Last week I took a break from this column. The run-up to the election evoked many emotions in me. Also, Barbie and I had volunteered to work the poll. It was a 13-hour day, and then I did the election podcast Buck Naked Truth. I was spent. Grumpy too. Old white guys are like that. Yes, they are.
I had started this column beforehand, but given the way the election was shaping up, I felt deflated and thought it had no relevance. But I read it again and came to the conclusion that the score still matters, and maybe it turned out better than I had felt on November 8th. There was no “red tsunami”. Not close. But Republicans surged and washed away some Democratic seats to retake the House. So it was. All our voices mattered.
Places where there was disenchantment, like New York, Lee Zelden put the fear of God into the libtards. And Beto O’Rourke’s now … finally, “Texas toast.” Here’s a taste of why I think they’re on the decline as a whole:
Rope. James Clyburn is the Democratic Majority Whip and third-ranking Democrat in the House. He went to South Carolina State and left with a BA in History, where he obviously didn’t care. This paragon of academia, a powerful Democrat in our government, said in an interview with Fox News Digital on the Thursday before the midterms that he believes — and wants others to believe — that the United States is heading toward pre-World War II Germany into Nazism (but only under Republicans).
He said: “It’s what’s happening in a country that follows what happened in Germany in the early 30s. And I said this in 2018, it caught hell from a lot of people for saying that, but it was true then and it is true now.” Clyburn continued, “This country is about to repeat what happened in Germany when it was the largest democracy going, electing a chancellor who then co-opted the media. The former president (referring to Donald Trump) … called the press the enemy of the people. That’s a lot of shit. And we know it. And that is what is happening in this country.”
Indeed, Clyburn must have never studied history, been blind, deaf, never seen events, and never listened to anyone outside his leftist bubble. If he had tuned into the following Saturday on Newsmax, he would have seen where at least half the country is going, and it certainly isn’t into the pit of Nazism. He would have seen tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians and their Republican candidates rallying with Trump, and a crowd bent on preserving this free republic. People who love, embrace and live what America is and its ideals. Nothing tasted of the putrid, insulting sight that Clyburn fears.
He would have seen a crowd belt out “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and people of all races knew in their hearts and souls that this is a great country … and why. No. Clyburn, you are unfortunate, unfortunate, deluded and deluded. Americans do not fall for Nazism. We don’t fall for any -ism. We killed Nazis, we killed communists and stopped empires too. This republic, under our flag—the standard of freedom—backed them and saved the world more than once. And we did it, not just for ourselves, but for every soul that yearns for what that flag stands for. He must really hate this country with every part of his being to believe what he believes. Clyburn doesn’t belong anywhere near “The People’s House.”
Mr. “Representative”, some facts: The Germans were the last Europeans to achieve a nation state. Until 1870, Germany was dozens of small vassal states, loosely allied tribes and sects, under different feudal rulers united by shared enmity for their neighbors. It was grandiosely self-described as “the old Holy Roman Empire of the German nation” and stumbled along for 900 years, finally collapsing and changing under Napoleonic pressure. This was the first Reich (“Reich” means “empire”). Its “emperor” lived in Vienna. Voltaire, the French writer, remarked that it was “neither holy, Roman, nor an empire”.
In 1871 they came together, but it was not a “revolution” of ordinary people who wanted freedom. It came via Prussian military power and a man named Bismarck, under threat from Napoleon’s armies. The coalition fought and defeated the French in the Franco-Prussian War. In the end, a now forcibly “united” Germany was declared and Karl Wilhelm proclaimed its emperor. The infant “Germany”, the Second Reich, was under Prussian control based on elitism – a sham monarchy, maintained by an army, a bureaucracy and supported by and for an aristocracy and industrialists. The people were useful, necessary and disposable fodder for war, agriculture and industry.
America, at the time of the rise of the Second Reich, had already nearly celebrated its centenary. Our civil war was behind us and reconstruction and western expansion is underway. Our republic and its democratic principles—the first and only nation ever conceived of as a nation “Of, By, and For the People,” moved along its path toward a “more perfect union.”
Clyburn, America was already the unsurpassed model of rights and freedom when your “greatest democracy in the making” was still a world war, and 52 years ahead for the Germans … and established only to save a ruined, economically deprived and disillusioned population from others the kingdom’s war to expand its so-called empire. After the First World War in 1919, Germany’s attempt to become a “republic”, called the Weimar Republic, was an abject failure. It came out of desperation to appease dissident elements and quell communism. It was plagued by unemployment, homelessness, lawlessness and rife with anti-Semitism and racial hatred. It lacked national idealism and unity of purpose.
Unlike our American Constitution, Weimar’s was just words on paper to cope with social discord, moral decay and economic adversity. Money became worthless with rampant inflation, and Germany collapsed into poverty. Riots and mobs were commonplace. Its people desperately wanted stability, to have a semblance of normality and confidence in a future.
That’s where Hitler came in. The Third Reich was born. So “the biggest democracy in progress” was made in 1933, a whole 14 years. Unlike us, it had no ideal of individual worth, equality—nor the guiding hand of God.
In terms of a “co-opted” media … co-opting means “to use for one’s own purposes; to take over or adopt.” Clyburn suggests that’s how Trump and conservatives came to power. But ironically, he wielded it skillfully with Fox News. He got his message out to sell his story. Fox is their “bugaboo” isn’t it, and the outlet that the left has pitched as Trump’s tool? But now it works to their end, so co-opted is it. Smart.
But in Germany, before and after World War I, there was never a “free” press in the American mold, and there was not an ingrained First Amendment right to freedom of speech or press.
Clyburn’s BS is why the left has risen, and why it will fail. Comments as his position without review or rebuttal. It allows the enemies of this republic – and make no doubt that the American left is the enemy – to use willing sycophants like the press to feed us lies unchallenged. In fact, the idea of a co-opted press by conservatives is pure projection. That is exactly what the left has mastered. If they say the other guy is doing something, bet the farm is really them.
Ask yourself how the media and the press can be co-opted while the supposed co-opter denounces it as “the enemy of the people.” On that point, I think Trump hit the nail on the head. The press and media are mostly “enemies of the people”. Look at Facebook, Twitter, the New York Times for proof. Have you ever been in Facebook or Twitter “jail” for your comments or opinions? Try to find a pro-American message in popular movies or on all but two or three news networks.
No, Mr. Clyburn, not only the American left has co-opted the press, but the education system, business and technology, finance and popular culture and the arts. Add the intelligence and the military. “Nazism” – although used by them to scare us – is more precisely their intention. They salivate to be able to have the unchecked power and control that Hitler had and model their entire efforts to undermine our republic in a Hitler-like quest for power in everything they do.
But good Americans will prevail. This republic will endure. All it takes is for good people to call out lies and misinformation for what they are when they see, hear or read it. The recent election should show us that the left still hasn’t convinced enough Americans that their way is best. Because it isn’t. It is despotism and the opposite of “democracy” they are trying to sell us. The left doesn’t want more democracy than it really wants a free press. Well, right now we still have one, and this column is proof. So I call you out Clyburn—and all your comrades.
Robin “Buck” Torske of Jones County is a retired Navy SEAL and conservative activist, who is currently being pursued by