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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

16 March 2016. THIS is “Conservatism”… Vacuity Incarnated

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Look at how all the “conservatives” followed Wet Willy Romney like lemmings. It didn’t matter that he was a draft-dodger in the Vietnam War… he had oodles of cash… so, all the Mammon-worshippers showed us their true deity. This time around, all the “conservatives” are flocking round Trump the Chump. Remember, Pat Buchanan was the author of Nixon’s racist “Southern Strategy” (what does that tell us about his drooling acolyte Dreher?)… they all want an America where hate is given free licence and discrimination is the law of the land. I’ll fight that… I’m not alone. The best way to fight that is not to nominate an oligarch-lover like Chilly Hilly. Both she and Trump are EVIL… if you doubt that Chilly Hilly is evil… well, I’ll simply say that anyone who bombed Belgrade on Holy Easter and piously imposed a bombing halt for Ramadan is surely that. As for Trump, look at Trump Tower… I’m reminded of Wren’s “If you require a memorial, look about you” in a VERY negative sense. Anyone who built such a monstrosity belongs in the Ha-Ha Hotel, not the White House.

BMD

Friday, 4 December 2015

4 December 2015. Power to the MAKERS… NOTHING to the Takers

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I remember Wet Willy Romney’s comments about “takers” and “makers”. Do you? Well… the CREATORS of wealth have their fair share of the fruits of their labour stolen by the Crapitalist Investor Class. The workers are the MAKERS… the dronish investors and “owners” are the TAKERS. However, the most putrid people aren’t the One Percent themselves… the worst are nihilistic pundits such as Rod Dreher and Sean Hannity. They’re mercenaries with no fixed beliefs whatsoever… except for “I’ve got mine… the hell with you”. Bear that in mind as Sir Roddy bids you to feel sorry for him due to his sister’s tragic death (I find his misuse of her suffering noxious and horrid in the extreme).

POWER TO THE MAKERS…

BMD

Friday, 18 October 2013

18 October 2013. A Short Excursus into “Cultural Racism”

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We can define Cultural Racism as societal beliefs and customs that promote the assumption that the products of a given culture, including the language and traditions of that culture are superior to those of other cultures. Cultural Racism exists when there is a widespread acceptance of stereotypes of different ethnic or racial groups. For instance, the Republican Party’s demonisation of Barack Obama isn’t so much because he’s a black man, but precisely because he’s a man of mixed racial background. The righties hate him because his mother was a white woman who committed a “race crime” with a black man. That’s far worse than being 100 percent black, for it implies that a white person “betrayed the race”. That is, his mother rejected the myth of WASP supremacy AKA Cultural Racism… and her child must suffer for it.

Cultural Racism is strong… as the above image testifies. Ponder this… Evangelicalism DEEPENS such rot… it doesn’t fight it. I think that such says much about their real level of Christianity. Bite the coin before accepting it… there be plenty of counterfeits circulating out there. There’s no such thing as American Exceptionalism (a polite euphemism for Cultural Racism)… give it and its proponents no quarter. It’s your duty before God and Mankind…

BMD

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

15 October 2013. Some Thoughts Provoked by Reading Dr Johnson

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  • A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilisation.

Reflect on this. Traditionally, the American South, true to its slaving and sectarian roots, REFUSES to make a decent provision for the poor. This tells us much about the region… its history, its “faith”, its mores, and its society. The American Civil War didn’t happen for nought… slavery was only one of the causes. This is one reason why the contemporary Republican Party is evil… it panders to a group that has always treated the poor like dirt under their feet. Sectarianism teaches that only the “elect” will gain salvation and that one of the ways that one can tell the “elect” is that they’re well-off financially. To speak honestly, Jean Calvin would’ve been horrified at how his ideas turned out. Mistrust all who preach that we must “balance the budget” on the backs on the poor, aged, and unemployed. They usually have low motive…

  • To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.

