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August 25, 2017

Overton Window Being Slammed Shut

 

The Overton Window, in the political dictionary, refers to the range of policies on any given issue that are, at that moment, popular enough for a politician to campaign on successfully and marks the defined lines of discourse permitted by the general mainstream public media. Simply stated, the Overton Window is our presumed acceptable political vocabulary. There are a lot of words and definitions we will be giving out in this article which are currently not within or are soon to be excluded from the currently defined Overton Window. The permitted lexicon changes with time and under different political pressures. For example, during the terms of President Obama the phrase “prolonged recession” was replaced in the Overton Window by the phrase “gradual recovery.” We never heard the word fascist during his eight years and now President Trump is a fascist. What is the interesting part is the actual definition of fascist is of one supporting fascism whose definition is what becomes important and reads, “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” What is interesting is that fascism is one form of socialism which is usually associated with the left, so fascism would not be considered as necessarily right wing though fascists come in both types. In Europe, a fascist is considered right wing and in the United States a true fascist who is socialist would be left wing, but they would never use that term. Fascist and fascism in the current Overton Window would be defined as anybody who the Democrat Party, mainstream media and leftists disapprove of and wish to label as something undesirable. That is a more honest definition especially as when it is applied to President Donald Trump.

 

So, let us step outside the Overton Window and find some words and definitions which our friends would not include in their current list of definitions and some words they might also exclude. The first thing we need to understand is that right and left are arbitrary terms which depend entirely upon whose systems and what dates one is referencing. When the United States was initially founded, the Founding Fathers would have been considered left wing. The right wing in those days were the monarchists, those who supported having Kings, Queens and a Royal Court. In the United States today, a Constitutionalist is considered right wing despite their supporting what was the most extreme left wing set of ideas in its day. The left wing today demands that the First Amendment be rewritten such that offensive speech be disallowed and that freedom of speech need be censored so as to remove all offending words and phrases. And guess who gets to decide which words are to be disallowed? Yes, the same people who define the Overton Window which means that fascist would mean Donald Trump and anybody opposing the Democrat and leftist media ideology. There is a far better means of establishing the spectrum for governance than left wing and right wing as this one does not change with time. That is to use Statism against Individualism. Below is an example of the difference where the top is true by the definitions given by the current Overton Window which is why it is the one taught to students in Political Science. The use of right and left is popular because these terms have come to mean something completely unhinged from politics. Left wing means acceptable and right wing means abhorrent. When the political spectrum is viewed from an absolute scale, one realizes that in the United States the choices are very limited when choosing from the two political parties and their core politicians. President Trump, for everyone’s information and some people’s enjoyment, would definitely be towards the right end of the spectrum and somewhere between the political parties and the Constitution and we hope for the people’s sake he lies very close to the Constitution.

 

Political Spectrum Taught Versus Actual

 

The Overton Window uses left, liberal, Democrat, BLM, Anti-fa, “The Revolution” and everything else anti-Trump and presumably anti-capitalist to be wonderful, honorable and good and uses right, Republican, conservative and pro-Trump as evil, untrustworthy or bad. When something exists with which they disagree it gains some label which defines it particular evil or simply labels it as such. Terms such as fascist, racist, sexist, homophobic and newly added Islamophobic are all bad titles. On the other side are the enlightened, pluralistic, inclusive, acceptive and other such terms all of which just drip with love and beauty for defining the wonderful people with which they agree. The problem with the media definitions is that the media is no longer the watchdog defending freedoms and liberties but has taken a political stand alongside the Democrats for better or worse. The media has decided that the future and ownership of all that is correct and proper lies with the leftist camp and the Democrat Party and that there can be no more debate. They have thus decided that there are certain terms which require redefining and others which simply must be banned. Constitutionalist is no longer permitted as a term defining any position and anyone taking a stand for what was a Constitutionalist has become a fascist or a racist. They are racist because when the constitution was signed, slavery existed and many of those men who signed it owned slaves thus you must approve of slavery thus you are a racist. What people refuse to recognize is there have been almost if not as many white slaves as slaves of color and for proof just read about the Barbary Pirates and their activities in the slave trade and what they did with the sailors who were not worth a ransom taken from European sailing ships. It was due to the preponderance of African slaves in the United States which made slavery racist. There has been the redefinition of freedom of speech into freedom from hurtful speech demanding that words which offend must be removed from the permitted vocabulary. Freedom of religion has also been changed to freedom from having to see anything religious outside a religious structure. Thus we have the winter season replacing Christmas and spring festival replacing Easter and other harmless and inoffensive terms used to hide the religious trimmings of holiday seasons. These are just the start of a litany of redefined words and terms all of which are trying to erase one side from the political scene and make only one side acceptable before the people simply by refusing to have balanced coverage.

