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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Steyn: Sovereignty & Territory

From Mark Steyn:

All this week at SteynOnline, we're looking at what I regard as the key issues in this year's big vote. I'd love to hear your thoughts, so drop us a line at Mark's Mailbox. Following Monday's musings on money, Tuesday's on the new class divide, Wednesday's on hyper-regulation, and Thursday's on the shriveling of federalism, we conclude today with what one longtime observer regards as the critical question.
In the Nineties, the “culture wars” were over “God, guns and gays”. The overreach of the statists has added a fourth G: Government itself is now a front in the culture war, and a battle of the most primal kind. 

Is the United States a republic of limited government with a presumption in favor of individual liberty? Or is it just like any other western nation in which a permanent political class knows what’s best for its subjects? 

Pat Cadell, the former Carter adviser and Democratic pollster, surveying popular discontent over the summer distilled it to a single question:
Who is sovereign? The people or the political class?
To which the political class responds by modifying Barbra Streisand:
People? People? Who needs people?
In California, the people can pass a ballot proposition, but a single activist judge overrules them. In Arizona, the people’s representatives vote to uphold the people’s laws, but a pliant judge strikes them down at Washington’s behest. It is surely only a matter of time before some federal judge finds the constitution unconstitutional. It is never a good idea to send the message, as the political class now does consistently, that there are no democratic means by which the people can restrain their rulers. As Pat Cadell points out, the logic of that is “pre-revolutionary”...

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Does anyone hear a drum in the distance?

The Muster Drum

Do ye hear the roll of the Muster Drum
Rattlin' in your brain?
Can ye hear the tramp of Redcoat files
Comin' up your lane?
Rifle and horn and hawk ye have.
Will ye join us in The Fight?
Then find a tree or wall, Good Friend,
And mark well your bright front sight!

For they're comin', Lad, they're comin' fast,
Their bayonets agleam.
And maybe we can't stop 'em here
And maybe they'll cross your stream,
To burn your house and barn, my lad,
Put your family out in the night!
Then find a tree or wall, Good Friend,
And mark well your bright front sight!

We can harry 'em, harry 'em, in the road,
‘Til they wish they'd never come
To confiscate our powder and arms
And carry off our Gun!
We can show the World we're Free Men
Who'll Stand, Defend the Right!
Now find that tree or wall, Good Friend,
And mark well your bright front sight!

A Nation of Riflemen we can be,
If you'll enlist and arm and train!
Our ghosts are waiting for you, Friend,
On range and firing lane.
Can YOU hear the roll of the Muster Drum
By your fireside warm and bright?
Will YOU rise to find YOUR tree or wall
And mark well YOUR bright front sight?

For the need is NOW, my stranger Friend,
And it's urgent and it's plain.
The forces ranged against us
Now have everything to gain.
Take up the Call! Raise high your heart!
Answer the Muster Roll!
Stand shoulder-to with Friend and Friend.
Learn teamwork. Have a goal!

And mebbe, just mebbe, you won't be alone
Some cold and fearsome night
When to live you must find your tree or wall,
And mark well your bright front sight!!


To all freedom-lovers in the former USA and Canada:

Stand ready.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that had a jury trial, here in Pennsylvania, in August of 2009. The jury unanimously voted 8-0 in my favor and found Erie County government to have violated my civil rights. The defense appealed and the good ol' boy judge threw out the verdict !

Why have juries ? Justice is DEAD in this country.


November 1, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats funny.

My professor and our class where discussing how we r going to split Euro/ & asia. between U.S.A. the Brits, Canada, France and Germany.

We are about to get plenty of land.

November 1, 2010 at 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just dont want to piss anybody.


I know who's gonna get the Middle East.

Uziel Rabin

November 1, 2010 at 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow I don't think the south will ever submit to Mexican rule or influence, and does anybody believe Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and West Virginia would jump to be part of the EU. The person who made this breakup chart obviously did not do any homework or has never been to those places. I believe the midwest would probably be more aligned with the south.

November 1, 2010 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

The map, conceived by a Russkie, is FUBAR in national allegiance.

It's not bad in terms of regional segmentation, although it assumes that current state borders will remain.

I highly doubt that.

