Only in Weimerica (Apologies to Brooks & Dunn)

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References to Weimerica, likening present day America’s descent to that of Weimar Germany, are common on the Alt-Right. In Weimerica, it is all about personal gratification, embracing all, and decadence for all. On a trip to Bloomington last month, I saw a glimpse of Weimerica…

There is only one WalMart in my rural county -and no Kmart, no Target, no Sam’s Club, no Costco, no city type mall with department stores, and not even a strip mall with three or four little chain stores in it. (Personally, I like the rural nature of my home county, but it does make shopping a bit difficult). When I periodically need some items from a Sam’s Club, I can either drive north to Bloomington or southeast to Clarksville (directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky). This time I went north to Bloomington, the home campus of Indiana University. Mistake.

Bloomington, because of the college, is always rather “vibrant”. It is very common to see East Asians, Indians (Calcutta, not Comanche), and women in Muslim attire. Traditionally there have not been too many Negroes in Bloomington.

As I walked through Sam’s Club, I began to form this post in my mind. Sam’s Club was the only stop I made before heading back south. Before I had gotten 75 feet past the front door, I saw a young Muslim woman in a hijab, of Middle Eastern ethnicity, but otherwise clad in fashionable western attire. She was with another girl, a young white woman in shorts and a t-shirt. No women in burkahs this time, but I have seen that in Bloomington before. Only in Weimerica…

As I was shopping for paper goods, I walked down an aisle with a Hispanic man speaking Spanish. This was the only foreign language that I heard there, though one can hear Asians speaking their languages at the College Mall sometimes. I walked past a sluttly dressed Asian woman in the food section, though there were not as many Asians there as there often are. Only in Weimerica…

I did walk past one white guy wearing a yellow cap with the Gadsden snake on it; he also had an American Indian themed tattoo on his arm. I smell a civic nationalist. (Recall my 26 June post here Reclaim the Gadsden Flag). How does one logically embrace multiculturalism and a symbol of the white separatist society of Revolution era America? Only in Weimerica…

Then I went to the checkout. Five lanes open: one white girl, one weak looking white dude, one tattooed black girl, one cornrow weave black girl, and one butched afro hair black girl. Hmm. I chose the freckled white girl, who was clean and neat and quite friendly. There were a lot more Negroes than usual working there that day. Only in Weimerica…

The wooded terrain between Bedford and Bloomington is quite pretty, but there is a darkness in the college town. Primarily because of IU, the vibrancy, queer presence, and Cultural Marxism meter is tuned to max in Bloomington.

This essay was dual published here on PLN and on Identity Dixie on July 26, 2017.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

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Musings on Kinism and Agrarianism

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I was thinking recently about how traditional beliefs and ways of life have been forgotten by most present day Americans. Things that were once almost universally understood are now unheard of, or reviled. Two of these self-evident truths that our ancestors understood were (1) the underlying principles of Kinism and (2) an agrarian social structure. In fact, these truths are connected.

Before 1750 or so (roughly the beginning of the Industrial Revolution) the entire world was agrarian. There were cities, and a few huge and highly developed ones like ancient Rome that were totally separate from the agrarian system –but reliant upon it for the JIT (just in time) provision of its needs. In many ways, ancient Rome was as advanced and comfortable, at least for wealthy residents, as any modern city in the U.S. or Europe. For one example, the aqueducts brought in clean water from miles away, required no outside power source, and are still standing two millennia later. (See the Introduction to Michael Bunker’s book Surviving Off Off-Grid for more on Rome and modern parallels). With time, prosperity, and separation from the land -Rome’s population decayed morally and politically and she fell to northern barbarian armies.

When one lives on the land and draws their sustenance from it, it gives one a very different worldview. One is aware of the weather, the miracle of planting seeds and watching them bring forth life, the necessity of God sending the rain, the way food has been provided from the beginning, and the life cycle of the birth and death of the animal kingdom –and man. I am starting to see this firsthand.

In an agrarian culture, ones world is focused on their family and neighbors. There is a common culture. Family ties are real and meaningful. Neighbors help one another in times of sickness or disaster. Faith in God is real and heartfelt, not a Sunday morning formality. The agrarian world is the seedbed of morality and Kinism.

