Thank You, COVID-19

This current pandemic has in many ways, been a soul-cleansing experience. It’s really brought out the lack or character and intellectual integrity in many people…at least to me. Perhaps I didn’t want to admit what most people are – self centered, attention seeking, hypocrites. I don’t need those people in my life. Period.

I’ve never associated with Leftists, ‘progressives’, ‘Bernie Bros’ or the like…except under duress and a bitten tongue. But this recent crisis – along with a slow burning buildup over the last decade or so, has shifted much of the Right-wing into that same category for me.

I will continue to work towards Libertarian ‘principles-to-policy’, by supporting my local and state activism. But my online presence will now be limited to mostly professionally/academically related forums that related to my paste experiences and current career. Oft visited forums have devolved into herd-mentality through a very particular lens, which I will not sully my blog with it’s name.

Gone are the free-wheeling, but respectfully disagreeing blog discussions. In it;s place are really nothing but echo chambers with litmus tests. The internet had such potential……

Too bad the pandemic won’t cause widespread, contagious introspection. Such is the pity.

On This Presidents Day…..the President We Need

Would that we had such at 1600 Pennsylvania today:

On vetoing a farm relief bill – “Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character.”  – President Grover Cleveland,

h/t to Borepatch

The Monopoly of Violence

An article from December 2012, from Gary North that continues to have resonance and applicability as I witness the ongoing usurpation of Individual Rights here in my adopted state of Virginia….as the newly emboldened Leftists seek to confer Rights and privileges of a Citizen on illegal aliens, and to transform the law abiding into felons overnight.

Symbols are important. A citizen who has the right to keep and bear arms, even though he is not planning to join the state militia, which is in fact an arm of the federal government, understands that he possesses a degree of sovereignty that is not possessed by citizens in nations that prohibit widespread firearm ownership. He understands that he is in a unique situation. He still has the fundamental marks of political sovereignty, namely, firearms. His firearms testify to the fact that the central government does not yet feel sufficiently confident to confiscate his firearms in the name of the central government’s exclusive monopoly of violence. His firearms testify to the fact that he is still a citizen, and that he still possesses rights that politicians and bureaucrats cannot legally overturn.

The reason why gun control advocates want this right overturned is because they are in favor of centralized political control. They believe that their class, namely, the intellectual class, is in control of the agencies of civil government. For the most part, this assumption is correct. They assume that their class, and only their class, has the wisdom to allocate weapons. They believe that their class alone possesses the right to determine which citizen has access to weapons, under which circumstances, and for how long.

In effect, the gun-control advocate is rather like a medieval knight in the 15th century. He resents the fact that weapons are becoming cheaper, and that the common man who joins the Army becomes a threat to his social class, and therefore to his social standing. He resents the fact that his weapons no longer give him a monopoly of violence. Weapons have come onto the market, and these weapons can be used effectively by commoners who do not spend decades of training in their use.

And his conclusion, that I not only foresee coming to pass…but welcome…….

I believe we are coming close to the end of the nation-state as we have known it for the past 500 years. I believe that the military historian, Martin van Creveld, is correct. The central governments are running out of solvency, and their ability to provide protection against crime and also provide retirement benefits for the mass of humanity, is in decline.

Over the next half-century, and perhaps even less, politicians are going to realize that they can no longer protect citizens against armed criminals locally, and they cannot afford to support their aging populations. At that point, there will be a transfer of legitimacy back in the direction of local civil government. Local civil governments will rest heavily upon armed citizens who are in a position to be deputized.

So, I expect a greater decentralization. This decentralization will take place most rapidly in societies where citizens have never surrendered their right to keep and bear arms. This is why I think the United States is the most likely nation to be the working model for this process of decentralization.

Link – In Defense of the Second Amendment

The State of our Political Intellect

A Billings Republican legislator said Saturday he believes the U.S. Constitution calls for the shooting or jailing of those who identify as socialists.

On Saturday, a reporter asked Garcia to clarify his remarks.

“So actually in the Constitution of the United States (if) they are found guilty of being a socialist member you either go to prison or are shot,” Garcia said.

Garcia could not to point to where in the Constitution it says socialists could be shot or jailed.

Asked to clarify if he thought it was fair to shoot or jail a socialist, including those who live in Montana, Garcia said yes.

“They’re enemies of the free state,” Garcia said. “What do we do with our enemies in war? In Vietnam, (Afghanistan), all those. What did we do?”

Asked if that was an appropriate response to his opponent from the last election cycle, Garcia said “according to the Constitution, I’m telling you.”

“I agree with my Constitution,” Garcia said. “That’s what makes us free. We’re not a democracy, we’re a Republic Constitution.”

Burn it down. Burn it to the ground. Hose off the ashes and maybe try again. Fuck, we’re a nation of dumbasses…….


POTUS Military Service and the Validation Gap

While the Constitution states that the president shall be commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy, the position has no pre-qualifications. Nevertheless, the role of commander-in-chief is often invoked in speeches, at debates, and in political advertisements. But what makes a person qualified for this role? One measure of qualification — but certainly not the only one — is past military service. This should not weigh more than any other factor, if at all, but it nevertheless is relevant given that presidential candidates — especially nominees in the final months of the election — will need to find some way to prove their ability to command one of the world’s largest militaries.

