The 21st Century Left Meets Hilaire Belloc

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The 21st Century Left Meets Hilaire Belloc

Abra­ham Lin­coln: One mat­ter fur­ther, gen­tle­men. We fight on their level. With trick­ery, bru­tal­ity, final­ity. We match their evil. I know, James. I was reputed to be a gen­tle man. But I was com­man­der in chief dur­ing the four blood­i­est years of my country’s his­tory. I gave orders that sent a hun­dred thou­sand men to their death at the hands of their broth­ers. There is no hon­or­able way to kill, no gen­tle way to destroy. There is noth­ing good in war except its end­ing. And you are fight­ing for the lives of your crew.
Cap­tain Kirk: Your cam­paign, Mis­ter President.

Star Trek: The Sav­age Cur­tain 1969

One of the most amus­ing things about the Trump years has been the shock of the left at not only the suc­cess of the Trump years but of the President’s suc­cess in turn­ing their con­trol of the cul­ture, media and press against them.

It was not always so, for a very long time the pow­ers that be in the GOP eschewed the tac­tics of their ene­mies on the left, con­sid­er­ing such tac­tics beneath them and coin­ci­den­tally were reg­u­lated to a per­ma­nent minor­ity. The left was free to push Amer­ica in their direc­tion con­fi­dent that the tools of the press and the cul­ture would always be theirs to con­trol and even when a Rush Lim­baugh a Fox News or even social media came up they were secure in their supe­ri­or­ity to keep them safe, in effect tak­ing to heart the famous quote by Bel­loc from his poem the mod­ern trav­eler con­cern­ing 19th cen­tury Euro­peans encoun­ter­ing natives in var­i­ous parts of the world:

What­ever hap­pens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not

Or in short it didn’t mat­ter if the right gained some tem­po­rary vic­tory as long as the left con­trolled the nar­ra­tive via cul­ture and media they could essen­tially do what they wanted.

With the advent of Barack Obama, a cor­rupt Chicago pol, this was extended to gov­ern­ment which was weaponized against their oppo­nents from the IRS on down and even when things went wrong such as the run­ning of guns to Mex­i­can drug car­tels to enable gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion or the dis­as­ter at Beng­hazi the admin­is­tra­tion felt secure because to para­phrase Bel­loc: What­ever hap­pens we have got, Hol­ly­wood & Media and they have not.

This is the rea­son why the FBI felt secure in cross­ing every line imag­in­able in going after Trump prior to the elec­tion and why Barack Obama had no prob­lem gov­ern­ing by “a pen and a phone” because they were sure that their supe­ri­or­ity would be main­tained for­ever and shortly extend to gov­ern­ment and the courts. They believed once Hillary was elected gov­ern­ment and the legal sys­tem would be added to that line right after Hol­ly­wood and media.

Alas for them they had not read enough of Bel­loc because if they had they might have seen this rather prophetic piece con­cern­ing the west supe­ri­or­ity over Islam from 1936:

There is noth­ing in the Mohammedan civ­i­liza­tion itself which is hos­tile to the devel­op­ment of sci­en­tific knowl­edge or of mechan­i­cal apti­tude. I have seen some good artillery work in the hands of Mohammedan stu­dents of that arm; I have seen some of the best dri­ving and main­te­nance of mechan­i­cal road trans­port con­ducted by Mohammedans. There is noth­ing inher­ent to Mohammedanism to make it inca­pable of mod­ern sci­ence and mod­ern war. Indeed the mat­ter is not worth dis­cussing. It should be self-​evident to any­one who has seen the Mohammedan cul­ture at work. That cul­ture hap­pens to have fallen back in mate­r­ial appli­ca­tions; there is no rea­son what­ever why it should not learn its new les­son and become our equal in all those tem­po­ral things which now give us our supe­ri­or­ity
over it_​whereas in we have fallen infe­rior to it.

The point con­cern­ing Islam and sci­ence and mechan­ics was just as equally true con­cern­ing con­ser­v­a­tives and media. There was noth­ing inher­ent in con­ser­v­a­tive phi­los­o­phy that pre­vents us from coun­ter­ing the other than our unwill­ing­ness to make the fight.

But once Don­ald Trump sur­prised every­one with his vic­tory that changed. Trump is a Jack­son­ian and as a Jack­son­ian fights by the same rules that his foes do as the late great Steven Den Bestie once put it at the turn of the cen­tury:

to Jack­so­ni­ans, trust is fool­hardy. There are a lot of good peo­ple out there, but there are also a lot of bas­tards, and if you turn your back some­one will stab you in it. “Trust, but ver­ify” is a purely Jack­son­ian watch­word. Those who act hon­or­ably will be treated hon­or­ably, but those who cheat will be crushed.

