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Yeah,

25 Sep

Socialism in one lesson.

I think it is quite clear that Socialism produces human misery. And I think that is immoral. It is immoral to cause human suffering, and I am totally against that. Therefore, I am against Socialism. We need to understand well that this is a moral issue, and not shy away from that. Make the moral argument!

Like all philosophies with a horrible horrific human cost, it sounds good on a superficial level. It seems like wisdom, but it is not. It get adherents because of the inherent goodness of people. They don’t want a single person to suffer. But it is a ruse, and it fools even the very smart and very moral. In a sort of moral jiu-jitsu it turns your good intentions into evil things.

As Gandalf said, “Understand Frodo, I would use this Ring from a desire to do good. But through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.” Remember, Galadriel had the very same temptation (and also passed the test). But just as one could not use the ring to do good, one cannot use force morally. It cannot be bent to your will.

And THAT is the story of Socialism. YOU are not its master. You would use it out of a desire to do good, but it would result in untold misery. Say it with me: Socialism is Satanic.

 

This is

08 Aug

pretty pessimistic. But again, there is anger there. A wistful anger, but nonetheless…

I’m telling you, the “gap” is widening. I’ve been saying that for years. And it is true. You can’t straddle the gap forever–you will have to jump to one side or the other. It was different with our parents–the gap was small enough that you could have polite disagreements. The idealogical “base” was pretty much the same, though the proposed solutions were different. But now the gap is widening. There WILL be a sorting.

The day will come where you either have to be hot or cold–you will have to make a call. Today is not that day, but I can see it from here. It is foolish to think that this is the 1970s and we can disagree and then go have a beer together. Today is NOT that day.

 
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And it really IS

20 Jul

a problem for the Left.

Several of the Lefties I have as friends (and I, in fact, DO have friends, amazingly enough) cite welfare and the milk of human kindness as the reasons they are on the Left. In fact, all of them do. The fact that they have been “flipped” in sort of a moral Jiu-Jitsu is a conversation for another day.

They studiously avoid the characteristics like violence, dishonesty, infanticide, and sexual libertine-ism that are SO prominent on the Left. They don’t want to talk about fiscal issues, either. Tax issue are fraught with moral problems.

But they think that because their hearts are in the right place, they are immune from the other and very real moral criticisms. But it is important to recognize that their hearts are indeed in the right place, however misguided on the whole they may be. Let’s respect that.

Now, it is a damned lie that Conservatives don’t care about such things, but that is, in fact, the narrative that the MSM an other cultural authorities prattle on about. These sources tell people over and over that Conservatives are the embodiment of Scrooge McDuck. It is true that my Lefty friends are being snookered, but we also need to recognize that their good intentions are being turned against them–they are in many ways the victim, here.

See, the Left really DOES have a “hamburger problem.” It’s hard to be just a little coercive. It’s hard to be just a little intrusive. It’s hard to shoot someone in the head just a little. So the things that (rightly) attract many Leftists lead to some pretty dang unpalatable things. The logical ultimate destination is a real problem, but the first step certainly isn’t! Yeah, Leftism turns good into evil…

In times past the Left was 90% good, and decent people could ignore the 10% bad. They could dismiss that as an outlier. That was then. But now it’s more like 80% bad and 20% good, and it’s far harder to really associate with the Left and remain moral. It is still possible–just barely, but you now have to squint really hard to avoid seeing the immorality.

 
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I was roommates with a Navy SEAL.

12 Jul

I am grateful to this guy. I wouldn’t want my own sons to be like him, but I am still grateful. I spent 6 weeks as his roommate, and we both had Top Secret clearances. So I heard a TON of things, many of which I will never repeat. But, as Orwell said, we only sleep safe in our beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence in our name and on our behalf. He was indeed a “rough man.”

Was this Navy SEAL an ideal man? No. No he wasn’t. Not even close. But…

It’s a moral conundrum for all of us. And don’t be fooled, morality is at the heart of this.

Sometimes it just might be a lunatic I’m looking for. And that lunatic will lead a tortured life. I might need an SOB, even though he will, of course, be chronically unhappy. Patton was an awful person. He would have made a terrible fishing buddy, and a worse husband, father, or brother. But we needed a great tank commander, and he was indeed that. And don’t be fooled, his interpersonal bugaboos were EXACTLY what made him a great tank commander. Without him and his interpersonal failings we would have lost WWII.

