The O. J. Simpson trial was the iconic trial of the 1990s. It was not known until after the trial that Simpson lied about not owning Bruno Magli shoes, which were worn by the murderer. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”; and so the defense made an argument in favor of reasonable doubt. I was prepared for a verdict in either direction.
I was not prepared for the reaction to the verdict.
Grinning, whooping and hollering – when two innocent people lay dead? That was the moment I began to question if Americans really were one people at heart.
In May, 2020, a serial criminal who had threatened the life of a pregnant woman ingested enough fentanyl to guarantee his own death. Here is the autopsy report; page 2 is the most important.
Officer Derek Chauvin had the terrible misfortune to arrive on the scene shortly before George Floyd’s inevitable death. Floyd spoke truly when he said that he couldn’t breathe; this statement was made while he was in the police car, before he was placed on the ground at his own request. The EMTs Chauvin and his colleagues called were unable to treat Floyd due to the presence of a hostile crowd.
Incitement by representative Maxine Waters, mayor Jacob Frey, and the occupants of the White House were allowed to proceed without punishment. Chauvin was convicted, to satisfy a mob’s blood lust. Worse is to come.
Biden Set to Push Critical Race Theory on U.S. Schools
‘Start killing all the white folks’ (2-minute video)
I do not want to be that race-conscious person. As a child, I was taught sternly that race-consciousness is evil. Now, the powers that be say that it is racist NOT to be race-conscious.
Our white college president wrote to the college community just before the verdict, when the country expected a not guilty verdict, at least in part. The president libeled America, and urged employees to put a woke slogan or woke imagery in their work e-mail signature lines, something to the effect about rejecting racism and injustice.
There is certainly a lot of racism and injustice around; indeed it is much worse outside America than within. In the map below, the most racially intolerant countries are shown in red, and the most tolerant countries are shown in blue.
Once again, we see objective, rational evidence that supports the decisions of the world’s migrants to come to Western countries.
Within America, the strongest support for institutional racism comes from the leftist cognitive elite MAGETEBB: media, academia, government, entertainment, technological elite, big business.
Where does this all end? Those who oppose secession are starting to become defensive, aware that they are losing popularity. These tough guys say that even if you are a coward, they, at least, will fight to defend their heritage.
It is a losing battle. Between open borders, the great replacement, gene therapy disguised as vaccines, mask/lockdown police, social justice, transgenderism, and blocking the earth’s sunlight to prevent global warming, the cognitive elite is dangerous and deadly, even unapologetically explicitly genocidal.
You are not going to fight off an array of helicopters and armored personnel carriers with your rifle. If you want to survive and you are not prepared to kill millions of people, secession seems like the only remaining option.
I have been gathering more information to share about coronavirus “vaccination”. (It isn’t really a vaccine.) The impetus for writing today’s column is a message from our friend Nitzakhon. (That isn’t the royal “we”.) He shared a wake-up call of a story entitled “New York Senate Passes Concentration Camp Bill”, linking to an article in NOQ Report.
The New York state senate just passed a bill that will allow government officials to apprehend and indefinitely detain people who are considered a threat to the public based on their health status. You don’t have to be sick to get locked up. Contacts of the infected are eligible for involuntary detainment. This conveniently allows Big Government to lock up pretty much anyone on the claim that they have encountered someone alleged to carry a virus… All the governor has to do is declare a state of emergency and whole groups (e.g., Tea Party groups, if they should begin to reemerge) can be incarcerated on suspicion of carrying a virus, as can people who come in contact with members of the group.
Do you think that the Nazis expressed a degree of savagery unique to the German people? You should read about the Japanese Rape of Nanking – or the Chinese Cultural Revolution, or the preceding famine – or the Soviet famine – or the French Revolution. Israelis are beginning to cry out about the oppressiveness of the lockdown, and the pressure to get “vaccinated”. A majority of Britons support “vaccine” passports to go anywhere outside your home. Western Australia levies $50,000 AUD fines for not wearing masks in public. Lockdown police burst into Easter services in allegedly civilized Australia, Britain, and Canada. More schools are requiring “vaccination” to return to campus, for students and for staff. The snitches of the world have been empowered.
