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  To them, such a worldview was outdated and consigned to the dustbin of history.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.

A visit to the Eastern Seaboard

It was an early Friday morning in Wichita Falls and I drove the two hours to the southeast and boarded a plane at Dallas-Ft. Worth airport for Mordor on the Potomac AKA Washington DC.  It was just a short visit as I boarded a Metroliner to travel to Balitmore to attend a cultural conference over the weekend.

It is indeed a different world and when one flies into Washington, one can see the numerous buildings adjutting both sides of the Potomac many which contain offices that benefit from the generous largess provided by the taxpayers and public debt.  Defense contractors, homeland security technology firms and major medical companies are headquartered here for our “benefit.”  As I left Union Station on the train, I see numerous construction projects going on as the seat of our government grows richer every day.  In fact, three of the five richest counties in America are located in the DC area (Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun).  It is interesting that the three aforementioned counties in Northern Virginia voted heavily for Democratic candidates in the recent election in the Old Dominion many of which were very progressive candidates.

The conference that I attended had many interesting speakers who were professors at universities, columnists at major magazines and men who were authors of several books.  Of course, being a librarian, I was able to have a few good conversations with these folks.   I told them that they could donate a few books to my library and that they would get read.  They were very pleased.

Most of the speakers spoke about the fracturing of our country and that forces in academia and the media were silencing those that had dissenting opinions.  It seems that there is now a major disconnect between the Ruling Class on the Eastern Seaboard and in Hollywood and the despised people in “flyover country.”  The elites judge people in the hinterlands to be “uneducated,” “backward” and in need of enlightenment.  It sounds almost puritanical.  Indeed, the British libertarian, Sean Gabb writes on this very theme in his article of a few days ago.  In it, he states:

The restored Puritan ascendency in Britain and America has nothing to do with the religious disputes of the Reformation. Harriet Harman (British politician) believes in gay marriage. Oliver Cromwell was a chain smoker. They have nothing in common but a particular disposition. Bring them face-to-face, and each would itch to persecute the other. They are Puritans not because of their form, but because of their possibly innate substance. The latter is unchanging across the generations. The former depends on circumstances.

He further states:

What each cycle has in common is the obsessive search for error, and its painting as sin, and the competitive display of those who think themselves most without sin.

In the scrum of Union Station of Washington, it seemed that everybody was well-dressed, engaging in conversation and keen to eat at the fancy restaurants there and showing an air of wealth and superiority.  I wonder what goes on inside their hearts.  Perhaps they are the new missionaries, ready to take the gospel of progressiveness and prosperity to the heathen in Wichita Falls, Amarillo, Lawton and Altus.  Perhaps they are just in it for the money.  Whatever the truth, one thing for sure.  Our nation’s capital is a soulless place.

Goodbye to all those sports…including the Spurs

It was a cold and rainy night at the San Diego Sports Arena back in March of 1983.  I just watched my team, the San Antonio Spurs, handily defeat the San Diego Clippers by a ten-point margin with 4,000 people in attendance.  I had a front-row seat where I paid the costly sum of $8.00 to sit next to my favorites.  Gene Banks, Mike Mitchell, Artis Gilmore and of course the Iceman, George Gervin.

I waited after the game to get some autographs on my pennant I bought for a few bucks and got signatures from Gervin, Mitchell and Banks.  Artis was not interested in signing but I guess he was tired and boarded the bus.  Only a few of us were there to see them off as they rode off on that rainy night.  A few months later, I was miffed when I had to pay the monstrous sum of $40 to see the team play the Lakers in Game 5 of the 1983 Western Conference Finals.

I have watched the Spurs since their ABA days and watched the old games with Steve Grad and Terry Stembridge doing calls from the old Hemisfair Arena.   The fun was there as people poured into the smoke-filled barn on Market Street drinking the nickel beers and eating the 40-cent hot dogs.  The titles did not come and the team was almost sold and moved out of town by the end of the 1980s.  Then as Providence would have it, the Spurs won the lottery and selected David Robinson back in 1987.

The team has been great for over 25 years with five NBA titles to their name and the fame they had generated was well-deserved.  However, as with most things in this day and age, the specter of politics started to creep into the game and now we are subjected to social action and politics in every area of our lives.  No longer are we to have a game to watch that takes our mind off the cares of the everyday world for a few hours.  We are now shown constant reminders of governmental interference in our lives.  Prayers are nowhere to be found; huge flags are displayed and social statements that seem to come from Rousseau are dumped on the fans in all the leagues.

