Kind But Deadly Assumptions

     Some things must be seen and heard to be believed, like an “Energy Secretary” laughing about skyrocketing gas prices:

     If the rapid increases in energy products have affected you, I’d bet you’re not laughing. Homeowners whose homes will cost twice as much to heat this winter won’t laugh either. But why did Granholm laugh about them?

     Short answer: Because it’s in the script.

     Slightly longer answer: Because she can’t say openly that it’s the fully intended and fully expected result of the Usurper Regime’s policies.

     Yes, there’s a senile, incoherent stooge in the Oval Office. And many have hoped that he doesn’t understand the consequences of his regime’s energy policies. But when attempting to assess the level of comprehension of members of the Regime, Biden included, it’s not the way to bet.

     They do understand. The policies were instituted to produce exactly the results we’ve seen, are seeing, and will see much more of. Villainy, not ignorance and not stupidity.

     What, did you expect the villains who openly stole the White House not to impose villainous policies upon us? Welcome to our planet! We hope for friendly and profitable relations with your planet, too!


     From time to time I get tired of writing this crap. I feel as if I’m talking to myself, a practice for which others have been certified in the past. Then again, it’s an old habit. As an old favorite math teacher once said, when you talk to yourself, you can be confident that you’ll be understood, and you won’t get any backtalk.

     (When I was a wee lad, one of my aunts found it particularly funny. “You got money in the bank?” she’d jibe. I, not yet fully aware of the relationship between solvency and incarceration for lunacy, simply went on talking to myself. For completeness, I suppose I should mention that that aunt was a millionaire. Draw your own conclusions.)

     But I keep on. Partly, it’s because there are Gentle Readers out there who claim to benefit somehow from my drivel. Also, it’s my version of the scream of cleansing rage:

     Whatever. I’m here, I write, and that’s the end of it. I do hope someone gets at least the occasional Blinding Flash of the Obvious® from it. But back to the point from which the title came: Some assumptions are superficially kind but deadly in effect. Here’s one, from a Nobel Laureate in economics who dedicated the greater part of his life to writing about it:

     Ponder it while I refill my mug.


     “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” – Robert J. Hanlon

     “You’re really fucking naive, Hanlon, you know that?” – Me.

     Yes, Virginia, there are stupid people in the world. Moreover, we’ve made a nation so prosperous and comfortable that in the main, they’re not unduly discommoded by their intellectual deficits. But there are also malicious people in the world. Plenty of them. They’re disproportionately represented in politics. And it is a survival requirement that you learn to tell the malicious from the stupid.

     The task is actually rather straightforward. Let me draw you a flowchart:

     Is there anyone out there who found that confusing? Vague, perhaps? I hope not. The flowchart is a well-proven technique for guiding decisions and actions. It’s not just for us software weenies. If you don’t know how to read one, find a ten-year-old and have him explain it to you. The one who programmed your VCR for you would serve nicely.

     This technique leaves few destructive actions uncategorized. With politicians, the answer is nearly always “Malicious.” They are not, as a rule stupid. Neither are they ignorant of basic economics or the ways people respond to economic incentives and penalties. Yet many buy into the deflections and rationalizations – not because stupidity is a plausible explanation, but because we have become uncomfortable with the very concept of evil. We’re massively reluctant to call anyone evil, regardless of the evidence. It’s just too…impolite.

     But evil is real.
     There are evil men.
     Evil men pursue power.
     They balk at no effective tactic.
     And they intend the consequences of their actions.
     Ergo, the Usurpers, from Joe Biden on down, are evil.
     If they are not stopped, they will do still more evil, intentionally.
     To assume otherwise, with the future of the nation at stake, is deadly.

     Your move, America.


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    • Chicolini on November 6, 2021 at 8:38 AM

    Fran, I appreciate your work.

    • Butch DuCote on November 6, 2021 at 9:11 AM

    Fran, what would mornings be like without coffee and reading your work! Might as well go back to bed. 
    There are many of us in flyover country that appreciate your thoughts and the energy you put into them. 

    • George True on November 6, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    I second Butch.  Coffee, croissant, and Fran’s latest thoughts.  Remove just one leg of the triad, and the whole experience collapses.
    Seriously though, remember that your writings are not for the masses, they are for we, the Remnant.  (I refer you to Albert Jay Nock’s timeless essay on the prophet Isaiah.)  We the Remnant are the leavening distributed amongst the masses.  Our numbers are miniscule, when compared to society as a whole.  But just as a seemingly tiny dash of yeast causes the whole loaf to rise, so will the Remnant lift our people out of the abyss when the time comes.
    So preaching to the Remnant is serious business.  It is YOU, and a very small handful of others like you, who have the all-important task of keeping the Remnant informed, uplifted, on point, and yes, even sometimes amused.  
    So please always remember, Francis, that you are doing the Lord’s work.  And when you get discouraged once in a while, as all humans do, please realize one thing.  Even though you are not reaching masses of people, rest assured that you are reaching the RIGHT people.  

