Thursday, November 27, 2014

Some Heavy Reading for the Thanksgiving Day Weekend. By The Way, Happy Thanksgiving!

Another Thanksgiving away from family. All of my soldiers had plans so we will have a rather quiet Thanksgiving again this year.

Some linked reading from WRSA. All of it related to the bigger picture surrounding Ferguson. Remember the days of the Intifada in Israel? We may soon be seeing similar images here.

Fergusons in Perpetuity: Fred really touches on some VERY sensitive subjects in this article. 

Do you really understand the full implications of the POTUS's recent executive orders? There is a scene in John Boorman's excellent film "Excalibur", Arthur is explaining to Guenevere the reason why he could not champion her against the accusation of infidelity between her and Lancelot (which had not occurred yet in the film). The idea is that the law must apply to all, from the King down to the lowliest peasant (fitting considering how the elites view us). It can be successfully argued that we have entered the era of Without the Rule of Law (WROL) in this country. There is a very popular meme lately asking the question if the highest person in the country can pick or choose which to follow, why can't we do the same? 

I have long argued that political correctness and FORCED diversity will be the undoing of this country. I have nothing against diversity. I study other cultures. But when elites (see the trend?) force change because THEY think it should be changed, there will be conflict, both overt and covert. (HERE and HERE) Something to consider here is how culture forces change. If we want change, we have to change the culture. The political process takes to long. Change the culture, change politics. We have been witness to this over the past 50 years. Robert Heinlein was remarkably prescient in this regard. 

"Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms as you have named… But a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than a riot.
This symptom is especially serious in that an individual displaying it never thinks of it as a sign of ill health but as proof of his/her strength."

Consider the popular culture today with the above quote in mind. Then consider the following:

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

It gets harder every year to try to find things to be thankful for. At work we are told to "hunt the good stuff." Well, that hunt gets longer and longer all the time. There are things to be grateful for this year. I am alive, My family is alive. We are under a roof. We have food in the larder. We have family and friends that love us. We can still practice our faith.

By the way, I see that I am next to 100 posts. What should I do to celebrate? Any suggestions?

1 comment:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. There are still many people and things in which to be grateful. A suggestion for celebration might be to write on your favorite subject. Or write about someone who influenced your thinking as a young man, changed the way you look at things as an adult, your favorite historical figure, etc. Enjoy reading your perspective on current events as well as historical ones.