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“An act of pure evil,” said President Trump of the atrocity in Las Vegas, invoking our ancient faith: “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence,” Trump went on in his most presidential moment, “and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is love that defines us today and always will. Forever.”

Uplifting words. But are they true?

Or will this massacre be like the Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, or Charleston massacre of black churchgoers by Dylan Roof — uniting us briefly in “sadness, shock and grief” only to divide us again and, more deeply, in our endless war over guns.

“In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff,” said the president. As he spoke, the mind went back to yesterday afternoon where the NFL was roiled anew by athletes earning seven-figure salaries “taking a knee” in disrespect of that flag.

Also on Sunday, cable TV was given over to charges that Trump, attending a golf tournament in New Jersey, cared nothing about the suffering of “people of color” in Puerto Rico.

And we just closed out a summer where monuments honoring the explorers and missionaries who discovered the New World and the men who made the America we have been blessed to inherit have, along with those of Confederate soldiers, been desecrated and dragged down.

Only the 1960s, with Vietnam and the great cultural revolution, and the War Between the States from 1861-1865, rival this as a time of national disunity and civil discord.

To understand what is happening to us, we should look to Europe, where the disintegration appears more advanced.

Sunday, 4,000 national police, sent by Madrid, used violence to break up a referendum called by the regional government of Catalonia on secession. Nine in 10 of those able to cast a ballot voted to secede from Spain.

Televised pictures from Barcelona of police clubbing and dragging voters away from the polls, injuring hundreds, may make this a Selma moment in the history of Europe.

This is the first of the specters haunting Europe: the desire of ethnic minorities like Catalans in Spain and Scots in Britain to break free of the mother country and create new nations, as the Norwegians did in 1905 and the Irish did in 1921.
The second is the desire of growing millions of Europeans to overthrow the transnational regime that has been raised above them, the EU.

The English succeeded with Brexit in 2016. Today, almost every country in Europe has an anti-EU party like the National Front in France, which won 35 percent of the presidential vote in 2017.

Beyond the tribal call of ethnic solidarity is a growing resentment in Northern Europe at having to bail out the chronic deficits of the South, and in Southern Europe at the austerity imposed by the North.

The German elections underlined a new threat to European unity. The ruling coalition of Angela Merkel’s CDU and SPD suffered major losses. The Bavarian-based sister party of the CDU, the CSU, was itself shaken.

Angela Merkel as the new “leader of the West” in the time of Trump is an idea that has come and gone. She is a diminished figure.

Some 13 percent of the votes went to Alternative for Germany, a far-right party that, for the first time, will enter the Bundestag. In states of the former East Germany, the AfD ran second or even first.

ORDER IT NOW

What produced this right turn in Germany is what produced it in Hungary and Poland: migration from Africa and the Middle East that is creating socially and culturally indigestible enclaves in and around the great cities of Europe.
Europeans, like Trumpians, want their borders secured and closed to the masses of the Third World.

Germans are weary of 70 years of wearing sackcloth and ashes.

Race, tribe, borders, culture, history — issues of identity — are tearing at the seams of the EU and pulling apart nations.

We Americans may celebrate our multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual, multicultural diversity as our greatest attribute. But the acrimony and the divisions among us seem greater than ever before in our lifetimes.

Blacks, Hispanics, feminists, Native Americans, LGBT — all core constituencies of the Democratic Party — seem endlessly aggrieved with their stations in American life.

In the Republican Party, there is now a vast cohort of populist and nationalists who agree with Merle Haggard, “If you’re runnin’ down my country, man, You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.”

A massacre of Americans like that in Las Vegas may bring us together briefly. But what holds us together when issues of race, religion, ethnicity, culture, history and politics — our cherished diversity itself — appear to be pulling us ever further apart?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. Events by themselves almost never unite, unless the event itself resolves the division–the Pearl Harbor attack united a largely racially homogeneous United States (Negroes were different, but had little influence) on the issue of participation in WWII. There’s almost no conceivable event that could unite the present deeply divided United States.

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  2. It’s time to ban machine guns. You say that they are? We’ll not really, mods do the trick.
    More of this is on the way. We all know it. Praying isn’t enough. Neither is lamenting ‘this is the price of freedom.’ To sit back mired in the deadly sin of Sloth is to countenance these mass-murder crimes.

