Monday, July 29, 2019

What the Anti-Gunners Want To Impose On You

While the Gilroy, CA tragedy is certainly closer to home, and in a state with everything the Brady's want and more, we do not yet know enough to comment on it. Instead, let's go to New Zealand, where the NRA tells us that for anti-gunners, its never enough at Ammoland. The NRA notes that:
In he and Ardern’s press release, Nash is quoted as stating, “Owning a gun is a privilege, not a right.” This is incorrect. The right to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and is therefore inherent to all people and not dependent upon a government for its existence. Governments may fail to recognize the right, but have no power to eliminate it.
Of course, Nash, who is one of New Zealand's elite, thinks the way he does because he is allowed to possess a gun. But how would he look at peoples' rights if he were one of the "commoners?" He wants to treat the people who pay his salary as peasants, who are only allowed to have a gun for self defense if they are good little boys and girls and toe the elite's line.

Nash is wrong.  The right to defend oneself is granted to all human beings by Our Creator.  Further, he is wrong because the people he wants to disarm are the people who pay his salary.  Would the master of a house be less well armed than his servant?  Such a master would be a fool!

Go read  the entire article, to see what the atti-gunners want to impose on you.

Why Are The Most Dangerous Places All Run By Democrats?

Today at, Kevin McCullough asked the question Why Do Democrats Run All Of The Dangerous And Rodent Infested Cities? It is not a new question, and the answer is by now well answered, but it still bears repeating. Just as Democrats were the party of slavery, and Jim Crow, and remain the party of people like Ilhan Omar and Ms. Cortez, apparently the voters in these cities have not gotten the memo.
Rep. Cummings, while being very obsessed with Russia, seems utterly bewildered with the idea that anyone could dare question why so many billions of federal dollars flow to places like West Baltimore when they are obviously doing no good.
Look at other cities in similar dilapidation and there holds a unique truth: Democrats run them all.
How long will sewage run down the streets of San Francisco? How long will St. Louis, Detroit, and Baltimore, continue to rotate as the nation’s most dangerous crime infested metros? And how long will federal dollars keep chasing bad money with new?
McCullough thinks he knows why these things keep happening:
In my life I’ve spent multiple seasons, time, and resources going to the actual third world. The heartbreak in places like Haiti, Guatemala, Ghana and the Congo, is that they have no opportunity to make their lives better. Those economies are largely run by corrupt governments whose only ambition is to use public office to enrich themselves. A lot like Cummings, Sanders, and Pelosi have done.
Look, a congressman's salary provides a very comfortable living in Washington, DC. But no one will never get rich on it. Indeed, people are not supposed to get rich. The Founders did not intend for someone to make a career out of being in Congress. Rather, the idea was that people who had already been successful in their various fields would chose to sacrifice some time and effort to go into Congress for a term or two to keep the country running. Note that running for Congress was envisioned as a sacrifice not as a way to get rich. Today, we have too many people of limited accomplishments and average talent going into Congress to frankly take advantage of their positions for personal gain.

This needs to change.

Update:  Go check out the following post at Drake's Place

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Shroud of Turin Exists For Me

The Shroud of Turin has been one of many interesting topics I follow on a opportunistic basis.  What do I mean by "opportunistic"?  I mean that I do not seek them out, but when I come across them, I do read about them.  So, when Myra Kahn Adams publishes articles at, on the Shroud, I readily read them for the latest news. Today, Adams has posted an interesting article entitled Why Does the Shroud of Turin Exist? In the article, she answers the question:
And my response is simple: The Shroud of Turin exists because HE exists. An answer that echoes what God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14).
It turns out that the many Townhall readers who commented about not needing the Shroud’s “physical evidence to underpin their faith,” represent a large swath of Christian believers. I learned this when asking Russ Breault— my fellow Shroud exhibit team colleague, and a world-renowned Shroud expert and speaker — if he had experienced similar attitudes after over 30 years of hosting his popular “Shroud Encounters” to sell-out crowds.
Breault replied:
“I get that statement all the time! When someone says, ‘I don't need the Shroud for my faith,’ I usually say, ‘That is fantastic! But that doesn't mean the Shroud was not meant for someone else.’ ”
You never know when something someone says will give you a greater understanding. I am one who has often said that I do not need relics or other physical evidence; that my faith is enough. But the truth is that I am like the father of the child with an unclean spirit in Mark 9:24, who said "Lord,I believe; help my unbelief!" It is the cry of any rational adult who does not any longer believe in magic. For anyone who has studied the laws of nature for any amount of time, there can be no breaking of these laws. And yet, I see miracles happening all the time. People are changed by their faith in Jesus. How to explain it?  Our God is an active God, intervening in the lives of everyday ordinary people to bring about His will-not mine, and not yours. 

