January 10, 2014

Caveat: I’m not a licensed historian.

And yet it seems to me that the US Chamber of Commerce, by backing amnesty and siding with labor union leadership in that effort — a leadership who (historically, but then, what do I know:  remember, I’m not a licensed or credentialed historian, and so therefore have no certified ability to collect or recollect known and documented historical facts), under, eg., Cesar Chavez and the UFW, vehemently opposed amnesty, illegal border crossing, and were even joined in their efforts by former Dem presidential nominee Walter Mondale, John F Kennedy biographer Arthur Schlessinger Jr, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, et al., because the view at the time was that illegal immigration harmed American workers and diluted the labor pool with cheap unskilled labor, while potentially changing the character of the country — together with its open support for corporate welfare packages like the various “stimuli,” debt ceiling increases, and it’s open admission, through leader Tom Donohue, that it will help fund “centrist Republicans” against TEA Party upstarts in order to restore us to “a government that can fix our problems” (which, how Reaganesque!), has joined a GOP establishment and the progressive Democrats in a war to create (or more aptly, “restore”) a permanent ruling class, one in which big business and government are intertwined and symbiotic, with politicians using corporate donations to finance their campaigns and grow fat off kickbacks, while big business receives favorable bureaucratic regulation that minimizes competition and kneecaps upstart companies.

And that, I’m fairly certain, is fascism, if only the more velvet-gloved liberal fascism outlined by Jonah Goldberg, even as (ironically) much of NRO, under its new stewardship, has turned into a combination cheerleading squad and enforcer for the establishment GOP party machinery. That is, the jackboots and brownshirts have been traded in for wingtips and white boards and permanent spots on the only “conservative” news channel on cable.

Fascism — and again, forgive me that my credentials come in other related areas of the Humanities, but not as a licensed historian — though once ardently supported by American progressives, turned out, if I can be allowed to draw my own historical conclusions to be a rather bad thing, the stopping point before Marxism in which the leaders of the worker’s revolution joined with big business to create a striated system wherein the ruling class, in league with corporatist and crony “capitalists,” oversaw and managed the masses. And it ended most famously with a guy dangling from a meat hook.

Which raises the question: if the GOP leadership is in engaging in liberal fascism at the expense of those it ostensibly represents, why in the world would we want to vote for more of them simply on the criterion that they carry an R by behind their names and have been guided through difficult and contentious primaries by the Party machinery in league with corporatist interests who are, when all is said and done, nothing more than wealth and power -seeking statists out to destroy those who support constitutional principles and seek to limit the power of a centralized government that has clearly overstepped its authority?

Consider that a rhetorical question.

Once again, I’ll repeat what I’ve said here a million times — with that message all too consistently squelched by the GOP fanbois, guard dogs, sycophants, and wanna-be future insiders that have taken over the primary position of influence peddlers inside the supposedly conservative “new” media:  we will know that change is coming, and that the country stands a chance of restoration and revitalization — or at least has a fighting chance — when we see an enormous uptick in participation in GOP primaries (and a movement to close “open” primaries, which the GOP leadership naturally rejects, relying as it does on Democrat crossover to dilute conservative numbers), coupled with a very concerted refusal, if thwarted in those primaries, to back the lesser of two evils.  Which, from one perspective, may not even be the lesser of the two evils, given their disingenuous posturing.

Me, I’m prepared to take the blame for electing Hillary if I refuse to vote for Chris Christie Jeb Bush Rob Portman; and that’s because I’m prepared, as I was last time, to tell the sanctimonious capitulators to fuck right off.

You want my vote, earn it. I’m an individual. And while individuals have the capacity to be strong and loyal team players, they are not slaves to those who demand their support under the threat of something supposedly much worse.

Thus endeth today’s jeremiad. Except to say this: remember, I’m not a licensed historian. Which means that I have no right assembly historical facts and extrapolating out from them positions that, at least empirically, have proven correct time and again.

One needs a parchment from Brown to do that. At which point, getting it wrong is still right, because at least the right kinds of training went into getting it wrong.

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:20am
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Comments (23)

  1. It’s all about power. Speaking of which… Let me see your Internet Talking and Message Handling Papers, please. I seem to remember some permit and code violations? We may need to go downtown and have a “discussion” about that…

  2. And yet it seems to me that the US Chamber of Commerce, by backing amnesty… has joined a GOP establishment and the progressive Democrats in a war to create (or more aptly, “restore”) a permanent ruling class.

    Are you sure? ‘Cuz it could be that they’re working to create/restore a permanent underclass. I mean, once you create or import enough peons, anyone who’s left is automatically an overlord, amirite?

