Ben gives a concise and practical guide to arguing with progressives, where, when and how. Your humble correspondent will be returning often here to sit at the virtual feet of the master.
President Obama’s speech tonight left your humble correspondent less than comforted; nothing new there. True, he acknowledged that the San Bernardino massacre was an act of terrorism, a conclusion he to which he was dragged kicking and screaming. He even acknowledged that the Fort Hood shootings by then Major, now Lt. Colonel (he got a promotion while in prison) Nidal Hasan was also an act of terrorism, which is a real shocker. Up to this point Hasan’s murderous rampage was officially labelled ‘workplace violence.’ He also dropped the claim that the motives for the husband and wife murder spree were completely unknown and unknowable; we are now told that it was motivated by an evil ideology that is a perversion of Islam. Essentially, this had nothing to do with REAL Islam.
He acknowledges that terrorism has changed. It has been forced to change because his policies have been so effective at breaking up large terrorist plots, reducing those infected by the evil, non Islamic ideology of hate to lone wolf operations.
No, seriously, he said that. No acknowledgement that his policies have fanned Jihadism from a dangerous fire into an out of control conflagration that has set the scene for World War III. Nope, it wasn’t him! Tacitly he’s blaming Bush, whose fault all this is, and will continue to be right up until the next Republican administration is sworn in.
But even though his Bizarro policies have been successful, his administration is taking steps to make them even more successful, by reviewing and tightening up the criteria for the K-1 Fiancee visa. That’ll do it for sure! No need to tighten up the criteria for visas for non matrimonial entrants from those parts of the world where the flame of Islam burns hot and wild. No need to impede the flow of gazillions of
illegal immigrants unregistered invaders undocumented Americans future Democratic voters flowing across our borders. No siree! On the contrary we gotta import hundreds of thousands of ‘refugees’ (tee hee!) from those benighted places, making sure that we get only the poor, peaceful Muslims while insuring the vile, bloodthirsty Christians remain trapped in the ISIS slaughterhouse. Of course America is not at war with Islam, even though a big chunk of Islam is at war with us.
But there are other important steps we as Americans can and must take in order to insure our safety. Namely, insuring that people on Do Not Fly lists are ineligible to buy guns! In fact, more ‘common sense’ gun laws must be enacted by Congress. Because assault weapons kill people! Guns don’t protect people. Only a government monopoly on guns can protect people. Like at Waco and Ruby Ridge. Trust government, not yourself.
We have to prevent a Muslim backlash, we must accept with open arms or Muslim friends, neighbors, military personnel and sports heroes. Aye, the same Muslim backlash about which we are continually warned but never see. In fact, we as Americans must welcome even more of these folks whose religious beliefs are at odds with what America is (or was, anyway) and who hold as a fundamental tenet of their faith that they must by any means necessary compel everybody to cave to their demands that they never perceive anything that might offend their religious hypersensitivities lest they explode in righteous Jihadist rage(TM). We must respect them even when they won’t respect us, our laws, our culture or our manner of life. This is, we are told, our American heritage.
No, dear reader, I am not comforted. Neither am I surprised. The transformation of America continues apace. I grew up in the land of the free and the home of the brave, I find myself living in the land of the bewildered and the home of the timorous.
Hope lives yet, but finds not its foundation in the President or any political movement. Hope lives because there are still men and women who believe in themselves, the principles of the Founding and who plead for Divine Favor. What the Progressives promise is a world radically at odds with reality, which cannot stand and which has demonstrated its failure everywhere it has ever been tried. I believe it was Winston Churchill who said something to the effect that America would always do the right thing, after having exhausted every other possibility. We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel, now there is nowhere to go but up.
We know what we must do. Now let’s be about it.
If it was not clear before, and I’ll argue that it was, just nobody was really paying attention, it is clear now that the entire Progressive project is going off the rails. If at any point in the last few years anybody, including the architects of Leftist Lunacy, thought they had it under control that illusion has been dispelled. The law of unintended consequences is in charge now as events set in motion years ago cascade out of anybody’s control. The Left’s motto seems to be, “We are all going to die, but we do it faster.” Consider:
Multiculturalism is one of the linchpins of correct Leftist doctrine. It asserts that all cultures are good and are to be equally valued, except Western Culture and American culture in particular. So they set about importing gazillions of non-Western people with no intention of even suggesting that they ought to assimilate. No, each proudly maintains its own heritage, asserting its superiority over and demanding ever more concessions from the host culture, else they won’t form the solidly reliable liberal voting blocks they are intended to be.
