"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you."
Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Given the events in Paris, Mali, Turkey and Brussels, one would have to be crazy not to have some level of concern about the safety of our own country, our own cities, our own families. Yet those who have expressed such a concern are termed paranoid by our own President, afraid of widows and orphans, a fear based on hysteria. So apparently expressing anything short of mindless trust in a government that seldom has proven itself trustworthy is indicative of some sort of mental disorder, any level of rational sanity deemed only to show how insane we actually are.
In our mad rush to abandon our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have nearly lost much of the treasure that such a heritage bestowed upon us. Whether you can bring yourself to believe in an all loving God who cares for us as we would our own children, or whether you only see as mythology the idea of an omnipotent Savior who gave his life that we hopeless humans might have entry to eternity, it should be understood that both faith and myth can teach powerful societal lessons. The progressive mind ever looks forward with questions long ago asked and answered. It assumes change to always be good, and constantly reinvents the wheel; since the new wheel cannot resemble the old wheel, the change is often asinine. And so we end up with modified foods that cause cancer, economic systems that cause financial ruin, and progressive governments that cause disaster.
"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger,
anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."
Like the evil Emperor Palpatine imploring young Skywalker to give in to his rage and come to the dark side of The Force, the moderators from CNBC, as those from FOX news before them, tried their best to create conflict in the last presidential debate. Given the differing biases of the two networks, a case could be made that such inflammatory journalism is just the typical grasping for ratings that news agencies have reverted to instead of the quaint idea of enlightening their viewers, but it is perplexing that such motivation seems only to apply to the Republican side of the equation. If the Palpatine press gives Democrats softball questions that would never create the conflict or rage that would draw them to the "dark side", might it be because they believe them to already be there?
"We must learn to live together as brothers,
or perish together as fools."
Martin Luther King Jr.
The "Black Lives Matter" movement is a decentralized one, as is it's opposition, and so the conflict between these two leaderless and loosely affiliated groups is bound to be replete with the atrocious behavior of armies without a chain of command. The shameful chant of the protestors at the Minnesota state fair of "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon!" ought not necessarily be construed to reflect the attitudes of the entire movement, anymore than some of the clearly hateful and insensitive remarks of internet trolls should be taken to reflect the sense of the resistance to the movement. That being said, there has been little said on either side that would seem to lead us toward MLK's admonition to live together as brothers, and sorrowfully, most of the rhetoric seems to be catapulting us ever more in the direction of perishing together as fools.
"Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest
of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences."
Back in 1981 MTV signed on the air, and the first video played was appropriately titled "Video Killed The Radio Star". With the advent of MTV and VH1, the premise of the Buggles tune was made sure. Video technology added a new requirement to pop music stardom, not only did you need to sound good, you needed to look good on video. Mama Cass was replaced with Britney Spears, The Moody Blues with The Backstreet Boys.
"Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...."
Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. In the face of the latest mass shooting, we must insist on government intervention with some common sense reforms to curb violence. At some point we need to decide whether we are willing to sacrifice the lives of our citizens to our devotion to a document whose authors lived hundreds of years ago before a society like ours could even be imagined. I'm not talking about gun control, the President can waste his time with that one; to take a page out of the liberal playbook, "The politics are settled, it's the law of the land". I'm talking about going after other "freedoms" that should be examined.
"The Roots of Violence:
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles"
Barack Obama's arrogance was never on greater display than when he infamously declared to Eric Cantor that "Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won." It may well be that at long last we have arrived at the oft heralded "end of the day", and the consequences the President referenced are upon us.
"...they have put no difference between the holy and the profane..."
Like Pavlov's salivating dogs, the predictable liberal calls for gun control in the wake of tragedy seem to have moved to the realm of conditioned response rather than any reasoned connection to reality. The shooting of two journalists by a disgruntled fellow employee elicited the all too expected cries for increased gun control for the rest of us who don't shoot our co-workers. Short of abolishing the second amendment, it's hard to envision the law that would have kept a legal gun out of this man's hands. Imagine if you will if somehow we could have kept this angry black man, a homosexual unafraid to play the race or gay card, from having a gun while his more "privileged" white counterparts were allowed to have one. How would that have played? And having been denied a gun, do we honestly believe that this horrible excuse for a human being would have chosen instead to just write a biting FaceBook update? No, of course not. He would have found a machete, a bomb, an axe, or a car to express his rage, and unfortunately you can't regulate rage.
With Hillary Clinton's disastrous press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the bright orange pantsuit she wore is likely to replace Monica's blue dress as the most iconic piece of wardrobe in the Clintons' legacy. We are visual creatures, and while words are important, a picture is indeed worth a thousand of them. That being the case, one needs to ask why none of Hillary's advisers thought to question the advisability of her wearing an outfit not far removed from the prison jumpsuit her enemies would like to see her wearing.
"If I were a magician, I'd hand out broken compasses.
It's all about misdirection."
The last thing the Washington establishment wants is someone who will shake things up, an unknown quantity, someone who won't "play the game". Ironically, people see in Donald Trump, this man who has been running the game for most of his adult life, in this of all men they see some kind of white knight who is bigger than Washington. That would be a little like putting the Godfather in charge of the FBI, since he can't be corrupted.