 

What is unsettling about these efforts is they are closer to fascism than the people they so label. The media is trying to sell a statist, totalitarian, single part system to the American people with no room for opposing viewpoints. The really sorrowful truth is that they are so very close to doing exactly that. The examples abound from the events which have gone into the first year of President Trump so far. There has been no repeal or replace of Obamacare and that is just the half of it. Speaking about this failure in the Senate, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly stated, “If Senate Republicans can’t get the 50 votes required to get an Obamacare repeal and replacement over the finish line, they may have to work with Democrats to repair the existing marketplace.” Really, this is the answer? Does he really mean that the Republicans who promised for six years to repeal Obamacare and who passed uncountable bills doing such when they knew President Obama would veto them now are going to simply surrender and try to repair Obamacare to make it work? Why is it always the Republicans who must surrender on things and give in to the big government leftists? Let us tell you why, it is because they too are for big government and simply play with the words for individualism and freedom and liberty and all those high and mighty words any honest Constitutionalist would use but they do not mean a single syllable of what they say.

 

Then there is another piece of work called John McCain who appears to have an undiagnosed brain problem called demands of bipartisanship in a partisan battle, and his stand cannot be blamed on his diagnosed disease with which we hope he can recover, but has to do with an idea which died when the Democrats passed Obamacare. His first words to the media we heard were these, “I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote.” Senator John McCain stated recalling history very clearly. It was when he added this little gem we see the crack in the wall and the reality coming through as he stated, “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.” So we now know that Senator John McCain will vote with the Democrats until they decide to support a repeal of Obamacare, something which will never happen. As Senator McCain will likely gain another half dozen looney-toon Republicans to his boycott of sanity, President Trump will have to find ten Democrats willing to cross the line drawn in the sand by their leadership knowing their campaign will be starved of funds and they will receive an opponent in their primary to unseat them as no such traitorous action will be countenanced by the Democrat Party, they are out for blood and they will take their own if necessitated. The Democrats have made clear they will not permit the repeal or replace of Obamacare and McCain has made clear that he stands with the Democrats on that point.

 

So, what does all of this mean for our future? First off, it means that the American people are stuck with Obamacare. What the Democrats are fully aware of, as is John McCain and the other Republicans who are blocking its repeal, Obamacare was designed to fail and by failing manage to destroy and bring down the entire Health Insurance network bankrupting every such company forcing them all to no longer offer insurance which would be affordable by any measure. This was intended to produce such an uproar that when single payer healthcare, which will work just as it has in Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and much of Scandinavia and Europe, would be offered to repair the problem and return sanity to healthcare prices gone wild, the people would embrace anything just to get healthcare to be affordable. The blame for the prices would be heaped on the insurance industry and their demands to make uncontrolled profit and the hospitals for charging outrageous prices and the physicians and their uncontrolled salaries which are so much higher than the average American that it is reprehensible. There would be no blame in the media or from the political front placed with the real culprit, the government and its leftist agenda to have the government take over as much of the economy as possible. This has been a power grab from the beginning to take over close to one-sixth of the economy by the government and give government the control over the life and death of everybody. The government will never admit that socialized medicine means there will be a board which will decide by formulae whether or not any procedure or medication should be provided to any individual. The physician who assisted in designing Obamacare, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist and one of the country’s leading health care experts, says by age 75 he would opt out of medical treatments in order to not prolong his life in favor of letting nature take its course (see below). Further, you want an example of what happens when you fall outside the cost analysis charts on single payer government healthcare we just need to look to the story of one such victim of the system, Charlie Gard. There will be a cost analysis done where your past earnings potential and future earning potential is presumably figured into the equation. The reason that past earning potential is in the equation is because children have zero past earning potential and this places children under on some charts somewhere between age four and seven to be permitted similar care to somebody between seventy and eighty. Under a certain age almost no expensive surgical procedure would be permitted because the odds of the patient living long enough to have made such an investment pay off is too small. This is what doomed Charlie Gard so much so, that the courts would not even permit him to receive free treatments in the United States or, in the end, provided by the United States in Britain and still free. That, in a nutshell, is single payer government healthcare Britain style, and that was one that had been held up as being one the United States should emulate.

