- “Can I tell you,” Kansas
- Article of the year: “Conservatism’s ‘unfortunate reformation,’” Edwin Dyga
- “Is liberalism dead?,” Adam Seagrave
- “All the east is moving,” Tom Holland
- “Exiting the public schools,” Rod Dreher
- “Petition seeks to rename Columbus Park, remove Columbus statue,” 1200 WOAI. If you support Columbus Day, you support slavery, says the infantile activist. Columbus discovered the New World, launching an invasion that, were it not, the Americas would have no God and there would still be human sacrifices in Tenochtitlan. Stop hating on Western Civilization; it’s given you your life. By the way, better pick someone prominent from the 21st century to name the park after, as everyone until recently was a homophobe, am I right?
- “Bill Gross says Yellen ‘worships false idols’ so ‘worry about the return of your money, not on it’,” Zero Hedge
- My review of Evolution: A Theory In Crisis
- “This is what Ted Cruz really proved last night,” Leon Wolf
- “Time will vindicate Ted Cruz,” C. Edmund Wright. I’ll never understand the hatred for my senator, Ted Cruz. I don’t see ambition in taking risk to further a worthy cause. In my opinion he is the man who best stands up to the powers and walks the walk. The best that can be said of others is they got things done by compromising with bad policy.
- “San Antonio’s ‘Tim Duncan Day’ is very Tim Duncan,” Mark Hinog. I love Tim Duncan.
- Today my daughter is 1 month old!
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
My flesh calls out to Gingrich’s common sense. When in the past has America been better off not fighting its enemies? America prosecuted Nazis and Communists when it was at war with Nazis and Communists. America interned Japanese after Pearl Harbor because it was believed they would stay loyal to their ancestral homeland. Is it outlandish to believe Japanese would stay loyal to Japan? The assumption was they would; that’s why the naturalization oath of allegiance says “I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.” If you believe Japanese are loyal to Japan, to do nothing when enemy agents are operating within your borders is suicidal.
It’s as C. S. Lewis noted about witch burning: If you believe in witches, it’s a given that you kill them. They are the devil’s agents on earth! The only uncertainty is how to best find them.
Liberalism has done much to erase the ordinariness of the illiberal past, and has only permitted its remembrance in the form of cautionary tales like anti-Communist hero/liberal bogeyman Joseph McCarthy. In McCarthy’s time fundamental differences of nationality and religion were less tolerated because multiculturalism was seen as a preface to disunion and civil war. This intolerance, a dirty word now, was the scorching fire of the once effective melting pot.
Now the post-war liberal consensus is unraveling, as ISIS sympathizers overstretch the credibility of the diversity project, eroding the preconditions for social trust, and as liberalism’s former proponents suppress the truth in pursuit of blatant falsehoods. The times increasingly call for the enemies of truth and peace in the Lord to be fought and defeated—peacefully, insofar as it can be.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Another way the spectacularly politically relevant movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes resonates is how it shows groups in an uneasy peace policing their own ranks. The peace is worth preserving because of the death and maiming that would result from war. Either war is inevitable, and you fight to win, or peace is possible, and you police your side to keep it.
The opening scene of the movie shows Caesar letting a rogue human off the hook for killing his tribesman in cold blood. Caesar knows that a swift reprisal would be construed as an act of war against the humans. Therefore the responsibility for punishing the killer is the humans’. Likewise it’s Caesar’s responsibility to check his warlike tribesman Koba, who would relish a war with the humans, whether started by the humans or themselves.
The facts may very well exonerate the police in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, but I doubt it. Police are fallible, but sometimes they’re treated as infallible, as entitled to homicidal mistakes. Sometimes they don’t own up to them, as in Eric Garner’s case and other cases I’ve observed. So when one group fails to punish its own members who breach the peace, it doesn’t surprise that the aggrieved group seeks revenge, short of war.
But what about Jesus’ command to not retaliate, to “not resist the evildoer” (Matthew 5:38-39)? Would those ancient words be heeded by all! Jesus’ teaching is the tonic for a soul torn from God, but unfortunately it is not a predictive model of human nature. Not even Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the great Christians of the 20th century, fully obeyed what he properly understood to be Jesus’ teaching. That’s not an excuse to not try, just a reasonable template to base your expectations from.
It goes without saying the murders and attempted murders of police in Dallas are atrocious. It goes without saying the truth often runs counter to beholden grievance narratives always angling for political currency. Years of pointing this out has done little to convince anyone of their errors. The situation isn’t about justice and righteousness so much as political appeasement.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
- “Obergefell and the new Gnosticism,” Sherif Girgis
- “Trump’s identity politics,” R. R. Reno. I’ve been saying for years that civil society and man as God’s beloved creation are above identity. But it appears weaponized identity is too strong a temptation for some.
- “America: history’s exception,” VDH
- “Anti-Christian California,” Rod Dreher
- “Progressive eugenics,” Matthew Harwood
- “Is diversity our strength?,” Thomas Sowell. No.
- “Neutered by neutrality: the abiding influence of John Rawls,” Randall Smith. Also: “The unreasonableness of secular public reason,” Matthew J. Franck.
