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The Ideology of Envy

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Say hey, remember this? Candidate Obama to Joe the Plumber: “I do think, at a certain point, you’ve made enough money.” (http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/04/i_do_think_at_a_certain_point.html)

Note the operative word is “you,” as in “you, not me.” If you are Obama, or Clinton, or Pelosi, or Kerry, or Gore, you never, never, never reach that point where you’ve made “enough money” and the government might as well just scarf up every cent you make beyond that.

And leftids buy it. Do they ever. How many times have you heard one of them complain that no one should be “allowed” to make more than a certain amount of money? And yet that never, never, never applies to Democrat politicians who get half a million bucks just for showing up to make a ten-minute speech, pouting, whining football players, air-headed movie stars, or “rap artistes.” Leftids never complain about their masters earning virtually infinite amounts of money. If you are Donald Trump, you have “too much money.” If you’re Hillary Clinton, who’s counting?

God help us, millions of us vote for these people.

They’re always yammering about Income Inequality, but I have yet to hear them propose a scheme to make my income equal to John Kerry’s, or to damp down his income until it’s equal to mine.

But then who really thinks they mean a single word they say?


The Threat of Male Masculinity

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A reader tipped me off today that “male masculinity is actually a huge issue.” I guess female masculinity is okay, though.

Male masculinity is a big promble because it’s tied to “masculine ideologies,” whatever they are. “Scholars” say so. And interllecturals at collidge. It’s such a terrible problem that Princeton University, this summer, was looking to hire a certified clinician as a “men’s engagement manager” because apparently male or masculine behavior is a medical or psychological affliction.

Why worry? Aren’t our education establishment, Hollywood, activists of every description, and the nooze media doing absolutely everything they can to weed out every kind of masculinity? If any can still be found, it won’t be for want of trying on their part.

Except, of course, that portion of really aggressive macho man crap that will always be reserved for king-sized Democrat donors, Hollywood big shots who haven’t been publicly exposed, and musclebound idiot football players who act like caricatures of lesbians but are useful when it comes to keeping the peasants entertained: someone has to provide the bread and circuses. Those few will still be allowed the luxury of behaving like male impersonators. All the rest of us XY-chromosome types will be expected to–I don’t know: act like girls?

I wonder how many men had to die on the beach on D-Day for the Real Smart People of today to prattle about the dangers of male masculinity?

And I wonder if any of the Western nations, as Western nations are today, could have survived more than a few days of World War II.

God created male and female.

We create pure drivel.


‘Faith of Our Fathers’ (Fountainview)

Faith of Our Fathers–I can hardly believe we used to sing this in assembly at high school, until the Supreme Court clued us in that “religion,” except for secular humanism, is not allowed in public places. Later they decided abortion was all right. Then some other things I will not mention.

Was it a different world? What happened to it while I slept?

Anyway, here’s the hymn, sung by the kids at Fountainview Academy.


Devoured by an Idol

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A 31-year-old woman in Japan, a journalist, in fact, recently died… from overwork. She put in 159 hours of overtime in her last month, taking only two days off (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/japanese-woman-dies-overwork-159-hours-overtime).

According to the government, 1 in 5 Japanese employees is at risk of death or suicide as a result of overwork. They’ve even got a word for that kind of death: karoshi. The government says employers want their employees to put in excessive overtime “to demonstrate their dedication” to the job. So they’re mulling legislation to limit overtime to 100 hours a month.

World War II hollowed out Japanese culture; and what flowed back in to fill it up was not very nice. Their cities lay in ruins. Their emperor, supposedly a god, had to sign surrender articles aboard a U.S. battleship. They were nuked twice. And so, it seems, they raised up an idol to replace all that was lost. Economic progress and prosperity, literally at any cost: that replaced everything they’d once believed it.

What Japan needed was Jesus Christ, and spiritual healing. This never occurred to General MacArthur and his Occupation government. It certainly never occurred to the Japanese themselves. We all wanted to build Japan back up as quickly as possible, as a bulwark against communism.

That was accomplished. But at what cost?

Now the government is getting nervous because the idol is consuming too many lives, and at an early age, to boot. Japan’s birth rate has dropped almost to the vanishing point. They seem to be really gone on humanoid robots–as replacements, I suppose: very few babies are getting born.

Hundreds of years ago, the Japanese government wiped out Japanese Christians in a savage campaign of genocide.

The ripples of that event have yet to lap against the farthest shore.


The Myth of Omnipotent Government

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You have to understand leftism as a species of religion, because that’s what it is. It has a creed based on totally false assumptions, among which are these:

Human nature is infinitely adjustable, and therefor, in the long run, perfectible. There just has to be a way to make us perfect, and if we keep tinkering away at it, we will eventually find it.

The only practical instrument for perfecting the human race is government; and the government must be given as much power as it takes to do that.

There is no human problem that cannot be solved by Real Smart People applying lots and lots of force, backed up by lots and lots of money.

This is why the things that leftids say sound so bizarre to normal people. Based on the premises given above, they believe government can bring about things that are, in fact, impossible: that fly in the face of human nature and the nature of reality.

What do they promise, that can never be delivered, no matter how much power you give the government?

