Alt-Right, Charlottesville, Uncatgorized

Fizzlepoint Charlottesville

... React: White Nationalist Charlottesville Protest, Alt-Right UVA Rally

... to protest Confederate statue removal; over 1,000 rally to protest KKK

The alt-right’s much ballyhooed event, Unite the Right, was a dud round.  An unmitigated flop that did nothing to help the “cause”.  In fact, it was not only unproductive, it was counter-productive.

Allow me to be clear about a couple things.  I despise Antifa and the left.  On a good day they are little more than nihilist, communist, wannabes agitating toward a dystopian, soviet-style, western descent into Orwellian and Huxley-esque darkness.  On that basis, I think there is a certain amount of validity to the “alt-right” counterpoint perspective and I look forward to a return to “Western Values” but…

Let’s ignore the fact that in the aftermath of the UtR event that the alt-right “leadership” is whining like the bunch of millennial children they are about the unfair treatment that they received at the hands of the leftists, the complicit media, Charlottesville’s city government, and the Virginia State Police.  Let’s ignore the fact that if the UtR organizers had bothered to observe history and recent events, that they should have expected exactly what occurred.  Let’s focus on where things really went wrong.

First, if at any time, you start to assume that your enemy’s enemy is your friend, you are on the path to ruin.  In this particular case, any time you allow yourself to align with white supremacists, complete with incendiary messages and symbolism, you will have completely negated any façade of legitimacy and short circuited any possibility of sympathy for your message.  Allowing your movement to be infiltrated and co-opted by extremists is a non-starter and won’t win any hearts and minds.

Second, as the legendary Tiger Force commander, David Hackworth observed, “If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly,”.  To expect, given easily observable historic patterns, that the “left” is going to allow you to play successfully by their rules is folly.  Beyond which, as any competent combatant knows, you never fight on the opposition’s terms.  Never box a boxer.  If you choose to engage in battle using non-tactics, expect to lose.  Badly.  Oddly enough, losing badly was exactly what occurred.

So, while there will be lots of after action reviews of what went wrong and what to do better “next time”…  I’ll cut to the chase:  Alt-Right, you fucked this up.  Bigly.

You aligned yourself with the least sympathetic, most anti-social, fringe elements of society and arrived on scene looking like some oddball, stickball team ready to do sandlot battle.  You made the poor assumption that you were going to be able to play the game, by the other team’s rules and win.  And, when things didn’t go your way, you broke down in tears like some pre-pubescent girl scouts who were rebuffed by those who prefer Oreos to Thin Mints.

In short, you blew the last, best chance you had to gain real traction for a return to “Western Civilization” without resorting to wholesale violence.  Well done and welcome to the dustbin of history.

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What’s in a Name?

The naming of this site might seem a bit mysterious and should probably be clarified.  So… what’s in a name?  The “Journal” part is fairly self-explanatory but, “Yeoman” may need some explanation.

“Yeoman” was a term used for independent, American landholders in the 18th and early 19th centuries.  Their existence played heavily into Thomas Jefferson’s “Agrarian Ideal” and was central to the history and formation of Republicanism in the United States.  It refers to a way of life that Jefferson (and I) tend to believe was/is the heart and soul of the country that became the world’s beacon of liberty.

The agrarian life, or Yeomanism, is simple, free, patriotic, and self-sufficient.  All the things “America” was to represent and that the “Republican Form” of government was to ensure through a guarantee of individual rights to life, liberty, and property.  It is also an existence I have aspired to my entire life.

With our last move, into the Piedmont of the Blue Ridge, Maria and I have the opportunity to truly make this lifestyle a reality for ourselves and want to share it with others… irrespective of location.  We see this realization of our dream, along with the current recognition of the “Forgotten men and women” of the heartland, as timed particularly well for a true American Renaissance and a return to true, American values like life, liberty, and property.  As such, we’d like to make our adventures your adventures in order to highlight ways to help others realize their own American dreams.

Those of you who know me well, know that I have been employed in Manufacturing Operations Management for some time.  And, while it pays reasonably well… I hate it.  It is truly a soul-killing, mind-numbing, 60 – 80 hour a week profession that, frankly boils down to glorified baby-sitting and ought to justifiably be automated when Skynet takes over.  My life was much simpler when all my disciplinary problems were solved by administering push-ups.

In any case, Maria and I are in the process of trimming our monthly expenses back, killing our debt, and looking forward to engaging in the new internet economy in order to eliminate our traditional, “brick and mortar” jobs.  Fact is, approaching five decades on the planet and being newly minted empty-nesters has made us yearn for more free time, better financial opportunities, and fewer encumbrances in our “professional” lives.  In short, we’d like to be able to come and go as we please and enjoy each other’s company… yes, she still seems to think I’m decent company after 28 years (God knows why…).

Toward that end, we will be introducing content ranging from cooking tips and recipes, to goods reviews of items we use on a regular basis, to podcasts with others engaging in the more cutting-edge areas of the economy (in order to help our readership to see what’s possible), to gardening, to cost-saving and value-add ideas for the homestead, to DIY instructionals, to creating goods and services within our areas of interest and expertise, to reviewing convenient, web based sites, that may help others find value and avoid the brick and mortar stores with crowds, lousy customer service, and limited inventory (yes, folks… Wallyworld sucks), to social and political commentary, to simply enjoying life, and showing our audience what our day to day is like and how it progresses.  We want to show the world what is possible, no matter of location.  Being self-sufficient and living a simple life does not have to mean a spartan existance.  Simple, to us, means fun and free.

So, in answer to the question, “What’s in a name?”, this particular name represents an example of how to live your American Dream via founding American ideals and through a simple, fun approach to the new internet economy by way of the new media that is blogging, vlogging, podcasting, and various social media networks.  It represents our try at an American revival via technologies that allow us all to be more independent.

In short, like the man said, “Free your mind, your ass’ll follow”.

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There are a couple of “comic strips” that I have enjoyed for some time.  “Bloom County” by Berkely Breathed and “Day by Day” by Chris Muir.  They offer social commentary that I mostly agree with and I admire the artists’ talents.

Berke is classically snarky and Chris is classically liberal.  Neither are what I’d call mainstream.  But, I will be including their strips on a daily basis… because I enjoy them.

I hope you enjoy them as well.

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Opening Bell

Welcome to the Yeoman Journal: American Renaissance Adventures!

Maria (the Mrs.) and I believe that there is an under-represented community in “flyover” country, of real, blue-collar, middleclass Americans whose voice regularly gets drowned out by the noise from the coasts.  Toward the end of making that voice heard, this blog will be a journal of our (mine and Maria’s) activities living the American Dream.  It will run the gamut of opinion pieces, lifestyle journalism, and self-reliance education, representing our many interest areas, as well as some goods reviews and other assorted stuff.  Eventually, there will be some video blogging and podcast type material, a paid membership element, and an assortment of goods and services offered for sale.

What it won’t be is politically correct, sterile, prudish, or “mainstream”.  In other words, you might experience the odd, “colorful” word or phrase.  I am a former grunt after all… and I was never a choirboy.

So, pour yourself a cold drink, browse through the writings, and if they strike a chord, please stay around and enjoy yourself.  If the content interests you, please subscribe and get in contact with us at yeoman.journal@gmail.com and let us know that you’d like to be added to our e-mail list for updates and special offers as they are available.

Yours in the American Dream,

Les

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