  3. I wish you had time to do an expose on who is benefiting from Amnesty, Jeff. It seems to me that the Rich™ are the beneficiaries of this policy. Let go seasoned employees and hire the newbs at half the salary.

  4. remember, I’m not a licensed historian. Which means that I have no right assembly historical facts and extrapolating out from them positions that, at least empirically, have proven correct time and again.

    -and evidently the neo-right hates itself some protesting thesis-nailin’, which means it loves Big Religion just as much as the left does.

  5. We live in ahistorical times.

  6. The Bevin/McConnell primary is the lynchpin. Take out the Senate minority leader, the guy who controls the NRSC, and you’ll send quite a message to the others: what hope do you have if we can take out the strongest of you?

  7. Bevin is an interesting man. I wish him luck.

  8. With respect, he needs something more concrete than good wishes. If any conservative/libertarian here wants to DO something about Washington D.C. beyond just words, here’s the chance.

  9. From the previous thread, a thought that obtains in this discussion. geoffb quotes Tiffany Jones Miller, describes the progressive’s teleological view of history:

    In principle, accordingly, all of the rights previously believed to inhere in the individual — e.g., the rights to life, to physical liberty, to decide whom to marry, to enjoy the fruits of his labor, to speak freely, etc. — were now subject to public disposal.

    Via neo-neocon, Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism by Sarah Conly. That link to the Amazon entry shows that the book is priced as a textbook, not for mass consumption. Guess who is the audience?

    The Establicans have accepted the underlying assumption of that tome, which is that individual liberty is overrated and that they’re perfectly justified in ordering society from the top down.

    EITHER THAT or they’re drunken with power and riches and are determined to loot and plunder until they’re stopped.

  10. its open admission, through leader Tom Donohue, that it will help fund “centrist Republicans” against TEA Party upstarts in order to restore us to “a government that can fix our problems”

    Dunno about y’all, but I think we’ve just been unceremoniously kicked out of the Republican party.

    FREEDOM!

  11. - If you are not a licensed historian then the exegesis of your comments can be freely abused.

    - The Unions, as dumb as their leadership is at times, can’t possibly be “for” amnesty. Every pre-70′s immigrant I knew that had followed the path to citizenship legally was hard set against illegals or any form of recasting of the laws in such a way that would make meaningless their own sacrifices and efforts. The only way that I sense that has changed is the majority of recent immigrents are totally uninterested in citizenship, only in the money they hope to make.

  12. Dismissal of opinions not in one’s field of expertise is reserved for classical liberals only. If you are a prog, such opinions are gold and must be taken as proof positive of your superiority.

    See: Mark Bittman in the NYT (food writer) who opines about everything he knows nothing about and gets a pass because he is a journalist.

    The NYT could use a serious amount of fact-checking. That department should be staffed with something other than old filing cards tied up with rubber bands.

  13. What are the penalties in Colorado for practicing history without a license?

  14. The Union leadership, as is the case of the “leaders” of all the various identity groups on the left, will throw over their supposed followers supposed best interests for the best interests of the Party at the drop of a hat. All the “rights,” policies, laws, rules, regulations they are pushing for will be as nothing when the Central Committee suggests a different course.

    They are never committed to any of the things they say they are but are only committed to whatever the Party wants done. The “rights,” policies, laws, rules, regulations they work for are just to help the Party into, and to maintain, power and are never about helping those little follower people.

  15. What are the penalties in Colorado for practicing history without a license?

    Ask Ward Churchill.

  16. “What are the penalties in Colorado for practicing history without a license? ”

    Every time someone in Colorado practices history without a license Hesher gets docked half a bowl, and it’s all stems and seeds.

  17. @ page 42 havel potpl

    >Why was Solzhenitsyn driven out of his own country? Certainly
    not because he represented a unit of real power, that is, not because
    any of the regime’s representatives felt he might unseat them and
    take their place in government. Solzhenitsyn’s expulsion was something
    else: a desperate attempt to plug up the dreadful wellspring of
    truth, a truth which might cause incalculable transformations in
    social consciousness, which in turn might one day produce political
    debacles unpredictable in their consequences. And so the posttotalitarian
    system behaved in a characteristic way: it defended the
    integrity of the world of appearances in order to defend itself. For
    the crust presented by the life of lies is made of strange stuff. As long
    as it seals off hermetically the entire society, it appears to be made of
    stone. But the moment someone breaks through in one place,..<

  18. There was a time when the AFL-CIO and Teamsters were very anti-Communist, but the Left has taken full control of all of the major unions.

    We thought we had terminally wounded the union beast in the 1980′s, but we made the mistake of not killing it outright, so the parasites latched onto it as a new host.

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