Let’s talk about “Islamophobia.”

What a ridiculous term. From the website verywell.com: Phobias are the most common mental disorders in the United States. Typical symptoms of phobias can include nausea, trembling, rapid heartbeat, feelings of unreality, and being preoccupied with the fear object. The American Psychiatric Association identifies three different categories of phobias: social phobias, agoraphobia, and specific phobias.

  • Social phobias involve a fear of social situations. Such phobias include an extreme and pervasive fear of social situations. In some cases, this fear may center on a very particular type of social situation such as public speaking. In other instances, people may fear to perform any task in front of other people for fear that they will be somehow publicly embarrassed.
  • Agoraphobia involves a fear of being trapped in an inescapable place or situation. As a result, the phobic individual may begin to avoid such situations. In some cases, this fear can become so pervasive and overwhelming that the individual even fears to leave their home.
  • Specific phobias involve the fear of a particular object (such as snakes or butterflies and moths). Such phobias typically fall into one of four different categories: situational, animals, medical, or environmental. A few examples of common fear objects include spiders, dogs, needles, natural disasters, heights, and flying.
  • More examples of the four major types of specific phobias include:
    • The natural environment: Fear of lightening, water, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, or mudslides.
    • Animal: Fear of snakes, rodents, cats, or birds.
    • Medical: Fear of seeing blood or visiting a doctor.
    • Situational: Fear of bridges, leaving home, or driving.

Where’s “Islamophobia??” For that matter, where’s “homophobia?” If there were such a thing as the latter, wouldn’t it be most prevalent in Islam? The Quran and the most vocal imans and Muslim clerics condemn homosexuality (making it doubly strange that so many in the Taliban and ISIS sodomize their male prisoners, but I digress). Wouldn’t a logical person expect that the former, if there were such a thing, would be most prevalent among those who are the main targets of aggressive Islamists? Who would they be? Choose from this list: homosexuals, jews, christians, hindus, white supremacists, neo-nazis, other, more moderate Muslims.

If you said more moderate Muslims, CONGRATULATIONS! You haven’t left your brain in PC land. I am going to quote verbatim from Douglas’ Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration. Identity and Islam“It was implied” (by the British politicians) “that the Mohammeds of tomorrow will be as English or as Welsh as the Harrys and Davids of the generation before. That is, Britain will remain British even when most of the men are called Mohammed…..That this is unlikely hardly needs saying. Indeed, all the evidence appears to be pointing in the opposite way. Anyone in doubt about this might simply consider the minorities within the minorities. Who, for instance, are the Muslims in Europe who are most under threat? Are they the radicals? Do the Salafists and…the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas leaders in Europe live under any threat or even have to worry about their reputations? There is no evidence to to suggest that they do. Even groups whose graduates go on to behead Europeans are taken on their own estimation inside Europe to be ‘human rights’ groups, intent on merely tackling the injustices endemic in our racist and patriarchal society. That is why in 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces.

The people who are at risk and the people who are the criticised from within Muslim communities and among the wider population are in fact the people who fell hardest for the  integration promises of liberal Europe. It was not the Muslim and non-Muslim persecutors of Ayaan Hirsi Ali who left the Netherlands, but Hirsi Ali herself…..In Germany it is not the Salafists who live under police protection, but their critics like Hamed Abdel-Samad whose life is in danger simply for exercising his democratic rights in a free and secular society. In Britain it is not those who preach murder of apostates to packed mosques up and down the country who draw British Muslim ire…..Instead, it is a progressive British Muslim of Pakistani heritage like Maajid Nawaz,  an activist and columnist, whose only mistake was believing Britain when it presented itself as a society that still wanted legal equality and one law for all. In France, a writer of Algerian origin–Kamel Daoud–publishes an article in Le Monde speaking frankly about the sex attacks in Cologne” (2016 New Years Eve celebration in Cologne, Germany, mass attacks on women by migrant men from Islamic countries, initially covered up by police for fear of being called ‘racist’) “and is then criticised by a cohort of sociologists, historians and others who call him islamophobic and accuse him of speaking as the European far right. In every Western European country it is the Muslims who have come here or have been born here and stood up for our own ideals–including free speech–who have been castigated by their co-religionists and dropped by what was once ‘polite’ European society.”

