Happy Dependence Day

OldFlagby Brad Nelson7/3/15
Your republic has grown up and become a “social democracy.” We have clowns to the left. Jokers to the right. If you don’t go with the flow of the latest absurdity you are a “hater.” George Orwell would very much recognize the place.

Government is no longer asked to protect our basic rights, foster commerce, and ensure civil order. It’s asked to be the state cathedral for the most easily offended, vulgar, dishonest, and/or radical. If the Left ever did honor a true separation of church and state, 99% of their policies and laws would be gone.

So where does that leave us this Independence Day? Not in very good shape. As a nation, despite all the “Smiles, everyone, smiles” good vibes of “niceness” coming from all quarters, we are headed for the fate of Greece, economically and morally. I won’t argue the point further. If it’s not obvious to you, then you’re part of the problem.

My friend, Pat, says his favorites words from the Declaration of Independence, penned by Jefferson, are:

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

These words have nearly become a sad parody. The one coming closest to putting anything on the line in support of rebuking the Left is the showman, Donald Trump. That should tell you something. The GOP, as a party, is no longer a friend of liberty, the Constitution, limited government, or even something as plain as the rule of law. With only a few notable exceptions, they are either stupid, cowardly, or collaborators with the Left…sometimes all three.

I enjoy writing so I won’t say that doing this site was any kind of pledge or risk. I’d make a poor martyr, which is probably why I’m not a libtard. But unless every one of you out there takes a principled stand for the ideas behind the founding of our country, we are lost. We will become that stain on history known as a “social democracy” which is neither particularly social nor a democracy.

Frank truths don’t sell very well these day. They probably haven’t in any days. What we can be thankful for are the sacrifices our Founders bore in order to create and build this nation. Only fairly recently have we lost faith with them. And that poisonous doctrine that comes with the false smile is Leftism, the insane utopian cult of victims who willfully tear down the good on their destructive road to perfection — or, more often, their dark desire just to vandalize the good.

That is what we are up against. And do not expect even Donald Trump to state this truth.

As my friend, Pat, would no doubt say if I could stuff some words into his mouth, “Brad, everything you say is true. But do not forget the ‘Divine Providence’ aspect of that last line from the Declaration. If America was created for a mighty purpose, it will not so easily be dissolved by the miscreants. Have faith, but keep your powder dry.”

Pat is ever the optimist. And the above words are much like he would say. Still, this Independence Day I somewhat grieve for my country — the one being vandalized by the adult children we collectively call “The Left” or “Progressives.” It is not easy to watch someone splatter paint on a work of art. And such ugly strokes come daily now, and the tattered flag of red, white, and blue sometimes barely shows through from behind the muck.

Have a blessed, meaningful, and loud Independence Day. Have a hot dog. Light a firecracker. Play a little baseball if it isn’t too hot. And take at least a moment to pray for your country. And then pledge something. Pledge to take a risk, no matter how small, to face up to the barbarians-with-the-smile who are inside our gates.


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.

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22 Responses to Happy Dependence Day

  1. Anniel says:

    Brad, Thank you for the reminder. I seem to have fallen aside for about a week, also grieving over our country. It was all I could do to smile, even when things were very funny. “Our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” The most important words in our history. Sacred honor must be counted the way our Fathers did, and to keep their honor, their fortunes and lives were often forfeited.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Annie, several years ago I tried to do meditation on at least a semi-regular basis. It never took. I’m not the type. Contemplation? Oh, yes. Sometimes nothing but. But meditation where you try to quiet the mind and basically make it a blank slate? In the words of George H.W. Bush, “Nah gonna doit.” It just never did work.

      But I did have one brief experience that I thought was interesting. I was meditating out on the front lawn, taking a break from work. It was a sunny day. I was sitting cross-legged and was meditating for a few minutes when, perhaps from relaxation or something else, I started bending forward for a minute. And for a microsecond I had the sensation of what incoherence was like, as if I was falling into a black hole of nothingness.

      I’m not afraid of non-existence, per se. If Heaven is in the cards, fine. If non-existence, fine. But what scares me is incoherence, the bubbling black hole of deep and inherent chaos. That’s what I experienced deeply for a moment. And that’s what I see this society sinking into.

      We used to go to the circus or carnival to have a laugh, to see a freak show, to eat junk food, to win cheap prizes and have cheap thrills. And then we’d go home to our manicured lawns, our respectful neighbors, our ordered streets, and our decent friends and family. But now the carnival has broken its bounds and is the street.

      This state of affairs should be disconcerting to anyone. What we have to do in the meantime is at least construct mental barriers. And I don’t mean denial or putting lipstick on a pig. But they say good fences make for good neighbors. I’m afraid we’re going to have to requisition the old cheap white wooden fences that the carnival used to demarcate itself from the rest of the world. And then we need to move inside it, for there is no curing the madness that has taken hold of our country.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        for there is no curing the madness that has taken hold of our country.

