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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rightwing Cognative Dissonance, the Trump Addition.




I will be brief.  Cognitive dissonance is not just an ailment on the left anymore; it is in full effect on the right this election year. We have endured cycle, after cycle of the establishment right continuously selling the same old saw, we need to back the  “Most conservative with a chance to win.” It’s why the electorate on the right habitually tosses aside the good candidates for the status quo candidates, Like McCain and Romney.

Neither of these fellows had plans, particularly when it comes to tax reform, on a scale large enough to actually improve things. Nor, by the way did either candidate actually win.

If you fix the tax system in America and install either a flat tax in the style advocated by Senator Cruz, or even better the FairTax—The false narrative of immigration as the most critical concern becomes irrelevant. Every candidate on the right wants secure borders, I repeat, all of them.

The important candidates did not harp on the issue, because it is prima facie—Trump latched on to that particular concern after reading Ann Coulter’s book “Adios, America!” and recognized it as the mindless red meat issue most likely to appeal to the low information voter on the right. Just as “Make America Great Again” is the pseudo rightwing version of the equally vacuous “Hope and Change” still beguiling Democrat voters, especially black ones, as they continue to wallow in the mess the Democrat party perpetuates wherever they are given sway.

Donald Trump has the weakest tax plan in the group followed closely by Marco Rubio—It will be business as usual if Trump were in fact able to stumble into the White House and the establishment left and right know it. If you get Tax reform right, who cares how many people immigrate to America? There will be more jobs than the nation will know what to do with. Trump and his followers are so filled with misguided rage they can’t see it.

That being said, the Trump supporter has forgotten the establishment’s best chance to win scenario—They are so apoplectic over the idea of a possible Hillary or Bernie presidency, they miss the fact Trump in almost none of the national polls defeats either of them.  Polls of course are only accurate to a Trump supporter if they show their guy throttling his opponents, so… They dismiss facts in favor of their own reality… just like democrat voters.

The leftist controlled media and Super PACS are straining in the slips in anticipation of unleashing an endless torrent of folks Trump has bilked out of their hard earned money, they shall become like household names soon enough in the general election. The democrat party plays to win, no gentlemen amongst them.

Now as to the right wing DC centric establishment, cognitive dissonance manifests thusly. The fellow who it seems has the best chance to bring down the Trump parade and incidentally defeats Hillary and Bernie regularly in the polls is Ted Cruz.

Yet the establishment hates Ted Cruz even more than they hate Trump the dealmaker—Why do they hate Cruz? He had the audacity to actually come to the District and busy himself with doing the things, or at least attempted to do the things he promised and was elected to fulfill. Ted Cruz makes the establishment look really, really bad—So they prefer the idea of backing the more conciliatory Rubio instead another dealmaker like Trump promises to be. Even though according to the polls, we actually have a true conservative in Ted Cruz meeting the mythical standard, (According to the polls that is) of “Best chance to win,” while actually exciting the grass roots thinking voter.

I look at the party I have chosen to align myself with and I see a group as mercurial as Donald Trump's ever shifting positions. I am reminded of an oft-repeated bit of Scripture: “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8 I dare say this petit divine wisdom applies no less to political parties.

Digital Publius

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Evangelical Monolith?



One of the oft repeated utterances amongst the television talking heads post the South Carolina Primary, left and right and then aped by their viewers is: "Cruz was counting on carrying the evangelical vote in South Carolina and Trump got more of them instead.”

When a Democrat pundit speaks this, or some variation of the statement, it reveals the one-dimensional thinking rife in those who lean left--it's programming really, it’s the reason they tend to support the Bernie and Hillary types.

Liberals believe in monoliths--because the left stacks people neatly into rigid piles so they can develop ways to pander specifically to each. The Black vote, the women's vote, the LGBT vote... Each gets it's scientifically designed, specifically tailored set of promises to deal with grievances created by their Hegelian masters.

