Well, I Grew Kiwis in Iowa

Within the past couple of weeks I’ve harvested kiwis here and there.   Unfortunately something (birds, squirrels, the wind, etc.) took most of them but I was able to at least taste a few of them.

Holy shit, are they delicious!   They taste like the kind of kiwis you would buy in the store, but instead of the fuzzy coating they’re about grape size and with a skin similar to grapes.

Next year I’m going to have to put netting on them or harvest them early and let them ripen on the counter, because I started off with a ton of them and ended up with a handful.   Not cool, but at least I FINALLY got to taste them.

…and the horticulture guy on Talk of Iowa said kiwis don’t grow in Iowa.   Showed him.

The Collapse of Rand Paul and Maybe Libertarianism


The Ron Paul campaigns of 2008 and 2012 were actually kind of exciting.   Although no one really thought he would win the general election, new ideas were buzzing around America.   Granted many of those ideas were largely shot down by the American public (i.e.  “I like Ron Paul but not his foreign policy”) enough of them weren’t shot down by enough of the American public to the point where his presence and words actually did have an effect on the national consciousness just by influencing the political outlook of a small but noticeable segment of the country.

The gains made “for the cause of liberty” by Ron Paul’s campaign in 2012 have been handed off…..to his son, Rand.  Now it’s always been stated that “Rand isn’t Ron” and that there were some fundamental differences between the two, but Rand has always been presented as “our guy” and the bigger, badder future of libertarianism in the US.   I think he’s always been sold as a guy that more or less had the same views as Ron, but a more traditional conservative bent…in common political parlance, “a guy who can win”.

Instead of steamrolling on, Rand’s campaign pretty much floundered.   Ron’s base lost interest and about the only positive things you hear about him is that he’s “not as bad as the other ones”.   That might be true and I think he has done some good things in his political career but nothing that leads me to believe that he’s on the same level as his father.    Politically, he hasn’t done much to make him stand out from the other candidates and at the same time he’s done enough to maybe make him stand out from the other candidates where the typical GOP voter (who his “moderation” is meant to woo) gets a slightly sour taste from him.

This leads me to ask, was the surge in popularity of Ron Paul in the past elections a function of truly being sold on libertarian ideals OR is it a function of a lot of people just being fed up with what we currently have and gravitating towards the political theory that runs the most interference against “the man”?

I think it’s somewhere in the middle.   I think some of Ron’s main points really did resound with the American public – the government is way to big and they need to leave us alone (and stop taxing us so much), the wars are bad, spying on us is bad too and who cares if someone wants to smoke dope and two dudes want to marry?    I think others didn’t really strike a chord, like some of the “free market solves everything” thinking and his stance on immigration, which was a little wish-washy but usually tended towards “borders are bad”.   His foreign policy turned a lot of people off, but I think that was mainly people who wouldn’t have considered him anyways.

Right now Donald Trump is the candidate that is getting the most excitement, at least on the GOP side.   I promise you not a single person that wouldn’t have voted Republican anyways can say that they’ve been brought out to vote/participate by being inspired by Scott Walker, Ben Carson, etc.  I think Trump is resounding with a lot of people that normally wouldn’t care – the same with Ron Paul.   Although the author of the article is a tad condescending towards the “birthers, truthers and conspiracy theorists” that he claims made up both the Paul and Trump campaign, he is on to something.  I prefer to call us “alternative issues voters” though.

Now Trump’s success isn’t because of his “star power” as some bitter Republicans have suggested and it certainly isn’t any profound ideas.   It’s all about attacking an establishment that a large segment of the population feels failed them.  The author of this article brings up the “white working class” and it’s absolutely true that most of them (us?) have more or less written off the democratic party for various reasons…like pandering to the poor, minorities, wealthy urbanites, etc.   The republican party hasn’t been good to these (us??) people either – pandering to big business, putting our kids on the chopping block with the wars and focusing on the “religious right” over populist economics and contrary to the whiny liberal’s belief, the GOP has been absolutely terrible on immigration.

Ron’s support may not completely overlap Trump’s on the venn diagram, but their support comes/came from the segments of the population that doesn’t feel represented by the current system.    Rand just can’t tap into that because of his attempts at being a moderate and he’s not pleasing anyone.