As American voters enter the 2020 election, this report is worth revisiting, as are other warnings, including Kori Schake’s  that endorsements by retired general and flag officers erode public trust in the military, encourage the military to see itself as a political actor, and make it harder for active-duty military leaders to do their jobs.

I found this article particularly fascinating as a history nerd, given our current sad state of political theater. The rest is worth the read…and I recommend bookmarking the site.

War on the Rocks

The Rifle

“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”

Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle

Iran and Letters of Marque and Reprisal

I’ve been supporting our military and intelligence efforts in Iraq since 2011, working for the same agency [no, not that Agency, but very much related], with multiple deployments to Iraq…..and nothing makes me happier in the offensive sense, than to see Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis [as well as others] killed with extreme prejudice. I know intimately the imminent threat that prompted the timing of this strike, and had it not been authorized, a loss of American life in a short window would have occurred that was rivaled only by 9/11. Full credit to POTUS for giving the green light, and full credit to the dedication of the teams of analysts and operators who made this happen.

Muhandis, with Soleimani’s blessing, ordered a consistent series of rocket attacks against US and Coalition locations within Iraq since April of this year….ignored by the American media; not to mention the IRGC-QF technical and operational assistance to Shi’s militia’s during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Countless American and Coalition lives were lost as a direct result of the IRGC-QF.

A 2012 Army War College paper that I’ve had in my digital library for many years, highlights a Constitutional, yet unfashionable approach to dealing with State, proxy-force and terrorist actors in the current age – Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

By the time the Constitution was ratified in 1789, the practice of privateering had been a legitimate part of Western warfare for over 500 years. Letters of marque and reprisal had been important tools for the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation during the American Revolution, and this power granted by the Constitution would maintain its significance in the years following its ratification. The Framers placed great import on the federal government’s role in protecting maritime commerce and enforcing the common law of nations. While changes in warfare and developments in international law during the last century have largely vanquished the role of privateering, the Congressional authority to issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal remains, having never been repealed.

As the U.S. and the international community contemplate a host of difficult security concerns modern extraterritorial threats such as piracy, terrorism, and cyber exploitation, U.S. policymakers and legal scholars should contemplate the conceptual merit of letters of marque and reprisal as a means of combating these threats short of “war.” This is not to say that the Constitutional power to grant letters of marque and reprisal should be taken lightly. As Thomas Jefferson explained, “The making of a reprisal on a nation is a very serious thing. Remonstrance and refusal of satisfaction ought to precede; and when reprisal follows, it is considered an act of war, and never yet failed to produce it in the case of a nation able to make war.”

Read the rest here: Resurrecting Letters of Marque and Reprisal to Address Modern Threats

It’s a concept that’s time has come to consider, again.

VCDL: Letter to Virginians on the 2nd Amendment

Reposting from The Truth About Guns, and sharing as a member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League:

In a comprehensive open letter addressed to the Members of the Virginia General Assembly, Constitutional Officers of the Commonwealth and to the People of Virginia, gun rights groups Gun Owners of America and the Virginia Citizens Defense League have shredded the Virginia Attorney General’s dismissive “advisory opinion” on declarations of Second Amendment sanctuaries in the Old Dominion.

Summing up the case for resistance to new proposed gun rights infringements, Pratt and Van Cleave conclude . . .

Should the Virginia General Assembly, along with the Virginia Governor or Attorney General, enact and attempt to enforce a law which is prohibited by Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or Article I, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution, and the pre-existing, inalienable rights of the People, then such law is of no legitimacy — and void. In response, local government officials who have sworn an Oath to uphold the federal and state constitutions unquestionably have the inherent power — and the duty — to refuse to enforce such unconstitutional laws, and even to protect the People against enforcement.

Full Letter Here

Additional important reading at The Price of Liberty.

Virginia Burning

From Cold Fury:

The longer answer, as far as I’m concerned, is “fucking HELL NO.” The threat—the REAL threat—has been forced upon all Virginians, unwanted and unasked-for, by overreaching dimestore dictators trying to latch onto the long-cherished Leftist brass ring of gun confiscation. Those Va politicians believed that, with the total takeover of the Commonwealth’s government last election, it was at last within their grasp.

But alas! With the unlooked-for rise of a real grassroots Resistance movement; the emergence of militias and 2A sanctuaries; and the most welcome declarations of non-compliance from the Guard and local/county LEOs, it would appear that the political tapeworms may have, umm, jumped the gun.

The politicos are now in a very tight spot indeed. Having left themselves with none but unsatisfactory options, there appears to be no way to defuse this volatile situation without losing face. Either they push this all the way—thereby causing violence and mayhem along with many other calamitous consequences—or they climb down quickly and completely, sparing the Commonwealth much misery but losing whatever credibility and respect they ever had in the first place. If any.

The political tapeworms assumed they had freedom, individual rights, and the indomitable Virginians who still revere those things whipped for good. They assumed the entire state’s population was of the same benighted stripe as that of the Leftard strongholds nestled against Mordor On The Potomac they’re more familiar with. Looks like they were a bit premature on that, thank God.

Myself, Mrs. CI and eldest Princess were at the county meeting in Warrenton on the 12th….along with a couple thousand comrades, and we’ll be there again tomorrow when the board finally votes on the Sanctuary/Constitutional resolution. I have little doubt as to the outcome, raising the number of counties in Virginia spurning the Leftist cabal in Richmond, by one more.

We will not comply.

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