 

 

Then there are those items which the news refuses to inform the people of in events. Leftists have appeared at numerous college and university campuses with the intent on preventing somebody with whom they believe they disagree from speaking. Many have not exactly arrived with any desire for an exchange of ideas and do not even care to hear the individual out and see if they agree with them or not but instead came loaded for bear. They brought baseball bats, tire irons, steel rods and other weaponry. At some of these places they set buildings on fire and have even injured at least one college professor, Professor Allison Stanger, who is, or at least was, a fellow leftist. She was treated at Porter Hospital and fortunately released. At Berkley, they cause tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars of damage and many of the protestors were identified as not attending Berkley. What has been even more distressing has been the demand from administrators at many of these venues for their campus security or police to stand down. Even some cities have instructed their police to stand down and allow demonstrators to damage, loot and burn down stores and properties as stated about the situation when Baltimore police commanders acknowledge to the Baltimore Sun that they ordered officers not to engage rioters multiple times on the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral but said they did so to protect officers and citizens as they prioritized life over property. Regarding Charlottesville, Virginia altercations recently, there was a report in The Atlantic where mostly counter-protestors but some from both sides complained that the police could have been more proactive in preventing violence. The concept of allowing leftists to protest with some degree of violence as well as destruction of property without any interference from law enforcement is the new concept for freedom of speech. It is odd that while certain words are to be banned as offensive, destruction of stores and property can be considered an acceptable form of free speech, depending on your political preferences, of course.

 

No matter how one looks at things in the political and public spheres, the Overton Window is being slammed shut closing off that which will be acceptable and permitted. The concept is to strangle debate by making the individualist side of the argument considered obscene and disavowed from acceptable language while purporting that all things serving the state are great and fine and that the socialist venue to the point of allowing for universal powers to be aligned with the statists be considered freedom of speech. By closing out the debate and permitting such a one sided conversation in the public sphere and only the socialist agenda to be aired publicly the political class will be restricted in their ability to persuade and debate the issues honestly. This will lead to only one place, and then everyone will learn exactly what is meant by fascist because that will be exactly what kind of rule that will result. There will be the appearance of choice but there will be no choice as both parties, the Democrats and the Republicans will stand before you claiming to be completely different but finally agree that they had reached the stage they always desired, where the government instructs and the people simply cower and obey. They will have their all-powerful state and the people will have rid their lives of controversy, as only the one approved dialogue will exist, well, until an underground movement emerges selling freedom. We must keep the hope that the love of individual rights and true freedom never dies as should such happen it would be a world warned against in a book three thousand plus years ago. It is a very good book but it has fallen out of favor of late, which is really something to be sorry over.

 

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July 20, 2015

Hamas Islamic State Gaza War to Decide Which Sunni Fights the West

 

The last stories over the past couple of weeks were performed by the Islamic State in Gaza which had stolen the rockets from a Hamas warehouse or rocket manufactory and firing them into Israel likely to show their desire to fight Israel, as they refer Zionist Entity, and showing up Hamas for not attacking Israel while also proving their security on its stores as pathetic and unable to secure their own armories. This has been followed by numerous vehicles belonging to Hamas military officers being bombed heightening the threat levels of an internecine war breaking out between the Islamic State and Hamas for control of Gaza and eventually attack Fatah in Judea and Samaria in the not so distant future.

