Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Confession and a Pledge to Action

I have a confession to make folks.  I have been one of those who have prosecuted the conservative ideal through gentlemanly debate.  I have been one who has for too long pondered where the red line is between action, sometimes violent action, and tolerating the intolerable, while hoping, against hope, that the country would finally realize where it is headed and turn around.  I have been presenting facts and figures to people who can only understand emotion; casting my pearls before swine.

Many former leftists have been warning us for years that the Left does not play by the rules, indeed does not recognize any rules.  David Horowitz is a prominent former member of the New Left who warned us early and often with such books as The Politics of Bad Faith. But having been brought up to believe that good overcomes evil, I could not bring myself to fight fire with fire. Mike Vanderboegh is another who has come to the light from darkness. I met Mike once or twice at various gun protests. Once in Northern Virginia, right across the river within sight of the Capitol, Washington DC, and once in Greensboro, NC. Even then I could not bring myself to do what Mike has done, sad to say. It seems I did not have the courage of my convictions.  It is cowardly to obey an unjust law, and it is cowardly to compromise with evil.  Or as Jesse Helms, Senator from North Carolina, famously said:
Compromise, hell! That's what has happened to us all down the line -- and that's the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?
Ever since Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, I have been doing a lot of soul searching.  Ted was my guy, the man for whom I had been looking for 40 years.  Ted is a walking, talking, Constitution of the United States of America, and honestly would be a true successor to Justice Antonin Scalia and no doubt welcomed by Justice Sam Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas.  The others I can not in all conscience dignify with the title of Justice.

I have vowed never to vote for the lesser of two evils again.  I have sworn not to put my name to it, nor to give such an abhorrence my blessing.  My personal integrity means too much to me.  High sounding phrases, no doubt, but now when I read these words what they scream to me is what an egotistical ass!  Because what these people have been trying to say is right.  Someone boxing under the Marquess of Queensberry rules can not defeat a mixed martial artist.  Any chair in a bar fight.  Don't bring a knife to a gun fight.   The Left does not play fair, and neither should we.  For a true gentleman is gentle with those who are gentle, but is ruthless to those who are ruthless.

Two articles today at the American Thinker have prompted me to finally write this confession for the entire world to see.  The first, entitled All I know is that gentlemanly conservatism is dead by Christopher Chatrill points out that government is forces, and someone, somewhere, will always be hurt by any action government takes. Which is why a it is so important to have a government fully limited in its scope and power. It is why a Bill of Rights that defines certain rights as off the table for discussion or voting is also so important. It is why we must be ever vigilant to see that the people entrusted with power do not abuse their power.  The founders were mortal men, to be sure, with all the flaws that entails, but they were nonetheless Divinely inspired. Like the Bible, and Shakespeare, what they wrote is timeless. You so called "liberals" who insist that the 200 years since its writing have changed everything, usually without reading it or contemplating its virtues, need to take your arrogant smart phone naval gazing, go sit down and shut the f@#& up. There, was that ungentlemanly enough for you?

The other, which also hit home is For Trump! Against the Disloyalist by Jared E. Peterson. Like most conservatives, I had not thought of myself as disloyal. I had thought of myself as an individual. After all, one name for the Left, which encompasses Communists, Socialists, Fascists, Progressives, Fabians, liberals, etc, etc, ad nauseum, is "collectivists." The opposite of "collectivist" is "individualists," right? Except in the real world these two archetypes don't really exists. Among collectivists there are ranges of opinion, and among individualists, no man is an island. Everyone who survives needs the cooperation of others.  More, if I truly believed that the Constitution was Divinely inspired, then truly I was putting my ego, my self will above that of my Creator.  Clearly, I was wrong.  For that, I am sorry.  Peterson is right, that a Hillary administration would be a disaster, if for no other reason than that they are killing innocent children right here in America through abortion.  No more.  Enough is enough.

I will vote for Trump.  Moreover, I will pledge to do whatever I can to seal his election.  But I will be watching.  I would have preferred a Washington, but I will take a Trump.

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