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02 September 2020

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Fred

These are the people yearning for year zero.

Clueless Joe

At least, these fools should be consistent. You don't just want to put the Washington Monument into context. If this is required then the very least is to ask to change the city's name as well. Plenty of "fun" would ensue.

Fourth and Long

Truly worthy of Pol Pot. So infuriating I can't compose a response. Only thought to say that moving the capitol would be interpreted as surrender.

Deap

For another view about "black oppression" in America, as we speak, from the voices of black America themselves: https://choiceclips.whatfinger.com/2020/09/02/youd-sure-hate-to-see-this-video/

Obviously, this clip needs wider viewership to directly contradict the media and Democrat agenda. "Trump is a racist" -- How is he a racist? ----- (crickets) How is he a racist? (More crickets)

JerseyJeffersonian

Return like a dog to its bone?

Rather, like a dog to its vomit.

And my God, yes, relocate the capitol, disperse any useful units, remove anthing useful (those horrid monuments, National Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, etc.), and let the current location revert back into a malarial swamp. Oh, wait; it is already a malarial swamp. Let Bowser be mayor of Baltimore II, a position for which she is undoubtedly well-suited.

OT: In further mayoral news, Mayor Wheeler of Portland, who has been responding to President Trump's offer of help from federal law enforcement by telling him to pound sand, has announced that he is moving from his condominium complex. It seems that several successive night of protests (mostly peaceful except for the property damages and vandalism) led him to this choice. He apologized to other residents, holding them blameless for the situation. Well, if they voted for this man, they only got what they wanted, good and hard.

Jack
The WaPost cleanup crew in action. D.C. Mayor Bowser released a report recommending "the Federal government remove, relocate,or contextualize" Washington Monument, etc. After pushback, Bowser removed that page--and the WaPost now pretends "remove" and "relocate" were never there.

https://twitter.com/ddeanjohnson/status/1301129909310554113?s=21

These people are nuts! The level of propaganda and disinformation is at such incredible levels.

A. Pols

Home rule was a mistake; I thought so at the time and still do. DC, as a federal city should be run by a department of the Federal govt. and the "mayor" or city manager should be an appointee of the president.

Barbara Ann

As @Jack observes, these people are nuts. The good news is that as the Woke Terror whips itself into an ever greater ecstasy of political correctness, more and more sane observers will see this for what it is; plain and simple cultural vandalism.

Alastair Crooke had a great piece out on Monday entitled "The Dissolution of Liberal Universalism". His big picture take is pertinent to this discussion IMO, as it concerns the cultural expungement central to the Liberal Universalist (globalist) project.

Crooke contrasts the rise of Eurasian civilizational states*; Russia, China, India, with the decay of "Liberal Universalism". This term describes the post WWII European idea that breaking down the barriers which separate people will necessarily lead us towards a future without conflict. National and political boundaries were the first to go (the EU) but the project's ethos was by design anti-cultural. Its ultimate goal is to replace outmoded national, ethnic and other cultures with one universal culture. David Habakkuk described this recently as "Marxism-Lennonism" I think.

* These being defined as being organized around culture rather than politics

The Universalist mindset has infected utopian-minded Leftists in the US and seems to have mutated into a nihilistic culture-hating cult. Enter the Contextualists.

Crookes quotes Bruno Maçães, a Portuguese politician as observing that "Western societies have sacrificed their specific cultures for the sake of a universal project". This is true for much of Europe, but the front line is now the US.

November 5th, as much as anything else, will be a referendum on American culture. Trump and conservatives want to retain/reinvigorate it and (re)build the American civilizational state. And many Democrats - as exemplified by Mayor Bowser, want to tear it down and erase all history that offends their ever-more-delicate woke sensibilities.

Avoiding warfare is a laudable aim, but ending it altogether? Well I reckon the only thing worse than periodic warfare is a universal world 'culture' where national and other differences have been erased such that we all live in bland dystopian harmony and no one ever has so much as their feelings hurt.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/08/31/the-dissolution-of-liberal-universalism/

walrus

To be renamed Pelosigrad after the forthcoming color revolution.

Fred

I would certainly move a number of the federal departments out of the region. CDC to Mississippi, Agriculture to Iowa, etc. The more rural the better. When the inevitable retirements happen abolish the positions. As to D.C. itself, enough with paying extortion to keep some crooked pols in senecures. Re-take federal control of the district, eliminate all the public housing projects. Let those folks move.

Polish Janitor

This entire summer has clearly demonstrated to every concerned citizen and outside observer that it is such a bad idea to allow crazed ideology-infected leftists (most of them minorities) run cities, municipalities, city councils, police departments, and other political positions and local and state levels.

I can't understand why these mentally compromised mayors and council members who take the oath of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution to serve and protect, do anything but serve and protect! I have come to believe that their constitution is surely not 'The 1787 Constitution' but something else, like a two-page apple or google 'community guideline', 'terms and services' or something similar to that which is handed out to them once they are in office. I keep asking myself, who do these people think they are? ordering cultural appropriations around, making demands and embarking on maoist 'reform' at the home, toppling and defaming statues and erasing a country's history, culture and heritage?

scott s.