A few years ago I thought the country would see a large lean towards libertarianism as the GOP became increasingly unelectable nationally and we would see discussion from the red states/working class whites turning towards distancing themselves from Washington.   Now I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a viable populist campaign that slams Republican economics AND Democrat social justice before we see a real circling of the wagons from large swaths of the country.


My other observation is that it’s a real shitty state of affairs that someone like Paul or Trump has to latch on the GOP in order to be taken seriously.   I suppose it’s the same for Bernie Sanders on the other side.    It says something about our system when you pretty much have to work within the two party framework in order to be anywhere near competitive in an election.   I think this is on the way out (eventually though), and the fact that the GOP establishment’s guy that was supposed to woo all of us alternative issues voters (ha, I like that) has fallen as flat as he has shows this.    We’re still in for some interesting years ahead….

The Searchers, Battle of Algiers and Red Dawn

So last weekend I did something very old-timey –  Rented a DVD.   You don’t hear about people doing that all that often anymore, except maybe Red Box, which is something I never even looked into.   Whenever I walk by them, all I see is new releases and there’s usually nothing that they come out with these days that I’m even remotely interested in.

Several months ago a fan of my Red Dawn book sent me an email and asked if I’ve seen The Searchers, a 1956 film by John Ford starring John Wayne.   Apparently Red Dawn director John Milius (lots of Johns here…) loved the film and there’s lots of references to it in Red Dawn.    I had never seen it, so I put it on my mental list to acquire.   Turns out the local library had it.

I’m a very casual John Wayne fan.  I like him and his characters, but I’m just a casual fan.  I don’t go out of my way to seek him out and I don’t know everything about him, but I enjoy The Duke when I get a chance.   One thing I really like about him is that his hero status is approachable to the viewer – what I mean by that is that you’ll never have super powers, the fighting prowess of Chuck Norris or Rambo or the strength of Conan the Barbarian but the things that make John Wayne John Wayne are things that people can emulate if they want to.   He’s just a gritty son of a bitch that’s been around the block a few times.  He can’t gorilla press a fridge or roundhouse bricks to dust, but he can take and throw a punch with the best of them.  His decision making skills are never clouded by emotion and he always seems to know what to do.  His sense of honor is unwavering regardless of the situation he’s in – he’ll sneer at superiors in the military, clergy, politicians, businessmen and unscrupulous peasantry when he feels they’re in the wrong.

Ok, so as far as the Red Dawn connection goes, I heard several phrases in The Searchers that were used in Red Dawn.   The cool thing was that they weren’t exactly significant phrases, which tells me that Milius must’ve had an encyclopedic knowledge of the movie, which is something I guess I can appreciate.   They were pretty much just things plucked out of the filler of the movie.

Some of the scenery of the film reminded me of the parts of Red Dawn that took place near Partisan Rock when the helicopters came after them.   I’m sure Milius had The Searchers in mind during this part.   I also noted a scene where someone was holding horses that was exactly like the scene when Jed was about to execute Daryl on top of the plateau.

I think the biggest thing that jumped out to me was how similar the character of Andrew Tanner is to John Wayne, I can’t believe I never caught that.   His wry and sardonic sense of humor, his code of ethics that didn’t seem to change with the situation and even the way he teaches and shows compassion through slight mockery and firmness.   Tanner wasn’t a larger than life guy that saved the day a la Chuck Norris, but he was a tough son of a bitch that did what he had to do, like John Wayne.

As far as the movie goes, I did really like it.  It’s a genre I’m not really all that well versed in, but I got into it.   It’s kind of funny how un-politically correct it is, with John Wayne constantly sneering about “half breeds” and the savage Indians and the overtly Jewish scummy merchant (Jerem Futterman) – I laughed when they made sure to get a good shot of his large nose and diabolical grin, it looked like something out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion or something.  I don’t think they’d get away with that these days.


Coincidentally I also picked up Battle of Algiers which must’ve been a huge influence for Red Dawn as well.   Some of the shots of Col. Mathieu look exactly like Boroshenko & co. coming to town and even the mirrored sunglasses seen on the upper echelon of the occupation forces seem to be a nod to Col. Mathieu.    No doubt the subject matter of an insurgency had an influence on the screen play.    I also think the similarities between the rapidly moving scenes of the Wolverines attacking the Soviets around town and the FLN attacking various points around Algiers were more than coincidental.

