The New Night of the Long Knives

As of this writing, it seems that Hollywood and Washington are engaging in a massive purge of those that have somehow attack someone sexually in physical or verbal terms.  This listing the people being affected is too long to mention here, but suffice it to say that many of them are famous in their celebrity and political accomplishments.

The funny thing about this is that they have for a long period of time abandoned any sort of pretext with regards to Christian morality.  To them, such a worldview was outdated and consigned to the dustbin of history.  All of a sudden, the spasm of morality and righteousness rose up and ate many of the players in this game.  Of course, these spasms are not new in history.  Eric von Keunelt-Leddhin stated some years ago:

“For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution.”

In 1789, the anicen regime was smashed and the new era was brought forth that started the calendar anew and that men were entering a new age of Liberté, égalité, fraternité.  Unfortunately, the results of the new era were a little bit chaotic to put it lightly.  Beheadings, civil war and the smashing of the churches were products of the new utopia.  Robespierre tried to create a new religion with the Cult of Reason, but he fell before the blade as well.  In time, a new order was created under Napoleon.

Fast forward to the early 1930s.  Germany emerged as losers of World War One and the massive hyperinflation of 1924-25.  Certain National Socialists wanted to bring a new order through street fights and smashing windows via their use of Ernst Roehm’s SA (stormtroopers).  In time, the electoral process brought the Nazis to power.  Hitler thought that the SA and the chaos they brought about were liabilities in the party’s consolidation of power and he eliminated his potential rivals in the Night of the Long Knives.  After that, order was brought to Germany that was to last into the war.

The Soviet Union and Red China also had its times of chaos whereby the leaders thought consolidation of power and the elimination of troublemakers would create a permanent stability, thus the Great Purges and the Great Cultural Revolution came about.

Is this new purge something that represents genuine reformation of morals or is it just another power grab by people who wish to put on the mantle of power themselves and dominate society?    Peter Hitchens doubts that it will be the former when he stated:

But where are such restrained manners to come from in our liberated society? They were part of an elaborate code of courtship and respect which was learned by example in the married family, and has now completely vanished. In our post-marriage free-for-all, why should we expect either sex to be restrained? All that’s left is the police or the public pillory of Twitter.

Sean Gabb in his most recent column sees a return to some sort of neo-puritanism where morals will be regulated like in the days of old:

 The immediate effect of the sexual assault mania is a random destruction of men. Its longer term effect will be a regulation of contact between the sexes to make it impossible for women to have dealings with men outside the household.

So once again, the result of the chaos created by progressives that wished for a bacchanalia paradise will be a desire for the iron fist of order which will leave us in another state of statist misery.   Christian moral reform will be despised once again and in its place will be another round of laws that will be a repeat of the loss of liberty that we experienced after 9/11.

The South

I looked forward with great anticipation in traveling with my son to some memorable places in the South, an area rich in culture and history that is fast being forgotten in an era of mass consumerism and living for the moment.  The South is different place.  It is a place where things are slower and the people seem to be more laid back.

My travels took me through the upper deep South with stops in Vicksburg, Tuscaloosa, Chattanooga, Nashville and areas of western Tennessee before coming back home.  It was here that we went to various sites where major Civil War battles took place.  Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Stones River and Shiloh ring in the memory of many down here where even 150 years after the fact, the scars are still present.  The remnants of trenches are still seen at Vicksburg where Union troops dug in for several months of siege before the confederates surrendered the town on July 4, 1863, a date which was the beginning of the end for the Southerners.

Chickamauga and Shiloh were bloody affairs where thousands died in the battles and the massive rows of graves are prominent in those areas as well as Stones River.  It is my firm belief that while the Union was saved, the Republic that we have read in the history books was shattered forever. One need only to watch the inane acceptance speeches of both parties during the past few weeks to see that even the ghosts of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Clay, Calhoun and Webster are fast leaving us.

The South still has the magic of past in it with folks saying “Sir” and Ma’am” to each other, listening to country music on stations such as WSM out of Nashville and folks gobbling up hash browns at Waffle House along the interstate.  The weather was hot and humid, but the sounds and the winds of the night air seem to impress my mind with memories that will last the rest of my lifetime.

Good ole Rocky Top indeed.

The Life of Karen Carpenter

A few years ago, I wrote a book review for Amazon on the life of Karen Carpenter.  She was part of the Carpenters, a soft rock duo that was very successful in the 1970s.  As with many groups in pop culture, the Carpenters were no different in encountering many trials in their lives that were a result of their fame.  The pressure was too much for Karen as she starved herself and died at the age of 33.  I still listen to her music and some people say that such music was only fit for a certain time and is “corny,” but it seems to me that such opinions are from people who cannot appreciate the harmonies of the music and the lyrics that seem quaint today.  Hopefully her memory will carry on for years to come.