A brief critique:
- One witness recalls that Robert E. Lee came to regret his decision to surrender at Appomattox on account of the corruption, tyranny and brutality visited by the North upon the South after the war. Lee said, “Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.” The South had been brutally ravaged during and after the war and its economy was never allowed to recover. I traveled there as a child – a century later! – and saw the widespread poverty still suffered by Southerners of all races.
- Emigration continues to be a valid and honorable option, simply because there are still some parts of the world where people believe in liberty. Idolatry is a sin, and making an idol of one’s country or its form of government is no exception. It isn’t “the idea of America” that I am concerned about – it’s virtue, limited government, individual liberty with the responsibility that it entails, economic opportunity, and our Judaeo-Christian heritage. If more conservative people go to a place where there is already a conservative population, it becomes a net gain for both the newcomers and for their new country.
- Virtue begins at home, in our private lives. Those who find it impossible to survive while living a virtuous life under a socialist/fascist government will preserve their honor by leaving.
- Just because Bill Whittle personally likes Mitt Romney doesn’t make Mitt either a good candidate or a good man. Politicians know how to charm influential people such as Bill Whittle. Mitt Romney isn’t even a conservative, he makes Russia into an enemy, and he doesn’t get the Counterjihad.
- The bigger the city, the denser the population – in more ways than one! We will still have big cities, and we must find ways to counter big-city corruption and machine politics.
- Because of the tyrannical and contradictory nature of taxation and regulation, more and more people won’t be able to pay all those taxes and follow all those regulations and still survive. More and more formerly law-abiding people will have no choice but to make their living “off the books.” A tyrannical government promotes a corrupt and predatory mentality. I work in retail and we are plagued with people shoplifting small items such as pen refills and sometimes even clearance items that nobody would have bothered to steal a decade ago.
- Bill Whittle’s new economic structure based on “voluntary microtaxes” (actually private donations for causes people believe in) will be much harder to implement than he anticipates. That’s because we conservatives who are not on the Obama gravy train have much less discretionary income than he realizes – and tyrannical governments always find ways to destroy their subjects who engage in independent productive activity.
- There is no “Stockholm syndrome” on 1389 Blog or in our lives outside of the blogosphere.
- There should be no “Stockholm syndrome” in your life either.