    • James Archer on November 6, 2021 at 11:56 AM

    As a resident of Michigan, I became aware of her deficiencies during her terms as governor.  We called Governor Tinkerbell, yes she really is that stupid.  I know what it says about Michigan that she was elected for 2 terms.
    Now Wretched Witless, our current governor is evil rather than stupid.
    If it any encouragement, I read your stuff regularly and often email parts of it out to others, so I do find your efforts worthwhile.

    • Mike Doyle on November 6, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Thank you for posting these editorials,  sir. Between the incessant gaslighting from too many on the Left, and the incoherent ravings from too many on the Right, it does help us maintain our sanity to hear a clear and rational voice making a case for conservative principles.

    • Steve Walton on November 6, 2021 at 2:29 PM

    A true writer, professional or not, cannot keep the words inside. Whether they race out quivering with joy, or whether they are fleeing for their little lives — who knows?
    I appreciate your perspective, and I am an atheist, so I would encourage you to keep whacking away at it.

    1. For me, words are bashful, furtive things that sneak out hoping for a taste of sunlight without being spotted. They will quickly retreat to the shadows unless compelled to stand forth and answer the charge of cowardice before the enemy. Which is why I keep a cattle prod handy when I write! (:-)

    • Lagnar on November 6, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    So what if you’re preaching to the choir, the choir once in awhile needs a spokesman.  As far as Mordor on the Potomac goes, civil service attracts the clueless, stupid and the lazy and politicians are certainly that, but some are decidedly evil.   Some things can’t be explained in any other way.
    Don’t stop writing.  I post links to your blog whenever I can.

    • ontoiran on November 6, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Francis Francis Francis…they do it because they know that 50% of the country IS stupid and another 25-30% don’t give a damn as long as they have sportsball and porn

    • Stacey on November 6, 2021 at 7:56 PM

    I’ve been reading your blog for close to ten years. Please stay.

    • SWVaguy on November 7, 2021 at 7:02 AM

    Don’t ever think your posts aren’t appreciated Francis.  They are.  My guess is, for every commenter, there are at least 50  who read and appreciate what you’re doing.  We’re in there with ya brother.
    It’s OPEC, Secretary Granholm, you worthless ex-governor?  Did the fracking ban have anything to do with the gas price increases?  How about shutting down Keystone XL?  Or shutting down exploration in Alaska.  The United States was a net exporter of oil until Brandon took office.  But whatever the Orange Man did had to be reversed, mostly because of his mean tweets. Electric cars by 2030?  That’s bound to work!  I can see a traffic jam on the LIE during a massive snow storm with thousands of stranded electric vehicles.  Cold weather does wonders for batteries, ya know?  Good luck with those promised 500,ooo charging stations.  What, by the way, is going to power them?  Wind and solar?  Good luck with that.  AND, when that has no effect on the climate, then what?  The Chinese will be banning all fossil fuels too.  Uh huh.
    Climate change?  You mean the climate stays the same?  The biggest con in history.

    • Mike in Canada on November 7, 2021 at 7:03 AM

    In my limited experience, the adage concerning stupidity and malice has it reversed. Too long have the machinations of those in power been excused or ignored on the assumption that those persons were just stupid. 
    I refute this. No one achieves such exalted position by being an imbecile. Here in Canada, the refrain, when some policy, measure, or decision comes out of Ottawa (or one’s provincial legislature) one might find disagreeable, is along the lines of ‘What are those idiots doing now?’.
    This is incorrect. They aren’t stupid. They know precisely what they are doing, within what timeframe and to whom. Any other conclusion is sheer naivety at best (and nearly incoherent dumbassery(?!) at worst).
    Long have I so argued, and long have I been disbelieved. Until recently, that is.
    We now have, in the latest example of the above concern, two years of egregiously disingenuous behaviour by our elected officials on public display. There can be no possible misunderstanding, presuming that people are paying honest attention.
    These things are deliberate and malicious, with forethought and care. We are only now treated to these certainties, as it has apparently been decided that that the need for surreptitiousness is over.
    ‘Whaddaya gonna do ’bout it, bitches?’, in so many words.

    • George Mckay on November 7, 2021 at 7:21 AM

    Francis, please please please do not stop.  I tried to write a blog and quickly realized it was not easy and trying to make anything interesting and maybe even good was very difficult.   Fran, you click on both.  You have the talent to put your thoughts on the page and make things flow off the page.  I enjoy reading your columns and actually look forward to opening the page to do so.
    Know that you are appreciated and we love your diatribes, screeds, musings, drek and all the rest.  Nobody can write and have all readers love each and every thought expressed but, you express them so well and do it consistently.  I don’t agree with everything you write but, most of the ones I disagree with you have given me a different perspective and for that I thank you.   
    Keep up the good work, you are loved and remember you are doing something worthwhile.

  1. Gee, from here on out I’m going to suffer terrible guilt pangs for taking a day off! (:-)

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