        I fear you may be right. And like major epidemics such as the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic, such mass plagues have to burn themselves out. Unfortunately, a huge amount of damage is done before they do.

  2. pst4usa says:

    Thank you Brad for the kind words, I am still optimistic, but must admit, my optimism took a big hit this week. All I can say now is to borrow from Patrick Henry,
    “What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    If you don’t go with the flow of the latest absurdity you are a “hater.”

    I was just thinking about this today. It is not only if you don’t go with the latest absurdity. To call someone a “hater” has become sort of a B-Team choice for slandering someone who doesn’t agree with them, especially if that person can use logical argument to make his case. Of course the A-Team choice for slandering someone is still “racist”.

    Such terms are a further sign of the dumbing down of the population. I know, I’m a hater for saying such a thing. But it is astounding how often one hears or reads people calling others “haters” for the silliest of reasons. If someone criticizes an athlete for having a bad game, people on various blogs will accuse that person of being a “hater”. It gets even sillier if one looks into it.

    Sadly, the art of clearly articulating a sensible position with some sort of definite meaning is beyond most people today. As for having a vocabulary of over 1,000 basic grunts and moans, well that should be considered a true achievement in today’s intellectual environment.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      Mr. Kung

      “Sadly, the art of clearly articulating a sensible position with some sort of definite meaning is beyond most people today. As for having a vocabulary of over 1,000 basic grunts and moans, well that should be considered a true achievement in today’s intellectual environment.”

      Commentary on the poor state of education in the US.
      Every year for more years than I care to contemplate I see, in Rush’s term,”minds full of mush”. It would be one thing is it was high school or even freshman in university, but most of those I deal with these days are graduate school, future Ph.D and frankly 80% should never have graduated, let alone be in grad school. It may be a truism for most students history starts when they are born but we learn.

      One of the epigrams in RAH “Time Enough for Love” goes, A generation that ignores history, has no past and no future.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I am convinced one of the major problems with higher education is that it has expanded to the degree that it is just another business. Graduate schools exist, professors must be paid, so we must find the undergraduates to pay for all this.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Those who have no logical or factual case to make for their agendas are forced to rely on pyrotechnic languages, usually involving vicious smears against those who have the better case. “If you’re weak on the law, argue the facts. If you’re weak on the facts, argue the law. If you’re weak on both, bullshit the jury.”

  4. oldguy says:

    Born in 1938, it has taken me many years just to begin to understand how the Germans, probably one of the most cultured people on the planet, could have put someone like Adolph Hitler in power. Now I understand. The frustration of the law abiding citizens with the antics of our rulers understandably leads to the acceptance of a Fuhrer. Maybe the people see in “The Donald” just that type of a leader who will do something about this wreck of a Government we have in America.

  5. Rosalys says:

    I, too, grieve! Good article from Matt Walsh today at the Blaze.
    http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/no-america-is-not-a-great-nation/

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Great article. Love this part:

      This is why I’m surprised liberals are still out burning American flags. What are they upset about? This country has been reshaped in their image. They won the culture, the government, academia, the media, even the churches. This is their America. They own it. Yet they aren’t satisfied because liberalism, like its father Satan, is intent only on destruction and consumption. It will never be satiated.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        This is why I’m surprised liberals are still out burning American flags. What are they upset about?

        As you and I have discussed, I believe it is the fact that many of the Left have an enormous emotional, spiritual or psychological void inside. This is like a tape worm which can never be filled, regardless of how much they gorge themselves with the destruction of our culture and lives of others.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          As you and I have discussed, I believe it is the fact that many of the Left have an enormous emotional, spiritual or psychological void inside. This is like a tape worm which can never be filled

          You’ve just described me, Mr. Kung. Or, to be exact, you described the human condition. One way to understand the plague of obese people, for example, is that they are trying to be fulfilled. The same with drug users and alcohol abusers. There have always been obese people, and unhappy people, and homosexual people, and all sorts who try to fill void with various things, most unhealthy.

          Been there, done that (except for the butt reaming thing). But I can’t help thinking that the negativity that predominates in our culture (including especially the anti-humanism) alienates people. We’re constantly told that we’re destroying the planet. If you’re a “person of color,” you can’t ever catch a break because the world is stacked against you. Grievance and anger is institutionalized and rewarded. And on and on. Every little good facet of our civilization is shat upon and spat upon. Columbus is now a mere instigator of an Indian (oops, sorry, Native American) holocaust. Washington was no more than a slave-owner.