And as Wal­ter Rus­sell Mead put it once a Jack­son­ian like Trump gets into a fight, even one he doesn’t want he fights to win

Dur­ing this year’s war in Kosovo, Jack­son­ian opin­ion was res­olutely against it to begin with. How­ever, once U.S. honor was engaged, Jack­so­ni­ans began to urge a stronger warfight­ing strat­egy includ­ing the use of ground troops. It is a bad thing to fight an unnec­es­sary war, but it is inex­cus­able and dis­hon­or­able to lose one once it has begun.

America’s ene­mies over­sees have redis­cov­ered this truth over the last 18 months but it is Trump foes in both media and Hol­ly­wood who have been com­pletely shocked by it, but they shouldn’t be.

Don­ald Trump has been oper­at­ing in the enclaves of the left all his life, his empire has had to deal with blue state bureau­cracy and both lib­eral media and pols com­ing to him hat in hand for decades. He’s attended their par­ties, laughed with them, schmoozed with them and seen and heard all they have said for half a cen­tury and most impor­tantly did so while com­pletely sober when they were not.

Put sim­ply there has never been a Pres­i­dent bet­ter equipped to turn the Maxim gun of the media back on them and hav­ing never had to defend against said gun they are indig­nant that their tac­tics are being used against them:

“We spent the day wrestling with the reper­cus­sions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrench­ing chil­dren from their par­ents and treat­ing peo­ple legally seek­ing asy­lum as crim­i­nals,” she added. “If we are OK with that then really, who are we?”

Bee con­tin­ued by stand­ing by the mis­sion of her show: “I can tell you, as long as we have breath in our bod­ies and 21 min­utes of air­time once a week, repeats on Sat­ur­days, that we as a show will never stop shout­ing [about] the inhu­man­i­ties of this world from the rooftops and striv­ing to make it a bet­ter place. But in a com­edy way.”

This is Saman­tha Bee a card car­ry­ing mem­ber of the Har­vey Wein­stein left while being hon­ored for it’s cov­er­age of the #metoo movement.

“Our staff poured every­thing we have into these #MeToo pieces,” Bee said while accept­ing the award. “They wrote jokes through tears and panic attacks, they pushed each other to be hon­est and more fear­less. I can only imag­ine what it takes to say these pow­er­ful famous, admired men abused me and I won’t be silent. No mat­ter the con­se­quences, Me Too. Lead­ers of the #MeToo move­ment are chang­ing the world. And we are hon­ored to stand with you and sup­port you as best we can. There is power in say­ing what you feel with­out apol­ogy… OK, and some­times you also have to apologize.”

Bee got plenty of laugh­ter and applause for that line, as well as when she opened by declar­ing, “it actu­ally means so much to accept this with every­one here behind me, these incred­i­ble writ­ers and producers.”

Of course the irony that none of these #metoo pieces were writ­ten or broad­cast while the knowl­edge of what Har­vey Wein­stein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer et/​all had done was still con­fined to the Hollywood/​Media left because they were still of use to the said Hollywood/​Media.

The Saman­tha Bee’s, Joy Reid’s et/​all of the world are meet­ing a brave new world when their media monop­oly is threat­ened by a Pres­i­dent and new media will­ing and able to chal­lenge it and a pop­u­la­tion will­ing to use that Maxim guy that their bet­ters had held back from them.

No won­der they are so upset. As Curt Schlichter has said: The won’t like the new rules, but the real­ity is these aren’t really new rules it’s the left’s own rules apply­ing to them for the very first time.

Abraham Lincoln: One matter further, gentlemen. We fight on their level. With trickery, brutality, finality. We match their evil. I know, James. I was reputed to be a gentle man. But I was commander in chief during the four bloodiest years of my country’s history. I gave orders that sent a hundred thousand men to their death at the hands of their brothers. There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war except its ending. And you are fighting for the lives of your crew. 
Captain Kirk: Your campaign, Mister President.

Star Trek:  The Savage Curtain 1969

One of the most amusing things about the Trump years has been the shock of the left at not only the success of the Trump years but of the President’s success in turning their control of the culture, media and press against them.

It was not always so, for a very long time the powers that be in the GOP eschewed the tactics of their enemies on the left, considering such tactics beneath them and coincidentally were regulated to a permanent minority. The left was free to push America in their direction confident that the tools of the press and the culture would always be theirs to control and even when a Rush Limbaugh a Fox News or even social media came up they were secure in their superiority to keep them safe, in effect taking to heart the famous quote by Belloc from his poem the modern traveler concerning 19th century Europeans encountering natives in various parts of the world:

Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not

Or in short it didn’t matter if the right gained some temporary victory as long as the left controlled the narrative via culture and media they could essentially do what they wanted.

