California Masonry’s Three-Fifths Compromise

Not quite. I thought is might also work as California Masonry’s 19th Amendment, but that doesn’t quite work either. Neither does the 15th. No good analogies. And few would get the reference. It’s closer to self-serving attempts to give the vote to more people, thinking those people will vote like you do. 

And 17-05 would drastically increase the vote, perhaps not in ways that are intended. 

It would disproportionately increase the number of votes from the SF and the Bay, which I imagine would find favor with many of the existing GL power brokers. If this is the goal, it is a rather crude way to go about it. But it would explain a peculiar resolution being put forth by none of the usual suspects. 

Actually, I think I found the right analogy. It’s kind of like letting the 80 million non-Americans who – born here or not – are turning this country in a direction that the natives don’t want to go. 


You know what to do brethren. No on 17-05. 

While we’re at it, vote no on the ballot box carry over resolution too. Don’t let Grand Lodge go snooping in your ballots. See you tomorrow! 

Also – since so few brothers are on Twitter, find me at https://www.facebook.com/amicus.tenebris.5

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Annual Communication Legislative Preview

My Brothers,

Fall is here and so is Annual Communication. Few of the resolutions are noteworthy, aside from the usual clarifications to the CMC and a few things for ritual nerds to chew on. Except… there is one item that may have raised an eyebrow or two among you. Resolution 17-05 is very interesting indeed. I see known names in the list of proponents. I would love to know more about the motivations here. 

Oh democracy! It sounds so nice. More democracy is always better doncha know. I think it might even be the very foundation of our freedoms (well that and a “free” public education).  It sounds like a de Moley rule, being all democratic and American. But it is odd for us, because the Grand Lodge is anything but democratic.

Change is hard

The Grand Lodge of California is constituted in such a way that large, sweeping changes are very difficult. Aside from former and current officers, its members include the Masters and Wardens of the several constituent lodges and the Past Masters of those Lodges. By far, the bulk of the votes cast come from the lodges, and each has four votes: the Master and Wardens, and the PMs of the lodge have one collective vote. New legislation needs a 5/6 majority (84%!!!). There is a committee, composed mostly of people orbiting the Grand Lodge, who select the next Jr. Grand Warden Recommendee. Suffice it to say, it is not easy to access the levers of power. And even as Grand Master, they won’t always bend to your will. 

Long time readers may suspect that, given my running commentary on some of the decisions of the GL and its administrative cabal, I would be in favor of shaking things up a bit over on Nob Hill. To some extent that’s true. But political upheavals tend to have lots of unintended consequences. And I have never been a proponent of democracy. I am much more in favor of republican government. Note the lowercase letters on both of those. More to the point, I think it is very likely that this resolution will cause many new problems. 

If you think long and hard about it, you may decide that sometimes – just maybe – more and more democracy will not make things better. 

Motives

We know that this resolution is meant to address some perceived problem. It isn’t that these three brothers want to include everyone. Nothing is that simple. So what are the possible problems they hope to solve? I see a few possibilities:

  1. They have some grievance against the Grand Lodge and believe that stuffing the ballot box will overcome the checks and balances that protect the current, established administration. A true populist takeover. I admit this would be kind of fun, since we live in a world where God-Emperor Trump is doing, or trying to do, the same thing in Washington. I think this is the most likely. 
  2. They have a grievance with all those deplorable lodges in the hinterlands that routinely foil the politically correct agendas of the GL administration. They believe that opening up the vote to all MMs would give their “side” more of a voice, since it is much easier for someone in the Bay to go to Annual Communication than brothers from all those rural Lodges. This hands an enormous electoral advantage to the lodges that surround the Grand Lodge. 
  3. They represent yet another faction, and this is a quick way to increase their presence. This seems unlikely, though if it were to pass, it would benefit other factions too. I have noticed that certain lodges bring as many people as possible to Annual Communication. 
  4. The proponents are acting on behalf of the usual suspects. By now, I imagine that the typical authors of progressive policies (like removing the Bible) have noticed that most of us aren’t too keen to get in line. This could have been hatched at Nob Hill and some less partisan folks found to put it forward. 

My take

This resolution needs to fail. Even if this is a populist measure, intended to wrest back control of the GL, it will open a Pandora’s Box. It will be very hard to get that genie back in the bottle. The Lodges that represent Heritage America have the strength they do precisely because the ballot box cannot be stuffed. Why do you think they are so keen on chartering new lodges when we have too many already? Deplorable Lodges need to start chartering many new lodges, if only to maintain the balance of power. 

War on Fraternities

This piece is obviously not written about our ancient and honorable fraternity, but there is still a warning here for Masons. Remember that the types of folks who want to “help” the frats at your local college are the same types of folks who run the Grand Lodge (mostly). 

The war on fraternities is also a good study of how the Left operates to undermine traditional institutions. It used to be that frats were self-funded, independent organizations. In many cases, they operated off campus to avoid trouble with college authorities. Those Penn State frats, for example, are off-campus in privately owned houses. This arms-length relationship started to end when colleges “offered” to help the frats collect dues and enforce their rules. Fraternity payments became a part of the tuition bill.