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    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Trucks and bombs seem to do a pretty good job of killing in Europe.

    Besides, those machine guns may come in handy someday. Unlikely, but that's what insurance is for, isn't it.
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  3. KenH says:

    A massacre of Americans like that in Las Vegas may bring us together briefly.

    It did not and is not bringing together and if it did it won’t last beyond 48 hours. It brought those that are right of center together but any liberal tears are of the crocodile variety. The hateful musings of Bolshevik Jewess Hayley Geftman-Gold of CBS are more common than people think regarding the victims.

    Some 13 percent of the votes went to Alternative for Germany, a far-right party that, for the first time, will enter the Bundestag.

    That is promising but the figure should have been 50% or more, but the Germans are still hopelessly brainwashed and fearful of acting in their own defense lest the world think of them as “Nazis”.

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    That is promising but the figure should have been 50% or more, but the Germans are still hopelessly brainwashed and fearful of acting in their own defense lest the world think of them as “Nazis”.
     
    Nothing has aided and abetted the cause of totalitarianism by the rentier class like the iconifying of der Nazis. An epithet so fine, so lustrous, so universal and utilitarian! So good, so tasty, so deliciously dirty.
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  4. @KenH

    A massacre of Americans like that in Las Vegas may bring us together briefly.
     
    It did not and is not bringing together and if it did it won't last beyond 48 hours. It brought those that are right of center together but any liberal tears are of the crocodile variety. The hateful musings of Bolshevik Jewess Hayley Geftman-Gold of CBS are more common than people think regarding the victims.

    Some 13 percent of the votes went to Alternative for Germany, a far-right party that, for the first time, will enter the Bundestag.
     
    That is promising but the figure should have been 50% or more, but the Germans are still hopelessly brainwashed and fearful of acting in their own defense lest the world think of them as "Nazis".

    That is promising but the figure should have been 50% or more, but the Germans are still hopelessly brainwashed and fearful of acting in their own defense lest the world think of them as “Nazis”.

    Nothing has aided and abetted the cause of totalitarianism by the rentier class like the iconifying of der Nazis. An epithet so fine, so lustrous, so universal and utilitarian! So good, so tasty, so deliciously dirty.

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  5. A Tarantino World. World has gone pulp-fiction in sensibility.

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  6. The name Hayley Geftman-Gold of CBS is mentioned above with the supposition that her utterly hateful statements are more common than many think.

    I don’t know and, therefore, don’t care to comment on the validity of that statement. But I would like to point out that CBS almost instantaneously fired her…seemingly without reservation…despite what may be her Jewish religion or her political orientation (I don’t know the lady or know of her, so, I’m not in a position to speak of her religion of political persuasion).

    In the wake of the substantial controversy over Philip’s article which suggested that Jewish neoconservatives weren’t patriotic Americans but rather had dual loyalties (for which suggestion there is ample evidence) and in the wake of his firings / isolation it’s refreshing to see that at least some behavior by Jews is still unacceptable in America and can result in their own firing.

    Oh, and I believe the owner of CBS is Jewish. Maybe even the Jews have come to believe that some Jews can go too far.

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    Yeah - to their credit, CBS came out pretty swift and hard on this. Question is, is she totally finished now or will she be able to find redemption in another corporate outfit?

    Peace.
    , @KenH
    Here's a few greatest hits from some other tribe members:

    "The white race is the cancer of human history".
    Susan Sontag, Jewish writer, teacher and political activist

    "Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity".
    Noel Ignatiev, Jewish historian and professor. Ignatiev also called for the abolishment of whiteness which contrary to his denials was a call for genocide of the white race.

    "The jobs must not go to white male construction workers".
    Robert Reich, adviser to Hussein Obama and labor secretary under Bill Clinton
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWZ5KQm12Lk

    Rahm Emanuel was known to make hateful comments about shooting and killing certain Republicans while he worked in D.C. for the Democrat party and as chief of staff to Hussein Obama.

