Parasitical terrorism

I’m increasingly convinced that if we (and the rest of the West) got our own house in order with regard to immigration and welfare, terrorist activity would be severely curtailed even without further major military operations:

On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was leaving the country. Sources said he took a carry-on bag through security that was packed with $1 million in cash. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out the proper government forms.

Fox 9 learned that these cloak-and-dagger scenarios now happen almost weekly at [Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport].  The money is usually headed to the Middle East, Dubai and points beyond. Sources said last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage…

[Former Seattle police detective Glen] Kerns discovered some of the money was being funneled to a Hawala in the region of Somalia that is controlled by the al Shabaab terrorist group…

As Kerns dug deeper, he found that some of the individuals who were sending out tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of remittance payments happened to be on government assistance in this country.

How could they possibly come up with such big bucks to transfer back home?

“We had sources that told us, ‘It’s welfare fraud, it’s all about the daycare,’” said Kerns.

Read the whole thing.  Minnesota is now home to a very large Somali Muslim community.  Next door in Michigan the Muslims tend to be from Bosnia, Yemen and Bangladesh.  In both states, Islam is increasingly influential.  Those communities are already linked to a rise in female genital mutilation cases (a practice that is rightly illegal in most of the West).  It appears the community is also linked to shenanigans back home as well.

Think about it: we’re allowing colonists to come here, partake of our welfare system, and use some of the proceeds to fund extremist groups back home.  We can’t defeat what we’re allowing ourselves to subsidize.  Seal the borders and tighten down on foreign remittances.  Otherwise there’s no point in waging this war.

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Is “diversity” good for America?

At every turn, we are assured by the media, too many politicians, and a whole host of activists that “diversity is our strength.”  Is it?  Some of the Founders would have dismissed such an idea.  John Quincy Adams, son of the second President, had this to say to his father in 1811:

“America is destined to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general system of religious and political principles, and accustomed to one general tenor of social usages and customs.”  (emphasis added)

In this he was not falling far from the tree, so to speak.  During and after the American Revolution, the elder Adams strongly advocated English as a common language for the new nation.  George Washington, in his Farewell Address, noted the conditions of the younger Adams’ later observations were already present:

“With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.” (emphasis added)

We’re told that American-style liberty and self-governance is the desire of every human being; that in everyone, there’s an American struggling to break out.  Is that really true?  If so, then why are second-generation immigrants participating in terrorism?  Why are some advocating the adoption of an alien Sharia law system in the U.S.?  Why are there alien enclaves here waving foreign flags (while burning the U.S. one) and looking more like the lands of their ancestors than part of the United States?  Most importantly, who benefits from this conscious policy and why?

Culture is the wellspring from which a nation’s institutions flow.  The culture that created the United States was steeped in the Christian faith, the history of British self-governance and Enlightenment thinking about limited government.  Even today, those are hardly universal foundations for societies.   Around the world there are plenty of examples of what results when any or all of those pillars are missing.  So why would we not demand they continue to predominate here?  

America is now decades into its multicultural fetish.  But there is a tremendous difference between enjoying colorful assortments of dress, dance and cuisine, and acting as if all worldviews produce the same positive results.  They clearly do not.  I couldn’t help but think of the multiculturalists when I recently read about the custom in Madagascar of literally dancing with the corpses of dead family members.  I guarantee there are doctrinaire multiculturalists who would demand we not frown on such a horrific practice; that instead we celebrate what they would emphasize as an expression of love.  The problem is, such things have predictable consequences, such as the spreading of disease.  In most of Latin America (especially Brazil), the annual “Carnival” celebration is a license for utter debauchery.  In much of Islamic Africa, the genitals of young girls are mutilated in an attempt to mute their sexuality, a practice now flourishing in immigrant communities such as Detroit.

