Beyond the Cusp

May 5, 2016

Ancient Thoughts and the World Today

 

I read an e-mail article which listed what it claimed in its title to be “20 Quotes From Ancient Greek Philosophers That Liberals Still Don’t Understand” and four of these in particular got my brain reeling, drowning in swirling daydreams and thought perhaps it might be fun to share. I found myself gravitating to three philosophers where one was the most gifted student of the other and the other their sole peer. Below are the thoughts in decreasing order of relevance, or at least in ease of application and understanding. This dictates we tackle them in reverse order working from the sublime imperatives from which we then reach the inevitable brutal and undeniable truth.

 

“Republics decline into democracies and democracies

degenerate into despotisms.” – Aristotle

 

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs;

when he first appears he is a protector.” – Plato

 

“A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion,

a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” — Socrates

 

“The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered

by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.” – Plato

 

 

Plato Socrates Aristotle

Plato Socrates Aristotle

 

That places our starting point with Plato and the concept, “The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.” This is true in every government which depends on the opinions of the people discerned through an elective process. Be the system parliamentary, republic, direct democracy or other form where the voting public consists of eligibility of the greater part of the adult electorate and where promises gains votes those promises will come fast and loose. This will inevitably lead to greater and greater promises which will become more and more immediate often inventing problems and difficulties which are designed for easy quick solutions which can be readily enacted and implemented despite there being no reality to both the invented problem and an easy answer. Everything becomes something which requires an immediate solution and this demand continues to grow and now the people soon demand that even the greatest difficulties of the world be solved with the same brilliance, alacrity and without difficulty or complications. The expectations have become unrealistic but then when the people are demanding miracles, those who desire to hold office will make promises which they know cannot be solved with promises which they know will never be solved and only lead to greater problems as the half measures designed as quick actions which are definitive, definitive failures causing more and deeper problems. The demand for immediacy by the public eventually leads to the need for a savior.

 

That brings us to the next quote from Socrates which states, “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” This is where taking the false promises of charlatans who are the sole makers of empty promises selling them as definitive solutions to the most knotty and complex of problems starts us down a slippery slope. These have the ability to sell a framing of the problem in such a way that their solution appears obvious but nobody seems to think why if the solution which now appears so simple, easy and immediate that it did not appear for the last body of officials. Nobody wants to question whether the defining of the problem has been molded and crafted simply to facilitate the elevation of the individual and not done to reach a viable solution. These charlatans always play emotional weaknesses and know the desires of the people more than they understand the problems but emotionalism plays well, think Donald Trump with one difference, imagine Trump with a solution to the Middle East which is easy, immediate and apparently just hidden from view in such a way that only Trump could see it. Of course Donald Trump has not put forth such a solution and instead has simply sold that things will be great, trust Trump, great. Well, it is so completely different than Yes We Can. Both “Make America Great Again” and “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth” are empty boasts on which all problems can be put aside as the personality is sufficient to repair every problem. These set up a system of morality which is made of empty platitudes that caught the people up in an emotional defining of the world and choosing a leader purely on emotion which eventually leads to disappointment making the situation primed for the next step.

 

We go back to Plato where we read, “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” When the solutions are minimized such that false solutions become the norm, we reach a mire so deep that only a savior is believed to be the only possible solution. A person who is charismatic and has a plan, a plan that sweeps the public up with the promises, causes them to fall head over heels for the man with the plan which will heal their nation and restore it to greatness and return every glory which was once true and real. The savior and restorer of the greatness are seen as one who will revamp the government and streamline the process and accomplish that which formerly was not possible. The protector comes with promises if only you can and will trust what he knows must be executed to bring about the future promised by this protector. The promise is that once they are loosed from the restriction built into government and being freed from the tethers designed to limit and constrain government, but the savior cannot be constrained by such petty inconveniences. The releasing of the tethers and streamlining the methodology leads only one place, tyranny, and tyranny inevitably leads to one thing, despotic ruin.

