Positive note about Philadelphia

On a positive note, I recently returned from my first visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Because the people who write and produce the news would have us believe that every city in America burns with race hatred and “gun violence,” I want to report that my experience was completely the opposite.

No riots in the streets, no burning cars, no masked Marxists throwing brat-fits and screaming in my face. The people I met and talked with were uniformly courteous, proud of their city, and helpful — regardless of their race. I could have been imagining it, but the black people I talked with seemed to be going out of their way to telegraph, “I do not hate white people.”

Philadelphia is almost a pilgrimage destination. If Americans had holy relics, we would find them in Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell; Independence Hall; Founder “Ben Franklin” reminders everywhere. We saw General George Washington’s Continental Army headquarters tent. Not a reproduction: the actual tent in which Washington planned, slept, prayed and agonized over the eight-year war for independence. Seriously. Washington’s War Tent, on display at the new Museum of the American Revolution.

The National Park Service rangers who guided the tours through the buildings that comprise the Independence Hall site were witty, sharp, informed, objective, and skilled at their jobs — which they obviously loved. Again — the black man about my age who explained the significance of the adjacent Congress Hall conveyed only a reverence for America to the largely-white audience he spoke with.

The city is a pleasant, vibrant place to stay for a few days. There is so much to see downtown, so much to contemplate, and so many fine restaurants to sample. Never did I perceive any threat from crime; never did I feel in danger. The Uber drivers were happy to be in America, in Philadelphia, and self-employed.

A more extended trip would get you to so many fascinating places to see, such as Gettysburg and Valley Forge. Thirty miles up the Delaware River is where General Washington crossed in the middle of the night to raid Trenton’s barracks. I’m going back, and the itinerary will be long.

But, my main point this morning is that the country is still full of “ordinary Americans” of all kinds. They do not go out every day hating America, hating anyone of a different skin tone, or hating at all. If we begin to doubt that America is still a place of good will among ordinary people, Philadelphia is a good place to visit for some perspective. The tower at City Hall underneath the statue of Ben Franklin is a good place to start.

The city exudes the question: Can a people, having liberated themselves, hold together a government formed by the people — or will it collapse in anarchy and bankruptcy leaving the people to beg for the return of their monarch or a worse committee tyrants? The answer exuding from Philadelphia during these troubled times is, “Just as it was with the Founders and early Americans, whether we can pull off this experiment in limited self-government remains to be seen, but what a thrill is “the shot heard round the world!” After that shot, there was no going back, and Philadelphia was the place the Founders gathered to take the next liberating steps. We all continue in their steps, and the outcome is uncertain.

Broad spread race-hatred and take-a-knee anti-Americanism spewed by the Left constantly are lies. Philadelphia and its people graciously reminded me of the truth.

Wish I had visited years ago.

But, will the Left reason to this conclusion?

It appears that the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s led us all to some pretty bad places — and people.

The “women’s liberation” that was sold as liberating women has, instead, led to debasement and degradation — along with single-mother poverty and millions of little fatherless babies — or dead babies. Lots of broken hearts and loneliness along the way, I might add.

I’m just stating the facts. Gomorrahwood just looks all tinsel, glitz and glamour.

I predict that the modern day Democrat Party is too steeped in its anti-Christian worldview to face up to its collapse.

Voters Take Heed as Commies Self-Identify

This is real simple: don’t vote for people who reveal that they hate our country. If Ann Arbor’s city council members won’t pledge allegiance to the flag, then it’s up to the voters of the city to find others who at least love the USA. Do not believe their lies about their motives.

But, they wanted “attention,” and you can give them that, voters. During the next campaign, and at the polls.

Author of Da Vinci Code Reveals Himself as False Prophet

If what author Dan Brown asserts is true, then, world, prepare for bad times:

Turning to the future, Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.

“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” he said, forecasting the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.

“Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear.”

Mr. Brown exhibits the same fundamental error as true Marxists, socialists in general, and the modern morphism of the Democrat Party: Who, precisely, among is is worthy to rule?

Pardon what they must think is my red-state ignorance of sophisticated things, but let me smack them up side the head with some awful but experience-verified Bible truth: there is a whole lot of nasty sin running amok in that there collective conscientiousness. Where would it go? Brown wishes that “Our need for that exterior god…will diminish and eventually disappear.”

