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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

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)

No Place For Reality And Truth

14 September 2019 @ 17:55

Over at The Other McCain, Stacy takes apart the latest argument from long-time Nutball, Amanda Marcotte and, as usual, he does it rather well.

I intend here to offer some thoughts on what she [is that a permissible pronoun, Mandy?] wrote and what Stacy wrote [emphasis Stacy’s]…

…This week, however, Ms. Marcotte wrote a column at Salon-dot-com which she then publicized with an extended Twitter rant:

There are many reasons, no doubt, for the rising worldwide rejection of liberal democracy. But I suspect the biggest reason — and interestingly, the one that tends to be downplayed — is misogyny. It’s an international tantrum in reaction to feminism. . . .

It’s clear to me that a lot of men will choose fascism over feminism.

In sum, men around the world would rather burn down democracy than do the dishes.

I’ll add that I think one reason a lot of liberals, including feminists, downplay the centrality of misogyny to rising fascism is because of liberal sexism. We don’t want to admit that women are important enough to inspire a worldwide rise of fascism.

A lot of people, especially men, on the left want to relegate “women’s issues” to a boutique concern. They can’t allow the thought that women’s issues are actually central concerns that dictate the rise and fall of civilizations.

Mzzzzz Marcotte is correct — but only if you’re talking about Islam.  I’ve been saying for years that the strict rules imposed by The Koran and Sharia Law on women show that Muslim men Fear women.  So, it follows that they will write laws that restrict them and Suffocate their Individuality — these men have created societies that are all Yang and very, very little Yin.

Your women are a [field] for you to cultivate so go on your [field] as ye will.

—The Koran, 2:223

4:34 allows for men to beat [‘scourge’] their women.  As Robert Spencer wrote:

Muhammad was once told “women have become emboldened towards their husbands,” whereupon  he “gave permissionto beat them.” When some women complained, Muhammad noted: Many women have gone round Muhammad’s family complaining against their husbands. They are not the best among you.”* He was unhappy with the women who complained, not with their husbands who had beat them. At another point he added: “A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.”+ [* Abu Dawud, 11:2141 / + Abu Dawud, 11:2142]

—Robert Spencer,The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam, Chapter 5

Muslim Men have always Feared women because, among other reasons, they know the Female of the Species is Strong and Resilient, the main teachers passing-on to their children the traits of how to be Civilized — and they don’t want their male children to be that way, least they end-up Rejecting Jihad.

However, the Muslim Males also know that women can tolerate an awful lot of Abuse, so they have written laws that allow themselves to ‘justifiably’ inflict severe punishments on women.  Over the centuries, since Islam began it’s Conquests, Muslim women have been brow-beaten and Brainwashed into believing that they’re worth less than dirt.

Liberal Democracy is nothing but a tool used by Muslim men to bore-into a government and take it over.  As soon as they achieve Power And Control, they gladly toss away Liberal Democracy like the shredded skin of a snake.  They are the Fascists.

Of course, in non-Muslim areas of the World, this ‘rejection of liberal democracy’ is only happening because either (1) the Ideologues are rejecting it in favor of out-an-out Socialism [which Fascism is a temporary stop along the way] or the Populists are revolting against their do-nothing, limp governments that have only the Pacification of The Elites as their goal.  Sometimes, it is a combination of the two.

Mandy, of course, is a Ingnoramus when it comes to understanding exactly what Fascism is.  The sloppy and Ignorant use of that term is in the same category as the term Raaaaacist! — it’s lost ALL of it’s meaning.  And that is not a good thing because there are regimes in the World that meet the standards of Fascism.

More from Stacy:

…the place to begin debunking it is with Ms. Marcotte’s first premise, i.e., that we are witnessing a “worldwide rejection of liberal democracy” and “a worldwide rise of fascism.”

You will have difficulty finding any pundit who asserted such a thing prior to Nov. 8, 2016. America came this close (picture me holding my thumb and forefinger half an inch apart) to the Triumph of Hillary, who would have become President had she not lost a handful of Rust Belt states by quite narrow margins, and yet Hillary’s defeat has been treated by many in the media as a catastrophic omen of incipient fascism.

Quite frankly, Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are guilty of believing their own bulls–t….

They have to.  Otherwise the Fragile House Of Cards that they believe gives them Legitimacy will collapse.  All Ideologies have this problem.