 

This last revelation finished the slide defined so accurately by Aristotle who stated, “Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” The Republic was seen as the finest form of governance no matter the style, be it direct elections, parliamentary or anything between or alongside where the people hold the power and the government has to respect the people’s power. With time the republic governance reaches a point where their society actually needs minimal government and definitely does not need any interventions, new laws, programs or anything else but the government has to find relevance in order to form promises around which will grant them the support of the people and result in their next election. This leads to demagoguery and populism which tend to bring an end to the slow and deliberate governance and replace it with governance which has a tendency to divide the populace into groups based on positions on issues, some real and some manufactured by the politicians themselves. Such governance works by promising larger groups of citizens benefits which will be paid for by smaller groups treasure, usually unwarranted wealth made by abusing the workers and these political riders of white horses topped with a wide brimmed white Stetson hat riding off into the sunset after collecting the votes of the masses. This results in a government which will end in bloated inefficiency where the promises have far outstripped revenue collection and has built a deficit which only grows along with the government. The collection institutions are inefficient often using half the collected wealth simply to finance their department making it obvious an impediment to balancing the budget as that cost is rarely figured into the formulas promoted by the political charlatans.

 

As noted above the situation reaches some critical point where the population is primed for a savior, the one who can return sanity and prosperous times. This promise keeps growing and as this savior has made some progress they start to complain how the government itself is preventing them from rescuing the society from itself. Slowly but surely they strip down the government taking over one layer after another until they no longer stand for reelection, their continued leadership has been accepted as permanent. Soon the other governing bodies are replaced with sycophants and lackeys making them simply the echoes of the dictator allowing for them to hold ultimate power and makes for efficiency in all operations which saves revenue which further permits the dictator to show success after success.

 

But even an all-powerful dictator runs into problems eventually as they too continue promising more and more until it becomes necessary to find new sources of revenues. This has historically led to wars which eventually make for the end of the rule of dictators as once they start to attack neighbors, the neighbors are likely to form alliances and end the spread and conquest of the dictator and after conquest the people may eventually make their way back to representative governance. The one rule is that the generation which falls and allows the rise of a demigod will not return to free governance with it more often taking many years, even centuries, before the people will be permitted to rule themselves. This is evident today as Europe and the Western world is slowly lurching its way down that well-worn path to ruin while developing nations have shown a sign of seeking to develop representative republic governance, what Aristotle, Plato and Socrates all believed was the most favorable form of governance.

 

Where on this merry-go-round your nation is can be figured simply by measuring the freedom each has as an individual and the size and scope of the governance. In all situations where the people are more powerful than the government and are capable of changing the entirety of their legislature and their leaders with regular elections, that would point to a society with a great deal of freedom and is a republic. With the power shared or favoring the government agencies over the people, then one is likely no longer in a republic but in a mere democracy, a good place from which an engaged population can turn things around. But if the governance is under a single person or small cabal which is unelected and not dependent on the approval of the people and rule as they wish, that is the final stop of a democracy where it dies and will not be reborn during the lifetime of any of its citizens, even any infants born during the year of the final elections, a meaningless election at that.

 

That is both the end of freedom and the start of the path back to liberty, freedom and the rights of man. The unfortunate truth is that the vast majority of humankind has never known freedom or even truly elected governance and probably never will. For this majority of the planet will require great expenditures by the free world to instruct, educate, form and develop the basics, principles and understanding of the mechanisms required. After the entire world finds itself on the merry-go-round where we slide from freedom to despotism and finally revolution and a return to republic and the new optimism which will eventually end in disappointment until humankind learns to control their appetites and refuse to follow demigods who promise perfection and untold riches and joys, delivering none of them and few promises being realized. Perhaps that is our fate or maybe we will eventually learn to control our slide of our own personal weaknesses. Perhaps we will learn and our species finally break free of petty differences, greed and acting in a manner which eventually leads to our subjugation when our greed outpaces our good sense. Perhaps.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

August 26, 2015

The Soul of the Democrat Party

 

