Gosnell – the meaning

Richard Fernandez over at The Belmont Club has an essay in which he absolutely knocks it out of the park.  Not only is the essay on point, The thoughtful and knowledgeable discussion in the comments is excellent, as it always is over there, and well worth your attention.  Here is the conclusion.

Though 3801 Lancaster Street seemed to stand on a major Philadelphia street in the apparent blaze of day  its doorways were really guarded by a spell that guaranteed that no one inquired into what happened within because everyone knew what was happening already. A knowledge not only that infanticide was practiced within but that most of us, in small or big ways, had tacitly given our imprimatur to it.

For the House guarded one secret that has not been touched upon in the cultural debate. That the real purpose of abortion is to make it impossible, once we have acceded to it, to object to anything else.

To understand 3801 Lancaster street maybe we should go back to  Moloch rather than to  the system of industrial execution that flourished 70 years ago. “Child sacrifice — “the ritualistic killing of children in order to please, propitiate or force a god or supernatural beings” was long practiced by the Incas, Aztec, many cultures in the Middle East, North Africa and in pagan Europe.  The question is: why?  What was its purpose that Moloch should be worshipped thus in his many names?

One theory is that child sacrifice was a sacramental device used to kill what we used to call “God” Himself.  Moloch’s problem was how to get everyone to belong to him and to no other. His answer was to arrange a radical crossing over, an extreme commitment, a journey beyond the pale so shocking that to embark upon it was to go beyond point of no return. There was no going back to God after that.  And once you had offered your child to Moloch there was no point refusing him anything else.

Killing your own child  – just as acquiescing to killing the Jews was to the German public — was a form of enlistment by complicity. It is the last and most decisive step in the extinction of freedom. Though apparently practiced upon the child the real target of abasement is the mother. And by extension it is all of us. That is the shame the conservative pundits felt. Not the shame of sexual guilt. It is the shame of having gone along. By consenting to be an accomplice in the destruction of her own child she binds herself mystically to the doctrine of Moloch. “You are nothing but meat. So take this child and eat. Do this in memory of you.”

And that is the reason why there can be no truce on these issues.  Any society that is so compromised at the core would no longer be a the United States of America, no matter if we do achieve fiscal responsibility.

Countering the MSM non-narrative on the Gosnell trial – updated

Media Row at the Gosnell trial

The trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is popping up all over the place – except the MSM – and they’re being called on it.  Walter Russell Meade notes that the people are speaking, and it now appears that the MSM is might just be forced to listen, and report what it wants to hide.

Much of the speculation has been about why so many news outlets ignored the story. But perhaps the real story here is the way the trial became a national story without the help of the MSM—and arguably even despite its best efforts to ignore the trial. In the last century, there were a few central news gatekeepers who controlled what stories Americans heard. The internet and social media have changed all that; the people have swept aside the gatekeepers and ripped the gates from their hinges.

The MSM is no longer in control; anyone and everyone now has the tools to call the media out and if the story is hot and compelling enough (and the trial of an accused multiple baby killer passes that test with ease), it will force itself into the national conversation.

Good.

Good indeed.  The conventional wisdom tells us that you can’t beat the MSM because they control the narrative and there’s no way to break in.  Even buying another media outlet would simply result in the MSM isolating it and rendering it virtually useless.  But it appears that, as has been predicted by various pundits elsewhere, alternative media has opened up a new front in the culture wars.  One which the armies of the Left have yet to successfully counter.  Which is not to say that they don’t use these same weapons effectively, they do.  What has changed is that they can no longer control it.

Please, may I have more?

Repealing the 13th Amendment

Recently an addle brained MSNBC commentator proposed the idea that the “community” (read STATE) rather than parents ought to bear the primary responsibility for the care and raising of children.  In the video below Zo gets it exactly right, what is being proposed is  slavery.  Only it is a higher form of slavery because now the slaves are not privately owned but are owned by the government.  If the Left had their way we would all be Gulag bait.

Potentate

Gerard Vanderleun has posted a lovely and inflammatory rant over at American Digest which I thoroughly enjoyed, probably because it is highly politically incorrect (and contains ‘adult’ language (really, adult language is so juvenile, I don’t know why they call it adult.)).

