Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Enemy Within

Member of the fifth column with German paratroopers. May 1940.
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Reading the news these days, I have to wonder what is going on with certain groups in the United States. They want: open borders, reparations for sins committed by people long dead, forgiveness of college debt, free health care, free college tuition, ad infinitum...

They can't possibly be serious. Who on Earth is going to pay for all of this?

To my way of thinking, they are not serious, all this nonsense is simply a stalking horse meant to weaken, divide, and eventually overturn the Constitutional government of the United States. These groups are, in essence, and I believe in fact, a Fifth Column.
A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize openly to assist an external attack. This term is also extended to organised actions by military personnel. Clandestine fifth column activities can involve acts of sabotage, disinformation, or espionage executed within defense lines by secret sympathizers with an external force. (Source) 
During the Siege of Madrid in the Spanish Civil War, Nationalist general Emilio Mola told a journalist in 1936 that as his four columns of troops approached Madrid, a "fifth column" of supporters inside the city would support him and undermine the Republican government from within. (Source)
Is there an "enemy group or nation" at play? One could make the argument that Russia, China, and Iran all fit that case. The former two nations have been trying to extend their influence outside of their national borders, while the latter seems to be making a play to control what they call the Persian Gulf (which is what it was called when I was a youth), but which many now call the Arabian Gulf, what the Navy called it when The Nuke's destroyer was patrolling its northern reaches nearly fifteen years ago.

A weakened United States would go far towards allowing those three countries to throw their weight around in many ways. For one thing we can barely afford to keep out Navy maintained and forward as it is now. Start giving away all of that free shite demanded by the progs and we'll be lucky to afford the Coast Guard, let alone a blue water navy of the size needed to keep the oceans free. (Yes, that is our job now, who else can do that? Like it or not, we are the world's police force.)

Given the brouhaha after the last election (which is ongoing and makes me sick to my stomach), it's obvious to me that there are factions within the United States who, if they can't get their way legally, will attempt to do so by nefarious means. They want power, they don't care what the cost of that power is, they don't care who gets hurt in the process. They think they "know better" than the rest of us. Socialism works, but only if the "right sort" of people get to be in charge.

I don't know exactly where all of this is going but I am not liking the possibilities. The American people need to wake up. Our existence as a bastion of freedom is at stake. There are malevolent forces at work in the world. Maybe the apocalypse is coming as foretold, I don't know.

But it gives me pause...



38 comments:

  1. I feel the same pain. I think Western civilisation is tanking very quickly, making the centuries long Fall of Rome look positively reasonable and controlled suicide. The current situation needs strong government and I think, at least in Western Europe, civil war and military coups are not far off.

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    1. Agreed. Rome didn't have the InterNets { :) } and cells to push "news" 24/7 so events progress quickly. People can whipped into a frenzy in minutes rather than days and weeks. Communism started to fall in Europe in late 1989 but in the USA it's started to rise openly courtesy of one political party.

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    2. Spot on, Stewart. I think Europe is in for an extended bout of nastiness.

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    3. Good points, Nylon12. That 24 hour news cycle is a BIG part of the problem. The biggest is that the viewers don't know how to think for themselves.

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  2. Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution requires the providing and maintenance of a Navy. But that being a requirement is no fun for the Left, who have votes to buy with that money!

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    1. Article 1, Section 8 doesn't actually "require" the providing and maintenance of a Navy, only states that Congress has the power to do so. Which implies that no other branch of the government has that power, only Congress.

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  3. The " right" buys your vote also. Now to my Maine drift. Fifth columnists in the Americas have been here since the second landing of immigrants. One company always worked for the one company, and degraded another company's work. Actively conspiring to be different from another for one reason or another. Fifth columnists were on both sides. Both separatists and royalists occupied the positions. That's part of why in North America we have a USA, and Canada. And stories of devil Tom, and the such.
    Right now, there are people that say you need a master's degree to dig a ditch. Or to farm. Talk about being uneducated. How far past the three R's must we actually be? Remember being educated does not equate to being smart. Some still have a vacuum between the ears.

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    1. The vacuum between the ears is very dangerous. Used to be that higher education trained one in research, critical thinking, and problem solving, i.e. "how" to think. Now it seems teaching the youth "what" to think is the plan. It isn't education, it's indoctrination.

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    2. Jim,
      I think you're using the wrong word in that last paragraph. Try substituting indoctrinated for educated. I think that better describes a lot of the people who come out of our universities. Other than that...