Worrying About Predators – A Visit From A Red Tailed Hawk


Chickens aren’t quite at the bottom of the food chain, but they aren’t exactly at the top either.   Lots of things will eat them if they get the chance and it’s something I kind of worry about.   Whenever I’m out at night walking and see a stray cat nearby or a pack of raccoons I always assume they’re milling around coveting my chickens.

I figured we’d lose some along the way.   That’s why we got eight, assuming we would end up with a manageable 4 or 5.   Turns out I have eight…and I like having eight…   and although I’ve told myself that they’re not pets and we wouldn’t give them names figuring that someday we would eat them, it’s really hard to not treat them like pets and have concern for their comfort and well-being in almost the same way you would look after a dog or a cat.

They’re not THAT personable, but personable enough.   A few of them have distinct personalities and at this point they’re comfortable enough with us that they come running when we come outside and every now and then one will jump up on my shoulder if I’m sitting down.   They’re not afraid of us and they look to us for their survival and something about that does endear the inferior creature to us.   Although it happens to every chicken owner, I’m dreading the day when something gets one of them…or the day *I* have to get to them…

Although I live in a city, I’m not far at all from wild areas.   It’s one of the things I like about this specific spot.   If I cross the street and go through the neighbor’s yard, there’s a several acres of forest and then the river.   Lots of wildlife and I always see birds of prey.   About a mile away as the crow flies is a great spot for viewing bald eagles and there’s always a red tailed hawk in the sky.

Anyways, the other day I heard a commotion outside and look out the window and see a bird sitting on the chicken coop.   It takes a split second to register and I focus in on the giant claws and determine that’s not a fucking chicken! I rush out the door to throw something at it (killing one of these things is a crime of some magnitude or other….and I wouldn’t want to kill him, just let him know he’s not welcome) and he flies off.   The chickens are hiding in a patch of Jerusalem artichokes all freaked out….and they stayed there for about 15 minutes.

In a way it’s kind of cool to see something like that up close and personal.  Red tailed hawks are remarkable birds and I appreciate their craft.   They’re always soaring up in the open sky and I hardly ever see them come down to even tree level around here.   As cool as it is to have some form of interaction with the bird, I’d rather they stay away from MY birds.

Today I saw one dive down from high in the sky and then circle my property at slightly above tree level – he saw something, but they must’ve taken cover because he didn’t commit.  I came out into the open (with my trusty hound, of course) to let him know that some bigger and badder creatures inhabit this little patch of land and he flew off.

I guess that’s a part of chicken ownership, dealing with the prospect that half of the animal kingdom is vying for your chickens.   I guess I can take some precautions, but they do free range virtually all day in my backyard.   They have plenty of places to hide out.  I suppose I could keep them in a run, but I think that in a way “those who give up freedom for security deserve neither” applies here.   I think part of the reason that I have gotten attached to them is because they’re really, really happy chickens.  My yard is a great place to be a chicken.   They spend all day running around eating bugs and plants, there’s lots of things to perch on, places to dustbathe, cool shady spots to get out of the sun, lots of fruits and veggies to forage on and people that take care of them and give them food.   I’d rather they have a bunch of good days and one bad day than a lot of shitty ones cooped up all the time.   I guess it’s the least I can do for some creatures that give me six or seven eggs a day.


Texas Nationalists Launch Campaign for Texas Secession



Recently Texas Nationalist Movement started a campaign to acquire enough signatures to get a referendum for Texas to secede from the Union on the March 2016 ballot.   They need 75,000 signatures and have been hitting the streets of 31 cities over the weekend to try to make it happen.

It’s not unreasonable for them to get the signatures.   I’m sure with a bit of legwork they can make it happen.   While I doubt the people of Texas would vote in favor of parting ways, it would be an interesting debate in the public discourse.    Some people would be in favor of it for various reasons, others of course wouldn’t.    Lots of people across the US would act indignant that these redneck goat-ropers down in Texas would actually want to leave and people like me wouldn’t even wonder why people in Texas would want to split from the rest of the country when they’re usually viewed in a backwards kind of way.

