Populist Wild Persons Threaten Petty-Bourgeois

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We are not exhausted. We are gaining strength. No longer can the rapier of Robert E. Lee fend off the battering ram of Sherman, from the south, and Grant, from the north.

That is a rough quote from a book published in 1960, Meet Mr. Lincoln (by Richard Hanser & Donald B. Hyatt). The dual “battering ram” was General William Tecumseh Sherman (image) and General Ulysses S. Grant.

The people want amazing predictions, like Larry Nichols saying the Cuban military will arrive on our shores fairly soon and round us up into FEMA detention camps. (Background: Nichols Tells Chilling Tale, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, September 3, 2015.)

The people want amazing predictions, not old stories from the American Civil War of 1861-1865. Yet “old stories” can be a predictor also. Mark Twain is reputed to have said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” [1]

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1: 9)

Nothing new under the sun. When Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to head of the Union army, his friend William Tecumseh Sherman advised him to avoid Washington and its politics. It is as if Sherman was telling Grant, “Do not become an inside-the-beltway type of person.” Yet Grant did succumb to the Washington world of political intrigues. If not for General Sherman and his soldiers, Grant’s army might have remained entrenched indefinitely. However when Sherman captured Savannah and headed north, Grant was forced to get a move on, lest Sherman take all the glory.

That at least was what Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, wrote into his private diary on June 27, 1867: “Blair says he once inquired of Grant why he moved at all when there was no necessity, and the final close was inevitable. Grant was a little puzzled to answer for a moment, but replied that he did it, not from military necessity or any strategic purpose, but to suppress sectional animosity. All the hard fighting and successes had been by Western men; the Army of the Potomac was distinguished for no great success; they had remained calm before Richmond, having all in their grip, it was true, but if the Western army, after marching to the sea, came up and captured Richmond while the Eastern army was in camp, there would have been jealousy and sectional feeling growing out of it.”

It was “the wild men from the West” who finally put an end to a mutually profitable cotton smuggling arrangement which benefited powerful persons in the North and South. Abraham Lincoln also was one of these “wild men from the West.” (Background: Wild Men From Illinois, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, July 19, 2015.)

The “West” (also called the Northwest) in those times consisted roughly of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. Those people greatly distrusted the “Yankees” (the East), as can be found in the Ida Tarbell biography of Abraham Lincoln. There were three “sections”: South, North, and West. Abraham Lincoln was of the West, not the North or the South (as one recent author contends). And the West was Populist, not “Republican” or “Democrat”. Said Lincoln at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1859, and again in his message to Congress in December 1861: “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” [2]

The New Yorker magazine, in its September 7, 2015 issue, is wary of Populism: “Populism can have a conspiratorial and apocalyptic bent – the belief that the country, or at least its decent majority, is facing imminent ruin at the hands of a particular group of malefactors (Mexicans, billionaires, Jews, politicians).” [3]

The New Yorker magazine says that these dreaded Populists at the moment are symbolized by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. “Followers of both Sanders and Trump prize their man’s willingness to articulate what ordinary people feel but politicians fear to say,” comments the magazine. [3]

Also articulating what ordinary people feel is Larry Nichols, who evokes the military dictatorship Reconstruction horror dwelling in the ancestral memory of southerners when he warns of Cuban troops arriving to put citizens into FEMA camps. That is why these Jade Helm and Cuban FEMA roundup stories keep having so much traction in the South: They touch a nerve passed down by the ancestors, who actually suffered through “military districts” imposed after the Civil War. FEMA, like Reconstruction, also divides the U.S. into “districts.”

The people want amazing predictions. It was “wild men from the West” (Populists) who finally put an end to the Civil War. The Populist Abraham Lincoln favored a protective tariff, internal improvements, and a national bank. But this “national bank” was not to be what we have now, a privately owned “Federal Reserve.” The Whig Party, to which Lincoln’s soul belonged, favored a national paper currency backed by gold and silver. This national currency was not to be issued by “any individual” but was to be the “imperative duty” of the “General Government” and was to be regulated by “the will and authority of the Nation.” [4]

But then the coup d’état of April 14, 1865 removed Abraham Lincoln and a “French Directory” – a central government within the central government – seized power. They imposed FEMA-like conditions upon the South and destroyed by cremation Lincoln’s Populist Greenback currency. Eventually, a petty-bourgeois pseudo-left materialized: they diverted attention from real issues and channeled it into hair-splitting subtleties about “race”, gender, and sexual preference. [5] Now we are met on a great battlefield, testing whether a petty-bourgeois pseudo-left or genuine issues shall gain the upper hand. [6] The helicopters have been flying, dumping cash upon Wall Street rather than to the benefit of ordinary people. Shall we keep being sidetracked by an Astroturf petty-bourgeois? Or will we not be bamboozled this time?

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Talk:History – Wikiquote”, September 4, 2015. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:History
[2] Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years (one volume edition), by Carl Sandburg. Chapters 13 and 23. Harcourt (Harvest Books).
[3] “The Populists”, from The Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker magazine, September 7, 2015.
[4] What Would Millard Do?, by Brian Redman (alias Ersjdamoo). Available as an e-book for the Kindle device. Also available from Lulu.com.
[5] “Obama at Columbia University, 1981”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, August 23, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/obama-at-columbia-university-1981/
[6] Acknowledgment to The Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln.

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About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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