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Over at the Conservative Hideout, Matt Ross is keeping track of Racial Violence in America.
‘They are going for a third/limitless term. The spouse will not stand for election, so a third/limitless term is the only option….’
A Timeless Kind Of Beauty…
M A R I N A L O M B A R D O . . .
Long-time readers of these Dispatches know that I usually take a break from serious postings on the Thanksgiving Day Weekend to give both you all and me a few days-off from all the mishegas we have to live with in The Age Of King Barack The Unready, but the issue discussed here seems worth breaking my tradition over…
Over at Protein Wisdom, Darleen Click quotes from an article by Charlotte Allen, published in The Weekly Standard and entitled, Silicon Chasm: The Class Divide On America’s Cutting Edge.
This was the section of the quoted article that struck me:
Master and servant. Cornucopian wealth for a few tech oligarchs plus relatively steady but relatively low-paying work for their lucky retainers. No middle class, unless the top 5 percent U.S. income bracket counts as middle class. Silicon Valley is a tableau vivant of what many economists and professional futurologists say is the coming fate of America itself, a fate to which Americans, if they can’t embrace it as some futurologists hope, should at least resign themselves. [...]
In other words, what is coming is the “new feudalism,” a phrase coined by Chapman University urban studies professor Joel Kotkin, a prolific media presence whose New Geography website is an outlet for the trend’s most vocal critics. “It’s a weird Upstairs, Downstairs world in which there’s the gentry, and the role for everybody else is to be their servants,” Kotkin said in a telephone interview. “The agenda of the gentry is to force the working class to live in apartments for the rest of their lives and be serfs. But there’s a weird cognitive dissonance. Everyone who says people ought to be living in apartments actually lives in gigantic houses or has multiple houses.” [...]
In the Comments section of Darleen’s post, GeoffB remarks:
Across much of the world and for almost all of the time of human society there were only two classes of people as defined by wealth and power. The very rich and powerful and the poor. Places where there arose a middle class which made it possible for people to transition upwards from the ranks of the poor to the wealthy/powerful have always been the exception and exceptional as societies.
One of the goals of the ideology that is expressed here today in the person of Obama is the destruction of the traditional middle class which is entrepreneurial, risk taking, small business people. They are to be replaced, in the class structure, by government functionaries who will be making roughly the same income but have a completely different way of looking, relating to the world.
The destruction and replacement of the bourgeoisie by the nomenclatura is on track.
And that train is picking-up speed.
The feudal system suits the Elite just fine because they know that it is the Middle Class Mentality that drives the desire for preserving, protecting, and defending freedom and liberty.
Of course, this new feudalism will be modernized. I think their goal is a softer-appearing version of the structure of the society of Oceania, found in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Also: at least in the old Feudal System, many of the Lords and Ladies felt restrained by the Hand Of God. The Modern Feudalists see themselves as gods, believing, as it must follow, that they are wise in all things.
One of our goals in our struggle to restore our freedoms and liberties, it seems to me, is to bring about the destruction of the Elite Establishment, which is like melanoma in it’s insidiousness.
We have been declared Enemies Of The State and the Feudalists will do whatever it takes to eliminate us, whether by goading the Dependent Class to violence against us or by using their Power And Control to force us to become Proles, ala Orwell’s nightmare scenario [Darleen provides an example in another post here].
Enslavement or Death means we must either Join Or Die.
The theories of Locke and Helvétius permit intellectuals to claim status as mankind’s “educators” in the broadest sense of that word. They are the repository of reason, which they believe to be always superior to experience. While mankind gropes in darkness, they, the “illuminati,” know the path to virtue and, through virtue, to happiness. This whole conception puts intellectuals at odds with the rest of humanity. Ordinary people, in pursuit of their livelihood, acquire specific knowledge relevant to their particular occupation under the specific conditions in which they have to practice it. Their intelligence (reasoning) expresses itself in the ability to cope with such problems as they happen personally to confront: in the words of William James, in attaining “some particular conclusion or … gratifying] some special curiosity … which it is the reasoner’s temporary interest to attain.” The farmer understands the climatic and other requirements for his crops: knowledge that may be of little use in another place and useless in another occupation. The real estate agent knows the value of properties in his area. The politician has a sense of the aspirations and worries of his constituents. Societies function thanks to the immense variety of the concrete kinds of knowledge accumulated from experience by the individuals and groups that constitute them.