So, the most common targets of Muslim hate are other Muslims, some of whom are accused of Islamophobia, but by whom? Not by Muslims typically, but they don’t need to since they have ample attack dogs in the media, politics and the leftist space (I was tempted to say community, but common hatred doesn’t a community make). Even more curious, the leftist space, which also includes militant homosexual activists and Antifa (weren’t there a lot of rainbow flags at every counter demonstration with the black masks and pink bats of Antifa?), are the quickest with accusations of Islamophobia. But doesn’t militant Islam condemn homosexuals to death? Could it be that the old saw, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” explains this curious alliance? While that’s a really lousy basis for friendship, it explains why disparate (on the surface) positions can form temporary alliances–until they tear each other apart. So who is the common “enemy” of militants, whether they be Islamic, homosexual, or “antifascist”/leftist? The common enemy of those militants, who are motivated by the spirit of totalitarianism, is the idea of freedom and the defenders of that idea.

But what about all the peaceful Muslims, you ask. I agree the majority of Muslims are peaceful, and I ask, so what? Weren’t the majority of Germans in nazi Germany peaceful? Weren’t the majority of Chinese during Mao’s Red Guards reign of terror peaceful? Weren’t the majority of Russians in Stalin days peaceful? Weren’t the majority of Cambodians under Pol Pot’s genocide peaceful? I say again, so what? Here’s a thought experiment for you: Take a large enclosure, and place within 10,000 sheep and 10 wolves. With the passage of time, and nothing to protect the sheep, what will you end up with? If you said wolves, go to the head of the class. If you said all the animals are dead because the wolves starved after they killed all the sheep, you must be an academic. Give yourself a failing grade, because you are dead.

What is missing? How about adding about 100 sheepdogs? I don’t mean the cute, shaggy, bumbling, hair over the eyes kind of sheepdog. That’s a European politician, a lot of good they were. I mean something like an Irish wolfhound. The wolves may pick off some sheep, but the hounds, if there are enough of them, will pick off more wolves. Personally, I would prefer Bengal tigers to sheepdogs, but I’m a cat person, and it does make the thought experiment messier.

Meanwhile, what is Islam doing for Islam? Iran’s proxy Hezbollah has been fighting in Syria for Iran’s interests since 2011, helping destabilize the country and create lots of refugees, even before ISIS, yet Iran has the gall to lecture Europe about their shortcomings in taking in the refugees. Saudi Arabia has not made a single Syrian a citizen. They erect 100,000 air conditioned tents for only 5 days a year for pilgrims on the Hajj, yet refuse to use those tents to house refugees. At the height of the 2015 crisis their only offer was to build 200 new mosques in Germany for the new arrivals (“better to convert you to our vicious Salafist brand of Islam, my dear” said the wolf in the red hood).

While I completely reject the legitimacy of the word “Islamophobia”, it can safely be inferred from what I have said and quoted in my post that I believe the following about Islam and predominantly Islamic countries:

  • “Moderate” and freedom-loving Muslims have little impact on reforming Islam. Either they don’t care, or are afraid of their co-religionists. They can complain about Islamophobia all day but in the end, they need to either use their superior numbers to reign in the extremists, or shut up about it. They can start by calling out the terrorist extremists on their use of that stupid term “Crusaders” to describe those they target (like those who exulted after the Ariana Grande concert was bombed saying they struck a blow to the crusaders–children and their parents). Any Muslim who doesn’t speak out against such vicious ignorance has no credibility to complain about “Islamophobia”.
  • Islam must be quite a broad term to attract so many disparate elements, but true Islam is what the Quran and the Hadith say it is, and that is much closer to what the militants do than what the apologists say.
  • Democratic countries that have attracted large numbers of Muslims already have ample cause to regret it, and that is just beginning. Many in Germany who initially welcomed what they thought were refugees (strange how the overwhelming majority of these refugees were single males in their 20’s) are now beginning to use the term “refu-terrorists”.
  • Conquest and coerced conversion has historically been the method for spreading of Islam, but due to the power of the United States military, conquest is now demographic rather than military.
  • If current demographic trends continue, most of the countries in Western Europe will have Islamic governments within our lifetimes, and the most liberal remaining countries, like Australia and Canada, will be well on their way.
  • Jewish people are leaving Europe in droves, heading for Israel. Could it be that they learned the hard way not to tarry too long in imaginary safety? If the United States falls to Islam, there will be no Israel for us, nor for anyone.

 

 

I’m a white male American, and I am willing to be judged…as long as you judge yourself by the same standards.

The most quoted statement by Jesus Christ by those who want to use His words for their own purposes is from Luke 6 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned;” and what is usually left out is the rest of the passage “forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” How about the same quote, with a more complete context, from Matthew 7 Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? The different contexts are: Luke, whatever you give out you get back, but often more of it. Matthew, you can’t judge rightly when you are blinded by the same sin. The aftermath from the Charlottesville riots and subsequent pronouncements from the media, the President and the victim hustlers (see previous post) is a whole lotta judgment going on. Therefore, let the judges beware. I invite you to throw the first stone.

