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White Supremacy

El Bandolero has found much to lament during the past couple of years. There’s too much to write about in a single post, therefore, he plans to address them in a series of posts. As some have noticed, Bandolero does not have a record of posting on a regular, much less frequent, basis. He hopes to do better, even though it has begun to look like it may be too little, too late. But, as they say, better late than never. Bandolero has decided to start this effort on the subject of white supremacy.

In past decades, when people talked about white supremacists, they knew who they were talking about. White supremacists were a few small groups of white bigots whose binding ideology was that white people (particularly, white anglo-saxon protestants – WASPs) were the height of human evolution but were being targeted by social and political movements aimed at bringing them down and elevating other groups to superior status. They existed in remote (like Idaho) enclaves where they could feed each other’s sociopathic bigotry and talk about how to save the white race from an increasingly endemic racism favoring blacks. Sometimes they burned crosses, sometimes they vandalized property, sometimes they killed people. They occasionally showed up in public to brazenly display their bigotry, sometimes in association with Nazis. Yes, there have been, and are, groups comprised of somewhat like-minded zealots who claim to be of the Nazi persuasion. White supremacists most visibly directed their fanaticism toward blacks while the Nazis generally focused on people of the Jewish faith. Needless to say, few blacks or Jews were members of either of these groups. In fact, few whites were members of either of these groups, although they were pretty much comprised exclusively of white people. The vast majority of whites, regardless of political affiliation or social status, held white supremacists and Nazis in contempt. Nobody at the time would have conceived the notion of branding all white people as racist zealots because of the actions of a very, very few.

When Donald Trump came to the fore of the Republican party, his message appealed to about 50% of the citizenry. The other 50% might be categorized as liberals and Democrats, or, “the left”. Trump’s appeal was to those who might be categorized as conservatives and Republicans, or, “the right”. Pretty much all the white supremacists and Nazis who undertook visible political activity proclaimed fealty to Trump’s candidacy. Thus was born the seed of today’s Democratic strategy. The 2016 Democratic candidate got the ball rolling by labeling all Trump supporters as “deplorables“. Thereafter, the party and its propaganda machine, the MSM (Main Stream Media) commenced labeling everybody who supported Trump as white supremacists, Nazis, and ultimately, terrorists thanks to the egregious actions of a couple hundred Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.

Bandolero is a Republican, not so much by reason of fealty to party but by reason of inability to, in good faith, support the agenda espoused by the Democrats. He is also a conservative. Incidentally, “conservative” and “liberal” are, actually, more fundamental and meaningful labels than are “Republican” and “Democrat”. In any event, as is well known to all who know him, Bandolero is nothing like a white supremacist, racist, zealot, bigot, Nazi, or terrorist. Bandolero and every other person Bandolero knows who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election did so not because he thought Trump was the Saviour, or even that he was a good person, but because the fundamental principles of the country, as embodied in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, stood in jeopardy of serious peril if the Democratic candidate were elected and the Democratic socialist agenda allowed to proceed.

When Trump was elected, the vitriol, lies, disinformation, obstruction, and even treason cast against him, not to mention the covid pandemic, was unprecedented. Despite all resistance the Democrats could muster, and despite covid and the World Health Organization, he still managed to accomplish most of his campaign promises, none of which can honestly be said to have been the product of a white supremacist or racist agenda. Since the vast majority of immigrants illegally entering the country were non-white, the Democrats painted Trump’s efforts to stem the tide as racist. No matter that Trump’s efforts to curb illegal immigration would apply equally whether the tide was non-white or white, they saw fertilizer for Hillary’s “deplorables” seed, that would grow to become their principle strategy looking ahead to elections in 2022 and 2024: Paint all Republicans and those who support them as “those deplorable white supremacist racists of the right”.

By his often unfortunate manner of speech, Trump made himself vulnerable to accusations of tolerance and even fondness of white supremacists. But all his official actions (except maybe during the interim between the 2020 election date and Biden’s inauguration) were premised on “make America great again” (MAGA). What’s that we heard? Ah, yes, it’s the “boos” and derisions hurled from the left in response to that statement. Bandolero can only shake his head in sadness and lament the outlook for the country he loves. Also sadness because MAGA is probably a key word that will pop a red flag on an FBI computer and result in Bandolero being hauled in for interrogation in the bowels of an abandoned warehouse with no address, possibly followed by public flagellation before a Congressional Committee. So be it. Bandolero must speak up against injustice and social insanity wherever he finds it.

The seed planted by Hillary Clinton finally grew to become a Democratic Party strategum that, by virtue of its sheer insanity, might just float long enough to gain sufficient power in the 2022 and 2024 elections to fend off the truth when and if it finally dawns on the electorate. We say “if” because it remains to be seen if enough of the electorate actually cares about truth or can see it when it slaps them in the face. According to the Democrats and their media machine, if you are a Republican or a conservative you are, by definition, a white supremacist and, quite possibly, a Nazi and/or a terrorist. If you criticize the Democrats or their liberal agenda, you are distributing misinformation as to be expected of a white supremacist and, therefore, promoting racism. You are, therefore, someone who needs to be watched, silenced, and investigated, if not imprisoned.

