2018 Legislative Agenda

This year I was working too much, traveling too much to get to my usual legislative post ahead of Annual Communication. But I thought I would post this original draft, since I like a lot of it. 

A few PMs are asking for recognition for various Masonic organizations, including the Order of Æthelstan. Note to Antone R.E. Pierucci – he too was an English king. This is all fine, of course. 

RESOLUTION NO. 18-08: REQUIRES LODGE TO DESIGNATE THE VOTING PAST MASTER AT GRAND LODGE

This strikes me as common sense. I know that I have had reservations about certain PMs, always wondering if they had voted as the other PMs and I had wished. 

But 18-04…here it is again. A proclamation, phrased as a reminder, that Masonry is not Christian. And here come the tolerant fellows to remind you that the faith of your fathers doesn’t mean anything to them. Oh and if you complain, you’re certainly a racist homophobe anti-Semite  bigot of some kind. Always the same song. And sure enough we find the same small group pushing it. Hmmm 🤔 

I don’t know about you brethren, but I’m tired of being told what Masonry is or must become. Masonry is not Christian, but Americans are. And America is still a Christian nation. Our guests may not be, and we may be bad Christians, but that is not the point. There is no America without a Christian people. Don’t believe me? Watch out state for another 10 years. 

Update – Civilization is already eroding in Los Angeles, and watch where you step in San Francisco. I imagine it will get worse before it gets better. 

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The UGLE and “Them”

What a time to be alive! It’s time for Lodge! Everyone get your smart skirts! 

I’m a bit behind the 8 ball here admittedly. 

The perfect coordination of mainstream media following the “Twitter row,” is really all you need to observe. The Magpie Mason has a post from last August. Listed there are articles from the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, and Daily Mail, all eager to report on the demise of our order. Here is a manufactured excuse to remind those old white guys at UGLE that they need to hurry up and admit women and trans folks so they can run the show. 

But the die is cast. The UGLE has capitulated to the demands of Her Majesty’s Government. 

So our hero, Mr. Lord (what a name), is a Mason who doesn’t 100% feel male. And he works for the Diversity™ crew for the City of London. How convenient. He goes by they. Or They go by they. And they are an activist, to be sure. 


Them

“If it was entirely up to me I would change things, but you have to take 250,000 members with you.

“I’ve spoken fairly freely on this subject and the fact that Freemasons could be more welcoming and inclusive The one area I would change is on gender.”

Helen Lewis, associate editor of the New Statesman, told him: “I’m afraid I find it very hard to square your continued participation in the Masons with a genuine desire to smash patriarchy.” [Ed. – who talks like this? What does a genuine desire to smash patriarchy look like?]

“I don’t have the luxury of trying to effect change from within… because I am not allowed in. You can see why that rankles?” [Ed. – why does Helen so badly want to effect change in our fraternity? What did we do to her? Is she just an old schoolmarm?]

Lord replied: “Of course, I completely get it. That’s why my preference would be that membership of Freemasonry wouldn’t be restricted on gender/sex, but we will never get to that point unless some people inside the organisation say ‘hey this doesn’t make sense, why don’t we change’.” [Ed. – so he singular they also wants to make changes in the body of Masonry. Writing while intentionally using the wrong pronoun is harder than you might think]

The current law stipulates that transgender people do have a “protected characteristic” under English law and therefore access to any single sex space.

There we go, upsetting the peace and good order of society. So brother, if your Grand Lodge is interested in this type of Diversity™, what will you do about it? Just roll over and think of England? 

You Savages

In a California, we love our diversity. So much do we love it, that we repeat our mantra every chance we get. To be honest though, more and more it just sounds like we’re trying to convince ourselves, just like Planned Parenthood in this well-reasoned and scientific tweet:


I imagine some of our GL folks nodding along as they read that. 

The Most Interesting Photo

This image is perhaps the most significant piece of data in trying to explain the loggerheads at which we find ourselves. It is stunning, especially when you consider that not that long ago, the white population was above 80%. 

Here is a scenario for you: 

Over a fifty year period, 40 million Chinese folks moved to Mexico, and with their kids numbered 80 million or more. Those folks then vote in a very different way than actual Mexican people. Should the Mexican folks be happy or sad about that? How is this different then what we see in the above picture? Particularly when you look at the one group who had the vote at the beginning. 

In a tale of Masonic Diversity™, Italian dude doesn’t recognize King George VI

A testament perhaps to our vibrant diversity, I suppose. Why sould someone, even a Mason, recognize the King who died some 60+ years ago? Maybe because he’s THE King? Perhaps my expectations are too high. But maybe, just maybe, it speaks to the loss of our culture, which is to say Anglo-American (the Founders’) culture. Maybe Pauly D could brush up before his next article

But in case anyone over at California Freemason happens upon this humble outpost of loyal opposition, let me help you out. This mysterious and unidentifiable figure from the time before writing is HRH Prince Albert, Duke of York (1936). He became George VI after the abdication of his brother. He is the father of Her Majesty the Queen, and the last Emperor of India. He is certainly more than a “Grand Lodge Officer.” 


Bonus lesson. In case you guys don’t know, HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent is the current and longest serving Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England. 

DACA “kids” mad at us?

One thing I have not heard anyone discuss yet is why it is that the DACAs have this pent up anger at real Americans for not giving them residency or citizenship, but they’re not mad at their parents. WTF? So your mom and/or dad ripped you from your home, community and culture and brought you to a foreign place – unwelcome by the way – and you’re pissed at your hosts? Why are you not mad at your parents for your fucked up childhoods and your struggle to get by? Why do they get a pass? 

They have to go back. 

2018

As is my wont, I went into hibernation again after the Annual Communication. After all, there is much to do in a new Grand Lodge year, and a lot to do around the blue lodge and other bodies too. Traffic to this site was surprisingly high during my hiatus. Still not where I want it to be, but more than I expected with no new posts. I have been away longer than I planned. 

2017 saw our Kindred Spirit pressured to back off, which I am not at liberty to discuss. Masonictruths.com is no more. I can’t say what the next chapter has in store for our beleaguered Worhipful brother. If I can find the material, perhaps I can repost it. 

2017 also finds yours truly on Facebook. So few Masons are to be found on Twitter. I have not done much there, but you can find me (and share with your friends!). 


2018 promises to be a year that will jostle our faith in our institutions. California is about to go HARD Left. You think Brown is bad? Wait until Newsom is in Sacramento. Our choices now are Left and Lefter. Meanwhile the God-Emperor, peace be upon him, is making war on the deep state. A just cause. And Grand Inquisitor, Jeff Sessions, is making just war in rebellious California, Sanctuary State. 

So what should we prioritize for the coming year? I would very much like to find a few other brothers out there who want to contribute to this effort. In fact, I would like affiliates in every jurisdiction! We can talk about the Grand Lodge (always entertaining), politics, or the masculine arts. Or perhaps we should discuss the death of the old Benicia Lodge after it was invaded. They tried to spin the story, but I don’t think anyone bought it. More to come. What else?

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

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.