That’s okay by me, go right ahead and call me what I am: white, privileged, patriarchal male. It’s all true. I am patriarchal in the sense that Jesus intended, that I would unhesitatingly give my life for my wife and three daughters. I am privileged because I was born in the United States to a middle class patriarchal family. The white and male parts, well that’s part of the privilege. So sue me, I won’t be apologizing any time soon. Now to those who want to add to my self definition above, know that in addition to the things I had no control over, I have chosen additional labels: Christian (and reformed, as in Reformation), husband, father. Which of that list makes me racist, sexist, nazi, white supremacist, bigot? How about my opinions? Have you been reading my blog? If not, go read the previous post. I’m sure you can find lots to judge me on there. I don’t mind being judged, as long as I am accorded the right to judge you by the same standards you use to judge me, and as long as you are not blinded by the same sin. That’s always the danger of judging, isn’t it?

Regarding Jesus’ words about “the log in your own eye”: From National Review, “There’s a fever in the August air, a thick, swampy fever of righteous stupidity. At the University of Southern California, the Black Student Assembly raised a ruckus by pointing out that the school’s equine mascot, Traveler, the ninth in his line, had almost the same name as Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller. It’s unclear whether there is any tie between the two horses’ names, but Saphia Jackson, the group’s co-director, touted the similarity as proof that ‘white supremacy hits close to home.’ (don’t worry, Saphia, Traveler is a gelding, so he won’t be passing on white supremacy). In Atlanta, an angry mob attacked and desecrated a statue called the Peace Monument. It depicted a Confederate soldier laying down his arms at the behest of an angel of peace over the inscription, ‘Cease firing, peace is proclaimed.’ A masked protester was photographed trying (unsuccessfully) to pull the massive statue down with a chain.” Does anyone have a log in their eye?

Speaking of which, if you still can’t get over your white guilt, someone has a list of 10 demands which will accelerate your re-education. BLM commands

Now, about Nazis. What do you know, really know about Nazis, those of you who so casually throw that word of accusation around? My grandparents were children when they fled from the REAL NAZIS, from Poland and from Hungary. Much of their family died in the Nazi death camps. My mother’s parents were forever scarred by their experiences, and the knowledge that most of their families were annihilated. Do you think those clowns with their signs and confederate flags and makeshift pseudo uniforms are Nazis? You know nothing. I would like to tell you what you can do with your Nazi accusations, but I have a better idea. Watch Walking With the Enemy on Netflix, or Schindler’s List. Pretend that what you are seeing is real–it was. Then accuse an American who doesn’t agree with you a Nazi, or better yet, look in the mirror.

 

In these perilous times, we need a model of civil disagreement, not another victim hustle.

It’s been less than a week since the Charlottesville riots. It feels like much longer, since the amount of vituperation and calumny (I don’t have to use words like these, but I love reading things that oblige me to look up words) that have been heaped upon both sides of the conflict by both sides has been too great to be contained by mere headlines. Therefore, it was inevitable that the bile and self-righteousness has spilled from the pages of websites and newspapers and television into our streets and monuments. Now that the spirit of anarchy has been duly applauded by the click-hungry, reader-hungry controversy industry, it’s anything goes. A few cautious voices have been saying there’s a big difference between a duly elected city council voting to remove a statue and a mob or lawless individual destroying or defacing a statue. more vandalism

The first instance IS the law, the second is BREAKING the law. Such a fine distinction, right? These days it’s not only a fine distinction, but the lawless action is applauded in some quarters as justified by grievances. This “taking up of offense” on behalf of past wrongs done to those who are dead by those who are dead–call it grievance or victim hustling– satisfies ONLY the self-righteousness of those who are out to prove their virtue, and that of their race or religion or their designated victim group. While virtue is it’s own reward, the fame and money that often follow the victim hustle is not too shabby either. I don’t even need to name names, since you know who they are–that’s the idea.

Here’s a test of whether the various victim hustles have affected your thinking. Fill in the blanks. 1. The ________ race usually enslaves other races. 2. The _______ religion has usually subjugated indigenous peoples. 3. The indigenous peoples were usually ________ until the colonizers came. If you filled in white, Christian and peaceful, congratulations, you have totally bought the revised history of grievance that today’s hustlers, including the public school system and government funded colleges, have fed you with. Real history is that every race has enslaved every race when they had the power to do so, and slavery still goes on today. In fact in the worst offenders, it’s often legal. The worst offenders in absolute numbers are India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan. Here is a chart of slavery around the world. slavery index  You have to count down 27 places, to Russia, to find a predominantly white country. I’m sure that comment marks me as a white supremacist, right? Real history is that Christianity has brought more freedom to all the races and peoples than any other religion, and it was the explicitly Christian reformer, William Wilberforce in the U.K. who was instrumental in having slavery ended there and who heavily influenced the anti-slavery movement in the U.S. I won’t point out other obvious patterns in the slavery chart. Global slavery report g.s.r.

