The Appearance of Fraud

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The New York Times–last seen paying Walter Duranty to write love-notes to Stalin–assures us that there just ain’t any way no-how that mail-in voting would ever lead to a fraudulent election.

That means it almost certainly will, because the New York Times never tells the truth.

But what if it were the truth? What if all our fears of voter fraud really were “baseless,” as the noozies say? I realize that’s almost impossible to imagine, but try. What if it were true?

Well, guess what–it wouldn’t flaming matter! It wouldn’t matter an iota, because the appearance of fraud, the deep suspicion of fraud, would be almost as bad as the fraud itself! It would mean half the country completely losing faith in the integrity of our elections.

Government, if it is to have any real authority, must not only be clean; it must be seen to be clean. Crikey, Shakespeare knew that, and that was 500 years ago! Freakin’ Plutarch knew it–2,000 years ago.

Is this such an abstruse, difficult principle to grasp, that we simply cannot grasp it anymore?

The obvious and most sensible thing to do would be just to forget all about mail-in voting, because it’s new, it’ll confuse people–and there is no way it can shake off the mantle of fraud. It will never be seen to be honest. Never. No matter what Our Free & Independent News Media say.

Not that we believe anything they say.

My Newswithviews Column, May 14 (‘When Do We Get Our Freedom Back?’)

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We should be scared stiff when we contemplate the speed with which governors and mayors and city councils wiped out some of our most basic liberties–to say nothing of how fast we were able to cripple the world’s most prosperous economy.

When Do We Get Our Freedoms Back?

Now we’re in perpetual “lockdown”–originally a prison term. Oh, some of the Red States have begun to inch open again. But Blue States and Democrat-controlled cities–if the big shots have their way, the lockdown will go on and on at least up till Election Day. And they will promise that if we vote for socialist Joe Biden, they’ll let us go back to living our lives.

This must never be allowed to happen again.

And the Democrat Party must be destroyed in this year’s election. Destroyed forever, never to return.

Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

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He turned it into a charity and they tried to destroy him

When 24-year-old Carson King turned a personal lucky streak into a nationwide charity, in partnership with Anhueser-Busch, a reporter for the Des Moines Register dug into his past and found some 10-year-old social media posts in which the then 14-year-old King was seen “quoting a non-politically correct comedian.”

The reporter, Aaron Calvin of the Des Moines Register, was all set to pounce; but King beat him to it by revealing his own “mistakes” in his past–and how about that, it’s the reporter who winds up face-down in the puddle (https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2019/11/05/fired-des-moines-register-reporter-bemoans-cancel-culture-canceled-blames-guy-tried-cancel/).

Instead of turning against King, the public turned on the Register and its reporter for trying to destroy someone who was helping others. The Register’s Facebook page was flooded with complaints. And then they found out that Mr. Calvin himself has some pretty “un-inclusive” tweets on Twitter, from years ago; and so, having failed to “cancel” Carson King, the reporter got “canceled” instead.

This is our brand-new shiny “cancel culture”–you chop somebody down by revealing punishable things he once said or wrote or thought. Once you put a comment anywhere on social media, someone’s bound to find it. They might even find it ten years later and use it to turn you into an un-person. To “cancel” you because ten years ago you said you saw an old Amos and Andy episode and liked it–or something equally blameworthy.

The thing Plutarch didn’t like about democracies was that whenever anyone in a democracy looked like achieving any kind of excellence, they chopped him down. He should see it now.

So boo-hoo, Aaron Calvin’s fired for some idle remarks he once made, years ago–not a dry eye in the house.

And “journalists” wonder why regular people detest them.

‘A Visit to the Library’

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The costliest education system in world history–and nobody at the library ever heard of Idylls of the King.

A Visit to the Library

You can get a lot of gay stuff there, though. Why, they’ve even got a Drag Queen Story Hour!

And it’s all on the public’s dime.

A Lesson in Democracy

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Timoleon

Once upon a time, the Greek settlers in Sicily were oppressed by tyrants, who had the backing of Carthage. They sent to their founding city, Corinth, to plead for help, but no one wanted to take on such a hopeless mission. Finally someone thought to nominate Timoleon to lead it–a man who had once been something of a civic hero, but who’d been so long in retirement that most people thought he’d died. Timoleon consented to his appointment as general, and set sail for Sicily with a token force that no one ever expected to see again: for the tyrants of Sicily were fierce and powerful, and the might of Carthage stood behind them.