In America, federal law prohibits the requirement of any experimental medication. (Remember, the FDA has NOT given full approval to any CoVID-19 “vaccine”, only emergency use authorization (EUA).) This article from a medical news website is useful: “Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA”.
The same section of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that authorizes the FDA to grant emergency use authorization also requires the secretary of Health and Human Services to “ensure that individuals to whom the product is administered are informed … of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product.” Likewise, the FDA’s guidance on emergency use authorization of medical products requires the FDA to “ensure that recipients are informed to the extent practicable given the applicable circumstances … That they have the option to accept or refuse the EUA product …” In the same vein, when Dr. Amanda Cohn, the executive secretary of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, was asked if Covid-19 vaccination can be required, she responded that under an EUA, “vaccines are not allowed to be mandatory. So, early in this vaccination phase, individuals will have to be consented and they won’t be able to be mandatory.” Cohn later affirmed that this prohibition on requiring the vaccines applies to organizations, including hospitals. The EUAs for both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require facts sheets to be given to vaccination providers and recipients. These fact sheets make clear that getting the vaccine is optional. For example, the one for recipients states that, “It is your choice to receive or not receive the Covid-19 Vaccine,” and if “you decide to not receive it, it will not change your standard of medical care.”
What’s the big deal? Many of my conservative and libertarian friends are ready to get the “vaccine” that is not a vaccine, just to help get back to normal. What’s the problem?
The “vaccine” does not prevent infection, or transmission, or even death from SARS-CoV-2, nor will it end social distancing. Some “vaccine”! Deaths directly attributable to CoVID-19 vaccines so far in 2021 are running about 22 times the annual total of deaths from all other vaccines combined in the United States. Vaccines deaths in Europe are about double those in America. All this for a disease with a 99.74% survival rate outside of nursing homes, with powerfully effective treatments available.
Please watch this 28-minute video of Dr. Ryan Cole giving a talk in Idaho. He is a board-certified pathologist. He covers all aspects of the pandemic within the limited time available. He prefers Ivermectin over Hydroxychloroquine, together with zinc and vitamin D.
He makes a powerful argument that we do not have an annual cold and flu season, but rather an annual vitamin D deficiency season. Vitamin D is the key to a strong immune system, says Dr. Cole. Its synthesis is accelerated by sunlight on skin. People living at a latitude less than 35 degrees from the equator get plenty of sun year round, he says. Beyond those latitudes, you cannot get enough sun in the wintertime even going outdoors in a bathing suit, so at least from late fall to early spring, he recommends vitamin D supplementation. (Check with your doctor so you don’t harm your liver through overdose.)
He touches on two causes for vitamin D deficiency. Melanin protects our skin from ultraviolet radiation, so those with darker skin who do not supplement with vitamin D are more at risk; this explains the racial disparities in coronavirus outcomes. Secondly, vitamin D is fat-soluble (like vitamins A, E, and K, and unlike water-soluble vitamins B and C), so obese people will have lower bioavailability of this nutrient, which explains the correlation between overweight and morbidity-mortality from CoVID-19.
Dr. Cole says that the FDA cannot approve a vaccine for a disease for which there exists an effective treatment. There might be an incentive to disparage the existing treatments, given that the NIH holds part of the patent on the Moderna vaccine.
He describes the dominant mRNA “vaccines” (Pfizer and Moderna) as experimental gene therapy, and I have seen informed commentaries on the adenovirus “vaccines” (J&J and Astra Zeneca) as working in a similar fashion. I am willing to consider the traditional subunit vaccine being developed by Novavax, which is expected out in May. In the meantime, I am relying on the prophylaxis and home treatment course linked elsewhere in this blog (click on the “Pandemic” category) and in the links at the bottom of the blog.