For example, Georgians will want to return to the pre-Lincolnian War border with TN so as to capture the Tennessee River access they used to have.

November 1, 2010 at 3:39 AM  
Anonymous Kerodin said...

CA Panarin was his name, if I remember correctly. I did a newspaper article on his predictions.

I think the general concept has great pheasibility as we try to secure AO to ao, up through state size, then region and beyond.

The problem: Who will be sticking their fingers in the pie? South of the border folk? Chinese? Russians? We have some outstanding property.


Sorry for any typos - Ambien!

November 1, 2010 at 4:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Georgia now, and I was born in South Carolina. ALL of my family is in South Carolina or North Carolina. That said...

There is no way in Hell the state of Georgia will EVER be controlled by Mexico. And just for kicks, go tell any South Carolina native that they are going to be ruled by the UN. Be ready to run and possibly get shot.

SC is the first state that told the Federal Government of their forefathers to shove it in 1861 over a few violations of the Constitution. If you think they'll let a bunch of blue helmets run their state after completely SCRAPPING the US Constitution, you haven't met any SC boys from the country.

November 1, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Mark Matis said...

Kerodin said:

"The problem: Who will be sticking their fingers in the pie?"

As I've said before, if the unpleasantness lasts more than a few weeks, expect our Russian and Chinese friends to ask if their help is needed. And expect there to be enough Perfumed Princes and Princesses in the military to facilitate their entry. With THEM involved, don't expect TOO much to come from South of the border. But also don't expect our Chinese and Russian friends to worry about committing "war crimes." The realignment either ends quickly, or it ends badly.

November 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunno - Mexico has some bad asses, but I think Texas alone would whup 'em if they tried invading it. Especially if backed up by those Louisiana coon-a$$es - they go buck wild when told what to do and when to do it. Just my call.

How would they likely attack - turn off the power and water and shut down food distribution to cities alone. That alone would cause a whole lot of folks to migrate to urban locations, leaving the truly prepared alone to take the brunt of attacks.

November 1, 2010 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Yeah, here in American-Occupied America, we're pretty much just like Chicago or Toronto...

I remember seeing that map when it came out and literally blowing soda through my nose, laughing.

November 1, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger pdxr13 said...

One of the new national borders will be a north-south line of approximately the PNW Cascade Range south through Oregon's Sisters and South some more following the range through California. Seattle & Portland are socialist urbane places dominating big wet valleys and valuable ports while the other side is Spokane/Boise/Helena as focuses of big ranching/high-tech/mining. Completely different cultures stuck together by accidents of big States.

I am trying to find a good place on the Eastern side of the Cascades for TEOTWAWKI. I-5 is a deathtrap.


November 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Witchwood said...

I wouldn't get too worked up about the Divided USA map. Panarin's scenarios are farcical. In my experience, Russians are obsessed with America but they have very little understanding of the American people.

1) The entire nation of Canada has 2 million less people than the state of California. Canadians are also among the first to remind us that we Americans are violent and aggressive people. Fair enough. If you accuse of being violent and aggressive, you shouldn't expect to conquer us. It's far more likely that the Montana Free State will bring Canada under its influence than vice versa.

2) The Mexican government is currently fighting for its very existence against very well-organized drug cartels, and the cartels seem to be winning. Mexico is about to descend into real anarchy and is in no position to spread its influence even within its own borders, much less outside them. Any Texian secessionist movement (and I pray God I can participate) will be fiercely opposed to Mexican immigration, and, unlike the current federal state, will deal with border-jumpers in a way that suggests finality.

3) The California Republic includes Arizona, Utah, and Idaho, and as such will be in a perpetual state of rebellion against their Chinese masters. Guerrillas will set up shop in the Rockies and the reds will not get a moment's peace.

4) Hawaii should have never been made a state in the first place.

As much as I regard Russia as a backward country, the Kremlin would probably not be averse to permanent regime change in D.C., particularly if the new regime adheres to Jeffersonian principles of non-intervention rather than the Jacksonian invade-the-world, invite-the-world mentality. A guarantee of non-interference in exchange for arms might be in the offing. Just a thought.

November 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous GardenSERF said...

That map reflects the lack of knowledge the (ex-KGB) Russian professor has about the USA...the lines would be different.

November 2, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

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