Saturday, September 10, 2016

Gondors Choice!

From Vox Populi September 10, 2016
John C. Wright laments what he sees as internecine warfare on the Right in the place of a unified effort against the Left:
The Dems are merely the political arm of the darkness.

It was the Reds who invented the idea of Critical Theory, that is, accuse Christendom of each and every imperfection imaginable, especially in areas, such as race relations or the equality of sexes, where the criticism cannot exist outside Christendom. It was done to weaken confidence in Western institutions, especially the Church, the family, the marketplace, the townhall, the entertainment industry, the courts, the academy, and the press.

Over the decades, the press was captured partly and then fully, then the academy (which is now merely a seminary for Leftism), then the courts of law (which began systematically to undermine rule of law), and Hollywood (Sen McCarthy was right, and the Hollywood ten were commies) and then townhall (which was taken over by a donor caste of Leftwing millionaires, with whom Trump broke ranks and turned against).

Wall Street was basically bought and broken to the whip after the sabotage by the government of the housing market, the student loan industry, the motor car industry, and health care practice. The marketplace is firmly under Leftist control, which is ironic, since the millionaires learned that by funding politicians who denounce them, the millionaires can maintain their wealth and power and suppress free market competition.

The family was successfully smashed to bits among the inner city blacks, American Indians living on reservations, and poor whites. No fault divorce is to blame, and the normalization and celebration of sodomy is the victory lap.

The Anglican and Episcopalian denominations have spat in the face of Christ and embraced Caesar, and kneel to give oral sexual favors to the homosex lobby, so these congregations had declared their fealty to antichrist. The Roman Catholic Church, a fair and strong fortress, still holds out, but the press has decided on a policy of pretending Pope Francis is one of them, and many an unwary reader, including Catholics who should know better, are deceived.

The darkness is on the brink of absolute victory. The last few lamps are fluttering and guttering and the oil is scarce.

And there is still no organized opposition to any of this.

For a time, I had some hope in the voters electrified by Trump, but, like the Tea Party, both the mainstream conservatives and the newer movements and the treasonous establishment GOP have decided to fritter away their energy attacking and provoking attacks from each other. Instead of riding to the aid of Gondor, the Riders of Rohan decided this was the best moment to loot Minas Tirith.
What I think the estimable Mr. Wright has failed to observe is that the ideological Right has turned out to have considerably less intellectual integrity than most of us previously believed it to possess. Who would have imagined even one year ago that relatively high-profile conservatives such as Mark Levin, Bill Kristol, Ross Douthat, Russell Moore, and George Will would openly turn against the Republican candidate for President? (I know, Levin has since done a 180, but still.) Who would have thought that media conservatives such as (((Jonah Goldberg))), (((Cathy Young))), (((Jeff Goldstein))) and (((Ben Shapiro))) would take orders from Hillary Clinton, follow the lead of the Washington Post, NPR, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker, and launch a concerted assault on the ideological Right?

I suggest Mr. Wright has the analogy wrong. Gondor is under siege and divided, and in his despair, Denethor has thrown in with Mordor and Isengard and sent half his army to march with the orcs, the Uruk-Hai, and the Haradrim against Rohan and the remnants of the West.

The transition from ideological politics to identity politics is difficult to understand for many and even more difficult to accept for some, particularly those whose identities are complicated and whose connections are mixed. But that doesn't change the reality that the transition is upon us, is in increasing effect, and cannot be stopped or denied.

In fact, the only reason Hillary Clinton and the Left are still even in the game today is due to the 60-million strong invasion of the West by the orcs and the Haradrim. Two-thirds of whites support Trump. If the men of Gondor want to survive, if they want to defeat the armies of Mordor, they have to a) stop expecting Rohan to accept their outmoded and self-destructive lead, b) stop attacking Rohan for focusing on the primary issues rather than their preferred targets, c) focus on fighting the actual enemy.

Here is the essential strategic point. Even if you prefer ideological politics, the historical statistics, the polls, and the politics of the countries from which the immigrants have come all make it very clear that the only way to win ideologically is to get on board with identity politics.

I've been reading Charles Oman's incredible History of the Peninsular War. It's an incredibly detailed history; I'm still in the middle of Volume I of VII. One of the things that struck me most in my reading so far is that the most important French advantage over the Spanish was their artillery, as several of their sieges of Spanish towns failed for want of enough guns. It was also hard for all three armies, French, Spanish, and British, to come by enough horses and mules to transport the artillery; occasionally guns on both sides were left behind due to insufficient animals. However, despite the courage of the Spanish irregulars, who did not hesitate to try to defend mountain passes and river crossings against much larger French forces, I saw no sign that they ever focused their attacks on the horses pulling the guns in order to neutralize the element that posed the most significant danger to them.

In case the historical analogy is not sufficiently clear, immigration and diversity are the big guns of the Left. Without them, they cannot win.


edutcher said...

Methinks he doth protest a bit much.

To be sure, the weak have given in on many fronts, but we are not Europe and the voices that have refused to give in are finding new strength.

Some of those included on the Right, never were part of it. That's the most important thing to understand.

