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Sunday, May 29, 2016

More on National Defense

On Memorial Day 2013, I wrote a piece titled "The Right of National Defense." If the piece had a "money quote" it was,
None of our government institutions <...> can over the long term defend our nation without a major change in thinking within our nation about our nation. What kind of a nation do we want? What kind of Western civilization do we want?
On this Memorial Day 2016,  I'd like to expand on that a bit. To start, of course, our situation as a nation is even worse now than it was just three years ago. The progressive-controlled institutions that dominate intellectual life and expression throughout the West are in full pedal-to-the-metal mode to ensure that the West does not, indeed, defend itself. They argue more openly than ever before that we do not deserve to defend ourselves, that we have no "right of national defense."

As the calamitous Obama reign draws to a close, we see him and his minions and enablers hurriedly doing all they can to sow confusion, to undermine, to generate division and, above all, to promote self-censorship: we have gone well beyond "political correctness" when we have the President, Hollywood, the wise ones of all sorts of institutions telling us that we are bigots and haters for insisting on something so basic as that there is a male sex and a female sex, and that they have differences. Those who see no benefit to society arising from transgender bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower stalls are reviled, boycotted and deemed despicable.

We see this same assault on those who want a functioning immigration system that serves the interests of our country. We have, for example, a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who has had the temerity to suggest that we should and must defend our southern border from the ongoing invasion of millions of illegal crossers. For him to utter such things means, of course, that he is a racist.

It has come to this: if you want to prevent illegal black, brown, and white aliens from taking jobs and tax money from black, brown, and white citizens, you are a racist.

The progressives have done what they always do to words: make them mean whatever they want them to mean at a given time--as noted in this post here.  "Marriage," "gay," "liberal," "gender," etc., no longer have fixed meanings; we even see our progressive overlords wanting to do away with the words "convict" and "felon,"
The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs is eschewing the terms “felon” and “convict” when officials refer to individuals convicted of crimes, opting instead for less “disparaging labels,” Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason announced last week. 
The Office of Justice Programs plans to substitute terminology such as “person who committed a crime” and “individual who was incarcerated” in speeches and other communications as part of an effort to remove barriers that officials say hinder progress of those who re-enter society after completing their prison sentences.
On another front, of course, we have the constant harangue, as I noted in a prior post, over "cultural appropriation." I wrote last November that,
"Cultural appropriation" terrorists share some common features with "Global Climate Whatever" terrorists. They ignore the history of mankind. Just as mankind has struggled ceaselessly against the brutalities of Mother Nature--Gaia is a blood thirsty goddess--mankind (oops, can I still use that word?) has advanced by borrowing ideas across cultures, ideas that provide solutions to the common problems faced by people regardless of culture. Who built the very first house? I don't know, but I am grateful to him/her/zat/zim/bim. 
Can we assert that cultures influence and get influenced by other cultures? Otherwise, I guess, Africans should not get polio vaccines because those did not originate in their cultures?
Getting back to the original theme of "national defense," it seems that in Prog World only certain cultures have the right of defense. We should all applaud, for example, the isolated tribe in the Amazon or on Papua that shun the outside world. Believe me, I think that's fine; if people do not want to be bothered, they should not. I, furthermore, admire the valiant Zulus and American Plains Indians who fought bravely against the inexorable tide of Western civilization. That was their right of defense; I respect them for exercising it.

I would argue that Western civilization also has the right of "national defense," at least as much as does a tribe in the Amazon or on Papua. Just as the Japanese have the right to exclude whomever they wish from Japan--try immigrating there--so do the citizens of Australia, the UK, Canada, Israel, the US, etc. As I have said so many times that I am becoming a boring old hack, believing in the values of Western civilization does not mean that we have to write a suicide note for that civilization. We, for example, do not have to acquiesce to the jihadist invasion now underway in Europe solely because we believe in such human rights as religious tolerance. I repeat, the Magna Carta and the Constitution are not suicide pacts.

