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'Nil desperandum. That is a Motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a Spark of patriotick fire, we will enkindle it.'
—Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, 09 December 1772
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'We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again'.
—General Nathanael Greene
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'Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.'
—St. John Paul The Great

Friend-In-The-Ether Adobe Walls Needs Our Help

17 July 2019 @ 15:59

[NOTE: This post will be pinned here for awhile; for newer posts, see below.]

My close Friend-In-The-Ether Adobe Walls and his Wife suffered a catastrophic fire.

His boss, ARW Concrete, has started a GoFundMe page to help him and his Wife out.

From the page:

Long time employee and friend, Tracy Hobbs, tragically lost his home and several pets last Saturday night in a house fire. Tracy and Natalie lost everything in the fire and are rebuilding from nothing. Theirs is a non-covered loss and any help for this family is greatly appreciated….

Anything you can give will be appreciated.

Adobe, as many of you know, is an Insightful and Humorous commentator at this site and at The Other McCain.

He’s one of the good guys, who wants to see Freedom and Ordered Liberty restored.

The Old Left Is Confused And Pathetic

14 October 2019 @ 15:15

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has published a post about the pronouncements of our Media Elites.

Please do take the time to the read the whole thing here.

I want to focus on one aspect of Stace’s reporting and superb analysis…

He writes:

Sam [Donaldson] is a Texas Democrat, plain and simple. He was born and raised in an era when there was no such thing as a Republican in Texas, and in that sense resembles Dan Rather — a native of Wharton, Texas, three years older than Donaldson — and also his late ABC colleague, Cokie Roberts, the daughter of Louisiana Democrat Hale Boggs. To such people, the offspring of New Deal Democrats, and themselves old enough to recall the JFK “Camelot” era, the Democrats are and always will be the natural rulers of America. They instinctively act as cheerleaders for the Democrats the way I cheer for the Alabama Crimson Tide, expressing a sense of inherited loyalty, as it were. No fact or argument can dissuade them from this partisanship, because it is inherently irrational.

You know the non-Media version of this type: the neighbor, friend, or family member who always votes Democrat no matter who the Party nominates.

Together they are the Old Left.

The Leaders of this group have never had much love for The Founding Fathers, while, interestingly, most of the non-Media Democrats I mentioned and have known are / were fairly conservative in their instincts.

As I wrote about the Leaders of this group in my book, The Present Crisis:

The Old Left had laid the groundwork by creating the Welfare/Administrative State — patiently transforming the American Republic into a Democracy, from the late 19th Century up to the mid-1960’s. People like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and their cohorts rejected The Declaration Of Independence, believing that those who came after the generation that wrote it were ‘not bound to adhere to the doctrines held by the signers’ because every generation faced different and unique problems — in other words, there were, in their minds, no Eternal and Enduring Truths, no Permanent Things. Therefore, the standards set in place by The Founders were considered long-past their expiration date. The Old Left also rejected the lasting stability of The Constitution for the same reasons. At the state, county, and local levels, their disciples worked unremittingly to undermine their local constitutions and charters using the same Logic.

The existence of a slowly evolving Welfare/Administrative State allowed for people to get used to the idea that government interference in all aspects of our lives was the Normal Way Of Things in America.

The Old Leftists did not rush their agenda. They were willing to adjust it’s implementation based on their perception of what they could get away with. They adapted their efforts to the flow of events. They were Pragmatic.

They had Patience.

More from Stacy:

The other factor is that a rich old white guy like Donaldson cannot be made to understand what “diversity” means in practical terms for the young white person from less privileged circumstances. While his own four children are probably doing all right for themselves, it is the offspring of the white working and middle classes who are watching their communities and life prospects destroyed in the name of “diversity.”

What would Sam Donaldson say to the young white person in Minnesota, for example, who cannot go to downtown Minneapolis for fear of being assaulted by Somali street gangs? It’s impossible to make many people of Donaldson’s generation come to grips with such problems, or to make them understand that these problems are a result of policy decisions which could easily be amended or reversed without harming any lawful immigrant. It is only because our current crazy-quilt pattern of immigration laws act as perverse incentives — a magnet for illegal immigration — that we have the problems we now have, and most elders in both political parties are blind to the scope and nature of the situation.

These Old Leftists of all types are / were also blind to the Severe Damage they were inflicting on American Society.

I suspect they are rather Confused and Discombobulated by the Ferocity of the New New Left and especially by the Radical Young Left.  And in their Desperation to remain Relevant, the Old Left Media Elites are trying to be Cool again.  They’re trying to be Hip when what they should be concerned about is whether they need hip replacement surgery.

It’s pretty Damn Pathetic.

The Left In America’s New Target: Ham Radio Operators

12 October 2019 @ 16:20

Disturbing news our of California [when isn’t there these days?].

From Off Grid Survival, we learn [tips of the fedora to BayAreaFrau and Lisa Mei Crowley]:

The People’s Republic of California is at it again; through unelected state officials, California is severing ties to ham radio repeater owners throughout the state, jeopardizing the lives of millions of Californians who depend on these repeaters to operate during emergencies.

What is a Ham Radio Repeater?  OGS explains:

An amateur radio repeater system is a two-way radio system that takes weaker or low-level amateur radio signals and retransmits them at a higher level or higher power so that the radio signal can cover longer distances without degradation. It is a vital part of the local emergency communications system, and Ham Radio operators have been using them for decades to provide support during disasters that take out local communication infrastructure.

More from the report:

Last month, repeater operators were sent emails telling them the State would no longer allow them to operate repeaters on public land without paying substantial rental fees. In the letter sent by CAL FIRE, the state claims Ham operators no longer provide a benefit to the state or public safety. They claimed that “constantly changing technological advances” has made Ham radio obsolete during an emergency.

Keep in mind; this is a state that is currently shutting power down in 34 of its counties because its infrastructure cannot handle 20-30 mph winds without risking wildfire breakouts throughout the state.

What’s that smell I breathe-in coming from The Left Coast?  Could it be the odor of an excuse to inflict damage to a system that can get around an ever-restricted Social Media?

As I wrote in my [soon-to-be properly published] book, The Present Crisis [Chapter 11: Join Or Die]:

GOING UNDERGROUND

In the mid-1770’s, the Patriots, in order to coordinate their efforts at seeking Redress and in fighting Tyranny, realized that they needed to open-up lines of communication between the scattered groupings of Patriots that were spread across the thirteen Colonies.

The Boston Committee Of Correspondence was formed to bring more strength to Boston’s efforts to combat the Despotic Legislation coming out of Great Britain, but confining themselves to just their town, they knew, would not achieve much that was Worthwhile and Lasting.

So, they first reached-out to the other towns in the Colony of Massachusetts, and met with great success. In fact, the Committee’s actions spurred many of these communities to form their own versions of The Correspondence Committee. As did the Boston Committee, these town organizations began issuing their own demands on the British Government for Redress Of Grievances. Often, they endorsed the demands of each other.

On their own, many of the towns of the Bay Colony organized County Conventions to coordinate their actions collectively. This eventually led, after Parliament’s passage of the Intolerable Acts, to the formation of a Provincial Congress that operated independently of the Massachusetts Legislature. This rebel congress ended-up actually running the affairs of the Colony.

Perhaps it’s time for all of us to purchase Ham Radios. [And/]Or familiarize ourselves with the Darknet. Given the large area we are spread across, it is Imperative that we keep lines of communication open. Things along the lines of Committees Of Correspondence and Samizdats are vital things to create if we are to have a chance of preserving the Idea of America.

Forgetting, for the moment, the Highly Valuable service Ham Radio Operators provide in disasters, we who believe in the Restoration of our Freedoms and Ordered Liberty need a means of communicating with our Fellow Patriots, our fellow Outlaws..

This move by California is the equivalent to capturing the riders relaying messages from Committee’s Of Correspondence to other COC’s before The War For Independence.

As Off Grid Survival puts it:

Even most Hams haven’t taken notice, but in 2012 the federal government launched FirstNet, a public safety nationwide broadband network that many in the government think will make Ham radio operators obsolete. In reality, its nothing more than a $47 Billion Federal Cell Phone Network that itself is already obsolete. In fact, it needs LOTS of infrastructure to function, and it creates multiple, single points of failure.

The real story here is Ham Radio is a threat to the government. We make them look stupid! They spend billions on infrastructure that breaks down, while we can literally take a hundred bucks in equipment, some random wires, and in minutes set up a radio system that can communicate with anyone in the world. Hell, I’ve used my kid’s slinky, some Television Coax Cable, and a solar battery system to build a mobile rig that I’ve used to talk to people around the world….

They don’t want the public to realize that we can take care of ourselves, and do a much better and cheaper job doing so!

Exactly.

As I’ve said here many times: The War we are in with The Left In America and their Useful Idiot minions could be justifiably called The War For American Dependence.

Resist.  Resist.  Resist.

And the public wants what the public gets
But I don’t get what this society wants
I’m going underground, (going underground)….

Going Underground, The Jam

On Justice Kavanaugh At The End Of Year One

11 October 2019 @ 15:38

The headline at the Washington Examiner reads [tip of the fedora to Bill Cool Walker]:

New York Times Kavanaugh book bombs,
just 3,120 sold, Amazon rank #6,795

Paul Bedard reporting, we learn

The latest book on Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a critical biography from two New York Times reporters that made new sexual assault charges that were immediately undermined, has suffered an epic sales crash, according to publishing insiders.

Expected to sell at least 10,000-12,000 in the first two weeks and propel The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation onto the newspaper’s bestseller hardcover list, it has sold about a third of that in the first two weeks.