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  4. I'm reminded of Col. Jessup's soliloquy in "A Few Good Men" (Yes, it's a screed of a movie that is, at its roots, somewhat anti-military, but I still think it's one of the most accurate in defining what is in the heart of every sheepdog who collects a check from Uncle Sam--the propensity toward violence, tempered with love), when he asks, "Who is going to do it?!" Well, the only person who is going to keep Nike--with or without Betsy Ross flags--flowing to kids who are on the public dole because Mamma and Poppa are both mooching off the public teat, is to keep the sea lanes open.

    We really do need a 600-ship fleet now, more than ever. But that takes away from the not-Constitutionally-mandated feeding and housing, and curing the people from whom the Dems buy votes.

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    1. Roger that, and those damned Little Crappy Ships don't count towards the total!

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  5. All education is indoctrination. From your and my infancy we have been guided. Lead, to an outcome. That's indoctrination. Later in life, it's understood that you will filter out the fallicies of certain thoughts and " become human" . Just because you believe differently from a group doesn't mean you are wrong. Just you believe differently. Who knows, you may be right.

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    1. Maybe it's my rebellious nature that led me to being educated and not indoctrinated. Certain things, like arithmetic, reading. and the like, were learned. Some of the more opinion-like courses (like history) were not absorbed as given, once I had learned to read, I could (and did) argue with the teachers.

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  6. I remember my late father's "Belly flapping principal". He believed peoples attitudes quickly changed when their, "belly started flapping". Is a main source of our troubles today is being overfed?

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  7. We are in deep trouble. Not only the politicians pushing for socialist power, but the actions of so many IQ-deficient people - spitting into food packages on video and laughing about it; in Boston, maybe elsewhere, dopes in rush-hour full trains kicking and punching out the windows; full-on unprovoked physical attacks on people because of politics. Despite all of the division I've witnessed in my lifetime, I truly believe this country has never been so divided. And I truly believe it is largely the left's fault. They've been trying to divide people for decades now and are succeeding in a way I never believed possible.

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    1. The last election pushed them over the edge. They were convinced that their candidate could not lose, the remainder of the country upset their apple cart, now, like the petulant children they are, they will scream and carry on until they get their way. It is extremely sad that it has come to this.

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  8. We are seeing today, the results that were planned for, many decades ago. Fabian Socialism is patient (the turtle is on their coat of arms), Gramsci had his say (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Gramsci), Dewey infested the educational system with humanism, the Bible was removed as a viable source for truth, self-worth has been preached and taught for way too long, without a nod to consequences. The only reason we are not totally screwed is because of the alternate media sources for our perusal and OldAFSarge, which keeps us thinking. I'm thinking. Thanks. √6

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    1. As I read that post of mine, "self worth" doesn't quite make it with me anymore. I think what I meant was some notion of entitlement that is prevalent in the youngsters of today (AOC, etal). Oh well, participation trophies all around, and send the bill to Bernie.

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    2. Dave the 1st - We have strayed far from God, let's hope He can forgive us.

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    3. Dave the 2nd - It is the notion of entitlement, the idea that we have some sort of value simply by "being," without any accomplishments.

      Don't send the bill to Comrade Bernie, he's just going to stick us with the tab in the end.

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  9. So much truth here. I saw a video yesterday about a ex-nazi soldier, who emigrated to the US, served in the Army, and worked alongside Warner Von Braun. He mentioned that in Germany of the 30's, there were no cracks to fall through. They knew who, where and what about everyone. Sounds like this day and age, too. You can be reached with leftist agit-prop 24/7.

    If, for no other reason than to be contrary, I think about Faraday cages for all my rf emitters. Just to shut off the constant dog leash.

    The next few decades portend to be "exciting"..... I wonder if we'll recognize this country then??

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    1. There is much that keeps me awake in the wee hours of the morning.

      Personally I think about cages for Leftists.

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  10. Like someone said that I read somewhere else, it's starting to feel like we're in the phase that the history books usually call "Events leading to..."

    Trouble is, if that is the case, then it feels like we're stuck in one of those historical juggernauts where the little guys (and gals) always just the short end of the stick. Not sure what can be done beyond doing our best to make sure that our various little tribes are as best prepared as we can be.

    Ugh.

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    1. It's really all we can do, keep our own neck of the woods sane and make sure our tribes are prepared.

      While I don't see a collapse of society on the horizon, at least not in this country, I think it isn't too far off unless we somehow curb the nut jobs.