Oh, just to name a few: income equality; no more poverty; no more war; no more racism, not even unintentional, unconscious, or “systemic” racism; no more bumps and potholes in the economy; no more distinctions of any kind among assorted groups of people (the pursuit of “diversity” through coerced uniformity); no more “hate”; they’ll “fix” the climate, controlling vast natural processes that no one truly understands; total sexual liberation, including stress-free “gender reassignment”… Or, to sum it up, as G.K. Chesterton might sum it up, Everything For Everybody–all brought to you by an all-powerful state operated by all-wise managers.

Is this a load of poop, or what?

Leftids, for the most part, don’t believe in God. But they want all the blessings God can give us, and look to receive them at the hands of government. That’s what makes it a religion. That’s what makes them tick.

You can’t appease them. You have to defeat them.


Polish Thinker Kayos ‘Social Justice’

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Janusz Korwin-Mikke–I just happened upon this quote from him today–is a conservative politician in Poland with a gift for clear thinking. He has deflated the whole concept of “social justice.” Behold how few words he needs to do it!

“Either ‘social justice’ has the same meaning as ‘justice’–or not… [I]f ‘social justice means ‘something different from justice’–then ‘something different from justice’ is by definition ‘injustice.'”

And the whole absurd construction is knocked out in the first round.


Loopy Thinking Gets Around

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I just couldn’t make up my mind which dreary news story to cover for you today. Meanwhile, someone sent me an email alleging that last month’s solar eclipse was a gigantic hoax perpetrated by The Government for some sinister purpose–possibly to set us up for an invasion by hostile space aliens.

Are there that many people running around loose who ought to be in psychiatric wards, or has this kind of radically loopy thinking become, dare I say, mainstream?

How do people wind up believing things like this? Well, heck, they believe “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and that never happened. But people who believe that probably want to believe it: it gives them an excuse to do things they otherwise would find it hard to excuse.

But what’s the payoff for believing a truly out-to-lunch conspiracy theory? All right, all right–I know there are people out there who believe that socialism really works, the Democrat Party is for the little guy, Global Warming’s caused by toilet paper, and you can be a boy one day and a girl the next, depending on how you feel. I am not sure why they believe those things.

Any way you slice it, there’s a lot of screwy thinking going on out there. Is it because our culture is so screwed up? Because it is that, big-time. Is it because the sages of the West have cut themselves off from God, preached idiocy to their disciples, and more and more aspire to be gods themselves?

I don’t think these funny theories are really all that funny anymore.


A Crowning Idiocy

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So the big movie this summer, so far, is Dunkirk–the story of how almost 400,000 defeated Allied soldiers were evacuated from beaches on the English Channel, by small boats, yachts, fishing boats, and every other kind of vessel you can name, rather than let them be killed or captured by the Germans.

To put it bluntly: If those men are left on the beach, the Nazis win World War II.

And if they had been lost there, a feminist jidrool would not be writing reviews complaining about what a bad movie Dunkirk is because there are too many men acting like men in it.

Mehera Bonner, whoever she is (http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/a28515/dunkirk-movie-review/), calls the film a “directorial gift to men,” complains about it being “so clearly designed for men to man-out over,” and finds it “an excuse for men to celebrate maleness.” Like, dude! Pride is for gays and lesbians and trans people, ya know!

I don’t think she likes men much, do you?

Maybe if they had filled the  boats with wise Latinas and trans wimmin waving “Hillary for President” banners, Ms. Bonner would have liked the movie better. That damned history! Telling us that those were all men at Dunkirk, almost all of them white… It shouldn’t be telling us things like that! That story should have been retold, this time to conform with contemporary leftid ideology! With Donald Trump as Hitler, and Rosie O’Donnell instead of Churchill, and Bruce “Call me Caitlyn” Jenner in the White House.

Well, this is what all those men fought and died to protect. Or rather, it’s what they wound up protecting, through no fault of their own.

 


My Newswithviews Column: The World the Libs Would Build

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Since losing my Outlook Express, I’ve lost the ability to email my Newswithviews columns to my friends. Maybe someday I’ll straighten it out. For the time being, the most I know how to do is to post a link to it here;

https://newswithviews.com/the-world-the-libs-would-build/

What does the progwessive vision of things ultimately look like?

Pray you ne


The War Against Tranquility

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So… I stripped the bed and laundered the bedding, had breakfast, took care of the cat, took my blood pressure, and did a bit of blogging. Then I decided to go out for a little bike ride. What a mistake that turned out to be.

I’ve lived in the same small town all my life, and I distinctly remember it used to be quiet and peaceful on a weekend morning in the summer.

I couldn’t hear myself think.

Everybody who had a leaf blower, weed whacker, power mower, or some other infernal machine was out there making noise for all he was worth. The more affluent residents–at least one on every single block–all hired “landscaping” crews with even bigger, even louder machines.

The din was terrible. Just awful. It sounded like Mordor had won the War of the Ring, and all the orcs were loose on Sauron’s birthday.

For the life of me, I can’t imagine why they want to do this. It’s not like anyone is ever outside, actually using his little bit of yard. The only time they come out, other than to go to work, is to make a frightful racket over their lawns. No one sits on his front porch, reading the paper and sipping lemonade. There are no children outside playing.

At least I wasn’t trying to write.That would have been impossible, this morning.


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