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Political Murders

August 16th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

December 2014:

  • Two policemen are assassinated by a gunman who wanted revenge for Michael Brown.

 

July 2016:

  • A Black Lives Matter type murders 5 policemen in Dallas.
  • A black separatist murders three policeman in Louisiana.

 

June 2017: 

  • A gunman set out to kill Republican Congressmen and attempted to murder five different people.  Rep. Steve Scalise was in critical condition for some time.

 

July 2017:

  • An assassin kills a sitting policewoman because of hatred of the police.

 

August 2017:

  • A leftwing activist shot and killed his neighbor, a Republican committeeman for the county.
  • Just a few days ago, as everybody knows, at a protest where both sides showed up with clubs and shields and were using them, a racialist alt-right guy in Charlottesville ran down some alt-lefters, killing one, and was charged with homicide.  Next days neo-nazi websites were making fun of the dead girl.  Then the Washington Post ran an editorial calling for “direct action” that concluded “Start Throwing Rocks.”  Then a conservative  journalist called for the arrest on incitement charges of the editor in chief of the Washington Post.

Sometimes, I am spared the necessity of fulminating.  The facts fulminate for me. (more…)

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August 16th, 2017 10:14:33

Civil War Watch, Live Fire Edition

June 15th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

Our long national vacation from history came closer to ending yesterday morning on a baseball diamond.  An older white man with no history of mental illness asked if it were Republicans hitting the ball around out there.  Yes, he was told.  And he took out a long rifle and shot them.  They were Republican Congressmen and their aides and friends and a couple of cops pulling security.

It was early in the morning.  Cool and still.  The calm before the heat and clamor of the day.  if there were a few clouds, they may have turned rosy from the pre-dawn light.  And any Christians on the field may have looked up and briefly and idly remembered the Savior comparing morning red skies to the signs of the times.

When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring.

O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Shooting down Republican officeholders is a sign of the times.  It is not the Ft. Sumter for a second outpouring of blood on this continent.  It is not even a precursor like his attack on Harpers’ Ferry.  But it is the Pottawatomie Massacre.

 

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June 15th, 2017 06:27:02

Who Needs Coffee?

January 16th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

When you have warnings of impending civil war to wake you up?

In North Carolina, the Repub governor lost re-election, so the Repub legislature convened a special session to limit powers of the post.

Democrats nationwide howled w/ justified outrage; as we all know, legislators who dislike a governor should flee state to block quorum…

…facilitate occupation of government buildings by mobs, and have allies execute secret raids on homes on the governor’s supporters.

* * * *
1) cold Civil War
2) targeted political violence, mostly short of murder
3) political violence with murder as the default
4) Civil War II
We’re in Stage 1 now. Stages 2 and 3 are what we’re concerned with: the public getting mobilized. What’d that look like, on Left and Right?

thus David Hines

People forget that the Spanish Civil War didn’t just happen out of the blue. The immediate trigger was quasi-official leftist paramilitaries assassinating Calvo Sotelo, who was the leader of the revolutionary right. And there was much build-up before that.

Arguably Mr. Hines’ own post is itself another omen, however slight.

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January 16th, 2017 09:34:09

Red and Blue Tribe Segregation for Personal Protection

June 09th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

An interesting outlook. It is bleak, plausible if too extreme, but also indulgent in wishful thinking.

The usual fate of the enemies of the established religion is not segregation.

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June 09th, 2016 16:27:31

The Decline of the American Republic

May 26th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker, along with Gawker itself, are troubling indicators of the growing weaponization of American civil life.

Towards the end of the Republic, the Roman courts were also struggles for existence, where politics was carried on by other means and to the hilt.

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May 26th, 2016 10:20:22

Call Off the Civil War Watch

March 02nd, 2015 by Patrick Henry

Matt Yglesias agrees that the country is headed towards a crisis.  So clearly we aren’t.  A stopped clock is wrong 86,398 times a day.

Regrettably, he does muster some evidence.

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March 02nd, 2015 10:24:25

The People Shall Dwell Alone

February 19th, 2015 by MC

Thesis: Winning elections is pointless when the culture and the people themselves are corrupt. A few people at the top won’t be able to change the character of an entire nation. We have to build a better society from the ground up.

Antithesis: Any effective cultural change must go through the centers of power and influence; elites alone have the power to change society. All of the largest social changes of the last century were imposed from the top down.

Possible syntheses: (more…)

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February 19th, 2015 04:29:39

Civil War Watch, Immigration Edition

November 25th, 2014 by Patrick Henry

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The President has issued an executive order effectively granting temporary legal status to an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants, and temporary work permits. (more…)

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November 25th, 2014 12:47:08

The Fratricidal National Mood

November 10th, 2014 by Patrick Henry

It’s getting dark out there.  Black dark.  Not a good sign.

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November 10th, 2014 09:15:15

Houston Mayor Subpoenas Sermons

October 15th, 2014 by Man SL

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October 15th, 2014 13:12:39

The Last Days of the Republic, Filibuster Edition

November 21st, 2013 by Patrick Henry

Roman Senate

 

So Senator Reid and the Democratic majority in the Senate has decided to use a sketchy political maneuver to end the 60-vote tradition for confirming judges.  The purpose is to pack the DC Circuit, which reviews and constrains executive branch action, and to distract from Obamacare.  Taken in itself, it isn’t that weighty.  The filibuster is just a political custom, after all, and not the most fundamental one.

The last days of the Roman Republic were also marked by an escalating series of  abuses of political traditions.  The censor used his old-timey power to perform sacrifices and suspend public business while he determined if the omens were right as a tool to block votes that were going to go against his faction.  Tribunes used their tribunate veto, which had before only been used to block the Senate, to veto other tribunes activities in the assembly of the people.  Men started to seek office for the criminal immunity it allowed.  Politically-motivated prosecutions became common.  Offices were extended beyond their normal term of years.  Constitutional reforms were proposed and even enacted because they helped the agenda of some party boss, only to be overturned when his power faded.

All this was bad enough.  Eventually other Roman customs went by the wayside too.  Faction leaders had wars declared to replenish their purse and burnish their popularity.  Sulla and Marius marched on Rome.  Caesar crossed the Rubicon.

 

The Roman Republic fell.  It took about a century. (more…)

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November 21st, 2013 12:07:15

Coup Watch

September 14th, 2011 by G.

The military continues to be far more trusted than the political branches. The public believes the military is competent and can solve problems. The public believes Congress is incompetent and creates problems. The implied conclusion is that we’d be better off with the army running the country. (more…)

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September 14th, 2011 08:48:07

Civil War Watch

November 09th, 2010 by G.

Lousy cartoonist Ted Rall warns American liberals that they need to prepare to take up arms to defend themselves against the coming American conservative coup/civil war. (more…)

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November 09th, 2010 10:57:41