Ben Sasse: Evangelical Midwit

My sons go to public school where the parents of most children are liberal white suburban yuppies with disordered private lives. We take turns taking each-other’s children to school. One of the mothers post pictures of herself at the recent Women’s March wearing a vagina hat laced with obscenities about our president. My son will come home talking about what his classmates said about Trump, which is what their parents say about Trump. This is a hopelessly awful thing to burden children with. Nevertheless, it provides an opportunity to explain Romans 13 which says that we must honor and obey all lawful authorities appointed over us unless it means disobeying God. I get to remind my sons that we prayed for President Obama when he was president and I didn’t utter a word against him though I thought he was an enemy of most of what I believe in. I get to remind them that first century Christians prayed for Nero who threw them to the lions and burned them at the stake. I ask them, “How much worse would our rulers be if we didn’t pray for them?” I try to be a sharply-contrasting example for my children compared to these unbelieving parents who exemplify only the palace politics of an empire in its twilight and the mores of a decadent civilization.

In the fray of these politics is Evangelical midwit Ben Sasse. When he was first elected as Nebraska senator, I heard praise from him in even Reformed circles. As he emerged as a leading Never Trumper, I noted that he had done little real work in his life. His resume is a laughable example of bureaucratic non-work – of someone who prefers to be rather than do. Now that Donald Trump is president, Ben Sasse takes often to Twitter to rail against Trump. (You’ll have to correct me if I’m wrong about this since I don’t have a Twitter account). How does Senator Sasse obey Romans 13 if he’s constantly failing to honor the elected president?

Aaron Renn exposes more shortcomings of the man in his excellent newsletter, “The Masculinist (#13):

Sasse does not forthrightly address any of the serious problems facing America’s youth with any proposed solutions that might get him into the slightest bit of hot water. (He did give family breakdown a mention, but did nothing with it). The kids growing up in white working class communities with rampant family breakdown, unstable employment, drugs, etc. have much bigger problems in life than learning how to travel well. Drug addicted parents are injecting babies with opioids to make them stop crying (true story). There’s one woman I know personally who had four kids by three
different fathers, two of whom were brothers. And who went though a significant stretch to drug addiction where she was completely out of the picture while her kids where raised by grandparents. Those kids face serious problems. (Two of them have already had out of wedlock children of their own, one of them already with multiple partners). Similarly, a black teenager in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood faces much bigger problems than his summer reading list.
Sasse, despite all of his pretention to moral superiority, despite his constant anti-Trump preening, despite all of his Evangelical faith, despite being a US senator, is unwilling to stand up in the public square and say unpopular things to confront the serious problems in America, ones not amenable to uncontroversial feel-good solutions like “consume less.”

Now to the meat of his post:


I was speaking with one pastor who is a national council member of the Gospel Coalition. He’s a classic neutral worlder who strongly disapproves of Trump. But he notes that the Millennials in his congregation are in effect Biblically illiterate and have a definition of God’s justice that is taken from secular leftist politics. They did not, for example, see anything at all problematic about Hillary Clinton and her views. A generation or so from now when these people are the leaders, they won’t be people keeping unpopular positions to themselves. They won’t have any unpopular positions to hide. They will be completely assimilated to the world. Only their ethics will no longer be Hillary’s, but the new fashion du jour.
Rather than a mass blowout then, Evangelicalism would thus die from a slow bleed, much as the mainlines and the Church of England did before them. Indeed, today’s Evangelicals are retracing the steps of the mainlines. The parallels with the late 19th/early 20th centuries are there and should be studied. Back then, for example, virtually all of the sophisticated intellectual and cultural types – the cultural engagers of their day – sided with the world and became today’s liberal mainlines. Many of the ones who remained orthodox, like Gresham Machen, paid a huge price for doing
so – largely inflicted by their erstwhile brethren who assimilated. As it turns out, intellectuals are very easy to co-opt with a few trinkets. It looks like it’s happening again. Almost every Evangelical institution I know is explicitly
reformulating itself around secular social gospel principles, even if they wouldn’t use those words to describe it. There will be residual beliefs in place, but over time they could dissipate to nothing. (Remember, the liberal mainlines didn’t go from A to B overnight. It was a long process. For example, earlier this year I read a book by famed early 20th century liberal preacher Henry Emerson Fosdick that contained things so reactionary that even many “conservative” pastors today would be unwilling to write them).
Practically speaking, folks like Ben Sasse might obtain great sinecures for themselves, but they will never effect any real, positive change in the world. And their attractiveness to others will dwindle over time and their Christianity will fade into the background and ultimately disappear. On the conservative side, we already see this happening in the form of JD Vance, a younger guy in the Sasse mold, but one who holds to a curiously vague Christianity. All we really know about his beliefs is that he doesn’t like rural Pentecostalism. The more liberal types are already cultural
epigones. They have nothing to offer the world that I can’t already get in a better form direct from the secular source.