The Democrat Party will be facing a decision this election that may determine the future of the United States and most definitely the future of the Democrat Party. The battle lines are the same as they were in 2008 and the adversaries are also the same. The choice which will be before the Democrats is whether they wish to return to the era of the Clintons and the now old school of the party or if they desire to continue with the change which was begun by President Obama and the new school of the party. So it will be ‘hope and change’ against triangulation. The one thing we have seen in the past is that triangulation formulates results that many Republican and middle of the road Americans can live with which the ‘hope and change’ is now viewed as either hope for change or hopeless if changes are not made. We know the ‘hope and change’ wing of the party as those who are out to transform the world to meet some idealized model where language and debate are molded by the leadership and the people fulfill their lives through the aid from government. Everything is part and parcel at least defined if not demanded by government and government takes the society where it will be best cared for so every person is cared for and nobody is left out, that is until government decides that there are those who are so incorrigible that they cannot be brought within the acceptable limits of the eventual all-corrigible society where those who do not conform to the message and goals of the future must be made to see the folly of their ways and resistance is highly discouraged. This is the future where all is for the greater good and the greater good is this Utopian view which has been presented and accepted as the right and proper goal which everybody has to see as desirable as it is society perfected.

 

The other choice is the views from all sides are considered and compromises are made until the people at both extremes are less than satisfied but the core of the people can live with or actually support any initiative. This society would have no real enforceable all-powerful government which could dictate the desired end because rather than take the people to some defined Utopian goal, this future the majority molds the societal path through pure democracy with everything voted upon by every citizen. Rather than finding the way to bring those disrupting influences, those reactionary conservatives who have some view of the past as a better ideal to be embraced, such members of the society would be removed and retrained before being permitted to return. Those powers which desire to remold society to match some Utopian fantasy taught by college professors have already taken hold in the themes of the entertainment industry to produce themes looked upon as favorable and to denigrate those who might be different. They are also working through the education system to limit the discussion by limiting vocabulary by removing ‘charged words’ and defining the debate through political correctness and ostracizing those who people react by needing ‘safe zones’ where disagreement is not heard and there are coloring books and kittens to calm the poor unfortunate who heard the disturbing words. Those who have a nostalgic view of the past must be turned towards this brave new world where we are informed of what is best for us and the future of humankind. The choice offered by the other side of the Democrat, the ever shrinking side which believes that there are those things from the present or recent past which would be great to hold dear and not to change them unilaterally to form the Utopian society and triangulation allows that person’s and the millions like him to not pay taxes or be put out into some full care facility where they can be educated and hopefully illuminated and retuned to society once it is clear that they have embraced the positive aspects of a modeled and molded society where the desired ones are permitted to take charge and the lesser Neanderthals are eventually rounded-up and removed from the body public in order to protect it from fringe elements which ignores the plan for the future and needs assistance. The other way allows for that other’s view to be considered and sometimes that view is seen as preferable and its inclusion is desirable.

 

The choice for the Democrat Party is to complete the vision of President Obama and those behind his administration or Hillary Clinton who is far less for designing the future societal norms than she would desire to take society down a path which includes every part of the progressive agenda as defined by the current administration. As things are right now it does not appear too favorable for Hillary Clinton and her more centered path of inclusion through compromise than inclusion by education and laws drawn up and enforced by an all-powerful government and enforced by that very same all-powerful government. We will know which side is most prevalent in the Democrat Party in the next three to six months by whether or not Hillary’s campaign has completely lost steam or if Hillary is on trial for treason or if not treason then at least compromising government secrets and allowing for them to be vulnerable to hacking and theft undermining the safety of the nation. She may end up taking the entire blame for the Benghazi murder of the American Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans. The one overriding influence thus far in this primary season is that Hillary Clinton is running more against President Obama and those who have his ear and the older and more central politically, though the Hillary supporters are extremely left wing, and see much about the United States worth saving.

 

 

Political Machines Looking in Opposite Directions but both Left of the Republican to be Chosen During the Primaries. The Democrat Primaries Might very well be far More Exciting than Everybody Thought as Hillary Clinton Will Have an Opponent with Big Financial Backing from the Same Sources as President Obama was Financed By. Meanwhile, Should Hillary Falter or Come Under Charges for the e-Mail Scandal or Benghazi, the Democrat Field Opens Wide. The Democrat Party Leadership Will Oppose Bernie Sanders as they Cannot Stomach a Pro Israel Candidate, Especially a Pro Israel Jew, so Unless Bernie Sanders Finds a Presidential Candidate with Jim the Vice President Providing Experience, thus Elizabeth Warren Could Enter as a Potential Candidate and Take the Nomination.

