Three choices

It’s increasingly obvious the vast majority of the mass of migrants currently moving into the countries formerly known as “The West” have no intention of assimilating:

Exhibit A:

Masked youths torched dozens of cars overnight in Sweden and threw rocks at police, prompting an angry response from the prime minister, who denounced an “extremely organized” night of vandalism.

About 80 cars were set ablaze overnight, chiefly in Sweden’s second largest city, Goteborg, and nearby Trollhattan, an industrial city, and fires were also reported on a smaller scale in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, police said Tuesday.

Exhibit B:

A Sudanese immigrant known to police is thought to be behind another terror attack on Westminster after ploughing his car into 15 cyclists outside Parliament.

Salih Khater, 29, veered off the road careering into pedestrians and cyclists at Parliament Square, after spending the night cruising around London.  In a chilling echo of Khalid Masood’s murderous rampage on Westminster 17 months ago, the driver sped towards the Palace of Westminster…

Exhibit C:

The father of a missing 3-year-old who was arrested at a New Mexico compound linked to “extremist Muslims” last week was training children to commit school shootings, court documents filed on Wednesday revealed.

Prosecutors allege Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was conducting weapons training on the compound, where 11 children were found hungry and living in squalor. They asked Wahhaj, who appeared in court on Wednesday, be held without bail.

Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam, also named Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the New York Post reported.

In the last example, the judge claimed the prosecutors had “failed to show a threat to the community” and ordered the five adults arrested in the case released while awaiting trial.

And we wonder why our enemies hold us in such contempt.

Our leaders deny it and our media tries to conceal it, but the “man on the street” in most Western nations knows we are being subsumed by a rising tide of foreigners who seek to remake our countries rather than the other way around.  Since assimilation has clearly failed, Vox Day points out only three options are left:

  1. Continued adulteration, degradation, and collapse.
  2. Deus vult and mass deportations.
  3. Caedite eos.

In short, if the West lacks the will to defend itself, it will die.  If it does muster the strength to fight, the invaders will be either expelled or slaughtered.  None of these are desirable alternatives, but they are the ones the globalists and open borders fanatics have left open to us.  Upon their heads is the violence that is already happening… and that may be just a foretaste of that yet to come.

But the Wormtongues among us still try to lull everyone to sleep with their politically correct multicultural pieties.  As a result, I’m certain I’m not the only one now channeling Han Solo in saying “bring ’em on — I prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around.”

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Break the shackles

Vox has an important post up noting that the tech giants have the ability to shut down any speech they dislike, because they control the popular platforms.  As he puts it, “stop fighting on their ground.”  It’s important to reach the public beyond an echo chamber, so it’s not necessarily wrong to engage on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  The problem is those platforms are strongly converged and in no way believe in unfettered free speech.  So if Christians, American traditionalists, classical conservatives and libertarians are going to continue to have a voice online, they are going to have to have alternative channels.

In other words, it’s time to break the monopolies.

I’ve already gotten into the habit of using DuckDuckGo for my online searches.  (In an era where “google” has become a verb, this has been an interesting exercise in habit-breaking.)  This avoids the way Google skews search results, and also denies them my traffic and data to track.  I strongly urge all my readers to do the same.

Other alternative platforms available and/or in development:

Instead of Google’s Chrome browser, try Brave.

Instead of the socially leftist Wikipedia, use Infogalactic for encyclopedic information.

Instead of YouTube (owned by Google), develop and view content on BitChute.

Instead of Twitter (which recently purged a number of conservatives and broke up a number of members’ “following” communities), try out Gab.

Instead of Facebook, look into Minds.

As time permits, I’m developing a presence on each of the above, and will eventually update the header on this blog so those who are inclined to do so can find me.  I’m still active on Twitter, but with the awareness they can shut me down at any point just like any other voice they want to silence.  The alternative sites listed above have publicly committed to free and open discussion.  What a concept.

Our use of a given platform is what gives it power and influence.  Stop feeding the tech giants who have already proven themselves hostile to anything short of Leftist conformity.  Support the efforts to break their stranglehold on the public conversation.  It will take time — and the breaking of deeply ingrained habits — for these alternatives to pose a threat to the stifled communities they are trying to supplant.

The rise of the Internet broke the information chokehold of the legacy corporate media.  It’s not surprising The Powers That Be have spent time and effort to reestablish that grip.  With your participation — and, more importantly, spreading the word — this new effort to break the monopoly again can flourish.

And so can the free exchange of ideas once more.

