What absolutely needs to be said

This excerpt is not enough.  Take a moment to read the entire thing.

After the terror, the platitudes. And the hashtags. And the candlelit vigils. And they always have the same message: ‘Be unified. Feel love. Don’t give in to hate.’ The banalities roll off the national tongue. Vapidity abounds…

In response to the deaths of more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande gig, in response to the massacre of children enjoying pop music, people effectively say: ‘All you need is love.’ The disparity between these horrors and our response to them, between what happened and what we say, is vast. This has to change…

We need unity, they say. Unity’s their buzzword. But this is substanceless, too. Unity around what? Unity against what? What are our values? Who is the enemy of those values? Don’t ask. Don’t think.

Where’s the rage? If the massacre of children and their parents on a fun night out doesn’t make you feel rage, nothing will. The terrorist has defeated you. You are dead already.  (emphasis added)

Since our leaders are determined to keep us hypnotized by humming “kumbaya” and singing “give peace a chance,” let me jog the reader’s memory:

Nice, France, July 14, 2016.  At least 84 killed and 202 others injured after a truck driven by a Tunisian-born Frenchman named Mohamed Bouhlel plowed through a Bastille Day celebration.

Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.  49 shot and killed and 53 injured by gunman Omar Mateen at a gay nightclub before he was killed by police after a three-hour standoff.

Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. ISIS set off bombs and gunfire at a Brussels’s city airport and a subway station, killing 30 people and injuring at least 230 people.

San Bernardino, California, December 14, 2015. Two radical Islamists, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, shot and murdered 14 people and injured 22 others at an office holiday party.

Paris, France, November 13, 2015. ISIS launched a massive, coordinated terror attack in the city of Paris that resulted in at least 129 dead and 352 people injured.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 16, 2015. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four Marines and a sailor at a military base in Chattanooga.

Copenhagen, Denmark, February 23, 2015. A gunman who swore loyalty to the leader of ISIS opened fire at a free speech forum and at people outside a synagogue, killing two.

Paris, France, January 9, 2015. A gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS held people in a kosher supermarket hostage and killed four of them.

Paris, France, January 7, 2015. Two Islamic terrorists murdered 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine that had published cartoons mocking Mohammed.

Nine events, 327 deaths.  And that’s just 2015 and 2016!  Analysis of this year’s activity indicates a terror attack has been attempted or successful in Europe about every nine days.  Even all this leaves out significant past events like 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing or U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan’s murder of 14 fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009 (just to name a few).

As the author of the linked piece above stated, if you aren’t enraged by now, you are already dead.  Scripture tells us that for everything there is a season: “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Western Civilization had better figure out what time it is and act accordingly.

Information overload

It’s good that there’s so much discussion of “fake news,” but the problem is that the discussion isn’t focusing on the problem: a lack of discernment and desire to find truth.  Partisans of every stripe grasp onto every little rumor, leaping to conclusions as recklessly as one would leap over the Grand Canyon.  Meanwhile, there isn’t a single major news outlet that hasn’t sold its political soul to one faction or another.  We’ve developed two hermetically sealed echo chambers in this country and neither has the pursuit of truth as its top priority.  We’re told (incorrectly) the First Amendment has exceptions to defend people from being “uncomfortable” or “triggered.”  This is merely suppression of opposing ideas.  I’m concerned this is the first step in our cultural cold war becoming a hot one.  People are no longer “of a different opinion;” rather, they’re evil opponents.  Hostility is projected, received and internalized.  With all the careless talk about impeachment, or obstruction of Trump’s initiatives (which still have a sizable backing in the nation’s heartland), the ability of our political processes to address the issues is coming apart.

What happens after that step is likely going to be very ugly.  What are you doing to prepare?

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The patience… it runs out

I wonder how much more of this we’ll see in the months ahead:

A Make America Great Again rally that began with a dove release to symbolize peace turned violent when supporters were doused with pepper spray by anti-Trump protesters in Southern California…

In addition to the angry scuffles on Huntington Beach, protesters clashed with MAGA marchers in Philadelphia and in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. There were also rallies across the country in Lansing, Boston, and Providence, Rhode Island.

The pepper-sprayed marchers were seen cringing in pain as other supporters clad in Trump t-shirts helped them. One man in an army green Trump hat angrily chased a protester with an American flag.

Read the entire piece at the link above, and note the many photos of the event.