Most such cultural blocks are content to take what they can get, particularly unearned, taxpayer funded support. But some have the built-in conviction that they are destined to rule and a history of achieving this rule by the use of war. This year again France has been awakened to this fact. It seems unlikely that the ruling elite intends to remain awake any longer than it takes to soothe the peasantry back into somnolence. But the French are awake to the danger, as are a great many Germans, Swedes, Poles and just about everybody else. Why, even Americans are waking up! Masses of people are aroused and seem determined to change the system, which is not at all what the Utopian Dream Masters want.
Here in America the Dream Masters have been pushing for a race war using multiculturalism as pretext. The hoopla with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, et al is intended to ignite and fan the flames of septic resentment among American Blacks, isolating them and inciting them to violence. #BlackLivesMatter carries the not unintended corollary, #OtherLivesDon’t, particularly White lives. As George Orwell pointed out in Animal Farm, some animals are more equal than others.
Since the black lives matter meme has infected the University of Missouri the contagion has spread to other institutions of higher dementia to such an extent that the professors of Socialist propaganda and Leftist twaddle can’t even indoctrinate their charges. This has had the unintended consequence of exposing the university system as the preferred (because it is so expensive!) means of turning the cream of American youth into irrational, whiny losers utterly unfit to be entrusted with their own pocket lint, much less the future of the nation. Pushback from this has already begun, not least from the young people who hope for more than Dreams From Mein Fuhrer in their future, and the parents who fund their kids’ “education.” It will only grow.
Everywhere the proponents of the Blue Model Assault on AmericaTM have the blues. If Conservatives and Republicans have been discouraged that is as nothing to the panic that is beginning to overwhelm those who have dedicated their whole lives to the destruction of America’s republican form of government and its replacement with the Worker’s Paradise. This not the time to rest, we’ve been doing quite enough of that. Now is the time to go on the offensive and knock the Dream Masters down once and for all.
How to do that?
For starters, make an appointment with your local elected officials for a friendly meeting in which you express your desire that you don’t want foreign invaders, be they refugees or not, to be resettled in your community at taxpayer expense. Attend your city council meeting and make the same point firmly but politely. Network with the people you find there, form alliances and devise plans to cooperate on issues important to them even if they are not that important to you.
Get information on the classes offered by the Center for Self Governance in your area. Take those classes and take control of your government back.
Every time Congress has taken a serious look at proposals to boost Internet sales taxes, it has rejected them. That’s probably why pro-tax Senators are trying to rush through an online tax hike with as little consideration as possible.
As early as Monday, the Senate will vote on a bill that was introduced only last Tuesday. The text of this legislation, which would fundamentally change interstate commerce, only became available on the Library of Congress website over the weekend. And you thought ObamaCare was jammed through Nancy Pelosi‘s Democratic House in a hurry.
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Mr. Enzi’s Marketplace Fairness Act discriminates against Internet-based businesses by imposing burdens that it does not apply to brick-and-mortar companies. For the first time, online merchants would be forced to collect sales taxes for all of America’s estimated 9,600 state and local taxing authorities.
New Hampshire, for example, has no sales tax, but a Granite State Web merchant would be forced to collect and remit sales taxes to all the governments that do. Small online sellers will therefore have to comply with tax laws created by distant governments in which they have no representation, and in places where they consume no local services.
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The drivers of this rush to tax are Wal-Mart and other big retailers that can more easily absorb the costs of collection than can smaller competitors. Also supporting the bill is Internet giant Amazon, which coincidentally now sells its own tax compliance service to other merchants. Adding to the lobbying muscle are state and local governments. The politicians believe they’ll collect tens of billions of dollars in taxes that are already owed by shoppers on remote sales but rarely paid.
So big business and big government are uniting to pursue their mutual interest in sticking it to the little guy. Any Internet seller with more than $1 million in annual sales would be forced to serve all of the nation’s tax collectors.