Thoughtless consumption is not a problem in an agrarian society. When one knows where their daily food and water comes from, and what their clothes are made of, one sees that resources are not free and infinite. When one sees the effort that goes into working the land, eating is perhaps more appreciated. Even the way one cooks their food and heats their house in the winter is tied to the land, as they cut down trees for wood. Every aspect of daily life is connected to the land, and how to properly and sustainably utilize the resources that God has placed there for man.

When one walks city streets in synthetic tennis shoes, lives in concrete buildings next to hundreds or thousands of other people that one does not even know, and never sees the animal or plant that his food comes from –that person will have a VERY different worldview from his agrarian ancestors.

People go to the city for one basic reason –to make money. They live there side by side with others who also have that as their primary goal in their physical existence. Different races and religions live and work side by side, each striving for financial success and comfort . Family ties are loosened, if not severed. Contact with old friends is infrequent, if not totally broken. The second or third generation so doing will not even know of the agrarian life left behind, or of the ways of ones people. (You mean Grandpa lived on a farm, worked in the dirt, and butchered the animals portrayed in my Disney movies? Yuk!)

In the city everything is purchased; nothing is produced. The system supplies ones every need –not the God of heaven. Buying and selling is ones daily life, not producing or relying upon God. One has become a slave to the machine -the system of government, corporations, and commerce. The fact that the food is produced by corporations and laced with chemical fertilizers and pesticides is ignored. That the city might even reprocess sewer water into the water that comes from their tap for drinking and bathing is ignored. Crime is everywhere, and that women cannot safely walk down a street at night is lamented, but tolerated. Women join the workforce and birth rates decline. What else could man do, unless they wanted to go the peaceful countryside and work in the dirt?

I believe that cities are the origin and natural breeding ground of multiculturalism, of Neo-Babelism. All throw their lot in together regardless of race, religion, or country of origin. It is all about the wealth and comfort that might be possible through collective mitigation of risks. Modern libertarianism is a product of the city, not some isolated rural folk living under clan rule or a system of semi-anarchy. The city is the origin of the “proposition nation/civic nationalism” nonsense of today. In the city it is lets all be one and make money, regardless of God given distinctions. Why even attempt to talk about God given distinctions when not everyone even agrees who is the true god, or if there even is a god? But, all agree on perpetuating the artificial system of commerce, JIT supply, taxes, corporations, and political oneness necessary to support the game.

When one lives among their people, their kin, their volk, things are understood. The beliefs and traditions of their ancestors are communicated and carried on. Religion and morality are real. Family ties are strong. People are healthy and strong. Traditional foods are enjoyed. Children know their grandparents and learn from them. Racial distinctions are just naturally understood, much like the breeds of animals. Centralization of power and authoritarian government are not needed when the people are a united kin, on the land, and hold a moral code derived from a common faith. Men are manly, and ready and willing to grab their weapons and form up as militia to defend their families in time of war –as were the Boys of ‘76 and the Boys in Gray who rode for Dixie. Kin and culture are real, and worth literally dying to defend.

Who wants to fight and perhaps die for a multicultural, wealth and comfort oriented, proposition country? Not me. To do battle and sacrifice for ones kin is perhaps the highest form of love. But to sacrifice for a corrupt and decaying, urban, wealth oriented proposition nation is not something I desire to do.

It seems to me that National Socialism is an attempt to preserve people and culture when they have in large part left the land (and thus their roots). Thus, it will eventually fail. Heritage must be more than a memory if it is to be truly preserved. Using the same method of commerce and corporate food production and taxation as the city relied upon will result in a loss of strength, even if racial integrity is maintained. National Socialism is unnecessary and undesirable in an agrarian society, but it might be the best that today’s urbanites can hope for.

As for me, I want to be free from the government’s involuntary redistribution of the products of my labor to others. Thus, I want agrarianism, not National Socialism.  I hold that Kinism and agrarianism cannot be separated and survive. Both were the understood way of life in the past. They are a still light to those who can perceive today’s darkness. Yes my readers, by the grace of God, one can indeed go home again.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Book Status

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In extension of my Saturday post, I am refocusing on my book research and writing projects. I will make my book on Daniel’s 70th Week, and why most current interpreters are in error concerning key elements of it, my next project. After that I will probably concentrate on my George Rogers Clark biography. I am not yet sure how I will market them, but it will have to be something more than just here on my blog.

I have recently ceased distribution of my January 2017 book Bloggings Of An Amerikaner. Though it contained many good essays, and only three that directly pertained to the Amerikaner concept, I did not wish to be seen as simultaneously promoting the Amerikaner and Alt-South movements.