The Shroud of Turin exists, throughout the centuries, and despite the harrowing events it has endured, for me.  Sometimes I, like Thomas (doubting Thomas) need a little bit more.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Justice Will Never Be Done

I am torn between feeling sorry for Robert Mueller, and seething at the Democrats who used him.  But, on the other hand, it was Mueller's choice to be used.  He certainly didn't need the money, as he was already well set.  So, the only thing I can think of that would drive him to undertake what is, as Trump has described, a "witch hunt," is an arrogant belief that the people came to the wrong conclusion.  The Constitution didn't work by having the people elect one of the "elite."

But look at the cost of the Mueller probe.  The lives, reputations, and the personal wealth destroyed in his single minded pursuit of Trump, to the exclusion of the real perpetrators.  He claims not to even know about the dossier or Fusion GPS!  Where has he been hiding?

Kurt Schlichter today has a scathing article on Mueller's testimony before the House committee chaired by Representative Nadler at entitled Good Riddance To Bob Mueller. It is clear that Mueller was not the actual architect of the report that bears his name. Indeed, that distinction belongs to Andrew Weissmann, notorious for achieving a false conviction of Alaska Senator Stevens. That conviction was later overturned, too late for the Senators re-election. Weismann was also responsible for the conviction of innocent people in the Enron case, as told by Sydney Powell in her book Licensed To Lie.

Schlichter is also of the opinion that none of these people, guilty of their own "high crimes and misdemeanors" will ever be held accountable:
Of course, Jim Comey lied and gave classified info to his media allies – and its so awesome that our glorious media allies itself with powerful officials in the alleged intelligence/justice community – but we all know he will never be held accountable for it even though if we did it we’d be busy redeeming our own personal Shawshanks. Did anyone even bother asking Mueller if he thought about indicting his buddy the Looming Doofus? I don’t recall, to quote Absent Bob. Probably no one bothered because we all know the answer. The manifest, repeated and unrepentant wrongdoing of members-in-good-standing of the elite was not within his purview.
That is the most troubling thing about the this entire episode. Nothing happens to these people who should be in jail. Weissmann should have been disbarred long ago and sent to prison for withholding exculpatory evidence that exonerated to people he prosecuted. But here he is STILL corrupting justice. Comey, Brennan, Page, Strzok, and others, to one degree or another should at the very least never be allowed near the levers of power again. They have shown they can not be trusted.

And then there is the central figures in this corruption, Hillary and Obama.  Giving Attorney General Barr the benefit of the doubt, I am highly doubtful these people will ever see the inside of a jail cell.  But that is what should happen to both of them if the American people are ever to have faith in the system of justice again. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Why Gun Control Doesn't Work

Another very good article comes today from the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) authored by Alan Korwin entitled Gun Control: Why It Doesn't Work. Korwin is outspoken in this article that gun control is not about guns, its about control.
Freedom matters.
When the government decided back in Revolutionary times that it should be in power and control the guns, free people stood up and decided we would control arms and delegate power to officials — not the other way around. It was a unique concept, never before attempted — the grand experiment of self-governance — and America was born.
It makes sense that the freest nation on Earth has the freest gun laws and best access to arms anywhere. Freedom from gun control is what led to the ongoing emancipation of every class of men and women and will continue to do so.
You can’t arm slaves and expect them to remain enslaved.
Korwin goes on to destroy the various proposals put for by the Democrats to show that these proposals will not reduce crime. Indeed, that they are not intended to control crime, because criminals will not be disuaded by laws. What they are intended to do is disarm you and me.

