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

U.S.A.-( 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 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 are very close to losing the nation.

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 people’s 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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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Good job! Kipling would approve.

Wild Bill

@DW, Bravo, well done!


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