The Way-New Colossus [With NO apologies to Emma Lazarus]

Bitter sweet. Vibes loser.

I'll go down swinging, me.

Posted by chasmatic at July 15, 2014 8:41 AM

A little rough on the old girl, give her the benefit of the doubt...

I can see the possibility of her falling in defeat but I can't see her surrender, not as ignobly as that. That lady in the harbor (not perhaps the city of her choice) isn't the mirror that reflects our decline in honor and fortune but the gracious symbol of our nobler past. Before the Kennedy Immigration Reform Act of 1965 that is. The time when that light shone (strictly) for those who wanted freedom and opportunity to succeed.

I believe that there is at the core of America something that the half-breed Mullah, the nut licking light loafer poser cannot touch. I believe in the core of that strength.

Posted by John the River at July 15, 2014 8:46 AM

Well so do I.

That's not an epitaph but warning. That's why its a styrofoam statue at Burning Man. Perhaps I should make that clear.

Posted by vanderleun at July 15, 2014 8:49 AM

America was created by rare men the kind of men we no longer see in politics or in public. If you doubt this look at the list by both parties of presidential candidates. In a time of great disasrter and great need the best of the best that they put forth for us to choose from couldn't hold Geroge Washington's horse. Make no mistake this country will not survive what is coming. You can spit forth all the brave claims and wishful thinking about our "strength" and the will to go down swinging but if we don't fix this now it's done. The great American experiment is being destroyed and the coup de gras was delivered by an affirmative action president and his affirmative action cohorts. We no longer elect/choose good leaders we choose leaders who will give us "free stuff". It's been a good ride but now the time has come to hunker down.

Posted by GoneWithTheWind at July 15, 2014 9:00 AM

"its a styrofoam statue at Burning Man"

Actually, it's on a frozen-over Lake Mendota offshore of the UWM campus in Madison WI. It was a student prank in February 1979.

Posted by pst314 at July 15, 2014 11:03 AM

I stand corrected. Thanks.

Posted by vanderleun at July 15, 2014 11:23 AM

It's a fun story, Gerard. There's an entry at the (and in a million other places on the net.)

Posted by pst314 at July 15, 2014 11:27 AM


That could have been dialog in a Jodorowsky movie.

Posted by monkeyfan at July 15, 2014 11:44 AM

Some exhort, 'Shape up' and some say 'Hunker down.'
Some the hero, some the knave
Some the hopeless, some the clown.
Some will kneel before their grave.
But Navy Seal and Army Ranger and common Glorious Grunt, set the pace, set the standard, having never to despair pandered.
Winston Churchill knows the drill, "Never, Never, Never give up!" All the rest is polluted swill.

As GVDL warns, take heed. Be prepared to see loved one's bleed.

Posted by Howard Nelson at July 15, 2014 11:45 AM

Try: 'The Camp of the Saints', by Jean Raspail - prescient for America.

The southern border is in a state of reverse diarrhea - it's flowing IN. The only thing that could improve on this would be to see liberals flowing OUT. Diarrhea is natural, but liberals are totally pathological, and like muslims a blight on nature, rationality and the planet.

Posted by Michael Richards at July 15, 2014 12:10 PM

When an old time tea partier put a bullet in a redcoat, at that time what was he called? A patriot? A founding father? A yankee doodle dandy?

Sacred honor seems to be the line not many are willing to cross. To be labeled a traitor, a terrorist, a murderer, a thief, an outlaw? To be hunted by all of the boys in blue.

But that's outrageous. That's beyond the pale. No one needs to go to those lengths.

There. I said it for all y'all.

Posted by Brad at July 15, 2014 12:45 PM

I'd love to see that scratched into obama's headstone with a header that says….Here is my idea of hope and change.

Posted by Jack at July 15, 2014 1:15 PM

It seems that's how the inscription goes these days.

Posted by fxdwg at July 15, 2014 1:24 PM

The typical person in this once proud land is softer than a marshmallow over a camp fire. However, there is still a man to be found here and there. And this is what made this nation and may save it. Or save whatever is left after the coming civil war.

Posted by Terry at July 15, 2014 3:54 PM

The photo leading this article is of Lady Liberty RISING from the quicksand of the quislings who've betrayed her.
Notice how LL is able to rise; keeping her nose to the grindstone built from the bones of our honest ancestors who tried, who died, for Liberty. The closer to those bones, the closer to the marrow which forms the blood of patriots. And what does that grindstone grind, you didn't ask? It grinds the willing to greatness in service to their fellow human beings.

Posted by Howard Nelson at July 15, 2014 4:04 PM

GWTW: "... the brave claims and wishful thinking about our "strength" and the will to go down swinging ..."
You are thinking of people other than me. No bravado from me and no wishful thinking.
I made my bones decades ago in uniform, haven't forgotten how to do it.
I am willing to die for my beliefs. I speak for no one else but those within my perimeter.

Posted by chasmatic at July 15, 2014 9:20 PM

The only answer to stop the slide.. is to de-fund everything... Make it impossible for the leviathan to prosecute its war against western men and women... Not sure how that will happen.. but a good start would be for everyone to claim max dependents and then file extensions.. make them wait for 18 months for their treasure.. Its not a tax strike per se more like a sit down tax strike.. Just a thought..

But I am running out of "I give a shit" pills..

Posted by Bill Henry at July 15, 2014 11:33 PM

Bill: It would take concerted efforts and a unity I have not seen for a long time.
There are a number of ways we could resist. The weakness in this 'global village everybody connected by a click of the mouse' is that we are not connected. Not at all.
Look at how we did not connect so very well after the original 911 tragedy. Eight million stories in the Naked City and many more all across the country.
You think we could decide, OK, we don't pay any more tax, and have anything like a ten percent participation?
What we might have would be a lot of people doing the same thing separately. Leviathan would pick us off one by one.
United we stand, divided we fall. e pluribus Unum. Now, that sounds simple, right?
There is a mile of wire in a screen door.

Posted by chasmatic at July 16, 2014 5:24 AM

Stop giving your stuff away and then complaining about it.

Become self employed, collect cash for your efforts. Put some in the bank for bill paying, keep the rest on hand in cash.

Do the work you do now, if you choose, but instead of doing it for just one client (your boss) open your arms and take on ALL clients everywhere.

By law, your employer boss must steal a portion of your earnings. If you allow a man to steal from you, you deserve what you get and have no basis for complaining for you are complicit.

Don't think of it as stabbing a stake in the heart of tyrants, think of it as bettering yourself and family. If the tyrant falls because of your commitment to your life, all the better.

"They use the things you love to harm you."

Think long and hard about that last sentence because it may lead to your headstone.

Posted by ghostsniper at July 16, 2014 6:40 AM

As they said over and over again on "The Wire:" "Tru dat."

Posted by vanderleun at July 16, 2014 12:13 PM