The right leaning pundit speaking this way generally reveals a preference for Donald Trump—I find Eric Bolling and Sean Hannity, (both Catholic) or Mike Gallagher (Methodist, a more liberal Protestant group today) the less cerebral right leaning pundits, tend to always find a way to turn some idiotic thing issuing forth from the Donald’s mouth into an apologetic for him, all while insisting they are neutral.

The "Evangelical" vote is not a monolith any more than the other groups are.

You err in thinking Evangelical is synonymous with white conservative Republicans. Most of the Evangelicals I know personally are Black liberals who vote Democrat-- (Evangelical being primarily defined as a Bible believing Protestant who stands on the idea of spreading the good news of salvation through Christ Jesus.) This was the reason I started my Blog Digital Publius back in 2007, to challenge Christians voting for a man so obviously against the things of God as Barrack Obama was and so manifestly more obviously is today now he no longer has to pretend.

Black Evangelicals tend to put racial identity and materialism above the Word of God when it comes to politics—This is why they vote in such large numbers for the vilest of people, even when those liberal candidates stand against nearly every tenet taught in the Holy Bible. Black folks do this while living in areas decimated by the ideas of the liberals they put in leadership.

When you ask black Evangelicals why they don’t vote for Republicans, even when you point out the Republican believes as they do on so many issues like abortion, special rights for the LGBT community and so on, they either respond; The Republicans are racist, or don’t like the poor, or any of the other things the left through media and their agents on the ground perpetuate to keep them voting Democrat.

Racism to Democrats is not supporting things like Affirmative Action, though they never question why the left does not support School choice and vouchers. Standing against a perpetual welfare state and supporting the dignity of hard work is racist. Yet the Clintons create the most Draconian drug-sentencing laws in the 90s, creating the largest boom in black incarceration in history is not racist. The white Cocaine mogul gets light sentencing, while the street level dealer gets mandatory life…  All this of course aids in the break down of the black family, heck the family in general, whose health is the only true starting point to eradicate the need for welfare.

South Carolina is an open primary, if you don’t think Democrats of every stripe, including those who consider themselves just as evangelical as President Jimmy Carter are committed to forcing a candidate on the right most easily beaten by Mrs. Clinton, you are really quite naïve. Trump fits the bill. Of the top three Republicans, Trump is the only one not beating Hillary in any of the polls. Otherwise poll happy Trump and his supporters, like ignoring this fact. Monolithic, group thinking is how we got in the position we now find ourselves.

" Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure."  I Timothy 5:22

Every time President Obama, or Hillary Clinton shows up at a Black church, affecting a quasi-southern Negro dialect, (That’s the way they think all Black people talk apparently) or in front of a group of Pastors, followed up with a photo-op featuring said pastors laying hands on a candidate, while said candidate holds their beliefs in utter contempt inwardly, you are seeing the Evangelical vote.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4

Digital Publius

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Real Face of Racism



 

Former NY Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, during a forum held at the Aspen Institute, takes time out of discussing drug legalization to make this statement:

95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive, he said.

“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Bloomberg said. “They just don’t have any long-term focus or anything. It’s a joke to have a gun. It’s a joke to pull a trigger.”

At one point, the former mayor brought up New York City’s stop-and-frisk practices, which gained national attention in 2011. Bloomberg said that during his last year in office, a minister at a Baptist church in Harlem invited him to speak.

“While I’m sitting there waiting for him to introduce me, he said to his congregation, ‘You know, if every one of you stopped and frisked your kid before they went out at night, the mayor wouldn’t have to do it,’” Bloomberg said. “And so I knew I was going to be okay with that audience.”

He was okay because he was in a room already thoroughly indoctrinated with the kinds of poison the Democrats infest minority minds with. Liberal/Democrat party ideology and policies are at the very root of the minority male ennui Bloomberg here laments! I like the way
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A Clarke summed it up:

“You would have to absolutely loathe black people to want to keep them mired in generational poverty and ignorance, living in ghettos with high unemployment, with their kids shackled to failing K-12 urban school systems and crime-ridden neighborhoods just to secure a permanent voting majority and to hang onto political power.”