A publishing source provided the latest BookScan numbers, which can account for about 80% of sales. That number is 3,120. “If you add in ebooks — they may have sold a total of 4,000. That’s one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade,” said the source.

By comparison, another Kavanaugh book, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, which details the Democratic war on the Trump nominee, has sold 60,000 books and a total of 100,000 copies since its July 9 debut. It was written by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino and published by Regnery.

Good news.

This man and his family were subjected to uncalled-for Abuse and Calumnies.

Photo courtesy of NYPost.com.

But I still worry about the Justice’s Temperament after his Embarrassing and Dismal tearful performance at the end of his Confirmation Hearing.

He sniffled and cried like a prep school brat.

Compare and contrast that performance with that of Justice Thomas when he went through something quite similar.

Clarence Thomas was Firm and held his Anger in a Manly Fashion.  You could tell that he was Upset about having to defend himself, once again, as an ‘Uncle Tom’, but he kept his Composure.

So how has Kavanaugh done in his first year on SCOTUS?

I asked Lawyer and Constitutional Expert Mol Ratty’s opinion on how he acted during his first term.  She generously offered this reply:

I think he ended up where expected: mostly a clone of Roberts who is cautious and values judicial restraint above all. Not necessarily a good thing.

Interesting.

Roberts CJ has been a Grand Disappointment, siding with the SCOTUS Leftists too often.  He values consensus over Strict Construction.

If Bawling Brett is following Join-Along Johnny, we’ve got a problem.  Maybe the Left scared him into being more ‘Moderate’ [which translates into being more Leftist]?

It’s a sad situation when so much Power And Control has been placed in a branch of government that was never meant to have it.

Time, perhaps, for a Convention Of States under Article V?

[NOTE: My views do not necessarily represent Mo’s views.]

Trans Revolution, Using Original Definition Of ‘Revolution’

09 October 2019 @ 15:20

Before the French Revolution, the definition of the word ‘revolution‘ was, as The Oxford English Dictionary lists it:

2 An instance of revolving.

2.1 The movement of an object in a circular or elliptical course around another or about an axis or centre.

2.2 A single orbit of one object around another or about an axis or centre.

[The first definition The OED offers is the post-French Revolution one, which does not concern us here.]

An example in a sentence would be: The Earth revolves around the Sun — it starts at one place and returns to that same place.

There is an important event occurring in the World that is getting little coverage…

From PJ Media, Tyler O’Neil reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Fausta]:

A British woman who once identified as a transgender man says she has heard from “hundreds” of people who also rejected a transgender identity. She plans to launch a nonprofit group to welcome detransitioners, who are often rejected and demonized in the LGBT community.

Charlotte Evans went public with her story of detransition last year, and she told Sky News she has been contacted by “hundreds” of people seeking help.

“I’m in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it,” Evans said. “They don’t know what their options are now.”

No doubt often Encouraged by some Over-Tolerant, PC-accepting members of their Friends, Family, and Psychologists and Psychiatrists, these Troubled People went through this Searing Process.

The ones who want now to Transition Back are being attacked as suffering from ‘False Consciousness’ by their supposed LGBTQetc ‘allies’.

More from Mr. O’Neil:

Similarly, Walt Heyer, a man who once identified as a woman and went through full transgender surgery before detransitioning and embracing his birth sex once more, has reported hearing from hundreds of detransitioners in America, seeking help. His website SexChangeRegret.com is a valuable resource for those who regret their transgender identity.

“In the ten years or so that I’ve worked with people, 100 percent — every single last one of them — has had some kind of event — traumatic, painful, horrible, some sexual, some physical, some emotional — happen to them, sometime between the ages of 4 and 15, that caused them to not want to be who they are,” Heyer told PJ Media last year.

That last paragraph explains not only the increase in Transgenderism, but also the increase in Homosexual Practice among those under thirty years of age.

We’ve raised at least two generations of Weak-Souled and Spoiled and lied-to children who cannot cope with everyday Life As It Is, who can connect with other Human Beings only through Maudlin Sentimentality and Virtue Signalling.  When most of their Unrealistic Desires are not Fulfilled, is it surprising that they don’t ‘want to be who they are’?

In a Triumph of Foolish Hope over Hard Experience they decide to, in their Tortured Minds, ‘Transgress’.

The less Extreme example of this is declaring they are Homosexual; the most Extreme example is Transgendering.

There’s much, much more in Mr. O’Neil’s report, so please do click here to read the rest of it.

We have to help those Damaged Souls who wish to Detransition.  As Human Beings who are Fallen in other ways, we have to be Merciful and provide Succor and stop being Enablers.

Hong Kong And America’s Dilemma

05 October 2019 @ 16:45

From Vodkapundit, we learn:

Fox News Host Stuart Varney said on Wednesday night’s “My Take” that we need to “call it what it is” in Hong Kong. And what it is, he said, is “urban warfare.” He continued, “There is blood on the streets. That is urban warfare. Both sides organized for battle. After that shooting, it’s now a clear-cut fight. Hong Kong versus Beijing — and neither side is going to back off.” Varney’s statement came in the wake of “one of most violent days in history” for the semi-autonomous city, as students went on strike after one 18-year-old student was shot in the chest at point-blank range by riot police.

The Independent reported on Wednesday that “more than 100 demonstrators were taken to hospital and 180 arrested,” following the shooting, while the victim is in stable condition. The outbreak of pro-freedom violence came as mainland China was trying to celebrate 70 years of Communist rule.

Earlier this morning it became known that Hong Kong police have “loosened guidelines on the use of force” against protestors. The same Reuters report indicated that China’s Communist anniversary involved firing “about 1,400 rounds of tear gas, 900 rubber bullets and six live rounds” at Hong Kongers.

Beijing doubled down — literally — in recent days, quietly doubling the number of mainland troops in Hong Kong. Reuters reported on Monday that it had been informed by local sources that there are now “up to 12,000 Chinese troops in Hong Kong,” brought in by Beijing with “trucks and armored cars, by bus and by ship.” Presumably, mainland troops have fewer compunctions about shooting HKers dead in the street than local police would.

As Stephen points out later in his article, the Red Chinese Regime is caught in a Dilemma:

Yes, Beijing could murder its way out of that problem — but at what cost, not only to one of its urban jewels, but to its all-important international trade? Tiananmen Square was perhaps 10,000 dead, quickly, and kept completely out of sight. And that was at a time when China’s international trade was too small to bother measuring, and the average Chinese had little to lose from an economic disruption. Any potential Hong Kong massacre would be a bloodier and — thanks to omnipresent smartphones — internationally televised affair.

You get the feeling that after months of escalating protests and official violence, that the fear of a “Tiananmen on steroids” getting uploaded to YouTube is maybe the only thing staying Beijing’s murderous hands.

Times have definitely changed for the Maoists who, with the Connivance of the Western Media, were able to hide what they did after Tiananmen.

The Tyrant leading Red China, Xi Jinping, must ‘save face’ or he will lose his expanding Despotic Power And Control internally and in the sight of the other Totalitarian Regimes.

How to ‘save face’ if you don’t Massacre the Dissidents or, at the very least, Arrest them and put them in Forced Labor or Thought Transformation Camps?

Taking such actions would Damage further a Red Chinese Economy that is already suffering under President Trump’s tariffs.¹

Xi is facing a very Serious Threat to his Tyrannical Power And Control.

But we are facing a bit of a Dilemma, as well.

Do we support the Hong Kong Dissidents?

And if we do, do we do it openly or covertly?

Let’s consider the latter option first…

—We could provide the Dissidents with secret aid, but, given such efforts have been riddled with leaks in the past, we would be putting the Hong Kong Freedom Fighters in serious jeopardy.  The Red Chinese Regime would use any evidence of our covert support to claim we are interfering in their Internal Matters.  And a Seriously Weakened West would be ‘Appalled!‘.  This would allow the Red Bastards to begin their Clampdown.

Maybe we should just say ‘Screw It!’ to what the rest of the World thinks and allow some of the Dissidents to be Sacrificed.

—As for doing it overtly, the already Souring Relations with the Red Chinese could Escalate us into Open War.

Maybe that’s a good thing because The Regime has been waging a Massive Covert War against us for decades.

The trouble is: our Military, especially the Navy, has been allowed to Decay over the last twenty-plus years.  Despite what our current President has tried to do to reverse this, it takes time.

No matter which course we take, we have to make sure the Nation Builders are kept out of any actions we take.  Theirs is tale of Consistent Failure.

Face it: We are The Policeman Of The World.  As I wrote back in September instant:

America became a Superpower because (1) it believed it could be a better Superpower than The British Empire and (2) because some nation of The West had to counter The Communist Threat.

Unfortunately, we assumed the title with two major handicaps: (1) we were very reluctant to act like a Superpower must [when to use the Diplomatic Carrot effectively and when to use the Military Stick effectively] and (2) our Foreign Policy was placed in the hands of Evangelical Liberal Democracy types who thought they could impose our Way Of Life on nations that had no History of The Rule Of Law.

We’ve Stumbled and Bungled our way since the end of The War.

Our Superpower Status has always been in Real Jeopardy because of our Incompetence.

As the old British knew very well: there has to be a Competent Policeman patrolling this Fallen World.  And it must be a nation of The Anglosphere, which is the Pinnacle of Western Civilization.  We can’t afford to Isolate ourselves in this day and age, but nor should we get ourselves tied-down in more Vietnams, as it were. [BB: As we have in Iraq and Afghanistan.]

With our Messy and Ignorant invasions and intelligence operations, we have managed to barely keep Order….

We can’t even Trust and put Faith in our Domestic and Foreign Intelligence Services because they have become Corrupted Politically.