Since the 2012 election I figured that pretty much right after the 2016 elections we would start to see open talk of secession and maybe more so in the way of states and cities looking to break up (i.e. Southern Illinois and Chicago, Northern California and Southern California, Upstate NY and Long Island, etc.).   I don’t think it will be exactly a viable movement at that time, but it will start to hit the national dialogue and probably start picking up some steam and legitimacy for the 2020 and 2024 elections.

Texas SEEMS like the natural candidate for secession.   They have one of the most distinct cultures of the Americas, their own power grid, a sound economy and a kind of political swagger/bravado that makes them more likely to thumb their noses at Washington more often than other states.   Hell, they already have one of the most recognized flags int he world.

On the other hand, I wonder if the massive influx of non-Texas to the Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth area has altered that Texan independent streak over time?   In addition to the hipsters and yuppies, there’s also immigrants from all over the world in Houston and an increasing Latino population (the current slight majority) who might not feel the same kind of connection to Texas’ Anglo history and identity which would certainly be evoked in this kind of movement.  I’m definitely not saying there’s a Hispanic component to Texas’ character, I’m just saying that red-state angst and Latino populism might be a difficult bridge to gap to form a coherent nation-state.

If we made a pool for which political entity will leave the US first, I think a lot of people would go for Texas.   Now I’m not so sure that would be it…

At any rate, nothing is going to happen in the immediate future.   Some Texas are going to pass around a petition and maybe we’ll see a referendum.   It won’t pass, but if the results are ANYWHERE near close, we’ll really see some chatter about this idea.

The Way of Men by Jack Donovan



We’re Up To Six Eggs A Day.

Not bad for eight hens.   It’s been kind of cool seeing them go from one egg to two, three and so-on.   Although they’re completely throwing a wrench into my vegetable gardening by eating almost everything, we are starting to get an egg surplus.   It’s a little disheartening to see a beautiful eggplant, tomato or squash pecked into but it’s nice to have eggs.   I guess as a food product I’d rather have an egg than a tomato but ideally I’d like both…

Next year I’ll have to do something different to allow them to free range without eating all of MY vegetables.

You win some, you lose some….

David Duke, Donald Trump and Alex Jones


So today it made the “news” that David Duke said that Donald Trump was the “best of the lot” and said something along the lines that since he’s bringing up immigration, his candidacy is a good thing at least in the sense of opening up discussion on this issue.

Trump didn’t exactly get Duke’s seal of approval, but if you just read the headlines they read like “Former KKK Grand-Whatever Endorses Donald Trump” although I do have to say that the couple different articles I’ve read about this paint an accurate enough assessment of Duke’s assessment of Trump’s candidacy once you really got into it.  The headlines have a lot of Social Justice Warriors panicking that this Trump guy really is aiming to be the next Fuhrer of America.

Since the “story” broke, Trump has of course distanced himself from Duke’s supposed endorsement…and I have to say, his responses were pretty funny:

Donald Trump says that he does not want the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and that he would “certainly” repudiate his support.

“I don’t need his endorsement, I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement, I don’t need anybody’s endorsement,” Trump said in an interview on Bloomberg News.

Asked if he would repudiate an endorsement from Duke, he replied: “Sure.”

“I would do that if it would make you feel better,” he said, adding “I don’t know anything about him.”

Duke used his radio program last week to praise Trump’s stringent immigration policy and call the real estate mogul “the best of the lot” of the 2016 candidates.

Trump demurred when asked to weigh in on reports that he is popular with white supremacist groups.

“A lot of people like me,” he said.



I love how he handles this.   Any other candidate would’ve tried to roll out any non-racist credentials they could at the moment, be it MLK quotes, talking about the black kid that they knew in 6th grade or whatever.    Trump just half-heartedly says something along the lines of what we would expect from a candidate and then makes a backhanded comment that completely dismisses the personal effect of the media on him.

I think there’s two things going on here with the media really going after Trump.    First, although it is easy to cry conspiracy, more than anything I think they love taking these “fringe” candidates and turning them into a circus sideshow.   There were things about Ron Paul almost every day during the 2012 election and I’m sure Buchanan and Perot got similar treatment during their days.   Sanders hasn’t gotten the same kind of negative press, but I imagine he will as things get going.

