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Who Moved My Xanax? by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler wonders if the US is a “shithole” nation. From Kunstler at kunstler.com:

The moral panic of “the Resistance” is back in DefCon 1 mode overnight just as the righteousness orgasm of the Golden Globe Awards was wearing off. Mr. Trump’s casual question to a couple of Senators vis-à-vis immigration policy — “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” — pushed the “racism” button at Resistance Central and CNN staged yet another of the orchestrated anxiety attacks it has perfected over the past year.

The spotlight in this three-ring circus of perpetual offense, indignation, and alarm shifts back from the alleged sufferings of movie actresses to another intersectional victim group from the Dem/Prog pantheon of oppressed minorities: would-be immigrants-of-color. The President’s vulgar animus proves the charge that at least half the country is a lynch mob.

Of course, the most interesting feature of this neurotic zeitgeist is the displacement dynamic among the political Left as its frantic virtue-signaling attempts to distract everybody else in the room from its own dark and shameful emotions about the composition of American culture. As a born-and-bred Boomer (ex-)liberal from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, I can assure you from direct experience that this group has, at best, ambiguous feelings about the lower orders of mankind— my Gawd, did he actually say that? — and, at worst, a certain unmanageable contempt that stirs deep fears of moral failure.

Mr. Trump’s remark raises another interesting question that has not received much analysis amidst the latest panic: namely, how much of a “shithole” is our own country these days? I would avouch, contrary to the limp narrative of boom times, that the USA is visibly whirling around the drain in just about every way that matters. Except for the centers of financialization — New York, Washington, San Francisco — most of our cities are hollowed-out wrecks, and visitors to San Francisco will tell you that the place is literally a shithole, from the army of homeless people who, by definition, have no bathrooms.

Our ghastly suburbs, where so many formerly middle-class Americans are now marooned in debt, despair, and civic alienation, have no prospects for serving as a plausible living arrangement anymore, and were so badly built in the first place that their journey to ruin is destined to be an epically short leap that will amaze historians of the future roasting ‘possums around their campfires.

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Liberals Want To Kill Free Speech, So We Patriots Must Fight Back, by Kurt Schlichter

Those who would use violence and force to stifle others’ freedom of speech and the press  (including governments) had better except the same from their putative victims. From Kurt Schlichter on a guest post at theburningplatform.com:

Guest Post by Kurt Schlichter

Liberals Want To Kill Free Speech, So We Patriots Must Fight Back

Understand that if America is stupid enough to let liberals take power again, they will persecute and prosecute normal Americans like us who dare to dissent. That’s not a guess or a prediction – that’s a commitment they have made to their fascist followers. They’ve seen what the truth can do to their schemes. After 2016, there’s no way they are going to take a chance on another electoral rejection by us normals, so they don’t even pretend to support free speech anymore. It will be one gender neutral being-one vote, one more time, and then never again.

Hold on. That’s clearly nuts, right? This is obviously crazy talk that’s talking crazy, isn’t it? Don’t liberals love free speech?

No.

We know they don’t love free speech because they tell us they don’t, in both words and deeds. The whole free speech thing lost a lot of its luster for the libs when people like us decided to try it out. The liberals didn’t count on that – free speech was supposed to be their jam, a way to offend, annoy, and outrage us squares, to blow our bourgeois minds with their transgressive, no-holds-barred free thoughtery and critical thinkery. But they never intended for it to allow those banjo-strumming rubes living between I-5 and I-95 to express wrong thoughts and thereby win elections.

So now the progressives are trying to do something about it. Recently, every single Democrat voted to effectively repeal the First Amendment. You see, the words “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech” were too expansive for liberals’ tastes because they prevented Congress from making laws abridging the freedom of speech.

This creepy idiocy was in response to Citizens United, a Supreme Court case that, to people who actually believe in free speech and not liberal fascism, conforms to the First Amendment by telling the federal government that no, you can’t put people in jail for making a movie critical of Hillary Clinton.

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Time to Say Goodbye…, by Francis Marion

It may be time for the two sides of America’s political divide to file for divorce. From Francis Marion at theburningplatform.com:

Is it finally time for us to say goodbye?