When asked what the U.S. can do to get people out of poverty. Bloomberg responded that conventional wisdom points to education, but education isn’t going to help uneducated adults.

Apparently Mr. Bloomberg has never heard of “Adult Education,” training programs, or just the idea of acquiring skills to make oneself more marketable on your own. Ironic when you consider he spoke about vocational education earlier in the same forum. When you promote ideas like personal responsibility, even in education, you may harm your constituency by raising them above their need for leftist help. Mustn't do that!

Racist White liberals like Michael Bloomberg and their indoctrinated, or equally evil black liberal minions in politics and media—Spare no opportunity to preach the minority communities inferiority. Teaching without fail minorities are incapable of competing with white folks like them without their masters in government’s help.

So these at risk youths internalize the message the system is rigged against them, even with a “Black” President and the massive amounts of wealth created by black folks in the freest nation in the history of the world. Liberals twist, change or flat out omit history and manipulate news stories in favor of propaganda in order to inflame minorities, keeping them in a perpetual state of perceived victim hood.

Liberals promote idleness every time they create new ways to reward the idle with entitlements unattached to the simple dignity of work. They do this while demonizing any philosophy suggesting personal responsibility or even culpability amongst the idle. Anyone promoting, as the Holy Bible teaches that charity begins at home, or If you are able-bodied and don’t work, you don’t eat, is summarily pilloried.

And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:22

The poor and strangers had to come and gather the food for themselves, they had to work to eat—God did not instruct the land owners to put the food in baskets and distribute it—The dignity of the poor is maintained in this arrangement, it even provides the needy the opportunity to ask for permanent employment when thanking the landowner for following God’s instruction.

To the left, such an arrangement, asking the poor to offer some kind of work in return for governmental largesse is somehow hateful and anti-charity and anti aiding the poor, when largesse by it's very nature implies inferiority. After the inevitable deterioration of urban areas leads to crime and violence, instead of addressing the root—Leftists like Bloomberg and President Obama react by blaming guns, calling for their removal without regarding the same tools usefulness in self-defense for those who are truly victims.

Liberalism creates those 15-25 year old male minorities so given to violence and they are doing what idle young men of any variety have always done.

You want to put an end to urban hopelessness and violence? How about allowing school vouchers, so parents can get their kids out of failing school systems? Let them go to school with your family’s kids Mr. Bloomberg. After we remove ourselves from the teacher’s unions protecting all those worthless urban schools and properly educate our children—How about we unleash the free market?

Lets reform the horrific tax laws and ridiculous regulations designed by the left to choke businesses. Let the free market work, creating plentiful jobs and boundless innovation! Who cares how many immigrants want to come to our nation? If the jobs are flowing, we will need them.

Taking your gun away is the ultimate means of controlling you.

How about discontinuing the creation of narratives making law enforcement the villain when dealing with criminality? Let’s stop turning criminals into sympathetic characters—The Holy Bible rightly teaches  “…the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,”

Don’t strong arm store owners, or illegally sell loose cigarettes and you reduce your chances of running afoul of the law and being the “Victim” of brutality. When white cops start to walk up as a matter of course and start shooting black folks minding their own business—Ill be first in line with my gun strapped on, to shout Black Lives Matter!

Guns are not the problem, people like Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and Michael Bloomberg are the problem! Idleness does not always result in urban brutality—When the white and wealthy are idle, they come up with ideas like socialism. We used to call them Parlor Pinks or Pinkos. Then stupid people of every kind buy into it.

Folks are only able to sit around dreaming so-called “Progressive” ideas after capitalism creates the wealth allowing for idleness. Socialism is fueled by capitalism, socialism has never created wealth, nor has it brought anyone out of poverty—Ever! It does the exact opposite--it crushes prosperity and eats at the soul.