I have also decided to retire my March 2016 book Putnam Liberty Notes from circulation at the end of this month. It was the book that I named this blog after when I started it up last year. Putnam Liberty Notes is a rewrite and expansion of an email news and ideology commentary series that I sent out in the second half of 2015, with a few extra essays. Putnam Liberty Notes contains 24 essays and is 106 pages in length. I published it in a bit of a rush, and as such it has a rather plain jane cover. In an age with a 72 hour news cycle, and when in internet “time” a month is like a year, sixteen months after publication some of my essays that pertained to events may seem a bit dated. I had thought about designing a new cover and issuing a second edition, but I have decided that I will not do so. I am going to retire it from circulation on July 31st, fourteen days from now. Those who would like a copy need to order one from Amazon or CreateSpace before that date!

This will leave one of my books in print, As America Fades. I published it in August of 2016, and I think it is my best book so far. It primarily deals with history and ideology, not current events. There are also some practical essays, and one that confronts the racial crisis. As America Fades contains 28 essays and is 96 pages in length, and I gave it a nice looking cover. As America Fades was written as I was letting go of the “restore America” dream and embracing the concept of the inevitable balkanization of the present day United States. In retrospect I see that it was a transition step between the American patriot movement and Southern nationalism, though I did not realize it at the time. In fact, the 21st essay practically screams Neo-Confederate! I do not foresee ever taking As America Fades out of distribution.

Both Putnam Liberty Notes and As America Fades are currently available at the websites of Amazon and CreateSpace (the printer). Both are $6.95 each, and Amazon often offers free shipping on orders over $25. ( https://www.amazon.com/Putnam-Liberty-Notes-Joseph-Charles/dp/1523253398/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500298926&sr=8-1&keywords=putnam+liberty+notes ) I get a much higher portion of the purchase price when the books are bought directly from CreateSpace, which is an Amazon subsidiary print service with a secure checkout.

I am putting the final touches on a post for this weekend, dealing with the connection between Kinism and Agrarianism. I have a bunch more posts in the works, which I will generally drop off here once a week.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

Weekend Musings

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I know I have messed up my normal schedule by posting on Wednesday and Saturday, but such is life. I have been thinking quite a bit this last week, on subjects as diverse as current events, history, finances, the concept that all information should be free, the “grid” and its potential collapse, and the future of this blog. Part of this thought process began on Tuesday morning when I was driving home, and looking into the woods that enveloped the ridges and hollows that I was motoring through. I thought about what life was like in times past, about the way of our ancestors.

I am currently a bit disinterested in current events. I guess the big deal now is twofold. First, we have a temporary ceasefire in Syria, which is a good thing. A de-escalation of tensions between Russia and the U.S. would be good. Second, it appears that one of President Trump’s sons met with Russian lawyer during his campaign in 2016. The “Russia meddling in our elections” narrative has been given new life by this disclosure. The Jewish meddling in our elections (via media and finance) remains a taboo subject though.

I love history, as evidenced by many of my posts on this blog. While I have primarily concentrated on American history, I have recently been expanding my knowledge of ancient history. My readers do not seem to share that love of history. My July 7 post A Brief Trip to Clark’s Cabin at the Falls of the Ohio was not particularly popular. I embedded a link in it to a small (couple of pages) biography of Clark on the state park website received; and in the eight days since I posted it, it received no clicks. Zero clicks. Not one person who read my essay was interested enough in George Rogers Clark to click the link and read a brief overview of his life. And yet, I have read several books about him, visited sites connected to him, am in the process of tracking down vintage copies of books 75 plus years old concerning his exploits, and am gearing up to write a biography of him. It looks like that book will not sell well with my readers, and maybe not with any audience.

I do not know who my readers are, but the above paragraph implies that I am rather disconnected from them. To most people, most outside the mainstream types, and perhaps even most of my blog readers, talking about Trump, the Jews, and whatever is in the news cycle is apparently of much more interest than the history of our people. But how can a house be restored if the foundation (the history and culture of ones people) be neglected?

Most people are more interested in their comfort and finances than in their liberty, or the preservation of their people and their traditional culture. Maybe the “most people” also includes a large amount of the people who visit alternative “right wing” blogs and websites? This is evidenced by the choices they make in life, regardless of what words they say.

