Today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation that would modify provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. In addressing the issue at a press conference today, Senator Booker stated the following:
So I have a saying about religion. Before you tell me about your religion, first show to it to me in how you treat other people. Well, while the Gospel and many religious books say something, the truth is that we have a civic gospel as well. We all know the words. We say them in our songs and pledges. We have this self-evident truth that everyone is created equal. We believe that we have equality under the law. We say with the hallowed phrases that we are a nation of liberty and justice for all.
So, it seems that Senator Booker acknowledges that we have a religion that controls the affairs of men today–the “civic gospel.” We say a prayer every day called the Pledge of Allegiance. We sing gospel tunes like My Country Tis of Thee and the national anthem. We have “hallowed” phrases like “liberty and justice for all.”
It seems that the idea that one should tolerate one another should be accompanied by the iron fist of the State that preaches this “civic gospel.” We shall enter the new millennium by forcing people to serve those that have lifestyles that we disagree with. In truth, this bill will result in the diminishing of liberty. We would be forced to give up more of our freedom in order to handle the expansion of “rights.” Joseph Sobran stated it well when he said:
The term civil rights has come to mean the opposite of what it suggests. People think it means individual freedom, when it usually means government power used in behalf of large groups…
What is really irritating about this is that ALL religious beliefs and feelings must be subservient to the dictates of the State. No matter what convictions you hold, they must be swept aside to ensure that equality can be maintained forever. They tried something similar a little over 200 years ago. Instead of the civic gospel, they set up something called the Cult of Reason where its goal was to perfect man by obtaining truth and liberty for all. In the end, the result was the Reign of Terror and the eventual rise of Napoleon which led to years of European war. The true Gospel will not come from Washington, it will come from men humbling themselves before the one was given power over heaven and earth. God, spare us from more political salvation schemes.
Last December, I mourned the loss of Ralph Raico, a man from whom I obtained a refreshing revisionist history that challenged the narrative of many history professors that never questioned our government. Today, I grieve for the lost of William Grigg who was a tireless champion for liberty against our government. He was beholden to no organization as he bolted from the John Birch Society for what he believed was a growing like for statism that existed in the organization. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Freedom Summit in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014. He spoke eloquently that day on the growing police state and the dangers it posed to our liberty. At the end of the program, he gave me a great hug and talked about how he drove from Idaho to Arizona because her refused to fly with the TSA harassing airplane travelers. Here is one of his interviews from 2014.
His loss is a big blow, but it is with a firm certainty that we will both meet again in front of the Lord Almighty. Rest well, William.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
Matthew 23:23 (ESV)
This past week, the Washington State Supreme Court in Olympia ruled that Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland in the eastern part of the state, discriminated against a gay couple who requested flowers for their wedding. The decision stated that the public accommodation laws served a legitimate social purpose and that the goal was to eradicate barriers to equal treatment of citizens. One must ask who decides what is a “legitimate social purpose.” Who decides the legitimacy of the purpose? The people? The lawmakers?
It seems that the hypocrisy in this situation is palpable. Many states before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision outlawed abortions citing “legitimate” state interests. Of course the Supreme Court decided that such interests were trumped by the right to privacy. Yet, in the Arlene’s Flowers case, the state court ruled that Ms. Stutzman had no right to free association and that the state had an interest to further the eradicating of barriers to equal treatment. So the question here is not whether moralty is being imposed, the question is whose morality is being imposed.
In the past few weeks after the inauguration of President Trump, progressives were keen to call on people to “punch Nazis” and that the smashing of windows and burning of property was legitimate in their sight for the purpose of furthering their worldview. So it seems that we live in a day of what the late Sam Francis called anarcho-tyranny. Vandals and abortionists are treated like saints while flower sellers are made into the foulest and most evil of people.
It is time to call out the progressive pharisees who congratulate themselves for pounding the flower seller while turning their heads on the murder of unborn children and the destruction of property.