You have been warned.

Obama acts more like an African or Eastern potentate than an American.  For these cultures there can be no such thing as excessively ostentatious displays of power and wealth.

For shame!

Yates Walker overt at The Daily Caller has a great article that proposes that Republicans capitalize on shame, now that the President has opened up that can of worms.  Here are some graphs, read it all:

As a nation, we’re burning the house down because we’re cold. The next American generation is going to be cold, staring at a pile of ashes and told that they have to pay interest on it.  . . . Ours is a government of thieving hedonists. And the leader of that government is invoking shame over the fact that only 41 laws prohibited Adam Lanza from shooting up an elementary school?

Whether Republican leaders realize it or not, Barack Obama just pulled his goalie. He opened a door to Republican victory and a conservative resurgence that could define the next 10 election cycles. By invoking shame, Obama started a conversation that he never intended to start.

. . .

GOP critics are presently insisting that the GOP needs fundamental change to appeal to new voters. They’re wrong. It’s all about messaging. It’s always about messaging. Would Obama have won in 2008 if he said that he was going to abandon Clinton’s landmark welfare reform, extend food stamps to one-seventh of our citizenry, take over a sixth of our economy, fold on gay marriage, leave embassies undefended, abandon all of the progress our soldiers fought for in Iraq, legalize untried, indefinite detention of American citizens, and add $10 trillion to the national debt — all the while, partying with celebrities in Hollywood, inciting class warfare, and soaking the rich?

No.   . . .

Republicans can learn from Alinsky. Someone in leadership on the right needs to engage Obama in a national conversation about shame, redirecting the shame from gun control to spending and the willful mortgaging of America’s future. Whenever Obama mentions new spending, he needs to hear a shame chorus from the right concerning shattered piggy banks and America’s beleaguered future generations. The shame angle needs to be harped on until it gets a response from the president. Eventually Obama will be forced to address the argument. When he does, specific cuts should be demanded. If he makes the requested cuts, new cuts should be demanded. When he fails, the shame chorus should begin anew.

. . .

Unlike most Republican arguments, this one is bite-sized, populist, and winning: Stop robbing America’s children. A brighter, less indebted American future polls well with students, parents, seniors, veterans, whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and everyone else.

Even narcissistic kleptocrats Progressives can get this one.

I would say “Only Congress . . .”

. . . could do something this stupid.”  But I am afraid to be proved wrong, and sure as death and taxes somewhere in the bureaucratic warrens of Babylon on the Potomac some aparatchik is working on a follow up even as you read these words.  “I’ll gladly pay in my next re-incarnation for a trillion hamburgers today.”

So, Freddy Mac loans only. You must be 90 days late on your payment, and if you don’t make any payments for another 90 days you automatically get refinanced at the lowest currently available market rate and, as a cherry on top, 20% of the loan becomes interest free.  Please, sir, may I have more?

Its not pretty behind the curtain

As we approach Summer of Recovery 3 (TM) the song and dance team in Babylon on the Potomac are frantically assuring us that we are getting better in every day in every way, hoping that we won’t notice the stench of decay and corruption becoming ever more nauseating.  Bill over at Apocalypse Cometh details the numbers:

“More workers joined the federal government’s disability program in March than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation’s jobs picture is after three full years of economic recovery.”

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, while hiring has been very weak during the recovery, the number of people who have dropped out of the labor force entirely has exploded by 7.3 million since June 2009, an IBD analysis of BLS data show. Some aged into retirement, but most either signed up for disability, stayed in school, moved back in with parents, or just quit looking for a job. The participation in the labor force [is now 63.8%, down from 65.7% in June 2009] as a percentage is the lowest it’s been in the history of this country.

 

The number of people with jobs is still nearly 5 million below its pre-recession peak.

 

The number of long-term unemployed — those out of work 27 weeks or more — is still 5.4 million — almost 1 million higher than when the recovery began, and almost twice the level it ever reached prior to Obama’s recovery.”

 

That’s the gist of it.  There are a few more nuggets in there, and the kicker at the end, which will likely surprise you, it did me.