On this day when we honor our dead, we should remember that the West, too, has the right of national defense.

14 comments:

  1. "On this day when we honor our dead, we should remember that the West, too, has the right of national defense.

    Yea and Verily Mr. Dip, and sincere thanks for your thoughtful Memorial Day reminder!

    On Watch~~~
    "Let's Roll"

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  2. The cultural entropy of the liberal mind ...

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    1. I wrote this comment and then realized that it needed a fuller explanation. This explanation being too long for a comment, I put it in a blog entry. For those so interested go to "http://fletchcast.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-cultural-entropy-of-liberal-mind.html"

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    2. Or, as things coalesce, new divisions will appear?

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  4. NO, no, no, somewhere a transgender, queer, Hopi is quivering with fear that he/she/it will not be able to enter the Kiva of their choice because of the cultural appropriation of those who don't have their mind right.......such as you!
    James the Lesser
    When will the Cis/agony end?

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  5. This is somehow an especially serious Memorial Day for me. Maybe it's because in the US many of us are so aware that we stand on the cusp of either a new era of renewal of our republic, or of losing everything. It's a good day to take a breather and look back and remember the brave people who gave everything for us.

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    1. Anon,
      I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but we've been on that cusp since the ratification of the Constitution. We either tend to it or lose it.
      James the Lesser

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    2. Concur Brer Anon. . .
      May they be blessed... and 3 cheers for the American Fighting Man!

      1. I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
      . . .
      On Watch~~~
      "Let's Roll"

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  6. "such human rights as religious tolerance": "human rights" is a pernicious notion. Man is a social animal, so civil rights exist. Each society has its own; they are rightly the subject of debate, and change over time; they are partly a matter of custom, partly a matter of law. (Except perhaps in an over-lawyered country, where the importance of custom and convention might be denied.) But the notion that one has right simply by virtue of being human is deeply damaging to a civilised order.

    The deal with civil rights is easy. For example, I have a right to property. To my countrymen falls the duty of joining me in defending that civil right, just as the duty falls on me to defend my countrymen's civil rights.

    But on whom falls the duty of defending human rights? No one, of course, because the very idea is intellectually vacuous.

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  7. I was so certain this post was going to be on Holder endorsing Snowden... I'm guessing that didn't come out until after.
    Sorry, very difficult to focus with that incredible disaster in the news. It's the same logic by which the liberals will congratulate themselves upon stealing an election through voter fraud, 'in the name of a better public discussion'.
    It's just insane that this is coming from Holder, being that he was on duty when this transpired. If it was such a public service, why didn't he do it himself... or maybe he did? If he felt so strongly, why didn't Obama unilaterally declassify that information? He's got carte blanche authority of it.

    There is *nothing* in Snowden's information that remotely compares to the usurpation of our rights as voters to decide who has the authority to declassify material. We chose Obama (terrible mistake imo, but we chose him nonetheless) not Snowden, and certainly not Holder. I guard our voting rights jealously, and undermining those should result in a fate worse the any violent crime.

    Now we need two bullets to resolve this disaster.

    - reader #1482

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  8. Might I suggest when, speaking (writing) metaphors where the Progs are concerned, "pedal to the metal" be substituted as:

    Pedal/peddle to the meddle.

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  9. the wise ones of all sorts of institutions telling us that we are bigots and haters for insisting on something so basic as that there is a male sex and a female sex...

    The Marxists prate on and on about "alienation"--until we are alienated even from our very chromosomes.

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  10. It would appear Diplomad Sir, however different the personal motivations toward making the decision was ("somewhat reluctantly" would be my guess as regards this author) ... you've been seconded.

    What/However the decision was decided I think, we might welcome with open arms?

    https://20committee.com/2016/06/02/me-the-observer-and-the-donald/

    *And just to be clearer - fully admitting I've yet to read this second, earlier post:

    http://observer.com/2016/06/how-emailgate-weakened-americas-national-security/

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