Brutality is increasing tolerated and approved in America; soon it will be legalized. This will serve as simply one more spur to secession. Any war that may occur in the next year will be short, once we get hit with the annual coronavirus season in late winter to early spring in 2022. Then our horrified nation will learn the meaning of antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) and pathogenic priming.
I expect to see enormous numbers of deaths and people permanently disabled as their immune systems are challenged with new, possibly very mild coronaviruses, of the types that cause colds each year. With their DNA permanently altered by mRNA “vaccines”, according to what I have read, many people will undergo severe inflammatory or auto-immune reactions which will cause shock, organ failure, and death.
All because we are so desperate to get a “Like” on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to save your life, the first step is to turn off the television and turn off social media.
the greater eastern Mediterranean, encompassing Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, Greece, and Persia;
India, from the Indus to the Ganges, south across the subcontinent, and north to the Himalayas;
China, from the Yellow River to the Yangzi.
Thanks to very large populations, the latter two have remained in some sort of linguistic and religious-spiritual continuity since ancient times. The first homeland of civilization was just small enough to get knocked off course by invaders: the Roman empire. In turn, the Roman empire was changed by its encounter with Greek brilliance and culture, and Jewish and Christian spirituality: https://surakblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/26/the-two-foundations-of-western-civilization/
This collision moved the locus of Western civilization from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe: eventually, to northern and western Europe. Greece ceased its leadership in mathematics and philosophy, and the only major new religion from the Middle East failed to win hearts and minds through gentle example.
So what happened at this point in history? Are we a continuation of classical Western civilization, or are we a new instance of Western civilization, built on the ruins of the previous Western civilization?
Charles Murray’s book Human Accomplishment is a massive study of the greatest accomplishments of humanity for 2800 years, around the world, in the humanities and the sciences. This book would take a full column just to summarize.
Human Accomplishment is full of useful references: lists, graphs, and maps. Below is a map showing the core areas of most human accomplishments in the last 500 years, up to 1950.
This is core Europe: England, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as their closest neighbors: Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland, and small numbers from eastern Europe, Iberia, Russia, and Scandinavia.
This intellectual line could have come to an end easily in the World Wars that wasted so much of European talent, but for the vitality of Europe’s most ambitious offspring, America. According to Murray, the zones of greatest accomplishment in America, up to 1950, appear in the following map.
The new core ranges from Maine to Virgina, across the old midwest (Northwest Territories), and somewhat in California. These areas are largely left-wing now. The most conservative areas created little innovation.
These maps teach me that civilizations can move. Even as leftist society engages in a hysterical paroxysm of self-destruction, after a possible dark age, our civilization can re-emerge elsewhere.
However, Murray’s study of great accomplishments teaches him that four cultural dimensions are required:
On each of those points, leftist society has surrendered the possibility of future progress. Murray adequately documents the need for a civilization to have purpose, organizing structure, and transcendental goods, all betrayed by secular-humanist anarcho-socialism. Even autonomy is gone from the left’s world.
We can only preserve civilization in a nation that provides intellectual autonomy at the same time it maintains one dominant culture, and punishes fundamental subversion (violence, dangerous drugs, pedophilia and other sexual perversion, socialism, satanism) severely.
What would happen if the United States broke up into two new nations – New America, and Alinsky? How powerful would the new nations be, with respect to each other, and with respect to other countries?
The Mises Institute published several articles addressing the issue of national power, based on ideas developed by Michael Beckley and Paul Bairoch. They came to the conclusion that the simplest metric predicting outcomes in international conflicts is this: multiply the nominal GDP of a country by its nominal GDP per capita.
Beckley found that his metric successfully predicted the outcomes of most of the major prolonged international conflicts in the last 200 years. However, his metric predicts lopsided advantages for the United States versus China, and especially the United States versus Afghanistan. Clearly the Beckley metric exaggerates the importance of conventional warfare.