Which brings us to the next point, the concept that all information should be free. This was unheard of until the last century. Government laws were publically posted or readable at the county courthouse, as all were expected to obey them. But private media was not free. Books and newspapers were sold. Someone took the time and effort to research and write them, and then expend resources to have them printed. They were then sold, to compensate the producers of the content. But in the 20th century we had the rise of radio, then television, and then the internet. These were accessible for free, as long as one owned the electronic device necessary to hear or view them. But they were not truly free. They were produced by corporations who funded themselves by the selling of advertising on these media outlets; everyone was exposing themselves to the commercials for the products to get the news or entertainment content. Thus it seemed free, but was not. You payed for your telephone service, but not for analog television; this is because the phone company did not make you listen to a product commercial every time your received a call from a friend. You need to understand that every time you consume “free” media, someone with an agenda is paying for you to do so. The agenda may be as innocuous as to buy their brand of tooth paste, or may have deep political and cultural motivations.

Even free newsletters, political or religious, are not really free. Someone is donating to the entity (usually a corporation) that is producing the content and printing the letter. I guarantee that the content is not being written for free, unless the author is independently wealthy. And with religious entities, they are usually a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt corporations of the state, and thus can draw in even more dues than political advocacy corporations through the lure of tax deductions.

Enter bloggers. Blogs allowed average people, like me, to post content online for very little personal financial expenditure. Not without any expense and great time and effort- but much cheaper than taking out add in the newspaper. Blogs often do not have ads. Thus, they were free to their readers in a greater sense than TV or radio were. I do not have a donate button on this blog. I do not even have a link to my books available at Amazon or CreateSpace on the sidebar of this blog. And yet, I am burning up the last bit of life in my six year old laptop generating free content, content for people who generally do not buy my indie published books. My laptop has systemic issues, and a failing battery, and I do not think it will last the year. To continue blogging (and book writing) will require me to spend money for a new system. Logic tells me that I should not, yet a part of me loves to do so.

On top of this, my blog stats here at PLN have went down a bit in the last month. Thanks to my posting at Identity Dixie my readership has taken a huge jump upwards in the last two months, but not at PLN. I suppose that my PLN stats have dropped because some of my old readers may be now following me solely at Identity Dixie. Or maybe I have gotten too controversial, or have offended those still dreaming of restoring America. I do not know. I also get a great deal more reader comments and social media reshares at Identity Dixie than here at PLN. A great deal more.

Most people in present day America want to consume free information, and then go back to their corporate jobs and a life of consumption and entertainment. If I knew the ratio of hobbyists to activists among my readers, it would probably dishearten me enough to cease blogging and go build a cabin somewhere deep in the forest and let the world merrily proceed on its course to hell.

Unlike most political pundits, I think that our modern grid system of power, water, sanitation, petroleum fueled engines, and corporate food production and distribution are flawed, fragile, and unsustainable –and destined to collapse. If one truly believes this, they will be doing more in the way of preparation than buying some freeze dried food. I have expanded my gardens and small orchard this year, and hope to phase in chicken production this year. I am toying with the idea of raising hogs next year. I recently cleaned up my hand tools, including my axes and splitting maul. Though I do use a chainsaw for cutting firewood, I do sometimes use an axe for small projects. Our pioneer ancestors lived without a chainsaw, and we may need to do so for a time, maybe a long time.

Yesterday afternoon, I and some relatives took a drive through rural Martin County and ended up in Daviees county at Dinky’s. Dinky’s is an Amish run auction barn that has a sale every Friday night. Most of the bidders there are regular folks, but there Amish there, including running the bidding and selling refreshments. The “highlight” was seeing a trashy dressed white woman with her two mulatto boys; no man present of course. The oldest boy, who was perhaps ten, had a fro and a gold chain around his neck. At an Amish auction barn, in the middle of fields, with horses and buggies in the gravel parking lot. These days you literally cannot go anywhere to escape the vibrancy. (Note: I have never saw an non-white Amish person).

Finally, this brings me to the future of this blog. I enjoy blogging, and think that it is beneficial to some of my readers. I intend to continue posting here and at Identity Dixie. But I am no longer committing myself to posting multiple times a week. At this point, I will generally post once a week, sometimes twice if there is a book review or current event that I want to weigh in on. In addition to the essays that I dual publish here and at Identity Dixie, I will still be publishing some extra essays here that are not published elsewhere.