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America’s choice

…goes far beyond selecting who inhabits the White House for the next four years.  This election cycle has brought to the forefront a deep and potent darkness in our land.  I believe Americans are more bitterly divided today than at any time since the Civil War.  This is more than a ‘multicultural’ issue.  It is a spiritual one as well.  Some of the nation seeks to honor God; another part works tirelessly to remove all references to Him from the public square. And an increasing number simply chooses to punt rather than confront such matters.

It’s time to stop asking God to bless America.  We need to bless Him with our choices.

The warning God gave to Israel through Jeremiah many centuries ago is worth reading again today:

If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,  and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.  (emphasis added)

Choose prayerfully and wisely today, America.  Time grows ever shorter.

Reaping what’s been sown

A friend recently wrote in a conversation we were having that “Trump is simultaneously the worst thing we could do and absolutely the best outcome we deserve.”  I think he’s on to something there.  Or, as another writer put it (links below added by me):

The truth of the matter is that America is finally under the judgment of God. Our nation has been given over to what it wants. America is under a deluding influence. Such a deleterious condition cannot be remedied with better and more aggressive public policy arguments. The Scripture teaches that people can go so far in their sin that God finally removes His hand of restraint upon them and finally gives them over to what they want to do. …

Why do I believe that America is now at this delicate tipping point? Largely, it is because of the meteoric rise of a person like Donald Trump in American politics. The man is a moral and verbal sewer. He has no political resume. Rather, his campaign has been buoyed by empty promises devoid of any real substance or meaningful content. He merely repeats mantras that the voters want to hear similar to the types of statements that Barack Obama gave us back in 2008. … This type of rhetoric seems more akin to that of a used car salesman rather than that of a serious presidential contender.  …

The fact that all the evidence indicates that Trump throughout the course of his entire life really never believed all of the conservative positions that he now supposedly holds is really of no consequence to people. …

Further evidence of God withdrawing his hand from America might also be found in the recent deaths of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Theologian Dr. Charles Ryrie. Both of these men were similar in their ambition to honor authorial intent. They were both giants and sources of great spiritual light in their respective fields. What Scalia was to the field of Constitutional interpretation, Ryrie was to the field of biblical theology. Yet, within the span of a few days, as both men passed, these lights to the culture were removed by the hand of God.

My friend made an interesting analogy to the book of Judges, which details the descent of ancient Israel into increasing disobedience and hard-heartedness towards God’s law.  God rescues Israel multiple times from oppression and disaster, but the character of the judges He raises as His instruments declines steadily over time (a reflection of the loss of the nation’s character).  Just before the story of rebellious Samson (a seriously lapsed Nazarite and a horrible judge of women), we encounter the story of Jephthah.   My friend proposed in his comments that “If Reagan was Gideon Trump is Jepthath.” 

If he’s correct, may God have mercy on us.  For if our trajectory parallels that of Israel, we are destined soon for captivity and worse.  I do not know whether Trump can provide the temporary reprieve for America that so many seriously flawed judges did for Israel.  I have serious doubts he can, and even if he succeeds in some material relief he will be a spiritual disaster.  The story of those judges, though, are a reminder that God can use the most unlikely of people to accomplish His purposes.  That does not absolve the faithful of looking for spiritual character in our leaders, but it might be a hopeful thought in this time when so few seem to have any.  We also need to be reminded from time to time of our Lord’s warning that “not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Far too many of our politicians — sadly, now including The Donald — profess a publicly convenient faith when their lives show no evidence of the fruit of such a relationship.

I’ve said it before and will continue to say it: I don’t know where all this is going, but I strongly suspect we won’t like the destination.  We have lost discernment as a people, and that includes inviting ever-larger numbers of people to our land who are actively hostile to the faith of our fathers.  This is a time-tested recipe for conflict.  As the Philistines were first emulated by Israel and then enslaved them, our importation into the West of millions of Muslims may result in the same fate.

If ever there was a time for a people to humble themselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, it is us, and it is now.  There is much we need to repent of, individually and as a people.  And as we watch the rise of people like Trump the Con Man, Clinton the Crooked and Sanders the Commie, it’s enough to make me wonder if God feels towards us the exasperation He once expressed to Jeremiah:

“As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you. Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?”

Dear reader, are you ready for the storm?  We’ve sown the wind for far too long, and are on the verge of reaping the whirlwind.  Just remember, no matter what happens, ‘the journey does not end here.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Check YOUR ‘privileges’

The prevalence of this sort of arrogant nonsense is enough to make me question whether ANYONE should send their offspring away to college these days.  “Higher education” in many instances seems to have become little more than a way to get parents to pay for the ideological harassment and indoctrination of their own children:

A bulletin board hung by a resident assistant in a primarily freshmen and sophomore dorm shames those who are have white, male, Christian, able-bodied, heterosexual, or cisgendered “privilege.”