More:

The rioting mobs of masked Antifa thugs were condoned by liberals as an authentic expression of democracy, whereas the man who won the election — 62.9 million votes, and an Electoral College majority of 304-227 — was an enemy of democracy. This weird reversal of reality, where “democracy” is no longer about who wins elections, and where violent street thugs are celebrated as exemplifying liberal values, is symptomatic of many things, but mainly it shows what happens when the media bubble generates a pervasive echo-chamber within which liberals can wallow endlessly in a warm bath of confirmation bias.

“TRUMP IS HITLER! ORANGE MAN BAD!” This was the essential premise upon which Democrats and their media allies constructed an alternative reality in the aftermath of Hillary’s defeat, and viewers of CNN and MSNBC were immersed in that distorted worldview.

Actually, Trumpicus Pompey Maximus is quite the Friend Of Democracy.  He has governed as one and may safely be called a Populist [okay: ‘Nationalist Populist’, if you prefer].

Democracy embraces both the Leftist ‘weird reversal’ theory of it, but also embraces Trumpism.

Mzzzzzzzz Marcotte, of course, has situated herself far away from Reality and it’s companion Truth for so long, she can’t see this connection.

Trump has taken a number of actions that have been good for the Restoration of Freedom And Ordered Liberty, but his motives are not conservative.  He is merely trying to please a Constituency that he hopes to grow even larger in time for the 2020 Presidential Elections.  Hence, in one example, he rescinds Regulations at the same time he tries to ban Vaping.  Trump’s most fevered supporters, who half-a-decade ago would have denounced some of his actions, now twist themselves uncomfortably into knots trying to justify ALL of his deeds.

As Jeff Goldstein wrote back in the Fall of 2016 in a very Perceptive column [The Alt-Right Is The Mirror Image Of The New Left] for The Federalist:

Declaring that the alt-right is on the Right in “both the American and European sense of the term” is utter rubbish, and you can no more declare that you are “on the right” than you can declare that your gender is fluid and not expect people to raise an eyebrow. You are on the Right because of what you believe, how you act, and what impulses and ideas undergird your philosophy.

And the fevered supporters of Trumpicus Maximus have shown themselves to be Opportunists, willing to Discard their old beliefs in order to keep our Neo-Caesar in Power.

Once more from Stacy:

Mere partisanship does not a political philosophy make, and anyone who mistakes Amanda Marcotte for a philosopher is a fool. How she dares even to speak of “the rule of law” is astonishing, given her commitment to fictional “rights” found nowhere in our Constitution, but imposed upon the nation in the name of imaginary “penumbras and emanations.”

She dares because she can get away with it and, I would suspect, secretly hopes she will once again be seen as a Leader of The Left In America.  This broken-down shrew is so Desperate not be continue to be Irrelevant.

The Big #Fail And Betrayal II: The War That Dare Not Speak It’s Real Name

13 September 2019 @ 17:22

The Western World Is Less Safe Today Because Western Governments Fail To Recognize That The Cult Of Death Called Islam Is Not Compatible With Western Values.

—Mike Miles, 90 Miles From Tyranny [tip of the fedora to Bud Hammons]

I’ve decided to add a second part to my post of yesterday, The Big #Fail And Betrayal: Not Avenging The Murdered Of 09/11, because of a comment made by Laura Rosen Cohen over at Mark Steyn’s joint:

Also, I’m not going to commemorate 9/11 anymore. I’m tired of commemorating and of watching sad/touching/ whatever memorials where no enemy is named and passive language abounds (“when the Twin Towers fell”). We’re now at the point where airplanes are being blamed by the New York Times for the terrorist attack. I can’t muster sad. I’m still angry. I won’t ever forget, and won’t ever forgive but I won’t be dawn into amorphous, meaningless, emotionally manipulating pomp and ceremony completely devoid of truth.

Fellow Steyn Club member Paul Cathey added to her remarks:

…None of the networks will show the horror — the bodies of those who jumped, rather than be consumed with fire, plummeting hundreds of feet (long enough to think about it), and then, those inside the access points to the tower, hearing those bodies thump on the roof. The betrayal is unutterable. Every so-called commemoration is nothing but a gutless emotional wallow, complete with violins and mood-correct piano. Lachrymose, endlessly weepy Tragedy supplants heinous Atrocity resulting in lawful righteous rage. I turn my face from these loathsome “commemorations” in disgust.