This fits with the previous post, and I urge readers to go read the whole article.  You should also spread it around on social media, if you don't mind being in facebook jail for a spell.

Kamala Harris Wants To Harass Gun Owners

Kamala Harris, as you may realize, has made gun control a central part of her campaign to be President.  She has said she would enact her policies by executive order if Congress fails to act.  However, John Lott has an article that points out that Kamala, Your Gun Policies Wouldn't Have Stopped Aurora over at  The title of Lott's article stems from Harris's use of the seventh anniversary of the attack on an Aurora, Colorado theater to push for more gun control.

Unfortunately for Harris, Lott is correct. Most criminals obtain the guns they use by illegal means. They don't buy them from a dealer, and they don't get them at gun shows. They buy them from the black market, or they steal them, or the have a straw buyer who can do so purchase the weapon for them.  Background checks, however, only affect purchases made at a legal dealer, to include gun shows.  Therefore background checks would only affect law abiding citizens.  Frankly, this is nothing more than harassment and intimidation of people who are totally innocent of the crime.

Meanwhile the fact that mass shooters target so called "gun free zones," or what I call target rich killing zones, is beyond question.
Colorado was by no means the only time that killers targeted gun-free zones. Just this year we have seen all the attacks in gun-free zones: in a public employee-only area of a Virginia Beach municipal building; a business in Aurora, Illinois; and a Florida bank. Just seven mass public shootings since 1950 took place where at least four people died in an area where general civilians are allowed to have guns, and it was not part of some other crime.
Gun-free zones are a magnet for those who want to kill many people quickly. Even the most ardent gun control advocate would never put “Gun-Free Zone” signs on their home. Let’s stop finally putting them elsewhere."
Please go read Lott's article. He is right. Gun free zones, whether in schools or work places have made Americans less safe, and empowered those sick individuals that believe they will become famous by killing others. (If you wonder why the Democrats have the reputation of supporting criminals, here is just one reason.) If Democrats want to control crime, getting rid of gun free zones, including schools would be a good start.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Conceit of the Left

We have two today, out of a plethora of stories to highlight.  But I have other things to do today, so you will have to be satisfied with just two of them.  The first is a piece at the American Thinker by Abraham H. Miller entitled An Angry Old White Guy in AOC Plus Three. Miller is experiencing a bit of what I experience: exhaustion. One gets tired of having another project onto one motives that are not part of one's thinking.
While the hysteria of the current aspiring revolutionaries, or “power grabbers,” to use Ilhan Omar’s own words, is not yet at the stage where anyone is being carted off to the guillotine or sent to the gulag, the new face of the Democratic Party is devouring its parents. Its children are yet to come.
The instrument of execution is the accusation of racism. Joe Biden is a racist because decades ago he refused to endorse coerced busing to end de facto segregation, a mechanism that was so flawed that it enhanced rather than ended segregation.
Joe Biden speaks in malapropisms, used his country for his family’s enrichment, and has been wrong about nearly every foreign policy he embraced, but he is not a racist.
Nancy Pelosi, for daring to call out the raucous Hamas chorus in her party, is called a racist. Nancy Pelosi is many unsavory things, but she is not a racist.
So too, all of us who support the president are now not just called deplorables but also white nationalists, supremacists, or racists.
If that is the case, I want to know where to sign up because the only way to make this now trivialized and overworked accusation to go away is to embrace it. If they shout, witch! …then we should all stand up and say we are witches.
A note to Ms. Cortez and company.  We didn't think much of Marx and Engles though they were Northern Europeans. We didn't like Lennin of Stalin either, and they were as white as the driven snow. And even though Hitler claimed to be a pure Ayrian, whatever that is, we didn't like him either. What do these people have in common? Think hard... Why, yes, its Socialism!