I hope not: it is the restraining blessing of the Holy Spirit that keeps us from WW III, World War M, and World War Z. You libertarian agnostic gun owners think I’m being Christian-trite and corny? Consider this little problem.

Why is murder “wrong”? On what basis can you assert that murder merits punishment? Purely on the basis of “order”? I think not; we know from experience that order may be imposed brutally, arbitrarily and without justice. There is no need punish only the guilty; if merely imposing order is the goal, then punishing anyone suffices, and lying to the public about catching the guilty is justified, too. And murder (and gun ownership) might be considered “wrong” only because such crimes violate the higher morality: the claimed monopoly of the state on any form of violence, including self-defense.

Murder is wrong only because God said so. We in the modern USA may no longer believe in Him, but we continue to live in relative peace, order, and liberty solely because we persist in the blessings inherent in recognizing His Truths as incorporated into our form of government by our Founders who were more wise than Mr. Brown.

Okay, I’ll get off of the Christian-sounding stuff, and pose this little problem to you: In a world where there is no higher authority than mankind, whom do you trust to make new rules and enforce them?

Crickets.

Mr. Brown, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts. You are not going to clean up the human race simply by collecting all of that consciousnesses, now are you?

Mr. Brown sounds a lot like Mr. Marx. I am beginning to suspect his motive for writing his novels was more than big bucks.

Dogmatic Democrats on NFL Kneeling Rules

To kneel, or not to kneel, that is the question that plagues them now. So, now Roger Goodell says they ought to kneel.

Reader, aren’t you tired of the Democrat Party constantly haranguing us all about what we should and should not say and do? They have so many rules! So, the NFL has to decide what the rules will be. But, what Goodell’s kneeling rules ought to be is the wrong question, the wrong issue. How about this (below) as the issue? Here is what I want to say to the football players who stand in “unity” to show their lack of unity with the rest of us Americans.

The issue is your disloyalty to our country. If you act out to stick your “I hate America!” feelings in all of our faces, then you reveal that your mind has been infected with Marxist propaganda. You are, indeed, a victim —  of decades of Democrat Party anti-American propaganda. You are duped; you have been swayed to believe their lies. Regardless of whether Roger Goodell or some other celeb football player supports your little brat-fit, and regardless of whether they enforce your contract and make you behave, it’s too late. You revealed the “I hate America” boiling in your mind and heart. You declared yourself to be a disloyal American, living among the rest of us.

This focus on whether to kneel is a shallow-minded dodge. The problem is not whether to kneel; the problem is that the Communist Party stole the soul of the Democrat Party, which has been lying to gullible young Americans for decades. We are reaping that whirlwind. The gullible young Americans of earlier decades are now either ragged old hippies or dressed-up fellow-traveler Democrats, and we have a new crop of mindless minions of Marx breaking windows, changing pronouns, filing lawsuits, growing mroe violent and supporting street thuggery. And, these are egged on by the Democrat Party’s political-academia-press machine.

The problem is that these sinister forces have now convinced about half the country that we ordinary Americans are the problem. They constantly screech at us that we ordinary Americans are destroying the planet, enslaving everybody but white men, about to blow the world up with nuclear weapons, and consigning Granny to an early death. They hate America, from Christopher Columbus to anyone wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap. Oh, yes, and our guns are crawling out of the drawers and closets to roam the country in search of people to kill. Only their government people should have guns, and they would be in charge of the government — such tyranny never ends well.

I feel sorry for Colin Kapernick and other young black men who felt compelled to show their hatred for their country. In a way, it’s not their fault; they have been tricked over the course of their lifetime by the relentless flood of anti-American propaganda spewing from Democrats.

This trickery pushes us toward anarchy, chaos, and the breakdown of America’s strong institutions. Anything that exhibits strength, honor, morality, and patriotism must be attacked, shamed, and destroyed. This is all by design. Do not think for a second that we just somehow got to this place where the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave accidentally became the target of so much irrational vituperation. If you are infested by the evil spirits of Karl Marx, Lenin, and Stalin, all of this is rational — break America down because America is where Biblical truth took hold of men who applied those truths to the creation of a government with no earthly king. The Christian church is strong in America, and America’s people are emboldened by liberty and armed to defend their freedom.

Can’t have that!

He “snapped”

Huh? Stephen Paddock “snapped” and murdered more than 50 people, while trying to murder more?