Which is pretty much what Adam Smith predicted in Wealth of Nations. I’m sure that the taxing agencies will collect more tax dollars, but at the expense of driving small internet based businesses out of business. I wonder if the added cost of government support for bankrupt business owners and employees is more or less than the projected increase in tax revenues, never mind the actual increase in revenues.
Over the weekend, Breitbart reports, that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s supporters took a page from the Left and applied it to the Left. Observe:
The Washington Times is reporting Arpaio’s opponents are having trouble obtaining the number signatures they need in their petition to recall “America’s Sheriff” Joe Arpaio.
Volunteers’ latest effort took place at a music festival, targeted for its huge crowd size and liberally-minded attendees, The Associated Press reported.
But shortly after setting up camp, recall workers found themselves facing an even larger opposition group: Supporters of Mr. Arpaio turned out in droves and drowned out the recall workers’ rally calls, AP reported.
At the end of the day, pro-recall workers only netted 100 signatures — far less than anticipated for such a heavily attended event.
The union-backed recall drive started in January, and anti-Arpaio forces are reportedly far behind in their goal. They need to collect 335,000 signatures by May 30, and are having to rely primarily on volunteers due to the fact that the effort is not attracting much in the way of donations.
This is good and is another illustration of the ‘Silent majority’ getting off their posterior analytics and on the ball. This is one possible response to the Lefts ongoing efforts to continue their march to despotism.
In a previous post a commenter remarked on the “36 Strategems” of which I was previously unaware. A fortuitous convergence found them over here. Here are the first two:
1.) Expose the basic contradictions of the Left’s position by letting them “own” the fiscal crisis and confront them on their role in redefining (at a handsome profit) “culture” as it relates to the evil “gun culture.”
2.) Expose the rifts between unions and various other factions and groups fighting for smaller pieces of the fiscal pie and sow discord within their ranks.
Go read them all, then run your OODA loops and get going. (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) No time to review these this morning, will do so later and post an update later.
No sooner was the previous post, Plague, up, than Wretchard posts relevant content. Hah! Great minds and all that. In the comments he remarks in response to one of his readers,
Perhaps the biggest mistake conservatives make is to engage the Left rationally. Leftism is a religion, a worldview, an attitude, a community. It is a doctrine and a church. It dispenses comfort, support, certitude and salvation.
Don’t come at with statistics, facts and figures. Those will bounce off like peas of an Abrams tank. You must come at it with a rival set of feelings, a package of meanings they can embrace. You must offer them redemption.
That’s why Islam can convert leftists. Or leftists can convert Islamists. They are simply switching religions. They are not engaging in a rational exercise. We live in the most religious period in the history of the race.
People want paradise on earth, 72 virgins, the Mothership, Xenu, Gaia and who knows what else. And if all you have to offer them is cold statistics and facts you will never get them to see anything.
The reason the Left hates Christianity and to a lesser extent Judaism so much is that they recognize in them, more than conservatives do, a rival faith. For their doctrine is “I am the Lord Thy God. Thou shalt not have anything before me.”
Your humble (I can hear my wife now, “Humble! Give me a break!”) correspondent has long advocated the application of the mechanism of Alinskyis pestis against its disseminators. Steal their methods, their tactics, their strategies. Wretchard advocates going one better, which I would view as complementary: steal their language. Just as a vaccine is made of dead or dying germs, so the antidote to Alinsyis pestis might, I would even say “must” be made from the raw material of the parasite itself.
In the 1340’s Asia, India and the Middle East were swept by a great pestilence that reached Europe in 1347. From as single point of contact, the city of Genoa, the disease spread across Europe where it was known as the Black Death. It killed approximately 20,000,000 people, between 25 to 30 percent of the population. It nearly destroyed Western civilization, it did shatter its soul.
The disease was caused by a bacillus called Yersina pestis, transmitted by fleas, carried by rats and other mammals, including humans. At that time the germ theory of disease was still more than 500 years in the offing, people had no idea what what was causing it, still less how to control or remedy it. But because causation is built into the human mind, they started inventing causes: sin, Jews and witches being perennial favorites. Consumed by horror and terror, guided by ignorance and desperate conviction, they flailed about applying a wide variety of utterly useless cures and solutions to an evil they could not see, only name. Nothing worked. Nothing could work as all solutions were absolutely unconnected to the real causes. Thus ended the Medieval Christian civilization in Europe, it would be 100 years before the depleted and scarred descendants of the survivors would begin to rebuild, and when they did it was with a fearful eye cast back on the catastrophe that was the Black Death.
