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Strangers in a Strange Land (America as an Occupied Country)
The Catholic Thing ^ | 11/18/2012 | David Warren

Posted on 11/20/2012 3:00:28 PM PST by mojito

The sense of living in an occupied country has been growing on me for several decades now. I live in Canada, and am thus “a voice from America’s crazy attic” (Robertson Davies’ phrase, somewhat extended). I was born into a different kind of country. Yet all my life I have been watching the transformation, watching the politicians at work, watching the incremental social fallout, without fully grasping the extent.

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I wonder how many Americans, on the morning of November 7th, got up feeling something terrible had happened. From a number of my Republican friends, I got this impression. It wasn’t the same as 2008, when they got up feeling they’d lost the election.

It was instead a feeling of being surrounded by people who don’t get the point, who didn’t grasp the stakes, who let something pass. The people had now voted explicitly to go over the “fiscal cliff,” to accept ObamaCare as a new way of life, with the destruction of Catholic institutions, etc.

And there’d be no going back. America was the last place on Earth where the people did not accept being pushed around, being changed by social engineering. They’d taken pride in this.

But now America is an occupied country.

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This fine essay, by the always perceptive David Warren, captures my depression and quiet malaise over the results of the election better than I could have expressed them myself.
1 posted on 11/20/2012 3:00:31 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito
Warren expands on this essay in another post on his blog:

http://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2012/11/18/gershom/

2 posted on 11/20/2012 3:02:21 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

I now know that it was like to live in Occupied France. I almost feel like forming some kind of resistance—passive at least—to counter the daily propaganda that berates us with lies and half-truths. The day may come when we will need to church services in our homes.


3 posted on 11/20/2012 3:08:31 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: mojito

I believe most Republicans are still in search of the immortal Ronald Reagan and have yet to find him. Two million fewer voters voted for Romney than McCain. My general feeling was that a quarter of all Republicans just never got excited about McCain or Romney. As for the independent voter....neither offered something of substance.

So we stand...mostly all strangers in a strange land, and waiting for something of substance.


4 posted on 11/20/2012 3:09:18 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Few Republicans walk the walk, sadly....I think Walker is one of those few.


5 posted on 11/20/2012 3:11:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: pepsionice

My God have you nailed it !! Why can’t we get a great communicator, with a great story and bio ?? like Reagan ??

I was watching a show on the Dust Bowl last night, and man, while I disagree with FDR and the changes he brought about, man... could that guy communicate !!! They played several speeches of his, when he was doing train stops.. he was personable, and he connected !!

I’m still waiting for Reagan...


6 posted on 11/20/2012 3:13:14 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: mojito
The morning of November 7th, when my wife told me that Obama had won, I felt like I'd been punched in the gut. I think this guy has it right. I hadn't been able to put words to it, but yes, I feel like I'm in occupied territory. These people, who could vote for their own enslavement, are no longer my countrymen. A stranger in a strange land, indeed.
7 posted on 11/20/2012 3:21:24 PM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
You are assuming you will HAVE a home.

In occupied France, homes were taken from owners without compensation, & troops were forcefully billeted in private homes.

Now, we don't have much need for housing soldiers, but homeless pedophiles, thieves, ex-cons, illegals, & drunks need a place to stay, perhaps in your or my spare bedroom.

8 posted on 11/20/2012 3:22:34 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: JoeFromSidney

I wonder how it’s different than how die-hard Republicans felt during the Roosevelt years, especially after he won his third term.


9 posted on 11/20/2012 3:22:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: mojito

Thanks for introducing me to this fine writer. I have a feeling I will be reading all of what he writes.


10 posted on 11/20/2012 3:31:15 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: dfwgator
I remember a quote from Elena Kagan about how the USA had really suffered since the FDR years. A pull back from Socialism was her worry. Now Obozo will get more SCOTUS appointments and he already has 5 (Yep, Roberts [WHO SWORE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION] is a TRAITOR). I have felt sick and have been in mourning for my once great country. The destruction will be complete in 4 years. Thanks to all the purists who simply couldn't vote for Romney /s This WAS the greatest, most successful and prosperous country on the face of the earth. No more.
11 posted on 11/20/2012 3:31:46 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: mojito

bfl


12 posted on 11/20/2012 3:37:10 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Chuzzlewit

FDR could indeed communicate, especially since in his case, as with current CIC, he had a compliant press.

They believed, then as now, in the progressive cause. The progressive media hid from the public Wilson’s invalidity, Roosevelt’s polio, and JFK’s addiction to pain meds as well as both of the latter’s infidelities.