So what do we expect to happen when we have “diversity lotteries” for admission to the U.S., resulting in people moving here in large numbers directly from societies with such practices?  Is it not strange we have elected officials more concerned with protecting illegal immigrants than U.S. citizens?  We have forgotten, to our own peril, that the U.S., and more broadly Western Civilization, is unique in human history and that most of the world’s story is a uniform one of various flavors of subservience and misery for the average individual.  Too few Americans have personally experienced how different life outside the “developed world” can be, so they have no idea what’s at stake.

At the rate we’re going, though, many are about to find out.  Western Civilization once had the audacity to proclaim universal truths and standards of right and wrong.  But today it thinks of itself as merely one voice among many, and nothing special worth defending.  I believe the “diversity drive,” coupled with the now-prevalent idea there is no objective truth, will be noted by historians as the fatal acid that ate away the foundations of the United States.  The key question at this point is whether any of the original culture of this country will be preserved in what follows its approaching demise, or whether, as Winston Churchill once warned of the Nazi threat, “the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.” 

This is multiculturalism

It amazes me that many of the loudest voices for ‘women’s rights’ are also thrilled to be welcoming in tens of thousands of refugees invaders for whom cutting up a little girl’s privates is a common practice:

Opposition from some members of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities is slowing the momentum of a bill that would impose stiff penalties for parents involved in cases of female genital mutilation.

Since the bill’s near-unanimous passage in the Minnesota House this week, some longtime critics of the ritual have met with senators, lobbied the governor’s office and handed out fliers — all to raise alarm about the legislation…

Now, the author of the Senate version is voicing second thoughts about approving the legislation yet this session, though Senate GOP leadership have not committed to a course of action. “We all agree this practice is absolutely horrible, and something needs to be done,” said the author, Sen. Karin Housley. “How can we empower communities to address this practice from within rather than having Big Brother come down and say, ‘This is wrong?’ ”

Short answer: you can’t.  Which is why different communities with different values need to live in different areas.  Female genital mutilation is a common practice in the Muslim world (especially in Somalia, where many of the new ‘migrants’ to Minnesota are coming from), and no amount of “empowering” of the community is likely to change that.  Since values are so difficult to change, you’re left with changing external behavior — and thus the need for Big Brother.  Don’t think for a moment our nation’s elites aren’t aware of that.  How better to grow government than as the arbiter of incompatible cultures?

The fact there is newsworthy opposition to this bill (which normally would be a shoe-in under the “it’s for the children” and “grrrrl power” rules of politics) shows how much alien influence already exists in our land.  Does anyone think it gets better from here?

We open our doors to anyone who wants in, but refuse to insist that “when in America, one follows traditional American values.”  (Of course, the retort to that is “who defines traditional American values,” to which I simply say “those who know their history better than their Alinsky.”)

Close.  The.  Borders.  Now.

Deport.  The.  Invaders.  NOW.

And imprison or deport their domestic enablers.

Treasures should be guarded

I’ve noted before that we have greatly cheapened the value of U.S. citizenship.  If anyone from anywhere can sneak into our country with a reasonable expectation that if they “hide in the shadows” long enough for another amnesty, then our birthright citizenship means nothing — or nada, if you must.  That should be completely unacceptable to any citizen already here.

One particular aspect of that citizenship that is clearly neglected is our voting process.  There should be absolutely no opposition to requiring photo I.D. to cast a vote — but the soft bigotry of low expectations (plus a desire for a fraud-conducive system) in the Democratic Party keeps claiming there’s no need, and that it’s an undue burden on minorities.

That’s a load of Donkey manure.  One already needs a photo ID to do all sorts of everyday things.  But the Left says there’s no indication enough fraud exists to require such documentation.

Well, how about this:

Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News…

“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers…  (emphasis added)

Republican state senators last week called for an investigation in Wayne County, including one precinct where a Detroit ballot box contained only 50 of the 306 ballots listed in a poll book, according to an observer for Trump.

Detroit has not had a Republican mayor since 1962.  It’s safe to say there’s a well-oiled Democratic political machine in that city now, and that the Democrats have run everything as Detroit went from being a high-flying manufacturing center to a broken shell of its former self.  As for the comment above “this isn’t normal,” I’d say it applies more to getting caught than to having such irregularities.  What’s amusing is that this came to light because Jill Stein and her Green Party demanded a recount that spent a boatload of money in Michigan and Wisconsin only to find Trump had 131 more votes in Wisconsin than originally recorded on election day.