And, oh, by the way, our problems with Obama were the same as our problem with the people mentioned above.  We didn't dislike Obama, because most of us didn't know him personally.  But his policies were socialistic and totalitarian.  That is our only beef with him.  Socialism!

I have often ponder the same thing that Trump said aloud the other day, namely, if you don't love this country, if you feel that your parents made a mistake coming here, why don't you leave?  I have gotten unsatisfactory responses from most of those I have asked the question.  The best one is that they stay here because their "family" is here.  But if they really feel we are so bad, why not do what their own forebears did and leave?
And, Trump is right, if you don’t love this country, you shouldn’t be here. If you think your refugee camp in Kenya made you feel more whole, I am sure there is someone in Kenya who will gladly change places with you. If you feel more Palestinian when you are in the Congress, maybe you should be experiencing that feeling in Ramallah. If you can pretend to weep over an empty parking lot at the border but not over the more than 10,000 mostly black and Latino children that will need a shelter tonight in New York City, then you should run for the Mexican legislature. If you think socialism is the answer to the nation’s problems, I am sure Raul Castro has need of you in Cuba.
As for most of us, we don’t give a damn about the color of your skin, but the content of your character leaves much to be desired. And if you keep telling us what racists we are, just maybe we’ll take you seriously and become the thing you want us to be.
The truth is that these people are malcontents because they are largely talentless and of average intelligence, who are never going to be the world shakers they aspire to be. They are legends in their own minds, but in the real world each is just another Bozo on the bus.

The second item today comes from Kurt Schichter who writes about The Nightmare of an America Ruled By AOC And Her Socialist Pals over at

Go read the whole article. In fact, go read BOTH articles.  Schlichter is a great story teller, and what he tells in People's Republic is a story of half the country turned into a Venezuela. One of the things that comes out loud and clear is the resentment one of the lead characters feels for the people he feels do not respect him enough for his great intellect and that he alone has the inside scoop while his fellows are mere cud chewers. This, of course, is the conceit of all totalitarians and totalitarian wannabes.  This is the conceit of AOC and her gang, of their sugar daddy Saikat Chakrabarti,  It was Marx's, Lennin's, Stalin's, and Hitler's conceit.  We must vote all such people down and never let them get close to power again.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Wondering Why Conservative Voices Are Not Heard on Social Media?

Go read Welcome To Social Government on

I have mention this before as an example of what is happening to conservatives now. It has happened before to gun owners. At the start of the 20th century (after the birth of Christ) guns were largely unregulated. The meaning of the Second Amendment was agreed by everyone say that the right to keep and bear arms was not to bee infringed. Then, progressives (disguised as Democrats) used the "crisis" of the 1930s gangster activities (which was a reaction to the passage of Prohibition) to pass the National Firearms Act.  Then they slept and waited, and let everyone calm down.  Next, they used the "crisis" of the assassination of Jack Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy to pass the even more intrusive Gun Control Act of 1968.  Since, it has been a never ending attack, based on each new mass killing.  The Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990 arguably made mass killings more frequent thus giving gun grabbers ammunition.

Each of these gun control laws were framed as "compromises."  But in fact they were nothing of the sort.  Instead, they were deliberate encroachments.  Afterward, they waited until gun owners were again asleep, at which they time they crept up again.  Now they are using the approach to take away our rights to speak.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Why Western Civilization is Not About Whiteness

This thing of calling Republicans racists and nativists by Democrats is absurd.  You know, of course that the Republican party was founded in 1854, in a Wisconsin school house as an abolitionist party.  That is, its first purpose was to end slavery, and here in America, that meant black slavery.  The first Republican president was Abraham Lincoln.  The Democrats have been the party of black slavery, of Jim Crow, of segregation, and continue to be the party of antisemitism.  It is as if by calling us racist, they hope no one looks at their own record of racism and bigotry.