And in order to have the great tank commander one MUST have the interpersonal failings–they are part and parcel of the exact same gig. The failings and the strengths are two sides of the very same coin. It is folly to think you can have one without the other. So make your call.

It was simply impossible for Patton to be both a great friend/brother/charming dude and a great tank commander. The skills and reflexes needed for each were mutually exclusive. So make your choice. But understand that it just might be a jerk you’re looking for. I benefit from his pain and weakness. Hmmm…

So we can rightly criticize my Navy SEAL friend. There was a good deal that he did that I don’t approve of. But understand that I slept safe in my bed because of his faults and sins. I was free because he was such a jerk that his wife divorced him and his kids hated him. He was miserable, but I was alive and could live a “better” life. I could be kind because he was willing to put a bullet in a bad guy’s head. So be careful how you judge things!

As Frodo said to Sam in The Lord of the Rings, “We saved the Shire, Sam. But not for us.”

This guy’s disdain for rules led to constant pain for him in many different settings (and it was a pain in my butt, as well. There were things he did that I found reprehensible), but his attitude was also crucial to ME being safe.

This is the guy who snuck out of the building (in military training) at 2am and dove off the New England beach we lived near in order to get lobster–that we cooked in the microwave in the middle of the night! He broke the military rules we lived under, but we got lobster (though I don’t recommend cooking them in a microwave oven). There’s a lesson here, somewhere.

Is there another way? Maybe. But we rely on men, not angels. So think carefully before you stand in judgment—YOU are not wise enough to do so. Leave that to someone who is.

 
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Gee,

20 Jun

quite a surprise. If you are totally ignorant, anyway. Here’s a quote: Contrary to mainstream media expectations, the violence and threats come almost entirely from the political Left, not the Right.

Folks, you need to understand that Leftism is at heart violent. This is not an aberration. It is a manifestation of the foundational principles of Leftism. WAKE UP!

Please understand that Leftism is at heart violent and immoral. Sure, it is wrapped in happy talk and unicorns and fairies, but that is just the sales job, a façade. It really is Dolores Umbridge with cute little kitties, soft pink outfits,  and a bloody,  scarred hand along with a horrible death by Dementors. This veneer is what gets otherwise moral people to join in. Again, it is a moral Jiu-Jitsu. Those who do not think deeply are snookered.

 
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I’m telling you!

17 Jun

Well, you know the rest,,.

This is who the Left IS. And notice well that NONE of the Congressional Democrats have gone on record against these acts or told the groups that they need to act better. No, they have at least tacitly endorsed the violence. It is quite consonant with, foundational of, their political philosophy. Quite.

THAT should inform you in voting next time! And I hope you do the moral thing. Demonstrate where you stand.

Take a stand against violence, don’t vote Democrat.

 
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Wonder why

04 Jun

Trump was elected? Don’t be a moron. And this kind of crap will ensure that Trump gets a second term, and then Mike Pence will be elected.

Dems have shown that they are NOT reliable and that they can’t/won’t keep you safe. It is quite clear that you should never vote for a Democrat or help them by voting for a third party (which is essentially the same thing). Any fool with one iota of self-preservation instinct gets that now. It is now painfully obvious to even the dullest of citizens.

I really would not be shocked to see the Democrat party dissolve entirely. Many people are still trapped in a hidebound past where “we can all just be friends” and there is no moral valence attached to party affiliation. But those days are over. Waaayy over. The Dems support immoral things–and I will not sully myself by encouraging or supporting them. I don’t support groups or individuals whose teachings oppose or are contrary to what I think is moral. I’m sorry, I don’t pray that way…

Sure, most Moslems are peaceful. But still even then they are too often collaborators who wink at Jihadists. THIS kind of violent nonsense is ultimately brought to you by “the religion of peace.” Until rank and file Moslems publicly condemn such actions, they will be tarred with the same brush.

So, you decent Muslims, stand up and condemn this crap! Show what side you are on. Are you with the evil people or are you with the forces of civilization? Show your hand…

 
 

Yes, Socialism

30 May

will never go away. Why?