Nevertheless, I thought it would be a useful exercise to follow the Mises Institute’s lead and use this metric to examine international power as it stands today, as well as the results of a presumed break-up of the United States. Here are three of their articles:
For the Mises Institute, the two successor states of the United States have 27 conservative states, and 23 leftist states + DC respectively. Of the purple states I have shown in previous maps, Arizona and Georgia join the conservative grouping; Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin join the leftist grouping. Obviously this split does not consider the issue of regional secessions from states.
I modified the Beckley metric to make the competition between nations somewhat more equal, and therefore more difficult for the more powerful country to achieve a decisive victory. I did so by making two changes. 1) I replaced nominal GDP per capita by PPP (purchasing power parity) GDP per capita; this reflects what may be a higher or lower cost of living in each country. 2) After multiplying nominal GDP by PPP GDP per capita, I took the square root, so that increased GDP is not counted twice in the multiplication.
The result is shown in the map below for currently existing nations. The most powerful nation, the United States, is blue; less powerful nations are green, brown, and red.
Below is a table of the power of the most powerful nations, according to this modified Beckley index, assuming the current power of the United States is 100.
On this same scale, Brazil scores 12.3, and India scores 11.1.
Notice that even after a break-up, the two successor states to the United States each remain more powerful than any other nation, so we need not fear an imminent invasion.
My head is reeling with the news of the last few days. I ask your understanding as I plan to share more frequently with you than I have in the past. You need to know how bad it is out there.
I will not say that the left is insane: unable to distinguish between right and wrong. They know. They have chosen.
In the video below, the host and most of the video commenters celebrate a random act of terrorism by a black man against an Asian-operated nail salon. (They assume the employees are Korean; the employees are almost certainly Vietnamese.)
The sick transvestite man pictured in the tweet below asserted that the little girls he wants to follow into washrooms are just as kinky as he.
Future Human: “Humans May Not Be Able to Reproduce Naturally Much Longer, Scientist Warns: Everyday chemicals are threatening the future of human fertility”
Christopher Rufo in City Journal: “California’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum urges students to chant to the Aztec deity of human sacrifice”; students are urged to enable “counter-genocide” against whites.
The destination for the majority cannot be the gas chambers for all; the logistics would not permit it. Rather, sufficient demoralization will encourage the normal, mostly white majority to commit suicide through drugs, or stop bringing children into the world. They will be bullied into being ashamed of themselves.
What do we do? The argument online is heated. There is increasing interest in secession, which I support. The opposition, which I also respect, says this: secession will not make the left disappear. They will come after you no matter where you are. Their goal is the destruction of happy, independent, responsible people.
That is true. However, it is easier to repel an enemy across an international border than it is to “pacify” tens of millions of your fellow citizens. Invasion can always be met with lethal force.
I have not heard a plan for how to take back America from the perverts and thugs shown above and their tens of millions of enablers. There is a small population of Americans who are hard-core survivalists. They may use their training to survive in the woods for years – or not. Ask Randy Weaver about that. One hundred survivalists in hidden cabins in each of America’s three thousand counties do not a civilization make.
We have lost America because we did not value it enough to defend it from its internal enemies. We must start over in New America, learning from our mistakes.
Dear Surak readers, I have been reading extensively on the subjects of politics, class, IQ, lifestyle, and so on. I also examined exit polls from the last two presidential elections. I think there is a growing body of evidence to support the following hypothesis.
The growing split in America is not solely a left-right split, but is also a split of the center from the extremes. The left-right split was shown in this blog’s first post: https://surakblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/09/a-map-of-america/ The graphic below was created by the Economist magazine, and illustrates again the slight rightward shift of Republicans contrasted with the substantial leftward shift of Democrats.
