Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Euripides

A happy and safe Thanksgiving to you this year. To celebrate the day, here's a photo of a girl and her beloved llama.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Sermon: Progressive Thought Control and James Madison

One of my progressive friends on Facebook posted this quote from George R.R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame:
Trump was the least qualified candidate ever nominated by a major party for the presidency. Come January, he will become the worst president in American history, and a dangerously unstable player on the world stage.
I find it ironic that Martin (and my friend) are saying exactly what conservatives have said about Obama. The difference, of course, is that Obama has proven himself to be the worst president ever, while we await to see if Martin's predictions of Trump will come true.

This past week has seen the backlash of progressives after the election that didn't go their way. They have rioted in the streets of several major cities. As nearly as I can figure it, they're demanding that a fair and decisive election be turned around to suit their ideology and to assuage the pain in their fragile, little hearts.

What's important to note is that the ideology of progressivism has convinced many Americans, and many more illegal aliens, that stifling speech, rioting in the streets, condemning those who disagree, or threatening those who disagree, are now natural roles of politics.

In essence, they reject any reality about government other than what gets filtered through their lens of ignorance, and they now attempt to enforce their opinion through physical force, intimidation, election rigging, and control of the media and schools.

We are now placed squarely on the horns of a dilemma. We now have a progressive, elitist class, well funded by conniving billionaires such as George Soros, which increasingly attempts to control or stifle the speech of dissent.

James Madison recognized this problem and argued against it nearly 230 years ago. In his Federalist #10, he notes that the people can reduce factions by removing their causes. By "factions" Madison merely means groups of people who hold the same opinion.
There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests. (Federalist #10)
Madison identified two methods of removing the causes of factions, both of which are inimical to the foundational principles of the US. Yet, having found the US system too slow to act or not progressive enough in its actions, progressives seek to remove the causes of factions instead of controlling their effects.

Take your pick, we can destroy liberty or we can give everyone the same opinions. Progressives use both methods to attempt to control the underlying beliefs of those who disagree with their views.

We can roll over and let them do so, or we can rely on that liberty granted by the Almighty to all men. Patrick Henry's immortal words still ring true today:
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! (Source)

There are several good books written about the rise of progressivism and the changes it has affected in our political arena. (Andrew Breitbart's Righteous Indignation is a good start. Check out Thomas Sowell's A Conflict of Visions for a more scholarly approach.) 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Random Thoughts

Since when did rioting in the streets, breaking windows, smashing police cars, lighting fires, attacking police, and yelling foul words become a "protest?" Oh, that's right, the liberals of the 1960s taught those tactics to the current crop of ignorant progressives.

Even the protesters of the 60s had better manners than the children who have taken to the streets these past few days.

Were the Germans merely "protesting" on Kristallnacht?

Speaking of protesting, just what do these progressives think they want from their petty and childish reaction to Donald Trump getting elected? Do they seriously want to give up the fair election process in favor of mob rule?

This is the first photo of Trump that I've posted here. It won't be the last. I wish him well, but don't expect a lot from him or the Republican Congress. I can always be proven wrong.

My regard and respect to all the veterans who have served this country. Here's a shout out to Jared, who will be joining ranks in a week with the finest men and women our country has to offer.

All those who argue that we need to change the voting system to get rid of the electoral college seriously need to read some history. I don't mean the namby-pamby, feel good, politically correct garbage that passes for history these days. I mean they need to read real history from the Greeks to the classical liberals of the 17th and 18th centuries. They just might learn a thing or two about the dangers of mob rule.

Progressives pick and choose the laws they "feel" like obeying. If Hillary had won the electoral college vote, not a single one of them would protest how "unfair" that system was.

Most of my university students these days write history essays that include the phrase, "I feel..." instead of "I think...." Perhaps if we taught students in schools how to think, instead of how to feel, we wouldn't have been left with a choice between Hillary and Trump as presidential candidates.

I wish President Trump all the success in the world in removing Obama's legacy. Unfortunately, he still must deal with a bunch of weak and irresponsible Republicans in Congress.

Yes, I am happy that Trump was elected president, but mainly because living four years under the direction of Hillary would have destroyed what little we have left of our Republic. Then again, if the anti-Trump protests continue to wage war against the Constitution, we may yet live in Hillary's America.

The best part about Trump's election will be his Supreme Court nominations. He has the opportunity to take the wind out of the sails of the political left's war on the Constitution for another generation. Ginsburg can conceivably be replaced in the next short while. I wish we could rid the country of the opinions of the "wise Latina" who has created some of the most egregious opinions in direct violation of the Constitution. I would love to see John Roberts get replaced by a true conservative, but alas, that's not likely to happen soon.

OK, the other best part about Trump in office is that the war on the 2nd Amendment will grind to a halt, at least for a few years.

Remember that progressive socialists are incessant and patient. Just because Trump's in office, don't for a second believe that the progressives will give up the fight to gut the Constitution and replace our Republic with a socialist oligarchy. They will not readily give up power. Power must be taken away from them.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Shocked Clinton Supporters: The New Face of Liberalism

Here's a modest tribute to the new face of liberalism, the shocked, sad, horrified faces of Clinton supporters as they see the New World Order collapse in front of their eyes. (Source)

Election Day

Work has won out over blogging this election. Yet, today when the people of the United States step up to elect our next president, let us pause a moment to mourn the things we have lost....