    The Jewish CBS owner probably knows that inaction would be a public relations nightmare and lead to lower ratings of CBS programs and loss of advertisers, so whether his action to terminate (((Geftman Gold))) was motivated by principle or profits we'll never know.

    I'm pretty sure the other Jewish heads of MSNBC, CNN or other major networks excluding FOX will scoop her up. Or Jewish Hollywood will hire her. Jewish anti-white bigots always land on their feet. She can always apply at the ADL or SPLC who I'm sure would be happy to have her and she'd fit right in with the Hebrew hate machine.

    , @Diversity Heretic
    Don't kid yourself. This woman'll have a job within a few weeks. Sabrina Rubin Erdley is still writing. These people take care of their own. Time whites started doing the same.
    , @Jason Liu
    Go on Twitter right now and you'll find tons of people expressing sentiments similar to Geftman-Gold's. Almost all are white women, some Jewish, many not.
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  7. the over-reaction by madrid may stoke the catalans to vengeance. who was the idiot who ordered in the club-wielding national police?
    this ain’t over. nope.

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    the over-reaction by madrid may stoke the catalans to vengeance. who was the idiot who ordered in the club-wielding national police?
    this ain’t over. nope.
     
    It took a long time for PM Rajoy to put together a shaky government after the previous election. I expect the motive behind the Catalan (non) election is to provoke a crisis and bring down the government.
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  8. Talha says:
    @longfisher
    The name Hayley Geftman-Gold of CBS is mentioned above with the supposition that her utterly hateful statements are more common than many think.

    I don't know and, therefore, don't care to comment on the validity of that statement. But I would like to point out that CBS almost instantaneously fired her...seemingly without reservation...despite what may be her Jewish religion or her political orientation (I don't know the lady or know of her, so, I'm not in a position to speak of her religion of political persuasion).

    In the wake of the substantial controversy over Philip's article which suggested that Jewish neoconservatives weren't patriotic Americans but rather had dual loyalties (for which suggestion there is ample evidence) and in the wake of his firings / isolation it's refreshing to see that at least some behavior by Jews is still unacceptable in America and can result in their own firing.

    Oh, and I believe the owner of CBS is Jewish. Maybe even the Jews have come to believe that some Jews can go too far.

    Yeah – to their credit, CBS came out pretty swift and hard on this. Question is, is she totally finished now or will she be able to find redemption in another corporate outfit?

    Peace.

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  9. The FIRE RISES: The EU’s ROGUE STATE: Hungary DEFIANT

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/Heda8CVBJ4c/

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  10. Two comments, Pat:

    (1) As the election results show, a majority of Germans is certainly NOT tired of the self-flagellation, the misplaced built, the self-hatred, and the suicidal invitation for hostile aliens to settle in their cities and towns en masse.

    (2) Why are even you calling AfD “far right”? What’s your definition? It’s a subjective term, rarely if ever defined before being used, typically meant to cast aspersion without having to make an actual argument against the “far right” entity.

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    RadicalCenter,

    two comments. Prior disclosure: I'm German.

    (1) I entirely agree with your criticism of the "far right" label for the AfD. Over time, that label has become almost devoid of any content. Today it is essentially just denunciatory establishment speak to smear anyone not subscribing 110 per cent to their globalist and equalist agenda.

    (2) Re your point of a majority of Germans NOT being tired of self-flagellation, Muslim and African mass immigration, etc. since they still voted for establishment parties, you're technically correct of course. However, humans are not automatons (good), and often even irrational to the point of ignoring their vital self-interests (bad): Think battered wives, American Jews still overwhelmingly supporting Democrats, etc.

    So, many Germans still voted establishment even though they have strong sympathies for the AfD, or at least for AfD positions. Propaganda has its effects though, and relentless propaganda has even stronger ones, so many were made insecure and even cowed by the constant MSM anti-AfD drumbeat, declaring them right-wing extremist, Nazis or at least crypto-Nazis, anyhow beyond the pale in myriad ways. As a result, many people felt that they would become tainted somehow, in their minds / souls / hearts / whatever, if they cast a ballot for such "impure" folks, and if it became known in their social circles they might even be ostracized.