Intellectuals and intellectuals alone claim to know things “in general.” By creating “sciences” of human affairs—economic science, political science, sociology—they establish principles said to be validated by the very “nature” of things. This claim entitles them to demand that existing practices be abandoned and existing institutions destroyed. It was the genius of Burke to grasp the premises and consequences of this kind of thinking, as expressed in the slogans and actions of the French Revolution, and to insist, in response to this experience, that where human affairs are concerned, things never exist in “general” but only in particular (“Nothing is good, but in proportion, and with Reference” [14. Alfred Cobban and Robert A. Smith, eds., The Correspondence of Edmund Burke, VI (Cambridge, 1967), 47.]), and abstract thinking is the worst possible guide to conduct.
—Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution, Chapter 4 – The Intelligensia
…so run…run Rudolph…
I’m thankful for the soldiers of Israel…
…who, like our troops, are the Guardians Of Freedom.
And I’m also thankful for the resilience and bravery of the people of Israel…
…who are an inspiration to all freedom-loving peoples.
The Gates of Jerusalem are the new Gates of Vienna.
— ANNA RAND (@OBAMA_CZAR) November 21, 2012
O U T L A W S
1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
I believe enough circumstantial evidence has been accumulated since 20 January 2009 to declare that Barack Hussein Obama hates the vast majority of Jews [the only ones he seems to like are those of the Self-Hating variety]. Obama certainly wishes the nation of Israel did not exist.
So what did Obama need the last year for? If he wasn’t concerned with getting a less dangerous deal, and he didn’t care what the American people though about his facilitation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, what prevented him from okaying the agreement last year? To ascertain the answer, it is worth considering Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s comments Sunday morning. Beyond noting the nuclear deal’s danger to Israel’s security, Lapid said, “I am worried not only over the deal but that we have lost the world’s attention.”
And indeed, Israel has lost the world’s attention. Its appropriately deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear behavior were belittled, ignored and derided, first and foremost by the Obama administration. Worse than belittling Israel’s concerns, which are completely shared by the Sunni Arab world, Obama and Kerry have castigated as warmongers those Americans who agree with Israel’s concerns and have attacked them as traitors who seek to push America into an unnecessary war. At the same time, they have presented the dispute as one of Israel against the rest of the world, ignoring that the Sunni Arab world shares Israel’s concerns.
Statements to this effect from US officials have been legion since the details of the deal were first divulged to Israel and the Gulf States by the French and the British three weeks ago.
The brazenness of these anti-Israel statements points to the main action that Obama and his advisors have engaged in for the past year, while not moving Iran a millimeter from its opening position at the nuclear talks.
Over the past year, Obama has engaged in systematically weakening Israel’s position both regionally and in Washington. Regionally, the US has forced Israel into talks with the Palestinians that are engineered to weaken Israel strategically and diplomatically. The US has delegitimized Israel’s legal rights to sovereignty and self-defense, while effectively justifying Palestinian terrorism as a legitimate response to Israeli actions – which themselves were perfectly legal. So, too, the US has given a green light to the EU’s illegal, discriminatory economic war against Israel.
Beyond that, the Obama administration has significantly expanded the prospect of war between Israel and Syria by leaking Israeli strikes against Syrian targets that posed a threat to Israel’s security.
The US has also weakened Israel’s capacity to take steps short of war to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons possessing state by leaking key components of Israel’s covert operations against Iran’s nuclear program.
In the US, the Obama administration has targeted Israel’s American supporters….
Obama appointed outspoken critics of the US-Israel alliance to key positions in his national security team. First and foremost in this arena was his appointment of Chuck Hagel to serve as defense secretary.
Finally, Obama discredited AIPA C, painting it as an unthinking warmonger by forcing the group to lobby Congress to support his helter-skelter rush to war against Syria. The coup de grace was Obama’s sudden abandonment of his plans to bomb Syria, which left AIPA C high and dry, looking like an anti-Semitic caricature of itself.
The culmination of this long process of delegitimizing Israel as a warmongering, ungrateful ally and its supporters as turncoats who are forcing the US to endanger itself for the benefit of the Jewish state was the administration’s hysterical campaign against Israel and its supporters in the lead-up to Saturday’s signing ceremony in Geneva. Everyone, from the White House to Kerry, accused Israel and its supporters of trying to force the US to fight an unnecessary war.
When we consider Obama’s decision to wait for a year to sign the deal that enables Iran to become a nuclear power in the context of his main activities over the past year, we understand his foreign policy.