Both are Dead Solid Perfect…as is Mark in another post on the site, entitled: The Language Of Losing:

The eighteenth anniversary of 9/11 was marked by the Administration inviting the Taliban to Camp David, and by the resignation and/or firing of John Bolton as National Security Advisor – which two events may not be unconnected. Because really, when the Taliban are running around Camp David, who needs national security?

For the fifteen years after the launch of SteynOnline in 2002, we re-posted every year on this date material of mine from September 11th 2001 and the days that followed. Two years ago, we ceased that policy, for reasons I discussed on Clubland Q&A:

If this is a war, there’s no agreement on what we’re up against: Terrorism? Islamic terrorism? Islamic extremism? Islam? Whatever it is, a president who, on the campaign trail, mocked his predecessor’s inability to use the words “radical Islam” himself eschewed all mention of the I-word today. September 11th 2001 was supposedly “the day everything changed” – if by “everything changed” you mean “the rate of mass Muslim immigration to the west doubled”. As that absurd statistic suggests, we are not where I thought we would be 16 years on: We run around fighting for worthless bits of barren sod like Helmand province in Afghanistan, while surrendering day by day some of the most valuable real estate on the planet, such as France and Sweden.

That last point may seem obvious. But, if it is, it’s a truth all but entirely unacknowledged by anyone who matters in the western world. I subsequently expanded on it, in a piece we called “The Language of Losing” and which appears to have been succeeded by “The Actions of Losers” – such as inviting the Taliban to Camp David. Hey, why not for the ceremonies in Lower Manhattan? On yet another wretched anniversary I mourn not only the dead of that grim day, but our loss of purpose. All that has changed two years on is that for “sixteenth anniversary” we substitute “eighteenth” – and on and on into the future….

In all the Western countries, Islam is both waging Violent Jihad and Stealth Jihad.

The latter is a The Camp Of The Saints Scenario in slow-motion [If you haven’t read this novel: 1) Shame on you and 2) you can order it here to begin your Repentance].

I’ve been accused of being an Old Testament Type and, while I try to show Christian Mercy in most cases, I cannot Forgive in the case of 11 September 2001 — or, for that matter, in the case of 11 September 2012.

I will never Forgive the Barbarous Heathens of Islam who plotted the attacks, nor those of them who cheered these Murderous Bastards on.

I will never Forgive those non-Muslims in The West who have been spreading-around this ‘Religion Of Peace’ Bullshit.

And I will never Forgive those have provided political and/or material Aid And Comfort to Our Enemies [yes, I’m staring at you Ideologues — fellow Totalitarians of all stripes].

If that makes me Old Testament, then so be it [it’s part of The Bible, too].

As for the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Intelligence People who have fought, and continue to fight, in The War Against Islam, I agree with Bosch Fawstin:

…If we had an honest commander in chief on 9/11/01, he would have been profoundly moved by all of the Americans who enlisted in order to avenge the atrocity, and he would have honored them by allowing them to do what they do, to unleash hell on the savages, and to avenge the atrocity. That didn’t happen. And it’s not happening. Once the liar in chief said “Islam is peace”, he crippled our war effort from the outset, and we have not been able to get on a war footing ever since. It’s disgraceful what our government has done to these patriotic men and women who still think America is worth fighting for, placing them in absolutely unnecessary danger, placing the lives of Muslims above theirs, and stifling them with rules of engagement that do not allow them to do what they signed up for. I salute all of you, and the family and friends who support you. I could not do what I do without you doing what you do, defending my freedom to write and draw what I want. Our corrupt government has taken your love for America, and your desire to put an end to the Islamic enemy’s war on us, and spat on it. The day we get a commander in chief with half your courage, the end of jihad will begin.

Amen.

More from Mr. Fawstin in another post:

To those who are “sick of war” and who are excusing Trump’s appeasement of the Islamic enemy as if their lives depend on it:

I’m sick of our government spending the last 18 years not doing what is necessary to end the Islamic enemy’s war on us. I’m sick of our intellectuals selling out the truth by pretending that Islam isn’t the Islamic enemy’s ideology. I’m sick of idiots saying that if we’re to finally respond to Iran’s decades-long war against us- with war -that that would mean that we would be engaging in a “new” war. All of the so-called “wars” that we’ve “fought” since 9/11 are all One war. And that one war, the Islamic enemy’s jihad, goes on because we refuse to end it. So before complaining about how you’re “sick of war”, and of “nation building” (as if any honest person is for that) ask yourself how a very defeatable enemy could remain undefeated if we actually waged war against it for 18 years. You can’t win a war if you refuse to fight it. So if you’re sick of anything, you should be sick of our government prolonging the inevitable, and you should be very sick over how our politicians are able to live with the deaths of American soldiers and civilians, and how they cannot live with criticism of Islam.

