WE are so much wealthier

I didn’t listen to Senator Joni Ernst’s SOTU rebuttal, but I have read about it here and here. With respect to the second piece, it’s funny how libs and progressives are all about the poor…until they are not, at which point snide ridicule seems to become oh so funny. (And they wonder why they can’t win in middle America?  Tell me again, who’s the smart party?)

The Senator made a point that I want to re-emphasize: we are so MUCH WEALTHIER now than we were 40 and 50 years ago.  I’m not going to trot out graphs and statistics and reports, but instead will lean on empiric recall and ask that you apply the same.

When my parents, both of whom were school teachers, were in their mid  to late 30’s and I was in my early years of grade school, we lived in a cinder block, one story home with a flat roof and terrazzo floors. The garage was not enclosed; the house had no air conditioning (my parents ultimately got a window unit for their bedroom), no dishwasher, no clothes dryer, and no carpet, although I remember one giant braid rug.  We had 1 phone, a black and white TV and 1 car, which  had no air conditioning.  Once a week on Friday’s my dad would pick up a 4-pack of something called champale, a kind wine-beer malt liquor, and he and mom would split it.  Going out to eat was a trip to KFC; the fast food places were relatively new, and this was a big treat for all.  Everybody in that neighborhood lived essentially the same way.

My 28-year-old nephew and his wife have just had their first child.  My nephew is a fireman and his wife a nurse.  They live in a house more than double the square footage of my parent’s former place; they have 2 cars, one of which is $40,000 truck.  The house is equipped with  central air, enclosed 2-car garage, washer-dryer, dishwasher,  a bathroom large enough to hold a small crowd, countless closets, land lines and cell phones, a home entertainment unit with a 60″ flatscreen…you get the point.  And in no way is this an attack or criticism of my nephew.  Most of the things I listed would make a vast majority of young people — even poor young people — go, “So?  What’s your point?”  Moreover, my nephew and his wife have played everything right; yes, he has a car note, but they often double up on the mortgage payment, and they owe no other money.  My point is, these two very young people acquired all this without leveraging the future.  My parents could not have imagined such abundance at a similar age.

We are infinitely wealthier.  Even our poor live with more toys (cell phones, flat screens, jacuzzis) than does Europe’s middle class.  I suppose it’s human nature to always expect more, but sometimes a bit of remembrance and reflection from those of us who are old enough might be worthwhile.

As for the young, my God, they’ve been taught to expect everything NOW.  As a result, many of them know the “price of everything and the value of nothing.”  Came across this today.  Ignorance is good enough so long as everything goes along swimmingly.  However, when difficult obstacles present themselves, a bit of wisdom and character, earned through patience, diligence and work, may provide the only foundation on which to fall back.

 

NY TIMES, truth challenged

So TIMES editor page writer Charles Blow pens an article about his son be stopped by a cop at Yale.  He pulls out all the usual tropes (Here is his article.) about young black males  and cops, but leaves out an important detail…The cop who pulled his gun on his son is black.  In addition, the Yale chief of police is black.  Shouldn’t these facts at least have been mentioned?  Oh, one more, Blow admits that his son fits the description of the robbery suspect the cops were trying to find.

It’s always the same…If it doesn’t fit the liberal narrative, then it can’t be part of the story.  Pathetic.

WE don’t need no stinkin’ free speech

This article is the early front runner for the year’s most disturbing report.  John Chait is a card-carrying lefty and he is clearly troubled by the ascendance of PC on the left.  (I would argue that PC and it’s concomitant desire to close down all opposing ideas are the very core of today’s left.)  What’s most disturbing are the cadre of voices, writers and academics for the most part, who argue that free speech has limits, that some voices should not be heard.  Of course, they are the ones who will make the choice.  Well, since the proponents of censorship are putting their outrageous notions foursquare before us, I will add mine:  Should the day come when they get their way, they will find me a implacable enemy, one hell bent on violent and terminal retribution…and I will not be alone.  We will kill them, or they will tyrannize all of us.  Marxists totalitarians…every damn one of them.