 

Meanwhile, the Western World will look on as a spectator sitting on the sidelines unable to understand that the continuing radicalization of the Islamic World is building towards some future breakout point where it will explode onto the Western World which will not be prepared and thus will not know what struck out at it from within its secret world still looked upon by much of the Western World as that backwards little area with its myriad of nations which had been drawn by the Allied powers after World War I in the Sykes-Picot Agreement which divided up the Ottoman Empire in such a manner as to create a Middle East incapable of advancing with any rapidity as each nation would consist of competing entities internally fighting amongst themselves only capable of functioning under the oppressive rule of a strong-armed dictator who would be overthrown every number of years only to be replaced by yet another strong-armed dictator who would invest their efforts on revenge and thus create a cycle-of-violence which would preclude advancement of the society as a whole. Unforeseen by these Western leaders who were so very smart by a half would be two strong entities which would eventually explode and unite the Sunni and Shiite worlds which would then fight out the future of the Islamic World and reestablishing the Caliphate, only this time completely aligned by the most virulent form of Islam dominating the entirety of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) ready and completely united under one banner.

 

That final struggle is about to break out with the main power of the Western World being compromised under the banner of leadership of a conflicted and troubled concept that the world had been corrupted by the false concept that the West was superior and had destroyed the world by actions by which they had lorded over the rest of the world and were the main cause of the miseries throughout the world. All the ills caused by the imposition of western culture onto an unappreciative world being robbed of its own identity became the cause celeb of the liberal left. This concept was further strengthened through political correctness run amuck which exploited Western guilt (White guilt) which had imposed what had been realized as simply morals and religious concepts which under multiculturalism had been relegated as simply just another competing set of concepts and rules for society which was no better and likely a whole lot worse than the other concepts with which it would now be forced to compete, but with constraints and limitations which denied the use of the position of strength it had built up over the years. Having the advantages of Western superiority resultant from the Reformation, Enlightenment and eventual political concepts of resulting in separation of Church and State which led inexorably to the death of Western religions with their being replaced with all-powerful states which would replace G0d with the concept of man as the ultimate entity and the State as the source of all power which through its many checks and balances offered a vastly superior and vastly more competent overseer and provider of a new and more liberated morality and check on power which was the last step before the fall.

 

What was now lost was the glue which had tied the various states together and provided the system where the State was responsible for matters of governance which then were tempered by the influences and morality of restraint taught and imposed by religion which prevented the ego of the political field from becoming overly enthused with their power and would thus eventually trip and fall. This inevitability had been recognized during the last part of the eighteenth century when government was just coming onto the stage of power in the West and its mixture of Freudian and Darwinian competing concepts from which came the eventuality of the all-powerful and omnipotent State by which all power and rights were to be guaranteed, replacing the Creator as the presumed source of the rights of man. The State replaced and circumvented the Creator and caused government replacing the church as the purveyor of all morality leading to a form of hedonism far more pervasive in society than the primitive idolaters of pre-Judeo-Christian ethics which had curtailed those very same hedonisms which had corrupted the rule of man originally. Gone were the admonitions of the Founding fathers who had realized in their slower paced society where mankind was free to think and reflect in each gain and step forward and work out the ramifications of actions thus granting a restraining force against the hedonistic morals of the moment which has taken root in Western Society where the pleasures of the moment overrule the restraints originally imposed by the balanced power of the Church. Modern western man was now erudite and advanced to where he no longer required such petty and superstitious concepts of morality which the Church was still attempting to impose on a society which now worshiped technology and the ability to hook up and where connectivity was the new religion. Gone were the heady thoughts expressed by the Founding Fathers and their political philosophers of that era which was now under assault for its evils ignoring the fact that most of those evils continue their practice in for too much of the world where the omnipotent State was the new culmination of the god-king the wielder of the power of State. This was the definer of the new morality or the lack thereof.

 

The concepts which were so wise in their day that they led to man enacting institutions which would use such knowledge to curtail such evils and allow the now all knowing State to be that which would limit its use of power as we the erudite leaders will be empowered, not the State. We exchanged as a society the rudder of centuries of accumulated wisdom which guided mankind in the early part of the time where man was to be trusted as we had our new morals incorporated into the laws and thus such would suffice to place constraints on mankind and thus temper the society which would never become headstrong and careless with its powers. We had the wisdoms of the parables which would serve as our new limitations with such concepts as the far from complete list such as the following:

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. – John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton

A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master. – George Washington

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. .Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. – Samuel Adams

The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind. – Benjamin Rush

The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence. – Noah Webster

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –Thomas Jefferson (Actually the entirety of the arguments listed in the listing of complaints against the crown which are the main body of the American Declaration of Independence are worth reading, as these men risked their lives signing the document (representative picture of the signing below) as Benjamin Franklin pointed out to those gathered, “”We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.”