How does this relate to masculinity, you might ask? Again, because embracing a loss of status, saying unpopular things that will get you in trouble – these things take balls.

Sasse is just another example of the uselessness of evangelicalism and how it’s just trending into mainstream SJW liberalism as mainline Protestantism collapsed in the early 20th century into mainstream atheism. It’s good for nothing: salt that has lost its saltiness and must be thrown out. Unless there is an immediate work of extraordinary Providence such as a new Reformation, I wouldn’t expect improvements in the Western church and therefore the West in 100 years. Control and worry about what you can such as how you raise your family and where you go to church. You control very little else.

Digital Privacy

At church this morning, I talked to a former Marine this morning who said that the intel guys used to give arrested Afghans back their flip phones after releasing them because they could activate the flip phone remotely if they knew the serial number of the phone. There is apparently a backdoor even on flip-phones with no iOS or Android, hence the need for a faraday bag.

The response from one bystander was that I was paranoid and had no expectation of privacy. I asked, “What about the 4th and 5th amendments, and if those amendments were void, what about the 1st?” I got some non-response about how everything would be sorted out by God and I should get used to persecution. I replied, “Didn’t Paul use his Roman citizenship to affect the outcome of his own persecution?” Another poor response followed about how things would get worse and worse until the day of Judgment and there was nothing we could do.

The Augustinian and Protestant belief and the teaching of Scripture is that there are two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Man. The former is an invisible theocracy that is “not of this world” as Jesus said to Pilate with a visible component known as the Christian church. The latter – the kingdom of man – is common to all men. The rules in the common kingdom are governed by the light of nature and are also found in the second Table of the Law (Commandments 5-10). The governments of the common kingdom is as diverse as man though divinely-ordained as a matter of ordinary providence to restrain evil. As a Christian, you have obligations to both kingdoms. For this reason, you have a job working with your hands, pay taxes, and obey lawful authorities over you. The obligations of self-rule (democracy and representative republic) are greater because we’ve been given greater freedom to govern ourselves. The greater gifts comes greater responsibility. Under Nero, circumstances for first century Christians were different and Christians expected less from the government and participated less other than to obey the government as far as it meant also obeying God and paying taxes.

Thus the response of these evangelical brothers was hopelessly foolish. If the government or a big tech company is infringing on our Constitutional rights, we have obligations to work with our federal, state and local representatives in a respectful manner for change. Too many Evangelicals have a bunker mentality where they refuse to interact with government institutions other than voting or contributing to the Homeschool Legal Defense Fund. Mostly, their children do not grow up with a saving knowledge of their religion, so they aren’t keeping their obligations to God’s kingdom either. Obviously, this brand of Christianity is wholly unsuited for either God’s kingdom or man’s kingdom. Salt that has thus lost its saltiness must be thrown out.

