A Little P.S.A. on Fascism…

Here follows a public service announcement for all those who might be tempted to vote for Hillary because ‘Trump is basically a fascist’…

The word ‘fascist’ comes from the word for an ancient symbol (and also the word for bundle) ‘fasces’. Here is a rendition of that symbol:

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It is a bundle of sticks, bound together. The idea being that the sticks are stronger together………………………………. oh……………………………………………

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Literally a fascist slogan! And that, really, shouldn’t surprise anyone… fascists are leftists after all. Somehow, after WWII, leftists got away with pretending that fascists were right wing… but that was always a lie.

Hillary Clinton is campaigning, literally, as a fascist.

PSA is over…

 

Big Gov’t or Big Pharma…

The FDA regulatory environment essentially creates monopolies… and the patent lifetime laws on new pharmaceuticals gives companies only a tiny amount of time to recoup the losses of developing a new drug and then make enough profit to remain in business… add the two together and you get the expensive epipen and massive cost for the medicines we take. Sure the companies that have the quasi-monopolies love it, but these costs are mostly not due to evil big pharma corporations, it is due to the unintended (Charitable interpretation) effect of government regulations. Blaming the company is falling for the red herring… and also, having more government (such as proposed in the quote here by Hillary) will guarantee that new drugs will not be developed.

On the Athanatos Christian Arts and Apologetics Festival

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Over one week has passed since I’ve written a proper blog.  (See “Examining Old School Anime: The Saints Point to Christ“)  I still need to comment on the new season among other things, but this post will be on my trip to Greenwood, Wisconsin in order to attend the Athanatos Christian Arts and Apologetics Festival.  Placing third in their short story contest of 2009, being a semi-finalist of the 2015 Novel Contest, and counting as a great friend of one of the contest judges ensured my invitation to the event.  Part of the idea behind the festival was that attendees would camp on site, but my friend (the blogger of Dusty Thanes) and I declined this opportunity in exchange for a comfy hotel room.  At a high of 81°F, the weather was appreciably cooler than here in Alabama, for which I was grateful.

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Lesser of two evils

Evil is not synonymous with ‘uncomfortable’ and good is not synonymous with ‘comfortable’. Neither is evil definable as ‘that which horrifies you’ nor ‘that which you find shocking’ nor ‘that which makes you feel like vomiting’. To define evil in such fashion is to accept a postmodern view of moral truth. Evil and Good are not defined by how you, as an individual, as a church group, as a culture, feel! It should surprise exactly no-one who believes in original sin that evil is often comfortable to the human mind and that in a wicked world, good can often be something uncivilized, even horrifying. This is what you ought to expect if Good and Evil are defined by God, not by you. If they were defined by you, good would always feel nice and evil would always feel icky.

This situation (Which, unless you, dear reader, are postmodernists, you cannot avoid agreement with, at least in principal. You may disagree with the extent of the effect, but not the effect itself.) vastly complicates the paradigm of both the human idea that one ought to choose the lesser of two evils and the Christian belief that when presented a choice between two evils, choose neither.

Here’s a great example:

In this situation, you might claim that Captain Aubrey chose the lesser evil. He did choose the lesser misfortune, but that is not really the same thing.

We as Christians must never confuse misfortune or unpleasantness with evil. We are faced now with a particularly unpleasant choice, but I do not believe the choice is as presented in this meme.

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When Jesus said to render Caesar what is Caesar’s, He knew about Nero… What Americans are doing this fall is choosing who will be our Caesar. Christians voting are not really being made to choose between two evils.  We are choosing between a demonstrably dangerous, demonstrably treasonous, unindicted felon and a possibly dangerous, possibly racist, definite buffoon… It is not a good choice, but we have no other. We do not have the Roman’s privilege of non-participation in deciding who would be Caesar. Americans have a vocation to participate in the selection of their rulers. In my belief, the choice in this election is between voting for evil and voting for ugly unpleasantness: This is entirely different than choosing between two evils. Therefore, if on election day you decide, as a Christian, that you cannot in your own conscience voter choice as president, exercise your vocation as an American and vote down ballot. Meantime, do not impute guilt onto my conscience if I decide to vote for the ugly unpleasant choice over the evil choice.

Compassion

Here I sit, listening to Bruce Springsteen… yeah… ok, on with the thought.

A while ago I wrote for Independence Day that we do not live in a Christian nation, and neither do we really live in the free country that we dream of: all that is left is the dream. I said that I  was afraid that we have already slipped so far down the slope into despotism that the options to clamber back out as a nation are grim and few. We are passing, what the Tocqueville critical mass… In that same post I shared a poem (a just ok sort of poem) where I wrote this:

O Lord I know not if to pray
For justice swift and soon today,
Or if like Abraham, to plead
For yet more time and grace indeed!

I put a lot of weight to the songs that people listen to, and to what they say. And while listening to ‘The River’ I put words to a long held thought.

With the key verse being:

“I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
But lately there ain’t been much work on account of the economy
Now all them things that seemed so important
Well mister they vanished right into the air
Now I just act like I don’t remember
Mary acts like she don’t care”

And suddenly, it was clear that many (or most) Republicans have given up on Republicans… the voters don’t trust any of the people running for office, and there are so very many tired people: people who have slid the most of the way into the final nihilism of Godlessness that they are like the monopoly player against whom the rules now feel stacked, who cannot win no matter what, and they flip the table. At least Trump doesn’t pretend to be truthful… at least he doesn’t pretend to be moral. He is the candidate for the guy in ‘The River’. These people who vote for Trump, who support Trump, deserve… compassion.  They do not need or deserve condescension or hatred or bitterness for their support of the ‘kick the table over’ candidate. Any opportunists jumping on the Trump-train for their own benefit deserve excoriated… but the normal Trump voter has been abandoned by the education system (Almost no one is well educated, even with a Bachelor’s degree) and trapped into unproductive lives, and have largely abandoned Christ. They believe that if they are good, God will give them good things, and therefore: since they are miserable, they prefer to not think about God at all rather than follow the logic to its end.

