OF THE LIBERAL BODY SNATCHERS
THE REALITY OF OUR SITUATION
By: Selwyn Duke
I was a younger and more naïve man, I sometimes thought to myself, Boy, if I could
just get a forum in which to express my ideas, I could really change peoples
minds. This was before I realized that, more often than not, it wasnt a matter
of changing minds. It was a matter of changing hearts.
is why I shake my head when hearing talk of how conservatives can possibly win
over women or Hispanics or blacks or whatever the latest pander-worthy group may be,
of how they need to reach out or reframe their message, as if
everyone is a logic-worshipping Mr. Spock. After all, even if the media would disseminate
the conservative argument without twisting it into a soggy, unpalatable pretzel
which they wont did it ever occur to these tacticians that the problem
isnt mainly a matter of intellect, but emotion?
a related example, I got into a debate years ago with a very amiable man who had moved to
the US from Denmark. He was defending socialist policies of his native lands
variety, yet, when I asked him if he intended to return home, his answer was no. Clearly,
he rejected the Yankee recipe but still wanted the delicacy.
is all too common. People often ask how it is that northerners move to the South, or
Mexicans and other foreigners to the US, for a better life, but then vote as they did
whence they came. Dont they know this only ensures that the South will become more
like the North or the US more like south of the border? Again, whatever they know, it
isnt mainly a matter of knowledge.
course, in many cases people do fail to make the proper associations between cause and
effect. Yet this is often due to emotional blocks, as the intellect cannot adjudicate
facts not given their day in court. Then there is rationalization, when we bend reality
for ourselves because we cant bear to bend our wants to reality. The truth is that
the cold intellect is generally outmatched by hot emotion, even, sometimes, when we do
know better. The ancient sage Confucius lamented this when saying, It is not that I
do not know what to do; it is that I do not do what I know. And C.S. Lewis spoke of
it when writing in Abolition of Man:
the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism. I had
sooner play cards against a man who was quite sceptical about ethics, but bred to believe
that a gentleman does not cheat, than against an irreproachable moral
philosopher who had been brought up among sharpers.
I had sooner trust the vote of a person who was quite skeptical about religion, but bred
to believe in pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, than that of a rote churchgoer who
had been brought up among socialists.
to consider how often emotion, or our animal nature, trumps intellect is one of the most
common mistakes made when predicting mans behavior. George W. Bush was guilty of
this when making the case for Mideast nation building and saying All
people want freedom. Perhaps. But so does a wild animal in a city zoo; so does a
toddler. Yet neither can negotiate civilization without endangering himself and/or others.
And this mistake is also apparent in continual Kumbaya calls to ignore the perils of
cultural incongruity, such as All people want the same things.
insofar as this is true, theres a chasm between wanting and getting. Virtually
everyone wants money, but many have neither the focus nor the capacity to acquire it. All
want health, but not everyone has the discipline to exercise and live a healthful
lifestyle. And lets say that someone had ravaged his health via poor votes with the
knife, fork, pipe, and shot-glass, and then was offered the chance to leap into a robust,
pristine body. Unless he was like an alcoholic I know of who refused a liver transplant,
saying that she knew she couldnt change and would also ruin the new liver, he very
well might take that leap. Yet his habits would come with him. And what do you think that
new body would look like 5 or 10 years hence? You can take the boy out of what is
destroyed, but you cant take the destructiveness out of the boy.
is the problem with the call to reach out. Arguments must first penetrate that
filter of emotion before they can reach peoples minds, yet even then there is no
guarantee that the people wont sacrifice what is right in favor of what feels right.
And note that when I mentioned cultural incongruity earlier, I didnt
just refer to foreigners invading the body of America. I also meant those whose minds and
hearts have been snatched through the Triumvirate of Evil (TIE): academia, the media, and
popular culture. Its great triumph is that, through an unrivalled conversion rate, it has
turned a counter-culture into the dominant one.
what all our foreigners both those from abroad and the native-born have in
common is that they bring bad ideological health and its attendant emotions with them.
Northerners and Mexicans move to greener pastures because that feels right, then vote for
statists because that feels right. Women want security and reproductive
freedom, young people a hopeful future, and blacks a civil-rights utopia because
those things feel right, but then vote for politicians who would destroy their rights,
freedom, and future because that feels right. And it all is eminently logical if you
understand that man is often illogical.
I be misunderstood, Im not cynical about reason; after all, presenting reasoned
arguments is what I do by trade. But I also know that Im writing for a different,
and perhaps even less fashionable, one percent (slight exaggeration? Perhaps, but you get
the point). And were not going to reason people out of positions they havent
reasoned themselves into, to paraphrase Ben Franklin. The emerging demographic
majority will just behave unreasonably and, like the proverbial
scorpion that stung the duck ferrying him across a river, thus guaranteeing both their
deaths, essentially say, I could not help myself. It is my nature!
course, this doesnt mean that some individuals wont have a conversion of
heart, but anomalies dont discredit averages. And as ex-KGB Soviet defector Yuri
Bezmenov said about these demoralized people in the 1980s already, You are stuck with them.
You wont change them. All you could do is devote 15-20 years to educating a new
generation of patriotic Americans, but this requires seizing control of TIE, that axis of
destruction that molds minds and, more significantly, hearts. This clearly, however, is
impossible within the context of our current republic. And thus are national elections now
a fools errand for traditionalists.
as the left has done for ages with drug and immigration laws, we need to focus on the
nullification of federal laws in states where were still strong while we
still can. We should endeavor to separate from TIE as much as possible by forging and
strengthening our own organizations, media, and schooling, like Amish with modernity and
muscle. And, like pious Muslims do vis-à-vis
the West, we must counteract seduction by the (liberal) dominant culture by
viewing it as enemy occupied territory. For just as total separation from what is unclean
ensures a clean rooms purity, so do we need more
division in America, not less.
is the reality of our situation. Accepting it would do far more good than trying to take
the helm of a ship that sailed, and sank, long ago.
Duke is a writer, columnist and public speaker whose work has been published widely online
and in print, on both the local and national levels. He has been featured on the Rush
Limbaugh Show and has been a regular guest on the award-winning Michael Savage Show. His
work has appeared in Pat Buchanan's magazine The American Conservative and he writes
regularly for The New American and Christian Music Perspective. He is a regular
contributor to Ether Zone.
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Selwyn Duke can be reached at: SelwynDuke@optonline.net
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