 

 

Singing of the Declaration of Independence representative as the majority were present at the date considered to be the official signing but some had returned home and would sign it before it was delivered and there were several copies such that one could be delivered to King George III in London and others delivered to the spate State Committees and other copies stored separately for their collective safety

Singing of the Declaration of Independence representative as the majority were present at the date considered to be the official signing but some had returned home and would sign it before it was delivered and there were several copies such that one could be delivered to King George III in London and others delivered to the spate State Committees and other copies stored separately for their collective safety

 

 

And the source from which these wisdoms above are derived is stated succinctly in Deuteronomy 17: 14-20 which read:

14) Guidelines for a King “You are about to enter the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’
15) If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the LORD your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner.
16) “The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the LORD has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’
17) The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the LORD. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.
18) “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.
19) He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.
20) This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.

 

These quotes would have been the guidance by which Western thought of a limited government would have rallied to contest for the hearts and minds of mankind but which instead have been relegated as merely one amongst many paths, all of which have equal truth for truth is decided by each man for himself and his family and no choice is superior or inferior to any other. The problem with such thought is that it does not lend itself to defending such a society as the society by its own admissions is no better or worse than any other societal norns. The problem with relativism is it leads to what may be the greatest pitfall from which recovery is all but impossible and that renders every last one of the above quotations mute is expressed in one more anecdotal saying:

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton.

 

How many people in most of Europe and far too much of the United States believe in any of the above quotations. Probably one out of every fifty would be the answer one would get from the students on any average college campus inbetween their laughter at such outmoded thoughts. One has to wonder how many of them realize that much of what they are being indoctrinated with was the rule of the world before the introduction of Torah which led to Judeo-Christian ethics and was culminated in the hedonism of Rome and the worship of the human form brought to the forefront by the Hellenist Greeks. The Greeks who preceded Rome had a similar pantheon of gods but also believed that the human form was the ultimate crowning creation of the gods. Their belief that the human form was a perfection included their outlawing circumcision, body painting, cutting (a practice where the body was scarred to make permanent markings which determined ones stature in the society where only those of great accomplishments or of high birth were so marked) and later to the designs painted on such as the inking in Egypt which was the earliest form of tattooing. It would be interesting if those human purists of today were to be made aware that their biggest complaint against male circumcision is actually a throwback to the Greeks who saw such as an abomination and insult to their gods and that for the past century circumcision has been an understood practice which improved health and prevented infections and the spread of certain diseases and a reduced risk of contracting other diseases. They would also likely be surprised that the new war on circumcision has much the same reasoning behind it as it had through the last three thousand years, namely as an effort to make circumcision illegal thus making Judaism illegal as circumcision is required by the Jewish faith as part of the covenant with Hashem. But why would that change anyone’s mind as it has not been much of deterrence to any practices over the thirty or so centuries so why should it matter now?

 

That is one of the things about the latest and greatest trends over the last half a century and into this start of the twenty-first century has been how things which were supplanted by the introduction of monotheism and the moral codes in Torah and which were to make the core of Judeo-Christian ethics have returned and are now replacing the Judeo-Christian ethics across much of Western Society. Europe has almost been completely overwhelmed by these throwback cultural mores. The sacrifices to Baal often were child sacrifices which usually meant newborns and infants which parents no longer or never desired to have to care for or were born from an unsanctioned relationship or for whatever reason, maybe the priest and the parents had an argument or any of an myriad of reasons, while today society is up front about it, some people do not wish to have the inconvenience of a child and some organizations, well, it’s just business and there is good money in fetal tissue and body parts and the ghoulishness does not seem to get in their way of making an extra few hundreds-of-millions of dollars. How much longer before the television networks have gladiatorial combat to the dearth and during intermission between bouts and twice before the main event of the evening having some convicts thrown to the lions for your evening’s entertainment. There is a song by Peter Allen with an appropriate title for these new morals and norms which were the rage between two and ten millennia ago titled, “Everything Old Is New Again.” I would try and sing it for you but that would be a cruelty you should not need suffer.