Everything today revolves around convenience, which is why the arguments against voter I.D. have traction.  Simply put, a lot of people don’t care if a lot of their neighbors are too lazy to take the few required steps to participate in what should be a secure voting process.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: in order to vote, you should have to pass a basic civics exam on how the Constitution sets up our government, you should have to have photo I.D. to vote, and your finger should be dipped in a Red, White or Blue ink (your choice) that doesn’t wash/rub out for a couple days. (I also believe that if you’re on public assistance, your voting rights should be temporarily suspended.  Make sure you can take care of yourself before you start impacting others.)

I was in Iraq when they held their first post-Saddam election.  From what I saw, they took their process and its security much more seriously than we do.  That should shame us into action.  Iraqis went to polling stations even with the threat of terrorist activity across the country (something that, thankfully, we only know a little about… for now).  And we can’t be bothered to get an I.D.?  Give me a break.

Clean up the voter rolls, pass the photo I.D. requirement nationally, and start making people demonstrate knowledge of the system and its history before letting them participate in it.  Compared to how many have died or been wounded over the decades to give us the space and freedom to even hold elections, is that really too much to ask?  Some things worth having are not convenient to maintain…

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

— Thomas Paine, from “The American Crisis,” written when protecting freedom (during the American Revolution) was a lot more inconvenient than it is today.

The lion’s share of human suffering

For the last week, there’s been steady public anger over the killing of a lion in Africa.  But most of those joining in to this outrage bandwagon probably don’t realize (or in many cases, don’t care) that:

– Behind the scenes of the well-publicized beheadings, ISIS has enslaved and sold thousands of Christian women and girls into sexual slavery.  (Hello, “feminist” movement… are you listening?)

– Ongoing releases about the gruesome practices of Planned Parenthood strongly suggest their “donations” to medical research may well include babies who are born alive… but whose lives are quickly snuffed out in ways meant to achieve rough compliance with technicalities of law.  Put another way: children are entering this world ever so briefly, only to have their organs harvested for ‘research’ in a way that would delight Joseph Mengele.

– The state of our economy and education system are so bad that teachers in Detroit regularly have to guess how much of their paycheck will show up each time… and fight hard to get any semblance of the wages due to them.  This is but one example of the gross mismanagement of municipal resources resulting from years of ‘educrat’ and union domination, and isn’t going away any time soon.  (Have you helped your children escape public schools — the dying relic that’s a legacy of Prussian statism?  If not, why?)

– The ever-increasing wave of illegal immigrants in our nation (and elsewhere) continues to result in chaos, crime and death… and yet there is still no serious, concerted response to cut off these invasions, enforce the laws on the book, and to secure our sovereignty and borders.  If anything, it almost seems the leaders of the Western world are out to ensure that world is swamped by the human tsunami… which begs the question: why?

– Despite the spectacular human catastrophe that resulted from experimentation with communism/fascism/statism in the 20th Century (and its continued infliction of misery today), its appeal (even if marketed under other names) seems to have grown in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Those who don’t learn from history must pay dearly for the lessons over and over again, and it seems sometimes that many are simply incapable of learning.

In short: literally hellish ideologies are resurgent, the legacy of human slavery is used as a political cudgel in America even as the contemporary version goes unlamented and unchecked elsewhere, unwanted children are being chopped up and sold for parts, and the most free and materially successful civilization in human history is being left defenseless before an onslaught of invaders whose incompatible cultures and worldviews will destroy it.  So cry for a lion if you must… but at least reserve some tears for the exponentially greater suffering of humans at the hands of other humans.  No matter how cute Simba Cecil might have been, he did not bear the imago dei.