They need, like most people in this sick and wicked world, compassion, and the preaching of the Law out of compassion, so that their ears are ready for the Gospel.

(And, perhaps the hardest thing to accept is that, despite the stink of nihilism and despair, perhaps they are right about one thing – perhaps America has past the point of no return on the path to despotism, and that a reformer (Cruz) wont be able to do any good, and that the only option left is to kick over the table and draw the steel at ones side. … In which case the proper response is probably to buy ammo… and step into the storm with with the ‘joy of Giants, the joy without a cause’)

 

((You should really click through and read that last link… Kurt Schlichter appears to be one of the last sane people on the Internet… so click through and read the other stuff he writes too.))

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PS… if Kasich doesn’t do well in IN today, and Cruz wins… I predict that Kasich will drop out and endorse Trump within a week…. 

Since When?

Probably the most important question to be asked right now… since when?

For example: after the Iowa caucus, Ben Carson did exactly everything he could to damage Ted Cruz in favor of Donald Trump. Then, when there wasn’t any more strategic damage to do, he dropped out and shortly thereafter endorsed Trump.

Chris Christie destroyed Marco Rubio in a debate just before New Hampshire, a move that also showed him as his unlikable self. The damage Rubio took was probably enough that it is why he did not pull the extra couple percent to beat Trump in South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, Christie dropped out of the race and then proceeded to endorse Trump.

I realize that this sounds conspiratorial but think about it happening like this:

  1. Carson feels cheated out of a strong finish in Iowa
  2. Phone rings
  3. Trump says ‘You were robbed! Ted lied and lied and cheated you (and me) out of our rightful Iowa wins (slash second place).
  4. Together we can take him down…
  5. And so Carson runs with Trump’s attack lines, thinking (as implied by Trump possibly) that Cruz’s support will evaporate and drift mostly his way.
  6. Trump nurtures the delusion
  7. Carson only gets out after he cant hurt Cruz any more, and is promised a position in Trumps admin… illegal, but basically he admitted there was an offer made in exchange for the endorsement…
  8. Carson may still not realize that he was played… or he participated the whole time.. either way, his voters (who would probably not have voted for Trump) ought to be outraged.

As for Christie

  1. Cant gain any traction in NH
  2. ‘Phone rings’
  3. I have a great line of attack against Rubio… but it wont work from me… says Trump
  4. Christie dices Rubio
  5. Christie realizes that he was played for a fool…

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So, at what point did Carson and Christie become Trump supporters… Since When? Supporting a candidate after dropping out is normal… doing so beforehand is at the very least fraudulent in ethical terms… not sure about legally though.

Which begs the most important question: What is Kasich doing the the race? If we list his actions, it would seem that everything he is doing disproportionately assists Trump. He campaigned in Utah, on the off beat chance he could keep Cruz under the 50% cutoff. He tried to take delegates in WI when, camping in NY and Pennsylvania would be certain to gain him delegates, where spending time and money in WI would almost certainly not, and also almost certainly affect Cruz, not Trump….

Since when?

Or better yet: When will Kasich exit the race and endorse Trump?

Trump: A True Conservative

Well, it appears that Donald Trump must be a true conservative: a real Republican. There is so much evidence for that, it barely requires enumerating, but for the logically challenged among us, I will deign to do so. The evidence falls into three categories. First, high profile supporters, second, the type of people who vote for him in the primary and third, stated policy positions.

Just look and marvel in awe at the huge amazing list of rock-ribbed conservatives, social and economic, that support him! I mean, Chris Christie… I mean just look at the admiration Christie has for Barack Obama!

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And then there is Ben Carson: my what a conservative stalwart there! (Except for his longstanding and recently memory-holed support of gun-control…)

And of course, there is Ann Coulter! Whew, I mean who wouldn’t just take her word for it… when she dubs someone a true conservative, well there can be no more debate there (except that apparently by her book Romney is somehow the best conservative ever).

Well, if that wasn’t enough, the people who repeatedly vote for Lamar Alexander voted for Trump in the primary. The people who supported Schwarzenegger in CA support Trump at this point. And in Wisconsin, those known squishy RINOs who support the establishment Trojan horse Scott Walker from constant assault from the leftists in the state, those people voted for that other establishment fraud Ted Cruz… who lies and stuff…

And look! Trump says things about abortion… like six different things… one of them has to have been the conservative response! Even Rudy Giuliani (known pro-lifer…) supports Trump!

What more evidence do you need? If Trump and his plurality won delegates (He won all 50 SC delegates with a lower vote share than he lost 36/42 in WI)  don’t win at the convention, the nomination was STOLEN!

(Seriously now… when did ‘conservative’ come to mean ‘Trump Supporter’ rather than ‘Scott Walker’ … and ‘Establishment’ come to mean anyone other than people like Christie? Totally weird. This primary is like the Republicans are drunk, in a carnival hall of mirrors… and I’m not sure if people like Limbaugh  will ever really recover… Who will trust them now?)