Friday, February 05, 2010
'Secession is for everybody'
(That reminds me: I own, but have not read, a first edition of Charles M. Wiltse's 1944 three-volume John C. Calhoun: Nationalist, 1782-1828; Nullifier, 1829-1839; and Sectionalist, 1840-1850. )
Notice there is a Vermont Yankee involved. Note that my fellow progressive Christian friends are getting louder with their cries of "Empire"!
My close, personal friend DrLoboJo has said he can't see balkanization in our future. But I can, especially with China startin' to treat the USA the way the credit card companies are treating me and others in debt.
China is fixin' to have Uncle Sam by the balls. Then what? Is Samuel Huntington lookin' down and noddin' his head?
And holy Redneck nocturnal immissions, y'all, they're remaking "Red Dawn"!
Hurrah! Hurrah! For American rights! Hurrah!
Hallelujah! Holy sh-t! Where's the Tylenol?
What do y'all think?
France will annex Quebec as one of their provinces.
Secede, Balkanize, hell no it is all going the other way.
Lincoln stitched us together by supporting intercontinental railroads. Ike drew us closer with the inter state roads. Obama will cinch us up even tighter with the High Speed Rail System.
China ain't going to do shit to us so long as their money is backed up by dollars and we owe them our first born child. We have done something undreamed of in the cold war, we have conquered China by letting them buy us.
You understand do you not that under Texas vs White the Supreme Court says that no U.S. State has ever seceded.
US socio-political structure was founded on a federalist/republic debate that balanced powers between the central and the state. The powers of the state lacked the specificity of the powers of the central government because they pre-existed the new creation and were assumed.
For me, the suspicion of central government is part of the heritage of the United States, and can be healthy. Can be. Personally, I'm fairly comfortable with a balance between my local powers and the federal government. But then, my state and city governments are not like most of the nations local powers. (Except in sexual mismanagement, where they're all alike.)
But, here, diversity has influence, vested and shared powers, hegemony has been squeezed down to near, but not yet very near, insignificance.
And that's been the principal domestic war in our society for sixty years. The rise of federal power within states became necessary in the struggle for civil rights for all Americans. And that is still the threat. Local powers in most states condense too easily into hegemonic interests. They are still too racist, too homophobic, too misogynist to be responsible to all their citizens.
Once we as a people erase the color/gender/sex lines, states can recover a balance of powers. But that's going to take another decade or two yet.
Did you know that Al Haig was an adviser to the original filmmakers? Tells you an awful lot.
The American small town in Red Dawn was Woosville.
I can not immagine what kind of audience they will have this time. My bet is not a big one.
The original is a cult film. Know of any sucessful remakes of a cult film?
Soften or mitigate maybe, destroy, no.
It looks like they're following the same ge neral story line. If so, I can't imagine it tapping the same things the original did, because those things are superceded now by fresher fears and concerns. I mean, if there's no Islamic threat, wth? I'll be going to see it, in any case!
It's a classic reference, one that comes nowhere near inferring mere "difference."
Sometimes that old paranoia just rears up around here. And in myself, too.
Whiteness is a condition, and, at other times, just a difference.
We can never assume that "the other" won't be an issue, personally or publicly. Especially when there are always mind-benders out there using it for their own nefarious purposes.
The lizard brain was not structured on color lines or tribal groups. "The Other" is a plastic concept, structured only by whatever the current definition of threat may be.
"The Other" is increasingly structured to mean "immigrant" in this country. And not by whites alone.
The Color LIne is arbitrary and survives on regressive and racist continuities. It will pass away in time. The Lizard Brain notwithstanding - because the Lizard Brain has already begun to care less about color and more about tax consumption.