And a world that refuses to recognize Yahweh will most certainly not care about what happens to His image bearers…

Flood stage

I’m but one of a chorus of voices over the last several years warning of the rising tides breaking down American society.  Even with eight-plus years of doing this, I have to say that as I look around me these days, it is difficult to want to comment.  I believe the tipping point is in the rear view mirror, and what lies ahead is merely the consequences of our failure to confront issues long before now.  These may take a little time still to fully manifest, but there is no longer any question they’re coming.  This assessment (along with a ridiculously crowded personal to-do list of late) has contributed to a slowing down in posts to this site.  At some point even those of us who care deeply about this land have to pose the infamous question “what difference, at this point, does it make?”  As passionate as I am about the principles on which this venture was successfully founded, I realize I’m just a “voice in the wilderness,” and there are few who want to listen.  Those who can read the signs and portents have done so, and are doing whatever due diligence they believe appropriate.  In the case of some close relatives, I’ve recently learned that includes emigrating to another country.  For good.

I’ve done research on what the options might be if the Musketeers, their Mom and I felt we had to leave.  And I’ve been aware in recent years there are a growing number of Americans who are saying goodbye to Uncle Sam–not only emigrating but renouncing their citizenship as a personal declaration of independence.  With this recent revelation, that’s no longer an abstract concept.  It’s difficult to describe the sadness of realizing where we are as a society.  Geographically, there is still a country called “the United States.”  The nation of “America,” however, is all but dead, carved deliberately into competing factions whose collective rejection of the founding principles of limited government, personal liberty/responsibility and the rule of law only serves the puppetmasters in the boardrooms and the Beltway.  For those who have “eyes to see,” the future is here: lawlessness, decay and the increasingly heavy lash of the State.  We have forgotten the lessons of history, and if  you think college tuition is out of control wait till you see the cost of this remedial course.

As the nation enters its death throes, is it any surprise the vultures have descended en masseThe word is out around the world: the defenses are down, and now is the time to come pick the carcass, before there is nothing left.  Our leaders seem only too eager to encourage that, as it benefits them politically.

Even for a Monday, this is a somber reflection.  But it is borne of grief, not despair.  This is when an eternal perspective makes all the difference.  Nations rise and fall, and have done so throughout history.  Truth, however, and the principles that derive from it, endure.  They may be lost for a time to abandonment or neglect, but they remain nonetheless.  Generations may suffer for ignorance of them, but they are always there to be reclaimed and reapplied by those willing to acknowledge their authority.

But first, as the name of this site conveys, one has to admit one is on a wrong road before one can switch to the correct one.  Regardless whether a nation does this or not, every individual retains this choice — and the promise that repentance will be honored.

 

Bourgeois pseudo-‘communism’

Is there anything more amusing than watching self-professed ‘radical communists’ fight over who owns the copyright(!) to the English translation of the collected works of Marx and Engels (a work originally bankrolled by the Soviet Union, an entity that no longer exists)?

The Marxist Internet Archive, a website devoted to radical writers and thinkers, recently received an email: It must take down hundreds of works by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels or face legal consequences.

The warning didn’t come from a multinational media conglomerate but from a small, leftist publisher, Lawrence & Wishart, which asserted copyright ownership over the 50-volume, English-language edition of Marx’s and Engels’s writings…

And it wasn’t lost on the archive’s supporters that the deadline for complying with the order came on the eve of May 1, International Workers’ Day.

Stubborn thing, that concept of property rights…

Meanwhile, Detroit’s distressed properties seem to be successfully winning… investment(!)… from China.  And if the governor of Michigan gets his way, 50,000 Chinese will accompany or ‘follow the money’ there:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.

“Let’s send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world,” Snyder said at a news conference.

And apparently, China is buying.  Wonder where they found the ideological blueprint in Das Capital for that move… or did Lawrence & Wishart’s legal takedown prevent them from consulting it?

The old saying used to be that the capitalists would sell the communists the rope they used to hang them.  Now it appears the ‘capitalists’ have given way to debt-fueled corporatism in the West, giving Eastasia an opportunity to just buy out(!) Oceania.

You can’t make this stuff up…