Archive for August, 2010

Progressivism

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

This whole “Progressive” agenda is so wrong, so unbelievably wrong, so insanely wrong, so counter to common sense and human nature. I know that Obama is unpopular, and that’s a good thing, but there are still 44% who approve of his performance. How can that be? What are they thinking? Why isn’t it 18%? Do 44% of the American people believe in these liberal principles?

1. To solve the financial collapse caused by too much borrowing and spending, at every level, from the personal to Wall Street to the municipal to the State to the Federal, the solution is more borrowing and spending. At every level.

2. The more that people are taken care of by the government, the better off they are, and the better people they are.

3. The best way to educate our children is to expose them to only one point of view, the correct point of view, the liberal point of view.

4. If the U.S. were not so mean and intolerant and greedy and war-like, the rest of the world would love us.

5. The Constitution has all kinds of limitations that have not kept up with the modern world, and must therefore be disregarded. The 10th Amendment, for example, has been completely ignored, as it should be, by the Supreme Court for decades, including by the current supposedly “conservative” Court, and that should continue.

6. The reason all the state, local, and national governments in the world are bankrupt is because rich people aren’t paying their fair share.

7. The environment is being destroyed! We are all gonna die! Why won’t they listen!

8. 70% of the American people are racist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, nativist, ignorant, unenlightened unfortunates who need guidance.

I could go on, but I just don’t have the heart. What is wrong with these people?

Moderate Fascism

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Suppose you were born into a particular religion. Your parents, relatives, and everyone you knew was also a member of the same religion. As you grew up, practicing the rituals and observances of your faith, you gradually learned that the practices and beliefs of your religion included, among other things, the following:

Denouncing your religion and converting to some other religion was punishable by death.

The penalty for adultery was to be stoned to death.

Homosexuality was a crime punishable by death.

Members of other religions were infidels to be killed or subjugated.

Let’s suppose also that you are an American citizen, living in Minneapolis, or somewhere, the child of immigrants. You attend public schools, get your degree at the state University, go to work for Cisco as a network engineer, or start your own business. How would you feel about this religion you grew up with?

As an adult American citizen, you are not personally subject to any of these beliefs and practices. You are protected from them by the Constitution and by the history, traditions, and culture of the United States, unless of course you are a helpless teenage girl, living in a ghetto of fellow religionists, with old-fashioned parents who don’t like you dating those infidel boys. In that case, your life might be in danger.

There are limits to what can be sanely tolerated in the name of multiculturalism and diversity. Calling something holy doesn’t make it so. There is pushing and there is shoving, but, in the end, it is the responsibility of every individual to arrive at his or her own judgment of what is true.