Rebuild On Clarity And Courage

 

There are many who contend we woke up this morning in a different country than we did yesterday. There is an element of truth to that. But only an element. That country we’re waking up in is the same one that has been torn down brick by brick for over a century. The stone which hit the ground yesterday afternoon just gave (or should have given) clarity to the extent of how corrupt the institutions that many have habitually accepted as the refuge of our Liberty truly are. It gives focus to both the width and depth of that corruption, as well as what should be a firm realization that the hoped-for salvation of those institutions cannot be trusted to the political class, regardless of whichever labels they wear.

There are those who have claimed for some time that we have “lost our republic,” and today many more should be singing the same song. Mark Levin has said we are living in a “post-Constitutional” America. And he is more than half right in that we have rarely functioned as a constitutional republic over recent years and that is comfortable for the political class.

I believe there is a difference between a leftist and an “old-school liberal.” One is an evil being and the other is a useful idiot. But when someone burns down your house, the end result and damage are the same, regardless of the intentions of the one who set the fire.

I have spoken before on these pages about “death ground,” more than once. There are things with which you can not compromise without inviting a deeper and more dangerous challenge.

I do not accept that our republic is lost, yet. But I can promise that if Donald Trump is not elected, it is. And the effort to regain our path to Liberty will be even harder than it has already become.

The republic is not lost but it has to undergo a massive rebuilding. It will not be a pleasant nor speedy task. The foundations we have allowed to erode were laid over centuries. But we know what they are.

What happened in a NYC courtroom yesterday was a genuine insurrection aimed at the heart of Liberty. It was not a moment of heated foolishness by a few. It was planned, deliberate and methodical. It was just a part of a determined effort to deny the key element of a self-governing people, legitimate consent. This is what brings down republican governments. This is insurrection. I am confident that somewhere there is some reasonable soul typing out their outrage similar to “impeach, convict, bar from office.”

The “long march” through our institutions has been as broad as it has been long. There is much to rebuild. And yes, that means some tearing down. And determined challenges to existing power.

I have been relatively silent here for a while, having allowed a couple of other “projects” to take a great deal of my study and thought as well as time and action. That is in addition to a 95-year-old housemate who is determined to drive off and wander grass lots and creek banks regardless of how many times he falls and waits for me to find him and help with getting back on his feet. And there will still be hay to cut if it ever dries up from all the rain and storms that seem to be an every-other-day routine by now. But I do have impressions to share even if this visit is short and they might lack depth or wisdom.

The moment in NYC yesterday was decades in the making but it is also a desperate one, one which they will find hard to back away from. The tyranny will only grow from this, even more open and arrogant But it is also a moment which should not cower those who value Liberty. It should create energy, resolve and focus. Boldness is a defining characteristic of those “children of Liberty” who gave us what is now in need of our protection.

We are on death ground and will be for a while, perhaps always. But the Liberty we are protecting was not won by an overwhelming majority in the British colonies. It was won, we are told, by a determined one-third who would not relent. Somewhere in a file is the start of a piece with that theme, abandoned for another task, which I need to search out. If, in the next few days, a post appears talking about Tories, turtles and beavers you will know I found and finished it.

In the meantime, I will remind you that two things are required for keeping Liberty are Clarity and Courage. Neither seems to be common. But then, neither is Liberty. It is rare not just in today’s world, but has been in all of history. All who have been fortunate enough to have stood in this land for the last few hundred years are blessed with an opportunity most humans could never dream of. This is a time to begin the rebuilding.

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Unless Trump wins, the war for the Republic is over.

    Any American who does not vote for Trump is for the destruction of the Republic.

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  2. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot)
    @ArizonaPatriot

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Unless Trump wins, the war for the Republic is over.

    Any American who does not vote for Trump is for the destruction of the Republic.

    Just so that you’ll know, this is just about the least convincing argument that I can imagine.

    I voted for Trump twice.  At the moment, I’m not planning to vote for him again, though as I did in 2016, I am not going to commit to any decision right now.