Sorry, but unlike TV and mainstream media websites, I do not have any advertisers or corporate funding, and this really is free info. Thus, you get what you get.

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

An Alt-South Deconstruction of the Oath Keepers

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The Oath Keepers group, or at least some members thereof, have been causing Southerners some trouble lately. I recall hearing about this group almost a decade ago, when I was still deep in the whole Constitution/patriot/restore America mindset.  Their first national conference was in 2009.The Oath Keepers will not stand with any groups that are “racist” or identitarian in any way. The “About” section of their website clearly states that “Oath Keepers come in all colors, shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds with one common bond –the oath to defend the Constitution”. Of course, it goes without saying that the Oath Keepers will not touch the JQ.

At a June 2017 rally in Texas, “patriot” militia types –some of them openly armed and possibly connected to the Oath Keeper group- opposed the presence of a young Alt-Right man being there with some homemade signs. The totally peaceful and apparently unarmed Alt-Right white guy was attacked from behind by a Mexican and placed in a choke hold, before being escorted out. This was covered on several sites, including by Hunter Wallace over at Occidental Dissent in the June 11 piece This Is Texas: Patriots Unite With Illegal Aliens To Attack Alt-Right In Houston TX and even in the mainstream Washington Post with their June 16 article ‘Boomer anitfa’: White supremacists rip into paramilitary Oath Keepers for not being racist enough by Derek Hawkins. It is very clear that Oath Keepers and their ideological fellow travelers are not a friend to the Alt-South.

Basically, the Oath Keepers was started by Stewart Rhodes. It is a group allegedly dedicated to supporting the oath that Federal soldiers and police take to defend the U.S. Constitution. Membership is open to active duty and former American soldiers and police.

Are you a Constitutional patriot that never wore a uniform? You need not apply. Oath Keepers is looking out for ‘Merica and is about you, not for you. (And they refuse to associate with racially conscious Southern whites for not being egalitarian! That is okay, because I would not taint myself by associating with them).  Only those who wore the uniform of those employed to do violence on the government’s behalf have the privilege to join the Oath Keepers. (Note: I have several friends who are veterans, are not in Oath Keepers, and are glad to no longer wear the state’s uniform).

Well, there is a lowly “associate member” status for those who have not worn a uniform for the state. For a citizen to pledge allegiance to the Constitution and voluntarily take the same oath and then apply for full membership does not matter; the Oath Keepers game is only for those who wore the uniform of the state.

Stewart Rhodes is the founder and president of Oath Keepers. Rhodes joined the army of Imperial America, where he was injured in a parachute jump. After the army he went to college, including Yale law school. At one point he worked with Ron Paul’s D.C. staff. Rhodes used to write a liberty type column for S.W.A.T. magazine, a periodical which I used to read.

But on to the core divide. Stewart Rhodes is proud that he is of partial Mexican and Apache descent. Stewart Rhodes, in his January 11, 2008 blog post titled I Am a Mexican American, I worked for Ron Paul in the 1990s, and I know that Ron Paul is No Racist!, goes so far as to claim that one of his great grandfathers rode with Pancho Villa! (Yes, Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary that physically invaded and attacked the United States, to who’s trail a young Lt. George Patton was set onto). Such a perfect choice to lead muh color blind patriot movement to restore the Constitution! (Someone at Oath Keepers apparently did not get the memo that the Constitution they swore an oath to defend was written by white male slave owners). In the above referenced WaPo article, Hawkins quoted Stewart Rhodes as proclaiming that: “the white nationalists want to destroy all my family fought to preserve, and are as deadly to this Republic as any communist”. I do not know or care what Rhodes’ family fought to preserve, but it was obviously not the Republic of the Founding Fathers. But that republic, while still alive in name, has really been dead for over a century.

Of particular interest is that the Oath Keepers have a list of ten orders which they view as unconstitutional and which they refuse to obey. Number five on the list is a refusal to invade or subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty. Cool. So they should be fine with Dixie, or any individual state, leaving. (Somehow, I do not think that is what they meant).

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Even before the recent unpleasantness between the Oath Keepers and Southern Nationalists, who are not ashamed to be white, Oath Keepers was little more than a joke. Let us lay aside the membership requirements, and look at the two primary reasons that Oath Keepers is flawed and totally without value.

