Remembrance Day

If you want to get a glimpse of older Anglo-Celt America, that is, the actual American nation, Jerry Clower (“English: occupational name for a nailer, from an agent derivative of Old French clou ‘nail'”) is somebody to look up.

Here’s Jerry at Mississippi State in 1947, proudly playing SEC football after helping defeat the Japanese Empire:

jerry clower

I have no idea what he’s doing here in Tudor English costume, but it’s magnificent.

jerry clower2

The “Greatest Generation” ethos is obvious from his work, and there are many references to the frankly social democratic interventions of which Mr. Clower was a recipient. That’s why Americans of his age were so upset about draft evasion and protests during Vietnam: you took care of your country because your country took care of you. In Clower’s case, this took the form of rural electrification, land-grant colleges, and the county extension offices. As James Poulos (@jamespoulos) has remarked, the current Right admires old America for a lot of leftist reasons, just as the current Left admires old America for a lot of rightist reasons.

People want to be part of something tangible and larger than themselves. One of my commenters remarked that even his Army work maintaining tanks in Germany was invigorating–you’re out there on the leading edge, defending civilization! It’s a broad, deep sentiment the government taps to keep Anglo-Americans signing up for wars in other countries for all the wrong reasons.

The great crime of our elites is diverting the populi‘s patriotic instincts from tangible things like people and places to abstract, non-falsifiable ideals.

4 thoughts on “Remembrance Day

  1. People like this are dying out fast. If you grew up in a blue state, you were probably raised to look down on people that talked like this. It was only when I left the schooling system and started working that I realized that anyone that has this sense of locality is a cultural treasure. He almost reminds me of the father in “Big Fish”.

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      1. Yes, I briefly read his biography on Wikipedia. It’s refreshing hearing vernacular English.

        I’m not sure why it’s dying, but it is. My family has actually been in America for about 4 generations. In other words, my ancestors arrived during a time in which there was a core culture for them to assimilate to and so they did. I’m having a hard time putting my thumb on it but my grandparents and even my parents speak in a rather provincial sounding vernacular… I suspect it’s because American society that they assimilated to at that time didn’t have as much contempt for such speech patterns.

        I found your blog on Half Sigma/LOTB’s blog, and it appears we both read In any event, if you have time, feel free to come say hi at my blog Cheers!


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