 

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July 1, 2015

When Our Traditions All Fall and Fail Us

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Shared traditions and agreement on common goals are the glue which holds societies together. Without these familiar items as the glue there is no need to fear threats from without as the society eventually will tear itself apart from the inside. You want a current example of such a society all one need do is look to the Middle East and pick a nation which is crumbling and intertwined in a destructive civil conflict and you have your example. Syria is all too obvious as Bashir al-Assad had a view of his Alawite minority should be defended by the Druze militias acting as his personal army and all the aid he needed from Iran in arms and even soldiers as things began to go wrong. Bashir al-Assad’s father held the nation together with the glue of fear of his wrath while the son is nowhere near the fearsome leader imbuing strength and competence like his father and before one knew it he was challenged and failed. When an iron fist and the fear of it visiting your little corner of the world is all your nation has holding it together, then you better be ready to use it and use it without mercy or else you are doomed. Such nations are destined to fail from the outset as sooner or later one falls victim to the el-Duce syndrome where the people revolt against your leadership as soon as your power comes into question even if it was your alliance with one megalomaniac that collapses and the next thing you know you are strung up in the town square for a week or so. When the Soviet Union began its surprisingly rapid crumbling from the inside, a friend asked if this was real and if it was, what would be the sign to look for that would signal it was irreversible. As for if it was real, let us say I was as in shock as the next person. As for the sign signaling this truly was the end, that was the easy part so that is what I tackled using that to hedge my answer on belief. I simply told him that I would believe this was the end when Nicolae Ceaușescu fell in Rumania, and sure enough he was the last of the leaders to fall and he fell almost as hard as the European Axis leaders at the end of World War II. The other modern day examples of such failures are Saddam Hussein’s Iraq where the three main societies within have each gone their own way whether by choice, the Kurds in the north, by default, the Shia who hold the power of the governance now, and those who lost outright, the Sunni who are now caught between two enslavers, the Shia government of Iraq and the murderous hordes that are ISIS and they have nowhere to turn as neither the Kurds nor the Shia have any love left for them as they were seen as the cruel oppressors who benefitted from Saddam Hussein’s rule and are now collecting the payment for his sins. Libya is the final example where without a strong leader or the perception of such the entire society reverted back to tribal divisions and will remain each tribe to themselves against the other tribes forming and breaking alliances as it fits them without any possibility of reinstituting a central government which has reach more than twelve blocks in any direction from central Tripoli. There are even those who blame the collapse of the Roman Empire on their failure to incorporate Roman culture, rules and societal structures on those they had conquered at the fringes of their empire which eventually led to the downfall which is a concept with a share of its validity.

 

If such failure of the Roman Empire came from the fraying at its edges of the application of a singular set of societal norms, then we are today witnessing the death throes of the United States as their common heritage and societal norms are currently under assault in the courts where laws are being fortified in defiance of the traditional culture ripping things apart in such a manner as to make the separate, even disparate, parts of the society unglued from each other which may lead to the collapse of that society. The latest and possibly second most destructive tear just was handed down by the Supreme Court with their universal acceptance of same-sex marriage as the law of the land. The real culprit which will eventually topple the United States and potentially all of Western society is multiculturalism which stands that one must honor all others and their customs and no universal set of shared standards can be allowed to stand unassailable by the many and varied lesser cultures within the society. There was a time not that long ago where gun ownership was near universal in the United States and now in most of the major cities gun ownership is not only shunned but illegal which has led to rampant crime as now the criminals do not need a firearm to make them equal to any victim they choose as all they need is two other fellow miscreants to forcibly take anybody’s money by force of numbers, though there are those who prefer not sharing who simply use a weapon, not even necessarily a gun. Then there are those cultures which are forced into remission and made to hide their identity or to regress into enclaves where their numbers provide protection. The day is coming and coming rapidly to the United States shores and is awash over Europe which is pushing the Jews out of society despite the Jews having mostly adopted what was sold to them as the societal norms. The Jews have been consistently seen to be on the leading edge of every trend which came along and was considered enlightened. They were among those marching for civil rights for blacks in the fifties and sixties and have remained supporters of equality of the races through to the current times. They have been at the forefront of the march for gay acceptance and even same-sex marriage. Now that the Jews are the ones being shunned from the college campuses, and trust that which enthralls the masses in the colleges today will be the mainstays of the society ten to twenty years hence; there are already signs that there is sufficient an undercurrent in American subcultures which already hold anti-Semitic feelings which are now slowly emerging from what many would claim were the same centers from which Jew hatreds grew in Europe in the rise of the Nazis. One of the things people seem to forget was the rise of the Nazis had two epicenters and the college campuses were just as important if not more so than the reemergence amongst the rest of the areas blamed for this resurgence of Jew hatred as the ideological leaders more often came from the ivory halls of academia which was also one of the first places that the Jews were banned, from either attending or teaching in the universities. How much longer before such purges strike Western nations’ colleges and universities. It already happens on many campuses for a period every year during the heights of Israel Apartheid Week or during pro-Palestinian celebrations which have started to resemble the pogroms of Russia and the Inquisitions and other cleansings in Europe where the Jews were singled out for exclusion from the society often simply by their being expelled with only the possessions they had packed in a suitcase or two readied ahead of the pitchforks and angry mobs wielding them and other times by simply removing them permanently often burning them at the stake and other methods the crown would demand during their frenzied assault on the other, the Jew.

