Monday, August 8, 2011

American Tinderbox.



Walter Russell Mead.

The conditions for a Category 5 hurricane are all there; it is easy to see a political reaction taking shape in this country that would make the Tea Party movement look like a PTA bake sale. They say that great storms start with trivial causes: a butterfly waves its wings and, when conditions are just right, the wind begins to grow.

The country is so angry now that it would not take much more than the right butterfly in the right place to take us to the next stage of struggle over the Great Society legacy. Just as the urban riots of the 1960s played a role in the hasty adoption of the sixties policy complex, so a rash of small urban confrontations that caught on à la française could dramatically accelerate and intensify the current upheaval in American politics.

If that happens, the result is very unlikely to be a strengthening of the foundations of the Great Society state.

18 comments:

Disciple of Night said...

Good essay. I agree. A mere butterfly set the whole Mideast ablaze.

Anonymous said...

Or a SWAT stack in the wrong doorway at the wrong time.

Tvarisch said...

The cracks between the State, and among the various demographics of the population are growing into chasms that will not be bridged. Rich and poor; black and white; native and immigrant; conservative, liberal, and libertarian; and all other imaginable identifiable groups and sub-groups, will grow increasingly hostile toward one another, until the tremors of unrest that we now see will become a series of earthquakes that will tear the nation asunder.

Bad Cyborg said...

"Many American whites are young, angry, poorly educated and male."

And the majority are also armed - some HEAVILY!

"Our current immigration policy is a prescription for social change of vast proportions."

Horse Hockey!! It's a recipe for societal collapse! Without a single national identity no nation can survive.

"a rash of small urban confrontations that caught on à la française could dramatically accelerate and intensify the current upheaval in American politics. If that happens, the result is very unlikely to be a strengthening of the foundations of the Great Society state."

Correct! What it IS likely to result in is an honest to goodness CIVIL WAR! Something this nation has NEVER undergone. That nasty piece of business in the 1860's was NOT a "Civil War". The CSA could not possibly have cared less how things were done north of the Mason-Dixon line. All they wanted was to be left alone in peace. It was the USA that calculatedly provoked a response and and then used Ft. Sumter as an excuse for an unconstitutional war of conquest - on a nation it had not even recognized TO BE a nation in the first place!

The nation is a tinderbox, all right. And our chain-smoking Socialist-in-Chief cum Messiah keeps flicking his cigarette butts out the car window. One of these days one of those is going to hit in the right spot and God help us all! The conflagration that starts THAT day may well bring down Western civilization and end the world as we know it.

TO-Do List:
1. Pray (perhaps Creator God will see fit to take pity/have mercy on us)

2. Vote (Maybe, JUST MAYBE the system ISN'T quite FUBAR and a massive infusion of steely eyed, realistic constitutionalist/Tea Party types can turn things around here - Europe is a write-off)

3. Stockpile Essential Supplies (in case neither items 1 & 2 work out - sometime's God's answer to prayer is "NO!")

4. Practice/Perfect Marksmanship (see #3 above)

bubba said...

The .gov isn't gonna cry for me, you or anyone other than themselves. They want all of us to share in the sacrifice; how that works is we sacrifice and they share what’s left. Both my congressman and senator explained to me, in correspondence, that I don’t understand how things work, that I’m not smart enough to have an informed opinion and perhaps I should leave the important thinking to the adults (them) in the room. I’ve managed my own construction business since Jan 1980; back at the end of the good ole Carter days. Both my elected lawmakers weren’t even in the work force at that time, one hadn’t even reached college.

I’ve lost plenty of revenue since Obama took office. My net worth has been cut by a third and I spend my own savings to keep my business open. Every day I’m out hustling work, doing work or trying to get paid for work I have performed and at night when I listen to the news I hear from the media and the liberal democrats that I’m just not doing or paying my fair share.

I know what personal sacrifice for my country is. I volunteered and served in the Army during the Nixon and Ford terms. In the minds of our current leaders and their spokepeople in the media I shouldn't be allowed to have an opinion that disagrees with theirs nor am I smart enough to think for myself. To them I am nothing more than a cow to be milked; but what should be done with me when I’m of no further use to them, should I be set out to pasture or sent to slaughter?

The current batch of pantywaists, in the .gov, is making security plans because they are alarmed when we exercise our constitutionally protected rights or we voice our disapproval of their policies. They are worried that we are beginning to understand the predicament we’re in and that we might find a solution to it that they won’t like. They are fearful of righteous retribution.

Dedicated_Dad said...

More "flash mob" reports coming out of Wisconsin - this time hundreds of "young people" (of unspecified race, natch) terrorized whole neighborhoods. The only surprising point thus time is that some pols are openly calling for "hate crime" statutes to be used in prosecution, specifically pointing out that they apply to EVERYONE and not just the usual Officially Sanctioned Victim Groups (tm).

