My friend Caped Crusader has been sending me wonderful cartoons, ranging from the politically profound to the completely ridiculous. They deserve a post of their own . . . and this is that post:
I’ll be away all day tomorrow, first doing an activity with the kids, and then listening to this year’s best a cappella groups (although this wonderful group from Israel won’t be there). I therefore hope that this post gives you lots of interesting stuff to read on Saturday.
Pro-Trump? Anti-Trump? Pro-GOP? Anti-GOP? Pro-Conservative? Anti-Conservative? Who the heck knows anymore? Trump’s ascendancy has caused normally staid, solid, and scholarly conservatives to become wildly partisan for or against Trump.
I was listening to someone explain a seizure yesterday, and he described it as all the neurons firing simultaneously and randomly. American conservatives are having a seizure.
Anyway, I thought I’d consolidate in one place some of the differing viewpoints about Trump and about how best to serve America over the long haul. As you know, my hot buttons are the Supreme Court; the Second Amendment; Israel’s security, because it’s the right thing to do and because Israel is the world’s “canary in a coal mine”; and naming and then fighting the evil that is fundamentalist, radical Islam. With those hot buttons front and center, I’ve switched from #NeverTrump, which was my position when the primaries were contested, to #NeverHillary.
My dream candidate is, and has been since 2013, Ted Cruz, but that dream is dashed. Here, in reality-land, I believe that the Republican party is dead whether or not Trump wins, and that conservativism needs to be re-taught to Americans from the ground up, just as they were taught Leftism from the ground up over the past 40 years, with the Leftist takeover of American education, news, and entertainment. If Hillary gets to appoint Supreme Court justices, destroy the Second Amendment, abandon Israel, and take policy advice from the Muslim Brotherhood figures who surround her (and even sleep with her for alleged health reasons) I think America will be too destroyed ever to rebuild.
I’ve assembled here a good collection of pro and con posts about Trump’s candidacy. I have no idea if reading all of them will clarify things for you or further confuse you, but they are all interesting:
I have a business meeting this morning, which normally would have meant no morning post. However, my friend Wolf Howling sent me such an interesting email, I’m turning it into today’s Bookworm Beat:
Because political leaders’ chief concern is their own power and position, they’re willing to do almost anything to stave off a collapse, except reduce their own power and position. Kicking the can down the road usually just makes the problem worse in the end, but politicians would rather do that than make any sacrifice up front.
This sums up my view of the progressives. Their power — and possible accumulation of power — comes first before anything. I will never forgive these people for what they did over Iraq, trying to legislate a defeat that would have put al Qaeda on steroids, the cost of which would have been horrendous.
The news has come as a shock to many vegans, who have been regular customers of the restaurants and claim the Engelharts have built their brand on not just serving vegan food but clearly wrapping themselves in the righteousness of the vegan cause — which they argue has now been undermined. “The reason we’re so upset is that veganism is a belief system,” says Carrie Christianson, who started the Facebook boycott group. “You are patronizing a restaurant that you think has that philosophy, and it turns out it doesn’t. Vegans should know that this restaurant has a farm that slaughters animals.”
That’s the key line in this article: “The reason we’re so upset is that veganism is a belief system” — in other words, like radical environmentalism and radical feminism, veganism is one of many alternate religions that are subsets of the holistic New Age Left. (Nietzsche killed God, but man is hardwired to believe in a cause higher than himself. When traditional religion is rejected, the odds are pretty good that something cultish will be chosen to replace it.)
The restaurant owners chose to cater to the faithful, apparently without pondering the jihad they would face if and when their core customers discovered that they were apostates. Or as a wise social critic once described the nihilistic alternative lifestyles of California, “You can checkout anytime you like, but you can never leave.”
I’m back, and still playing beat the clock when I blog, so let me get right down to business:
Just one thing about Target’s preexisting open bathroom policy. You may not have known about Target’s long-standing open-access bathroom policy (all gender identities welcome wherever they want), but it appears that word has spread amongst the pervert population. The Target experience nicely exemplifies the point I was making here about Leftist policies that lower the bar for the bad guys. The Target experience also makes an ironic joke out of a particular type of smug Leftism that’s been making the rounds on my Facebook feed.
