Sandpoint, Idaho. It is excruciatingly ironic to be writing this Fourth of July HFR in a place that epitomizes Norman Rockwell America while our country is being engulfed in anti-American fascist insanity.
Voted by Rand McNally as the Most Beautiful Small Town in America, Sandpoint is a perfect place to celebrate the Fourth. For beyond its beauty and charm, it is peaceful, friendly, and patriotic. People here are deeply proud to be Americans, and they'll express it with joyful enthusiasm tomorrow.
Notice, however, I said Sandpoint is a perfect place to celebrate America's creation, not the. For there are an uncountable number of similar places in our vast country - peaceful, friendly, patriotic, proud to be American. Norman Rockwell's America still exists, no matter how much the Fascist Left wishes to exterminate it.
Their extermination efforts went into overdrive this week, with John Roberts being blackmailed yet again to uphold Obamacare, followed by what is is unquestionably the most perverted - morally and legally - decision in SCOTUS history at least since Roe v. Wade, if not ever.
Here are specific solutions on how to take the offensive, to refuse to obey in every way we can, and most importantly framing our refusal as opposition to fascism, as an issue of freedom vs. fascism.
Here's our mantra for the fight: Just say No to the Gaystapo!
To the "Black Lives Matter" crowd, most black lives don't.
About 7,000 blacks are killed each year - more than 90 percent by other blacks. To most Democrats, only those shot by white police officers or white bigots matter.
Just 25 percent of about 400 local police killings a year involve a white cop and a black victim, an FBI study found. Shootings of blacks by police have been cut in half since 1981. For every black killed by a white cop, black criminals murder 70. It is 25 times more likely a black will commit a crime of violence against a white than vice versa.
There's so much crime in black communities because they're poor, Democrats say. They have it backward.
Crime causes poverty, not the other way around. Businesses flee violence-riddled neighborhoods, taking jobs with them. Property values fall.
Democrats prefer nostrums designed more to enrich themselves than to help the poor. One clear example is the Dems' "War on Poverty," on which we've spent more than on all of America's real wars combined. As social service spending exploded, urban decay accelerated. Here are other examples:
What's going on regarding Greece?Here's one bottom line:
The people who run the EU and the Eurozone have suffered a reputational catastrophe.The EU/Eurozone has shown itself unable to manage its basic moral responsibilities
Oxi Day (pronounced oh-hee, the Day of No) has totemic significance in Greece. It commemorates the defiant Greek "No!" to Mussolini's ultimatum in October 1940, and the heroic acceptance of war against a vastly bigger military machine.Churchill's praise was:"Greeks don't fight like heroes - heroes fight like Greeks."
It is the same word - Oxi, No! - that will top the ballot sheet when Greeks vote in a snap referendum this Sunday (7/05) on creditor demands, and prime minister Alexis Tsipras is not shy in evoking the same spirit of wartime resistance.
Ambulances in parts of northern Greece have run out of fuel. The Greek Chamber of Commerce warns of "serious shortages" of basic goods and pharmaceutical supplies within days. The radical-Left Syriza government is skating on very thin ice.
If Europe's creditor powers have succeeded in bringing Greece to its knees, they have paid a fearful price themselves. As Pyrrhus of Epirus said after the battle of Asculum in 279 BC: "Another such victory, and we will be utterly ruined."
Republicans are still trying to figure out a truce on gay marriage. They retreated to civil unions, then accepted a full defeat on gay marriage and then acted baffled when Christian bakery owners were dragged into court for refusing to participate in gay weddings.
The left does not care about gay rights. If you doubt that, consider how many of the left's favorite Muslim countries have gay rights. The left has recently divided its campaign passions between gay marriage and defending Iran. Iran denies the existence of gays and hangs them where it finds them.
To understand the left, you need to remember that it does not care about 99 percent of the things it claims to care about.
Name a leftist cause and then find a Communist country that actually practiced it. Labor unions? Outlawed. Environmentalism? Chernobyl. The left fights all sorts of social and political battles not because it believes in them, but to radicalize, disrupt and take power.
The left does not care about social justice. It cares about power. That is why no truce is possible with the left. Not on social issues. Not on any issues. The bottom line is that the left exists to destroy you.
Why are people so afraid of technological progress?