Trump likes the Political Game too much to be Trusted.  The House is against anything he wants to do; the GOP-run Senate is Unreliable [they’re Wimps, beholden to the Whims of Democracy].

Ultimately, we have to think only, not necessarily exclusively, of what benefits us, what will Maintain or Increase America’s Security.

What to do?…….I don’t know.

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¹ Although these high US Tariffs may be lowered as Trumpicus Pompey Magnus seeks help from the Red Chinese Bolshes in his effort to have Joe ‘Hill’ Biden and son Hunter investigated for their Corrupt Dealings with Red Chinese Businessmen.

The Small Businessmen: Guardians Of The Free Market

04 October 2019 @ 18:04

While the makers of Arts and Entertainment have been portraying the Businessman as a Power-Hungry Parasite seeking to achieve Power And Control over all of us, including our Governments, the Truth is that Big Businessmen and our Governments have been in Collusion [oh, that word] ever since Companies became Big.

Throughout the history of this Corrupt Relationship, it is what we call the ‘Small Businessman’ [which includes small and mid-level businesses] who has suffered because of this Cozy Affinity.

Both sides of this Immoral Marriage have, separately, but more often together, used their Power to restrict the Small Businessman in a Crony Capitalistic Fashion.

Big Businessmen have always sought to gain Unfair Advantages in The Market and sometimes in the past they were often opposed by the Governments overall but, they bought certain Politicians.  In the Past one could muster a fight against both sides.

However, in the past several decades the relationship between the two has grown more Intimate.

Part of the reason this has occurred is because the Newer Generations of Big Businessmen have been Infused with the Leftist Virus.  Since our Governments at all levels already suffer from this Monstrous Malady, it Logically follows that the two will more easily Conspire together.  Today, in this Age Of Leftist Hegemony, those Big Businessmen who haven’t drunk enough of the Radical Kool-Aid have been softened-up and feel Compelled to play-along with their Comrades, fearing they will be attacked by Governments which have replaced The Rule Of Law with The Rule Of Whim.

These Big Businessmen think they will ride-off into The Future arm-in-arm on their Woke horses with their ‘friends’ in Government.  But, as I wrote in The Present Crisis

It is interesting then that Leftists — who seem to be obsessed with eliminating ‘evil corporations’ and denouncing ‘corrupt Capitalists’ [‘Capitalist’ is a term coined by Marx] — would make alliances with such people, but let us never forget that Leftists have rejected Morality and Honor, that they believe in achieving their goals ‘by any means necessary’. So, if they have to ‘dance with the devil’ for a while, then, why not?

For the Left, this alliance is one of pure convenience. It is designed to be merely a means to their end, a type of association [aka: Fascist or Corporatist] useful for the moment, but devised to be discarded as soon as it is possible to do without it. The Left will use the Businessmen until they have wrung out of them all that they need to progress further towards their goal of Utopia.

The Big Businessmen have ultimately Doomed themselves to Enslavement, just as did those in Nazi Germany.  They will discover too late their Idiocy.

So, it would seem, it is to the Small Businessmen that we have to turn to for Allies in our War to Restore our Freedoms and Ordered Liberty.

There are two problems, however, in our efforts to recruit Small Businessmen:

—There is a Naivete among many of them because they have been working so intensely hard to build their small businesses.

—The Wokeness of the Big Businessmen has seeped down into the Small Business Community, with some of these being Woke Enterprises to begin with, so Invasive has been the Leftist Cancer.

I’m cheered by the fact that less Small Businessmen these days are suffering from the former.  They have Awakened in the Positive sense, especially since 2006.  A good number have experienced first-hand the Malignantly of the Fascist / Corporatist Alliance and they’re ‘not going to take it anymore’.

Small Businessmen have a Duty, a Moral Obligation, to be more involved in their Local, County, and State Communities, including in Politics.  Leftist Control of elected offices and boards is Essential.

The American Culture must be Restored, as well.  They must Refuse to take part in things like Product Placement in, Refuse to sponsor any Entertainments which seek to, ultimately, Destroy said Culture.

The national government is dead, The Constitution has been Murdered.  All Hope rests within The Sovereign States.

Refugium inveniemus in provinciis
[Find refuge in the provinces]

Again from The Present Crisis

…I believe, there is still hope for the Small Businessmen to ‘Come To Jesus’ before it is too late.

These men must rediscover their Moral Imaginations, their Virtue, and join the fight to restore our Freedoms and Liberties.

All the greatness that America stands for, all that made it possible for budding entrepreneurs like themselves to have a chance to Thrive and Prosper, is slipping away very quickly. The Businessmen are the front-line soldiers in the battle to Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Free Market. They have to arm themselves properly with the right weapons and start taking their Duties and Responsibilities seriously as the Vanguard in their theater of operations in this War.

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¹ I am finally preparing to properly publish The Present Crisis in book form.

Medieval Is Not Evil

03 October 2019 @ 18:48

As you know, there were two Enlightenments in the 18th Century: the French one and the English [often called ‘Scottish’] one.

Both have had, and continue to have, tremendous influences on the World, like all such things they are both Good and Evil.

Much more of the latter is to be found in The French Enlightenment.

But, it must be said, although I’m not saying there is necessarily a Moral Equivalence between the two, both have been responsible for the weakening of, simply put, a Belief in God and Right Reason and Traditional Morality.

There is a direct line between the French version and all forms of Leftism.  After all, we can thank the French for the Insidious development of Ideology.¹

Among the Sins of The English Enlightenment, which has been pretty much a source for Good, is the encouragement it has given to a Self-Interest deprived of Virtue.  The most extreme advocate for this so-called ‘Virtue Of Selfishness’ has been by Ideologue Ayn Rand.

On 29 September, instant, Richard Fernandez wrote on Facebook [tip of the fedora to DB Hawthorne]:

The last 3 yrs have been revealing. Washington is corrupt. China is Communist. Saudi Arabia is incompetent. Europe is an aspiring superstate. Russia is one big conspiracy. Google is watching you. A lot of celebrities are perverts. Most news is a lie.

Otherwise we’re fine[.]

What appears to be a rather Naive statement by RF [I state that because the World has always been this way, has always been Infused by this Spirit of All-Encompassing Corruptions of all kinds] is redeemed, at least partially at worst, by him in an article he wrote two days later:

Perhaps the worst illusion of politicians is that they are in control; that we can determine the climate or we can create an end to history. But often we cannot. Human affairs will remain vulnerable to external events whether it is from a disaster such as a meteor arriving undetected from outer space or unlooked-for salvation from people like Stanislav Petrov, who saved the world during the Cold War by ignoring a faulty Soviet missile alert. The future is an alien signal. It’s bound to surprise us.

Mr. Fernandez seems to ‘get it’.

Secularism, which has reached it’s highest point in the belief that God is dead and Evil does not exist, has invaded our Souls.  Consequently, The West has been in Decline; it’s Soul has been left to starve a long, slow Death,

As Ben Sixsmith wrote in a review of Tom Holland’s latest book, Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

Some secularists write as if everything good about the modern world is the result of the Enlightenment and its promotion of the natural sciences, liberalism, and secularism. Holland has no time for this. Was the idea of the preeminent significance of the individual not rooted in the idea that each man is equal before God? Did the idea of the separation of church and state not go back to Augustine? Had Aquinas not said the Holy Scripture “naturally leads men to contemplate the celestial bodies”? One could mention previous Christian achievements on which liberalism depended, such as the promotion of monogamous unions and the prohibition of cousin marriage.

The True Enlightenment happened with the coming of Christianity and it’s liberation from the Roman Empire.  In other words, it is a Legacy of the Medieval Era [another example: the belief in Unalienable Rights goes back in the English-Speaking world to 1215 and Magna Carta].

The English Enlightenment, for the most part, promoted a Stronger Arrogant Individualism — the results of this have, in many ways, not been Good.

Since the French Enlightenment, we have expected too much out of Human Beings.  I prefer the Medieval take.

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¹ The British and French Enlightenments, interestingly, combined to create the one Right Wing Ideology: capital ‘L’ Libertarianism.

² I highly recommend all of Tom Holland’s books.

If Hillary Runs, The Left Will Biden Her

01 October 2019 @ 17:23

I’m starting to hear more and more frequent talk about Hillaria Tiberius jumping into the 2020 Democratic Presidential Race.

I’ve become convinced she wants to, especially after what she said the other day about Mentally Ill Climate Change Fantasist Greta Thunberg.

From PJ Media, Nicholas Ballasy reporting, we learn:

Calling Thunberg’s remarks “powerful,” Clinton specifically applauded the portion of the speech where Thunberg told world leaders they had “stolen” her childhood. Clinton said the speech should be “required reading for every lawmaker.”

“She spoke for so many in her own generation when she condemned world leaders’ lack of urgency in responding to climate change by saying, ‘you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.’ Now, I know she engendered a backlash from the climate-change deniers, from the anti-anything coalition that takes on those who stand up and speak out and actually live in an evidence-based world instead of a fact-free world,” Clinton said at Georgetown University during the presentation of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security.

Tip of the fedora to my Friend In The Ether Teecee Lynch who remarked: ‘She is SO gonna run again’.

Hillaria certainly sounds like a candidate.

I think she certainly wants to…wants to very badly.

Hillaria believes ‘she wuz robbed!’ in 2016 [thank the Good Lord and The Founders again for the Electoral College].

The question is: Will she throw her pantsuit into the ring one more time?

Knowing her and the sniveling toadies around her, I would bet against it.

But there’s a problem — a Big Problem — if she does: like Joe ‘Hill’ Biden she’s a certifiable…er…certified member of the New Left.

