Friday, July 3, 2015

Gettysburg: The third day

“It's all now you see. Yesterday won't be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago. For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose than all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago; or to anyone who ever sailed a skiff under a quilt sail, the moment in 1492 when somebody thought This is it: the absolute edge of no return, to turn back now and make home or sail irrevocably on and either find land or plunge over the world's roaring rim.” 
― William FaulknerIntruder in the Dust

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gettysburg: The second day

"When the enemy occupies high ground, do not confront him. If the enemy attacks from the high ground, do not oppose him." - Sun Tzu

Joshua Chamberlain won the Medal of Honor for ordering the charge from Little Round Top, one of the most famous actions of Gettysburg and the entire Civil War. John Buford is one of the great unsung heroes of the Union side. It was he who selected the field of battle at Gettysburg. It was his tenacity and tactical acumen that ensured the Union maintained the high ground outside the city.

Saying that the Civil War was about slavery is kind of like saying that the American Revolution was about taxes: it's true as far as it goes but it's so reductionist as to be misleading. The South seceded in order to preserve slavery which was integral to their economy. They inadvertently ensured that "United States" became a singular rather than the plural which it had been for the entire antebellum period. Before the war, the only contact most people had with the federal government was the post office. After the war, the states have gradually become merely convenient subdivisions of the federal government.

You can tell a lot about a person's politics by asking them when the United States started to go wrong.  Mainstream conservatives and neocons, aka right-liberals, usually say either the Great Society or the New Deal. Paleocons blame the US entry into World War I or the Federal Reserve or the Union victory in the Civil War. Libertarians blame either the Union victory or the passage of the Constitution over the objections of the Anti-Federalists. Personally, I blame William of Ockham for everything.

Regardless, the 14th Amendment has been the vehicle used by progressives to transform the laws of the United States into enemies of God and nature, and to mutate the old Republic into the creaking multicultural empire it is today. It guarantees "equal protection of the laws," which strikes me as a meaningless abstraction. Laws against trespassing are not going to equally protect us at 123 Fake Street if you own a home there and I do not.

Studying American history has always been something of a melancholy experience. You can almost taste the boundless optimism of the Founding Fathers. You almost envy the early Republic where men took great interest in public affairs and vigorously discussed the issues in countless newspapers and public forums. Wherever you believe the decline began, it's all downhill from there, culminating in Obergefell.

When the United States breaks apart later this century, it's difficult to imagine it being as bloody an affair as the first Civil War. No matter who secedes or for what reason, a good number of whites will be thinking, "Good riddance." The Coalition of the Fringes might think otherwise, but I honestly don't believe our fabulous overlords have got the balls for a serious campaign of persecution involving red martyrs.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gettysburg: The first day

"Take that hill if practicable." The battle might have gone much differently if Lee had given more forceful orders. Lee was a great general fighting a war against long odds. Gambling was necessary to achieve victory but he should have listened to Longstreet at Gettysburg. The Confederacy simply didn't have the manpower to continually fight long battles of attrition. By the third day Union soldiers were crying, "Fredericksburg!" because their positions were reversed: it was the Confederates marching uphill against an intrenched position.

A Southern victory at Gettysburg is one of the most popular topics for alternative history speculation. Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen turned it into a trilogy of novels. I think they spin the most likely outcome of a Southern victory: the Confederacy still loses the war and sooner besides. It was the fall of Vicksburg in the West that sealed the Confederacy's fate.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

And now for something completely different

Earlier today while I was waiting for my coffee date, I was listening and singing along to this:

I opened my eyes and she was there. She said, "Hey don't let me stop you!"

Relationships aren't my priority right now so my Game is rusty. It's strange. My fellow Traditionalists and conservatives veer between saying, "Game is nothing but a placebo effect," vs. "Girls should avoid the irresistible Jedi mind tricks of Game practitioners." My father was part of the Silent Generation rather than the Baby Boomers, and I think that significantly influenced his teaching me about women. I was exposed to the same falsehoods about love and marriage as my contemporaries (depending on which demographer you consult, I'm either the last of Generation X or the first of the Millennials) but they never sat right with me. I always had much more success with women when I ignored everything the world said about the subject.

The player lifestyle is not an option for me as extramarital sex is sinful, but I enjoy female company as much as the next man. If anything, I rather enjoy freaking out the nice Catholic girls. They all purport to want nice clean shaven Catholic boys with full heads of hair whose most serious curse words are "gosh darn it." So when a chain smoking, hard drinking, shaven headed, goateed jerk like me comes along, I upset their world view.

As an example, a few weeks ago I was at the public library when a beautiful woman sat down at a nearby table. I approached and said, "Hey. I think you're cute and I'd like to get your number." The look on her face was priceless. She was speechless. She replied, "I... you... wow. Just wow. Thank you so much for coming right up and saying that. That was amazing!"

Normal people will read that and think, "Big deal. You asked a girl for her number. What's the big occasion?" It wasn't great Game, or witty, or smooth or anything like that. Her reaction was instructive though: most modern women aren't used to getting approached by complete strangers in broad daylight like that. If she didn't find me attractive, she'd have immediately gone on to social media to write, "OMG a total creeper just totally harassed me!!!!" Maybe she did do that and I just don't know it, heh.

Perhaps I'm an inveterate optimist. Maybe my optimism is completely baseless. But I'm confident that human nature will out. The current environment of sexual anarchy is as doomed to fail as Soviet communism was. I won't live to see it but if I ever have children, I'll work to build a better world for them than the one I was born into.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My new article at Return of Kings

In my second article for Return of Kings, I briefly examine the natural law and the objective nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. Check it out and share.

God bless Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee is a personal hero of mine. Besides being a great general, he was a great Christian and gentleman. So naturally, he must be made a non-person. Brooks mentions in passing that Abraham Lincoln did not believe that blacks were capable of equality with whites. His administration considered several plans to help blacks settle in foreign colonies. By 21st century standards, Lincoln was a white supremacist.

If we are going to strip Robert E. Lee's name off of public facilities because he was a slave holding traitor, then it follows we must do the same with George Washington who was a slave holding traitor who took up arms against his King. The man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, was also a slave holding traitor whom Doctor Johnson famously called out:
We are told, that the subjection of Americans may tend to the diminution of our own liberties; an event, which none but very perspicacious politicians are able to foresee. If slavery be thus fatally contagious, how is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?
Brooks claims that this isn't about rewriting history but about shaping culture going forward, as if the one didn't imply the other. A people without a history is a people made up of emasculated liars, and emasculated liars are easy to control.

Trahison des clercs

I didn't really expect him to, but nonetheless I was surprised that Father did not say anything at all about what happened this past Friday. Most priests don't have the stomach to stand at the pulpit and tell their flocks that they have a moral obligation to oppose same-sex "marriage" and that supporting it in any way, shape, or form is formal cooperation with evil which necessitates repentance and confession before receiving Holy Communion. I'd be pleasantly astonished if any priest in the country said anything like that from the pulpit today. If they commented on it at all, I expect it was more along the lines of a tepid defense of real marriage or assurances that the sacrament cannot be changed.

What did you people hear at Mass or at church today?