The first point is that the Oath Keepers ignore the history of the U.S. and it’s Constitution –the Constitution that they swore to uphold and that they allegedly love. The Constitution was not egalitarian, as is the modern day U.S.A. The U.S. Constitution was not designed to, and did not, make all men free and politically equal. The Constitution was written by white males, no females or ethnic minorities involved. The Constitution made specific provision for the continuance of holding Negroes in slavery, or even the importation of new ones (Article 1 Section 9, Clause 1). George Washington -who led the Continental Army, chaired the Constitutional Convention, and then served as the first President- was a slave holder. Gasp! He also, as a young man serving with British forces in the French and Indian War, waged war upon the Indians. And of course, the Declaration of Independence which patriots love to quote in regard to all men being equal, referred to those “noble” native American Indian tribes as “merciless Indian savages”.

Now the Oath Keepers have a problem. The foundation of their organization (the Constitution), and the man who is one of their heroes and arguably the greatest American ever (George Washington), openly supported not just white separatism -but white supremacy. The Oath Keepers absolutely would not stand with George Washington if he were alive today. To claim that one’s founding documents and original heroes are terribly flawed is to call into question not only the Oath Keepers, but the very existence of the United States of America. To reject and then “fix” (by fundamentally altering) their legacy that one has dedicated themselves to and thinks is worth literally fighting to uphold, is logically ridiculous. At some point, each individual member of the Oath Keepers who wishes to not be foolish must either reject the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution, that they swore an oath to, or reject civic nationalism and the Oath Keeper organization. There is no other logical alternative.

The second point is that, even ignoring the race issue, the Oath Keepers really are not keeping their oath. The U.S. Constitution specifies that any war requires a Congressional Declaration of War. The last Congressional Declaration of War was in 1941. Any Oath Keeper who served in the post-9/11 interventions in the Middle East and Southwest Asia was carrying out an illegal military action on behalf of the U.S. President. Yes, those American soldiers were just following orders, as were the Redcoats at the Cowpens and the Yankees who marched with Sherman to the sea. I do not hold it against veterans who blindly served in America’s armed forces after 9/11 in the (((war on terror))), but they do need to realize the Constitutional aspect of what they did.

In extension of point two, part of the oath that all soldiers take is to defend the U.S. Constitution from “all enemies foreign and domestic”. Whoa, even domestic enemies. When have they ever done that? Any politician that openly violates the Constitution is clearly a domestic enemy of the Constitution. The Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution, and has been massively violated by Presidents, Congressman, police officers, and government regulatory agencies. The Constitution is violated every war without declaration, every time the NSA looks at internet data of citizens, every time the ATF runs a background check before a person buys a firearm from a licensed dealer, every time the federal government spends money on welfare programs, every time the EPA regulates private property, every time the Federal Reserve is contracted to print more fiat money. When have the Oath Keepers ever intervened to stop any of this? (Crickets in the background).

The Oath Keepers are not really about preserving and defending the U.S. Constitution. The Oath Keepers are about looking cool, pseudo-manly posturing, and upholding the civic nationalist ideal and “me first liberty” that is the foundation of liberalism, libertarianism, and modern conservatism. But that ideal is not the foundation of the Founders, the Confederates, the Alt-Right, or present day Southern Nationalists. I think I have wasted enough time deconstructing the Oath Keepers.

This post was dual published on Identity Dixie and here on PLN on Wednesday morning, July 12. 

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.

 

A Brief Trip to Clark’s Cabin at the Falls of the Ohio

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As anyone who has read this blog for a while knows, I enjoy American history. Late last month I visited the Clark cabin at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana. Clarksville sits on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, looking across at Louisville, Kentucky. I thought I would briefly share the experience and some pictures I took with my blog readers. I would have taken more and better pictures, but there were too many people milling around the front of the cabin. This site is an Indiana state park, and thus is overseen by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The city of Clarksville is named for George Rogers Clark. The life and accomplishments of George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) have interested me since I was a teenager, and I have read several books about him. I am in the research process of writing an unabashedly pro-Clark and pro-white biography of him, one which will be unapologetic in its defense of the worldview of his generation. Clark was a Virginian by birth, a redhead, and probably about 6’2” tall. Clark was a frontiersman, Brigadier General of Virginia militia during the American Revolution, Indian fighter, surveyor, grist mill owner, and friend of Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Clark’s most celebrated victory was his rugged winter march to and capture of the British fort at Vincennes, Indiana.  There is an elaborate memorial to Clark at Vincennes, which I have visited several times. After the Revolution, Clark spent the remainder of his life near the mighty Ohio River, in the area of Clarksville and Louisville. For those unfamiliar with him, here is a link to a brief bio of George Rogers Clark from the state park website: http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/george_rogers_clark.html .