Yet the left somehow believes what I call U.S. Style Socialism will work when socialism without regard to nomenclature has never worked anywhere. Tragically, so many of our mushy headed youth and a good number of mature Americans believe Democratic Socialism, as espoused by Bernie Sanders overtly and Hillary covertly is a viable economic idea. This is a testimony to the effectiveness of leftist propaganda and control. There are no greater racists and parlor pinks than Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, they represent the soft racism of low expectations and pandering—Every time Clinton affects her quasi-southern, black dialect, at black churches or events, she is calling minorities stupid.

I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” – Lyndon Baines Johnson

Digital Publius



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

If...?




Hmmmm…
If the United States is so intrinsically evil, why do so many, from so many disparate lands flee to these shores for succor? People immigrate to the U.S. whether they are under duress, or simply in search of a dream; they come by land, sea and air—often at great risk, enduring unimaginable hardships they come.

If the policies of the United States of America around the world and specifically in Islamic nations are the root cause of the enmity felt towards us by Muslims, why do so many Muslims come to the shores of their oppressor? When they are forced from their homes by warfare most commonly between fellow Muslims, it would seem logical to flee to a more peaceful Islamic land.  Yet in huge numbers, they come to America.

If some Muslim immigrants truly blame the U.S. for the ills plaguing their native lands, is it possible some in their number seek vengeance? Is it possible some may be bent on harming us not just for perceived injustices, but driven by religious beleifs? If so, how do we react? Does our desire to be a nation of inclusion at all costs amount to a sort of suicide pact?

If the number of so-called “Radical Islamists” is so infinitesimal, how are they able to control such huge amounts of land? Most in the media refer to the terrorist organization known as Islamic State as ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, natively Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.

President Obama, his State Department and the United Nations prefer the term ISIL, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—In Arabic al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham. This appellation connotes a land the Islamists seek to control much larger than Iraq and Syria, including southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt; Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan. This may have already occurred ideologically amongst many Muslims in the area if it is not yet so geographically.

Odd the President and the mainstream media are obsessed with assuring us the radical’s numbers are small in the scheme of the larger Islamic world. Yet he assigns them greater power and ambitions via the very term he prefers to use when discussing IS.

If indeed Islam itself is not a threat to the rest of the world and the West in particular, and few Muslims are in fact radicalized and are given to living peaceably, why are there so many no-go zones for non-Muslims cropping up in the United Kingdom and European cities?

The same simplistic leftists fond of blaming America’s international boorishness for Islam’s hatred of the West prefer the term "DAESH," or Da'ish to describe Islamic state.  Just an Arabic acronym for the group’s name, it is not an actual Arabic word, but it sounds like an Arabic word which translates to “Tread On or Trample Underfoot” Islamic State does not like the name at all, they truly abhor it.

If the left insists our bad behavior is responsible for Islamic aggression and they object to antagonizing Islamists with cartoons of the Qur’an’s prophet, why do they insist on taking a stick to the hornet’s nest with a name they know the “Radical” Muslims revile?

If it is not our bad behavior and calling them names the Islamists don’t like, why are we under attack?

If Climate Change, as President Obama infers is the true problem, was it climate change prompting the Islamic conquest of Judea; Egypt, North Africa, Spain, Portugal, a hunk of France; Greece, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, what is today the United Arab Emirates, southern Italy all by the mid 9th century? There was no sizable push back until 1095AD and the first Crusade.

Be ye angry, and sin not, let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”

We read these words in the Biblical book of Ephesians—A person can be angry without sin, anger is not evil when it is aimed at sin and not kindled so much by persons. We can hate the sin of man whilst still loving and praying for the man responsible for the sin against us.

The sin however must be recognized before it can be fought against whether the warfare is spiritual or physical. There is no evil in anger towards those who perpetrate horrific acts. Anger is sinful when it is without cause and prompts actions exceeding due bounds.

