Wagons Ho

by Brad Nelson3/15/19
Some friends of mine recently moved from Libtardville to The Frontier. I won’t tell you which frontier or which people because I told them I would keep them anonymous (thus the mangling of pronouns as we go along).

This person had sent me a few updates on how they were getting settled in. They had moved to an old-style neighborhood reminiscent of Mayberry. And even if Andy Griffith was a big phony, a rural America that is good, safe, and decent is not. And that’s where they are. And they are loving it.

I didn’t plan on writing this into article form. But I had written this person an unsolicited short note on my thoughts on the subject that went thusly (and they then encouraged me to share it more widely):

It’s an American tradition to escape the over-crowded, corrupt cities and move West (or towards wherever the frontier is). I get a kick out of the euphemism of “white flight,” as if white people were so abhorrently put off by people with different shades of skin that they couldn’t stand being around them.

The truth is, hard-working and decent people have always tried to escape the masses. In the case of Washington, if we want to put a skin color to it, it’s stupid-white-liberals that many are trying to escape from.

For those who can change the world, I say more power to you. My official conservative recommendation to all decent, hard-working people is to insulate yourself from the craziness and find protection and camaraderie with those who are not part of the rabble. The rabble is so widespread now – and being indoctrinated daily in the usual institutions (education, media, entertainment) — that it’s silly to talk about any “tipping point” being near at hand. That tipping point has at least for 10 years been tipped thoroughly and irrevocably (short of a counter-revolution of some sort) toward liberalism.

Fallout of this fact is everywhere. Almost daily, around the office building here, I have to deal with remnants of the vagrants, bums, hobos and drifters. Do not call them “homeless” for they have a home — yours and mine. The streets are their sewers and they take whatever they like. To those who are truly without a roof to sleep under through no fault of their own, I say let us move Heaven and earth to help them. But this current phenomenon has little to do with economic catastrophe.

Yes, those small-town (and hopefully secure) polling places [that this person mentioned in a previous letter] are a reminder of a more innocent and good America. It’s painful to watch the legions of supposedly “nice” people without a thought-bubble in their head so easily apologize for and absorb the Bad being called the Good. It’s everywhere. And not a few of my friends say something like “There’s just nobody left sane to talk to anymore.”

I hope you both do find some wonderful Norman Rockwellesque sanity in your neck of the woods. I’m sure you will and have. And I would love to stop by one of these days. I’m not sure my current car is up for the drive but perhaps there are trains that connect near where you are. I’ve never taken a long train trip so that would be quite a treat.

This same person (who is a good writer) had lamented the fact that they could no longer cut as well with the pen as a surgeon does with a scalpel. This person mentioned that their ability to think critically had been degraded. My reply was:

You express something that I see as a widespread infection. I’ve cut back my online browsing time. I’ve deleted Facebook completely. My own site is dedicated to thinking “Outside the Daily Drama.” I have warned one and all about just how soul-sucking that Daily Drama can be.

We have so much we can enjoy, live for, and praise. Getting caught in the online cycle of never-ending grievance (even from the conservative side) leaves its mark. That’s the spiritual/psychological/moral orientation of those other guys. Make everything political. Everything is on ongoing argument or grievance. Nothing is ever good enough. That attitude shouldn’t define us but it’s easy to get caught up in that.

I must confess, being quite fallibly human, that just the general non sequitur insanity of the never-ending noise in our culture can leave one vulnerable. In effect, if you take a fine engine like your mind, and make it parse and deal with this never-ending stream of nonsense, I think it can wear out or temporarily damage the components. You’re describing the very same thing I’m quite aware of, not only in myself but others.

So….how does one care, remain involved, and not just surrender to this garbage while not being dirtied by it? I confess, I don’t know. But there’s is something I understand like I have never have before the admonition in Matthew to “shake the dust off our feet” and move on if the place you are in is not receptive to one’s message.

I was reading a little more of Michael Behe’s Darwin Devolves last night. He was writing about how materialist scientists had gone so far in their ideology as to deny that the mind exists (which is part of their agenda to remove purpose). Behe writes:

The precedence of thought is not due to human arrogance; rather, it’s because reasoning is a requirement for understanding.

Behe’s overall point is that irrationality has invaded large sectors of science. One could say the same about large sectors of society. One can agree or disagree about whether those playing dress-up, such as Bruce Jenner, should be accepted and respected. But it is entirely irrational to expect anyone to except him as an actual woman.

We can agree or disagree about whether a plague of illegal aliens ought to be allowed into the country just because they are daring enough to cross the border illegally. But it is entirely irrational to deny the state of affairs and simply refer to them as “undocumented immigrants.”