So, it was with some interest that I read an article by Bradly Birzer over at The Federalist entitled Why It's Preposterous To Say Western Civilization Is About 'Whiteness'. Western Civilization is about certain ideas and concepts going back to the Greek civilization. The West was, of course, a pagan culture that was in the fullness of time, Christianized by St. Paul and other missionaries. The Wests great ideas came out of this amalgam of Greek thought and Christian morality.
One of the truly frustrating aspects of our all-too modern and post-modern era is how easily radicals dismiss anything to do with western civilization as a racialist celebration of “whiteness” and of Caucasians. To believe such a thing, one must first believe that “races” actually exist, something no scientist worth her or his salt would believe. Yet, even assuming that such a thing as “race” does exist, where does it matter in terms of history?
The father of the Reformation and a Roman Catholic saint, Augustine serves as the most importance nexus between the ancient and medieval worlds, his magisterial “City of God” serving as the handbook of the Middle Ages. Importantly for our argument, though, St. Augustine was also from Hippo, a region of North Africa.
Just as Christ preached universal truths about the condition of mankind and offers a way out of these universal conditions, the Left rejects all of the things that make up Western thought. The ideas of Socrates and Plato, the idea that men have certain inalienable rights by virtue of their creation; these are the things the Left rejects in favor of dividing us into identity groups and pitting one identity against another.  But it is not out of a genuine love for mankind that they do it.  It is rather to secure their own power.

We can not let them have power.  In their hatred of both themselves and us, they will surely burn down the house around us.

The next time someone tells you that the West is about whiteness or racial superiority, remind them of several things: 1) that race is a modern construct, the fruits of progressivism; 2) that one of the greatest Westerners, St. Augustine, was an African; 3) that Heraclitus sought only unity; and 4) that the Spartans gave everything for dignity greater than any one people. You may very well fail to persuade them, but, at the very least, you can befuddle them.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Psychiatrists Agree: Red Flag Laws Are B.S.

David Codrea has an analysis of so called "red flag" laws at Ammoland entitled Psychiatric Diagnoses Study Cast Reasonable Doubt On Red Flag Laws Here's the money quote:
In other words, they can’t justify their political biases scientifically but they still want the government to pass citizen disarmament laws over everybody. That’s even though they admit the problem is minimal and the latest findings conclude what they’ve been doing all along stigmatizes.
Red flag laws are dangerous because rather than relying on proper due process to strip someone of his or her rights, these laws rely on the ancient system of j'accuse. Someone accuses a person in secret. A court holds a hearing in which the bias will be to find that the individual, who may not know that he is in fact on trial, sufficiently "guilty" to take away his guns.

The first problem is that the individual "flagged" is left to walk around on the streets.  The second problem is that if, and that is a big IF, he wanted to commit a crime, guns are not the only weapon at his disposal.  For that matter, again if he intends to commit a crime, he can obtain a gun through illegal means.
The hard but undeniable truth is, anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian. In order to involuntarily segregate someone from society, full due process and proof beyond a reasonable doubt are called for. The say-so of motivated third parties who may have a conflict of interest may be enough to get an investigation started, but that’s all.
As always, go read Codrea's article. I have written several times about red flag laws because I believe they are a step in the wrong direction. No body is "flagging" gang bangers and known criminals. Instead, they are "flagging" innocent people because such people are harmless and won't cap the accuser if they can find out who did it. This is nothing more that security theater; looking like the politicians are doing something without actually having to do anything.  It's a way for politicians to harass the hated gun owners, who they look upon as putting a check on their power.

Something Different

So, today, let's do something different, shall we?  Over at the American Thinker today, Anthony J. DeBlasi has a piece entitled Love of Music. Quite often, we get wrapped around the axle worrying about politics, and we forget what truly makes us human. I contend that the arts in general, and music in particular are one of the things that mark humanity as opposed to the other animals.  As I have grown older, I learn to appreciate more and more styles of music, but especially instrumentals.  While learning to play the trumpet, I discovered Baroque music.  While relearning to play the organ, I discovered Bach.  My latest passion is the guitar.  While it is used a lot in pop music for blindingly stupid purposes, the guitar actually has a long history dating back to the middle ages.  The genres of music played on the guitar range from classical and flamenco to jazz and county and rock.