As an aside, this got me wondering, have American Christians impeded the development of better governance throughout the world by exporting their half-baked version of Christianity which is evangelicalism? We look at Africa and wonder why so many of the peoples and governments are in such disorder, but then we’ve been shipping them the cult upon which they are building their culture for the past 100 years which, coincidentally, was period when the European colonial powers evacuated. There was a period of better evangelism in the 19th century when Anglican and Presbyterian missionaries went to Africa, but that was when it was the white man’s graveyard due to cholera other vector-borne illnesses thus it’s unclear how much high-church Anglicanism and Calvinism penetrated the Dark Continent. Prior to that, we were enslaving Africans and exporting their resources. Other parts of Africa have, of course, fallen increasingly under the Sword of Mohammed. This seems to have happened on the watch of the Western colonial powers also. It has been 60-70 years since the European powers left and I used to scoff at the idea that it was the Europeans’ fault that Africa was so chaotic, but now I think we share half the blame.

Coming back to the issue of digital privacy and a worsening world until the Parousia, I think we need MORE knowledge of digital privacy like the Chinese Christians, rather than less as the ostrich-like evangelical claimed. From what I’ve been reading about latest ChiCom persecution of Chinese Christians, Chinese Christians are are pretty tech-savvy. They used encrypted USB sticks, VPNs, and chats. They probably know when and where they can use cell phones. They probably have some way of storing cash. They might even know how to beat facial recognition by using certain types of face paint or clothing. I told my evangelical brother that we need to work with our representatives to make this type of surveillance illegal. He scoffed at this idea. I suppose that means he has a plan to deal with it if it’s ever used here? Wait, it already is. Amazon is selling facial recognition technology ubiquitously. I hope he’s prepared for persecution that the other brother claimed was inevitable, but he doesn’t even know his Bible.

If there’s any lesson to be learned from this disappointing conversation this morning, it’s that you need to surround yourself with like-minded, thinking Christians in a real church. People who can’t think critically or Biblically are not going to be much use if times get tough.

How can American Christians prepare for the coming troubles?

As I’ll explain later in the series on the Olivet Discourse, you can read the times just as you can read the weather and seasons and know what’s ahead with some degree of certainty. You can’t know the exact form it will take, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare. It’s obvious we’re in a cultural collapse that will take at least a generation to recover from if a new Reformation began today since the cult begets the culture. Western culture is based on Christianity and Rome. When Christianity is removed, only Rome remains. Many ministers have said that our culture looks more and more like the first century Roman empire each day but instead of the cult of emperor worship, our government holds to the ideology of cultural Marxism. Anyone who does not subscribe to this ideology is thrown into the outer darkness. Why be alone in the cultural outer darkness? Outside the camp (Hebrews 13:13) is the Christian church, which is the only place Western culture still exists. You can still find good churches in the United States.

Bill Lind on 4th Generation Warfare

If you don’t read Bill Lind, you should. He’s a conservative, a Christian, and, ironically, one of the only people who understands how to shore-up the nation-state system begun at the Peace of Westphalia. For ideological and monetary reasons, no one is taking his advice. Ultimately, the nation-state system was possible among European peoples only because of the disciplinary revolution caused by the Reformation. As Western people retreated from their colonies, they left nation-states among the people they once governed and these people have been unable to maintain them, particularly in Africa. India seems to be on a path of more partition. The Islamic states are a mixed-bag but are mostly held together with infusions of Western money for oil in the Arab states or offshoring in the Islamic states of the Indian Ocean. The Phillipines remains Asia’s sick man. China is a vast, highly unstable empire that Xi Xinping appears to be trying to with a velvet glove over an iron fist. His crackdown on Christians, Muslims, and Tibetans will require him to crackdown on everyone else which will backfire.

In the non-Western world, the nation-state is clearly in decline. It is clearly in decline in the Western world as well. The loss of homogenous, Protestant Christian polities in territories ruled as nation-states will cause Western people to assume alternative primary loyalties. The immigrants coming to the West never assumed the identities of their nation-state hosts in the first place.

