Confessions of a cultural elitist

Posted by jonjayray on Thursday, 11 November 2004 18:22.

I have put up the above-title article by Ted Rall in full because Yahoo articles tend not to stay up for long.

The article is of course an unashamed claim of superiority for Democrats and “Blue State” inhabitants. Insofar as it is an argument rather than mere assertion, however, it is easily demolished.  Before I do that, though, read it for yourself.

Confessions of a cultural elitist
Win or Lose, Kerry Voters Are Smarter Than Bush Voters

by TED RALL

NEW YORK—Democratic hand wringing is surrealy out of hand. No one is criticizing the morally incongruous Kerry for running against a war he voted for while insisting that he would have voted for it again. Party leaders have yet to consider that NAFTA, signed into law under Clinton, may have cost them high-unemployment Ohio. No, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, darling of the “centrist” Democratic Leadership Council, blames something else: the perception “in the heartland” that Democrats are a “bicoastal cultural elite that is condescending at best and contemptuous at worst to the values that Americans hold in their daily lives.”

Firstly, living in the sticks doesn’t make you more American. Rural, urban or suburban—they’re irrelevant. San Francisco’s predominantly gay Castro district is every bit as red, white and blue as the Texas panhandle. But if militant Christianist Republicans from inland backwaters believe that secular liberal Democrats from the big coastal cities look upon them with disdain, there’s a reason. We do, and all the more so after this election.

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Back to that election ... and its aftermath

Posted by jonjayray on Thursday, 11 November 2004 13:44.

Both Melinda Henneberger and Carol Gould have recent articles out which portray how frantic and extreme Democrat supporters now are in their hatred of Bush and of conservatives generally. Such fury is not the reaction of people who are quietly confident in the truth of their own beliefs. It is the derangement of people who know that they are wrong and who are steadily having their props kicked out from under them.

How otherwise to explain the fact that such great preachers of “tolerance” cannot abide over half of their fellow citizens?

(Cross-posted from Dissecting Leftism.  E-mail John .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))


Regret on hearing of the death of Arafat

Posted by Guessedworker on Thursday, 11 November 2004 06:28.

It was a long time ago.  If I had to rely purely on memory I couldn’t even be sure of the year now.  But, you know, I was young and didn’t worry for the world as I do today.  I didn’t understand the need to hold fast to the remembrance of such dispiriting realities.  I didn’t understand why it would matter if, so many years later, they should slip out of the public mind, and mine.

So it was rather easy to forget.  Perhaps, too, forgetting went with the grain of the wood.  Seventies Britain was a different place with quite different expectations.  Life seemed more providential, and perhaps was.  We raced between the lights.  We were freer and more risk-taking or, perhaps, just more subject to the cheapening, egalitarian law of accident.  Now we are all wrapped up in cotton wool.  Death seems an intolerable affront.  But I don’t know that it was then in quite the same way. 

I should also say that we were also immeasurably more naïve then than now.  For one thing, the foul-minded, shit-hearted non-soldiers of the Provisional IRA had not begun leaving their murderous gifts in mainland pubs.  We saw terrorism on the nightly news.  But it was mostly on the island of Ireland, as the shit-hearts liked to put it.  Or it was even further away and involved Middle Easterners and Israelis.  This type of terrorism came to us through the most basic moral filter.  It was a filter through which only one side of the story ever got told.  We didn’t question it then.  We hadn’t learned to question everything.  But anyway it was a true filter.

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Red and Blue Lamentations

Posted by leslie on Thursday, 11 November 2004 02:54.

Countrymen, I cannot stomach a Rome full of Greeks. For years Syrians have poured their sewage into our sacred Tiber; their cackle, manners, flutes and ridiculous harps; with their guitars and their outlandish tambourines and their whores found at our stadiums.