After the American Revolution, Clark was granted a large tract of land in Indiana as payment of services. Being short on cash, the new country paid many of its soldiers in land. The Falls of the Ohio State Park contains a small tract of land that George Rogers Clark once owned.

Clark built a cabin and a grist mill on the edge of the Ohio River. That little tract of land is today preserved in the Falls of the Ohio park. According to a brochure at the Falls site, Clark’s original cabin was built in 1803, was two story, and was 20×30 feet. It was torn down in 1854. The replacement is a cabin of 1820-30 vintage, and was moved to the Falls site and reconstructed along the lines of what Clark’s original cabin probably looked like. The current cabin has three rooms, two downstairs and a loft bedroom; the DNR guy told me that originally the loft was a full loft with two rooms, but they did not rebuild it that way to allow physically handicapped people to be able to see upstairs from the lower floor. The reconstruction has a very nice rock fireplace. One can hear the river roar from Clark’s cabin. I could live in a cabin like this.

The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase, the Corps of Discovery, was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (George’s little brother). Further, the expedition began at G.R. Clark’s cabin, here in southern Indiana. One of G.R.C.’s Negro servants, a male named York, accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition. Because of the changing of laws between territory and statehood periods, I am unsure if York was a slave or an indentured servant at this time.

One can visit the cabin on the bluff, often called Clark’s Point, and look down at the Ohio River from the front porch. Looking up river, one sees a bridge and the skyline of Louisville. The view from the window slit/gunport of the loft looks across the river, perhaps ¼ mile wide, facing the hydroelectric dam (which is causing the Indiana side of the river bank to erode away). The cabin interior is open to visitors during summer. There are various historical markers around the site.

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Behind the cabin is a very small log cabin, to represent where Clark’s Negro servants lived. The original site of the Negro cabin is not known, but was probably not a just a stone’s throw from Clark’s cabin (as the present display one is).

As one walks down from the cabin site past the parking lot they can walk down to a ramp for boat launching, and can get their feet wet in the Ohio if they chose. There was a bit of driftwood and trash washed up there the day I visited.

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If one walks on, there are some outdoor memorials to the Lewis and Clark expedition, including a large limestone monument in the shape of a keelboat. There are also three large millstones displayed in a grassy area, with a placard indicating that the small one on the left is the upper stone from Clark’s circa 1784 grist mill. Very cool. Further on there is an indoor visitors center, which I did not take time to go to.

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One sad fact about the Falls of the Ohio River is the change that it has been subjected to over the past 200 years. Between deforestation for agriculture reasons, limestone extraction, a series of government dams on the Ohio River, and dynamite to remove rock for easier river navigation -Corn Island has eroded and is no longer visible. Between the destruction of Corn Island, and the erosion of the Indiana river bank by discharge water from the Louisville hydroelectric dam, the river at Clark’s home site has changed in the almost two centuries since Clark’s death.

George Rogers Clark was certainly one of the most important men in early Indiana, and deserves to be remembered.

(c) Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana.All rights reserved.

Untaught Truths About the 4th of July

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On this 4th of July, I wish to examine some very important truths about this day, truths that public school and the media did not mention. While the 4th of July is usually considered an American holiday, it has special significance to Southerners. Anyone who has studied the history of the American Revolution is aware of the very important role played by Southern men. Virginia alone produced such military and political leaders as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Madison, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, George Mason, Henry Lee III (father of Robert E.), and George Rogers Clark. New England never could have broken free from Britain without the South.

The 4th of July is a celebration of the unified Declaration of Independence issued by the Continental Congress on behalf of all thirteen colonies. I worded it that way, because in accord with the rights and prerogatives of sovereign states, several colonies turned states had unilaterally declared their own independence from Britain before the joint declaration. My July 4 post The Meaning of the 4th of July from last year, written when I still entertained the “restore America as a free white republic” dream, dealt with the history of the day.