In the following video, Bill Lind explains warfare in the future and the decline of the nation-state system. I believe it’s accelerating, especially as it runs out of money. Like Lind, I believe states are held-together by money (mammon) and very little else.

The Coming Crackup of the US III

To gain perspective and wisdom about the death of the United States, we need to understand it in the larger context of history. In this post and following, we will see what the Bible says about historical patterns found throughout this present evil age (the age between Jesus’ first and second coming) and its culmination at the day of judgment. We will do this through the lens of the Olivet Discourse which was Jesus’ key eschatological (end times) teaching before his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.

The Olivet Discourse is recorded in Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. It is important to read all three versions of it since they all give a different perspective. It is also important to realize the Discourse relies on all the other parables Jesus told about the present evil age, the day of judgment, and the age to come.

Beginning with Matthew 24, Jesus tells a parable about the destruction of the temple and signs of the end. The parable is confusing because it is general and specific. It is general in the sense that it intermingles signs of the end with specific information about the destruction of the temple. The signs of the end are actually a description of the pattern of the period between Jesus’ first and second coming, which Peter describes as “these last days.” The destruction of the temple (v 1-2) is the end of not only the physical structure but also the culture of Second Temple Judaism which also serves as an example of wicked cultures reaching their full measure of iniquity (Luke 21:22) and being swept away between Jesus’ first and second coming. Beginning in verse 3, Jesus begins answering the question


“…when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

That Jesus concludes this first paragraph with an analogy to childbirth is significant. This is the main idea of the whole paragraph. What is childbirth like? It starts with mild contractions that get stronger and closer together until the baby is born. Thus Jesus is saying, “things are going to get worse and worse more frequently as the Day of Judgment draws near.” He continues in verses 9-14

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

There will be false teachers, persecution, betrayal and the love of most will grow cold because of the increase of wickedness. The “increase of wickedness” is an idea from Genesis 6: the world before the Flood where man had multiplied greatly, were doing whatever they wanted in marriage, and wickedness, frivolity and cynicism had increased to the point that it required God’s intervention. Wickedness has increased not only because there are a lot more people, but also because those people were more wicked. This is very similar to our day where the Earth’s population is now over 7 billion and projected to reach 10-12 billion sometime this century. More people will result in much more wickedness and men’s hearts will grow colder towards one-another, meaning that friendship will become increasingly rare. Jesus resumes the Flood motif later in verse 37. Peter gives another perspective on the days of Noah before the Flood in 2 Peter 3


This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

The period before the flood was not only filled with frivolity and sexual immorality, but also cynicism and scoffing. In the days of Noah, unbelievers scoffed at the huge ark he was building when it had never rained. He warned them that a Flood was coming. In the same way, Jesus warned the cynics and scoffers of Second Temple Judaism. The Sadduccees cynically asking Jesus about a resurrection when they didn’t believe in it. He told them there was going to be a day of judgment. The Pharisees scoffed at Jesus’ observation of the Law when they failed to keep it themselves. He told them they were going to Hell. Herodians lived just for pleasure and in Acts we read about Herod being struck down by an angel and worms eating his guts. Pilate, the least guilty of them all, cynically asked, “What is truth?” But most egregious example of cynicism and scoffing was their rejection and crucifixion of the Son of God. Vengeance came upon them in AD 70 at the hands of Titus, son of Vespasian. Titus killed an estimated 1.5-2 million Jews in a time where the world’s population was estimated to be around 231 million people. Legend has it that the first century Christians escaped because they read the Olivet Discourse and understood the implications of Rome’s invasion.