Second, I think there really is something of a conspiracy to downplay trump just because he really is something of a loose cannon and about as much of a political “outsider” as one could reasonably expect to see at this level.   I think the prospect of a Trump 3rd Party campaign really does have the Republicans shaking in their boots.  Although he’s not *that* far off from the rank & file Republicans, I think there’s some indignation that someone from outside the GOP’s system is making this big of a splash.

Although this kind of sounds of Trump fanboy talk, I’m not really sold on him as the guy who will “make America great again”.    I do think he’s slightly better than the other Republicans and most importantly, I think he’s hilarious.   I also think his candidacy is interesting to watch for a few different reasons, like how it might mark the end of the GOP as far as how it relates to the typical person that the Republicans count on for support (i.e. middle class whites).   I talked about that more in depth in


While his name is on the tip of my tongue, let’s talk David Duke and his recent “debate” last week with Alex Jones…

I’ve listened to AJ before, but honestly not that much to really get the feel of his show.   Over the past dozen years or so I’ve checked in here and there to infowars.com, listened to the show for half an hour or so, watched the occasional youtube video, etc.   I don’t know if it really is common for Jones to give guests about 2 hours, but that’s how long Duke was on the show.   Jones would go on for a few minutes, then Duke would respond for a few minutes and so on.

The thing that stood out to me was that it really wasn’t THAT much of a debate.  I really got the impression that Alex Jones agreed with Duke on pretty much everything (to sum it up as succinct as possible, the Jews run everything to the determent of the entire world) but only put up some token resistance to make it appear as if he was challenging Duke.   It basically went like this:

Duke “Goldman Sachs, the Israel lobby, blah blah blah”
Jones “Yeah, well, not all Jews are bad.  I know some that fight globalism”

Duke “Yeah, I’m sure.   USS Liberty, pornography kingpins, etc, etc.”

Duke won it, hands down.   Although I think Jones is more of a showman than an intellectual giant, I think he really laid down on Duke, who everyone has to admit, is pretty quick on his feet in debates.   I’ll say that Duke got kind of bitchy and obnoxious with his constant complaining about Jones allegedly taking more than his share of the time.

Overall, I think that Jones just wanted Duke to come on and say the things he has to say to his audience while giving himself a bit of cover by feigning some sort of resistance to Duke’s ideas.

A debate between Duke and Jones is kind of a non-event in itself, but one thing I’ve noticed about Jones is how he really changes the characters of his storyline to fit the times.  Years ago it was the “New World Order” and the UN, today it’s the “globalists” and the “bankers”.   At this point it’s difficult to say whether he follows the times or maybe even dictates the times with as large and fanatical as his audience can be.   Although he’s under the surface a little bit, I think Alex Jones really does have an effect on mainstream American society today.

I guess where I’m going with this is this:   Is David Duke’s appearance on the show and the way it played out a sign that pretty soon the American public will start hearing about the “Zionists”, “Jewish Supremacists”, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, etc?   Was this Alex Jones’ way of putting feelers out to his audience on discussing these things?   I really think so, and the consequences of that could be very profound worldwide…..and let’s just hope it’s not “Krystalnacht” profound, you know?


I’ve also heard that Alex Jones took down most of the debate, with the exception of about 10 minutes from his site.  I guess he didn’t like the temperature when he dipped his toes into the pool…

Will The Economy Crash in September???

There’s a lot of speculation going around the alt-media about the economy tanking in September.    There’s been a lot of speculation in the alt-media about the economy tanking just around the corner since….well, a very, very long time especially in these past four or five years.     We’ve heard that gold and silver were going to skyrocket (they’re now way low), the dollar was going to tank (it’s been strong) and the stock market will crash and crash harder than 2008 levels (it’s been strong too).

I don’t know, the massive selloffs of the past couple days have me a little nervous and like I just said, it feels like there’s been a “wind-up” on this kind of thing for a while now and for good reasons….and there’s also been good reasons to have a little bit of optimism too.   It’s all kind of confusing and sometimes you can really rack your brain by paying too much attention to this kind of thing.   A couple years ago I decided to stop listening to one of the contrarian financial podcasts I listened to just because I thought I was kind of overloading myself with this sort of thing.   Yeah, yeah, buy gold, the system is rigged, if you can’t hold it in your hand you don’t own it, etc.   Although the information was completely worthwhile, it’s just that at a certain point, how much do you *really* need to know?   What’s it going to change in your life?

