Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Paying Progressive Dane-Geld, with Apologies to Rudyard Kipling

Image from wikimedia commons, 1992 LA riots, taken by Ricky Bonilla, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten 

In the tumultuous middle 1960's, the ideologically progressive media came to full power, with a blame America first, globalist, anti-Christian set of assumptions about reality.

Their answer to the riots in the cities was to "purchase peace" with money and programs. A primary result of this action was the funneling of enormous amounts of cash to people in the progressive cultural knowledge-elite. They did the studies, ran the think-tanks, and administered the programs. The money flowed through their hands, and a great deal, more than went to the poor, stuck with the progressive elite.

It has been ancient wisdom you do not stop extortion by by paying for it. You only get more. Rudyard Kipling succinctly explained it in his poem, Dane-Geld, published in 1911.

The United States has been paying “Dane-Geld” to far left progressives since the middle 1960s. As Kipling predicted, the situation has only gotten worse, much worse. Most of the Dane-Geld goes into the coffers of the anti-American leftists and cultural Marxists. They have become the enemy funded with our tax dollars.

I have modified Kipling's poem, for a parody which reflects the situation the progressives have placed us in:

Paying Progressive Dane-Geld

It is always a temptation to an entitled population
To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
“We rioted last night—we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ‘em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation,  with Orwellian dictation,
To puff and look important and to say: —
“You are oppressed. White men caused this mess.
We will pay you public cash to go away.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation to a youthful population,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”

We have been paying Dane-Geld to progressive ideologists and cultural Marxists  for more than 50 years. The cost has been in the trillions. The damage done to our society, moral and Constitutional norms, is incalculable.  It must be stopped, before our nation is lost. We came very close to losing the nation.

Now, with the election of President Trump, who refuses to play the game, we have a chance to stop paying the Dane-Geld. The leftist run cities and states who have been using other peoples money to buy votes for 50 years, will insist the best thing to do, is to ramp up the Dane-Geld payments.

I am not sure we can survive massive amounts of more progressive Dane-Geld.

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