For decades, traditional Americans have been called racist… and shrugged it off.

For years, openly anti-American groups have hurled insult after insult at our nation’s history and heritage… and were ignored as kooks with nothing better to do.

In recent months, juvenile idiots pretending to be protestors have blocked freeways, vandalized stores belonging to companies that publicly seem to agree with their politics(?!?), and the rest of America looked on and began to ask “what the **** is going on?”

Now we have black-clad, masked “protestors” interfering with the free speech rights of Trump supporters, to the point of open assault (that’s what using pepper spray is — and if not used in self-defense, it’s a crime).  In this case, a few Soros minions learned the hard way the patriots are finally losing their tolerance for this sort of thing.

More of these lessons are needed.

Lies, damned lies, and the media

(With apologies to Mark Twain for the headline)

It would seem the surge in Trump derangement on the Left has gotten to the point they may have actually let some truth out.  After all the complaining, listen to the last thing Mika Brzezinski has to say in this clip:

This attitude should not surprise anyone who’s been paying attention.  Whether it’s the now-defunct (but certainly replaced) “Journolist,” or deliberate message coordination with a preferred candidate, or the uncanny consistency in how headlines read on a subject, there can be no doubt that the mainstream media’s definition of “objectivity” is to achieve an objective: pushing America to the left.  The corporate media have become the “Minitrue” of Orwell’s 1984, and jealously guard their assumed prerogative to program the American mind.

The internet threatened this stranglehold, so now the major platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are zealously guarding against content that might have “crimethink.”  (because allowing unfettered discussion would be doubleplusungood…)  It is probably only a matter of time before Blogger and WordPress begin deciding which blogs should be available to peruse.

The legacy media are the enemy of traditional America, and just as in the clip above they will sometimes accidentally admit the fact. Choose your sources of information and commentary accordingly.  As a famous TV show used to like to say, “the truth is out there…”

The center cannot hold

Years ago, I had a conversation with my dad about how neither the Republicans nor the Democrats were any good for the nation; that both were for ever-larger government, just for slightly different agendas and beneficiaries.  Given that the conversation took place in an election year, and that I was actively seeking alternatives, he was quick to remind me that “only two parties have a chance of winning.”

That wasn’t the first time I’d heard that, and in fact was tired of hearing it. So I pointed out that in Germany by late 1932, only two parties had a “chance of winning” (to lead a coalition): the Nazis and the Socialists/Communists.  I asked dad which I should vote for under those circumstances.  He wasn’t particularly thrilled with my response.

My thoughts returned to that conversation last night as I watched the news about Trump cancelling his rally in Chicago (where else?) due to threats of violence.  Whatever you think of the man politically or personally (and I admittedly don’t think much), yesterday’s events are a poor portent for where our society is headed.  The current generation has been indoctrinated by their college experience to shout down and deny a platform to anyone they believe to be “hurtful” (my poor feewings!).  Naturally, that usually means traditional, truly conservative, patriotic and/or Christian speakers — after all, when’s the last time you heard of Noam Chomsky or George Soros encountering unruly protestors disrupting their speeches?  Now this juvenile leftist campus atmosphere is bleeding into our national political processes, aided in no small part by the current administration, which was elected eight years ago while urging supporters to “get in their faces” and “punch back twice as hard.”  After largely ignoring the thuggish rhetoric of Team Obama and the growing intolerance on college campuses, the press has suffered an attack of the vapors at discovering the targets of that approach (a large percentage of whom are now Trump supporters) are rhetorically responding in kind.  In fact, a case could be made (and has been) that Trump is to some extent the GOP’s Obama (must-click link here!) — more an organizer than a thoughtful leader.  That said, I also don’t believe Ted Cruz covered himself in any glory by using the thuggery of leftist activists primarily to attack Trump.  Trump didn’t ‘create‘ this environment, Ted — he exacerbated one that already existed and was largely created by Gramscian leftists.  You missed an opportunity there, much to my disappointment.

With both sides fanning the flames of passion rather than appealing to reason, is it any wonder the physical tensions are rising?  We would do well to remember that the politics of Weimar Germany, to which I alluded earlier, were filled with literal street fighting between supporters of the opposing camps (this is where the oft cited, but rarely understood in context term “brown shirt” comes from).  There are days when I wonder if we are very far from such circumstances in today’s America.  In the same way Northerners and Southerners held each other in increasing contempt and dehumanization during the first half of the 1800s, we’ve had about half a century of the same process between alleged “liberals” and “conservatives” today.  This is complicated further by the fact that ever-larger numbers of people grab onto those brand labels while following a crowd, with no real understanding of what they mean (truly studying history and political theory is, after all, work).