“…let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” This means your anger is not to be perpetual. I don’t know of a nation in the history of the world that has been more compassionate to her enemies than the United States. If you harm us, we will give you a thumping, but we have always worked to rebuild for our enemies once the fighting is done. Perhaps that is the reality of America the world sees above the sins so many in our own nation seek to accentuate.

The world sees more of the compassion of America than many of the malcontented creatures enjoying her freedoms. I am reminded of Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias’ anecdote recalling one of his erstwhile Indian countrymen. The man said he so passionately wanted to come to America because he desired to live in a land where even the poor are fat.

Such a land is worth protecting. Scrutinizing those who come here is no sin. Circumspection is wisdom, especially in a time when there are those declaratively resolved to do us grievous harm.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of Islamic State, Tashfeen Malik, the female terrorist involved in the dastardly San Bernardino massacre pledged her allegiance to al-Baghdadi after our nation opened wide her doors in hearty welcome, it is reported she was thoroughly vetted, she seemed nice enough—it was the first Caliph Abu Bakr, the son in law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad who started the 1500 years of Islamic aggression, the beginning of which I summarized above. Failing to recognize the true nature of a threat does not hasten its demise, nor protect the innocent be they Muslim or otherwise--rather it emboldens our enemies.

Digital Publius

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Democrats Are From Barsoom




So I just had my first opportunity to peruse the latest issue of Popular Mechanics—It features a cover story on Ridley Scott’s new film “The Martian.” The featured article begins with a sweeping description of Mars as seen through the eyes of a denizen of the red planet. You feel like you’re there yourself.

Then it struck me, this is speculative fiction being used to describe not the actual surface of Mars, but rather the speculative fiction version of Mars created for the film.  No man has set foot on Mars to know just how accurate our fantasies are.

NASA built the lunar lander with feet meant to stabilize it on what they believed would be a very, very deep layer of dust on our satellite’s surface–They believed the layer would be very deep based on the great age of the universe evolutionary science is based on—speculation drove them. They were surprised to find a very thin layer of dust arguing against great age. Nevertheless in spite of practical data to the contrary great age is still accepted.

I personally feel man should have long ago stood on the surface of Mars. Alas, we don’t actually do great things in America any more; our fantasies are far too strong. Why go to Mars when special effects have reached the point they have? Spend hundreds of millions to make a film about going to Mars in hopes of making billions, instead of spending billions to actually go there.

Heck we can use those billions we saved not going to Mars to not actually do anything here on Earth like feeding the hungry, or all the other things we are supposed to think are more important than going to Mars. America has become a nation so bogged down with what it should do; we don’t do much of anything.

The left in America likes it this way. Fantasy is the basis of all liberal thinking—Rather than dealing with real issues, the left will ever be more interested in the conjurations of feel good imaginings. Man-made climate change is real despite all the data contradicting the computer models their video games draw pixel by pixel like the latest from Pixar.

No amount of videos actually showing Planned Parenthood personnel discussing illegal activity will dislodge the notion the right is prosecuting a war on women’s rights. Doesn’t matter “Hands up don’t shoot” never happened, “Black lives matter” even as we, (Black folks) kill ourselves in Old Testament numbers on the streets and in the abortion clinics nation wide.

A boy named Ahmed dismantles a functioning digital clock, stuffing the contents into a briefcase, takes it to school and is shocked when it is perceived as a possible threat in 21st Century America. Liberals offer no end of support to the set upon “Clockmaker,” anointing his Twitter feed, offering him jobs and college tuition and trips to the White House–While pillorying another boy for having the temerity to wear an American flag T-shirt under his hoody.

A Little boy chews a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun and his parents have to hire legal help to get him back in school—But a suitcase clock, carried into a school by a boy named Ahmed is an absurd thing to invite scrutiny?

People are flocking to this nation from various other Americas, fleeing most notably socialism and the crushing poverty the system creates—Yet one of the leading candidates for the Democrats is an avowed socialist bent on implementing many of the concepts Latin Americans are coming here to avoid.