Imagine yourself as first century Christian of Jewish descent in AD 70. Your entire cultural heritage is about to be wiped off the planet. Jews want to defend Jerusalem and part of you wants to join them but they persecuted you for your faith (read the book of Hebrews) and crucified the Son of God saying, “Give us Barabbas!” who was a murderer. The Jews defending Jerusalem end up dividing in three factions and killing one-another in AD 67 until a final unified stand in AD 70 when it was too late. This brings to mind Matthew 24:10-11: “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,  and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. ”  Meanwhile, these Jewish factions won’t let noncombatants leave the city despite Titus’ entreaties for them to surrender for mercy. The Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, instead of picking up their ARs and joining their Jewish kinsmen to defend Jerusalem and ultimately their relatives and culture, wisely heed Jesus’ advice to “flee to the mountains” letting the “dead bury their own dead.” Had they not, they would’ve been trapped in the city first by their own ethnic kinsmen and later by the Romans. They would’ve been slaughtered and they would’ve deserved it because they failed to heed Jesus’ warnings about the destruction coming upon Jerusalem.

Does this incident and the Olivet Discourse have wider implications for Christians today? It does. Next time, we will unpack them.

The Coming Crackup of the US II

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand.” Mark 3:24

The Democrats are a coalition of enemies united by a common enemy and by plunder. Raging against the common enemy, white males, generates the election turnout but the effect is plundering the tax-base of white males. Who forms this coalition? Corporations, bureaucrats, feminists, single women, mostly-white homosexuals, mostly-white aging Baby Boomer hippies, their children, and liberal children of conservatives, Latin Americans, Asians, blacks, Jews and Muslims.

Judging by the ethnic make-up of those leading press conferences, this coalition has been led by Jews and whites who know how to work the system and offer handouts and legislation to the right people to get out the vote. The handouts have gone to gays and IV drug users (vagrants) for free medical care and affordable housing, and to Latin Americans and to blacks for food stamps, free medical care, and affordable housing. Latin Americans, Muslims, and Asians have been rewarded with legislation and governance that amounts to open borders. Whenever possible, they’ve weaponized state and federal agencies to coerce counties, cities, and organizations and individuals who don’t go along with their program. This has had the effect of growing the non-white component of their voting base while diminishing their enemies. California, which elected Ronald Reagan, is now only 35% white conservative and all white conservatives are talking about leaving. The shift in demographics, however, is going to be a real disaster for the leaders of the rainbow coalition of traitors.

For example, Jews and homosexuals march in favor of Muslims, but when was the last time you saw Muslims at gay pride parades? Remember the Orlando night club shooting where a Muslim G4S employee shot about 70 homosexuals? Gays and Muslims are on a collision course of epic proportions because gays have loved to push their agenda on children in the public schools but Muslims will refuse this. I expect increasing violence by Muslims against gays and for Muslims to thwart the gay and transgender agenda when they increase in power.

Muslims are also virulently anti-semitic. The first thing the latest crop of Somali Muslim congresswomen did when taking office was discuss divestment from Israel. The Israel Party has always been Republican evangelicals and Jewish Democrats. With the decline of both and the increase of Muslims, the United States’ support of Israel and Jewish influence in the Democratic party will expire. Financially, this is bad for Democrats because Jews supposedly account for 70% of the donations to the Democratic Party. Wealth doesn’t survive through the generations, but children do. Jews don’t have children but Muslims do. I expect Jews also to be shoved out of the coalition.

Muslims and feminists are natural enemies, but feminists appear to be alienating everyone. On one hand, white feminists are trying to keep Muslims in the homosexual/women coalition by re-branding the hijab as the new symbol of feminism. This, of course, brings to mind the dictum, “War is peace; freedom is slavery.” I don’t foresee this having much of an effect other than to encourage Muslim men to put a hijab on as many Western women as they can. Opposite these olive branches Muslim men, feminists are using their velvet fists against their liberal white male and corporate allies with the #MeToo movement. Now liberal men all follow the Mike Pence Rule. Liberal husbands are divorcing their increasingly-shrill, angry feminist wives. Women of color seem to find white feminists revolting as well. In fact, a Woman’s March out here was cancelled because non-white women noticed that the Woman’s March was too white. Feminists have committed the classic blunder of attacking their own allies. This is often called “friendly fire.”