Political Machines Looking in Opposite Directions but both Left of the Republican to be Chosen During the Primaries. The Democrat Primaries Might very well be far More Exciting than Everybody Thought as Hillary Clinton Will Have an Opponent with Big Financial Backing from the Same Sources as President Obama was Financed By. Meanwhile, Should Hillary Falter or Come Under Charges for the e-Mail Scandal or Benghazi, the Democrat Field Opens Wide. The Democrat Party Leadership Will Oppose Bernie Sanders as they Cannot Stomach a Pro Israel Candidate, Especially a Pro Israel Jew, so Unless Bernie Sanders Finds a Presidential Candidate with Jim the Vice President Providing Experience, thus Elizabeth Warren Could Enter as a Potential Candidate and Take the Nomination.

 

 

 

There are definitely forces out there on the left who desire to end any hope for Hillary to become the Democrat candidate and are willing to change whatever it takes to prevent her and her supporters from taking over and bringing the Democrats back from the brink, as Hillary and gang view the state of the nation. So, once again into the breach where one must choose the side they are going to join because, as many conservatives have yet to understand, whomever wins the primaries and gets the selection at the convention becomes every Democrat’s and leftist’s candidate no matter how far apart your views may be because we all know that when the time comes, whomever was chosen will, even if not support, will do little harm to any leftist’s main issues. In the case they might oppose your view, you could depend that they would not do harm and do anything to protect that view from some setbacks. That would be the least a Democrat in the White House would not seek to destroy any leftist’s dreams like would be possible, or even a certainty, under a Republican in the White House. That is the core belief in the Democrat Party, advance whatever leftist dreams you may have and your fellow leftists and Democrats will all vote for you if you are the candidate with the magical ‘D’ after your name trusting that you will first do as little harm as possible and use your veto or vote to your best ability to protect any leftist cause.

 

But the fight with Hillary and the Obama Administration and all of Obama’s minions is personal and all the rules have been thrown aside as, ‘This is War! ’ It is not exactly a well-kept secret that there is bad blood between the Clintons and the Obamas and nothing can remove that from the picture. There animosity for each other has little to do with the 2008 election cycle though Bill probably holds some grudges as he saw 2008 as already promised to Hillary as it was her time and her turn except the fanatical take no prisoners forces behind the Obama campaign did not see her as worthy nor promised anything and so simply took what they could take. These backers who have run President Obama’s two campaigns and all the main international decisions of his administration and a relative few but what they saw as vital parts to his domestic policies. The one thing the Clintons have learned is that the election of a President of the United States has become an international election as far as assistance both financially and in the international media. It was the media which assisted greatly in placing President Obama in office in 2008 and played a defining role in his reelection. The press coverage Obama received spanned across Europe and beyond even reaching into the Middle East beyond the Israeli arm of the leftist American media and into the Arab media. It mattered little if the people were supportive of President Obama, or should we say candidate Obama, as that has been the main theme of his years in office, win at any cost and sell your soul if need be, though it is much easier to destroy your opposition’s soul and everything else even to the point of having false charges levied against them because winning is the only goal, costs and human carnage be damned. If nothing else, that must be remembered as their price of glory and it matters not who pays the prices along the way. One need only look back at Obama’s political history to see how many times good Democrats who got in the way of the Obama machine were sucked up, chewed to pieces and then the remains spit out and left mangled and unseemly by the side of the newly paved Obama highway to the White House, and that highway began in Chicago where most of his skeletons are buried.