In the sort of a world made up of tribes whose conduct is governed by tribal mentality, there can be no dispute that the black tribe has suffered many grievances at the hands of the white tribe. This is also true in regard to the tribes of native Americans. In the South Americas, the subjugating tribe guilty of egregious conduct consisted more of people from Spain and Portugal than of people from England and Northern Europe. The tribe guilty of egregious conduct in North America consisted mostly of people from England, Northern Europe, and France (although the French seem to get little blame). Bandolero doesn’t know and, therefore, can’t say whether the subjugating tribe in Canada was comprised mostly of the English or the French. It seems pretty clear, however, that the white English (with certain other Northern Europeans) who colonized the original thirteen colonies were the tribe that subjugated the native tribes across the land that became the 50 States of the USA. In any event, a hallmark of tribal mentality is the drive to want, if not actively seek, revenge against the offending tribe. As any Christian knows, revenge is a counter-productive motivation; and harboring a craving for revenge for extended periods of time is unhealthy. Lest the public remember this essential lesson of civilization, the left has now resorted to labeling Christians as white supremacist racist zealots. This is a topic for another post.

Getting back to white supremacy, Bandolero is compelled to speak out against the efforts of the Democrats and its media machine to label all white people who are Republicans or conservatives as deplorable white supremacists and racist Christian zealots. In the opening paragraph of this post, Bandolero lamented that speaking out may be too little too late. The reason for such lament is that it appears that the audience to which the Democrats and their media machine has directed its effort has largely bought into their strategum.

Unless and until the 50% of the citizenry that counts itself on the “left” is able to lift the blanket of Democratic and MSM propaganda about white supremacy and racism and see the real motivation and consequences of the Democratic agenda, the amazing republic known as the United States of America is doomed. Bandolero will speak further about the crumbling pillars of speech, religion, and individual liberty. Meanwhile, he will continue to lament, but with some hope, and watch Tucker Carlson on the Fox TV network.

Trump Was Right, of Course

In the fall of 2020, President Trump announced that all Americans would be able to get a COVID vaccine by April of 2021. The media promptly trounced his assertion as being unsupported by evidence and reported that nobody knew when sufficient data would be available from clinical trials to make such a prediction. Well, Trump was right. The Biden administration inherited Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and, thankfully, hasn’t botched it up. And now all Americans are able to get vaccinated just like Trump said. We can’t take all the credit for this observation. We saw this in Steve Krakauer’s Fourth Watch Newsletter of April 25, 2021. Krakauer also suggested that a good way to reduce vaccine hesitancy on the right would be to hire Trump – bring him to the White House and put him to work. Frankly, we would support such a move. Does anyone besides Bandolero note the irony in all this? COVID-19 cost Trump the re-election he so richly deserved and now Biden owes his high marks to the success of Trump’s efforts to beat the virus. Biden could also use help from Trump in dealing with the immigration crisis at our southern border. Frankly, if Biden really wants to have a successful administration, he should adopt quite a few more of Trump’s policies. We don’t hold much hope for this, sound as it would be. The Biden administration has found a better way of garnering public approval than actually addressing our problems with real solutions. The Biden way? Give away free money, of course! We just got a letter from Biden. It came in an envelope from the IRS, for some reason, telling us we’ll soon see another $2400 magically appear in our checking account! Oh boy!

Transformation

Has anybody other than Bandolero noticed the new terminology the mainstream media is feeding the masses these days? They are words such as “transformative”, “de-platform” and probably many more that we could mention if we could remember what they are. Regardless of what they are, or may be, the truth of the matter is that freedom of speech has been emasculated. It has become acceptable to censor things that the Woke Police have decreed should be removed from a woke society that’s sensitive to the sensitivities of certain populations, particularly, minority populations such as blacks and native americans and gays and lesbians and other sexual identifications and illegal immigrants. Things that were written in the pre-woke days of our country are systematically being hidden away in dark cavernous vaults in Montana and the Dakotas so that these minorities won’t accidentally see them and be insulted, and so that others won’t get the idea that it’s okay to write such things. We wonder, though, whether this might be counter-productive to the interests of these minorities. Without these examples of what’s non-woke and inappropriate, new generations won’t know what’s non-woke and inappropriate and, as time goes by, may inadvertently or possibly even intentionally repeat the errors of the pre-woke ways of our deceased forebears and senior citizens who will soon be deceased forebears rather than Social Security burdens upon the new economy envisioned by millennials who feel entitled to free college and have no idea who Bat Masterson or Roy Rogers were, much less any appreciation for those who fought and died to create the country and save it from Nazis and Commies and other Europeans who were led by the millions to believe that socialism and fascism were better for the human race than the American Way. The point is, “censorship” used to be a nasty word in this country, it being understood that it was condemned and prohibited by our very Constitution (actually, by one of the amendments to it that are referred to as the Bill of Rights). People used to say, “i may disagree with your words, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say them.” No more! Only words that have been approved by the Woke Police are deemed to be protected these days. One only need to mine the archives of Netflix or any of the streaming media movie collections to find any number of examples depicting nasty evil governments and dictatorships that arrested people and sent them to re-training camps after they spoke words or sentences that were officially prohibited (censored), or to watch scenes of book burnings that senior citizens and deceased forebears used to watch with dismay and disgust and gave thanks that such could never happen here! Well, good-bye Mr. Clemens; adios Dr. Seuss. And don’t get us started about statues. Good-bye, America. It was good while it lasted. But, fear not, patriots. El Bandolero has not given up, has not surrendered, and most importantly, has lost neither love for nor devotion to the principles of freedom one may find in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. El Bandolero will continue to fight for our principles. Well, er, wait a minute. The word “fight” will probably get red-flagged by some algorithm employed by the Woke Police and their strong-arm agents. So, instead, El Bandolero declares that he will continue to stand up for our principles.