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6b
Hundreds of thousands of women marched in many cities across the United States and around the world to protest the installation of Donald Trump as the President of the United States. I do not have any delusions that Trump will control of the massive runaway spending or rein in much of the regulations that have been tormenting us for the last several decades. What is interesting is that these women who marched in the streets were worrying that Trump will take away their liberties and possibly putting them in camps ala Adolf Hitler. Somebody should have told them that the instruments of their oppression have been in place for almost 60 years which were begun shortly after the Second World War. The CIA, NSA, FBI, ATF and other federal agencies have a heavy grip on our land and can take away our way of life in an instant.
But let’s look at the some things that has concerned me about these marches. Their vulgarity, their discontent and their seething of rebellion seems akin to something that happened thousands of years ago. Not content with the manna given by God, the people of Israel demanded quail and complained day after day. The Lord was angry with them and struck many of them down for discontent. But the real issue is their boastful pride in their movement. Ashley Judd perfectly stated the zeitgeist of the progressive mindset when she stated:
Yeah, I’m a nasty woman — a loud, vulgar, proud woman.
This attitude is the zenith of human arrogance. In this march, there was absolutely NO humility at all. Nonstop boast of superiority over the man, over the cheeto skinned President and that they are the new vanguard of change. An air of nonstop revolution hovered over this crowd and sounded like the same people storming the Bastille, rioting in the streets of Petrograd, proclaiming the Great Leap Forward in China and other statements of ominous Utopianism. They will never be content until some blood is shed and that people are “re-educated” to conform to the new order.
Indeed we are a proud nation and our country deserves NOTHING but judgement. May God have mercy on us.
So yesterday, George Michael, the big pop star from the 1980s, died of apparent heart failure at the age of 53. As he was younger than I am, I face the reality that those that grew up with me are passing from the scene. We should all be thankful for the days that God has given us and one should never be prideful about what one does in his life. We are given the power to do all things by God. Jesus told Pontius Pilate in John 19:11 that “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” We should always be mindful of the days that are ahead of us and that we should do all to further the Kingdom of God and to serve men for His Glory.
I have a confession to make. All of these posts from the last year that I have posted have been given to me by my comrades is Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and that greatest of places…Moscow!! I cannot keep this a secret any longer. That Washington Post article was the beginning of the end of my undercover work so I must come out of closet and confess that I am a Russian agent who loves vodka and listens to Shostakovitch. Putin is such a cool guy and how dare those people in DC attempt to blow my cover!! It is my hope that I can go incognito once again and post on the issues of the day…as given to me by my overlords. Do svidaniya!
The year was 1970 and still remember my days in California where I traveled with my family between Long Beach, where my Dad was stationed, to Monterey to visit my Grandmother. Going north on Highway 101, there were little fruit stands along the road and once you got outside Los Angeles, the countryside was green as far as the eye could see. I could ride in the back of my folks’ station wagon and play in the back without being restrained by a seat belt. During those summers all of those years ago, I could hear the dragsters from Lions Drag Strip roar down the quarter-mile track and I also volunteered as a scorekeeper at the West Long Beach Little League games. I could walk with my brother along the road without something bad happening to us.
Today, California seems to be a place where the charming image has since disappeared In 1970, the state had 19 million people and today that figure is pushing 40 million and small towns like Azusa, Folsom, Gilroy, Encinitas and Tracy are being absorbed into megacities. The growth of government that started in the days of Pat Brown has now increased to colossal proportions under his son Jerry Brown who is serving his fourth and final term as Governor. State taxes have gone up, micromanagement of behavior is prevalent with the approval of plastic bag bans, identity politics is rampant where numerous minorities battle it out in colleges and other venues across the state and culture is being reduced to dollars and cents-based appetites. Classical buildings along Sunset Strip are being torn down to build mega condos and classic buildings across the Southland, as detailed by the wonderful website, Vintage Los Angeles, are being demolished in the name of “progress.” California is no longer a politically competitive state where Democrats rule the roost and will do so for some time to come until the day of fiscal reckoning. Once GOP bastions like Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena have long since gone over to the opposing party and even areas of Orange County like Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Buena Park have fallen to the Democrats. Hillary Clinton, in fact, carried Orange County for the Democrats for the first time in 80 years.