- “Why they’re able to kill us,” Scott McKay. Also: “DOJ will sensor all references to Islamic terrorism from Orlando 911 call transcripts,” Zero Hedge. Why hide the enemy’s motives if not to hide the enemy? As usual, the president is being glib when he derides Republican anger at his refusal to name the enemy. The point is he’s too accommodating of an anti-American ideology, which is what you’d expect of the first post-American president, a “world leader” whose default mode is to shame his country before fighting for it. National ties are old hat to the post-identity, liberal establishment. Obama is too beholden to the liberal god of multiculturalism to deal with the fact that some people resist the melting pot; indeed, some want to shatter it. Further reading: “Social contract.”
- “‘Citizens of the world’? Nice thought, but...,” Megan McArdle
- “Brexit and multiculturalism,” Salim Mansur
- “On Brexit: Just call me Cassandra,” Clarise Feldman
- “Brexit: Just what the doctor ordered,” Peter Schiff
- “A socialist Les Miserables in Venezuela,” Daniel Greenfield
Sunday, June 5, 2016
- “War is peace; freedom is slavery; men are women,” Matthew Cochran
- “A de-sexed society is a de-humanized society,” Stella Morabito. Her best article yet. Post-human man is post-family man. Flashback: “Unwriting man.”
- “Unnecessary and inappropriate constitutional conflict in North Carolina,” Robert L. McFarland
- “The culture war is interested in you,” Samuel James
- “North Carolina’s retrograde step,” Jelani Cobb. I’ve read hundreds if not thousands of articles in the last few years comparing opposition to the liberal cause célèbre to Jim Crow. If it’s not clear to you by now that an act of the will, like gender “identity” or sexual “orientation,” is not equivalent to an immutable trait like skin pigment, then you are lost and so is the country you speak for. There is no legal distinction among people, no matter how sensible, that can withstand such simple-minded, superficial reasoning. A country that blinds itself to differences cannot choose the right side between right and wrong.
- “Global capitalism versus Christianity? A response to David Bentley Hart,” Samuel Gregg
- “America’s thinning cohesion, James E. Miller
- “What post-Communism hath wrought,” Fred Siegel
- “Defining one’s terms,” John C. Wright
- Three years later, still one of my most important posts: “Where the fight is.”
- “Tesla’s success is the result of politics and subsidies,” Christopher Koopman “Alan Greenspan: ‘We’re running to a state of disaster,’” Zero Hedge
- “Trump as tribal leader,” Rod Dreher
- “Donald Trump: an old-fashioned Whig,” Susan Hanssen
- In which Ask Amy advises a woman who willingly cuckolded her husband to report the incident as “assault” because she was “coerced”: “Ask Amy: Woman returns from vacation pregnant by masseur.” This lie, which abuses the truth and the masseur, is preferable to getting maritally axed by her husband.
- MGTOW is post-feminist and is thus not occupied with reversing feminism’s false construct of reality:“The divorce revolution has bred an army of woman haters,” W. Bradford Wilcox. Flashback: “What men want.”
Sunday, May 15, 2016
I wrote this poem for my high school tennis coach, who retired from coaching last year. I was pleased with how it turned out, so I’m sharing it here.Serve, baseline, volley, lob shot, approach
To master these you need a good coach
I wasn’t all that good at tennis
But 4 years I played at G-P High
Under the forbearing Coach Prewit
Didn’t improve much but I did try
There wasn’t much talent to work with
But Coach urged me to train and compete
To have a cool head and lead in front
To learn something new when I was beat
There’s joy and trials and growth pains being on a team
It means a lot, even when you’re not the crop’s cream
Coach nurtured an attitude that serves me well now
Regardless your place, work at it with all your heart
If what you want’s not there, find another way how
To sow seeds of success, you need a worker’s plough
Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Friday, May 13, 2016
- “From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else.” –Ronald Reagan
- “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.” –Learned Hand
- “Savings rate highest since December 2012 after personal spending disappoints again,” Zero Hedge. Good.
- “What do government subsidies provide? Higher prices and more overhead, mostly,” John Merline
- “Tim Keller’s false gospel: changing both the method and the message,” Dr. Paul M. Elliott
- “What does Scripture mean when it says ‘God gave them over’?,” Grace To You
- “Why you should read C. S. Lewis’s ‘The Great Divorce,’” Bishop Robert Barron
- “The SexRev Tipping Point,” Rod Dreher
- “The bathroom debate: It’s all about me!,” William Murchison
- “What the bathroom wars are really all about,” John Horvat II. Radical egalitarianism, he says, and he’s right. If the objective reality of God’s created order can be subsumed by people’s fantasies of what that order is, there are no differences among people that objectively matter. State-enforced indifference to real difference is the goal of radical egalitarianism. Read also: “Because equality.”
- “At war with reality, in love with meaninglessness,” Robert Ashby
- Trigger warning: “AG Lynch: DOJ has discussed whether to pursue legal action against climate change deniers,” CNS News. There’s no place for the truth in a totalitarian regime.
- “Trump and supporters insult our intelligence,” C. Edmund Wright
- Responsible for creating Trump?:
- “Paul Ryan’s breathtaking ignorance of religious liberty and immigration,” Daniel Horowitz.
- Or: “How John Roberts begat Donald Trump,” Ilya Shapiro.
@Colorado_Right Rubio lost b/c of his horrible amnesty bill. That had more to do w/ creating Trump than anything, I bet.— Joseph Dooley (@Mortal_Weight) May 3, 2016
- You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, since you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created! (Rev 4:11)