 

When that befalls western culture once again it will have started in the exact same place but with a slightly different target, the unfitness of the unborn. The undertaking has traditionally been referred to as Eugenics Movement. The idea of eugenics reaches back at least as far as Plato who called for the formation of a guardian race of selective breeding of those who were of superior mind and body, the mating of the cream of humanity to produce a master race. Sound familiar? Francis Galton, the half-cousin Charles Darwin, had taken his relative’s work on evolution and the survival of the fittest and applied it to be used within the human populations to breed the perfect human being and for the removal of those who were inferior. He coined the word Eugenics and eventually it became a course of study in the universities leading to a movement started around a core of its most ardent and adamant proponents and the rest is history. What is less well known is that the forefront of the Eugenics movement formed in the United States and its acceptance was so universal that it was from the United States that the most strident proponents of eugenics emerged. Such names at the front in founding the eugenics movement in their day and up to today are the poet Carl Sandburg, the aviator Charles Lindbergh, the mother of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger, the Perfect Human Society and an interesting proponent in current times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel who was instrumental in the drafting of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare. People might be shocked to be informed that Planned Parenthood has not always been the equal provider of alternatives for those who either desire preventive methods to avoid pregnancies or alternatives to carrying, their terms to birth of the child, a fetal mass to its conclusive child bearing as it would cause the mother undue mental stresses and interfere directly with their pursuits in life, it originally was used to sterilize those seen as unfit to have children thus forcing a eugenics program which was, as it is today, centered in minority neighborhoods. Providing you desire to seek the reality that is Planned Parenthood all one need to do is to research Margaret Sanger and her relationship with what we would today refer to as black genocide, it is not a pretty picture. There comes now another eugenics styled movement and this time the target will be traditions, the very traditions which were the glue of Western culture and society for the last two millennia.

 

The scissors that cut the pages into confetti will be forged by multiculturalism where no culture is to be preferred because we are blinding ourselves to such observations and the axe which will sever the binding making the job of the scissors even easier will be the axe taken to the Judeo-Christian culture and in particular to cut the binding of that book which professes that there are such things as good and evil, there is such a concept as right and wrong, that a life lived with proper restraints is life to be pursued, the book that once graced nearly every house and every hotel room across the United States and now a book scorned as old, out of fashion and obsolete, but the Bible is that book which we could learn where our new follies will lead, they will lead to the same place they have always led, ruination and the destruction of all that made the Western World strong. Choosing to lose ourselves in a culture of any culture of the moment is the culture we desire to raise up, but we cannot raise up debauchery and the damnation of human life as equal to the pursuit of a good life spent rejoicing in the gift that life provides and not seeking some manner of faith which demands of us surrender or die, such is a choice without a choice. We need return to our former ideals which permit those whose cultures differ to continue such practice in their private times and spaces such as their homes and houses of worship, but also we demanded they accept our cultural rules when in public. The Western culture allowed for certain irregularities such as special religious clothing being worn in public and even providing areas for prayer permitting such did not interfere with the performance of one’s job and was committed off the clock and on the individual’s own time as the whole cannot be forced to pay them for their private time spent praying and not producing things of mutual gain as that is what working at a job is, producing things for mutual gains, a cooperative effort and a central pillar of our traditional society.