          And then when we’ve been thoroughly bitch-slapped by this noxious brew of Leftism, we’re told that God is just a superstition, that the only thing that is real is nothingness and randomness. Finally, having been spat on, shat on, and bitch slapped, then the only remaining force for meaning (religion) is turned into a bunch of “social justice” baloney — Marxism instead of Moses, for all intents and purposes. As if people weren’t already stressing too much over the material, religion is now slanted to obsess on economics even further.

          What’s a mother to do? as they say. And now you understand (not that you didn’t) the never-ending anger by those on the Left. All normal and healthy avenues for fulfillment (perhaps except sex) have been taken from them as they acquiesce to a toxic brew of foul beliefs and dogmas. Every victory brings ever more disappointment because the victories do not bring fulfillment or relief.

          One of the balancing acts here at StubbornThings is to make sure that in our writing we don’t tip over the edge to caustic bitching. Not all can do that. But it’s something to keep vitally in mind at all times. Life may be a bitch sometimes, but the good conservative repeats, “I am not a victim.” Engendering gratitude for the many shit sandwiches is not so easy sometimes, and I’m not sure it does anyone good to fake “Smiles, everyone, smiles.” But the thing not to do is to go down the road of alienation and grievance.

          I can’t sit here and say that I’m a fulfilled and happy person. I have good days and bad days. But I am quite aware of the caustic force in our society that disguises itself as everything sunny and nice and tolerant and diverse and happy and gay (well, errr, you know what I mean). This same force is the one lashing out at people. Happy and contented people do not generally do that.

          The Left is a plague that hopefully will burn itself out soon. Until then, we can learn from them. We can learn what not to do, how not to be, how not to think, and how not to try to find meaning.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            you described the human condition.

            This sucking void we are discussing is pretty much the result of these Leftists having erased God from the picture. As I wrote in my piece on the death of the West, once the divine message of Jesus Christ was accepted, existence had meaning. Other religions have fulfilled a similar function for other peoples. Marxism was a poor substitute, but sufficient for some. Unfortunately, classical Marxism has been found lacking and has been followed up by a sort of Leftist Nihilism which affords no comfort to the human race, what-so-ever.

            That sucking sound you hear is the fury of emptiness.

            • NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

              Emptiness, or nihilism indeed, KFZ.

              Man must live by a moral code. The Christian religion provided one, one that supported the rise of modern Western civilization. Disliking religion but realizing that some sort of moral code was necessary, Ayn Rand hoped to replace religion with Objectivist morality, which never happened. Today’s Objectivists are still waiting for this replacement, as far as I can tell.

              Libertarians believe that a moral code can be replaced with nothing – and the decline of the post-Christian West we are experiencing today is proof of their folly.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              This sucking void we are discussing is pretty much the result of these Leftists having erased God from the picture.

              Oh, as much as I think the Left is foolish and evil, I don’t blame them for the inherent void that most people feel. The standard Christian way of parsing this is that we feel this void as a means to move toward what we need to move toward.

              But certainly the doctrines of the Left can make that void all the blacker.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                The void is there and was largely filled by belief in something greater than man and his temporal existence.

                The key is that it was filled. The Left has done everything it can to remove that which filled the void and made man whole. I do blame them.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Liberal ideologues exist to feel outraged and to hate. That’s the whole point of being a liberal. So they can’t be satisfied even when they get what they want.

  6. NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

    Well said, Brad, especially the part about social democracy. That’s very true – a social democracy is never a free nation and necessarily goes down from the day it first becomes a social democracy, becoming less social and finally “democratic” only in that pro forma elections are held, but with de facto one-party rule and meaningful change impossible.

    Can we save America? I repeat my call for organization. Perhaps we can defeat the Left, but not without a political party to represent our interests, for I do not see how any modern state can be controlled but through a party. That is a change from the Founders’ time, which might be a subject worthy of closer examination.

    • Anniel says:

      Nik: Do you think we are ready for a Third Party? How do we go about putting one together? Or do we spit in Boehner and McConnel’s eyes and try to take the GOP back? I guess I need to understand more what you mean by “organization.”
      Just when I think I see someone worth considering, they pull a real bone head move on us.

      Give us the closer examination.

  7. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The void is there and was largely filled by belief in something greater than man and his temporal existence.

    That hole is tough to fill, even with Jesus. I acknowledge that the Left at least throws in a few yards of fill dirt with their Church of Environmentalism (love the creation), Church of Global Warming (their end times), and Church of Multiculturalism (their nearest equivalent to Love thy Neighbor). I don’t dispute that a certain amount of meaning is derived from this.

    But this is on the level of the useful idiots and low-information voters. I think the upper tier is made particularly barren by their doctrine. And the more barren and alienated their doctrine makes them, the more they double-down on it.

    And the problem even for the useful idiots and low-information voters is that their meaning, such as it is, is highly politicized and thus not anchored in anything deeper than a fad.

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