Of course the “man of the hour” is Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.  A graduate of the Air Force Academy with a degree in Soviet Studies, it seems that the coach while brilliant in the X’s and O’s department is totally in the Trotskyist camp when it comes to political thought.   He is free to state what he wants but his double standards are as plain as day.  Never mind that he said nothing when Bush invaded Iraq and Obama’s NSA spied on the public.  Now with Trump in office, he convulses in mortal fear of Donald Trump and calls him a soulless coward.  He condemns Trump for creating a spirit of division.  I wonder if he has talked to his Center Pau Gasol about the Catalonia crisis.   I guess division is OK for Barcelona but not for Baltimore.

It is clear now that the NBA as with other leagues are fully into the realm of politics.  The NBA moved the All-Star game from Charlotte last year due to the passage of the bathroom bill.  The innocence of sports in my youth is long gone.  I still remember the smoke-filled arena where the Spurs defeated Dr. J’s 76ers back in 1985, the tape-delayed games on CBS and the cheap promotions.  I think that now with seats going for $400 plus a game, expensive parking and fans being lectured to by the elites on how we are barbarians that need to embrace diversity that I think I need to walk away from the Spurs, teams of other leagues and their well paid social justice warriors.  See ya!!!

The Loss of Faith

Last summer, I took my son on a trip to see the numerous civil war battlefields that were across the South.  We went to Shiloh, Chickamauga and Stones Point Battlefield outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  One of the things that I kept in my heart was not only the numerous graves in these places, but the memorials that were scattered throughout the parks.  As we went through the Vicksburg park, I ran across the memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the State of Arkansas.  It stated:

To the Arkansas Confederate soldiers and sailors. A part of a Nation divided by the sword and reunited at the altar of Faith.

What held this nation together for so long was the common faith that was held by the people of the United States.  Although the country was decimated, there was unity due to the Faith.  Now, we are a nation that is devoid of Faith that it has been eroding for almost a century.   Peter Hitchens in his commentaries faulted the Church for taking sides in the horrible conflict of the First World War and its reputation took a tremendous hit in Europe.  He stated specifically:

Civilized countries become less civilized when they go to war…I would add that, by all but destroying British Christianity, these wars may come to destroy the spirit of the country. Those who fought so hard to defend Britain against its material enemies did so at a terrible spiritual cost. The memory of the great slaughter of 1914-18 was carried back into their daily lives by millions who had set out from quiet homes as gentle, innocent, and kind and returned cynical, brutalized, and used to cruelty.”

In a similar way, we left the moorings of the Faith by putting faith in “democracy” to save us all.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddhin stated that the root causes of the loss of faith were the the French Revolution and the exaltation of reason.   They thought that they were the sole arbiters of right and wrong.  They were no longer united in faith but divided by race, class and social standing.  Nationalism rose, proletarian revolutions sprouted up in the nineteenth century and became full-blown in the twentieth century where mass slaughter was the rule of the day.

We might think that we are now safe from the ravages of war and famine here in America and that all we need to do is love each other and buy things like smartphones and new cars.  Human history has a nasty habit of repeating itself and with the battle in Charlottesville taking place a few days ago, we may see a return to unrelenting barbarism.

Washington Worship

Another day, another broken promise.  What more can you expect from a Washington politician? Many GOP senators were elected with the understanding that they would pull back the provisions of Obamacare.  For them to fold as this juncture is unexplainable.  Only several GOP senate seats are in play next year while many democratic senators from the plains and the Mountain West are in great trouble of being defeated.  The GOP retention of the majority is highly likely, yet they ran scared.   John McCain, recently re-elected, will probably end his career in a few years before his term finishes in 2023, voted No on all of the repeal bills that came to the Senate floor.  So did other senators like Susan Collins.  It is high time to understand that government will not get smaller nor will the politician dare give up any power over people’s lives.

The shock of the day came from Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut who actually tweeted that every problem can be solved with a law or regulation.  Funny that many who do not hold to any sort of theological belief or creed suddenly praise Congress as the god on earth that will deliver us from all sorts of evil.

Philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset stated it well when he said:

This is the gravest danger that today threatens civilization: State intervention; the absorption of all spontaneous social effort by the State, that is to say, of spontaneous historical action, which in the long run sustains, nourishes, and impels human destinies.

We have now come to that juncture.  Family, church and community are a in great peril from the DC monster.

Conservatives and Christians as sub-humans

If society can mend, remake, and unmake men at its pleasure, its pleasure may, of course, be humane or homicidal. The difference is important. But, either way, rulers have become owners.   –C.S Lewis 1958

In the course of the last 100 years, many ideologues have followed the voice of their “hearts” and tried to bring heaven to earth for humanity via their own efforts and through “reason.”  Of course, the results have been disastrous with millions dead and the expansion of the State to vast proportions.  Even in the West, we have witnessed the increase of the State as laws and regulations have blossomed since the 1960s starting with President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.  At his speech at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964, President Johnson stated the following:

A … place to build the Great Society is in the classrooms of America. There your children’s lives will be shaped. Our society will not be great until every young mind is set free to scan the farthest reaches of thought and imagination. We are still far from that goal.