The nation, then as now, was searching for a leader. Instead what was offered and accepted was a “Daddy” or, at minimum, an “Uncle Sugar”. “Things will be okay darlin’, here’s a few bucks, come back when that runs out.”

Reagan’s message, at least to me, was totally different. There was no guarantee, but there was promise - not of success - but of opportunity. It is your responsibility.

That, unfortunately, has not sold with Democrats since FDR “saved” the country from those evil capitalists.


13 posted on 11/20/2012 3:37:53 PM PST by hotshu (Redistribution of wealth by the government is nothing but theft under the color of law.)
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To: mojito

The South has been chained and occupied to this empire for 150 years. We’ve felt this for a long time. Watching the North East establishment taking us further and further away from the republic.


14 posted on 11/20/2012 3:43:34 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: mojito
In retrospect, the Republicans’ only hope was to ignore ethnicity & go large: to go in the direction indicated by Santorum & Ryan, & communicate the home truths. They could have lost with such a message — “We have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, & sweat” — but they would have lost honourably & been left with something on which to build.

In prospect, their strategy is, having failed with one snake oil, to try another kind; to lose, but more dramatically & shamefully; & leave anyone who resembles a conservative as a stranger in a strange land.

Well said.

15 posted on 11/20/2012 3:48:40 PM PST by marron
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To: mojito

I’m glad we at least still have a lot of remnants from when America was such an incomparable beacon of freedom, individuality and sheer guts. Books, photos, old movies, etc. I love to tap into all that miscellanea. Such a stark contrast to what a pathetic, whipped nation of serfs America has become. Obama has provided us the ultimate symbol of decline and decay. A proper figure for a new generation that cares more about sexting pictures of their genitals to each other than fighting for their freedoms.


16 posted on 11/20/2012 3:53:31 PM PST by greene66
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To: mojito

“how many Americans, on the morning of November 7th, got up feeling something terrible had happened.”

It was the hang in my hangover and the rudeness in my awakening.


17 posted on 11/20/2012 3:55:04 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: marron
I liked that quote too.

Will the advice be heeded? I doubt it. Pandering seems the order of the day. Memo to the GOP: You can't out-pander the party that invented pandering.

18 posted on 11/20/2012 3:58:32 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: originalbuckeye
The destruction will be complete in 4 years. Thanks to all the purists who simply couldn't vote for Romney

Don't blame the voters. Blame Romney for failing to close the deal with the millions who stayed home, or who gave Obama another shot.

As a Freeper, you're in the upper tenth of the patriotic right in this country, and are far more well-informed than the vast majority of our citizens. Your less-well-informed brethren needed to be inspired by a candidate who spoke conservatism as their first language. Someone who could make the case for conservative solutions with ease, because they personally own those ideals in their heart and mind.

Instead, the voters got a guy who's only marginally fluent in that tongue, and who missed every opportunity to show the people how ours and the Founders' way is better for America.

Romney may believe in all of those things, but like all RINOs, he's bought into the 'kinder, gentler, more inclusive and understanding' brand of Republicanism. The man has internal conflicts which kept him from being the crusading conservative warrior we needed this time around.

19 posted on 11/20/2012 4:16:43 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mojito
Another quote I liked.

that we are now complete foreigners in this North American culture, as throughout the post-modern West; that we are Gershom, strangers in a strange land; that we are mustard seeds again.

A phrase keeps repeating itself to me, and I keep repeating it in various contexts. We have to build, again, the culture we want to live in.

In many ways western civ is the ship Christianity produced, but once you've lost your compass you drift toward the rocks. If the culture itself is your point of reference you won't even notice you're headed toward catastrophe.

We have to be prepared to build anew. We have to get our direction from the compass and not the culture. If we at least are clear where we are going, others will coalesce around us especially as the bottom falls out from under them.

20 posted on 11/20/2012 4:20:38 PM PST by marron
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To: JoeFromSidney

I actually cried myself to sleep election night, and I still am in mourning. Losing our republic through voter fraud feels just like losing a family member.


21 posted on 11/20/2012 4:39:44 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: marron

I wish it weren’t so, but it’s true.


22 posted on 11/20/2012 4:49:41 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Resistance? Oh, I do too. But, resistance to what? The enemy is such an amorphous and insidiously pervasive blur.


23 posted on 11/20/2012 5:09:38 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: central_va

147 years, to be precise.


24 posted on 11/20/2012 5:12:18 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: mojito

Some of the comments following the article, or even most, are really great.


25 posted on 11/20/2012 5:41:41 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: steve86

Food for thought.


26 posted on 11/20/2012 7:29:51 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: mojito

What if we really knew what was coming, would we fight?


27 posted on 11/21/2012 1:06:48 AM PST by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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