Real history is that the indigenous peoples were rarely peaceful. In the continental United States, indigenous tribes were raiding, killing, enslaving each other in appalling ways. Human sacrifice was the norm in many ancient cultures, but it persisted longest in Mayan, Incan and Aztec cultures, until European colonizers prevented it. Hindus practiced sati, the involuntary burning to death of the widow after her husband’s death, until outlawed by the British colonizers. Somewhere, maybe in Polynesia, there existed peaceful indigenous peoples, but those were exceptions rather than the rule.

Human cruelty is and has been so widespread, that even the radical step of wiping out all of humanity didn’t eradicate it. Genesis 6:5. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” So you don’t believe the Biblical flood ever occurred? Even if you don’t, it’s hard to argue with evil being endemic. Put a bunch of very young, untrained children together for awhile, and tell me who taught them to hit each other, covet another child’s treats, have tantrums? That truth is what makes today’s use of the word “hate” so fascinating. Someone is a “hater.” How do you know what is in someone’s mind and heart? If we don’t know that, how can we know who is motivated by “hate?” Proverbs 10:12: “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” The answer: If your words are stirring up strife, you are coming from a place of hate! 

Pay attention, grievance and victim hustlers and your media and political enablers, no falling asleep in class. Is it just my fevered imagination, or is the accusation of “hate” mostly from the lips of the grievance hustlers or their misguided virtue-signaling legions? Here’s what some “anti-hate” protesters of Antifa have to say about the evils of what they are protesting. alt right protest Are you back? Good, did I say something about misguided? You see, I’m not ascribing any thoughts or motivations to them when I say “misguided”, I just have this quaint notion that if you go to the trouble of protesting, you should be prepared to persuade others to your position….assuming you have one. You should know what you are protesting.

From The New York Times, August 17, 2017: “In the days after the violent events in Charlottesville, some Antifa members responded with an angry call to arms, saying they could not back down from what they described as the ‘aggressors’ on the right, even if it meant an escalation into gunfights. ‘I hope we never get there,’ said a 29-year-old antifa anarchist from California who goes by the pseudonym Tony Hooligan. ‘But we are willing to get there’. People are starting to understand that neo-Nazis don’t care if you’re quiet, you’re peaceful,’ said Emily Rose Nauert, a 20-year-old Antifa member who became a symbol of the movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near the University of California, Berkeley. ‘You need violence in order to protect nonviolence,’ Ms. Nauert added. ‘That’s what’s very obviously necessary right now. It’s full-on war, basically. But Ms. Nauert said she believed that, now more than ever, “physical confrontation” would be needed. ‘In the end,’ she said, ‘that’s what it’s going to take — because Nazis and white supremacists are not around to talk.” Gee, are they going somewhere? Oh, I get it, “not around” meaning dead. I wonder who will get caught up in the “Nazi-white supremacist” net. Maybe that professor from U. of Arkansas who was misidentified by the twitter vigilantes? Or me? Or you?

Proverbs 6: “There are six things that the Lord hatesseven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

If “every intention of the thoughts of humanity was only evil continually”, what has changed? Is it now the truth that only the race, class, country, culture or religion designated by grievance hustlers are evil? You who are so righteous (“I’m a good person”), would you like every thought to be advertised on a billboard? Okay good people, look at the Proverbs 6 list. How many can you check off as not you? Are you haughty? Do you sow discord?

Proverbs 2: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

Where is your wisdom from? Note the photo of officer Nash standing guard to protect the rights of both sides and the forgotten side–the citizens of Charlottesville. Doing his duty–we don’t know his thoughts, but his body is right where it should be.

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter: Tweets don’t kill people, people kill people.

Second Amendment defenders–I’m one–like to say “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Well, duh! Twitter may soon need that disclaimer. Through theresurgent.com I just discovered the phrase “tweet-shamed”.