Greed.

The privileged class is greedy and they want to keep their privileges. The poor are also greedy–they want to take from others–they covet which they don’t have (I know I am not making myself popular by criticizing the poor–I was never a popular guy, anyway). So both the givers and the takers are totally greedy. They either covet their own riches or covet the riches of others. Such a system is very unlikely to ever collapse on it’s own–human greed keeps it going indefinitely.

The problem is NOT the riches (people like Bernie Sanders have that all wrong), but the coveting.

 
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‘Net Neutrality nonsense.

30 May

‘Net neutrality sounds good. And therefore it gains supporters of good will. And I think it is important to recognize that good will. Yes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but that doesn’t change the fact that the intentions are, in fact,  good (regardless of where the road ultimately leads). Net neutrality may well be a really bad idea in the final analysis, but most in favor of it have good and honorable intentions. Let’s acknowledge that truth.

But they are still dead wrong.

Government regulation of the Internet is a recipe for disaster. It is all about enforcing the partitioning of data. It’s all about regulating websites, and if the gov’t does not approve, the site is essentially shut down. All under the cloak of “fairness,” of course—that is the lipstick on the pig! But, of course, it is still a pig. Under all the disguise it is still a pig. Or a viper.

Under ‘Net Neutrality, decisions as to what succeeds and what fails are not based on people’s preference, but on gov’t favor. It is quite clear that the gov’t does not now and never has regulated fairness at all well. This kind of thing is exactly why we have lobbyists—it pays to get regulations that favor YOU and makes life difficult for those who compete with you. So you get lobbyists—hopefully former Congressmen. You capture them and say, “There, now go and get your former buddies to join in.”

In the immortal words of Pink Floyd, “It’s just a little pinprick. There’ll be no more AHHH, but you may feel a little sick.” But that sick feeling goes away quickly. If only the Federal Gov’t were not so involved in our lives, the stakes would be far smaller! But that is a post for another day.

If people actually wanted Net Neutrality, do you think there would not be ISPs that would provide it? Of course there would. The fact that there aren’t such services “in the wild”  tells you everything. Virtually no one wants this, and the market tells the tale. Trust me, if there were a market it would already be there. The only reason for gov’t to step in is because there is NOT a market. Hence the regulations. The only reason for regulation is to force people to do things they would not otherwise do. For example, there is no regulation that you eat cookies and ice cream or that you put gas in the car when it is running toward empty. Yeah, you do that stuff on your own.

But still, the gov’t impulse is to FORCE things through regulation notwithstanding the incontrovertible fact that people don’t want them. This is an issue of force versus free choice. Not surprisingly, the Left squats squarely on the side of force in an effort to tip the scales (it is in their DNA, it is who they ARE).

And as  I see it this gov’t force is the big issue. Probably the main one, in reality. It is indeed a MORAL issue. In other words, one has to lobby the gov’t to get the status that will allow financial gain. Gov’t wants to sell influence, so ‘Net Neutrality is the perfect vehicle—it sounds good on the surface so it can gain popularity and at the same time it increases gov’t power. No wonder gov’t loves it! To quote Patrick in Spongebob, “It’s the perfect crime!”

The Internet has been very successful up to now. Now that the gov’t has seen the goose it wants to decide who “deserves” the golden eggs. They want to be the “King-maker” who decides who wins and who loses, which businesses live and which die. They want to dole the goodies out. Of course, there is that pesky little matter of a price…

So why would they want regulation so badly? Because it increases their power (and thus personal money/gain) and importance. It all comes back to money and power. At heart, THOSE are the driving forces behind ‘Net Neutrality, as well. You can put lipstick on that pig, but I am not fooled. I know what it really is. And no amount of make-up can hide that.

 
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Pretty dang

26 May

ghoulish. You have to be dead to morality. Totally dead.

And just know that when you vote for a pro-abortion person or even a spineless squish, you are partaking in a heinous crime. You are playing a crucial part. Your hands are NOT clean…

Don’t be a part of this. Don’t vote for anyone who promotes this moral depravity.

It’s no wonder that the ghouls are panicked that this video stuff might get into the broader culture–it is a testament to their ghoulishness.

 
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