Curtis Dahlgren
CONSENSUS? What "con-sensus"? MANDATE? What "man-date"?
By Curtis Dahlgren
January 16, 2009

"The spark from heaven falls. Who picks it up? The crowd? Never. The individual? Always . . .

"It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth."
— Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930)

"Indeed, all of what we observe in the mirror of recent history about political leadership recalls day-flies warming themselves in the autumnal sunshine without an inkling of the fact that the winter is coming." — Dr. Arthur Voobis (1955)

"NO MORE BULL: AMERICA, PLEASE PHONE HOME" was the title of my first book (2004). In another election year, I just published "Massey-Harris 101." The subtitle is "A Letter to Generations X, Y, and Z: Quotations for the Ages." One of my reasons for writing is to revive interest in the wisdom of the words of the people who went before us, "Generations A through W"!

In my first book, I said, "So often these days we are told that, in the minds of the elite speakers, this or that issue has become so difficult, so complex, that the rest of us will simply have to agree with them and forgo all attempts to rectify the situation" [BUL-loney].

In my second book, I document how the social engineers of our time CON us into believing that solutions to our problems, if any, lie only in ignoring every word of warning ever given by the Founding Fathers of the greatest Nation for good the world has ever witnessed. SO — here's an excerpt from the Introduction to MASSEY-HARRIS 101:

"It is not my place as an historian to play the part of a prophet. Nevertheless, I am convinced that if we are not willing and ready to live up to the facts, we shall perish in our incurable ignorance and stupidity." — Arthur Voobis

"Matters of fact are stubborn things." — Matthew Tindal (1657-1733)


The word-for-the-day, boys and girls, is consensus. John Ayto's book on word origins says: "The notion underlying consent (giving ones' consent) is 'feeling together.'" In other words, the underlying notion is emotion, not facts. Words related to "consent" are "sentiment" and "consensus."

Consensus is not the same as concord, which means "of one MIND." But if you want a definition of Utopianism, it's the feeling that mankind can come to have "one mind" without actually using it — simply by "feeling together." The Lyndon Johnson Presidency was an example of "consensus government," and we all know how badly that turned out, don't we?

Is this illiterate generation, the constantly "texting" generation, about to go down that same yellow-brick road? The social engineers have them conditioned to "blend in" rather than to stand out from "the Crowd." Most of those in college "feel" that to be a dissenter from the "consensus" they've heard for over a decade is a "polarizing" thing that is treason in Utopia.

But as General Patton warned us, "When everybody is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."

WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, there is an "us versus them" tug-of-war going on for the Western World, and old-fashioned Americanism. "At this point in time," the social engineers would have you believing that all the "arguments" have been 'settled.' The professors and the journalists and politicians they churn out are supposedly the most highly-evolved generation that ever lived [i.e., "don't mess with perfection by being disagreeable"].

The very first argument that they "settled" was the origin of the Species. There was no Designer (certainly not an "intelligent" one), and thus there is no Purpose in life — certainly no Destiny being worked out. Also, the Law of Nature and of Nature's God has been revoked by edicts of the Supreme (gasp!) Court.

Then "they" settled all doubts about "man-made Global Warming." Don't even think about asking any dumb questions about that, or you will be shamed into silence over your "stupidity." Now they have us right where they want us — by the you-know-whats. All that is left to Utopianize the "globe" is to nationalize the means of production, starting with the credit system, and then to internationalize it all under a New World Order. And don't be surprised if Big Brother turns out to be big SISTER in the end.

It's ten below zero this morning and most of the schools are closed. What a bunch of Nannies we have become! I can remember the blizzards of the late-1940s and the nasty wind-chills of the 1970s (the last "global cooling" scare). The temperatures this January shouldn't surprise us since Milwaukee, Wisconsin never even reached 90 last summer. The earth has been cooling since about 2001, you know (or didn't they tell you that in school?).

I used to say that the powers-that-be would tax the air we breathe, if they could. I WAS WRONG. They are now proposing to tax the air we breathe OUT (and they could, if we let them get their way with us). We breathe out (horror of horrors!) carbon dioxide. The more people breathing, the more breathing out of CO2 (the gas used by during photosynthesis by plants). Maybe that's one of the reasons we have more trees now in the U.S. than when the white man arrived here.