Go read the article, and while you are doing so, listen to a master of the guitar, Mr. Chet Atkins here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Defending others against edge weapon attack

Go read Scott W. Wagner's article at the USCCA entitled Defending Others Against Edged-Weapon Attacks. Wagner makes the point that in the hands of someone who has a passing knowledge of the use of a knife, and in close quarters, a knife is as, if not more, deadly than a gun.

Please go read Wagner's article.  It is short.  Of course, a knife is an indispensable tool for daily life.  You never know when something will need to be cut from lengths of string, to boxes, to rescuing someone in a car accident.  But it also doesn't hurt to learn how to effectively use a knife as a weapon as well.

Taking The Militia Seriously

Kurt Schlichter has a great idea in his article at entitled Let's Call The Liberals' Second Amendment Militia Bluff. What does Schlichter mean by calling the liberals' militia bluff? Well, his idea is to actually require each of us to own a real live assault rifle, not some semiautomatic look alike, and an actual service grade pistol, M1911 pistol. Then, horror of horrors, everyone would have to muster out on designated days, learn useful skills such as first aid, and demonstrate proficiency with their weapons. After all, the law already specifies those who are members of the militia, it is just not enforced.

Frankly, Schlichter's idea is a good one for a number of reasons.  First, and foremost, we need a people who have some little training that can be called up if needed.  But the truth is that the militia is not likely under current circumstances to be called up at the federal level.  But States may need to call up the militia for various reasons.  For example, during hurricanes and other weather disasters a State might wish to call up the militia to perform rescue or evacuation operations.  The militia may also be useful as a sheriff's posse.  Having a, using the term in its original meaning, well regulated militia could be of great value to a State.

One thing Schlichter didn't mention, but I think it would be a good idea is one mention in his book Peoples' Republic. The idea is that in order to vote, one must serve in the military. But service in the militia would be a good substitute for service in the professional military. After all, if you want a voice in how we are governed, perhaps it is not too much to ask you to participate in your community in a positive way instead of just complaining and "protesting." Protesting and demonstrating should be a last resort, not your first response.

Go read the article.  I have to run, today, but I encourage a two of you gentle readers to read Kurt's article and consider some of his proposals.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Murphy Was An Optimist

In the James Bond thriller Skyfall Bond is issued a smart gun instead of his trusty Walther PPK. At an appropriate moment in the film, Bond loses control of his weapon, and is about to be terminated by an attacker who picks it up. But, the gun works as promised and will not fire for the attacker. Just before the attacker pulls the trigger, Bond utters "Good luck with that."

 For those who believe in the power of electronic technology, the film is a ringing endorsement of the so called "smart gun."  Our former Vice President, Joe Biden, appears to be one of these.  What Biden, and apparently a lot of people do not understand is that the "Bond" films are scripted by Hollywood writers who also believe in the smart gun idea.  These scripts are just wishful thinking, and so are smart guns.  The smart gun is pure Hollywood fiction.  Murphy's law, which states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible moment, is a more accurate assessment.  And Murphy was an optimist.

Today, at John Lott has an article explaining all this entitled Democrats Keep Pushing Smart Guns.

These “smart” guns use a fingerprint or palm reader — something akin to what is available on smart phones. Or they can utilize a radio signal from a wristwatch worn by the owner.
Imagine police arriving on a crime scene and finding that their guns can’t fire, because of interference with the radio signals. The German-made Armatix iP1 has been jammed with radio waves and hasn’t proved useful in preventing theft as it was hacked with $15 worth of magnets. Should police rely on fingerprint technology instead? The iPhone supposedly has state-of-the-art finger print scanners, but anyone who uses the device knows that the technology is far from 100% reliable. The phone won't unlock if your finger is positioned in the wrong way, or if it is slightly damp or dirty. For police, a few second delay may mean the difference between life and death.
In a life and death struggle, and that is the only time a potentially lethal weapon should be drawn, one is unlikely to be given the chance to go wash his or her hands.  Frankly, one is also very likely to not be able to get a firm firing grip on the gun.  Imagine that you are already on the ground, being pounded by a man bigger, stronger, and more youthful than you are.  You begin to realize that if you don't get this guy off of you, he is going to kill you.  But he is stronger than you are, and you can't.  You reach back and manage to draw your gun, turn it towards your attacker and fire, twice, three times.  He finally relents, as it dawns on him he has been shot.  Now, while he is distracted, you can push him aside and get up.  For the first time you can take a firm firing grip and proper aim, but of course, if your attacker has not reinitiated his attack, you do not shoot.