1. NY Times Reporter starts a Twitter War and Sen. Cruz Finishes It. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tweet-shamed New York Times “investigative” reporter Eric Lipton on Sunday after Lipton took an ill-advised shot at Cruz for denouncing white nationalists after Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville. Lipton tried to belittle the senator’s condemnation of white nationalists as mere political “posturing,” although as the Daily Caller noted Lipton “offered no evidence to support that claim”:

“Sorry to be cynical, but most of all Rubio and Ted Cruz to me seem mostly to be doing a tremendous job of posturing for 2020.” Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) August 13, 2017. Cruz replied with pitch perfect tweets: “Gosh, you’re right. Because Nazis & the Klan have such love for Cuban-Americans. If only we worked for a paper that shilled for Stalin…— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 14, 2017. “I know it’s hard to understand. Too many schools don’t teach NYT’s shameful history covering up Soviet atrocities.”— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 14, 2017.

2. “A widely circulated photo, purportedly of President Donald Trump posing for a selfie with a man known on Twitter as @Millennial_Matt, has turned out to be fake. Shocking, I know. The tweet, as such things always go, has been deleted, but the photo was up yesterday, on @Millennial_Matt‘s Twitter profile. Of course, that profile is now also restricted.

“The photo was tweeted by Raf Sanchez, whose own Twitter profile shows him as the Middle East correspondent for the Telegraph. Why a reporter for a British newspaper covering the Middle East saw fit to add this particular piece of garbage to the Fake News Landfill is something for his employers to address. But obviously, very little fact-checking was done before Sanchez hit the ‘tweet’ button.

“And this is the problem, isn’t it? In the rush to get something out there and make it go viral, to be the famous reporter who unmasked the Trump ‘alt-right’ conspiracy connection, Sanchez tweeted a badly done Photoshopped picture from a guy’s Twitter profile. 

“Matt’s Photoshopped lie garnered 28,000 retweets and nearly 34,000 ‘likes’ according to The Blaze (can’t verify that now because of the Memory Hole). The correction has been retweeted 829 times (as of this writing), with just over 2,000 ‘likes.’

“Twitter is a sewer of lies, fake news, propaganda, trolls, and Russian bots. I wash my hands and use latex gloves whenever I get “facts” from there. Yet buried in this lie we do have a pearl of truth. Matt wants himself to be associated with Donald Trump, and Donald Trump has not repudiated that (and other “alt-right,” neo-Nazi, KKK and racist) love affair.”

I don’t even need to go into the ____________________ nature of president Trump’s tweets. (I am letting you fill in the blank with your version of reality.)

The REAL (darn, I keep using that word over–how about “all-natural” instead? No. that’s too inefficient, 11 characters instead of 4, I won’t be able to plumb the depths of my wisdom with 140 characters if I keep exchanging 4 for 11.) problem is what? That Twitter only gives you 140 characters? That’s enough to applaud yourself, pick a fight, gain more “followers”–hum, that word, where’s the kool aid–by posting something outrageous. That messages are called “tweets, like a bird exulting over a worm? Well, that Is the quality of most of them. No silly, the REAL (4 characters, yay.)–Oh oh, I just wasted 72 characters trying to get a gratuitous laugh–problem is that you can influence and provoke in 140 characters, but you can’t teach or persuade–BUT YOU THINK YOU CAN! Look at the tweets above. Oh so clever, zingers, cynicism and sarcasm and fakery…..did any of it advance justice or mercy–God’s two-edged sword–or did it provoke, demean, gain followers?

It is not the fault of Twitter, any more than it is the fault of Dodge (I think the vehicle doing the damage is a Dodge Charger) that Heather Heyer’s murderer drove into her. People who are sick and hate God (yes, everyone who hates the images of God because He painted His creations in different colors hates God. Racism of any color is God-hating) or who want to burnish their rep, their cred can find in Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media their canvas. But so can people who love God. warner hof

 

Charlottesville IV: If President Trump resigned, would it matter?

There is probably no better way to test the sincerity and truthfulness of the radical left in the USA, and that of their allies in the media, than for President Trump to resign, and VP Mike Pence become President (assuming he would want to be). What do you think would happen? Would his enemies then breathe a sigh of relief and, given that Mike Pence is the “anti-Trump” in terms of the complainants, say “great, he cares about the country, let’s rally behind an upright man who can help heal the rifts that Charlottesville exposed?” Maybe. Or what? Before speculating here’s a piece by Eric Erickson in TheResurgent.com:

“The Trump Presidency is very good for ratings. The media loves it. The media loves the chaos and President Trump loves ratings. But the United States of America is not a reality TV show and the measure of a successful Presidency is not ratings and Time magazine covers, but a society that conducts itself orderly, lawfully, and with sanity.

“There are those who can never and will never give the President credit for anything. They will not acknowledge problems not of his making and they will not acknowledge the few competencies this Administration has show.

“But there are those who cannot acknowledge anything wrong. They think everything is fine as the nation burns around them. They apologize for and defend the President’s every utterance, thinking to correct him, admonish him, or state the obvious is to help the other side.