People have reasons for everything they say and do and feel. They may be way, way off-base with their reasons, but they have reasons.

It is conceivable that Paddock was truly psychotic: that he believed in a reality that was not reality. For example, if Paddock actually believed that the concert goers were a gathering of aliens about to start killing us all, then he did the moral thing that his psychotic mind told him to do: he went to war on our behalf.

I doubt he was psychotic. So, why — why would his “snap” naturally lead to mass murder? We had better explore this. The “conversation” Democrats say they want to have is a dodge, a ruse, a lie: they do not want to talk about the connections between their worldview and murder. They want to talk about more government and more government control.

He snapped? You can get depressed, and snap, and kill yourself; that happens pretty often. I know such people and you probably do too. They killed themselves; they saw no justification or need to take off on a homicidal binge.

The thoughtful murderer does not snap; the thoughtful murderer has a specific reason: revenge, removal of a witness, slaughter of the “infidels” to gain favor with Allah — money. Even a small amount of money apparently justifies murder to some. Situational rage with poor impulse control, maybe: but there’s a target for that murder and an identifiable motive.

How could anyone “snap” and start shooting as many random people as he can?

Well, there are reasons for why we do what we do, and we had better be asking the questions. I disagree with Paddock’s brother who speculated that the killer “snapped.” Paddock did not just “snap.” He was deluded through a process that led him to believe that we others simply do not matter. He believed that his target humans just counted for nothing. Indeed, in such worldview, eliminating “inferior” humans may be desirable. I assure you, Paddock reached that dark place reached by other murderers, where the victim’s life matters less than the killer’s motivation. In Paddock’s case, apparently everybody else’s life mattered for naught. And so, he had reasons for what he did. Sick, evil, deluded reasons, but he had reasons. He did not just “snap.” He saw his victims as things, not valuable children of God. Just “critters.”

It’s how he came to that conclusion that we ought to be having “the conservation” about.

Deterring Murderers

I’m going to write this before we know anything about why Stephen Paddock selected a position high up in a Las Vegas hotel, and targeted outdoor country music fans below. It should suffice that he is a murderer. The dead will never debate his reasons. They were murdered. However, already, I hear the earnest voices of NPR trying to turn “the narrative” toward a ban on citizens owning rifles.

So, this post is addressed to liberal people who purport to be horrified by a mass shooter’s murderous rampage. If you really care about people, and if you really want to deter murderers, then you should be for changing the culture in which some of us find it acceptable or even laudable to drive a car into a crowd, bash someone over the head from behind, start slashing, or load up and start shooting. If you liberals eager to clamor for gun control actually care about people, do you not want to teach this culture that human life is at least valuable — even if you cannot admit that human life is sacred? Do you liberals for gun control not want to permeate the culture with respect for human beings to the point that we broadly teach people not to murder? Can you liberals for gun control take up the chant, “Thou shalt not commit murder?”

Because, if you cannot, then your primary motive on these occasions is not to make people safer: your primary liberal gun controlling motive is to capture the publicity narrative for the purpose of transferring power to people who govern — and history proves that such does not end well.

I am going to write it again: In this post-Christian, post-modern, nihilistic culture we have let infest the United States, we officially indoctrinate others to believe that:

–human beings infest the planet, destroying the climate, the plants, the other animals, and the earth, all to which we ascribe some sort of semi-sacred life force making the dirt just as sacred as that man, woman, or child over there;

–indeed, before human beings emerge into the room to be seen and heard, we teach that it is permissible to slaughter them if the mother deems them too inconvenient at the moment; we teach that the tiniest human beings are just “stuff,” mere undesirable tissue, like a fingernail clipping;

–our official “science” is that human life is nothing more than a fleeting stage of accidental collisions between chemicals over time, making us different from the worms only by chance; if you think this is the official anti-human propaganda, please visit the official Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; you — reader — are basically, shit, just noisier than the coral — according to the “official” science — why not just shoot a few of us?;

–we handle our murderers in such a way as to treat their homicides with a lack of seriousness; the consequence of murder is rarely execution, and never a public execution such that the youngster going bad out there in the crowd gets the dramatic and horrifying foretelling of the life of crime he has begun; the utter wrongness of murder gets quickly tucked away — unless you are a policeman accused of a bad shoot;

–some Democrat voices spew constant hatred; those softer Marxists not overtly spewing hatred sympathize with the haters and high-five the  anarchist attackers;

