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When success is achieved in one area they’ll pile on until there’s resistance.
The Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP is calling for the removal of the Confederacy from Stone Mountain Park. Local chapter president Richard Rose says, “It is time for Georgia and other Southern states to end the glorification of slavery and white supremacy, paid for and maintained, with the taxes of all its citizens.” According to Rose, “all of this recognition of Confederate generals is upholding the white supremacy on which the Confederacy was founded and the war was fought.” He goes on to say, “all of this should have ended in 1865 when Lee surrendered to Appomattox.”… Many, like Congressman Hank Johnson, see the park as a museum for the Confederacy. According to Johnson, “where do we draw the line, do we blast the faces off of Stone Mountain?” Rose says “yes”. He adds, “they can sand blast Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Jackson off tomorrow. I’d be extremely elated.”
Of course he’d be elated… elated enough to see how much MORE of the Confederacy he could have eradicated. The only reason they’re calling for eliminating Davis, Lee and Jackson from the mountain now is that they got what they wanted in South Carolina’s pulling down the Confederate flag from the state capitol. None of them will be satisfied until history is completely whitewashed, and their tyrannic rule is complete.
The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision landed like some sort of culminating body blow onto this beleaguered climate. Rod Dreher, author of the truly outstanding book “How Dante Can Save Your Life,” wrote an essay in Time in which he argued that it was time for Christians to strategically retreat into their own communities, where they could keep “the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness.”
He continued: “We have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist.”
Most Christian commentary has opted for another strategy: fight on. Several contributors to a symposium in the journal First Things about the court’s Obergefell decision last week called the ruling the Roe v. Wade of marriage. It must be resisted and resisted again. Robert P. George, probably the most brilliant social conservative theorist in the country, argued that just as Lincoln persistently rejected the Dred Scott decision, so “we must reject and resist an egregious act of judicial usurpation.”
…Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness.
We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and social environment rendered barbaric because there are no common norms. Many adults hunger for meaning and goodness, but lack a spiritual vocabulary to think things through.
Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. They are equipped with a vocabulary to distinguish right from wrong, what dignifies and what demeans. They already, but in private, tithe to the poor and nurture the lonely.
The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.
It’s the same old tune. They tell us now the culture war is over. Give up the fight, and move on to champion social causes to give Christianity a good name, as if a good name depends on them. They dismissed our warnings after Roe v. Wade and the consequences of legalized abortion. They dismissed our advice about no-fault divorce and the breakdown of the family. Now we tell them of the repercussions of legalized homogamy, but have they ever listened?
No. They refuse our beliefs, but want us to “reweave the sinews of society”. They want our selfless acts to fix what they break, but they won’t heed our spiritual advice when the dangers they face result in social disaster. They tell us to “help nurture stable families” devoid of spiritual foundation. They want us to “build community institutions”, but don’t want our community. They even suggest a fixable connection between “economic joblessness and spiritual poverty” when they have no clue they live in the poverty of spirit while economically secure.
Yes, Jesus tells us to care for the poor and needy. Yes, Jesus tells us to tend to the widows and orphans. His Word also tells us to remain unstained or uncorrupted by the world. Yes, God is love, and Christians are people of His love, but we’ve also repented of our sinfulness and stupidity. We don’t need any of the Left’s worthless advice. Christians are smart enough to care for the so called disadvantaged and lonely without any advice from them, and we’ll continue to do it, but it is inseparable from the message of the Gospel. Take it or leave it.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans…. Scalia said that Roberts’ 2012 decision that upheld the law and his opinion on Thursday “will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”
Recalling what I wrote at last year’s end…
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will face SCOTUS challenges in 2015 which will have minor effect. It is a tax, and as such the Republicans have as much lust for it as the Democrats. In the end, it will matter little as any semblance of the current United States will cease to exist in approximately 20 years.
Though I didn’t explicitly predict the SCOTUS to uphold ACA I expected the entire brouhaha to be another insignificant anecdotal point along America’s destructive path. This broad, lawless interpretation of something as mundane as healthcare paves the way for the SCOTUS to rule in favor of the plaintiffs in the Obergefell case (homogamy issue) and make deviancy legitimate.