As I mentioned last week, the New New Left of Obama, Pelosi, et. al. are on a campaign…

…The current Democratic Party Establishment is known to be Ruthless in the way it treats those of it’s members who it feels are bring[ing] it down, who may cost them in Elections, in increasing their Power And Control.

Combine this with a Radical Young Left who want Biden to go away because he is harming their efforts at promoting Socialism and the Democratic Party Establishment’s on-going search on how to Appease these Socialists, who they believe they are now a Power to be reckoned with and what you are seeing here is a move to remove Joe.  As I wrote back in mid-July:

Nancy Pelosi and her Apparatchiks, the New New Left, are in a political life and death struggle with the Radical Young Left for Power And Control. The latter group are determined to push the former into the same bin as the Useful Idiot GOP and their minions, but also with we Constitutionalists.

Nancy and The Apparatchiks [are] in a Desperate battle….

So…they have decided Old Joe Hill must go to his Political Grave because he has become an Embarrassment.  This is a Typical Leftist Tactic: once one your own becomes a Negative, a drag on your efforts, consign him or her or zhr to the dung heap of used-up Bolshes — in other words…Disown them Utterly.

In this case, their is another benefit for the Democratic Party Establishment: it believes this will help them in their efforts to Impeach the President.

Hillara Tiberius is A LOSER.  She has pissed-off many on her side with her and her husband’s Mafia-like actions.  La Cosa Clinton has, I believe, used-up what ever Patience the New New Left had for her.  They also gave their all in supporting her candicacy in 2016 and she Botched It big time.  I think Pelosi and her Comrades are sick-to-death of Hillaria and will see this as a perfect opportunity to get rid of La Cosa Clinton once and for all.

I hope she runs.

 

xYup

Ken Burns’s #CountyMusicPBS – Review Part II

28 September 2019 @ 17:54

Last Sunday, I reviewed the first four episodes of the Ken Burn’s documentary Country Music.

He kept the raaaaascism obsession to a minimum in the last four episodes as he had done in the first four.

His obsession with Vietnam Bad Bad War™ flared-up slightly but never got Obnoxious enough that I had to stop watching.

Burns did a pretty good job on Outlaw Country, but it could have been longer.

In last episode, which covered 1983 to 1996, he ignored Punk Country, focusing more on people like Garth Brooks and Sahnia Twain.  It’s not as if he didn’t have the time to do so, after all, the seventh episode ran longer than the rest.

I’m happy Burns went beyond 1996 in one instance and included Johnny Cash’s last years.  Mr. Cash exemplified down-to-your-boots Country.

Country Music and other Roots Music [Blues, Rock And Roll] are the only types of Music that have never reached a level of incoherence as Jazz/Swing and Classical did. Even during the worst days of Country Pop, there have been Rebellions that have brought it ‘back home’.

Rock And Roll went through some very shaky times, especially in the Early 1960’s and throughout the 1990’s.

Blues flirted too intimately with Funk in the 1970’s

I would recommend Burns’s Country Music, especially if you want to understand what all that yodeling was about.

-Did I say ‘Punk Country’?  Let’s have some Social Distortion

-Johnny Cash from his best work: the American Recordings of the 1990’s and early aughts…

-One more from The Man In Black:

-The saddest song you’ll ever hear…from George Jones…

-The song that anchored the whole Series was, I think, Perfect.  Here are two versions used: the firsst one by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends [including Mother Maybelle]…

…the second: the one that started it all by The Carter Family [and is, in my Humble opinion, the best version]…

 

#Impeach Trump – Beware Of Watergate II

26 September 2019 @ 16:59

Former Nixon Administration Assistant White House Counsel, Geoff Shepard, has written very well researched books about the Watergate Affair.  In them, he makes a solid case that Richard Nixon did not commit any Impeachable Acts and that many of those Prosecuted were, basically, Innocent.

As a teenager, I followed the whole Scandal and always felt something was wrong with it, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on just what that was.  I eventually came to believe that my affection for the Underdog was clouding my judgement.  It is now clear, with Mr. Shepard’s unearthed convincing evidence that my original Instinct was correct.

The Left back then were starring in a Dreadful story: Bring Me The Head Of Richard Nixon.

There were no ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ committed by Mr. Nixon.

Through deliberate distortions of recordings and their transcripts, selective leaks to the Media, and outright Lies, the Prosecutor, ‘Judge’ Sirica, the Media, and the likes of John Dean, a False Case was made against The President, and many of his Aides were over-prosecuted or wrongly convicted.

The Rule Of Law was seriously Damaged and has never recovered, which is obvious if you look at the actions of the FBI, the Congress, and the Obama Administration in the past decades.

I bring this up at this point as a warning to my Fellow Defenders Of The Constitution…

We have to watch out: What happened to Richard Nixon could happen to Donald Trump in a sad repeat of the early 1970’s.

Do not enjoy the occasions of Schadenfreude you’re now experiencing as a result of the current Bumbling of The Left.  They’re as Relentless as they were during Watergate and will not stop their Machinations despite what they consider their small setbacks,

As I see it: so far the Democrats and their allies in The Media are mimicking the same tactics used by the Watergate Prosecutors, ‘Judge’ Sirica, and the Media…and they ended-up forcing Nixon from Office in a Haze of Lies.

Like President Nixon, President Trump may win Re-Election, but the Victory could be shorted-lived.

Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow.


I would highly recommend viewing Mr. Shepard’s lectures on C-SPAN and at Temple University, his articles over at The American Spectator, and, of course, his books and his website.

Hunter Is Not The Hunted: Joe Is

25 September 2019 @ 16:36

Why has the Democratic Party decided to pursue a matter than will show Joe and Hunter Biden’s Corruptions in their effort to Impeach Donald Trump?

From Low Rent Pundit:

Drummed out of the military due to a coke habit, yet somehow miraculously not dishonorably discharged. Deeply in debt and over $300,000 behind on taxes. Affair with the wife of his dead brother after which his wife filed for divorce alleging Hunter squandered his family’s money on “drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs, and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations”, indicating very “flexible” character and a taste for the good life.

All this plus very, very close ties to a particular high ranking government official.

Sounds like a perfect target for extortion and manipulation by foreign entities to me.

Alas Hunter Biden, we never knew ye.

Then he gets hooked up with a Ukrainian oil and gas company that paid him a rumored $50 large per month, a company partially owned by a crony of Putin’s.

Perhaps Daddy had something to do with that.

Kid’s gotta eat, right?

By his own admission, Biden had “visited Ukraine four times since 2014 and says he’s logged “close to a thousand hours on the telephone” with its leaders” (via a Feb. 29, 2016 Politico article).

If any of Trump’s kids had this kind of backstory, the Democrats would impeach him.

Oh, wait — none of them do but Democrats are pretending to impeach anyway.

The Impeachment Lite of President Trump is going to rip the scab right off old Joe’s knee.

The Democrats have worked themselves in to a position on the board where they can’t sacrifice a single pawn without clearing a path to their Queen. Best they can hope for is to run out the clock.

That’s why, if Trump asked me, I’d tell him and the GOP to call their bluff.[¹]

Having spent most of my Life living through the ways the Democratic Party have operated, I believe what is going on here, what is the real story, is that The Party has decided Joe ‘Hill’ Biden has to go.  The current Democratic Party Establishment is known to be Ruthless in the way it treats those of it’s members who it feels are bring it down, who may cost them in Elections, in increasing their Power And Control.

Combine this with a Radical Young Left who want Biden to go away because he is harming their efforts at promoting Socialism and the Democratic Party Establishment’s on-going search on how to Appease these Socialists, who they believe they are now a Power to be reckoned with and what you are seeing here is a move to remove Joe.  As I wrote back in mid-July:

Nancy Pelosi and her Apparatchiks, the New New Left, are in a political life and death struggle with the Radical Young Left for Power And Control. The latter group are determined to push the former into the same bin as the Useful Idiot GOP and their minions, but also with we Constitutionalists.

Nancy and The Apparatchiks [are] in a Desperate battle….

So…they have decided Old Joe Hill must go to his Political Grave because he has become an Embarrassment.  This is a Typical Leftist Tactic: once one your own becomes a Negative, a drag on your efforts, consign him or her or zhr to the dung heap of used-up Bolshes — in other words and Disown them Utterly.

In this case, their is another benefit for the Democratic Party Establishment: it believes this will help them in their efforts to Impeach the President.

Since the New New Left of Nancy Pelosi et. al. regained Power with the 2006 Congressional Elections, they have Systematically been Eliminating those Democrats who have not ‘gone along with the program’ of the Fundamental Transformation of America.  They’ve been especially successful on the State and City Level in accomplishing this, so there’s nothing preventing them from doing it on the highest level.

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
Alive as you and me
Says I, “But Joe, you’re ten years dead,”
“I never died,” says he, “I never died,” says he.

Well…politically, at least, it looks like he’s terminal.

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1 Let us not also forget: ‘In 2013, then-Vice President Biden and his son Hunter flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Ten days later, Hunter Biden’s firm scored a $1.5 billion deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China’. [source: Kin Barlow]

Who Really Won WWII?

23 September 2019 @ 17:19

Well…the Nazis, the Fascists in Italy and Japan lost — we know this.

In a series of Tweets from August and September instant, Daniel Hannan reminds of a few Facts that will play a part in my answer to the question.

His thread starts with this Tweet, but I will cite just the text from them for clarity’s sake.

23 August 2019:

The Nazi-Soviet Pact was signed 80 years ago #OTD. Two totalitarian ideologies united against the liberal West.

Worth remembering, too, that most Western Communists happily went along with the new line, effectively siding with Hitler against their own governments. Here is a little reminder.