It used to be organized as Washington County and Alexandria County. After retrocession Alexandria City began annexing the unincorporated county which successfully seceded to form Arlington County, named for Washington's step-son's plantation which encompassed a good-sized chunk of the land. It's most famous resident was George Washington Parke Custis and through his daughter RE Lee.

turcopolier

Scott S

That is correct and after the CW it was stolen by the War Department from Lee's wife.

Jack

As this clip shows under the guise of keeping people “safe” the governing elite have destroyed small businesses. But the rules don’t apply to the ruling elite.

https://twitter.com/dailycaller/status/1301313661768814592?s=21

Just like under the guise of keeping Americans “safe”, the governing elite destroyed our liberties with mass surveillance and secret courts where fraudulent evidence is acceptable. Now AG Barr wants to create a two tier justice system where the secret court can order warrants for you and me but provides exceptions to the governmental and political elite.

https://twitter.com/snowden/status/1301256576234332160?s=21

We are the patsies!

Deap

Those guys did not give me the vote either. Nor grant me any property rights. But I'm okay because they laid the foundation for something pretty darn special and the flexibility to adapt to changing time.

Leave them alone - they were giants of their times. No skin off my nose today, because of what they did or did not do 250 years ago. They were quite a remarkable group, flaws and all only prove there are sparks of the divine that exist in us all.

BillWade

Barbara Ann, Election day is November 3rd, it's on a Tuesday. It's not on November 5th, which is Thursday. Don't forget to vote!

optimax

To me Portland's most majestic statue is the Elk that was vandalized by Antifa, BLM and other primitive revelers. It was erected in 1900 by the mayor and sat atop a fountain local lore says a few elk can down from wooded hills to drink from. It's the best in Portland, the best of a spirit being destroyed for simple because of its beauty. This whole thing is about monsters destroying America's beauty.Look at the before and after photos of antifa women. (it's on the web). From pretty young women to caricatures of a creatures in a 19th century mental institution.
They want to destroy the beauty of our founding and growth by obsessing on its faults as presently judged. All these demonstrators and rioters have to replace our freedoms with is totalitarian control--ugliness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWuhHUS2rRU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_(sculpture)

English Outsider

Well, Barbara Ann, that summed it up, your comment -

"November 5th, as much as anything else, will be a referendum on American culture. Trump and conservatives want to retain/reinvigorate it and (re)build the American civilizational state. And many Democrats - as exemplified by Mayor Bowser, want to tear it down and erase all history that offends their ever-more-delicate woke sensibilities."

- and also touched on a question I saw the Colonel pose just recently. In effect he was saying, how does all this affect us who live far from the United States? Which we can take further when when we ask "What's all this got to do with us in Europe?"

Because we have our own problems in Europe, in my view more serious than those confronting you in the States. Should we not be focusing on those problems? What is the turmoil in the States to do with us?

A question you answer so -

"Crookes quotes Bruno Maçães, a Portuguese politician as observing that "Western societies have sacrificed their specific cultures for the sake of a universal project". This is true for much of Europe, but the front line is now the US."

"The front line is now the US". Your battle is our battle. Though most of us in Old Europe, frozen as it still is in the parochial and rigid "progressivism" that is now the hallmark of the ancien regime, would deny that the battle has much to do with us even as they are uneasily aware that that battle is coming our way too.

Barbara Ann

Thanks @BillWade, don't know where 5th came from!

Artemesia

Barbara Ann, English Outsider;
" how does all this affect us in an every-day way who live right here in the United States?"

I've been involved in a relatively minor civil suit being heard in Washington, DC courts. The matter was introduced on Jan 6. At that time, hearing was continued to March 18. That date having fallen in the Lockdown time, it was continued to Sept 8. Two days ago the Court notified parties and lawyers that the case was continued to either Nov 10 or Dec 30 -- it's not clear which.

In other words, the DC Court system is in serious disarray at a functional level that impacts ordinary citizens.

No doubt tearing down the Washington Monument, or "re-contextualizing it" will go a long way to resolving that chaos.

Polish Janitor

English Outsider and to all,


I completely agree with English Outsider's take with regard to the notion that what is happening in the U.S., and to a lesser degree in Western Europe, affects the lives of those of us who live outside of the America. I can't stress it enough the fact that these riots, statue-topplings, the so-called 'peaceful protests', and identity politics nonsense if becomes re-invigorated and snowballed into bigger size and scale, have the profound effect of transmitting to other places and will undoubtedly lead to anarchy in places that will take years to ameliorate.