Friendly-fire by hispanics is increasing against the Jewish/liberal Catholic coalition in the midterm elections leading to the latter being pushed out of the coalition. For example, California had two Jewish Senators for 3-4 decades. Jewish Senator Barbara Boxer retired and was replaced amicably by mystery-meat Kamala Harris. The feud between Democratic Jewish incumbent Dianne Feinstein and Democrat Kevin De Leon was much more bitter. She promised to resign so he could run for office but didn’t. The California Democratic Party did not endorse her as De Leon ran against her.

Not only are Jews being replaced quickly, but also their Catholic lackies. In New York, AOC primaried Irish-Catholic liberal Joe Crowley. The latter had served all the special interests named above for decades and was supposed to succeed Catholic Nancy Pelosi as house speaker. Instead, he’s in the dustbin of history. Speaking of Pelosi, she’s either going to die soon or be replaced in her district. She’s not liberal-enough for the crazies in the California Democratic grassroots.

The California Democratic grassroots are separated by age. AOC/Crowley and Feinstein/De Leon beefs are also generational wars. Baby Boomers practice a different type of liberalism than their children. The younger Democrats are totalitarian Marxists of the Frankfurt School type. Aside from the political differences, Millennials and younger generations think their Baby Boomer parents are tone-deaf, disconnected, narcissistic and have practiced a scorch-earth policy towards subsequent generations. Baby Boomer hate is going mainstream and will accelerate when the younger, browner generation realizes we have no money to pay for white Baby Boomer entitlements which amount to $100 trillion.

All of this is bad news for the money arm of the Democratic Party: corporations, corporate billionaires, and the government. The latest liberal Democrat congress is already talking about raising the corporate tax rate that Trump and the Republicans reduced. Some Democrats are talking about raising the top marginal tax rate to 70%. Then there is the Woke legislation on gender, homosexuality, and diversity that makes it hard to do business. In California, Woke legislation that disagrees with federal law combined with the second or third worst business climate in the Union are driving businesses out at an unprecedented rate. The crime, decay, and cost of corporate diversity policies and open borders is making it hard for aspiring corporate officers (middle managers), most of whom are liberal, to establish families.

All of this is happening in good financial times. Unemployment is low and the stock market just had a historic run-up. No amount of wealth is safe from the Dems’ and Repubs’ spending habits though. Truth in Accounting, Pension Tsunami, and the State Data Lab have a mountain of evidence that most public pension funds are deeply underwater and have obligations totaling $4 trillion, roughly the size of our annual budget. Our other entitlements and interest on our national debt amount to $100 trillion. If the Democrats and the nation are so divided in these good financial times, just wait 10 years and another severe market downturn to split these cracks wide-open.

Next time, we’ll examine some possible solutions.

The Coming Crackup of the United States 1

(Updated): Legacy Americans are consistently told by our  elite that the United States is a “Proposition Nation.”  The “proposition” is that anyone can come here and be an American by taking a citizenship class and paying a lot of money to the federal government.  Children born on US soil are given citizenship.  Illegal immigrants are “Americans” simply because they’re here and working.  All 3 of these paths to citizenship rely on “Magic Dirt Theory.” Magic Dirt Theory states that people who come here or are born here are just as good as legacy Americans – if not better! – because of their hard work on US soil (for our elites).

The problem with Magic Dirt Theory is that nations are their people, customs, language and borders, not their foreign wage slaves, invaders, or foreign children.  The real reasons Magic Dirt Theory has been foisted on us is that it benefits the elite in many ways.  The first reason is that it keeps wages low.  This is evident when you look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data.  The bottom three-fifths of wage earners haven’t seen a pay raise in 20-30 years.  Wages for the top fifth have skyrocketed.  Not only do immigrants keep pay low, but they have very little legal recourse with their employers and can be dumped off onto the taxpayer should they be fired or make too much trouble at work.  Employers also don’t have to ensure that they behave after hours.  Immigrants also reliably vote for the leftist Permanent Government, but both Republicans and Democrats love them.  They have bipartisan support which is why our immigration laws are never enforced.  They also drive up property values and thus taxes on Americans who actually pay them.  There are so many reasons the elite love immigrants and hate legacy Americans that it could fill a volume.  Indeed, volumes have been written on this topic.