    I personally know of several such cases, of one variant or the other, among my (West German) acquaintances. Interestingly, most of them are seniors, so in addition to their perhaps being more malleable due to a self-perception of increasing frailty they tend to have decades of loyalty to one or the other of the establishment parties under their belt, which makes the transition to an anti-establishment position and to "coming out of the closet" even more difficult for them.

    Yes, it's not rational, but that's the reality of the human mind, and therefore of political landscapes too. It's always a long, hard slog to change things, let alone turn them around. But la lotta continua, as the communists used to say.
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  11. Germans are weary of 70 years of wearing sackcloth and ashes.

    Sadly, a large majority of Germans have become rather comfortable in their sackcloth and ashes.

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  12. KenH says:
    @longfisher
    The name Hayley Geftman-Gold of CBS is mentioned above with the supposition that her utterly hateful statements are more common than many think.

    I don't know and, therefore, don't care to comment on the validity of that statement. But I would like to point out that CBS almost instantaneously fired her...seemingly without reservation...despite what may be her Jewish religion or her political orientation (I don't know the lady or know of her, so, I'm not in a position to speak of her religion of political persuasion).

    In the wake of the substantial controversy over Philip's article which suggested that Jewish neoconservatives weren't patriotic Americans but rather had dual loyalties (for which suggestion there is ample evidence) and in the wake of his firings / isolation it's refreshing to see that at least some behavior by Jews is still unacceptable in America and can result in their own firing.

    Oh, and I believe the owner of CBS is Jewish. Maybe even the Jews have come to believe that some Jews can go too far.

    Here’s a few greatest hits from some other tribe members:

    “The white race is the cancer of human history”.
    Susan Sontag, Jewish writer, teacher and political activist

    “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity”.
    Noel Ignatiev, Jewish historian and professor. Ignatiev also called for the abolishment of whiteness which contrary to his denials was a call for genocide of the white race.

    “The jobs must not go to white male construction workers”.
    Robert Reich, adviser to Hussein Obama and labor secretary under Bill Clinton

    Rahm Emanuel was known to make hateful comments about shooting and killing certain Republicans while he worked in D.C. for the Democrat party and as chief of staff to Hussein Obama.

    The Jewish CBS owner probably knows that inaction would be a public relations nightmare and lead to lower ratings of CBS programs and loss of advertisers, so whether his action to terminate (((Geftman Gold))) was motivated by principle or profits we’ll never know.

    I’m pretty sure the other Jewish heads of MSNBC, CNN or other major networks excluding FOX will scoop her up. Or Jewish Hollywood will hire her. Jewish anti-white bigots always land on their feet. She can always apply at the ADL or SPLC who I’m sure would be happy to have her and she’d fit right in with the Hebrew hate machine.

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  13. @longfisher
    The name Hayley Geftman-Gold of CBS is mentioned above with the supposition that her utterly hateful statements are more common than many think.

    I don't know and, therefore, don't care to comment on the validity of that statement. But I would like to point out that CBS almost instantaneously fired her...seemingly without reservation...despite what may be her Jewish religion or her political orientation (I don't know the lady or know of her, so, I'm not in a position to speak of her religion of political persuasion).

    In the wake of the substantial controversy over Philip's article which suggested that Jewish neoconservatives weren't patriotic Americans but rather had dual loyalties (for which suggestion there is ample evidence) and in the wake of his firings / isolation it's refreshing to see that at least some behavior by Jews is still unacceptable in America and can result in their own firing.

    Oh, and I believe the owner of CBS is Jewish. Maybe even the Jews have come to believe that some Jews can go too far.

    Don’t kid yourself. This woman’ll have a job within a few weeks. Sabrina Rubin Erdley is still writing. These people take care of their own. Time whites started doing the same.

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  14. Walser says:
    @RadicalCenter
    Two comments, Pat:

    (1) As the election results show, a majority of Germans is certainly NOT tired of the self-flagellation, the misplaced built, the self-hatred, and the suicidal invitation for hostile aliens to settle in their cities and towns en masse.

    (2) Why are even you calling AfD "far right"? What's your definition? It's a subjective term, rarely if ever defined before being used, typically meant to cast aspersion without having to make an actual argument against the "far right" entity.

    RadicalCenter,

    two comments. Prior disclosure: I’m German.

