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July 07, 2023

The Morning Report — 7/7/23


Good morning, kids. As does happen on occasion, one story in particular jumps out and just crystallizes the nature of our nation, such as it is, today. The headline itself speaks volumes:

Interpreter Who Served with US Forces in Afghanistan, Fled Taliban Takeover, Shot Dead Driving Lyft in DC

As you ponder that, let's shift gears to the situation in France which is a warning about what is in store for us in the very near future, as if what happened here during the George Floyd 2020 Summer of Love wasn't warning enough.

Well, there’s one positive thing to be said about last week’s riots: they brought Western Europe’s alarming predicament into focus in a manner that few events in recent years have succeeded in doing, and, one can only hope, have opened the eyes of a considerable number of people who’d previously managed to avoid facing up to reality. How many people? Who knows?

Even before the rioting, to be sure, most Frenchmen understood very well what they were up against. Although heroic truth-tellers like Zemmour have been condemned in the French media for promoting the so-called “replacement theory” – i.e., the belief that native Europeans are being gradually supplanted by foreign peoples whose mass immigration over recent decades is the consequence of policies instituted by political elites without the consent of the populace. In fact, surveys have shown that most Frenchmen subscribe to the “replacement theory.”

But most of them also recognize just how dangerous it is to state publicly just what they think about these matters. On Monday, July 3, Christophe Cornevin reported in Le Figaro that two-thirds of French citizens polled before the recent spate of rioting would never consider running for public office because they “would fear for their safety or that of their family.” This followed a January 2022 report by Le Figaro that “no fewer than 1,186 elected officials” in France, including 162 members of parliament and 605 mayors or deputies, had been subjected to physical attacks “in the first eleven months of 2021.” Imagine how much higher a proportion of Frenchmen will shrink from political involvement now, after the homes of several mayors across France have been targeted by rioters. . .

. . . Ten years ago, I wrote here about a nonfiction bestseller, La France Orange Méchanique (France Clockwork Orange) by the pseudonymous Laurent Obertone, whose subject was the extraordinary increase in violent crime throughout France that has been caused by mass immigration from the Muslim world. “From 1830 all the way up to the outbreak of World War II,” I wrote, citing Obertone, “French crime rates were a tiny fraction of what they are now; from 1980 to 2000, the rate of violent crime multiplied by a factor of five.” And one thing you can be sure of is that that rate hasn’t declined in the 23 years since.

After La France Orange Méchanique, Obertone published a dystopian novel, Guerrilla (2016); two sequels followed. These fictions (which I haven’t read) imagine a French civil war that begins with a clash in one of the immigrant suburbs between police and a violent youth gang. On June 30, in the midst of the riots, Obertone granted an interview to a French website in which he acknowledged that the killing in Nanterre that triggered the recent wave of destruction bore a “striking” resemblance to the events that set off the war depicted in his trilogy:

The government is just as cowardly, the suburbs just as quick to ignite, the citizenry just as passive, the police just as muzzled, the media and other left-wing hustlers just as perfect in their active complicity….as I’ve been saying for a long time, this country is a can of gasoline with only a spark missing.

Bruce Bawer who writes at Frontpage Mag is a columnist you should get to know. He's living in Norway, which is on the same trajectory as England, France and much of Western Europe, towards being subsumed by Islam, and is right on the front lines. His observations about the near term prospects for France as well as its schizophrenic response to this as well as the complete obfuscation about the nature of the problem in the media and the usual Leftist circles mirrors that of the great Robert Spencer, who was our guest on the latest podcast (here and in the sidebar). In our fast, fascinating and frankly frightening hour's discussion, Spencer sees the writing on wall and can see the fall of the Fifth Republic, a possible coup to remove Macron from office (he still has another two years) and even a complete collapse of France into a state of civil war. In fact, what he envisions bears an uncanny resemblance to the scenario in the novel Bruce Bawer cites above.

An unreconstructed, inflexible totalitarian movement that will brook no quarter and demands either submission or death? The Left just tapped Mohammed on the shoulder and said "Hold my Bud Light!"