Liberals for some reason think because Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama presents an American style of socialism, it will somehow work when socialism has never worked anywhere. This in the face of data demonstrating capitalism, particularly American style capitalism has, educated, fed and lifted more people out of said crushing poverty than any other thing in the history of the world.

Hillary Clinton goes further than even Richard Nixon dared to go during the Watergate scandal, which cost him the Presidency, she actually destroyed data—Data rightfully belonging to the American people, yet she is the victim of a “Vast rightwing conspiracy,” not someone engaged in shenanigans far more egregious than anything General David Petraeus was involved in.

Surah 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, (Christians and Jews) until they pay the Jizya (Humiliation tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

The Qur’an teaches three options for the world—Submit to Islam by converting, be killed, or pay a tax to live amongst Muslims without harassment—If you do not pay the tax or convert, you are back to death. This is the very definition of compulsion.

Contrast that with the teachings of Christ on the same subject of proselytizing, Matthew 10:
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Which of the two philosophies are consistent with a tolerant, freedom and liberty respecting representational republic as established by the Constitution of the United States of America? The answer is obvious to the rational, grounded in reality and truth.

For the Democrat, to compare and contrast faiths is to represent not truth, but rather intolerance—I wrote in an article years back: “…it does not follow that because we have religious freedom in America, all faiths are equally valid, or are equally useful in determining American morality or political thought."

“The wanton barbarity of those who follow the Qur'an strictly and the tragic state of affairs in Islamic nations, who base their laws on the Qur'an's brand of morality, stand as a testament to this truth, particularly as it pertains to human rights.”

Many of the world’s fugitives are fleeing Islamic states whose rule of law is based on the teachings of that very faith. So why is it wrong for Ben Carson to suggest Islam is inconsistent with American “Values and principles?” The answer is simple; the left cares more about the idea of tolerance than the principle in action.

Just like they care more about things we can’t do a thing about, like Climate Change to a point where they advocate for policies driving the price of energy up, effecting the poor they pretend to care about much more than their rich heroes like Al Gore and President Obama who do as they will energy wise.

For the leftist, the pragmatic honesty of Ben Carson is seen as an evil rather than a virtue—principles are abstract concepts with no place in everyday life. If men are from Mars, women from Venus, liberal democrats are from Barsoom—a fictionalized version of a real place much like Scott’s film—Bound by the idols and narratives they create.

Isaiah 44:
15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:
17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Digital Publius

P.S. today's right is not much better sadly, a field full of authentic conservatives and our front runner is a ersatz republican, or progressive glorified pitch man.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Love It Or Leave It




If I say: “I cannot stand the music Beyoncé’ puts out, it lacks artistic merit.” And you say: “I love Beyoncé’s music, I think it’s brilliant.” I have no problem with saying: “We’ll have to agree to disagree on Beyoncé’.” If I say: “1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” And you insist the old saw is instead: “1493 Columbus sailed the deep blue sea.” I am objectively and demonstrably right, there is no room for you to disagree.

If we are both history teachers, we cannot proceed to create a course of study until you accept Columbus’ first voyage took place in the year 1492. To do so would be a disservice to our students—we must be on one accord founded upon facts.

Unless of course you have your own agenda, one where you stand to gain through discord. Then you must insist not only on being allowed to think whatever you like about history without regard to facts, I also in your eyes must declare your false history equally valid to the truth.

The false narrative then becomes more important than advancement.  This is always the case when the narrative itself is based on the subjective rather than simple truth. There can be no unity apart from objectivity. If we cannot all agree to agree on what is objectively true, there can be no progress! This is why the hell-bound paths liberals lead people down are paved with seemingly good, but almost always-wrongheaded intentions.

That in a nutshell is why liberals or “Progressives” always fail—they trumpet the idea of diversity—but they trample on the idea of unity in diversity. They rebel against the very idea of E Pluribus Unum, "Out of many, one." The left prefers out of many…many.