His goal is not to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. It isn’t even to facilitate a rapprochement between America and Iran. The goal of Obama’s foreign policy is to weaken the State of Israel.
I agree with all of Mrs. Glick’s analysis, except for the last sentence.
I think it clear that Barack Hussein Obama wants to see the nation of Israel destroyed, eradicated. His actions are those of somebody who is seeking to get rid of an annoyance. The real Jews of this world, those God-bothering pain-in-the-ass zealots who keep interfering with The Messiah’s plans, must be trampled underfoot [ala the desire of Muslims] or left weakened, set-up for easy destruction.
Obama is an Anti-Semite — worse than even Woodrow ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Wilson.
But this kind of hatred that blackens his petty soul is not restricted to the Jews.
While he does not hate them as much, Barack Hussein Obama clearly despises the Roman Catholic Church, those Papists who bitterly cling to their two thousand year old traditions, and wouldn’t mind their civilizing light being extinguished once and for all.
His latest snub of The Church, via Cheryl Chumley of The Washington Times:
The Obama administration, in what’s been called an egregious slap in the face to the Vatican, has moved to shut down the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See — a free-standing facility — and relocate offices onto the grounds of the larger American Embassy in Italy.
The new offices will be in a separate building on the property, Breitbart reported.
And [former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican James] Nicholson went on, as Breitbart reported: “It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican — and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.”
This move comes at a time when there are pogroms being conducted against Christians throughout The Middle East, especially those of or connected with the Catholic Church.
The only religious group he doesn’t want to damage and destroy is Islam.
Just as we must face the fact that Barack Hussein Obama would like to see the Right silenced and enslaved and the Catholic Church delegitimized and decimated, we must understand that he wants Israel eliminated with extreme prejudice.
Barack Hussein Obama is a manifestation of Evil.
General de Presidente Baracko Husseinez j Lopez Cara de Tiron Antonio de Gatito Marfa Alinsky Debil Tonto de Santa Obamanna wants us to spend our time at the Thanksgiving table this Thursday, not catching-up with family members, not enjoying each others company — oh no, no, no — he wants us to discuss the positive aspects of Obamacare [I know, I know, there are none, but let's humor Mr. Mompants Jug-Ears] and convince any doubters in our family that the ACA is the greatest thing since Vicodin.
Well…hey, you know: for the Left, the personal is always political, so why not Thanksgiving, eh? Why not ruin that too?…for the cause, of course.
Of course, none of you will be following our Fearless Leader’s instructions. After all, you’re normal.
But, if one of your friends or relatives does attempt to carry-out the Emperor Worm’s wishes, you might want to have these remarks by Andrew McCarthy at the ready, because they succinctly expose the malevolent deception that is Obamacare [tip of the fedora to Serr8d][formatting mine]:
In 2003, when he was an ambitious Illinois state senator from a hyper-statist district, Obama declared:
I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health-care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. . . . Everybody in, nobody out. A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.
That is the Obamacare scheme.
It is a Fabian plan to move an unwilling nation, rooted in free enterprise, into Washington-controlled, fully socialized medicine. As its tentacles spread over time, the scheme
(a) pushes all Americans into government markets (a metastasizing blend of Medicare, Medicaid, and “exchanges” run by state and federal agencies);
(b) dictates the content of the “private” insurance product;
(c) sets the price;
(d) micromanages the patient access, business practices, and fees of doctors; and
(e) rations medical care.
Concurrently, the scheme purposely sows a financing crisis into the system, designed to explode after Leviathan has so enveloped health care, and so decimated the private medical sector, that a British- or Canadian-style “free” system — formerly unthinkable for the United States — becomes the inexorable solution.
Damn well put.
BTW: If that same person sits at your Christmas Dinner table and does the same thing again, I believe no jury in America will convict you if you shoot the bastard.
In a column written in reaction to Harry Reid’s successful move to invoke the so-called ‘Nuclear Option’, Reid Smith remarks:
His decision will further polarize an already “obsolete” Senate. More galling, he’s content to ignore the obvious. By razing the parliamentary architecture envisioned by the Framers, he’s undermined the institution he pretends to preserve. Recall Federalist 51, in which James Madison discusses the means by which our republican government can curb the tyranny of the majority. Most importantly, he emphasizes the importance of constitutional resistance to “encroachments” by competing branches.
Reid’s having none of that.