“Why can’t I hold all this male privilege,” reads one meme on the bulletin board hanging at Appalachian State University.

“‘I don’t see color’ which also means I deny having white privilege,” reads another flier on the red board adorned with colorful puzzle pieces.

The fliers are products of the “Check Your Privilege” campaign started by three University of San Francisco professors, as previously reported by Campus Reform.

In other words, a Gramscian propaganda campaign of creating class, racial and gender envy as a precursor to revolution, started by some tenured (i.e. “employment privileged”) ivory-tower Marxists has spread from the Left Coast all the way to Appalachia.  Just great.  How, exactly, is this different from living in a totalitarian reeducation camp, also designed to tear down and rebuild your sense of self-identity?

I’ve had more than enough of this incitement to jealousy crap.  So as a Christian white heterosexual able-bodied male (who also happens to be only the first in my family’s history to have gone to college, and not because my parents paid for it out of pocket), let me be blunt: everyone in America is living in the civilization my ancestors and their culture built.  That you are doing so is a PRIVILEGEone you were born to, the same as me.  By virtue of being born in the USA, regardless the circumstances and challenges that accompanied it (and we each have our own), you are ALREADY better off than two-thirds of the people living on this planet!  Try focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t, for a change.

This nation is not perfect (I defy you to find one that is), but tearing down a successful society because you want to obsess over past–or perceived–sins isn’t “enlightened.”  It’s STUPID.  It’s also stupid to reject–and actively fight against–the premises that made this nation what it is (i.e. self-reliance, self-restraint, family commitment, and that oft-derided “protestant work ethic”), and then claim those who held to them are somehow ‘privileged’ because their life choices produced better results.  Try some applied science: if you don’t like your personal results, change your personal formulas!  Don’t go trying to turn this land into the same sort of factionalized war-torn hellhole that predominates too much of our world already.

If these radical egalitarians put half the effort they do into this well poisoning into something useful to society, they might find their paycheck getting larger, among other social benefits.  I realize being a normal working stiff isn’t as exciting as, say, role-playing Che Guevara, but you really ought to compare the likely outcomes of those two approaches to living (and dying) before making that choice.

If you REALLY believe you have no opportunity to succeed here — that society won’t let you have anything (I’m looking at YOU, Mr. College Student Resident Hall Advisor who draws a stipend), then GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!  That’s another ‘privilege’ you have here that doesn’t exist in many of your favored national models — the ability to emigrate anytime you like.  I’m sure your talents for cut-and-paste propaganda and antisocial energy would be eagerly welcomed in places like Cuba, Venezuela or, if you’re really ambitious, China.

They are NOT welcomed here!

Now that I’ve addressed this particular residence hall advisor, it’s time to ask Appalachian State: what the hell are you paying this kid for?  To create a hostile living climate?  How about focusing on something more practical, such as figuring out why nine of your students have died just in this school year alone — at least three ruled by suicide?   There’s such a thing as challenging one to see things from a different perspective, and then there’s gross harassment and reverse bigotry, which, for all you know, may be part of your problem.  If you consider this RA’s actions appropriate, then you should just come right out and say that Christians and Caucasians are not welcome on your campus.  And families should plan accordingly — i.e. refuse to send their kids there.  There are far too many educational choices available today to be willing to put up with such hostility, and parents need to be closely scrutinizing exactly what environment they are sending their kids into.

Sadly, as the spread of this ridiculous campaign shows, the problem isn’t just one university.  Which is part of why the Oldest Musketeer is attending a community college, where students aren’t considered full-time suckers to pay for classes that focus on this sort of indoctrination.  His mother and I are only too glad to have him continue living at home, so that if he does encounter such nonsense, there’s an antidote available that same day.  And after working a year before starting classes, he’s paying as he goes, without taking out student loans to subsidize status symbols like the latest iGadget.  When he finishes his degree, he’ll be debt free and have options.  He’s going to school to learn a useful skill and become gainfully employed, not to become part of a revolutionary vanguard.

Though more and more, I worry he and his brothers may one day have to help put down the inevitable full fruits of this insanity that has infested our social institutions.  Freedom, in the end, isn’t a privilege.  You have to be willing to fight to have it — and to keep it.

College and Congressional qualifications

…have apparently become a topic of conversation in Georgia:

A leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia criticized a fellow primary opponent for having only a high school degree. David Perdue, a businessman and first-time candidate for office, was touting his experience and education to a group of voters in January when he made a reference to “a high school graduate in this race.”

