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‘Slander’ (by R.J. Rushdoony)

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Note: Normally I wouldn’t retype a whole essay while trying to hold the book open; but this piece by R. J. Rushdoony, originally published in California Farmer and now included in A Word in Season, Vol. 1, is especially timely… so here goes.

My daughter telephoned home one noon, very much upset. A girl had told her that George Washington was a scoundrel who had fathered fourteen illegitimate children and had died of venereal diseases. Was this true? I assured her that it absolutely was not. Tell the girl, I said, that your father has Washington’s collected works and has read them as well as many works about him, and there is not only no truth in such a vicious lie but Washington was a man of remarkably disciplined character and great moral integrity; ask her for evidence. Of course, she had none.

I spoke in one city on Washington’s Birthday, and the history supervisor in the public schools refused to attend, saying, “Why listen to a lot of sugarcoating for one of our worst scoundrels?” When asked for evidence for her statement, she walked away.

How, my daughter asked, do all these foul stories about great and good men get started? These people, I said, being themselves depraved, like to drag godly people down to their own level by their slanders. (“That fits this girl,” she replied.) Remember, I reminded her, what Solomon said, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly” (Prov. 26:11; 2 Pet. 2:22). These people love dirt, and they dirty everything they touch.

Solomon also said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov. 18:21), or, as the Moffatt freely translates the latter part of the verse, “the talkative must take the consequences.” Our Lord was even more blunt, “I say unto you, That every idle world that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matt. 12:36).

Remember, therefore, before you repeat slander, or before you become party to idle words, that they have serious consequences. Talk may be cheap, but the payoff is costly. Are you prepared to pay the price?

 


My Newswithviews Column, July 25 (‘Our Racist, Sexist Moon Landing’)

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They really couldn’t have fit a couple of lesbians into that LEM?

Are you getting as tired of this race crap as I am?

Of one blood God made all the nations of the earth (Acts 17:26); but of course leftists are trying to un-make God’s creation. And trying to wipe out our history.

Our Racist, Sexist Moon Landing

If you “remember” things that never happened, you’re probably crazy. And if you can’t remember things at all, you have amnesia. Either way suits Democrats just fine.


My Newswithviews Column, July 19 (‘What if the Past Judged Us?’)

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I wonder if he’d pray for us.

We’re always judging the people of the past, always finding them guilty–always virtue-signalling for 2019.

But what if the people of the past could judge our era, as we have judged theirs? Do you think we’d get off easy?

What if the Past Judged Us?

Meanwhile, I’m trying to understand why we ever let some communist paint a mural of George Washington’s life, and paid him out of the treasury. Why were we doing so much of that while FDR was president?

What goes around comes around.


We’re Back (and Here’s Some Nooze: Erasing George Washington)

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(We had to go to the hospital today for Patty to have a CT scan, don’t ask me why, and then off to the supermarket, and now… some nooze.)

Eighty-three years ago, a Russian-born communist painted a huge mural (1,600 feet long) on the walls of what is now a public high school in the San Francisco school district. His theme was the life of George Washington, and he chose to emphasize Washington as a slave owner and a persecutor of Native Americans. Why this thing was painted in the first place–at public expense–is a mystery to me. But it was 1935, and on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s watch, a lot of hammer-and-sickle-friendly artwork got created.

Now the San Francisco school board has decided to destroy it (https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/california-school-board-voted-paint-021440930.html). Seems it makes the students “uncomfortable.”

When I was a kid in school, everybody used to mock the Soviets for constantly rewriting history. Now we do it, too.

But this is complicated, because the mural was, all along, a rewrite of history, and rather a hostile one at that. Academics all around are pleading with the board not to rewrite it again by painting over the mural with some pap about minority self-esteem.

Yes, George Washington owned slaves. At the time, slavery was lawful in every region of the earth. That doesn’t mean it was good. There were already abolitionists at work, like Betsy Ross and, later, William Wilburforce, who led the successful fight to abolish slavery in the British Empire, legislated by Parliament in 1833.

George Washington does not need me to defend him. Take away Washington, and the United States is never born. And this world, fallen though it is, would be infinitely the poorer for that.

Today we love to judge historical figures by our own moral and legal standards of 2019. But how would we fare, if they judged us by theirs?

But the Lord our God judges all; and we do well to remember it.