    (1) I entirely agree with your criticism of the “far right” label for the AfD. Over time, that label has become almost devoid of any content. Today it is essentially just denunciatory establishment speak to smear anyone not subscribing 110 per cent to their globalist and equalist agenda.

    (2) Re your point of a majority of Germans NOT being tired of self-flagellation, Muslim and African mass immigration, etc. since they still voted for establishment parties, you’re technically correct of course. However, humans are not automatons (good), and often even irrational to the point of ignoring their vital self-interests (bad): Think battered wives, American Jews still overwhelmingly supporting Democrats, etc.

    So, many Germans still voted establishment even though they have strong sympathies for the AfD, or at least for AfD positions. Propaganda has its effects though, and relentless propaganda has even stronger ones, so many were made insecure and even cowed by the constant MSM anti-AfD drumbeat, declaring them right-wing extremist, Nazis or at least crypto-Nazis, anyhow beyond the pale in myriad ways. As a result, many people felt that they would become tainted somehow, in their minds / souls / hearts / whatever, if they cast a ballot for such “impure” folks, and if it became known in their social circles they might even be ostracized.

    I personally know of several such cases, of one variant or the other, among my (West German) acquaintances. Interestingly, most of them are seniors, so in addition to their perhaps being more malleable due to a self-perception of increasing frailty they tend to have decades of loyalty to one or the other of the establishment parties under their belt, which makes the transition to an anti-establishment position and to “coming out of the closet” even more difficult for them.

    Yes, it’s not rational, but that’s the reality of the human mind, and therefore of political landscapes too. It’s always a long, hard slog to change things, let alone turn them around. But la lotta continua, as the communists used to say.

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    Yep, older people are the hardest to convince. Their childhood and early years (what we all imprint for our lives) was spent in an overwhelmingly white country (Germany and the U.S.) and they continue to live in white neighborhoods so it's difficult for them to accept/understand the magnitude of the changes around them.

    I'm young enough that I've seen with my own eyes the changes in society while also knowing what things were like, especially since I grew up in the Midwest. In a sense, I know what the 1950s looked like, and I know what 2017 looks like. It's a tragedy, an unnecessary tragedy.

    Older people will never change. Older Germans will always fear being labeled a Nazi. Older Americans will always fear being labeled a racist.

    Younger people know better. We stay silent because we'll get fired from our jobs, not because we believe the rhetoric. That's a huge difference. We only need a tiny bit of organization and support, and the damn will break. That's not the case with older people, Pat excluded.
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  15. Jason Liu says:
    @longfisher
    The name Hayley Geftman-Gold of CBS is mentioned above with the supposition that her utterly hateful statements are more common than many think.

    I don't know and, therefore, don't care to comment on the validity of that statement. But I would like to point out that CBS almost instantaneously fired her...seemingly without reservation...despite what may be her Jewish religion or her political orientation (I don't know the lady or know of her, so, I'm not in a position to speak of her religion of political persuasion).

    In the wake of the substantial controversy over Philip's article which suggested that Jewish neoconservatives weren't patriotic Americans but rather had dual loyalties (for which suggestion there is ample evidence) and in the wake of his firings / isolation it's refreshing to see that at least some behavior by Jews is still unacceptable in America and can result in their own firing.

    Oh, and I believe the owner of CBS is Jewish. Maybe even the Jews have come to believe that some Jews can go too far.

    Go on Twitter right now and you’ll find tons of people expressing sentiments similar to Geftman-Gold’s. Almost all are white women, some Jewish, many not.

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  16. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @Lawrence Fitton
    the over-reaction by madrid may stoke the catalans to vengeance. who was the idiot who ordered in the club-wielding national police?
    this ain't over. nope.

    the over-reaction by madrid may stoke the catalans to vengeance. who was the idiot who ordered in the club-wielding national police?
    this ain’t over. nope.

    It took a long time for PM Rajoy to put together a shaky government after the previous election. I expect the motive behind the Catalan (non) election is to provoke a crisis and bring down the government.

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  17. Ohm says:

    The title of the article should be “Moment of Unity in a Disintegrating WEST”. The rest of the world is not disintegrating but rather building and consolidating progress.