To make a long story short, Timoleon performed military miracles, rid the island of the tyrants, defeated the Carthaginians, and restored democracy to the city of Syracuse.

For which he himself was accused of tyranny and put on trial for it: and to which he said that he had prayed that he would live to see the Syracusans given the right of free speech. As Plutarch said, every lark must grow a crest, “and every democracy a false accuser.” Some things never change. But in Timoleon’s case, his mild reply so shamed his accusers that they dropped their charges; and the city permitted him to grow old and die in peace, honored by all.

People do have short memories and are also short on gratitude. Those were two reasons why our country’s founders gave us a republic instead of a democracy.

To say nothing of our own modern variants of folly: “Alexa, who should I vote for?”

Study history, and learn what to expect.

And pray for better–to God who is sovereign over history. The ancient Greeks did not know that, but we do. Don’t we?

Oh, Boy! ‘Cleopatra’ Remake to be ‘Dirty’

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As she really was…

Cleopatra, last of the Ptolemy family to rule Egypt, lover of Julius Caesar, then Marc Antony, who moved Shakespeare to write, “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety,” is going to be the subject of a brand-new remake of the 1963 epic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

And the producers have promised to make the new Cleopatra “dirty, bloody, and [with] lots of sex.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2018/01/02/dirty-bloody-lots-sex-denis-villeneuves-cleopatra-will-rip-hollywoods/)

You wonder where your audience went…

Gee, a dirty movie full of sex and violence! Whatever will they think of next? You just gotta had it to them “creatives” in Hollywood–always five steps ahead of the curve.

Cleopatra was a fascinating figure in history, a woman who inherited a virtually impossible political situation and yet aimed high, so very high, gambling to win: a character in which shrewdness and folly dwelt together: whose legend moved Plutarch to write that a woman doesn’t really show her best stuff until she’s over 50. I would love to see a movie or a series that took her seriously, and conscientiously tried to tell her story: because it’s a great story.

But trust Hollywood to soil anything it touches.

It Was in the Bible First

Pyrrhus the king, whose death in 272 B.C. was almost an exact match to the death of Abimelech in the Book of Judges, 1,000 years earlier.

You’ve heard of a “Pyrrhic victory,” a victory that costs so much, it might as well be a loss. It was named for a real person, a king, Pyrrhus of Epirus, who invaded Italy and everywhere else he could get to, in a bid to conquer the world. There’s always some fool who wants to conquer the world.

Pyrrhus died in 272 B.C. Writing about him in the 1st  century A.D., the historian and philosopher Plutarch told how Pyrrhus came to a bad end. Attacking the city of Argos, Pyrrhus got caught up in the street-fighting. Watching from a rooftop, an old woman picked up a heavy tile and threw it down at Pyrrhus. It knocked him from his horse and, although it didn’t kill him outright, rendered him defenseless. A soldier on the scene then finished him off.

This is history. No one takes the trouble to dispute it. But let us turn to the Book of Judges, Chapter 9, in which Abimelech, illegitimate son of Gideon, tries to make himself the ruler of all Israel. He starts out by murdering his brothers, and all goes well for him until he gets involved in heavy fighting in the streets of a town called Thebez. And then:

“And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech’s head, and all to brake his skull. Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him.” (verses 53-54) And that was the end of Abimelech.

We don’t have exact chronology for the Book of Judges, but certainly Abimelech lived and died about 1,000 years before the death of Pyrrhus.

How could these two deaths be so much alike? Could Plutarch have read Judges? Even if he had, it’s highly unlikely that he would’ve just lifted information from the Jewish scriptures and plugged it into his secular history.

Are we dealing here with repeated patterns in history? Or with traditions that slowly work their way into the collective memories of widely separated nations? Or events that so strongly impressed people, that reports of them worked themselves all over the world, being slightly changed and distorted with every repetition?

All we can say for sure is that this story, this report, was in the Bible first, centuries before the birth of Pyrrhus or Plutarch.

It’s something to think about.