And on and on. You could certainly name several dozen other examples where we’re not just talking about a disagreement in policy. We’re talking about a wanton denial of rationality. And that is the maelstrom we have all had thrusted upon us.

We can’t all remove ourselves from the situation. For various reasons, some of us must stay behind in the corrupt cities. Some will do so and resist the corruption. Others (who we can call “identity conservatives”) will adapt and adopt and pretend otherwise. They will (ironically) rationalize why the irrational notions they adopt now make sense.

My best to my frontier friends. I and many others will miss them. But we most of all wish them well and hope this person from time to time will write some “Letters from the Frontier” that perhaps can be posted here in a blog. We all could use a little Mayberry from time to time.

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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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15 Responses to Wagons Ho

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Much of that irrationality comes from carefully corrupted language, as you show in a few of your examples. Remember that the ultimate purpose of Newspeak was to make thoughtcrime impossible because the words for it wouldn’t exist. Orwell noted that in the long run the Declaration of Independence would either be converted to its opposite in terms of meaning, or it would basically just translate as crimethink.

    This is also closely related to the purpose of Jim Crow schooling. The last thing the white racists wanted was for blacks to realize what their civil rights were — especially the right to arm themselves for self-defense. This also reflects John Dewey’s idea that the purpose of modern schools was to educate people to be cogs in the machinery of society. They simply combine the two ideas today. And one result is scientists who no longer show any awareness of the scientific method, or at least ignore when the results are politically undesirable.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The truth is, hard-working and decent people have always tried to escape the masses.

    The problem is that “the masses” always follow hard-working decent people. Who else do they have to soak except themselves? And there is very little gain in that.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      And not a few of my friends say something like “There’s just nobody left sane to talk to anymore.”

      I hear opportunity knocking. We could set up a telephone service for callers desperate to speak about and hear normal, common-sense things. If the fortune tellers can do it, why can’t we?

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      A great point, Mr. Kung.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      There’s a sequence somewhat like that in the movie Allegro Non Troppo, which is an Italian version (and to some extent a parody) of Fantasia.

  3. Steve Lancaster says:

    In the late 19th century Fredrick Jackson Turner lamented that the American frontier was closed. For the last 50 years our education establishment has taught a physical end of the frontier. That is only part of Turner’s theses. Yes, the entire continent was explored but to Americans the frontier is always out there. It is such a part of our national psyche that it is not possible to separate from normal Americans. Legal newcomers immediately recognize and respond.

    In part, it is explained in our movies and television. The continued popularity of westerns, in all their forms, is proof of this. Consider the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, as a remake of High Noon. It can be argued that Gotham City is as much a frontier city as Tombstone.

    No, the frontier is not closed or dead. As long as we Americans remain true to our roots and optimistic there will always be a frontier and somewhere “out there” is the frontier. Grab it, embrace it, what makes us Americans is our ability to find the frontier anywhere.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Outstanding points, Steve.

      I very much subscribe to the virus paradigm of life: anything and everything is liable to be taken over, changed, or subverted by something that has stolen a password or dons a disguise. And you need a good immune system to deal with this.

      I say this in response to this thought: There are two frontiers, the physical one (Go West, Young Man) and the internal one. At times we need to physically separate ourselves from the gunk. But much of the time we must morally, psychologically, and mentally separate ourself.

      A silly thing to tell a Jew who has Tradition on his side. But our traditions are the very thing that have been infected by the virus of Leftism. Is the Pope Catholic? Seriously…no. He’s a Leftist. Dennis Prager contends that a large portion of Jews aren’t practicing Judaism. They’re practicing Leftism.

      We need traditions, a sense of rational constancy. We need an identity rooted in something more than the fad of the day. And I’m very disappointed that most “social” media does little to confirm that and almost everything to subvert that. Stick your nose in Facebook for five minutes and the gunk will be hard to rub off.

      But we need constancy. We need tradition. We need meaning, purpose, and identity. And, most of all, we need these things rooted in something other than just a dime-store political dogma of grievance and Utopia-chasing.

      I’m just of the opinion that one will be hard-pressed to find any of these these days through the normal civic institutions. Almost all of them take as moral tenets the dogma of Leftism. And that simply is not my religion of choice nor am I inane enough to pretend that the Pope is still Catholic.

      So I sincerely do hope that my migrating friends to report back and fill us in with how Mayberry is doing. But on the other hand, they have moved for a reason. I have other friends I’ve fallen out of touch with if only because the very medium of online communication has become such a sewer. We are all stained with it.