In addition, the current firestorm regarding the elimination of Confederate merchandise, from Amazon to Sears to Etsy to Walmart, promises to lead to some interesting unintended consequences. From the soldier in marbled legacy…
Now is the time to talk about replacing the statue of Robert E. Lee, as iconic as it is controversial, from its perch at the center of Lee Circle, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Wednesday (June 24) during a gathering held to highlight his racial reconciliation initiative.
To other symbols of our collective history…
Online retail giant Amazon’s Monday decision to ban the sale of merchandise depicting the Confederate flag has many Americans scratching their heads, as a quick review of Amazon’s site reveals the company still sells Nazi flags.
Eliminating the moral compass results in more than moral consequences. It’s a denial of reality.
Some think this one nation. Some even imagine it to be under God. Some continue to believe that these United States still are…united. This is no perpetual union, nor will the semblance of it to continue very much longer.
By 2045, Hispanics, Asians and African Americans are expected to grow from more than a third of the population to a little more than half of the people living in the United States.
“The degree of cultural diversity that this introduces to this country is rather like the cultural diversity we had in the 19th century, and for that matter in the 18th century at the time of founding,” observed American Enterprise Institute political scientist Charles Murray. In many ways, according to Murray, diversity has been a positive force throughout America history.
“We used to have radically different ways of life among different groups in this country. And the 20th century was something of an anomaly in this regard as we saw an increasingly homogeneous culture with the rise of mass media,” Murray said. “In many ways, I think the America of the 21st century with its increased cultural diversity is going to look familiar to historians of America. And in that respect, it’s as American as apple pie.”
A few decades ago, many analysts warned that these demographic trends would lead to a balkanization of America. However, most experts now agree that U.S. culture and assimilation will reinforce America’s national character, particularly as the rate of interracial marriage grows.
Those who fondly harken back to a “cultural diversity” of the 19th century seem to forget that but for a little war of that century the United States wouldn’t look like anything it does today. Strange that the title of this article would be “Experts: Coming Demographic Shift Will Strengthen US Culture”. Just as they are more wrong than right in almost every other field, the “experts” are wrong in their cultural and character assessment here. There is no assimilation in the US, except under the watchful and overbearing eye of the federal government, and even it in its military power can’t complete what culture, character and morality are splitting apart.
The politics of our time point to balkanization. Glancing at the breakdown of political vote from the last presidential election alone shows there is overwhelming separation in direction between rural and urban, between Hispanic and white, and between black and white voters. Polling shows Hispanic voters are voting for largesse from the government in droves.
Cultural and moral disparity among the people points toward a future break, ironically similar to that of the 18th century. No, the United States doesn’t have long to go. Federalism, as Jefferson Davis might have it, died of a theory. The republic suffered a similar fate long ago, being laughingly redefined in absentia. We are not “one nation, under God”, but at least it’s not as if we ever should have been. Whatever there is left of a “national character” isn’t being propped up by “the rate of interracial marriages”. The people are finding their loyalties in their localization, not nationalization. This settling is becoming more and more apparent in the politics and culture.
I give the current United States about 50 years left, maybe give or take 10 years, and it will no longer be the geopolitical entity it has been. One nation? The costs of empire are weighting upon it and it won’t be too long before states and regions will assert their sovereignty. Balkanization? Soon enough.
Even with all the scrutiny Brian Williams is facing regarding this…
Scrambling to contain a crisis engulfing one of its most prominent on-air personalities, NBC will begin an internal investigation into Brian Williams, the embattled evening news anchor who has admitted he misled the public with a harrowing tale of a forced helicopter landing in Iraq.
…at least he wasn’t as blatantly deceptive as Michelle Kosinski…
Paddling a canoe in a foot of water to demonstrate the depth of New Jersey flooding? He just embellished a personal story. She’s trying to scare people. Still, Brian Williams and Michelle Kosinski as is the case with so many other pseudo-celebrity media liars can’t relate the truth because they have so feeble a grasp of reality. Journalism isn’t a skill. It’s a game.
Brian Williams marks ten years as anchor of NBC Nightly News on Tuesday night and it’s been a decade full of absurdly softball interviews with Barack Obama and trashing of Republicans and Tea Partiers.
There was a time when politics interested me. But then the difference between the rhetoric of politics and its practice dampened my curiosity. Although every so often someone comes along who doesn’t give a rats rear end about the politics of sensitivities.
The Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam has said Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilisations can ‘f*** off’. Ahmed Aboutaleb, who arrived in the Netherlands aged 15, spoke out in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week. Appearing on live television just hours after the shootings, Mayor Aboutaleb said Muslims who ‘do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave’.