What was pitched as a goodwill gesture to help fraternities, quickly turned into a beachhead for Progressive nutters to impose their rules. The Prog mind always seeks to first gain entry into the organization. From there, they begin to agitate for changes that open the door for their coreligionists. In the case of fraternities, they imposed rules on how the frats select members and maintain discipline. Colleges are now beginning the process of forcing fraternities to admit women, thus eliminating their reason to exist.

Read the whole thing: http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=10395

America is not an idea; it’s my home

You have to go back. 

You need to do it soon. Political disagreements are now turning violent. The cold civil war is heating up. You can blame the God-Emperor if you want, but his election is only a symptom of a deeper malaise. So let’s talk about America, what it is and what it is not. 

It is not a “melting pot.” Do you even know whence that phrase came? Propaganda. 

It is not a proposition nation. Have you heard that term before? Propaganda. 

America is more than an “economy.” I’m glad – on an individual basis – that someone may find success and happiness here. But you can’t bring everyone with you, and it is not a job site for the rest of the world. 

 But what will happen? Crisis? Upheaval? We will survive (without you). So much of our wealth is illusory, and it’s not even that if repatriation is on the table. It become mal-investment on an unbelievable scale. 

Stuff may cost more. That’s okay. Housing will be cheaper. Companies will fold due to lack of workers. Jobs will pay more. Maybe more women will stay home with their kids. That’s not a bad thing. It’s the most important thing a woman can do. More moms at home? Good for the family. 

And you Boomer fucks will have to realize that your house isn’t worth $900,000 anymore. No, you weren’t savvy investors after all. You just bought and held while you gave out cheap credit to the credit-unworthy, pricing your children out of the markets by importing your slave class. Did we already tell you not to let the door hit you on the way out? Falling home prices? Good for the consumer. 

Record numbers of real American men are dropping out of the workforce. Few talk about this. Wages are flat, and we prop ourselves up with debt. Normally I don’t look at the economy as a zero-sum game, but to fix it we may need to pick winners and losers. If we do, I choose my tribe. I don’t mean anything racial by that; blacks are still Americans. But I do mean culture. Heritage America is more important than the globohomo crowd. Charles Murray chronicles this in his book, Coming Apart.

But this grand experiment in Self-Government, what has been rightly called an extension of the Anglo-Saxon project, is much more than idea or a concept. America is my home. It is my birthright. It is not yours. 

You have to go back. 

Making Masonry Great Again

No, I’m not talking about TO Lodges. 

I had high hopes for that trend, but I’m fairly disappointed with what I see. Mostly fat guys who want to have steak at dinner (admittedly a step up from most Masonic cuisine), talk about scotch, and wear white tie (even if they don’t wear it properly or well).  Have those vests altered guys

 

I appreciate formality, but I think we can reintroduce a more formal tone into our lodges without chartering new ones.  We have too many lodges already. And it only takes one or two slobs to take the mysterious veneer off of a TO lodge. And a TO lodge has one job! 

So start fashion-shaming those boomer cucks in your blue lodge! They already gave away the estate. The least they can do is look dignified while the ship sinks. Tell them to put on a jacket at least. Tell your incoming JWs to buy a tailcoat, tie and vest (properly altered!). In two years, at least your dais officers will look better. 

¡Gran Logia! Got a Lesson in Central Planning 

A friend happened across an interesting paper recently, which was authored by Freemasonry’s own Woodrow Wilson, John Cooper, PGM (at the time of writing, he was still the Grand Secretary). In it he describes, with a large measure of honesty, the history of foreign-language lodges in our once great state. Years after most of these early lodges consolidated with their English speaking brethren, some Grand Masters decided to encourage the formation of new foreign language lodges. The results were less than hoped for. But MW Cooper’s research is interesting nonetheless. But read the whole thing. An excerpt:

In the case of the French-speaking and German-speaking community, as well as the Italian-speaking community, the desire for the formation of a lodge working in those languages was truly a “grass roots” movement. The same thing can be said about a Spanish-speaking lodge, although for the first thirty years of the existence of Maya Lodge No. 793, there was no expressed desire to work in Spanish. Then – in 2004 – the impetus for new foreign-language lodges came from the Grand Master. This was a result of a recognition that California had become a multi-lingual state, and that the creation of lodges working in languages other than English would be desirable. The result has not been particularly good. Although we now have an additional lodge working in Spanish, and a lodge partially working in Armenian, neither lodge has exhibited the strength that a new lodge should have demonstrated. The slowness with which Ararat Lodge No. 848 has progressed toward the translation of the ritual into Armenian is an example of the rather lukewarm reception that an Armenian-speaking lodge has had within the Armenian-speaking community, and the similar slowness with which Panamericana Lodge No. 513 has progressed in obtaining new Spanish-speaking members is an example of the difficult of a “top-down” approach to the creation of foreign-language lodges in California.