Amen, again.

To many of our Fellow Americans, 09-11 seems to be nothing more than another way to do some Virtue Signalling, to ‘remember’ that ‘something happened to someones’ and be seen doing it.

That this Atrocity was part of a Long War by Islam against The West is rarely mentioned.

Our refusal to speak The Truth just means we shall be attacked again and that the Stealth Jihad can continue to spread like the Cancer it is.

I remain Disgusted.

…He had thrived, after all, on always being right, and had spent his whole life avenging one Ben Suad, alias Clément Dio. But today, as his vengeance was about to triumph, he felt nothing whatever. Even the French army’s wholesale defection — that army he had loathed, and locked horns with, and slandered — left him utterly indifferent. He looked on, apathetic, as the last twelve remnants got into their truck and beat their retreat.

And it didn’t even seem to cross his mind that much of the handiwork, in fact, was his.

As the Ganges refugees stormed ashore, he wavered for a moment, as if he were wondering why he was there, and what he was doing. Then he got up, and all at once something came back to him. Something important. Bits and snatches of things he had said once before: “Monsieur Orelle … Do you think they have a chance? …. It’s the Last Chance Armada …” He broke into a smile. “Damn good!” he thought. “I really told it straight! Now here they are, and they’ve got me to thank!” That realization set his blood atingle.

“Look, it’s me! It’s me! Dio!” And he waved his arms wildly, called out to the horde: “Let’s tear down this mess! Let’s begin all over!” But being rather small and swarthy — with his elegant crop of kinky hair, and a shifty look in his baggy eyes — and wearing a much too elegant jacket, he looked for all the world like one of those doormen who hang outside nightclubs to huckster the tourists.

Death came in the form of a gigantic black, carrying a monster child on his shoulders, with a huge throng following after him, singing. He stopped in front of Dio, grabbed him off the ground, lifted him bodily so the twisted dwarf could see him. The creature, cap on head, took one look and gave a cry. For the third time ever. Our friend Dio, or Ben Suad, knew that he was done for, though he had no time to comprehend the verdict.

The turd eater’s fingers tightened around his throat, and his body was flung out over the sand like a limp rag doll. In no time, the trampling feet of the mob made it look like one of those mangled, bloody goats, swatted hither and yon in a game of Afghan polo …

If, indeed, we can speak of a verdict, we can look for the reasons behind it. Here are two men, each in his own way an instrument of fate. One crosses the oceans, finds the other, and kills him, in a flash of inspiration, as if he knew precisely who he was. The one deliberate act of murder that the horde was to commit. Utterly senseless, by all logical standards. But if we choose, rather, to swim in a sea of symbols, deep and profound, a kind of logic begins to take shape. Namely, the Third World’s staunch refusal to admit any debts, to dilute the radical meaning of its triumph by sharing its glory with alien beings. To thank them, or even accept their existence, would merely prolong a form of subjection. The turd eater settled things once and for all. Take it for what it’s worth.

Or perhaps there’s another, more natural, explanation, and one that, frankly, we find easier to accept. To wit, that the monster couldn’t stand Dio’s looks. No, he simply couldn’t stand them!

The Camp Of The Saints, Chapter Forty-Three [re-paragraphing mine]

 

 

 

The Big #Fail And Betrayal: Not Avenging The Murdered Of 09/11

12 September 2019 @ 16:30

As I wrote in on 13 September 2017:

I found it interesting [and somewhat comforting] that I was not alone on Monday in not publishing any posts on 09/11 for the same reason that Mark Steyn did not:

The 16th anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s attack on New York and Washington provoked some gloomy reflections from me. I find it harder to mark as the years go by. If this is a war, there’s no agreement on what we’re up against: Terrorism? Islamic terrorism? Islamic extremism? Islam? Whatever it is, a president who, on the campaign trail, mocked his predecessor’s inability to use the words “radical Islam” himself eschewed all mention of the I-word today. September 11th 2001 was supposedly “the day everything changed” — if by “everything changed” you mean “the rate of mass Muslim immigration to the west doubled”. As that absurd statistic suggests, we are not where I thought we would be 16 years on: We run around fighting for worthless bits of barren sod like Helmand province in Afghanistan, while surrendering day by day some of the most valuable real estate on the planet, such as France and Sweden.