Pope Francis complains in his new encyclical about "a blind confidence in technical solutions", of "irrational confidence in progress" and the drawbacks of the "technocratic paradigm."
He is reflecting a popular view, held across the political spectrum, from the Unabomber to Russell Brand, that technology, consumerism and progress have been bad for people, by making them more selfish and unhappy.
But however thoroughly you search the papal encyclical, you will find no data to support the claim that as people have got richer they have got nastier and more miserable.
That is because the data points the other way. The past five decades have seen people becoming on average wealthier, healthier, happier, better fed, cleverer, kinder, more peaceful and more equal.
Global inequality has been plummeting for years as people in poor countries get rich faster than people in rich countries. The vast preponderance of these improvements has come about as a result of innovation in technology and society.
So what precisely is the problem with technology that the Pope is complaining about? What is he afraid of?
A man got on a bus with both of his front trouser pockets full of golf balls and sat down next to a beautiful blond haired woman.
The puzzled woman kept looking at him and his bulging pockets.
Finally, after many glances from her, he said, "It's golf balls."
The woman continued to look at him, thinking about what he had said.
Then, not being able to contain her curiosity any longer, she asked: "Does it hurt as much as tennis elbow?"
Greece and too many other countries have been trying to defy gravity by living the good life on borrowed money. In 2001, the Greeks entered the eurozone, which gave them access to low-rate loans under the pretense that Greece was richer than it was.
The seeds of the destruction that resulted in the closure of the banks this week were planted the day the Greeks adopted the euro. None of this should have been a surprise to anyone. The only thing for certain is that the Greeks will now suffer another major drop in their real incomes.
The open question is will the Europeans, the Americans, the Japanese and others who also have been living on borrowed money, growing at unsustainable rates, learn the lessons from the latest Greek tragedy, or will they too march off the cliff?
Little illustrates more clearly how frivolous “progressives” have become than the announcement by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that Alexander Hamilton will be replaced on the ten dollar bill by a woman, identity TBD.
This isn’t because there haven’t been many women in American history deserving of the honor. Foremost among them, arguably, is Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), who after escaping from slavery returned to Maryland’s Eastern Shore 13 times to rescue 70 other slaves. During the Civil War, she risked her life to spy for the Union. In later life, she became a leading suffragette.
Among other women deserving of honor are Betsy Ross, “Molly Pitcher,” Harriet Beecher Stowe, Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
But none of these admirable women contributed nearly as much as Alexander Hamilton, after George Washington arguably the most important of our Founding Fathers – and the most anti-slavery to boot.
That Mr. Lew didn’t have a woman in mind when he announced Alexander Hamilton would be dumped for one indicates he’s making the move for a cheesy reason: gender politics irrespective of achievement. And now he is learning the hard way how difficult it is to appease those who practice gender politics.
"But hatred is best combined with Fear. Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful - horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember; Hatred has its pleasures. It is therefore often the compensation by which a frightened man reimburses himself for the miseries of Fear. The more he fears, the more he will hate. And Hatred is also a great anodyne for shame. To make a deep wound in his charity, you should therefore first defeat his courage."
- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Anonymous Conservative, call your office.
I listen to a national Christian radio station called K-LOVE. Which is kind of odd for a Jew. It doesn't stop me from listening to my heavy metal collection, Matisyahu's Orthodox Jewish reggae, or anyone else. It just makes things better. It fades into the background like any other pop music, but instead of crap like "Dear Future Husband" or "All About That Bass," it's stuff that makes me feel uplifted and happier. I find myself humming the tunes, and they're good in every sense. The Jesus references just get filtered at the mental router; I respect Christians a lot, but I know what I believe and why. You might want to try K-LOVE for yourself, and see.
Judaism is like the Blues Brothers: "We're on a mission from G-d." It isn't a safe mission, but it's ours. Think. Adapt. Make your mission happen. Get back up. Keep. The. Faith. Oh, and you're probably gonna be chased. A lot. Just sayin'. Christianity has a very different key to it. This isn't the real thing. Bear it faithfully, even to the cross. Let it pass, and know that we win in the end. Then there's the Buddhist ideal: "And do you realize," the master replied calmly, "that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?"
The courage each lends to its best practitioners is similar, but subtly different. As this week reminds us, it's the most important thing. Not courage for a little while, but courage forever.