The welfare state is bankrupt - and those who are paying attention know that when our Masters in Sodom-on-the-Potomac talk about old-folks not getting their SS checks & being upset, what they're REALLY threatening is every city in our Republic burning if the welfare checks don't come on time!

God help us - and GOD SAVE OUR REPUBLIC!

PS: wv =="menses"...

We sure are headed for a messy, bloody period...

Anonymous said...

One rifle, 2 shotguns, 3 pistoles = $4,000
1000 rounds of assorted ammunition = $500
2 trained attack cats = $0,

The US Constitution, 1st, 2nd and 4th Amendments = Priceless

Anonymous said...

Already happening in London this weekend. London is well alight tonight and the riots are spreading to Birmingham.

half UK

LtCol P said...

I noticed that many of the so-called flash mobs break out in places not known for gun-friendly laws. Bound to be a connection in there somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Disciple of Night said...

Good essay. I agree. A mere butterfly set the whole Mideast ablaze.

with a bit of help from Obama and Clintons DoS.

Yank lll

TPaine said...

You know what we keep saying about the "first shot being fired?" These morons may just be the trigger that starts it all.

Let it begin with them, but it will end with us. We're on that precipice, and the rocks are crumbling...

Leonardo said...

America is one crisis from civil war. There is so much anger,guns,hatred between races,parties and class that we are heading towards a shitstorm. Many people compare America today to the USSR of the 80's. No in my opinion America is what Yugoslavia was in the late 1980's. We are going to phase of great bloodshed and civil unrest.

Anonymous said...

This "flashmob" black phenomenon is not new. Back in the 1940's in Los Angeles there was a situation that was called "bump day". Blacks would deliberately jostle and bump into whites on the streetcars and busses. My Grandpa, who had a barbershop in downtown LA and took the streetcar to it every day told me all about it when I was a little boy. So did my dad and my uncles. When the civil rights law was wending its way through congress in '63-'64, Barry Godlwater, who was the media's favorite whipping boy, was taken to task for his opposition to it. He replied: "Nobody can make a law to compel me to like you or you to like me." Of course, in addition to being called a warmonger by the Kennedy-worshipping fools at LIFE magazine, he was also called a racist.
I was a peace officer for 30 years in SoCal, and I saw it all first hand. The black culture in Amerika covertly despises whites. They are raised that way. And, when white people are threatend by black violence, be it flashmobs or crime rates, they vote with their feet. Even the white liberal Clinton/Obama-worshipping Hollywood left lives in secure environs far from the Black-Hispanic gang violence in LA. And, a lot of these people are well-heeled enough to have escape refuges in places like Hailey and Sandpoint,Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The author of this article should keep in mind something else that I saw as a cop. When there are no whites around to victimize, effete, successful, and condescending blacks become the mobs' targets.

aughtsix said...

"The Great Society"

delenda est.

Good riddance.

Jon III

Mene mene tekel parsin said...

Someone should care this paragraph in stone.

I spent last week lambasting my congress-oaf, Meehan, who has suckled the federal teat since leaving federally subsidized law school.

One of his DC staffers became quite indignant when this peasant-serf dared ask that Meehan explain to me in writing exactly when I became owned by the State as their asset, their resource, to utilize or optimize or dispose as they see fit for their own purposes.

Young Mr Ginsburg huffed back, "What do you mean? You *are* free and if you don't like it - you have the freedom to leave!"

"That's not freedom" said I. "That's the Mafia's 'offer I can't refuse' and you've just proven my point."

Young Mr Ginsburg ended our conversation rather uncivilly at that point.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

Bubba writes,

" The current batch of pantywaists, in the .gov, is making security plans because they are alarmed when we exercise our constitutionally protected rights or we voice our disapproval of their policies. They are worried that we are beginning to understand the predicament we’re in and that we might find a solution to it that they won’t like. They are fearful of righteous retribution.
August 8, 2011 3:33 PM "

WarriorClass said...

Some people are doing quite well, at your expense:

http://media.causes.com/1098660?m=6584a9cb

That's why Obama wants to raise your taxes.

WarriorClass
III

Mark Matis said...

I see dead pigs, their bodies stacked like cord-wood, their souls rotting in hell for eternity for what they have done to this country.

And don't give that ol' "What about the good cops?" bullshit. If there WERE actually any good cops, just what do you think this country would be like right now, as opposed to what it has become? When the number of "good cops" is so small that THEY are the ones who have to worry about getting backup when they need it, that pretty well explains the situation to me.

Dedicated_Dad said...

When TSHTF, *ALL*chips will either be home protecting *their* families our actively participating in the looting.

Nawlins was no abberation.

You'd better be ready & able to look out four yourself...

Also. I hadn't read TFA becore posting my previous comment...