SNUL: Proposition Nations

Over at Z Man’s, a takedown of the “proposition nation” argument.

This is where being out of step with the Twitters and whatnot really hurts me.  I had no idea things were getting this spergy out there.  Z Man is right, of course, but everything he says shouldn’t need to be said.

There’s no such thing as a “proposition nation.”  If there were, then it would be fairly easy to propose forming a new nation, consolidated around a very different set of principles.  Had the Founders intended this, it would’ve been obvious as early as 1814 — when many of the Founders were still alive to comment on the Hartford Convention.  But they didn’t, and the issue was decisively settled in 1861-5.  (Funny how the “proposition nation” folks never mention that set of propositions, eh?  Nobody was clearer about their intentions than the Confederacy’s founders; they put slavery right there in their Constitution, front and center, in terms so clear that not even a Wise Latina could penumbra or emanation it).

“Proposition nation” means “those who come here, and those who are already here who are insufficiently assimilated, should try to behave like White Christians.”  Whether or not they can is an open question, but they should try.  We all should; that’s what “patriotism” really means.

SNUL: The Church of Rational Patriotism, Part I

When you grow up Christian, you don’t notice its absurdities… until you do, but even then you don’t really care.  It’s only when you’re faced with a relentless barrage of other believers’ absurdities that you start to doubt.  It’s not some deep philosophical issue that turns you off; saying stuff like “it’s logically impossible for the same person to be a man and a God” is a post-hoc rationalization.  It’s the creepy kid who wants to pray your cancer away who does it, or the child-abusing hypocrite leading the Youth Group.  That’s the de-conversion experience.

Leftism, as we all know, is a religion, and it seems to be rapidly approaching mass de-conversion.  Just as Official Christianity ™ is now little more than a lesbian pastor and a “congregation” with far more cats than children, so too Official Leftism — as represented by MSNBC, academia, and the Democratic Party — is little more than pensioners mouthing Sixties pieties between seizures and vodka shots.

Meanwhile, out in the ‘burbs, “Christianity” is a megachurch fronted by an obvious grifter, while “Social Justice” has floored the accelerator in its race to become nothing more than a nihilistic death cult.  Though there will still be many believers — Osteen’s “church” is located where the Houston Rockets, an NBA team, used to play — the blatant absurdities of the true believers are going to drive off the vast majority of the lukewarm.

That’s the point we need to snag them.  Something fulfilling, not too absurd, that they can “believe” in enough to feel good, but not enough to where it actually requires more than a butt in a seat one Sunday a month.

TORA! TORA! TORA!

Discussing some stuff with e-migos, I got to thinking about those deeply nuanced freethinkers: Our Betters, the Liberals.  Anyone who pays attention to what Liberals do, rather than what they say, knows that Liberals are the most binary critters in captivity.  They behave as if every question that could ever possibly be asked has The One Right Answer (TORA), and of course they — being Our Betters — know it.

This explains most, if not all, of their most annoying tics.  For instance, they instinctively politicize every-fucking-thing…. and yet, seem clueless as to how this “politics” stuff actually works.  E-migo Morgan cited their recent blather about how Congress “hasn’t done anything” about gun control after the Las Vegas tragedy.  He pointed out that yes, Congress has done something about gun control; lots of somethings, in fact.  It just didn’t turn out the way Our Betters wanted it to.  They proposed a bill, they couldn’t get the votes to pass it, it was defeated.

That’s what Congress does.  That’s the only thing Congress does.  “Voting on bills” is literally the only action that Congress, as a whole, can Constitutionally take.  To those of us who use Earth-logic, that’s what “politics” means — you make your best case, you call in all your favors, you make all the deals you can, and when it still doesn’t work, you accept the result and move on.  Hell, even Hillary Clinton pretended to subscribe to this definition back when she thought she was going to win. Of course, that didn’t work out the way Our Betters thought it would, either, and so she changed her tune…

See what I mean?  Our Betters don’t really “get” politics, because when every possible question has The One Right Answer, what’s the point?  Politics is the adjudication of competing preferences.  But with TORA there is, by definition, no competition, because there are no preferences.  How could there be, since it’s unpossible that someone might actually prefer the wrong answer?  It’s the Fundamental Paradox of Internet Liberalism at the ballot box — if you were smart enough to understand what Lefty is trying to tell you, you’d have to agree with him, because he’s telling you The One Right Answer.

And If you’re too stupid to get that, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote anyway…. which is why Our Betters don’t really “get” democracy, either.  Oh, they’ll be happy to “explain” TORA to you until they’re blue in the face (“explaining” things to Dirt People gets them wet), but when it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter if one million people vote for TORA, or nine weirdos in black bathrobes do, or just one Lightworker does — it is, after all, The One Right Answer, and those who know TORA are duty-bound to implement it, though the heavens fall.

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SNUL: Bolshevik

Since we’re nearing the 100 year anniversary of the October Revolution, I’m reading up on the early USSR.  It’s fascinating to see how Bolshevik our liberals are.  The clothes, the jargon, the attitudes — the whole SJW schmear, 2017, would be right at home in a Party cell in Petersburg, 1917 (renowned Sovietologist Sheila Fitzpatrick said the Bolshevik “debate” style was all “smugness and tautology”). Even the word “activist” — a very strange one if you think about it — comes from the Russian activ, the collective noun for that personality type (much like intelligentsia, another Russian word; the singular, I think, is intelligent (n.)).

The difference, of course, is that the Bolsheviks had a goal in mind.  It was awful and impossible, but at least a Bolshie could tell you why she was acting as she did.  Our SJWs have no idea why they do what they do.  They can’t possibly describe to you what the Socially Just world would look like… largely because there’s 100 years of evidence showing that it changes from day to day, and a fervent believer in yesterday’s gospel is getting worked to death in the gulag today.

That’s one of the keys to SJW psychology.  The Bolshies dressed like bums and acted like drunk longshoremen consciously, because that’s how they imagined the “Proletariat” acted and they were trying to ape “proletarian” culture (they went so far as to make an “art” movement out of it — proletkult, another wonderful Russian word we could sorely use here).  Again, it was stupid and impossible, but goal-directed.  Our SJWs act like that because acting like that disguises the pointless stupidity of it all.  SJWs are bored, listless people who know, deep down, that they’re wasting their lives.  Constant offense lets them keep that feeling at bay.  It’s “permanent revolution” in the mechanical sense — if you’re always spinning, spinning, spinning in place, you’ll never realize you’re not getting anywhere.