Friday, June 06, 2008

A not quite Obama-free posting

One need not hope in order to undertake.
— William the Silent

I've been avoiding blogging on election news, with the plea that everything that could be said about this sickening contest has been, is being, will be said by other commentators better informed and with a better turn of phrase. My inner prosecutor says cobblers to that, I'm just giving in to despair. And that the worse things get, the greater is the sin in refusing to engage.

I do not have the audacity of hope, not this year. Ironically, at a time when I have never felt happier in my own life, I have never felt more dread when contemplating the future of this republic that I was born into in 1945, when it was
confident and triumphant with most (not all, but most) of its virtue intact. It was a poorer country then, but arguably smarter, and certainly more united.

True, "united" doesn't necessarily mean good: the two biggest adversaries we banged up in the war that ended that year were each pretty united in moral depravity. But the things most Americans did and believed in common were, on the whole, worth preserving — "why we fight," as the phrase of the time went. Today, it seems like we can barely agree among ourselves on what day of the week it is.


One thing we can't agree on is whether the United States is a good or bad thing. Barack Obama tells us:
I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick, and good jobs for the jobless. This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal. This was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation, and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment, this was the time when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves.
It may turn out that a majority of voters believe him. Believe that we have never provided care for the sick, until a new Government Program came along to tax our selfish people into caring. That the powers of nature will reverse their course and a terminally ill planet will begin to sit up and take nourishment because of more Government Programs and Treaties and laws requiring us to turn green. That Mr. Obama can end a disastrous military occupation-cum-social work project faster than would otherwise be possible (or is he talking about ending the so-called "War on Terror"? Like so many of our president-in-waiting's resounding phrases, it's oracular). That our nation needs remaking — into what? An Ameristan of central planning, enforced equality, and "hate crimes" tribunals?


We have had lots of presidential contests between Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, but never one like this with two utterly hateful candidates. Both want to remake the country they seek to lead … remake it out of existence with open borders and transnational rulers, subject to a North American Union or the United Nations or world opinion ("restored our image"). Both candidates have been very economical with the truth: Mr. McCain pretending to have seen the light on the need to end foreign colonization of the country, then coming out as the apostle of immigration and amnesty for illegals the minute the suckers fell for it; Mr. Obama about his 20-year membership in an anti-white racist church and various other unsavory cronies.

That two such disgraceful men are to be our options for president is a disaster without precedent. Some people say that they don't represent Americans as a whole, that they have been selected by cabals who control the nomination process in both nominal parties, which in reality are a single Republicrat Party whose strings are pulled by lobbyists. But that's a little facile; no manipulators could have maneuvered these dangerous candidates into position if they weren't acceptable to quite a few citizens (who, admittedly, may not know much about what Messrs. McCain and Obama actually represent).


I'm gripped by fear, because from where I sit it looks to me that we are sliding into the abyss. Two immense forces are coming together to remake — and undo — both this country and the Western world, including its
two Pacific branch offices. Those forces are the New Marxism of political correctness and identity politics demagoguery, and the Muslim drive for a worldwide Caliphate. Either would be formidable on its own; in their present alliance (for each is cynically using the other to help wear down the defenses of traditional Western culture), they may be unstoppable until having destroyed their common enemy, their falling out tears the world to pieces in a final Armageddon.

Parts of Europe, such as the U.K., France, and Netherlands seem doomed to Muslim domination, or if their populations ultimately decide not to go down without a fight, civil war. The United States seems more likely to succumb to a Jacobin regime under the State Religion of Equality (where some "minorities" are more equal than the former majority).

We who are short of hope, but can't accept such a future, must stand against that outcome. In standing against it, we stand for individual liberty, for a country that we can still believe in, for the wisdom that is the best thing our ancestors in Western civilization left us. Oh yes, and for hope.



David said...

"Two immense forces"...a couple of years ago, I visited an old industrial facility (in upstate NY) that had been restored. One of the machines was something called an "attrition mill" consists of two steel disks which are driven at high speed in opposite directions and crush the grain (or other substance) between them.

It struck me then that the attrition mill was a sinister metaphor for the internal and external threats to our society.

Rick Darby said...