I decided that some of it was just for self-affirmation and maybe a bit of the “when X happens I’ll be ahead of everyone else because of Y” complex.   Basically patting yourself on the back for shit that hasn’t happened yet.   This is one thing that always turned me off from the survivalist world and “gun nuts” in particular.     Of course it’s not everyone, but the sentiments that all the “sheeple” (god, I hate that word…) are idiots and one day everything is going to go topsy-turvy and suddenly you’ll walk the world like a king….even though you live an underwhelming life today.   Or the out-of-shape middle aged drone with a giant arsenal that believes that someday his services will be needed when droves of looters, zombies, gun-grabbing feds, Russian paratroopers, etc. come knocking on our door.  It’s easy to fall into this line of thinking that you’re special because of some shit that hasn’t happened and I try to avoid this trap when it comes to “being ahead of the curve” financially.

With that said, I am going to take some protective measures and hope for a non-event

“Cuckservatives” and The Trump

So there’s a new buzzword going around the internet that has the conservatives’ panties in a bunch.   “Cuckservative”.  It’s a mix of “cuckold” and “conservative”.   The roots of the term come from the alt-right / white nationalist world and has gained some traction within that realm and I believe in the “manosphere” world.   It’s even been written about in a few mainstream sources and apparently Rush Limbaugh himself has even hinted to the phrase.

Although it’s not a word I think I’d use in normal conversation, it’s a pretty good insult and says a lot about the current state of affairs in the United States.    I wouldn’t use it in conversation just because I think it’s something that would take explaining to most people.   I see it panning out like this:

Other person:   “I think we should defund Planned Parenthood”
Me:   “You’re such a cuckservative”
Other person:   “Huh?”
Me:  “Yeah, you know, like a ‘cuckold’ and ‘conservative'”

Other person:   “Uhhh, ok”

Ok, so “cuckold” comes from the cuckoo bird which lays its eggs in the nest of other birds.   The other bird raises the young cuckoo who eventually overwhelms the host.   Since the days of yore it’s been used to hint that a man’s wife had slept with someone else on his watch and that the cuckolded man was raising someone else’s kids.   In the fetish world it’s a guy who gets off on his wife/girlfriend sleeping with other men.

There are maybe three angles to this slur.   One is racial, one is an issue of masculinity and the other is the idea that no one is even really sure what the Republican party actually stands for anymore to the point of being self-destructive, which ties into the other two.   Let’s explore them all…

It’s no secret that the overwhelming majority of the Republican’s support comes from white people.   Off the top of my head whites vote Republican at a rate of about 60% or maybe slightly higher.   Non-whites are about 20%.   Blacks support the GOP in the single digits and Hispanics are somewhere in the 30’s.

The Republican Party has the image (from its detractors) that it’s the party FOR white folks with strong racial undertones.   The white nationalists strongly disagree with this claim that the GOP is on their side.   The big issue is immigration, as the Republicans have largely been feeble on stopping illegal immigration despite some hot air and even the massive amount of legal immigration that happens.   At this point it seems like the official stance of the GOP is that immigration is bad when they do it illegally, but if they could only give everyone some papers and collect a bit of tax from them, everything’s ok.

The “cuckolding” aspect of this permissive stance on immigration is that as America becomes a less white society, we can expect that the Republican party will become less viable at the national level.   Pat Buchanan and Steve Sailer have written quite a bit about this.    They pretty much signed the death warrant to the ideas they claim to represent by not putting their collective feet down.   Instead the GOP gives quixotic promises that with a Hispanic majority (or something close to it) will flock to the Republican party and “conservative values” due to their cultural leanings towards socially conservative and traditonal family-centric policies.    While it is true that many Hispanics are going to be socially conservative, there isn’t any evidence that this translates out to Republican votes or a return to a social climate a la 1950’s America or whatever the ideal target is.  These guys just won’t take a hard stance on the issue for fear of being called racist, which sends them cowering.

On another note, the Republican party seems to fawn over Israel and will make all kinds of claims about how Israel needs to be preserved as a Jewish state, although they will never say anything about preserving the WASP culture of America.   Although the Republicans haven’t made any serious attempts to reach out to the African-American community, there’s still at times a clownish attempt to “build bridges” by bringing up the fact that “Lincoln freed the slaves”, Glenn Beck evoking Martin Luther King JR and always being able to dig up a black preacher or something to be the keynote speaker at any GOP shindig.     I always get a chuckle when there’s some big national debate over something race related and Republicans post Youtube videos of a black guy reinforcing their view on the issue into a webcam.   “Hey look!  There’s a black guy that agrees with me!  I’m not racist!”