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  18. @Mark James
    It's time to ban machine guns. You say that they are? We'll not really, mods do the trick.
    More of this is on the way. We all know it. Praying isn't enough. Neither is lamenting 'this is the price of freedom.' To sit back mired in the deadly sin of Sloth is to countenance these mass-murder crimes.

    Trucks and bombs seem to do a pretty good job of killing in Europe.

    Besides, those machine guns may come in handy someday. Unlikely, but that’s what insurance is for, isn’t it.

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  19. Shame on you, Pat, for perpetuating the term “far-right” for groups that simply want their people to survive and live among their own.

    You – of all people – should know better.

    Other than that, as always, well done. It’s amazing how early you saw all of this coming. You’re America’s Enoch Powell.

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    "Shame on you, Pat, for perpetuating the term “far-right” for groups that simply want their people to survive and live among their own."

    Pat speaks the truth here (finally). No different than the far-left who uses every situation as being racist and sexist as their cudgel.

    There is a difference between mainstream conservatives and liberals and their radical counterparts. We are...Normies. But, to the Coalition of the Fringes, we are "cucks" or "defenders of white privilege".

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  20. @Walser
    RadicalCenter,

    two comments. Prior disclosure: I'm German.

    (1) I entirely agree with your criticism of the "far right" label for the AfD. Over time, that label has become almost devoid of any content. Today it is essentially just denunciatory establishment speak to smear anyone not subscribing 110 per cent to their globalist and equalist agenda.

    (2) Re your point of a majority of Germans NOT being tired of self-flagellation, Muslim and African mass immigration, etc. since they still voted for establishment parties, you're technically correct of course. However, humans are not automatons (good), and often even irrational to the point of ignoring their vital self-interests (bad): Think battered wives, American Jews still overwhelmingly supporting Democrats, etc.

    So, many Germans still voted establishment even though they have strong sympathies for the AfD, or at least for AfD positions. Propaganda has its effects though, and relentless propaganda has even stronger ones, so many were made insecure and even cowed by the constant MSM anti-AfD drumbeat, declaring them right-wing extremist, Nazis or at least crypto-Nazis, anyhow beyond the pale in myriad ways. As a result, many people felt that they would become tainted somehow, in their minds / souls / hearts / whatever, if they cast a ballot for such "impure" folks, and if it became known in their social circles they might even be ostracized.

    I personally know of several such cases, of one variant or the other, among my (West German) acquaintances. Interestingly, most of them are seniors, so in addition to their perhaps being more malleable due to a self-perception of increasing frailty they tend to have decades of loyalty to one or the other of the establishment parties under their belt, which makes the transition to an anti-establishment position and to "coming out of the closet" even more difficult for them.

    Yes, it's not rational, but that's the reality of the human mind, and therefore of political landscapes too. It's always a long, hard slog to change things, let alone turn them around. But la lotta continua, as the communists used to say.

    Yep, older people are the hardest to convince. Their childhood and early years (what we all imprint for our lives) was spent in an overwhelmingly white country (Germany and the U.S.) and they continue to live in white neighborhoods so it’s difficult for them to accept/understand the magnitude of the changes around them.

    I’m young enough that I’ve seen with my own eyes the changes in society while also knowing what things were like, especially since I grew up in the Midwest. In a sense, I know what the 1950s looked like, and I know what 2017 looks like. It’s a tragedy, an unnecessary tragedy.

    Older people will never change. Older Germans will always fear being labeled a Nazi. Older Americans will always fear being labeled a racist.

    Younger people know better. We stay silent because we’ll get fired from our jobs, not because we believe the rhetoric. That’s a huge difference. We only need a tiny bit of organization and support, and the damn will break. That’s not the case with older people, Pat excluded.

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    "I’m young enough that I’ve seen with my own eyes the changes in society while also knowing what things were like, especially since I grew up in the Midwest. In a sense, I know what the 1950s looked like, and I know what 2017 looks like. It’s a tragedy, an unnecessary tragedy."