 

There will be one contributor to the Hillary campaign that will be a page taken out of the Team Obama handbook and this time used for her in a contest beyond the United States borders. It would behoove every Democrat before deciding that Hillary is the next hope realize that compared to her e-mails, there will be another side to her campaign which takes a page right out of the Obama playbook, foreign campaign monies sent to the campaign in small donations of under one-hundred-dollars made with a credit card account from the United States. For those foreign interests interested in controlling the next President if you think if will be Hillary, then you can hedge your bet with a donation to the Clinton Fund as that will be their slush funds. After watching Obama rake in campaign cash from overseas almost without a care in the world, almost an in your face dare for anyone to claim they had committed any wrongdoing, they just dared people to try and do something about it and that was sufficient warning once his past was examined, foe was not a healthy position with any promise of a future, or so it appeared. Bill and Hillary have been amassing a war chest under the title of the Clinton Foundation. There may be some direct contributions all legal and above board, but how much will be hidden within the bundles with other campaign funds all grouped by location. These contributions will be made with cash cards as they are of varied denominations as those are often used as the greatest, safest, and least trackable of all donations, which is why anybody can make a donation. They just need to take a name, address and phone number from any phone listing and there you have all the information necessary to buy and contribute using cash cards. Expect this primary season to be the most expensive ever and that will be just on the way to the convention. The biggest spending campaigns, you ask? That’s an easy one to answer. The big three will be Hillary Clinton, whomever the Obama machine backed candidate will be, and quite probably the greatest spender and cash candidacy this primary season will be Jeb Bush who is potentially going to spend more on the primaries than the remaining sixteen candidates combined. Well, OK, maybe that is a stretch but we are standing by that one until proven wrong. Keep in mind that Jeb Bush has to buy his way past his last name, butt his way past having James Baker as an advisor for international affairs on his team, and most importantly, he has to butt his way past a field with at least five others more likable, more electable, and actually three of them are more qualified than he and, did we mention getting past his last name? That name thing may be one of his biggest problems.

 

So, where do the next Presidential elections stand? On the Republican side we are still trying to finalize the list but it may come down to a surprise, and a nicer surprise than a Trump putting the Republican possibilities in the dump while on the Democrat side it currently stands with Hillary with a weak but sufficient lead if she can get the media to drop the scandals before Christmas or she herself might become a Christmas gift the Democrats will return for a refund. If the scandals continue beyond Thanksgiving then we know that the Clinton plan of getting it all out and out early so it would be old news before Christmas is in deep trouble and the Democrats need to look elsewhere. The Democrats, or at least some democrats, are already seeking an ‘other’, an alternative to Hillary and the powers and influences in the Democrat Party will refuse to allow Bernie Sanders to be their candidate for two main reasons, he supports Israel and he supports Israel because of his Jewishness. That leaves the Obama candidate which at the moment is Joe Biden. Joe Biden, really? Oh the articles would write themselves simply by listening to him and getting two juicy tidbits each and every week. There was an interesting meeting which might produce an alternative which might just sell to the Democrats and which would be the not Clinton and not Obama candidate, though the Obama machine handlers might believe there was hope there but might find a stronger willed person than they expect. Bernie Sanders met with Senator Elizabeth Warren though there has been little reported about the outcome of their little tête-à-tête. Should Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren decide to run as a team, then we would bet that as long as she is at the top of the ticket and he is her Vice President and they can come across convincingly that he will be a large and steadying figure deeply steeped into her decision making and her number one and indispensable advisor, then they would storm the ramparts and conquer the Democrat Party nomination hands down and very likely continue on to take the Presidency despite the obvious drawbacks. Yes, Elizabeth Warren is an untested with as shallow a record as President Obama had and many would claim even less qualified, but she has the gifts of, like Obama, a natural campaigner, and should Hillary falter she would likely have the Clinton’s support, unless she did not need it and had the backers behind Obama come to influence her. They might find her someone far more independent and free thinking and less likely to just take orders, so the Obama people would likely choose somebody more easily managed and molded, somebody without the necessary brains and backbone to resist having their strings pulled, and we are in no way suggesting that Joe Biden has these characteristics. Where we think a Warren-Sanders ticket would work well with the public, it might not work as well as Sanders-Warren ticket, which was likely their discussion and it is doubtful she would take that deal. So, there is everything we know and up to date analysis from out there beyond the cusp.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

March 23, 2015

Never Seen the Problem so Plainly Stated

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Often we hear about how people are surprised when an obviously conservative candidate wins an election where nobody has ever remembered reading a pro-conservative editorialist or especially a news columnist. Nobody knows of any conservatives where they work, at their country club or social club, nor are there any in their union, bowling league, classic car club etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I found the problem which stands behind this situation described by Rabbi Professor Dov Fischer titled Conservative “Marranos” and the Absurd Charge of Racism. Below is the last part of the first paragraph which left me in shock and feeling a sharp pinch of sadness and emptiness as one might hope that such a respected Rabbi could hold conservative positions, especially on many social issues where Torah and the laws of Judaism would give him the backing and freedom to at least express such views with impunity and free from the affects others of us have suffered when speaking our minds similarly.