For the purpose of my new perspective, the center in this case is not the political center. Rather, the center is the middle-class; the bourgeoisie; the humble shop-keepers; the people who go to church once per week and salute the flag. The sociological center of the nation is politically conservative because of their respect for tradition, and their desire for stability.
In contrast, the source of political churn is an alliance of the upper-class with the lower-class. The former covets power; the latter needs money. They co-operate to shake down the middle-class. They can’t eliminate the middle-class, who produce most of America’s GDP. But they can demoralize the middle-class, to keep them as productive slaves.
Here is a graphic I created to illustrate this concept.
The inspiration for this was realizing that IQ and the logarithm of income in America are both distributed approximately as bell curves. The whole population is indicated by the dashed gray curve at the top.
I then made an arbitrary choice: to visualize the sociological center as half the population (the long-term average Republican vote), with the same center as the whole population, and – most crucially – two-thirds the variability of the entire population. They are depicted as lying under the solid blue curve.
Simple subtraction showed me the behavior of the Democrat half of the population, lying under the red curve. They have a somewhat diminished appeal to the sociological center, whom they deride as deplorables. Their strength derives from their two wings, the two humps in the graph. I have labeled the lower hump the dependents (including 22 million illegal aliens soon to join the voting rolls), and the upper hump the manipulators (government-academia-media-entertainment-technological elite-big business = GAMETEBB).
Although the left has needed the deplorables for centuries for the latter’s productive capacity, the former have no idea how to keep the sociological center happy. With the use of increasingly cutting-edge technology, they hope to break free of their dependence on the middle-class. They will use the lower-class as their muscle to enforce their oligarchic rule, replacing more and more jobs with artificial intelligence and robots.
All of these new devices must be programmed and maintained, which the dependents are not capable of doing. Hence there must be a drastic reduction in human population by some means or another.
Two ways of achieving negative population growth are: 1) unleashing a man-made and ever-mutating viral pandemic, to which a mandatory vaccine creates a deadly response (ADE = antibody dependent enhancement); 2) Bill Gates unleashing a massive cloud of particulates into the atmosphere to diminish solar radiation on the earth, at the same time the sun is moving towards a grand solar minimum, and moving us early to the next ice age.
It would be necessary for every media bobble-head to agree to every absurdity (a POTUS severely handicapped by dementia) and to attack fiercely any independent thought as conspiracy theory.
It is happening here. I do not think that conservatives have the strength to hold America together without a ferocious civil war that will dwarf the previous one in casualties. I would not make any assumptions about the military or law enforcement being on our side. We need to find people who believe in God and His Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and start over.
Inscribed upon the portico of the Supreme Court building is the phrase “Equal Justice Under Law”, a foundation of any rational society. How tragic it is that this very court destroyed its own credibility, and the veneer of a just society.
This week, in its announcements on election-related cases, the court announced that not only could a petitioner not seek redress of grievances before an anticipated harm (no standing), but also that the petitioner could not seek redress of grievances after a harm materialized, because… the case is moot. Do you see the consequences of this? There is no point in prosecuting murders any more, because the victims’ lives are moot.
Once a target for political persecution has been established by the elite, however, the court will allow what used to be called fishing expeditions. Formerly, after a crime was committed, the justice system would investigate it, and charge the people who apparently committed the crime. In our brand new justice system, the target is chosen – in this case Donald Trump – and he is then subject to endless investigations of his life to see if he committed a crime.
The justice system in America is dead, and it was a case of suicide. This goes for law enforcement, prosecution, and the judicial system.
What will our lives be like now? What will our society be like, now that we have killed off justice?
There is no such thing as unequal justice. Unequal justice is by definition unjust. Justice is rule according to a common law for all. What we have now is the raw exercise of power. The elite do whatever they can get away with. They can get away with murder. I would like to quote Andrew Breitbart, Michael Hastings, Phil Haney, Antonin Scalia, Seth Rich, and Harrison Deal on this point, but they were unavailable for comment.