This is a lament because Californians chose the wrong future. They certainly cannot go back to the days of Boss Radio, smog or Sam Yorty, but in the Golden State’s pursuit of progress, it has lost its soul and only serves the almighty dollar and “diversity” which in reality is uniformity. It will carry on with expanding government and trying to create paradise on earth, but when the realities hit like the rupture of the stock bubble and the coming shortages of water, the dream will end. I left California ten years ago and I am glad that I made that decision.
The nation was shocked last Tuesday by the upset victory of Donald Trump in the Presidential election with his defeat of the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Dismissed as a clown and misogynist, Trump was expected to lose a close race to the better organized and better funded Clinton who had the endorsement of almost every newspaper in the nation. What caused this tremendous upset victory?
Many pundits were saying before the election that Trump was going to get the vote of old white men who failed to embrace the “diversity” of a changing nation and many of his supporters were derided by Hillary Clinton as being “deplorable.” Election night was supposed to be a coronation for Hillary and I myself fully expected this to occur. However, something was rumbling up in the Rust Belt of the old Midwest. All attention was on Florida and North Carolina, but I watched the returns from the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. Lackawanna County which includes Scranton was not going for the Democrats as much as it was in previous elections and next-door Luzerne County which has Wilkes-Barre as its major city was going shockingly for Trump. No Republican had carried Luzerne since 1988 when the GOP last won the Keystone State. In the western part of the state, Beaver County was also going for Trump. This is a county that had not gone to the GOP since 1976. Pennsylvania was going into the Trump column and spelled bad tidings for Clinton. It was not bigotry or hate that was driving this revolt in the heartland. It was the resentment of the fact that globalization and mass regulation were doing bad things to areas outside major cities and that the people were being left behind in the new economy. This “economy” was based on debt, propping up of the big banks and high technology that was confined to the coasts. The new economy also included government spending and was benefiting areas like Northern Virginia which escaped the effects of the Great Recession of 2008-09.
As the economy left the Rust Belt behind, the people became angry not only at the loss of livelihood, but also at how they were being looked down upon by the people on both coasts as rubes. They listened to Trump’s message of making America great again and gave Hillary a stunning rebuke that she will never forget as she is past her window of opportunity to ascend to the Presidency. This revolt was a proper sequel to what happened in the summer when Great Britain voted to secede from the EU for some of the same reasons.
Areas of Britain were also left behind in this new economy and they were also resentful of regulations from EU bureaucrats in Brussels. The vote to leave the EU was not confined to traditional Conservative areas of Britain, but was prominent in heavily Labor areas like Sunderland, Nottingham, Kingston-upon-Hull and the areas of Wales where coal mining was a part of the economy. Many workers in the north of England voted to leave as they saw no benefit to being in the EU and they wanted self-determination for their Parliament in London.
The election of Trump and the British vote to leave the EU are the big stories of this year. Perhaps the effects of these elections might minimal, but it is indisputable that the people still know when they are being lied to by the elites and when they are made fun of. Let liberty reign.
One of the most controversial issues that splits many in the conservative and libertarian communities is immigration. Some believe that America is a big “melting pot” and that all should be welcomed while others are fearful of an invasion by hordes of foreigners.
My views on this issue are ones that I have thought of for a long time and I firmly believe that cultural distinctions should allow people to associate with people that they feel that should be comfortable with and that outside forces should not compel people to do anything other. We see that in ancient times, men would destroy the culture of a country by mixing races of people or expelling them outright. This was done by the Assyrians when they destroyed the Northern kingdom of Israel under King Shalmanser in 722 BC. Israelites were deported to Assyria while the Assyians occupied the country and soon intermingled with each other and created the Samaritans. Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain during the sixth and seventh centuries and pushed the Britons west into modern day Wales and Cornwall. The Ottomans invaded the Balkans in the 15th and 16th Centuries and wreaked havoc on native populations like the Serbs and the Croats and many Christians were carried into captivity. In more recent history, the Russians invaded the Baltic states of Lithuania , Latvia and Estonia and began to intermingle with the native populations.