Since that speech over 50 years ago, the classrooms of America have become, not a place to scan the farthest reaches of thought and imagination, but rather a place where thoughts and values are dictated from educational bureaucrats and that only a certain block of opinions are to be accepted in the school.  Students are bombarded with the most exotic of cultural prevarications.  There are no fixed values except those that foster “progress.”  The values of yesterday are cast aside as being reactionary, fuddy duddy and “out of step.”

In the main of society today, many who hold to values of the past and those who hold to Faith of Christianity are now under attack.  Julius Streicher was the notorious Nazi rabble rouser who published the blatantly anti-Semitic tabloid Der Sturmer.  In it, he cast the image of Jews and Catholics as being people that were sub-human and hindering the march of the progress of the thousand-year Reich.  His opinions were so odious that even when it was found that he did not participate in the machinations of the Final Solution, he was still put on trial at Nuremberg for inciting the murder of Jews with the printed word and was hung in 1946.

Today, we see the same vein of thought from progressive people that look upon Christians as something less than human.  I have been treated to a number of comments on my Facebook by so-called enlightened progressives who wish to see “haters” sterilized and also called those that engage in the dastardly act of discrimination sub-human.  It is clear that the eternal values of Christianity pose a threat to their Utopian dreams of what they think the Great Society should be.  Joseph Sobran commented on this threat when he stated:

Liberalism is really piecemeal socialism, and socialism always attacks three basic social institutions: religion, the family, and private property. Religion, because it offers a rival authority to the state; the family, because it means a rival loyalty to the state; and property, because it means material independence of the state.

Of course, we have not witnessed any sort of set up of sterilization facilities or labor camps for the troublemakers and those who would put a monkey wrench into “progress,” but such things can occur overnight and given the track record of humanity over the past century, I do not share the optimism of some who think that the progressives in LGBT or Black Lives Matter will keep their ideas on the theoretical level.  They will try to carry progress along by putting on a happy face and sending people into re-education and telling them that they must confess their crime of bigotry.    After all, they cannot let anything get in the way of their “happiness.”

A Country Dying of Cultural Cancer

I can only say that while I have considered the preservation of the constitutional power of the General Government to be the foundation of our peace and safety at home and abroad, I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.  –Robert E. Lee to Lord Acton 1866

Recently, the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, order the dismantling of several monuments that commemorated men who fought in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.  In his remarks on May 18th 2017, Mayor Landrieu stated that “It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots.”

Nothing could be more untrue.  Lee and his men were fighting to preserve self-government and had fought to stop an invasion by Northern forces that wanted to remake the country in an image that would have been totally alien to the Founding Fathers. Elsewhere in Lee’s letter to Lord Acton, he clearly saw the dangers of a centralized government and that he stated that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson saw that the centralization and consolidation of power would result in the subversion of state governments and despotism.  Dwight Eisenhower commended Lee by stating the following:

General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America…

When one sees how the history of our nation has transpired, we see that Robert E. Lee foresaw with great clarity the decline of this nation.  Our government in Washington has created vast bureaucracies which harass the common man frequently.  As for our conduct aboard, Lee’s words could have been taken from yesterday’s headlines.  We have made a wreck of many nations around the world and ship arms to despotisms like Saudi Arabia.  We have been at war in Iraq for over a quarter century and the result has been a country in rubble and a Christian church that has been gravely damaged by ISIS forces which have been supplied with arms by these same Saudis.

With this, we must ask where are we as a country in the course of history.  We have seen the economic prosperity of this nation rise to heights never before seen in history, yet in the end we are starving spiritually.  Broken homes have become a frequent occurrence, our debt rises to a height where it can never be paid off and instead of visiting houses of worship, we visit other temples…sports stadiums.  In his speech, Mayor Landrieu made no mention of deity except in taking the Lord’s name in vain when he said “Think about second lines, think about Mardi Gras, think about muffaletta, think about the Saints, gumbo, red beans and rice. By God, just think. All we hold dear is created by throwing everything in the pot; creating, producing something better; everything a product of our historic diversity.

So everything we hold dear is created by throwing a bunch of stuff into a pot? Does culture consist of a mess of pottage?  We have truly forgotten about the permanent things, about being humble and forming organic communities, about confessing our sins to God.  Mayor Landrieu is a proud man who only reflects the current culture.  Nothing matters except food and entertainment.  We are truly a nation dying of cultural cancer.

The Civic Gospel

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.

William Grigg: a Gentle Giant for liberty

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.

A Proud Nation

“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.