A few months ago my wife and I made a trip into the city from our small rural community for an evening of dining and visiting with some of her old childhood friends. We started our date with just the two of us at a well known vegetarian restaurant. Later we met up with the rest of the crew at a local park near the beach to watch some skits and some dancing while the sun went down over English Bay. It was a beautiful sunset in an amazing setting.
While we’re sitting and chatting in the bleachers of the small amphitheatre my wife’s friend asks us at which restaurant we ate. We told her and with a raised eyebrow she replies: “Really, Francis actually ate in a vegetarian restaurant? Wow. That must have been quite an experience for you!”

I guess I don’t have a reputation amongst her city dwelling friends as being very cultured. But the truth is I like lots of things that aren’t redneck staples. Even vegetarian and vegan food. Hell, I just like to eat and so long as it’s quality it doesn’t much matter to me whether there’s meat on the plate or not. At the end of the meal I am concerned with three things: did I get enough, was it prepared properly and was the service more than adequate? Simple.

But that off the cuff comment set the tone for the evening and it was obvious by the end of it, that with the exception of chit chat about the old days, that I didn’t have much to say to these folks nor they to me. Not that they’re bad people but from my perspective their lives are narrow, kinda fake and frankly, completely out of touch with reality. They rarely leave the city unless it is to hop on a plane to another country or another major metropolitan area and in all the years that we have lived a short one and a half hour drive down the road from them they have never come to visit that I can recall. In fact, when we see them in the city (for me no more than once every two or three years now) the conversation inevitably ends up with them wondering how we can live so “remotely”. We’re an hour and half drive from the city for Pete’s sake. And they figure that’s remote?

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The ‘Millionaire-Socialist-Class’ (Or, Why It’s Important To Be ‘For’ Rather Than ‘Against’ Something), by Davide Battistella

The “Millionaire-Socialist-Class” is distinguished for its hubris and hypocrisy, in both Europe and the US. From Davide Battistella at zerohedge.com:

I really admire America’s democracy. While many people have been pointing to greatness of European or Swedish societies, the fact remains that America, because of it’s unique constitution, is still the place on earth where people from any background can create any life they desire.

I have lived in North America and Europe for extended periods of time and an old world fact remains; that many European countries, like Italy, the one I lived in are still very much based on birthright and social class.

These “boxes” are well defined, so well defined that people inherently understand from a fairly early age that they are not simple things to break out of. Your liberty, or freedom, is based more on these factors than anything else. These preset confines are places where you will spend the rest of your life.

That is not sad for some people, but it is for those who perhaps fled to seek a better life in America, or to the millions of young Italians NOW who leave Italy with no hope of breaking the shackles of these entrenched classes. In Europe people are defined by their social class, education and politics in a way that does not allow much free movement or a life away from those positions. I equate the way these classes view people to the way they might scrutinize the purchase of a dog or a horse.

The educated and wealthy class in Europe carry a kind of entitlement that they can not help. It is embedded in their DNA. This same class, the result of a century of great success, has permeated large swaths of the left and right coasts in America, where upward mobility and “new thinking” have taken Americans away from their constitution and more into a place where they feel the need to join with their internet enabled brethren around the world as one “new voice” and “global community”, leaving behind, of course people with regular lives.

In recent years it seems that what some Americans had forgotten about their country are things like; liberty and the fact that America is a true meritocracy where you can overcome. These are the prevailing ideas which brought America to define itself and it’s place in the world. The people who claim this superiority may have also forgotten that while they may be “driving the new American thinking”, the engine is still made up of of the 40 or so states between those left and right coasts.

The class of “millionaire socialists” might be the most dangerous of all of these creatures. These are the educated entitled class who tend to shift their publicly stated left leaning values toward what feels right at the time. These are the kind of folks who preach about public education but send their own kids to private schools, the folks who are “environmentalists” who fly private jets. They embrace every benefit of capitalism while denouncing it.

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He Said That? 2/14/15

From Lionel Trilling, American literary critic, author, and teacher:

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.

No truer words were ever spoken.