Mr. Smith, please read the following very carefully…
Harry Reid. Doesn’t. Care.
You, it seems, assume that Harry Reid gives a good Goddamn about maintaining the integrity of the Senate.
How wretchedly naive are you — especially after watching this cretin for well over a decade?
Harry Reid, like the good Leftist he is, cares only about fundamentally transforming The American Republic into a Democratic People’s Republic ruled over by a Politburo made-up of Socialists like himself, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Valerie Jarrett, et. al., who rule under a figurehead Caesar.
You’re a fine writer, Mr. Smith, and your columns are always worth a read, but, if you keep on being so bloody naive, you’re useless to the cause of restoring our freedoms and liberties.
Wake up and smell the Despotism and the malevolence and the Evil that is enveloping this nation in a highly toxic pollution.
And if you refuse to, get the Hell out of our way — time is running out and we don’t need people like you treating treasonous bastards like Harry Reid as if they deserved legitimacy.
UPDATE at 2017…
President Barack Obama personally lobbied three Democratic senators who were unsure about a proposed ban on filibusters of presidential nominees, an 11th-hour effort earlier this week that reflected how much the White House expects to rely on executive actions to press its second-term agenda.
A Senate Democratic aide said Mr. Obama called senators who were on the fence and told them “how important this was to him and our ability to get anything done for the rest of the term.” The White House confirmed that Mr. Obama contacted senators but declined to say whom he called.
This further bolsters my argument. By his lobby of Senators for a Senate rule change, Obama [ie: the head of the Executive Branch] violated Separation Of Powers. Presidents do not enter into such situations.
But, you see, Barack Hussein Obama believes he is not bound by propriety or tradition or The Constitution. His Oath Of Office means nothing to him.
The Reid Smiths of this country need to accept the Reality that The Constitution Of The United States has been set-aside by those charged with preserving, protecting, and defending it. These Traitors have rejected the Sacred Honor they were gifted by being born as Americans.
That odor you smell is Treason.
…A circus complete with all fools
Foundations that lasted the ages
Then ripped apart at their roots
Beyond all this good is the terror
The grip of a mercenary hand
When savagery turns all good reason
There’s no turning back, no last stand
Heart and soul, one will burn
Heart and soul, one will burn
In Daniel Flynn’s column last week, over at The American Spectator, we see several example of the sur-reality machine at work.
Rather than accept the reality that a “silly little Communist,” as Jacqueline Kennedy aptly put it, killed the president, great numbers of small people weave elaborate, politically flattering fictions that usually involve dark cabals comprised of caricatures of those they hate most—shadowy intelligence operatives, ribbon-chested devotees of the military-industrial complex, Texas oil millionaires, etc. This is a form of narcissism, in which one’s own devils become the devil figures for larger-than-life leaders.
In the aftermath of the deaths of more than 900 followers of Jim Jones in Guyana 35 years ago this week, many Americans drank the Kool-Aid on Jonestown. A vague understanding arose that the carnage represented a cautionary tale about the dangers of fundamentalist Christianity. But Jim Jones preached “apostolic socialism” and stomped on the Bible in front of his flock. The Peoples Temple didn’t believe in Jesus. They believed in Jim.
And Jim believed in communism, hence the commune Jonestown. “The temple was as much a left-wing political crusade as a church,” the Nation honestly reported at the time. “In the course of the 1970s, its social program grew steadily more disaffiliated from what Jim Jones came to regard as ‘Fascist America’ and drifted rapidly toward outspoken Communist sympathies.”
Despite this, within Democratic circles pilgrimages to meet Father Jim became obligatory, with Rosalynn Carter, her husband’s running mate Walter Mondale, and California Governor Jerry Brown among those who legitimized Jones by meeting with him. Willie Brown, later speaker of the state assembly and mayor of San Francisco, compared Jones to Martin Luther King and Albert Einstein.
Immediately after willing their fortune to the Soviet Union, the people of the Peoples Temple became the only socialist community to achieve their stated objectives. “We should be happy,” one woman announced in the final moments at Jonestown. “At least I am. Let’s all be the same.” In death, they achieved complete equality.
They achieved Nirvanna!
As every facet of Leftist Thinking is Anti-Life, Nihilism writ large, it should not surprise us that, ultimately, the Left desires the death of all things. Of course, being Human, they desire such an end to come about in a grand Gotterdammerung of their own design, an orgiastic triumph of The Culture Of Death.