Lib Ideology in a Single Sentence

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In case you missed it earlier today, we stumbled over a quote from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (not his real name) which sums up today’s Far Left Crazy ideology in a single sentence. By “Far Left Crazy” I mean Democrat.

Here’s what the one-time Sandinista wannabe told New York magazine in 2017 (Sept. 4 issue):

“If I had my druthers, a very, very powerful government would determine your day-to-day reality.”

Let that sink in for a minute. What do you think, oh, George Washington would have to say about that sentiment? And would Thomas Jefferson say it was time again to water the tree of liberty?

Where did we get these out-and-out loonies, too damned many of whom are actually in public office–and how, how, how do we get rid of them? I mean, do we even suspect what de Blasio’s notion of “day-to-day reality” is? Do we truly want to know that? With H.P. Lovecraft unavailable, who would be able to write it down?

At rather horrifying speed, the whole Democrat Party is morphing into this.

If you voted for even one Democrat in last year’s elections, shame on you! And never, never, never do it again.


Down with… George Washington?

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What can be said for a nation that hates its own history and wants to erase it? “R.I.P.”?

Students at George Washington University have gotten up a petition to replace the school’s old “Colonials” mascot–it’s someone dressed up as a kind of George Washington caricature–because, says the lump of protoplasm who started the petition, “It’s hard to have school pride when the thing that you have to be prideful for is so offensive” (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/7/george-washington-university-snowflakes-rise-again/). The offensive thing being “colonialism.”

The record shows that America, once upon a time, was 13 British colonies. Then, with George Washington leading an army of volunteers, America fought Britain and became colonies no more, but an independent nation. How in the world does this make Washington a “colonialist,” when he successfully fought the colonial power in his country?

They want to replace the Colonial mascot with a hippo. Go figure.

Next–it’s inevitable–they’ll want to change the name of the university. To what, I think I’d rather not know.

Washington was justly called “the father of his country.” When he stepped down after two terms as our first president, instead of making himself a king or a president for life, as so many wanted him to do, he set an example whose power greatly helped to keep the United States of America a free republic for over 200 years.

It’s something the Left in America labors to destroy. And our colleges and looniversities enthusiastically are helping them to do it.

People, why, in Heaven’s name, and at numbingly great cost, do you continue to send your sons and daughters to these indoctrination factories?

Our public education system, the costliest in human history, is killing us.


History Channel? What History?

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Today is the anniversary of the climactic moment of the Battle of Gettysburg–Pickett’s Charge. Having been unsuccessful in trying to break the Union Army on its flanks, Robert E. Lee attacked the middle of the line: and lost a whole infantry division, and the battle.

Well, the History Channel–partially owned by Disney Inc., of Mickey Mouse fame–came up with some Mickey Mouse history today when they illustrated a tweet about Gettysburg with a picture of George Washington (https://www.infowars.com/history-channel-tweets-george-washington-fighting-at-gettysburg/).  You know–the guy who was long dead by the time the Civil War started.

Oops.

Well, hey, they all went to public school, too! Who said you had to know any real history to operate a history channel on TV?

At least they didn’t show Obama delivering the Gettysburg Address.


Is the CIA Out of Control?

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Sun Tzu said a general or a ruler who refuses to use secret agents is inhuman. All right–in the minefield of international relations, war, and politics, you need inside information so you can make the right decisions.

But I’m also thinking of a quote by George Washington: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.”

What with our Central Intelligence Agency and other intel agencies scrambling to try to undermine our president, they seem to have been too busy to see to their own security. So now Wikileaks is about to unload more than 8,700 confidential U.S. intelligence documents–which show, among other things, that the CIA actively meddled in the 2012 national elections in France ( https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/ ). Was that good faith and justice toward France?

The documents also reveal the CIA’s “covert hacking program,” directed at many targets. You name it, they’ve hacked it.

Two troubling questions arise.

First, is our national intelligence apparatus secure? Doesn’t look it. And that could certainly wind up threatening our national security.

But second, do we now have a CIA that does whatever it freakin’ well pleases, with no accountability to the nation it’s supposed to serve? I don’t know which is worse: an intelligence agency that can’t keep its secrets, or a rogue intelligence agency that pursues its own agenda.

The president and Congress, both of them, have got to see to this. It isn’t safe, and it isn’t right.


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