The title of this post is a quote from a 1787 letter written by Thomas Jefferson. It is the same letter wherein he spoke of the necessity of watering the tree of liberty with “the blood of patriots & tyrants,” that being the tree’s “natural manure.” The tombstone in the picture to the left marks the grave of Civil War officer Nathaniel Grigsby.
It has been 153 years since the end of our last rebellion in this country. That rebellion began a year after Abraham Lincoln was elected and many people south of the Mason Dixon Line announced that they refused to accept the results of the ballot box. To use a phrase common at the time, Lincoln was “not my President.”
After the civil war ended in Union victory, our federal government was careful to station federal military units in every state so that there would not be a repeat of what happened in 1861. And there will not be. But we are on the edge of blood in the streets of one form or another in this country. It is as obvious today, one year on from when an insane Bernie Bro tried to kill Republican Congress-critters on a soft ball field, as it must have been around 1859, when John Brown, an abolitionist dissatisfied with pacifism, thought he could lead an armed slave revolt in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
At the time, we collectively lost over one million lives in our Civil War to bring about abolition. Abolition is not our problem today. Our problem today is progressivism, that uniquely Western branch of Marxism which worldwide, in the 20th century, ran up a butchers bill of somewhere between sixty and one hundred million lives lost.
This from the web by a diverse group of people, probably none of whom even remotely deemed any of this thinkable a decade ago:
Plenty of people must think the Red Guards were a really nifty idea because they’re advocating going down a road that would have an excellent chance of leading there.
For those unfamiliar with the Red Guards, please see this.
And for those who think I’m engaging in hyperbole, please read an essay appearing today entitled “This is just the beginning.” One of the many interesting things about that sort of call for action is that if the right was anywhere near as power-mad and oppressive as the author seems to think it is, he and his fellow-travelers would already be in prison or worse. But they’re not.
As Orwell said, “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.” . . .
Neo-Neocon, Uncivil War
The other day, author Tom Ricks asked whether we’re heading toward a civil war. “I don’t believe we’re to Kansas of the 1850s yet. But we seem to be lurching … in that direction,” he wrote.
Ricks was commenting on “What Democratic rage would look like,” a Bloomberg opinion column that quotes political scientist Thomas Schaller as saying, “I think we’re at the beginning of a soft civil war. … I don’t know if the country gets out of it whole.”
That sounds pretty serious. The column by Francis Wilkinson presents a catalog of things Democrats are mad about — from the existence of the electoral college to Trump’s “propaganda apparatus” — and predicts that if Democrats lose the midterm elections, there will be hell to pay. (And Republicans, you know, could make a similar list of their own complaints.) . . .
Glen Reynolds, USA Today, Is America Headed Towards A Civil War
Just in the last few days, the liberal outrages have been hard to keep up with: hounding the Secretary of Homeland Security out of a restaurant, then “demonstrating” on her lawn with chants and blaring audio of crying children; denying the White House Press Secretary and her family dinner at a Virginia restaurant; trying to get Hall of Fame basketball player Kevin McHale fired from his job as an NBA announcer because he attended a speech by the President of the United States; falsely accusing an ICE agent who is a double amputee as a result of an IED explosion in Afghanistan of being a neo-Nazi; confronting the Attorney General of Florida as she left a movie theater. And that is only a partial list, covering only the last few days.
You will note that usually, when harassment takes place in person, the victim is a woman. I suppose members of the fascist “Resistance” are afraid of getting punched. They should be. . . .
John Hinderaker, Powerline, It’s Crazies All The Way Down
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