Happy Birthday, Suckers!

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-07-04 08:11

Normally at this time of year I'd simply reprise one of my earlier July 4 eulogies to the greatness of America and be content with that. To do so again would not be appropriate. It's now Airhead America, unambiguously. There is no longer any greatness to eulogise—and the worst thing is, the very people who should be fighting a rearguard action on greatness' behalf have capitulated. Organised Objectivism, Orgoism, is now rife with Political Correctness and cowardly evasion, in particular failing to confront the stinking, stupid, savage, superstitious sacrifism that is Islam, the Cult of Obamarx and the Ascendancy of Airheadery for the evils that they are, and continuing to imply (albeit no longer insist) that the greater threat to freedom and reason comes from an imminent Goblian theocracy. Orgoism has sundered itself from egoism.

I have said often enough that those who appease Islamogoblinism—Obamarx most emphatically included—along with those who remain silent or wantonly clueless about it, deserve to be on the receiving end of an Islamo dirty bomb. If America doesn't implode from Obamarx's economic policies first, that's assuredly what will happen. Either way, Orgoists will have deserved that outcome.

No doubt both wings of Orgoism will issue forth with their usual facile July 4 tokenism. Here on SOLO it's a little bit different. We take America's founding principles seriously—and the fact that the founders were prepared to fight for them from other than the comfort of their wank-chaises.

Now, observe the silence that will ensue from all the guilty parties. And yearn for the return of the Roar of Randian Repugnance.


Craig - you beat me to that

Duncan Bayne's picture

Craig - you beat me to that comment. Lindsay's comment has helped me clarify my thoughts on the matter, though. In brief: the rearguard action of which he speaks is in reality self-immolation.

We have a modern-day Spanish Civil War here: (Islamic) Fascists on one side, Socialists on the other.

I don't think that either side is worth fighting, much less dying, for. I described that as cynicism several years ago, now, I describe it as realism.

All that can be done is to keep the ideas and the culture of enlightenment alive in one's personal life, and - for as long as it is safe to do so - advocate for them amongst family, friends, and colleagues.

I don't care to spend my own time and money saving the Average Man from the consequences of his own philosophy.

The men of that caravan—thought Eddie indifferently—looked too mean-minded to become the founders of a secret, free settlement, and not mean-minded enough to become a gang of raiders; they had no more destination to find than the motionless beam of the headlight; and, like that beam, they would dissolve somewhere in the empty stretches of the country.

And, with rare exception, those are the best of them.

The "Guilty Parties," Indeed

Craig Ceely's picture

So, those of us who've been saying such things for years, and were rewarded for it by being scorned as "treasonous," "traitors," "Saddaamites," and such by the Perigo Platoon, are now due apologies, yes? The "suckers" can now come clean, and admit their wrongs?

Yeah, right. I'll hold my breath for that.

"Guilty parties," my ass.

Nation in Decline

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Lindsay is right. It really is remarkable to see how far America has fallen the last 13 years under presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. Bill Clinton was a kind of libertarian paradise (1993 - 2001).

Happy Interdependence Day!

Marcus's picture

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Ben Franklin (Former citizen no longer welcome in Obamaland).

State of Liberty

tvr's picture

In wishing all independent Americans living in an increasingly dependent America a Happy Independence Day, and as an adjunct to Lindsay's post, I want to share a couple images and a narrative to counter the despondency that liberty lovers are understandably feeling on this day of (what should be) celebration.

Between 1819 and 1857 when the House of Representatives met, the sculpture pictured below, 'Liberty and the Eagle' by Enrico Causici, stood above the Speaker's desk.

The draped woman, Liberty, holds a scroll representing the Constitution of the United States in her right hand. An American eagle, the national emblem of the United States, stands to her right, while on her left a serpent, a symbol for wisdom, is entwined around an altar in the shape of a column drum resembling the fasces, the bundle of rods that symbolizes governmental authority.

If the sculpture were to be reworked to reflect the state of affairs of today, it would show the serpent scuttling off and the Eagle attacking Liberty with the unbound fasces. With the Constitutional as her sole weapon, even if the scroll were iron-clad, Liberty is going to have a tough job defending herself with it against the armed eagle.

In hindsight, the founders should have thought twice about surrounding Liberty with a snake, a bird of bad moral character*, and a symbol for governmental authority with a name so similar to 'faeces'!

What Liberty needs right now - and always - is the return of her protector, sophia or 'wisdom', to support her in the fight to remain free. To this end I give you an image of a second sculpture, this time titled 'Wisdom Supporting Liberty', by Jules Dalou, dated 1889. Here the figure of the Greek goddess Athena, the goddess of both wisdom and war, is depicted strenuously lifting a collapsing Lady Liberty, not unlike the situation of today. Liberty appears naked and vulnerable, apart from her ‘Phrygian Cap’, a potent symbol of French liberty and revolution. Liberty needs to find her feet, to stand strong and firm in her own right. That requires a mammoth effort on the part of Athena (sophia).

I hope that you, like me, have not yet concluded all is lost. Liberty in America, which means in the world, does have a chance if she (re-)discovers her wisdom and the will to fight. The Constitutional scroll alone cannot be relied upon as a defensive weapon against government aggression, particularly when that aggression is sanctioned by democracy.

The wisdom and fighting spirit required to disarm the eagle and to rebound the fasces may, more than anywhere else, be found in the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Terry

* Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "I wish that the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country, he is a bird of bad moral character, he does not get his living honestly, you may have seen him perched on some dead tree, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing-hawk, and when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to its nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes it from him.... Besides he is a rank coward; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest. . . of America..."

Guilty Silence

bcoppersmith's picture

Been away in the wilderness for a while tied up in Kiwi ubiquitous apathy Sad ... will try to make amends Smiling

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