Wednesday, October 12, 2016

If This Be Treason….
The rulers of America are real optimists. They think they can continue to enjoy a First World economy and military with a Third World population.

The polls show that 33 per cent of the public still gives Dubya Bush a favourable approval rating.  Who could these people be? Some of them, no doubt, are well-meaning dupes in the early stages of Alzheimers. But there is a hard core of latent fascism out there. Though they deviously misuse the idea to slander opposition, leftists are not entirely wrong to point out the dangers of authoritarian super-patriotism. Every country has them: people who believe that “My country right or wrong” is equivalent to “The Leader right or wrong”; who regard questioning the government as treason worthy of the direst punishment. Sometimes the type reaches a critical mass in society, as in Germany in the 1930s.

I have learned this from email hate letters, usually anonymous. Like anyone idiotic enough to broadcast his fulminations on the web and elsewhere, I am accustomed to such. Interestingly, I have received very little hate mail from leftists, a great deal from super-patriots. It seems to be the same people who object to my criticising Dubya Bush and to my saying anything favourable about Southern traditions.

I recently had the misfortune to get on a wire service report of an occasion in which I dared to speak ill of the ongoing campaign to suppress the Confederate flag.


  1. I'm one of the pre-demented fools who voted twice for W. The old lesser of two evils fallacy. The best I can do now is not vote at all. Bill Clinton called me a standard redneck. Well, I have hoed in the sunshine until my neck was sunburned. Doubt Slick Willie ever did a good hour's work. The Anti-Federalists warned that the elite would subvert that Constitution to their own ends and screw us rednecks, and deplorable rednecks also, of which I am proud to be one. With Heinlein, only combat veterans, which I am not, should be allowed to vote.