Allow me to abridge what I just wrote, “Progressives” do not always fail, they are brilliant at dividing people, using diversity as a wedge, sometimes a cudgel to foment the grievances keeping people from actually uniting so the liberals can maintain their own ends.

America is weaker than she has ever been not because we are more diverse than ever before, but because we have elements today insisting on selling the idea all cultures and traditions are equally valid and should be celebrated and included. We love our hyphens today—We can’t simply be Americans.

Today, many can’t even come together in the sacrament of marriage without hyphenating names. If these diverse cultures we are to celebrate and accept as equally valid are so great, why do they not produce societies their natives desire to stay in?  If the American culture is not objectively superior to the ones their traditions and ethnicities created, why do so many diverse peoples flock here?

Why do we have the border crisis so many people, so many children are now suffering through? People from all over the world are fleeing nations where there is scarcely any diversity. Hondurans are fleeing other Hondurans, Iraqis fleeing other Iraqis…

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3

“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30

The number three represents the triune God of the Holy Bible, in fact no number represents unity and strength more than three, so it is no wonder God arranged Scripture so two of the most important verses on unity fall where their Biblical addresses are threes and multiples of three, that’s just how God rolls.

In Genesis chapter eleven the third verse, man unites and decides to build a tower to reach heaven.  In verse six, (incidentally the number six is the number of man) God says: …Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

What the people were doing at this point was a bad thing in God’s eyes I won’t go into that here, but it forced Him to split them up, the point I am making is that God declares there is nothing man cannot accomplish when we are united not just by location, but in purpose. We can all be in the United States, but if we are not united culturally, in purpose, we are weak.

In Genesis and Leviticus God teaches Israel and by extension, those of us who love Israel’s God, should welcome strangers to our lands and treat them well while they are among us. But they are not partakers of the covenants of our land if they do not willingly join themselves to our traditions and way of life we see it again in Isaiah 56:

1 Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

For all people God says, but not if you want to do your own thing! Bring your Shawarma, Enchiladas and Pad see ew, they become things Americans eat, they become American food. Bring your acrobatics, your martial arts and merengue, they become American skills -- But offer them as Americans unattached to whatever flags you left behind. Don’t join yourself to America if the American flag offends you.

Don’t look for anything other than courtesy amongst us if you wish to keep yourself divided. If you follow the laws of the land and become a citizen, be an American—Learn English, participate, keep your old flags to yourselves, be they from Ireland, Mexico or Narnia.

A melting pot leads to a stronger alloy, the left’s salad leaves elements that you can take or leave—a salad still prompts people to say yuck, I don’t like tomatoes or Puerto Ricans… If your leaders are constantly reinforcing differences and stoking the flames of racial and cultural discord to garner votes and secure power for them instead of securing our borders to protect all Americans, you need new leaders.

I don’t often lean on bromides, but it seems terribly appropriate these days, America, love it, or leave it!

Digital Publius

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Truth Be Told?




I had a conversation on a friend’s Facebook page that ended with the main person I was engaged with stating: “You believe in what you believe (and post) and so do I... Have good day.” [sic]

That statement is emblematic of where our society has devolved to—it is as stark an example of the 2nd law of thermo dynamics at work sociologically as you are likely to find. Every system not isolated will tend towards disorder—there is no more powerful agent of disorder in a society than a disregard for objective truth.

If what you believe disagrees with the truth, you are simply wrong. Two people can believe something and both be in error, the two having missed the truth, but they can never both be right.

People today are more concerned with being right, or at least being perceived as right, than with objective truth or even the very idea of right and wrong. How does one determine what is right or wrong absent demonstrable truth? It seems to me, right and wrong is of little value in modern America, having given way to what works.

Have you ever read an actual historical account, or seen a film set in the past depicting an instance where a fellow is accused of lying and is willing to fight a duel to the death against his accuser to uphold his honor? That is how great a value the truth held in the past.