By governing in such a way on top of the stolen election, government has lost the consent of the governed. By the standards of the American Declaration of Independence, the government has lost its legitimacy. We are still its subjects because of its raw power, unimaginable to the Founding Fathers; but it has not earned our allegiance.
Rebellion is brewing quietly across the fruited plain. In my links at the bottom of this blog, you will see increasingly many detours around the mainstream totalitarian culture, with regard to alt-tech, investing, health, and recovery of our beautiful Western civilization. States are turning back to precious metals, and forward to crypto-currency. Every time big-tech stamps its foot and censors a voice, a new dissident is born. The northern mountain states and northern plain states are beginning to awaken. May they be the birthplace of New America.
“Eichah” (the first word of the book of Lamentations). Speak a lament, for the mighty Republic is dead; Mr. Franklin, we could not, or would not, keep it. It was, we thought, “the last, best hope of earth”, Mr. Lincoln. We lost it because it was only suitable for a virtuous people, Mr. Adams, and we would not undertake the unpleasant duty of forcefully cleansing vice, Mr. Jefferson. King David, you told us that “You who love the Lord [must] hate evil” (Psalms 97:10); instead we accommodated ourselves to it.
A deliberately degraded, coarsened populace lost interest in the classical virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance), self-governance, and independent thought, preferring to be fed tidbits of approval in the form of “likes” on social media, that echoes monolithically the truisms of the news media and academia. Those who deviate from the standard narrative are, in the words of Pelosi, “enemies of the state”. Note well her words: not “enemies of the people”, but rather “enemies of the state”; and so indeed we are.
Our rulers are not God, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, but rather the unelected and unholy junta of Bezos, Cook, Dorsey, Fauci, Gates, Pichai, Soros, Zuckerberg, and others – and the people rejoice in their bondage.
A new birth of freedom may awaken in Texas. State representative Kyle Biedermann has filed HB 1359, the “Texas Independence Referendum Act”. This act does not call directly for independence, but rather a November, 2021 referendum on “Texit”. Texit is not secession, but rather a process of negotiation like Brexit: https://tnm.me/news/political/texit-referendum-bill-is-now-official
Conservatives in other states appear very interested in this process, as well they should be. The current corrupt regime will tell you what to think and who to hate:
Twenty-two million illegal aliens, new states of DC and Puerto Rico, permanent universal mail-in voting, and a stacked Supreme Court will cement a permanent cultural marxist stamp on this land. Republicans who dream of a comeback in 2022 or 2024 are delusional.
As we prepare our new America, I have turned to reading critically important documents overlooked in our civic education: not merely the somewhat well-known Federalist Papers, but their equally important, and arguably more prescient counterpart, the Anti-Federalist Papers. An editor compiled the latter set of writings into a set of 85 essays, matching the 85 essays in the former collection. Thus it is easy for me to read essay 1 in each collection one day, essay 2 in each collection the next day, and so on.
Although the idiom is unmistakably 18th century, I assure you that the content is riveting and absolutely current. It is easy to assume that the authors are writing about today’s top political concerns. Conservatives have identified themselves for decades with the Federalists ( for example, the Federalist Society). Under the current regime, patriots are far more likely to understand the concerns of the Anti-Federalists, and perhaps to wish they had won their argument. The future constitution of a new America must incorporate Anti-Federalist philosophy.
I would like to share some infographics I prepared for you. First, I was interested in the effects the upcoming reapportionment, and statehood plans for DC and Puerto Rico, would have on the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. I used the Census Bureau’s population estimates from 2019 to do these calculations.
The number of representatives is fixed at 435 by the Reapportionment Act of 1929. New representatives for DC and Puerto Rico would be taken from existing states, which are themselves subject to population change. The Senate would increase to 104 members, bringing us to a total of 539 electors, of which DC already has 3. It would still take 270 electors to win.
The graph below shows states whose representatives would change with blue bars; changing numbers of electors are shown in orange.