But what if your weapon was one of these so called "smart guns?"  Would you have been able to use it?  Murphy, remember, was an optimist.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Great Reaction to the Newest Idea in Politics

Christopher Chantrill, at the American Thinker today calls out the Left for what it really is about in an article entitled Who Will Tell the Movement Activists To Go Home? Chantrill sums up what he is really talking about here:
See, my idea is that our Big Problem is that the left and all its works are a Great Reaction, a unconscious, instinctive nostalgia for the good old days of slavery, serfdom, conquest, tribalism. That’s why I say that socialism is neo-slavery, the welfare state is neo-serfdom, democracy is neo-loot-and-plunder, and identity politics is neo-tribalism.
And really, why be surprised? The Germans, particularly Jung, reminded us that we are mostly our unconscious mind and its archetypes. So of course we would have an instinctive hankering for the good old days of unfettered simian instinct.
Chantrill is definitely on to something. I have always wondered why the Left espouses not a new idea, but a very old one. Indeed, the latest and the greatest is the founding of the Constitutional Republic known as the United States of America. Of course, there had been democracies before. They failed. And there had been republics before. Rome started out as a republic. After the dictators (read Caesars) took over, they maintained the outward appearance of the republic, while providing bread and circuses to the masses to keep them mollified.  The Roman idea once the dictators took over was a giant Ponzi scheme in which there was a need to conquer more and more of the world.  Eventually they would have run out of world.  But instead, before they could conquer the world, Rome was brought down by the weight of its own tyranny.

The Founding Fathers had a new and revolutionary idea. A constitutional republic in which all the stakeholders had a say. The people got to vote directly for their representatives in the House.  The States got a say by choosing the Senators.  The President was elected by the electors based on the number of people in each State and who won that State.  The Supreme Court was originally supposed to make rulings on things that were in the domain of the Federal government.  That was a small list.  It was brilliant. But right from the start, the Left was out to get rid of this new idea.

Many don't know this, but the term, "The Left" comes from France, and it was the French revolution that set the Left in motion.  Just as the American revolution was successful, the French revolution was not.  And so it has been ever since. The Left constantly believes that one man can embody the yearnings of an entire people. It's absurd.    But some men will always want power.  The interesting thing is, like so many things in life, the more you want it, the less of it you will have.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Department of Redundancy Department

Scott Morefield today at has the latest in a long long line of unnecessary and useless laws in The Absurdity and Futility of Distracted Driving Laws. The money quote is:
This law, like so many others, presumes citizens aren’t adults with adult judgement. Most of us can determine when it’s safe to glance down to do anything quickly in a vehicle and when it’s not. I’ve been switching podcasts on my phone for years, and have never once been cited for reckless driving because I’m extremely careful, you know, like an adult. People will say “a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch,” but why not simply punish those bad apples? If someone is doing ANYTHING in a vehicle that causes them to not operate it safely, they should be cited. And the result will be something police can easily observe and deal with - an erratic vehicle.
The police already have an excuse to pull over any driver whose driving is erratic. The driver might be drunk, or on medication for which he has been advised to avoid operating machinery. In any case, he can be cited or jailed. The need for a separate distracted driving law is entirely superfluous, and redundant.

How many laws on any State's books either have never been used, or have only been used once?  We are a nation of laws, alright, too many laws.  Start with a new law that any new law should be matched with two others to be repealed.  Of course at some point a State might get down to an irreducible number of laws, but it will probably take 100 years or so.  So have at it (I am looking at you, North Carolina legislature.)