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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8 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.

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