Throughout the West, we conservatives must be careful when we speak, toe political lines that are drawn for us, hide our true political beliefs and voting preferences, and basically live the life of political Marranos or Conversos. We must join unions that we do not wish to join, must advocate programs and leisure activities that we do not wish to advocate, and we must hide furtively until, once every two or four years, we can vote in secrecy.

 

Once my initial shock and sadness passed, I was left with a sense of anger as, oddly enough, I have always had the exact opposite reaction when presented with false boundaries and leftist expectations that, under peer pressures, all will wilt and obey the societal bounds and act as those self-labelled all-compassionate expect and enforce, lest one transgresses at risk of ostracization. I decided to read the remainder of Rabbi Fischer’s article where he described the reactions in the United States and especially in the great White House and around the world where Israel has become the great apartheid state replacing South Africa who having defeated the real apartheid now leads the anointing of Israel as the new enforcer of apartheid politics, after all did not the Bibi again win against the great reformers who accept the European credo and would blindly obey and follow their betters down the path to oblivion. The meat of the article went to explain how politics is a different animal in Israel than it is in the United States, Europe and other citadels of freedom of the Western world. There is the explanation that in Israel we allow a political party whose defined aim in their declarations of principles is to dissolve the Jewishness of Israel and expel or subjugate the Jews and put in place the very Palestinian Arab state which is at its very core not far distant from the same madness that engulfed the continent of Europe and almost the world in the last great conflagration. When at the end of a brilliant description explaining that the phrase Bibi utilized to rally any last vestiges of support from the Zionist, nationalist and right wing voting blocks to get out and vote as a measured grass roots effort financed and manned by leaders from outside of Israel were attempting to hijack the elections and seize power and influence in order to command Israeli obedience to their desires which would in short time mean the end of Israel as the one and only Jewish state, the last refuge the Jewish people have for a safe place, a refuge and blessed haven to which they will be able to escape as the world once again turns mad with red shot eyes and an inner rage for Jewish blood and from there who knows the next victim of the coming madness, perhaps religious Christians who remain dedicated to ancient and outdated parchments and even still believe that the Constitution and the Bible were written in stone and not living, breathing documents whose interpretations depend on the end desire to redefine all norms to fit their unholy societal demands. The article explains that there is a force in the darkness which does desire to squelch all opposition and extinguish the flames of freedom and compassion in the world and install in the place of liberating doctrines a religiously enforced straightjacket which will break the will and end the dreams of the millions who lead the assaults on the battlements of Israeli society as that is the identified instigator that has unsettled an old, dormant, expellent force which seeks dominance over all societal norms and the final implementation of their holy order, though which form is still being debated, by force of arms. The point was made that none of these paragons of all that is fare and knowledgeable were to expound their doctrines in any of the societies such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran or many others of similar ilk that they would soon be meted out their just rewards for thinking beyond their canonical precepts meant to place all societies under its order. Then he relates how after expressing our honest desires we will again have returned to our basements and reassumed our placid facades we use in our daily excursions in the public eye.

 