These protests and riots are very carefully manufactured movements by the social scientists in the culturally-Marxists and neo-trotskyite circles and fueled by the political liberal elites in the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, Canada to undermine the two Weberian pillars of stable societies in targeted countries: 1. Political order and the central authority, 2. the economic and manufacturing sector. This is carried-out by amalgamation of two forces, 1. the millennium and Z-gen rank and file who have been brainwashed for years in the predominantly liberal academia, with identity politics and similar nonsense. These kids have no skills in manufacturing and the 'real' cycle of production that fuels the economic growth and stability in society and have been carefully pushed out of the manufacturing sector and to the academia sector with degrees what don't worth a penny. What these kids only have is a set of 'attitudes' or 'grievances' toward what they frame as injustice, racism, discrimination, sexism and so forth. 2. The liberal and predominantly progressive jewish elites in academia, tech, media, politics, and bureaucracy are the ones who give these hopeless kids orders where to go and what to do next. Their objective is to start a successful and fruitful 'progressive' campaign in America to then be able to 'export' it around the world, especially in countries where they deem as 'authoritarian' and 'illiberal' for ultimate benefits of the transnational elites' interests in those wrecked countries. I can assure you that they have very big plans in all five continents, starting from Western Europe where populist nationalist and right-wing parties have been able to gain a lot of momentum and form an obstacle to the further progressive creep there. Then they will turn their attention to Russia, then the Middle East, and then China. The success of this ambitious campaign depends on how successfully they will be able to pull it off in America. This is a rough definition of the new foreign policy doctrine by the liberal elites in the America. Think of neoconservatism 2.0 (not the Irving Kristol's version) where you have the Democratic Party establishment + the Republican Party's (Bush 43) Never Trumper national security wing, and AoC.

And below you can find some important evidence in this regard:


1. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/books/review/the-arab-winter-by-noah-feldman-an-excerpt.html

(This explains the reason why the Arab Spring movement failed and the writer's theory of how to make similar movements work in the future)

2. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/13/kamala-harris-soft-power-election-2020-vice-president-biden/

(This one is very important for anyone concerned with the prospects of the exportation of BLM/Antifa-based soft-power foreign policy under Biden and Kamala)

3. https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/richard-n-haass/foreign-policy-begins-at-home/9780465071999/

(the usual suspect and arch neocon, Richard Haass actually laid out the 'meat of the matter' in this 2013 book which I believe explains what is happening in America, i.e. reform at home, and then its export around the world)

blue peacock

Barbara Ann, EO

When I look at Barack & Michelle Obama with their $300 million Netflix contract, multi-million dollar home in DC and an estate in Martha's Vineyard, best friends with David Geffen and Richard Branson as well as the Hollywood elite, all achieved as a consequence of his rise from community organizer in Chicago to the Presidency, I don't see any left-wing radical. Note that he was backed by the Pritzker family wealth for the Illinois legislature run and the subsequent US senate run and even more heavily by Wall St for his first run for the presidency. Recall that John Podesta was the head of his transition committee after his first win. Recall also that the Podesta emails leaked show that Wall St decided the key hires in the Obama administration including Holder & Geithner.

This idea that the Obama's & Pelosi's are marxist is lazy labeling! IMO, they are the epitome of how the system is gamed by a close circle of the wealthiest and most powerful. The Party of Davos as @Jack calls them. They don't care about BLM or Antifa or any cultural identity. The race among them is to be accepted by the "club" and the lifestyle of great wealth and power. They hold the proles in contempt as they smirk with satisfaction at their great manipulation ability. The rub it in your face brazenness of Jeffrey Epstein and his fellow travelers Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Ehud Barak, Dershowitz is what its all about.

The foot soldiers in creating mayhem for the cameras are just that - anarchists devoid of any meaning in their own lives who are getting their 15 minutes of fame courtesy of CNN, MSNBC, the NY Times and the Washington Post. Many Americans in the coastal urban centers have become woke and have provided the scenes of the many with their BLM signs. The question is where has wokedom arrived from? Is it again from a place of being patronizing, just like all the programs behind the War on Poverty? Trump is a lightning rod for these people with his manner and style of speech. What they hate most about him, is that he uses his bully-pulpit and Twitter feed to call bullshit on the complete fakeness of wokedom.

The most woke don't want poor blacks and latinos living in their fine neighborhoods. Do you think the Bel Air crowd want housing projects down their street? How do you think Megan and Harry and their neighbors Oprah and Ellen will feel if a major low-income housing project was built in their tony Montecito hangout? Would they want to spend any time socializing with families from South Central LA for canapés and wine? Wokedom is about being smug in their cultural superiority. It is the contemporary version of the mission to civilize the savages from a few centuries ago.

I'm completely in agreement with @Jack that this is all meant to divide and distract from the real looting that has taken place over the past many decades and is continuing to accelerate. Trump is no bulwark against the real looting. While he's seemingly battling the cultural identity war, he's enabling the looting at an even greater scale than even Obama did. Is he playing the MAGA crowd, just like Obama is the BLM crowd?

JerseyJeffersonian

Well, well, Mayor Bowser stirred up her BLM mob, and they now assume that she owes them, big time, for services rendered.


https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/black-lives-matter-mob-protests-dc-mayor-muriel-bowsers-home-midnight/

Delicious.

Seems to be a pattern here, as other democrat mayors have discovered. Once you raise the rabble for your own political purposes, brace yourselves for having the ante raised.

turcopolier

JerseyJeffersonian

Yes. Think of Danton and Robespierre. pl

turcopolier

blue peacock

"he's enabling the looting at an even greater scale than even Obama did." Be specific or shut up. Pelosi is not a Marxist. She is a grasping politician. To argue that Obama is not a Marxist is problematic given his deep and long associations.

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