Quote of the Day – Angelo Codevilla Edition

From his review of Michael Anton’s new book, The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return in the Clairmont Review of Books, The Election to End All Elections:

They (the Ruling Class) do not believe they have to worry about controlling their own violent troops because they are sure that they have nothing to fear from conservatives. That is because conservatives have continued to believe that the United States’s institutions and those who run them retain legitimacy. Conservative complaisance made possible a half-century of Progressive rule’s abuse. 

When the belief in that legitimacy goes away, they’re going to get a hell of a shock. 

As always with Prof. Codevilla, read the whole thing.


Suicide of the Liberals, by Gary Saul Morson.


Between 1900 and 1917, waves of unprecedented terror struck Russia. Several parties professing incompatible ideologies competed (and cooperated) in causing havoc.

Instead of the pendulum’s swinging back—a metaphor of inevitability that excuses people from taking a stand—the killing grew and grew, both in numbers and in cruelty.

How did educated, liberal society respond to such terrorism? What was the position of the Constitutional Democratic (Kadet) Party and its deputies in the Duma (the parliament set up in 1905)? Though Kadets advocated democratic, constitutional procedures, and did not themselves engage in ­terrorism, they aided the terrorists in any way they could. Kadets collected money for terrorists, turned their homes into safe houses, and called for total amnesty for arrested terrorists who pledged to continue the mayhem.

One sometimes hears that “the pendulum is bound to swing back.” But how does one know there is a pendulum at all, rather than—let us say—a snowball accelerating downhill? It is unwise to comfort oneself with metaphors. When a party is willing to push its power as far as it can go, it will keep going until it meets sufficient opposition.

Seriously.  Read it.  History doesn’t repeat, but it very often rhymes.

Going to Blogorado!

I attended Blogorado for the first time in 2017.  I missed it in 2018 due to my illness.  I tried as hard as I could to make it to the 2019 gathering, but that effort ended in disaster when I managed to blow up the engine in my truck, stranding me in Las Vegas, NM.  That was the most expensive vacation (that wasn’t) I’ve ever experienced in my life.  I could’ve taken my wife to Tahiti for what that ended up costing.

Blogorado 2020 is this weekend.  I leave tomorrow.  I’ve never needed a vacation this badly in my life.

I’m taking the T-shirts I had made for last year:  

That’s “the most photographed barn in Colorado.”  It’s gone, now, but not forgotten.

Them’s Fightin’ Words (Quote of the Day – Glenn Reynolds Edition)

 I have said repeatedly that some time beginning in the 1960’s the Left’s infiltration of education, media and politics kicked into high gear.  A few years later, they had control of all three.  That was the period when the Right stopped being their “loyal opposition” and became “The Enemy.”  Opposition to Leftist ideology and policy wasn’t from ignorance or misunderstanding, not because those on the Right were too stupid to understand (though that was part of it), it was because the Right was evil.  Only an evil person could oppose such obviously correct thought.

What do you do with evil? 

You don’t debate with evil. You don’t negotiate with evil.  You certainly don’t compromise with evil.

You placate evil while you look around for a rock sufficient to bash its head in.  You DESTROY evil.

We’re past the placation stage.

The Left has been “Othering” the Right for at least the last forty years, basically since Reagan was elected.  The evidence is everywhere.  Here’s an example:

There’s lots more.  Andy Ngo, Aaron Danielson, Bernell Trammell, Adam Haner, and many others have been the recipients of the tolerance, caring and acceptance of the Left, and I imagine that after November 3 there will be a whole lot more.  

Today at Instapundit was this post by Stephen Green comparing 2020 America to 1917 Russia, but Prof. Reynolds tacked on the QotD:

I don’t think it’s 1917. But in 1917, it’s obvious in retrospect that the only moral and practical thing to do was to kill Bolsheviks, starting at the top. An unparalleled human tragedy could have been prevented, had the Czarists, or the Mensheviks, been willing to act appropriately.