01 September 2019:

Eighty years ago #OTD, Hitler’s tanks punched into Poland. Everyone remembers that. For some reason, though, Stalin’s invasion on 17 September 1939 does not have the same place in our collective memory. The two dictators spent the first third of the war united against the West.

On to my answer to the Question posed in the title of this post…

—The Soviet Union won in a big way.  It spent the first years of the War on the side of the Axis, yet ended-up controlling half of all Europe.  Not bad.  It rose to the status of Superpower and spent the next six decades trying to control much of the World.  It fell after a long struggle with America, the other Superpower.  It was able to Massacre many of it’s opponents.  It was able to Enslave many more.  True, it tried to exert Power And Control over Red China, but Failed.  It’s campaign to steal American Technology was, for the most part, successful, due to it’s successful Infiltrations of our Agencies and Businesses.  But it also was even more successful in helping The Left make it’s long march through our institutions, creating a substantial cadre of Fellow Travellers and Dupes along the way who plague us still today.

The USSR fell, but the groundwork it laid pretty much continued on, starting to be Revived with the coming of the Fascist Vladimir Putin.  Russia is still employing the same Tactics as The Soviets did.

—Great Britain was perhaps the biggest loser of the winners.  Because of the compromises it made with FDR and the effect this had on Britain’s Left, it lost The Empire.  The Chaos that ensued, and still ensues to this day, has roiled the World.  It has become a Pale and Trembling version of what it once was when the sun never set on The British Empire.

—America became a Superpower because (1) it believed it could be a better Superpower than The British Empire and (2) because some nation of The West had to counter The Communist Threat.

Unfortunately, we assumed the title with two major handicaps: (1) we were very reluctant to act like a Superpower must [when to use the Diplomatic Carrot effectively and when to use the Military Stick effectively] and (2) our Foreign Policy was placed in the hands of Evangelical Liberal Democracy types who thought they could impose our Way Of Life on nations that had no History of The Rule Of Law.

We’ve Stumbled and Bungled our way since the end of The War.

Our Superpower Status has always been in Real Jeopardy because of our Incompetence.

As the old British knew very well: there has to be a Competent Policeman patrolling this Fallen World.  And it must be a nation of The Anglosphere, which is the Pinnacle of Western Civilization.  We can’t afford to Isolate ourselves in this day and age, but nor should we get ourselves tied-down in more Vietnams, as it were.

With our Messy and Ignorant invasions and intelligence operations, we have managed to barely keep Order.  Which brings us to…

—The Middle East.  America’s only success there was the aid we provided the Israelis in setting-up and maintaining their great nation.

We very often forget that the Leaders of Islam supported Hitler.

One of the factors in the reawakening of Islamic Power was the Muddled way we handled them and continue to deal with them.  We’ve misunderstood where they are coming from and deal with these Barbarians as if they were Westerners.  They are most certainly not like us at all.

It hasn’t helped that all the governments of The West have been infiltrated by Arabists, who border on Anti-Semitism in their words and deeds [and now, because of Political Correctness, by actual Muslims, who have only Loyalty to Islam].  The biggest offenders in The West have been the two Bushes and their Administrations and Obama and his Islamic Sympathizers [there are some Reagan Officials who deserve blame as well].  As for Carter and Clinton…well….

Since Bush I, we’ve seen too many Administration Officials providing what can only be described as Aid And Comfort to our Enemies.

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So…we return to the question: Who Really Won World War II?

Until their spectacular fall, The Soviets were the Big Winners.

Then Red China came in and filled the Totalitarian Gap.  It is now a True Superpower.

All the while, Islam was gearing-up for it’s moves against a Weakened West.

America was a Winner and we got an unprecedented Prosperity out of it.  But what good does that do when we’ve Botched things so badly on all other fronts?

Time will, of course, tell.  But, right now, we are not Winners.

Ken Burns’s #CountyMusicPBS – Review Part I

22 September 2019 @ 17:19

Last week, I watched the first four episodes of the latest documentary by Ken Burns on the History of Country Music and I must say I was surprised.

Usually, especially since a became one of The Beautiful People with his The Civil War, the documentaries he Directs and/or Produces go something like this:

Subject, Subject, Racism, Subject, Racism, Racism, Raaaaacism, Subject, Subject, Racism, Subject, Racism, Racism, Raaaaacism, Racism… — you get the picture.

He is obsessed with Racial Relations in American History and it has clouded his obvious talents as a first-class Documentarian.

Jazz was became unwatchable rather quickly, especiall when nearly everything Blacks did in it was touted as ‘the greatest [name the performance] of all time!’.

Baseball was as off-putting.

Prohibition was okay.

The Roosevelts was hours of arse-kissing.

The West, which he Produced, got Obnoxious about halfway through [and my Great-Great Maternal Grandmother was full-on Cherokee].

Etc.

With his latest, Country Music, so far he seems to have redeemed himself.  The obsession with Race is not there.  He treats the influence of Black Music on Country & Western, especially The Blues, with just the right amount of Respect it deserves.

As I said, I’ve just watched the first half of it.  We’ll see how the second half goes starting tonight, Sunday.

The first half covered up until the deaths of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins in a 1963 plane crash.

I certainly would recommend the first four parts.

I remain Hopeful, but, as always, Cynical.

-How about some Patsy…

-Then there’s Hank…

-Jimmie Rodgers…

-This song is played during one of the sponsor commercials and it’s great:

 

Everyday Men Walk The Line

22 September 2019 @ 16:20

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine.
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds.
Because you’re mine, I walk the line.

—Johnny Cash

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy has published a post that concerns itself with Emotional Manipulation, in general, and the case of Feminist reaction to a Male Pick-Up Artist, specifically.

Do click here to read the whole thing — it’s another McCain Home Run.

I want to focus here on an aspect of Emotional Manipulation: that between Men and Women.

As Stacy remarks:

Now, I do not endorse deliberate emotional manipulation and, as a Christian, I must condemn fornication as a a sin. But the feminist reaction . . . They’re totally losing it.

As they always seem to do.

The Feminists, for many reasons that I’ve explored here and that Stacy is a master decipherer of, are not Happy or Satisfied if they don’t stay in a Perpetual State Of Outrage.  This is a modern form of Hysteria.

As Stacy writes:

…men and women are not “equal,” especially when it comes to sex. Feminists have promoted the false belief that women can (and should) engage in a casual hookups without suffering emotional damage in the process. But women are by nature predisposed to prefer long-term monogamous commitment, a preference that is rational, because it serves women’s best interests. In a society where female promiscuity is celebrated, however, men are understandably reluctant to make long-term commitments. This creates a permanent conflict in which male-female relationships are afflicted by suspicion and hostility, approaching the Hobbesian nightmare of “the war of all against all” (Bellum omnium contra omnes).

There is no secular solution to this problem, which has arisen as a consequence of the decline of religious morality….

Even The Rule Of Law, and before that The Common Law, used take into account the non-physical differences between Men and Women.  And this was a Good Thing.

As I stated above: I want to offer some thoughts on how to maintain a Healthy Male / Female Relationship.  As my bona fides on this matter let me tell you I have spent well-over four decades studying the Female Psyche.

Women and their Ways have Fascinated me for most of my life.  I’ve been in a relationship with my Wife for over twenty years and our Love has just grown Stronger — partially due to our ongoing battles with my Cancers.  We’ve had some rocky times since The Big C first got me in 2006, but that has been mostly my fault in momentarily forgetting what Mrs. B. is going through.¹

So I would urge you to heed the advice below Men — and the Women should heed it too to, as Johnny Cash put it: ‘Understand your Man’.

In the Comments section to Stacy’s post, Evi remarks:

There is a lot to be said by finding the right partner and making a life together — but let’s not kid ourselves that both men and women engage in plenty of manipulation even then. That is not necessarily a bad thing if both partners benefit from it.

Exactly, Evi.

For a Heterosexual Relationship to work, both sides must engage in mild forms of Emotional Manipulation.  This is Essential because, to get your point across to the other person, you have to understand to an extent where they’re ‘coming from’ and make your point in a way he or she will ‘get’. Otherwise, Confusion and Misunderstanding will result.

The burden of this will lopsidedly fall on the Man.

Now, Women are definitely more Emotional than Men.  This fact must inform the interaction between the two on the Man’s part.  Most Women, because they are Emotional, will only sometimes Reciprocate — it’s part of their Stubbornness, which is a feature of their make-up. So the Man has to be more understanding [please see what I have to say in the footnote below for more on this].

The final word, I’ll leave to my Old Friend In The Ether McGehee:

I came to the conclusion long, long ago that getting anything you want from anyone involves some form of emotional manipulation. Most of us learn it as infants and it’s done unconsciously throughout our lives. Others, such as someone on the autism spectrum [like the Pick-Up Artist in Stacy’s post claims he’s on], learn it later and do it deliberately — but it’s part of the reality of living as material creatures in a material world. This earth, not heaven.

A moral person avoids manipulating people in ways that harm them; we Christians ask God not to lead us into temptation, no more should we do it to our fellow man.

Dead Solid Perfect.

You’ve got a way to keep me by your side.
You give me cause for love that I can’t hide.
For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide.
Because you’re mine, I walk the line.

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¹ If you are a man suffering from Cancer and you are in a Heterosexual Relationship, you must never, ever forget that your Gal is suffering more Psychologically than you are [unless you wimp-out and stop being a Man].  You know what’s happening to your body, she can only guess.

As in a story, when the violence and mayhem happen off-stage, one’s mind tends to Exaggerate the violence and mayhem in your own mind.  This is why Storytellers of all forms often resort to this tactic.