As for "consensus," the current issue of Townhall magazine says, "Reducing your carbon footprint in the wake of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' was the hottest thing for liberal elites and celebrities alike, but their sell to the American people seems to have gotten stale."

Dr. Roy Spencer writes that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "is supported by climate thugs who run the website where they demonize any scientists who dare to disagree with the 'scientific consensus' on global warming. These folks still don't realize something that even the public knows: 'Consensus' is a political term, not a scientific one." [Spencer is the author of a New York Times best-seller, "Climate Confusion."

Spencer mentions that Roy Ennis, chairman of the Congress On Racial Equality, has a book out titled "Energy Keepers, Energy Killers: The New Civil Rights Battle." Ennis says that the fad of feeling guilty about the use of fossil fuels ends up killing people, mainly the poor [by driving up the price of food through ethanol "mandates" for example].

By the way, another book I've been meaning to mention is "The Intellectual Moron" by Daniel Flynn. Academia is terminally ill with the disease of over-specialization (plus politicization). The problem with Big Education is the curriculum, not the amount of money being spent. Someone once said:

"People have a way of sinking to your expectations of them."

The Milwaukee public schools spend a Billion Dollars a year and half of the kids drop out, but don't you dare "criticize" the education Establishment! The Educrats are the "experts," so who are WE to ask dumb questions? Casey Stengel once said:

"If we're going to win the pennant, we're going to have to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are."

Kids drop out of school with their "self-esteem" intact, thanks to the Intellectual Morons in charge of their high-minded theories. Yogi Berra once said:

"Theoretically there isn't much difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is."

Where else but here are you able to go from Casey to Yogi to Huxley? That sounds like a new double play combination; Huxley is Chance (as in Tinker to Evans to Chance). Aldous Huxley's exact quote was:

"The reason we accepted Darwinism even without proof is because we didn't want God to interfere with our sexual mores."

As I said, that was the first step (and that first step was a doozy). This "most highly evolved generation" now has a GAY MIDDLE SCHOOL in Milwaukee. Dumb question: How do sixth graders know that they're "gay"? EH? You mean they've tried heterosexuality at the age of eleven and had a bad experience with it — OR WHAT?


Are we going to live through the Obama/Clinton era? WELL, we lived through the Carter years, so we shall see what we shall see. But Political Correctness could be the death of us. It starts out like a broken hip and you end up dying of pneumonia brought on by another Little Ice Age.

Now that the "sixties" hippies are the Establishment, our survival may hinge upon how many people can still "question authority." One of the best columns I ever wrote was entitled "Why did the English-speaking people capitalize the word 'I'?" [ ]

Life is a paradox, and in the Utopian world of "collectivism," the Individual doesn't really matter much. The English-speaking peoples have never had much use for "consensus" by any other name. That's why Americans wanted to get as far away from Europe as they could. In the great Sifting Out of the early American period, it was decisions made one-by-one by Individuals that brought a special breed to the New World. These people and their offspring became the most creative people on earth, because under our Constitution the Individual was not "stifled"! As Balfour's complete quote put it:

"For [thousands of] years society has depended upon individuals for those creative achievements of mind and spirit that have guided us along the path of civilization. The spark form heaven falls. Who picks it up? The Crowd? Never. The individual? Always.

"It is he and he alone, as artist, inventor, explorer, scholar, scientist, spiritual leader or statesman, who stand nearest the source of life [and its] essence. Wisdom and virtue cannot be forced from a Crowd as eggs from chickens under electric lights. There is no such thing as general intelligence. There is only individual intelligence communicating itself to other individual intelligences . . . "

[However] — "It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth."

. The other word-for-the-day, boys and girls, is MANDATE. Can you say man-date? John Ayto says that the verb "mandate" was formed by combining the Latin "manus," meaning "hand" and "dare," which meant "give."

When you vote for the New World Order, you are essentially giving your hand to the Beast on the East River, the United Nations, and "international courts of justice." Do NOT accept the mark of the Beast by giving Big Brother/Sister your hand. They may think that they have a "consensus-mandate," but I say WHAT consensus? WHAT mandate?

More dumb questions to come next week.

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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