There is more to this, though, than the simple fact many people are hurting as a result of our government’s failings over the last couple generations.  Every election cycle partisans all across the political spectrum are told “this is the mostest importantest election EVER!”  Fears of a reshaped Supreme Court, or radical legislation in Congress, or the “wrong” person holding the inordinate and unconstitutional power of Executive Orders are trotted out to get everyone to hold their nose and vote for “the lesser of two evils.”

And all along, that means they’ve been voting for evil: for ever-larger government that does everything EXCEPT what it’s supposed to do (i.e. protect the people and punish wrongdoing regardless of the criminal’s social status).  And the more government power has grown, the more dependent its various constituencies have become, so that the chance of the opposition gaining control is seen as an existential threat by both camps.  It is virtually impossible today to roll back any of the Federal government’s power, influence and control because of these well-entrenched constituencies.  THIS IS NOT WHAT THE FOUNDERS INTENDED!

I can confidently make some predictions: regardless who wins the White House in November, the federal debt will continue to increase, we will continue to engage in pointless overseas combat with no well-thought strategic framework guiding the mess, immigration will continue to flood our nation with people who have even less knowledge of how things are supposed to work here than do the Americans for whom this system is supposed to be a treasured birthright, citizens (and illegal invaders) will continue to demand more bread and circus services from Uncle Sam, and the government will continue to increase its police powers, destroy the middle class, and dumb down education so that the citizenry can neither fully understand nor effectively fight what is being done to it.  These are not sustainable practices.  So while we may not be living in the Lord’s “last days” yet, I believe we’re living in the last days of America as we’ve known it.  As Glenn Reynolds recently put it:

When you have a society that can’t do things that need to be done because every change threatens somebody’s rice bowl or offers insufficient opportunities for graft, you’ve got a society that is due for a reset, not for incremental change.

The thing is, resets are often kind of ugly.

Indeed.  And as I’ve often told students, history shows that revolutions are far more likely to result in worse circumstances for the people than they are to improve them (French Reign of Terror and Emperor Napoleon, anyone?).  For that reason alone, we should treasure the unusual results of 1776, however imperfectly they may have realized the ideals of the Declaration at first.

Instead, we sold our birthright for a mess of political pottage and patronage, and it’s far from certain we can win it back.  Now it seems we’re truly hoist between Scylla and Charibdis.  Maybe after another trial by fire we can remember that it’s better to solve differences with discussion and ballots, rather than disruption and bullets.  If we ever do successfully reset, I hope we’ll also remember that the best way of preventing desperate struggles to gain the “prize” of political power is to make that power not so all-encompassing to start with.

Unpersoning the opposition

Over the past week or so, Twitter appears to be, well, all a-twitter about removing from its online conversation voices with whom certain parties disagree:

On Friday, Twitter suspended the account of Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and dogged critic of feminism, apparently without warning or explanation. This has led, in true Twitter fashion, to protests under the hashtag #FreeStacy.

Only a few weeks earlier, Twitter had announced the creation of a “Trust and Safety Council,” to which it appointed Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist known for denouncing “sexism” in video games, a prominent figure in the Gamergate controversy—and oh yes, a frequent target of criticism from McCain. So it sure looks like the moment Twitter gave Sarkeesian the power to do so, she started blackballing her critics.

Suffice to say this is not an isolated incident, but appears to be part of a pattern of ideological banishment by the social media platform.  That, in turn, is part of an increasing tendency by the big online players to segregate out viewpoints they find ‘objectionable’ — a totalitarian tendency that should not be tolerated by any free-thinking person, regardless of political persuasion.

The real irony, of course, is this: that Twitter and supporters of its ban hammer are quick to point out that this can’t be a First Amendment issue, because Twitter is a private company and as such can run its business (and deal with its customers) anyway it likes (apparently including running its share price and market value into the ground after alienating the conservative half of the country).  The government, they say, should not get involved.

