It's one I've always thought of whenever the pernicious demon of depression rears its head when confronted with the reality of today:
"If our buildings, our highways, and our railroads should be wrecked, we could rebuild them. If our cities should be destroyed, out of the very ruins we could erect newer and greater ones. Even if our armed might should be crushed, we could rear sons who would redeem our power. But if the blood of our White race should become corrupted and mingled with the blood of Africa, then the present greatness of the United States of America would be destroyed and all hope for civilization would be as impossible for a Negroid America as would be redemption and restoration of the Whiteman's blood which had been mixed with that of the Negro."- Sen. Theodore Bilbo, Mississippi"Irredeemable" is a word I've used to describe the current state of the United States of America and I'm quite convinced it's the optimum phrase for understanding there is absolute no "Making America Great Again."
You'll find no bigger fan of Donald J. Trump than me: back in late 2011, I was invited to New York City by the late Lawrence Auster to attend a private dinner around Christmas. Staying near Times Square, I had to walk roughly 15 - 20 blocks to the restaurant where the event was held. It was freezing outside, so I wore a nice overcoat atop my suit.
Midway through my walk, two blacks commented (and I quote verbatim): "Holy shit, you look like a young Donald Trump!" I smiled, and said thanks, secretly beaming from the compliment.
But it must be stated: America is still irredeemable, though Mr. Trump shows us just how many of our fellow countrymen are poised to prove Sen. Bilbo correct in his prophecy.
And that's what Sen. Bilbo's words are: prophecy.
We can rise after the coming the fall, or permanently settle into our mediocrity, with our genetic inheritance squandered for the short-term benefit of virtue signaling and momentary riches it might present.
"If our buildings, our highways, and our railroads should be wrecked, we could rebuild them. If our cities should be destroyed, out of the very ruins we could erect newer and greater ones. Even if our armed might should be crushed, we could rear sons who would redeem our power."
If... [Obama’s last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy, New York Post, 5-7-16]:
Hillary’s rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is cooking up a scheme to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to punish suburbs for being too white and too wealthy.
The scheme involves super-sizing vouchers to help urban poor afford higher rents in pricey areas, such as Westchester County, while assigning them government real-estate agents called “mobility counselors” to secure housing in the exurbs.
Castro plans to launch the Section 8 reboot this fall, even though a similar program tested a few years ago in Dallas has been blamed for shifting violent crime to affluent neighborhoods.
It’s all part of a grand scheme to forcibly desegregate inner cities and integrate the outer suburbs.
Anticipating NIMBY resistance, Castro last month threatened to sue suburban landlords for discrimination if they refuse even Section 8 tenants with criminal records.
And last year, he implemented a powerful new regulation — “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” — that pressures all suburban counties taking federal grant money to change local zoning laws to build more low-income housing (landlords of such properties are required to accept Section 8 vouchers).
Castro is expected to finalize the new regulation, known as “Small-Area Fair Market Rents” (SAFMR), this October, in the last days of the Obama presidency.
It will set voucher rent limits by ZIP code rather than metro area, the current formula, which makes payments relatively small. For example, the fair market rent for a one-bedroom in New York City is about $1,250, which wouldn’t cover rentals in leafy areas of Westchester County, such as Mamaroneck, where Castro and his social engineers seek to aggressively resettle Section 8 tenants.
In expensive ZIP codes, Castro’s plan — which requires no congressional approval — would more than double the standard subsidy, while also covering utilities. At the same time, he intends to reduce subsidies for those who choose to stay in housing in poor urban areas, such as Brooklyn. So Section 8 tenants won’t just be pulled to the suburbs, they’ll be pushed there.
“We want to use our housing-choice vouchers to ensure that we don’t have a concentration of poverty and the aggregation of racial minorities in one part of town, the poor part of town,” the HUD chief said recently, adding that he’s trying to undo the “result of discriminatory policies and practices in the past, and sometimes even now.”
A draft of the new HUD rule anticipates more than 350,000 Section 8 voucher holders will initially be resettled under the SAFMR program. Under Obama, the total number of voucher households has grown to more than 2.2 million.But back to late 2011, as I walked to the private dinner Auster was hosting in New York City, I can still remember the joy I felt in being told I looked like a young Trump. It still makes me smile.
We can't save what is already lost.
But we can save those who instinctively understand something has been lost.
Trump, in the dying days of an irredeemable nation, is a compass to tomorrow.
"Our buildings, our highways, and our railroads have been wrecked, and we will rebuild them. Our cities have been destroyed, and out of the very ruins we will erect newer and greater ones. And when you peer into the night sky and the heavens stare back, know one day your grandchildren will be in a similar position; but staring into the heavens from a distant galaxy, they'll only wonder what took so long in compelling us to finally cut off the impediments of a present nearly suffocating the future before it could be born. Though America couldn't be made great again, those who made America great in the first place still possess the inherent ability to make, to build, again."