Is America a Vampire?

“We need immigrants to take all the different kinds of jobs that the country needs — improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue and certainly improve our economy.” 

Michael Bloomberg speaking at a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, November 26, 2019.

A vampire is a species of the unquiet dead.  Unlike a specter or wraith, the dead soul of a vampire remains an incarnate being bound to its body.  This body spends much of its time dormant in its grave, but periodically awakens and by strange powers passes through the earth to stalk the upper world.  On these nocturnal forays, a vampire is, of course, wont to suck the blood of sleeping men and women, thereby infecting them with its vampirism, but also refreshing its body with the antidote to physical decay.

“In consequence of these practices, the persons sucked became weak and emaciated; the corpse of the vampire, on the contrary, was found, even after long interment, fresh, florid, and full of blood.”*

If Michael Bloomberg is correct in his assessment of America’s need for fresh blood, we seem to have become a sort of vampire among the nations.  America is dead, but our corpse remains curiously “fresh, florid and full of blood” because we are wont to suck off the children, the culture, the cuisine, the religion, and even the dialogue (whatever that means) of undead nations.

Undead but far from healthy, since the nations we suck are rendered “weak and emaciated” by our sucking.

There was a time when wretched refuse came to America for a better life.  It now seems that they bring a better life to the wretched refuse known as Americans.  Our culture, cuisine, religion, and economy would rot in three days if they were not regularly refreshed by the sustaining blood of those who live.

It is, of course, amusing to hear a Jew speak of “our religion.”  I presume he is not proposing to subject his religion to syncretic improvements, but would be curious to hear just what he thinks Christians need to suck from the heathen creeds.  Or to put this somewhat differently, I am curious to hear why he thinks Christianity sucks.  It is equally amusing to hear a man worth fifty-five billion dollars speak about “our culture” and “our cuisine,” as if M. Bloomberg is at this moment wrestling over a widescreen in a Black Friday mob, purchasing a 100 oz. soda through a drive-up window, or installing spinners on his automobile.

If we really are a vampire sucking our life from the vital nations of the world, someone needs to drive a stake through our heart and put an end to our sanguinary sucking.  If we are not a true vampire, but only a sort of foreign-blood junkie, we need to kick the habit and rely on our own blood.

A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I),
To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
(We call her the woman who did not care)
But the fool he called her his lady fair
(Even as you and I)**


*) John Ferriar, “Of Popular Illusions,” pp. 31-116 in Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, vol. 3 (1790), quote p. 86.

**) Rudyard Kipling, “The Vampire” (1897).

13 thoughts on “Is America a Vampire?

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  2. If the Protestants and Catholics of Africa are more orthodox and orthoprax than we are, he might have a point, though doubtless it is the precise opposite of the one he meant to make. Some of our mainline protestant denominations seem more like auxiliaries of the Democrat Party than Christian Churches.

    • Yes, I doubt he was thinking of importing more fundamentalist Christians. There is a good change Bloomberg has not given the question two minutes of serious thought, but religion mixers aim to create a moralistic deism without much attention to the deity.

      • religion mixers aim to create a moralistic deism without much attention to the deity.

        An old American tradition, that. Washington’s Declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, much bruted about recently, comes to mind. It has been trumpeted in conservative circles as proof of the essential religiosity of the United States, and I agree – but that religion isn’t Christianity. It’s a syncretistic, reductive, vampire religion.

        Vampire religion is what you get when you take the Cross out of Christianity, since the Cross is naturally repellent to vampires.

  3. The Commercial Corpo Cult demands all creatures on the globe to be treated as merchandise to be sold rented and bought, humanity included and especially humanity.

  4. The late Harold Bloom, a man of the Left but also a man of perception and frankness, wrote a book entitled The American Religion, in which he argued that the pervasive theology of the United States was a form of Gnosticism. He cited Emerson, Whitman, the Mormon founders, and various TV-preachers as examples. I submit that Bloomberg’s speeches are indeed like Whitman’s endless poems. You can extract every other line and it still makes as much sense as it did originally — which is to say, very little sense at all.

    Vampirism corresponds to human sacrifice: The vampires, who constitute a collective, periodically need to restore themselves through the ritual bloodletting of their victims. I would guess that Bloomberg’s actual religion is the usual religion of the Left, the Cult of Huitzilopotchli.

    • Emerson, Whitman and Mormonism are all products of the Second Great Awakening, a complex event that has been too strongly identified with frontier revivalism. The SGA was really Romanticism working itself out in various cultural and geographical contexts. There are some good things in Whitman’s Specimen Days, but I find Leaves of Grass unreadable. My sensibility is naturally Romantic, but I am not blind to its dark side. By setting its estimate of natural virtue too high, Romanticism inevitably tends to perversity and degradation. You’re also right about is vampirism. It sucks life from the past and from primitive peoples.

      • The SGA is a Western New-York State phenomenon, largely. The western portion of the state (look at a map) was referred to in the Nineteenth Century as the “burnt-over district.” The reference had to do with the proliferation of hysterical revival-movements until there was no one left to proselytize. No wheat. No chaff.

        My late friend Richard Fader, a Catholic incidentally, wanted me to go with him to the Hill Cumorah Pageant. My deferral (I didn’t want to sit in an amphitheater in the summer sun with no recourse to refreshment) consisted in the question, “Can we sneak in some beer?” Apparently not. So we visited the “Wings of Eagles” Air Show in Geneseo, where I believe you went to school.

      • Yes, I’m an alumnus of Geneseo, and was once a spectator at the Hill Cumorah Pageant. In fact, I have a sentimental attachment to the place because I bought a very rusty MGB from Palmyra Motors, which is in the shadow of the famous hill. The Burned Over District produced the revivalism of Charles Grandison Finney, but also the spiritualism of the Fox sisters and the feminism of Susan B. Anthony. Have you ever seen the “spirit house?” I recall that it is in Eaton, southeast of Syracuse, and that it was built according to plans transmitted from beyond the veil.

  5. Spirit House is the true clue to Susan B. Anthony and the Feminist-Suffragist foundation at Seneca Falls. As Rosalind Murray puts it, suffrage on the basis of proprietorship is no more convincing than suffrage on the basis of non-proprietorship. Proprietorship implies, at least, enough wits to acquire property, or the inheritance of property, which might confer a secondary voting privilege. I would favor a system in which the secondary inheritor of property forfeits his suffrage, unless he has increased the value of his inheritance.

    In this sense, the presumption of male suffrage is no more persuasive than female suffrage. Women can be as stupid as men.

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