Then there’s the issue of masculinity or lack thereof.    Just as the Republican party has been associated with whites, it’s also associated with men.   The stereotypes of Republicans usually include gun nuts, square-jawed authoritarian types, cowboys and generally the “rugged individualists”.   I think there’s also a deep seated desire in most of us where we respect the warrior-king archetype as leaders.   In recent times Reagan, GW and Maggie Thatcher all had commanding demeanors and held themselves (usually) like they were in charge.   A lot of people in the West like Vladimir Putin because he definitely fits this description and people go crazy for him in Mother Russia.    There’s a ton of memes on the internet of Putin being compared to Obama with Putin as the clear winner.

Out of the current cast of GOP candidates we have no warrior-kings.   These guys are all frankly doughy pussies.   There’s a video out there of Scott Walker visiting a cheese steak joint in Philadelphia and getting heckled and receiving a disinterested cold shoulder from everyone else and it was absolutely hilarious to watch his awkwardness.   I haven’t seen that level of insecurity since a middle school dance.

There is one exception:   Donald Trump.    This guy isn’t coming to the table with a bunch of earth shattering ideas, but he’s coming with some fucking balls.   Part of the reason people like him is his brash, unapologetic stance.   He enjoys stepping on toes and always has a scowl on his face.   He really doesn’t care who he offends and nothing is tempered.   People have put together theories on how Trump channels earlier dictators in his campaign and I think there is some validity to that….and we have to understand that people have traditionally elected “strong men” for a reason.   It’s alarming to some…and enticing to others…

I think Trump’s theatrics are only PART of his appeal…the other part is his stance on immigration AND some of his more economic populist stances.   It’s almost like he read Buchanan and Sailer’s work on what the GOP needs to do to become more viable in the future.    The man on the street wants the government to be tougher on illegal immigration and I think most rank and file conservatives have a hard time swallowing the promise of trickle down economics and globalism.

I think his participation in this election cycle has been great because A. he’s hilarious and B. he really is exposing the Republican party as being feeble and milquetoast and maybe even people are getting the idea that it’s a rigged game by the fact that the GOP HQ is really trying to distance themselves from him, even though he is the most popular right now.   I mean, seriously, another Bush???  Come on.     I have similar thoughts about Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side and I’m sure I’ll share those at a later date.   Bernie is nowhere near as entertaining as the Trump though.

Although I don’t think Trump can save the world, no one thinks he’ll stand by and watch while we get fucked….like a cuckold.

The third aspect to the “cuckservative” meme has already kind of been covered here, but at this point no one is really sure what the Republicans *really* stand for.   I can’t think of a strong fight they’ve put up about anything in recent times to the point where they shouldn’t even be called “conservatives” because I’m not even sure what they’re out to conserve, except maybe gently tap the breaks on neoliberal progress here and there.   To go back to the cuckoo bird, the bird that gets cuckolded needs to take a really, really hard line against the baby cuckoo if the bird wants to remain viable.   The Republicans need to start taking some hard lines too if they want anyone to really give a fuck about them going forward.

I say this not necessarily because I want to see some great revival of the Reagan revolution or some shit like that, but the thing that strikes me about all the uh, dissatisfaction with the GOP from traditional areas of support is the idea that a sizable portion of the country will start to really feel “disenfranchised” in the upper echelons of American government.   I really think this is some of the first tremors of the America as we know it today coming apart.    We have two political parties that are supposed to more or less represent everyone’s views (ha!) and one is really dropping the ball with the people and ideas it is supposed to represent.     When enough people start saying “fuck it” and give up on the GOP to represent them and give up on having a meaningful say in Washington, it will ultimately lead to something new.   I wrote about this in the 2012 Election and the Elephant Outside the Room.   I have a hard time imagining the United States of America as we know it today lasting into the next couple of generations.   That timeline would accelerate if the “cuckservatives” don’t get it together.    Unfortunately I think the cuckoos are going to win…




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