“Both sides are fighting and on top of that we have Antifa activists on one side throwing molotov cocktails and threatening to harm people and we have neo-Nazis on the other running people over in the street. While all of this is going on and the nation is distracted with activists tearing down statues without permission, we have a law enforcement system that is less and less enforcing the law. This is a big difference from the riots and protests of the sixties when police insisted on keeping law and order. Now police in Durham and elsewhere are letting the fights break out and the damage be done. They’re working clean up instead of preventing the messes in the first place.

“If that was not enough North Korea is going nuclear, Iran is plotting a nuclear strategy while the former President’s advisers deny it, China is trying to expand further into South America through businesses and mining rights as well as stretching its land grabs in the South China Sea, and Russia covets Eastern Europe relentlessly.

“And our President? The man is not in his right mind. Compare the Donald Trump of 1999 who talked to Tim Russert about North Korea with the current President. They are not the same man. It is Invasion of the Brain Snatchers. The current President is not so much the President of the United States as he is a C-List actor doing a Spaghetti Western impression of what a President of the United States might sound and act like. The rest of the world is looking on this with amazement and, in some quarters, delight.

“This is not sustainable. Something is going to have to give. I do not know what, but something will give. The nation cannot sustain this constant state of chaos and crisis drift for three and a half more years. We will either see external or internal forces applied that will hurt the nation.

“This is not sustainable and if the President cannot figure out how to operate, he needs to step aside. Instead, he thrives on the chaos, the punch back, and media yes men telling him nothing is wrong and his poop does not stink. But while the President thrives, every day a piece of our national unity dies. And I don’t care whether you blame the left for refusing to acknowledge the President’s presidency or you blame the President for refusing to behave as you think a President should — this situation is not sustainable regardless of where blame lies.

“As for me, I am increasingly convinced President Trump’s Presidency is doing more harm than good while, I might add, he accomplishes practically nothing, and I am increasingly convinced the leftwing agitators given moral clout by the media are doing more harm than good. The white supremacists are actually small in number and hated by everyone (except possibly the President and Steve Bannon). But Antifa is as violent and loved by the left, or at least tolerated. The President and Antifa both on the national stage is a toxic combination and as neither will be departing any time soon, the nation itself will atrophy in prestige and ability. Personally, I’m thinking of expanding my garden, filling my freezer, and stockpiling ammo. Something wicked this way comes and it is almost here.”

While I agree that it would do more good than harm if President Trump resigned, what would be the best way to do it, what to say? Here is what I would recommend if I were one of his advisors: “Due in good measure to my own stubbornness, hubris and combativeness, I have turned many sincere people against my policies, and me personally. What may work in the real estate business–boldness, aggressiveness and even ruthlessness–does not work for a political leader, especially the President of the United States. I love our country and truly want to see the USA be great, and I do not seem to be the one to lead us in that direction. Changing my methods and even my personality will not be enough to convince my opposition of my sincere desire to see the country heal. Therefore, the time has come for me to resign the Presidency of the United States, and to applaud our Constitutional process of transferring that office to the very capable hands of Vice President Mike Pence. Since Mike’s personality makes him the “anti-Trump” if you will, I know that those who object to me will applaud him and support his efforts.”

Some would applaud. What about Antifa? What about Black Lives Matter (BLM)? What about CNN, NY Times, Washington Post? Will they give up the power that their Trump animus has brought them? I hope we will find out. But first, the President has to humble himself. Will he? If he did, would any of his enemies applaud his awakening? If the last two questions end up with positive answers, I will be amazed, grateful, humbled, and I will praise the grownups.

Charlottesville III: George Orwell’s prescience and frightening vision.

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell1984

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell1984

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
― George Orwell1984

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― George Orwell1984

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
― George Orwell1984

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
― George Orwell1984

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
― George Orwell1984    “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”
“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
― George Orwell1984
“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ”
― George Orwell1984
“You are a slow learner, Winston.”
“How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”
― George Orwell1984
I mentioned in my previous post the Spirit of Totalitarianism (SoT). What we are dealing with in these 3 Charlottesville posts appears to be physical and verbal confrontations. If that’s all you see, you need to look “behind the curtain”, so to speak. What we really have, what those quotes from 1984 understand, is spiritual warfare–the Spirit of Totalitarianism–vs. the Spirit of Freedom. The SoT demands control of what you think, then what you say, by rewarding words and thoughts that are acceptable, and punishing those that are not. The SoF opposes thought and word control. All of those, regardless of whether they call themselves nazis, fascists, communists, anarchists, anti-fascists, who decide by force and intimidation which thoughts and words are acceptable, are TOTALITARIANS.
Lest anyone say I present only 1 side, here is a link to a New York Times editorial(?) called “Why 1984 is a 2017 “must-read”. NYT 1984
While you are reading it, I hope you will notice that only 1 side is evil and denies reality, while the other side, which includes the NYT, is not even mentioned, let alone also called to account. Interesting, since the facts are that the side that isn’t mentioned is the one spreading the most disinformation. Self-awareness, anyone?
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell1984

Charlottesville II: What started it, where it may end: A letter to George Orwell.

