The yin and yang: Obami insanity and military strength *UPDATED*

These are a matched set, and you must read them, one after the other:

Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, having thought long and hard, decides that the real victims of the Fort Hood massacre are  . . . wait for it . . . Muslims.

On the flip side, Cassandra, at Villainous Company, talks about the solid courage and real values that characterize the American military.

Just to get things laid out nicely and neatly:  our current administration coddles our enemies, fears and denigrates our own military, and is actively seeking to destroy our economy.  Can anyone here remind me why we have this administration?

The only sort-of solace I have right now is the 2010 election, but even that doesn’t inspire great hope.  The Republican Party is so inept and out of tune, being neither Democratic fish nor Republical fowl, that I am not sanguine about its ability to provide voters with an exciting, or even viable, alternative to the Democratic march into the Marxist ocean.  Really, the only hope is that these trials are sent to us for a purpose, as the Anchoress, in a very uplifting way, believes.

UPDATE:  Rick, himself a religious man, has taken the Anchoress’ message and run with it.  As I told my mother (who, like me, can best be described as an atheist), those of my blog friends who are religious have a serenity we lack.  Even when things are bad, they feel that there is a purpose, although they might not be able to see it.  They can be upset, but they still feel they’re in God’s hands.  I mentioned that they manage to have this attitude without being condescending, antisemitic (which is what my Mom so fears in religious Christians), or fatuous.  They are very, very lucky in their faith.

As for me, while I can’t seem to beg, borrow or steal spirituality, I find comfort knowing that those I respect see a bigger, more important picture than I do.

I’ll add here as a random aside, given Cassandra’s point about the military, that I find it a good thing, not a bad, that our military has so many religious people in it.  Aside from the fact that my experiences with American Christians have been uniformly good, I also find it wonderful that those who are willing to put their life on the line for the preservation of my life and liberty, have a faith that they can turn to as they take the risks that go with their jobs.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Faith works. Faith fixes you, not the other way around.
    Atheists have good claims concerning evidence for the existence of God. They have no justifiable argument in the case of those that follow their God.
    For even without the existence of God, faith has made human beings in better killers and defenders of the weak than anything that has ever existed in human history: ever existed. No secular government and no promise of worldly compensation have made individuals fight as hard or love their enemies as their neighbors.
    Atheists delude themselves into thinking they can disprove the existence of God, thus disprove the dogma and faith of individuals. Not possible. It doesn’t work like that. The real world, with real people in it, doesn’t work like that. And they know it, one way or another.
    Destroy the capital of the United States of America. Kill the entire Presidential administration, advisers, and cabinet appointments. Tear up the US Constitution and nuke the Congressional Library. Would America still exist? How so, if America was something written on paper, rather than an idea that only exists in the heads of the people.
    Kill the symbols of God, and you don’t wipe out the belief in God. Just as if you destroy every symbol of the United States of America, it would still exist so long as the belief in the US existed in its people. This is pure and simple. This is the fundamental understanding required of all who must make judgments concerning military actions or human endeavors. This is something atheists from both the Ayn Rand institute and individuals like christopher hitchens refuse to see.
    Go ahead and disprove God’s existence. Then you can come back and disprove ‘white privilege’, try to remove ‘white guilt’, then disprove ‘Global Warming’, and finally convince Sarah Palin that everything will be right when white will do right.
    Will people behave any better if you are successful? No. Will hatreds cease to exist? No. Will blacks break free of the shackles of Democrat slave control? No. Not even the vegetarians and environmentalist freaks will change one iota even if you ‘disprove’ Global Warming. In fact, you’ll just succor their claims that there are ‘enemies of the environment’, which will give them even more political power to regulate industry and economy for the Greater Good. If only the greater good of their bank accounts.
    Humanity is more complex a tapestry than the ill formed delusions of petty wizards and advisers. Idealists have romantic notions of the future, but won’t get their hands dirty doing what needs to be done to make that future a reality. Because human destiny is not an ideal. It is a gamble. There are no certainties, no guarantees, except the guarantee of death at the end of life.

  • Ymarsakar

    Ayn Rand’s vision of the rationale and sane man or woman is a good one. It is also a true one, as far as it goes. And as far as it goes, humanity would be better off cultivating more of these rational and sane men and women. However, one should never forget that emotion rules us just as much as reason or enlightened self-interest, if not more so. In fact, definitely more so, especially in third world areas.
    If you are going to mold people into a more pleasing shape, you will have to use emotion to manipulate them. To get what you want accomplished. Because ain’t nobody going to do the work, except us human beings. Slavery can only work for so long.
    Emotion, in the end, also exists for our survival. Many of our psychological flaws, such as projection and anger displacement, were designed originally to help us cope with stressful and mortally dangerous situations. It might have been what separated survival from death, to be able to project one’s own flaws upon the enemy, believing oneself invulnerable.
    We can’t get rid of it. Not even the most rational or scientific mind can ‘get rid’ of emotion. Ayn Rand could not. And neither can the rest of us. But we can use it. And that’s something intellectuals always feel dirty doing. Which is why they are often manipulated by covert espionage agents or subverters, those, like me, who have no problems with the more shadowy arts of the human persuasion.
    I suppose if intellectual fortitude is the height of philosophical movements, they should take care not to be rendered a crock by being manipulated by their ‘lessers’.

  • suek

    “They can be upset, but they still feel they’re in God’s hands. ”
    There’s a reason why the faithful call themselves “the children of God”…

  • suek

    By the way…reading the Anchoress and Rick, I wonder when the question will be asked: do we simply accept the change, or do we attempt to do something about it – even if it requires force?  God helps those who help themselves.  God’s will be done (which sounds very much like “allah wills it”)
    All kinds of things come to mind…where is the tipping point?  Is war ever justified?
    All that stuff.