It’s a hot weekend here in South Carolina. It’s been a mostly mild summer so far, but today the brutal combination of heat and humidity hit with their full rancor. I’m currently writing this post from the third story finished attic at my parents’ house, as it’s been another big family weekend, this time to celebrate my maternal grandmother’s birthday. Like every protagonist from Stephen King’s early work, I’m typing shirtless and drenched in sweat—an image none of you needed.
It occurred to me Friday that I’ve (improbably) hit twelve editions of Phone it in Friday, so I thought I’d cheekily dedicate the next few Sundays to looking back at past PiiF installments—a month of Fridays for a month of Sundays. Chalk it up to laziness—I mean, that’s the point of these Sunday posts—-but I’m running out of umbrella topic ideas, and this lame tactic gives me a month to dream up some more.
So, without further ado, here’s the first installment of our Phone it in Friday Lazy Sundays:
“Phone It in Friday – Musings & Reflections on NATO, Brexit, Etc.” – The very first PiiF goes back to 13 July 2018, before I was doing daily posts. I believe I was sticking to a thrice-a-week MWF schedule. The astute observer will note that I capitalized the “I” in “It” for this first installment, and lowercased it for (I believe) the rest. The post covered Brexit, why I believe Turkey should not be in the NATO alliance (the alliance itself is probably obsolete, anyway), and President Trump’s visit to England. Remember when Theresa May was still the Prime Minister of England and kept delaying Brexit?
“Phone it in Friday II: Boris, Bond, and Borders” – It would be slightly over a year, on 26 July 2019, before I resorted to another PiiF. That pithy PiiF celebrated Boris Johnson’s election as Prime Minister of Great Britain (which presaged the victory of true Brexit), the literary death of James Bond, and a Chicago Chamber of Commerce piñata bashing for illegal children. ¡Ay caramba!
As I wrote yesterday, it’s been a good week for populism and national sovereignty. It’s easy to get caught up in the myriad defeats on our side, and it’s frustrating that we seem to rally only at the last possible moment to prevent total catastrophe, but it’s worthwhile to look back at our victories from time to time.
To that end, this edition of Lazy Sunday is dedicated to looking back at some conservative victories. One of the pieces looks back at our greatest Secretary of State, who although was a part of the totalizing New England faction that dominates progressive thought today, also helped created our national borders with his diplomatic finesse.
“Independence Day” – This post was a brief celebration of Great Britain’s final exit from the blight that is the European Union. Hip, hip, hooray!
“Trump Stands for Us” – This piece linked to an essay from my blogger buddy photog, “The Unique Value of the Trump Presidency“; both photog’s original and my commentary are worth reading. There’s a popular meme that shows President Trump sitting sternly, pointing directly at the viewer, with a caption that reads something along the lines of, “They’re not after me, they’re after YOU; I’m just in the way.” Boy, does that speak volumes. As photog points out, President Trump truly does stand with us, the American people. In part, he does that simply by not despising us the way our elites do.
“Mueller Probe Completed, Trump Vindicated” – Before the Ukraine impeachment hoax, there was the Russian collusion hoax. How soon we forget. While Mueller declined to write in his report that Trump could be fully vindicated, he also couldn’t make a case for Russian collusion. Trump did nothing wrong! After the Senate acquits GEOTUS this week, I wonder what scary Slavic country they’ll pick next. Maybe they’ll allege that President Trump is in league with Viktor Orban in Hungary? That would make me support him even more!
“#MAGAWeek2018 – John Quincy Adams” – A bit of an outlier here, but I wrote a fairly lengthy rundown of John Quincy Adams—probably our best Secretary of State, and one of our worst presidents—back in summer 2018 as part of #MAGAWeek2018. JQA and his New England Puritan ilk can probably be faulted for many of the one-size-fits-all solutions progressives plague us with today (although he would have recoiled at what progressives want), but he was a genius in terms of foreign policy, and he was a sincere nationalist, in the best sense of that amorphous term: he wanted to make American great, physically and economically. It’s a worthwhile read to get some more insights into a largely forgotten historical figure.
That’s it for today! Let’s keep winning in 2020, and KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
It was a banner week for populism and national sovereignty. At the time of this writing, it appears that the sham impeachment trial against President Trump is headed for a speedy acquittal, with the Senate voting 51-49 against hearing any further testimony from new witnesses. Here’s hoping that complacent Republican voters get the message: the Democrats will concoct any whimsy necessary to destroy not only President Trump, but any Republican who dares to challenge their progressive hegemony. We can’t afford to let these people control a local PTA chapter, much less a chamber of Congress.
The European Union is an overweaning, elitist, supranational tyranny. It is a progressive dream, which is why the Leftists are melting down over Brexit, and attempted to thwart it for so many years. Progressives today—just like progressives in the early twentieth century—are gaga for technocratic rule and elitist dominance.
It’s not about “democracy”; if it was, they would have accepted the outcome of the 2016 referendum. Democracy only matters to progressives when it advances their ends. That’s why progressives hold elections and referendums—repeatedly, if necessary—until they get the outcomes they want—and then the matter is settled forever. If that doesn’t work, courts or the bureaucracy will effectively veto the voters’ “incorrect” choices.
My planned post summarizing and analyzing the introduction to Richard Weaver‘s seminal Ideas Have Consequences, then, is going to wait until Monday, when I have a bit more mental energy to spare. My students in History of Conservative Thought are writing an essay about the introduction to that book for their final class session, which is Tuesday. It’s a dense read for high school students, so that post will help break down some of the main ideas for them.
Instead, this evening’s posts will be a rare “Phone if in Friday” featuring some pieces that crossed my transom today. Enjoy!