It is clear that cultures were mixed by force during invasions and that they were usually acts of war. In our past history, races were kept apart by Jim Crow Laws and other segregationist measures. Today, we see the opposite where a forced mixing of people is achieved via anti-discrimination laws and public accommodation laws with even more drastic measures like forced busing being done in recent history. Mass immigration is aggravating the situation where the sets of the different cultures in one area are increased greatly. What is interesting is that such actions are only contemplated in the West. What about Japan? It is very monocultural, yet nobody charges them with racism. Shall we chide the Navajos for wanting to dwell in their own country and pursue their own way of life and develop their own culture without outside influence? Our own government oversaw the creation of states such as the South Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor, all of which have distinct groups of people which are very homogeneous. It seems that self-determination is for other peoples but not for us. True diversity is beautiful, but the mandated one is to be feared. America today is not united in any sense of the word. Politicians pit groups of people against each to gain power and that certain groups are treated with preference over the majority white culture which is made to feel guilty for the oppression it allegedly caused to numerous groups. The canard of racism is brought up to discourage free association. But one must ask whether anglos should migrate to Cusco, Peru and create a strip mall, McDonalds culture and weaken the dominant Inca culture there. Should we impose our culture on countries like Gabon or Bangladesh and make them mini-Americas? By no means. Immigration is something that might work, but only if the immigrants adapt the culture of the country they want to live in, but evidence is mounting that they do not wish to adapt. Balkanization is exploding in this country and that it is time to question the wisdom of mass immigration.
I urge you to listen to Brion McClanahan’s audio blog on what made America a REAL exceptional country and it is not for reasons brought up by politicians or radio hosts that do not know what they are talking about.
As of this writing, we seem to be in a grip of an invasion of clowns. Creepy clowns seem to be roving all over America and world with stories of people being scared by people in funny makeup and that the wearing of clown costumes are now being discouraged by government officials. To me, it seems to be little more than hype that has been created by the media to bolster their bottom lines. What should really worry us is the massive infestation of clowns that is in an area known as Washington, D.C.
We have two clowns that are now running for office of the President of the United States. They promise us the moon and stars and want us to be free from the pains of everyday life. Just trust them and they will take care of all. How far have we fallen from the idea of limited constitutional government where the federal government was felt in few places except for perhaps the post office. All of that changed in the 1930s with the rise of the New Deal. From that time on, the growth of the Washington government has continued unabated and that our liberties and freedoms are fast eroding and that the debt has risen to almost $20 trillion and will no doubt go higher. We are now caught in a trap and have no conventional way to climb out without taking austerity measures that will be painful.
No, the American public will have none of that. We are now reduced to being titillated by the proclivities of presidential candidates on both sides without thinking very deeply on the calamities that are upon us. This fact was well illustrated by Neil Postman who wrote in his best-selling book Amusing Ourselves to Death:
When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.
We are indeed in a state of cultural rot. Reading of books has gone down with people huddled at their computers watching the latest “comedy” on TV which includes bad presidential candidates, various transvestites, raunchy jokes and navel gazing. Where are the people that wish to create true beauty and peace in our culture? No, the revelations of Donald Trump reflect the nature of the American people, a nation of culturally immature people that care little about the future and are only interested in the here and now. Get it while you can because you can enjoy life just once.
If you want to escape the rot, please go to places like the Imaginative Conservative Website, Ligonier Ministries, Acton Institute and other quality websites that wish to restore truth and beauty in the land. Political clowns won’t save us. Only when a people humble themselves will any positive change occur. Stop with the talk of America being the greatest nation on the face of earth or talking about our President being the leader of the free world. We deserve NOTHING for our embracing a culture of death. God stated in his word:
For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low. — Isaiah 2:12 (ESV)