Trooper York said...

It is not a protest ed but a literary reference.

Think of it in terms of a Western. We are the troops. The Rhino's are Colonel Thursday. Hillary is the Indian agent selling rifles and whiskey to the hostiles.

You have to make a choice. The cucks have made their choice. Now they have to live and more importanly die with it.

rcocean said...

I like Wright but i get weary of the "why can't we get along?" and his habitual "only adult in the room" pose.

I notice that some of #NeverTrumpers have either gone silent or squeaking out occasional pro-Trump tweets and comments. "Hot Air" and Mark Levin for example, have scaled back on the 24/7 Trump attacks and now are talking more of Hillary.

I guess Beck's free-falling ratings and the collapse of "Red State" and "NRO" is starting to make them nervous.

rcocean said...

Note: My remark is NOT aimed at any of the commentators here.

rcocean said...

Maybe that "This is the flight 93 election" article had an impact.

edutcher said...

Troop, that analogy works a lot better,

rc, I think it hit a lot of people that way.

Sixty Grit said...

Well, that was a cheerful little ditty. They can have my lamp, but only after gutting me.

Or, as they said years ago "μολὼν λαβέ".

Shit is pissin' me right the fuck off.

Almost as much as a split infinitive.

Trooper York said...

I know you are a Westerns guy and not a science fiction guy ed. But Vox's metaphor is right on the money.

At least in my book.

edutcher said...

Not entirely OT

Looks like NFL fans are about to stage a protest of their own.

When lifelong fans say a team is dead to them, it's time to remember who really pays the salaries.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Fuck Gondor. What has Gondor done for us? Rohan.

Chip Ahoy said...

Well this will make sense to LOTR fans.

These "this is like that" comparisons can take you so far but fail as analogies do, here most seriously, one is science fiction and the other is modern American politics. The templates barely overlap. And you have to know what the hell he's on about to begin with.

He could have chosen Dune to better effect.

And even better if he'd keep it to American politics. GOP has gone the way of the Whigs. Set up to check the crazy and did very well ultimately failing by blending. By their being incapable of handling the most serious issue of their day. By being useless. By not representing.

What is so hard of comprehension? You don't represent your constituency, rather you represent yourself, now developed to a cutout separated leading class, and you're OUT!

The people mentioned are each failing to represent. They're all in it too deeply to see their constituency is not what they think that it is. They all make the critical mistake of attempting to force the reflection (themselves) to be the thing reflected, the people. It's the mirror saying to the mirror owner "You will reflect me!" and insist upon that. What is so hard to understand, that you must explain it through a convoluted British science fiction with its own contrived language unique to its make believe world, one characterized by magic and imagined creatures?

Come on!

I did not see this at first because Republican put up such a splendid slate of candidates. So it seemed at first. Except for the fat slavering fat guy salivating for power like a 36oz steak with a side of fifteen potatoes, his in between meal snack. With Trump the outlying clownish character. But Trump ripped the Republicans a brand new asshole and I suppose that's gotta really hurt. And that was as non-politician and through uncounted errors.

Now he's showing his ability to adapt and to do the same or similar to Hillary and her hopelessly corrupted party even abetted by vast number of voters solidly stuck and unmovable in their ways, their views, their habitual habits and their incredibly pinched urgencies, their own personal identities. They actually vote their identity over the fate of their nation, and all argument devolves from that.

(f.y. blogger character limitation)

Chip Ahoy said...

Look at Oprah and her audience. Her single struggle, so tremendous for her, is vote for the black or vote for the woman. And that's all. Nothing else mattered. That is today's Democrat. Any discussion beyond that is spoon-fed them by media, another captured institution. Luckily, Trump that happens to be one of Trump's areas of expertise. He treats them like dogs. Worse than dogs, actually, that's a poor comparison, we treat our dogs very well, like our own children. And he treats his children well too, so I can't say he treats them like children.

He treats media like cur pups. "Look at them back there." I love that so much. They're sent there to cover them and he knows they're against them so he calls them out while they're doing their jobs! He calls them on covering them poorly. He calls them on their doing whatever they can to distort his message. And rally to rally we observe him improve his message as he goes, honing his message to his particular audience. (A friend dismisses with the epithet "chameleon". A bit of truth to that but compare to Hillary condescending, "I ain't no ways tard" form of adapting her message to her audience, or Biden's, "They want y'all back in chains" or Bill Clinton's, "Every white Southerner knows what make America great again means," himself a white southerner, so he know HE means when he says it and imagining that everyone paying attention is too stupid to detect the dreadful irony that he doesn't detect himself. That is today's Democrat party. As ever, racist through and though right to its core.

These Republicans spoken of here have reached the parting of the ways.

It is a crucial moment in history and I'm well please to be alive to see it. We are living in an historic moment, one for the textbooks. The Republican party changes dramatically while Democrat party continues their long march through institutional capture, their government control over every aspect of our lives -- the enslavement of US population-- through their divisiveness, their elitism, their straight up and unhidden racism, sexism, ageism. All the things they loudly decry spoken with every breath.