Why is left upset about American Sniper?

By now I suspect most people are aware of tweets from Michael Moore and Seth Rogin.   Perhaps Moore’s rant is simply shrugged off as predictable drivel from a despicable man, and Rogin is dismissed as just another idiot actor. But how about this from Howard Dean, who not so long ago was thought a serious Dem presidential candidate and more recently was head of the DNC, credited by his party for a major role in Dems capturing both houses of Congress during his tenure?  Or this from Mike Taibbi at Rolling Stone? (After the UVA “rape” story you’d think that rag, I mean mag, would want to slip beneath the radar screen for a time.  But so it goes with sanctimonious lefties; they are possessed of a humility equal to that of Las Vegas side alley street whores.)  And no defense or expounding of liberal thought would be complete without the obligatory wisdom from academia.  What’s most amusing is that this fellow professes HE NEVER SAW THE FILM! (Can you imagine the derision that would be heaped on a conservative voice that criticized say, SELMA, without ever seeing the movie?  And by the way, that criticism would be deserved. )

So why now? Liberals haven’t always been this exorcised about movies featuring snipers;  there was no liberal hand wringing over Barry Pepper in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and the left had nothing to say when Jude Law was popping Nazis in ENEMY AT THE GATES, to name a couple of fairly recent examples.  Why then are liberals rushing to the barricades in this instance?

One obvious answer is that the film doesn’t augment or pay homage to the prescribed liberal narrative which must include some or all of the following elements: Iraq War bad, Americans were an occupying force; war dehumanizes US soldiers turning them into mindless killers or psychological basket cases, no WMD, Bush lied, war for oil, big business made a fortune,  or the morality in the conflict is just a matter of point of view.  I’ve likely missed a few, but you get the drift.  Still, while this is part of the reason for progressive fury, I don’t believe it is the entire answer.

Nothing is so feared by the left as the projection of American military action, save the notion of that applied force and all the sacrifice it entails being accepted and condoned by a majority of our citizens.  I am not suggesting that this idea has occurred consciously to liberals; the repercussions are too broad, too far reaching for that.  This fear is unspoken, etched, as it were, in their philosophical DNA.

The lion’s share of the great success the left has realized in the US during the last 50 years has occurred because of the sacred appreciation they have for force — as Glenn Reynolds says, “Scratch a lefty, you find a totalitarian” — and their practiced ability to  delegitimize its use when it comes from the right.  The complement to this continuing effort is what progressives most fear, what poses the greatest threat to their ascendance: force  from the right being lionized; heroes from the right being elevated; military action being revered.

The erosion of legitimacy in the exercise of conservative force began with Vietnam War protests, in that instance culminating in street riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago where Mayor Daly’s cops reacted violently.  (Democrats no longer have use for the likes of the late Mayor Daly, and none of his kind remain in the party.) Coupled with the shameful behavior and excesses of white racists in the South, Chicago, Boston, etc. during the ’60’s,  the result was exercise of conservative  muscle took a hit from which it has yet to recover.

Note, it’s not that power or force has been lessened or diminished, but only that part of it which the right is allowed to use.  Think of force as a finite thing.  It cannot grow, but it can be apportioned.  And since the power used by the right has been successfully painted by lefties as corrupt or incompetent or evil, then, naturally, more of it must accrue to the left.  In order to do that there has been a fostering of regulations, a different education for our youth, an attempt to disarm our citizenry, to name a few high profile items.   A further part of this can be seen in the growth of multiculturalism and the rise of the idea of moral relativity.  Both these things came out of the ’60’s and both are an attempt to neuter or destroy American heroes and devalue American culture, for our past is too rooted in the exercise of conservative power, the use of guns by “angry white men,” and all thinking lefties realize that has to be diminished, eroded or erased.

