Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Well, I Hope It Doesn’t Happen Until After the Reception

‘Awesome, it’s the end of the world’: Doomsday campers travel the country preaching the Apocalypse…on May 21

That’s the day my daughter (in truth she’s my step-daughter, but she’s my daughter) is getting married to her Scottish beau, so if May 21 is the end of the world, due to massive earthquakes, I hope the shaking waits to begin until after the reception.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/08 at 05:00 PM
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Three Percenters Defending, Can Ten Percenters Win the Day?

I really did not know much about Three Percenters until I was introduced to Mike Vanderboegh’s blog Sipsey Street Irregulars.  In February 2009, Mike put up a post titled What is a “Three Percenter”?, at the behest of his readers, which expanded on the idea of Three Percenters as noted on the sidebar of his blog.  Here is the opening to that post.

During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King’s tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. They were in turn actively supported by perhaps 10% of the population. In addition to these revolutionaries were perhaps another 20% who favored their cause but did little or nothing to support it. Another one-third of the population sided with the King (by the end of the war there were actually more Americans fighting FOR the King than there were in the field against him) and the final third took no side, blew with the wind and took what came.

Pay attention to the percentages in that quote from “What is a “Three Percenter”?”, and then consider this.

...For the consequence of this truth becoming understood and accepted by even one-tenth of the population would be quite dramatic indeed: governments would topple like so many dominoes…

You may wonder where I got the one-tenth figure from in the above if all governments require the acceptance of their rule by the majority of their population. Again, the reason is because this acceptance doesn’t have to be active support but merely resigned, as it usually is. If just one-tenth of the population strongly believed that government was itself the greatest moral evil and that there was a better alternative it would be enough to turn the tide. Since most people are followers and uncritically accept the reigning political opinions, those who do not accept the status quo and who are able to form and articulate a critical alternative will come to be the intellectual leaders by default when the popular regime suffers a crisis and people begin to look for alternatives. If the history of governments teach us anything it is that such crisis is a regular occurrence, for governments by their nature tend toward instability. If it be asked Why then do we still have government?, it is here answered that it is because no viable alternative to government has been articulated by a critical mass at such a crisis, in that most people throughout history have accepted the deception that government is a necessary evil and could not conceive a better alternative.

That quote was taken from an essay written by James Redford titled Jesus Is an Anarchist, and though Redford’s essay may cause some individuals to shy away from reading it, due to its constant reference to the scriptures (it’s a lenghty read, too), the idea of ten percent of individuals residing in a country having the ability to cause governments to topple has some interesting connotations.

The government does not have my consent, does it have yours?  If not, what percentage are we at?

Posted by John Venlet on 03/08 at 01:34 PM
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America

Two posts at InstaPunk worth considering, both of which deal with the greatness of America, even at this time.  The first is titled Deja Vu, comparing Obama to Carter, deja vu, but it was the following portion of that post which I draw your attention to.

America is not in decline relative to the rest of the world. Yes, the world itself may be having to take a step back and re-assess its course, but Europe is in far worse shape than we are by every measure, China is dangerously over-extended (remember when Japan was going to own the world…?), Russia remains a gangster economy, the Middle East is a pitifully violent and incompetent disaster, and South America is lapsing into its old comedy shtick of banana republics and overdressed military dictators. America has a bad head cold. Everybody else is stricken with a life-threatening flu.

We still have the largest, most innovative and resilient economy in the world, the greatest military the world has ever seen, and a population that still—despite all the malicious intentions of the progressives who would divide us into hostile, spiteful factions—regards itself as American first and hyphenated second. No other country of such mixed racial, ethnic, and religious makeup can say that. Not one. (bold by ed.)

The second post is titled American Exceptionalism: What the Elites Take Exception To.  This post’s impetous was comments made at the “Deja Vu” post.  From that post.

The real source of the abiding strength and resiliency of our nation is a hidden thing, not because it is a small secret squirrelled away in some recondite corner of history, but because it is too big for the most sophisticated, and therefore most specialized and myopic, perspectives to perceive…

Closing thought. We are the people who came here looking for something better. The ones whose common trait by inheritance is a questing spirit, a refusal to submit, surrender, or settle for less than we might accomplish with our hands and minds and unremitting effort. We found it.

When you decide to give up, it’s not a sign that America is done. It’s a sign that you are done. Which means you have some work to do before you pass judgment on your fellow citizens. (bold by ed.)

America.  It is my home.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/08 at 10:36 AM
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Pistol Humor

The Gunslinger.

Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of Obama.

It will be named the “Union Worker.”

It WON’T work and you CAN’T fire it.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/08 at 08:16 AM
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