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    2. "historic juggernauts" Indeed. There is a point somewhere on the slippery slope where there isn't any turning back and as you said, the little folk get the short end of the stick.

      I had read an article about the Spanish Civil War a while back, (could not locate it again and I'll have to paraphrase what the author wrote), "The really ugly wars start when people who absolutely hate the other side start shooting."

      And after the shooting starts, all the "could have, would have, and should have" won't change the outcome.
      And that sets aside the unpleasant fact that if this country is in the throes of Civil War II, (or III if you start counting from our Revolutionary Civil War) other countries will take the opportunity to exploit our weakness.

      A very good and thought provoking post.




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    3. Today's post at "The Adventures of Roberta X" made some good points.
      https://twowheeledmadwoman.blogspot.com/2019/07/looking-at-politics-these-days.html

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    4. John the 1st - Nature, and politics, abhors a vacuum.

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  11. As every election rolls around, we hear that "This is the most important election in our country's history!" I think that next year it may very well be true. If the country doesn't show the agitators by a large margin of votes cast that we are all tired of this crap, then I also fear the next decade or two, assuming a) I have that long left to live and b) the country can stick together for that long.

    As an aside, a recent post over at GunFreeZone had a good point about how the failure to impose consequences on people who act out leads to escalation of their bad conduct. It has only taken a very short period of time for the leftist idiots in Antifa to go from protests to street fights to beating journalists to the point of brain hemorrhage to assaulting and ICE building with a rifle and Molotov cocktails. I keep waiting for these a**holes to be facing some serious consequences, as in having a citizen light some of them up for presenting a real and immediate threat of death or grave bodily harm. (The Ice office attacker got that kind of response, as he should have.)

    And yes, I was indoctrinated by my schooling at the hands of both public school teachers and church school volunteers. But when I went to school, as was mentioned above, the indoctrination was to instill a love of our home state of Texas, and then a love of our country, our flag and our melting pot culture that welcomed anyone who wanted to work to contribute to the American way of life (that last bit was a key point). Then after being given a bunch of tools on how to think and learn, I was able to work out some of the other things for myself. So I guess it was a combination of what I consider "good" indoctrination as well as good education.

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    1. A fine explanation of indoctrination and education.

      As for the bad actors and the idiots in society, there need to be consequences, otherwise they will push even further.

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  12. as far as Congrss goes - follow the money... check who is supporting robust defence spending and who is all for unilateraldisarmament

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    1. That's a classic way to catch the guilty. But what about the rest of 'em?

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  13. Hey Old AFSarge;

    Yeah I am tired of the politics and it is getting worse. Trump got all the media attention because the media wanted him to get nominated by the GOP because they figured that he was a joke and it would pave the way for the *PIAP to win the election, but unfortunately for the media, his ideas caught on and he ran a smart campaign and won. The media and the left reacted with explosive rage, "How dare he WIN?" and they have been having a 3 year temper tantrum because the people in flyover country exercised their opinion.

    *Pig In A Pantsuit, my name for Hillary

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    1. The way things are going 2020 is going to be a Trump landslide, or open warfare on the streets.

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  14. Amen to all of the above.
    Too many bad things happening and too many totally ignorant (and some likely evil) people running things for their own benefit which usually means them being in power.

    Our present slippery slope is marked by the decline of religious influence; leftist dominated education turned to indoctrination; rise of the welfare state; decline of the traditional family; biased media 90% aligned with the left; a culture of dependency and entitlement; failure to secure our borders; allowing the rule of law to be undermined for any laws the left dislikes; vote buying with public funds where "free stuff" is a larger percentage than defense; social program promise which cannot be kept; $23 trillion in debt which cannot be repaid, and will grow exponentially if inflation rises; a "loathing of the military" by the pseudo-elites, and the cessation of teaching history, especially U.S. history in our schools.

    Not sure if any or much of this can be corrected. But, we are headed for class warfare brought on by fanning the flames of unrest and victim mentality among low information voters which the left depends on for their power.

    If an external actor were to use an EMP weapon, or even widespread and long term cyber warfare interruptions with the power and utility infrastructure, our urban centers will see civilization break down in a mater of days. The urbanites will flee to the countryside to pillage from those who are better prepared. U-G-L-Y! Am I predicting this, well, not really, but I sure do fear it. The chances of living in this nightmare world are getting more real every day.
    John Blackshoe

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    1. You know John, your "slippery slope" paragraph says it all.

      I didn't used to worry about the future, now I do.

      Keep your powder dry.

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