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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Traffic ticked up right around #AnnComm16, and though it dipped, it hasn’t dipped that far. Kindred spirits report increased traffic too. Clearly a few of us are tapping into something. What are you seeing out there? What should we be focusing on? Contact me.
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.
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