A crucial aspect is: can the GOP finally manage a good outreach program for racial minorities? It’s easy to forget that when blacks and Hispanics receive almost no exposure to conservative arguments, they aren’t likely to reject liberalism. That’s all they hear. We need to change that — and it can be done. It may not be in the end, but it isn’t yet impossible.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Rush had a caller yesterday who said that we ought not to talk about African-Americans, hispanics, women, minorities, etc. We should all just be Americans, a subject that Rush often stresses himself. And this caller said that the impediment to doing so is that most people now don’t define themselves as Americans but by some sub-group (and, in my opinion, a victim group).

        So any “outreach” to blacks, hispanics, or whomever, is in effect carrying the message, “You are not special because of your blackness. You are not special because of your hispanicness.”

        That is, and has to be, the implicit message of forgoing victim or tribal group identities and identifying instead simply as an American. Not only will they see this as you trying to take something away from them, but most minorities have been thoroughly indoctrinated into the paranoid mindset of the Left. They simply will not believe that you have their best interest at heart. Their biases and bigotries predominate when it comes to their conception of anyone on the right.

        And, after all, this must be true because look at all the benefits and “free stuff” given to them by the Democrats. And those mean Republicans want to “balance the budget on the backs of the poor.” And even if they don’t particularly like the Democrats or believe this shtick, they will pretend to if only to keep the free stuff flowing.

        This scenario that I’ve just outlined is highly offensive to “conservatives” such as Deroy Murdock. Yes, I’ve had this conversation with him at the bottom of one of his articles a year or two ago (and I forget which one) at National Review. But I think I’ve just described the reality of the situation without any sugar-coating or wishful thinking.

        So good luck “reaching out” to minorities who have been made mean, selfish, and even bigoted by their Democrat benefactors. Even blacks have trouble carrying this message to other blacks.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Well, about a third of blacks called themselves “conservative’ the last time I saw a poll on that (which admittedly was a decade or so ago). Imagine if the GOP got half of those blacks to vote for them. It would be around 3 times what they currently get. Something like that happened in 1984, when Jesse Helms spent a weekend campaigning in rural black areas in eastern North Carolina — not as a panderer, but as a social conservative. This may have made the difference in his 53-47 victory over Governor Jim Hunt that year. Sometimes it doesn’t take much, which is just as well because you’re certainly right that we can’t hope to get much. But we may be able to get enough.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            My answer regarding “outreach” is what it has always been: Go ahead. It can do no harm. But as a Republican (and hopefully a conservative), do you approach them about “black problems” and “black issues” or do you talk about things that all people have (or should have) in common?

            And that’s where I think we hit the bump in the road. Reaching out is good. But as Rush Limbaugh notes, you can’t undo in one election cycle the attitudes and prejudices that have been built up over a lifetime, thus “outreach” by politicians, while surely a good thing to do in and of itself, is not the thing that remains undone that would tip the balance electorally.

            And consider that since 1984 there have been thirty years of Leftist victimhood programming in the black community and America at large. Enough paranoia and fear has been built up that the idea of a man pulling himself up by his own bootstraps is becoming a foreign notion, regardless of race, thus the default mindset is “I need government.”

            One can perhaps understand the reluctance of the GOP Establishment to embrace conservatism, even if it works. It’s because the inherent message of conservatism is “You can do much better if government gets out of your way and depend upon yourself.” But that’s not what “minorities” are being told and are learning, if only from the inherent lessons of hand-outs and the victim identity.

            I don’t think it’s often talked about just how engrained the victim mentality is amongst blacks. Their idea is that an activist government is in their best interests. And if one ignores Detroit, abortion, and the destruction of the black family, you do have the enticements of affirmative action and just the overall “sympathetic” outlook implied in Big Government to convince them that an activist government is in their best interests (and certainly one that agrees that they are victims due extra free stuff and privileges).

            Once ingrained, and once the money machine and bureaucracy of Big Government are established (not to mention the psychology), it’s a tough message to tell somebody “You’re better off pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. You’re better off acting responsibly in regards to sex and marriage. You’re better off staying off drugs, not doing crime, and not thinking of yourself as a victim.” The problem is there is too much currency in doing so. The Left facilitates all these things. And when people see other people doing stuff that they ought not to be doing (but that everyone says is not only okay but is such a right that the government will help bale them out of their mistakes), then it is the righteous man indeed who goes against the grain.

            And I happened to know a black minister who is that very sort of person and who helps black men leave behind what I would deem their shattered lives because of the black Democratic culture of victimhood, crime, and a lack of personal responsibility. He’s fighting the good fight. But he is spitting into the wind. It’s a good spit, but that is the reality nonetheless.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              All true, and very unfortunate. But politically we only need a small number (Helms got about 15% compared to about 5% for Reagan that year). And he did it by running as himself. So it could be done then, when there’d already been decades of victimhood propaganda. As your example shows, there are still some blacks who haven’t fallen for it. What the heck, there were some blacks voting against Obama even in 2008, and a few more in 2012. Outreach works — provided you don’t expect too much.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                I believe it would be safe to say that if the Republicans could garner something like 15-20% of the “black” vote, the Democratic Party would just about cease to exist.

                as to Brad’s question:

                “But as a Republican (and hopefully a conservative), do you approach them about “black problems” and “black issues” or do you talk about things that all people have (or should have) in common?”

                The answer is obvious, you do both. If you want someone to lose weight and keep it off, you don’t put them on a starvation diet. Why, because starvation diets do not attract many people and those who do try it generally regain a large percentage of any weight they lose on the diet. Therefore, you go about designing a diet which will attract attention and get people to try it. You also make it attractive enough to keep people on it. That doesn’t mean every person who tries the diet is going to lose weight or even stick to it. But it is a hell of a lot better than bitching about the problem, yet ignoring the people involved.

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