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.

 

 

 

 

 

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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