Like our distant ancestors, priest, peasant and noble alike, whose understanding was limited by their ignorance of the microbial world, our own incomprehension of the crippling ills that afflict our nation, culture and civilization are unknown to our intelligentsia, media and political elites. Political Correctness is the Yersinia pestis of our time, a mental parasite derived from Marxis pestis that has evolved and multiplied and spread widely through our civilization, culture and nation. Probably the most virulent strain is Alinskyis pestis whose most insidious symptom is that those infected by the disease are prevented by the disease from recognizing their own infection and the infection of others so afflicted.
Other symptoms are moral inversion, intolerance of common sense, rejection of the principles that created, elevated and sustained Western civilization, loathing of what is good, true and beautiful, tolerance for and championing of what is vile and destructive, a drive to capture and exercise despotic power by enslaving populations under their control through false compassion and dependency, a commitment to a monolithic diversity and an invariant propensity to call those who promise death and destruction ‘friend’ and those who promise amity and peace ‘enemy.’
Examples abound. We are no longer allowed to think of Islamists or militant Islam, references to which have been carefully purged from the FBI’s training manuals. Certainly it was not part of the lexicon when Major Nidal Hassan committed ‘workplace violence’ when he shot up Fort Hood while yelling “Allah akbar!” We are not allowed to say “illegal alien”, but must say “undocumented American.” That there are people who seriously believe this claptrap is hard for the sane to believe, but there are, and lots of them.
These are the people who hoped and prayed that the perpetrators of the Boston bombing would turn out to be “White Americans,” Tea Party members or some other right wing bête noir of the Loony Left, and were surprised and disappointed when reality set in. All the while there was no evidence that was the story, or rather, the narrative; they were free to broadcast their mental disease to the world, and once the facts killed the dream, well, on to the next one. But facts not withstanding, they continue to believe that right wing, Tea Party, Republican, white, gun toting, Bible thumping Americans are the problem.
For some, no amount of cognitive dissonance can break the hold the PC memes have on their minds. Some, yes, will be ‘mugged by reality,’ but because the indoctrination has been so pervasive for so long it takes an awful lot of reality moving very fast to make a dent. Left to itself any parasite will multiply until it consumes the host and both perish. Usually some hosts organisms survive this crash because they develop an immunity and pass that resistance on to their progeny; the species survives, though the majority of is members die. Our culture, saddled as it is with so many in positions of authority infected with Alinskyis pestis, is likely to experience such a crash. At that point the majority of survivors, having been slammed by implacable reality, will develop a belated immunity.
Richard Fernandez over at The Belmont Club says, “We have to wise up. Why have we not until now? Because we have forgotten common sense; unlearned the idea that to win means waging mental strife so that the sword can sleep in your hand. That we can’t fight the enemy by “law enforcement”. Why did we miss something so plain? Because it required the recovery of old idea: if you are trying to kill me then you are my enemy. And if you are my enemy I will fight you.” Which calls to mind Napoleon’s maxim that in war the moral is to the physical is as three is to one. I have long been of the opinion that in all things the spiritual is the the physical as three is to one. Alinskyis pestis removes the spiritual from the equation. Or, more accurately replaces one kind of spirituality, the liberating spirituality that hopes for life and joy and love, with a totalitarian spirituality of fear, death and despair.
Margaret Thatcher’s granddaughter Amanda’s reading at Mrs. Thatcher’s funeral highlights the fact that we are at war, who and what the enemy is and who our allies really are. Whether Christian, Jew, agnostic or any other persuasion, the facts are the same. Alinskyis pestis has no medical, psychological or intellectual cure, for it is at root a spiritual disease and admits of only a spiritual cure. Whatever other tactics, weapons or means may be employed in its defeat, it is in the field of the Spirit that the battle rages, win or lose, the stakes for which we contend are precisely those of the soul.