    Nostalgia is a mother. We tend to focus exclusively on our own upbringing as being idyllic, as being totally representative of how life had been. Certainly, we share common experiences with people raised in a similar environment. But that environment shielded us from other aspects of Americana that to us does not jibe with how we were born and raised. For example, the 1950's was not Leave It To Beaver, it was more like Rebel Without A Cause.
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  21. Corvinus says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Shame on you, Pat, for perpetuating the term "far-right" for groups that simply want their people to survive and live among their own.

    You - of all people - should know better.

    Other than that, as always, well done. It's amazing how early you saw all of this coming. You're America's Enoch Powell.

    “Shame on you, Pat, for perpetuating the term “far-right” for groups that simply want their people to survive and live among their own.”

    Pat speaks the truth here (finally). No different than the far-left who uses every situation as being racist and sexist as their cudgel.

    There is a difference between mainstream conservatives and liberals and their radical counterparts. We are…Normies. But, to the Coalition of the Fringes, we are “cucks” or “defenders of white privilege”.

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  22. Corvinus says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Yep, older people are the hardest to convince. Their childhood and early years (what we all imprint for our lives) was spent in an overwhelmingly white country (Germany and the U.S.) and they continue to live in white neighborhoods so it's difficult for them to accept/understand the magnitude of the changes around them.

    I'm young enough that I've seen with my own eyes the changes in society while also knowing what things were like, especially since I grew up in the Midwest. In a sense, I know what the 1950s looked like, and I know what 2017 looks like. It's a tragedy, an unnecessary tragedy.

    Older people will never change. Older Germans will always fear being labeled a Nazi. Older Americans will always fear being labeled a racist.

    Younger people know better. We stay silent because we'll get fired from our jobs, not because we believe the rhetoric. That's a huge difference. We only need a tiny bit of organization and support, and the damn will break. That's not the case with older people, Pat excluded.

    “I’m young enough that I’ve seen with my own eyes the changes in society while also knowing what things were like, especially since I grew up in the Midwest. In a sense, I know what the 1950s looked like, and I know what 2017 looks like. It’s a tragedy, an unnecessary tragedy.”

    Nostalgia is a mother. We tend to focus exclusively on our own upbringing as being idyllic, as being totally representative of how life had been. Certainly, we share common experiences with people raised in a similar environment. But that environment shielded us from other aspects of Americana that to us does not jibe with how we were born and raised. For example, the 1950′s was not Leave It To Beaver, it was more like Rebel Without A Cause.

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    I guess it's like the blind men touching an elephant. They all have different impressions of what an elephant is like. I can only speak from my own experience, but I'm old enough that I actually grew up in the '50's, and it was more like Leave it to Beaver than Rebel Without a Cause.
    , @Sparkon

    We tend to focus exclusively on our own upbringing as being idyllic.
     
    We focus on our own upbringing because it's all we know.

    But in the 50s, and early 60s, the country was entirely functional. Everything worked smoothly. The bus was always on time. Jobs were plentiful. Big crowds downtown, with packed Saturday matinées full of exuberant Baby Boomers, including yours truly. Some young folks even paired up to make out in the dark sections of the balcony. What scandals!

    I never locked my bike as a kid, and it was never stolen.

    The 1950′s was not Leave It To Beaver, it was more like Rebel Without A Cause.
     
    Maybe in your neck of the woods, but not mine. Almost all of that rebellion--I suggest-- was pure Hollywood.

    Certainly, nobody in my Midwestern milieu wanted to be, or look like "a greaser." Our parents had lived through the Great Depression as children and teens, and then had to fight in WWII. They did what they could to help us avoid those deprivations and sacrifices, and nobody wanted to look like they were poor.

    Part of the Great American Dream has always been about escaping poverty. Many of my generation's parents had been there, done that, and they didn't want that for their children, and who would?

    Nobody rebelled precisely because there was no cause. Life was good. We had it made. All you had to do was stay out of trouble, and "keep your nose clean."

    Elvis seems to have been modeled on Brando in The Wild One, and Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. I thought he was creepy, and a poser. 'Dude couldn't dance to save his ass; he just flailed his thighs. 'Good songs, for the most part, but a little too syrupy at times. I liked "Return to Sender," "Devil in Disguise," "All Shook Up", and "Don't be Cruel." I tried to check out Rolling Stone's Top 10 Elvis songs, but instead of a list, they give you a slide show, one song at a time, one click at a time. Whoever said all the smart people were being absorbed by internet jobs must be looking at different web pages than I do.