Women have it much Worse in this situation and you must tread carefully.  A form of Stoicism is demanded of a Man here.  You must always realize that — especially in a long twilight struggle against a horrid illness — that your Woman, even though it doesn’t appear so, is always ready ‘to blow’.  Those times when I have forgotten this have led to bad scenes.  You, the Man, must be ready to Apologize, even though the Main Fault does not lie with you.

To a somewhat lesser extent, this applies in non-illness situations, as well.  You’re dealing with an always potentially Volatile Situation when you choose to be in a Normal [ie: Heterosexual] Relationship.  Women are often ruled by their Emotions.  Men are usually not,  This Yin and Yang is good for bringing-up Children and, when you haven’t been blessed by having any, influencing the Young in your circle.

Our Young: Can This Malignant Circle Be Unbroken?

21 September 2019 @ 17:21

There’s something seriously wrong mentally with the vast majority of young people today.

They claim that they’re always suffering from one kind of Anxiety or another, that they have trouble dealing with the every day problems of Living.  Feeling Down about something is enough to put them into a Woe-Is-Me Panic.  They exaggerate every little reversal of their fortunes into a life-threatening moment and expect us to offer them Syrupy Sympathy and, hopefully in their eyes, tell them it’s not their fault, that they are victims of a Cruel, Cruel World.

As John Rosemond puts it [tip of the fedora to KC Duffy][re-paragraphing mine]:

Because of “expert” psychobabble to the effect, today’s parents — those who want to do the best job possible — are petrified at the possibility they might do something that will upset their children’s supposedly delicate psyches and create conditions of permanent emotional turmoil.

As a consequence, all too many well-intentioned parent[s] are afraid of doing anything that might make their children unhappy, however temporarily. The ironic, darkly humorous upshot of this is that today’s parents are the first generation of Americans who were, as children, intimidated by adults and who are, as adults, intimidated by children.

In thirty-plus years, the parent-child relationship has turned upside down. The victims of this inversion include the American child, who never learns to respect authority and cannot, therefore, ever develop true self-respect; the American parent, who exists in a state of perpetual child-centered neurosis; the American family, which lacks both a stout helm and a competent helmsman; and finally, America, which wobbles on an increasingly weak foundation.

This ever-worsening situation will not be corrected until American parents retrieve the gumption to tell both their children and the “experts” to sit down and hold their tongues.

Dead Solid Perfect.

In the comments to Mr. Rosemond’s Facebook post, John Barillaro makes a spot-on point:

Part of the problem is that kids are almost expected to “have an issue”, and they know this. It then becomes a self fulfilling prophecy….

And they find it because they’ve been brought-up as the center of the attentions of Family and Family Friends.

Double-Amputee Veteran Johnny Jones:

Obviously, much of the blame belongs with the Parents, but most of our current Culture is designed now to Enable this kind of behavior.

I have a small bit of Sympathy for the Parents because they are encircled and encompassed by this Rottenness, but it only goes a short way.  Plenty of the young are taught by their Parents to be Virtuous and Responsible members of American Society.  Look at the men and women in our Military for one example.

However, when these young people enter Society, they are bombarded with the kind of thinking that can seriously Damage a Soul.  The high incidents of Suicide among our Military Personal shows that the Rottenness I spoke of has invaded even the Souls of these brave people.  These Suicides are a Tragedy in the truest sense of the word because these young people have had their Souls Weakened by The Cultural Climate [that’s the only climate change we should be concerned with] and it’s led them to be Feeble — Delicate and Fragile whose minds can be snapped like a small twig.  And, if you do not possess some kind of Inner Strength, you will eventually Fall into False Victimhood or, in the extreme, off yourself.

We see a Carelessness in our Young that exceeds even that of the Young in The Roaring Twenties.

Can this Malignant circle be unbroken?

SIDENOTE:

What doesn’t help the situation is our strong tendency to Overreact to problems affecting our Young People.

I’ll leave ‘The Horror That is Vaping!!!’ and the so-called ‘Opioid Crisis!!!!!!!’ for another time and concentrate on something more Pervasive and relatively-speaking Mundane: the case of the, I believe, wrongly jailed Michelle Carter in The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts.

From The London Daily Mail, Luke Kenton and Snejana Farberov reporting:

Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III. The now 22-year-old woman began her sentence in February.

A judge found Carter was responsible for Roy’s death because she urged him to continue with his suicide plan.

Carter was 17 years old and recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital when she encouraged her boyfriend, Roy, 18, to commit suicide on July 13, 2014.

The pair had been dating for two years, though had only met five times over the course of their relationship.

Evidence presented at trial showed Carter had suggested several ways in which Roy could commit suicide, regularly encouraging him to carry out the act as he had ‘promised’ her.

‘Drink bleach. Why don’t you just drink bleach? Hang yourself,’ Carter said in one text, before adding, ‘Jump over a building, stab yourself, idk. There’s a lot of ways.’

Both Roy and Carter suffered from clinical depression and had previously attempted suicide, two disheartening factors the young pair centered their companionship on.

Carter was some 30 miles away from Roy on that fateful July day. She sat on the phone with him and listened as he inhaled carbon monoxide in his pickup truck in a secluded parking lot.

At one point, Roy told Carter he was going to get out of the truck, but she ordered him to get back in.

The shocking admission was made in a text to a friend months after Roy’s death, which later served as one of the most crucial pieces of evidence against Carter at trial.

‘His death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him,’ she said in a message to a friend.

‘I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he got scared and I f***ing told him to get back in.’

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 and was sentenced by a Juvenile Court Judge to serve 15 months behind bars.

The sentence was put on hold until the Supreme Judicial Court upheld her conviction, which unanimously rejected the defense’s arguments that Carter’s conversations with Roy and the dozens of text messages and emails that they exchanged before his death were protected speech under the First Amendment.

She began serving her sentence on February 11 this year.

‘Our common law provides sufficient notice that a person might be charged with involuntary manslaughter for reckless or wanton conduct, including verbal conduct, causing a victim to commit suicide,’ the SJC declared.

Carter’s attorneys have appealed the ruling to the US Supreme Court, which has not yet confirmed whether it will hear the case or not.

She was, just last week, denied parole.

No one made him carry through with his suicide.

She bears a Moral Responsibility for his death, but she did not make him get back in his car.

She should be Shunned and anyone who provides her aid and comforts should be Shunned, unless she Truly Repents.

The trouble is people want the instant justice they see on television.

This desire often leads towards roping the government into taking actions that set awful and offal precedents.  And, of course, the Politicians take advantage of this fully.

Leave her and her enablers to God. Shun her, don’t jail her.

She’s not a Legal Criminal because Conrad Roy had Free Will: Carter is a Moral Criminal and we shouldn’t use The Rule Of Law to assuage our Guilt as a Fallen Culture.

Also, let us keep in mind: the Precedents this kind of bending of The Law makes can be — and most assuredly will be — used against us.

On Abortion, Complicity In Moral Treason, And Repentance

19 September 2019 @ 15:52

Over at Da Tech Guy Blog, Baldilocks offers a succinct and insightful argument against Abortion.

As she points out, via a quote from Dave Perkins: there are two kinds of response a woman who has had an Abortion can choose from…

1. To seek Forgiveness from God; or

2. To [as Mr. Perkins puts it] adopt a…

…FURIOUS ANGER at anyone they believe might possibly be entertaining a tiny bit of anything like judgmentalism against them for having done that. (…)

They don’t seek forgiveness; they want JUSTIFICATION and will punch in the face anyone who won’t acknowledge their act was not unjust.

(…) Not wanting to face something so horrible about yourself is a very strong motive for activism and high loud moral outrage, folks. Don’t undervalue that.

Baldilocks remarks:

It’s difficult to face the fact that you have murdered, and that the victim is the one person over whom you have total control. If you refuse to face it, that person loses sentience in you mind and becomes just a clump of cells, like your fingernails or your hair.

To avoid the kind of Guilt that should follow such an act, many women put on the Victim Suit and go on to blame everyone but themselves.  They try to direct the death rays of said Guilt to others, most especially those of us who see Life as a Gift from God.  They are Mentally Ill [Hysteria] and need our Help.

Juliette continues [emphasis hers]:

But there’s more to this phenomenon than the non-personing of unborn babies. The refusal to see the reality of one’s iniquities leads to blindness of the spiritual variety. This blindness seems to turn what is obviously murder into an issue of power.

For the women who justify abortion, the notion that her body is not her own is infuriating. “My body, my choice” is more than just a statement of personal sovereignty; it’s a statement which refutes God’s ownership of each individual.

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God gave us Life, therefore, the Ultimate Sovereignty over our Death is His and His alone.  This same bit of Right Reason also goes for Euthanasia.

God gives us Free Will, but it is restricted at the highest level by His Ultimate Sovereignty.

More Juliette:

It’s not a coincidence that many abortion activists are atheists, or they subscribe to a caricature of “God” – a god who let’s them do whatever they want. I think that latter god is real. Some call him Lucifer.

And whoever may act to not allow them to do whatever they want — or even those whose speak out against what they want — is deemed as evil. So it is that, any tactic used against this enemy is fair game.

One more thing. Here’s how I know that this spirit is from the Adversary — besides the fact that it involves murder. The activists want every level of society to be complicit in the abortion industry, starting at the level of the money in your pocket.

The Ideologues [Left and Libertarian] want your monies, but, more importantly, they all want you to participate willingly in their daily Two Minute Hate against those of us who are waging War to overthrow The Culture Of Death.  Thus their Relentless attempts to get us to adopt their Twisted Logic, to make us Complicit in their Moral Treason, to draw us in to their Calderon Of Evil.