Why remember something in public that hardly anybody wants to remember?

Why, as I have done throughout the years, try to get my fellow Americans to ‘rally ’round the flag’ when very few people [(unlike) you, my Friends In The Ether] are willing to look with clear eyes at the situation we’ve been in since 11 September 2001 and realize we are at War with Islam?

The same goes for 11 September 2012.

That post of mine is entitled: Suicide By A Thousand Cuts: Losing The War.

And we are still losing The War, even under the leadership of the supposed Tougher-Than-The-Bushes-The-Clintons-The-Obamas Trumpicus Maximus.

For Chrissakes, he invited those who provided Aid And Comfort to Al Queda, The Taliban, to Washington for ‘peace talks’.  These are the same Murderous Totalitarians who we have been Rightfully be killing since the Fall of 2001.  There are the Heathen Bastards who have killed and maimed our Military.

It seems that Trump has caught that same Pro-Saudi Fever that George H.W. Bush first suffered from.  Richard Nixon, even in his dealings with the Sunnis, was never so Naive.  Clinton, followed by George W. caught the same Fever and suffered from it more Intensely.  As for The Magic Negro, Barackus Nero Caesar, well…he actually liked Islam.

Trumpicus ran for Office promising to get us out of the Nation-Building Quagmire Obama and Bush had gotten us into.  He seemed to be saying, as I wrote the other day:

…America must learn to not Intervene in foreign cultures that are Alien to it. If such nations challenge us, we must throw their challenge right back in their faces; if they attack us, we must respond with overwhelming force, defeat them, and leave with a warning that, if they act-up against us again, the consequences next time will be even worse.

And we must maintain overwhelming Military Superiority.

But we now see that, on this issue, our President was Lying.  He talks Tough, but he’s Wimping Out.

The firing of John Bolton and the invitation to The Taliban show this.

Mr. Bolton was an actual Realist when it came to the World and the Fallen Human Beings who inhabit it.  He was no Neo-Con intent on imposing Western Ways on peoples who have no History of those Ways.  As I wrote in the same post cited above:

Since 2001, our government has promoted the Ideologically-Based Idea of ‘Nation Building’ and as the more Realistic of us have always understood: this pie-in-the-sky reasoning was doomed to fail.

John Bolton knew that.

Not only did our corrupt government allow 9/11 to happen, (not in the way you mean, lying “truthers”) in that they didn’t do their NUMBER ONE JOB and neutralize an enemy that declared war on us and had tried to destroy The Twin Towers eight years before 9/11, but they never allowed our military to obliterate the Islamic enemy, and they’ve spent 18 years cheerleading for Islam. And the most tragic thing is that Many Americans quietly accept this dereliction of duty.

—The Courageous Bosch Fawstin

We have spent eighteen years Appeasing Islam, helping to create an image of it that is a Lie — a Big Lie, in the tradition of what so many in The West did during the existence of The Soviet Union and The Third Reich.

If we throw-away our rose-colored glasses, we will see through The Lie and, perhaps, get serious about this problem.

But, as Stacy McCain asks:

The idea of blood guilt, a collective blame that justifies unlimited reprisal, is abhorrent to the civilized mind — and that’s a problem. We are perhaps too civilized, and our barbaric enemies therefore believe that we are weak. Are they right about us?…

Sadly, I think so right now.

Sometimes we have to be willing to let the Ethan Edwardses of this World do what they do best.

As one of Mr. Fawstin’s commentators, Peter Hannon, remarks [re-paragraphing mine]:

As long as islam exists, it will be a constant threat to free nations.

Islam only understands power, and we must learn from the last 1,400 years of resistance to islam. The Crusades (much maligned) were a late response to muslim aggression and conquest.

The Reconquista of Spain and Portugal, though I’m no fan of Catholicism, was right and just.

The successful defence of Vienna held back Ottoman supremacist expansion.

The destruction of the Ottoman Empire after WWI led to about 50 years of relative freedom from muslim assaults, except for those on Israel, which, while desiring peace, does understand that only superior power will detain the jihad.

The modern West has abdicated its responsibility to defend and promote what makes it unique in human history. I shit (‘scuse the French) on the relativists and post-modernists and islam-fellow-travellers and leftists who have gravely weakened our resolve and sense of who we are and what we stand for.