THIS is why I value my Cabinet so. I’m always open to them, whenever they need me. I value my friends, whether I agree with them on this or that point. Love (agape) doesn’t require agreement… it requires respect, a very different and better thing.

  • I will be conquered; I will not capitulate.

That is, death does come for us all. This is at the bedrock of my belief. I will NOT succumb to fear or let the knowledge of my personal demise paralyse me. This is our common heritage… no matter what we believe in (and secularists ARE believers, they’re simply not theists). Life IS worth the candle, and there ARE things that one should fight for, even though all of us will face our personal end at one time or another (yes, I AM a religious believer… but I also realise that I must die and leave this life).

  • Sir, your levellers wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.

Always beware those who push simplistic and enticing nostrums… probably, there’s a hook hidden somewhere. They want to level all of the rest of us to a low level… so that they can lead the pack. Always beware ambition… it lies behind most strident calls to “equality”.

  • I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep people from vice.

I hate bluenoses and their censorious attitude to drink, cards, the theatre, the racetrack, and all the other innocent amusements that life has to offer. True, one can abuse all of the above. However, abuse is ABUSE… it isn’t use. Blue comedy isn’t sinful; it’s simply a violation of petite bourgeois decorum (Chubby Brown shouldn’t be on before the watershed… but he isn’t “sinful” in the strictest sense)… a very different thing, wot?

  • As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.

One can more readily be tolerant to “sinners” the more one is aware of one’s own sinfulness! Life teaches us that we aren’t any great shakes, either, so, one learns that one’s fellows are worthy of forgiveness. Mind you, forgiveness doesn’t mean “forgetting” or “absence of consequence”. That comes as it will, and our attitude towards an action doesn’t change what it does nor does it transform the impression that it leaves. However, it does deliver us from judgementalism and hate… no small beer, that. Most of all, life teaches us that we commit actions that leave consequence and impression… and that we can’t change them, no matter what we do. The Pharisee or the Publican… whom do YOU prefer?

  • The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.

One must always mistrust those who speak of “deregulation”. Life teaches us that people are in want of regulation, and that many run rampant if not checked in one way or another. Anyone who tells you that “deregulation” will lead to a paradisiacal nirvana has an agenda… one that doesn’t augur well for their fellow man. We don’t live in the Garden. Mistrust all who worship Ayn Rand.

  • Let us take a patriot, where we can meet him; and, that we may not flatter ourselves by false appearances, distinguish those marks which are certain, from those which may deceive; for a man may have the external appearance of a patriot, without the constituent qualities; as false coins have often lustre, though they want weight.

Look at how contemporary Republicans beat the war drums. Also, note how few of them served in the forces themselves. Richard Cheney said, “I had better things to do”. Mr Cheney was honest, but does “honesty” make one a “patriot?” I think that you see my point. Willard Romney refused to serve in the forces and had his rich daddy “buy” him a bogus clergy deferment (he was a “missionary” in darkest France). Pete Seeger was proud to serve; he served in the Pacific Theatre of World War II (“To tell you the truth, I’m not a pacifist. If an army invaded this country of mine, I’d be the first one up on the firing line”). Beware all those who wrap themselves up in the flag.

  • How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes?

Take this in its widest sense, not merely that of racial bias (bad as that is). Those screaming loudest for “freedom” are those who wish to deprive others of it for personal gain and profit. For instance, “economic freedom” means the “freedom” to abuse others for personal gain, with no government regulation to prevent it. They scream for “the right to keep and bear arms”, yet, when a black woman merely fires a gun in the air to scare off an abusive husband, they sentence her to twenty years in the slam (but they acquit a white man who killed someone in an incident that the shooter provoked). I’m not the only one to find that hypocritical… and evil. If you hear yelps for “freedom”, ask yourself, “Does this person benefit from a relaxation of the law?” If so, fight that hypocritical bastard with all your might. God expects that of you…

BMD

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