Has Dennis Prager been reading my blog? For how many years have I been saying that the Left hates the Judeo-Christian tradition because it’s predicated on justice, morality, and grace? I don’t know how many myself, although I was already making the argument back in 2011. I’ve made it fairly recently too, but can’t locate the darn post.
Why am I waffling about past posts? Because Dennis Prager makes much the same point I’ve been making when he asks “Why the Left loathes Western Civilization?”
So, then, the Big Question is, Why? Why is the Left hostile to Western civilization?
After decades of considering this question, the answer, I have concluded, is: standards.
The Left hates standards – moral standards, artistic standards, cultural standards. The West is built on all three, and has excelled in all three.
Dennis Prager’s discussion, of course, is more learned and in-depth than mine, but it’s gratifying to me to see that we’re thinking along the same lines.
Today’s challenge is to see how many articles I can bring to your attention in the 20 minutes before I head off for the dojo to punch and kick my political blues away. Here goes:
UNESCO tries to erase Jewish history. The world would be a better place without the UN and all of its many subparts, including the malevolent UNRWA and UNESCO. The latter is in the headlines now for denying a Jewish connection to Jerusalem that spans more than 3,000 years, and instead giving the imprimatur of ownership to the Ottoman Turks who imposed their tyrannical rule for a few hundred years in recent history.
Hatred of Jews is hardwired in Europeans: Seth J. Frantzman has written a deservedly viral post about the endemic hatred of Jews that seems to be hardwired into European DNA:
The moment the gas chambers finished operating many European states embraced “human rights” and began lecturing the world on “human rights.” The day they stopped committing war crimes, they wanted to have an international criminal court to put on trial non-Europeans. The continent that produced the greatest engineered mass murder in human history, on such a precise, mechanical scale, then became the arbiter of what is “human rights”.
At the precise point when many Europeans abandoned Christianity, which had been their excuse for hating Jews who were accused of “killing Christ”, Europeans now decided Jews were a separate “alien” and “parasitical” race. Secularism informed them of race theory and social Darwinism and Jews were at the bottom of that ladder. Anti-semitism, the hatred of Jews as being semitic and thus non-white, non-European, became the new reason to hate Jews. In each generation in Europe the reason for hating Jews took on a new logic. Grandfather hated them for being non-Christian. Dad hated them for “racially scientific reasons”, for being semites. And the current generation hates them for being nationalist and having a state.
It’s extraordinary that such a small group of people in the world, who only make up some 12 million or so out of 7 billion, are always the object of this European obsession. It isn’t enough they put 6 million in gas chambers. Nothing satisfies the anger and visceral obsessive, pathological hatred in these European minds but the disappearance of the Jewish people. In Norway, France, the UK, so many politicians, academics and others obsess over Jews. They don’t obsess over Sikhs or Albanians, they aren’t concerned with Burma or Zimbabwe, only with Jews and Israel.
Please read the whole thing and share it.
Incidentally, I do think the latest generation of Jew hatred can be summed up in a single sentence: “The Europeans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.”
Sorry for the blog slow-down, but my sister and I are busy sorting through my Mom’s things. It’s been a surprisingly pleasant task. She and I don’t see each other often, so it’s nice to be together. Also, we’re remarkably in sync about Mom’s stuff — what gets tossed, what gets sold, what gets scanned, and what gets kept. Importantly, as to that last, she and I want to keep different things, so there’s no tug-of-war. It’s all good.
Also, last night after finishing the sorting, we went to have dinner with a WWII veteran. I don’t think I’ll breach his privacy if I say that he was a delightful gentleman, with a fascinating life story (before, during, and after the war), and a most gracious host. Also, his best friend turns out to be the brother of a very famous man whom I cannot name (that privacy thing again). What I will say, though, is that the famous man is a Republican. This means that 30 years ago, during my misspent Democrat youth, I would have been horrified to meet the brother of this famous man. Thirty years later, of course, I was thrilled beyond words.
And now to the posters, good ones all. Some, by the way, might be duplicates. I fell a little behind on my “file” housekeeping this week.
My website was down for two hours! It was traumatic, but I spent the time in my safe space (dog, chocolate, book), and am now refreshed and ready to face the world with a sterling illustrated edition. In defiance of convention, I will not issue a trigger warning. You’re own your own. The only warning I’ll issue is that this post is so long, I’ve had to divide it into three parts so your eyes don’t get all buggy. (Part 2 and Part 3):