Isn’t that cute?  I happen to agree the government shouldn’t force Twitter to provide its services to anyone.  But in case the point is lost, here’s the always-sharp Iowahawk to explain:

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Leftists have amassed so much power and influence they no longer see a need even to try to appear coherent or consistent in their arguments.  But as their blatant hypocrisy and will to power become more obvious, the pendulum–and the power–will begin to swing the other way. Indeed, there are signs this has already begun.  They would do well to consider that the ‘rules’ they are trying to impose easily cut both ways.  As H.L. Mencken once said, “there comes a time when every normal man is tempted to hoist the black flag (no quarter), spit on his hands, and begin slitting throats.”

For many of us on the Right, that time is just about here.  If it’s OK to silence online voices, or campaign to destroy someone’s livelihood or reputation simply because they hold views that don’t comport with the Left’s worldview, well… sauce for goose, gander, etc.  Bring back the Scarlet Letter and public shame, then.  Ridicule and ostracize those who insist, against all reasonable observation, that men and women are completely interchangeable parts in society.  Refuse to associate with the addled minds that still think, after more than a century and hundreds of millions of dead, that Marx has anything useful to offer to society.

Put these people beyond the pale the way they are trying to exclude the true heirs of the West.  Leftism, as I’ve said several times recently, is parasitical.  It doesn’t create; it perverts.  It doesn’t preserve; it breaks down.  It doesn’t empower; it constrains within a carefully controlled collective.  Now that this is becoming more widely recognized, its adherents shouldn’t be surprised when they are, in turn, banned from participation in Western Civilization 2.0.  Most of these agitators of various stripes and fetishes haven’t truly been ‘oppressed’ in two or three generations.  They decry ‘intolerance’ (conveniently defined as disagreement with them) while actually practicing it (‘unpersoning’ and targeting for harm those they disagree with).  As a result of their vacuous goading and preening today, they may well find out what oppression really looks like, when the inevitable backlash to their nonsense begins.

The West MUST wake up

A tale of three headlines:

Paris terrorist was a Syrian refugee, says Greek government official

Syrian refugees beginning to arrive in New Orleans

Obama Increases Number of Syrian Refugees for U.S. Resettlement to 10,000

 

Nor is it just Syria from which we are likely importing future trouble.

Lots of people have posted “stand with France” type photos online or changed their Facebook profile picture to include the French flag.  When will we recognize that this accomplishes NOTHING except to give people an emotional outlet that vents the steam that should instead be fueling change?  It’s easy to conduct a few keystrokes to morally preen with the masses.  Joining those masses to demand — DEMAND! — our governments change their suicidal policies… well, that requires effort.  Can Americans and Europeans summon the will to bring their governments to heel?

The Pope today referred to a “piecemeal World War III.”  It’s true — our feckless leaders have allowed an ideology that refuses to coexist with any other to grow until it threatens all of us.  Can anyone doubt at this point that if ISIS or one of its fellow traveler groups came into possession of weapons of mass destruction that they would be used to kill thousands of civilians?  Instead of posting pictures online of Paris today, perhaps our time would be better spent imagining Paris today as a radioactive crater… then stopping to consider what needs to be done to prevent that future outcome.

There is an adage growing in prominence online: diversity + proximity = war.  Those acolytes of diversity whose impulses after an attack like yesterday are to shout “Islam is a religion of peace; not all Muslims are terrorists” would do well to realize that immigration plus terrorism is a threat to the ‘peaceful’ muslims, too.  Just ask the refugees in France whose camp caught fire last night.  A former coworker with whom I often disagree politically had this to say:

One gets tired of trying to fight against the impulse to prejudice and war. Everyone draws lines between friends and enemies. Everyone. Some say it’s the essential act of living together, which is the essential act of life. At the very least, it’s deep seated in human (as well as other animal) nature. For how long–how long–in the face of brutality and horror and loss, can people be expected to suspend judgment, make ourselves vulnerable, ignore emotionally compelling generalizations, and pay attention only to the individual, whom we know barely, if at all, without categorizing or assuming in the least? One gets tired.

And then you see that refugees who’ve fled to France to escape ISIS and the madness in Syria are being burned in their tents in Calais. The Socialist president Hollande promises to be pitiless. And terrorist attacks and astounding courage in Beirut or Kobani go completely unremarked, as if they couldn’t matter less. And you remember the pitilessness and brutality of French colonialism in Lebanon, and Syria, and so many other places, much less than a century ago. And you remember this: that people drawing bright lines between friends and enemies always, always, always do it badly, and do it even worse when they’re afraid…

Keep fighting against that ugly, mean, and cowardly prejudice, as well as brutality and horror.