As for Sathan, The Lord Of This World: I subscribe, like JRR Tolkein, to a Dual view of Evil:

—I believe what Aleksandr Solzhenitysn wrote:

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?  [The Gulag Archipelago, Vol. I, The Bluecaps]

Though our own Free Will we have, throughout our whole lives, the Freedom to do Good or do Evil.  We are the generators of both.

—I also believe there is a Force that was unleashed on the World that is Evil.  It can possess Souls, which is why Exorcism is necessary.  This Force has existed ever since The Fall [or since Man became Sentient, if you prefer].  It can only occupy your Soul if you let it in.  The Temptation to do so is a Strong one.  It is related to the former, but it exists on it’s own.

Those Doctors who perform Abortions, those who assist the Doctors in performing Abortions, and those who willingly Abort their Babies are all Guilty of the most Heinous of Mortal Sins.

Fortunately for them, Redemption is possible through Sincere Repentance.

The gift of repentance, which perhaps more than anything else distinguishes man from the animal world, is particularly difficult for modern man to recover. We have, every last one of us, grown ashamed of this feeling; and its effect on social life anywhere on earth is less and less easy to discern. The habit of repentance is lost to our whole callous and chaotic age.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, REPENTANCE AND SELF-LIMITATION IN THE LIFE OF NATIONS

The Right, The Moral, Thing To Do

18 September 2019 @ 15:57

Low Rent Pundit is Dead Solid Perfect:

I flipped over to Fox News and saw a clip of Amy Klobuchar talking about how the Democrats are trying to create “national unity”.

And then I thought, “No. No you are not.”

…There are neo-communist progressives who hate you and their candidates for their party nomination are putting forward “we have to destroy the village to save it” policies that prove it.

Democrats don’t want unity unless “unity” means everybody adopts their ideology. They don’t want unity, they want to eliminate their opposition. In that respect, they are a lot like radical Islam, both give their enemies three options, 1) convert, 2) submit to their law. renounce your beliefs and pay the jizya (a heavy tax on the dhimma), or 3) die by the sword.

And they’re Ideologies have lead them to be the top Murderous Regimes in recorded History.

More:

Their view of “unity” is the unity of Orwell’s 1984. Dissent will not be tolerated and the state will tell you what to believe.

I know it seems contradictory to say that American unity has always been about individualism — but that is the one thing Americans have always coalesced around. Individual liberty is the goal, mission statement and the core value of our founding documents. We seek the best ways to be alone together.

Liberty is the glue that has kept America together.

Democrats, like all communists, define “unity” as coerced “sameness” and are wiling to bring economies, industries, markets – and above all, people – down to achieve that sameness.

Now, for the first time in my lifetime, we are witness to a political party openly campaigning to take that liberty away because they claim the love of it has replaced the love of money as the root of all evil.

Democrat 2020: Convert or Die! is a far more appropriate slogan for the next national elections than any reference to “unity”.

I won’t say that “this is the most important election in history” because every “next” election is that — but what I will say is that, for the first time since before WWII, we are watching a wave of open communism wash up on America’s shores.

We have the power to turn back this tide.

Indeed, we do…and we must if Freedom And Ordered Liberty are to be Revived.

Don’t let this Propositional Nation [as Jeff Goldstein brilliantly labels it] go out with a Whimper.

Even if our Fight is Doomed, we must continue to wage War against the Enemies of America, especially those committing Treason From Within because it is the Right, the Moral, thing to do.

#OUTLAW.

…We live in an important Period, & have a post to maintain, to desert which would be an unpardonable Crime, and would entail upon us the Curses of posterity.

The infamous Tools of Power are holding up the picture of Want and Misery; but in vain do they think to intimidate us; the Virtue of our Ancestors inspires us — they were contented with Clams & Muscles.

For my part, I have been wont to converse with poverty; and however disagreable a Companion she may be thought to be by the affluent & luxurious who never were acquainted with her, I can live happily with her the remainder of my days, if I can thereby contribute to the Redemption of my Country.

—Samuel Adams, Letter to William Checkley, 01 June 1774
[re-paragraphing mine]

17 September 2019 A.D. – Memorial Remembrance For a Dear Friend

17 September 2019 @ 15:53

NOTE: I first published this post in 2014 and reposted it in 2015.
I just reread it and it still expresses how I feel on this Anniversary…

Today we honor and remember a most magnificent departed friend of ours who passed away not so long ago.  She was our protector, one of our guiding lights, a harbor that sheltered us from the storms that plague Mankind.  A bold, but prudent Lady, she shone as a beacon of hope in a Fallen World.  She was unyielding in her commitment to the Truth that Human Beings are born with certain unalienable rights and that these rights are the precious gift of a Loving God.

She was brutally murdered by those who despised and hated her, who spent many years abusing her in the most underhanded and Evil ways.  And we did very little to protect her.  We were charged with her precious care, but we were derelict in discharging our duties as her guardians.  As a result, our dear, departed friend became terminally ill, ravaged by an insidious cancer that ate-out her very marrow and tore away at her sinews.  And we neglected her.

She lingered in pain for quite some time, clinging to Life with a tenaciousness that was an example to all and a tribute to her inherent inner strength.  Finally, after much suffering and misery, we allowed an uncaring, reckless, and callous hand to remove her from life support.  And she passed into our memories — well remembered and fondly recalled, but extinguished before her time, before God called her home at the End Of Times.

The Constitution Of The United States Of America is gone, but, thankfully, still lives in the Souls of all Americans, waiting for the summons of men willing to embrace Virtue and capable of summoning her magnificent strength to benefit Mankind once again.

May she Rest In Peace in the hope of a Swift and Sure Resurrection.

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But take heart, OUTLAWS…

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[2019: Even with the Election of Trumpius Maximus Pompey, both Right and Left continue to stomp on The Constitution’s grave.]

The World’s Top Murderers: Islam Or Red China

16 September 2019 @ 17:27

The Armenian Genocide by Islam

Over at the American Thinker, Mike Konrad seeks to make the following case:

When one thinks of mass murder, Hitler comes to mind. If not Hitler, then Tojo, Stalin, or Mao. Credit is given to the 20th-century totalitarians as the worst species of tyranny to have ever arisen. However, the alarming truth is that Islam has killed more than any of these, and may surpass all of them combined in numbers and cruelty.

While the Cruelty aspect may be true, that is a subject for another discussion.

As to the number Murdered by Islam, Mr. Konrad makes a compelling case for his proposition in a succinct, yet sufficiently detailed manner.

Some highlights:

Conservative estimates place the number at 80 million dead Indians.

According to some calculations, the Indian (subcontinent) population decreased by 80 million between 1000 (conquest of Afghanistan) and 1525 (end of Delhi Sultanate). — Koenrad Elst as quoted on Daniel Pipes site.

80 Million?! The conquistadors’ crimes pale into insignificance at that number. No wonder Hitler admired Islam as a fighting religion. He stood in awe of Islam, whose butchery even he did not surpass.

Over 110 Million Blacks were killed by Islam.

He has the details in his article.

More:

…However, it does not end there. Add the millions who died at the hand of Muslims in the Sudan in our lifetime.

Much of Islamic slavery was sexual in nature, with a preference for women. Those men who were captured were castrated. The mulatto children of the women were often killed, which explains why Islam was not demographically shifted towards the black race, unlike slaves in the West, who bore children to breed a mestizo class. Add in those dead children; and we arrive at well over 200 million.

Remember that in the 7th century, North Africa was almost totally Christian. What happened to them?

…Some converted. The rest?  Lost to history.

We know that over 1 million Europeans were enslaved by Barbary Pirates. How many died is anybody’s guess.

More:

Research has shown that the Dark Ages were not caused by the Goths, who eventually assimilated and Christianized:

…the real destroyers of classical civilization were the Muslims. It was the Arab Invasions… which broke the unity of the Mediterranean world and turned the Middle Sea — previously one of the world’s most important trading highways — into a battleground. It was only after the appearance of Islam… that the cities of the West, which depended upon the Mediterranean trade for their survival, began to die. — Islam Caused the Dark Ages

Add in those unknown millions who died as a consequence.

An interesting theory that rings of Truth.

Further:

How many know the horrors of the conquest of Malaysia? The Buddhists of Thailand and Malaysia were slaughtered en masse.

In the same manner, Islam arrived in the Philippines. Only the appearance of the Spanish stopped a total collapse, and confined Islam to the southern islands.

Once again: see Mr. Konrad’s column for the details.

He continues:

Add this all up. The African victims. The Indian victims. The European victims. Add in the Armenian genocide. Then add in the lesser known, but no doubt quite large number of victims of Eastern Asia. Add in the jihad committed by Muslims against China, which was invaded in 651 AD. Add in the Crimean Khanate predations on the Slavs, especially their women.

Though the numbers are not clear, what is obvious is that Islam is the greatest murder machine in history bar none, possibly exceeding 250 million dead. Possibly one-third to one-half or more of all those killed by war or slavery in history can be traced to Islam; and this is just a cursory examination.

Mr. Konrad concludes:

Unlike the 20th-century totalitarians whose killing fury consumed themselves, reducing their longevity, Islam paces itself. In the end, though slower, Islam has killed and tortured far more than any other creed, religious or secular. Unlike secular tyranny, Islam, by virtue of its polygamy and sexual predations, reproduces itself and  increases.

Other tyrannies are furious infections, which burn hot, but are soon overcome. Islam is a slow terminal cancer, which metastasizes, and takes over. It never retreats. Its methods are more insidious, often imperceptible at first, driven by demographics. Like cancer, excision may be the only cure.

Here’s where I disagree with him.

As I documented in two previous posts, ‘A Great Moral Failing’ On Our Part and The Menace That Is Red China — UPDATED, the Red Chinese Regime, by all Legitimate estimates, has Murdered over 400 MILLION people.