We are indeed ground between millstones. Maybe they will grind away our stupid binging on materialism, our living off the intellectual capital of our founders, our complacency. Maybe.

Sebastian said...

This is a wonderful little essay. I thank Lawrence Auster for linking your site (though I remain a dog person!). I have often commented that Europe, which should never be confused for one country, may yet survive this in better form than America. Because most European nations face an on-the-ground existential threat from Muslims, there is still a much greater sense of who is who. The "failure" to integrate Muslims may be their secret weapon. Besides, there remains in many European countries a genuine populist/nationalist (non-neocon) sentiment expressed through small parties. What is happening in Europe is more the result of a top-down imposition than an organic product of the national cultures.

Here, however, assimilation is quickly leading to a new post-Western society; Americans are very open to call for greater equality - as Tocqueville predicted, in the battle between equality and freedom, Americans will always chose the former. The level of everyday vulgarity here, in mannerisms, speech, gestures, thought, evinces a profound decay of any awareness beyond 1960s hipsterism and urban black/prison culture. I fear the yoke of cultural marxism can wed itself to good-ole fashioned American egalitarianism and idealism and become part of our political lingua franca, enter the very bloodstream, in a way that is more dangerous and long-term than in Europe. Cf. the current immigration and social policies of the Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Austrian, Swiss and Polish governments and imagine how long they would be tolerated here.

Anyway, I enjoy your site. Thanks for the time and effort.

Alan Roebuck said...


Don't despair, take action. And take comfort form the fact that you are takig action right now.
See the following of my essays:

"Needed: a New Conservative Apologetics," at

"Authority, Traditionalism and Liberalism" (At View From the Right) at

And "How to Defeat Liberalism" (also at VFR) at

Alan Roebuck said...

Sorry about the typos! Haste makes waste. Ok, just for the record, you must take comfort FROM the fact that you are TAKING action.

Saharians said...

Nice post. You have defined the two threats facing the West. I suspect that the more thoughtful among us know that we are headed for civil war. There is no other way out of this. You can feel it in your gut. We are being eaten alive by savages. We are being pushed into a corner and it is time to defend ourselves, by any means necessary. Is it not more useful, at this juncture, to put down the keyboard and learn how to operate a rifle? I'm beginning to think so. I suppose some of us are not prepared to go out without a fight.

Rick Darby said...

Thank you all for taking the time to comment.

Sebastian, you make a very good point. Such experience as I have had with European countries leads me to believe that under their glitzy modern veneer, and despite mostly having globalist governments, they retain a good deal of conservatism in the sense of attachment to their traditions and histories. (Britain may be the exception, the one country where cultural Marxism actually has won.)

I can't, for example, imagine France truly assimilating its North African population. France is just too French. No matter how much their politicians promote social engineering schemes, it's unlikely the indigenous French will ever accept a hybrid society.

Of course, that still leaves a difficult and dangerous situation. The best option would be to encourage North African Muslims to return to their cultural homelands, offering them financial incentives and their new countries aid to help absorb them and if possible create an economy that can sustain them.

Alan, thanks for the links to your articles. I'll check them out.

Saharians, I suppose the thought of an eventual civil war has crossed all our minds, especially when we're most depressed about how things are going. But I really, really hope it doesn't come to that. Most of us have friends and relatives on the "other side" — and exactly how would the sides be defined, anyway? Besides, if it were a war of some loose confederation of conservatives of various kinds versus liberals, who would be in the majority? Who would control the police and armed forces? The romantic idea of a band of armed citizens taking on the U.S. government+the global corporate establishment+the liberal establishment is just too much the stuff of fantasy. But a nonviolent revolution? Yes! See my postings under "American Velvet Revolution" linked on the blogroll.

Saharians said...

Fair enough Rick, I accept your point. However, as I write a ragtag band of Arab peasants is managing to defeat the mightiest military in the world, in Iraq. All you need are a few assassinations and bombings, to get the ball rolling as it were. Not that I'm advocating such a thing. My point is, it can be done. The security forces would probably break down along racial lines. I think demonstrations and race riots, descending into open street warfare, will be the order of the day. I'm fascinated by this topic, which most bloggers on the right seem to prefer to ignore. There is no way the global power elite and the Multi-Cult will relinquish power peacefully.