Mr. Aboutaleb apparently knows freedom, and likes it, for if he didn’t he would have caved to the politically expedient thing and kept his mouth shut. His advice is well said and well taken, as well. This is a good start. Unfortunately there are many too many craven political souls who won’t call the issue for what it is.
It’s long past the time when Muslim invaders, and others should be thrown back where they came from, particularly out of the U.S. It is too easy to get into this country. The issue isn’t immigration. It’s invasion. What couldn’t be accomplished through war is taking place through the guise of illegality. Mr. Aboutaleb makes the assimilation point for his town in a rather abrupt but direct way, but it speaks well to the general idea. People have no intention of immigrating because they desire freedom and to assimilate into such a culture. They invade to parasitically leech from the land and its people and to establish their own society while deconstructing the present one.
It’s been said that nature abhors a vacuum. The invasion of the U.S. now occurring is a result of the slow dismantling of societal Christian underpinnings. It is the political practice of relativism run amok.
Mid term elections occur today across these United States. Voter turnout, no doubt, will be higher than usual as the bi-factional ruling party stages its electoral show. No election has ever been more important to vote in. Sure…
What if the candidates gave their speeches, ran their ads, and the voter turnout was beyond dismal, say 5%? I often wonder what would it be like if they gave an election and no one voted. The lyrics to John Lennon’s “Imagine” comes to mind. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Voting isn’t a right, it’s a privilege given to validate the State. Nothing more.
Some are so brain fried by the voting mantra that they get the idea to compel the people to vote. Voting, of course, means freedom, especially when one isn’t free not to.
Many reforms could increase turnout, from same-day registration to voting on weekends. But the most basic is also the most appropriate: making voting mandatory. Here’s why.
How twisted does it have to get before the electorate realizes that they’re being manipulated? Politicoes use the chauvinism angle, or the political ideology angle to inspire participation. And when those angles fail to do the trick, force them to exercise their freedom?
Visit the polls today, America. Say hello to your neighbors, for that may be the best thing that happens while you’re there.
Some suggest the president plans to use his executive pen to effect immigration amnesty, legal status for illegals and their work authorization. They say it’s illegal, but legalities shouldn’t stand in the way of good politics.
But if Obama did go ahead with his amnesty-by-fiat plan, Krauthammer still thinks impeachment wouldn’t work. “I would be 100 percent against impeachment because it’s political suicide,” he said.
Sure. It just means there isn’t enough politics in the common man’s life. If there was enough political capital to go around he too wouldn’t endure the political outrage of actually being prosecuted for crime. After all, what is illegal anyway? Or if it is illegal why prosecute?
Just further proof the law is whatever those who possess the politics say it is. It certainly isn’t what is written on the page or even worth the page its written on.
Play the game. Observe and consider the minds of the politic, and disregard the shell game.
A federal judge threw out Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban. State officials earlier refused to defend Oregon’s voter-approved ban and said they wouldn’t appeal.
The National Organization for Marriage sought to intervene, but both U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene and a federal appeals court rejected its attempts to argue in favor of the ban.
Again and again, not only are the moralities of a people denigrated, but the legalities of a system are decimated. Over and over again we are fooled into thinking the right of the people to decide by vote is of the highest standard, that it is the hallmark of our political system. Valid constitutional changes voted and approved by the people of respective states have opposed homogamy, and yet they’ve been dispensed with by judges wielding assumed executive power. More states have allowed homogamy through the ruling of judges than through the ballot box, and as this trend continues the pressure of its adoption will certainly force remaining states to back down. The only popularity of homogamy is in the oligarchical rule of judges and the mass media, certainly not in the opinions of people.
At the risk of repeating myself, there is no democracy in America, only oligarchy. Whatever may be convenient to the state, whatever immoral, can be aptly decided and instituted by government without opening a single voting poll. It is a distinct evil. If voting can decide anything at all it marks an individual’s preferences to be measured, tracked and targeted by the state. It may seem an encouragement to those homogamy supporters as each state’s “voter-approved ban” falls. These are small, temporary victories indeed. Where will the clamor come from when the judges decide against us all and there is no recourse at the ballot? That day will some soon enough when the leviathan the politic homosexual has wished for will turn on them as it will turn on all of us.