    But Elvis, Dean, and Brando--and their ilk-- were the role models being pushed by the mainstream media throughout the 50s, and beyond: Punk bad boys, and they're still around, posing.

    For good role models, a young guy had to look to sports. When I was still 4, my best friend came down the street and showed me a baseball card. It was Mickey Mantle, his rookie year, and from that point on, I had my golden hero, who delivered.
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    @Corvinus
    "I’m young enough that I’ve seen with my own eyes the changes in society while also knowing what things were like, especially since I grew up in the Midwest. In a sense, I know what the 1950s looked like, and I know what 2017 looks like. It’s a tragedy, an unnecessary tragedy."

    Nostalgia is a mother. We tend to focus exclusively on our own upbringing as being idyllic, as being totally representative of how life had been. Certainly, we share common experiences with people raised in a similar environment. But that environment shielded us from other aspects of Americana that to us does not jibe with how we were born and raised. For example, the 1950's was not Leave It To Beaver, it was more like Rebel Without A Cause.

    I guess it’s like the blind men touching an elephant. They all have different impressions of what an elephant is like. I can only speak from my own experience, but I’m old enough that I actually grew up in the ’50′s, and it was more like Leave it to Beaver than Rebel Without a Cause.

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  24. Sparkon says:
    @Corvinus
    "I’m young enough that I’ve seen with my own eyes the changes in society while also knowing what things were like, especially since I grew up in the Midwest. In a sense, I know what the 1950s looked like, and I know what 2017 looks like. It’s a tragedy, an unnecessary tragedy."

    Nostalgia is a mother. We tend to focus exclusively on our own upbringing as being idyllic, as being totally representative of how life had been. Certainly, we share common experiences with people raised in a similar environment. But that environment shielded us from other aspects of Americana that to us does not jibe with how we were born and raised. For example, the 1950's was not Leave It To Beaver, it was more like Rebel Without A Cause.

    We tend to focus exclusively on our own upbringing as being idyllic.

    We focus on our own upbringing because it’s all we know.

    But in the 50s, and early 60s, the country was entirely functional. Everything worked smoothly. The bus was always on time. Jobs were plentiful. Big crowds downtown, with packed Saturday matinées full of exuberant Baby Boomers, including yours truly. Some young folks even paired up to make out in the dark sections of the balcony. What scandals!

    I never locked my bike as a kid, and it was never stolen.

    The 1950′s was not Leave It To Beaver, it was more like Rebel Without A Cause.

    Maybe in your neck of the woods, but not mine. Almost all of that rebellion–I suggest– was pure Hollywood.

    Certainly, nobody in my Midwestern milieu wanted to be, or look like “a greaser.” Our parents had lived through the Great Depression as children and teens, and then had to fight in WWII. They did what they could to help us avoid those deprivations and sacrifices, and nobody wanted to look like they were poor.

    Part of the Great American Dream has always been about escaping poverty. Many of my generation’s parents had been there, done that, and they didn’t want that for their children, and who would?

    Nobody rebelled precisely because there was no cause. Life was good. We had it made. All you had to do was stay out of trouble, and “keep your nose clean.”

    Elvis seems to have been modeled on Brando in The Wild One, and Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. I thought he was creepy, and a poser. ‘Dude couldn’t dance to save his ass; he just flailed his thighs. ‘Good songs, for the most part, but a little too syrupy at times. I liked “Return to Sender,” “Devil in Disguise,” “All Shook Up”, and “Don’t be Cruel.” I tried to check out Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Elvis songs, but instead of a list, they give you a slide show, one song at a time, one click at a time. Whoever said all the smart people were being absorbed by internet jobs must be looking at different web pages than I do.

    But Elvis, Dean, and Brando–and their ilk– were the role models being pushed by the mainstream media throughout the 50s, and beyond: Punk bad boys, and they’re still around, posing.

    For good role models, a young guy had to look to sports. When I was still 4, my best friend came down the street and showed me a baseball card. It was Mickey Mantle, his rookie year, and from that point on, I had my golden hero, who delivered.

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