George (may I call you by your given pen name?), how did you know this stuff was going to take place in 1984 when you wrote that book in 1948? Sure, turn 48 around and you get 84, appropriate when you expect a future in which everything gets turned around. Well George, it’s happening, not in 1984 but in 2017. Either way, you’re probably glad you aren’t around to see it. One of your namesakes, another George, Washington that is, is already under attack from the same force you feared in your dystopia–the Spirit of Totalitarianism. You called it Big Brother, but that hydra goes by many names today.

One of your characters warns of how “every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute,” adds your character. “History has stopped.”

George, your wisdom suggests Trump was smart to raise the question of where all this is going. And to say: “You are changing history, you’re changing culture.” It has been a long time since I read your book, George, so I don’t remember if there was a character quite like our President, The Donald Trump. These ugly events are so convenient for those who want to get rid of him, or are they orchestrated? I guess we will inevitably find out which, but just so you have the context George, here’s some commentary:

From Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire: The big problem is that both Left and right now use President Trump as a cognitive shortcut. The Left sees everything Trump says as antithetical to truth and decency; the right sees everything the Left says as motivated by animus and untruth. This means that no matter what Trump says, either Left or right will be wrong, since the truth of his statements has no bearing on this cognitive shortcut. Meanwhile, thanks to the overreach of the Left, many on the right have determined that everything Trump says is correct.

The Left has determined that everything President Trump says is wildly horrifying, no matter what the content. If Trump says that Antifa is a violent group, then the Left must declare that Antifa are equivalent to the allied soldiers of World War II. That’s absurd, but that’s the case actively being made by journalists like Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, who tweeted: “Watching Saving Private Ryan, a movie about a group of very aggressive alt-left protesters invading a beach without a permit”, and Hillary Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon, who posted a picture of Normandy with the caption, “Also confronted the Nazis without a permit”). In the pages of The Washington Post, historian Mark Bray defended Antifa as a necessary countermovement to stop neo-Nazism, gushing, “their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes from liberal anti-racists.”

The problem is that Antifa isn’t merely anti-fascist – it’s fascist in its own right. It’s a communist and anarchist movement dedicated to the use of violence against anyone they deem worthy – up to and including normal Trump voters and conservative Republicans. By allying with Antifa, the Left lends credence to the alt-right’s claim that they are victims of violence rather than perpetrators of it.

Conservatives have universally condemned white supremacists; the Left should be asked to do the same with Antifa, instead of praising it as some sort of decent and useful palliative for white supremacism. Charlottesville shouldn’t be about advancing political narratives anymore, on either side. It should be about opposing evil on all sides. If we can’t do that, we’re unfit to carry forward the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, or our World War II-era ancestors.

What is the statue thing REALLY about George? You were British, and you died just before seeing what the U.S. became after WWII. Please read my next post George, it’s all quotes from you. I think you would be appalled at the end game here: The left wants to attack the very legitimacy of America, of which Washington is the real symbol. And going after statues and other cultural icons is part of the Marxist playbook. As if our politicians aren’t craven popularity whores enough, even politicians of our allies have to pile on.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under mounting pressure Thursday to speak out against President Donald Trump’s response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic outpouring in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Netanyahu’s near silence on the march staged by anti-Semitic white nationalists — and Trump’s assertion that “both sides” were responsible for the violence — appears to reflect the Israeli leader’s desire to remain in the good graces of the embattled U.S. president.

But Netanyahu’s reluctance to speak out on such an important issue has set him apart from the growing ranks of Israeli leaders who have been outspoken in their anger, and risks alienating Jewish American leaders already estranged by certain Israeli policies.

A growing chorus of opposition politicians, commentators and even coalition partners has urged Netanyahu to take a stronger stance, even at the risk of antagonizing the president.

Trump has acknowledged there were some “very bad people” at Saturday’s rally, where a woman was killed when a car slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters. But he also said there were “very fine people” on both sides. The president’s equation of extremist hate groups and left-wing demonstrators brought condemnation from across the American political spectrum.