Obviously, the progressive movement has not achieved total domination.  (Is anything more fun than listening to an academic shred his garments and tear his hair while caterwauling about American gun ownership?)  However, I would argue they’ve cut off one of our testicles and are well positioned to amputate the second.  For the left, aware of their position, nothing poses so great a potential to reverse the tide as the nation once again worshiping our martial heroes, especially in fighting a war liberals don’t sanction.

The left’s ascendance began with its demonization of the American military during and after Vietnam, and to a greater extent than is generally imagined their present position and future rise depends on their ability to control the narrative of how we view, what we think of our men and women in the armed services.  If they lose that story then who knows, in time we could see an effect in our schools and legal system; we could see real freedom in our markets and economy; we could see store owners shooting looters and arsonists without fear of prison; we could see jihadists tamed; we could even see mullahs hanged in Tehran and the rise of a new Persia that would alter the entire dynamic in the Middle East.

The left has much to fear from hero worship of our soldiers…And at some level, all progressives realize this.  The right has a chance yet to prevail and triumph, and that chance begins with the guns that bestowed our creation and have since then kept us free.  Therefor, for the left, AMERICAN SNIPER must be destroyed.

 

 

Netanyahu knows the score

The Israeli Prime Minister knew full well that accepting Boehner’s invite to address the Senate would be viewed as a slap in the face by the petty narcissist in the White House.  This is a last ditch effort on his part, a hail Mary.

An inexorable march toward a great war is nearing a close. Obama’s support and American aid can no longer be given primary consideration. Iran cannot be allowed to attain nuclear weapons, period. Everything we’ve seen to date in the ME has been overture. Part of the ME is going to be blown to bits; leftists here will pour into the streets; in Europe, (Ah, Europe!) who can tell? Left and right and Muslims are all anti-Semites, but the right understands that European civilization is threatened by multi-culti bureaucrats and occupying Muslims, the majority of which in both groups need to be hanged.

We may learn if there are still men in the West who understand power and how to use it. If so, the results will be terrible and ugly. If not, the results will be worse.

One of the world’s most eminent scientists vs the climatistas

This is an excerpt from an exchange between Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson and some English putz journalist.  Dyson makes the climate totalitarians pull their hair out because he’s brilliant and liberal, with a reputation for genius that is beyond reproach.

“. . . The most I expect is that you might listen to what I am saying. I am saying that all predictions concerning climate are highly uncertain. On the other hand, the remedies proposed by the experts are enormously costly and damaging, especially to China and other developing countries. On a smaller scale, we have seen great harm done to poor people around the world by the conversion of maize from a food crop to an energy crop. This harm resulted directly from the political alliance between American farmers and global-warming politicians. Unfortunately the global warming hysteria, as I see it, is driven by politics more than by science. If it happens that I am wrong and the climate experts are right, it is still true that the remedies are far worse than the disease that they claim to cure.

I wish that The Independent would live up to its name and present a less one-sided view of the issues.’

Armageddon?

Just read this post in Powerline which delves into Netanyahu’s reasons for bypassing Obama to speak with Congress.

Here is my response to the post:

It is 3 and 4, and the first two aren’t worth considering. Netanyahu and his family have put their lives on the line for Israel (his brother having lost his). To suppose that he would be influenced by political considerations or juvenile brinkmanship simply won’t, to my mind, wash. Only someone as trivial and petty as Obama could imagine or act with such motivations in the face of such a serious threat. 

An inexorable march toward a great war is nearing a close. Obama’s support and American aid can no longer be given primary consideration. Iran cannot be allowed to attain nuclear weapons, period. Everything we’ve seen to date in the ME has been overture. Part of the ME is going to be blown to bits; leftists here will pour into the streets; in Europe, (Ah, Europe!) who can tell? Left and right and Muslims are all anti-Semites, but the right understands that European civilization is threatened by multi-culti bureaucrats and occupying Muslims, the majority of which in both groups need to be hanged.

We may learn if there are still men in the West who understand power and how to use it. If so, the results will be terrible and ugly. If not, the results will be worse.