Understanding Reality as we do, we know that we cannot wipe Islam from the face of the Earth, just as we can never be rid of The Ideologues.

But, the Mohammedins do understand Force.  We must deliver them such a heavy blow that they will go silent for awhile.  But we must never, never stop watching them Covertly and Overtly, maintaining, at the same time, our Resolve to bring the hammer down on them at any time, any where.

This is our only Hope.

Friend In The Ether @Dustbury Has Passed Away

11 September 2019 @ 17:39

NOTE: I’m late getting to this because I was away and offline from Friday until Yesterday — apologies.

Charles Hill, proprietor of the Dustbury blog, has passed away from horrific injuries he suffered in an auto accident recently.

From The Oklahoman, Steve Lackmeyer reporting, we learn:

Prepare to read the sort of column that absolutely would not have any approval from Charles Hill.

The beloved, quirky and sometimes grumpy writer was not just blogger, but was the original Oklahoma City blogger for almost a quarter century before he died Sunday after being injured in a car accident.

Charles was very kind to me when I very began blogging in 2008 and linked me — one of the few to do so back then.

He would especially like to eventually link some of my Rule 5 Posts when I posted them back in the day.  The man always appreciated a good-looking gal.

I never met Charles, but from reading what those who did have said about him makes me wish I had.

There’s not much more I can say excerpt that he was always kind to me and generous in his linking and seemed to have a dry sense of humor.

I would urge you to read all of Mr. Lackmeyer’s column to learn about this Wonderful Man [tip of the fedora to Dawn Eden Goldstein].

Requiescat in pace.

On Pax Americana And Pax Britannica

04 September 2019 @ 18:22

Over at The Russell Kirk Center, James Baresel reviews the new book by Jeremy Black entitled: Imperial Legacies: The British Empire Around the World.

It is very fashionable these days to dismiss The Empire as nothing but an a horrible and racist oppressor of native peoples.  And, to be fair, other colonizing countries can be rightly accused of that, but not The British [however, they weren’t, of course, perfect].

Since especially Word War II, the Anti-Colonization Movement [it’s chief founder being FDR] has achieved great success in destroying Colonization by the nations of The West — pretty much just of The West — while allowing nations such as Red China, Soviet then Fascist Russia, and any number of Muslim Dictatorships to continue their Colonizations.  Red China, as is the habit of their race, is doing it very subtly.

Many conservatives [Mark Steyn is an exception] in fear of being Politically Incorrect refuse to defend The British Empire and the Pax Britannica it imposed on the world from the 18th to the mid-20th Centuries.  As Mr. Baresel remarks [emphasis mine]:

When a book is advertised as a “wide-ranging and vigorous assault on political correctness” one can usually expect that the reality will be a mere screed, one which (for the most part) targets real evils but (for the most part) does so on the basis of poor political philosophy, partial facts, and bombastic rhetoric. But when the volume so described has come from the pen of the distinguished historian Jeremy Black, one can be confident that it will be among the few to live up to its advertising. His recent Imperial Legacies: The British Empire Around the World does not just fulfill such expectations, it does so while taking up a cause that even many of more-or-less conservative dispositions are either too timid endorse in public or too influenced by pervasive left-wing prejudice to sympathize with in private.

In his review, JB summarizes Mr. Black’s defense of TBE:

Black’s defense of the British Empire centers on three major themes: First, that imperial rule, at least of a de facto variety, has been the norm throughout history, and so there is no meaningful question as to whether or not empires will exist. The only questions that are meaningful at the practical level concern what countries will attain imperial power and how imperial power is used. Second, that Britain was among history’s most benign imperial powers. It generally acted with considerably more justice than injustice and (with some notable exceptions) usually governed at least as well as the regimes that preceded and replaced it. Third, that contemporary ideologies and political agendas, rather than any objective assessment of historical facts, are responsible for the way in which the British Empire is singled out for criticism in today’s Anglophone world.

The Empire was benign and, mostly quietly, spread the idea of what it means to be truly Civilized, including the idea of The Rule Of Law  As Mark Steyn has pointed out [and I paraphrase here]: those peoples who were once under British Colonial Rule have had a much less disruptive time of it since they were granted their own Sovereignty.  And notice also: how many peoples have decided to remain, with overwhelming Autonomy granted, part of The British Commonwealth.