    Based on a significant but not exhaustive review of the facts and the law in the criminal case, which I conducted today, I don’t see anything clearly erroneous about the judge’s rulings or the jury’s findings.  I do think that it was a terrible idea to prosecute a political figure over such a ticky-tack, hypertechnical legal theory, even though it is supported by the laws and the facts.  In any event, the jury’s verdict has either no effect, or a modest positive effect, on my view of Trump.

    It will be difficult for him to win my vote, based on his support for Israel’s mass murder and genocide, and his recent statement that he would deport college protesters in violation of the First Amendment.  This reaction was common among most Republican politicians, who turn out to have no principles.  This shouldn’t have been surprising, but it was.

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Moderator Note:

    Telling another member that any position they take is invalid is rude.

    You believe Slavery is OK with God, Jerry

    [redacted for rudeness]

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  4. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    his recent statement that he would deport college protesters in violation of the First Amendment.

    Don’t foreign citizens on student visas, have some obligations that regular US citizens don’t?  Including being deported for criminal acts, but you can’t deport American citizens, especially natural-born ones.

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  5. Nohaaj Coolidge
    Nohaaj
    @Nohaaj

    I do not accept that our republic is lost, yet. But I can promise that if Donald Trump is not elected, it is. “

    agreed.

    The tyranny will only grow from this, even more open and arrogant.

    agreed.

    we are beyond naive to think they will allow a free and real vote.  Trump will be elected, just like in 2020, but the “counted votes” will reflect another unworldly result. 

     

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  6. philo Member
    philo
    @philo

    Ole Summers: I do not accept that our republic is lost, yet. But I can promise that if Donald Trump is not elected, it is. …

    [Nervous hesitation as I prepare to disagree with Ole Summers for (probably) the first time ever:] Setting aside for a moment that I strongly suspect that it is already lost, I do not believe this to be the case:

    Trump winning…as in We the People ignore the lawfare/demagoguery and outvote the election rigging…will certainly prove there is the desire for Liberty in the old husk of a Republic and there is hope for the long, uphill battle ahead.

    Trump losing against obvious lawfare and election rigging will certainly change the path ahead. The (immediate and long terms) reaction of We the People to that event…as the masses as well as through our participation in the many States…may result in surrender or dictate a longer, uglier, uphill battle for our Liberty. But there still could be a glimmer of hope. (What/Who rises after Trump?)

    Trump losing in a clean, fair election…well, no use discussing something that just isn’t in the cards.

    The point is that I do think there are multiple potential paths ahead…but I will give you your point here for the (completely appropriate) dramatic effect.

    (On a more individual basis, I have frequently cited bedtime on November 5, 2024 as the moment when many will need to start making some very personal and very tough decisions about their future. I now see that FJB is forcing every moment (or, at least, every news cycle) between now and then to also be a decision point. This will be harder on some than others. I struggle with it, and the effect it will have on my family, daily.)

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  7. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    It was a sad state of affairs in both our political parties more than a decade ago that neither had proven capable of presenting  a candidate who could perform as a true American leader and Donald Trump had to rise to that occasion.We are still in that state where Trump remains our best choice.

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  8. Ole Summers Member
    Ole Summers
    @OleSummers

    philo (View Comment):

    Ole Summers: I do not accept that our republic is lost, yet. But I can promise that if Donald Trump is not elected, it is. …

    [Nervous hesitation as I prepare to disagree with Ole Summers for (probably) the first time ever:] Setting aside for a moment that I strongly suspect that it is already lost, I do not believe this to be the case:

    Trump winning…as in We the People ignore the lawfare/demagoguery and outvote the election rigging…will certainly prove there is the desire for Liberty in the old husk of a Republic and there is hope for the long, uphill battle ahead.

    Trump losing against obvious lawfare and election rigging will certainly change the path ahead. The (immediate and long terms) reaction of We the People to that event…as the masses as well as through our participation in the many States…may result in surrender or dictate a longer, uglier, uphill battle for our Liberty. But there still could be a glimmer of hope. (What/Who rises after Trump?)

    Trump losing in a clean, fair election…well, no use discussing something that just isn’t in the cards.

    The point is that I do think there are multiple potential paths ahead…but I will give you your point here for the (completely appropriate) dramatic effect.