Today, most people would think a person mad if he were willing to risk his life to prove he was honest. That’s because ethics today are no longer tied to truth but rather situations. Contemporaneously the subjective has supplanted the objective.

For multitudes in modern America, even the God revealed in the Holy Bible is limited to the reader's opinion—This is why people so often say things like: “That is your interpretation of Scripture, not mine.” The idea the Holy Bible actually means what it says is horrifying to a person more interested in his idea of what a god ought to be, rather than who the Holy God of Revelation says He is, let alone what He reveals about His character and nature.

Man left to his druthers, prefers a god reconciled to his values, his idea of justice, as opposed to reconciling himself to God. No room for an immutable, inflexible God telling you what is good or bad.

I have often said it takes a great deal more faith than I can muster to believe in a god of my own imagining instead of the God who says “I am the way, and the truth and the life...” Today, even God must agree with fashion or He is disregarded, no room for Biblical statements like:

“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” Psalm 119:160

The end justifies the means—if you get the desired result, does it matter if what you desire is right or wrong? If you believe your intention is noble does it make it so?

Can you be a nation of laws without a healthy respect for the truth? Lawlessness was ever the handmaiden of disorder. In answer to a question, I told a person Adam and Eve in the simplest of terms were cast out of Eden, the perfect paradise God prepared for man, because they broke the rules.

The fellow derisively laughed and flippantly responded: “There are rules in paradise?” I freely confess I was stunned into an awkward silence by this educated man’s shallowness. I couldn’t believe anyone with a brain could think perfection capable of existing apart from order—order is a self-evident result of rules.

It takes discipline to submit to the truth, this is why it is so unpopular a concept. Truth takes judgment, judgment means responsibility for the truth and to the Giver of truth and who wants that? Clearly not the current President of the United States and his administration, Mr. Obama seldom allows the proverbial buck to stop anywhere in his vicinity.

George W. Bush did things I did not like and made his share of errors, but he never ran from them. He dubbed himself the Decider-In-Chief” and stood by his decisions and took responsibility for what occurred on his watch. President Obama? Not so much.

Be it, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, Benghazi, the VA or the chaos building in our border states stemming from him and his Justice Department deciding which laws they will or will not enforce guided by self-interest and politics.

We have children in droves pouring over our borders from Latin America because they are being told America is no longer interested in discouraging lawlessness when it comes to immigration. The left pretends to care for the poor even as they act to increase the number of poor people in America and by doing so they are increasing the pressure on the poor already here.

The poor are the left’s bread and butter, the more poverty they can create through their calculated Hagelian chaos the better. The left’s energy strategy, economic and immigration schemes are designed to keep the poor, in need.

Increasing the pressure on energy producing entities has no effect on the rich like Al Gore, or Barack Obama when they result in rising costs—it is the poor who struggle to find the extra money they need to heat their homes and drive their cars.

If the left manages to increase the minimum wage, it will just be used to offset the rising costs associated with the President’s war on traditional energy. Racial identity and class warfare remain the tools the left uses to maintain power, loving the poor in word only. Yet those who are motivated to support the left politically seem to miss the truth, the irrefutable fact misery is increasing with the amount of governmental largesse the left heaps on them from on high.

I am reminded of the words of the Lord’s Apostle when he said: “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

Truth, that unblinking, cold judge so easily ignored when discipline gives way to selfish immediacy, pride and lust in all the ways lust manifests. This is the reason modern America is shackled to chaos in government and Americans themselves are yoked to discord—no more common truth.

Truth cannot be common when truth is now subjective, driven by a refusal to accept moral absolutes. Why should the President keep the laws he himself signs? Why not act unilaterally and trade five terrorists for one soldier of dubious distinction? Keeps the folks from asking about veterans dying while waiting 90 days to see a doctor.

That is how the unseen hand works it’s magic. I’ll stick with Revelation and the God, revealed therein, I recommend you do the same! It may not be politically correct, but it has the virtue of being true.

“…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Matthew 8:31,32

Digital Publius