Michigan’s 4474 criminalizes hurting someone’s feelings or making the person feel threatened – subjective and arbitrary criteria that are virtually impossible to defend against in court. The two exceptions are if the conduct is constitutionally protected or if it serves a legitimate purpose. 

As one might expect, the law is begging Michigan Democrats, who locked down the state and prevented people from buying anything they deemed “non-essential,” to abuse the living daylights out of entire groups of political opponents. In fact, this is the long-term purpose of the law, but first the short-term effects.

Two parts of the bill stand out. First up is the “injury or severe mental anguish” clause. This part of the law basically makes it possible to lock people up for things like pointing out reality. If you’re a culture reporter and published an article calling a man who claims to be a woman a man, that is theoretically grounds for getting five years in the slammer and a $10,000 fine if he protests. Prayed outside an abortion clinic and made a woman feel bad? Go to jail, Merrick Garland has already set the precedent here. Defend yourself against a member of a protected group but happen to utter a slur in the heat of the moment? Too bad. The bill doesn’t consider circumstances.

The bill can definitely become a double-edged sword for Whitmer and her legions of doom. Since having fat pedophiles dressed up as demons twerking in front of religious kids certainly can fall under the harassment on the basis of religion (remember, it’s all about feelings), then Christians who have protested porn and drag in schools should be able to use the law for good. . .

. . . Enter the insidious “legitimate purpose clause” – the way the Michigan Democrats will decide which conduct qualifies as felonious and which one doesn’t. If parents complain and file a complaint on the basis of religion against porn in schools or drag queens, will the state say that showing kids porn or exposing them to sexualized drag shows serves the legitimate purpose of fighting homophobia and transphobia? We’ve already seen the corporate press make such claims. Could the teachers and drag queens then accuse the parents of harassing them on the basis of sexual identity and counter-charge them? In Whitmer’s Michigan, we all know the answer. . .

. . . While it gets fought out in court, let’s explore where a Michigan Democrat with Merrick Garland’s Bolshevik impulses could take this law down the road. Christianity is no doubt a threat to transgenderism. The religion cannot coexist – no matter how hard libertarians try to say otherwise – with an ideology that is dedicated to destroying everything they believe. Once Michigan’s Democrats decide that simply being a Christian and expressing constitutionally-protected Christian teachings intimidates LGBT individuals or anyone else the state protects, get ready. Because when they’ve reached the point of targeting entire groups, it’s not going to be five years in a state penitentiary – it’s going to be a one-way ticket to some remote corner of the Upper Peninsula where no one ever sees you again. This logic can be applied to walking while black in a liberal white area or any other situation where there may be a perceived threat. Read your Soviet history for more on how this ends.

To use a well-known Ace of Spades commenter meme, "Isn't this really the story of Sharia and blasphemy laws?" Nina Jankowicz in a burqa with her Acme/Achmed Joy-Buzzer Clipper FTW!

Psaki-Psircling back to France, along with the Muslims, the usual Antifa and other Leftists thugs are getting in on the action, either ad hoc so as not to let a good crisis go to waste, or via a coordinated alliance with the Religion of Peace Peaceniks. As an aside, I meant to ask Robert Spencer his opinion of the residents of Hamtramck suddenly waving the American flag in our common rage against the rainbow fag flag. Just another taqqiya sunrise, I suspect he might conclude.

Be that as it may, I mentioned on the podcast, Islam and Leftism are essentially two sides of the same coin. In fact, aside from the pretty calligraphy and geometric patterns, as well as a 1,500 year history of butchery, both have a lot of things in common. Most especially, the ultimate goal of establishing some sort of paradise on earth. To do so, they must destroy the common enemy of Judeo-Christian civilization and the mostly peaceful (kind of a pun intended) advancement of human society and development.

While I was encouraged earlier in the week of reports of citizens rounding up and hogtying some of these rioters and handing them over to the police, I asked Robert on the podcast what he felt about the psyche and character of the average Frenchman in physically fighting back and trying to save their nation. Sadly, he was not so sanguine about it.

And that of course begs the question of whither the character and psyche of the average American? We'll probably have the answer to that soon enough. God help us.

Have a good weekend. See you tomorrow for the hobby thread. Be there. Aloha.

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