    (On a more individual basis, I have frequently cited bedtime on November 5, 2024 as the moment when many will need to start making some very personal and very tough decisions about their future. I now see that FJB is forcing every moment (or, at least, every news cycle) between now and then to also be a decision point. This will be harder on some than others. I struggle with it, and the effect it will have on my family, daily.)

    I think we are very much on the same page. What I spoke of was certainly a matter of degree. If Trump does lose, our task is that much harder and the fight more enduring. I don’t believe anything is “lost” until you give up as in quit but I feel that a Trump loss will leave more of the power structures in the left’s hands completely which intensifies the battle even more. They are coming to destroy either way. A Trump win will simply give a slightly better path for what will be a long and constant struggle to hopefully put our grandchildren or maybe our great grandchildren on the same ground that we enjoyed “back in the day”. 

    Hopefully, we will also pass on the lesson that it is a constant and eternal struggle and they will live in a time when Liberty continues to gain instead of the contractions we have lived thru

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  9. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    @DaveSchmidt

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Unless Trump wins, the war for the Republic is over.

    Any American who does not vote for Trump is for the destruction of the Republic.

    I agree with #2. Disagree with #1.  

    Trump is important, but not essential.  

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  10. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    I do not accept that our republic is lost, yet. But I can promise that if Donald Trump is not elected, it is. “

    agreed.

    The tyranny will only grow from this, even more open and arrogant.

    agreed.

    we are beyond naive to think they will allow a free and real vote. Trump will be elected, just like in 2020, but the “counted votes” will reflect another unworldly result.

     

    I can easily imagine that the Biden organization will produce 90-95 million “votes.” 

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  11. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Unless Trump wins, the war for the Republic is over.

    Any American who does not vote for Trump is for the destruction of the Republic.

    I agree with #2. Disagree with #1.

    Trump is important, but not essential.

    Explain

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  12. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    Trump is not essential.  There are others who can provide the leadership we need.  He may be our best hope, but not the only one.   

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  13. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Trump is not essential. There are others who can provide the leadership we need. He may be our best hope, but not the only one.

    Like who?

    And not electing Trump at this point sends the message: It is OK to do this to a candidate. 

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  14. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Trump is not essential. There are others who can provide the leadership we need. He may be our best hope, but not the only one.

    Like who?

    And not electing Trump at this point sends the message: It is OK to do this to a candidate.

    The Constitution is essential.  

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  15. Headedwest Coolidge
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    @Headedwest

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Trump is not essential. There are others who can provide the leadership we need. He may be our best hope, but not the only one.

    Like who?

    And not electing Trump at this point sends the message: It is OK to do this to a candidate.

    The Constitution is essential.

    There is hardly anything left of it.

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  16. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Trump is not essential. There are others who can provide the leadership we need. He may be our best hope, but not the only one.

    Like who?

    And not electing Trump at this point sends the message: It is OK to do this to a candidate.

    The Constitution is essential.

    There is hardly anything left of it.

    And not voting for/electing Trump could be the last straw.

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  17. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Unless Trump wins, the war for the Republic is over.

    Any American who does not vote for Trump is for the destruction of the Republic.

    During the last month I had almost convinced myself to vote for Trump again, after all.  Then Bryan comes along to try to talk me out of it.  He may persuade me, yet.    

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  18. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    Here’s a guy who voted for Hillary in 2016, sat out the 2020 election, and just made a very large contribution to Trump.  His essay is very thoughtful and well worth reading, and also something usefully shareable with those who are still in the political wilderness.

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  19. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Here’s a guy who voted for Hillary in 2016, sat out the 2020 election, and just made a very large contribution to Trump. His essay is very thoughtful and well worth reading, and also something usefully shareable with those who are still in the political wilderness.

     

    Link doesn’t work. 

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  20. Headedwest Coolidge
    Headedwest
    @Headedwest

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Unless Trump wins, the war for the Republic is over.

    Any American who does not vote for Trump is for the destruction of the Republic.

    During the last month I had almost convinced myself to vote for Trump again, after all. Then Bryan comes along to try to talk me out of it. He may persuade me, yet.

    You could write about the content, not just write a snarky reply.