Islam is certainly a healthy second, but I don’t believe it surpasses the Red Chinese.

Communist Regimes, as we’ve seen, can be brought down — we have Experience in that area.  Bringing down such an Ideology, which masks itself as a Legitimate Religion, is a different story.  We’ve had over one thousand years to do it and we’ve failed.  This Murderous Cult abides.

One fact shines-forth from Mr. Konrad’s well-done column: Islam is, and has always been, a Pestilence — a Virulent Canker on the World’s Soul.

Islam is another of the Ideologies that Plague us and must be fought with Vigor and Resolve.  But such Resolve can only be achieved if we begin again to believe in the Truth that The West is the height of Civilization.

SIDENOTE:

Mike Konrad has a section in his post about Female Genital Mutilation that is spot-on:

Now consider the over 125 Million women today who have been genitally mutilated for Islamic honor’s sake. In spite of what apologists tell you, the practice is almost totally confined to Islamic areas.

New information from Iraqi Kurdistan raises the possibility that the problem is more prevalent in the Middle East than previously believed and that FGM is far more tied to religion than many Western academics and activists admit. – “Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?” ME Quarterly

Once thought concentrated in Africa, FGM has now been discovered to be common wherever Islam is found.

There are indications that FGM might be a phenomenon of epidemic proportions in the Arab Middle East. Hosken, for instance, notes that traditionally all women in the Persian Gulf region were mutilated. Arab governments refuse to address the problem. — “Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?” ME Quarterly

Remember that this has gone on for 1400 years; and was imposed on a population that had been formerly Christian or pagan.

FGM is practiced on large scale in Islamic Indonesia; and is increasing.

…far from scaling down, the problem of FGM in Indonesia has escalated sharply. The mass ceremonies in Bandung have grown bigger and more popular every year. — Guardian

The horrified British author of that Guardian article is still deluded that Islam does not support FGM, when in fact it is now settled that FGM is a core Islamic practice. Islamic women have been brainwashed to support their own abuse.

Abu Sahlieh further cited Muhammad as saying, “Circumcision is a sunna (tradition) for the men and makruma (honorable deed) for the women.”  — “Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?” ME Quarterly

The Guardian’s writers have a strong reputation for being Delusional when it comes to Ideology..

Mr. Konrad asks:

What other tyranny does this? Not even the Nazis mutilated their own women!

Forced Abortions, in my mind, is a form of Mutilation.  And all the Ideological Tyrannies have Tortured Women [One example: see Mengele, Joseph]

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In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth.

Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle.

Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust, by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind.

THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE.

—John Quincy Adams, The American Annual Register, page 269
[tip of the fedora to Dave Miller][re-paragraphing mine]

.@GeorgeWill — Getting The Basics Wrong

15 September 2019 @ 17:51

Over at Aleteia, Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese Of Los Angeles, has written a review of George Will’s latest book.

Entitled One Cheer For George Will’s ‘The Conservative Sensibility’, it shows why Will’s philosophy ultimately fails and, perhaps more importantly, why he deserves a most-guarded cheer.¹

From the review:

Will’s central argument is crucially important. The American experiment in democracy rests, he says, upon the epistemological conviction that there are political rights, grounded in a relatively stable human nature, that precede the actions and decisions of government. These rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not the gifts of the state; rather, the state exists to guarantee them, or to use the word that Will considers the most important in the entire prologue to the Declaration of Independence, to “secure” them. Thus is government properly and severely limited and tyranny kept, at least in principle, at bay.

In accord with both Hobbes and Locke, Will holds that the purpose of the government finally is to provide an arena for the fullest possible expression of individual freedom. Much of the first half of The Conservative Sensibility consists of a vigorous critique of the “progressivism,” with its roots in Hegelian philosophy and the practical politics of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, that would construe government’s purpose as the reshaping of a fundamentally plastic and malleable human nature. What this has led to, on Will’s reading, is today’s fussily intrusive nanny state, which claims the right to interfere with every nook and cranny of human endeavor.

With much of this I found myself in profound agreement. It is indeed a pivotal feature of Catholic social teaching that an objective human nature exists and that the rights associated with it are inherent and not artificial constructs of the culture or the state….

Indeed.  That word ‘secure’ is very important as it implies that certain Rights are always in existence for Human Beings whether there is a government of some sort or not.  The state does not create Rights.

More from Bishop Barron:

But as George Will’s presentation unfolded, I found myself far less sympathetic with his vision. What becomes clear is that Will shares, with Hobbes and Locke and their disciple Thomas Jefferson, a morally minimalistic understanding of the arena of freedom that government exists to protect. All three of those modern political theorists denied that we can know with certitude the true nature of human happiness or the proper goal of the moral life — and hence they left the determination of those matters up to the individual. Jefferson expressed this famously as the right to pursue happiness as one sees fit. The government’s role, on this interpretation, is to assure the least conflict among the myriad individuals seeking their particular version of fulfillment. The only moral bedrock in this scenario is the life and freedom of each actor.

Such a belief will eventually lead to Relativism, where [as we see in this Age] people now speak as untethered  separate units [EX: ‘Well…my truth is that…blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.’]

There are no shared guiding set of Principals to bring a nation together.

More from The Bishop [emphasis mine]:

…Central to the Church’s thinking on politics is the conviction that ethical principles, available to the searching intellect of any person of good will, ought to govern the moves of individuals within the society, and moreover, that the nation as a whole ought to be informed by a clear sense of the common good—that is to say, some shared social value that goes beyond simply what individuals might seek for themselves. Pace Will, the government itself plays a role in the application of this moral framework precisely in the measure that law has both a protective and directive function. It both holds off threats to human flourishing and, since it is, to a degree, a teacher of what the society morally approves and disapproves, also actively guides the desires of citizens.

Here is the key to the argument against Will’s Philosophy:

But beyond this, mediating institutions—the family, social clubs, fraternal organizations, unions, and above all, religion—help to fill the public space with moral purpose. And in this way, freedom becomes so much more than simply “doing what we want.” It commences to function, as John Paul II put it, as “the right to do as we ought.” For the mainstream of Catholic political thought, the free market and the free public space are legitimate only in the measure that they are informed and circumscribed by this vibrant moral intuition….

Russell Kirk called it The Moral Imagination

We must always be on guard against ourselves acting against the Mediating Institutions.  Leftism seeks to Destroy these utterly, but the kind of Libertarian Philosophy [and that’s what it really is] Will promotes will ultimately have the same effect [as we are seeing now].

More from Father Barron:

When we come to the end of The Conservative Sensibility, we see more clearly the reason for this thin interpretation of the political enterprise. George Will is an atheist, and he insists that, despite the religiously tinged language of some of the Founding Fathers, the American political project can function just fine without reference to God.

All that rubbish about ‘Divine Providence’ is just an empty Bromide, eh, George?…a rhetorical flourish designed to Deceive Americans?

More:

The problem here is twofold. First, when God is denied, one must affirm some version of Hobbes’ metaphysics, for, in the absence of God, that which would draw things together ontologically, and eventually politically, has disappeared. Secondly, the negation of God means that objective ethical values have no real ground, and hence morality becomes, at the end of the day, a matter of clashing subjective convictions and passions.

In other words: Relativism rules.  There are no standards, no worthy Traditions passed down from our Ancestors, no canons for us to share and live by, and nothing to pass along to our Posterity.

This is absolutely not Conservative.

As The Bishop concludes: ‘…Will gets some important things right, but he gets some even more basic things quite wrong’.

You don’t have to be a Catholic to agree with Bishop Barron.  All of us who believe in The One True God can join with him.

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¹ I think Will is also being Arrogant in the title he has chosen.  He presents his philosophy as if it is the last word on conservative Intuitions and Insights.  Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind presented the philosophies of some conservatives who Mr. Kirk either disagreed with, in part, or in whole, but he did it Fairly so that we, the readers, could make up our own minds.  Therefore the ‘The’ in the title is appropriate.  Not in George Will’s case.  There’s a certain Pretentiousness it here.  Though he may have a Brillant Mind, Will has always come across as a Stuck-Up, Egotistical, and Haughty Ninny.

² Russell Kirk on The Moral Imagination:

The moral imagination aspires to the apprehending of right order in the soul and right order in the commonwealth.

By this “moral imagination,” Burke signifies that power of ethical perception which strides beyond the barriers of private experience and momentary events “especially,” as the dictionary has it, “the higher form of this power exercised in poetry and art.” The moral imagination aspires to the apprehending of right order in the soul and right order in the commonwealth. This moral imagination was the gift and the obsession of Plato and Vergil and Dante. Drawn from centuries of human consciousness, these concepts of the moral imagination—so powerfully if briefly put by Burke—are expressed afresh from age to age. So it is that the men of humane letters in our century whose work seems most likely to endure have not been neoterists, but rather bearers of an old standard, tossed by our modern winds of doctrine: the names of Eliot, Frost, Faulkner, Waugh, and Yeats may suffice to suggest the variety of this moral imagination in the twentieth century.

It is the moral imagination which informs us concerning the dignity of human nature, which instructs us that we are more than naked apes. As Burke suggested in 1790, letters and learning are hollow if deprived of the moral imagination. And, as Burke suggested, the spirit of religion long sustained this moral imagination, along with a whole system of manners. Such imagination lacking, to quote another passage from Burke, we are cast forth “from this world of reason, and order, and peace, and virtue, and fruitful penitence, into the antagonist world of madness, discord, vice, confusion, and unavailing sorrow.”

Reclaiming a Patrimony (Washington, DC: The Heritage Foundation, 1982)