Truckers; Convoys; Politics; Race; Class; Religion; The American Effete And The PMC.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 14, 2022)

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K          “MAGA red.  Majority White.  Blue Collar.  And many waving the red, white and blue or flying them from their rigs.  Some Trump flags and signs.  Fewer “Let’s Go Brandon” banners.  Two or three miscreants carrying America’s homegrown swastika flag – the stars and bars.  Religious references and prayer.  Peaceful.  They stopped at stop lights and turned using turn signals.  They have been told what to do by dishonest and hypocritical forces too many times.  And in a world with so desperately few honest journalists, one must get out in the field and be one’s own journalist.”

J          “You don’t really fit in.”

K          “With Caucasian camo, a flannel shirt and dungarees, I was an almost invisible scrivener of people and events. I should be a platinum card-carrying member of the PMC, but the members of the PMC are furiously obedient and latently authoritarian. I really don’t fit in.”

. . .

K          “No one seems to get it.  What passes for the MSM is engaged in propaganda campaigns and concerted efforts to suppress any dissenting voices.  You can listen to the clip and hear what the spectators are saying and at the same time a microphone holder, albeit a pedestrian sports journalist covering an auto race, lies about it.  They say you should not believe your lyin’ eyes, but should you believe your lyin’ ears.”

         “It is such a petty, puerile, and annoying phrase.  They are not fooling anyone.  Political discourse has become coarse and crass.”

. . .

K          “In September and October of 2011, the same attacks and aspersions were made during the Occupy movement.  Most of the Occupiers were white, middle class, politically left, disaffected, disconnected and agnostic.  And a few were willing to listen to advice on maintaining favorable optics while consuming Costco pumpkin pie seasonally-available at the time.  The key attribute they share with the truckers is the disdain of the American Effete.  The Democrats despise the “deplorables” and the Republicans deplore the “47 percenters” in the populace.”

J          “With the near total breakdown of manners and morals, the country is a jungle.  Whatever internal restraints and governors once may have existed are gone.  Even religion is not a reference.  There will be consequences.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at Occupy America (October 10, 2011), Occupy America: The “Bonus March/Chicago Police Riot/Kent State” Of 2011? (October 17, 2011), An “Occupy Primer” (November 14, 2011), Civil War II.  Coming To A Country And City Near You (November 26, 2018) and From “Occupy” to “Occupation”:  Nine Year Later (September 14, 2020).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Upper Class Intellectual on board for the Convoy

Upper Class Intellectual for the Convoy on board

Occupy Ottawa

Keep on truckin’

When everyone is a racist and a terrorist, no one is a racist or a terrorist

“All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.”  George Orwell

We must destroy democracy to save it.  Justin Trudeau

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking:  What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?  Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?  …  The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!  If … if … We didn’t love freedom enough.  And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation … We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”  Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 – 1956

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