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  21. The Reticulator Member
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    @TheReticulator

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Unless Trump wins, the war for the Republic is over.

    Any American who does not vote for Trump is for the destruction of the Republic.

    During the last month I had almost convinced myself to vote for Trump again, after all. Then Bryan comes along to try to talk me out of it. He may persuade me, yet.

    You could write about the content, not just write a snarky reply.

    I like it just the way it is.  If you don’t, you could provide some content explaining why.   

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  22. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
    DaveSchmidt
    @DaveSchmidt

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Trump is not essential. There are others who can provide the leadership we need. He may be our best hope, but not the only one.

    Like who?

    And not electing Trump at this point sends the message: It is OK to do this to a candidate.

    The Constitution is essential.

    There is hardly anything left of it.

    And not voting for/electing Trump could be the last straw.

    I will be voting for the candidate who will best defend and secure our Constitutional Republic.  I am preparing to support candidates after 2024 (whether or not Trump, as I hope, wins).  Who will stand up to champion the Constitution in 2026, 2028, 2030, and beyond?  

    EVERY DAY I speak with people about the importance of our founding principles.  Current events opens the door. 

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  23. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Link doesn’t work. 

    Corrected the link, it should work now.

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  24. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    David Foster (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Link doesn’t work.

    Corrected the link, it should work now.

    Thanks. It was worth reading, and worth following his links, too.  

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  25. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
    @Rightfromthestart

    Two items from yesterday , a ‘leak’  from the DAs office that they will ask for a year in Rikers and a bill submitted to congress to deny Secret Service protection to ‘convicted felons’ which add up to attempted assassination by proxy. 

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  26. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Two items from yesterday , a ‘leak’ from the DAs office that they will ask for a year in Rikers and a bill submitted to congress to deny Secret Service protection to ‘convicted felons’ which add up to attempted assassination by proxy.

    Yep!

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  27. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill
    @CarolJoy

    As you say “The moment in NYC yesterday was decades in the making but it is also a desperate one, one which they will find hard to back away from. The tyranny will only grow from this, even more open and arrogant But it is also a moment which should not cower those who value Liberty. It should create energy, resolve and focus. Boldness is a defining characteristic of those “children of Liberty” who gave us what is now in need of our protection.”

    Both Trump and Julian Assange have been persecuted even though there are no real criminal charges that could be brought against them.

    As this has developed over the past 3 decades people in the middle class now know that they have no legal recourse in so many situations. Even in situations that are absolutely beyond the pale.

    Without that being the case, there would not have been tens of thousands of Americans who were tossed into ICU’s on the basis of a faulty test for COVID. Then when family members attempted to have them freed from the hospital – at the request of the relative – the family had to obtain court orders to do that. Even then in some cases the hospital admins simply ignored the court order, most likely as they had almost killed off the patient thru use of intubation and remdesivir. Once the patient was dead, the hospital received so much in bonus monies from the Fed government that they could afford to pay a team of lawyers for the initial costs of any  legal fight to stop any wrongful death lawsuit that might arise.

    Of course the situations also involve everything from banks refusing to act like banks to local police who violate the rights of drivers who simply have a non-working back blinker. In my county, the police repeatedly violated the rights of homeowners who were suspected of growing 3 to 6  med marijuana plants too many. (Meanwhile not a single meth lab in the county was ever so much as sniffed at.)

    Older people with the means were able to take their cases to court. In the end my tiny county had to pay out over a million bucks to the 3 or 4 households whose pets were killed, whose fences and tiny sheds were torn apart, and whose med marijuana was illegally seized.

    But one young woman I knew was arrested after her almost brand new RAV 4 caught on fire. She might have been seriously  burned in that fire if friends on the back country road hadn’t flagged her down and gotten her to abandon the car. (This abandonment consisted of her standing a reasonable distance from said burning vehicle.) When cops showed up, they cited her for illegally abandoning a working car on a major roadway, as well as for starting the fire! While she spent the night in the jail the cops then raided her marijuana patch. All this went on her record, as she did not have the funds to fight these charges.

    Such is America’s broken down and  irredeemable legal system.

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