And The Visigoths Engage In a Fratricidal Holiday….

It was Philosopher cum Theologian Belloc who pointed out the following with regards to barbarians.

The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being.

(HT: Catholiceducation.org)

Hilaire Belloc has long since passed. He does not now, nor at any time in the past work for NewsCorp or broadcast a show on Fox News. If he did, however, the quote he spoke above would aptly describe Pelosi’s latest spending debaucle.

It is the act of a people consuming the future of our economy for the sake of fending off ruin over a shorter and shorter time horizon. The desperate, final epistemological spasms of Keynesian thought (if any) can be seen this week in the recent actions and words of Speaker Pelosi and President Obama.

We examine this $26B “Baby Stimulus” passed through the incontinent intestines of the House of Representatives. This bill, purportedly designed to rush much-needed funding to school districts, is a vastly expensive, poorly targeted, propagandic exercise in venal corruption. Barack Obama gave out the predictable scare rhetoric to ram through the predictable “emergency bill” that we pass to deal with all the “unexpectedly weak” economic circumstances we repeatedly find ourselves in. Thus spake the POTUS.

“If we do nothing, these educators won’t be returning to the classroom this fall, and that won’t just deprive them of a paycheck, it will deprive the children and parents who are counting on them to provide a decent education,” Obama said in the White House Rose Garden shortly before the bill passed on Tuesday.

“This proposal is fully paid for, in part by closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations that ships American jobs overseas. So it will not add to our deficit,” he said. “And the money will only go toward saving the jobs of teachers and other essential professionals…I urge members of both parties to come together and get this done, so that I can sign this bill into law.”

(HT: Fox News)

The loophole-mongering corporate interests, getting their just desserts, just happen to be the food stamp recipients that we all know secretly control Wall Street from a secret cabal in the trailer parks and projects. I can’t think of anyone more capable of shipping American jobs abroad than your average High School drop-out dependent upon food stamps. We have elected a President with a genetic defect that prevents him from feeling shame while he prevaricates quite like the rest of the human race.

This bill pays for the desperate, stop-gap funding of the education profession by foreswearing billions of dollars of food stamp funding in future years. This obviously isn’t truly paid for, because large piles of feces will stick to the moon before the Progressive Caucus of the House allows Food Assistance Programs to fund other liberal interest groups.

The people who seriously WANT to see Progressives elected in large numbers are weighing in loudly.

“While we support the education initiatives (in the bill), we adamantly oppose using food stamps to pay for them,” said James Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. “The raid on food stamps to pay for other things absolutely has to stop and stop now.”

(Ob. Cit: Fox News)

Congresswoman DeLaura of CT inveighed against the use of food stamp money to pay the teachers. It totally contradicts the classic FDR strategy of using the disbursement of Federal monies to build up electoral blocks. It gives the tribals too close a look at what will happen when there are more reavers in the raiding party than there is loot to purloin. The hangover the morning after the Visigoth Holiday is not a pleasant sight to behold.

Yet this, increasingly, is what Progressive Politics has become. Nobody believes that Socialism really works. The Intellectual Left got personal insight in what it felt like to be a Chicago Cubs fan after rooting for the CCCP for lo the decades. It perhaps explains our current national CEO’s preference for The White Sox.

However, the band has stayed together after the death of their system of beliefs. Something drives them on further, beyond what they could get from Newtonian inertia. They are in it for the swag and because they have nothing else to do with themselves. What else is Bernadette Dorn going to organize her life around other than Progressive Theology?

But we see of in the hazy distance the end state to this Zombie Movie Left. The smoldering ruins of American Civitas are increasingly picked clean of rubies and opals. The loot only buys another few years or a few more less-insatiate months. The hunger gnaws and the comity among increasingly discordant political allies wanes.

Then these Progressives learn what else Hilaire Belloc knew about barbarians. Then we see the final and fatal endgame. Belloc describes it thus.

We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.

Remember this November. Vote Pelosi out while something still remains within the Pale to provide for our vouchsafe against the growing hordes.