Five more days

... until the 100th anniversary of the end of Western Civilization. Via Rorate Caeli.

About the time I posted this, a friend made a lengthy comment on Facebook, exhorting everybody to vote, hope and pray. American conservatives are in their ghost dance phase.


Steve Johnson said…
Nah, 233 years dead this October 19th.

It just took a while for the corpse to decay.
Northern Refugee said…

I see you changed your earlier assertion that it was the left in the ghost dance phase.

You are right; thanks to demographics, the issue is settled. At best, the US will slowly devolve into Brazil; violent, disorganized, but still somewhat functional. At worst, it will splinter like the former USSR, with much suffering and bloodshed. Either way, conservatives who think they can "save America" but voting R in November as pathetic and delusional. There is nothing left to save. The focus must be on surviving the collapse.
Yes. I have come to realize conservatives are as delusional as leftists.
Kakistocracy said…
A commenter some months ago at my place left a pithy remark I've never forgotten:

"The constitution is the white man's Ghost Shirt."

Conservatives cling to their words on parchment, their institutions, and their symbols. All oblivious to the notion that none of those things are any longer in service to them.

There are many notions I wish the masses would wake to accept. One of the most important is that we are not governed by the whimsical "Rule of Law." But by the ancient and indelible Law of Rule. Mainstream conservatives will struggle to comprehend the difference. Their children will come to learn painfully.
August said…
I almost wish they'd get on with it. The average person will do anything to avoid understanding. Only hunger and necessity shall bring their foolishness to heel.
Except, of course, they are more likely to just kill me for whatever I have instead of listening to me and building whatever we can out of whatever corner of the Earth we inhabit.
Harold Lloyd said…
I had a conversation with a guy today that steered toward politics. He was not rabid like a freeper, was pretty chill actually. It just felt naive to me. His sincerity in his belief in the rule of law and the constitution (the 10th amendment in particular) was a good reminder that we live in a surreal world, where what we were taught and what is on paper is rarely how it actually works.

Take for example, marijuana laws. He believed if that it came down to it, the state of Washington would send out the state guard and fend off the Feds/DEA from closing down dispensaries and throwing users in prison. Is this realistic? Wouldn't the feds, whether congressional or executive find a million ways to punish the State of Washington for doing that? There is a game of brinkmanship involved, and the feds would always win if they wanted to. The game is just stacked in their favor. Power protects itself.

At the end he was explaining how the states are like a minor league for the federal government and that they are where the "talent" is grown and developed. Only governors, mayors and CEOs (executives) should be presidents, generals and surgeons make great VPs and Secretary of States, Lawyers belong in the senate because they "know how the law works and how it interacts with other laws." Like it was picking out the right sword to battle an orc in a video game. I understand the reasoning, but if this is all that conservaheroes have to offer, time to tune out.

Kakistocracy said…
The 10th amendment is dead. On the few occasions when law and politics are worth discussing, this is one to mention. Losing the 10th was a nail, or perhaps a stick of dynamite, in the coffin.

The key to the Kakistocracy is maintaining a mass inverted power funnel, with its upper altitude tip culminating in DC. The fewer people that can exert power over more, the better.

The 10th was an irritant to this aim and so was quietly dissolved with little resistance or comprehension.

As far as marijuana laws, The State will allow the states to caper about with such frivolities provided they don't create friction with the actual program.

Though watch some fictional governor actually assert their full-range of sovereign rights under the 10th--with federal power circumscribed by Article 1 Section 8--and then watch the federal troops descend.