Heart and Soul: Both will burn.
Well…I sure as Hell am thinking about it…
From the courageous Robert Spencer, we learn:
“Angola Bans Islam, Destroys Mosques,” from OnIslam, November 24 (thanks to all who sent this in):
LUANDA – According to several Angolan newspapers, Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam and Muslims, taking first measures by destroying mosques in the country.
“The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice,” Rosa Cruz e Silva, the Angolan Minister of Culture, was quoted by Agence Ecofin on Friday, November 22.
Silva comments were given during her visit last Tuesday to the 6th Commission of the National Assembly.
She asserted that the decision was the latest is a series of efforts to ban ‘illegal’ religious sects.
Let us hope this turns out to be true.
And, if it is, and you’re the praying kind, pray hard for the Angolans, because you know they will be denounced by the effete nations of The West [which means all the nations of The West].
From Reuters, via Yahoo News, Jeff Mason reporting, we learn:
President Barack Obama, on a fundraising swing in Seattle on Sunday, described himself as “not a particularly ideological person” despite ongoing political clashes with Republicans over healthcare, the economy, and immigration reform.
He’s also not believable, the putz.
BTW, Let me make this perfectly clear: he’s not a crook, either.
Once you become a card-carrying member of the Left In America™, you end-up having to engage in deceptions in all areas of your life.
-You must spend all of your time deceiving those around you, as Stacy McCain explains in a brilliant summation:
The various “-isms” of left-wing ideology are really just variations of a destructive anti-social nihilism, whose purpose was forever defined more than 150 years ago when, in their Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels declared: “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” Once you understand this profound hostility to social order — the misfit’s appetite for anarchy — then you realize that whatever grievance they complain of is really just a pretext. They do not actually wish to reform society. Rather, they seek revenge against society, and don’t care that others are harmed by their acts of destruction, except insofar as they actively desire such harm.
The Left hates America not for its failures, but for its successes. Our peace, prosperity and liberty are a rebuke to the hateful fanaticism of our nation’s enemies, both foreign and domestic. If the Left told the truth about its intentions, they could never succeed. Their dishonesty is therefore integral to their destructive purposes.
-In the Comments section of Stacy’s post, Adjoran offers his take on the Left In America’s motivations:
It’s all about power, nothing else. “Equality” and “social justice” are vague terms, but that fits well because the socialists’ goal is to assume power. They NEED power to bring “equality” and “social justice.”
Once they get power, they find it isn’t enough to effect full equality and social justice. So they need MORE power. And when that also just isn’t quite enough, they need more, and so on and so on until they have absolute power.
After they have absolute power, they send anyone who speaks of “equality” or “social justice” to the gulag as an Enemy of the State.
While it ultimately ends up being about gaining Power and Control and maintaining it, in the vast majority of cases, the desire for Power and Control arises out of a starting belief in wanting to ‘teach the world to sing in perfect harmony’, as it were.
Eventually, the believer in Heaven On Earth comes to realize that most people have no desire for their rose-colored world, scented with lovely unicorn farts, so, having rejected Morality and Truth in order to believe the Eschaton can be Immanentized, the Utopians turn to brutality, to force the unbelievers into either accepting their Illumination at the point of a gun or by eliminating the heretics, so they can ‘get on with it’.
-To be a member-in-good-standing of the Left In America also requires — and this may be the toughest burden each one of them has to carry — that they engage in a relentless self-deception. As every Leftist scheme is based in what Richard Pipes calls ‘sur-reality’ [ie: surreal reality], none of them will ever work as planned. All of such schemes, developed as they were in the sterile laboratories of deluded minds, far away from Realty, are forever to be EPIC FAIL’s and, damaged as they are psychologically and considering that their Ideology crumbles easily when exposed to the clear light of Truth, they react defensively and take refuge in further and increasingly bizarre delusions.
-Such people are to be pitied and prevented from wielding any power and control.
