Thursday, May 30, 2013
(And that’s leaving aside the other, and maybe the chief, reason for disgust at politics, the astounding prevalence of dishonesty that is so habitual and widespread it has become entrenched even in the “understanding” of the constitution upon which important standing decisions are based, to the point where few would really want to face the consequences of abandoning quite all of it.)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The others are screaming as though nobody should be punished for such a thing.
God forbid the leaks they live on dry up.
Not our problem, man.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
And can that display of anger and that insistence on using "rebels," "rebellion," and even "traitors" truly be sincere?
What about Marshall's assumption that the Union dead would feel as he claims he does rather than angry at Lincoln for getting them all killed in a war they wanted no part?
Does he not recall the draft riots?
As to Marshall putting the blame for all the dead on the leadership of the South, the truth is that secession was a peaceful process and Lincoln chose war, not the Confederacy.
I'm not saying we shouldn't be OK with that.
But that's what happened.
And Marshall's veiled claim that we whites of the North ignobly obtained our ease and the peace of the renewed union by betraying, selling out, or wronging the freedmen is downright offensive.
The men of the Northern armies died to end slavery and force the states that had been the Confederacy back into second-class membership in the union, with state governments imposed upon them by the North and on terms dictated by the North.
That the whites of the North chose not to continue the bleeding for additional decades to force upon the South a degree and type of racial equality acceptable to JM was not a sellout, a betrayal, or a wrong but only a refusal to spill more of their own and their children's blood in that cause.
But JM is a true, interventionist liberal, and he is always willing to denounce on moral grounds - baloney, in itself - those who refuse to get themselves killed for the good of others on his say-so.
And that makes him every bit as bad as the Cold War liberals who demanded our boys die for the Vietnamese right alongside the Cold War conservatives who lied our boys were dying for America.
There have always been far too many people willing to arrogantly demand Americans die on their command.
Would either have involved us?
Coming on the heels of a few high-profile liberal attacks on the racist sausage-fest in the national Statuary Hall, this bit from JM indicates a new front in the culture war.
Expect to see more.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
/ / / / / /
Situations of special anxiety apart, when normal humans have nothing to talk about they stop talking.
And your roomie is out of his depth, a lamb among wolves.
Friday, May 24, 2013
And, anyway, opposition to the current, near flood-tide of immigration is a minority view even in Pat's party.
The dominant view is the Wall Street, agribusiness, libertarian one, that we really ought to open flood-gates completely.
Nothing quite like cheap labor, and those who for inability to assimilate end up depending on the welfare state can later be used in propaganda to alienate America from it and the liberals who built it.
Very much as Republicans have for decades used unmarried, black ghetto moms with dozens of kids by different men, living on food stamps and welfare checks in public housing they and those men have turned into hell holes.
Of course, the AUMF never covered all Muslim terrorists or even all Muslim terrorists operating as parts of the widespread, if loose, network of Muslim quasi-military organizations to be found all over the Islamic world.
It only covered al-Qaeda and, at something of a stretch, its so-called "affiliates" in Africa, Arabia,and elsewhere.
But those special measures I alluded to above, if prudentially justified at all, are so in connection only with such well-organized, well-financed, and dedicated terrorism.
In practice, as a rule, and at least for now, that means only in connection with Muslim terrorism conducted by any of these same quasi-military organizations, whether or not affiliated with al-Qaeda, loosely or otherwise.
That would not include, I think, the Boston Bombers or people like those two loons in Britain, the other day.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
So many of the radical left believe today as they did during the Cold War that whatever is bad for America, capitalism, or white people is good for the world.
Instead we hear a great deal about it being unconstitutional, unjust, bigoted, discriminatory, racist, and so on.
And none of that, really, addresses the question whether it was a prudent wartime measure neither necessary nor especially useful in the case of any other ethnic group.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The less government power (exercised publicly on your behalf) the more corporate power (exercised privately and not at all on your behalf)
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Our Republican Supremes handed Florida and the White House to GW in 2000, you say?
Well, his Bolivian Supremes have just given Evo Morales a big, wet kiss and a personal exemption from the two-term limit on his country's presidency.
A bullshit ruling if ever a court made one.
This note about the author is at the bottom of the article.
Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated newspaper columnist.
I say they go a long way to proving the only persuasive argument for universal suffrage - that it enables the working and ordinary folk of the country to protect their interests against the great and the powerful - is not all it's cracked up to be.
Update, 052613, 0927 hrs EDT.
All right, I slipped.
The other persuasive argument for the suffrage - Taft's argument - is that popular government produces government popularity, in the sense of the word that entails acceptance, obedience, and loyalty.
As stabilizing factors these things make for order, itself for the most part better than available alternatives.
Guatemalan Court Overturns Genocide Conviction of Ex-Dictator
Peru: Fujimori Family Requests Pardon
Monday, May 20, 2013
The experience of others is wholly inaccessible to us, however much we may as a matter of course believe in it.
That belief, after all, is rather an act of faith.
It is only our own inner life that we live.
Our desires and aversions, our frustrations and satisfactions, our passions or indifferences.
Ours is the only life we actually know.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Those photos of high iron men moving about with complete confidence at the tops of great bridges and skyscrapers make people of ordinary courage marvel.
How superhuman, even inhuman must they seem to those with fear of heights!
Colonel Washington wrote after his first engagement in the French and Indian war that he had found the sound of bullets whistling past rather charming.
I have been told by veterans of combat most men find it an effort not to wet themselves.
And then there are the ones who are wholly overcome with terror.
As numerous or rare, perhaps, as the fearless ones.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
And Plato's mouthpiece, Socrates, does not contradict Glaucon’s implicit claim that the on-lookers in the tale are typical of the general run of humans, in these regards.
All the same, neither here nor elsewhere does Plato ever seem to contemplate the obvious explanation that moral terms denote nothing, that there simply are no moral distinctions, truths, considerations, or facts for us to take properly into account, and that morality is just a hocus-pocus of social control that is not entirely successfully in duping even the crudest and least educated of people into obedience "when the cat's away."
Wikipedia quotes Jowett, 360b-d,
Have there been any foiled terror plots lately?
THE FIRST AMENDMENT
As is the White House and as are the liberals in the senate.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
And he, the Democratic president, was the shameful liar when he insisted, "I did not have sex with that woman."
And, no, eternal caterwauling and demands for impeachment over relative trivia for the evident purpose of sabotaging a presidency are not what we mean by holding the other party to account.
Sorry, no, that's not it.
By the way, this also contributes wonderfully to right wing, long term, deep propaganda of mistrust and hatred for the federal government, for Big Government, for taxes, for the IRS, for Democrats, for progressivism, and for liberalism.
See the hot topic of "paranoia," for instance, now bruited at NRO in The Corner, at Human Events, and elsewhere.
True enough, the shoe today is on the other foot.
But it hurts badly enough not to exaggerate and pretend this is the only shoe that has ever pinched.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Oh, yes, I know, saying racism, or anything else, is (or is not!) wrong is talking nonsense.
One speaks with the vulgar.
See the posts labeled "amoralism."
For the past few days, NR has been adding articles by different people defending Richwine and people have published defenses at other conservative sites.
So I take it back.
Somebody might even give him a job.