These new “Americans” don’t identify as Americans, in my experience.  The Asians, at best, refer to themselves as “Asian-American,” or “Korean-American” or “Hindu” or “Muslim.” The Latin Americans usually refer to themselves as “Mexican” or “Guatemalan” or whatever their country of origin and often with a gang affiliation like “White Fence” or “Florencia 13”.  When you ask new Americans if they’re American, they usually just say they have US citizenship.  Due to the pernicious doctrine of multiculturalism, they are not expected to assimilate and due to the death of WASP culture, there’s no culture for them to assimilate into.  Self-identification is also shifting in liberal white “Americans.”  Out here, they fly the California flag or the rainbow flag rather than the American flag. I’ve heard their children say, “I’m not an American, I’m a Californian.”

Meanwhile, legacy Americans are consistently told we’re racist, Nazis, lazy, drug-addicted, “bitter clingers” and that the United States is a multicultural society, not a plurality of united cultures.  Clinging to traditional American assumptions like religion and guns is even considered unpatriotic.  We’re supposed to be “global citizens” which sounds an awful lot like the global proletariat Marxists used to write about.  The elite have made very clear that the United States is not for us, regardless of what we or our fathers have done to till its soil, build its infrastructure, and fight its wars.  I count myself in the “legacy American” category.  My grandfathers fought the Nazis in Europe.  Both were wounded.  One spent 7 months in a POW camp in the East until he was liberated by the Russians who – thank God – didn’t ship him to the gulag as they did to millions of Easterners and German POWs.  Now, it seems, I am a Nazi for thinking and looking like my grandfathers.  What a reversal since 1945!  If the elites believe I’m Not An American, maybe I should emulate these newer, better Americans and stop identifying as one.  I took an oath to God to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  The Constitution has real meaning.  I never took an oath to be an “American,” which now has no meaning in a country held together only by a government system of lawfare and economic activity.

There are many benefits to disconnecting yourself from an identity that no longer fits.  Remember, Boyd said that strategy is disconnecting your enemy from its centers of gravity and connecting to your own, and “… people are most important, ideas come second, and hardware is only third.”  What shall we be?  If you’re a Christian, you already have an identity and American Christians have foolishly identified themselves far too strongly with their nation-state identity.  Christians in America can be thought of as subset of the larger legacy American identity.  I’ve heard Americans refer to themselves as “Amerikaners.”  Simply “Americans” might do.  When I’m asked by a new “American” what I am, I just say I’m an American.  The implication to them is that they’re not and they know it.

The question of identity is taking on some urgency in the twilight of both our republic and the nation-state system.  Once you know who you are, it becomes easier to decide where you should be and what you want.  Pilots use this format when making initial contact with a tower or approach:  who you are, where you are, and what you want.  This sounds a little like Boyd’s “Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA).”  We’ve gone one cycle through the OODA loop in this installment and have tried to get a better understanding of ourselves which is the hardest thing.  In the next installment, we’ll try to understand our adversaries’ rainbow coalition and the assumptions it rests one and how it’s due for a spectacular and hilarious crack-up.  Then we’ll close with a conservative vision for the future that really conserves something.

Update:

Masterpiece Cake Shop owner Jack Phillips has been called a Nazi even though his father fought the Nazis:

His own government has denigrated his beliefs. One Colorado official who decided his case said that religious freedom is a “despicable piece[] of rhetoric” that slave owners, Nazis, and people like Jack use to “hurt others.” (https://goo.gl/gW9Gjb) The reference to Nazis was particularly painful for Jack, whose father served in World War II and helped liberate a concentration camp.

Outro:

Decline in the Fall (or Late Summer, Anyway): by Fred Gibbon