–we promote and financially enable massive consumption of mind-bending prescription drugs, and illegal narcotics;

–finally, we excise from our culture any notion that there is a God who is holy, who has spoken to us, who has instructed us that “Thou shalt not commit murder.” This propaganda has been so effective that, in addition to agnostic or atheist liberals who make government their god, there are also libertarian gun-owning Second Amendment supporters who will not vote for Judge Roy Moore because he committed the horrific culture-offense of taking the Word of God seriously and saying that the Ten Commandments just are;

Well, today, in Las Vegas, we see what happens when we make ourselves gods: Some choose to be evil demented little gods — and, who is to judge them? It’s Lord of the Flies, The Walking Dead, and World War Z, and we who want peace and safety ought to know better. We’ve been told, we’ve been warned, and the truth is right there for us to see.

 

The Sheer Stupidity of Liberalism

I see all people as intelligent, barring some brain injury or condition that affects learning. I’ve seen people dressed and made up looking like they are dumb as a box of rocks, who then shatter my prejudice. But, intelligence is a capacity, and we each have plenty of capacity to make bad decisions and do stupid things. We can make ourselves “stupid” if we let our prejudices, fears, and emotions overpower our reason. Dierks Bentley sings it well in his country hit, “What Was I Thinkin’?”

At least Dierks has sufficient insight into his own motivations, to recognize why he is subjecting himself to the daddy’s shotgun and the boyfriend’s fists. For a more sinister example, the modern Democrat Party leaders and voters have chosen to make their party one of the last refuges of the completely discredited ideology of communism that crashed with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and continues to prove its proponents as vicious losers in the last places it lodges. They put themselves right up there with Kim and Maduro. Nonetheless, and despite communism’s utter failure, Democrats — and squishy Republicans — just love that income tax that Karl Marx listed as one of the ten planks of communism in his Communist Manifesto. It gives them so much power over our dollars. And, the income tax plays to the prejudices that liberals promote. That brings me to the New York Times, which makes today’s Idiocracy Report.

Steven Hayward, wrote the following observation at Powerline, commenting on the biased “reporting” done by the NYT reporter, Binyamin Applebaum:

[In] Binyamin Applebaum’s story on how Trump’s tax cut plan helps the rich, this sentence appears: “The plan would not benefit lower-income households that do not pay federal income taxes.”

What a breathtakingly stupid thing to say! Of course, no tax plan will benefit those who do not pay taxes already — which is almost half of the country!

Binyamin, you have chosen to turn yourself into an idiot. But, I suppose you make sense, if I consider your audience, whose own biases will have them nodding their heads, and saying “Yes! That awful Trump and those awful Republicans!” Prove me wrong, readers of the Times: laugh Applebaum right out of the newsroom.

I think you  will not. But, do you begin to see how Democrat prejudice leads to some really stupid arguments?

 

Dallas Democrat Sportscaster Lectures Us, But…

Sportscaster for the Cowboys, Dale Hansen, lectures President Trump and the rest of us who are angry with NFL players who show their disdain for the United States of America: “Maybe we all need to read the Constitution…” he scolds, calling the rest of us the usual vile names.

You should take your own haughty advice, Hansen. The First Amendment guarantees that the government will not inhibit your right to speak freely. There is no constitutional right for anyone including Democrats to behave like spoiled brats, and make the rest of us sit quietly (Where’s our freedom of speech?) and like it. The Bill of Right lists constraints on government acting against the people.

This whole sorry display is a shame. The “unity” protests were designed to shatter American unity, and their propagandists are succeeding. Anarchy, chaos, tear down all strong institutions in America — that is what they are about, and there are plenty of Lenin’s “useful idiots” who take up the chant.

Hansen’s one of them — at best.

Showing Some Unity

At least, it would seem, we could all agree that we are privileged to participate in the USA’s experiment in freedom and self-government. How about showing some unity by taking a moment to show gratitude in just being an American?

We are a badly divided nation. This is a dangerous and sorry condition. It is not some accident. People influenced by the now thoroughly discredited evil ideology of communism have been tearing at the fabric of what it means to be an American for decades. This most recent and absurd demonstration by highly paid actors and athletes is the rotten fruit of decades-long anti-American propaganda. I consider the celebrities to be dupes. But, when leaders including members of Congress join with them, I consider them to be traitors.