Puerto Rico can be expected to have 4 representatives and 6 electors, a real change. Texas gains 2 representatives and electors at New York’s expense. Other results are mixed. Of course, we still don’t know if the migrants from California to Texas and from New York to Florida plan to assimilate to and celebrate the political culture of their destination, or if they prefer to re-create the mess from which they fled.
The second graphic depicts the GDP of the 50 states and DC divided into 51 slices by the size of the state economies. Starting at the top and going clockwise, you have the most conservative states shown in blue, gradually becoming swing states in purple, then becoming farther left in red as you return to the top.
The conservative slice of the pie does not enlarge substantially by the defection of the rural, conservative parts of California, Illinois, and New York, for example, because most of the GDP is created in the metropolitan areas.
I agree with critics who hold that GDP (per capita) does not alone measure quality of life. However, a pastoral land, like all lands, cannot be held without the credible threat of force. A nation needs purchasing power to have security. That purchasing power is only created by growth and/or the manufacture of valuable goods and services.
The kind of lifestyle implied in survivalist blogs, living in a rough-hewn log cabin in a primeval forest on the side of a mountain miles from the nearest paved road, does not facilitate the social interactions of a civilization, nor can it support the sick and the elderly. A society that does not want its life expectancy to regress significantly cannot be constituted solely as a redoubt. Yes, I am aware that thanks to various leftist policies, our life expectancy already is diminishing. But we cannot succeed without Texas and hopefully Florida as well.
The graph suggests to me that a large part of America needs to hang together to make secession work. Here are two interesting articles from the last few days:
One last map divides the United States into the three groups from the pie chart. The purple states have strong conservative traditions among the populace, but the elected Republican officials fold like a lawn chair. Only a determined and united movement in the conservative states can preserve freedom for the conservatives in the purple states.
Languages are fascinating to me. “Scapegoat” – what is that? A goat that escapes? Actually, yes. In the original Hebrew, it is ‘azauzeil, usually transliterated as Azazel.
Thousands of years ago, in the time of the Tabernacle and the Holy Temple, offerings were made. Not sacrifices to appease an enraged deity or to “feed” him, but rather offerings. The offerings were almost always eaten by the priests and their families. Ritually sanctifying the act of eating a meal raised consciousness about our dependence on God.
Our dependence on God is so great that our violations of God’s laws puts us at risk of losing our lives. The animal offering in particular makes this risk visible. In a time without a Temple, such as the Babylonian exile, the prophet Hosea said “Let our lips [meaning prayer] substitute for the bulls [meaning offerings].” On fast days, a prayer is added connecting the diminution of our own blood and fat to the offering of the day.
Not all sins are created equal. Some are more serious than others. Some may be atoned through daily offerings. The more serious ones are atoned on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kipur. In the days of the Tabernacle and Temple, a goat would be driven out of the camp into the desert and off a cliff, symbolically carrying off the sins of the nation: thus, the scapegoat.
I have been thinking sadly about the scapegoat’s modern human counterpart, President Trump. I have never seen such over-the-top, manic, hysterical rage about a good man. Not a perfect man (and who is?), but the kind of patriot we have not seen among politicians since President Reagan, hard-working and generous, who did this thankless job for free. Not once did he initiate or incite the genocide with which his enemies charged him; indeed he stopped wars and concluded more peace treaties than several recent presidents combined.
We really need our own country, to separate from these insane psychopaths. They could easily carry out another French-Russian-German-Chinese style revolution. I do not like hyperbole. I believe this is literally true.
At the bottom of this blog is a new section containing links to the American Redoubt movement and the Texas Nationalist Movement. Happily, I have now located a third website promoting peaceful secession: https://redstatesecession.org/ Their proposed boundaries are a compromise between the state-level and county-level maps I created, and appear quite feasible to me:
Here are two short videos by Red-State Secession (poorly produced, unfortunately):
If we could get those several movements to combine into one, it would be more effective.