The lady in the mask was back in my mailbox yesterday, undeterred, it seems, by the impertinent remarks I made after her last visit. Far from cutting me for mocking her Juneteenth posturing, she now addresses me by my first name and declares that she is grateful that I am on her team.  She is, to be sure, begging for money, and we know that beggars cannot be over-particular, but I take this as an example of the broadminded magnanimity liberals so often remind us they possess in such great abundance.

In the hope of making me reach for fountain pen and checkbook, the masked woman assures me that this legislative district is “flippable,” meaning of course that persons recently added to the voter roll may now be able to outvote the Crackers.

“They call her Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than she,
And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder,
Flying there-under, under the sea!”

I’m sorry if you think I am being flippant.

Now a flipper is not a flip-flopper, for a flip-flopper goes both ways, but a flipper flips only once. A flip-flopping district will send a poltroon to Congress one year, then flip-flop and vote for a picaroon two years later. And so it goes, election after election, a stately alternation of poltroons and picaroons. In a flipped district, on the other hand, it’s adios poltroons, and afterwards just picaroon hegemony.

The grand old man of Texas politics wrote to me the other day and said I should send a couple of bucks to the lady in the mask. The grand old man to whom I refer is, of course, “Beto,” the grinning galoot from west of the Pecos. “Beto” is another flipper, and so drew my attention to the fact that only six districts remain to be flipped before the lower house of the Texas legislature flips likewise.

“Everyone loves the king of the sea,
Ever so kind and gentle is he,
Tricks he will do when children appear,
And how they laugh when he’s near!”

* * * * *

Unlike Beto, Hawk Newsome does not appear to be kind, gentle, or inclined to perform tricks when children appear. Hawk Newsome is, however, on his way to becoming a grand old man of New York politics in his role as Chairman of the New York Chapter of BLM. This is because Hawk is more than a little hawkish, as can be seen in a statement he made in an interview with Daily Mail TV.

“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.  All right? And I could be speaking . . . figuratively.  I could be speaking literally.  It’s a matter of interpretation.”

I believe that Mr. Newsome means that his pyrogenic threat will have been just talk if it works, and he gets everything he demands. But if he does not get everything he demands, it will have been a promise, since he is really going to flip out.

“I just want black liberation and black sovereignty, by any means necessary.”

In this respect, Hawk Newsome resembles Matthew Gaines, another grand old man of Texas politics, soon to be remembered by a statue at Texas A&M University. Diligent readers will recall that I recently quoted an 1871 speech by Gaines, in which he said:

“I had a right to send to Africa  . . . to keep us from falling into a minority”

And, even more memorably

“There is no use in having strength unless you use it.”

I hope to see both lines carved on the pedestal of Gaines’ statue, for they are grave words that bear serious meditation. As I explained in the post where these quotes first appeared, the strength to which Gaines alludes is the insuperable electoral advantage that Blacks enjoyed in Washington County, Texas, between 1869 and 1874. By granting the vote to freedmen and denying it to many veterans, the Republican party caused a flip-flop in Washington County politics.  Matthew Gaines was swept into office by that flip-flop, and he aimed to turn that temporary flip-flop into a permanent flip.

And who can blame him, since every minority since the world began has complained about its status, has cried out for what Mr. Newsome describes as liberation and sovereignty. This is true of racial minorities, religious minorities, political minorities and sexual minorities–and it is why every last one of them dreams of flipping the system.

In other words, it is why every last one of them is a flipper who dreams of supremacy.

5 thoughts on “Flippers

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  2. There is an oldish cliché in which a mugger intones balefully, “your money or your life,” as he waves a snub-nosed revolver at you in say, Central Park.

    The mugger is now invited to issue such ultimatums on television, which seems counterproductive in both the short and long term.

    • A threat to “burn down the system” is an act of war. When the system does not respond as if it is an act of war, the man making the threat is part of the system. True revolutionaries are in the hills or in the prisons. Everyone else is an impostor.

  3. This is true of … sexual minorities – and it is why every last one of them dreams of flipping the system.

    By “sexual minorities” I assume you mean women. Not sure women constitute a minority in the sense you use the term elsewise, but that’s really not important in any case, I guess.

    In other words, it is why every last one of them is a flipper who dreams of supremacy.

    The persons in my little circle of influence would be quick to tell you that I personally have no problem with the “white supremacy” terminology. Indeed, I embrace it. The way I have it figured, someone is going to rule it over me and mine, and that being the case I’d just as soon my rulers looked more or less like me, acted more or less like me, held more or less the same religious and political views as me, and so on and so forth. I find the alternative rather discouraging, to say the least. But I’m reminded here of Dr. Zaius’s answer to “Taylor’s” assertion that the Ape “civilization” he and his cohorts had landed upon in the original movie was an “upside-down” civilization. Dr. Zaius: “You may well call it upside-down, since you occupy its lowest level, and deservedly so.” How can Hollywood be so wrong, yet get it so right so often?

    • Among women the sexual minority (really minorities) are women who radically resent the natural sexual role and behavior of women. There is a good deal of variation within the category I call natural, but these are obviously variations on the same theme. Since female sexuality is more “fluid” (i.e. conformist), dissatisfied deviants can “flip” some of their sisters, but they have yet to “flip” the sex as a whole.

      “Supremacy” has been turned into a voodoo word. Before the witch doctors got hold of it, it meant nothing more than the power to dominate the political system. Supremacism is the argument that some particular group ought to have power to dominate the political system, which means that political discourse is noting but competing supremacist arguments. I had my eyes opened to this by the old Virginia writer Thomas Nelson Page. He observed that “white supremacism” was a means to move Southern politics beyond race, and to allow whites, at least, to “divide” along lines other than the color line. There may be better ways to prevent the evil of racial bloc voting (and a racial spoils system), but people should at least hear Page’s argument that this is at least part of what Southern “white supremacy” was trying to do. This is the argument that a relatively high degree of racial and religious homogeneity is a necessary precondition of democratic politics.


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