First I must point out that the American Revolution was not about the destruction of the concept of monarchy, at least not initially. The whole issue of “taxation without representation” (and the clear logic that it could be expanded to any law being imposed without representation) was an objection to the tax laws passed by the Parliament of Great Britain. The Townsend Acts were just that, acts of Parliament. In July of 1775, shortly after the fighting at Lexington and Concord and then Bunker Hill and fully one year before the writing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition. Though American forces were in the field, the Olive Branch Petition professed allegiance to King George, and that if the king would just reign in “Your Majesties ministers” that things could be peacefully patched up.

The American Revolution was about white men defending their ancestral rights guaranteed by a limited (not absolute) monarchy, not about the destruction of the concept of monarchy and all social hierarchy. After we legally separated in 1776, with no royal family existent and a clean slate, we decided to trade a king for an elected executive. It is that simple.

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The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson. It showcased his great intellect, and hinted at the problems that enlightenment era egalitarianism would bring the American states. If “all men are created equal” and have “unalienable Rights” which include “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” –then we have a problem. If all men are covered here, what about the Negro men owned by the man who wrote those words? What about women and children? What Jefferson and the men who adopted the declaration in 1776 obviously meant by “all men” was that all *white* men were created politically equal, but they did not write it that way. They created a paradox that has dogged us to this day.

Taken in historical context, the words of the Declaration meant that free born white males had rights that were not to be abused, and which were to be handed down to their descendants. Taken out of context, the words of the Declaration can be twisted to support libertarianism and far left activism. Though historically ignorant Americans twist Jefferson’s words to support universal equality, the words were actually a product of a system based on a white male based hierarchy, a somewhat informal aristocracy system (to which Jefferson was born). Anyone who has read Jefferson’s statements concerning Negroes in Query 14 of his book Notes on the State of Virginia already understands that Jefferson did not think that all men were physically or politically equal.

Further, the words of the declaration did not give women the right to vote and hold political office, or change the social order of a woman keeping the house and caring for the children while the man supported her and benevolently ruled his house. It also did not set minor-aged children free from their parent’s authority. It is clear that Jefferson and the declaration were not advocating the creation of a race blind egalitarian society were Negroes, Indians, and liberated feminists could gather and sing Kum ba yah before taking their elected seats in the legislature!

While the Declaration mentions “Nature’s God”, “Supreme Judge of the world”, “divine Providence”, and a “Creator”, it never specifically mentions Jesus Christ or Christianity. This is perhaps another sign of Jefferson sliding toward enlightenment theories instead of long standing social structures and traditions based on the Bible and centuries of the history of his people.

But there is more than just the application of certain phrases about equality. In a sense, the clear and eloquent arguments made by Jefferson for separation from Great Britain and its monarch laid a solid foundation for the Southern States to separate in 1861. Most people will not think of that this 4th of July. The Southern nation, like the American colonies eighty five years earlier, thought it necessary to “dissolve the political bands” that bound them to a corrupted union, and simply sought “to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them”.

Further, the declaration was titled “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America”. Not the United States of America, but the united States of America. While engaged in military alliance and joint congress against a common foe (Britain), the colonies were not formally united into a confederacy until the Articles of Confederation were ratified in 1781. Thus, the Declaration of Independence did not create the U.S.A.

The Declaration of Independence was not about a holy crusade against the concept of monarchy, about universal equality of the races and sexes, or the creation of a confederacy that has since morphed into a continent wide empire.

At the basis of the break with Britain in 1776, and the secession of the South in 1861, is the concept of what a political society/country should be based upon. Any sane and stable country must be more than a “proposition” nation; it must have as its base a people group with shared ethnic and cultural ties. The politics come after that. Simply believing a few key principles and uniting for liberty and wealth is not enough; such a society is based on nothing but self-gratification and lust, and will spectacularly disintegrate given enough time. We are, right now, likely in the final stages of that disintegration.

I certainly do respect the men of the American Revolution who bequeathed us our (now basically vanished) liberty. I will think about the boys of 76 today. I have ancestors who served in patriot militia units during the American Revolution. But I will not be saluting the American flag or setting off fireworks today, and neither would the Founders if they could see what the U.S.A. has become. Let us respect our ethnic heritage, including before America was even dreamed of, but let us not allow the memory of past political greatness to blind us to today’s problems and the political and racial crisis we now face.

*This post was dual published on July 4th here and on Identity Dixie.*

© Copyright 2017 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.