It has always been my experience that it is best to exhibit those exact traits which best and most deeply depict standing on what is defined as the right wing, conservative or sometimes even Neanderthal behavior and risk the immediate recoil as if close proximity might cause them to be infected as if your political and societal beliefs are akin to a disease which one must quarantine for the health of their society. Does such an initial reaction make existence somewhat difficult initially, of course it does and must be expected. Once you have exhibited that you are quite comfortable existing within their space though an orbital radius is placed around you into which none initially and eventually only the brave dare be seen entering, let alone such trivialities as conversing or even sharing a joke or relating an anecdotal experience from the weekend as such interactions risk contamination. This cannot last indefinitely and slowly but inexorably your societal peers will find that you are not a monster and will not cause them contamination or other afflictions but that you actually share many of the beliefs they themselves accept as we are all raised in the same society which has rules which are universal, it is just that such rules are mostly about conduct and politeness which makes society possible. With extended exposure your fellow travelers will inevitably realize that what you consider right and just is very similar to those things they once believed but have since slid down that slippery slope which you have often warned about and upon realizing this some may even attempt to climb back from their proximity further down the slippery slope which actually will eventually be the death of their society as at the bottom of that slope nothing is worth defending and complete surrender to the great call of empty nothingness where every act no matter how perverse, iniquitous or reprehensible can be condemned lest you be condemned for the bottom of the slope is a society with no standards and nothing is enforced as being beyond acceptance. No society so defined can continue to exist as it becomes a society completely enthralled with self-indulgence to such an extent that even the idea of sacrifice of the self to raise the next generation becomes too burdensome that the idea that it takes a society to raise a child finally becomes simply the society must raise the child and children are given over to specially trained teams who know the best manner for raising the child and every child is molded or forced to obey the rules of inclusiveness and to abhor those who claim that some actions are beyond acceptable behavior as the self-indulgent new define morals and conduct such that nothing is too much or against acceptance except maybe having expectations that all have self-respect and a code of conduct which does limit behavior and set standards, real standards and not an anything goes unbounded limitless standards-free society. Those who are right wing are simply the morals which are necessary to restrain society from swinging so far from center that any hope of a return to those basic beliefs which once produced a society which was productive and functional believing in itself and the ideals which were worth extending to the next generation and knowing that it was the greatest of all accomplishments to raise children instilled with values which guided them to exceed the accomplishments you attained and built a better and more compassionate society which had structure worthy and even beyond what you might have hoped for. There is nothing more honorable than raising a child who exceeds your accomplishments and is making a better parent than you were when raising your child as they took those things that were right and true and took a different path avoiding many of the errors you committed and you realize they are in fact committed to doing what you had strove to do, be a better parent than your own parents and by producing a greater grandchild that they too can be proud and feel they too contributed to that wondrous hope for the future. Does such a society go off the rails, of course that is a possibility which is why as parents we never stop teaching and hopefully we never stop learning for learning is the first step to teaching.

 

The truth of being a right wing, religious and attempting to lead a righteous life is something which it is never too late to start. Many of us who are on the right were leaders of the charge down that slippery slope but had an epiphany and realized that the bottom of that slope was a waiting disaster and where we should be headed is back to the top of the hill. Of course we who have taken this path realize that the top of that hill awaits the fact that it is but a foothill and beyond is another slightly higher foothill and in the distance is a mountain that so very few of us ever even reach the bottom of its craggy and high cliffs which are seemingly impossible to scale. I am hopeful but unfortunately uncertain that there are those still alive today who are somewhere upon those stratospheric heights holding fast to those principles which all too many of us have little knowledge or understanding of such thoughts. The truth we do know is that to have such thoughts must be wondrous and fulfilling. It is that knowledge which guides those who hold conservative standards and believe in that higher truth which we have realized is atop the hill and not at the bottom of that grassy, wet, slippery slope no matter what the promises of ecstasy and unlimited freedom for even freedom must be limited by boundaries, even if the only boundary one recognizes is that their freedom stops at the next person’s nose. One can punch the air, punch the heavy bag, punch the light bag, but one may not punch the person next to them as that infringes on their freedom. Thomas Jefferson once stated about a neighbor’s religious beliefs but can be more generally applied very simple truism, “If it doesn’t break my arm or pick my pocket I don’t care which religion a person pursues.” If only everyone today could apply that to political beliefs instead of initially treating any conservative as a leper, a societal pariah, as for the most part it is all we would ask or expect as decent behavior of a group of people who pride themselves with their so-called acceptance of others with different beliefs for is that not exactly what a conservative is, a person who believes differently, or is it that we arise in you a twinge of conscience, a pang of guilt of something dear that is now misplaced or a hunger to be able to return to your lost values; whatever it may be, listen to that call and find a direction which leads more efficiently to that fulfilling satisfaction that you have a craving but have become lost in the direction to best for which to find it.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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