Again we see the Mason (Kirkpatrick and his predecessor, not Cooper) so eager to be lauded for his commitment to diversity, that he embarks upon a quest to establish foreign-language lodges. 

Adam Smith had some things to say about central planning of this sort. 

The man of system, on the contrary, is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests, or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it. He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. He does not consider that the pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might chuse to impress upon it. If those two principles coincide and act in the same direction, the game of human society will go on easily and harmoniously, and is very likely to be happy and successful. If they are opposite or different, the game will go on miserably, and the society must be at all times in the highest degree of disorder.

Now we won’t be too harsh on anyone today. Their intentions were no doubt good, even if not all of us agree with the stated goals. But we thank MW Cooper for his scholarship. 

Grand Lodge is #FakeNews! 

Grand Lodge members may have arranged fake protests for the World Conference. 


Who would have guessed that members of the general public weren’t outraged by a group they know nothing about? If you haven’t read the latest from Masonictruths.com, you need to. Remember that these are allegations made by others. Read the article for yourself. 

You really need to. 

The sad part is that this insight points to two possibilities: our elected leadership were either duped by the stunt, or they are in on the game. Which one is worse? My cynical side tells me that they are all in on it, gradually leading the rest of us (racist, sexist, homophobe deplorables from the hinterlands) to their version of utopia. I guess the modus operandi for the Grands these days is a big, fat spoonful of Tikkun Olam. Perhaps we should relocate the Grand Lodge in Fresno. 

At #AnnComm16, we heard that we were close to losing all sorts of money, because our business partners would cut ties with us (if we didn’t cut ties to GA and TN). So, if the story is true, that means our own Grand Lodge people were willing to ruin us financially if we didn’t get on board with their Social Justice Warrior crusade. That sounds a bit like Disney refusing your money if you don’t want to see the gay scene in their new Beauty and the Beast. 

That also sounds like grounds for a Masonic investigation. 

Rejuvenation, Tribal Politics, Deplorables, and Cucks 

I have been concerned for awhile now about the very hands-off approach of the Grand Lodge to the various ethnic factions currently “rejuvenating” our old lodges. We can only hope all lodges get to experience such enrichment. In lamenting one of their kills, I wrote:

“The Grand Lodge is well aware of what is happening. They are watching, but they can’t do anything. They are constrained by:

  1. A belief in “equality,” which they interpret as sameness (and not as equal [only] in God’s eyes).
  2. A belief that simply living in America will be enough for foreigners to eschew tribal/racial politics.
  3. A belief that failing to believe 1 and 2 makes them racist.”

I stand by all of these remarks. I also understand the desire of The Grand Lodge to remain hands off, even though deep down in their hearts, they know that all is not well. They see it every time a lodge adds “Sublime” to their name…so to speak. Brothers in the Bay Cities will get the joke. But what to do to contain the problem? I have a few ideas on that, but the point of this post is to encourage our leaders to act sooner rather than later. Specific actions are worthy of discussion, but the time has come, whatever they may be. 

We know that our lodges have been caught unawares in the past, blind to the threat posed when large numbers of visitors start appplying for membership.  I had hoped that once the trend was spotted, brothers would act to protect our lodges. You would think Californians would be especially cognizant of such trends. Since the enrichment continues, clearly I was mistaken. I think too few brothers are willing to confront the tribal variable at work. For the most part, American Masons don’t get involved in identity politics. We don’t like factions, and certainly not factions based on your tribe. Because we don’t do it, and (white) Americans in general don’t get involved in identity politics, we assume our new residents (wanting to be American) will give up tribal politics. But that’s all bunk; we just don’t see it. Our antennas are not tuned to that frequency, so we can’t even pick up the signal. Only Deplorables scan the airwaves for that sort of thing. 

But Deplorable we are, and the national drama preceding and following the recent election of the God-Emperor shows us that identity politics are here to stay (unless we return to pre-1965 demographics). So we will notice, and we will call a spade a spade. Once properly attuned, the contemplative Mason will gain an entirely new perspective on the state of the Craft in California. It’s like the scene in the Matrix, “Why do my eyes hurt?” 

“You’ve never used them before.”


So here’s my five-point plan:

1. Stop being cucks. You are giving away the estate, and you are salting the earth that future generations will plant. The house divided will not stand. Stop interfering with Lodges that are taking action. 

2. Suspend charters. When a lodge has been “enriched” to the point that it becomes toxic, remove it. Seize their assets and declare them irregular. It’s not personal. There are too many Lodges anyway, for so few Masons. If you have read my previous posts, you will be surprised that I am proposing such authoritarian action by the Grand Lodge. But for every thing there is a season. Even our long-dead federal Constitution, that “charter of negative liberties,” esteemed by Masons, has a provision for Marshal Law. 

3. Hunt down and expel the Snakes. We began to do this a few years ago. The work is not done. 

4. Refuse them entry. Let them charter their own, clandestine lodges. 

5. Give up your political correctness. This may mean giving up your allegiance to many of the old shibboleths (heh) which have proved harmful: “diversity is our strength.” No brother; that’s a lie. Diversity + Proximity = War.