SIDENOTE: Mr. Pipes explains sur-reality in the context of The Russian Revolution:
This kind of thinking led to a progressive estrangement from life. Cochin’s description of the atmosphere in the French sociétés de pensée of the late eighteenth century perfectly fits that prevailing in intelligentsia circles in Russia a century later:
Whereas in the real world the arbiter of all thought is proof and its issue is the effect, in this world the arbiter is the opinion of others, and the aim their approbation.… All thought, all intellectual effort here exists only by way of concurrence. It is opinion that makes for existence. That is real which others see, that true which they say, that good of which they approve. Thus the natural order is reversed: opinion here is the cause, and not, as in real life, the effect. Appearance takes the place of being, speaking, doing.… And the goal … of that passive work is destruction. It consists, in sum, of eliminating, of reducing. Thought which submits to this initially loses the concern for the real, and then, little by little, the sense of the real. And it is precisely to this deprivation that it owes its freedom. It does not gain in freedom, orderliness, clarity except to the extent that it sheds its real content, its hold on that which
It is only with the help of this insight that we can understand the seeming paradoxes in the mentality of the genus intelligentsia, and especially its more extreme species, the Russian intelligentsia. Theories and programs, on which Russian intellectuals spent their waking hours, were indeed evaluated in relation not to life but to other theories and programs: the criterion of their validity was consistency and conformity. Live reality was treated as a perversion or caricature of “genuine” reality, believed to lurk invisible behind appearances and waiting to be set free by the Revolution. This attitude would enable the intelligentsia to accept as true propositions at total variance with demonstrable fact as well as common sense—for example, that the living standards of European workers in the nineteenth century were steadily declining, that the Russian peasant in 1900 was on the verge of starvation, that it was legitimate, in the name of democracy, to disperse in January 1918 the democratically elected Constituent Assembly, or that, more generally, freedom meant bowing to necessity. To understand the behavior of the intelligentsia it is imperative to keep in mind at all times its deliberate detachment from reality: for while the revolutionaries can be ruthlessly pragmatic in exploiting, for tactical purposes, the people’s grievances, their notion of what the people desire is the product of sheer abstraction. Not surprisingly, when they come to power, revolutionary intellectuals immediately seize control of the means of information and institute a tight censorship: for it is only by suppressing free speech that they can impose their “sur-reality” on ordinary people bogged down in the quagmire of facts.
—Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution, Chapter 4
UPDATE at 2017…
In his latest column for USA Today, Instapundit explains how sur-reality governed and continues to govern the whole Obamacare Rollout.
What engineers know that lawyers and politicians often don’t is that in the world of things, as opposed to people, there’s no escaping the sharp teeth of reality. But in law, and especially politics, inconvenient facts are merely inconvenient, something to be rationalized away.
Reality is a harsh mistress and a stern taskmaster that cannot be wished away — or divorced.
Blazing Cat Fur has all the details and links here on the deal between the Muslim Totalitarians in Iran and the Communist Totalitarians in The United States.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill: All is over. …Israel recedes into the darkness. She has suffered in every respect by her association with the West and with the United Nations….
The President desires to see cordial relations between this country and Iran. There is no difficulty at all in having cordial relations between the peoples. Our hearts go out to them. But they have no power. But never will you have friendship with the present Iranian Government. …there can never be friendship between the American Republic and the Islamic power, that power which spurns Christian ethics, which cheers its onward course by a barbarous paganism, which vaunts the spirit of aggression and conquest, which derives strength and perverted pleasure from persecution, and uses, as we have seen, with pitiless brutality the threat of murderous force. That power cannot ever be the trusted friend of the American Republic.
The Obama Administration should know the truth. They should know that there has been gross neglect and deficiency in our defences; they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road; they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of the World has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the West:
“Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.”
And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.
God Bless and Protect Israel.
And, hear oh Israel, we, the true American People, support you. Do as you must.
The American Government is in the hands of Traitors to it. It is a den of diseased vipers, a coven of the wicked. Listen to it and you will perish; ignore it and you will have a chance to live.
Well I loves the Welsh Ladies, methinks I’ll give this one a miss:
Dear Tesco, when faced with the decision of which word to abbreviate, ‘Assorted’ is not the one to chose. pic.twitter.com/RQiPwwfGoK
— James HodcroftⓂ️ (@jameshodcroft) November 19, 2013
A public skool gradyouate, obviously [tip of the fedora to Wombat Socho].
Now that the MSM, politicians, and many of the ordinary, but fool Americans have, hopefully, finished with their fellating of JFK, Jackie O, Camelot-of-bull, etc., I feel it is the time to offer some thoughts on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the assassination and some of it’s connected matters…
-Let’s get this out of the way: Communist Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman who murdered John Kennedy. I’ve studied the evidence since I was a teenager [I even build a Lego version of Dealey Plaza] and there is no doubt in my mind that Oswald was the only one firing the shots.