As to the first theme:

The first of Black’s themes is little more than an application to international relations of the basic truth that hierarchy is natural and inevitable. Just as more talented and more determined individuals will rise to greater wealth, power, and prestige within a society, then seek to pass their status on to their descendants, so too will more accomplished and more determined societies rise to greater wealth, power, and prestige in the world as a whole. Imperial Legacies bluntly affirms that equality is “unusual for any government” and that the relationships between British imperialists and native populations was often one of cooperation between differing orders within a hierarchy rather than the class conflict seen as ubiquitous by those who interpret history through the dirt-colored lens of egalitarian ideology.

Very Realistic and not at all Utopian as the Misfit Ideologues are [remember this point].  As JB puts it:

…the extremes to which left-wing ideologues will go can amaze even those who suppose themselves hardened to absurdity. Some critics of the British Empire have lamented that the fall of Russian communism was a blow to the “anti-imperialist cause”—presumably on the grounds the Gulag existed to further the cause of egalitarian internationalism whereas the British Empire (however comparatively humane) was controlled by a class of gentlemen. Important elements within the Irish Republican Army sympathized with the Axis Powers, not just because they prioritized opposition to Britain but because they wished for an Ireland as “racially pure” as the Germany desired by the Nazis.

More from Mr. Baresel:

…“Subjugation” to Britain was in some cases the only way for a people to free themselves from oppression by a despotic regime or to re-establish order at a time of anarchy. Once imperial rule was established, the line separating “imperialists” and “natives” quickly became blurred. Intermarriage between elite British males and elite native females was not uncommon, and the children of such unions often became pillars of the empire. Numerous other common interests could tie members of a native population to the status quo. Did such factors result in widespread enthusiasm for British rule? No. Did they result in British rule often being considered tolerable enough? Yes. Was British rule often the best viable option, and could it be viewed as such by a native population? Again, yes.

The evidence, when not viewed through the fun-house mirror of Ideology, proves this.

More from JB:

The nature of opposition to British rule among colonial populations also must be noted. Prior to the spread of Western liberal doctrines throughout the empire, anti-imperial movements were not based in anything resembling commitment to egalitarianism or to “democratic self-determination of peoples.” The opponents of Britain were often native authoritarians hoping to reestablish their own power, or Pathan tribes wishing to continue their raids and their blood feuds unimpeded by any form of authority, or practitioners of suttee devoted to the immolation of living widows on their deceased husbands’ funeral pyres.

In other words: the British freed-up peoples oppressed by local Totalitarians.

The British Empire was a positive entity and it’s lessons should not be ignored or derided by any serious student of International Affairs.

We have an example of the results of the ignoring and deriding of it’s example in the overall failure of the Pax Americana.

We have seen Failure after Failure of it because we let Ideologues run it for the most part.

Since 2001, our government has promoted the Ideologically-Based Idea of ‘Nation Building’ and as the more Realistic of us have always understood: this pie-in-the-sky reasoning was doomed to fail.

As Mr. Baresel writes:

…American interventionists often act as though a desire for “democratic American values” is so innate in all people that overthrowing a non-democratic regime, drawing up a new constitution, and a few years of American oversight are sufficient to turn any country into a mini-me of the United States.

These Ideologues have been Fools — Deadly Fools.

You can’t impose our Western ideas on peoples who have no Tradition of Freedom and Ordered Liberty.

There must always be a Dominant Nation in the World.  Who do you want it to be: America?  or one of the failing Democratic governments of Europe?  or Fascist Russia?  or Communist China?

It is much more preferable that America be the Boss, but it must start acting like an effective Keeper Of The Peace.  America must learn to not Intervene in foreign cultures that are Alien to it.  If such nations challenge us, we must throw their challenge right back in their faces; if they attack us, we must respond with overwhelming force, defeat them, and leave with a warning that, if they act-up against us again, the consequences next time will be even worse.

And we must maintain overwhelming Military Superiority.

We must act like The British Empire did.

Friend In The Ether @WombatSocho Has Out A New Book

04 September 2019 @ 14:53

My dear Friend In The Ether, Wombat, has published a new book:

…I did want to mention that I have a new book out. It’s a collection of short SF stories titled The Anti-Dog Tank and Other Stories, and it’s available for $1.99 from Amazon. You can also read it through Kindle Unlimited or the Prime Lending Library, if you have access to those.

I read his last one, The Last Falangist, which was non-fiction and I can tell you that this Wombat can write.

Please do pick-up a copy.