      This is why I continue to make a self-conscious attempt to guide StubbornThings to something other than just The Daily Drama. We can, in the best of times, help to guide and encourage each other outside of the maelstrom of insanity that is whirling about our culture.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        There are two frontiers, the physical one (Go West, Young Man) and the internal one. At times we need to physically separate ourselves from the gunk. But much of the time we must morally, psychologically, and mentally separate ourself.

        I have a somewhat different take on “going West.” While it was good to have pioneers who went out to tame new lands, “going West” had the further advantage of being a type of release valve through which all sorts of fruits and nuts could escape. These people kept going and where physically far away from “civilization” and did not bother regular people too much, as a result.

        Unfortunately, we no longer have that release valve and it would appear a very large portion of those fruits and nuts have piled up on the West Coast in such numbers that they are infecting the rest of the country. I think even places like Nevada, Idaho and Alaska which were big enough to handle a lot of crackpots are no longer immune.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I have a somewhat different take on “going West.” While it was good to have pioneers who went out to tame new lands, “going West” had the further advantage of being a type of release valve through which all sorts of fruits and nuts could escape. These people kept going and where physically far away from “civilization” and did not bother regular people too much, as a result.

          No doubt the relative lawlessness of the West attracted the lawless. That’s certainly one reason why the decent people had to have guns.

          It’s an astounding thing that so many picked up stakes from the known to the unknown. As Jefferson noted, “all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

          I’m a homebody so I most likely would have put up with the rats and the sewer in the streets. Or not. Who knows? People are even this very day doing just what they did back then: Escapeing the depredations of the cities (discarded needles everywhere, streets-as-sewers, wall-to-wall vagrants and bums, high taxes, institutionalized immorality, corrupt politicians) — such as San Francisco — and venturing to safer climes (such as Texas).

          That Texas will be overrun and overturned by this infection is just a sad fact. This is now perhaps a different type of migration. But the two kinds do have in common the desire to escape the depraved cities. That surely wasn’t the only reason people went West but, as I understand it, it was one of the big reasons.

          The fruits and nuts are indeed piling up on the Left Coast if only because that’s where they hand out the “free stuff” based on the idea that didn’t work out to well for the Catholics either: Indulgences. I don’t believe for a second that anyone actually cares for “the poor,” “the environment,” or for “people of color.” But they are usual tools of psychological cleansing as Rich White Liberal People go about their lives accumulating as fast as they can and throw a few trinkets to the rabble. Thomas Sowell calls them their “mascots.”

          I lot of people such as myself wonder when the “fighting back” will come about. It will not come about via the Republican Party. Given how masculinity and men are being emasculated in the name of equality and fairness, it will most likely take a real-life Xena or Wonder Woman to fix things. The men won’t. They have all completely wimped out. The ladies now rule the roost. That’s a fascinating change unto itself.

          But, of course, we’re more likely to get these crazy has such as Maxine Water, Nancy Pelosi, and AOC. We can dream about a Margaret Thatcher but I’m not going to hold my breath.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I recall an early conversation with you regarding this subject. From ancient times, there has been a tension between agricultural life and city life. For several millennia, many have condemned the corruptness and filth of cities while praising the naturalness and wholesomeness of country life.

            We try to balance the differences between cities and countryside, thus the creation of the suburbs. But, too often, the bloody cities encroach on the suburbs ruining the balance.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              The decent people are always trying to put distance between themselves and the barbarians. No matter what ludicrous ideology and lofty beliefs libtards have, they don’t particularly want themselves and their own children to live with the results of their policies. That they mindlessly continue these policies is testament to the power of not only utopian visions but, especially, self-flattery.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              I read someplace recently that support for the GOP can be predicted by population density. At some point, as density goes up, a community switches from GOP to Demagogue. It isn’t hard to figure out various possible reasons for this.

            • Steve Lancaster says:

              Rural areas are by nature conservative. The daily struggle to feed a family focuses and enhances natural conservatism. On the other hand, cities offer specialization of labor, a shorter work week and access to technology beyond any rural community. Cities also offer opportunities for leisure.

              We fundamentally need both. When I moved back to Arkansas I moved to a rural community about 15 miles from Fayetteville and commuted to work at the U of A. I had good cable service at home, fast internet and a safe water supply. Today I live in the city. Retirement and health concerns require it, but essential city services are not much changed.

              The problem with most of our cities is not the city, but the way it is run. Much like the state and federal government they almost always skew to the left. The redeeming factor is that a few citizens can change the direction of a small city, state and federal not so much.

              As Jimmy Buffet one wrote in the song “He Went To Paris”, Some of it’s been magic, some has been tragic, but a good life overall.

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