Perhaps he was egged-on by others — I’m not sure we’ll ever know — but if that is true, I have no doubt the ‘others’ were fellow Leftists, possibly the Soviets. Not the Mafia. Not the CIA. Not LBJ.
But Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone [feel free to express any alternate theories in the Comments, but know that I will not respond].
As for the conspirators, if there were any, I agree with BGBear, over at Protein Wisdom, that they made a huge mistake:
They seemed to miss the best way to cover up this whole thing, arrest Zapruder.
Or kill him.
-The Left, especially those members of it who worked in the national government in 1963, faced a dilemma when it came out that Oswald was a stinking Marxist, or as Jackie O put it: ‘some silly little Communist’.
Oswald was one of the Left’s own, a certified hater of The United States Of America and everything it stood for — in other words: a member in good-standing of the Left’s Groupthink Brigade.
So, they, with the connivance of the dreadful and debauched Kennedy Family [especially Jackie O], proceeded to remake JFK in the image of a Saint Of The Left and of The Elite, The Beautiful People. JFK was to be, and became, an ageless and wise King Arthur [I guess that makes Jackie, Guinevere, and, I guess, Aristotle Onassis, Lancelot?].
Covered-up in an avalanche of lies were the facts that he was not qualified to be President and that his Administration was an embarrassment that sagged under a wealth of cross incompetence. He and his Administration put uproarious laughter into the hearts of the Soviets and caused our NATO Allies to soil their underwear.
White-washed was the truth that JFK was a mortally-ill man, hopped-up on mind-altering drugs, who was dangerously reckless in his intimate life. Since the rise of the Kennedy Family, they have been an open sore of corruption on the skins of politics and of the culture.
The Left and the Kennedy family connived to relegate Communist Lee Harvey Oswald to a dark corner where his Marxism and motives would be forgotten, blaming Texans, at first, for the assassination and then expanding the blame to a concocted ‘attitude of hate and bigotry’, a ‘spiral of hate’, that cut, they claimed, a huge swath throughout America. We were all to blame for The Death Of JFK™. And it was not the last time the Left would Blame America First [nor, of course, was it the first, but this incident caused such smearing to become legitimized].
-Donald Douglas is spot-on in this observation:
Progressives/Democrats are the ideological children of the same movement that marinated Lee Harvey Oswald. #JFK
— Donald Douglas (@AmPowerBlog) November 23, 2013
That movement had to exist for many years in the shadows of American Life, but, after the JFK Myth™ and all it’s related fictions became accepted and then embedded in The Culture, it could begin to operate in the open, thus speeding-up the fundamental transformation of America into the mutant creature it is today.
…But there is more than a whiff, in a TV cult like Kennedy’s, of Roman decadence. Caesar and his heirs beguiled the people not only with bread but also with shows, and the shows not less than the bread eventually got the better of them. Ten years ago Bill Buckley opined that JFK, director and star of one of our most successful national shows, had come to be “worshipped, which word exactly describes the attitude we have toward him.”
An ominous development. The Romans, who after the deposition of their kings cherished libertas and the res publica, came in time to put their faith in the saving grace of their master showmen, the deified emperors. Is it possible that we are doing the same?
For large sectors of the citizenry, it is now the reality [ask 'Julia'].
-As for the grand myth of Camelot™, Mark Steyn writes:
It’s not so much that the comparison is inapt…but that the national tragedy of a prematurely terminated presidency in the world’s most powerful nation should be symbolized by a musical comedy.
I think it rather fitting when I’m in one of my darkly humorous moods.
The Kennedy Administration was a joke and The Republic was the butt of it.
-After all we have learned in the last fifty years, it still amazes me that people on the Right still fall for the JFK Myth™ [I'm especially disappointed in you Ted Cruz].
As Shermlaw comments over at Protein Wisdom:
Actually, Kennedy was an idea created by the people who voted for him. He was an image without substance upon whom everyone placed his/her individual hopes and dreams. His death was the best thing to happen to him, because his legacy would be far different if he’d served a second term, similar to the first.
-One Final Thought: The life of John Kennedy is truly deserving of the descriptor ‘Tragic’. Here was a man possessed, not only of an infectious charm, but, also, of an intelligence filled with potential. He was truly the one good apple in a batch of rotten apples [the 'sainted' Rose Kennedy included]. That he choose to reject Good and attach and enslave himself to his Father’s Evil and his own inner demons is the Tragedy Of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.