With the advent of Barack Obama, a corrupt Chicago pol, this was extended to government which was weaponized against their opponents from the IRS on down and even when things went wrong such as the running of guns to Mexican drug cartels to enable gun control legislation or the disaster at Benghazi the administration felt secure because to paraphrase Belloc: Whatever happens we have got, Hollywood & Media and they have not.

This is the reason why the FBI felt secure in crossing every line imaginable in going after Trump prior to the election and why Barack Obama had no problem governing by “a pen and a phone” because they were sure that their superiority would be maintained forever and shortly extend to government and the courts. They believed once Hillary was elected government and the legal system would be added to that line right after Hollywood and media.

Alas for them they had not read enough of Belloc because if they had they might have seen this rather prophetic piece concerning the west superiority over Islam from 1936:

There is nothing in the Mohammedan civilization itself which is hostile to the development of scientific knowledge or of mechanical aptitude. I have seen some good artillery work in the hands of Mohammedan students of that arm; I have seen some of the best driving and maintenance of mechanical road transport conducted by Mohammedans. There is nothing inherent to Mohammedanism to make it incapable of modern science and modern war. Indeed the matter is not worth discussing. It should be self-evident to anyone who has seen the Mohammedan culture at work. That culture happens to have fallen back in material applications; there is no reason whatever why it should not learn its new lesson and become our equal in all those temporal things which now give us our superiority
over it_whereas in we have fallen inferior to it.

The point concerning Islam and science and mechanics was just as equally true concerning conservatives and media. There was nothing inherent in conservative philosophy that prevents us from countering the other than our unwillingness to make the fight.

But once Donald Trump surprised everyone with his victory that changed. Trump is a Jacksonian and as a Jacksonian fights by the same rules that his foes do as the late great Steven Den Bestie once put it at the turn of the century:

to Jacksonians, trust is foolhardy. There are a lot of good people out there, but there are also a lot of bastards, and if you turn your back someone will stab you in it. “Trust, but verify” is a purely Jacksonian watchword. Those who act honorably will be treated honorably, but those who cheat will be crushed.

And as Walter Russell Mead put it once a Jacksonian like Trump gets into a fight, even one he doesn’t want he fights to win

During this year’s war in Kosovo, Jacksonian opinion was resolutely against it to begin with. However, once U.S. honor was engaged, Jacksonians began to urge a stronger warfighting strategy including the use of ground troops. It is a bad thing to fight an unnecessary war, but it is inexcusable and dishonorable to lose one once it has begun.

America’s enemies oversees have rediscovered this truth over the last 18 months but it is Trump foes in both media and Hollywood who have been completely shocked by it, but they shouldn’t be.

Donald Trump has been operating in the enclaves of the left all his life, his empire has had to deal with blue state bureaucracy and both liberal media and pols coming to him hat in hand for decades. He’s attended their parties, laughed with them, schmoozed with them and seen and heard all they have said for half a century and most importantly did so while completely sober when they were not.

Put simply there has never been a President better equipped to turn the Maxim gun of the media back on them and having never had to defend against said gun they are indignant that their tactics are being used against them:

“We spent the day wrestling with the repercussions of one bad word, when we all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals,” she added. “If we are OK with that then really, who are we?”

Bee continued by standing by the mission of her show: “I can tell you, as long as we have breath in our bodies and 21 minutes of airtime once a week, repeats on Saturdays, that we as a show will never stop shouting [about] the inhumanities of this world from the rooftops and striving to make it a better place. But in a comedy way.”

This is Samantha Bee a card carrying member of the Harvey Weinstein left while being honored for it’s coverage of the #metoo movement.

“Our staff poured everything we have into these #MeToo pieces,” Bee said while accepting the award. “They wrote jokes through tears and panic attacks, they pushed each other to be honest and more fearless. I can only imagine what it takes to say these powerful famous, admired men abused me and I won’t be silent. No matter the consequences, Me Too. Leaders of the #MeToo movement are changing the world. And we are honored to stand with you and support you as best we can. There is power in saying what you feel without apology… OK, and sometimes you also have to apologize.”

Bee got plenty of laughter and applause for that line, as well as when she opened by declaring, “it actually means so much to accept this with everyone here behind me, these incredible writers and producers.”

Of course the irony that none of these #metoo pieces were written or broadcast while the knowledge of what Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer et/all had done was still confined to the Hollywood/Media left because they were still of use to the said Hollywood/Media.

The Samantha Bee’s, Joy Reid’s et/all of the world are meeting a brave new world when their media monopoly is threatened by a President and new media willing and able to challenge it and a population willing to use that Maxim guy that their betters had held back from them.

No wonder they are so upset.  As Curt Schlichter has said:  The won’t like the new rules, but the reality is these aren’t really new rules it’s the left’s own rules applying to them for the very first time.