That candidate is Karen Handel, the former secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate. Handel left an abusive home at age 17, according to her campaign, and finished high school. She never graduated from college.

“Look at the backgrounds. Look at the credentials. There’s a high school graduate in this race, okay? I’m sorry,” Perdue told a group of Republicans in Bibb County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the video

The Perdue campaign told the AJC in a statement that “David was simply making the case that he is the most qualified person in this race to help get our economy back on track so that we can start paying down the massive federal debt. His comment was based on facts that are a matter of public record.”

Here we see a glimpse of the arrogance of the would-be ruling elite.  Question: who do you think knows ‘real life’ for the average American best: someone who went straight to college and became a successful (and wealthy) businessman, or someone who clearly had enough character to overcome an abusive childhood and achieve at least the responsibility of Secretary of State for Georgia?  Which candidate will relate better to the challenges most of their constituents face?  Which is more likely to favor legislation the strengthens the hand of their fellow college-graduate-turned-successful-socialites?

Admittedly, I know little else about any of these candidates’ backgrounds (I’m not a Georgia voter, so have not followed this race until now).  But I truly hope this conversation becomes widespread, for two reasons:

– It’s long past time we re-examine what ‘representative government’ means.  I don’t think it means a legislative caste drawn almost exclusively from a pool of the wealthy and highly credentialed.  Do we want bright, intelligent, empathetic representatives?  Absolutely.  I’m not certain a college education necessarily implies or guarantees any of those traits anymore.

– Which comes to the second point: we need to have an honest conversation about the value of college today.

The Perdue campaign, in their response to this public kerfuffle, made reference to the need to pay down the national debt.  I have no idea whether Perdue used student loans to get his allegedly all-important degree, or whether he was fortunate enough to pay as he went.  Regardless, it seems Handel didn’t attempt college by taking on massive amounts of debt, as is the case for far too many people these days.

Who, then, is more likely to have the values of thrift and discretion that are essential to staunching the bleeding of ever-increasing debt?  Just a thought…

I firmly believe the college model as most people approach it today is outdated.  It has become yet another big business, bilking consumers for as much as the market will bear–and then some–while returning as little as possible in many cases.  In addition, what college provides these days is often less ‘education’ than it is ‘indoctrination’ — and that may in fact be part of the concern over Handel’s lack thereof (“oh, no!  She hasn’t spent four–or more–years studying Feminist Studies and The History of ethnic grievances!  We can’t have that in Congress!)

The well-ingrained social assumption that a college degree is essential to make a living today is simply not true, as a handful of individuals like Mike Rowe are quick to point out.  Hard work and character are still enough to make a way in this world, although the cards are often stacked against them.  An over-emphasis on credentialism undermines what a merit society is supposed to be.*

Higher education is hitting the outer limits of a bubble that has gone on for decades.  Without the availability of easy loans, there is no way tuition could have skyrocketed to the levels it has reached.  It’s well past time to ask what the return on this debt-driven experience really is, and whether it’s really an essential part of developing tomorrow’s workers, leaders and entrepreneurs.  We may just find that it’s become part of the machinery that keeps the ‘sheeple’ on desired tracks.

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* This is not just an academic discussion for our family.  The Oldest Musketeer is a high school graduate now.  He has been working an entry level job this year, while we examined his options.  He knows what he’d like to do, and it does require a certain amount of credentialing… but not necessarily a 4-year college degree.  He is but one example of many young men and women who would benefit from a more trade-school approach that focuses on what they find fulfilling, instead of the university model that saddles so many youngsters with mandatory classes they will never use…and the debt that pays for them.  As such, we’ve been careful to select a two-year Associate Degree program that focuses on the core skills and credentials he’s trying to obtain.  By doing so, we’re plotting out a five-semester track for which we already have money saved to cover slightly more than three of the five if he continues to live at home.  If the plan completes as envisioned, he’ll graduate with a degree in something he wants to do, with no debt hanging over his head (or Mom and Dad’s).  There were some who showed signs of curiosity when he didn’t immediately follow his peers off to school last Fall.  As homeschoolers, we’re used to the occasional eyebrow.  I can say that this year of work and self-discovery was a valuable investment in its own right, and I’ve enjoyed watching him grow.  My point is simply that there has never been–and never will be–a ‘one size fits all’ solution to getting the next generation on its feet and self-sustaining.  No child–or society–should be left on autopilot.  ((this postscript added with the approval of the Oldest Musketeer))