—Juvenal, Roman Satirist

Examining the map of red and blue America you can easily locate where the whores, Greeks, and Syrians live. The red states have high Church attendance, large concentrations of European Americans, and lower rates of crime, the blue state don’t. The corporate media rarely states this fact preferring the use of code words like “ethnic diversity” and “worldview”, instead of “white majorities” and “Christian faith”.

As a red state resident, expelling Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, and Houston is an oft desired wish. (In my state only one county voted for Kerry. Can you guess which one?).  I don’t wish to live with Mexicans, Arabs, and white liberals anymore than Juvenal wished to live with homosexuals, whores or Greeks. I’ll stop here before charges are filed.

Now I read that the Democrat party is publicly lamenting its status as an anti-white volkspartei and the leadership is looking for ways to attract white voters, like me. Good luck!

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Proposition 200 Revisited

Posted by leslie on Wednesday, 10 November 2004 10:26.

Something amazing happened last week when the citizens of Arizona cast their vote for Proposition 200.  That’s the law that denies illegal aliens state services and ensures only citizens can vote.  Despite wall-to-wall bullying by the government-media complex the citizens of Arizona voted 56% to 44% for the Proposition.

They are lucky to have been able to do so.  Only a few states feature the proposition process, their legislators having amended their constitutions or written it into them prior to the European apocalypse of 1914.  As a result government organs can be bypassed and law crafted directly.  Once crafted, if a threshold number of petition signatures are collected the entire state can vote that law into the civil or criminal code.

This faith in majority rights was fulfilled on November 2nd.

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The Blok is dead.  Long live the Vlaams Belang?

Posted by Johan Van Vlaams on Tuesday, 09 November 2004 14:45.

The people of Flanders are, this evening, contemplating the decision of The Court of Cassation, the final court of appeal in Belgium.  In a case of historic proportions Flanders’ largest political party has been criminalised on charges of racism and, to all intents and purposes, politically assassinated.  It is the most legalistic of convictions obtained on the most specious of grounds.  But the means will be seen by the victors as justifying the end, and the end was to preserve the political status quo and, therefore, the existence of Belgium itself.

The stakes could not have been higher.

The case was brought by the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism – the thought police of the Belgian state, essentially.  This body, a privately-owned public prosecutors office, was armed with anti-racism legislation that makes even the mention of human differentiation a crime.  Their tax-paid lawyers have persecuted Vlaams Blok for years.  Any impartial observer would conclude that the crime here has been perpetrated in the other direction, upon the conservative Flemish.

In any case, the Blok will be reborn.  It draws its strength from the Flemish working man.  It will not capitulate under this or any other stress.  How it will operate, how it will be true to itself and to the Flemish people we must wait to see.  But Flanders will not be held back indefinitely from its independence.  The Establishment cannot be other than it is, and offers Flanders only the gift of oppression.  That, however, is the gift most likely to harden the Flemish resolve for freedom.

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IQ and the skills of nations

Posted by Guessedworker on Monday, 08 November 2004 13:10.

Digby Jones, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry, will tell his members at their annual conference today, “there will not be any work in Britain for unskilled people … within one scholastic generation.”  Outsourcing is the culprit, with the jobs going to India, China and, increasingly, the countries of eastern Europe.

Jones is scathing of the protectionist trends in American and French political life.  One would, of course, expect him to be.  The CBI has been a cheer-leader for goin’ global for years.  Its D-G has “formed the view that if ever there was a country made for globalisation it is Britain. It is in our DNA.”

Well, he might be over-heating somewhat there and probably meant to say that it is in our island culture.  Still, from that one can fairly construe that he is referring to the culture of the indigenous Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples of this island.  So, if globalisation will indeed pin our future prosperity to our native capacities, which seems to be the logical extension of Jones’ premise, why are we allowing in 150,000+ legal and illegal immigrants each year with not a moment’s consideration of theirs.

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French panic at the threat of extinction

Posted by Guessedworker on Monday, 08 November 2004 11:25.

So despite all rumours au contraire there is hope for France again.  Magnifique.


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