HERE’S WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE:

This spring Charlottesville’s ultra-liberal city council voted to remove an equestrian statue of General Robert E. Lee that’s been standing in a park in downtown Charlottesville since 1924, and to change the park’s name from Lee Park to Emancipation Park.  Charlottesville is, and has been, a liberal enclave for a long time; in twelve of the fourteen years we have lived there the Lee statue, or the Stonewall Jackson statue nearby, never raised a progressive eyebrow.  But after leftwing groups like Black Lives Matter began targeting Confederate Civil War monuments for vandalism and destruction in the aftermath of Ferguson, our city council decided it could score some points with BLM types by having the statue removed—and possibly avoid a violent confrontation with those same leftwing extremist groups. Bad call. (Appeasing bigots of any color is always a bad call)

Statues of dead Confederate war heroes is an issue on which we can disagree.  I admit it’s personal with me.  My great-great grandfather fought for the Union in the Civil War, and was severely wounded at the battle of Stones River.  But I am sure neither he nor anyone in his Wisconsin regiment would have wanted that statue removed or the name changed 150 years later; any more than Ulysses S. Grant or Lincoln – who spoke of the need for “charity to all and malice towards none” and “to bind the nation’s wounds” in the aftermath of America’s bloodiest conflict – would have wanted it.

It was exactly those wounds our city council decided to reopen.  At the time I warned a reporter in an interview for Cville magazine that the decision was wrong, and would backfire. Certainly if Mayor Mark Signer and other council members thought they could avoid future trouble this way, they were wildly wrong.  Instead what they did was to create a cause for every crackpot Neo-Nazi and KKK group looking for some free publicity to rally around, and an opportunity for every crackpot leftist group on Saturday, to get into the action.

The sense that something truly awful was going to happen started on Friday night, with the bizarre torchlight vigil by white supremacist groups at the University of Virginia eerily reminiscent of Nazi Party rallies in the 1930s. The city council tried desperately to move the scene of the white supremacist rally scheduled for Saturday away from downtown, but a judge on an ACLU appeal blocked that move.  The council then yanked the rally permit, but it was too little too late. Also by now Governor Terry McAuliffe had gotten into the act, issuing warnings to citizens to stay away from the rally site and flooding the zone with hundreds of Virginia state police in riot gear.

Those state police then did nothing as the Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and assorted neo-Communist extremists began arriving that morning in their own riot gear, including helmets and shields, and began flailing away at the neo-Nazi extremists who responded in kind.  It’s still not clear who ordered the police to “stand down;” perhaps no one did.  Perhaps they simply did not want to appear on YouTube or the nightly news beating up a demonstrator, whether black or white, Brown or Red.

They only finally moved in when Governor McAuliffe declared “a state of emergency,” and only after a car driven by a white supremacist killed a young woman, Heather Heyer, after plowing into the crowd of rioters—rioters who should never been allowed to have contact with each other, let alone allowed to battle it out in the streets of Charlottesville.

Meanwhile, two state troopers were dead after their helicopter crashed.  At the end of the day they were two men simply doing their duty in a futile mission set by a do-nothing governor whose attention was focused on getting applause from the media, just like our mayor and city council—and just like the commentators afterwards who have worked hard to turn these deaths into an indictment of Donald Trump.

A governor with any sense of honor and integrity would resign after a debacle like this; so would a mayor.  But of course McAuliffe and Signer won’t.  They are symptoms, not causes, of an American political culture that has become deeply sick.  My wife and I have lived in Charlottesville fourteen years, and have been uncomfortable being conservatives in a liberal enclave.  Southern hospitality can go a long way to smooth out political differences.  Not any longer.  The infection has now swept over our beloved Charlottesville, and the scars will be with us a long time.

Historian Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute 

About the featured image on this blog post: I guess the “legitimate” (according to the media) protesters didn’t get quite enough media exposure on the day of violence, because Antifa showed up at the funeral of Heather Heyer, with shields and bats, ostensibly to protect the mourners, even though there was no threat. One person inside the funeral ceremony began to attack President Donald Trump, but was drowned out as the audience told her to sit down. The woman persisted until Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, asked for some respect for her daughter. Bro tired to steer the group away from hate. “Our daughter did not live a life of hate, and hating this young man is not going to solve anything,” Bro said of Fields. Her daughter’s life was about “fairness and equality and caring, and that’s what we want people to take away from this,” Bro said.

Well George, maybe all isn’t yet lost. HERE’S AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE CRAVEN IDEA OF CEDING THE BATTLEFIELD TO THE LOUDEST CRYBABIES: DOUGWILS2

 

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell, 1984