He — and the Pope — have an important point here.  This clash of civilizations has been allowed to go on for close to three decades (it well precedes 9/11, though most TV-absorbed Americans could hardly be expected to realize that).  The longer such a slow-motion struggle goes on, the more it hardens the hearts on both sides.  For the sake not only of the West, but for the ability of non-jihad-inclined Muslims to live in peace, we MUST find a way to end this.  The best chance of doing so would seem to be in separating two fundamentally incompatible worldviews.

What might that look like?  Well, for starters:

  • SEAL THE BORDERS!  (I’ve been saying this for some time, and not just in the context of preventing terrorism)
  • Immediate ban on further immigration from the region of jihad: essentially an arc from sub-Saharan Africa through Iraq and Iran to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia, including — especially — Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon.  That includes ANY kind of visa, including temporary work or student visas.  For those who instantly want to cry out this is somehow unfair, I say this: pose your objections to the dead in Paris last night.  Life doesn’t always resolve into fair and unfair — sometimes it’s necessary to take a mildly distasteful act to prevent acts of carnage.  (Note: see update at bottom of post)
  • Immediate arrest and trial for treason for any figure who has in the past or in the future solicits financial or material support for ISIS, al Qada, Hezbollah, Hamas or the general concept of jihad.  Conviction — in an open courtroom subject to public scrutiny and oversight — should result in death.  It’s time to stop playing around — these people are invoking wanton death and destruction and it’s time that effort redounds to them instead.
  • A ban on any kind of ‘charitable contributions’ or financial support from the nations listed above coming into Europe or the United States.  All too often this is a network of financial support for the spreading of Wahhabism and the funding of terror networks — usually (particularly in the case of Saudi Arabia) with the complicity of the ruling families of the Middle East.  It is no less than active subversion, and should be recognized and banned as such.
  • A concerted effort, on the scale of the Manhattan Project if necessary, to develop fusion energy and other alternatives to fossil fuels, the proceeds from the sale of which end up in the hands of the House of Saud and other royal families who are far too inclined to use the profits to sow seeds of terrorism.  I’m not a climate change alarmist, but if you TRULY want to change the world, starving these groups of cash would be a good start.
  • Deglamorization of Islam in Western academia.  Yes, there have been fine works of art and literature produced in the Muslim world.  But a fair comparison of the fruits of that world compared with the advance of individual human liberty and dignity under Western Civilization should be standard fare in any education.  “By their fruits you will know them.”

In short, despite the emotional outpouring after 9/11, the growth of an unConstitutional surveillance state and the enormous expense of bumbling around in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have as a society been manifestly unserious about combating a deadly ideology that has infested our lands and continues to grow in potency.  That is why despite massive military operations overseas we have had a steady stream of violence at home: the Boston Marathon, shootings at Ft Hood and military recruiting offices, attempted violence in Texas, and the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France (not even a year ago!), just to name a few.

What good does it do to spend more on “defense” than the next 13 nations combined, when we open all the gates and allow our enemies to walk among us?  It’s time to stop worrying about being called “intolerant” for opposing real intolerance.  Our enemies have said openly that there’s only room for one system of belief.  It’s time we took that at face value and acted accordingly.  There is plenty of space in the Middle East for those who want to jihad amongst themselves.  We don’t have to import their nihilism into the West.  If we continue to do so, the day will come where intolerance results towards all Muslims, “peaceful” or not.

None of us should want that, any more than we want dozens to die in a major European capital.  So do we separate and live in peace, or do we allow our “elites” to continue their ridiculous experiment with forced diversity?  Will the next election mark a turning point in Americans demanding action of their government, or will we once again post our sympathetic pictures then hit the snooze button, waiting until a nuclear-fueled act of terror results in a backlash that will forever change the West AND the Muslim world?

Tick, tick, tick…

 

UPDATE: a friend privately messaged me that while he agrees with the overall post, an outright ban on immigration from the countries listed would be problematic because many persecuted Christians need to leave there in order to live.  He’s correct.  But as if to compound the imbecility of our immigration policy, about the only group that DOES have trouble getting access to the U.S. or the West is the Persecuted Church.  I absolutely agree we need to make accommodation for them, but I suspect our ‘leaders’ see that as possibly strengthening the very Church in the West to which they are actively hostile.

We literally live in a hell of a time…