 

Schools were a place where we learned about our mutual culture and were able to master those basic tenets which supported the society, and where we learned how to think and not so much exactly what to think though guidelines were imposed and what was out of bounds was ingrained. We even learned to cooperate through sports where we also learned the easy joys of winning and even more importantly how to cope with losing and thus with failure. The best amongst us learned that failure was not the end but rather a stop where we reassessed our priorities and assumptions making changes where we found things in error or lacking altogether and then proceeded on towards our ultimate goal. Further we learned, were we that fortunate, lucky even, that failures come in the thousands and that success comes only to those willing to fail and fail repeatedly and learning from each failure where we diverted from our goals and how to get back on track. Are there ideas whose failure is guaranteed and where one can never fully achieve the goal? Yes. We can never make a machine which is 100% efficient as in all things there is that degree of wasted effort, effort which does not contribute to the completion and realization of the goal. In a machine that goal is the product such as a generator making electricity; we use water, steam, explosive fuels all to drive the generator to make electricity but there are losses to friction and pushing the generator against the resistive magnetic forces induced in the coils which does not directly produce the electricity but which must be overcome. The same is true in life. Sleep is something our bodies must submit to or we will eventually collapse and possibly die. Still, it is sometimes in our dreams that the spark bursts forth solving some vexing problem which assists the project to completion. Such is an exception and even that spark was not the only dream we enjoyed or endured, and there were the periods of sleep which were used as a dedicated means of repairing and preparing the body for the next day. Another item which obviously diverts us from achieving goals but may be necessary in order to reach our goals are the failures along the way. Lessor peoples will allow failures to prevent them from trying and just surrender to their failures. That is not an intricate part of our society until recently when we found ways of rewarding those who become mired in failure.

 

Another casualty in our modern society is the loosening of the moral structure. In the lives of the vast majority of the population, and to a limited extent to all of the population not restricted to an asylum (do we even have asylums any longer to care for the elderly and the comatose?) as we all wear clothing though some wear far less than others; we all eat and sleep as nature insists on these; and we all live and let live because if large segments of the society, and it need not be more than ten to twenty percent of a society, take to being belligerent and resorting to murdering those who they fear or refuse to submit; then the society will fracture and it will soon become a free-for-all with every faction against the rest; see Libya, Syria or Iraq for current examples. What many do not realize is this is rapidly becoming the definition of Western culture. The society of the Western World has become unmoored and without an anchor with which to tie off and provide immovability, permanence and the Western World has rapidly been cranking the centerboard retrieving it from below the boat allowing the winds to blow us as they may while our ability to steer the boat has failed without the centerboard. That centerboard was western Judeo-Christian ethics and the anchor was the ideal of hard work will produce and provide for one and one’s family and charity would take care of the few who for reasons often beyond their control are unable to find a place within our society. We did not used to change our society such that everybody’s quirks or the beliefs of those coming to our shores being used as a cudgel with which to beat and force us to alter our religious and social structures which we have held dear fashioning our societal norms around and have worked just fine for us and is tried and true. Therein lies the current problem, we in the West have doubted our own culture while allowing another culture whose adherents have little doubt that it is superior to all the Western World has ever known and that the Western World must be cowed and beaten into submission, and that is termed our surrendering to Allah. Do not mistake Allah for the same as G0d in our Judeo-Christian society as Hashem does not demand surrender but instead reason, trust and faith. The easiest manner to present a difference is to look at the lineage of belief. In Judeo-Christian ethics the line of faith flows through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob while Islam and Allah follow the lineage of belief through Abraham, Ishmael and Mohammad. Perhaps this is as good a place to stop before I get into deeper troubles and this is way more sufficient amount to chew of for one day. With any luck I’ll get into this stranger side of my reasoning after a decent period of rest. Thank you all for reading this far and may your life be blessed only with those failings which aid you in your journeys and make you a stronger and better you, even if others spend some time confused at what you are trying to say, and boy have I spent time on that bus.

 

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